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Wednesday Morning Multimedia Blowout

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A smart man would make all of these disparate screen shots and trailers and what not into three different posts, thereby bringing people back to the site throughout the day, tantalizing them with new content. I am not a smart man. I am, however, a lazy man, hence you getting what you get. Don’t worry though, I have zombies, Russian soldiers and giant, sentient robots in my bag of tricks.

First up, the robots. That trailer up there is for Fall of Cybertron’s multiplayer mode. There is a seriously rad amount of customization shown up there. I would go so far as to call it redonkulous. When War for Cyberton was out, I made a teal and orange scientist. I called him EVAC. He was awesome. I can guarantee that I will spend a lot of time making robots that I never use. It’s not that I won’t like the MP, it’s that once you set down the road of leveling a character up, switching to one of several dozen other characters isn’t as compelling.

On the zombie front, the first episode of The Walking Dead hits iOS on Thursday, July 26th for $4.99. If you purchase it, you can then buy the rest of the season for $14.99, a savings of five bucks over buying all episodes individually. I played the first episode at E3 and from what I could tell, it looks and sounds identical to the console versions. Being an iPad junkie, I am sorely tempted to go this route, despite having enough PSN money to buy a season pass for the PS3. On the one hand, it wouldn’t cost any money out of pocket for the PSN version (I get PSN bucks from using reward points from my PlayStation card, really, the only good use of said points) but if I have the iPad version, I’m more likely to replay the episodes and make different choices. Decisions, decisions!

Finally, THQ sent over some screen shots for Company of Heroes, this time focusing on their new weather simulation system. I have to say, this game looks absolutely gorgeous. Between the snow deformation and how it affects troop and vehicle movement, the TrueSight fog of war system and the combat animations, it is one amazing looking RTS. The weather system isn’t all for looks though, due to the extreme temperatures, troops left out in the cold for too long will eventually freeze to death. That is when they’re not being killed by Germans or slaughtered by their countrymen in an attempt to retreat. Games like this make me wish a) I was smart enough to play RTS games and b) I could afford a PC beefy enough to show it off in all of its glory. Until either of those things happen, I’ll just have to gaze longingly at the screen shot gallery.

Transformers: Fall of Cybertron Dino Mayhem Gallery is Dinotastic

Transformer: Fall of Cybertron is shaping up to be one of my most anticipated titles of the year, and a lot of it has to do with that big, fire breathing fella up there. I know that loving a robot that turns into a dinosaur and back again puts me firmly in the 5th grader camp, but in this case, I don’t care.

When I was a kid, I loved all of my Transformers but the Dinobots and Insecticons held a special place in my heart. They were so out there. I mean, trucks and planes made sense what with the whole, robots in disguise thing, but robots that turned into bugs or dinosaurs? That made zero sense. Luckily, when it comes to kids, toys and cartoons, sense can well and truly sod off.

My only concern is that the Insecticons will be treated as grunts and trash mobs and I don’t want them to be only that. We need to get Shrarpnel, Bombshell and Kickback all up in this joint, even if they end up on the end of Grimlock’s sword. Plus, if we get Dinobots and Insecticons in Fall of Cybertron, it stands to reason we’ll get new Dinobot and Insecticon toys and that would be awesome.

Until that glorious retail dream comes true, here’s a Fall of Cybertron gallery full of dino-stomping mayhem.

Fall of Cybertron Trailer-pa-looza

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I am a huge, huge, huge fan of Transformers.

How huge? If Bill’s board games were Transformers, he’d be me. I had to build custom shelving in my basement to hold all of them. I have a bin filled with nothing but instruction manuals. I review games, not so much to pay for new games, but to pay for new Transformers. When I return from Disney, I plan on getting an Autobot symbol tattoo. Money spent on these toys is well into the thousands. So, yeah, I’m a big fan.

My fandom is a relatively recent thing, spurred on at first by discovering and reading Shortpacked, but also fueled by the live action movies and the Transformers: Animated tv show. I know, I know, people hate the movies. I get it. I can understand why people hate the movies, I’m just not one of those people. Transformers: Animated though, should be loved universally because it was, in a word, excellent. Gone was the almost deity-like Optimus Prime whose decisions were always the right ones, replaced instead with a young, unsure Optimus who had washed out of the Prime program on Cybertron and now was in charge of what was essentially a maintenance crew. His evolution from unsure boss to the commanding leader we all know and love over the course of three seasons was a joy to watch, as was the characterizations of not only his support crew of Bumblebee, Bulkhead and Ratchet, but the other Transformers back on Cybertron. It certainly didn’t hurt that the Animated toys are, hands down, the best Transformer toys ever made.

Don’t get me wrong, I love all of the toys, going so far as to make my entire family go with me to Walmart during our last Disney vacation trip so that I could stock up on Revenge of the Fallen toys, but the Animated toys were not only show accurate, but had great transformations, clean lines and a phenomenal sense of personality. I mean, look at that toy. It’s almost show identical, it’s a joy to transform and nothing is cheap or gimmicky. The robot isn’t a dude with half of a truck on his back and the truck isn’t a vehicle with some limbs hanging off of it. Plus, Optimus could raise and lower his face mask, in case you were one of the people irritated about the addition of lips.

So when War for Cybertron came out, I was predisposed to like it, yet at the same time skeptical. Transformer games did not have an excellent track record up until this point, however I did enjoy the PS2 game based on the Armada series. The movie games were downright awful, as most movie tie-in games were, but, this one seemed different. Plus, there were new toys to enjoy. Aside from some minor problems, I quite liked War for Cybertron. I loved the setting and loved being able to play as different characters throughout the game. Co-op was a little dodgy and their survival mode ended up in heartbreak in the final wave, but for the most part, I think High Moon did a good job with the license.

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A couple of new Fall of Cybertron trailers hit yesterday and I’m even more excited for this one than I was the original. Part of that is because they didn’t gloss over the fact that the original games had issues, but mostly because I like the idea of being able to use your ability to transform to attack the levels in different ways. Hopefully they’ll deliver on this promise effectively and aren’t just paying it lip service.

Best of all, the game features Grimlock and Bruticus which means not only will we get a new Grimlock toy, but for the first time since I don’t know when, we’ll get a full sized combiner. Frankly the game could be shit and I won’t give a damn because I’ll be too busy making my awesome robot dinosaur fight my awesome robot combiner. When those two fight, everybody wins.