Posts Tagged ‘Marvel’

Win-Toy Soldiers: Disney Infinity – Marvel Super Heroes

Whenever I’m reminded that Disney Infinity exists, I’m amazed that it doesn’t have a terrifying claim on parental wallets worldwide. The $75 starter pack that is the gateway into the console toybox has racked up more than three million sales and while the PC version has an initial free download and doesn’t support the physical figures that plug into the game, Skylanders-style, it is otherwise almost equivalent to the console versions. Purchasing the characters online as digital downloads does detract from the urge to collect ’em all but also means additional PC content is a little cheaper.

In Autumn, Infinity is expanding and the 2.0 release will contain twenty new characters plucked from the Marvel universe. Millions of wallets suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. Perhaps that quote will actually be relevant when Disney unleash Infinity 3.0 to coincide with the cinematic release of Star Wars VII: The Generation Gap.

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Superiority Complex: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

when you gotta go, you gotta go

Has a Spider-Man villain ever built a giant version of those suction devices that capture arachnid infiltrators so that they can be safely disposed of? I like to think that it’s happened several times over the decades, so that whenever the quip-slinger hears a vacuum cleaner, he soils his spandex. Judging by the reveal trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – the game of the sequel to the reboot of the adaptation of the comic book – Peter is more likely to be slinging gloom and doom than quips. He doesn’t even speak, preferring to let villainous mentor-chum (?) Kraven the Hunter do the talking.

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What’s Going On With Lego Marvel’s Mess Of A Release?

If you’re in the futuristic megacities of Americaland, you’ll likely know that you can buy and play Lego Marvel Super Heroes on Steam right now. You’ve been able to for a week or so. If you’re in, say, Britain, you may not know that you too can’t. Except, until recently, you could buy it! Just not play it. It’s been fixed now, but for a while there, Steam had it as a “coming soon” with a release date in the past, and a store page that let you buy it with no warnings. Just, when you went to install it, it got stuck. So what happened there? And why isn’t it out in the UK for another two weeks?

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Could Be Amazing


Or it could be rubbish. But on the evidence of the gameplay-free trailer (below) and the reveal at NYCC, I am hoping it’ll prove to be an above-average comic/movie license. Details on Polygon suggest improved combat and web-slinging (well they would say that), as well as an expanded and explorable Manhattan backdrop, and “light-RPG elements”.

Nothing heavy, darling.

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Cameo Man: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

The headline may well give away the identity of the latest addition to the Lego Marvel Super Heroes roster but I’m not going to tell you who it is here. The video below explains all and, in its gleeful enthusiasm, makes the game seem like one of the most enticing prospects on the release horizon. I’ve been playing lots of Saints Row IV recently and, as my muscular goth hobo was plummeting from an enormous alien tower, I realised that the Lego games and the Saints Row series have a great deal in common. They both favour a toybox approach to play, forgoing mechanical complexity, and instead piling on ideas, characters, customisation and objectives until only Alan Apathy could be bored. Mr Apathy is not on the Marvel roster.

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Meet The Bigfigs: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

LEGO people are so tiny! Sometimes I like to spread some out on the floor, stretch to my full height of five foot and a bit, then tower above them like a powerful overlord. The delusion of grandeur ends when I accidentally step on one and end up cured in a foetal position, clutching the sole of my foot, which LEGO tears like bullets bursting through a jellyfish. I am Gulliver, brought low in Lilliput. Not all LEGO figures are quite so small. If the average Minifig is a bullet, The Hulk should be a mortar round and so he is, as are several of his LEGO Marvel Super Heroes stablemates. Identify them all in the video below.

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Stark Realties: Lego Marvel Super Heroes

When I hear an accent I recognise from my everyday bar-crawling life in a dev diary, I feel like we’ve really made it, us Brits. The chap in the video below is the ‘Assisstant (sic) Director’ of Lego Marvel Super Heroes, which effectively means that Britain has now taken the best of Denmark and America, and made those things its own. He’s a cultural conqueror and the the Avengers are now plastic puppets, bent to his will. Rule Britannia! As well as the patriotic showcase, the video contains some very early footage of Lego Marvel Super Heroes and details on the importance of character switching, as well as Stark’s upgrades and various suits.

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OMG LEGO Marvel Game Is A Thing Yes Now Please YES!

Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

STOP EVERYTHING. I’m in the middle of writing a feature about something or other but who cares because! BECAUSE! LEGO Marvel Super Heroes!

Oh good heavens, it’s my worlds all coming together in a thousand Christmasses. The infinite supply of utterly excellent Lego games from Traveller’s Tales collides with the superheroics from the House Of Ideas, and if it isn’t the best game ever I’m going to eat my own knees.

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T-Rexes Confirmed For Marvel Heroes! Also, Story

DINOBIFF.

The Marvel universe’s mastery of POWBIFFS, WHAMZOTTS, and SHAWARMASLAMS is well-documented, but devout fans obsess over its skin-tight shenanigans for far greater reasons than that. Admittedly, I’m not much of a comic book reader, so – based on a new story trailer for Gazillion’s promising-looking Marvel Heroes MMO – I can only assume that reason is dinosaurs. Or maybe story, but that’d just be silly. Watch the superhero world’s most writerly of luminaries discuss their tale for the ages after the break. Then join me in hoping that this ends up a legitimate feature.

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Snikt And Smash: Marvel Heroes

When X-Men: The Last Stand crammed in all the mutants it made for a crowded frame and some of Marvel’s most uncanny were rendered as little more than computer-generated blobs of colour. Free-to-play multiplayer online ARPG Marvel Heroes also appears to subscribe to the ‘more actually can be more’ philosophy, but hopefully to greater effect. The huge selection of characters could work in its favour, because rather than being forced to share the screen together, more heroes means more choice. Closed beta signups continue. Another trailer below, more convincing than the last. Have you spied your favourite hero yet?

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Dare To Be Deadpool: Marvel Heroes

According to Daredevil if there are four hundred and fifty seven bajillion heroes, there are four hundred and fifty seven katchamatrillion villains

Given that Marvel Heroes is going to have something like four hundred and fifty seven bajillion comic book characters, I certainly won’t be posting a video for each and every one if that’s how Gazillion Entertainment choose to market the game. Maybe I’ve got the number wrong anyhow. Maybe it’s four hundred and fifty seven gazillion. Seeing as the Daredevil trailer shown at PAX has more footage of the actual game than I’ve seen before along with a gravelly voiceover, I reckon this one is worth watching for anyone interested in the free to play multiplayer ARPG.

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The Devil Wears Spandex: Marvel Heroes

The Snake Man's greatest folly was failing to understand the power of human love. And being born a snake man.

Under normal circumstances, I would not be excited about a game called Marvel Heroes. I mean, I love Robert Downey Jr: A Movie About Robert Downey Jr Starring Robert Downey Jr (And The Avengers Sometimes) as much as anyone, but these licenses tend to be about as much fun as being bitten by a writhing mass of regular, non-radioactive spiders. Here, however, there is hope. Marvel Heroes is being headed up by former Diablo leads and, well, it’s basically Diablo – but massively multiplayer and with superpowers and the ability to switch between every hero imaginable instead of devil magic. The latest oh-so-brief trailer, unfortunately, doesn’t really delve into much beyond the POWS, THWACKS, and HULKBIFFS, but it all looks very nice. The break beckons. Heed its call.

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Snikt! Marvel Universe Free-To-Play


The chaps over at PC Gamer US went to along to see Marvel and Gazillion talk about the Marvel Universe MMO. It’s going to be free-to-play and will allow you to play actual Marvel characters. “Some of the characters you will play as are: Captain America, Iron Man, Wolverine, Hulk, Thor, Spiderman, Nova, and Squirrel Girl.” Brian Michael Bendis will be writing for the game, but also you’ll apparently “play through existing stories that are told in the comic books.” Which means – potentially, I am speculating without checking the facts here – you could end up playing missions based on scripts penned by our own Kieron Gillen. Interesting! The game is being developed by Secret Identity, a part of Gazillion set up specifically for the project.

More details here.

Gobbets! Marvel Super Hero Squad

Cryptic’s Marvel Universe Online project may have been cancelled (probably a good thing, given how uneven the one-time City of Heroes creators’ recent output has been), but looks like we’re getting a Marvel MMO nonetheless. It’s developed by one Gazillion Entertainment and its, y’know, for kids. Super Hero Squad is based on the popular animated series for rugrats, so don’t expect any Christopher Nolan grit from this. It also seems to be hung around a digital collectable card game ethos, so there won’t be much direct action. I imagine it’ll fall somewhere between Free Realms and Pokemon battles – looks cute though. The first trailer is below, heroes, and it’s a remarkably strange thing. HULK EAT TOAST.
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Comickybook Wordthinks

I’ve been traveling for the last week, and between playing Puzzle Quest, reviewing games which I’m NDA-ed up to the journo gills about, drinking heavily, and and getting crushing existential dread with Alec when walking across a bridge in Vancouver, I picked up some comics. And one of them is relevant to the blog, so I’ll write something about it. Yes.

It features this bloke. And since there’s two incarnations of it out, it’s a bloody PC Game.

You left us, Halo, then you shamelessly came back. You heartless hussy.

It’s Halo: Uprising, it’s by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev and it has a review hidden around here, somewhere. See if you can find it.

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