In the late 90s I wore out my PC keyboard from overplaying the much-loved stealth orientated game Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines.
I was obsessed with the game and went on to play subsequent sequels of the franchise but always found myself returning to the original. There was something about it’s isometric viewpoint and its heavy reliance on tactics which gave me chills.
Now, more than 20 years later, it appears we have a suitable replacement in the form of a new game called Partisans 1941. The game is developed by Russian studio Alter Games and instead of playing a collection of special soldiers you will assume the role of a group of partisans fighting behind enemy lines.
As the eight minute demo below details the game shares a lot in common with Commandos. No word yet on a release date but my keyboard is prepped and ready to take an absolute pounding.
There’s only a handful of Game Of Thrones episodes left and as the tension mounts and fans get nervous over the fate of their favourite characters, the comedy band The Merkins have released a fantastic GOT themed parody of Seven Nation Army by the White Stripes.
Entitled Seven Kingdom Army it has band members dressed as White Walkers belting out a tune which I will probably constantly think about when we finally watch The Knight King and his un-dead horde descend upon Winterfell.
Here’s your first official look at the new crime series developed for Amazon Prime, by acclaimed director Nicolas Wingding Refn, (Driver, Pusher Trilogy).
Too Old To Die Young stars Miles Teller, (Whiplash), as a police officer who, through a series of events, finds himself thrust into a criminal underworld populated by working class hit men, Yakuza soldiers, cartel assassins sent from Mexico, Russian mafia captains and gangs of teen killers.
The trailer itself looks stunning and as Refn has proved in previous projects his stylish presentation is something to behold.
Too Old To Die Young will be available to watch on Amazon Prime on June 14th.
Two massive 90s icons passed away yesterday, Prodigy frontman Keith Flint and Hollywood actor Luke Perry.
Flint, who became the poster boy for the 90s rave scene, was found dead at his house in Essex, he was 49 years old. Perry, who broke hearts in the American teen drama Beverly Hills 90210, suffered a massive stroke last week and never recovered. He died yesterday aged 52 at a hospital in Los Angeles.
Loads of people took to social media to recount tales of both men, but one constant emerged and that was of their kindness. Even though it felt like a large portion of our youth had perished here at HMS Friday we took solace from two stories, (one from singer James Blunt and the other from actor Colin Hanks), which we thought perfectly summed up life’s most important lesson. If you be can one thing, in the limited time you have on this planet, be nice. People will remember your actions forever.
I love the detective drama series Luther but there’s one massive reason this show get’s on my nerves. The wait.
After three years. Three, whole, long years fans and viewers are expected to pick up from where Idris Elba’s protaginist DCI John Luther left off. The first series consisted of six episodes and was broadcast in 2010. Due to it’s high ratings and popularity the BBC commissioned a second series almost immediately, which consisted of only four episodes and was aired in 2011. Following on from this a further four episodes were filmed for series three but the didn’t hit the screens until 2013 and then almost three years later we got series 4 which was a paltry two episode affair. Now here we are three years after the last series aired with just 16 episodes in total over almost a decade. A fucking decade!
Anyway the trailer for series 5 is above. Luther is back solving crime and locking super villians up and some character is returning that we all thought was dead…but none of us can really remember as it’s been that fucking long ago!
Personally speaking I think Rockstar’s latest open world game Red Dead Redemption 2 is sublime and a shining example of how games are overtaking movies and TV as a form of immersive storytelling.
Yes I have questioned why I’ve spent time stacking virtual bales of hay or lifting virtual sacks of grain or rooting through a virtual chest of drawers for a virtual tin of hair pomade, but the detail, story and level of immersion has me utterly fixated.
That being said there are problems in Red Dead 2 and who better to highlight these than Kotaku’s very own sardonic Tim Rogers. Just let this man review every game from now on.
Call me Sherlock ”Meth Lab Motor’ Holmes because I’ve always had a sneaking suspicion that we hadn’t seen the last of Jesse Pinkman or Walter White in Vince Gilligan’s amazing Albequerqiverse.
Yesterday, in an announcement TV fans didn’t see coming, series creator Vince Gilligan revealed that there will be a Breaking Bad movie and it will focus on the fate of Jesse Pinkman, who we all watched drive off into the sunset with an acute case of post traumatic stress disorder.
Greenbrier will begin production as early as next month and will be a straight sequel to the award-winning crime drama series and will also tie up the fates of a few periphery characters we may have forgotten about, (Badger?). Actor Aaron Paul will reprise his role and there’s even a rumour Bryan Cranston could return in flashback scenes as Walter White, although he has stated he has yet to see the script.
As a long time fan of the original series and spin-off Better Call Saul, (which, in my humble opinion is the superior of the two), I think Gilligan is doing something very special. Stretching an epic story with rich characters across two series and now a movie. His plan, so far, hasn’t suffered from any form of weakness or dilution and it’s exciting to watch a master storyteller create an entire universe these complex, rich and diverse characters inhabit.
No word yet if the movie will be a TV feature only or will get theatrical release.