Posts Tagged ‘expanded universe’

The Novel Post: Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood Review

14 June 2016 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_bonds_of_brotherhood_review_the_novel_postThis review of the Warcraft: Bonds of Brotherhood novel by Paul Cornell is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Oh, so you are interested in the tie-ins to the Warcraft film. Welcome. Warcraft: Bond of Brotherhood tossed readers some two decades into the past of the film. As the name suggest, the graphic novel is entirely focused on a core group of characters. A group that takes a large role in the film, and other early Warcraft lore. The juvenile trio of Llane Wrynn, Anduin Lothar and Medivh are thrown into battle with only Captain Lothar having had his mettle tested to date. Medivh has seen his arcane abilities come to a head in Dalaran, moving from the mage-filled city to the Tower of Karazhan to take over the role of Guardian of Tirisfal. Prince Wrynn lives that life, a well-trained, never-tested son of a fighting king. Continue Reading

Does Anyone Care About the Warcraft Movie Tie-ins?

8 June 2016 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_warcraft_promo_bonds_of_brotherhood_graphic_novel_filmYou’re probably well aware that Warcraft, a film some ten years in the making, is finally hitting theaters in the United States on Friday. If not, I’m thoroughly impressed with your dedication to not consuming any media that has a shred of advertising. The marketing machine around greenskins versus pink skins (why is greenskins a word?) is as powerful as another well-funded greenskin, Shrek. I’m waiting for my Best Buy parking space to be bankrolled by Blizzard. And yet, the multitude of media tie-ins to the franchise, seemingly unmentioned.

Recently, we pointed out that Blizzard has not one, not a pair, but three media tie ins to Warcraft. Add in the recently-panned Illidan novel from mid April to make it a foursome. That’s a torrent of content to backup the movie. We’re talking an official novelization of the movie, a prequel to both the book and movie and a sidestory presented in a graphic novel. Yet there’s little to no promotion even in the target demographic that you and I lie in. What gives? Continue Reading

The Novel Post: World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn Review

15 June 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

the_novel_post_warcraft_bloodswornThis review of the World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn novel by Christie Golden is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire Blizzard catalog in our Extensive Extended Universe post.

Bloodsworn is an odd duck in the massive, ever-growing extended universe of Blizzard Entertainment. What is being read was originally the opening story arc for the proposed Horde comic line from WildStorm. After years of missteps, restarts and C’thun knows what else it all fell apart. That collapse wasn’t fruitless. It delivered Bloodsworn, a graphic novel from Doug Wagner and Jheremy Raapack that focused on the dastardly Horde.

The graphic novel was set in the immediate aftermath of the Cataclysm despite being released towards the end of that expansion’s lifetime in late August 2013. Especially late considering it was initially conceived in mid 2011. As expected, Bloodsworn is a Horde tale through and through. A Horde of Garrosh through and through. In fighting, lack of trust, disrespect, heck, racist remarks are thrown about the core group comprised of orcs, tauren, troll, forsaken and blood elf repeatedly. These disagreeable, at best, individuals are selected by Horde decree of Garrosh Hellscream from each faction to fill the ranks of the Garand’kra, a militia organized to defend Horde interests from the pesky centaur tribes. Continue Reading

The Novel Post: Marvel: The Avengers Vault Review

17 May 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_the_novel_post_marvel_avengers_ultron_reviewThis review of the Marvel: The Avengers Vault by Peter A. David is of the spoiler-free variety. Check out the entire The Novel Post column for all our reviews on game tie-ins or shared intellectual properties.

If you’ve been following our Twitch channel – you should be! – you’re well aware that I’m a big fan of the Marvel universe. Yes, yes, I’ve openly admitted that Batman is my favorite man in tights, but for an overall universe, general writing and the pushing of boundaries I fancy myself the collection that Marvel has put together over the years. But there’s something else I’ve also admitted about comics, I’m not a hardcore reader. I wait to consume the medium in packages. This allows me to save money and let the more hardcore fans weigh in on what’s out there. Kinda like what I hope to do for the video game community with my writing. That being said I make a concerted effort to keep my finger on the pulse of comics. It doesn’t matter if it’s Marvel, DC, IDW or Dark Horse, I attempt to consume the best. Certainly the massive annual summer story arcs.

These universes are repeatedly entering the mainstream and none has been more in your face than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The original Avengers was fantastic. A few weeks ago Avengers: Age of Ultron dropped. Ahead of that I had Marvel: The Avengers Vault and thought “this’ll be a good intro to the deeper storylines of the core Avengers.” Boy, was that a massive understatement. Almost as massive of this 150+ page tome of knowledge. Continue Reading

Instance Gratification 26: We’ll Avenge with Product Placement

28 April 2015 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_instance_gratification_avengers_assemble_event_marvel_heroesInstance Gratification is the return of one of our premiere video outings. Originally featuring the cast of founder bloggers thrashing World of Warcraft dungeons and viewer runs of Dungeon & Dragons Online, the reinvigorated column heads to the realm of the Twitch channel. Come join us every Wednesday for dungeon dives, solo attempts and general loot hoarding in your favorite games.

Few things in this world get a marketers motor running like a well executed product placement. Perhaps an expertly design intellectual property tie-in? Hopefully I never fall over myself enough to attempt to figure it out. Whatever the case the fine folks over at Gazillion Entertainment have managed a mix up of such activities in a new mash up. Leveraging the incredible power of the Marvel brand for the very universe of Marvel Heroes 2015 the company is taking the opportunity to launch a new multi-phased event that ties in the upcoming release of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The news was dropped on us in the midst of the Mondays. Perhaps most applicable to such an important time for the game and universe at large is the ability to play as any of the starring Avengers in the dungeon crawler for free. Doesn’t matter if you’re deep into the Omega system or a fresh-faced account, Captain America through Hawkeye (and more) are available immediately. You can even farm one up to level 60 before having to worry about any restrictions. Oh, and doing so earns you a 50% XP Boost. Because if there’s one thing about Marvel Heroes I’ve learned its that level caps are easily ignored through new game modes and systems that extend the very notion of end game.

That and the fact that loot rains down from the heavens as if the very Sun caused armor and weapons to be created when absorbed by Black Panther’s sex-changing skin options.

Whatever shall Gazillion due for the upcoming Sony/Marvel Spider-man project?! Time will tell.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and general shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off by 7:00 PM EST and run for an eventful two hours. Pretty sure we’ll have some codes to giveaway!

[UPDATE]

The stream is delayed an hour until the 8:00 PM hour. Still working on sourcing some codes. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Storymode of Marvel Heroes & Pokemans (Giveaways)

24 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_marvel_heroes_nova_guardians_galaxy_f2p_fridayF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond.The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

Our most recent discussion with David Brevik didn’t go so well. Thanks technology. However, the one before that went smashingly, as did our geek out with community manager Ryan Collins. Literally during last week’s episode a new patch was applied to Marvel Heroes 2015. It’s about time I patch up and check it out. However, I’m still working on my Black Panther run through and, ultimately, that’ll be our focus. Sorry, Wasp and Nova. Nuts to you Cyclops, I’ve always disliked your holier-than-thou wanna-be-Superman history.

Can I get away with such an angry critique and then gush over Pokemon? I can, right, because that’s exactly what I am going to do. The Pokemon Company released the Pokemon Trading Card Game Online for iPads in late September, and while we won’t be livestreaming from there, the PC client is, well, tolerable. I haven’t had much time in the digital version of the card game, but I still have a collection of physical cards. Hopefully those weekends playing a decade ago have stuck with me somehow.

Be sure to subscribe tothe channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM EST and run until around 5:00 PM EST. Marvel Heroes 2015 players have a shot at Random Costume Box codes and we’ll also be distributing some Pokemon TCG deck codes. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: We’re In the New Gazillion Offices!

17 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_marvel_heroes_f2p_friday_new_officeF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

We’re not in their base, killing their mans, but we will be in their base. For some reason or another Gazillion Entertainment has invited us to check out their new offices. We wouldn’t dare missing out on an opportunity to chat with David Brevik or geek out with community manager Ryan Collins. We honestly don’t know who we’ll be discussing Marvel Heroes 2015 with, but we know it’ll be a good time.

To boot, we’ll do our best to get some of those highly sought after Random Costume Box codes for later consumption. I’ll simply demand that the Gazillion team give them away during the livestream interview, fat chewing, or powwow. Whatever you want to call it. If you’ve additional questions, concerns or demands then leave them in the comments section and we’ll do our best to get to them. Otherwise, feel free to ask them live!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 3:00 PM EST and run until around 5:00 PM EST. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Neverwinter Module Mop-up and Marvel Heroes Story Time (Giveaway)

26 September 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_neverwinter_rise_of_tiamat_f2p_fridayF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

What the heck, let’s do an unprecedented triple dose of Marvel Heroes 2015 this week. Featured in a very special MOBA Monday Instance Gratification crossover and then its own Instance Gratification installment my Black Panther and his Fan of Knives build are keeping the entire metalworker brotherhood employed and well paid. We managed to sneak away with a trove of Random Costume Box codes after our interview with Ryan Collins. The codes are burning a hole on my harddrive so why not give a few more away during tomorrow’s stream?

Rolling around the streets of New York will only be half the fun. The other half will be spent attacking from the shadows in the dungeons of Neverwinter. Module fever has taken hold of me between the summer release of Tyranny of Dragons and this week’s announcement of Module 5, Rise of Tiamat. Too bad I don’t have a cache of experience boosts for my trickster rogue to blast through content like I have in Gazillion’s action combat title. Slow and steady it is.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM and run until 3:00 PM EST. Continue Reading