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Screenshot from Batman Arkham Origins by WB Games Montreal.

What new DC Universe game do you want to see?

There may be a new DC Comics video game coming soon from WB Games Montreal, the team responsible for Batman: Arkham Origins. The studio posted a new job listing, searching for a Lead Online Programmer to work on “properties that expand the DC Comics universe in the interactive space.”

This raises a lot of questions about what’s next for DC Comics in games. The biggest games coming from Warner Bros. include the Batman Arkham and Injustice series. There is a possibility that the company is looking to expand beyond those with more games centered around other DC heroes. The position also hints at online functionality being added to all future DC Comic games.

Warner Bros. recently experimented with adding the ever controversial loot boxes to their latest games, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War and Injustice 2. It could be that the company is looking to add those elements to future games or online multiplayer options.

Whatever games the studio is working on, they are clearly in early development. They recently posted positions for a Technical Director, QA Supervisor, as well as a Senior Narrative Designer.

Rocksteady Studios has also been teasing a new game announcement coming soon. The studio behind the main Batman Arkham games is also seeking new hires. No word on what their next game might be but rumors suggest that we will find out during The Game Awards on December 7th.

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A screenshot from the Kickstarter game, Session.

The new king of the grind?

Session, a game with the heart of the Skate franchise is more than halfway to its Kickstarter goal. The spiritual successor has reached more than $40,000 and 1,259 backers in less than two days.

The Kickstarter for the game went live yesterday, requesting $62,652. Some of the more loftier stretch goals start at $130,000, which include customization options, new hubs to skate in, level editors and online multiplayer. The final stretch goal offers players the chance to mod the game via the Steam Workshop if the project reaches $620,000.

Developer crea-ture Studios, seeks to create an authentic skateboarding experience, describing Session as a skateboarding simulation game. Its control scheme seeks to match the real-life movements of skaters, with each analog stick representing the right and left foot. Crea-ture Studios hopes that this will translate to the experimentation of skateboarding culture.

Crea-ture Studios is a new studio based in Montreal, Canada. The Kickstarter for Session ends December 21 of this year. Potential backers can find out more about the game on its Kickstarter page and can even download the prototype demo to give it a try. Session has been confirmed for both Early Access on Steam and Xbox One if successful.

Is it too soon to make fun of the loot box controversy? Well, that doesn’t seem to be stopping Mutant Studios from announcing I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling GOTY Edition, a game where you open loot boxes to get … more loot boxes. It’s a bit weird but a stark reminder of how predatory loot boxes can be towards addiction. You can check out the press release below.

Announcing I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling

We here at Mutant Studios feel like this whole loot box craze hasn’t gone far enough… To remedy this, we present: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling!

The entire game is just opening Loot Boxes! Why? To unlock better loot boxes of course! Loot boxes are a great way to show progression, but why waste all that time playing the actual game? We’ve cut out the middle-man so you have more time to open boxes!

Open boxes, unlock new skins and hats for your Lootbox Loadout, then open some more boxes! Earn better boxes by selling what you don’t want and spending more fake currency! This game is sure to hit that addicting itch that’ll have you saying:

“I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling!”

*Note: This game is purely for parody. There are no actual microtransactions within the game, only genuine progression. Side effects of ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gambling’ include mild amusement, breathing slightly more air out of your nose, chuckling under your breath, nodding with that sort of half smile when you don’t want to laugh at a joke but recognize it was a pretty decent joke and need to acknowledge it, minor shame, and reduced money. If you experience any of these things for more than 4 hours, consider calling your doctor immediately, or play any real game…*

Unboxing November 29th!

Promotional art for Sonic Lost World.

While Lost World does stumble at points, there was potential.

As a die-hard Sonic fan, it can be hard to defend the series. Sonic the Hedgehog hasn’t necessarily been given the same kind of tender love and care as Mario. And as you look back on each iteration of the series’ 3D adventures, there are some obvious missteps. Judging from some of the early reviews of Sonic Forces, the race track design of the 3D levels hasn’t aged well, and honestly, it’s not hard to see why. However, one 3D Sonic game held more potential than any other, despite being generally viewed as one of the series’ more mediocre entries – Sonic Lost World. View full article »

Concept art for 90's inspired FPS Hellbound.A closed beta for the newly announced FPS, Hellbound, is coming soon to PC, according to developer Saibot Studios. Registration for the closed beta is now open and is set to debut with a single player survival mode.

This first-person shooter wears its 90’s influence on its sleeve, inspired by games like Doom, Quake and Duke Nukem 3D. The trailer gives players a taste of its muscle-bound protagonist Hellgore, hellish landscape, and the promise of  “Blood, Nukes, Earthquakes and serious action, but most importantly Big Fucking Guns.”

With the recent resurgence of series like Doom and Wolfenstein, it will be interesting to see a smaller developer take a shot at the balls-to-the-wall action of a 90’s FPS.

Players will have to wait until the closed beta drops to see gameplay details. The studio gave no exact release date or time frame for the beta. Saibot Studios does hope to add a single player story campaign and multiplayer down the line but, for now, they want to focus on the gameplay and survival mode.

Saibot Studios is known for the Doorways Saga, a collection of popular horror adventure games available on PC.

Banner for the Trick or Treat Halloween Game Expo.Looking to start the Halloween fun early? How about the chance to try some awesome games? Well if you’re in NYC, you can have the best of both worlds. The Microsoft Office is hosting the Trick or Treat: Halloween Game Expo this Saturday, October 28th.

In celebration of all the local games coming out of NYC, the event will have over 100 games for attendees to play and a chance to speak with their developers. As an added bonus, attendees can participate in the costume contest. Local game developers in the NYC area also have the chance to submit their game to the expo.

I’m always looking for the latest and greatest games from New York’s indie scene. This felt like a great opportunity to meet some local developers. So, here’s your chance to do something fun this weekend. You can RSVP and buy your tickets for the event by clicking here. Read up on the rules for this family-friendly event and check out the list of registered games and developers.

Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein’s best scene provides insight into the American mentality.

We all want to believe that we’re doing the right thing. However, our sense of right and wrong is never so clear-cut, which is something that Wolfenstein: The New Order perfectly illustrates with one scene in particular. I didn’t give Wolfenstein a chance when it first came out but after a sale, I felt a simplistic, mindless shooter would fill my time nicely. At least, that’s what I thought going in.

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the game was a lot more than just an alternate-history dystopian Nazi future. The game shows it’s understanding of America’s hypocrisy when it claims to fight for freedom. The scene in question is between our patriotic, Nazi-hating protagonist B.J. Blazkowicz and J (played wonderfully by Luke Burke), an obviously stoned and tortured guitarist. When B.J. picks up J’s guitar, we immediately get the sense that B.J. is no hero in his eyes.

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The logo for Player Unknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG wants to take on Epic in want seems like an unnecessary battle.

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Unfortunately, when a big company like Epic decides to add the widely popular ‘Battle Royale’ genre from the game Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) to Fortnite, things get a little dicey. Bluehole, the creators of PUBG took offense to having their game copied, and even threatened legal action. But here’s the thing, you can’t copyright a genre, or at least you shouldn’t be able to. View full article »

Screenshot from Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.

Hellblade delivers an exciting experience but misleads players along the way.

If you’re like me, then you play almost every game on normal. In my opinion, this is how the experience is meant to be enjoyed. Once I’m done, I venture into playing on a higher difficulty. While many consider themselves try-hards, I’m more inclined to finish a game the way the creator intended. The base experience has more to offer me than soul-crushing difficulty. View full article »

Screenshot from The Thief of Wishes

Taking inspiration from visual novels, as well as the storytelling of old fairy tales, The Thief of Wishes thrust players into a world where they can affect the narrative. You play as a young bookworm named Catharine, who is tasked with traversing between her world and nightmarish version of it to save those around her. As with other ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ style games, the choices you make affect the ending. View full article »

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