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Star Wars To Spinoff With Yoda Solo Film?

According to Aint It Cool News, Yoda, the ancient, wise, and backward-speaking Jedi Master of Star Wars is heading back to the big screen. -- Whoa, hold on a second, NOT for the upcoming J.J. Abrams-directed Episode VII, but rather, for what would prospectively be the first Star Wars stand alone film.

Indeed, fans knew that last fall's acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney would be the catalyst for some changes, but when rumors started to swirl about the possibility of spinoff films set in the Star Wars Universe, it was clear that we could be looking at a radical change in approach to how this movie canon manifested. Once previously held onto tightly by George Lucas, the proverbial Pandora's Box has been opened.

At this point, no details are available on exactly when in Yoda's long, long life the film is set to take place. There are numerous possibilities ranging from the story of a young Yoda getting his first lessons in the Jedi arts, to a bittersweet tale of how Yoda's apprentice, Count Dooku descended to the Dark Side, or even a post-Jedi Purge story documenting events taking place in Yoda's early days exiled on the "slimy mudhole" of Dagobah. There may even be some strategy to make the film more relevant to the new material by basing it on a storyline that will ultimately connect with the Abrams-christened sequel films.

Should the report prove true, it sets things up for other popular characters to get their own solo outings on the big screen like Boba Fett, Darth Maul, Jabba The Hutt...or maybe even the Rebellion's portly pilot, Jek Porkins. (jk) -- It's a Star Wars universe, we're just pretending to live in it.

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Ouya Console To Support XBMC Media Player, TuneIn Radio Service

The Ouya console will be available in retail stores starting in June 2013, the company confirms in a morning announcement. The official website for the console confirms that those interested in the console will be able to snag it from Amazon, GameStop, Target, and Best Buy.

The Rubiks cube-sized console will carry a $99.99 price tag, with a single controller also packed into the box. Additional controllers will sell for $49.99. Retail is the final destination for the Kickstarted console, which ships to backers in march. Pre-orders placed by non-backers through Ouya's website arrive next, in April.

Full disclosure: I am an Ouya backer.

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CD Projekt Red is ready to share the first details on the next chapter on Geralt's adventure in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game, which is the subject of the next Game Informer issue's cover story, will be released in 2014 for PC and "all high-end platforms available." In case it's not clear, that's a reference to the next set of consoles.

Described as a "standalone sequel," Wild Hunt uses an open world that is significantly larger than The Witcher 2's was and that eclipses even Bethesda's Skyrim. A few of the new features, such as a dedicated Monster Hunting questline, are mentioned in the trailer above. You can also find a more detailed rundown of what's discussed in the GI feature at Gematsu.




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Injustice: Gods Among Us To Receive Red Son DLC

This is one of those good news/bad news situations. The good news is that Injustice: Gods Among Us has a confirmed DLC pack that was inspired Mark Millar's superb comic book miniseries, Superman: Red Son. The bad news is that the DLC is confirmed by way of a UK-only limited edition offer that packs in the DLC for free with the game.

Of course, DLC tends to not remain restricted to the realm of pre-order bonuses or regional exclusivity when there's money to be made. The content pack includes 20 missions set in the alternate universe spin-off's timeline along with three character skins, for Superman, Wonder Woman, and Solomon Grundy. Too bad there's not one for the Russky Batman as well.

Also, while I've got your attention: read Superman: Red Son. It imagines what would have happened if the spaceship that delivered Kal-El to Earth had crashed in the Soviet Ukraine, and it's great.




New BioShock Infinite Details

BioShock Infinite is slightly less than two months away now, and a newly revealed Xbox 360 Achievements list may help tide you over during the wait. The list is entirely spoiler-free from a story perspective, with all narrative-related cheevos seemingly locked away behind secret Achievements.

The larger, visible portion of the list contains plenty of new information as well, it's just more in the vein of content and features. You can, for example, find a full list of weapon names and types. You'll also learn how many Vigors (think: Plasmids) there are in the game, overall.

There are also a few cheevos related to the previously teased 1999 Mode; one for unlocking it, another for completing the game in it, and a third for completing a 1999 Mode game "without purchasing anything from a Dollar Bill vending machine." If you're only worried about story spoilers, know that you can read this list freely without fear.

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Marvel's Phase Three: Where Does Hulk End Up?

According to a report from Latino Review, it appears that The Avengers' irascible, irradiated emerald brute could find himself the center of some major activity by the time Marvel's Movie Universe reaches its "Phase Three" era.

While Marvel has tried its hand multiple times in the last decade to get the box-office ball rolling for The Hulk to varying degrees of success, it took an ensemble performance in last year's The Avengers cast with Mark Ruffalo mixing solid rage action with plenty of comic relief to finally make things click for the gamma giant. Indeed, it appears that having finally bottled the right chemistry, Marvel Studios intends to target it effectively sometime late in the upcoming "Phase Two" era of the films, which officially kicks off with this May's Iron Man 3.

Once seemingly the odd man out with an impending cosmic crucible on deck against the powerful Titan, Thanos and the rise of the Guardians of the Galaxy next year, Hulk could be poised to steal the show to an even larger extent than he did in The Avengers. According to LR's report, this will manifest in the buildup to what will be a new solo film franchise for the scientist-turned-towering-troglodyte, who is "always angry."

Think you've seen that movie before? Well think again. Keep going below for what may be some spoileriffic details regarding the Phase Three fate of The Hulk.

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Prey 2

Bethesda Softworks yanked Prey 2 off of its upcoming slate in summer 2012 when it became clear that the game would not be ready anytime soon, but a newly discovered countdown site hints at a reveal related to the game scheduled for March 1, 2013. The website, AlienNoire.com, doesn't explicitly mention Prey 2, though NeoGAF users (via Joystiq) captured an image of the (now-changed) source code, which bore keyword entries for the game title and its developer, Human Head Studios.

A WHOIS lookup reveals the domain owner's name to be "The Collective," with an address in Tahlequa, OK. That's also where Tommy, Prey's protagonist, is from, and where the capital of the Cherokee nation was originally founded. Tommy is also a Cherokee. Add to that the fact that the newly edited source code for the website still includes a telling hidden reference to the first game's protagonist, with a message that reads "Tommy needs your help."

Bear in mind, it is entirely possible that this is the work of a creative fan who wants to get people talking about the absent game again. We'll just have to wait and see, until either Bethesada offers some comment or, more likely, until March 1 arrives.

American Ninja Warrior Casting Notice: Compete In Season 5!

American Ninja Warrior returns for an all-new season this summer on G4 and NBC! So now it's time to ask yourself the age-old question: Do you have what it takes to become the next American Ninja Warrior?

The search for the fifth season's contestants has officially begun! If you're interested in putting your own strength, agility, balance and willpower to the test through a series of diabolical obstacle courses (and you're over the age of 21), then visit the American Ninja Warrior casting website. From there:

To be considered, applicants (21 years and older) must submit an online video which describes why they should be deemed worthy enough to join the schoolteachers, firemen, police officers, social workers and other everyday heroes as they transform into fearless acrobatic contestants.

So what do you think? Will the summer of 2013 be your Year of the American Ninja Warrior? There's only one way to find out.

For the latest news, updates and additional information regarding dates and locations, visit the American Ninja Warrior casting website at ANWTryouts.com and follow American Ninja Warrior on Twitter and Facebook!

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The outstanding facial capture work of Depth Analysis was a key ingredient in Rockstar Games' L.A. Noire, and this newly released outtakes montage highlights just how capable the company's MotionScan technology is. The 32-camera setup captures everything about a person's performance (their face only) then reconstructs it as a virtual character. Even when said real-life actor screws things up.

Such is the case with this collection of clips, which delves deep into Uncanny Valley. L.A. Noire did a fine job skirting past the subconscious discomfort that many people feel at the sight of a "too real" digital creation, but that careful balancing act tumbles as you watch these actors break character after flubbing a line. It's really neat too, and the technology will only improve over time. For now though?

KILL IT! KILL IT!


Naughty Dog shows off a little bit more of The Last of Us this week with the release of a gameplay clip featuring the game's inhuman, infected enemies (via All Games Beta). Seen previously only in trailers, we now know that the game's fungus-headed creatures evolve through multiple stages after infection, ultimately becoming the blind, echo-locating pile of contagion known as Clickers.

Previous looks at The Last of Us gameplay suggested stealth and platforming, but this one is all about building a sense of terror. Joel creeps along through a ruined subway station, quietly dispatching the infected as he spots them with his flashlight. Everything goes very wrong when he, perhaps not so wisely, shoots his gun and the clip ends on a grim note. Watch carefully and you'll also spot a peek at the game's ability upgrade interface.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Lands Its Leading Lady

It looks like next year's sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier won't have our hero going stag for long. Kicking off the weekend with a bit of news, it is being reported that Revenge star, Emily VanCamp is in talks to land the role of S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, Sharon Carter.

Beating out an array of some of the hottest up and coming starlets in the business, VanCamp will be playing a critical part of the new life of Chris Evans' unfrozen 1940's super soldier, Steve Rogers. However, with familial connection to his old love interest, Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell in Captain America: The First Avenger), things could get awkward.

In the original comic storyline which had Cap revived in the early 1960's, Sharon Carter was the younger sister of Peggy Carter. Growing up inspired by Peggy's stories of Cap's heroic exploits, Sharon eventually joined S.H.I.E.L.D. under the code name, "Agent 13." Of course, with comic book canons enduring far longer than what's believable, that relationship over the years has been retconned, turning Sharon into Peggy's niece. However, for the film, Sharon will need to be a few generations removed from Peggy who, in a deleted scene in The Avengers, was confirmed to still be alive. Therefore, in all likelihood, VanCamp's Sharon Carter could very well be the granddaughter of Peggy.

Now with a potential romance with a fetching blonde femme fatale (albeit one whose ancestor is his old girlfriend,) Captain America will also ready himself for a bittersweet reunion with a friend he once thought was deceased in James "Bucky" Barnes (Sebastian Stan), now also unfrozen and brainwashed by sinister forces as the titular Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks to make a cross-generational score at theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix has a treat for Sleeping Dogs fans, in the form of more DLC. It's not just *a* treat either. It's a *lot* of treats, to the tune of five content drops to be parceled out over the first three months of 2013. January's already behind us, so that leaves a two month window for this stuff to arrive in.

Some of this stuff is out already. Specifically, the Movie Masters Pack, which was released earlier this week on January 29, 2013. That pack, along with several of the others, add nothing more than new costumes to the game. There are two proper content expansions however, that both add new missions and other content to Wei Shen's world.

Check out the details for all five of these content packs after the jump, and stay tuned for news on specific release dates as they emerge.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Sentinels And Other Plot Details

In a tidbit that will probably come as no huge surprise to those who familiar with the X-Men canon, 20th Century Fox creative consultant, Mark Millar has confirmed that next year's time-bending bonanza of badassery, X-Men: Days of Future Past will be riddled with the team's signature antagonists in the giant robotic ravagers of all things mutant, The Sentinels.

While the comic book creative guru, Millar has been known to drop the occasional big fish story to the fans, this one certainly has a ring of truth. Yet, in an interview with SFX, Millar's revelations, seemingly confirming the obvious, consequently may have also shed light on some previously-unknown things about the film's plot. (Which was recently revealed to center in 1973; ten whole years after X-Men: First Class.)

Regarding the Sentinels, who will prospectively arrive on the big screen not too long in the wake of another "Big Robot" movie in Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, Millar comments:

“I hadn't actually thought about that [laughs]. Yeah, that is true isn't it? You will have a couple of big movies with giant robots in them. I don't really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers. We've all been waiting for this ever since X-Men: The Last Stand showed us one of their heads. Now it is finally coming, and we only have to pay ten quid to see it in the cinema whereas they're having to pay $100 million to deliver it. So I'm delighted [laughs].”

It certainly wouldn't be Days of Future Past without time travel and Sentinels, so Millar may not have dropped any bombshells on that one. Yet, it is noteworthy that we're talking about the X-Men films, specifically, Fox's X-Men films, so a confirmation of an aspect as basic as this is probably worth a victory of some sort for the fan community.

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Madden NFL 14 Celebrates 25 Years In August 2013

EA Sports confirms that Madden NFL 14 will launch on August 27, 2013. Probably. The graphic above -- which amounts to EA's only comment on the matter thus far -- doesn't explicitly peg "Madden NFL 14" for the August release. It merely indicates that the Madden series, celebrating 25 years of life in 2013, is doing something important on that day.

Anyone who thinks that the image above refers to anything other than this year's iteration of Madden NFL is probably wrong. It's possible that EA Sports has more extensive PR/marketing plans than usual due to the 25 years milestone, but the yearly football sim always arrive in August, to coincide with the imminent launch of the NFL season. That's not going to change.

So until you hear otherwise, look for Madden NFL 14 on August 27, 2013.

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God of War: Ascension "From Ashes" Live Action Trailer »


Sony's previously teased "Game Day 2013" has arrived and, just as many of us had figured, it's related to God of War: Ascension. Specifically, today brings the reveal of a live-action trailer for God of War: Ascension, a prequel story for Kratos that comes to PlayStation 3 on March 12, 2013.

And hey, you know what? This trailer is great. Whether or not you know just why Kratos is so angry or how he maintains that ashy white glow on his skin, this live-action peek at his back story hits every note that it should. Watch it. Enjoy it. Then wait two and a half months more before you can play it.

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