Watch: Johnny and Chris play Mount and Blade Warband, impersonate Sean Bean

Here are three facts about Chris Bratt – he is taller than you might expect; he has a new winter coat which some people made fun of him for earlier this week, but I think is nice; he does a surprisingly good impression of Sean Bean.

I found out only one of these things during the course of this week’s Late to the Party, in which I played Mount and Blade: Warband for the first time, and it probably doesn’t take a genius to figure out which one. Just in case you guessed wrong, however, it might be advisable to watch this week’s episode, which also contains a lot of talk about the value of rocks and several attempts to kick the Merchant of Praven in the yarbles.

While – as the video above sadly proves – I won’t be carving out a kingdom for myself any time soon, I nonetheless really enjoyed my time with Mount and Blade: Warband. I’d encourage you to share any memories you might have of said game in the comments below.

CGI Final Fantasy 15 film Kingsglaive gets a release date and new trailer

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 got a release date and extended trailer at Comic-Con this weekend.

The animated film, which stars Sean Bean, Lena Headey and Aaron Paul, will be released on Blu-ray 4th October. But if you live in the US you’ll be able to see it in select cinemas much earlier, from 19th August. I’ve asked Square Enix about specific UK timings.

Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy 15 unfolds in parallel to the video game Final Fantasy 15. In the game, main character Noctis leaves his royal home on the ‘eve of a peace deal between his father’s kingdom of Lucis and the dominant empire of Niflheim. But after he sets out things go belly up and sneaky Niflheim invades anyway – so his mission becomes one of retaking his homeland and the magical crystal belonging to it. But in the film that story plays out from his father King Regis’ point of view.

Fatherhood isn’t the shortcut to emotional complexity games wish it was

This year’s E3 was a river of dads, and I am unhappy about it. (I did wonder briefly about the appropriate collective noun for dads: a Wickes, a Touchline, or, for us kids of divorce, an Absence? Just kidding, Dad – and I hope Spain is treating you well).

Clearly there are no unresolved emotional issues at play here – so what’s my problem? As an actual dad myself with real children I am not against dads, as a group. They are Fine, if solitude isn’t an option. But given their baggage and patriarchal demagoguery, do they belong as a pronounced theme in games as diverse as God Of War, Dishonored 2 and Death Stranding? This is what I am skeptical about, and why I think we should ask these dads the same questions we should regularly ask all dads: What are you doing? Why are you here? And why do you all look so tired?

Regis Lucis Caelum 113 has a very good answer to this last question. The father of Final Fantasy 15’s playable hero Noctis, and the anxious star of its associated animated feature, Kingslaive, dear Lucis has got the usual set of worries – he’s protector of a magical kingdom, his son is supposed to be saving the world but is actually on a road trip that looks like a remake of The Hangover featuring catalogue models, and he’s ageing at an accelerated rate because he’s using his life energy to maintain a force field generated by a supernatural crystal (that’s why he’s tired, kids. That’s why daddy is tired). He’s waylaid by responsibility, faced with impossible problems, and, on the big screen, he’s played by that poignantly crumpled embodiment of doomed care, Sean Bean. He is, as far as this list goes, a pretty regular, blue jeans and TalkSport kinda dad.