It’s gritty, beautiful and all over the place
It’s gritty, beautiful and all over the place
“Don’t make us call your mom”
A new update for Rainbow Six Siege has been released, and players on PlayStation 4 are reporting a variety of problems with it. Some of these are potentially serious enough that you may want to avoid updating or refrain from playing with the update ins…
Vampyr, the upcoming story-driven action game from Life Is Strange developer Dontnod, has been delayed into “spring 2018.” The game was originally scheduled to come out in November 2017 but, in a press release, the studio said a “technical issue” has r…
You can feel the $8 leaving your wallets
“DEAR DOC” – Astro Rabby (Cyclone System – Game Boy – 1990)
Like its predecessors The Lego Movie and The Lego Batman Movie, The Lego Ninjago Movie bursts on all sides with meta references, double entendres, and other self-referential in-jokes that make these movies as entertaining to adults as they are to kids. Obviously, that’s no accident. Ninjago‘s producers, Chris McKay and Dan Lin, told GameSpot that they’re happy to “get away with murder” when it comes to these films’ humor.
“We want to try to get away with murder as much as we possibly can,” McKay said during an interview at the Legoland Hotel in Carlsbad, Calif.
The Lego Ninjago Movie is unlike the previous two in that it’s based on an existing Lego franchise that already has its own TV show (whereas The Lego Movie was an original story, and Lego Batman was–well, Batman). In this incarnation, the six ninjas at the story’s center take on Lord Garmadon (The Leftovers’ Justin Theroux), an evil-ish figure bent on domination. The twist: The Ninjas’ leader, Lloyd (Dave Franco), is Garmadon’s son. The drama as Lloyd’s identity is revealed and he and Garmadon deal with their messy family life provides a poignant counter to the series’ frenetic, over-the-top humor.
“We take that absurdity and that craziness and that humor, and then we want to surprise you at the end with real emotion,” Lin said. “Our goal is to make you cry in these movies.”
It’s not easy to do both, but that’s part of the reason these Lego films have been so successful with critics and fans. As unlikely as it seems, they feel like more than just extended advertisements to sell more Lego toys. According to the producers, that’s because they have a vision.
“When I sat down with Dan and [co-directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord] on the first movie, we talked about, ‘What if Henry Selick and Michael Bay were 10-year-old kids and they lived across the street from each other and they were best friends and they made movies together?” McKay said. “There’s two different kinds of absurdities: One is taking yourself so crazy serious, and the other is not taking it seriously at all. And I think there’s something fun about the combination of that kind of silliness. When you’re a kid you play like that, you’re not making jokes, but the stuff comes out hilarious because you’re taking it so seriously.”
“We wanted to make it feel like the inmates are running the asylum, and that the filmmakers are kind of getting away with something,” he continued. “That was a running theme through all of the Lego movies, that we always were trying to make it feel like this isn’t something that you’ve seen. Sometimes we throw good taste out the window, and this wouldn’t be something that other filmmakers might do; we can get away with things because we are trying to sort of imitate the mind of the way I used to play when I was a kid.”
As the Ninjago crew–voiced alongside Franco by Abbi Jacobson, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, and Zach Woods–learn more about their powers, the audience gets glimpses of lightning-quick montages filled with flashes from classic martials arts movies. Jackie Chan’s Master Wu guides them, while Theroux growls and grumbles hilariously as Garmadon. The animated action is impressive, but it’s a live-action cat–named “Meowthra” by her terrified victims–who steals the show when she starts wreaking havoc on this miniature Lego city. The real world affecting the Lego fantasy is one of the most fun recurring gags in these movies.
“We’re trying not to make a traditional animated movie,” Lin said. “So there’s always something crazy going on, whether it’s the flashbacks to different martial arts films that you see in the movie, or even the live action cat showing up, there are just some things that we want people watching to go, ‘Where’d that come from? That’s weird!’ The movies are always very funny, but they’re always subversive.”
“In a fun, family movie way,” he added–naturally. The Lego Ninjago Movie hits theaters Sept. 22.
The latest installment in Arkane’s acclaimed stealth-action series, Dishonored: Death of the Outsider, is now available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This smaller, standalone adventure takes place several months after the events of last year’s Dishonored 2 and looks to tie up the remaining loose ends from its predecessors. This time, players assume the role of former assassin Billie Lurk, who embarks on a quest to reunite with her mentor Daud and ultimately assassinate the titular Outsider.
Reviews for the game are now available online, and critics seem to agree that Death of the Outsider is another well-made, if not particularly revolutionary, addition to the Dishonored series. We’ve collected a sample of reviews below; for a broader look at what critics are saying about Death of the Outsider, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.
“Dishonored: Death Of The Outsider is a solid, inventive, yet somewhat subdued capper to the stories from the previous Dishonored games. While the smaller scope can be felt throughout, the approach to allowing players to express themselves as a master assassin is just as strong as ever. It’s uncertain where the series can go from here, but this stand-alone release proves that Dishonored is still a remarkably designed stealth-action game with much potential, that offers players the chance to be creative in ways they’d least expect.” — Alessandro Fillari [Full review]
“In general, Death of the Outsider feels like an extension of Dishonored 2, which it pretty much is despite being sold as a standalone game instead of an expansion. It doesn’t mess up what made its predecessor great, and thankfully ran significantly better on PC at launch for me (I maxed it out on a GTX 1070, and it still ran great on a GTX 970), but it also ends up being a flatter version of an incredible game.” — Tom Marks [Full review]
“Death of the Outsider offers a standard take on the Dishonored formula, tracking closely to its admirable ethos of freedom and choice in a world of subtleties and illusions. It’s a decent finale with a solid central character. But it makes little attempt to try anything new, a sign that all the best ideas are likely going into whatever comes next.” — Colin Campbell [Full review]
“The trading of fixed upgrades for the flexibility of bone charms, streamlined energy system and dialing-back of Chaos/Order seem a foundation worthy of a grander tale, one that tugs a little harder on some of the dangling threads here–Billie’s ability to listen to rats, for example, a promising rewrite of the Heart of Dunwall narrative mechanic that never really goes anywhere, or the mournful profundities of Dishonored’s whales, which are referenced but not dwelt upon in the final area. There have been far, far worse finales, though, and erasing the god whose mystical gifts create the framework for a game of this sort is quite the way to drop the curtain. If only every series could meet its end so boldly, not simply raging against the dying of the light but taking a knife to its own shadow.” — Edwin Evans-Thirlwell [Full review]
“Death of the Outsider ultimately emerges as a strong chapter in one of the best modern action/RPG series thanks to gameplay refinements and dedication to its dark fiction. This standalone expansion doesn’t revolutionize the series but instead does something more important, navigating the familiar to bring everything to a satisfying conclusion.” — Javy Gwaltney [Full review]
What are we actually fighting for?
And lo, did Pinkie Pie draw back her cloven hoof to roll a critical hit