Stay for the visuals, forgive the story and enjoy the terror. That’s my final stance on Lights Out.
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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens new DLC gives players control of the First Order
More LEGO Star Wars? Oh, yes. Official details below.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced the release of the First Order Siege of Takodana Level Pack, which is the latest downloadable content (DLC) within the LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™ Season Pass.
The First Order Siege of Takodana Level Pack allows fans to experience the thrilling assault on Maz Kanata’s castle in a brand new way. Players can now storm the ancient edifice of Takodana from the perspective of the First Order and play as the villainous Kylo Ren, utilizing this powerful dark side warrior to battle adversaries and search for Rey and BB-8, in an effort to crush the Resistance forever.
Players can currently purchase the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deluxe Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, which includes the main game and Season Pass—the perfect holiday gift for any Star Wars™ fan.
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens marks the triumphant return of the No. 1 LEGO® videogame franchise, immersing fans in the new Star Wars adventure like never before. Players can relive the epic action from the blockbuster film in a way that only LEGO can offer, featuring storylines from Star Wars™: The Force Awakens™, retold through the clever and witty LEGO lens. The game also features playable content exploring previously untold adventures set in the time leading up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, providing deeper insights into the film’s characters and most memorable moments.
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Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter heads to the PS4 and XB1
Any Sherlock-based mystery can't be bad, right? Check out the official details below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 25, 2016) – Leading interactive entertainment media publisher and developer BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Bigben Interactive, worldwide player in video game publishing, today launch Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter in the Americas (except Argentina and Brazil) for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One®.
Developed by Frogwares Games, Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter delivers a unique single-player adventure game experience with players taking the role of the greatest detective in history, Sherlock Holmes. Using Holmes’ remarkable powers of observation, deduction, and his exceptional photographic memory, players explore the streets of Victorian London to track down and interrogate subjects. In this all-new adventure, Holmes and Watson must unravel five different mysteries ranging from a series of disappearances in the heart of Whitechapel to uncovering a mysterious Mayan treasure. Sherlock Holmes: The Devil’s Daughter blends exploration, investigation, and action to create thrilling experiences. Each mystery’s twists and turns are impacted by the player’s choices and actions. As players progress through the game they will slowly discover that Holmes is plagued by a looming threat over 221B Baker Street that could jeopardize the safety of Katelyn, his adoptive daughter. The dark forces behind this mysterious threat may prove to be the great detective’s undoing.
"Collaborating with BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. on the distribution of Sherlock Holmes: The Devil's Daughter in North America is a great pleasure and an amazing experience." said Benoît Clerc, Head of Software Group at Bigben Interactive. "We hope gamers in the Americas capture the essence and mystery of Sherlock Holmes and enjoy the hard work of the Frogwares team. Everyone at Bigben and Frogwares has been working together to give our best to ensure the game’s success."
Still one of my favorite online golf experiences. Check out the launch details below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 25, 2016) – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. and Webzen Onnet today announces the free-to-play, multiplayer PC title, Winning Putt, is now available on Steam. Winning Putt is an immersive online golf game where players customize and build their character for a one-of-a-kind online golf experience.
With the official launch of Winning Putt, players can now access new content, such as the new Thailand inspired Maiphai Hills golf course which is open to level seven players and above. Players can also jump into the Course Master feature, a new mode that rewards players for each challenge they complete, which is done by beating the Non-Playable Characters’ (NPC) strokes.
“BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment is excited to be working with Webzen Onnet on officially launching Winning Putt,” said In Joon Hwang, Senior Director, Digital Games at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.. “Winning Putt broadens our catalogue of free-to-play games and brings an immersive and vibrant golfing experience to PCs that only the experienced team at Webzen Onnet could provide.”
With Winning Putt, players enter a deep, virtual world in which they can level up their avatar, see the direction and velocity of wind, sense the slope of a green, and use special unlockable skills to drive under par or even get a hole-in-one. A player’s game improves with every hole and each game unlocks more skills and increases resources players can use to acquire new skills and gadgets.
Players can choose from a variety of gameplay styles in Winning Putt. For players interested in the most authentic experience, there are nine pristine golf courses to select from with varying levels of difficulty. All courses feature realistically simulated ball trajectory, weather and wind variables, and slope of terrain that come into play for a comprehensive and immersive experience. Players looking for a more fantastical time can tee off on Starglen, an alien planet that is as difficult as it is other-worldly. Players can also enchant clubs for even more power in their drives and customize their appearance from golf apparel to space suits.
Winning Putt is rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. To download the game, visit www.winningputtgame.com or Steam. To join the conversation about Winning Putt, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and register for our email newsletter on our website. For more information about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products, go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html.
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Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel releases to the world
Some more torturous fun. Official details below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 25, 2016) – Leading interactive entertainment developer and publisher, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc., has released DARK SOULS III™: Ashes of Ariandel™, the first of two planned downloadable expansions to the critically acclaimed DARK SOULS III for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM. Step back into the world of DARK SOULS III and uncover a terrible secret that lies within a cursed painting from another age. Players will find themselves steeped in a brand new environment filled with terrifying new enemies, challenges, and exciting new lore to expand the DARK SOULS III storyline.
Return to the mysterious world of Lothric and embrace a new mission as players encounter a diseased world within a painting created to house unwanted beings. Players are tasked to enter this new world, uncover its mysteries, and defeat the evil sealed within its frigid landscape. Throughout their adventure, players will equip new weapons, armor, and spells as they encounter hulking battle-hardened warriors, packs of territorial wolves, a settlement of grotesque inhabitants, and other horrors as they venture deeper into a world descended into madness.
DARK SOULS III: Ashes of Ariandel also includes Undead Matches, a brand new way to play online against other DARK SOULS III: Ashes of Ariandel players around the world. By entering these multiplayer matches players can honorably duel against a fellow Cursed Undead, or do battle in free-for-all brawls or team-based fights for up to five other players. Entry into the Undead Matches does not come easily though, as adventurous players must first defeat a fearsome foe hidden within the world of Ariandel.
DARK SOULS III: Ashes of Ariandel is rated “M” for Mature and is available for download on PlayStation 4 system, Xbox One and PC for a MSRP of $14.99. A season pass for DARK SOULS III, which includes the DARK SOULS III: Ashes of Ariandel and a second expansion, expected to be released in early 2017, is available for purchase for $24.99 for all versions of the game.
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Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition available for download
But does it contain the Hasbro Nemo? Oh, well. Good enough. Official details below for the Fmaily Fun Pack Super Edition.
SAN FRANCISCO – October 25, 2016 – Today, Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) and Ubisoft® announced the availability of Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition, an exclusive bundle featuring six complete video games based on Hasbro’s famous board games. Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition is available now for Xbox One and PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system for an MSRP of $59.99 and is rated E10+.
Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition offers countless hours of fun to be played with friends and family together on the couch or online with people all across the world. Based on six Hasbro Gaming brands – MONOPOLY® Plus, RISK®, RISK® Urban Assault, TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live!, Battleship® and BOGGLE – have been adapted for video game consoles to include stunning environments and introduce new customizable rules and missions in addition to the traditional ways of playing. Whether it’s money-management, strategic-thinking, wordsmithing or trivia, Hasbro Family Fun Pack Super Edition offers a unique and enriching experience for players of all ages.
The MONOPOLY Plus console game brings the iconic board game to life with a colorful 3D animated city. The city evolves when homes and hotels are purchased as the game progresses and includes tokens that move across the properties. Players can customize their gameplay experience by selecting which of the “House Rules” they want to play. Additionally, players can choose Speed Die mode, a faster-paced way of playing the game where players move quicker around the board.
The console version of the RISK game retains the authenticity of the classic 2010 rules, while pushing a modern twist on the world-famous strategy game with 3D tactical battlefields, configurable win conditions and rule variants. Players can bring out their inner commander from a high-tech control room and set off to dominate the world using the classic map layout.
RISK: Urban Assault
The RISK Urban Assault console game is an exciting new version of the RISK game set in a post-apocalyptic world across some of the most famous cities around the globe. From New York to Shanghai, players must act cunning and play strategically to defeat their opponents. At its heart, the game retains the DNA that makes RISK so popular with an additional layer of strategy introduced by commanders, facilities and alliances.
The BOGGLE console game brings the classic three-minute word game to a new level. Fresh rules like point multipliers, timed matches, and even banning certain letters introduce new strategies players can use to topple their opponents. Players can compete against their friends in person or experience the multiplayer cooperative or competitive modes online. They will develop their word-game skills, rise through the leaderboard and collect trophies!
TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live!
With adapted difficulty levels and four unique question formats, the TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live! console game is accessible to all type of players. From standard multiple choice to a category bank, where players will choose multiple selections from a collection of 16 answers, TRIVIAL PURSUIT Live! provides more than 1,200 questions for players to show off their knowledge.
BATTLESHIP console game players will deploy their fleet and strategic skills on a modern, dynamic and interactive 3D board to destroy the enemy before their own ships are sunk. The new Clash at Sea! mode will bring new exciting features to the classic gameplay. In this mode, players strategize to win by managing their resources and using their fleet’s special abilities to win the game. For players who crave competition and challenges, they will have the ability to play with their friends locally or online in a unique player-versus-player experience as well as track their progress on the global leaderboard.
Rob Zombie's 31 heading home on Blu-ray in December
He does make some awesome music and bloody films. Official details of 31 are below.
SANTA MONICA, CA (October 24, 2016) – From the macabre mind of Rob Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses, The Lords of Salem, The Devil’s Rejects), comes his newest nightmare, 31, arriving on Blu-ray and DVD December 20 from Lionsgate. Clowns have never been as terrifying as they are in the course of this one shocking evening in the middle of nowhere. Currently available on Digital HD and On Demand, 31 stars Sheri Moon Zombie (House of 1000 Corpses), Jeff Daniel Phillips (HBO’s “Westworld”) Elizabeth Daily (Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure), Meg Foster (The Lords of Salem), Kevin Jackson (Conspiracy Theory), Richard Blake (Batman Begins), Judy Geeson (TV’s “Gilmore Girls”) and Malcolm McDowell (Halloween).
From the visionary mind of Rob Zombie comes the horrific story of five carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween and held hostage in a large compound. At the mercy of their captors, they are forced to play a twisted game or life or death called 31. For the next 12 hours they must fight for their lives against an endless parade of homicidal maniacs.
The 31 Blu-ray and DVD release special features include a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary and audio commentary with Rob Zombie. The 31 digital HD release will include a four-hour behind-the-scenes documentary with two exclusive hours of footage not included on the Blu-ray release. For those who have previously purchased the digital release, the documentary will be available to watch beginning on December 20. 31 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD for the suggested retail price of $24.99 and $19.98, respectively.
BLU-RAY/ DVD/DIGITAL HD SPECIAL FEATURES · “In Hell Everybody Loves Popcorn: The Making of 31” Documentary · Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Rob Zombie
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Epic Games announces latest round of Unreal Developer Grants Recipients
Anytime the industry can give back to make itself better is a good investment. Bravo to Epic Games for keeping this sorta stuff up. Official details below.
October 25, 2016 – Unreal Dev Grants is the gift that keeps on giving! Epic Games today announced another round of Unreal Dev Grants, awarding six recipients a total of $160,000 for their incredible projects developed with Unreal Engine 4. Unreal Dev Grants, first introduced in February 2015, is Epic’s $5 million initiative to provide no-strings-attached funding to outstanding developers, programmers, artists and designers using Unreal Engine 4.
The latest round of recipients include:
Alice VR by Carbon Studio - Alice VR is an adventure sci-fi game from Carbon Studio exploring the power of virtual reality, transporting players to a beautiful alien planet which they must escape. The immersive game features a series of puzzles designed specifically for VR, and places control in players’ hands, with every decision made leading to different paths and offering a variety of endings to experience. Alice VR will be available on Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and OSVR beginning October 27. Learn more on the game’s official website.
Conarium by Zoetrope Interactive - In Conarium, players take on the role of Frank Gilman, a member of the Anthropology Department in the Miskatonic University, who has taken part in an experimental expedition, attempting to pass beyond the limits of human consciousness by using a device called Conarium. The chilling exploration game features beautifully-realized dark worlds that the player must traverse as they discover clues, unlock secrets and experience alternate realities while avoiding macabre beings at all costs. Check out the new teaser trailer and learn more on the game’s official website.
The Fantastic Voyages of Teo and Leonie by Kenzan Studios - Designed from the ground up to be a transmedia product, the TV series The Fantastic Voyages of Teo and Leonie is based on a combination of traditional animation and Unreal Engine 4 real-time rendering, with content built for platforms ranging from smartphones, TVs and consoles to VR headsets. The Fantastic Voyages of Teo and Leonie follows two young children from the early 20th century who suddenly find themselves lost in the middle of the Renaissance, where a sympathetic Leonardo da Vinci takes them under his wing to try to get them home. See it in action and learn more about the series on Kenzan Studio’s website.
The Watchmaker by Micropsia Games - The Watchmaker is a third-person puzzle adventure for PC and PlayStation 4. In the game, the player takes on the role of Alexander, who is trapped in a steampunk dream world, represented by the inner gears of a large clock. The player’s mission is to repair this precious clock that has been sabotaged by an unknown entity while fighting in a race against time, as Alexander is plagued with a strange disease that ages him rapidly. View the announcement trailer and learn more about the game on Micropsia Games’ website.
Lost Soul Aside by Yang Bing - Lost Soul Aside is a role-playing game by designer Yang Bing. Bing began developing the game two years ago after being inspired by the trailer for Final Fantasy XV. Lost Soul Aside features beautifully detailed characters, fantastical open worlds and action-packed combat. The game is currently in its earliest stages, being solely developed by Bing. Watch the trailer, which has more than 2.3 million views, on YouTube, or visit the game’s Facebook page, where details about Lost Soul Aside coming to PS4 have been revealed.
The Dice is Cast by Studio NextStage - The Dice is Cast is a mobile action role-playing game which features board game-style gameplay. Players hit dice and move around the board to hex fields where they engage in action-packed battles against enemies. Integrated joystick controls within the mobile interface are familiar and satisfying to console RPG fans. The Dice is Cast currently features 80 stage, raid and time attack modes, and it is available in Korea for Android and iOS devices. View the latest gameplay footage on YouTube.
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Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 available today
We're just getting started on our review for this one. Until then, enjoy the official details for the release below.
SANTA CLARA, Calif., (October 25, 2016) – BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. the premier publisher of anime videogames today announces the launch of DRAGON BALL® XENOVERSE 2, the most expansive Dragon Ball® videogame experience to-date. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 is available for purchase now in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One with the STEAM® for PC version launching on October 27, 2016.
Taking place a few years after the events of the original Dragon Ball® Xenoverse, players assume the role of a Time Patroller with the mission to once again set the history of the Dragon Ball world on the correct course in DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2. Featuring enhanced graphics and gameplay design, as well as a new hub city called Conton City that is seven times larger than the previous hub city, the game is poised to be the most immersive and detailed Dragon Ball world ever developed. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 also adds new characters to its already robust roster including characters from Dragon Ball Super such as Goku Black, Hit, and Future Trunks. Players and EDM fans who purchase the game can also download a free DJ Steve Aoki DLC package to receive two remixed Dragon Ball songs (Cha-la Head Cha-la & We Gotta Power) and delight in interacting with Steve Aoki’s in-game character that lives in Conton City. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 returns with a more robust and expanded character customization mode that delivers more customizable options, additional features, and special upgrades. DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2’s multiplayer mode delivers epic versus battles including huge 6 vs. 1 co-op fights enabling players to band together in order to take down giant bosses.
“Dragon Ball fans are in store for an adventure of a lifetime with DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2.” said Eric Hartness, Vice President of Marketing at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. “The first Xenoverse game was a ground-breaking title in the long running Dragon Ball videogame franchise, with DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2, we’re pushing the envelope even further to take the Dragon Ball videogame experience to new heights.”
DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2 is rated “T” for TEEN by the ESRB. The game is available now in the Americas for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One with the STEAM® for PC version launching on October 27, 2016. To find out more about DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE 2, head over to www.dragonballxenoverse2.com. To learn more about BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc.’s other products go to: http://www.bandainamcoent.com/home.html or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BandaiNamcoUS or join the conversation at https://twitter.com/BandaiNamcoUS.
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It Hides Beneath the Rose
The Da Vinci Code on 4K UltraHD + HDR is a very nice release. The native 4K digital intermediate master played a big role in making this film look good as it does. The film itself is quite intriguing, and seeing it with this much clarity and compelling sound makes it a worthy 4K Blu-ray. That said, the image can still be rather grainy at times, and the inclusion of HDR is more of a slight punch in contrast and brightness (when there is brightness to be seen). This is a pretty dark film most of the time, so the addition of HDR is not easily seen. Nevertheless, whenever reds, blues, or yellows come up; they look brilliant.