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 our thoughts on X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Star Wars: Episode VIII, Marvel's Spider-Man reboot, Ant-Man, SPECTRE, Space Jam 2, Minecraft, Pacific Rim 2, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, and more.
Rice farmers in Japan recently found a unique way to express their love of Star Wars.
Located in Inkadate Village in Japan's Aomori prefecture, a design team used computer software to map out a mural featuring BB-8, C-3PO, and R2D2 made entirely out of rice plants.
Once they had finalized the field's design, specially-marked reeds mapping out individual lines were placed in the paddy. Mental Floss reports that later, planters began sowing different types of rice plants to get the varied color effect that comprises the design.
Spoilers for all of HBO's Game of Thrones as well as some slight spoilers/speculations about Season 6...
Usually by this point in the summer, we know a lot more about the upcoming Game of Thrones season than we do right now. Firstly, we've always had the books to go by for story beats and big deaths. That's no longer the case. Also, we've usually gotten some for casting news and all we have right now are character listings. Plus, we've occasionally had, by this point, confirmation from executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff about something regarding the new season. New locations, new characters, etc.
But Game of Thrones: Season 6 is truly proving to be uncharted territory. We even wrote up our first ever "What We Want from a Game of Thrones Season" feature for Season 6 because the story ahead is now a mystery to both book readers and non-book readers alike. The playing field has been leveled. We have no idea even if Game of Thrones will end with Season 7 (which Weiss and Benioff both seem to want) or with an extra Season 8 (as it seems HBO hopes). So there's really no telling when or how the story will begin wrapping up.
Zach McGowan is joining the cast of The 100: Season 3 as a recurring character.
According to TheWrap, the Black Sails star will play opposite Eliza Taylor ("Clarke") as a rogue Grounder warrior name Roan. Aside from the fact that he "will stop at nothing to get what he wants," little else is known about the character.
Update: Bethesda's Head of Marketing, Pete Hines, clarified that you can only romance the human companions.
New Fallout 4 details were revealed at a Quakecon-exclusive demo today.
Up to 12 companions will be available to join players in the post-apocalyptic RPG.
Players will also be able romance those companions, regardless of gender.
Strangely, the dozen companions include Dogmeat and Codsworth, a canine and a Mr. Handy robot, respectively. Howard did not specify if players could actually romance the two non-human companions but it can be assumed that might not be the case.
IGN is interviewing Bethesda at Quakecon and we’ll be asking more about Fallout 4’s romance details.
Odin Sphere Leifthrasir, a high definition remake of Vanillaware's PS2 classic action role-playing game, is coming to North America.
Altus announced the game earlier this week, confirming a release for Japan this coming January. We have since received confirmation that it will also be coming to the Americas in 2016.
Leifthrasir will feature redrawn art and enhanced graphics, as well as an upgraded combat system and improved role-playing mechanics. The game will be getting both a digital and physical release for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita.
EA Sports has revealed the best offensive players in Madden NFL 16, announced the top five quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers in regard to ratings.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in Madden NFL 16 with a 99 overall rating, followed by Tom Brady with a 97 and Drew Brees with a 95. Rounding out the top five is Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a 95 rating and Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts with a 94.
In the backfield, Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch tops the list in Madden NFL 16 with a 96 overall rating, while Adrian Peterson comes in second place with a 95. Jamaal Charles, DeMarco Murray and Le'Veon Bell basically tied for third place, as all three backs have a 94 rating.
Silent Hills is canceled, but project leads Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro still intend to work on a new project together.
In an interview with IGN, del Toro said, "I love working with Kojima-san. We are still in touch. We are still friends and working into doing something together, but that’s not going to be
Guillermo del Toro also detailed a bit about what Silent Hills -- though still very early in the development process -- could have been.
"We were in the planning stages, and it’s a shame it’s not going to happen," del Toro said. "We were talking about really pushing the boundaries of the new consoles, and making the game really mess with your head. One of the great moments in Metal Gear
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.
Pac-Man Championship Edition DX – ($4.99)
This souped-up modern remix of the arcade classic has been available on consoles for nearly five years, but it's finally making its iOS debut today.
During QuakeCon 2015 today, Bethesda has confirmed that Fallout Shelter is coming to Android with new features on August 13. On the same day, the iOS version will receive an update to include the new attacks and enemies, including Deathclaws, and special units such as Mr. Handy who collects resources for you.
"We are going to support Fallout Shelter for a long time," said Bethesda's Todd Howard. "This is something we did on the side and we were blown away by the response."
To celebrate hitting 10 million players, Smite is releasing a Hercules character model voiced by Kevin Sorbo, the star of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
The original Hercules playable god character from Smite's early PC beta days is being reintroduced as "Retro Herc" - anyone who wins 10 PVP matches in August will unlock Hercules, along with the Hercules retro skin and the accompanying voice pack. In a new promotional video, Kevin Sorbo himself walks players through the Hercules character.
Developer Hi-Rez Studios is showing off both Smite as well as a new, unannounced project at Gamescom.
Smite is in its second season on PC and launches officially on Xbox One later this summer - in time for the Smite World Championship taking place early next year.
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Last gen copies are down to $30 as well. This is normally a $36 game, and it's good too, especially Raid Mode. Check out our review for more.
IGN's Nintendo podcast has a special episode coming to you from Japan, and its featuring an all-star lineup. Host Jose Otero is joined by the cast of 8-4 Play (Mark MacDonald, John Riccardi, and JJ Epperson) to talk about Fire Emblem Fates, Yoshi's Woolly World, and some of the history behind their localization company. Then, after the break, we are joined by special guest Kikai, the #1 collector of Super Mario merchandise on the planet according to the Guinness Book of World Records. With a little translation help from our good friend Kyle Mclain, we talk to Kikai about his hobby and hear some stories behind his favorite items.
There's plenty of reason to be excited about the direction Marvel Comics is taking these days. The publisher is in the midst of Secret Wars, their biggest (and easily best) event comic in years. All sorts of creators are being given the opportunity to run wild with the blank canvas that is Battleworld. And when the dust of Secret Wars settles, the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" relaunch will offer a fresh jumping-on point for the Marvel Universe, complete with all the new series and new status quos you'd expect. Unfortunately, not everything about the relaunch is looking so rosy right now. The lineup of All-New, All-Different Marvel books is missing a number of key creators, including some who have been mainstays at the company for years. That shrinking pool of creative talent may be the single biggest hurdle Marvel's relaunch will face in the months ahead.
Fox has dropped another quick X-Files teaser - a few seconds of tantalising footage from the forthcoming X-Files revival.
A recently released promo video for Fox's marathon screening of the original series also contained a few moments of footage from the new miniseries.
The six-episode revival will see David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson return as Mulder and Scully alongside old favourite characters such as The Lone Gunmen. The new series will also welcome some new faces such as Lauren Ambrose and Joel McHale.
If you know next to nothing about the story of Justice League: Gods and Monsters, DC’s latest animated movie, then stop right now and go watch it. It’s a story about an alternate universe where Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are re-envisioned as much more violent and brutal characters with different origins, so the fun of watching Gods and Monsters comes from seeing it all unfold before your eyes, taking the familiar and twisting it into something fresh, exciting, and decidedly dark.
The story sees Superman (son of Zod), Batman (a vampire), and Wonder Woman (now a New God instead of an Amazon) policing the world as the Justice League, but this version of the team is feared by the public and heavily criticized by the media. And not without good reason.
Episode 2 of IGN's PC gaming show Overclocked welcomes Tal Blevins, Dan Stapleton, Mitch Dyer, and Vince Ingenito. The crew talks about the incredible popularity of Rocket League -- which has as many concurrent players as Grand Theft Auto V as of this writing -- and the promising PC fighting game Rising Thunder. Plus, the renaissance of PC gaming classics is here with Ultima: Ascendant, XCOM 2, and more. Finally, we dig deep into the success and failure of Microsoft's new PC gaming initiative.
IGN's Eric Sapp gave us a new theme song for Overclocked, which you can hear bookending the show. Check out his music on Soundcloud.
Season 2 of Netflix's animated series BoJack Horseman continues the story of the title character (voiced Will Arnett), the has-been 90s TV star who by the end of last season found himself coming to terms with the fact that he might not be a good person. Did I mention he’s an actual horse? Season 2 brings back all your favorites, including Mr. Peanutbutter (Paul F. Tompkins), Diane (Alison Brie), Todd (Aaron Paul), Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris), and Vincent Adultman (Alison Brie... again!). Yeah, if you haven’t seen the show before now, turn on Netflix and watch Season 1 because nothing I say will make sense otherwise.
Before jumping into the actual plot and character arcs, let’s get it out now — Having completed binging the whole thing since it went live last week, Season 2 is just as sharp with the jokes as it was last season. Several running jokes came back: the banner background gag, the various animal pun names, the Vincent Adultman shtick, and Character Actress Margo Martindale’s panache for crime, etc. We also now get to see not-dead J.D. Salinger (voiced by Alan Arkin) produce a celebrity trivia show because of course that’s what J.D. Salinger would do, right? Speaking of voices, the huge list of guest stars sprinkled throughout the show includes Ron Funches, Tatiana Maslany, Keegan-Michael Key, Ilana Glazer, while Joel McHale. Henry Winkler, Paul McCartney, Sarah Koenig, and Daniel Radcliffe actually guest as themselves. Like in Season 1, part of the fun of rewatching is figuring out the guest voice you didn’t recognize the first time through.
Brie Larson (Trainwreck) is in talks to star opposite Tom Hiddleston as the female lead in Kong: Skull Island. Meanwhile, Russell Crowe is reportedly being courted for one of the leading male roles in the film.
According to Deadline, Crowe is being considered for one of the roles left vacant by the departures of Michael Keaton and J.K. Simmons from the film. Crowe has not yet agreed to a deal, and is reportedly waiting for the next draft of the script to come in.
Galak-Z has a huge secret. Developer 17-Bit has debated internally about revealing it -- or not, as the case has been until now -- for a long time. Every time we'd seen the PS4/PC space shooter, it seemed like we knew it inside and out. Its blend of 2D ship combat, Far Cry-inspired stealth/action, and '80s anime aesthetic was enough to sell us. Now 17-Bit has revealed its major, literal game-changing surprise: Your ship doubles as a sword-and-shield-wielding mech robot.
This is actually pretty significant, in addition to just being cool. The mech form -- which you can switch to and from at any time starting in the second chapter of Galak-Z -- has unique abilities that completely changed my approach to combat. I loved using the grappling hook to grab asteroids, which I'd hide behind until I threw it at an enemy ship directly on the other side of it. The same grappling hook can also pull foes in close for punches and sword-slices. Incoming fire can be absorbed by a temporary energy shield, allowing you to close a gap with relative impunity.