The 100 returns Wednesday night on the CW with a ton of intriguing plotlines to deal with from where we left off in the extremely eventful Season 1 finale. One of the biggest questions is what exactly the story is behind Mount Weather - and who the so-called "Mountain Men" are.
The season finale revealed that what was inside Mount Weather was quite unexpected, as Clarke (Eliza Taylor) found herself captured by heavily armed soldiers and locked inside a stark white and technologically equipped room.
New DLC is coming to Alien: Isolation.
In total, there's five packs coming to the stealth-horror game: Corporate Lockdown, Trauma, Safe Haven, Lost Contact, and The Trigger are all due for release periodically between October 28, 2014 and March 2015.
Each of the packs will offer a different perspective centred around the events on Sevastopol Station in the run up to the arrival of the Weyland-Yutani team, with every bundle offering a different playable character, unique objectives, and a new game mode.
In the first bit of DLC, Corporate Lockdown, Seegson Executive Ransome learns he's been abandoned by superiors and, knowing that the Torrens is on its way, plans to make a daring escape with Nostromo data in tow.
Nintendo has announced the upcoming Link Amiibo figure will be compatible with Hyrule Warriors.
The news was announced on twitter, though details are woefully thin on the ground at this stage. What's interesting is that Hyrule Warriors has never been confirmed as an Amiibo-compatible title before, so this begs the question whether the upcoming Zelda figurine may also be supported.
This past weekend, I spoke to many of Supernatural’s cast and creators at the show’s 200th episode celebration. I’ll have more on that in the weeks to come, as episode 200 approaches, but in the meantime, there’s plenty in motion for the Winchester brothers to deal with, including what will happen now that Sam has captured the demonized Dean and is bringing him back with him. At the event, Jensen Ackles and the show's writers told me what to expect going into tonight's episode -- which was directed by Ackles -- and beyond. (As you might expect, minor spoilers follow!)
Discussing Sam’s approach, Supernatural executive producer and showrunner Jeremy Carver told me, “I think Sam, how we’ve seen a little bit in episode two, I think what we’ve got out of this year is he’s trying to deal with this with love and that love is going to be tested and tested and tested. We’re going to see how long he can hold out that idea. There’s a famous boxing quote. I think it was Mike Tyson: 'Everyone has a strategy until they get hit.' It’s a little bit like that with Sam coming into episode three. He’s going in, 'I’m going to do this with love', and let’s see what happens when the rubber hits the road.”
Silver Linings Playbook. American Hustle. Two of the most acclaimed US movies of recent years, both starring two of the hottest actors around - Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, both Oscar-nominated for each film, with Lawrence winning for Playbook. So when a third movie headlining America’s dream team is mysteriously delayed for two years (Serena was actually shot before American Hustle), something is definitely amiss. Crueller critics were gleefully anticipating a full-blown fiasco but Serena will disappoint them as well as most everybody else, failing even to be an epic failure. Instead it’s just slight and rather silly.
Looking at the faithful art style of this Legend of Korra game, which comes from reputable developer Platinum, the optimist in me had high hopes that it would make good use of the Avatar: The Last Airbender universe and its awesome elemental-infused martial-arts superpowers. It turns out to be much closer to what my inner cynic expected: a poorly made tie-in that can’t even stand up as a competent third-person action game, much less something I could recommend to a fan of the show. What a disappointment.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
This was a tough episode of Rebels to get very engaged in. The idea of the squabbling Zeb and Ezra being sent out on a mission together only to end up in the midst of an adventure – one that would ultimately bond them – was tried and true, but it didn’t really come together, except for a bit near the end.
Even though there were events like Zeb stealing a TIE Fighter and such in the first half, none of it was all that exciting. There were occasional moments that stood out, such as when all of those fruit were shot and they splatted in a rather vivid color explosion. But much of it just sort of sat there.
We did get some more touches of Ezra’s Force ability along the way, which is being appropriately handled, given his novice status, as far as him having some moments where it’s more help than others – such as when he sense they had to avoid the hill, even while he couldn’t open the crate earlier with the Force.
A new clan-orientated Call of Duty app will launch alongside the Day Zero edition of Advanced Warfare.
The Clan Wars app is said to be an "enhanced Clan Wars experience," and will focus on "unique content creation." It all starts with a pre-qualifying war, which will run from November 15 – 16. Placement during that time determines players' overall division rank for the first official Clan War set to take place November 26 to December 1.
What do successful players get for their service? Up for grabs is an exclusive gold Exo Clan Wars gear set. Alternatively, if you've participated in the final Diamond Division Clan Wars for Call of Duty: Ghosts and met specific criteria, the Exo skeleton will be waiting for you from Day Zero.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is set to get free DLC including new Epic Runes and the ability to play as the Black Hand of Sauron.
Warner Bros. has announced the Power of Shadow bundle is available now for Xbox One and will hit PS4 and PC "soon". Along with the new skin, three Runes have been included:
IGN lauded Shadow of Mordor's approach, praising everything from the unique Nemesis System to the tangential side stories that emerge from it. And although some have been drawing comparisons between the traversal of the Assassin's Creed franchise and that of Shadow of Mordor, Roberts told IGN that the game's combination of new elements sets it apart from any other experience.
Driveclub developer Evolution Studios has promised an update on the PS Plus edition of the game once "concrete info" is available, as issues continue to affect the game's servers.
The latest post on the title's Facebook admits that players should expect regular updates to continue as connectivity issues are yet to be satisfactorily resolved.
"We can see that the majority of you can now get online, but we know that at peak times of the day it can still be hard to get connected, so we are still working to improve connectivity with every update to the servers," it reads. "We can also see that when you do get connected, some of you are having a hard time getting into multiplayer races and that posting leaderboard results can sometimes take a lot longer than you'd expect.
Experimental narrative saga The Stanley Parable has sold over 1 million copies.
The news comes courtesy of developer Davey Wreden on Twitter, who reveals the PC title has passed the milestone since its official release in October 2013.
Our review of The Stanley Parable found it to be witty, unusual and quietly discomfiting but, above all else, a successful experiment in first-person narrative.
If you're a fan of the game and looking for a fix, you'll be pleased to know an announcer pack is now available for Valve's DOTA 2.
The Tomorrow Children alpha test registrations are now open for North American players, according to a post on the official PlayStation website.
Registrations close on October 24 and the alpha test is scheduled to run from October 30 to November 12. Those interested can register on the PlayStation website. Registrations weren't live for Europe or Australia, at the time of writing.
Q-Games’ upcoming PlayStation 4-exclusive allows players to either defend a small town from total annihilation from nightmare creatures, or adventure into the islands, find treasure, dig tunnels, help other players and explore.
Disney’s Fantasia and Fantasia 2000 are magical films that give classical music new life through beautiful imagery; Fantasia: Music Evolved is a Kinect game that does just that, and more. Developer Harmonix borrows both classical and contemporary music, inserts them into Disney lore, and combines it all with unique gameplay in some beautiful realms to create a great new experience that reminded me of the fun a novel music game can inspire.
After playing a few easy but helpful introductory games, you’ll complete your apprenticeship under sorcerer Yen Sid and move on to beautifully designed and widely varied realms, such as a mystical forest and a space station, to play through songs and minigames to defeat a destructive force called The Noise. The story is enjoyable, though an unimportant side note as you unlock music for your song library, learn spells to customize songs, and uncover new realms.
Keanu Reeves has shot down the rumor that Marvel Studios is considering him for the role of Doctor Strange.
“I read about that,” the actor recently told The Toronto Sun, “but I don’t know the character Doctor Strange; I need to go brush up. So I don’t know. It hasn’t been brought to me.”
Reeves went on to tell the publication that he would "absolutely consider" taking on the Sorcerer Supreme, even if his original choice of Marvel character to play was someone else entirely.
Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition players will be able to migrate their game, saves and achievements from the Games for Windows Live (GFWL) platform to Steam next month, according to a post on the game's Facebook page.
For a period of time beginning “sometime in November,” GFWL users will be able to transfer Dark Souls characters, progress and Achievements to their Steam accounts, but GFWL Rankings will not be transferred to Steam. Specific migration dates and more information will be shared with users in the coming weeks.
Warning: this review contains full spoilers.
As uneven as this season was in its first few weeks, the show seems to have settled into a comfortable groove now. "The Expedition Approximation" was a mostly solid episode that balanced the familiar (Leonard and Penny's relationship struggles) with a more novel conflict (Sheldon and Raj descending into the heart of darkness). Even if this episode didn't quite capitalize on its full potential, the two storylines made for entertaining viewing.
This week did start off on a slightly off note, though. The opening segment was fairly lukewarm, as the nonstop barrage of mine-related jokes never really connected. The struggles continued as the writers launched into the latest bump in the road for Leonard and Penny. Given how stagnant that dynamic has been in recent years, the big challenge for Season 8 is in proving that their engagement can revitalize both characters and play into Penny's growing independence and maturity. At first, I wasn't sure this episode would accomplish that. Penny selling the car Leonard bought for her last year was a pretty dimwitted move. Isn't the point of a company car that you only "own" it as long as you work for the company? Between that and the fact that she sold the car without even talking to Leonard, it was pretty tough to sympathize with Penny's point of view this week.
Microsoft has outlined next month's Xbox One system update, which will add custom backgrounds, enhanced gamer profiles, new TV features, and more.
Xbox One owners will be able to select a custom color or use unlocked achievement art as their console's background. Additionally, the Xbox One media player will be updated later this month, allowing you to use any image you'd like as background art for your console.
The update will also allow you to add six of your favourite game clips or achievements to your "showcase," which can be viewed on your profile page. You'll also now have the ability to instantly Tweet game clips directly from your Xbox One.
A "What's On" section has been added to the dashboard between the "Friends" and "Store" tabs. This section will feature popular YouTube videos, TV shows, movies, and Twitch broadcasts. A new section has also been added to the OneGuide, which will allow you to see what TV shows are trending on Twitter, as well as within the Xbox community.
Guardians of the Galaxy is now Marvel Studios’ third-highest grossing film worldwide.
The sci-fi action comedy, starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana, has grossed $732 million globally. Only Marvel’s The Avengers ($1.5 billion) and Iron Man 3 ($1.2 billion) have earned more worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo.
Despite the fact that some Chinese movie-goers were less than impressed with Guardians due to poorly translated subtitles, the film earned $30 million on its opening weekend in China, which was enough to push it past Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
"Viper," despite being saddled with the overdone new-drug-on-the-street story trope, was the strongest chapter of Gotham so far. It still stuck to the basic episode blueprint we've come to expect (which I think the show could use a break from), but both the "villain of the week" and Bruce's scenes fed into a much larger "corruption within Wayne Enterprises" story that really got my attention. Because whereas it may have seemed before like Maroni had the Waynes killed, a better suspect now would be Wayne Enterprises itself. Which is a really interesting idea.
Because this also gives Bruce something new to focus on that I feel like he could actually help with. And, more importantly, give him a much better reason to be appearing in every episode. Sure, he's way too young to be throwing around detached notions like not being interested in revenge (a rather zen line of thinking that usually doesn't hit Bruce until, at least, a decade later), but I will buy that he's got an active interest in wanting to clean up his father's company and expose any wrongdoings. And Alfred joining him in the research in the end was a cool beat.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Once again Sleepy Hollow manages the trick of having what would normally be a standard case of the week and seamlessly tying it into the ongoing story of the series. The Weeping Lady would have been a good nemesis by herself – her design was understated but creepy – but her appearance here winds up having repercussions that could be felt on both sides of the war for quite a while, as alliances may not shift here but some take a hit. It all adds up to yet another very satisfying hour.
As for those alliances: the Ichabod-Katrina marriage gets really dinged for the first time when Ichabod learns about her covering up Mary’s death and forging the letter. My guess is that it’ll all be fine in the end, but for the first time I can remember, Ichabod isn’t so sure about Katrina. The flip side of this is that the Abbie-Ichabod partnership seems to have been renewed and is now stronger than ever, much to Moloch’s chagrin. Meanwhile the episode leaves us with a scene that hints at a future where Katrina may be more sympathetic to Abraham/Headless, and Henry gets put in his place with explicit instructions to stop being creative. I wouldn’t be shocked to eventually see him waver on being Moloch’s servant, but for now he seems to still be all-in on Team Apocalypse.