(Slightly) Old Video Game Review: Batman: Arkham Asylum

Batman finally has a good game.

Comic book games.  Never really worked out in the gaming world, especially for Batman.  As far as I can recall (and I can recall all the way back to the NES days…), Batman’s track record for video games was pretty shoddy.  Developers never knew how to translate his world, story, and abilities well in a video game setting.  It took since the dawn of gaming till August 25, 2009 to finally have him in a decent game.  Batman: Arkham Asylum is a spectacular game and I seriously enjoyed pretty much everything it had to offer.  This was a new landmark in gaming, because now people had a superhero that they always wanted to play in the virtual world.

This third-person action, adventure, and stealth game really upped the ante for comic book heroes.  The story was great, the typical Batman vs. Joker was the main headliner, but you get to fight other supervillans like Bane, Croc, Poison Ivy, and the Scarecrow.  The artistic direction of each character is so good, I would give the developers a standing ovation.  They all looked so damn good and each had their own unique, old school look to them.  The voice casting was absolutely awesome in this game.  Joker stood out the most, (besides having the most vocal parts), Mark Hamill (Star Wars’ Luke Skywalker) did an awesome job voicing Joker.  Joker did standout compared to the other voice acting done, but I’m not saying that the other voice acting are bad at all.

Poison Ivy. Don’t get too happy now…

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(Slightly) Old Video Game Review: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

The First Person Shooter (FPS) genre is one of the most popular in the gaming world.  There are so many classics to name from such as, Counter Strike, Goldeneye, Half-Life, Halo, etc. etc.  The list just goes on and on.  Many can argue the Top 10 FPS games for decades and they will never get to an agreement. However, one of the ones that solidified it’s own franchise was Call of Duty.

It’s all in the details.

The Call of Duty series of games mainly started out as a World War II era game. But the idea of heading into the 1940s to shoot some Nazis was getting stale. Then the guys over at Infinity Ward tried something entirely different…set the time to the modern era and let loose upon the world on November 5, 2007, a game that would…well…change everything.  Now…the modern era has been explored before in a FPS, but not to an extent like what Call of Duty 4 did.  They pretty much looked at the Michael Bay handbook on  “How to blow shit up” and James Cameron’s guidebook to “Making a damn good action movie” and combined both for one hell of a ride. Continue reading