As someone who was extremely critical of the first game for its numerous shortcomings, I can tell you that Dead Rising 2 looks to be on the right track. Capcom's fixed almost all of my major issues from the original Dead Rising—and I'm excited about the prospect of guiding new series protagonist Chuck Greene through a zombie-infested Las Vegas.
I'm not the biggest fan of the Resident Evil films—I liked the first two well enough, but I'd never put them on a list of my favorite films (regardless of genre distinctions). That doesn't mean I don't appreciate them as campy and braindead fun, though. I hate when people say "turn off your brain", but that's kinda the best ways to watch the Resident Evil films.
The trailer for the latest is now online. Resident Evil: Afterlife looks like your typical entry in the series—stylish and filled with elaborate action set-pieces—but this time it comes with an added bonus: 3D. Milla Jovovich is once again back to take on the nefarious Umbrella Corporation, presumably in the equally retardedly named Raccoon City. Check out the new clip and see what you think.
Resident Evil: Afterlife is due out later this year.
EA's Dante's Inferno started a Hollywood bidding war before it was even announced. Now, it's not only being adapted as a live-action film for the big screen, it's getting an animated feature as well. That's pretty impressive for a brand new IP…
This anime tie-in to EA's forthcoming God of War clone marks the second time in recent years that the company has taken a game title and released an ancillary cartoon in an attempt to drum up extra interest. They also did it in 2008 with Dead Space: Downfall (an animated prequel to the main game) and that turned out fairly well.
Unlike Downfall, Dante's Inferno doesn't appear to be a prequel, but instead is simply an animated version of the game's narrative. Despite my general disinterest in all things anime, this title has piqued my curiosity with its mixture of melodrama and violent death. If nothing else, it should serve as a pleasing appetizer to tide us all over until the Dante's Inferno feature film (already in pre-production) eventually releases.
The animated feature is set to make its DVD debut on February 9th—and in preparation, here's the new clip.
I'm not sure why anyone would feel the urge to make a sequel to one of the worst films in recent history (Uwe Boll's Alone in the Dark), but that's exactly what's happening and I've got the trailer to prove it (Thanks to the mighty Dread Central).
What's even more puzzling is why you'd make a sequel to a terrible film that is essentially universally despised, change the actors and story, and yet keep the title. Christian Slater and Tara Reid are gone and the only real tie to the original movie (which was based on a video game series) is that Edward Carnby is still the main character. If that's your only real tie to the original series, you'd probably be better off just doing a brand new standalone film. I guess this proves that even bad publicity is better than no publicity at all. I can see no other reason to tie yourself to anything directed by Uwe Boll.
Anyway, I'm probably gonna wind up watching this thing (and hating myself as soon as it starts) because it's got Bill Moseley, Danny Trejo, and Lance Henriksen in it. Those three guys are cool enough to get me to watch just about anything and I don't see that changing any time soon. Donald Pleasence had the same affect on me—and while I was burned by many a bad flick with Dr. Loomis skulking around in it, I kept going back for more.
We'll all find out how bad Alone in the Dark II is when it debuts on DVD this January 26th.
A week or so back, I posted some good news about Sega's upcoming Aliens vs. Predator game: Lance Henriksen was not only doing voice work for the title, but he'd be appearing digitally in the game as well.
A few days ago, we got our first opportunity to hear how he'll be utilized in the title courtesy of this new story trailer for the title. Henriksen narrates as only he can—meaning with a cool, gravelly voice that makes even the most innocuous of statements sound incredibly menacing and intimidating. Henriksen's carved out a nice niche for himself in the game voice-over market, but seeing him return to a franchise like Alien is even more special to this fanboy.
Check out the trailer below. The title will debut on the PC, PS3, and Xbox 360 sometime in the first quarter of 2010.
Those crazy Electronic Arts marketing folks are at it again—because nothing says "holiday cheer" quite like a song about Hell and Lucifer sung to the tune of the "12 Days of Christmas".
The demo for Visceral Games' loose adaptation of Dante's classic story is already out for the PS3. The Xbox 360 demo hits tomorrow. Until then, mix this with the Nat King Cole at your holiday festivities and see how your guests react…
According to various online sources, Lionsgate is set to release Alone in the Dark 2 on unsuspecting DVD owners all over America on January 26th. If you needed proof that Lionsgate hates your guts, there it is.
This new sequel will be directed by Michael Roesch (who replaces the maestro, one Uwe Boll) and features an entirely new cast when compared to the first film. Christian Slater and Tara Reid are out, replaced by Rick Yune, Lance Henriksen, Ralf Moeller, PJ Soles, Bill Moseley, Rachel Specter, Michael Paré and Danny Trejo. Truthfully, that's kind of an interesting cast. I'd almost be up for watching this.
Why make a sequel to one of the most reviled and critically drubbed films in recent memory? Your guess is as good as mine. Apparently, this sequel involves Yune taking over Slater's role and also features a witch and a laboratory. Sounds classic.
I wrote the headline to this story not really thinking—and only now does it dawn on me that "gets a street date" make it sound like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories went out and picked up a hooker…
That's not what happened, though. Instead, Konami has announced the release date for the title (or, the date the game will "hit the streets"). Wii owners can experience an updated version of one of Survival Horror's most revered titles on December 8th. PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable owners will have to wait longer as no date has been set for either of those platforms.
Early demos for the game have been impressive and I'm excited to check out the Wii version of the game—if for no other reason than because it will actually give me an excuse to turn on my Wii…
Jump past the break for a character breakdown from Konami's press release.
First up, news from Electronic Arts (courtesy of Kotaku) concerning the release date for the game's official demo. PS3 and XBox 360 owners will be able to try out the first level of the title sometime next month. EA hasn't been more specific than that but you can at least sleep easy tonight knowing that you'll be guiding Dante through Hades sooner rather than later.
If that wasn't enough to satiate your need for all things Inferno, here's another developer diary on the game. This newest segment covers level six, better known as "Heresy". This new level finds Dante going deeper into Hell–and it's the first area in the game that really portrays a fire-and-brimstone Hell that many of us recognize from the Bible. One of the producers mentions that by this stage, we're "in Satan's backyard".
Dante's Inferno continues to impress me with each new diary they reveal (which means EA's marketing plan is working). We'll all get a chance to experience the finished product when it hits retailers everywhere on February 9th of next year.
With the release of Left 4 Dead 2 just around the corner (it streets on November 17th for the PC and Xbox 360) expect to start hearing more about the game. Gamestop teamed up with Valve to create this new teaser commercial for the cooperative zombie-slaying game, which highlights not only a bit of what players can expect in the follow up to the wildly popular original, but to also convince players to pre-order their copy through Gamestop so they can procure the in-game American Baseball Bat weapon. Ah marketing…is there anything you won’t do?
I guess this means I need to get my red-ringed Xbox 360 fixed posthaste…
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