BEST BETS: "Jessica Jones," "Big Trouble/Escape from New York" & More October 2016 Highlights
We’ve all been there: We’re supposed to be paying attention in class or at a meeting, but we can’t resist checking our phone for a text or sports score or, y’know, a pocket monster in the wild. So, we can undoubtedly sympathize with this reporter who was called out — on television — at a U.S. State Department press briefing for playing “Pokémon GO.”
CNN caught the exchange on Thursday, as State Department spokesman John Kirby briefly halted his discussion of efforts to combat ISIS to turn and ask, “You’re playing the Pokémon thing right there, aren’t you?”
Nintendo transports us back the 1980s with this terrific promo for the recently announced NES Classic Edition — even going so far as to resurrect the slogan “Now you’re playing with power.” You may want to pop your collar to set the mood before you settle in to watch. Feathered hair is optional.
Announced last week, the miniature replica of the Nintendo Entertainment System — it can fit in the palm of your hand — will launch Nov. 11, loaded with 30 NES games, including “Donkey Kong,” “Final Fantasy,” “Pac-Man,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.”
If the new footage from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” doesn’t have you wistful for the glory days of the Galactic Empire, when entire star systems quaked at rumors of a moon-sized space station, then this “Star Wars Battlefront” teaser trailer certainly will.
Debuting today out of “Star Wars” Celebration Europe in London, it’s offers a taste of what to expect from Electronic Arts’ third digital expansion pack, Death Star.
It’s little early to start making a holiday wish list, but we already have a pretty good idea what will be at the top: Nintendo’s just-announced NES Classic Edition.
A miniature replica of the fondly remembered Nintendo Entertainment System, the Classic Edition will come complete with 30 NES games, including “Donkey Kong,” “Final Fantasy,” “Pac-Man,” “The Legend of Zelda” and “Super Mario Bros.”
Thanks to a new app from Disney Games, you’ll soon have access to more than 400 Disney-inspired emojis.
Yes, that means you’ll be able to express your emotions by using everyone from Mikey from “Monster, Inc.” to Ariel from “The Little Mermaid.” And no Disney game would be complete without classic characters like Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy and Pluto.
The long-awaited rollout for “Pokémon GO” has at last reached U.S. shores, and with it comes this launch trailer for the augmented-reality game.
Developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices, the game allows Pokémon Trainers to track down and capture pocket monsters in a real-world setting. When paired with a Bluetooth-powered, Poké Ball-like device called Pokémon GO Plus, the app will notify players that there’s untamed Pokémon in the vicinity. Once you’ve spotted the pocket monster using the AR app, you can throw a virtual Poké Ball to catch the creature. Players are also able to engage other Trainers in battle.
Even as fans reel from the events of Sunday’s Season 6 finale, Microsoft is commemorating the occasion with a special-edition “Game of Thrones” Xbox One console.
Unveiled this morning by Xbox France, this console is very special indeed, not merely because its design mimics the celebrated opening credits of the hit HBO fantasy drama: Only six have been created, presumably one for each season.
Following the announcement of the game just last week, Koei Tecmo has unleashed the first trailer for “Berserk,” which casts the spotlight on the oversized sword Dragonslayer. At least we think it’s referring to the sword.
“It was much too big to be called a sword,” the text states. “Massive, thick, heavy and far too rough. Indeed, it was like a heap of raw iron.”
Koei Tecmo has unleashed a new trailer for its Attack on Titan video game that not only introduces the characters and showcases some of the action, but also teases some giant-size showdowns.
IGN notes that the game, which debuts Aug. 30 in North America, features scenes from the manga rather than drawing exclusively from the first season of the hit anime, as originally announced.
Hot on the heels of the recently announced “Batman: Arkham VR” game comes another major virtual reality release, also announced during the E3 press conference: “Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission.” The PlayStation blog has details on the new mission, which comes from Criterion Games and DICE and will be available via PlayStation VR.
The virtual reality mission will put you, the player, in the cockpit of an X-wing, giving you the feeling of going up against the Empire alongside a band of Rebel pilots. It’ll feel like you’re in an X-wing cockpit floating in space as opposed to sitting on the couch in your living room
At E3 2016, Sony unveiled their latest “God of War” game for PS4 with a new gameplay trailer.
Where previous “God of War” games have drawn on Greek mythology, this new installment takes inspiration from Norse mythology, featuring creatures that look like elves and giants. Nevertheless, it continues to follow series protagonist Kratos, who teaches his son how to hunt over the course of this 10-minute video, even as they encounter all manner of mythological beasts all the while.
During their presentation at this year’s E3 conference, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced the release of a new “LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens” demo. The Niima Outpost Demo, which is available as a free download, allows players to dive into the action alongside Rey, Finn and BB-8 as they run from the First Order and escape from Jakku.
The demo will also feature a few new features debuting in “The Force Awakens.” Players can engage in Blaster Battles with stormtroopers, explore Star Destroyer wreckage via Multi-Builds and even pilot the Millennium Falcon.
The demo is now available exclusively for PlayStation 4 players and can be downloaded via the PlayStation Store. Xbox One players will be able to access the demo via the Xbox Marketplace beginning on June 14 at 3 PM PT.
Be warned: The brief teaser isn’t safe for work.
Critics of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” canned the film as a barely linear collection of action set pieces whose stakes and melodrama were undercut by threadbare story logic — in short, dismissing it as a video game — but some enterprising graphic artists have turned the movie’s simplicity it into an asset by adapting its major scenes in the fashion of a throwback, 8-bit video game.
Following plenty of rumors and a last-minute leak, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has officially announced the addition of 16 new properties to LEGO Dimensions, ranging from Harry Potter and Adventure Time to Mission: Impossible and The Goonies.
The Year 2 rollout begins Sept. 27 with the Ghostbusters Story Pack, Adventure Time and Mission: Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs and The A-Team Fun Pack. (Yes, The A-Team.)