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Limited Edition Star Wars PlayStation 4

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A limited edition Darth Vader-inspired PS4 system was revealed at D23 Expo that will be available as part of two “Star Wars” bundles on November 17th, including either Star Wars Battlefront or Disney Infinity 3.0. The bundles will include a custom 500GB limited edition PS4 system and DualShock 4 Wireless Controller inspired by Darth Vader. The fully customized PS4 features an image of Darth Vader, as well as a repeated Star Wars logo across the top of the system. The Darth Vader edition DualShock 4 is inspired by Darth Vader’s chest panel and features the repeated Star Wars logo on its touchpad. Each will also feature a digital voucher to download four classic Star Wars titles – Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars Bounty Hunter – playable for the first time on PS4, and sporting enhanced graphics and Trophy support.

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The Best Superhero Video Games of All Time

LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes

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These creative little plastic bricks have certainly had quite the comeback in recent years. Now they spawn popular video games and even number one box office movies. One such gaming effort from the LEGO realm is ‘LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes’. The action-adventure game was praised very highly by gamers and critics alike and takes place in an open world environment. The game allows you to play as the caped crusader as well as other popular DC Comic characters. There have been many Batman-based games released such as the the Dark Knight Rises slot game, and LEGO Batman 2 is definitely amongst the very best.

Marvel: Ultimate Alliance

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Theatrically the Marvel universe has swarmed cinemas over the last few years with a constant flow of Marvel-based releases. And with each release comes the opportunity for a video game spin-off. However in ‘Marvel: Ultimate Alliance’ a whole host of famous faces come together to give us one heck of a showdown. The game features over 140 Marvel comic book characters and allows players to pick a team of 4 offering total team customisation. Players can also control the fate of the Marvel universe with the decisions they make.

Batman: Arkham City

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The Batman makes it on to our list once more with the incomparable sequel to 2009’s thrilling ‘Batman: Arkham Asylum’. Arkham City from Rocksteady Studios picked up a number of awards for its gameplay, music and action all brilliantly honed to give players a real intense gaming experience. In this all new storyline more Gotham-based characters come out of the woodwork for the Dark Knight to tackle. The incredible FreeFlow combat aspect as well as the typically atmospheric environments and characterisations help make this stand out above the rest.

The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

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Ultimate Destruction is an often overlooked superhero classic that was perfect for those wishing to cause a bit of virtual mayhem. In this open world environment the green Hulk was able to break away from his particular missions, if the player so wished, and was able to go off and quite literally smash things to smithereens. You could even break things in order to then use the leftover pieces to batter your enemies long the way. The storyline is engaging enough but it’s the freedom of rage and destruction that makes this effort stand out, and is the perfect solution for letting off a little steam.

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Funko To Release Batman: Arkham Knight Pop! Vinyl Figures In September 2015

Funko announced a new series of Pop! Heroes vinyl figurines based on the Batman: Arkham Knight video game. This series will consist of four figures: Batman, Scarecrow, Harley Quinn and the Arkham Knight.

Like most Pop! vinyl toys, these figures measure about 4 inches tall and carry an MSRP of $10.99.

This isn’t the first time Funko has tackled the Arkham franchise. Last year they released a series of five figures based on Arkham Asylum (Batman, Joker, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc).

Look for the Arkham Knight series to hit stores in September 2015.

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Star Wars Is Coming To Disney Infinity 3.0

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Disney Interactive Studios announced that Disney Infinity 3.0 will introduce Star Wars characters!

The Star Wars characters will launch with two different pack-in playsets, “Twilight of the Republic” and “Rise Against the Empire.” The former, from developer Ninja Theory, is set after Attack of the Clones and will see Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka take on a new droid army. The latter, then, hails from Studio Gobo and has Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia taking on Darth Vader with levels set on Hoth and Tatooine and during the Battle of Yavin.

Available separately are figurines of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Han Solo and Chewbacca. All Star Wars figurines will be playable in any Star Wars environment.

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Outside of the Star Wars galaxy, Disney Infinity 3.0 will also introduce new figurines from the recent Avengers: Age of Ultron (including Hulkbuster), the upcoming Disney Pixar animated feature Inside Out and even TRON: Legacy!

Disney Infinity 3.0 hits PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, iOS, and Android this fall.

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Announcing LEGO Dimensions

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group announced LEGO Dimensions, an all-new entertainment experience that breaks the rules of traditional gaming to merge physical LEGO brick building with interactive console gameplay in a manner only imaginable in the world of LEGO games. Launching September 27, 2015, the game will fuse many fan-favorite universes together, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Back to the Future, and many more still to be announced.

LEGO Dimensions, developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, will be available for Xbox One, the all-in one games and entertainment system from Microsoft and the Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems and the Wii U system from Nintendo.

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For the first time in any LEGO videogame, characters from iconic entertainment franchises join forces and battle in worlds outside of their own. In addition to the game the LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack will include the LEGO Toy Pad, which allows players to transport special LEGO minifigures and other LEGO objects into the game, bricks to build the LEGO Gateway, three LEGO Minifigures, including LEGO Batman from DC Comics, LEGO Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings and Wyldstyle from The LEGO Movie, plus the LEGO Batmobile.

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In addition to the three minifigure heroes used to start the experience, LEGO Dimensions will allow gamers to customize their experience with additional expansion packs. Highly collectible Level Packs, Team Packs and Fun Packs will provide new buildable characters, vehicles, tools and gadgets, as well as compelling game content with new mission-based levels and unique in-game abilities. All expansion packs will feature well-known properties and provide gamers the opportunity to use everything interchangeably, anywhere throughout the game – with no limitations.

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A small sample of packs available in 2015 include the Back to the Future Level Pack with a LEGO Marty McFly minifigure, a LEGO Ninjago Team Pack with Kai and Cole minifigures, three Ninjago Fun Packs with Jay, Nya and Zane minifigures, two DC Comics Fun Packs with Wonder Woman and Cyborg minifigures, three The Lord of the Rings Fun Packs with LEGO Gollum, LEGO Gimli and LEGO Legolas minifigures, four The LEGO Movie Fun packs with Emmet, Bad Cop, Benny and Unikitty characters, and a The Wizard of Oz Fun Pack with a LEGO Wicked Witch of the West minifigure. Additional packs to round out the 2015 assortment will be announced in the months leading to launch. Further waves of expansion packs will be released regularly following the launch of the game and into 2016.

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LEGO Dimensions not only offers a bridge between digital and physical LEGO play, but also introduces a digital system of play with great long-term value for LEGO gaming. One LEGO Toy Pad, LEGO Gateway and the videogame found in the initial Starter Pack will offer endless opportunities to customize a player’s experience for years to come. Future expansion pack purchases will continue to work with the Starter Pack, even in the fall of next year.

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Why Superhero Video Games Are Always Fun

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Superhero films have taken over Hollywood in the past 15 years. But along with the movies, classic comic characters have also inspired countless modern video games. And while only a handful stand out as truly great achievements, there’s always something great about playable hero experiences. Here are a few reasons in particular that superhero video games are so much fun

Character Abilities

Ordinary action games may be fun, but on some level they’re always the same. In superhero games, however, you can enjoy specific hero skills! Play as Iron Man and you get immense strength and armor; play as Batman and you’ll go through stealth challenges; or play as Spider-Man or Superman and you’ll swing (or fly) through the air. The individual games aren’t always the best, but the action is unique, and that counts for something. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 game is a great example of this. It received mediocre critical commentary, but scroll through fan reviews at Metacritic and you’ll notice a lot of them give credit to the game’s web swinging. Some even gave the game a positive review just because of this single action feature unique to Spider-Man.

Character Interest

Simply put, we want to interact with superheroes in any way we can. And this can make even otherwise ordinary games a lot more interesting. The online casino market offers some clear indications of this concept in practice. At InterCasino, ordinary sounding casino games such as “Hot Shots Blazing 7’s” and “Quick Hit Platinum” are placed alongside a few games, such as “Superman: Last Son Of Krypton,” that use character names and artwork to attract players. Which of these games would you rather try if you were dabbling in an online casino? That’s what we thought!

They Can Improve On Movies

Not every superhero film is good, and sometimes the games that coincide with them are actually more entertaining than the movies. In these instances, games can help to keep our heroes from growing disappointing. The best example is X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Rotten Tomatoes reveals almost-universally horrible reviews for the 2009 film of this name. However, the game earned four stars at IGN and was seen by many as one of the most engaging and enjoyable superhero games in recent years. Of course it would be better if all the movies were great, but the ability of the games to save face for the films is valuable.

Collaborations

Video games have more character flexibility than films, and for that reason they often bring us some incredibly fun character combinations we might otherwise never see. Just look at the range of villains in the Arkham franchise, or the different heroes that can fight in games like Marvel vs. Capcom Origins.  Even if a single game is so-so, options like fighting pitting Iron Man and Spider-Man against one another, or dealing with the Joker in one scene and the Riddler in the next, make for incredibly fun experiences.

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Batman Arkham Knight Set For June 2, 2015 Release With Two Collector’s Editions

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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman: Arkham Knight is scheduled to release worldwide beginning June 2, 2015. Also revealed, are two collector’s editions – Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition and Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition. Both will be available in limited quantities at launch in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand for the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft. Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition will also be available in Europe, Australia and New Zealand for PC.

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 Batman: Arkham Knight Limited Edition ($99.99) will include:

– Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
– Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc
– Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
– Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
– Batman Memorial Statue – Imposing statue commemorating Gotham’s Protector, the Dark Knight

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Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Edition ($199.99) will include:

– Custom Art Book – 80 Page, Full Colour Art Book Showcasing the concept art of Batman Arkham Knight
– Limited Edition SteelBook – Unique SteelBook case and game disc
– Comic Book – Limited Edition DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight #0 Comic Book
– Exclusive Character Skin Pack – Three Unique Skins from DC Comics – The New 52
– Transforming Batmobile Statue – Fully transformable Batmobile statue realized in exquisite detail by TriForce

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The Room Three Coming To iOS In The Spring of 2015

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Fireproof Games has announced that The Room Three will hit the App Store in spring 2015. An early announcement, The Room Three is sure to be a highly anticipated title as the newest game in the popular atmospheric puzzle series.

The Room Two was released late last year, and The Room was first released in 2012. Fireproof says the newest Room game “promises to evolve the mysterious story and take puzzle solving to higher and weirder places than ever before.”

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Will Be Available On September 23, 2014

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Disney Interactive confirmed this week that the highly anticipated Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be available at North American retailers on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The sequel to the #1 best-selling new family IP of 2013 expands the platform with the introduction of all new super-powered Marvel Play Sets and characters that players can experience exclusively inside of the new version of the game. The popular Toy Box mode also returns with enhanced features where users can create their own adventures and share them online with friends.

Additionally, the company announced the official launch of its pre-order program.  Starting today through September 22, as a bonus for pre-ordering the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack, consumers will receive a Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel figure (valued at $13.99) from top retailers nationwide.

The game will be available for pre-order this week at San Diego Comic-Con at the Disney Infinity Pop-up Shop (343 4th Ave. San Diego, CA 92101) and at the Marvel booth (#2329) inside the San Diego Convention Center. The game will also be available for hands-on demos at both locations during the show.

Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E10+ rating by the ESRB. All characters and power discs from last year’s release of Disney Infinity will be compatible with the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes Toy Box.

About Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity is an interactive gaming platform where players have unprecedented freedom and endless opportunity to create stories and play experiences starring the beloved characters from across the worlds of Disney. Building on the success of last year’s initial launch, Disney Interactive announced that  Disney Infinity’s next chapter, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, will hit stores this fall. In the all new game, players use real-world interactive figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of popular Marvel franchises and create new adventures with other Disney Infinity characters in the Toy Box mode. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is rated E-10+ by the ESRB.

For more information, visit Disney.com/Infinity.

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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes (2.0 Edition) Heads To San Diego During Comic-Con Week

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With San Diego Comic-Con taking place next week, Disney Interactive is excited to share details on all of the Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes’ activities during the show. From hands-on previews to hosting a Pop-Up Shop and games panel with Executive Producer John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will have something for everyone.

Key highlights include:

Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop: From July 23-26, the Disney Infinity Pop-Up Shop, located at 343 4th Ave. (between J & K streets), will be the official headquarters of Disney Infinity. Open to the public from 5PM-10PM each day, fans will have their first hands-on experience with the game where they can play in both the Play Set mode as well as the newly updated Toy Box mode. Fans will be able to pre-order Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and be treated to special guests, giveaways and other surprises.

Marvel Unlimited Plus Members Event: On July 24 from 3PM-5PM, Marvel Unlimited Plus Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Open House event.  There will be special giveaways and other surprises.

D23 Member Event: On July 26 from 2PM-4PM, D23 Members can access the Pop-Up Shop for a special Disney-themed event. Alex Hirsch, creator of Disney Channel’s “Gravity Falls,” will be on site for an autograph session. There will be special giveaways and other surprises.

Marvel Games Panel (Room #6A): On July 26 from 12:30PM -1:30PM, Disney Infinity Executive Producer John Vignocchi will participate in the Marvel Games Panel to talk about Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and reveal big news. Marvel will also be making a series of announcements for upcoming games. Be sure to check it out for more surprises and limited edition giveaways.

Marvel Booth (#2329): The Marvel booth will host Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game demos and attendees will have a chance to play and pre-order the game. John Vignocchi will host daily on-stage presentations. There will also be limited edition giveaways and autograph sessions with special guests.

Microsoft Game Lounge (San Diego Hyatt): Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes will be showcased and fans will have the opportunity to get hands-on time with the game.

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