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Weekly Pull List: 6.25.14

Justice League #31

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Power Ring was the simply-named Doppelgänger to Green Lantern from the Crime Syndicate. He was, despite the raw, well,  power of his ring, not strong enough to contain its will, and much like the Lantern Corps rings, a new host was found. This new host will be very much a challenge for the Justice League in this post-Forever Evil world.

Catwoman #32

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Selina is still in the midst of the thieving competition she was drawn into a few issues back. Last issue she did quite well for herself, and finally figured out how to manipulate the Mirror Master against himself to work to her advantage. This time around, she’s up against challengers from her fellow world-class burglars.

Tomb Raider #5

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In what I found to be a rather interesting move, Lara decided in the last episode that the only way to stave off the Yamati forces that haunt her and her crew is to in fact return to Yamati and effectively return the juju to the island and go from there. Two weeks ago we actually got a glimpse at the trailer to the newest Tomb Raider game, and since the Dark Horse comic serves as an official narrative bridge between the two I’m beginning to see some potential disconnects between game scriptwriter Rhianna Pratchett and comic writer Gail Simone. Of course, we’ll have to wait until the new game is released to be sure. Possible incongruous story lines aside, the comic still really is a good read, and that’s why I’d encourage you to pick up the latest issue.

Microsoft E3 2014 Highlights

Microsoft spent most of their E3 pre-show conference running game trailer after game trailer, with little exposition in between, and quite frankly it was a far wiser choice to do so than have too many stodgy old execs trying to be cool. Since the actual E3 expo starts tomorrow, that’s a pretty decent strategy. My personal favorite highlights were as follows:

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NEW TOMB RAIDER! Lara Croft is back. The sequel to 2012’s Tomb Raider is called Rise of the Tomb Raider and the trailer juxtaposes one of Lara’s PST therapy sessions with her actual coping mechanisms: raiding, exploring & killing. I can’t really count the number of times I said “fuck yes” out loud and in my head during this video. Actress Camilla Luddington is once again breathing life into Lara, providing both vocal talents and motion capture sequences to bring us the best Lara possible. Release date: Holiday 2015, Precise Date TBA

HALO

The Master Chief Collection
*Art made prior to today’s announcement. RUMOR CONFIRMED.

Halo: Master Chief Collection! The full next-gen HD remakes of the first 4 Halo games – the ones starring Master Chief, that is – are being collected into one (ONE!) disc and provided for your entertainment. All 4 games are getting the Xbox One HD treatment, and all games will have their original multiplayer experiences (upgraded, of course) included. Not only that, but there are 4000 gamerscore points available through achievements. I plan on getting at least 3000 of them. Pre-ordering the collection will also grant access to a new Halo webseries and more importantly the multiplayer beta for Halo 5: Guardians.

PROJECT SPARK

xcbefd2zazoy8ufxqpas Project Spark! Conker Returns! (Sort of.) Conker, of Conker’s Bad Fur Day fame on the N64 is making a smashing return to the world of gaming in a wonderfully creative way. Project Spark is the game-building game that allows you to create the world and type of game you would want to play, fully populate it with challenges, enemies or both, then play it. Coming later this year as a full release (it’s in beta now) the game will now include one of gaming’s most irreverently fun squirrels. AW NUTS!

Weekly Pull List – 4.23.14

The Cat, The Explorer and the War.

The Walking Dead – 126

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To repeat an oft-used phrase, “it all ends here.” Kirkman has been doing a pretty solid job of keeping this epic war between Negan’s Saviors and Rick’s survivors compelling without tiring out too many cliffhanger tropes. There have been casualties which have had real ramifications for the group. If you want to know what happens, click your cursor and highlight the following VERY SPOILERY text:

Rick stays alive, of course. Negan is not in fact dead, but he will be Rick’s prisoner for the rest of his natural life. Glen was killed back in issue 100, which isn’t a surprise to longtime readers, but it might be for fans of the show. 

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Catwoman – #30

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Selina has been through a lot. She had to fight her way back to the surface after being stuck in the Gotham Underground (the literal, deep-down, world-beneath-the-city underground) and then she was hypno-poisoned by the Scarecrow along with the rest of Gotham, having hallucinations of a peaceful, unattainable Gotham life. She wants to hangup the catsuit and focus her energies on just being Selina, and not being Catwoman. But naturally that can’t happen. After being coerced to attend a who’s-who of world class thieves, she finds herself in trouble.

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Tomb Raider – #3

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I’m assuming that the direction of the Tomb Raider sequel is having an effect on the pacing of the comic series. Officially, both Square Enix & Dark Horse have said that the comic series will serve as a narrative canon bridge between games. It might explain the odd pacing we’ve seen thus far. Gail Simone is one of my favorite writers, and I do like what she’s attempting, but there is an air outside influence to Gail’s version of Lara’s post-Yamati life. I do like the pairing of Lara and Reyes, though. Begrudged partnerships are just fun to watch.

Weekly Wednesday Pull List – 2/26

I know I’m posting this a day late, but if you haven’t already made your comic selections this week, consider adding these to your intake:

The Wake #6 of 10

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The Wake is a series created by Scott Snyder – of American Vampire & Batman notoriety – for the Vertigo imprint. It’s a water-based creature miniseries that looks at the discovery of an undersea quasi-anthropomorphic race of creatures and the subsequent effects their discovery has on humans. Issues 1-5 were released last fall, focusing largely on the modern-day storyline. The series is back with part two focusing on life 200 years in the future. Featuring some great art by Sean Murphy, I highly recommend you check this issue out. The divide in timelines makes this a great opportunity to jump in, and catch up on 1-5 later.

Tomb Raider #1

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Gail Simone is spearheading Lara Croft’s storyline between official games in this new monthly from Dark Horse. The theme and title of the issue – “Survivor’s Guilt” – is kind of Gail’s wheelhouse. What she sets in motion in issue 1 is a story that directly ties to the island of Yamati from the rebooted game. The survivors wish desperately to leave the memories of the island behind, but the loss of their friends and a new supernatural element will not let that happen anytime soon.

[Editorial note: Gail Simone is not just a great read in comic literature, but also on Twitter. Check her out.]

Harley Quinn #3

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Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti are doing a great job at establishing Harley in a standalone series. Whereas in the past she’s been a companion to either the Joker or her teammates on the Suicide Squad, she’s now lurching forward into an independent life. Last month’s issue saw a visit from her best friend (and I hope eventual love interest Poison Ivy) who helped her turn a vacant floor in her new building into a puppy oasis. The series seems to be doing a good job at mixing cute kitsch & psychosis very well. Harley has a lot of crazy love to give, and sometimes her love just manifests itself with an axe to the head. It’s a fun journey.

Porn & Video Games

I’m excited to announce a very #nerdjizz contest! Starting today, Monday, January 27th, and lasting until February 26th, every person who signs up for a at least a month membership to CockyBoys through a #nerdjizz link will be entered to win a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

Jumping for the chance at a free game!
Jumping for the chance at a free game!

It’s really that easy. If you sign up for a membership, you get entered to win. Winners will be chosen on the 27th of February and announced the next day! The 28th happens to be the day that the new Tomb Raider comic series launches, so how’s that for (completely intended) coincidences!?

Join Cockyboys -> Be entered to win Tomb Raider: Definitive!
Simple!

Curious about the official rules? Click here.

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Hey Baby, I’ll Raid Your Tombs

Lara Croft is one of my personal heroes. I loved the original Tomb Raider when I was a kid because there was a pretty heavy emphasis on running and jumping and action. I grew up with a huge back yard, and an adjacent forest so big, the limits of my imagination were never reached. Lara was the first high-profile digital representation of a non-cartoonish, non-hetero male, non-militaristic, non-space-suited protagonist. Sure she had quite a few qualities which are not quite relatable – she’s an heiress, has a wildly exaggerated bust size, and is essentially an olympic-level gymnast. But still she provided, for me at least, an engaging fantasy avatar.

Crystal Dynamics relaunched the series last year bringing a more somber tone, a multilayered heroine and an engaging combat system. Camilla Luddington of Grey’s Anatomy lent her voice to this new Lara, and quite frankly, it’s some of the best voice acting in a video game and rivals some of the top talent in a year of utterly amazing voice work in video games.

 

Sage advice.
Sage advice.
Reach for it.
Reach for it.
Among the ruins.
Among the ruins.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
The key to a good torch is waterproofing.
Can you hear me now?
Can you hear me now?

Unsatisfied to let a good thing rest on its laurels, Crystal Dynamics rebuilt the entire game from the ground up to introduce it to the next generation of consoles, specifically the Xbox One and the Playstation 4. Since both new consoles utilize completely different and more advanced processors than the generation prior, a simple port wouldn’t suffice.  IGN offered a comparison between previous and current gen versions:

This is a game that I’ve already completed three times because I loved the narrative and the gameplay so much, so it’s a no-brainer that I’m going to pick up the Definitive Edition for my Xbox One when it launches next week. Hell, I bought the collectors edition last time around with the Lara Croft action figure. Yep. Not even sorry about it. I very seriously recommend you play Tomb Raider if you haven’t already – especially if you’ve never played any of the previous games. It’s such a wonderful new start for Lara. It is the reboot by which all reboots should be judged.

AND there’s a comic book being released next month to serve as an official bridge between the end of this game and the beginning of next! It’s being written by Gail Simon of Batgirl, The Movement, Birds of Prey, Red Sonja, and Secret Six fame, so I have full faith the story will be handled expertly.

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Tomb Raider #1 Coming Soon – Gail Simone, Dark Horse

 

Check back here later today for an exciting announcement from #nerdjizz regarding your chance to own a copy of Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition.

What Are You Playing?

What are you guys playing right now? My full Tomb Raider review is coming next week, and my Bioshock: Infjnite review will follow that. Both of those games have had me chained to my XBox in my spare time. What are you playing?

Go Play Your Video Games

Angry Birds

I don’t think anyone has quite milked the potential of launching on the iOS platform quite like Rovio has with their mega-hit “Angry Birds.” This brand began as one game, grew into 8+ others and then spawned a wide-reaching merchandise empire that rivals any Hollywood entertainment property. Speaking of Hollywood, they’ve even partnered with films in the past (Rio) and more recently with the Star Wars brand. It’s quite possible to be sick of seeing Angry Birds everywhere even if you’ve never played it. But, this is the game that started it all, and it still holds up as an excellent slingshot-puzzler, so this weekend while it’s free, be sure to download both iOS versions.

For iPhone & iPod: Download Angry Birds
For iPad: Download Angry Birds HD

 

Tomb Raider

Nitty Gritty LaraLara Croft is back. Sort of. Technically this is the first time we’re meeting Lara, because Crystal Dynamics have partnered with publishers Square Enix and have breathed new (and improved) life to the iconic video game heroine. Expect my full review sometime in the next two weeks, as I’m currently in the thrall of the campaign, but read on for my initial take. Original developer/publisher team Core/Eidos had stretched the original Tomb Raider series just about as far as they could when they partnered up (and eventually handed over) Lara to developers Crystal Dynamics. CD actually managed to put their own decent spin on the series, releasing “Legend”, a 10 year anniversary remake of the original titled, aptly, “Tomb Raider: Anniversary” and a finally a continuation of their own original storyline called “Tomb Raider: Underworld.” Underworld was actually quite good and felt modern, while still very true to the original intent. But sales just weren’t keeping up, so the Lara think tank went back to the drawing board, trying to figure out how to make an essentially nine-sequeled game exciting again. Next, Eidos badly damaged by investments, was absorbed by publisher Square Enix (publishers of hits like Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts & Hitman) and Crystal Dynamics retained developer rights. As a result, we now have “Tomb Raider.” Sharing a name with the original best-selling and trend-setting game that essentially launched the 3D exploring adventure genre, the newest version of Lara’s exploits is easily her best to date. Definitely worth your $60 to check out. The gameplay is the best combination hybrid I’ve seen in a game like this, borrowing back the best pieces from so many games that borrowed from the original series.

To buy Tomb Raider *while* supporting #nerdjizz, go here!

Halo 4

Promethean KnightAt this point, I’ll play anything Halo Related. They’ve taken a more methodical approach to releases than the original Tomb Raider series did. As such, their candle hasn’t burned out yet, and likely won’t be needing a reboot any time soon. The newest exploits of everyone’s favorite couple who can’t consummate their relationship finds Master Chief and his Artificial Intelligence assistant Cortana uncovering secrets of the creators of life in their universe. The Elite are certainly back for action too, but they can’t quite match up to the killing prowess of new enemies like the Promethean Knights. (Pictured to your left.)

Seriously, Promethean Knights are a bitch to take down in the game. Especially on Legendary (the hardest difficulty setting, for non-Halo folk.) So, if you loved the outings of Master Chief before, you’re probably going to love them again. Might as well go pick it up and start playing today!

 

 

 

Walking Dead

The final entry I’ll mention today is a particularly interesting game. Based on the hit comic book series “The Walking Dead” from which the universally-loved tv show comes from, this game began and exists as an episodic adventure. Originally there were a couple of months to a few weeks between releases giving the game a true sense of originating from the world of Kirkman’s comics. If you’re not much of a gamer, this installment-based adventure might be perfect for you. The game is driven by about 70% story and 30% action. It comes close to achieving a perfect rendition of “interactive storytelling.” Not only that, but there are more on the way! These first five “episodes” complete the first “season” of the game. Season two is on its way soon! And given that it’s available on just about every platform available, from your phone to your XBox to your computer, you don’t have many excuses not to try it.

For XBox 360 owners, you can find it here.
For Mac users :: For PC Users
PS3 folks can buy it here.
For iOS users, pick up your copy on the app store.

The Walking Dead by Telltale Games

Lara Is Back.

Lara Croft is returning in a reboot to the Tomb Raider series. Does it need a reboot? That’s the biggest question up for debate right now. Personally, I thought the latest game (not the XBLA offering) Tomb Raider: Underworld was just fantastic. It reminded me of everything I loved about the very first one, all while offering a very dynamic current-gen experience. The control was fluid, the environments were dynamic, and Lara was just as sexy as she’d ever been.

However, I have to say I’m very intrigued by the direction this new game will take. I think it will certainly be a solid gameplay experience. It is the same team after all who brought us Underworld, so even if they just rehash the same mechanics with new polygonal skins, I’ll still be happy.