Shoot Satan In the Face In “Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell”

Saints Row IV continues to deliver on the balls-to-the-wall ridiculousness with its recently announced stand-alone expansion pack, Saints Row IV: Gat Out of Hell. After a mishap with a Ouija board, the President ends up sucked into a portal to Hell, and Johnny Gat and Kinzie Kensington are forced to go a’tumbling after their boss to mount a rescue operation. The game is priced at $19.95 and will feature two player co-op taking the role of either Gat or Kinzie.

The trailer features a stereotypically red filtered underworld complete with strip clubs, heavy metal, and demonic creatures, Satan wanting to marry his daughter off to the Boss for some godforsaken reason, weapons based on the Seven Deadly Sins, and a comfy armchair outfitted with machine guns. Hell… kinda looks awesome, to be honest.

But wait – there’s more! Saints Row IV is also getting ported to Xbox One and Playstation 4 for the low, low price of $29.99, or you can get it packaged with Gat Out of Hell for $49.99.

Both the SRIV ports and “Gat Out of Hell” are scheduled for release January 27, 2015. 

BioWare (Finally) Reveals What “You’ve Been Chosen” For: The Shadow Realms

Surprise, surprise, it’s a video game. Specifically, a PC-only online action RPG by the name of Shadow Realms.

BioWare’s been teasing us with their “You’ve Been Chosen” viral clips for a few weeks now before finally announcing the title at a fan event at Gamescom yesterday.

The bare bones description for Shadow Realms feels like two parts The Secret World mixed with half a part Evolvea modern day fantasy setting pitting four “chosen one” hero-type players, imbued with various powers and wielding modern day technology/weapons, against a single powerful player called the Shadowlord. Gameplay is split between regular ol’ present day Earth and an ancient, supernatural land called Embra, where “magic, legends and monsters that inspired our myths are real” (stop me if you’ve heard this one before, TSW players).

Hero players choose from the usual class types – Warrior, Assassin, Wizard, Cleric, Ranger, and Warlock, though you can customize your character’s abilities to fit your play style regardless of which class you choose, just like in The Secret World (no I will not drop this) – while the Shadowlord player manipulates various resources, traps, and monsters to thwart the heroes’ progress. Shadow Realms will be episodic and story driven.

The game’s only just been announced and barely any details have been released, so I’m withholding judgement for now, but so far it looks like something I could get into, especially the modern day setting/weaponry. If anything, the concept art and screenshots look gorgeous. Shadow Realms is set for release in 2015, but you can sign up for the Alpha here.

You can also check out the previously released “You’ve Been Chosen” teaser trailers below. Tell me in the comments which one is your favorite! (Mine’s “Spark”.)

NIGHTMARE

What really happens when we sleep?

SPARK

Do you know they are watching?

IMPACT

Can you control your power?

FIRE

Are you ready?

San Diego Comic Con 2014 Photo Gallery: Cosplay, Celebs, and Other Cool Stuff

San Diego Comic-Con has graced our TV-loving, movie-watching, comic book-reading, video game-playing lives once again, and you know what that means! Lots and lots of pictures.

Check out some of the awesome cosplayers who attended SDCC this year:

Celebrities making adorably wonky faces:

And some of the amazing, jealousy-inducing sights to be seen walking around the convention:

Photos taken by Andy Greene of Seven Inches of Your Time. You can follow them on Twitter @7inchesofyotime or Like their Facebook page here.

Amanda Ripley Wields Flamethrower In “Alien: Isolation” Accolades Trailer

How fortuitous is it that the day I post an Alien book review is the day a new Alien: Isolation trailer comes out? I hereby dub today The Day of Alien. You are now officially excused from your life’s obligations so you can marathon all the films.

The new video game trailer doesn’t showcase too much gameplay, instead choosing to amp up anticipation with zoomed in shots of creatures moving in the dark and the usual lines of praise from various review sites. It’s ostensibly voiced over by Amanda Ripley, Ellen Ripley’s daughter who has ventured into the depths of space in search of her missing mother. Instead she finds an Alien.

There’s only the one monster lurking around, but because Isolation is meant to be stealth/horror, there’s a minimal amount of fighting in the game. You can’t kill the Alien (unfortunately for Amanda), and any weapons you find can only be used on hostile humans or Working Joes, so you’ll be doing a lot of sneaking and running. At least you get a flamethrower at some point!

Alien: Isolation releases October 7, 2014 for the  PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

Trailers: Top 11 Most Anticipated E3 2014 Video Games

Here’s a look at the top 11 most talked about games to come out of the 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo (randomly ordered, of course), along with my first impressions of the trailers, whether or not I’d throw any money at those games, and when exactly you can throw money at those games, provided you want to.

Note: For the “Will I Buy It” sections, let’s just assume I have a giant stockpile of cash I am able to spend willy nilly, but am still moderately stingy about it (which, let’s be real, is exactly what would happen if I were to ever become rich) instead of the flat broke, Can’t Even Afford The Consoles For These Let Alone The Games Themselves person that I actually am. Let’s get to the list!

1. Dragon Age: Inquisiton (PC, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4)

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Video Game Trailer: Tokyo Has Come To “The Secret World”

The biggest update for real world based MMO The Secret World has finally arrived, with a whole new area to explore in the Filth-infested city of Tokyo. Ghosts and demons are among the things you’ll need to fight off in order to delve deeper into this secret world. Check out the issue trailer below for a glimpse of what’s to come:

Continue the story from Venice before you head out to Tokyo to take on the brand new challenges which await you there. Travel through the devastated subway, the place where it all began, and enter the besieged city itself.

Issue #9 brings an all new chapter to The Secret World’s main story. A terrible weapon was set off in Tokyo, and it set in motion the dark events which spread across the world.

Now you have the chance to dive deeply into this mystery and uncover clues which can lead to a greater understanding.

Tokyo was the place where it all began, and the place you must go to understand The Secret World. [x]

Issue #9 is available now in the game’s Item Store, along with a Collector’s Edition which includes an exclusive outfit, title, and more.

Trailers of the Week: ‘The Equalizer,’ ‘The Strain,’ ‘Hemlock Grove’

The Equalizer

I love me some Denzel Washington. And even though The Equalizer kinda looks like the typical “vengeful crusader goes on blood-soaked mission to save a usually female innocent/loved one” film à la Taken, Taken 2, and probably Taken 3, it’s a vengeful crusader film that stars Denzel Washington, so I’m already sold.

Adapted from an ’80s TV series of the same name, The Equalizer follows retired black ops commando Robert McCall as he tries to save a young girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) from Russian mafia members, particularly a vicious fixer named Teddy (Marton Csokas). The sound effects and fight scenes in the trailer alone are squeal-worthy. The stopwatch gimmick on the other hand is gonna get old fast if they overdo it, but for now it, too, is squeal-worthy.

The Equalizer hits theaters September 26, 2014.

The Congress

If the concept of this film is a little “out there” (it’s set in an alternate universe of lead actress Robin Wright’s life where her career stagnated after The Princess Bride), the trailer for The Congress is like ridiculously “out there.” It’s also gorgeous. Half live action and half animated, the film has AU!Robin Wright selling the rights to her digital self to a studio in order to take care of her ailing son. What follows is kinda trippy and kinda confusing, but what the trailer does right is, I really want to watch this now.

The release date for The Congress is August 29, 2014.

The Strain

After releasing a few teaser clips of basically nothing, we’re finally getting actual glimpses of the characters and storyline of The Strain. Based on Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s book trilogy and directed by Del Toro himself, the trailer shows Corey Stoll (Midnight in Paris, House of Cards), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Mía Maestro (Frida, Twilight), and others fighting off victims of a vicious disease (vampirism, though the V-word isn’t explicitly used. Yet.)

Naturally, we don’t get a good look at the big bad monsters in this still very short trailer, but based on what we do see, Del Toro’s vampires are my kind of vampires: grotesque and vicious and legitimately scary.

The Strain premieres on FX on July 13, 2014.

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel

Fans of the Borderlands series know that Handsome Jack’s best, most obnoxious, and most hilarious character trait is being so goddamn far up his own ass, so it’s no wonder that trait is on full blast for this game trailer. The Pre-Sequel bridges Borderlands and Borderlands 2, and follows Jack’s rise to power. The trailer voiceover gloriously spoofs Percy Bysshe Shelley’s famous sonnet “Ozymandias.” Best line: “LOOK ON MY WORKS, YOU GUYS, AND DESPAIR.”

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is now available for pre-order.

Anna

Starring Mark Strong, American Horror Story‘s Taissa Farmiga, and Brian Cox, Anna is an upcoming horror/thriller film in which a preternaturally gifted detective has to determine whether or not a troubled teenage girl – the eponymous Anna – tried to commit a triple homicide. The trailer looks promisingly creepy, even though it does reveal a twist that probably should’ve been saved for the actual film.

Anna will be released in theaters June 6, 2014.

Hemlock Grove

Okay, so these are just tiny six second Vine snippets, but in lieu of an actual trailer (which I’m beginning to think is never going to drop) this is all we Hemlock watchers have to prep for season 2. And they both involve Roman giving into his vampire/upir urges (though I get the feeling the first clip is either a fantasy or a hallucination, otherwise we just got a huge character death spoiler). Is it weird that I’m more disgusted by the leeches than I am by the throat ripping?

All ten episodes of Hemlock Grove season 2 will be released on Netflix on July 11, 2014.

“Dragon Age: Inquisition” Gameplay Trailer & Official Release Date

BioWare has released a trailer for the third game in their Dragon Age series, complete with flaming skeletons, gameplay footage, and story set-up.

“You walked out of the Fade, and our soldiers found you. The only one who escaped a blast that killed thousands,” Cassandra voiceovers dramatically, before launching into a description of demons coming in through the Breach threatening to destroy the world.

It’s still too soon to tell if the game’s actually going to be any good, but from what I can tell from this trailer, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks really pretty. Like, ridiculously pretty. The game has been described by devs as significantly more open world than its predecessor (a definite plus) and if that last image of the trailer with all the people at the table represents how many companions we’ll be getting in game, well, that’s pretty freaking awesome.

Besides, I’ll always be here for Sassy!Varric. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition comes to PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, and Xbox One on October 7, 2014. 

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‘Assassin’s Creed: Unity’ Will Be Set During French Revolution

Earlier today Ubisoft confirmed rumors about their latest addition to the Assassin’s Creed series with a sneak peek trailer showcasing deserted streets, a roaring mob, and a guillotine. Looks like we’re headed to 18th century France!

This trailer comes on the heels of leaked early gameplay images from Kotaku, so Unity being set during the French Revolution is probably not news to anyone at this point, but it’s always nice to make things official. Plus, we got some pretty alpha game footage!

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche [Let them eat cake]! We have been working on the new Assassin’s Creed for more than three years and although we weren’t quite ready to show you our full vision for a next-gen only AC, it seems Abstergo are trying to force our hand! So here’s a true first look at in-game footage from Assassin’s Creed Unity. Stay tuned – we’ll have many more exciting details for you in the months ahead!

Join the conversation on Twitter: #ACUnity.

Go on the Gamesite to find more info about the Assassin’s Creed® Games: http://www.assassinscreed.com/

Assassin’s Creed: Unity will be coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC Fall 2014.