The story of Superman is easily summarised in a few lines. Doomed planet. Desperate scientists. Last hope. Kindly couple. No matter how much Superman changes over the years, that core origin is what truly defines the hero. It’s what I dig about him, what makes him so great because he happens to have absolute power and has managed to avoid being corrupted by it. But what if Superman had landed elsewhere? What if Superman was…a communist?
2011’s Mortal Kombat 9 may have been a visceral rollercoaster ride populated with familiar faces, but Mortal Kombat X was a game for a new generation of Kombatants. Cassie Cage, Jaqcui Briggs, Takeda and Kung Jin formed the brat pack of Mortal Kombat X. And opposing them, were new Outworld threats such as D’Vorah, Erron Black and the new Emperor, Kotal Kahn. A character for skilled players to get the most use out of, Kotal Kahn is pretty cool nonetheless. And of course he’s getting three variant collectibles, based on his various god forms. Of course he is!
Moichendising! Just about every game these days has some sort of collectible that you can purchase and add to your shelf. Gears Of War made actual replica Lancers, Bioshock Infinite has a working skyhook thingy and one day when Geoff’s back is turned I’ll steal his Portal gun replica away from him. Evolve will also have merch to sell. If your pockets are deep enough that is.
I touched on this briefly yesterday with the other video, but here’s the proper unboxing for the small gift that CD Projekt Redd gave to attendees at E3 last week. Provided that they were invited to go see some Witcher 3 action behind closed doors. I feel so damn special, sniff. Anyway, keep reading! There’s something in here for you!
Now you to can finish the fight…in my bedroom. No, this isn’t Oscar Pistorius: The Video Game, but instead a tagline for a brand new Halo collectable. And dammit, I wants it.
You’ve got a Christmas bonus that is going to fiscal fist your bank account this month, and you need to spend it on something. But what? Charity? Don’t make me laugh. Here’s some materialism that is just begging for that 13th cheque to be dropped on it.
You’d think that my favourite comic book super-villain would be the Joker or Gavin, but you’d be wrong. DEAD WRONG! That honour goes to Doctor Doom, who has always been number one on my list. He’s a genius inventor, unstoppable sorcerer with diplomatic immunity. And now he’s yours to own.
One day, robots will rule over us all. In anticipation for this, I’ve begun sucking up pretty damn hard to my microwave. And I for one, will welcome our new robotic death-lords when they ascend to the top of the food chain. Especially of they sport detail like this.
How many of you are still playing The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. I know I am. Not everyday mind you, but when I need a quick jaunt in an ancient society and feel like flexing some Force lightning, I pop that disc in for an hour. It’s a game that sits proudly on my shelf. And sweet Sheogorath, do I want to partner it up with this cool-looking statue.
What’s that you say? Gaming has some great heroes these days. Korvo from Dishonored, Kratos from God of War and Desmond McMonkeyface from the Assassin’s Creed franchise? I scoff at your selection. Scoff to the max. Back in the day when those guys were nothing more than pen on paper diaper concept drawings, there was one hero who stood tall and kept damn quiet. Gordon Freeman was his name, and he was an ass-kicking scientist in a biohazard suit and spectacles, swinging a crowbar around and kicking head-crab head-ass. And now he’s been immortalized, in statue form.
My action figures are getting out of line lately. Asura smirks at me with that Neanderthal forehead of his, Batman broods even harder than usual and Spawn told me to go suck a lemon yesterday. Time I reminded them what a true collectible can do, and put them in their place at the same time. And what better way to do so, than with the prime evil itself, Diablo?
You can keep your Jedi, Sith lords and Gungans, Star Wars fans. The real badasses in that galaxy far, far away were always the bounty hunters, galactic enforcers that were armed with everything from flamethrowers through to jetpacks. And the baddest of the bad was the last clone himself, Boba Fett. Wouldn’t you like to have a piece of that intergalactic freelance bail enforcement attitude on your desk?
It may be hard to believe, but Duke Nukem Forever has been out for a year already, a game that many considered to be more elusive than an honest politician. And while DNF may not have been the greatest game of all time, it…,er,um…I got nothing. Except this amazing replica statue!
Sure, video games, if successful, can make a lot of cash for publishers and developers. But any business savvy marketer knows that the real key to success is in merchandising the hell out of your product. On the market, there are currently Halo Halloween costumes, Sonic the hedgehog action figures, and while Iâ€™m typing this, Iâ€™m also enjoying a hearty cereal that features Scorpion and Sub Zero on the box art, Korn Flakes.
So if youâ€™re a fan of collectable figurines and statues of your favourite video game characters, then youâ€™re most likely going to be thrilled to hear that renowned figurine maker Kotobukiya are going to be releasing a statue of popular ME character Liara to coincide with the release of the third game. Only, it looks kind of wrong, and the fans arenâ€™t too happy about that.
While we were living it up this weekend with copious amounts of beer, Bethesdaâ€™s PR company was hard at work announcing a special Collectors Edition for the massively anticipated Skyrim.
We havenâ€™t been given local pricing yet but youâ€™re going to want to prepare yourself for misery as itâ€™s currently priced at 130 Pounds over in the UK which works out to around R1500â€¦ for a game. So what do you get for that?