2K Sports announced a few weeks back that basketball legend Michael Jordan would not only be gracing the cover of NBA 2K11, but that he would be appearing in the game in some form as well. Today, 2K revealed one of the ways his royal airness will be incorporated into this year’s game, and it’s called the Jordan Challenge.
Dead Space is exactly what I want a next-gen John Carpenter's The Thing game to be, though with more people being tied to chairs and forced to give blood samples. Of course, a great nerve-wracking game needs an equally terrifying sequel, so the good lads at Visceral Games gave us another taste with Dead Space 2. Harold Goldberg got his hands-on the latest demo, which lucky Comic-Conners might be able to try for themselves if they're sneaky about it. Here's what he found:
"For the three people I saw play the third person survival horror demo, The Puker was too much for them. They died miserably before finishing the level. So did I, when I was attacked by two Pukers. I did get one in the head before it got too close. I watched that head roll away on the floor, a brief moment of satisfaction before my demise."
By this time tomorrow, you’re going to be up to your elven cosplay ears in G4’s Comic-Con 2010 coverage, and while I would say I’m sorry, there isn’t really anything to be sorry about, since it just means you’ll have offensive amounts of Comic-Con info to consume at your leisure without the need to brave the interesting smelling crowds of the convention yourself. That’s our job, and we cherish it. But seeing as Comic-Con proper doesn’t kick off until tomorrow, we’ve decided to put together a very special pre-Comic-Con Feedback for you this week featuring the countess of comics herself Blair Butler chatting about all of the week’s biggest game news, and, of course, the big CC, with host Adam Sessler, Abbie Heppe, Matt Keil, and, for the first time, G4tv.com’s features editor Kevin Kelly.
Hulk might prefer to smash, but here on Feedback, we prefer to discuss...and then smash:
- Microsoft announced this week that Kinect will retail for $150, and will come bundled with Kinect Adventures. They also revealed a new 4GB Xbox 360 console, and Kinect bundle.
- Connecticut has joined 11 other states in support of legislation proposed by California to restrict sales of violent games to children. Needless to say, this whole situation disturbs us quite a bit.
- And speaking of things that disturb us, there continues to be chatter about Activision considering the idea of introducing a subscription model to future Call of Duty games. Despite what Treyarch says, the decision is ultimately Activision's, and that's definitely cause for concern.
Feedback: All of the heroic potential of the Fantastic Four, only we're sometimes more than four, and quite a bit less fantastic.
The AUDIO MP3 of this episode of FEEDBACK is available here: Right-click and Save.
On the heels of Comic-Con, Paramount released some stunning promotional concept art for the upcoming Avengers tie-in epics Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. And by "concept art," we're not talking about some scribbles in No. 2 pencil on an art pad of Darth Vader with a wide mask, holding a goofy lightsaber and a blaster. We're talking about unbelievably cool wide-angled images of Captain America storming the battlefield amid a hail of Nazi gunfire, and an epic battle between Thor and his evil half-brother Loki that seems to be sending the entire kingdom of Asgard into fire-blazing chaos. Cliff Notes: The pics are amazing! (See full versions below.)
Dear Mr. Spielberg,
Is it okay if I call you Steve? I'm going to assume that it's fine with you. If you have a problem with it, just let me know. You can reach me through the usual channels. Do you even use the usual channels? It's hard to picture you texting. Just saying.
Anyhow, I wanted to write you this letter to wish you a happy anniversary. Remember? It was 28 years ago today that you signed an agreement to turn E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial into a video game. I imagine that there was probably a big press release to accompany this, with the Atari logo and E.T. posters plastered everywhere. After all, the movie had already been out for more than a month and was still topping the charts when this announcement was made.
At this point, the likes of Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill have become synonymous with the voices of Batman and The Joker for a generation, thanks most recently to their fantastic work in Batman: Arkham Asylum. They're the Adam West and Cesar Romero for millions of 80s and 90s babies, if you will.
And with this year's San Diego Comic-Con right on the cusp of kicking off, Sony Online Entertainment has officially announced that Conroy and Hamill will be adding their vocal talents to the massive roster of upcoming MMO DC Universe Online.
In addition, "Firefly" actor Adam Baldwin has been unveiled as the voice of Superman in the game.
Are you looking forward to hearing Mark Hamill's trademark cackle as you grind through The Joker's minions for extra XP?
According to a report by FirstShowing.net, the conventionally-held wisdom that The Riddler would be the villain in the upcoming third installment of the Batman series (still tentatively titled Batman 3,) are indeed true. According to a "reliable inside source" a Warner Bros. casting grid has listed the character for inclusion in Christopher Nolan's next visit to Gotham. Additionally, listed in that same grid to portray The Riddler, is Nolan's Inception star Joseph Gordon-Levitt. However, the report seems to indicate that this news more so confirms the inclusion of the Riddler, than the idea of Levitt being cast for the role.
So, who do you think should play Batman's query-throwing, lime-green-loving nemesis?
Capcom is kicking off Comic-Con 2010 week right by revealing four new characters who will appear in their absurdly anticipated brawler Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
Are you a fan of Choose Your Own Adventures, or do you like playing God? Epic Games and Microsoft think you might like that responsibility so they're putting the fate of the newest Carmine brother in your hands. Clayton Carmine will be the newest rookie brother in Gears of War 3 and starting July 29, fans can purchase two new avatar t-shirts ("Save Carmine" and "Carmine Must Die"), each purchase casting a vote for Carmine's survival or demise. Before you think this is just another way to churn out a buck, all proceeds are going to the Child's Play Charity. And then there's what Microsoft is doing at Comic-Con.
Every year Gallery 1988 holds an incredible show of art inspired by the cult films we all know and love. Entering its fourth year, hosts Kevin Smith, Scott Mosier once again teamed up with curator Jensen Karp to feature some amazing up and coming artists. We got the chance to talk to Jensen, Kevin, and a couple of the artists and find out what inspired them to create such an amazing yearly tradition in Los Angeles. With gorgeous pieces featuring imagery from films like Pee-Wee's Big Adventure, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Princess Bride, and Back to the Future, it's easy to see why people line up hours before the gallery even opens. Check it out.
Sadly, a chapter of pop culture comes to a close today. Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour, the sixth volume in the Scott Pilgrim saga, appears in comic book shops and bookstores today, bringing an end to the series. Fittingly as well, because it's also the week that Comic-Con begins, so let's hope that some sort of creator Bryan Lee O'Malley phoenix will rise from the ashes and be reborn in an equally awesome comic.
If you haven't read Scott Pilgrim, now is the perfect time to hop on board since you can pick up the entire series. For a steal as well, I'd wager, since Amazon is offering the final book at a hefty discount. The book is full of video game references, and takes places in a universe where battling evil exes seems to be a common occurrence.
A film adaptation starring Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim entitled Scott Pilgrim vs. The World comes out next month (we'll have more news about that at Comic-Con), as does a pretty awesome 8-bit video game. Definitely worth checking out.
Are you watching Being Human? The BBC America show posits a world where a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf share a house. No worries if you missed it, though. The first season of the hilariously dark show is available on DVD and Blu-Ray today, and G4 has partnered with BBC America to give five lucky winners Blu-ray copies of Being Human: Season One, as well as Doctor Who: The Complete Specials and Torchwood: Children of Earth, as well as Look Around You: Season One on DVD. Just go to our sweepstakes page, read the official rules, and enter. A winner could be you! Oh, and make sure you get your entry in by 9AM July 26.
For even more of your favorite monstorous threesome, the second season of Being Human starts on BBC America on July 24th.
Are you ready for Comic-Con 2010?! I certainly hope so, because it’s all going down this week in San Diego, California, and G4 will be on site to bring you all of the latest and greatest news, previews, and more from the show. And just to show you how serious we are, "Attack of the Show" hosts Kevin Pereira and Olivia Munn are on tap to deliver four hours of live coverage from the convention floor on Saturday, July 24 starting at 3PM ET/PT, only on G4!
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