Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week is a little different as Christmas falls on Sunday and studios are releasing films all through the week to catch vacationing filmgoers. Continue reading In Theaters This Week Christmas Edition-Passengers, Assassin’s Creed, Why Him?, Sing, Fences
The final trailer for Assassin’s Creed is, also in my opinion, the best we’ve seen so far. The last trailer was awful; the first trailer was extremely promising, and now this leaves things on a hopeful note that we’ll finally get a good film out of a video game franchise. The plot as explained in the film is essentially the plot of the first game in the franchise only with a different protagonist and historical setting. The look of everything (with the exception of making The Animus a little more exciting than the table it is in the games) is true to the series, and the plot seems dead-on. My biggest reason for being worried is that this is getting little to no marketing push. Compared to Passengers, which it opens against, you barely hear about this film. I’ve analyzed this industry enough to know that if they really felt they had something that could go up against Passengers and Rogue One in its second week, we’d be seeing advertising everywhere. I hope I’m wrong, because AC is my favorite video game franchise and with it’s material and the caliber of actors, if this falls flat….maybe video games really can’t be adapted for the screen. Assassin’s Creed opens December 21, 2016.
Everybody’s favorite handyman/zombie slayer, Frank West, is back in Dead Rising 4. Though it’s getting middling reviews, Dead Rising 4 still offers you the chance to kill the undead with a giant candy cane. So…you’re going to play it. I have never had much luck with Dead Rising games, though I am in awe of the way they have managed to combine seemingly innocuous objects in ways that prove lethal to the undead. The teddy bear bomb from Dead Rising 3 springs to mind….at any rate, the fourth installment is out now for Xbox One and PC, and-as always-your cheevos below are courtesy of the awe-inspiring gurus at xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Dead Rising 4 – Complete Achievement List (Xbox One, PC – 2016)
It’s tough to argue that the best of the Assassin’s Creed franchise, bundled in an enhanced graphics package, in a 3 for 1 deal isn’t a great way to revisit the games in preparation for the upcoming (please, God, let it be good) movie. Or, if you’ve never played the Assassin’s Creed franchise, you really should play the first game, but if you want to dive into installments 2-4 of the series, you can’t go wrong. While it’s hitting the big screen, the series is taking a break. There will be no installment this year, and it looks like 2017 will be assassin-free as well. This is ironic since last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate was the best game in the series since the final installment in this package. Rumor is when next we meet, the setting will be ancient Egypt, which is worth waiting for if they can find an Assassin protagonist as deep, charismatic, and fun as Ezio Auditore. In this trilogy, you will follow Ezio from a clueless youth to the end of his life as the leader of the Assassin Order. Assassin’s Creed II is undoubtedly the best game in the series, Brotherhood is a slight stumble, but Revelations gave Ezio a grand finale in Constantinople. You can earn up to 3,000 gamer points if you stealthily stab your way to 100%. Achievement list below provided by the shadowy organization known only as xboxachievements.com. The Ezio Collection is available now for Xbox One and Playstation 4. Continue reading The Ezio Collection (Assassin’s Creed) Complete Achievement/Trophy Lists (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)
Watch Dogs is a franchise much like Dishonored. for me. Own the first, barely have had a chance to play it in the deluge of awesome games, and now we have a sequel. I do know there were a lot of critics of the first game, and Ubisoft has apparently taken them into account because the open-world hacking game is getting a lot of buzz (not to mention a scenery change to San Francisco). One of the last big releases before the holiday hiatus, Watch Dogs 2 is available now for Xbox One, PC, and Playstation 4. Your achievements below are courtesy of the web’s hub for needy affirmation: xboxachievements.com. Continue reading Watch Dogs 2 – Complete Achievement/Trophy List (Xbox, Playstation – 2016)