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Relaxing Flow-based Adventure Game, Lumini Coming to Steam September 3 From Rising Star Games

Rising Star Games and Speelbaars is set to release the relaxing, flow-based adventure game, Lumini on Steam for PC, Mac, and Linux on September 3. A deluxe edition of Lumini, featuring the game and soundtrack will also be made available on Steam at launch.

In Lumini, players take control of a swarm of the titular creatures – an ancient race that has been missing for thousands of years – and grow, evolve and keep the swarm safe during their challenging and perilous journey. Sail your Lumini through beautiful, time-worn landscapes, encounter mystical and bewildering creatures and solve ancient puzzles to discover why the Lumini vanished, while trying to restore peace and harmonic balance to their home planet.

Lumini Key Features:

  • Discover the history of the Lumini and their mysterious home world
  • A mesmerizing flow-based experience with accessible controls and gameplay
  • Divide your Lumini swarm and control both groups simultaneously to solve puzzles and unlock the mysteries of the Lumini home world
  • Evolve your swarm into different species with unique abilities
  • Immersive and fully adaptive audio score
  • Deluxe edition packaged with soundtrack also available at launch

Watch the Lumini announcement trailer.

Pax Prime 2015: Mad Max and Uber Team Up

Mad Max UberThe upcoming open-world action game Mad Max from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Avalanche Studios will be bringing The Wasteland to Seattle at PAX Prime, where Uber will be offering Mad Max game-inspired vehicles for riders to select from in the area.

Uber riders will get a chance to ride in vehicles inspired by the Mad Max game at PAX Prime in Seattle from Aug. 28-Sept. 1. The convention takes place at the Washington State Convention Center from Friday, Aug. 28-Monday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. PDT

The Mad Max video game introduces an original story set within the universe of Mad Max and features deep car customization that impacts its handling, metal-grinding vehicular action and gives players a vast arsenal of mobile weaponry within The Wasteland.  Players become Max, the lone warrior who must fight to stay alive by engaging in vicious on-ground fighting, as well as physics-based vehicular combat, against savage factions who are fighting for domination and survival in this gritty, dynamic open-world.

The game will be released on Sept. 1, 2015 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

We unfortunately won’t make it to PAX, so if folks have photos, post them in the comments or send them to us!

Explore The Simpsons and Midway Arcade In LEGO Dimensions

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today revealed screenshots showcasing The Simpsons and Midway Arcade gameplay for LEGO Dimensions, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay. Both The Simpsons and Midway Arcade levels are part of the LEGO Dimensions main game that can be played through in the Starter Pack.

The Simpsons Level within the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack incorporates a cel-shaded art style, for a look that is true to the original, animated series and unique from the other levels within the game. Players will face an unlikely pair of evil masterminds in The Simpsons Level – Lord Business and The Joker – who have joined Lord Vortech’s legion of villains and invaded Springfield. It is up to our heroes to defeat them and restore order in The Simpsons world. For fans of The Simpsons that want to customize their LEGO Dimensions experience, a The Simpsons Level Pack which includes a LEGO Homer Simpson minifigure and The Simpsons Fun Packs which include a LEGO Bart Simpson minifigure and a LEGO Krusty the Clown minifigure were also announced. All of the characters, vehicles or gadgets from any of these expansion packs can be combined with any other characters, vehicles and gadgets that exist throughout the game, and can be played in any level, with any other entertainment property. Imagine the fun of Bart Simpson riding a Velociraptor in Metropolis.

In the Midway Arcade Level within the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack, Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle find themselves in a videogame, where they must race in Super Sprint, smash their way through hordes of enemies in Gauntlet, save astronauts in Defender, and defeat robots in Robotron.  For retro gamer fans, there will be a Midway Arcade Gamer Level Pack with a LEGO Retro Gamer minifigure, and an entire level with more than 20 arcade games to beat.

Launching September 27, 2015, LEGO Dimensions will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation4 and PlayStation3 computer entertainment systems and the Wii U system from Nintendo.

Midway Arcade Screenshots

Midway Set

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The Simpsons Sets

16 Interesting Facts You Might Not Know About Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda

Pure Costumes has put together an infographic with 16 things you might not know about the Legend of Zelda, the classic and popular Nintendo video game series.

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Infographic Created by PureCostumes.com

PAX Prime 2015 News: Mutant League Football Appearing

Mutant Football League, the spiritual successor to the original #1 selling Sega Genesis sports-hybrid game, will be showing off an early version within the Digital Dreams Entertainment LLC Booth #6813 at the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX Prime) at Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, WA from August 2831, 2015.  The series’ original creator and lead designer, Michael Mendheim, will be demonstrating the latest pre-alpha build of the title that is being created for PC/Steam, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and mobile (iOS/Android); and will feature online multiplayer (up to 4 players).

The original Mutant League Football was released by Electronic Arts in 1993 for the Sega Genesis.  It’s blend of monsters, mayhem, and good ol’ American team sports turned the game into a cult classic and a #1 best seller. The touchdown success of the original game spawned a spin-off (Mutant League Hockey: Sega Genesis, 1994), as well as a toy line, an animated cartoon series, trading cards, and more!

Digital Dreams Entertainment LLC will also be previewing its new mobile app, Cinelinx, a movie based trivia game for people who love movies. Players can play against each other finding connections between notable films from the 70″s, 80’s, 90’s and today. It’s a new take on movie trivia games. Dominoes for movie buffs. The game is based on the original hit card game from creator, Gabriel Barboza who will also be on hand to demo the game. Cinelinx will be released on iOS and Android mobile phones and tablets Q4 2015.

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Around the Tubes

It was new comic book day yesterday. What got everyone excited? What’d you enjoy reading? What didn’t you enjoy?

While you decide, here’s some news and reviews from around the web you might enjoy.

Around the Tubes

Nothing But Comics – Bergen St Comics Is Closing It’s Store – A shame, it’s a fantastic store.

The Outhousers – Report: School Bans Wonder Woman Lunchbox for Violence – There is the debate that superheroes are nothing but glorified fascist vigilantes.

Kotaku – YouTube’s Approach To Copyright Claims Could Scare Off Streamers – Good thing to keep in mind.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

ICv2 – Andre the Giant: Closer to Heaven

Nothing But Comics – The Paybacks #1

LEGO Dimensions Main Game Includes 14 Distinct Levels

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment revealed today some of the many different environments that exist throughout the 14 levels of LEGO Dimensions, the upcoming entertainment experience that merges physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay. Players can interact with most of the fan-favorite universes within LEGO Dimensions from the Starter Pack main game, no matter which characters, vehicles and gadgets they choose to play with, and with no additional purchase or expansion pack required.

At the start of the game, the heroes Batman, Gandalf and Wyldstyle begin their journey on the Yellow Brick Road in the colorful world of Oz. Their quest takes them through the city of Ninjago, plus Metropolis, Middle Earth, and Hill Valley, just to name a few. Each level offers players a new mission on their path to save the LEGO Multiverse.

For players who want to further customize their gameplay experience, the characters, vehicles and gadgets from any of the LEGO Dimensions Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs can be brought into any of the different level environments with no restrictions. The LEGO Dimensions Level Packs will provide players with an additional level to play of a given entertainment franchise, in addition to the 14 levels included in the main game.

Launching September 27, 2015, LEGO Dimensions will be available for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and the Wii U.

Here’s a look at the 14 levels.

Back to the Future

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Doctor Who

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Ghostbusters

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Metropolis

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Middle Earth

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Ninjago

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Portal

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Scooby Doo

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Wizard of Oz

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Marvel: War of Heroes launches Super Hero sized update!

Marvel War of Heroes - iconHeroes, get ready for some brand-new card-battling action! Today, DeNA unveiled the latest gameplay update for Marvel: War of Heroes, a Marvel Universe mobile card battle game, featuring Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man and many more. The update introduces the Nexus, a brand new game mode that includes all-new gameplay mechanics, a revamped user interface, and a dynamic card evolution system for a brand new set of Nexus cards.

In Marvel: War of Heroes, players will travel through the Nexus portal to explore various iconic locales in the Marvel Universe, embarking on missions and pitting themselves against enemies in a brand new Revolution Battle system. Powerful cards, strategic card placement, and skillful deck maneuvering are all necessary to obliterate enemies and amass valuable rewards. Players can collect all-new Nexus cards by completing missions in the Nexus, then gathering and crafting over 60 new Materials and Gear that can be equipped onto Nexus cards to arm them for battle. Use these powerful Nexus cards in the game’s events to battle other Agents and bosses for even more rewards.

The initial release of Nexus will feature the world of Asgard – a realm based off Norse mythology. Experience the “Might of Asgard” by assisting Thor in his quest to prove his worth to Odin, as he challenges fellow Asgardians such as Heimdall and Sif. Collect the Nexus cards of the Asgardian by defeating them in battle and earning the right to use their unique abilities.

All of these brand new features are live in Marvel: War of Heroes, a free download available now on the App Store for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and on Google Play for Android phones and tablets. The game does have in-app purchases.

Review: Batman Arkham Knight Pre Order Story Packs (Red Hood and Harley Quinn)

Batman Pre-Order DLC packsOne of the things I was looking forward to most with Batman: Arkham Knight was the huge load of DLC that was planned to come out with it. Being that I’m a huge fan of both Batman and the Rocksteady Trilogy, the thought of having more to do in these titles besides the main story was downright exciting. So when I heard that there was going to be a Season Pass for the final title in the Arkham Trilogy, $40 didn’t seem like a bad idea for 6 months worth of extra content. Well, I was as wrong about that as I was about the new Godzilla film, as I was sure it was going to be fantastic. Both were still pretty entertaining though.

When I heard there were going to be pre-order bonuses for the game that featured extra chapters, I had high hopes that they were going to be wonderful additions to the game, especially since I’m a huge Red Hood fan, and this would be the first time playing as both him and Harley Quinn. Well needless to say, I was disappointed in both story packs as they had little to actually add to the game besides 45 minutes of combined gameplay. Yeah, you heard me. Combined. Seeing as how the Pre-order DLC packs are incredibly short, I decided to lump them together in a dual review.

So the Harley Quinn portion of the DLC starts out with you playing as everyone’s favorite sex symbol henchman. Yeah… Henchman. You’re ordered to help break Poison Ivy out of prison and are required to beat up guards along the way. This isn’t a bad setup as the prison is a decent size, with a few rooms to go through. Harley gets her own version of a “detective mode” that is quite hilarious to see, since everyone knows she absolutely nuts.

Batman Arkham Knight Cover ArtThe gameplay mechanics are similar to Batman’s, as you’re forced to eliminate every enemy on the map to progress to the next room. While Harley isn’t a steathy ninja like B-man, she still gets to go into vents and jump up walls. She plays a lot like Catwoman in Arkham City, minus the sweet whip. It makes sense, because from what we’ve seen, Harley is a pretty incredible gymnast, doing all kinds of flips everywhere in the cartoon. She makes it well known to the player that stealth isn’t her “thing,” so the silent takedown is gone and she’s just given a loud beat down with her trusty bat. While I’m a little sad that players weren’t given her giant mallet like in the cartoons, it’s still pretty entertaining to watch her clobber enemies into submission. The downside about this is that despite her lack of stealth, it’s somewhat needed to get past the enemies who all have guns, while you don’t.

There are a couple problems I have with the direction DC is currently taking our beloved Harlequin-based villain. The first is the need to add sex appeal, with the second being the split personality Harley has now. Why DC felt the need to give Harley Quinn all this sex appeal is beyond me. Harley doesn’t need pigtails, cleavage and a thong. She just needs comedy! Her whole appeal, and why she complimented the Joker so well, was the fact that she was a funny character. She used a mallet for crying out loud! The addition of her having a split personality was also unnecessary. It not only destroyed the story of Mad Love, but it cheapened the Joker’s influence, as he wasn’t completely behind Harley’s insanity anymore.

The reason I bring these issues up is because they were added into the game. Harley has a corset, cleavage, pigtails and an inner dialogue as she progresses through her story and it drives me nuts. Why DC felt the need to give depth to Harley Quinn is beyond me, and it wasn’t needed at all.

Overall, while enjoyable, this story pack wasn’t as amazing as I was hoping it would be. If it wasn’t free, I’d definitely regret getting it altogether.

The Red Hood story pack was the DLC I was looking forward to the most. While hearing it was only a Gamestop preorder exclusive, I was a little disappointed that I wouldn’t get it immediately like the Harley Quinn DLC. I was pleased to hear that Season Pass holders would get it eventually, because I really hate going to Gamestop. So when this DLC went live, I had to play it immediately, as Red Hood is easily one of my favorite characters in the Batman Universe.

*Spoilers ahead*

Seeing as how Jason Todd plays a huge role in Arkham Knight, I was excited to see that he would get his own form of DLC, since he’s a very interesting character that would definitely add a lot more depth to the Batman games. A vigilante that kills to save Gotham and using crime to control crime was an absolute brilliant concept that Judd Winick came up with, and using revenge as a means to try and break Batman was absolutely fantastic. Under The Red Hood is my all time favorite Batman movie, yes it’s a cartoon, but the story is amazing!

So after much waiting by the PS4, and avoiding anything on Youtube, the DLC finally came out last week, and I played it right away. You can imagine my surprise when I got through the content in about 15 minutes. The story itself has you, as the Red Hood, proceed to stop Black Mask and his thugs. The downside to all of this is that it’s episodic, so once you complete the objective, you immediately go to the next area. While I think it makes for a better story this way, I would have preferred to go through a larger area, similar to the Harley Quinn story, as it would give players a better chance to see what the Red Hood was capable of.

Being that the Red Hood is every bit as capable at the Dark Knight in apprehending villains, yet crosses that line of resorting to murder, the character always fascinated me as a foil to Batman, which gives the Red Hood so much potential. I would love for DC to dive more into this, giving fans more insight on the darker vigilante that Winick has crafted so carefully.

While Red Hood does kill enemies with his trusty pistols, I feel like they don’t utilize this function enough, as it merely works like the batarang. There are enemies you apprehend that are wearing bulletproof armor, who need to be beaten down instead of simply shot. Why a simple headshot wouldn’t work is beyond me. With his limited arsenal as well, only having a grapple gun and his pistols, your choices are extremely limited. With the Red Hood being trained by Batman himself, one would at least expect the use of more gadgets at his disposal. I guess Rocksteady forgot those elements…

The boss mechanics of both DLCs are pretty standard, with the objective just being to beat up the boss and take down the horde of minor enemies that come to intervene. The mechanics don’t introduce anything new and the battles are pretty easy to get through, offering no real challenge to people who are already used to playing the game. I made the mistake of beating the main scenario first, so the extra chapters didn’t prove to be much of a challenge since Batman’s portions were much harder.

All in all I am pretty disappointed with the DLC tidbits that are offered with the game. The whole experience really makes me regret spending $40. If anything, the amount of content customers are getting is really only worth half as much, as so far all we’ve gotten is a few short DLC chapters, a bunch of costumes and VR missions, and nothing really added to the main scenario. I know Rocksteady is working on some extra Gotham chapters for later DLCs, and I’m sincerely hoping they can redeem my purchase, as I would love nothing more than to feel like my money has gone to good use. So far it’s just felt like highway robbery. Isn’t Batman supposed to prevent that…?

Harley Quinn Story Pack

Story: 3 Gameplay: 7 Side quests: 0 Re-playability: 2 Overall Score: 3

Red Hood Story Pack

Story: 5 Gameplay: 7 Side quests: 0 Re-playability: 2 Overall Score: 4

M4 Tank Brigade Classic Now Available on Steam Early Access

logo_iEntertainment_NetworkiEntertainment Network Inc. has announced that M4 Tank Brigade Classic is now available on Steam Early Access.

M4 Tank Brigade, a World War II tank simulation for Windows PCs, is the only game on Steam to focus exclusively on commanding multiple WWII armored vehicles in real time, with combat that takes place on 3D battlefields spread over hundreds of square miles. Tank commanders control their own platoon (four tanks) and up to a full battlegroup of 20 armored vehicles — coordinating both air and artillery support. In a split second, players can jump into any vehicle in their command net to turn the tide of battle!

logo_M4_Tank_BrigadeThe M4 Tank Brigade Steam package includes thousands of single-player missions and free massively multiplayer online (MMO) combat for up to 300 tankers in the same battle. Both single-player and multiplayer modes will be updated on a monthly basis with new features and functions based on player feedback and suggestions from the M4 Tank Brigade Steam Community.

In order to include the updated version improvements in the same package as the classic game, IENT is leveraging Steam Early Access so that M4 Tank Brigade can be continuously updated. The Steam package includes the popular, finished “classic” version that has been played online and offline for years. The first new features for M4 Tank Brigade are expected in September 2015.

Unlike most MMOs, where the community is limited to existing players, M4 Tank Brigade embraces all 100 million Steam users. The community will help guide future M4 Tank Brigade updates — from user interface to vehicle selection to monetization.

Key Features

  • World War II armored combat simulation
  • Large, realistic 3D terrains
  • Play against thousands of tank enthusiasts
  • Command a platoon of armored vehicles and control four tanks at once
  • Jump between tanks to be part of the action
  • Use maneuver tactics to manage your tanks with a tactical map
  • Air power features and artillery barrage options
  • MMO combat for players who want to challenge others

M4 Tank Brigade Classic joins another IENT product now on Steam: WarBirds: World War II Combat Aviation, where players can enjoy both single-player and multiplayer WWII aerial combat.

M4 Tank Brigade is available on Steam Early Access. It can be purchased for $14.99 and runs on Windows PCs.

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