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Watchmen The End is Nigh - Prequel game, episodic and downloadable

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EGM's December cover is for the new Watchmen prequel game. You can read the details below:


The latest issue of EGM finally arrived in our offices today, which means they should be reaching subscribers any day now, and as hinted at at the end of the previous Resident Evil issue, our December mag has a big surprise on the cover: The unveiling of Watchmen: The End Is Nigh. You may recall the mind games and questions EGM editor-in-chief James Mielke, has been playing as of late, what with the blog posts asking readers to identify the next cover of the magazine. The secret behind figuring out the correct cover (which a few of you did) was not to try and discern what the game was based on the posted images, but instead by deciphering based on the way they were posted. Blurred out and mirrored opposite each other, in the manner of a Rorschach blot, the image was a composite Rorschach-style image of the game's star, Rorschach. What's interesting about the Watchmen game (which many purists may view as blasphemy) is the level of care and attention Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment are putting into the game.


Not only is Watchmen: The End Is Nigh a prequel (fleshing out many of the brief flashbacks hinted at in the graphic novel), it's episodic, and it's downloadable. EGM has the full reveal, including over 20 screenshots and interviews with 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder, original Watchmen illustrator Dave Gibbons, and veteran comics author/End Is Nigh scripter, (and Alan Moore's original mentor on the Watchmen series) Len Wein. In fact, EGM went all the way out to Copenhagen, Denmark to visit with the development team, Deadline Games (which features an international cast of talent, including one designer who worked on Shenmue, Super Monkey Ball, and F-Zero GX). We also spoke with the game's producer, Soren Lund. The issue not only features everything you need to know about the game, but also insights and secrets to the upcoming movie, straight from the mouth of Zack Snyder himself.


While your first instinct regarding a movie/comic-based licensed game might be a poor one, EGM's James Mielke (a serious Watchmen fan) came away genuinely impressed with the authenticity, treatment, and care Deadline Games is devoting to the prequel. They know they have a huge fanbase to convince, and it shows in their work.


The latest EGM also features a round-up of the big events at the recent Tokyo Game Show, as well as a nifty gift guide for the holidays featuring eclectic, off-beat game-related ideas that you might not expect (no games!), and a developer's wishlist with various gaming luminaries' number one holiday wishes. Does Tetsuya Mizuguchi want a real astronaut suit for Christmas? Maybe! It's also the first of the big reviews issues, covering many of the season's big games, including Little Big Planet, Gears of War 2, Wii Music, Fable 2, Mirror's Edge, Fallout 3, Dead Space, Saints Row 2, and more. Of course you've probably read many of these reviews on 1UP, but EGM gives these games the three-man review treatment for a second or third opinion.


Finally, in case this wasn't enough to keep your brains busy, issue 235 also features an interview with Grasshoper Manufacture mastermind, Goichi Suda (aka Suda-51), and an exclusive look at Batman: Arkham Asylum and one of the game's (and Batman's) main baddies: Killer Croc. We've posted the shiny, metallic polybag here, so you know what to look out for on newsstands in about 10 days (and so subscribers know what they're missing), as well as the magazine's unconventional, minimalist black-and-white cover, featuring the Watchmen's principal protagonist, Rorshcach.





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Watchmen games coming to retail... Kind of...


Providing Watchmen fans with a variety of purchase options, the game will be offered in the following formats.


* Watchmen: The End is Nigh The Complete Experience is an innovative, retail Blu-ray Hi-Def game and film hybrid which will include Watchmen: The End is Nigh Parts 1 and 2 and the Watchmen: Director’s Cut on Blu-ray. This new cut of the action-packed blockbuster includes an additional 25 minutes of footage not seen in theaters only available on Blu-ray and DVD. The two-disc collectible set will also feature exclusive artwork in a premium package. The game will be playable on the PLAYSTATION?3 computer entertainment system which can also play the Blu-ray disc of Watchmen: Director’s Cut.

* Watchmen: The End is Nigh Parts 1 and 2 will now be available for the first time as a single game available for the Xbox 360? video game and entertainment system from Microsoft.

* Watchmen: The End is Nigh Part 2 will be available for download on Xbox LIVE? Arcade for the Xbox 360? video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and for PlayStation?Network.

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If the price isn't exponentially higher for the Director's Cut/Game combo, I'll spring for it. I'm going to be getting the movie anyway and I didn't hate the demo I played. I just felt it was terribly overpriced...


Ditto. If it is reasonable, I will get it. I felt the game was not worth $20 even though I enjoyed the demo.

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