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Sigourney Weaver back as Ellen Ripley in ‘Alien: Isolation’ DLC

- July 9th, 2014

Ellen Ripley and the rest of the Nostromo crew are back in video game form.

While the upcoming Alien: Isolation takes places 15 years after the events of the original 1979 Ridley Scott film, there are two missions starring the original cast that will be available if you pre-order the game, Sega has announced.

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“Last Survivor” DLC for Alien: Isolation. (Supplied)

Sigourney Weaver, who played Ripley in the film, told The Associated Press:

“It was eerie how quickly it happened. Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, ‘This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo.’ You know, that paragraph. I felt like no time had passed. It was really strange, actually. If anything, it was more affecting to me to read it again 35 years later.”

But not only does Weaver return to voice Ripley, her co-stars Yaphet Kotto, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton and Ian Holm are also returning to voice their film characters, according to the game’s IMDb page.

In the so-called Nostromo Edition, the first mission picks up after Kane (John Hurt in the film) and Brett (Stanton) have been killed. You can play as Ripley (Weaver), Captain Dallas, (Tom Skerritt in the film, whom AP says also reprises his role) and Parker, the chief engineer (Kotto).

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“Crew Expendable” DLC from “Alien: Isolation.” (Supplied)

Though since Ripley and the cat are the only two that survive, it seems kind of foolish to pick anyone other than her.

It’s the first time Weaver has provided her voice for an Alien game. However, it’s not the first time she was asked.

She told AP:

“The ones I turned down — I remember one of them, anyway — was shoot the alien, shoot the marine, shoot anything that didn’t move. That didn’t make any sense for my character. Ripley was more interested in protecting life than annihilating it. It just didn’t make any sense for me to be part of that.”

But she found reprising her role here an “interesting idea.”

The main plot of Alien: Isolation focuses on Ripley’s daughter Amanda who is briefly mentioned in James Cameron’s 1986 sequel.

Weaver added in the AP interview:

“I feel like they followed through. Emotionally, what would Amanda want? She’d want to find her mother. She’s drawn to the same line of work. There are a lot of things that were arresting to me. I have no idea what the game is like. I hope it’s creepy and suspenseful and engaging in a way that other games are not — an experience.

The Verge reports to get the first mission “Crew Expendable” you simply just have to pre-order the game. But to get the second mission “Last Survivor,” you specifically have to order the game through GameStop.

Alien: Isolation will be released Oct. 7 on PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.

‘Super Mario Bros.’ beaten in under 5 minutes

- June 28th, 2014

You’ve been playing Super Mario Bros. wrong your entire life.

Okay, maybe not your entire life. I mean, the game only came out in 1985. But I doubt you’ve ever played it like this.

YouTube user LordSaradoc posted a video of himself breaking the speed run world record for the Nintendo classic.

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“Super Mario Bros.” world record speed run. (Video Screenshot)

If you are not familiar with speed runs, they are exactly what they sound like. The point is to beat the game in the shortest time possible. The score is irrelevant. LordSaradoc, or Blubbler as he’s known on the Speed Demos Archives Forum, managed to beat the game with a time of 4:57.69. (The previous world record time, according to Kotaku, was 4:58:09.)

The player, of course, got this low time in part due to skipping over levels. As is largely known among Super Mario players, you can warp to world 4-1 from 1-2 and to world 8-1 from 4-2. (The record for not skipping levels in 19:12.)

But also key to the run is the player didn’t concern himself with getting coins or killing minions. He completed the game with a score of 102,150 but only collected a measly 25 coins and killed a paltry eight baddies – nine if you count King Koopa (aka Bowser).

He also took advantage of a glitch in world 8 that allowed him to run over a few short gaps, instead of jumping. Also in world 8-2, another glitch saved him a second or two, as Mario didn’t have to run from the flag to the castle. (As these programming errors, taking advantage of them is not considered cheating.)

All in all, it’s a pretty impressive feat. You can watch the run below.

How am I supposed to drown my Sims now?

- June 26th, 2014

In an announcement on Thesims.com blog Wednesday, Sim Guru Ryan confirmed that it will not be possible to build swimming pools in The Sims 4 when the game launches in September.

In addition, the game will not include toddlers. This development I am less concerned with as, ultimately, the toddlers were just a nuisance that interrupting my Sims’ partying. (Though apparently you can create teens and babies, so I’m not sure why toddlers are out.)

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“The Sims 4.” (Supplied)

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Mass Effect and Frozen together at last in “I Should Go”

- June 21st, 2014

Sure, Frozen’s “Let It Go” is a catchy enough tune, but it lacks a certain something. What is it? Oh right, references to space sex and saving the universe from the Reaper scourge!

Here to change all that is Soundcloud user geekfitgirl, whose Frozen/Mass Effect parody “I Should Go” is not only deliciously nerdy, but also intricately penned and beautifully belted out.

Oh, and you might as well put away your red, green and blue cupcakes right now, haters, since geekfitgirl concludes: “The end never bothered me anyway.”

h/t The Mary Sue

Five ways Assassin’s Creed: Unity feels fresh

- June 17th, 2014

There’s been a new Assassin’s Creed game almost every year since 2007, yet Ubisoft’s biggest franchise still manages to impress. This year, it’s Assassin’s Creed Unity, and it’s being built from the ground up for next-gen systems.

While technically the seventh major game in the series and a successor to last year’s ocean-spanning pirate adventure, Assassin’s Creed IV: Blag Flag, Unity takes advantage of new technology and fresh ideas that could shakeup the familiar Assassin’s Creed formula. Here’s five things about Unity that I learned from Technical Director James Therien during a demonstration at E3 last week.


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