PS+ starts 2018 with a Bang

Sony’s PlayStation + service has offered games ranging from “pretty damn awful” (See my Review of Zombi from a while ago) to “pretty ok actually” (See my review of Furi from a while ago….i need the page views, ok). Personally, while I’ve kept adding the games to my library it has been a while since I’ve bothered to download and play any of them. Well, it seems like that might change next month as the two free games coming January are both pretty big names.

First up is “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”. While i wasn’t as big on “Human Revolution” as most everyone else was but it wasn’t bad and i was very interested in seeing where the story went. While the game was pledged by controversy before it’s release (Which i wrote about….like i said, i need the page views) the reception upon launch was still rather positive.

The other game is Telltale’s Batman. This one i was a little worried about upon it’s original announcement, becuase i am so tired or “Mature” takes on Batman as they almost always turn him into a Frank Miller style violent sociopath that i find simply tiring. But from what I’ve heard that’s not what this does. I’m still not 100% sure i’m sold on the idea of Telltale doing a more action based franchise, but it is undoubtedly an interesting step for them to take.

All in all, it’s not a bad way to kick off the new year, especially for those who are going to be a little short on cash after the holidays….or just in general….god i hate being poor.

To No Ones Surprise, The Joker will be in Injustice 2

I know it sounds like a bad joke, but get this: one of the most popular comic book villains of all time is going to be in an upcoming superhero game. Shocking!

Okay, sarcasm over. While i haven’t played much of the original Injustice, but i heard that the games version of the Joker jumped into another dimension (becuase DC just will not let the multiverse die) and thus it wasn’t a sure thing the character would be in this game. Except when you think about how this is the Joker and it’s a DC game. I’m sorry, i just can’t treat this like it’s really “news”. But for the one person here who just started reading comics and didn’t know if DC would bring the character back, here you go.

12 Minutes of Telltales Batman

When they announced they’d be making a Batman game i wondered how Telltale would handle a more action orientated character. I could see the possibilities for a good story, but at the end of the day Batman has to beat the shit out of someone, and Telltales gameplay isn’t the best for that. Now that we get our first look at the game i can say with confidence “yeah, combat will probably be the week link here”. My main issue with the footage is that it all looks slow, as if the dev team was scared of  any players not being able to hit a prompt so they made it impossible to miss the QTEs. It’s possible that this will only be an issue in the tutorial where the game is trying to teach new players whats expected of  them, but it still rubs me the wrong way.

That is my only gripe however. I like the look and voice acting and so far it seems rather well written too. Several reviews have said that through the games dialogue you can choose what kind of Batman you play as, so if you want to be the boring Frank Miller style hyper-violent batman you can but you can also form him into a more interesting character as well.

I’m interested to see where this goes, but like all these games i’m still going to wait for the season to drop in full before playing it.

Batman: The Telltale Series Trailer

When this trailer started and a big “M for Mature” rating popped up i very nearly just closed out the window and decided to give up hope on the game. Don’t get me wrong, i love Telltales work, but over the past few years i’ve also come to understand that “Mature” interpretations of Batman also tend to be Boring interpretations. But i stuck it out and i’m honestly a little surprised with how the trailer came out.

My main issue with “gritty” Batman is that these stories always seem to push Batman closer and closer to anti-heroism or pure villainy to do it. In Arkham Knight he almost runs over a dudes head…

…he strait up kills people in Batman v Superman…

…and the less i say about Frank Millers take on the character, the better.

But that doesn’t seem to be the way Telltale is heading here. Instead the M rating seems to be more because of an unwillingness to back away from the awful things the true villains do rather than trying to make Batman himself more villainous. That’s enough for me to at least hold my interest until reviews start popping up.

Now the real question will be how Telltale makes thier style of game work with a more action orientated character. With my only real exposure to Telltales work being the Walking Dead games it’s hard to see how that style of game would work with Batman. Sure the Walking Dead had it’s action beats, but there were done in a way that invoked the tension of the world the characters lived in,  so the fact that the combat wasn’t exactly smooth was a big plus for those games, at least too me. I can’t see that working with Batman. Before seeing the trailer i would have said that they should have just focused on the detective aspects of the character and leave fighting to cut scenes, but it doesn’t look like that will be the case. This will be interesting to watch unfold, if nothing else and I look forward to seeing the critical reception this when episode one is released next month.

Batman: Return to Arkham Trailer and Impressions

As much as i dislike the idea of re-releasing games from last generation, i find it hard to be mad over having an excuse to replay these two gems. I truly hate a lot of DC’ stupidity, but the Arkham games (at lest the first two) showed that there was still life left in their characters and that interesting things can be done once you stop worshiping Frank Miller’s overrated bullshit. If nothing else, i’d be willing to get this just to replay the Mr. Freeze fight from Arkham City, which still ranks as one of my favorite boss fights of all time. In the end, this is just one of those things i don’t like, but can’t begrudge anyone for indulging in as i probably will end up doing so myself.