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Bat-week: Arkham City launch trailer, Detective Comics relaunch, Year One movie and Holy Terror!

arkham city
It's Batman!

This week is Batman week on State of Play, celebrating the release of the Batman: Arkham City video-game in New Zealand on Friday.

I’ve just looked at the last issue of the 5-part Batman: Arkham City prequel comic-book as well as the first two issues of the relaunched Detective Comics from DC and later this week I’ll share with you what I thought of them. Not Batman, but related, I’ll also be having a look at former Batman writer/artist Frank Miller’s Holy Terror graphic novel and getting back to you about that as well.

This week also sees the Blu-ray and DVD release of the Batman: Year One animated movie, based on the classic Batman origin tale by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli. It’s a cracking yarn following a very flawed pre-commissioner Jim Gordon and a fledgling Batman, drawn together for the first time by Gotham’s dark underbelly. I’ll hopefully have more to say about this later in the week (hint,hint). Continue reading Bat-week: Arkham City launch trailer, Detective Comics relaunch, Year One movie and Holy Terror!

Vic B’Stard’s week in review- F1 2011, Xbox Live Arcade, Batman: Arkham City and Frank Miller’s Holy Terror.

Vic B'Stard
The calm before the storm

This week sees me wind down my formal game reviews to make time for the arrival of some of the year’s top titles that are being released over the next few weeks. I discuss why my last review, F1 2011 on the PS3, left bad taste in my mouth. I also rattle on about some of the exciting comic-books on their way to me from Mark One in Hamilton.

We all know what the PlayStation 3 is capable of. You only have to take a look at the Uncharted games and God of War 3 to see what Sony’s machine is made of. Dare I say it, but there’s nothing in the Xbox 360’s catalogue that even comes close to the PS3’s flag-ship titles. Now, I’m a great fan of the Xbox 360, but as Microsoft and Sony’s machines enter their twilight years it’s the PlayStation 3, and not the Xbox 360, that continues to surprise me. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review- F1 2011, Xbox Live Arcade, Batman: Arkham City and Frank Miller’s Holy Terror.

Vic B’Stard’s week in review

Vic B'Stard
It's football NOT soccer!

It’s somewhat ironic, at a time when the rest of New Zealand is going mad for rugby that this Englishman has spent the week sitting in front of Pro Evolution Soccer 2012 enjoying a proper game of football.  None of that odd game played by gentlemen with funny-shaped balls around here.

The big problem is that if you mention football in gaming circles, all you are going to hear is FIFA. EA’s football gaming franchise has pretty much got the digital version of the sport sewn up. I’ll admit to being rather disapponted when what I’d have preferred to be a nice review copy of FIFA 2012 actually turned out to be a copy of Konami’s PES 2012 instead. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review

Zombie strippers!

House of the Dead Overkill
Zombies, zombies, zombies!!!!

We’ve had zombie Nazis, wild west zombies and all manner of other reanimated flesh-eaters.

bizarrely, we have to hand it to Sega and their upcoming House of the Dead OVERKILL to lower the tone with ZOMBIE STRIPPERS!!

Gaming punters will get the chance to enjoy the gyrating hips of the recently deceased as their decaying bodies writhe around for their pleasure. Player will be able to enjoy the view and then blow their brains out, as one must when confronted with any sort of walking dead.

Check out the undead T&A in the trailer below! Fwarr!! Continue reading Zombie strippers!

The best PS3 advert ever

Sony PS3
Best gaming ad ever?

Those clever marketing guys at Sony have come up with an advert that says thank you to us all…for just being gamers.

The two minute long advert features the live action debut of many iconic PlayStation gaming icons as well as a few multi-platform stars. Set in a dimly lit bar, various gaming legends describe their adventures and thank the gamer that helped them live to tell the tale.

It’s pretty amazing and crazy-cool.

Continue reading The best PS3 advert ever

Playing games for fun

Vic B'Stard
Games, bloody games.

It’s been a rare weekend where I’ve found myself playing games purely for my own recreational purposes.

Having spent the week trying to negotiate with a viral infection coughed up by the Dark Lord Beelzebub himself, I finally finished Gears of War 3 and played enough multiplayer to get the gist of it enough to splutter out a rather huge review for the guys at Techday.com, for their Games Console section. You can read my Gears of War 3 review here.

Before playing though Gears of War 3, I also had to (start and) finish Gears of War 2, which I’d had lying about for the last few years without bothering with. After putting Gears of War 3 to bed (and back on my shelf), the completest in me turned to the original Gears of War, which I also never completed. I 99.9% finished it, tight up to the final fight with General Ramm. At the time, it fell into the too hard pile and I lost interest. Having spent the best part of the last week doing nothing but shooting grubbs, I decided to give old Rammy another bash…and killed him on the third attempt. Easy really. So in one week I finished all three Gears games. A Gold Star for me. Continue reading Playing games for fun

Vic B’Stard’s week in review

Vic B'Stard
Excuses, excuses

Welcome back to another cop-out of a post where I’ll retread stuff that you can read elsewhere and make excuses as to why I’ve been “too busy” to write any actual content on this site all week.

It seemed a bit strange that in the week that saw the retail release of highly anticipated Gear of War 3 and yet I still  found myself playing a three-year old Xbox 360 game and an Xbox Live Arcade offering, instead.

So OK, I was playing Gears 3 for a few day the week before it came out, I had been given a review copy and intended to put a review up on these pages. I’d also, the week before, promised the folks over at Game Culture NZ a review of the Xbox Live Arcade action RPG, Crimson Alliance. A bit of prioritising put both a review for The Gunstringer and first impressions piece for El Shaddai: Accension of the Metatron before Crimson Alliance.

I’d never finished Gears of War 2; the truth be known, I’d not really started it. So I found myself hurriedly trying to get through Gears 2 in between Gears of War 3 sessions. Apart from being confusing, Gears 2‘s plot mixing with that of Gears 3, my obligation to review Crimson Alliance was also preying on my mind. Continue reading Vic B’Stard’s week in review

Rabbids Rugby 2011 Haka video released

Rabbids Haka
Bwaaahka? No!

New Zealanders are renown worldwide as being a fairly easy-going and laid-back bunch. There’s not much that’ll rattle a kiwi.

Talking about South African rugby will raise the temperature a bit, but New Zealand has nearly got over the 1995 Rugby World Cup final. The French government’s terrorist bombing of the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour back in 1985 will also cause a bit of a stir and not really a topic for polite conversion.

Messing with the Haka is also a big no-no. Continue reading Rabbids Rugby 2011 Haka video released