Friday, 23 February 2018

Detroit: DVD Review

Detroit: DVD Review


Reuniting Zero Dark Thirty's team in the form of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal proves in part to be potent for Detroit.

Detroit: Film Review

Centred around the summer of 1967 and the riots which hit the Detroit African American population, Bigelow's film finds its focus in one pivotal moment - a motel raid which spirals out of control, and police abused their power.

Boyega plays a security guard, treading a dangerous line between keeping the cops on side and sympathising and saving others from being caught in the riot; whereas Poulter plays a cop, whose momentary lapse early on when he shoots a fleeing man in the back seems to set his moral compass distinctly awry.

The film uses its NYPD Blue style shaky cam to good effect early on, throwing you slap bang into the middle of the riots and the urgency and danger of the situation. But the film hits the skids to centre its actions on the Algiers Hotel, and sacrifices the space it's created for a claustrophobic and unflinchingly difficult section within.

Detroit: Film Review

Against a backdrop of Motown uniting people and then suddenly dividing those caught within, the discomfort is palpable, even if one of the cops within the actual event feels like a lazy stereotype. It's a shame given the work done in the run up to the event with Poulter's character feeling a little more multi-faceted than his closeted hatred would demonstrate.

While the back half of the film and its PTSD approach and subsequent trial feel a little more disjointed and discombobulated, its first half, warzone and all,  is painful watching  made ever more disgusting by the fact this is no fiction, but a reality that occurred.
Detroit: Film ReviewDetroit's searing strength lies in its mid-section execution, an interlude of pure hatred and abuse of power that's so tautly executed, it feels like a modern day horror sequence, guaranteed to leave you with your mouth agog in horror.

Ultimately, it's the little moments and the ripples of after effects in Detroit which make it, for the large part, so compelling.

Perhaps timely given the social divides we currently face and equivocally appalling, Detroit's light-the-touch-paper-and-stand-back execution of events makes it a livewire event that slightly fizzes in the back third. 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

New Code Vein assets showing newly announced co-operative multiplyaer mode now avaialble to download

New Code Vein assets showing newly announced co-operative multiplyaer mode now avaialble to download

NEW CODE VEIN ASSETS SHOWING NEWLY ANNOUNCED
COOPERATIVE MULTIPLAYER MODE NOW AVAIABLE TO DOWNLOAD

BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe released new screenshots for its upcoming action RPG title, CODE VEIN, available this year for PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and PC via STEAM. The new screens show off a first look at the game’s online multiplayer mode as well as two new characters; Cruz and Karen.
Code Vein


CODE VEIN gives players the chance to answer requests for help from other Revenants finding difficulty battling against the Lost. Explore and defeat the enemies lurking through each dungeon with your A.I. companion and another human player to get through difficult areas of the game. Players can communicate through a combination of gestures, stamps and voice commands for added communication and teamwork.


Two new characters have been announced for CODE VEIN; Karen and Cruz. Karen is the older sister of Louis who passed away but was revived as a Revenant. Her job is to take care of and support Revenants in battle. Cruz has withstood horrific experiments in an attempt to save mankind. However, under the intense pressure of unsuccessful experiment, she became a destruction incarnate within the world of CODE VEIN due to complex matters.

DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ roster gets an exciting update with Broly and Bardock to join the roster!

DRAGON BALL FIGHTERZ roster gets an exciting update with Broly and Bardock to join the roster!

 

Broly and Bardock are the latest fighters to join the spectacular fighting game’s ever-expanding roster
DRAGON BALL FighterZ takes the fighting genre to a whole new level, thanks to beloved characters from the well-known franchise and an immaculate gameplay flow. Today, BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe is proud to unveil the first new paid content with Broly and Bardock that will join the fight. These two new characters are part of the FighterZ Pass which includes a total of 8 characters.


Broly is one of the last survivors of Frieza’s attack on Planet Vegeta that eliminated almost all Saiyans. The Legendary Super Saiyan’s huge physique grants his attacks an impressive reach and enormous power. His Meteor Ultimate Attack Gigantic Meteor lets him hover over his opponent and instantly unleash a huge blast of energy.
The father of Radditz and Goku, Bardock has perfected his skills as a mighty warrior in numerous battles – a character that’s easy to learn but hard to master. Extending his combos takes skill, but his invincible and deadly rush attacks are extremely difficult to counter. His Meteor Ultimate Attack turns Bardock into a Super Saiyan, channeling the might of the mysterious alien race.

DRAGON BALL FighterZ is out now on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PCs via STEAM and other distributors.

ONRUSH First Gameplay Trailer Revealed

ONRUSH First Gameplay Trailer Revealed


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THE STAMPEDE IS COMING

NEW ONRUSH TRAILER SHOWCASES ALL-ACTION, OVER THE TOP RACING


Codemasters have today released a new gameplay trailer for ONRUSH, the action packed, arcade racer that will smash its way onto the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One on 5th June 2018. The new trailer, available to view now at www.codemasters.com/onrush, showcases the game’s bold and vibrant approach to racing with thrilling boosts, insane jumps and incredible takedowns.

Designed to keep players always in the action, ONRUSH is a celebration of sensational speed, outright fun and over the top spectacle. Players battle it out on track to power up their RUSH meter which enables them to unleash the ultimate manifestation of boost and power as they wreak havoc on their opponents by performing death defying takedowns and stunts.

There are eight vehicle classes in ONRUSH, each of which has its own unique style, feel and advantages. This includes the vehicle’s RUSH state with each class having different effects and abilities that can help their side claim the victory.

Developed by the new Codemasters development team in Cheshire, UK (formerly Evolution Studios), ONRUSH is not about racing to the finish line. Racing with style and flair is what counts as you perform incredible takedowns and put everything on the line in order to power up your all-important RUSH bar.

ONRUSH will launch on PS4 and Xbox One on 5th June 2018. For more information about the game, visit www.onrushgame.com. Fans can keep up to date with all the latest news by joining our communities on FacebookTwitter and Reddit.

BURNOUT PARADISE REMASTERED IS COMING TO PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE ON MARCH 16

BURNOUT PARADISE REMASTERED IS COMING TO PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE ON MARCH 16

BURNOUT PARADISE REMASTERED IS COMING TO PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE ON MARCH 16
This Marks the First EA Title Remastered for this Generation of Consoles and Includes Content from the Original Base Game and DLC*
Criterion Games, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) today announced Burnout™ Paradise Remastered will become available March 16th, 2018 on the PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, inviting players to wreak havoc and unleash automotive anarchy once more.

Players will be transported back into the world of Paradise City to tear it up in the ultimate driving playground, from hectic downtown avenues to the wild mountain roads.

Pull off high-octane stunts and create insane car destruction in one of the greatest arcade-driving games ever created.

Experience Ancient Egypt With The Discovery Tour By Assassin’s Creed

Experience Ancient Egypt With The Discovery Tour By Assassin’s Creed


THE DISCOVERY TOUR BY ASSASSIN’S CREED® TRANSFORMS ANCIENT EGYPT INTO AN INTERACTIVE MUSEUM
History Is Everyone’s Playground With This New Educational Tool


SYDNEY, Australia  — February 20, 2018 — Ubisoft’s Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt is a new educational and entertaining tool which lets anyone explore the entire interactive 3D recreation of Ancient Egypt in Assassin’s Creed Origins free of conflict, time pressure or gameplay constraints. The Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt releases from tomorrow on PS4, Xbox and PC at no cost for all owners of the Assassin’s Creed Origins game. It will also be available independently from the game on PC via the Uplay and Steam platforms.
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From Alexandria to Memphis, the Nile Delta to the Sand Sea, the Giza plateau to the Faiyum Oasis, the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt lets visitors either explore the rich world of Ancient Egypt at their will or follow the 75 themed tours devised by Ubisoft’s creative teams in collaboration with History experts and Egyptologists. “With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt, we give the chance to everyone interested in Ancient Egypt to enjoy the beauty of it and realize that video games can be a source of inspiring knowledge” explains Jean Guesdon, Creative Director of Assassin’s Creed Origins and the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt.

Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt is a unique experience at the intersection of entertainment and learning. Interactivity, specific to the world of videogames, is at the heart of the experience, creating strong engagement with the content. This makes the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt a completely new type of edutainment tool. “We’ve been in touch with teachers from the very first instalment of Assassin’s Creed games about ten years back. Many of them already used the games during their History classes but soon came to realize that what they needed was an easily accessible educative tool based in our historical reconstructions,” explains Maxime Durand, in-house Historian at Ubisoft Montreal. “With the Discovery Tour by Assassin’s Creed: Ancient Egypt you can visualize and understand thousands of things from Egyptian history in their actual context. As both a game and a learning tool, it is quite a unique asset for teachers to integrate as part of their history classes.”

Overwatch Contenders launches in Australia and New Zealand

Overwatch Contenders launches in Australia and New Zealand


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Overwatch Contenders launches in Australia and New Zealand


Aspiring Overwatch pros in Australia and New Zealand have a new platform to test their mettle with the launch of Overwatch Contenders.

With money on the line for every match, Overwatch Contenders is the first semi-professional league aimed at showcasing the top players in Australia and New Zealand. Local talent will have the opportunity to play against the best in the region and potentially gain the attention of scouts from some of the world’s leading teams.

There will be three Overwatch Contenders seasons during 2018, with a total local prize pool of $150,000 USD per year.

For more information on Season 1 of Overwatch Contenders Australia, including teams, scheduling and more, check out our brand new website: https://contenders.playoverwatch.com/en-us/. The full local schedule will be updated shortly.

For more background on about Overwatch Contenders globally, check out our latest blog: https://overwatchleague.com/en-gb/news/21508787/these-are-your-overwatch-contenders  

Australian competition begins 11 March, 2018 AEDT/NZDT, with all the action live-streamed from 2:00pm AEDT/4:00pm NZDT at: https://www.twitch.tv/OverwatchContenders. Every game will be live-streamed each week moving forward, so be sure to tune in.

The top eight teams in Open Division have automatically qualified for Overwatch Contenders Australia positions, with Contenders Trials currently underway to determine the final four.

The eight Overwatch Contenders teams confirmed so far are:

  • Legacy
  • Kings GC
  • Your Name Here
  • cmonBruh
  • ViewSonic.DarkSided
  • Masterminds GC
  • Kanga Esports
  • Alter Ego

Goodbye Christopher Robin: DVD Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin: DVD Review


Very much a warts and all portrayal of one of the world's most famous children's icons, Goodbye Christopher Robin is a cautionary tale about the damage done to others by fame and neglect.
Goodbye Christopher Robin: Film Review

With a strong anti-war message, Goodbye Christopher Robin is the story of the playwright A A Milne (Gleeson, sombre and at times, drawn) whose London arty life is irrevocably changed when he returns from the first Great War.

Shell-shocked and sleep-walking through life, Milne, along with his flapper wife Daphne (Robbie in chocks away mode) relocate to the English countryside after their first child is born.

Milne believes the countryside will inspire his anti-war writing, but Daphne, disappointed at birthing a boy rather than a girl and fearing he will be conscripted, stays in London to party and forget the perils.

Left alone with Christopher Robin and forced to take on the kid when nanny Olive (Macdonald, the film's heart and vocal conscience) has to look after her ill mother, the pair bond as young Christopher helps him through post-war life and yearns for a father.

Goodbye Christopher Robin: Film Review

As the duo spend more time together, the whimsical world of Winnie The Pooh is born - and despite AA Milne saying the story would be for his son, it soon becomes a worldwide phenomenon, leading to an even stronger sense of estrangement in the Milne family.

Served with a large degree of as much sugariness as Pooh's beloved honey, Goodbye Christopher Robin comes dangerously close to over-egging the pudding at times, with the mawkish manipulation being piled on to occasionally over-bearing moments.

With the saccharine overdose being largely confined to the dimple-faced moppet playing young Christopher Robin and his fatherly interactions, there's little insight into what fully led to the bear's creation other than some downpat broad brush strokes applied to the stiffly-starched English accents and rather withdrawn adult acting.

And yet, bizarrely and equally so, the sense of detachment and the underlying sadness of lives wrecked within (Milne's PTSD haunts him at every turn, wife Daphne's denial pushes her to seek solace in London away from the boy she could lose and son Christopher's growing resentment over the fame he's handed and the lack of familial attachment) really hint at the dark story underneath it all.

Goodbye Christopher Robin: Film Review

This is perhaps Goodbye Christopher Robin's strength - it's not a film that celebrates an icon in many ways.

If anything, it shows a deeply tragic personal correlation between fame and its cost.

Pre-reality shows and post war with England aching for a return to more optimistic times, this is a harrowing introspective look at the trappings and perils of the creative world.

It puts a uniquely human spin (albeit occasionally laden with a spoon rather than a dollop) on proceedings and deserves to be saluted so.

Perhaps if some of the sentiment hadn't been ladelled on with such heft, this immensely thoughtful biopic could have been intensely more emotionally satisfying. 

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Game Night: Film Review


Game Night: Film Review



Cast: Jason Bateman, Rachel McAdams, Kyle Chandler, Jesse Plemons, Sharon Horgan, Billy Magnussen, Kylie Bunbury, Lamorne Morris
Director: John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein

Mixing irreverence with edges of drama and wrapping it up in a kookiness grants Game Night a feel of crackling edginess for a comedy.
Game Night: Film Review

Tapping into the ennui that affects the middle class and using Bateman's usual laconic deadpan ways, it's the story of Max and Annie (Bateman, McAdams) a normal suburban couple who like to gather their friends together for a regular weekly game night.

But Max's competitive and always wants to win (as shown in a charming montage early on) - however, he finds against a backdrop of fertility struggles, that his competitive edge is further enraged and engaged when his brother Brooks (Friday Night Lights' Kyle Chandler) comes to town.
Brooks sets a game night down for them, but decides it'll be a murder mystery with one of their number being kidnapped.

However, it soon turns out that the planned Game Night wasn't what was on the cards - and a fight for survival begins...
Game Night: Film Review

Game Night is fresh, spiky and genuinely funny in parts.

Even if its denouement packs too many twists for general consumption and tries to be a bit cleverer than it actually is, its general desire to subvert expectations is a welcome one.

Sure, the usual messages are there - about being open with partners, honest with friends etc, but the hugging and learning portion feels earned in the final furlong - and amuses rather than overtly preaches.

It's nice to see McAdams cut loose a little and have some fun, and Catastrophe's Horganmakes an impressive big film debut , but this is, without a doubt, Plemons' film.
Game Night: Film Review

As the sadsack former member of the group and creepy divorced neighbour, this security guard is a delight as the cameras hang on his words and actions perhaps a little too long so as to make things uncomfortable and uncertain.

Daley and Goldstein's eyes behind the camera proffer up some interesting shots too - from high-in-the-sky shots which make the sets look like board games to fixed cameras in chases, the film's freshness leaps from the screen too.
Game Night: Film Review

Ultimately, the crackling Game Night may have edges of Funny Game and some genuinely laugh-out-loud moments, but its quirky irreverence towards the buddy dynamic and mixing up of various genres means it proves to be a winner for a refreshing night out and proves to be a game winner.

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos


Here are some shots from David Duchovny live at Auckland's PowerStation on February 20th, 2018 as he toured New Zealand for the first time.

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

David Duchovny live - Photos

Final Portrait: DVD Review

Final Portrait: DVD Review


A sort of Waiting for Godot piece about a man getting a portrait painted by a master, Final Portrait requires a bit of patience and a lot of goodwill to see it through.
Final Portrait: Film Review

Hammer plays James Lord, who's been asked by Geoffrey Rush's Swiss painter and sculptor Alberto Giacometti if he can paint his portrait in 1964 Paris. Flattered by the offer and on holiday in France, Lord agrees expecting it to be a few days at most.

However, Giacometti's eccentric style and the fact he's distracted by muse and prostitute Caroline (Poesy) means nothing goes according to plan.

Final Portrait may appeal to those who appreciate the artist and what they go through, but with an occasionally stultifying pace, it's punishing at times for those expecting anything other than sedate.

Final Portrait: Film Review

Thankfully, both Hammer and Rush inhabit their characters well and while Hammer's Lord is a little prim and proper, he eventually gives way to some cracks later on in the film and you see his patience crumble.

More impressive is Rush who makes his eccentric maestro frustratingly approachable and a character worth watching. Gradual tics and dismissive doubts plague Giacometti and it's intriguing to watch it unspool, even if it is punishing to bear at times.

Final Portrait: Film Review

Ultimately, while Tucci's eye for the arts leads to some bizarre directorial choices (jerky cam movements seem at odds with the subject matter), his desire to present the artist and their method of work is actually canny in places.

Final Portrait isn't one for everyone, and while it's a frustrating experience at times thanks to its real depth of character study, those who appreciate the arts may appreciate some of the insights on show here. 

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Fifty Shades Freed: Film Review


Fifty Shades Freed: Film Review



Cast: Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson
Director: James Foley

Let's be honest, nobody expects Oscar-calibre material from this mommy-porn book series.
Fifty Shades Freed: Film Review

And nobody really expects a critic's view of the film to quash the series that's galvanised female audiences and raked millions in here and abroad.

It is fair to say that the series' capper Fifty Shades Freed is perhaps not the film for fans of the franchise or for drama given how lacklustre and terrifically dull it plays out on screen.
Fifty Shades Freed: Film Review
At the end of Fifty Shades Darker, sub Ana Steele (played by Johnson, who finds the humour and humanity in some of her delivery) was betrothed to marry dom Christian Grey (Dornan, whose sole direction appears to be to act wooden throughout).

Fifty Shades Freed picks up the story, and rather than delivering a spanking capper to the franchise, it follows Christian and Ana's push-and-pull relationship as Ana tests the boundaries of marriage and Grey's expectations - while throwing in a laughable stalker plot and mountains of product placement.

Whereas the earlier films had a commitment to the central relationship, the problem with Fifty Shades Freed is its attempts to wrangle out conflict where there's little, drama that's underwhelming and has potential squandered and someone trying to jam all the narrative elements together with the skill of a 3-year-old trying to smash a jigsaw complete.

Things happen, then mesh into a highly choreographed music-driven sex scene, before morphing out into the wider story without any signs of cinematic finesse.

It doesn't help that in many ways, Fifty Shades Freed becomes a different tale of white privilege in the MeToo world. Most of the squabbles and in particular Christian's reaction to them seem petty and selfish. These are the personifications of first world problems in many ways.

Granted, this is supposed to be some kind of character arc for Mr Grey, but unfortunately, through Foley's lack of direction, Dornan's acting is wooden in extremis. What emerges is a problem that's dogged Christian's portrayal throughout the series.

By contrast, Johnson's Ana finds the humanity in her character, and as with previous films, brings it to the fore. She's been the star of this series and has risen above some of the more risible dialogue thrust upon her.

Ultimately, Fifty Shades Freed is a fizzer.
Fifty Shades Freed: Film Review

Complete with some unsexy sex scenes that perpetuate the male gaze (there's a constant surprise there's little equality here), sub-lots that drift and resolve without any tension, copious product placement and a lack of any real drama, Fifty Shades Freed is a limp flaccid end to the series.

Thankfully though, audiences have finally been freed of the shackles of this series.

Monday, 19 February 2018

Doctor Who: Complete Series 10: Blu Ray Review

Doctor Who: Complete Series 10: Blu Ray Review


Released by Roadshow Home Entertainment
Rating: G

Doctor Who: Complete Series 10: Blu Ray ReviewPulling together Peter Capaldi's final season as the Doctor and Pearl Mackie's debut as his plucky companion, Bill, the complete series 10 of the BBC show is a mixed bag that gets some things right and others not so much.

As usual, it's elements of the story-telling which hold Who back, but then given such an equal footing of actors in the first half of the episodes, including the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole, there's a great reason to engage with the show.

Mackie impresses as Bill, a naturally curious companion, but no slouch in the emotional and intellectual fronts either. Mackie certainly owns the screen within moments and Steven Moffat's writing helps solidify it all very early on.

But it's Capaldi's work which also helps the latest run - a genuine vein of sadness persists in the Doctor's being grounded on Earth and charging with looking after a vault with a mysterious entity housed within.


It's in the final episodes that this season finds its feet, wrapping back to the menace of the past and also cleverly segueing into the very first regeneration. Delivering one hell of a personal cliffhanger in episode 11 ups the ante and while writer Moffat falls back on his usual retcon lazy ways, there's a real feeling of danger that's been lacking through the season.

It helps that both Capaldi and Pearl Mackie as companion Bill have brought their A game to this series - the acting's been sensational even when the scripts have been as wobbly as the sets from back in the 1970s of the show.


Sunday, 18 February 2018

Happy End: Film Review

Happy End: Film Review


Michael Haneke returns to the festival circuit with something purporting to be lighter fare than his usual, but still with some of his usual concerns.

Centring on a construction dynasty and their gradual unravelling, a truly stellar cast taking on various roles as the Laurent family.

When the company's rocked by the ground giving way at a venue (an allegory much to be applied to the family itself), the various pressures on the Laurent clan become apparent. Combined with a suicide attempt from a family member and a patriarch determined to go on his terms, there's a lot to deal with for them all...

Happy End: NZIFF Review

Happy End may be a comedy, but it seems to have forgone the laughs for something a little bleaker.

It's really only in its last 10 minutes that the humour seems to come to the fore and the film adds a few lighter touches. Described as a satire on bourgeois values, Happy End is a little lacking and frankly, in places, a touch dull as things happen off screen which are supposed to be of emotional consequence and leave you frustrated at what to cling on to.

With swathes of time devoted to a chatroom conversation in its full pixel glory, there are times when Happy End can sorely try your patience.

Where it not for Isabelle Huppert's calm composure, Toby Jones' presence and a searing turn from a young newcomer Fantine Harduin as a child entered into the dynasty, this would be sorely close to walk-out territory.

Haneke may be playing with some familiar themes of suicide and euthanasia, and there are some moments blessed by a scion of precision dialogue, but Happy End's wide varying eye means that it rarely feels like it settles on one subject for long enough for you to emotionally engage with. 

Watch Extinction's New Action-Packed Features Trailer | Iron Galaxy and Modus Games Highlight Story, Combat and Gameplay

Watch Extinction's New Action-Packed Features Trailer | Iron Galaxy and Modus Games Highlight Story, Combat and Gameplay



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Watch Extinction’s New Action-Packed Features Trailer
Iron Galaxy and Modus Games Highlight Story, Combat and Gameplay

Sydney, Australia – February 16, 2017 — Overnight, the hard-working developers at Iron Galaxy and Modus Games published a new video showcasing much of whatExtinction has to offer players when it launches on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC on April 10, 2018.


Story and Features
The world of Extinction has always been at war with itself. When a giant portal opens in the land of Dolorum, the massive threats only spoken of in children’s fairy tales suddenly come to life. Our hero in this story is named Avil, a new trainee inducted into an ancient order known as the Sentinels, dedicated to preserving the knowledge of the monstrous threats called Ravenii – and the techniques to eliminate them. Unfortunately, the Sentinel order has degraded over the years and Avil is now the last hope for humanity.

Skill-Based Combat
Known for their work on fighting games, Iron Galaxy has applied their expertise to the action-adventure genre. Avil has a wide variety of skills and attacks he can execute on the horde of minions trailing in the wake of each Ravenii. Players can cancel into almost any attack they want at any time, switching seamlessly between single strikes, sweeping area of effect (AOE) attacks, knocking enemies into the sky for an aerial combo, and more.

Defending Dolorum        
Avil’s key to permanently eliminating the Ravenii is the Rune Strike. This wicked attack can be used to dismember the massive ogres, and can be further powered up by saving people, killing Jackals, destroying Ravenii armour, dismembering the Ravenii themselves, and accomplishing objectives within each mission. One fell swoop is all Avil needs to stop a Ravenii, but these giant beasts won’t make it easy.

Gameplay and Strategy
All of the options Avil has when traveling through the city, he can also use on Ravenii, such as running vertically up a surface or using his whip to grapple to new heights. There are many types of Ravenii, each with their own attacks, armor and weapon combinations, and behaviors. Avil will need to overcome the challenge of climbing up the massive monsters, removing their armor, avoiding spikes and other obstacles that might hurt him, while also dodging the giant’s attacks long enough to perform a devastating Rune Strike and decapitate the Ravenii. Prioritizing competing objectives with the threat of civilians dying and towns being destroyed is what will truly test the skills of the player.

Extinction will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and PC on April 10, 2018 and is available to pre-order now!

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