TWIG: Lego Batman/DC Heroes, Pokemon, Other stuff.

Have any of you kept up with the political going-ons in the game world? Two big things (on the internet, mind you) are stories and articles expressing disdain over the blatant sexism in the Hitman Absolution trailer, and then there’s the Tomb Raider/Lara Croft issue going on, which I will be exploring in depth tomorrow. What the heck is going on with game companies these days? A lot of people are speaking up these days about the treatment of female characters in games, and bringing up a lot of great conversations and valid points.

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Brave

June 19th, 2012

Xbox 360, Nintendo DS, Wii, Mac, PC, PS3

Hey, this companion game is about a strong-willed ladygirl and a movie adaption. (I promise, it is a coincidence.) Most of the reason I’m including this, since games based on movies are generally kind of terrible, is because everyone should go see Brave! Visually, it looks amazing and the voices sound great in the previews and I for one am excited for this crazy-haired lady to become a kickass Disney heroine.  As for the game, it is a basic third-person view game and includes archery, magic, etc– and some world exploring. It’s also Move and Kinect compatible.

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Amazon.com Product Description

Brave: The Video Game is a Third-Person Action-Adventure game that is a companion release to the Disney/Pixar 2012 major animated release of the same name.Brave is Pixar’s first fairy tale release and features the adventures of Princess Merida, the studio’s first female lead character in a movie. The game features: a family-friendly storyline, bow and arrow as well as a sword combat, agile in-game movement, puzzle play, characters from the movie as well as others unique to the game, and compatibility with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

Inspired by “Brave”, the upcoming Disney/Pixar animated fantasy adventure movie, Brave: The Video Game invites players to run, jump and battle their way through the rugged landscape of mythical and mysterious Scotland. By using their wits and bravery, gamers will also be able to wield a sword and bow and arrow to defeat fierce enemies, break a magical curse and save a kingdom.

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Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor

June 19, 2012

Xbox 360

This is a Kinect Required game. Okay? You must have a Kinect sensor! Control the tank… somehow with your body and yeah. Certainly an interesting looking concept, but I have to be looking like an idiot and flailing around to really enjoy a Kinect game.

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Taking full advantage of the Kinect Sensor for Xbox 360*, Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor is an Xbox 360 exclusive First-Person Action game like no other. Using the Kinect Sensor players engage in mech style gameplay that promises to deliver a uniquely immersive experience and an evolution in warfare gaming. Features include a futuristic, yet low-tech military campaign dominated by hulking vertical tanks (VT), tank customization, the necessity of getting to know and protecting AI squadmates, and online multiplayer support via Xbox LIVE.

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Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods & Kings

June 19, 2012

PC, Mac

The official Expansion pack to Civ V. This one of those games I have heard a million things about, and it sounds much too grand and complicated for my simple faculties. Also, I don’t like sims. One day I will have to tell you all about my horrible track record with The Sims, the people game and town building games. I… well. Let’s just say, everyone ever died. The end. I kind of getting the feeling the games enemies in Sid Meier’s Civilization V would have me beaten to a pulp very, very quickly.

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Amazon.com Product Description

Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods and Kings is the first official expansion pack for the Turn-Based Strategy game, Sid Meier’s Civilization V.* It features the introduction of religion as a major gameplay component to the game, through a faith-based mechanism. It also adds additional diplomatic abilities to those found in the base game. Additional features include, a variety of benefit types for the establishment and adoption of religion, spies that both level with mission completion and that can be a liability if captured, several new playable civilizations, improved battle abilities, and new units, buildings and wonders.

The Sid Meier’s Civilization V: Gods and Kings expansion pack* introduces the power of religion and improved diplomatic abilities toCivilization V. Religion, used as a major tool, was left out of the 2010 base game release, but now joins culture, technology, diplomacy, and warfare as the fifth pillar of the game’s turn-based statecraft and empire building game mechanic. Use of religion begins during a civilization’s infantcy, with the player interweaving select core beliefs with particular realities of their civilization. This in turn unifies people and generates faith, setting the stage for the emergence of unit’s like The Great Prophet, Missionaries and The Inquisitor, along with the founding of a religion. Religions available initially correlate to actual world religions such as Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Shinto, etc., but they are designed to be renamed and customized with player chosen tenets. Civilizations that found religions enjoy certain exclusive benefits, while a later series of benefits connected to a religion can be enjoyed by any civilization that is converted to it. This includes rival civilizations. As the timeline of the game progresses to the renaissance and beyond, religion becomes less important, but remains a surprisingly powerful tool.

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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super heroes

June 19, 2012

PC, Wii, Xbox 360, 3DS, DS, Vita, PS3

LOOK AT THAT LITTLE JOKER. Isn’t he the cutest? LEGO Joker just might be my favorite Joker. This another one of those LEGO games, collect the bits, destroy stuff to collect more, etc. This time you can use a variety of DC characters to join you. Awesome.  Also, this thing is on practically every system known. But that’s the LEGO series for you.

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LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes is an Action-Adventure game set within the Batman universe, and filled with LEGO versions of heroes and villains from the Batmancomic series, working together/against those from the Justice League comic series. The game is a standalone follow-up to 2008’s Lego Batman, and features a wealth of heroes and villains, an engrossing storyline, in-game dialog, classic LEGO video game play that includes a co-op support, family-friendly action and in-game gadgets, vehicles and super hero abilities.

In Lego Batman 2: DC Super Hereos, calamity strikes as the Joker forms as alliance with Lex Luther. The result is a uniting of the world’s greatest villains from across the DC Comics universe, hell bent on tearing down Gotham City, brick by brick. Thankfully Batman and Robin are able to form their own unit for good with members of the Justice League. Additional heroes available in the game include Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and many more. The game contains light-hearted content featuring Batman flavored action, mixed with classic LEGO block gameplay. Players utilize a variety of vehicles including the Batmobile and Batwing, and must master a range of gadgets in order to triumph. True to the beloved LEGO video game play, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Hereos contains contains both single player and co-op gameplay options.

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The Secret World

June 19, 2012

PC

I think… I think this looks interesting. It’s certainly a great concept, making all of Earthly myths real and things you must fight/ally with/explore, etc.  Think of the variety this game is going to have? The description alone makes this worth checking into if you are a fan of MMOs. I think that’s the only thing I have a problem with, the MMO part of it. I haven’t quite gotten myself used to the idea of playing one, but for those of you that do play… what do you think?

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Amazon.com Product Description

The Secret World is a MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) set in a modern Earth environment, but incorporating a wealth of mythological, magic-based and urban legend elements into its action. Gameplay revolves around the struggle of good vs. evil, and is designed for in-depth and enjoyable play for all players, dispensing with traditional RPG levels and character classes. It instead utilizes a skill-based system for character building. Additional features include, a blend of real-life and imagined locations, a variety of secret societies to join, thousands of weapons and powers, and so on.

Imagine if every myth, conspiracy theory and urban legend was true. Imagine a world where vampires hunt for mortal blood in dingy London nightclubs, where werewolves lurk in the sewers beneath Seoul, and where the undead prey on the living in the shadows of New York City. Imagine a world where you can become anything you want to be, without restrictions such as classes or levels. This is the premise for The Secret World, Funcom’s Massively Multiplayer Online RPG set in the modern-day real world.

Imagine a world where entire governments are swayed by the hidden hand and word of secret societies. In The Secret World you get to join these secret societies. The Illuminati, the Dragon and the Templars – each stand united in their war against the rising darkness, but divided in their pursuit for power. What secret society you choose to join will have profound, long-lasting effects on your gameplay experience.

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Pokemon Conquest

June 18, 2012

Nintendo DS

Not quite your typical pokemon game. This a tactical, turn-based system that concentrates on taking over areas and castles with your warriors (pokemon) and it’s… well, it’s different. Most of the pokemon used are from the Black and White games. Weird!

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It’s a new world of Pokémon battles! Become a Warlord and build your kingdom! Welcome to a world inhabited by mighty Warlords and their Pokémon—It’s a new way to experience Pokémon! Use your Pokémon—and the special ability of your Warriors—to build your kingdom! Train your Pokémon and recruit more Warriors! With nearly 200 Pokémon, mainly from the Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version games, there are many options when building your army! Unite the 17 kingdoms of Ransei and awaken the Legendary Pokémon!

  • It’s a new way to play Pokémon in a land filled with Warriors and Pokémon and the ties that bind them together. The main action of the game takes place on the battlefield where Pokémon fight in a turn-based, tactical battle system.
  • Be a Warlord, and control your Pokémon in battle! As a Warlord, you command other Warriors and their Pokémon in your army.
  • All Warriors have a special ability they can use to help their Pokémon in battle, but Warriors are there to command the Pokémon on the field of battle. It is their Pokémon that move, fight, attack on the field of battle.
  • Recruit Warlords and Warriors by defeating them in a unique battle system never seen in a Pokémon game. As you acquire castles, new Pokémon, Warlords, and Warriors become available as well as new ways to train them.
  • When battles are won, you take control of the new castle, recruit Warriors from that kingdom, and gain access to new Pokémon.
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