2014 ended three weeks ago, but our wrap-ups of 2014's best and worst ended yesterday. It's fair to say we consumed a lot of entertainment, enjoyed many things and had almost as much fun vocally destroying the things we didn't like so much. And as I hope was evident, not every Topless Robot contributor had the same ideas about what those things were.
Which is why, as we look to the year ahead, I've gathered together as many of our regular contributors as possible for this list, in which they all describe what they're geeked out about for 2015. From board games to RPGs, action figures to adaptations - and in one case, even the rumors we long to hear - it's a varied, insightful and excitable sneak peek.More >>
Strafe bills itself as having "BLEEDING EDGE GRAPHICS AND GAMEPLAY, 1996©" with its polygonal visuals, non-stop shooting, ever more insane weapons and even an easter-egg Wolfenstein parody level. But the best part of all is the retro trailer - while absurd in content, it gets the visual style just right, and in a world of Robert Rodriguez fake-grindhouse movies that don't look like they ever got anywhere near film in a projector, the bad video rings true.
If only this were a retro console game - I'd give a lot to have a shooter that only uses ONE joystick and two strafe buttons like the old PS1 Doom.
Now - are you ready to get even more AWESOME and MEGA-CYBER EXREME than the boobs on a Liefeld Captain America? Read on...More >>
The new trailer has arrived for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's Exo Zombies mode, included in the "Havoc" DLC pack, which stars Malkovich, Bill Paxton and Rose McGowan, in both voice and creepy, doll-like avatars.
Never mind the undead - I'm going to be having nightmares about that digital Malkovich advancing on me, singing "Malkovich Malkovich, Malkovich Malkovich..."
Though his line at the end of this trailer is pretty cool too (and NSFW).More >>
From a builder with the clever name of ZaziNombies, who appears to have quite the passion for Minecraft, comes a castle made primarily with square block to maintain the aesthetic, and multiple rooms, characters, displays and even a light-up fireplace.
Best of all, though - it doubles as a pet residence.
Huh. Marilyn Manson gained some weight.
So anyways...we have been looking for new twists to the zombie formula, and that is definitely one. For good measure, there's also a girl who can exert psychic control over the dead, as well as all the standard Mad Max trappings of customized/weaponized vehicles, sports equipment repurposed as armor, and the kinds of Australian accents that would have been redubbed by nervous distributors in 1979.
It won't dispel any Australian stereotypes, but it looks bloody fun.More >>
Programming note: Monday morning's feature will be Sherilyn Connelly's coverage of Image Expo in San Francisco yesterday. And how is everyone liking our new, earlier publishing schedule?
Here are a few last things to start your weekend right:
-NECA reveals production art for their next Aliens Ripley action figure (above).More >>
This seems like only slightly less bad an idea than trying to redo The Room as an actual romantic drama (pro tip if you try it - Paulette has to actually die from breast cancer). Yes, Edward D. Wood Jr. was trying to make a film about alien grave robbers making the recently deceased rise from their graves, but the real heart of the movie was his entirely wrongheaded parable for nuclear war in the form of "Solaranite" - a space super-weapon that can make sunlight itself explode. Just trying to do the zombie part feels like a cash-in missing the point - and if the goal is to be more serious, casting a Tor Johnson lookalike doesn't really work.
Then again, maybe this trailer is just hiding the best parts; the poster seems to promise flying saucers, after all. See for yourself.More >>
I might as well admit upfront that I'm coming into the [REC] series at part 4 as a complete n00b who has only seen the U.S. remake of part 1 (Quarantine), having been told that it was fairly close to the original, only to find out via wiki research that it left out key details that kept the series unique.
So why even review it? I'll be honest - the publicists asked me to. And when so many horror movies, especially those released in January, go out of their way to avoid being reviewed by anybody, I figured one that actually seeks assessment by horror fans who know what they're talking about could be a worthwhile watch.
McFarlane building sets - or, as we've called them here for a while now, "Nipple-O" - are an interesting case of neither fish nor fowl. It's clear he wanted to make Walking Dead playsets that couldn't possibly be in scale to the regular figures, and rather than have another static diorama like Lost's Hatch set, he made them construction toys. Yet the Lego tie-in isn't worth much - sure, if you want some grimy looking tiles for a custom Lego set, you'll get a few, but the minifigs themselves don't match, and the diorama sets also feature a lot of custom bits that can't quite be called Lego-compatible at all.
Still, they're doing well enough that Todd just announced a new boiler room set. Let's take a closer look.More >>
It's Monday! And you may be miserable, but we've rounded up a whole bunch of stuff - 15 items in all - from the Weekend Open Thread to make you smile and grimace, compiled with the aid of Kyle LeClair.
This week's tipsters include troi, Dredder, Gallen_Dugall, skrag2112, Anyone00, SlyDante777, GhostRacer21.More >>