If you’ve been itching to put a real-life Pip-Boy on your wrist via the $120 collector’s edition of Bethesda’s highly-anticipated role playing video game, Fallout 4, and you own an iPhone 6 Plus, you may be out of luck.
The larger handset will not be supported for the wristband, but you can still run the companion app when the console and PC game comes out later this year.
Get ready to watch the epic slow burn in the official trailer for the upcoming conclusion to Rocksteady’s Arkham video game series, Batman: Arkham Knight. Scarecrow is uniting all of Batman’s enemies — Penguin, Two-Face, the Riddler, Harley Quinn, Poison, Ivy, and the Arkham Knight — to take Gotham City and take down The Bat.
Sure, there’s a little bit of Bane-like incomprehensibility in the Scarecrow’s voice-over, and (barring a miracle) the Joker won’t be in town this time around, but this game is looking pretty amazing. The in-game shots of Batman plunging down the skyscrapers of Gotham City, the brutal combat animations, and the just plain high-resolution glory of the fictional city and it’s lone hero make us want to play Batman: Arkham Knight right now.
Check out the epic trailer for the June 2, 2015 game below.
Older games that we all loved and played relentlessly as kids tend to disappear as the old operating systems that we played them on are sent out to pasture.
The Internet Archive, a free library of millions of free books, movies, websites, and other media, has also archived thousands of older MS_DOS games, like Maniac Mansion, Prince of Persia, and–yes–Oregon Trail, and has given us all access to them for free.
Turns out, you can still get dysentery while traveling to Oregon, even if you haven’t kept your old PC or Mac to play the seminal educational game on.
“The collection includes action, strategy, adventure and other unique genres of game and entertainment software,” writes Jason Scott, the Software Librarian for the Internet Archive. “Through the use of the EM-DOSBOX in-browser emulator, these programs are bootable and playable.”
Pretty good likeness, don’t you think? Photo: Telltale Games
In George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, anyone can play the Game of Thrones, including little-known House Forrester.
Telltale Games, the house behind video gaming hits like The Wolf Among Us and The Walking Dead, have brought this more obscure Westeros family to the forefront of a brand-new game set in Martin’s Game of Thrones universe, and it looks delightfully dramatic.
Check out the trailer below, which includes some fine voicework from Natalie Dormer and Peter Dinklage as their respective characters from the show, wily Margaery Tyrell and diminutive Tyrion Lannister.
Not every video game that ties into a blockbuster movie has to be crap, destined to fill the bargain bins of your local electronics store. There are a surprising number of quality titles based on movies that belie the rather common conception of movie video games as fodder for kids and bargain hunters alike.
As we wait for Jurassic World to end up on the silver screen (with an appropriately awful tie-in video game likely to surface), here’s a list of the good ones: ten of the best film-based video game spin offs from the last couple of decades.
This delightfully colorful video game had kids throwing apples and leaping across dangerous bazaar stalls to re-enact some of the crazy scenes from the Disney animated movie of the same name. The title blended some Prince of Persia gameplay with the easy-on-the-eyes color palette of the Disney hit to create a very playable video game experience.
Spider-Man 2 (2004 - Playstation 2, Xbox, GameCube)
Here's one of the only video game adaptations of Marvel’s web-slinger that actually captures the true joy of swinging from rooftop to rooftop in New York. Sure, the side missions are a bit repetitive, and it took some grinding to get to new story chapters, but this Activision title is worth seeking out just for the city roaming alone.
This game was less tie-in and more franchise-based, but it surely brought the braininess of the original story — full of political and social intrigue — to the forefront, rather than sticking with David Lynch’s weird adaptation for the silver screen. You get to build the army of one of the three houses from Herbert’s sci-fi epic, and then command and conquer the rest of desert planet Arrakis.
Perhaps the only Bond game worth noting, GoldenEye holds a special place in every gamer's heart from the era. While the graphics are dated beyond belief at this point, GoldenEye might be that one game that introduced everyone to the idea of multiplayer death matches in style.
Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie (2005 - PlayStation 2, Xbox 360)
Strangely compelling, this pixel-based spin-off from the celluloid film of the same name had bargain-bin written all over it. Until you played the game and realized that it was a challenging, well-conceived romp through the jungles where a giant ape can fight a big old T-Rex. Hats off to Ubisoft for making something good out of something that could have been absolutely awful and still have sold some copies.
Sure, this is mainly a kids’ game, but being able to beat up other martial arts animals while controlling a giant panda is one of the great joys in life. The animation is fantastic, as should any video game based on a Dreamworks animated feature, and the difficulty curve ramps up nicely as you progress through the game. It’s a fantastic time with younger nieces or nephews who really shouldn’t watch you own noobs in Call of Duty.
Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga (2007 - PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Also available on Mac and Windows, Lego Star Wars: The Complete Saga launched an entire series of games that took the concept of toy bricks re-enacting entire genre movies to a whole new level. You'll thrill and laugh as you guide all your favorite Star Wars characters from all six films through their respective storylines, with a large does of humor thrown in for good measure.
Just because it's a kids game doesn't make Virgin Interactive's The Lion King any less compelling, especially when it came out in the early ‘90s. You’ll get to leap, run, dash, roar, and attack Simba’s enemies at each stage of this fun game on the Sega Genesis or Super NES. This one came out at the height of the 16-bit revolution and just hows off the fun to be had with a simple side-scroller themed with the hit movie’s lions.
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay (2004 - Xbox, Windows)
I have to be honest: the movie this game is based on is one of the two films I've ever walked out on in my life. I just hated it when I saw it in the theater. Imagine my surprise, then, when the reviews of the game came out that said what a masterpiece it was. Vivendi Games somehow created a stealth-based video game (with Vin Diesel's help, we hear) that transcended its own source material. Hooray!
While Disney's movie Tron doesn't quite hold up these days, what with its rudimentary green screen and awkwardly tight LED unitards, the video game still holds a special charm for those of us who remember how cool it was to launch our light bikes across the master computer grid while feeding quarter after quarter into the hungry machines at the local arcade. It's like the movie was made to be a video game, or something.
The first successful full-color video game came out in 1979. Photo: Stuart Brown
If you’ve been alive in the past fifty years or so, you’ve played a video game. It’s a primarily visual art form that uses current-day technologies to provide ever-evolving gaming experiences across generations.
This new series of short, ten-minute videos written and produced by Stuart Brown aim to take a closer look at the evolution of video game graphics, from the simple monochromatic lines of Pong to the incredibly rich and detailed photo realism of today’s games like Crysis, Destiny, and Far Cry 4.
“Graphics are absolutely important,” says Brown in the fifth and final video. “They are an essential part of video games. A window into another world and a prime indicator of the technology that powers it.”
Of course you’re gaming: 67% of US households do, and we do so on a record number of platforms, as well. There are two capable console generations from each of the big three (Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo) and iOS and Android devices galore. 40 percent of gamers are female, and the gaming industry brings in about $10.5 billion annually, according to the ESRB, the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
Here then, are the best new games we’re having tons of fun playing right now, one from each major gaming platform around. Click through the images above to see more in each category.
This may just be and update to Bungie’s Halo franchise, but Destiny ($59.99) is currently the best multiplayer first-person shooter out there. The game is drop-dead gorgeous on the new generation of consoles; I can't get enough of the beautiful environments on Venus, Mars, and the Moon. It’s got solid controls, fantastic single-player content, an entire community of players to team up with or battle against, and a ten-year plan to keep the thing surprising new fans and old. If you’re not playing this, you’re not in the loop.
Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($39.99) is the ultimate smash and grab loot-fest out there, with perfectly balanced multi- and single-player gameplay, containing all the goodness of the original game and all the expansion packs. It’s gorgeous to look at, controls like a dream, and allows up to four players to sit on the same couch and kill all demons. It’s a ton of fun, and well worth the purchase on a console like the PlayStation 3, which still kicks all kinds of ass for gaming.
All-multiplayer, all the time. That’s Titanfall ($49.99), where you get to play as a giant mechanized robot intent on smashing and exploding all your enemies until you reign supreme on the battlefield. You'll fight in six-on-six matches across post-apocalyptic outer space colonies, and the fast-pace of the endless action will have you shouting for more as you run up a wall to flip around and deliver a devastating final blow.
This is a gorgeous, painterly environmental puzzler where you have to control two brothers out looking for a cure for their critically ill father. Each puzzle you come across in Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons ($14.99) will take your A-game ingenuity to figure out which brother to move where. It's beautiful and wordless, making this a perfect game for those contemplative afternoons.
Retro-platforming at its best right here, with Shovel Knight ($14.99) from indie dev Yacht Club Games. It’s a classic action adventure game with an 8-bit art style. You’ll play as the Shovel Knight, a tiny little knight with a huge quest: to save his beloved (trope!) and defeat the evil enchantress. It’s fun, fast paced, and a great way to spend time with Nintendo’s TV console.
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition ($14.99) is a whole new DLC package that came to Mac/PC players for free. Now it’s on the Vita, and — if you've purchased the game on any other Sony console, you can get it for free there, as well. There’s nothing better than just barely surviving in a barren land on the best portable device out there. Make sure you feed your little character, and avoid the hounds if you can.
Square Enix’s finally put out an all-original title, Bravely Default ($39.99), has everything you love from the RPG genre, with turn-based battles, cute in-game characters and sweepingly beautiful cut scenes, job-based classes, and more. Give this one a try if you’re itching for some new RPG action with a classic touch.
This one is weird, philosophical, and immensely satisfying, even though the full episodic arc isn’t finished. Currently in Act III, Kentucky Route Zero ($24.99) tells the story of a group of emotionally broken people trying to find their way back to some sense of normalcy. It’s a mythical journey across and underneath the highways and deserted towns of America, and you’ve got to play it to believe it.
It’s time to learn how to play the hottest new gaming genre and e-sport, the massively online battle arena (MOBA). This is Valve’s serious competition for League of Legends, and it’s a doozy - players spend hundreds of hours learning and mastering this game, and you can watch full-on bouts on sites like Twitch and YouTube to better your own game. Plus? It’s free to play, so you can’t go wrong here. Be prepared, though: DoTA 2 (free-to-play) isn’t a casual game.
This free-to-play gem from Colorado-based indie mobile developer Backflip has you hiring and leveling up heroes and sending them along on quests to defeat monsters or other players in various dungeons on the eponymously named island. It’s fun to play in bursts, sending your heroes out to complete time-based quests and bring back gear, armor, and other loot. Epic Island (free-to-play) has a sweet crafting system and an online battle arena that lets you beat up other players from around the world.
Telltale Games is getting quite a reputation for their gritty, dark adventure games based on comic books, like The Walking Dead and the award-winning Fables comic by Bill Willingham and published by Vertigo. The Wolf Among Us ($4.99 per episode) tells a procedural murder mystery set in New York with the magical creatures of fairy tale come to horrifyingly realistic life. Bigby (Big Bad) Wolf is the sheriff, and he must battle his dark nature to uncover the truth behind a grisly murder in Fabletown.
Reaper (free-to-play) is a great little action game for your Android-based smartphone or tablet: become the Black Swordsman and battle your way through wave after wave of magic and monsters, grabbing quests and leveling your little guy up with better skills, weapons, and armor. It’s the best fun I’ve had on an Android device all year.
Dave Marshall, Editor Dark Horse Comics, holding a coffee table book of video game art. Photo: Rob LeFebvre/Cult of Mac
SEATTLE, Washington – Walk into a comic shop, and you’ll probably see titles from publisher Dark Horse Comics. Known for its creator-owned series like Mike Mignola’s Hellboy and Sergio Aragonés’ Groo the Wanderer as well as television and movie adaptations like Buffy the Vampire Slayer or 300, the comic book publisher has a booth at the Penny Arcade Expo this weekend in Seattle to show off a different genre of comic.
The booth at the Washington State Convention Center in is full of video game-themed books of all stripe, from Mass Effect and Tomb Raider single-issue comics to larger, coffee table volumes like Hyrule Historia, which is chock full of the lore of The Legend of Zelda, and The Art of Naughty Dog, an art book that focuses on the popular game developer’s artistic output.
Dave Marshall says that video game books are the third pillar in the Dark Horse publishing strategy, and have become just as valuable a content stream as the creator-owned or media-based titles.
“We get the original writers and artists from the video games themselves to actually write or consult on these books,” he told us at the Dark Horse booth Saturday morning, “so we can come to the fans at a deeper level than just a crummy tie-in or cash grab.”
SEATTLE, Washington – Together: Amna & Saif puts you and another player on the same screen, controlling a mother and son duo of characters to solve various environmental puzzles. It’s a “couch co-op adventure puzzle game” that requires you to talk, interact, and think with another human being.
Lead designer Lyle Cox told us that he’s always wanted to make a game that benefits society in some way. “My hope is that people who play the game,” he said, “get some benefit to their relationship for having done so.”
We’ve all heard it: “Turn that TV off or I’m gonna take it and toss it out the g*dd*mn window.” Chances are, if you’re a parent, you’ve even said such a thing (I know I have).
That’s why after repeated watchings we just had to share this viral video from YouTuber McJuggerNuggets about a crazy family with a dad that resorts to mowing down his layabout son’s video game collection to intimidate the kid into getting a job.
Check out this NSFW video (F-bombs galore) below and you’ll be as hooked on the uncomfortable family drama as we are.