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    • Sci-Fi Thriller Settlers Offers a Harrowing Reminder of the Limits of Survival

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Ilsa (Sofia Boutella) holds a distraught Remmy (Brooklynn Prince).Image: IFC MidnightOn an isolated homestead surrounded by rocky terrain, a family lives in constant fear, nervously scanning the horizon, anticipating the arrival of something dreadful. It could be the “Wild West,” but this frontier is far more extreme: Mars, where the landscape is menacing and the people turn out to be even worse.From the beginning of Wyatt Rockefeller’s Settlers, we sense there’s great danger lurking, as much as parents Reza (Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller) and Ilsa (Sofia Boutella of Hotel Artemis and Star Trek Beyond) try to shield their precocious daughter Remmy (The Turning’s Brooklynn Prince) from realizing the extent of it. We get a tiny bit of exposition in an early scene—the couple left a decaying Earth in search of a better life, with hopes that Mars will someday be “just like Earth” in its prime—and the movie doesn’t make us wait very long to reveal its central mysteries. For instance, just how everyone’s able to walk around breathing Martian air (turns out there’s a giant dome overhead), and what Reza and Ilsa are so deathly afraid of.The truth about Reza and Ilsa’s life on Mars becomes clearer once ... Continue Reading »

    • How Are Rise of the Beasts' Animal Transformers Going to Work?

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Optimus Primal looking down Megatron’s throat.Screenshot: Mainframe EntertainmentAfter years of luring audiences back into theaters with the promise of actual real-world vehicles transforming into gargantuan alien robots, the live-action Transformers franchise is finally getting into Beast Wars territory with director Steven Caple Jr.’s Transformers: Rise of the Beasts. The idea of Optimus Primal teaming up with Optimus Prime on the big screen is certainly a compelling one, but Rise of the Beasts’ promise of transforming animals raises an important question: visually, how is this going to work?Mainframe Entertainment’s Beast Wars series from the ‘90s flung the Transformers into the distant future where the—Maximals and Predacons, descendants of the Autobots and Decepticons—continue to wage war with one another. After their ships are sucked into a rift in time and space, both Optimus Primal and Megatron’s teams of Transformers find themselves stranded on a strange planet that’s ultimately revealed to be a prehistoric Earth. Because of the general time period (and a fair amount of ahistorical fudging for science-fiction’s sake), Beast Wars Transformers all took on the forms of animals rather than vehicles after scanning their surroundings for the dominant forms of life. Both because Beast Wars put far less emphasis ... Continue Reading »

    • Terminator 2's Ending Is Emotional, Even in Claymation

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      RIP T-800Photo: Distrib Films USHopefully, we’ve all seen Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Because if so, we’ve all gotten emotional at the same unusual image. A black-gloved hand giving a thumbs-up as it slowly descends to its doom. The moment works because James Cameron has taken the unstoppable evil from the first Terminator film, and given him humanity thanks to John and Sarah Conner. When the T-800 Terminator dies, a piece of us dies too.Okay sure, I’m being a little melodramatic, but it fits for what’s about to come next. A few weeks ago, we posted a short, hilarious claymation clip to help the sci-fi site Dust celebrate its five year anniversary. Dust then told us they had more coming soon, to which we replied “Yes, please.” That brings us to today and a claymation version of that unforgettable moment from Terminator 2. This time though, we have some insight into the process from the person who actually created the clips for Dust, Joseph Brett. He told io9 via e-mail that this clip took about eight hours to animated plus “maybe a few more hours building the plasticine models.” He uses the standard Newplast Plasticine you can find in local ... Continue Reading »

    • Dune: The Sisterhood's TV Future Is Suddenly Looking Brighter

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Lady Jessica’s looks are on point in the new Dune film.Screenshot: Warner Bros.Jordan Peele’s newly revealed horror film is already lining up its cast. Here’s hoping the boat doesn’t sink because Disney is already ready for a Jungle Cruise sequel. Plus updates from Shining Girls and Shining Dale, and a new look at The Green Knight. Spoilers are so happy it’s Friday...NopeVariety reports The Crow’s Michael Wincott, The OA’s Brandon Perea and Euphoria’s Barbie Ferreira have joined the cast of Jordan Peele’s latest horror film, Nope. The PeripheralAmazon’s The Peripheral—from Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films— has gained Transparent star Alexandra Billings. She’ll join Chloë Grace Moretz and Jack Reynor in the sci-fi series based on the novel by William Gibson.[Deadline]Battle of the PlanetsFast 9 screenwriter Daniel Casey is reportedly writing a feature adaptation of the 1978 Japanese anime series, Battle of the Planets, for the Russo Brothers’ production company, AGBO.[Deadline]Jungle Cruise 2According to THR, “discussion of a Jungle Cruise sequel” is already underway at Disney. Blood Red SkyBloody-Disgusting has a new German poster for Blood Red Sky. You can check out our review from Cheryl Eddy right here.Photo: NetflixThe Green KnightWe also have a few new ... Continue Reading »

    • Dungeon & Dragon's New Drizzt Books Will Work to Combat the Drows' Racist Past

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Drizzt’s next adventure will open his eyes—and ours—to a wider, more nuanced view of the Drow.Screenshot: Wizards of the CoastFor years, Dungeons & Dragons has trafficked in the idea of specific racial traits assigned to its many species—a player picks a race, and they have specialized strengths, weaknesses, moralities, and ideologies. Some of those histories have, in turn, trafficked in racist stereotypes assigned to “othered” races, often with non-white skin. Changes have been underway in the game to address this, but now one of D&D’s most beloved writers is helping change it too.Although the Drow—a race of originally black-skinned dark elves, who have, over the years since their introduction, been portrayed in different dark hues in an attempt to move beyond their depiction as explicitly black beings—have been a part of Dungeons & Dragons in its original inception, author R.A. Salvatore arguably created the most iconic and beloved member of their kind when he created Drizzt Do’Urden. Drizzt has starred in myriad novels—many penned by Salvatore—and in video games, and he and his feline companion Guenhwyvar plaster the booster pack art for the D&D-themed Magic: The Gathering set Adventures in the Forgotten Realms, releasing this week. The Drow ... Continue Reading »

    • David S. Goyer Shares His Honest Opinions on DC’s Superhero Adaptations

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      David S. Goyer at the the Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour in 2018.Photo: Frederick M. Brown/Getty ImagesThough Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman may come as a surprise to people unfamiliar with the comics, the story’s long journey to the screen has almost become part of its lore. Few people know just how many developmental twists and turns The Sandman saw before landing on Netflix than executive producer David S. Goyer, whose past writing credits include little-known films like Marvel’s Blade trilogy, Batman Begins, and Batman v. Superman to name a few. With so many bombastic cinematic spectacles under his belt, one might get the impression that sort of energy’s a part of Goyer’s approach to The Sandman, but judging from a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Because Goyer doesn’t quite consider The Sandman to be part of DC’s larger comics universe, he considers himself having moved away somewhat from working on comic book adaptations in being involved with it. The Sandman, Goyer explained, was always something he felt needed episodic storytelling, and a big part of Netflix’s series coming into form came from a Sandman movie script ... Continue Reading »

    • 14 Loki Facts Gloriously Revealed in Its Making-of Documentary

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Loki (Tom Hiddleston) and Sylvie (Sophia Di Martino) in Disney+’s Loki.Photo: Marvel StudiosAfter watching Disney+’s new documentary on the making of Marvel’s Loki, you’re gonna have a list of movies to watch. The behind-the-scenes episode, which is the latest in the Assembled series that’s already covered WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is filled with fascinating facts and revelations about the time-bending show starring Tom Hiddleston. There’s historical context, plus info on the show’s design, production, and scope—and, yes, plenty of classic movies the creators drew inspiration from. Loki timePhoto: Marvel StudiosSince Loki is a show about time and timelines, it’s fitting that the documentary reveals the series’ timeline. Production on Loki began on February 10, 2020 at 8 a.m. local time and ended 299 days later. That’s 7,176 hours or 430,560 minutes of time the team had to worry about physical production. After editing, the result is six episodes equalling a total of 280 minutes and 17 seconds. That’s a lot of Loki considering in the previous 10 years, he’d been actually on screen in the MCU for less than two hours.Thanks, Comic-ConScreenshot: Disney+After the success of Marvel’s The Avengers, producer Kevin Feige ... Continue Reading »

    • Breaking Down the Sandworm Riding and Space-Folding in Dune's New Trailer

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) fights with the Fremen.Image: Warner Bros.Arrakis is a beautiful world being torn apart by ugliness, but the man destined to save the planet may also be its doom. Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and we’re here to look at every key moment, including Baron Harkonnen’s (Stellan Skarsgård) big debut—plus that weird light thing that definitely isn’t a tree.Dune stars Timotée Chalamet as the aristocrat-turned-rebel-leader Paul Atreides. Together with his mother Lady Jessica (Rebecca Ferguson) and the Fremen warrior Chani (Zendaya), Paul strikes back against the forces that destroyed his home and threaten Arrakis and its people. Of course, there’s more to Paul Atreides than meets the eye. Let’s look at what that means—and, for newcomers to Dune, we won’t be diving too heavily into spoiler territory from the books, so come and join us!Gif: Warner Bros.We start with a shot of ornithopters, helicopter-like machines used for travel, flying over the dunes of Arrakis. As mentioned in the previous trailer breakdown, many devices and transports resemble organic life because the galaxy has shunned artificial intelligence technology. That’s why this one looks like a dragonfly. It’s a beautiful shot that ... Continue Reading »

    • The Last of Us Adds Fringe and Mindhunter Star Anna Torv

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Anna Torv, seen here on Mindhunter, is joining HBO’s The Last of Us.Photo: NetflixThe popular zombie survival video game The Last of Us is all about tragedy, but here’s another tragedy: that Netflix’s David Fincher show, Mindhunter, is not returning for a third season. It’s a bummer for a bunch of reasons, but the main one is that we’ll no longer get to see Anna Torv steal every damn scene on the show as Dr. Wendy Carr. However, something good has come out of it, since Torv has now joined the upcoming HBO show based on The Last of Us game.Variety reports that she’ll play Tess on the show, which is currently filming in Canada. In the game, Tess is Joel’s (The Mandalorian’s Pedro Pascal) partner in crime before Joel heads out across the country with Ellie (Game of Thrones’ Bella Ramsey) to help stop a zombie apocalypse. Fans might also know Torv from her starring role as Olivia Dunham on Fringe, but since I’ve never seen that show (I know, I know), I’d just like to wax poetic a bit more about her performance on Mindhunter. In a series that started off being about two men who team ... Continue Reading »

    • Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Misses Its Target

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Henry Golding as Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins.Photo: ParamountEarly on in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins, the film’s hero, Snake Eyes (Henry Golding) is forced to fight 15-20 adversaries at once—and, against all odds, he triumphs. Having that many people fight one man is the film’s way of telling us this dude is a force to be reckoned with. But a few scenes later, he fights another huge group of people. Then another. And another. Once is character-building and exciting, by the fourth or fifth battle, it loses almost all of its power—of course Snake Eyes will make it out of another lopsided fight. That mix of partially cool and partially repetitive is a great example of what you can expect from the latest reboot of Hasbro’s popular G.I. Joe franchise.Directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) from a script by Evan Spiliotopoulos, Anna Waterhouse, and Joe Shrapnel, the film aims to provide a unique backdoor introduction into a much larger world, one where the “Real American Heroes,” G.I. Joe, fight their enemies at Cobra. Along the way though, Snake Eyes feels aggressively disinterested in sustained excitement or narrative innovation. Instead, it relies too heavily on familiar, meaningless action ... Continue Reading »

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    • The Week in Gaming: Dead Space remake; Netflix game plans; PlayStation’s Apple TV+ deal & more

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Welcome to The Week in Gaming, the place where we pause each week to take a look at the video game news beats both big and small that you might be missing — while also taking a peek around the corner at what's ahead. Check in each Friday for news (and occasionally even views) on everything from sprawling RPGs to Metroidvania platformers to the latest in VR and free-to-play. We'll even throw in a good old-fashioned board game every now and then! Back before 2008, video games had never seen such an atmospherically effective merging of solitude, survival, and sci-fi horror as the kind that EA Redwood Shores introduced to players with the original Dead Space. Isaac Clarke’s maddeningly isolating trek through the Necromorph-infested corridors of the mining vessel Ishimura took the well-established survival hallmarks of the Resident Evil franchise and flung them into the darkened reaches of a 26th Century orbit — the video game version of a place where no one could hear you scream. Though the original game took a while to build sales steam, it went on to become a million-selling title as word of mouth about its haunting ambiance and truly terrifying third-person scare gauntlet enticed players ... Continue Reading »

    • Creepy, crawly bug horror returns to Star Wars in the latest episode of The Bad Batch

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      It is a truth universally acknowledged, that characters in an installment of a Star Wars who poke around in the dark will be attacked by skittering space insects. Such is the case with the thirteenth episode of Star Wars: The Bad Batch, aptly titled “Infested.”  Star Wars is no stranger to borrowing (or flat out stealing) things from other sci-fi adjacent genres, especially the various animated series. The Bad Batch joins that proud tradition, and Omega (Michelle Ang) learns a lesson along the way. Fun all around!  ***WARNING: From this point forward, there will be spoilers for episode 1.13 of Star Wars: The Bad Batch. If you haven’t watched yet, hop in that cart and slip away quietly.*** Credit: The Walt Disney Studios The Batch (all members voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) arrives back on Ord Mantell fresh off of another side quest from Cid (Rhea Perlman) which unexpectedly found them going up against a nest of Gundarks. Cid’s not in her office, though. Instead, a Devaronian named Roland Durand (Tom Taylorson) has taken over her operation and filled her parlor with members of the Pyke Syndicate.  Cid is waiting for the Batch back at their ship requesting their help, and Omega insists that they do just that. They plan ... Continue Reading »

    • Watch: Bruce Wayne brawls with Catwoman in sneak peek at 'Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two'

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Who says you can't celebrate Halloween three months early? SYFY WIRE is excited to light up a jack o' lantern and debut a never-before-seen clip from upcoming animated DC flick Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two.  The R-rated conclusion to Warner Bros.' adaptation of the influential '90s-era story arc created by the creative duo of Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale arrives on digital platforms next week before hitting Blu-Ray in August. With the Holiday Killer still at large, Gotham's crusading heroes — mainly Batman and Harvey Dent — struggle to contain a rising crime wave that rests squarely on the shoulders of an ecclectic rogues gallery of costumed baddies who will come to define the city one day soon. "It’s continuing from what changed in Part 1 .... Where does that carry through for certain characters?" supervising producer Butch Lukic told us earlier this week. "And also, finding out what the connection between some of these characters really are and the reasons they’re doing what they’re doing. Also, ultimately, what the Holiday Killer is or isn’t as far as an assassin for the mob or whatever else. It’s just moving forward to where all these characters have some level of resolution." Our exclusive clip involves a scuffle between ... Continue Reading »

    • The tallest mountain on a neutron star may be a fraction of a millimeter tall

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      The tallest mountain on Earth — measured from its base to its peak — is the volcano Mauna Kea at 10,200 meters (6.3 miles) high. On a neutron star, the tallest mountain would be a millimeter high. Maybe as much as a centimeter. That's according to new research done looking at how these tiny but ridiculously powerful objects work. It may seem a little esoteric to wonder how tall a mountain can be on the ultra-compact remnant of a massive star's core, but it turns out to have some pretty important implications for astronomy. Neutron stars form when stars about 8–20 times the mass of the Sun end their lives. The outer layers of the star explode outward as a supernova, but the core collapses downward. The core starts off hundreds of thousands of kilometers across but contracts down into a sphere less than 30 kilometers wide. All the protons and electrons in the atomic elements in the core (plus antineutrinos, if you're keeping score) combine to form neutrons, creating a neutron star. They are incredibly, almost unreasonably dense, with as much as a hundred million tons packed into every cubic centimeter of material (called neutronium). This makes their surface gravity crushing, about a ... Continue Reading »

    • Netflix's 'Fear Street' pays tribute to classic horror films but intentionally changes up the formula

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      A few minutes into Netflix’s Fear Street trilogy and it quickly becomes clear that the series is not just riffing on R.L. Stine’s book series of the same name, but that it’s also paying homage to a few classic films within the horror genre, while still serving up a trio of teen slashers. First there’s the film series' opener, 1994, which is an ode to the now-iconic beginning of Scream. Up next, 1978 serves up summer camp scares that draw on Friday the 13th, Halloween, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And finally, 1666 channels The Witch and The Crucible. But what sets apart this trilogy from other horror series before it is the fact that it centers on the kinds of characters who don’t usually take center stage in horror movies — let alone go on to save the day and survive them. According to director Leigh Janiak, this was part of what attracted her to making the franchise in the first place. "There’s been so many brilliant movies already made. This opportunity to provide representation that really doesn’t exist in those movies is why we should re-approach the slasher genre,” Janiak tells SYFY WIRE. “The characters that we’re following, the journey that ... Continue Reading »

    • Audible's The Sandman: Act II awakens James McAvoy, David Tennant, Jeffrey Wright & more dreamy stars

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Neil Gaiman has had a lot of new projects lately. Just yesterday, in fact, he announced that he and Douglas Mackinnon are showrunning an Amazon series adaptation of his novel, Anansi Boys. He’s also working on Season 2 of Good Omens, and there’s that Netflix adaptation of The Sandman, the groundbreaking graphic novel Gaiman wrote for DC Comics. Netflix isn’t the only one adapting The Sandman, however. Audible has already done an audio drama of the first part with a star-studded cast that included James McAvoy as Morpheus (aka Dream), Michael Sheen as Lucifer, Andy Serkis as Matthew the Raven, Kat Dennings as Death, and Miriam Margolyes as Despair.  The production did so well that Audible is releasing a second one, appropriately called The Sandman: Act II. Credit: Audible / DC This follow-up project sees the return of McAvoy and the others named above, as well as some dreamy new voices. The new actors to the Audible Sandman universe are (DEEP BREATH): Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) as Destiny, Regé-Jean Page (Bridgerton) as Orpheus, Brian Cox (X2: X-Men United) as Augustus, Emma Corrin (Pennyworth) as Thessaly, John Lithgow (Pet Sematary) as Emperor Joshua Norton, David Tennant (Good Omens) as Loki, Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead ... Continue Reading »

    • Something erased evidence of life on Mars, if there was life on Mars

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      There is no evidence of anything having lived on Mars (yet), but what we do know now is that hypothetical fossilized microbes could have been obliterated. NASA’s Curiosity rover got really curious when it observed some areas of Gale Crater. It saw areas of the rock record that had been mysteriously destroyed, and if there was fossilized life there, it could have gone with it. Curiosity’s CheMin instrument found the culprit. Billions of years ago, brines seeped through the bottom of one of the crater’s lakes as it was drying out. They ended up changing the chemistry of the subsurface. What are now layers of mudstone have had their record completely rewritten — which could mean evidence of life that spawned later. Even more fascinating, as CheMin principal investigator Tom Bristow observed in a study recently published in Science, is that there are unaltered areas of the same layer of rock just over a thousand feet away. “With CheMin, we found large differences in the content of clay minerals and iron oxide minerals in the rocks in these two places,” Bristow tells SYFY WIRE. “These differences cannot be explained by lake processes, so we started to think about other sources and types ... Continue Reading »

    • Ship ahoy! Take a BTS tour aboard the evolved Disneyland Jungle Cruise ride

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      On July 17, Disneyland in Anaheim, California, celebrated its 66th birthday along with one of its opening day rides: Jungle Cruise. The brainchild of Walt Disney back in the day, the beloved, semi-snarky tour up the Amazon started as a serious faux-adventure for less worldly guests, and it has since evolved into the wink-wink experience it is today. Now that the ride has inspired the latest Disney big screen blockbuster, Jungle Cruise starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt, the Imagineers at Disneyland Resorts figured it was time to upgrade the experience with a narrative reframing and new visuals along the route.  Credit: Tara Bennett SYFY WIRE was one of a few select outlets that got to experience the ride early before its July 16 grand re-opening. We also spoke with Walt Disney Imagineering Executive Creative Director Kim Irvine and Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Director Susana Tubert, who explained that this particular revision to the ride was a months-long collaboration between Disneyland in Anaheim and Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, (which will be upgrading their Jungle Cruise to match later in 2021).  “We want when guests come to the park not to just see the same ride over and over again,” Irvine said of ... Continue Reading »

    • From ‘Fringe’ to the post-apocalypse: Anna Torv smuggles aboard ‘The Last of Us’ at HBO

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      From a parallel universe to a post-pandemic apocalypse: Anna Torv’s newest casting move will probably delight Fringe fans who’ve long hoped to see her in another big genre role, because she’s getting set to saddle up alongside Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey as the newest addition to HBO’s upcoming series based on The Last of Us. Via Variety, Torv is boarding the Craig Mazin-led series in a recurring guest role as Tess, the tough-as-nails smuggler and Boston-based black market business partner of Joel (who’ll be played by Pascal in the series) in Naughty Dog’s original 2013 video game. In the game, Tess ended up sacrificing herself to assure that Joel and Ellie (played at HBO by Ramsey) would escape to a rendezvous so that Ellie — the only person known to be immune from the world-wrecking pandemic — could end up under the protection of Joel’s brother Tommy. Though Torv won plenty of new followers at Netflix for her performance as FBI psychologist Wendy Carr in Mindhunter, she’s remained inseparable, in the minds of sci-fi fans, from her five-season stint as FBI agent Olivia Dunham on Fox’s Fringe (yep, Torv definitely knows a thing or two about playing FBI characters by now.) Fringe, of ... Continue Reading »

    • David S. Goyer on fighting for Sandman to be a 'strange and funky and weird' series at Netflix

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      For David S. Goyer, Sandman was always going to work best as an ambitious, expansive streaming series... even if it took Warner Bros. a little while to see it. Goyer, who co-developed the much-anticipated Netflix series and co-wrote the pilot alongside Sandman creator Neil Gaiman and fellow executive producer Allan Heinberg, has been in the comic book adaptation game for quite a long time. From the Blade trilogy to the Dark Knight trilogy to Man of Steel and Krypton, Goyer's got a long history of building worlds onscreen based on worlds created in the pages of DC and Marvel Comics. That means it's not really surprising that Warner Bros. came to Goyer to get his approach on a Sandman adaptation, particularly after years of attempts to get the project off the ground hadn't come to fruition. What is perhaps a little surprising, though, is that it finally worked out this time. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter covering his entire career, Goyer explained that he "talked himself out of" previous versions of the Sandman story, namely because no matter how long he worked on a feature film adaptation, it just didn't seem to click. In fact, it seemed to click ... Continue Reading »

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    • Out of Line

      Posted on Wednesday August 18, 2021

      Out of Line wasdesigned with a stylized approach. The mechanics of the game revolve around San’s spear, something the character sees as a tool that will help him navigate this strange world. We want players to learn through experimentation, constantly tinkering with puzzles until they find a logical solution. This design philosophy plays a thematic role in our game, as most individuals find their purpose through trial and error.Publisher: Hatinh InteractiveRelease Date: Aug 18, 2021 Continue Reading »

    • Last Stop

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Last Stop is a single-player third-person narrative adventure game set in present day London, where you play as three separate characters whose worlds collide in the midst of a supernatural crisis. An anthology drama, Last Stop is three stories in one. What connects these three strangers? Where will fate lead them?Publisher: Annapurna InteractiveRelease Date: Jul 22, 2021 Continue Reading »

    • The Witcher: Monster Slayer

      Posted on Wednesday July 21, 2021

      Track, study and fight dangerous beasts which roam the world around you. See the monster-infested realm of the Witcher up close like never before. The Witcher: Monster Slayer is an augmented-reality exploration game that challenges you to become an elite monster hunter. As you explore the real world around you, each step will take you deeper into a dark fantasy adventure. Track monsters, learn their habits, and prepare for battle. Select the best weapons and armor, and brew powerful witcher potions to gain the upper hand before you begin a battle. As you gain experience and take on more dangerous foes, you will need to improve your skills, your gear, and your tactics in order to become a monster slayer of true renown. TRACK YOUR TARGETS — Use real-time weather conditions, time of day, and all your witcher senses to hunt monsters living around you. EXPLORE ADVANCED AUGMENTED REALITY — Make the dark fantasy world of the Witcher your reality with AR features that change your perception of places you thought you knew. EMBARK ON ... Continue Reading »

    • Akiba's Trip: Hellbound & Debriefed

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      AKIBA’S TRIP: Hellbound & Debriefed is the precursor to AKIBA’S TRIP: Undead & Undressed, the smash hit that introduced a Western audience to the seedy underworld lurking in the shadows of the haven of “otaku” culture in the Akihabara district of Tokyo. Released as AKIBA’S TRIP Plus in Japan, players explore a rich setting based on the famous “Akiba” district circa 2011, hunting vampiric foes and tearing off their clothes to expose them to sunlight. This remaster brings the game up to modern HD graphical standards, all while retaining the charm of the original classic that sparked a cult hit series. Publisher: XSEED GamesRelease Date: Jul 20, 2021 Continue Reading »

    • Cris Tales

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future. Crisbell must embark across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world and all those living in it. Along the way, she'll meet and recruit powerful allies with their own unique stories and skills like Matias the Frog and Willhelm the Child Mage. As she explores the world and meets her unique companions, Crisbell will have to make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people she meets consequences that will impact the world you'll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Each companion will be invaluable as you face these choices and the myriad enemies who stand in your ... Continue Reading »

    • Cris Tales

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future. Crisbell must embark across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world and all those living in it. Along the way, she'll meet and recruit powerful allies with their own unique stories and skills like Matias the Frog and Willhelm the Child Mage. As she explores the world and meets her unique companions, Crisbell will have to make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people she meets consequences that will impact the world you'll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Each companion will be invaluable as you face these choices and the myriad enemies who stand in your ... Continue Reading »

    • Mini Motorways

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Have you ever been stuck in traffic and wished you could do something to fix it? In Mini Motorways, the city's traffic problems are in your hands. From the makers of Mini Metro, Mini Motorways is a game about drawing the roads that drive a growing city. Build a road network, one road at a time, to create a bustling metropolis. Redesign your city to keep the traffic flowing, and carefully manage upgrades to meet the changing demands. How long can you keep the cities of the world moving?Publisher: Dinosaur Polo ClubRelease Date: Jul 20, 2021 Continue Reading »

    • Cris Tales

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. Peer into the past, act in the present, and watch as your choices dynamically change the future -- all on one screen as you play! Join the newly awakened Time Mage Crisbell and her fantastical companions on their journey across a dark, fairytale world facing a grim future. Crisbell must embark across Crystallis and the four Kingdoms in a bid to stop the powerful Time Empress and rewrite the future of the world and all those living in it. Along the way, she'll meet and recruit powerful allies with their own unique stories and skills like Matias the Frog and Willhelm the Child Mage. As she explores the world and meets her unique companions, Crisbell will have to make choices with far-reaching consequences for the people she meets consequences that will impact the world you'll experience in real-time throughout your journey. Each companion will be invaluable as you face these choices and the myriad enemies who stand in your ... Continue Reading »

    • Cotton Reboot!

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Japan's favorite shooter mascot finally gets a worldwide release as a beautiful HD game with stunning graphics and remixed soundtracks. This is the original "Cute em' up", and will test your skills as well as tug on the heartstrings as Cotton and her friends are finally back in the ultimate celebration of one of Japan's most beloved gaming mascots. Choose between the HD Reboot mode or go legit with the X68000 original mode with pixel perfect graphics from the iconic Japanese home computer.Publisher: ININ GamesRelease Date: Jul 20, 2021 Continue Reading »

    • Cotton Reboot!

      Posted on Tuesday July 20, 2021

      Japan's favorite shooter mascot finally gets a worldwide release as a beautiful HD game with stunning graphics and remixed soundtracks. This is the original "Cute em' up", and will test your skills as well as tug on the heartstrings as Cotton and her friends are finally back in the ultimate celebration of one of Japan's most beloved gaming mascots. Choose between the HD Reboot mode or go legit with the X68000 original mode with pixel perfect graphics from the iconic Japanese home computer.Publisher: ININ GamesRelease Date: Jul 20, 2021 Continue Reading »

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    • Shin Megami Tensei If… Was Persona Before Persona

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Despite being a spin-off of a spin-off, Persona’s runaway success made it the most recognizable of the Shin Megami Tensei RPG series. But in 1994, two years before the very first Persona game arrived on PlayStation, the blueprint for those future games was laid down in another lesser-known side story with a peculiar…Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Destiny 2 Maker Weighs In On Activision Blizzard Allegations

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      The studio behind Halo and now Destiny issued a statement on Twitter yesterday, addressing the allegations of widespread sexual harrasssment and discrimination alleged in a new lawsuit brought by California regulators against Activision Blizzard. “We have a responsibility to acknowledge, reflect, and do what we can to…Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Yes, That Was Final Fantasy At The Olympics Ceremony. And There's More!

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      For the nerdy among us, Japan is practically synonymous with video games. And if you play video games and happened to watch the opening ceremony for the biggest sporting event of the year, you probably went, “wait a minute, is that...?” Oh, it was. Actually, there was a slew of musical references that will likely only…Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Google Celebrates Olympics With An Entire JRPG

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      Today isn’t the first time a Google Doodle has been a game, but this is surely the most intricate so far. This Friday morning, if you open a new Chrome page or begin a search, you can click on a pixel-art icon that starts an Olympic-themed JRPG, complete with anime sequences by Studio 4°C, played right in your browser.Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Warhammer 40K: Battlesector: The Kotaku Review

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      I said in April that there were too many Warhammer games, and I stand by that, but this month we at least got a good one to add to the list, something we haven’t been able to do for a while. Read more... Continue Reading »

    • GameCube Emulator Now Has A Built-In Game Boy Advance

      Posted on Friday July 23, 2021

      One of the best, but sadly least-used features of the Nintendo GameCube was its ability to talk to a Game Boy Advance. A few games used it, some exclusively, but now a lot more people can hopefully enjoy the idea with the release of a new version of popular GameCube emulator Dolphin.Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Epic Games Briefly Suspends Fortnite Personality Over Homophobic Comments

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Fortnite’s latest event, Rainbow Royale, is supposed to be a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. But elsewhere, developer Epic Games chose not to suspend a popular creator for more than a few hours after discovering a history of homophobia. While the influencer has been reinstated, the situation underlines what some…Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Blizzard Harasser From Lawsuit Is Still All Over World of Warcraft, Fans Dismay

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Yesterday, the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a lawsuit against Activision Blizzard over the company’s allegedly pervasive culture of sexual harasment and discrimination.Read more... Continue Reading »

    • Veteran Borderlands 3 Devs Leave Gearbox

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      Several senior Borderlands 3 developers are leaving Gearbox to work on a new, unannounced project together, Axios reported today.Read more... Continue Reading »

    • New Dead Space Remake Will Be Next-Gen Only

      Posted on Thursday July 22, 2021

      This is not a drill: Dead Space is no longer dead in space. EA’s famous sci-fi horror series is getting resurrected, kind of. The new game will indeed be a total remake of the first game, as recent rumors have suggested. EA announced the news at its EA Play showcase today. It’s coming to PlayStation 5, Xbox Series…Read more... Continue Reading »

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