Toys-Day Tuesday - July 23rd 2013: Batman Arkham Asylum Statue

Here we are at the first ever "Toys-Day" for Zenspath.com and I am proud to bring you the fantastic Kotobukiya statue that came with the Batman: Arkham City Collectors Edition for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, and PC.  This version is the American one which was in black and white following the cover art style that the game took for it's advertising though the Japanese edition of this same statue was released in full color.  Personally, I always prefered the black and white version.  Click the images for a larger view.

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Coming Soon - Toys-Day!

Well, tomorrow will be the first in a hopefully ongoing series on the site called "Toys-Day".  Every Tuesday, I will post a feature set of photographs and some history on either a single toy, or a series / collection of my choice.  Eventually we will open this up to suggestions on topics or what kinds of things you want to see.  

Here's a sample of what's to come!

Arkham Asylum Batman Statue


San Diego Comic Con 2013 Comic Movie Update

Well, SDCC has been interesting this year, not so much in big videogame announcments, but in actual COMIC BOOK related issues.  Here are a few of the comic movies that caught my attention. (More to come later.)

1.  Superman and Batman will finally be in a movie together.  The announced movie has only been hinted at in regards to story (with a quote from Dark Knight Returns to show inspiration) and a single image of the bat symbol combined with Superman's "S" in the middle.  Honestly it reminds me very much of the Batman Superman comic title that was going on for the past few years.  SDCC Logo Reveal

2.  Avengers 2 officially titled "Avengers: Age of Ultron" with a Summer 2015 release date.  
 SDCC Logo Reveal

3.  X-Men : Days of Future Past has taken a new spin on a classic tale (of the same name) for better and possibly worse.  It was revealed that Logan (Wolverine) will be the one sent into the past to change the future instead of the orginal Kity Pryde going back to her younger self.  So far it has been shown that the movie will take place in the past, present, and the future so the transitions should be quite interesting.Bishop (X-Men Days of Future Past)

Many characters have been talked about, but Professor Xavier, Magneto, Colossus, and Bishop have been shown at the panel as well.  Most intersting, and puzzling on their final complete look, has been the reveal of the Sentinels themselves.  Or rather a bust of a Sentinel head that we don't know if it is in scale or not, a poster done up showing an army, another poster showing a Sentinel fist, and finally a black outline hinting at the final body shape.  The new design, at least from what I can tell, should work great for the movie but it does differ greatly from the Sentinel head shown quickly in X-Men 3: The Last Stand.  



Well, today is the day many (rabbid) fans have been waiting for.  In a surprise ending to their "Mini Direct" earlier, Nintendo announced that the often requested EarthBound is finally available on the Wii U Virtual Console.  It's a great RPG that I recommend people give a go.  It is $10 and is available now. 



The Blacksmith You SHOULD Be Finding in Games is REAL!

Ok, N5omniac pointed this guy out awhile back and sadly it has taken me a bit to get the message out, but for every time you have had to find a blacksmith in a videogame...it should have been this man.  

He MADE this!

As his opening in the videos states, Tony Swatton has been a blacksmith armorer for more than 30 years and has made weapons and items for over 200 movies.  Now he is taking his business, Blacksmith Sword And Stone, and doing what we have all wanted to do...he's making the weapons and armor we love from movies, cartoons, games, and more.  

The list of weapons they have done so far is impressive, but he is always adding more.  So far I have seen Fin's Golden Sword from Adventure Time, Captain America's Shield, Wolverine's Claws, an axe from Skyrim, the Diamond Sword from Minecraft, and so much more.  Ironically though with the video series being titled "Man At Arms"...he hasn't done anything of Man-At-Arms from He-Man.  Oh well, he has done the Sword of Power from that series at least!  Check out some videos after the break.

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London does Cosplay Right...with MUSIC!

Those crazy Brits over at Sneaky Zebra on YouTube have been releasing some great music videos showing off the amazing cosplay skills of our fellow nerds across the pond.  Give this one a check, and there are more after the break.

London Film & Comic-Con 2013

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Where We're Going We Don't Need Rope! (Cut the Rope: Time Travel)

So the lovely little green candy eating machine known to the world as Om Nom is coming back in "Cut the Rope: Time Travel", the sequel to the 2011 release "Cut the Rope: Experiments".

It looks like Om Nom will be going thru time as he tries to be fed all of the candy his little green "whatever-shape-that-is" body can hold.  It will be coming to iOS and Android soon.

If your not familiar with Om Nom or the Cut the Rope games, they are basically physics based puzzles that revolve around getting candy either to Om Nom's waiting mouth, or to move Om Nom himself (still via the physics) to the candy.  A simple idea that proves incredibly addictive and suprisingly deep with its gameplay.  I highly recommend you give it a while.  I know I will be looking forward to whatever this new itteration brings to the table.  

It looks to be as much fun as the last two games in the series, but tell us what you think of it in the comments below!


Pac-Man - You Just Don't TOUCH Him.  Period

Just a warning here - language NOT really kid friendly at ALL.  Otherwise...enjoy!



Review: Bioshock Infinite (Xbox360)

Gaming today, especially on the Xbox360, has been a flood of first person shooters that have aimed for "realistic" military themes that focus on multiplayer while happening to remember they have a single player portion in there somewhere.   

Bioshock Infinite is not of this kind of game and I couldn't be happier for it.


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Bioshock Infinite - Opening and First Area (Xbox 360) - Jeremy's Gameplay

Decided to load up the beginning section of Bioshock Infinite that came out this week.  So far the game was been a beauty to play with some interesting twists already.  I am pretty damn surprised by the content they decided to cover in regards to religion and racism, so be warned at what you will be seeing. 


We Need You!

I'll be straight and to the point. What is it that you guys would like to see here? And we're talking specific topics on our podcasts, articles, or maybe even making our own fun videos. I know we've thrown ideas back and forth, bouncing ideas off each other, but we also would like to reach out to you guys first. Our audience.
You see, our plan isn't to be like all of the other gaming sites that share a lot of the main information. Yet our drive comes from more participation and feedback from you. We really enjoy putting up our work for you guys, and while we have been lacking in content lately, quite a bit of it stems from a lack of active users. This is why we are reaching out to you. Is our current content not tough e'nuff? Does our website need a better layout?
Feedback helps us get better! Support us by simply commenting on the articles, participating for free games when we have our podcasts, and showing this place to a friend!
Your friendly neighborhood PC Lead Writer,
Arthur Heinrich


Free Game Friday 2013!

I'd like to start us off this year with something relatively new with a new website. The site itself is about this SCP (Secure Contain Protect) organization that attempts to locate and contain these "artifacts" which would most likely deal harm, but in some cases do not. In all cases, these things or even beings have otherworldly powers and there are thousands of them. Some of them are so powerful that they are not even able to be contained at all.

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Maybe It's Time For Me To Die Out From Gaming (Editorial)

I'm tired.  So many people pushing to change gaming away from what it had always been.  Rights being removed in the interest of profit...and people support them.  Discussions becoming hateful over differences of opinion where a fit is thrown and I get removed from a group of people I thought I could consider friends that i could go and talk over ideas openly with.  Or maybe it's another sign of an issue that resides with me.

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Hardware Review - Nintendo Wii U

Release Date: November 18th, 2012
Initial Cost:   $299.99 (Basic) / $349.99 (Deluxe)
Version Reviewed:   Deluxe Set
Games Played for Review: Nintendo Land, New Super Mario Bros U, ZombiU, Trine 2, Nano Assault Neo


Back in 2004 Nintendo showed off what was originally code named (and later permanently so) the Nintendo DS system during their E3 press conference.  Little did we know that we were looking into their console future as well.  Click to continue.

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What Wii Recommend for (Wii) U

So, you will have that shiny new Wii U sitting under your TV soon (if you preordered, otherwise good luck) and while you will be enjoying a brand new game or two (or four) you shouldn't forget that you can play the entire collection of original Wii titles on your new system as well.  

Plus you really should be getting some Wii Remotes for the upcoming Wii U games, thus you will already have everything you need to play!

So I dug through my collection to bring you a few of my favorites that I think you should give a go especially if you skipped the Wii entirely and just stuck to the Xbox360, PS3, or PC.  I will stick to mostly exclusive titles unless noted that it is a "unique" experience from the Wii version.  So hopefully this will show you that while the Wii did have a huge pile of crap games, there were definetely some diamonds that made it worth digging through in the end.

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Free Game Friday: Bonesaw

Love sidescrollers? Love beating the crap out of things? Well this free indie game has you covered. Bonesaw takes inspiration from the old-school style of gaming and does it well with a combination of puzzles and platforming.

Not really much else to say, but jump in!


Your friendly neighborhood PC Lead Writer,

Arthur Heinrich


Free Game Friday: Streets of Rage Remake

So if you just happen to be a fan of oldschool games, not to mention games back on the Genesis, then boy do I definitely have a treat for you today.

This beat'em up has been created from the ground up by the fans for the fans featuring a lot of different playable characters from the Street of Rage universe including new ones! A lot of blood and sweat went into this which doesn't normally happens when it comes to fangames of this magnitude.

Streets of Rage Remake is a final product that allows for local multiplayer and includes their own story with endings. Unfortunately, within the week it was released, it was followed by a cease & desist from Sega stating that they were unable to officially host the game for download which is why we can't offer the link here...but lucky for you, I can offer this...


And yes, I know it's not Friday.


Your friendly neighborhood PC Lead Writer,

Arthur Heinrich


Zenspath Podcast Episode 019 - Brought to You by Tripod (Google It)

Welcome to Episode 19 of the ZensPath.com Podcast!

This epidode, N5omniac, AJ, and myself get together and talk about the upcoming Nintendo Wii U.  Nintendo has made a good deal of annoucments ranging from the release date, launch window games, the bundles, and their costs.  

We announce AJ's start to his weekly series "Free Game Friday" where he lets you know about some of the best games around that won't cost you a coin.  So keep an eye out for those in the coming future!

Also remember to find us on Twitter (@Zenspath), email us questions and suggestions to Zenspath.com@Gmail.com, or find us on Xbox Live/PSN/Steam.

Jeremy Powers
Editor and Host of the Zenspath Podcast

Click the link below to listen to the show, or right click and select "save as" to download the episode in a friendly little MP3 format for your very own!

Zenspath Podcast Ep 019


Free Game Friday: Black Mesa Source

At long last, the mother of all videogame modifications has arrived at our proverbial doorstep. Black Mesa Source is a full recreation of the original Half-Life story done with the new Source engine, and no I'm not talking about Half-Life: Source. Quite a bit of the game has been recreated, including brand new voice acting and music, to give it a more modern look (and to give people like me a real reason to finally beat it). One could say this mod is as infamous as Duke Nukem Forever. The best part of it all? It's completely free and completely sanctioned by Valve. You can grab it up right here, or torrent.

The game isn't entirely finished, but the team wanted to give us something to play as they add-on more of the story when they can. I know I can't complain about that! All you need to take part in the action is Steam along with the Source SDK installed.

So here's to you, reader. Enjoy your free game today!


Your friendly neighborhood PC Lead Writer,

Arthur Heinrich


Nintendo Wii U Will Cost $299 to $350 And Other Announcements

Today Nintendo held their press event in New York and finally let the cat out of the bag in regards to (99%) of the launch specifics for their upcoming system, the Wii U.  

First with the news that people have been asking for -  the system will be launching in stores on November 18th, 2012 and will be available in two different bundles ranging from $299.99 for the "Basic" set up to $349.99 for the "Deluxe" model. 

The "Basic" will come with the console and one Nintendo GamePad controller (both in white), an HDMI cable, a Wii Sensor Bar, GamePad Stylus, the Wii U AC adapter, the GamePad AC Adapter, and 8GB's of built in memory.

The "Deluxe" model comes with everything the "Basic" had, except the system and GamePad are all a sleek black finish instead of white, the memory is bumped up to 32GB from 8GB, both a charging stand for the Gamepad and a basic stand, the stand for the system if you want to display it on its side like the original Wii, and it includes Nintendo Land as a pack in game.