Monthly Archives: August 2015

The First *Actual* Deadpool Trailer is Here!

Tonight’s the night! After a trailer for the trailer was posted on August 3, we finally have the actual trailer! From the official synopsis:

Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, DEADPOOL tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed with his new abilities and a dark, twisted sense of humor, Deadpool hunts down the man who nearly destroyed his life.

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Horror Comedy Suburban Gothic Haunts Blu-Ray

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Richard Bates, Jr. is a director to watch. His first feature, Excision, brought a new level of disturbing to the body horror subgenre through a twisted tale of a teen obsessed with blood and surgical procedures. Suburban Gothic, his latest, is a delightful yet unsentimental homage to vintage Tim Burton that absolutely deserves cult classic status.

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Rash from Battletoads joins Killer Instinct

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Lots of great video games news is already coming out of Gamescom 2015, including the revelation that Rash from Battletoads is joining the fight in Killer Instinct! Yes, that announcement deserves an exclamation mark!

As many longtime game fans will know, Battletoads and Killer Instinct both initially came to us from developer Rare. So it makes sense that there would be a crossover between the two franchises. But what’s strange is that it has taken this long for it to happen.

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Sony Announces Vote to Play for PS Plus Subscribers

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PlayStation Plus has always been an excellent deal for subscribers. Sony’s rewards program drops a handful of free games onto PlayStation consoles every month, ensuring that fans have something to play even during the summer doldrums when the new release schedule has dried up.

Now Sony is planning to give subscribers even more control over the selection. The publisher has announced a new Vote to Play promotion that gives fans the ability to choose which games will be added to the Instant Games Collection.

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NerdyStuff’s Stuff for Nerds: SHURE 846 IEM Headphones

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Picking headphones can be a particularly daunting task, particularly given that many simply assume that one pair of buds is as good as any other. Take any transit ride and you’ll see plenty of white cabled, came-with-the-device pairs being used perfectly well to channel whatever latest hit is being streamed from phones and into ear holes.

From there things go positively bonkers, with some spending thousands and thousands on devices that make incremental (if any) difference in sound reproduction. It’s a dangerous game, and one that can cost you a small fortune if you become hooked.

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Rocket League gets a patch and DLC

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If you own a PS4, have PlayStation Plus, and haven’t played Rocket League, then I have only one question for you: why do you hate having fun? The game–which is also available on Steam–is some of the purest fun I’ve had with a game in a long time. The fact that it was free for Plus members in July meant that anybody who was mildly interested in the game could give it a shot. As such, it has been downloaded over 5 million times.

While the game is extremely enjoyable, it does have a few issues that are still being worked out. I’m willing to cut developer Psyonix some slack though, as they are just a small team of 12 people. Having said that, Psyonix has heard our cries, and on Friday morning they released a patch that fixes many of the complaints the community had. I’m going to highlight the major points the patch fixed, but if you want to read the full notes, you can do so here.

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Fallout: The Frontier is a massive upcoming mod for Fallout: New Vegas

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If there’s one thing that really separates PC games from console games, it’s mods. Bethesda games in particular are famous (infamous?) for their mods. Modders have made Skyrim look nearly photo-realistic, replaced dragons with Thomas the Tank Engines, and now they’re releasing a huge expansion to Fallout: New Vegas, called Fallout: The Frontier.

Fallout: The Frontier is a brand new campaign, being made by a team of developers, artists, and writers. To call this mod ambitious would be a bit of an understatement. According to the developers, the game map will be as big, if not larger, than the Mojave in Fallout: New Vegas.

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ZombiU Drops the ‘U’ and Hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC as Zombi

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Back before Mario Kart 8 and Splatoon, the Wii U was a new console that nobody wanted to buy with gimmicky games that nobody was able to play. The platform has since corrected course, but the small install base ensured that many of the exclusive launch titles never received much time in the spotlight.

That’s about to change for at least one game. Ubisoft has announced that ZombiU has dropped the U and will be coming to the PS4, the Xbox One, and the PC as Zombi, a digital-only release that will be available on August 18.

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REVIEW – Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Beyond the tabloid silliness, there’s one thing indisputable about Tom Cruise – the man wants to please his audience. In the best possible way it’s an old-school ethos – let’s watch a guy fight as damn hard as he can to provide action and fun on the big screen. In some ways he’s like Jackie Chan with a few more safety harnesses and model good looks – confident in doing his own stunts, almost pathologically desperate to make sure that the films give everything they need to in order to work as entertainment.

There’s a purity to Tom Cruise playing Ethan Hunt over the last few decades, an unadulterated vision of this particular character that he’s eminently capable of playing. For one, he’s an action star that still has acting chops – this isn’t just 80s shlock heroes like Segal that were fundamentally one note. Cruise has done many things that are risible, but only the most churlish would think he can’t do drama as well as this fluffy stuff.

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Movie Stuff: Music Makes the Heart Grow Deadlier

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We’ve all heard the expression that a certain musician really “killed it” at their gig, but this summer has seen its fair share of musical instruments being used as deadly weaponry.

In noir films the violin or guitar case was the obvious ruse for a gun, especially given that so few of the gangsters looked like they’d ever practiced anything other than being hooligans all their lives. Kubrick’s The Killing is a fine example of this, with the incongruous instrument being carried around by the protagonist as a form of subterfuge.

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