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Into the Storm trailer

For those who remember and enjoyed the 1996 movie Twister, which starred Bill Paxton (Aliens) and Helen Hunt (As Good As It Gets) and was directed by Jan du Bont (Speed), Warner Bros. has a new release hitting theaters this summer that may be right up your alley. Take a look at the trailer below (trailer courtesy of MOVIES Coming Soon).

Into the Storm deals with a group of high school students who document the devastating effects of a tornado on their town, both during and after the event. The movie is directed by Steven Quale (Final Destination 5) and is written by John Swetnam (Evidence). The movie stars Sarah Wayne Callies (The Walking Dead), Richard Armitage (Thorin in the Hobbit movies), Jeremy Sumpter (Friday Night Lights), Nathan Kress (iCarly), and Scott Lawrence (Cloverfield).

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Appleseed Alpha clip

Here’s a clip from the new animated sci-fi Appleseed Alpha. Something look a bit familiar to you gamers about those mechs Deunan and Briareos are taking on? (clip courtesy of IGN).

Appleseed Alpha, the third entry in the franchise, is available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital on July 22.

  
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Destiny Beta- Day Four

This will be a bit shorter than the previous posts, as I’ve basically exhausted what the beta has to show me for now. I’ve spent a dozen hours with the game, and so far it’s proven to be a lot of fun to play. Haven’t had any issues with the game. No lags, no crashes, no freezes. So hats off to Bungie for a smooth beta test so far. I created two new characters today, a male Exo Hunter and a female Human Titan. That gives me a character representing each class and each race. Gameplay wise there doesn’t seem to be a tremendous amount of difference between them, though that could change as you level up higher. For now the main differences seem to lay with the melee attack and your special attack. Warlocks seem to have the most powerful melee attack, using a Force-like push against enemies...

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New for the week of Monday, July 21, 2014

It may be a small week, games wise, but there are two additions worth noting. The penultimate episode of Telltale Games The Walking Dead: Season Two arrives in “Amid the Ruins”. Those looking for further ways to die in Drangleic can experience the first chapter in the Dark Souls II DLC The Lost Crowns Trilogy in Crown of the Sunken King. PS4 users can take a new trip to Oddworld with Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. On the home video front, viewers can watch the story of a boy who claims to have seen Heaven in Heaven is For Real. Johnny Depp becomes a digital deity threatening mankind in Transcendence, Arnold Schwarzenegger takes on drug dealers in Sabotage, and Deunan Knute and  Briareos return in the third film of the anime franchise Appleseed in Appleseed Alpha...

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Destiny Beta- Day Three

Day Three of my time with Destiny was spent primarily in the Crucible. Bungie had a limited time event today, titled Iron Banner, which allowed players to go in with all of their abilities unrestricted. The event opened up two heretofore unseen maps for the multiplayer- Rusted Lands, an Earth map, and Shores of Time, located on Venus. Both were a nice change from the darker map for the Moon used for the Dead Sectors control match. Both were control matches, with 6 on 6 (or as even as the game’s matchmaking could make it) duking it out among sunlit ruins and caves bordered by flowing streams. I did slightly better this time around (as I’ve said, multiplayer shooters are not my strong suit), scoring multiple kills and getting a couple of assists. But I still got my ass roundly kicked...

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Destiny Beta- Day Two

Day Two of my time with the Destiny Beta began with taking on the fourth story mission, titled Warmind. Th is mission involved finding a data bank for Ghost to hack, and also gave me a new vehicle- the Sparrow. The Sparrow is your basic hoverbike, and is a lot of fun to pilot over the terrain. Controls are nice and simple, with the left stick handling your steering, R1 handling your brake and L1 providing your boost to speed you past any enemies. Think eventually I’ll be able to put guns on the Sparrow (didn’t notice it having any right now), so engaging in any combat necessitates jumping off (a simple touch of the Square button). The mission grew a bit intense towards the end as I needed to ward off waves of enemies while Ghost hacked the data...

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Destiny Beta- Day One, part two

After a brief break for dinner, went back to the Destiny Beta for some more gameplay. My Warlock is now up to level 4, and the progression seems to come at nice intervals. Gained the ability to glide for short distances (a fun way to get around) and a powerful beam weapon to use on foes. Two more story missions are in the bag, one of which led to encountering new enemies- those of the Hive. The Hive are more zombie like and vicious, and are often controlled by a Hive Wizard. The Hive Thralls are mindless but attack in groups, necessitating quick melee reflexes. The Hive Acolytes attack from the shadows, and the Hive Wizard boasts some powerful attacks. The encounter with the Hive was in a darkened tunnel with mysterious growths on the walls, giving the section a Doom-like feel...

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Destiny Beta- Day One

The Destiny Beta test starts today for those using the PS3 and PS4 to play the game. I’m playing the PS3 version of the game. Over the next ten days or so, I’ll be presenting my diary of sorts talking of my time with the game and my impressions. The beta will go down July 21-23 for maintenance, and then resume until July 27. So, come along for the ride, and I hope you enjoy my observations on one of this year’s biggest releases.

Though the test was supposed to start around 1PM my time (I’m on the eastern coast of the US), Bungie’s site was down for a bit, destiny3most likely to load up everyone’s access codes. Got my codes finally around 2:15 PM, went to the PlayStation, and redeemed my code. After a 45 minute download and another 13 minutes to install, it was time to jump into the game...

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Episode 4 of The Walking Dead: Season Two arriving next week

Telltale Games has announced when we can play the next episode in The Walking Dead: Season Two. Take a look at the trailer below (trailer courtesy of GamesHQMedia).

The penultimate episode, entitled “Amid the Ruins”, will release on Tuesday, July 22 for PC, Macintosh, and North American PS3 and Vita owners. July 23 sees it released for European Sony owners as well as for Xbox 360. Those playing the iOS version get the episode July 24.

Stay tuned for our review following the episode’s release.

  
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Destiny E3 trailer

The Destiny beta is just about here, set to begin on July 17. For those who will be participating, I’m sure the excitement is building to see just what Bungie has in store for us. To tide you over, here’s the E3 trailer, showing some gameplay and giving some sense of the game world and character creation.

The beta goes into effect for the PS3 and PS4 on July 17, and then goes offline for maintenance on July 21. It returns on July 23, where Xbox 360 and Xbox One users get to join in. The beta runs to July 27, and is said to contain four story chapters, four multiplayer maps, a cooperative Strike, and more of the world to explore, including the Tower, home to many of the game’s merchants. Bungie released the following statement on the game’s official blog:

“The Destiny Beta is a test...

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