Showing posts with label Sci-Fi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sci-Fi. Show all posts

Monday, January 7, 2019

Alien: Blackout Revealed

Amanda Ripley from Alien: Isolation returns for another showdown with a deadly Xenomorph in Alien: Blackout mobile game.

Last year in January, 20th Century Fox has acquired developer Cold Iron Studios for their video game division FoxNext Games and they announced to have been working on a shooter title that is set on the sci-fi horror franchise of Alien, created by director Ridley Scott in 1979.

Then Alien: Blackout title being trademarked by Fox revealed the name of the game and it was about to be announced at The Game Awards 2018, which didn't happen in the end. The game has finally dropped a trailer and it turns out to be a premium mobile game.

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Alien: Blackout Revealed

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Just take a look at the official trailer released for the upcoming AAA-Alien game below before we talk more about it.




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The trailer gives away a survival horror type atmosphere the game offers where daughter of Ellen Ripley and the protagonist of Alien: Isolation, Amanda Ripley is shown to be locked with a Xenomorph aboard Weyland-Yutani space station.

Players will assume her role in a struggle to survive the deadliest species of the galaxy trying to outsmart her and the crew in every move. In order to stay alive, you could risk the lives of other crew members or try to rely on the damaged controls of the station.

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Instead jumping with joy, people who eagerly waited for the reveal are giving the title a cold shoulder, because the game was rumored to be shooter title for PC and consoles but then turned out to be a mobile app that no one asked for.

Yes, the return of Amanda Ripley is really exciting for the fans that played the previous game but they wanted to play the new game on available major gaming platform and bringing the game on mobile after all this hype can simply turn out to be another greedy cashgrab attempt.

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Outsmart The Alien

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Apparently, many major video game companies are shifting their effort towards mobile game development these days, thus ruining beloved franchise for fans and looks like none of them has learned anything from the Diablo Immortal backlash at BlizzCon 2018.

Alien: Blackout, a direct sequel to Alien: Isolation will be coming soon on App Store, Google Play and Amazon App Store for playing on mobile devices priced $4.99 only. FoxNext has associated themselves with D3 Go, Theory Interactive and Rival Games for the project.

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Alien: Blackout May be Next Alien Game

20th Century Fox trademarks the name "Alien: Blackout" for a possible upcoming video game title in the making.

After the science fiction horror franchise of Aliens began its journey back in 1979, it saw many sequel movies, crossovers with Predator film series, and most frequently adapted into comic-books by Dark Horse Comics publications and video game media for a several decades now.

It stepped into the world of video games in 1982 as maze game based on the original movie and got a dozen of releases on different platforms. Some recent developments from 20th Century Fox studio suggest that we are in for a new Alien game soon.

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Alien: Blackout May be Next Alien Game

RELATED: FoxNext to Develop New Alien Video Game

The title Alien: Blackout as recently been trademarked by Fox on the World Intellectual Property Organization website, where it clearly states to be a video game property and definitely not an upcoming movie or TV show.

Back in January, it was revealed that FoxNext Games is about to work on a new AAA-Alien shooter title for PC and consoles in association with Cold Iron Studios, which will deliver a total action-packed experience full of Xenomorphs to all of the fans.

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Also, there are speculations that very soon the game could even be announced at The Game Awards 2018. This rumor is powered by a recent photo posted by video game legend Hideo Kojima on Twitter during his tour at the 20th Century Fox office and the official Twitter account for TGA responds to it as well.



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Another interesting part is that The Game Awards has been marketing this year's event with a tagline "Worlds Will Change" right next to a "W" logo. Some enthusiastic fans over the internet suggest this to be the Weyland-Yutani Corporation logo from Alien universe.

The similarities between the logo could be purely coincidental but it seems highly suspicious when the Twitter handle for The Game Awards responds to Kojima with their "Worlds Will Change" slogan in a cryptic manner of reply.



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The closest and the most recent release from the series are Aliens: Colonial Marines and Alien: Isolation. The former took place right after the events of James Cameron's Aliens movie from 1986, which was gravely bashed by fans for a very poor AI as a result of a typo in code.

The latter came out after a year later as a first-person-shooter survival horror game from developer Creative Assembly and publisher Sega, which somehow managed to encapsulate the suspense and claustrophobic settings of the franchise right.

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Aside from the recently title, we do not know any other news or information about the story of the game or whatsoever. However, now that 20th Century Fox has secured the trademark for them, we hope to hear more about the game soon and probably on December 6, at The Game Awards 2018.

If Hideo Kojima is really involved in the Alien: Blackout project, then there is a chance that the series may find redemption into the video game media after so many botched attempt to bring the Alien horde from the furthest corner of the galaxy to your preferred gaming platform.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

Xbox One backward compatibility feature brings Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy and Civilization Revolution as Xbox One X enhanced from Xbox 360.

The entire Xbox community came celebrating the fourth-annual X018 event this weekend at Mexico City and Microsoft Studios teamed up with Square Enix to announce that Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy will be backwards compatible on Xbox One from November 13.

It is time for fans of the series to rejoice in excitement as Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2 and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII from role-playing game franchise Final Fantasy has joined the library of Xbox One X enhanced backward compatibility.

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Final Fantasy XIII Trilogy is Backwards Compatible on Xbox One

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These three action RPG titles from "Fabula Nova Crystallis" saga with mostly positive receptions were originally released within 2009 to 2013 for Xbox 360 consoles aside from other platforms like Android, iOS, PC and PlayStation 3.

Not only are these games are being made available for Microsoft's eighth-generation home console, FFXIII Trilogy is receiving enhanced visual upgrade to be enjoyed on the world’s most powerful console, Xbox One X.

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The above-mentioned titles will soon join previously announced lineup of Final Fantasy VII, Final Fantasy IX, Final Fantasy X HD Remaster, Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age and World of Final Fantasy Maxima as part of Final Fantasy Legacy Collection, will be releasing throughout 2019.

On another note, turn-based strategy game Sid Meier's Civilization Revolution from developer Firaxis Games and publisher 2K Games has also received Xbox One X enhanced update. Back in April 2017, the title joined the backward catalog of games already.

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FFXIII and Civilization Revolution is Xbox One X Enhanced

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Some people may have missed their chance with these titles the first time they were launched and had no way of playing it back now without migrating back to older consoles or maybe experience it on PC if there is a version available. This is where the Xbox One backwards compatible feature comes to play.

Microsoft has done a great job amassing more than 500 titles from Xbox 360 platform and 25 of them are enhanced for Xbox One X. Another 32 original Xbox classic titles are now available to enjoy on your Xbox One devices.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

To keep you busy with the RPG action, Square Enix will release a ton of games from Final Fantasy franchise till 2019.

One of the most celebrated video game series in history where Square Enix had the privilege to be both a developer and publisher studio at the same time is definitely Final Fantasy franchise. Of course, they are responsible for series like Tomb Raider as well but can you really make a comparison among them in terms of popularity? I guess not.

Recently, they revealed names for a bunch of games from the overall releases to be launched on Nintendo Switch, PC via Steam, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy Legacy Collection Announced

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Today, the company announced the news through a Tweet from their official account while detailing about the involved titles on their site.

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Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD

Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition HD
Starting off with a light-hearted approach towards the series, we are off to a path of action role-playing adventure, which is explored in 15 chapters. The story revolves around Eos, a world that is weighed down by Starscourge plague that turns human and animal into fierce Daemons. Currently the game is available on PS4, Switch and Xbox One.

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima

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World of Final Fantasy Maxima
This is a game that assembles many of the heroes from different Final Fantasy titles into a world for you to enjoy. Players are to go on board for a magical quest throughout the land of Grymoire with lead characters Lann and Reynn. Your ultimate franchise crash course will release on November 6, 2018 for PS4, Steam, Switch and Xbox One.

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Chocobo’s Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!

Chocobo's Mystery Dungeon EVERY BUDDY!
Throughout the entire Final Fantasy series, Chocobos appear as a recurring animal and even earner their series of spin-offs. As title suggests, you are to wander in a world full of dungeons and each of your movement affects the world around you. With a 2-player co-op mode, the game will be arriving on the winter of 2018 for PS4 and Switch.

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Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles Remastered Edition
This co-op RPG is a spin-off title of the main series and completely remastered for releasing on 2019 for both PS4 and Switch. It tells a story of a world that is doused in poisoned gas called Miasma and everyone tries to protect themselves from it using large crystals.

The newly added online multiplayer mode will allow players to team up with three more friends simultaneously. Plus, each dungeons added more areas to explore than before.

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Final Fantasy VII
Now this entry right here has a lot of fan jump with joy in excitement as this one has changed the concept of gaming back then. To stop a major eco-terrorist organization from taking over the power sources of the world and save it from a possible downfall, mercenary protagonist Cloud Strife joins a rebellion group AVALANCHE. At some point in 2019, the title will see release on Switch and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy IX
A bandit group called Tantalus and their member Zidane Tribal decides to kidnap Princess Garnet of Alexandria. Strangely enough, she also wanted out and together they attempt to stop a war between nations of Gaia in an epic medieval fantasy tale. 2019 marks the release window for the game on Switch consoles and Xbox One.

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Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster
Instead of picking up one title, you've got to choose two completely remastered Final Fantasy game here on Switch and Xbox One. In terms of graphics, story and soundtracks, these two titles will stand out among the rest.

The first one from the two is set on the world of Spira, revolving around the journey of Tidus and Yuna to stop the threat of Sin. Then X-2 shift focus on Yuna as she becomes a Sphere Hunter from a summoner and gathers new allies to find answers to some unsolved mystery.

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Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
What Zodiac Age does to the originally released classic version of Final Fantasy XII from 2006 is providing a more polished graphics and gameplay. In a war between the kingdom of Archadia and Rozarria, Dalmasca gets caught and being taken over by the former.

So, Princess Ashe decides to form a movement along with a young man named Vaan to free their land. As a high-definition remaster, the entire game is presented in true HD with improvements on sound and visual. This one too will see release on 2019 over Switch and Xbox One consoles.

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Over the course of next 12 months, Square Enix intends to release the abovementioned titles on all available major platforms. So, we are covered with the iconic role-playing experience of the series till 2019 on different consoles.

For a very long time, fans have been asking for these Final Fantasy titles to release on modern day gaming platforms and the publisher have obliged to their demands eventually by encapsulating the memorable heritage of this franchise into a collection series.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Aliens: Colonial Marines' Lame AI Caused by Typo

It took five years for a modder to uncover a single typo in game's code after Aliens: Colonial Marines is released.

Despite belonging to the Alien science fiction movie series, first-person shooter Aliens: Colonial Marines from Gearbox Software and Sega was terribly bashed over by fans and critics alike. To bring back fans of this popular sci-fi horror franchise; the game was initially planned as a canonic sequel to James Cameron’s movie Aliens. Not only had it suffered years of delay before releasing on 2013 for PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but was heavily criticized for low graphics quality and weak enemy intelligence.

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Aliens: Colonial Marines' Lame AI Caused by Typo

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Dedicated modders have been trying to improve the AI of the Xenomorph enemies lurking around so they would behave more agile and intelligent rather than fooling around like a drunken old person waiting to be blasted by Pulse Rifles all the time. A modder from ModDB known as jamesdickinson963 has discovered lately that a single letter "a" added in the word "tether" game's .INI files, which actually messed up code and caused them behave weirdly. Here’s the code:

ClassRemapping=PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachXenoToTether ->  PecanGame.PecanSeqAct_AttachPawnToTeather

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Instead of coming at player on sight in a blood-thirsty aggression, the Xenomorphs mostly wander around casually like they have other things to do like coming in and out of vents, falling off wall, getting stuck on ceiling or running clueless than tearing you up in to pieces. Apparently, removing the typographical error from the code simply doesn't correct enemy AI behavior but it improves the gameplay by making them far more engaging in a fight than they used to.


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Just after fixing the typo in question, they start behaving more aggressively and play smart. Where the Alien from the first scenario was easily confused and went back when player started running away from it, the bug stayed focused on its prey on second encounter after correcting the error. Their sluggish and erratic movements are no longer there to make them look like bad jokes from a horror movie anymore.


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Gearbox Software simply failed to deliver what they promised in demos and it was nothing more than a mediocre shooter that portrayed the deadliest killing machines of the galaxy as some panzy bugs lurking around. Now, five years after the disastrous release of the title a modder has recently discovered that a single typo in code was one of the primary reasons for the terrible gameplay experience it delivered and upon fixing, it can have some serious impact on enemy AI.

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Developers should have noticed this error while testing if they weren't in such hurry to somehow release the game and be done with it, causing Aliens: Colonial Marines being a chaos in spaceship Sulaco. Hadn't it for their sloppy development, the game could've been a lot better than it turned out. Meanwhile, FoxNext is developing an Alien shooter game for PC and consoles. Publisher Dark Horse Comics is also adapting unused Alien 3 screenplay by William Gibson into a five-part comic-book series.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Halo TV series Comes to Showtime

Iconic sci-fi first-person shooter video game franchise of Halo from Xbox is finally coming to Showtime for a television debut.

Only a while ago, Halo Infinite; the newest installment from military sci-fi first-person shooter game series Halo was announced for PC and Xbox One at E3 2018 press conference. It's about time that one of the long-running video game franchises from 343 Industries and Microsoft Studios finally get a live-action television series and guess what? It is really happening this time. It will be aired on Showtime with 10-episode season with writer/producer Kyle Killen (Awake, Lone Star) serving as executive producer.

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Halo TV Series Comes to Showtime

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Back in 2013, there was actually a rumor of a Halo TV series that was supposed to be helmed by Steven Spielberg. Since then, all we've been hearing was bunch of reports but no official statement. However, this official announcement from Showtime president and CEO David Nevins gives a real confirmation of the project actually moving ahead for production. Nevins believes, there haven't been enough great science fiction stories in television show history and Halo is going to change that.

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According to reports, the story will take place when the fictional universe of 26th-century debuted in 2001, which means, it will probably take inspiration from Halo: Combat Evolved. An interstellar war against humanity that is sparked by an alien race of the Covenant is the base of the story. David Nevins also states that, this version of the story will not just please the fans but newcomers too will be drawn towards it. Which actor will step into the valiant shoes of protagonist Master Chief is yet not declared.

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Although it literally took ages for such a fan-favorite series to have a live-action adaption other than comic-books, hardcore fans would deeply appreciate the effort and will reinvigorate the hype for entire franchise. There is lot of scopes to explore this unique universe built and many creative ways to tie-in with games continuity. If done right by finding a right balance of characters and story, Halo can effectively lift the video game curse of their adaption not being acclaimed enough.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

FoxNext to Develop New Alien Video Game

A video game division for 20th Century Fox, FoxNext Games has recently acquired San Francisco-based game developer Cold Iron Studios. Members of the studio are people who previously worked on popular games like BioShock Infinite, City of Heroes and Metroid Prime 3 as former members of Cryptic Studios. FoxNext then announced of developing a new game on the Alien sci-fi horror saga for PC and consoles.

Director Ridley Scott has created a sci-fi movie masterpiece back in 1979 with the movie Alien and that has spawned into a series of films and other spin-off series as well. Adapting the elements, some classic games like Alien: Colonial Marines and Alien: Isolation was made over the years. The most recent live-action movie installment of the Alien franchise was Alien: Covenant, released on 2017 but it's been a long time since we saw a video game based on the same series.

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FoxNext to Develop New Alien Video Game

So far, all we know about this upcoming title is that it is going to be a shooter aside from it being set of Ridley Scott's Alien universe. FoxNext is looking to deliver an action-packed experience to the players and the fans of the series. FoxNext Games president Aaron Loeb is a fan of the works Cold Iron Studios have done in past. Besides, they are looking for a few spin-offs and creating original games as well.

CEO of Cold Iron Studios, Craig Zinkievich believes that according to the road-map set by the studio, they are all set to expand the amazing universe of the Xenomorphs and take it to the next level. The vision that FoxNext has set for them to work on is just what they needed to do that and since they have been in the game making business for quite some time now, they know how to give us a new Alien shooter game that the fan-base is dying for..

In past, Japanese video game developer and publisher Sega used to have exclusive publishing rights from 20th Century Fox for the franchise of video games based on Alien and related media. Although the first game to debut from FoxNext Games is going to be Marvel Strike Force, a free-to-play role-playing mobile game in 2018, the new Alien video game will be the first title release from Cold Iron Studios.