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Just like violence in any other medium, there are times in gaming where certain bloody depictions cross the lines of taste. In many cases, these specific games aren’t even that explicit aesthetically, but go too far when the brutality itself is accompanied by dark subject matter or delivered in a way that doesn’t gel with the enjoyable, player-driven fun that most games strive for.
For the most part, video game violence can be pretty great. Being able to blow up, shoot or stab an endless supply of faceless goons (or faceless human players) provides a cathartic joy like nothing else, and let’s face it, for as much flack as it gets, digital claret is hardly the controversial topic the media has tried to make it out to be for years now. We’ve watched onscreen violence in movies for almost a century, so of course »
- Josh Brown
Mortal Kombat X is set to gain four new fighters with the upcoming release of its second fighter pack, and while two of these are guests (same as before with the last fighter Dlc), soon you’ll be able to saw your friends in half with Leatherface or terrorise their feeble existence with the Xenomorph from Alien. These two will then be able to square off with the already available Jason Voorhees and Predator, meaning that Alien vs. Predator showdown we’ve all been waiting for will soon be a reality – a bloody, gory, brutal and downright fantastic reality.
Guest characters, however, can be shaky ground for some, because many fans would rather see the lore of the game explored, as oppose to some guest character pumped in for the sake of it.
Hell, they’d like to see those characters from past games who still appear to be »
- Martin Harp
Reading through the Euro Palace blog I’ve stumbled upon an article which talks about how some movies would make great video slot machines. No wonder they have chosen the slots as a topic – Euro Palace specializes in real money games, and slot machines are the games of choice at such venues. They’ve chosen The Bucket List, any James Bond movie, Mortal Kombat, Kick-Ass and Pulp Fiction for their list. Their reasons are plausible, and they are right – any of the above would make a great slot machine. But let me add five more to the list – hoping for developers to listen. So, here is my five cents, well, erm, movies.
1. Ocean’s Eleven
What better source of inspiration for a video slot machine than a story about a gang robbing three Las Vegas casinos simultaneously? The movie has the visuals and the selection of movie stars to make a perfect video slot, »
Having rushed onto video game screens back in 1991, it was always a wonder why Sega’s Sonic the Hedgehog never got his own big screen adventure while Super Mario Bros., Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and Wing Commander did. Well it was announced last year that Sony had accquired the rights to create a live-action/animation hybrid – and now it has a release date.
While we don’t have an exact date, Sonic the Hedgehog’s first foray into cinema territory will happen in 2018.
“Sega Sammy Group is currently planning with Sony Pictures to create a live-action and animation hybrid Sonic The Hedgehog movie scheduled for release in 2018,” Sega president and CEO Hajime Satomi said. “Like with this CG animation production, we would like to expand our business into other entertainment areas beyond what we are currently involved.”
There were plans for a Sonic the Hedgehog movie back in the mid- »
- Luke Owen
Around three dozen films adaptations of video games have been churned out by Hollywood so far, and the best we've gotten are half-decent films like "Prince of Persia," "Mortal Kombat" and "Silent Hill".
Can Duncan Jones' "Warcraft" or Justin Kurzel's "Assassin's Creed" break that streak and deliver something exceptional? Michael Fassbender, who stars in the latter, tells Empire that 'Creed' is very much an old school action film and draws a comparison to one specific past work:
"I've always thought about The Matrix when we've approached this. This idea of DNA memory elevates it from a basic fantasy genre [piece], because you have something an audience can actually believe in. Then the journey becomes so much more elevated, because you're on board in a different way. There's very little green screen in this, which is highly unusual in these films. We have stunt guys jumping across buildings in (Maltese capital) Valletta. »
- Garth Franklin
Punch Club sentences its players to a potentially longer grind than most modern, reasonable RPGs. That “potentially” is no slip of the tongue, either. Punch Club is all about grooming your fighter for hands-off brawls, from back alley ambushes to big league pay-per-views, like a buff Tamagotchi. You dictate when he sleeps, what he eats, how he trains, and whether he throws parties or mixes it up with menial labor jobs and movie deals. Becoming the best is never easy, not when your success is calculated by a random number generator.
As I said, the punching part of Punch Club is out of the player’s hands. You are your character’s guardian, but every fight is won by his knuckles and roundhouse kicks, not yours. Before every battle, you choose a set of skills from the ones currently unlocked. Knee strikes that cripple an opponent’s agility and stamina, »
- Joshua Kowbel
Fan favorite Tekken character Nina Williams has made the cut for Tekken 7, but she may not look exactly how you remember. In fact, one might be led to suspect that Miss. (or is that Ms. now?) Williams has either just tied the knot or been stood-up at the altar. She certainly looks angry enough for the latter to be true judging by the reveal trailer above.
Bandai Namco are calling Nina’s new threads the ‘Fatal Bride’ outfit, but it’s not entirely clear whether this is her default costume or a bonus one to be unlocked through other means. Either way, she’s looking rather kick-ass, and fans can now finally breathe a sigh of relief that she’s confirmed for the game. Not like there was ever any doubt in our minds though – she’s appeared in every single main instalment of the series to date.
As part of Nina’s announcement, »
- Joe Pring
The third season of Machinima’s eSports reality documentary series “Chasing the Cup” is all about the top Mortal Kombat X players in the world, and in the wake of the first three episodes hitting the net today, we’ve just learned… Continue Reading →
The post The CW Will Air Mortal Kombat X Reality Competition Special appeared first on Dread Central. »
- John Squires
Machinima is making big moves in the world of esports. The online video network, which caters to gamers, has brought its e-sports web series Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup to digital platform CW Seed, with plans to air the show’s finale on The CW.
Chasing the Cup, which first launched in 2014, follows top e-sports pros as they compete at major international events. While early seasons focused on the popular title League of Legends, the latest edition will profile top gamers within the Mortal Kombat community. The fighting game franchise’s latest release, Mortal Kombat X, arrived in 2015, and the new, five-episode Chasing the Cup season focuses on a competition that began in November of that year.
The first three episodes of the new Chasing the Cup season are now available on CW Seed on January 25th. New episodes will arrive weekly, and the finale will air »
- Sam Gutelle
Note to exasperated parents whose kids spend all day playing video games and claim it’s good for them: The digital docuseries about professional Mortal Kombat players is coming to broadcast TV. Well, part of it anyway. CW Seed today launched the five-episode Season 3 of Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing The Cup, a web series that follows five of the world's top-ranked players. The bigger news is that The CW will air the season finale as a one-hour primetime special on… »
The CW has picked up the third season of Machinima’s eSports documentary series “Chasing the Cup” about players facing off in a “Mortal Kombat X” tournament — marking the first TV deal for the YouTube-focused digital studio.
CW will distribute the first five episodes of “Mortal Kombat X: Machinima’s Chasing the Cup” online at CW Seed. The finale, covering the championship of the Esl Mortal Kombat X Pro League Finals with contestants battling for $100,000 in prize money, will air on the CW Network as a one-hour primetime special on Monday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. Et/Pt.
The deal unites together several Warner Bros. properties and investments. The studio owns half of CW (together with CBS), and holds an equity investment in Machinima. In addition, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment is the publisher of the “Mortal Kombat” game franchise, developed by NetherRealm Studios.
CW has been growing its male audience, with »
- Todd Spangler
The end of the week means it’s time for The Recap. This week Jason from Scns Live has all the biggest stories of the week. Star Wars has gotten so big that now other movies have to respond when they make a date change. 4 movies adjusting dates is nothing to scoff at guys. DC gave the fans some great sneak peeks this Tuesday at characters in the next movies they’ll be releasing and even gave the fans a new Suicide Squad movie trailer. Also the promo for this movie is doing very well. Mortal Kombat not high on your list of games to play this season? Well maybe they can sweeten the deal a bit more with Mortal Kombat Xl. Lastly Far Cry Primal is a month away and we’ve got a new trailer and some behind the scenes stuff for the upcoming release.
Star Wars and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jason The X)
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced the upcoming release of Mortal Kombat Xl, the definitive experience of NetherRealm Studios’ award-winning Mortal Kombat X, which includes the main game, along with all of the downloadable content. Check out the announcement trailer here…
· Brand new playable characters the Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre horror film series, Triborg and Bo’Rai Cho
· Never released Apocalypse Skin Pack
· Previously released content including playable Goro, Brazil Skin Pack, Kold War Skin Pack and Kold War Scorpion Skin
Also included with Mortal Kombat Xl are previously released downloadable content from the original Kombat Pack:
· Playable characters Predator, Jason Voorhees, Tremor and Tanya, with each accompanied by three themed skins
· Samurai Skin Pack
Mortal Kombat X is NetherRealm Studios »
- Gary Collinson
If you've been holding off on picking up Mortal Kombat X (for some reason), and want to get in on the fun, you're in luck, as Warner Bros. Interactive have announced Mortal Kombat Xl, a new edition of the game that brings together All of the Dlc into one package.
Mortal Kombat X has given fans some neat extra content since it's initial release last night, including new fighters, animations, and fatalities for gamers to play with. Kombat Pack 2, which brings in some iconic horror movie fighters to the battle is coming up soon as well, but if you've skipped out on everything so far, the newly announce Mkxl will bring it all together in one tidy package for you:
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Mortal Kombat Xl, the definitive experience of the award-winning, hit Mortal Kombat X videogame, which was the best-selling game in franchise history and recently »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Mortal Kombat Xl punches and kicks its way onto Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this March, featuring all previous Dlc and the base game in one bumper package. The bundle is due to be released in both physical and digital forms, and will contain the original retail game released last year, along with all characters and skin packs introduced as additional, purchasable content.
That means that the likes of Predator, Tremor, Tanya and Jason Voorhees will be included, along with pre-order bonus character Goro and the Samurai, Brazil and Kold War skin packs.
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But wait, there’s more! The upcoming Kombat Pack 2 characters Bo’Rai Cho, Tri-Borg, Leatherface and the Xenomorph will be included too, along with the Apocalypse Skin Pack. Developer NetherRealm have yet to confirm a price for Mortal Kombat Xl, but expect a cost to reflect what you get for your cash.
- Joe Pring
Most WWE characters are designed in a similar fashion to the protagonists or antagonists of video games. The whole structure and concept of pro wrestling is, at its core, a good versus evil narrative in which heroes and villains with silly names – and often ridiculous size and musculature – fight one another with signature moves to resolve personal feuds.
Sometimes storylines comprise complex, ongoing narrative arcs, and sometimes they involve characters levelling up and become bigger and more dynamic stars – it depends on the angle (or the game). And, of course, WWE characters are built to be larger than life in order to stand out in the company’s highly competitive marketplace, just as the stars of video games are carefully designed and packaged to attract attention on store shelves and in screenshots.
The following is a broad selection of WWE stars past, present and future and their obvious »
- Ben Cooke
One of the most important things in a fighting game is to have a core of characters that gamers can gravitate to; combatants that stand out in terms of design, catchphrases, moves or their role in the game’s mythology. In Mortal Kombat you have Scorpion and Sub-Zero, in Tekken you have Jin, Heihachi and Kazuya and in Street Fighter, there’s Ryu, Chun-Li, Zangief et al.
Once a fighting series has established this solid core of memorable characters, the developers can afford to start getting experimental in later games in the series, which is when the weird and the notoriously crappy creations start to surface.
In a way, no fighting game would be complete without its share of creative hiccups, and as the hotly anticipated Street Fighter V is about to drop February 16th, now seems a good a time as ever to reflect on the comical, terrible »
- Robert Zak
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have revealed a closer look at the brand-new characters and content coming to Mortal Kombat X in Kombat Pack 2, the game’s next wave of downloadable content. The trailer showcases the Kombatants being introduced to the game’s playable roster in 2016 including the Xenomorph from Alien, Leatherface, Triborg and Bo’ Rai Cho.
Players who purchase Kombat Pack 2 will also receive the never-before-released Apocalypse Pack, as well as the following content for Mortal Kombat X:
Goro – The feral, four-armed Shokan warrior will be available as a playable combatant. Apocalypse Pack – The Apocalypse Pack features three new character skins, reimagining characters Takeda, D’Vorah and Erron Black with an apocalyptic theme. Brazil Pack – The Brazil Pack features three new character skins: Futbol Cage, Capoeira Liu Kang and Gaucho Kung Lao. Kold War Pack – The Kold War Pack includes three new character skins: Motherland Sonya, Tundra Sub-Zero and Revolution Kano. »
- Phil Wheat
On Mubi Off is a bi-weekly column exploring two films: one currently available on Mubi in the United States, and the other screening offsite (in theaters, on VOD, Blu-ray/DVD, etc).On MUBIShopping (Paul W.S. Anderson, 1994) A telling exchange from an early scene in writer-director Paul W.S. Anderson's 1994 debut Shopping:"What's prison taught you, Billy?""Don't get caught." Yet the film that follows is, in large part, all about getting caught—about being swept up into the Hollywood big leagues, using this enjoyable, eye-catching display of kinetic prowess as proof of talent. Not that there's anything inherently wrong with such calling card features, though they're often ascribed cynical motivations, and you can't necessarily say you've seen one until the artist behind them has got a few more projects under his-or-her belt. The aesthetic impulses and inclinations mostly become clear in retrospect. And from our current vantage point, you »
- Keith Uhlich
Another year, another slew of pixelated pretenders to the throne. Ahead of the event taking place on February 18, the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences has locked down the list of finalists nominated for the 19th annual Dice awards ceremony.
Pinpointing the crème de la crème, the prestigious company has nominated 53 games in total, a star-studded list toplined by Rise of the Tomb Raider and CD Projekt Red’s critically-adorned masterpiece The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, with the pair topping the pack with eight nominations a piece. You can check out the full list below.
There are also plans in place to posthumously commemorate the late, great Saturo Iwata with the Lifetime Achievement Award, a prestigious award that has only been handed out to five other talents in the industry: Bing Gordon (EA founder), Doug Lowenstein (Esa founder), Ken Kutaragi (former PlayStation president), Minoru Arakawa (former Nintendo of America president), and »
- Michael Briers
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