Geekscape podcasts, news, features Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:35:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape TV-G Watch The Launch Trailer For ‘Dying Light’ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:35:46 +0000 Briefly: I’ve been waiting for Techland’s Dying Light for what seems like forever (and basically has been forever due to that delay), but the game finally hits stores tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited.

The game focusses on “Kyle Crane, an undercover operative, is sent to the quarantine zone with the mission to locate a high-ranking military officer gone missing. Soon his mission goes sour and Crane is caught in the midst of a desperate fight for survival.” It looks totally gorgeous, and mixes some gorgeous parkour action with gory combat (and some scary looking moments… like every nighttime).

You can take a look at the launch trailer below, and let us know if you’ll be picking this one up. Dying Light hits stores tomorrow, Be on the lookout for our thoughts on the title in the next couple of weeks!

If you’re looking for more Dying Light, we had Kyle Crane’s voice actor, Roger Craig Smith on the show just a couple of weeks ago!

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Here’s The First Trailer For A&E’s ‘The Returned’ Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:23:45 +0000 Briefly: A&E has finally released the full trailer for their remake of French series Les Revnants titled The Returned, and it definitely makes me want to check out what the series has to offer.

First of all, the French series has received nothing but critical acclaim, and the US version comes from executive producers Carlton Cuse (LOST, Bates Motel) and Raelle Tucker (True Blood)

Then there’s the freaking cast, with Scott Pilgrim‘s Mary Elizabeth Windstead, Lost‘s Mark Pellegrino, and Six Feet Under‘s Jeremy Sisto starring among a myriad of other names.

The series “focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear, bringing with them both positive and detrimental consequences. As families are reunited, the lives of those who were left behind are challenged on a physical and emotional level. Interpersonal relationships are examined with intrigue and depth as strange phenomena begin to occur.”

Sounds pretty good to me. Though I’m not sure I can wait until its March 9th premiere. If you’re eager, the French series Les Revnants is available for streaming on Netflix. Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think!

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Watch An Interview With ‘The Babadook’! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:54 +0000 Briefly: As a huge fan of last year’s The Babadook (it was one of my favourite films of 2014), this was too hilarious not to share.

Funny or Die has just released an exclusive interview with Mister Babadook himself, and it’s pretty fantastic (well, the host is a little over-the-top, but other than that it’s golden).

Take a look at the interview below, and let us know if you loved the film as much as I did!

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David Tennant Is Kilgrave In Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:47:22 +0000 Briefly: The anticipated Marvel & Netflix series Jessica Jones has just found its next cast member.

It’s the tenth Doctor himself, David Tennant, and he joins Mike Colter as Luke Cage and Kristen Ritter as Jessica Jones in the 13 episode drama (and those in the know about the newly casted character surely know that drama is inbound).

Here’s the official series description:

After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City. An enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past, Kilgrave’s reappearance will send shockwaves through the former super hero’s world.

Jessica Jones is set to premiere on Netflix in 2015. Which Marvel / Netflix collaboration are you most looking forward to?


Source: EW

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Comics Based On Disney’s Classic Characters Are Coming Back! Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:32:54 +0000 IDW Publishing will begin releasing a new collection of Disney Comics in March 2015 with the publication of Don Rosa’s Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck Artist’s Edition.

Uncle Scrooge #1 will debut in April, Donald Duck #1 in May, Mickey Mouse #1 in June, and Walt Dinsey’s Comics and Stories #721 (maintaining the original numbering) in July. The new IDW titles will be #1’s, but will continue their classic legacy number inside the issues.


The four premiere issues will have 48 pages at a price point of $3.99, with each subsequent issue having 40 pages. Each issue will feature two regular covers and one unique cover that will have the characters in different environments featuring theme park attractions.

I’ve never read any classic Disney comics myself but if they are anything like the cartoons I watched over lunch as a kid I’m sure I’ll love them! I’ll be sure to check these out this spring.

Are you a long time fan of Disney comics? Does this news have you excited? Let us know in the comments below.

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Geekscape Games Podcast: Level 15 – “Club Nintendo 2008 – 2015″ Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:21:39 +0000 Join Derek, Josh, Juan and Shane as they discuss the last week in video games!

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This Week

Club Nintendo shuts down.

Borderlands 2 & Pre-Sequel get current gen releases.

Amplitude getting pushed back.


Phil Spencer wears a Battletoads shirt.

Jon Tron Nuts & Bolts review.

Are video games too long?

Ahoy: History of Graphics.

Lizard Squad gets hacked back!

EVO lineup released.

Monster Hunter 4 Demo.

Majoras Mask 3D.

This Week’s Listener Mission Objective

What is the WORST game you’ve ever played?

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Geekscape Interviews: Alison MacInnis and Camille Hyde, TWO Awesome Pink Rangers! Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:28:19 +0000 With Power Rangers Dino Charge jut on the horizon (premiering February 7 on Nickelodeon) I’m proud to present an interview I kept in my pocket for a few months now: An interview with Alison MacInnis and Camille Hyde, two very lovely actress who have played/are playing two equally awesome Pink Rangers!

Alison MacInnis portrayed Dana Mitchell, an EMT selected by her father to become the Pink Ranger in 2000’s Power Rangers Lightspeed Rescue, which is among one of my favorite seasons in the series. She was a childhood crush, so yes — I was nervous. You would be too.

Camille Hyde is a new entrant in the pantheon of Power Rangers legends. Not much is known about her yet beyond some key production information and press releases, but we do know she’s a tough-as-nails tomboy and… yeah, that’s it.

Recorded on the fly at the 2014 Power MorphiCon, I sat down briefly with a veteran crime-fighter and a rookie scrapper and had a fun little chat about what it’s like being a superhero in pink. Power Rangers Dino Charge premieres in exactly two weeks, but now is the perfect time to hear from the best of the best.

What do you think about Power MorphiCon so far?

Alison: This is unlike any convention I’ve been to. This is my fifth, but, it’s surreal. Everyone recognizes me, instead of maybe one in a thousand? Oh no no, wait, not everybody. Not Chip. Not Chip Lynn. Not the guy I worked with in close quarters for a year. [I] went to meet the new Rangers, ran into him in the hallway, and he was like, “I have no idea who you are.”

Camille: I think the convention this year is amazing. The fans are amazing. They love us so much. They’re so loyal. And it’s just so nice to come here and feel all the energy and excitement of everyone who has been such a loyal fan of the whole series. So I mean, it’s just been a pleasure for me to be a part of this. I’m really excited.

What was going through your mind when you were going up on stage for the Dino Charge reveal?

Camille: I think the biggest thing was being a role model. Trying to be that new figure for little girls who are gonna be looking up to me and trying to make my first impression count for them.

I was actually going to ask that, what is it like being a role model, for young girls especially?

Alison: Daunting.

It’s a heavy burden?

Alison: No, you just don’t want to mess up. It’s overwhelming. And an honor. An absolute honor. The little girls that come up, [these] cute, sweet, baby girls.

Did you watch Power Rangers growing up?

Camille: When I was really little I used to watch it all the time when I was at home. Growing up I lost touch with it, and then as soon as I found out it was coming back I was really excited, because it was a part of my childhood and I’m so glad it’s so successful and has so many followers.

Alison, you and I met at San Diego Comic-Con, and obviously we’re at a convention right now. Is there anything you two like to geek over personally?

Alison: I played Dungeons & Dragons pretty religiously, and I just canceled my Warcraft account so I might just get out of my house once in awhile. But D&D? Oh yeah.

Camille: Well I was always huge on The Sims, I guess? [laughs]

I love The Sims. Don’t be ashamed!

Camille: I also had Neopets until I was like, 17? So, if that doesn’t make me a geek I don’t know what does.

Did you two have any martial arts experience prior to Power Rangers or did you go through a boot camp when you signed on?

Alison: No! [laughs]

Camille: I did when I was little, but it was like a Saturday kind of thing, when I was in the second grade. It wasn’t serious. So, I’m in for it! I’m definitely gonna get my butt worked.

Alison: They called me a creampuff when I was auditioning. Koichi called me a creampuff.

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Alison: Oh yeah. He apologized after about a month. He said, okay, I take it back, you can do this.

Camille, have you started production on Dino Charge yet?

Camille: Not yet, we’re actually set to leave for New Zealand next Saturday. So we’ll be shooting in the next couple weeks, and all through next year.

Do you ladies have any last words for the Geekscape audiences out there?

Alison: Watch the Mega War! It’s coming out soon!

Camille: Next season is going to be unlike any other season, it’s going to be huge, it’s going to be exciting, it’s going to be so incredible. You can’t miss it.

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The Saint Mort Show Episode 114: James Andrews of The GoodPack Sat, 24 Jan 2015 02:47:50 +0000 I stumbled upon a video on Reddit one day featuring James discussing the issues with Reddit’s self promotion rules. It was at this point that I wanted to have him on the podcast. After finding out about his website The GoodPack I knew I HAD to have James on the show.

The GoodPack provides it’s subscribers with new albums from great unsigned bands from across the globe. I love this idea and this site and by the end of the episode I’m a pretty big fan of James as well. Check it out their site and enjoy!

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Marvel & ABC Studios Announce New “Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past” Graphic Novel Fri, 23 Jan 2015 19:38:39 +0000 After a few days of teaser images on Facebook this past week, ABC Studios have announced a Once Upon A Time graphic novel to be published under the Marvel label. Enter Once Upon A Time: Out of the Past.


From the press release:

Marvel Entertainment and ABC Studios are proud to announce the follow up graphic novel to the massively successful Once Upon A Time: Shadow of the QueenONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST is an all new graphic novel inspired by ABC’s popular television series “Once Upon a Time.”  This 112-page hardcover hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere on April 1st, 2015.

Welcome to Storybrooke, a small New England town where seemingly regular people go about their everyday lives with no idea who they really are – the fabled storybook characters we all grew up with! But Fairy Tale Land is not the “happily ever after” you may have read about – their stories continue, and the Evil Queen has set a dark curse upon their homeland.

Travel back in ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST to the origin stories of your favorite characters from the show!

ONCE UPON A TIME: OUT OF THE PAST brings together the best graphic novel creators in the industry, including “Once” series writer Kalinda Vazquez, returning writer Corinna Bechko (ONCE UPON A TIME: SHADOW OF THE QUEEN, PLANET OF THE APES), and featuring the lush art of Eisner award winning Janet Lee (DAPPER MEN, EMMA), Pascal Campion (PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR, SHERMAN AND PEABODY), Vanesa Del Rey (HIT,SINATORO), and Betsy Peterschmidt (BOYS WITH WINGS) with cover artist Stacey Lee (SILK).

Okay, real talk. I love Once Upon A Time despite being all levels of terrible. When this season of Game of Thrones ended I was jonesing for more fantasy TV and didn’t feel like watching The Lord of the Rings again, so I hopped on Netflix and checked out Once based on word of mouth. I finished the first two seasons within a week.

But I admit I’m slightly confused by the concept. It’s a book of origin stories? Viewers of the show know how much the writers make use of flashbacks and origin stories, almost ad nauseam. What else is there to tell? I guess I have to find out by buying the book, don’t I?

The real synergy I’m hoping for between Disney and Marvel is an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D/Once Upon A Time crossover. It would make absolutely no sense, but I want it. I can’t be the only one who wants to see Coulson drive Lola around Storybrooke.

He could pick up Emma and they can make jokes about her jacket matching Lola’s coat.

Then Coulson could meet Rumple and be all like “I’ve dealt with tricksters like you,” BECAUSE REMEMBER HIM AND LOKI?

Now I can’t think about anything else.

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Geekscape Games Reviews ‘Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation’ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 08:05:44 +0000 Gamindustri is on the brink of collapse. The four goddesses that serve as this land’s protectors have been defeated by the ASIC, an evil organization that has grown in power by securing their shares using pirated gaming software. The last CPU standing to face this threat is powerless to stop them, forcing her to flee as her sister and friends remain captured for the next three years. Pretty dark, huh? It’s probably the last thing you would expect from the sequel to one of the surprise highlights of 2014, primarily because of its cheery, often silly take on the video game industry. Yet, in many ways, Hyperdimension Neptunia: Re;Birth 2 creates a completely different tone, sacrificing some of this over the top humor for a more serious take on these characters that took me by surprise last year. With so much of the original’s charm relying on its unique premise and script though, can the world of Neptunia thrive without it?

2014-10-07-110530IF and Nepgear going nowhere.

Re;Birth 2 places gamers in the very capable knee socks of Nepgear, the little sister of the original’s hyperactive protagonist. In comparison, Ge-Ge is much more mature, (despite being the “little” sister,) taking her duties as a CPU Candidate, (or the next Goddess in line to rule her home of Planeptune,) very seriously. Even still, her insecurities shine through most of the story, often worrying about escaping her sister’s shadow, while regaining the confidence it will take to save the goddesses that were so soundly defeated. With familiar faces such as IF and Compa from the original lending a hand, a huge cast of party members both new and old, and the addition of the other three CPU Candidates in the form of Lastation’s Uni and Lowee’s Rom and Ram fighting to save their siblings however, and the fight for Gamindustri’s future seems a lot less hopeless.

RE2_battle (8)Rom takes the spotlight in her HDD Form.

Or at least, that’s until you start playing, because the opening hours of Re;Birth 2 can be absolutely brutal. Making a complete 180 compared to its predecessor, which eased us into its fights before spiking about half way through, the sequel doesn’t play around. I came this close to losing the first tutorial boss fight, having to actually use strategy, items and stat boosts to eek out a win. Who would have thought!? Oddly enough, experience points start rising through the roof while fights get easier as the game progresses, making the experience more of a breeze as you push through the hazing of the early moments. You have to prove you really want it!

Either way, it becomes less of an issue when battles are not only a blast to play, but when the game can be customized to fit your play style! In our review of the original, we went into detail about the real time battle system and the Remake System, which allowed players to customize their game play experience if they had the items needed to unlock them, (give it a read, here!) In short, each character, weapon and attack has a certain attack range and a radius in which they can be moved. Every enemy that falls into that range can be hit with one of four types of attacks, which include special attacks, power attacks, break attacks, (that lower enemy shields,) and rush attacks, (multi hit attacks that build up the EX Meter, which adds bonus and signature abilities.)What makes battle even more fun this time around, (aside from the increase from three party members on the field to four,) is that more of the team wields a wider variety of attack types, namely Uni, Rom and Ram being able to attack at long range. To top it off, when late game abilities become available, these jaw dropping sequences range from badass action sequences, to some exciting attacks that reference some of our favorite niche games. It’s just too bad that the game can’t often keep up with this much awesome, causing the framerate to drop to a crawl when things get especially hectic.

RB2_battle (3)Cave’s EX Attack drops jaws as fast as the framerate.

If using these abilities makes the game too easy, or if that newest boss is just too hard to beat. Remaking the game can adjust the difficulty, unlock new items, dungeons and weapons, or even change mechanics like reducing the amount of time it takes to build up the EX Meter. As a far cry from the PS3 version that this title is based on, both mechanics are what holds the core of the game together, helping game stay addicting throughout its 25 hour plus story on a first run.

Still, even though all of these features are great, they’re way too familiar. Oddly enough, it seems like Nepgear’s primary flaw is trying to be too much like her sister! Re;Birth 2‘s biggest sin is the absurdly large amount of reused content it took from the first game. Enemies, some music, whole environments and many of the voice clips are completely ripped from the first title, (with some dungeons even being duplicates from THIS game,) oftentimes making the latest in the series feel more like an expansion than a sequel. The point and click map is mostly unchanged, complete with NPCs who you choose to talk to on a menu. While often serving as humorous takes on popular game characters, (Snake Hayter, Maryo and Monobear come to mind,) talking to them on a map screen isn’t the same as meeting them in a full fledged environment. While I appreciated the streamlined nature of these interactions originally, I’ve fallen in love with Gamindustri so much, that I wish I could delve into it outside of the various dungeons.

RB2_battle (8)Guess what game this girl is based on? (Hint: pick your eyes up.)

In the end though, what I thought would be this game’s biggest weakness became my absolute favorite part of it. Yes, Neptune is a fantastic protagonist, so much so that I named her the number 2 waifu of 2014 thanks to her off the wall, self aware, airhead personality. When I saw Nepgear as such a serious straight shooter, I expected the game to be less enjoyable because of it. As the game went on however, I became really attached to the little sisters, making their journey from scared, lonely sidekicks, to powerful, confident and heroic goddesses. Be warned, the slapstick and fan service is kept to a bare minimum, (the latter of which was more overbearing and unnecessary than anything else if you ask me,) but what what we got in its place was an exhilarating story to experience, introducing a level of character development that was nearly non-existent when Neptune took the lead. Now, I have trouble imagining another game without Nepgear in the lead. Sadly, I’m fully aware that this will likely be the case going forward. Still, for every serious moment, you have characters like Broccoli healing her team by vomiting a smiling pile from her eyes, so there’s that.

RB2_battle (4)Stay out of the splash zone.

I can talk all day about everything that I love about Hyperdimension Neptunia: Re;Birth 2, but we only have so much bandwidth. What I will say, is that this sequel expands on the hilarious, yet mostly shallow narrative of the first game, creating a much deeper story that tackles themes such as coming of age, finding one’s own identity, and even video game piracy in a fun, lighthearted way. Features like the Stella Dungeon, where you send the titular character out to explore areas in real time in order to uncover special items, over a half a dozen endings, a new game plus feature and a variety of secret characters put the title over the top, and by all accounts, is a superior game to the original. Sadly, the technical issues and the overabundance of recycled content hurt the final impression, but not enough to keep Re;Birth 2 from being the best game of 2015 so far. Sure, it’s the first game I’ve played in 2015, but forget semantics, because Nepgear and the girls are starting the year off strong.


+ The CPU Candidates take center stage in a bigger way, with more party members, teammates on the field, and a huge amount of post game content.

+ Combat is as addicting as ever, with jaw dropping abilities that will keep you coming back.

+ A game that can be catered to your needs, thanks to the flexible Remake System.

+ A much more in depth story that sacrifices some humor for character development while still staying lighthearted, most of which is voiced in dual audio.

Way too much of the content is ripped straight from its prequel, some of which is repeated multiple times within THIS game.

Technical issues range in severity, from lips not moving during dialogue sections to massive slowdown during huge sequences.

While more streamlined, it’s about time we replace the point and click map with a fully explorable Gamindustri.

Final Score: 4.25/5

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Announces Casting For Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey Fri, 23 Jan 2015 07:43:55 +0000 Bryan Singer announced who will be playing Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey via Twitter today in his upcoming prequel/sequel: X-Men: Apocalypse.

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The three will be playing fan favorites Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey (portrayed in the original trilogy and last year’s Days of Future Past by James Marsden, Halle Barry and Famke Janssen), with Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton) playing Storm, Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops and Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey.

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(l-r) Alexandra Shipp, Tye Sheridan, and Sophie Turner join the cast of X-Men: Apocalypse as Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey, respectively.

Set in the 80’s–a full two decades before first X-Men movie–Apocalypse also stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy reprising their roles from Days of Future Past.

The movie starts shooting this April and is set to release in May 2016.

What do you guys think? Perfect casting? Don’t know what Singer was thinking? Let us know in the comments!

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Netflix’ Next Series Looks Super Adorable, Watch The Trailer For ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’ Fri, 23 Jan 2015 01:50:05 +0000 Briefly: So I had no idea that this existed until today, and now I can’t wait to watch the entire thing in one sitting.

It’s called Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, it’s from 30 Rock executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, and it’s a “new comedy series starring Ellie Kemper (“The Office,” “Bridesmaids”) as a woman who is rescued from a doomsday cult and starts life over as a nanny for an Upper East Side socialite (Jane Krakowski from “30 Rock”) in New York City. Armed with just a backpack, light-up sneakers and a couple way-past-due library books, she takes on a world she didn’t think even existed anymore.”

It looks super adorable, and super funny, and a little bit like a modern day Blast from the Past. Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think! The entire first season hits Netflix on March 6th!

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Watch The First Trailer For Crackle’s ‘Dead Rising: Watchtower’ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:18:45 +0000 Briefly: Crackle has finally released the first trailer for its Dead Rising: Watchtower original film, and if you’re a fan of the video game series at all, it’s actually pretty cool.

The trailer is filled with nods and references to the game that even one who has only lightly played them (like myself) will get a few chuckles from it.

The movie “takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.”

Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know if you’ll be checking out Dead Rising: Watchtower when it hits on March 27th!

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The Next Episode Of Telltale’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Now Has A Trailer And Release Date! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:07:23 +0000 Briefly: If you’re playing Telltale’s adaptation of Game of Thrones (and if you’re a fan of the series or books, you definitely should be), you’ll be happy to know that the developer has just released a trailer and release date for the game’s next episode.

The episode is titled ‘The Lost Lords’, and it will debut on PC, Mac, PS3, and PS4 on February 3rd, Xbox 360 and Xbox One of February 4th, and iOS and Android devices on February 5th.

The game “tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, they are placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.”

Take a look at the new trailer below, and let us know what you thought of the first episode!

House Forrester is in disarray. Their liege lord and his heir are dead, and Ironrath is occupied by Whitehill soldiers. The survival of the family depends upon those who are left. Placed at King’s Landing, the epicenter of intrigue, Mira Forrester must weigh her loyalty to Margaery Tyrell against the needs of her family, while choosing how to play the political games of Tyrion Lannister. One misstep could spell doom for Mira and her entire family. To the far north, Gared Tuttle finds that the wall and its crows hold little love for a squire from the Wolfswood, but finds kinship in the bastard son of Ned Stark. Gared must prove worthy of becoming a ranger in order to carry out the mission given him; one that is vital to the future of those he serves. To the east, Asher Forrester, the exiled son, is called back to Westeros to aid his family, but how can one man help when the Boltons rule the north with an iron fist? Meanwhile, an unexpected source of hope returns to the Forresters, but Ironrath is no place for the weak.

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Watch The First Trailer For ‘Hannibal’s Third Season! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:54:29 +0000 Briefly: NBC has just released the trailer for Hannibal‘s anticipated third season.

You’ll have to wait until Summer for the season premiere (it was pushed a few months back), but the trailer certainly offers an exciting taste of what to come. This first footage shows Will hunting Doctor Lecter through Florence.

Gah, I cannot wait for this to come back. How do you feel? How about that second season? Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think!

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CBS Finds Its ‘Supergirl’ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 19:46:30 +0000 Briefly: The project won a huge series commitment all the way back in September, and now we finally know who will play CBS and Warner Bros Television’s Supergirl.

It’s Glee and Whiplash actress Melissa Benoist. She landed her breakout role in Glee‘s ‘second class’ as Marley Rose, and was later cast in roles in Homeland and Oscar-nominee Whiplash, among others.

The series will focus on Superman’s cousin, Kara Zor-El, who also escaped Krypton before it exploded. Since arriving on Earth, she’s been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and be the hero she was always meant to be.

The series comes from Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler, who previously teamed up for ABC’s short-lived (and fantastic) No Ordinary Family.

Are you down for the casting? Is there anyone else you’d rather have seen in the role? Sound out below!



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‘Hyperdimension Neptunia: Re;Birth 2’ Proves CPU Candidates Can Steal The Show! Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:22:36 +0000 With the release of Hyperdimension Neptunia: Re;Birth 2 only a week away, the day that weeaboos, waifu enthusiasts, and Vita owners, (many of which are all three at this point,) has almost arrived. In the days leading to this momentous occasion, we’ve spent countless hours, (okay, maybe 15 or so,) diving into the latest adventure featuring Neptune and her friends. Except… Neptune is absent for most of the game, with her and the rest of the goddesses of Gamindustri being captured by the evil Aifoire. With the CPU’s out of the way, it’s up to their little sisters, the CPU candidates, to rescue their elders and save the world. Yet, as I mentioned in my review of the original, Neptune’s charm and laugh out loud personality is what really held the narrative together. Can Nepgear do the same?

While much more subdued, Nep Jr. brings her own charm to the Hyperdimension universe. In place of the constant fourth wall breaking, game referencing lazy demeanor that her sister is known for, Nepgear feels much more like a natural leader, despite constantly doubting herself and the huge shadow the CPU’s cast over her. Despite this, she presses on in a desperate attempt to face her fears and defeat the enemies that the cast of the first game couldn’t. While IF and Compa, the primary companions from the first game, make their return to guide the young protagonist, there is rarely a time that they have to force her to fight the good fight. As their relationships progress, the nurturing the humans provide helps Nepgear become a strong, reliable leader for a cast that eventually surpasses double digits.


Which is more the reason why the addition of a fourth party member to carry into battles is such a welcomed one. Leading to larger waves of enemies, tougher bosses, and more strategic possibilities, each member brings something to the team that can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Even unused party members can contribute, thanks to the returning Lily System, which provides special attacks and stat boosts when pairing the idle teammates with partners that they get along with.

But Nepgear and company really shine once all of the CPU Candidates are brought together. Along with the stubborn, hard headed Uni, and the twin sisters, Rom and Ram, these four girls come off as some of the biggest badasses in a game this year. And yes, I realize it’s only January! But it’s hard to argue when you see what they can do, combining powerful magic, a giant rail gun that’s bigger than its weilder, and some incredible swordfighting skills, and you get some impressive action to pepper up your turn based RPG gaming. And when they combine their power, it’s a sight to be seen, giving me similar feelings of excitement to when I first summoned Bahamut ZERO in Final Fantasy VII so many years ago.

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So sure, Nepgear might not be as funny or goofy as Neptune, but my lord, is she cool! Check back on Friday for our full review of Re;Birth 2, and let us know who your top waifu candidate is. With so many to choose from, you might be thinking about it for awhile.

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Geekscape Games Previews ‘Resident Evil Revelations 2’ Thu, 22 Jan 2015 00:37:21 +0000 Since Resident Evil Revelations 2 was first announced, it was putting the wheels in motion to set up a number of returning elements and combining them with a few firsts. As the first original game in the series to debut digitally, the debut of an episodic format, and the first game staring new characters such as Barry Burton’s daughter, Moira, we’ll also see the return of the more isolated atmosphere of the originals and the first Revelations title, alongside Claire Redfield and Barry himself making their welcomed comebacks. At Capcom’s latest Fright Night event, we got the chance to experience a bit of what to expect from the latest title in the long running franchise, and from what we’ve seen so far, it’s shaping up to be a scary good time!

Throwing Claire and Moria headfirst into an abandoned prison, the two must work together to escape the horrors that await them. Ironically, the daughter of a card carrying NRA member refuses to use guns, (potential plot point, anyone?), so Moira is stuck with flashlight duty. Highlighting flashing spots on the map help the young Burton girl uncover items, keys, and melee weapons such as crowbars, that serves as both a way to open boarded doors and a tool to keep enemies at bay. Thankfully, Claire isn’t as much of a pacifist, serving as the combat expert between the two. With a variety of guns at her disposal, melee attacks that knock enemies back while stunned, (a la RE4,) she’s more than capable of keeping the pair safe.


Which is lucky for them, since the enemies in this game don’t idle around like your typical zombie. The monsters in the demo behave much more like the faster, more viscous zombies of RE6 compared to the slower paced creatures from the first Revelations. With just enough of them lurking around corners without feeling completely overwhelmed, the game constantly had me on my toes, anxious to open that side door with an herb teasing me through the bars, knowing full well that an enemy was waiting for the chance to rip me to shreds. The dark, brooding atmosphere of the prison only amplified the tense feeling that fueled quite a few jump scares, which is in itself commendable when you consider that I’m playing in a room surrounded by loud, drunk people and a DJ playing music that’s louder than the provided gaming headphones.

What left the biggest impression on me however, was the game’s dynamic between the two protagonists. Unlike previous forced attempts at co-op, Revelations 2 felt like both characters were necessary pieces to the overall experience, especially when compared to the herb sucking, bullet draining idiots that we’re used to tagging along with us. Even if you don’t trust the AI enough to back you up, you’ll be able to seamlessly switch control between the two characters, which is helped by the much improved twin stick control scheme. All signs are pointing to single player not being such a chore this time! But then again, I would imagine co-op would still be the best way to go once the final version releases next month.


Despite all the praise, I’m still a bit cautious. After all, Revelations in a way, was created to bring the series back to its survival horror roots compared to the more action focused direction the main series has shifted to. While the demo might have been taking it easy, the abundance of items and ammo hurt the feeling of helplessness. Combined with the fast paced enemies and the updated controls, it’s looking like this spinoff is already moving towards a more adrenaline fueled explosion fest. Then again, this was 10 minutes of an unfinished product, and even then, I still felt more terror than the entirety of either 5 or 6, so let’s hope the final game strikes a strong balance.

Are you planning on sticking with the series when it hits digital formats next month? Or will you wait for the complete package to get its physical release? And how good is it to finally have Claire back? Sound off and let us know!

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Learning The Ropes With ‘Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate’ Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:23:45 +0000 After so many years and completely missing out on the core version of the latest Monster Hunter title, the recently announced release date of February 13th can’t come soon enough. To help hold us over, Capcom released a demo that gives us a taste of how we can expect to spend the next couple years of our lives, complete with the full weapon set and three new monsters to hunt. We took the time to check out what new features this brief download has to offer, which surprised us enough to keep even veteran hunters on their toes.

In an attempt to cater to both new and old hunters alike, this preview offers both beginner and expert levels of difficulties, in addition to in-game tutorials to explain the pros and cons of the weapon you choose. Every weapon is accounted for, including the new Insect Staff and Charge Blade, giving pros a chance to get accustomed to these new tools before the serious adventures begin. Yet, with the Great Jaggi, Tetsucabra, and Gore Magala on the prowl, they serve as all the practice you need if you hope to survive the dangers of the wild.

Starting with the Charge Blade, this weapon will feel familiar to anyone who used the Switch Axe in the past. Taking two forms, its standard stance is the sword and shield, building up energy with each successful attack. When the blade is fully charged, attaching the shield to the sword turns it into a powerful axe, releasing all of the built up power into a series of crushing blows. If you’re feeling a little more crafty, the Insect Staff feels like a more offense focused version of the Hunting Horn. While the double sided blade does a fair share of damage on its own, its true strength lies with its ability to send a pet insect flying at enemy monsters, absorbing status boosting effects on contact. With the ability to drain attack strength, defensive boosts, replenish stamina and restore health, this weapon has a level of versatility that most others lack, making it one to watch as the hunts get tougher.

That’s not to suggest that the demo hunts aren’t tough, especially when it comes to fighting Gore Magala. This destructive beast shoots and guards itself with a stamina draining black mist that forces players to strike carefully. But in my playthroughs, no matter how many times I broke its wings, its head or cut off its tail, this resilient opponent just wouldn’t die within the time limit, while making sure to knock out a couple of my lives in the process. It wasn’t until I took advantage of the climbing, jumping and air attack features that I was finally able to claim victory. By stalking prey from above, MH4 introduces the ability to land powerful strikes from the skies. Once weak enough, the best course of action is often to either climb, or jump on the monster’s back, and hack away as if your life depended on it. Adding a new level of depth and unpredictability to the tried and true formula, pulling these moves off managed to surprise even an old vet like me. But if that still doesn’t work, you can always hop online or get some friends together to take it on as a team!


Finally being able to get a taste of the fourth game has left me wanting so much more. The more dynamic fights, new weapons and tough as nails monsters keep us coming back for more, with enough familiarity to make our playtime feel right at home. Keep your eyes peeled for our full review as we get some time with the final release, and let us know what features you’re most looking forward to!

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Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe Coming To An End In Secret Wars! Wed, 21 Jan 2015 19:19:49 +0000 The Marvel Universes as we know them are coming to an end.

Marvel made the announcement today at the Secret Wars press conference at Midtown Comics in New York City where Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort discussed Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic’s Secret Wars.

In place of the current universes we will have Battleworld which will set up the new Marvel Universe moving forward.

Click here to see an interactive Battleworld map from Secret Wars

Behind? Wondering where to start?

Secret Wars #0 will be available on Free Comic Book day (May 2nd) and will be a great primer for Secret Wars. Want to be a bit more familiar with the events leading up to Secret Wars? Check out Avengers: Time Runs Out Volume 1 [HC]

As for the series itself, it’s going to be HUGE!

All 8 covers for Secret Wars will be done by the legendary Alex Ross! Here are the covers for #1 and #2:



Watch the entire Secret Wars Live Kickoff:

Marvel promises plenty more announcements in the coming weeks.

What’s your reaction? Excitement? Anger? Could care less? Sound off in the comments below!

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