Saturday, March 31, 2012

New SimCity preview and new World Of Mercenaries game

This is a quick blog post about two new upcoming video games. First, the new SimCity game. We all have seen the cool trailer and G4 met up with some of those who are working on the game. Check out the preview they posted a few days ago. The new SimCity sounds like you can do so much and even the online play sounds really cool. Make sure to give it a read.

The second game I wanted to blog about is a free-to-play shooter called World Of Mercenaries. The beta registration starts in 4 days. There are no screenshots or anything so it's hard to know if the game will be any good but the GameSpy article about the game makes me want to check this game out. The official World Of Mercenaries site is here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Walking Dead season 2 finale

The Walking Dead season 2 finale Sunday night was awesome. Wow, what a finale. Now we have to wait until October for season 3 to start. Season 3 will have 16 episodes, 8 episodes and then a break and then the final 8 episodes. Don't read anymore if you haven't seen it yet as there are spoilers.

The show starts by showing how the herd of zombies comes together before they reach the farm. A chopper passes by, the walkers hear it and head in the direction of the noise. Robert Kirkman said that was the same chopper that Rick saw back in season 1, so this was a flashback. The herd merges with another herd as they walk across farm land. The herd walks through the forest and hears the gunshot and they turn in that direction. Daryl and Glenn return to the farm house and tell everyone that they found Randall as a walker. Rick and Carl see the walkers behind them heading towards them so they run to the barn and lock themselves in. Rick pours gasoline on the ground setting a trap. Rick gives Carl a lighter and he climbs up to safety as Rick unlocks the door letting the walkers in. After Rick climbs up, Carl drops the lighter and the walkers burn but it also sets the barn on fire.

Some of the others come out to try and take out as many walkers as they can and to try and lead them away from the house. Jimmy drives Dale's RV over to the barn to help Rick and Carl get out of there. Walkers break into the RV (did Jimmy not lock the door?) and kill Jimmy. Andrea shoots at walkers as T-Dog drives in one vehicle, while Glenn shoots at walkers while Maggie drives another vehicle. Daryl is also shooting walkers while on his motorcycle. Hersehl is shooting walkers from the front of his house. Rick and Carl get away from the barn and run away from walkers. Lori, Carol, Patricia and Beth try to escape but Patricia gets killed. Andrea saves Carol but T-Dog, Lori and Beth in the blue truck see a walker fall on top of Andrea thinking she got killed so they drive off. But Andrea is fine and Carol runs off in the forest. Glenn and Maggie get out of there. Rick saves Hershel as a walker was behind him. Rick, Carl and Hershel drive off as Andrea tries to wave down Rick from behind but they don't see her. She's left behind so she grabs the bag of guns and runs into the forest as walkers chase her. Daryl saves Carol from walkers chasing her.

They all reunite (except Andrea) at the highway where they left supplies for Sophia. They then drive off together leaving the blue truck behind. On a country road, the red truck runs out of the gas so Rick says they'll camp there for the night and they'll scavenge in the morning but the others aren't feeling that idea. Daryl brings up Randall, saying that he turned without a bite. Rick then tells everyone what Dr Jenner told him at the end of season 1, "We're all infected. At the CDC, Jenner told me. Whatever it is, we all carry it." The others are mad that Rick didn't tell them, but Rick says he had no way of knowing if it was true so he didn't say anything.

Rick walks away from the group and Lori follows him. Lori holds Rick, and he tells her that he killed Shane, he had no choice and that he wanted him dead. He tells Lori that Shane turned/re-animated and that's how he knew that Jenner was right, and that Carl put down walker Shane. Lori bends over in pain or horror or whatever and backs up when Rick tries to console her.

Andrea is exhausted as she's been running through the forest from walkers and killing some when she could. She runs out of ammo and a walker gets her down on the ground. Just when it looks like she will get bit, the walker is sliced by a katana sword by someone wearing a hood. This is the new character, Michonne. She is seen with two walkers chained to her, missing their arms and lower jaws.

The survivors with Rick build a camp fire and Carol and Maggie want to leave but Daryl and Hershel disagree.

Last part of the show shows a new Rick (source): A noise echoes in the distance. Still, Rick refuses to let anyone investigate. Carol urges Rick to take action and he snaps, saying he never asked to be put in charge. "I killed my best friend for you people," he snarls. The others stare at Rick in horror; Carl buries his head in Lori's shoulder, crying. "Maybe you people are better off without me," Rick continues, encouraging them to leave. "I say there's a place for us, but maybe it's another pipe dream." The others stare back in stunned silence. "No takers?" Rick asks. Then he issues a final warning: "If you're staying, this isn't a democracy any more."

The camera zooms out showing up the road is a big prison.

Video: Highlights Episode 213 The Walking Dead: Beside The Dying Fire, Season 2, Episode 13

This was a really good episode and I can't wait for season 3 in October.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Official full Prometheus movie trailer

Here's the official trailer for the new upcoming movie Prometheus that looks good.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

The Walking Dead video game teaser trailer

Here's a teaser of the upcoming new The Walking Dead video game. There's no game footage in it but it somewhat sets the tone of the game.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

New Battleship movie trailer

There's a new trailer out for the upcoming Battleship movie. It looks like the movie is mainly action with humans and aliens fighting, oh and Rihanna is in it.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Walking Dead season 2 episode 12: Better Angels

The Walking Dead: Better Angels, Season 2, Episode 12, was an interesting episode Sunday night as we [Spoiler Alert!] see Shane dies, as it seemed he wanted Rick to kill him, pushing him on how he talked about his wife and kid. Then we see that the dead come back to life as Shane and Randall both come back as walkers. So now we know everyone is "infected" or has this thing (whatever you want to call it) where if you die and you have no brain damage, then you turn into a walker. At the end of episode, they show a "herd" of walkers coming towards the gun shots and following Rick and Carl to the farm house. Next week's episode looks like it will mostly be zombie killing.

So earlier in the episode, Lori talks with Shane, maybe giving him false hope for them to be together, and apologizes to him. Hershel lets everyone move into the house as fall/winter is coming. Shane later goes to the shack where Randall is being held and looks like he is going a little crazy or fighting himself in what to do with him. Shane eventually takes Randall out, bloodies himself, comes back to camp making it look like Randall attacked him. Then they (Rick and Shane pair up and Glenn and Daryl pair up) go out with the woods to search for him. Glenn and Daryl find Randall as a walker now and take him out. Daryl sees that his neck is broken and that's how he died. Meanwhile Shane leads Rick out into the woods and then to a hill where he pulls a gun on Rick. Watch the highlights below to see. Here's a good AMCTV The Walking Dead video with the actors/actresses talking about this episode.

Quick highlight video of The Walking Dead: Better Angels, Season 2, Episode 12

Jon Bernthal, Shane, talks about his character's thinking when he leads Rick into the woods:
"I think there's a part of Shane himself that knows he is no longer fit to be among the people." "He knows how much of a danger he is. He knows now he's killed yet another human being, and I think a part of this is him really spurring and challenging and getting Rick to step up and encompass what Shane has and take Shane out. I think there's a suicidal flavor." He went on explaining, "There's a flavor there that's really saying, 'Come on, man, I'm challenging you to be the man that's fit to raise the woman I love and the child I love and my child on the way. Come on and step up, raise your gun.' And there's a part of him that so desperately wants Rick to be that man, and when Rick finally does it, there's an element of some sort of relief." Source
Sneak peek video for next week's episode, the season finale. Episode 213, The Walking Dead: Beside The Dying Fire

With the season 2 finale next week you have to think some characters will be getting killed off the show because some new characters are coming for season 3. I think the obvious choices for those who may not make it to season 3 are: Carol, Maggie's sister, and Maggie's sister's boyfriend. I think everyone else will be staying for the next season. Who do you think will be leaving the show in the finale?

Friday, March 09, 2012

The Walking Dead social game

A new social game of The Walking Dead is coming in April and looks like it will only be available for Facebook. I'm not really on Facebook much so this sucks but I wish they had a web browser version for the game as well. I will probably try it out but I don't expect great graphics as Flash games are not the best, but looking at some of the screenshots it doesn't look too bad. Will you be checking out this game on Facebook?

In The Walking Dead Social Game, the goal is to survive the apocalypse by fighting walkers (zombies) and keeping yourself and your fellow survivors alive, while scavenging resources and establishing camps based on settings from the show. The Walking Dead Social Game allows players to have their own, unique adventures, with opportunities to encounter show characters at key moments suggested by the show’s narrative.

"AMC's The Walking Dead Social Game is a next generation game for social networks." said Stephen Griffin, CEO of Eyes Wide Games, which is the studio developing the game in conjunction with AMC and Rock You. "It's got deep playability. It's got drama, and it's still approachable for the casual audience. However, if you're a gamer and you've been looking for a deeper game to play and to experience on social networks then this is it."
Source: G4TV

The Walking Dead episodes 10 and 11

I've been busy lately so I haven't had the time to blog about the past two episodes of The Walking Dead so I will do a quick summary of both here.

The Walking Dead, Season 2 Episode 10 was named "18 Miles Out" and it mainly focused on Rick and Shane fighting over what to do with Randall. Rick and Shane drive 18 miles out from the farm house, but before reaching 18 miles, they stop and talk. Rick tells Shane, making it clear, that Lori, Carl and Lori's unborn baby are all his and not Shane's. They find a public works station and decide to leave Randall there. As they start to leave Randall is pleading with them to not leave him and says that he went to school with Maggie. Shane assumes since he knows who Maggie is then he knows where the farm is located and he attempts to shoot Randall but Rick tackles him. Rick and Shane then begin fighting after Shane says that he doesn't think Rick can keep Lori and Carl safe. After punching each other, Shane throws a large wrench at Rick, Rick ducks and the wrench breaks through the building window. Walkers start coming out and Shane runs and barricades himself in a school bus. Rick kills a few walkers before getting to Randall and they show Rick and Randall walking away from the bus that Shane is trapped in. Just when you think Shane is a goner, Rick and Randall come driving through the gate to rescue Shane. Rick shoots walkers as he hangs out the passenger window while Randall drives. They drive to the back of the bus and Shane runs and exits the back door of the bus and gets into the car as they escape.

Back at the farm, Beth tries to kill herself but didn't cut herself deep. Andrea wants Lori and Maggie to give Beth a choice to do what she wants. Click read more below to see the highlight videos and for the quick summary of last week's episode.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

New SimCity game trailer

One of the first games I got addicted to playing during my younger days was SimCity 2000. They made ones after that one but I never bought any of them. Well recently the trailer for a new SimCity game, that is coming out in 2013, hit the web and wow it looks great. Of course though most of the trailer is probably taken from in-game movies but it looks so real. I'm hoping the actual gameplay is good as well. Check out the trailer below. If I find more information about the game I'll post it as I'm a fan of this game series.