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Review: Citizens of Earth photo
Review: Citizens of Earth
by Brittany Vincent

The Fifth Element came on TV the other day, and it really got me thinking about mise-en-scène versus characterization. It’s one of my absolute favorite movies, and is an exemplar of sci-fi in cinema without being too derivative of other works. The grittiness of futuristic New York, the contrast between earthtones and bright colors in the costume and set design, and the excellent choreography of the action scenes come together to make a great movie.

What’s a movie though without characters that entertain, blossom with personality, and can be empathized with? Would The Fifth Element be as entertaining without the bluster of Bruce Willis, the innocent sexuality of Milla Jovovich, or the ridiculous Chris Tucker as Ruby Rhod? Can well-crafted artwork, concept, and background come together to make a good production regardless of the characters within it? Those are the questions that Citizens of Earth brought to mind.

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2:00 PM on 01.19.2015

It's time for some Paul Robertson gifs

This ghost, Mister Specter, comes from Curses 'N Chaos, an upcoming co-op arcade action title about smashing monsters. Developer Tribute Games (Mercenary Kings, Wizorb) has shared gifs of the first three bosses designed by Justin Cyr and animated by Paul Robertson. This was one of the first emails I saw this morning and now I wish every day began with gifs.

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 01.16.2015

PlayStation Store's 2014 best-selling games are no big surprise

Sony's still working all the 2014 out of its system. More than two week into the new year (practically the "old year" at this point), and PlayStation Blog's still trickling out the best performers of 2014. This time it's the ...

Brett Makedonski

11:00 AM on 01.16.2015

Yep, Deception IV: Another Princess still looks amazing

I'm really glad that the Deception series is getting a new lease on life. After the success of Deception IV on the PS3 and Vita, Koei Tecmo is releasing an expansion of sorts called Another Princess on the sam...

Chris Carter

1:30 PM on 01.15.2015

Monster Hunter-alike Toukiden: Kiwami hits PS4, Vita in March

Toukiden: Kiwami is coming to Vita and PS4 on March 31 in North America. It will be available digitally and at retail.  Kiwami includes, "both the original Toukiden: The Age of Demons story and a brand new sto...

Steven Hansen



Project Scissors dev: 'Working with a renowned film director could easily become a nightmare'  photo
Project Scissors dev: 'Working with a renowned film director could easily become a nightmare'
by Jonathan Holmes

[Art by Mariel "Kinuko" Cartwright]

We're closing out our Project Scissors: NightCry pre-release interview series with director Hifume Kono by bringing the focus back on the historic pairing between developer Kono-san (Clock Tower) and his new partner in horror Takashi Shimizu (Ju-on, The Grudge). This was the second biggest paring of a horror film director and a game developer that I heard about in 2014. The first was Guillemo del Toro and Hideo Kojima, who are currently working to develop Silent Hills.

I asked Kono-san what he thought of the pairing between Kojima and del Toro, how his collaboration with Shimizu-san might work to combine the best aspects of Ju-on with Clock Tower, and for a final word on what makes Clock Tower/Project Scissors so special.

Thanks again to Kono-san for sharing his one-of-a-kind insights and inspirations with us. He has left and indelible mark on the evolution of the survival horror genre. It will be exciting to see what fascinating, nail-biting tour of doom he takes us on next.

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8:00 PM on 01.13.2015

This is the year I finally import Pro Yakyuu Spirits

MLB The Show is the only baseball game in town these days. Well, if you don't count things like Super Mega Baseball, which I don't. Not really. Not enough Yasiel Puig. Or something. It's the only Major League Baseball game ar...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 01.13.2015

You play as a woman in Project Scissors because 'who wants to hear the screams of a grown man?'

The original Clock Tower was a cult hit when it was first released, and it's managed to stay fresh in the minds of horror game fans ever since. The Jennifer Connelly look-a-like lead; the shocking juxtaposition between quaint...

Jonathan Holmes

3:15 PM on 01.13.2015

Over 60 games discounted for PlayStation's 20th anniversary sale

Until January 19, a bunch of things are on sale in the PlayStation Store, from PS4 games (most of which you can probably ignore) to PS1 classics. The latter account for much of the PlayStation Vita section (plus PSP games--Ta...

Steven Hansen

2:15 PM on 01.13.2015

PlayStation-exclusive Pix the Cat comes to PC this month

Pix the Cat has been downloaded over a million times on PS4 and Vita, likely thanks to it being a free PlayStation Plus game. If you don't own one of those two things, Pix the Cat is coming to Steam at the end of January. Nostalgia mode, four player local multiplayer. Fun stuff. 

Steven Hansen

1:45 PM on 01.13.2015

Grim Fandango Remastered will be $15

Grim Fandango Remastered is available for pre-order on a few digital storefronts ahead of its January 27 release. With that comes pricing, hitherto unknown. The remaster of the classic adventure game will be $15. You ca...

Steven Hansen

1:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Grab some headphones and listen to this Hotline Miami 2 song

The music and gameplay of Hotline Miami are so intertwined in my mind that I'm hesitant to listen to tracks off the sequel's soundtrack beforehand. Oh, what the hell? One can't hurt! This song, "The Way Home, comes from Magi...

Jordan Devore

12:00 PM on 01.13.2015

Atelier Ayesha Plus out today for PlayStation Vita

Atelier Ayesha Plus: The Alchemist of Dusk launches today on PlayStation Vita. Atelier Ayesha Plus tells the tale of a girl, Ayesha Altugle, who after the death of her grandfather and the disappearance of her younger sister...

Kyle MacGregor

4:00 PM on 01.12.2015

The Grudge director is working on Project Scissors 'for free'

Earlier this month, our first look at Clock Tower spiritual successor Project Scissors: NightCry arrived in the form of a live-action trailer made by Ju-on and The Grudge director Takashi Shimizu. It was p...

Jonathan Holmes

12:30 PM on 01.12.2015

That new Freedom Wars announcement involves the Propaganda Idols

Last week Japan had a special Freedom Wars related event. During the convention-like affair, Sony had an announcement for fans -- a new Propaganda Idol project is underway. Based on the fictional idols within the confine...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 01.12.2015

New Volume trailer reveals additional enemy types

Volume is an upcoming retelling of the Robin Hood legend from Thomas Was Alone creator Mike Bithell, featuring the vocal talents of both ex-Destructoid editor Jim Sterling and Andy Serkis, the talent behind Go...

Laura Kate Dale