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Friday, 27 September 2013

Bluefin Reveals S.H. FiguArts Dragon Ball Z Son Goku

     Dragon Ball fans rejoice! The figure we've all been waiting for has finally arrived thanks to our friends at Bluefin Tamashii Nations!

     The S..H. FiguArts Son Goku figure is based off the character's appearance in the Dragon Ball Z Android Saga, before undergoing any Super Saiyan transformation.

     Keeping in mind that most of the scenes involving the Goku character in his regular form are comical, several different faces will be included with this piece to highlight his fun and unique personality. Also, because of fan demand, the Son Goku figure will also include the Kamehameha affect parts as well as five interchangeable faces and a full array of interchangeable hands.

     While this figure is a Tamashii web exclusive in Japan, he will be making his way to North America thanks to Bluefin Distribution between March and April 2014. Made up of ABS and PVC, the S.H. FiguArts Dragon Ball Z Son Goku figure stands about 6" in height, will feature multiple points of articulation and be priced at between $40 - $44 USD.

     This piece is sure to be the perfect addition to any Dragon Ball Z or anime collection! Fans of the series know just how long fans have been demanding this figure be released into the S.H. FiguArts line, so it is sure to sell out quickly once it becomes available both here and overseas.

     So, why not secure your Son Goku figure right now by pre-ordering it from our friends at:

 
If you still can't decide whether or not this figure is right for you, why not peruse the photos posted below? But be sure to make your choice soon, this figure is sure to sell out quick!
 





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Thursday, 26 September 2013

The Top 10 Jurassic Park Video Games

     Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 20-years, you know that Jurassic Park is one of the biggest film franchises of all time! So far, three films have been released since 1993, with a fourth installment set to bow in 2015 from director Colin Trevorrow. Since the first film debuted in the summer of 1993, Jurassic Park merchandise has been everywhere and taken every possible form - from toys to t-shirts, comics to caps. Yet, one of the biggest forms of Jurassic Park merchandise has to be the video games!

     Every major system, starting back with the 8-bit NES, has had a Jurassic Park title in one form or another, with only a few exceptions. Some have been really good, others, not so much. Still, we here at Infinite Earths are BIG fans of this classic 90's franchise and, since we're also fans of retro video games, we figured the two should be combined into another Top 10 list.

     And so, what follows, as we're sure you've already guessed, is a list of Infinite Earths' Top 10 Jurassic Park video game titles. Once again, even though we spared no expense, we're sure not everyone will agree with every entry that made our list, but we did our best to include a little bit of everything and hope that at least some of your favorite titles are listed below...

     Welcome to Jurassic Park...

     #10 - Jurassic Park (SNES - 1993) : For most of us who grew up in the 90's, our first exposure to a Jurassic Park video game came in the form of this classic SNES title. Developed by Ocean and released in 1993 to coincide with the theatrical release of Jurassic Park, the game sees players taking control of Dr. Alan Grant in two separate modes of gameplay. The first being a top-down style where you race across Isla Nublar collecting dinosaur eggs and completing objectives while trying to avoid the slashing claws of Velociraptors, the paralyzing venom of the Dilophosaurus and the deadly jaws of the Tyrannosaurus. The second mode of gameplay takes a Doom-like approach, switching into first person as you search utility sheds, maintenance buildings, and even the cargo ship trying to find missing security cards to unlock different areas and eventually restore the computer systems to Jurassic Park once again. The game is long and difficult, has no real introduction or conclusion and has been criticized for having no save points or password system, but it was still a big improvement over the NES title and is lots of fun regardless. Thus, Ocean's SNES Jurassic Park title takes the #10 spot on our list!




     #9 - Jurassic Park III: The DNA Factor (GBA - 2001) : Three different Jurassic Park games saw a release on the Game Boy Advance when Jurassic Park III stomped into theatres in the summer of 2001. One of these is Konami's side-scrolling puzzler known as the DNA Factor. A cargo plane is struck by lightening and crashes on Isla Sorna, scattering Dino DNA throughout the island. Players can choose to take control of pilot Lori Torres or reporter Mark Hanson and will then engage in classic side-scrolling levels avoiding dinosaurs and collecting the scattered DNA. At the end of each level, players will engage in a small mini game where the collected DNA must be used to fill in gene sequence gaps in the genetic code of different dinosaurs. Once the puzzle is done, a new dinosaur is created and a new level unlocked. At the end, the military bombs Isla Sorna and the players escapes aboard a small plane, wondering if dinosaurs really have a place in the modern world of today. This one has a very classic feel to it that takes inspiration from other handheld Jurassic Park games like those found on the Game Gear. Plus, the puzzle game is fun, engaging and challenging. The DNA Factor takes the #9 spot on our list for taking two classic modes of gameplay and fitting them nicely into a Jurassic Park title!




     #8 - Jurassic Park III: Island Attack (GBA - 2002) : The third and final Jurassic Park title released on the Game Boy Advance, Island Attack, also one of Konami's titles, is much more adventure oriented then the other JP-titles released on this handheld system. Playing as Alan Grant, this is the only Jurassic Park III game that even attempts to follow the plot of the 2001 film it was based upon. You must crusade across eight different areas on Site B following the crash of your airplane and make it to the coast in time for the coast guard to pick you up. Along the way, you will engage in two separate styles of level - free-roam and forward-only. Along the way, you'll collect different tools and weapons to defend yourself against different species of dinosaurs and even take control of an InGen motorcycle. Again, this one is fun! Also, the overhead style of the free-roaming gameplay gives it a somewhat updated SNES feel to it, which is kind of nice. The graphics are good, the game is engaging and is the only GBA title to even try to follow the plot of the film it's based on. Thus, Island Attack takes the #8 spot on our list of games!






     #7 - The Lost World: Jurassic Park (PSX - 1997) : The Playstation received two Jurassic Park titles in 1997 following the release of The Lost World on Memorial Day. Developed by DreamWorks Interactive, The Lost World sees players controlling 5 different in-game characters, including the Compy, Human Hunter (concept Dieter Stark), Raptor, T-rex and Human Prey (Sarah Harding), each with their own unique moves and abilities. The game is done in a side-scrolling prospective and takes players through numerous areas of play, from jungles to buildings. Each character features their own unique intro video and the title is equipped with a password system to allow gamers to pick up right where they left off. Jeff Goldblum even reprised his role as Dr. Ian Malcolm for the closing cinematic in this game and although it's pretty simple, it has a nice Jurassic Park feel to it. The graphics and sounds used here are top-notch, even by today's standards and is quite the engaging title. For ushering the JP-franchise to the 3D age of console gaming, The Lost World takes the #7 spot on our list of Top 10 Jurassic Park Games!




     #6 - Jurassic Park: Trespasser (PC - 1998) : Released for the PC in 1998 by DreamWorks Interactive, Trespasser takes place one year after the events of The Lost World. Players take control of Anne, the sole survivor of a plane crash on Site B and must use their wits and problem solving abilities to eventually get off the dinosaur infested island. This game was very advanced for its time and required a very fast PC system to run the games advanced graphics without pixilation. Because of this, Trespasser disappointed many reviewers and the game was even called the worst game of 1998. Still, like the movies it was based upon, Trespasser was way ahead of its time, and even featured involvement from director Steven Spielberg and actors Lord Richard Attenborough and Minnie Driver. It has a very interesting story, as told by John Hammond, of how Site B was run prior to the opening of Jurassic Park and features some rather intense edge of your seat type moments. Yes, it had its issues, but for attempting to be as grand as the films it was based on, Trespasser takes the #6 spot on our list!



     #5 - Jurassic Park: Warpath (PSX - 1999) : The final Jurassic Park title to hit the first Playstation gaming console, it was released in 1999 and is basically a dinosaur combat simulator that sees players taking control of a dinosaur and duking it out with other prehistoric beasts. New arenas, dinosaurs and skin pallets are unlocked the more you accomplish during gameplay, and each level takes place in a classic setting from the first two Jurassic Park films. Developed by DreamWorks Interactive and Black Ops. Entertainment, Warpath features 14 playable dinosaurs and is backwards compatible with the Playstation 3. Smaller dinosaurs and humans can be eaten to refill your health meter in combat and the game features Versus, Practice and Museum modes. Warpath is a rather unique title as it was the first dinosaur combat based game that would later be emulated in 2002 with titles like Scan Command for the PC. For being the first of its kind, a Jurassic Park dinosaur combat title, Warpath takes the #5 spot on our list!





     #4 - Jurassic Park: The Game (PS3, Xbox, PC - 2011) : Released by Telltale Games, this Jurassic Park title takes place during the events of the first film from 1993. Players take control of different in-game characters through four separate chapters of gameplay. The story focuses mostly on Gerry Harding, the vet from the first film, and his attempt to get of Isla Nublar after the incident seen in the film. A secondary story sees a group of mercenaries looking to locate the shaving cream can containing dinosaur embryos that Nedry lost during the events of the film. Gameplay is somewhat different and emulates the same style Telltale has been known for with other titles like Back to the Future and The Walking Dead, but features a very cool story that picks up during the events of the first film and introduces gamers to areas of Jurassic Park not seen on film. Like Trespasser, it is not without glitches and issues, but it's a unique title for a Jurassic Park game and thus takes #4 on our list!



     #3 - Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis (PS2, Xbox, PC - 2003) : It is sad to think it took almost ten years for a Jurassic Park game based on the concept of actually building and running a dinosaur theme park to come about, but the wait was worth it. Sure, in 2001, handheld gamers got a Jurassic Park building simulator for the Game Boy Advance, but Park Builder, as it would be called, lacked the 3D graphics, sound and user friendliness of this version developed by Blue Tongue Entertainment. There are several modes of gameplay, but the overall point of Operation Genesis is to create a safe, 5-star park featuring lots of dinosaurs and attractions for your guests. Along the way, you'll have to deal with issues that arise such as dinosaurs breaking loose, sicknesses and visitor complaints, but in the end, it is up to you to calm InGen's investors and show them the idea of Jurassic Park is workable - and profitable. Operation Genesis takes the most obvious idea for a Jurassic Park game and creates a winner that takes #3 on our list of gaming titles!




    #2 - Jurassic Park 2: The Chaos Continues (SNES - 1994) : A sequel to Ocean's SNES Jurassic Park game, it is based off an un-used sequel idea for a Jurassic Park film and sees InGen's corporate enemy Biosyn attempting to take control of Isla Nublar and succeed where InGen failed. It features one or two person gameplay, with player one taking control of Alan Grant and player two using Tactical Sergeant Michael Wolfskin. Along the way, you must accomplish several different missions and fight off flesh-eating dinosaurs and heavily armed Biosyn soldiers and scientists who'll stop at nothing to halt you in your mission. Six weapons can be used, three lethal and three non-lethal. While you must defend yourself against dinosaurs, you must be cautious as if the number of animals on the island drops below a certain number, you will loose and be forced to start the game over once again. Chaos Continues ends with you destroying the Biosyn base and features one of the coolest opening sequences a Jurassic Park gaming title has ever had! Don't get us wrong, we loved The Lost World, but we can't help but wonder what the movie would've been like if this gaming concept had actually made it to the silver screen! The game is played in a classic side-scrolling fashion and features some rather intense in-game dinosaur action! It's difficult, but fun and certainly utilizes a unique plot. Chaos Continues takes the #2 spot for the best Jurassic Park games of all time!



    #1 - Jurassic Park (Sega Genesis - 1993) : Okay, if you weren't exposed to Jurassic Park games on the SNES, chances were good you first took a step into that gaming world on the Sega Genesis. Plain and simple, players take control of Dr. Alan Grant as he attempts to make it back to the visitor centre after his tour vehicle was destroyed by the T-rex. Along the way, you'll pick up weapons and med kits as you crusade across Isla Nublar, making your way through thick jungle, abandoned pump stations and along the river before facing off against two vicious raptors in the lobby of the visitor centre. The Genesis Jurassic Park title also allowed players to take control of a Velociraptor! After escaping your enclosure, you make your way through the island battling fellow dinosaurs and heavily armed park employees before facing off against Alan Grant in the visitor centre lobby. The Genesis title takes the #1 spot on our list for being the first Jurassic Park title that allowed players to choose between two playable characters - one of which was a dinosaur!




     There you have it, Infinite Earths fans! In all honesty, this was no easy task. There have been a slew of Jurassic Park games over the years for many different systems. And, while not all have been top-notch, some downright embarrassing, for the most part, Jurassic Park has certainly had its fair share of great gaming titles. It was a rather hard task to narrow the field to just 10 entries, after all, other Jurassic Park games, such as Chaos Island for the PC and Jurassic Park: Rampage Edition for the Sega Genesis, have their strong points and could easily have been included. Yet, hopefully, all you Jurassic Park fans out there will appreciate what we've done here and see why each title made its spot on our list!

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Season Pass Annouced for Batman: Arkham Origins

     Today, Warner Bros. announced a Season Pass for Batman: Arkham Origins, the next installment in the highly successful Arkham series of video game titles. It will be available the day of the games launch, October 25th, 2013, for $19.99, and will include 5 downloadable content packs.

     Aside from including downloadable skins, the Season Pass also includes Arkham Origins Initiation mode, which will allow players to take control of Bruce Wayne before actually dawning the cape and cowl as Batman. In this mode, players will have to prove themselves worthy to Wanye's greatest teacher - Kirigi. An all-new story campaign will also be included in the Season Pass, but no information is available for that at this time.

    
 
From Warner Bros. Interactive
 
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the Season Pass for Batman™: Arkham Origins, this fall’s highly-anticipated installment to the best-selling Batman Arkham videogame franchise. The Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass (for PlayStation®3 system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Wii U™ system or PC) will be available at launch for $19.99 ($30 value) and grants purchasers access to five of the game’s upcoming downloadable content packs, one of which includes two exclusive skins.
Players who purchase or pre-order the pass will gain access to the following content:
  • Gotham by Gaslight Batman™ Skin and Brightest Day Batman™ Skin
  • New Millennium Skins Pack
  • Infinite Earths Skins Pack
  • Arkham Origins Initiation: Play as Bruce Wayne before he became Batman™, and face his final test to prove himself worthy to his greatest teacher, Kirigi.
  • An all-new story campaign
     Looks to be a rather jam-packed Season Pass. With downloadable skins, extra campaigns and an all-new story mode, $19.99 seems like a real steal! We'll be sure to inform our fans and followers of more details for the Season Pass as they become available, so stay tuned, Infinite Earths fans!

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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

S.H. FiguArts Mammoth Ranger - Images & Info

     First came the magazine scan, then the teaser image and now Bandai's Tamashii Webshop has released official images and information on their upcoming S.H. FiguArts Mammoth Ranger, known here in North America as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Black Ranger.

     Due for release in February 2014, the S.H. FiguArts Mammoth Ranger will stand about 6" in height and feature the same top-notch articulation fans have come to expect from this line. He will come packaged with his standard Zyuranger weapons as well as his own personal weapon the Mammoth Breaker.

     Best of all, however, is confirmation that the figure will also include the Howling Cannon!
     The Mammoth Ranger will be a Tamashii Web Exclusive in Asia and will be priced at 3675 yen. For those not wanting to start looking for a middleman to import this piece to you however, we can pretty much guarantee the Mammoth Ranger will see a release here in North America as the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers Black Ranger and will be packaged in the special 20th Anniversary style window packaging!

     No doubt, if you're a Power Rangers fan, you know the demand for this new figure will be high! And no doubt, as a Power Rangers fan, you know no S.H. FiguArts collection is complete without the Mammoth Ranger in its ranks! So, why not pre-order one and save yourself the headache later? Grab your S.H. FiguArts Mammoth Ranger now from our friends at:



     More details as we get them! For now, enjoy the images posted below!

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Alien & Predator to Join MonsterArts Line

     For the most part, the popular MonsterArts line has been made up of classic Japanese kaiju such as Godzilla, Destroyah and Biollante, with a few acceptations (Peter Jackson's King Kong).

     Now, however, two classic sci-fi monsters are set to make their debut in the line - Alien and Predator! Hitting retail in the new year, the MonsterArts Alien and Predator figures stand about 6.5" in height and are constructed of a mixture of PVC, ABS and diecast metal parts. Both are highly articulated and feature the superb attention to detail that the S.H. MonsterArts figures are known for.


 




















     The first figure to be released will be the Alien Warrior from 2004's Alien vs. Predator. In the movie, this sleek re-working of the original Alien design was animated using CG techniques to portray its inhuman sense of balance and motion. The S.H. MonsterArts figure perfectly replicates this on-screen appearance. The joint system has been specially designed to allow dynamic poses without breaking the figure’s distinctive silhouette. The unique head structure is rendered with translucent plastic. Thorough research allowed us to bring subtle organic details that were almost impossible to see on-screen to life in the sculpt, and every effort was made to conceal the joints for a natural appearance. The S.H. MonsterArts edition of the Alien Warrior represents a new pinnacle for Alien action figures. Look for the vicious Alien Warrior to be released in January 2014!

 


 

 

 
 
Then, in February, the second release in this new MonsterArts line gets a release - The Wolf Predator! The "Predator Wolf” from the 2007 film “Aliens vs Predator: Requiem.” It represents the “cleaner” Predator sent from their home world in order to defeat the hybrid Alien that appeared at the end of the first film, nicknamed “Predalien.” To honor this fiercely proud Predator, who eschewed cooperation with humans to fight the Aliens on its own, we spared no effort to enhance the detail and poseability of the action figure. A portion of its armor is diecast metal; the weaponry is molded in finely detailed ABS; the body details are PVC; and the famed “dreadlock” hair utilizes flexible material so as not to interfere with posing. This is the ultimate action figure portrayal of the ultimate Predator warrior.
 



 

     There you have it, Infinite Earths fans! Yes, these two are quite different from what fans are used to getting in the MonsterArts line, but no doubt they will be welcomed with open arms by fans of both the line and the franchise they come from! Again, the Alien Warrior will be available in January, with the Wolf Predator not too far behind in February 2014! Each figure will be priced at $49.99 each and can be pre-ordered now from our friends at:



     For more information on these awesome pieces, be sure to check out the special page Tamashii Nations created for them!

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