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They're both famous videogame VAs
Batman: Arkham Origins is a prequel, and as such developer Warner Bros. Montreal is changing the voices of Batman and Joker. "We went in our game back several years [and] we really wanted to cast people that sounded like t... read feature

Origins teaser trailer

Suit up for this Batman: Arkham Origins teaser trailer


Deathstroke gets his assassin on
May 16
Batman battles the relentless Deathstroke in this new teaser trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins, and honestly, that's about all you're going to get. Batman scowls, the sword comes out, and he blocks it with his arm blades li... read
Disney and EA sign exclusive multi-year agreement
After The Walt Disney Company's acquisition of LucasArts last year, the development house as we knew it was effectively closed. Disney moved the studio into a licensing model, "minimizing the company's risk while achieving a ... read feature

Latest Arkham title will not be developed by Rocksteady
That distributor of exclusive game announcements, Game Informer, has revealed its May issue cover and unveiled Batman: Arkham Origins in the process. Warner Brothers Montreal is on the project, taking over from Rocksteady.&nb... read feature

Rock Band

Metallica Pack 01 removed from Rock Band Music Store


As licensing agreements expire, Harmonix working to minimize effects
Apr 08
If you hopped on to the Rock Band Music Store today, planning to buy "Ride the Lightning," you may have already missed your chance. That song, and the other three tracks making up "Metallica Track Pack 01" have been removed f... read
Beam me up, Sc--actually, no rush
Take a beloved franchise like Star Trek, influences from the heavier hitters in a genre, and you can't go too wrong, right? Well that final verdict of course remains to be seen, but I can't say Digital Extremes' Star Trek makes a good case for itself. read feature

More Warhammer 40,000

Slitherine is making a turn-based Warhammer 40,000 game


New deal with Games Workshop announced
Mar 15
Strategy game developer Slitherine has signed a licensing agreement with Games Workshop to make a multiplatform turn-based title based on Warhammer 40,000, it was announced this week. This project will be in line with what th... read
Activision layoffs

Activision expects to have fewer licensed games this year


Approximately 30 full-time employees laid off
Feb 20
Word got out yesterday that Activision had laid off around 30 full-time employees, which was later confirmed by the company. "Like any successful business, Activision Publishing consistently works to align its costs with its... read
Xenomorph action that won't ruin your day
Aliens: Colonial Marines is finally out over more than half a decade of waiting, and the disappointment is real enough to lick. It's a terrible letdown, to the point that this particular Aliens fan -- who buys almost anything... read feature

Batman: Arkham 3 is due for release in 2013 [Update]


Arkhaaaaaaaaw MAH GAWD!
Feb 12
[Update: According to the rumor mill, Rocksteady won't be involved in this one. According to my Twitter feed of random people saying random things, the less-spectacular Spark Unlimited may take the helm. Hmmmm.] Warner Bros. ... read

Walking Dead: Survival Instinct finally gets real trailer


Was it worth the wait?
Feb 07
Activision's tried to put it off for as long as possible, but has finally released a real gameplay trailer for The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. Now the day's finally arrived, I don't even know what to say. In all honesty... read
Delayed DLC

Scott Pilgrim DLC has last-minute delay


After years of waiting, more waiting
Feb 04
Last week, we reported on an announcement regarding long-anticipated downloadable content for Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game posted to the Tumblr of Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O'Malley which vanished into... read

Finally, a new Dynasty Warriors-style Kamen Rider game


Took 'em long enough
Jan 16
Well, it's about time! Toei's Kamen Rider was a Dynasty Warriors before Dynasty Warriors of a sort, defined as it was by a lone hero in a ridiculous costume effortlessly plowing through hordes of weak mini... read

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct confirmed for Wii U


Shuffling in ZombiU's footsteps
Jan 10
[Update: The Walking Dead is coming out on March 26 in North America.] The likes of Crysis 3 and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 may be turning their backs on the Wii U, but never fear! Activision never misses a trick, and has... read
Footage of first-person zombie spin-off fails to impress
[Update: This is a not an official trailer by Activision or Terminal Reality. Rather, it's a fan made video of gameplay clips taken from an interview by IGN Start on the upcoming game.] The Terminal Reality-developed The Wal... read feature

SEGA/Creative Assembly get Games Workshop license


Total Warhammer
Dec 06
SEGA has inked a deal with Games Workshop in order to start bringing Warhammer games into production. Creative Assembly, the studio responsible for Total War, will be working on the fantasy tabletop IP.  THQ still has th... read
Sloptimus Slime
I'll admit, I've struggled to keep up with the Transformers brand since Generation One. I've played the High Moon Studios games, and loved them, but the TV shows have been something of a blur to me -- be it Armada, Animated, ... read feature

Seth McFailin'
Reviewing Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is difficult, because if I were to say it's bland, unfunny, and offensive, a large portion of the audience will fire back with, "Just like the show!" Meanwhile, another portion wil... read feature

Barkham up the wrong tree
For most of this generation, Nintendo existed as its own entity in the market. The Wii couldn't match the technical prowess of the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, while third-party publishers famously struggled when attempting to... read feature

ThunderCats, HO-rrible!
The ThunderCats reboot was, by most accounts, a tragedy. Unlike most of the property rehashes that account for a worrying amount of modern entertainment, the new ThunderCats series was actually pretty well regarded and, from ... read feature

New Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse screenshots


Trio of images feature multiplayer in the multiverse
Oct 23
Activision released new screenshots of Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse today, giving a look at the title's multiplayer component. I wish I could muster some enthusiasm for it -- there's split-screen, after all, and I ... read

When there's a new movie on the horizon, Activision's usually on call to bring us the obligatory videogame tie-in. As is the creed of the obligatory videogame tie-in, the product is rushed, slapdash, visually unimpressive, an... read feature

Bruce Campbell gets extreme in The Amazing Spider-Man


Jun 22
Will The Amazing Spider-Man be a good videogame? Well, it's a licensed game made to coincide with an upcoming blockbuster, and Beenox is making it. Draw your own conclusions.  Good or bad, however, everybody's favorite ... read

Harry Potter for Kinect announced (that's its name!)


May 25
Remember a long while back, when Harry Potter was showcased for Kinect? No? Hardly surprising, since it looked like every other Kinect game. Well, it seems as if we're going to get the on-rails, arm-flapping, licensed cash-in... read

Activision to publish Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse


May 07
Activision and Fox announced today the impending arrival of a new Family Guy game. Inspired by the season 8 premiere episode, "Road to the Multiverse," Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse is currently in development ... read

I'VE SOILED MY TUNIC! COMPLETELY BY CHOICE! That's right! You heard me! WayForward will be making a game based on Cartoon Network's Adventure Time, and I couldn't possibly be any happier! This is, like, the perfect marriage e... read feature

New trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock


Feb 22
I'm still waiting for a really good Doctor Who game. The BBC-produced episodic adventure game released last year does not qualify, as far as I'm concerned, but there's hope for The Eternity Clock. Due out next mont... read

Reminder: Alvin and Chipmunks here to kill my childhood


Nov 18
Here's a little video reminder that Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked is coming to theaters and that there is a game based on said violation of nostalgia. Said game is available in stores now. It's particularly egreg... read

After the drop in quality between 2009's CSI: Deadly Intent with its crazy cases and the plain mediocre CSI: Fatal Conspiracy in 2010, it appears Ubisoft has moved development of the similar and new NCIS game from Telltale Ga... read feature


In 1898, H.G. Wells published a tale of invaders from another world, descending upon Earth's cities with a terrible force. The War of the Worlds has been adapted into every form of media since that time, including a couple of videogames. The latest attempt to tell the story has arrived on Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, bringing tripods and heat rays with it. read feature


Ah yes, the movie games. For every G-Force there is a Thor. For every Rango you have a Megamind: Ultimate Showdown, and for every Captain America a James Cameron's Avatar: The Game. Like that last one, The Adventures of Tinti... read feature

War of the Worlds set to hit XBLA October 26th


Oct 14
Other Ocean recently announced through their Facebook page that their upcoming Patrick Stewart-narrated sidescrolling adventure, The War of the Worlds, will be hitting the Xbox Live Arcade on October 26th. PlayStation 3 and P... read






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