Daily Archives: 12/09/2011

New “Doctor Who” game on Sony’s PS3 and Vita

It's a game, it's due in 2012, that's as much as I know...

We’ve already had – in the UK at least – a series of free-to-download “Doctor Who” PC titles which have been mostly well-received.  Not cutting edge tech, but fun and accessible adventure titles which manage to be slightly retro and have the cachet of boasting Matt Smith and Karen Gillan voice-over work.

Today’s news, that the BBC and developer SuperMassive Games will be releasing “Doctor Who – The Eternity Clock” on PC, PS3 and Vita in 2012, brings with it a few questions.

1) Why no Xbox 360 release?  As this is going to be a download title, why not release it on XBLA, too?  Have the BBC suddenly become unaccountably terrified of money?

2) Game play seems to be puzzle-based, with events in one time line affecting different areas of the game.  I’m getting dread flashbacks to original Xbox launch title “Blinx – The Time Sweeper”.  Anybody?

3) I’m fascinated to know how the devs are going to tackle the whole ‘The Doctor doesn’t kill anybody’ issue in a video game.  Not that this is the only framework for progression in a game, but it does make me wonder where things are going to go – dare I hope for an “Uncharted”-style action-puzzler without the protagonist sociopathically wiping out people left, right and centre?

River Song. Foxy even in cartoon form.

4) If Alex Kingston is doing a voice over as River Song, am I going to be able to concentrate long enough to finish this game?  All signs point to no..

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“Black Mirror” episode two spoiler-free review online

Nope, no similarity to any high-waisted reality tv judge, living or dead...

Den of Geek has a spoiler-free review of the second “Black Mirror” story, reality tv chiller “15 Million Merits”.

In a future where many of us have exchanged our right to privacy for free access to social networks, online gaming platforms and other forms of technological shiny-shinyness, this week’s story appears to have more than a grain of uncomfortable truth in it…

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“The Dark Knight Rises” prologue non-spoiler news

Hmm...brooding.

Empire’s bloke across the pond was invited to an early screening of the “Dark Knight Rises” prologue footage which is going to play in front of the IMAX prints of “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol” this Christmas.

And he’s quite enthusiastic about it.

This Nolan fellow?  Apparently, he’s quite good at directing big-scale action sequences, introducing iconic comic book bad guys and using the large-screen IMAX format to its best advantage.

The footage plays in front of IMAX prints of “Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol” in Bradford, Glasgow, Manchester and London – which means that I’ll probably be waiting to see it on the internet with the rest of you.  Curse you, large format exclusivity!

 

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Lou Reed is smarter than you.

Watch this blog get an adult content advisory now because of this picture...

The reviews have not been kind.  The fans are somehow even less diplomatic.

Die! Die! Die! But buy our record first...

Surely somebody must like Lou Reed’s collaboration with Metallica, “Lulu”?

Of course “Lulu” has a champion and that valiant soul is one Lou Reed, who mounts a vigorous defence of the collaboration by challenging the intellect of his critics.  That course of action has always been the best gambit for emerging triumphant in a free and frank exchange of views, as anybody who’s ever had a playground fight will surely attest.

He's a rock n' roll animal, you know...

Few will ever call this their favourite record by either artist,  but I have to say that I have a place in my heart for projects like this which are at least trying to do something unexpected, singular and defiantly individual.  Not Lou Reed enough for the down town art set, not horn-throwing enough for classic ‘tallica fans – so probably interesting in its own right, then?

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