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Review: 'Skyfall' makes a style-over-substance leap to game consoles

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Sullied by generic gun-play, substandard stealth mechanics, and an unconvincing narrative trick tying together six different Bond films, last month’s 007 Legends served as a lackluster lead-in to Daniel Craig’s third blockbuster turn as the British secret agent. This double-0 disappointment had a potential silver lining, however, in its sixth and final mission, based on Skyfall.

In an effort to avoid spoilers, Activision released the bonus Skyfall content on the PlayStation Network alongside the film (360 and PC versions land on Nov. 20.) The add-on mission is free-to-play for those who’ve already purchased Legends, but even that appealing price tag can’t overshadow the fact that it suffers from most of the same problems as the rest of the game. READ FULL STORY

'Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two': Welcome to Autotopia -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGES

The Epic Mickey games put players behind a magic paint-brush wielded by the iconic mouse himself, but that isn’t the best part… at least not for Disney nerds. No, the series’ most fan-pleasing claim to fame is its inspired world, Wasteland. A twisted take on traditional Disney theme parks, Wasteland is home to forgotten characters, scrapped attractions, and any other ideas that spilled from Walt’s creative mind onto the cutting room floor.

This misfit Magic Kingdom replaces the real-world theme parks’ Main Street with Mean Street and transforms the smiling clock-face adorning Disneyland’s “It’s a Small World” into a Mickey-eating monster. Early looks at Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which arrives Nov. 18, hint at equally creepy-cool alt-Disney destinations such as the Frontierland-based Gulch and parade-inspired Floatyard.

The latest piece of re-imagined Wasteland real estate is Autotopia, based on Disneyland’s similarly named Autopia attraction. For an exclusive sneak peek at how Epic Mickey 2‘s twisting and tweaking the popular racetrack ride, spy the screens below.

'ZombiU preview': Plus in-game images of brain-hungry Brits -- EXCLUSIVE

The most promising title launching alongside Nintendo’s upcoming Wii U console doesn’t star Mario or any of his Mushroom Kingdom pals, but rather a bunch of brain-craving walking corpses. That’s right, following a full afternoon of hands-on time with many of the family-friendly hardware’s day-one offerings, it’s the very Mature-rated ZombiU that’s got me anxious to get back behind that funky new gamepad.

Set in modern-day London, Ubisoft’s fresh take on the rotting flesh genre puts players in the midst of a plague that’s turned most of our friends from across the pond into crazed people-eaters. While undead hordes are as common as exploding barrels and breakable crates in contemporary games, they’re treated as something different in ZombiU: an actual threat. Forgoing the action-movie antics of recent horror titles in favor of a terrifying survival experience, ZombiU is more about staying alive than pumping buckshot into bad guys. READ FULL STORY

'Halo 4' review: Everything you want out of a 'Halo' game, except anything new

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Halo 4 marks the return of Master Chief, but the story belongs to his holographic Girl Friday, Cortana, the endearing exposition-bot who resembles Tinkerbell with more snark and less clothes. After three games’ worth of alien-bashing alongside the Chief, Cortana has exceeded her natural lifespan. She’s falling into “rampancy,” a synthetic dementia that causes emotional outbursts at narratively convenient moments. Halo 4 has high stakes — Earth might be destroyed, again — but it’s really a story about planned obsolescence, about a machine trying to outlive its natural end date. READ FULL STORY

'Red vs. Blue': Check out behind-the-scenes season 10 footage -- EXCLUSIVE

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The 10th season of the web series Red vs. Blue came to a close last night — leaving fans of bickering, foul-mouthed, and life-endangeringly incompetent sci-fi soldiers with time on their hands.

Or maybe not.

Today sees the release of the Elijah Wood-assisted 10th season on DVD and Blu-ray and the debut of the 14-disc RVBX: Ten Years of Red vs. Blue box set. The latter boasts all the seasons of Halo-inspired, machinima-mayhem, plus eight hours of bonus features, including the behind-the-scenes, “Red vs. Blue: Story Board to Screen” video you can see, exclusively, below.

Check it out and tell us what you think. READ FULL STORY

'Angry Birds: Star Wars' is coming, so get excited/angry -- VIDEO

In what surely amounts to the most important piece of Star Wars-related news you’ll read this news cycle, Rovio will release a Jedi-powered iteration of its ferocious fowl franchise, Angry Birds Star Wars, this Thursday — thereby completing the plan George Lucas wrote down on a cocktail napkin in 1975, which clearly read: “Three trilogies and a game about Finnish birds with upset eyebrows.”

The final trailer for ABSW promises a raft of new skills for the lovable birds, including the ability to shoot lasers, the ability to make fun sound effects, and the ability to reduce everything you once loved about the Star Wars trilogy into a few in-jokes. Watch the trailer, and May the Birds Be With You, which is something people say, apparently. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Confessional: Your most desperate cabin fever amusements

Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone? That’s exactly what happened when Hurricane Sandy struck the east coast this Monday, depriving millions of power — and severely limiting their entertainment options. (Of course, boredom is nothing compared with a destroyed house or a submerged car — visit RedCross.org to learn more about hurricane relief efforts.)

My hurricane boredom story: After Lower Manhattan’s power went out on Monday night, I devoured a YA book about a girl whose mom is a hoarder. Then, haunted by visions of yellowing newspapers stacked on top of piles of maggots — seriously, that book is visceral — I spent Tuesday furiously cleaning my apartment with my roommate. The last time I devoted this many hours to scrubbing was… last year, when Hurricane Irene hit the East Coast. Doesn’t Hurricane Cleaners sound like an upcoming reality show?

Of course, I wasn’t the only one driven to desperation after losing electricity (and heat, and my cell phone service). Read on to find out how EW staffers weathered the storm — and feel free to add your own story in the comments! Don’t worry if it has nothing to do with a hurricane; any extreme weather, power outage, or debilitating sickness that left you cooped up will do fine. READ FULL STORY

'Assassin's Creed III' review: Firing muskets and hunting rabbits has never been so much fun

Muskets. If you want to grasp the uncanny genius of setting a videogame during the Revolutionary War era, look no ­further than the muskets. There’s a moment early in Assassin’s Creed III when you’re combating a squad of redcoats, both sides with period firearms in hand. You fire. They fire. And then you both have to stand there, reloading, for 15 interminable seconds — and it’s hilarious.

It’s a prime example of the fabulous sport this game makes of such a musty period in ­history. READ FULL STORY

'Halo 4' goes episodic with the in-game weekly series 'Spartan Ops' -- EXCLUSIVE TRAILER

With each new entry in the Halo franchise, fans of the sci-fi first-person shooter series expect two things: A cinematic solo experience to shame anything George Lucas has committed to celluloid (at least in the last three decades), and a robust suite of online multi-player modes that continue the fragging fun long after the campaign’s credits have rolled.

Halo 4 (which hits stores in the U.S. on Nov. 6) is the first game in five years to put players behind the gold visor of Covenant-crushing space marine Master Chief. But it’s also taking something of a risk with a brand new third option for prospective players: Spartan Ops, a play-extending experiment of sorts that mixes serialized storytelling with bite-sized playable missions. EW has the exclusive trailer of the experience, along with an interview with one of the creative minds behind the effort. Check them out below: READ FULL STORY

Robert Downey Jr. appears in Guy Ritchie-directed ad for 'Call of Duty,' obviously -- VIDEO

The last time a Call of Duty game was unleashed upon the populace, it was accompanied with a more-is-more ad campaign starring Sam Worthington and Jonah Hill – because when you sell a quadbrillion units in a single day, you can pretty much get anyone you want to star in your TV spots.

Now the next Call of Duty is upon us, this one subtitled Black Ops II and set in a world of near-future weaponry and beautifully rendered rubble. Naturally, the fine folks at Activision knew they had to continue inflating the stakes not just with their game, but with its promotional materials. So they hired Guy Ritchie to direct their newest advertisement, and landed his Sherlock Holmes star Robert Downey Jr. to appear in a done-in-an-hour cameo. It is, naturally, kinda awesome, in a supermodel-tossing-grenades-on-horseback kind of way. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

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