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Batman: Arkham Origins Prequel Fan Film Pits Deathstroke Against Black Mask

If after playing Batman: Arkham Origins, you wondered how or why Black Mask and Deathstroke decided to work together – wonder no more.

The short fan-film, titled Deathstroke: Arkham Assassin, appears on the GoingNowhereShow YouTube channel was directed by Chris and Larry White. The short serves as a prequel showcasing the meeting between Black Mask and Deathstroke. Black Mask tasks Deathstroke with killing a collection of his men in a short period of time, which doesn't seem like the best way to vet your freelance assassins, but I'm not a criminal mastermind, so what do I know?

You can check out the video below, which has some extreme violence that really isn't suitable for work.

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For our review of Arkham Origins head here.

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Konami Confirms Alucard Prequel DLC For Castlevania: Lords Of Shadow 2

After making his introductory appearance in Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, and especially after his starring role in Symphony of the Night, Alucard became a fan-favorite. Players will once again take control of Dracula’s son in the first DLC for Lords of Shadow 2.

Last week we reported on the likelihood of this content, which is now confirmed. Titled Revelations, Alucard’s adventure brings players back before the events of the main game. It includes new powers, including wolf and bat transformations, and the ability to turn back time.

Revelations will be available on March 25 on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. We’ve reached out to Konami to confirm a price. For more, check out our review of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2.

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Resident Evil 6 Prequel Manga Heading To North America

North American manga publisher Viz Media has announced plans to bring a Resident Evil 6 prequel manga previously released in Japan to North America.

The manga explains what Chris Redfield was up to before the events of Resident Evil 6. He and his team are tasked with investigating an apparent virus breakout at a prestigious high school. Before he arrives, however, a teacher at the school, Professor Doug Wright, and his nephew Ricky try to figure out what's going on. The manga runs five volumes and will begin publishing in November.

For our review of Resident Evil 6, head here.

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Resident Evil 6 released in 2012, and was generally disliked compared to other entries in the Resident Evil series. The timing for a prequel manga for a game that is more than a year old seems odd, but I am sure there are some hardcore Resident Evil fans out there who will be happy to finally read the manga in English.

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Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z Digital Comic Prequel Part Two Now Available

The second issue of the Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z digital comic is now available.

You can check out the first issue of the comic by heading here. The comic premiered alongside the recent announcement that the game would be receiving a two-week delay. The game is now arriving on March 18 for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. To check out both issues of the comic, head here.

The three-issue comic fills in the game’s backstory. It’s written by Tim
Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Josh Emmons, with art by Rafael Ortiz (Dan the
Unharmable) and color by Carols Badilla (Hack/Slash).

You can check out a few sample pages from the second issue below.

 

Our Take
Comic books are a popular accessory for video games, often used to set up back stories and begin the character development process before release. I am curious how popular they are, though. Do you read the comics that release before and alongside video games?

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Actor retracts announcement of live-action Tekken prequel

Yesterday we brought you word of a live-action Tekken prequel dubbed Tekken – A Man Called X. Today we’ve learned that no such film exists.

Reports of the film initially stemmed from actor Kane Kosugi. Reportedly, Kosugi was to star in the movie …
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Hollywood to explore Tekken’s roots in live-action prequel

Crystal Sky Pictures is once again hoping to bring Tekken to the silver screen with a live-action prequel dubbed Tekken – A Man Called X.

According to a Cinema Today report (translated by Kotaku), this new film will be directed by Prachya Pinkaew …
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Outlast Whistleblower DLC is a prequel to the horror

Just because Halloween has passed us doesn’t mean the horrors of the world pass along with it. One of the best horror games of 2013 is getting a piece of DLC that will provide a fresh look for players. Whistleblower is a prequel DLC for Outlast which puts players in the role of the anonymous tipster that who started the main game’s story. Players will be able to experience the outbreak of the Mount Massive Asylum that caused so much abuse and madness.

Not only will players of this DLC be able to play as a new person, they will also get to meet new creatures, new areas, and get much more on the backstory of how Mount Massive Asylum and the main character of the main game, Miles Upshur, are all tied together.

This DLC currently does not have a set release date which gives you plenty of time to pick up the game and it’s soundtrack for 33% off at Red Barrel’s official website. Outlast is also set to release in the future for the PS4 and is currently available on Steam.


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Angry Birds: Star Wars prequel teased by Rovio

Angry Birds Star Wars prequel teased by Rovio

Rovio teased a sequel, er, prequel to flingaway hit Angry Birds: Star Wars.

The company announced on Twitter: “Big new game announcement coming on Monday! #July15″

Ignoring the incorrect use of a hashtag there (#pedant), the tease also included the image found above. The picture is based off the iconic, evocative teaser that got us all so excited for Star Wars: Episode 1: The Phantom Menace, before our dreams were dashed by the realization that the movie was a steaming pile of bantha poodoo.

We’ve placed the Phantom Menace image after the break. The new Angry Birds game will be announced next Monday.

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Remember Me Has An E-book Prequel

What was happening in Nilin's life a few months before the events of Remember me? Now fans can find out by reading the e-book by author Scott Harrison. It's called Remember Me: The Pandora Archive, and is currently available for download.

Remember Me didn't exactly get a glowing reception, but the futuristic world stands out as one of the most clever and interesting parts of the game. Expanding that universe is a smart move, since it plays to the strengths of the property. The plot summary from Capcom's press release reads:

When a series of devastating bomb blasts rock Neo-Paris, former memory hunter turned Errorist, Trix, is blamed and it is reported that she was acting on orders from the Errorist group – a supposed ‘first in a series of decisive blows’ against the Memorize Corporation. In response, a S.A.B.R.E force squadron is mobilized for a retaliatory assault into Slum 404. However, before her arrest she manages to send a coded signal back to the Errorists. Unable to decode the warning, Nilin visits the Architect, an aging tech expert, who is her only hope.

Remember Me: The Pandora Archive is available now through Google Play, Kindle, and other services.

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Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins Review – Feel Free To Race Past This Scaled-Down Prequel

Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins systematically dismantles all of the parts I loved about the Wii U game to the point where I wonder why Nintendo even bothered. Compartmentalized tracts of land replace the original’s large open world. Missions are simplified beyond even Lego standards. And in its biggest crime, hero Chase McCain and the rest of Lego City are largely rendered silent.

McCain and his buddy Frank Honey are fun characters, and I enjoyed chasing after villain Rex Fury with them in the Wii U game. In The Chase Begins, McCain is on his own, leaving him without a steady comic foil. Voiced cutscenes pop up from time to time, which add a desperately needed spark. I like when the game shows how Chase got along with love interest Natalia Kowalski and the interactions with then-deputy police chief Dunby, but these clips are a rarity. The rest of the time, dialogue is flatly presented as text. TT Games used to get away with this kind of miming, but it simply doesn’t work when tied to an original story.

The 3DS hardware doesn’t seem capable of providing a seamless open world, either. Instead, you’re stuck watching a series of loading screens as you follow mission objectives across segments of Lego City in a full-on Silent Hill smog. Once you guide McCain to his destination, you can count on reliably dull missions. Monotony quickly crept in as I slogged through the same “break this, defeat him, assemble that” loop. With few exceptions, these tasks take place outside in the city, unlike in the interior spaces and other virtual sets that past Lego games have used. The city offers few motivators to explore; I’m hopelessly addicted to finding every doodad in Lego games, and didn’t feel any of those urges here.

Chase has the same outfits found in the Wii U version, including farmer, criminal, and astronaut duds. I enjoyed testing the various skills that each provided. The astronaut can use a jet pack to reach higher spots, for instance, while the farmer can use his chicken as either an egg-launching cannon or a way to slowly descend from heights. It’s the same stuff as before, only on a smaller screen.

The Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins experience is like asking for a complex Lego set for your birthday and finding a box of Duplo under the wrapping paper instead. It’s technically similar, but the differences are critically important.

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