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Monday, September 1, 2014

(Preview) Five Batman Comics You Should Read Before Playing Arkham Knight

Batman fans who are looking forward to playing the Dark Knight’s final Rocksteady-developed adventure Batman: Arkham Knight still have a bit of a wait ahead of them since the game has been delayed into 2015. However, for Arkham fans who have always wanted to explore more of the fiction surrounding Batman but never knew where to start, this prolonged waiting period provides the perfect opportunity. Below are five different pieces of visual material set within the Batman universe which, while not necessarily required to understand what’s been going on in the Arkham series (and what will happen in Arkham Knight), should give players a better understanding and appreciation for the characters and events depicted in the games.

Read the full article at GameCrate.com.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

(Preview) The Order of Abstergo: The Rise of the Templars in Assassin's Creed

"Even when your kind appears to triumph ... Still we rise again. And do you know why? It is because the Order is born of a realization. We require no creed. No indoctrination by desperate old men. All we need is that the world be as it is. And this is why the Templars will never be destroyed."

These powerful and terrifyingly truthful words, spoken by grandmaster Haytham Kenway from Assassin’s Creed III, best sum up the enigmatic Order of Templars; the central antagonists of the Assassin’s Creed franchise. However, Haytham’s words reveal only a small fraction of the Templars’ true breadth and influence. With the announcement of Assassin’s Creed: Rogue, and through it, the chance to see events unfold through the eyes of an Assassin turned Templar, now is the perfect time to look back at how the Templars were first conceived, where they are now, and what could be in store for them in the future.

Read the full article at ShackNews.

(Preview) Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare (PS3) Review

Much like Angry Birds before it, the zany Plants vs. Zombies series got its start on mobile platforms and from there has ballooned into a veritable mega-franchise that has now officially crossed over into the console and PC gaming space. Developer PopCap’s multiplayer-focused shooter Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare initially released on Xbox platforms back in February and later on PC this past June. Now the title has completed its trifecta circuit with Sony’s PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. These new PlayStation versions contain all of the content from the Xbox and PC versions as well as a few bits and ends you’ll only find on Sony’s platforms. But are the new additions enough to make the PlayStation port of Garden Warfare a worthy investment? Or has PopCap’s plant-themed shooter overstayed its welcome?

Read the full review at Film, Games, Etc.

(Preview) Assassin's Creed Memories Review

 Considering how popular Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed series has become, it’s no surprise the developer would want to get the franchise onto as many game platforms as possible. Gaming consoles and computers have been obvious choices, but the Assassin’s Creed IP has also enjoyed a substantial run on mobile devices as well. Most of these past mobile outings have simply been spin-offs of their console/PC brethren but with Assassin’s Creed Memories, the newest mobile game to join the lineup, Ubisoft is aiming its sights a bit higher. Developed in partnership with mobile companies Gree and PlayNext, Assassin’s Creed Memories combines several different gameplay systems and narrative locations into a compelling mobile experience that, while not the most intuitive or newbie-friendly, shouldn’t be missed by fans of the franchise.

Read the full review at GameCrate.