Geek Preview is a new weekly article where we will preview the newest games, movies, TV, music, and other fun stuff coming out this week. Since normally this first paragraph will be used as a summary of last week’s article, and this is the first article, why not use your imagination and instead enjoy this picture of a dog in a banana suit?
Let’s take a look at what’s coming out this week!
The Legend of Korra (X1/PS4/PS3/PC) Oct 21 – Obviously this is a must-buy for fans of the Nickelodeon series, but it is also worth noting that the game was developed by Platinum Games. The same Platinum Games that has done other great action games such as The Wonderful 101, Bayonetta, and made its mark on the Metal Gear series last year – this isn’t some minor studio doing a cash grab licensed game.
Screencheat (PC) Oct 21 – Screencheat is a really neat little indie game where the character you are playing as is completely invisible. Living up to its namesake, the only real way to know where your opponents are is to commit the greatest sin in the history of couch gaming – screen cheating. Levels are cleverly designed so that you can see at a quick glance if your enemies are in a geen, blue, red or yellow zone and quickly track them down. Screencheat is available on Steam Greenlight for $9.99.
Ryse: Son of Rome (PC) Oct 24 – Xbox One exclusive no more!. After helping launch the Xbox One firmly into second place behind the PS4, Ryse officially makes the jump to PC and will even support 4K displays.
Bayonetta 2 (Wii U) Oct 24 – Fans were less than happy when the follow-up to the popular Bayonetta would be a Wii U exclusive, but it should prove to be a solid move for Nintendo and their console that is painfully barren in the third-party games department. The game releases on Friday and comes with Bayonetta 1 pre-packaged, in case you missed it the first time around when it came out on the PS3 and Xbox 360.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth (PC) Oct 24 – The next entry in the Civilzation series takes wannabe leaders of the free world into space for the first time, letting them colonize planets other than Earth and escape the wrath of a nuclear-crazed Ghandi.
Also coming out this week – Need for Speed Rivals – Complete Edition (PS3/PS4/X1), Samurai Warriors 4 (PS3/PS4), The Walking Dead: Season Two (X1/PS4), Shadow Warrior (PS4/X1), Deathtrap (PC)
Life After Beth (DVD/BluRay) Oct 21 – Another twist on the overplayed zombie genre, Life After Beth is about a man in love with his girlfriend, aptly named Beth, even after she has died and returned as a familiar undead. But hey it has Aubrey Plaza, so that’s cool.
Sex Tape (DVD/BluRay) Oct 21 – Oddly topical given the recent iCloud and Snapchat breaches, Sex Tape is a film about a couples private video being leaked out into the public.
Snowpiercer (DVD/BluRay) Oct 21 – Snowpiercer has been out for a while now in theaters and digital download, but the film is finally getting a proper physical media release. As I said in my review last month, it is definitely worth a pickup if you missed it in theaters and would rather not watch it on a streaming service.
Ouija (Theatrical) Oct 24 – It’s October, so of course we are going to be flooded with every type of horror imaginable; so why not turn a game where you pretend to talk to ghosts into a movie? The film has done a ton of advertising, and was even Snapchat’s first video ad.
Citizenfour (Theatrical) Oct 24 – We knew a film about Edward Snowden would come sooner or later, and it’s officially here later this week. While this is not the intense, fictionalized, Jason Bourne-esque thriller we will surely see eventually, it is an interesting look at Snowden and his life a year after leaking the NSA’s secrets all of the internet and changing a lot in the process.
Also coming out this week – Step Up: All In(DVD/BluRay), Earth to Echo (DVD/BluRay), White Bird in a Blizzard (Theatrical), Lagges (Theatrical), 23 Blast (Theatrical), John Wick (Theatrical)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) Oct 22 – For such a big and popular franchise, The Hunger Games has not been shy about putting up their films on to Netflix within a year of their theatrical release. Just in case you missed this one the first time around and want to catch up, you can see it later this week. The first film is also still available for streaming.
Freakshow (2013) Oct 23 – AMC is bringing yet another series to Netflix, this time with its look at the odd people of the world with the aptly named Freakshow. Contains only slightly less implied meth use than Breaking Bad.
Django Unchained (2012) Oct 25 – That rumbling you hear is my own personal hype machine preparing to fire in all directions. No hiding the fact that I’m a giant Tarintino fan and Django Unchained is another of his masterfully done twists on established history, this time taking on slavery in the south. Expect a “New on Netflix” review to come out soon after it arrives. Its sequel The Hateful Eight is scheduled to come out in December 2015.
Also coming out this week: E-Team (2014)
Slipknot (.5: The Gray Chapter) Oct 21 – Slipknot’s fifth studio album comes a year after drummer Joey Jordison’s messy departure from the band and four years after bassist Paul Grey passed away in 2010. It’ll be interesting to see how this new look Slipknot fares, after such a long stretch of being together.
Bill Idol (Kings and Queens of the Underground) Oct 21 – Billy Idol is back! But can he possibly top his last album “Happy Holidays: A Very Special Christmas Album”? Doubt it.
What are you looking forward to most this week? Let us know in the comments or on Google+, Facebook, or Twittter!