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    Birds of Steel had real potential. It had the visuals, the historical missions and the online co-op and head-to-head action. The controls pretty much ruined the experience. A little bit more work on those and this game is up there with the IL-2's of the world.
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  • First player ratings released for Madden NFL 15, more to come

    My fear is that the picture to the right will be a fair representation of how my Browns will do this year. *le sigh* Anyway, check out the details below for the unveiling of the player ratings. Should be an interesting year in the Madden world.

    July 21, 2014 – NFL players and fans are holding their breath as the first official player ratings have been revealed on the Madden Ratings Hub. Today the top 10 rookies take the stage, with top overall draft pick Jadeveon Clowney and #2 pick Greg Robinson sharing the top rating at 83 overall. Other top flite rookies include Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack (81), Bills wideout Sammy Watkins (80) and Packers safety HaHa Clinton-Dix (79). Browns QB Johnny Manziel didn’t manage to crack the top 10, so fans wondering were Johnny Football ended up will have to check back on Aug 1 when the full AFC North ratings are unveiled.
    Additional ratings info is coming daily, with a new position group being announced every day. Here’s the full schedule for when ratings will be released:
    Mon, July 21 – Top 10 Overall Rookies
    Tues, July 22 – Top 5 Overall QBs
    Wed, July 23 – Top 5 Overall RBs
    Thurs, July 24 – Top 5 Overall WRs/Top 5 Overall TEs
    Fri, July 25 – Top 5 Overall OL Players
    Sat, July 26 – Top 5 Overall DEs
    Sun, July 27 – Top 5 Overall DTs
    Mon, July 28 – Top 5 Overall LBs
    Tues, July 29 – Top 5 Overall CBs
    Wed, July 30 – Top 5 Overall Safeties
    Thurs, July 31 – Top 5 Overall Special Teams
    Fri, Aug 1 – Top 10 Overall Players/Full AFC & NFC North Ratings
    Sat, Aug 2 – Full AFC & NFC South Ratings
    Sun, Aug 3 – Full AFC & NFC East Ratings
    Mon, Aug 4 – Full AFC & NFC West Ratings
    Tues, Aug 5 – Ratings Recap
    Madden NFL 15 allows players to transform into their rival’s worst nightmare with a new breed of defense, built to challenge the best offenses in the NFL. A new arsenal of pass rush moves, an intuitive tackling system, improved coverage logic, and immersive new camera angles make defense more exciting and fun than ever. Fans can call plays with confidence thanks to an all-new crowd-sourced recommendation engine built from millions of online games played by the Madden NFL community.  Add in all-new NFL Films inspired presentation and it’s not just football, it’s Madden Season.
    Madden NFL 15 is developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon and will be available on August 26 in North America and on August 29 in the EU for Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system from Microsoft, the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 entertainment system. To learn more about Madden NFL 15, visit
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  • The Return of the King Deluxe Edition announced from Warner Home Video

    Pretty cool stuff. I've never seen the animated version of the trilogy, but this could be a start. Check out the official details below.

    BURBANK, CA (July 21, 2014) — Everyone’s favorite magical adventure comes to life in the newly re-mastered animated classic The Return of the King Deluxe Edition available on DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 22, 2014.  The film follows Frodo the Hobbit as he attempts to limit the negative power with which The Magic Ring has over Middle-earth.  Face-to-face with danger and destruction, this adventure will have people on the edge of their seats to see if Frodo will rise to the challenges or waver under the pressure of the Ring.  The Return of the King Deluxe Edition will be available on July 22 on DVD for a SRP $19.98.
    In The Return of the King Deluxe Edition, The Magic Ring has now become The Ring of Doom and the only way to re-establish harmony in Middle Earth is to destroy it using the raging fire from which it was made.  Chosen for the daunting task, Frodo, and his faithful servant Samwise Gamgee, come face-to-face with grave perils, the worst of which is the ring’s terrible power to possess its wearer.
    Directed and produced by Jules Bass (Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town, The Hobbit) and Arthur Rankin, Jr. (Thundercats, The Hobbit), The Return of the King Deluxe Edition couples thrilling story lines with stylized animation to bring this magical adventure to life and entertain viewers of all ages.  The remarkable cast features Theodore Gottlieb, Orson Bean, William Conrad, Theodore Bikel, John Huston, and Roddy McDowall, all of whom were members in the original cast of the animated versions of The Hobbit and The Return of the King.
    The original animated J.R.R. Tolkien classic, The Return of the King, provides an opportunity for families to introduce and share the magical experience of Middle-earth to their children.  The revolutionizing series takes place on Middle-earth and follows Frodo Baggins and the Fellowship on their quest to destroy the One Ring, thus ensuring the destruction of its maker, the Dark Lord Sauron.  Along the way they are faced with various challenges and tribulations they must overcome to achieve their goal.
    “We are excited to introduce the re-mastered The Return of the King film that will allow the fans to gain a new way to experience this incredible magical adventure,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, WBHE Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing.  “We know that generations new and old will enjoy the re-mastered continuation of the story we have all come to love.”

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  • Kingpin splitting your Blu-ray's pins in October

    Enormously unrated comedy. If you've never seen this, you need to see it. Check out the official details below.

    HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  –  Directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly’s outrageously funny cult classic KINGPIN makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut on October 14, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution.  Starring Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel and Bill Murray, the film follows a star bowler whose career was prematurely cut off as he seeks to groom a new prodigy and return to the big leagues.

    The KINGPIN Blu-ray includes the theatrical version of the film, plus an extended, R-rated cut with commentary by Bobby and Peter Farrelly*, and a brand new piece entitled “Kingpins: Extra Frames With The Farrelly Brothers” featuring new interviews with the directors as they revisit making the film, working with the stars, its theatrical debut and ultimate success on home video.
    *Previously released on DVD
    KINGPIN Blu-ray Features:
    The KINGPIN Blu-ray will be presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, French 2.0 Dolby Digital and Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital, as well as English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.  The disc includes the following:
    ·        Theatrical Version in high definition
    ·        R-Rated Version in high definition
    o   Commentary by directors Peter & Bobby Farrelly
    ·        Kingpins: Extra Frames With The Farrelly Brothers
    ·        Theatrical Trailer (HD)
    The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD with the theatrical version and theatrical trailer.

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  • Godzilla crashing his way to Blu-ray in September

    Missed this one in the theaters, but anxious to see a large scaly monster destroy cities. Anyway, official details below.

    Burbank, CA, July 21, 2014 – Nature controls man, not the other way around, in “Godzilla,” arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on September 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An epic action adventure directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”), Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” is the long-awaited big screen return of the King of the Monsters.

    Directed by Edwards from a screenplay by Max Borenstein and a story by David Callaham, “Godzilla” is based on the character “Godzilla,” owned and created by TOHO CO., LTD. Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produced the film with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Patricia Whitcher and Alex Garcia served as executive producers, alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

    “Godzilla” stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Oscar® nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), alongside Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”).


    “Godzilla” will be available on (MetalPak) Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack for $44.95 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99. Both include the film in high definition on Blu-ray Disc, a DVD, and a digital version of the movie in Digital HD with UltraViolet.* Fans can also own “Godzilla” in Digital HD on September 16 via purchase from digital retailers.

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the release of this summer’s blockbuster with a four-day interactive display at Comic Con International: San Diego on the lawn behind Hall H with entertainment and activities for fans. From Wednesday through Sunday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day, fans can view the 24-foot tall sculpture of the King of the Monsters, along with fan art and a graffiti wall where visitors can memorialize their favorite Godzilla moments. Giveaways and photo opportunities will also be available.

    In this gritty, realistic sci-fi action epic, Godzilla returns to its roots as one of the world's most recognized monsters. Directed by Gareth Edwards and featuring an all-star international cast, this spectacular adventure pits Godzilla against malevolent creatures that, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence.

    “Godzilla” Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and 2-Disc Standard Definition DVD Special Edition contain the following special features:
    · MONARCH: Declassified - Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret.
    o   Operation: Lucky Dragon
    o   MONARCH: The M.U.T.O. File
    o   The Godzilla Revelation
    · The Legendary Godzilla - Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film.
    o   Godzilla: Force of Nature
    o   A Whole New Level Of Destruction
    o   Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. Jump
    o   Ancient Enemy: The M.U.T.O.s

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  • Skylanders Trap Team introduces Dark Editions at Comic-Con

    Skylander fans won't be disappointed with what Activision and crew are showing at Comic-Con this year. Check out the Dark Editions announcements, as well as other Comic-Con Skylanders related info.

    SANTA MONICA, Calif. - July 21, 2014 -  For the first time, Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), brings Skylanders®, the world's leading Toys-to-Life™ video game franchise(1), to Comic-Con International: San Diego. Starting Thursday, July 24, fans descending upon San Diego Comic-Con will be among the first in the world to get a look into the Skylanders universe, including new toys, and hands-on Skylanders Trap Team gameplay, with more news to come.  Attendees will be the first consumers to check out the new Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack toys and will be able to pre-order the Starter Pack at the Skylanders booth (#303).  North American fans who can't wait for the convention to start can pre-order the Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack beginning today at major retailers while supplies last.
    The Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition is a true collector's starter pack that includes the special Ultimate Kaos Trap, which allows Portal Masters to trap and play as Kaos when the game launches in North America on October 5.  The Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack features the Ultimate Kaos Trap, a special, larger-sized Trap to capture Skylands' #1 villain. The Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition will also feature two Traps; exclusive black and silver variant designs of new characters Snap Shot, Wildfire and Food Fight; a two-sided ultimate collector poster; sticker sheets and trading cards. The Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition Starter Pack will be available on Xbox 360™ games and entertainment system from Microsoft; Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft; PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system; PlayStation® 4 and Nintendo's Wii™ and Wii U™ systems for a suggested retail price of $99.
    "In just 33 months, the Skylanders franchise has grown into a pop-culture phenomenon," said Josh Taub, senior vice president of product management at Activision Publishing, Inc. "What better way to honor our fans, many of whom attend San Diego Comic-Con, than to give them new ways to experience the game firsthand? With the Skylanders Trap Team Dark Edition, #0 issue of the official Skylanders comic and additional surprises to come, we have more to offer fans than ever before."
    San Diego Comic-Con attendees can check out Skylanders at the following activations:
    Skylanders Panel (Room 7AB): "Skylanders: The Creative Process of Bringing Toys to Life" panel on Thursday, July 24th from 6-7 p.m., moderated by Geoff Keighley, will offer insights into one of the world's most beloved Toys-to-Life video game franchises, as well as a major announcement about new Skylanders characters. Speakers include: comic book writer Ron Marz (Green Lantern, DC vs. Marvel), famed voice of Kaos Richard Horvitz (Billy and Mandy, Invader Zim), and Toys for Bob's Director of Toy and Character Development, I-Wei Huang. New updatesto the Skylanders franchise will be revealed, and fans will leave with Skylanders giveaways, while supplies last.
    Skylanders Costume Contest (Room 7AB): Activision will award more than $5,000 in cash prizes and rare toys to the best Skylanders costumes at the panel on Thursday.
    Skylanders Show Floor (Booth #303): Fans can check out new Skylanders Trap Team toys, pose with Skylanders' #1 villain Kaos and costume characters,and receive giveaways while supplies last.
    Skylanders Comic Book, IDW Publishing (Booth #2643): Leading comic book publisher IDW will debut the first-ever Skylanders comic-book series. Issue #0 - debuting at Comic-Con - will feature an introductory 16-page story that serves as a prequel to this year's Skylanders Trap Team.  Limited copies of a variant cover of the comic book will be available for purchase exclusively for attendees.
    First Public Hands-on Opportunities (Various Locations): Fans can be the first consumers in the world to play the upcoming Skylanders Trap Team at several locations and receive special giveaways while supplies last: Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour kicking off in the Interactive Zone at Petco Park's Lexus Premier Lot (no SDCC badge required); the Nintendo Gaming Lounge in the San Diego Ballroom, Marriott Marquis & Marina (no SDCC badge required); and the Xbox Lounge in the Manchester Grand Hyatt at 1 Market Place (SDCC badge required). While at the Xbox Lounge, fans can win a collectible Skylanders-themed Xbox One.
    Rubie's Costumes (Booth #3649): Skylanders fans can get a sneak peek at the new Skylanders Halloween costumes available this fall at Rubie's booth.
    Mad Libs Pop-Up Shop (Booth #4612):Attendees can get their hands on the popular Skylanders Universe Mad Libs, featuring more than 20 original stories, available for purchase at the Mad Libs Pop-Up Shop.
    Special Kids Day Activities - Sunday, July 27 (Various Locations):   Kids who play the game at the Skylanders Trap Team First-to-Play Tour in the Interactive Zone will receive special giveaways, while supplies last.  Fans can also stop by the Penguin Publishing booth to pick up their limited edition Skylanders activity poster, while supplies last. Kids will also get a peek into the Skylanders comic book at IDW's Kids Comics Panel on Sunday at 10 a.m. (Room 4).
    About Skylanders Trap Team
    Launching in October, Skylanders Trap Team brings a ground-breaking innovation to the Skylanders franchise by reversing the magic of its signature Toys-To-Life play pattern to let kids bring life-to-toys for the first time. With Skylanders Trap Team, Portal Masters seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands, pulling them out of the game and into living rooms by capturing them in magical Traps. Players can then send villains back into the game where they play as them to fight for good. The game will include the Traptanium Portal, a new ring of magical energy that enables kids to not only bring their Skylanders to life, but also magically capture villains using the new Traps. Once they've defeated the villains, kids will be able to place a Trap into the new portal to capture them. They will also be able to hear the villains inside the Traps, an innovation that truly brings life to toys.

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  • Blu's Blu-ray encore
    Fortunately, Rio 2 is boisterous, colorful and well-to-do enough that parents should not hesitate to plop their children down in front of their home theater systems and allow them to spend 100 minutes with it. And, while it lacks the genuine heart of a Wreck It-Ralph or the unadulterated joy of something like The Lego Movie, the older crowd should be able to watch Rio 2 without insulting their sensibilities. It’s far from flawless and likely doesn’t hold up to its predecessor, but this sequel officially makes Rio a franchise, and one that's got some merit. Here’s hoping this mostly paint-by-numbers successor gives way to something more original once Rio 3 hits theaters.
  • Rayman Legends
    If two-dimensional platformers are gaming purity, then Rayman Legends is natural bliss. A genre so entrenched in console gaming's history should have seen it all, but Rayman Legends' resolution to constantly generate new ideas demands to be entertained. Until (and perhaps well after) Nintendo gets their first-party software going, Rayman Legends is the reason to own a Wii U.
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  • Mario Kart 8 Sold More Than 885,000 Copies in First Five Weeks

    Pretty impressive! Mario Kart 8 was the top-selling game in June, according to Nintendo. This is good news for the Wii U. Official release below:

    After firing out of the gate at the end of May, Mario Kart 8 had an even stronger second lap. The game was the top-selling physical software SKU in the U.S. in June, and sold more than 470,000 physical and digital units. This brings its lifetime total to more than 885,000 units in the U.S. alone. Mario Kart 8 is also driving new momentum for the Wii U platform and its library of great titles, which includes an industry-best 15 games with a Metacritic score of 85 or higher. Sales of hardware and software in June 2014 were up 233 percent and 373 percent, respectively, over June 2013. For the first half of the year, total sales of Wii U hardware and software have increased by 48 percent and 129 percent, respectively, over the same period in 2013.

    “These results reinforce the power of theMario Kartfranchise and speak to a bright future for the Wii U platform,” said Scott Moffitt, Nintendo of America’s executive vice president of Sales & Marketing. “History has shown that Mario Kart games tend to have an extremely long tail. We fully expect Mario Kart 8 to continue to drive momentum for our hardware and software business through the holidays and into the foreseeable future.”

    Nintendo 3DS also had a strong month: Hardware sales in June increased by more than 55 percent over sales in May, and Tomodachi Lifesold more than 175,000 combined physical and digital units after launching on June 6.

    Looking ahead to the rest of 2014, Wii U has a great lineup of upcoming games and amiibo, Nintendo’s foray into the toys-to-life category, that will help Nintendo build on itsMario Kart 8momentum. Notable titles on the way include: Hyrule Warriors (Sept. 26), Bayonetta 2 (October), Super Smash Bros. for Wii U (Holiday) and Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker (Holiday). Likewise, three of the most anticipated games of the year are coming exclusively to Nintendo 3DS in 2014: Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS (Oct. 3) and Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire (Nov. 21).

    *Data regarding physical sales of games in June are from the NPD Group. Data regarding digital downloads of games and combined physical/digital life-to-date numbers are from Nintendo’s internal sales figures. All numbers, unless otherwise stated, are specific to the United States only.

    For more information about Nintendo, visit

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  • ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED Gets Plenty of New Features in July 22 Closed Beta Update

    The ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINED closed beta is getting more interesting. Read the official release, and check out the infographic below:

    Today, Robot Entertainment announced the first details for the nextORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta update scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2014. Following a player account wipe, participants in theORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta can look forward to taking two brand new Heroes into battle, The Kobold King and Sir Winston. Players can also expect a ton of new features and quality of life improvements, including 40 new cards added to the current set, new skins, and team matchmaking!

    To download and view this fantastic infographic for further details on the gigantic July 22 update coming soon to theORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta, please follow this link:

    To view the complete patch notes for the July 22ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta update, please follow this link:

    To grab the officialORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDclosed beta trailer and artwork, please follow this link:

    ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDis a fast-paced Fortress Siege game in which teams of heroes battle head-to-head to attack and defend ancient strongholds.For the first time inOrcs Must Die!, teams of players are responsible for both sides of the battle – building traps to stop the enemy assaultandsummoning their own armies to lead against the enemy defense.Dozens of unique and powerful heroes offer deep gameplayoptionsat all skill levels, and players can build an arsenal from an enormous variety of choices, customizing their strategy for every match. New heroes, weapons, traps, and minions are continuously added, and a player’s collection will never stop evolving.

    Founder’s Packs are currently available and provide tremendous value on a wide assortment of items including Heroes, exclusive skins and in-game currency, plus instant access to the game during beta. For more information aboutORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDand the Founder’s Packs, visit, or follow the game onFacebookandTwitter.

    ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDwill be published in North America by Robot Entertainment and in Europe by GameForge. Plans for releasing the game in other regions will be announced soon.ORCS MUST DIE! UNCHAINEDwill be available exclusively as a free digital download on PC in late 2014.

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  • Lots of Battlefield Hardline blog info

    Lots of stuff going on with Battlefield Hardline. Check out the goods below.

    It’s been two weeks since the last Community’s Most Wanted update and the team at Visceral continue to make progress on fixing and improving Battlefield Hardline’s multiplayer. Hear from Lead Multiplayer Designer Thad Sasser on how feedback from the fans is helping to make Hardline’s multiplayer even better in the latest Community’s Most Want blog post here.
    This week, Battlefield Hardline’s Creative Director Ian Milham explains how the team at Visceral are bringing their singleplayer swagger to the world of cops and criminals. Delivering more depth and choice to the games campaign, the team at Visceral are using a TV crime drama aesthetic and working with some great talent in order to create a Battlefield campaign experience unlike any other. Check out what Ian has to say here.
    The team at Visceral will be joined by some friends at Comic Con for their panel Battlefield Hardline: A Visceral World of Crime and Revenge. Taking place on Friday, July 25th at 2:30pm PDT in Room 5AB. If you’re in San Diego be sure to check it out!

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