Holy marketing schemes run amok Batman! I’m at a point right now where I ain’t even mad about all the gear available for purchase in Arkham Knight, outside of the main game. If anything, I’m pretty damn impressed that Warner Bros Interactive have managed to milk this much content out of the Arkham-ender. Honestly, the only other entity around who could squeeze that much juice out of a product is your local SARS taxman. And of course, the game is getting a touch more content on the PlayStation 4. If you pre-order that is. BUY NOW DAMMIT!
You know, technically, those games you’re getting every month with PS Plus aren’t free. You’re still paying for a service that happens to include a selection of games to download every month. But much like the Swiss flag, those games are usually a big plus when it comes to motivating the price of a PS Plus subscription. New games are on the way for June. Games that cover stealth espionage action and a bony Japanese warlord. Check ‘em out.
…But it’s for arcades. HA! SUCKERS! I GOTS YA NOW!
So far, Guitar Hero Live has plenty of tracks. Tracks that I just don’t get. I mean, Skrillex? That’s a genre of music that I was convinced was actually the sound of a 56K Fax modem being violated by a printer until I was educated otherwise by people with odd haircuts. Then again, the tracklist does have some solid RAWK in the mix. Mastadon, Judas Priest and the like. And this week’s batch of Guitar Hero Live track reveals are a tribute to the greatest song in the world. You’ve got to believe me, and I wish you were there.
When it comes to the RPG side of Destiny, the current-level cap is a tad on the low side. After all, you tell any ardent fan of levelling up that Destiny caps you at the magic number of 20, and they’ll scoff in your general direction. Scoff to the max, of course. Thing is, it’s a soft cap. And a clever one at that, because you’ve probably noticed a few players hitting numbers well beyond that limit. And it’s all about your gear baby.
Let’s be honest here: Those Star Wars prequels were sort of…kak. Okay, they were genuinely terrible. But much like a real-life turd, they also had some potential nuts of brilliance hidden within them. I’m talking scenes such as seeing that kid from The Sixth Sense pod-race, the duel with Darth Maul, the Clone Army attack on Geonosis and the epic battle between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker. Moments which helped shape a great CGI spin-off series for several years. Which has in turn, shaped the look of Disney Infinity.
Evolve. A great game, for the two weeks or so that it held the attention of anyone who bought it. But it just never had that certain staying power, with players quickly dropping off and pursuing other titles instead. If there’s one complaint that I had with Evolve, it’s that a quick game would usually result in 15 minutes of chasing a monster in a circle while the Benny Hill theme played in the background. It got a bit tedious, is what I’m saying. But for the tens of you still playing Evolve? The action is about to pick up.
Stupid teenagers. Stupid teenagers doing sex stuff while ignoring the hidden terrors around them and being blissfully unaware that their lives are about to be cut shorter than than my attempt at 15 seconds of fame on the X-Factor. Thing is, it’s hard being an attractive person/cliché in a horror movie. What, you think being the lovable weed-smoker is an easy role? That takes training! And dedication! The kind of dedication that you’ll need to survive the night in Until Dawn.
Favourite Sith Lord? Easily Darth Maul. Let’s face it, in a film that’ll best be remembered as the Star Wars flick where Darkman was this close to murdering an actual CGI character while Renton from Trainspotting watched on, Darth Maul was easily the highlight. A whirling engine of hate, horns and tattoos, the moment you saw Maul getting ready to take on both Jedi at the same time was the moment that you’d sat through that damn Gungan attack scene. Darth Maul may be half the Sith Lord he used to be, but his upcoming collectible action figure is looking mighty fine.
It’s been a while since Star Wars was in arcades. Almost as long as it took me to finally forget about Jar Jar Binks…dammit. Still, it’s great to see Star Wars alive and kicking. It’s even better to see it doing so with an arcade cabinet that features proper lights, sounds and a kickass visual system. And it’s a system that you can actually own. For close to $100 000.
KAIBA! It’s been a while since I’ve felt like having a D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-D-DUEL in the world of Yu-Gi-Oh. A world where your status as a main character in any of the spin-off shows, is determined by the goofiness of your hair. And possibly if said hairstyle is capable of gouging out an eye or two. It’s all fun and card games on motorcycles until somebody loses an eye. The last time a Yu Gi Oh game was released, was last year’s 3DS half-effort. But it looks like Konami is getting ready to synchro-summon a new game in the series.
LEGO Dimensions? Check. Disney Infinity 3.0? Check. Broken wallet? Double-check! These days, Christmas shopping may be just as expensive as ever, but at least it’s a little bit easier. And that’s because kids love the toys to life genre. It’s a genre that Activision’s Skylanders not only created, but improved on every year with annual releases adding more characters to the game. The franchise however, has been oddly quiet throughout 2015. By now, a new game has normally been announced in time for parents to take out a second mortgage on their home. And if the rumours are true, it looks like Skylanders is bringing back another forgotten genre of gaming: Kart racing.
Cast your minds back to last year. It’s September 2014, and the most anticipated and hyped game of the year, Destiny, has finally landed. And it’s somehow both great and terrible. There’s a ton of content available in the vanilla edition of the game, but it’s hardly explained. There’s a wall that’s quickly hit, with the first DLC expansion The Dark Below, not exactly patching things up. House of Wolves will most likely end up being just as polarising as Destiny itself. But it does so with an absolute ton of new content that gives the game the upgrade that it needs.
You ever been in a batsuit? I have. Much like a trip to Brakpan in the summer, it’s hot, sweaty and smells of rubber when you’re inside a full-body replica. But dammit, Batman will always have the coolest costumes, just another reason why I dig the character. As usual, there’ll be plenty of ostumes to choose from in Batman: Arkham Knight, provided that you pony up and pre-order the game or any of its special editions and forget about waiting a year for the GOTY edition. But only one costume will take Batman beyond…his usual threads.
You just can’t keep a good zombie down! Well you can, but it’s icky, sticky and tricky work when you think about it. And you also risk losing your favourite spade, because if you don’t shove it correctly between a particular set of vertebrae, then the edge could be buggered for life. What was I talking about again? Oh yes, Resident Evil! Resident Evil Zero to be specific. And the upcoming 2016 HD remaster to be even more specific…er.