Today at Tokyo Game Show, I went to a small press conference for a game called Zodiac. Zodiac is a brand-new JRPG coming in 2015 to PlayStation Vita, as well as mobile platforms, and is significant largely because of two men who helped create it, men who are legendary in the JRPG community.
First up is Hitoshi Sakimoto, long-time composer responsible for game soundtracks ranging from the Tactics Ogre and Final Fantasy Tactics series to Final Fantasy XII and Dragon’s Crown. And then there’s Kazushige Nojima, a writer who worked on the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy VIII, Final Fantasy X, Kingdom Hearts, Kingdom Hearts II, and many, many more games.
These men have collaborated with a small UK and France-based studio called Kobojo to create Zodiac. The game has been in development for about a year, and is due to launch sometime in 2015.
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When we first reviewed FX's You're the Worst, back for its pilot episode, reviewer Max Nicholson wrote that the two leads, Chris Geere and Aya Cash, were strong but that the show tended to lapse into standard rom-com tropes. Which now, after 10 episodes, is still partially true. Likewise, You're the Worst's portrayal of "others" (breeders, hipsters, almost anyone who's not directly within Jimmy and Gretchen's sphere of woe) can be painfully rudimentary.
But if we're to compare You're the Worst to Married (which is easy to do since they premiered on FX together and have notably been labeled by critics, theme-wise, as "Before" and "After"), it's the funnier, more entertaining series. It's more pointedly jokey, often full of gags, visuals, and quotable lines. Plus, it represents more of a journey, as we invest weekly in Jimmy and Gretchen's burgeoning "If Not Us Then Who?" relationship.
Google's next generation of Android devices will automatically protect your private information.
Speaking to the Washington Post, the company said that they will utilize default encryption of user data upon activation instead of offering it as an optional feature. Only a password will grant access to whatever users have stored on their phone or tablet, preventing even law enforcement officials from gaining access with search warrants. Users have always had the ability to enable the encryption security feature, but now Google is taking care of that extra step for you.
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Having not done an episode review of FX's Married since the pilot, there's a chance I might write a little bit about some of the episodes I never got a chance to cover in this season finale review for "Family Day" - which was enjoyable, as all episodes of Married are, while also proving that the show is pretty much a zero-sum game.
Judy Greer, Nat Faxon, Jenny Slate, and Brett Gelman were all in top form here. And Paul Reiser, who wasn't around in the first couple of episodes has proven to be a constant, exasperated delight. I love that, being one half of a beloved former TV couple, he's now a part of this spotlight on grim malaise, featuring a bunch of grownups who, perhaps because they live in Los Angeles, feel like they should have a different life than they do. I'm not saying that people who live elsewhere can't grow discontent and frustrated, but specifically in LA does one get to see, up close, other people living the life one might want to lead. Plus, the cost of living being higher does make it harder for large families to get by.
If you missed the announcement over the GAME24 livestream, the rumors are true: the successor line of Nvidia’s GeForce cards begins arriving tomorrow. And when the GTX 980 and GTX 970 hit retail shelves, they’ll come armed with a package of new goodies that should make the GeForce ecosystem an even happier place to live in. If you don’t have time to comb carefully through whitepapers, we’ve got the lowdown for you.
The top three single-GPU cards in the GTX 700-series are out: Nvidia’s discontinuing the Kepler-based 780 Ti, 780, and 770 with the launch of the Maxwell-based 980 and 970. With this change comes a nice price adjustment; you’ll be able to grab a 980 for $550 and a 970 for $330. (Right now, the 780 Ti starts at about $600 and hits as high as $760, depending on the version you get and if you buy it without any discounts.)
Adam McKay, director of Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers, will helm an untitled comedy starring Seth Rogen.
Rogen and his Point Grey Pictures co-owners Evan Goldberg and James Weaver will produce in conjunction with Gary Sanchez Productions co-owners McKay, Will Ferrell and Joe Drake. Good Universe, which collaborated with Point Grey on Neighbors, will also co-produce. Stars are literally aligning here folks.
The movie is based on a pitch by Ben Schwartz, who will co-star. Schwartz is a writer and musician who won an Emmy for outstanding original music and lyrics in 2009. He’s sold several feature pitches including Would You Rather and had a script on the famed Blacklist of un-produced screenplays in 2011. He’s also an accomplished actor with major parts on House of Lies and Parks and Recreation. This year he’ll appear in Rogen's assassination comedy The Interview, starring James Franco, as well as the ensemble comedy This is Where I Leave You. So he’s doing okay.
“I am Iron Man.”
Actually, make that “I am Captain America.”
But wait, Tony Stark is so cool…
This is the maddening choice I faced today at Hasbro and 3DPlusMe’s press preview for their new Super Awesome Me personalized 3D printing experience. This new program allows anyone to scan up and become an Avenger in action-figure form… which brings me back to my dilemma. Armored Avenger or First Avenger? Hmmm…
IGN's Mitch Dyer and Brian Altano spent some time in the world of Bravely Second, the sequel to IGN's February 2014 Game of the Month. The 30 minute Japanese demo introduced new characters in a familiar world, set against a beautiful backdrop that stands out as one of Nintendo 3DS's most gorgeous games.
Bravely Second might be the Nintendo 3DS' most beautiful game. With the 3D slider up, the town environments pop like beautiful little pop-up books or papercraft sculptures adorned with meticulous dashes of watercolor paint. It made me want to explore every little nook and alleyway of the ornate little village that our demo began in.
“Sit down, have a cup of piping hot, honey-flavored poison, and let me spin you a yarn of dread, cruel comeuppance, and the awesome horror of the human animal.” At its heart, Kevin Smith’s Tusk is a ghastly cautionary tale that one might tell to shock and frighten those settled in for warmth on the darkest and strangest of nights. “It was a frosty night in Canada, when an American podcaster accepted an invitation that hell itself had issued.”
Tusk is a film that explores the art of storytelling itself, and the campfire tone of the unfolding chiller is doubly appropriate given its origins. Inspired by a fake Gumtree advertisement, Smith and his co-host Scott Mosier pitched the idea for the film during an episode of their podcast, SModcast. There was a raw quality to the initial telling that birthed many of the ideas that ultimately made it into the final cut.
An abundance of information has been uncovered regarding a cancelled Mario project, titled Super Mario Spikers.
According to unseen64, Super Mario Spikers was a wrestling/volleyball hybrid, with a hint of TV game show. The game was reportedly in development for the Nintendo Wii at Next Level Games towards the end of 2006. Unseen64 was able to uncover various pieces of concept art, as well as a short clip of animations from the game, which you can see below.
According to the report, the game started off simply as Mario Volleyball. As development on the game progressed, wrestling mechanics were added and it was renamed Super Mario Spikers -- a play on the title of the studio's previous game, Super Mario Strikers.
Scalebound producer Atsushi Inaba teased that Platinum Games’ Xbox One-exclusive action-adventure game may have multiplayer components, hinting that the answer lays in the game’s trailer.
“Unfortunately, we are unable to comment or say at this time,” Inaba told IGN at TGS when asked if the game has multiplayer aspects. “But as Kamiya touched on it earlier, we are not building this as a pure sort of linear boss
player can then go and go back if you want to and replay the entire game, so we’ll kind of leave that up to your imagination.
“We are making this game not to be a short game but something that players will be playing for longer hours at a time,” he added. “After this session you will be able to go back to the trailer. As we said every shot counts and every shot means something, there may be something
The release date for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot has moved from June 19, 2015, to August 7, 2015, the spot previously occupied by the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin's Creed movie.
According to The Wrap, Assassin's Creed will probably be pushed to 2016. Also part of the date switch is the young-adult adaptation Paper Towns, starring Cara Delevingne and Nat Woolf, which moves from July 31, 2015 to a month and a half earlier, taking FF’s old date and now facing Pixar’s Inside Out.
Though he didn’t join the Fast and the Furious series until the third film, Tokyo Drift, Justin Lin quickly became integral to the franchise. Lin would eventually direct four films in the series, including Fast Five and Fast and the Furious 6, which saw the series grow into a much larger, international blockbuster. Lin has also worked much smaller though – not just with his debut, Better Luck Tomorrow, but in TV, including directing three episodes of Community.
This Monday will see the debut of the first TV show Lin has directed the pilot for, CBS’ Scorpion. Based on the true story of Walter O’Brien – a genius with the fourth-highest IQ every measured – Scorpion follows a fictionalized version of Walter (played by Elyes Gabel) and his team of fellow socially awkward geniuses, after they are recruited by a Homeland Security operative (Robert Patrick).
The merc with a mouth finally has a date with the big screen.
20th Century Fox officially announced a February 12, 2016 release date for the long-awaited Deadpool movie. Yes, Deadpool is a Valentine's Day weekend release!
Deadpool's competition on that release date includes the genre epic Gods of Egypt, the animated Pets, and the romantic comedy How to be Single.
Ryan Reynolds, a fan of the character who played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and has been attached to star in the solo film/reboot, was recently asked about the leaked test footage of him in the Deadpool costume. "The movie has been in a state of limbo for a while. There was such an overpowering reaction to the footage, you sort of feel like, 'Oh, so we weren't crazy for our reasons for loving this character, for loving this role.' It's interesting to see the power of the Internet. It's awe-inspiring, actually," Reynolds said to the Niagara Falls Review. "And it's neat that Twitter and Facebook and Instagram can move mountains when used in the right way."
Living in a post-Hunger Games world, it's getting more and more difficult to tell all these young adult movies apart. That's especially the case for The Maze Runner, helmed by first-time director Wes Ball and based on James Dashner's post-apocalyptic novel trilogy. The film follows Thomas (Dylan O'Brien), a young man who wakes up to find himself in a community of other guys welcoming him to the "Glade" -- a large expanse of land completely surrounded by a concrete maze. Thomas and his cohorts have no memory of their past or where they are. All they know is they have to get out.
And that's about the extent of Maze Runner's originality. Following that, the movie falls prey to tropes made popular by YA dystopian fiction: a milquetoast lead whose destiny overrides any semblance of personality, side characters with inexplicably weird names, and a dignified villain played by a respected, older actor (in this case, Patricia Clarkson). Additionally, the Maze is filled with deadly perils, including "Grievers," the robot-like monsters that keep the boys from straying too far from the Glade.
I’ve been afraid of Monster Hunter for 10 years. Like World of Warcraft, it’s massive, apparently endless in its depth, and supremely up my alley. It’s the sort of series in which players share fascinating, unforgettable stories I’d love to live — but in doing so, I’d never want to play anything else ever again. Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on 3DS has me feeling that same sense of dread and excitement once again.
The third-person action game has fantastic 3D, and on the awesome new Nintendo 3DS XL, I completely fell into its gorgeous fantasy world. Distant enemies look very far away with the 3D slider’s depth cranked up, making it all the more terrifying when a raptor leapt forward to close the gap and kicked me in the face.
A recent report indicates Sony is currently meeting with potential content partners in order to introduce an internet TV streaming service to PlayStation later this year.
This is according to the Wall Street Journal*, who spoke with Sony's Andrew House about the company's plans to implement streaming services in the coming months.
The report states that just last week, Sony signed an agreement with Viacom that will allow the streaming of over 20 channels, including MTV and Nickelodeon. At this time, it's unclear exactly on which platforms this service will debut, but Sony has expressed interest in streaming games to other devices outside of PlayStation through their PlayStation Now game-streaming service.
French actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey is set to play Lady Guinevere in Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur.
Berges-Frisbey is best known for her role as the mermaid Syrena in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, a role for which the Spanish-born, French-dwelling actress had to learn English. Her casting was reported by Deadline.
Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS is coming to the West on October 4, but you don’t have to wait until then to purchase this 3DS XL. This special Smash Bros-themed Nintendo 3DS is available at retailers beginning September 19. The unit comes in either red or blue models.
Nintendo of Europe announced the system via twitter on August 13 but, because it comes bundled with a copy of the game, it won’t be available in that territory until the game’s release. Please keep in mind that this is not the New 3DS XL Nintendo announced for Japan. That specific Smash-themed system is currently slated for release in November.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Chris Carle bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where No Good Deed managed to dethrone Guardians of the Galaxy -- we discuss the latest movie buzz, including Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Avatar 2, Bourne 5, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, Underworld 5, Skull Island, a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, and more.
Finally, we wager whether A Walk Among the Tombstones or Tusk have a shot at topping the box office this weekend.