Being the center of school gossip is a quick way to make anyone feel like an outcast, and Persona 5's Ann Takamaki gets the full brunt of that. Ann is a beautiful girl plagued by unjust rumors from her peers on a daily basis. But despite the Scarlett Letter treatment, Ann cares deeply about her friends...which is why she's so eager to pick up the mask and join the Phantom Thieves. Well, that and also to spite the rumors about her and the "excessively friendly" gym teacher at Shujin Academy. And while the Phantom Thieves won't be done with just one lecherous gym teacher, Ann winds up being the closest thing to the group's moral compass. Plus, she's just a total badass that you'd want watching your back in a fight.
A sci-fi adventure inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll, Alice VR takes you to a mysteriously abandoned planet. Led by an AI that knows more than it's willing to reveal, you must decipher the workings of alien technologies, uncover the planet's secrets, and try to repair your ship with your sanity intact.
Alice VR is available today for standard PC, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and OSVR in English, German, Spanish, French, Russian and Polish.
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMix Coming Soon to the PlayStation 4 System
At Paris Games Week, Square Enix and Disney revealed Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX, an HD remastered compilation of the expansive and revered Kingdom Hearts series. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX will launch on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system on March 28, 2017.
The compilation packs six beloved Kingdom Hearts adventures on one disc, paving the way for fans to experience the journey leading up to the release of Kingdom Hearts III.
The full list of titles included in Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 ReMIX follows below:
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMix
• Kingdom Hearts Final Mix
• Kingdom Hearts Re:Chain of Memories
• Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (HD remastered cinematics)
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX
• Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix
• Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep Final Mix
• Kingdom Hearts Re:coded
Sony has announced that they are working with Razer and Nacon to produce two "Pro" PlayStation and PSPro Controllers.
We are excited to give you a first look at the Razer Raiju and Nacon Revolution, two officially licensed pro controllers coming to the SIEE region for PS4 this year.
To give our competitive and pro players more choice, we invited Razer and Nacon to use their knowledge and expertise in developing eSports peripherals to design two unique pro controllers for PS4.
Through close collaboration we’ve been able to help optimise each controller for PS4 – incorporating innovative Dualshock 4 controls and ensuring gamers can enjoy a plug & play experience with any model of PS4.
As you can see, and read about in more detail below, each controller offers a different layout and range of unique features – so competitive gamers can find one which best compliments and adapts to their unique gameplay style.
Update October 26, 2016: Respawn and EA have clarified their stance on Titanfall 2's post-release content, saying you won't see a Season Pass pop up for the DLC - it'll all be free.
"Remember when buying a game got you everything?" asked the Titanfall 2 Twitter today. "Another reason #Titanfall2 is different, no Season Pass needed..."
The official site says "all maps & modes will be free in Titanfall 2 Multiplayer". This, they say, is because they don't want to split the community when maps land. There are already some new maps planned, and up first is a remastered Angel City from the original Titanfall.
"This means once you’ve purchased Titanfall 2, your investment includes a full single player campaign, the full multiplayer maps and modes, and long-term support with no hidden costs," says the site. "You can pre-order the game to play 3 days early, but it will never cost you extra."
'It will never cost you extra' is a very strong statement, so hopefully they stick to that. However, I wouldn't be surprised to see cosmetic items pop up as optional in-game purchases. I also can't imagine single-player DLC would be free, if they ever made any.
Microsoft’s partners will ship a new line of virtual reality headsets to take advantage of Windows 10’s VR and holographic capabilities. At today’s event, Microsoft said that the headsets will start at $299 and will include inside-out tracking sensors, obviating the need for external cameras or laser systems like those on the current Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, and Acer are all listed as partners.
While relatively little is known about the headsets, the six-degree-of-freedom tracking system sounds similar to Oculus’ Santa Cruz prototype, which also includes inside-out tracking. They are distinct from Microsoft HoloLens, an augmented or “mixed” reality headset that projects virtual objects into the real world. While the headsets don’t need external trackers, the one we saw on stage today still looks to be wired, not totally self-contained like Santa Cruz.
Through a revolutionary technology that unlocks his genetic memories, Callum Lynch (Michael Fassbender) experiences the adventures of his ancestor, Aguilar, in 15th Century Spain. Callum discovers he is descended from a mysterious secret society, the Assassins, and amasses incredible knowledge and skills to take on the oppressive and powerful Templar organization in the present day.
ASSASSIN’S CREED stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, 12 Years a Slave) and Academy Award winner Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises, La Vie en Rose). The film is directed by Justin Kurzel (Snowtown, Macbeth); produced by New Regency, Ubisoft Motion Pictures, DMC Films and Kennedy/Marshall; co-financed by RatPac Entertainment and Alpha Pictures; and distributed by 20th Century Fox. ASSASSIN’S CREED opens in theaters worldwide on December 21st, 2016.
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind. Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.
While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.
Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others. Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.
For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit, the No. 1-grossing horror film of 2015. Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.
Nintendo has reported a 33-percent net sales decline for the period of April 1 through September 30 of this year (compared to the same period in 2015) due to a general lack of software for the Wii U.
As a result of the console's decline – sales during the period were roughly half of the 1.1 million units sold worldwide for the same period in 2015 – and the lack of games sales for it, interest in Amiibo figures also declined ("reduced to 3.8 million units for figure-type and 1.7 million units for card-type").
As per usual, however, the handheld department fared better. The 3DS sold 2.7 million units worldwide, an improvement on last year.
Happy Halloween! We’re happy to share the upcoming free PS Plus games for November 2016.
First up this month we have Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture. The talented developers at The Chinese Room bring us the spiritual successor to Dear Esther. Set in a small, deserted English town, players search for clues to uncover what happened to all of its missing inhabitants. This is a beautiful game with an incredible soundtrack that we hope you enjoy.
Next up is The Deadly Tower of Monsters. Have you ever wanted to play through your favorite sci-fi B-movie? Of course you have! That’s exactly what Atlus and ACE team have made with this game. Add in a clever director’s commentary and there’s a lot to enjoy about revisiting this cooky cult classic.
Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture, PS4
The Deadly Tower of Monsters, PS4
Dirt 3, PS3
Costume Quest 2, PS3
Letter Quest Remastered, PS Vita (Cross buy with PS4)
Seems like the greater things you aspire to, the more time it takes. We had huge aspirations for Evolve, and while we got to spend five and a half awesome years on planet Shear with a ragtag group of Planet Tamers and fearsome Monsters, it still doesn’t feel like enough - we were hungry for more but unfortunately today is the last day that Turtle Rock Studios can work on Evolve.
It’s always hard to leave one of our games behind. Left4Dead was no different and now it’s Evolve’s turn. There will always be a special place in our hearts for our past projects. No matter what happens with Evolve in the future, we’ll know it was born in this studio and developed by this team alongside this beautiful community.
This is the life of AAA game developers who aren’t self-funded and don’t own their own IP. We don’t get to make the call. We all know that going in but we still sign the dotted line because we love what we do. We are happy to have gotten the opportunity to do something risky, something new and innovative. We created a brand new Sci-Fi world. We got to go to planet Shear and interact with alien flora and fauna. We got to hunt down, trap and kill giant monsters together. We got to BE the monster. What an awesome experience.
The last five and a half years represents so much. We are so proud of Evolve, the Turtle Rock team and the Evolve community. Getting on the forums, Reddit, Facebook and Twitch and talking directly to you has been a highlight of many of our careers. On no other project have we ever been able to interact so directly. The Evolve community is the best we could have hoped for and we hope you come with us and become a part of the Turtle Rock community.
We want to thank all the people at THQ who initially believed in us when we were that tiny studio in a little converted warehouse with a dream of making something truly different. Thanks to 2K for picking up the mantle out of THQ’s bankruptcy and making Evolve one of the most anticipated games of 2015. Additional big thanks to 2K for reaching outside their comfort zone and funding Evolve: Stage 2 by taking a AAA game free to play, which was a first for all of us.
Most of all, we want to thank you, our players, for supporting Evolve and Evolve: Stage 2, many of you from the very beginning. You embraced our vision and fell in love with it just as we did. We have learned so much from you. Thank you all for your feedback, your support and your dedication.
We love this community and don’t want to say goodbye via a letter on a website, so we’ll be hosting one final Evolve-themed Livestream on Thursday, October 27 at twitch.tv/evolvegame starting at 12 PM Pacific Time. We’ll be there talking about our experience on the project and answering as many of your questions as we can.
There’s a lot that we really wish we could have done, especially taking Stage 2 to consoles, but it looks like that’s just not meant to be.
Those of you who’ve followed Turtle Rock Studios, this is not goodbye. We have lots of stuff in the works that we hope you’ll enjoy but we are departing on the Laurie-Anne for the last time and must bid a farewell to the planet Shear.
We’ll see you all again, another time on another world….
Microsoft's big announcement was the Windows 10 Creators update. It comes out in spring 2017 as a free update for all Windows 10 users. Windows boss Terry Myerson said the Creators Update will offer "unparalleled new ways to create and play."
In terms of gaming features, the Creators Update will offer game-broadcasting support. A demo of Forza Horizon 3 was shown, using the service Beam, which Microsoft acquired earlier this year. The viewer can give the streamer feedback about what they want to see. The video shown during Microsoft's event showed a viewer telling the streamer to go off road; the streamer then saw that prompt and followed the direction.
Additionally, the Creators update adds Beam's broadcasting technology directly into Windows 10, so anyone can stream their broadcasts.
Microsoft also confirmed that the Arena tournament feature is coming to the Xbox app on PC. As announced previously, this lets players create their own tournaments to compete with friends.
Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima has said that current financial guidance leads him to expect that 2 million units of Nintendo Switch hardware will be shipped by the end of this financial year (i.e. by March 31, the new console's launch month).
Reported by the Wall Street Journal's Takashi Mochizuki at Nintendo's financial results briefing, that number is over a million units less than the Wii U's initial 3.06 million unit shipment.
In a country where most video games are pirated from U.S. studios and shared on flash drives, one daring developer is bucking convention by creating Cuba’s first independent video game, funding it through a first-of-its-kind crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Josuhe Pagliery, a Cuban multimedia artist and founder of Empty Head Games, is launching the campaign for Savior, a fully-animated 2D platformer featuring artwork and animation influenced by Pagliery’s career in Cuban art. The $10,000 Indiegogo raise will fund development, animation, and art design for the game.
“But we’re confident that we can overcome them, especially with the help of the Indiegogo backers.”
This is a bold step for Cuba, where a lack of banking infrastructure, limited internet access, and strict government regulations still prevent most forms of free enterprise. Undaunted, Pagliery is one in a new breed of innovators who are developing technologies and products under trying circumstances.
“Cubans are just as fascinated by video games as anyone else in the rest of the world,” said Pagliery. “Players share games on hard drives and jury-rig their phones to play Pokemon Go in the country’s slow, scarce, and expensive Wi-Fi.”
Skyrim: Special Edition won’t be given to press in advance of release, Bethesda has announced. In fact, neither will Dishonored 2 – or any other Bethesda game going forward.
The publisher will now be mailing out code to arrive with media outlets one day in advance of release. Traditionally, most publishers have given press anything up to a couple of weeks early access on major releases, but under an embargo.
Bethesda announced this new policy in a blog post, citing DOOM, which was distributed to press just one day before release, as proof that it doesn’t need to enable early embargoed reviews to succeed critically or commercially.
The announcement is presumably designed to pre-emptively counter any suspicion that Bethesda’s decision to distribute review copies late in the day means the game in question is rubbish; speculation of that sort always kicks off in these kinds of situations.
In an era where it feels like the majority of shooters either have single-player or multiplayer tacked on, Titanfall 2 is the full package. The top-tier campaign has nearly perfect pacing, and the subtle revisions and additions to the multiplayer make it better than ever. For first-person shooter fans, Titanfall 2 is a must play.
Titanfall 2 demonstrates a vitality that its predecessor couldn't. Whereas the first Titanfall kept up its breakneck pace throughout the entirety of every match, Titanfall 2 understands that sometimes, dialing things back for a few moments can make the long run much more enjoyable. In many ways, Titanfall 2 feels like the game Respawn should have made in 2013. It's a fantastic sequel. It's a fluid shooter. It's a spectacular game.
Titanfall 2 might well be this year’s best surprise. The original game’s gorgeously tactile, flowing traversal systems always had great potential as the fuel of a single-player campaign, but the care and craft that Respawn has instilled into creating that adventure will blindside you. It’s immediately gratifying on a moment-to-moment basis, but as a complete work and experience, it’s one of the most creative and rewarding FPS in recent memory.
This isn't just a worthy sequel to Titanfall, but one that improves upon the original while adding a superb single-player campaign. The latter combines fast-paced action, pilot acrobatics, heavyweight Titan warfare and a surprising amount of heart in one of the most enjoyable solo storylines of the year.
And when you're done with that, the enhanced multiplayer is there to dazzle you with fluid motion, high-octane gunplay and those mighty mechs going mano e mano.
Now that it's hitting PS4 as well as Xbox One and PC, Respawn's giant-sized shooter is getting a second shot at the big leagues. Titanfall 2 richly deserves it: it's a masterful piece of work.
Titanfall 2 takes what works with the original and builds on it. The same addicting momentum-based movement system is back and it’s still fun to use. Built on top of this is a campaign that, while not the most original, manages to create a relationship that feels genuine with a unique mission structure that embraces the movement system to create unique gameplay scenarios. Then you have the multiplayer that may not have as many weapons as some other games, and a few maps that don’t play to the game’s strength, but still manages to produce hours of fun. Titanfall 2 breathes new life into the concept and has solidified it as a franchise. Now, let’s all standby for titanfall.
Although it's a little on the short side, and its production values are a bit oldschool, Titanfall 2's single-player campaign is a really enjoyable experience while it lasts. It's very inventive and fun, and a great warm-up for the game's excellent multiplayer component, whose gunplay and controls are absolutely outstanding. All it needs is a few more maps and modes.
When U.S. Marine Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf) returns home from his tour in Afghanistan, he finds that the place he once called home is no better than the battlefields he fought on overseas. Accompanied by his best friend Devin Roberts (Jai Courtney), a hardnosed Marine whose natural instinct is to shoot first and ask questions later, he searches desperately for the whereabouts of his estranged son, Johnathan (Charlie Shotwell), and wife, Natalie (Kate Mara). In their search, the two intercept Charles (Clifton Collins Jr.), a man carrying vital information about the whereabouts of Gabriel's family. As we revisit the past, we are guided in unraveling the puzzle of Gabriel's experience and what will eventually lead us to finding his family.
The 1980s in Japan were defined by unprecedented amounts of decadent overindulgence – and nothing was out of greed’s reach, especially in Kamurocho. A chilly but electric Tokyo in December 1988 is the backdrop for Kazuma Kiryu’s ascension into the ranks of the Yakuza – the name given to members of notorious crime organizations. And with Yakuza 0, newcomers to SEGA® of America, Inc.’s Yakuza series will be able to get in on the ground floor, with the game’s standalone, story-driven action that focuses on navigating the seedy underworld of Japan with series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu, and for the first time in a numbered title, players will be able to play as long-time NPC, Goro Majima – the Mad Dog of Shimano. Available on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the game will be localized and released as physical and digital versions in the Americas.
Yakuza 0 Features:
• The Dragon’s Origins: What lies in a man’s past defines his future, and in this case, we learn a lot about what inspires Kiryu down the paths he takes in the rest of the Yakuza series. Plus, you don’t get to be called “Dragon” without being able to knock a few heads. Combat styles can be hot-swapped during fights for some of the most intense battles in the Yakuza series to date.
• Embrace the Mad Dog: For the first time in a numbered game, long-time NPC Goro Majima is now playable. With his own fighting style, abilities, and his penchant for turning sleaze into profit, stepping into the role of Yakuza’s most eccentric character will provide some eye-opening insight.
• The Decadence of the 1980s in Japan: Cash rules everything in the world of Yakuza 0, and in the game, there are a million ways to spend, make, or take money. From cash spilling out of the pockets of gang members you fight to Telephone Clubs, Disco Halls, or even Pocket Circuit car races, there are tons of ways to be a well-to-do gangster.
Return to the award winning third installment of the Dark Souls franchise with the Ashes of Ariandel DLC.
You must journey into a painted world to uncover the secrets hidden in the cold darkness. Arm yourself with all new weapons and armor and face off against new enemies and bosses designed to test all of your skills. Then, team up with and take on players from around the world in the all-new PvP Arena.
Can you unravel all of the mysteries awaiting you in Ashes of Ariandel and its painted world?
For Marcus Holloway, the San Francisco Bay Area is his playground. From Marin to Oakland to Silicon Valley to the City, the neighborhoods and people are as diverse as the activities dotted everywhere in the Bay Area. Watch the “Welcome to San Francisco” Trailer and take in all of the sights, sounds and action that the world of Watch Dogs 2 has to offer.
A stolen throne. An empire in chaos. An Empress and a Royal Protector are all that stand between a mad witch and absolute power. When Dishonored 2 launches on November 11 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC, it will be up to you to choose the legacy you leave behind as either Emily Kaldwin or Corvo Attano. Will you soak the streets in blood as you fight to take back what’s rightfully yours from Delilah? Or will you ghost through the world, quietly uncovering the mystery brewing in the Empire of the Isles? Celebrate the impending launch with a new live-action trailer.
Dishonored 2 will launch worldwide on November 11, 2016, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
Pursue the Children of Arkham in 'Batman - The Telltale Series' Episode 3: New World Order
Today we can unveil an all-new launch trailer for Batman - The Telltale Series Episode 3: 'New World Order'.
The third of five episodes in the season, Episode 3: 'New World Order' will be available digitally worldwide starting Tuesday October 25th on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One. The episode will also be available October 25th on the PlayStation Network for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 in North America (SIEA territories), and starting October 27th for PS4 and PS3 in European (SIEE territories). Release dates for additional platforms will be announced in the near future.
In Episode 3, Penguin's brutal attack broadcast on live TV has left Gotham City reeling. As Bruce and Batman, you'll dig deeper into the web of intrigue surrounding the newly revealed Children of Arkham. Meanwhile, behind closed doors, the mysterious Selina Kyle reveals more of herself to Bruce. And in the aftermath of the attack, Bruce's friend and Gotham's new mayor, Harvey Dent, is a deeply changed man. Who can be trusted when the future of Bruce Wayne - and the Batman - could be determined by the flip of a coin?
The series is also available to purchase at retailers in North America and Europe as a special Season Pass Disc, which includes the first of five episodes in the season, and grants access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates.
Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale's vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne,Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, Jason Spisak as Oswald Cobblepot, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.
The video game voice actor union, SAG-AFTRA, has officially called a strike against a number of video game companies following two years of unsuccessful negotiations. The strike began at midnight this morning.
The union was asking for a new compensation model that would give voice and mo-cap actors residual payments based on a video game’s sales and performance. The industry wasn’t willing to go that far, proposing instead an across-the-board 9% wage increase, as well as additional compensation up to $950 per game based on the number of sessions actors work on a title.
For the month of November, Xbox Live Gold members will receive four new free games – two on Xbox One and two on Xbox 360 – as part of the Games with Gold program. You can play both Xbox 360 titles on your Xbox One with Backward Compatibility.
On Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold members can download Super Dungeon Bros ($19.99 ERP) for free during the month of November. Murdered: Soul Suspect ($19.99 ERP) will be available as a free download from November 16th to December 15th.
On Xbox 360, starting Tuesday, November 1st, Monkey Island: SE ($9.99 ERP) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through November 15th. Then on November 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon ($14.99 ERP) for free through November 30th.
Know Your Enemy: Inside the Multiplayer of Halo Wars 2.
343 Industries and Creative Assembly discuss the multiplayer modes of Halo Wars 2, including Blitz, where tactical combat meets card-based strategy -- choose a Leader, build a deck of cards, and deploy them in explosive battles.
Tyler Perry bested Tom Cruise at the box office this weekend, Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween opened in the top spot with an estimated $27.6 million, edging Cruise's Jack Reacher: Never Go Back into second place.
Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of October 21st to October 23rd, 2016.
Boo! A Madea Halloween $27.6/$27.6
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back $23.0/$23.0
Ouija: Origin of Evil $14.0/$14.0
The Accountant $14.0/$47.9
The Girl on the Train $7.2/$58.9
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children $6.0/$74.4
Keeping Up with the Joneses $5.6/$5.6
Kevin Hart: What Now? $4.1/$18.9
Deepwater Horizon $3.6/$55.2
The Magnificent Seven $2.3/$89.0
Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life $2.2/$16.9
Respawn's soon-to-launch Titanfall 2 will support PlayStation 4 Pro, the developer has reiterated. Additionally, producer Drew McCoy confirmed on Twitter today that the "support is on the disc."
It was already confirmed that Titanfall 2 would get a PS4 Pro patch, but this is the first time we're hearing that the patch will apparently be available when the game launches on October 28.
The PS4 Pro doesn't launch until November 10, so the patch is more preparatory in nature. Titanfall 2 is not the only game getting a PS4 Pro patch, as other EA games like Battlefield 1, FIFA 17, and Mass Effect: Andromeda also are. You can see all the games that are getting PS4 Pro patches here.
Yesterday Nintendo decided to give us the first look at its new Switch console with a three minute video that showed off all of its fancy new features. One of the sections showed the console running Skyrim, which many took as confirmation that Bethesda’s classic RPG would be hitting the Switch sometime around launch.
However neither Bethesda nor Nintendo are confirming that Skyrim will hit the Switch at all.
"We're happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Nintendo on the video,” a Bethesda spokesperson told Games Industry. “While we are not confirming any specific titles at this time, we are pleased to announce our partnership with Nintendo and support of the Switch. We look forward to revealing specific games and details in the future."
Nintendo on the other hand have not specifically mentioned Skyrim, but did release a statement after the reveal that mentioned upcoming titles.
“Today’s video incorporated short glimpses of representative gameplay to demonstrate the liberating nature of the Nintendo Switch home gaming system,” said Nintendo. “Full game demonstrations, the list of launch window titles, as well as launch date, price, product configuration and related specifics, will be shown and announced prior to the March launch.”
The directorial lineup for the second season of Marvel's Jessica Jones will be comprised entirely of women.
Melissa Rosenberg, executive producer of the hit Netflix-exclusive series, shared the news during her panel at Transform Hollywood, which was relayed on Twitter by Variety's Mo Ryan (via ScreenRant).
Rosenberg spoke to aiming for a diverse set of perspectives as well when hiring for the show's writing staff, according to Variety, explaining that she looks for those with people who have experiences separate from hers.
"When I interview a writer, I’m less interested in what you’ve been doing professionally than I am in where you’re from, what your parents do, what’s your life experience, what are you bringing to the table personally," Rosenberg said.
Tim Miller, who directed Deadpool and had a hand in giving Fox its biggest hit of the year, will not direct Deadpool 2.
The director has parted ways with the studio over what insiders say are creative differences with Ryan Reynolds, the actor who plays the Marvel character.
Deadpool made $786 million worldwide when it opened on Valentine’s Day this year, launching a new franchise for the studio. The movie re-energized the career of Reynolds but it also began a second act for Miller, a visual effects specialist who founded Blur Studios and made a name for himself making video game trailers and opening credits.
By all accounts, success of the movie was truly shared by Reynolds, who helped define the voice to the characters, screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and Miller. In fact, Miller is believed to be the one who leaked Deadpool test footage into the wilds of the Internet, with the ensuing enthusiastic reaction just what was needed to ensure that Fox, which was waffling whether or not to make the movie, gave it the green light.
Even before the movie’s opening, the gang was back together plotting the sequel. Deadpool 2 is in the casting stages and is in the middle of testing six actresses for the part of Domino, the project’s new female lead.
Sources say Reynolds and Miller had increasingly butted heads over certain creative issues. Reynolds was a producer on the original, along with Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner, but sources say his clout has increased exponentially on the sequel.
Shadow Warrior 2 is getting some lovely freebies in the near future, like new weapons - more is always better - as well as new missions and an "ultra-hard" challenge mode.
The upcoming updates are free, but developers Flying Wild Hog don't go into too much detail. We know the Nobitsura Kage is back - the first game's ultimate katana is a bit of a fan-favourite, so series vets will be pleased to see its return.
We're also promised new missions and an ultra-hard challenge mode alongside new weapons, items, and co-op ninja characters.
4205 double dose for your weekend enjoyment! Hot on the heels of a big time VG news week, we couldn't wait to talk about this stuff. This week, Andre has a need for speed, Theo delves into another world, Chris takes his games to go and Joe calls out the BS. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the fortieth episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss the Nintendo Switch.
There were some things that happened this week, but much as the giant in the room is wont to do, some news... overshadowed the rest. After a bit of an extended Now Playing, we get into the official announcement of Nintendo's newest console, the Nintendo Switch.
We also have the fourth entry in our Final Fantasy retrospective that covers Final Fantasy numbers 10, 12 and 13.
Civilization VI is my new favourite addiction that I honestly can’t really fault. Each of the gameplay changes provides a fresh challenge, but they were well worth undertaking once they clicked. It’s packed full of the stuff that made the previous games great, but also has a crisp style that makes things clear enough when the game gets extremely busy. As such, the vanilla version of Civilization VI is so good, expansions aren’t really necessary to improve upon it. Having said that, I’m excited for what’s next.
That word –– improvement –– is applicable to almost everything in Civilization 6. From its various routes to victory and how those methods of play intertwine; to its leaders and the numerous interactions between those bold and colourful characters, this is a supremely strong strategy experience with only a handful of quirks and flaws. It launches in such a feature full state that it’s a wonder where Firaxis could go next. For such a complex and in depth game to feel so intuitive is impressive, but for such a game to remain fun, exciting and unpredictable after forty, sixty, one-hundred hours of play? That’s joyous.
It'll take a few balance patches and expansions before it achieves absolute perfection, but the list of wholesale changes Civ VI brings to the storied formula makes for an instantly sumptuous strategy treat.
Strategy games live and die on the complexity and satisfaction of the countless decisions made within them, and it’s here that Civilization VI stands tall. Where its predecessors laid the foundations and systems of play, this is a game that refines and perfects them to a remarkable degree. It’s not without a couple of flaws – the odd diplomatic quirk and some religious spamming are its most notable – but Civilization VI gives the series’ 20-year Anniversary the hurrah it deserves. It’s a game that celebrates the genre while fundamentally improving it, and it comes in a package that is simultaneously attractive for newcomers while being exciting for Civilization veterans.
With Battlefield 1, EA and DICE have proven the viability of World War 1 as a time period worth revisiting in first-person shooters. It brings into focus countries and nationalities that do not exist today while also shedding light on how the outcome of that war has shaped our lives. As World War II shooters proved many years ago, no game can truly capture the entirety of a global conflict. This is why the focused structure of the War Stories anthology works well. Moreover, Operations succeeds as an effective educational primer on the battles that this gripping adversarial mode are based on. Battlefield 1 is just an introduction to one of the deadliest world events in history, but it is an outstanding, feature-rich package in both its emotional stories and strong multiplayer.
Battlefield 1 does an amazing job of transplanting the fantastic chemistry of the series’ traditional multiplayer action into the weaponry and vehicles of World War I. The era brings with it not only a visually striking backdrop for classic game modes like Conquest and the compelling new Operations, but a distinct personality that touches everything from its rich lineup of archaic and distinctively designed weapons to the somber anthology of character-driven stories in its brief but surprisingly poignant single-player scenarios. While maps are not its strong point, Battlefield 1’s dynamically destructible environments and the minutely balanced mechanics of its classes and gadgets keep the moment-to-moment first-person shooting varied and engaging.
As I wrote at the beginning, Battlefield 1 is, at the most reductive level, still a Battlefield game. As such, it offers many of the same experiences as its (many, many) predecessors. Two things mitigate that. Firstly, Battlefield is an excellent template for a multiplayer shooter. Little provides the same sense of unpredictable sandbox drama, at least outside of more hardcore simulators such as Arma 3. Put simply, a Battlefield game is no bad thing to be. Secondly, little differences can have a big impact. Battlefield 1's little differences mean better infantry combat, a heightened sense of destruction, and a pace that feels more deliberate and tactical. This is no simple rehash and replacement, and, while I appreciate Battlefield 4's sense of scale, for me, Battlefield 1 is the better of the two.
I haven't had this much fun with a Battlefield game since playing 1942 in my cousin's basement with a LAN setup. While 4 came close several years back it was a real glitchfest (particularly on consoles), and the relative smoothness of 1 is working in its favor.
When all's said and done, when the matches end and the dust settles, you'll see that large portions of the maps have transformed, their buildings pockmarked by blasts, their fortifications turned into piles of rubble. Even though bloody entertainment is at Battlefield 1's heart, the post-game wasteland is a reminder of the toll that conflict takes on the people it consumes. Whether in single or multiplayer Battlefield 1 absolutely nails the historical sense of adventure and expectation before swiftly giving way to dread as the war takes a physical and mental toll on its participants. And this - as much as the intimate, brutal virtual warfare - is the game's most impressive feat.
Farming Simulator 17 will release Tuesday next week October 25, on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The Farming Simulator franchise has entranced millions of players over the years, thanks to its unique blend of progressive gameplay and rewarding management within the universal theme of farming and agriculture, featuring hundreds of vehicles from the world's biggest agricultural brands. In the run-up to launch, we are happy to unveil Farming Simulator 17's Launch Trailer today, which gives a taste of all the activities players will be able to take on next week.
Immerse yourself in a huge open world loaded with a yield of new content. Explore farming possibilities over hundreds of acres of land, including a detailed new North American environment. Drive over 250 authentic farming vehicles and equipment from more than 75 manufacturers, including huge new brands such as Challenger, Fendt, Massey Ferguson and Valtra.
Harvest many types of crops, including for the first time sunflowers and soy beans. Take care of your livestock - cows, sheep, chickens and now pigs - take part in forestry, and sell your products to expand your farm! Transport your goods with trucks and trailers, or load and drive trains to reach your destination. Grow your farm online with other players, and download community created mods across each platform for an ever-expanding Farming Simulator experience!
From writer/director Tom Ford comes a haunting romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension that explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption. Academy Award nominees Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal star as a divorced couple discovering dark truths about each other and themselves in “Nocturnal Animals.”
Twitter, Spotify and Reddit, and a huge swath of other websites were down or screwed up this morning. This was happening as hackers unleashed a large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the servers of Dyn, a major DNS host. It’s probably safe to assume that the two situations are related.
Domain Name Servers (DNS) act as the Internet’s phone book. Basically, they facilitate your request to go to a certain webpage and make sure you are taken to the right place. If the DNS provider that handles requests for Twitter is down, well, good luck getting to Twitter. Some websites are coming back for some users, but it doesn’t look like the problem is fully resolved.
Dyn posted this update on its website: “Starting at 11:10 UTC on October 21th-Friday 2016 we began monitoring and mitigating a DDoS attack against our Dyn Managed DNS infrastructure. Some customers may experience increased DNS query latency and delayed zone propagation during this time. Updates will be posted as information becomes available.”