A new Avengers title, Avengers NOW!, brings us a reformed Avengers team. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor will be given new number ones. Avengers NOW! will also put a heavy focus on Deathlok and the Winter Soldier. Iron Man will be getting a new suit and moving to San Francisco in Superior Iron Man #1.
The Falcon (Sam Wilson) will be taking over the title of Captain America, replacing Steve Rogers who has recently had all the Super Soldier Serum removed from his body. All-New Captain America will be written by Rick Remender with art by Stuart Immonen.
More details and announcements on the new Avengers will be made at San Diego Comic Con at the end of the month. What do you hope will be announced? Let us know in the comments below.
To keep up with a growing female audience, Marvel has announced today that they intend on creating a new Thor series where Thor is a female. The new Thor series will be written by Jason Aaron with art by Russell Dauterman and will premiere in October.
In case you don’t understand how this is going to work, Jason Aaron explained, “This is not She-Thor. This is not Lady Thor. This is not Thorita. This is THOR. This is the THOR of the Marvel Universe. But it’s unlike any Thor we’ve ever seen before.”
How will this work in the Marvel Universe where Thor is involved in multiple comic book series? “The inscription on Thor’s hammer reads ‘Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.’ Well it’s time to update that inscription,” says Marvel editor Wil Moss. It seems like for the next Thor series, the male Thor that we all know and love will be deemed unworthy to wield Mjolnir, Thor’s hammer. The title of Thor will be passed on to someone who is worthy, she just so happens to be female. Traditional Thor will still be involved in the Marvel Universe. My best guess is that the new Thor series will mainly focus on female Thor, while another series will probably handle the issue of where old Thor fits in and what he will do, if anything, to get his hammer back.
As a fan of Thor, I’m excited for this new change in the story line. I think the big fuss about it so far has centered around people thinking that Thor is getting a sex change or that Marvel is pushing some kind of transgendered agenda on everyone. Traditional male Thor will still be very much involved in the Marvel Universe. I look at this as more of a Superior Spider-man situation than killing off a beloved character. Peter Parker came back in the end, so I’m sure old Thor will pull through. I think of all this as welcome news in a long line of Marvel drama, such as the recent rumors of cancelling Fantastic Four and X-Men.
Thor will be joining several other female heroes that have their own comic book series, like Black Widow, Captain Marvel, Elektra, and Ms. Marvel. Maybe Thor will be filling the void for the female warrior archetype that has become popular with characters like Brienne of Tarth in Game of Thrones.
Miami New Times is not recognized as the most geek friendly magazine in Miami, as it certainly caters to the more modern “hip” side of Miami. They’re the type of trendy newspaper that discusses night clubs, fashion, and other mainstream interests that couldn’t hold my attention for more than a minute before setting it back down again, so this cover really surprised me at first.
I would’ve expected a hole would swallow up this city before ever seeing something like this on a mainstream publication read by bar crawlers and the type of people who would watch a mediocre movie before ever trying out a good comic book. Of course, the colorful pixel art spanned subjects I would skim over in favor of more interesting reads and suggestions (like the foodie and art section) but anyone can appreciate the imagination and breadth of video game characters seen in each illustration.
Whether a heartfelt salute to the video game industry or a “hey wouldn’t it be cool if we do this” idea, I’m glad I got the chance to see this happen. Upon thinking about this I decided it’s not the most impossible thing to ever happen. Over the years video games have received a surge in popularity many gamers still have difficulty understanding or appreciating. From national coverage on television channels like Spike to video games that only survive because of popularity our little world might not be so obscure anymore. My opinions on if it’s for the best or the worst shall be saved for another day, as it is a sensitive issue many people have differing opinions on and is definitely not a one dimensional subject.
As to who the creator of these great pieces is, it’s an artist specialized in video game art Jude Buffum, whose previous pieces of work and thought provoking blog can be accessed on his website judebuffum.com.
At 3 A.M. PDT Thursday, June 19, Konami released a 30 min. gameplay trailer of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The gameplay trailer is the same demo that was on display at this years E3. The trailer will be in English and shown on Kojima Station.
The Phantom Pain technically takes place after the most recent release of Metal Gear Solid: Ground Zeroes, but if you’re familiar with the Metal Gear series you know the games were released in anything but a linear order.
If you’re thinking of playing the Metal Gear series to “catch up” to this release you have more than enough time as MGSV: The Phantom Pain does not yet have a release date and isn’t expected to come out this year.
Here’s a link for the live stream currently going on on YouTube.
Want to get away this summer without the large expense? Try a video game vacation! Video games offer a wide variety of places to visit–both real and imagined. The player doesn’t even have to leave the couch!
Join Real Otaku Gamer every week to preview some of the best video games places. After reading, take the survey at the bottom to vote for your favorite videogame vacation spot.
This week’s featured place: Rapture
Game(s): BioShock, BioShock 2
This beautiful under the sea city features gorgeous Art Deco designs.
Searching for a unique vacation spot this year? Look no further than the underwater city of Rapture! Built by business tycoon Andrew Ryan in the 1940s, Rapture was meant to be a utopia for people who want to be free from government and morality. Since science was left unchecked, Rapture quickly turned into an interesting dystopia, where DNA-altering plasmids created by ADAM have warped the population into crazies. The only sane people left are power-mad and vying for control of the city. Don’t be quick to write off this gem, though. The locals are just part of the Rapture charm. So, enjoy this a one-of-a-kind vacation spot under the sea. It’s perfect for sight-seers, fisherman, underwater adventurers, and those who like to shoot lightening out of their fingertips.
Discounted air travel. In fact, the plane practically “drops you off” right above Rapture.
Unlimited stay for the same price. Of course, you’ll have to figure out how to leave. If you ever get to leave.
Free plasmid upgrade upon arrival.
Free melee weapon upon arrival.
Access to all of the local amenities
Your choice of travel guides: Atlas or Dr. Tenenbaum.
Rapture at a Glance:
Enjoy the Welcome Center.
Visit the recreation areas of Arcadia or Dionysus Park.
Catch a show at Fort Frolic, including performances by Sander Cohen.
Have fun at Ryan’s Amusements.
Visit Siren’s Alley, if you’re into that type of thing.
Food & Dining:
Enjoy fine-dining at the Kashmir Restaurant.
Visit the Farmer’s Market, including a real apiary and winery.
Olympus Heights: First class accommodations
Apollo Square: Second class accommodations
Pauper’s Drop: Third class accommodations
See the real fishery at Neptune’s Bounty.
Visit the natural geothermal volcanic vents of Hapthestus.
Go to the tallest point in Rapture, Point Prometheus.
Take a ride on the Atlantic Express.
Spas & Relaxation:
Get some work done at the Medical Pavilion.
Relax at the Adonis Luxury Resort.
Vacationing here is a once in a lifetime opportunity!
What do you think? Which video game vacation would you prefer? Take the survey and let ROG know where you’d like to go. Be sure to come back next week for another location.
I kind of have a thing many people find weird. I love visual novels. In a medium where some of the most talked about subjects is either graphics or game play mechanics it seems unusual to some one of my favorite types of video games amounts to what is essentially a mix of first person POV narrative and a choose your own adventure game. Hell some of them have no choices, which makes some gamers dismiss the genre as a whole, dubbing it as casual games without ever delving into one of the many Visual Novels out there. So if you’re trying to get someone started with Visual Novels or want to try it out for yourself, my advice is don’t play Magical Diary.
I got this ungodly spawn on a Humble Bundle sale, excited that there was finally a visual novel included in a bundle I want them to have again: the Celebrating Open Source bundle. After paying my small tribute I immediately got my Steam key to fire that baby up and, after I see the menu appear the screen turns black. I started the game again and again wondering if it was broken until I pressed a bunch of random keys and had a normal full screen. Later I figured out the problem was the game didn’t work so well with the Steam user interface that lets you chat and access other community information while you’re playing and every time it got a notification the screen inexplicably turned black, which made the game malfunction at first due to the access notification you get every time you start a game. All you have to do to fix the problem is wait for the notification to vanish and press “F” which is used to get in and out of full screen. Having to minimize and maximize the window every time a friend decided to play something or message you was really bothersome, but that was only the beginning of everything wrong with this game.
You play as a girl (no other option) who finds out she has magical powers and decides to attend a magic school. But before you go on your magical adventures you create an abominable monstrosity; seriously, it’s the worst customization options I’ve ever seen in a game. The Caucasian colors are deadly white or piggy pink, the face is all deformed and pointy so that most eye options look too big to even fit on your character’s face. Either way my first playthough I created the lovely Miss Master Destroyer.
She looks better in the thumbnail I swear!
Not always a good thing.
This game is just, bad on so many levels. To begin there is something outside of the visual novel’s narrative, which have worked very well for games like Cherry Tree High Comedy Club but just seems like a pathetic effort at content creation on the part of this game. You have five different colors of magic. What does it really contribute to the game? Nothing at all. I’m dead serious on this, you have a few “tests” throughout the year that even if you fail miserably don’t really contribute anything to the narrative and just give you demerits you can easily earn back if you’re on good terms with a character named Donald and aren’t a complete doofus. The fact you use magic so rarely makes the act of even going through the effort of planning out your classes seem utterly pointless because the way the game is designed makes it easy to pass tests with low level magic. Not to mention sometimes the spells you use make no sense (“breeze” to locate the exit of a dungeon) and a few annoyances here and there (like when you push items).
Now on to my main issue with this game, the narrative. I don’t like make your own character games as much for a reason, it’s hard to create a story with a consistent narrative voice when the character can be anyone. My point is, it’s great for multiplayer and open world games, but not so much for single player games heavily narration based. When it comes to its characters, Magical Diary leaves much to be desired. You never learn enough about them, and some of them are pretty boring. Only character I really liked was a pretty boy called Damian. However his path is not enough to save the game from being utterly terrible. In fact, I think it leads to one of the dumbest conclusions this story can reach.
If you want a taste of what type of dialogue a masterpiece like Magical Diary will have these screenshot will speak for themselves.
OH GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR FACE
Oops, I cast a bad spell, I wonder what kind of shenanigans will occur.
The worst part is the choices the game gives you sometimes don’t seem to be rational or important at all. There are obvious turning points of course, but there are also subplots like another student’s relationship with another student you constantly help out but get nothing out of in the grand scheme of the story. I’ve explored almost all the romantic outcomes, even the ones with girls, and I can tell you this game isn’t entertaining in the slightest. Also did I mention the dialogue gets extremely repetitive? For example you get this one liner from your character every time a teacher mentions anything out of the ordinary.
I would label it “My First Visual Novel” perhaps for preteen girls, but then I feel this would be an insult to the intelligence of preteen girls. My advice is, don’t pay for Magical Diary. The official site flatters themselves by making this game worth $19.95 (at the point in time I’m writing this review) so if you must have it or your curiosity at seeing how bad this game can get is that strong, just wait for a sale or Humble Bundle, because in my opinion this game isn’t even worth $1.
If you wanna know, my impressions of this game can be seen from my loading screen.
[Update] Seems the video has been taken down. [Update 2] Found a new video! [Update 3] Made some .gifs for when it gets taken down again.
Here’s some leaked footage of Bloodborne pre-E3. Before the E3 reveal Bloodborne was called Project beast and had some scene’s leaked on other occasions as well. From the looks of things it will definitely have the look and feel of the previous Souls game regardless of the gun. Considering it’s “leaked” footage it may be taken down soon.
In case you missed the E3 reveal here’s it’s trailer.
As everyone has already said it’s hard to believe and year has gone by, but with no complaints E3 media day is back! Per usual Sony followed Microsoft and this year both knew the focus would have to be bringing next gen gaming hype to their respective console. Here’s Sony’s Press Conference in it’s entirety if you missed it courtesy of IGN.
Without going too deep into each title here are the high notes from the presser and leading off the conference was this new Destiny Trailer.
The big announcement for Destiny was that starting this Thursday there will be Alpha access for the game and the Beta will begin July 17th. Also announced was a Destiny PS4 bundle including a new “Glacier white” PS4, Destiny and a 30 day trial of PS+. The white PS4 will be released along with the game on Sep. 9 and has the same specs and the others so other than a color change nothing new is being added.
Next Andrew House introduced the new gameplay trailer for the The Order 1886.
If you don’t know The Order was introduced last year at E3 and is a game about a group of knights protecting the world from monsters like the one you saw above.
Also shown was a new indie game called Entwined. Entwined is brought to you by Pixel Opus, a combination of recent graduates from Carnegie Mellon and San Jose State university.
Entwined, according to the speaker, is a game about “two souls in love.” Throughout the game you’re guiding these souls through sequences and upon clearing levels will have them come together to create a dragon. It’s a cute little game that’s out now in the Playstation store for $9.99.
Infamous Second Son made a repeat appearance this year, but its big announcement was the standalone DLC coming in August featuring “Fetch.” Alongside it was the announcement and premiere of Little Big Planet 3.
One of the biggest reveals was Bloodborne. You might remember a the game being called Project Beast and is Hidetaka Miyazaki’s, director of the first two souls games, new title. If you’re a souls fanboy like me you probably can’t wait for this game to come out.
Far Cry 4 came out with a gameplay trailer as well, but the most interesting part was the drop-in co-op at the end of the trailer.
Far Cry 4′s co-op is called guns for hire and the best part is you don’t have to own the game to play it. If you have a friend that wants to play with you and he doesn’t own it or you’re the one wanting to join you just drop in and play like you’ve always had it. You also get all the experience from that session as well.
The coolest game of the show was a game called No Man’s Sky by indie studio Hello Games.
I don’t even know what to do in the game, but every time I see the trailer I just get extremely excited. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t get ruined by the impending hype train that is E3 reveals and expectations.
If you haven’t seen the press conference you really should give it a look. It’s full of cool and interesting things coming to the system in the coming months. Last of Us is getting a remastered release, Ratchet and Clank the movie was premiered, GTA V is coming to next gen and you can upload your PS3 or Xbox 360 save data. It’s going to be a great, guys.
More towards the end of conference Sony took a backseat from games to introduce some of the new hardware coming out like Playstation Tv and project Morpheus.
Playstation Tv allows you to play a huge library of Playstation games with just the device and a Dualshock 3 controller. As for Mopheus more and more developers are starting to play around with it and the PS4 camera giving their VR headset a pretty bright outlook.
Rounding out the evening were two trailers for the upcoming Batman game, Batman Arkham Knight, and a new trailer for Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End.
Overall I really enjoyed Sony’s press conference. While the PS4 still isn’t a must have these games should be more than enough to help you make your decision regardless of whichever console you choose.