Wednesday 3 February 2016

Priyanka Chopra to join Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon as Oscars presenter

priyanka chopra, reese witherspoon, julianne moore

Priyanka Chopra, who has been going places ever since her American TV debut ‘Quantico’, will be one of the presenters at this year’s Oscars to be held on February 28. She will be walking the red carpet with the who’s who of Hollywood at the Oscars this year. Other presenters at the 88th Academy Awards include Quincy Jones, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore and more.

‘Pandemic’ Trailer Lets You Witness the Zombie Apocalypse Firsthand

Pandemic trailer

There are plenty of movies set during various zombie apocalypses, but Pandemic pulls you right into the thick of the action with a first-person POV. Rachel Nichols plays a doctor who arrives in Los Angeles to stop the epidemic from taking over the entire world — though based on the conventions of the genre, I’m going to go ahead and guess that her efforts will prove ultimately futile. Mekhi PhiferAlfie AllenPat Healy, and Missi Pyle also star. Check out the first Pandemic trailer after the jump.
Catch the new Pandemic trailer on iTunes, or watch a YouTube embed below.

Star Ocean 5 Trailer Shows New Characters & Stunning Gameplay

Star Ocean 5

We haven't had a proper Star Ocean game since the release of Star Ocean: The Last Hope for Xbox 360 in February of 2009. That's a serious wait for fans of this series, and it's still unclear when Star Ocean 5 will get its western release date either. But in case the wait wasn't arduous enough, we have a new teaser trailer for PS4 owners.
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness (what a mouthful) will be released for the PS3 and then ported to the Playstation 4 on March 31st in Japan. Star Ocean 4 was actually released in North America 10 days after its initial release in Japan, though I doubt we can expect a similar situation this time around. In any case, let's check out this new trailer.

Star Ocean 5 Trailer - Stunning Gameplay Shows New Characters Kicking Ass 


Street Fighter V Trailer Highlights Its Various Game Modes

Street Fighter V Trailer Highlights Its Various Game Modes 

However, game website Destructoid has already given their two cents on the new trailer commenting on Capcom's great ability to make awesome trailers using ordinary info.
Next up is the Story Mode which follows the story of all characters on the roster, that includes both old as well as new characters introduced in Street Fighter 5. Announced on January 29 through Capcom UK's YouTube channel, the fifth primary installment of Capcom's banner fighting game series is offering a slew of different gameplay modes beyond the typical arcade and training. Capcom also gave a brief description for each mode which you can read below. "Really, it's a new starting point where we're going to be constantly supporting this for the next six, seven years, like we did with 'Street Fighter IV, '" said Ono to GameSpot. It certainly sounds a helluva lot better than the usual selection of slides that bookend each character's quest through arcade mode, or hastily drawn anime sequences. In this mode, players will take control of Ryu to learn the basics of combat and the game's control methods.
You can check out the trailer that covers each mode via the Street Fighter YouTube account. The costumes can be unlocked either with the in-game fight money or via the cash shop using real money. As the name suggests, Survival Mode will pit player against a wave of opponents with particular guidelines and restrictions. Survival Mode also has extra battle features that allow players to boost their EX Gauge and score. "Remember, practice is key to elevating yourself above the competition". Once you know who you'd want to fight or where you stand, you can head into a Network Battle for a Casual or Ranked Match. Several of the modes are a direct response to previous criticisms of the Street Fighter franchise, for instance no introduction for new players, limited story, and a lack of tutorial options.
Speaking to VentureBeat, Street Fighter V producer Yoshinoro Ono expressed a desire to "put [its] efforts into something genuine" like the one found in Mortal Kombat X. Users can search for specific players with rival search and view replays.
The new Street Fighter boasts of 16 unique fighters packaged with their own unique goals, destinies and assigned mysteries which the player must unravel.

DiRT Rally shows off polished physics in new gameplay trailer

dirt rally game renault clio 

February promises to be an interesting old month for game releases, but what of April? Well, for rally enthusiasts look no further, because DiRT Rally is finally revving up for its official release.
Developed by motorsport game legends Codemasters alongside Koch Media, the two companies have released a new PC gameplay trailer, which showcases the title’s motion and destruction physics, alongside the some of the current cars available.
And more content promises to be added alongside Steam’s Early Access preview.
“New Classic Mini and Super 1600 series will introduce the thrills of rallycross racing from the start of the game and 21 advanced rally driving video guides will help gamers maximise their rallying performance,” notes the press release.
“Players will be able to drive the vintage full gravel surface at Pikes Peak for the first time in the game and three of Colin McRae’s most iconic liveries will enable them to relive the exploits of a legendary rally champion.”
Speaking of Colin McRae, a Legendary Edition of the title will include a documentary focusing on the iconic Scot’s life and career.
It’s the third rally title we’ve seen in the past six months, with WRC5 debuting late last year, and Sebastien Loeb Rally EVO hitting circuits last week. But DiRT Rally is definitely the game harbouring the most hype of the three.
It will officially launch on PC (DVD), PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on 5 April 2016. But until then, enjoy some flying mud, snow and errant bodywork in the trailer below.

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth PS4/Vita Game's Launch Trailer Streamed

Bandai Namco Entertainment America began streaming the English launch trailer for its Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita role-playing game on Tuesday. Bandai Namco Entertainment America released the game in the Americas on the same day.

Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth's story follows either a female or male protagonist, depending on the player's choice. When strange phenomena begin occurring, the protagonist becomes a "Cyber Sleuth," and searches for the truth behind the mysteries along with his or her Digimon and their other human allies, Arata Sanada and Nokia Shiromine.

Insomniac's Next Game Is Song of the Deep: First Trailer

Insomniac Games has announced its next project. It's called Song of the Deep, and it's adorable!

Insomniac Games, the developer behind Spyro, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and Sunset Overdrive, has announced its next project: a little submarine exploration game called Song of the Deep. This brings the company's list of projects to three—a new Ratchet & Clank game and an Oculus-exclusive title called Edge of Nowhere are also due out in 2016.
Check out the first trailer for Song of the Deep:

The game mixes underwater exploration, combat, and puzzle solving. Brian Hastings, CCO at Insomniac, described Song of the Deep as being in the "metroidvania style," in a blog post. The game tells the story of a girl named Merryn, who has built a makeshift submarine and launched into the Atlantic to find her fisherman father, who has gone missing.
Song of the Deep is being published in conjunction with video game retail giant GameStop, which is taking its first step into game publishing. While the game will be available digitally on Xbox Live, PSN, and Steam for $15, physical copies will only be sold at GameStop. Insomniac made it clear, though, that GameStop had no creative input in their game.
Song of the Deep is out this summer. 

Lego Star Wars game teaser lovingly mocks 'Force Awakens' trailer

Remember all the obsession and excitement as new teasers and trailers emerged for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"? The movie opened in December, but many spent the months prior poring over details of Stormtroopers standing in formation and the Millennium Falcon rocketing through the air. Lego hasn't forgotten about that hype.
A new teaser for the upcoming Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens game takes the form of a sweet parody of the first movie trailer. It starts off with a sandy landscape and the deeply intoned voiceover: "There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?" A sweating Lego minifig version of Finn pops up holding an alarm clock, our first indication that the teaser is going to verge into the surreal.
Following the pattern laid out by the movie trailer, we next move into a scene with BB-8 rolling along. Instead of looking like typical desert planet Jakku in the background, the adorable rolling droid crashes into a beach vacation scene with a sand castle and lounge chair on display.

The Lego trailer, which dropped Tuesday, even gives us an Ithorian cameo, a shout-out to the franchise's old-school aliens. Ithorians have the long hammerhead-style noggins.
The game teaser is a nearly shot-for-shot parody that shows the off-kilter humor found in the Lego games franchise. Rey's Landspeeder has a "BB on board" bumper sticker. The Lego X-wing fighter pilot has a problem with his radio, windshield wipers and a rogue toaster.
A small cottage industry popped up last year to deliver "Force Awakens" parody trailers to hungry fans. "The Binks Awakens" gave us a horrifying vision of a Jar-Jar Binks-filled movie. A US Navy crew spoofed the original trailer with a creative short film called "Sea Wars: The Ike Awakens." And don't forget the trailer filled to the brim with the previously missing Luke Skywalker.
Whether or not you're a gamer, the Lego teaser has plenty to keep Star Wars fans amused. The video game is due out June 28 for Xbox, PlayStation, Wii U, Windows and Nintendo 3DS.

The real 'Airlift': Air India's rescue mission in Kuwait won it a place in Guinness Records

While a debate rages on about the veracity of events depicted in new Bollywood flick Airlift on India's massive evacuation efforts in war-ravaged Kuwait, a former Air India official said it was carried out with 'clock-work precision' and made it to the Guinness World Records.
"The film Airlift has brought the evacuation of over 117,000 Indians residing in Kuwait once again on the centre stage after 25 years. How did the feat get listed as a record in the Guinness Book makes for an interesting reading," said former Air India (AI) executive director Jitender Bhargava in a Facebook post on Tuesday.
Bhargava said as head of AI's Public Relations, he would issue daily media statements about the number of flights that were operated in the past 24 hours, the number of stranded passengers safety brought from Amman in Jordan to various Indian cities, the next day's plans of flight operations, etc.
"Since it wasn't the era of Google which enables one to source information easily, I walked from my office in Air India building to the book store in Eros Cinema complex near Churchgate in Mumbai, picked up a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records to access the address of the editor/publisher of Guinness book," he recalled.
Armed with that, he posted (the world didn't know e-mails then) a letter to the Guinness editor enquiring if any record of evacuation by a civil airliner existed.
A fortnight later, Guinness editor replied through a letter that it did not have a record in their books, Bhargava said.
Meanwhile, the evacuation continued briskly with AI deploying as many aircraft as possible and even the now-merged entity, the domestic carrier Indian Airlines, and Indian Air Force extending a helping hand with their aircraft to bolster capacity to meet the growing demand.
"After the evacuation operation was completed, I sent a comprehensive letter to Guinness providing details of total number of passengers carried, flights operated, duration of the entire exercise, etc. Guinness accepted the record and duly intimated us through a letter," Bhargava said.
Then, there was a long waiting period and it was only after a few months that the new edition of the Guinness Book of World Records was published with Air India's achievements duly listed.
"I once again walked to the same book store from where I had sourced the Guinness address to buy a copy of the book for our company's archives," Bhargava recalls with a smile.
AI's achievement is still a part of historical records, a feat performed between 13 August - 11 October, 1990.
More than 170,000 Indians were stranded in Kuwait at that time and AI operated some 488 flights to evacuate them from Amman to Mumbai, a distance of more than 4,000 km.
The massive operation was conducted during the Persian Gulf War and helped evacuate Indians living in Kuwait and Iraq.