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New releases for the week of August 3, 2015

Not a lot on the gaming front as we head into the first week of August. Xbox One users get the collection of classic games from developer Rare in Rare Replay, which gives you 30 games for 30 dollars. The Nintendo 3DS gets another entry in the Etrian Odyssey series with Etrian Odyssey 2 Untold: The Fafnir Knight. On the home video front the second movie from the Divergent series, Insurgent, comes to store shelves, along with the action comedy Barely Lethal, the drama Far From the Madding Crowd, and the J.K. Rowling miniseries The Casual Vacancy. Coming to the big screen this week is director Josh Trank’s (Chronicle) reboot of Fantastic Four, the thriller The Gift, and the Meryl Streep led comedy drama Ricki and the Flash...

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Mission: Impossible- Rogue Nation- Another mission handled successfully by Cruise and co.

Since the franchise started on the big screen in 1996 (the television series ran from 1966-1973), the Mission: Impossible movies have secured their place in the annals of cinematic spy thrillers, with star Tom Cruise leading the way in the role of IMF agent Ethan Hunt. It may has misstepped a little with the 2000 film directed by John Woo (though it did have some stylish action pieces to go along with its ridiculous plot), then regained its footing when J.J. Abrams took the helm for the third outing. The last outing, Ghost Protocol (2011), was ably handled by director Brad Bird. Now Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher, Edge of Tomorrow) steps in as writer and director. Is the new Mission completed successfully? For the most part the answer to that is yes, yes it is.

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King’s Quest: A Knight to Remember- A charming, entertaining interactive animated fable

Let me state right off the bat here that I have never played a King’s Quest game before, though I have played a few other adventure titles, most notably in recent years those coming from Telltale Games. So coming into this sequel/reboot from publisher Sierra and developer The Odd Gentlemen I have a much different perspective than that of longtime fans of the older PC games. And I will say that my introduction to the series was a very pleasant experience, though not without a few minor bumps in the road.

King’s Quest is set up as a serialized chapter game (there will be five chapters in all plus an epilogue), and it tells the story of Graham, and how he came to be King...

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Techland announces The Following, an expansion to Dying Light

Techland announced that an expansion will be coming to its popular zombie/parkour game Dying Light. Called The Following, the expansion will be story driven, with a map the same size as all of the other game’s maps combined. Also coming with the expansion are drivable all terrain dirt buggies, which should prove useful for running over the living dead.

dying light expansionNo word on pricing or a release date, but The Following will be free to season pass holders. More is said to be being revealed at Gamescom. Stay tuned for more details.

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters- Not your parents Trinity

DC Comics has long had a multiverse for their heroes to play in, and in some of these “alternate realities” writers were able to play with characters outside of main title continuity. Thus we were able to get such Elseworlds stories like Gotham by Gaslight, where Batman visits Victorian London during the time of Jack the Ripper, or Superman: Red Son, where the Man of Steel was raised by Russian farmers in the Soviet Union instead of the Kents in Kansas. These stories turned tropes on their heads and gave us an alternate look at iconic characters in a way they might have been had their origins been a bit different. Now the DC Animated universe gives us one of these Elseworld stories in the form of Justice League: Gods and Monsters.

Working from a story by Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Se...

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Summer movies- August releases

Summer may start winding down in August but there are still some good movies heading towards your local cineplex. Last year we had the big surprise hit Guardians of the Galaxy. Will another film break out in similar fashion? We shall see. This is not a list of every single movie coming in August, just the major releases. So grab some popcorn, and let’s see what’s coming.


The Fantastic Four

Though a Marvel property, Marvel Studios and Disney aren’t behind this reboot, as 20th Century Fox still holds the rights. Reed Richards, Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, and Ben Grimm were last seen on screen in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer. Now director Josh Trank (Chronicle) takes us back to the beginning...

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New releases for the week of Monday, July 27, 2015

Not a lot of big releases for this final week of July, but some of note. The adventure game remake King’s Quest kicks things off with its first chapter “A Knight to Remember”. “Dark Room”, the penultimate chapter for Life is Strange, launches this week, as does the remastered version of Legend of Kay and the RPG Lost Dimension. On the home video front we get an alternate universe in the DC animated movie Justice League: Gods and Monsters, and Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons plays an alien who befriends a young girl in the family friendly flick Home. On the big screen, the Griswolds hit the road again in a remake of the Chevy Chase classic comedy Vacation, and Tom Cruise once again performs mind boggling stunts as the IMF tackles a shadowy organization in Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation...

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Journey the PS4 experience- Still magical three years later

When thatgamecompany released Journey onto the PS3 in 2012, critics and gamers alike took to the simple yet enchanting trek across the sands to a light in a distant mountain. It topped many Game of the Year lists that year, despite it being an indie title and not an extravagant, action packed AAA game. For many the two hour experience (and be assured, it is more of an experience than a game) transcended those found in other games, running players through a gamut of emotions, from curiosity to wonder to fear to sadness and then to joy. It was profound in itself when you took the journey alone, but it gained even more should you happen upon a companion...

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Life is Strange hits 1 million in sales, Episode 4 releases next week

The episodic time manipulating game Life is Strange has hit the 1 million mark in sales for Square Enix and developer Dontnod Entertainment. Coming with the news announcing the sales figures was the date we can expect the next installment. Episode 4, titled “Dark Room”, will be available next week, on Tuesday, July 28, for the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

According to the episode’s synopsis, Max “pushes the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Rachel Amber and the strange happenings in Arcadia Bay into unexplored and daunting territory. As the End of the World party approaches, Max must use her powers to put all the pieces of the puzzle in place.”

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Rise of the Tomb Raider expanding to other platforms in 2016

Turns out that Rise of the Tomb Raider will only be an Xbox exclusive for a year. Square Enix announced today that the sequel to 2013’s Tomb Raider will be expanding to PC and PS4 in 2016. Those getting the game on PC will get it a little earlier, with the title said to be being released in “early 2016″ on Steam. The console exclusivity will continue until “holiday 2016″, when the game will then make the leap onto the PS4.

Rise of the Tomb Raider is set to hit store shelves on November 10 for the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

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