Transformers: Devastation – Interview with Game Director Kenji Saito and Lead Producer Robert Conkey

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Transformers: Devastation is a Transformers game whose time has come, mainly because it brings the franchise back to what made it so great in the first place: the larger-than-life, bold, colorful characters of G1 and their personalities. Sure, the fact that it comes to us from PlatinumGames, one of the leaders in hyper-stylized third-person combat certainly helps. Over the weeks since its announcement at E3, details have been slow to trickle out, and we’ve been consuming these details silently, with anticipation for what comes next while we patiently await the opportunity to grab a controller and take command of our favorite Autobots as we wage our battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons.

In the meantime, we’ve had the pleasure to chat with Game Director Kenji Saito at PlatinumGames Inc. and Lead Producer Robert Conkey at Activision, who both graciously took the time to answer our questions about the game. Here’s our interview!

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Forza 6 out next week – Peep this trailer featuring Electric Six!

Forza Motorsport 6 is set to cross the finish line on Xbox One September 15. The game is the latest in a longstanding franchise that sets the bar for visual fidelity and authenticity in its digital recreation of vehicles. In advance of this, we’re treated to a fun trailer that has us completely amped for the game. It takes us through a brief history of classic racing titles, complete with a chiptune rendition of Electric Six‘s dance/rock hit, “Danger! High Voltage,” before bringing us to current-day visuals along with the totally bangin’ chorus to the song. Considering we listen to Electric Six every time we drive, this hits us right the feels, man.

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CONTEST: Win Shutshimi on PS4 or Steam!

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If you’re anything like us, you’ve often lamented the fact that there aren’t more side-scrolling pixel art games about muscle-bound fish with memory problems. We’ve got some good news for you, though: Shütshimi is here to save us all. It’s a randomized side-scrolling shooter from the brains at Choice Provisions, whose track record speaks for itself. Trust us when we tell you that you will enjoy Shütshimi in ways you thought not possible.

News that a game like Shütshimi exists can be a lot to take in, but we’re making it easy on you. We’re giving away a bunch of digital downloads for the game for both Steam and PS4. HOW DO YOU ENTER TO WIN? It’s easy. See that little contest widget right below this post? Follow the simple instructions and you’ll be on your merry way.

Fans of fast-paced frenetic action are in for a treat. Below are some additional details on the game.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.13 – The Wrath of the Lamb

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After spending a few episodes in the margins thanks to his incarceration, Hannibal has slowly been creeping back into the center of the frame, incubating in his prison cell like a monster in a cocoon. “The Wrath of the Lamb” finally lets him break free and stretch his wings.

It also demonstrates how far Hannibal has come. In the beginning, Hannibal was a solitary figure operating alone. The final episode restores Hannibal’s charisma, but he now shares the spotlight with Will because he recognizes how much richer life can be when you have a partner able to appreciate your accomplishments.

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Wordburglar shows off his Rapplicable Skills

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Halifax-born, Toronto-based hip hop word slinger Wordburglar has released his latest album today. Entitled Rapplicable Skills for a reason, this one features loads of nerdy gems including a track about a young Burgie getting his name in Nintendo Power for obtaining a high score in the obscure NES game, NARC. Be sure to check it out if you’re into lyrilogical rhymes!

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Transformers: Devastation gets shiny new trailer

G1 Transformers fans have a few weeks left till they can get their hands on Transformers: Devastation. In prep for this, we’ve been treated to a new trailer showing off the playable Autobots and their over-the-top fighting styles! Interestingly enough, we see multiples of the same Insecticon (Kickback), which could help explain why the Insecticons seem to still be around after being converted to Swoops in The Transformers: The Movie.

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“The Touch” by Transformers rockers The Cybertronic Spree

We’ve featured The Cybertronic Spree on here before for one of their original songs. Here they return to the most iconic of Transformers songs (outside of the actual theme) with a fun rendition of “The Touch,” which was originally performed by 80s anthem superstar Stan Bush. Released ahead of their second anniversary show, the video shows the band in their element: some kind of weird shiny room where they’re free to ham it up for the camera.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.12 – The Number of the Beast is 666

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Since the beginning, Frederick Chilton’s sense has not been equal to his ego. He thinks he’s a genius (and he does have a knack for self-promotion), but his all-consuming self-regard blinds him to the game being played around him. He is a pawn, and the kings and queens have finally offered him up for sacrifice.

“The Number of the Beast is 666” revolves around the FBI’s attempt to catch the Dragon. With the help of Freddie Lounds, Will baits the hook with inflammatory statements, while Chilton – still stinging from Hannibal’s public refutation of his best-selling book – volunteers to give the article professional credibility.

The plan works, to an extent. Dolarhyde is furious at the implications in Freddie’s article, but he’s not foolish enough to walk into a trap. He instead captures Chilton and subjects him to a rigorous interrogation, forcing him to refute his earlier statements on video. Then the Dragon rips Chilton’s lips off with his teeth and sets him on fire in Will’s courtyard.

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NARCOS to debut on Netflix August 28 + Contest!

Netflix has quickly become one of the best ways to watch television. Their original programming only adds to the appeal of getting to watch entire seasons of shows with nary a commercial in sight. Rather than releasing episodes one at a time, all Netflix originals are released as entire seasons, with viewers being able to choose to experience the episodes at their own pace or all at once in binge watching sessions.

Coming soon from the streaming service is NARCOS, a new series that’s based on the true story of the 1980s Columbian drug war between the violent Medellin cartel and US and Columbian special agents. Judging from the trailer above, the show aims to hit all the right marks for fans of action crime dramas.

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Hannibal Recap Episode 3.11 – …and the Beast from the Sea

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“…And the Beast from the Sea” revolves around one major event. Francis Dolarhyde attempts to make the Grahams the latest offering to the Red Dragon, poisoning their dogs, breaking into their house, and attempting to kill them on the full moon. Molly is able to thwart him with quick thinking and a well-placed car-alarm, though she does take a (non-lethal) bullet for her efforts.

The rest of the episode is spent dealing with the fallout. The Red Dragon went after the Grahams at Hannibal’s suggestion, and Alana, Jack, and Will immediately recognize his design. They attempt to use him to set a trap, though Hannibal warns Dolarhyde as soon as he mention’s Reba’s name. As punishment, Alana follows through on an earlier threat and takes Hannibal’s desk and dignity. His once lavish cell is barren, stripped of everything up to and including the toilet.

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