G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, the team-based third-person shooter inspired by the epic characters and battles of Hasbro’s blockbuster franchise, will be available on PC via Steam on Dec. 15, 2020, for $29.99. Fans get also get the game’s Digital Deluxe Edition, which includes a digital art book and soundtrack, the Retro Skins Pack, and the Weapons Pack, all for $39.99. And during its first week of release, you can grab G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout for 20% off! Play as both Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure featuring a local co-op campaign and PvP multiplayer with support for Steam Remote Play Together.
Experience an original storyline inspired by classic ’80s comics, with 17 campaign missions featuring legendary locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the G.I. Joe Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.
Choose your favorite heroes and villains with 12 playable characters from both sides, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Unleash a wide variety of weapons, skins, and devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination for Team Cobra and restore world peace with Team Joe!
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is also available on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, the new team-based third-person shooter inspired by Hasbro’s hit franchise, launches today on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Play as both Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure featuring a co-op story campaign and PvP multiplayer.
Experience an original story inspired by classic ’80s-style comics, over 17 campaign missions featuring epic locations like the U.S.S. Flagg and Cobra Headquarters, intense boss battles, and iconic vehicles like the Joes’ Persuader and Cobra H.I.S.S. tanks. Play the campaign on your own or with a friend in local split-screen co-op, then keep the fight going in four-player local PvP multiplayer modes like Capture the Flag, Assault, King of The Hill and Deathmatch Arena.
Play as your favorite heroes and villains from both sides with 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow and more. Unleash a wide variety of weapons, skins, and devastating ultimate abilities as you mastermind world domination as Team Cobra and restore world order as Team Joe!
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout is published by GameMill Entertainment and is available at major retailers and digital stores for $39.99. G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout — Gold Deluxe Edition, which includes special character skins for Duke and Cobra Commander, 12 bonus weapon skins, and an exclusive digital art book and soundtrack, is also available today on all platforms (digitally only) for $49.99.
It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below! While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout, a new team-based, third-person shooter based on Hasbro’s mega-popular franchise, has been revealed. Play as your favorite heroes and villains from Team Joe and Team Cobra in this action-packed adventure, coming to PC, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 13, 2020, from GameMill Entertainment.
Travel to monumental locations like Cobra Headquarters and the U.S.S. Flagg through an original story inspired by 80s-style comics. Take on 18 campaign missions featuring iconic vehicles and boss battles in single-player or local split-screen co-op.
G.I. Joe: Operation Blackout features 12 playable characters, including Duke, Snake Eyes, Cobra Commander, Destro, Roadblock, Storm Shadow, and more. Each soldier has their own unique powers and can be customized with a variety of weapons and skins. There’s also multiplayer with modes such as Capture the Flag, Assault, and King of the Hill.
When Horizon: Zero Dawncame out on the Playstation 4 back in 2017, I remember feeling a sense of wonder and relief. It was a post-apocalyptic game of sorts, but it wasn’t the dreary and bleak world we’d grown accustomed to as gamers post-Last of Us. Instead, Guerilla Games gave us a lush and living environment with impressive vistas and mechanical beasts that played with both prehistoric and high-tech notions of life. It made for an unforgettable gaming and storytelling experience.
Now, Titan Comics has brought the Horizon universe to the comics world and I’m happy to say the transition is not only successful but also comes off as an obvious next step for the franchise.
Written by Anne Toole, who worked on the game’s script and counts among her writing credits the Assassin’s Creed: Origins “Cursed of the Pharaohs” DLC, and illustrated by Ann Maulina (who has worked as a video game and environment artist), the new Horizon comic centers on Talanah Khane Padish and her hunt for a single machine as per a contract she accepted. Talanah gets injured, but she fights through the pain to continue in her quest even as she meets new characters that might hint at a coming conflict between tribes.
While previous knowledge of the game’s story isn’t a requirement, having at least one playthrough completed will enrich the reading experience considerably. In the game, Talanah is a potential ally for Aloy (Horizon’s main character) and is crucial to the Hunter’s Lodge missions in the story. She becomes Aloy’s sponsor in the Lodge and even helps out during the final battle of the main story.
Having that background helps readers jump straight into the comic. A familiar face is easy to get excited about and foregoes a lot of the trappings of heavy exposition commonly found in first issues. Toole does a phenomenal job in this front, keeping as much as possible up to the reader to figure out. Nothing is spelled out, but all the narrative elements are there for readers to piece together what the story’s world is about. Thankfully, new readers can also follow Talanah’s story with minimal understanding of the universe. This is where Maulina’s art comes in.
Horizon’s world is nothing short of breathtaking. The contrast between mechanical dinosaurs and human characters designed like they come from a high tech Stone Age is very unique to the PS4 game and Maulina has captured it faithfully in the comic book page. That same sense of wonder and danger that one gets while playing the game transfers over to the comic, with vibrant colors and deadly machines inhabiting a blossoming natural word. Having played the game, I felt as if the story’s energy mimicked that of the game’s. The thrill of the hunt and the adrenaline rush that comes with hunting robo-dinos is as present here as it is in the game.
Toole’s scripting, on the other hand, also finds ways to incorporate video game winks into the overall design of the story with panels showing characters doing things player can do in-game. Whether it’s Talanah throwing a rock to distract the machines or walking on a tight-rope to cross a river, these instances bring players back to the game if only briefly to link up both experiences.
Whether the Horizon comic will continue to expand upon the game’s universe or simply follow within the lines of an extended side quest remains to be seen. Aloy is a part of the story, but it feels as if Talanah’s the lead. Fortunately, Talanah is well-crafted and can help fans bridge both comic and gaming experiences into a cohesive whole. In all honesty, any excuse to venture back into the world of Horizon is good enough for me–and with Horizon 2 already confirmed for the Playstation 5–this comic does a wonderful job of giving fans enough reasons to continue the journey.
Story: Anne Toole Art: Ann Maulina Color: Bryan Valenza Letterer: Jim Campbell Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Replay Horizon and make sure to finish the Frozen Wilds DLC
Titan Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
A new trailer has been released for the upcoming video game Marvel’s Avengers. The game is by Square Enix, Eidos Montreal, and Crystal Dynamics.
In it, we get a better sense of the storyline which puts Kamala Khan at the center of reassembling the Avengers after an event they’re blamed for. In the new video, we get a sense of some gameplay and cinematics which… are a mixed bag. There’s also hints as to what sort of currency system will be in the game leading to some speculation that you may be spending out of pocket to get everything. The game will allow you to team up with three players to take on AIM.
Marvel’s Avengers come to shelves September 4, 2020.
While everyone was paying attention to the Playstation 5 news, the Playstation 4 teaser trailer for Transformers: Battlegrounds dropped today. The game is also coming to the Nintendo Switch, Steam, and XBox One.
As evil Megatron closes in on the Allspark, Bumblebee and the Autobots need a new commander to help save Earth – you! Assemble your squad and roll out for a battle that will rage from Central City to Cybertron… and even to the local multiplayer arcade!
Comic-Con International in San Diego may have gone digital for 2020, but the exclusives are real! Diamond Select Toys is revealing their SDCC 2020 exclusives over the next few weeks, and they’re all pretty amazing! The company has debuted Negative Suit Spider-Man! Order through your local comic shop or favorite online retailer!
MARVEL VIDEO GAME GALLERY SDCC 2020 PS4 SPIDER-MAN NEGATIVE SUIT PVC DIORAMA
It’s time to go negative! The Negative Suit from Marvel’s Spider-Man game on the PS4 may look like the Negative Zone suit Spidey wore in the comics, but it’s actually designed to take on Mister Negative! Perching on top of a Spider-Man logo, this limited variant diorama measures approximately 10 inches tall and comes packaged in a full-color window box. Designed by Caesar, sculpted by Cortes Studios. Limited to 3,000 pieces. A Diamond Select Toys release!
It’s new comic book day… or it would normally be. There’s still lots of comics out digitally today, and some new ones yesterday too. We’ve got reviews and more lined up! While you wait for that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.
Skybound Games and Beamdog have announced that enhanced editions of several classic Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing videogames – including Baldur’s Gate, the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, Baldur’s Gate II, Planescape: Torment, and Icewind Dale – are now available on modern consoles for the very first time. Available globally, these boxed versions can be purchased at major retailers for $49.99 each on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch:
Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition Pack: Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary, the original Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition and its sequel, Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition, return with all DLC and restored quest content, as well as the Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear expansion, featuring new original content developed by Beamdog to bridge the two games.
Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition / Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition: Two must-play games and all their DLC in one package – the chilling Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition, plus its expansions, and the enhanced edition of 1999’s RPG of the Year, Planescape: Torment.
These titles are also now available for digital download on the PlayStation Store, Microsoft Xbox One Store, and Nintendo eShop.
Tailored for a natural gameplay experience on consoles, these enhanced editions give longtime fans and newcomers alike the opportunity to play these critically acclaimed adventures from a golden age of RPGs in a whole new way. Beamdog has upgraded each title with support for high-resolution widescreen displays, controls optimized for console controllers, new content, new characters and classes, expanded character creation options, redesigns of the UI and UX, bug fixes, balance changes and more.
Skybound Games and Beamdog will also release fellow all-time classic RPG Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on consoles on Dec. 3, 2019. Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition is available to pre-order now at major retailers and the Skybound Shop.