Review: MONOCYTE #1

Always remember, there is more to comic books than just superheroes. IDW’s new mini-series, MONOCYTE, debuted at New York Comic Con, giving audiences an early look at the unsettling, yet captivating first issue by menton3 with Kasra Ghanbari, with art and covers by menton3 (Zombies vs. Robots Adventure, Silent Hill:

Review: Mass Effect: Invasion #1

In the Mass Effect universe, Omega space station is a lawless, de facto haven for fugitives, criminals, and outlaws in the Terminus System. And Aria T’Loak is the queen of them all. The conclusion of Mass Effect 2 saw Commander Shepherd successfully navigating the fabled Omega-4 Relay into Reaper space

NYCC 2011: Max Payne 3 Preview

Normally, when company boasts on a fact sheet that they are set to create “the most cinematic, sophisticated action shooter yet made,” the jaded gamer in me can’t help but roll his eyes. But when that company is Rockstar Games, you sit up and listen.

Few developers are experts in creating truly captivating gaming experiences.  Rockstar, however, is one of the few. L.A. Noire and Red Dead Redemption are just two recent examples of their ability to take a hold of a period-based genre and create one hell of a character-driven story in a fully fleshed out world.

From the looks it, Max Payne 3 will be just another gem to add to that list.

At NYCC, Rockstar (or R*, as the cool kids are saying) held a closed-door preview at their booth to demo an early build of the game, and we at OTF were happy to be in attendance.

Hit the jump for the full preview of Max Payne 3!

NYCC 2011: Hasbro’s 2012 Preview, Part 2

Our coverage of Hasbro’s preview of their upcoming lineup continues with their biggest brand yet: Star Wars! New in 2012, Hasbro is launching a new game and collectible series, Star Wars: Fighter Pods!  Miniature characters are placed in small, connectible plastic spheres, and the fun begins!  In addition to characters,

NYCC 2011: Mass Effect 3 Preview

At the Microsoft booth at New York Comic Con this past weekend, gamers were treated to a demo of the hotly anticipated Mass Effect 3.  Guests were able to get their hands on the E3 demo, playing through the section of the game where Shepard and crew has to assist Mordin Solus in saving his work from being destroyed by Cerberus.

BioWare’s Community Coordinator, Chris Priestly, was on hand, herding the masses lining up for hours to the limited demo stations available.  Amidst the craziness, he was kind enough to walk us through the demo and give us a little preview of what’s to come.

It hurts a little to write this, but Mass Effect 3 comes out March 6, 2012 and not tomorrow.

Open the Fridge: We’ll start off with an easy one: just how awesome is this game going to be?

Chris Priestly: (laughs) It’s really good. The team has worked really, really hard essentially so that when the third chapter is over and Commander Shepard’s trilogy is done, all of are fans go, “Well damn, I’m really sorry it’s over, but THAT was the way to go out!” That’s what we want.

OTF: Wonderful. So, what can you tell us about the demo you have on display here at NYCC?

CP: Here is a section of the game, you play as, of course, Commander Shepard. You have Garrus [Vakarian] and Liara [T’Soni] with you on Mordin Solus’s home planet, trying to save a female Krogan. If you know the story of Mass Effect, the Krogan are a race that are impeded from reproducing, due to an introduced genophage that prevented most females from being fertile. But now that there’s a female that fertile, Mordin wants to possibly solve and undo the genophage, and Commander Shepard is trying to rescue this female Krogan from the Cerberus operative who are there to taker her for their own nefarious doings, shall we say.

Hit the jump for more about new gaming mechanics and more about the final chapter in this mission against the Reapers!

NYCC 2011: Hasbro’s 2012 Preview, Part 1

Kicking off the convention weekend right with a “Preview Night Party,” prolific toymaker Hasbro offered journalists a sneak peek of their 2011 and 2012 product lineups from iconic brands like Transformers, Marvel, G.I. Joe, and Star Wars.

OTF was graciously invited to attend the party, and the little kids in all of us are actually pretty excited!

First up: the robots in diguise!  Hasbro introduced us to the upcoming Transformers lineup in classic action figure scale. Scheduled for a release scheduled sometime in 2012, these figures are based on the recent Transformers Prime television show on The Hub network.

Hit the jump for more Transformers, G.I. Joe, and The Avengers! Also, stay tuned for Part 2 for details of their newest Star Wars products!

Fringe Recap: Subject 9

I would like to think that the Fringe team knew how displeasing last week’s episode was (to the point where I couldn’t bring myself to write a review because “semi-sentient mold forms psychic link with lonely emo boy; danger ensues; X-Files Star Trek ripoff etc etc stab stab” summed nearly everything up) and they went the extra distance to make this week’s episode, “Subject 9” super awesome!  And why was it so excellent, boys and girls?  Because it stuck to the show’s own mythos and delved more deeply and gave us more details than we’ve had in a long, long time.  First, let’s get the jumping and shrieking out of the way: 


‘The Avengers’ Trailer Debuts!

For many, Marvel’s The Avengers is the most anticipated movie of 2012.  For some, the most anticipated movie of all time.  Due in May, the film’s first trailer has hit the web.  Check it out below! Directed by Joss Whedon, The Avengers finally brings together the Marvel superheroes who have

‘Mass Effect 3’ Multiplayer Confirmed!

It’s been rumored and debunked repeatedly over the past months, but finally the truth comes out:  Mass Effect 3 will have multiplayer! The cat was out of the bag yesterday, when cover art for next month’s issue of Australian gaming magazine PC PowerPlay featuring the announcement found its way to

Book Review – “A Dance with Dragons” by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in George R. R. Martin’s epic “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, was released in July.  Why, then, am I only now writing this review?

Compared to Martin’s six year hiatus between books, a four month hiatus to write a review doesn’t seem so bad.

I kid, I kid.  In all seriousness, I needed some time to mull this book over before I committed my thoughts to the page.  “A Song of Ice and Fire” is being hailed by critics and fans alike as the best fantasy series in a generation.  Indeed, some go so far as to dub Martin “The American Tolkien.”  HBO’s adaptation of the first book of the series, “A Game of Thrones,” is winning accolades left and right and bringing a horde of new fans to the long-running series.  But does this latest installment live up to the hype?

Fringe Recap: One Night in October

John Pyper-Ferguson as the psychopath of the week.

This week’s Fringe, titled ‘One Night in October,’ gave us a psychopath-of-the-week case for the Fringe teams in both universes on which to focus their energy.  Over there, John Louis McClennan is a brain-freezing, happy-thought-stealing serial killer.  Over here, he’s a professor who studies the behavior of serial killers and does some profiling work on the side.  He’s super smart in both universes and is constantly battling the darkness within, making him very dangerous and hard to track down.  Fauxlivia asks for help with the case from our Fringe team, and we get to see more of the dichotomy between the two Olivias. 

First, we must hit our beloved home-sweet-lab, as Walter rants to Lincoln about the ‘loathsome, hateful, immoral’ behavior of those from Over There while covering up all reflective surfaces in the lab (to stop seeing Peter, of course).  He was particularly annoyed at “that awful woman”, Fauxlivia, who “pranced around my lab” buying his innocence with baked goods so she could steal pieces of The Machine.  I love a good Walterism!  For the record, I can also be bought with baked goods ;). Also, he called Lincoln ‘Kennedy’, which I found hilarious.  It doesn’t necessarily bode well for Lincoln that he’s named after an assassinated president – we shall see how that plays out!  Astrid, meanwhile, is trying to fix Olivia up with poor, lonely, cute Lincoln.  Olivia refuses, prompting Astrid to speculate that perhaps her ‘type’ just doesn’t exist.  Haha, writers.  We see what you did there.