Come March, you can be the hero that Rocket League deserves with the release of the new Batmobile DLC. The new vehicle is an official tie-in with the forthcoming DC sequel – and Justice League precursor – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which pits Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight against the Henry Cavill’s reprised Man of Steel, a battle that eventually unites them with Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, and The Flash against emergent antagonists Lex Luthor and Doomsday.
“Fans of Rocket League will soon take control of the iconic Batmobile from the highly anticipated Warner Bros. film Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!” the Rocket League blog reads. “Available Tuesday, March 8, the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack will put players behind the wheel of the world-famous crime-fighting vehicle, which has been faithfully re-created in Rocket League, to mirror Batman’s ride in the upcoming film.”
“In addition to the Batmobile itself, the Car Pack will also include three exclusive Antenna Flags enabling players to show their allegiance to World’s Finest Trinity: Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman,” it adds. “Priced at $1.99 USD (or regional equivalent), the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Car Pack is officially licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC via Steam, on March 8!”
A partnership between Square Enix, developer of the Final Fantasy games and Marvel Comics has produced a reimagined, ninja-inspired Iron Man figurine. Though the action figure is black-accented and has a hexagonal arc reactor in its chest, it is still recognisable as Iron Man and is part of the Square Enix Variant Play Arts Kai series.
“The armor’s detailed articulation highlights several special effect pieces such as the palm repulsor rays, boot jet emissions, micro-missiles projecting from the thighs, back flaps and expandable air brakes on the legs,” said Marvel’s Alex Lopez wrote on the Marvel website. “These additions give all you Iron Man fans the ability to structure the collectible in various actions poses such as the high flying stance or the iconic fist-to-the-ground landing position. The battle-worn paint gives off a realistic feel to assure collectors that this Iron Man can go a few rounds with the best of them.”
The figure is 27cm tall, priced at $120, and due for release in July this year.
This isn’t the first time that Square Enix has redesigned comic book classics. Last year, Final Fantasy designer Tetsuya Nomura produced striking new versions of both Batman and Catwoman for the Variant Play Arts Kai range.
DC has announced the cast to its upcoming Suicide Squad movie, with Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto all starring in the David Ayer directed superhero flick.
Smith will play Deadshot, Hardy will play Rick Flagg, and Margot Robbie will be playing Harley Quinn. Jared Leto will be playing The Joker, which will definitely be something for us to wait and watch for. Jai Courtney and Cara Delevingne will also be in the movie, playing villains Boomerange and Enchantress, respectively. An interesting rumour is that Jesse Eisenberg will be joining the cast, as he will be reprising his role as Lex Luthor from the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is due out in March 2016.
Legendary creator and designer Tetsuya Nomura has worked on titles such as Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts, creating many of the iconic characters from both series. Now he’s tipped his talents towards the world DC Comics Batman for an upcoming line of Square Enix and DC Comics produced collectible figurines, as part of their Variant Play Arts Kai series.
I must admit, this re-imagined Batman looks freaking awesome! It’s more than enough for me to want a game and / or a movie to be made of this menacing looking vigilante. Plus the design gets bonus points for not having those weird looking nipple add-ons, such as those added to the George Clooney Batman armour.
Overall it looks like a superb villain from the Final Fantasy series, and if you’re eager to add this model to your collection, then you’ll find the Nomura models at San Diego Comic-Con, and retail sales are set to follow shortly.
Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information.
This week’s review sees me battle it out in the guise of some of the most iconic superheroes and villains of our time, each of which have been cherry picked by NetherRealm Studios from the vast array of DC Comics inhabitants.
On the surface of things, this game has all the ingredients it needs to not only be a truly great fighting game, but a great game in general and with the legendary NetherRealm Studios at the helm I had high hopes for this game. Neather Realm is a fairly new studio, but they are the creators of the immensely excellent Mortal Kombat from 2011, the best game in the Mortal Kombat series since the MKIII (in my opinion).
Midway were the original gods of fighting games, creators of the Mortal Combat series that has lasted multiple gaming generations, so who better would NetherRealm studios be made up from than a bought out and rebranded Midway, courtesy of WB Games. Even Ed Boon, the original director of all the other Mortal Kombat games is still in charge!
Add into the mix of DC Comics legends, a legendary development team renowned for their fighting game expertise, the well proved Unreal Engine 3 powering the game its self, not for getting the assistance of legendary comic writers Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti an no doubt countless others and you already have a “shut up and take my money” situation for any DC Comics or MK fan.
I’m not the biggest DC fan ever, sure I enjoy a few of the movies, maybe a few of the cartoons when I was younger and personally I’ve never been one for comics or graphic novels, but that doesn’t diminish from the fact that I want to battle Superman against The Flash! And now… I can do just that in the setting of Metropolis, Arkham City, Wayne Manor and more!
Much like both the Mortal Kombat series and the MK Vs DC Universe title, this game features a cinematic campaign over the old school ladder progression system often favoured by fighting games. This is a great way to explain back stories, bring in a mixture of different characters and really explore what the game world has to offer and to be honest, I’m surprised more fighting games hadn’t thought of this format sooner as it provides a much more engrossing and longer gameplay experience overall.
I don’t want to spoil much, if any of the major story lines because unlike a lot of fighting games, the story is actually really enjoyable, playing out like a movie of its own at the best points. Metropolis is gone, millions are dead and Superman has vanished. The Joker is the main suspect and from that point on even the good guys start to lose their cool.
That is of course until events skip over to a parallel universe! Where you’ll find everyone from the Justice League, Bane, Lex Luthor, alternate universe doubles of Batman, The Jokers and more… but there city hasn’t been destroyed, yet and things don’t take long to escalate into a true to DC and even Mortal Kombat style fight for the “one” to save the earth… but who will it be, best fight each other and figure that one out I guess.
Graphics on this game will simply blow your mind, fans of the comics are going to adore this game and everything from the level design, to the characters and the animation is perfectly polished and in fairness, I doubt fans of a DC series would accept anything less.
Yet as good as the levels look there is still plenty of temptation to smash them to oblivion as you right it out against your foe, trashing the level with your enemy, but even using your environment as a weapon, with crazy things like the giant robot on Striker’s Island getting involved.
Levels are also cleverly multi-tiered too and a well-placed kick or upper cut and send your enemy blasting through the roof or wall into another section and keep the fight going, which only adds to the already very cool comic book feel.
The game features pick up and play gameplay that you could mash your way through on easier settings but it’s no without refinement too and I’d go as far as saying “easy to learn, difficult to master”. Each character has their own unique special ability, but you’ll also be treated to cinematic super movies, many of which are far more over the top that you could ever imagine.
While there is enough content in the main story to keep you entertained for many hours, the game also features a fairly standard online mode, but the bonus here is that you can play online to unlock skins, abilities and other little bonuses. There is Battle mode, which offers up the classic ladder climb format but with little variants to keep things fresh and challenging. S.T.A.R. Labs offers mission based challenges to keep you on your toes, although many of these I found to become impossible to complete, definitely a challenge for the more committed gamer, in fact you’ll have to be mental to try complete most of them, but that’s just my opinion.
What we have here then is Mortal Kombat 2011, with DC characters in a richer universe, not to mention a parallel universe! A much more detailed story set in a universe people are more familiar with that the one in MK (DC Universe), some very cool level design and the fatalities removed sorry fans of MK, no more ripping out spines in this game.
Put simply, if you loved Mortal Kombat (any of them), then you’ll love this game. If you love a good fighting game, you’ll love this game. If you love DC Comics based games, you’ll love this game and if you’re a fan of all three… you need this game in your life. Not only is this better than MK it’s also in my opinion the best new fighting game in years.