First BioShock Infinite DLC Released, Upcoming ‘Burial At Sea’ Features New Story

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 31, 2013 in Videogames

BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea

After much waiting, Irrational Games has finally revealed its DLC plans for game-of-the-year contender BioShock Infinite. Burial at Sea will be a two-chapter DLC that tells the story of an alternate reality Booker and Elizabeth who live not in Columbia, the city in the sky, but in Rapture, from the original BioShock, on the eve of is downfall. Unlike the first BioShock, which is set after the underwater city has torn itself apart, this story is at least partially set when the city is still functioning properly. It looks like a film noir story. But most enticingly is the fact that you will play the second chapter, set during the downfall, as Elizabeth, who will play much differently than Booker.

Burial at Sea hasn’t been dated yet, but I’d expect the first chapter to arrive later this year, with the second chapter stated to arrive by March 2014. Each chapter will cost $15, but those who paid $20 for the Season Pass DLC obviously get it for free.

In the meantime, there’s a new piece of DLC you can download right now: Clash in the Clouds. For $5 (or free if you have the Season Pass), you’ll get four arena maps with 60 challenges. It’s standard “horde” mode stuff where you fight waves and waves of enemies. Along the way, you can unlock new concept art, voxophones, kinetoscopes, and other materials in The Columbian Archeological Society. I’m not that astounded by this offering, but if you really enjoyed the main story’s combat, this will be another big dose of fighting.

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See Kick-Ass 2 Early At Fan First Screenings

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 31, 2013 in Cinema, Comic Books

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It’s always cool to see a movie early, so here’s something you might be interested in. Kick-Ass 2 has a few early screenings on Wednesday, August 14, as part of a Fan First screening program. Moviegoers in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas can go to Fandango and buy tickets now. Fans will get special bonuses too, such as free snacks, a limited edition poster, and a free download of the song “No Strings” by Chloe Howl. Tickets are $25, and the way these things work, I’d imagine the tickets will go fast. So if you’re going to see Kick-Ass 2 and you live in or near one of those major cities, you might as well see it early and tell your friends! Read more…

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Nintendo Giving Away Rare, Shiny, Legendary Pokemon

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 30, 2013 in Videogames

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Dialga, Palkia, and Giratina are pokemon that control time, space, and antimatter, which is pretty powerful, as far as pokemon go. These were the box mascots for Diamond, Pearl, and Platinum, the fourth generation of Pokemon games, and haven’t really been available outside of those games barring a special event in HeartGold and SoulSilver that not many players could access. Since they’re difficult to get in the current fifth generation and we’re on the edge of a sixth generation (Pokemon X & Y release on October 12), Nintendo will be giving them out free over the next few months. Even better, these are rare “shiny” versions, which means they have an alternate color scheme that is astoundingly rare to find without hacking! Read more…

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Artemis Fowl To Be Adapted For Film

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 30, 2013 in Cinema

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Where to go now that the Harry Potter films are finished? There’s a gap that studios are trying to fill with other book-to-film adaptations like Percy Jackson. Cue a press release from Disney: they’ll be adapting Eoin Cofler’s Artemis Fowl series — specifically the first two books — into a movie. The first book’s story involves the titular character, a genius, billionaire, and criminal, kidnapping a fairy and dealing with the results. The script is coming from Michael Goldenberg, who also wrote the script for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix; he managed to take the slowest and most bloated Harry Potter book and turn it into a solid film, so that’s a good sign. Robert DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal will executive produce the film. Read more…

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Fresh Wonderful 101 Gameplay Features Lots of Superhero Action

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 29, 2013 in Videogames

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I’ve been very excited for Hideki Kamiya’s upcoming Wii U game, The Wonderful 101 (even more so than for Pikmin, but don’t tell anyone I said that). Perhaps it’s the slight dash of Viewtifulness pervading the whole experience along with the action. This new gameplay trailer also gives a look at how much variety there will be in the game – I like the look of the various robot enemies you’ll be facing. Check out the full video below to get a better idea of how it’ll all play out. The Wonderful 101 will arrive September 15th in the US. Read more…

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First Look at Star Wars: Rebels Concept Art

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 29, 2013 in Star Wars, Television

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While many were unhappy about the cancellation of animated The Clone Wars TV series, it seemed an inevitability with Disney’s purchase of Star Wars. However, the same crew behind the popular show will be returning to create a new animated show, called Star Wars: Rebels. As you might guess, it’s set between episode III and IV, and will focus on the birth of the Rebel Alliance. Dave Filoni, an animator for the series, took to the stage at Star Wars Celebration Europe to debut new concept art for Rebels, as well as drop a few story details. It will focus on a teenage main character, who also has a ship called Ghost. They also mentioned that they’re learning a lot from Ralph McQuarrie’s original concept art, which is good news for the artist in me. Check out more images below. Read more…

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Indie Game Alert: Shelter

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 28, 2013 in Videogames

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I love seeing creative and unique new games that come out of the indie game movement. Some are hit, some are miss – some aim so high that there’s no way they can meet expectations, but yet you still admire them for trying something new. Shelter is a recently Greenlit game that is a bit smaller in scope: you play as a mother badger taking care of her cubs, as you explore a wild and dangerous world. You must forage for food and escape danger, all while doing your best to protect your children. The game will arrive late this summer on Steam. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has a great writeup of a playthrough, or you can watch the trailer below. Read more…

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John Williams Confirmed to Score Upcoming Star Wars Trilogy

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 28, 2013 in Star Wars

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He’d implied as much earlier, but now we have official confirmation from Kathleen Kennedy: John Williams will score and compose for Star Wars episodes VII, VIII, and IX. At Star Wars Celebration in Europe, Kennedy opened the show with a panel (hosted by Warwick Davis), in which she confirmed the composer would return. Williams also appeared in a short video, in which he expresses his joy at coming back, and then sings the praises of J.J. Abrams. I wonder if that’s some damage control going on? Kennedy also mentioned that real locations in combination with CG would be a priority, rather than total green screen. They’re certainly saying all the right things, so far! Read more…

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Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar Cast Continues to Grow

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 27, 2013 in Cinema

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I really am starting to wonder what Christopher Nolan has in store for Interstellar, his upcoming sci-fi film. We still don’t know many story details, aside from that it may incorporate both space travel and time travel. And: the absolutely massive, stacked cast. Just look at this list: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, Ellen Burstyn, Timothee Chalamet, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, and John freaking Lithgow. Not only that, the two latest additions over the past week were Topher Grace and Wes Bentley. Holy. Crap. Will there even be any extras in this movie? Or will every part be played by a recognizable actor?! We’re a little over a year away now, as Interstellar will arrive November 7th, 2014. Read more…

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‘Rome’ Actress Indira Varma Cast in Game of Thrones Season 4

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 27, 2013 in Television

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We last heard about Game of Thrones casting news with Pedro Pascal, who will be the Red Viper. Next up? Indira Varma, an excellent actress (perhaps most well known as Niobe on Rome), who will be playing Ellaria Sand, the Red Viper’s paramour. We’ll leave the descriptions at a face-value level, so as not to spoil anything for viewers (although, fellow book readers, the cast continues to be wonderfully on-the-nose, eh?). While season 3 was arguably the best Game of Thrones season yet, season 4 will have just as many shocking and exciting scenes – if not more! I can’t wait to see the reactions. Also, a deleted scene from season 3 was shown at Comic-Con featuring Tywin and Pycelle, and I’ve included it below the break. Don’t watch it unless you’ve seen season 3, though! Read more…

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Indie Game: The Movie Gets DLC

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 26, 2013 in Cinema, Videogames

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It’s only fitting that the wonderful documentary, Indie Game: The Movie, would get DLC, just like a real video game, right? Ok, ok, it’s technically a special edition, but if you’re like me and own it on Steam as well, then you can now purchase DLC that will upgrade it to the “special edition.” This includes over 100 minutes of new short films, epilogues on what happened to the developers, and new commentaries from the director and Team Meat. If you prefer the feel of a real disc, a full special edition box set is on the way in early August, which you can preorder here. If you haven’t seen this amazing documentary yet – do it! Read more…

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First Trailer for Keanu Reeve’s 47 Ronin Arrives

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 26, 2013 in Cinema

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47 Ronin has had a very long and troubled filming. A multitude of factors coalesced into a pile of mismanagement, resulting in a long, rough process belabored with reshoots and kicking the original director out. Yes, it was a bit of a mess. Thankfully, not much of that mess seems to be up on screen – unless you’re looking for it. Keanu Reeve’s character has been pushed to the forefront and has taken on the role of the main character, and more supernatural elements have been incorporated into the story. Will the final film impress? Or will the seams be obvious? I’d love for it to be good, but forgive me if I’m a bit sceptical. Watch the trailer after the break. Read more…

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Captain Harlock CG Movie Looks Stylish

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 25, 2013 in Animation, Anime, Cinema

Space Pirate Captain Harlock

Okay, so Japan’s CG isn’t quite on Hollywood’s level. But this trailer for Space Pirate Captain Harlock looks pretty awesome, possibly because of its $30 million budget, the highest ever for Toei Animation. I’ve never seen the original anime of the same name, but I have always loved the look of the titular character (designed by Leiji Matsumoto). So for me, this trailer hits all the important bits — namely, Harlock looking bad-ass and piloting his giant, bad-ass ship the Arcadia. The movie opens in Japan on September 7, and while a US release hasn’t been announced, GFM Films (located in London) is working on a dub. Read more…

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Fans Create Hip-Hop RPG ‘Kanye West 3030’

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 25, 2013 in Fandom, Videogames

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Sometimes fans do crazy things. This time, it concerns Kanye “Yeezus” West. They’re making Kanye Quest 3030, a PC game made in RPG Maker VX that sends Kanye West through a wormhole to a future ruled by Lil B, The Based God, another rapper. To get back, Kanye West must fight and team up with clones of other rappers like 2Pac, Jay Z, Eminem, and more. Battles play out in RPG style, with rappers dissing each other to do damage. It’s as ridiculous older fan-RPG Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden, but I’d imagine this one depends more on a love of hip-hop. Still, it’s worth checking out the trailer below, or grabbing the free PC download here. Read more…

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Tomb Raider Comic Sequel Hints At Video Game Sequel

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 24, 2013 in Comic Books, Videogames

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Despite selling over three million copies, March’s Tomb Raider prequel-reboot still failed to meet publisher Square Enix’s (apparently astronomical) sales expectations. However, that doesn’t mean the game is a failure, at least if this news is to be believed. Dark Horse is working on a new Tomb Raider comic that serves as a canonical sequel to the recent game’s origin story. Writer Gail Simone noted that the story occurs a few week’s after the game ends, but most interestingly will lead “directly” into a sequel. Read more…

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Burn Your Dread With This Persona 3 Anime Movie Trailer

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 24, 2013 in Anime, Cinema

Persona 3 The Movie

I remember everyone clamoring for a Persona 3 anime after the game came out. I’d have to imagine all those fans were disappointed by Persona: Trinity Soul, which was actually a sequel (though now considered non-canon) with none of the likable characters from the game. But hey, Persona 4: The Animation did well enough, so now Persona 3 is getting an anime adaptation, starting with Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. The first actual trailer has been released, and it’s looking great! Read more…

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Pacific Rim 2 Not Confirmed, But Writing Has Begun

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 23, 2013 in Cinema

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim is one of the best summer movies this year, and it’s sadly underperforming from poor marketing. (When Grown Ups 2 beats your film, you’ve got a problem.) It hasn’t earned back enough money yet, which is generally a poor sign for those who want a sequel, but it hasn’t opened in markets like Japan yet, so there’s still hope for more international revenue to roll in. Despite this, apparently director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro and co-writer Travis Beacham have been given the go-ahead to start writing Pacific Rim 2! Del Toro is even dropping hints about where the sequel may go. It goes without saying, but spoilers follow! Read more…

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Miyazaki’s Next Film, The Wind Rises, Looks Stunning

Posted by Bob Muir on Jul 23, 2013 in Animation, Anime, Cinema

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Though Ghibli has put out two films in the past few years, but while both were written by Hayao Miyazaki, neither were directed by him. His first film since 2008’s Ponyo is Kaze Tachinu, or The Wind Rises. It’s based on a manga that Miyazaki made in 2009, which is loosely based on Tatsuo Hori’s short ’30s novel The Wind Has Risen. It tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero plane, one of the top fighters in World War II. But from watching this four-minute trailer, the movie seems to prioritize the joy of flight over pro-war statements. Read more…

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Before the Twilight Zone: A Lost Rod Serling Interview

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jul 22, 2013 in Television

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In this Amazing interview from 1959 Rod Serling talks about his upcoming show “The Twilight Zone”. He also addresses a number of issues that he encountered as a television writer from getting censored when tackling social issues like racism or dealing with sponsors: Read more…

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Man of Steel Sequel Will Feature Batman – So Who Should Be Batman?

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 22, 2013 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Yes, by now you’ve heard the screaming of the fans – Superman and Batman will star in a film together. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel will include the Dark Knight himself, and will be loosely inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It’s planned to arrive in summer 2015, Henry Cavill is confirmed to return, and (as expected) Zack Snyder will direct. However, with all this commotion and excitement, people have one question: who will be Batman? Not to be too presumptuous, but I have a few suggestions of my own below. Read more…

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Avengers 2 is Titled Age of Ultron

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 22, 2013 in Cinema, Comic Books

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Surprise, comic book fans! The Thanos tease at the end of Avengers was nothing more but a clever ruse. While Thanos is clearly being set up for the long haul (and is confirmed to show up in Guardians of the Galaxy), for now, the sequel to Avengers will instead focus on Ultron, the insane, powerful robot with daddy issues. But you already know all about the title now. The real question is: how will this line up with Ant-Man (the creator of Ultron)? Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man film is currently part of Marvel’s “phase 3,” which will take place after Avengers 2, so they way I see it, there are three options. One, they create a brand new origin for him. Two, they don’t give him an origin, and reveal it later in Ant-Man. Or three, they move Ant-Man up into Avengers (or at least Hank Pym). Which will it be? Read more…

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Red-Band Riddick Arrives – Brutal Violence Included

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 21, 2013 in Cinema

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Comic-Con week is always so exciting, isn’t it? While there are tons of big-name events focusing on The Walking Dead or Amazing Spider-Man 2, the smaller stuff is great too, especially when it’s a labor of love like Riddick. Vin Diesel has struggled to get this movie made, taking pay cuts and planning hard, and now we’ve got our first red-band trailer. So far, Riddick (the third film in the series) is looking like it’s leaning a bit closer to Pitch Black than the second film. Ready for some unhinged violence? You’ll get it. Read more…

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The Walking Dead Season 4 Trailer Seems Pretty OK

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 21, 2013 in Television

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After the (opinion warning!) terrible ending to season 3, I lost a lot of hope in The Walking Dead. Especially given that the show can’t seem to keep a showrunner for longer than a season, it made me really hesitant to get back into it. However, the new trailer from Comic-Con for season 4 looks pretty good. It gives us a better look at a more diverse cast, and hints that a lot will be happening in the first few episodes. There aren’t any explicit spoilers about who lives or dies but it is very easy to see some hints towards who may bite it next, so if you want to keep that a surprise, avoid this for now. Otherwise, check out the trailer below! Read more…

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New Robocop Viral Website Goes Up

Posted by Ben Huber on Jul 20, 2013 in Cinema

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Man, are you excited for a Robocop remake? It’s even sort of timely now! Well, maybe my excitement for a lot of these big-budget remakes is pretty low, but I can always have a bit of fun with a good viral website – especially one as silly as this. To promote the upcoming Robocop remake, a marketing website for OmniCorp now exists – full to the brim with happy, smiling people standing next to terrifying killing machines. Check out the full site, there’s plenty there to look at. Also, is 2027 the new default “near future” date? Because I see it popping up more and more. I’m not sure if I want killer robots by then. Read more…

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