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God Of War 4 To Delve Into Norse Mythology


The God of War series, now one of the most successful PlayStation exclusives, has long delighted its fans with an exciting and highly dramatized take on Greek mythology. Dealing primarily with the Spartan warrior Kratos and a collection of Greek gods (most notably Ares, the god of war for whom the series is named), the games have always thrived on action-packed gameplay and cutting edge graphics. And God Of War 4, which was revealed at E3, looks to be more of the same in these regards.

The big difference this time around, as noted by Parent Herald’s write-up on the forthcoming release, is that Kratos will now be dumped into Norse mythology. This is a sharp change in direction for a franchise that up to this point has been all about traditional Olympian characters, and makes sense to give the game a new look. However, it may also not be so surprising given that a few other games have made a habit of blending mythologies and providing players with fun selections of gods and god-like figures.

Gameloft’s Gods Of Rome, a highly rated fighter game for mobile devices, has perhaps been the most blatant in mashing different mythologies together. While it advertises itself largely as a game about Olympian gods, there are always new characters and warriors being added, and settings range from Mt. Olympus itself to a gorgeous Chinese temple. There’s not much of a sense of cohesion between all these characters and settings, but it’s interesting to see how naturally you can jump between different myths without feeling jarred or confused. They all play on our imagination similarly.

Online, the diverse library of gaming content at Gala’s bingo platform takes a similar approach to mythology to what we see in Gods Of Rome. While the site is known primarily for its bingo gaming options there are plenty of slot and arcade options that provide different types of gaming, and most of them are built around recognizable characters, settings, or general fictional concepts. Among them, titles range from Nordic Heroes to Rise Of Anubis to Zeus III and Legend of Triton, incorporating Norse, Egyptian, and Greek mythology.

A couple of other apps and games demonstrate similar approaches, and now that we know the new direction God Of War is moving in it seems fair to wonder if this is only the beginning. It’s a little bit hard to imagine the transition that will land Kratos among Norse mythological figures, but if God Of War 4 works smoothly and proves as popular as its predecessors it’s easy to imagine the developers making it a trend. It could be that as some other games have explored blending mythologies, the God Of War series could begin to progress through different histories in much the same way so that many other popular console franchises could also leap through various times and settings.

If this is the way things are going, God Of War may have a more interesting future than anyone would have guessed before the new game was revealed.

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More Marvel Characters are Invading Mobile Games

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If it feels like comic book characters and superheroes are everywhere now, you are not wrong. It is almost impossible to check out upcoming movie releases or flip through your TV channels or Netflix offerings without seeing somebody in a cape, armor, or tight leather jumpsuit. But these characters are not just appearing on the big and small screens, because you can also find them on the really small screens—namely, mobile devices.

According to a recent report by the Pew Research Center, almost 70 percent of adults in the U.S. now own a smartphone, which is about double what it was just four years ago. And while these devices are used for a number of things, like checking social media updates and taking selfies, more and more people are utilizing them to play games. And what kind of games are they seeing? Those featuring comic book characters, of course.

Just like anything else, the popularity of different superheroes ebbs and flows. Batman was huge for a while, but not so much now, though that could definitely change again. The X-Men were all the rage not too long ago, too. Although they have some loyal fans, the Fantastic Four only seems to show brief glimpses of interest. But the group now capturing the most attention features some familiar folks along with a few that may be new to a lot of people. The Avengers are still as big as ever, and a seemingly endless string of upcoming movies will probably keep them at that status for a while. However, those aren’t the only Marvel characters that are making names for themselves.

While the Ben Affleck movie did little for his popularity, Daredevil has made a strong comeback thanks to a Netflix show that started earlier this year. Knowing a good thing when it sees it, the streaming service is also behind a new show starring yet another Marvel character, Jessica Jones, which has already generated a lot of buzz.

Both Daredevil and Jessica Jones have also, not surprisingly, made their way into mobile games. A recent article on Mashable discusses how these heroes will be integrated into two very popular mobile games: Marvel Contest of Champions and Marvel Future Fight, which combined are played by around 75 million people. Yes, you read that correctly: 75 million.

For those who love Marvel characters, there is definitely no shortage of games to play. And mobile games are not the only places you can find them. Online gaming site Betfair has a variety of titles featuring these superheroes. Marvel Roulette lets you spin the wheel with help from Iron Man, Spiderman, and Captain American, to name a few. There are also several slots games starring the X-Men, Hulk, and even everyone’s favorite vampire superhero, Blade. And if you can’t get enough of Daredevil, you can find him there too.

If you’re a Marvel fan and love seeing the characters everywhere, this is definitely your time to embrace and enjoy everything related to the comic book giant. If you’re a little tired of Marvel and want to see something new, just wait a bit, because something new will surely be around the corner soon.

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Ep.7 Which Video Game has the Best Music?

This week we bring you a special guest interview with game-tester, marathon gamer and mega-man aficionado *Chris DiFranco*.

Join us as we discuss *video game development* our favorite *music in gaming* and *Extra Life* a 24 hour gaming marathon to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Also, Brian and Matt gush about the new Playstation classic *Rocket League*. If you haven’t played it stop reading this and go play…seriously stop reading this….go…go and play, its great.