Skewed 'n Reviewed http://sknr.net Movie News and Reviews Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:46:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Announcemnement Trailer http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/wolfenstein-the-old-order-announcemnement-trailer/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/wolfenstein-the-old-order-announcemnement-trailer/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 15:33:35 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77232

 

Softworks, a ZeniMax Media company, todayannounced Wolfenstein®: The Old Blood™, the standalone prequel to the critically-acclaimed first-person action-adventure shooter,Wolfenstein®: The New Order™. In development at MachineGames, Wolfenstein: The Old Blood will be available digitally for $19.99 on May 5, 2015 for Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 system, and PC.

 

 

 

The year is 1946 and the Nazis are on the brink of winning World War II. In an effort to turn the tide in the Allies’ favor, B.J. Blazkowicz must embark on an epic, two-part mission deep within Bavaria. Part one of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood – Rudi Jäger and the Den of Wolves – pits BJ Blazkowicz against a maniacal prison warden as he breaks into Castle Wolfenstein in an attempt to steal the coordinates to General Deathshead’s compound. In part two – The Dark Secrets of Helga Von Schabbs – our hero’s search for the coordinates leads him to the city of Wulfburg where an obsessed Nazi archaeologist is exhuming mysterious artifacts that threaten to unleash a dark and ancient power.

 

“Diving back into the world of Wolfenstein has really been fun for us,” said Jerk Gustafsson,executive producer at MachineGames. “We’ve enjoyed exploring the events leading up to The New Order. We think fans will really enjoy the story, all the action and, of course, jumping back into the combat with new weapons.”

 

 

 

Wolfenstein: The New Order, released in May 2014, enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success with over 75 Game of the Year awards, and was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the very best releases of the year.”

 

 

 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information onWolfenstein: The Old Blood visit:www.wolfenstein.com.

 

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How 20.2 Million PS4 Units Sold May Mean Fewer Third Party Exclusives And A Win For Gamers http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/how-20-2-million-ps4-units-sold-means-fewer-third-party-exclusives-and-a-win-for-gamers/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/how-20-2-million-ps4-units-sold-means-fewer-third-party-exclusives-and-a-win-for-gamers/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:09:01 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77228 With the recent announcement from Sony that they have sold 20.2 million units of the PS4 world-wide the system continues to show support from the gaming community which have made it the top system in terms of sales ever since it launched.

Looking at the impressive numbers, this is something that will likely have huge ramifications for PS4 fans down the road as it is simply a number that is too large for any developers to ignore. Case in Point, Titanfall.   Microsoft paid to keep it an Xbox exclusive and with the exception of the PC release, the game did not appear in any other format despite word that the developers wanted to put it on the PS4 after seeing how well that system was selling.

Now we get word that Titanfall 2 will be on the PS4 as well and that Microsoft is forced to try to do a timed launch deal, similar to what they do with DLC for Call of Duty in which they would get it first before it appears on their rival system.

This is a shift in how business is going to be done as companies will not be so eager to sign an exclusive deal as even with the understanding that some PS4 owners have an Xbox One, the numbers are so staggering that developers simply cannot afford to put all their eggs in one basket and exclude a huge segment of the gaming population.

Some will say Street Fighter V is an example of how this trend will not change, and if so, I can see that if thirds parties do exclusives, they may be more likely to look at Sony first now than in years past simply over pure numbers. While they may not want to do exclusives, a 20.2 million sales base does make it easier to be willing to look at Sony over Microsoft if one does go the exclusive route.

Going forward this means that the emphasis will have to be on internally developed exclusives as third party developers will not be so quick to go the exclusive route anymore.

We may also see a run on smaller developers as Microsoft and Sony attempt to bring them in house to ensure more exclusive content but the cost of doing this may be too prohibitive for this to become the norm.

In the end this is a win for gamers plain and simple as it means that they can look forward to more content for their PS4 system than ever before and with the announced release of the VR headset, Morpheus in 2016, a bolder and brighter future in gaming is ahead.

 

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State Of Decay Gameplay Images http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/state-of-decay-gameplay-images/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/state-of-decay-gameplay-images/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:23:04 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77223 As we prepare for PAX East, We have some images from our meeting with the team behind State of Decay at PAX South. We hope you like the collection we were able to take for you.

 

 

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo-Zombie Gameplay Video http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-exo-zombie-gameplay-video/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/04/call-of-duty-advanced-warfare-exo-zombie-gameplay-video/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:47:12 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77221 After being delayed at the last moment, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare finally released the first DLC, Havoc on PC. The selection contains four new maps and an awesome Exo Zombie gameplay mode. The star-studded mode has some very detailed and open areas which is ideal for blasting the under hordes. Here is a look at the gameplay from my first session.



 

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Alien: Isolation Releases The Trigger DLC http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/alien-isolation-releases-the-trigger-dlc/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/alien-isolation-releases-the-trigger-dlc/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:55:50 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77218 Let’s just focus on getting out of here alive. We can play follow the leader later.” – Ricardo

SEGA announced today that ‘The Trigger’, the fifth add-on pack for multi-award winning survival horror Alien: Isolation™, will be available to download from today. Seeing players compete against the clock across three terrifying new maps for Alien: Isolation’s Survivor Mode, ‘The Trigger’ may be the game’s most challenging add-on to date.

Set before the events of Alien: Isolation, ‘The Trigger’ puts players in the shoes of Sevastopol Station’s Ricardo. Across the three new maps, players will find a new terror around every corner. The creature is quick and cunning and the synthetics ruthless and relentless; both are brutal and deadly.

Prioritizing the lives of the station’s inhabitants over his own survival, Ricardo will do whatever he can to assist Marshal Waits in his plan to destroy the creature. There was a package of explosives with one of the marshals but nothing has been heard of him for some time. If Ricardo can secure Prisoner Processing and escape the creature, there’s a chance he can track down the marshal in Synthetic Storage and blast the creature into the depths of space.

Alien: Isolation is the multi-award-winning first-person survival horror game with end of year awards from PC Gamer, Official Xbox Magazine, Rock Paper Shotgun, Eurogamer, IGN, Destructoid, Official PlayStation Magazine (UK), Time Magazine, New Statesman, The Guardian, Game Reactor (Germany, Sweden, Finland), Games Radar, Edge Magazine and many more. With over 50 Game of the Year accolades, the press and public have commended the return to form of Ridley Scott’s terrifying creature. Set on board a decommissioned trading station in the fringes of space, players find themselves in an atmosphere of constant dread and mortal danger as an unpredictable, ruthless Alien is stalking and killing deep in the shadows. Underpowered and underprepared, you must scavenge resources, improvise solutions and use your wits, not just to succeed in your mission, but to simply stay alive.

Alien: Isolation is available now for Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Windows PC, Xbox 360 games and entertainment system from Microsoft and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system.

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Is Microsoft Lurking In The Grass And Preparing To Pounce On Sony’s Lead With Their Pending Exclusives http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/is-microsoft-lurking-in-the-grass-and-preparing-to-pounce-on-sonys-lead-with-their-pending-exclusives/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/is-microsoft-lurking-in-the-grass-and-preparing-to-pounce-on-sonys-lead-with-their-pending-exclusives/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:03:45 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77212 Sony has dominated its fair share of the console gaming news in recent weeks with discussions around The Order: 1886 and the pending Bloodborne. As fans debate the merits of each game and look forward to what the company may be announcing at E3, one company is quietly waiting and may be getting ready to pounce from the tall grass with a few surprises.

Microsoft has the pending Fall release of Halo 5: Guardians to look ahead to as that will no doubt be a massive seller that will help boost console sales over the Holiday season as it is looking like it is an easy must own for Xbox One owners.

As great as the prospect of a new Halo game is, that is several months away and for a console that continues to lag behind the PS4 in the press, Microsoft is looking to make moves that will help them close the gap with their chief rival.

With games such as Quantum Break, Crackdown, Scalebound, Fable Legends, Below, and a new Gears of War game pending but lacking a firm release date, fans are looking ahead to E3 to get more clarity on when this and other exclusives will be released.

Microsoft has upped the ante with the Games with Gold program that offers free games and discounts for members in a way similar to the PS+ program but with the promise of more games on a monthly basis. The impact of this is rumored to be why Playstation+ members have yet to learn what there free games for March will be.

As usual for game companies, E3 will be huge as Microsoft will have to contend with Sony releasing Bloodborne and possibly Until Dawn prior to the show, and will likely have their own titles for fans to get excited over, but Microsoft is starting to show a patience that I think may serve them well in the long run even if they end up finishing behind the PS4 in this generation of consoles.

Instead of just throwing money at companies as they have in the past for exclusivity and branding rights, they are focusing on development. The millions they threw at Activision to ensure DLC comes to them first for Call of Duty and that all ads for the game are branded with the Xbox logo still saw the game sell better on their rival’s systems.

It is an important time for the company as Sony continues to sell well but according to a recent survey, Microsoft has the most consumer loyalty, and they are banking on that and a strong list of third party titles to be sufficient to keep them in striking range of Sony until they can unleash their next round of exclusives.

The future is looking good but one has to wonder if Sony has built a juggernaut of momentum that even a new Halo game may not be able to match.

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New Footage We Want To See At Star Wars Celebration http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/new-footage-we-want-to-see-at-star-wars-celebration/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/new-footage-we-want-to-see-at-star-wars-celebration/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:02:52 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77209 As we get closer to the Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim April 16th-19th, fans are growing more and more eager for what they hope will be further glimpses at what is in store for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With Director JJ Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy in attendance and promising something special, speculation has arisen that the full trailer for the film may finally see the light of day.

Others have speculated that Disney may hold off on a trailer until the release of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” in May or perhaps for the D23 Expo in August.  Regardless of when the new trailer and images will be revealed fans are already ramped up to a fevered level waiting patiently for any new scrap of information about what is in store from them when the film is released on December 18th.

Abrams has said that trailers are always tricky things as you do not want to give stuff away or lessen the impact of something by releasing an image or footage before it is ready.  This implies that sequences with completed FX will be considered as temp FX shots would be exactly what Abrams was talking about trying to avoid.   Think back to the teaser trailer sequence of the X-Wings over water. That is most likely a sequence that was not completed and as such they took a few seconds of what was done when the desire may have been to show a bit more of the sequence.

It would be a very safe bet that we will see some of the original characters in the new trailer as they were omitted from the teaser in favor of introducing the new characters.

It is hard to say what we will see not knowing how the plot of the film will unfold as rumors aside, it is anyone’s guess as to what we will see.

I would expect to hear more of the score that Jon Williams has composed and I think a mix of space battles and ground fighting would be great as long as we have a nice saber battle to punctuate it all.

Imagine seeing more of the Storm Troopers after deploying from their landing craft, seeing what Poe Damron and his group were about to attack flying so near the water and what Kylo Renn was getting ready to slice and dice with his controversial saber.

The implication is that this is a darker entry into the series so using the old Shakespearean stance of comedy heightening a tragedy, then we can hope to see the two droids having a bit of banter to move things along. Naturally trying to fit everything that fans want into a trailer roughly 3 minutes long will be impossible as fans will likely still want more even after seeing the completed film in December.

That being said, Abrams and his team appear to be working hard to bring us the best possible Star Wars film possible and to quote Yoda, “patience, you must learn patience”.

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Game Franchises That Are Perfect For A Comeback On The PlayStation 4 http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/game-franchises-that-are-perfect-for-a-comeback-on-the-playstation-4/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/03/game-franchises-that-are-perfect-for-a-comeback-on-the-playstation-4/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:01:26 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77206 Recently it was announced that Sony had done some copyright renewal on The Resistance franchise. This caused a brief flurry as many speculated that it was in response to a pending new game in the series and the first for the PS4 system.

Sony called the actions simply renewal of copyrights, an action that is common for companies to do as you never know what the future holds and it is necessary to keep your options. Imagine the mess if certain Duke Nukem copyrights had lapsed during the lengthy time between Duke Nukem 3D and Duke Nukem Forever.

E3 is still three months away and with it the promise of announcements or at the least first looks at games that will be announced or leaked prior to the show. I was wondering if Sony might be polishing off the series for a Next-Generation offering as demand for the game would be solid and I am sure it would benefit from the power and features of the PS4 system.

With that in mind, I thought I would look at some game series that I would love to see Sony bring to the PS4 aside from a new Resistance game

All Star Rumble

With tons of great games and characters, Sony has a great opportunity to bring characters from Bloodborne, The Order: 1886, Knack, and other titles into the brawl with other classic Sony gaming characters. This is one that I think could be a super smash.

Knack 2 

Some people had issues with it but I found it to be a fun and pleasant diversion.  The quirky nature of the game does give rise to many sequel options including new powers and elements to bond with.

God of War 

I think this is about as much a given as we can get but who would not want another hack and slash outing with the speed and power of the PS4 bringing more bloody goodness into play?

Lair 

I know it was not as big a success as had been hoped but I think with the new advancements in technology, this ambitious game could really take flight on the PS4.

Motorstorm 

Racing games are not normally my thing but this took things to an extreme level and I would love to see what they could do with the higher graphics, faster frame rates, and highly detailed environments which are now possible.

Socom 

I think this is one series that deserves a new look and a chance to really take off. The series would benefit from better graphics and the ability to have shareplay, better customizations, and more.

Starhawk/Warhawk

The mix of 3rd person shooter and flight simulator would be an interesting choice but I think this could be one to keep an eye out for as the potential is great for this one on the PS4.

Twisted Metal 

As good as it was seeing it on the PS 3 finally let’s see the mayhem and carnage that can be done on the PS4 with plenty of multiplay in the mix as well.

Of course there will be plenty of new franchises and returning favorites as well coming but until E3 arrives, let the speculation begin as to what is yet to come for the PS4.

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BenQ Gaming Gets Faster and Better With New RL2755HM Display http://sknr.net/2015/03/02/benq-gaming-gets-faster-and-better-with-new-rl2755hm-display/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/02/benq-gaming-gets-faster-and-better-with-new-rl2755hm-display/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:51:03 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77203 Company Now Shipping Blazing-Fast Professional Gaming Monitor

COSTA MESA, Calif. — March 2, 2015 — BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of visual display solutions and gaming monitor pioneer, today announced the availability of its ultra-fast, 27-inch RL2755HM professional gaming monitor. Selected as the official console gaming monitor of both Major League Gaming (MLG) and UMG, the rapid-action display is designed to give both FPS and fighting console gamers a sharper edge over their opponents — packing features such as a 1-ms response time, dual HDMI® ports, BenQ’s signature Black eQualizer, RevolutionEyes™ technology, and more.

“Our new RL2755HM uses breakthrough innovations to bring more action-based control to today’s competitive gamers,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “Designed using feedback from the professional gaming community, the latest RL monitor delivers incredibly fluid gameplay by cutting input lag for a lightening quick 1-ms GTG response time. When combined with the flexibility of dual HDMI, the visibility-enhancing Black eQualizer, and the gaming comfort of RevolutionEyes technology, players gain a competitive edge to take out competition.”

BenQ’s all-new 27-inch widescreen RL2755HM LED monitor brings a native 1920 x 1080 full HD (FHD) resolution, 12M:1 high dynamic contrast ratio, and ultra-low input lag to FPS games such as the new Halo® and Call of Duty®, as well as popular fighting games like Mortal Kombat™. By rendering action without ghosting or latency from mouse motion, gamers are able to see more details and spot opponents faster for a more seamless console gaming experience. Using the monitor’s new fighting mode, gamers can also access specific color calibration settings to help highlight characters during combat — leading to increased precision and more furtive strikes.

With BenQ’s Black eQualizer, players gain total gaming visibility by adjusting brightness without over-exposing white levels — revealing critical combat details to spot enemies in darkened areas. To add even more flexibility to the gaming experience, the RL2755HM comes equipped with dual HDMI ports, providing FHD connectivity with gaming consoles. The monitor’s Display Mode allows gamers to switch instantly between four different screen sizes, while Smart Scaling provides the flexibility to freely scale screen content to any custom size.

To match BenQ’s “gaming is in the details” philosophy, every feature offered on the RL2755HM has been thoroughly tested and calibrated for optimal color reproduction. Using a 20-Level Color Vibrance setting, users can also specify their exact color preference for any gameplay situation. For even further gaming comfort, the fast-action monitor features RevolutionEyes technology to eliminate backlight flickering at all brightness levels as well as low blue light technology which allows gamers to engage in longer, more comfortable playing sessions.

Now shipping, the RL2755HM retails for $279. More information on the full line of BenQ products is available at www.BenQ.us.

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Creation Ent. Brings Supernatural To Seattle http://sknr.net/2015/03/02/creation-ent-brings-supernatural-to-seattle/ http://sknr.net/2015/03/02/creation-ent-brings-supernatural-to-seattle/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:34:43 +0000 http://sknr.net/?p=77200 For over forty years Creation entertainment has been the leader in conventions for fans of television and film. They are  best known for their Star Trek conventions however have since offered conventions for fans of Star Wars, The X-Files, Lost, Xena, The Lord of the Rings, Dr. Who, Stargate, The CW’s Supernatural, and many more. Unlike other fan conventions, Creation’s events guarantees a seat in its main theatre for all ticket holders to see all guest appearances and enjoy all attractions. There are many pricing options for guests to choose from.

This year, while they celebrate their 10th anniversary, Seattle will be able to enjoy three fun days (March 27-29th, 2015) with the cast of Supernatural for Creations Supernatural Convention. Fans can enjoy cast members such as: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Matt Cohen, Rob Benedict, Lauren Tom, Gil McKinney, Tahmoh Penikett,  Alaina Huffman, Felicia Day and the master of ceremonies Richard Speight Jr. Events will range from autograph sessions, photo ops, concerts, karaoke, costume contest, panels, and vendors. I have attended a couple different Creation conventions in the past and have been very satisfied and am a big fan of their conventions.
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