NCSoft Launches MasterXMaster

NCSoft just surprised everyone by releasing their own take on the MOBA that’s been made popular by games such as Heroes of the Storm, and League of Legends. They’re taking a Blizzard approach to the game, allowing players to select Champions from various NCSoft titles, such as Blade & Soul, and even the older City of Heroes.

The game features a unique tag-system allowing players to select two Champions, and includes WASD movement. You can hit the jump to watch a video overview on full gameplay for MasterXMaster, or check out the Official Website to download the game for free.

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New Comic Books: June 21

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This week was immensely short on new comics, but it made up for it with two fantastic titles that were both satisfying, heartbreaking, and shocking. One from each major publisher this week ensures it’s a pretty even race, and for once, I’m recommending a Marvel title for the week.

THOR

My book of the week is Mighty Thor #20, which sees the representatives of the Congress of Worlds, head to the land of dwarves, where light elf refugees have made home. This issue focuses heavily on Volstagg, for good reason. After a Muspelheim attack on the refugees leaves the team separated, Volstagg attempts to rescue some children, but gets lost. They get attacked, and before his very eyes, the flames of Muspelheim turn the kids to ash. The others find him, naked, and bathed in the only thing that can quell Muspelhaim flame: Fire Goblin blood. At the end of the issue, the Ultimate Mjolnir is shown, calling out to Volstagg, as he grabs it, and becomes the War Thor! Volstagg is the War Thor! I’m not sure why none of us saw this coming, but man, it was satisfying to see Volstagg get his due.

SUPERMAN

Another satisfying book this week, with the Manchester Black and the Elite arc coming to a close. Superboy defeats Black, and sends his consciousness into a cow, which is fantastic. Not only that, but we see Jon fly, and everything seems to actually work itself into a happy ending. Overall, this was a great throwback arc for the big blue boy scout, and I hope to see more like it in the future.

Analog EP15: Big Bada Boom

Josh, Theo, and Bovi are back on the case! Covering the latest news and views on the coolest pop culture has to offer!

X-Men Dark Phoenix, Justice League, Godzilla 2, and Atari fill out the news for the 15th episode of Analog! We also wrap-up E3 with our thoughts and favorites from the massive show! Check out the links below to listen, and please Subscribe and Rate & Review us on iTunes!

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Sony’s Marvel Universe Could Be Bigger Than We Thought

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It would appear that Sony has more plans for their “Marvel Universe” than we initially thought. JoBlo is reporting that Carnage is rumored to be the primary villain the Tom Hardy-starring Venom film. It’s also rumored that both Kraven the Hunter, and Mysterio, will be getting their own standalone films in the new universe.

Those new characters join a character cast of Venom, Black Cat, and Silver Sable already confirmed as part of Sony’s world.

Watchmen Series in the Works at HBO

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Last year, there was a pretty spicy rumor that Watchmen would be making the jump to the small screen. Nothing came of that. But now, we have some solid movement on that front, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that HBO is now working on the project with Damon Lindelof at the helm.

Lindelof doesn’t have the most spotless track record (fuck you, Prometheus), but his television work is pretty solid. While Zack Snyder was initially involved in the project, he is no longer working with the studio, and Lindelof is proceeding alone. The series is expected to be based on the classic Alan Moore / Dave Gibbons graphic novel. It’s also likely we’ll see a few snippets of the Beyond Watchmen books in there, as well.

Introducing Sega Forever

SEGA has announced its continued efforts at a full re-brand, and attempt back at their past glory, with a new mobile endeavor called SEGA Forever. SEGA is bringing its entire back catalog of games to Android and iOS, completely free. The games will include controller support, and be Ad-free for a small fee of $1.99.

That selection isn’t just limited to Genesis games, either. Dreamcast, and Saturn games have also been kicked around. WiFi Multiplayer connectivity will be included in certain titles at launch, but SEGA is also looking into 3G and 4G options.

 

Lord and Miller Out on Han Solo Film

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Some shocking news tonight as The Hollywood Reporter is saying that Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street) are out on the production of the standalone Han Solo film. Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy referred to Lord and Miller as “talented filmmakers” and stated that they’ve “assembled an impressive cast and crew,” but apparently the two of them had some “different creative visions” for the Han Solo film.

However, Variety paints a different picture after speaking with an unnamed source close to the production and claiming that Kennedy wasn’t a fan of the filmmakers style of shooting, or their way of interacting with the cast and crew. With that in mind, they’re stating that Lord and Miller were fired by Lucasfilm, and a new director will be named “soon.” We’ll keep you posted on updates to the Han Solo film.

NOTE: The logo above is not official, but if Disney/Lucasfilm is interested. You know where to find me. 😉

UPDATE: Ron Howard has been confirmed as the new director for the Han Solo spin-off film!

 

Rumor: New Fantastic Four Movie in the Works

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It’s still just a rumor, but it’s a pretty obvious rumor to come to pass. Fox is purportedly in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four franchise once again. The plan this time, though, takes things in a completely different direction, as it’s expected to be more kid-friendly, with the film seen through the eyes of Franklin and Valeria Richards, the children of Reed Richards, and Susan Storm.

After Josh Trank’s catastrophic failure of a film, the studio has now tapped Seth Grahame-Smith to write a treatment for the reboot. Seth Grahame-Smith also wrote the initial screenplay of the 2015 reboot, however Trank decided to go with his own screenplay, leaving Smith uncredited. While the family friendly direction, a la The Incredibles, could be immense fun, I’m going to stay cautious with this one.

The Ataribox is a Real Thing

It would appear that Atari truly is on the verge of a comeback. At least, an attempt at one. E3 has come and gone, but that didn’t stop Atari from announcing that they’re re-entering the hardware business with a new secret console, currently dubbed the Ataribox. Let that sink in for a moment.

It’s hard to fathom, and with no details to speak of, it’s also hard to gauge interest. The system will most likely be PC-based, similar to the Steam Box, which has already come and gone. It’s also rumored to most likely feature Atari’s trademark wood grain paneling to some extent.

Diablo 3’s Necromancer Finally Hits This Month

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The Necromancer class in Diablo 3 has been teased for what seems like ages, and now, we’re finally getting it on June 27. The Necromancer will be priced at $14.99 and will require the Reaper of Souls expansion on PC to play. The pack will also grant access to additional character slots, a portrait, banner, sigil, accent and pennant, a brand new pet and some items for your pets.

Blizzard also revealed the new Eternal Collection for Xbox One and PlayStation 4, that will give console players full access to the game and all of its DLC, including the Necromancer.

Mazinger Z Teaser Trailer

Check out our first look at the new Mazinger Z feature length animated film. Produced by Ichinao Nagai and Yu Kanemaru – with the blessing of original creator Go Nagai, Mazinger Z is set 10 years after the classic and acclaimed anime of the same name.

Currently, there is no release date, but expect to hear more from Toei Animation soon. They’ve got a full schedule of Japanese feature length animated films, and it’s exciting to see it all come together.

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Headed to Blu-Ray

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Well, this slow week has officially been worth the wait. Warner Archive has announced that the classic 1993 animated film, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is officially headed to Blu-Ray this July! The release will feature a full 1080p HD remaster and will include both the original 16×9 aspect ratio (1.78:1) and an open matte 4×3 (1.37:1) version.

Mask of the Phantasm picks up from the Emmy Award-winning Batman: The Animated Series, and follows the caped crusader on the hunt for a mysterious new vigilante that is killing the low-lifes and thugs around Gotham. However, this new vigilante, known as the Phantasm, may have stronger ties to Batman and Bruce Wayne than he thought.

Top 5 Games at E3 2017

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This year was huge for the video game industry at the 2017 Electronic Entertainment Expo. The major players all brought out the big guns, with some of the best moments and shock surprises in recent memory hitting the stage. It was hard to narrow it down to my favorites, but after some deliberation, here it is.

Hit the jump to check out my Top 5 Games at E3 2017.

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Godzilla 2 Enters Production

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Legendary has officially announced that Godzilla: King of the Monsters has begun filming today, as well as releasing an official synopsis. Director Michael Dougherty (Trick R’ Treat, Krampus) is behind the lens this time, with an ensemble cast starring Zhang Ziyi, Kyle Chandler, Vera Farmiga, Millie Bobby Brown, Bradley Whitford, Ken Watanabe, Thomas Middleditch, Charles Dance, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Aisha Hinds

They have also confirmed, thanks to the synopsis the appearance of the monsters we saw in the post-credits scene for Kong: Skull Island. Godzilla: King of the Monsters is set to release on March 22, 2019.

The new story follows the heroic efforts of the crypto-zoological agency Monarch as its members face off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah. When these ancient super-species—thought to be mere myths—rise again, they all vie for supremacy, leaving humanity’s very existence hanging in the balance.

Attack on Titan Season 3 to Premiere in 2018

Fans of Attack on Titan were forced to wait 4 years for the second season to hit the screen, after the explosive first season put the show on the global map. Now, with the second season coming to a beautiful end, it looks like we won’t be waiting anywhere near that long for the coveted third season.

Attack on Titan: Season 3 will premiere in 2018, thanks to a preview trailer (seen above) released by distributor, FUNimation. The second season started off slow but came to a head that was reminiscent the intensity the show had to begin with, so it was nice to see it back up to par with itself.