Microsoft has filed for another game software trademark application, this time for "Screamride" on April 9.
GameSpot found the latest Microsoft trademark application, but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filing doesn't contain much information, other than the fact it's for "entertainment services, namely, providing an online computer game." Over the past month, Microsoft has filed for two other game software trademark applications: one for "Secrets and Treasure" and another for "Snap Attack." There isn't any info on planned platforms or the developer for these possible projects.
At long last, Super Mario Bros. 3 comes to North America on the Wii U and 3DS! The long, national nightmare is over. Also, two new GBA games come to Wii U, namely the Camelot-developed RPG Golden Sun and the launch game F-Zero: Maximum Velocity. After a week delay, LEGO The Hobbit comes to Wii U alongside Flowerworks HD on the eShop. On the 3DS eShop, a few original games debut, including Bit Boy!! Arcade, with its Punch-Out!!-esque multiple exclamation points, and Smash Cat Heroes. Everything seems to be coming up roses on the eShop, as next week will feature NES Remix 2 and the final GBA Virtual Console title of the month, and the week after includes two brand spankin' new 3DS games.
Bloodshot is joining Unity! The stone-cold killer with a bloodstream full of super nanites is joining X-O Manowar, Ninja, Eternal Warrior, and Livewire on the team as part of the Armor Hunters crossover.
Unity is the premiere superhero group of Valiant Comics. Although, the term superhero is used loosely, as the team is full of members who have dark pasts and have killed more than their fair share of people, although usually with good reason. Bloodshot makes these guys look like saints. We have the exclusive first look inside Unity #8 where Bloodshot will be making his team debut (although he doesn't officially join until #9), as well as an interview with Unity writer Matt Kindt.
Game of Thrones’ Shae (Sibel Kekilli) has lately been stuck in a very weird love triangle, as her lover Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) was forced to marry Sansa (Sophie Turner), who happens to be the lady Shae takes care of. Now, Shae loves Tyrion, and Tyrion loves Shae, but neither Tyrion loves Sansa nor Sansa loves Tyrion. But Shae loves Sansa, and I’m pretty sure Sansa at least likes Shae. Stop the insanity!
Kekilli and I met in the swank bar of a swank Manhattan hotel recently to talk about all this love. It was lovely.
UPDATE: Activision provided IGN with the following statement about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Xbox One.
"We are working with Microsoft in an effort to release The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game on Xbox One. Currently, the game will be available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and the PC on April 29, 2014 as previously announced."
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Activision has reportedly postponed and potentially cancelled the Xbox One version of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the video game tie-in to the upcoming Sony produced blockbuster.
“We want to inform you that we are revising our release plans for ASM2 on Xbox One,” MCV reported via a release schedule update from Activision. “When and whether ASM2 is released on Xbox One is
Colin Farrell did it in a phone booth. Ryan Reynolds in a coffin. And now Tom Hardy is doing it in a BMW, with Locke a single-location film about a man whose world falls apart over the course of a car journey from Birmingham to Croydon.
But where those films were thrillers in which the stakes were high and lives were literally on the line, Locke is a much smaller story concerning an ostensibly good man who has made a bad decision and is now trying to deal with the consequences.
Tom Hardy plays the title character – Ivan Locke – a building site foreman who leaves work as the film begins, and should be heading home to spend the evening watching football with his wife and kids.
Stakes are high for the season finale of Community, airing Thursday night. Greendale's future is uncertain as Subway moves in to take over the campus for nefarious, sandwich-making purposes. While the corporation tries to take over with Subway University, our favorite study group learns the history of Greendale's first Dean. His lab was sealed off years ago, but it can't stay hidden from the intrepid gang and it's bound to hold some secrets.
Greendale's situation sort of mirrors that of the show. While no hoagie overlords are moving in, we don't yet know if Community will be back for a sixth season. The forecast looks favorable, but we likely won't learn about a renewal until the middle of next month.
Silent Hill: Origins and Silent Hill: Shattered Memories are coming to PlayStation Network. A firm release date will be announced soon.
The two games, originally released for the PSP, are priced at £7.99 (US pricing TBC), and stand slightly apart from the rest of the series.
Silent Hill: Origins is a prequel to series, following the truck driver Travis Grady who finds himself in the inevitably foggy town looking into the mystery. Meanwhile, Shattered Memories is a sort of reimagining of the original Silent Hill game, featuring a similar set-up but the plot changes depending on the players decisions.
IGN gave Origins a 8.0, Great: "With a good storyline, intriguing gameplay elements and excellent production and replay value, Origins is definitely worthy of a Silent Hill fan's attention." Read the full review.
The second season of episodic adventure series the Walking Dead comes to Vita players next week.
According to the PlayStation blog, April 22 marks the Vita release for North Americans; gamers in Europe will be able to download it on April 23.
The first two episodes, "All That Remains" and "A House Divided," will be downloadable from the PlayStation store for US$5 each. Alternatively, you can save 20% by picking up a US$20 season pass, which will grant you access to the two current episodes as well as the remaining three as they become available.
Season one is already available on the PlayStation Store. The series is currently midway through season two; the third episode, "In Harm's Way," is due to come out sometime in May.
Two weeks ago we ran a competition to find a reader to come into the office and play The Elder Scrolls Online for a week, 9:30am - 5:30pm on a brand new gaming PC which they get to keep and receive £1000 for doing so.
Seb Bowyer, or @DasBastian, was the lucky winner of that competition. Below is a diary of his week and his adventures in Tamriel, or alternatively check out the highlights from Seb's week:
Also be sure to check back daily for updates and our ongoing review.
It doesn’t take long to appreciate what perfect partners the modern FIFA games and the World Cup are. EA Sports has always managed to capture the sense of occasion of a big event, and while in its annual releases its flashy presentation can at times feel excessive - albeit an accurate approximation of contemporary TV coverage - here it only adds to the grandeur and ceremony of a global sporting event. Though there are tweaks to FIFA’s core mechanics, it’s the presentation that makes 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil a souvenir piece worth bringing home.
You’ll see tickertape celebrations, flashy idents and low camera swoops over authentically rendered stadia before games, while goals and key events during matches prompt cutaway shots to gaudily garbed fans in the stands, or celebrating among thronging crowds watching on giant screens across the world. Its vibrant presentation carries over into the oversaturated colours - during evening matches the pitch is bathed in a vivid orange glow, while encounters earlier in the day see the brightness slider nudged upwards. Fittingly, for a tournament taking place in a country with a temperate climate, it feels that much warmer.
Please welcome the newest addition to the IGN Comics Review Crew -- Tres Dean!
This week Sinestro got his own series, but don't be scared by the yellow light, it was actually pretty good. DC did well this week with old standbys Batman, Wonder Woman, and Justice League bringing the goods, each earning Editor's Choice.
Marvel didn't do so hot with its new books Ultimate FF and Hulk, but they more than made up for it with strong showings from Thor: God of Thunder, X-Men, and Uncanny X-Men, not to mention another great installment of Deadpool vs. Carnage, which has quickly become an IGN favorite.
There was also some great performers from our favorite indie publishers, including Mega Man, Darth Vader, and Stray Bullets. Don't let those pass you by.
There's always an ebb and flow to Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman saga. With issue #29 wrapping up the previous arc in a big way, the time has come for a quieter, more introspective issue to follow. That might be a downer with some writers, but not Azzarello. Here, Azzarello takes advantage of the fact that the Amazons are finally back in commission, exploring the growing dissension among their ranks and Diana's struggle to assert herself as their new queen. This issue is a subtle showcase for how well Azzarello understands his heroine. She's powerful, loving, progressive, and always looking to do the right thing, even if the path ahead isn't always clear.
Marvel's solicitation information for Iron Patriot #2 says that James Rhodes dies. Seriously, take a look:
IRON PATRIOT #2
ALES KOT (W) • GARRY BROWN (A/C)
Variant COVER by JOE BENNETT
“UNBREAKABLE” PART 2
• Who is controlling the IRON PATRIOT suit?
• The conspiracy to destroy America from within grows
• And…James Rhodes dies!!!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Rhodes, or "Rhodey" as he is more affectionately known as, got his start as a replacement Iron Man and then forged his own identity as War Machine. While most comic readers would say that they are a fan of Rhodey and his black Iron Man armor with a shoulder-mounted rail gun, more often that not his solo series end in quick cancellation
It seems like a year off is exactly what Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque needed to bring American Vampire back to the heights to which it once soared. Admittedly, the newest issue of the series takes a while to really get roaring. It opens with the return of an old fan-favorite character, and while it’s great to see him back in action, the scene itself is pretty dull. The plot device it describes is pretty nonsensical, though it does contain an homage to one of the great American concert venues, which is very cool for fans of Nashville country music. Once that little bit of exposition is out of the way though, the story hits the ground running, with further exploration of who the mythical Grey Trader is in the grand scheme of the story.
One can’t help but miss the days of Jason Aaron when reading Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar’s Wolverine and the X-Men. Now, judging a book based on how it compares to its former incarnation is almost never fair, but it is a must here considering how Latour and Asrar’s run seems to be trying so very desperately to be like its predecessor. Unfortunately, this imitation pales in comparison to the original.
Latour has replaced genuine character quirks with dated pop culture references -- two students exchange “Yo Mama” jokes and it falls chillingly flat -- and simplicity of plot with a story that, three issues in, is already utterly convoluted. He’s even thrown in a young CEO character as a villain that just comes across as Kade Kilgore 2.0.
Mark Waid and Lenil Yu’s original Marvel NOW! relaunch of Indestructible Hulk was a breath of fresh air for the not-so-jolly green giant. Waid did away with the overwrought “WOE IS HULK!” of old and sent him in a fun, fresh new direction that ended up being one of the most pleasant surprises of the first wave of Marvel NOW! titles. Unfortunately, while it’s far from a total failure, Hulk fails to recapture that spark.
Mark Bagley has done some excellent work in the past, but this isn't nearly the best we've seen from him. His young Banner is almost indistinguishable from his original Ultimate Peter Parker, and some subpar coloring work doesn’t help matters much. While Waid’s writing is as solid as usual, the story direction seems stilted. Change is necessary in comics, but the direction it seems he’ll be taking with Banner reads like a plot proposed by a mediocre issue of What If?. The dialogue that brings about that reveal is straight out of a soap opera, and not in a good way.
Appearing in his own digital first series, and set to be a major player in DC's weekly event Futures End -- Terry McGinnis AKA Batman Beyond has been all the rage lately. And now, the character will star in an animated short from Darwyn Cooke.
Straight from Batman-News comes a teaser for the upcoming short, which will debut in full at WonderCon this Saturday.
Check out the sneak preview below:
Cooke has contributed to Batman: The Animated Series, as well as various Batman comics, including a notable run on Catwoman, with Ed Brubaker. Not only is Cooke a talented comics creator -- he's also Canadian! Who knew?
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Wow on poor Lucia’s story. Ultimately, no, she wasn’t cut out to be a spy, as she was letting her emotions overtake her mission. But who can blame this young woman for wanting revenge against a man who had taken so much from her personally? Elizabeth allowing Larrick to kill her was quite the statement on just how much Elizabeth has compartmentalized things – even though the toll of that is beginning to catch up to her, as she most certainly felt Lucia’s death deeply, even as she tried to hold it in.
What happened to Lucia, coupled with the news about a Russian sub sinking due to what was, presumably, purposely bad plans the Jennings had stolen from the Americans, was enough to send Philip and Elizabeth on the war path. Philip will always seek the less violent solution, so it meant something when he was calling for Larrick’s death.
Dan Slott has taken Spider-Man on quite the wild ride over the past 18 months. We've seen Otto Octavius take control of Peter Parker's body, declare himself the Superior Spider-Man, rebuild Peter's life from the ground up, and watch it all come crashing down as the Green Goblin resurfaced. That long, epic saga finally comes to an end in Superior Spider-man #31. Unfortunately, this issue doesn't reach the heights of issue #30, but it still offers a satisfying finale to "Goblin Nation" while also setting the stage for new Spider-Man comics to come in the months ahead.
What this finale issue accomplishes better than anything is reminding readers why Peter is truly the superior Spider-Man and why he needed to be back in the saddle. There are two moments in particular that left me grinning from ear to ear in the knowledge that Peter is back and all is right with the world. Dan Slott's writing hasn't always been the most subtle with this series, and often his collaborations with Christos Gage help iron out those rough elements. That seems to be the case here, and I loved the minimalist approach to the key scene where Green Goblin suddenly realizes he's no longer dealing with Otto Octavius. And repeatedly, there's comedic value in seeing Peter react in a dumbfounded way to the bizarre changes his life has taken with Otto in control.