January and February have notoriously become a dumping ground for movies that studies don't expect to do well critically or financially. And looking at Netflix's offerings for February, one could also wonder if the same holds true for the streaming service. Not the heartiest of helpings. No, it's not totally underwhelming, but there's a notable lack of standouts.
Perhaps it's because they're clearing the runway for Season 3 of House of Cards (!), which drops at the end of the month. Best to give Frank Underwood a wide berth.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Dragon Quest V: Hand of the Heavenly Bride – ($14.99)
Square Enix is continuing to port classic Dragon Quest sequels to the App Store today, with the release of Dragon Quest V. (You've got to pay the usual Square Enix premium price to get it, of course.)
Three more Pokemon have been confirmed for the upcoming Pokemon arcade fighter from Bandai Namco, Pokken Tournament. Gardevoir, Suicune, and Pikachu will be joining the roster of fighters.
Already confirmed are Machamp and Lucario, who were shown in the game's announcement trailer back in August.
While Lucario and Machamp are fighting-type Pokemon, the three newly added fighters are not. Gardevoir is a dual fairy/psychic type, while Suicune is a water type. Pikachu is an electric type, obviously. This means that any Pokemon is potentially fair-game to be added to the roster.
The game is an arcade-only fighter from the team that works on the Tekken series. Pokken Tournament was officially announced in August of 2014, after having been teased for some time.
The latest Windows 10 build is now available to those in the Windows Insiders program, complete with the Xbox app demoed during Microsoft's presentation on Wednesday.
It was revealed that with the Xbox app, players can stream any game in their Xbox One library directly to a Windows 10 desktop or tablet.
Xbox Wire detailed the functionality of the current Xbox app preview, which doesn't quite let you do that yet.
For now, you can use the app to view your Xbox profile, activity, achievements, and game clips, access the Xbox home page, and play around with some settings.
Trion Worlds producer Mery Lee Kwai has detailed what ArcheAge players have to look forwards to throughout 2015.
Two areas Trion is keen to improve on is “communication” and “transparency” with players, with the goal to have more interaction from the team on forums, social media, and live streams.
In terms of inside the game, Trion will be slowly bringing in alternative drop methods in a bid to improve the game’s economic problems. Furthermore, certain cosmetic options will be available via the in-game loyalty system, namely the Sloth glider and new supply crates.
The team is also working on adding in new mechanics for PvP players, the first of which being a weekly ranking system for PvP Arena and Fishing tournaments. On the loot side of things, Trion aims to have rewards reflect how difficult they were to obtain. The plan here, according to Trion, being “better loot for harder work!”
Daedalic Entertainment's upcoming adventure game Silence: The Whispered World II, will be coming to PS4. Silence had already been announced for Xbox One back in October, and for PC and Mac at last year's E3.
The adventure game arose from Daedalic's love of the genre and its belief that the genre "isn’t dead at all," but "quite the opposite." The company believes "there’s a lot of room for modernisation within the genre," while remaining true to the genre's roots.
Johnny Depp's new comedy Mortdecai isn't quite the utter disaster the promos suggest, but it's still a laughless, stupid and pointless affair. Led by Depp's Secret Window director David Koepp, the movie centers on a debonair art dealer (and part-time scoundrel), Charlie Mortdecai, who is tasked by the British Mi5 with recovering a stolen painting rumored to contain the code to a lost bank account filled with Nazi riches. It's a simple premise, one that gets twisted and tangled by a messy plot.
As Mortdecai, Depp is in his element -- although that's not necessarily a good thing. Credit where credit is due, the actor fully commits to his flamboyant character and offers a physicality and fervor that only he could. On some level it's almost admirable how Depp is able to maintain Mortdecai's smarmy, suave persona for an entire movie. Alas, for the audience, it's a chore. Fifteen minutes of "I say, old bean" and "Please, my dear" would be more than enough, but unfortunately it goes on like that for another hour and a half.
Reports from this week suggest that Google may launch its own wireless service and start offering mobile phone plans to customers.
According to The Information, unnamed sources say the rumored Project Nova would see Google striking deals with Sprint and T-Mobile for wholesale access to their data networks.
Buying bandwidth off other carriers rather than Google creating a network of its own is what's called a mobile virtual network operator, or MVNO.
There are no conclusive details yet about Google's pricing plans or their strategies to compete with other major U.S. carriers.
Destiny's updated Crota's End raid, which added a Hard Mode, went live on January 21. In the following 24 hours, 557,354 raids were launched, with 3,344,124 players taking part, according to stats from Bungie.
Those numbers represented the single largest event launch in Destiny's history, with "more than double the population of the very first run on Atheon," Bungie said.
Fire team One and Done were the first to complete the new raid, besting Crota in just under 27 minutes. The next team to complete the raid was WRECKnation, led by team leader Ari with 39 minutes. They were also the first team to beat the raid live on Twitch.
Marvel readers have speculated for years that the Ultimate Universe would be folded up and eliminated in the wake of stories like Ultimatum and Cataclysm. Now it seems that 2015 will mark the end of that imprint, as Secret Wars destroys both the regular Marvel and Ultimate Universes and leaves... something in their wake. However, even though the Ultimate Universe doesn't have the luster it did a decade ago, I'm disappointed at the thought that it will no longer exist. There remains a need for the Ultimate Universe and its characters within Marvel's publishing lineup.
There's no real reason to assume every single piece of the Ultimate Universe is going away. It's clear from what little Secret Wars art that's been revealed so far that Miles Morales and some of the Ultimate FF will be playing a role in Secret Wars. And these characters may find a place in whatever new Marvel Universe is being formed in the wake of Secret Wars. It's widely believed that, at the very least, Miles will find a permanent home in the core Marvel Universe even if the rest of his world is wiped.
A unique, heart-shaped cell phone from Ymobile is set to hit the Japanese market in March.
The Heart 401AB features a monochrome 0.9-inch, 128 x 36 display, while lacking a camera, web browser, e-mail, and SMS functionality, according to The Verge. It isn't intended to replace your smartphone, but rather compliment it as a fashionable secondary phone for voice calls.
A special Sailor Moon edition of the Heart 401AB will also be available. Check it out in the slideshow below.
A smartphone app will allow your contacts to be transferred to the Heart 401AB. The phone itself is navigated using built-in touch sensors. When it's time to make a call, the phone must be twisted into its more practical "straight" mode.
If you were affected by the PlayStation Network outage of 2011, you may qualify for benefits agreed upon in a class-action lawsuit against certain "Sony Entities."
The Class in this case includes anyone in the US and its territories who had a "PSN account, a Qriocity account, or an SOE account," during any time before May 15, 2011.
If you were an account holder of one of the qualifying Sony Entities during the time period specified, you may be entitled to certain benefits from the suit. The benefits include a free PS3 or PSP game, 3 free themes, or 3 months of PlayStation Plus membership.
Anyone who suffered identity theft from the incident that led to out-of-pocket expenses can submit supporting documentation to claim reimbursement of up to $2,500.
My first spoonfulls of Grey Goo were surprisingly tasty. I hadn’t realized how hungry I was for a polished, traditional real-time strategy game not made by Blizzard. Developer Petroglyph’s outside-the-box faction design left me with an odd aftertaste regarding balance in potential competitive play, but it definitely hit the spot.
The action takes place in the far future, where technologically advanced humans and a scrappy but noble alien race called the Beta face off against the Goo—self-replicating nanobots that seek to consume everything in their path. Allegiances change and new threats are revealed as events unfold, but there are no story-affecting choices to be made, and bonus objectives in each mission don’t carry over into any kind of advantage in future missions. It’s a setup that would have been par for the course when this type of game was in its heyday more than a decade ago, but has since been rendered almost rustic. Suffice it to say there are few surprises, but what’s here is well done.
Our love for the Rainbow Six reboot is hardly a secret: we loved what we played at E3 2014, naming the destruction-tastic, 60fps first-person shooter our Game of the Show. It went dark shortly after its unveiling, though, with the Ubisoft Montreal development team quietly toiling away on the return of the beloved franchise ever since. Our interview with game designer Andrew J. Witts marks the first noise the team's made about the game in a while.
"'House' was simply the first map that we felt showed how different and claustrophobic Siege’s
Starz's pirate series Black Sails returns Saturday night for Season 2 with a bevy of plotlines in motion. When last we saw the characters, Flint (Toby Stephens) had been usurped as Captain thanks to a mutiny, while Vane (Zach McGowan) had returned to Nassau, accompanied by a new army of followers - and disrupting Eleanor’s (Hannah New) plans in the process.
I sat down the show’s creators, Jonathan E. Steinberg and Robert Levine, to find out what to expect as the new season begins, including the inclusion of flashbacks, some dangerous new enemies and much more.
IGN: You got the Season 2 renewal pretty early. Was that great for you as far as the ability to really plan ahead and getting to look at where you wanted to go?
DC released their full solicitations for April 2015 this week. As you can see, big changes are afoot as the New 52 takes a two-month break and the Convergence event takes over the spotlight. The weekly Convergence mini-series will be accompanied by 40 two-issue books exploring various past incarnations of DC's heroes.
Dark Horse is set to release another entry in their growing lineup of video game art books. And even though they've already put out a book focused on Naughty Dog's library, they're hard at work on a volume focused specifically on the Uncharted series. The Art of the Uncharted Trilogy will include concept art and designs from the first three Uncharted games, as well as plenty of commentary from the developers. Consider it one way to tide you over until the release of Uncharted 4.
The last few years have been an interesting time to be involved in the games industry. Where once there was a clearly established business model, where gamers would drop a one-time fee for all of a title’s content, increasingly we’re seeing a shift towards DLC, microtransactions and the fragmentation of features we’re expected to pay for in addition to our initial purchase if we want to experience them. Giving this, it’s hardly surprising to find the free-to-play label provokes a strong reaction from many gamers.
But is the tide starting to turn? As a slew of broken and bug-riddled games released at the tail-end of 2014 shows, unfortunately we’re now living in a world where an up-front fee for a triple-A game regrettably doesn’t guarantee quality.Could free-to-play offer a convenient try-before-you-buy alternative? According to Gameforge’s Jörn Fahrbach, attitudes in the rest of the world are slowly starting to catch up with those in mainland Europe. The F2P giant oversaw TERA: Rising’s removal of its sub fee in the EU and, with the recent launch of the Fate of Arun expansion pack, it seems more people than ever are expressing an interest in the MMO.
"Bidi-bidi-bidi. Hiya Buck!" Ah, who can forget Twiki, the loveable robot whose chrome dome bore more than a passing resemblance to the tip of a man's chap. But it's not for this reason Alex would love to see the classic 1970-'80s sci-fi show Buck Rogers remade for the 21st century. Disappointingly, Chris and Luke's television remake suggestions don't really bear any similarities to genitalia in any way, shape or form, but everyone agrees the world would be a better place if X-Files was back on our tellies.
The team also share their concerns over the Suicide Squad film following the departure of Tom Hardy and Jake Gyllenhaal, and weigh up the pros and cons of Microsoft's virtual reality competitor, Hololens.
Dying Light is coming to Europe and Australia on January 28 via digital release, and will be available physically on February 27.
If you’re eyeing up the disk-based version, all pre-orders of Dying Light will come with two DLC packs, both Cuisine & Cargo and Ultimate Survivor Bundle.
As a thank you for the support thus far, Techland has said the Be the Zombie multiplayer mode – a mode that lets players invade other people’s game – will be free to everyone.
The news comes a few days after it was revealed that physical production has had an impact on the game’s release date.