I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and you're not still in your food coma because if you are, you need t wake up and come out of it immediately! The world just got it's first look at the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer and its looking both parts dark and amazing. Keep a close eye out for John Boyega in Storm Trooper gear and Oscar Isaac behind the wheel. Excuse me while I go cry tears f joy and set a count down clock for next December.
Sony PSVita owners are finally getting the reward they deserve and just in time for the holiday season. Sony has just settled a suit with the FTC about misleading consumers over some of the functions of their handheld device. Some of which stated that, much like the Wii U and the game pad, the PSVita would allow gamers to play games on a PS3 system and pick them up on the handheld system without losing their place, this was of course inaccurate as that feature is only available for a small selection of titles. They also stated that the PSVita would allow players to engage in "live multiplayer" which was also not an actual system feature. The company behind the original advertisements, Deutsch LA, also encouraged their employees to promote the product on social media sites without revealing the affiliation between the company and Sony. All in all, this is a step in the right direction for consumers, but a shame that this happened. Sony will be offering a 25$ refund or a 50$ coupon towards other PSVita titles to consumers who purchased the product on false pretense as well as dropping the claims moving forward.
X Men: Apocalypse is still a few years away but casting rumors have been swirling for weeks and we finally know who's going to helm the title villain, the quickly rising Oscar Isaac. Isaac received critical acclaim after his role in the indie drama, Inside Llewyn Davis, and is also staring in a super secret role in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens, title due out next December. X Men: Apocalypse, will also feature new actors playing some familiar roles from the previous X Men franchise films. Get ready for some awesome action and take a look at the daring crime thriller starring Issac along side Zero Dark Thirty's Jessica Chastain, A Most Violvent Year, below.
Holiday season is under way and people are heading off to the cinemas to catch the latest and greatest films from the favorite franchises and The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay just stole the crown from the other (and highly disputed) highest grossing film of the year, Transformers: Age of Extinction. While this year has not been kind for the box office, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 pulled in a cool 123 million domestically and 275 million globally, which is incredible considering the 2nd runner up was Disney's Big Hero 6 which only made little over 20 million in it's 3rd week in the box office. Unfortunately, the last film in the franchise. Catching Fire, still opened at a little bit higher than the latest installment, pulling in an estimated 158 million when it was released last November. Regardless of falling a little short, Lionsgate and company are most than likely going to have a very good holiday season. This is definitely one film that should be on your end of the year list, trust me, it's good.
First off, I'd like to say thanks to anyone who's stuck it out with me this far! Through the highs and lows and just tagging a long for the ride, it means more than you could ever understand. Now, lets get to some news!
It's been a big big week in gaming, from the huge Xbox One One-year anniversary (where they gave away Sunset Overdrive for free), to the massive releases of the latest Pokemon titles, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire as well as Super Smash Bros for the Wii U and Dragon Age: Inquisition, this past Tuesday, to plenty of other things, we're getting ready to head into the last stretch of the year, Christmas season. To make things convenient as possible, I'll be posting the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals I can find this week! Also, I'm hoping to have some videos coming up soon to add some better video game news coverage and switch things up a little but that might be closer towards the new year. I'll also hopefully have some collaborations, games, and other little fun things with it! So if you've enjoyed it so far, hang around, there's plenty more to come!
The latest addition to the Hunger Games film quadrilogy, The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1 has been released but how does it hold up to it's two predecessors? Right off the bat, you can tell this film is going to be considerably darker and even with the few laughable and heart warming moments, they feel few and far between. A war torn Katniss is found in an under ground facility in District 13, alongside other survivors and some familiar faces from Cathing Fire. Following the events of the destruction of District 12, an uprising because to spread through out the other Districts in Panem. As a game of politics beings to play out by President Snow (Jeffery Wright) and the leader of military District 13, President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore), Katniss and those closest to her find themselves in the cross hairs. In the ever expanding genre of Young Adult novel turned movies, The Hunger Games, continues it's streak of excellence with it's 3rd installment. The series heavily benefits from Academy Award winning Jennifer Lawrence and her ability to actually portray Katniss Everdeen in a scarily relatable manner. This becomes apart in scenes where we watch her suffer the agonizing truth that her home and everyone she use to know is no longer. A lot of the focus of this film is on Katniss and less of the side characters that we've grown use to in the first two films. The action is intense along with the stakes and they're a good handful of twist that are borderline heartbreaking. Really, my two biggest complaints are the lack of Woody Harrelson's Haymitch Abernathy and the fact that this is a two part film and we'll have to wait another year to see part 2! All in all, this is a film you'll definitely want to catch.
This has not been the best week for gamers. Far Cry 4 launched just yesterday and it looks like the games suffering a slew of issues that are preventing players from even starting the game. PC gamers have been experiencing crashes from the games serves, resulting in a black screen. PS3 players, on the other hand, are receiving a message stating, "game data is corrupt. Please delete FC3 game data," and while that seems like a simple enough solution, apparently players who haven't played Far Cry 3 on the same console are seeing the same notification. There also seems to be some issues with a pre-order for the bonus mission, "Blood Ruby," over the validity of the redemption code's players received prior to the games release. Players have complained of either never receiving the codes or the codes themselves not working. There was also a bit of a mix up of players complaining about not having a FOV (filed of view) function to which one of the team members confirmed that the reason they do not is because they do not have a legal copy of the game. Not a good week for Ubisoft but hopefully there upcoming patch will fix a lot, if not all, of these issues.
This previous Thursday, we saw the launch of the latest expansion in Blizzards long running MMO, World of Warcraft, but it didn't go exactly as planned. Long wait times and server problems led to a lot of games upset and unable to play the latest WoW title for many hours, upsetting one sub-redditor moderator to the point where he shut down the forum thread as a form of protest due to the outrageous wait times, which resulted in his loss of that position as well as an apology listed by one of the other members. All in all, there's good news for the games who suffered through this unfortunate wait time, Blizzard is now offering 5 free days of extra game time for any player with had an account active before or the lunch day for Warlods of Dreanor. What do you think? Do you think Blizzard should have been more proactive in preparing for this new launch or do you think it probably would have happened either way?
The Inglosrious Basterd, Fifth Estate and Rush's actor where he starred along side Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Daniel Bruhl, is next up to be added to the ever expanding Marvel Roster and he might be playing an extremely interesting villain. Reports came out this week that Bruhl was cast as a villain in Captain America: Civil War. While not the main villain, there's a hint that he will also play a pivotal role forthcoming Doctor Strange movie. If reports hold correct, Bruhl will play opposite his Fifth Estate co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch. Captain America 3 seems like it's going to be a major launching point, not only leading into Doctor Strange, but Black Panther as well and setting the series of events that will play out in the future Avengers films.
Assassins Creed Unity had stirred some controversy earlier this year pre-release of Ubisofts latest installment of the franchise and now it seems the game is the talk of the internet once again for a reason that's equal part hilarious and horrifying. It seems AC Unity has been riddled with bugs and various glitches, causing lots of gamers frustrations and plenty of laughter. While Ubisoft assures us that it is working on a patch to fix this, enjoy Kotaku's round up of some of the best images or check out one of the many youtube compilations!