South Park has always pushed the limits on television so it isn’t surprising that the franchise would also push the limits when it came to their video games. The follow-up to incredible humorous and fun to play South Park: The Stick Of Truth is looking to push the boundaries of Virtual Reality to a brand new, never smelt before level with the introduction of the Nosulus Rift. That’s right, when you play South Park: Fractured But Whole with the Nosulus Rift, you won’t just play the game, you’ll smell the game. (more…)
South Park: Fractured But Whole, the follow-up to South Park: The Stick of Truth, has a new trailer and game play video that premiered at E3 and it looks like everything one might want in a South Park game along with some fantastic face slaps to both the Marvel and DC Cinematic Universes. There’s trouble in South Park and only the Coon and Friends can make things right. That is if the Coon and Friends can keep from killing each other while creating their Cinematic Universe of films. (more…)
With a year long delay under its belt, it looks like the eagerly anticipated RPG based on Trey Parker and Matt Stone‘s South Park will finally see the light of day. In a quiet and unassuming press release it was announced that the South Park Digital Studios‘ and Obsidian Entertainment developed game is (finally) done and ready to be shipped to retailers (for real this time). (more…)
This time on The BastardCast, Jason and Jeremy discuss the world of the psychic and supernatural while also investigating the world of ghost dating. Also, the pain and gain of bad boys trying to throw an air conditioner at Michael Bay, crack addled mice, the mustache hall of fame, bacon and your bits, and President Terminator and Vice President Dennis Rodman. (more…)
Stop putting it out there, stop reading it, stop writing it, and stop eating it up with a shovel.
There’s an episode of South Park (naturally) that strikes the nail with great ferocity and accuracy and charm. Britney Spears has shot her face off, but yet she is still thrown out to the lions and the hordes. They rip her to shreds, but the triumph is brief. The cult must have more self-proclaimed virgin blood, and so they move on to Miley Cyrus.
This was five years ago and it has proven prophecy as Cyrus’ every move is now monitored, her every action debated and labeled as bold or bizarre. She’s a slut, she’s a feminist, she’s crazy, she’s smart. We can’t make up our minds, but she is, undoubtedly, #1 in our hearts and #1 in our cross-hairs. (more…)
[Editor’s Note: Another of our embedded reporters, Shawn Schillberg, was at yesterday’s South Park panel where creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone discussed the making of the upcoming game, South Park: The Stick of Truth, as well as the next season of their hit Comedy Central show. Questions were asked, answers were given, but whatever you do DON’T ASK WHEN THE GAME’S RELEASING!]
Every word spoken by Trey Parker and Matt Stone at the South Parkpanel had to be taken with a grain of salt. They promised they were beginning work on a sequel to the South Park movie very soon. They also swore that their next project is an adaptation of Dan Brown’s Inferno novel and there’s a Baseketball sequel in the works.
After showing the trailer for the game, moderator Greg Miller, of IGN, welcomed Parker and Stone to the stage and got right into fan Q & A (with the warning that no one would be allowed to ask questions about the video game, particularly its release date).
Parker and Stone revealed very little about the new RPG. They confirmed that Chef makes an appearance and the biggest difficulty in making it was getting the 3D/2D balance right. They looked to games like Paper Mario for inspiration and finally got the game to a point where it looks like you are watching an episode of the show.
Most of the fan questions were related to the TV series and the duo’s writing process.
Parker explained that for the first time since South Park‘s debuted, he conducted a writers retreat. This resulted in having four episodes written before the new season began production, something that has never happened before. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader will also be writing full time for the new season.
When asked which parody on South Park garnered the best reaction by the targeted celebrity, Parker relayed that Jennifer Lopez began firing people on the set of her current movie when they were caught imitating Cartman imitating Lopez.
Asked why it seemed that Stan’s father Randy seemed to be taking over South Park episodes, both Parker and Stone confessed that as they grew older they both identified with Randy more and more. Parker revealed the character started out as an impression of his own father, but that he now just uses his everyday voice.
When the panel concluded, both Parker and Stone signed autographs until the room was prepared for the next event.
If you haven’t yet, here’s the latest trailer for The Stick of Truth,
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Trey Parker and Matt Stone--the twisted geniuses who gave the world brilliantly off-center films like Cannibal: The Musical and Orgazmo, and the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon (oh, and this paper cut-out cartoon side project some people like, so we’ve heard) have announced the formation of their own independent production company: Important Studios.
Parker and Stone had this to say to The New York Times when asked what inspired them to start their own studio:
“Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves.”
According to the Times, the first item on Important Studios’ agenda is likely to be the cinematic adaptation of the duo’s insanely popular Broadway musical: The Book of Mormon. Future projects in film, television, and theatre are also planned–though no further details have as yet been released.
Stone elaborated further on the nature of this new company by comparing it (sorta) to multimedia behemoth DreamWorks:
“In some ways it’s a stupid comparison, because they are gargantuan. We want to be a smaller, more humble version of that. If DreamWorks is Walmart, we are over here knitting sweaters.”
Fans of Parker and Stone’s work have smelled a movie ever since TBoM first opened, and we’re certain the news that the musical’s creators will have a free reign in making said film (should the rumors prove accurate) is most reassuring to them.
Man, this con is giant! You’d think after already posting picture from the last three days we’d be running out of things to share. Not so! In addition to our galleries of images from Preview Night, Thursday, and Friday comes San Diego Comic-Con in Pictures SATURDAY EDITION!
These pics are from our valiant, embedded reporter, Steven Sautter. Seriously, give him a hand for braving the insanity that is Comic-Con. And tell me guys, doesn’t this little girl dressed as a Weeping Angel from Doctor Who just win Comic-Con?
These things are made to seduce us, and as a natural born cynic I’m supposed to take every E3 announcement with a grain of salt, because while everything is ambitious and amazing now, we are far away from these companies delivering on these promises and living up to the hype.
With that said though, as a lead off for E3, Microsoft got things started right — showing us a look at games like Halo 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Splinter Cell: Black List, Tomb Raider, and everything that the Kinect and Xbox Live can and will do on the 360.
There was no mention of a next generation console, but plenty of talk about knocking down the walls that keep our numerous devices separate. The voice recognition on the Kinect is the first part of Microsoft’s 3 tiered campaign toward evolution — with voice command you can choose a film genre, then a film, and have your Xbox respond. While playing a game like Madden 2013, you can stand in and call audibles at the line and call out individual players to run routes, as was demonstrated by NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana.
The second part of Microsoft’s plan is Xbox Smart Glass, a way to bridge the gap between your Tablet, Microsoft enabled smartphone, and your console. With Smart Glass you can watch an episode of Game of Thrones on HBO GO on your console and your Tablet will show you a map of Westeros, detailing where each character is (particularly helpful when there are 272 main characters on the show, I guess). Don’t want to call in a play using voice command while playing Madden? Take your tablet and draw up a play, Xs and Os style, changing routes on custom plays mid game.
The third part of the evolution of the Xbox is real web browsing via Internet Explorer on Xbox Live that allows voice command to help you use Bing search for whatever you need. You can also navigate the web via a downloadable ap that lets you use your smartphone as a mouse. Not just a Windows 8 enabled smartphone either, but any smartphone, including Android and Apple devices.
All of this together certainly gives Microsoft an edge and increases their lead in the motion “peripheral” field over Sony’s half-assed Move and even the new Wii U because of the hands free nature of Microsoft’s device and it’s increasing ability to be intuitive and user friendly. This also comes about because Microsoft has another advantage over Nintendo and Sony, they’re Microsoft, and really, for the first time that is something that they are taking advantage of, sharing the benefit of the upcoming Windows 8 with Xbox console havers. Now, with a full Windows 8 enabled line of products — from Tablets and phones powered by the OS to Xbox Live and your console, there really is no wall left standing and nothing to hold us back from full immersion. So basically, goodbye sunlight.
Another big Xbox Live announcement is all of the content that the service is promising to provide. The NBA, the NHL, Paramount, Nickelodeon, and Univision, are all signed on to provide movies, live sports (which can be watched via a voice controlled split screen), and more. There is also Xbox Music, which promises 30 million songs and a revolutionary way to share and listen to music.
So basically, this is Microsoft going after iTunes and Apple, and really, you have to marvel at Microsofts balls here, because they’re trying to become the ultimate entertainment hub, and they have the resources to do it, and no one, not Apple, not likely Sony, and certainly not Nintendo, have the software or the support to beat them to it. The question is, how long will this hardware, this generation be the hub, and there was nothing offered that shed any light on that. The thing is, these promised improvements aren’t really Xbox 360 dependent, with changes taking place on XBL and the new Windows OS, meaning they could easily function as well and probably better on a next gen console, whenever Microsoft feels the need to invest in that. Bottom line: These improvements, if implemented properly and as promised (always a big if), can extend the Xbox 360’s lifespan for a good long while.
With that said, now on to the games!
As you can see, Halo 4 looks brilliant. I gave up on 360 last winter and got a PS3 because I’m a baseball sim freak and wanted The Show, and also I wanted Uncharted and a Bluray player, but Halo 4, and all the above mentioned enhancements honestly fill me with regret. The environments look brilliantly detailed, and the cinematics are a knock out. The chances of me not re-buying a 360 are minuscule at best, in part because of my excitement level over this game.
Splinter Cell Black List has smooth animation and Kinect voice recognition support that allows you to call over to a potential mark, or alert that mark to your presence when your dog barks, or the phone rings. The game looks as if it lacks the fluidity of motion that Max Payne 3 has, but it’s a clear upgrade from past iterations. I’m the wrong guy to talk about Sam Fisher games, as I left the franchise a long, long time ago.
Fable The Journey looked like a fun Kinect game, but the animation disappointed me, as I favor as realistic a look as is humanly possible. Same goes for the teaser trailer we saw for Ascend New Gods, though Ascend had giants ripping people in two, so you know, it’s got that going for it.
The new Gears of War footage was all cinematic trailer that had all the usual pretty bells and whistles, but these show nothing substantial to game play, so we’ll have to hope for more footage at a later date.
The new Tomb Raider, which is an origin story, was the second 3rd person shooter we saw, and it looks much quicker than Splinter Cell, and more immersive with water and debris hitting the screen, as if it were built for a 3d experience. The sequence where Lara Croft falls down a waterfall may have been the visual stunner of the entire presentation and this might be the Tomb Raider game that reclaims the adventure title belt from the Uncharted series, though it’s goona take more than amped up action to do that.
I mentioned Ascend New Gods before, but there were 2 other snapshot teasers — one for Loco Cycle, which looks to be an assasain motorcycle, and man should they have showed more of that to earn a bit more buzz and a few less eyerolls. Speaking of showing more, all I know about Matter from Gore Verbinski is that it is called Matter, it’s from Gore Verbinski, and it may be starring the Toclafane from Doctor Who, or something of close relation.
The gameplay from an extended look at Resident Evil 6 looked great, with solid combat and up close and personel zed kills. The zombies look great, but if I have to have a complaint, I’ll note that some of the after-effects of the bombs and up close shots dont live up to the impressive graphics. I imagine a grenade thrown into a hallway of 7 or 8 zombies doesn’t leave little to no damage on the structure and it surely doesn’t divide the horde into a tidy pile of cleanly severed limbs. I fully expect and fully hope to see that corrected by the street date though, as that can be a little distracting if left unresolved.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone were probably the best part of the presentation in terms of showmanship, though the pretty yet overly enthusiastic girl who demonstrated Wrecketeer sure gave it her all to take that crown. While on stage the guys poked fun at Microsoft’s cross platform ambition, while also talking up South Park: The Stick of Truth, an epic adventure game that really does look as if you’re playing through an episode of the show as a new kid who is a part of the gang.
Following the guys from South Park was an Usher song and dance number that I was super excited to see, because it meant I could get up and take a piss. When I returned, I was treated with another extended gameplay look at what will likely be the biggest selling game of 2012, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, which toured the (in the future) destruction of LA from an on the ground perspective. What can I say, it’s a COD game, and it looked stupendous, and also, I swear I heard Michael Rookers voice in the cast, but that could have been a joygasm afterglow hallucination.
Well, that’s everything I saw watching Microsoft’s live E3 Xbox presentation. Over the next few days NerdBastards.com will bring you recaps like this for Sony and Nintendo, as well as trailers and video game news as they break. So keep checking back, tell us what you’re excited about in the comment section, and happy gaming!
If you want to watch or re-watch Microsoft’s presentation, go here.
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