Remember that massively multiplayer online game, "Marvel Universe Online," that occasionally floated to the surface in news, only to dive into the unknown abyss again? Well, it's called "Marvel Heroes" now, and developer Gazillion Entertainment has just released the game's first trailer.
"Heroes" is a free-to-play, browser-based action game taking place within a persistent world. Players can choose from what appears to be a large assortment of Marvel heroes, customizing their character with different items and costumes running the length of said Marvel icon's career. Gazillion is promising both legendary and obscure characters will be on hand to flesh out a story penned by Brian Michael Bendis.
Stan Lee is one of the coolest dudes in history. Not only is he the creator behind innumerable legendary comic book heroes, he's also incredibly charming, and fans look forward to his obligatory cameo in just about every Marvel film. So as Activision is wrapping up its "Amazing Spider-Man" game – a tie-in for the upcoming film – it seems like a no-brainer to involve Lee in the project. What I didn't expect, however, is to see the eighty-nine year old legend swinging from a web through New York City.
Yes, Stan The Man is going to be a playable character in "The Amazing Spider-Man." He'll even make snappy quips as you stare in wonder at the absurdity of the "Stan Lee Adventure Pack." Speaking to Yahoo!, Lee joked about his incredible agility on display for the game.
Well, this weekend will more or less officially kick off the summer movie bonanza of 2012. I'm referring to "The Avengers," of course, which you're surely aware of thanks to the ever-present marketing onslaught. But what are you going to do while waiting in line to get your tickets for the very first show this Friday night? How about some conveniently-timed Marvel iOS and Android games!
Yes, where there are licensed properties, there are even more licensed tie-ins sure to follow. While you could probably grab some boring souvenir cup from a gas station, video games are way more fun (although admittedly contain less delicious soda). Luckily, a few Marvel games are on sale this week in preparation of Joss Whedon's superhero film.
When I was a kid, I had a recurring nightmare. I would awake, startled by some mysterious noise, only to find a hideous monster in my room. No matter what action I took – the plot changed slightly from dream to dream – I invariably found myself unable to open the bedroom door, trapped inside to face an unavoidable fate.
Thinking about "The Walking Dead" – a videogame filling out a transmedia trio with comic books and live-action television – it's hard not to remember the sense of dread from that old nightmare. You'll make tough choices in the first episode of Telltale's brilliantly executed adaptation, decisions which provide a temporary feeling of safety, but you'll do so knowing the monster is always waiting across the room.
Bummed that "Walking Dead" is off the air until October? Don't be: in addition to the comics (which are rapidly approaching the milestone issue #100), you can get your "Dead" fix with the new "Walking Dead" video game from Telltale, available for purchase today on PC, Mac and PSN.
Split into a series of downloadable episodes, "The Walking Dead" game takes place within the same universe as the comics (and by extension the "Rise of the Governor" novels), and contains more than a few links to that world. You can read a whole lot more about the video game over at MTV Multiplayer, and make sure to check out our Panels & Pixels interview with "Walking Dead" game designer and writer Sean Vanaman for more on the zombie-killing mayhem.
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"Violence will befall children in this game, without a doubt."
Sean Vanaman, lead designer and writer on TellTale's upcoming "Walking Dead" game, is in the car on route to work when I call him up. He's easy-going – the kind of guy you actually look forward to interviewing, because his genuine enthusiasm for the project shines through every response. As he drove, we talked about the San Francisco-based studio's attention to Robert Kirkman's canon, the thought process behind the game's original story, and the team's straightforward approach to a world where extreme violence is the norm.
"The Walking Dead" wasn't always destined for life outside the inked page.
There was a time – years ago, now – when Robert Kirkman seemed adamant in keeping his then fledgling zombie apocalypse series solely in the realm of comic books. Of course, it's hard to know whether or not he could have foreseen the property's eventual fame, the series now well-known everywhere, thanks to an AMC television adaptation. This month, "Walking Dead" receives the episodic videogame treatment from TellTale.
Finding faults in "Batman: Arkham City" is a fairly difficult task. If you pinned me down in some kind of weird wrestling hold and demanded I register some complaint – why are you doing this? – I'm still not entirely sure I could come up with a definitive answer. "Arkham City" was one of the absolute must-play videogames of 2011, and possibly the best example of comic-book to game adaptation ever.
Maybe my complaint about "Arkham City" is the game ended? Which is like a kid lamenting over a lack of real-life everlasting gobstoppers. Thankfully, a new rumor suggests some actual story extending downloadable content is on the way from Rocksteady.
If you're a fan of AMC's "The Walking Dead," you might still find yourself reeling from the latest episode's emotional bomb. Of course, if you're anything like me – a fan of the comics – maybe you're just horribly confused about what in the world is going on. Regardless, the television adaptation isn't the only game in town, as Telltale Games is hard at work turning Kirkman's zombie franchise into a video game.
Telltale recently released the first episode of "Playing Dead," a web talk-show of sorts giving an inside look into the development of the game. Episode 2 released this morning, and this go around, AJ LoCascio sits down with story consultant Gary Whitta and lead designer Sean Vanaman.
There are few things Marvel fans are looking forward to more than swinging with "Spider-Man" and assembling with "The Avengers" this summer. But actually swinging as Spidey, or assembling as one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes? That might actually take priority!
Speaking with THR, Marvel's Vice President of Games Production TQ Jefferson gave some updates on the video game front for both of those properties, hyping up the forthcoming "Amazing Spider-Man" game from Activision and the currently available "Marvel: Avengers Alliance" playable on Facebook.
About a year ago, I ventured to San Francisco to check out Telltale Games' new title announcements. Sure, there was a "Jurassic Park" game and a "Fables" game (which we'll hopefully hear more about soon), but what I really wanted to see was the studio's "Walking Dead" adaptation.
Sadly, there was little in the way of eye-candy that night, and since then, news about the "Walking Dead" game has trickled out at a slow pace. Good news, though – it looks like the information drought is coming to an end. Not only are there three new screenshots of the game, but TellTale has also posted a lengthy talk-show-style video with the adaptation's writing team.
Somewhat similar to the format of AMC's "Walking Dead" talk-show, "Talking Dead," TellTale will continue to produce the "Playing Dead" (are you sensing a theme, here?) video series to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the game's production. The series will have nine episodes, and you can watch the first one right here.