In today's age of broad design intended to reach the widest possible audience, games like Trials Fusion are a precious rarity. Its simple, yet uncompromisingly precise mechanics cater beautifully to staunch perfectionists. But for as technically demanding as it is, it still provides enough character, freedom, and rhythm to entertain on a moment-to-moment basis. Though some of its course designs err on the side of the sadistic, the pain melts away every time you nail one of the many colossal jumps.
Trials Fusion borrows elements of platforming and motocross, then injects a concentrated shot of highly believable physics. Each bike, and the one ATV, has a distinct weight to it, and you’ll feel the differences every time you feather the throttle. The lightweight, powerful Pit Viper will lurch right out from under you if you pin the accelerator from a stand-still, and the acrobatic Fox Bat tumbles through the air end over end at your slightest suggestion. Each input translates smoothly and accurately through your bike and rider, creating a rare sense of direct connection.
Last December, director Bryan Singer himself announced that Rogue (Anna Paquin) had been cut from X-Men: Days of Future Past due to her only scene -- an elaborate rescue scene that also featured Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor X (Patrick Stewart) -- being judged an extraneous "embarrassment of riches" during the editing process. However, that no longer appears to be the case.
When the eagle-eyed folks at BuzzFeed noticed Paquin's name attached to the final trailer released this week, a 20th Century Fox rep confirmed to the site that Rogue will indeed be appearing in the film, stating, “Essentially,
A new behind the scenes look at Guardians of the Galaxy has arrived.
Clocking in at a minute long, the video features the main cast of Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), Zoe Saldana (Gamora), Dave Bautista (Drax the Destroyer), Vin Diesel (Groot) and Bradley Cooper (Rocket Racoon), along with producer Kevin Feige, briefly discussing the Guardians as a gang of antihero outcasts and how the film will expand the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Unfortunately, though there's footage of the Groot and Rocket CG models synced to Diesel and Cooper's studio performances, we still don't get to hear their voices in action.
Guardians of the Galaxy arrives in theaters August 1.
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Season 2 of BBC America's amazing Orphan Black premieres this Saturday, April 19th, with promises of more unique, hair-raising sci-fi thrills. I'm sure you've heard fans buzzing about the show. About clones. Genetic modification. Self-directed evolution. And a remarkable star-turning performance from previously obscure Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany. Well, every good thing you've heard is dead on.
With only 10 Season 1 episodes, there's no excuse not to catch up with this rad series in time for the DNA to hit the fan in Season 2 (hey, you can always DVR the premiere if you need a few more days!). And if you're looking for a little extra push, for someone to sell you on this great series, then here are 5 reasons you should check out Orphan Black.
The growing war between Oliver Queen/The Arrow and Slade Wilson/Deathstroke has been escalating on Arrow for weeks now, but things will go even further in tonight's new episode, "The Man Under the Hood," as Oliver, Canary, Diggle and Felicity return to the lair and find Slade waiting for them.
From this point on, there will be no more breaks in the schedule, and fans will be happy to see the final five episodes of Season 2 airing in a row over the next month. You can check out photos from tonight's Arrow in the gallery below.
Arrow: "The Man Under the Hood" photo gallery:
Arrow: "The Man Under the Hood" airs Wednesday, April 16th at 8pm ET/PT on The CW.
The following conversation with The 100’s executive producer and showrunner, Jason Rothenberg, was actually conducted earlier this year, while the show was wrapping up production on its first season. However, as you’ll see, we delved into events that occurred through the fourth episode -- which actually aired last week -- and what's in store next for the characters, since I had seen those first four at that point.
Rothenberg discussed his approach to the show’s parallel storylines, the death of key characters and just how dark he’s being allowed to go on the CW.
Our Spidey-sense is tingling! With Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting theaters on May 2 and Marvel Comics re-launching the web-slinger's signature series with The Amazing Spider-Man #1 on April 30, it's easy to see why.
To celebrate what makes him great, IGN has planned an entire month of Spider-Man content. We're starting things off with a bang by ranking his top 25 best villains, then you can expect to see some articles about his animated endeavors, the evolution of his spider-suit, a cool Spider-Man video, and more.
So what are you waiting for? THWIP! yourself a webline and descend to the links below!
During an interview with IGN, longtime Spider-Man producer and founder of Marvel Studios Avi Arad said he thinks a potential crossover movie will only happen when the studios involved have run out of inspiration.
“I think I’m probably a little bit of the militant here,” said Arad. “I think it will take a moment in which we’ve run out of ideas. There's so much to tell about Spider-Man. There's so much to tell about the Sinister Six. The relationship between Spider-Man and Venom will bring a whole other world in.”
He even drew a parallel with the source material behind the films. “We did it in the books; we did team-ups all the time. Even with DC. You know, we'd flip a coin, 'Okay, who's going to win, Batman or The Hulk? We'll make a cover out of it.'
To kick off IGN's Spider-Man Month with a bang, we are ranking the top 25 Spider-Man villains of all time. With great power comes great responsibility, and unfortunately for Spidey, that means taking on all manner of crazy bad guys who want to rob a bank, destroy the city, or just straight up murder people. With a Sinister Six movie in the works, now seems like a great time to refresh everyone's memory on these guys anyway.
Spider-Man has a wide variety of villains, one of the most iconic and well-balanced in comics. The classics are other creatures of the animal kingdom like Rhino, Scorpion, and Doctor Octopus. He also battles elements of nature in Electro, Hydro-Man, and Sandman. A slew of bad guys with a horror-bent also exist in the form of Venom, Green Goblin, and Morbius. And sometimes he just takes on crime itself a la the Kingpin.
Sony has announced that it is selling all of the shares it currently holds in Square Enix.
Sony has owned around 9.5 million Square Enix shares for a decade, making it the publisher's third-largest shareholder - but it will now be selling them to a global firm called SMBC Nikko Securities.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the stock will book a Y4.8 billion (nearly US$47 million) one-off profit for the fiscal quarter ending in June; the exact price for which the shares sell will be revealed on Thursday.
The expected sale price is significantly lower than the Y16 billion (nearly US$157 million) that the shares are currently worth, according to their current market value.
World of Warcraft developer Blizzard has addressed fan queries about whether the next expansion pack, Warlords of Draenor, will necessitate a PC upgrade.
Though official system requirements have not yet been revealed for the WoW expansion, Blizzard are aware of fan concerns and have been working to ensure the game will still run smoothly for all players.
"You shouldn't be worried about any big drop in performance; things will most likely remain very close to what you are experiencing right now," says a Blizzard community manager, responding to a worried fan on the WoW forums. "So if you're satisfied with what you have right now, then there shouldn't be any need to change anything
The organisers of the GaymerX conference for LGBT gamers and developers have announced that this year's conference will be its last for the foreseeable future, citing difficulty finding sponsors despite rapid growth.
"This decision was not made lightly," says GaymerX in a blog post, "but one that was made after spending much time looking over numbers, and realizing that trying to create a mega-event of this size, and trying to grow it at the pace that we were trying to keep was becoming unsustainable."
GaymerX clarifies that while this is the end of its annual conferences for now, this does not spell the end of GaymerX events forever, and is "certainly not an end to the fight for equality in gaming."
We are excited to exclusively announce that the Marvel Universe LIVE! traveling stage show will have a comic book tie-in that acts as a prequel to the story of the show. It will be written by Frank Teri (Iron Man, Wolverine), drawn by Miguel Sepulveda (Spider-Man, Thor), colored by Jay David Ramos (Avengers, Captain America), with a cover by Mike McKone (Fantastic Four, Avengers Academy).
The Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut is finally available on Mac, tagging behind its PC release in October 2013.
It is available via the Steam page for US$20, and supports Steam achievements and leaderboard integration.
The minimum system requirements call for a 2.0Ghz Intel Mac with at least 4.0GB RAM, a 512MB or better graphics card, and Mac OS 10.8.5 or later. The game supports the ATI 4850 series or better, Intel HD4000 series or better, and NVIDIA GT130, NVIDIA 9600 or NVIDIA 600 series or better.
The Director's Cut makes several improvements and additions to the original version of Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Boss fights have been overhauled, and improvements have been made to visuals and combat. It also comes with the Missing Link, Tong's Rescue Mission and Tactical Enhancement DLC packs, as well as developer commentary and a making-of documentary.
UPDATE: A new post published on Bungie's website, titled "There are those who said this day would never come...", offers a brief farewell to the 14-year studio veteran.
"For more than a decade, Marty O’Donnell filled our worlds with unforgettable sounds and soundtracks, and left an indelible mark on our fans. Today, as friends, we say goodbye. We know that wherever his journey takes him, he will always have a bright and hopeful future.
We wish him luck in all his future endeavors."
Freemium base-building games are not hard to find on the App Store, but Boom Beach sets itself apart with an engrossing battle experience rich with strategic choices. The idea is a kid-friendly mash up of Tom Hanks' Castaway and Saving Private Ryan experiences, in which you must build up your offensive and defensive forces and battle other players for resources. This constant switch in focus creates a level a depth that usually is only seen is much larger games, but Boom Beach is also guilty of slowing progress to a crawl with tedious resource requirements, and it manages to make me feel alone in its crowded seas.
An analysis of Steam users' games libraries and their playtimes has revealed some interesting statistics about the popularity of games available via the digital distribution service.
The research was conducted by the website Ars Technica, which combed Steam gamers' public profiles to determine which games were the most owned, the most played, and more. You'd probably be able to guess some of the results, but others are surprising.
Valve-developed games top the list of most owned games, led by free-to-play favourites Dota 2 and Team Fortress 2. However, a significant number of the most owned games have never once been loaded by their owners. While this makes sense for the most owned, least played winner Half Life 2: Lost Coast, which is a free tech demo, it's somewhat surprising to learn that there are gamers who have paid for games such as Counter Strike: Source and Left 4 Dead without once playing them.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
The beginning of tonight's episode of Supernatural had me worried. It seemed like they were breaking through the fourth wall with a touch of Masterpiece Theatre, and though they've done that successfully before – “The French Mistake” comes to mind - it's not a trick you want to overuse. Luckily, they took a much different approach. Whew.
A lot happened, but the highlight was seeing Richard Speight, Jr. back in the series. The character is ridiculously lovable, and no one in the series can touch his comedic timing. His portrayal of Gabriel made me laugh out loud almost nonstop in each of his scenes, and even if it was ultimately too good to be true, having him back was so very satisfying.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
The reveal that Ward was Hydra was a great one, but caused a lot of questions in the past week – mainly about whether the SHIELD producers would fully commit to it. Would it turn out he’s actually brainwashed, a la the Winter Soldier, and really a good guy underneath? Would his ties to Coulson’s team cause him to betray Garrett and Hydra? Hell, could we even be 100% sure Agent Hand was dead and that she wasn’t in on some elaborate triple agent scenario to fool Garrett? Or maybe Hand willingly let herself die, so Ward could infiltrate Hydra, like Jon Snow infiltrated the Wildings?