The future! Equal parts mysterious and terrifying. We answer a question posited to us by one of our contest winners about the direction video game consoles could head in and how gamers might experience them some years down the road. Andre explores the past, Theo savors the experience and Joe gets really pretty. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the fifty-seventh episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss the future of gaming consoles.
On a question posed to us from one of our contest entries, we tackle the topic of gaming's future, and if the Switch has started a new console revolution. Is Cloud Gaming the next step?
And speaking of contests, this Wednesday evening we'll be getting our gift card giveaway on Evil Avatar underway! This giveaway will only be available to Evil Avatar posters, no extra shenanigans needed. Three more $50 coming at ya, win some!
Global games retailer GameStop has reported year-on-year drops in both revenue and income.
Revenues for the quarter ending January 28th fell 13.6 per cent to $3.05bn, while net income dropped 18 per cent to $208.7bn. Adjusted earnings were down by three per cent. Comparable store sales declined by 16.3 per cent internationally and 20.8 per cent in the US.
The company said that weakening games sales due to the aging generation of consoles and a few triple-A flops were the main culprit, along with strong competition from retail rivals throughout the Black Friday period.
Hardware and software sales were both down sharply, at 29.1 per cent and 19.3 per cent respectively. Digital receipts were also down, falling 7.7 per cent year-on-year. Going the other way were Technology Brand sales, which soared 43.9 per cent. Collectibles also grew, jumping 27.8 per cent year-on-year thanks to the opening of more dedicated stores.
Full year sales were down 8.1 per cent with comparable store sales falling by 11 per cent. GameStop’s non-games business throughout the period increased from 24.5 per cent of its total the previous year to 36.9 per cent this year.
Blizzard Entertainment presents a modern take on the original StarCraft experience in StarCraft: Remastered.
StarCraft introduced many revolutionary new features that have since become staples of the real-time strategy genre: asymmetric factions, meticulous balance, and a strong emphasis on deep strategy and high accessibility. After more than ten years, StarCraft continues to headline gaming tournaments worldwide.
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.
Nintendo's president says revenue from Super Mario Run was lower than expected, but he insists pay-to-play mobile games are here to stay at the gaming giant.
In an interview with the Nikkei Asian Review, Tatsumi Kimishima said the mobile game's earnings "did not meet our expectations."
Super Mario Run, the first mobile game to feature Nintendo's star character, is free to download, but only a limited amount of content is free-to-play. To unlock the full game, players must pay US $10 / £10 / AU $15. By the end of January, the game hit a whopping 78 million downloads on iOS only, but only 5% of players had purchased the full game.
The game made its Android debut this week alongside the release of a major update for the iOS version. In version 2.0.0, Nintendo has expanded the free-to-play content in the game, which is included in the Android release.
While Super Mario Run has gotten more free content, it is another Nintendo game that is the company's smartphone "cash cow," according to Nikkei Asian Review. Fire Emblem Heroes, a more traditional free-to-play game, has been wildly successful in sales. Despite that, Nintendo insists pay-to-play is the preferred business model.
"Heroes is an outlier. We honestly prefer the Super Mario Run model," a senior company official told Nikkei.
The Sega Dreamcast may have sold poorly, but it had many great games still worth playing today. Plus those VMUs were so cool! This Dreamcast buying guide is perfect for new collectors wanting to know about the hardware, accessories and games you should buy day 1!
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Last August, Toho announced an animated feature starring Godzilla, the first "high quality" anime in the character's 63-year history. Polygon Pictures - the animation studio behind Star Wars: The Clone Wars will be handling the animation duties for Godzilla's first-ever feature-length animated film. Outside of it's existence and the tentative title of Godzilla, little was known about the film until recently.
Today, Toho announced the film's title and Japanese theatrical release date; Godzilla: Monster Planet will debut in Japanese theaters this upcoming November. With a tagline of, "We will take back this planet, Earth", this particular project is shaping up to be one of the more interesting - or, at the very least different - entries in the series.
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The last summer of the 20th Century. The day, that human beings learned that they were not the only rulers of the Earth. Giant living creatures, "Kaiju", appeared, as well as the ultimate entity which destroys all monsters: Godzilla. After a half a century of war against these monsters, the defeated human race planned to escape Earth. In 2048, only those selected by the central government's A.I., boarded the interstellar migration ship "Aratrum" for Tau Ceti e, a planet 11.9 light-years distant. Twenty years later, however, they discover that their destination is inhospitable to human survival.
Aboard the Aratrum is Haruno, who saw both of his parents killed by Godzilla when he was four years old. For twenty years, he harbored one thought, return to Earth and defeat Godzilla. With life support deteriorating, and plans for migration crushed, he leads a faction of "Earth Returnists" to majority rule, determined to return through dangerous hyperspace navigation. However, in traveling faster-than-light, the planet they return to is an unknown world, 20,000 years older, where Godzilla reigns atop the ecosystem. Can mankind retake the Earth? And what will be the fate of Haruo?
In other news, Netflix has secured the streaming rights to the film globally; it will be available to 190 countries (including the US) after the film completes its Japanese theatrical run.
I'm pretty excited for this particular film; one of animation's best qualities is the ability to realize virtually anything without having to worry about practical constraints. It's also a wholly original take on the character and overall setting; we've never had a Godzilla story quite like this one. It's combining the relatively topical concept of colonization of other worlds with good ol' giant monsters. I'll take it.
Something like Mass Effect Andromeda however involves far more work. "Conversely, RPGs offer a magnitude more volume of content and importantly, player/story choice. It's simply a quantity vs quality tradeoff," says Cooper. "Because time denotes not every scene is equally possible, dialogues are separated into tiered quality levels based on importance/likelihood. The lowest quality scenes may not even be touched by hand. To cover this, an algorithm is used to generate a baseline quality sequence. Mass Effect 1-3 populated default body 'talking' movement, lip-sync and head movement based on the dialogue text."
Basically, much of Andromeda's animation was initially automated to populate the wealth of content: "as such, designers (not animators) sequence pre-created animations together - like DJs with samples and tracks. Andromeda seems to have lowered the quality of it's base algorithm, resulting in the 'My face is tired' meme featuring nothing but lip-sync. This, presumably, was because they planned to hit every line by hand. But a 5-year dev cycle shows they underestimated this task."
Enter Destiny’s Age of Triumph and Celebrate your Legend on March 28.
Return to iconic Raids and earn classic gear reforged at Max Light Level. Earn emblems and other commemorative rewards from the largest Record Book in Destiny history. Deck out your Guardian with new and old prizes from Treasures of the Ages, available from the Eververse store.
Welcome to the front line of the World War 2 shooter revival. New World Interactive, creators of Insurgency and Insurgency: Sandstorm, are proud to announce that Day of Infamy officially launches out of Steam Early Access today.
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The developers at CI Games, creators of the Sniper Ghost Warrior and Lords of the Fallen series of games, aren’t afraid of giving experienced sniper players a high difficulty for a more challenging overall experience. Today, they would like to introduce fans and newcomers to the series to a new mode in Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 – Challenge Mode.
In the open-world setting new to Sniper Ghost Warrior 3, Side Ops are large side missions where players can move freely throughout the area, albeit avoiding enemies along the way. Watch the video to see a Side Ops mission in action with Challenge Mode added to it.
THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI is a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town's revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing's law enforcement is only exacerbated.
In Prey, you’re mankind’s last – and only – hope. Using badass weapons and powers, you’ll step into the TranStar uniform of Morgan Yu and fight through an alien-infested space station to save humanity. But while you’re safeguarding the world from the Typhon threat aboard Talos I, you’re also in search of your own identity. Who exactly are you? What powers, abilities and weapons can you wield? What other choices will you make? And who else is aboard Talos I? We answer these questions – and more – in our latest video.
While Morgan begins as an enigma, you’ll define who he is through your choices and actions. Do you rescue the survivors aboard Talos I? Will you choose to install more alien-based powers – and thus alter your own humanity? And, at the most basic level, how will you survive with the deadly Typhon aliens actively hunting you? Every decision you make has the potential to reverberate throughout the entire game.
“What Morgan does to respond to the aliens invading the station matters,” says Lead Systems Designer Seth Shain. “All of these things contribute to different permutations of end games that we have, so it matters that way. But it also matters how the other characters respond to you and how they treat you. And it’s exactly what will define Morgan in the end.”
Prey releases globally on May 5. Available exclusively when you preorder Prey, the Cosmonaut Shotgun Pack includes the Margrave shotgun (a Yu family heirloom), along with three Neuromods (used to acquire new abilities), two medkits, a unique upgrade, and several other goodies that’ll help you save the world from the Typhon aliens.
Assassins, Zombies, and War are Coming to April’s Games with Gold
After three months of some excellent offers through Games with Gold, featuring Layers of Fear, Evolve, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, we’re keeping the proverbial train moving into April with four critically-acclaimed games — two Xbox One and two Xbox 360 games that can be played through Backward Compatibility — to add to your Xbox library.
The immersive action-adventure game Ryse: Son of Rome will be available April 1 – 30, followed by The Walking Dead: Season 2 from April 16 – May 15 that continues the tragic story of the young Clementine in the zombie apocalypse. Then on Xbox 360, and on Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, take on the role of War, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, in the classic action role-playing game Darksiders on April 1 – 15, followed by Assassin’s Creed Revelations from April 16 – 30 that concludes the epic adventure of our favorite assassin, Ezio Auditore.
All games will be available for a limited time only as part of Games with Gold, so get Xbox Live Gold today to get in on the action!
Lead your troops to victory and exact your revenge in Ryse: Son of Rome, an immersive action-adventure story of struggle, brutality, and heroism. Starting April 1, play as Roman soldier Marius Titus who aims to avenge the slaying of his family and fight to save the Roman Empire. This third-person hack-and-slash boasts fluid, combo-based combat with stunning graphics and environments.
Then on April 16, continue the story of Clementine, a young girl orphaned by the zombie apocalypse, in The Walking Dead: Season Two, sequel to the Game of the Year winner. Your choices and actions impact the story as you are constantly tested to survive in a world gone mad. Meet other survivors, explore new locations, and make gruesome decisions in this excellent five-part series.
On Xbox 360, and Xbox One through Backward Compatibility, take up War’s sword and search for answers in Darksiders. Dishonored after the premature end of the world, War must return to post-apocalyptic Earth to seek out those responsible, fighting angel and demon alike who blame you for the devastation. In this action-RPG of epic proportions, you must gain power, seek upgrades, and wield a legendary arsenal to clear your name.
Finally, Ezio Auditore returns for one last adventure in Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. Following in the footsteps of the original game’s hero, Altair, Ezio seeks to uncover the secrets of the master assassin. Explore Constantinople, Cappadocia, and Masyaf, bringing the Renaissance assassin through the lands of the original master.
Games with Gold is here to give you a mix of brand-new releases, inspiring classics, and loads of fun. To learn more, Check out the full details on our Games with Gold program and make sure you get in on the action while you can!
And don’t forget that as an Xbox Live Gold member, you’ll have exclusive access to be among the first to play over a hundred great games with Xbox Game Pass, coming later this spring. Check out xbox.com/game-pass for more details and stay tuned to Xbox Wire for additional information about Game Pass, Games with Gold, and more!
As Destiny dies it's slow, plodding death, Activision and Bungie have been making their plans for it's successor. We knew Destiny 2 was eventially going to be a thing. We already knew character progression is not going to carry over into the sequel...but, that's about it.
Apparently, it's going to be arriving this year. Maybe.
According to the fine folks at NeoGAF, a promotional poster has been found and subsequently leaked; blazoned across the top is a release date of September 8. As with Destiny, there is allegedly going to be a beta; pre-ordering will most likely guarantee you access, just like the last time.
There is an easy fix for the Nintendo Switch's left Joy-Con de-sync issues. GameSpot (via CNET) has the story.
If your Nintendo Switch's left Joy-Con de-syncs when you're playing with it wirelessly, there's new hope for a solution. There are reports the company is fixing the hardware issue.
Even before the Switch's launch on March 3, several media outlets reported that the left Joy-Con had stopped working for them when playing in docked mode. Many players reported the same problem, but Nintendo said it was not facing any "widespread technical problems" with the Switch.
It happened to CNET writer Sean Hollister, who called Nintendo to report the connection issue (not to mention several instances of Link dying as result). To his surprise, he got right through to a support agent even though it was 6:00 PM on a Saturday.
"She spent only a few minutes verifying that yes, I did indeed have wireless issues (and not merely some gunk caught in the gap around the analog stick) and verifying my serial numbers before agreeing to repair my controller for free," he wrote.
Hollister sent his left Joy-Con to Nintendo and had it back in little over a week. It now works perfectly, and he says he's uncovered the fix. He opened up the Joy-Con and discovered Nintendo has put a little black square of foam in the lower-right corner.
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Celebrating the major milestone of more than 3 million Arma 3 copies sold, Bohemia Interactive today published a new video to offer a special first look at the upcoming Jets DLC and to discuss their plans for Arma 3 in 2017 and beyond.
In the video, Creative Director Jay Crowe provides a quick retrospective of Arma 3’s journey so far, and scans the horizon for what is currently in development.
Step into the Burial Chamber and face judgement in the latest Quake Champions trailer. From the wicked lava pools threatening to overtake the Arena, to the treacherous open spaces, nowhere is safe in the second Arena in our profile series (you can see Blood Covenant here). Skill is required to traverse this Arena, lest you find yourself tumbling to a molten death. Get your first look at Burial Chamber in this new video.
The bones of a massive beast decorate the entry to this massive tomb. Hazardous platforms at the Perilous Outcropping dot the sea of lava, providing an ideal sniping spot for those skilled enough and brave enough to make the leap. With its winding tunnels and low ceilings, the claustrophobic grave sites of the Molten Underground offer up the opportunity for heavier Champions to do some serious splash damage, while the Lava Falls could provide an excellent chokepoint for skilled tacticians. Just be careful to avoid being pushed into the lava, which is a prevalent threat throughout the map.
Along with Blood Covenant and Ruins of Sarnath, Burial Chamber will be available to check out in the upcoming Closed Beta, which you can sign up for right now.
What if you had the power to decide who lives and who dies?
We suggest you obey the rules. Based on the famous Japanese manga written by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata, Death Note follows a high school student who comes across a supernatural notebook, realizing it holds within it a great power; if the owner inscribes someone's name into it while picturing their face, he or she will die. Intoxicated with his new godlike abilities, the young man begins to kill those he deems unworthy of life.
Xbox Live is currently experiencing issues affecting account sign ins and purchase-related systems.
The Xbox Support website currently lists the limited availability of Xbox Live Core Services and Purchase and Content Usage, which affects Xbox One, Xbox 360, Xbox on Windows 10, and Xbox on other devices.
"Our engineers and developers are actively continuing to work to resolve the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content," the latest update reads.
The services affected for Xbox Live are the ability to sign in and buy downloadable items. Other services are operating normally, according to the Xbox Support site, however.
"We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulties signing in to some services. Engineers are working to fully resolve this as soon as possible," a Microsoft spokesperson told IGN in a statement.
This week, however, players have been barred from their digital games on an intermittent basis. Disc-based games continued to work during these windows, but players trying to access digital titles were greeted with an error message saying their ownership of the game could not be verified or tethered to the profile that purchased the content. While it makes sense that Xbox wants to authenticate that the correct player profile is trying to access the digital title in question, if those authentication servers go down, it should not all but brick the console as it has for digital game owners this week.
On Monday night, the support team at Xbox took to its Twitter page to confirm that issues existed with Xbox One digital games and that Xbox engineers were looking into it. Fast-forward seven hours, and the issue was finally resolved. Unfortunately, it has reared its ugly head once more at the time of this writing, showing this is not just an isolated incident. If Microsoft truly rolled back its unpopular policies from launch, then any server-side problems it has should not affect offline experiences.
Civilization VI fans have a lot to look forward to in the near future, as Firaxis and 2K have announced that two new civs are on the way, as is a Spring update.
Only one of the two civs, Persia, has been unveiled so far. As seen in the video above, it's led by Cyrus II, also known as Cyrus the Great, who has the Fall of Babylon ability. This provides all Persian units with bonus movement after declaring a surprise war. Doing so also results in less of a diplomatic penalty than it does for other civs.
Persia features the unique Immortal unit. Described as an "elite heavy foot soldier," it replaces the Soldier and features both strong defense and--more interestingly--a ranged attack.
Persia's unique ability grants it a bonus trade route when Political Philosophy is unlocked, as well as bonuses for internal trade routes. It also has the unique Pairidaeza tile improvement, which provides culture, gold, and appeal, as well as additional bonuses for being located next to districts and city centers.
The Variety Map Pack returns to Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered with four more unforgettable multiplayer maps. Battle through the neon alleyways of Chinatown, dominate your opponents in the abandoned news station of Broadcast, snipe across the grassy ravine of Creek, and go all-out close-quarters in the chaotic training grounds of Killhouse.
Get Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered's Variety Map Pack today on PS4.
The 1980s were a GLORIOUS time for rock and metal...but you may have missed some excellent albums from that era. Have no fear: Metal Jesus & Andrew talk about some of the more under-rated metal albums!
Findings, published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, suggest that teenagers who spend more time playing video games are more likely to display sexist and stereotypical opinions. And this correlation was not limited to male subjects. Laurent Begue, co-author of the study, told the AFP that the correlation may be due to the representation of women in popular video games.
“Content analysis has shown that women are under-represented in popular video games. They have passive roles, they are princesses who need to be saved or secondary, sexualized objects of conquest,” he said.
Sony Interactive Entertainment America has revealed that Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross will be the main characters in Naughty Dog's upcoming PS4 action game, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.
Chloe Frazer and Nadine Ross are reluctant partners who don’t always see eye-to-eye, but who must work together to obtain the priceless Tusk from a mysterious warlord named Asav. “I like to figure things out as I go,” Chloe mutters at one point in the gameplay demo. “I noticed,” Nadine snorts.
Why revisit Chloe? For Naughty Dog, it was an easy decision. She’s an interesting character with a darker moral compass compared to Drake. Writer Josh Scherr remarks: “They’re both treasure hunters. Drake has a bit of a hero complex, but Chloe looks out for number one, first and foremost.” It’s Chloe who initiates the hunt for the Tusk.
Nadine reenters the picture for different reasons, partially born out of the consequences of her actions in Uncharted 4. With Shoreline crumbling, she’s out of work and desperate.
“Chloe would need somebody with military expertise,” Escayg said. “In all of Uncharted, Nadine is probably the most rational and practical character we’ve ever introduced,” Scherr added. “She tends to take a direct approach.”
Bringing them together helps each character accentuate the other. “They’re opposites. Chloe is spontaneous and impulsive, where Nadine is by the book, structured,” Escayg explained. “That made for a good pairing.”
And you better believe that relationship is going to develop over the course of the game. “Both of them are in positions they aren’t used to being in,” Game Director Kurt Margenau said. “Chloe, in terms of taking charge. Nadine, who is used to running the show, is now the hired gun. They’re both figuring it out as they go.”
As for fans hoping for a Nathan Drake cameo in The Lost Legacy? “We entertained a few possible ideas around including Nate as a secondary character,” Scherr explained. “But everything we did felt superfluous because we tied it all up with Uncharted 4.” Margenau was even more direct. “We’re not going to touch on Nathan Drake in this, at all.” So, uh, maybe don’t hold your breath.
During Power Rangers' second act, there's a scene in which the titular heroes learn that the Yellow Ranger Trini (Becky G) is coming to terms with her sexual orientation, with one character assuming she's having "boyfriend problems," and soon realizing that perhaps she's actually having "girlfriend problems." It's a small moment, but one director Dean Israelite calls "pivotal" for the entire film.
I have a feeling that Mass Effect fans will enjoy the game, but I don’t think anyone will claim it outclasses the original trilogy, outside of maybe the very first game. If you could combine the story and memorable quests of the originals with the combat, visuals and scope of Andromeda, you would have the perfect video game, though I think what's offered here will satisfy most. Despite its issues, Andromeda is welcome return to one of my favorite fictional universes, and I am still not ready to let Mass Effect go. I'm not sure I ever will be.
When taken as its own journey (and not in comparison to Shepard’s saga), Mass Effect: Andromeda is fun, and the important parts work. The narrative isn’t astounding, but keeps you invested and drives you forward. The combat is entertaining whether you're in single-player or multiplayer. The crew isn't my favorite, but I like them and they have some good moments. Even with its other problems, these are the largest forces shaping your experience with Mass Effect: Andromeda, and they make it worth playing. At the same time, I was often left looking through a haze of inconveniences and dreaming about the game it could have been.
Mass Effect: Andromeda is an expansive action role-playing game with a few great moments that recapture the high points of the landmark trilogy that came before it, and energetic combat and fantastic sound effects contribute to a potent sci-fi atmosphere. Without consistently strong writing or a breakout star in its cast to carry it through the long hours and empty spaces, however, disappointments like a lack of new races, no companion customization, and major performance problems and bugs take their toll.
With a little more focus, Andromeda could have been a great game. The premise of exploring a new frontier in space is exciting and original, and the cast of characters inhabiting this new world - be they the fresh races, or the people you’ve dragged with you from the Milky Way - are more interesting than not. Some of the worlds have a real beauty, and the main narrative itself is compelling enough to carry you happily to the end. But there’s too much quest padding. Too much technical jargon. Too much fighting for a game with a poor fighting system. Too many clever little animations and quest-steps in between the stuff that’s actually fun to do. Place the resulting experience next to infinitely more finessed open-world games like The Witcher 3, Horizon: Zero Dawn - or even the original trilogy - and Andromeda compares very poorly indeed. Not a disaster, but definitely not the fresh start this series needed, or the one fans have been waiting patiently for.
Mass Effect Andromeda falls short of its predecessors, but it's still a competently executed open-world action RPG with an interesting world and tons of quests to complete. Its biggest shame is that it doesn't make better use of its setting, opting instead to go with more of the same. Hopefully BioWare will be more ambitious when it comes time for the inevitable sequel.
In many ways, Andromeda feels like a vision half-fulfilled. It contains a dizzying amount of content, but the quality fluctuates wildly. Its worlds and combat shine, but its writing and missions falter--and the relative strength of the former is not enough to compensate for the inescapable weakness of the latter. As a Mass Effect game, Andromeda falls well short of the nuanced politics, morality, and storytelling of its predecessors. For me, the series has always been about compelling characters and harrowing choices, so to find such weak writing here is bitterly disappointing. Yet even after 65 hours, I still plan on completing a few more quests. The game can't escape its shortcomings, but patient explorers can still find a few stars shining in the darkness.
The line between hero and villain has become blurred as the most epic battle in the DC universe rages on in Injustice 2. While Batman has emerged the victor in his battle against the Regime, a new threat arises and poses the ultimate threat to Earth.
Now that you have had a chance to binge Marvel's Iron Fist on Netflix, what did you think? I see the typical progressive reviews calling it an outdated whitewashing, but those people have no soul anyway.
I'm most of the way through the series and I thought it was a great homage to 80's martial arts films and I got a chuckle out of how ridiculous Danny Rand sounds when he is in his office talking about Kung-Fu clans.
It was about 1000% better than Luke Cage, which has a great main character but was just dull heaped on top of dull the whole season.
Going into technical specifics, first impressions suggest a similar roll-out of the Frostbite tech on PS4 and Xbox One, but predictably, resolution counts differ. We can't rule out an implementation of DICE's dynamic scaling technology, but the pixel counts early on suggest two different profiles for each version of the game. Actual gameplay follows a set pattern of operating at full HD on PlayStation 4, while Xbox One runs at 900p - similar to what we saw in BioWare's Dragon Age Inquisition. The Microsoft platform presents a little more softly in higher contrast areas, but in common with many 1080p/900p divides, there's little to distract in terms of overall image quality.
Sony Pictures has tried to get a movie about Spider-Man’s popular nemesis Venom off the ground for almost 10 years now, but apparently the studio is feeling pretty confident these days about the project, as the film was just given an October 2018 release date.
Just after Warner Bros. Pictures announced that it was moving the premiere date for Aquaman from October 5 to December 21, Sony claimed the October date for Venom — a project that most industry experts didn’t even realize was still being developed. The announcement also revealed the movie’s writing team.
Light on details, but I'm hopeful it's good -- I really was a Venom fan as a kid. The YouTube channel 'Emergency Awesome' has some interesting theories in regard to the Venom movie (spoiler alert: If you're interested in the Life movie, the YouTube video linked may spoil it for you).
Aquaman will be swimming into theaters a little later than originally planned.
The DC/Warner Bros. film is moving from Oct. 5, 2018, to the middle of holiday season, Dec. 21, 2018. It will open in 3D.
Aquaman is moving into a slot that is currently still occupied by an untitled Fox film from James Cameron's Lightstorm Entertainment that was presumably being held for Avatar 2; however, that pic has not yet been given an official release date. Last week, Cameron said Avatar 2 would no longer be released in 2018 as expected.
Dec. 21, 2018, could now be the site of a DC vs. Marvel showdown. Sony Animation's Spider-Man movie, starring the character Miles Morales, is also set for that date. The closest the two comic book companies have come to a head-on box-office collision came when, for a time, the films that would become Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice were both set for May 6, 2016. Marvel had initially staked out the date with an untitled film, and Warner Bros. moved their Batman-Superman showdown to the same date. Eventually, Warners moved BvS earlier to March.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive may be five years old, but it lives on through a huge multiplayer and eSports audience. Valve has continued to religiously update the game, with the latest patch adding a new map based on the Italian city of Venice.
Canals has two tourist areas under attack by Phoenix terrorists and Seal Team 6 is responding. "The map is based on real-world environments that give each area its own architectural style as well as gameplay, and produce an unconventional layout," developer Valve said in the update notes. "The CT side is composed of a large, wide open area while the T-controlled territory forms a crescent of smaller spaces around it and provides multiple approaches to each bomb site."
The posts discusses how players should approach the map and the two objectives. "Site A is set in the open CT territory and rewards the use of smoke grenades as well as rifle skills, while site B is located in the interior where submachine guns and shotguns will prove most useful."
In addition to the new map, the Phoenix terrorist model is getting a visual upgrade "focused on preserving character legibility and improving overall visual fidelity."
Conan Exiles, the new sandbox action game from Funcom, is unlikely to get a Nintendo Switch version, it seems. Game director Joel Bylos told DualShockers that the studio currently has no plans to bring Conan Exiles to Nintendo Switch and has had no conversations with Nintendo.
Also in the interview, Bylos confirmed that Conan Exiles is already running on Xbox One internally. The game "looks pretty good," DualShockers reported, though Bylos apparently said the control system still needs work.
An in-development version of Conan Exiles is due out for Xbox One through the console's Game Preview system later this year. The game is already available on PC through Steam Early Access; it sold 320,000 copies in just one week after it was released earlier this year.
Conan Exiles is also coming to PlayStation 4, but a release date for Sony's system has not been announced.
Nintendo will double planned production of the Switch console in the next financial year, according to internal sources briefed on the company's plans.
A new report from The Wall Street Journal states that Nintendo will alter its manufacturing plans for the Switch in the fiscal year ending March 2018. The Japanese company had initially planned to make 8 million Switch units, but that has been raised to 16 million.
The change is due to better than expected demand for the hardware, which launched on March 3. According to the WSJ's sources, the company believes it can sell more than 10 million units in the next fiscal year, following a launch month in which it expects to ship 2.5 million units.
The line between hero and villain has become blurred as the most epic battle in the DC universe rages on in Injustice 2. While Batman has emerged the victor in his battle against the Regime, a new threat arises and poses the ultimate threat to Earth.
It has been a long time since our last update, and we are painfully aware you all have been eagerly awaiting the monthly report. All of us here have been so wrapped up in the development process that time seems to have flown by...
But no excuses! We apologize for the lapse and will do our best to bring you updates every month. It is beholden on us to keep you informed (without giving too much away of course!) and will do so as promised.
So here we go with vol. 2 of our dev room reports! (Watch it above)
Having conquered countless worlds outside of the Arena, Scalebearer is a relentless Champion determined to lead you to victory. The galactic warlord’s active ability, Bull Rush, will let him charge head on against foes in Quake Champions. Take a look at the heavyweight in action in our latest Champion spotlight trailer. We’ve got more Champion and Arena videos on the way in the coming weeks so stay tuned.
The Switch has been released, we're not ashamed of the reasons (reason?) we bought it! We get our first hands on experience with Nintendo's new hardware. This episode, Andre duels on the mountaintop, Theo takes his consoles to go, Anthoney gazes over the horizon and Joe takes a dive off several cliffs. We're coming at you live, though you'll hear us on tape delay, The Kings are back on EvilAvatar with the fifty-sixth episode of the 4205 Cast podcast and this week The Kings discuss initial impressions of the Nintendo Switch.
We've been blessed with the Nintendo Switch, aka The New Face of Zelda Playing Methods. Take a listen to find out our thoughts on Nintendo's newest hardware and the forced purchase newest software for it.
And congratulations to our contest winners! Evil Avatar's contest will be happening before months end, so stay tuned for more giveaway information!
Early on Feb. 19, Brian C. Vigneault was nearing the end of a 24-hour marathon of live streaming himself playing the tank warfare video game World of Tanks when he left his computer to buy a pack of cigarettes. He never returned.
During the break, Mr. Vigneault died in his Virginia Beach, Va., home. The medical examiner’s office in Norfolk, Va., said that Mr. Vigneault’s cause of death had not yet been determined. There was no indication of foul play, according to the police in Virginia Beach.
But Mr. Vigneault’s friends wonder if the lengthy live streaming on Twitch, a website owned by Amazon that lets people broadcast themselves playing games, may not have helped. At the time of his death, Mr. Vigneault, 35, had streamed for 22 hours straight to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Two of his friends said that he often broadcast his game playing for long periods.
“He was looking really tired on the stream,” said Jessica Gebauer, a live streamer and a friend of Mr. Vigneault’s. “We were telling him, ‘Just to go to bed. It’s not a big deal. Nobody’s going to worry about it.’”