[FIRST LOOK] HENRY CAVILL AS GERALT IN THE 2ND SEASON OF ‘THE WITCHER’

I think that by now neither Henry Cavill nor The Witcher need any further presentation.

I like his new armor for the 2nd season. The initial plan was that for all of us to be able to view it at the end of this year but due to co-vid19 the chances are pretty slim.

The first season is streaming now on Netflix.

THE $1 MILLION ‘THE HOBBIT’- GAME PITCH THAT WAS NEVER MADE

When Warner Bros. announced ‘The Hobbit’-saga to be turned into two movies back in 2008, a team behind som ‘LEGO’- games got the idea to pitch a live-action oriented videogame tie-in with the project to make players feel like if they were experiencing the movies.

Within six months (until February 2009), a demo was made and taken on a 39-hours long trip to New Zealand to be presented to Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro.

(so the people behind the game project decided to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template.

So what these guys did was to use ‘Lord of the Rings’ as a template with key scenes from the trilogy and picture what it could be achieved at that time with the Xbox 360- hardware (and it’s still looks great 11 years later, imho).

They developed four fully playable and polished levels (and five additional tech demos).

The first level was a demostration of free stealth gameplay; Frodo could sneak, hide, throw rocks to distract the Uruk-Hai, climb trees, use his senses to focus on enemies, jump from trees onto foes, and try to fight them directly (against the odds, of course).

The second level was the Isengard fight between Gandalf and Sauron; you could cast spells, deflect attacks, and throw Saruman around the room.

The third level was another stealth based level in the woods, with Frodo trying to avoid the black rider. If he got spotted; he would have to resist the temptation to use the one ring.

The last level was the Gandalf vs The Balrog fight in Khazad-dûm (it looks epic).

The tech demos showcased Aragorn fighting the Uruk-Hai; showing the combat-mechanics, Frodo and Sam at Weathertop trying to avoid the Nazguls and the forementioned using the ring, the prologue Sauron battle (shown at the very beginning of the films) testing how many enemies could be processed, Frodo and Sam in the Shire and in Rivendell; using motion-capture to re-create moments from the film.

Both Jackson and del Toro were positive about the project and wanted to the see it happen. Warner Bros, however, wanted instead a game that wasn’t directly based on the movie but that was set in the same world at the same time, so it was never released.

What do you think?

‘KINGDOMS OF AMALUR: RECKONING’ WILL GET A REMASTER

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‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning’ is described as a “brilliant RPG’ and with author R. A. Salvatore, ‘The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion’-lead designer Ken Rolston and comic book icon Todd McFarlane as the creative minds behind it just seems natural.

It was released for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC in 2012 and it flew under my radar as I first saw it in a game store last year. It’s said that the title hasn’t met the financial expectations of EA, which is sad, because it could’ve become a great franchise.

The news here is that Microsoft Store has a listing for ‘Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning’, a remaster “with stunning visuals and refined gameplay Re-Reckoning delivers intense, customizable RPG combat inside a sprawling game world.

Two of the main selling points are:

  • Extend your experience in Amalur with all DLC from the original release, from Teeth of Naros to Legend of Dead Kel and more!
  • Explore deep levels of lore in a universe steeped in 10,000 years of fiction created by New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore.

Available on Xbox One in August. The franchise is now owned by THQ Nordic so it’s very likely will see a PC and PS4 release aswell.

Till then, check out the launch trailer for the original game:

And some screens from the Microsoft Store:

20 MINUTES OF NEW GAMEPLAY FOOTAGE FROM ‘DIABLO IV’

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New gameplay footage from ‘Diablo IV’ showing off the Barbarian- class completing the quest ‘A Light in the Dark’ has emerged.

The title was announced back in November and we’ve seen some brief gameplay back then.

However, the following footage is 20- minutes long, so there’s plenty of time to get familiar with some of the elements within the game.

‘Diablo IV’ takes place many years after the events of Diablo III, after millions have been slaughtered by the actions of the High Heavens and Burning Hells alike. In the vacuum of power, a legendary name resurfaces.

No release date set.

NEW ‘BALDUR’S GATE 3’ GAMEPLAY TEASED

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More gameplay sequences from ‘Baldur’s Gate 3’ have emerged and we’re in for more “starting June 6“, according to developer Larian Studios.

The title was announced last year (on June 6th). At the end of February this year, gameplay footage premiered.

‘PERCY JACKSON’ SERIES ADAPTATION IN WORKS BY DISNEY+

‘Percy Jackson’ is a serie of fantasy- novels written by Rick Riordan, telling the story of a young boy, son to the Greek god of the seas Poseidon. It is also being referred to as ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians’.

Five books have been released, beginning with ‘The Lightning Thief’ (2005) and ending with ‘The Last Olympian’ (2009). The first two books have been adapted into movies, released 2010 respectively 2013.

The movies have totally grossed over $420 million at the box office with a combined budget of below $200 million.

The news that a series adaptation is in works was revealed by the author himself with a short video on Twitter, addressed to thedemigods (the fans)

[NETFLIX] ‘AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER’ HITS NETFLIX IN MAY

Netflix has revealed that all three seasons of ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ arrives on their service in May, 15th, at least in the US.

The series aired between 2005 to 2008 with 66 episodes and such a captivating finale that many claim it’s one of the best ever.

Synopsis:
The world is divided into four elemental nations: The Northern and Southern Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. The Avatar upholds the balance between the nations, but everything changed when the Fire Nation invaded. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, can stop them. But when the world needs him most, he vanishes. A hundred years later Katara and Sokka discover the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. Together they must help Aang master the elements and save the world.

Source: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0417299/plotsummary?ref_=tt_stry_pl

It was also revealed back in 2018 that a live-action remake based on the original series AND with the original creators involved is in works, also for Netflix.

[NETFLIX] FANTASY SERIES ‘THE LETTER TO THE KING’ GETS A TRAILER

‘The Letter to the King’ is a Netflix adaptation based on the Dutch fantasy classic by Tonke Dragt (first published 1962).

In this sweeping fantasy series, a teenage knight-in-training (Amir Wilson) receives a secret letter on which the fate of the kingdom depends. He embarks on an epic quest to deliver it to the king and stop the world from being plunged into darkness.

MY OPINION
I am a HUGE fantasy fan and based by its looks, this show may fill some needs. Some scenes are epic. I’ve seen some BUZZ around the Net and overall the consensus is that people should look forward to this.

The Letter for the King premieres March 20, only on Netflix.

[GAMING] ‘BALDUR’S GATE III’ ONE HOUR LONG GAMEPLAY

Last May, a new title from Laria – the makers of Divinity: Original Sin – was teased.

One week later – Baldur’s Gate III was cofirmed along with an official announcement trailer. Single-player and multi-player was confirmed while stated it would be Laria’s biggest title yet, with over 300 employees at that time.

The hype around the Internet was, and still IS big, as fans have been waiting for 20 years for the trequel.

One hour of gameplay has been revealed today at the PAX East 2020. Here it is:

I haven’t seen it yet but planning to, sometime during this weekend, and will probably share my two cents. Here’s another cool stuff meanwhile – the official opening cinematic (in 4K):

As stated during at the above PAX East 2020 demo, it will enter early access within the next few months. The final game will most likely launch in 2020 and is so far confirmed for PC and Google Stadia.

[GAMING] LEAKED PS5 TITLE ‘GODFALL’ GAMEPLAY TRAILER

The first officially announced title for PS5 is ‘Godfall’. It was revealed at The Game Awards 2019 in December.

Developed by Counterplay – a game studio based in California of aprox 75 devs, among others industry experts with impressive titles in their resume: Destiny 2, Call of Duty and Diablo 3.

The homepage reveals a holidays 2020 release.

Here’s the leaked video, you may have to click for it to play.

The Game Awards 2019 Reveal Trailer:

Wikipedia got more information.

[GAMING] ‘THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE: THE DARK HEART OF SKYRIM’ ANNOUNCEMENT CINEMATIC

‘The Elder Scrolls Online’ was released in April, 2014. It’s a game where players got the chance to togheter explore ‘The Elder Scrolls’ universe online. And the game still is relevant as new expansions are added to the core experience.

‘Morrowind'(2017), ‘Summerset'(2018), ‘Elsewyr'(2019) And now ‘Greymoor’ are the extra chapters for the title.

‘The Dark Heart of Skyrim’ is extra content in form of DLC and the the ‘Greymoor’ chapter:

Cinematic trailer for ‘Greymoor’:

This Chapter brings all-new adventures to ESO players, including:

  • A new zone to explore: Western Skyrim
  • A gothic main story quest line that ties into the Dark Heart of Skyrim adventure
  • An intriguing new system: Antiquities
  • A massive new 12-player Trial: Kyne’s Aegis
  • New world events: Harrowstorms
  • New delves, public dungeons, and stand-alone quests
  • Updates and quality-of-life improvements including a rework of the Vampire Skill Line (free for all ESO players)

Coming June 2, 2020, for PC/Mac, Xbox One, and PS4.

Source: https://www.elderscrollsonline.com/en-us/updates/chapter/greymoor

[GAMING] ‘MAGIC: LEGENDS’ GAMEPLAY RELEASED

‘Magic: Legends’ is a title that was announced at The Game Awards in December.

Looks a lot like a Diablo-style action RPG that unfolds in real time with players being able to build a deck of 12 cards and, as it seems in the trailer below, it works a lot like using abilities in other games of the genre.

It’s the first time fans are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the fictional Multiverse of ‘Magic: The Gathering’ as a powerful, spell-wielding Planeswalker.

PLOT:
An ancient force moves in the darkness and it’s up to you to walk the planes and gather the power needed to fight. Choose your path through the planes, collect spells to create powerful spell hands, and control the chaos of battle as you fight to save the Multiverse from its greatest threat yet.

Magic: Legends is free-to-play, and will be available later this year on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Here’s the teaser cinematic trailer released at TGA 2019: