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Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons set to arrive on Nintendo Switch next week

505 Games and developer Turn Me Up Games will be bringing their award winning adventure Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons to the Nintendo Switch on 28th May. The Switch edition of this heartwarming adventure will be available for £9.99 from the Nintendo eShop with a 10% limited time discount.

In Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, players will guide two brothers on a journey through a world filled with stunning locations. As the brothers travel through the world they will encounter frightening bosses that they will need to avoid or defeat by solving cleverly designed puzzles.

For the first time, players will be able to embark on the adventure with family or friends with the all new two player local cooperative mode. As well as this new feature, the Switch edition also comes with exclusive bonus content, including a concept art gallery and a behind-the-scenes commentary from director Josef Fares.

Brothers is
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The Top 15 Video Games of 2018

Shaun Munro on the top 15 video games of 2018…

Time sure flies, doesn’t it? It seemed like yesterday that Red Dead Redemption 2 was still forever away and people thought that Bethesda wasn’t capable of releasing one of the year’s worst video games.

2018 has come and gone, then, and following the incredible momentum of 2017, it’s been yet another marquee year for the medium, capitalising on developer confidence in ageing console tech as the current generation begins its long wind-down.

It’s a testament to the year’s embarrassment of riches that I sampled close to 90 games released this past year – whether investing 40 hours or ditching them after 40 minutes. Sadly I couldn’t quite find time for everything – sorry, Return of the Obra Dinn – and further on that note, here’s a few shout-outs to great games I played but not enough to feel comfortable including them on this list; Celeste,
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A Way Out Developer Criticizes Roger Ebert’s Anti-Video Game Views

A Way Out developer Josef Fares has talked about Roger Ebert’s views on video games as art, refuting the critic’s views on the medium as a whole. Ebert stirred up controversy in in 2010, when he stated that “video games cannot be art,” and his article on the matter opened up a discussion on the matter and whether video games as a whole could ever be considered art.
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A Way Out Review

When I first saw Josef Fares, director of A Way Out, it was at Geoff Keighley’s Game Awards shouting “F*** the Oscars!” at a live audience of over 100,000 viewers. I, like many others, was in awe. This was a man with true passion who believed in his vision, one who might provide the kind of shake-up this industry could always use. Known for the highly-regarded title, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Fares is known for creating compelling stories with two lead characters (though in that game, both were controlled by a single player). I was excited to see what kind of story he would tell, and how his game would challenge the common conception that video game narratives are often much weaker than those of films or novels.

Tragically, I see almost none of that man in A Way Out, a game so blasé in its writing I
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E3 2017 Day 1 Recap: EA Stories and Star Wars

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Ah, another E3 season is upon us, breathe it in. Just like the last 2 years, Cinelinx once again has boots on the ground and it’s time for another of my Recaps, but this time I’m not alone! Please welcome the newest member of the Cinelinx E3 Team, Aaron, as we discuss our impressions from Day 1 of the E3 2017 weekend!

Matt’s Takes:

Lines and Lines and Lines of EA Play: Just like last year, Electronic Arts kicked off the E3 season with their brand-new presentation format, EA Play. Unlike last year, they invited way more people than they could actually fit. Hundreds of people from around the world flocked to the Hollywood Palladium, creating a line that made circles around the entire event area. Despite many tickets registered and press access received, many members of the gaming community were turned away after waiting in line for countless hours.
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E3 2017: EA announce ‘A Way Out’

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During their EA Play event at E3, EA – in partnership with Hazelight – announced A Way Out, a new EA Originals game coming from the creative minds behind the critically-acclaimed indie title, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons. Coming early 2018, A Way Out is a co-op only game uniquely tailored for two players to work together no matter the situation.

Through a compelling narrative, Leo and Vincent will embark on an emotional adventure, where they will live some memorable action moments that they will face together including car chases, stealth passages, melee fights, shootouts and many more. The story of A Way Out begins in prison with two separate inmates, Leo and Vincent, who don’t know each other. While their individual stories progress, players will have to build a relationship based on trust as they break both men out of prison into the world beyond. This co-op only experience is
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New Co-Op title from makers of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons

A new co-op adventure game from the makers of the BAFTA award-winning Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was officially unveiled yesterday.

Unveiled during EA’s E3 press conference, the title, A Way Out, is set for release in early 2018 and will be a uniquely tailored co-op only game for two players.

It follows the lives of two prison inmates, Leo and Vincent, strangers to one-another. Both players have to build a relationship between the two inmates and successfully break both men out of prison.

“Josef and his team at Hazelight represent everything that EA Originals stands for,” said Patrick Soderlund, Executive Vice President of EA Worldwide Studios.

“They are a small and very talented group with a vision and passion for a game that is truly unique in the video game industry. A Way Out is going to surprise people with its innovative co-op gameplay and the way it
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EA Announces New Co-Op Game, A Way Out

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A Way Out is a new indie co-op game that is played entirely in split screen either online, or in couch co-op.

The game comes from the same studio that brought us Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons. The game is played entirely in co-op meaning you always have someone working alongside you, and you get to see their screen. This leads to a lot of unique situations allowing you to accomplish different areas of the game in ways you decide. Each character has unique "perks" about them that allow certain situations to unravel differently based on the players actions.

“This game is going to bring a co-op experience unlike anything you have ever seen before,” said Josef Fares, Writer and Director at Hazelight. “The idea for A Way Out came when me and a friend tried to find a story driven co-op game that wasn’t a drop-in/drop-out experience.
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Go Behind The Scenes Of Hazelight, The New Studio From Award-Winning Brothers Dev

During last weekend’s The Game Awards 2014, EA took to the stage to reveal that it would be acting as publisher for Josef Fares’ new title. As the creative mind behind last year’s wonderful, award-winning Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, news of Fares’ sophomore effort was met with much excitement, and it’s understood it will be developed under his new company, Hazelight.

In order to get the word out, Fares and Co. have also released a brief teaser trailer for the property, which goes behind the scenes at the new-fangled studio to detail the development process going into the studio’s first game. Speaking of which, at the tail end of the footage, we see our first look at the as-yet-untitled project, which features two characters riding a train at moonlight. Could this mean that Fares’ latest will experiment with dual protagonists in the vein of Brothers?
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Brothers Director Forms Hazelight, Signs Deal With EA To Publish New Game

If you’ve been wondering what Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons director Josef Fares has been up to, you’ll be interested to hear that he’s formed a new company called Hazelight.

Although we currently know nothing about it, Hazelight is hard at work on a new video game that will be released on at least one platform sometime in the unknown future. Sorry we can’t tell you more, but we’d be making stuff up if we tried. That said, we can let you know that Electronic Arts will be handling the title’s publishing duties, because they just announced that fact during the 2014 Video Game Awards.

Stay tuned for more information regarding Hazelight and its founder Josef Fares.

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Irrfan Khan to lead Adff jury

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Irrfan Khan to lead Adff jury
Irrfan Khan, Christina Voros and Catherine Dussart to preside over feature competition juries; seven world premieres of Arab films in feature competitions.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Oct 23-Nov 1) has released the names of its jury members, who will select the award winners of this year’s Adff competitions.

This year’s Narrative Features jury led by Mumbai-based actor Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox, Life of Pi) will be rounded out by Algerian novelist and academic Waciny Laredj, award-winning English writer-director Steven Shainberg, Australian film director Cate Shortland and Palestinian actor Ali Suliman.

The panel evaluating the New Horizons section led by Paris-based film producer Catherine Dussart (The Missing Picture) includes Syrian actor Bassel Al Khayat, Moroccan filmmaker Leila Kilani, Geneva-based Indian filmmaker Anup Singh and film critic Charles Tesson, artistic director of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival.

Heading the Documentary Features jury is Brooklyn-based director and cinematographer Christina Voros. The other jury
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Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons Creator Discusses “Special” New Project

Following its success at the BAFTA Games Award ceremony, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons creator Josef Fares has hinted at his next project. Speaking with Digital Spy, the Swedish filmmaker-cum-game creator briefly discussed the nebulous concept, which he described as “something that hasn’t been done before.”

“I’m moving on to the next thing. I have my next idea ready, it’s super cool. It’s very different,” he told Digital Spy. “I can tell you this — if I tell you the idea now, you’d say, ‘I haven’t played something like this before’. I can’t tell you more. But definitely something that hasn’t been done before.”

Though Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was developed by Starbrezze Studios — the team behind last year’s heist-fuelled shooter PayDay 2 and The Darkness — Fares suggested that his follow-up IP could be built by his own independent studio instead.
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Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize

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Vinterberg in running for Nordic Prize
Danish director Thomas Vinterberg is among the contenders for the 2013 Nordic Council Film Prize, complete with $62,000 (Dkk 350,000).

Vinterberg, who last won the prize in 2010 with Submarino, will be among five nominated directors.

The line-up includes:

The Deep (Djúpid), Baltasar Kormakúr (Iceland)Eat Sleep Die (Äta sova dö), Gabriela Pichler (Sweden)The Hunt (Jagten), Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)I Belong (Som du ser meg), Dag Johan Haugerud (Norway)Open Up to Me (Kerron sinulle kaiken), Simo Halinen (Finland)

“’The human face’, the individual facing the group or society, and respect and dignity are common themes that run like a thread through all these films,” said managing director Hanne Palmquist, of the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, which administers the prize.

“A Nordic reality sets the framework where daily life and its dilemmas are portrayed by eminent actors with empathy, humour and credibility. The nominated films are of high international quality, have a personal voice and something genuine at heart,” she added
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505 Games Bringing 'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' To Psn and Steam Next Week

Starbreeze Studios' ("Payday 2," "Syndicate") experimental twin-stick adventure-puzzler gets a wider release.

Originally released as part of Microsoft's Xbox Live Summer of Arcade, "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" is making the leap to the PC and the PS3 next week. This is following a little under three weeks' exclusivity on the Xbox 360, where it was priced at 1200 Ms Points or $15.

The top-down, twin stick-controlled "Brothers" puts you in control of a pair of siblings, each of whom can interact with the environment in unique ways, making the game function like a single-player co-op title.

Back in April, we spoke with one of the minds behind the game, Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares, who saw the "Brothers" as less a game and more a three to four hour experience.

[Source: 505 Games]

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Sweden's Way Out West breaks record

Gothenburg music and film festival Way Out West wrapped on Saturday (August 10) after holding the world premiere of Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe, the third and final instalment in the hit Swedish crime trilogy (known as Easy Money in English).

Source: Photo by Carla Orrego Veliz

The team behind Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe

Directed by Jens Jonsson, Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe was produced by Tre Vanner and is released locally by Nordisk Film on August 30.

Way Out West screened around 30 films in total including Scandinavian premieres of films such as Per Fly’s Waltz For Monica, a biopic of legendary Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, Stephen Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra and music documentaries such as Shane MeadowsMade Of Stone and Reincarnated: Snoop Lion.

The festival also held Swedish premieres of Before Midnight, The East, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

Screenings were held
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Sweden's Way Out West fest sees record attendance, offers world premiere of Snabba Cash 3

Gothenburg music and film festival Way Out West wrapped on Saturday (August 10) after holding the world premiere of Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe, the third and final instalment in the hit Swedish crime trilogy (known as Easy Money in English).

Source: Photo by Carla Orrego Veliz

The team behind Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe

Directed by Jens Jonsson, Snabba Cash: Life Deluxe was produced by Tre Vanner and is released locally by Nordisk Film on August 30.

Way Out West screened around 30 films in total including Scandinavian premieres of films such as Per Fly’s Waltz For Monica, a biopic of legendary Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmaster, Stephen Soderbergh’s Behind The Candelabra and music documentaries such as Shane MeadowsMade Of Stone and Reincarnated: Snoop Lion.

The festival also held Swedish premieres of Before Midnight, The East, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer.

Screenings were held
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'Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons' Preview - It's An Experience

Leave it to a film director to try to come up with some new ideas for video games. Josef Fares, best known for his work "Zozo" and other award-winning Swedish films, has teamed up with Starbreeze Studios, best known for their work on "The Darkness" and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (both of them) to collaborate on an all new title, "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons," an experiential, single-player story. Fares' cinematic background gives him a unique perspective on the craft of telling stories, making his first foray into gaming a bit unconventional.

"Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" is a single-player, adventure-puzzle game that puts players simultaneously in control of two brothers - one older and one younger - as they go on a search to find a cure for their sick father. That was just about everything that Fares would reveal about the story in the game. He
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New Walkthrough Trailer For Starbreeze’s Brothers – A Tale Of Two Sons

Last September, Starbreeze (the developer behind Syndicate) revealed that their next project, titled Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons, would be released sometime this Spring on the PlayStation Network, Xbox Live Arcade, and PC (via Steam). At the time of the announcement, we didn’t get much information about the upcoming game, and it sort of fell off the radar over the following months. With Spring 2013 currently bearing down on us, 505 Games has released a new walkthrough trailer that finally lays out exactly what this unique title is all about.

Directed by Swedish filmmaker Josef Fares, Brothers – A Tale of Two Sons centers around an “epic fairy tale journey” of two brothers who are desperately searching for the “Water of Life” to cure their ailing father.

The title has a clear co-op focus (with the two brothers having to work together to solve puzzles), however, the actual gameplay is single-player only.
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Co-op Alone In Starbreeze's 'Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons'

"It's a top-down action-adventure emotional experience" explains Starbreeze's Josef Fares, who provides a two-minute walkthrough for this downloadable game coming to the 360 and PS3 this spring. "Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons" kind of slipped under my radar over the last few months, and I've been curious what Starbreeze was up to post-"Syndicate" reboot.

Their new title has you controlling two brothers as they search for a cure for their father's life-threatening illness, with independent control of each brother assigned to the thumbsticks and varied interactions with the world based on which brother's doing the interacting. So there's a cooperative element to the game in as much as you can consider cooperating with yourself "cooperation."

From the official synopsis:

Guide two brothers on an epic fairy tale journey from visionary Swedish film director, Josef Fares and top-tier developer Starbreeze Studios. Control both brothers at once as you experience co-op play in single player mode,
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What's Next For 'Syndicate' Developer Starbreeze?

The Chronicles of Riddick developer might go outside of their first-person shooter comfort zone for their next title, according to an interview with Edge Online.

Syndicate (my review) took the visceral, at times brutal Fps experiences that we tend to associate with Starbreeze games and dropped it in the middle of a listless shooter with a small toolbox for you to mess around with. Aside from the multiplayer, it was not very good.

Well, the company's CEO, Mikael Nermark, is boasting that their project, a collaboration with filmmaker Josef Fares, P13 will be something players aren't expecting, refusing event to comment on whether the upcoming title will be an Fps. Details are scarce on the downloadable title which Starbreeze is funding and releasing through 505 Games, but it's something definitely worth keeping our ears to the ground for.

Personally, I'd love it if Starbreeze made another first-person title like Riddick that wasn't necessarily a shooter.
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