Category Archives: Video Games

Dynamite Announces Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series

Hot on the heels of its bestselling video game retrospective Art of Atari, Dynamite Entertainment has announced the next volume in its Video Game Icons series, Undisputed Street Fighter: The Art and Innovation Behind the Game-Changing Series, written by Steve Hendershot and edited by Tim Lapetino.

Since its inception 30 years ago, the Street Fighter video game series from Capcom has thrived based on a lethal combination of innovation, style and technique. From first-of-their-kind advances such as selectable characters and secret combo moves, to imagination-capturing characters such as Ryu, Chun-Li, and Akuma, Street Fighter has stayed a step ahead of the competition en route to becoming one of the most enduring and influential franchises in video game history.

Now Street Fighter will get the Video Game Icons treatment. After the popular release of Art of Atari and Art of Atari Poster Collection, Dynamite looks to do it again this October, as Dynamite’s Undisputed Street Fighter retrospective will delve into the art, design, gameplay, and storytelling behind Street Fighter, as well as the series’ impact on popular culture and game design. Undisputed Street Fighter will feature over 300 pages of in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the Street Fighter games, while featuring some of the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Street Fighter universe.

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Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Gets Its First Story Trailer

Two universes merge to form our menacing new villain. Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite is out September 19th, 2017.

The Society Debuts in New Injustice 2 – Shattered Alliances Part 4 Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed the new Injustice 2 Shattered Alliances Part 4 trailer that delves deeper into the origins of the villainous alliance know as The Society. Led by the genius telepath Gorilla Grodd, The Society brings together Bane, Cheetah, Catwoman, Captain Cold, Deadshot, Scarecrow and other notorious DC Super-Villains as they fight to fill the power void left by Superman’s defeat.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 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 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.

 

Marvel Heroes Omega Comes to PS4. Check Out the Trailer!

Marvel Heroes Omega assembles one of the largest gatherings of iconic Super Heroes, Villains, and locations from the Marvel Universe in gaming history for its upcoming debut on PlayStation 4 later this year.

Band together with fellow adventurers in Earth’s mightiest Action-RPG, take the fight to Doctor Doom in an epic nine-chapter story campaign, and experience your favorite Heroes, including Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Deadpool, and more!

Injustice 2 – It’s Good to be Bad trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today unveiled a new Injustice 2 trailer, It’s Good to Be Bad, showcasing some of the DC Universe’s baddest Super-Villains, from Gorilla Grodd to Bane. Players can get a glimpse of the fighting styles for some of the biggest Injustice 2 bad guys, and how they wreak havoc on their opponents.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 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 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Official Trailer

“The Guardians of the Galaxy… show me how you die.”

The first trailer for Telltale‘s game based on the Guardians of the Galaxy has been released.

The plot has the team going up against Thanos after receiving an urgent message from the Nova Corps. Judging from the first trailer the video game takes a lot of its inspiration from the hit movie.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is out this April 18th with a season pass disc available May 2, 2017.

Injustice 2 – Cheetah Trailer

The latest Injustice 2 trailer revealed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment showcases the recently revealed Cheetah.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 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 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.

Official Injustice 2 – Doctor Fate Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today revealed the newest addition to the Injustice 2 character roster, the powerful sorcerer Doctor Fate. Players can catch a glimpse of Doctor Fate in action in a new gameplay trailer, where his mastery of magic is on full display.

In development by the award-winning NetherRealm Studios, Injustice 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 will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017.

Atari Poster Book Features 40 Pages of Ready-To-Display Atari Masterpieces

Last year’s release of Dynamite Entertainment‘s Art of Atari was indisputably one of the most talked-about releases of the year, collecting production and concept artwork, photos, and marketing materials from the video game pioneer. In April 2017, Dynamite will release the Atari Poster Book, curated by Art of Atari author Tim Lapetino, which collects some of the most iconic images from the golden age of gaming!

From the arcade to the living room, Atari is one of the most recognized names in the world. Since its formation in 1972, the company pioneered hundreds of now classic titles including Asteroids, Centipede, Missile Command, and so many more.

The artwork of Atari inspired a generation and created a bridge from the simple on-screen graphics of its early games to the imaginations of eager gamers. Now, Dynamite Entertainment proudly brings the most iconic, mind-blowing video game illustrations to posters, each one easy-to-remove and perfect for display, showcasing the tremendous talent of Atari’s greatest artists!

Dynamite Entertainment’s Atari Poster Book features 40 pages of incredible artwork, and will be released in June 2017 at finer comic shops and bookstores everywhere.

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Game Review: Pokemon Sun & Moon

pokemon-sun-moon-trailer-gameplayGame reviews aren’t something I’ve taken the opportunity to venture on with Graphic Policy, but I do consider myself a gamer in every sense of the word. In 2016 the Pokémon Franchise celebrated a remarkable 20 Twenty Year milestone, and I am happy that my first game review is an opportunity to chime in that celebration. Pokémon’s latest installment Sun & Moon is marked with sustained freshness, polished gameplay, and fresh mechanics, that have frequently changed the strategic dynamic. I.e. mega evolutions, z-crystal moves, regional variants.

With its rich lore, with intergenerational ties, and more recently multiversal implications/migration, the seventh generation brings a level of “meta” to the game that we haven’t seen since Generation 1’s glitch Pokémon Missingno. which unintentionally pierced the veil between fantasy and reality. With Pokémon Sun & Moon and the recent OR/AS  it is now canonically established that individual game versions and former generations are self-contained worlds/dimensions, which now experience intergenerational migration (both Pokémon and People) as of Generation VII. I noticed this when discovering the presence of a  version exclusive pokémon,(Restricted to my version) near a monument that seemingly allows travel to another “universe” Upon reflection this made sense as what is called the “Ultra Wormholes” in this game was explicitly referred to as a “Link Cable” in Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. It’s these little touches that really shows how layered the franchise has become and makes me appreciate it more, doubly so when such elements aren’t heavily announced and left for the player to discover.

Gen VII’s offering seem to me, to be as a truce between the so called “Gen Oners” and more recent fans to the franchise.The regional variants offer a fresh new take on many beloved gen one favourites. This was a welcome compromise with respect to not adding as many new creatures comparable to prior generations. All of this praise aside, there are some critiques that I have, but they are nitpicks at best and borne from my deep love for the game.

Critique 1 – The current game’s lack of a national pokedex. It has been a  growing fear of mine that the meta-quest of “Catching them all” has become a Sisyphean task and may be de-emphasized or pushed to the wayside entirely eventually. This fear was confirmed to some degree with the lack of a national dex, omitting the full pokedex listing of every pokémon in the series. Where this may come as some relief to some, to me it somewhat betrays the core goal and mantra of the series “gotta catch them all”

Critique 2 – “Too little water!” If ORAS committed the infamously parodied sin of Too Much Water (sorry IGN). I argue that the Alola Region commits the sin of too little of it. The choice to overhaul and remove the HM system is a double edge sword. On one hand It frees up your pokémon move repertoire choices, and eliminates the need for “HM slaves “but it also restricts your exploration. Having just experienced the immersive freedom of the Hoenn remakes where you can surf, dive and travel up waterfalls. Alola by contrast feels a bit limited. Especially so considering its beautiful environments and vistas that just beckon at you to be explored intimately.

All this said, Gen VII is still a strong offering to a franchise that is not going anywhere soon. The creature designs of the current generation are also a marked improvement from what we’ve seen in recent installments.  My personal favourites are the Rockruff and Stufful evolutionary lines . This is a good sign letting us know that the game creators are listening to the fans.

7 generations and 20 years strong  The sky is the limit for the franchise and it looks as though that is where it is indeed heading.  There have been rumours that we will see a third version of this generation titled “Pokemon Stars” as a launch title for the upcoming Nintendo Switch. (to be honest I think the title “Eclipse” would have made much more sense)  with all of the cosmic/interdimensional themes, that have been popping up in the franchise lately this makes sense.

Final Thoughts

I Really love the Lovecraftian designs of the Ultra Beasts

Game Freak really missed out on an opportunity and should have revealed Missingno as an Ultrabeast. It would have connected Gen VII organically to the events of Gen 1 in a way that fits with the current mythos magnificently.

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