When you order a battleship to turn in one of Leviathan: Warships' multiplayer battles, you'd better mean it. Relative to most turn-based plan-and-go tactical games, this is a light and accessible game with easy-to-learn drag-and-drop controls, but against a worthy opponent it becomes a slow but tense battle of wits. Positioning a lumbering boat so that its gun firing arcs line up with where the enemy is going to be – while simultaneously doing everything you can to keep out of reach of their weapons – makes every turn of a multiplayer naval warfare engagement a satisfying mind game of anticipation and counters.
Unhappy news for my fellow Happy Endings fans, as ABC has cancelled the well-reviewed but ratings-challenged series. This is not a surprise, as Happy Endings had a tough time all season, with ABC moving it around, trying it on different nights (remember it airing Sundays at 10pm?) and ultimately doubling up on episodes on Friday nights, in what seemed like a classic burn off scenario.
There have been some reports that USA had some interest in possibly picking up the series, should ABC cancel it. As yet though, there's no confirmation that will occur. THR notes that Sony, who produce the series, are shopping it to several potential new homes.
In a recent deal between Virgin Produced and Overbrook Entertainment, it was suggested that a sequel to Will Smith's After Earth may already be in development.
Although After Earth isn't due out in theaters until May 31, the studios' new pact allows Virgin the option to co-produce, co-finance and co-market a potential After Earth 2. This agreement will begin with the first film's release.
Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, After Earth centers on teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith), who are both stranded on Earth 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape. The father and son must work together if they want any chance of returning home.
DC Collectibles has just released new images of its upcoming Batman: Arkham Origins collectibles, including the revamped Batman and Black Mask 6.75-inch action figures. These will be available starting in October and should retail for about $25 each. Check 'em out:
Class will continue to be in session at Greendale! NBC has renewed Community for Season 5.
It's been quite a turbulent year off camera for Community, beginning with the show's renewal this time last year, which was quickly followed by the news that creator Dan Harmon had been taken off the show and several writer/producers were also leaving. Season 4 then saw the departure of Chevy Chase, after some rather well-documented incidents of displeasure with the series, while fans had to wait many months for the show to return, after it was delayed from a planned October debut.
Things are heating up for Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey. Hanna director Joe Wright is now said to be in negotiations to helm feature adaptation, based on the sex-fueled best-selling novel by E.L. James.
According to THR, a deal is not yet in place, but rumor has it that Wright is the studio's current favorite.
Having successfully directed numerous projects featuring young female protagonists -- Hanna's Saorise Ronan and Anna Karenina's Keira Knightley among them -- Wright seems like a fitting choice for Fifty Shades, which centers on the S&M relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire playboy Christian Grey.
A Microsoft contest appears to be hinting at upcoming EA and Turn 10 Studios reveals. The Xbox E3 2013 Media Briefing Twitter Sweepstakes encourages fans to tweet at @EA, @Xbox, @PlayXBLA and @Turn10 (an account unrelated to Microsoft, likely a typo) in order to win entrance to Microsoft's E3 press conference via separate prize pools.
The contest began on May 8 and ends on May 20, just one day before Microsoft's Xbox reveal event. The natural speculation here, of course, is that Electronic Arts will reveal a next-generation Xbox game alongside whatever Turn 10 is developing -- presumably Forza Motorsport 5.
When you hear the words “Disney movie,” one thing pops into your mind: animation. Whether it be the (superior) hand-drawn days of old or the Disney-Pixar era, the studio is renowned for its leadership in animation. Since Disney acquired Marvel, we’ve all been anxiously awaiting announcements of what they would do with the properties in terms of feature-length animation.
Well, the official announcement is out of the bag, and we can look forward to Big Hero 6 in 2014.
Yep, Big Hero 6. I have no particular affinity for the property, but I absolutely love what it seems to indicate. It’s probable that we’d never see a Big Hero 6 live-action movie, which tells me that maybe – just maybe – Walt Disney Animation Studios will be using this format to put the lesser known Marvel properties to good use. Things like Runaways that have struggled to get off the ground in recent years could be revived as animated features with the intent of appealing to kids, perhaps even as something of a “proof of concept” to both audiences and the studio that a property is viable for expansion.
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We all assumed it was a sure thing, but it's now finally official - ABC has picked up Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as a series, debuting this fall.
Co-written by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen and directed by Joss Whedon, the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was filmed back in January - one of the earliest pilots to go into production this year. It was obviously a high profile project, both as an offshoot of the uber-successful Marvel movie series and specifically as a follow-up/spinoff of Whedon's amazingly huge Avengers movie, the third highest grossing film ever.
Nintendo will be in a unique position at this year’s E3. The gaming giant was the first out to bat in the latest console cycle, releasing the Wii U nearly six months ago to less than flattering sales results. Meanwhile, the inevitable launch of both Sony and Microsoft’s next gen boxes looms around the corner, meaning the gaming landscape will soon have two fierce new competitors on the block.
In other words, the company is entering E3 season with a chip on its shoulder and something to prove, much like Michelle Rodriguez in a bad action movie. But is Nintendo taking the proper amount of ammo to the show?
Modern launches are a tricky business. With more advanced hardware and increasing consumer expectations, it takes a fair amount of time and investment to get even a single title out the door. This rule counts double for a company like Nintendo, which is willing to delay a game as long as it takes to ensure its quality. Of course, when the games do arrive, they're usually worth the wait. But as Wii U owners well know, there is an unfortunate side effect to this process.
How's this for mind-blowing? Since 1958, LEGO has turned out more than 472 billion LEGO bricks, with an additional 36 billion coming out every year. (That's a lot of injured foot soles!)
But what could you build with all the world's LEGO bricks, you ask? Coming off its "LEGO My House" calculator, Movoto Real Estate has put together a new infographic showcasing all the massive structures one could assemble with those billions of blocks. Check it out:
And then there was one. CBS have cancelled CSI: New York, which ran for nine seasons. This leaves the original CSI as the only one of the mega-hit franchise left.
This wasn't a surprising move, as CSI: NY had been getting increasingly lower ratings and CBS had already cancelled CSI: Miami a year ago.
While the original CSI also isn't the ratings juggernaut it once was, it still is a decent performer for CBS and has been renewed for Season 14, airing this fall.
UPDATE: CBS have also cancelled the three other shows they still hadn't renewed: Vegas, Golden Boy and Rules of Engagement. On a network with so many big hits and several high profile new shows just ordered, there was little room for mid-range performers. While Vegas and Golden Boy only lasted one season, Rules of Engagement is ending after an impressive seven-year run. The show was essentially used as an annual benchwarmer by CBS, used to plug in holes on the schedule when new comedies failed, but you have to give it up for a show lasting that long, however it got there.
Without fanfare, Facebook has added official support for Home to the HTC One, while simultaneously adding "unofficial" support for other devices, including the Galaxy S4. According to Android Central, the additional smartphone support is part of an update to the primary Facebook app. When the social media giant first announced the service a month ago, Home was supposed to launch on a number of devices, but fell a bit short.
Insomniac CEO Ted Price has commented on next-gen consoles but says he considers Wii U “current gen.” In an Ask Me Anything post on Reddit, Price was asked for his thoughts on “next gen consoles” including “the new one from MS, PS4 and WII-U.”
“Wii-U is something I'd consider more current gen - but we're not working on games for it,” Price wrote. “When it comes to PS4 I'm excited that they seem to be lowering barriers for independent developers. It's cool to see almost weekly announcements from Sony explaining how they're opening things up for indies. And of course I'm very excited to see what Microsoft announces soon.”
It’s easy to lose yourself in Sorcery!'s text-based quest. Based on Steve Jackson’s choose-your-own-adventure novels, it weaves game mechanics and fantasy prose into a wonderful, personalized tale. My choices led me past a pack of goblins and into a darkened cave; your choices might steer you north miles earlier. We’ll ultimately end up in the same place a little too soon, but it doesn’t matter – Sorcery! is about the journey.
The story is told through snippets of second-person text. These words aren’t just descriptive for immersion’s sake; they’re descriptive in a way that informs your gameplay choices. Once, I happened across an old man in a tree who told me he’d been robbed and left to die. Was all as it seemed, or was he a convincing actor, stealing my attention while his goons surround us? I read that he was “thin as sticks, and dressed in dirt rags.” I could have left him there, but the details led me to believe he was genuinely mistreated. When I climbed to help him – in hopes of a reward, to be honest – he retreated, probably wary of another mugging. I had to decide whether to go back down or reach even higher. Sorcery! can be pleasantly devious with its scenarios, but wonderful things happen when a game is brave enough to demand your attention.