Monthly Archives: August 2015
Hello, Channel Surfers! Welcome to Episode 250! To celebrate the occasion, we decide to... Have a bunch of technical difficulties! Most of which were only audible to us while recording and not when playing the podcast back. So thrill to Matt saying her can't hear Eric when you can. And be delighted by Eric repeatedly referencing a crackle on Matt's side that isn't there!
Oh, and we discuss TV! For this episode, we look at...
-Amazon developing a Galaxy Quest series
-FX working on a Sons of Anarchy spinoff
-American Dad renewed through Season 13
-The Flash adds Jesse Quick to Season 2
-Should Arrow drop the flashbacks?
-Fear the Walking Dead premieres big
Hard West is a simple sell: It’s cowboy XCOM. Most people I pitched it to at PAX were on board with just that reductive summary, but there’s a lot more to the turn-based Wild West tactics game that’s really worthwhile.
This is why Hard West is smart, deep, rewarding, tough as nails, and absolutely worth paying attention to.
As you begin each stage, Hard West doesn’t immediately enter a combat phase. XCOM doesn’t either, really — you’re allowed to set up and position yourself to initiate — but most of the time you’re on alert immediately or preparing to unleash hell. In Hard West, yes, you have time to scout out enemies, prepare your kill order, and get into cover, but the preparation phase is so much more than this. Levels have secrets to discover, alternate objectives, some of which have a sense of urgency that leads to careful, thoughtful exploration toward a given place. Violence is inevitable and explosive, but the lead-in to drawing your weapon has meaning, whether it has to do with the dark story or the deep gameplay systems.
Since it was revealed at E3 a few months back, we've heard very little about Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes.
We revealed the Galaxy of Heroes announcement trailer earlier today (watch it below!), but we also chatted with the game's Executive Producer, John Salera, about how you'll earn characters, how to battle other players, and what's in store for the future.
Check out the full Q&A below.
IGN: What was the inspiration for this game?
EA: Our primary inspiration comes from the Star Wars series and its beloved characters. Growing up I remember collecting Star Wars figures and playing with them with my friends. We’d take our collections, mix them up into two teams, and then engage in glorious imaginary battles. The joy of collecting the toys and how we played with them became our top-level inspiration. With this in mind, we set out to build a Star Wars mobile game that is authentic, exciting, and deeply rewarding.
A remastered version of the 2013 superhero action game Deadpool will soon be available for current-gen systems.
Releasing on November 17 for $50, this version will include all additional DLC including two extra levels and two alternate suits.
Activision recently re-released Deadpool on the PC platform Steam. Additionally, Deadpool has been the topic of discussion recently as the release of a film adaptation of Marvel Comic's violent X-Man starring Ryan Reynolds draws closer to release.
Microsoft just announced a new Xbox One with a matte finish, the elite wireless controller, and a 1TB SSHD. An SSHD is a hybrid mechanical-solid state drive that stores commonly used files on the faster solid state portion. Microsoft says it'll get you "to the action 20% faster from power-save mode."
On the official Google Blog, the company announced that Android Wear for iOS will work seamlessly with the previous two generations of iPhone products (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus), provided they're also running iOS 8.2 or higher. And similar to its Android counterpart, The app currently supports the LG Watch Urbane, but in the future, all Android watches will be supported, including those manufactured by Huawei, ASUS and Motorola.
The Fox Marvel films may exist separately from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t mean that they haven’t made a significant mark on the superhero movie landscape. And now, with the Fantastic Four reboot recently crashing and burning, what better time to rank the studio’s Marvel movies?
But before we get started, please remember that this list doesn’t include any of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies from Marvel Studios. No Iron Man, Cap, Thor, or any Avenger for that matter (with the exception, of course, of Quicksilver, who straddles both studios). For our ranking of those MCU films, click through the link below.
Supergirl may be charged with protecting National City from an alien threat, but she won't be without friends.
EW has shared more details about Lucy Lane, Lois Lane's younger sister, who will play a big part in the upcoming CBS drama.
Played by Jenna Dewan Tatum (American Horror Story, The Witches of East End), Lucy Lane has been described as "strong, smart, and successful in her own right." Dewan Tatum has a recurring role and will debut a few episodes into the show when it launches this fall. EW also debuted the first look at Dewan Tatum as Lucy, as you can see below.
The Flash has reportedly cast Tony Todd as the voice of Zoom for its second season.
Variety reports that the Candyman star will only be the voice, starting with the second episode of the season. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg explained that the Zoom suit is going to look "more organic" and will have no skin showing, so the real identity of the character will be kept under wraps for much of the season.
“Part of the mystery of the season is who or what is underneath the Zoom outfit, and so we wanted to do something like James Earl Jones as Darth Vader--this iconic voice coming out of this mask," he said. "Last year, we thought of the Reverse-Flash as a speed warrior; this year, Zoom is like a speed demon, and no one does demon-voice better than Tony Todd.”
Torchlight developer Runic Games is making Hob instead of Torchlight 3 for a couple reasons. Most notably, the team is "burnt out," and wanted to make something new. The other reason? Runic has no interest in trying to compete with Blizzard’s Diablo 3.
"We’re just burnt out," Runic Games President Marsh Lefler told IGN when asked why the team made Hob instead of Torchlight 3. "Let’s admit it, Diablo 3 is killing it right now. Diablo 3 is a really fun game. Not that Torchlight 2 isn’t a fun game, it is, but it’s just different. For us to try to compete with Diablo 3? We weren’t trying to compete before."
Lefler added that Diablo and Torchlight were different kinds of action RPGs, and that after a decade of making dungeon-crawlers, "we just needed a little break" to focus on "something we love" that’s even more different.