Permanent death of a character is one of the most extreme punishments a game can dole out. In The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, a rare balance is struck where its brutal bullet-hell difficulty isn’t a punishment, but an opportunity to see something totally new. Because of excellent randomization and seemingly endless content, I’m still seeing items, bosses, and entirely new types of dungeons even after 30 hours of intense twin-stick shooter-style battle. And, every so often, I pause for a moment and appreciate that I’m playing as a traumatized, naked child who’s destroying poop monsters and zombie babies by crying on them because his crazy mother tried to kill him. So it’s something we can all relate to.
Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman has one regret about AMC's television adaptation of his comics series—the finale of the show's first season. Spoilers ahead... but you've seen the Season 1 finale, right?
"If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have done the CDC episode," Kirkman revealed to The Hollywood Reporter. The CDC episode sees Dr. Edwin Jenner (The Americans' Noah Emmerich) tells Rick that everyone is already infected. In the comics, Rick's group figures that fact out quite awhile later after a character is killed and she comes back, despite not having a zombie bite.
Earlier this year, we called Bong Joon-ho's post-apocalyptic drama Snowpiercer "one for the sci-fi history books" in our review, and now we're giving you the chance to own it on Blu-ray!
To go in the draw to win one of 20 copies of the movie, just tell us in 50 words or less what your favourite scene in a sci-fi movie is and why. Send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org alongside your name, age, and best postal address. Please title your subject line Snowpiercer Comp. The most inventive/well thought out entries will win! Simple!
You don’t need to be a hardcore Borderlands fan to love Tales From the Borderlands. By exploring the world of the loot-driven shooter trilogy through the lens of a dialogue-heavy adventure game, Telltale has created a fantastic opening to a story rife with humor, interesting characters, powerful decisions, and effective mysteries. In the span of Episode 1: Zer0 Sum’s two and a half hours, Rhys and Fiona became some of the best lead characters Telltale has ever created, and I’m entirely on board for their journey.
Traditional Borderlands games have you interacting with the world mostly through emptying the chambers of your various guns, but Telltale pretty much strips you of power save for you wit. Talking my way out of a deal gone bad, watching the face of my adversary to see whether or not they believe me, and choosing how far to take a lie was as tense as any shootout I’ve ever experienced on Pandora. The entire thing is enhanced by a fantastic score that draws from classic westerns, Cowboy Bebop-esque jazz, and some great nods to various Borderlands themes.
Don't ho-ho-hold back your excitement, kids -- our friends at RiffTrax are back with their festive holiday giveaway, the 12 Days of Riffmass Sweepstakes!
RiffTrax (the former Mystery Science Theater 3000 guys) and Fathom Events bring you the return of 12 Days of Riffmas, their celebrated contest that could win you any one of several prize packs. Some prizes to be won include RiffTrax Live: Sharknado, Anaconda and Starship Troopers posters, pint glasses, and the grand prize: a $200 gift card (JUST in time for holiday shopping) that comes with a matching donation to one of five "Rifftastic" charities.
Warning: full episode spoilers follow.
At this point it's probably safe to say Nightfall isn't the live-action Halo project we wanted it to be. This series has built up all the elements needed for a good, simple survival thriller. But without halfway decent characters anchoring the plot, the survival element doesn't really play. Equally damning is the fact that the survival element is drowning out the original conflict involving Covenant terrorists and a human-killing mystery element. Nightfall isn't doing enough to take advantage of its premise or its ties to the larger Halo universe.
Little changed this week in terms of direction or quality. Now that our ragtag band of ONI soldiers, Sedran militia, and Alerian smugglers have become stranded on the ruins of Halo Installation 04, everything hinges on their ability to make it to the Alerian's ship and send a distress signal. But between the harsh terrain, barely breathable atmosphere, interpersonal conflicts, and the presence of a technology-hating swarm of Hunter Worms, that task is far easier said than done.
Instead of focusing on last night's hard comedown turd of a RAW, let's just bask in the glory that was the final 10 minutes of the Survivor Series main event.
AND ALSO ZIGGGGGLLLLEEEEERRRRRR!!!
Ubisoft will release Patch 3 for Assassin's Creed Unity starting tomorrow, according to a post on the Live Updates blog.
Patch 3 includes over 300 fixes for Unity. Ubisoft previewed the patch earlier this month, but now we have the final list of updates, which consists of solutions for crashes in Campaign and Co-op modes, various gameplay issues, and matchmaking problems. A brief overview of what to expect with Patch 3 can be found below.
The PS4 is one year old. To celebrate, a viewer writes in with his highs and lows, and then, Greg, Colin, and Marty chime in with their memories. There's also Tales from the Borderlands talk, Marty puns, and rad song on this episode of the world's No. 1 PlayStation podcast!
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PS4 games. You can begin pre-ordering Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris this week, as well.
The designer in charge of the Xbox One says that the box's size was determined in part to keep it cool.
Microsoft industrial designer Carl Ledbetter told MCV that making a machine like this one involves certain compromises and concessions to functionality, and size is part of that.
“Everybody gets frustrated, because what we want is for everything to be wafer thin, not get hot and just be a snap to put together,” Ledbetter said. “But the reality is that there are very real issues around cooling when you’re pushing some number of watts in the processor, therefore the thing has to have some size to it. There’s always an interesting dynamic between engineering and design, and constraints around performance."
The idea of a sequel to the classic Blade Runner has always seemed a bit of a stretch, and now it seems even stretchier with the news that the original film’s director Ridley Scott won’t helm the follow-up.
In an interview with Variety, Scott reveals that the sequel should begin production within the next year, but someone else will direct it. He will produce and has been developing the film with Hampton Fancher, who co-wrote the original tale of Replicants, Runners, and Rachaels.
“We talked at length about what it could be, and came up with a pretty strong three-act storyline, and it all makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one,” Scott says. “Harrison
Riot Games announced Rek'Sai, a new champion for its MOBA League of Legends today.
Rek'Sai –– otherwise known as the Void Burrower –– is a mobile, evasive and quick jungler that can jump from camp to camp, according to the champion's League of Legends page. She has the ability to tunnel underground, which helps her escape difficult situations, but also gives her Tremor Sense. This mechanic shows the enemy activity in a wide field around the burrower.
If you purchased a PlayStation Vita before June 1, 2012, you're eligible to receive a partial refund from Sony in the form of $25 cash or credit, or a $50 voucher for select video game merchandise or services.
This refund comes as part of Sony's settlement over a Federal Trade Commission charge regarding "misleading" advertisements.
According to the FTC complaint, Sony made several false claims about its handheld Vita console during its 2011 to 2012 launch campaign in the U.S. The particular claims the FTC outlined include the Vita's cross-save and remote play functionality, which the FTC points out were only available for certain titles -- a detail they say Sony did not mention.
BBC has unveiled the first photo (seen below) from the upcoming Sherlock special, which is set between the third and fourth seasons of the modern-day mystery series.
The BBC One Twitter account revealed the photo of Sherlock and Watson, portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, respectively. Interestingly, the two characters are donning period attire, which is somewhat of a mystery considering the show's contemporary setting. In addition, Watson is sporting a mustache once more, giving Sherlock more chances to mock his partner-in-crime.
World of Warcraft's newly released expansion World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor saw model upgrades to the majority of the MMO's original races, and now Blizzard Entertainment has revealed its work in progress on one of the remaining races - the blood elf.
The latest Battle.net blog post reveals what we can expect the new models for both male and female blood elves to look like; the differences are subtle, but both appear to be slightly more muscular.
IGN has learned that Limbo could be arriving on Xbox One for non-early adopters on December 1, 2014.
Yesterday Microsoft confirmed that Limbo was coming to the console, and that some early adopters had received free game keys in celebration of the Xbox One's first Anniversary. No other release date was provided.
However, IGN reader Chris Crowe tipped us off that not only does Microsoft Smartglass show a release date for Limbo -- he's already able to play it and earn achievements too. As you can see in the screenshots below, it says Limbo will release on December 1 this year with 1000 achievement points.
Dreamworks' The Penguins of Madagascar is quick, colorful, kinetic, and will only cost you a bit of your sanity. And on a tolerability scale, for those older audience members dragged to see it by younger members of your clan, it's peppered with enough grown up-oriented humor to actually make it enjoyable in parts.
Those who've never watched the Penguins of Madagascar animated series on Nick and only know Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private as Madagascar scene-stealers may wonder if these spry spy-crafters are capable of holding their own as leads. And they are. Though expect a story light on heart and full of noise, which may just what your looking for if you're tired of having your heartstrings plucked at.
Sony is discounting a ton of co-op games for a week, starting today.
More than 30 games featuring online and local co-op are available at up to 65% (or up to 80% off for PlayStation Plus subscribers). Most of the titles are for PS3, but there are a handful of discounted PS4 and PS Vita titles as well.
Some of our picks are Bulletstorm for $5 USD, Borderlands 2 for $6.50, TowerFall Ascension for $10.50 and Surgeon Simulator 2013 Anniversary Edition for $8. You can view the entire list of discounted games at the PlayStation blog.
Sony is also offering $15 credit to those who spend more than $100 on the PlayStation Store via their SEN Wallet. The offer lasts from today till December 2; qualifying gamers will receive a redemption code for their credit on or before December 15. The offer is good for anything bought from the PS Store (not just the above games!), but there is a catch - the code must be redeemed by January 13, 2015.