Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - New Trailer

Brace yourself for the big screen arrival (I know this ain't no MCU but still) of your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Miles Morales. And Spider-Gwen, Gwen Stacy.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - New Trailer

Days Gone – This World Comes For You Trailer - Zombie of the Week

With PlayStation exclusive Days Gone set to miss its planned 2018 release window, Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Bend Studio has released a new trailer ahead of E3 to give us an all-too-brief look at the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse survival horror title.
Days Gone – This World Comes For You Trailer - Zombie of the Week

The Girl in the Spider's Web: First Look

Lisbeth Salander returns on the big screen to kick down misogyny and patriarchy with Claire Foy taking over the role from Rooney Mara in The Girl in the Spider's Web.
The Girl in the Spider's Web: First Look

Halloween: First Look - Undead Monday

This Undead Monday, we take a First Look at David Gordon Green and Danny McBride's unique take on one of the most iconic unkillable slasher on the big screen in Halloween (yeah, just Halloween), an alternate sequel to the original classic by John Carpenter in 1978.
Halloween: First Look - Undead Monday

Devil May Cry 5: First Look - E3 2018

Thank the Devil. Forget Ninja Theory's misguided alternate take on everybody's favorite demon-hunting mercenary, Dante, in 2013's DmC: Devil May Cry. A true sequel to Devil May Cry 4 has been announced today during Microsoft's E3 press conference as we head back to the original (and much, much rad) reality with Dante, Nero and a strangely spunky sidekick named Nico.
Devil May Cry 5: First Look - E3 2018

Cyberpunk 2077: First Look - E3 2018

From the makers of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, CD Projekt gave us a closer look at their next big thing, Cyberpunk 2077, at E3 today.
Cyberpunk 2077: First Look - E3 2018

Death Stranding E3 2018 Trailer

It's E3, and Hideo Kojima is back with yet another intensely atmospheric, visually stunning, weirdly solid sci-fi trailer of his much-anticipated PlayStation exclusive open-world sci-fi action title, Death Stranding.
Death Stranding E3 2018 Trailer

Otto; Or Up With Dead People: Zombie Of The Week

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Celebrating human rights, first amendment, zombie free-thinking (not zombie-free thinking) with a zombie movie for the queer. Yes you read that right.

While The Daily Zombies obviously chronicles all the ups-and-downs of the Living Undeads, we do put an additional close eye on them every week, celebrating zombie kind by featuring the particular Zombie on a weekly basis. Therefore, as much as the subtitle of "Up With Dead People" sounded like a zombie apocalypse version of Pixar's "Up", we chronicle "Otto", the sure-fire queer cinema classic with this week's Zombie Of The Week.

Directed by Canadian writer, filmmaker, photographer, and former underground gay porn star himself, Bruce LaBruce, "Otto; or Up with Dead People" was a 2008 joint-production by Canada and German. Featuring a quirky enough plot even by the standards of the common zombie fare, this is by no means easy on the eye. Not even for the usual zombie film-watching types if they happened to have a problem sitting down with Brokeback Mountain.

The plot synopsis, courtesy of IMDB:
A young zombie named Otto appears on a remote highway. He has no idea where he came from or where he is going. After hitching a ride to Berlin and nesting in an abandoned amusement park, he begins to explore the city. Soon he is discovered by underground filmmaker Medea Yarn, who begins to make a documentary about him with the support of her girlfriend, Hella Bent, and her brother Adolf, who operates the camera. Meanwhile, Medea is still trying to finish Up with Dead People, the epic political-porno-zombie movie that she has been working on for years. She convinces its star, Fritz Fritze, to allow the vulnerable Otto to stay in his guest bedroom. When Otto discovers that he has a wallet that contains information about his past, before he was dead, he begins to remember details about his ex-boyfriend, Rudolf. He arranges to meet him at the schoolyard where they met, with devastating results.

The official poster for the movie.

And yes, that's a killer queer zombie movie tagline... "Bringing Sexy Back... From The Dead".

The trailer, though rated "G", featured some gay scene, so definitely not for the homophobic.

Masami Kurumada Does Clash Of The Titans

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The legendary creator and artist of 80s iconic manga series, Saint Seiya (聖闘士星矢), Masami Kurumada (車田正美) takes on Louis Leterrier's "Clash Of The Titans".

While Louis Leterrier's "Clash Of The Titans" is actually a film that has nothing to write home about, the marketing of the film in Japan has took on some cool development.

Creator and artist of 80s iconic manga series, Saint Seiya (聖闘士星矢) and B't X, Masami Kurumada (車田正美), was commissioned to illustrate four special posters for the film to be displayed at multiple major subway stations across Japan.

According to Gigazine, the project came along when Louis Leterrier was doing an interview at the film's world premiere in London, and admitted that the medieval-looking armor (instead of ancient Greek ones) that the gods (particularly Liam Neeson's Zeus, which seemed like a replica of the Gold Saint Armor) wore in the film was influenced by the "Cloths" the heroes wear in Saint Seiya, and the unsurprising revelation that he is a big Saint Seiya fan. In response, the film's distributor Warner Brothers approached Kurumada to work on variations of the film's poster in Japan.

Check out all four versions of posters illustrated by Kurumada below.

Source: Gigazine

Steve Rogers: Super-Soldier Preview

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Thinking that Steve Roger is literally dying to get his star-spangled shield and American-flagged uniform back since his return? Well so were we before we realized how wrong that notion was.

Ed Brubaker certainly is someone who knows the way to play hard-to-get with the readers. After killing off Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, and slotting in former Bucky to fill in the role, we all thought that with the return of the one true Cap, coupled with his active duty in the Siege of Asgard along with the formation of "Heroic Age", we would have the guaranteed full-blown return of the Big Three - Captain America, Iron Man and Thor, respectively the three iconic characters of Marvel.

However, after seeing Tony Stark putting on his new armor back in January, it seems that not only is Steve Rogers getting a brand new (maskless!) uniform, he will get a brand new superhero identity altogether. Check out Dale Eaglesham's design for the brand new Cap and what is in store for good old Steve Rogers from Brubaker's interview with comicbookresources, right here.

In the meantime, the new look of Steve Rogers.

Chaos Rings: App Attack

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Behold. Square Enix, best known for its console role-playing game franchises, sets eye on iPhone with an exclusive release.

The RPG scene in iPhones has recently been growing tremendously, with many outstanding releases from Gamevil's Zenonia 2 to Square Enix's very own re-releases of Final Fantasy I and II. With the release of Chaos Rings on the iPhone on April 20th, RPG fans who have been craving for the ultimate RPG experience on iPhone might just get what they wished for.

Produced by Takehiro Ando with Wild Arms developer Media Vision, with all eight of the playable character models designed by Yusuke Naora (the art director for several Final Fantasy and Compilation of Final Fantasy VII titles), Chaos Rings is an unique 3D RPG that is developed exclusively for the iPhone OS.

Taking place in a mysterious dungeon-type battleground known as Ark Arena, The game is comprised of five scenarios with each played by two different individual story characters as unsuspecting participants in a tournament to the death where the ultimate price is immortality. With full 3D character models on hand-drawn background, Chaos Rings also promise an in-depth strategic gameplay along with the turn-based battle system.

From the trailer which featured some of the very best graphics iPhone have ever seen, this is one RPG not to be missed.

We will come back with a review on this soon enough.


Category: Games
Price: $12.99
Released: Apr 20, 2010
Size: 253 MB
Seller: SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.
Latest version: 1.0.0



From the makers of FINAL FANTASY and FINAL FANTASY II comes a brand new RPG masterpiece for the iPhone and iPod touch!!

CHAOS RINGS takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s capabilities. Using a classic game system that any RPG fan will enjoy, it presents an epic tale consisting of four different scenarios, all brought to you with gorgeous sound and unbelievably smooth 3D graphics.

The story revolves around a tournament where combatants fight for their lives: the Ark Arena. Upon choosing a pair of characters, one male and one female, you will then have to fight against the other pairs. Each pair has their own story, and the truth behind the Ark Arena will not be revealed until each story is completed.

Game Features
-Amazingly smooth 3D graphics

-Gorgeous sound that takes full advantage of the iPhone and iPod touch’s powerful hardware

-A deep story with unique twists for every pair and multiple endings

-Traditional game and battle systems polished to perfection

-Hours upon hours of gameplay, complete with hidden bosses, secret weapons, and more

English, Japanese

Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.

Marvel Vs. Capcom 3: Fate Of Two Worlds Announced

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The wait is finally over. After a decade of unrelenting fan anticipation, the crossover epic has finally return.

One relatively unknown fact about arcade gaming: The ten-year-old arcade fighting epic, Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age Of Heroes, can still be conveniently found in almost most arcades here in SINgapore. While fact might allude one to think that game arcades in SINgapore are pathetic, that misconception is in fact untrue at all. The actual fact is that Marvel vs. Capcom series have been a staple 2d fighting game classic, and its popularity has not faded out even after a decade, evidently so from the numbers of downloads you can see from Sony's PlayStation Network. So for those fighting enthusiasts out there, what better announcement could possibly be better than this?

At Capcom's Captivate 2010 press show in Hawaii, Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds has been announced to be released in Spring 2011 to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, with no release plans for an arcade, computer or Wii, as of now.

Promised to be featuring more than 30 characters to choose from, along with 3-on-3 tag team fighting, the game was revealed to have been in development since the summer of 2008 when Capcom re-acquired the Marvel license after a period of legal issues that placed the series on hiatus for nearly a decade. The tremendous success that was met by 2008's Street Fighter IV is undoubtedly another major factor leading the title, after rejuvenated interests in fighting game grew.

Interestingly, while Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 will be featuring 3D characters fighting on a 2D plane, not unlike Street Fighter IV, it will not be utilizing the same graphic engine as Street Fighter IV or Super Street Fighter IV,, and will instead be running on an "advanced version" of MT Framework, the very same engine that powers the graphics of Lost Planet 2 and Resident Evil 5. Ryota Niitsuma (who had previously headed production on Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars) the director and producer of the new title, has gone on the record describing the engine as "the biggest engine that a fighting game has ever had under the hood". "Basically, we're bringing the most powerful processors to ether with Capcom's genre-leading expertise in the fighting area and, of course, Marvel characters, which are some of the biggest characters you'll see in entertainment today."

What most fans would be investing their interest at, would be the final roster of the game. At the announcement, Capcom stated that at least 30 characters would be featured, with 6 characters officially revealed alongside ten silhouettes. For those disappointed that the number of characters being far from the record 56 characters available in MvC2, Capcom has stated that they plan to expand the roster by the time the game is released, and are "working hard to include as many characters as possible".

In the meantime, the six characters are Wolverine, Iron Man, Hulk, Darkstalker's Morrigan, Strret Fighter's Ryu, and surprise, Chris Redfield from the Resident Evil franchise. From the silhouettes featured in the trailer, we can speculate that Chun-Li, Captain America, Felicia, Super Skrull, Magneto along with Dr. Doom would be making their return, while Deadpool and Devil May Cry's Dante (or his evil twin, Nero) are among the new characters.

Without further ado, let's take a look at the teaser trailer that is sadly, devoid of any gameplay sequences.

With the recent strings of Hollywood success over the past decade, Marvel has grew tremendously, both in terms of popularity and influence. With Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Capcom has much to gain from all the potential public awareness as a result of this collaboration. Therefore, it is likely that Capcom will be featuring more unconventional choices from their franchises of games, including Dead Rising, Killer 7 or even Ōkami.

Meanwhile, with no gameplay shown at the Captivate, it is sure bet that we will see more in June's E3, given its late release date next year. Until then, let's take a look at the character arts.

Extreme Rules 2010 Preview

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Ronald MacDonald's gonna eat yer heart out!
No, just that it's time for yet another WWE PPV preview.

What a bizarre choice for a poster. Anyway, WWE will be presenting Extreme Rules tonight, its first PPV since the WrestleMania extravaganza, as we officially enter the post-mania lull period. Due to the major PPV revamp, Backlash has been replaced by Extreme Rules. Nevertheless, Backlash's former purpose of featuring WrestleMania rematch lives on as Extreme Rules will be comprising mostly of "extreme" version of the card featured in WrestleMania, thus its namesake.

Meanwhile in the pro-wrestling world (yes, the world is not just one big freaking WWE Universe), taking the utmost advantage of the post-mania lull, TNA has brought their A-game during last Monday's Impact by coming up with a PPV-level show featuring a major title change. Meanwhile RAW were severely hit by the loss of its roster due to the air flight disruption caused by the European volcanic ashes, resulting in a problematic build-up for the PPV. Can WWE make it in time to deliver the "extreme" (PG-TV) experience it promises, especially after the releases of several WWE superstar (including Mickie James, Shelton Benjamin, and Mike Knox, amongst others) last week?

Before we move on with the full preview, let's take a short look at the result of The Daily Zombie's WWE PPV Prediction for last month's WrestleMania XXVI. Unsurprisingly, we scored a miserable Five out of Ten, with the most outstanding misjudgment being Shawn Michaels'eventual final match. An irrational choice at best (a fact well-pointed out in the article), we also bungled at the Punk/Mysterio, Edge/Jericho, the Money In The Bank match, and the ten-Diva-fiasco. Let's see if our killer app for deadly accuracy in WWE PPV prediction can be regained from this one.

One thing before we continue: Do bear in mind that the night after the event will be the annual drafting, which bear serious implication for the results of the PPV. Meanwhile, last year's Backlash was an interesting showcase where Triple H and Cena (conspicuously, in a Last Man Standing Match), both of whom defended/received their respective title the month before on WrestleMania, dropped their respective titles back to Orton and Edge. While history does not necessarily repeats itself, especially in scripted performances, it definitely factored into our little prediction.

With all that out of the way, let's get on to the game.

WWE Champion John Cena vs. Batista (Last Man Standing Match)

The last encounter between Cena and Batista turned out much better than expected despite the finish (which in my opinion hurt the Animal tremendously), which lead into this match-up. This match should be just fine.

Predicted Winner: John Cena
As mentioned earlier, Cena also had a Last Man Standing on the PPV after last year's WrestleMania which saw him losing the title to Edge. That is unlikely to repeat this year. With the much-circulated online rumors that Batista is currently extremely frustrated with WWE management for giving his upcoming leading role in a film away to Triple H, and the fact that his contract issue is still up in the air, the chances of Batista getting the title back and killing Cena's "Champ" momentum, is next to impossible.

Batista checking TNA out? Possible.

World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger vs. Randy Orton (Extreme Rules Match)

The single biggest surprise of last month's WrestleMania have to be the fact that Swagger emerged the winner of the Money In The Bank match, despite his obvious lack of presence in the match. Which is a shame, as Swagger, being the All American American, is definitely capable of more than that. Less surprising would be his cashing of the opportunity less than a week later on Jericho's painstakingly defended title. While Orton remained an odd contender for the title, given that two qualified contenders are available almost instantaneously, the choice is indicative of one draft result: Orton, with his renewed top babyface status, is almost confirmed to be drafted to Smackdown to continue this feud, while bringing some RAW audiences, whom have already invested in the feud, over to Smackdown.

Predicted Winner: Jack Swagger
What better way to continue a fresh feud than to have the heel champion retain? And since this is an Extreme Rules Match, we can't rule out the fact that Orton's last feud with his former proteges might just be not that over after all, making his defeat even less damaging while maintaining the storyline continuity.

Edge vs. Chris Jericho (Steel Cage Match)

The Clash Of The Canadians continues, and this time round, it's in a cage.

While last month's title match between both charismatic Canadians has been lackluster, given the potential of the match-ups, the fact remains that the crowd - usually the unknown X-factor to decide the heat of a match - being dead quiet throughout the match, contributed to the silent match. And that's no fault of both opponents, as the crowd were stunned silly by the monstrosity we called "No Holds Barred' match between Hart and Harts and Mr. McMahon.

Meanwhile, the heat of this ongoing feud has also been somewhat dull down by the sudden emergence of Swagger as a newly crowned champion. Nevertheless, the double-count-out match and the triple threat between all three involved were good enough to suggest that this could be the show-stealer of the match.

At the very least, no more annoying "Spear, Spear, Spear" plot.

Predicted Winner: Edge
Edge needs his momentum back in order to continue his position as a serious title contender, while Jericho, well, he's the best there is at what he does, so a defeat with nothing at stake, does not hurt him one bit.

Triple H vs. Sheamus (Street Fight)

This rematch has been expected since the Big White Machine (wouldn't that be nice?)'s defeat at the hands of the Cerebral Assassin in last month's WrestleMania. And with this match we get to see Sheamus's choice of a personal weapon: A steel pipe. Yeah right, this could just be a swordfight with sledgehammer and steel pipe instead.

Predicted Winners: Sheamus
Well, as mentioned earlier, Triple H had a movie to keep himself busy, and anyway, the Big White Machine is in a serious need to re-establish his title contender status. Priority in that order.

Rey Mysterio vs. CM Punk (If Punk is defeated, he loses his hair)

Punk/Mysterio Part I in last month's WrestleMania were disappointingly short with an unpopular result to boot, though we have to admit that it was as good as it last. With this one, we can easily expect that it's gonna be a longer match-up, achieving the true potential of both excellent performers.

Predicted Winners: CM Punk
Perhaps the method to the madness that is this particular prediction would be your opinion to Punk's fashion statement: Will he look better bald, or in his current Christ-hairdo? And more importantly, which hairdo suit him more in his current role as the Charles Manson of Prowrestling?

While my answer is that the Jesus Christ look suit him just fine, I also think that it'll only make sense not to kill Punk's momentum as constant defeats to the same wrestler will no doubt made him look weak.

Shad Gaspard vs. JTG (Strap Match)

It's the "surprise" tag-team break-up angle again. What's going on with the seven years' rule? The Colon Brothers did it just last year under the same working title, "Inconsequential Breakup". While nobody really cared about Crymetime, will the break-up gain the attention from the same group of people? Nevertheless, if there's anybody gaining anything from the angle, it's got to be Shad Gaspard. Looking more like the bodyguard than a partner to JTG, his promos ever since have been fairly good and is giving some much-needed heat to his character.

Predicted Winners: Shag Gaspard
Shad Gaspard has been looking strong since the break-up and it will only made sense to keep that momentum before he leaves for the other show during the draft. Anyway, Shad happens to be the kind of wrestler Vince McMahon would prefer.

Women's Champion Michelle McCool vs. Beth Phoenix (Extreme Makeover Match)

While we still don't have the slightest idea what an Extreme Makeover match is, one thing you can be assured of is that it will still be "extremely" PG.

Predicted Winners: Beth Phoenix
With the release of Mickie James, it's almost a sure-bet that the Glamazon has to carry the Divas on her shoulder alone, especially so in the face of the impending draft.


The Rundown

As promising as it seemed, WrestleMania XXVI did not turned out to be quite the wonderful PPV that I expected, with disastrous performance from Bret Hart and the shortened matches (Punk/Mysterio, for example). Nevertheless, with the impending draft at hand, we can expect some fresh new feuds and interesting match-ups. The fact that TNA has brought their A-game now that Rob Van Dam is the reigning TNA World Heavyweight Champion, the competition will only get more intense on Monday nights.

As for the match quality for this PPV, just don't expect anything that remotely resembles the term "extreme". This is especially so for the regular TNA viewers. It should have been called "Extremely PG Rules".

Jim Lee's iPad Finger Paintings

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As if to remind us of the launch of iPad...

While Apple complete its invasion on an unsuspecting world with the launch of iPad last week, Jim Lee, the newly crowned Co-Publisher of DC Comics, conjures some signature magic of his, on the iPad.

Posted to his Twitpic are this pair of gorgeous portraits of two of the most prominent members of Batman's Rogues Gallery, that was 'fingerpainted' on the iPad screen using Sketchbook Pro. The insanely poignant portrait of the Clown Prince of Crime is particularly delirious.

Do stay tuned to Jim Lee's Twitter account for his random work. Alternatively, do check out the collaborative artists' blog at gelatometti, where Lee recently posted another entry on a step-by-step guide on a Wonder Woman piece similarly done on iPad.

In the meantime, the earlier mentioned portraits.

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon: Direct-To-Video Hell

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So who's the shark now?

You thought you knew the plot.

Well, Wikipedia thought they knew.

Shark Attack 3: Megalodon is a 2002 direct-to-video South African film directed by David Worth, starring John Barrowman and Jennifer McShane. It is a sequel to the film Shark Attack 2. The story of this movie is based on the idea of the continued existence of a prehistoric super-predator called the Megalodon.

Until I stumbled upon the cheesy flick on late night TV.

Ben Carpenter (John Barrowman) is a scuba diver cum coast guard cum a lot of thing. Cat Stone (Jennifer McShane) is a museum curator cum historian cum marine research scientist (amongst many other cums, I'm certain). They met each other after a gigantic and supposedly prehistoric shark started terrorizing the waters off the coast of Mexico (in fact the flick was shot in South Africa.) The rest is the usual C'movie stuffs.

That is, before the single one scene where the "shark" moves in for the "attack". I couldn't believe what I witnessed and immediately plunged into youtube and wikipedia to ascertain it. To my surprise, this scene has already single-handedly immortalized the 2002 (unbelivably too. I swore it must have been made in the 80s) flick long before I even heard of the film franchise.

You have to see it to believe it.


For some reason, the embedding was disabled by request. So you will have to check out the link for the complete real deal. For those really lazy, you can check out the embedded one below though you will be missing out the resonant final sequence.

For those who still don't get it, Let's put it in words.

After a long hard day, Ben Carpenter is walking Cat Stone to her car.

Cat Stone: "I'm exhausted."

Ben Carpenter: "Yeah, Me too. But, you know I’m really wired. What do you say I, take you home and eat your PUSSY?"

And guessed what, the lamest line ever scored. Big time. Just so you know who's the "shark" in the title "Shark Attack". He's fucking EATING her pussy.

The below information was from the youtube link:

According to John Barrowman, he was directed to say anything to get a certain reaction out of his costar. This is what he came up with (nope, it wasn't in the script). He thought that this bit would be edited out, but it never was!

The fucker actually improvised his line. What a shark.

100 Pixar Characters

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More than just a picture containing one hundred Pixar characters (though that is pretty cool by itself too).

An incredible infograph featuring one hundred Pixar characters complete with an awesome display of the characters' respective size comparison, Chilean-based graphic designer Juan Pablo Bravo's painstakingly work is an excellent presentation of Pixar's fifteen years of impeccable works, inclusive of both the shorts and full feature films (even Toy Story 3 made it here).

While the estimated size comparison is obviously far from perfect, do bear in mind that the piece was created without any assistance or reference from Pixar, and is meant to be an exercise.

Check out the full-sized poster by clicking on the edited images below, or just go straight to the Flickr page to view it in its original size.

Source: http://www.slashfilm.com/2010/04/02/cool-stuff-100-pixar-characters-size-comparison-infographic/

Original: http://juanpablobravo.blogspot.com/2010/03/new-100-pixar-character.html

F.3.A.R Trailer

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There's nothing to fear but F.3.A.R itself.

Developer Day 1 Studios has on April 8th announced that F.3.A.R, the sequel to F.E.A.R. 2, will be released late 2010 and will be featuring renowned sci-fi and horror director John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape from New York) on the cinematic while horror writer Steve Niles (30 Days of Night) is involved in the writing chores.

Day 1 Studios founder and president Denny Thorley has indicated that player will be able to control both Point Man and Paxton Fettel, the protagonist and antagonist from the first game, F.E.A.R, respectively, while Alma Wade, the primary antagonist, will return with a vengeance.

Been a while since we last saw a live action game trailer, and the recently released trailer for the game presents a delightful change. Featuring the first-person narration by Paxton Fettel, a fully grown adult Alma is shown to be giving birth to Michael Becket's child, conceived in the previous game when Alma sexually assaulted Becket, making the poor bloke the first protagonist in video gaming history to be sexually assaulted by a female ghost. This creepy baby is probably the main antagonist this time round. Meanwhile, a rugged man with long hair, much purported to be the previously masked Point Man, was featured heavily with Paxton Fettel himself.

Do check out the trailer.

Hero Of Sparta II Trailer

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It's time to slay some Greek Gods once again... Oh wait, that's for God Of War III. It's time to slay some Greek fabled creatures once again, exclusively on iPhone, iPod Touch and probably iPad.

Recently announced by developer Gameloft, to be release for iPhone and iPod touch sometime this year, the sequel to the relentlessly brutal action adventure, Hero of Sparta II will continue its business-as-usual, thrashing down more mythological on its way. While there isn't any announcement made of an iPad version, it is more likely than not that a high-definition iPad version is in the works as we speak.

While it's a well-known fact that Gameloft often, cough, finds inspiration in established gaming titles for their iPhone games, credits should be given to Gameloft that these "inspired" games have bought prestige to iPhone gaming long before the gaming giants set their sights on the iPhone gaming scene. One of these notably efficient games would be Hero Of Sparta, where players take up that sword and wear that pair of sandals to face mythological creatures straight out from the Greek fables.

Gameloft has announced on their YouTube page that the game will be playable in May at Gameloft's 10th anniversary celebration in Paris on May 6th. In addition, a contest for a paid excursion to this particular party is being held at the YouTube page too. So for anyone who thinks that they always have a good hand at lottery, do feel free to give a shot.

In the meantime, check out the trailer embedded below. Based on the trailer, it is indeed business-as-usual as we witnessed a Spartan warrior (probably Argos from the first game) facing off with a sea creature.

Star Wars: Cantina: 3-Minute Warning

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A long time ago, diner dashing in a galaxy far, far away....

Usage of a movie license for gaming is getting a little too often frequent, and that is especially so for the iPhone, probably due to the relatively lower product costs. And there probably isn't any movie license that comes bigger than Star Wars, all the more adding to the surprise one can imagine upon laying hands on this light-hearted though somewhat lacking time management game, exclusive on the iPhone.

With a novel idea that marries the troubled little hangout for scums of intergalactic proportion featured in the original trilogy of Star Wars, to a Diner Dash-style time management game, Star Wars: Cantina put players into the role of Nia, who is in town just in time to help the bar owner Robb to earn enough money to pay off a loan shark (nope, not a Hutt, though a Hutt does appear later in the game).

And just like every other time management games where players have to deal with impatient, nit-picking patrons who comes in the dozen, get themselves into table-serving frenzy, and have the usual in-between stage's upgrading of tools or facilities, Star Wars: Cantina tread on the very same ground, only that it comes with a Star Wars twist.

The mere presence of the stormtroopers storming into the cantina to be serve by you is in itself quite a funny sight to behold. Undoubtedly, the real stars of the game is the patrons. From the commonplace moisture farmers, to Jawas, Bounty Hunters, Gamorreans, Twi'lek Smugglers, Stormtroopers to the aforementioned Hutt, these minor though nonetheless signature stock character of the Star Wars mythos brought an unexplainable fun factor to the 16 levels of Campaign Mode. And they are not just showing their collective faces for an obligatory role, as almost all of these archetypes actually have their very own personalities which keyed into an important factor that will affect the gameplay itself. While the moisture farmers, being the lowest class in the game (and probably the Star Wars universe, oh wait, not them, the lowest class must be the freaking Ewoks) have the remarkable patience waiting to be served all day, you won't get to have that luxury with the Gamorreans or the Stormtroopers, who will display their rage on being served badly by thrashing your joint. However, being highly paid individuals, they do tend to tip more generously than the moisture farmers.

The cantina, though a minor location in the original trilogy, has its significance for setting the "Han shot first" scene and its fun jazzy atmosphere. All this have been nicely captured in this game with the original Cantina theme making it into the game along with many other classic Star Wars tunes getting a jazzy facelift.

The artists on the game also turned out a terrific job, with the playful, cartoony take of the character designs being suitably bright for the tone of the game. With such decent production, it is a pity that the gameplay comes out somewhat short.

The gameplay started out fun and considerably beginner-friendly, but as the levels progresses, the lack of options to further customize or improve the original setup and the overt-simplified gameplay crippled the potential of the game. This fact is probably indicative of the developer's play-it-safe mentality, which roots back to the earlier mentioned licensing issue.


The Rundown
In theory, this is a great marriage of ideas, bringing in the Stormtroopers and the drinks servers. However, the gameplay comes out short when compared to the intuitive gameplay of Diner Dash.
I won't say it's strictly for die-hard Star Wars fans only, but I wouldn't recommend shelving out five bucks for this.

The Good
- The great character designs by the artists managed to conjure a fun, bright adventurous spirit
- The Cantina version of the Star Wars tunes is a nice touch

The Bad
- Functional though lacking gameplay
- The virtual touch screen is not sensitive enough

And The Cute Little Stormtroopers
Yeah, Stormtroopers don't come any cuter than these.


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THQ Wireless Inc.
Star Wars: Cantina
Category: Game
Price: $0.99
Released: Apr 02, 2010
Size: 31.6 MB
Seller: THQ Inc.
Latest version: 1.0.22 (iPhone OS 3.0 Tested)


Hop in the shoes of galactic adventurer Nia Adea and try your hand at running a little cantina on Tatooine - serving refreshments on a hot desert planet can get really hectic! Featuring a colorful clientele familiar to all fans of classic Star Wars: trigger-happy Rodians, burly Gamorreans, Imperial stormtroopers and even a Hutt among others. There is never a dull moment in the Thirsty Bantha Cantina!

Star Wars: Cantina is all about trying to keep your cool when a steady stream of demanding customers all want your attention at the same time. Robb the bartender will take care of mixing the drinks but your task is to see that the right beverage finds its way to the right customer. And don’t keep them waiting, some of the customers are real troublemakers! Working towards your daily quota, accuracy and speed are essential. As a reward for a job well done, outfit your cantina with decorations and attractions to appeal to even the most difficult customers.

Familiar Star Wars characters, original and colorful visual style, a customizable cantina and casual but challenging gameplay make sure that the game feels as fresh as a cool drink on a hot Tatooine afternoon.

Key Features:

• Run your own Star Wars Cantina.
• A humorous take on the Star Wars universe.
• Take orders, deliver drinks and serve customers to maximize your tips!
• Customize your cantina with upgrades to make your customers enjoy themselves more.
• Career Mode with increasingly challenging levels and a story told through cartoon visuals.
• Endless Shift Mode: see how long you can keep up with the stream of customers.

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Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Requires iPhone OS 2.2.1 or later.

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