Respawn Point – Week Ending 4.7.13
For all the news that slowly died on the gaming battlefield, it’s time for another Respawn Point, catching all the stuff that we missed before and thrusting it in your face.
Maybe not that aggressively, but still, it’s news you missed, and here we are to provide it.
iFighting, DC Comics Style
Some of us can’t possibly wait the nine days until Injustice: Gods Among Us is released for the Wii U, Xbox 360, and PS3 systems. For those with iDevices, you don’t have to, as Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is releasing a mobile version of Injustice for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
The mobile version of Injustice will feature 3-on-3 tag combat with the most famous (and infamous) faces in the DC Comics world, including Batman, Superman, Green Arrow, Lex Luthor, and Harley Quinn, in a collectible card-based mechanic. The creator of the mobile game, NetherRealm Studios, intends for the game to be played either stand-alone or as a companion to the console games, as those with Xbox or PS3 editions can unlock exclusive content in both the console game and the mobile game. (Sorry, Nintendiehards, we’re screwed once again.)
The mobile game for iDevices can be found in Apple’s App Store at appstore.com/injustice. The console versions of Injustice: Gods Among Us hits retailers Tuesday, April 16. This also marks the date that my reign of terror will begin on the Wii U. Challenge issued.
The Undead, Mobsters, Hot Lava, and Call of Duty… Seems Legit
Back in my college days, I was a barista (read: “coffee slinger”) at an internationally-known coffee chain. I probably shouldn’t say what it was, but I can tell you it rhymes with “Charred Ducks.” Those familiar with Charred Ducks, even if they can’t tell the difference between them, can at least recognize the names of the different coffee blends. But occasionally they would get an option like “Special Blend” or “Barista’s Blend.” And that’s because it probably sold better than if we called it “Leftover Beans We Threw Together Blend.”
I don’t know if I’m the only one on this, but does the newly-announced Uprising DLC pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops II seem like a bit of “Barista’s Blend” to anyone else?
The second DLC pack for the record-breaking FPS, Uprising has a little of everything thrown in. A new Zombie mode called “Mob of the Dead” puts you in control of four Prohibition-era mobsters trying to break out of Alcatraz, the infamous California prison island. And, just in case that was too easy, San Francisco is undergoing a Zombie infestation.
Yes. Mobsters and zombies in Call of Duty. Methinks someone over at Activision Blizzard is watching too much AMC.
OK, so they’re not mobsters. And it’s not Prohibition… ok, I’m just still mad about how Peter treated that nice Peggy Olson, okay???
Listen, I don’t want to sound like I’m bashing it. Who knows? I like zombie games. I like mob movies. Someone had to figure out that peanut butter and chocolate are good together.
And they got some good names involved with it, including Chazz Palmenteri and Michael Madsen. So, you know, why not?
Uprising will also involve four multiplayer maps, including a tribute to one of the original Black Ops favorites. “Magma” will drop players into a bustling city in modern Japan, then promptly destroy it with hot lava spewed from a nearby erupting volcano. “Encore” takes place in London after the closing of a music festival. The map had a very king-of-the-mountain feel to it, as anyone who has control of the main stage truly has control of the map. “Vertigo” takes place in a high-rise skyscraper in India, where players not only have to watch for enemy fire, they have to watch their step as well. Finally, “Studio” is a tribute to the original Black Ops multiplayer map “Firing Range,” where players will hunt others down in a Hollywood studio backlot, including sets ranging from sci-fi to medieval to Western.
Uprising will launch exclusively on XBox LIVE on April 16 for 1200 Microsoft points. Those who have purchased the season pass for Black Ops II will automatically have access to Uprising; passes can be bought for $49.99 or 4000 Microsoft points.
Speaking of Call of Duty, the CoD Championships are wrapping up today in LA. GotGame will have more on that story tomorrow.
The Castlevania That Started It All… We Think
Speaking of downloadable content (and the undead), the original Castlevania is the latest retro title to rise from the grave (pun) on a Nintendo console, this time for the 3DS. Join Simon Belmont as he journeys through Transylvania to rid the world of the terrifying vampire Dracula. Castlevania went on to spawn two more sequels on the NES, as well as a myriad of other sequels on various consoles, and one of the only chronologies more FUBAR than the timeline of The Legend of Zelda.
Also new in the Nintendo eShop this week: escapeVektor, Real Heroes: Firefighters 3D, Gabrielle’s Ghostly Groove 3D, and downloadable content for both Colors! 3D and Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Gates to Infinity, all on the 3DS. Toki Tori 2 was released on the eShop for the Nintendo Wii U.
This week’s Story That We DID Cover But Is So Important I’m Bringing It Up Again:
If the rumors about no-backwards-compatibility and an always-on internet connection for the XBox 720 weren’t enough to make you Frogger-hoppin’ mad, maybe these tweets from “Always-On” Adam Orth will do the trick. Suffice it to say if even one (or both??!?!?) of these rumors are true, it could spell red rings for the Microsoft console.
And finally, this week’s Gamer Lawl of the Week…
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