Weekly News Roundup: 7/17/2011

Movies

Optimus? Is that you?

  • Some concept art for Transformers: Dark of the Moon reveals a lot of crazy-ass ideas of what Optimus Prime's trailer would transform into. There's a flight suit, a Minigun with a spike gauntlet, two giant Covenant swords, double missile launchers, a weird shield and an awkward claw that's a big as Optimus, a battle mode that turns Optimus into a semi-tank, and a shoulder-mounted launcher with super chainsaw. Yes, a super chainsaw. If Optimus wasn't so blood thirsty in the movie already, the triple-bladed super chainsaw most certainly would have.

  • A shaky cam version of The Dark Knight Rises trailer leaked online, but was swiftly taken away. That's okay, it was hard to understand what Gordon was saying anyways.

  • The American-ized Akira movie is still heading towards production. Now the director of Orphan, Jaume Collet-Serra, will direct with a much smaller $90 million budget.

  • John Carter of Mars is leaving out the Mars in the title for some reason. It's also leaving out all the boobs. Well, here's the trailer for it.

Games

  • Final Fantasy Versus XIII is very slowly making its way towards full development schedule. At this rate it'll be done in, oh, 5 years maybe? There are also new screenshots, but we won't be able to see them for a long time.

  • The next game from Space Invaders Infinity Gene creator Reisuke Ishida is Groove Coaster. Is this a Space Invaders rhythm game?

  • Saints Row: The Third's collector's edition includes a custom headset with a vocorder option, the soundtrack, and Professor Genki's Hyper Ordinary Pre-order pack. Prof. Genki looks too insanely awesome to not become DLC at some point.

  • ModernWarfare3.com is all about how Battlefield 3 is better. That's some nice trollin' right there.

  • The next Fallout: New Vegas DLC is Old World Blues. It looks corny, but in a good way.

Merch

  • There are finally packaged photos of the Indiana Jones "Lost Wave" figure set SDCC exclusive. It's a nice looking box, it'd be a shame to have open all the figures. The set will be $64.99 for six figures, which makes me very afraid of how much the twelve-figure Star Wars Death Star Vintage set is going to run. I wasn't planning on getting the Death Star set anyways, but now I have to think about the Indiana Jones one.

  • The Warner Bros. booth at SDCC will have a contest to win a replica Sword of Omens. There will also be foam Swords of Omens given away on Friday and Sunday. Looks like I have to get to the WB booth.

- Shawn - 7/17/11


Weekly News Roundup: 7/10/2011

Games

The world of BioShock Infinite got to see a Jedi get revenge, not just return.

  • BioShock Infinite's protagonist, Booker DeWitt, has been revealed on the cover of EGM[i] Issue 250.01. He's quite the dashing fellow, no wonder he has such a bountiful girlfriend. The cover is a an homage to Uncanny X-Men #141. Also, here's a video of the full 15-minute E3 demo if you want to watch everything before you play it yourself.

  • There are two new trailers for the Ico and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection. One for Ico, the other for Shadow.

  • The Lord of the Rings: War in the North will have a Collector's Edition featuring an artbook and a ranger quiver case. Can you actually put arrows in the case or is it just shaped like a quiver?

  • Japan will be getting a huge Resident Evil 15th Anniversary box set that contains all the main RE games (but not 5), a spacer for your RE5 case, two soundtracks, pins, and stickers. I'm pretty sure North America will not be getting this.

  • Do you love the Xbox Indie game Techno Kitten Adventure? Well now you can buy shirts for it, but they're only for girls.

  • The Digital Comics store on the PSP saw its final update, but comic will be coming to other Sony devices in the future.

Movies

  • Neil Burger will now be directing the Uncharted movie and will probably change the script to something actually resembling the game.

- Shawn - 7/10/11


Weekly News Roundup: 7/3/2011

Games

The unused Phoenix Colossus was wreathed in flames, which would have made climbing it rather difficult. Good thing there would have been a strategically placed lake nearby.

  • The Japanese Shadow of the Colossus Guidebook has been around for years, so it's a little weird that we're just now seeing a mountain of scanned images from it. A ton of these scans have been translated at GlitterBerri and show us unused Colossi, concept art, and insight on possible alternate endings. Well, it's better that we see all this awesome late than never. There is some amazing stuff in those pages.

  • CVG has an interview with BioWare's Casey Hudson about Mass Effect 3 where he says that them unmasking Tali is still up in the air. They might not do it because no matter what they decide what she looks like, a lot of people will be disappointed.

  • Gearbox was going to make a Blade Runner game, but it would have cost way too much money, which would have destroyed Gearbox.

  • This Garrus cosplay is impressive. I wonder if he'll be at SDCC this year.

  • Kenshi is the next DLC kharacter koming to Mortal Kombat July 5th.

Movies / TV

  • Adrianne Palicki will be Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Cobra Strikes. Also, RZA has joined the cast for some reason. Joe Colton will be in the movie with Bruce Willis a possible choice. The movie could even be a reboot of the G.I. Joe movie-verse, which is probably a good idea.

  • Shatner has a new documentary The Captains where he interviews all the actor who played captains in various Star Treks.

  • Thor has become its own lucrative movie franchise with Thor 2 set for July 26, 2013.

- Shawn - 7/3/11