Is The Angry Birds Movie Worth Your Time?

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Is The Angry Birds Movie Worth Your Time?

The announcement of The Angry Birds Movie was met with justified skepticism. Not only is the track record for video game movies abysmal, but it seemed like even the Super Mario Bros. movie had more to work with in terms of characters and lore than Angry Birds. With the help of a talented comedic voice cast, and a pair of directors with impressive animation resumes, the result is a movie that is better than it has any right to be, even if it will never be referred to as an animated classic.

The movie follows Red, an angry outcast who has little patience for the happy-go-lucky, flightless birds he shares his home with. When we spoke with the directors earlier this month, we talked about Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, and the comparison is apt, even if the film never comes close to the comedic level of David’s choleric HBO show. Pigs arrive by boat to the birds’ island and Red is the only one skeptical of their lavish gifts and destructive potential. He is justified when the pigs steal all of their eggs and the birds are forced to follow Red on an angry invasion against the pigs to retrieve their eggs.

How Long Can You Play Telltale's The Walking Dead Without Hitting A Button?

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How Long Can You Play Telltale's The Walking Dead Without Hitting A Button?

In most Telltale games the player is given a variety of dialogue options. One of those choices is silence. We thought it would be fun to see how far we could push that silence option in the entire first season of The Walking Dead and 400 Days.

Outside of any tutorial or menu prompts, we play each episode without touching the controller. When a controller prompt appears, we move on to the next episode. Yes, this is a silly experiment, but we got way into it, and found that the suspense of not wanting prompts to appear was as intense as a zombie attack in the game. At the end of the episode we tallied up all of the times to show you which episodes went the longest.

Let us know if you like video, as we'd like to record more to find out which Telltale game can be played the longest without clicking a button. Other Telltale series include The Wolf Among Us, Game of Thrones, Minecraft: Story Mode, Tales From the Borderlands, and Jurassic Park.

Opinion – Doom 3 Is A Bloody, Forgotten Gem

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Opinion – Doom 3 Is A Bloody, Forgotten Gem

Id Software’s latest take on Doom is finally out. Good news: it’s pretty great. I finally got to play a few hours of the campaign last night and really enjoyed the velocity and brutality of the action. It strikes a fine balance between the chaotic difficulty of the first two games as well as the drip-fed progression and upgrade systems of modern first-person shooters.

Also, there’s a button dedicated to whipping out a chainsaw. What’s not to love?

Still, something I’ve noticed over the past few days as reviews and impressions have come in is a resurfacing of criticism aimed at 2004’s Doom 3, id Software’s previous effort to modernize the franchise. That game was a much more aggressive attempt to bring the series into a new era, leaning hard into survival-horror instead of frantic action. Though the game received a decent critical reception, Doom’s diehard fans weren’t really sold on the genre shift.

Not A Review – Homefront: The Revolution’s Co-Op Resistance Mode Isn’t Worth Joining

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Not A Review – Homefront: The Revolution’s Co-Op Resistance Mode Isn’t Worth Joining

I was fairly excited to play more Homefront: Revolution since I first got my first hands-on time with the title at Gamescom last year. That demo was running on PC, and it featured a slice of the single-player campaign. To say that my recent experience on console was different would be an understatement. After spending several hours playing the co-op mode on PlayStation 4, I think I’m done with Homefront for now.

Resistance Mode is the game’s co-op component, which is a series of missions completely separate from the single-player campaign. The setting is the same – North Korea has taken over the United States thanks to some shady weapons technology that essentially disarmed our military – but these are bite-sized scenarios that can be played in any order. For example, you might have to breach an outpost, clear out the guards, hack a computer, and then protect it while enemies flood in. Up to four people can join these missions together, in case you want to spread the misery.

Test Chamber – An Early Look At Supergiant’s Pyre

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Test Chamber – An Early Look At Supergiant’s Pyre

We’re big fans of the highly original games that have been produced by Supergiant Games, the studio responsible for Bastion and Transistor. Each of those games shared a visual and audio aesthetic, but were set in vastly different settings and game genres. The team’s new game, Pyre, looks to continue that trend. The developer’s unmistakable style is on display, but this time in a game that mixes fantasy RPG storytelling with a conflict system inspired by old school arcade sports games.

Ben Hanson, Brian Shea, and I sat down to play a recent demo, which does an admirable job of showing off the game’s potential.

Editor's Note: The pre-release demo we played in this video runs at an accelerated speed in certain sections on our PC. Supergiant Games has noted the speed issue, and contacted us to let us know the “fast-forward” effect will not be reflected in the final game.

10 Mismanaged Franchises That Deserve Better

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10 Mismanaged Franchises That Deserve Better

We always hear about the video game franchises that have been gone for years that deserve revivals. From Crash Bandicoot to Burnout, the list of series that fans have been clamoring for developers to give a second (or third) chance fluctuates with each passing year as developers try and satiate their fan-bases. While we always think about how great it would be if our favorite series from yesteryear were revived, having no entry at all could actually be preferred to having poor, mismanaged entries dangled in front of us.

For many fans of some of the biggest franchises in the game industry, that is a reality. Entry after entry, fans of some series endure poor decisions and unwanted directions. Sometimes, it doesn’t even take several poor entries; often it’s just the result of one bad decision putting that series on the wrong road. If you’re a fan of a series’ heyday, having that poor decision or unwanted direction dangled in front of you instead of the game you really want can be infuriating. 

Here are 10 franchises that do just that; they haven’t gone completely dormant, but they fail to deliver to fans what they want. Read our list of mismanaged franchises and sound off in the comments with any that we missed.

Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Homefront: The Revolution

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Test Chamber – The First Hour Of Homefront: The Revolution

Homefront: The Revolution is out today, and though we're still working on our review, it doesn't mean we can't take a look at the game's early moments.

Join Andrew Reiner and myself as we play through the game's opening hour, take back at least one district, meet the cooks and the bakers, drive a motorcycle over some ramps (but not through enemies), and get knocked unconscious twice.

Homefront: The Revolution is out today on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. Look for out our review soon.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Best Movies, Games, And New Star Wars: Episode VIII Updates

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The Best Movies, Games, And New Star Wars: Episode VIII Updates

I’ve had a love affair with science fiction since my father took me to see Star Wars: A New Hope. I was three- or four-years-old at the time; far too young to watch Darth Vader choke the life out of his coworkers, and incinerate Luke Skywalker’s family. Vader initially imprinted on my young mind poorly, but the nightmares he gave me eventually led to a lifelong appreciation obsession of George Lucas’ Galaxy Far, Far Away. Star Wars gave way to science fiction becoming my favorite form of entertainment. Yes, I love it more than video games.

Thankfully there’s a lot of crossover between science fiction and video games; an inordinate amount, more than I could ever keep up with. The column you are reading (and will hopefully be returning to each week) is an exploration of all things in this sector. From the latest developments in video games to the most random factoids in Star Wars’ lore, these editorials should be crammed to capacity with a wealth of science fiction news and opinions.

This first post is a bit of a primer for what you can expect, format and all. I know many of you are probably wondering what my favorite science-fiction movie, book, game, and television show are, so let’s get all of that out of the way in this first post.