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Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, director John Hyams’ follow up to his successful 2009 film, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, is available tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD (check out our interview with director John Hyams here).

We had a chance to sit down with one of the movie's stars, action icon Dolph Lundgren, and talk about how his character, Sergeant Andrew Scott, has progressed throughout the series.

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By the way, do yourself a favor and watch Day of Reckoning, it's great. Tell 'em Dolph sent ya.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Director Interview, John Hyams On Zigging When Audiences Expect You To Zag

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, director John Hyams’ follow up to his successful 2009 film, Universal Soldier: Regeneration, is available tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check it out yet, you’ve done yourself a massive disservice because the movie is fantastic. Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Dolph Lundgren, Andrei Arlovski, and burgeoning action star Scott Adkins, Day of Reckoning is a movie that isn’t easy to define; it’s an ultraviolent mood piece that skillfully blends multiple genre influences into something familiar yet wholly its own. The movie consistently zags when you expect it to zig and it was easily one of my Top Ten movies of 2012.

Last week we had an opportunity to sit down with star Dolph Lundgren (check out the video here) and director John Hyams to discuss the ever evolving Universal Soldier series.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Director Interview, John Hyams On Zigging When Audiences Expect You To Zag (Exclusive Clip Below)

When Hyams set out to make Day of Reckoning, he knew he didn’t want to simply rehash Regeneration. “The first thing you say is “well, I just don’t want to repeat what I did before,” not even just for myself, but for the audience. What’s the point?” said Hyams. “There’s no reason to just do the same movie again, and there’s really no way to succeed that way. It’s kind of like junk food, you can give them exactly what they want, but in the end it’s gonna go right through you and you’re really not going to appreciate it in the long run. So, the first thought was, “Look, we have to do something different here. Not just for the sake of being different, but also for the sake of honoring the direction that this story is going.” Regeneration ended with essentially posing a couple of questions. And one of the questions was, “What has become of the character of Luc Deveraux (Van Damme’s character)?” He’s taken off, he’s decided to not go back to the government, probably because he knows their intentions aren’t good, they’ll destroy him, enslave him, put him on ice, who knows what they’re gonna do? So, he’s taken off.” 

“First question is, “Where is he? We need to find him.” Well, the next movie should be about going and finding him. That, by that very notion, means that he really shouldn’t be the protagonist, you know? This movie should be about someone’s journey to find this guy. So, what is gonna inform that journey? Well, we also know that that movie posed the idea that now this is all moving in the direction of genetic engineering, it’s no longer about reanimating the dead soldiers; now it’s about cloning. Once you go down that direction you can’t really go back to reanimating dead soldiers, there’s no point. So, now we’re in this place where the government can kind of create their own weapons from scratch.”

Check out an exclusive clip from the movie after the jump.

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Leisure Suit Larry is on the prowl once again, with Good Old Games now offering all five of his classic adventures as the Greatest Hits and Misses Collection, for $10. It's a killer deal on classic Sierra adventure gaming, with both the original version and VGA remake of the first game as well as the four PC exclusives that followed.

Don't confuse this wonderful collection with the equally wonderful HD remake that Replay Games is currently developing in collaboration with Adventure Mob. Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded is an HD remake headed to multiple platforms -- including Steam, thanks to a successful Greenlight bid -- with the initial release expected to happen sometime in early 2013. 




Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance may be trading away stealth and lengthy cutscenes for highly technical third-person melee action, but the game will still stay true to the series' penchant for bizarro bosses. A new trailer highlights some of the main villains that Raiden will face off against along with their unique abilities.

Spoiler alert, I suppose, though more in the gameplay sense since there's nothing here that really tips you to what's going on in the story. It helps as well that all of the dialogue is in Japanese. Unless you can understand Japanese, that is. The wait for Raiden's latest solo adventure won't be much longer. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance comes to PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on February 19, 2013.

Start your day with a first look at Grasshopper Manufacture's latest, Killer Is Dead. New details slipped out earlier this week, revealing more about the story and the characters, but this trailer is all about offering a peek at the gameplay and the slick visual style.

Make sure you stick around for the whole thing, as there's a brief post-script from protagonist assassin Mondo Zappa at the tail end of the trailer. He explains that Killer Is Dead is a story of "Love and Execution," and promises more reveals soon. Next up? "A beautiful woman who has devilish hands."

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Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell: Blacklist "Inauguration" Trailer »


There's a new trailer for Splinter Cell: Blacklist that confirms an August 20, 2013 release date (via IGN). The appropriately titled "Inauguration" trailer features gameplay mixed in alongside actual footage of U.S. presidents being sworn in and promising to protect the nation from those who would do it harm. That's where Sam Fisher comes in.

Blacklist sees Fisher heading up the newly formed Fourth Echelon, following the events of 2010's Splinter Cell: Conviction. The first big challenge that the organization faces is bringing down twelve terrorists and their collaborators before they can put their plan for a series of terror attacks in the U.S. -- called The Blacklist -- into action.

Conviction was solid and Blacklist certainly looked slick in its E3 2012 reveal. That said, you have to wonder why Ubi would stash the game at the tail end of the summer when it's widely believed that one or more new consoles will be hitting stores in the months that follow.


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Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel has a brand new trailer "Overkill" and as the title implies, every rifle discharge, bullet impact, and grenade explosion is in excess of what is necessary or appropriate (and I love it). There’s a brief exchange between Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel's new leads Alpha and Bravo that vaguely resembles Salem and Rio’s bro-speak so maybe there’s a chance I’ll warm up to these new characters (but I’m not holding my breath).

Check it out:

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What’d you think? The other 2 Army of Two games had a unique charm to them so I have to say I’m looking forward to The Devil's Cartel. Are you?

2013 Games Preview: Tomb Raider

Posted January 16, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg




2013 Games Preview: Tomb RaiderRelease Date: March 5, 2013

Developer: Crystal Dynamics

Publisher: Square Enix

Platform(s): PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Windows

Lara Croft has long been one of gaming's most recognizable mascots, though the Indiana Jones-inspired treasure hunter is being remixed for 2013. Regular franchise developer Crystal Dynamics is hitting the reboot button on Croft, with a fresh, new origin story to play through in the upcoming March 2013 release, Tomb Raider.

What We Know:

The rebooted Tomb Raider finds a 21-year-old Lara Croft freshly out of school and off on a sea voyage. She's off to find herself and establish a presence in the world, not unlike so many other recent graduates. The journey takes a dark turn when Lara's ship is cut in two by a violent storm, leaving her and her fellow survivors stranded on a remote tropical island.

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Seven years. That's how long it took three Finnish brothers to create Kastlevania 4, a feature-length LEGO-fied film inspired by Konami's Castlevania series (via Kotaku). The finished product clocks in at 146 minutes. That's longer than Star Wars, people!

The whole movie is delivered in the creators' native tongue, though English-language subtitles are included as well. This is crazy-impressive, as you'd probably hope it would be after seven freaking years of development. It's also entertaining. Set aside some time to give it a look.




Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance might not be out until February 19, 2013, but you'll be able to try the game for yourself as early as next week when a demo is released for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on January 22. The demo features the same playable content that was included as a bonus in the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, so it's nothing that hasn't been out there already.

Joining the news of the demo's release date is a new seven-minute trailer that highlights some of the game's slice-tastic action. Watch as Raiden effortlessly flays a squad of robocops and a pair of mechs that look like they could have come from the Enders series. As it turns out, it doesn't matter if you're made of meat or metal; Raiden's sword can still slice you to little bits.

2013 Games Preview: SimCity

Posted January 15, 2013 - By Adam Rosenberg


2013 Games Preview: SimCityRelease Date: March 5, 2013

Developer: Maxis Games

Publisher: Electronic Arts

Platform(s): Windows / Mac OS X

Will you be a benevolent mayor, working to keep taxes down and offer a deep well of city services for your constituents to draw from? Or will you go the route of a despot, choking the populace with crippling tax rates and building pollutant-producing power plants in the heart of your residential community? Maybe you'd prefer to play God, smiting the innocents for nothing more than sheer amusement? All of this is possible -- and plenty more -- in Maxis Games' revived take on SimCity.

What We Know:

The new face of SimCity is both familiar and forever changed. The game's heart remains the same. Players are still given a barren stretch of land on which to erect anything from a small, sleepy little town to a bustling metropolis with a population that numbers in the millions. You'll still deal with issues ranging from the conventional -- power needs, city services, tax rates, public happiness -- to the completely insane, such as meteor strikes and giant monster attacks.

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Partners Ubisoft and New Regency took another step toward delivering the upcoming Assassin's Creed movie with news from The Hollywood Reporter that British writer Michael Lesslie has been hired to tackle the script. Lesslie is best known as a playwright, having written Prince of Denmark, a one-act prelude to Hamlet, and a stage adaptation of the Hollywood film Swimming With Sharks.

Lesslie has considerably less experience in the world of film, with four IMDb credits to his name, all for short films. You can hear his written words at play in the above short, Airlock, Or How To Say Goodbye In Space, directed by Chris Boyle and starring Michael Sheen (Tron Legacy, 30 Rock), Steven Waddington (The Last of the Mohicans), and Derek Jacobi (The King's Speech, The Borgias).

Here's a fun fact: Chris Boyle also served as the creative lead and director on Call of Duty: Black Ops 2's in-game live-action sequences. By my count, that gives Lesslie just a single degree of separation from the games biz.

Welcome to G4's Knuckle Up, where we bring you a byte-sized view of our five favorite mobile games every week. The phone and tablet space is filled with incredible games that will keep you busy for minutes, hours, or even days -- we'll let you know what we're playing and why we're playing it. Here are our five favorite games this week: 

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Hundreds is a perfect example of minimalist game design, and it’s a great way to kick off 2013 here on Knuckle Up. We’re loving this ultra simple game of circles, and you’ll love it too... at first. A little backstory before we dig into Hundreds: the designer of this game, SemiSecret, is the very same studio that brought us endless runner Canabalt, and at the most recent Indiecade, Hundreds was an official selection. It’s a strong pedigree, to be sure; however, does this puzzle game stack up against its competition?

The concept and goal of Hundreds is simple: touch floating circles to increase their size (and the number inside them). Get enough circles ballooned up to total 100, and you’ve beaten the level. Sounds easy, right? Each puzzle presents a scenario designed to make attaining 100 more and more difficult as the game progresses. Oh, and let’s not forget this critical piece of information: when you touch a circle, it turns red as it expands, and if you touch another object while it’s red, you’re dead.

Hundreds is a beautiful juxtaposition of simplicity in design alongside increasingly complex solutions. It’s no wonder folks are already raving about it on social media, and often, they’re playing with a friend due to the fantastic multitouch capabilities. Even though it may seem basic at first glance, Hundreds is anything but, and well deserving of our Game of the Week.

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It's been awhile since we last talked about Polyphony Digital's Gran Turismo 5, but the developer's partnership with Chevrolet brings some free DLC this week (via PlayStation Blog). Chevy's 2014 Corvette Stingray will be released for download tomorrow, January 14, 2013, at no cost.

The content drop is the product of a long-term collaboration between the developer and the car manufacturer. There's already a Corvette Test Prototype in GT5 which is essentially the 2014 Corvette Stingray. The final version is now being added to the game after the actual car made its public debut, at the North American International Auto Show this past weekend.

Racing fans: MotoGP is back! Italian developer Milestone returns to the simulation-focused series after a few years away with the newly revealed MotoGP '13 (via All Games Beta). The developer last tackled MotoGP '08, after which Monumental Games took over for a pair of releases. Milestone is back now, though it's not clear if Capcom is still handling the publishing duties.

The upcoming game's existence is revealed in the debut trailer up top, though be warned that it doesn't actually show you anything from the game. Between the trailer and the newly launched official website, we know that MotoGP '13 is due for a multi-platform release on PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, and PC. 

The website also mentions the existence of a full season mode (w/ MotoGP, Moto2, and Moto3) along with an assortment of other modes (2013 World Championship, IRTA Test, Quick Race, Multiplayer). Real-life MotoGP events will also apparently inform the content in some way. There's no release date mentioned, though with big races starting in early April, you can probably expect the game to arrive around then.

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