Guardians of the Galaxy #21 preview: Planet of the Symbiotes

Ok, I can buy into this issue with the symbiotes. I REALLY hope Groot catches one.

Ok, I can buy into this issue with the symbiotes. I REALLY hope Groot catches one.

Forgive me for making symbiotes a proper noun in my title, because I think it should be. I’m a lover of most things symbiote and think a good battle on their home planet is just what Guardians of the Galaxy need. I’m not a fan however of the guardians, but they have their fanbase.

Ok, so here is a sneak preview of their new comic book and we are fortunate here at Fear and Gaming to be one of the first people to post about it on the world wide web of internets and stuff. Read and look on in anxious awe. Marvel’s full press release, information as well as the comic preview pages are below.

 

“Planet of the Symbiotes” Begins in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21!

This November, the Guardians of the Galaxy face their worst nightmare as the new “Planet of the Symbiotes” arc kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21! Comic book superstar Brian Michael Bendis and Marvel Young Gun artist Valerio Schiti venture where no heroes have ever gone before – to the home planet of the deadly alien symbiotes! Ever since the Venom symbiote bonded with Flash Thompson, he has wielded it as a force for good, hoping to make the Earth a safer place. Only the far reaches of space are a little out of his depth! And with the Venom costume finally reunited with its own species – where will it’s allegiances lie? Trapped on a world full of hostile alien parasites, the Guardians of the Galaxy may begin to regret letting Flash Thompson join their team. Be there when the Guardians face a new horror in deep space as “Planet of the Symbiotes” kicks off in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #21 (SEP140871)
Art by VALERIO SCHITI
Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
Rocket Raccoon & Groot Variant by DUSTIN NGUYEN (SEP140872)
FOC – 10/27/14, On-Sale – 11/19/14

 

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First look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6

Axis Variant cover

Axis Variant cover

 

 

Finally, we have some tasty tidbits about something Marvel. I just received this preview copy of Avengers and X-men: Axis #6. Things are changing in the Marvel Universe. Have a gander below and above at the artwork and panels provided by Marvel. Terry Dodson and Jim Cheung are doing great work over there. On-Sale – 11/19/14. Read on readers for Marvel’s full release.

 

This November, the X-Men are finished cowering in fear. The noble mutant nation is proud to rise up and take their rightful place as Homo Superior in the name of their new leader – Apocalypse! And they’ll put an end to anyone who stands in their way! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6 from blockbuster creators Rick Remender and Terry Dodson! Prepare for the senses shattering end to Act II: Inversion as the Marvel Universe descends into Act III: New World Disorder!

New York City now belongs to the mutants, taken over by those who once protected a world that hated and feared them. The Avengers as we know them are gone, twisted and corrupted. Battle lines will be drawn as friend and foe alike choose sides – and the battle for the survival begins. No fan can afford to miss this epic clash as sparks fly this November in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN: AXIS #6

For more on Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, please visit www.marvel.com. Join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelAXIS and don’t forget to follow us at @Marvel[www.twitter.com/Marvel]!

 

AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS #6 (SEP140777)

Written by RICK REMENDER
Art by TERRY DODSON
Cover by JIM CHEUNG
Inversion Variant by ESAD RIBIC (SEP140778)
Young Guns Variant by VALERIO SCHITI (SEP140779)

FOC – 10/27/14, On-Sale – 11/19/14

Some sweet panels from issue #6. Great to see Nightcrawler back.

Some sweet panels from issue #6. Great to see Nightcrawler back.

 

 

Mystique, Rogue and Nightcrawler? Classic Xmen action.

Mystique, Rogue and Nightcrawler? Classic Xmen action.

Doctor Strange looks to play and important role.

Doctor Strange looks to play and important role.

I'm not Not crazy about this variant.

I’m not Not crazy about this variant.

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Spider-Gwen Goes into 3rd printing

The series goes into its third printing.

The series goes into its third printing.

The incredibly popular comic has gone into its 3rd printing, according to a press release from Marvel. The comic starring Gwen Stacy ties into the far-reaching story arc ‘Spider-verse’ and showcases the talents of Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi.

I’m stunned myself that Marvel mined Gwen Stacy to use, considering the impact that her original death had on comics, the Marvel universe and yours truly. It moved comics, or at least Marvel, from perpetually dealing not dealing with real life issues. Marvel of course had some serious storylines before this, but the Gwen Stacy death made Spidey seem more human. Made him feel like us. It made me grow up a little faster. Anyway. I know that I’m still reeling from the Superior Spider-Man series and trying to catch up with the new story arc.

What do you think of Marvel bringing back Gwen Stacy? Is anything sacred in the Marvel Universe anymore?

For more on Spider-Verse, visit Marvel.com and join in on the conversation on Twitter using #SpiderVerse

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Tiny Grave iOS review: Burton-esque indie puzzler scratches undead itch

Tiny Grave should find it's way to your iOS device before Halloween.

Tiny Grave should find it’s way to your iOS device before Halloween.

With Halloween coming up, I decided to do some undead themed reviews by some indie companies. I’ll be doing a couple of other articles too featuring some great games, comics and more. With that said, I wanted to try my hardest not to use cheesy slugs to describe some of these ghoulish treats (see, I just did it) so I’ll do my darndest to keep away from the cliche descriptions. Now, on to the review:

Tiny Grave

Tiny Grave is an inexpensive puzzle game with a big heart. You play the role of Eyegore, the evil hunchbacked henchman of a mad scientist tasked with collecting body parts Frankenstein style. You’re given some charming cut scenes with admirable voice-acting, and then you move on to collecting those organs and bones.

The puzzles

After the cut-scenes, you go to the game screen. Here you are thrown into the game with little to no direction. There are piles of different icons, and you must decipher that the game works bejeweled style. Line up 3 of the same icon, and they disappear and more icons fall into place. Once you figure out what you’re doing, the game quickly becomes addictive. There is a good amount of strategy, believe it or not, to lining up 3 or more eyeballs and setting up your screen to feed more items until you reach 300.

Use your explosive vile to open up a dead board.

Use your explosive vile to open up a dead board.

Another layer of strategy (There’s no tutorial, but the developer did point out there is a tutorial in the help menu) are little vials of an explosive compound, a vial of acid, and another vial that I never used. You’ll be able to see that in the screen shots here. If you become stuck, with no way to line up your body parts, just throw some of the acid on an area, and voila! More body-parts fall and you’re back on your quest to satisfy the good doctor with much needed body parts. Be warned, if you’re irresponsible with your vials, you’ll find yourself with a game-over screen later on in your adventure (during story mode) and be wondering why. I’m assuming I ran into the game over screens because I ran out of plays. This is unexplained.

Modes

You’re able to play in story mode and endless mode. Endless is ala Tetris with a high-score as your goal.

Acid clears out an area, opening up new body parts to collect.

Acid clears out an area, opening up new body parts to collect.

Impressions

I went to a coffee shop down the road to do my review, as I often do. I want to see how immersive the game can be, and whether or not it’s good to pick up and put down. My girlfriend came with me to get out of the house and get some work done, and I told her what I was doing, so we loaded the game onto her iPad. I had a good time with the game, but I noticed her playing. She played the entire time we were out, and she kept going even after I had taken a break. I think it’s important to give her impressions, more so than mine, because she wasn’t looking to review it. She was looking to spend some time using her brain and having some fun. So what did she think?

She really enjoyed it. She played into the night, and even played more the next night. She wasn’t happy that she was only able to get C+ ratings, but she kept playing. It reminded her of those bar games where you spend 20 dollars before you know it, and two hours and more than a few pints are gone as well. I think that says a lot about the game. I look at things too analytically, and she looked at the game like the developers wanted her to see it. Again, that’s what is important.

The Good

  • Quick, fast paced game play at times. A solid amount of strategy for a $2.99 iOS game.
  • The music is top-notch. It is very reminiscent of Danny Elfman and his work on the Tim Burton films. It never grated me. Whomever wrote it has a solid knowledge of music, and I’d love to go on and on about how new instruments were introduced with counter melodies and…ok, I’ll stop.
  • Easy to pick up and play.

What I’m loathing

I don’t like that the mechanics are not introduced or explained via tutorial. I would’ve loved to know how the vials work. There are also some other little quirks that I never figured out. Like, how sometimes you are able to move the skull, or items on the top row one space. There are instructions in the help menu, so if you get stuck, make sure to check it out.

The timed mode in the story mode was super tough. It was stress-inducing tough to me. I’m not a big player of puzzle games, but I still found it a little too tough. But, that adds replay value I suppose and ensures you won’t be finishing the game in an afternoon.

 

Final verdict

Tony Grave is a great effort by an ambitious indie company and I’m glad to have played it. It’s something I don’t mind recommending, especially after seeing my partner play it for so long. She doesn’t play many mobile games, and it hooked her. So go out and buy it, it’s worth the money. Below you’ll find a link to Digital Hero games, as well as a youtube link to a video of Tiny Grave.

Tiny Grave via Digital Hero Games

Digital Hero game store

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Marvel teases Inhumans for 2015

 

Attilan Rising teaser art for 2015

Attilan Rising teaser art for 2015

Another “artwork only” teaser from Marvel. I’m getting a little perturbed instead of intrigued. Love the artwork, but come on Marvel! Give us some more information. Enjoy the art and keep checking back for more information.

www.marvel.com

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Deathtrap Early Access available on STEAM

The much anticipated Deathtrap has finally made its way to STEAM early access. It’s available for a pittance at $19.99. There’s a ton of information including a video links and other goodies below provided by Neocore Games. Give your wits a test and give the game a shot.

Deathtrap Early Access Out Now on Steam!

Deathtrap Early Access Out Now on Steam!

Be clever, be quick – and show no mercy.


Budapest, Hungary – October 22, 2014 – 
Deathtrap Early Access is finally out on Steam for $19.99. Come and take part in the development, grab the Sorceress’s staff, dive into the campaign and use the map editor to create and share your own ideas of a deadly maze. The game will be updated every other week with new content so you’ll never get bored.

We believe that Early Access allows us to make Deathtrap the best possible game it can be – with the help of the players.” – says Zoltán Pozsonyi, Producer of Deathtrap. “This is our first game to feature user-generated content, so we’d like to ask for your assistance.”

Click to see the video!
http://youtu.be/qdou5WOjkO0

Deathtrap is a tower-defense game with strong action-RPG elements, a game of vicious tricks, killing machines, rotating blades and splattering blood.

Fast Facts and Links

Name: Deathtrap
Genre: Tower-defense
Developer: NeocoreGames
Publisher: NeocoreGames
Release date: Q1 2015
Price: $19.99
Platforms: Steam (Windows, Mac);
Xbox One, PS4 (coming later)
Multiplayer: Co-Op, PvP
http://deathtrapthegame.com/Facebook Facebook: /DeathtrapTheGame

Twitter Twitter: @DeathtrapGame
NeocoreGames DevBlog: devblog.neocoregames.com
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NeocoreGames Forums: forum.neocoregames.com
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Steam Store: /app/310510< /a>


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OLD MAN LOGAN TEASER ART

Old man Logan coming 2015

Old man Logan coming 2015

Here’s a teaser piece of artwork from Marvel. Marvel is definitely gearing up to release some big series next summer, 2015. Keep checking back here and via my twitter to find out what else Marvel has in store.

 

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www.marvel.com

 

 

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Screencheat Launches on STEAM

Surprise attack Games releases Screencheat on Steam.

Surprise attack Games releases Screencheat on Steam.

Cheaters Sometimes Win

I just got this press release from Surprise attack games, distributor and purveyor of fine #indiegames. I’ve played a few of their great games, and reviewed Snip and Chu awhile back (read about it here.) I’ve had my eye on Screencheat for a while now and hope to be reviewing it soon. There are loads of information on this indie game, so dig in and have  look below.

Screencheat Launches on PC, Mac and Linux

Oct 21st, 2014 – Cheaters never win? Cheaters never prosper? Tell this to Samurai Punk and Surprise Attack Games! They’ve just launched Screencheat, the first person shooter where everyone is invisible and the only way to murder your friends is to look at their screen to know where they’re standing. Return to the glory days of lying to your friends that you totally didn’t know they were camping and your grenade was “just a lucky guess.” Consider this game your self-help guide for your cheating addiction and write it off as a medical expense at http://store.steampowered.com/app/301970/.

Click to watch, or download the trailer here.
Everyone is invisible, but what does it matter since you were looking at your best friend’s screen the entire time anyway! This is the premise behind Screencheat, the revolutionary split-screen first person shooter that tells you that it’s ok to be a louse, a rat, a cheating… well, you get the idea. Screencheat has you covered by color coded map areas and many unique landmarks. Yes, you, I see you there hiding near that Woolly Mammoth in that red room. The name of the game in Screencheat is to never stay still and let your opponents get a bearing on you. Just don’t take your eyes off your screen for too long or you may find yourself walking right off a cliff.

Eight unique and crazy weapons, combined with a heap of game modes and maps keep Screencheat fresher than eating watermelon in a field of summer blossoms.

King of the Hill has never been more dangerous, as once you step foot on the capture point in “Hillcampers” mode every player will know exactly where you are.

The more unique “One Shot” game gives you a blunderbuss and only one bullet. Be fast and be accurate or be dead and… well… dead.
For those of us who loved Madeline Kahn and Tim Curry, “Murder Mystery” mode gives you a mansion and a set of objectives.  Green with the Candlestick? It’s a party and someone’s going to die.

“Capture The Fun” has one player holding a confetti-spreading pinata with everyone else trying to blast it (and the player) to smithereens. Fun for the whole family.

Finally, the good old fashion Deathmatch, where the only thing that matters is fragging people as fast as possible, because what would an FPS be without it?

Screencheat is giving all of us legitimate cheaters out there a shot at redemption, to show that all those hours of split screen GoldenEye and Mario Kart Battle Mode weren’t wasted, they were just training for the ultimate split screen showdown.

Find out more at www.screencheat.com
Other stuff to know:

  • Screencheat will be available for PC, Mac and Linux on October 21st, 2014
  • Price: US$14.99
  • Screencheat is being developed by Samurai Punk and published by Surprise Attack Games
  • Visit screencheat.com for more information

 

ABOUT SURPRISE ATTACK GAMES

Surprise Attack Games is an independent games label focused on partnering with Australian game developers to provide marketing, distribution, and strategic assistance in taking their games to global audiences on any and all game platforms. For games that operate as a service, the label also provides monetisation strategy, design guidance and operational analytics.

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First look at Spider-woman #1

The new Spider-Woman ties in with the Spider-verse story arc

The new Spider-Woman ties in with the Spider-verse story arc

I’m pleased to offer a sneak-peak or preview of the upcoming Spider-Woman series. Marvel has been on an update blitz today, as I’ve put out a couple of updates here, and here, and here? Spider-Woman is an under-appreciated character in the Marvel universe, and has been a member of the Avengers, S.H.I.E.L.D and her powers are pretty cool. The comic is written by DENNIS HOPELESS with rrt & Cover by GREG LAND. The new series focuses on the new story arc Spider-Verse. I know I’m eager for a new arc within Spidey’s world. I’m still recovering form the finish of the Superior Spider-man, one of my favorite comic arcs of all time.

Here’s what Spider-Woman’s Senior Editor Nick Lowe had to say about the series.

“This is the start of something very big for Spider-Woman. Yes, it’s a big part of Spider-Verse, but this is going to be a character defining first arc for the SPIDER-WOMAN ongoing series.”

FOC – 10/27/14, On-Sale – 11/19/14

Spider-Woman_1_Preview_2

Spider-Woman_1_Preview_1
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Marvel Teasing Infinity Gauntlet reboot

Looks like Marvel will be rebooting the Infinity Gauntlet series next summer.

Looks like Marvel will be rebooting the Infinity Gauntlet series next summer.

Another unaccompanied Cover from Marvel

After receiving a cover for House of M earlier today with no information, I received this cover art for the Infinity Gauntlet. The Infinity Gauntlet saga features Thanos attempting another takeover of the universe (yawn) and has him assembling all of the gems to create said gauntlet. This series featured one of my favorite creations, Cosmic Spidey. 

Have a look at the cover art, and check back here for details on Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet. For more information visit www.marvel.com

 

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