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XCOM: Enemy Unknown Now Available on Android

XCOM: Enemy Unknown is now available for Android devices on the Google Play store.

Firaxis’ turn-based tactics game costs $10, and will arrive on Amazon “soon,” though publisher 2K didn’t specify anything clearer, nor whether XCOM would come to Amazon’s Fire TV. This edition of Enemy Unknown, like the iOS version’s initial launch, does not include multiplayer yet, but asynchronous competitive play via Google Game Services will come in a future update.

IGN enjoyed the iOS version of Enemy Unknown, but found its aggressive drain on battery life to be a bit of a problem. “XCOM is a far larger game than nearly anything else on iOS.” For more, check out IGN’s mobile review, and our extended look above at how XCOM looks and feels on a tablet.

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Arrow: "Seeing Red" Review

Warning: full episode spoilers follow.

I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting a great deal from this week’s Arrow episode. The idea of an episode revolving around a hunt for a Mirakuru-addled Roy Harper didn’t seem like the best use of time with Slade Wilson presenting an ever greater threat to our heroes. “Seeing Red” could easily have been a dull, pointless filler episode based on that premise. But I obviously should have given the Arrow crew more credit. What initially seemed like filler turned out to be an intensely dramatic episode with an ending that rivaled the Season 1 finale in emotional power.

Granted, the Roy-centric material was easily the weakest element this week. We’ve seen him wrestle with his demons and fight to maintain control over the super-steroid in his system before. Showing him attack innocent bystanders and even cops during his rampage was a bit disheartening. I wasn’t clear whether Roy actually killed the officer he stabbed*, but it seems like an unnecessary burden for this already troubled character to have to bear when he does come to his senses. Not to mention the fact that he ended this episode in the exact same state he began it, making the whole ordeal seems a little pointless.

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A Monster Calls for Neeson, But Will He Answer?

Director Juan Antonio Bayona is forming his cast for the big screen adaptation of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls.

Deadline reports Felicity Jones is striking a deal to play the (not yet cast) lead character’s mother. Jones has a part in the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Sources also indicate that Liam Neeson is currently being courted for the role of the titular monster, though the likelihood of that “courting” resulting in a deal appears more dubious. The prolific actor most recently starred in the airplane thriller Non-Stop, and can next be seen in Seth MacFarlane’s cowboy comedy, A Million Ways to Die in the West.

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Goosebumps Movie Has Begun Filming

Filming has begun on the Goosebumps movie, starring Jack Black and directed by his Gulliver’s Travels collaborator Rob Letterman.

Variety reports that Super 8’s Ryan Lee has now joined the cast, alongside Black, Dylan Minnette (Let Me In) and Odeya Rush (The Odd Life of Timothy Green).

The film comes from a screenplay by Darren Lemke (Jack The Giant Slayer) and Mike White (School of Rock), and a story by 1408’s Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski and Lemke.

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War of the Vikings Review

When I think about playing as a Viking, standing back while my brothers die in combat isn’t exactly what comes to mind.

Vikings seems built for small, focused battles. When an opponent swings from the right, you’ve got to parry to the left. Combat becomes a complex dance, with each warrior reacting to the other’s tells – like a fighting game. But that complexity only works in the one-on-one tutorial fight. In real matches, combat devolves into a medieval mosh pit. Warriors crowd together, swing wildly, and dash around like fools. There are simply too many people on a given map to properly use the limited and precise attacks we’re given, which makes the characters feel like they were yanked from a different game.

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See What Trouble Is Coming In The Next Arrow

In the last episode of Arrow, Oliver and company managed to bring Roy back under their control – but of course it doesn’t last. The Arrow and Black Canary already have plenty to worry about with Slade’s newly made mirakuru-fueled army, but they have to deal with Roy first.

Roy goes on a rampage in this week’s “Seeing Red” (appropriate title because of the rage and his usual hoodie), and leaves a path of destruction so great that Sara thinks he can’t ever be controlled. They have to reign him in, and they decide to leverage his feelings for Thea to capture him. The photo gallery below shows a tease that indicates using Thea as bait doesn’t go so well.

Arrow: “Seeing Red” Photo Gallery:

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Review

The Galaxy S5 is a great phone, even if it isn’t particularly ambitious. Samsung has iterated upon the Galaxy S4’s exceptional performance, gorgeous photo quality, and battery life, while simultaneously ignoring the most common of complaints — its cheap, uninspired design and unwieldy and unnecessary software suite. New features like its water resistant casing, fingerprint scanner, and integrated heart rate monitor help to differentiate the Galaxy S5, but it still lacks the focus and attention to detail that makes devices like the iPhone 5S or the HTC One (M8) remarkable.

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Jessica Chastain to Play Marilyn Monroe

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Mama) is said to be nearing a deal to star as Marilyn Monroe in the big screen adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ novel Blonde. Written and directed by Andrew Dominik, the quasi-biographical film is expected to begin production in August.

According to The Wrap, multiple individuals are reporting that Chastain, a two-time Oscar nominee and the star of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Interstellar, is “nearing a deal” to play Monroe.

Jessica Chastain in The Help.

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Fantastic Four Director's Life Lessons

He’s one of the most successful directors you’ve likely not heard of, but the films of Tim Story have made over $1 billion at the worldwide box office, the two biggest hits of his being Fantastic Four (2005) and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007). Despite the commercial success of those films, Story took away a few lessons that made him return to making smaller-scale films such as Ride Along and Think Like a Man.

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New Flash Gordon Movie Being Developed

According to THR, Twentieth Century Fox has picked up the film rights to Flash Gordon – the vintage comic book space adventurer whose exploits have been brought to TV and the cinema screens in various forms for almost 70 years.

The most recent notable incarnations of Flash Gordon were Sci-Fi channel’s 2007-2008 series and the 1980 movie featuring Sam J. Jones as Flash and Max von Sydow as his arch-nemesis, Ming the Merciless (not to mention the soundtrack by Queen).

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