Microsoft will soon be rolling out a bunch of new features to its Xbox app for Windows 10, including DVR options, avatars, and more.
As per the latest Xbox Wire, here's what to expect on the app, currently available to those in the Windows Insider program:
Avatars - dress up and buy new items for your avatar from within the Xbox app.
Friends updates - add friends and designate them as favourites directly from the Xbox app. You'll also be able to report or block people from the app, too.
Game hubs - view game-specific feeds, your achievement progress and friends who have played the game.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Time jumps, ice cream comes, weird money and decomposing corpses... these were all just small components of another Wayward Pines episode as the series continued its run on Wednesday night. Following up on last week's premiere, which set up the town's melodramatic tone and introduced us to the cast of characters, this week's episode laid down the groundwork of how life in Wayward Pines actually functions.
As the episode title suggests, there's no talking about the past, or your life before. Then there's the no leaving, which anyone could have surmised from the gigantic electric fence surrounding the entire town. Capping it all off is the "always answer the phone" rule, which made no real sense until the terrifying final few moments, in which we all realized no one has a landline anymore. Except the residents of Wayward Pines -- not only do they have landlines, but they also have a huge bloodlust to publicly execute anyone who doesn't abide by those rules.
Warning - A bit spoilery for those who don't want to know certain things about Hannibal: Season 3...
NBC has released a lengthy behind-the-meal look at Hannibal's upcoming third season, featuring inverviews with stars Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, and Caroline Dhavernas.
Plus, this marks viewers' first look at Hobbit star Richard Armitage as famed Red Dragon film/novel serial killer Francis Dolarhyde - aka "The Tooth Fairy."
Also, while we're all still mourning the loss of Michael Pitt as Mason Verger, this video shows glimpse of new actor Joe Anderson (The River) as the now-disfigured madman.
Note: Full spoilers for SHIELD: Season 2 follow.
For many, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD has become a forgotten and/or overlooked series, which is too bad, and yet understandable. This was Marvel’s first TV series, coming off of an amazing run of movies and it just didn’t deliver when it debuted. The initial episodes felt unfocused and badly paced, and were asking us to buy into a would-be family dynamic involving a bunch of poorly defined new characters. Many people dropped out of the series early on and they haven’t come back, even as the end of Season 1 found SHIELD notably improving in the wake of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s events.
Perhaps Season 2 will get some additional viewers when it hits Netflix next month, thanks to the more positive buzz on the series. Those who do will find a show that picked up things considerably from when it began. The pacing was hugely improved, with storylines no longer taking forever to bubble up again and secrets no longer being kept both from the audience and the characters that no one on screen seemed in a hurry to deal with. Instead, there was payoff to big plot threads happening consistently, as both lingering questions from Season 1 and newly introduced plotlines were deftly dealt with and tied up, while paving the way for new mysteries.
Koei Tecmo is bringing Samurai Warriors 4 II to the United States on September 29 and Europe on October 2.
Samurai Warriors 4 II features a new story mode with 13 chapters and makes Naomasa Ii a playable character for the first time in the hack-and-slash series. The action game also overhauls the battle system from Samurai Warriors 4.
In addition, Koei Tecmo is including a new mode called the Endless Castle, which has players engaging in a survival scenario or battling against the clock to advance through increasingly difficult levels.
Samurai Warriors 4 II will come out on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita and PC.
The act of housekeeping sounds like a curiously mundane fit for a video game, but in its latest game Sunset, developer Tale of Tales has turned it into a welcome constant in a world of chaos. Sunset is a meditative and unnerving experience, and one I won’t forget quickly.
As Angela, a university graduate from Baltimore, Sunset tasks you with completing dull chores in a single penthouse over a series of days. I found these repetitive - the intricacies of the chores are boiled down to the click of a button - but as I quickly learned, that’s the point. The less I cared about folding clothes, the more I cared about the world around me.
Sunset is set in a fictional South American city at the beginning of the 1970s. There’s a loud revolution going on outside its floor-to-ceiling windows, yet Angela is cocooned in her wealthy trappings, and sirens and gunfire are only ever heard from a distance. Being so removed from the action encourages a sense of isolation and helplessness, echoed in Angela’s own inner monologues.
A television adaptation of Empire of the Dead, horror icon George A. Romero's Marvel Comics series, is currently in development, production-finance company Demarest announced today at the Cannes Film Festival.
Romero will write the TV series with longtime partner Peter Grunwald. The duo will also executive produce alongside Demarest's Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson, according to Variety.
Netflix has announced that BoJack Horseman: Season 2 will premiere July 17 on the streaming service.
The second season of the animated adult comedy series will feature 12 episodes, with all of them available at once. Will Arnett will return as BoJack, along with co-stars Aaron Paul as Todd Chavez and Alison Brie as Diane Nguyen.
Amy Sedaris and Paul F. Tompkins are coming back for the sophomore season of BoJack Horseman as well, as Princess Carolyn and Mr. Peanutbutter, respectively. Netflix is also promising lots of surprise guest stars for the upcoming season.
Described as a passion project, Director Justin Lin is developing "Warrior" for Cinemax, based upon a concept from martial arts great Bruce Lee.
Warrior is described as a crime drama that follows a "gifted but morally corrupt" fighter dealing with the fallout from a failed life-long attempt at vengeance, according to Deadline. Lin will direct the potential pilot, which will be written by Jonathan Tropper, co-creator of the Cinemax series Banshee. Tropper will also be an executive producer of the series.
Lee's daughter, Shannon, discovered the handwritten notes for Warrior several years after her famous father died. Lee was only 32 at the time of his death in 1973. Shannon brought the project to Cinemax, partnered with Perfect Storm Entertainment, Lin's production company.
On their official website today, DC revealed a new lineup of variant covers for the upcoming Justice League of America #1. This new series focuses on the core JLA lineup that was introduced at the beginning of the New 52, and each of these seven variant covers will spotlight a different team member. What really sets them apart is that all seven covers combine to form a massive splash image of the JLA in action.
All seven covers are drawn by Bryan Hitch, who is also writing and drawing the series itself. Check out the combined image below:
The Nintendo World Store in New York City will sell almost the entire line-up of the next wave of Amiibo, including retailer exclusives.
According to a set of tweets from the Nintendo World Store, its midnight launch of the new line-up on Friday, May 29 will include nearly the full wave-4 set. That includes Greninja, Ness, Wario, Lucina, Robin, Charizard, and Pac-Man, and Silver Mario.
The store will limit one figure per character. Jigglypuff is the lone exception from this wave, since it will not be available until June 5 at 9 AM.
Square Enix is reimagining Marvel's Thor with quite the metal look as part of the company's Variant Play Arts Kai series.
This figure was teased during February's New York Toy Fair, but now we have full details. The Thor figure comes with a pretty large Mjolnir (almost half the size of the Asgardian God of Thunder), a lightning and swinging attachment for the hammer, three different sets of hands, and a swappable face change that shows off his fury. According to Toyark, the Play Arts version of the Marvel superhero is set to come out in September for roughly $122 USD.
Other notable features of the Thor Play Arts figure include his heavily armored look, sweeping red cape, and bulging biceps and forearms.
Eaglemoss has produced a Marvel vs DC line of chess pieces.
There’s over one hundred pieces in total which covers pretty much all the major players and also the lesser known B-tier heroes and villains.
Prices start from $15 (£8) or $16 each or $38 (£19) for double packs. You can view a selection below or check out the US store here, or the UK store here. Certain sets also come with a collectable magazine.
Joining fellow former Heroes stars Jack Coleman, Masi Oka, and Jimmy Jean-Louis on NBC's Heroes Reborn is Greg Grunberg, who will once again be playing the mind-bending Matt Parkman.
Per EW.com, Grunberg is on board for a "guest star arc" on the upcoming 13-episode event series. As you'll recall, Grunberg's Parkman was an LAPD officer who discovered he had telepathic abilities, and what started out as mind reading eventually evolved into mind control.
Andrea Riseborough is currently in negotiations to play Top Dollar in the upcoming reboot of The Crow.
Deadline reports Relativity Studios is considering Riseborough for the role of the main villain, last portrayed by Michael Wincott in the 1994 original. Riseborough was last seen in last year's Birdman, which won the Oscar for best picture, in which she played the girlfriend of Michael Keaton's titular character. Riseborough was also in Oblivion with Tom Cruise.
Voice actor Ashley Johnson is joining the cast of Gearbox Software and Telltale Games' adventure series, Tales from the Borderlands.
Telltale Games' Laura Perusco made the announcement on Twitter, which was shortly thereafter followed up by a reply by the studio's PR director, Job J Stauffer, who confirmed that Johnson "plays a very core character" in the upcoming third episode.
An update to YouTube arrives today, adding support for users who wish to live stream content in 60 frames-per-second.
Last year, the company introduced support for 60 FPS video playback, and this new addition only furthers YouTube's mission to compete with Twitch as it seeks to become the definitive place for gamers to share their content.
"When you start a live stream on YouTube at 60fps, we'll transcode your stream into 720p60 and 1080p60, which means silky smooth playback for gaming and other fast-action videos," a statement from YouTube explained.
"We'll also make your stream available in 30fps on devices where high frame rate viewing is not yet available, while we work to expand support in the coming weeks."
Vertigo Games has announced Arizona Sunshine, a shooter built from the ground up for VR.
In Arizona Sunshine, players will fight for survival both against the zombie horde and the blistering heat of a post-apocalyptic Arizona.
Arizona Sunshine uses the SteamVR-powered HTC Vive, making use of its motion controllers to enhance the realism of fighting the zombie horde. You'll have to manage weapons and consumables while fighting zombies that feel "close enough to touch."
It's built in bite-sized chunks, so you can stay in the zombie-smashing ride from start to finish or jump in for just a few minutes (a good option if VR makes you dizzy easily).
Arizona Sunshine is on Steam, where its release date has been given only as sometime this year.
Netflix favorite Orange is the New Black returns for its third season in June, but that's not the only original series on the docket. The Wachowskis are delivering 12 episodes of their trippy new show, Sense8, to our doorstep in what marks Netflix's first dabblings with sci-fi.
Also, in a surprise move, Season 2 of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD is being made available well before Season 3 kicks off. Normally, with TV shows, you only get a few weeks to binge before a new season starts up. Or in some cases, the previous season won't even be ready to stream when the new one rolls around. So take advantage of this "early bird" SHIELD special.
E3 2015 is less than one month away, and there's a lot to get excited about from Microsoft's press conference -- so we gathered on Game Scoop! to discuss the reveals and demos we'll see. The publisher previously stated that this year will be very first-party focused, and with the imminent release of numerous promising exclusives, 2015 is looking like a great year for Xbox One. We're confident in what we'll see, but in this week's Game Scoop! we also explore what we may see, and we dig into what we'd love to learn more about as well. Take a look at Microsoft's history at E3 for a refresher on year's past, and be sure to check out the games we know will be at E3 with certainty with IGN's Games at E3 list.