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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.

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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.

Injustice 2: Supergirl’s Backstory

The game may not drop until the following month, but you can get your first taste of Injustice 2 this April when the Injustice 2 digital first comic debuts! In this DC All Access comics clip, they talk to writer Tom Taylor about what we can expect in round two, including Supergirl’s backstory, the importance of Harley Quinn and how the original Injustice comic helped shape the Injustice 2 video game.

Injustice 2 – Shattered Alliances Part 1 Trailer

Every villain is the hero of his own story. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment have revealed a new trailer focusing on Superman’s character and background story for Injustice 2. Players will get the chance to learn more about how Superman and his Regime are working to rise to power once again, becoming one of Earth’s greatest threats.

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 Future Fight Welcomes New Inhuman Characters and Missions

Netmarble Games Corp. has released a new update bringing Marvel’s Inhumans to Marvel Future Fight. The Inhumans are a super-powered derivative of humanity who possess unique and extraordinary abilities, and are at the forefront of some of Marvel’s most compelling stories –from their first comic book appearance in 1965, to “Marvel’s Inhumans” television show coming to ABC with an exclusive debut of the first two episodes in IMAX theaters this September.

Marvel Future Fight will be featuring Moon Girl and members of the Inhuman Royal Family – Karnak, Gorgon, Inferno, Crystal, and Maximus. Additionally, the lord of the Dark Dimension and eternal rival of Doctor Strange, Dormammu, will make his Marvel Future Fight debut. The update also includes three new uniforms: Black Bolt’s “Inhumans: Attilan Rising” Uniform, Ms. Marvel’s Karachi Uniform, and Elsa Bloodstone’s “Monsters Unleashed” Uniform, designed specifically and exclusively for Marvel Future Fight.

In the update, players will embark on a new special Inhumans-themed adventure consisting of five stages where they fight against powerful bosses in order to stop Maximus and his followers from destroying humankind. Within these missions, players can find a hidden route that unleashes a secret boss they can battle to earn bonus rewards.

A new “reward pack” system is also being introduced – players can obtain reward packs through various challenges in the special mission. Players can select rewards and challenges that suit them best, and acquire gifts when their missions are completed.

The full list of characters joining Marvel Future Fight today includes:

  • Moon Girl – An Inhuman genius. She races into battle with her trusty friend, the giant red T-Rex Devil Dinosaur, and her arsenal of homemade inventions.
  • Karnak – An Inhuman philosopher adept at hand-to-hand combat, with the uncanny ability to find the flaws and weak points of any enemy.
  • Gorgon – An Inhuman warrior who has served the Inhuman Royal Family for years. With his beastly legs, he stomps the ground causing massive shockwaves to defeat his enemies.
  • Inferno – An Inhuman and member of Gorgon’s team dedicated to protecting the Inhuman race. His Inhuman ability allows him to produce and manipulate fire from his body to defeat his enemies.
  • Crystal – An Inhuman princess and sister of Medusa, the Queen of the Inhumans. She is able to control the elements of fire, water, earth, and air.
  • Maximus – The younger brother of Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans. He is a brilliant scientist who uses his inventions, including the Chorus Sentry, in battle. He is greedy, short-tempered, and conniving, constantly seeking to usurp his brother’s throne.
  • Dormammu – Lord of the Dark Dimension. He is the eternal rival of Doctor Strange, and is unbeatable within his own dimension. He is a god-like character equipped with powerful physical and magical abilities.

Marvel Future Fight is available is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play.

Transformers: Forged to Fight Game Trailer

Transformers: Forged to Fight will give players access to nearly every phase of the Transformers franchise history, challenging fans and players to assemble the ultimate team of Transformers. Players will be able to collect iconic characters from every Transformers generation, including Autobots and Decepticons from the animated series and Paramount’s blockbuster films, as well as fan-favorites from the Transformers comic book series and Hasbro’s massive catalog of figures.

In Transformers: Forged to Fightexplore an epic new universe where multiple realities collide to form a massive planetary battlefield. Players will assemble a team of Autobots and Decepticons from across time and space to fight against a world of corrupted Transformers and their villainous overlords. The game features amazing visuals, intense one-on-one battles, meaningful robot to vehicle converting action and deep RPG elements. Transformers such as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream and Grimlock will level up over time, unleashing powerful new abilities and devastating robot-vehicle attacks.

The game is being developed by Kabam Vancouver, the masterminds behind longtime chart-topper MARVEL: Contest of Champions and will roll out in the App Store and Google Play in Spring 2017.

Injustice 2 Gameplay Trailer Featuring Black Canary

The newest addition to the Injustice 2 character roster is martial arts expert, Black Canary. In the latest gameplay trailer from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment, players can catch a glimpse of Black Canary’s hand-to-hand combat skills and trademark Canary Cry in action.

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.

Pop! Games: Tekken Are Out in March

Here are more super cool items Funko announced at London Toy Fair!

Nostalgic gamers are sure to love Tekken Pop!s, coming soon from Funko! Pop! Games: Tekken are out in March.

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