Doom Review

Doom Review

In Doom, I see a world brimming with demons, explosions, and hellfire. I see familiar faces screaming, with bloodthirsty eyes and unwavering stares. Playing it delivers the same cathartic craze the original Doom and Doom II did in the early ’90s: overwhelmed by the horrors around every turn, but empowered with an impressive collection of weapons at the ready.But the new Doom is louder and faster than the old model. Its battles ask more of you, and its heavy-metal soundtrack causes your body to quiver from turbulent surges of adrenaline. From the outset two things are made immediately clear: you were born to kill demons, and you’ll do anything it takes. You will wrench countless jaws from their joints and eviscerate the swollen flesh of your enemies between bouts of furious gunfire. These powerful moments carry what, at its core, is a simple game. The cadence of Doom’s campaign is unwavering to the point of predictability as you make multiple round-trips between Mars and the depths of hell. Each location bears its own distinct but static identity, and your return trips inspire more deja vu than surprise as you tread familiar ground on either side of the dimensional portal you’re charged with dismantling.Into the belly of the beast we go.You rarely take an unexpected turn, but any bothersome feelings this gives you are washed away the moment you enter battle. Doom equips you with a range of weapons that start simple and grow ever more elaborate. Not all are created equal, and there are some you will ignore for their lack of stopping power, but many are formidable, and a near constant stream of upgrades allows you to tweak your favorites in order to give them greater functionality and strength–more cause for attachment to, and wonder in, the power at your fingertips.This power extends to Glory Kills, Doom’s contextual dismemberment techniques that can be triggered when you cause an enemy to stagger. They are the embodiment of gore fetishization, offering multiple ways to tear enemies into pieces, dependant on your angle of approach. Glory Kills are also strategically valuable. Enemies occasionally drop health items and ammo when felled by a gun, but you’re guaranteed an injection of health when you flay your opponents using your bare hands–and occasionally with a body part of their own. This incentivizes you to rush in even when on the brink, offering hope at the…
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Containment: "Like a Sheep Among Wolves" Review

Containment: "Like a Sheep Among Wolves" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow. After tonight’s Containment episode, we will be dropping weekly reviews since they’re not performing as well as we hoped and, coincidentally, The CW announced the show has been canceled. (To be fair, it was dubbed as an event series, so a second season was unlikely anyway.) That’s a shame, too, because this week’s “Like a Sheep Among Wolves” was probably the strongest episode to date — although, the fact that it took this long to get interesting speaks to the very sluggish pacing of the show. Indeed, the big food-drop storyline here felt like more of an episode two development than episode five, but at least it got the characters moving and converging, rather than sitting around in isolated camps. This was especially the case for Lex, Jake, Jana and Xander, who all had key roles to play in this episode. For example, the tension amongst the cops felt like a long time coming, and, refreshingly, it wasn’t between Lex and Jake, who now seemed to be on the same page (more or less). Jake in particular had some emotional moments toward the end, like the subplot with the little girl and his partner Paul. Though, in a bit of Prometheus deja vu, I found myself muttering, “Dude, keep your visor down!” multiple times. Continue reading…
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DC Comics Reveals New Logo

DC Comics Reveals New Logo

The new logo for DC Comics has been revealed. The logo—developed in partnership with Pentagram—will make its debut in print on May 25 with the release of DC Universe: Rebirth Special #1. Give it a look below, courtesy of DC: New DC Comics logo. Image via CBR.After making its debut on Rebirth, the logo will be featured across DC’s array of digital platforms, including its social media channels, websites and All Access app. Continue reading…
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Kingsman 2 Adds Classic Rock Singer to Star-Studded Cast

Kingsman 2 Adds Classic Rock Singer to Star-Studded Cast

Kingsman: The Golden Circle seems to have quite the star-studded cast with actors like Channing Tatum, Halle Barry, and Julianne Moore set to appear. Now it looks like we’ll see classic rock singer Elton John in the upcoming spy movie as well.John posted a picture on Instagram, which revealed his involvement in The Golden Circle. The picture reads “Wednesday night’s alright for fighting,” which is a reference to his song “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting).” The line is accompanied by star-shaped glasses, colored red, white, and blue. The Golden Circle is rumored to take place at least partially in the States.Kingsman director Matthew Vaughn originally wanted celebrities to make cameos in the first movie, though he canned it for a number of reasons including the suspension of disbelief one needs when a celebrity appears as themself while other famous actors play ficitional roles. He told ABC News Radio that he had a special idea for John.”I was umming and ahhing ’cause [Kingsman] had a whole fun subplot about celebrities being kidnapped,” he said. “And I had an idea of, who’s the worst celebrity you’d want to have locked in a cell? And I came up with Elton John and having Elton John throwing these huge tantrums. And then I wanted to do an action scene of Elton John kicking the living daylights out of people.”It’s not confirmed, but with the “Wednesday night’s alright for fighting” quote, it sounds like Vaughn might be realizing his original vision of John “kicking the living daylights out of people” on film. And with Vaughn’s previous hesitance to cast celebrities in cameo roles, could we see John playing a character? We’ll have to wait to find out, but GameSpot will keep you updated on Kingsman: The Golden Circle as more information is revealed.The Kingsman sequel is set to open in theaters on June 16, 2017. It stars Taron Egerton as protagonist Eggsy and sees the return of Mark Strong, Sophie Cookson, and Edward Holcroft. Colin Firth’s return has been teased as well.
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Road to E3 2016: Crackdown 3

Road to E3 2016: Crackdown 3

Brace yourselves: E3 2016 is nearly upon us. From June 12-16, the entire gaming industry will converge on Los Angeles to showcase the biggest games that we’ll be playing for 2016 and beyond. We’ve been updating our Games of E3 List whenever news drops, but now we’re going to go even deeper. Every day leading up to the show, we’re going to be highlight one of the biggest games that we hope to see more of at E3. Up today: Crackdown 3! The last time we saw Crackdown 3 was last August at Gamescom 2015 where we got to test out its crazy environmental destruction for 17 minutes. Continue reading…
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Black Panther Rules April's Comic Book Sales

Black Panther Rules April's Comic Book Sales

Diamond Comics released their sales figures for April 2016. Riding high on the strength of a superstar creative team and the buzz from Captain America Civil War, Black Panther #1 was the best-selling comic of the month, with an estimated 253,259 copies sold. Marvel had a strong month overall, with Star Wars: Poe Dameron #1 and Gwenpool #1 also placing in the top ten best-selling books. The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 was DC’s top-selling comic, with Batman #51 and Harley Quinn & Suicide Squad April Fool’s Special #1 also placing in the top ten. Continue reading…
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The Dark Tower: Stephen King Says Idris Elba Is "One of the Best Actors" Working Today

The Dark Tower: Stephen King Says Idris Elba Is "One of the Best Actors" Working Today

The Dark Tower movie is set for a 2017 release, and the author of the book series, Stephen King, has said that he thinks Idris Elba, who is set to play Roland the Gunslinger, is “one of the best actors” working today.Stephen King sung the actor’s praises in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The prestigious author talked about Elba and his co-star Matthew McConaughey and how he’s looking forward to seeing the two go up against each other in The Dark Tower movie.”I think [Elba’s] a terrific actor, I think he’s one of the best actors working in the business now,” he said. “And Matthew McConaughey is a terffic actor. They’re both great. And the idea of seeing the two of them in opposition of each other is very exciting to me.”The film’s director and co-writer Nikolaj Arcel added to the praise, saying he’s been a fan of Elba’s since watching him in The Wire.”I’ve been following his career for a long time and then when we started talking about him as Roland, for me it just clicked,” Arcel said. “I met him, we spoke, we had some great conversations. For me, it was sort of, like, a no brainer.”Any time I see Idris in anything, he’s sort of this magnetic figure for me, I’ve always loved him,” he added.In the interview, King also confirmed when the movie will start in the books’ timeline.”The movie will start where the books start. The Man in Black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed,” King said. “I’ve been pretty insistent about that and I think everybody’s on board with it.”King also mentioned that the movie won’t adapt the first book’s story, instead starting in the middle. What this means in relation to the previous quote isn’t completely clear. GameSpot will keep you up to date on The Dark Tower film as more information is revealed.For now, you can check out on-set images of Elba as the Gunslinger right here.
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GS News – Battlefield 1 Initially Rejected by EA, Resident Evil 7 Announcement At E3?

GS News – Battlefield 1 Initially Rejected by EA, Resident Evil 7 Announcement At E3?

The Division’s next free update is detailed, and EA reveals they originally knocked back the idea to set the next Battlefield in World War 1.
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Naomi Plays Demon Slays in Doom

Naomi Plays Demon Slays in Doom

On Wednesday 5/18, Naomi is introduced to the serene and peaceful world of Doom as Mark ensures she slays every last demon in the most gory way possible. Just so you know, we’re going to be livestreaming every Tuesday and Wednesday from 1PM – 3PM PT. We’ll focus on new releases and DLC drops, but let us know in the comments what games you’d like to see! We’ll be answering questions live during the stream, so tweet @ign with #ignplayslive You can see streams via: Desktop Computer Phone or Tablet Continue reading…
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