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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

    Video games based off the Lord of the Rings universe have been somewhat hit or miss, but Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the biggest releases the franchise has seen in years. With a combination of Batman: Arkham City’s combat and Assassin’s Creed’s open world exploration, Shadow... More
  • Blog Post: Who Is Arkham Knight?

    When we revealed Rocksteady’s final entry in the Arkham series, Batman: Arkham Knight, its title didn’t draw much scrutiny. It had Arkham in the name, and it was a clear nod to Batman. At least, that’s what we thought before getting our demo of the game. After seeing it in action, we... More
  • Blog Post: The Blockbuster Rule: Why The Future Belongs To Mega-Franchises

    [Note: This article originally appeared in issue #251 of Game Informer ] In Anita Elberse's new book, Blockbusters: Hit-Making, Risk-Taking, and The Big Business of Entertainment , the veteran professor at the prestigious Harvard Business School argues that, despite claims that digital distribution... More
  • Blog Post: Crafting The Black Lands: The Art Of Shadow Of Mordor

    In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Mordor is a land so corrupt with evil that few even dare speak its name. The Dark Lord Sauron dwells behind its Black Gates, building up power to conquer Middle-earth. The Mordor we revealed in our cover story of Monolith Production’s Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Shadow Of Mordor's Place In Middle-earth

    Update: Shortly after publishing this story filled with conjecture about the events of Middle-earth around the time Shadow of Mordor takes place, the official Twitter account for the game revealed that the game begins "...the night Sauron returns to Mordor." This revelation adds exciting new... More
  • Blog Post: Wraith And Ranger: Shadow Of Mordor's Talion

    In Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series, Aragorn and the other Rangers of the North - along with their counterparts in Gondor - have a mysterious and alluring quality. These scouts live off the land and steer clear of the civilizations they silently protect. On the opposite end of Tolkien's good... More
  • Blog Post: Creating The Best Lego Cutscenes

    Who would have thought that the mild-mannered Duncan Kinnaird was the director for some of the most entertaining cutscenes in all of gaming. Putting a bizarre, comedic twist on famous scenes or characters has always been a staple of the Lego series from TT Games, and Duncan has been steering the evolution... More
  • Blog Post: How To Get Paid For Playing With Legos

    Carl Greatrix and the rest of the model team at Traveller's Tales ensure that every Lego model in the games can be built by fans. Using official Lego pieces, they construct everything that you see in the game by hand or with digital recreations. It seems like a great job, but it's not without... More
  • Blog Post: Playing Spider-Man In Lego Marvel Super Heroes

    Choosing to branch out from the Marvel film universe and include the entire brand's cast of characters in Lego Marvel Super Heroes was a bold move for TT Games. Arguably the biggest question was what to do with a Lego version of Spider-Man. The team at Traveller's Tales decided to embrace the... More
  • Blog Post: Darth Maul to Deadpool: Designing Lego Characters

    Character artists Neil Crofts and Will Thompson spend their days staring into icy black eyes. Fortunately, those eyes belong to adorable Lego figures. Neil and Will have years of experience bringing figures to life, both through adapting the official Lego designs to work within the games and creating... More
  • Blog Post: Designing The Stark Tower Level in Lego Marvel Super Heroes

    With a healthy mix of action and puzzles, the Lego games have refined their level design with every new game. The wealth of characters in Lego Marvel Super Heroes gives the designers plenty of options when designing puzzles and obstacles for the player to overcome. While visiting Traveller's Tales... More
  • Blog Post: Your Video Primer For Lego Marvel Super Heroes

    Intrigued by the idea of TT Games and Lego tackling the Marvel universe but are hungry for more information? We've got you covered. While visiting the Traveller's Tales studio for this month's cover story, game director Arthur Parsons and producer Phil Ring explained the high level challenges... More
  • Blog Post: Animating The Incredible Hulk In Lego Marvel Super Heroes

    Lego designed their version of the the Incredible Hulk when creating the sets for their Lego Marvel Super Heroes toy line, but now the development team at Traveller's Tales has to animate him. As the first of Lego's "big figs," the Hulk was a satisfying challenge for Paul Munro and... More
  • Blog Post: How TT Games Began In A Galaxy Far Away

    Starting with Lego Star Wars in 2005, TT Games has created a juggernaut in gaming. While visiting the Traveller's Tales studio in Knutsford, England for the Lego Marvel Super Heroes cover story we took the opportunity to learn the full history of TT Games and the popular Lego games. Watch the video... More
  • Blog Post: Injustice: Gods Among Us Video Preview - Going Over The Top

    While NetherRealm previously produced Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, Injustice: Gods Among Us marks the studio's first fighting game that focuses exclusively on the superheroes and supervillains of the DC universe. Lead designer John Edwards says that this kind of focus allows the team to bring the... More
  • Blog Post: Eight MMOs That Died Almost As Quickly As APB

    In honor of APB's ugly demise, we present to you a hot cup of schadenfreude as we look back at eight dead games that pretty much got what they had coming to them.* Because seriously. The Matrix Online. Ugh. * As long as you don't dwell too much on jobs lost and dreams crushed. Nobody sets out... More
  • Blog Post: LEGO Games We’d Like To See

    Today marks the release of LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 , the ninth LEGO title that Traveller’s Tales has developed since LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game came out in 2005. While some might complain about this glut of games, the rest of us couldn’t be happier. We grew up with the colorful toy... More
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