After last week's, er, heavy review scores chat, new podcast dream team Gav, Alysia and Joe reconvened to relax a little. We talked Overwatch, we talked half-forgotten English soap opera stars, and we talked James Young, the man with the incredible Metal Gear-connected bionic arm.
Plus Keyword Countdown gets FOUR new theme tunes, and Alysia loses her freaking mind because Joe is the best.
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The following is an excerpt from You Died: The Dark Souls Companion, a book about Dark Souls and the delightfully mad people who play it by Keza MacDonald and Jason Killingsworth. You can buy it here in paperback (worldwide shipping), or on Amazon or iBooks as an eBook.
Good Grief: Trolls, Invaders & The Shadow Self by Jason Killingsworth
Ready at Dawn, the developer behind PS4 exclusive The Order: 1886, will reveal its new game next week.
The news was announced by GameStop COO Tony Bartel on the retailer's first quarter investor call.
GameStop recently set up a publishing arm, GameTrust, which will be handling Ready at Dawn's new title.
GameTrust's first game, Song of the Deep (developed by Ratchet and Clank dev Insomniac) is due for release on July 12.
2012’s Gravity Rush was a pleasant surprise on Vita; a stylish action game built around a very unique central hook: players could change gravity at will, literally dropping in any direction through the world.
The sequel is shaping up to build on this blueprint nicely, while taking advantage of the PS4’s significant grunt and the fact that it’s now a big screen experience. I’ve popped in to see an early build of the E3 demo while at Japan Studio to play The Last Guardian, and I’m glad I did.
The world design makes an immediate impression. Set in an entirely new city, it’s reminiscent of a Western European-inspired take on BioShock Infinite’s Columbia; island blocks bob about, high up in the sky, while barge-like platforms move between them. Once again the visuals are heavily influenced by comic books and anime, with a wonderfully cel-shaded world and comic book panel cutscenes.
Shafts of bright sunshine from high above pierce through the darkness, casting dappled light on the hulking chains that curl about the floor of the cave. Butterflies flitter above them, oblivious to the enormous animal the chain snakes towards, and the harness around its neck. The creature is lying still, wounded; two spears jut out from vermillion-stained feathers.
It’s not dead, however, and as I tentatively move toward it, the beast rears its head and grows agitated, snapping at me if I approach from the front and casting about to keep me in view if I approach from the side. It’s clearly in pain, however, and I decide to take a chance and climb onto its hindquarters, to where a spear is lodged, just below what appears to be broken armour plating on its back.
Developer Big Ant Studios has today confirmed Don Bradman Cricket 17 will launch this December on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, smack bang in the midst of Australia’s annual summer of cricket.
The successor to the well-received Don Bradman Cricket 14, Big Ant explains DBC17 will feature a new lighting system, “photo realistic skin tones”, and also promises to add more control depth to what’s already an admirably nuanced cricket simulation. Those who make the upgrade from the previous Don Bradman Cricket will be able to import their players from the last game.
We’ll be able to get a glimpse of DBC17 from today with the launch of the new Don Bradman Cricket Academy, available free on Steam.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
The CW's live-action DC Universe has grown by leaps and bounds over the past couple years. With so many great characters now added to the pantheon, the time was ripe for the network to go all-out and commission an ensemble show featuring an entire team of costumed avengers. Legends of Tomorrow might not have been the straightforward Justice League series some fans crave, but that's really the source of its appeal at the end of the day.
Like The Flash before it, Legends of Tomorrow benefited from a great deal of setup in its sister series prior to its January debut. If anything, those other two shows suffered from the sense that more time was being devoted to paving the way for Legends than furthering their own ongoing storylines. But at least that meant that Legends was able to kick off with a firmly established team of heroes (plus a couple malcontent criminals). The first episode brought together a very eclectic bunch that included the Atom (Brandon Routh), both halves of Firestorm (Franz Drameh and Victor Garber), White Canary (Caity Lotz), Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller), Heat Wave (Dominic Purcell), Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and Hawkman (Falk Hentschel). These disparate characters were all untied by the show's most significant new addition to the CW-verse, time-traveler extraordinaire Rip Hunter (Doctor Who's Arthur Darvill).
At first glance, Nintendo’s favorite platforming pink puffball may seem out of place in the cockpit of a large robot mech, utilizing giant buzzsaws, laser guns, and flamethrowers to demolish foes and roadblocks alike. While that robot-fueled destruction might make things a little easier than I’d like, its clever use of 3D-based puzzles in vibrant worlds, engaging boss fights, and a collection of enjoyable side-modes make up for pushover enemies. Planet Robobot proves that sometimes, giant robots do make things better.
Once again, Kirby can use his trademark moves to copy enemy abilities, and most of the 20+ forms come with several moves and combos to keep things fresh and interesting. Among many others, there’s Doctor Kirby’s ability to create and store volatile potions to unleash on groups of enemies, ESP Kirby’s ability to vanish and reappear in a destructive blast, and Jet Kirby’s ability to store power before launching forward and ending with a powerful forward projectile.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
After its rocky start, Agents of SHIELD had turned into a much more entertaining, involving series by its second season. Season 3 of the Marvel series found the show not quite operating on as strong a level as the year before, though there was still a lot to enjoy amongst some beats that didn’t quite work as well.
The show used the mid-season split to essentially divide between two villains – both played by Brett Dalton. In the fall, Dalton was still playing Ward and in the spring, he was Hive (walking around in Ward’s dead body). Overall, the fall run felt like the stronger, more cohesive of the two halves. The rising threats, including Gideon Malick and Lash, were intriguing, the storyline about Simmons’ time on another planet really compelling and the tragically short love story between Coulson and Ros (a very strong Constance Zimmer) played well – even if his quest for revenge after Ward shockingly killed her was a bit heightened, given how quick their relationship was.
Uncharted 4 is the "fastest-selling PlayStation 4 first party title to-date", as part of a historically well-loved franchise.
With that awesome reception comes awesome cosplay, so we rounded up some of the best Nathan Drake cosplayers - men and women - for one giant Uncharted cosplay gallery.
Click right to see all the images:
You may not recognize Linda Woolverton's name, but you definitely know her work. In addition to writing the screenplay for Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass, she's worked on The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Mulan, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland and Maleficent. She's also the first woman to pen a Disney animated feature film (Beauty) and the only woman with a sole writing credit on a billion-dollar movie (Burton's Alice).
Today, I had the pleasure of speaking with Woolverton about the new Alice sequel, as well as her time at Disney, and the studio's live-action adaptations...
IGN Movies: Let's dive right in with Alice Through the Looking Glass. Obviously this story was very different from the book. How did you go about breaking this story while also building on what you had done before with Alice in Wonderland?
Brace yourselves: E3 2016 is nearly upon us. From June 12-16, the entire gaming industry will converge on Los Angeles to showcase the biggest games that we’ll be playing for 2016 and beyond. We’ve been updating our Games of E3 List whenever news drops, but now we’re going to go even deeper. Every day leading up to the show, we’re going to highlight one of the biggest games that we hope to see more of at E3. Up today: Mafia 3!
GameStop announced today its commitment to getting virtual reality experiences into the hands of as many gamers as possible.
"All our larger stores will have VR demos," the company announced during its investor call. Currently there are 10 GameStop locations with HTC Vive demo units, and the company said it plans to increase that number to 100 in the near-term. Eventually hundreds of locations will have VR demos.
It mentioned demo units for the upcoming PlayStation VR unit will be coming, as well, with the philosophy being VR sells better when customers have a chance to get hands-on time with the units.
For smaller retail locations, GameStop still plans to provide support for demos of virtual reality devices, however it didn't reveal any specifics.
Legendary game designer Cliff Bleszinski joins us for over an hour to share Gears of War stories, how he developed his first game as a teenager, more about his new game Lawbreakers, and much more!
If you'd rather listen than watch, here's an audio-only download link.
Here are a couple of clips, first of Bleszinski choosing his favorite Gears of War game:
And here's Bleszinski explaining how multiplayer almost got cut from Gears 1:
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When the new trailer for Star Trek Beyond dropped over the weekend, many fans noticed the reveal of some kind of enormous new space station/spaceship/space something. Was the Enterprise docking with an orbital platform above Earth, ala Star Trek: The Motion Picture? Was this a crazy alien ship, or a Starfleet starbase, or something else entirely?
Last year, while on the set of Star Trek Beyond, I spoke to Scotty actor Simon Pegg, and he filled me and the other visiting press in on what this design is. After all, as co-writer of the film along with Doug Jung, he should know!
No matter how you slice it, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan isn't a fulfilling adventure. For as cool as the turtles and the bosses look, and despite hitting a pretty nice balance between classic cartoon nostalgia and entertaining new fans, the most important part of this ninja’s arsenal – the combat itself – is too chaotic to enjoy, even over its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it length.
Mutants in Manhattan's story is as by-the-comic-book as can be: Shredder and Krang are attempting to take over the world and have dispatched and/or brainwashed rival mutants like Bebop, Rocksteady, Wingnut, and Slash. Whether you’ve checked out of the TMNT universe since the early 90s cartoon or are an avid watcher of the modern Nickelodeon version, it’s pretty easy to jump into Mutants in Manhattan’s world. The constants are nice: Donatello is the archetypical tech wizard, Leonardo leads, Michelangelo worships pizza over all else (except maybe nunchucks), and Raphael is pretty salty. While the turtles themselves are as entertaining as ever, April and Splinter are reduced to a static face on comms popups and inventory manager, respectively. I know the turtles are the stars of the show, but they could’ve used a better supporting cast.
Yesterday, the world was thrown for a loop when a shocking twist changed everything for Captain America in a story by writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz. But a particular comic fan’s theory has us looking at the twist in a whole new way.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Steve Rogers: Captain America #1!
At the end of the first issue of Steve Rogers: Captain America #1, we see Cap throw his teammate, Jack Flag, out of a jet and declare, “Hail Hydra.” Instantly, we are meant to believe that everything we’ve ever known about Cap is a lie because he’s secretly been a Hydra sleeper agent the whole time. Flashbacks in the issue support this, showing how when Steve was a child, a mysterious woman named Elisa Sinclair lured his mother to a secret Hydra meeting in order to get close enough to corrupt him.
We could be seeing as many as seven Power Rangers movies over the coming years.
According to Variety, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer said as much during a conference call today. "We are really really excited about the Power Rangers movie... We could see doing five or six or seven," he said.
Of course, the first Power Rangers film needs to make money first, and then we'll see how those other five or six films work out. But for now, it's clear Lionsgate has high hopes for the potential series.
Feltheimer also spoke about the positive reaction to the recent unveiling of the Power Rangers' costumes. The Dean Israelite-directed movie is due to open on March 24, 2017, and is set to star Ludi Lin, Becky G., Naomi Scott, R.J. Cyler, and Dacre Montgomery.
If your hard drive is lacking in quality PC games, use code ORIGIN30 to take 30% off nearly any game on Origin. The only exceptions seem to be pre-orders, and I've broken out some of my favorite games from this sale below. If you find any excluded games, or have a favorite EA title to recommend, please let me know in the comments.
Daniel Craig is reportedly joining the cast of director Steven Soderbergh's heist film Logan Lucky, a move that has some industry insiders further betting that his run as James Bond has come to an end.
With Logan Lucky -- which also stars Channing Tatum, Seth McFarlane, Adam Driver, and Katherine Heigl -- and his forthcoming Showtime TV series Purity, Craig's schedule is filling up fast. The actor infamously jested while promoting his latest Bond film, SPECTRE, that he'd rather slit his wrists than return for James Bond 25.
Perhaps the Bond filmmakers are taking him at his word as Deadline says it's confirmed Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has met with Fantastic Four and Tintin actor Jamie Bell about the role of Bond, James Bond. Broccoli is producing Bell's current movie, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.