LEGO Jurassic World Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com LEGO Jurassic World RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Top 10 Longest Platformers in Video Game History https://www.gameskinny.com/ccxs6/top-10-longest-platformers-in-video-game-history https://www.gameskinny.com/ccxs6/top-10-longest-platformers-in-video-game-history Tue, 27 Jun 2017 16:59:33 -0400 Adreon Patterson

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1. Super Mario Bros.

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200.9 hours
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Of course, this list would not be complete without side-scrolling pioneer and best-seller, Super Mario Bros. In this OG iteration of the Super Mario series, ordinary plumber Mario goes on a quest to save Princess Toadstool (or Peach) and the Mushroom Kingdom from the clutches of Bowser (or King Koopa). The game's eight worlds allow for endless hours (200 to be exact) of gameplay, and lots frustration for many gamers.

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While platformers may seem simple, this list proves that they are not playing around (pun intended). With the endless summer days, any player would be encouraged to test their skills with any one of these thrilling platformers. And when you're finally finished, you can brag about beating one of the longest platformers in video game history.

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2. Super Mario Galaxy 2

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102 hours
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As the follow-up to 2007's Super Mario Galaxy,  Super Mario Galaxy 2 witnesses Mario again trying to rescue Princess Peach and save the universe from Bowser by recovering Power and Grand Stars. Once more, our hero must explore various galaxies on his out-of-this-world mission. Expanding upon the space hopping original, this sequel can lead to days of endless fun for any gamer -- new and old.

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3. Super Mario Galaxy

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98.9 hours
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This 2007 entry into the Super Mario universe shows Mario trying to rescue Princess Peach while saving the universe from persistent enemy Bowser. In Super Mario Galaxy, our hero must explore levels consisting of galaxies filled with minor planets and worlds while dealing with variations in gravity. All this space hopping leads to hours (if not days) of gameplay for any Super Mario head.

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4. Super Mario World

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86.7 hours
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Built on side-scrolling of earlier Super Mario games, Super Mario World follows Mario and Luigi as they try to save Dinosaur Land from their ever-present nemesis, Bowser. With the introduction of Yoshi, the brothers travel through seven worlds on their mission leading to hours of play for many Super Mario fans.

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5. Lego Jurassic World

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51 hours
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This entry into the Lego video game series lets players explore all five Jurassic Park films as they solve puzzles with hints and dinosaur trivia by Mr. DNA. Each film's section in Lego Jurassic World boasts five levels apiece as players progress through the game. This all leads to hours of fun for kids and their families.

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6. Shoot Many Robots

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44 hours
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This 2012 action shooter follows a linear storyline in which the player's character must prepare for robot fights. Killing robots help in collecting nuts and power-ups and boosting experience levels as players advance in the game. All this can lead to nearly two straight days' worth of play for any gamer.

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7. Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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36.9 hours
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As an entry in the Lego video game series, Lego Marvel Super Heroes allows players to access over 180 Marvel superheroes and villains in order to defeat the almighty Galactus. With a shift between action-packed sequences and puzzle-solving games, any player can get lost for hours playing this entertaining game. 

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8. Tomb Raider IV: The Last Revelation

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36 hours
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The fourth installment in the Tomb Raider series follows heroine Lara Croft as she searches for artifacts associated with the Egyptian god Horus before facing former mentor Werner Von Croy. With its vast linear storyline and side puzzles and games, players can spend endless hours tackling this old-school favorite.

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9. Super Mario Bros. Wii

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31.8 hours
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Returning to the side-scrolling of earlier Super Mario games, Super Mario Bros. Wii follows Mario as he once again must rescue Princess Peach from Bowser and his motley family. This is the first game in the series to allow multiplayer gameplay as Mario, Luigi, and Yellow and Blue Toad go through nine worlds with a total of 80 levels to complete their mission.

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10. Super Mario 3D World

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27.5 hours
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This is the third best-selling game for the Wii U, and acts a sequel to the ever-popular Super Mario 3D Land. Super Mario 3D World follows Mario and friends as they attempt to rescue the Sprixie Kingdom from the wrath of Bowser and his brood.

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With so many levels and multiplayer gameplay, this game can take awhile for any player to finish.

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Any gamer will tell you that their ultimate goal is to beat their current video game obsession. 

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Whether it's defeating the monster or villain, conquering a rival faction or claiming the huge treasure or reward, every player wants that sense of euphoria and satisfaction you get from making all the way to the end. It's what being a gamer is all about.

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Some games are easier to finish than others. Completion can range from hours to weeks as players soldier on and try to beat the game at its own...well, game. Sometimes it can be exhausting, but it's equally rewarding as well. But it's the truly long-fought, battle-wry experiences that every gamer remembers.

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There are lots of games that run 200 hours or more in terms of play time -- especially open-world games where you can easily spend hours upon hours exploring the loads of side quests and wandering from place to place. But today we're shining a spotlight on one corner of the video game world that's hyper-focused on getting to the end of the game, no matter how long it takes to do it. I'm talking about platformers.

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Most platformers tend to take a considerable number of hours to complete. But some go above and beyond to create a truly lengthy (and truly memorable) gameplay experience. But these 10 take it to a whole new level. Why? Because they're the longest platformers in video game history.

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5 Kid's Games That Adults Can Shamelessly Love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love https://www.gameskinny.com/6uaxe/5-kids-games-that-adults-can-shamelessly-love Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:02:17 -0400 Janiece Sebris

Most gamers have probably had the unfortunate opportunity of defending their love of gaming when a stranger, friend or relative asks, "Why do you play those? Video games are for children." We all have our own retorts for these comments, some of which include eye rolling, fake smiling, and inwardly combusting.

This list will not help the collective cause. Nevertheless, here is a list of the five kid's games that some adults (this one) shamelessly love to play. 

1. Talking Tom Gold Run

Released in the summer of this year by Outfit7, Talking Tom Gold Run came from the same developer who brought us Talking Tom and the eventual spin-offs featuring MyTalking Angela. The developer's endless runner featuring Tom and Angela, although aimed at children, is pretty standard when it comes to controls, art and music. The game's premise is to chase after a racing raccoon when the animal fiend steals the player's gold. While running, players must avoid obstacles like oncoming vehicles or bodies of water. The controls are easy enough for a child to use, but the real appeal to play the game for this adult are the quaint graphics and comprehensible goals. Talking Tom Gold Run is available on the App Store, Google Play and Microsoft. 

2. My PlayHome

If you've spent a significant amount of time babysitting, working at a pre-school or being the parent to small children at all, then you probably have come in contact with the My PlayHome app world. The franchise first started with the namesake app where players could control a nuclear family of two parents and three children in a home with five rooms and one backyard. Now the app's world encompasses a school, town, and hospital. The app is essentially like Sims for pre-schoolers. MyPlayHome is available in the App Store and Google Play

3. Lego Jurassic World

Like many of the Lego video games released, Lego Jurassic World allows players to explore the worlds of famous film franchises while solving puzzles unique to the game. In this particular game, players can explore the worlds of all four Jurassic films. While an adult placing a Lego game on her wish list might be cause for concern, there are many reasons to play a Lego game as an adult, many of which could be tackled in an entire article. For one, Lego games are packed with humor sometimes lost on children. Playing the games as an adult is a chance to capture some of that corny goodness. Lego Jurassic World is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and other platforms.

4. Pix the Cat

While some might not consider Pix the Cat by developer PastaGames to be strictly a child's game, it is for the purpose of this list. Pix the Cat is a simple game to tackle, with its premise being to rescue helpless ducklings. Players have to keep up as the game's flashy and seemingly infinite levels become increasingly difficult. Adults can enjoy this game for the sheer nostalgia that it provides. With reminiscence of Pac Man and Snake, Pix the Cat is fun at any age. Pix the Cat is available for PlayStation 4 and PC.

5. Hungry Shark Evolution

The game Hungry Shark Evolution allows players to take on the persona of a hungry shark, devouring whatever edible, or non-edible, creature crosses its path. With 4.3 million likes on Facebook, it's obvious that the fans of this game are not all children. (The fact that I first heard about the game from my 6-year-old nephew is beside the point.) The game allows players to unlock different sharks and survive by eating. Hungry Shark Evolution is available on the App Store and Google Play.

Guilty pleasure games run amok within our community, some of them being marketed to children. All-in-all, games are games. Setting objectionable elements and serious games aside, most games are meant to be entertaining and a way to escape. Whether you're escaping to The Mushroom Kingdom or New Bordeaux shouldn't matter. 

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5 Franchises We Want to See in Lego Dimensions https://www.gameskinny.com/ijtsb/5-franchises-we-want-to-see-in-lego-dimensions https://www.gameskinny.com/ijtsb/5-franchises-we-want-to-see-in-lego-dimensions Tue, 09 Feb 2016 01:09:03 -0500 Venisia Gonzalez

We are all huge fans of the Lego games that come into our lives to offer a little humor and a lot of fun. From franchise-specific games to Lego Dimensions, Lego characters have a place in our hearts. It's also obvious the developers love them as well.

Lego Dimensions currently features wonderful characters from fourteen franchises. You'll find DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The Lego Movie, The Wizard of Oz, Portal 2, Lego Ninjago, Lego Legends of Chima, Jurassic World, Doctor Who, The Simpsons, Ghostbusters, Scooby-Doo, Back to the Future, and Midway Arcade.

But there are always more characters just waiting to be added. Here are our picks for franchises that would make great additions to Lego Dimensions.

Harry Potter

Warner Bros. has brought the wonderful world of Harry Potter to life in Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7. Who can say it wouldn't fit perfectly in Lego Dimensions? Many fans are hoping their favorite beloved characters make their way into the game.

Characters like:

  • Harry Potter
  • Hermione Granger
  • Ron Weasley
  • Sirius Black
  • Professor Dumbledore
  • Professor Snape
  • Lord Voldemort

Marvel Universe

With games like Lego Superheroes and Lego Marvel Avengers, fitting these characters into Dimension seems like a no-brainer. There are already characters from the DC Universe, so why not add Marvel?

Imagine having Batman and Ironman, or Frodo and Hulk being required to work together against the forces of Lord Vortech. Imagine the back-and-forth dialogue between The Doctor and Tony Stark. That alone would have me in stitches thinking about the ultimate Sumo wrestling of brain power.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

These Kung Fu, pizza-eating, mutated turtles are the ultimate in fun. Since the 1980s, they have captured the heart of fans young and older. The Lego Multiverse just seems incomplete without the TMNT teaming up to protect the Twelve Foundational Elements.

We'd love to see some of the great characters from the series, such as:

  • Donatello
  • Michaelangelo
  • Leonardo
  • Raphael
  • Splinter
  • Shredder
  • April O'Neil
  • Casey Jones
  • Karai

Lord Vortech would have a run for his money with Shredder and the Foot Clan in a bid for control.

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is such a beloved series. This adorable Walking Dead of gardening has found its way from mobile to consoles, to even comics by Paul Tobin. Any of the hilarious characters would be fun to see as an addition.

Characters such as:

  • Sunflower
  • Disco Zombie
  • Chomper
  • Zombie Yeti
  • Gatling Peashooter
  • Dr. Zomboss

Firefly

Firefly is a cult favorite by Joss Whedon. This science-fiction/western didn't last long on air, but stayed forever in the hearts of fans. Fitting in the beloved characters, prior to Serenity, would definitely make Lego Dimensions a must-buy on principal!

Character favorites include:

  • Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds
  • Zoe Washburne
  • River Tam
  • Kaywinnet Lee "Kaylee" Frye
  • Jayne Cobb
  • Hoban "Wash" Washburne

How you'd like a Firefly-class spaceship—anyone?

What do you think of our suggestions? Do you have any recommendations for franchises that you'd like to see in Lego Dimensions? 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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Xbox One Bundles expanded through Labor Day https://www.gameskinny.com/0jlrw/xbox-one-bundles-expanded-through-labor-day https://www.gameskinny.com/0jlrw/xbox-one-bundles-expanded-through-labor-day Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:52:56 -0400 Anthony Jondreau

If you have yet to get your hands on Microsoft’s newest console, Labor Day Weekend might be the time to do it. While the Xbox One has come bundled with Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Assassin’s Creed: Unity for a while now, the bundles will be expanded until September 7th. An Xbox One will include Assassin’s Creed: Unity, as well as any one of the games below, the choice of which is up to you.

  • Lego Jurassic World
  • Rory McIlroy PGA Tour
  • Minecraft
  • Batman Arkham Knight 
  • Rare Replay
  • NBA 2K15
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  • Destiny
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • The Elder Scrolls: Online
  • Forza Horizon 2
  • Far Cry 4
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection
  • Payday 2: Crimewave Edition

In addition, two bundles will give you a third game. The Madden 16 Bundle comes with Madden 16, AC: Unity, and one of the games above, as well as a year of EA access. The Halo: The Master Chief Collection Bundle includes Halo: The Master Chief Collection, AC: Unity, and one of the games above. You can also get AC: Unity and Black Flag, as well as one of the free games. 

The standard bundle is available for as low as $349.99, while the Madden and Halo bundles will be $399.99.

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E3 2015 Announces LEGO: Marvel's Avengers - Coming Winter 2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/e8mjk/e3-2015-announces-lego-marvels-avengers-coming-winter-2015 https://www.gameskinny.com/e8mjk/e3-2015-announces-lego-marvels-avengers-coming-winter-2015 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 20:40:32 -0400 Courtney Gamache

If you're familiarized with LEGO games, you might want to look foward to this new addition in the franchise, where our favorite super hero team is back again to kick some Chitauri around the city of LEGO New York.

Similar to LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes

You might be wondering what makes this game different from LEGO: Marvel Super Heroes. Well first thing to know is that this is the first LEGO game based on a super hero movie, and that this game includes real voice-tracks, taken from the original Avengers movie. It's comparibly very similar in the fact that there are over 150 characters upon the roster, which happens to not include the costume options. You'll have the ability to form a core team with the super heros of your choice.

There's no "I" in Team

One of the great features about LEGO: Marvel's Avengers is the emphasis on teamwork, and utilizing it within this new game. There will be combat combos between characters, while also adding multiple characteristics that pertain to the specific characters. An example would include the electric suit Black Widow possesses in the movie, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and also the firearms she uses in the original Avengers. Like with other LEGO games, this will offer local co-op where you can team up with a friend and perform said combos together.

It's a LEGO Game, Right?

As with most previous LEGO games, certain characters will have abilities in-game that are special to them. This was previously seen in LEGO: Harry Potter Years 1-4, LEGO: Harry Potter Years 5-7, LEGO: Lord of the Rings, and LEGO: The Hobbit. In LEGO: Lord of the Rings, Legolas had a special ability to shoot arrows into holds and swing upon them. This is also seen in LEGO: Marvel's Avengers, where Hawkeye can shoot arrows into holds for himself and his teammates to swing on. 

There will also be an open-world game option as previously seen in LEGO: Marvel Super Heros, where side missions are plenty and characters have stand-by animations. You'll be able to adventure through the streets of New York, aiding to wipe up the Chitauri scum.

Tell me the Consoles!

According to Brickipedia, that LEGO: Marvel's Avengers will be available for the: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and Steam. They really spoiled us with these options, giving everyone a fair shot at playing this game on the console of their choice.

Hurry and Take My LEGO Bits!

Although there is a long wait for this new Marvel LEGO addition, the most recent game, LEGO: Jurassic World, became available on Steam June 11th. The game covers Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park: The Lost World, Jurassic Park III, and Jurassic World. The characters span over all the movies, letting us re-live the iconic soundtrack, with voice-tracks taken from the movies. In the meantime you'll be able to find this game on your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, PC, and of course Steam

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Lego Jurassic World Review https://www.gameskinny.com/mu6ig/lego-jurassic-world-review https://www.gameskinny.com/mu6ig/lego-jurassic-world-review Thu, 18 Jun 2015 07:52:04 -0400 Matt_Paprocki

Lego has adapted a story about dinosaurs eating people into one where the dinosaurs don't eat people. That's impressive. Jurassic Park's toilet-sitting lawyer Genarro is saved, Lost World's bearded paleontologist Robert Burke is playfully spit up, and Jurassic Park III's legion of blood splattered pseudo-mercenaries are left miraculously unhurt.

What about those who would attempt to navigate this miniature world? Not so much.

Lego Jurassic World uses a clashing aesthetic. On one side are lifelike, full-scale jungles. On the other, plastic Legos. The jumping Lego pieces happen to exist within reality, like a toy commercial from the '90s where kids played with G.I. Joes with the assistance of awesome smoke machines and rocks. In short, Lego Jurassic World is a nightmare not because of carnivorous lizards, rather for the consequences of leaving all of these small bricks laying about for someone to painfully find during a late night bathroom run.

You will have Legos, on your, uh, Lego tour?

Of course, creativity is squished too; would these worlds not function better if devised entirely from Lego sets? And why do the plants appear full size? These are but diminutive Lego people. A fully miniature Jurassic Park would be adorable – and better for the Lego brand.

The insurmountable level of collectibles, slippery combat, show AND tell puzzle design; nothing's changed.

Yes, Lego Jurassic World has problems. Most of them have been embedded in Traveller's Tales friendly, outgoing Lego games for years. The insurmountable level of collectibles, slippery combat, show AND tell puzzle design; nothing's changed. This one happens to add to the pile of misgivings. Snipped lines direct from the movies are of often deplorably compressed quality, and Mr. DNA is devalued to the teaching level of Microsoft Word's Clippy. Worse, scenes play out of sync (or so perfunctory) as to make the narrative inaccessible unless the movies are known in full.

Within is a posh nostalgia trip, following all four films across the IP (spoilers for the Chris Pratt-starring World included), then of course merging with Lego. In no way can such a combination avoid bringing forth the inner child. Derision toward the formula's repetition is inevitable (same game + choice geeky license = Profit!!) and deserved. Lego games came into their own two console generations ago and they're still making them now as they did then. Lego Jurassic World's unsuccessful running gag over a lost sausage is hardly at Traveller's Tales peak comedic output, either.

You just went and made a new Lego game?

There are a handful of nicely condensed ideas though. Say, the kitchen attack from Jurassic Park. Lego Tim and Lex follow along through a pleasingly tense hide and seek scenario, played out accurately to the film – gags dribbling in to ease the sense of danger. Running (“...and screaming”), driving (“Must go faster”); those are playfully enjoyable too.

Collect pegs, unlock gates, solve puzzles, progress. It's busywork.

As a broader adventure, Lego Jurassic Park is menial. Collect pegs, unlock gates, solve puzzles, progress. It's busywork. Characters are jokingly separated: men are heavy and exist to build or shoot things, women are agile leapers and enjoy jumping in piles of dino droppings. Someone appears to be referencing Jurassic Park's “sexism in survival situations” line. Women will do anything to stay alive, even if it involves swimming in Lego poo. Dinosaurs eat man, woman inherits the Earth. Laura Dern was right.

Traveller's Tales are similar: They will do what they must to any license which can be retrofitted to an unchanged, long since redundant format. This brand is their developmental survival. Jurassic Park is still commercially viable, so here we are with World. It's nice and appreciated, but tiresome.

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The 10 Best Video Games Based on Movies https://www.gameskinny.com/dqhfa/the-10-best-video-games-based-on-movies https://www.gameskinny.com/dqhfa/the-10-best-video-games-based-on-movies Mon, 08 Jun 2015 07:28:27 -0400 Curtis Dillon

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So there you have it, 10 of the best video games based on movies. Of course, there are many we didn't get to, such as X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, King Kong, Batman NES, etc. (See how I managed to work in a few honorable mentions there?)

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So what do you guys think the best games based on movies are? Do you agree with the games listed here? Or do you think Batman begins was a load of crap? Well, let us know in the comments below! You know you want to.

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Anything By Lego

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OK, so this is a little bit of a cop-out but I felt that the Lego games deserve a shout-out. I could easily have chosen Lego Star Wars, Lego Harry Potter, Lego Lord of The Rings, Lego Indiana Jones or Lego Pirates of The Caribbean, however they're all pretty similar, so it would have been very hard to choose. TT Games always do a wonderful job with the movie properties it takes on and each game manages to feel authentic, despite having the Lego look. Any Lego movie game is worth playing and soon you will be able to get your hands on Lego Jurassic World and Lego Marvel's Avengers, so get ready for more movie awesomeness!

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Ghostbusters: The Video Game (PS3/360)

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Acting as a true sequel to Ghostbusters II, the game takes place 2 years after the movie and features most of the original cast reprising their iconic roles. This game was exactly what it needed to be: "a love letter to Ghostbuster fans," to quote Greg Miller of IGN. The game received great reviews and rightfully so, it was an incredibly faithful adaption and better than any true third movie would have been.

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Disney's Aladdin (SNES)

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Coming out a year after the classic movie, Disney's Aladdin was a very pretty 2D side scroller and a great platformer. Back in a time when every game was a 2D side scroller, and every popular movie got a tie-in, Aladdin stood out for being legitimately good and is still pretty fun today.

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Batman Begins (PS2/Xbox/Gamecube)

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This game will probably be the most surprising, but Batman Begins is incredibly underrated. For reasons I can't comprehend, this movie tie-in wasn't well received when it came out but it had so many fantastic features. For example, you could intimidate you enemies, scaring them or taking them out 1 by 1, making the remaining goons more afraid of you, until the last guy sat crying in the corner.

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You could also hide in the shadows, hang from wires, stealth attack and drive the batmobile. Importantly, Batman Begins perfectly captured the feeling of the movie, a fundamental necessity that most movie tie-ins fail to deliver. It's truly a shame the Arkham series never adopted the intimidation system from this game.

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Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear To The Rescue (PS1)

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This one may comes as a surprise to many but Toy Story 2 on PS1 was a very fun game. Playing as the awesome Buzz Lightyear, you get to navigate various nostalgic locations from the Toy Story 2 movie like Andy's bedroom, Al's Toy Barn, and the airport. Each level had numerous missions and you could travel between each location as you please in order to gain more stars and progress.

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The Godfather (PS2/PS3/Xbox/360)

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The Godfather game was a truly amazing gangster simulator. Coming in the years between GTA: San Andreas and GTA IV, The Godfather scratched our perpetual itch to cause crime and mayhem. But in all seriousness, the game used retold the story of the original movie but from a new perspective and featured great gameplay mechanics, including interrogation, fun combat, and smooth driving. The sequel was pretty great too.

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GoldenEye 007 (N64)

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There isn't much to say about this game, considering how iconic and beloved it is. For many, GoldenEye epitomizes the days of the N64. If nothing else, this game perfected local multiplayer and is played to this day.

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The Warriors (PS2/PSP/Xbox)

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Another somewhat forgotten gem, The Warriors was an incredible game from Rockstar Games. Based on the cult classic movie, The Warriors came out of nowhere but what a game it was. If you've ever played Rockstar's Bully, then you know exactly how The Warriors plays. The two games were built on the same engine and it was a really fun engine for combat. The Warriors was defined by its fighting and marked the first time in a game that I was able to pick up a brick or a glass bottle and hit enemies with them. There were many amazing moments in this game, from the blackout to the art gallery fight and every crazy moment in between. 

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Spider-Man 2 (PS2/Gamecube/Xbox)

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Potentially the best Spider-Man game ever made, Spider-Man 2 was loosely based on the movie of the same name. The open-world was full of things to do and, most importantly, fun to web-sling around. I mean, you can't tell me you didn't climb to the top of the Empire State Building, leap off, rush towards the ground and shoot a web at the last second. Then repeat. It was pure fun, something other Spidey games have often failed to replicate. The only other title that could be argued better than this, although is not a movie tie-in, was the PS1 Spider-Man classic. We deserve another great Spider-Man game, it's been 11 years.

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The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay (Xbox)

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Serving as a prequel to the 2004 movie, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay was met with critical acclaim. As one of the highest rated games on this list, TCOR drew comparisons to Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell, Far Cry and Half-Life - not bad. The graphics were great, the gameplay fun and well balanced between action and stealth, and Vin Diesel's voice acting was awesome. Diesel is a huge gamer himself, and he always impresses when he gets behind the mic.

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Video games based on movies are usually disasters. However, there is the odd instance in which the game turns out surprisingly great. Today we're going to countdown 10 of the best video games based on movies. Let's check out those rare gems!

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6 Games to Look Forward to in June https://www.gameskinny.com/sa9s5/6-games-to-look-forward-to-in-june https://www.gameskinny.com/sa9s5/6-games-to-look-forward-to-in-june Fri, 29 May 2015 02:30:01 -0400 Bryan C. Tan

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Batman: Arkham Knight
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The final installment in Rocksteady Studios' Arkham series looks to be the best one yet. The introduction of the Batmobile as a playable vehicle, the expansion of Gotham City, and the creation of an all-new character specifically for the video game suggests that Rocksteady is pulling out all the stops for their last go at the legendary Batman. Besides Batman, players will also be able to play as Robin, Nightwing, and Catwoman using the Dual Play functionality while in Free Flow Combat. Downloadable content include Harley Quinn, Red Hood, and Batgirl as playable characters, story-driven missions, challenge maps, Batmobile racetracks, and skins.

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Be the Batman on Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 23rd.

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Lego Jurassic World
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TT Games is at it once again, with its next video game adaptation employing animals of epic proportions: dinosaurs. Jurassic Park fans will be delighted that their favorite scenes and action sequences can be relived and recreated entirely in Lego form. In addition, players will be able to wreak havoc as 20 different dinosaurs and customize their very own dinosaur collection as they explore expansive Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna.

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Experience Jurassic World on Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation Vita, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, on June 12th.

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The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
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 Despite a largely mixed reception, The Elder Scrolls Online brings itself onto consoles in the form of Tamriel Unlimited with no game subscription required. With the power of the consoles, Tamriel Unlimited looks to be a promising adventure through the frozen peaks of Skyrim and the murky depths of Black Marsh. In addition to the four classes of Dragonknight, Templar, Nightblade, and Sorcerer, the variety of alliances ensures a unique multiplayer experience throughout the Alliance War as well as the saving of Tamriel itself.

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Discover Tamriel on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on June 9th.

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Wander
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 With immersive sound design from the Australian rainforest, this non-combat, non-competitive, collaborative multiplayer game swaps out the intense action of common MMOs for a narrative based on nature. Each player begins as a giant tree with little understanding of anything, and can learn to shape shift through exploration of the world. The co-operative, explorative game utilizes a unique communication system called Rozhda, letting players draw glyphs with a mouse or a PS4 touch pad. Throughout this beautiful world, players will be able to walk, fly, swim, and skydive, allowing varied experiences of vast rain-forests and reefs.

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Wander around Windows and PlayStation 4 on June 4th.

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Heroes of the Storm
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 Blizzard Entertainment's next foray into the free-to-play arena brings together heroes from their many franchises and drops them into unique battlegrounds that shape the strategy of the matches. What started as a Starcraft mod at the start of the decade has become what Blizzard calls an online "Hero Brawler" with four fully customizable types of heroes: assassin, warrior, support, and specialist. Citing fast-paced team-based play, Blizzard looks to shake up a thriving genre with a new 5-versus-5 take. 

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Storm onto Windows and Mac on June 2nd.

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Massive Chalice
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After the success of Broken Age, Double Fine Productions' second Kickstarter project to be released takes a step away from their familiar point-and-click adventures and steps into the realm of the turn-based strategy game. With over $1,000,000 of funding, Massive Chalice promises to be a tactical single-player experience featuring an innovative Bloodline system that allows the player to marry heroes together to produce children and pass down powerful weapons called Relics. Not unlike Darkest Dungeon on Steam Early Access, permadeath affects the heroes in Massive Chalice over the course of a 300-year war, reinforcing the need for long view strategy.

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Get Massive on Windows, Mac, and Linux on June 1st, as well as Xbox Live Games with Gold for free during the month of June.

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Summer Heat

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With E3 just around the corner, the first half of 2015 is winding to a close, but not before some blockbusters are released to start the summer off right.

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Without further ado, here are the six games to look forward to in the sixth month of the year.

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Rumor: licensed Lego game inspired by Minecraft in development https://www.gameskinny.com/1pecd/rumor-licensed-lego-game-inspired-by-minecraft-in-development https://www.gameskinny.com/1pecd/rumor-licensed-lego-game-inspired-by-minecraft-in-development Wed, 27 May 2015 11:54:38 -0400 Ford James

Rumors have started circulating about a licensed Lego video game titled Lego Worlds, which is supposedly in development by TT Games and Warner Bros..

The rumor started over on the Eurobricks forum with one user, mikaelsol, posting the picture below asking ‘What is Lego Worlds?’ and that he found the image on the back of the instruction manual for set 60097, which is a traditional city square. 

Lego Worlds promotional image

As you can see, there is no indication as to the release date of Lego Worlds nor is there anything saying which platform it’ll be available on. There is still no official word from TT Games, Warner Bros., or Lego about the game and the link featured in the image (http://lego.com/worlds) throws up a ‘Page Not Found’ error when we visited.

The promotional image also features the tagline "Explore. Discover. Create." These words happen embody the three core fundamentals of Minecraft. It looks like it’s starting to come full circle as Minecraft was heavily influenced by Lego bricks, which are now taking inspiration from Minecraft! 

There’s no doubt Lego Worlds will sell though, as the Lego name has been milked across multiple licenses and franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings to name a few. They’re not slowing down either, with Lego Jurassic World confirmed to be in development by TT Games, the same supposed company behind Lego Worlds. 

Warner Bros. also recently announced Lego Dimensions, the latest in the recent trend of ‘toys-to-life’ video games, similar to Disney Infinity and Skylanders. Lego games combined have sold over 100 million units so far, so keep your eyes peeled for more news on Lego Worlds as it surfaces.

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