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It has been another rewarding week for NetherRealm’s, Mortal Kombat X, as it succeed in fighting off Grand Theft Auto: V and Battlefield: Hardline for a second week running. The classic beat ‘em up delivered yet another knockout punch in the wake of last week’s record breaking release, which saw the franchise’s most lucrative UK launch ever.
Considering there have been next to no new releases – excluding the underwhelming Tropico 5, which came in at No. 18 in the top 40 – it is hardly surprising to see that very little has changed in the elite tier. Grand Theft Auto: V holds onto the second place spot, following its recent release on PC, and Battlefield: Hardline has also maintained last week’s standing in third place, continuing to lick its wounds following an abrupt end to the game’s four-week run at the top.
Despite no change in the first three positions, »
- Alfie Nobes
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Kris Wall reviews Mortal Kombat X…
In a world of Street Fighters, Tekkens and Killer Instincts, Mortal Kombat has always seemed like the one on one underdog, it’s gratuitous yet shallow violence seemed fun for a few novelty plays and water cooler talk of the increasingly gruesome fatalities, but often overlooked in favour of the more technically advanced fighters featured on the tournament circuit. However, that was then and this is now with NetherRealm Studios stripping away its novelty roots and rebuilding the Mortal Kombat franchise with its brilliant 9th entry, making it a force to be reckoned with and a real contender in the fighting genre. Mortal Kombat X takes everything that was great about MK9 and raises its game to the next level, however some questionable choices hold it back from ultimate gory glory.
First things first, MK9 ushered in a highly entertaining single player story mode »
- Kris Wall
Jason Voorhees will join the Mortal Kombat X character roster in May.
Seeing as how the next Friday 13 isn't until November, the developers have had to settle for a May 5 release for season pass holders. Jason will go on general sale a week later.
According to EventHubs, the new combatant will be previewed in a new Kombat Kast trailer on May 4.
Other new characters coming to Mortal Kombat X include Predator, Tanya and Tremor.
It was recently revealed that Mortal Kombat X has enjoyed the biggest launch in the franchise's history.
The game debuted at the top of the all-format gaming chart, ahead of GTA 5 on PC. »
The only way for The Bellas to become a cappella darlings again is to challenge the world's best singing groups in a Mortal Kombat-style competition.
"We really become the underdogs once as we go into the world championships – where we meet these new rivals, the German team," Wilson reveals in the teaser. "They are just like machines and are crazy hard to beat."
Over the weekend the internet just about exploded thanks to Disney and WB (Batman Vs Superman!). It was of course Star Wars Celebration and with it came a bigger reveal of the upcoming movie (Star Wars The Force Awakens) and, for us gamers, Battlefront from EA. The game is what I was most excited to cover because I expected a lot to be shown off, but overall I still remain on the fence about getting too excited. Find out why after the jump!
First let me set up the scenario for you. A lot of us were excited to see new Star Wars news, and some of you were probably even lucky enough to be upfront and in the middle of the chaos at the event. Right before the reveal of Battlefront we just saw the new trailer for Star Wars The Force Awakens and overall we were on edge about what could come next. »
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Fans of the Mortal Kombat series have certainly shown their dedication in the last week, sending the classic beat ‘em up’s latest reimagining, Mortal Kombat X, flying to the top of the UK games chart. Amongst the game’s fatalities were Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V and last week’s chart topper Battlefield Hardline.
Not only has Mortal Kombat fought its way to the top of the chart, it did it in record breaking style, recording the second biggest release of 2015 (behind Battlefield Hardline) as well as being the franchise’s most successful UK launch.
According to Gamespot, PlayStation 4 has accounted for a solid 61 per cent of the games overall retail sales, while Xbox One took a respectable 38 per cent. PC sales lingered unsurprisingly, claiming a measly 1 per cent of the games non-digital sales.
Despite losing out on a top place to Mortal Kombat, GTA V enjoyed a »
- Alfie Nobes
Press that pause button and stretch those fingers. It’s time to roundup this weeks gaming news and find out what we missed when we stepped away from the internet.
This week Star Wars celebrations took over Anaheim, CA where Rebels and Stormtroopers alike were treated to the first trailer for Star Wars: Battlefront. IGN reported that Battlefront will provide a link between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. The game is set for release on November 17, 2015 in North America and November 20, 2015 in the UK. That should give everyone enough time to prepare for The Force Awakens, which will hit theaters galactically in December.
Are you a retro gamer stuck in a next gen world? Well fear not. According to PCMag GameStop will begin selling vintage consoles, games, and accessories beginning April 25 in 250 select stores throughout New York City and Birmingham, Ala. If all goes well within the first two weeks, »
- Elizabeth Rico
Outworld just took on a whole new meaning. For the first time in series history, a “Mortal Kombat” game features a playable gay character. Fans of the recently-released “Mortal Kombat X” puzzled over an exchange between Raiden and new character Kung Jin, the cousin of series mainstay Kung Lao. See Photos: 43 Summer Movies on Our Radar: From ‘Avengers,’ ‘Jurassic World’ to ‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Raiden encourages Jin to join the Shaolin Monks like his cousin, but Jin is apprehensive. Raiden then places his hand on Jin’s shoulder and says, ““They care about only what is in your heart; not whom your heart. »
- Joe Otterson
If you had told me prior to 2011 that I would still be fully anticipating the release of the next chapter in the Mortal Kombat saga, I would have called you crazy. Once a favorite of mine back in its early days, this was a franchise that considerably fell off after the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis era. Hell, the best game to be based around the property following the release of MK3 is a beat-em ‘up spinoff. Perhaps sensing they needed to do something in order to sway public opinion, Ed Boon and the team at NetherRealm Studios went back to the drawing board for the next entry.
Enter Mortal Kombat 9, which not only brought the series to the last console generation, but also fully rebooted the franchise. Focusing primarily on the first three entries in the series, the reboot was able to make the story of the series engaging »
- Eric Hall
Ahead of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens press conference today, we may have just gotten an advance look at the film's villain. Sith lord Kylo Ren, whose name makes him sound like a Rilo Kiley cover band, was last seen holding a controversial three-pronged lightsaber in the Force Awakens teaser, and according to what seems to be a leak of the movie's merch art, we now know what his mask looks like: Scorpion from Mortal Kombat mixed with those old Adidas swish pants. »
- Nate Jones
Some may be too young to remember, but Electra Woman and Dyna Girl was a live-action Saturday morning superhero series from kids' TV legends Sid & Marty Krofft that ran for one season in 1976. Today, a new set of photos and a video announce the return of these two crime fighters. They will now be featured in an all-new web series from Legendary that will debut later in the year.
Youtube celebrities Grace Helbig and Hannah Hart will now take over the roles of Electra Woman and Dyna Girl from original cast members Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis. The series will follow the crime-fighting exploits of two female caped crusader who work in their off-time as reporters for a magazine. No further details have been revealed at this time, as shooting on the web series continues this week in Canada.
The web series will be directed by Chris Marrs Piliero (who »
Here they are. #Ewdg @gracehelbig @harto pic.twitter.com/wjzBW8tJb1 — ElectraWomanDynaGirl (@ElectraDyna) March 10, 2015 The web series will be directed by Chris Marrs Piliero (who has previously worked on music videos for the likes of Ariana Grande, Ke$ha and the Black Key), and produced by Helbig and Hart and their managers Ken Treusch and Sarah Weichel, along with Contradiction Films’ Tim Carter and Tomas Harlan (Dead Rising: Watchtower, Mortal Kombat: Legacy). For more information on the original show click Here, and check out www.ElectraWomanDynaGirl.com for details on the reboot. »
"Norman, stop being dramatic. You're just used to being home, but you've got to rip off that bandage and just go." In our latest video round-up, we take a look at a tense return to school for Norman on the upcoming third season of A&E's Bates Motel—a mother/son moment that's far from anything you'll see on the Hallmark channel. Also featured is the first trailer for Crank and Crank: High Voltage co-director Mark Neveldine's The Vatican Tapes and two clips from Crackle's Dead Rising: Watchtower, the zombie film adaptation of the popular video game franchise.
- Derek Anderson
We're back with another round of videos, this time focusing our attention on two new teasers for The CW's iZombie, a faux commercial for the zombie preventative drug, Zombrex, a sought-after item in Dead Rising: Watchtower, as well as a look at Ghoul, a found footage horror film featuring a cannibalistic spirit.
iZombie: "Co-created and executive produced by Rob Thomas & Diane Ruggiero-Wright (Veronica Mars), along with executive producers Danielle Stokdyk and Dan Etheridge (also of Veronica Mars), Rose McIver (Masters of Sex, Once Upon a Time) stars as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a 25-year-old medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Liv transfers her residency to the coroner’s office for access to the brains she must reluctantly eat, but with each brain she consumes, she inherits the corpse’s memories. With her medical examiner boss and a police detective, »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros has led a $24m round of financing in the online gaming and content titan.
The other investors in the round were existing stakeholders Redpoint Ventures, Mk Capital, Coffin Capital and Machinima co-founder Allen DeBevoise.
Warner Bros led an $18m funding round in March 2014 and continues to shy away from purchasing a YouTube network outright, as other Hollywood studios have done.
Machinima reportedly reaches 170m unique viewers and operates a YouTube channel that commands more than 430m subscribers.
CEO Kevin Tsujihara told attendees at the Code/Media conference in California on Thursday (February 19) that he and his team had still not found a model to make money from owning a network.
What appears to be in little doubt is the value Warner Bros top brass place on Machinima as a content delivery platform.
The companies partnered on the live-action web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy (pictured) and are preparing to release the animated series Justice League: Gods And »
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Less than one month after the first trailer debuted for the upcoming digital feature Dead Rising: Watchtower, Crackle has now unveiled the poster, featuring star Jesse Metcalfe wielding what is described as a "sledge saw," a combination of a sledge hammer and a chainsaw. Once Upon a Time star Meghan Ory is also seen in the poster, brandishing another dual weapon, which is both a samurai sword and a shovel.
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story's narrative. The cast also includes Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children), and Rob Riggle (Let's Be Cops, 21 Jump Street).
The Dead Rising »
In addition to its swarming hordes of zombies, Capcom’s Dead Rising video games have always followed interesting human characters striving to survive the streets and buildings choked with the living dead, and now those people will come to life in Dead Rising: Watchtower, a live action film adaptation of the video game franchise from Legendary Digital Media and Crackle that’s showcased in a new trailer.
Dead Rising: Watchtower will be available to stream on Crackle beginning March 27th.
“Principal cast for the upcoming feature-length project includes Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Intelligence, Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways) and Dennis Haysbert ( 24, Men, Women & Children).
“Dead Rising: Watchtower” takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. »
- Derek Anderson
If you like movies based on video games then have we got a trailer for you! This also includes zombies so try to remain calm. It’s the first trailer for Dead Rising: Watchtower, Crackle’s original based on the popular series of games. The movie was written by Tim Carter (Mortal Kombat: Legacy), and stars Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas), Meghan Ory (Once Upon a Time), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Dennis Haysbert (Men, Women & Children), and the always funny Rob »
- Graham McMorrow
Martial artist Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in the web series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" and the TV series "Arrow," has died. He was found at his home by his roommate after apparently passing away in his sleep. The cause of death was not provided. He was only 42. Shahlavi was born in England and began practicing martial arts at age 7. He moved to Hong Kong to pursue a stunt career in the early 1990s, where he was tapped to star in "Tai Chi 2." He moved to the United States to continue his career, performing stunt work for films like "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Night at the Museum" and "300." He also had acting roles in 2002's "I Spy" alongside Eddie Murphy and 2004's "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams. In 2010, Shahlavi appeared in the martial arts film "Ip Man 2." The following year he starred in "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" as Kano. Shahlavi has since had guest roles on "Arrow. »
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