BD Playlist: Brad Vol. 7

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 15:00

It’s Monday, which means it’s time for a new BD Playlist! This week’s list comes courtesy of Brad (a.k.a. Mr. Disgusting), who’s got a list that tackles modern music as well as dives into the past for some glorious gems.

Check it out below and let us know what you’re listening to these days!

Categories: Horror News

Gunship Release One Of The Coolest Music Videos Ever

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 14:00

Retrosynth group Gunship are preparing for the upcoming release of their self-titled album, which doesn’t have a release date but it should be relatively soon, considering that they are releasing singles and artwork.

However, in anticipation of this upcoming album, the band has released an official music video for their track “Fly For Your Life”, which features vocals from Stella Le Page. The video was originally an animation by Damian Nenow of Polish studio Platige and it was then edited by the band to fit the music.

The clip tells the story of two pilots engaged in a vicious air battle, each one wounding the other as they weave through clouds, over a lake, and between mountain peaks. Come the end, we realize that there is more to these pilots, something evil and sinister buried deep within.

Also below is a teaser for the band’s album, which uses clips from all sorts of 70′s and 80′s films, a ton of which are horror.

Categories: Horror News

Every X-Man Ever: A Video Timeline

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:24

IGN has created a fantastic timeline of every X-Man ever. It’s pretty self explanatory but it’s super interesting to see how the team grew over the course of its 50 year history. The members you might remember as being typical mainstays certainly show up later than expected.the diversity of the X-Men can really be felt within the body of this video. And, if nothing else watch it to relive all the insanity this huge team has gone through time and time again.

I was impressed to see the All-New, All-Different X-Men relaunch and how it focused entirely on a multicultural team. As a long time X-men fanatic I somehow never even considered how this team was dynamically different. All I know is I came in at possibly the worst time to be a X-Men fan: the 1990′s.


Categories: Horror News

‘Resident Evil Revelations 2′ Achievements Revealed

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 13:00

We now have the full list of achievements/trophies for all four episodes of Resident Evil Revelations 2, and they are legion. I haven’t looked over the whole thing so as to avoid spoilers, but the handful I did see made it seem like this game could be a trophy hunter’s delight. Of the 43 achievements, 25 are episode specific, so completionists will need all four to collect them all.

Revelations 2 was recently pushed back a week so Capcom could give it some extra polish. The first episode will now debut on Feb 24.


Bounty Hunter (60 GS) — Get a total of 50,000 BP.
Cure for the Afflicted (20 GS) — Defeat 100 Afflicted in the main campaign.
Revenant Reaper (20 GS) — Defeat 100 Revenants in the main campaign.
Knifin’ Around (20 GS) — Defeat 100 enemies with the knife in the main campaign.
Fudge Them Up! (20 GS) — Defeat 50 enemies with physical attacks in the main campaign.
And STAY Down (20 GS) — Perform 50 follow-ups in the main campaign.
From the Shadows (20 GS) — Defeat 20 enemies with stealth attacks in the main campaign.
Flashlight Duty (20 GS) — Use Moira’s light to stun 50 enemies in the main campaign.
I Can Do Blunt Weapons (60 GS) — Use Moira’s crowbar to defeat 50 enemies in the main campaign.
Brick Layer (60 GS) — Defeat 20 enemies with a brick as Natalia in the main campaign.
Line ‘Em Up! (20 GS) — Defeat two enemies with one shot in the main campaign.
Disarmed (20 GS) — Destroy 30 Revenants’ weapon arms.
Unfriendly Skies (60 GS) — Shoot down 30 Afflicted in mid-jump in the main campaign.
Now That’s Teamwork! (60 GS) — Have Moira stun an enemy and Claire follow up with a physical attack in the main campaign.
Friend Indeed (20 GS) — Save your captured partner ten times in the main campaign.
Fish in a Barrel (20 GS) — Defeat five enemies with one exploding bottle or one firebomb bottle in the main campaign.
Raiders of the Evil (20 GS) — Clear one Raid Mode mission.
Jammin’ (20 GS) — Evaluate an item in Raid Mode.
I Saw, I Conquered (80 GS) — Clear one Gauntlet in Raid Mode.
“I Do Not Like Glasps,” I Gasped (20 GS) — Defeat 20 Glasps in the main campaign.

DLC: Episode 1

Three Women and a Barry (20 GS) — Clear Episode One.
“Less Talking, More Walking” (80 GS) — Clear Episode One in Countdown Mode.
“Not Even Close to Easy” (80 GS) — Clear Episode One in Invisible Mode.
Only Good Guys Win Medals (100 GS) — Get all medals in Episode One.
Cutting Edge (60 GS) — Clear Episode One only using the knife.

Secret Achievement

Who Needs Fire? (20 GS) — Escape from the detention center in Claire’s Episode One without using the flame-thrower bust.

DLC: Episode 2

Scared to Death (20 GS) — Clear Episode Two.
“Run, Moira. Run!” (80 GS) — Clear Episode Two in Countdown Mode.
“That’s Gonna Be Fun” (80 GS) — Clear Episode Two in Invisible Mode.
There’s a Medal for That (100 GS) — Get all medals in Episode Two.

Secret Achievement

Pedro, I’m Sorry… (20 GS) — Defeat Mutant Pedro in Claire’s Episode Two.

DLC: Episode 3

Conquered Fear (20 GS) — Clear Episode Three.
Pedal to the Metal (80 GS) — Clear Episode Three in Countdown Mode.
I Can See Undead People (80 GS) — Clear Episode Three in Invisible Mode.
Sweet, Golden Medal (100 GS) — Get all medals in Episode Three.

Secret Achievements

Here’s My Resignation (20 GS) — Moira defeats Neil in Claire’s Episode Three.
A Ripple in Time (20 GS) — Obtain the item that lies beyond the gate in the sewers in Barry’s Episode Three.

DLC: Episode 4

True or False (20 GS) — Clear Episode Four
“You are Authorized to Panic” (80 GS) — Clear Episode Four in Countdown Mode.
“There’s Something in Here” (80 GS) — Clear Episode Four in Invisible Mode.
I’m Not Leaving Without My Medal (100 GS) — Get all medals in Episode Four.

Secret Achievements

What You Can’t See Can Kill You (20 GS) — Defeat six or more Glasps in the monument in Claire’s Episode Four, on Normal difficulty or higher.
Routes of Future Past (20 GS) — Complete both routes through the landfill in Barry’s Episode Four.

Categories: Horror News

‘Dying Light’ Physical Copies Delayed for Most Regions Outside US

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:55

Earlier this morning, Techland confirmed in a statement on the official Dying Light Facebook page that essentially every region outside the US will be getting physical copies of the upcoming horror title a little later than the planned Jan 27 release date.

“There will be a short delay in the release of physical copies of Dying Light in Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia. The game will have a global digital release on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC of January 27, 2015. As physical production has a longer lead time than digital there is some delay in the aforementioned territories. We will share information on the availability of physical copies as soon as it is confirmed.”

No reason for the delay has been given.

Categories: Horror News

[TV] “Preacher” Series Looks For Inspiration In the Right Places!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:41

With the “Preacher” series going to pilot at AMC, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are hard at work developing out the adaptation of the incredible comic book series.

Having a bit of fun with fans, Rogan tweeted out of stack of movies they’re using as inspiration for the new show based on Ennis and Steve Dillon’s ’90s comic book series “about Jesse Custer, a preacher in a Texas town who merges with a creature that has escaped from heaven and develops the ability to make anyone do anything he says. Along with his ex-girlfriend and an Irish vampire, the three embark on a journey to find God…and make him answer for his sins.

Taking a look below, you’ll see a stack of movies that include everything from The Raid to the Kill Bill films.

Fans of “Preacher” should be excited by the photo as it looks like they’re aiming to make some sort of Spaghetti Western, with insane action and strong dialogue. Having read through “Preacher” more than a dozen times, there’s a very Tarantino-like appeal to the books, so it’s nice to see Kill Bill in said stack. Which excites or surprises you the most?

Some inspiration for #Preacher:

— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) January 15, 2015

Categories: Horror News

Vicious New Adaptation of Stephen King’s ‘It’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:32

From Beetlejuice to Gremlins, the EW interview with Seth Grahame-Smith has been beyond revealing, as the writer appears to be one of the more candid filmmakers in Hollywood.

Also hidden within the lengthy piece, Grahame-Smith talks about the long-gestured adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

“I think that if anything, [the new film] will bring back some of the viciousness of the book that they couldn’t do with the miniseries because it was for broadcast… I think it’s going to be very scary, but I also feel like you’ve got Cary who is going to direct these kids—and he’s incredible at casting, incredible at shooting. He’s incredible with tone and atmosphere. One of the things I wanted to do is be a part of one of the really good King adaptations. As we know, there is an echelon of King adaptations that are classics. There are some that are okay. There are some that we’d rather forget.”

Warner Bros. has been developing for what feels like an eternity, here’s an update on the progress:

“We’re going to get a draft, what is supposed to be the shooting [script], any day now from Cary and his writing partner… We’re doing a deal for them to write the second movie. Our hope is to prep sometime in the next few months and shoot in the summer. That one is as much on the runway as we can possibly be. I know New Line is ready to go.”

The 1990 television series took place in 1960, where seven outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown (pictured; Pennywise). 30 years later, they are called back to fight the same clown again.

Categories: Horror News

Several Posters For the Terrifying ‘It Follows’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:26

Check out several new one-sheets for David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows – already the most anticipated horror film of the year – which Radius-TWC will release on March 27th.

We nearly gave it a perfect score – calling it “a creepy, mesmerizing exercise in minimalist horror” – when reviewed out of the TIFF last September.

“For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.”

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

Categories: Horror News

The ‘Final Girls’ Will Fight to the Death (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:16

Here’s a trailer for Final Girls, shot here in Chicago back in 2013.

The filmmakers will test the film with an audience at the Kansas City’s Panic Film Festival. The director of the film, Matt Storc, and two of the stars, Ashley Nickell and Emily Rochester, will be in attendance for a Q&A after the film.

After surviving separate gruesome incidents, three girls help each other adapt and cope with the scars that were left behind by the slashers, psychopaths, and monsters from their pasts. When a relaxing weekend getaway is interrupted by a crazed stalker, tensions rise as the three fall back into the hell they tried to forget. This time however, they would rather spill blood than run from their demons. Who will make it out alive?

Categories: Horror News

[TV] “American Horror Story” to Be Reinvented Next Season…

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:10

If you’ve been watching “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” then you know the FX series is getting bit stale. It’s a bit unfortunate as the first three seasons were pretty damn spectacular – but it’s clear something’s broken, which means it’s time to fix it.

FX Networks CEO John Landgraf tells TVLine Sunday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour changes are coming, alerting us to internal debate over the direction of the Ryan Murphy-created anthology series. He also knows that the arc is for the fifth season, (presumably) returning this October.

“I know what it is, but I can’t [say],” said Landgraf. “I have to let [series boss] Ryan [Murphy] do his thing on that. But it’s very different.”

Landgraf went on to say of the franchise, “One of the things I love so much about that is that it can be radically, radically reinvented in terms of tone, setting, period, characters, cast.” And along those lines, “I think there’s going to be an unusually large reinvention in between Book 4 and Book 5 relative to, say, between Book 3 [Coven] and 4 [Freak Show].”

And while he knows that the fifth season will be present day, he has no clarity on whether or not Jessica Lange will return.

“Ryan is really, really independent in how he makes these shows and what he does. So I know the setting, I know something about the characters and something about the tone and the time period, but I don’t actually know the cast yet.”

Categories: Horror News

Arenas Run Red in the Latest ‘Mortal Kombat X’ Footage

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 11:00

Of all the virtual worlds video games have taken me, the one Mortal Kombat X is set in seems the most painful. Not a single combatant seems too bothered by the fact that Kung Lao has resorted to weaponizing his clothes, or that Kitana has a pair of fans that cut through bone like butter. Man-demons with stabby grapple chains and cyborgs with arsenals that rival the military might of small countries must’ve desensitized them to those horrors.

Anyway, here’s a new trailer for the upcoming game. Warner Bros. also wanted me to tell you that Goro lives on, but he’s been turned into a pre-order bonus. Poor guy.

Mortal Kombat X hits PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on April 14.

Categories: Horror News

[TV] First Promo for Eli Roth’s “South of Hell”

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:47

Here’s the first ever promo for WE tv’s original supernatural thriller, “South of Hell”, even if there’s no actual footage yet.

In addition to Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, “Hemlock Grove”), the directing line-up includes Ti West (House of the Devil, The Sacrament, The Innkeepers), Rachel Talalay (“Doctor Who,” Tank Girl), Jennifer Lynch (“The Walking Dead,” “Teen Wolf”) and Jeremiah Chechik (“Helix,” “Reign”).

“South of Hell” premieres on WE tv in 2015.

Production is currently underway in Charleston, SC.

Charleston, South Carolina is the most possessed city in the world. Evil thrives there. Something with which 30-year-old exorcist Maria Abascal is intimately acquainted. She wrestles demons for a living. Especially Abigail, the one that lives within her. The one who feeds on damned souls and who’s violated the laws of hell to live on earth—and live on, inside Maria. Now, as they work as one, Maria will discover how personal her battle with evil has become and how far Abigail will go to protect them both. It’s a journey where the unspeakable is just a heartbeat away.

WE tv recently announced the cast of “South of Hell,” led by actress Mena Suvari in the dual role of Maria Abascal and her inner demon, Abigail. The cast also includes: Zachary Booth as David Abascal, Maria’s brother; Bill Irwin as Enos Abascal, Maria and David’s father and cult leader; Drew Moerlein as Dusty, Maria’s neighbor; Lamman Rucker as Rev. Elijah Bledsoe, a priest with a strong attraction to Maria,; Paulina Singer as the Reverend’s daughter, Grace; Lydia Hearst as southern belle Charlotte Roberts; Slate Holmgren as the local drug dealer, Sweetmouth; and Lauren Velez as Tetra, a spiritual informant.

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen (Thankfully) Won’t Be In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:41

Look, don’t get me wrong, I love Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as actors, but I don’t really want to see them return to the X-Men franchise.

Both X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of the Future Past are to be the first two in a new trilogy, but in order to segue into the new arcs, the duo were intricate parts of the puzzle. But, let’s be honest here, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, the younger incarnations of Professor X and Magneto, respectively, are the heart of the new trilogy. I could watch those two actors duel on film for an eternity and never get bored.

So, when news broke this weekend that Stewart and McKellen won’t appear in Singers X-Men: Apocalypse, I didn’t care. At all. In fact, I think it’s good as it gives more screen time to the other, more potent cast of characters.

Here’s what Stewart said the when asked about the film by Larry King:

“No. Nor Sir Ian McKellen, either. I was learning quite a lot more about it last night, and it is going to be looking very much at the earlier lives of all our characters. And so I don’t think we’ll be making an appearance.”

Now, can we get back to moping around knowing we won’t get to see Cable on the big screen?

Categories: Horror News

[TV] “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Season Finale Promo!

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:32

With FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” nearing its end, the series finally picked up steam (read Bree’s review of last Wednesday’s episode).

They hope to keep the momentum going into the season finale, ‘Curtain Call,’ in which the Freaks rebel against new management. Also, Dandy prepares for his debut performance, and Elsa arrives in Tinseltown.

It will air this Wednesday, January 21st, 2015, and written by John J. Gray and directed by Bradley Buecker.

Categories: Horror News

[TV] “The Strain” Infects NYC This Summer (Trailer)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:27

Even though I thought the first season of the Guillermo del Toro-produced “The Strain” had a beyond flaccid ending, the first half of the season was good enough to get my attention for a second bout with Nazi-NYC vamps.

The first teaser aired during last night’s NFL NFC Championship game, which promised that “The Strain” return this summer. Also, it gives us a taste of what to expect…

Says the trailer, “The battle has begun. Evil is spreading. Fight or die.” Now, it sounds like the entire city will now be aware of the virus and vampire plague, but will it just turn into “The Walking Dead” with vampires? That’s not really what I wanted from the show – but I have to put my faith in del Toro.

Max Charles, just seen in American Sniper opposite Bradley Cooper, has been cast in the part as a regular, replacing Ben Hyland, who played Zach Goodweather in Season 1. “West Wing” alum Ron Canada also landed the recurring role of the crisis-bungling NYC mayor.

When a freak virus kills all but four passengers on an airplane at JFK, Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), head of the Center for Disease Control’s “Canary Team,” is immediately called to the scene. With help from a mysterious Holocaust survivor (David Bradley), “Eph” and his colleague (Mía Maestro) uncover the outbreak’s ties to vampirism. Now, the only way to stop the terrifying disease from wiping out mankind is to face its source – a sinister supernatural creature known as “The Master” – whose evil intent seems more powerful than any other force on Earth!

Categories: Horror News

Rave The Reqviem “Aeon” Music Video Premiere (Exclusive)

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:00

Bloody-Disgusting has teamed up with Swedish industrial metal group Rave The Reqviem to bring you the exclusive music video premiere for “Aeon”, their latest single! The video makes heavy use of religious imagery, juxtaposing the softness of angelic hymns, courtesy of vocalist/songwriter Filip Lönnqvist’s mother, with the darkness and anger of metal.

Lönnqvist states:

Since I’m known for being a pretentious and pompous perfectionist, I’m stunned by the fact that these guys managed to deliver a music video which made me 100% satisfied. It’s the perfect visual propaganda for our grotesque little sect.

You can download the single physically via Bandcamp or digitally via iTunes.

The band will also be playing at The Resistanz Festival in Sheffield, UK on 3rd, 4th and 5th of April. Tickets are available here.

Director, cameraman and bassist Petter Perseius adds:

The production of this video has been both an artistic and logistic challenge for all of us. In order to capture the religious/occult and iconic feeling we were looking for, we had to persuade both church councils and restaurant owners in order to find right setting. But it was worth it. The end result is amazing and captures the essence of the band: More is more!

Rave The Reqviem online:

Categories: Horror News

‘Resident Evil’ HD Review: There and Back Again

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 10:00

The beloved Resident Evil remake that first arrived on the GameCube in 2002 would not have been at the top of my list of games that need some attention — that spot is reserved for Resident Evil 2 — but that doesn’t make it any less necessary. It benefits from a low bar, too, as a majority of the “HD remasters” we’ve seen during the last few years haven’t been what I would call substantial.

Resident Evil 4, Code: Veronica X, Devil May Cry — Capcom clearly isn’t afraid to gift their older games some much-needed attention, even if it rarely equates to much more than crisper visuals and a few new features.

Next up is the Resident Evil HD remaster, which releases tomorrow for PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. This is an important game, as its reception — that’s critical and sales, but mostly sales — will likely help determine where the series goes next. So that leaves us with a very important question, and it’s one I’ll try and answer for you today.

Is this Jill Sandwich worth returning to for another nostalgic mouthful, or has the decade and change since its initial release left it stale?

The short answer to that question is a resounding yes. I’ve spent enough time with the game now to easily recommend it, even if that recommendation comes with a few caveats.

I can’t imagine there are many people out there who aren’t familiar with the Resident Evil storyline, but it’s been awhile for all of us, so here goes…

In 1998, a squad of super cops called S.T.A.R.S. is sent to a mansion in the woods outside Raccoon City to investigate a string of brutal murders. They disappear, so another team is sent to find out what’s going on. The rest of the S.T.A.R.S end up getting trapped in the mansion their comrades were meant to investigate, and that’s where the game begins.

Among the surviving S.T.A.R.S. members are fan favorites Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield. Both are playable with their own unique stories and objectives. There was significant replay value in the original and that hasn’t changed. Each campaign is lengthy, even if you don’t spend as much time as I do obsessively managing inventories and seeking out every hidden item.

Much of that is old news, I’m sure. The story hasn’t been changed, but almost everything else has. That includes the static environments, which have been vastly improved so scouring every inch of the Spencer Estate is that much easier. Anyone who played it on the GameCube first ought to appreciate what Capcom has done to update the game for a new audience.

The environments look ridiculously good, even for a remaster of a remake that released in 2002. There’s a number of factors to thank for this, but the introduction of animated models and higher resolution images makes the biggest difference. It’s been ages since I played the original version, but I think some substantial tweaks were also made to the lighting.

It sounds like such a small thing until you see bloom effects in a now 13 year-old game.

The remaster brings with it some new features, too. Widescreen support shows off more of those new-and-improved environments, but purists are free to stick with the standard option, if they wish. The display can even be switched in-game so no time or precious ink ribbons are wasted by those who wish to experiment.

To this day, the Resident Evil remake still has one of the best video game soundtracks I’ve ever heard. It’s atmospheric, haunting and one of my personal favorites. This makes me a wee bit jealous of first-timers since they’ll be able to hear it, possibly for the first time, in super high quality.

Also worth mentioning if you’re planning on using this to pop your old school Resident Evil cherry is the addition of a slightly more modern control scheme. It’s still decidedly Resident Evil, but choosing it will make getting around those labyrinthine halls a lot less frustrating.

Otherwise, the classic layout is still very much available and ready for veterans of the genre, and like the display mode, the control layout can be changed without having to leave the game.

There’s not much in terms of brand new stuff, unless you count the addition of small things like Chris and Jill’s costumes from Resident Evil 5, both of which are unlocked from the very beginning. Before you get disappointed, I’ll remind you that this game wasalready jam-packed full of content that more than justifies its totally manageable $20 price tag.

This really is a stellar remaster. Saying it’s one of the best doesn’t mean a whole lot when you look at what we’ve had shoveled on us before, but I’ll say it anyway because it’s true. In a sea of remasters that were barely worth the modicum of effort that went into re-releasing them (Code: Veronica X HD) and others that simply didn’t work (Silent Hill HD Collection), the Resident Evil remaster stands tall.

The last few years have taught me to look at every remaster we get with a wary eye and wonder if more effort could’ve been invested into them. Most of the time, they’re really only worth it for fans of the series or for those who may have been looking for a reason to play a game they missed the first time around. Whichever group you fall under, this is worth checking out.

If you fell in love with this remake in 2002, get ready to fall for it all over again. I know I did.

The Final Word: Capcom has raised the bar for HD remasters with this necessary update of a beloved survival horror classic. Dig in, because this Jill Sandwich is itchy tasty.

Categories: Horror News

New Image Teases ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 3′

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 09:00

Earlier this month, indie developer Scott Cawthon confirmed the potentially imminent return of Freddy Fazbear and Friends with the very first teaser image for Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, and now we have another. As far as I can tell, the latest image doesn’t reveal much. In it, we see a box of animatronic parts resting beneath a giant 3. Pretty straightforward.

So are you planning on grabbing this, or will you do what so many other folks seem to be doing and just watch someone else play it?

Take Our Poll

The first two Five Nights at Freddy’s recently took home an impressive five awards in our community-picked FEAR Awards, so there’s clearly a lot of interest in a threequel, even if it might arrive only a few months after the second.

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‘H1Z1’ Dev Offer Refunds Over ‘Pay-to-Win’ Accusations

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:26

The launch for zombie-themed survival sim H1Z1 has been a rough one. The game, which features players in an open world attempting to survive the zombie apocalypse, is a product of the team at Sony Online Entertainment, whose first foray into this specific genre type has been met with an overwhelming amount of hype. People want to see what a company with the heft of SOE would accomplish in the post-apocalypse.

The first casualty in the game’s release were the servers, brought down by the normal issues that accompany almost every online-heavy game released in the last few years. The problem was exacerbated by the presence of the streaming community — some donning H1Z1 t-shirts — sitting around, utterly unable of making it into the game itself.

The team worked overnight to get the game stable, even though some major server issues were still occurring the next afternoon. (Note: I experienced long wait times but no real gameplay issues upon logging in to a server.)

Then, on Saturday, what will probably end up being deemed “AirDropGate” (or something similar) happened, creating further complications during the H1Z1 rollout. When it was revealed (mostly through Reddit) that the game featured in-game microtransactions above and beyond the purchase price, and gamers were furious. Reddit user Gravitasnotincluded posted a screencap of streamer awildwatermelonappears receiving loot from an airdrop, and the internet lost its collective mind.

This “pay-to-win” strategy, as some are calling it, contradicts an earlier statement by SOE’s President John Smedley, who claimed players would not be able to spend money to beat the game:

“We will NOT be selling Guns, Ammo, Food, Water… i.e. That’s kind of the whole game and it would suck in our opinion if we did that.”

Refunds – if you are upset about the airdrop P2W issue and want a refund email and we will take care of you

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) January 16, 2015

The furor over that contradiction became such an issue that SOE is now offering refunds over the debacle. There are very specific requirements to get your money back, and according to Smedley’s Twitter feed, Steam is cooperating throughout the weekend. As of Sunday morning, Smedley claims via Twitter that “.5% of the people who have bought are taking us up on the refund.”

.5% of the people that have bought are taking us up on the refund.

— John Smedley (@j_smedley) January 17, 2015

Smedley and SOE’s Adam Clegg have also messaged that SOE will be changing the airdrops in a variety of ways to make them less of a sure thing. Rather than have users pay for definite, tangible guns and supplies in-game, they will pay for a sort of supplies opportunity. In other words, there might be weapons, ammo, and other items in the airdrop, or you might come up with bupkis.

Additionally, the airdrops will apparently draw attention to you or your party, which will further increase the tension in deciding whether or not to buy the potential lifeline.

Clegg himself goes on to explain the specific percentages in these airdrops in an impromptu post on the /r/H1Z1 subreddit. Judging from the new parameters, they appear to be far more restrictive than game-breaking in nature, and the team also claims to be figuring out other ways of making the airdrops challenging.

The issue is further complicated by the fact that Smedley has apparently mentioned microtransactions and used them in previous streams. There is also another Reddit post in which Smedley floats the idea to the community, which appears to be receptive to it, though the specifics are not totally detailed.

And, to be fair, it should be noted that H1Z1 is still in Early Access and that anyone worried about massive changes coming to the game should perhaps hold off on purchasing it until the game itself becomes more stable, if not finished.

However, the messaging regarding any sort of in-game monetization model has not been clear, which is partly to blame for the response from users. We will be covering the story as it develops.

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‘Resident Evil Revelations 2′ Delayed for Extra Polish

bloody disgusting - Mon, 01/19/2015 - 04:22

I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be making its episodic debut a week later than originally planned — see revised release dates below — to allow for some additional fine-tuning. For consolation, I suggest you let the Resident Evil HD remaster therapize you when it arrives tomorrow.

The good news is the bad news wasn’t all that bad, and we have some spooky monster footage, courtesy of the lovely folks at Capcom who only want the best for us.

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