Play as Nightwing in new Arkham City DLC

New Arkham City DLC to play as Nightwing will be released on Novermber 1st 2011. For those who don’t know who Nightwing is, well was the original Robin. This DLC also comes with two additional challenge maps as well as the animated series character skins!

I still think Nightwing is so much more bad ass!

Original: FHM

Nothing is Scary

It cannot be unseen

Oh it’s that glorious day where it becomes acceptable to dress like a whore and mentally destroy the youth with images that will make their skin crawl for years to come and cement your position as the creepy uncle. I’m talking of course of Halloween, one of my favorite holidays that I never celebrate outside of watching the Alien movies for the 900th time. Of course, when you watch as much horror as I do, you tend to stop finding things scary. In fact, nothing is scary anymore in gaming! But this is more than a short thought as I have a few things to say about this subject.

First of all, horror games don’t work anymore because everything is expected. Every major horror game being released is either part of a series or a direct tribute to them. Resident Evil has done zombies to death (oh puns), Fatal Frame has made ghosts boring, and even Silent Hill’s weirdness is formulaic weird and not scary weird. You know things are bad when a series designed to make you fear something new can’t provide anything new. I would say Silent Hill: Shattered Memories is the sole survivor of this run of new horror games, but the game performed so miserably both critically and in the market, I doubt Konami will want to give that style a chance again. And It really is a shame. Shattered Memories wasn’t scary at all, but it was a work of narrative art.

Okay, so I just acknowledged that good horror games have come out, but that doesn’t change the fact these games aren’t scary. They all have more in common with a big budge Hollywood film than a dark and gritty scarefest, and there’s nothing Hollywood does worse than gritty. That said, a few games have came out with some good scares in them, many not even in the horror genre, so check these out and have a very happy Halloween!

Alien Infestation – A horror game on the DS O_o Now this I gotta see! Okay, so it’s not exactly a scare factory, but it has an element of survival usually lacking from modern games. You have a limited number of unique marines. If one gets injured, you have a short time to find them in the alien hive. If one dies, they’re gone for good. With each one having a unique and fun personality, it’ll make you want to survive, even though you wont.

Amnesia: The Dark Descent – This game looks like shit, but someone ate a diamond, and I feel really bad for them as that must have been very painful to pass, but I’m getting away from my point. This game is one of the finest horror experiences you can find, because the game mechanics have a wonderful push pull dynamic. If you’re in the dark too long, your sanity drops, but you’re most vulnerable in the light. This game isn’t exactly “scary” as you will never have that fear translate beyond when you shut the game down, but you’re bound to have a great time.

Batman: Arkham Asylum – Scary if only because no one expected it, the Scarecrow sections of the game used the dark atmosphere and took the player by surprise. These segments highlight that Arkham Asylum is not only one of the best games ever, but Scarecrow is also one of the best villains of all time.

Metro 2033 – Make no mistake, this is a balls out action shooter, but unlike every other game in the genre, Metro knows how to build tension. When your bullets are your lifeline, supply is limited, every battle could be your last, and you’re suffering from seemingly random horrible visions, Metro 2033 is even a cut above what the F.E.A.R. series can deliver.

And if you haven’t yet, be sure to check out some old classics like Resident Evil, Silent Hill 2 & 3, Fatal Frame, and Clocktower! Sure, I just wrote an article ripping on these games, but it doesn’t mean they’re still not a great time.

Resident Evil Revelations Pictures.


Snap shots and a trailer are up for the new Resident Evil Revelations coming out for consoles. Wait, scratch that, this is for handhelds? Look at that snapshot. Could’ve fooled anyone. It’s amazing how good graphics can be in those little machines.

Although it’s only one monster that’s being shown off in these pictures, the cinematic trailer provides more incredible footage of the in-game graphics and movies. Keep in mind that this is coming from a 3ds.

Darkness II and The Execution Teaser

There are certain moments in some games that get so violent that we have to ask ourselves “is this really necessary?” Take the early Mortal Kombat games and the F.E.A.R. series for example. Upon remembering these games, I hope most of you think the same thing I’m thinking: “Yes. It is absolutely necessary”.

I bring this up because there’s a certain moment in this video that makes one ask that question again.

Tom’s Shorts Thoughts: Fanboys are Assholes

Tom's Shorts Thoughts are based on only a loose understanding of facts or reality. They are not in any way journalism.

Odds are, you’re a fanboy. In my experience, there are two types of fanboys. Both are equally flawed creatures.

FANBOY TYPE ONE is the type of person who will assume any complaints about their favorite console is a direct lash against them as a person. They also have the tendency to spend all their time writing comments on gaming websites talking about how much of a loser reviewers are in spite of having only limited knowledge of how to communicate using words. FANBOY TYPE ONE is an angry person and, in a more Chinese society, would have been locked up in a re-education camp in an attempt to have him become less of a douche and more of a gold farmer. In political circles, they will be found defending their home country regardless of actions because if you don’t like it then get the hell out you terrorist asshole. This is because America is the greatest nation in the world that everyone runs to like a shining beacon of hope since the rest of the world is clearly backwards, hellish, and filled with AIDS. FANBOY TYPE ONE is usually incapable of independent thought and gets all their information from broadcast news.

FANBOY TYPE TWO is a more reasonable creature, just as prone to anger, but directs it generally in the direction of the creator rather than the reviewer. They fully understand that the only way to improve things is to voice complaints against bullshit instead of accepting a boot in their face. While these may seem like positive qualities, FANBOY TYPE TWO has the tendency to brush off anything that’s popular in favor of the independent scene. FANBOY TYPE TWO does this, not because he hates things that are popular, but because he hates fans of things that are popular and will stab the next motherfucker who makes a joke about cake. FANBOY TYPE TWO tends to own multiple consoles in an attempt to be seen as unbiased; however, this is futile since the minute you say something posite about a console, FANBOY TYPE ONE assumes you must hate everything else. FANBOY TYPE TWO enjoys grape jelly on toast for breakfast and gets all their information from independent blogs.

FYI: If you think this post is trolling, then you have no fucking clue what trolling is.

Show us your Cosplay!

 

The crew here at Gamevain.com want to see your best Halloween Cosplay! Halloween is the best time to let your inner geek (or inner slut for that matter) come out and we want to see! By the way, that IS yours truly as both Captain Hook and Lots O Huggin’ Bear. just sayin’!

This year for Halloween, I felt a little uninspired. Decorations are cheap, candy is holy shit expensive, and the costumes are only so-so. I’m calling all gamevain fans out to send us your Halloween costume pics and we’ll post the best of the best (no shitty Eric Roberts movie) next week. Here’s what we’d like to see from our fans:

A photo of you in your Halloween costume posed. We would like for you to submit this to our facebook wall and/or twitter page. Be sure to like us on facebook by going to our page HERE or follow us on twitter @Gamevain This can be anybody and not necisarily video game related. Halloween costumes are bad ass, so we want to see yous. The more creative the better! Here is another example:

This is my Lotso Huggin’ Bear costume. Pretty freaking cool, right? Great stuff right there!

I’m thinking that if we have a big enough turnout, we can maybe (hopefully) offer some giveaways to the winners. Even if we have to write out some I.O.U.’s, we’ll find something for you! Sounds good? Get the word out and share away! Usually, I sign off with “Keep it classy”, but for this one if you can’t be good, be bad. We like that kind of thing here.

Graphically yours,

The Chatterbox

Friendly Reminder: Gears of War 3 DLC pack and Halloween Boomsnipes!

Special weapon skin for online play only until November 1st and then the first DLC release for Gears of war 3!

Chatterbox back with a friendly reminder to make sure you purchase the Gears of War 3 Season Pass if you haven’t already and get ready for the first DLC release. The Horde Command Pack is strictly for Horde 2.0 mode, but does add some characters to the mix. Should make for some fun times. Also, if you haven’t been keeping up with the action, make sure you log on for a special “Boomsnipes” weekend in Versus mode where you can play against a friend with only Boomshot cannons and Longshot Sniper Rifles. If you decide to go with standard Versus Mode, be sure to switch your weapon skins to the Flame skin for a special Halloween surprise!  Be sure to follow me on twitter @Chatterbox4REAL and @gamevain. That’s all for this post! Until next time, keep it classy!

Graphically Yours,

the Chatterbox

Metal Gear Solid! HD Collection!! 3 Games in 1!!!

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Fuck this is going to be brutal beyond reason!
Accept the mission and play three great chapters in the Metal Gear franchise with the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. Included are Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. All three games are rendered in high-definition for the first time!

The Art of Skyrim Trailer

Skyrim’s release is almost here and the good folks over at Bethesda have released a new trailer, this time focusing on the art of the game. The Elder Scrolls series has always been known for its engrossing worlds and it looks like Skyrim will be continuing this trend. It’s pretty amazing to see the concept art translated into fully realized 3D worlds. Check out the video below.