August 30, 2011

Mystique X-Men Cosplay Pictures

mystique cosplay body paint

Rebecca Romijn has a lot to answer for. She's spawned a whole heap of Mystique cosplay and for this, we actually salute her. Without her X-Men movie shenanigans, we may never have had her legion of fans decide to emulate her blue attire and venture where not even the movie version of Wolverine dared to tread...

Are you still with us? Hang on to your hats ladies and gentlemen and cos play fans, we're about to catch the Mystique cosplay train - we'll stop at destinations such as body painted Mystique and I'm way too sexy for my blue skin Mystique. So come on everybody, join the cosplay joy ride... like Roxette asked you to in the 90s.... indeed you could say we're travelling First Class ;)

xmen mystique cosplay
I think the above mutant shows a fair degree of scary-ness - something about the angle of the photo and those spikes look a little too sharp for my liking....

Body painting in progress...
Put 'em up, X Man. Or other wise known as come hither Wolverine. 
Mystique Cosplayer who appears to be wearing her birthday suit. We like suits at Gears of Halo.
Attention Fanboys... this is the lady you were looking for! Those eyes suggest a hint of crazyiness much?
Kind of 'I'll fuck you up'  Mystique Cosplayer
Mystique and her Birthday Suit II
giant boods xmen body paint
I think this Mystique is faking it. What do you think - are following that classic piece of advice, fake it, till you make it?

Ah, yes, it's a tree. I love nature!
The latest movie version of the Mystique character was played by the fresh faced Jennifer Lawrence in the mega hit X-Men: First Class movie where she plays the titular X-men smurf in blue:

Definitely First Class material
If you are still hot for some X-Men cosplay, check out Jean Grey in her Dark Phoenix glory

August 29, 2011

The Art of the Mass Effect Universe to be released

Fans of the Mass Effect™ series looking to go deeper into the Mass Effect universe are in luck. Dark Horse is proud to announce The Art of the Mass Effect Universe, an expansive, hardcover art book showcasing the stunning and imaginative art behind the highly anticipated action RPG Mass Effect 3. With commentary from the creators of the Mass Effect series, The Art of the Mass Effect Universe invites fans to get a behind-the-scenes look at the critically acclaimed franchise.

Mass Effect 3 is the climax of the greatest sci-fi epic of our generation, so it’s only fitting that Dark Horse up the ante as well,” Dark Horse editor Dave Marshall said. “The Art of the Mass Effect Universe will reveal reams of never-before-seen artwork that was created during the development of this modern masterpiece.”

The Art of the Mass Effect Universe will be available for purchase in February 2012 for $39.99.

From the award-winning developers at BioWare™ comes Mass Effect 3, the pinnacle of the critically acclaimed epic action RPG series. The galactic war has begun. An ancient alien race known only as the “Reapers” has launched an all-out invasion of the galaxy, leaving nothing but a trail of destruction in their wake. Earth has been taken, the universe is on the verge of total annihilation, and you must lead the counterassault to take it back. The price of failure is extinction. Only you, as Commander Shepard, can determine how events will play out, which planets you will save from annihilation and which alliances you will form or abandon as you rally the forces of the galaxy to eliminate the Reaper threat once and for all.

Look for Mass Effect: Invasion, the latest comic series, to arrive on October 19, 2011. The collection of the previous series, Mass Effect: Evolution, is on sale September 21, 2011.

Humans will use the Forerunner tech in H4

I spied a nice snippet of Halo news that came out of Halo Fest:

Finally, some additional details were revealed, such as how the humans, now at peace, have started researching forerunner technology. The result of this is apparently are seen in the new human weapons, which show traces of forerunner influence now.

So humans are the new covenant now? ;)

So this makes me wonder - for how long as the Chief and Cortana been sleeping in space?

Femshep Mass Effect 3 Wallpaper

It seems like Femshep is all the rage these days with votes to see what colour her hair will be and special marketing campaigns etc. Well, anyways here's some Femshep Wallpaper to make your computer screen feel all happy on the inside and all business on the out.

August 28, 2011

Halo 4 Concept Artwork by 343

As part of Halo Fest, 343 has released this video of Halo 4's concept artwork. I've taken some 720 res shots for us all to enjoy direct from the video. Don't thank me, buy me something.

Here's a would-be-Spartan taking a wee stroll through some kind of canyon.

Our hero looks into the forest - certainly seems 'Halo' themed.....

Is it me or does this Halo 4 artwork feel a bit Ralph McQuarrie inspired? That's a good thing!

Is one of the Halo 4 skulls hidden within this Forerunner Structure?

This one is my favourite, it really evokes a Sci Fi feel. 

Space. It's no place for a flat tyre.

Halo 4 Concept Art Video from Halo Fest

Halo 4 Concept Art Video from Halo Fest

The Reclaimer Trilogy

The new Halo series, starting with Halo 4 is to be known as The Reclaimer Trilogy. 

It's basically final confirmation that the Chief will be up against Forerunner tech....

Out of the Halo Fest:

"He said that with the Chief headed toward a mysterious new planet, the team is investing heavily in the look and feel of the Forerunner civilization. O'Connor chimed in, saying that players have seen inert, abandoned Forerunner structures in the past, but now they'll see what that technology looks like when it isn't completely dead."

"Halo 4's story is still being closely guarded, but O'Connor did emphasize that the game will be a direct sequel to Halo 3, and that it deals with the fate of Master Chief and Cortana."

And seeing as the Chief is a Reclaimer, it makes sense for the series of games to be known as the  Reclaimer Trilogy

Skulls for Anniversary

Quickest skull pix I could find!
Skulls for Anniversary 

Halo Fest has revealed Anniversary will have a new set of skulls for a novel gaming experience. 

Those announced so farL

Grunt Birthday Party – Yay!
Grunt Funeral – Like Halo 2 version, Grunts explode when they die. Available as a pre-order bonus.
Malffunction – Every respawn a random HUD element is missing for the player.
Boom – Each explosion radius is doubled.

Skulls only appear and can utilised up in the new graphics engine mode as they won’t appear in “Classic” Halo mode. 

August 27, 2011

Halo 4 Starship Concept Art

So nothing Jaw dropping has come out of Halo Fest yet. We've learnt the names of the new maps for Anniversary and saw the Warthog that will be in Halo 4 plus a Mega Blocks Master Chief- but a crafty Kotaku reporter has videoed the Halo 4 Panel and shared his discovery, namely what appears to be some Halo 4 Concept Art.

Here's a big ship: Is it the Grandeur or is the marketing simply talking about the Grandeur of Halo 4? No, it's merely a 'Starship Technology Prototype'.

Starship Technology Prototype

Check out this Mega Blocks Master Chief homage!

master chief made of mega blocks

The title says it all really, here's Halo's Master Chief built out of Mega Blocks.

This fellow apparently graced the exit to the Halo Fest which happened as part of the 2011 PAX but he's really quite timeless.

August 25, 2011

Steve Jobs and Halo

The announcement of Steve Jops resigning as iCEO of Apple has had every man and his dog offering their two cents worth - and Hard News writer Russell Brown republished his commentary on the 1999 Mac Expo which was where Halo was famously announced during Steve Job's address.

Here's the slice:

"Jason Jones of Bungie Software, demonstrates his company's new multiplayer game, Halo, which ships first on the Mac next year. It looks incredible.

Ahhhhh, says the crowd …"

I sure it's not lost on Russell how big that Jason Jones introduction of Halo actually was.....

August 19, 2011

Sexy Black Widow Cos Play Outfits

In Soviet Russia you don't screw the Black Widow, Black Widow Screws you! But not Ryan Reynolds. You asked for and and we ignored you until we ran out of hot babes to show you, so now it's time for the MEGA babes who choose to dress up in their finest leather Black Widow costumes. So here you go lads, get stuck in. Just don't get bitten....

How many rounds in the chamber?
Black Widow exercises some girl power. 
She's got nothing on Catwoman's leather....
Forgot your bra love?

You might recall that the Black Widow was in Iron Man 2 and The Avengers - the question I want you to think about is was she as hot as The Rockettes? If you can't remember either, buy Iron Man 2 on Blu Ray.

August 15, 2011

Elizabeth Cosplay Bioshock Infinite

Cute cosplay of Elizabeth from Bioshock: Infinite

The Bioshock: Infinite game's not even out yet but babes are already doing cosplay versions of the game's heroine, Elizabeth. Check out these pictures, no evil Eve loving little sisters here!

Cosplay: Bioshock Infinite's Elizabeth
Of course Bioshock has inspired plenty of cosplay action.

August 4, 2011

My God, it's full of stars

Stars made of Tigers! The new Bungie Vidoc gave a us a short glimpse into whatever it is they are making behind closed doors. We know a little more about 'Destiny'. It's codenamed Tiger and it has windmills. You do math as to what that means!

'One reason that Tiger is so intriguing to so many people in the studio is that it's reaching players in a way that we haven't before' This quote was made in the vidoc - other than mentioning the name, it's not really reaching players it its not in the wild.....
You can see the windmills in action right at the end of the Vidoc which you might want to watch simply for a nice trip done the Halo memory lane.

Any ways, if you like Tigers eating things....

August 3, 2011

Frankie talks about Cortana in Halo 4

Frankie recently had a chat with OXM and they let slip a little bit of what he said about our favourite purple AI, Cortana.

Said Microsoft's Gatekeeper of all things Halo:

"I can tell you Cortana's going to be a focal point of Halo 4, for sure."

"I think a lot of people are speculating on Cortana's age and the effects of age on an AI, there's this thing called Rampancy which is really just any AI thinking itself to death and Cortana's been around for a while and most AIs have a lifespan of seven years.

"Cortana's a little bit different in that she's been exposed to a lot more technology and information than other AIs via the Forerunner lore and mythos. But her state of mind, her relationship with the Chief, they're all going to be core elements of the story and the 'human drama' as it were in Halo."

So basically Frankie's telling us nothing and everything at the same time? What do you think Cortana's role would be? Will she stay with the Chief and act as his guide or will she disappear off into whatever that ship or planet is at the end of the Halo 4 Trailer?

It's like when Charlie ate that chocolate bar.....

This is the reveal of a One of Seven ticket.  Jealous much?

August 2, 2011

Don't make us kick your ass Bungie

A sweet Montage of sweet Halo cut scene moments. Take a trip down memory lane, but take a hanky!