NEW ‘BATMAN: ARKHAM KNIGHT’ SCREENSHOTS DELIVER MORE ORACLE, COMMISSIONER GORDON, AND BATMOBILE LAUNCHING
As Batman: Arkham Knight, the next entry in the popular video game franchise about Batman beating the criminally insane into submission in asylums of increasingly improbable sizes and complexity, draws nearer, we’re starting to get to the point where we’re getting a steady stream of information about the game. Today, with the release of a new set of screenshots, we got some of the most interesting news of all.
According to the latest screens, after appearances as a voice in a headset in the past three games, Barbara Gordon will finally be appearing as Oracle. That’s big news for fans fans, but to be honest, that stuff about the Batmobile shooting you out of the roof like James Bond’s ejector seat will probably have a bigger impact on gameplay.
REVIEW: ‘THE WOLF AMONG US’ EPISODE 3, ‘A CROOKED MILE,’ HONORS A DIFFERENT GENRE
The first two episodes of Telltale Games’ Fables prequel, The Wolf Among Us, had clearly served as homage to a very particular genre, neon noir. The third episode, “A Crooked Mile,” which hit Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC and iOS this week, keeps the neon but seems to drop the noir.
What the developers and writers offer up instead is a bloodier, more aggressive story this time around. It feels pretty strongly like the a hat-tip to the gun-driven revenge and exploitation films of the 1970s, particularly by the end, and it gives the game a sense of welcome unpredictability.
The thing that the writers have done really well–and what’s often the hallmark of a good mystery story–is they’ve moved the goalposts. What was initially a fairly straightforward murder mystery has become a grand conspiracy, with characters routinely telling Sheriff Bigby Wolf that he can’t even begin to understand the magnitude of what’s going on. That all contributes further to the 1970s feel, even with the game’s 1980s setting.
Given that Marvel has safely embedded itself as a multimedia juggernaut, with movies, television shows, and, of course, video games, it should come as no surprise to see them trying to take over the iOS world as well. Marvel Entertainment’s Marvel Run Jump Smash brings some of your favorite comic book characters to iOS form, blending traditional endless runner-style gameplay with the glitz and glamour of superheroes.
Fans hurting for a fully articulated Luigi action figure since Toy Biz’s notable Mario Kart 64 line in circa 1999-2000 can finally snag something arguably even cooler from Good Smile Company in July of 2014. Even as Nintendo’s “Year of Luigi” draws to a close, GS has announced a Nendoroid action figure version of Super Mario’s taller, higher-jumping brother.