Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House - Atari lives

alone in the dark illumination
I sure hope that Illumination won´t be anything like the 2008 edition of Alone in the Dark (it sucked pretty darn hard).

It seems like 2014 will be the year of resurrections. Because not only are Atari back from the dead, the samething goes for Alone in the Dark and Atari´s Atari 2600 video game "Haunted House" as well (the original was released back in 1982).

And all this was revealed at PAX Prime today. Alone in the Dark: Illumination (survival horror/action) and Haunted House: Cryptic Graves (action/adventure/puzzle game) are both in the making. I´m not that familiar with Haunted House though (i wasn't even born when the game was released in the 80s).

I have to say that i liked the Haunted House trailer though.

haunted house cryptic graves
Same, same. But VERY different. 

Alone in the Dark though, that one i know more than well. I played the very first game way back in the early 90s. But everything went downhills with the series after Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare (which would be the fourth installment).

Because the 2008 edition of Alone in the Dark really killed the series. So i really, really hope that Alone in the Dark 6  (Alone in the Dark: Illumination) won´t be anything like that game. So far, so good though. Because Illumination uses Unreal Engine 4 (for starter), and there will be four playble characters in the game. Hell, there will even be a cooperative multiplayer mode!

Anyhow, both Atari unveils Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House are set for a Fall release (this year). So, keep your eyes open for them people ;)
Press release:
New York, NY and Seattle, WA – PAX Prime – September 1st, 2014 – Atari®, one of the world's most recognized publishers and producers of interactive entertainment, today announced details for the upcoming release of re-imagined classic survival horror-genre titles, Alone in the Dark: Illumination™ and Haunted House: Cryptic Graves™. 

Available in Fall 2014, the games will feature a mix of new twists, storylines and gameplay to give players a frightening new experience. Fans and gaming enthusiasts can get a sneak peek at the upcoming PC releases by watching the teaser trailers for both Alone in the Dark: Illumination and Haunted House: Cryptic Graves.

“Atari was at the forefront of the survival horror game genre, with both Haunted House and Alone in the Dark shaping the category throughout the ‘80s and ‘90s,” said Fred Chesnais, Chief Executive Officer, Atari. “The modern and updated versions of these games will resonate with enthusiasts of the classics worldwide, and engage new fans through suspenseful, action-packed PC gameplay.”

Largely recognized as the “Father of the Survival Horror Genre,” the original 1992 Alone in the Dark title became an instant classic as it forged its way as a leader in the 3D PC games category. The new PC edition, Alone in the Dark: Illumination, takes the survival horror genre to the next level with new features, including the power of illumination and a cooperative multiplayer mode.

To survive, players must fight through challenging missions and dynamic environments filled with blood-thirsty beasts in order to rid an abandoned town of its mysterious curse of Darkness, and free fellow playable hero characters including the Hunter, Witch, Engineer and Priest – each armed with a unique set of special abilities and weapons.

The upcoming PC version of Haunted House: Cryptic Graves is a terrifying, first-person single-player adventure-horror game filled with cryptic puzzles, supernatural entities and paranormal activity.

Gifted with psychic abilities, players must use their unique powers to purge the spirits and monsters that infest the Abbadon Grange estate. For example, players can communicate with the dead to decipher puzzles and avoid deadly traps, and use additional powers to craft objects that eradicate gruesome ghosts. The original 1982 Haunted House title is also recognized as one of the earliest pioneers in the horror-adventure genre.

Pure FPS, a new game development studio is developing Alone in the Dark: Illumination for PC. Haunted House: Cryptic Graves for PC is being developed by Dreampainters, the seasoned team behind the critically acclaimed survival horror game, Anna.

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Let it Die - The TGS trailer

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Media (and the players) ain´t that impressed by Let it Die. At least not so far.

Grasshopper Manufacture (with the lead of Suda 51) has made some pretty messed up games over the years. Killer7, No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, Killer Is Dead and now "Let it Die" (a PS4 exclusive title). Which (imo) looks like a mix of Splatterhouse, Man Hunt and Lollipop Chainsaw.

A nice mix, sure. But so far people seem to be rather unimpressed by Let it Die. Just take the new TGS trailer for example. It "almost" has more thumbs down, then thumbs up. And most of the comments are of the negative kind.

So, i don´t know. Let it Die don´t give me any good vibes at this time. But i´ll let you guys watch the TGS trailer, then you can decided wether or not you digg Let it Die or not.

About Let it Die:
It is the evolved survival action game, as a result of adding more actions and artistic style onto "Lily Bergamo", the PS4 exclusive action game, developed by GungHo Online Entertainment and Grasshopper Manufacture, working closely together.


/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

The Legend of Zelda weeks on Nintendo Eshop

zelda games on nintendo eshop
More Zelda to the people!

If you are a fan of the Zelda series. Then i´ve got some really good news for you. Because earlier today Nintendo announced that they will release a ton of Zelda titles on the Nintendo Eshop. Once Hyrule Warriors get´s release that is (which would be on the 19th of September).

There will even be a 10% fan discount! So this Autumn will be loaded with awesome Zelda games. And you can see the full schedule Zelda weeks right here!

So which Zelda games will you pick up this Autumn?

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX - New features trailer

kingdom hearts hd 2.5 remix 
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX are set for a release on the 5th of December (for PS3).

Yep, it´s final. Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX will be released on the 5th of December this year. And just to make things even better. Square Enix has also uploaded a brand new trailer for the game. And it´s simply called "New features trailer"
Which would be a really good way to describe it really. Anyhow, you will find the video down below. So, are you excited about Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX boys and girls?

About Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX:
KINGDOM HEARTS HD 2.5 ReMIX is an HD remastered compilation of KINGDOM HEARTS II FINAL MIX and KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep FINAL MIX. Previously exclusive to Japan, both games will be available for the first time across Europe and PAL regions for the PlayStation®3 system. HD remastered cinematics from KINGDOM HEARTS Re:coded will also be included in the compilation. The game is a sequel to last year's KINGDOM HEARTS HD 1.5 ReMIX and will lead into the highly anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS III. The KINGDOM HEARTS saga continues with three magical journeys in one package!

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Resident Evil Revelations 2 announced for early 2015 release

resident evil revelations 2 
Resident Evil Revelations 2 will be released to PC, PS4, PS3, 360 and Xbox One (sometime next year). 

It seems like Capcom are finally getting their act together. First the announced Resident Evil Remaster (which basicly is a remade version of Resident Evil Remake), and now it´s time for Resident Evil Revelations 2 to see the day of light.

Earlier today Capcom´s producer Masachika Kawata spilled the beans about Resident Evil Revelations 2during Sony´s pre-TGS Playstation press conference in Japan. So the rumors have been true all along (last week there was a lot of buzz about the leaked images of RE Revelations 2). 

There´s not that much information about RE Revelations 2 at this time. But apparently there will be no focus on Jill and Chris this time (the plot). So there will be a huge difference from the original game (which launched to the 3DS way back in 2012).

But it remains to be seen if it's for good or bad. So, what do you guys think of Resident Evil Revelations 2 so far?

"This concept teaser trailer portrays the essence of Resident Evil Revelations 2. Hidden secrets beckon to be discovered by anyone with eyes and wits sharp enough to find them."

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Creative Director Takuya Shibata
Director Masanori Kobayashi
Director Ken Ohara
Producer Kumiko Ogawa
Casting Director Mari Ueda
VFX Supervisor Hiroshi Ito
Previsualization Artist Takahiro Ogura
On-set Editor Shigeru Ueda

Capcom Unity

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Pewdiepie disables his comments on Youtube

pewdiepie no more youtube comments
Pewdiepie ain´t a fan of the Youtube comments anymore.

This came as no surprise to me. In fact, i´m still somewhat surprise that it has taken this long for Pewdiepie to disable his comments on Youtube. I mean, he has over 30 million subscribers nowadays. So that of course means a lot of haters, trolls and hateful comments.

And that´s the reason why Pewdiepie says goodbye to the comments on Youtube. Instead he will use Twitter and Reddit to communicate with his audience (fans). There´s however a flipside to that strategy. Just take the case with Totalbiscuit, when he made the same exact move (not so long ago).

His Reddit site just exploded with evil and mean comments. So, yeah. Pewdiepie might just have jumped out of the ashes, and right into the hellfire. But hopefully that won´t be the case. I also noticed some rather interesting comments about Pewdiepie´s decision to turn off his Youtube comments.

Check em out!
"Not only did he turn off Comments, he also addressed the fact most people are failing to do the Ice Bucket challenge properly and explained ALS to all of his subscribers. I've said it before and I'll do it again, I may not like Pewdiepie much but Felix seems to be a really nice guy."

"He did that to promote his social media presence and popularize his reddit page. This is a common tactic...totalbiscuit's reddit blew up after he did this. U are a fool for falling for this very funny"

"And their other Social Media channels will create better discussion. In the words of Totalbiscuit; Trolls are incredibly lazy and the more clicks it takes for them to comment the less of them there wil be."

/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round announced for PS4 and Xbox One

dead or alive 5 last round
I wonder how long it will take before Anita Sarkeesian tears this game apart?

Team Ninja has to be the nr 1 game studio in the world when it comes to top quality fan service (if you know what i mean). Because ever since Dead or Alive 1, the series has been forever associated with bouncing boobs, naked skin and lollita complex (DOA Extreme anyone?).
However, some of the DOA games has been rather good when it comes to gameplay. DOA2 are still considered to be one of the best DOA (fighting) game in the world for ex. But what about DOA5 then? Well, grade wise, it´s one of the weakest title in the series so far.

So i really hope that Dead or Alive 5: Last Round (which would be the newest installment to date) will change that negative trend. There´s just one tiny little problem. Last Round won´t be released until Spring next year (for Xbox one and PS4).

Oh well, hopefully Team Ninja will use that time well to shape (insert a cheap joke or two here) Last Round into a great fighting game.


/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Could Blade 4 actually happen?

blade 4
Will Marvel (and Disney) let Wesley Snipes star in Blade 4?

Is Blade 4 actually happening? According to the buzz that’s circulating the internet, it is a very strong possibility. In 1998, we were introduced to the day walking vampire hunter, and Marvel entertainmet never looked back. Blade slashed his way into theatres, and achieved box office success, the same kind expected of Marvel standalone hero’s at the time.

The only problem that Blade ran into was that the sequels that followed, couldn’t measure up to the success that X-men had achieved in 2000. If you pair this with the fact that Marvel really didn’t see a way to include him into the mainstream world, and give him his own standing comic series—you can certainly understand why the buzz died quickly, even after it saved horrible comic book movies such as Batman and Robin, and The Phantom.

The NY Daily news seems to think that Snipes has the chops to pull off a huge comeback with his reprisal.

Confidenti@l has learned Wesley Snipes is set to reprise his lead role in "Blade," the 1998 vampire thriller that made more than $130 million and generated two sequels. Sources close to Snipes tells us the 52-year-old actor’s comeback after being released from prison in April 2013 (after serving two and a half years for tax evasion) is "looking good" and that he’ll make $3 million from this film, plus a cut of the profits.

Wesley Snipes has begun a career comeback, with his most recent entry of The Expendables 3. While his role was more of a supporting casting, it still was enough to let fans know, he still has he moves to play Blade if Marvel gives him the chance. The only obstacles in his way that we can forsee are:

1. With Marvel being so PG-13 now, can a rated R film like Blade 4 achieve box office success with the Avengers and new Marvel Universe? Honestly, probably not. They could give him his own arc, but how successful would it be exactly?

2. Now that Disney owns Blade, we can’t seriously expect him to show up in the theme parks like the Avengers, or Spider-Man, so what could they do with him as a character?

3. Knowing that New Line Cinema was the leading producer of the first three Blade films, and Warner Bros. was the Exective producer, while Marvel was the parent it raises many questions.

If Blade 4 comes to theatres, we have to wonder if we’ll get extra footage, if Marvel will bring him back into prominence, and if Snipes will be Blade once again. We could get a new actor entirely if the movie is greenlit, just so Snipes won’t receive royalties for repackaged movie combo packs.

What are your thoughts on Blade 4? Let us know in the comments!

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/Kenay Peterson
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