Sweet Christmas Gift Guide – Batman: Arkham Knight

 

The Batman Arkham series had a good run for very good reasons: combat and stealth game play, puzzle solving elements, excellent characters in the Batman universe, and finally a superhero game that doesn’t suck (that one in particular). However the swan song of the series, Batman: Arkham Knight, pulls all the stops as it opens up Gotham entire to the player. To stop Scarecrow and his new army, led by the mysterious Arkham Knight; Batman must drive, glide, fight, solve, and hunt down in every corner of the city to save the day. Even then it might not be enough save himself. So if you got a DC fanatic in the neighborhood and for some reason hasn’t picked up this end to all ender be a bro today and leave it under the tree for them.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Gauntlet (09/03/2014)

 

Ah GauntletThe first, true, co-op adventure. Where four random people of various backgrounds came together to achieve the goal of killing evil and taking their sheez. Back in the day the wizard was my guy; fast enough to avoid enemies, has a powerful ranged attack, and his magic bomb potions were the best. Good times indeed – now the current players of today can have a crack at this legacy title in one months time with its latest update. Yes my friends you too can select your favorite class out of four (Warrior, Wizard, Valkyrie, and Elf) then dive head first into the unknown. Go for treasure! Go for baddie slaying! Go for the heck of it! But just remember to work together, Gauntlet isn’t for solo acts – unless your into Dark Soul moments get a buddy before going in.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Middle-earth – Shadow of Mordor (9/30/2014)

 

Now people, as a general rule I don’t play games based on movies, because they general suck. However there is always an exception to the rule and Middle-earth – Shadow of Mordor is that in this case. Playing as Talion, the former ranger guard of the gates of Mordor, now dead guy thanks to the armies of Sauron – has come back to life as a revenant thanks to being possessed by a powerful wraith. What that means is that he has the power to hypnotize lesser beings, teleport, slow down time, snipe using magic arrows, and more. However no one man, no matter how powerful or immortal (yeah he can’t died either), can fight an army on his own – that why Talion will destroy that army one orc at a time. Using the ‘Nemesis system‘ players can eliminate Sauron’s strongest leaders through different methods. The direct option is always good but orcs are tough and even with wraith powers you could lose. Plus after defeating a powerful being such as yourself the orc that preformed the killing blow will become powerful and more prepared for any future battles (although you’ll add weaknesses to them you can take advantage of later). Or you can choose to assassination them quick, clean, and safe (if you got the skill), but that could take a long time. However more ambitious players can use the wraith abilities to domination both Orc and beast within Sauron’s own armies and cause chaos and dissension. This game not only has the ability to change the lackluster fate of movie games but how all games are played in general – Lord of the Rings man, it’s magic.

 

 

 

Armada’s E3 picks: Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

 

Well people the good news is that Batman: Arkham Knight is going to be 20x larger than the original Arkham Asylum, players will be able to drive (and battle in) the 8th wonder of the DC world, the Batmobile, and this game should be the magnum opus in the series as it concludes the Arkham saga. Now the bad news is that the game has been delayed for 2015 due to the fact of ‘awesomeness’ and making sure this product will be a best. This is the bummer for sure but there’s a lot of games coming this October and even Arkham Knight would have a hard time fighting the other titles for living room dominance. So you could say that their delay is a blessing and a curse, so how will caped crusader pass his time til then? Will he rent a movie? Will he take in the game? Is the Joker really dead (no)? Whatever he plans to do buy Batman: Arkham Knight next year and forget about it! Same bat time, same bat channel!

 

 

 

Games & Gear of 2014 – Batman: Arkham Knight (2015)

 

And thus the 3rd… Though honestly I would have liked the title to be: Arkham World, beggars can’t be choosers. In continuation of the wildly popular and successful Batman Arkham series, Arkham Knight takes places one year after the death of the Joker (yeah and if you believe he’s really dead I got some Asylum property to sell you). Players return as Batman who, big surprise, continues to clean up the messes created by the Arkham project (basically an idea turning a part of the city into a open world prison for crazy people). And while the Joker maybe gone other famous Batman villains like Scarecrow,Penguin, Two-Face, and Harley Quinn are more than willing to pick up where he left and cause some serious trouble for the Dark Knight. Moreover a new obstacle has appeared is the form of the Arkham Knight, a full metal version of Batman with a more punisher mentality to crime. So how will Batman save the city this time? Can he fight the overwhelming odds of the Gotham criminal element all gunning for his head? Can he figure out the mystery of the Arkham Knight? Is the Joker really dead (no)? Buy the game this October to find out! Same bat time, same bat channel!

Games & Gear of 2014 – Dying Light (2014 – Maybe)

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Who’s sick of zombies being used as cheap plot devices for melodrama! I am I am! Who sick of zombies being used as endless fodder for games? Not me, but Dying Light decided to be little different in the zombie survival genre.  You play as a one of four people surviving in zombie town USA; scavenging, creating weapons and traps, saving other survivors, and knocking undead skulls – which is all pretty easy thanks to the character’s agility. The can leap, bounce, grab, and hurdle like Spiderman all over the town, all they’re missing is the web shooters. Now you would think that would make the game way too EZ, and you’re right, but when day turns to night your advantages will melt away and surviving becomes very difficult. Zombies become more powerful, can climb ledges, and are relentless in finding you. While very similar to Fortnite and a combination of Techland’s other property, Dead Island: Riptide and Mirror Edge (not their property), Dying Light never the less will be the next great survival horror game of 2014 – and sweet looking to boot.

 

 

 

 

Games & Gear of 2013 – Injustice: Gods Among Us (4/16/2013)

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You know people it’s odd, I’ve been watching the Injustice: Gods Among Us website so a while now and never seem to change or offer any new information there – even though they release steady amounts of information and trailers everywhere else. Well I found out that they put all there updated information on their Facebook, twitter, and YouTube accounts. Which is fine and good, but come on people if you have a website please updated it as well. Why have it if you don’t, sure it’s nice and convenient to advertise and update on popular social networks. But what if those places shut down for unknown reasons, then you’re screwed because your website has little to no info on it, and that doesn’t make any sense.  But seeing how Injustice will be out in a couple months I don’t see you guys making a website overhaul anytime soon, still a neglected website is a sad thing indeed.