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Black Friday 2017 Deals: All The PS4, Xbox One, Switch, 3DS, And PC Game And tech Sales

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:12

As always, Black Friday is shaping up to have a ton of deals--many of them worthwhile. Whether you're shopping for games, consoles, TVs, movies, or any number of other things, there's a lot to keep track of. Different retailers have their own sets of deals starting at different times and with varying bonuses--you have to do a lot of homework to keep things straight.

We've been keeping track of Black Friday deals in the lead up to the big day, breaking things down into retailer- and platform-specific stories. Below, you'll find a complete roundup of all of our big Black Friday coverage and some highlights from each. You can check out the individual posts for comprehensive lists of everything that will be on sale for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, 3DS, and PC. There's even a Wii U deal or two to be had.

More deals continue to be announced in the lead up to Black Friday, and some have already gone live. For instance, you can already pick up a $200 PS4 or a year of PS Plus for $40, $10 4K movies like Wonder Woman, and $39 PS4 or Xbox One controllers. Humble Bundle's fall sale has also begun, and we're expecting the Steam Black Friday sale to begin on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Xbox Live and PSN sales are ongoing, the latter of which will soon expand to include more games.

We'll continue to update these stories with the latest and best deals as we get more details. Expect plenty more, with Steam, GOG, Amazon, and other sales still likely to come as get closer to the big shopping day. Cyber Monday will follow soon after and should bring even more sale prices for whatever you might be looking to buy.

Black Friday 2017 Platform-Specific DealsPS4

Sony's current-gen console will have a ton of deals this year--and a number of them are already live. You can already get a PS4 for $200, which is $100 off its usual price, but you'll want to wait for Black Friday if you're seeking the best possible deal, as you'll be able to get some bonuses for that same price. PS4 Pro drops to $350, DualShock 4 controllers are $40, and PSVR drops to as little as $200 (or $300 if you're interested in a bundle with a new game and the required camera). Some of the year's biggest games are also on sale, including Call of Duty: WWII for $40, Assassin's Creed Origins for $35, and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy for $20. And if you're in need of PS Plus, you can get it for cheap right now.

All The PS4 Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Xbox One

As with Sony's console, there is a wide variety of deals on Xbox One and its games and accessories. The cheapest options bring the console down to $190 with some added bonuses, depending on where you pick it up. Higher prices also introduce more bundles and free games, but (at least as of this writing) you won't find the new Xbox One X on sale. Xbox One controllers drop to $40 at their cheapest, while new subscribers can pick up a month of Xbox Live Gold and/or Xbox Game Pass for just $1. In terms of games, Forza Motorsport 7 drops to $29, Gears of War 4 can be had for $15, and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus will be $25.

All The Xbox One Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Nintendo Switch

As a newer platform, Nintendo Switch doesn't enjoy quite as many deals as Microsoft or Sony's systems. The system itself will be in stock at many stores, based on its appearance in their flyers, but at a regular price. You will, however, find some accessories on sale, such as a $20 Joy-Con charging station. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's new Explorer's Edition drops to $49, while 1-2-Switch can be had for as little as $20. A variety of other worthwhile games, including The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Disgaea 5: Complete Edition will all be $20 each.

All The Nintendo Switch Black Friday 2017 Game, Console, And Accessory Deals

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo's older platform doesn't get as much attention as it used to, thanks to Switch's dual console/handheld nature, but those in the market for one (or just looking to pick up some games) will still have some options this Black Friday. Nintendo will introduce a special new green Zelda 2DS system for Black Friday that comes with The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D for $80. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be available for $29 each, while Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia will go for $20.

All The Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2017 Game And Hardware Deals

Black Friday 2017 Retailer-Specific Game DealsBest Buy

Best Buy will have some of the best deals on games this Black Friday--but keep in mind that the 20% discount granted with Gamers Club Unlocked will not stack with Black Friday deals. That said, you can get an Xbox One S with Madden 18 and a free second controller for $230, or an exclusive Red Crystal DualShock 4 PS4 controller for $40. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard will be $20, while Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus and The Evil Within 2 will each be $25. Additionally, Best Buy will have the best deal we've seen on Call of Duty: WWII, with a doorbuster deal dropping it to $40.

Best Buy Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

GameStop

GameStop is often somewhat conservative with its deals, but it has some of this year's best Black Friday offers. It's throwing in a $50 gift card with the $200 PS4, and it's the only retailer we've seen (so far) to discount the PS4 Pro (bringing it to $350). It's also got some great prices on games, like Destiny 2 for $27 with a free Cayde-6 figure and Middle-earth: Shadow of War for $25. Additionally, it'll sell the Steam Link for a mere $5 and the GameStop-exclusive red Xbox One controller for $55.

GameStop Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Target

Target has one of the best Xbox One S deals, throwing in a $25 gift card on top of the $190 price. Various Switch games are on sale, along with Resident Evil 7, Final Fantasy XV, For Honor, and Skyrim: Special Edition for $15 each. One of the bigger discounts on Call of Duty: WWII, dropping it to $45, can also be found at Target.

Target Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Toys R Us

Xbox One and PS4 controllers will drop to $40 at Toys R Us on Black Friday, while Call of Duty: WWII will be $45. Destiny 2, NBA 2K18, and WWE 2K18 all drop to $35, and Persona 5 will be $30. The store will also be among those offering $190 Xbox One systems and $200 PS4s.

Toys R Us Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Walmart

Walmart in many cases beats other retailers' prices, even if only by $1, which is still something. It's taking $50 off all Xbox One S bundles, so you'll be able to pick out just the one you want. Xbox One and PS4 controllers will be $39 each, including the Walmart-exclusive Crystal Blue DualShock 4. Walmart is also the only retailer we've seen with a deal on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, dropping its new Explorer's Edition to $49.

Walmart Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Microsoft Store

The Microsoft Store will have a variety of things on sale for Xbox One and PC fans, though in terms of specific games, we won't know exact pricing until Black Friday begins. However, there are a ton of different Xbox One bundles that are worth considering if you're in the market for the system. Many of these come with multiple free games of your choosing--and in many cases, those include new releases like Star Wars Battlefront II and Call of Duty: WWII.

Microsoft Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

PSN / PlayStation Store

The first portion of the PlayStation Store's Black Friday sale has been fairly limited--it only included a select number of PS4 games, and it's only open to PlayStation Plus members. Non-PS Plus members will gain access on November 21, when the sale will expand to include many more games.

PlayStation Store Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Xbox Live / Xbox Store

Similar to the PlayStation Store sale, only Xbox Live Gold members have access to the Xbox Live sale until November 21. However, all of its deals are already live, and it includes a huge number of games across both Xbox One and Xbox 360 (including many backwards compatible titles).

Xbox Live Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Micro Center

Those in the market for PC hardware have a variety of options at Micro Center, which has already taken its deals live. That includes both accessories (the G502 Proteus Spectrum RGB mouse is $60, while the MK270 wireless keyboard and mouse combo are $20) and components. RAM and storage--both of the SSD and HDD variety--are discounted, as are pre-built computers for those who don't want to deal with any of the fuss.

Micro Center Black Friday 2017 PC Hardware Deals

Kohl's

Kohl's may not be a store you think of when it comes to games or game hardware, but it may be your best option for certain things this Black Friday. That includes purchasing a PS4, as the $200 system comes with $60 in Kohl's Cash (which is basically a limited-time gift card). You can get $45 in Kohl's cash with a $190 Xbox One S, and PS4 and Xbox One controllers will drop to $40.

Kohl's Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Costco

Costco has some premium bundles that me up your alley if you're interested in what's included. A $220 Xbox One S bundle comes with an extra controller and three months of Xbox Game Pass, while a $290 PS4 includes Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: WWII. Keep in mind that you'll need to be a member to take advantage.

Costco Black Friday 2017 Game Deals

Humble Store

Prior to Black Friday, the Humble Store has launched its big fall sale, which essentially functions as an extended Black Friday promotion. To start out, you can get Brutal Legend for free until November 22. If you're interested in something specific, there's a good chance it's on sale, with more than 1,000 PC games discounted. LA Noire: Complete Edition is $18, Project Coaster is $20, Resident Evil 7 is $30, and Hotline Miami is $2.50, among many other deals.

Humble Store Pre-Black Friday Fall Sale

Amazon Games (UK)

While we don't know what to expect from Amazon on Black Friday itself, the website's pre-Black Friday deals are already available. In the UK, that includes a £200 Xbox One S bundle with games like Shadow of War or Star Wars Battlefront II. The store is also among those to offer the UK's PS4 Pro deal.

Amazon Black Friday 2017 UK Game Deals

Game (UK)

As is to be expected from a store brazen enough to name itself Game, the UK retailer will have games on sale this Black Friday. Many of its offers are on pre-owned items, like a 500 GB PS4 for £150 and a 500 GB Xbox One for £130. In terms of new games, you'll find Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition for £25 and Divinity: Original Sin for £10.

Game Black Friday 2017 UK Game Deals

Black Friday 2017 Retailer-Specific Tech / Movie / TV Show DealsBest Buy

Best Buy has a lot of TVs on sale, though as always, you'll want to do some research before jumping on any deals (there's a lot to consider, especially if you'll use it for gaming). Numerous movies will be discounted as well, including 4K Blu-rays of Wonder Woman, Fate of the Furious, and John Wick for $10 each.

Best Buy Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

Target

Like Best Buy, Target has a number of TVs on sale, although many of these skew toward being lower-priced models, if that's what you're looking for. A number of Amazon devices, including the new Echo Show, are on sale, and you'll be able to find cheap Blu-rays--including Kong: Skull Island, Wonder Woman, Spider-Man Homecoming, and Logan for $10 each.

Target Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

Walmart

Walmart, too, has a variety of sub-$1000 TVs on sale, as well as Google Chromecast for $20 and the Netgear Nighthawk router for $89. A variety of Blu-rays can be had for $10, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Baby Driver, and Logan. $6 Blu-ray options include the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Deadpool, and John Wick.

Walmart Black Friday 2017 TV, Movie, And Tech Deals

Overwatch Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4 And Xbox One

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:04

Black Friday is upon us. The annual shopping bonanza is coming up on Friday, and one of the games that will be on sale is Blizzard's hero shooter Overwatch. The Game of the Year Edition, which contains extra cosmetic items, is going to be about half-off.

Walmart appears to have the best deal this year, offering it on PS4 and Xbox One for only $29. Best Buy, Target, and GameStop will sell the shooter for $30. If you're OK going without a disc, the well-received game is discounted to $30 on the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store. You can get that deal right now if you can't or don't want to wait.

Overwatch isn't a new game, having released on PS4, Xbox One, and PC back in May 2016. But as mentioned, it's great, and due to its massive popularity, Blizzard continues to update and support the game. For example, a new character, Moira, is now playable, while the newest map, Blizzard World, has also been added to the multiplayer hopper.

Below you'll find the full list of all the Overwatch deals we've found so far; we'll continue to update as more Black Friday savings and prices are revealed. You can find our complete coverage of other Black Friday 2017 deals through the links at the bottom of this post.

Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition Black Friday 2017 Deals:
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy, GameStop, Target)
  • $30 (Xbox/PlayStation Store)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Middle-earth: Shadow Of War Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales And Early Discounts

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:29

Black Friday is almost here. It's so close. One of the games that will be discounted nicely this year is Middle-earth: Shadow of War, which was only just released a month ago. If you've been on the fence and waiting for a price drop, you won't be without options.

GameStop appears to have the best deal this year, offering the sequel on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One for just $25. Right behind that is Walmart, which will have the game for $29, while Best Buy, Target, and Toys R Us are offering it for $30.

Shadow of War, a sequel to 2014's Shadow of Mordor, was released at the end of October for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. GameSpot's Shadow of War review scored it a 7/10, with reviewer Justin Haywald writing that despite some issues, "It's a fun experience with brilliant moments that provide fascinating insight into some of the untold stories of Middle-earth." You can read our full review here.

In other news, publisher Warner Bros. has announced a series of free DLC updates for Shadow of War, the first of which are launching this week. There are also paid expansions coming to further flesh out the game and story.

Below you'll find the full list of all the Shadow of War deals we've found so far; we'll continue to update as more Black Friday savings and prices are revealed. You can find our complete coverage of other Black Friday 2017 deals through the links at the bottom of this post.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Black Friday 2017 Deals:
  • $25 (GameStop)
  • $29 (Walmart)
  • $30 (Best Buy, Target, Toys R Us)
Black Friday 2017 Deals

New On Amazon Prime Video In December 2017: Doctor Who Christmas Special, Rocky Movies, And More

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:09

A new month means a slew of new programming to watch on Amazon Prime. The streaming video component of the service is ending the year on a high note by adding some notable franchises, the new Doctor Who Christmas special, and classic movies like Point Break to its offerings in December.

Most notable, the Rocky movies are coming to Prime. Rocky through Rocky V will all help Amazon kick off the month. They join Creed, which is already available to subscribers. Now Amazon just needs to snag the rights to Rocky Balboa and the collection will be complete.

The streamer is also adding the eight-film Marvel Animated Features collection. The cartoon movies, originally released direct-to-DVD, include Ultimate Avengers, Planet Hulk, Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme, and Thor: Tales of Asgard, among others. Originally released between 2006 and 2011, the films exist in their own universe apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

December also brings several more Thursday Night Football games, as the NFL presents the Saints vs. the Falcons, the Broncos vs. the Colts, and the Steelers vs. the Texans. Those games will air live through Amazon Prime.

You can take a look at the full list of Amazon's December additions below. You can also see what Netflix has in store for the final month of 2017.

December 1:

  • Apocalypse Now
  • At Close Range
  • Basic Instinct 2
  • Bloodsport
  • Brothers Grimm
  • Buffalo 66
  • Child's Play
  • Doctor Strange: The Sorcerer Supreme
  • Gremlins 2: The New Batch
  • Hammett
  • Hannibal
  • Hitch
  • Hulk Vs.
  • In & Out
  • In Enemy Hands
  • Light Sleeper
  • Meet Wally Sparks
  • Moonstruck
  • Next Avengers: Heroes Of Tomorrow
  • Planet Hulk
  • Point Break
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rocky V
  • Searching For Bobby Fischer
  • Silence
  • Stigmata
  • The Final Cut
  • The Heartbreak Kid
  • The Invincible Iron Man
  • The Silence Of The Lambs
  • The Weight Of Water
  • Thor Animated Movie: Tales Of Asgard
  • Titanic
  • Ultimate Avengers
  • Ultimate Avengers II
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story

December 3

  • Class Season 1

December 4

  • The Royals Season 3

December 7

  • Thursday Night Football: Saints vs. Falcons
  • Aftershock
  • Gun Shy

December 8

  • The Grand Tour Season 2
  • Crank: High Voltage
  • Triple 9

December 9

  • It Comes At Night

December 10

  • Nightcrawler
  • Rosewater

December 12

  • Foreman

December 14

  • Thursday Night Football: Broncos Vs. Colts

December 15

  • Jean-Claude Van Johnson Season 1

December 18

  • Doctor Who Christmas special

December 21

  • Humans Season 2
  • Woodshock

December 23

  • Teen Wolf Season 6
  • Anne Of Green Gables Season 2
  • Banksy Does New York
  • Someone Marry Barry

December 25

  • Thursday Night Football: Steelers Vs. Texans

December 28

  • Anjelah Johnson: Mahalo & Goodnight

December 29

  • Rings

December 31

  • Brawl In Cellblock 99
  • Solace

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Mentioned In French Senator's Letter To Gambling Authority

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:30

A French Senator has penned a letter to the online gambling authority in France regarding his thoughts on loot boxes and microtransactions in the wake of the controversy surrounding Star Wars: Battlefront II. Jerome Durain's letter to the independent agency, ARJEL, opens by praising video games and esports in particular for helping contribute to the cultural and economic growth of entertainment in France.

Despite all of the positives, Durain pointed out in his letter posted on Twitter that the video game world is constantly evolving, with one potential area of concern being the growing trend of loot boxes and microtransactions, as most recently brought to the forefront by Star Wars: Battlefront II. He mentioned that there is some amount of worry among the gaming crowd that microtransactions could have a "deleterious" effect on the industry.

Durain went on to say that he is not recommending any specific legislation regarding microtransactions and loot boxes, adding that when loot boxes contain cosmetic items only (as they do in Overwatch), these are generally well-accepted. But Durain took issue with games that can offer loot boxes as part of a "pay-to-win" scheme, mentioning Star Wars: Battlefront II by name in making his point.

He said Battlefront II's loot boxes could be seen as a form of gambling, with the suggestion being that if they are, some amount of consumer protection may be advisable. Durain pointed out that China has already taken steps in this area, as the country mandates that developers disclose loot box odds for some games, including Overwatch, while Belgium has launched its own investigation as well. Durain is now wondering if ARJEL has the capacity to take on such an initiative, which is why he wrote the letter.

Finally, Durain said he also spoke with other key parties in France about this, including the country's Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, video game consumer and developer bodies, and ESports organizations. With all of their input considered, Durain said he's confident France can make progress towards action.

Notably, Durain's message to ARJEL is dated November 16. That's the same day that EA removed microtransactions from Battlefront II. That announcement was made late in the day on November 16, so it seems likely, given that France is nine hours ahead of California time, that Durain's letter went out before the news broke.

Durain's letter was translated into English by Reddit user Artfunkel (via GameRant) and confirmed by multiple people on staff at GameSpot.

Battlefront II is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Much of the news cycle around the game has been focused on its microtransaction system, which, though removed for now, is coming back at a later date. Management at Disney was reportedly unpleased with the negative response around the game, which comes just a few weeks before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2 Controversy Draws Response From Disney, Lucasfilm

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:46

Lucasfilm, the film and TV company behind Star Wars, has responded to the controversy around microtransactions surrounding the recently launched Star Wars: Battlefront II. A spokesperson told The Washington Post that the company stands behind publisher EA's decision to temporarily suspend the game's implementation of microtransactions.

"Star Wars has always been about the fans--and whether it's Battlefront or any other Star Wars experience, they come first," the spokesperson said. "That's why we support EA's decision to temporarily remove in-game payments to address fan concerns."

Battlefront II's microtransactions were removed just hours before the game's official launch on Friday, November 17. EA made the call after facing a wave of criticism amongst those who played an early version of the game through EA/Origin Access or by pre-ordering. In addition to heat from fans, it seems like Disney executive Jimmy Pitaro, who heads up the company's consumer products and interactive media division, might have been involved in the decision to have microtransactions removed.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Pitaro spoke with EA management just hours before microtransactions were removed. Pitaro reportedly informed EA that executives at Disney were upset by how the dissatisfaction amongst players "reflected on their marquee property." Headlines about Battlefront II and player outrage made international news, and with just weeks to go before The Last Jedi's release on December 15, Disney was surely looking for a more positive news cycle around its biggest brand.

Battlefront II offers loot crates that contain randomized items. Before the microtransactions were removed, you could purchase Crystals with real-world money that could be spent on loot crates. Part of what made Battlefront II's loot crate system highly contentious is that the boxes could contain items that provide actual gameplay performance-boosters such as deadlier grenades or extended cloaking. You can still get those bonuses, but now all progression is tied to your in-game achievements.

EA is bringing back microtransactions at a later date, but there is no word as of yet if changes to the progression system will also be made. For example, we don't know if EA will take a page out of Overwatch's playbook and offer only cosmetic items in its loot crates or if the company will take a different approach. We will be monitoring the situation and will report back with more details as they're made available.

EA's stock price took a hit after Battlefront II dropped microtransactions, but the company says this will have no meaningful impact on its bottom line for the fiscal year.

It remains to be seen what effect the microtransaction controversy may have on Battlefront II sales. In the UK, first-week physical sales were down 61 percent compared to the 2015 Battlefront reboot, which doesn't paint the rosiest of pictures, even with an assumed rise in the digital share factored in.

We are holding back our final Battlefront II review for now, but you can read our Battlefront II review-in-progress to find out what we think so far.

AJ Styles And Brock Lesnar's Survivor Series Match Showed Why it Doesn't Matter Whether Wrestling Is "Real"

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:42

Last night at Survivor Series, Brock Lesnar defeated AJ Styles in a "Champion vs. Champion" match.

This was actually a last-minute booking. The original plan was to have Brock Lesnar fight Jinder Mahal, but a number of factors colluded to kill that. The fans, by and large, hated the idea. They widely perceive Mahal as a transitional WWE champion, who only attained his spot because WWE has a growing Indian audience; Mahal possesses an Indo-Canadian background. Prior to his championship run, Mahal was losing to the likes of Mojo Rawley, Darren Young, Curtis Axel, and R-Truth; even in the scripted world of professional wrestling, there's a limit to what fans will swallow. The storylines don't have to be realistic, necessarily, but they need to adhere to their own internal logic.

Paul Heyman, Lesnar's manager, alluded to this dissonance in his October 23 promo, when he buried Jinder Mahal under six feet of rhetoric. "You're not even a worthy pretender to the throne!" Heyman bellowed at the Raw audience.

Soon after that, Mahal dropped the WWE championship, and AJ Styles, the man who won it from him, was slotted in Mahal's place at Survivor Series. Lesnar and Mahal only had a week to plan out their confrontation. Complicating matters, Lesnar has a reputation for "laziness," depending on his opponent; Dean Ambrose had to twist Lesnar's arm to get him to perform at WrestleMania 32. And prior to last night, Lesnar hadn't delivered a match worthy of his notoriety since WrestleMania 31, almost three years ago. So as good as the match looked on paper, it could have easily devolved into a "Suplex City" match--nothing but German suplexes for 10 tedious minutes--if Lesnar had decided to phone it in.

But that didn't happen--at all! What happened is that Styles and Lesnar had the best match of the evening, and possibly the best WWE match of the year. When he's mentally present, Lesnar can still deliver. And AJ Styles brought out the best in him.

The match started as all Lesnar matches do—with complete and utter physical domination. Lesnar grabbed Styles, shoved him into the turnbuckles, and began shoulder ramming him in the gut. This was followed by several suplexes, after which Lesnar took his time, stood around, and smirked. The narrative goal was to characterize Lesnar as so dominant, so many steps ahead of his opponent, that he could afford to loiter about and cackle while his opponent struggled to stand.

Have you ever seen anything like this? #SuplexCity#SurvivorSeries @BrockLesnar @AJStylesOrg pic.twitter.com/1Q7A7vj0ms

— WWE (@WWE) November 20, 2017

Typically, Lesnar matches never progress beyond this first act. Most wrestlers eat suplex after suplex before taking an F-5 and getting pinned. But AJ Styles is not most wrestlers. After that initial wave of Lesnar dominance, Styles wove a classic David and Goliath tale for the rest of the match.

There is HOPE for @AJStylesOrg after all! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/uyo7zrad9r

— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) November 20, 2017

Kayfabe wise, most opponents try (and fail) to outpunch and outwrestle Lesnar. And that's a fool's errand, because as elite as these wrestlers are at their craft, no one can beat former MMA champion Lesnar at his own game. That's why Styles went after Lesnar's legs instead, kicking them out from under him and ramming them into the steel steps. With Lesnar hobbling and dropping to his knees, Styles got some offense in. By the time he locked in the Calf Crusher, it seemed plausible that Lesnar could tap out to Styles, a man he outweighed by 50 pounds. He didn't, but it would have been believable, which is a testament to both men's storytelling ability.

Limb targeting is part of professional wrestling's art--the ability to convey a narrative through actions instead of words. The idea behind limb targeting is self-evident: If you're the underdog or otherwise at a disadvantage, work on one of your opponent's limbs for the entire course of the match. You may not be able to overpower your opponent, but you can prevent him from having the balance and strength to overpower you.

And though this sounds simple enough to act out (grab the knee, limp about), it's difficult to sustain narrative consistency over the course of a match. Few wrestlers can do it. The aggressor needs to remember to continue targeting the limb, and the victim needs to sell that limb at all times--to limp on it, to scream when he or she puts weight on it. Should they forget to limp or break into a full stride when they hit the ropes, the illusion is broken. It's like watching a magic trick. Just because audiences know it's an illusion doesn't mean they want to see the sleight of hand.

Ultimately, Lesnar's brute strength won the day. To escape the Calf Crusher, he pounded Styles' head into the mat multiple times. He actually did a really nice job of protecting Styles' head with the back of his hand; I had to rewatch the match to see the move. Then he caught Styles (mid-air!) to finish the match with an F-5. And throughout all this, Lesnar never forgot to sell his injured leg.

OMG! F5! Lesnar Wins! #SurvivorSeries pic.twitter.com/rHTnalZfso

— From The Top Rope (@FromTheTop) November 20, 2017

But the performance didn't end after the bell rang. Brock did not jump up and celebrate. He looked nauseous as he staggered out of the ring on his "injured" leg, clutching his championship belt. He even paused theatrically before heading up the ramp, almost as if he wanted to get back in the ring and shake Styles' hand. This was kayfabe respect, but there was real respect mixed in there too.

And later that evening, Heyman continued putting Styles over, in a backstage video that compared him to the industry's legends.

It would have been nice if Styles won. But if that wasn't going to happen, the two men in the ring did the next best thing: They made AJ Styles look extremely strong in defeat. According to their storytelling, it was Lesnar's luck, not his skill, that allowed him to walk away with the victory. Both men left the ring looking stronger than when they entered it.

This is what fans love about professional wrestling. We know it's not "real," in the truest sense of the word. But everyone loves a good story. And wrestlers, in their best moments, are some incredible storytellers, in a manner that is unique to their profession.

Game Of Thrones Blu-ray Set Price Drops In Pre-Black Friday Sale

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:42

Who says you have to wait for Black Friday to get a deal? Certainly not Amazon. The online retailer is getting a jumpstart on the Thanksgiving holiday by dropping the price of its Game of Thrones Seasons 1-6 Blu-ray set.

The set, which includes the first six years of the series, is currently $70 on Amazon--marked down from the normal $138 price. That's a lot of dragons and betrayal for not a lot of money. Funnily enough, it's also cheaper than the current price of the exact same set on DVD, which Amazon has listed for $102.

It's important to note that the set does not include to most recent season of Game of Thrones, which won't arrive on Blu-ray and DVD until December 12. It's a good start on building your Game of Thrones collection, though, leading into the premiere of the final season.

Production on the last batch of episodes is currently underway, though a premiere date has yet to be announced. The eighth and final season will consist of six episodes.

While you're in a shopping mood, make sure to check out the rest of our Black Friday coverage:

Need For Speed Payback Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:05

A ton of games and consoles will be on sale for Black Friday 2017, including some of the biggest titles from the past year. Among the more recent releases you'll be able to find at a discount is Need for Speed Payback, which, despite only launching earlier this month, will be on sale at various retailers.

If you're looking to pick up EA's latest racing game at stores, you can find some good deals on the PS4 and Xbox One versions. Best Buy and Target will have it on sale for the cheapest price this Black Friday; the game will be available at both chains for $35. GameStop, meanwhile, will have it for slightly more at $40.

In addition to those retail deals, you'll also be able to find discounts on the digital version of Need for Speed Payback from the Xbox Store and PlayStation Store, both of which are currently offering their Black Friday sales early for Xbox Live Gold and PS Plus subscribers, respectively. You can download the game from both digital stores for $36. The Black Friday sales will extend to non-Gold and PS Plus members beginning tomorrow, November 21, so everyone will be able to download the game at a discount starting then.

PC players will also find some discounts on Need for Speed Payback from EA's Origin service, which kicked off its Black Friday sale today. The standard edition of the game is available for $40, while the Deluxe edition (which includes Payback's upcoming story mission pack and other bonus content) runs for $53.32. You can read more about the title in our full Need for Speed Payback review.

Below you'll find the full list of all the announced Need for Speed Payback deals, which we'll continue to update as more Black Friday savings and prices are revealed. You can find our complete coverage of other Black Friday 2017 deals through the links at the bottom of this roundup.

Need for Speed Payback Black Friday DealsPS4/Xbox One
  • Best Buy -- $35
  • Target -- $35
  • PlayStation Store -- $36 [PS Plus subscribers-only until November 21]
  • Xbox Store -- $36 [Xbox Live Gold members-only until November 21]
  • GameStop -- $40
PC
  • Origin
    • Standard edition -- $40
    • Deluxe edition -- $53.32
Black Friday 2017 Deals

The Shape Of Water Review: The Problem With Inter-Species Romance

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:04

For what it’s worth, there are some truly spectacular moments in The Shape of Water, writer/director Guillermo del Toro’s new fantastical romance. True to most of his films, the cinematography (this time by Dan Laustsen) is marvelous. The film, led with such heart by the criminally underrated Sally Hawkins, is more than just a visual feast, too, with its gorgeous underwater scenes and a lovely ballroom dance interlude. At its best, it explores the urgency of love when everything else seems helpless.

But with all its grandeur and charm, the fact that this is a love story between a woman and a monster is too ridiculous to ignore. The creature is a tall amphibian-type kept in a super-secret lab that somehow manages to seduce Elisa (Hawkins), the otherwise normal cleaning woman who washes around its incubator each evening.

There is nothing wrong, per se, with inter-species relationships in film. E.T. is iconic, Her is a modern classic, and you can’t tell me that Christopher Robin and Winnie The Pooh didn’t love one another. But that’s the thing with The Shape of Water: It goes beyond your typical human-rescues-other narrative, where the often lonely character finds a fascinating creature to which she instantly clings.

Where it goes too far is when Elisa and her newly rescued creature, who she ends up stealing from the lab and preserving in her own bathtub, knock boots in her bathroom (which she flooded just right so she and her lover could have more room together). Elisa giggles about it with her friend/co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) like a schoolgirl whose cherry was just popped. It’s one thing to ask audiences to suspend belief for this fairy tale, and it’s a whole other thing to ask them to consider for one moment that an otherwise sane woman would be so desperate as to fall for a creature who can’t even survive on dry land--not when there are actual men in this town.

The Beauty and the Beast syndrome is irksome as well. Why does the woman always have to be the one to fall for a monster? Why can’t the man ever be the one smitten with a non-human that doesn’t look like Daryl Hannah in Splash?

But if you can get past those strange romance elements, The Shape of Water does succeed at its gorgeous presentation of a Cold War-era American city, rife with seedy characters threatening to abduct the creature for their own gain. It’s also nice to see Spencer, though she mainly occupies the stereotypical “best girlfriend” position, venture into more genre films like this, where she’s not in the Deep South or navigating racial tensions (though, given the time period, she doesn’t escape it completely--and she is referred to as “the help” here too).

There’s a great scene in the film where the creature’s life is at stake and Zelda is at the mercy of maniacal Colonel Strickland (terrific Michael Shannon), who is blinded with rage over the missing “asset.” Still, it would have been nice to see Spencer in a more leading role.

That’s not to take away from Hawkins, though, whose natural grace and compassion is reflected in all her scenes. Playing a mute character, she has to embody all of Elisa’s dialogue in her face, which she does effortlessly. She shows off her ruthless side with just a simple smirk, which is most pronounced in the scenes she shares with Spencer and Richard Jenkins (who plays her landlord and friend Giles).

Unfortunately, the film’s central themes, which explore loneliness and companionship, flounder around for the sake of the far more ridiculous love story. Each of the characters deals with his or her own sense of alienation: Elisa cherishes the company she keeps in order to create the sound of life around her, a harmony to which she is unable to contribute; Giles is an older gay gentleman who thinks he’s finally found his counterpart and has to cope with the loss of that hope as well; Zelda mops floors all day only to come home to a man who barely speaks to her; and Strickland seems more like a shell of a person who merely performs the actions of a human but doesn’t actually bother to have any emotion about them (except at work, where he is desperately alert about everything).

Even Dr. Robert Hoffstetler (Michael Stuhlberg)--who becomes an ally for Elisa--succumbs to an unfortunate fate with little resistance. But none of this is explored as much as it should have been.

Instead, The Shape of Water focuses on how Elisa’s solitude and yearning for love makes her so desperate that she falls into the arms of a creature who can’t even survive on dry land. No matter how much Doug Jones tries to sell the character, it really comes down to the fact that we’re supposed to believe that the creature and this woman were able to make a life together somehow and live happily ever after. Even for a del Toro fairy tale, that's just too unbelievable.

The GoodThe BadSally Hawkins commands the screenMale-gazey woman-on-monster relationshipMichael Stuhlberg is greatOctavia Spencer is underusedBreathtaking cinematographyUnsatisfying endingCore themes of loneliness

Before Black Friday, New PC Sale Discounts 1000-Plus Games And Gives One Away Free

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:35

The Humble Store, the digital PC game storefront of Humble Bundle, has launched a Fall sale. There are more than 1000 games on sale, while Humble is also offering Double Fine's metal music-themed action game Brutal Legend completely free for a limited time.

Some of the notable Humble Fall Sale deals include Project Cars 2 ($36), Planet Coaster ($20.24), the Metro Redux bundle ($6), Street Fighter V ($20), L.A. Noire Complete Edition ($18), and Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen ($12). Additionally, Resident Evil 7 is down to $30, while Dead Rising 4 is down to $24. Some of the other deals include Hotline Miami ($2.50), Hatoful Boyfriend ($2.50), and Alien: Isolation The Collection ($10). In most cases, the games are available on Steam and Windows 10, but be sure to check the specific product page for availability. Go to Humble's website to see a rundown of all the deals.

As for the Brutal Legend freebie, it's available for $0.00 through Wednesday, November 22. You can grab it right here. Released in 2009, Brutal Legend stars Jack Black as the voice and likeness of a roadie named Eddie Riggs. Due to some cosmic weirdness, he gets sucked into a world inspired by metal music. The game has a killer soundtrack featuring songs by Ozzy Osbourne, Motorhead, Skid Row, Iced Earth, Black Sabbath, and Mastodon, among many others. Musicians such as Ozzy Osbourne, Lita Ford, Rob Halford, and Lemmy Kilmister appear in the game, as does actor Tim Curry.

These offers come just days ahead of Black Friday, where you'll be able to save big on lots and lots of games, as well as hardware and accessories. You can check out the links below to find out more about what's on sale this year. Additionally, it's rumoured that Steam's own Black Friday sale will kick off later this week, so keep checking back for more.

Black Friday 2017 Deals:

New On Netflix This Week: She's Gotta Have It Season 1, Piranha, And More

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:05

The Thanksgiving holiday leaves a lot of time for binge-watching. Thankfully, Netflix has that covered. The streaming service is adding several new titles this week, including new seasons of several Netflix original shows, along with a few new movies to check out.

When it comes to films, The Boss Baby, The Case for Christ, and parkour drama--yes, really--Tracers are being added this week. If none of those interest you, though, the 2010 Piranha remake also arrives.

On the TV side of things, the first season of She's Gotta Have It arrives on November 23. The series is created and directed by Spike Lee, and based on his 1986 film of the same name. DeWanda Wise (Underground) stars in the series, taking on the role of Nora Darling, which was originally played by Tracy Camilla Johns in the film.

You can see everything arriving on Netflix this week below. Alternatively, you can also check out the streamer's full November schedule and what's coming in December.

November 20

  • Piranha

November 21

  • Beat Bugs: All Together Now (Netflix Original)
  • Brian Regan: Nunchucks and Flamethrowers (Netflix Original)
  • Saving Capitalism (Netflix Original)
  • The Case for Christ

November 22

  • Cherry Pop
  • Godless (Netflix Original)
  • The Boss BabyTracers

November 23

  • Deep
  • She's Gotta Have It: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Bushwick
  • Cuba and the Cameraman (Netflix Original)
  • Frontier: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • The Many Faces of Ito: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Trailer Park Boys: Out of the Park: USA: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

Ahead Of Black Friday 2017, You Can Get A PS4 Now For $200

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 08:01

Black Friday 2017 is quickly approaching, but you won't have to wait until the big shopping day to take advantage of some of the discounts on offer. That's especially true if you're in the market for a new PS4, which you can already find on sale at some stores.

Ahead of Black Friday, many retailers have begun selling the standard 1 TB PS4 Slim at a discount. GameStop and Best Buy have the console on sale for $200, while Amazon and Walmart are both selling it for a dollar cheaper, at $199. This console normally retails for $300 and doesn't come bundled with any games.

This is the lowest price you'll find on a new PS4 at any of the major retailers this Black Friday, but it isn't the best deal that will be available. That distinction may go to Kohl's. For every $50 you spend at the chain, you'll get $15 in Kohl's Cash, so picking up a $200 PS4 there will get you $60 in what are, effectively, limited-time gift cards. This deal will be available on Black Friday, and you'll have to use the Kohl's Cash you earn between November 26 and December 6.

If you can wait a few more days to purchase a PS4, you'll find a similar incentive to pick one up at GameStop. The game retailer will give away a $50 gift card when you purchase the $200 system on Black Friday. GameStop will also have the 4K-capable PS4 Pro on sale for $350, according to its Black Friday ad. That's the only PS4 Pro deal that has been announced so far; your only other option will be to pick the console up at its standard $400 price (or $450 for the special-edition Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II models).

There are a ton of other PS4 discounts and offers available this year, including a 12-month PS Plus membership for $40; you can find more in our roundup of all the PS4 game, console, and accessory Black Friday deals. You can see all of our other Black Friday coverage through the links below.

Nintendo 3DS Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All Of The Games And Hardware On Sale

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 07:31

Black Friday 2017 is approaching, and while much of the attention paid to Nintendo involves the Switch, 3DS continues to truck along. Its most significant game releases of the fall, Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, recently launched, and although neither of those will be on sale (at least that we know of), there will still be a number of deals for both prospective and existing 3DS owners.

On the hardware side, things are fairly limited. GameStop will sell the basic Nintendo 3DS for $100 and the New Nintendo 3DS XL (which features slightly more powerful hardware that can play certain games the non-New 3DS systems cannot) for $140. Other than that, there's very little in the way of actual deals that we know of at this point. However, the recently announced limited-edition green Zelda 2DS bundle launches on Black Friday at several retailers. This comes with a copy of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D pre-loaded on the system for $80. Among the stores whose ads reveal they'll have the system are GameStop, Target, and Walmart.

As noted above, in terms of games, Ultra Sun and Moon may not be discounted, but other Pokemon games are on sale. Pokemon X and Y are on sale for $20 each at GameStop (pre-owned), as are Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby (at both Best Buy and GameStop; the latter are pre-owned). GameStop takes things one step further and will let you pick any three of those for $40. Pokemon Sun and Moon will be $29 each at Walmart. At Best Buy, you'll find Animal Crossing: New Leaf for $15, Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for $20, and Mario Kart 7 for $20. Super Mario Maker and Super Smash Bros. for 3DS each drop to $25 at Target (as doorbuster deals).

Below, we've compiled all of the 3DS deals we've come across so far. There are likely still more to come; Amazon has pre-Black Friday deals going on now, but its actual day-of deals have not yet been revealed. Nintendo's potential plans for an Eshop sale also remain to be seen. We'll continue to update this story as more deals are announced. You can check out all of our Black Friday coverage through the links below.

Nintendo 3DS Black Friday DealsGames

Animal Crossing: New Leaf

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Kirby Planet Robobot

  • $25 (Target - doorbuster / Toys R Us)

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon

  • $15 (Best Buy)

Mario Kart 7

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Mario Party: Star Rush

  • $25 (Toys R Us)

Mario Sports Superstars

  • $29 (Walmart)

New Super Mario Bros. 2

  • $20 (Best Buy)

Pokemon Moon

  • $29 (Walmart)

Pokemon Sun

  • $29 (Walmart)

Pokemon X

  • $20 (Best Buy/GameStop - pre-owned)
  • Pick three for $40 with Y / Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby (GameStop - pre-owned)

Pokemon Y

  • $20 (Best Buy/GameStop - pre-owned)
  • Pick three for $40 with X / Alpha Sapphire / Omega Ruby (GameStop - pre-owned)

Pokemon Alpha Sapphire

  • $20 (Best Buy/GameStop - pre-owned)
  • $25 (Target - doorbuster)
  • Pick three for $40 with X / Y / Omega Ruby (GameStop - pre-owned)

Pokemon Omega Ruby

  • $20 (Best Buy/GameStop - pre-owned)
  • $25 (Target - doorbuster)
  • Pick three for $40 with X / Y / Alpha Sapphire (GameStop - pre-owned)

Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World

  • $25 (Target - doorbuster)
  • $30 (Toys R Us)

Super Mario Maker for 3DS

  • $25 (Target - doorbuster)
  • $29 (Walmart)

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS

  • $25 (Target - doorbuster)
  • $29 (Walmart)
Hardware And Accessories

Nintendo 3DS

  • $100 (GameStop)

New Nintendo 3DS XL

  • $140 (GameStop)

Link Edition 2DS (w/ Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D)

  • $80 (GameStop/Target/Walmart)

New On Netflix In December 2017: Will Smith's Bright, Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, And More Movies And TV Shows

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:31

With the arrival of the holidays comes a slew of new shows and movies on Netflix. It's a particularly busy month for the streamer, with many holiday specials joining the service, alongside several Netflix originals and a number of new library titles. With popular titles like V for Vendetta, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and Disney's The Santa Clause trilogy arriving, December is going to be a busy month for streaming.

However, it's a Netflix original movie that you should be paying closest attention to. December 22 will see the premiere of Bright, starring Will Smith and Joel Edgerton. The fantasy crime movie is directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad) with a script by Max Landis (American Ultra). The film marks Smith's first time starring in a Netflix project and he's certainly picked an interesting one.

Bright is set in a world where humans and fantasy creatures coexist. Smith plays an LAPD officer who is partnered with an Orc (Edgerton) when they find a very powerful magic wand that has the potential to change the world. Other new entries include Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, a new season of The Ranch, and Dave Chappelle's latest stand-up comedy special. It's not all good news, though.

There are also many titles departing the service in December. Black Snake Moan, Practical Magic, and 11 seasons of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia are just a few of the movies and shows that will no longer be available after the end of 2017. So make sure you watch them while you still can.

You can take a look at the full list of what's coming and going on Netflix throughout December below. You can also see everything that's arrived in November.

Arriving on Netflix, December 2017

December 1

  • 8 Mile
  • Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
  • Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
  • All Hail King Julien: Season 5 (Netflix Original)
  • A StoryBots Christmas (Netflix Original)
  • August Rush
  • Chef & My Fridge: 2017
  • Dark: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Diana: In Her Own Words
  • Dreamcatcher
  • DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays (Netflix Original)
  • Easy: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Exporting Raymond
  • Forbidden Games: The Justin Fashanu Story
  • Full Metal Jacket
  • Hitch
  • My Happy Family (Netflix Original)
  • Nacho Libre
  • Sahara
  • The Farthest - Voyager in Space
  • The Little Rascals
  • The Wackness
  • The Young Victoria
  • Tyson
  • V for Vendetta
  • TURN: Washington's Spies: Season 4
  • Voyeur (Netflix Original)
  • While You Were Sleeping

December 4

  • When Calls the Heart: Season 4

December 5

  • Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight (Netflix Original)
  • Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

December 6

  • Trolls Holiday Special

December 8

  • El Camino Christmas (Netflix Original)
  • The Crown: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

December 11

  • Catwoman
  • The Magicians: Season 2

December 12

  • Disney's The Santa Clause
  • Disney's The Santa Clause 2
  • Disney's The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause
  • Judd Apatow: The Return (Netflix Original)

December 14

  • 41 Dogs in My Home
  • A&E: When Patients Attack
  • Ainsley Eats the Streets: Season 1
  • Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

December 15

  • A Five Star Life
  • Christmas Inheritance (Netflix Original)
  • Discovering Bigfoot
  • El Señor de los Cielos: Season 5
  • Erased: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Freeway: Crack In The System
  • Neverlake
  • Pottersville
  • Reggie Yates Outside Man: Volume 2
  • The Haunting of Helena
  • The Mafia Kills Only in Summer
  • The Ranch: Part 4 (Netflix Original)
  • Trollhunters: Part 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Ultimate Beastmaster (Netflix Original)
  • Wormwood (Netflix Original)

December 18

  • Hello, My Twenties!: Season 2 (Netflix Original)

December 19

  • Miss Me This Christmas
  • Russell Howard: Recalibrate (Netflix Original)
  • The Indian Detective: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • You Can’t Fight Christmas

December 20

  • La Casa de Papel: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 21

  • Peaky Blinders: Season 4 (Netflix Original)

December 22

  • 72 Dangerous Animals: Latin America: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Bright (Netflix Original)
  • Dope: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Fuller House: Season 3, New Episodes (Netflix Original)
  • Rosario Tijeras: Season 1
  • The Toys That Made Us: Season 1 (Netflix Original)

December 23

  • Creep 2
  • Myths & Monsters: Season 1

December 25

  • Cable Girls: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • Planet Earth II

December 26

  • Todd Barry: Spicy Honey (Netflix Original)
  • Travelers: Season 2 (Netflix Original)
  • All Hail King Julien: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Beat Bugs: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Larva: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Pororo: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Puffin Rock: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Skylanders Academy: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Trollhunters: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • True and The Rainbow Kingdom: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018
  • Word Party: New Year's Eve Countdown 2018

December 27

  • Pusher

December 29

  • Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 2: Part 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Killer Legends
  • La Mante: Season 1 (Netflix Original)
  • Shelter
  • The Climb (Netflix Original)

December 31

  • Dave Chappelle: Equanimity (Netflix Original)
  • Fun Mom Dinner
Leaving Netflix, December 2017

December 1

  • All I Want for Christmas
  • Bedazzled
  • Black Snake Moan
  • Compulsion
  • Cousin Bette
  • Hoffa
  • La Viuda Negra: Season 1
  • Picture Perfect
  • Practical Magic
  • Rebelde
  • Scary Movie 2
  • Scary Movie 3
  • Super Size Me
  • Terriers: Season 1
  • The Crucible
  • The Gospel Road: A Story of Jesus
  • The Man from Snowy River
  • Touch: Season 2
  • Toys
  • Two Girls and a Guy
  • Waking Life
  • Young Frankenstein
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Bonds Beyond Time
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal: Seasons 1-2

December 5

  • Holes

December 9

  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Seasons 1-11

December 10

  • Lucky Number Slevin
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Rite

December 11

  • Dollhouse: Season 2

December 13

  • The Queen of Versailles

December 15

  • America's Funniest Home Video Kids: Holidazed
  • America's Funniest Home Videos Kids: Animals with Attitude: Season 1
  • America's Funniest Home Videos Kids: It's Tough Being a Kid: Season 1
  • America's Funniest Home Videos Kids: Playtime Ain't for Wimps: Season 1
  • America's Funniest Home Videos: New Collection D: Nincompoop Nation
  • Jeff Dunham: Arguing with Myself

December 19

  • Dance Academy: Series 1-3

December 20

  • Che: Parts 1 & 2

December 24

  • Amores Perros

December 25

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

PUBG Champs Crowned At First Stadium Event This Weekend

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 06:15

This weekend, the PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Invitational took place at the Intel Extreme Masters Oakland tournament in Oakland, California. The competition ran from November 18-19 and pit 20 teams from around the globe in a series of matches, which ultimately saw French team aAa (Against All Authority) come out on top.

After two days of competition, aAa finished at the top of the standings with 1620 points and 38 kills, taking home the grand prize of $60,000. The competition was spread out over eight matches. US team TSM led the standings after the first day of the tournament, but the competition was close throughout the tournament, with a different team taking the top spot in the first six matches.

TSM ultimately finished the competition in sixth place. Another US team, Tempo Storm, amassed 1385 points and 28 kills to become the runners up of the competition, while Ghost Gaming rounded out the top three with 1375 points and 31 kills. You can find the full standings here. In the Intel Extreme Masters Counter-Strike: GO competition, which also concluded this weekend, Ninjas in Pyjamas took home the top spot and a grand prize of $125,000.

PUBG releases in early access on Xbox One via the Game Preview program on December 12, while the game is slated to launch in full on PC by late December. The full release will include two major new mechanics, climbing and vaulting, which were available to try on test servers last week. We also got a look at more screenshots of PUBG's upcoming desert map recently.

Amazon Black Friday 2017 UK Deals: All The PS4 And Xbox One Games And Consoles On Sale

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 05:03

Black Friday 2017 is still a few days away, but you can already grab some retailers' early cheap deals. If you're in the US, check out all the PS4 Black Friday deals or a bunch of Xbox One Black Friday deals; otherwise, scroll down to see Amazon's early Black Friday UK deals--including games and console bundles for PS4 and Xbox One.

First up, a number of Xbox One S bundles are on offer right now. You can currently grab a 500 GB Xbox One S with Rocket League or Middle-earth: Shadow of War plus FIFA 18 or Star Wars Battlefront II for £200. Alternatively, an Xbox One S with Forza Horizon 3 and Star Wars Battlefront II is the same price.

Amazon is also offering the new PS4 Pro deal--which bundles a 1 TB PS4 Pro with Call of Duty: WWII and FIFA 18 for £300--as well as the current PlayStation Plus offer. That bags you 12 months of PS Plus for £37.50.

When it comes to games, Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition is £25 on PS4 and Xbox One, while Destiny 2 is down to £29 on both platforms. The only other standalone game currently on offer is PS4's Yakuza Kiwami, which is down to £21.50.

Some of Amazon's deals are exclusive to Prime members, while others are only good for a few hours. The company is adding more deals multiple times per day; check out the sale page here or keep an eye on GameSpot, where we'll keep you informed of any great deals.

Elsewhere in Black Friday 2017 deals for the UK, Game announced its early offers last week. Included in the sale are the Gran Turismo Sport / Skyrim for PS4 and PSVR bundle, Horizon Zero Dawn, Ark: Survival Evolved, and more. For the full list, check out all Game's Black Friday 2017 UK deals; alternatively, check out all the Black Friday deals we've covered so far.

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  • Amazon UK Black Friday 2017 Deals
    • PS4
    • Xbox One
    • Nintendo SwitchAmazon UK Black Friday 2017 DealsPS4Hardware, Accessories, More
      • PS4 Pro + FIFA 18 + Call of Duty: WWII -- £300
      • PlayStation Plus: 12 Month Membership -- £37.50
      Games
      • Destiny 2 -- £29
      • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- £25
      • Yakuza Kiwami -- £21.50
      Xbox OneHardware, Accessories, More
      • Xbox One S + Rocket League or Middle-earth: Shadow of War + FIFA 18 or Star Wars Battlefront II -- £200
      • Xbox One S + Forza Horizon 3 (including Hot Wheels DLC) + Star Wars Battlefront II -- £200
      Games
      • Destiny 2 -- £29
      • Overwatch: Game of the Year Edition -- £25
      Nintendo SwitchHardware, Accessories, More
      • Splatoon 2 Splat Pack (Switch Soft Pouch, Game Card Case, Thumb Gips) -- £18
      • Venom Switch Racing Wheel Twin Pack -- £9.25

Battlefield 1 Black Friday 2017 Ad Deals: All The Sales For PS4 And Xbox One

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:59

Black Friday 2017 is only a couple of days away, and this year, retailers will offer tons of deals on games, consoles, accessories, and more for each of the major platforms. While many of 2017's biggest game releases will be on sale, you'll also be able to find hefty discounts on some slightly older titles, including EA and DICE's World War I shooter, Battlefield 1.

If you've yet to pick up Battlefield 1, you'll be able to get the game's complete Revolution edition on sale for either PS4 or Xbox One at select stores. In terms of price, the best deal will be at Walmart; the retail giant will have the game on sale for $29. Best Buy will have it for roughly the same price this Black Friday at $30; My Best Buy Elite or Elite Plus members will be able to pick it up at that price right now. Target, meanwhile, will sell the game for $35. As of this writing, no sales for the PC version have been announced yet.

You'll also be able to find discounts on the digital version of Battlefield 1 ahead of Black Friday. As part of the Xbox Store's Black Friday sale, you can get the base game along with another acclaimed shooter from EA, Titanfall 2, as a bundle for only $40. You can also purchase Battlefield 1's Premium Pass--which normally retails for $50--for $15. The Xbox Store Black Friday sale is currently only available to Xbox Live Gold members, but it will open up to all others tomorrow, November 21.

The PlayStation Store's Black Friday sale is similarly available early for PS Plus subscribers, but its initial lineup of discounts doesn't include any on Battlefield 1. However, that service's sale will likewise open to everyone on November 21 and add more deals that same day, so there's a good chance you'll find similar discounts as in the Xbox Store. We'll update this roundup with any additional offers as they're announced.

Battlefield 1 Revolution bundles the base game together with its Premium Pass, which gives players access to the game's four DLC expansions: They Shall Not Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse. The next expansion, Turning Tides, is set to launch in December. If you're unsure if the game is worth picking up, you can read more about it in GameSpot's Battlefield 1 review.

You can see the complete list of Battlefield 1 deals for PS4 and Xbox One below. We'll continue to update the list as more Black Friday ads and prices are revealed. You can find all of our other Black Friday 2017 coverage through the links at the bottom of this roundup.

Battlefield 1 Revolution PS4/Xbox One Black Friday Deals
  • Walmart -- $29
  • Best Buy -- $30
  • Target -- $35
  • Xbox Store [Xbox Live Gold members-only until November 21]
    • Battlefield 1 & Titanfall 2 Ultimate Bundle -- $40
    • Battlefield 1 Premium Pass -- $15
Black Friday 2017 Deals

Early PS4 Black Friday 2017 Deal Gets You PS Plus Membership For Cheap Right Now

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 03:49

Although there were few deals on PlayStation Plus memberships included in the early Black Friday ads that were released, this has turned out to be a good week to subscribe or extend your membership. Those interested in a year of PS Plus can currently pick it up at a nice discount--and you don't even have to wait for Black Friday to actually begin.

A number of the Black Friday offers for PlayStation 4 games, consoles, and accessories have gone live early. In addition to being able to pick up a PS4 for $200 right now, you can purchase a 12-month PS Plus membership for $40 (or £37.50 in the UK). That's $20 less than the usual price, and as cheap as you can ever expect to see it go at most retailers. This price is available right now at Amazon, Best Buy, and GameStop. All three stores treat this as a "download," meaning you won't have to pick anything up or wait for a physical card to be mailed to you; a redemption code will simply be emailed to you.

That's good news, too, because being a PS Plus member right now gets you early access to a PSN Black Friday sale. This discounts a variety of recent, big-name games, including Assassin's Creed Origins ($42), Destiny 2 ($39), and WWE 2K18 ($36). The sale expands to non-Plus members on Tuesday, November 21, at which point the number of games included will also increase. We don't yet know what else will be on sale or if Plus members will receive steeper discounts, as is sometimes the case on the PlayStation Store.

Subscribing now also lets you claim November's free PS Plus games, which include Bound and Worms Battlegrounds. In addition to the usual allotment of six games across PS4, PS3, and Vita, you also get a bonus game, the PSVR title Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.

For a full rundown on all the upcoming offers, check out our roundup of all the PS4 Black Friday 2017 deals. We also have extensive coverage of other platforms and retailers, all of which you can see through the links below.

New Star Wars: Last Jedi Images Offer Fresh Look At Rey, Luke, More

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 02:38

Hot on the heels of the new Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster and the latest TV spots, we have a batch of new images. These come via Entertainment Weekly and include shot of the movie's main characters, including Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, Leia, and Luke.

The pictures also include fresh looks at two of the franchise's newest stars--Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico. Check some of the images out in the gallery below, and the rest over at EW.

The Last Jedi is directed by Rian Johnson and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, and Andy Serkis. It hits theaters on December 15.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Johnson spoke about his experience of first meeting Star Wars legends Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher. "It took a while before I could sit across the table with Mark and not, every three seconds, think, I'm talking to Luke Skywalker," he said. "With Carrie, I felt we connected as writers very quickly. She spoke her mind, man. They both did.

"Anyone whose life is that weirdly tied to a character like this, where you drop a script in their lap and say, 'Now it's this,' there's no way it's not a discussion. But they were both so engaged in the process, and trusting. The fact that both of them at some point said, 'OK, even if this isn't what I was expecting, I'm going to trust you'--that was really touching."

Unsurprisingly, the movie is expected to have a huge opening weekend at the box office. Early first-weekend projections have predicted that the film will make $215 million in the US over its first three days. While that would be below The Force Awakens' first-weekend haul of $247 million, it would still be the second-biggest of all time, ahead of Jurassic World's $208 million opening in 2015.

In related news, it was revealed this month that Johnson will write and direct a new Star Wars trilogy. Work on the next set of movies will begin after the release of JJ Abrams' Episode IX in 2019. In addition, Disney is planning a live-action Star Wars TV show, which will be available on its upcoming streaming service.

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