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Injustice 2 – Official Atom Gameplay Trailer

The Atom Wields the Building Blocks of the Universe in the latest Injustice 2 trailer.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment revealed the trailer for the subatomic manipulator, The Atom. Armed with his quantum bio-belt and a prodigal knowledge of physics, players can utilize all of scientist Ryan Choi’s subatomic powers to deliver justice against Superman’s regime. The Atom will be available for players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #3 beginning Dec. 12 from the PlayStation® Store and Xbox Store.

Injustice 2 is the super-powered sequel to the hit game Injustice: Gods Among Us that allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. Featuring a massive selection of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains, players can personalize iconic DC characters with unique and powerful gear earned throughout the game. Additionally, for the first time, gamers can take control of how their characters look, fight and develop across a variety of game modes.

The Walking Dead Collection Graphics Comparison: Collection Vs Original

Prepare for the end with all 19 episodes of The Walking Dead, visually enhanced and in one package for the first time!

Leading publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games and multiplatform entertainment company Skybound Entertainment have launched a new trailer for The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series Collection that contains never-before-seen footage of the collection’s enhanced visuals in action. The trailer also contains footage from the original version of the same scene, allowing viewers to directly compare the updated visuals against the original graphics.

The Walking Dead Collection will arrive in stores on December 5th at retailers across North America and Europe, gathering all 19 episodes in the award-winning series onto one disc for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. The collection will also be available digitally on both platforms starting that same day. The collection includes the recent third season, The Walking Dead: A New Frontier, as well as visually enhanced versions of Season One, Season Two, 400 Days, and the three-part Michonne mini-series.

Video Game Review: Battle Chef Brigade

Have you ever wanted a mix of Iron Chef, Puzzle & Dragons, and Skullgirls? Even if you think you haven’t, you definitely have and Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios and Adult Swim Games delivers that whole experience in cloves.

12_BCBThe art here is a charming mix of watercolor illustration backgrounds and cel style flat colored characters that will probably vaguely remind you of old 2D animated movies. Add in the beautiful and delicious looking food and all the visuals of the game could slip comfortably inside a Studio Ghibli movie. The lines used on characters aren’t clean and are allowed to be looser, giving the characters more life when moving, something I see used a lot in animation but far less so in most games. It’s used here to wonderful effect. The UI and music are very in line with the game’s overall aesthetics that lean towards fanciful JRPGs mixed with wrought iron outdoor French cafes in summer. There are a few things that sour the sauce, so to speak. The innkeeper in the story mode consistently misgenders the player character with the excuse that he’s deaf and blind. Despite being told every time. A joke that tries to be funny once before it rapidly becomes annoying.

06_BCBThe gameplay is a combination of side-scrolling combo fighter and match-3 puzzler intercut with visual novel-esque storytelling scenes that bring the everything together. It probably sounds like too much to try to shove into a single game but it works here as all the sections have definite beginnings and ends to them. Also, if your cooking loadout turns out to have much you up in battle, you can reload in town or just have a rematch if you lose.

03_BCBThere are three play modes in the game: single player story, daily cook-offs, and challenges. All of them do exactly what they say on the tin. The single player story mode comes in normal and hard varieties, letting you travel through the story and world of the game. The daily cook-offs make for a very Iron Chef competition where the dishes need to be hunted down and made as quickly as possible each day with a high scoreboard. This is one I would definitely save for after playing through the main game, once you know what everything does. Challenges are longer time trial versions of the jobs from the single player story. These modes, especially the daily cook-offs, add a lot to replayability especially for the Nintendo Switch.

07_BCBThe mechanics presented are exactly what you’d expect from each aspect of the game. The side scrolling fighter portion where you gather your ingredients depends on timing and combos to get through and leave time to cook. The match-3 cooking puzzles make you match Taste Gems across several varieties and tiers much like the mobile game 2048. The cutscenes are continued through with a single button press like going through a visual novel without the choices. The tutorial section and jobs were incredibly helpful for slowly easing into how the match-3 and fighter parts worked together; does sometimes feel slightly jarring to move from one to the other; some aspects will seem incredibly at home if you’ve ever worked in a professional or commercial kitchen. Well, at least if you’ve watched enough Food Network or Shokugeki no Soma/Food Wars.

The game features controls both keyboard and controller for PC Steam. The game, however, is much more fluid feeling with a controller. I used the XBox One Wireless

Verdict: if you enjoy D&D, Shokugeki no Soma, fighters, and literally any match-3 game on mobile, this is your new Holy Grail. Otherwise, this is just a super fun game to play with seemingly disparate parts that, like recipes, come together like magic. Pretty high amount of replay value in smaller stretches over time that compliments the Switch perfectly.

Available now for PC (Steam and Humble Store) and Nintendo Switch for $19.99.

Review: Warframe #1 & 2

Warframe, the free game for PC and console, has a pretty simple surface premise: be a robot space ninja with guns and do cool parkour tricks. It’s free and, honestly, it serves the game well. You don’t have to care more about what’s going on that that if you don’t want to. In a lot of ways, it’s a lot like Overwatch in that respect: lore is meant to enhance the experience of the gameplay but isn’t entirely necessary. It’ll definitely make things clearer however, especially as you get deeper into the game’s story missions.

The Warframe comics from Image and Top Cow also help to fill in some of the lore of the world of Warframe where Tenno, Grineer, and other factions are constantly at war over the solar system and the secrets of the Orokin hidden within the Void. The first arc thus far seems to come before the start of the game and details how a Tenno came to be in the hands of the Grineer Captain Vor. If you’re curious about how what’s supposed to be a great warrior ended up a prisoner of war, #1 and 2 fill in the gap well.

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Fans of the game will recognize several faces (or, in the case of Warframes, “faces”) like the Lotus, Vor, Excalibur, Mag as well as locations like the Ostron village of Cetus introduced in the latest major patch of the game, Plains of Eidolon, and an Orokin vault. But other characters will be a new vector of storytelling from the ideas of Steve Sinclair and the writing team of Matt Hawkins and Ryan Cady. My favorite bits thus far have been the expletive substitutes used in #2. It’s always interesting to see how writers choose to navigate language in sci-fi settings.

The art by Studio Hive works well with this, stylizing the lush worlds created by developer Digital Extremes in much the same way as final concept art to help draw you in deeper. Alongside the lettering of Troy Peteri that makes it easy to follow along with who exactly is speaking when, this comic is a well communicated and smooth read.

If you’re a fan of the game or have become one, this comic is definitely one to pick up to dive even deeper into the lore of a game that already has a ton to offer. And hey, the game is free.

Story: Matt Hawkins, Ryan Cady Art: Studio Hive
Story: 8.0 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.0
Recommendation: Keep up with it if you’re invested in Warframe’s lore or want to be

#1 was obtained as a convention exclusive, #2 was provided to Graphic Policy.

The Art of God of War and God of War Comics in 2018

Journey through the mythical Norse wilds and explore beyond as Dark Horse, Santa Monica Studio, and Sony Interactive Entertainment present the essential companions to the highly-anticipated video game God of War, allowing readers to witness the creation of this incredible new journey! In 2018, they will publish The Art of God of War, a limited edition of The Art of God of War, and God of War comics.

The Art of God of War is an intimate chronicle of the years-long odyssey to bring Kratos and Atreus’ beautiful and brutal world to life. Step into Midgard and explore beyond, as Dark Horse Books and Santa Monica Studios are pleased to offer the quintessential companion to the enormously anticipated God of War. This is a tome unlike any other, including an expanse of gorgeous art and in-depth interviews that set readers on an exhaustive behind-the-scenes journey to witness the creation of an epic of tremendous scale.

The Art of God of War Limited Edition is a gorgeous artifact that appears to have come straight from Kratos and Atreus’ adventures! The beautiful tome has a realistic leather-like cover with bright silver foil and red gilded pages. Enclosed in a clamshell case with a cloth-textured lining, The Art of God of War Limited Edition also includes a cloth-covered collector’s portfolio with two gallery-quality lithographs, and will be available for purchase through the PlayStation Gear store.

The partners will also work together to publish a God of War four-issue comic series in 2018. iZombie creator Chris Roberson is signed on to pen the adventures of Kratos as he battles to control his own rage and understand his role as a father when facing dangerous threats from mythical Norse creatures. Artist Tony Parker will lend his illustrative skills to the mythical Norse adventure series.

The Art of God of War goes on-sale in early 2018.

Batman – The Telltale Series Now Available on Nintendo Switch Both Digitally and at Retail

Telltale Games, in partnership with DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have launched Batman – The Telltale Series on Nintendo Switch in North America. The full first season is available both digitally and at retail for $39.99 USD. All five episodes come already loaded on the retail cartridge. The game will also become available on Switch in Europe and Australia on November 17.

Batman – The Telltale Series gives players the opportunity to role-play as both Bruce Wayne and Batman in a fresh take on Batman canon. In the series’ opening episode, ‘Realm of Shadows,’ Bruce Wayne is forced to question everything he thought he knew about his identity when he discovers his father was in fact a ruthless crime boss. As both Bruce and Batman, players must negotiate harsh political turmoil and prevent Gotham City from descending into chaos while digging into the truth about the Wayne family’s sordid past.

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce WayneTravis Willingham as Harvey DentErin Yvette as Vicki ValeEnn Reitel as Alfred PennyworthMurphy Guyer as Lieutenant James GordonRichard McGonagle as Carmine FalconeJason Spisak as Oswald CobblepotDave Fennoy as Lucius FoxAnthony Ingruber as John Doe, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle.

The Justice League Comes to Injustice 2

To celebrate the release of Justice League, in theaters Nov. 17, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has revealed special Justice League-themed in-game events for the critically acclaimed and top-selling fighting game Injustice 2 and Injustice 2 for mobile. Players on both console and mobile can take on unique challenges in the Multiverse for a chance to earn gear for their favorite heroes featured in the Justice League film.

Developed by NetherRealm StudiosInjustice 2 features a massive roster of DC Super Heroes and Super-Villains and allows players to build and power up the ultimate version of their favorite DC characters. The game is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Microsoft Store, with DLC characters Red Hood, Sub-Zero, Starfire, Black Manta, Raiden and Hellboy available now on consoles. Injustice 2 mobile is available now for free on iOS and Android devices.

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Three Trailer

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Three continues the five-part episodic game series, Telltale‘s unique take on the World’s Greatest Detective. You can download the trailer by following the links above. Episode three, ‘Fractured Mask,’ launches November 21 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and mobile.

After an unexpected reunion, Bruce finds his attention (and his loyalties) stretched in yet another direction. Now, in addition to brokering a power struggle between Commissioner Gordon and Amanda Waller, Bruce must balance romantic entanglements with his mission to infiltrate the Pact. As he plunges deeper into the criminal underworld, the villains’ plan starts to come into focus, but will his deceptions take a dire toll?

Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent including Troy Baker, who returns to reprise his role as Bruce Wayne, as well as Anthony Ingruber, who reprises his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.

This new season is intended to be accessible to both returning fans and newcomers alike, though players’ choices from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series will optionally carry over into The Enemy Within. This season also includes Telltale’s unique multiplayer ‘Crowd Play’ feature, which allows friends and family to engage with the adventure together by helping to decide the direction of the story from any mobile device with an internet connection.

A special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 is currently available at retailers across North America and Europe. The disc includes the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released.

Batman: The Enemy Within is a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman – The Telltale Series. Both products are licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Episode three, ‘Fractured Mask,’ has been rated ‘Teen’ by the ESRB.

Dark Horse and Rare Set Sail With “The Art of Sea of Thieves”

Dark Horse and Rare are excited to announce the perfect companion piece to Rare’s Sea of Thieves game, The Art of Sea of Thieves. Rare has produced some of the most beloved games of the last 30 years, and Sea of Thieves is a key title that will have gamers on the Xbox One family of devices and Windows 10 PCs living the pirate life from early 2018 and beyond.

In Rare’s new shared-world adventure, Sea of Thieves, players will crew up in search of fortune on their quest to become pirate legends. Dark Horse is pleased to offer an unprecedented look at the ships, characters, and loot of this revolutionary online gaming experience with The Art of Sea of Thieves. This treasure trove of a book features hundreds of pieces of art with commentary from the game’s creators and explores the creation and development of a fantastical pirate world.

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