Have you ever read a comic book, and thought to yourself what would happen if events had been different? What if Batman wasn’t mentally unbalanced? What if Spider-Man wasn’t a whiny bug during the clone saga? What if Galactus ate more Twinkies? Decades ago, Marvel hit on that idea, with their monthly What If series of comics that asked more intelligent questions and examined the ramifications. And out of hundreds of issues, these five are great examples of twisting continuity into something else.
By now, you’ve all heard of Surgeon Simulator. It’s the game that YouTube won’t shut up about, a collection of botched procedures and bloody organ removal mixed with unruly controls and phantom limb syndrome. As a game, Surgeon Simulator is an absolute mess of conflicting issues that treads a fine line between fun and frustrating, but is somehow actually worth experiencing the gimmicky gameplay. The PS4 version however, could have benefited from a few more years in medical school.
Or at least this special edition of it looks like it’s been thrown into the wrong end of a slime party, something you do not want to find yourself in when in Japan, trust me on this. There’s a new Dragon Quest hitting the Sony console. And of course, there’s a nifty version of that machine coming out tied to that game. But you can’t have it.
You’re cruising around San Andreas, running over pedestrians and ignoring the red lights at the robots, and you’re thinking to yourself ‘something is missing’. And then you realise, while wiping blood off of your hood ornament by ramming it through a car wash, that you haven’t got the radio on. And for some strange reason, listening to Baker Street while running down some nuns just feels right. Expect more of those good vibes, my troubled friends, when GTA V updates your favourite stations.
I’ve spoken before but how much of a game-changer mega-evolutions were to Pokémon. Now, I’m going to speak about it some more and don’t bother trying to escape, I locked the door and laced the biscuits with paralysing chemicals. Now then, mega-evolutions aren’t just cosmetic changes to your Pokémon. They’re stat-boosting transformations that can give you the edge in battle. And of course, another starter Pokémon is getting one.
Girls and kittens, it is the first day of Spring. I don’t care what anyone else says, the 1st of September is the day for me that marks the start of snot-faced sneezing, swollen cheeks and eyes that might have awakened the Sharingan. In other words, folks are going to be coming down with hayfever real soon. It also means that I have to bust out my tight jogging pants, and start jiggling my way up and down the street.
There’s a certain sting to realising that not only have you spent years waiting for a game to be released, but that all the time was for nothing when it’s announced that said title has been cancelled. The gaming landscape is littered with such examples, from Highlander through to The Last Guardian. For reals, that game is never going to be released and we’ll see Max Payne vs Alan Wake before Sony ever confirms that sad truth. Here’s five more games which aren’t arriving. Ever.
Gaming has its fair share of giants. Massive franchises, colossal console competition and of course some stupendously solid publishers. But these are all split across various companies and studios. There’s no ultimate company out there, controlling all of your favourite games. Activision on the other hand, might be the company closest to doing that if they do end up buying Take Two Interactive.
Zombie games are a dime a deadly dozen these days. If you aren’t barely surviving the end of the world, then you’re most likely snacking on some brains. Still, out of all those games, I’m beginning to warm up to Dying Light, which has been both crap-your-pants scary and exhilarating to me.
The cold weather bit at my nipples like unchained angry Rottweiler's being fed print-outs of 4chan. Clearly, something was on the way, and it was up to me to put a tasteful shirt on and get to the bottom of it. Donning my best Little Mermaid top and wig, I set out to investigate. What did my year-long quest uncover? Apparently, enough exposition to distract you all as I buggered off for the weekend.
I’ve got high hopes for the next WWE game. The grace period is over, and with 2K Games now clearly lighting a fire under the arse of Yukes, we’re starting to see WWE games which capture both the attitude and nostalgia of sports entertainment. This year, WWE 2K15 is going to focus on rivalries. And beards. Magnificent, manly and macho beards.
It was elementary you see. If the game was indeed a foot, then Dr Geoff and I would have no choice but to question each and every single appendage in the greater London area. As I unfortunately found out later, not only were my investigative techniques, flawed, stupid and illogical, but also illegal as the local rozzers knicked me.
Hey there girls and kittens. It’s that time again. The time for free games. And really, I see no downside with getting a little skip row row with my Xbox Live subscription. The last few offerings from the house over on Microsoft hill have been rather solid. Here’s what’s arriving in September.
Despite being one of the biggest franchises around, Pokémon ain’t exactly known for releasing collector’s editions of their various games. What you generally get, is a game, a box and a manual if you’re lucky. And I’m fine with that. And I’m also more than fine with falling off the wagon, caving in and buying this special edition of the upcoming Ruby and Sapphire remakes.