Nananananana BATMAN! Biff! Pow! Krak! Ok enough of that. That’s right gamers/comic fans, Warner Bros. Studios has announced another sequel to the Batman: Arkham series… Or is it a prequel? It is called Batman: Arkham Origins and it is slated to be released October 25th….wait for it…. Wait for it….. THIS YEAR!
This time around Warner Bros. Studios will be developing the game in house instead of Rocksteady Studios who developed the previous games. However, Warner Bros. Studios will be using A LOT of the same that Rocksteady used so the look of the game won’t be changed drastically. They will even use the same Unreal engine. The designer for The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction and Prototype, Eric Holmes, will be leading this project.
Not too much is known about the game yet, but one of the villains in the game has been said to be none other than Deathstroke! Now that’s going to be awesome! More than likely the game mechanics probably won’t change too much, why mess with perfection? However Warner Bros. Studios may add some more to it to make this game even better (if that’s possible)!
Stay tuned to ‘Bat’-Clockworx Gaming! Let the CWG Team what you wish to be involved in this new Bat-game!
Many of you have probably already have been playing Tomb Raider, so me saying that this game is absolutely epic, will probably make you say, “DUH”!!! But I’ll say it anyway, THIS GAME IS ABSOLUTELY EPIC!!
The most obvious is that the graphics on the game are truly beautiful. From the character designs to the environment to the subtle details of animals in the wild and the fire lighting effects. One can tell that the designers took time and placed A LOT of effort into making things look right and flow so that there is nothing to pull you out of the game’s story.
You want content in your stories?! Tomb Raider has it in spades. The character development for our beloved Lara Croft is gripping, intense and keeps you wanting to know more. Not just about her but what she can do and learn to do next.
The game mechanics are very intuitive. Even though the game will have hints to inform you on how to perform certain moves, it always felt natural. The switch from treasure hunting to focus more on surviving is a nice touch as well. When you are treasure hunting it is very useful as the ‘salvage’ times you find can be used to upgrade your tools and weapons.
The cinematic camera view I feel really makes the game keep you interested. There are other subtle details to the game that enhance the gameplay too, such as there really isn’t a health bar so if you’re getting injured, you better fire back or get out of the way quickly. Lara also acts intuitively, for example when enemies are near by she will crouch on her own or automatically put out the torch if you have one lit.
I feel this game could definitely be a candidate for game of the year. However we have yet to see The Last Of Us by developer Naughty Dog or Ubisoft’s Watch Dogs. Those may prove to be big time competition.
Let CWG know your thoughts!
The CWG Team
Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader and California Democrat, spoke up on behalf of games during the debate to see if violent video games have an effect on gun crimes. Congress has started research to look at media including violent video games to determine if there may be a link to crimes involving guns as part of an on going movement for more gun control.
“The evidence says that, in Japan, for example, they have the most violent games and the lowest death – mortality – from guns,” Pelosi said during FOX News Sunday, as reported the Huffington Post.” And also stating “I don’t know what the explanation is for that except they may have good gun laws.”
Hopefully the research will be thoughtful and thorough and not turn into a witch hunt on video games. As part of the Clockworx Gaming Team, I can assure you we have played many games, some violent and some non violent, it would be a shame to have video games used as a scape goat for such crimes.
The CWG Team would like to know what you think! Leave a comment and let your voice be heard!
The 2nd annual Boston Festival of Indie Games will be held September 14th, 2013 at…. Wait for it…. Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts! That’s MIT! You know, where a lot of super smart people are! That’s hella wicked! Ok enough with the Boston accent, but it is awesome!
This type of festival being held at this type of highly regarded ‘smart people learning place’ is, in my opinion, a perfect match! I’m not the only one to think so either, the studio manager at MIT Game Lab and Boston Festival of Indie Games co-producer said, “The MIT Game Lab is the perfect partner for an event like Boston Festival of Indie Games, with both organizations’ shared dedication to game development and the New England games community. All of us at the MIT Game Lab are pumped to continue to be the location and promotional partner for Boston Festival of Indie Games in 2013 and beyond.”
I know all you gamers are psyched for this festival! I’m sure with its success last year, this year is going to blow the roof off of MIT! But don’t worry, they’ll know how to fix and rebuild it… I mean, that’s the kind of smart people who go there!
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I guess I heard right! This spring the Nintendo Wii-U will release a reboot of The Amazing Spider-Man! The game has already been released on the PS3, Xbox and PC, and it received fair reviews. However Nintendo Wii-U boasts that the game will release with all the downloadable content that previously released separately for the other platforms. One of the most notable being the Stan Lee adventure DLC.
Will this give The Amazing Spider-Man a ‘stickier web’ with the Nintendo Wii-U version? What will the use of the new Wii-U controller bring to the game? Either way, Nintendo Wii-U fans are in for a treat when it releases this March! Keep on web slingin my fellow Web Heads!!
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So, movies have already been made based on games and games made based on movies… Some are good and some are…well…not so good. Ok, let’s face it, most of the time they’re not so good. But soon that might be changing. Increasingly has the movie industry and gaming industry been freely sharing ideas to try and come up with great ideas to make certain video games into feature films. If you haven’t noticed, games recently have been more like interactive movies, with in depth characters, immersive environments and deep plot lines…and if you haven’t noticed this, then, PAY ATTENTION!
Would anyone like to see another Tomb Raider movie based on the new upcoming Tomb Raider video game? Maybe an Assassin’s Creed film, which could easily turn into another epic movie probably released in 3 installments! Halo or God Of War both could easily become awesome action movies if done right.
We may get to see some of these films due to the fact that the directors in the film industry nowadays grew up in the era of video games! In fact, on February 14th at the Glasgow Film Festival 2013, ‘Game Cats Go Miaow!’ will spotlight the influence of games in the film industry! I for one, can’t wait and will be eating my popcorn in my seat, with sticky floor and all, when the wave of blockbuster video game movies hit the silver screen!
President of our good ol’ United States of America, on Wednesday morning asked for congress to fund research to see if video game violence along with violence in other media has a link with real life violence.
He stated “Congress should fund research on the effects violent video games have on young minds,” and “We don’t benefit from ignorance. We don’t benefit from not knowing the science.”
The research will be conducted by a program funded with $500 million to help put out the fire of gun violence in the United States. Most will be focused on gun control and research.
The Vice President seemed to hint that there will be more research conducted after he meets with the representatives from the video game industry on Friday. The President might also ask the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the help of $10 million from Congress, to research the core causes of gun violence and to include if violent video games or other media have any affect…
For you gamers wanting your voice to be heard in this matter… The time may be coming soon!