This week, Max "Baja Blast" Scoville, Brian "Pitch Black" Altano, Marty "Code Red" Sliva, and Alanah "Live Wire" Pearce have teamed up, yet again, to make noises with their weird little mouths. Obviously, the big news is the announcement of Red Dead Redemption 2, so we talk about our hopes and expectations, as well as Rockstar's legacy. Then, Max gushes about Battlefield One, which is weird, since he normally hates competitive military shooters. Finally, Brian got a PSVR, and he's in love with it.
For the first time since Halo 3: ODST in 2009, I don’t know what to expect from a new Halo game. Halo 5 had its narrative surprises, of course, but in the end it was still a strong, impressive shooter with great co-op, fantastic multiplayer, and all the bells and whistles that come with Microsoft’s flagship title. It was the Halo we know and expect.
Halo Wars 2 has the freedom to try something else.
By the time it launches in February 2017, there will be eight years of distance between Halo Wars 2 and the original. The RTS genre isn’t exactly booming right now either, so there aren’t a lot of modern mechanics or conventions to keep pace with. Its story, which takes place about six months after Halo 5, includes characters who don’t know much about Master Chief’s deeds, successes, and failures in the war against the Covenant. Its main villain is, perhaps aside from The Arbiter, the only villain in Halo I’ve cared about as more than a bullet sponge. One of its major modes, Blitz, is heavily influenced by collectible card games and strips away most of the plate spinning involved in RTS combat. Even the music is a bit of a departure, with much more brass joining the now iconic strings and “space monk” vocals.
In today’s The Mighty Thor #12 by writer Jason Aaron and artists Russell Dauterman and Frazer Irving, we learned a significant secret about Thor’s trusty hammer, Mjolnir.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Mighty Thor #12!
The story, titled “The Untold Origin of Mjolnir,” sees Thor dragged by Mjolnir to the library of the gods whereupon the librarian tells her the true origin of her magic hammer. Last issue, Mjolnir unexpectedly transformed into Jane Foster in order to trick two SHIELD agents into thinking that Thor and Jane were two different people. (Pretty much every superhero has to pull that gag to protect their secret identity at one point or another.) Mjolnir being sentient was a shock to Jane, so this issue sees the hammer bringing her to a place that can explain how that could be possible.
This is a review for all six new episodes of Black Mirror, debuting Friday, October 21st on Netflix. There won't be any discussion of deep spoilers for any episode though, so as to not ruin story elements.
Now a Netflix original series, Charlie Brooker's thought-provoking, fear-inducing anthology, Black Mirror, is back with a grab bag of new episodes that range from the fundamentally moving to the explicitly terrifying. Not knowing what you're going to get is part of the thrill with Black Mirror - a show whose stories contain the loose connective tissue of how technology and society may be a toxic relationship.
The term "five minutes from now" has been used to describe the worlds on Black Mirror. Future societies, but not too far from the present. It varies though. In some cases, you'll get a wildly different landscape that may be a century away. In others, it pretty much feels like the here and now. You also never quite know what type of tale it'll be as the chapters can take on many different shapes and forms. Plus, depending on the tech involved, there's a discovery process for the viewer. What morbid take on social media are we in for this time? Do these characters have implants of some kind or an unhealthy obsession with their online presence? What's the devilish twist?
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It’s said that you always remember your first time, and that might be especially true for Virtual Reality (VR).
Playing 3D games on a 2D monitor? That’s one thing. Experiencing VR is an entirely different trip, where you literally feel like you’re exploring the fantastical landscape of an alien world, or gazing at serene wonders half a click below the ocean’s surface. Oculus calls this strange magic “presence,” and you really have to experience it yourself to understand.
The Overwatch community is in a bit of a huff today over the outcome, or lack thereof, of a Blizzard-designed Alternate Reality Game (ARG) presumably designed to tease the release of the team-shooter's next character, Sombra.
The custom website at the center of it all, amomentincrime.com, had been displaying a slowly filling progress bar, and seeing as Blizzard has been dropping hints about Sombra for months now, many presumed that when the bar hit 100%, the secretive hacker would finally make her way into the game. It would have made a lot of sense too, seeing as Blizzard's Battle.net client had a "Breaking News" box posted in it, announcing a brief maintenance period for Overwatch servers, as well as a new version update.
Reading the newest chapter of The Dark Knight III, it struck me that I'm not even sure what the series is truly about. The epic battle royale between Batman and an army of Kryptonian fascists is proving to be just the middle act in a bigger and more unpredictable story. And now we know that the Dark Knight III saga has been expanded into a ninth issue. This sense of unpredictability is nice and all, but it doesn't change the fact that the series should have been able to accomplish more in six issues.
The elder Batman managed to turn the tide against Quar's forces in issue #5 by showering Gotham in a rain of liquid Kryptonite. This issue showcases the two Caped Crusaders, Superman and the entire city beating Quar's forces into submission. As Bruce himself reflects, there's a certain perverse satisfaction in seeing these super-powered bullies chopped down to size and punished for thinking themselves superior to humanity. This issue also proves that Carrie is equal to her mentor when it comes to quick thinking and an ability to take down vastly more powerful opponents.
Star Wars Battlefront is blast. You can be the nose gunner in an AT-AT, run around as the creepy, cackling Emperor or his Imperial Guard, headshot Stormtroopers as Han Solo, or deflect laser blasts and force choke rebel scum as Lord Vader himself. The main problems with the game were its expensive $50 season pass, and lack of content related to the new films. The Ultimate Edition solves both those issues: it includes the season pass and all four DLC drops, including new Rogue One related content, so there's no more nickel and dime-ing to get between you and the ultimate Star Wars gaming experience.
Dead Rising 4's season pass has been officially unveiled and will include new story content, a mini golf multiplayer mode, and an exclusive festive holiday pack for $25, according to Microsoft.
The story content, titled Dead Rising 4: Frank Rising, follows Frank West searching for a cure after being freshly infected. In the DLC, "everything is not the same as it was; zombies are getting smarter, people cannot be trusted and paramilitary forces are plotting to wipe out Willamette," according to the content's description.
Super Ultra Dead Rising 4 Mini Golf will bring eighteen holes of "pure wanton destruction" for up to four players. You'll be able to use protagonist Frank West's favorite weapons as your set of clubs to drive an oversized golf ball through zombie hordes and across fairways that make up the town of Willamette, Colorado.
Hey, yo. First things first. Cody Rhodes will be on Arrow tonight (Wednesday, FYI) and he's a swell fellow who loves comics and it's a dream come true for him so make sure to watch it. I spoke to him about his guest role -- which may become a recurring character -- and how his Stardust character was influenced by comic books and such, so you can read that interview here.
Now, let's dig dug our way into Hell in a Cell, which will feature three bloodless Cell matches instead of the customary one or two. I'm not here to kvetch about how Cell matches don't really work in the PG era, as I could go on and on about that. And have, I think. It is what it is and they are what they are. The true shame though is that performers can work their butts off in that Cell and people will still feel cheated without a certain amount of blood and carnage. I remember Roman and Bray working really hard last year in their Cell match and, in the end, it still didn't feel overly special.
We've seen a number of talented artists tackle this relaunched Batman series already, but none seem to match writer Tom King's storytelling approach quite as well as Mikel Janin. Between the opening Rebirth one-shot and now this first chapter of "I Am Suicide," Janin and King are building a wonderfully surreal and cerebral take on the Dark Knight.
With Janin back on board, the series immediately returns to the more mind-bending approach of the Rebirth issue. Janin immediately establishes a gripping, emotionally charged tone. Whether it's the flashbacks to Bane's hellish childhood or the haunting depiction of Arkham Asylum, Janin really knows how to make an immediate and lasting impact. Also continuing the trend of the Rebirth issue, Janin shows an increased emphasis on creative page design. The opening pages cleverly simulate the effect of water rushing into and out of Bane's cell. The Arkham sequences create the sensation of descending into a hellish labyrinth. One scene in particular offers a terrific throwback to an iconic Batman story from years past. Janin is really firing on all cylinders here.
Some familiar faces have returned as Batman #9 kicked off the "I Am Suicide" story arc.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman #9!
DC made no secret of the fact that Bane would serve as the main villain in this new story. However, this issue reveals what Bane has been up to recently and why he was so eager to acquire Psycho Pirate from Hugo Strange in the previous arc. Bane has managed to overcome his addiction to the super-steroid Venom, but he needs Psycho Pirate's powers of emotional manipulation in order to remain happy and focused. In a sense, he's just traded one drug for another.
Blizzard is wasting no time building on the successful launch of Legion, World of Warcraft's most recent expansion. Patch 7.1, launching October 25, introduces a new raid, new pets, the long-awaited return of the beloved Karazhan dungeon, and plenty more. But some enterprising players poking around 7.1 on Blizzard's test server have discovered some new additions that the developer hasn't exactly been advertising.
Reddit user Nexeoes discovered Endgineer Omegaplugg, a crazy strong new secret boss intended for max-level parties, hiding at the end of Gnomeregan, a low-level newbie dungeon that has been in the game since launch well over 10 years ago. Here's how it works, as I understand it:
A beloved time-traveling doctor will guest star in 12 Monkeys season 3.
Christopher Lloyd, who’s best known for his portrayal of Doc Brown in Back to the Future, will play a character named Zalmon Shaw. According to SyFy’s description, Shaw is a deadly, but charming, cult leader who recruits people to join the Army of the 12 Monkeys. He’s also the father the show’s villain, the Pallid Man.
Christopher LIoyd, courtesy of SyFy.
Additionally, 12 Monkeys co-creator and showrunner Terry Matalas will make his directorial debut in the premiere episode, which just started production in Toronto.
Naomi here. I'm about to go to war in Battlefield 1 so let's hop in and play! I mean, fight!
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In addition to modes like Deathmatch and Dominion, Halo Wars 2 will feature a brand-new multiplayer game type called Blitz, which blends card-collecting with real-time strategy.
According to Xbox Wire, this "hybrid card-collecting and real-time strategy game" will have players creating 12-card decks, which are acquired by earning packs through daily challenges, as well as playing through the game's campaign. Each leader can select up to three decks, with each card allowing the player to send a specific unit into battle during the match. The cards all have specific energy costs, with the ones featuring more powerful units requiring more energy to deploy.
Marvel has been building towards a war between the Inhumans and X-Men for the past year now, and there's an increasing desire to see them simply get on with it and deliver the main event already. Death of X has some appeal as it brings long-dormant characters like Cyclops and Emma Frost into play and marks Aaron Kuder's Marvel debut. However, this mini-series is doing little more than filling in gaps in a story that's already been made clear over the past 12 months.
To their credit, writers Charles Soule and Jeff Lemire do a fine job of balancing the three sides in this conflict. With all the bad blood Marvel has stirred up among fans convinced that the Inhumans are replacing the X-Men, it's important that this story portray both teams in an equally sympathetic light. This issue sees Medusa trying to maintain peace between the two races while recognizing that her own people must come first if push comes to shove.
Note: Some spoilers follow for tonight's Arrow, "A Matter of Trust," though nothing not previously revealed officially by the network and studio via the guest credits already released for the episode.
This week's Arrow, "A Matter of Trust," features an interesting guest star in the form of Michael Rowe, who reprises his role as Floyd Lawton, AKA Deadshot. Deadshot's appearance is notable, of course, because the character died a couple of years back on the show - but also because this marks Deadshot's first appearance on Arrow since the Suicde Squad movie opened this summer, in which Will Smith played Deadshot.
I saw "A Matter of Trust" at a screening for press this week and while I won't divulge details on Deadshot's role in the episode, I will say it's signifiant and more than a one-scene cameo. When the character was killed off -- and Amanda Waller soon after -- more than one Arrow participant said that there was a mandate from above at DC and Warner Bros. for the series to curtail their use of any of the Suicide Squad characters, as the movie approached, even though many had been already introduced on the series.