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The Star Wars saga would’ve unfolded a lot differently had Luke Skywalker emerged as the hero of the Battle of Yavin and survived a wampa attack only to meet his end during the Battle of Hoth. With the young Jedi out of the picture, Darth Vader and the Emperor might have crushed the Rebellion.
Speaking of crushed, Luke does come to an unceremonious end in this funny footage from the Star Wars Battlefront beta, although not from a wampa or in a snowspeeder crash. Instead, death comes beneath the massive foot of an Imperial Walker. It’s a bit undignified for a Jedi.
Batman: Arkham Knight is expected to be available again for PC by the end of October, nearly four months after Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment suspended sales.
“As many of you know, we released a major patch for Batman: Arkham Knight PC a few weeks ago,” the publisher said in a statement released last night. “While there were significant performance improvements made to the game, the teams are continuing to work on the additional updates that were outlined in our previous post. We expect these updates to be ready at the end of October, at which time the PC version will be made available for purchase.”
Batman: Arkham Knight may have brought Rocksteady Studios’ blockbuster series to an end, but Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is, unsurprisingly, far from finished with the Caped Crusader.
“Batman is one of the cornerstone IPs for Warner Bros.,” Ames Kirshen, who oversees development of DC Comics games, tells the PlayStation Blog. “With the Arkham series, we were finally able to realize the full potential of the character.”
If you’re still upset about Konami’s cancellation of Silent Hills, the video-game franchise reboot by Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima and director Guillermo del Toro, you’ll probably want to brace yourselves for this news: Junji Ito, whom del Toro accurately described as “the undisputed master of horror in Japan,” was also part of the project.
The filmmaker revealed the information Sunday on Twitter, adding, “Kojima and myself are fans.”
Trumpeting its Sept. 30 arrival on Xbox One and PC, Team17 has debuted the launch trailer for the 8-bit puzzle game The Escapists: The Walking Dead.
Combining the characters and settings of The Walking Dead with the gameplay Team17’s indie hit, the spinoff places in players in the role of Rick Grimes, who must lead a rag-tag group of survivors out of scenarios ripped straight from the comic series. Fans of The Walking Dead will recognize levels based on Harrison Memorial Hospital, the Greene farm, Meriwether County Correctional Facility, Woodbury, Georgia, and Alexandria, Virginia.
Community star Alison Brie reprises her LEGO Movie role as Unikitty in a new trailer for LEGO Dimensions that also sees Harley Quinn cheerfully stroll with the Doctor. Seriously. It’s that kind of game
Brie is joined in the voice cast of Warner Bros. Interactive’s toy-to-life game by the likes of Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Chris Pratt, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and a host of others.
Amid all the celebration of the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros. arrives this video from Digg that chronicles the iconic plumber’s long journey, from 1981’s Donkey Kong to Wrecking Crew ’98 to this year’s Super Mario Maker.
Before you interject with “But what about –,” Digg explains, “For the sake of your patience and our sanity we’ve excluded games from the Mario universe’s extended cast which don’t include Mario himself (e.g., Diddy Kong Racing), unaltered ports, compilation games (Super Mario All-Stars), and Mario-inspired Easter eggs.”
The borders of the Land of Ooo have expanded into the realm of virtual reality with the launch of Adventure Time: Magic Man’s Head Games.
Based on Cartoon Network’s hit animated series, the mobile game allows fans to actually become part of the Adventure Time narrative, with the help of Samsung Gear VR. Boasting an original story and gameplay inspired by classic 3D platformers, Magic Man’s Head Games is voiced by the cast of the TV show.
While many fight fans simply eagerly watch as Ronda Rousey and Floyd Mayweather spar verbally — hoping for the chance it’ll turn physical in an actual ring — one fan of the mouthy match-up took matters into his own video game designer hands and mocked up a match between the two in “Street Fighter IV.”
YouTuber Richie Branson “got bored and decided to play around with some texture files” in the PC version of his copy of the game and modded Balrog and Cammy into Mayweather and Rousey, respectively. He then pit the two together in a CPU-controlled match (in the interested of fairness).
Koei Tecmo has unveiled eight minutes of gameplay footage from its Attack on Titan video game, which it turns out will draw from the hit anime series rather than from the original manga or the live-action films.
Speaking with Kotaku at the Tokyo Game Show, where the footage debuted, Koei Tecmo games president Hisashi Koinuma revealed that adapting Attack on Titan has proved to be a difficult task.
If you aren’t already excited for the release of Bandai Namco’s Pokkén Tournament next spring on Wii U, you undoubtedly will be after watching this trailer in which adorable Pikachu is a mask- and singlet-wearing luchador who’s here to take names and kick ass. Only
he she doesn’t actually give a damn about names.
Released to Japanese arcades in July, Pokkén Tournament is pretty much what you see below: a fighting game in which two players battle it out with Pokémon. Of course the first fight will be over who gets to play Masked Pikachu.
No sooner did Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment trumpet the all-star voice cast for LEGO Dimensions than it’s back with the launch trailer for the franchise-spanning toy-to-life game.
Debuting on Entertainment Weekly, the trailer lays out the game’s basic premise — the evil Lord Vortech seeks to rule all the LEGO worlds — while offering a sampling of the franchises involved: The LEGO Movie, DC Comics, Back to the Future, Jurassic World, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo and Ghostbusters, for starters.
Koei Tecmo has unveiled a new trailer that confirms the upcoming Attack on Titan “tactical hunting game” will be just as violent and bloody as the hit manga on which it’s based.
The previous trailer, released early last month, showed mostly title cards and still art, but this one depicts gameplay of the Survey Corps in action, hurling across the screen with their 3D maneuver gear and splattering blood as they hack and slash at the invading Titans. And be sure to stick around until the end.
A network engineer from Chicago, the 44-year-old Camberis spent two years building the gargantuan machine, which stands 4.41 meters high — or, as Guinness so helpfully offers, “taller than a fully grown African elephant.” The glass track ball is 16 inches in diameter. It’s fully functional, too, loaded with more than 200 classic arcade games; it’s also compatible with all game platforms.
LEGO Dimensions will feature a voice that rivals any animated film — heck, any five animated films.
Officially announced this morning by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games, the lineup includes Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Alison Brie and Charlie Day from The LEGO Movie, Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Michelle Gomez from Doctor Who, Pratt (again!), Bryce Dallas Howard and Irrfan Khan from Jurassic World, Stephen Merchant and Ellen McLain from the Portal games, and Frank Welker and Matthew Lilliard from Scooby-Doo.