KRATOS is the latest character to be given the awesome Play Arts treatment, creating a deluxe figure boasting an awesome likeness, amazing details and great articulation. He’s 8 inches tall and makes a great addition to any God of War fan’s collection. Grab it now!
Play Arts creates some of the most beautiful action figures and statues based on some of the biggest and brightest Japanese creative properties and video games. You might know them from the Final Fantasy Action Figure Collection they did, bringing to life heroes and monsters, weapons and vehicles the likes of which only the FF franchise could imagine. Or perhaps you’ve seen Jeanne and the titular heroine, Bayonetta. Well, now, the heroes of DEVIL MAY CRY have arrived as part of their KAI SERIES…
Square Enix’s Play Arts ~Kai~ figures are an improved version of their popular Play Arts action figure series. With a larger scale, a greater attention to detail, more articulation points, and additional parts, these are their finest action figure yet.
Here’s a look!
They’re based on DEVIL MAY CRY 4, which you may or may not already have picked up a while back. If the answer is no, of course, we’ve got a link to the Amazon listing right here:
A great game for all ages to explore a world of their own design, LittleBigPlanet took the gaming world by storm and should continue to push forward with the awesome franchise in the future. Of course, as a result of its success, merchandising is inevitable and I’m pleased to say that the folks at Mezco are doing great things with the license. Here’s a look at Series 1 of the 4-inch toys:
You can also pick up a copy of the Playstation 3 game over at Amazon if you’re uninitiated or pre-order the highly-anticipated sequel, scheduled for a November release. Here are the links!
It is the year 2357 and, after years of fighting, the Interplanetary Strategic Alliance (ISA) sends its fleet to Helghan, the home planet of its bitter enemy – the Helghast. In a daring bid to defeat them and remove their tyrannical leader, ISA troopers begin their assault on Helghan, a world as brutal and merciless as the Helghast themselves.
Well on their way to becoming the go-to guys for video game merchandising, DC Direct is releasing a pair of great-looking Killzone figures in January 2011, celebrating both Playstation 2′s original game and the PS3′s sequel, Killzone 2.
There are two figures in the series: the Helghast Assault Infantry and the Helghast Sniper, each standing about 6 inches tall and featuring some great sculpting and paint work that brings the grim aesthetic and glowing eyes to eerie life. They come with game-accurate weapons and make a great addition to the toy shelf of any gamer.
If you’re a fan of the games, too, but haven’t snagged one or both of them for yourself, here are the Amazon.com links where you can pick up both:
Arkham Asylum figures have finally been designed and created and can now be pre-ordered for final shipping in January 2011.
If you were a fan of the game, you probably enjoyed the incredible redesigns undergone by some of the most popular characters in the Batman mythos and it’s with pleasure that I say the game’s three most striking villains have made the cut in this first series, joining a grim-looking Dark Knight: The Joker, Harley Quinn and the syringe-fingered Scarecrow. The cast has never looked cooler. They’re joined by bonus figure Scarface, puppet and puppetmaster of the villainous Ventriloquist.
And how about that new Arkham Asylum 3D release? Well, Destructoid has the news.
Last week, Eidos Interactive released a “Game of the Year Edition” for Rocksteady Studios’ critically-acclaimed Batman: Arkham Asylum, less than a year after the game’s initial release.
Packed with the original game, the disc (for both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) also includes additional content previously only available as downloads. The four challenge maps — “Scarecrow Nightmare,” “Crime Alley,” “Totally Insane,” and “Nocturnal Hunter” — are a nice addition to the already great gaming experience. But the real extra to note here is that Batman: Arkham Asylum can now be played in 3D, on any television, using the included 3D glasses.
How does the 3D look, and does it add anything to the experience? I took it for a test run. Impressions and more after the jump.
Without going into too much technical detail, the 3D utilized in Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition is a process called TriOviz 3D. The method allows developers to implement 3D stereoscopic tech into existing titles, leveraging depth-of-field to create multi-layered effects. It requires 3D glasses with pink and green lenses, two pairs (one Batman-themed, the other “Welcome to the Madhouse” Joker-themed) of which ship with Batman: Arkham Asylum.
The 3D effects in the game are fully optional, and can be toggled on and off in the options menu at any time. But when the game booted up and I was given my initial set-up choices, I immediately flipped on the effect and (as instructed) slid on the rather silly-looking 3D glasses.
As the game’s first cut-scene kicked in, I wasn’t sure if it was “working.” I didn’t see much of a difference, but was immediately surprised that the pink and green lenses didn’t interfere with the color quality much, if at all. As the camera panned across the Gotham City sky-line and the Batmobile raced through the city’s streets, I started to notice the subtle 3D effects. And I seriously mean “subtle.”
Because Arkham Asylum’s cut-scenes were (presumably) not designed with 3D in mind, there was none of that “debris flying towards the screen” nonsense you get with content designed with 3D intentions. Instead, the Batmobile itself was felt slightly offset from the street, the buildings in the foreground of the sky-line “popped” more, and the gate leading into Arkham Asylum had clear and apparent depth.
The effect was more obvious once the game’s long opening sequence kicked in. As I moved Batman down the halls of Arkham, following guards as we escorted a restrained Joker, there was some clear separation between the models and the game’s environments. It’s a bit of an odd effect, but surprisingly effective, almost as if you were looking at a diorama come to life on your television set.
As far as gameplay and immersion goes, once combat started up and I was controlling the on-screen action, the effects were still noticeable, but not as much. The issue here was that I was so focused on the action itself — my button inputs and the results of them — that I wasn’t really paying attention to the 3D effect all that much. It wasn’t particularly distracting either; remarkably, the hit that the image quality takes is very little. Colors are intact, if slightly muted; the overall visual quality isn’t quite as sharp, but maybe that’s the trade-off here for this 3D-for-all solution.
I suppose that’s the question, though. Are these trade-offs — slightly reduced image clarity and having to wear idiotic glasses on top of it — worth the 3D experience? It’s a novel effect, and I can see the appeal, but I’m not entirely sure it adds enough to the affect of the game to necessarily make it worth your time… at least in the case of Arkham Asylum, which wasn’t a 3D title from the jump.
The tech industry is making a pretty big push for 3D gaming, with Killzone 3 recently confirmed and television manufacturers trying to convince me that it would be fun if it were just like sharks were swimming in my living room. (That actually frightens me.) I don’t believe it’s going to stop anytime soon. I know of more than a few games that are making the leap to 3D, some of them high-profile, multi-platform titles utilizing a range of 3D techniques. (Interesting note: Darkworks, the company behind the TriOviz tech used for Arkham Asylum, was at one point the developer of Ubisoft’s missing-in-action title, I Am Alive.)
If I came away with one thing from playing Arkham Asylum in 3D, it’s how damned good the game is, fancy glasses and effects or not. At $49.99, if you haven’t played or purchased the game, here’s your chance with some extra content and kinda-neat 3D for “free.” (Those who already do own the game, note that your save files won’t carry over; the Game of the Year Edition wanted nothing to do with my old files on my PS3.)
You can buy this video game from Amazon.com
At a 1:6 scale, the new arrivals to our Resident Evil section are not only impressive in size, but in the level of detail included in the sculpting, the weapons and the clothing. Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar from Resident Evil 5 are the latest additions to Hot Toys and Sideshow’s collection of 12” RE figures. And they are gorgeous. Not that it’s hard to make good-looking figures out of two zombie hunters blessed with video-game-perfect bone structure. Here’s a look at Sheva…
Here’s the official list from the folks at Hot Toys…
The Sheva Alomar 12 inch Figure features:
* Hot Toys 1/6 scale female body with over 30 points of articulation, featuring Sheva’s signature tattoo
* Faux-leather boots
* Riffle/H&K PSG-1
* Magnum/S&W M29
* Hand Grenade
* Shotgun/Ithaca M37
* Ammo Pack / Handgun
* Ammo Pack / Machine-Gun
* Three interchangeable posing hands with gloves
* 12-inch figure stand with the Bio Hazard 5 logo and Sheva Alomar nameplate”
Naturally, Chris comes with everything he requires, which is essentially the same supply as Sheva with differences in the weaponry (it helps to diversify when your enemies are as varied as the beasts roaming Africa in RE5). He looks as handsome as Sheva does beautiful, but what I really appreciate is the strength in both characters. Though there’s still a ways to go, I’d say that video games are definitely better than films in representing the fact that good looks are not enough and that it’s necessary to make characters believable as action heroes if they’re going to do the dirty work.
A cinematic tale with a dark feel that combines Verne with 1950s kitsch and more than a little steampunk, Bioshock took the world by storm when it was released. And now, with the release of the second game, there comes a new duo of figures: Big Sister 2 and Subject Delta. They join the original trio of Big Sister 1 and Little Sister (sold as a pair) and the deluxe Big Daddy. The figures are honestly great-looking as NECA gives them the usual high-detail treatment and they stand taller than most at 7+ inches. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of the game.
Frankly, though, I haven’t played my way through the games and even I have to marvel at the character design (and the cut scenes watched as others play before me) and the incredible settings they’ve created. Whether I look forward to the inevitable film, of course, I’m not sure, but for now I can still enjoy the look of it all.
The Sony Playstation and Playsation 2 seemingly came out of nowhere to trounce Nintendo in the 90s and early 00s (the balance has since shifted again with the unexpected success of the Wii) and brought a ton of new and innovative games with them. One such game was Ratchet & Clank for the Playstation 2. Here’s a quick description from the wiki:
The game follows the exploits of Ratchet (a bobcat-like creature known as a Lombax that is very handy with tools) and Clank (a diminutive sentient robot that befriends Ratchet) as they save the galaxy from several evil forces.
Sounds like a pretty average premise for a game, but it was the innovative worlds, characters and weapons that won the hearts, minds and thumbs of the gaming world. The game became a massively successful franchise and has come to include downloadable mini-games and character spin-offs on top of the full-length console adventures. Really, given the popularity of it all, it’s almost a surprise that it’s only now that DC Direct is releasing action figures based on the game! Check out the Ratchet & Clank collection over on our website to see the rest of the items (including the series’ villains and a new look for Ratchet), but here’s one now:
For anyone not yet into the game, what are you waiting for? Here are the links to grab it over at Amazon.com!
Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time
Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction
Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters
PSP 3000 Limited Edition Ratchet and Clank Entertainment Pack – Silver