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8:00 AM on 01.10.2013

The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct confirmed for Wii U

[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...

Jim Sterling



The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct trailer is ... hmmmm photo
The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct trailer is ... hmmmm
by Jim Sterling

[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 Walking Dead: Survival Instinct has gotten itself a full trailer, showing off all the minty fresh gameplay you can expect from this TV series spin-off. Yeah ... let's just say that comparing it to TellTale's effort isn't exactly fair. 

The first thing you'll note is the surprising lack of quality in the graphics department. With its flat environments and lackluster animation, it looks like an indie budget game as opposed to an Activision-backed licensed product. Also, am I wrong or is the trailer full of screen tearing? 

I'm willing to forgive games that aren't visually up to snuff, but the gameplay looks substandard too, featuring as it does meager pockets of zombies that seem fairly uninterested in doing damage, and the kind of shambling humdrum combat of years ago. Hardly inspiring stuff. 

Of course, the game is still in development, and there's no set date for its 2013 release, but if this video is what Terminal Reality thinks is acceptable to show the viewing public, I am going to remain quite wary. As big a fan as I am of withholding judgment until a game's released, even my woolly optimism has its limits. 

Trailers are meant to make games look attractive -- this makes Survival Instinct look like crap. 

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8:00 AM on 12.06.2012

SEGA/Creative Assembly get Games Workshop license

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...

Jim Sterling



Review: Transformers Prime: The Game photo
Review: Transformers Prime: The Game
by Jim Sterling

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, or Prime, I'm yet to get into any of the modern incarnations. 

I wondered if maybe playing Transformers Prime: The Game would get me interested in the show. That's a lie. I knew it wouldn't, and fully expected it to be awful. 

You're reading this right now, fully expecting it to be awful, and for a pointless, albeit satisfyingly critical, review of a game you do not intend to play. 

Let me confirm right now that this review isn't going to surprise you in the least. Transformers Prime is everything you expect it to be, and nothing good. 

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Review: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse photo
Review: Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse
by Jim Sterling

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 will suggest that I find the game vile simply because I don't like the cartoon it's based on. 

Neither response will do justice to quite how rotten this game is, however, because Back to the Multiverse offends independently of the show. For the record, I quite like Seth McFarlane, despite his many detractors, and I am capable of enjoying Family Guy. Yeah, I know, I'm a terrible person for that. 

But if you think the SHOW's bad, the game is like that time we did a wacky activity with an obscure eighties personality!

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Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition photo
Review: Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition
by Jim Sterling

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 bring their wares to the system. As a result, the Wii's library remained anomalous and, to the eyes of some gamers, less than special. 

At least for one year, a Nintendo system now stands on equal footing with other leading consoles, and Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition exists to hammer that point home. One of the most critically acclaimed action titles on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3, Arkham City is now available on the Wii U, and it looks right at home. 

That's all it needed to do, really. What it didn't need was GamePad-specific features shoehorned into itself with no benefit granted to the end user. Sadly, it seems not even the Dark Knight can resist the lure of tech demo chicanery.

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Review: ThunderCats
by Jim Sterling

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 what I saw of it, deserved the praise.

Naturally, this could not last. Cartoon Network had no faith in the series and it never got a second season.

With the show now buried, it seems like a bit of a waste to release an official licensed tie-in. Maybe somebody was hoping it would sell well and reignite interest? That's sadly not going to happen, because ThunderCats for the DS is pure, unfettered garbage.

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6:00 PM on 10.23.2012

New Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse screenshots

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 ...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: The Amazing Spider-Man  photo
Review: The Amazing Spider-Man
by Jim Sterling

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, and interactively vapid. It is the irrefutable law of such licensed products. It is a law you do not break. 

Unless you're The Amazing Spider-Man which, despite everything going against it, and in the face of gameplay systems ripped wholesale from a rival licensed game, actually manages to be quite good.

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4:30 PM on 06.22.2012

Bruce Campbell gets extreme in The Amazing Spider-Man

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 ...

Jim Sterling

12:00 PM on 05.25.2012

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

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...

Jim Sterling

3:30 PM on 05.07.2012

Activision to publish Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse

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 ...

Conrad Zimmerman



OH MY GLOB! WayForward is making Adventure Time for DS! photo
OH MY GLOB! WayForward is making Adventure Time for DS!
by Tony Ponce

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 ever!

Series creator Pendleton Ward tweeted the good news just a while ago. At first, he said it was a 3DS game, but subsequent tweets clarified that it's for the vanilla DS and will arrive later this year. It's a shame that the game won't be specifically for the newer hardware, but whatevs!

What will the game be about? Who knows, but Pen will be working closely with the WayForward folks to make sure everything is totally algebraic. And now, a bunch of doodles courtesy of Mr. Ward.

(Thanks for the notice, rexwolf, Yamilia, and Tim!)

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10:00 AM on 02.22.2012

New trailer for Doctor Who: The Eternity Clock

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...

Conrad Zimmerman

1:00 AM on 11.18.2011

Reminder: Alvin and Chipmunks here to kill my childhood

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...

Conrad Zimmerman



Review: NCIS photo
Review: NCIS
by Maurice Tan

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 Games to its in-house Ubisoft Shanghai studio.

These games are meant for two audiences only -- fans of the show and achievement hunters -- and NCIS shouldn't disappoint either of them. In fact, it's much better than the current generation's CSI games.

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