Batman Arkham Asylum Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Batman Arkham Asylum RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network WB E-Nigmatically Teases Batman Game with Images, 'Capture the Knight' https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dbn/wb-e-nigmatically-teases-batman-game-with-images-capture-the-knight https://www.gameskinny.com/z1dbn/wb-e-nigmatically-teases-batman-game-with-images-capture-the-knight Thu, 09 Jan 2020 15:22:59 -0500 GS_Staff

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is seemingly teasing a new entry in the publisher's vaunted Batman series. Earlier today, the studio shared three pictures to its social media channels: one on Twitter, one on Facebook, and one on Instagram. 

Each of the three images were part of a larger whole, which, of course, Batman fans have already pieced together. From the looks of it, the symbol shares elements with the Gotham City Police Department Crest. However, it doesn't match exactly. 


This isn't the first time Warner Bros. has teased a new Batman game in the last two years. In 2018, we reported on a social media post from WB Montreal assistant producer Valerie Vezina. In the picture shared to Twitter, Vezina wore a shirt that appeared to show the symbol of The Court of Owls. 

In January 2019, we reported on a rumor that said the next Batman game would be called Batman: Arkham Crisis. However, the rumors surrounding that title proved to either be false or premature. Nothing came of Batman: Arkham Crisis in the following months. 

In September 2019, WB shared a cryptic GIF on Twitter, with the tagline "Capture the Knight/Cape sur la nuit". Though we missed it at the time, it appears the Tweet was one of the first "official" teases surrounding the Batman project being teased by the picture above. 

While Rocksteady Studios has developed most of the Batman: Arkham games, including Arkham Asylum, Arkham City, and Arkham Knight, WB Montreal was the studio behind Batman: Arkham Origins

While Origins is currently the lowest-scored game in the Arkham franchise, some loved the game for its portrayal of the Caped Crusader, as well as the new system introduced by the development team. 

Only time will tell what WB Montreal is teasing. Hopefully, we won't go almost another full year before we get more information — even if it is just another e-nigmatic social media post. 

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Holy Trilogy Collections, Batman! Six Dark Knight Games Free on EGS https://www.gameskinny.com/hh0hb/holy-trilogy-collections-batman-six-dark-knight-games-free-on-egs https://www.gameskinny.com/hh0hb/holy-trilogy-collections-batman-six-dark-knight-games-free-on-egs Thu, 19 Sep 2019 14:18:42 -0400 Josh Broadwell

The weekly free deals on the Epic Games Store just keep coming, and this week's bundle is a doozy.

The Batman: Arkham Collection and Lego Batman trilogy are both free until September 26. Both bundles bring a total of six free games to your growing EGS library. 

Both complementary collections are available for $0.

Those interested in snagging the complimentary titles can simply sign up for or log into an Epic Games account, find the games at the top of the store's front page, and add them to their library. 

All free games downloaded to a user's library remain in that library for the lifetime of the account. 

Batman: Arkham Collection

The Arkham collection includes:

If it seems like "Arkham Knight" and "free" have been bundled together elsewhere recently, it's because the game is also one of this month's free PS Plus games. Yes, it's that good.

In fact, the whole trilogy is that good. The Arkham games are credited with reviving the Batman video game franchise, giving players more of what they love about the Caped Crusader: fast cars, pulse-pounding fights, and, of course, excellent villains like the Joker.

What's more, these are the Game of the Year Editions of each game. That means Arkham Asylum and Arkham City get all their DLC bundled together, but Arkham Knight doesn't, since its DLC isn't on the EGS right now.

Still, think of it as some kind of consolation for Arkham Crisis not actually being real after all.

LEGO Batman Trilogy

In case the Arkham Collection isn't enough, the LEGO Batman Trilogy offers even more superhero action with a lighthearted twist. It includes:

These three feature all the goofiness LEGO games are known and loved for, alongside plenty of collectibles, tons of unlockable characters spread across the DC universe, gadgets, vehicles, aliens, and more.

From LEGO Batman 2 on, the Lego characters even speak, which was a first for the LEGO games franchise.

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Despite being listed as collections, each game in both trilogies is available for free individually until September 26, so you don't have to pick them all up if you for some reason don't want to. 

The Epic Games Store is on a roll the past few months with its free game offerings. A recent set included two of the most well-regarded indie releases in recent years.

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'Tis the Season: The Best Couples Cosplay for Halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween https://www.gameskinny.com/2t0fe/tis-the-season-the-best-couples-cosplay-for-halloween Mon, 15 Oct 2018 10:44:09 -0400 Stephanie Tang

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That's all for now!

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Did you imagine Halloween to be one of the most romantic seasons of the year? If the answer was no, you weren't thinking deep enough - it's getting cold out there, and even full-body cat suits get cold when you're walking around in them alone!

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Got any other ideas for hit couples cosplay? Be sure to let us know!

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(image source: We Heart It

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Another DC pair that will last the ages. Batwoman and Catwoman don't always see eye to eye regarding pesky matters like legalities and their choices in friends (who may or may not spend an inordinate amount of time locked up in Arkham Asylum) their romance is both explosive and exciting.

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Whether you choose to go the iconic Batman Returns route of dressing up as Bats and Selena Kyle like @harley_sinn_87 & @kevindcosplay above, or prefer one of their countless other movie/comic book/video game/cartoon counterparts, I guarantee you will be instantly recognizable by anyone you meet on the street. 

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It's also super easy to dress these two up and down depending on your time and budget constraints too!

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(image source: Picdeer)

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Okay, so maybe this particular couple doesn't actually exist outside of our collective imaginations, but wasn't it just made to be? 

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Frozen blew everyone's collective minds when it came out, and the carpool karaoke of "Let it Go" may have died down (for now, wait a few months), but it's simmering just under the surface. And with no canon love interest for Queen Elsa to be found, the internet went ahead and did it for her. 

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Enter Jack Frost from Rise of the Guardians, the personification of ice and snow, stuck forever in the body of a 17 year old. While this is a couple that will never happen for real, it won't stop the rest of us from dreaming!

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For those in the know, make this romance a reality with costumes that are either super simple to put together (Jack's) or super easy to find on the market (Elsa's). 

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(image source: Fanpop)

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So the Overwatch community has a love/hate relationship with shipping of any kind but the dissenters are usually outnumbered by the vastly more talented people who dress up, take photos, and draw fanart, so it's still pretty easy to enjoy what you want.

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This particular game with its attempts at rich back story (that is mostly forgotten once you have anything to do with actually playing it) doesn't really have any canon pairings. You could frankly throw a few darts at the hero select screen and come up with a pairing that will have as much canonical backing as any other... not that the internet hasn't tried.

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Of course, this makes the game particularly conducive to large group cosplays, or even smaller threes or twos. Soldier 76 and Mercy as seen above are a popular pair, first because of character, but also because they are two of the most commonly picked characters in the game. You can also find the officially licensed costumes and props available through Spirit Halloween (along with Reaper and D.Va) if you're looking for something quick, easy, but undeniably pricey. 

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(image source: ACParadise

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Choice one if you're on the hunt for something to dress up in with a pal and no romantic feelings attached -- or at least we hope not, since Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are brother and sister.

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(Yes, there have been some occasional references in canon that might suggest a little too much co-dependency between the two of 'em, but we're not going to get into that squinchy kind of debate right now, okay?)

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While I'm not going to spoil the Avengers movies for any poor soul that still hasn't seen them, suffice to say that Scarlet Witch is pretty much a badass. Always. And you are hard-pressed not to love her.

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Quicksilver is a little harder to appreciate due to his, sigh, lack of screen time, but I assure you that having a complete set of Maximoff siblings is a heck of a way to make an entrance to any party. 

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(image source: Xcoos)

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If you're looking to show off with a dash of real romance, how better than with Final Fantasy X's tragically romantic lead pair, Summoner Yuna and her guardian Tidus?

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While Tidus might be bit of a blonde and a bonehead to boot, there's nothing he won't do to make sure that Yuna achieves everything that she's determined to. That forced laughter on the way to the Mi'hen Highroad will ring in your ears forever with cringe and second-hand embarrassment, but you have to admit that the scene above was positively beautiful and the stuff of daydreams. 

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A little dated, these costumes might be a little more difficult to find on short notice, so you may have to resort to needle and thread if you really want to do these lovebirds justice!

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(image source: DeviantArt

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Despite being one of comic bookdom's biggest power couples on the planet, DC's Joker and Harley Quinn are also crazy, maniacal, and if you really thought too hard about their power dynamic, probably not nearly as romantic as die-hard fans think they are. 

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And yet you can't help it. You love them. Admit it. You do. 

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Whether it's in the traditional harlequin suit and true-white clown skin or Margot Robbie's killer turn as Daddy's Lil' Monster in Suicide Squad and Jared Leto's shiny teeth, there's no denying that you knew these two were showing up on this list, didn't you? 

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The Suicide Squad Harley may have been last Halloween's most popular costume, but these two will always, always be a staple at any con, any time of the year, forever and ever.. thanks in large part to huge cosplayers like the ones shown above, Anthony Misiano and Alyssa King (aka Harley's Joker and Joker's Harley, respectively). If the names didn't give it away, they are best known for their ultra-realistic Joker/Harley shoots, and their prolific con-going adventures. 

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Check out the link below for more awesome photos if you're looking for inspiration! (The photobooth series is my personal favorite.)

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(image source: Geek Chic Elite)

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Is it love, is it friend-zoned affection, or wistful thinking? The fandom is split on just how romantic the Link and Zelda thirds of the Triforce really are. 

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Regardless of which side of the fence that you land, you're hard-pressed to find two more recognizably nerdy costumes than the Hero of Time and "what would it be like if Zelda was a girl?" 

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Perfect for whether you want to insist you're "just friends" or leaving things ambiguous, there have also been dozens of different iterations of the Link and Zelda costumes over the years, so piecing one together could be super easy or super detailed depending on skill, cost, and time considerations. 

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The original link for this picture is gone, but some internet sleuthing has me fairly sure that it is part of this photo shoot with AdelCosplay. Check it out for some more inspiration!

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(image source: Pinterest

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(If you want to get to the real superhero duo action, skip to about 1:15 above.)

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Somehow Spider-Man is in Los Angeles. He bumps into Deadpool. On a rooftop. Chemistry ignites. The Merc With the Mouth makes a move. The fight, the struggle, the passion. The screen fades to black. 

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--Fine, well then how were you going to retell it?

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By now it's pretty canon that Deadpool would love to get in on some of that sleek, Spidey action, but it's also pretty canon that our favorite web-slinger just ain't about that life. Ah, doomed romance. Is there anything more heart-wrenching to be imitated and captured IRL?

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Because, you see, as temperatures begin dropping and the leaves start falling, a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of cosplaying with his lady love.

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Or something like that.

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The above may or may not be a shameless bastardization of Tennyson, but that doesn't change the fact that with the cooling weather, cuffing season opens.

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So whether you want to celebrate your newly minted love affair by showing up hand in claw at the biggest (nerdiest?) Halloween bash of the month, or whether or not you and your best bro are looking to steal the show in your sexy zentai suits and choreographed moves (and catch the eye of the hottest Harley in the crowd), now is the perfect time to get planning. 

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Here are some of the best, the wackiest, and the funnest cosplay ideas for couples on the internet. 

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Steam Summer Sale 2017 -- The Best Games Under $5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 https://www.gameskinny.com/xuodn/steam-summer-sale-2017-the-best-games-under-5 Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:37:09 -0400 Adreon Patterson

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Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition 

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As the OG of the Batman Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Asylum follows Batman as he must fight his way past nefarious foes in order to stop the Joker from once again trying to destroy Gotham City. It would be unjust for any gamer to sleep on this hallmark game with its detailed world design, revolutionary combat system, compelling storyline, and stellar graphics.

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All of these games are just a sampling of what the Steam 2017 Summer Sale has to offer. Make sure to check out our other Steam Summer Sale articles for even more savings on great games. 

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Shadowrun Returns

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Regular Price: $14.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 1.49
Buy it on Steam

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This PC version of the tabletop game allows players to join any five races and six classes as they hunt down the Emerald City Ripper in this gritty, futuristic CRPG. Despite a sparse saving system, Shadowrun Returns showcases smooth character development, excellent combat scenes, and highly interactive gameplay in a cyberpunk, turn-based atmosphere. 

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Mass Effect 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Bioware's follow-up to the highly successful Mass Effect, Mass Effect 2 once again puts players into the space boots of the stoic Commander Shepard as he must assemble a diverse team in order to stop an alien species known as the Collectors. The spectacular melting pot of diverse characters, stellar interactive storytelling, excellent voice acting, stunning visuals, and improved gameplay will hook any gamer interested in science fiction RPGs.

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Outlast

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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In Outlast, a first-person survival horror game predicated on stealth and strategy, players become investigative journalist Miles Upshur as he maneuvers his way through the dilapidated Mount Massive Asylum. The top-notch horror elements and thrilling gameplay would be great for any gamer to experience, especially horror fans and fans of SOMA, Amnesia, and early Resident Evil titles.

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Transistor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 2.99
Buy it on Steam

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This indie sci-fi action game lets players become the famous singer Red as she battles the robotic force of The Process, all while keeping the sword-like Transistor from those who would seek to acquire it. Players are thrust into a futuristic city where they battle enemies, solve puzzles, learn new skills (or Functions), and journey through a story rich with RPG undertones. Any gamer will fall in love with the effervescent visuals, stellar combat system, and lush soundtrack.

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Borderlands 2

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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In the sequel to 2009's Borderlands, players (as four new characters) once again must complete missions while acquiring loot on the planet of Pandora. This FPS is worth any gamer's time (especially fans of the first-person shooter genre) as it manages to build upon the original's strongest points -- humor and role-playing systems -- while adding a sense of world structure that fleshes out the Borderlands mythos. 

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Life is Strange Complete Season (Episodes 1-5)

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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As an episodic adventure, Life is Strange showcases twelfth-grade photography student Max Caufield's strange ability to rewind time and how it influences the butterfly effect of her universe. Following the episodic drama format, gamers are swept up in some truly great character development, tackling of taboo issues, and novel gameplay mechanics.

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Tomb Raider

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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This retelling of Lara Croft's origin story follows the iconic heroine as she helps herself and her friends escape the island of Yamatai while being hunted down by a strange cult. Despite some qualms about the multiplayer mode and sometimes disconnected narrative, gamers should still enjoy this game with its splendid graphics, excellent third-person gameplay, and amazing character development -- especially for Croft. This action-adventure title from Square Enix reinvented the Tomb Raider brand and has overwhelmingly positive Steam reviews for its hard work. 

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This War of Mine

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam

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This war survival game based on the Siege of Sarajevo deals with civilians surviving a post-war society through everyday decision-making. The player must keep various characters' health, hunger, and mood levels stable while gathering tools and materials for survival. Every decision can make or break survival -- and some of the decisions with which players are faced range from difficult to excruciating.  

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Metro 2033 Redux

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Set in post-nuclear war Moscow, Metro 2033 Redux deals with survivors living underground, having to kill human and mutant enemies in order to get ammunition and other resources -- as well as survive. This game can be endless fun; with an enthralling plot, realistic, detailed environments, and graphic horror elements, this is an FPS that has seen a cult following develop around it -- and for good reason.

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Garry's Mod

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Regular Price: $9.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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A devil-may-care sandbox game, Garry's Mod allows players to manipulate ragdoll physics and props during gameplay. With its bizarre nature, user content is able to flood the game with the Physics Gun (manipulating ragdolls), the Tool Gun (creating buttons and controllable props), and the Havok Physics Engine (creating contraptions with props). Its openness allows players to roam free without any constraints. Garry's Mod is a zany sandbox creation game that focuses on creativity and mental agility. 

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 3.99
Buy it on Steam

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Taking place between The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor follows the combined body and soul of dead ranger Talion and Elf Lord Celebrimbor as they take revenge on Sauron for the death of their loved ones. This Tolkein-based, Peter Jackson-influenced action-adventure game boasts stellar combat scenes, great lore, an expansive open world, and the Nemesis System, which allows non-playable characters to uniquely react to the protagonist accordingly through each playthrough.

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Endless Space: Collection

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Regular Price: $19.99
2017 Summer Sale Price: 4.99
Buy it on Steam

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Endless Space is a turn-based, 4X sci-fi adventure game allows players to choose or build a civilization and expand their empire to conquer the galaxy through a series of victories. This edition collects both the Endless Space base game and the DLC, Disharmony, providing players a great user interface and great accessibility for endless replay.

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After what's seemed like an eternity, summer has finally arrived. Sunny beaches. Scorching, hot weather. Family vacations. Weird tan lines. 

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But there is another image that's conjured when talking about summer -- the Steam Summer Sale. Summer truly doesn't begin until the gaming community can buy some amazing games and other items on the cheap. 

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The true pull for the sale is the incredible discounts gamers can get on some of their favorite games. There are individual games, expansion packs, DLCs, bundles. Any and everything a gamer could want or need is available with discounts of up to 80%.

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This is not only a big deal for the gaming community but for the online community as a whole. Articles, blurbs, and blog posts from indie sites to major players are written up days before the sale. Just like offline life, the internet goes crazy over discounts.

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Let's take a look at some of the best games under $5 for Steam's 2017 Summer Sale.

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Top 5 Comic Book Characters that Deserve Their Own Game https://www.gameskinny.com/gs0ep/top-5-comic-book-characters-that-deserve-their-own-game https://www.gameskinny.com/gs0ep/top-5-comic-book-characters-that-deserve-their-own-game Tue, 10 Jan 2017 07:00:02 -0500 Zach Long

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I realize that 4 of 5 are DC heroes, but hey, they deserve some love too. I hope you enjoyed my trip of heroes that I think deserve the proper video game treatment. Maybe with the success of comic book movies, we'll get some great comic book games.

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Let me know in the comments if you agree with my list. If not, who do you think should be included?

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Green Lantern
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Now this is the one I most want to see done well. Green Lantern, in any iteration, is my favorite DC Comics character. Whether it's Hal Jordan and his endless rivalry with Sinestro, or the latest duo of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, there are tons of great characters and stories to pull from. Imagine racing through space defending the galaxy from earth and utilizing the all-powerful Lantern Ring.

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Heck, you could pull in all the other Lantern Corps and make a MMO out of it. Let the player choose their preferred color, or allow them to take a quiz to determine what they should play as, since the ring does choose the lantern after all.

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Constantine
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Now this is a bit of an odd choice, I admit, but Constantine makes for a great character. There are tons of great stories you could have too, like the Trinity of Evil storyline. The gameplay would be similar to games like Heavy Rain, solving puzzles using mystical devices. Plus you have a great cast of sidekicks that need his help.

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It's always fun playing a jerk sometimes too.

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Teen Titans
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I realize that this is more a group than it is a single character, but they deserve some video game love. You could have almost any roster. With that, it could bring back the style of the great PS2-era games X-Men Legends and X-Men Legends 2. Give me some online and couch co-op and let me play as Beast Boy, changing from a shark solving a puzzle to a gorilla smashing some baddies.

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You could also have an unlock system where you have to help other members with missions before they become a playable character. Think of all the DLC you could have.

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The Flash
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Sticking with popular superheroes, The Flash TV series is doing exceptionally well, and this game could play off of that popularity. Sure, it may be a little bit harder to develop this game, but I think it could be great.

You play half the game as crime lab specialist Barry Allen, searching for clues a la L.A. Noire and then, once you have a lead, you race through the city and fight bad guys. You could even have side quests where you help out the fire department and police department throughout Star City. The controls would just need to be slightly tweaked from DC Universe Online and you'd have some great gameplay to boot.

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Captain America
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With the popularity of Marvel movies and war games, the time is ripe for a proper Captain America game. Just think about it; you're in the thick of WWII as a super soldier. You are working your way through a tactical world trying to find Hydra's home base. You can visit classic scenes from the war with new eyes and completely different gameplay from most war games.

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Flip around and throw your shield, throw cars and tanks and use the occasional pistol in a pinch. The mechanics are pretty simple to tweak to make right for the character. That's the only way I want a WWII game to come back, honestly: if you play as Captain America.

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Comic books are a great source of visual media. Not only do they have great action scenes and immersive stories, but they often build a vibrant universe all their own.

And what does that mean? It means that many of these universes and stories are perfect for video games. The stories are definitely there to be told, and the mechanics could definitely be worked out, so long as they are made with the passion and skill of an Arkham game (man, doesn't the new Spiderman game look great?)

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So, without further ado, here's our list of the top 5 comic books characters that should have their own game.

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5 Comic Series That Would Make Great Video Games https://www.gameskinny.com/idbi0/5-comic-series-that-would-make-great-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/idbi0/5-comic-series-that-would-make-great-video-games Wed, 16 Nov 2016 06:00:01 -0500 Unclepulky

In recent years, superheroes and supervillains have seen a massive rise in popularity. While this is mainly due to Marvel's Cinematic Universe and DC's Extended Universe, there are still plenty of comic book properties, which either haven't been adapted into other mediums, or have simply not been used to their fullest.

As a huge dork for both comic books and video games, I got to thinking: What comics could be turned into really great video games? Well, I thought about it, and I've come up with what I believe would be five amazing games. I'll be detailing the premise of each game, the genre, and what developer I think should be tapped into for bringing each of them to life.

5. Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel, AKA Kamala Khan, is a fairly recent creation from Marvel, having first appeared in 2013. Despite having only existed for a short time, she has truly resonated with people.

Among comic readers, she has become one of Marvel's most popular characters, serving as a role model for both young girls, people of Muslim heritage, and teenagers.

She's more altruistic than most heroes, she has shape-shifting and size-changing powers, and, most importantly, she writes fanfiction.

For her game, I think an action-adventure title would work best. As Ms. Marvel, the player would traverse Jersey City, fighting criminals on the streets while going around to different parts of the city to complete missions, some of which would advance the story.

Think Spider-Man 2, but replace web swinging with stretchy arms.

Kamala doesn't have many story lines which could be adapted, so I feel an original story would work best. The tone should match the book, being lighthearted while also tackling social issues. Some of her rogues could also serve as bosses, including the millennial hating Inventor, Kamran, a rogue Inhuman, and the wannabe superhero, Becky St. Jude. 

They may focus on the Call of Duty series these days, but as the makers of several excellent Spider-Man games, I feel that Ms. Marvel would be in good hands with Treyarch.

4. The Bat-Family

Everyone loves Batman. Really, everyone. And I'm personally sick of all the attention he gets. Why? Because as cool as Bruce Wayne is, literally everyone else in the Bat-Family is a cooler, more interesting character.

From the Robins to the Batgirls to the more independent members, this usually unorganized team is large and fascinating, and full of potential to be tapped.

Since most of the Family use different fighting styles from each other, I feel a Bat-Family fighting game would work incredibly well. In addition to being a genre which would allow dozens of characters to be playable, it would also allow for each of the characters to show off their personalities well.

Why yes, Clayface is a part of the Family now.

Since NetherRealm studios did so well with Injustice: Gods Among Us, I'd say give this title to them.

My pitch for the story? Batman is put seemingly permanently put out of commission. As the rest of Gotham's heroes rise up to make up for his lack of a presence, a mysterious figure, who'd ultimately be revealed to be the DCU's deadliest martial artist, Lady Shiva, attempts to tear the Family apart. Her motivation would be her desire to see her daughter, Cassandra Cain-Wayne, become an assassin like her. This plot would allow for an excuse to have the entire Bat-Family fighting each other.

Why would Cassandra, AKA Batgirl, AKA Black Bat, AKA Orphan, end up being the game's protagonist? Well, my Halloween costume from this year should clear that up.

3. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

Question; Who is the most powerful being in the Marvel Universe?

If you said Hulk, Thanos, Galactus, or the Living Tribunal, basically God, then sorry. You're close, but above all stands the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, AKA Doreen Green.

Despite having seemingly mundane powers: She can talk to squirrels, she has a squirrel tail and claws, and she has the proportionate strength of a squirrel, Doreen has defeated Thanos, Deadpool, Wolverine, and Doctor Doom in combat. 

Naturally, with as much power as she has, the best type of game to make about her... is a life simulator.

I'm serious. As strong as she is, the best thing about Doreen is her humanity. So while eating nuts and kicking butts could certainly be a part of the game, I'd love to experience the world as Doreen. 

I'd want to talk with my best friends Tippy-Toe, a squirrel, and Nancy, not a squirrel, I'd want to go to college and take computer science classes, and most of all, I'd want to annoy Tony Stark on Twitter.

This game doesn't need a complex story. Just a week's worth of slice of life stories would be more than enough. As for the studio, as unlikely as it would be to happen, I'd say give it to Nintendo. They're a company with the cheerfulness and experience with the genre necessary to pull this game off.

2. Young Justice

Nope. Wrong Young Justice. I love the show, and I'm super excited it's getting a third season, but this list is about adapting comic books. And while, the Young Justice comics are nothing like the show, I feel them to be superior.

Pretty different, huh?

In the comic series, the Young Justice team consisted of Robin, AKA Tim Drake, Superboy, AKA Kon-El, Impulse, AKA Bart Allen, Wonder Girl, AKA Cassandra Sandsmark, Cissie King-Jones, AKA Arrowette, Secret, AKA Greta Hayes, Empress, AKA Anite Fite, The Ray, AKA Ray Terril, and my personal favorite character, the teenage clone of Lobo, Slobo.

To incorporate all of these characters, I would make this game a turn-based RPG. I think it'd bring a breath of fresh air to the genre since, unlike the TV show, the Young Justice comic was super goofy and lighthearted.

Young Justice has only ever had one 54 issue run, and with how much story and character development got packed into it, I think it'd work perfectly just to adapt the entirety of the comic. From Robin, Superboy, and Impulse forming the team, to their first major challenge, the villain-in-training, Harm, all the way up to their final encounter with Darkseid.

As for the studio, I'd give it to Mistwalker, the makers of great turn-based RPG's like Lost Odyssey and Blue Dragon.

1. Booster Gold

The fact that no one has made a game about "The Greatest Hero You've Never Heard Of" is completely baffling to me.

Booster Gold, AKA Michael Jon Carter, is a time traveler with a super suit and a desire for fame and fortune. While a selfish jerk in his early days, the death of his best friend, Ted Kord, AKA the Blue Beetle, led to him growing into a true hero.

The most important part about what I just said: He. Is. A. Time Traveler!

Think about it. The plot of the game could deal with Booster being sent on missions throughout time by his son/mentor, it's complicated, Rip Hunter. As Booster goes on these missions though, different time periods could be represented by different game genres.

Booster goes back incredibly far in the past? The game becomes an 8-bit platformer. A little bit less far in time? A 16-bit platformer. The far future? The game suddenly turns into an FPS.

I think the concept would work really well, especially if Nathan Fillion was brought in to voice Booster, who'd talk during all his missions. Fillion may be too old to play Booster in live-action, but I think he'd be the perfect voice for him.

Klei Entertainment has the talent to bring multiple genres together in one game, and that's why I'd get them to develop the game.

Which of these comics would you like to see adapted into video games? Let me know in the comments!

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5 of the Best Voice Actors in Games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:58:55 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Since I was very young, I recognized certain voices on my favorite shows as being performed by the same person.  As I got older, I learned just how talented these actors are.  One great example is Hank Azaria of The Simpsons, who voices at least a dozen regular characters like, Moe, Chief Wiggum, and The Comic Book Guy. Needless to say, The Simpsons has one of the greatest casts in history. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is also an insanely versatile voice actor.

As great as those actors are, they are well known. It's often the ones who don't appear on TV that have the longest resumes. For those reasons, and more, I support these actors in the SAG-AFTRA strike.  Some of their voices (like Homer Simpson) pop in my head when I think of just about anything, making it tough to imagine a world without them.  It might seem like an insignificant thing to lose but for me, and many others, they've been a big part of my life. 

In recent years, video games like Call of Duty have started using well-known actors from movies and TV. While this makes the games more like blockbuster movies, there isn't always a guarantee that the actor will give the same Emmy-winning performance in a game as out. Veteran voice actors sometimes don't have the red carpet looks to be motion-captured in games, but they set the bar for the screen actors trying to step into their shoes. So without any further delay, I'll name five of the best voice actors in games today.

#1: John DiMaggio

Games he is best known for; Gears of War series (voice of Marcus Fenix).

Also known for; Futurama (voice of Bender), Adventure Time (voice of Jake the Dog).

"I don't like it when celebrities get voice work. But then again, if I was the producer, I wouldn't want a bunch of no-names doing my show and have to worry about word-of-mouth. I see both sides of the story."

 
 

#2: Jen Taylor

Games she is best known for; Halo franchise (voice of Cortana), Left 4 Dead (voice of Zoey).

 Also known for; the voice of Cortana on Microsoft devices. 

"You know, when I was initially cast, something the guys at Bungie said to me was, 'This character is in your head all the time. She is your best guide and the best aid that you have — the only guide and the only aid really. So we don’t want her to sound naggy, we don’t want her to be a pain.' They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with.

And she's that and so much more because she is so smart. Obviously, she knows more than we could possibly know. It's always fun to play a character that is powerful in that way."

 

#3: Mark Hamill 

Games he is best known for; Batman: Arkham series (Voice of The Joker).

Also known for; Star Wars (Luke Skywalker), voice of The Joker in DC Animation.

"I never saw myself as much of an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to pull that off and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all of it."

 #4: Troy Baker

Games he is best known for; The Last of Us (voice of Joel), BioShock Infinite (voice of Booker Dewitt), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (voice of Ocelot), Far Cry 4 (voice of Pagan Min).

Also know for; Voice of The Joker in several DC Animation productions.

"I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy."

  #5: Nolan North

Games he is best known for; Uncharted Series (voice of Nathan Drake), Assassin's Creed Series (voice of Desmond Miles), Shadow Complex (voice of Jason Flemming), Batman: Arkham Series (voice of The Penguin), Destiny (voice of Ghost).

Also known for; General Hospital (Chris Ramsey '97-'03), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Nickelodeon (voice of The Kraang), extensive work with Marvel.

"The Penguin from Batman: Arkham City is a real departure from what I'm most known for. People actually didn't realize it was me. That's the one thing about doing voice over work that people don't realize, and you can interview anybody in this industry, you have to be a good actor as well as having a good voice."

There are several more notable voice actors worthy of mention, but the ones I've listed have the most extensive resumes, acting range, and well-known games.  Their performances often help make the games they are in great.  I should also mention Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman), Tara Strong (voice of Harley Quinn, Twilight Sparkle, etc.), Frank Welker (he has possibly the longest voice acting resume being the voice of Scooby-Doo), and Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime).

Celebrity voice actors are often used to spruce up a marquee, and attract attention, but it's the career voice actors whose names you might not know, that often bring life to the characters they portray.  After reading this article, I hope you'll take notice of the credits from your favorite games, and animation.  You might notice the same names appearing dozens of time, often for more than one voice.

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Gametastic DIY Halloween Decorations https://www.gameskinny.com/6daqs/gametastic-diy-halloween-decorations https://www.gameskinny.com/6daqs/gametastic-diy-halloween-decorations Sun, 09 Oct 2016 15:19:27 -0400 Glitchieetv

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Budget Bodies by Dave the Dead

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What horror game doesn't have dead bodies sprawled about? Dave the Dead wanted to make a meat-locker type room filled with hanging dead bodies, but needed a budget friendly way to do it. Thus came his tutorial. Using various things found around the house, available for free or cheap, you too can make bodies to hang around your home. 

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What project will you be tackling this Halloween to adorn your home? Personally I like the Mandrake DIY as I can leave it out and not feel bad about scaring people...too much.

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Resident Evil Dog by The Hog Flu

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Resident Evil is an iconic horror game and movie series. Filled with various creatures, most notably dogs, turned into vicious zombies. Taking to hauntforum.com with his tutorial, The Hog Flu shows how he made his zombie dog, with pictures from various stages of the DIY. Read the thread for answers to questions and more comments from The Hog Flu. 

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Mandrake by Pumpkinpie and Hilda

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Halloweenforum.com is a great resource for finding DIY projects. This one, inspired by the mandrake from Harry Potter, has spawned many different results, all of them creepy enough to scare unsuspecting party-goers. Pumpkinpie lays out how she created her mandrake, along with necessary materials on post #9. The first post by Hilda on the page has a link right to the tutorial. Running through the whole thread shows the variety of mandrakes created, some scarier than others. 

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Asylum Halloween Wreath by Mara Macabre

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Taking a page from Batman: Arkham Asylum as inspiration, Mara Macabre has created a spooky Halloween Wreath. Using a Styrofoam wreath ring, wound dressings and printed images, Mara outlines how she created her wreath here. While the site is in German, Google Translate makes it easy to understand the basics of constructing the piece. 

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Creepy Barrel Topper by Hauntcrazy

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This instantly reminded me of the meat bags super mutants carry around with them in Fallout. Gruesome, gory, and a great way to turn an everyday item into Halloween decor. Hauntcrazy gives a how-to on making his barrel topper. Using items around the house, cheap skeleton parts and spray paint, you too can have your own meat bag. Or meat trash can. 

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While decorating for Halloween can be filled with fun, store bought Halloween decorations can be pricey. Trying to put together a spooky party or haunted house using just store bought decorations can quickly eat up a budget, resulting in a lackluster display. Fear not! The following game inspired DIY Halloween decorations are fun to make and will scare the snot out of anyone. 

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5 Video Games That Actually Make You Feel Like a Superhero https://www.gameskinny.com/a7m27/5-video-games-that-actually-make-you-feel-like-a-superhero https://www.gameskinny.com/a7m27/5-video-games-that-actually-make-you-feel-like-a-superhero Mon, 12 Sep 2016 09:12:08 -0400 Greyson Ditzler

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And That's The List!

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Thank you all very much for reading we hope you enjoyed it. If you have a superhero game that you felt belonged in the list, or could help to fill out a potential list in the future, feel free to tell us in the comments!

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We know there were a fair few other games we could have mentioned, but we couldn't fit them all into one list. So recommend some more and we may do a follow-up in the future!

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The Wonderful 101 (Wii U)

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The Wonderful 101 is a like a childhood dream of being a superhero brought to life. While it isn't the most tightly designed title from action game experts Platinum Games, it is one of the most fun they've made, and without a shadow of a doubt the most impressive and ambitious. 

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The Wonderful 101 takes Hideki Kamiya's trademarked style of character-action gameplay displayed in impressive past titles like Devil May Cry and Bayonetta. It simplifies it slightly, lightens the tone a bit -- It makes up for it's lessened depth by cramming the game with more color and organic variety than a farmer's market. 

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You play as The Wonderful 100, a group of colorful masked heroes all armed with super-powered suits. Their task is to defend the Earth in the wake of it's third invasion by the evil alien organization, Geathjerk. You must control them all at once in an isometric environment as you hack, slash, punch and more through the alien menace. 

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The gameplay of The Wonderul 101 is what truly sets it apart, as it is consistently fun and extremely creative.

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It's unlike any other game out there, and that starts with it's very controls. Using either control scheme, you must draw specific shapes in order to have large numbers of Wonderful 100 members join up to form giant objects. Ranging from fists, whips, bombs, and more each object has its own unique property.

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Fists can be set on fire and be used to throw fireballs, swords can conduct electricity and deflect laser attacks, and whips can rip spiked armor off of enemies, these are a few of many dynamic options within the title. 

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These objects are also used for intense combat against savage alien forces that only get bigger and more impressive as the game goes on. Alongside battle, there's also creative puzzles which involve the use of several different powers, which keeps the pace constant.

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In addition, the game also manages to include many different 2D shooter segments, all of high quality, and even a boss fight modeled after an NES classic, which I dare not spoil -- There is creativity and variety at every single turn.

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With all that said, however, the game is far from flawless. The fixed camera and perspective can make combat and platforming frustrating and confusing at times, which is unfortunate in a game so heavy in both.

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The combat and spectacle of the game also doesn't get truly interesting until after a few hours. This is after you've gotten used to the unorthodox controls and have purchased a few key upgrades. 

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Most of all, the sections where the main focus is on the game pad screen, while creative and mostly functional, can be pretty finicky. Here, the camera is at it's absolute worst but it can be adjusted. 

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But despite all the negatives, do not let that stop you from trying this game out if you can, because the positives far outweigh the negatives. The game is worth it for it's uniqueness and constant jaw-dropping high-points alone.

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There just isn't any other game quite like The Wonderful 101. It has its flaws like all games, and if they stop some people from giving it a shot, that's totally understandable, if unfortunate.

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There is no game that makes you feel more like a proper, tight-wearing, crime-fighting, and good-natured superhero. If you own a Wii U, you owe it to yourself to buy this game or, at the very least, try the free demo on the Wii U eShop.

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Without the player, there is only a Wonderful 100, and the last one, is you. If the director's cut trailer below doesn't convince you, then nothing will: 

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Viewtiful Joe (1&2) (Gamecube/PS2)

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We live in an age where many video games are trying to be more cinematic, and attempt to evoke the feeling of a tightly-directed film. Unfortunately this occasional comes at the cost of gameplay. There have been few games in recent memory that have succeeded in making themselves feel cinematic without heavily compromising their gameplay. Among those few is Viewtiful Joe, and its one of the best. 

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Viewtiful Joe's unique presentation is reminiscent of both American comic books as well as Japanese sentai heroes. With the combination of its fluid combat and unique time-manipulation mechanics it resulted in a game like no other. This game loves slow-mo sequences in action movies, as well as any shot that makes the good guy look cool. It succeeds at implementing shots like this into both its narrative and gameplay.

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Viewtiful Joe does have a story and characters in addition to it's great gameplay. Now, while neither are by any means deep, the characters are all distinct and memorable. The story is also surprisingly poignant in a simple yet effective way.

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Joe himself is one of the best kinds of heroes in gaming, and one that is all too rare today -- being the kind of protagonist that loves being a hero more than anything.  

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Viewtiful Joe is a game that proudly trumpets the moral that old-fashioned heroes will never go out of style and manages to reflect this in both it's gameplay and plot. It is a classic cheesy action flick in playable form and it loves being what it is.

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Hey, if you don't believe us, just ask Tom from Toonami:

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Saints Row IV (Various Platforms)

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Saints Row IV bids farewell to whatever remaining sense of restraint that the series had after Saints Row the Third, and gives way completely to scattershot, ridiculous, video-gamey fun.

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Saints Row IV takes the player through the destruction of Earth and the extinction of most of humanity, and the leader of the Saints -- the now president of the former United States -- must stop the evil Zin empire and their foppish leader Zinyak.

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The story is over-the-top and full of surprises, all of them good, and it's topped off by a surprisingly strong character focus and witty, often intelligent dialogue. It's a game that does a great job of looking childish and stupid when it's actually pretty smart.

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Throughout the course of it's robust campaign, Saints Row IV gives the player piles of creative guns, effective superpowers, and kooky appearance customization options to mess around with.  The sandbox city, while reused from Saints Row the Third, feels new and fresh. This is thanks to new content accessible via the new super-speedy running and jumping somewhat similar to Prototype, but done with more fluid and smoother controls.

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The story is comedic and loaded with memorable moments, high-quality comedic banter, and a truckload of fantastic gameplay set-pieces. Some set-pieces are so fleshed-out that they could have come from a completely different game. 

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With all of these different mechanics coming and going, some may say that the game lacks discipline, and that's somewhat true -- but that's a big part of the game's main appeal and charm.

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To quote Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw in reference to the game:

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It's a mess, but it's a fun mess.

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Saints Row IV is the epitome of power fantasy.

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It's bite-sized sort-of-sequel Saints Row: Gat out of Hell is also a blast, and built directly on the foundation of IV, so if you end up liking four, jump straight onto Gat out of Hell and enjoy another couple of hours on the fun-train. 

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Prototype Series (Various Platforms)

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Both Prototype and it's sequel Prototype 2 gave their players excellent murder playgrounds to frolic around in. Which isn't that surprising, as you'd probably expect the same developer as The Simpsons: Hit & Run, to understand chaotic gameplay pretty well.

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There isn't much to say about the gameplay of the Prototype series, as the two games are very similar, and the gameplay is pretty simple, but just deep enough to be involving and challenging.

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Both Prototype games are highly visceral murder-centric sandboxes that guide the player through a sinister conspiracy plot unfolding in New York City. The protagonist becomes unwillingly involved and is turned into a super-powered mutant with killer superpowers.

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The story isn't the best in either installment, although that isn't for a lack of trying. It's mostly because it's too difficult to rationalize all of the horrible things that the protagonists do to really call them heroes.

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Both Alex Mercer and James Heller are more villains or anti-heroes than traditional heroes. But if this was necessary in order to allow the player the previously mentioned freedom in gameplay, I'd call it a fair sacrifice.

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You are free to kill, maim, and cause property damage in a number of wonderfully creative, and most importantly -DESTRUCTIVE ways- Everything from disguising yourself as a soldier by eating one alive, to hijacking tanks and helicopters with your tentacle arm, to even turning human enemies into bombs and throwing them into a huge crowd to watch everything get pulled into them before exploding.

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Prototype 2 improved on a lot of the minor flaws found in the first game, by improving on the slightly frustrating controls, changing the upgrade system, and making the sandbox a great deal larger with much more colorful and high-end graphics. Despite these obvious improvements, both games are different enough from each other to be worth playing, and are both easily recommendable.

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It's a true shame that Activision closed Radical Entertainment's doors even after Prototype 2's excellent sales, but if nothing else, Prototype 2 was a great game and a great swan song for an overall great developer.

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Take a peek below at how fun it can be to murder your maker:  

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Batman Arkham Series (Various Platforms)

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Alright, let's get the really obvious one out of the way.

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Yes, the Batman Arkham games are almost all excellent. In an industry full of competitors, they stand out as grand examples of both how to handle a license. They're also great examples of how to immerse a player in a fictional world, and really get inside the head of the main character.

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From the original Arkham Asylum to the fairly recent Arkham Knight, everything in these games allow you to really feel like Batman. From the colorful rogue's gallery, the utility belt, and to the Batmobile itself.

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Each Installment in the series is similar in gameplay and controls, but all distinct enough from each other to be sold on their own merits. All of the titles (except possibly Arkham Origins) can be easily recommended. 

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Video games allow us to make believe in so many different ways. There are video games that let us escape from reality to become; space marines, cartoon animals, and even futuristic bartenders serving drinks to robots.

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But of all the escapist alter egos that gaming provides us with, none are quite as popular, or immediately gratifying, as the superhero.

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There are loads of classic superhero comics and graphic novels, and we're now in the middle of a renaissance for superhero films.

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But video games actually let you become a superhero. Watching Spider-Man swing between buildings and smack The Green Goblin around is all well and good, but it can't compare to actually getting the chance to do it yourself.

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There have been a number of good games where you can be a superhero. Unfortunately, most fall victim to be tie-in shovel-ware. This list is dedicated to those few games that go above and beyond and actually manage to make the player believe-- even if just for a moment -- that they are a true hero themselves.

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Also, for the sake of representing some more original games, the number of games with licensed superheroes like Spider-Man or Superman (pfft, yeah right) has been kept low. With all that said, let's put on our tights and capes, and answer the cry for justice!

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Is Batman: Return to Arkham Worth It? https://www.gameskinny.com/65mp1/is-batman-return-to-arkham-worth-it https://www.gameskinny.com/65mp1/is-batman-return-to-arkham-worth-it Wed, 08 Jun 2016 06:55:06 -0400 Tom Clark

The Batman: Arkham franchise is one of the most prosperous superhero video game series ever released. The last entry of the series came last summer with Batman: Arkham Knight. Despite releasing the last actual game in the series, Warner Bros. is revisiting it to release the Batman: Return to Arkham remastered collection. It will be available July 29th for $49.99.

Leaks have been frequent, but today Warner Bros. dropped an official trailer for the remastered collection. The collection includes both Arkham Asylum and Akham City, which have been visually upgraded from Unreal Engine 3 to Unreal Engine 4. Along with that, the game will include all of the available DLC with the games.

This raises the question: Is the remastered collection worth the $50 price tag?

Well, yes and no.

For starters, if you haven't played these two games, they're the best in the series and are a must. But a lot of gamers who've already played the games are hesitant.

For me it came down to the fact, this is going to be the last we see of the Batman: Arkham franchise. Because of this and the high quality of the games, I don't mind dropping some money on this collectible edition.

But that's exactly what it is -- a collectible. So if you were indifferent to the series, I don't think a visual upgrade will do anything for you that the original games couldn't.

Either way, I'm excited to see if Warner Bros. adds anything extra to the collection. For those who will also be purchasing the collection, I'm excited  to discuss how awesome the remastered Joker looks with you.

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Games That Need Backwards Compatibility For Xbox One https://www.gameskinny.com/tis3q/games-that-need-backwards-compatibility-for-xbox-one https://www.gameskinny.com/tis3q/games-that-need-backwards-compatibility-for-xbox-one Mon, 30 May 2016 10:51:39 -0400 Tom Clark

With the Bioshock series finally being added to the list of Xbox One backwards compatible games, I'm happy, but not yet satisfied. Here's a list of the games I think need to be added to the backwards compatible list.

Portal 2

 

Portal is already backwards compatible, so why not add on the award winning sequel? This is one of those games everyone needs to experience, and bringing it to Xbox One will allow even more gamers to do so. As one of my favorite games, it's a shame this game hasn't yet been added.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

 

It's shocking how this game has yet to be put on the list. As one of the most popular games on the Xbox 360, I'm sure many others are also patiently waiting for the medieval RPG to be added.

Dark Souls 2

 

The games predecessor Dark Souls is on the list, but for those looking to try their hand at Dark Souls 2 they'll have to wait. You can currently purchase an Xbox One addition of the game, but for those who already own it. Unfortunately, it'll probably be a while till Dark Souls 2 is added.

Batman: Arkham Series

 

Akrham Asylum and Arkham City were some of the best games for the Xbox 360, yet not a single addition to the Batman Arkham series is compatible. It would be nice to give some gamers who've only played Arkham Knight a chance to experience these classics.

With Microsoft continually expanding the list, I wouldn't be surprised to see some of these titles become compatible this summer. For now, there's a decent list, plus the huge Xbox One library of games, so I doubt you'll ever have trouble finding a game to play.

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Top 5 Good Games With the Worst Endings https://www.gameskinny.com/wru42/top-5-good-games-with-the-worst-endings https://www.gameskinny.com/wru42/top-5-good-games-with-the-worst-endings Wed, 13 Apr 2016 16:57:38 -0400 Justin McGovney

What's worse than a really bad game? Well, not much to be honest.

There is one thing though that can make a bad game seem not too awful: a great game with a really bad ending. You invest all your time and energy into the story and the characters only for it all to crash and burn at the end. It's like the writers took all the great things they did and just threw them in the dumpster for some odd reason.

I feel that it's worse to go through a game that you really enjoy to be left in complete disappointment at it's end. You feel lied to, plain and simple.

This list is based on my personal experiences. There are some games with bad endings that I haven't managed to play yet or some that I think are alright or did well. So if you guys disagree, always leave a comment.

1. Dragon Age: Origins/Awakening

This choice is interesting for me because its ending was actually ruined by the beginning of its expansion.

You are probably thinking: "What in the heck do you mean by that? You can pretty much choose the ending!" Let me explain.

In my own playthrough of Dragon Age: Origins, I chose the ending where I sacrificed myself to save the world (yes I just love martyrdom in my fantasy settings!) After all I went through and the tremendous sacrifice that I made, I felt I'd perfectly wrapped up the story I was a part of and had influenced. I was rather puzzled at the time when I heard that BioWare was releasing an expansion to Origins. I thought: "What more could they tell?" I was excited, however, because I loved the base game. Once I booted up Awakening, I was shocked to see my character from the previous game alive and well. Awakening is supposed take place AFTER Origins. I felt like I was cheated, like my choices didn't matter at all. I was pretty mad about that. So, whatever you folks think, I had to put Dragon Age: Origins and its expansion, Awakening, on here.

2. Mass Effect 3

Guys I promise you, I'm not dumping on BioWare. But, from what I have seen, quite a few of their games ended on a bad note. I think there are numerous reasons for this but I think the biggest is that they already have a pre-determined ending where no matter what, your choices aren't going to matter. Who could forget the rollercoaster that was Mass Effect 3. Oh lordy. Never has a game gotten me so invested in what it's trying to do, but left me angry and disappointed. Now, in my opinion, I feel that Mass Effect 3 could have been one of the greatest games of all time. The first 98% of the game was one of the greatest gaming experiences I have ever had IN MY LIFE. That's how much I loved this game. But, its ending ruined it all.

I literally cried over the deaths of Mordin and Thane. Never have I cared for fictional game characters like I did those two. When I got to the end, I saw that I pretty much only had two choices to make on how to end it all. I actually got so angry at this I was physically shaking. Yeah I was that mad. I spent $60 bucks to complete this amazing adventure I'd been on with Commander Shepard only to have it reduced to Red Choice or Blue Choice. Luckily, I had the third option based upon certain choices I made so I went with the synthesis option (or The Green Choice.) But still, if you didn't get enough points to get that ending, you were left with only two choices! And while I know that BioWare (well, EA is truly to blame) tried to make up for it by expanding the ending, it didn't do much. You still felt lied to and manipulated by what happened. So, for that, Mass Effect 3 had to make this list.

3. Resident Evil 5

This game literally makes my brain hurt thinking about it. There are so many good elements to Resident Evil 5 but it's tainted by all the stupid things that are in it. It's like if you bought a really good bottle of wine but with it comes an instruction to pour half of it out to "maximize your tasting experience." That is what RE5 is all about. As for the ending, I think I only need to show this:

4. Dead Space 3

Oh EA, why must you ruin good things?

Dead Space 3's ending is mostly ruined by two things:

1. The whole game in general went way, WAY away from its survival horror roots and turned into a post-RE4 survival horror action game

2. It made no sense to the overall story that it was trying to tell. It's like EA totally forgot that the previous two games existed.

My biggest problem with the ending is that it culminates with this huge, boring (to me)apocalyptic-like ending. It tries to push the Isaac and Ellie angle into this uninteresting mold. Instead of ending this game on a high note since this was to be the last game of the franchise, it leaves us with an ambiguous and strange ending -- with post-credits scene hinting at something more to come.

Please, don't do these things at the end of a game that's supposed to end a franchise! It just leaves us wanting more and more. The worst part is that we know we aren't going to get it. I know I praised BioShock Infinite in my other article for doing things right, but Dead Space 3 fails is that it uses the few connections it had to the franchise to make it feel like it was Dead Space, when it wasn't.

Quit baiting us EA!

5. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Talk about a letdown at the end to a great game. I still don't know why Warner Bros. went with the ending they gave to Batman: Arkham Asylum. I know that the game was meant to be a set-up for a franchise, but The Joker should never ever be turned into a giant Bane-monster. Just never. The fight between Batman and Joker-Bane-Monster was also overly simplistic. The Joker didn't feel like a threat, even with the Venom juice making him into a giant monster. You didn't even fight him most of time. You just fought his goons and pulled him down throw punches at him. Honestly, what was the whole point of fighting The Joker in this manner?

It almost feels that at this point in the game the developers just wanted to get to the end and get to work on the next big game in the series, which was Batman: Arkham City. I mean, how else do you explain it? How do you explain this?:

In the words of JonTron: "I'm speechless. I got nothin'."

What do you folks think? Leave a comment and check out my other article: Top 5 Games With Epic Endings!

 

 

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Arkham series voice actors Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy are reuniting for animated movie https://www.gameskinny.com/4qgow/arkham-series-voice-actors-mark-hamill-and-kevin-conroy-are-reuniting-for-animated-movie https://www.gameskinny.com/4qgow/arkham-series-voice-actors-mark-hamill-and-kevin-conroy-are-reuniting-for-animated-movie Tue, 15 Mar 2016 15:10:16 -0400 Eric Adams

Fans of the Batman: Arkham series can rejoice, because their favorite voice actors are reuniting! Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy will reprise their roles as the Joker and Batman, respectively. Unfortunately for fans of the series, the actors are not coming together for a new game, but a new animated film.

Batman: The Killing Joke is an upcoming animated film from Warner Bros. that is currently without a definite release date. The film will be the based on the comic of the same name and will be rated R. It would have been hard to imagine anybody other than Hamill and Conroy as Batman and Joker. Both have played the two comic book characters so well throughout the Arkham series that anybody else in their roles would have big shoes to fill.

For any Batman and Arkham fans, this probably brings warmth to the bat cave in your heart. The Killing Joke might be a good way to tie ourselves over until we get our hands on Telltale's upcoming Batman game, which still has no set release date. Or maybe Rocksteady (or another dev) will get inspired by the film and make another game.

Batman: The Killing Joke, starring Mark Hamill and Kevin Conroy, will debut at San Diego Comic Con in July 2016. The movie will reportedly be in stores this Summer.

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Best couples we ship in video games: Non-cannonical romances we'd love to see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see https://www.gameskinny.com/ove8m/best-couples-we-ship-in-video-games-non-cannonical-romances-wed-love-to-see Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:17:57 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

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Jason Voorhees and Leatherface from Mortal Kombat X

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The couple that slays together, stays together. What's wrong with a bromance on the horror scale? These guys are misunderstood and perhaps, this union can make them complete. They have so much in common:

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Isn't that what romance is all about?

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What did you think of these suggestions? What other couples would you like to see? Let us know in the comments.
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Yennefer, Geralt and Triss from The Witcher series

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As a huge fan of The Witcher series, Geralt is known to be torn between the great sorceresses Yennefer and Triss. But what if you didn't have to decide? What if you could have the ultimate, romantic relationship with them both? There are multi-partnered couples in the world that experience this level of commitment. Perhaps it may seem over-the-top, but is it?

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As long as "cycles" alternate, it can be beneficial for all.

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What they have in common:

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  • unicorns
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Batman and Harley Quinn from Batman Arkham Asylum

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These are two people who have had their minds twisted and have known pain on various levels. Yes, Harley is no longer the therapist, but a patient. Batman is dark and alone, like his cave on Mother's Day and Father's Day. What if they could heal together? Their love of costumes speaks to their inner cosplayer. Maybe it'll lead up to something new and brightly colored.

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Their common interests:

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Master Chief and Cortana from the Halo series

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In the world of science-fiction, almost anything is possible. Why can't Master Chief and Cortana somehow be reunited? This "unconventional" love, this bond that is shared, is as timeless as the universe itself. Doesn't Master Chief deserve his happily ever after? This time she saves him.

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Things in common:

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Max and Chloe from Life Is Strange

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The ultimate relationship that is sparking fan-fiction all over the internet is Max and Chloe. Playing the deeply emotional game myself, it's no wonder why! Max and Chloe have such a bond that even 5 years of separation didn't put a dent. Both are vulnerable but also strong. They support one another with ferocity.

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Depending on your choices in Life Is Strange, a relationship may become impossible due to necessary sacrifices. I know it broke my heart. Max and Chloe have a connection that every couple strives to achieve.

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What they have in common:

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  • love pirates
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  • love mysteries
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Eris Morn and Cayde-6 from Destiny

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If you've played Destiny as much as I have you'll know that Cayde-6 has a field day picking on Eris. Do you think that the old "if a boy picks on you, it means he likes you" adage is true?

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The photo featured here is made by did-you-reboot on DeviantArt.

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GLaDos and Wheatley from Portal 2

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When it comes to power couples, how can we avoid the tale of GLaDos and Wheatley? GLaDos, the sarcastic "sadomasochist" and Wheatley, the wannabe totalitarian. This is a plausible couple that knows how to push one another to the brink of "drunken" madness or cause the demise of every soul they encounter.

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What they have in common:

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  • wonderful humor
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  • neither eat cake
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Doesn't this sound like fun, you monster?

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Alien and Predator from Alien vs. Predator

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Alien and Predator have been enemies for quite a long time. They are adversaries of skill and wit. But, underneath the hostility there may be something more. Perhaps, a yearning to be understood for companionship rather than merely sport. Yet, I can't be the only one who's imagined: what if they didn't have to kill one another?

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I know Robot Chicken has.

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What they have in common:

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  • love playing "tag"
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With Valentine's Day drawing near, how about we think of couples we'd love to see in video games. Many of us have characters we love that haven't been able to develop the type of relationships we imagine.

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Here I have compiled relationships that I would love to see become plausible, even if they seem impossible. Some characters never had the time and for others, it wasn't a possibility. So let's see where our hearts can take us.

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18,000 Lego bricks later and he created Arkham Asylum https://www.gameskinny.com/1ujtq/18000-lego-bricks-later-and-he-created-arkham-asylum https://www.gameskinny.com/1ujtq/18000-lego-bricks-later-and-he-created-arkham-asylum Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:33:22 -0500 Jessi_Cat

Batman is one of the most popular heroes in the DC Universe. He isn't your typical hero. He walks in the chaotic good category, which is what draws people to him. So, games like Arkham Asylum really feed into the fanboy or fangirl love for the character.  

One man, who apparently loves Lego's, wanted to build himself an Arkham Asylum to house the villains of Arkham. The construct is made out of 18,000 lego bricks, took a year of planning, and three months to complete. The man named Dayton (also known as Forgotten Days on Flickr) unveiled his masterpiece at a Brickvention, a Lego convention in Australia.  

Now the building isn't empty don't you worry. In the front yard, you can see guards and the Batmobile. When you look inside Robin and Nightwing are sneaking around. There are rooms occupied by doctors and patients like Poison Ivy. The guard station has screens and on duty guards who are watching camera feeds. Then of course, if you look up top you will see Batman and Catwoman on the roof.  

There are many villains included in this build. The Joker being an obvious one but there are classics like Mr. Freeze and The Penguin as well. It is an astonishing ode to the villains of Arkham surely they will spare the creator when they take over the world one day. 

Do you think this is cool or a waste of time? Let us know in the comments.

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The Games that made us Love and Hate sequels in 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/a1quh/the-games-that-made-us-love-and-hate-sequels-in-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/a1quh/the-games-that-made-us-love-and-hate-sequels-in-2015 Sun, 13 Dec 2015 14:34:27 -0500 The Soapbox Lord

Ah sequels! Sequels make the world of gaming go 'round. As with every year, 2015 saw a glut of sequels released onto the gaming public. As with any sequel release, some were good; some were not so good; and some could go both ways depending on your feelings. Without further ado, let’s hop to it!  

This list will be separated into three categories: Love, Hate, and Love/Hate. 

Love and hugs!

Xenoblade Chronicles X

Xenoblade Chronicles was a Japan-exclusive Wii game that was brought stateside in 2010 with the successful Operation Rainfall, along with The Last Story and Pandora’s Tower. Unfortunately, Xenoblade Chronicles was a Gamestop exclusive and quickly became elusive, and the price skyrocketed. Even now, a used copy of the game can go for $65 or more.

Thankfully, the stand-alone sequel Xenoblade Chronicles X has allowed Wii U players to get their JRPG on! Chronicles has received great reviews and has garnered praise for its visuals, scope, and scale of the world compared to the player. The game has received some criticism for its no-nonsense approach to combat and difficulty. This is a game that does not want to hold your hand. EVER. Players have appreciated the game allowing them to suss out the game’s depth without being told how. There’s plenty of JRPG action here for players to enjoy! 

The Witcher 3

The Witcher series has garnered praise for its more mature approach to narrative and world building, delivering games aimed squarely at an older audience. The Witcher 3 is no exception. The game has some fantastic supporting characters. Some are so well-written; they even threaten to steal the spotlight from the main character Geralt. (I’m looking at you Bloody Baron.)

Besides great characters, the game features an interesting combat system. It may not be as in-depth as previous games, but it remains entertaining throughout, especially when Geralt performs a slick finishing move.

Glorious.

The world is gorgeous and full of eye-popping color to behold. Fantastic mythical creatures and wildlife such as griffins, cockatrices, and more litter the landscape for you to slay, claim trophies, and obtain bounties for eliminating.

The urgency portrayed in the narrative doesn’t always match up with the design, and the plot can swerve a bit too far into “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” (i.e. GTA) territory. Regardless, the game manages to remain entertaining, for what I have managed to play anyway. The game is filled to the brim with content, and a large world filled with locations to explore and monsters conquer.   

Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain

The development of MGS5 has been a tumultuous one to say the least. With rumors swirling of Konami’s employee treatment, Konami removing Hideo Kojima's name from the box and displays, and (worst and most petty) Konami banning Kojima from attending the recent The Game Awards to accept any awards for the game he developed. Konami is the worst and seemingly filled with petulant and petty executives who behave in a manner similar to schoolyard children.

Thankfully, the game seems to have emerged from this hell intact (mostly) and serves as a fine swansong for the long-running franchise, until Konami releases the inevitable cash-ins later or a damn pachinko machine…

The game is set in a huge open-world playground full of distractions for players. There’s a base you can manage and abduct enemy soldiers to staff. There are companions to find to assist you in missions. There’s also the story to play and see what happens to all your favorite characters. You know, if you play Metal Gear games for their story, because no one does that right? Despite Konami inserting microtransactions and the realization some story content was cut from the final release, the game managed to be a success and has continued to enthrall players months after release. 

Just Cause 3

Just Cause 2 was a massive world full of government propaganda to destroy, military bases to capture, and a dictatorship to overthrow. All in a day’s work for a hard-working agent! The game was all about pulling off the most ridiculous stunts you could manage and blowing up everything in sight. You know, a playable dumb/awesome action movie!

Just Cause 3 has delivered more of the same with some tweaks and additions. Rico now has a FLIPPING WINGSUIT along with his magic grappling hook. The hook has some added functionality, and the way it interacts with various objects has been changed. It’s more of what you loved from Just Cause 2 with more content and improvements. What’s not to love? 

Halo 5: Guardians

343 Industries is hard at work on their trilogy in the massively successful Halo franchise and Halo 4 was a solid entry with some issues. The Master Chief Collection has had some problems with the multiplayer not being functional for some players. Needless to say, there was some reason to be skeptical of Halo 5: Guardians before release. However, it seems 343 has managed to mostly pull this one off.

While some reviewers have cited the story as being weak, the rest of the game seems to be solid. The multiplayer has been claimed by some as being as return to the heyday of Halo 2’s landmark multiplayer. The vertical combat and emphasis on mobility shakes up the standard shooty-shooty bang-bang action of the Halo series. The additions of Warzone and Breakout are some great additions to the multiplayer. Competitive Arena adds a multiplayer component focused on twitch gaming reminiscent of the fantastic SWAT mode in prior games. While the game is not perfect and the lack of split-screen is a true shame, Halo 5 seems to be a solid entry in a long-running series that wasn’t afraid to shake things up and try new ideas. 

Feel the Hate!

Lego Jurassic World

While Lego Dimensions seems to have been a solid way for LEGO to enter the ever-malicious “toys to life” genre, a bane to parents everywhere, Lego Jurassic World is another tired entry in the normal LEGO series. At this point, the main LEGO games are tired and extremely repetitive. On top of that, it’s an unnecessary licensed movie tie-in to boot.

Honestly, there’s not much more to say about this one. It’s another LEGO game that didn’t add much to the series or do much of anything really. It did add some annoying Compsognathus enemies that proved to be frustrating. This one should have never left the park. 

Star Wars Battlefront

Technically, Star Wars Battlefront is a reboot of the franchise that saw two successful entries fans continue to play to this day. Free Radical had developed the previous entries and was hard at work on the third. Unfortunately, the game was canceled, and Free Radical went into administration while seeking for investors for the company. Instead of the near-completed Battlefront 3 being finished, the game was scrapped, and development was started again at DICE Studios, known for the Battlefield series.

Star Wars Battlefront released on November of 2015. It’s clear the game needed more time in the incubator before hatching. The game released onto the public feeling unfinished and shallower then my daughter’s kiddie pool. The emphasis on multiplayer-only in an AAA title is fine if the lack of campaign is made up for with other content. Unfortunately, DICE didn’t get that memo and has delivered a lackluster experience in all regards. On top of a shallow $60 package, EA has been pushing a $50 season pass. You know, the price of a game itself. To add insult to injury, the DLC in the season pass is filled with content that has no excuse for not being included in the main game. Seriously EA? Characters, game modes, in-game items, and emotes are being held behind a pay-wall in a game with a severe dearth of content.

The Force is not strong with this one. 

Love/Hate Relationship

These are games that have not had a strong response one way or the other. Depending on whom you ask, the feelings on the following games are quite varied, thus, a love/hate relationship.  

Fallout 4

Before you go to the comments to tell me how wrong I am for including this here, hear me out. Fallout 3 was a major departure from the original Fallout games, and many concessions were made to translate the games into what Bethesda envisioned. The game was met with critical success and sold like crazy. The follow-up Fallout: New Vegas was more in line with the original games having a stronger emphasis on RPG elements, narrative, writing, and a more interesting world to explore. Unfortunately, the game was riddled with bugs at launch and suffered as a result.

Bethesda seemed content to ignore all of the strides Fallout: New Vegas made towards making a more interesting RPG experience and instead revert to Fallout 3’s missteps with some minor changes. Fallout 4 has the trademark “meh, it’s there” narrative with no investment from the writers or much payoff for players. The streamlined conversation system is a disappointment that can thankfully be rectified by mods. As with every Bethesda game, the major selling point of Fallout 4 is to drop players in a large world for them to roam and explore. The combat system remains largely unchanged with real-time combat ineffective at times and V.A.T.S. being the way to go. There is an addition of building settlements, but not much else has really changed since Fallout 3, for better or worse.

Since it is a Bethesda game, Fallout 4 shipped with a litany or bugs. Some are game-breaking; some are more innocuous and annoying. Destructoid’s Chris Carter sums it up quite nicely: “A lot of the franchise's signature problems have carried over directly into Fallout 4, but all of its charms have come along for the ride as well. It manages to do a whole lot right, but the story drags at times, and glitches...glitches never change.” 

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The follow-up to Crystal Dynamic's 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, Rise of the Tomb Raider is a perfect game for the tired, "if you liked the first one, you'll like this one" trope. Really though, this descriptor fits the game perfectly. Rise of the Tomb Raider has made some minor changes and added some more content, but it feels like the same game. 

One of the biggest changes in the game is the addition of open-worldish, hub-like areas overflowing with secrets and things to discover. Unlike 2013's Tomb Raider, Rise of the Tomb Raider actually has tombs for player to explore too. Go figure! Aside from some minor additions of crafting, the hub areas, and more tombs, not much has changed since Tomb Raider. If you were one of those people who didn't care for Tomb Raider, then there's not much here to change your mind. 

Come on Crystal Dynamics. Let's drop this silly "Laura is so serious and gritty RAWR" act and get back to Tomb Raider basics: dinosaurs!

Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady has done what no other development team has managed to do: they made good, no, great, Batman games. While not as good as Arkham Asylum, City was a solid entry in the Arkham series. Arkham Knight is the send-off for Rocksteady’s series, and honestly, the Bat could have done with a better sendoff.

While the game itself seems to be good, player enjoyment seems to vary and many reviews reflect this difference of opinion. What lands this game in this category is the abysmal PC port. To say the port launched in an atrocious state is a complete understatement. The game launched in June in a near-broken state. The port was so awful, Warner Bros. actually pulled it from Steam shortly after release, and the game was added back to the digital storefront in a playable state four months after release. What made this situation even worse is Warner Bros. had shipped another poor PC port earlier this year with Mortal Kombat X. This is completely inexcusable for any game’s launch, especially for a major AAA title. Hopefully other developers take note from this PC port. Or not… 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Treyarch has shown they aren’t afraid to shake things up with the standard Call of Duty formula. Black Ops 3 is the most ambitious CoD title to date. The campaign has seen a major redesign and emphasis on different tactics from previous games. While the narrative is weak, the campaign has some strong points and memorable moments.

The multiplayer has seen some shaking up with new modes, and elements of free-running and parkour have been added. The zombie mode is bigger than ever before with an interesting and unique setting, Lovecraft noir? Count me in! Dead Ops Arcade has also returned and is also bigger than before.

The reason it’s in this category is that the PC port was deemed fit to ship in a state similar to the recent Batman: Arkham Knight. In other words, completely unacceptable (NSFW link). However, the game has seen furious patching since release and is in a more acceptable state at this point.

What pushes this into a “Love” for me is the addition of Ron Perlman and Jeff Goldblum as playable characters in the Zombies mode. Who doesn’t want some of that?!

There were more sequels released this year such as Rainbow Six Siege, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Blood Bowl II, Tales of Zestria, and Disgaea 5. However, the entries on this list were the ones that stood out to me the most. Of course you completely agree with everything with I said here, but on the off-chance you didn’t, sound off in the comments below.

Which sequels did you love, hate, or just feel “meh” about this year?

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7 creepiest fourth wall breaks in video games https://www.gameskinny.com/nhb97/7-creepiest-fourth-wall-breaks-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/nhb97/7-creepiest-fourth-wall-breaks-in-video-games Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:27:52 -0500 Clint Pereira

Hello, reader. I'm sure you know about the fourth wall. If not, it's the imaginary "wall" between us that I'm breaking right now to address you directly.

Games often break the fourth wall to give tutorials or make a self-referential joke. But fourth wall breaking is at its best when it's used to take players out of their comfort zone. In horror games, it can be used to terrifying effect.

7. Batman: Arkham Asylum

Before you realize Batman has been injected with Scarecrow's neurotoxin, the screen starts going out of focus, as if there is something wrong with the game itself.

But that's not the last of it. Even after you find out what's happening, the game gives you a fake game over screen. Way to hit the player where it hurts.

6. Spec Ops: The Line

Spec Ops: The Line is a game about the mental breakdown of the protagonist, Martin Walker, as he tries to complete his mission against all reason.

As Walker slowly loses his mind, loading screens begin to address you, the player: "This is all your fault." "How many Americans have you killed today?" "You are still a good person."

5. Dead Space 2

Dr. Nolan Stross is going mad. He sees things that other people don't. And while this is reason enough to be cautious around the man, he becomes even creepier when he directs his mad ramblings at the player.

"He's staring at me, Isaac. Through the... holes... in his head. Stop staring at me! Stop it!"

Before this scene happens, you get a good view of the room. There's nothing Stross could be screaming at except for a wall. That is, the fourth wall.

4. Bravely Default

If you don't want spoilers for Bravely Default, it may be time to scroll past this section.

A revelation comes right after you begin to suspect something is wrong with your fairy partner, Airy. The game immediately confirms your suspicions by giving the message "airy lies" in the US version or "lying airy" in European and Japanese versions.

The once-familiar menu screen is permanently branded with this haunting revelation.

3. Undertale

Flowey is one of the creepiest fourth wall breakers in games, hands down.

If you kill Toriel at the beginning of the game and reset, he will know what you did and will mock you for feeling bad about killing her.

During the genocide run, Flowey will mock not you but all of the people watching on YouTube who don't have the guts to play through a genocide themselves.

Flowey has everyone's number.

2. Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem

This Gamecube game really went directly for the jugular of the player. There were jump scares and spooky things, of course, but losing "sanity meter" in game also meant that the game would appear to reset itself, mute the television, unplug the controller, or erase your save file. Brutal.

Even when you caught on, it was unnerving to see this happen for the first time.

1. Metal Gear Solid

This is the moment that everyone remembers from Metal Gear Solid. How does Psycho Mantis know I play Castlevania and Suikoden?!

It may seem silly now (the game reads off your PlayStation memory card), but at the time it was a mindblowing event.

After all, a voice actor had to read these lines off. How many games could he possibly know?

Well, as it turns out, just those two Konami games. It kind of loses its steam once you know more about it.

 

Maybe developers can push horror so far out of the game that it turns into comedy again. After all, the games at the top of the list are only there because they did it first.

Surely you can see, reader, that breaking the fourth wall means less when it is overused. This is a difficult technique to pull off, which makes the games on this list all the more impressive.

Image sources: Batman: Arkham Asylum via smh.com.au and gearnuke.com; Spec Ops: The Line via cdn.cdnmagonline.com; Deadspace 2 via deadspace.wikia.com; Bravely Default via finalfantasy.wikia.com; Undertale via steamed.kotaku.com; Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem via pauseyourgame.com; Metal Gear Solid via castlevania.wikia.com

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Batman: Arkham Knight returns to PC, Warner Bros. buys gamers' affection with lots of free stuff https://www.gameskinny.com/d4x5t/batman-arkham-knight-returns-to-pc-warner-bros-buys-gamers-affection-with-lots-of-free-stuff https://www.gameskinny.com/d4x5t/batman-arkham-knight-returns-to-pc-warner-bros-buys-gamers-affection-with-lots-of-free-stuff Wed, 28 Oct 2015 20:05:25 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Batman: Arkham Knight has officially swooped in and returned to Steam for PC gamers. After its original release in June, it was pulled due to bugs and poor quality. 

Warner Bros. announced that PC players will receive special free content for their troubles with the game. This content includes free Batman: Arkham games, special Arkham Knight pack(s), and the chance to receive free copies of more than two dozen Warner Bros. games on Steam.

These goodies are one giant "thank you" to their PC players. It feels more like they're trying to buy some affection after releasing a bad edition of a game, but free stuff, right? The lucky deadline for all things free is November 16.

Free Arkham Games

Gamers will be eligible to receive free copies of 4 other Arkham games if they have purchased Arkham Knight before November 16th for PC. Those who purchased the game before the pull do count toward this.

The free games are as follows:

Free Pack for PC Gamers First

Developers from Rocksteady will also be providing a "Community Challenge Pack".  This pack remains completely mysterious, without any of its content disclosed to the public. All we know is that it will be free and there are maps.

However, Warner Bros. did mention that players will be able to receive the maps from this pack one week before they arrive on consoles. 

Since there is still development happening, more details will be announced for the pack at a later time. Eligibility is based on whether players have purchased Arkham Knight by Nov 16.

Free Warner Bros. Games

Valve and Warner Bros. have teamed up for cross-game promotion of Arkham Knight and Team Fortress 2. The promotion lasts (once again) until November 16, as Valve challenges players to a contest:

Valve will choose winning players who create the best Arkham-themed items for Team Fortress 2. There is no entry limit, but there can only be two contributors per submission. Submit through the Team Fortress Item Import Tool and tag it with "Batman" to be eligible to win.

Valve will determine the winning items that will be given to all players who (you guessed it) purchased Arkham Knight by the Mid-November deadline, 10:00AM PT (1:00PM ET). You must have purchased Arkham Knight to submit as well.

As for the creators of the winning items, these lucky gamers will get more than two dozen free Warner Bros. games that are available on Steam, including:

For more details and guidelines for this contest, as well as the full list of potential games you can win, click here.

In case it didn't drive home hard enough. What you really need to do to get all this cool stuff is buy Batman: Arkham Knight before November 16. Do that, get free games and packs, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Celebrate Batman Day with DC and your local stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores https://www.gameskinny.com/tkl9a/celebrate-batman-day-with-dc-and-your-local-stores Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:34:41 -0400 Andrea Koenig

Batman fans can head on over to their local stores or online this Saturday, September 26, dubbed "Batman Day," to get a variety of discounted and exclusive Batman games and products.

Below will be how to celebrate Batman Day in a few major stores, but if you'd like to find out what else is available in your area, like exclusive talent signings, you can find your local Batman Day Celebration right here.

The DC Website

DC is offering a huge deal on comics: Get over 1000 different Batman comics for .99 cents each from stores like Amazon, Google Play, the NOOK Store, and the iTunes store from now until September 28.

Fans can also enter one or all of the Batman Day Sweepstakes for a chance at winning special baby items, children's items, or adult figures and memorabilia in three different giveaways. For September 26 only.

The Batman Day Giveaway for Grown-Ups includes Batman: Arkham Knight figures and comics as well as the Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Knight, and Injustice: Gods Among Us video games.

GameStop

Here are some highlights of what you can get your hands on at GameStop:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight for XBox One and PS4 - $59.99
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Cowl Replica - $399.99
  • POP! Vinyl figures of Batman: Arkham Knight characters - $10.99
  • Character statues from the Batman: Arkham series - $124.99
  • Jim Lee Batman BlueLine Edition Action Figure: SDCC Edition - $39.99
  • Batman: Arkham City 4 Pack figure set - $59.99

There are also special GameStop Exclusive items:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Prop Replica of the Batarang - $29.99
  • Batman: Arkham Knight Tshirts - $9.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Collector's Edition Strategy Guide - $36.99
  • Batman Arkham Knight Normal Strategy Guide - $24.99
  • Xbox One Lunar White Controller - $64.99

Batman fans will also get access to other apparel, toys, figures, and memorabilia. All of this is only available for these prices September 26.

PlayStation Store

The PlayStation Store plans on offering up to 60% discounts on its Batman games, such as the Batman: Arkham series and the LEGO Batman series.

Get yourself Batman: Arkham Knight for $74.99 and the Season Pass for $29.99 as part of the PlayStation "Deals of the Week" until September 30.

For the complete list of discounted Batman games, check out the Batman Day participating games list here.

Remember to check here to see DC's list of businesses participating in Batman Day. You can also check in at your local game shop, bookstore, or comic books store to see if they will be participating in any way.

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10 Licensed games that are actually good! https://www.gameskinny.com/j2dn5/10-licensed-games-that-are-actually-good https://www.gameskinny.com/j2dn5/10-licensed-games-that-are-actually-good Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:47:35 -0400 katlaborde

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Duck Dynasty
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Now we're talking! This little gem is the creme de la creme of licensed games. It includes so many activities like driving a truck, fishing, shooting beavers in their natural habitat, and of course, shooting ducks after deceiving them with a duck call!

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Who wouldn't love that?!

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No one. Ever.

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Seriously though, except for Duck Dynasty and many others, there are some great licensed games out there not worthy of the associated negative stigma.

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If you haven't played them, seek them out!

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Also, if I left any game out or you want to talk about shooting ducks, please feel free to leave me a comment below!

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Image source: Hardcore Gamer

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time 
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This one is a lot like The Simpsons beat-em-up where players can play cooperatively as one of the four Ninja Turtles. But this time, there's lots of pizza involved.

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This game was a lot of fun, but could very difficult at certain spots. Also developed by once-wonderful Konami, this title is actually their best selling arcade game to date.

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People do love themselves some turtles. And time.

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Image source: Gamefaqs

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Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
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Back when this game was released in 2004, I remember how surprised everyone was that a game based on a movie did not suck! Developed by Starbreeze Studios, for its time, Riddick was an impressive looking game.

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Additionally, it featured unique stealth gameplay when the game could have easily just been a standard beat-em-up. 

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Also, you get Vin Diesel! I'm sure that's bound to make someone out there excited!

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Image source: GE Force

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Duck Tales
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Normally, if you saw a title like DuckTales on the store shelves, you would likely assume it to be crap. I mean it's a kid's game based on a cartoon. Of course, it's going to be crap!

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Well, in this particular case, you'd be absolutely wrong. DuckTales is a completely functional and incredibly fun platformer. I'm serious! If you don't believe me, check out the recently released remaster for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and Wii U.

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 Image source: Mental Floss

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Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor
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Although there are good Lord of the Rings based RTS titles that could easily be placed on this list, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor was not only fun, but innovative in design that allowed for players capture forts and defeat rival loud-mouthed Orc generals.

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Although some could say that Warner Brothers is getting a bit too repetitive with this gameplay design, such as in the recent Mad Max, it does not make this game any less addictive.

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I have to capture each fort, defeat each general, and pick up every flippin' herb that appears along the path. Warner Brothers has developed great gameplay mechanics that completely appease my OCD.

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Image source: Crave Online

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GoldenEye: 007
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If you had a Nintendo 64 back in the day (or even now), you have likely played GoldenEye. Developed by the geniuses at Rare, GoldenEye redefined the first-person shooter by starting a trend towards more realistic shooters.

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The game had incredibly atmospheric moments and had that awesome escort mission with Natalya. You know you loved how she would take forever to activate that console!

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Image source: Gamasutra

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Star Wars: Battlefront
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Star Wars and video games have had a long history together. Sometimes things go well and other times, well, let's just say things don't often work out. 

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While Bioware's Knights of the Old Republic was a huge contender for this place on the list, I had to give it to Star Wars: Battlefront. No, it does not contain a deep story woven from the Star Wars lore. However, it is an incredibly fun shooter. Sometimes, that's just all you need.

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Confession! I'm not even a huge Star Wars fan, but I played this game endlessly. I had a lot of fun eradicating enemies near Mos Eisley while the Cantina theme played on a loop.

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A new Battlefront title is releasing late this year, so here's hoping it will be just as good as its predecessor.

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Image source: GameSpot

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South Park: Stick of Truth
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Although Stick of Truth went through development hell, developer Obsidian and publisher Ubisoft managed to create an excellent title. With the assistance of show creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, Stick of Truth captured the show's style and humor perfectly. 

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The throwback turn-based RPG battle system was fun and made for some great in-game jokes. Although the gameplay might not have been deep, the game was thoroughly enjoyable even for those just watching from the sofa. 

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As a long time fan of South Park, Stick of Truth was definitely worth the wait. This was my personal Game of the Year for 2014. Of course, I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel, Fractured But Whole, releasing (hopefully) in 2016.

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Image source: Screen Invasion

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Batman: Arkham Asylum
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Of course, there have been tons of Batman games released over the years, some are good and some are well...incredibly bad. However, when Arkham Asylum was released in 2009, gamers were given the Batman game they always wanted.

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Amassing critical acclaim as well as succeeding to resonate with gamers, this action-adventure game featured great gameplay, numerous cameos by characters from the Batman universe, and an excellent performance of the Joker by Mark Hamill.

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Although I could have easily chosen fan favorite Arkham City, the often forgotten Arkham Origins, or the Batmobile-centric Arkham Knight, the original is what made us fall in love with series in the first place.

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Image source: Dual Shockers

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The Simpsons 
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Released in 1991 by the once-not-so-evil Konami, The Simpsons arcade game was a classic beat-em-up title. It utilized the style of the show well, incorporating bright colorfully designed levels and fun gameplay, as America's favorite animated family fights their way through hoards of Mr. Burns' minions to save baby Maggie.

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The game was super fun at the arcade as four players could play cooperatively and assume the role of either Homer, Marge, Bart, or Lisa. Thankfully, the game did receive an HD port for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Although, I do miss playing this at the arcade.

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Image source: Simpsons Wikia

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TellTale's The Walking Dead
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TellTale's The Walking Dead series took most gamers completely by surprise. When it was announced, the game was met with little excitement. However, with each episode released, the series garnered not only more critical acclaim, but also respect from gamers for its excellent writing and characters.

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With TellTale having only released a few titles such as Sam & Max and Back to the Future, most of us didn't know what to expect from the developer. However, TellTale managed to create an immersive and powerful narrative influenced by player choice.

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TellTale has done an excellent job (okay, maybe not so much with Jurassic Park!) at weaving their own stories into pre-existing, licensed universes.

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Image source: GameSpot

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It's a popular opinion among gamers that licensed games are terrible. Although that opinion might be mostly valid, there are some great, licensed titles that manage to defy this common belief. 

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I've composed a list of a few games which managed to do what most licensed games cannot do: not suck!

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This list is mostly based on my opinion as well as overall critical acclaim. If you don't see a game on the list, please feel free to leave a comment below.

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Image source: Games Radar

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