If you grew up in arcades and cut your teeth on some of the most fiendishly difficult space shooter games of the 1980s, you’re in for a treat. This week, 17-Bit released their much-anticipated open world (or open galaxy), procedurally-generated homage to arcade shooters of the 80s: GALAK-Z.
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There were quite a few years where I wondered if we’d ever see another entry in the Star Wars Battlefront series, and quite a few more where it was worth questioning whether another entry in the series could both capture the energy of the originals while also feeding my childhood dreams of what a Star Wars game could be.
The odds seemed stacked against good returns, but as a wise-man once said, never tell me the odds.
The latest glimpse into Battlefront offers a taste of dogfighting with squadron mode, where the quick back and forth between the Empire and Rebel Alliance begs the question, which side are you on come November 17th?
Take a look and let us know what you think – and keep an eye out for a notorious cameo!
When you think of husband and wife writer team Michelle and Robert King, you most likely think of their creation The Good Wife, a show that has managed to fill a Law & Order-sized hole in my heart for the last five years. Starring the excellent Julianna Margulies as the titular character (a.k.a. Alicia Florrick), it’s a personal and political drama with a legal procedural format that manages to be incredibly current without coming across as corny.
The Kings have a new project on their hands and although it also deals with politics, it’s probably not what you expected. Brain Dead has been described as “The West Wing meets The Strain,” which might sound like a bad idea but consider this: iZombie, which follows the misadventures of a zombie who helps her friend solve crimes, has been a critical success on The CW and was adapted from the comic book series of the same name by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright of Veronica Mars fame.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.