Over the weekend some promotional materials leaked that apparently showed a video game version of The Hobbit was coming sometime in 2014. We talked it about on the podcast this week, speculating what the news could have been, but didn’t have all the information. Now we do.
Warner Bros. and TT Games have announced that there will be a video game version of Peter Jackson’s newest trilogy, The Hobbit. This game is expected to hit stores shelves sometime in Spring of 2014, but no official release date has been confirmed at this time. It will cover the events of the first two movies in the trilogy, An Unexpected Journey and The Desolation of Smaug.
If you own a video game system then there’s a good chance that you’re going to be able to play the game as it will be available on Mac, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Windows PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Stay tuned here for more details as you can bet this staff is excited for the game.
On a slightly related note, apparently I’ve been pronouncing the dragon’s name wrong for years. According to the trailer it should be pronounced Smowg, not Smog like I’ve been doing.
Review by Phil Stortzum
The Wii U saw an entire month without any kind of retail release, and without releases your console is not going to sell. Wii U owners have had nothing much except the titles that launched with the system way back in November. March has finally given the struggling system some new titles for owners to play. Arguably, one of the most anticipated is a Wii U exclusive from TT Games and Nintendo, Lego City Undercover. Not only is the title a welcomed and fresh take on the third-person, sandbox-style game, but it is one of the greatest [exclusive] reasons to own a Wii U right now.
What You Need to Know
Our protagonist Chase McCain is back on the beat and has returned to Lego City when he hears news that the man he helped put away behind bars has broken out, the villainous Rex Fury. In order to learn of his location, Chase will have to go undercover and infiltrate various gangs, and even the mafia, to gain helpful clues.
If you’ve played a Lego game in the past, especially an open world one like Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, then you should feel familiar with the gameplay of Lego City Undercover. Lego City, too, is open world, with you following along with the story (more on that later). When you’re not driving around taking in the sights and sounds of the big city, you will be in one of the game’s fifteen levels, similarly structured to past Lego games.
This is still the tried-and-true gameplay you might be accustomed to. This consists of making your way through levels, using your skills and abilities to solve environmental puzzles (which usually comes down to breaking everything in sight) and battling enemies through the admittedly simplistic combat. For instance, busting a certain car allows Chase to use the leftover pieces to build a ladder to reach an otherwise inaccessible area. These missions will have you and Chase going to all sorts of places and participating in all kinds of heists. From infiltrating a museum to steal a ride-able T-Rex skeleton, to taking out baddies in a mine, there is no shortage of interesting places to see and missions to accomplish.
If there’s one franchise that’s surprised me with its ability to adapt itself to different intellectual properties over the years, it’s the LEGO franchise. The sheer number of games has been staggering, but they always manage to surprise me with their ability to be fun games despite the fact that they are all essentially the same. LEGO Harry Potter has been my favorite and I’m not ashamed to admit that my least favorite so far was LEGO Batman. Not because it was a bad game, but because that’s the property that I’m least interested in compared to the rest.
Warner Bros. and TT Games are bringing the bat back for Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes and he’s bringing some friends along. This time he’ll be joined by other, popular comic book characters like Green Lantern, Superman and Wonder Woman. They’ll be taking on a number of super villains from across those properties as well. To get people geared up for the game WB released a demo of the 3DS game for the eShop during E3 and we’re going to take a look at that today. Read more…
I just found out about this new line of Lego toys called Ninjago over the weekend. They’re lego figures that you place on discs and then spin them around to battle each other. TT Games, the electronic Lego masters, are working on a new game in the Lego Battles series known as Lego Battles: Ninjago to go along with this line of toys.
You’ll be able to choose to play through either the “Good” or the “Evil” campaign in single player or with family and friends in multiplayer challenges. The gameplay will be similar to the previous DS Lego Battles offering, but will feature enhanced graphics, four new multiplayer challenges and two of the original challenges from the previous title.
“LEGO Battles: Ninjago offers players a humorous way to immerse themselves further in the LEGO Ninjago toy line with action packed battles,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games Publishing. “It is great to build upon the success of the first LEGO Battles game and expand the LEGO Ninjago world with new and classic LEGO characters.”
Become a master of spinjitsu when Lego Battles: Ninjago is released for the Nintendo DS this spring.