Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Rainbow Six Siege - Operation Velvet Shell available Feb 7

Rainbow Six Siege - Operation Velvet Shell available Feb 7



Operation Velvet Shell, the first major content update for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 will be available on February 7 for Xbox One, Sony PlayStation and Windows PC.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 content seeks to enrich the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege community experience with two new operators and “Coastline,” a vivid new multiplayer map available in both PVP and PVE.  In Operation Velvet Shell, the Coastline map is set on the rocky shores of Ibiza in Spain, where two Operators of the Spanish Grupo Especial de Operaciones (G.E.O.) have to safeguard the perimeter of a famous nightclub.

Additional details on the content of Operation Velvet Shell will be unveiled during the Six Invitational, which will include the first live demo of the new Spanish CTU.

Free Weekend
For the first time on all consoles Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege will be available for free from February 2-5. Players can join the strong Rainbow Six Siege community on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC.

The full details and timing of the free weekend are available via the following link: www.rainbow6.com/freeweekend

HITMAN’s Steelbook edition detailed in new video

HITMAN’s Steelbook edition detailed in new video 

With today’s launch of The Complete First Season for HITMAN, a video detailing what’s in the SteelBook Edition disc release for HITMAN is now available to view here:

 Become the Master Assassin in this intense spy-thriller story. As Agent 47 you perform contract hits on powerful, high-profile targets in exotic locations around the world, from Paris, Italy and Morocco to Bangkok, the USA and Japan in this creative stealth action game.

Gameplay focuses on taking out targets in huge and intricate sandbox levels with complete freedom of approach.

Where to go, when to strike and who to kill - it is all up to you. HITMAN The Complete First Season is now available on disc across Australia & New Zealand for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft.


Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who

Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who

The Twelfth Doctor is leaving at the end of Series 10 of new Doctor Who.

Talking on BBC Radio 2, he's revealed he's leaving this year. He'd been asked to stay on but has said that he felt 3 years in the job is enough for him. Confirming that he'll leave at the end of the year with Steven Moffat, he's said there's never been anything more special to him.

But he also revealed he's keen to work on other jobs  as well and that he feels it's time to move on.

He's revealed his regeneration scene has not yet been filmed. His last episode will be Christmas Day 2017.

Doctor Who will return to BBC1 on April 15th.

Monday, 30 January 2017

London Road: DVD Review

London Road: DVD Review

Released by Vendetta Films

You wouldn't have thought that England's worst serial killer would have been fertile ground for a musical.

But then to be frank, London Road is not like anything you've ever seen before.

Mixing archive interviews, as performed by its acting talent and set to music, it's a slightly uneasy and weird movie experience that almost defies convention and explanation. It's the story of the residents of London Road in Ipswich in 2006, whose lives were changed when working girls started on their streets.

Unhappy at the prostitutes, the residents were even more perturbed to hear that five of them were killed and terrified to learn that the killer was one Steven Wright, who lived in London Road.

London Road was a successful musical, written by Alecky Blythe and directed by Rufus Norris, who's taken on this production and is probably the best person to have done so, being as au fait as he is with the verbatim theatre.

It's a clever device to take hooks and comments from interviews with the residents and turn them into lyrics with their speech patterns mimicked in the performance of the actors. But the slight issue with it on the big screen is that while the gimmick is clever, smart and original, it soon wears thin as it continues to play out.

Usually musicals work best when they hook into a few fully formed characters, giving the audience an insight and an opening into what the character's feeling. Unfortunately, London Road doesn't quite manage the same hook, with most of the residents emerging as an amorphous blob hard to differentiate from the others. But, in turning these residents into a Greek Chorus aimed at driving the exposition, the play is tremendously successful and admittedly, provides some surprise efforts at earworms. The way the music turns news bulletins, news reporters and expressions of fear and paranoia into onscreen ditties is wildly deft and comes out of nowhere.

Colman is perhaps the biggest name here to foreign audiences - with Tom Hardy getting a cameo as a cab driver singing in a falsetto and protesting that just because he knows about serial killers doesn't necessarily make him one.

If anything, London Road is to be applauded for its inventiveness - but its transition to the big screen represents something that's not quite worked or harnessed the livewire nature of a show. As the credits roll, the replaying of the actual interview soundbites is an unnecessary touch, a tacit moment of bragging which is unwarranted and destroys some of the cleverness of what's lyrically transpired.

Chalk London Road up to an interesting experiment; its story may not be enough to drive you along, but its surprising route to its final destination is a challenge to traditional musicals.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

The Girl On The Train: Blu Ray Review

The Girl On The Train: Blu Ray Review

Released by Universal Home Ent

Paula Hawkins' much loved novel is a dark and disturbing psychological piece.

And thanks to Emily Blunt's impressive performance, the book's unreliable narrative has been turned into a compulsive and uncomfortable thriller, that grips in its own sickening ways as the onion unpeels back and reveals its layers.

Blunt plays Rachel Watson, a divorcee who believes she sees something when Haley Bennett's Megan Hipwell goes missing. But the investigation headed up by Allison Janney's Officer Riley proffers up more than a simple case of a missing person...

Half of the thrill of The Girl On The Train's unfurling is in the not knowing - and having not read the source material, the twists and turns are well-paced and backed by a powerful Blunt performance (though given its apparent faithfulness to the book those who've read it may not be as taken by the reveals).

Tapping into a world of uneasy voyeurism, of a woman wronged and suspicion, depression and paranoia, Blunt delivers a powerhouse performance of a woman whose life is on the edge and in freefall that lifts the material from a degree of predictability (With only a few players in the cross-hairs of suspicion, The Girl On The Train's ultimate reveal is no surprise to anyone au fait with such thrillers - though potentially, the mystery here is not the main point of the film).

From her downbeat look, to her dulled by alcohol acting, this is a nervy turn that sees the audience siding with and against her as it plays out. Flashes and flashbacks flesh out the proceedings as the split narrative kicks in, but central to it all is Blunt, and she damn well earns your attention and acting adulation as it plays out. And Blunt's smart enough to never overplay the woman wronged role or overplay the alcoholism elements - it's a precise performance and one that's nuanced enough to not rely on the over-acting to ensure your attention.

Equally impressive is Bennett, a woman whose star is clearly on the ascent.

From a hard-edged turn as Megan, the slow-lilting fractured edges of the narrative tease out a different backstory than perhaps one was expecting for this nanny and Bennett does her all to bring the role to life. Without giving much away, it could be easy to make this role a one-dimensional caricature, but Bennett imbues the character with both damaged edges and realism and consequently, shifting allegiances and loyalties flip duly as the narrative plays out.

Everyone's damaged in this distorted and disjointed timeline and narrative, but that shifting perspective and reveals over pasts / coincidences and tragedies are excellently handled by Taylor in the directorial chair. Juggling the pieces of a brutal puzzle well, the final result is sickeningly compelling.

The Girl On The Train may very much be a spiritual sibling to the darkness of Gone Girl, but thanks to its disorienting unpeeling of what lies beneath the surface, it's a tremendously unsettling ride that's worth buying a ticket for. 

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Blood Father: DVD Review

Blood Father: DVD Review

Sparsity and brevity prove to be useful bedfellows in French director Francois Richet's stripped back action movie, Blood Father.

But they're nothing without wearied Mel Gibson's trailer park living, hard tattooing, former Nazi enforcer Link who delivers a ferocious turn in this pared back straight to video piece that lacks the narrative to compellingly drive it through.

With unleashed fury that's redolent of a 70s actioner, the Mad Max we all know and loved before that meltdown comes simmering to the fore again, and quite frankly, it's a welcome return to form.

And it's greatly needed too, because Gibson's spikiness and untamed rage is about the only thing to pull Blood Father kicking and dragging out of the hoary old cliches that fail to ignite within.

Loosely, when estranged daughter Lydia (Moriarty, who goes from unsure gangster moll to trembling terrified child within seconds) contacts ex-con and father Link for money, the duo are pulled into a fight for survival with drug cartels and killers on their tail.

Blood Father's taut action scenes punctuate a script that's lacking on all fronts in anything other than building up to the pot boiling and consequent bubbling over of Link.

It doesn't help that dialogue at the start feels unnatural and the so called rift between daddy and daughter heads more towards the forced and unrealistic. Moriarty's turn eventually succumbs to the inevitable lost father schtick that Link gives into, but even when the action starts, there's a feeling of relief that the end is near.

Narratively, as a small indie with some meta elements (you can't help but read into Link's dialogue and its allusions to Gibson's Hollywood redemption), it just about succeeds. But without Gibson's return to form, nuanced turn and some tautly executed fight sequences, Blood Father is nothing but hoary old cliches piled atop each other and which fail to ignite.

It doesn't help that the film desire to throw in a tattooed Terminator Sicario soldier whose skill set is uneven when the story needs it but lethal when it doesn't; equally, the great character set up of William H Macy as Link's sponsor is squandered later on. But not every supporting player is up to the mark, and as the film progresses, it's clearly Mel's joint above all.

But then, Francois-Richet manages to throw in some stronger character moments in the 85 minute run time and leave you with the feeling that the film would have been richer for more of them rather than resort to overt symbolism (such as a Lost Soul tattoo on Link's arm).

Ultimately Blood Father wins as Gibson demonstrates once again his old fire - it's a searing turn and return to angry old Mel that proved so caustic a cinematic tonic so long ago and is so welcome once again. 

Friday, 27 January 2017

The Avengers project is coming

The Avengers project is coming

Square Enix and Marvel are teaming up.

The developers behind Tomb Raider and Deus Ex are bringing us some form of Marvel Avengers game.

Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018

More below

Original Blockbuster Games in Development at Award-Winning Square Enix Studios
Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal
SYDNEY, January 27, 2017 – Marvel Entertainment and SQUARE ENIX® today announced a new multi-year, multi-game licensing agreement to develop and publish original games based on beloved Marvel Super Heroes, beginning with The Avengers. This newly established partnership pairs the creative minds at Marvel and Square Enix for one of the most powerful alliances in interactive entertainment. The first blockbuster game is being crafted by Crystal Dynamics®, developers of the award winning TOMB RAIDER® series, in collaboration with Eidos-Montréal, the home of the critically acclaimed and award-winning DEUS EX game series.

The Avengers project is being designed for gamers worldwide and will be packed with all the characters, environments, and iconic moments that have thrilled longtime fans of the franchise. Featuring a completely original story, it will introduce a universe gamers can play in for years to come. More details on The Avengers project and other games will be announced in 2018.
The world premiere teaser trailer of The Avengers project can be seen here.

“By partnering with Crystal Dynamics and Eidos-Montréal, we are now working with two of the industry’s most talented and respected game development studios to bring Marvel stories to life in ways our fans have never experienced,“ said Jay Ong, Senior Vice President, Games & Innovation, Marvel Entertainment. “The Avengers project is a perfect example of how Marvel is making games a key part of the landscape for Marvel storytelling, alongside comics, television and film. We can only do this by matching our greatest Super Heroes with the world’s top developers, such as the creative minds at Square Enix.”

“Marvel’s diverse, innovative universe has created millions of longtime fans, including all of us,” said Phil Rogers, CEO, Square Enix Americas and Europe. “It’s exciting to bring together Square Enix’s award-winning development studios with Marvel’s extraordinary storytellers to establish a new entertainment powerhouse.  This collaboration of passion and talent will craft epic, imaginative experiences allowing gamers to live out their Super Hero dreams like never before.”
Crystal Dynamics is the studio behind the critically acclaimed and world-famous TOMB RAIDER franchise, which has sold over 48 million copies worldwide. With over 30 video game titles released and hundreds of awards, the heroine Lara Croft has been a cultural icon for 20 years and has made an indelible mark on virtually every facet of entertainment. The most recent release, Rise of the Tomb Raider®, has received over 100 awards and nominations and is one of the highest rated games on next generation systems.
Eidos-Montréal is the award-winning studio behind the relaunch of the DEUS EX series. In 2011, the studio made its mark with the critically acclaimed Deus Ex: Human Revolution®. Its sequel, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided™, was released in 2016 and received more than 100 awards and nominations.

Win a double pass to see SPLIT

Win a double pass to see SPLIT

Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan returns to the captivating grip of The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable and Signs with Split, an original thriller that delves into the mysterious recesses of one man’s fractured, gifted mind.

Following last year’s breakout hit The Visit, Shyamalan reunites with producer Jason Blum (The Purge and Insidious series, The Gift) for the film.

While the mental divisions of those with dissociative identity disorder have long fascinated and eluded science, it is believed that some can also manifest unique physical attributes for each personality, a cognitive and physiological prism within a single being.

Though Kevin (James McAvoy) has evidenced 23 personalities to his trusted psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), there remains one still submerged who is set to materialize and dominate all the others.

Compelled to abduct three teenage girls led by the willful, observant Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy, The Witch), Kevin reaches a war for survival among all of those contained within him—as well as everyone around him—as the walls between his compartments shatter apart.

For Split, Shyamalan and Blum reassemble their core team from The Visit.  Their fellow collaborators include producer Marc Bienstock and executive producers Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider.

Split hits cinemas February 2nd Rated: M

To stand a chance of winning a SPLIT double pass, all you have to do is drop me a line with your name and address!

To enter simply email SPLIT to this address: darrensworldofentertainment@gmail.com or CLICK HERE NOW!

Please ensure you include your name and address - competition closes February 2nd 

Pork Pie: Film Review

Pork Pie: Film Review

Cast: Dean O'Gorman, James Rolleston, Ashleigh Cummings, Antonia Prebble, Siobhan Marshall, Mat Whelan
Director: Mark Murphy

An unabashed slice of Kiwi nostalgia writ large some 36 years after the 1981 film become a bona fide hit and cemented itself into the national consciousness, the 2017 version of Goodbye Pork Pie is very much a Top Gear meets Top Town hybrid road trip that's unashamedly feel-good but shallow as it aims for the Kiwiana audience washing over the Waitangi weekend.
Pork Pie, starring James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings

O'Gorman is Jon, a broken man who's determined to meet up with Prebble's Susie after a split - spurred into action by an upcoming wedding, he sets out to recapture his love. But that nearly ends fatally, after Rolleston's Luke nearly bowls him in a yellow mini that he's stolen as the film starts. Offering Jon a ride, the pair soon find themselves caught up in a country-wide pursuit when Luke's boy-racing skills come to the fore. And with Ashleigh Cummings' vegan protestor in tow, the gang heads south.

Starting with a chase on-foot before transitioning to a chase in a car with Dave Dobbyn's Language blasting out, the chase movie's ethos comes to the fore, giving the start of the film a breakneck pace that's brisk and adrenaline-fuelled as the pedal to the metal antics kick into gear.

With Rolleston's restrained and hardly talkative Luke sandwiched with O'Gorman's cocksure wise cracking Jon, the Odd Couple vibe is there from the start, as the broader comedy elements set in.
Pork Pie, starring James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings

Complete with countryside cutaways that capture the beauty of New Zealand's open roads (at times, it resembles some kind of subtle tourism campaign masquerading as a film) and a soundtrack that's inherently Kiwi, this Bonnie and Clyde road trip wannabe is bound to find an audience who remember the original and want to wallow in the 2017's easy-going nature.

But as the increasing farce grows (the original was compared to the Keystone Kops), some of the broader character elements don't quite gel as they should.

It's mainly due to less rounding and the thinly drawn characters of the trio as well as the occasional side-lining of them as Jon continues his road trip to find love. But it's a shame because Rolleston and Cummings make an endearing and easy couple, destined to be road trip lovers and simultaneously ships passing in the night.

All three of them have an ease of presence on screen and work reasonably well within the script's severely limited confines. After the uproarious opening, the film needs to slow to deliver the exposition and back-ground needed and unfortunately, proceedings hit a minor narrative bump when they do so.
Pork Pie, starring James Rolleston and Ashleigh Cummings

But the action's never too far away as the infamous yellow mini continues to speed, slide and handbrake turn away from the clumsy cops and the confluence of coincidence that's in the story.

It's clear that Pork Pie is an homage to the film that spawned it - from the director being the son of the original man who made it Geoff Murphy, the whole thing is bathed in a love for its story and the faithful updating of it. However, it remains inessential in many ways, with its more shallower edges becoming more evident as the film powers to its end.

It's a shame that the underwritten central characters push Pork Pie into a more average footing and stop it from truly soaring. Because at its core, Pork Pie is about a car chase, a rambunctious road trip of revelling; this 2017 version of Pork Pie doesn't quite have the grunt of an engine to push it over the edge and that, ultimately, is a disappointment.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Gold: Film Review

Gold: Film Review

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramirez, Stacey Keach, Corey Stoll
Director: Stephen Gaghan

All that glitters isn't necessarily Gold as director Stephen Gaghan (Syriana and the upcoming The Division movie) spins the "inspired by true events" story of Kenny Wells and his gold-digging exploits.
Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and Bryce Dallas Howard

Matthew McConaughey dons a bald patch and a paunch to portray a city prospector who has a dream of where gold lies in Indonesia. (His character even reveals that the dream literally happened in one of the film's more average exposition dumps.)

Teaming up with Edgar Ramirez's geologist Michael Acosta, Wells sinks every last cent into the bore-ing dream. With it all about to hit the wall and when no backers come forward, Wells pulls together a bar-situated group of bankers to help mine for financial prospects.

However, against the odds, Wells and Acosta strike gold, changing all their lives forever.

Embracing shades of the David Walsh and Bre-X scandal and aspiring to be a sub-par Wolf of Wall Street via way of the American dream pursuit, Gold curiously lacks any real shine.

Its scenes of 90s-set excesses are pretty limp, and are devoid of any joie de vivre or fervour as the soundtrack pumps out some badly edited indie hits to try and inject a point of difference into proceedings in the execution of a story you've seen many times before.

It helps little that the main characters are severely underwritten.

Bryce Dallas Howard has an entirely thankless role as Wells' other half, written in only to show his distance from reality and to opine and provide an emotional storyline that withers on the vine; equally Ramirez's Acosta is a relatively dour enigma, prone to spouting serious aphorisms while gazing off into the distance.

McConaughey gives his all to the character of Wells, a man who's half shyster and half dreamer, all hard-smoking, hard-drinking and snaggle-toothed, trapped between the determination to honour his father's legacy and the gold fever that envelops the prospectors.

At times, it feels like McConaughey's acting rather than leading us down the path of empathy and there's little to latch on to as his plight plays out. But it's also symptomatic of how muted the rest of the cast of Gold is that his intensity feels, at times, like he's over-acting.

The Indonesian set bromance between Wells and Acosta comes some way to revelling in the extreme highs and utter lows of the mundanity of the mining world and giving the film an edge that it sorely needs, but they're never quite capitalised on to build much dramatic tension or excitement.

It's a shame because Traffic scribe Gaghan brings little life to the 90s pursuit of the American dream, and some split screen sequences are reminiscent of Dallas' opening titles. But there's little dramatic flair on show here in a story that's unleashed very by the numbers and perfectly serviceable as it meanders and tries to rip off The Wolf of Wall Street.
Gold starring Matthew McConaughey and Edgar Ramirez

There's a nugget of a fascinating story here in Gold, a tale that's been mined many times before and with varying degrees of success. But when all is said and done, and stripped of the energetic filibuster of its lead actor, it's buried in an underwhelming haze of disinterest as the two hours play out.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Film Review

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter: Film Review

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Iain Glen, Ali Larter, Ruby Rose
Director: Paul W S Anderson

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
Much like the Underworld series, the Resident Evil movie franchise staggers on with no sign of abating, thanks largely to industrial sized box office returns.

As the sixth film in the Resident Evil series, The Final Chapter at least dangles the prospect of closure in audiences' faces by way of its title. (But this turns out to be a lie.)

However, in providing a generic awfully muddy and dark action zombie set film, The Final Chapter ends up feeling like a bridge too far.

Picking up right after events from Retribution, Milla Jovovich's Alice is forced into taking a chance to wipe out the T virus that mutated the world  once and for all.

The twist is she has only 48 hours to do it and needs to race across a Mad Max style landscape to head back into Raccoon City to get the antidote.

But standing in her way once again is Game of Thrones' Iain Glen's villainous religious zealot Dr Isaacs, who chews as much scenery as the undead do flesh. (However, he gets points for inadvertently invoking one of the great lines about the Winchester and a pint in one laughably cheesy shot toward the end)...

So with the clock racing and the fate of all humanity in her hands, Alice faces her last great battle...
Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a muddied mess of a video game film that feels limp in comparison to the rest of its series. Thanks to a dark aesthetic and a continual desire to visually soak everything in a blackness, it's hard to remotely care about proceedings - nowhere more so than when fight sequences happen and characters are picked off.

There's no emotional gut punch to this film where there should be; and there's no feeling of closure or an epic end when there should be either. It's just a mesh of video game stylings (big boss battle atop a tank, rescue the colleagues from traps, escape the bad guys) and some awfully frenetic editing in the action sequences which mar proceedings.

Anderson's desire to put in repeated rapid cuts during fight sections leads to a feeling of choppiness and robs them of the fluidity needed to give admiration to the work going on. In this aspect, he's his own worst enemy of the film - a director with clear signs of ADD desiring nothing more than yet another angle on the same section.

Jovovich is convincing enough as Alice, and there's a certain weariness to her outlook that's endearing as the film and its fight against an evil mega-conglomerate go on. There are answers coming in this "last" part but they're not worth the investment to be frank.

However, not nearly enough has been done to flesh out the characters around her and it shows, lending no sense of suspense or tension to various quandaries and no feelings at all when they're dispatched.

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is not quite in stinker territory, but it dangerously dips its toes into the water.

3D adds nothing to it, making the action murky as the talk of clones, zombies and shooting gets underway after the starting recap. There aren't enough nods to the creatures of the iconic series and while some of the earlier action sequences pack a punch, there's no freshness in this as it trudges wearily on.

To make matters worse, the ending makes it patently clear that this is not a franchise the box office wants to die and you can't help but feel cheated as it ends. But that said, there's also a palpable sense of relief it's over, because Resident Evil: The Final Chapter squanders a lot of its promise and brings you nothing you've not seen before.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Tekken 7 is coming

Tekken 7 is coming


Sydney, Australia – January 24th, 2017 – The next chapter in the storied TEKKEN franchise will finally land in the hands of video game lovers and avid fighting game aficionados when TEKKEN 7 launches on June 2, 2017 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
TEKKEN 7 for home console and PC represents the culmination of the highest levels of fighting game development, even surpassing its arcade counterpart by offering additional balance and fine tuning, the inclusion of a dramatic story mode, more characters, and the implementation of online tournament modes that are sure to ignite the fighting spirit amongst gamers around the world.
When TEKKEN 7 launches on June 2, 2017, the game will be available with a variety of special offers that are sure to please hardcore TEKKEN fans and newcomers to the series, including:

·         The TEKKEN 7 Collector’s Edition (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC); collectors and hardcore TEKKEN fans will be pleased to learn that there will be aTEKKEN 7 Collector’s Edition containing the Deluxe Edition and the Season Pass (only available in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Australasian territories) and a spectacular statue measuring approximately 30cm tall by 45cm wide that features a dynamic pose with Kazuya fly kicking Heihachi in mid-air, a special SteelBook™, and the official TEKKEN 7 soundtrack.

·         TEKKEN 7 Season Pass (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) will grant players access to downloadable contents aimed to extend the TEKKEN 7 experience and will include special characters, new stages, a new game mode, costume packs, and a bonus 35-piece Metallic Costume Pack exclusive to the Season Pass. *Each DLC pack contained within the TEKKEN 7 Season Pass may also be purchased separately.

·         TEKKEN 7 Physical Pre-order Bonus (available today for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC) will feature DLC access to Eliza, the famed vampire character that made herTEKKEN debut in TEKKEN Revolution (available at selected retailers).

·         Xbox Store will grant as a bonus a free copy of TEKKEN 6 via backwards compatibility (available as a pre-order bonus on the Xbox Store from January 31st 2017).

·         The TEKKEN 7 Digital Deluxe Edition (available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) will include TEKKEN 7 and the Season Pass.

·         Lastly, the PlayStation 4 version will have some exclusive content: legacy costumes from TEKKEN 4 and TEKKEN 2 for KingXiaoyu and Jin as well as aJukebox Mode (exclusive game feature) where fans can listen to old Tekken tracks and even create playlists of Tekken music to listen to while they play.

Deus Ex Universe Expansion

Deus Ex Universe Expansion



- Deus Ex: Breach and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience for PC Now Free on Steam -
- Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past, available on February, 23 2017 -

SYDNEY, 25th January 2017 – Today, Square Enix® and Eidos®-Montréal announced that Deus Ex: Breach™ and the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided® – VR Experience are now available on Steam for free. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past, the next DLC story mission, will be available on February 23, 2017.

Deus Ex: Breach allows new players to experience Deus Ex’s gameplay style, providing them with a glimpse of the vast realm of choices and possibilities that the Deus Ex Universe® has to offer. Originally released as a Deus Ex: Mankind Divided game mode, Deus Ex: Breach is an innovative game that offers an arcade approach on the gameplay of the Deus Ex series, providing players with a unique connected puzzle shooter experience. As a Ripper in the year 2029, your objective is to obtain and sell classified corporate data by hacking into some of the world’s most secure servers, using the funds you acquire to upgrade both your skills and arsenal. By obtaining this data, you will be able to unveil and expose the deepest, darkest secrets of the corporations in the Deus Ex Universe, with your efforts potentially unmasking some of the most dangerous individuals in the world. Extract the data. Expose the truth.

In addition, the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience for PC is now available for free on Steam for all HTC Vive® and Oculus® owners. Players will discover four iconic environments from Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, for the first time in virtual reality. Powered by the Dawn Engine®, take in the stunning level of detail and renowned art direction of locations such as Dubai and Golem City, while also taking a stroll in Adam Jensen’s apartment and Talos Rucker’s office. The Deus Ex VR Experience also provides you with an up-close and personal look at some of the 3D models for the main characters and NPCs from the game.

On February 23rd, Adam Jensen, along with both old acquaintances and new characters, will be back in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past. The second Story DLC will provide players with more insights into the lore of the Deus Ex Universe. They will get to Experience Adam Jensen’s first mission for TF29, set before the events of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, where he poses as a convicted criminal. In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past, Jensen is transferred deep into a hostile, high-security prison for augmented felons. His mission: track down and retrieve sensitive information from a fellow undercover agent who has gone dark. Success will help the fight against terror around the world, but Jensen will need to confront a darker side to his role before the day is done.

Deus Ex: Breach and the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – VR Experience are now available for free on Steam. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided – A Criminal Past will be available on the 23rd of February on Xbox Live, the PlayStation®Network, Steam, and online stores. It will also be made available in the Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - Season Pass, which is composed of Narrative DLCs and in-game items. More details on the contents of the Season Pass can be found here.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is available for PlayStation®4, PlayStation®4 Pro, the Xbox One all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, Windows PC, Linux.

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Out Now for PlayStation®4

KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Out Now for PlayStation®4


Exclusive Sora DLC Champion Summon available in WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY

SYDNEY 25th January 2017 - SQUARE ENIX® and Disney Interactive are calling all Keyblade wielders to join the battle against the Heartless with today’s release of KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue.This unique collection features new and classic stories from the KINGDOM HEARTS saga, where fans will be able to adventure with Sora, Riku, King Mickey and other beloved characters across the expansive Disney worlds. This title will also lead into the next entry in the series, KINGDOM HEARTS III.

The KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue compilation includes:

  • KINGDOM HEARTS Dream Drop Distance HD
Originally released in 2012, the full-HD remastered version will allow players to join series protagonists Sora and Riku to take on the Mark of Mastery exam in preparation for upcoming threats. Players can experience faster-paced battles and exploration at a blistering pace.

  • KINGDOM HEARTS 0.2: Birth by Sleep – A fragmentary passage –
A completely new playable episode that links to the story of KINGDOM HEARTS III, taking place after the storyline of KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep played from the perspective of Aqua.

  • KINGDOM HEARTS χ Back Cover (movie)
A new HD movie that tells the mysterious story of the Foretellers, connecting the earliest parts of the series’ history, showcased in the hit mobile title KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained χ[chi].

In addition, to celebrate the compilation release, WORLD OF FINAL FANTASY® players will get the chance to download Sora who will enter the world of Grymoire and fight for the light and his friends as a brave Keyblade wielder with a strong heart. To receive Sora’s Champion Medal simply install the latest patch and unlock the ability to invoke Champions.  Sora will be available as a Champion Summon in WORLD OF FINAL FANTASYuntil 31st March 2017.
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue is available now for the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system. For more information, visit: http://www.kingdomhearts.com/2_8/gb/
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Collector’s Edition and more…

Sydney, Australia – January 25, 2017 – Today, SQUARE ENIX LTD., announced that pre-orders for FINAL FANTASY® XIV: Stormblood™, the highly anticipated second expansion for the award-winning MMORPG, start today ahead of its scheduled release on June 20th 2017.

The Warriors of Light must join the fight for freedom as they journey into a new adventure. Taking place in the vast region of Ala Mhigo. Can our heroes reclaim the territory from the Garlean Empire and break it free from two decades of oppression?

Adventurers of Eorzea, it’s time to join the resistance and set forth with players across the world on another epic journey that will take you from the heavens to the depths of the ocean and beyond. A completely new chapter in the FINAL FANTASY XIV story is waiting for you!

Stormblood Key Features:

  • Level cap increased from 60 -> 70
  • New Jobs including red mage
  • New exploration with swimming and diving
  • New areas to explore
  • Battle system updates
  • New Primal – Lakshmi
  • New dungeons
  • New High-level Raid “The Bend of Time – Omega”
  • New alliance raid “Return to Ivalice”
  • The Forbidden Land of Eureka
  • New gear and crafting recipes
  • A fourth residential district
  • Expanded item inventory
…and more!  

FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Collector’s Edition

The FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Collector’s Edition includes exclusive items to bring with you on your new adventures as you lead the liberation of Ala Mhigo.
  • Stormblood Special Art Box
  • Expertly Crafted Zenos yae Galvus Figure
  • FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Art book
  • Cloth Map of Eorzea
  • Stormblood Logo Sticker
  • Exclusive In-game Items
    • Syldra Mount
    • Wind-up Bartz Minion
    • Chicken Knife

Package and Digital Download
Package and Digital Download
Digital Download* NOTE: Mac version is only available as a Digital Download

* Content subject to change
* Only in-game items will be bundled for Digital Download version.

Above: FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood Collector’s Edition

In addition to the Collector’s Edition items, the following items are available with all pre-orders of FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood: 

Early Access
Pre-order FINAL FANTASY XIV: Stormblood and access the game servers ahead of the official launch. 

Wind-up Red Mage Minion
You won't see red with the FFI red mage along for the ride.

Ala Mhigan Earrings
Show your support of the rebellion with this pair of earrings emblazoned with the image of the Ala Mhigan standard.

PS4 Theme and Avatar (Exclusive to the PS Store)
FINAL FANTASY® XIV: Stormblood™ is currently scheduled for release June 20th 2017.  With more than six million players globally, FINAL FANTASY XIV continues to deliver on the promise of bringing the best of the FINAL FANTASY experience to the online realm. 

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Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/ffxiv
Official Twitter®: @FF_XIV_EN
Official Instagram®: https://www.instagram.com/ffxiv/

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