Hellblade

Photo from: Hellblade.com

 

While developer Ninja Theory insists that this is not a sequel to the cultish Playstation 3 classic Heavenly Sword, they fool no one; everyone knows what this is.  It’s hard to watch the developers stream a Q & A session on Twitch with a giant Heavenly Sword banner in the background, talk about a new IP that shares so many fundamental characteristics with that game and not consider it a spiritual successor. I mean: Heavenly (Hell), Sword (Blade).  I wonder if this has anything to do with IP legality…? Ok, there is the topical change of swapping out an unspecified Asian setting for an unspecified Celtic/Nordic/Viking setting; but, this Single player game, featuring a strong female-warrior lead, will put the player in the position to fight in a stylized vision of Hell/Helheim.  Furthermore, runes feature heavily in Hellblade and although the markings of the Heavenly Sword could not be specifically labeled as runes, this aesthetic is remarkably similar. Continue reading

Two things that I could not be more excited about, XLIX and MKX.

This is probably the best thing that happened all week.  In the lead up to the Super Bowl, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski spent some time off the field smacking each other around in Mortal Kombat X.  Or, maybe Marshawn was trying to get in with Conan’s pharmacist (“Whatchu on?”).  Either way, Dr. Gronk delivers sound medical advice and proves that he can be trusted with infomercials and Lynch teaches us that one need not score in order to grab ones nuts.  Watching the horror wrought across their faces by fatalities and Cassie Cage’s FUPAcuts juxtaposed with pure gold like, “That’s how Toad do,”  “Lick the gun” and Conan’s pure joy at winning a round was worth every second of this video.  TeamCoCo, for your viewing enjoyment:

 

Mortal Kombat X releases worldwide on April 14th, 2015.