Posts Tagged ‘Warner Bros’

Baf! Bim! DC Comics MOBA Infinite Crisis Leaves Beta

By Alice O'Connor on March 26th, 2015.

That's really super, Superdog.

“Bif! Bam! Kapow!” every article about comics is apparently required to begin. Sorted. Moving on, the merry gang of Infinite Crisis are now pushing lanes and ganking carries in earnest as the free-to-play DC Comics MOBA has graduated from open beta to properly released. This brings it to Steam too, for starters. Also it’s added Krypto, the Superdog. The Superdog. Superdog.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Defeated By Calendar Man

By Graham Smith on March 23rd, 2015.

Batman is well known for having some of the best villains in comics, but there are far more that are less well-known though, for one reason or another. Calendar Man for example is a villain whose crimes are related to the day upon which they’re committed. That sounds like the kind of thing I can tenuously relate to news that Batman: Arkham Knight [official site] has been delayed from June 2nd to June 23rd. There’s a new, seven-minute video of Batpunching below.

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What The Hell Are You Doing In Mortal Kombat, Predator?

By Alec Meer on March 21st, 2015.

Official screenshots are a good idea

On the one hand, this is very much “er, what?” On the other, it’s a monster whose gruesome fatalities make teenage boys cheer making an appearance in a game whose gruesome fatalities make teenage boys cheer. Almost surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Yes, Headcrab-faced alien hunter the Predator will be taking a break from being horribly mistreated by cinema to become a playable character in the next Mortal Kombat game. As will Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees. Evil never dies. It just becomes DLC.
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Mod-Me-Do: Dying Light Mod Block & Takedowns Tackled

By Alice O'Connor on February 3rd, 2015.

The zombie represents something and the hand is a mod or look I don't know whatever.

The Dying Light [official site] mod unpleasantness of the past week has been cleared up, and was indeed double whammy of overzealous protection. Developers Techland are doing something about the cheat protection that also blocked legitimate mods, while the Entertainment Software Assocation have nonapologised for copyright takedown notices issue in its name against sites hosting mod downloads. Huzzah! They don’t hate mods, they simply didn’t think things through.

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Mod-Me-Don’t: Dying Light Mod Blocks And Takedowns

By Alice O'Connor on February 2nd, 2015.

So, the pipe represents mods, yeah, which makes the zombie...

Ooh, mods! Lovely, lovely mods. But while mods can add all sorts of lovely new things to games, a game letting folks fiddle its files might also make it vulnerable to cheaty cheats. The difference between a rad dinocop skin and a spiked model is artistic intent. Dying Light [official site] is being a bit overzealous in its attempts to block the bad, though.

The latest update’s changelog includes “blocked cheating by changing game’s data files”, which also blocks things like editing weapons. Some modders have even had mods they uploaded to public file hosts removed through copyright protection laws.

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LEGO Duo: Avengers & Jurassic World Announced

By Alice O'Connor on January 30th, 2015.

No, I know. This is from 2013's LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

The simultaneous announcement of two new LEGO games makes me suddenly pained that they don’t let you mix-and-match parts from different games in the way one can with real LEGO [possibly the only capitalised brand name I’ll respect -ed.]. Obviously I’ll want to take the Black Widow from LEGO Marvel’s Avengers over into LEGO Jurassic World to zap raptors with her Widow’s Sting, and yes I absolutely would like to whack Loki with an ankylosaurus’s clubbed tail. Alas, the two games are separate for, one imagines, innumerable legal and technical reasons.

To celebrate this announcement, loads of LEGO games are on sale on Steam too.

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Shadow of More-dor: Playing With Permadeath In The DLC

By Matthew Cox on January 19th, 2015.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor came out last year to widespread appeal. Sure, the combat’s just a gorier, hyper deadly version of what we’ve already seen in the Batman Arkham games. Yeah, open world icon assassination was clearly lifted from Assassin’s Creed. But this time those icons were orcs, with actual memories and personalities, balanced on a power structure which the player was free to tinker with.

It’s great, but by the end of the game, messing with those systems felt unnecessary. You were powerful enough to just wade into the fortresses and kill your targets willy-nilly. What’s held my attention instead are the extra modes added since launch (one free, the rest paid-for DLC), which allow you to play the game as something approximating a roguelike. The free ‘Test of Defiance’ is the only mode that actually limits you to a single death, but it also doesn’t randomize the enemies or require you to gather intel on them.. Instead, I’m playing the ‘Test of the Wild’, which tasks you with ‘killing all 5 Warchiefs plus all 20 Captains’. I’m only giving myself one life, and to make things more interesting I’ll only use runes which I find as I play, ignoring the haul I gathered while playing the main game. Bring it on, hordes of Sauron.

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Fan Service: Mortal Kombat X Enlists Kitana

By Alice O'Connor on January 15th, 2015.

FIGHT!

Fighting with fans is, of course, cool as all heck, so I never understand how Mortal Kombat’s fanfight lady Kitana managed to make it goofy. If the very-much-flesh-and-blood Jackie Chan can make fan fighting look so exciting and skilled, why is the unreal Kitana so boring? The answer is probably “because the other fighter is actually trying to punch her, and not only punch her but stab her, set her ablaze, and tear her spine out too.” But still! The point is: Kitana is returning to the rebooted Mortal Kombat, a new trailer for Mortal Kombat X reveals. She’s still not cool.

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The Bestest Best Action: Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

By RPS on December 16th, 2014.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor‘s moment-to-moment biffing is a trick we’ve seen before, but it’s still impressive to watch your wraith-Ranger shift and flip with seamless animations between punching one gribbly uruk and gutting another. Yet it’s the Nemesis system, which gives the action context within the larger army of Sauron and world of Mordor, that makes every assassination matter so much more and which makes Middle-earth the best action game of 2014.

John: The highest compliment I can pay Mordor is to say it was 2014’s Kingdoms Of Amalur: Reckoning. Which is to say, the game I found the most enjoyable, the most effortlessly absorbing, this year. Yes, it’s vapid, but that’s part of its appeal.

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Where Do Zombies Come From? Dying Light Explains

By Alice O'Connor on December 10th, 2014.

Give grandma a hug.

“Where do zombies come from?” my little niece asked the other day. As The Cool Aunt, I thought I could handle this. “Well, small child,” I said, “when two zombies love each other very much, and want to… ah.” Sweat poured down my brow. I started over, “The thing about flesh is… no, no. Okay, so, you may have noticed that people…” If only Dying Light‘s cinematic intro had arrived in trailer form a little sooner, I might be welcome at this year’s family Christmas dinner.

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Commander Ladystab: Another Shadow Of Mordor Outfit

By Alice O'Connor on November 24th, 2014.

Stabs.

Dear Video Games,
Please observe what Monolith are doing with Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Recognising that its bland-o hero could be anything with two legs, two arms, and two blades, they’ve been releasing free outfits that turn Johnny Stabman into other people. First he became gothy villain the Black Hand of Sauron, and now we can play as a lady – Lithariel, the warrior commander met in the campaign. If your story is mostly dressing, why not let us stab-stab away as a variety of people?

Yr pal,
A

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Lego Batman 3 Launches, Heads For Outer Space

By Philippa Warr on November 13th, 2014.

Two people I actually recognise! Green Lantern and Spiderman

And in “opportunities to teach your child more about vigilante justice using playthings they know and love” news, Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham launched yesterday – you can take it for a spin with a free demo.

I confess I’ve not kept up with all the recent Lego releases. At this point it feels less like a franchise and more of a brick-based pop culture library. Lego are basically the modern equivalent of a monastic scriptorium, where the Lego monks transcribe plots and concepts from television, movies and books and then add illuminated letters in the form of construction flourishes.

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How Very Soulsian: Dying Light’s Multiplayer Invasions

By Alice O'Connor on October 3rd, 2014.

'I better hide so they don't see how ruddy goofy I look.'

Pretty good game, that there Dark Souls, isn’t it? Pret-ty good games. And influential too. The most obvious trace we’re starting to see in other games is invasions, when some bully from That Internet comes swaggering into your game to ping your knicker elastic, tear pages out your copybook, and stuff you into a locker. We saw it in Watch_Dogs, and now it’s in Dying Light too, Dead Island creators Techland’s new zombie ‘em up.

Sort of. In a pretty gross way, ‘Be the Zombie’ mode is split off into a DLC pack that publishers Warner Bros. are waving around as a pre-order bonus. Without it, you can be invaded but not invade.

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