PopWatch Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch Blog

Category: News (71-80 of 5373)

The hype train derailed: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 3

Destiny.jpg

Destiny has been out nearly a week now, and EW is putting the futuristic shared-world shooter through the paces in our ongoing journal. This is the third entry; read the preceding posts from Joshua Rivera and Jonathon Dornbush.

Big picture, Destiny doesn’t live up to the hype. How could it? Bungie’s first non-Halo game since 2001 and first title with mega-publisher Activision cost a reported $500 million to develop and market (those gargantuan wraparound ads in Times Square can’t be cheap). The studio promised great things, so naturally expectations were sky-high. Alas, add it to the list of much-hyped 2014 releases such as Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son and Watch Dogs that have disappointed by merely being good, not great. (Well, except for Watch Dogs, which doesn’t even qualify for “good.”) The PS4 and Xbox One have been out for nearly a year, and people are still looking for a reason to justify dropping $400–$500 on a new system. Destiny probably isn’t it. After all, it’s available on previous generation hardware, and while it doesn’t look as pretty, it plays the same. So it doesn’t live up to the massive hype.

But my bigger concern is that it doesn’t even live up to Bungie’s Halo games. READ FULL STORY

Microsoft announces acquisition of 'Minecraft' developer

Mojang may not be a household name, but the game developer’s title Minecraft is. The game that allows users to build just about anything they can imagine has attracted more than 100 million players and is available on just about every platform imaginable, from Windows PC to PlayStation 3 to iOS devices.

It’s now one of the most popular games to play on the Xbox 360, and Microsoft took note of the game’s success. The company announced today it will acquire Mojang and the Minecraft franchise for $2.5 billion.

READ FULL STORY

'American Psycho' musical canceled at Second Stage

American-Psycho-Musical.jpg

The American Psycho musical will not have an off-Broadway run at Second Stage Theatre after all. Though it was scheduled for a run in 2015, Second Stage announced Friday it would not be producing the show, which premiered in London. “We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage,” Artistic Director Carole Rothman said in a statement. “We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks.”

READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Lawrence will co-chair the Met Gala

Jennifer Lawrence once said, “I really would not call myself a fashion icon. I would call myself somebody who gets dressed by professionals. [It's like], ‘Dance, monkey, dance’ right on the red carpet.’ I would call me more of a monkey.” But even if she hasn’t always embraced fashion, the fashion world has certainly embraced her: the star will be one of the co-chairs of this year’s Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit.

READ FULL STORY

I get by with a little help from my friends: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 2

Moon-Story-The-Dark-Beyond-01.jpg

Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

EW will be investigating that question in an ongoing Destiny journal. This post is the second entry—read the first entry from Joshua Rivera here, and continue on for more thoughts on Bungie’s new shooter.

9.12.14: To the beta and back again

I’m of two minds in my experience with Destiny so far. So far, I’ve had an absolute blast with the minute-to-minute gameplay. Bungie knows how to make a shooter, and whether in story missions or competitive matches, the gunplay shines through. But as I journeyed through the game’s story missions on Earth, levels I had already played in the beta, demonstrated the one major sin I was worried Destiny would commit in the early going—the lack of a driving force foryour Guardian. READ FULL STORY

'Grand Theft Auto V' for PlayStation 4, Xbox One to arrive in November

Grand-Theft-Auto.jpg

Rockstar Games announced the release dates for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC versions of last year’s blockbuster Grand Theft Auto V. Console players will be able to return to Los Santos in just a few months, while PC players will have to wait until 2015 to raise hell in the fictional city.

READ FULL STORY

Darkness bad, go shoot it: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 1

Earth-Story-The-Last-Array-01

Out this week, Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

That’s a tough nut to crack. 

Destiny is an online game that promises to grow and change, one that doesn’t really take shape until people are actively playing it. And so in lieu of a traditional review, several EW writers will be documenting their journey through the game. Think of it as a journal meant to give you a perspective on the game over time.

Sound good? Let’s go. 

READ FULL STORY

Betsey Johnson celebrates marriage (and 'Housewives') at Fashion Week

Betsey Johnson celebrated marriage equality, Real Housewives, and her turn on Dancing with the Stars at her New York Fashion Week show yesterday. The 72-year-old designer, known for her bright and punk-y fashions, tweeted: “I had such an epic show! My theme was all about Modern LOVE and marriage! Take a look! Xox.”

READ FULL STORY

First look: This is 'The Voice' ... as a video game?

The-Voice-Screen-3.jpg

Have you ever thought, “I could do better” while watching starry-eyed hopefuls bleat and croon on NBC’s The Voice? Get ready to back your claim. Arriving on Oct. 21 (Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U), Activision’s The Voice will give armchair Aguileras the opportunity to see who can annoy neighbors the least.

Featuring solo and multi-player modes, as well as progression tiers—Blind Auditions, Battle Rounds, and the Big Finale—that should be familiar to fans of the show, the game looks to favor fun over fierce competition. While the final track list is buttoned-up tighter than one of Adam Levine’s shirts, Activision has revealed that OneRepublic’s “Counting Stars,” Sara Bareilles’ “Brave,” Miranda Lambert’s “Over You,” and Rihanna’s “Stay” will be just a few of the tunes users can belt out.

The Voice is far from the first game to invite players on the virtual stage, but unlike previous TV-tied cash-grabs (looking at you, Glee games), The  Voice looks like more than a karaoke clone with a popstar paint job. In fact, the game won’t even include the likenesses or voices of its popular judging panel. It has yet to be determined whether it’s because Activision wanted to focus on the experience rather than the marketable mugs of the show’s judges, or if it was just too costly to persuade Blake Shelton to put on a motion-capture costume. Based on developer Zoe Mode’s ability to turn the Zumba Fitness craze into a gaming experience that stood out from the limb-flailing pack, we’re at least willing to give them the benefit of the doubt until we grab the mic for ourselves.

The-Voice-Video-Game.jpg

'Destiny' has 'most successful new video game franchise launch' ever

Destiny.jpg

Destiny is a big investment for Activision, the publishers of video game juggernauts like Call of Duty and Hearthstone, and the company hopes the title from the makers of Halo will pay off. While the company has yet to release concrete numbers about how the game sold during its first day on the market, Activision has released some promising news about what success may be in store.

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos

Advertisement

From Our Partners

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP