Sony has revealed the content set to arrive as part of November's PS Plus subscriber rewards for both Europe and North America.
Starting with PS4 owners, it seems the rumours were indeed true and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth will be one of the titles on offer. Joining the freshly released game will be the robot/western mish-mash SteamWorld Dig.
PS3 owners, meanwhile, will get shooter/strategy title Frozen Synapse Prime or, if that's not your cup of tea, Luftrausers is a modern arcade shooter where you try to complete objectives in order to power-up your aircraft. Last but by no means least. Vita owners have The Hungry Horde, in which you need to struggle and infect as many people as you can before the government nukes you and puzzler Escape Plan to look forward to.
Alex Garland – the screenwriter responsible for 28 Days Later and Dredd 3D – is set to make his directorial debut with sci-fi thriller Ex Machina early next year, and now we have our first poster for the upcoming flick.
The poster comes ahead of the first international trailer for the movie, which we should have tomorrow. Ex Machina is a psychological thriller in which a 24-year-old coder at the world's largest internet company, played by Star Wars: Episode VII star Domhnall Gleeson, wins a competition to spend a week at an exclusive retreat owned by his reclusive CEO.
Once there, however, he discovers he's actually been selected to take part in an experiment with the world's first true A.I. housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman.
The League of Assassins has been an important element on Arrow for quite some time, as we’ve gotten to know more members – or, in some cases, former members.
In this week’s episode, “The Magician,” the League will once more come into play in a big way, as Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) returns to Starling City, in the wake of the death of her former lover, Sara Lance. Meanwhile, former League member Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) is also coming back to Starling City, where an inevitable reunion with his enemy, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), will occur.
Of course, on top of that, we're also going to soon meet the infamous Ra’s al Ghul himself, played by Matt Nable.
Amell recently discussed Oliver’s reunion with Malcolm, the return of Nyssa and what we might expect when Ra’s al Ghul makes his entrance.
If you don't know how Max Hoberman is, here's the elevator pitch version: he's not only the Halo 2 lead multiplayer designer, but he helped invent all of the amazing party and matchmaking systems that Halo 2 pioneered that we all now take for granted. And now, he has his own studio, Certain Affinity, where they build maps for many multiplayer games, including Halo 2 DLC, Halo 3 DLC, Halo 4 (shipping version and DLC), various Call of Duties, and now Halo 2 Anniversary. Max shares some incredible insights on the making of Xbox Live's killer app, and then shares his gut reactions to every map from Halo 1 and 2. His answers may surprise you...
In case you missed it when it was first announced, Randal's Monday is an upcoming point and click adventure game that aims to pay homage to early LucasArt's point-and-click adventures.
For many, however, that won't be the main draw. No, that'll come in the form of the two Clerks' alum heading up the cast. Jason Mewes, independent film actor known best for his role as "Jay", and Jeff Anderson, the man behind "Randal", are bringing their Clerks-iverse characters to the game that isn't officially a tie-in... but certainly sounds like it'll have a reference or two for fans to enjoy.
Warning: Full spoilers for Sons of Anarchy follow.
With last week ending on a grisly note, the first order of business for SAMCRO in “The Separation of Crows” was to focus on finding Bobby. But while they waited for information to pan out, they also got back to the business of finding out who had betrayed them to Henry Lin. Although Bobby was obviously the more urgent issue, it was good to see the show get back to the Lin plot point.
After several missteps with Lin and Marks that had disastrous results, it was understandable that the episode opened with Jax in a somber mood, sitting pensively up on a rooftop alone. The scene was reminiscent of the Jax from earlier seasons, when he would spend time reading his father’s journals on the roof. It was a nice setup for the later conversation with Jury when JT’s writing came up again. Plus, it was refreshing to see a less cocky Jax. He’d been reckless lately and now had good reason to question his actions.
In the next episode of Arrow, "The Magician," Nyssa (Katrina Law) returns to Starling City. She's ticked about the death of Sara and confronts Oliver. However, he comes to the conclusion that Malcolm Merlyn is responsible for Sara's death so he and Nyssa team up to go after the Dark Archer. Somewhere along the way, Nyssa speaks to her father Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable) about Oliver. This marks the first appearance of the character in the series.
Laurel stays away from Nyssa because she blames the League of Assassins for the death of her sister. Speaking of sisters, Oliver is doing all he can to repair his relationship with Thea. See photos from the episode in the below gallery.
Ubisoft has revealed the reason it's opposed to creating an Assassin's Creed game set in Feudal Japan is due to fears that gamers would find it too familiar.
Alex Hutchinson, the creative director of both Assassin's Creed III and Far Cry 4, spoke to Total Xbox to expand upon comments made a couple of years ago that such a setting would be "boring".
"You could always do it, but the point I was trying to make was that in the broad strokes and scale of history, that's a theme that's been well-mined in videogames," he explained. "So, Assassin's Creed is one of those games that can take
As of today, Minecraft players on Xbox can download Steampunk and Halloween-themed texture packs.
As with previous packs, both include a new theme-based UI, changes to block patterns and re-skinned mobs. In the Steampunk pack, mobs now appear as futuristic-yet-somehow-Victorian creatures. In the Halloween pack, enemies take on a slightly more sinister appearance, with Endermen being replaced by Slendermen.
Both packs are available now on the Xbox Live marketplace. The returning Halloween pack is completely free, while the Steampunk pack will set you back $1.00/65p.
After months of waiting, Sony has finally made good on its promise to bring a YouTube app to PS4 before the year's close.
The app can be found in the PlayStation Store and enables you to upload your gameplay clips directly to YouTube by pressing the Share button on your DualShock 4. Doing so will make your video appear in the "What's New" section of your PSN friend's PS4 consoles, while their's will also appear in yours.
30 films* across 60 years. It's an incredible legacy.
Here's IGN's visual history of every single film, from the 1954 original to Gareth Edwards' recent blockbuster. Along the way, Godzilla's been reinvented and reimagined; he's been both hero and villain; he's fought sentient flowers, three-headed dragons, pollution, and even reluctantly embraced fatherhood.
*We're not counting the Raymond Burr American versions separately, since they reuse so much footage from the Japanese originals, but they are name-checked above. Alright?
Driveclub developer Evolution Studios has offered an update on the state of play.
Since its release, Driveclub has suffered several setbacks in the online department, with players being unable to get online due to server load issues. But after numerous fixes and tweaks, more and more players are have been able to get online and race.
"We know we have been quiet over the last few days which was because we wanted to offer you news when it has a meaningful impact on your experience of Driveclub," the Facebook post reads. "The feedback you offered has been invaluable to the team because it’s informed our updates to iron out the major issues affecting you as quickly as possible."
Nintendo has released its financial results for the second quarter of the financial year, covering the period between July and September.
A number of interesting figures were revealed in the accompanying report, including the news that 610,000 Wii U consoles were sold during that period, almost double what was managed during the same timeframe 12 months prior.
It's a pleasing trend, especially given the fact that the only major release for the console in this period has been Hyrule Warriors last month. With regards to the spike in sales before that, Nintendo points to continuing interest in Mario Kart 8.
But while this is undeniably better news than last year, it still leaves the company some way off its targets. The new figures bring sales for the first half of this financial year since April to just 1.12 million, which is less than a third of its 3.6 million year target. The company is hoping the combination of Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the upcoming Amiibo range will usher in a sales boost come Christmas time. Worldwide Wii U sales now stand at 7.29 million.
Polish developer Techland has announced upcoming free-running zombie title Dying Light will no longer release on Xbox 360 or PS3.
A post on the studio's Facebook suggests too many compromises would be required in order to get the older systems to run the title yet "stay true to the core vision".
"For instance, up to 200,000 objects can be displayed in the game at once," the post explains with regards to the technical demands of the title. "Add to this our use of realistic, physics-based lighting technology and you really start to push the next-gen systems to the limits.
"Features like these along with our core gameplay pillars – such as the player-empowering Natural Movement, threefold character development system, and vast open world – are all an inherent part of how Dying Light plays. However, combining all of these into one fluid experience is only possible on technologically advanced platforms.
Destiny’s recent patch that prevents players choosing which Guardians take on what roles during the Vault of Glass raid was introduced to stop raid groups from “carrying” inexperienced players.
Destiny community manager David “Deej” Dague took to the forum to address community outcry about the fix, explaining that as The Raid isn’t designed to be easy, the developer plugged the hole stop Raid groups from carrying lower level players “like luggage.” A technique otherwise known as “Sherpaing.”
“I talked a lot to the developers about your opinions on the matter,” writes Dague. “You don't want to be selected at random. You want to choose who gets to fetch the Relic under fire from those nasty Oracles. I spoke on your behalf. Your voice was heard. We discussed your concerns.
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This episode of SHIELD was a bit more jumbled than others this season, but still had a lot of strong elements moving the story forward.
On the downside, some of the Bobbi and Hunter material felt forced and trying too hard, particularly in the early scenes – even just Hunter’s exasperated “May said I’ll be going on a mission with Bobbi?!” line was too much. Come on, man, you’re a professional!
However, things were better (and funnier) as the episode progressed and yes, seeing the two exes simultaneously shoot that dude with barely a look was hysterical.
The question of whether Ward could be trusted has loomed over this season and got pushed to the forefront here, as we met his brother, Senator Christian Ward (White Collar’s Tim DeKay). The sequence where we cut back and forth between each bother swearing the other was the nefarious one was really strong, as we (and Coulson?) began to wonder if anything Ward had claimed in Season 1 was true… though that also begs the question if the flashbacks we saw could be trusted!
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg today reaffirmed its faith in the Oculus Rift as the future of computing during an earnings call today, adding that it’ll take a few cycles of the device before it will be considered a meaningful platform.
“As I’ve said before, with Oculus we’re making a long-term bet on the future of computing. Every 10-15 years a new major computing platform arrives, and we think virtual and augmented reality are important parts of this upcoming next platform,” he said during Facebook's quarterly earnings call. “This quarter Oculus continued to make progress towards this vision. In September, the first Oculus developer conference took place where we announced a new prototype VR headset on the path to the consumer version of the Rift.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Another fun, twisty-turny ride on Person of Interest this week in "Pretenders." Further demonstration that the show's getting better and better at making you think you're watching one thing - perhaps even a throwaway story - before revealing a much larger, labyrinthine scheme behind everything. Even Finch's Hong Kong excursion side-story, which seemed to only be a meet-cute featuring a potential love interest in Jessica Hecht's Beth Bridges, wound up being part of the much larger Samaritan plot. With Finch officially making his first big chess move against his all-seeing enemy.
I also liked that the episode itself started out with Reese in the midst of saving a "number." Even though I love how most of the cases of the week these days wind up tying into the larger mythology, it's probably too much to have to assume that everyone who pops up on The Machine's radar is tied to Samaritan or The Brotherhood. So this was a good way to show us Reese saving the life of a random innocent. Or perhaps the term "victim" is more apropos since the short-order cook didn't seem like an angel.
A Texas lawsuit filed by The Conjuring producer Tony DeRosa-Grun against New Line Cinema has been thrown away by DeRosa-Grun himself.
Deadline reports that DeRosa-Grun filed papers in court today calling for the case he put forward in October to be "dismissed without prejudice." Put forward on October 22, the case accused New Line of "money laundering" and "overt racketeering acts" in order to gain control of rights to the film's sequel, The Conjuring 2. The move, however, also gives DeRosa-Grund an opportunity to file another suit in time.
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This week's episode of Supernatural had to deliver after the Demon Dean quick fix, and it rose to the challenge. While the lack of Demon Dean should still be lamented, “Paper Moon” was packed with satisfying moments between the Winchesters and a decent monster story.
The Winchesters and their interactions finally got a chance to shine tonight. They didn't have Castiel or Crowley to compete with, and it was a smart move to leave everyone but the brothers on the sidelines. Many of Sam and Dean's conversations in the past year or so have been maddening because they lie to each other and have the same arguments all the time. I've noted my frustrations on that subject repeatedly so I want to go out of my way to compliment what happened tonight: