Marvel released their full lineup of solicitations for June 2017 today. The Secret Empire crossover will grow bigger that month, with several new tie-ins making heir debut. Also look for several major new additions to the Marvel lineup, including Darth Vader, The Spectacular Spider-Man and The Defenders.
Electronic Arts needed a whole lot of convincing before Ultima creator Richard "Lord British" Garriott was given the green light to make Ultima Online.
On the latest episode of our interview show IGN Unfiltered, Garriott shared the story behind the creation of Ultima Online. He and his team wanted to make a multiplayer Ultima game—which they referred to internally as "Multima"—for quite some time, but waited until the market was ready for such a product.
When the internet started to take off, Garriott and Starr Long decided now was the time to finally pitch their "Multima" idea to EA. As part of the publisher's proposal process, Garriott said the project's lifetime sales estimate needed to justify the costs required to make the game, "but the way to determine that is with comparables," of which there were none at the time. The closest comparison they could find had 15,000 sales. So, taking into consideration the appeal of the Ultima brand, they doubled that to 30 thousand, which still wasn't nearly enough to green light the project.
Who’s Her? No, no, who is she? Right the first time actually, because Her happens to be her name! She has so many -- Her, Ayesha, Kismet, J’Ridia Starduster, Paragon, and of course, She Who Must Be Obeyed -- but whatever moniker she goes by, she’s the golden-skinned being that once planned a wedding with Adam Warlock. And now actress Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha in the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!
Of course, some details will be massaged for the Marvel Cinematic Universe version (that sounded dirty) of the character, so we’re here to catch you up on Her and her story as it happened in the original comics. First, we go back to that fateful year 1977, when another sci-fi epic was wowing audiences in theaters…
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
What an episode! It was one intense action scene after the next!
I’ll be honest, I was worried last week’s quality episode was a fluke, but this hour surpassed it in every way. It is usually difficult to elevate your protagonist and antagonist at the same time; development of one normally comes at the cost of the other. Hour eight of our story proves otherwise, with our heroes finally coming face-to-face with Jadalla.
While the action scenes were exhilarating and impressive, the best parts of the episode were the short, powerful, verbal spars between Carter and Jadalla. Some of the best lines of the episode came from the brief conversations. Jadalla talks a big game, but the dialogue allows for noticeable cracks in his armor. He wants to succeed BECAUSE his father did not. His desire to be “greater than” revealed some major daddy issues, and Carter picked up on it. Carter’s line about what this country represents was a tad corny, but isn’t that kind of the point?
Microsoft continues to modify the Xbox One experience, this time adding Arena, custom gamerpics and more.
Over on Xbox Wire, Microsoft announced that tournaments will roll out to Xbox Insiders this month. Unveiled at E3 2016, Arena will let Xbox One players participate in competitions through the Xbox One dash, with ESL already creating an event for World of Tanks.
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If you’ve never played a Mass Effect game before, don't worry about it. You don’t need to know a shepherd from a Shepard or have an in-depth knowledge of the original trilogy to dive into Andromeda.
The choices made at the end of Mass Effect 3 have no bearing whatsoever on this new narrative. That’s because Andromeda's characters departed the Milky Way in 2185 (the same year that marked the start of Mass Effect 2) meaning it’s entirely possible that the entire fleet has zero knowledge of what happened to the original protagonist, Commander Shepard, or the fate of their home.
Hence Andromeda is essentially a soft reboot, taking place 636 years after the events of the original in a totally different galaxy: Andromeda, rather than the Milky Way.
A new rumour suggests that Jaume Collet-Serra is in the mix to helm Suicide Squad 2 if first pick director Mel Gibson passes.
The rumour comes from Entertainment Journalist Jeff Sneider during a recent appearance on Meet the Movie Press (via BatmanNews). "The name that I have heard, who could be in the mix, is Jaume Collet-Serra", said Sneider, who went on to explain that Collet-Serra is a home grown director for Warner Bros., having cut his teeth on Warner horrors House of Wax and Orphan (his most recent film was The Shallows, the Blake-Lively starring shark movie). "He delivers hit on a mid sized budget, he can make a lot out of a little," said Sneider.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
"Dreams Die First," directed by series star Nestor Carbonell, was a big chapter for a handful of reasons. The showiest, flashiest reason is that Rihanna made her debut as Marion Crane and Bates Motel has now, finally, absorbed the movie Psycho into its own lore. Which his pretty damn cool.
Character-wise though, Norman made some huge discoveries about himself this week. In a moment of rare clarity, he re-engaged with Dr. Edwards and reminded himself that -- basically -- he's insane. With Norma gone (or "missing"), he pretty much wound up washing himself out of his own man-made delusion and remembered exactly what he was capable of - about how he both imagines her and becomes her. How "Norma" is a dangerous coping mechanism.
Australian Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm has criticised the Government and the Australian Classification Board in a speech delivered to the Senate yesterday.
The Senate crossbencher highlighted the recent case of Outlast II, which was refused classification late last week due to a rape sequence during one of the game’s cut-scenes.
“This video game takes place in a fantasy world involving all kinds of creatures both human and non-human,” said Leyonhjelm. “The mere suggestion of an out-of-screen encounter between a creature and a human character was enough to get it banned altogether by the Australian Classification Board.”
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.
In hindsight, it’s strange that we went this long before seeing Kevin Sorbo inducted into the Arrow-verse. He already played a TV superhero in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and Sorbo barely seems to have aged a day since then. Supergirl finally made up for that omission by welcoming both Sorbo and Superman veteran Teri Hatcher into the fold this week. Both were welcome additions to the cast, even if this episode seemed strangely disinterested in exploring the Daxam Royal Family.
Both actors seem well-suited for the roles in the brief time they were featured this week. It’s especially great seeing Hatcher join former Lois & Clark co-star Dean Cain in playing a recurring role on the series, even one as clearly different as this. Here’s hoping the writers find some excuse to pair Jeremiah and Queen Rhea together down the road.
The comic book industry suffered a huge blow this past weekend with the tragic passing of Bernie Wrightson. Easily one of the most talented artists ever to work in the medium, Wrightson left behind a very impressive body of work spanning many decades.
Sadly, because Wrightson wasn't as active in recent years, not all comic readers may be aware of his talent and influence. To honor the late, legendary artist, we've put together a brief retrospective of his work, from Swamp Thing to Frankenstein to Batman.
Wrightson passed away this past weekend after a long battle with brain cancer. He'll be sorely missed, but we're grateful he left behind such a wide and impressive body of work.
I'll never forget when I was a bright-eyed young gamer and home consoles were starting to boast online play. I loved the idea of sitting at home on the couch and playing with my friends a few suburbs over.
I’d always been a PC gamer, but this new wave of consoles intrigued me enough to buy one. Of course, I had to decide if I wanted a PS2 or an Xbox. The deciding factor came down to what my friends had, and what games we could play together. The going was tough, and it was a pretty harrowing choice, but I ended up with a PlayStation 2, and that decision cemented my loyalty to Sony to this day.
For generations now, gamers have been defining themselves by console choice; the PlayStation and Xbox camps gnashing their teeth while PC gamers sit back and watch with an air of superiority. And that’s without mentioning the Nintendo fans - jumping up and down with renewed vigour because the Switch might let them compete in the third party scene again… We’ll see.
Uncharted: The Lost Legacy will put the spotlight on two previous supporting characters in the Uncharted universe, but don't expect its central protagonist to appear in the upcoming standalone expansion.
Following up about previous statements regarding Nathan Drake's involvement in The Lost Legacy, Game Director Kurt Margenau confirmed to the PlayStation Blog that the star of the Uncharted series won't appear in the standalone DLC "at all."
"We’re not going to touch on Nathan Drake in this, at all," Margenau said.
Margenau followed up statements from writer Josh Scherr, who said the team "entertained a few possible ideas around including Nate as a secondary character ... but everything we did felt superfluous because we tied it all up with Uncharted 4."
Warning: The following review contains spoilers for the episode.
A new challenger appears before Goku, and with Zen-Oh’s permission another exhibition match is allowed to take place. Toppo wishes to deal out some justice to the villain he perceives Goku to be and the fight that ensues pushes both warriors to the very edge. However, there is more going on than a simple fight, and it’s the growing theme of Goku as a villain that propels Episode 82.
Toppo, the Warrior of Justice from Universe 11 is the latest adversary for Goku. What I find most appealing about him, aside from his Ginyu Force inspired antics, is that he clearly is the hero of his universe. The way he acts and speaks to both Goku and those around him paints a clear picture: he thinks Goku is a bad guy. Of course, Toppo is also a great fighter and watching him pummel Goku and then survive a Kamehameha with little issue was quite thrilling. Most of all, though, the scene where he rejects Goku’s handshake stood out to me. As simple as it was, rejecting Goku’s offer of peace and friendship hammered home just the kind of person Toppo is, and how upset and disgusted he is with Goku’s actions.