Slew of Halo Games Now Backwards Compatible

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Microsoft has announced that players who don’t care to grab the Master Chief Collection on Xbox One now have a more classic option as Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, and Halo 4 are all now backwards compatible.

If you own the game discs for any of the original titles, just pop it in, and enjoy the game with free HD upgrades, as well as all of its original DLC included at no extra cost.

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New Silver Case Announced

Suda51 is having a busy year. After re-releasing The Silver Case, one of the games that put game director Goichi Suda on the map, earlier this year, it seems that a new title has been announced. The 25th Ward: The Silver Case, is headed to PlayStation 4 and Steam in 2018.

Details on the title are scant, but players can see the announcement trailer above, as well as visiting the official website to pre-order from publisher NIS America.

Hyperkin’s Duke Controller Heads to Production

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Peripheral developer Hyperkin has been working with designers of the original Xbox controller to recreate the famous Duke controller, the over-sized original form factor of the Xbox. Seamus Blackley, one of the designers of the first Xbox, has assisted in recreating The Duke in all its glory for the Xbox One and Windows.

The new version of the controller features the original’s shape, and an OLED screen that animates the Xbox intro upon startup. It also includes a 9-foot breakaway cord. The controller has been approved by Microsoft, and now heads to tooling to go into full production. No word yet on price, but expect to hear something very soon.

New Comic Books: September 20

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A bit late this week on the new comic books, as there was a bit of a hold-up on the week’s biggest title: the first of the Dark Knights, The Red Death. I assure you, though, it was absolutely worth the wait. Plenty of great books this week, with almost no misses, after the huge week that was last week.

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So many mysteries still! We have yet to learn who Sovereign is, and how the future was carried out. Why did Diana abandon her son? Who are these kids, really? There are still so many questions, and I’m dying to know all of the answers. Depending on how still ends, I would be open to seeing the kids getting their own spin-off book, truthfully. They’re interesting characters, with wonderful story threads.

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This was an awesome start to the Dark Knights, and the explanation that the Multiverse would filter out darker universes is an interesting choice narratively. It opens up limitless possibilities. Also, that scene with Batman racing into the Speed Force with the Flash on his hood was straight out of Mad Max, and it was fantastic.

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Captain Phasma is such an interesting character to me. Not just because of her incredibly badass armor, but because of her unknowing ability to be so serious, but still a source of wit in all of her stories. I would read any story that involves Phasma. I guess I should pick up that prequel novel, soon.

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This entry to the Generations lines was uniquely charming, with great, retro-styled artwork, and a fun and lighthearted tone at its core. It didn’t have the heavy stakes that a few others have had, or the grand battles. In fact, Kamala basically fulfilled her duty by writing a story for the Daily Bugle, which certainly made it unique among its peers in the Generations line to this point.

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I can basically get down with any of DC’s main heroes fighting Deathstroke. In fact, I’d be fine with Deathstroke fighting himself. That being said, the build-up to a showdown between Superman and Deathstroke being so personal was great. Dedicating an entire issue just to what would start their fight is just good storytelling.

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Batman has always been known for his best laid plans, and this was no different. That Kite-Man would become the key player to success not only in the story itself, but this entire arc, has been wonderful. Now, we’re finally nearing the “shocking” conclusion to the War of Jokes and Riddles, and I can’t help but wonder where it’s headed.

Picross S Headed to Switch

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If you’re not familiar with the Picross series of games, they’re a fantastic and fun little puzzle game, based on puzzles called Nonograms. Nintendo has been an advocate for the set of puzzles for years, dating all the way back to the SNES. Picross games have been released for the DS, and a ton for the 3DS, as well, with the Pokemon and Zelda all receiving their own spin-offs.

Now, the series is headed to Nintendo Switch. Releasing next for $7.99 on the Nintendo eShop, Picross S hits the shop on September 28th, and includes 300 puzzles, and a two-player mode, making it perfect for the Switch.

Full Left Alive Trailer

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After revealing Left Alive during the Sony TGS press conference, Square Enix has posted a full trailer for the game. The new trailer gives us a bit more of a look at the setting, which has been confirmed to take place in the world of Front Mission.

The trailer also reveals a few short seconds of gameplay footage, that shows a third-person mecha shooter, very similar to Capcom’s fan-favorite, Lost Planet.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Coming to The CW

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Announced today in a press release by the CW and Archie Comics, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is set to be a dark horror show, designed to serve as a companion series to Riverdale, the station’s popular gritty Archie adaptation, and is being planned for the 2018-2019 TV season. Hints have been dropped of Sabrina joining the crew since the series’ premiere, and it seems to finally have come to pass.

The series, written by Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and directed by Lee Toland Krieger, is heavily inspired by Archie’s grim re-imagining of Sabrina in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic, which serves to paint a much darker picture than the old Melissa Joan Hart series ever did.

Linda Hamilton Returning to the Terminator Franchise

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Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger have both been confirmed to return to the Terminator franchise in the latest edition to the sci-fi hit series. After the rights returned to James Cameron, he immediately set to work crafting a new story for the franchise he created. Cameron helped craft the story with a writers room that included David Goyer (The Dark Knight), Charles Eglee (Dark Angel), and Josh Friedman (The Sarah Connor Chronicles).

The new story will not just bring back the original characters, but also plans to use them as a vehicle to pass the torch to a new generation, as well. The new film has no release date, but is set to be the beginning of a new trilogy.

Final Fantasy XV: Comrades Expansion Announced

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Square Enix announced at the Tokyo Game Show that a new expansion is on the way, launching October 31st, for Final Fantasy XV. The new expansion, titled Comrades, launches multiplayer into the mega-hit RPG.

Set after Chapter 13 in the main quest for Final Fantasy XV, players are given the chance to create their own FFXV avatar, and meet up with three friends online for questing in the land of EOS.

First Trailer for The Punisher

Marvel and Netflix have finally shared the first full trailer for Marvel’s The Punisher, and it one hell of a hard-hitting slugfest. Rightfully as it should be. Metallica blaring over the speakers, with guns, explosions, and a lot of blood. This is The Punisher. This is Frank Castle done right.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle from Marvel’s Daredevil and he’s joined by newcomers Ben Barnes as Billy Russo aka Jigsaw, Frank’s Castle’s best friend from his days in the Special Forces who runs a private military corporation called “Anvil;” Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Micro, a former NSA analyst whose secrets may be of great value to Frank Castle and everyone around them.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Trailer 2

The second trailer for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is now online, with plenty of new footage and a ton of random video game-inspired jokes. The original board game is mentioned, explaining that the game “always finds a way” to continue its quest. This time, the story centers on four high school kids who are transported into the jungle world of a Jumani video game, where they must fight to survive as avatars played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan, and Jack Black.

This still looks just as fun as it did the first time, and I absolutely can’t wait to see it with a huge group of friends Christmas day. Jumanji: Welcome to The Jungle hits theatres on December 22.

First Tomb Raider Trailer

The first trailer showing Alicia Vikaner as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider is online now, and it’s a pretty fun ride, showing many similarities to the 2014 reboot. The best part? The end of the trailer features a clear call-back to the original games, in a great bit with genre-favorite Nick Frost.

Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu, Hannah John-Kamen and Dominic West, and is set to hit theaters on March 16, 2018. Hit the jump to check out a featurette with Alicia Vikander discussing her transformation into the character.

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New Kaiju Announced for City Shrouded in Shadow

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Bandai Namco and Granzella shared new info on the upcoming survival adventure game City Shrouded in Shadow with Famitsu magazineThe newest issue reveals severalnew Kaiju, or Giant Shadows that the player will attempt to survive. The new Giant Shadows are:

  • Griffon (from Patlabor)
  • Abraham (from Patlabor)
  • Dada (from Ultraman)
  • Mechagodzilla (3-Kiryu) (from Godzilla)
  • Evangelion Unit-00 (from Neon Genesis Evangelion)
  • Evangelion Unit-02 (from Neon Genesis Evangelion)

City Shrouded in Shadow releases in Japan on October 19, 2017 for PlayStation 4. Ho word yet on a North American release, but fingers across the world are still crossed.

Gal*Gun 2 Announced for PlayStation 4 and Switch

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Developer Inti Creates has announced a sequel to their naughty rail shooter, with Gal*Gun 2 set to release on the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. The game will follow the same concept as its predecessor, while featuring new weapons, characters, and stages.

Gal*Gun 2 is releasing this winter in Japan, and in North America and Europe in 2018, being published by PQube Games.

Anubis Zone of The Enders: MARS Coming To PlayStation 4

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It’s officially a great time to be a fan of giant robot and mecha games, as Konami announced during Sony’s Tokyo Game Show conference that a new Zone of the Enders HD update is being released. Titled Anubis Zone of The Enders: M∀RS, the PS4 release includes 4K, new and updated sound design, and PSVR support.

Anubis Zone of The Enders: M∀RS is being developed by Konami and Cygames, and will be released in Japan in spring 2018.