Be excited, JRPG fans: Namco Bandai has opened a new website teasing an upcoming announcement of a new Tales game. The website is branded “Next Tales of,” and celebrates previous games in the series. Right now, videos and imagery from the first two titles in the Tales franchise – Phantasia and Destiny – are being showcased.
A Tweet on the Tales Twitter account points to the website and confirms that a new announcement is incoming. “We are planning to announce soon the mothership title which is the latest installment of “Tales of” series…” it reads, in part.
Gears of War and Shoot Many Robots will be free for Xbox Live Gold members in December.
Epic's brutal third-person shooter will be available from December 1-15; Shoot Many Robots is free from December 16 through the end of the month. These games normally cost $20 and $10 to download, respectively.
The Games with Gold program, which began earlier this year, offers two free games to keep every month for Xbox Live Gold members. Microsoft’s Major Nelson announced earlier this month that Games with Gold is coming to the newly released Xbox One.
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Yes, the 25th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is here, AKA, another reason to feel old. But at least all of us MST3K fans, or MSTies, have a great new DVD release to commemorate the occasion, thanks to Shout! Factory's new 25th Anniversary Edition DVD set, which was released this week.
Per usual, there are four films featured on this set - four films at a glance, that is, since there are actually more than that (We'll get to that...). Those four movies are Moon Zero Two, The Day The Earth Froze, The Leech Woman and Gorgo, which provide a nice overview of the show's different eras, as the first two come from the Joel Hodgson/Comedy Central days and the latter two are from the Mike Nelson/Sci-Fi Channel era. Gorgo is a particularly exciting inclusion for fans, as it's not only never been put on DVD before but was never shown in repeats, due to a copyright dispute. While I'd say Moon Zero Two is the most hit or miss of the bunch, overall, there are strong episodes featuring some great one-liners from the Joel, Mike and the bots and some classic running gags ("Sampo!").
“You can’t win anything with kids.” So said Alan Hansen on a now infamous Match of the Day in 1995, following Manchester United’s 3-1 defeat to Aston Villa early in the season. The Scottish pundit was referring to manager Alex Ferguson’s decision to sell superstars Paul Ince, Andre Kanchelskis and Mark Hughes, and replace them with several of the club’s youth players.
But history was to prove Hansen very wrong, as those “kids” were David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Gary and Phil Neville, who went on to win the league that season, and formed the back-bone of one of the most successful teams in football history.
The Class of 92 charts the rise of those players, who joined Manchester United as juniors, quickly claimed the FA Youth Cup, and went onto make more than 3,000 appearances for the club, winning 26 major trophies and counting.
As much as Forever Evil has been about the bad guys of the DCU, Geoff Johns has also brought Catwoman and Batman into the picture as they form an uneasy alliance with Lex Luthor and his growing faction. These two heroes look to take center stage in Forever Evil #4, at least judging from the preview art DC recently released. Among other things, issue #4 will see Batman taking Catwoman to the Batcave for the first time in the New 52. If the alternate cover from artist Ethan Van Sciver is to be believed, Batman may be donning a Sinestro Corps ring again.
Forever Evil #4 is written by Geoff Johns and illustrated by David Finch. This issue is currently scheduled for release on Wednesday, December 24.
A teardown of the Xbox One – console, Kinect, and controller – reveals an overall manufacturing cost of $471 (£289) – approximately $90 (£55) more than Sony's PlayStation 4.
The hardware breakdown of both consoles was done by research firm IHS, with the results being exclusively revealed to AllThingsD.
The main source of the price disparity is the Kinect sensor, which costs at least $75 to make and comes included with the Xbox One. The PlayStation camera is not bundled with the PS4.
The "biggest cost driver", though, according to Andrew Rassweiler (the IHS analyst who oversaw the teardown, is AMD's microprocessor. Similar to the one found inside the PS4, the chip combines a CPU and a graphics-processing unit. Its cost was estimated at $110, around $10 more than the AMD chip in the PS4, and was highlighted as the most expensive component in the box.
EA and Ubisoft's PlayStation 4 games now cost exactly the same as their Xbox One counterparts.
This means EA's line-up now cost £54.99 each, as does Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag – all just in time for Sony's European launch of the PS4.
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Sony has stated that pricing of digital content will be adjusted ahead of the PlayStation 4's release in the UK this Friday.
Earlier in the week IGN reported that digitally downloadable copies of launch titles were more expensive on PSN. In particular, EA were put in the spotlight with its five launch titles originally being listed at £62.99 – a full £8 more expensive than the equivalent Xbox One game.
Jason Lives! Paramount have set a release date for the next Friday the 13th movie, notes Exhibitor Relations via their Twitter. Pamela Voorhees' beloved son will be back in theaters on Friday, March 13th, 2015 in all his hockey-masked glory.
No other details have been revealed yet about the film, including a writer or director, though ShockTillYouDrop notes Platinum Dunes, who produced the 2009 remake, will again produce.
After quietly sneaking onto Steam late last week, Ashes Cricket 2013 has been yanked from the service and is no longer available for purchase.
The Ashes Cricket 2013 Facebook page, which had over 42,000 likes, has also vanished. The game’s Twitter account still exists but hasn’t published a post since September 21.
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Probably a quick, but hopefully sensical review tonight, as lack of sleep has nearly devolved my language abilities into satisfied grunts of approval: "Boyle bingo, happy me..."
I'll confess, I've got a real affection Joe Lo Truglio on this series, so I truly wouldn't mind seeing a return to Boyle Bingo, which was both hilarious and served as a perfect through-line for this episode. I actually wouldn't mind a return to Santiago sex tape names as well, come to that. But I digress. Thanksgiving was the perfect backdrop to bring this group together and circle back to the show's ongoing lesson for Peralta: he is best when he allows himself to be a part of the whole, rather than going off on his own.
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First of all… See, May and Ward were totally doing it! There were some who were doubting whether that was what was meant to be inferred by the ending of last week’s episode, but this week we found out that, in fact, their liaisons are an ongoing thing. I continue to greatly enjoy this turn of events and it's worth noting the matter of fact portrayal of this May/December pairing - if you'll pardon the pun. Usually, if there's a notable age gap in a TV show or movie, it's the guy who's older and if it's the reverse, that fact is given a huge spotlight, so it's nice to see it not be the case here.
Going in, I was excited to get an episode focusing on May this week, as I like the character and Ming-Na Wen’s calm and confidant performance. But “Repairs” was frustrating in that it continued SHIELD’s reliance on only kinda/sorta giving us backstory, while making sure every character still has big question marks around what motivates them. Yes, we now know that May “crossed off the enemy force” on a rescue mission and it left her changed and acting remote. But we still don’t know anything about what exactly she did or who she was dealing with – Coulson mentioning a “gifted individual” with followers, or “worshippers,” certainly means we’ll learn more about this person down the line, but why not at least give us a name to chew on? And at the least, if May herself had spoken about what she’d gone through, rather than others, in scenes she wasn’t even in, we could have gotten to truly know her better.
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"I want to talk about grief."
Okay. So another home-run episode for Person of Interest. Not a "10" like last week's trauma-inducing, stomach-churning "The Crossing," but still a powerful episode full of unexpected turns and swerves that satisfied on all fronts.
"The Devil's Share" was wonderfully framed by flashbacks of Finch, Reese, Shaw, and Fusco all speaking to faceless therapists/inquisitors - and this blueprint gave the episode a tremendous kick, making it not just about Reese's wrath, but about the entire team's emotional fallout. But, for my money, nothing was better than the opening five minutes that played the entire Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt." The entire song. In fact, because it was the whole song, with no other sound, it was shot like a music video - only using slow visuals to tell the story. People walking somberly, looks of longing and despair, cars getting smashed into and rolling - made all the more painful by the slowness and the music. And finally, Reese stepping out from the truck and questioning crooks with a blood-soaked picture of Simmons. A fantastic use of many mediums to tell the story of the immediate aftermath.
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With two strong and memorable Thanksgiving episodes under its belt, New Girl decided to shake things up by taking the festivities to the great outdoors. In "Thanksgiving III," Nick's storyline was all about reclaiming his masculinity, after Coach had been teasing him about his flamboyant Turkey Day invite. ("We should name that little guy Roger!") This eventually resulted in a camp-filled Thanksgiving, with Nick assigning "hunters" and "foragers," creating a makeshift spear out of a stick and a kitchen knife, and catching a dead, rotten fish. ("No regrets!")
The most interesting aspect of this episode, though, was the tension between Coach and Schmidt, who engaged in a bit of friendly competition to prove who was the better man at camping. Of course, it wasn't really about camping, but about Cece. Admittedly, these love triangle scenarios can be tricky, especially on TV, and they can sometimes trip things up irreversibly for some characters. Luckily, so far, New Girl has done a pretty good job of keeping it light between Schmidt and Coach, at least to the point where they can both laugh things off.
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Tonight's episode seemed as if it was going to be about angels, but nope, instead it was about the Roman goddess Vesta. As far as standalone stories go, it was entertaining enough. Any time they have a new big bad to fight it’s intriguing simply because it shows there are still new villains to battle. But even with the fresh evil, most of the episode felt sleepy and by the numbers.
The highlight of the episode was watching Dean in the abstinence purity group. His new name is Dean the Oversharer. Sure, they may have gone for the obvious jokes, but they were still hilarious, and Jensen Ackles really sells them. They have the ability to keep Dean's quips and jokes at a not-annoying level. It's no small task and again, the fact that Ackles nails comedic timing helps make it possible. Much of fandom is probably wondering what exactly Suzy did with the tacos.
Having fun with your next-gen console? In today's Fix we have a list of gadgets you'll want to know about as well as news on the recent PSN login issues and a GTA game coming for mobile.
Here's what we covered:
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Not a direct port of the PS2 classic. Here's what you'll get...
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Nintendo has shipped an unannounced Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Special Edition 3DS XL to retailers, and the bundle will go on sale in North America on December 2.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team comes pre-installed on the unique 3DS XL, which features the duo on the white front of the new portable, and costs $200.
Warning: No real spoilers, but this review works in large part as a comparison to Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy...
Spike Lee’s Oldboy is set to debut this Wednesday, November 27, with very little fanfare. Rather than the normal marketing build towards release, the distributors seem to have turned down the volume on the buzz building press opportunities and promotion. Adapted from Park Chan-wook’s 2003 film based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Oldboy may have received a muted mainstream advertising campaign, but it’s also one of the most talked about releases among critics and cinema enthusiasts.
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Only time for a quick review today, and sorry for the delay, but wanted to touch on "Are You Receiving". Episode 3 of Almost Human added an action flick twist to the futuristic buddy cop procedural. The case of the week was a fairly standard hostage/heist story, but was entertaining none-the-less. Sure, it was pretty much Die Hard in the future, on the upside - it was Die Hard in the future! Replete with a hostage crisis to mask a heist and Dorian in an air-shaft..
The most engaging part of the series is the evolving dynamic between Dorian and Kennex, who have got some lighting in a bottle chemistry. Michael Ealy is just magic in this role, he can inspire sympathy and laughter in the same moment. If Rudy were here he'd have a really big issue with you right now." The introduction of Dorian's physical vulnerability was likely the most crucial moment in the episode, as it works to increase the tension and the stakes. There's a strong support cast here, though, and eventually it would be nice to see more of and from them.
Pacific Rim’s Max Martini has joined the cast of Fifty Shades of Grey, filling the production’s Pac Rim actor quota after Charlie Hunnam dropped out.
According to Deadline, Martini will play Jason Taylor, the male lead Christian Grey’s bodyguard and the head of his security team. He probably won’t pilot a Jaeger in the new film.
Superhero comics, by nature, are filled with a great many battles of epic proportions. DC Comics, with their long and colorful history of publishing superhero stories, holds some of the greatest battles of modern fiction within its pages.
We've decided to take a look back on DC's 75 year history and list out the best battles that have ever graced their comics, ranging from the purely physical to the most emotional and, certainly, the most influential.
As Seen In: Batman: Under the Hood
What happens when your greatest failure comes back to haunt you? We’ve seen that theme throughout the history of great fiction, not the least of which is in superhero comics. Batman’s greatest failure, of course, is Jason Todd, the second Robin who was killed at the hands of the Joker (we’ll get to that later).