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Duke Nukem is back as Devolver Digital and 3D Realms have teamed up to bring Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition to the PlayStation Store as a PS3/Vita Cross-Buy game. The Megaton Edition includes the original game and three expansion packs (Duke It Out In D.C., Duke Caribbean: Life’s a Beach, and Duke: Nuclear Winter) for all your Duke needs. Who wants some?
Also available this week is Woah Dave!, a Mario Bros.-like arena platformer for the Vita. A PS4 version of Woah Dave! is in the works and will be offered as a Cross-Buy bonus to owners of the Vita version once its given the OK by Sony. If you’re signed up for PlayStation Plus, you’re in luck, both Woah Dave! and Duke Nukem 3D are available for free as part of the Instant Game Collection.
Finally, Sony has added The Interview, the movie that North Korea doesn’t want you to see, to the PlayStation Store’s Video Unlimited service.
DC Comics has announced (via their Read DC Entertainment portal) that the first issue of the Mortal Kombat X miniseries will be available digitally beginning today.
The comic series will serve as a bridge between 2011’s Mortal Kombat and this April’s Mortal Kombat X. Old favorites (Scorpion, Raiden, Kenshi), new friends (Cassie Cage), and characters that fit into neither category (Hsu Hao, Daegon) will all appear within its pages. Hopefully this is a hint that Kenshi will soon be announced as a playable character in Mortal Kombat X, but we know the comic series will include non-playable characters as well.
Mortal Kombat creator Ed Boon recently shared a few preview images from the comic through his Twitter account.
The movie that Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s Supreme Leader, doesn’t want you too see can now be viewed on your Xbox 360 or Xbox One. The Interview, which will open in theaters tomorrow thanks to a successful petition from a group of independent theater owners, is now available to watch through the Xbox Video service for $5.99 (to rent) or $14.99 (to buy). The film can also be viewed for the same price at other streaming services such as YouTube, Google Play, and SeeTheInterview.com (which is hosted by Sony Pictures).
Oddly, the film is not available through the PlayStation Store, which is owned and operated by Sony Computer Entertainment, Sony’s video game division. Apple has also come out and said the film will not be available through iTunes, though that may change in the future.
The Interview was at the center of the recent Sony hacking scandal, which the FBI believes was prompted by the North Korean government’s dislike of Kim Jong Un’s portrayal in the movie. Directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, the movie stars Rogen and James Franco as two journalists who are recruited by the CIA to assassinate the dictator.
Rogen said on Twitter that “The people have spoken!” and “Freedom has prevailed!”
In just a short time, Shovel Knight has captured the hearts of gamers everywhere. After being created by Yacht Club Games, the character has gone on to cameo in a whole host of games and will make the jump to the PS3, PS4, and Vita in 2015. But first, you should watch Shovel Knight’s Holiday Special, a fan-made animated short created by Wind-Up Dog Animation that features a special appearance from Shield Knight.
I gotta admit, I’d watch an entire series of animated adventures starring Shovel Knight. Especially one from this creative team.
Well first thing’s first: I don’t have any cavities! I know you were really worried about that, reader. My teeth are super clean now and full of yay!
If you’re in the Philadelphia area tonight and want to check out some games, stop by Cipher Prime’s Game Forge for the Winter Snowcase! We’ll be showing off RESISTOR_, so if you haven’t played it yet, now’s your chance.
There’s a great bundle happening at Bundle Stars – the Batman Complete Bundle. Pay just $9.99 for Batman: Arkham Asylum Game of the Year Edition, Batman: Arkham City Game of the Year Edition, Batman: Arkham Origins and season pass, as well as two other DLCs for Origins: the Black Mask Challenge Pack, and the Online Supply Drop. This is a really great deal, and if you’ve been looking for a way to get into the Batman games cheaply, this is the best way to do it.
Steam’s got a brand new Weekend Deal – it’s the Metro Redux Bundle for $24.98. They’ve got a new Daily Deal as well, which is another big publisher sale, this time on Night Dive games. Get System Shock 2 for $0.99, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream for $0.59, and Redline for $1.74, among others.
Let’s wrap all this up with a couple of t-shirts… (more…)
The Sony Pictures hack, and all the subsequent information revealed to the public, is just ridiculous. There’s no other word for it. Emails badmouthing Angelina Jolie and the President of the United States. Passwords hidden in a file named “Passwords.” The social security numbers of thousands of Sony employees. The entire thing is just a mess. OK, I guess that’s two words you could use.
But we’ve also learned that Sony Pictures has begun negotiations with Nintendo to produce an animated film based on Super Mario Bros. According to a report on Buzzfeed, provided the deal goes through, the movie is set to be produced by Avi Arad:
“I am the proud father of mario the animated film [sic],” producer Avi Arad told Sony Studio Chief Amy Pascal in an email dated Oct. 23, 2014, with the subject line “Mario.” Arad then forwarded Pascal separate images of him with Mario Bros. creator Shigeru Miyamoto and Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata, the latter of which included the message, “Happy ceo, lets get together, it’s the mother load [sic].”
Pascal forwarded that email to Tom Rothman, who heads up Sony Pictures subsidiary TriStar Pictures. “Avi closed Mario brothers,” she said. “Animated.”
Arad is best known as the producer of Sony’s Spider-Man saga (both Sam Raimi’s trilogy and the new films starring Andrew Garfield), but he is also working with Konami and Hideo Kojima on the Metal Gear Solid film adaptation.
Obviously, it’s much too early to lose our heads over this news. But an animated Mario movie could be pretty great. Though it’s probably a good thing that Sony Pictures is considered wholly separate from Sony Computer Entertainment as that could get messy.
Daily Scoop: December 10, 2014 – Sort of almost snowing
It’s sort of almost kind of snowing here, or at least, it thinks it really wants to! I would love to see Philadelphia covered in some snow today. It’s that crisp, beautiful cold outside right now that makes you think of snow anyway, so why not?
Over at the Humble Store, there are some great deals! Valkyria Chronicles is $14.99, Walking Dead: Season 2 is $8.49, Super Time Force Ultra is $9.74, and you can get four copies of Screen Cheat for $9.99. That’s an amazing deal!
The Midweek Madness at Steam is Stronghold Crusader 2 for $33.49, and the Daily Deal is a big Double Fine Publisher Sale! Broken Age is $8.49, Brutal Legend is $2.99, and Costume Quest is $1.99, among others. Scoop them up!
The latest at Indie Royale is the Mixer 13 Bundle. Beat the average to get Breach & Clear, Stick RPG 2, The Maker’s Eden, Influx, Crow, Woodle Tree, Farm Machines Championships, Paradigm Shift, and Jet Gunner.
Over at Story Bundle, they’re bringing back their very first bundle of video game books. Pick up The Making of Karateka, Kill Screen Issue 2: Back to School, Confeesions of the Game Doctor, Constellation Games, and Killing is Harmless for under $12. Pay $12 or more and get Kill Screen Issue 6: The Change Issue, Generation Xbox: How Videogames Invaded Hollywood, Videogames: In the Beginning, The Making of Prince of Persia, and Phoenix: The Rise and Fall of Videogames.
There are lots of shirts today! (more…)
Paul McCartney’s involvement was one of the first things we officially learned about Bungie’s Destiny. Since then, those that have played the game have discovered that the ex-Beatle is responsible for the game’s main theme, “Hope For the Future.”
Yesterday, Sir Paul released a music video of the song for everyone to enjoy and it’s… well… let’s just say Obi-Wan Kenobi would be proud.
The video drops McCartney onto the surface of Mars and Venus while characters from the game sit back and listen to his performance. There’s no lighters, but then, there’s no McCartney either. He appears in the video as a hologram that looks an awful lot like Alec Guinness in Star Wars.
The timing couldn’t have been better as Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, is available to download today.