The Rocky History Of Live-Action Shows Based On Games

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The Rocky History Of Live-Action Shows Based On Games

This feature was originally published April 13, 2016.

The intersection of live-action shows and video games is a strange thing. There have been plenty of animated shows based on games, but the live-action adaptations have often been odd, awkward attempts at bridging games and the real world. However, they’ve also changed dramatically with time – from the cringeworthy live-action/animation hybrids like The Super Mario Bros. Super Show and Captain N all the way up to more modern takes like Defiance and Bright Falls. Dozens of live-action films based on games have been released throughout the years, but serialized TV programs are comparatively rare. With the recent launch of Quantum Break and its own unique use of live-action in a game, we’ve decided to share a brief history of live-action shows based on games to see how the concept has transformed up to today.

Replay – Echo Night

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From Software is mostly known as the development house behind Dark Souls and Bloodborne, but decades ago the studio explored a wide variety of genres, from the intense mech action in Armored Core to the strange murder mystery in Echo Night. With a new Dark Souls game hitting this week, we thought it would be a great time to dive into Echo Night. The first half of this week's episode explores the opening moments of this gem from yesteryear.

Echo Night was released on July 31, 1999 for PlayStation. The game found success in Japan, leading to two sequels: Echo Night 2: The Lords of Nightmare in 1999, and Echo Night: Beyond in 2004. Echo Night 2 never made it stateside, but Agetc published Beyond stateside. If you like what you see of the original Echo Night in this Replay, let us know if you want us to explore the series further in an episode down the road.

Our second segment is a competition, one of the strangest we've had on the show, and we've made had some odd ones. Again, let us know what you think of the episode in the comments section below. We'll be back with another episode next Friday night.

A Deeper Look At Final Fantasy XV's Characters

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A Deeper Look At Final Fantasy XV's Characters

Having an interesting, likeable cast can make or break any gaming experience, but especially RPGs. After all, you're spending hours with these personalities, so you should enjoy their company. The Final Fantasy series has had its share of great party members through the years, such as the empathetic and selfless Tifa, the stoic and train-suplexing Sabin, and the cool and collected Auron. Not to mention leading protagonists like Cloud and Lightning who have become ingrained with the franchise's identity.

Final Fantasy XV is shaking things up by having four male leads who are already good friends before they embark on their crazy adventure, but it also has some intriguing side characters players meet along the way along the way. While visiting Square Enix, we discovered more about these integral personalities and what they'll add to the journey.

The main protagonist and future king of Lucis has a lot on his shoulders, and things are only about to get heavier on his road trip. While it may seem like Noctis is less expressive and a bit distant than his buddies, there's a reason for that. The prince is a complex character who has dealt with a lot of emotional turmoil in his life. His mother died when he was young and his father had to cater to the demands of the kingdom. "Noctis always has this sense of aloneness and solitude," says director Hajime Tabata.

Chronicles – Watch Episode Ten Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

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Chronicles – Watch Episode Ten Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

The Dark Souls franchise continues with a powerful third entry into the world of dark, demanding fantasy action. Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney in an epic game of "pass the sticks" as they attempt to conquer fantastic environments and towering bosses in From Software's latest ashen wasteland. Be aware that there may be spoilers as we move from episode to episode.

Will the crew finish? Will they smash controllers in frustration? Or will the team find new strength and resolve to persevere in the face of relentless and uncaring foes? Will the team go the extra mile and complete the game or go hollow as they bash against the endless tides of freakish minions? Find out on Chronicles: Dark Souls III edition.

Check out our review of Dark Souls III here.

Three Games You Can Play For Free This Weekend

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Three Games You Can Play For Free This Weekend

This is a great weekend if you happen to have free time and open hard-drive space. There are three games you can play absolutely free – two of them are in beta and the other is already out.

BattlebornPlatforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCStarts: April 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern (PS4), April 13 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern (Xbox One and PC)
Ends: Monday, April 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific / 10 a.m. Eastern

Gearbox’s Battleborn is described as a “hero shooter,” with both cooperative and competitive modes. The cooperative gameplay supports up to five players working through story missions. Competitive modes include traditional capture point and a MOBA-style option with minions.

Real Money Transactions Are Threatening My Love Of Destiny

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Destiny’s April Update is an entirely free collection of new content for anyone who enjoys the Destiny universe, and I applaud Bungie’s desire to provide something new to a hungry player base. I’ve detailed my thoughts on the good and bad of the new content here, but one particular aspect of the April Update has left me frustrated. As a longtime player, as well as a writer who has been tracking the game since prior to launch, I didn’t want the moment to pass without a mention. The microtransaction model in the game has reached a turning point, and I worry about the line that is being crossed.

Before anyone thinks we’re about to start down an all-too-familiar hate train, I’d like to keep the conversation in check. I comprehend the business realities facing Activision and Bungie, and my many conversations with the people crafting the game have revealed a development team at least as fascinated and devoted to the joy of the game as any of its fans. They want this game to be the best experience possible, and whether gamers like it or not, that takes money. I understand the need to fund ongoing development. 

Should You Come Back For Destiny’s April Update?

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Destiny players have had a long wait for new content. September’s The Taken King expansion was broadly praised, both for its new content and the way it reworked existing mechanics. For several weeks afterward, the community was thrilled with the experiences on offer. In the interim, we’ve had a few small, limited-time events, like the Sparrow Racing League and the Festival of the Lost. However, there’s been little in the way of new core gameplay experiences. This week’s free update changes that, with a content drop that sits somewhere between a large patch and a small expansion. But if you’re a lapsed player, is it enough to bring you back?

That was an easy question to answer with The Taken King – an unqualified yes, thanks to smart changes across the board to gameplay, and an abundance of fundamentally new experiences. Needless to say, the April Update is nowhere near the size of that ambitious offering last September. But even stripping away considerations of the scope of the content, the April Update is a mixed bag of good and bad. 

Chronicles – Watch Episode Nine Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

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Chronicles – Watch Episode Nine Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

The Dark Souls franchise continues with a powerful third entry into the world of dark, demanding fantasy action. Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney in an epic game of "pass the sticks" as they attempt to conquer fantastic environments and towering bosses in From Software's latest ashen wasteland. Be aware that there may be spoilers as we move from episode to episode.

Will the crew finish? Will they smash controllers in frustration? Or will the team find new strength and resolve to persevere in the face of relentless and uncaring foes? Will the team go the extra mile and complete the game or go hollow as they bash against the endless tides of freakish minions? Find out on Chronicles: Dark Souls III edition.

Check out our review of Dark Souls III here.

5 Things To Know About Gears Of War 4’s Multiplayer

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A week ago we were finally able to get some hands-on time with Gears of War 4's multiplayer (about two hours' worth of time to be precise) and also got to hear some of The Coalition’s long-term plans for the multiplayer component. You can watch footage of me wrecking and getting wrecked here if you want to get straight to that, but here are some of the big takeaways from my time with the game and what The Coalition told us about its plans.

The new Dodgeball mode is ridiculously fun.

I was able to play both team deathmatch and a new mode called Dodgeball with other players during the session. Dodgeball is a variant of team deathmatch where once you’re killed you’re out of the game for good…unless one of your teammates kills an opponent. If that happens, you’re brought back into the game. If there are several people dead on a team, they’ll be placed in a queue, with each kill bringing back the person at the front of the respawn line .

How To Get Married In Dark Souls III

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While many role-playing games feature matrimony in some fashion, the way it’s presented in Dark Souls III is a decidedly darker way to express tying the knot. Warning, there are tons of spoilers ahead. Don’t read this unless you’re ready to unearth some big secrets involving multiple questlines.

Still here? Great. Getting married in Dark Souls III ties in directly to the game’s most hidden ending – The Usurpation of Fire. We’ll break down what you need to do step by step so you don’t miss a critical choice at the right moment – it can be surprisingly easy to do and lock you out of the ending until your next playthrough or new game+(++, +++, etc.)

The first thing you want to do is to prepare the Yoel and Yuria questline. Here’s how you do it. Immediately after killing Vordt in the High Wall of Lothric, take the gargoyle ferry over to the undead settlement. Instead of approaching the gates and moving into the zone, take a hard left in the area where the dogs are let loose on the hapless hollows trying to get in the settlement. You hear a voice in a sea of what appears to be dead Londor pilgrims. One of them isn’t quite dead yet. His name is Yoel, and you just have to talk to him a few times to get him to go take up residence at your Firelink Shrine.