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What's the old saying? Time flies when you're stressed as hell? That is probably not a saying, but it could be when applied to Homeland, where "having fun" and "stressed as hell" are interchangeable. "13 Hours in Islamabad" was a 45-minute episode of television that felt more like 15. Half embassy siege to make Jack Bauer high-five Tom Clancy's ghost and half tragic aftermath, this week's episode continued Homeland's season-four rebirth with relentless aplomb. Man, what a great episode. It felt terrible!After brutally leaving us hanging for two weeks (ban Thanksgiving?) Homeland wasted no time in showing us how, exactly, a Haqqani-led embassy infiltration goes down. Within minutes, Big Bad and his goons were spraying bullets into poor secretaries as CIA operatives scrambled around desperately destroying documents. As it turned out, however, this mission wasn't just an ultraviolent T.P. job; Haqqani had an actual prize in mind: the manifest »
- Price Peterson
Chris Pine follows Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Alec Baldwin as the fourth incarnation of Tom Clancy's super-patriot Jack Ryan. In this back-story outing - not based on a Clancy novel - Ryan is a young marine recruited as a covert CIA analyst by Kevin Costner's veteran spook. He soon finds himself in the thick of it when he uncovers a Russian plot to cripple the Us economy with a terrorist attack. »
Written by Karen Traviss
Art by Steve Kurth
Letters by Tom B. Long; Colors by Kito Young
Regular Cover by Jeffrey Veregge
Published by Idw Publishing
As G.I. Joe #1 opens, years have passed since readers last saw the Joe team, and in that time, Cobra has re-branded itself, trading in outlandish schemes for world domination for a new role as a kind of Nato-for-hire, a peacekeeping and conflict-resolving organization providing services to hotspots around the globe. In light of this, the Us government is questioning the continued need for G.I Joe as it sets about slashing its funding, a move that doesn’t sit too well with Joe member Scarlett.
That’s the premise of this new take on the Joe mythos by Karen Traviss and Steve Kurth, and this first issue does an effective job of both selling the idea in the short term and making it intriguing enough in the long term. »
- Austin Gorton
There are three movies in the works titled Panda-Saurus, Monster-Zilla, and Atomic Shark; and the most shocking news of all is that neither Syfy nor The Asylum haa anything to do with them.
Though I suspect somewhere Syfy execs are kicking themselves for not thinking of Atomic Shark first.
Let's not waste too much space since each of these TomCat Films productions come complete with a fairly long synopsis.
First up is Monster-Zilla since it is reportedly already in post-production. Despite the "zilla" suffix that typically denotes kaiju-sized monstrosity, the plot to this one sounds very much like something Fred Olen Ray would have made years ago under the title "Jurassic Spring Break."
Two Navy Seals, Trevor and Doug, are sent to an abandoned island in search of a “package,” but instead of being the hunters, they find they are being hunted. During their escape they come across a camera »
Following Alec Baldwin and Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck fills the world-saving shoes of Tom Clancy's CIA analyst Jack Ryan in this typically jingoistic action thriller. The clear and present danger this time is a terrorist faction who threaten to create global thermonuclear havoc by detonating an A-bomb in Baltimore. Cue square-jawed suspense as Affleck plays the gung-ho middleman between Us Prez James Cromwell and his Russian counterpart Ciaran Hinds. »
Like a worrywart parent who fears that video games will turn their child into a sociopath, it’s conceivable that the higher-ups of intelligence agencies might have some concern over how the spy movie genre has influenced their incoming agents. Are they driven to pursue other careers when they find out that being an operative is more about eavesdropping than dropping bodies? Do they instinctively distrust the suits running ops from behind desks, particularly the ones who look like masculine character actors? And do they expect to eventually be betrayed by the organization and country they’ve sworn to serve, just as their silver screen idols always are? Sadly, The November Man, the latest bog standard entry in the spy thriller genre, won’t be changing any of these misconceptions, even if its star has a pedigree in espionage fiction that’s always been amongst the best.
Like the doomed »
- Sam Woolf
Today, Ubisoft and Signal Studios took full advantage of the pre-gamescom buzz, by revealing Toy Soldiers: War Chest, a sequel that is noticeably more upbeat than those that came before it. Then again, I can’t remember seeing rainbows, unicorns and childhood toys in any sort of war-themed video game before.
Coming to Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC in “Early 2015,” War Chest pits four armies against each other in confined, diorama-based warfare. The kicker is that this isn’t a traditional, man-versus-man conflict, but one that involves colourful toys and bubbles instead. That’s just one of the title’s four armies, though, and only two have been revealed so far. The remaining couple will not be detailed until closer to launch.
The game’s debut trailer is certainly an interesting one, which brings back memories of the previous Toy Soldiers games, before ditching tradition for hot pink and happy dances. »
- Chad Goodmurphy
We’re now past the halfway mark in the year, and some nine whole months from when both the PS4 and Xbox One launched - adding another year on for the Wii U – and still there are no games that are make us glad we put down the money for the machines in the first place.
By this stage last generation we’d had the likes of Fight Night Round 3 and Hitman: Blood Money doing the rounds on both of the bigger consoles, with Tom Clancy’s Advanced Warfighter and Elder Scrolls: Oblivion edging the 360 in everyone’s favour. That’s not to mention the PS3 was gearing up for Ratchet and Clank and Little Big Planet, and every Wii user was suitably enamoured with the phenomenal Zelda: Twilight Princess.
So in comparison what have we got? A downgraded Watch Dogs that despite the things it actually does well, »
- Scott Tailford
Despite the delay to 2015, Tom Clancy’s The Division made a big splash at E3 2014 with a new cinematic trailer that showcased the fall of New York City, as well as a second trailer that focused on the title’s gameplay. Now a little more than a month removed from that event, Ubisoft has released a new video that goes into a little more depth.
Filmed during E3, the UbiBlog interviewed The Division director Ryan Barnard, who spoke about one of the gangs players will face off against. Dubbed The Cleaners, these vicious thugs seek out infected areas in order to burn bodies and eliminate anyone they think may be carrying the disease.
In order to combat these enemies, players will need to upgrade and improve their skills and abilities. Upgrades will not be handled through a traditional class-based system, though, as characters will evolve based around play styles. So »
- Eric Hall
While Ubisoft had an absolutely stunning E3 this year, showing off their big-hitting titles like Assassin’s Creed: Unity and the newly revealed Rainbow Six: Siege, one game of theirs on everybody’s radar is Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Despite not getting that much exposure at the show this time around, we were treated to an excellent pre-rendered trailer that delved into the story behind the open-world, online RPG. Entitled ‘Take Back New York’, the trailer took us through the lives of a single family as they succumbed to the virus that eventually brought down New York.
To take back the city, Directive 51 sees a group of people called The Division returning to the decimated place to attempt to rebuild. To help explain some of the details, Ubisoft released a new trailer featuring an interview with The Division’s game director, Ryan Barnard. In it, Barnard talks more about the trailer, »
- Tom Powter
We're back with the horror highlights of Day 2 of this year's Sdcc, and you better rest up! On tap are "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Sleepy Hollow," Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Scream Factory, and More!
What you'll find below is just the tip of the iceberg (and it does include a few "fringe" panels that we thought might be interest). Be sure to visit the official San Diego Comic-Con 2014 website for the full lineup.
Day 2: Friday, July 25, 2014
10:00 Am - Publishers Weekly: Behind the Digital Line
As digital comics have become a driving force of the medium, more publishers and creators have launched digital first lines of comics. How do publishers and creators deal with the unique properties of the web and tablet? How do readers react? Are they an evolution from webcomics or their own medium? And how will technological evolution affect storytelling as more choices arise? Pw's »
- Debi Moore
Tom Clancy once made a potent comment which defined why his writing was both unique and enticing: “The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense.”
The renowned author’s legacy continues to remain in the minds of his avid readership, but his statement reaches out even further than his own remarkable ability for storytelling, and is perfectly applied into the video games which still carry his name.
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege is the latest instalment in the Rainbow Six series, and from the moment it was revealed during Ubisoft’s E3 2014 press conference it immediately captured the attention of the public and hardcore fans of the franchise. It’s been six years since the release of Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and we’ve had to endure the problems which hindered the development of Rainbow 6: Patriots, however Siege has officially replaced Patriots and will now »
- Adnan Riaz
Ubisoft announced in a blog post today that Ubisoft Quebec will be the lead studio on “a future Assassin’s Creed.” Previous entries in the popular franchise were typically handled by the publisher’s Montreal studio, with other studios providing assistance, so this is certainly an interesting alteration.
Formed in 2005, Ubisoft Quebec got its start developing low-profile titles such as Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Critical Hour and Open Season. However, the studio has since become a major factor in the Assassin’s Creed development machine. Since the release of Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood in 2010, the studio has provided assistance on each major iteration.
Managing Director Nicolas Rioux broke down the studio’s involvement in the series:
“Since 2010, our understanding of the franchise has increased each year. We were involved in Brotherhood. We were involved in Revelations. We were involved in Assassin’s Creed III. With AC III we were »
- Eric Hall
Jack Ryan has a rich history in the film world. With actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck portraying him over the course of 12 years, this popular literary thriller character—created by Tom Clancy—has been patriotically and heroically defending his country. Now, in a Hollywood beset and beleaguered by prequels, sequels, and sidequels it’s only inevitable that this character get a reboot of his own (Ryan’s second complete makeover, no less) and a chance at a brand new series of films for a new generation supposedly hungry for heroes—whether they be supernaturally gifted or not.
- John Keith
E3, the biggest videogame showcase in the world just ended, so for episode 26 of Hey You Geeks, we’re looking through the massive list of game announcements to preview the games we’re most looking forward to. From Arkham Knight, Destiny and Evolve to new games in the Tom Clancy, Alien, Star Wars and Tomb Raider franchises, there’s a lot to discuss. We’re also talking a few table-top games including the awesome X-Wing Miniatures Game. But first, we put our geek dad hats back on for a trip to the Wii U to discuss the exciting new titles that may launch Nintendo towards a whole new generation. New Zelda, Smash Bros. and Yoshi games as well as Disney Infinity and an exciting Mario World building game have us excited for the chance to play videogames with our kids. Give a listen, and don’t forget to share your »
- Tony Nunes
Niall rounds up all of the major announcements from all the major games companies at this year's E3, in case you missed it
So E3 is over for another year. Breathe. After a frenzied four days which saw the major hitters in the gaming industry showcase their future releases, now is a good time to take stock of the major news released during the press conferences at the beginning of the expo. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, EA and Ubisoft all had their chance on the main stage to wow fans with exciting announcements and brand new footage of the year's upcoming releases.
While this year's set of conferences could arguably be described as solid rather than spectacular, gaming's biggest companies still demonstrated that they had some treats in store for us over the coming year. Without further ado, here is a breakdown of all the biggest gaming news that happened at E3 this year. »
There were no new consoles at E3 this year, no expensive new peripherals. Nothing, at long last, to distract from the videogames. And what games! The 2014 videogame megaconvention found the three major companies adjusting to a new kind of normal: a kinder-gentler Microsoft, a swaggery Sony, a Nintendo that suddenly realized it was time to throw a Hail Mary on the Wii U. Across the board, there was a sense of experimentation. Major developers iterated old franchises in new directions. Smaller developers made bold splashes with highly independent visions.
E3 lives in a vortex of hype. Most people only get »
- Darren Franich
Since we’ve given you guys all the news from the console makers that kicked-off the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo the other day, here’s the lowdown on what two of the major game publishers -Electronic Arts and Ubisoft -are up to.
The Electronic Arts press conference took place earlier this week at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, with EA making good use of their hour presentation by showcasing a ton of gaming footage.
EA started off with Bioware’s third entry into the Dragon Age series, Dragon Age: Inquisition. A live cello player provided the score to the demo featuring epic landscapes and various medieval warrior types displaying magical abilities. The open-world RPG is strategy based, with the ability to pause game play and reposition your party members on a battlefield and if you’re into fantasy RPG’s, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks to be just the game for you. »
- Brian Smith
Ubisoft recently announced the development of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, which is the latest in the best-selling Rainbow Six video game franchise. I've had a blast with this franchise in years past, and it's pretty damn awesome that they're in the process of developing this new chapter in the series.
The developer has released six minutes of exciting gameplay footage for you to watch, and here are some details on the game.
"Watch the world debut of Rainbow Six Siege multiplayer gameplay in this intense, new look into the gripping world of Rainbow counter-terrorism units. A hostage situation unfolds into a sequence of team strategy, breach and stronghold tactics, and close-quarters destruction, as attackers and defenders act and react to one unit's attempt to overcome the other."Rainbow Six Siege is the upcoming installment of the acclaimed first-person shooter franchise developed by the renowned Ubisoft Montreal studio for »
- Joey Paur
Welcome to an online, open world RPG experience where exploration and player progression are essential. Use your skills, weapons, and wits in combat. Play in a persistent and dynamic environment that combines the Tom Clancy™ series’ core authenticity and tactical decisions, RPG action, trading, and much more. A devastating pandemic sweeps through New York City, and one by one, basic services fail. In only days, without food or water, society collapses into chaos. The Division, a classified unit of self-supported tactical agents, is activated. Leading seemingly ordinary lives among us, The Division agents are trained to operate independently of command, as all else fails. Fighting to prevent the fall of society, the agents will find themselves caught up in an epic conspiracy, forced to »
- Pietro Filipponi
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