Sunday, 30 October 2011
TUESDAY 1ST- Movies: In Time; TV: Smallville: Finale Part 2
WEDNESDAY 2ND- Games: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception; Grand Theft Auto V Trailer
THURSDAY 3RD- TV: Glee Episode 4; House Episode 4
FRIDAY 4TH- TV: An Idiot Abroad 2 Episode 7; Movies: Tower Heist; Games: Sonic Generations; GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
SATURDAY 5TH- TV: Merlin Episode 6; The Making of Life's Too Short
MONDAY 7TH- DVD: The Lion King Diamond Edition; Family Guy Season 11; TV: Two & A Half Men Episode 7
TUESDAY 8TH- Games: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
WEDNESDAY 9TH- Movies: New Year's Eve
THURSDAY 10TH- TV: Life's Too Short Episode 1; Glee Episode 5; House Episode 5
FRIDAY 11TH- Games: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim; Movies: Arthur Christmas; Immortals; TV: An Idiot Abroad 2 Episode 8
SATURDAY 12TH- TV: Merlin Episode 7
MONDAY 14TH- TV: Two & A Half Men Episode 8; DVD: Torchwood: Miracle Day; Bridesmaids; Larry Crowne; Kung Fu Panda 2; Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies
TUESDAY 15TH- Games: Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary; Assassin's Creed: Revelations
THURSDAY 17TH- TV: Life's Too Short Episode 2; Glee Episode 6; House Episode 6
FRIDAY 18TH- Movies: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One; Happy Feet Two; Games: Need For Speed: The Run; Mario And Sonic At The London 2012 Olympic Games; Saint's Row: The Third; The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword; LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7; Kinect Disneyland Adventures; TV: Children In Need 2011
SATURDAY 19TH- TV: Merlin Episode 8
MONDAY 21ST- DVD: Doctor Who: The Complete Sixth Series; Horrible Bosses; Cars 2; An Idiot Abroad 2; Outnumbered Series 4; TV: Two & A Half Men Episode 9; Books: Halo: Glasslands
THURSDAY 24TH- TV: Life's Too Short Episode 3; Glee Episode 7; House Episode 7
FRIDAY 25TH- Games: The Lord of the Rings: War of the North; Rayman Origins
SATURDAY 26TH- TV: Merlin Episode 9
MONDAY 28TH- DVD: Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Horrid Henry: The Movie; Merlin Series 4: Volume 1; TV: Two & A Half Men Episode 10
NEW MOVIES- Inspired by Inception, the huge new sci-fi thriller In Time hits the box office this week. In it, Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried find themselves caught in a war for time where failure warrants the ultimate price to be paid: their lives.
NEW SHOWS- It's time for Smallville to reach its end- in Finale: Part Two, Clark must face his oldest friend and adversary before flying to new heights as the Man of Steel. Meanwhile, Merlin is turned into the ultimate assassin by Morgana in Merlin: A Servant of Two Masters, Walden gets a disturbing message in the post in Two & A Half Men: The Squat and the Hover, House faces a new dilemma in House: Risky Business, an Irish exchange student arrives at McKinley High in Glee: Pot of Gold, Karl climbs Mount Fuji in An Idiot Abroad 2 and Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant and Warwick Davis showcase their new series in The Making of Life's Too Short.
NEW DVDS- Fantastic superhero prequel X-Men: First Class, hilarious Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher, the fourth season of The Sarah Jane Adventures and the final season of Smallville hit stores this week. Plus, Fantasia and The Tree of Life come to Blu-Ray!
GAMES BLITZ- As I mentioned earlier, the Autumn of Gaming continues with a blast this Friday: Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception; GoldenEye 007: Reloaded; Rabbids: Alive and Kicking and Sonic Generations all reach the shelves! We'll be getting the teaser trailer for Grand Theft Auto V as well on Wednesday, lest you forget.
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
10. FOOTLOOSE (NEW)
9. DOLPHIN TALE
8. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
7. WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (NEW)
6. THE THREE MUSKETEERS
5. REAL STEEL
4. THE LION KING 3D
3. CONTAGION (NEW)
2. JOHNNY ENGLISH REBORN
1. PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 3 (NEW)
OLYMPICS- Of course this is the big one. The BBC are spending a lot of cash to promote this global event phenomenally, so expect Olympics ads to be everywhere come next Summer!
COME FLY WITH ME- David Walliams and Matt Lucas return for more comedic escapades in an airport next Spring. The first series was hilarious stuff, which bodes well for the new run.
GLEE- We'll be finishing off Series 3 on Sky One in the early stages of 2012, then the fourth season of this musical comedy should be with us in the Autumn.
SHERLOCK- Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are back in Spring for three more puzzling cases involving Irene Adler, hounds and the deadly Professor Moriarty...
OUTNUMBERED- You can't keep a great comedy down. Hence everyone's favourite family returns for another round of mad-cap antics at home and abroad next Autumn.
DOCTOR WHO- Though Series Seven has suffered a slight delay to a) tie it in to the 50th Anniversary in 2013 and b) avoid the Summer ratings drought, we'll be getting at least seven or eight fresh new Who stories in the Autumn, as the Doctor tries to erase himself from myths and legends by pretending he's dead, all the while heading towards the Fields of Trenzalore where a Question will be asked- a question that must never be answered...
MERLIN- Arthur's servant returns for a final run of adventures, finally stepping into the light as the Knights of the Round Table begin to form and old friendships are tested to their limit next Winter!
MIRANDA- Miranda Hart is back on BBC One too, wild and peculiar as even in her latest batch of romps, hitting screens in Winter 2012.
Monday, 24 October 2011
10. GEARS OF WAR 3
9. ZUMBA FITNESS
7. PRO EVOLUTION SOCCER 2012
6. THE SIMS 3: PETS (NEW)
5. JUST DANCE 3
4. FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
3. FOOTBALL MANAGER 2012 (NEW)
2. FIFA 12
1. BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY (NEW)
Sunday, 23 October 2011
NEW MOVIES- A pretty slim offering here: The Adventures of Tintin, Steven Moffat and Spielberg's dazzling CGI adventure, hits the box office, while animated comedy Rio hits DVD and Blu-Ray. Yep, that really is it.
NEW GAMES- Kinect owners finally get new games to play after last November's launch line-up headed by Kinect Sports and Dance Central, and guess what they are? Well done- Kinect Sports: Season Two and Dance Central 2! Sigh...elsewhere, the tie-in Tintin title hits stores.
NEW SHOWS- Karl travels across Route 66 in An Idiot Abroad 2; our favourite wizard tackles a crisis of war proportions in Merlin: His Father's Son; Alan comes across an unexpected party at home in Two & A Half Men: A Giant Cat Holding A Churro and House doesn't know where to turn in House: Risky Business. Plus, it's the beginning of the end of the beginning as Clark meets his destiny in the epic Smallville: Finale Part One!
BATTLEFIELD 3- Before Call of Duty dominates the charts from November 8th to who knows when, we're getting a superb FPS from DICE Studios that threatens to topple that franchise off its lofty throne if Modern Warfare 3 is just a rehash of past CODs. Yes, prepare yourself for the ultimate battle, beginning this Friday with Battlefield 3!
Once the almighty glut of Autumn gaming is over, we move towards the year of 2012, a great time for video games if there ever was one. In the Springtime alone, we'll be getting Syndicate, Soul Calibur V, SSX, Kinect Star Wars, BioShock Infinite, Aliens: Colonial Marines, Resident Evil: Revelations, Ghost Recon: Future Soldier; Street Fighter X Tekken, XCOM, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2 and Prototype 2, but they're not the titles I'm most excited about. Nope, it's Mass Effect 3 that should really get the boat rocking, and before its worldwide release, we're getting a fully fledged demo for the sci-fi RPG shooter! Those shooter fans who are buying Battlefield 3 this Friday from EA will be getting a special 'online pass' for the demo, whereby they can test out the multiplayer modes before anyone else, and this will guarantee them early access to the multiplayer beta. Those of us who opt out of that method can try the single-player campaign demo in January, and we'll get access to the beta soon after too. No details have been released yet as to what either the demo or the beta will encompass, but considering that they are both meant to 'sell' the game to uncertain players, expect them to be huge and brilliant! Mass Effect 3 launches March 6th, 2012.
Ezio Auditore Da Firenze will feature as a playable character in next year's fighter game Soul Calibur V, it's been confirmed this week. The protagonist of Assassin's Creed II, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood and the upcoming Assassin's Creed: Revelations has been dubbed by developer as a perfect fit for the SC universe, especially wiht the latest instalment of the beat-em-up franchise taking place in the Renaissance era (that's where Ezio originates from, if you didn't already know). Soul Calibur V ships February 3rd, 2012, but if you want to catch Ezio Auditore before that, check out AC: Revelations on November 15th!
Saturday, 22 October 2011
- The opening sequence is incredible, more than on a par with Joker's incarceration in Arkham Asylum and to an extent even going so far as to surpass it for sheer scale and ambition. Better still, the opening scenes change if you download the Catwoman online pass (I haven't, but will include her DLC and the Robin DLC at the end of the review).
- First up after that is something you'll notice within seconds. Arkham City boasts a hugely thrilling narrative, sure to keep you captivated throughout. Even in the first couple of hours alone, there are mind-boggling and canon-twisting shifts that will shock fans in particular to the core!
- Yet you don't necessarily have to follow the main storyline- a massive wealth of side missions are on offer for players to participate in. From Victor Zsazs's fatal pay phone calls, to a mysterious figure haunting the rooftops, to over 400 Riddler Trophies to find and hostages to save from the meddlesome trickster, there's always another distraction to take you off course, while the Bat Signal in the sky will always guide you to your next story objective.
- What I haven't focused on yet on the gameplay- in a good sense, this won't take long. The combat and stealth formulas are refined versions of what we saw Arkham Asylum produce, accessible yet infinitely complex. Better yet, once you've got to grips with these, Arkham City practically dares you to take a challenge, throwing even more enemies at you than ever, but giving you new gadgets like smoke pellets to deal with them.
Batman: Arkham City is looking like a big contender for Game of the Year- I'll be reviewing it, the Catwoman online pass and the Robin DLC later next week!
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
I can't wait to see what Robert Downey Jr and co have up their sleeves for the sequel to 2009 hit action-adventure flick Sherlock Holmes. Called A Game Of Shadows, the latest addition to the Holmes mythology sees Sherlock attempting to stop James Moriarty tearing civilisation apart with the help of Watson and gypsee fortune teller Sim. This new trailer shows off the key events that kick the plot off, and teases a return from Miss Irene Adler, Holmes' romantic crush who was played by Rachel McAdams in the original. Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows arrives on December 16th.
Despite it being the worst film of the saga, I for one am looking forward to seeing Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace in 3D next February. Lucasfilm have released the first poster for the re-release this week, so I thought I'd show you how the studio are pitching this version to us innocent viewers. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace In 3D hits cinemas worldwide on February 10th, 2012.
- Warner Bros have revealed their 2012 licensed line-up of titles, and it looks like there are a few surprises in store. A sequel to 2008's LEGO Batman: The Video Game is on its way, plus a tie-in to the first part in the Hobbit film duo, An Unexpected Journey, and an unrevealed DC hero will get to star in his own video game too at some point.
- Microsoft have announced that a downloadable South Park game will hit Xbox 360 later this month. Titled Tenorman's Revenge, the XBLA release sees Eric Cartman having to defeat a crazed ginger student who he humiliated ten seasons back!
- Beenox confirmed at the New York Comic Con that they will adapt the 2012 movie reboot The Amazing Spider-Man into a video game next Summer. Its storyline will take place after that of the film's, and like the much-loved Spider-Man 2 tie-in the game will feature an open New York to explore.
- Pixar have codenamed an upcoming Kinect project allowing players to enter scenes from their favourite animated movies "Rush". More details on the game will arrive soon, and it will hit next Spring.
- The PlayStation Vita has been confirmed to ship in the UK on February 22nd, 2012.
Finally, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary is just under a month away, so rightly 343 Industries have released an absolutely stunning video to show their work on getting the visuals up to scratch for a 2011 FPS. You can see the video below...
Monday, 17 October 2011
ASSASSIN'S CREED III- This is it- the end of the world, and Desmond's story, is nigh. Can the Assassins finally best the Templars and discover the truth about the Gods' messages?
CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS 2- Treyarch are set to bring us a sequel to one of their best efforts- let's hope they keep it fresh!
DISHONORED- Bethesda are back in a dark, gothic RPG filled with choice- can it best Skyrim?
FABLE: THE JOURNEY- One of the first hardcore Kinect games, The Journey is an epic conclusion to the story of Albion. Let's sort out those controls, though, Mr Molyneux!
FAR CRY 3- Ubisoft should be on a roll with this and Creed, especially as this is set on a strange island where anything is possible...
FIFA 13- You know what to expect here- footie greatness!
HALO 4- The Chief blasts back onto the FPS scene for his first proper adventure in six years. What secrets does the strange Forerunner planet his ship is flying towards hold?
HITMAN: ABSOLUTION- The Deus Ex of 2012, filled with choice gameplay, Absolution should be a completely surprising new entry in the stealth series.
KINGDOM HEARTS 3DS- Before we finally get Kingdom Hearts 3, Sora and Riku must train to become true Keyblade masters in this handheld-exclusive side story.
THE LAST GUARDIAN- One of the biggest PS3 exclusives of 2012, and developed by the guys who brought us Shadow of the Colossus, this huge project promises a compelling fantasy world to explore.
LEGO CITY STORIES- Exclusive to the new Nintendo WiiU and 3DS, this'll be in a similar vein to past LEGO games, only with more of a focus on car chases and local services (police, firemen etc)!
LUIGI'S MANSION 2- Another 3DS exclusive, this time a sequel to one of the GameCube's spookiest romps- what awaits Luigi in this mansion?
MAX PAYNE 3- Fresh off GTA, Red Dead and LA Noire, Rockstar are rounding off one of the biggest action-adventure trilogies of the past decade with a bang...
METAL GEAR SOLID: RISING- Little is known about this MGS spin-off, bar that it will feature Raiden and be out for both PS3 and Xbox 360.
METRO: LAST LIGHT- The sequel to the average shooter Metro 2033- but this one has got a lot more promise already!
PREY 2- Another Bethesda adventure, this time exploring our darkest nightmares...
TOMB RAIDER- And what better way to round off the list with everyone's favourite gaming heroine? Lara's new treasure hunt looks darker and dingier than ever, yet I can't wait to see what we've got to survive this time.
AND MORE...Bear in mind that plenty of games will be announced for release in 2012 at the Spike Video Games next month, by developers in December/January and at E3 2012, so this massive list of gaming greats is just the beginning of what is sure to be an epic year!
10. RUGBY CHALLENGE (NEW)
9. F1 2011
8. ZUMBA FITNESS
7. DARK SOULS
6. GEARS OF WAR 3/DEAD ISLAND
5. PES 2012 (NEW)
3. JUST DANCE 3 (NEW)
2. FIFA 12
1. FORZA MOTORSPORT 4
Sunday, 16 October 2011
NEW MOVIES- Three is the magic number, if this week is anything to go by- Paranormal Activity 3 and The Three Musketeers will both embrace cinema audience this week. Meanwhile, the rather average (but well-meaning) Green Lantern hits DVD and Blu-Ray.
NEW SHOWS- Sarah-Jane embarks on her final adventure, discovering the truth behind Sarif Industries in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Man Who Never Was; Oliver must embark on an epic quest with Supergirl to save Clark's life in Smallville: Prophecy; Walden tries to cope with his love problems in Two & A Half Men: Nine Magic Fingers; House faces an unusual dilemma in House: Charity Case; Karl travels to meet a mountain gorilla in An Idiot Abroad 2 and Merlin attempts to protect a sacred dragon egg in Aithusa.
NEW GAMES- Other than the biggie, you can now get Forza Motorsport 4 (hint for the review: the best racing game ever), or coming out are Rocksmith, Dance Central 2 and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY- Announced way back in November 2009, this huge sequel to one of the best games of the past decade promises everything we could possibly want- the Joker, Hugo Strange, the Riddler, the Penguin, Two-Face, Bane, Mr Freeze, Poison Ivy, Catwoman and so many more rouges vying for the control of a cordoned off section of Gotham, with the Dark Knight trapped right in the middle. Prepare for the ride of your life!
ON THE BLOG- SJA's final outing rated; Forza 4 reviewed; my verdict on The Green Hornet and my exclusive first impressions of Arkham City.
Saturday, 15 October 2011
There's just over half a year until The Avengers, the hugely anticipated team-up movie for Iron Man, Captain America and plenty of other Marvel heroes, hits cinemas here in the UK. Do you know what that means? It's time for the first teaser trailer! As you'll see, there are explosions, laugh-out-loud dialogue gags and epic battles aplenty, and we get a brief understanding as to what the plot of the movie might actually encompass. Can The Avengers top Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises in next year's superhero movie line-up, though? We'll find out on April 27th, 2012.
Friday, 14 October 2011
IGN (95%)- "Batman: Arkham City isn't perfect, but listing the little things I didn't like gets in the way of all the things I adored. The voice acting, the challenges, the amazing opening, the unbelievable ending and the feeling of being the Dark Knight- these are the things that standout looking back. I've beaten this thing twice and I still want to call in sick and chase Riddler trophies. It isn't just better than Arkham Asylum, it's better than most games on the market."
CVG (95%)- "It's a belief in the character and, most importantly, a belief in itself that has seen Rocksteady deliver one of the greatest Batman interpretations of all time. And you know what? Maybe even one of the best games ever."
OFFICIAL XBOX MAGAZINE (90%)- "Arkham City is a brilliant Batman game but not in exactly the same way as Arkham Asylum. The story's not as finely tuned, but there's far more to explore outside of it."
OFFICIAL PLAYSTATION MAGAZINE (10/10)- "Outside Uncharted, it's the most breathlessly exciting game on PS3!"
GAMESRADAR (10/10)- "Batman: Arkham Asylum was the best superhero game of all time. The sequel os five times bigger and about a billion times better. You do the math."
1UP (A)- "Arkham City serves as one of those sequels which renders its predecessor wholly obsolete. From its memorable Bourne Identity-esque opening to its shocking ending, it secures its place as my favourite superhero game since Freedom Force."
GAMEINFORMER (10/10): "Arkham City not only lives up to the standards set by Arkham Asylum, it bests its predecessor in every way and stands tall as one of Batman's greatest moments."
I'll be bringing you my exclusive first impressions of the game from GAMEFest next week, with hands-on on release day (Friday October 21st) and a full review (that'll need some time!) in half term.
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
PLAYSTATION VITA- Sony's much anticipated handheld console will finally debut in UK stores early on- keep an eye on the blog for full coverage of the launch line-up!
SSX- EA's snowboarding franchise gets a reboot with daring new boss battles taking place down a treacherous mountain!
FINAL FANTASY XIII-2- RPG fans are hoping that this sequel can right the wrongs of the original FFXIII. A huge new story and refined control system should help it along the way.
THE DARKNESS II- 2K Games return to the terrifying world of their 2007 title- now, Jackie must use his powers to save his friends and escape his worst enemies...
RESIDENT EVIL: REVELATIONS- A Resident Evil game on Nintendo 3DS is something to get excited about for sure- expect scares and thrills galore!
TWISTED METAL- Another reboot, this time of the epic PS3-exclusive racing franchise.
SYNDICATE- And another reboot- Syndicate opened a shooter franchise in 1994, and now it's an FPS at the height of its potential.
STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN- The first of two compilation games mixing Capcom and Namco's big fighting series, Street Fighter X Tekken takes us on a whirlwind tour through the companies' best moments.
GHOST RECON: FUTURE SOLDIER- This has been constantly delayed by Ubisoft, but with Kinect support and ace graphics Future Soldier is a big shooter to watch in 2012.
XCOM- A bizarre sci-fi reboot taking place in 1930s USA.
DRAGON'S DOGMA- An absolutely massive roleplaying game, Dragon's Dogma looks to rival Elder Scrolls: Skyrim in terms of fantasy action, scale and ambition!
MASS EFFECT 3- Definitely the biggest release of the first quarter of the year, Mass Effect 3 finally brings BioWare's grand science-fiction trilogy to a close, and features Kinect integration and co-op modes too...
TRUE CRIME- This project was originally dropped, but Square Enix have got the publishing rights, so we'll see this vintage free-roaming shooter hit stores with a bang next year!
PROTOTYPE 2- Get ready to go crazy with super powers as Alex Mercer roams New York Zero bent on destruction and revenge in a thrilling action RPG.
NINTENDO WiiU- Batman: Arkham City; Battlefield 3; Marvel Pinball; LEGO City Stories; Assassin's Creed; Darksiders; Aliens; Sonic- they're all coming to Nintendo's new console, the first hardware in the next generation of video gaming. Now, isn't that an enticing thought?
KINECT STAR WARS- Finally, a true reason to own Kinect: battle through the biggest events of the Star Wars prequel trilogy, fighting droids, Sith and the evil Darth Vader in your quest to save the galaxy using your own body!
ALIENS: COLONIAL MARINES- Another biggie, Gearbox are hoping to provide us with a full Aliens sequel in gaming format, and based on what we've seen so far the signs are very promising!
BIOSHOCK: INFINITE- And another biggie- BioShock: Infinite looks like the one to beat in the first half of 2012, so get ready for a psychedelic trip through alternate realities and timelines!
ROCK OF AGES- A Broadway Musical now touring the West End, Rock Of Ages' big screen adaptation features Tom Cruise and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMEN- As dark and crazy as it sounds, with Twilight's Kristen Stewart.
MADAGASCAR 3- The gang are all back for another animated adventure, this time in a huge concluding quest to return to their New York Zoo.
PROMETHEUS- Ridley Scott returns to the sci-fi horror genre with a massive romp set on a distant planet in the Alien universe!
I HATE YOU, DAD- Very little's known about this comedy, but we do know it'll star Adam Sandler and newcomer Andy Sandberg.
BRAVE- Pixar's latest animated flick takes young Fergus on a big adventure to stop a beastly curse...keep your eye on this one!
GI JOE: COBRA RISES- Another sequel to a terrible film, eh? Great...
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN- The big reboot of 2012, Andy Garfield takes up the web-slinger's threads from Toby Maguire, facing off against Rhys Ifans' Lizard and attempting to woo Emma Stone's Gwen Stacey.
ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT- The animations just keep on coming next summer; here, Scrat manages to rip the prehistoric world apart, forcing Manny and pals to adapt to a strange new environment...
THE DARK KNIGHT RISES- Easily one of the biggest films of the year, this exciting finale to Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy sees the titular Knight battle against Bane, Catwoman and the League of Shadows as he tries to become the hero that the war-corrupted Gotham City deserves. Will Bruce make it out alive?
DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS- This series never seems to stop, but as ever this is looking like hilarious school stuff for the kids.
THE BOURNE LEGACY- Another reboot, this time with Jeremy Renner at the helm, Legacy continues on from The Bourne Ultimatum to see what consequences Jason Bourne's faked death in the 2007 film has had on the world of spies.
STEP UP 4- Who authorised another one of these repetitive dance movies? Moreover, who actually wants to see this?
THE EXPENDABLES 2- Don't get me started on how a sequel to what was nearly the worst movie of 2010 is coming.
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER- A pretty quiet time for film, although you can catch Resident Evil: Retribution and comedy Frankenweenie at cinemas in this period.
BOND 23- Reported to be called Skyfall, Daniel Craig's new movie as Agent 007 finally arrives- is it going to continue the Casino/Quantum storyline, or be a standalone mission?
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2- This is where one of the biggest movie franchises of the last few years reaches its heartbreaking conclusion. Catch Part 1 this November!
LIFE OF PI- A bonkers novel may just be a surprise hit in its film adaptation, if Tobey Maguire and a great up-and-coming cast have anything to say about it.
THE GREAT GATSBY- One of the all time classics, F Scott Fitzgerald's original text is rife with potential, and here's hoping that Leonardo Di Caprio, Tobey Maguire, Carry Mulligan and co do it justice.
THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY- This should round off 2012 in style: the first part of a hugely-funded adaptation of Tolkien's inspiring prequel to The Lord of the Rings. Combined with Part 2, this should make waves in the 'Best Selling Films Ever' list very soon!
ON THE LATE RETURN FOR WHO IN 2012- Doctor Who Magazine has recently revealed that Who will return next Autumn rather than in the springtime, but why? "The truth behind the delay next year is: why are we killing ourselves and risking comprimising the show, in order to go out in the middle of Summer? I'm sick of it. I'm sick of standing in the blazing sunshine, with a barbecue fork in my hand, knowing that Who will be on any minute. Six'o'clock on a sunny Saturday is the middle of the afternoon, whereas six'o'clock on a Winter or Autumn Saturday is dark and exciting."
ON DOCTOR WHO IN THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR- Doctor Who reaches its fiftieth anniversary in 2013, so what can we expect after the slightly reduced episode count in 2012 (it's likely Season Seven will be an Autumn 2012/Spring 2013 split, but might we perhaps get some more specials or a whole second series in 2013 too?)? "It'll be epic, huge, massive, indulgent...all your treats at once. I guarantee you it's going to be the best year ever to be a Doctor Who fan. We're going to be in production longer than ever, just to do everything we intend to do."
Steven also revealed that Amy and Rory won't feature as full companions in this year's Christmas Special (although the production team have filmed at their home, so expect cameos from them), but they will return next year at various points in the season. Expect much more coverage of The Brilliant Book later this week!
10. RESISTANCE 3
9. LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN
8. DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
7. ZUMBA FITNESS
6. DEAD ISLAND
5. F1 2011
4. GEARS OF WAR 3
3. DARK SOULS (NEW)
2. RAGE (NEW)
1. FIFA 12
Sunday, 9 October 2011
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST 3D- Another Disney classic returns to the big screen. This time it's the heartfelt romance of Belle and her hairy captor. Seriously, they don't make 'em like this anymore.
THE MUPPETS MOVIE- We're getting this big comedy two whole months after America, but at least we'll know whether to shell out our cash or not when the time comes around.
THE WOMAN IN BLACK- An adaptation of a West End horror starring Daniel Radcliffe- definitely one to keep your eye on!
STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D- The first 3D re-release of the saga, also of my least favourite entry. Still, if we support this, we get the rest (ranging from good stuff to filmic masterpieces)!
GHOST RIDER: SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE- The first of a good few superhero flicks coming our way next year, this sequel to the 2005 Nic Cage flick sees the Rider facing the Devil and his immortal army.
HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS- Not the title you might expect, I know. Not a huge cast list either. However, we do get Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton playing the ramped-up fairy tale heroes, so this one does show some promise.
THE HUNGER GAMES- Sure to be one of 2012's greats, this adaptation of Suzanne Collins' sublime teenage fantasy stars a wealth of up-and-coming names and could easily be an early surprise hit.
THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS- Packed with big names, this animation is: Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Russell Tovey, Selena Hayek, Martin Freeman and Imelda Staunton should propel this one to stardom. Well, possibly.
WRATH OF THE TITANS- Who doesn't want a sequel to the worst film of 2010, turned around in just over a year? Erm...let's see how this goes.
TITANIC 3D- A pretty self-explanatory piece really, another money-grabbing release. Not as presumptious as the Avatar: Special Edition re-release, but still quite a big ask for even the most hardcore fans!
MOVIE 43- Bringing together loads of comedy sketches, Movie 43 also boasts a huge ensemble cast. Kristen Bell, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Chloe Moretz, Anna Faris, Kate Bosworth, Elizabeth Banks, Justin Long, Gerard Butler, Stephen Merchant, Liev Schreiber, Kate Winslet and Jason Sudeikis are all here to make for a great comedy flick!
SCARY MOVIE 5- From a sketch compilation to a class parody- the ...Movie franchise isn't laden with quality, but this one is guaranteed to provide more than a few sick gags and laughs galore.
THE AVENGERS- The biggie for superhero fans, The Avengers sees Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hawkeye, Nick Fury, Black Widow and the Incredible Hulk team up for a battle of galactic proportions against the treacherous Loki. DO NOT MISS THIS!
BATTLESHIP- Your typical popcorn summer blockbuster, and an adaptation of the strategy-based board game, no less, Battleship looks like a weird one, but there may be potential for a good'un here.
MEN IN BLACK III- There's always risk with comedy sequels filmed a decade after their predecessors, yet I'm holding out hope that Tommy Lee-Jones and Will Smith give us a great comeback next Summer.
NEW GAMES- Ace Combat: Assault Horizon; Spider-Man: Edge of Time; Just Dance 3; Sesame Street: Once Upon A Monster and Dead Rising 2: Off the Record all hit stores this week, plus some online reviews for Batman: Arkham City will surface too.
NEW MOVIES- Horror flicks finally make a comeback in fantasy thriller The Thing, and Jack Black works with Steve Martin and Owen Wilson to conquer his bucket list in The Big Year.
NEW SHOWS- Speaking of the bucket list, Karl heads to the Arctic to train a pack of huskies in An Idiot Abroad 2 this week. We'll also see Clark return to the Phantom Zone to face off against Zod in Smallville: Dominion, an Irish exchange student moving to McKinley High in Glee: Pot O' Gold, Merlin make a dangerous transformation into his older self in Merlin: The Wicked Day, Clyde face being turned upon by the whole world in The Sarah Jane Adventures: The Curse of Clyde Langer, Alan and Jake move back into their old Malibu residence in Two and a Half Men: Big Girls Don't Throw Food, and House finally gets out of prison in House: Transplant.
FORZA MOTORSPORT 4- And to top it all off, this year's biggest racing video game hits the Xbox 360 this Friday. Forza 4 boasts Kinect compatability, Top Gear integration, dozens of new tracks and vehicles and a huge World Tour mode, so I'm looking forward to providing a big review here at the blog!
ON THE BLOG- Merlin Episodes 2 & 3 rated; Forza 4 reviewed; a huge look at 2012's entertainment line-up and much, much more...
9. WHAT'S YOUR NUMBER (NEW)
7. THE INBETWEENERS (4/5)
6. SHARK NIGHT 3D (NEW)
5. THE DEBT (NEW)
4. CRAZY, STUPID LOVE
3. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (NEW)
2. ABDUCTION (NEW)
1. TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (3.5/5)
10. CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS
9. LEGO PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN
8. DRIVER: SAN FRANCISCO
7. ICO & SHADOW OF THE COLOSSUS COLLECTION (NEW)
6. DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION
5. DEAD ISLAND
4. ZUMBA FITNESS
3. F1 2011
2. GEARS OF WAR 3
1. FIFA 12 (NEW)
Friday, 7 October 2011
This month is a very busy one for video gaming, so it's no surprise that games critics have been cracking on with October's biggest releases and bringing out their reviews by the bucketload recently. Here, I've compiled some of the verdicts about the biggest titles you'll see in the next fortnight...DARK SOULS:IGN (90%): "It's not a game you play to relax, but if you're interested to see the limits of videogame form, Dark Souls is unmissable."
NOWGAMER (9.1/10): "For those that buy into the master and slave game mentality (and you shouldn't have to ask which role the game will be playing), Dark Souls is a sprawling and beautifully built role-player from which there is no escape."
AVERAGE RATING: 89%
GAMESPOT (7/10): "Though plagued by technical issues, Rage creates an engrossing world full of thoughtful detail and solid shooter action."
GAMES RADAR (8/10): "Rage is many things; it does all of these things well...it ends just as the party really gets going, but the pre-party is fantastic."
AVERAGE RATING: 79%
FORZA MOTORSPORT 4:
OFFICIAL XBOX MAGAZINE (9/10): "Car bores will be delighted with the fetishistic detail, Top Gear fans will be happy to just try and beat Rowan Atkinson on the test track. Forza Motorsport 4 is a racing game that tries to be all things to all people, and you know what? It actually pulls it off."
DIGITAL SPY (5/5): "Forza Motorsport 4 is authentic yet accessible, educating, entertaining, occassionaly spectacular, but most importantly, faster and more thrilling than riding a V12-powered rollercoaster with no restraints."
AVERAGE RATING: 93%
BATMAN: ARKHAM CITY
GAMESMASTER (97%): "The sequel is immeasurably the superior game (Arkham Asylum got 96% from GM); slink back and revel in one of the greatest games ever conceived. Brave, brutal, brilliant- the gold standard by which all future videogames should be judged."
NO METACRITIC AVERAGE- More online reviews of the game are coming later this week, and I'll be bringing you my full hands-on impressions on launch day and the full review (no one will be able to complete this on the first day!) shortly after.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine tries its best to bring across some compelling setpieces, and is likely great fan service for those who spend most of their time at Games Workshop, but aside from those perks it's a fairly average hack-and-slasher. The visuals are impressive to an extent, but don't do anything to push the consoles (PS3, 360 and PC) to their limits, making it seem a wonder why the team didn't hold this back to the next generation and try a little harder to excite. The soundtrack, meanwhile, is repetitive guff, hardly exhilirating stuff that you'd want a war movie to set to. There isn't much to praise or detest in the convoluted plotline, simply because it only really consists of a few nicely-animated cutscenes that lead you to the next repetitive bout of slashing enemies to gain points and using 'executions' to hastily regain repeatedly lost health. It just feels like there's very little logic to this one, and worse still that very little effort has gone into the project in general. With the likes of Arkham City, Uncharted and Super Mario 3D Land on the way, I can only hope that this release signals the worst parts of the year in gaming being out of the way!
- Beauty and the Beast (Original Release: November 1991; Re-Release: January 2012)
- Finding Nemo (Original Release: May 2003; Re-Release: September 2012)
- Monsters, Inc (Original Release: November 2001; Re-Release: January 2013, just before prequel Monsters University arrives that July)
- The Little Mermaid (Original Release: November 1989; Re-Release: September 2013)
3D rehases seem to be becoming the trend right now, with those, Star Wars and Titanic all returning for big-screen re-runs in 2012 and '13, but we'll just have to wait and see whether fans flock to watch their favourite movies again!
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
- As well as Official PlayStation Magazine Australia's glowing 10/10 review, Play3 has awarded Arkham City an impressive 92%. The German magazine dubbed it "huge, beautiful and exciting", and once again "the best superhero game ever made." It shouldn't be long till we have Brit mag GamesMaster's verdict and the scores of the online press too!
- Play3 revealed that bonus Catwoman missions and the use of Catwoman in Challenge Mode can be unlocked by an online pass code included with the retail copies of the game. These extra missions will add around 3-4 hours of gameplay. It's a shame for those of us who usually play offline (myself included) that we need to find a way to get online for this and the Robin DLC, or wait for the Game of the Year edition in 2012, but it's at least a good way to ensure players buy it on day one rather than getting it preowned.
- Finally, GameStop have released an awesome trailer for the Robin DLC that comes with pre-orders of Arkham City; see for yourself below.
Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Sunday, 2 October 2011
PRESENTATION: "Endlessly creative, perfectly moody, and technically flawless. This is Epic's Unreal Engine pushed to its absolute limit."
SOUND: "Alternatively foreboding and frantic, the game's orchestral soundtrack matches the on-screen action perfectly. Voice acting is brilliant."
CONTROLS: "Complex and initially overwhelming but also logical and responsive. It'll take a while to get used to them, but once you do it feels perfectly natural flinging Batman around."
REPLAY VALUE: "Immense. A massive main quest, dozens of side missions, Riddler challenges, secondary game modes and DLC will keep most people occupied for months."
VERDICT: "We can't imagine how a superhero game could be better than this. Absolutely sublime."
More reviews should be on their way in the next fortnight; Batman: Arkham City is out Friday October 21st.
10. Bad Meets Evil feat Bruno Mars: LIGHTERS
9. Pixie Lott: ALL ABOUT TONIGHT
8. Olly Murs feat Rizzle Kicks: HEART SKIPS A BEAT
7. Jason Derulo: IT GIRL
6. James Morrison: I WON'T LET YOU GO
5. One Direction: WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL
4. Dappy: NO REGRETS
3. Goo Goo Dolls: IRIS
2. Maroon 5 feat Christina Aguleira: MOVES LIKE JAGGER
1. Sak Noel: LOCA PEOPLE