If nothing else, director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44 has put together an impeccable cast made up of Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, Joel Kinnaman and Jason Clarke — and despite a hodgepodge of phlegmy Russian accents, each actor gives it his or her all in this Stalin-era crime-thriller. That said, as an adaptation of Rob Tom Smith’s 2008 novel, Child 44 doesn’t quite translate on screen, as drab storytelling and overstuffed plot take a lot of the steam out of its central mystery.
Set in 1953 Soviet Russia, the story follows Leo Demidov (Hardy), a prominent MGB agent who is disgraced when he refuses to denounce his wife Raisa (Rapace) as a traitor to their country. Exiled from Moscow to the muddy hinterlands, Leo and Raisa ally with General Mikhail Nesterov (Oldman) to track down a serial killer who preys on young boys. However, their quest for justice directly opposes a system-wide cover-up enforced by Leo’s sadistic rival, Vasili (Kinnaman), who insists the childrens’ murders — all 44 of them — were “accidents.” As members the MGB recite over and over again, “There is no murder in paradise.”
While using the Roccat Tyon mouse, I had the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games of my life. I also finally better understood complex unit micromanagement in Dota 2 (a complicated skill I’d never previously wrapped my head around in 700+ hours of play). But these successes happened largely in spite of the excessive, often unhelpful buttons on this peripheral—not because of all of them.
In fact, the Tyon’s usefulness primarily comes from its Easy-Shift thumb-button. Easy-Shift is a small, springy button beneath the Tyon’s indented thumb-rest, and it effectively doubles the functionality of the mouse’s other buttons. Immense customization options let you combine Easy-Shift and other buttons to do things like replicate keyboard strokes, open software, and navigate your PC. And of course, dominate your games, given its broad array of possible uses.
The panel for Star Wars: The Clone Wars at Star Wars Celebration gave the audience mixed emotions today. On one hand, it was very cool to see a ton of art and early animation for many of the unfinished episodes that were in the works when the show got cancelled. On the other hand, it was a reminder of how much more Clone Wars we could have gotten, and regret over not being able to see these episodes in their completed form.
Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo showed us a lot, including very early sketches and more formal character design sheets. Through these images, and with Filoni and Hidalgo explaining what we were seeing, we got an idea of what some of the aborted storylines for the show were.
CD Projekt’s third installment in its fantasy role-playing game series, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, is available to pre-install ahead of its release next month.
Players can pre-order The Witcher 3 from the Xbox Store or through either their consoles at a discounted price. For instance, the game is discounted to US$53.99 in the U.S. and AU$98.28 in Australia. Users can also pre-download the 25 GB-sized title so they can get into the action as soon as the game officially launches.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt went gold earlier this week a month ahead of its expected release on May 19 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways and Walt Disney partnering up to transform one of the airline’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners into Star Wars’ R2-D2.
Revealed during the Star Wars Celebration event in California today, the R2-D2 aircraft will begin flying on international routes this northern hemisphere’s Autumn. ANA is yet to determine the flights and routes for the five-year “Star Wars Project,” so any of the 37 cities the airline caters to could hit the jackpot at this stage.
“We’re excited to be involved in this collaboration with ANA, one of the world’s leading 5-star airlines,” Kayleen Walters, vice president of marketing for Lucasfilm Ltd, said in a statement. “We’re proud of the innovative R2-D2 design, and we look forward to witnessing the first-ever flight of a passenger aircraft featuring a Star Wars character. We’re confident that Star Wars fans around the world will absolutely love this design.”
The invitations to Bethesda’s E3 conference went out today, and it’s full of references that might hint at the content of the inaugural event. Maybe.
The invite features a bunch of Bethesda characters seated in the stalls of the Dolby theatre. From what we can ascertain so far, it features The Evil Within’s Sebastian, Doom’s Cyberdemon, Wolfenstein’s B.J. Blazkowicz, a Tall Boy from Dishonored, a Panzerhund from Wolfenstein…and a bunch of characters from The Elder Scrolls Online. The image is low-res and we’ll admit our eyesight isn’t the greatest – can you help us fill in the gaps?
With the start of Star Wars Celebration and a new teaser trailer, stormtroopers are everywhere. Whether they’re marching on stage during a live-stream, forming ranks under a new banner of evil in the trailer, or even having new types of armor displayed on the show floor – The Empire lives on through them in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
So far it’s been revealed that there are at least 4 new types of stormtroopers; The standard issue stormtrooper armor that’s worn by Finn and most others, and a new chrome looking outfit that may be a unique suit. Also on display in the Star Wars Celebration is a new take on the snowtrooper design made famous during the invasion of Hoth, and a new design for a unit called the flametrooper (fingers crossed for playable flametroopers in the next Star Wars: Battlefront). Be sure to check out all the new images in our gallery, and let us know what your favorite of the new designs are (and which ones sound the best on an Ewok drum kit)?
Apple added Steve Dowling to its online Executive Profile page on Thursday, officially naming him Vice President of Communications. Dowling had been serving as interim public relations chief since October of last year, while Apple analyzed candidates for the permanent gig.
The position opened up last summer, when longtime PR chief Katie Cotton announced her retirement. Cotton was a polarizing figure in the tech world, and well known for her aggressive protection of Apple and tight control over information during her nearly 20-year tenure…. Read the rest of this post here
It’s a weird week when the marquee title is a little appreciated Nintendo 64 game from 1999. That’s right, you can now play Donkey Kong 64 on your Wii U, if you’re so inclined. You can also download the pair of new StreetPass games on 3DS. If you want something a little more original, the 3DS puzzle game Dooors seems intriguing. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the latest Sega 3D classic, which is a juiced-up version of Fantasy Zone II.
Donkey Kong 64 ($9.99)
So Donkey Kong 64 is finally here, performing for you. If you know the words, you can join in, too. Put your hands together (if you want to clap) as we take you through this 1999 Rare-developed adventure. D.K. Donkey Kong. He’s the leader of the bunch, you know him well. He’s finally back on the Virtual Console to kick some tail. His coconut gun can fire in spurts; if he shoots ya, it’s gonna hurt. He’s bigger, faster, and stronger, too. He’s the first member of the DK Crew.