“And there came a day, a day unlike any other, when Earth’s mightiest heroes found themselves united against a common threat.” A common threat, Ultron was not. There was only one person that could deal with it…Director Joss Whedon. It’s like cooking some crazy stew. Add five parts of superhero, one microchip, stir with super speed, finally add a dash of hex magic. Place in a pressure cooker on high and wait. There is a challenge when making a sequel to a hit movie. Without changing the dynamic of the movie, how do you top it? 2012’s The Avengers was so crazy that it worked. Age of Ultron worked but not in the way that you see. (More about that later.)
Lets all stand around and look pensive!
Avengers: Age of Ultron story starts out with our heroes cleaning up the mess from the last film. Loki’s scepter is in the hands of Hydra’s chief scientist Baron Von Strucker. His team has figured out a way to manipulate the human body. Their experiments result in the “enhanced”(not mutants) twins Pietro and Wanda Maximoff (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), which they both volunteered for. The Avengers captured the Hydra facility and retrieved Loki’s staff. Jarvis (Paul Bettany) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) find that this large gem in the staff is highly complex and looks like it can think. Both Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) and Tony were working on an AI program to protect humanity, called Ultron (James Spader). Secretly working on this project, all attempts to create this AI fails. This was supposed to be the last gathering of the Avengers together. After a fun little game of “Who can lift Thor’s hammer?”, Ultron becomes self aware. Tony’s Iron Legion attacks our groovy gang of heroes, with Ultron leading the charge. Ultron’s reason for attacking is peace. Peace by wiping humans off the face of the planet. The same idea as Tony but without all the bloodshed. The twins join Ultron and the Avengers are there to stop them.
What surprised me with this film was that each character had a definite arc. Wanda’s manipulative hex power manifested each character fear into their head. Tony could not save people. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) feared for his homeworld Asgard. Captain America (Chris Evans) wants a “normal life”. Finally, Black Widow(Scarlet Johansson) was a loner. Speaking of Black Widow, she has a romantic interest in the Hulk. For this film, it makes sense. Trust me. Both of these characters are loners. Each could potentially fill a void for the other.
There was a standout character in Avengers: Age of Ultron: Hawkeye. After Ultron attacks, the Avengers go “off the grid” to regroup. I believe this is where the film shifts its focus to Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). If you remember, in the first film he was mind controlled. Now he’s stronger and more focused on the main goal of saving the world. Hawkeye feels that he’s the least important Avenger. In actuality, he is the most important member and this shows what he has to lose if the Avengers fail. I didn’t even talk about how cool Paul Bettany was and how he was laying a Vision for the future of the Avengers(Hint Hint). Or the tantalizing tease at the end of the film.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is a movie that had a whole lot to live up to. This was never going to live up to the first film and nor should it. What this movie was, is to lay a further foundation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Avengers had to bring these characters together. This film had to humanize them. Each one these heroes had to be broken down in order to build them back into the heroes they need to be.
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!
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!