Thanksgiving week here in the States means a lighter TV load, though that's not stopping some shows from hitting us with their midseason finales. Both The Walking Dead and Gotham are airing their final 2014 episodes, with Gotham due back at the top of January and Walking Dead most likely sometime in February.
Plus, there are still new episodes of The Flash (featuring Blackout), Person of Interest (featuring a big showdown), Korra, The Newsroom, and more.
A December release window has been announced for Telltale's upcoming Game of Thrones series - time to make sure your PC's ready!
The minimum requirements have been listed on its Steam page:
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.
Checkpoint Champion – (Freemium)
Here's your next addiction: swerving, spinning and drifting to collide with each stage's checkpoints before the clock hits zero.
In 2010, Terry Bolt was told she had six months to live, but she fought the illness, and coped with it by playing World of Warcraft with friends and family. A new documentary on Kickstarter wants to tell her story.
The documentary WoW Mom will explore the relationship between Bolt and her daughter, Andie, if funded. Andie will also direct the film, the idea of which was conceived when Nerdist podcast's Andy Hardwick suggested sending Terry to Blizzcon.
The crew is asking for $45,000 toward a rough cut of the documentary, as well as $75,000 for a subsequent final version. As of now, they've accrued almost $22,000 on their Kickstarter page.
Would you have guessed that the number of Call of Duty players since 2010 is greater than the combined population of the United States' 300 largest cities? Or that fans have watched six centuries' worth of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare gameplay in its opening week?
A newly released infographic has the above figures and more; see below for the full infographic (and be sure to click to embiggen).
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare was released earlier this month; we awarded it an Editors' Choice in our review.
Oscar Isaac has been cast as the titular villain in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse.
Variety reports that the Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Llewyn Davis actor will play Apocalypse in the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past. The character was teased in the end-credits stinger for that film.
The Expendables 3 writer and star Sylvester Stallone has expressed regret over making it a PG-13 film, after the series' first two movies were rated R.
"I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects," Stallone said, in an interview with CraveOnline. "I’m quite certain it won’t happen again."
When asked if future Expendables movies will be rated R, Stallone responded, "Absolutely unequivocally yes."
Warning: Full spoilers for The Walking Dead Season 5 to date follow...
The Walking Dead's fifth season is nearing its midseason finale, and if the show's history is anything to judge by, they'll pull out all of the stops. We had the opportunity to speak with The Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd recently about what we can expect from what is being touted as a hugely significant episode before the break (stay tuned for more on that!). During the course of our conversation, we touched on some of the character shifts, decisions, and mistakes we've seen over the last several episodes.
It's been interesting to watch how all of these characters seem to take turns being either the voice of reason or the hard-liner. In "Crossed" Daryl was tasked with pulling Rick back from taking a violent and brutal course of action in order to rescue Carol and Beth. In the episode prior, he'd stopped Carol from shooting Noah. While Rick and Carol now seem to have come to an understanding about just how ruthless one must be in this world, Daryl is becoming an advocate for caution and restraint.
Nintendo's Amiibo collection is limited to Smash Bros. characters for now, but a some fans have altered the figurines with their own custom touches.
Some are simple –– the addition of red paint to the Animal Crossing Villager's face and axe, for example –– but others received completely new items and outfit styles. Check out the gallery below for a rundown of several fans' innovations.
CHIBISILVERWINGS' modifications took 10 hours to complete, according to the fan's Imgur page. These variants include Dark Link –– of Legend of Zelda fame –– the aforementioned Animal Crossing villager, Link with his blue tunic and Ocarina of Time mirror shield, and Pikachu with a set of blue goggles.
The 2016 Star Wars spin-off movie is rumored to be a heist story.
According to Slash Film, the site's sources say the movie will see a group of bounty hunters trying to steal the plans for the first Death Star. The plans that, of course, eventually fell into the hands of Princess Leia and R2-D2, and led to Luke destroying that battle station.
This would set the film in the Episode IV: A New Hope era. And with previous rumors having suggested that Boba Fett may star in his own spin-off, one must wonder if this heist story also feature the famous bounty hunter.
Altus has announced Etrian Odyssey V, though details are sparse on the next installment in the dungeon-crawler RPG series.
There is no release timeframe for Etrian Odyssey V, and Atlus hasn't revealed what platform the RPG will land on. However, all previous Etrian Odyssey installments have launched on Nintendo DS and 3DS. Shigeo Kimori is directing the newest franchise entry, with Yuzo Koshiro composing the title, which is only announced for Japan at this time.
In addition, Atlus unveiled a new collaboration title with Spike Chunsoft called Etrian Odyssey and Mystery Dungeon. The 3DS game will feature Etrian Odyssey characters in the rogue-like gameplay of the Mystery Dungeon series, according to Siliconera, similar to the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon titles. The mashup game is set to release in Japan on March 5.
Pigeon dating sim Hatoful Boyfriend is coming to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita in the second quarter of 2015 (July 1-September 30), Devolver Digital announced today.
The visual novel has players assume the role of the only human attending St. PigeoNation's Institute -- a school for talented birds. At St. PigeoNation's, you'll attend classes, pursue love interests, and even uncover dark conspiracies about the apocalypse.
While a price hasn't been specified, Hatoful Boyfriend cost $10 USD when it launched earlier this year on PC and Mac.
In IGN's review, we said that the unique dating sim was "able to surpass the label of silly dating sim by presenting interesting themes and characters through strong writing."
The moustache. The cookie duster. The dirt squirrel. The lip doily.
Whatever you call it, there's no denying that the moustache is the most majestic and respected forms of all male facial hair. With Movember drawing to a close, let's take a moment to appreciate those video game bros that rock the 'stache harder than everyone else:
Dorian's moustache is a perfect reflection of the man himself. Classy and refined, but maybe just a tiny bit over-the-top.
Venom, the alter ego of journalist Eddie Brock and rival of Spider-Man, is getting his own table in Zen Studios' pinball games in December.
The table will also include Carnage, the psychopath and morally unaware offspring that was introduced after Venom in the Amazing Spider-Man comics. Despite the rivalry between Spider-Man and Venom, Zen Studios suggested that the two may need to team up against Carnage, a shared enemy, over the course of a round on the new table.
Zen Studios announced the Venom table for Zen Pinball 2 and Pinball FX 2 today, as well as the developer's mobile titles. The pricing and release date for each platform can be seen below:
The developers of Evolve need your help naming their fourth monster.
Pictured below, the monster is... somewhat large. Turtle Rock has narrowed the potential names down to the following four.
If you want to vote, all you need to do is click here, pick your favorite name, and cast your vote. The deadline is 12:01 p.m. PT on December 1st (3:01 p.m. ET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, or 7:00 a.m. AET on December 2nd).
No other Assault Hunter is quite as frightening as Parnell. Markov and Hyde are great, but they lack the spectacular panache Parnell brings to his ruthless Monster engagements. When Parnell rolls onto the scene, everything explodes.
His fully automatic Multifire Rocket Launcher is pure skill-shot, meaning missed shots fly wild, smashing into rocks and wildlife like a fiery shotgun spread. This is different than Parnell’s literally fiery shotgun. His Combat Shotgun is loaded with explosive shells that, as you might have guessed, scorch targets when Parnell gets in their face. His Super Soldier ability acts as a StarCraft-like Stimpack, giving Parnell the ability to jump, shoot, run, and reload faster than usual. Because drugs are bad, Parnell takes a health hit every time he uses his Super Soldier skill. Parnell is a glass cannon -- or a glass wrecking-ball. He's all tactical risk/reward, either self-sabotaging or paying off huge depending on how well-protected Parnell is in battle.
If you've been waiting to read Batman Eternal until the first trade paperback collection hits, the wait is almost over. This Wednesday DC is releasing Batman Eternal Vol. 1, which collects the first 20 issues of the weekly series. In addition to those 20 issues, DC is also including a hefty amount of bonus material that details the creation and evolution of this massive project.
We have an exclusive look at some of the concept art and sketches that will be included in this hefty volume. Scroll down for a preview of what to expect:
Batman Eternal Vol. 1 is written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Tim Seeley, Ray Fawkes, and John Layman and features art from Jason Fabok, Andy Clarke, Mikel Janin, and various other artists. The book will be released on Wednesday, November 26, with a cover price of $39.99.
DC's latest Green Lantern crossover rages on. The second act of Green Lantern: Godhead will wrap up next week in the pages of Red Lanterns #36. With the battle against the New Gods not going well, Hal Jordan, Simon Baz, and Guy Gardner have no choice but to turn to Black Hand and his undead Black Lanterns for help. Talk about a deal with the devil.
Red Lanterns #36 is written by Charles Soule and drawn by Jim Calafiore. We have an exclusive preview of this new issue below:
Look for Red Lanterns #36 to be released on Wednesday, November 26 with a cover price of $2.99.
Grand Theft Auto V is the UK's best-selling game ever.
GTA V already holds the record for the highest-grossing game in a single week (£94m) from sales way back in 2013. However, last week's new-gen releases have bolstered sales even further, making it the highest-grossing game of all time in the UK.
Far Cry 4 also sold well, out-performing predecessor Far Cry titles in its release week to secure the runner-up spot in this week's chart.
Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition debuted in fifth place. That might seem surprising, but remember: stat company Chart Track doesn't monitor digital sales, which means Origin purchases are not included in these sales statistics. It's also worth keeping in mind Inquisition released this past Friday, whereas GTA V and Far Cry 4 both had a head start by releasing three days earlier on Tuesday.