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San Diego Comic-Con may just be a comic book fan’s ultimate destination. As it turns out, it’s also the epicenter of the video games we’re looking forward to the most.
Warner Bros. Entertainment and DC Comics let attendees demo their two newest superhero-themed titles – Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate and Scribblenauts Unmasked.
Of course, I spent some time with these games and came away quite impressed. Here’s everything you need to know about these two awesome games.
Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – PlayStation Vita, 3DS
– The game’s story takes place months after Batman: Arkham Origins
– The main villain you’ll be pursuing is Catwoman
– The game operates on a 2.5D plane. You’ll move Batman from left to right as you use the grappling hook to latch him onto higher locations. From time to time, Batman will make his way into the background and foreground during chase sequences with Catwoman
– The near-perfect combat of the last Arkham games make a great transition to this portable game. Combos, combo meters and counters are all present and accounted for. Beating down on Gotham City’s grunts feels just as responsive and fluid as the console versions of the system
– The PS Vita’s touch screen is primarily used to enter Detective Mode. You’ll have to keep your finger on the screen in order to scroll around and search for green highlighted objectives. Simple, effective and a good use of the touch screen
– Remember those parts where you were tasked with silently taking down nameless bums with guns? Those sections make a comeback here and they control just as well as the home console interpretations. Unfortunately, I got a little ahead of myself and got gunned down. My demo play time ended, but at least it segued into…
Scribblenauts Unlimited – Wii U, PC
– There’s supposedly 2000 DC characters
– You can make custom heroes with some amazingly creative (and crazy) add-on’s. My demo included the Bat-Dude, who’s hands were made out of dragons. Plus, his cowl was pink. Laugh all you want, but when I typed in the word “Attack,” he went on a rampage (which I was on the path of, unfortunately)
– I traveled to two world within the famous DC Universe – Gotham City and the home planet of the Green Lanterns. Some of the wildest interactions I had in Gotham City involved creating a flashlight so that I could complete my first mission (help some dude be seen at night? Too easy)
– New mission pop up every time you return to a past location, which means the replay value will involve you in an infinite world (see what we did there?)
– The game’s glossary will be an incredible learning tool for kids who end up playing this game. Different version of iconic characters are covered, as well as teams I had no clue existed (a Bizzaro version of the Justice League? Wow!). For those of you who are fans of DC’s more obscure faces, you’ll find something (or someone) to love here
– There’s going to be a lot more action-oriented sequences. This doesn’t mean the Scribblenauts formula of word-driven puzzle solving won’t take a backseat. Both ends of the gaming spectrum will be covered equally
– As you can probably tell already, the ‘toon-tastic graphics are incredible