Skewed 'n Reviewed Movie News and Reviews 2015-03-30T13:16:48Z http://sknr.net/feed/atom/ gareth <![CDATA[Star Wars: Rebels Pinball is Here]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77609 2015-03-30T13:16:48Z 2015-03-30T13:16:48Z Return to a Galaxy Far, Far Away with Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels

Zen Studios reveals a pinball table based on Disney XD’s animated hit TV series Star Wars Rebels™

San Francisco, CA – March 30, 2015 – Zen Studios, a maker of popular digital games including Pinball FX2 and Zen Pinball, has revealed the latest pinball table, Star Wars™ Pinball: Star Wars Rebels™,  based on the critically acclaimed animated TV show, Star Wars Rebels. The table will be available across Zen’s pinball platforms, including Pinball FX2, Zen Pinball 2, and Star Wars™ Pinball, on console, PC, and mobile on the week of April 27, 2015.

Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels will take players on a journey to a galaxy far, far away, teaming them up with the crew of the starship Ghost, including Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and the grumpy astromech Droid™ Chopper as they join forces to take on the evil Empire. The table will feature fully-animated starships including the Ghost and TIE fighters, a flaming engine thruster spindisk, Chopper’s own mini playfield, and seven exciting missions inspired by the show.

The Star Wars Pinball: Star Wars Rebels pinball table joins ten existing Star Wars Pinball tables on Zen’s pinball platforms, and marks the latest collaboration in the ongoing licensing relationship between Zen Studios and Lucasfilm.

“Players have been anxious to see if Zen Studios and Lucasfilm would continue creating new Star Wars™ pinball tables. I am happy to confirm that our teams are working together to do just that,” said Mel Kirk, VP of Publishing at Zen Studios. “Star Wars Rebels is set during a time period never explored in the films – between Episode III and Episode IV lies a 20 year stretch of Star Wars history. We’re delighted to be able to bring our own blend of pinball magic to this new phase of the Star Wars universe.”

For more information on Star Wars Pinball, please visit www.starwarspinball.com, and for more information on Zen’s library of titles, please visit blog.zenstudios.com.

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gareth <![CDATA[Project Root Is Coming]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77605 2015-03-30T13:15:24Z 2015-03-30T12:55:18Z Twain Harte, California – March 30, 2015 – Mark your calendars, SHMUP fans –Argentinian indie game developer OPQAM and Reverb Triple XP announced today that Project Root, a modern retake of the shoot ‘em up (SHMUP) action genre, will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®Vita handheld entertainment system, and the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, on April 28, 2015. Project Root features Platform Cross-Buy for Sony gamers, allowing them to purchase the game once and receive both PlayStation versions: PS4™ and PS®Vita.

We’ve been blasting countless enemies both on the ground and in the sky in Project Root for so long, we’re so excited that we’re just about a month away from gamers everywhere getting the chance to do the same,” said Pablo Testa, Technical Director at OPQAM. “We are extremely proud of our first game, and think that SHMUP fans, and anyone who enjoys a fast-paced and action-packed videogame, will have a lot of fun with Project Root.”

In Project Root, gamers will take on the role of rebel ace Lance Rockport who pilots the advanced F-72 Zonda hover fighter against the ruthless Prometheus Corporation. Taking place across eight different, huge and open levels, Project Root has players taking on enemies both in the air and on the ground, progressing with upgrades in firepower, armor and maneuverability. Gamers will utilize special weapon drops during battle, constantly evade a hell-storm of bullets and other projectiles, engage in frenetic boss battles, and strike at the root of the evil Prometheus Corporation bent on world domination.

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gareth <![CDATA[Maisie Williams To Join Doctor Who This Fall]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77602 2015-03-30T12:30:19Z 2015-03-30T12:30:19Z Having landed back in the UK fresh from touring the US, today Maisie Williams sets foot on the Doctor Who TARDIS to take up a guest role in the hit BBC AMERICA show that returns to our screens this fall.

 

Maisie has already found global fame and is renowned for her role as Arya Stark in the international fantasy drama series Game of Thrones. She also starred in the one-off docu-drama Cyberbully and was cast as one of the leads of Carol Morley’s drama The Falling. As well as being a three-time Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee, in February of this year she was awarded with a Shooting Star Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

 

On her first day on set, Maisie Williams said:
I’m so excited to be working on Doctor Who as it’s such a big and important part of British Culture. I can’t wait to meet the cast and crew and start filming, especially as we’ll be shooting not too far from my home town.”

 

Steven Moffat, lead writer and Executive Producer, added:
We’re thrilled to have Maisie Williams joining us on Doctor Who. It’s not possible to say too much about who or what she’s playing, but she is going to challenge the Doctor in very unexpected ways. This time he might just be out of his depth, and we know Maisie is going to give him exactly the right sort of hell.

 

Bursting with drama, wit and heart, the show continues filming with two period adventures – ‘The Girl Who Died’ written by Jamie Mathieson and Steven Moffat, and ‘The Woman Who Lived’ by Catherine Tregenna. Starring Peter Capaldi (The Doctor) and Jenna Coleman (Clara Oswald), the duo continue to time travel through epic adventures directed by Ed Bazalgette (Poldark).

 

Comedian and actor Rufus Hound (Cucumber) also joins the guest cast alongside Tom Stourton, Ariyon Bakare, Simon Lipkin, Ian Conningham, Murray McArthur, Barnaby Kay, John Voce, and Struan Rodger.

 

Doctor Who has had a decade of success since its re-launch and season 8 was BBC AMERICA’s highest rated season on the channel.

 

The BBC Cymru Wales produced drama will return to BBC AMERICA this fall, with further casting to be announced in due course.

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gareth <![CDATA[World Of Warships Beta Gameplay Video]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77593 2015-03-29T23:10:37Z 2015-03-30T12:00:21Z We were invited to play the beta for the new game, World of Warships. Not only is the game tons of fun, but you can create your own ships as you become more skilled in the game. I apologize for the resolution of the video but the original file was very large and in order to meet some upload specs I had to lower it down. We will be posting higher resolution shots and streaming it as we go along.

 



 

 

 

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gareth <![CDATA[Skullcandy SLYR For Xbox One]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77581 2015-03-29T15:14:42Z 2015-03-30T07:07:35Z Many times we are presented with new hardware to review that we are told will take our visuals, sound, game controls, and so on to new levels. While we have been fortunate that most of them have been good and solid devices, the sad truth is that far too often they are just new devices that offer performance similar to others we have tested and do not offer up that much in the way of significant difference.

With the SLYR gaming headset from Skullcandy, we have finally found a solid and affordable headset for the Xbox One that delivers the high end sound of more expensive units, but also one that provides comfort no matter how long you wear it.

The green and black unit is lightweight yet comfortable and the microphone can go into what is called “Stealth Mode” in that it can be retracted at the wearer’s discretion.   The GMX-1 mixer is a very nice touch as this is a great addition as it allows users to moderate in game voice and volume settings on the fly. So no longer will gamers have to have their voice messages to other members of their team drowned out by a barrage of gunfire and explosions.

Obviously sound is the key in any gaming headset and the SLYR had solid base and high end sounds in games, but also worked great for music and movies as the sound settings could be easily adjusted for the different formats, as let’s be honest, there are some times when you want less bass and other times when you want more.

In the end, when you combine the comfort, sound quality, and performance of the SLYR for the Xbox One, you will be impressed with the performance for the price and will likely be very glad you purchased this solid device from Skullcandy.

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gareth <![CDATA[Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies Part Two Trailer]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77589 2015-03-29T22:58:39Z 2015-03-29T22:18:07Z Watch gameplay from Exo Zombies Infection, part two of the Exo Zombies co-op experience. After being overrun at the Atlas research facility, our four heroes must fight for survival at a Burgertown franchise.

Exo Zombies stars John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Jon Bernthal. Get Exo Zombies Infection along with the Ascendance DLC pack on March 31st for Xbox LIVE, with other platforms to follow. Learn more: https://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/dlc/dlc2-ascendance

Get the Season Pass for access to four exciting DLC packs at one great price:

 



 

 

https://www.callofduty.com/advancedwarfare/season-pass

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gareth <![CDATA[Video Game Or Interactive Movie: Breaking Down The Order:1886]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77587 2015-03-29T23:04:58Z 2015-03-29T19:00:55Z There’s been a lot of back-and-forth between gamers about the merits of The Order: 1886. Some people have praised the games concept and visuals while others have decried aspects ranging from gameplay, lack of multiplayer, and length of the game. We’ll both sides of the argument have their points, and each of them has much validity to them, I think what it comes down to is a definition of what a videogame is versus what it should, or expected to be.

While I enjoy the game I can see that some of the criticisms levied against the game are valid. For example, in the opening segments you really do not get to do much other than watch videos aside from occasionally tapping a couple of buttons and briefly controlling Galahad as he attempts to make an escape.

I streamed the opening segments of the game recently and notated that in 25 min. of gameplay I had less than 3 to 5 min. worth of actual action that required any real thought or effort on my part.
As the game unfolded; naturally my range of options increased. I had to move about buildings, jump gaps, hang from ledges, and of course the cover system combat which has been hotly debated ever since the game was first revealed.

For me I do not find the system to be that difficult as I prefer to emerge from cover whenever possible and take the fight up close and personal.
I’m not going to complain about the linear nature the game nor the limited amount of maneuverability I have within the map as this was fairly self-evident from the start and if one is going to have an issue with this, then this clearly is not the right game for them and they have not done their homework prior to purchasing it.

In the lower levels especially during the early battles with the creatures, I did find things and at times too dark to accurately do the movement and combat that I wanted as lumbering around in the dark shooting blindly is not always my idea of a good time. That being said, this is an immersive game that does give you a realistic scenario of what combat would be like under those conditions and as such provides an appropriate challenge.

So here’s the way that I would classify a big chunk of the debate regarding the game. For some it is a game despite its perceived flaws and limitations, and for others like myself, I would call it an interactive movie with gaming aspects. The story and visuals the game is certainly engaging enough and there are more than enough good moments within to entertain and justify the purchase of the game.

It is in some ways very polished tech demo in that it shows off the power and versatility of the PS4 but at the expense of some of the traditional gaming aspects that many gamers have come to expect. I for one think this bodes very well for the future as I would love to see a follow-up to the game that contains the elements that it did so very well while at the same time addressing some of the criticisms and concerns about the game.

In the end it is not for everyone. It does not intend to be a game for the everyman nor does it try to hide what it’s. It is interactive entertainment showcased an enhanced by next-generation gaming technology. Just like Bloodborne is a next-generation game with many good things going for it, it is not for everyone due to aspects of gameplay and the difficulty that he will present to several gamers.

In the end, that is what gaming is all about, the ability to choose the games that are best suited for you, your interests, and your style of play. Just because something is not to your liking does not mean that it is bad game or is a failure that is for the masses to decide as reviews aside, sales are what ultimately determines the success or failure of the game in the eyes of the company who have invested millions of dollars into it.

While not the critical success that Sony may have hoped for, The Order: 1886 commercially successful to date and has created a lot of buzz on both sides of the arguments which in the end is a win for Sony as it is keeping the PS4 as the top gaming platform of the next generation and underscoring the fiercely loyal and diverse legions of fans for the game.

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gareth <![CDATA[Rokit 5 Speakers From KRK Systems]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77584 2015-03-29T16:05:27Z 2015-03-29T16:05:27Z With so many options available for speakers and with the devices becoming smaller and smaller, it is difficult for the average consumer to really know which product is best for their audio enjoyment needs.

As regular visitors to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we have seen and heard amazing sound come from speakers that are not much bigger than the palm of my hand while at the same time have seen larger speakers also provide and amazing sound experience.

With the Rokit 5 3rd generation speakers form KRK systems, power, performance and aesthetics have combined into one affordable yet versatile system that will provide high end sounds for all of your audio needs.

The two way speaker gives listeners 59 Watts of power as it utilizes a 5 inch Woofer and a 1 inch Dome Tweeters as well as balanced and unbalanced outputs on the exterior of the unit. Aside from the great sound of the unit, the look of them is fantastic as they are stylish enough to go with any décor and will easily fit into practically any décor them you may have.
With the complexity of needing quality sound for movies, gaming, music a reality in the world of today, this is an ideal choice for an all in one solution that will not break the bank.

The unit features
– 1 x 1/4-inch balanced TRS input
– +/- 2 dB High Frequency and Low Frequency level adjustment knobs
5-inch Aramid Glass Composite woofer
– 1 x balanced XLR
– 1 x unbalanced RCA

  • 1-inch soft dome tweeter
  • Class A-B amplifier
    Power, performance, versatility, and a sleek design combine to make this speaker easily one of the best choices on the market and as such we could not recommend it enough for those looking for high end sound without busting their budget.
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gareth <![CDATA[Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Gameplay Trailer]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77578 2015-03-28T15:22:30Z 2015-03-28T15:22:30Z This look like something to check out, especially for Star Wars fans.

 



 

 

 

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gareth <![CDATA[Mortal Kombat X Television Spot: FIGHT!]]> http://sknr.net/?p=77574 2015-03-28T14:59:23Z 2015-03-27T18:45:39Z I loved what we saw about this game at E3 and cannot wait for the final game.

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment released the Mortal Kombat X: Official TV Spot. The TV Spot features a massive spontaneous fight circle that takes over an entire city. System of a Down’s “Chop Suey!” provides the driving soundtrack that builds to reveal the two kombatants in the fight.

 



 

 

 

 

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