Category Archives: Video Games

New York Comic 2017: Bandai Namco’s Tekken Joins Dynamite’s Art Book Line

Dynamite Entertainment has announced that the world-renowned video game franchise Tekken will be celebrated in a gorgeous hardcover retrospective, via a new licensing deal with Bandai Namco Entertainment Inc. The Tekken art book joins Dynamite’s critically acclaimed Video Games Icons line, and is slated for release in 2018!

Since its original release in 1994, Tekken – one of the first games at the time to incorporate 3D animation – garnered a worldwide following and spawned multiple sequels and spin-offs. Structured around the fictional King of Iron Fist Tournament as sponsored by the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation, Tekken tells the story of the Mishima ancestral curse, pitting the series protagonist Jin Kazama against members of his villainous lineage, while incorporating the colorful stories and aspirations of a wide cast of additional fighters.

The new Tekken retrospective from Dynamite Entertainment will feature in-depth interviews and exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks into the making of the games, as well as the iconic art, design, and imagery from across the Tekken universe. Oversized and hundreds of pages in length, printed on high-quality glossy paper to perfectly capture the vibrant colors of high-res photographs and scans, this commemorative collectible makes the perfect coffee table book or addition to a hardcore gamer’s bookshelves.

Dark Horse to Publish an Ultimate Collection of “Metal Gear Solid”

Dark Horse and Konami present a collection twenty years in the making, translated into English for the first time: The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV!

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV contains two historic volumes of concept and key art from Yoji Shinkawa, art director and illustrator behind Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, MGS3: Snake Eater, MGS4: Guns of the Patriots, and MGS: Peace Walker. This definitive chronicle of characters, vehicles, and weapons is the ultimate companion to the tactical espionage and future warfare of Hideo Kojima’s celebrated Metal Gear universe, translated to English for the first time ever while leaving the original Japanese handwriting intact. Japanese publisher, Shinkigensha, is the original publisher of The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV is a two-book set packaged in a gorgeous collectible slipcase. The collection includes The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV and Peace Walker Gallery Works and Studio Works. Totaling 800 pages, The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV retails for $79.99, and is the perfect companion to Dark Horse’s The Art of Metal Gear Solid V.

The Art of Metal Gear Solid I–IV goes on sale May 8, 2018.

Dark Horse Produces an Exhaustive Compendium for “The Legend of Zelda” Fans

The Legend of Zelda fans rejoice! Dark Horse has revealed the latest addition in their legendary partnership with Nintendo. On April 24, 2018, Dark Horse will release The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia. The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia follows the New York Times bestseller The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia and The Legend of Zelda: Art & Artifacts. These three books complete the Goddess Collection, which provide a comprehensive look at the series’ first 30 years up to the release of The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD, comprising the lore and the artwork, and now, an encyclopedic reference guide.

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia is a 320-page exhaustive guide to The Legend of Zelda franchise from the original The Legend of Zelda to The Legend of Zelda™: Twilight Princess HD. The guide describes enemies and items, potions and poes, an expansion of the lore touched upon in the 2013 smash-hit Hyrule Historia, concept art, screencaps, maps, main characters and how they relate, languages, and much, much more, including an exclusive interview with Series Producer, Eiji Aonuma! The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia, the last of The Goddess Collection trilogy, which includes Hyrule Historia and Art & Artifacts, is a treasure trove of explanations and information about every aspect of The Legend of Zelda universe!

The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia retails for $39.99

Batman: The Enemy Within Episode Two Trailer

Today sees the release of the official trailer for episode two of Batman: The Enemy Within, a new five-part episodic game series that continues Telltale‘s unique take on the Caped Crusader.

The death of a villain at the hands of a mysterious assassin was just the beginning. As explosions rock Gotham, Batman races to meet a new foe, but encounters a force that may cause even the Dark Knight to fall. In the guise of the billionaire, Bruce meets John Doe’s ‘friends’ and becomes enmeshed in a plot where the only way out is to go deeper in. But at what cost?

Episode two, ‘The Pact,’ launches October 3 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac. In addition, both episodes one *and* two will become available on iOS and Android-based devices that same day. Going forward, new episodes will launch the same day on all platforms.

A special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will also be available at retailers starting October 3 in North America and October 6 in Europe. The disc includes the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released.

This new season will 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 will also include 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 online connection.

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 will reprise his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.

Batman: The Enemy Within will be a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series and is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Episode two, ‘The Pact,’ has been rated ‘Mature’ by the ESRB.

Explore the Galaxy with The Art of Ratchet & Clank

Dark Horse Books, Insomniac Games, and Sony Interactive Entertainment will offer a look back at the history of the iconic Ratchet & Clank series in a Qwark-tastic collection of never-before-seen concept art. Behind-the-scenes commentary chronicles 11 amazing games and the brilliant studio that created them in The Art of Ratchet & Clank!

For 15 years the most unlikely heroes in the cosmos have been adventuring across the stars, kicking butt and taking names. Ratchet & Clank have rescued innocent civilizations, taken down evil corporations, defeated robot armies, incited space prison breakouts, and even colluded with interstellar pirates!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank is a fifteen-year anniversary retrospective of one of the most influential gaming series on PlayStation consoles and is the perfect addition to any gamer’s collection with never-before-seen concept art and commentary from the team that created the games!

The Art of Ratchet & Clank goes on sale February 21, 2018.

DC Universe Online Kicks Off Batman Day & Episode 29: Riddled With Crime

Daybreak Games was all set to kick off #BatmanDay tomorrow in the long-running MMO DC Universe Online (DCUO), but Harley Quinn has crashed the party to celebrate her very own #HarleyQuinn25 anniversary!

Starting today, all players who log into DCUO until Sept. 28 can claim the 2017 Batman Day Box for free from the Marketplace. This special gift contains several in-game items, including:

  • Harley Quinn 25th anniversary emblem
  • Batman Day 2017 base item posters:
    • Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
    • Harley Quinn Batman Day Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
    • DC Super Hero Girls Batman Day 2017 Special Edition #1 (base item poster and large poster)
  • Batman Day 2017 hoodies:
    • Batman Hoodie 2017
    • Harley Quinn Hoodie 2017
  • Batman black and white statues designed by John Romita Jr. (base item floor and shelf versions)

What’s more, Episode 29: Riddled With Crime is now live in DCUO! A devastating gang war has erupted between the Joker and the Riddler! As Gotham’s most notorious villains choose sides in the battle, players will have to work with Batwoman, Nightwing and Talia al Ghul to keep the conflict from tearing the city apart.

Episode 29 features original missions in a new open-world zone (Amusement Mile Gang War), as well as a new eight-player raid (Gotham City Zoo) and its Elite variant, new four-player operation (Rise of the Bat), two new two-player duos (Turf War: Team Joker and Turf War: Team Riddler), and more.

Marvel Future Fight Adds Three Characters in a New Update

Netmarble Games Corp. has released a new update for its hit mobile title Marvel Future Fight that includes three new characters: Spider-Man 2099, Absorbing Man and Titania. In addition, four new uniforms have debuted: Yondu now has a uniform based on Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Kid Kaiju has a Monsters Unleashed! (MFF VARIANT) comic cover uniform, Spider-Gwen has received a Gwendolyne Stacy uniform, and Thanos has a uniform from the Secret Wars: Infinity comics.

Marvel Future Fight has additionally made various improvements to the end-game “Shadowland” content, such as adding five additional stages after the 25th floor, increasing the overall difficulty level, and adding a new battle mode with a manual combat system. In this new battle mode, players will form two teams with up to six characters and play a first half, a second half, and overtime. The first team to conquer two rounds wins the game.

Players will also receive customized challenge options every day that vary in difficulty depending on their combat power. The stronger power that their characters boast, the more difficult their challenges will be. This gives every player the fun of carrying out demanding missions, no matter how strong they are.

Players will encounter the Mad Titan, Thanos, one of the game’s most challenging villains, in World Boss Ultimate mode.

Additionally, Marvel Future Fight has increased convenience by combining the two guide quests for new players—called Journey of Growth and Hero’s Journey—into one quest. In addition, players now can directly collect rewards from the alarm that notifies them of the successful completion of guide quests.

The full list of characters joining MARVEL Future Fight includes:

  • SPIDER-MAN 2099 – A Spider-Man from the year 2099. He has the same physical abilities as Spider-Man, but wears a suit equipped with all kinds of futuristic gear.
  • ABSORBING MAN – A frequent Marvel villain with a long history. His weapon is a ball and chain, and he is able to absorb the properties of any object that he touches to alter his own body.
  • TITANIA – Married to ABSORBING MAN, she has powerful physical strength and is adept at hand-to-hand combat.

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store and Google Play.

 

Official Injustice 2 – Starfire Gameplay Trailer

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment ushered in the newest addition to the Injustice 2 character roster: the ultraviolet ray-wielding heroine Starfire, who DC fans will recognize as a prominent member of the Teen Titans. Beginning today, players who have purchased the Injustice 2 Ultimate Edition, Injustice 2 Digital Deluxe Edition, Injustice 2 Ultimate Pack or Fighter Pack #1 can unleash Starfire’s celestial projectiles, use her flight ability to evade incoming attacks and create deadly weapons out of pure energy.

Developed 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 is currently available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Watch the Batman: The Enemy Within Launch Trailer

Telltale Games has released the official launch trailer for Batman: The Enemy Within, a new five-part episodic game series that continues Telltale’s unique take on the Caped Crusader. You can download the trailer by following the links above.

Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ launches August 8 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, and Mac. The series will become available on iOS and Android-based devices in early October, and will also be available at retailers across North America on October 3 on a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. The disc will include the first episode of the season, as well as download access to all subsequent episodes as they are released through an online connection.

In this latest chapter, both Bruce Wayne and Batman will be forced into precarious new roles. The Riddler has returned to terrorize Gotham City, but his gruesome puzzles merely foreshadow an even greater crisis. With the arrival of a ruthless federal agent and the return of a still nascent Joker, Batman must navigate uneasy alliances while Bruce Wayne undertakes a perilous series of deceptions. Which of Batman’s new allies will you choose to trust? And how deep into the darkness will you let Bruce descend?

This new season will 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 will also include 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 online connection.

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 will reprise his fresh take on ‘John Doe,’ better known to fans as The Joker.

Batman: The Enemy Within will be a standalone product separate from the first season of Batman: The Telltale Series and is licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Episode one, ‘The Enigma,’ has been rated ‘Mature’ by the ESRB.

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