The gameplay footage for Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps is a bit lifeless


Sometimes the unexpected mixture of two disparate things adds up to one great thing. Peanut butter and chocolate. Fries and a milkshake. Pineapple and pizza. Resident Evil and competitive team-based shooters though? That’s the concept behind Capcom’s upcoming Resident Evil: Umbrella Corps for PC and PS4, and … well, take a look at freshly-released gameplay and decide for yourself what you think:

I’m glad that Capcom is allowing their teams to be creative and come up with something that doesn’t feel completely beholden to old-school Resident Evil design (because let’s be honest, eagle emblems and tank controls can stay in the ’90s where they belong), but zombies floating awkwardly on top of terrain and half-hearted eSports commentary isn’t exactly selling me on the premise. As was said in our Tokyo Game Show preview: this doesn’t seem Evil enough.

P is for Pain is the new contender for Mario Maker’s hardest level


Move over PangeaPanga, there’s a new Mario Maker in town, and he wants your crown for the most hellmouthy Mario levels in the world. The below creation from Dan Salvato is called P is for Pain and even watching it is totally squirm inducing. Think more Meat Boy than Mario and you get the idea.

“This is the only “extreme challenge” level I’ve created, whereas my others focus on puzzles or simply unsettling atmosphere,” Salvato says on Reddit. “Mario Maker, although somewhat limited, is an amazing creative outlet for aspiring game designers.”

If you want to try it for yourself, it’s course number 7FD3-0000-0095-698B and if you want to see more from Dan tap the heart icon and he’ll appear in your list of makers. Good luck.

New Batman v Superman image shows the Dark Knight in all his glory


It’s been a while since we saw any new Batman v Superman imagery, so imagine our delight to discover a shiny new shot from the set of Zack Snyder’s forthcoming film, featuring Batman in all his brooding glory. Looks like Ben Affleck has got that signature scowl down…

The new shot comes from photographer Clay Enos, the man responsible for shooting the original Batman and Batmobile shot that got us so excited all those months ago. He’s gone for a monochrome style once again here, and it lends a welcome edge to what appears to be the mundane scenario of Batman changing a tyre.

Check out the shot below…

It’s also worth pointing out how bulky Affleck’s Batman is, with his general look lifted directly from the pages of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. He might not be quite as trim as Superman, but he’s about ten times as grizzled… and in Gotham, that probably counts for more.

Directed by Snyder and co-starring Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will open in the UK and US on March 25 2016.

Game Of Thrones recruits a new disciple of the Lord of Light


The Lord of Light might have lost a follower last season in the form of the fallen Stannis Baratheon, but it sounds as though he’s about to gain one, with Deadline reporting that British actress Melanie Liburd has joined the cast for season 6. She’ll be playing a Red Priestess named Kinvara, and she may have a key part to play as the saga begins to approach its endgame (spoilers ahead).

According to a leaked audition script, the new character is described as a “High Priestess of the Red Temple of Volantis, the Flametruth, the light of wisdom, the first servant of the Lord of the Light”. Kind of a big deal, then, with fans speculating she’ll be heavily involved in seeking out the much-discussed hero of R’hllor, Azor Ahai.

Just who that turns out to be remains to be seen, but naturally there are a whole host of online theories to be expanded upon, with a couple of fan-favourites in the frame to play saviour. Game Of Thrones will return to our screens next spring, with a specific air date yet to be confirmed.

Watch the first teaser trailer for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies


Whoever said zombies and Jane Austen don’t go together, didn’t know what they were talking about because the first UK teaser trailer for Pride And Prejudice And Zombies has landed online and it’s awesome.

Starring Lily James as Elizabeth Bennet, the teaser starts off like any other Jane Austen adaptation filled with curtseys, ball gowns and dashing gentlemen before a rather gruesome zombie makes an appearance. Cue kick-ass women in formal wear!

Watch the teaser trailer below…

With an arsenal to rival John Wick and impeccable table manners to boot, you certainly don’t want to mess with this family, zombies or otherwise.

A gory new teaser poster has been released along with the trailer, featuring a rather graphic look at the undead the Bennets will be facing. Based on Seth Grahame-Smith’s book cover, the poster also features a rather telling quote from the novel: “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Directed by Burr Steers and co-starring Bella Heathcote, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Douglas Booth and Sam Riley, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies will hit the US on February 5 2016 and the UK on February 12 2016.

Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s Vinyl gets its first trailer


The first trailer has landed online for Vinyl, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger’s new rock ‘n’ roll drama series for HBO, starring Bobby Cannavale as Richie Finestra, president of American Century Records. With ingredients like these, you’d expect something with attitude to spare, and sure enough, Vinyl has it in spades.

“Think back to the first time you heard a song that made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up,” says Cannavale, outlining his character’s modus operandi. “Made you want to dance or go out and kick somebody’s ass. That’s what I want … That’s rock and roll: it’s fast; it’s dirty; it smashes you over the head.” Amen to that, brother.

Check out the new trailer below…

Looks pretty badass doesn’t it? Alongside the explosive bouts of guitar-thrashing, violence and drug abuse, eagle-eyed viewers should keep an eye out for Jagger’s son James as Kip Stevens, the lead singer of the excellently-named punk band, Nasty Bits.

Co-starring Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple and Ray Romano, the ten-episode show will be making its way to our TV screens in January 2016.

George Miller talks Mad Max sequel and making a superhero movie


Mad Max Fury Road is easily one of the most popular films of the year, and with everyone waiting for any and all tidbits about the sequel, we sat down with director George Miller to see what we could get out of him.

While the filmmaker remained fairly tight-lipped about the details of the sequel, he did reveal that he already has plenty of stories to choose from thanks to how long it took to get Mad Max Fury Road made. “We spent so much time working on the backstories that inadvertently we wrote two other stories” Miller explained.

Watch the interview below…

After the failed George Miller Justice League film, fans will also be wondering if the director has any plans to try again with the world of superheroes. “It depends entirely on the story,” Miller says. “I’m interested in the superhero universe because they are the equivalent of the Greek and Roman gods.” Shame Thor 3 is already taken…

Own Mad Max Fury Road on Blu-Ray 3D, Blu-Ray, DVD and 4 film anthology now.

Phil Spencer says he doesn’t know if Xbox can beat PlayStation


Speaking at the GeekWire 2015 summit, Xbox boss Phil Spencer admitted that he wasn’t sure about how the console wars would shake out this generation. “I don’t know,” Spencer said when asked bluntly if Xbox could beat PlayStation. “They have a huge lead and a great product.”

Well, that sort of honesty was … unexpected.

Spencer continued dropping truth bombs from there. He told an auditorium of attendees that comments made by other higher-ups in the Xbox and Microsoft chain of command near launch had a negative impact on the development team (though he didn’t specify to whom he was referring). “I sit back and I think about an organization of thousands of people– you’re down in the organization and some words and some actions from executives kind of just trash all of the work you’ve done over the last three years, many weekends and nights, and you start to question ‘Why am I doing this?'”

Spencer claimed that since taking his role as head of Xbox, he’s focused on regaining the team’s trust and motivating them to enjoy what they do, pointing to backwards compatibility as one example of what the team can accomplish. And while features like backwards compatibility may help the Xbox One sell more than the PlayStation 4, Spencer said that’s not his ultimate goal. “We’re not motivated by beating Sony, we’re motivated by gaining as many customers as we can.”

“I have to earn every customer,” Spencer said. “My biggest competitor is apathy.”

PS4 gets $50 price cut, Yoshida’s on hand to explain


The Target ad that hinted at a $50 PS4 price drop was true after all – starting tomorrow, the base 500 GB PlayStation 4 will cost $350 in the United States. Our friends up north will also receive a cut in price, though it’s a bit smaller. Sony has cut $20 (Canadian) from Canada’s pricing for a final tag of $430 (again, in Canadian currency).

If you’re curious as to what that means for bundles, Sony president Shuhei Yoshida tweeted this helpful chart:

It will be interesting to see how this impacts the coming holiday season. While PS4 has been dominating in sales worldwide, Xbox One made a big surge during the three-month shopping spree from October to December last year. Now with both consoles priced the same and with each serving up their own various bundles, it’s a more even playing field.

Pixar announces release date for The Incredibles 2

Alongside Marvel’s mammoth announcement yesterday came word from another of Disney’s studios, Pixar. During part of that same press conference The Mouse House’s animation arm put an end to the years of rumors and speculation. Prepare yourselves, folks. We’ve finally got a release date for The Incredibles 2.

Pixar confirmed the June 19, 2019 date via Twitter. Before you sigh and curse the very word “sequel”, rest easy. Brad Bird, who helmed the first instalment in 2004, is already signed up to write and direct. Judging by Bird’s comments in recent interviews he’s nearly finished wrapping up the script, said to include a barrage of unused ideas from the first movie.

No specific story details have emerge,  although we can say with confidence that it will likely revolve around the loveable super-powered family from the first outing.

As for the rest of Pixar’s roster, here’s the full tweet with an attached infographic detailing the next four years of animated bliss: