Gameroween 2012 – Video Game Characters that make awesome costumes (Day 9)


Ok people no more sidetracks (for now anyway), back to basics with honest to goodness game characters that are legendary and pretty scare to boot – the Mortal Kombat ninjas. Now the ninjas are not: “AHHHH!” scary but rather “They’re going to freeze me, impale me, choke me, melt me, fry me” kind of scary – which is still pretty scary. They’re all assassins but from different clans and thus have different fighting styles: Sub-Zero can create ice from his finger tips, freezing opponents cold or forming ice weapons out of thin air; Scorpion, a undead assassin, uses various weapons to decimate his victims including his world famous spear (git over here!); Smoke use his mastery over vapors and fumes to confuse fighters and quickly wear away their defenses – and it go’s one from there. Mortal Kombat is one of the longest running game series in the world and as such has plenty of ninjas to choose from. So for this Halloween people pick a color and start practicing your fatalities today.



Phelous of TGWTG fame is a big Mortal Kombat fan (I think), as such he shows up as Sub-Zero (which I call Phelous zero) every so often – if a random internet reviewer of random things can make a half decent MK ninja gear so can you.




Armada’s Fighting Game coverage from the San Diego Comic Con


Hi, there True BackLash, back again. Man oh man, for a convention dedication to comic books and media related to comic books, the amount video game coverage at this year’s San Diego Comic Con is staggering. If I talked about it all, then Bronze would have nothing for him to cover and that would be just inconsiderate. Besides looking at some the coverage of the fighting games alone is more than enough to wet my appetite. Today, we take a look at the latest DLC character announcement for Mortal Kombat (9), preview a the latest installment in the Marvel vs. Capcom franchise as well as the highly anticipated Street Fighter X Tekken and reveal a once thought dead fighting game series that is hinted at resurrection.

Well enough with the banter, let’s get to it.





Mortal Kombat: Freddy Kruger announced a secret 4th DLC character



Seriously, this is no joke, the mass murdering, dream invading demon from the Nightmare on Elm Street film series is the final character of four added to Mortal Kombat (for those not keeping track, MK vets Rain and Kenshi as well as new Shao Khan minion, Skarlet, were the other three). While I have mixed feelings about his inclusion for various reasons, he’ll be right at home in the game. Kruger will be available to download for the PS3 and XBox 360 versions of the game on August 9th, 2011.






Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: 1 new game + 12 new characters = forty more dollars (American)



Well just like Capcom replaced Street Fighter IV with Super Street Fighter IV instead of making DLC for the former, Capcom does it again replacing Marvel vs. Capcom 3:Fate of Two Worlds with Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. On the bad side MvC3 classic becomes a tacky coaster, unless you can trade it in for credit at a video gaming store. Along with that that’s $40 extra needed to get the new characters and features. Eh, what can you do? The characters introduced for this recent installment are Strider Hiryu, Firebrand, Frank West, Phoenix Wright, Vergil, and Nemesis from the Capcom side and Iron Fist, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Nova, Dr. Strange and Rocket Raccoon from the Marvel side. Game’s set to drop November 15th, 2011.







Street Fighter X Tekken: A New Era of Combat is Here


A 2D game with crazy ki attacks vs a 3D game with attacks closer to real life? Hmmm, why didn’t I think of it? Anyway, Bronze did a piece on this game already, Characters introduced before SDCC were Ryu, Ken, Chun Li, Cammy, Guile, Abel and Sagat from Street Fighter and Kazuya, Nina, Hwoarang, Marduk, King, Bob, and Julia from Tekken. Bronze also reported that Cole McGrath PS3 and PS Vita exclusive. Announced at SDCC were Street Fighter’s Dhalsim and Final Fight’s/Street Fighter’s Poison and Tekken’s Yoshimitsu and Steve Fox. It’s also implied that other Final Fighters Hugo, Cody, Guy and possibly Haggar will make it into the game as well. The game hits the shelves, March 2012.




Darkstalkers: IT’S ALIVE!!!!



For those who have waited for over 10 years for a proper sequel, it’s looks like it’s now time. Street Fighter producer, Yoshinori Ono stated that the Darkstalkers series is not dead during the Street Fighter X Tekken panel. takes it a step further and says that a game is being worked on. This is so nuts, I hope we see some progress soon. For the occasion I have the ending theme song for both the Darkstalkers anime and american cartoon series Trouble Man. Have a listen and enjoy.



Well that’s all I got folks, til’ next time, this is TBL saying take care, and get thumbs ready for combat.

This just in (or not) – Mortal Kombat Legacy premiers today


Ladies and gentlemen, I like Mortal Kombat, no lie. Sure the games’ hyper violence can be a bit… Much. In the long run it was mindless fun that everyone enjoyed (even if they weren’t allowed to at the time). My personal enjoyment didn’t stop with the games either, it extended to the live action movie too. Mortal Kombat, circa 1995, was a great story, excellent cast, and action that came from everywhere – who can ask for more? Until the sequel killed the movie franchise (and Johnny Cage – T.B.L. took that pretty hard too). Never the less, that was then, this is now. A new, slightly rebooted, Mortal Kombat game with be gracing us on the 19th and on the movie front we have Mortal Kombat Legacy – web series based on Mortal Kombat universe. They will release new content every week and the first showing is today. T.B.L. and I have watched it and it’s not bad, we’ll see if they can keep it up.


Games & Gear of 2011

Well people we’re in the full swing of the new year already, you can check January off, it is over. Just as well too because there wasn’t any new games coming out that month, but February then on its back to business as usual – and business is good. To assist my fellow man, woman, and childy-types I release my hit list of Game and Gear for 2011 to better prepare yourselves on what to get in the near future. I ask no payment for this service ( although I won’t refuse donations) for this type of work is my calling in life, plus its pretty fun too. Let’s get started:

Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds

Releases [2/15/2011]

Now if for some strange reason readers here been avoiding TBL’s awesome collections of updates for the 11 year sequel in-waiting, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds, here’s the  gist of it. The best (or the most obscure) characters of both brands (Marvel and Capcom) come together and duke it out. Why? Reason is for suckers, just relish in the fact that people will have access to Deadpool anytime they want when the game comes out, I know I will.


Releases [2/22/2011]

This… This is a game that you ‘don’t’ take seriously, at all. Sure the story is standard fair: A one-man army, Grayson Hunt, and his merry band Gears of War look-alikes must stand up against the generic evil empire and the General who manipulated them in the beginning. Really though that’s just an excuse to allow players to unleash wanton destruction all over the place. The more impossibly sounding, the better; after all any chump can shoot a mutant but it takes some real brass clackers to shoot one in the brass clackers, boot them into a flaming slag pile, lasso them out, stick a ‘nade in their pie hole while they’re floating there, toss them into a group of other mutants, they get set on fire by the sticky molten slag of the first mutant then they all explode thanks to the slag hitting the ‘nade hole finally. Elaborate, yes that’s the point; familiar (i.e. Madworld (even down to the main character’s voice actor, Steve Blum, it seems) crossed with Gears), very, but if it ain’t broke right?

Pokemon: Black and White

Releases [3/6/2011]

Ok ladies and gentlemen, I was into Pokemon since day uno; I got the Red version while TBL got Blue. Ah the matches we use to have, and even though it was always the same: fight trainers, earn badges, become champion, style of game play throughout their entire game series – I can’t help but be excited about this upcoming title. Maybe it’s the contract between the colors of black and white and their deeper meaning (maybe even series maturity) or maybe just the fact I can’t wait the get online and make 9 year olds cry with unbeatable Pokemon. Only time will tell.

Dragon Age 2

Releases [3/8/2011]

Now we’re getting to the good stuff. I loved the first Dragon Age so much that the only way I was ever going to give it up is when Dragon Age 2 was confirmed. Now the bad news is that your character from the first game is not the main character in the sequel (even though he or she does impact the world, the Grey Warden did save all of Ferelden after all) nor can you change the physical look or race of the main character Hawke. The good news is everything else; improved fighting mechanics, new lands to explore and effect with your actions, new companions to befriend or abuse at your digression, and another epic experience just waiting for ambitious players. Viva Va Dragon Age 2!

Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Releases [8/23/2011]

I like many things, but I don’t like prequels – in anything. It’s like the writers (or whoever) says: “Forget taking an IP to the next level; let’s just milk that cash cow for all it’s worth! Mwa ha ha!!!” all evil and sinister like that. However since there’s nothing I can do about ‘intellectual backsteps’ I might as well as enjoy the good ones like Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Here you play Adam Jensen who starts as a simple lawman, but after a few artificial implants become a superman tasked to find a conspiracy that threatens to rewrite the world. It a good thing players come armed to the teeth with skills ranging from shoot outs to stealth takedowns. You can even talk your away out of many situations without firing a shot. The Deus Ex series has been doing the ‘choose your own choice’ thing long before most others so they’re pros – which means expect brilliant written storylines, hard consequences for your decisions during the game, and many, many, many replays in the future. Not bad… for a prequel.

Crysis 2

Releases [3/22/2011]

Well the 202X’s to 203X’s seems to be a busy couple of years for us in the near future. First cybernetic conspiracies in Deus Ex: Human Revolution and only a few scant years later the world gets invaded by aliens in Crysis 2. Now even though aliens may seem like a bad thing, players get to strap on a Nanosuit 2 to deal with them. The Semiautonomous Enhanced Combat Ops: Neuro-integration and Delivery AI (SECOND) Nanosuit 2 makes you faster, stronger, tougher, and even invisible whenever you want. No special icons need. The first game was known for two things: outstanding beauty (which is why I’m getting for the PS3… Despite the fact the demo is only available for the 360 gold members) and excellent gameplay. I hope the true can be said for this game when it comes out.

Nintendo 3DS

Relesases [3/27/10]

Ah… Here is the reason I changed the title to Games ‘&’ Gear for 2010. Despite the CES having an above average showing this year the only gear worthy thing I was going to put on this list (that would also come out this year as well) is the Nintendo 3DS. Thanks to a confirmed release date we’ll be having this miracle of modern technology in our hot little hands that much sooner, happy happy-joy joy. Now I hear what some of you are saying:

$250.00 for a handheld?! What am I the queen of England?!


Pilotwings launch title?! Where’s my Naked Snake damnnit!

Put your minds as ease boisterous few for the 3DS is worth the money and your patience. $250.00 may seem like much to spend on a handheld, especially since consoles like the Wii is cheaper (places may vary) to buy. However many seem to forget that this handheld (and the models before it) is also a console; many gamers I know only have one console and the Nintendo DS (models vary) is it. It is shortsighted to believe those same gamers wouldn’t buy the next true generation of DS because of price alone, and if you don’t believe me take a quick search online of the sales charts of each new iPhone that comes out. Besides brand loyalty Nintendo has an unbeatable track record on portable gaming; from the Gameboy to now there have always been challengers they’ve beaten to obscurity or extinction. So buying the 3DS is not only a good idea but sound investment to any gamer. As for the launch titles, well launch titles are rarely good accept for a couple. The strength of a console is never judged by its launch titles but its first year of life – and from what I see on the horizon the 3DS (and their owners) is going to have a long, happy life indeed.


Releases [3/29/2011]

Well since I went I little long in my 3DS profile *ahem* I’ll just let the video explain this one for me.

Mortal Kombat

Releases [4/19/2011]

MORTAL KOMBAT!!!!  The game that brought the world to a standstill, where it turned mothers against their gamer sons and daughters (not mine because mine is cool). They’ve come out with many sequels since the first, second, and third games but they didn’t have that same violent magic. Well guess what? It’s coming back home baby. Mortal Kombat (2011) is both sequel and remake to/of the best of the MK games: 1 through 3. Here players once again tango with the klassic kharacters of khoas and karnage in this komplete kombat ka-patchage. Oh, and Kratos is going to be in it as well, so you know things are going to get awesome (and bloody).

LA Noire

Releases [5/17/2011]

The city is a hard place, full for hard people. I am a Detective for the LAPD and I’ve been given the assignment of my lifetime: to stop an insane serial killer and his mad butchery. Team Bondi and Rockstar Games brought me here; they know Noire like nobody else. As the whiskey burns down my throat things swirl in my head: how will I catch him, who is he, does he work alone, and finally who can I trust? To a tourist this city is beautiful, and its people real, but the city is a hard place, full for hard people – who I must save from itself.

Portal 2

Releases [4/19/2011]

The cake was a lie, but Portal was good. Seriously people went nuts for this game from the beginning to its parodied to oblivion credit ending. So Valve got to perform a miracle by catching lighting in a bottle again; I got to admit it doesn’t seem likely – I can count on my hand the number of sequels that where better than the original in every possible way. However with the continuing story of Chell and her murderous, yet humorous, counterpart GLaDOS, a new co-op mode that brings the pain as well as challenges, and new mind bending puzzles, gadgets, and pitfalls it hard to count out Portal 2 by any stretch of the imagination.


Releases [5/10/2011]

You know people I love Team Fortress 2 and I still time and time again. However the problem is I have that copy of the game from the Orange Box; which means I have the buggy, no upgrades, no updates, no new ANYTHING version. I’ve waited about four years for both Microsoft and Valve to settle their issues with DLC and get something out there; but it seems to be a lost cause. Fortunately the people at Splash Damage and Bethesda Softworks have heard my prayers for frantic class-based action by their creation of Brink. Players pick from two sides, from there anything goes; becoming a chain gun toting bruiser and mow down the enemy line, or a lithe escape artist who skilled at siding through small holes and headshots, or use turrets, machines, and the like to do the killing for you as a mechanic. Try them all, you can, it’s as easy as switching a weapon. However this game has so many options, weapons, skills, customizations, and methods of completing objectives you’ll never wish for a Team Fortress 2 again (sorry…).

Red Faction: Armageddon

Releases [5/31/2011]

I love the Red Faction series, Red Faction: Guerrilla wasn’t bad but, it wasn’t what I was expecting either. Neither is Red Faction: Armageddon, In this game the new rebellion isn’t just fighting greedy corporations or jerkwad military forces. This time their going scary; fighting inhuman terrors similar to creatures found in Dead Space in close, often dark, caves and tunnels. Fortunately what never changes in Red Faction is the ability to blow a hole in anything and anyone in the game. Add to the fact that new weapons, vehicles, and fighting robots are added to the mix and well one has to think who should be afraid of whom here?

Infamous 2

Releases [6/7/2011]

Poor Cole MacGrath, there is so much riding on his skinny little shoulders. I won’t ruin what for the people who haven’t played the first game, but if you have a PS3 and not played Infamous, you should, post-haste. Sadly things have not improved in 2 for him, because the apocalypse nightmare he needs to prevent in the future – had come early. He was on the run, looking for answers, then found him in an area known as New Marais. Unfortunately the city’s in deep turmoil and if there’s any hope in defeating what’s coming, Cole must decide the fate of the city: savor or conqueror…

Gears of War 3

Releases [9/20/2011]

The one and only roided up super soldiers are back for the third tour of duty. It seems like their actions in the previous games only made things worse for humanity on Sera. Now Marcus & co. are little more than hobos (BA hobos, but still…) trying to survive the overwhelming odds of not only one enemy force but two. But you know they old saying you don’t kill a COG solider, you just p— them off. They’ll show their rage by introduction new enemy executions; new weapons like the Bayonet Lancer; new four player co-op and so much more! The only thing you don’t have when buying this game is a portable toilet, you should get one because once you start playing you won’t want to stop.


Releases [9/13/2011]

I got to admit ladies and gentlemen, out of all the games that are a cross between Fallout and Borderlands, Rage seems to be the most interesting – and I don’t know why. Maybe it’s the crisp look of the game that gets my attention, or perhaps it’s the ability to pimp out your weapons, vehicles, tech and skills to unleash them on a unsuspecting world, heck id Software and Bethesda Softworks both have a hand in Rage’s creation those are pedigrees that you can take to the bank. So no matter the reason (or lack thereof) Rage could be the one to beat in the fall.

Ghost Recon: Future Soldier

Releases [10/1/2011]

I’ve played Call of Duty, Medal of Honor, and Battlefield games before, they good depending on the title, but you only have one first people and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GRAW) was mine. Rather it was the first military shooter game I really enjoyed, plus one of the first 360 games I’ve played. I’m personal glad the series is continuing despite the fact that CoD, MoH, and B-field IPs have a proper chokehold on the genre. This time around players will be controlling a four class (Commando, Sniper, Reconnaissance, and Engineer) character squad to protect American and her interests. However the big draw point of the series is the use of military hi-tech like UAV’s, Crosscom HUD, armored support, tactical drones and the like. Combining soldiers with sci-fi is not a new concept but Ghost Recon does it so well it’s very hard to ignore.

Batman: Arkham City

Releases [10/3/2011]

Now I don’t talk about it much on Armada but I do enjoy comics, or rather comic book characters. Yep I watch most shows about them (by the by Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes is very good by the by), and movies too, but not so much actual comic books (don’t know why). I also don’t play video games based on comic book brands because their horrible and terrible or terrible and horrible. However there are exceptions to everything and Batman: Arkham Asylum was it for bad comic book video games. It was brilliant from writing to voice acting to gameplay, it had it all. Now with Batman: Arkham City there are many (myself included) who expect this to have it all again and then some; unfair – yes, but something tells me we won’t be disappointed.  And for the people who haven’t played the first game – do, it’s almost a requirement now for good gamers.

Twisted Metal

Releases [12/1/2011]

Wow, now we’re going back here. Back in the day I couldn’t even afford the massive amount of games (or systems as a matter of fact) I play now; the only time I’d played the legacy Twist Metals were at other people’s houses. Even then I was awe stuck by the beautiful chaos and destruction caused by these odd ball characters, and now they’re back and I mean back-back. Like Mortal Kombat (2011) earlier this year this game is a sequel and a revival of sorts focusing on same the awesome, frantic, balls to the wall action they were known for while at the same time bring something new with teams (the Clowns, the Skulls, the Preachers or the Dolls), interchangeable cars, crazy play modes (Nuke comes to mind) and of course putting them all together with 16 player rumbles online. All I got to say is welcome home Twisted Metal, we’ve missed you.

Mass Effect 3

Releases [12/31/2011]

Finally we come to the end of the list and with a game whose prequel ironically was at the top of the list last year: Mass Effect 3. What can I say really; the first ME was an awesome space opera that kicked much booty, ME 2 did the impossible and made a nearly perfect game (closest game to ever do so), now ME 3 is only 11 months away and will (or rather should) end the adventures of Commander Shepherd. Depend on the player; the story could have gone countless ways reaching this point right now. What is known now is the Reapers have come to Earth (sounds like Halo 2 to me) and the only one who can stop them is Shepherd (of course) but can he/she? Everything we’ve done since the start has worked to his point now, do we have what it takes to finish the job – one way or another…