Tangiers is a stealth game that’s strikingly surreal

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Horror games are a dime a dozen now, some relying directly on gore factor while others deploy jumpscare after jumpscare to keep you on the edge of your seat. Rarely a rather unique one comes along (that’s what we said about Slender, but look at it now) but this time we are using it rather loosely for Tangiers, a dark stealth game that is surreal as it is weird.

The game had a Kickstarter campaign two years ago but didn’t make it, but now they’re set with an even more polished game as a 26 November release date.

Set in a parody of “1970s concrete Britain” you’re expected to move through a dark and surreal landscape where the levels alter themselves based on your playstyle and you’re armed with bits of spoken enemy dialogue you snap out from the sky. Here you will play as a rather odd being whose sole goal is to kill five specific creatures which you track down as you progress.

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As described by designer Alex Harvey:

“One area revolves around some docks, featuring the obligatory lighthouse,” “Careless play will cause the lighthouse to be embedded in the architecture of a future level (levels can be completed in any order). Now, depending on the magnitude of your interaction in the docks (did you go around back stabbing and killing everyone?) the lighthouse will appear at harsher angles – its rotating light going on to illuminate not just the rooftops, but to illuminating the streets you’re trying to infiltrate through, providing an additional hazard to avoid.”

That basically means that pieces of past levels can glue themselves to other regions in the world to make things more challenging. Also, your own weapons are literally the words of your foes, as words spoken by creatures inhabiting this realm turn into physical objects. Pick up the disgruntled words of a guard trying to find you and use them to other means.

The Kickstarter has since ended but we have very high hopes for the finished game once it comes out. In the meantime, check out the trailer below.


via Kotaku

Max von Sydow joins Game of Thrones

(Matt Sayles/AP)
(Matt Sayles/AP)

We’ve just heard that Max von Sydow  is set to appear in the next season of Game of Thrones as Three-Eyed-Raven.

The famous veteran actor who has appeared in many iconic movies such as The Exorcist and soon-to-come Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is taking over this role from Struan Rodger who appeared as the character in Season Four. The Three-Eyed-Raven is a teacher of Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright), who is teaching the young lord about the supernatural gifts such as warging (an ability to transfer his consciousness to other living things) for example.

According to the reports, von Sydow is not expected to make many appearances, but he will be a major force in the narrative of Season Six. Another new member of cast is Ian McShane from HBO’s Deadwood but there’s no news on what role he will be playing as in Season Six.

Many book readers are still wondering when George R.R Martin will finish this but the President of HBO Programming, Micheal Lombardo told the reporters that there’s a tentative eight season run in the current plan during the summer press tour at Television Critics Association few weeks ago.

We are still holding our collective breath if Jon Snow really ended his watch too.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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Team Fnatic crashes out in first round of TI5

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Today, much to the disappointment to many Malaysians, local team Fnatic suffered a terrible blow at The International 2015 (TI5) Dota 2 Championship as they were knocked out by Russian team Virtus.Pro in the first round of the lower bracket.

Team Fnatic, lead by local Dota legend player Mushi, come out with a new lineup of the best players to come out of the country  for the match but had a few very unusual choices with the positioning in their first game of the main event. While most expected Mushi to lead the team in the match, he unexpectedly switched to a support role and let player KecikImba take the helm.

Some speculate that Team Fnatic was looking to tinker with their strategy after a rather disappointing performance during the group stages of the tournament, with the team finished with only four points out of the possible 21 points, leaving Team Fnatic the second last in their group. It didn’t help the pressure that Team Fnatic was facing since the first round of the lower bracket would be a best-of-one sudden death round.

While it is sad to see our local Malaysian team’s lack of progress during the tournament, they were not the only ones to get knocked out very early. Ukraine’s Team Na’Vi, the winner of TI1, and China’s Team NewBee, the winner of TI4, also suffered defeat and were eliminated from the tournament. This goes to show that this years teams are extremely strong if they can knock out some of the previous champions in the first round. The championship still has a way to go and you never know if the tables will turn.

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Deadpool teases a trailer for tomorrow’s trailer

20th Century FOX really knows how to hype a movie, but when your making anything with Deadpool involved, you’ve got to break the fourth wall. And there is no one better to do so than the Merc with the Mouth himself, Deadpool. Ryan Reynolds dons the iconic red suit and teases the audience in the most meta way possible in a teaser trailer for its upcoming official movie trailer; which is also named Deadpool due to be aired tomorrow.

Fans are already waiting in anticipation to see what kind of mayhem Deadpool would cause in tomorrows trailer, so this teaser trailer is a nice touch for fans of both Deadpool and Ryan Reynolds. The movie Deadpool is set to hit theaters in February 2016.

via The Verge

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Dungeons and Dragons is getting another movie

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Looks like we are indeed getting another Dungeons and Dragons movie.

After a six-day trial last year pertaining to the movie rights, Hasbro, Warner Bros. and Sweetpea Entertainment have worked out a deal to produce a new movie, and it’s going to be handled by Lego Movie producer Roy Lee (The Ring, The Grudge).

The movie is set to be based by a script by David Leslie Johnson (Wrath of the Titans) and has Hasbro Chief exec Brian Goldner and Chief content officer Steven Davis on board. As of the moment, the movie is going to take place in the Forgotten Realms, a popular D&D Campaign setting.

“We are so excited about bringing the world of Dungeons & Dragons to life on the big screen,” said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Bros. Pictures. “This is far and away the most well-known brand in fantasy, which is the genre that drives the most passionate film followings. D&D has endless creative possibilities, giving our filmmakers immense opportunities to delight and thrill both fans and moviegoers new to the property.”
Dungeons-and-DragonsBear in mind that there was a D&D movie all the way back in 2001 and it wasn’t all that great, but it set the pace for more to be made. This was followed by two more films which premiered on SyFy Channel, called Dungeons & Dragons: Wrath of the Dragon God and Dungeons & Dragons: The Book of Vile Darkness which came out in 2005 and 2012 respectively.

Warner Bros. also attempted to commission a screenplay on the game four years ago but they didn’t have a rights for it. The game initially became popular in 1974 and has remained popular since, with millions of fans and players worldwide, with the game currently in it’s 5th edition.

Hopefully this new film will be the blockbuster the fans deserve on the big screen. Fingers crossed that the producers don’t roll a critical fail.

via Hollywood Reporter, Comicbook.com

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Sequel to Prometheus confirmed

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Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) is set to direct the sequel of Prometheus in January 2016 after he is done with The Martian.

The release date for the movie is set on 4 March 2016, but it is really doubtful if the target date is realistic. The director said that the fan-favourite xenomorph creatures will not show up in the sequel:

The beast is done. Cooked. I got lucky meeting Giger all those years ago. It’s very hard to repeat that. I just happen to be the one who forced it through because they said it’s obscene. They didn’t want to do it and I said, ‘I want to do it, it’s fantastic.’ But after four, I think it wears out a little bit. There’s only so much snarling you can do. I think you’ve got to come back with something more interesting. And I think we’ve found the next step. I thought the Engineers were quite a good start.”

So we have a possibility that Ridley Scott will expand more on the enigmatic Engineers or a new alien species showing up; or simply the multiple copies of the android David (Micheal Fassbender) running around in the sequel. Micheal Fassbender (X-Men, 300) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, Child 44) are set to return for the sequel with the script re-written by Micheal Green (Wolverine 2, Blade Runner 2) and Jack Paglen (Transendence).

We can only hope the sequel won’t be as confusing or convoluted as the first or the characters figuring out to sidestep, not running in straight line while escaping from a crashing spaceship.

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Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works Blu-ray will feature the alternate ending short

The poster of the 2nd cour
The poster of the 2nd cour

Fans of TYPEMOON’s Fate/Stay Night take notice!

Anyone who pre-orders the Japanese release of the second season Blu-ray set of Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Works will get a lot of exclusive goodies. The pre-order period will close on 10 August 2015 and the fans have to shell out 35,000 Yen (RM1091) for it.  Studio ufotable announced features like 13 episodes with English subtitles, OST CD, drama CD and a 50 page production booklet.

Not only that, there will be a 10 minute anime short of “Sunny Day”, the alternate ending that is only previously seen in visual novel. Besides this, “Curtain Call ~ Let Us Drive Together” audio drama with Noriaki Sugiyama (Shirou Emiya), Kana Ueda (Rin Tosaka) and Daisuke Namikawa (Waver Velvet/Lord El-Melloi II).

This ending
This ending

To those who have never touched the visual novel, “Sunny Day” is the alternate epilogue where Saber survived the last battle at the temple and lives together with Rin and Shirou in a blissful threesome relationship.

The special boxset is set for release on 7 October this year.

Pre-order bonuses include an A3 tapestry illustrated by TYPE-MOON co-founder Takashi Takeuchi
Pre-order bonuses include an A3 tapestry illustrated by TYPE-MOON co-founder Takashi Takeuchi

Like Arkham Knight, each vendor carries different pre-order goodies in Japan:

Aniplex+: replica opening art set P3 sized illustration canvas
Aniplex+:
replica opening art set
P3 sized illustration canvas
Animate:  Frame portrait art Set of six postcards storage box with purchase of both seasons
Animate:
Frame portrait art
Set of six postcards
storage box with purchase of both seasons
Sofmap B2 tapestry
Sofmap
B2 tapestry
Toranoana  Clear storage case B1 fabric poster
Toranoana
Clear storage case
B1 fabric poster
Amazon B1 fabric poster storage box with purchase of both seasons
Amazon
B1 fabric poster
storage box with purchase of both seasons

ufotable cafe: Takahiro Miura storyboards, Cafe art collection, Signed postcard and storage box with purchase of both seasons.

Gamer: Mug and set of seven buttons

TSUTAYA: Desk calendar

HMV: replica production art

WonderGOO: A3 clear poster

Neo Wing: Cushion cover

Getchu-ya: B2 tapestry

AmiAmi: Crystal paperweight

Chara-Ani / BOOK ☆ WALKER: Microfiber towel

Seven Net: Muffler towel

Bunkyodo, Animega, Bunkyodo Hobby & Animega : large button set

Promotional poster for Blu-ray set
Promotional poster for Blu-ray set

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Eve brings arcade shooting VR fun with Gunjack teaser

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Ahh, it’s a great time for VR games.

This is Gunjack, where you get to pilot a dual-turret spacecraft, you’ll be in charge of protecting a mining rig that’s set in the EVE Universe. Pitting yourself against pirates and opportunist that intend to steal the riches of the company, this fully-immersive VR is specifically designed for the Samsung Gear VR.

The game progresses with levels that allow players to add to their arsenal of weapons, upgrade as they go and finally go against huge bosses. Built around the Unreal 4 engine and paired with the Samsung Gear VR the game looks good from what we can gather. Not sure how it will play for people with motion sickness though. Hopefully this new game will make the RM 799 purchase on the Samsung Gear VR worth it.

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via Engadget

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Endless Legend creators tease their next game

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Amplitude, creators of Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless have announced that they are prepping a brand new game; which happens to be a sequel to one of their current Endless titles. Heh, endless titles, geddit?

At any rate, there isn’t much to go on about the new game yet besides the fact its called Endless Space 2, but if experience holds true the game will probably have an awesome soundtrack at the very least. The games they have put out so far are good but tended to be a bit lacking in the story department.

In the meantime, check out their trailer below or head over to the game site to mess around with the interactive version of it. If you happen to sign up for their newsletter, they’ll also throw in an exclusive hero for the game when it comes out.

via Kotaku

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Channing Tatum is staying put as Gambit

Can you see the Gambit in Tatum?

Despite the reports that Channing Tatum might walk out of Gambit last week, THR confirms that the star of Magic Mike has closed the deal with Fox after intense negotiation.

The sources said his involvement was never in danger since the star was already promoting his role big time, including his surprise appearance at X-Men panel during SDCC 2015. Channing Tatum has been already pushing for this role for years even before being cast as Gambit – hosting an AMA session in Reddit, talking about the costumes etc during press conference for Magic Mike XXL and more.

Pundits are wondering if Tatum’s issue with the studio comes from Gambit’s potential  involvement in the X-Men cinematic universe so he can make multiple appearances like Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine or backend compensation/ profit sharing. For more ideas on what backend compensation means in the film industry, you can check out this site.

He is set to produce the movie along with Reid Carolin, Simon Kinberg and Lauren Shuler Donner with Rupert Wyatt (Planet of the Apes) as the director. The script is done by Josh Zeturner (Robocop 2014), based on a treatment written by Chris Claremont (co-creator of Gambit and legendary writer of X-Men comic series).

Looks like the show is on, folks.

via The Hollywood Reporter

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