The Force can’t stop Luke Skywalker getting pubstomped into paste

Star Wars Battlefront‘s hero units are powerful, which means that the guy in this video doesn’t have a chance against Luke Skywalker… Unless, of course, Luke Skywalker doesn’t watch where he’s Luke Skywalking. This is very much the sort of Battlefront we like to see: silly, ridiculous Battlefront.

There are still a few more days to play the beta. If you’ve tried it out already, how are you liking it so far?

Minecraft streamer buys $4.5 million mansion

It turns out that Notch isn’t the only guy who can afford to splurge on some swanky digs thanks to the magic of Minecraft. 23-year-old YouTuber Jordan “CaptainSparklez” Maron recently splurged on a $4.5 million pad above the Sunset Strip in Hollywood, and while it may not be in the league of Casa Notch, Maron didn’t make Minecraft—he just plays it.

The house is 4100 square feet, according to Variety, with three bedrooms, five baths, glass-railed terraces on each of the three floors, an outdoor fireplace, sunken wet bar, and a terrace with a stainless-steel barbecue, “party-sized spa,” and infinity swimming pool. Suddenly John Carmack’s Ferrari seems a bit trite, doesn’t it?

Business Insider has the photos from the Nicholas Property Group listing. Keep on streaming, kids. Keep on streaming.

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Mordheim: City of the Damned gets an “overview trailer”

It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Mordheim: City of the Damned, the turn-based tactical combat game set in Games Workshop’s Warhammer Fantasy universe. Which means this is an ideal time to have a look at the newly-released “overview trailer,” which succinctly breaks down everything that Mordheim has to offer.

In Mordheim, you’ll take control of one of four warbands—the Human Mercenaries, the Skaven Clan Eshin, the Sisters of Sigmar, or the Cult of the Possessed—select classes and assets, and then lead them into turn-based battles through the streets of a city shattered by a falling comet. It offers single-player campaigns, with unique stories for each of the four warbands, and online battles against other humans on procedurally-generated maps.

Turn-based combat games don’t always translate to video particularly well, but as much as it’s possible to judge such things, I think Mordheim looks good. The response on Steam—it’s been in Early Access release since late 2014—is pretty positive too. Have you tried it—and if so, what do you think?

Mordheim: City of the Damned is slated to come out “during the first weeks of November.”

Benicio del Toro will return for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2

It looks like James Gunn is getting the entire band back together for Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, with Benecio del Toro set to reprise his role as the Collector for the forthcoming sequel. How do we know? Because Zoe Saldana said so, that’s how!

The Star Trek actress posted a video on her husband’s Facebook page singing the praises of del Toro’s performance in Sicario before signing off with, “See you on Guardians!” Last time out, the Collector’s treasure trove of intergalactic curios was destroyed by Thanos’s underlings, but it looks like his role isn’t done just yet – could there be another infinity stone coming his way in the next film?

In any case, his return begs one obvious question – will Howard the Duck also be making an appearance? Or will they be saving that for the inevitable buddy-movie spin-off? We’ll find out for sure when Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in the UK on April 28 2017 and the US on May 5 2017.

Watch the first full trailer for the Sherlock Christmas Special


Sherlock fans… prepare yourselves. The first full-length trailer for the TV show’s Christmas special has landed online and it gave us chills!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman reunite as the beloved Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson in an spine-chilling new trailer for the Christmas special, which sees the iconic characters return to Victorian-era England.

The trailer debuted on BBC One last night following the finale of The Great British Bake Off, but if you’ve yet to see it, feast your eyes below…

Wow. As if we weren’t already counting down the days ’til the detective duo were back on our screens!

Fans will be pleased to see series regulars Amanda Abbington and Una Stubbs donning Victorian dress for the special, as well as the appearance of a particular deerstalker, but it’s the dark happenings on the streets of Victorian London, which really gave us goosebumps.

Steven Moffat has been keeping the details of the Christmas special tightly under wraps, but its rumoured that Sherlock will be confronting a ghostly adversary. Has trailer just confirmed this? “We all have a past, Watson.” Sherlock says. “Ghosts, they’re the shadows that define our every sunny day.”

Sherlock will be returning to our TV screens with the Christmas special on BBC One, unsurprisingly, this Christmas.

Steven Spielberg defends his superhero movie comments


A couple of months ago it was widely reported that Steven Spielberg had predicted that the superhero movie would soon go the way of the Western, sparking various big names to come out in defence of the genre. However, Spielberg has since moved to clarify his comments, stating that he was simply reflecting on the way various cinematic genres have their moment in the sun.

“To clarify, I didn’t predict the implosion of the film industry at all,” said Spielberg, during a Bridge Of Spies press day. “I simply predicted that a number of blockbusters in one summer – those big sort of tentpole superhero movies – there was going to come a time where two or three or four of them in a row didn’t work. That’s really all I said. I didn’t say the film industry was ever going to end because of it. I was simply saying that I felt that that particular genre doesn’t have the legs or longevity of the Western, which was around since the beginning of film and only started to wither and shrivel in the sixties.”

“I was also trying to make the point that there was room for every kind of movie today,” he continues. “Because there seems to be an audience for everything. Even five years ago there wasn’t an audience for everything. But now, these little movies are just squeezing in and finding a berth next to these huge Queen Mary type movies and they’re able to find an audience, enough of an audience to encourage the distributor and the film companies to finance more of them. These are not just films like Bridge Of Spies, it’s independent movies as well.”

So there you go – perhaps those Spielberg Hates Spandex headlines were a little premature after all. In the meantime, we can look forward to Bridge Of Spies which will open in the US on October 16 2015 and the UK on November 27 2016.

Lego Marvel’s Avengers encompasses Marvel’s other movies

Lego Marvel's Avengers

I would prefer to play a ‘Lego Avengers’, where I could beat up 1960s villains as John Steed and Emma Peel, but I suppose Lego Marvel’s Avengers is going ahead anyway, despite my furious e-petition that I made my mum sign. The very familiar actiony platformy series has received another trailer, showing off some of the characters and film scenes that will be included in this latest game. Here it is:

Yeah it’s standard stuff, but that bit at the end is interesting: this will feature “story content” not just from the two Avengers films, but from both Captain Americas, the terrible Thor sequel, and Iron Man 3. So expect all your favourite moments to be parodied or otherwise represented in some way. Also, Hulk falls in love with a chicken, or something.

New Tomb Raider to offer 300 game-altering microtransactions

Rise of the Tomb Raider ice climb

Rise of the Tomb Raider still doesn’t have a solid release date on the PC, but what it does (or will) have is microtransactions. Yes, we’re delighted too. Creative Director Noah Hughes explained on the Xbox Wire that players will be able to use “Expedition Cards” to gain various modifiers or advantages, and while those cards can be acquired with credits earned in the game, they’ll also be sold for real money.

“Expedition Cards offer hundreds of ways to customize your Rise of the Tomb Raider experience. You can also set up challenges for your friends to see if they can beat your scores with the same card setup,” Hughes said. “We’ll have about 300 cards available at launch, and more will be added in the weeks that follow.”

Cards will come in two types: Foil, which provides the “strongest or strangest” effects and have unlimited uses, and the less powerful Common, which can be used only once. Some of the cards are “humorous,” such as one that enables Big Head Mode, while others have a more meaningful impact on gameplay: The “Bullet Resistance” card, for instance, which confers (as you may have already put together) bonus resistance to gunfire.

A Rise of the Tomb Raider season pass will also be offered, with three “major releases,” which I take to mean DLC—Endurance Mode, Baba Yaga: The Temple of the Witch, and Cold Darkness Awakened—on tap along with “a steady stream of outfits, weapons, and Expedition Cards beginning on day one and continuing over four months.” The season pass will sell for $30 over the $60 price for the standard release of the game.

Bear in mind that this is all specific to the Xbox editions of the game, since those are the only ones that have an actual release date at this point. I asked Square Enix if all of the above will apply to the PC version as well and was told only that more details will be revealed “soon,” but in the absence of any information to the contrary it’s reasonable to assume that Expedition Cards, and the season pass, will be an across-the-board proposition.

Just Cause 3 trailer contextualises destruction

This new trailer for Just Cause 3 is called “On A Mission”, and represents an attempt to provide some context for the player’s actions, though after watching it I’m still not sure I understand quite why Rico needs to blow up so many buildings. And cars. And planes. And bridges.

Still, at least he’s enjoying himself, flying around in his wingsuit with a missile launcher on his back. You get to see demonstrations of his new ability to shoot people while parachuting, and how he can use his grapple to pull himself into or away from danger depending on his mood.

But mostly you get to see him blow stuff up. Just ’cause.

Jupiter Ascending’s Gugu Mbatha-Raw joins Star Wars: Episode VIII


It might be another couple of months before Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits cinemas, but the wheels are firmly in motion on the sequel – Star Wars: Episode VIIICollider have reported that Jupiter Ascending‘s Gugu Mbatha-Raw has signed on to join Rian Johnson’s film, but no character details have been confirmed at this stage.

Mbatha-Raw’s appointment is the first major piece of casting news on Episode VIII  since Benicio del Toro signed on to play the villain back in July. The role will be the actresses biggest break to date, having done eye-catching work in the likes of Beyond The Lights and Belle.

It had previously been reported that Gina Rodriguez, Tatiana Maslany and Olivia Cooke were being screen-tested to play the film’s female lead, although whether that is the same part as the one Mbatha-Raw has bagged remains to be seen. Directed by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: Episode VIII will open in the UK and US on May 26 2017.