Devil’s Third opens with such promise. There’s a momentary glint of intelligent commentary on the detached nature of modern war, a slow downward camera pan through a Guantanamo Bay under siege, and a somewhat indulgent solo drum performance by our hero, Ivan, as we’re treated to sepia-washed flashbacks of a history that still haunts him. The thing is, it’s all a ruse. Devil’s Third isn’t thoughtful, subtle, or even entertaining. It’s the kind of soulless, perfunctory action game I fear people judging the medium of video games by.
That initial glimmer of hope flickered out quickly once I actually took control of Ivan and started doing the only thing he can do: murder fools in a comically graphic fashion with a limited, uninteresting set of abilities. To its credit, Devil’s Third melds melee and gunplay fairly effectively but neither is varied or even immediately satisfying enough to sustain any level of excitement. Simple doesn’t have to be bad, it just is here; the repetitive melee executions come with a loss of control and a jarring camera cut, interrupting the flow of combat constantly, as if Devil’s Third doesn’t want to be played.
The old-gen versions of Mortal Kombat X have officially been cancelled.
"After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game.
"We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned," said Community Admin Yorick on WB Games' community blog.
Kojima truly has a variety of friends.
The game designer took to Twitter today to show off images of him hanging out with Star Wars: The Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams and the astromech droid BB-8.
"JJ, who has been supporting the project for a long time, has also been told that MGS V is complete," he said, pictured in a photo with J.J. and a copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
ずっと応援してくれていたJJにも「MGSV TPP」完成を報告。 pic.twitter.com/qajeAizxYx
Lego Dimensions is about to join the toys-to-life party, and it's bringing with it some serious guest star power. The game will blend together several universes, including DC Comics, The Lord of the Rings, The LEGO Movie, The Wizard of Oz, LEGO Ninjago, Ghostbusters, and others.
Take a look at exclusive screenshots of The Simpsons and Midway Arcade gameplay in LEGO Dimensions below!
Razer has just announced its latest Xbox One controller, called the Razer Wildcat. It'll be available worldwide in October of this year for $150 / €180.
The Wildcat weighs in at 0.57 lbs without the cable, which is 25 percent lighter than other tournament grade controllers, and is approximately 4.17 inches long, 6.14 inches wide, and 2.60 inches high.
Its list of features includes: a 4-button quick control panel, additional triggers and bumpers, optional rubber palm grips and grip caps for its analog sticks, 3.5 mm audio port for headphones and a mic, a braided fiber cable, and a carrying case.
The highlight of the Razer Wildcat is its additional, remappable buttons and control panel, which lets users set custom profiles similar to gaming mice created by Razer and other gaming hardware companies.
Backers of the overwhelmingly successful Kickstarter campaign for Mighty No. 9 will soon have the opportunity to try the game firsthand.
During a PAX Prime panel today, Keiji Inafune announced backers will be receiving codes for an official Mighty No. 9 demo starting September 15. The demo itself will be three stages long and is for PC only.
Eurogamer reports these stages will be different from anything some of the larger backers have played before, and backers will also be given a free copy of Mighty Gunvolt on PC via Steam.
This is a full-on spoiler discussion for those that have watched all 10 episodes of Netflix’s Narcos. For our spoiler-free review of the season, click here.
In my review of Narcos: Season 1, I mentioned that DEA Agents Murphy and Pena don’t have much in the way of an arc. While they make progress on the hunt for Escobar, my main issue was the fact that they don’t resolve anything with themselves or their loved ones.
Murphy and his wife are still stuck in Colombia. Pena is still alone, his affair with Elisa left untouched after she fled to Miami. In fact, they set up that whole scenario – Murphy and Pena aiding an M-19 fugitive – like a huge deal, but ultimately just cut it short and sweep it under the rug. And so, all we’re left with is “next time, we’re going to kill him,” which isn’t very far removed from where they began. If it wasn’t for all of the government B.S. standing between the Agents and Escobar, they would’ve killed him right off the bat.
Although previously exclusive to Xbox, two new Star Wars Minecraft skin packs are now available for PlayStation systems.
The first pack, called the Classic Skin Pack, combines seven versions of Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and Leia, as well as a few other recognizable Star Wars characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, C-3PO, and Han Solo.
The Star Wars Rebels pack offers up skins for characters such as Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and even the curmudgeonly astromech Chopper.
These packs are available now on the PlayStation Store for $3 each.
A few months after the initial season premiere episode, "Siege of Lothal," aired as a stand-alone event this summer, the second season of Star Wars Rebels will resume with weekly episodes on Wednesday, October 14th at 9:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
Per Disney, "Working in tandem with the Jedi Knight Asohka Tano from The Clone Wars, the rebels will continue their assault on the Imperial Empire and the infamous Darth Vader."
FOX has released several new photos featuring the cast of Gotham's second season.
The images provide a fresh look at Ben McKenzie's Gordon, Robin Lord Taylor's Cobblepot, Sean Pertwee's Alfred, and several others, including newcomers Jessica Lucas as Tabitha Galavan (aka Tigress) and James Frain as her brother Theo. Plus, get your first look at Michael Chiklis' new character, Barnes.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Whispering Willows – ($4.99)
"An adventure, horror themed game where the player takes on the role of Elena, a determined young girl with the extraordinary ability to project her spirit outside of her body. In this spectral form, she can interact with the benevolent spirits and wicked wraiths that used to dwell within the walls of the sinister Willows Mansion. Help Elena use her astral projection to solve puzzles, help lost spirits, and uncover the mysteries behind her missing father."
If you want the lowest possible price, get this PS4 with The Last of Us Remastered for $50 off the normal retail price.
Pick either a PS4 with Batman or The Last of Us Remastered, then pick another game and Walmart tosses in Madden NFL 16, all for normal MSRP.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Chris Carle bring you the latest in genre movie news.
This week's topics include Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Assassin's Creed, Suicide Squad, Gambit, Nintendo's future on the big screen, the Blade reboot, the sequels to Fifty Shades of Grey and more.
Assassin's Creed: The Movie will be connected to the overarching universe Ubisoft has created for its popular video game franchise.
In a Twitter chat with fans, Aymar Azaïzia, head of Assassin's Creed content at Ubisoft, confirmed the movie will share the same universe as the games, books, and comics.
We share the same universe. Elements in the film have consequences as in our games, comics, and books -Aymar https://t.co/FSpepKARt7
— Assassin's Creed (@assassinscreed) August 28, 2015
Despite initial plans to release XCOM 2 later this year, Firaxis' has announced its upcoming sci-fi strategy game won't be out until February 5, 2016.
"We’ve set a high bar for the sequel and the entire team has been working hard to make sure we deliver a great follow-up to Enemy Unknown. We just need a little more time to make it the best possible game," the studio said.
"With XCOM 2, we want to have more depth, more replayability, and more investment in your soldiers and this extension will give us the time we need to deliver on our promise to you," Firaxis added. "We appreciate your patience and continued support as we move towards February."
From the flint-and-steel activation of a Nether Portal to a notable ubiquity of clucking chickens, Minecraft: Story Mode’s demo seemed deeply invested in conveying the familiar environmental experiences of Minecraft into its narrative. I’m curious how the open slate of Story Mode will ultimately interface with the mostly-mechanical Minecraft world, but from what I saw, Telltale is off to an encouraging start.
I was happy to see that Story Mode will be the first Telltale game to allow players to choose their player avatar. In a nod to Minecraft’s multiplayer character customization, Jesse is rendered in six different models, with three male iterations voiced by Patton Oswalt and the three females by actress Catherine Taber. All six designs seem carefully crafted from the familiar colors and textures of the Minecraft palette, with cleverly Minimal detailing granting each a distinct look.
IGN has an exclusive new TV spot for Disney XD's Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, this time featuring everyone's favorite tree-creature Groot! As you'll see in the video, it looks like Groot gets a translator to interpret all his various "I am Groots" -- albeit still in three-word sayings. Check it out:
Guardians of the Galaxy's voice cast includes Will Friedle (Boy Meets World) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (Johnny Test) as Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (Star Wars Rebels) as Gamora, David Sobolov (Transformers: Prime) as Drax the Destroyer, Kevin Michael Richardson (The Cleveland Show) as Groot and James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Yondu and Cosmo.
Last month at SDCC, DC announced a follow-up to their weekly Batman Eternal comic. Batman and Robin Eternal will focus on Dick Grayson and the other members of the Batman family as they deal with a dark secret from Bruce Wayne's past coming to light.
Like the first Batman Eternal, the new weekly series will feature a large lineup of writers and artists, including Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV acting as "showrunners" for the book. Artist Tony Daniel will be responsible for establishing the look and feel of the series, as he's drawing the first issue, the first month's worth of covers and an 8-page preview story that will debut on "Batman Day" in September. DC has also confirmed that Daniel will return to draw future issues of the series.
This past June marked the start of DC You, where the publisher kicked off new stories in half of their comics line and launched two dozen new series to fill out the rest of it. It wasn’t so much a reboot like 2011’s attention-grabbing New 52, but more of a refresh that kept what was working and added some new ideas. However, there’s currently a rumor going around that DC Comics is experiencing financial woes -- partially from their big move from East to West coast, but a large chunk due to lackluster sales -- and in order to recover, they aim to abandon many of DC You’s experimental ideas for more classic stories. That would be a shame, because from where I sit DC is putting out their best comics in years.