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Activision’s Ultimate Ghostbusters Bundle Revealed, Includes New Game And Movie

As previously announced, a brand new Ghostbusters game that presents an original story set in the same universe as the film series is coming on July 12. A new bundle has been announced that includes the game, a digital copy of the new movie, as well as costumes and dashboard themes.

Coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on July 12, the new standalone game costs $ 49.99 and will follow an original cast of characters after the events of the film. The gameplay will be familiar to fans of isometric shooters, and each character can be upgraded with their own gear and weapons. Local four player co-op is supported, with each player taking control of one of the new paranormal investigators.

The Ultimate Bundle, priced at $ 64.99, comes with the game and the classic suit pack, featuring costume designs straight out of the original movie. This DLC will also be available to any player who pre-orders the standard version of the game. A digital copy of the latest Ghostbusters film is included in the Ultimate Bundle, but the code will be delivered at a later date to coincide with the digital release.

Our Take
We still know nothing about the new characters or story featured in the standalone game, so it might be safe to stay cautiously optimistic about this game for the time being. For a die-hard Ghostbusters fan who knows they're going to pick up the game and wants to own the film before they've even seen it in theaters, this could be a good deal.

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Ed Boon Would Be Open To A Horror Movie Fighting Game

While speaking with Ed Boon at the Mortal Kombat X Pro League Finals in Los Angeles, we got on the subject of the guest characters that have appeared both in the Mortal Kombat and Injustice series. I was able to get a little insight into how the team decides which guest characters to include as DLC for NetherRealm's fighting games, as well as whether we'll ever see the studio tackle a fighting game based on horror film icons.

According to Boon, there are a variety of ways the team can come to settling on a guest character to include with the game. "Probably
the biggest one is simply someone suggests someone," he says. "With Mortal Kombat, we
stepped outside of the universe with characters like Freddy Krueger, Jason,
Alien, Predator, and stuff like that, so the movie stuff kind of mixes things
up. Fan feedback is another big one; just hearing some very loud, insistent
people saying what they want. And what's available; obviously we can't just
choose what we want to do, like 'we want Robocop so he's in the game!' You have
to do something that can be accommodated as far the company. So there are a
number of variables, including what the players have been asking for. We're always
listening to feedback."

Since the 2011 Mortal Kombat, NetherRealm has included several horror movie icons as DLC for the Mortal Kombat series. Since the release of that game, we've seen appearances from Freddy Krueger from Nightmare on Elm Street, Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th, Alien from Alien, Predator from Predator, and Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the series by way of DLC.

When asked about the possibility of using this trend of guest characters to throw them all together in one big horror icon showdown, Boon was not dismissive of the idea. "Yes, yes! You
know, as we've been accumulating them, that idea has been coming up more and
more frequently," he says. "You brought it up and a few other people have brought it up
like 'why don't you do a horror movie fighting game?' Maybe one day we'll do
it."

Boon also defended the notion of guest characters in Mortal Kombat and Injustice, touting the popularity of the inclusions and stating that he'd like to include guest characters in Injustice 2 when the time comes. "I
always think there's a novelty to it and there's a certain amount of people who
think that when they see a guest character that it took the slot of a DC
character that they wanted to have," he says. "But you know, Scorpion in Injustice was the
most downloaded of all the characters. There was a coolness and a novelty
factor to seeing the mixing of the things. Alien and Predator in Mortal Kombat
X were the most downloaded of those, so I would be surprised if we didn't do
any of that [in Injustice 2]."

For more from our conversation with Ed Boon, you can check out our in-depth chat about Injustice 2's long-term vision (including post-release DLC), as well as our humorous discussion answering our burning questions about Mortal Kombat.

 

Our Take
While Boon doesn't say this is a thing that is happening, the horror film icons that have appeared in Mortal Kombat to this point have been awesome additions and his openness to this idea is exciting. I'd love to pit some more of horror's greatest and most gruesome threats against each other.

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The Warcraft Movie Has Its Own Prequel Comic Releasing Today

The graphic novel Warcraft: Bonds Of Brotherhood releases today. It's a prequel to the Warcraft film coming out this Friday.

Set 30 years before the film, Bonds of Brotherhood follows Llane, Lothar, and Medivh as they become warriors of Azeroth, embarking on a mission of vengeance. The book is written by Paul Cornell, who previously wrote for the Doctor Who television series, and features art by Mat Broome.

Bonds of Brotherhood is available now as a 112 page hardcover graphic novel. Check out a few pages from the book below. 

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PlayStation E3 Experience Returns To More Than 80 Movie Theaters

Sony has announced the return of its PlayStation E3 Experience. If you can’t be in Los Angeles or want to watch the event on a big screen, you can try for tickets later today.

The PlayStation E3 Experience will be in more than 80 movie theaters on Monday, June 13. Tickets will be available at 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific on Tuesday, May 31 (that’s today), via Sony’s website.

Those that attend will walk away with a commemorative Coca-Cola cup, a collectible PlayStation card, and a digital gift basket. You can check out the full list of participating theaters on the PlayStation Blog.

 

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The Angry Birds Movie Soars To Top Spot At Weekend Box Office, With Nearly $40 Million

The Angry Birds Movie is soaring in popularity since it opened in North American theaters on Friday. It has raked in $ 39 million at the box office so far, dethroning Captain America: Civil War from the #1 spot for the weekend.

Video game film adaptations don't always have the best track record, but with a talented voice cast and some creative animations, Sony's Angry Birds is doing better than expected. Our editor Kyle Hilliard saw the movie and had mostly positive impressions. The film has also seen success since its international debut, where it has generated around $ 111 million overseas.

Captain America: Civil War falls to second place with $ 33.1 million in terms of this weekend's sales, though it has collected about $ 347.4 million since its release. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, which debuted this weekend along with Angry Birds, sits in third with $ 21.8 million.

[Source: New York Times]

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Is The Angry Birds Movie Worth Your Time?

The announcement of The Angry Birds Movie was met with justified skepticism. Not only is the track record for video game movies abysmal, but it seemed like even the Super Mario Bros. movie had more to work with in terms of characters and lore than Angry Birds. With the help of a talented comedic voice cast, and a pair of directors with impressive animation resumes, the result is a movie that is better than it has any right to be, even if it will never be referred to as an animated classic.

The movie follows Red, an angry outcast who has little patience for the happy-go-lucky, flightless birds he shares his home with. When we spoke with the directors earlier this month, we talked about Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David, and the comparison is apt, even if the film never comes close to the comedic level of David’s choleric HBO show. Pigs arrive by boat to the birds’ island and Red is the only one skeptical of their lavish gifts and destructive potential. He is justified when the pigs steal all of their eggs and the birds are forced to follow Red on an angry invasion against the pigs to retrieve their eggs.

It is this part of the movie that is most successful. It never hits a consistent comedic tone as only about a third of the jokes reward laughter, but the act of retrieving stolen children from an antagonist is an engaging pursuit. The early parts of the film do a good job establishing how important children are to the optimistic tone of the birds’ island, and watching the entire adult population band together to get mad and get them back is exciting and engaging.

The “war” also affords the opportunity to reference the game as each of the birds we’ve met ¬¬earlier during the film discover they have special abilities when flung from a giant slingshot. It’s reminiscent of a super hero origin story where a hero is discovering their powers, but you get a whole bunch at once. Watching the pig’s city of precariously balanced structures collapse is also a visual highlight of the film.

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The comedic pursuit of the film, despite the best intentions of its notable cast of stand-up comedians and SNL alumni, does not fare as well. Few jokes land and despite his importance to the film’s climax, the Mighty Eagle (voiced by Peter Dinklage) probably could have been excised entirely. His character tries the hardest, but is the least successful at being funny.

There is a potentially troubling lesson to be taken away from the film about mistrusting those different from you with the Red’s justified dislike for the pigs, but I think (or perhaps hope) that the stronger lesson the film teaches is opening yourself up to those around you. Red intentionally isolates himself from his community, and becomes increasingly bitter because of it. By the end, he finds friends and learns to open up to and embrace his community and is a better bird for it.

It’s an important lesson for kids to take away today as we continually retreat to our cell phones instead of having human interactions. You can even point to Angry Birds’ creator, Rovio, as being part of the problem by creating one of the most popular mobile apps of all time. Maybe The Angry Birds Movie is its way of trying to make up for giving smart phone owners a great reason to keep their heads down and ignore those around them, just like Red.

Should You See The Angry Birds Movie?
Surprisingly, yes. It’s a great-looking film, even if it does little to push forward the animation genre forward. It’s too scared to let itself breathe and nervously stuffs itself full of unsuccessful jokes, but I was eager to see the end. Red’s growth and his interactions with his new friends Chuck and Bomb is an arc worth watching, and the films destructive climax is fun to watch. It’s not an animated classic that will hold up for years to come, but when my daughter starts the inevitable loop of repeated viewings after the movie comes out on Blu-ray, I won’t groan between each consecutive viewing, which is an achievement for any animated film.

For our thoughts on this year's other animated video game film, Ratchet & Clank, head here.

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Report: Warner Bros. Working On Spin-Off Movie For Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn

After the disappointing performance of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice at the box office, Warner Bros. is said to be focusing its resources on the upcoming Suicide Squad movie. The film, which turns the spotlight on the bad guys in the DC Universe, features such stars as Jared Leto as The Joker, Will Smith as Deadshot, and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. is considering giving Robbie's Harley Quinn her own spin-off in the form of film that would focus on DC's female heroes and villains.

While THR was unable to obtain too much more information, the outlet did learn that names like Batgirl and Birds of Prey could be involved in some unclear capacity. According to the report, Robbie's research for her role as Harley in the Suicide Squad film led her to fall in love with the female characters of DC Comics. From there, she worked with an unnamed female writer to develop a story that Warner Bros. reportedly picked up.

No further details were made available through the report, but if Suicide Squad is the success that Warner Bros. hopes it is, this move would make sense for the studio as Robbie's Harley Quinn has been a centerpiece for all of the trailers we've seen so far. Suicide Squad hits theaters August 5.

[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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Blizzard Giving Away World Of Warcraft If You See The Movie

If you’re planning on seeing Warcraft when it hits theaters on June 10, you can come home and visit Azeroth for free. Blizzard and Regal Cinemas have announced a deal that will give moviegoers a free copy of the long-running MMO.

In order to get your free copy, you’ll need to redeem your ticket receipt at Regal, United Artists, or Edwards theaters. The codes can be redeemed through the end of the year.

Whether you’re a seasoned player or jumping in for the first time through this offer, you can nab some free cosmetic gear based on the movie. In order to get it, simply log in between May 25 and August 1.

For more on the Warcraft movie, check out our interview with director Duncan Jones.

Update: Blizzard has clarified that the free copy will include all expansions through Warlords of Draenor and 30 days of game time.

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GI Show – Battleborn’s Verdict, Disney’s Tragedy, Angry Birds Movie Interview

This week's episode of The Game Informer Show is focusing on the details. First off, Matt Miller joins us to talk about his extensive experience playing Gearbox's Battleborn and why it just doesn't live up to expectations from similar shooters. After that, Jeff Marchiafava discusses his love-affair with the latest open beta for Blizzard's Overwatch. We also talk about how Blizzard's expert sense of game design compares to Uncharted 4's attention to detail. Also, we have Kyle Hilliard to discuss Game Freak's latest efforts with Pocket Horse Jockey and the trailers for Pokemon Sun and Moon. We also cover Disney's big news of the week before speaking with the co-directors of the upcoming Angry Birds Movie Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis about game animation and why they're so proud of this surprising game adaptation.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 298 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below… 

4:20 – Matt Miller's thoughts on Battleborn
24:10 – Overwatch's latest open beta
39:20 – Blizzard vs Naughty Dog: Who's a more talented developer?
43:16 – Uncharted 4's magical little touches
54:25 – Game Freak's Pocket Card Jockey
57:45 - Pokémon
 Sun and Moon reactions
59:53 – Disney's changing game publishing strategy
1:07:25 – Emails
1:29:30 – Angry Birds Movie interview with co-directors Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis
 

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Two New Warcraft Movie Trailers Put Spotlight On Khadgar And Garona

Khadgar and Garona are featured in two new character trailers for the upcoming film Warcraft, based on the famed Blizzard franchise of the same name.

The wizard Khadgar, played by Ben Schnetzer, is featured in the teaser below, where he enters a scene on a Gryphon and later discovers a glowing tattoo on his forearm.

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The half orc assassin Garona, played by Paula Patton, stars in this second video below as she brutally kills orcs in an action-packed battle.

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Warcraft, directed by Duncan Jones, hits theaters next month on June 10. Watch another trailer here and check out these character posters for the film. World of Warcraft's sixth expansion Legion arrives in August.

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