Injustice: Year Four #5 Review

This issue of Injustice is more reminiscent of the video game source material than any before it, as it revolves largely around two characters locked in single combat and fighting to the death. If that’s all issue #5 had to offer, it wouldn’t be a very memorable read. Luckily, Brian Buccellato keeps the focus on characterization over spectacle, thereby maintaining the fundamental appeal this comic has boasted from the beginning.

The two characters in question are Superman and Wonder Woman, with the two having been tricked into a duel by Batman. This is one of those cases where knowledge of the game’s storyline drains this battle of any real drama. But that’s not the point. The two chapters collected in this issue use that duel as a backdrop as Buccellato fleshes out several characters. In the first chapter, Hal Jordan reflects on the nature of fear and willpower, and why the lack of the former in Superman is a troubling thought.

Continue reading…

…read more


A ‘Futurama’ Mobile Game is Coming, Just Shut up and Take my Money

Futurama has had many lives, what with being a turn-of-the-millennium animated show on Fox, it’s been canceled and revived several times. But now it appears its next life is as a mobile game, with this cryptic announcement on PlayFuturama.com, promising that it’s an upcoming mobile game and that it’s a “mobile game coming soon” and “kill all the humans…on the go!” We have no clue what exactly this will be, but hey, just the idea sounds exciting.

There’s no other word on just what this will be, but even if it’s just The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] but with Futurama, I mean, I’m fine with that. Building my own robot empire in New New York? Managing the New New York Mets? Harvesting killbots? I don’t care, just shut up and take my money! We should be hearing more about this at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend, so keep an eye out.

…read more




‘Dinofour’ Review – Craig, Stop Eating Crayons

Dinofour [$1.99] is a charming retro-inspired puzzle platformer where the goal is to guide four dinosaurs to their egg at the end of the level. Each of the four dinosaurs has a different color and power to assist you on your quest: red breathes fire, green can move boulders, blue can fly, and purple can manipulate gravity to walk on the ceiling. The game was created by the new indie developer Craigeatscrayons and is the first launch of the Melbourne-based company. As far as first projects go, Dinofour set the bar high with playful yet challenging level design, interesting mechanics, and a vast amount of available content, including 3 worlds, over 70 levels, and secret areas and collectibles.

The dino-powers aren’t in themselves innovative, even the gravity shifting one, arguably the most “unique” of the four, is reminiscent of games like 2010’s VVVVVV on Steam. Rather, the hook of the game comes from the interplay between the four dinos and the creative ways their powers complement each other from level to level. Not every level utilizes every dino, so there are hundreds of combinations available to keep things fresh and interesting. One level may have ice blocks and …read more




The Behemoth’s Game 4 Gets an Official Title

Previously known as Game 4, the fourth game from Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth is officially titled Pit People.

The developer revealed the title on its official blog today, explaining the Pit is an area in the game where a “key moment in the story” takes place. The developer refers to this area as “the place where our story’s heroes get a fresh start in life.”

The Behemoth went back to its earliest work on Pit People to find the title, as it was actually written on the game’s original concept sketch. “In the end, we’re in the beginning!!!!!!!!!!,” the developer wrote.

Continue reading…

…read more



The Features Left On The Sidelines Of The Last-Gen Sports Games

The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are finally picking up steam, but plenty of gamers still don’t have either of those systems. Furthermore, most of the upcoming sports titles are still coming out for the PS3 and Xbox 360. The only major sports games sitting on the sideline this year on the older platforms are NBA Live 16 and Rory McElroy PGA Tour. What are the differences between the old-gen and new-gen versions of your favorite sports franchise? We looked into these upcoming series to find out.

The old-gen versions of these games won’t look as good as the ones on the PS4 or Xbox One, of course, but here are the other differences we’ve found so far.

Madden NFL 16 (PS3/360) – August 25

One of the big new features of the new-gen version is the interaction between receivers and defensive backs – including timed button presses for different types of catches – but this feature is not coming to the PS3 and 360 versions. A representative told us this was due to technical restrictions with the old systems. The old-gen versions will support the updated XP goals system, but these are not surfaced in the game and during drives.

Nevertheless, the old-gen …read more