I hope everyone has a lovely Memorial Day this week! Amid video games and comic books, please enjoy some time with your family and good friends.
This summer, there is a new direct-to-video animated Batman movie slated to be released.
I grew up watching the animated Batman series due to my uncle having taped the majority of the episodes on VHS tapes. When I wasn’t bothering said uncle to play Ocarina of Time or Super Mario RPG, I was probably wearing out the VHS tapes in order to watch Batman and Robin.
Aside from the fact that it’s Batman, this movie also brings Kevin Conroy and Loren Lester back as the voices of Batman and Nightwing, and I’m so excited! They’ve done some of the best work as their voices, in my opinion. Melissa Rauch, from The Big Bang Theory, will be Harley Quinn and, while she’s obviously not the original voice actress, I don’t think she sounds too bad as the character.
Seeing the animated series again not only brings about a wave of nostalgia, but it also reminds me of the Batman video games out there. Rachel has played Arkham Asylum, but our XBox decided to call it quits before I could get a chance to do so. I have also yet to play Batman: The Telltale Series that is chilling on my Steam account. I definitely need to check out that game soon!
Are you interested in the Batman movies? Who out there remembers VHS tapes?
Since starting this blog, I’ve come to the realization that I don’t play as many games as I thought I did. I mean, I’ve been gaming since I was old enough to pick up a controller, but my gaming tends to be limited in my favorite franchises. The Legend of Zelda and Pokemon, with the occasional Mario, games dominate most of these posts.
In recent years, video games and everything that’s associated with them (story, art, characters, software, etc.) became more important to me, and I’ve been trying to find different games to try. Below are some of my favorite “newer” finds.
4. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Alright, so this series isn’t exactly new, but it’s definitely a gem. We had found it on the Wii’s Virtual Console and, having never heard of the series, had decided to give it a go. Gaming wasn’t exactly a serious pursuit at that point, but it was a key game in opening up my mind to everything gaming could be — the writing, the characters, the stories themselves are amazing, and were an inspiration to keep following this art form.
That, and this series was played not only with Rachel but also with our elder sister Lisa. Lisa’s not a big gamer at all, but to be able to share this series with both my sisters will always make it special to me.
3. Assassin’s Creed
I haven’t played this game yet, but it is there on my to-do list. This game series always seemed interesting to me and it was bought on a whim when Rachel and I were looking for more games for our PlayStation 3. Hopefully it’ll be a great game and open some more doors for us, genre-wise!
2. Batman: Arkham series
I was supposed to play the first game of this series a couple of months ago, back when Rachel and I were challenging each other to play a game that the other hadn’t played before. Because our XBox 360 died, I still haven’t been able to give this game a shot. However, Rachel has played it, and it was definitely not the kind of game I would ever think of my sister playing. Seeing her try out the combat-heavy, dark-themed Batman game was awesome — like the Phoenix Wright series, the Arkham franchise opened our eyes to new games and styles of play.
Rachel touched upon this game already on this blog, and this probably won’t be the last time you hear about it from us, haha! When Minecraft first came out, I honestly thought it seemed a bit silly and didn’t see much of a point to it. Sure, there are some people who can create some fantastic pixel art with the block style of the game, but it wasn’t until Rachel and I watched some streams of the game from our favorite YouTubers that we got interested enough to try it.
Of course, our first go-round with the game, the XBox 360 version, wasn’t that great, but after getting our desktop and then a gaming laptop, Minecraft was always one of the first games we wanted to try out. The game has been great so far, even if it is just Rachel and I trying to survive (and failing at times) in the world!
It’s such a shame how quickly the weekend goes by, isn’t it? So many games to play, so little time…
Can I fangirl for a moment over Batman?
I was introduced to the world of superheroes by my uncle (the same uncle who, incidentally, had introduced me to video games) with Batman: The Animated Series and a few of the older comic books. Batman himself is one of the most popular characters by DC, so it’s no surprise that there’s over 30 video games (and counting!) on various consoles starring the Dark Knight himself.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve played a Batman-centric video game. In fact, the last one I played was probably Lego Batman for the Wii with Rachel. Rachel has played and enjoyed Arkham Asylum and Arkham City for our XBox 360, and she wanted me to try them out, but the XBox 360 decided to stop working.
(On that note, if anyone has any advice or would like to share their opinions regarding whether or not Rachel and I should try buying another XBox 360, the XBox One, or just wait for the next generation. We have a slew of XBox 360 games, with not too many backwards compatible with the XBox One. It’s a dilemma.)
Now there’s Batman: The Telltale Series, the game that is being released in intervals as episodes. The first episode was released last month while the second episode is coming out tomorrow. Although the major platforms for the game are the Playstations 3 and 4, and the XBox 360 and One, it’s also available for PC.
Having a graphic novel-type adventure while playing as Bruce Wayne and his persona Batman (or vice versa, if you’re on the side of Bruce Wayne being Batman’s alter ego) sounds amazing to me. Compelling story lines and characters are so important to me in gaming, and this game looks as if it could deliver both.
I’m going to hunt around a bit for reviews before giving it a go, but I was curious if anyone out there has tried it out already? Any other thoughts and opinions on Batman: The Telltale Series?
Rachel and I have been watching some throwback old-school movies and television shows lately, namely the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It got me thinking about some the video games based on the shows, and what other video games we had that were adapted from movies, books, and television. Adaptations are generally known as bad, considering they’re usually just used to milk the cash cow of the franchise, but there are some that can still be fun.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
I have this game for the GameCube and it was as close to being able to go to Hogwarts myself as Pottermore is for fans in the present. It was amazing controlling Harry Potter around in the wizarding world, even if the controls were a bit weird.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up
Okay, so this is basically Super Smash Brothers with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle characters instead of the huge roster of Nintendo characters. Still, it was enjoyable for a ninja turtle nerd like myself. There are also plenty of adventure and arcade-style TMNT games out there, with a new one slated for this summer, that Rachel and I have enjoyed over the years.
Lego The Hobbit
Rachel and I are hysterical while we play this game. First off was the fact that we couldn’t figure out the controls. Secondly, the objectives weren’t as obvious to us as they may be to other players. Still, it was a lot of fun, both for the familiar, amazing story and characters, and just the fact that it was great running around as lego people.
Batman: Arkham Asylum
I personally haven’t played this one (yet), but Rachel has. I was always impressed with the graphics, storyline, and gameplay. It’s definitely on my list to play, and judging by Rachel’s opinion of the game, I’m sure it won’t disappoint!
I think that’s all I have to say about this one for an intro.
Batman: Arkham Ayslum
If you’ve been reading my posts for a while now, you should have gotten the sense that I don’t typically play these kinds of games. I love Mario, Zelda, Pokemon, Sonic (even though those games have really gone down hill…), Animal Crossing, etc. I enjoy the laid back, “rated E for everyone” games.
But I love Batman and when this game came out I was super excited. It’s a fantastic game, one that I need to replay again.
Though it’s a stressful game. I’m not used to such a dark, combative game and I suffer from Second Player Syndrome. I tend to enjoy watching others play these kinds of games, not play them myself.
I panicked the entire time I played this game. When I got to the boss battle with the Scarecrow, it took me a long time. You want to know? I had to keep pausing to breathe and shake off the sweat from my hands.
The worst part is that the game is intense, but it’s not really. I’m probably the only person who freaks out when playing video games.
It’s entertaining for the people watching, though.