One of televisions best reviewed series is almost back and it just dropped a chilling new trailer. Mr Robot left on a high note and massive cliff hanger and it looks like the paranoia and intensity aren't going to slow down in season 3. Take a look at Elliot and the gang and get ready for Mr Robot to return to TV October 11, 2017.
Nintendo held it's Nindies showcase and showoff a boatload of new and upcoming titles and some surprising announcements. Thanks to Mazemace from reddit for this lovely infographic, you can see some suprising names up there including Kentucy Route Zero's fifth chapter, Super Meat Boy Forever, and No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again. The video will be posted below so if your Switch is lacking some titles (like mine) then some of these are going to be definitely on your list come this fall.
Overwatch's last event has just ended but they are ready to throw everyone right into the next new features. The previously unreleased Deathmach modes, Free For All and 4V4 have been officially released on the games servers. Free For All occurs on a new level, Guillard, a large castle that's connected to Widowmaker while the 4v4 cycles through reduced sections of the classic levels normally found in Overwatch's other modes. With this, a handful of characters have received some changes including Junkrat now having two grenades and Junkrat being able to move while healing himself, similar to Bastian. The new competitive season goes live on Thursday and will be drastically different from previous ones. The games rounds to best of 3 instead of 5 and the new season is scheduled to run two months at a a time. Get excited and get ready for October's Halloween event and even more surprises to come in the next few weeks!
On Sunday, I had the opportunity to check out the Gamestop expo here in Las Vegas and I got my hands on a whole handful of fun games and goodies that I couldn't get during E3. The event itself was priced fairly cheap and it being on a Sunday really reduced the crowd size. Gamestop also featured a thinkgeek store inside the epxo, full of great merchandise and sales. There was a lot of fun things to see and do but the best part, by far, was the incredibly low wait time. Compared to E3, where I played maybe ten titles over 3 days, I ended up playing 14 and had time for many more. Of the titles I got my hands one, Mario Odyssey, Fire Emblem Warriors, Wolfenstein 2, and Warriors All Stars all really impressed me. Thought the next few weeks, I'll be talking a bit more in detail about how some of these titles play and whether or not they are worth the hype so stay tuned!
The summers have not been kind to the box office and this years another example of the public's lack of interest. Now, there is a number of reasons for the box office suffering but this past weekend saw the lowest box office haul of the last 16 years. With no major releases, there was nothing to draw a crowd to a usually slow month of August. This coupled with the highly anticipated Connor McGrogor and Flloyd Mayweather fight may have also contributed to the slow box office sales. The box office doesn't look great for the coming weekend either with no notable releases until Stephen King's IT on September 8th. Hopefully September will be a better month for an abysmally slow August.
Willem Dafoe stated that he felt he "didn't feel the need," to research the role of Ryuuk and I honestly believe no one, with the exception of Lakeith Standfield's L, even attempted to do this franchise any justice. After the first half an hour of Death Note, the movie had deviated so heavily from the source material that I felt at best I should abandon all hope of it ever veering back on course. With that said, I was laughing enough to actually question if I was truly enjoying the film. Light Turner, played by Nat Wolff is different in just about every single way from his inspiration Light Yagami. A lot less menacing or cunning and a lot less to care about. Death Note is a film that sort of happens without any real mystery except for a small "how did he do it," towards the end, which leads up to one of the most unsatisfying endings I've seen in any films this year. Mia Sutton, the would be major character, hardly gets the character development she should have received by the time you reach the big twist, you care more about the fact that the movie hasn't ended yet that you do about her character. However, she was also one of the more entertaining parts of the film, along with a surprising L, that at least managed to capture a lot of the mannerisms of the popular anime character. The biggest issue that is presented with Death Note which comes at the end of summer 17 and was another highly anticipated white washed movie is the message it sends to Hollywood. There is absolutely no reason that the entire cast could not have been played by Japanese actors, still set in Seattle, with the exact series of events occurring. In fact, the hysteria of people watching bad films for the sake of seeing how bad they are does more harm than good. It allows the perpetual cycle of these films occurring over and over again. Since we have no actual clue as to whether Death Note was a massive weekend hit for Netflix, we just have to hope that the formula will eventually be scrapped, and some respect will be shown to these beloved characters and franchises.
While the Xbox One X pre-orders have broken records for Microsoft, it looks like its time to say goodbye to the original. The original Xbox One, released back in 2013, is being discontinued in wake of the latest console release. The official Microsoft store has the console now listed as "sold out," and it's hard to imagine that Microsoft will be pouring any additional resources into the console with the Xbox One S out as well as the November release of the Xbox One X. So we say farewell to a relatively short console life for a significant step for for Xbox.
DC seems to be having a lot of shake ups lately. After months long debate over whether or not the solo Batman film, starring the former Director and Writer of the project Ben Affleck, would be included in the DCEU, it was announced that a Joker origin story spin off was under way before announcing that their ill be a Joker and Harley Quinn film. The duo's film will arrive after Suicide Squad 2, featuring both Margot Robie and Jared Leto and led by the creative minds behind NBC's This Is US series. According to THR, DC is planning on diverging from the norm of comic book franchises, mainly the "highly interconnected Marvel universe." Spinoffs can work but having two different actors portray the same character within a small number of years is an odd choice to make. Even though DC is trying to remain different, the constant shifts in schedules of future releases is eventually going to bite them in the box office.
Big news for Fire Emblem fans as the highly anticipated Switch title, Fire Emblem Warriors, now have an official release date. The date, along with a special edition, dropped a new trailer showing Camilla, Leo, Takumi, and Hinoka to the mix. The Limited edition of the game will come with a 3 disc soundtrack as well as a collection of character cards showcasing art work of famous Fire Emblem heroes. The release date for Europe as well as North America has been announced as October 10th, 2017 and you can take a look at the new trailer below and get ready to hop into a new type of Fire Emblem action.
DC's iconic villain, The Joker, is getting his own origin film but with a slight catch. The film is said to follow the beginnings of the Joker's madness without having anything to do with the current DCEU. There's speculation that the film will cast (yet another) actor, most likely younger, in the stand alone film that will have no relation to Jared Leto's Joker, which he is said to reprise in the sequel to Suicide Squad and Gotham City Sirens. The film will be set in the 80's with Hangover director Todd Phillips leading the picture. The film is also said to have a "hard-boiled crime feel." While a one off Joker film sounds nice, it seems like it's largely influenced by the wildly successful (although, well-deserved) Wonder Woman origin film. It also doesn't do a lot to support Leto's portrayal of the Joker that left a lot of fans unsatisfied. The announcement seems like more of a cash grab than anything else and I'm sure if it does well enough, they'll announce a sequel to the spin off as well. Looks like we are just going to have to wait and see how this one turns out for DC.