Geekscape podcasts, news, features Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:51:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 podcasts, news, features Geekscape no podcasts, news, features Geekscape TV-G Watch an Exclusive “Power Rangers Dino Charge” Clip! (And, We Might See The Premiere Earlier!) Fri, 30 Jan 2015 16:00:50 +0000 Get excited, Power Rangers fans! Yeah, all three of you!

The hype for Dino Charge has begun, and unlike the hot garbage from the last few years, it actually looks exciting! The Rangers appear to have nuance, and — gasp, character! In this clip, Tyler and Shelby accidentally become Power Rangers for the first time ever.

To non-fans it doesn’t seem like much, but to Power Rangers fans who have suffered through Samurai to Super Megaforce, there are shades of earlier, better-written series like DinoThunder in this clip so any excitement we had going in are slowly becoming validated. I for one cannot wait.

Power Rangers Dino Charge premieres February 7th on Nickelodeon. But according to a Twitter post from earlier, we may be able to watch it sooner than that!

Wow, only 100 retweets? As of right now, there are 764, so yeah, we’re seeing it soon! Keep checking back to Geekscape, we’ll keep you posted as soon as we know more.

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The Rosalina & Luma Amiibo Is No Longer Target Exclusive In Canada Fri, 30 Jan 2015 03:06:18 +0000 Briefly: Amiibo hunters and completionists (myself included) were distraught two weeks ago when Target Canada announced that they were shutting down every single store and pulling out of the country barely two weeks ago.

Target, of course, was set to be the exclusive retailer for the Rosalina and Luma Amiibo in North America. Since the announcement, both Nintendo of Canada and Target Canada have been absolutely silent about the exclusivity agreement, until just a few hours ago.

The original report came from Marios-Hat, which stated that “The Rosalina amiibo will be available soon in limited quantities at the following retailers in Canada: Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart, EB Games, Toys ‘R’ Us and Please see your local retailer for more information on timing and availability.”

Now, this particular report wasn’t sourced, but Future Shop soon confirmed via twitter that, yes, the figure was on its way:

Based on the very short notice of the announcement, I’m doubting that we’ll see the character in time for her February 1st release, but it’s simply nice to hear that she’s coming. I’m wondering what stock will be like however, seeing that the stock that was meant for 131 Target stores is now likely being split between Best Buy, Future Shop, Wal-Mart, EB Games, Toys ‘R’ Us, and Amazon. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the big N will just send more.

Are you hunting for Wave 3? What have you locked down so far? Sound out below!


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Indominus Rex Is ‘Jurassic World’s New Dinosaur, Here’s Its First Info Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:47:13 +0000 Briefly: Following that bad-ass trailer from last November, the crazy, genetically engineered dinosaur that will likely be terrorizing the hell out of the Jurassic World theme park has just been revealed.

It’s called Indominus Rex, and here’s its official description from its bio page:

We set out to make Indominus the most fearsome dinosaur ever to be displayed at Jurassic World. The genetic engineers at our Hammond Creation Lab have more than delivered.


At first glance, Indominus most closely resembles a T. Rex. But its distinctive head ornamentation and ultra-tough bony osteoderms can be traced from Theropods known as Abeliosaurs. Indominus’ horns have been placed above the eye orbit through genetic material hybridized from Carnotaurus, Majungasaurus, Rugops and Giganotosaurus. Fearsome indeed.


Indominus’ roar is estimated to reach 140-160db—the same as a 747 taking off and landing. And it can reach speeds of 50km/h… while confined to its enclosure. Come experience Indominus Rex for yourself beginning this summer. If you dare.

It’s ‘Aggression Index’ is also listed as very high, so it’s probably not very happy, well, ever.

You can head here for more info, and be sure to let us know what you think!



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Rachael Taylor Is Patsy Walker In Marvel’s ‘AKA Jessica Jones’! Fri, 30 Jan 2015 02:32:47 +0000 Briefly: We’ve got Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, David Tennant as Kilgrave, and now Grey’s Anatomy and Crisis star Rachael Taylor has been cast as Patsy Walker in Marvel / Netflix’s AKA Jessica Jones.

Her official character description reads that “Trish is a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star known to her adoring fans as “Patsy” Walker. As Jessica Jones’ closest friend, Trish helps her embark on the most dangerous case of Jessica’s career.” Comic fans will also know her as Hellcat.

Jeph Loeb, Marvel’s Head of Television, stated that “Rachael’s ability to embody a character that must balance both the darker and lighter elements of our series will provide a perfect emotional anchor for Jessica Jones. Rachael blew us away with her grounded, humanizing take on Trish, adding yet another layer to the complex, emotional story we’re telling with this series.”

How do you feel about the casting choice? Anyone else you’d rather see in the role? Sound out below!


Source: Marvel

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Geekscape Comics: Bendis and Bagley Reunite For Ultimate End! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:27:55 +0000 Today Marvel held a “Secret Wars Surprise Chat” where they announced a new Secret Wars tie-in. Various Marvel staff joined Bendis and Bagley to announce their forthcoming series Ultimate End.

Ultimate End will be a five issue series starting in May that will chronicle the final Ultimate Universe story!

Here’s the cover of issue #1!


And the variant by David Marquez


When questioned about the appearance of deceased characters appearing on the covers Bendis replied “you’ll have to read to find out.”

Bendis also noted that Ultimate End isn’t your traditional tie in:

“These are not tie-ins in the traditional sense of the word. These are very important pieces of the Marvel Universe. The tie-ins are events unto themselves. This would be its own event if there was no Secret Wars. Everything I’m involved with feels that way. What comes out the other side of the event will be different, and these sets that up.”

They also revealed David Marquez’s cover of Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #12


May is shaping up to be a busy month for Marvel. Will you be following along as the Marvel Universes as we know them come to an end? Let us know in the comments below.

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They call Him Cage: Watch An EXCLUSIVE Clip From Tonight’s ‘Lucha Underground’! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:00:44 +0000 Briefly: Can it be 8PM already?

It’s Wednesday, so of course I’m stoked for the best wrestling series currently on television. That’s Lucha Underground obviously, and on tonight’s episode Prince Puma’s title is on the line for the second time in just three weeks. That’s some freakin’ pressure.

The El Rey Network premieres the 12th of 39 episodes tonight, and I’m beyond excited to learn whether or not Puma will walk out of his hometown with the title again, or if he’ll be crushed by the man they call Cage.

You can take a look at the exclusive clip below, and be sure to let us know who you’re rooting for! Again, tonight’s episode drops on the El Rey Network at 8PM Eastern!

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‘Ghostbuster’ Reboot Gets A Release Date, Casting Info! Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:07:13 +0000 Briefly: Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot just got a release date, and we know know which lucky ladies of Hollywood will be the ones to don the sought-after Proton Packs.

First up, when we can see it:

And now, our starring ladies:

Yep, that’s Bridesmaid‘s Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, along with SNL‘s Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon. The script is currently being written by director Paul Feig and The Heat (ugh) scribe Katie Dippold.

Are you down for the all female heroes? How about these females in particular? Sound out below!

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The Teaser Trailer For ‘Fantastic Four’ Is Finally Here! Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:25:38 +0000 Briefly: The long awaited teaser trailer for the controversial and heavily bashed Fantastic Four reboot is finally here… and we (or I , at least) actually kind of dig it (more than that Ant-Man trailer anyways).

The trailer shows our heroes in various facets of life before they become, well, fantastic, and then science happens, things go wrong, and superpowers are gained. It all looks very dark and ominous (which didn’t work for The Amazing Spider-Man, but definitely looks as though it could work here), and I really can’t wait to see more.

I also absolutely loved Josh Trank’s previous film, Chronicle, so this one gets points for having him involved. In any case, this looks nothing like the previous Fantastic Four films, which can only be a good thing (and it really couldn’t be worse, could it?)

Take a look at the trailer below, and let us know what you think! Fantastic Four hits theatres on August 7th!

They’ve also released some interesting commentary along with the trailer:

FANTASTIC FOUR, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

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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.

Missing #Megaforce? Phone pic from set of #legendary #powerrangers episode! @therhettfisher was there in spirit!

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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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