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DC Does DOTA: Infinite Crisis

By Adam Smith on March 25th, 2013.

I give that traffic cone 2/10

Oh no! The DC multiverse is exploding again. Heroes and villains will have to work together to save it by engaging in some sort of free-to-play MOBA called Infinite Crisis. I know quite a lot about DC comics but I don’t know anything about MOBA games but since I’m all alone in Castle RPS at the moment, I’m going to have to tackle this anyway. In place of informed opinion, I present to you a brief anecdote. I installed and played DOTA 2 for the first time this weekend and played through the tutorial, which involved hitting things and then getting dressed. Then I tried to play a game with bots and realised that I didn’t even know what my objectives were, beyond wearing armour. Here is the trailer for Infinite Crisis.

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Scribblenauts No Longer Arbitrarily Unavailable In Europe

By Nathan Grayson on February 16th, 2013.

Maxwell's smile is so unabashedly gleeful that I'm almost not disturbed by the fact that he's flashing it because a dragon's killing god.

Remember when Scribblenauts Unlimited simultaneously launched in all territories thanks to the lightspeed techno-magic of the 21st century? Well then, congratulations. You evidently live in a pristinely wound clockwork dimension where things actually make sense. Others of us aren’t so fortune. Case in point: the entirety of Europe. While North America got the whimsically open-ended puzzler back in November, Warner Bros decided to shove its European release date into “early 2013″ for no apparent reason. Seriously, even developer 5th Cell was basically baffled. But now, finally, mercifully, anyone can grab it on Steam.

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Breaking The Hobbit: Lego Lord Of The Rings’ Demo

By Nathan Grayson on November 3rd, 2012.

Gandalf, astride a giant pair of ears.

Lego Lord of the Rings is still a few weeks from building a bridge to our machines (and hopefully, using its quirky brand of Lego charm, our hearts), but Traveler’s Tales has seen fit to release one mythical creature from its grasp early: an honest-to-goodness, flesh-and-brick pre-release demo. In the modern age of un-middle Earth, these poor things are all but extinct, so treat it with care. Unless you find it to be kind of sub-par, anyway. Then feel free to scold it for not quite living up to the expectations set by its made-of-plastic, nearly fantastic brothers and sisters as I’m about to after the break.

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Little Big Middle-Earth: Lego Lord Of The Rings’ World

By Nathan Grayson on September 26th, 2012.

Sure, we're always journeying together, but do we ever really *talk*?

Our world was not built with Lego figurines in mind. They are small, plasticine, and worrisomely edible, while we are almighty giants with colossal living rooms and all-consuming sofa cushions to match. In other words, pretty much everything dwarfs our favorite race of jaundiced, ear-less architects – regardless of mundanity. Tables, chairs, lamps – you name it. So what happens when we fling them into a world that even made cave trolls and gigantic tree people seem insignificant? Well, then we get Lego Lord of the Rings. It’s something of a jarring mix, to say the least. But it also kinda, sorta somehow works. Venture past the break to see how.

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Hold Your Horses: LOTRO’s Rohan Expansion Delayed

By Nathan Grayson on August 24th, 2012.

The short-tempered horse who hates delays more than anything, naturally, is not pleased.

Horses! They go fast. Except when they don’t – for instance, while asleep or carrying a very, very large person. And then, of course, there’s the most common horse sloth cause of them all: beta tests of MMORPGs based on the most culturally pervasive mythology ever to be written by a man with an irrational hatred of cars. The latter has claimed yet another victim today, as Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan has officially been delayed into October.

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Blocky Balrogs: Lego Lord Of The Rings Has “That Line”

By Nathan Grayson on August 14th, 2012.

SECOND BREAKFAST.

Legos have come a long way since I was but a naive youth who could still play with colorful blocks and not fear the judgmental scorn of my peers. Back then, I’d crack open a fresh bucket and let my unbridled child imagination craft epic dreamscapes that… well, they mostly ended up looking like boxes. Sometimes I put wheels on them. OK, so maybe what I imagined didn’t quite end up sticking the landing in reality. Lego Lord Of The Rings, on the other hand, looks pretty much a perfect reproduction of Peter Jackson’s take on Tolkien’s genre-birthing opus – except that Vigo Mortensen’s rugged handsomeness is slightly diminished by the transition into pudgy-block-person-hood.

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Not Horsing Around: LOTRO’s Mounts Mean Business

By Nathan Grayson on August 11th, 2012.

I know it's just a hoof and a trick of perspective, but I can't stop seeing the horse in the foreground making a really silly face. And, you know, I don't think I want to stop, either.

Business horses! With suits and briefcases and stuff! That’s completely not what I’m talking about. And as much as I wish it was, an in-depth look at Lord of the Rings Online: Riders of Rohan‘s mounted combat’s not a bad consolation. Now, obviously, any game could put you in a saddle, hand you some variety of pointy stick, and send you haphazardly swinging on your way, but LOTRO’s basing an entire expansion around hard-charging equine-fu. Classes will have unique skills, playstyles, and – hopefully – /dance options. Ride past the break to watch some nice people explain the real horsepower behind your newfound horse powers.

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Lego Batman 2′s Dynamic Demo

By Adam Smith on June 19th, 2012.

I looked at this picture wrong and thought Batman had a broken neck. Now I can't see it any other way.

No signal shone in the sky to announce the presence of a PC demo for Lego Batman 2 but I found it anyway, lurking over at the official website. The portion contained is the beginning of the game which means there’s no chance to explore the Gotham hub, just a brick-bopping jaunt through the Man of the Year ceremony, where Bruce Wayne beats “some bald guy from Metropolis”. Release is today in the US, the 22nd in the EU and the 27th in Australia. Obviously. We’ll take a look as soon as possible. Here’s the demo.

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Lego Batman 2 Launch Trailer Has Everything

By Nathan Grayson on June 19th, 2012.

This is pretty much why I generally try to avoid helicopters.

I think I may actually mean that. The latest (and probably final, given the brick-based behemoth’s impending June 22 release date) Lego Batman 2 trailer might just have all of the things. You, for instance, might play games for outlandish vehicles. Well, this one has those too. Or you might enjoy kung-fu fighting – perhaps even of the “fast as lightning” variety. Lego The Flash’s tiny, c-shaped fists of fury say hello. And then, of course, there’s the giant robot. Yep, that’s a thing for some probably wonderful reason. But then, I suppose you’d need all of the things to fill all of the space, so here we are. Now let us move elsewhere to watch the trailer. After the break, perhaps?

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New Lego Batman 2 Trailer Tells All

By Nathan Grayson on June 13th, 2012.

Batmoon.

It’s the moment of truth. Sticks and stones and Bane can break my bones, but can words commit the most insidious crime of all by sapping the charm from Legos? Are these tiny torch-bearers of the mantra “actions speak louder than words” truly meant to sprout tiny, block-shaped vocal cords? Perhaps, I fear, we’ve gone too far. Maybe Lego Batman 2 should be a series of text prompts and color-coded meters. Or maybe it should take the form of a bucket filled with tiny plastic bricks and imagination. There is, however, no turning back now. I can see the trailer signal shining from just beyond the break. I suppose it’s time.

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Blockham City: Lego Batman 2′s Open World Trailerfied

By Nathan Grayson on May 23rd, 2012.

Awww, they're restrained by the laws of gravity. That's cute.
I must admit to having never owned any of the Lego <Insert Crucial Portion Of Your Childhood Here> games, but goodness, this Lego Batman 2 trailer makes a persuasive argument – and not in the traditional Batmanner of hurling me off a two story building and breaking my legs, either. Score! Among other things, it touts a rather astounding 500 square mile open-world city, which looks suitably drenched in rain and atmosphere, given the subject matter. But then a man gets hit with a pie, allowing me to handily sum up everything these games stand for in two sentences. Also on display: Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and the greatest hero of all: spoken words. Also, Superman. Traverse significantly less than 500 square miles to reach the shockingly enticing trailer after the break.

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