The new Halloween movie, which will see Jamie Lee Curtis return to the series, isn't in theaters until October. However, details about the film are finally starting to trickle out, now that production is wrapped. The first poster for the film has been released, and now Curtis is talking about the plot.
It was known that the new movie will serve as a sequel to the 1978 original, disregarding the seven sequels and two rebooted films from director Rob Zombie. As Curtis tells Yahoo, she sees the new movie as a retelling of the first film, 40 years later. "There was the idea of, 'What do you call it?'' If I had had my druthers, I probably would've called it Halloween Retold. Because it's being retold," she explains. "It's the original story in many, many, many ways. Just retold 40 years later with my granddaughter."
What this says is that clearly, Laura had at least one child after the events of Halloween. That said, it's unclear whether the new film will make use of either of her children introduced previously in the series.
Her daughter Jamie Lloyd was introduced in Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers. However, she was killed off two movies later in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. In Halloween H20, the timeline of the franchise was altered, and it was decided that Jamie never existed. Instead, Laurie has a son named John. After this movie, John was never mentioned again.
Given that the series is essentially retconning everything that happened after the first movie, perhaps it'll be best to just start from scratch and bring in Laurie's third only child--this is a confusing bunch of movies. Whatever the case, the script written by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride sounds like a winner.
"I've seen a trailer and I've seen some footage, and it's terrifying," Curtis says. "They went full-tilt boogeyman. And I've never said that in my life, and I will say full-tilt boogeyman for the rest of the year as I go around talking about this."
The next Halloween, which will also see original movie director John Carpenter returning as executive producer, creative consultant, and composer, will be in theaters on April 19.
The Greatest Royal Rumble will stream live on the WWE Network on Friday, April 27, at 12 PM ET / 9 AM PT. However, it'll be an evening show at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Every men's title will be up for grabs, and additionally, there will be a 50-man Royal Rumble. It's the most participants in the format's WWE history.
It's always major news when the WWE performs a show of this magnitude overseas. And it's a particularly big deal when it's a country like Saudi Arabia--a relatively new market for WWE's evolving, global brand.
Here are the the biggest rumors leading up to the Greatest Royal Rumble. Also, check out the updated fight card and our match predictions. In addition, you can find out more about the Rusev/Undertaker drama for the PPV.Possible Surprise Rumble Entrants?
The poster above on WWE's website might give us some clues as to who the "surprise" Rumble entrants are. You can see Mark Henry, The Great Khali, The Big Show, and Rey Mysterio scattered amongst the full-time workers.
There are 62 people on the poster; it's possible that all the entrants are already accounted for. Also, can title holders compete in the Rumble? If not, that would free up several spots for some complete surprises.Bobby Lashley In The Ladder Match?
According to PWInsider, the 4-way Intercontinental Title ladder match is being promoted as a 5-way match on local advertising. Joining The Miz, Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, and Finn Balor will be Bobby Lashley. Although this has not been officially confirmed by WWE, they probably wouldn't advertise anything, in any location, that they could not deliver on.Kane Will Not Be Participating In The Event
Cageside Seats noted that Kane, who's been a longtime, reliable worker for WWE, has been removed from event advertising for the Greatest Royal Rumble. While disappointing, the man behind the character, Glenn Jacobs, is currently running for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee. The primary election is May 1; when every vote counts, Jacobs probably doesn't want to be too far from his potential constituents.Brock Lesnar To Lose Twice?
According to Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via Rajah.com), Brock Lesnar is expected to put over Roman Reigns before he leaves the company; that could very well happen at the Greatest Royal Rumble, when they face each other in a steel cage match. And, if they can schedule it afterwards, WWE wants Lesnar to put over Braun Strowman as well.
These two younger wrestlers are the right choices. And best of all, their wins will set up a potential WrestleMania 35 title match between Strowman and Reigns, which is what we should have gotten this year to begin with.The Greatest Royal Rumble Stage
The Twitter account @stagecreatorwwe is posting pictures of the Greatest Royal Rumble set, currently in the process of being built in the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Check their account for more leaked photos.
Thus far, the set looks appropriately grand--more in line with a WrestleMania atmosphere than a standard pay-per-view's.
Make sure to come back to GameSpot on April 27 for live coverage of the event, including a list of every surprise entrant in this year's Royal Rumble match.
Universal has started work on a new movie adaptation of Doom, according to actress Nina Bergman. Screenrant reports that she teased that she gets to work with a "super cool director" and film in Bulgaria, but otherwise the details are scant. This follows recent rumors that a new Doom movie was on the way from the picture studio.
Doom had previously been adapted in 2005, with Dwayne Johnson playing in the lead role. It used the source material loosely, focusing on a Martian science facility that created monsters, rather than unleashing actual demons. The most game-accurate moment may have been too on-the-nose, as it went into a first-person action sequence as homage. It was widely panned and underperformed at the box office, failing to make back its production budget.
Since then, the game series was rebooted in 2016. It had a more complex story, but still placed the central focus on fighting demons on the surface of Mars. Universal may be looking to adapt that successful update of the franchise, after the last attempt didn't go so well. Even Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson recently criticized the original's shortcomings, prompting a response from the official Doom account. That was in the spirit of celebrating the (relatively) high reviews for Rampage, another video game adaptation.
Bergman, for her part, apparently agrees with Johnson about that first Doom movie. She assured a fan that this one has a "much better script."
Each week, Best Buy puts a new selection of video games on sale. This week has some fantastic offerings, featuring many of last year's biggest games available at deeply discounted prices. The sale runs between now and April 21, when a new batch will go on sale.
As always, the deals are even better for members of Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program. A two-year membership costs $30 and gets you 20% off of pre-orders and new (non-used) games. You don't have to buy many games for the membership to pay for itself. GCU prices are in parentheses below.
Let's dig into this week's deals. For starters, if you don't have Grand Theft Auto V on current-generation hardware, you can get it for $30 ($24). Overwatch - Game of the Year Edition is on sale for $40 ($32). It just got a limited-time co-op mode called Retribution. And Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands, whose Year 2 content will be free for all players, is on sale for $20 ($16).
If you're more interested in historical weapons, you can check out Kingdom Come: Deliverance for $50 ($40). On that same note, Assassin's Creed Origins and Middle-earth: Shadow of War are both on sale for $30 ($24).
A number of remastered collections are also on sale. You can get BioShock: The Collection for $20 ($16), Borderlands: The Handsome Collection for $15 ($12), or Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix for $30 ($24).
There's a good chance you're looking forward to the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 in October. In that case, you might want to grab Red Dead Redemption: Game of the Year Edition for $15 ($12) for Xbox 360/Xbox One. Even though it came out last generation, Rockstar just released an update that makes it look significantly better on Xbox One X.
God of War launches on Friday, April 20. Best Buy has the PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Limited Edition God of War Bundle available for pre-order for $400. If you're interested in that, you might also want to check out the life-sized foam replica of Kratos's Axe. It's available for $40.
Lastly, Best Buy is also offering some Switch games for a discount. These aren't listed in the weekly ad, so their prices could go up earlier than April 21. As of now, though, Switch owners can buy the turn-based tactical game Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle or Just Dance 2018 for $30 ($24). Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 and LA Noire are $40 ($32), while Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition and Monopoly are both on sale for $20 ($16).
You can see the full list of Best Buy video game discounts here.
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Spider-Man (Tom Holland) is getting a lot of upgrades for Avengers: Infinity War. Though it hasn't been revealed in trailers, the new Iron Spider suit Peter Parker wears in the movie has an interesting addition--and it was revealed thanks to a toy.
The Spider-Man collectible from Hot Toys is incredibly detailed and, in a sneak peek at it on Instagram, it looks like the new suit has something in common with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). Both suits have palm repulsors. There's a couple of reasons this should come as no surprise. First and foremost, the Iron Spider suit in the comics features these. Additionally, Tony Stark designed Peter's new gear. Why wouldn't he include some of his favorite weaponry?
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The repulsors, in addition to the mechanical arms that are also seen in the toy images, should make for some interesting new assets for Peter in the battle against Thanos (Josh Brolin). After all, if he can fire blasts of energy at his enemies, in addition to his webbing, Spider-Man will be a pretty useful ally.
That said, he's still a fledgling superhero, so chances are it will be a bumpy road as he gets used to his new abilities. That's what makes Spider-Man such a joy to watch. He's a kid who is still getting accustomed to what it means to be a hero, learning the ropes.
It just so happens that when it comes to Infinity War, those ropes are all that's holding together a universe than Thanos is desperate to destroy. Avengers: Infinity War is in theaters on April 27.
Hearthstone game director Ben Brode has announced that he's leaving the company. Today will be his last day, and he marked the occasion with a long goodbye letter to the fans and company. The letter is vague about future plans, but he does specify that he's leaving to help start a new company, and it will probably be involved in game design.
"I am very fortunate to be able to take a crazy risk right now in my life, and I'm excited to be scrappy and a little scared," he said. "I'm going to help start a new company. We'll probably make games, but we haven't figured anything else out, yet. I'm looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again. I'm going to miss the on-campus Starbucks, though. Dang."
Brode started at the company as a "Night Crew Game Tester," and in 2008 moved to Team 5 to begin work on Hearthstone. He was officially named Game Director in late 2016. His friendliness with the community made him the public face of the game, a point he acknowledges in his letter.
"I get too much credit by virtue of being a public face, but the 80+ people on the development team are still there, and they are the ones actually making the cards, brawls, events, missions, and features. I am confident the game is in the best possible hands, and I'm excited to see where a new generation of leaders takes Hearthstone from here."
The announcement comes just on the heels of release of Hearthstone's latest expansion, The Witchwood. Brode was active in the promotion of the new set, including some hammy acting in a Blair Witch parody video (above) to kick off the reveals. The game is currently offering three packs and a class Legendary for logging in during the launch event. Next week, the single-player portion of the Witchwood, Monster Hunt, will release. Check out all 135 Witchwood cards from the expansion.
Grand Theft Auto Online is always getting updates and additional content, and this week is no different. The biggest additions include a mode called The Vespucci Job, along with new vehicles, a new Premium Race, and a Time Trial. Those are significant additions GTA Online players will surely want to check out. But you might want to wait for all that until tomorrow, because today only--yes, 4/20--GTA Online is having a big sale on all things related to weed.
Specifically, all marijuana-based purchases are 50% off today. You can buy a Weed Business, Weed Business Upgrades, and Green Tire Smoke for half price. Also, all the product your Weed Businesses sell today gets a 50% premium. Now that's the kind of subsidy 420 aficionados can appreciate.
Once you save money and make money with those weed specials, you might want to try out the other new content this week. Rockstar describes The Vespucci Job as a "madcap, four-player adversary mode." In it, two teams go head to head in a car chase. One team is on the run in the new Issi Classic car, while the other team controls a squad car trying madly to take down their opponent. Playing The Vespucci Job between now and April 23 nets you double GTA% and RP.
Check Rockstar's full update notes for more information. Here's a full rundown of the specials you can find in GTA Online this week.GTA Online Discounts Through April 23:Vehicle Discounts
- Karin 190z -- 25% off
- Vapid Hustler -- 25% off
- Albany Hermes -- 25% off
- Phantom Wedge -- 35% off (Buy It Now and Trade Prices)
- All Melee Weapons -- 25% off
- Body Armor -- 25% off
- Explosives and Throwables -- 25% off
- Bullet Proof Tires -- 25% off
- Liveries -- 25% off (includes Aircraft)
- Bumpers -- 25% off
- Resprays -- 25% off (includes Aircraft)
- Skirts -- 25% off
- Spoilers -- 25% off
- Tire Smoke -- 25% off
- Weed Business -- 50% off
- Weed Business Upgrades -- 50% off
- Weed sales -- Earn 50% More
- Green Tire Smoke -- 50% off
Capcom has one of the biggest video game publishers since the '80s. This weekend, the Humble Store is dropping prices by up to 80% on Capcom PC games from across the decades. Here are some of the top picks in the Capcom Weekend Sale at the Humble Store.
Unsurprisingly, the Resident Evil series plays a key role in the sale, with just about every installment and spin-off available at a discount. To that effect, you can buy Resident Evil 7 Gold Edition, which comes with all the expansions, for $38. Resident Evil 6: Complete Pack is $10, and Resident Evil 5 Gold Edition is $7. The older classics and remakes are available for between $5 and $8 each.
Last year's well-received game Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite is half off at $30. Many Street Fighter games are also on sale, like Street Fighter IV for $5 and Street Fighter X Tekken for $7. Devil May Cry games are discounted to between $5 and $10. Dead Rising 4 is on sale for $28, with earlier games in the series dipping as low as $5. The cult hit Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen is on sale for $12, and the clever remake Bionic Commando Rearmed is on sale for just $2.
Fans of early-'90s cartoons can relive their golden youths with DuckTales: Remastered for $5. If you want a real trip down memory lane, pick up The Disney Afternoon Collection. It contains DuckTales and Chip 'n Dale's Rescue Rangers--along with their sequels--as well as Darkwing Duck and Talespin, all for $8. Mega Man Legacy Collection, which contains games 1 - 6, is $5. Its sequel, containing games 7 - 10, is on sale for $15.
Many more games appear in the sale, so check out the Humble Store Capcom Sale page for the full list of discounted Capcom games. And if you're interested in saving money on strategy games, check out the latest Humble Bundle.
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If the direction and timeline of the DC and X-Men superhero universes often seem contradictory and confusing, they have nothing on the big horror franchises. With the rights passed between studios and producers and the interests of horror fans constantly shifting, there is often little continuity or consistency between sequels, especially for those franchises that have been running for decades.
The Halloween series is perhaps the worst example, not least because the movie that kicked it off was so good. John Carpenter's 1978 original might not have technically been the first slasher movie--that honour arguably belongs to Bob Clark's Black Christmas (1974) or possibly Mario Bava's Bay of Blood (1971)--but it was the film that made this subgenre a serious commercial force and inspired dozens of copycat movies over the following years. Inevitably there was a 1981 sequel, which, while not a patch on that tense, stylish first movie, was at least written by Carpenter and saw Jamie Lee Curtis return as Laurie Strode (now revealed to be the sister of the franchise's masked killer, Michael Myers, aka The Shape).
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1983) was a standalone movie that had nothing to do with the saga of The Shape. Carpenter considered that story done, so his plan was to launch an anthology movie series that would revolve around the holiday itself. But Halloween III's financial failure led to 1988's Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers; from this point on Carpenter's only involvement was an executive producer credit, cashing the checks but having no creative influence.
Halloween 5 followed in 1989 and part 6 in 1995. But by this point, even the most devoted fans were losing interested in this once great slice of iconic horror. Michael was no longer the terrifying presence of the first two movies and the films' increasingly modest box office returns showed how little fans were starting to care.
So hopes weren't high for Halloween H20, which was released 20 years ago this summer. At one stage, Carpenter was set to make a return to the series, at the request of Jamie Lee Curtis, who had herself agreed to return for a new movie. Ultimately Carpenter walked away, with producer Moustapha Akkad--whose estate owns the rights to the series--reportedly unwilling to pay Carpenter the $10 million that he asked for. So Steve Miner was hired instead; while Miner is hardly one of the great horror directors of the era, he was also far from a novice, with hits such as House and Friday the 13th parts 2 and 3 under his belt.
Against the odds, not only was H20 good, it was the best Halloween movie since the first one. So what went right? For a start, writers Robert Zappia and Matt Greenberg basically ignored every movie since Halloween II. Of course, Curtis's return made this essential since Halloween 4 establishes that Laurie Strode is dead. But more importantly, it allowed the filmmakers to wipe the slate clean and bury parts 4-6 in the video graveyard; they essentially said this is the third Michael Myers movie.
Curtis's presence is H20's other great advantage. The intervening entries did have the presence of the great Donald Pleasance as Dr. Loomis, but his role became increasingly small and more redundant as the films continued, and by 1998 the actor was sadly no longer with us. Bringing Curtis back not only gave the movie continuity with the earlier, better films, it also helped H20 stand apart from the other horror movies of the era.
This was the decade of Scream of course--Wes Craven's smart, self-aware, scary slasher was a massive hit in 1996, and like Halloween 20 years earlier, it inspired a wave of similar movies and their sequels. From I Know What you Did Last Summer to Urban Legend and Cherry Falls, these films were marked by young casts, pop-culture references, and a self-referential quality that was missing in previous decades. H20 ticks many of these boxes, which isn't surprising, given Scream creator Kevin Williamson wrote the movie's initial treatment and reportedly came back for some uncredited rewrites. The cast is packed with upcoming young stars (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Josh Hartnett, Michelle Williams), plus rapper LL Cool J, and Janet Leigh, star of Hitchcock's Psycho and Curtis's real-life mom.
Curtis brought a sense of dramatic weight to the film. Having faked her death to stop Michael tracking her down, Laurie now lives with the terrible memory of the events of the first movie when she was 17. Her own son John (Hartnett) is himself turning 17 on--you guessed it!--October 31, and inevitably Michael returns for a family reunion. But the Laurie of 1998 is very different to the teenage babysitter of two decades earlier. Taking her lead from the likes of Terminator's Sarah Connor and Alien's Ripley, Curtis delivers one of the decade's most kickass heroines. With John and his friends in danger from her crazed brother, Laurie races to save them and faces Michael down in a brutal one-on-one. And in a nod to the fact that by 1998 no one is surprised when a slasher movie villains sits up at the end after being seemingly killed, in the final sequence, Laurie steals the ambulance in which Michael's “body” lies. As she knew, Michael ain't dead; it takes being run over, thrown off a cliff, and beheaded to finally lay him to rest.
And that probably should have been that. A fun, exciting horror sequel that closed the door on a classic franchise; time to move on to great some new movies. But while Halloween H20's considerable box office success was well deserved, it also meant that there was no way that the film's producers--Miramax by this stage--were going to let it lie. So the cycle began again. A truly terrible "sequel" followed in 2002 in the, er, shape of Halloween: Resurrection, directed by Halloween II's director Rick Rosenthal. It not only brought Michael back from the dead via a twist so idiotic I can't even bring myself to type it, it also killed Laurie off in the opening scenes.
While Resurrection remains the lowest point of the franchise, the subsequent attempt to reboot the entire series wasn't much more successful. Musician-turned-director Rob Zombie was handed this task; he upped the gore quota and gave Michael an unnecessary backstory, and while both Halloween (2007) and Halloween II (2009) have their moments of brutal intensity, even at their best they are a pale imitation of everything Carpenter did so well in the first place. With mediocre box office returns and seemingly nowhere for the series to go, Halloween II was the last movie in the series to date, leaving the longest gap between movies in its history. It seemed that all the hard work that H20 did in restoring some of the original's glory was in vain.
Which brings us to Halloween, the third movie to carry this title, which is set for release this October and is directed by acclaimed indie filmmaker David Gordon Green. In what feels like an uncanny mirroring of 1998, Curtis is returning to play Laurie Strode, for a movie which, again, ignores most of the movies in between. This time Carpenter IS involved, both creatively as a hands-on story advisor and in contributing the movie's score. While little is known about the plot specifics, we know that this Halloween is a direct sequel to the first movie, so it's very possible that Michael isn't even Laurie's brother in this one.
Will it do what Halloween H20 did, 20 years ago? It certainly seems to be in good hands, from Carpenter and Curtis to producers Blumhouse, who are on a serious roll with the recent successes of Get Out, Split, and the Purge movies. And while Green and co-writer Danny McBride are known more for comedy and drama than horror, they certainly seem to understand what made the original so good. Here's hoping it's a happy, scary Halloween this year.
A new Event Mode is now underway in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds on PC. Developer PUBG Corp. has kicked off a new limited-time playlist dubbed Metal Rain, which will only be available in the popular battle royale game for a very limited time.
Metal Rain is an eight-player Squads mode set on PUBG's original map, Erangel. This time around, flare guns will "spawn randomly alongside normal loot locations" as opposed to in fixed spots. Firing the flare gun within the safe zone will call in special care packages; however, firing it outside of the zone will drop a special vehicle, the armored UAZ.
Metal Rain is available for up to 96 players, divided up into 12 teams of eight. You're able to invite up to seven friends to form a squad. You also have the option to disable auto-matching if you'd prefer not to play with a full team of eight. Metal Rain will only be available through the weekend, concluding at 7 PM PT / 10 PM ET on Sunday, April 22 (4 AM CEST on April 23). You can read more about the mode on Steam.
In other news, PUBG Corp. recently announced that it's working on a map selection feature for the game. The feature is slated to roll out on the test server "soon" and will give players the option to choose if they'd rather play on Erangel or the newer Miramar when starting a game. If the player selects both maps, then the game will randomly choose between them.
PUBG Corp. has also revealed some more details about the game's in-development third map, Codename: Savage, which recently entered its second round of testing earlier this week. Savage is notable for being much smaller than PUBG's other two maps-- 4x4 as opposed to 8x8--but another distinctive feature of the map is that is will have an underground cave system. Game creator Brendan Greene also teased PUBG could get more 4x4 (or possibly even larger) maps in the future.
A new movie based on the classic '80s toyline and cartoon Masters of the Universe has been in the works for several years, with a variety of directors and screenwriters attached. Following the news in February that DC veteran David S. Goyer would no longer direct it, Variety now reports that indie duo Aaron and Adam Nee have joined the project.
The Nee brothers are known for acclaimed indie dramas such as The Last Romantic and Band of Robbers. They are the latest in a line of independent filmmakers who have been hired by studios to helm high-profile movies in recent years. Directors such as Taika Waititi (Thor Ragnarok), Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), and Gareth Edwards (Godzilla, Star Wars: Rogue One) all made smaller, low-budget movies before making the jump to big-budget blockbusters.
Masters of the Universe is currently set for a December 2019 release. Although Goyer is no longer directing, Variety notes that Sony is still using his script, and he will also act as an executive producer. Terminator: Salvation director McG was briefly attached to the movie in 2016, and in August 2015, it was reported that Thor writer Christopher Yost was working on a draft of the script.
Mattel launched the Masters of the Universe toy line in 1982, creating a mythology about the conflict between good and evil on the planet of Eternia. A cartoon based on the property, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, ran for two years, in addition to a comic book series, a spin-off animation called She-Ra: Princess of Power, and a number of video games.
In 1987, Cannon Films produced a live-action movie version, starring Dolph Lundgren as muscle-bound hero He-Man. By that point, however, the popularity of Masters of the Universe was in decline, and the toys were discontinued the following year. Subsequent attempts to revive the franchise included a new toy line and a short-lived second animated series in the early 2000s.
Fortnite may have debuted on PC, PS4, and Xbox One, but the new mobile version of the game is grabbing headlines for its incredible sales figures. According to mobile stats website Sensor Tower, Fortnite on iOS has already grossed more than $25 million in its first 30 days of availability. Fortnite has yet to release on Android devices, but the website predicts, if the Android version releases by this summer, mobile versions of the game could gross more than $500 million this year.
Fortnite Mobile started as an invite-only iOS test, but then released for all iPhone and iPad users at the start of April. Sensor Tower reports average daily player spending in the game has already topped a total $1 million (despite the game being free to download and play); second only to Netflix on the US App Store. You can see how the game stacks up to other top iOS apps in Sensor Towers' chart below.
Regardless of when it's released, Fortnite's sales will undoubtably continue to skyrocket once the Android version is released. This is a safe bet, especially given that a China release of Fortnite may be in the future, and China is a huge consumer of Android devices (although there's no official word on which platforms Chinese players will get Fortnite on).
In other Fortnite news, a new set of challenges is now live for Battle Pass holders. It includes challenges like dealing a certain amount of damage to opponents' structures, building 250 of your own structures, or visiting three Taco Shops in a single match. Check out more info on Fortnite's update v3.5.2, including details on the game's latest 50v50 mode.
So much of the science fiction that appears on TV and in movies these days is overwhelmingly pessimistic (looking at you, Black Mirror, you know we love you). Netflix's Lost in Space is very much the opposite: optimistic about humanity's future, capabilities, and very nature. That makes it a breath of fresh air--and also causes its creators to make some pretty lofty comparisons.
During Wondercon group interviews last month, Lost in Space co-creator Burk Sharpless said while some TV is dark and complex, "There's also another feeling, which is the feeling you might get when you're watching Jurassic Park or the best Marvel movie. Where you're just like, 'Holy s***!' You don't even know how entertained you are, you're like so lost in the popcorn-eating momentum of the experience. And I think above everything that's the sort of experience we're trying to get for Lost In Space, like a ten hour, true summer blockbuster cinema epic, where you get all those sort of Spielberg feelings."
"We like using Jurassic Park as a good model for our show," said Lost in Space executive producer Zack Estrin. "Adults went to and loved it, and kids went to and loved it, for completely different reasons. And there's not a lot of things right now where you can go and have those same feels."
Lost in Space puts the Robinson family through a lot, as disaster strikes their colony ship and they crash land on a mysterious, alien planet. They face plenty of hardship, but ultimately they work together to overcome it. It's not the type of show with lots of grand, Machiavellian scheming--besides Dr. Smith, who's a real piece of work--or Game of Thrones style character deaths.
"It's an optimistic show. It's a hopeful show. We're not doing a dystopian future where everybody hates each other, like a lot of shows do right now," Estrin said. "This is really something that I think is aspirational, and in a time where there's not a lot of that on TV."
It helps that Lost in Space's characters are so relatable--not because they're idealized or perfect versions of ourselves, but because they do their best despite being severely flawed.
"The thing I admire in John is that he is somebody who knows that he has got it wrong, and he's trying to put it right," said Toby Stephens, who plays John Robinson. "Not only for his relationship with his wife, but individually, his relationships with his children. He's trying to not only save their lives, but he's also trying to do the right thing. And I think that's what I really like about this series, is that it's something that is aspirational without being sentimental. It's about people trying to be better people and trying to do the right thing."
"I think that that's something we kind of need right now, because the world is really depressing at the moment, and things are really frightening," he continued. "You watch TV and a lot of it is really depressing--and brilliant--but pretty much depressing. And I think what's nice is you can get lost in the adventure of this, but also these are people who are trying to be better. And I think there's something uplifting about watching that."
"I have played a number of strong women in my career, and one of the things that, for me, just feels really good about the show is that none of it is spoken about," said Molly Parker, who plays Maureen Robinson. "No one talks about the fact that our daughter's mixed race. Nobody talks about the fact that this woman can do whatever this man can do. We've all been trained. We all have the capacity. We can do what needs to be done. I like that we've imagined ourselves into a future where we've worked that out."
Estrin said Lost in Space is exciting for him specifically because of his daughters, who are 14 and 11 years old. "I've done a lot of TV, and nothing that they're interested in watching, or should be allowed to be watching. This is the first one where they have fallen in love with it," he said. "When I first talked about doing the show, I was talking to them, and I found myself saying--my daughters, actually, saying, 'What would happen to us if we crashed on a planet? What would we do?' And in the back of my head I'm thinking, 'Oh, we would be so f***ed.' Because I'm not John Robinson."
Lost in Space is available on Netflix now.
God of War on PS4 introduces a surprising number of changes to the series. The latest game does away with the linear structure and progression from past games. Now you can explore an open-ended environment, earn XP to unlock abilities from a skill tree, and even acquire armor sets that improve your stats. In addition, you can collect accessories known as Talismans and Enchantments that further improve your equipment's stats and give you special perks.
There are a lot of systems in place this time around, and it can get overwhelming trying to manage it all at first, especially if you assumed this game was going to be just like its predecessors. To help you get a better understanding of God of War's upgrade progression, we've compiled details on its major systems and mechanics. For more guides, check out our feature detailing 11 tips you should know before starting. And be sure to read our God of War review.Table of Contents [hide]
- Character Upgrades
- Combat Upgrades
God of War slowly introduces you to its mechanics, encouraging you to explore and pick up resources scattered about the world--but for reasons not quite stated. As you progress, it's revealed that the resources you pick up can be used at shops to purchase and upgrade Kratos' equipment. There are a variety of different avenues to upgrade and strengthen Kratos and Atreus. In the sections below you can find detailed explanations of each.Armor SetsTake time to think about what statistics you value the most.
Armor plays a big part in God of War, not only for increasing your stats to improve your chances of survival, but for specializing in traits that you value in combat. For example, if you like using Runic Attacks, you should equip armor that increases Runic Attack damage. Take time to think about what statistics you value the most, and stick with them, as the sooner you can funnel your resources into crafting and upgrading the armor that best supports that, the better.
The same philosophy applies to Atreus. At the blacksmith shop, you can buy him armor sets that enhance his characteristics in different ways. For instance, one set increases his arrow damage, while another improves the damage he does when strangling enemies. Atreus can be incredibly effective in battle, so it's important to think about which armor set best suits how you want to use him.Enchantments
Enchantments are special accessories you can slot into your armor that further enhance their stats. Each piece of armor can hold at least one Enchantment, as long as it has an available socket. If an armor piece doesn't have any, you can unlock sockets by upgrading them at the blacksmith shop. Throughout your journey, you'll get your hands on a ton of Enchantments, so always make sure to check your inventory to see if there are any that you should replace from your current loadout.Make sure to check your inventory to see if there are any that you should replace from your current loadout.
Oftentimes an Enchantment has a special perk that gives you attack buffs and resistances that are either inherent or activate randomly during battle. While it's useful to be aware of Enchantment perks, you'll generally want to focus on equipping ones that best increase your stats, as they give you the most significant boosts compared to other items in the game.
It's important to note that whenever you purchase a new armor set, make sure to re-equip all of the Enchantments from your old armor onto your new one. Unless you're a fan of playing at a disadvantage, don't make this mistake.Axe PommelsPrioritize Axe Pommels that offer the best perks.
Axe Pommels are special items that further increase the Leviathan Axe's power. Similar to Enchantments, they offer perks that activate either randomly or after you perform a specific action in battle. For example, the Deadly Grip of Fury has a perk that grants you a Rage Burst after a successful axe kill. Since you can only equip a single Axe Pommel, you want to lean towards the ones with the best perks, as they often don't offer the most substantial stat boosts. But the choice is up to you; you're not punished for focusing on stats over perks.Talismans
Talismans are special accessories you can equip that allow you to perform a special ability in battle. They come in two varieties: active and passive. Active Talismans can be triggered manually by pressing a special button combination. Passive Talismans are activated by performing a specific action in battle, like dodging an attack at the last second.You generally want to focus on equipping a Talisman that best suits your needs in battle.
While Talismans also offer boosts to your stats, you'll generally want to focus on equipping one that best suits your needs in battle. For example, if you'd like to have a little insurance when nearing death, the Talisman of Concentrated Vitality allows you to manually give yourself a health boost mid-battle by pressing L1 and the circle button. It's best to be practical when it comes to choosing a Talisman. Their stats boosts may provide an initiative to equip one over the other, but it's their perks that are most important, as they can directly impact and change the tide of battle.Combat Upgrades
God of War's combat is fairly limited at first, but once you start acquiring more Skills and Runic Attacks, battles start becoming more complex. Enemies only get tougher as the game goes on, so it helps that there are ways to defend yourself. Below we run through the two avenues you have to increase the power of your fighting prowess.SkillsChoose your skills wisely.
The first way to increase your strength in combat is by unlocking combat abilities in the Skill tree with the XP you earn in battle. Skills are special moves you can perform, like combos, charging attacks, and active attack buffs. Both Kratos and Atreus have their own skills you can upgrade, which are all available for you to unlock right at the start. You eventually unlock more skills from the tree after acquiring or purchasing key items that boost the level of your weapons.
You don't earn a lot of XP early on, so it's important to start thinking about which skills best suit your playstyle. But don't fret, you're not forced to unlock certain skills over others the whole way through; you'll eventually nab enough XP to unlock every ability on the skill tree. Until then, choose your skills wisely.Runic Attacks
While you might be inclined to utilize the default attacks and combos available to you to dispatch foes, don't forget to use your Runic Attacks. These powerful special moves can be equipped to your weapons and are triggered by holding L1 and pressing R1 or R2. There are two types of Runic Attacks: Light and Heavy. The game features a variety of different Runic Attacks to equip, each sporting their own unique effects, attributes, and cooldowns.Don't underestimate the power of Runic Attacks.
It's possible to upgrade Runic Attacks with XP to enhance their power. You might feel inclined to upgrade combat skills over them, but don't underestimate how they can aid you in battle. A well-placed Runic Attack can give you the upper hand when your chances of survival seem low. Upgrading them improves their damage, stun, and overall capability. Do not forget to use and upgrade your Runic attacks. They're well worth it.
Strap on your VR headset and get ready to save some money. Steam is running a sale on virtual reality games, most of which can be played on either Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Let's dig through the offerings and see which games are worth grabbing before the sale ends on May 10.
Bethesda has brought some of its biggest recent games to VR, and a couple of them are on sale right now. You can buy Fallout 4 VR for a 30% discount, bringing it down to $42/£28. That's the full game, just in VR. Doom VFR got a similar price cut, making it $21/£14. This is a totally revamped version of the 2016 game that's been streamlined for VR.
Star Trek: Bridge Crew, which you can also play without VR, is on sale for $20/£16. It puts you and other players on the bridge of a starship and has you work together to deal with a number of Star Trek-inspired scenarios. If you'd rather virtually inhabit the Dark Knight, Batman: Arkham VR is half off at $10.
Does it sound like fun to put yourself in deadly situations, with a ticking clock counting down to your demise? If so, try I Expect You To Die for $20/£16. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes explores a similar concept but adds a multiplayer component, making it an ideal party game. It's on sale for $7/£5.
Other highlights include the tense shooter Superhot VR and the laid-back, goofy game Job Simulator, both of which are on sale for $18/£14. Rick and Morty Simulator: Virtual Rick-ality is down to $15/£11 and is just as bonkers as fans of the show would expect. Artistic types may want to scratch their creative itch in Tilt Brush, which turns the space around you into a three-dimensional canvas. It's on sale for $10/£7.
Once you're done playing games and creating art, it's time to get some work done. Instead of removing your headset, just download Virtual Desktop, an app that turns your computer into an enormous virtual workspace. It's on sale for $10/£7.
On top of those discounts, a number of free VR games and experiences are highlighted in the sale as well. So check out the full list at the Steam VR Spring Sale.
A new update is now available for Fortnite, and with it comes another set of challenges for Battle Pass holders to complete in Battle Royale. The Week 9 challenges are now live on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and mobile, and they consist of the usual mix of straightforward and slightly trickier objectives.
There are seven new challenges in all to complete this week, a few of which are things you would normally be doing in Battle Royale anyway. One of the simpler challenges tasks you with dealing a certain amount of damage to opponents' structures, while another involves building 250 of your own structures. Completing each of these will get you 5 Battle Stars.
One challenge that may trip you up is visiting three Taco Shops. That sounds simple enough on paper, but you must accomplish the task in a single match. Fortunately, there are five Taco Shops in all, three of which are grouped together fairly closely on the western side of the map, so it shouldn't be too hard to visit all three before the storm closes in.
On the trickier end of the spectrum is a Hard challenge that cryptically says to follow the treasure map found in Moisty Mire. You can find the map at the largest structure located right in the center of the area, and it will lead you to a house below Retail Row. You'll find the Battle Star on top of the house's two chimneys.
There are two other Hard challenges this week. One tasks you with eliminating four players with a shotgun, while the other is to eliminate three opponents in Lucky Landing. You'll get 10 Battle Stars for accomplishing each of these.
You can see the full list of this week's new challenges below, which are available to complete if you own the Season 3 Battle Pass. You have until the end of the season to complete the challenges, which allows you to level up your Battle Pass more quickly and, in turn, earn Season 3 skins and rewards. You can see the complete list of Season 3 challenges here.Fortnite Week 9 Challenges
- Deal damage to opponents' structures (5,000) -- 5 Battle Stars
- Search Chests in Haunted Hills (7) -- 5 Battle Stars
- Build structures (250) -- 5 Battle Stars
- Visit different Taco Shops in a single match (3) -- 5 Battle Stars
- Hard: Follow the Treasure Map found in Moisty Mire -- 10 Battle Stars
- Hard: Shotgun Eliminations (4) -- 10 Battle Stars
- Hard: Eliminate opponents in Lucky Landing (3) -- 10 Battle Stars
If there's anything that never goes wrong even a little bit, it's video games being adapted into movies. Thankfully, it's a trend that doesn't seem to be slowing down as Deadpool 2 director David Leitch has signed on to add his own adaptation to the stack.
According to Variety, Leitch will direct The Division, based on the 2016 Tom Clancy video game. Already, Jake Gyllenhaal and Jessica Chastain are signed on to star in the movie about a future in which New York City has been decimated by a virus. The story follows a group that attempts to save what's left of society and civilization.
While the idea could make for an interesting film, it's not as if video game adaptations have a great history in Hollywood. In fact, 2018 has already seen the arrival of two--Tomb Raider and Rampage. While Rampage has succeeded due to embracing how silly its concept is, Tomb Raider didn't fare so well at the box office. Of course, there's also Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Mario Bros., and numerous other bad video game adaptations--including Gyllenhaal's Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Can Leitch break the trend?
Whatever the case, it's another project for an already very busy man. It was recently announced that Leitch would direct Hobbs & Shaw, the Fast and the Furious spin-off starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham. Deadpool 2, his next movie, hits theaters on May 18.
If you enjoy the occasional video game and you're looking for something new to play, you might as well pick up Satellite Reign from the Humble Store. It's currently free to download for Windows, Mac, and Linux, and will remain free until April 21, or "while supplies last." Which means you should probably get it while the getting's good.
Satellite Reign is a Syndicate-style game made by a team of former Bullfrog and Lionhead developers. It's a real-time strategy game that puts you in charge of a group of four agents, each of whom has unique abilities. Your job is to wrest control of an open-world cyberpunk city from its evil corporate overlords.
To do so, you can customize each member of your team to your liking. You may want to sneak around, taking down enemies before they know you're there. Or, if you load out your characters differently, you can outfit them with gear to go in with guns blazing. You can even play the whole game in co-op with up to three friends. Just make sure to tell them to download the game before the price goes back up.
Satellite Reign has a respectable 75 on our sister site Metacritic. Since those reviews came out, it's received a number of updates to smooth some of the previously rough edges. Anyone with a passing interest in cyberpunk strategy games might as well give it a download.
That's not the only game that's free to play this weekend. Over on Xbox One, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can try out PUBG for free as well.
The cult favorite tactical RPG Disgaea: Hour of Darkness is receiving an HD makeover on PS4 and Nintendo Switch. To commemorate the game's 15th anniversary, NIS America is releasing Disgaea 1 Complete, a remake of the classic PS2 title slated to arrive in the West this fall.
Disgaea 1 Complete features the same story and gameplay as the original PS2 version, albeit with the improved visuals from the series' most recent installment, Disgaea 5. The remake also boasts an Etna Mode, which NIS says features "extra characters not found in the original release." You can see some screenshots of Disgaea 1 Complete below.
In addition to the standard release, NIS America is offering a special Rosen Queen's Finest Edition of Disgaea 1 Complete. The latter is only available in limited quantities through the company's online store and retails for $100. Along with a copy of the game, the special edition comes with assortment of bonus items, including a soundtrack, hardcover art book, pin set, Prinny cube plush, posters, and more, all of which is housed in a collector's box shaped like a Prinny's pouch.
Disgaea: Hour of Darkness was the first installment in the Disgaea series. It originally released on PS2 in 2003 and would subsequently be ported to PSP, DS, and PC. It follows the story of Laharl, the prince of the Netherworld, who bands together with an army of unlikely allies to reclaim his throne.
GameSpot award the original game an 8.1/10 in our Disgaea: Hour of Darkness review. "'Really something' is maybe the right way to describe Disgaea overall," critic Greg Kasavin wrote. "It's a game that's unorthodox above all else, and filled with plenty of cheeky humor, some likable characters, a number of intriguing gameplay elements, and many, many hours of turn-based combat."
Microsoft is getting Fortnite: Battle Royale players together for tournaments every Friday over the next several months, starting April 20. Players in the US (including Puerto Rico), Canada, and Australia can head to their local Microsoft Store's ASUS ROG Arena and play the game on PC with the others in attendance. Of course, there are prizes at stake for those who land that Victory Royale.
The tournaments go from 5:30 PM - 9 PM local time. From April 20 - May 11, the tournaments will be for Solos; from May 18 until June 8, the tournaments will be for Duos; and from June 15 - July 6, you'll be able to play in Squads at the events. The grand prize, each week, is gift cards totalling 2,500 V-Bucks for each player on the winning team.
Players are provided with high-powered laptops, mice, headsets, and an optional PC-compatible Xbox One controller, and if you want to take part you need to pre-register on Microsoft's Smash.gg website. You'll still need to show up on time to the Microsoft Store also, as the tournament is first-come, first-served.
In other Fortnite news, the game has just reintroduced an improved 50v50 mode in its latest update, along with a series of other bug fixes and tweaks. As an added incentive to play this weekend, the game is also rewarding players with double XP until Sunday, April 22.