Here’s 5 Minutes of METAL GEAR SURVIVE Single-Player Gameplay

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Metal Gear!? No, not that kind of Metal Gear, this is Metal Gear Survive, the latest entry in the series from Konami. The five minute gameplay trailer from IGN shows what we can expect to be doing in this new spin on the Metal Gear Universe. The beta starts next week January 18 and the game releases February 20, so if you haven't decided if your going to pick it up, you will have your chance to try it for yourself. To prepare you for next week, here is some fresh gameplay down below.

The game looks like it is going for a survival (hence the title) and resource management playstyle. It will feature the same “infected” enemies that were seen in some moments during Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain and the trailer shows off some new bloated enemies as well. It seems like the dead resurrect into zombie-like wanderers which are hellbent on attacking anything that moves. There also seems to be an abundant of fresh weapons, including melee, that will accompany players on their fight for survival. Using tools such as placeable chain linked fence and barbed wire barricades will give players the freedom to travel on foot and defend themselves at any time. Clearly Konami took some notes from The Walking Dead because that scene in the Metal Gear trailer when the player uses his spear to stab the wanderers through the chain linked fence gave me some major flashbacks of the Prison in season 3. The game seems to be adding a lot more features to the existing Phantom Pain gameplay and tailoring it to have more of a survival feel.   

Base building and resource farming seem like a huge mechanic in the game. Watching the trailer reminded me of Fortnite’s Coop mode, where you need to build and improve your own base and prepare for incoming zombie hordes. It’s interesting to see that the game will feature full length cutscenes, implying that there will be some type of plot to the single player experience. It will be a miracle if Konami can explain what the hell is going on in the Metal Gear Universe and have it make any type of sense.

For those of you who don’t know, series Creator/Director Hideo Kojima had left Konami in 2015. Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain was Kojima’s final game in the series. That being said, Konami is continuing the franchise without Kojima and plan on making more Metal Gear games, starting with Metal Gear Survive. It is clearly a vastly different take on the series than we have ever seen before under Kojima’s direction, but is that a good thing? Do you like this new direction the series is going toward? I personally think the game looks like it will be fun but I’m not expecting a true Metal gear experience.

Whether you agree or disagree, let us know in the comments what you think about this new addition to the Metal Gear franchise

SOURCE IGN

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Shane Black is Developing a Reboot of the Classic 1960s Spy Series THE AVENGERS

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Shane Black (Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys, The Predator) has got a new project that he's been digging into. According to his writing partner Fred Dekker, he and Black are working on a TV reboot of the classic 1960s British spy series The Avengers for Warner Bros. Even though Black has already worked with one of the Avengers in Iron Man 3, this is very different than what he did with Marvel.

During a recent interview published in The Dark Side Magazine (via ScreenRant), Dekker said:

“It’s The Avengers, with John Steed and Emma Peel. We’re setting it in Britain in the 60’s, and our approach is The Ipcress File meets Doctor Who. At this moment, it’s my favorite thing we’re working on.”

That's awesome! The Avengers series ushered in a wave of other spy series at the time that included Mission: Impossible, Get Smart, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and more. It was adapted into a feature film in 1998 that starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed, Uma Thurman as Emma Peel, and Sean Connery as the villain. That movie wasn't very good, but I miss Sean Connery.

I've always enjoyed Shane Black and Fred Dekker's work, which started with Monster Squad, and I think they could do something really cool, fun, and fresh with this series reboot of The Avengers. I have no idea if anything will come of this project, but I'm definitely interested in seeing what they would do with it!

A Group of Teenagers in The 80s Take on a Serial Killer in The Trailer For SUMMER OF ’84

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"There's a serial killer on the loose! What else could possibly be this exciting!"

Summer of '84 is one of the films that I'm really excited about seeing at the Sundance Film Festival later this month. I was already sold on the premise, but today we have an awesome trailer to share with you and if you're a fan of the 80s and this radcore movement that Hollywood has found itself in, this is a film project that will definitely perk your interest. 

The movie comes from the same filmmaking team that brought us the radical cult film Turbo Kid. As you'll see, Summer of '84 has a very similar vibe as Stranger Things, but instead of taking on a monster from another dimension, a group of geeky teenagers get excited about taking on a real-life monster... a serial killer that is terrorizing their suburban community. If The Goonies were to go on an adventure to capture a serial killer, this movie is what that might look like. Here's the synopsis:

Every serial killer is somebody’s neighbor. For 15-year-old Davey, the thought of having a serial killer in his suburban town is a scary yet exciting prospect at the start of a lazy summer. In hormonal overdrive, Davey and his friends dream of sexual conquests until the news reports of the Cape May killer. Davey convinces his friends that they must investigate, and they uncover that his next-door neighbor, an unassuming, single police officer, could be the prime suspect. Could Davey possibly be right, or is it his overactive imagination?

Mad Men star Rich Sommer takes on the role of the serial killer, and he is joined by Graham VerchereJudah LewisCaleb EmeryCory Gruter-AndrewTiera SkovbyeJason Gray-Stanford, and Shauna Johannesen

The movie was directed by RKSS which consists of François Simard, Anouk Whissell, and Yoann-Karl Whissell

The Team Behind SUPER TROOPERS is Now Developing a Fireman Comedy Called TECOMA FD

If you're a fan of the Super Troopers franchise, you'll be happy to learn that the co-creators and stars of the series, Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, are developing a new comedy series! It called Tacoma FD and it's a half-hour firehouse series that is set in “the wettest city in America”. 

It's explained that they are "firefighters who are always ready to fight fires but usually have to contend with fighting their own boredom." There's a lot of comedy gold that will come out of this funny concept.

Heffernan and Lemme will also star and suit up as firemen in the series. The show is set up at truTV and I can't wait to see it. If you're familiar with Super Troopers, it shouldn't be hard to imagine how this series will turn out and there's no doubt that it's going to bring on the laughs.

Source: Variety 

Rian Johnson Explains the Ending of THE LAST JEDI

It is no secret that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is full of heated debates and questions. It’s also no secret that the movie does have a few plot holes (most movies do). Rian Johnson is more than happy to help answer some of the questions and do his best to close some plot holes in interviews. In true Johnson fashion he has talked to IGN to explain a part at the end of the movie that has raised questions from many fans. This should go without saying, but SPOILERS ahead.

At the end of the movie, we have a showdown between Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker. This is the showdown we were all waiting for since Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The question many fans have though revolves around Luke’s weapon of choice: Anakin’s blue lightsaber. Many fans have asked why Luke didn’t use his green lightsaber. Why did he use his father’s? I knew part of the reason was to be a clue to us, the audience, that this was not really Luke. However, here’s Johnson’s explanation:

[Luke] is basically tailoring this projection to have maximum effect on Kylo. He knows that Kylo’s Achilles heel is his rage, and so that’s why he kind of makes himself look younger, the way Kylo would’ve last seen him in their confrontation at the temple, and that’s why he decided to bring Kylo’s grandfather’s lightsaber down there — the lightsaber that Kylo screamed at Rey, ‘that’s mine, that belongs to me.’

But what about the lightsaber splitting in two? There's no way Kylo wouldn't have noticed that, right?

We as an audience saw that... The truth is, we see the lightsaber split in half — Kylo sees a blinding flash of light and is knocked unconscious, and then Rey takes the lightsaber away before he wakes up. So if you really want to dig into it and get an explanation, you can say that he doesn’t 100 percent know what happened to the lightsaber.

That makes sense. I hadn’t even considered that due to the flash of light Kylo wouldn’t have been able to see the destroyed saber, especially since Rey is already gone by the time he wakes up. It also makes sense because Luke knows about Kylo’s obsession with everything Darth Vader. By seeing his old mentor whom he had deemed a failure using Vader’s old lightsaber, Kylo’s anger levels would skyrocket. Thank you, Johnson, for helping me understand this a bit better. Does this help solve your quandaries about the final showdown for Luke Skywalker?
 

Jeff Bridges is on a Mission to Stop Terrorist Attacks in Trailer for Hulu’s THE LOOMING TOWER

Hulu has another great looking series coming out that is sure to suck me in and get me hooked because the story is intriguing. It's called The Looming Tower and it traces the rising threat of Osama Bin Laden and how the rivalry between the FBI and CIA may have inadvertently set a path for the tragedy of 9/11.

The limited series has an impressive cast of actors that include Jeff DanielsTahar RahimWrenn SchmidtBill Camp, Alec Baldwin, and Peter Sarsgaard. It's based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book and this is the synopsis:

The series follows members of the I-49 Squad in New York and Alec Station in Washington, D.C., the counter-terrorism divisions of the FBI and CIA, respectively, as they travel the world fighting for ownership of information while seemingly working toward the same goal - trying to prevent an imminent attack on U.S. soil.

The Looming Tower will premiere on Wednesday, February 28th.

Retro-Bit Reveals SEGA Accessories

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Last month, Retro-Bit announced a partnership with SEGA to “produce accessories for SEGA’s gaming platforms…” This decision was monumental for SEGA fans as it had the potential to breathe new life into SEGA's old consoles. At CES this week, Retro-Bit unveiled some exciting new products for the SEGA platforms. Let's take a look.

First, the obvious. New controllers. Retro-Bit has created controllers for the Genesis, Saturn, and Dreamcast that look like the real deal. You will notice that each controller has three variants: classic connection for use with an existing system; USB so you can use it on your computer; and Bluetooth for wireless playing. The Bluetooth controller is designed to work with your PC, Mac, iOS, or Android devices, but you will also be able to purchase a Bluetooth Adapter so you can use it with your original (or clone) system. You can now sit on your couch to play your favorite Sonic game without the need for a long wire in the middle of the room!

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Retro-Bit is also providing extension cables for your controllers so you can sit further back, new AV cables including S-Video, new power adapters, and a VGA Box for the Dreamcast. That’s right, between S-Video and the VGA Box, you’ll be able to up the video quality of your favorite SEGA console(s) for even more enjoyment.

This is killer for SEGA fans. To get an update like this so long after the production of the consoles is incredible. It would be like if a company worked with Atari to create new controllers and AV cables for the Atari 2600. OK, maybe not quite like that since the Atari 2600 is a lot older, but you get my point. The President and CEO of Retro-Bit’s distributor Innex Inc., Titi Ngoy, had this to say during the official press release:

“With retro gaming on an upswing, we are pleased to offer officially SEGA licensed accessories in their original format as well as apply the innovative classic gaming enhancements that have become the hallmark of Retro-Bit.”

It’s true that retro gaming is pretty big right now with the NES Classic and SNES Classic being some of the most popular gifts these past couple of years, not to mention all of the clones for retro consoles that are coming out. These controllers look great and I would hope they handle just as well, if not better than the originals they are based on. 

Are you excited for Retro-Bit's new products? Let us know in the comments!

Photos Courtesy of SEGABits

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Mark Hamill Tells Us About Alternate Ending to THE FORCE AWAKENS

Last month, Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit theaters and ever since people have been arguing about everything in that movie. Also, now that it’s out, people have started speculating about Episode IX. Well, let’s go back and revisit the start of the new trilogy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. CBM. has reported that Mark Hamill has shared an alternate ending for The Force Awakens that changed to what we saw due to the vision Rian Johnson had for The Last Jedi:

When we were doing [The Force Awakens], Rian said, ‘Oh and by the way we might have a couple of boulders floating to show your Force emanating’, so I was led to believe that I still had the Force and it was really strong in me. When I read [The Last Jedi] before 7 came out, I said ‘what?” and called J.J. or Rian to say, ‘Are you guys aware of this? Have you seen a cut? Is there floating boulders?’ And they said, ‘No, we caught that and we worked it all out’.

If you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, you may wonder why they had to change it, so go watch it already! For those who have seen it, you understand fully the reasoning behind why the scene had to be changed.
 

David Harbour on HELLBOY and Getting To Play with Witches, Giants, and Demons

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It sounds like David Harbour had a blast making the new Hellboy movie with director Neil Marshall. Of course, he wishes he could've done it when he was 20 years younger. During a recent interview with Collider, that actor talked about the film and how much he enjoyed playing with a variety of mythical creatures.

"It was the hardest shoot I’ve ever done, primarily because there are just so many stunts in it. It’s a very action-packed movie. There’s a lot of story, too, and a lot of big scenes, but there’s a lot of action. There’s a lot of me running around, jumping and turning, and punching stuff. It’s crazy! I’m 42, and the fact that no one asked me to do this in my 20s is so insulting. Why did I have to become a super-monster in my 40s?! My bones are not the same as they used to be. It was very hard, in that way, but it’s also really thrilling ‘cause I get to carve out an entirely new mythos to this guy and I get to play on this big palette of witches and giants and demons."

It's going to be really fun to see Hellboy take on these creatures. He once again goes on to compare the movie to Shakespear and explains how the supernatural elements play into the characters development:

"To me, it’s very Shakespearean. I grew up doing regional Shakespeare and when Hamlet sees the ghost of his father, there’s something about that that you don’t really do in film anymore. We rarely see an indie film where you have an emotional pathos where somebody sees a ghost. This is a palette where you can have demons and ghosts and big creatures and things that are epic, in that way."

The actor goes on to discuss the conflicted nature of the character, how he feels lost, and his duty to protect humanity as well as the creatures that he protects them from:

"He’s a half-demon/half-man who’s lost in this world where he fights for human beings against monsters, so to speak, and yet he is part monster. There’s a very interesting thematic kernel about a guy who’s lost and who doesn’t understand who he is, and he’s really struggling with that. That’s something that we play out in the movie, and that’s really exciting to me to play. You can have all the humor and all the action, and then you get to play this very deep, personal truth of feeling like you’re an outcast, or like you’re making the wrong decisions with your life and you’d like to turn that around. All those concepts and themes are things that I find very interesting."

I've really liked everything that I've heard about the film so far and I can't wait to get a look at some footage. Hellboy is set to be released on January 11th, 2019.