20 items from 2015
They say donning a pair of nostalgia-goggles can make things look far more appealing than they were at the time, but that’s not considering the absolutely delusional power of a horny teenager’s mind. Coupled with a young imagination and the many surrounding worldly influences flooding in at a mile a minute, we gamers could take any old stack of pixels in the vaguest shape of something sultry, and make it sexy as hell.
Over the years developers would curtail to this wanton desire in all sorts of ways, ranging from the chest-heavy likes of Leisure Suit Larry and Dead or Alive (the latter coming complete with aptly-named ‘Breast Physics’), through to more respectably sexy femme fatales like The Witcher 3’s trio of Ciri, Triss and Yennefer, or the reimagined versions of Lara Croft and the Mortal Kombat ladies.
It’s one hell of a ride to get to this point though, »
- Scott Tailford
Disney’s long-gestating musical comedy Bob the Musical, in which The Artist helmer Michel Hazanavicius may direct Tom Cruise, will be written by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon, The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night. Additionally, Bret McKenzie, who won an Oscar for “Man or Muppet” from The Muppets has been enlisted to write songs for the pic.
Bob the Musical centers on a regular guy who suffers a head injury after which he is able to hear the heart songs of everyone around him – much to his confusion and dismay. It’s been in development for more than a decade but recently got a shot in the arm when Hazanavicius, searching for a mainstream project to tackle in the wake of 2011 Best Picture winner The Artist, got involved.
As for Cruise, he’s still circling the lead role but has not signed on yet. The actor has flourished in musical »
- Isaac Feldberg
Update: Devil's Third, the hack-and-shooter from the designer of Ninja Gaiden, is coming to American Wii U and PC...
Update: Ah, the fast moving world of videogames. Only yesterday, the fate of Devil's Third's future in the Us was still in doubt. Twenty-four hours later, and it's confirmed that Tomonobu Itagaki's hack-and-shoot action game really is going to be released in America, with Nintendo of America confirming that it'll be available on the Wii U eShop in the fourth quarter of this year.
There's also a twist that we didn't see coming: what was for some time billed as a Wii U exclusive is also going to appear on PC. Called Devil's Third Online, it'll be a multiplayer-only version of the game - in other words, it'll lack the solo campaign available on the Wii U. It'll be "free-to-start," though costs and launch dates haven't yet been announced.
Sports. Poker. Paintballing. BBQs. These are just a few of the many ways that man has looked within to seek out an emotional connection with his fellow man. But nothing has done as much for male bonding as Capcom’s Street Fighter series.
Through a somewhat serendipitous loop of art imitating life imitating art, Capcom’s seminal fighter has been uniting men from a kaleidoscope of races and backgrounds to meet up and duke it out in various locations around the world for over two decades. Countless sequels and spinoffs into puzzles, manga, and two underwhelming movies had all arguably played a part in the oversaturation and eventual fatigue the series went through. A sobering experience that was far away from the influence the game enjoyed at the heights of its popularity.
The demise of the arcade prematurely triggered visions of the death of communal gaming, an essential component that »
- Jason Joseph
Like their forerunners, the two latest Star Trek films, in their semi-rebooted, alternative universe, are replete with famous faces from outside the franchise, surprising cameos and multiple little touches that raise a smile.
With the third film in the rebooted series coming next year, the 50th anniversary of the debut of Star Trek on TV in 1966, let's take a look at a few of the geeky nods in Jj's Trek films.
1. Star Trek Nemesis left a lot of dangling threads, on purpose, as a story treatment for a direct sequel was already being worked on. Unfortunately due to some less than stellar decisions by executives, the release date of the film was repositioned and the decision was made to »
It’s been a long time coming, but today Nintendo and the creative team at Valhalla Game Studios shared more information about upcoming Wii U exclusive Devil’s Third, which will hit home on August 28.
Developed under the watchful eye of renown artist Tomonobu Itagaki – whose previous credits include Dead or Alive and Ninja Gaiden – the long-gestating actioner had been curiously quiet in recent times, though going off of the gameplay segments glimpsed in the video above, it seems that Nintendo’s flagship home console is very close to receiving a brand new exclusive.
Here’s the House of Mario confirming today’s announcement via Twitter:
Devil’s Third will arrive on #WiiU on 28th August! pic.twitter.com/tREDRXho1W
— Nintendo UK (@NintendoUK) June 10, 2015
Showcasing both single-player and multiplayer content, the 10-minute demonstration certainly packs a punch for those eager to hear more about Devil’s Third prior to »
- Michael Briers
Update: Ninja Gaiden designer Tomonobu Itagaki has his latest game out this summer. New Devil's Third video and UK release date inside.
Update: We've already heard that Tomonobu Itagaki's Devil's Third slasher-shooter is coming out on the 4th August in Japan. Well, if you've been wondering when - or even if - Nintendo will be releasing the Wii U exclusive in the UK, wonder no more. Nintendo UK has just tweeted that it'll be reaching these shores on the 28th August.
Our original story, with the new Devil's Third promo video, follows.
Original Story: Having left Tecmo in 2008, Ninja Gaiden and Dead Or Alive designer Tomonobu Itagaki formed his own studio, Valhalla, one year later. His first game under that banner is Devil's Third, a violent action game with clear links to the delirious mayhem of the Ninja Gaiden games. In a coup for Nintendo, it's being developed exclusively for the Wii U. »
Abhishek Sharma's last film Tere Bin Laden, a satirical take on the American obsession over Osama Bin Laden, the 'most wanted man' in the world, proved to be a sleeper hit in 2010. The film marked the entry of Pakistani actor Ali Zafar, in the world of Bollywood. Now, we have a sequel to the same titled Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive starring anchor turned actor Manish Paul.
Tere Bin Laden Dead or Alive revolves around the happenings of May 2, 2011, the day when Osama Bin Laden was executed, as claimed by the American Media. According to director Abhishek Sharma, Osama's death remains a mystery which could very well make way for a gripping plot for the second installment. The actor, who played the role of Bin Laden in the prequel, Pradhuman Singh will continue his act as Osama. The sequel, just like its previous installments, will be a satire »
Stars: Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Robert Patrick, Kristina Wagner, Julia Nickson, Nils Allen Stewart, Henry Kingi, John Asher, Leon Russom, Al Leong, Michael Berryman, Vanna White, Andy Dick, Deanthony Langston, John T. Grantham, Ed Feldman, Roger Yuan, Ron Yuan | Written by Michael Davis, Peter Gould | Directed by James Yukich
There is a dark place in movie hell reserved for the beast known as the “video game movie”. There have been some that really aren’t that bad, take Doa: Dead or Alive as an example or Silent Hill. They knew how to keep things fun without being too cheesy in the process. Double Dragon has been released on Blu-ray, and thankfully when it was first released I managed to miss it. Given enough time for nineties cheese to become funny and for bad B-movies to become popular, can it be redeemed as an eccentric cult-hit?
Set in the »
- Paul Metcalf
Farewell Ryan Hardy. The Following has left the building. Here's our review of its dizzying final two episodes...
This review contains spoilers.
3.14 Dead Or Alive & 3.15 The Reckoning
It's amazing to think of where The Following would have ended up going in its fourth season, but it looks as though it won't get the chance. Since the Lilly Gray season, I've had a vague idea in which Ryan Hardy becomes a killer, determined to hunt down the other killers. Of course the show manages to spring that on the viewing audience at the end of the third season, when it's already buried in some creepy basement under a serial killer's house. Still, it makes for a thrilling final episode, and even knowing that it's done (barring a reprieve from Netflix or Hulu, which I doubt will happen), the final moments of The Following on Fox offer a thrilling vision of what »
I feel like we should be praising Ryan Hardy after the series finale of The Following. But I'm getting ahead of myself. In the first hour, "Dead or Alive," Ryan puts all of his loved ones in protective custody, but can former agent Mendez and her family survive the wrath of Theo and Daisy? And in the final hour, "The Reckoning," the tables are turned as Theo kidnaps Ryan and wants to seek revenge for Penny's death. Meanwhile, it seems there's another mole in the FBI who is working with an unexpected group.
Last night, Fox dropped the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Following" series finale episodes 14 and 15, and it gives us new looks at some very drama-filled and intense stuff as the violence reaches its maximum with Theo while Ryan gets closer to hunting him down, and more! Episode 14 is titled, "Dead Or Alive," and episode 15 is labeled, "The Reckoning." In the new 14th and 15th episodes official description: "The FBI hunt for Theo is going to continue and the stakes will be higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances will be shaken and no one is safe in the harrowing final heart-stopping moments on the all-new, special two-hour "Dead or Alive/The Reckoning" Series Finale episode of The Following. " The series finale episodes 14 and 15 are scheduled to air on Monday night, May 18th at 7pm central time on Fox. »
- Andre Braddox
Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Following" series finale episodes 14 and 15. Episode 14 is titled, "Dead Or Alive," and episode 15 is labeled, "The Reckoning," and it turns out that we're going to see some very intense and drama-filled stuff as the series closes out with Ryan making the ultimate sacrifice at one point while the chase for Theo continues, and more! In the new 14th and 15th episodes press release: The Chase For Theo Continues And Ryan Hardy Makes The Ultimate Sacrifice On The Two-hour Series Finale Of "The Following." Press release number 2: The FBI hunt for Theo will continue and the stakes are going to be higher than ever as some of their own come under attack. As suspicions rise, alliances will be shaken and no one will be safe in the harrowing final heart-stopping moments on the all-new, special two-hour "Dead or Alive »
The future of law enforcement is heading to Machimima, with the digital entertainment platform announcing a new live-action webseries entitled RoboCops.
Here’s the official series description…
“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” Ocp’s Security Concepts Division’s RoboCop program is back in an all-new, short-form limited web series, based on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s 1987 classic action film. RoboCop returns to Delta City where viewers ride along with the now standard-issue RoboCop officers as they respond to calls from dispatch. Tapping into current themes of the surveillance state, the series is shot from the first person point of view of the RoboCop officers’ heads up display, along with security cameras, dash-cams, and drones.
See Also: Machinima adaptating DC’s Dial H For Hero, launching DC’s Hero Project reality show
As well as the three original movies and 2014 remake, the RoboCop franchise has previously spawned two live-action series in »
- Gary Collinson
Machinima's debut at the Digital Content Newfronts was nothing short of "heroic" as they unveiled a programming slate designed to elevate and celebrate a global community of gamer, comic and hero fans. Partnerships with Blue Ribbon Content and DC Entertainment, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Clive Barker, Roberto Orci and Bunim/Murray Productions, along with some of Machinima's leading creator talent, showcase Machinima's commitment to developing content across all genres, formats and platforms. Here's what Machinima CEO Chad Gutstein had to say in a statement.
"Fandom and gaming engenders so much passion and engagement; it's a cultural shift uniquely connecting with the most valuable millennials. It's this deep connection to our audience that has made Machinima the ninth largest video entertainment platform in the United States, and the second most watched programmer on YouTube. With our new slate, we are reminding our fans and our clients of one very important fact: Machinima is back! »
RelatedRevenge Ep Explains Victoria’s Return, Talks Emily’s Series Finale ‘Reckoning’
While hunting down Mason Treadwell in an attempt to clear her name, Amanda learned that he’d been hiding out in a trailer with a lady friend — and not just any lady friend; according to eyewitnesses, this lady friend looked “regal,” with a penchant for giant sunglasses. Sound familiar?
Violating the rules of her house »
With Failure to Connect, we asked our writers what games they were unable to connect with, regardless of their fiscal and critical success. For the month of May we will attempt to explore this issue in detail on a case by case basis.
When I first saw the new Lara Croft way back in 2011, I could scarcely contain my excitement. As someone who had never really gotten into the series during it’s soaring Psx days, this reboot looked primed to be a key entry point. On top of that, the hyper-sexualized Lara Croft of the past had seemingly disappeared completely, replaced by a realistic depiction of a woman who, while undeniably athletic and symmetrically designed, did not represent an immature ideal of female body image. The latter specifically excited me as someone who had spent many years defending the validity of my hobby to naysayers; at last, the absurd »
- Mike Worby
Produced by 3 Hounds Productions, Littlefield Company, Mhs Productions, Paramount Networks Television Productions
Aired on The WB for 1 season (15 episodes, 4 Unaired) from September 19, 2002 – December 5, 2002
Penn Badgley as Joel Larsen
Angela Goethals as Cheryl Larsen
Josh Wise as Pat Brody
Natasha Melnick as Isabelle Meyers
Michael Milhoan as Bill Larsen
Gigi Rice as Karen Larsen
After enduring a jolt to the head from defibrillator paddles, a depressed paper salesman named Joel Larsen is sent back 20 years into his fifteen-year-old body, where he is given a second chance at life to do everything he never allowed himself to do the first time around, including helping out his drug addict sister from going down a bad road and saving his parents’ marriage. Joel quickly adjusts to his new status as a teen, now with knowledge of the future, and lives »
- Jean Pierre Diez
Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: I’m a huge supporter of Playstation Now.
Netflix, Spotify, Marvel Unlimited – show me a subscription service for content I want and I’ll show you my wallet. When it comes to film, TV, music and comics, roughly 90% of what I consume nowadays is streamed or downloaded. Physical media? Pah!
Games, obviously, are the sticking point. Sure, there’s digital downloads available on every platform (even Nintendo), yet it’s the one area I normally always go for the disc release. Why is that? Well, price plays a large part of it for starters. When I’m dropping £30-40 on a title, I want to really get my money’s worth. Whether this means trading it in against a future purchase or just sharing a game amongst friends, there’s not enough of an incentive right now to go fully digital for me. »
- Tariq Ashkanani
With the PlayStation Plus monthly additions already out in the open – set to be made available today on PlayStation Store – Sony has switched gears to detail the newcomers to the company’s subscription-based PlayStation Now service for the month of April.
Encompassing five games in total, the content update is headlined by Naughty Dog’s acclaimed threequel, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, along with Housemarque’s rather excellent twin-stick shooter, Super Stardust HD. If high-octane fighting games are your cup of tea, fear not, for April will also herald the ability to stream the likes of Ninja Gaiden Sigma and Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate, while the Ps Now content pack is rounded out by VooFoo Studios’ billiards-styled title, Hustle Kings.
As Sony continues to bolster the service with each passing month, the company has confirmed that this month for the first time PlayStation Now can be accessed on Sony Blu-Ray players in the States, »
- Michael Briers
20 items from 2015
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