DC Comics haven’t exactly had a fantastic track record as of late when it comes to appealing to certain demographics. Hell, some of their characters haven’t been anything more than sexed-up dolls in spandex, but the times they are a’changin’. Some of these characters will still be page three material, make no mistake. But that doesn’t mean that they can’t be more than that and stand out as reimagined heroes with actual personalities that happen to be inspirational. Which is what DC’s doing for a bunch of their female characters.
So last night, I was feeling pretty smug about going to go see Avengers: Age Of Ultron. And then my karma realigned after it remembered that in a previous life I had been responsible for inventing sitcom laugh tracks. So thanks for the load-shedding Eskom! I’ve got a rebooked ticket for this evening to go watch Avengers: Part Deux. And I swear, if the power cuts out again, Eskom will be invited to a special screening of There Will Be Blood.
If you ever stepped onto a skateboard and dreamt of shredding massive rails and landing massive Ollies, then you’ve got Tony Hawk to thank for the inspiration of joining generation X. And I’m not talking about his cameo in Police Academy 4: Citizens On Patrol. No, it’s the Tony Hawk video games which are to blame for your scraped knees and excessively baggy pants. And some were great! Some were also beyond terrible! So let’s take a grind down memory lane, and examine every single one of them.
E3 is a crazy experience. Make no mistake it is fun, but when tackled in a manner where news comes first and gawking comes second, the convention is a special kind of monster. The biggest challenge though? Press conference day. There’s a reason why I’ve named it “The Gauntlet”. Traditionally, attendees had four press events to work through. That meant racing from Microsoft and Xbox to EA, hitting Ubisoft at the Morpheus theater and finishing the day off with Sony, leaving you completely drained. And it’s about to get even tougher.
Overlord! There’s something special about that game series. And it most likely appealed to me specifically, because it allowed players to cast their halo aside and be a horrible bastard for once. Overlord was making the use of minions cool long before Despicable Me hit the scene. And now the game is coming back for a third strike, albeit with some changes to the formula.
You know what the best thing is about a game being properly ported over from console to PC? It’s not the bump in visuals, the joy in seeing fellow gamers experience a masterpiece or the eventual massive discount in a Steam Sale. It’s the fact that you can massively cheat the game system. I’m not here to discuss ethics, because just having such an option that doesn’t impact on other gamers, is bloody wonderful. And GTA V has plenty of cheats already, including one that allows you to morph into animals and keep on playing the game.
By the time you read this, I’ll be getting ready to go and watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. You can’t see it, but I have a smug grin that’s this big right now, considering that many of you will have to wait until the next weekend to go see it. But that’s cool. Because while you wait, you can make your own Avengers movie, with some neat action figures. Like this prototype Ultron, strings not included.
Right, sit down folks. Stop struggling, the drugs should have taken effect by now. Resistance is pointless and all that. Ever heard the expression of a fate worse than death? Well you’re about to live it, as not only am I going to wax lyrical about the new Saint Seiya game, I’m going to talk endlessly about the actual terms and characters that make up the content of the game. And by the way, I’ve already removed the cyanide capsules hidden in your mouth. NO ESCAPE!
We’re into another year of reasonably fresh hardware, and we don’t have enough new game franchises right now. Time to change all that then. Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets happens to have a new franchise in the works. And it sounds like a massively episodic title that goes by the name of Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey.
Say what you like about Destiny, but the game clearly has a dedicated fanbase who do see some sort of potential in Bungie’s newborn franchise. Reddit threads, wikis and weekly video guides are all par for the course in this fandom. But some fans go a step further than merely contributing to a thread or discussing weekly Xur sales. Like this guy, who made a backup plan to get his hands on some Destiny loot when the world was against him.
Look at this Ghostbusters franchise! It’s a nimble little minx, isn’t it? You’ve got Ghostbusters Lego, Ghostbusters prop replicas, Ghostbusters underwear, Ghostbuster Vigo child care services! Cha-ching baby! Of course, that franchise has churned out plenty of video games. Some were downright awful (NES and SNES era) and some were just freakin’ awesome (Xbox 360 and PS3 Ghostbusters game, I loves ya). Ghostbusters is primarily a mobile game franchise these days, which explains the next game that’s on the way from Capcom.
I feel a disturbance in the Force. No wait, that’s just my KFC Dunked Zinger Wing lunch reminding me of the dark side of the colonel. What I do see however, is a new Star Wars game on the way. A new Star Wars Battlefront! Sure, it may not feature nearly as many modes as the original two Battlefront games but what the hell, my obvious fanboyism is clearly not allowing me to see that. It’s a DICE game through and through, and I’m hoping that it doesn’t bother too heavily from their Battlefield series. Which is one of the main development focal points of this game apparently.
Way back in the 1990s, the greatest event of all time took place: Marvel vs DC Comics. This was the comic book series that fans had been waiting for. Superman vs the Incredible Hulk! Batman vs Captain America! The really annoying punk version of Superboy taking on the clone version of Spider-Man! Robin hooking up with Jubilee from the X-Men! Okay, maybe some of those matches weren’t so awesome. But they also weren’t nearly as bloody as this brawl.
I don’t know when we’ll see another Batman game once Arkham Knight wraps up. But I also doubt that Warner Bros. Interactive will retire such a franchise once Rocksteady departs. Because there’s still plenty to mine out of the Batman mythos, and I’d bet my left Bat-testicle that we’ll see a new game unveiled within the next couple of years. And maybe, one of them can borrow story elements from some legendary Batman tales.
The Resurrection of F content that is! HAW!