Monday, 2 May 2016

The Week Ahead!



It's sort of a quiet week this time around - in terms of games, anyway - with the only big release being Battleborn, Gearbox's upcoming first-person MOBA that launches on Tuesday worldwide for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It's got its typical Borderlands humour - a bad thing, in my eyes - and a levelling system that is only active during matches: every player starts with the same skills and can gain new ones as each match progresses. However, the game's always-online DRM may prove a tad too annoying for some.

On the same day, the excellent Superhot gets its Xbox One port, Shadow Complex Remastered (a 2D platformer critically acclaimed by many when it released on Xbox 360 in 2009) comes out for PS4 and PC, MMO developer Funcom's horror title The Park - set in an abandoned theme park - launches on PS4 and Xbox One, and dungeon crawler JRPG Ray Gigant releases for PS VITA.

In terms of films, there's only one coming out this week, but boy is it a big one. While we Europeans got it last Friday, Captain America: Civil War hits theaters in the US this Friday, with possibly one of the biggest ensemble casts of all time: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Bruhl (pretend there's an umlaut there, I don't know how to do it on a keyboard)

Set a year after Avengers: Age of Ultron, Civil War takes place in a political battle between Iron Man and Captain America. After Scarlet Witch kills 11 people in Nigeria when trying to retrieve a shipment of stolen guns, Iron Man believes that the heroes should register with the UN and be under control, while Cap believes the opposite. A fight ensues, and the Avengers pick sides. It's got a very positive critical consensus, with a 95% on Rotten Tomatoes as of the time of writing. 

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