What do you look for in a collector’s edition of a game? Maybe it’s a fancy art book. Maybe you want a beautiful resin statue to put on your shelf that you can gawk at and convince yourself that all those Rands spent were well worth it. I on the other hand, prefer practical collector’s editions of games. And since it looks quite rainy today, I think I might just pre-order Rory McIlroy PGA Tour.
I’m on the lookout for new manga to read. Naruto is pretty much finished once the current Seventh Hokage arc wraps up, Bleach is an exercise in stretching a plot with cool art and I’ve turned the Fairy Tail comics into a drinking game wherein I have a shot every time a character starts crying and WHAT YOO LOOKIN’ AT HUH? According to pals o’ mine however, I should be looking at an ongoing manga called The Heroic Legend of Arslan. A manga which features full metal pedigree, and is already getting a brand new game. A game which looks gorgeous.
I’ve got a lot of the Godzilla franchise. It’s a silly franchise, made even sillier by the fact that for several decades, most of the carnage was performed by one chap in a rubber monster costume. But as outlandish as Godzilla was, his enemies may have been stranger. And you’ll be facing plenty of them in them in the upcoming Bandai Namco game later this year.
I may not be as much into Adventure Time as I was when the show first started, but the series still has a place in my heart. A place that still needs massive amounts of therapy and recovery after being subjected to a nightmare fuel episode of clown nurses. Still! Adventure Time is as strong as it ever was in terms in popularity, and it has seen its own fair share of games over the last year or two. There’s another Adventure Time game on the way though. And it’s in 3D boyee. ACCEPTABLE!
One two, Freddy’s coming for you…
Some of you are playing Bloodborne right now. And some of you may be having trouble with the Blood-Starved Beast. We just wanted to say something in your darkest hour.
Out of all the post-apocalyptic scenarios to find yourself stuck in, the world of Mad Max may just be the worst. Frequent road wars, warlords exacting their literal pound of flesh from frightened scavengers and an environment built out of nightmare fuel. Sort of like Port Elizabeth on a Tuesday, but not that bad. Still, a wasteland without characters would be a dull wasteland. And the world of Mad Max has some interesting characters to meet.
It may not have been a perfect game, but Alien: Isolation got so, so much right in the end. It was gripping, tense and challenging as players had to navigate their way through derelict spaceships and stations with a Xenomorph creature that was constantly stalking them. That’s the kind of game which relies more than ever on solid concept art to help it realise a certain vision of nightmare fuel. Fortunately, Alien: Isolation had all that, and plenty more.
Oh man. I gotta go. I really, really got to go. But first, I need to type this post about going. The meta is getting to me man. The turtle is poking his head out. The groundhog is looking for his shadow. EUPHEMISMS! DAMMIT!
I have way too much love for Tron. I think it’s one of the most visually important franchises ever made, a neon wonderland in its 2.0 infancy that is populated by digital citizens who fling their entire egos around quite literally thanks to those fancy discs on their backs. And it looks like the franchise is ripe for a new game.
When it comes to heavyweight combos, the Justice League will always be the prime group in the room to any other super team around. You’ve got the last son of Krypton, the world’s greatest detective, an Amazonian powerhouse and even more big guns in one super-sized combo meal of justice. Justice League is also a funny way of spelling “You’re f***ed” to any interplanetary threat, but that’s life. We’ve seen the Justice League in several video games before. But long before there was Injustice for all, there was meant to be another game starring the capes and tights brigade. Only that got cancelled.
Ah, the arcade. A technicolour wonderland that smells vaguely of vomit and is the perfect place to dump unwanted children while you head to the casino. There are all manner of games available usually, such as a dusty old Metal Slug cabinet or a stand-up light-gun shooter that has most likely seen better days. But stand aside kids, because you’ll be pumping in plenty of coins when Flappy Bird flaps into town.
It’s been a while since I’ve had a good fright. Not since I accidentally walked into a showing of Mamma Mia, have I been properly horrified, and by all accounts, I’m going to need to wear my brown pants when I play The Evil Within. It’s a spooky-looking game, with new-gen barbwire physics confirmed. What it doesn’t have confirmed however, is an alternate cover option. The time for voting, is now!
In theory, pre-ordering a game should bestow on a player various bonuses for placing their faith in a developer at an early stage, while shaving a few bucks off the release price. In practice however, it usually results in merely some exclusive cosmetic content and buggerall else. That’s the approach that most games take these days. But what US gaming franchise GameStop has in mind just sounds completely wrong.
RUN! It’s a new Godzilla game! And this time, Bandai Namco has the license so we can now totally run away in terror as this will be a fully approved Godzilla game so we don’t have to fear reprisals from Toho and Warner Bros about infringing on their trademark! Run away!