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Digital Shorts: ‘Oxenfree’ Review (Nintendo Switch)

16 hours ago

In Digital Shorts we review some of the latest video games that are only available digitally (at least in the UK), in a short-form review format. In this edition we take a look at Oxenfree, which has recently made its debut on the Nintendo Switch.

It’s rare for me to become emotionally attached to games, but I do love it when I do. This is almost always the result of strong characters, a good script and an immersive world filled with interesting interactions. Oxenfree doesn’t nail all of these things one hundred percent of the time, but it certainly did enough to make me stop and think about what was going on.

Not only is the story excellent and the script strong, the dialogue is completely natural. Characters talk over each other like real people do and when the player has an option to interact, it is usually »

- Matthew Smail

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Netflix’s ‘The Punisher’ gets a new trailer & release date!

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Netflix’s much-anticipated new series, Marvel’s The Punisher has got itself another trailer – and along with it confirmation that the series is launching globally on Netflix on November 17th!!!

They killed Frank Castle’s family to get to him. Now, the Punisher exacts his revenge…. After exacting revenge on those responsible for the death of his wife and children, Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York’s criminal underworld. Now known throughout the city as The Punisher, he must discover the truth about injustices that affect more than his family alone.

The Punisher sees Jon Bernthal return as Frank Castle having already made an appearance as the character in Marvel’s Daredevil. The cast also features Ebon Moss-Bachrach (Girls, The Lake House), Deborah Ann Woll (Marvel’s Daredevil, True Blood), Ben Barnes (Westworld, The Chronicles of Narnia), Amber Rose Revah (Emerald City, »

- Phil Wheat

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First trailer for ‘Death Race: Beyond Anarchy’ (aka Death Race 4)

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It’s been four years since the release of the second sequel to the reboot/remake of Death RaceDeath Race: Inferno – and three since the fourth film was sneakily announced by it’s writer Tony Giglio on Twitter, but now Death Race 4, now retitled Death Race: Beyond Anarchy has got its first trailer!

Not to be confused with Roger Corman’s own remake of Death Race, entitled Death Race 2050 (which actually comes from the same production company, Universal 1440 Entertainment), Death Race: Beyond Anarchy sees the return of Danny Trejo as Goldberg and Frederick Koehler as Lists – both of whom appeared in Death Race 2 and Death Race: Inferno. Joining the Death Race family are Black SailsZach McGowan, Christine Marzano, Danny Glover, Lorina Kamburova and a number of homegrown talent from here in the UK: Cassie Clare, Nicholas Aaron, Lucy Aarden, Julian Seager, Lee Shone, Kellie Blaise »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Armed Response’ DVD Review

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Stars: Wesley Snipes, Seth Rollins, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, Kyle Clements, Morgan Roberts, Eyas Younis, Mo Gallini, Mike Seal | Written by Matt Savelloni | Directed by John Stockwell

Another month, another Wesley Snipes film. He sure is on the comeback trail now right? Ok, maybe not, especially given that this, like Final Recall, has headed direct to DVD. To be fair though, the “another month, another…” could also apply to WWE studios, who seem to have gone back to churning out direct to market films much like when they first stepped into the world of film production. Following the usual standard of having one of the many WWE Superstars take a break from the wrestling ring and appear on-screen, Armed Response features the “Kingslayer” himself, Seth Rollins, in a supporting role – yes, a supporting role. Unlike ‘Stone ColdSteve Austin, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, and hell, even »

- Phil Wheat

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It’s Kirby vs. Kirby in ‘Kirby Battle Royale’ on 3Ds

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Challenge your friends and let battle commence! It’s time to find out who’s the toughest Kirby of them all, when Kirby Battle Royale releases in Europe on 3rd November, exclusively for Nintendo 3Ds.

A fast-paced 3D action game, Kirby Battle Royale sees players take on the role of Kirby and go head-to-head against other Kirbies. There are 10 different battle modes and 13 Kirby copy abilities to unlock, all of which can be enjoyed across online multiplayer, local multiplayer and a single-player Story Mode. The game also supports Download Play, so up to four players can battle it out using a single copy of the game. Each of the 10 varied battle modes is designed for four combatants, either in two-versus-two or every Kirby for himself.

A few of the battles you can expect to encounter: Battle Arena: Float like a butterfly and sting like a Kir-bee in this frantic four-way throwdown. »

- Phil Wheat

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New featurette for David Ayer’s Netflix film ‘Bright’

19 hours ago

Netflix original film Bright comes from director David Ayer (Training Day, End of Watch, Suicide Squad), and stars Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby), Noomi Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Lucy Fry (11.22.63), Edgar Ramirez (Hands of Stone, Zero Dark Thirty), Margaret Cho (Drop Dead Diva), Ike Barinholtz (Suicide Squad), Jay Hernandez, Andrea Navedo, Veronica Ngo, Alex Meraz, Brad William Henke, Dawn Olivieri, and Kenneth Choi.

Set in an alternate present-day, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds. Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a deadly, thought-to-be-forgotten relic, »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle’ Review (PS4)

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A spin-off from the Touhou Project, aka Project Shrine Maiden, franchise – originally a bullet-hell shmup series that now incorporates a myriad of media including over 16 video games across multiple formats, Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle is a 3D fighting game that pits cute anime characters against each other in a bullet hell/beat ‘em-up hybrid that has become something of a trademark of the series (there have been 6 such games, so far, in the Touhou Project to date).

The series is set in Gensokyo, a fictional realm inhabited by humans and yokai (ghosts to us Westerners), and the main protagonist, Reimu Hakurei, is a shrine maiden who manages the border, fighting antagonistic yokai. The story of Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle sees Reimu’s time at the Hakurei Shrine interrupted by visitors to the shrine discussing rumors that a vampire is joining forces with the yokai to assault human beings. »

- Phil Wheat

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Interview: Brad and Fiona Dourif talk ‘Cult of Chucky’

21 hours ago

Written and directed by Don Mancini, Cult of Chucky brings back original Child’s Play cast member Alex Vincent (Child’s Play, Wait Until Spring, Bandini) as Andy Barclay along with Jennifer Tilly (Curse of Chucky, Monsters, Inc.) as Chucky’s bloodthirsty bride, Tiffany and Fiona Dourif (Messenger, True Blood) as Nica with Brad Dourif (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Halloween) returning as the voice of Chucky, the homicidal plaything inhabited by the spirit of notorious serial killer Charles Lee Ray.

Savagely funny and gratifyingly gruesome, the new DVD and Blu-ray of Cult of Chucky – released on October 23rd – includes exclusive bonus features that delve deeper into Chucky’s twisted universe and reveal how the filmmakers made the demented toy even more deranged. To celebrate the release we have a series of interviews with the cast and crew to share with you, our readers, this one »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Doctor Who: The Lost Dimension #5′ Review

22 hours ago

Written by Emma Beeby, Gordon Rennie | Art by Ivan Rodriguez, Wellington Diaz, Anderson Cabral | Published by Titan Comics

The previous four issues of this ‘event’ series have been good enough, but I still have this nagging feeling something is still missing. Don’t get me wrong, multiple Doctors is always fun. You could have multiple Doctors doing their laundry for twenty pages and I’d still read it. This year’s event though just lacks the structure of previous ones, and has felt to me more suited to have had the story told in their individual books, with stories crossing across books when required. The actual ‘team up’ element has been pretty minor, with the individual Doctor’s mainly having individual adventures loosely connected by the overall Void storyline. It still reads fine, of course, just not quite the book I was expecting.

Issue 5 is a bit different in a »

- Dean Fuller

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‘Justice League’ gets a new poster

22 hours ago

Directed by Zack Snyder and Joss Whedon, Justice League is the next film in the Dceu and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman (he’s not dead?), Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman; along with Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Justice League is due out on 17th November 2017.

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- Phil Wheat

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Titan & Games Workshop announce ‘Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch’

19 October 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Titan Comics and Games Workshop have announced their latest comic collaboration: Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch – an all-new, four-issue miniseries set in the grim space fantasy Warhammer 40,000 universe. Written by Black Library superstar and New York Times best-selling author, Aaron Dembski-Bowden (The Horus Heresy: The First Heretic), with art by Wagner Reis (Red Sonja), Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Issue #1 arrives in stores January 3, 2018.

In Titan Comics’ Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Issue #1, the Deathwatch team are the best of the best from all Chapters of Space Marines – they alone have the strength of mind and body to battle the alien across the universe, defending humanity from the Xenos that would destroy them! Faced with the destruction of an entire sector, and assailed by hordes of Orks, can the Deathwatch strike team hold the line against impossible odds?

Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch Issue #1 will come with three stunning covers to collect including Ørjan Svendsen (Blood Bowl), Fabio »

- Phil Wheat

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The History of Bad Ideas – Episode 198: What’s in the Box?

19 October 2017 2:01 AM, PDT

Emanating from their studio in Cincinnati, Ohio, The History of Bad Ideas sees hosts Jason, Jeff and Blake talk about all things geeky on their podcast. Whether it’s rumours of the latest comic book movies, debating who really is the worst villain of all time, discussing the latest comic issues or just wondering about life in general, you are sure to have a fun time with them! In theory.

If you haven’t listened to the show before – why not? – you can check out previous episodes of The History of Bad Ideas podcast on iTunes and look out for new episodes here on Nerdly each and every week…

Episode 198: What’s in the Box?

The full Hobi gang is here this week to talk all things geeky including the recasting Riverdale with the cast of Kevin James shows, hanging out with podcast buddies in Cincinnati and still trying »

- Phil Wheat

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Lff 2017: ‘Let the Corpses Tan’ Review

18 October 2017 11:31 AM, PDT

Review by Matthew Turner

Stars: Elina Lowensohn, Stephane Ferrara, Bernie Bonvoisin, Herve Sogne, Michelangelo Marchese, Marc Barbe, Pierre Nisse, Marine Sainsily, Dorilya Calmel, Aline Stevens, Dominique Troyes, Bamba | Written and Directed by Helene Cattet, Bruno Forzani

Belgian co-directors Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani garnered an instant cult following with Amer (2009) and The Strange Colour of Your Body’s Tears (2013), both of which paid luxurious homage to 1970s giallo movies. Their latest film, Let the Corpses Tan (or Laissez Bronzer les Cadavres, original language fans) sees the pair applying their expert pastiche skills to violent European crime thrillers of the same decade, to deliriously enjoyable effect.

Loosely adapted from a 1971 French novel by Jean-Patrick Machete and Jean-Pierre Bastid, the plot is deceptively simple and a good deal more coherent than either of Cattet and Forzani’s previous films. Former Hal Hartley muse Elina Lowensohn plays Luce, a middle-aged artist who lives in a run-down, »

- Guest

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‘Cute Little Buggers’ Review

18 October 2017 10:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Kristofer Dayne, Steve Aaron-Sipple, Dan Abrams, Lydie Misiek, John R. Walker, Caroline Munro, Honey Holmes, Gary Martin, Dani Thompson | Written by Garry Charles, Andy Davie, Tony Jopia, Kristofer Dayne | Directed by Tony Jopia

If Monty Pythons and the Holy Grail (1975) and Watership Down (1978) taught me anything growing up, if it doesn’t look like it isn’t dressed up to attend the Playboy Mansion, rampant rabbits are dangerous. Tony Jopia takes that premise one step further with his B-Movie creature feature Cute Little Buggers.

When hostile aliens land on earth with the intension of taking over the planet to save their own race, they choose to mutate the local rabbit population. Blending the rabbits with alien DNA, they knowingly unleashed the cute but vicious blood thirsty creatures on the unsuspecting locals. As the butchered bodies starts piling and the rampant rabbits begin to rampage, the locals are forced to »

- Philip Rogers

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‘Star Ocean: The Last Hope’ 4K Remaster gets November release

18 October 2017 9:21 AM, PDT

Square Enix have today announced that fans can soon travel back to the mysterious and dangerous worlds of Star Ocean: The Last Hope, with a 4K and Full HD Remaster of the action-packed RPG set to release next month on PlayStation 4 and Steam.

Developed in partnership with tri-Ace, Star Ocean: The Last Hope takes place at the beginning of the Star Ocean series timeline and is a full HD remaster with added 4K, keyboard and PC controller support.

Star Ocean: The Last Hope takes players on an epic journey across the universe in an immersive, intergalactic story of survival where humanity must turn to the stars in search of a new home. Featuring strategic real-time combat, the remastered title also includes a deep Item Creation System, the Private Action system that explores character relationships and subplots for a richer and more rewarding story, and exhilarating Blindside battle system, which fuses »

- Phil Wheat

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New clip from ‘Jigsaw’

18 October 2017 8:41 AM, PDT

Directing duo the Spierig Brothers, Michael and Peter (Daybreakers, Predestination), are behind the camera on Jigsaw, a sequel/reboot of the Saw franchise which stars Mandela Van Peebles, Hannah Anderson, Laura Vandervoort, Brittany Allen, Callum Keith Rennie, Matt Passmore, Hannah Emily Anderson, Josiah Black, Shaquan Lewis, Michael Bolsvert and James Gomez.

Dead bodies begin to turn up all over the city, each meeting their demise in a variety of grisly ways. All investigations begin to point the finger at deceased killer John Kramer.

Written by Josh Stolberg and Pete Goldfinger, Jigsaw is set for release in the UK on October 26th. Check clip from the film, courtesy of IGN, below:

Watch this exclusive clip #Jigsaw, the long-awaited eighth film in the #Saw​ franchise! pic.twitter.com/at7QdHYwu0

— IGN (@IGN) October 17, 2017

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- Phil Wheat

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‘Jim Henson’s Labyrinth’ Board Game Review

18 October 2017 8:01 AM, PDT

As a child of the 1980’s, I spent a lot of my time recording movies at Christmas on my mum and dad’s Vcr. From blockbusters like Star Wars and Indiana Jones to classics like Oliver, I probably had thirty or forty tapes that I watched over and over, occasionally bumping a bad movie from my collection and recording over it. As a result of this, I have a near perfect recollection of Christmas adverts for Scs, Argos and Toy’s R’ Us, but that’s hardly something I should burden you wish.

One of the movies I had a particular love for was Jim Henson’s Labyrinth. I would fast forward the opening scenes of Sarah faffing about in the rain and arguing with her parents and usually, I’d hit play right around the talking worm scene. I’d skip other scenes too – the masquerade ball for example »

- Matthew Smail

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Hela takes centre stage in new clip from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

18 October 2017 7:21 AM, PDT

Marvel have released a new clip from the forthcoming Thor: Ragnarok – which is due out in the UK on 24th October and in the Us on 3rd November 2017. Directed by Taika WaititiThor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Anthony Hopkins and Mark Ruffalo as the “new and improved” Hulk…

In Marvel StudiosThor: Ragnarok, Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk!

Check out the clip below; and you can follow All our Thor: Ragnarok coverage right here. »

- Phil Wheat

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New live-action trailer for ‘Assassin’s Creed Origins’

18 October 2017 6:41 AM, PDT

Ubisoft have released a new live action trailer, entitled “I Am”, for Assassin’s Creed Origins, directed by Daniel Wolfe. Set to Nicholas Britell‘s The Middle of the World, the trailer sets up the game, telling the story the birth of a myth, of an idea transcending men, armies and countries…

Ancient Egypt, a land of majesty and intrigue, is disappearing in a ruthless fight for power. Unveil dark secrets and forgotten myths as you go back to the one founding moment: The Origins of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. Start here, at the very beginning, with the never-before-told origin story of Assassin’s Creed. You are Bayek, protector of Egypt, whose personal story will lead to the creation of the Assassin’s Brotherhood. Uncover lost tombs and explore the pyramids. Discover the secrets of the ancient mummies, Egyptian gods, and the last pharaohs.

Assassin’s Creed Origins will be »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Getting Any?’ Blu-ray Review (Third Window)

18 October 2017 6:01 AM, PDT

Stars: Dankan, Takeshi Kitano, Moeko Ezawa, Hakuryu, Tokie Hidari, Yojin Hino | Written and Directed by Takeshi Kitano

From the acclaimed director Takeshi Kitano (Fireworks, Kikujiro) comes a bizarre, over the top and absurd comedy full of slapstick silliness and never ending gags. A great satire of Japanese society and popular cinema, Getting Any?, embraces the spirit of Kitano s early stand-up and television work and as such it offers a genuine inside look into his true personality.

The story follows the nerdy middle age Asao, a professional daydreamer, whose one and only goal in life is – as the title suggests – to get laid. Asao embarks on a series of slapstick adventures in search of fulfilling his ultimate fantasy – making wild passionate sex with a woman. His holy quest for sex lands Asao in a series of absurd situations, involving robbery schemes, big movie productions, yakuza gang rivalry wars and scientific experiments. »

- Phil Wheat

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