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alfred injustice

There are many instances of where video game universes are continued as comic books.  I’ve heard only good things from things like The Last of Us’s “American Dreams” and there are plenty of Halo, Assassin’s Creed, and Mass Effect ones that I know people enjoy.  Today I’m giving a special shout out to Injustice: Gods Among Us.  Here’s a comic book that’s based on a fighting video game that’s based on comic book characters who often fight each other.  How weird was that?

This article isn’t as much about the video game itself (which is free for Playstation Plus members this December), but rather a comic book that acts as the prequel to the events of one of the game’s timelines.  DC and comic books in general often operate in alternate realities and the basis of this comic book follows Superman’s descent into becoming the world’s dictator.  The DC universe prides Superman as being incorruptible.  But what happens when the Joker tricks him into murdering his own pregnant wife?

This is how the comic book starts out.  The initial story is lightly treaded on in the video game itself, but the game jumps ahead FIVE years after this event.  In the game all we learn is that Superman has established a dictatorship of the world under the guise of maintaining peace.  There is an underground war against Batman and his thin alliance of other insurgents.  But how did this happen?  How did the heroes line up on each side?  What happened to certain heroes and villains?  The comic book promises to cover all of these and more, making an entertaining and shockingly dark romp.

I’ve picked up only Year 1: Vol. 1 of Injustice.  I’m very excited to read Vol. 2 this January.  Here’s a review.

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binding of lazarus

Lazarus was the first player I beat Mom’s Heart with in the Binding Of Isaac: Rebirth for PS4.  I’m really happy this game was free for PS4 this month and I’ve really enjoyed my time with it.  It’s such a subtly perverse game with incredibly (and hilariously) dark moments.  Since playing and beating Mom’s Heart (which I wasn’t even able to see the epilogue because I died immediately after I killed her), I’ve lost 10 times in a row.

I was so happy with this game, I decided to draw up some quick fan art.  Here we have Lazarus with some random monster (one I made up, don’t really think it’s a real one).  I very much adore the art style of this game and it feels like something I would come up with in a horrific nightmare.

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Urban Dictionary defines a hardcore gamer as “someone who plays video games as a primary hobby. They tend to spend large amounts of time playing games, often in excess of two or three hours a day.” As many hardcore gamers as there are out there I’m willing to bet there are even more softcore gamers. Young kids who love Mario Cart, weekend warriors with an Xbox 360 in the man cave, or university students like me who are just trying to improve their Starcraft II ranking. The first thing I was told when I got to college was that between a social life, good grades, and sleep, you can only pick two. What if I want it all and to play games?

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Lets be honest, video games are awesome. But every now and then it is good to take a step back and make sure that your relationship to your Xbox or PC is a healthy one. Justin Davis at IGN has written an insightful article on the role that gaming plays in his life. He analyzes the pros and cons in an honest manner. “Would you recognize if you were abusing the hobby that you love?”

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Wow…just wow. This concept is something that I recall seeing a while ago, but just seeing this game makes me feel like we’re definitely expanding beyond the normal hack and slash or first person shooter games. A lot of upcoming AAA titles have definitely piqued my interest, Watch Dogs and Remember Me included. There is a gameplay preview from Gamescom that shows just why I find this game so interesting. With the ability to rearrange and change aspects of your target’s memory, this game has definitely caught my eye as something I haven’t seen before. If it isn’t new, then forgive me for being so giddy, this is just the first game I’ve seen that’s done so well with it. As I remember hearing someone say, it feels like a mix between Mirror’s Edge and Assassin’s Creed. Anyway, check out the videos I’ve linked above and enjoy!

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As many of you already know, LEGO has a knack for turning very serious movies into amazing gaming experiences, from LEGO Star Wars to LEGO Batman, and here’s a little extra from Team Hourglass that you wish you’d be able to get your hands on: LEGO Inception. A very well done and interesting take on the humor of creating a LEGO game based on a more serious movie. Inception as a film was amazing and unparalleled by anything similar during its box office release. LEGO Inception may just be the niche game we need to both indulge ourselves further into the world and get a few cheap laughs from it. Unfortunately it won’t ever be coming out, but it’s nice to see the producer’s effort and dedication come to fruition.

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Hello and welcome to this week’s Game of the Week. Today we’ll be covering a game I was recently allowed to borrow with a recommendation from a good friend. Batman: Arkham Asylum, first in what may be a series of games, followed by Arkham City, is an amazing step in the right direction for superhero games in general (with Spider Man 2 coming in at a close second place). With all the grit of the original and later series and a lot of interesting mechanics and gameplay nuances, Arkham Asylum makes for an intriguing time killer and fun-filling machine. The plot is interesting, deep, and peppered here and there with a bit of maturity (if not a lot ofmaturity, people DO die). Let’s get into the dissection of this game before we go any further.

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