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In our house, we love our LEGO. With my daughter beside me, I’ve built a fairly solid collection of Star Wars vehicles and playsets (and there’s a Millennium Falcon and Jabba’s Sail Barge still waiting to have their boxes cracked open). For me, this is a family experience, and one that is somewhat unique to LEGO. It leads to a certain amount of bonding, though if I’m honest, my daughter often will encourage me to build while she goes off to play with something a little less complex.
One thing she loves though, are the LEGO video games. We’ve played almost all of them, from LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, to LEGO Harry Potter and LEGO Batman. Some of these have been on consoles, while others have been via their iOS iterations. Whichever version she’s playing, she seriously gets into them. And she’s a good gamer, to boot.
When I told her we’d be reviewing the newest LEGO video game experience, LEGO Dimensions, the girl was completely psyched. And it’s always cute to see a psyched five-year old, believe me. If you don’t know, LEGO Dimensions is the company’s first foray into the toys as games market, similar to Skylanders and Disney Infinity (a franchise that is equally beloved in our house as well). In this world, multi-dimensions are crossing over into one huge, genre spanning game. Among the popular properties – DC Comics; Lord of the Rings; Portal; Back to the Future; Doctor Who; Ghostbusters, The Wizard of Oz; the Simpsons; the Wizard of Oz; Jurassic World; and the LEGO Movie.
If you haven’t played Destiny, you’ve probably heard someone rave about it. Or bitch about it with irritated intensity. Or both. Bungie’s massively multiplayer online shooter has been getting mixed reviews from the moment it came out a year ago. The game itself is a huge hit, by any measure. It made half a billion dollars in sales when it was released in September, 2014. There’s big-league movies that would kill for that kind of take. As of January this year, the game hit 16 million registered players. Bungie (the originator of the Halo franchise) and Activision have a ten-year plan for Destiny, so this thing is gonna be a big deal in the gaming world for a long time. The Taken King is the first major expansion for Destiny, following on two DLCs earlier this year, The Darkness Below and The House of Wolves. This time around, do they get it right? Your TL/DR is hell yes buy this game! If you want, like, reasons and stuff, join me starside!
We’re living in a golden age for horror video games – that’s my thinking anyway. Developers know that we love to be scared, whether it be in a first person or third person world, and they’re doing a hell of a job creating cinematic experiences that either put us in a horror film, or with the case of Until Dawn, directing one.
What made the original Tearaway such a hit was that it was built completely for the Vita and all of it’s different quirky controls – the touch screen, the rear touchpad, etc. It was charming, intuitive, original and ultimately one of the best games ever made for the handheld. Does the PS4 version stack up? Find out after the jump.
I haven’t been to a Fan Expo in a few years, so when I got the tap on the shoulder from our fearless leader Andy Burns to head to Fan Expo 2015 to get the scoop on the new Playstation offerings, I was stoked. I love the atmosphere at these events – Fan Expo in particular. The cosplay, the games, the freebies…it always adds up to a great overall experience.
In a turn of luck, I arrived a bit late to my Playstation tour – after a bit of a mix-up – to find out that I was gonna go through with none other than ex-EP Daily host Shaun Hatton, who I watched all the time on TV (and who also throws an awesome party called Nerd Noise Night every year in TO coinciding with the expo). We met up with Robert and Maria from Media Profile and Richard from Playstation and the tour was on! Read the rest of this entry
I’m a Rapture sucker. I love the whole idea of believers leaving all their earthly possessions behind and ascending to the heavens while the rest of us are stuck duking it out during the tribulation.
Yes, I have read the Left Behind books. Well, the first three. Actually, two and a half, because the third one got way too preachy.
But when I hear Rapture, I absolutely get psyched. It’s just such an interesting concept to me, regardless of whether I believe in its actual possibility. I have a friend who’s a scientist and complete atheist. The idea of a hereafter, he simply can’t even go there. It’s fundamentally against his belief system. Whenever I want to get his goat, or try to stop him in his tracks, I ask him what he’d say if the Rapture actually were to occur.
“Well,” he always says. “I’d look for the scientific explanation first.”
“OK, and what happens when no scientific explanation is possible and we’re stuck dealing with the rise of the Anti-Christ and his Four Horseman?”
“Hmmm,” he often pauses. “I guess you’d be right, then.”
All this to say, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the release of the Playstation 4 exclusive game, Everybody’s Gone To The Rapture.
If the world was made of LEGO, our world, the real one, you’d smash it to bits. You know you would. I would. Who wouldn’t? Mahatma LEGO Gandhi maybe. But they haven’t made that movie into a hilariously enjoyable video game just yet. And that’s probably fine. What has made it to the LEGO gaming world is a great collection of pop culture franchises, all ready to splinter and fly apart into glorious bouncing multicoloured cubes. My girlfriend and I have played the LEGO Batman games, which are wonderful fun. Star Wars, The Hobbit, The Avengers, Harry Potter and Indiana Jones have all gotten the LEGO treatment. So with the ripping success of this summer’s Jurassic World, it’s only fitting that Spielberg’s dinosaurs should be bricked too.
One of the biggest and most intriguing literary trends in recent decades is that of alternate history – the what if – changes in a past event creating a whole new timeline. There have even been games based on the concept. One such computer videogame, Europa Universalis IV, has resulted in a book anthology, featuring work by the king of the what if, Harry Turtledove, and others, including sometimes contributor to Biff Bam Pop!, Janice Gable Bashman. Meet me after the jump for more on Europa Universalis IV: What If? The Anthology of Alternate History.
Well Mat’s posted about playing the game, which is a sweet, sweet thing. I thought I’d give you a gander at the Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition Sony PS4, too. Couldn’t resist making an unboxing vid, but I kept it a little shorter than some. Let’s you and me swing from the rooftops, crusader, after the jump.