LEGO Dimensions

LEGO Dimensions joins the Toys-to-Life craze

Over the past week, Lego has been teasing something on social media with the #BreakTheRules. This corresponds with my previous post on Warner Brothers, Lego, and Traveler’s Tales working on a toys-to-life game.

GREAT SCOTT, Marty!

GREAT SCOTT, Marty!

Now we know what, Lego Dimensions. This game is the latest to join the already crowded toys-to-life market. Warner Bros. has announced Lego Dimensions, launching on September 27 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Wii U. A $99.99 starter pack will be available that includes Lego Batman, Lego Gandalf, Wyldstyle (from The Lego Movie) and the Lego Batmobile. The starter pack also comes with the Lego Toy Pad and buildable Lego Gateway. The game is under development at Traveler’s Tales.

“When kids play with LEGO bricks, they build beyond the singular brands, intermixing all of their favorite characters and universes, and we have come up with a way for players to experience that in games,” said Jon Burton, Founder and Creative Director, TT Games. “Now for the first time in a videogame, LEGO fans can play in the virtual world and in the real world – combining everything without restrictions. Imagine putting LEGO Gollum from The Lord of the Rings behind the wheel of the LEGO Delorean in New Ninjago City – the creative play is endless.”

Other Lego properties that were announced:

  • Back to the Future levels with a Marty McFly minifig
  • Ninjago team pack with Kai and Cole figures
  • Ninjago fun packs with Jay, Nya, and Zane figures
  • DC fun packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg
  • Lord of the Rings fun packs with Gollum, Gimli, and Legolas
  • The Lego Movie fun pack with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny, and Unikitty
  • The Wizard of Oz fun pack with Wicked Witch of the West

My Take

This looks like a great move for Lego and their properties. The toys-to-life market is an already crowded with Amiibos, Skylanders, and Disney Infinity. The details of this game are scarce but it looks like you can build your figures, that could be a game changer. I can only assume that the RFID in the disk is the one reading the data and not in the actual Lego pieces. Traveler’s Tales are great at creating these Lego games. I have no doubt that they will do their best. At a price of $99, it could be a bit high for some people but I do know Lego fans will buy this. Stay tuned to my site as I bring you the latest news in gaming!

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Holy Breaking News, Batman!

You heard that right my Bat-fans, there are two Batman related stories in todaies post.

First, Rocksteady Games announced today that they have delayed the release of Batman: Arkham Knight from June 2, to June 23, 2015.

“Batman: Arkham Knight will now launch worldwide on June 23, 2015. We’re a developer that hates to make any compromises, so we are sorry to say this means it’s going to be just a little bit longer until you can play the epic conclusion to the Arkham trilogy. As a reward for your patience and understanding, and to make the wait even more unbearable, we are pleased to whet your appetite with a new gameplay video of Batman: Arkham Knight.”

Rocksteady has also released a new Batman: Arkham Knight gameplay video:


The second part of this news story has to do with the report of a “Batman: Arkham Collection”.

According to Videogamer.com, a compilation of the earlier Batman: Arkham titles(Asylum and City) are going to be offered in a collection. This would be released at the end of this year, near the holiday season. All the games would run 1080p.

My Take

I am so giddy for this game! This new trailer is spectacular and all the incredible voice actors! I’m not to worried about this delay. It sounds like they want to deliver the best Batman game ever made and I applaud them. As for the collection, I might still buy it. Usually, I don’t buy games a second time, one and done for me. I would still have to see detales but I might buy it. The sticking point for me is Batman: Arkham Origins. Will that be in this collection? I did play some of the game but it was too buggy for me and so I quit. Is this conisdered in the Arkhamverse as canon? Tune in next time! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

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Sony Santa Monica Hinting at Future Games

In a news post on their site, they mentioned some interesting items. According to this post: “In late March we are going to celebrate 10-years of God of War in a special anniversary celebration for our fans. Hey, that’s you. We’re looking forward to this”

They also mentioned they are working on an “AAA PlayStation 4 internal project”, which according to Sony Santa Monica they expect a “significant role”.

There there was no reveal date as of yet, but Sony Santa Monica was eager to say about the PlayStation Experience that it will be back late this year and they will have play a significant role.

I have reached out to Sony Santa Monica but there has been no response as of yet.

My Take

We know that Sony Santa Monica is working on something big. This does not come as a surprise but announcing that they will have a “significant role” is. What does this mean? A new God of War game? A new IP? We don’t know yet but stay tuned. If you have any ideas mention them in the comments below.

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RUMOR: LEGO Working On Toys-to-Life Game

I don’t like to report on rumors but this game sounds cool. According to the website VideoGamer.com, Traveler’s Tales is developing a Lego Toys-to-Life game with the working title of LEGO Dimensions. Accounting to the article, this game will rival other such Toys-to Life games such as Activision’s Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo’s Amiibos.

This article also states that this game is expected to be released late this year. Traveler’s Tales’ associate director Tim Wileman told VideoGamer.com that the studio is “always trying to push the boundaries”.

My Take

If this rumor holds true, then it looks like Lego and Traveler’s Tales give other Toys-to-Life games a run for their money. Lego has the potential to crush the competition in this category if they will actually let players build things in the game (aka Minecraft). They might take the route of past games and let players create their own characters. This game sounds promising. I’m unsure of mixing Marvel and DC characters. I wouldn’t think that Warner/Disney would give their approval for this but you never know. Everything is indeed awesome.

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The House of Mario Hints at “NX” Console and Journeys to Smartphone Games

During a press conference, Nintendo and DeNA announced a partnership to bring Nintendo IP’s to mobile gaming. According to this presser, DeNA will handle completely new IP’s. Nintendo states that all of it’s library of characters will is open to this new mobile market.

Along side this announcement, Nintendo also announced that DeNA will be developing their new membership service. This will replace Club Nintendo and will be available on PC, 3DS, and Wii U. There is no firm date for the roll out of this service, they have only targeted later this year.  DeNA has recently released a new Transformers mobile game and has partnered with Square Enix for their released of Final Fantasy Record Keeper.

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In this press confrence with DeNA, Nintendo hinted at it’s next console. Currently code-named ‘NX”. Other than the working name, nothing else was stated about the new system. It was stated that this new console would be integrated with the new membership service. More details about the new system will come in 2016.

My Take

Nintendo fans should rejoice at the news. The Wii U has a shorter life span than most would like, but it will be interesting where they take it. Investors have been asking Nintendo to journey into the smartphone market to get that piece of the pie. One game if DeNA are allowed to adapt it, should be Mario Maker. That seems like the best match for the smartphone market.The new membership service looks promising but could be all digital rewards. I’m putting the cart before the horse, but it looks like physical rewards could be limited or nonexistent. All in all, this partnership is promising to all fans of the House that Mario built.

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Elephant + Rambo = Tembo: The Badass Elephant!

They sent him on a mission to fail. But they made one mistake. They forgot who they were dealing with…Tembo! No, not Rambo but Tembo. Yes, Tembo: The Badass Elephant! In this 2-D side scrolling adventure you smash, punch, and swing to destory the evil hordes of PHAMTOM.

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Story details: “Shell City is plunged into a state of emergency after coming under attack from the devastating forces of PHANTOM, led by a mysterious masked commander. Terrifying machinations of men’s minds, emblazoned with skulls, tear through the city leaving a trail of destruction in their wake! General Krenman sees the mammoth task at hand and calls upon the only thing that stands between Shell City’s obliteration and its salvation; the peanut chompin’, villain stompin’, PHANTOM romping BADASS Elephantidae…TEMBO THE BADASS ELEPHANT!”

Developed by Sega and GameFreak(makers of the Pokemon games), this game will feature 17 levels with a unique comic book style of art,  Tembo: The Badass Elephant is set to release in Summer 2015 as a digital download for PlayStation®4, Xbox One and PC.

My Take:

This seems like a fun game from all the info I have! It is also nice to see a game publisher taking a chance on this type of game. As soon as I get any more details on pricing and gameplay, I shall relay them to you!

2015 March Release Schedule

I searched the news article and dark lit PR corner to find all of 2015 March release schedule.

Pending any last mintue changes these are the correct dates. Have fun pursuing the list!

Assassin’s Creed Rogue (PC) – March 10
Atelier Shallie: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea (PS3) – March 10
Cities: Skylines (PC) – March 10
DmC Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition (Xbox One, PS4) – March 10
Flame Over (Vita) – March 10
Hotline Miami 2 (PS4, PS3, Vita, PC) – March 10
Mushroom Men: Truffle Trouble (PC) – March 10
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 3 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 10 (PSN) and 11 (XBL, PC)
Sniper Elite 3: Ultimate Edition (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3) – March 10
Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters (PS3, Vita) – March 10
Ori and the Blind Forest (Xbox One, PC) – March 11
Sid Meier’s Starships (PC, Mac, iOS) – March 12
Trine Enchanted Edition (Wii U) – March 12
Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. (3DS) – March 13

Awakened Fate Ultimatum (PS3) – March 17
Battlefield Hardline (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17
Bladestorm: Nightmare (Xbox One, PS4, PS3) – March 17
Final Fantasy Type-0 (Xbox One, PS4) – March 17
Jamestown+ (PS4) – March 17
Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas (PC) – March 17
Resident Evil Revelations 2 – Episode 4 (Xbox One, 360, PS4, PS3, PC) – March 17 (PSN) and 18 (XBL, PC)
Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries (PC) – March 17
Worlds of Magic (PC) – March 19
Mario Party 10 (Wii U) – March 20

Bloodborne (PS4) – March 24
Borderlands: The Handsome Collection (Xbox One, PS4) – March 24
Lego Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin (Vita, 3DS) – March 24
Slender: The Arrival (PS4) – March 24, (Xbox One) – March 25
Infinite Crisis (PC) – March 26
Pillars of Eternity (PC) – March 26
Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious (Xbox One, 360) – March 27
Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (PC) – March 30
Axiom Verge (PS4) – March 31
MLB 15 The Show (PS4, PS3, Vita) – March 31
Neverwinter (Xbox One) – March 31
Toukiden: Kiwami (PS4, Vita) – March 31