Monthly Archives: April 2016
It’s been over ten months but the long wait for something new from George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire / Game of Thrones franchise and Sunday was the start of Season Six of HBO’s Game of Thrones. This also marked the start of brand new material for the franchise. The five books were exhausted in the last season so this episode was the first look at A Song of Ice and Fire for everyone.
A while back, I wondered if Telltale Games had spread itself too thin. At that point in time, it had The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones and Tales from the Borderlands in the works. Since then, they’ve added Batman and Minecraft to their lineup along with this TWD miniseries before the upcoming The Walking Dead: Season Three.
The first episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne certainly seemed like evidence that Telltale had finally overwhelmed itself and its quality was slipping. Episode Two: Give No Shelter is an improvement on the first episode but we’re still a long way from the peak of Telltale’s ability.
It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these too. In fact, it’s been over a month since we gathered all of the week’s movie trailers into one handy post that we call the Movie Trailers Roundup.
We have eight trailers in this week’s roundup. Since we have that post dedicated to Rogue One, it’s not in here. However, this fall’s other mega blockbusters, Fantastic Beasts and Doctor Strange, are in the roundup. Along with them are new trailers for Suicide Squad and TMNT2. There is no shortage of action movie trailers for you to watch today.
When Disney said that they plan on releasing one Star Wars movie a year for the foreseeable future, I couldn’t help but write that off as a corporate cash in on a once-loved franchise that they purchased for $4 billion. Of course, that was before JJ Abrams came in to reinvigorate Star Wars with Episode VII – The Force Awakens, a movie that was loved by critics, Star Wars fans and movie goers to the tune of $2 billion.
Hot off the heels of The Force Awakens, LucasFilm and Disney bring us back thirty-some years from The Force Awakens to just before Episode IV – A New Hope. The first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, tells the tale of how the Rebels stole the Death Star plans.
Seldom do reboots actually reinvigorate a franchise. Sure, Star Trek wasn’t too bad but when you consider the likes of Point Break and The Amazing Spider-Man and Conan The Barbarian and Godzilla (twice), you find yourself scared away from reboots. Gaming isn’t immune to that with the likes of Sim City, Medal of Honor and Sonic the Hedgehog as failed attempts to reinvigorate franchises.
One of the more successful reboots in history is 2013’s Tomb Raider which is the series best-selling and among its most critically acclaimed. It came as a shock that Microsoft had to pay the way for this sequel to 2013’s hit. Rise of the Tomb Raider recently hit PC after an exclusivity period on Xbox One and will come to PS4 this fall (despite being the platform that Tomb Raider sold best on).
So how does the sequel to the reboot standup? Well, it’s not all sunshine and lollipops.
It’s been a while since I’ve done a post over here on etg but I’ve finally got a little bit of time to actually do some writing. For example, tomorrow is the day our Rise of the Tomb Raider review drops. It took a while but it is 2,000 words so I’m not scrimping on value. By the end of the week, I’m hoping to have a review of the second episode of The Walking Dead: Michonne.
Anyway, you’re not here to read me prattle on about plans for the blog for the week. You’re here for video game trailers. We have nine trailers from the last week in gaming. Those trailers include launch trailers for indie hits Enter the Gungeon, Job Simulator and The Banner Saga 2. And there are trailers for little games like Star Fox Zero and Battleborn too.