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Sony PlayStation News Roundup-Game Awards Special



This week’s roundup is going to be a little different due to the reveals and trailers we got from the Game Awards on Thursday night. We’ll have some more trailers than usual and we will be pushing our weekly indie game back to next week’s roundup.

God of War Takes Home Best Game Award

In a fantastic victory for Sony Interactive Entertainment and Santa Monica studios, God of War took home the coveted Game of the Year award at the Game Awards. The game won despite some incredibly worthy contenders, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Celeste, Assassins Creed: Odyssey, Monster Hunter World and Red Dead Redemption 2. The action-adventure title based on Norse mythology is a sequel but also a reinvention of the God of War franchise, which initially was loosely based upon Greek mythology.  The evolution of the franchise has been an impressive one, with the 2018 God of War game building on several aspects such as the narrative elements and the combat whilst maintaining the core elements of the franchise in general.  God of War also took home the awards for best action-adventure and best direction. We also got to see Kratos and Boy, also sometimes known as Atreus, reunite as actors Christopher Judge and Sunny Suljic were together on stage to present the award for Content Creator of the Year.

Congratulations to all who worked on to make God of War the brilliant game that it is. Check out the acceptance speech below.

No Avengers Project Announcement

One of the more interesting presences for Thursday’s show was the involvement of Joe and Anthony Russo, acclaimed film and television directors whose filmography includes some of the best Marvel movies to date including The Winter Soldier and Infinity War. They acted as presenters on the night for Best Ongoing Game. Their participation suggested that we may have gotten some more information and maybe even a trailer for the Avengers Project game being developed by Crystal Dynamics and Square Enix. Announced almost two years ago in January 2016 with a teaser trailer, little to nothing has been reported on since in regards to this game which was to be the start of a multi-year and multi-game partnership between Marvel Entertainment and Square Enix. Gamers and superhero fans everywhere were hoping that the Russo’s presence could be linked to a major announcement regarding the Avengers game, or perhaps the Marvel/Square Enix deal in general. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case and all we got was an Infinity War reference from the duo. Here’s hoping we get some new information on the Avengers game soon.

Crash Team Racing Comeback

There have been rumours of a Crash Team Racing remaster ever since the huge success of the N.Sane Crash Bandicoot Trilogy but we now have confirmation that this is definitely the case.  A reveal trailer was released for the official Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled remaster at the Game Awards. The trailer shows off a handful of maps and racing characters as well as a couple of different vehicles for Crash. One of the most interesting parts of the trailer is the noted race online feature. Implementing online racing brings Crash Team Racing into the modern generation of gaming whilst keeping its nostalgic charm. We also see a split screen which looks to be four player local gameplay, another feature that could be a lot of fun to play with friends.

With a release date of June 21st, 2019, we’re looking forward to this one. Have a look at the trailer below to see just how great Crash and his racing buddies are looking in high definition.

The Last of Us Part II is a no show

Naughty Dog released a statement earlier in the week saying that they were not going to be showing anything new for The Last of Us Part II at the Game Awards. Naughty Dog had not long posted a video of their favourite reactions to the first trailers for The Last of Us Part II. That was taken by some fans as a hint that something new would be coming soon but clearly, this wasn’t the case.  With development beginning in 2014 and the game being announced two years ago in December 2016, the follow up to The Last of Us has been highly anticipated since its first reveal trailer. Since then, we have had one gameplay reveal trailer that came out in the summer, but we still have no release date. Whilst it is a disappointment to know that we won’t be seeing more of the sequel anytime soon, Naughty Dog’s quality of games comes from the tireless effort and time that they put into them. Fans of their games will know that they are taking their time to make the game the best it can possibly be. It looks like patience and trust are going to have to get us through until Naughty Dog are ready to show more.

Mortal Kombat 11 reveal

Mortal Kombat is back and bloodier than ever as seen in the reveal trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 at the Game Awards. The cinematic trailer shows an epic and very painful looking battle between Dark Raiden and Scorpion as well as giving a glimpse of a brand new character at the very end. The trailer reflects the gameplay pretty well as most of the moves and actions we see the characters use are familiar, in particular Scorpions trademark kunai weapon and ‘Get Over Here’ catchphrase as he decapitates Dark Raiden. There’s also an original song included by rapper 21 Savage which, if this genre of music is used throughout the game, could make for an interesting collaboration.  If the over the top blood and carnage is anything like what we see in the trailer, Mortal Kombat 11 is sure to make for a very fun and slightly vomit inducing installment in the franchise.

Mortal Kombat 11 is due for release on April 23rd, 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and the PC. See the trailer below for more gruesome antics, but be aware that this is an age-restricted trailer due to guts galore.


Another big reveal at the Game Awards was Far Cry 6, known as Far Cry: New Dawn. The trailer that was released has caused many to draw similarities to the Fallout series. Surprisingly, the game is set to be a direct sequel of Far Cry 5 which ended with global nuclear explosions. New Dawn is set 17 years later, in the apocalyptic ruins of Hope County, Montana, and has all the usual gunfire and explosions expected in the Far Cry franchise. Some seem in dismay that the series is losing its way and becoming a strange amalgamation of multiple genres and games, Mad Max, Fallout, Rage etc. It may be a far cry from what it once was (see what I did there) but the trailer looks promising in terms of gameplay, fun, flamboyant villains and of course, animal companions. What I find most interesting is that it is a direct continuation from the previous game, which we haven’t seen in a long while in the Far Cry series. We also get a quick glimpse of Joseph Seed, the villain from Far Cry 5 who turned out to be right about his doomsday predictions. Could he be an ally in New Dawn? Or is he manipulating the player character? Either way, it’s interesting to see him again and his inclusion could add a lot to the narrative. Though honestly, I think most Far Cry players aren’t there just for the narrative. And can I say that I love the copious amounts of pink in the trailer and marketing? Just saying.

Far Cry: New Dawn is scheduled for release February 15th, 2019 for PS4 and Xbox One. Check out the nuclear world of New Dawn in the trailer below.

Dragon Age 4 Finally Confirmed

Bioware revealed a  teaser trailer at the Game Awards confirming the fourth installment in the Dragon Age franchise. Whilst not officially confirmed as the title, the hashtag “The Dread Wolf Rises” appears at the end of the trailer which may well be the title even though it goes against the usual one word subtitles of the games, Origins, and Inquisition. While the teaser shows very little, there is a lot that is suggested. We see and hear Solas, a significant character from Inquisition with some big reveals that I won’t go into hugely due to major spoiler territory. What I will say is that his link to the Dread Wolf will surely give him an even bigger role in the next game. There’s also a suggestion that you may be playing as your Inquisitor character from Inquisition due to what Solas says, “So, you’ve found me at last. I suspect you have questions”. The Inquisitor makes it their mission to track down Solas at the end of Inquisition, so it may well be your character he is speaking to has finally sought him out. Solas also can say the exact same “I suspect you have questions” comment to the Inquisitor in the Trespasser DLC. His saying so in the trailer could be another allusion to your character. On a personal note, this was a trailer that I was most excited to see. Dragon Age: Origins is the game that got me into gaming in a big way and I don’t know if I would be writing about the medium today if it wasn’t for Origins. I’ve been with the series ever since, through the highs and lows, and it’s great to see that the next installment is definitely on the horizon with a familiar character. A lot of faith has been lost in Bioware due to the huge disappointment that was Mass Effect: Andromeda, but I believe there is still a chance for this game if they return to the aspects of their games that work so well. The immersive narrative, the choices that make a difference, the characters you grow to love or hate and the enjoyable gameplay. And for those of you out there who also romanced Solas, I’m feeling your pain right now. Respect to you.

No official date or any other information was given on the next Dragon Age installment but the trailer is available to watch below.

Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer




Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”




Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.




One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer




NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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The Transformers: Lessons in Warfare, Scale, and Childhood



The Transformers are an enduring part of American pop culture. Starting with the introduction of the first toy lines in the early 1980s, the animated series went on to define a large part of ‘80s culture, reaching its apex with the release of The Transformers: The Movie in 1986. After a disappointing performance in theaters, however, the brand reached a nadir in the post-movie era, receding from the front of American pop culture until the late 1990s, when Transformers: Beast Wars brought the franchise to the forefront again.

It was into this climate that I was born. By the time I was old enough to watch TV and get toys courtesy of the North Pole and my parents, I began to take an interest in the series. After all, what five-year-old boy doesn’t like the idea of giant robots fighting each other for control of the earth and the universe?

My local video store (yes, those used to exist) had a copy of the first three episodes of the original Transformers series, Generation 1, on VHS. I remember renting this one particular copy from the store and watching it at least three times, sun-faded front cover and all. Even then, I loved the series, though I only had a few generic dollar-store “transformers,” an Armada Megatron that I had received for my fifth birthday, and a couple of hand-me-down G1 figures from my Dad.

Some of my earliest memories of Transformers came from a trip my parents and I took to visit my Dad’s former college roommate, a professed 80s culture geek. I remember watching a ton of G1 episodes, like “Dinobot Island,” as well as The Transformers: The Movie on his large projection-screen TV, an experience which inculcated within me an intense love of the series.

Optimus Prime The Transformers The Movie

Optimus Prime, bastion of bravery and an excellent role model for a maturing boy.

The first real episodic Transformers show that I watched with any sort of consistency, however, was Transformers: Armada. Now, I don’t remember much about this show — for good reason, as it’s derided by many Transformers fans for its poor animation, bad dubbing, and terrible story — but what I do remember is one particular toy that I really enjoyed: Armada Unicron.

I think it was the Christmas of 2002 when I first got Unicron. I remember having seen him in the store and (probably) telling my parents something or another about it, but I was utterly shocked when Santa brought it to me as a present. As a kid, Unicron was an impressive toy that towered over all of my other Transformers. He was such a hefty toy that I had trouble just picking him up from the ground. After having seen The Transformers: The Movie, I was just impressed by having the planet-eating destroyer of worlds himself in toy form. It was good to be a kid.

My consumption of Transformers-related content stayed relatively the same for a couple of years. Since my family didn’t get any of the channels that the shows came on, I was often left to make up what stories I could from my own memory, but we had Netflix (back when it was a DVD mail-in service), so I was able to watch some of the old series, including Beast Wars, Beast Machines, and Transformers: Energon on DVD. As usual, however, I spent most of my time in school or playing on my GameCube.  

When Michael Bay’s Transformers released in theaters in 2007, it ushered in an entirely new era of Transformers fandom across the world. With the return of G1 originals Peter Cullen and Frank Welker as the voices of Optimus Prime and Megatron, respectively, the ‘80s were alive and well again. This transformation (pun fully intended), brought about the introduction of an entirely new show, Transformers Animated, which aired on Cartoon Network. Before the days of DVR, it was nearly impossible for someone like myself, who was usually involved in any myriad of school activities on any given day, to find the time to watch a show at its air time. 

Unicron Armada Transformers Toy

Just look at this toy! Even today, it’s impressive.

However, luckily enough for me, Cartoon Network aired reruns of two episodes of Animated every day at 6:30 AM. As someone who lived literally two minutes away from school, I usually didn’t leave my house until around 7:45 or 8:00, so I had plenty of time to watch the show. I remember getting up every morning, fixing myself a big bowl of cereal, and sitting down to watch Animated before anyone in the house was up. Just me, Transformers, cereal, and a lot of fun. 

Soon, as I aged and Animated was replaced by Transformers Prime, I grew into a more nuanced appreciation for the shows’ storytelling. Prime, a dark tonal contrast with Animated, found me at the perfect time in my life. I appreciated its reverence for Optimus Prime and its overarching themes of sacrifice and leadership. While some would say it was boring or over-wrought, for a burgeoning pre-teen it was an engaging combination of cool and edgy that I thoroughly enjoyed.

When I sit down to think about the impact the Transformers series has had on my life, there’s one point in particular that sticks out to me: the imagination that playing with Transformers encouraged. While the brand was doubtlessly born of a commercial desire to sell as many pieces of plastic as possible, it nonetheless developed into a series capable of some interesting, if not always deep, storytelling. 

I copied this sense of storytelling when it came time to play with my toys. I remember incorporating various weather machines, weapons of ultimate power, and energy crystals into overarching narratives that could last a whole afternoon. Narratives in which Autobots died, lost limbs, or were otherwise in peril before the power of the Matrix of Leadership or Primus himself showed up to save them in the end. While this may not seem all that unique, I credit the series with instilling in me a sense of narrative detail. In fact, I remember not mixing my G.I. Joes and Transformers together, because in my internal head canon, they weren’t to scale (everyone knows that Transformers are at least three to four times taller than humans.) 

Megatron vs. Dinosaur G1 Transformers

I can safely say that I probably played out this exact scenario at least four or five times in my childhood.

However, Unicron himself created all sorts of problems for an internal narrative. For a being the size of a planet, he was rather puny in scale when compared to the other figures. So, I would always put Unicron to the side and pretend that the smaller Transformers were mere dots on him, tiny little specks that could barely be seen, the same as they had been in The Transformers: The Movie. I feel like the toys gave me an appreciation of the tropes of narrative fiction that I otherwise wouldn’t have noticed or appreciated. 

Today, I still love the series and try to watch The Transformers: The Movie at least once a year. Newer entries, like Transformers: Rescue Bots and Rescue Bots Academy allow me to share my love of the series with my younger siblings without encountering the darker elements of some of the classic shows. It allows me to teach them all about the Cybertronians that I grew up with, and perhaps encourage them to craft stories of their own. Now, excuse me while I help the Rescue Bots put out a fire on Wayward Island…

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