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By Tim Janson     July 19, 2012
Source: Mania.com

Well nothing much to really talk about in terms of no releases.  Summer is always a slow time for the videogame industry and this year is no different.  We’re really not seeing a whole lot of decent releases and won’t until mid to late August.  Each week is pretty much hit and miss and next week is a miss!  But we do have lots of news to go over including the announcement of a Deadpool game that came at SDCC.  I’ve also got my review of the Amazing Spider-Man game.
In the News this week…
RuneScape barreling towards a record!
The godfather of the Free-to Play game, RuneScape – is hitting a crazy milestone this month. By the time you are reading this column, the 200 Millionth RuneScape account will be created!  Already awarded the title of “Most Popular Free to Play Game” from the Guinness Book of World Records, the 200 millionth account firmly puts RuneScape in the company of some of the most popular entertainment and gaming properties of our times. 
  • There are 7 billion people on the planet – meaning 1 in 35 people have created a Rune Scape account
  • 3 times more people created a Runescape account than own an Xbox 360 worldwide (66 Million)
  • 3 times more people created a Runescape account than own a PS3 worldwide (62 Million)
  • More than double the number of Nintendo Wii’s sold worldwide (95 Million)
Congrats to Runescape!
Spartacus Legends - Inspired by Smash STARZ TV Show - Battles onto Your Favorite Console
Ubisoft announced the upcoming release of Spartacus Legends, a fighting game that will immerse users in the visceral world created by the popular Spartacus original series produced and distributed by Starz Entertainment. Spartacus Legends is a unique gaming experience based on popular characters from the international hit series.
Spartacus Legends comes early 2013. Gamers will experience primeval gladiator moments, from training inside the ludus to brutal battles in the arena, all while striving to become a legend.
Featuring thousands of ruthless weapon combinations and a robust skill system, Spartacus Legends delivers a variety of tools for gamers to customize their gladiators and dismember their foes. Gamers will be able to fight as Spartacus, Crixus or one of their own created gladiators as they battle with friends offline or in online multiplayer to join the ranks on the worldwide leaderboards.
Liam McIntyre has been very involved with the Spartacus Legends team. In addition to allowing his likeness and voice to be featured, Liam, a big gamer himself, played early builds of the game and provided his creative feedback throughout the development process.
Tecmo Koei ships wrong game in Japan
Tecmo Koie had a rather embarrassing snafu in Japan.  Intending to ship Sangokushi VIII (better known as Romance of the Three Kingdoms in the U.S) for the PSP,  they instead packaged Sangokushi VII, the previous installment of the series.  To the company's credit, it quickly owned up to the mistake, halting sales and posting a note of apology online. Consumers who bought the game will be supplied copies of the correct one, the company says.
Deadpool game and announcement!

Marvel Entertainment, High Moon Studios, and Activision will be bringing the wise-cracking mutant “Merc with a mouth” Deadpool to consoles in 2013.  Check out the announcement below 


New Trailer for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth revealed at SDCC


Ubisoft released a new trailer for Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth. Joining the cast of super heroes, villains and Skrulls are Iceman, Dr. Doom, Storm and Venom. Marvel Avengers Battle for Earth will be available on Kinect for Xbox 360 and Wii U this Fall 2012.



Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Arctic Strike DLC Package Now Available


Ubisoft announced that the first Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier DLC package, the Arctic Strike Map Pack, is now available for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

From the streets of Moscow to the far reaches of the Arctic, this all-new downloadable content pack extends your Ghost Recon Future Soldier experience with new multiplayer maps, a new multiplayer mode, a new Guerrilla Mode co-op map, and six additional weapons to give you the supreme edge over your enemies. 

Content includes:

3 MP Maps

1 new MP Mode "Stockade"

1 Guerilla Co-op Map

6 Weapons


Level cap increase of +10

Arctic Strike is available for purchase for 800 Microsoft points on Xbox Live or $9.99 on the PlayStation Network. 


New swag from Power A


Power A has several new items out for gamers and one of my favorites is the FUS1ON Tournament Controller.  This amazing new controller is available for both the PS3 and Xbox 360. And has the following features:


  • Unique analog stick design that helps reduce fatigue during extended play sessions


  • Precision D-pad for precise 8 way control


  • Finely tuned analog modules for improved accuracy


  • Choose from 7 built-in LED colors to light up your controller


  • Two interchangeable grips offer multiple styles of comfort


  • Braided 9.8 foot cord for tournament play and regulations


  • Protective case stores and protects during travel


Another great offering from Power A are new accessories for Skylanders, one of the most popular games of the 2011 holiday season.  First there is the awesome Skylanders Adventure Case, the perfect accessory to transport your Skylanders figures to a friend’s house to play.

Also you can control your Skylanders with mini controllers specifically designed for the PS3, Xbox 360, Or Wii systems.  The controllers are compact, but fully featured and ideal for any player.  They are emblazoned with gorgeous Skylander graphics.



And finally one of Power A’s coolest new items is the MOGA mobile gaming system designed for use with your smart phone or tablet offering the coolest solution for gaming on the go!  The system features:


  • Dual analog sticks, action buttons, and shoulder triggers for precise control.


  • Safely grips your smart phone with non-slip pads the accommodate devices up to 78MM wide


  • The ergonomic design and comfortable grips help reduce wrist fatigue


  • Connects wirelessly with Bluetooth enabled Android 2.3+ smartphones and tablets


  • 24 hours of gameplay with 2 AAA batteries


Check out all of the Power A swag at www.powera.com




The Amazing Spider-Man (Activision) Rated T  PS3, Xbox 360, 3DS, DS, Wii


The Amazing Spider-Man is the third Spider-Man game developed by Beenox but unlike the first two, this one has the distinct feeling of having been rushed out to coincide with the film’s release.  It’s definitely not as good  Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions but on a par if not better than Spider-Man: Edge of Time.  The game is set after the events in the big screen film.  The Lizard has been captured and contained but Oscorp has created several more cross-breed species that executive Alistair Smythe supposedly intends to destroy.  Before they can be destroyed, the cross-breeds escape, infecting Gwen Stacy.  Smythe  unleashes numerous security robots however since Spider-Man is technically a cross-species himself, they attack him as well.


The influence of the Rocksteady Batman games is clearly evident here in the 20+ missions.  The open world gameplay and combat seeks to mimic the Batman games to the best of its ability as you battle against a horde of Spider-Man’s mostly second tier rogue’s gallery including Vermin, Rhino, Scorpion, Iguana, Black Cat, along with a host of robot types.  You can tackle the enemies head on pulling off a full array of acrobatic attacks and combos just like Spider-Man.  You can also take out the bad guys using stealth by attacking them suddenly and taking them out or wrapping them in a web cocoon.  A new addition to ASM is the Web Rush.  This is a sort of Matrix-like power that allows Spider-Man to slow time.  You can then get a view of the locations that Spidey can leap or swing to while planning your attack.  So essentially it’s a way to map out your strategy and points of attack.


You can go about New York, and climbing to your heart’s desire, tackling the main missions, breaking up random crimes, and collecting the over 700 comic book pages, upgrades, and alternate costumes.  The comic pages unlock vintage actual Marvel Comic books like Spider-Man’s first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15.  The question is, can the game keep you interested long enough that you actually want to hunt down all of the collectible items?  The answer is likely no unless you are a true die-hard fan.  A Marvel “true believer” as it were.


There’s just too much repetition in ASM.  A lot of the side missions are basically the same and you repeat them over, and over, and over.  Not to mention Spidey repeats the same wise-cracking one-liners again and again.  After hearing the same lines about a dozen times they cease to become witty.  But the weakest part of the game is its overall design.  It feels cool to be Spider-Man and to pull off the crawls, spins, web-slinging, and all the other signature moves…it just doesn’t look all that great.  There’s an unfinished or maybe unpolished look to the graphics.  New York doesn’t teem with life and activity the way it should, making the game feel empty.  Other than the Black Cat sequence, the rest of the villains are equally blah.


Amazing Spider-Man has a lot of good points…Combat is a lot of fun, and so is navigating Manhattan and controlling the Web-slinger.  There’s a diverse set of enemies even if they aren’t Spidey’s top shelf villains and some of the boss battles are truly inspired.  There’s also tons to collect.  But a lack of polish in overall design and repetitious gameplay definitely drags the action down.  Grade B-




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jedibanner 7/19/2012 12:06:14 PM

I'd like to get more details for the Avengers game, anytime I can play the Hulk with other Marvel characters, I'm in!

batman2040 7/19/2012 2:49:03 PM

I agree with the game feeling rushed.  I've just started playing and I don't mind the story missions, but as to the "open world" there doesn't seem like there is as much detail as Activision Spiderman 2 game.

The biggest complaint I have is the web swinging physics.  You can't make a mistake, it's like the old 60s cartoon where Spiderman was swinging from the clouds.  I was really hoping it would feel like Spiderman 2's open world, I spent hours and hours just web swinging across manhattan and if you missed a building or lamp post or whatever you hit the ground.  That doesn't happen in this game and it just isn't as fun.  I wanna jump from the highest point and see how close I can get without going splat.  Can't do that in ASM, I know I won't.

I'll finish the game, but I don't think I'll put the same time into it.

PLEASE, PLEASE, for the sequel they NEED to go over to Activision and beg them for that aspect of gaming.  Makes me wanna throw the old game in and ignore the dated graphics.



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