12 Things to be Excited About in 2012

By Matt Peters

This year is scheduled to be one of the biggest of note in the world of comics, video games, and all-around geekiness. We here at Pads & Panels would like to give you twelve reasons that 2012 will be awesome. Let’s hope our Mayan overlords don’t return from outer space until we get to experience most of it. Take a look below for some of the highlights:





Infamous was one of 2009’s best games. Developed by Sucker Punch, it turned out to be a huge departure from their Sly Cooper series released on the PlayStation 2. The game starred Cole MacGrath as he awoke to find a crater of devastation surrounding him and new-found electricity-based powers. Now Cole is back in the sequel to last year’s game, Infamous 2. Archie got a chance to go hands-on with the game at PAX and see what new tricks Cole will have up his sleeves when the game launches sometime next year. (more…)



Platform: PS3

ESRB Rating: T

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

Developer: Sucker Punch

Rating: ★★★½☆

Review by: Bill Jones

InFAMOUS opens with a blast, literally, the type of blast that decimates six blocks of Empire City and kills every living thing within the radius…except for Cole MacGrath. Instead, Cole finds himself charged with electricity and more powerful than anyone can dream. Whether he uses those powers for good or evil is entirely up to the player.

As the player guides Cole in third-person perspective around the sandbox of Empire City, things are in disarray. Factions are fighting in the streets, neighborhoods are in various stages of decay and, most importantly concerning Cole, is lacking electricity. As Cole carries out missions and brings electricity back to the city, he gains more powers to harness the electricity in new ways. (more…)