#SUMMERSTUFF: A series of lists by Entropy Editors on books, video games, comics, movies, albums, art shows, places, concerts, etc that they are excited about for summer.
Got to include the biggest yearly event/spectacle for the videogame industry if only because this is when the highest volume of surprise-announcements occur. Though once a hardcore gamer, I’ve lost track of things over the past year or so. Still, E3 is a must-follow. I hope we hear about a bunch of new Playstation4 content, a new Mortal Kombat, more about Persona 5, and I believe there’s even been some buzz about Nintendo announcing a replacement to the struggling Wii U. I’ll be watching the press conferences like I do every year—with an eye for what will keep me playing modern videogames in the year(s) to come.
Oddworld New N Tasty
One of my favorites from the Playstation1 era of gaming, Oddworld New N Tasty is a complete reboot of Abe’s Oddysee. This isn’t just a high-definition edition: I believe Oddworld Inhabitants have taken their time to completely revise the game from the ground up. Definitely excited to play.
The Evil Within
It’s great to see horror games receiving a resurgence what with Amnesia, Outlast, and so forth; however, I’ve remained disappointed and disinterested in the genre at large since the bomb that was Resident Evil 6 and a bunch of shitty Silent Hill iterations that did nothing but dilute what used to work so well in Silent Hill 1 and 2. Shinji Mikami, the guy behind Resident Evil 1/2 and a bunch of other titles, will have this one ready for us in August. Response has been mixed, but I’m hoping that it at least plays like a more intense Resident Evil 4.
Godzilla. Because it’s Godzilla. Have you seen the trailers? It’s fucking Godzilla. Must watch
Richard Ayoade’s latest directorial feature is an adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky novel of the same name. It looks like Ayoade’s tossed in some Terry Gilliam in for good measure, making this film eerie and more unsettling. Sure it’s got that dude from The Social Network, the one that can’t do anything but be awkward on camera, sort of a lesser Michael Cera or something, but I’m optimistic.
This one came out of nowhere and has quickly become one of my most anticipated must-see films. It’s been creating a shit-ton of buzz at the various film festivals and it looks like it could have the potential to be a seminal sci-fi film. Most of the story details are underwraps but it begins with a bunch of hackers tracing a signal to the middle of nowhere… only to, yeah, become something far grander than some reclusive hacker sending out cryptic signals.
Like The Signal, it’s jumped to the top of my must-see list. I don’t know anything about this one except for the fact that it deals with a comet passing by Earth and it’s supposed to be the next Primer or something. Watch the trailer.