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Back to the Future

Telltale is re-releasing Back to the Future

The animation hasn't aged well
Sep 30
// Jordan Devore
It's the 30th anniversary of national treasure Back to the Future and Telltale is using that as an excuse to bring back its adventure game series on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Notably, Back to the Future: The Game...
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Mario movie

Miyamoto calls John Leguizamo handsome, says Mario Bros. have to be twins

'Interested' in another movie
Sep 24
// Steven Hansen
I already know John Leguizamo and his inability to smile are handsome. It's just nice to hear Miyamoto say it. MTV International asked Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi "Ten Ten" Tezuka who would be right for a theoretical Super ...
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It's still not happenin

Legend of Zelda director wants a woman to play theoretical live-action Link

'It would be very fun and awesome'
Sep 24
// Steven Hansen
It looks like my live-action Legend of Zelda dream casting is coming to fruition, even if the television series itself isn't. While many people argued with me in the comments in this article that Nintendo should subvert audi...
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Angry Birds

This trailer for The Angry Birds Movie falls flat

'That's the joke'
Sep 23
// Jordan Devore
I'm sorry, parents. Your kids are probably going to want to see this. You have until May 2016 to break their spirits.
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Upcoming film explores Japan's indie scene

Branching Paths
Sep 22
// Jordan Devore
I'm always searching for new documentaries, preferably ones that cover subjects, stories, or processes I don't yet know much about. As of last night, I have my eye on Branching Paths. It examines the growing independent video...
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The Sess and a porn star

Adam Sessler has the best haircut in this cheesy horror flick

Left games criticism for this?
Sep 17
// Jed Whitaker
Former X-Play co-host and all-around great video game critic Adam Sessler left the games media business last year to pursue a new career, but no one expected that to be acting in B movies. The above trailer for Lumberjack Ma...
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Just 'cause

Producer of embarassing Hitman: Agent 47 making Just Cause 3 movie

Why? Just 'cause! Also, money
Sep 09
// Steven Hansen
Hitman: Agent 47 managed to review substantially worse than Pixels and the last, retconned Hitman movie. It also made over $63 million (and cost just $35 million to make) because the world is a cruel joke played on us all sav...
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Mega Man

They're making a Mega Man movie

Paging Mr. Ponce to the comment section
Sep 03
// CJ Andriessen
Since Super Mario Bros. first hit screens in 1993, filmmakers have been trying to bring the imaginative worlds from video games to the silver screen. Whether they’ve been successful at doing so or not depends on whom yo...
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You're a gamer, Harry!

Harry Potter has a beard in BBC's Grand Theft Auto docudrama trailer

The Gamechangers
Sep 03
// Jed Whitaker
The first trailer for The Gamechangers, the story behind Rockstar Games' battle with former lawyer Jack Thompson, has been released. The important thing here to note is Daniel Radcliffe has a beard and looks like a total bad...
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Watch the newest Warcraft movie trailer before it's pulled

Roughly 40 seconds
Sep 01
// Chris Carter
A few months ago during San Diego Comic-Con, the first Warcraft movie trailer was live for a single morning. If you didn't get a chance to catch that extended video, you can get a quick look at the film now, by way ...
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Mad Max

All four Mad Max films are on Steam to celebrate the game's release

Fury Road releasing September 21
Sep 01
// Joe Parlock
The Mad Max game comes out today. I’ve been incredibly sceptical of it, seeing as it’s been on frequent big discounts on various websites, so I’m happy to wait for our review before buying it. However, the g...
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Can it top Tales from the Borderlands?
Borderlands is Gearbox's star property. Though The Pre-Sequel was kind of a letdown, Borderlands, Borderlands 2, and Tales from the Borderlands have all been critical and/or commercial successes. Of course 2K and Gearbox woul...

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Don't hit me, I'll hit me

New Hitman movie receiving worse reviews than Pixels

Worst rated video game movie ever?
Aug 21
// Steven Hansen
Awful Adam Sandler tax dodge Pixels flirted with a 0% positive reviews yield on film aggregate Rotten Tomatoes last month, but eventually stumbled all the way up to a more respectable 16% positive rating. So obviously these t...
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Grand Theft Auto V

Grand Theft Auto V's Rockstar Editor is coming to consoles too

Aug 20
// Vikki Blake
Rockstar has confirmed that Grand Theft Auto V's Rockstar Editor is coming to current-gen consoles. The in-game movie-maker -- previously only available to PC players -- will roll out in the next update, according to a R...
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Hitman Review

Check out Flixist's review of Hitman: Agent 47

Hit or miss?
Aug 19
// Matthew Razak
Hi! Nick Valdez over at Flixist has just reviewed Hitman: Agent 47, a film starring Rupert Friend as a silent but deadly super agent in the silent but deadly rebootquel to the silent but not deadly at all 2007 film. Here's a ...
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Goosebumps: The Game

There's going to be a Goosebumps video game

That strange woman is very strange
Aug 19
// Vikki Blake
WayForward will be bringing the Goosebumps book series to life by way of an all-new, point-and-click adventure game, Goosebumps: The Game. "The walk home from school today is going to be a lot spookier than usual… Your sleepy neighborhood’s been overrun by monsters!" says the listing on the Xbox Store.
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This is not about you!

Control Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in Terminus aka Speed The Game

Sandra is also driving a bus
Aug 15
// Jed Whitaker
If the classic hit movie Speed were turned into a video game it would be Terminus. In case you're not familiar with Speed this is what you need to know: Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock are on a bus with a bomb attac...
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Kung Fury

That Kung Fury game is now on PS4

Kick! Punch! It's all in the mind
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
I didn't know there was a video game based on the movie Kung Fury (watch it for free on YouTube, if you haven't!). It's called Kung Fury: Street Rage, and it has been available on Steam and mobile for a while now. The game, a...
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John Wick getting a VR shooter

Published by Payday developer
Aug 10
// Steven Hansen
If you didn't catch last year's John Wick, it's a pretty great flick, and a rare well-choreographed one (as far as American productions go). Its lead character has already crossed over into Starbreeze's Payday 2 (above); the ...
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Uncharted movie pushed back again

What a shock
Aug 06
// Vikki Blake
Sony has once again pushed back the release of the Uncharted movie, this time until June 2017. We've been talking about the film since the dawn of man (well, 2009), but Sony insists the film is still on the table, despite the...
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New 'one-eyed snake' Pokemon teased in movie trailer

Phallic friendly fun coming your way
Aug 02
// Jonathan Holmes
Dick jokes are not a part of my mind's default settings, but I can't help but notice a clear allusion to a male member when I see one. Teased in a trailer for an upcoming Pokémon movie this new armless, legless, b...
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FNAFs director

Five Nights at Freddy's film has a director

Gil Kenan, director of Monster House
Jul 29
// Jed Whitaker
The Five Nights at Freddy's film adaption just got a director in Gil Kenan. Kenan directed the Oscar-nominated film Monster House, kid-friendly action-adventure flick City of Ember, and the recent remake of the horr...
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Pixels bombs at the box office, surprising no one

Will probably turn a profit though
Jul 26
// Jed Whitaker
The movie we all can't stop shitting on, Pixels, debuted at the number-two spot at the box office last weekend with $23 million in North America losing to Ant-Man's $24.7 million haul. Pixels reportedly cost $88 million to ma...
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Pixels review

Check out Flixist's review of Pixels

'We need quarters to do our laundry'
Jul 24
// Matthew Razak
Hi! Nick Valdez over at Flixist has just reviewed Pixels, a film starring Adam Sandler and some video games you might have heard of. Here's a little bit of what he thought:  I really have no idea where to start with thi...

Video game movies to watch this weekend instead of Pixels

Jul 23 // Jed Whitaker
Ace Attorney (Gyakuten Saiban) [embed]296492:59644:0[/embed] Whether or not you're a fan of the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney games, the movie based on the series is pretty decent. All the characters look and act like their game counterparts and even with the subtitles the movie still nails the games' humor. Sadly the film has never officially been released for sale in the US, but if you have a way to watch it I highly recommend it. Sweet Home [embed]296492:59645:0[/embed] Sweet Home had a Famicom game by the same name, which Resident Evil was planned as a spiritual sequel to. It might not be the best horror film but it is certainly worth a watch. Those who go in thinking the movie will be a Resident Evil movie will be disappointed, as this is more a haunted mansion story than a zombie story. The Sweet Home game influenced a lot of survival horror games and could be painted as the original survival horror game. The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters [embed]296492:59646:0[/embed] This documentary follows Steve Wiebe as he attempts to take the world record high score in Donkey Kong from (at the time) current champion Billy Mitchell. While that alone may not sound exciting, the real life characters in the movie make it something special. The film plays more like a drama than a documentary, so much in fact that a scripted film adaptation has been said to be in the works. The documentary was also parodied in a South Park episode where Randy Marsh attempts to take a larger shit than U2 frontman Bono Vox. It's one of my favorite movies ever and highly recommended. Dead Rising: Watchtower [embed]296492:59647:0[/embed] When the free-to-watch Dead Rising: Watchtower was announced I wasn't too excited, and upon release I went into it with low expectations. Turns out it is a rather competent zombie film and has enough fan service to make Dead Rising fans happy. Frank West may not be the lead character but he makes many appearances throughout the film as part of a news program, dickish charm intact.  Animal Crossing (Dōbutsu no Mori) [embed]296492:59648:0[/embed] Does anime count? Well I'm saying it does and you should watch the Animal Crossing anime film that was released in Japanese theaters. The anime follows the same plot as the games; a new girl moves to town, is an indentured servant to Tom Nook, and befriends and helps the other animals in town. Animal Crossing's anime adaptation was never officially released outside of Japan but a fan dubbed version is out there somewhere. The Lawnmower Man [embed]296492:59649:0[/embed] What list of video game-related movies would be complete without The Lawnmower Man, a movie that is more relevant now than when it came out as it deals with virtual reality headsets. A dumb dumb lawnmower man in town is approached by a scientist to be his human guinea pig in an experiment using drugs and a VR headset, and this somehow turns him into a genius with magical powers... I remember watching the movie when it came out and being amazed at the cutting edge special effects, though today they look extremely dated. Strangely enough the effects were made by Angel Studios, which later became Rockstar San Diego and went on to make Red Dead Redemption, L.A. Noire, and Grand Theft Auto V.  Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World [embed]296492:59651:0[/embed] Whether or not you've read the graphic novel series you should give the Michael Cera-led Scott Pilgrim vs. the World a shot, as it may be the best video game movie out there. The film is basically oozing with references to video games from band names, to Zelda music, to epic fight scenes that would feel at home in any beat 'em up. Speaking of which, if you haven't already, give the game a try because it is just as good as the film and plays very similarly to one of the greatest beat 'em ups of all time, River City Ransom. -- These are some of the best video game-related movies I've seen and surprisingly I don't see them getting the credit they deserve. Also don't let me stop you from watching Pixels, by all means tell Hollywood you want more garbage Adam Sandler films if you so wish. I know I'll probably be watching Pixels sometime this weekend because clearly I'm a masochist, and I'm part of the problem. 
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Think of the children
This week the critically lampooned Pixels movie opens in theaters nationwide in the United States, and if you'd rather spend your time and money on movies that don't blow consider these other video game-related films. Don't worry though, this list won't just be the movies you've all seen before, because I'm so much cooler than that.

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Pixels on Rotten Tomatoes

Some jerk ruined Pixels' perfect zero Rotten Tomatoes score

He probably did it for the clickbait
Jul 22
// Darren Nakamura
Look, we all knew from watching the trailer that Adam Sandler's 1980s video game-themed Pixels was going to be bad. That much was clear. So when Twitter was abuzz this morning about its zero percent Rotten Tomatoes score...
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Rob McElhenney of It's Always Sunny to direct Minecraft movie

Wait, what?!
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
Warner Bros. and Minecraft developer Mojang have selected Rob McElhenney (Ronald "Mac" McDonald from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as the director of their upcoming Minecraft film. "Hey Mojang let's do something strange and wonderful," McElhenney said on Twitter. As a long-time fan of Sunny, this is pretty great. I'm now genuinely curious about the project.
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I'm down for this documentary about Midway

Assuming it's funded on Kickstarter
Jul 17
// Jordan Devore
"The one consistent theme throughout all of them was that they loved to party." With that, I'm down to watch Insert Coin, a documentary about Midway (Smash TV, NBA Jam, Robotron 2084) during its prime. Producer Josh Tsui, the...
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Watch the leaked Warcraft movie trailer before it's pulled

Pregnant Orcs
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
A new trailer for the Warcraft movie debuted exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con behind closed doors, and like every other trailer that came out of the event, it has leaked by way of phone footage. The first public ...

Review: Godzilla

Jul 14 // Jordan Devore
Godzilla (PS3, PS4 [reviewed])Developer: Natsume Atari Inc.Publisher: Bandai Namco GamesMSRP: $59.99Released: July 14, 2015 Half an hour and several levels in, I wasn't sure Godzilla could really be hurt, much less die. That's not an inherently bad thing, as he's supposed to be tough, but I wondered where the challenge was. A few hours later, I found it. Godzilla is far too easy except when it veers into overwhelming, unfair, not-fun territory. Then it becomes a boring battle of attrition against the same old kaiju. A lot of frustration lies in the controls. You use L1/R1 to turn Godzilla, which is weird at first but eventually feels fine. He's got a forward-charging attack (that you'll frequently use given his normal plodding pace), a standard three-hit punch combo, a heavy tail whip, and atomic breath. The latter needs to charge up before you can fire it, but the cooldown isn't terribly long, especially with upgrades. Aiming, however, is a total nightmare; you don't have exact control over it. Say you want to shoot down a helicopter. You'll need to position Godzilla close to it -- but not too close! -- and line up his body. Next, you can turn the camera to confirm his head is more or less tilted in the correct direction. Now fire away and hope that a) the helicopter hasn't moved and b) the blast doesn't just hit the ground. That's my best strategy and it's not even consistently successful. Thankfully, it got me through the aggravating fights in which you're forced to take down a kaiju while multiple aerial vehicles (Super X, X2, and X3) come close, shoot you, then zip away. [embed]296005:59509:0[/embed] For some baffling reason, there's no blocking in the traditional sense. While Godzilla's roar acts like a block to an extent, initiating it is by no means instantaneous. You have to know in advance that an attack is imminent or you'll be too late. There is also this odd invincible dodge move, but it runs on the same gauge as your atomic breath, so it's often unavailable when you need it most. The end result is a slow, awkward fighting system that effectively recreates the movies but is annoying in practice. Although your attacks can and will be interrupted by strings of combos, you can't always interrupt your enemy's moves. To that end, I stuck with Battra whenever and wherever possible (Versus, King of Kaiju, etc.) -- the moth is quick, easy to control, and cheap. The main mode, God of Destruction, is something out of an arcade game. Levels are tiny, bland, and feature the same goal: destroy the generators. That's the focus. Generally, you'll also need to fight a monster, work within a time limit, or both. As you blow up vehicles and buildings, you'll earn points that fuel Godzilla's growth. There's a multiplier to encourage you to move quickly from structure to structure. By the end, he'll be about twice as big as when he first came ashore. Branching levels give you control over which kaiju you engage as well as the overall difficulty. You're meant to replay this mode several times to see all of the (super-light) story and unlock characters, but environments are so similar, so unengaging. I've literally punched hundreds of generators to death. There are variations on God of Destruction that have you invading as another beast, or defending as a protector like Jet Jaguar or Mothra. The format doesn't help. The game's extensive character upgrade system requires even more replays. Godzilla has quite a few moves that are locked until you can find and defeat specific monsters, some of which appear under mysterious circumstances. King of Kaiju mode's six quick back-to-back fights help with gathering resources, but tied to such repetitious content, the progression system is flat-out awful. It was also disappointing to learn that the Versus mode for up to three players is online only. No split-screen support. There are Godzilla-obsessed fans playing, at least, so it's not a total wasteland. The only other bright spot is the Kaiju Guide, a collection detailing the playable creatures as well as quite a few not featured. I adored seeing old stills from the films and, sure, there is a certain appeal to playing as a bunch of these guys. But the feeling fades before long. A love of the movies can only get you so far when the experience is this frustrating and hollow. What a letdown. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Better luck next time
This was supposed to be the game for Godzilla fans -- an authentic adaptation that captured the look and feel of the films. In some ways, it is. There's a satisfying cast of playable characters including Mothra, Destroyah, an...

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