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New York ComicCon

Artists are the whole reason that Comic-Con exists in the first place, so we wanted to give you a guided tour of the Artists Alley at New York Comic-Con to show you a few of the inspiring creators that bring comic books to life. In the video below, we speak with legendary artists like Mark Bagley, Sean Hamilton, Maris Wicks, Joe Quinones, and the man who designed the poster for NYCC, Steve McNiven.

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Injustice: Gods Among Us revealed several characters at New York Comic-Con 2012 including The Green Arrow, Green Lantern, and The Joker. In the video below, we speak with Hector Sanchez, Producer at Netherrealm Studios, to discuss the new characters and their abilities, as well as how Netherrealm put their own spin on classic DC characters.

Injustice: Gods Among Us "New York Comic-Con 2012" Gameplay Preview »


 

Cosplaying is a major draw for convention-goers, and New York Comic-Con 2012 was no different. In the video below, we showcase some of the best cosplay outfits, including those inspired by video games, movies, and comic books, from NYCC.

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Comic-Con has invaded New York City and we're there to document every booth babe, every cosplayer, and every inch of the showfloor. If you're not there, you're missing out on the comics, video games, and general awesomeness taking place in the Big Aapple. Live vicariously through our photo galleries if you want to see New York Comic-Con in action.

Behold, our New York Comic-Con photo galleries:

New York Comic-Con 2012 Cosplay PicturesNew York Comic-Con 2012 Booth Babe PicturesNew York Comic-Con 2012 Show Floor Pictures





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Splinter Cell Echoes Comic Book Announcement Trailer »


A comic book based on Splinter Cell is on the way. The Splinter Cell Echoes graphic novel takes place between the events of Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Conviction and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist . The story bridges the gap between the two games, and aims to provide readers with a realistic, original story that sets the tone for the opening events in Splinter Cell Blacklist. It will be released in 2013.

"Nathan Edmondson and Marc Laming are respected experts in their fields and we are so incredibly fortunate to have them on board for the Splinter Cell graphic novel," said Patrick Redding, game director, Ubisoft Toronto. "Nathan's work in The Activity put him on our radar with its gripping balance between real-world geopolitics and high-tech spy fantasy themes we also explore in Splinter Cell. We're confident that all readers -- whether they've played every game in the series or are new to the franchise -- are going to really engage with this story and the level of fine detail Nathan and Marc inject into their book."

We'll have more details when they are announced.

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During New York Comic-Con 2012, Capcom released a nine minute gameplay walkthrough of Lost Planet 3 highlighting a new Akrid type and a massive mech battle. Seriously, Lost Planet 3's frozen gameplay and massive enemies are something to see.

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Angry Birds Star Wars Toys Revealed

Hasbro offered fans in the media a first look at the tie-in toys for Rovio's upcoming Angry Birds Star Wars game at its annual New York Comic-Con preview party. As you can see in the images above and after the jump, a fair assortment of characters from the classic series have been Angry Birds-ified. The Death Star never looked so adorable.

The game itself was unfortunately not available for public showings, but expect it to borrow heavily from the mechanics of Angry Birds Space. This isn't a bad thing at all. You've also probably noticed that the toys pictured here all connect with the Original Trilogy, and that's no coincidence. It's probably inevitable that this Rovio/Hasbro partnership will explore the Prequel Trilogy, and possibly even the Clone Wars TV series, but the kickoff for Angry Birds Star Wars will focus solely on the three movies that launched the franchise.

The Angry Birds Star Wars app arrives on November 8, 2012, but you'll be able to start collecting the toys even sooner, as they're expected to hit store shelves by late October.

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Human Element Revealed As Robert Bowling's New Zombie Survival Game

Human Element has been revealed as Robert Bowling's new game. The former creative strategist at Infinity Ward spoke to Game Informer about his game company's Robotoki's first title, saying that it takes place during the zombie apocalypse and focuses on survival.

"Their greatest strength is the fear that [zombies] instill in us, the survivors, that unreasonable fear. Unreasonable fear that leads us to do unreasonable things to survive," he said.

Bowling also mentioned that there will be different character classes in Human Element: Action, Intelligence, and Stealth, and you'll be able to choose one of three identities: Survive Alone, Survive with a Partner, or Survive with a Young Child. These decisions will determine how you'll engage in scenarios and how those decisions will impact you based on a physical and morality level.

Currently the game is slated for a 2015 release for next-generation consoles, PC, mobile, and tablets. As we hear more details on the game we'll be sure to get them to you. In the meantime, what do you think of another zombie survival game, but this time coming from one of the guys who made the multiplayer in Call of Duty so successful?




New York Comic-Con 2011 Floor Report -- Games, Comics, Collectibles, And Maddening Crowds

It wasn’t Occupy Wall Street. It was more like Occupy Nerd Street. The New York Comic Con was a strange but effective conglomeration of diverse businesses, all parading under the banner of “We are EveryNerd.”
 
So you had to be smart and aware while traversing the floor. Some true nerds were overly aggressive, pushing and elbowing, much more so than, say, at Pax East. And there were fake nerds, much worse than true nerds. At one booth, a dozen HD monitors shone, massive speakers boomed, and some sci-fi bed of ball bearings vibrated when you sat on them as the visage of Terry O’Quinn cautioned you, “What happens when the senses are not cared for?” Just when I thought, "Yay, Lost’s John Locke is starring in a game I haven’t heard of," I discovered it was all a promotion for orange-flavored gum. Fail!
 
Games were displayed in more abundance than in any other year. While there was game news, it wasn’t the wealth of news as in, say, the San Diego comic convention. Yet it’s getting there. Rockstar Games showed off the dark story and fluid game design of Max Payne 3 (check out our NYCC preview for more info) as well as a fascinating, well-thought out reboot of Grand Theft Auto III for its 10th Anniversary (first look impressions right here).

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 New York Comic-Con 2011 has come and gone, but we’ll never forget the good times we had, the games we saw, the outfits that still haunt our dreams, and of course the collectibles we drooled over. G4 correspondent Harold Goldberg was on site and did a little collectible recon on some of the standout offerings from this year’s Con.

New York Comic-Con Collectibles Roundup

What: Batman: Arkham City characters
Manufacturer: DC Direct
Price: Not yet priced
Release Date: November, 2012

All of these characters will probably set you back a hundred bucks or more. But to re-imagine the play from the game, money is no object. Right?

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Capcom announced at New York Comic Con over the weekend that Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 buyers will be treated to some free downloadable content after the game launches on November 15. The Heroes Vs. Heralds pack adds a couple of new features to the game, one of which involves playing as Galactus, Devourer of Worlds.

Also coming in the pack is a card-collecting mode that will see players picking up trading cards that can be used to change the rules in a given match-up. Game balance means nothing here, with properties like projectile invincibility, super armor and straight-up invisibility all among the available unlocks.

Source: YouTube, Joystiq

 

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GTA 3

Has it really been that long? Next week marks the 10th anniversary of Grand Theft Auto III, one of the landmark games that literally changed everything for gamers. At the New York Comic Con, Rockstar tried hard to ensure that you’ll want to indulge in the open world mayhem of GTA 3 all over again – on iOS devices like the iPad2 and the iPhone 4S.
 
With all the stunning new games being offered every week, why would gamers want to revisit the old game? Aren’t those graphics ancient now, so much so that the game should be nothing more than a wonderful, salient memory of a time gone by? That kind of thinking makes sense. But if you saw what I saw, you’ll probably be psyched to play those classic courier missions all over again.

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G4 At New York Comic-Con Oct. 13-16! 

Now that Summer is giving way to Fall, our thoughts naturally turn to the East Coast, where Comic-Con, New York style, is about to get underway. Comic-Con New York takes place between October 13th-16th at the Jacob Javits Center, and G4 will be there with Blairs-a-blazin' to celebrate! Blair Butler and Blair Herter will be signing at the G4 Booth (#1746), we'll be selling some AOTS gear, including t-shirts and hoodies, and giving things away with a daily Epic Raffle.

We'll have more information on New York Comic-Con coming soon, but, in the meantime, here's a look at the G4 host signing schedule:

  • Blair Butler - Friday, October 14th - 1PM
  • Blair Herter - Saturday, October 15th - 3PM
  • Blair B. & Blair H. - Sunday, October 16th - 11AM

Super Mario Galaxy 2 screenshot

Have you ever played a Mario game and thought, "This is just too complicated!" Me neither. But still, if you need a little extra help with Mario, Super Mario Galaxy 2 has you covered. The release of the box art for the European version of the game reveals that it comes with an instructional DVD to help noobs, newbs and n00bs play the game, as well as get a little insight into how his new suits work.

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GameArts, the creators of Super Smash Bros. Brawl, pit Raphael against Leonardo in the first trailer for the Wii four-player fighting game Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up. Slated for release next fall on the Wii, the Ubisoft-published game is presumably part of the 25th Anniversary of the heroes in a half shell.

Speaking of...I picked these up just the other day... me = happy camper.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up heads to the Wii this Fall.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Smash-Up Raph vs. Leo Trailer

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