Ra's al Ghul ain´t the kind of supervillain that you wanna mess with (even Batman fears him).
The biggest news from SDCC came in the form of the Warner Bros. panel was the reveal that Ra’s Al Ghul is set to star in Arrow season 3. While we did speculate on this, and anticipated his arrival, many fans didn’t truly believe we would see the Demon. We weren’t given very much insight into Malcolm Merlyn’s dealings with Ra’s, nor how he successfully abandoned the League of Assassins, and returned to Starling City.
From what we can speculate from the trailer, Black Canary is set to return to Olivers side once more, but will it be for the right reasons or will she have an ulterior motive? We do know she returned to the League of Assassins pending the condition that Oliver’s life was spared. She could be on an assignment from Ra’s al Ghul himself to kill Malcolm Merlyn, for betraying their order.
Knowing that Ra’s al Ghul is coming to Arrow season 3, has a lot of fans ready to see Batman make an appearance, or at the very least a cameo of Bruce Wayne. DC has already said that they plan to keep the comic universe, and the show universe separated, so does that mean we may never see Ra’s al Ghul in Gotham when it premiers on Fox, or hear mention of his name?
This could cause quite the confusion, but DC has been very careful in how they plan to crossover, and implement heroes into their shows, and movies. We’ve already seen that The Atom, and Firestorm are coming to The Flash, and this fits into that circle of heroes.
Arrow is a gritty, and malice filled show that doesn’t need superpowers to make it enjoyable—in fact should we be introduced to such canon the show could lose ratings, as it would lose appeal very quickly, without prejudice. DC will keep the shows on the right pace, as well as transition us over seamlessly when the time is right.
What do you think of Ra’s al Ghul coming to Arrow season 3? Let us know in the comments below!
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Baltimore more it is.
That´s right. We are going to the Otakon event. Well, okay. Not me, O.J or Massiv3K. But Krissy Victory are. So she will be our eye´s and ears at Otakon in Baltimore. Because sadly enough we don´t have the time to fly over to the states at the moment (we are way to busy with our new homepage).
Anyhow, Krissy will publish both pictures, articles and interviews (hopefully) from Otakon. So keep your eye´s open for them people ;) And in case you wonder. No, i don´t cosplay. Simply because i suck at it. So i´m just leaving that to the people who knows how to do it like a boss.
August 8 - August 10, Baltimore Convention Center Baltimore, Maryland, USA
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"Open world zombie slaughterfest". That´s just one of many ways to describe Capcom´s Dead Rising 3. But let´s be honest. DR3 ain´t the best zombie game out there (originally released for the Xbox One last year). And Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle was a fu**ing disaster of a DLC.
And most of Capcom´s console games have turned out really bad on PC (Resident Evil 5 anyone?). So i don´t know what i should feel about the PC-version of Dead Rising 3. I do like the fact that the game will support 1080P though.
But i tell you what. I´m going to give it a fair chance. Because something tells me that the modscene will be huge for Dead Rising 3. So, will you guys pickup Dead Rising 3 for PC in September?
About Dead Rising 3:
"Dead Rising 3 for PC will include Steam platform support with Steam Achievements, Steam Cloud, Steam Trading Cards, global leaderboards and full game controller support. Also compatible with the keyboard and mouse, players will be able to toggle back and forth between the two in real time. The third title in the Dead Rising series with sales of over 1 million units to date, Dead Rising 3 takes place 10 years after the events of Dead Rising 2.
Set in the city of Los Perdidos amidst a nationwide zombie outbreak, the story follows Nick Ramos, a young mechanic. He must find a way to escape from thousands of blood thirsty zombies before an impending military strike wipes out the city and its population. Relying on the help of other survivors he meets along the way and the vast array of unique and powerful combo weapons available, Nick will need to get creative to get out of the infected city before it's too late."
No Bruce Campbell, no Evil Dead.
Since the announcement of the possible Evil Dead tv series was announced, everyone is up in arms about Bruce Campbell dusting off his chainsaw and boomstick! Bruce himself took to Twitter to quell our hungry minds about the casting choices for the show, by confirming that he himself would reprise his role if offered.
- Bruce Campbell (@GroovyBruce) July 27, 2014
While it comes as no surprise that Bruce Campbell is more than willing to return to the set of Evil Dead, it’s still too far to tell if the Rami’s have that in mind for the show. What’s still unknown is how the 2013 remake will fit into the universe of the classical canon, if at all.
The second curiosity is what the premise would be, and how much time will have lapsed between the Army of Darkness, and the remake. There is also the possibility that we could draw stories from the video games, or the comics where we could see Freddy or Jason.
When Evil Dead does premiere in all of its B-movie glory, it will be one of the highest rated shows to date, but what network would pick it up? Most speculate the Sci-fi channel, and many others assume NBC since they have started branching off into paranormal areas with shows like Constantine, and the recently cancelled Revolution.
Ash knows how to swing a chainsaw like a boss.
While either network would be fine, we can rest assured, that Bruce Campbell will have a heavy hand in the show’s adaptation, as well as the producing of its content. What do you think, will you tune in to watch more about the Necronomicon, or see the adventures of Ash in Evil Dead the tv series?
Tell us your thoughts, and keep reading for more Comic-con announcements!
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The Dig anyone?
I don´t know if you guys remember Steven Spielberg and Orson Scott Card´s adventure game "The Dig" (LucasArts, 1995). But that´s the vibes that i got from Peter Moorhead´s indie game "Stranded". But don´t point that out for Peter though (the maker of Stranded).
Because he has probably already heard that 1 million times before. In fact, he made a comment about the comparison between the Dig and his game Stranded on his blog:
“If we’re giving off some of the same atmosphere as it, that’s great, and extremely flattering actually,” he said, “but it wasn’t a style or tone we specifically tried to emulate: Stranded will play out very differently to how The Dig did.” - Peter Moorhead
Anyhow, i find Stranded to be a really interesting and neat adventure game. So i´m going to buy it asap =) (it´s yours for 7 bucks via the games homepage).
Hyrule Warriors are set for a release on the 19th of September (EU and the UK).
Some months ago there was a lot of doubt in both Omega Force, Team Ninja and their upcoming Wii U Zelda game "Hyrule Warriors" (a hack and slash game). But things have changed over time. Well, okay. Some people ain´t that happy with the "new" and grown up look of Hyrule Warriors (boobs O´plenty anyone?).
But other than that. Media (and the fans) seems to be excited and happy about Hyrule Warriors. I have to admit though, i´m a bit worried over the fact that Team Ninja are involved in the making. Because i can´t say that i don´t like the thought of having my image of Zelda destroyed by some, ehrm, NSFW female characters.
I just hope that Hyrule Warriors won´t get turned into a "Zelda goes DOA Extreme" (bouncing boobs everywhere and nowhere). Because that´s the last thing that i want. Oh well, guess we have to wait until September to find out.
I see it like this though. Hyrule Warriors can´t possibly be worse than the Gameboy version of Zelda II *sarcasm*
About Hyrule Warriors:
"Cut down entire legions of enemies as Link, Zelda, Midna and other characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise using over-the-top powerful Dynasty Warriors-style moves. This tour de force through the beloved locales of Hyrule will have players battling some of the fiercest enemies in The Legend of Zelda history. Two players can play local co-op, with one player joining with the Wii U GamePad controller and another with the Wii U Pro Controller or Wii Remote + Nunchuk controllers (additional accessories are sold separately)."
- The delicate balance of the Triforce has been disrupted and Hyrule Kingdom is once again being torn apart by a dark power, this time led by Sorceress Cia.
- Heroic Link carves through a huge onslaught of enemies as he executes flashy moves with combat attacks.
- This also marks the first time that many other iconic characters from The Legend of Zelda franchise are playable for any length of time, including Princess Zelda, Impa and Midna.
- Protect and reclaim recognizable landmarks from multiple games in The Legend of Zelda series, including such classic areas like Hyrule Field and the Palace of Twilight.
- Push back armies of classic enemies from The Legend of Zelda, as well as powerful enemies making their debuts in Hyrule Warriors.
- Advance the story to unlock new playable characters, each with unique moves and weapon types. Collect
- Rupees and other useful items to upgrade weapons and craft badges, which players can use to bolster each warrior's abilities.
- Two warriors are better than one: Battle armies with a friend using local co-op mode, with one person playing on the TV and the other on the GamePad, providing each player with his or her own screen.
Back in June i wrote a peice about Punchbag Entertainment´s upcoming RPG game "Gravia Tactics". Well, we received a mail from the Punchbag team today. Because they wanted to inform us about the fact that there´s now a Kickstarter campaign for Gravia Tactics.
Great news indeed. But there will be no walk in the park to reach the £120,000 Kickstarter goal line. A gal which must be reached within 29 days from now. But we wish Punchbag the best of luck with that!
About Gravia Tactics:
"Gravia Tactics is a narrative driven Tactical Role-Playing Game for the PC with rich Anime stylings and mature overtones that focuses on intricate battle mechanics and powerful storytelling."
- A compelling plot with mature overtones
- Follow our misfit band of adventurers into incredible hardship. They go through the unthinkable in their unerring mission to save the world. A rich and inviting world
- Explore beautiful, hand-drawn environments and their captivating, hand-animated inhabitants! Fully voiced
- Enjoy every major NPC interaction through high quality voice acting! Anime cutscenes
- Be captivated by Gravia Tactics' many twists and turns as told through detailed, high impact Anime cutscenes. Legend System - Piece together information from around Gravia to track down powerful, ancient treasures and the behemoths that guard them! Non-linear progression
- Fine tune the party's abilities, gear and composition to fit your playstyle. Multi-layered combat mechanics
- Defeat the impossible by capitalising on the synergy of over 20 combat mechanics intricately designed to play off each other. Challenging AI opposition
- Built from the ground up to understand the battlefield like a player, don't underestimate the enemy! Bonus Goals in every battle - Beat optional challenges to earn unique rewards in the form of additional resources, rare items and even additional story snippets!
It can´t be easy to face both Acctivision´s Skylanders and Disney´s and Disney Infinity. But due the fact that Nintendo have one hell of a hot streak at the moment. They fear nothing or no one. I mean, just 6 months ago the Wii U was doomed to oblivion.
And look at Nintendo and the Wii U now. Back in black! And that´s probarly why they dare to release a product such as "Amiibo" (for Wii U and 3DS). A product that literally gives life to your favourite Nintendo characters. In technical terms it´s said to be a "near field communication (NFC) based platform".
Have no worries though. Because you don´t have to figure out what that means. Because all you need to do is to check out the video further down the page ;)
So, what do you guys think about Amiibo so far?
The following Nintendo characters will be released during Q4 this year:
Wii Fit Trainer
Connect with the game Introducing amiibo:
"Character figures designed to connect and interact with compatible games. By holding the amiibo over your Wii U GamePad, you'll open up new experiences within each corresponding game. Your amiibo will store data as you play, making it your very own, one-of-a-kind amiibo."
Wii U games with planned amiibo functionality include:
- Super Smash Bros. for Wii U
- Mario Kart™ 8
- Captain Toad™: Treasure Tracker
- Mario Party™ 10
- Yoshi's Woolly World™
- Compatible with Nintendo 3DS system too