The Only Painkiller A Doctor Can’t Prescribe Celebrates His Comeback

The Only Painkiller A Doctor Can’t Prescribe Celebrates His Comeback

Painkiller Hell & Damnation – the most painful experience for Hell’s demonic population since ‘04

 The legendary Painkiller series experiences its biggest leap ever with Nordic Games’ upcoming installment: Painkiller Hell & Damnation.

Painkiller Hell & Damnation is under development by The Farm 51, an experienced Gliwice/Katowice (Poland)-based development studio.

Powered by Epic’s world-renowned and highly-respected Unreal Engine 3, Painkiller Hell & Damnation recreates the sensations and hardcore gameplay of the original Painkiller. Released in 2004, Painkiller won high praise and many accolades and fans for its fast and unique gameplay. Keeping true to the old-school FPS ideology, lightning-fast movement enables skillful players to get into the heart of the fast-paced gameplay, topped off with stunning enormo-boss fights requiring sneaky tactics.

“We’re proud of the shiny new splendor of the game’s graphics, but we’re doubly proud we’ve made player skill the most important part of the game. In addition to the single player campaign, we’re putting a tremendous emphasis on the game’s multiplayer component” said Reinhard Pollice, responsible for Business & Product Development at Nordic Games.

A first build of Painkiller Hell & Damnation will be showcased to exclusive media partners at this year’s E3 in Los Angeles, California.

More information on the game will be released in due time.

Samuel L. Jackson To Host “VGA TEN” – The Tenth Anniversary Of Spikes Tv’s “Video Game Awards”

SAMUEL L. JACKSON TO HOST “VGA TEN” –

THE TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF SPIKE TV’S “VIDEO GAME AWARDS”

EMMY® AWARD-WINNING PRODUCER MARK BURNETT

RETURNS AS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

“VGA TEN” Premieres LIVE on Friday, December 7 at 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT

Samuel L. Jackson will return to Spike TV to host “VGA TEN,” the tenth anniversary of the “Video Game Awards” live on Friday, December 7at 9:00pm ET/6:00pm PT.  The acclaimed international film, stage and video game star, most recently featured in the summer blockbuster, “The Avengers,” has hosted the “VGAs” three times from 2005-2007.

The biggest night in the gaming universe will feature world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future and once again simultaneously air LIVE on both Spike TV and Spike.com. “VGA Ten” will also air in over 100 countries and territories around the world.

“I’m thrilled to once again preside over the biggest night of gaming,” said Jackson.  “And to all the gamers out there – you better circle the date right now and not make any plans that night – you don’t want to be that one guy among your friends who misses this show.”

“Sam is a gamer, an icon and one badass host,” said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer and Executive Vice President, Event Production, Talent & Studio Relations for Viacom Entertainment Group. “We are thrilled to have him back at the controls for ‘VGA Ten’ as we celebrate a decade in the gaming universe.”

Also returning to the “VGAs” is Executive Producer Mark Burnett, the multi-Emmy Award-winning acclaimed producer of “Survivor,” “The Voice,” “The Apprentice,” the “63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards,” the “MTV Movie Awards” and the “People’s Choice Awards.”

“The combination of Samuel L. Jackson and the Tenth Anniversary of the ‘Video Game Awards’ are already making this year’s show a must-see event for gamers all around the world,” said Burnett, “and we haven’t even started talking about all of the World Premieres yet!”

“I’m a huge Samuel L. Jackson fan and literally can’t get enough of him,” Burnett continued.  “What an amazing opportunity to work with Spike for the second time and with him for the first time.”

In January, Jackson was cited by Guinness Book of World Records as the highest-grossing actor of all time, bringing in over seven billion dollars in revenue.  Jackson next stars in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, “Django Unchained,” which comes to theaters this December.

Since 2003, Spike TV’s “Video Game Awards,” has paid tribute to the year’s absolute best in gaming and featured exclusive world premieres of the most anticipated games of the future. The “VGAs” have gained the reputation of being the place for the world’s top video publishers to premiere their titles, and this year, “VGA Ten” will provide a sneak peak of the next generation of gaming.

Dubbed the “Oscars for Videos Games” by The Los Angeles Times & The Washington Post, the show has featured appearances by Hugh Jackman, Charlize Theron, Jack Black, Tiger Woods, Foo Fighters, Kiefer Sutherland, Dwayne Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Neil Patrick Harris, Zac Levi, Jake Gyllenhaal, Weezer, Eva Mendes, Kevin James, Tony Hawk, 50 Cent, Mike Tyson, Vin Diesel, Snoop Dogg and many more.

For additional information about other “VGA” world exclusives and announcements, fans can log onto VGA.spike.com and get updates via Twitter @SPIKE_TV, as well as the hashtag #VGA.

 

Activision Publishing Highlights Immersive And Innovative Slate Of Video Games At Electronic Entertainment Expo 2012

Activision’s full E3 Slate Includes:

Call of Duty: Black Ops II – The most groundbreaking and ambitious Call of Duty to date, Call of Duty: Black Ops II pushes the boundaries of the record-setting franchise and will turn the future black for everyone worldwide on November 13th.  Set in the year 2025, Call of Duty: Black Ops II propels players into a near-future, introducing them to a fiction that is taking root in today’s headlines. Advanced weaponry, robotics and drone warfare define the battle space and challenges players to ask, “What happens when someone steals the keys” and turns our greatest strengths into our greatest weaknesses?  Strike Force Levels bring a fresh take on single-player missions, introducing players to sandbox-style gameplay and branching storylines for the first time in franchise history. With equally ambitious Zombies and multiplayer modes yet to be unveiled, Call of Duty: Black Ops II delivers the complete package, offering fans the most expansive Call of Duty experience ever.  (Developed by Treyarch for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC.; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

Skylanders Giants – Skylanders Giants builds upon the breakthrough fundamentals of the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure—merging the physical and virtual realms with an innovative line of cross-platform toys with “brains,” which players everywhere can magically bring to life in the world of Skylands.  Using the mystical Portal of Power®, players once again lead a team of heroic Skylanders in a new adventure to save their world. Portal Masters will journey through new areas of Skylands, encountering new enemies, solving fun puzzles, overcoming different hazards and obstacles, and finding a variety of collectable rewards and treasure.  Skylanders Giants introduces sixteen new characters to build on the magic of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventures, including super-sized giants with powers to match, as well as the new LightCore™ Skylanders that light-up in the game and in the real-world as players transport them to Skylands using the Portal of Power. Additionally, the game features new Hero Challenges, more Battle Mode gameplay, and advanced integration across console, handheld, mobile and Skylanders UniverseSM.  (Developed by Toys for Bob for Wii™, Nintendo 3DS™, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Windows PC and mobile devices; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

 TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON – TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRON allows players to experience the darkest hours of the war between the AUTOBOTS and DECEPTICONS as they vie for control of their dying home world.  Fans will fight through both sides of the TRANSFORMERS’ most epic battles that culminate in their legendary exodus from CYBERTRON.  With the stakes higher than ever, players will embark on an action-packed journey through massive, war-torn environments designed around each character’s unique abilities and alternate forms, including GRIMLOCK’s nearly indestructible T-Rex form and the legendary COMBATICONS combining into the colossal BRUTICUS.  Taking the franchise’s competitive multiplayer to all-new heights, TRANSFORMERS: FALL OF CYBERTRONlets fans go head-to-head in blistering AUTOBOT vs. DECEPTICON matches after creating their own unique characters with the most in-depth, advanced customization ever before seen in a TRANSFORMERS game.  Additionally, High Moon Studios is announcing at E3 that they have listened to the passionate PC fans and have been working closely with fellow developer Mercenary Technology to create a PC sku that will launch day and date with the console versions on August 28. (Developed by High Moon Studios for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system and by Mercenary Technology for Windows PC; rated “T” for Teen on all platforms by the ESRB.)

 The Amazing Spider-Man™ – Go beyond Sony Picture Entertainment’s Columbia Pictures feature film and find out what happens next in The Amazing Spider-Manvideo game, which brings Spider-Man’s free-roaming, web-slinging action back to New York City.  Players take on the role of a young Peter Parker discovering his new Spider-Man powers and added Super Hero responsibilities, using the game’s innovative Web Rush mechanic to swing freely around Manhattan, combat a variety of criminal activities and take on classic Marvel Super Villains, such as Rhino, Iguana, Felicia Hardy and more.  Set against an original story crafted by Hollywood writer Seamus Kevin Fahey (Spartacus: Vengeance, Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, Battlestar Galactica) that takes place entirely after the events of the upcoming feature film,The Amazing Spider-Man video game delivers an immersive and cinematic adventure allowing players to truly harness the power of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.  (Developed by Beenox for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system, Wii, and Nintendo 3DS, with a Windows PC version slated for release later in the year; developed by Other Ocean for Nintendo DS™; rated “T” for Teen on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii and “E10+” on Nintendo DS by the ESRB.)

007™ Legends – Celebrating the Bond franchise’s 50th anniversary, the latest instalment in the video game series – 007 Legends – launches gamers back through time to relive a selection of James Bond’s iconic and intense undercover missions from the popular films.  A first-of-its-kind Bond video game, 007 Legends features an original, overarching storyline tying together five classic Bond movie-inspired missions plus a sixth mission based on this year’s highly-anticipated movie – SKYFALL – which will be available post launch as free downloadable content, to offer the most diverse Bond gaming experience yet!  Delivering the action that gamers expect from a Bond game, 007 Legends equips players with state-of-the-art spy gadgets, an arsenal of weapons, and sleek vehicles as they jet off to exotic locations and utilize Bond’s unmatched combat abilities, quick wits, class and style to take down notorious villains and their brutal henchmen and perform impressive stunts.  (Developed by Eurocom for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Windows PC; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

 Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse – Family Guy: Back to the Multiverse features an all-new original narrative which is an expansion on the popular episode, “Road to the Multiverse”, turning the outrageous world of Family Guy into an action-packed video game filled with nods to the long-running comedy.  Playing as either Stewie or Brian, each with unique abilities and weapons, players will battle their favorite Family Guy characters as they advance through ‘Multiverse’ themed levels in their pursuit to battle Stewie’s evil twin, Bertram, who has returned and is hell-bent on destroying Quahog.  Fans will also be able to team up in co-op multiplayer mode or compete against each other in competitive multiplayer levels – all with a Family Guy twist. (Developed by Heavy Iron for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 system; not yet rated by the ESRB.)

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

CS: GO DUE AUGUST 21 

Next Gen Console, PC, and Mac Details Revealed

June 4, 201 – Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Counter-Strike, Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Portal, and Team Fortress) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is targeted for release on August 21, 2012.   

 

To be available via the Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and Steam (for PC and Mac), CS: GO will expand upon the team-based action gameplay pioneered when Counter-Strike was launched almost 13 years ago (CS beta 1, August 1999).

            CS: GO will be sold for approximately $15 on all platforms.

            CS: GO features new maps, characters, and weapons and delivers updated versions of the classic CS content (de_dust, etc.). In addition, CS: GO introduces new gameplay modes, matchmaking, leader boards, and more.

            Developed by Valve in cooperation with Seattle-based Hidden Path Entertainment, the title will be playable in the Sony and Microsoft booths this week at E3 in Los Angeles, CA.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” Starz Announces The Final Season

THE SAGA CONCLUDES –

STARZ ANNOUNCES THE FINAL SEASON OF “SPARTACUS”

SEASON THREE TITLE UNVEILED

“SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED”

 THE EPIC 10-EPISODE SEASON TO PREMIERE

JANUARY 2013

STARZ announced today the upcoming season of the international hit series “Spartacus” will be the conclusion of the saga.  With a visual style completely unique to television, the franchise has amassed both critical and popular acclaim to become the most successful on the network and one of the highest rated programs in all of cable television.  More than six million weekly viewers watched last season, “Spartacus: Vengeance,” which has amassed more than 2.5 million Facebook fans. Globally, the series airs in 150 countries in more than 15 languages.

“The fans have been tremendously supportive of our show,” says creator and executive producer, Steven S. DeKnight.  “We did not come to this decision lightly.  It was an extremely difficult and emotional decision for my partners and I.  Yet, in the end, the story was best served by rolling all of the remaining action and drama of Spartacus’ journey into one stunningly epic season that will be extremely satisfying for everyone who’s been along for the ride.”

“Steven DeKnight, Rob Tapert, Josh Donen and Sam Raimi have made one of the most groundbreaking shows we have ever seen,” says Starz CEO Chris Albrecht. “’Spartacus’ is a landmark series for the network which has enthralled millions of viewers and fans around the world.  We are in agreement with our partners in the decision to conclude the story after ‘War of the Damned,’ as we believe it is the best way to maintain the integrity of the series and secure its legacy.  While everyone may know the fate of Spartacus, we believe this will be a spectacular season that will startle, amaze and honor the legions of fans.”

“Spartacus: War of the Damned,” currently in production in New Zealand, takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius.  These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to more than 30,000. Rome is indeed beginning to tremble at the threat Spartacus now represents.

“Spartacus: War of the Damned” sees the return on Liam McIntyre (Spartacus), Manu Bennett (Crixus), Dustin Clare (Gannicus), Dan Feuerriegel (Agron), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Naevia) and Ellen Hollman (Saxa). This year, Todd Lasance joins the cast as Gaius Julius Caesar, along with Simon Merrells, who will be playing Marcus Crassus and Anna Hutchison as Laeta.

Review – Conan The Barbarian #5 – The Argos Deception Part 2

Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: James Harren
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Massimo Carnevale
Published by: Dark Horse Comics

Massimo Carnevale

Early morning in Messantia, Argos a visibly beaten Conan is taken form his cell and brought to the gallows, as the crowd gathers around to see the cimmerian hero hanged. A guard begings to address the crowd about the crimes Conan has committed theft, Assault, and Aggravated Murder the guard then ask’s if anyone is willing to  speak for him and at the that moment, Bêlit who is dress as a noble woman agrees to speak and convences the guard to have Conan  fight for his life in a Gladiator match against Messantia’s champion, who appears to be a giant size man. Before the match starts the guard tells Conan that when he loses to the giant size man he will make Bêlit has woman. 

Story Spoilers »

Conan and his opponent start to0 battle it out, he quickly realize that his speed is a advantage against the massive man and uses it effectively dodging every punch the big man throws at him, with Conan’s distraction Bêlit sneaks off to execute the plan which is to steal the city’s gold as The Black Queen races through the city alleyways she is spotted and chased by a couple of guards, she quickly notice’s them and turns into a abandoned building and attacks them. Meanwhile Conan ‘s battle with the massive man seems to be coming to a end with him on the losing end as the Man stands over Conan sword high and ready to strike but before he gives the final blow a loud explosion rangs out which grabs the attention of Conan’s opponent who for a split second looks away, with a opening to attack Conan picks up a dagger and throws it at the man striking him in the forehead he then walks over and cuts the man’s head off, now a free man Conan stands ready do defend himself against all comers—————————

 Final Thoughts:  The Argos Deception Part 2 has a lot of action, which is a plus when it comes to the Conan franchise, this issue does a great job of expressing Conan’s thoughts and doubts, along with how the mind can be the biggest killer, this issue touches on that and how vulnerable it has made Conan he doesn’t seem as invincible as before, There’s one particular part where he’s at the gallows and it narrates how the situation has brought an unfamiliar feeling of fear which refreshing every once in awhile. In the end Conan The Barbarian #5 – The Argos Deception Part 2 is another solid quality issue that should satisfied fans.

Links: Preview | Pre-Order
Release Date: June 13, 2012

Story:★★★★☆ 
Art:★★★★☆ 
Dialog:★★★★½ 
Overall:★★★★☆