Everybody's Gone to the Rapture is "well past the half-way point," according to an update from its developer, with some new screenshots and a music track by composer Jessica Curry to show for it.
Unlike The Chinese Room's previous games, such as Dear Esther and Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs, Everybody's Gone to the Rapture approaches its narrative in a non-linear fashion. To accommodate that, the team has been hard at work strengthening every aspect of the game world, so that its key areas remain distinctive, yet coherent as a whole, says the update post.
In a recent interview, Saga creator Brian K. Vaughan shared his thoughts on a possible video game adaption of his best-selling comic series.
It would be "more exciting" to him than a film or TV show, he said. The comment was made during an interview with The Verge in response to a question on how video games fit within the media he creates.
"That's actually something that has come up," said Vaughan. "A Saga video game, particularly if it's sort of about characters other than the main characters in our story, is really exciting to me — even more exciting than a film or TV show. So, uh, never say never."
Microsoft and 343 Industries have announced "The Sprint – Making Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta," a six-part video series for the Xbox One and Windows 8.1 exclusive Halo Channel.
As the name suggest, the series will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the development of 343 Industries' upcoming Halo 5: Guardians Multiplayer Beta.
The first episode premieres tonight, December 18, at 7pm ET/4pm PT. Subsequent episodes will air every night at the same time until the finale on December 23. A full list of episodes and their official descriptions follows.
In a recent Q&A conducted through Twitter and email, and published on their blog, Rockstar Games assured last-gen console players that they will not be forgotten when it comes to updates for Grand Theft Auto V.
"We are incredibly thankful to our original generation of GTAV and GTA Online players on those systems and wish to continue providing content to them for as long as we can," Rockstar said.
The recently revealed and much-anticipated GTA Online heists, for instance, will be brought to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in addition to current gen platforms. Rockstar also hinted at "other updates" coming soon.
Researchers using drones to study tornado formation have formed the Unmanned Aircraft System and Severe Storms Research Group (USSRG) with the hope that more research could help meteorologists make better tornado forecasts.
For the last several years, researchers have been collecting promising weather data with instrument-laden drones. Now, the University of Colorado and the University of Nebraska have formed the USSRG to expand the project in an effort to learn more about how tornadoes form, reports Associated Press
Minecraft creator Markus "Notch" Persson has outbid artists Jay-Z and Beyonce to purchase a $70 million mansion in Beverly Hills.
Described in the actual listing as "an overwhelming sensory experience," the mansion is made up of eight bedrooms, fifteen bathrooms, a pool, a candy room, a car showroom, and a movie theater, among others.
According to Persson's representatives, $70 million dollars is the highest price ever paid for a home in Beverly Hills. The house has been on the market since August, and Jay-Z and Beyonce were the highest bidders before Persson closed the deal.
Warning: Full spoilers from South Park: Season 18 to follow.
Usually, our season reviews for South Park are a little different from others because each episode is so standalone and separate. Generally speaking, there is little connective tissue between installments (multi-episode arcs like last year's Black Friday Trilogy notwithstanding). However, with Season 18, co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker took a slightly different approach to doing the show, by incorporating serial elements and establishing a continuity within the season. Therefore, it's also important to not just look at the episodes by themselves but also the ongoing storylines that fed into multiple episodes.
Have you ever seen a fully automatic, drum loading, tripod mounted Nerf machine gun? Our friends at Geek.com have one, and they took it for a test drive.
The Nerf Rhino-Fire holds 50 darts and requires 6 D batteries for power. You can carry it to shoot from the hip, Rambo style, or deploy the tripod to fire from the comfort of a seated position. The Rhino-Fire is doubled barreled, and alternates between. There are dual triggers, one for each barrel, right above the grips.
Following the news that Sony Pictures had canceled the theatrical release for Seth Rogen's The Interview, The Alamo Drafthouse announced that it would screen Team America: World Police in its stead.
The Dallas-based theatre chain revealed their intentions with the following tweet:
— Alamo Drafthouse DFW (@AlamoDFW) December 17, 2014
Security researchers have discovered a backdoor they're calling CoolReaper, installed on millions of Android devices manufactured by Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad.
The malicious software came built-in on 24 Coolpad phone models and is capable of dodging antivirus programs by modifying the actual Android OS, reports PCMag. The CoolReaper backdoor can also download apps without user consent, clear data, send SMS/MMS messages, dial numbers, and send location, app usage, and communication info to Coolpad servers.
PCMag provides the following chart of infected phone model names and numbers:
A bundle comprised of classic Tomb Raider games is currently available on iOS for a limited time.
The bundle includes the original third-person action games Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider II, as well as the top-down isometric puzzle action game Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.
All three games include key elements of the Tomb Raider franchise, including fighting enemies and puzzle-solving while exploring ancient tombs and cities.
Fargo showrunner Noah Halway has revealed further details about the crime show's second season, adding that this season will be "a lot bigger" than the first.
EW > snagged a page of the script(below), which gives us a hint of the second season's 1979 setting and the motivations of character Peggy Blomquist, played by Kirsten Dunst.
She and husband Ed Blomquist (Jesse Plemons) will find themselves caught in a war between a local crime gang and a major mob syndicate.
Like most of the best zombie fiction, Dead State is an old-lkschool RPG that’s no more about its zombies than a disaster movie is about the asteroid impact, tsunami, or earthquake. The event is important; they’ve changed everything. But it’s the people that the story is about, and especially the small group that you’re in charge of, all huddled in your little scrap of safety. It’s your job to feed and protect them by heading out in search of supplies and other survivors, but also to keep them sane and safe and away from each other’s throats while back at home. The result is a clever, if undeniably clunky mix of both genres and past zombie games we’ve seen that is absolutely going to be some peoples’ favourite of the year… but also one that, like a brain-hungry zombie trying to chomp down on Stephen Hawking, bites off more than it can chew.
Juno director Jason Reitman has revealed who will fill the last two major roles in his live stage-reading of The Empire Strikes Back.
EW reports that Han Solo is getting gender-flipped, with Ellen Page stepping into the role. Reitman said he wanted to find the the person with "the most interesting, ironic approach to life," in order to contrast with a cast full of earnest, sweet characters. Page was the natural choice for "the guy who doesn't give a crap."
Princess Leia will be played by Jessica Alba, who Reitman said can be tough and funny. Plus, he said he needed the sparks to fly between the two characters.
The developers at Blizzard are currently weighing the possibilities of allowing players to purchase game-time tokens for the purpose of trading them with others for gold in World of Warcraft.
"Our current thought on this is that it would give players a way to use their surplus gold to cover some of their subscription cost, while giving players who might have less play time an option for acquiring gold from other players through a legit and secure system," the blog reads.
"A few other online games offer a similar option, and players have suggested that they’d be interested in seeing something along those lines in WoW."
Consideration of this merger between the two economies of World of Warcraft was announced via a blog update in which the developer looks forward to their plans for the MMO in 2014. They invite players to leave feedback on their ideas, all of which can be viewed on a community blog post.
Want to win an extremely limited edition 20th Anniversary Playstation 4 console? Sure you do! Fortunately, we've joined up with the generous folks at PlayStation Australia to give one away right before Christmas.
Only 12,300 of these anniversary consoles, which come in the same 'Original Grey' finish as the very first PlayStation that launched back in Japan on December 3, 1994, exist in the world.
To go in the draw to win one, tell us your favourite PlayStation memory of the last 20 years in 100 words or less. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org under the subject line PlayStation Anniversary Competition. This competition is open to Australian residents only.
The theme of the week is seemingly sales and discounts. The biggest news here aren't the new releases, of which there are a number of Wii U and 3DS indie titles, but rather the wide variety of sales. A bunch of Mega Man games are on sale to commemorate the launch of Mega Man Zero on Wii U Virtual Console. Also, a number of games from acclaimed developers such as Shin'en, Nicalis, and Image & Form are all discounted for the holidays. Of course, you can always charm your friends with the four-player mayhem of Natsume Championship Wrestling, a new SNES Virtual Console game on Wii U.
Natsume Championship Wrestling ($7.99)
Originally released in 1994, this Super Nintendo game, Natsume Championship Wrestling takes a wide variety of fictional wrestlers and puts them through exhibition matches, round-robin tournaments, and a championship tournament. Each of the 12 wrestlers features a vastly different move set, but it seems that critical reception of this game is mixed. It does feature four-player multiplayer, and if you bought it on Wii Virtual Console, you can upgrade it to Wii U for $1.50.
A number of community-shared challenges are now available to play in Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris.
Ranging from killing a number of enemies in a set amount of time to fighting specific bosses, these challenges are random events players within the community can attempt in order to earn exclusive items and gear.
Opt-in challenges are also available, in which players are attacked by a barrage of elements, including ice storms and meteors. Developer Crystal Dynamics noted that these opt-in challenges can be shut off via a switch in the options menu.
Along with these new community challenges, a new zone called the Sunken City is now available to explore. The entrance to this new zone can be accessed in the overworld, and Crystal Dynamics promises the Sunken City will become the gateway to more tombs "in the very near future." It is currently only available on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, but is expected to release on the PC soon.
Amazon is offering you a choice: a PS4 with The Last of Us and a choice of NBA 2K15, Far Cry 4, Littlebigplanet 3, or Destiny, or a PS4 with a headset and one of those four games. I'd go with the first option.
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.
My Om Nom – ($4.99)
You've been feeding him candy by cutting the ropes of Cut the Rope for years, but now you can just directly tap and drag the treats to Om Nom's open maw in My Om Nom, a new virtual pet design starring the candy-crazed critter: