Dec. 05, 2013 | 8:46 a.m.
The new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ showcases lots — and we really mean lots — of Spidey action, with the web slinger going up against not just Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro but also Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make,” says Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker at the beginning of the clip. The trailer then shows just how many enemies, and how much destruction, will be unleashed in the sequel, due May 2. Like its predecessor, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the new film is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son, Harry. Sally Field also reprises her role as Peter’s Aunt May, […]
Nov. 16, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.
After thousands of gamers waited in line for the midnight release of PlayStation 4, Sony’s next-generation video game console is finally out. Reviews for the highly anticipated machine are pouring in and for the most part, they’re positive. Game critics tout the PS4′s sleek console design, intuitive controller and improved user interface while lamenting the relatively slim lineup of original launch games to show off the powerful new hardware. The Times’ own Todd Martens notes that the new console is evidence of Sony’s laser-focus on its hard-core gamer audience. “The highly sociable PS4 sidesteps attempts by competitors to capture a more casual player and subsume all home media options with a machine that offers no-nonsense gaming professionalism,” Martens writes. “If it the PS4 weren’t $400, it could be seen as a love letter to Sony’s core audience.” Console design The […]
Nov. 14, 2013 | 6:30 p.m.
Sony’s PlayStation 4, which will be released Friday, is the successor to 2006’s PlayStation 3 and the first of two major video game consoles out this holiday season. Microsoft will release its Xbox One on Nov. 22. Both consoles are technologically comparable, but each offers a diverging theory as to the future of gaming. Sony’s point of view is apparent after spending just one hour with the PlayStation 4: Tomorrow’s gaming experience will be, above all else, a shared one. Today’s consoles, including last year’s Wii U from Nintendo, are increasingly seeking ways to hold the attention of the player at a time when the fastest-growing area for games is the mobile phone. REVIEW: Sony’s PS4 is communal, connected PlayStation 4, like the Xbox One, requires an always-on Internet connection to be used to its fullest potential. Part gaming machine […]
Oct. 15, 2013 | 12:30 p.m.
“Watch Dogs,” which had been one of the most anticipated new games of 2013, just became one of the most anticipated new games of 2014. Ubisoft announced Tuesday that the release of the title has been pushed back until at least spring of next year. “Our ambition from the start with ‘Watch Dogs’ has been to deliver something that embodies what we wanted to see in the next-generation of gaming,” read a statement attributed to the “Watch Dogs” development team. “It is with this in mind that we’ve made the tough decision to delay the release until spring 2014.” Set in Chicago, “Watch Dogs” presents a world in which governing forces are spying on citizens with hidden surveillance systems and guns are easy to come by. Gamers play as protagonist Aiden Pearce, who has the ability to hack into the […]
Oct. 10, 2013 | 5:00 a.m.
“Rain,” Sony’s download-only PlayStation 3 title released last week, plays with an idea central to many fairy tales. What monsters come out to play when the lights are turned off? But ultimately, it ends up dealing with a far darker question — is there any monster quite so scary as loneliness? “Rain” puts players in control of an average young boy whom we know little about other than he was denied his wish of attending the circus and went off to bed in a sullen mood. When he awakes, he is invisible to the world and to the game player. His silhouette is noticeable only when he is led into the rain or into the mud. The boy’s shouts for help go unheard and not a grown-up is to be found on the streets of this European-inspired town. It’s never […]
Aug. 20, 2013 | 1:08 p.m.
Sony Pictures and New Regency are teaming up with Ubisoft to bring “Watch Dogs” to the big screen. The “Watch Dogs” movie, announced today during Sony Computer Entertainment’s news conference at Gamescom, is based on Ubisoft’s highly anticipated action-adventure game due out in November. “The themes and open gameplay of ‘Watch Dogs’ lends itself perfectly to the big screen,” Hannah Minghella, president of production for Columbia Pictures, said in a news release. “The game has intense action and adventure, but the story focuses on information and the control of information, which we think will lead to an exciting thriller. It has tremendous potential as a motion picture.” Minghella added that the studio will work closely with Ubisoft’s internal creative team to develop the film. “[Sony and New Regency's] willingness to allow us to maintain a strong creative voice in the […]
Aug. 20, 2013 | 12:53 p.m.
Mark your calendars, gamers: Sony has announced that its anticipated new console, the PlayStation 4, will debut in North American on Nov. 15 and will be available in Europe two weeks later. The company made the announcement Tuesday at Gamescom, Europe’s answer to L.A.’s Electronic Entertainment Expo. Sony has promised that the PlayStation 4 will offer players more power, faster response time, higher performance, better playability and the increased mobility to “take gaming out of the living room.” (Take a look at the February PS4 unveiling in the gallery at the top of this post.) The PS4 will come equipped with 500 GB hard drive, 8 GB of RAM and an optical drive that will play Blu-ray and DVD discs, in addition to a new DualShock 4 controller with a touchpad, a headphone jack and a built-in speaker, and will […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:32 p.m.
Like Spider-Man himself, Sony Pictures feels great responsibility when it comes to its most precious franchise. The music pounded, the lights dimmed and three massive curtains at the front of the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H pulled back to reveal the screens that would debut new footage for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which just finished filming in New York three weeks ago. Fans went nuts for the scenes, some still in storyboard form, that explored Peter Parker’s newfound joy with being Spider-Man and his complex relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) while also revealing some of villain Electro’s (played by Jamie Foxx) origin story. The movie won’t open until May 2, 2014. But as he did two years ago in Hall H, it was Andrew Garfield who stole the show. His stunning mix of humility, honesty and that old-fashioned […]
July 19, 2013 | 10:40 a.m.
Fans whose spider-sense has been tingling in anticipation of more “Amazing Spider-Man 2” news can now sneak a peek — and a listen — at Jamie Foxx in character as the supervillain Electro. A new 42-second teaser video, embedded below, opens with Electro obscured amid a tangle of wires while strapped onto some sort of high-tech gurney. As the camera pores over the equipment, Foxx says in an ominous whisper, “No matter what you do … you can’t contain me. You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Finally, a shot reveals the villain’s visage, with eerie bluish skin and a bald head, as he says, “I’m Electro.” Electro’s look in the movie is markedly different from his counterpart in the classic Spidey comics, in which he wears […]
July 03, 2013 | 1:57 p.m.
Andrew Garfield, who took over the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego in Marc Webb’s 2012 feature “The Amazing Spider-Man,” will appear in person Friday, July 19, at San Diego’s Comic-Con International as part of Sony’s panel presentation in Hall H, the studio confirmed Wednesday. The actor — along with producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, Webb and actors Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan – will be in attendance to tout “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which is set for release May 2, 2014. Emma Stone will return in the Webb-directed sequel as Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son Harry, Paul Giamatti reportedly as villain the Rhino, and Colm Feore and Felicity Jones in roles yet to be announced. Foxx is playing the villain Electro in the film. […]