‘Assassin’s Creed Unity’ Break down vid

We’re less than a week away from the release of Assassin’s Creed Unity. This latest 101 video breaks down all the major improvements to the franchise to bring the game into the “next-gen” world. Expect more cinematic lighting and reflections, massive crowds, four player co-op, larger cities and more dynamic enemy AI.

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on the PS4 and Xbox One on Nov 11.

‘Batman: Arkham Knight’ Concludes Series

The Batman: Arkham franchise is coming to a close – at least that’s what Warner Bros wants us to believe.

batman arkham knightToday, Warner Bros Interactive and Rocksteady Studios announced that Batman: Arkham Knight will be the final chapter in the Arkham series. Of course, just like Halo or Mass Effect, all that means is that this round of the series is coming to a close and the story will most likely continue on in some other form.

In today’s gaming climate, franchises rule development dollars. This is like when Jay-Z says he is going to retire and announces a final album, then hits you with two or three more records. So don’t think this is the end of Batman. You don’t just drop a breadwinner, especially one that you’ve been releasing year-after-year like Madden.

As far as Batman gaming goes, it will be nice to see what the next series in Warner’s DC lineup will look like. Perhaps they will take what worked from the Batman: Arkham series and combine it with the rich roster of Lego DC Superheroes or Injustice: Gods Among Us to give us a Justice League game. That could be pretty cool – if done, right – especially on the PS4 or Xbox One.

For the Batman lovers out there, this guy included, here’s the announce trailer. Game on.

Batman: Arkham Knight will be available on the PS4 and Xbox One. Sorry, last gen folks – prepare to be phased out.

Wolfenstein: The New Order – Welcome back to 1960 (Video)

The game that got me through several years of school is coming back. On May 20, Wolfenstein: The New Order will hit the PS4 and Xbox One as well as the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. This trailer starts with a hokey flashback to 1949, then goes off-the-rails when it jumps to 1960. Don’t expect realism here (leave that for Call of Duty). This game’s got everything from mechs that look like they escaped from Star Wars (or Dishonored) and robotic dogs to Bond villains with maniacal accents/voices.

Check out the gameplay trailer above. Those who pre-order the game will also be invited to the DOOM beta. It looks like the first full year of next gen (or current gen as the case may be) is all about bringing back the classics.

Pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order

‘Batman: Arkham Origins’ – Black Mask makes some ‘Changes’

“Winter is coming” to Gotham City.

Now that Grand Theft Auto V is behind us – that is if you’re still not finishing up some of the side quests for 100% completion – we’re pumped for the next big, pre-nextgen game of the fall.

Batman: Arkham Origins is the third installment in Warner Bros’ hard-hitting franchise. The launch trailer gives you a taste of story, some Alfred beef and a little bit of that Dark Knight growling that Christian Bale made famous.

Batman: Arkham Origins hits PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U on Oct 25.

Watch the ‘Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate’ Motion Comic Story Unfold (Video)

The first Batman: Arkham game to hit handheld systems is looking pretty cool so far, mixing motion comic animation with the hard-hitting action we’ve come to love in the console games. I’m especially interested to see how well the game holds up on 3DS. Although I love me some Mario and Luigi action, Fire Emblem Awakening and Monster Hunter, I’d love to get a good action-adventure game on 3DS.

The new trailer for Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate gives us a taste of the story, art style and gameplay. It’s also got some of that Batman-Catwoman action we love so much. I’m just anxious to lick off a solid bone-crunching combo against Solomon Grundy, who will be joining the ranks of Black Mask and The Joker in Blackgate.

Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate hits PS Vita and Nintendo 3DS on Oct. 25, 2013. Batman: Arkham Origins for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U will be available on the same date.

Doctor Doom’s Triple Threat in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes (Video)

Let the self-referential humor begin. If you’re a fan of the Lego franchise, and especially Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, then you know how fun TT Games’ Lego humor can be when mocking your favorite super heroes and villains.

The latest trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes has a lot of that Big Bang Theory and Community style comedy in it. Doctor Doom has assembled a league of devilishly bad, bad guys so that he can collect cosmic bricks… Yeah, it’s the Lego version of the cosmic cube from the Captain America and Avengers movies. Doctor Doom is also creating – get this – Doctor Doom’s Doomray of Doom. How’s that for redundancy and alliteration. Who said super villains don’t like to read? There are also jokes about Wolverine’s hygiene. Ouch.

Check out the trailer above. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes hits all consoles this Fall.

Dark Souls II: The Nanosecond Tease You Know You Want (Video)

Usually, I avoid posting teaser trailers. They just remind me how much I hate teasers. Why put out thirty seconds of emptiness just to torture fans. Truth be told, you can only “tease” something that has a fan base. Drop a thirty second teaser for some crap nobody has ever heard of and the Internet troll gods will smack you silly.

In today’s case, I decided to post the Dark Souls II teaser video, entitled “Forging a Hero.” After all, the original Dark Souls was a Game of the Year winner.

Does this teaser reveal anything significant? Hardly. But it’s got a few nanoseconds of cool visuals mixed in that should be rewarding for franchise fans.

Hard to believe we’ve got to wait until 2014 for this one. However, that does give Namco some time to make a PS4 and Xbox One announcement. You know you want it. Heck, I know I want it.

Hot Gameplay Trailer: Batman Arkham Origins gets wild with Black Mask and Deathstroke

So, you haven’t had enough of that awesome beat-em up Batman: Arkham City gameplay? Don’t worry, Batman: Arkham Origins is coming home soon enough. The latest gameplay trailer debuted at Sony’s PS4 press conference. Highlights included Deathstroke, a monologue from War Games villain The Black Mask, and of course everyone’s favorite clown prince of crime… The Joker.

The story takes place sometime around the Christmas season. There’s a giant “Seasons Greetings” sign over Gotham City’s clock tower. Needless to say, Batman won’t be celebrating the holidays at home with eggnog, Mistletoe and his favorite Catwoman by his side.

The Sony PS3 release will have Knightfall exclusive content as well as the 1960’s Batman outfit, made famous by Adam West.

If you preorder Batman: Arkham Origins, you will also get to play as Deathstroke. Oh yeah! Slade in the house.