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Terminator 6 Is Happening, James Cameron And Original Stars To Return

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 20:26

Despite kicking off with two of the most acclaimed sci-fi movies of all time, the Terminator franchise hasn't always had an easy ride. Terminator 3 and Terminator: Salvation weren't exactly loved by fans, and the most recent example, 2015's Terminator: Genisys, was a flop that killed plans for a new trilogy. However, original director James Cameron is now involved with the franchise once more, and has spoken about his plans for the next movie.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron has revealed that he plans to bring Linda Hamilton, who starred in The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, back for the sixth movie. "As meaningful as she was to gender and action stars everywhere back then, it's going to make a huge statement to have that seasoned warrior that she's become return," he said.

Cameron then made reference to Hollywood's willingness to employ aging male action stars, but not female ones. "There are 50-year-old, 60-year-old guys out there killing bad guys," he said. "But there isn't an example of that for women."

The next Terminator film will be directed by Deadpool's Tim Miller, with a story overseen Cameron and Miller. Television-style writers' rooms are becoming increasingly popular on big franchise movies, and the new Terminator will follow this model. Writers who will work on the story include DC veteran David Goyer, Cameron's Dark Angel collaborator Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, who created the Terminator TV spinoff The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

Arnold Schwarzenegger has also confirmed his involvement with the next Terminator movie. However, the film does not currently have a release date, and specific story details are unknown.

There had been some confusion about whether a new Terminator would actually happen. Terminator: Genisys was originally intended to be the first part of a new trilogy, but its box office failure ended this plan. Subsequent reports suggested that Paramount had abandoned the idea of any more movies; however Cameron's renewed involvement has now ensured that the series does have a future.

Xbox One X Pre-Orders Open Again Today, List Of "Enhanced" Titles Grows

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:01

Last month at Gamescom, Microsoft opened pre-orders for the Project Scorpio edition of the Xbox One X, which comes with special markings. Those consoles sold through very quickly. Today, Microsoft opened pre-orders for the standard version of the Xbox One X, so if you missed out on the first round, now you have another chance to get one.

You can pre-order one right now through Microsoft's own Microsoft Store and Microsoft.com along with many other retailers such as GameStop and Amazon.

The Xbox One X is Microsoft's fastest pre-ordered Xbox console ever. The console launches on November 7 for $500 / £449 / AU $649. It has an 8-core CPU, 12 GB GDDR 5 RAM, and six teraflops of performance, and compatible with standard-edition Xbox One games and controllers.

More than 130 games will be "enhanced" for Xbox One X, and this will continue to grow, Microsoft says. You can see a list of all of these titles here.

For lots more on how to pre-order an Xbox One X, check out GameSpot's detailed breakdown here.

Nintendo Stock Price Surges After A Game Announcement And More

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 15:53

Nintendo's stock price jumped by more than 7 percent this week, apparently in response to the news that a game from Chinese internet giant Tencent in coming to Nintendo Switch. The company's multiplayer online game Arena of Valor was announced for Nintendo Switch during a Nintendo Direct and it's due out later this year.

Sources told The Wall Street Journal that investors are enthusiastic about the news because it "could be a precursor to arrangements allowing Nintendo to sell the Switch and its mobile games in China." China, of course, is a massive market for gaming, and if Nintendo can have success in the region, that could end up being a big bottom line-booster.

WSJ also reported that Nintendo has been "looking for ways to expand in China" and is considering Tencent as a potential partner, according to sources. The insiders said Nintendo thought about bringing the Wii U to China but walked away from this.

You can read the full WSJ report here.

Arena of Valor, which is known as Honor of Kings in other markets, is a free-to-play game. Youcan choose from 35 heroes, including roles like tank, mage, warrior, and assassin. A beta test version of the game will launch this winter.

After 15 years, China lifted its console ban in 2015. Sony (PlayStation 4) and Microsoft (Xbox One) brought their consoles to the country, but an issue that persists is that games must pass through China's Ministry of Culture to be approved for release.

There are reportedly more than 300 million gamers in China, so even if the number of releases is limited due to local rules, it's still undeniably a massive opportunity for game companies.

GTA's CJ Comes To Zelda: Breath Of The Wild In This Cool Mod

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:58

What if CJ, the main character in GTA: San Andreas, took over for Link in Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Now we know... sort of. A skin mod for Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild brings Carl Johnson into Hyrule, and it's quite a sight to behold.

The mod falls apart when you equip any equipment, but CJ in his shirt and blue jeans is just fine for the purposes of this mod. You can see the wonderful creation in action in WilianZilv's video below (via Game Informer). You know how to use the internet, so if you want to download the mod for yourself you can find a way.

In other news about Breath of the Wild, Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata recently said that the game is just about "perfect" when it comes to polish.

"It's very polished, almost a perfect game in that regard," he said, noting he hasn't played it himself yet. "And our goals are probably to take that experience that players felt with Breath of the Wild, but with our own technology and our own know-how."

The next expansion for Breath of the Wild is called The Champion's Ballad. Due out later this year, it adds new story content and more. You can learn more about it and see some footage here. The game's first expansion, The Master Trials, came out in June.

Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive Dev Reveals New Logo

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 14:30

Insomniac Games, the studio behind games like Spyro, Resistance, Ratchet & Clank, Sunset Overdrive, and the upcoming Spider-Man game for PlayStation 4, has revealed a new company logo. In a blog post, the studio said it challenged itself to "think beyond the moon" for its logo. And this led to some big changes.

"We wanted a redesign that reflected our evolution as a studio and as people while retaining some familiarity to our past logo treatments," it said. "We're very proud, excited, and yes, a little nervous to reveal our new Insomniac Games logo."

The studio came up with this design "very early" in the process of coming up with a new one. Insomniac stuck with it because it ticked the right boxes.

"It's got a lunar theme, with what appear to be two crescent moons facing each other as the 'O'--reminiscent of our past and future. Many folks here also see a portal or lens for the 'O,' which we like because it symbolizes exploration as well as how many of our fans see us differently," Insomniac explained.

"Observant fans will see the subtle callbacks to our previous Insomniac Games logo, including the oversized 'O,' serif lettering on the 'N' and the positioning of 'Games' as a core part of our identity."

Insomniac went on to say that its new logo "may be jarring to some people." While the studio is mindful of its journey, it's also intent on evolving--and a new logo is part of that. You can see Insomniac's logos from throughout the years below, including when it was known as Xtreme Software.

Finally, Insomniac updated fans on some key numbers from throughout its history. The studio has released 25 games since its founding in 1994, growing in that time from 50 employees to more than 275 across its Burbank, California and Raleigh, North Carolina offices. Insomniac employees have collectively given birth to more than 200 babies since its founding.

Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite - How To Beat Ultron Omega

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:52

Ultron Omega is one of the strangest final bosses in the Marvel vs. Capcom series, but he has to be defeated in order to complete the arcade mode and unlock additional character costume colors. He may seem like a menacing force, but in order to defeat him, you just have to learn his patterns. Below you can find details on how to do just that.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more thoughts on the game, check out our review in progress, and be sure to check back soon for our final review. And if you're curious what others thought about the game, read our review roundup.

How To Defeat Ultron Omega

The best thing to do is get up close and personal to Ultron Omega, and land as many high-number combos as you can on him. Being right up against him will put you out of the way of some of his attacks. Ultron Omega’s moves do a lot of damage, but he telegraphs almost every single one. So if he says something or you see him charge up, start blocking.

Use your partner to your advantage. If your starting character begins to take damage, tag out and let your off character heal. Then, repeat that process when your second character needs to heal.

Ultron Omega has three phases: offensive, defensive, and the drone phase. The offensive phase is the best time to land combos and do damage. Just make sure that you’re blocking when Ultron starts to attack. Stick with level one hyper combos. Hyper combos that grab won’t do any damage, so take the easy damage of level one combos.

When Ultron put his arms up to block, get right in there and land as many hits as you can. If nothing else, it will build your meter. But, If you land enough attacks while he has both arms up guarding, you can break his guard leaving him vulnerable to attack. Any hits you land at this time will yield more damage as well. It’s very easy to break his guard if you have the Time Stone equipped; those quick attacks can break his guard in no time.

When Ultron is in his drone phase, he will back off and launch one or two drones at you. They don’t take much damage to defeat, but try to get them out of there as quickly as possible because Ultron won’t return until you defeat them. And keep the drones on your right side; Ultron will occasionally shoot an electrical beam from above that can be hard to block if your attention is split to your right and left.

Put all of those tips together to defeat Ultron Omega and unlock some extra colors for your favorite characters.

For more on how to better play Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite , check out our in-depth guides below:

GOG.com Free PC Game Codes Giveaway

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:45

In honor of GOG.com’s Big Deal Sale, we’re giving away 2,000 PC game codes free from their catalog. These are instant-win and you will receive an email within 24 hours with the code. Entry is open worldwide. The games are for PC only, redeemable on GOG's platform, and are DRM-free.

The Big Deal Sale on GOG.com runs until September 25th at 10:00 PM UTC. You can read more about it here: The Witcher Dev's DRM-Free PC Store Launches Big New Sale

The PC game code you receive will be a mystery code along the lines of STRAFE, Xenonauts, Nex Machina, The Sexy Brutale, Her Story, Deadnaut, Trine, and other quality games.

Enter below to get your code (the additional entries are optional):

"No More Nazis," Declares Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Trailer

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:33

A new trailer for Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus has arrived--and it's pretty intense. The video shows a horrible future where Nazis have taken over America, and in this video we see the devastation in Manhattan and New Orleans, specifically. Of course, series hero B.J. Blazkowicz is not OK with this, and, together with a crew of unlikely resistance fighters, he's on a warpath to rid America of the Nazi forces. This video shows BJ blowing Nazis to bits with all manner of firepower, as you'd expect from a Wolfenstein game.

In other news about The New Colossus, Bethesda recently announced that the game is coming to Nintendo Switch in 2018. It arrives for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in October this year, so Nintendo fans have to wait a bit. Still, it is notable that we're seeing some mature, big-name shooters make their way to Nintendo's platform.

For lots more on The New Colossus, you can check out all of GameSpot's previous written and video coverage right here.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Joins Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 10:20

Xbox boss Phil Spencer is joining Microsoft's top team of advisers. According to GameSpot sister site ZDNet, Spencer--who is currently executive vice president of gaming for Microsoft--is joining Microsoft's Senior Leadership Team. He's the 16th member, including CEO Satya Nadella, CFO Terry Myerson, and AI executive Harry Shum.

Spencer's promotion to the Senior Leadership Team is reflected on the Microsoft's website. His appointment suggests gaming is not going anywhere at Microsoft; there was a time when people believed Microsoft might spin off its Xbox division. But that doesn't seem to be the case.

Thanks to everyone for the very nice comments today, great show of commitment by MS to the Gaming opportunity, proud to be part of this team

— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) September 19, 2017

For his part, Spencer thanked fans for their support, and said himself that his promotion the Senior Leadership Team is a "great show of commitment" by Microsoft overall to the gaming market. Microsoft's gaming division, called More Personal Computing, saw its operating income rise 34 percent, or $2.1 billion, for the latest reporting period.

Spencer was promoted to Head of Xbox in August 2015. He oversees the Xbox and Xbox Live, as well as the creative teams at Xbox Music, Xbox Video, and Microsoft Studios. Spencer has been with Microsoft for more than 25 years.

Spencer is known for his frank and candid remarks about industry topics. For example, he consistently talks about how console wars are counter-productive.

Call Of Duty: WW2 Trailers Introduce The Four Main Characters

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:37

Following the impressive-looking Call of Duty: WWII campaign trailer that aired on Monday, Activision has now released four further trailers that highlight the members of your squad.

The main characters in Call of Duty: WWII are Red Daniels, Turner, Zussman, and Pierson. The trailers, all of which you can see below, introduce you to these characters and tell you a little about who they are what drives them. For example, Red comes from a rural farm before getting embroiled in the global conflict. Turner, meanwhile, is your commanding officer, while Zussman is Red's best friend. Finally, Pierson is the by-the-book character who is strict and stern. In addition to introducing the characters, the videos show off Call of Duty: WWII's incredible-looking cutscenes, which we've come to know over the years from Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: WWII's campaign is just one element of the game. The WWII shooter also has multiplayer, of course, along with a Zombies mode. Developer Sledgehammer revealed more information about Nazi Zombies last week in an interview with PlayStation Blog. Among other things, Sledgehammer confirmed that the mode focuses on cooperative, wave-based encounters and will pit players against different types of zombies. It also features a famous cast, including David Tennant (Doctor Who, Harry Potter), Elodie Yung (Daredevil), and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings).

Call of Duty: WWII releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3. Activision will reveal more details about the game's campaign throughout the week, including introducing players to the squadmates that'll accompany them throughout the campaign and the historical battles they'll take part in.

Overwatch Players With Bad Rep On Xbox One Will Be Muted

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 09:08

Overwatch got a massive new patch today and it added a new map for everyone, Junkertown, and also introduced a series of character balance changes. That's not all, though, as the patch also made a pretty significant change on Xbox One specifically.

Players who have bad reputations on Xbox Live, those designated as "Avoid Me," will have their in-game voice chat disabled. However, these players will stay in the same matchmaking groups as everyone else. Blizzard didn't say if it's employing a similar approach on PS4.

"Players whose Xbox Live reputation has been downgraded to 'Avoid Me' will remain in the same matchmaking pool as other Overwatch players," Blizzard said. "However, they will no longer be able to use the in-game voice communication."

Presumably, this change is a result of Blizzard's attempts to stem the "rising tide of toxicity" in Overwatch. Last week, Overwatch game director spoke frankly about the toxicity issues with Overwatch and how it's a problem that Blizzard and players alike need to respond to. One of the things he said in the video--which has racked up more than 1.2 million views--is that Blizzard won't create "naughty pools" for offending players, and the patch notes for Xbox One released today bear that out. You can watch the full video here.

The level of toxicity in Overwatch is so extreme, Kaplan said, that Blizzard's development on the game itself has been slowed so the studio can respond to the issues. Kaplan also called on players to look inward and maybe hold their tongue next time they want to say something nasty to an anonymous person online.

For lots more on today's big Overwatch update, check out the stories below:

Valve Is Addressing "Review-Bombing," Here's How

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:22

In the wake of new PewDiePie controversy, Valve has announced that it's making some changes to Steam User Reviews to mitigate some problems related to "review bombing." After PewDiePie's latest outburst, the developer of Firewatch called out the outspoken streamer and said it would issue DMCA takedown notices against his Firewatch videos. Not everyone took this news well, and a group of people "review bombed" Firewatch on Steam; that is, players posted a lot of negative reviews on Steam to lower its overall review score.

Review bombing is a problem, Valve said, because people are criticizing the game for reasons outside of the game itself. "It might be that they're unhappy with something the developer has said online, or about choices the developer has made in the Steam version of their game relative to other platforms, or simply that they don't like the developer's political convictions," Valve said. "Many of these out-of-game issues aren't very relevant when it comes to the value of the game itself, but some of them are real reasons why a player may be unhappy with their purchase."

Valve notes that an overall review score for a game that has been review-bombed generally returns to where it was before. In the case of Firewatch, the game overall rating is Very Positive, though its recent review score is labeled as Mixed, reflecting the review bombing.

"This implies that, while the review bombers were unhappy with a decision the developer made, the purchasers of the product afterwards were often as happy with the game as the players before them," Valve said. "In the cases where the Review Score didn't return fully to its prior level, we believe the issue behind the review bomb genuinely did affect the happiness of future purchasers of the game, and ended up being accurately reflected in the regular ongoing reviews submitted by new purchasers. In some review bomb cases, the developers made changes in response to the community dissatisfaction, and in others they didn't--but there didn't seem to be much correlation between whether they did and what happened to their Review Score afterwards."

Review bombing is problematic, Valve continued, because it makes it more difficult for the overall review score to accurately reflect whether or not you'd be interested in a game. Valve wants to "fix that" and in such a way that it won't stop players from voicing their genuine opinions.

In terms of solutions, Valve said one option would be to remove the Review Score altogether, so that players would need to read the actual user reviews. They could then make the call for themselves about whether or not issues outside the game are relevant. However, Valve is not going to pursue this avenue. "Scores were added in response to player demand in the past, and that demand for a summary of some kind is likely to still be there, even if players know it isn't always accurate," Valve said.

Valve also considered temporarily locking reviews, not unlike the way in which real-world stock markets can block some stocks from being traded when issues are detected. But Valve isn't pursuing this either because, "We're confident it would still result in the Review Score moving down after the lock period ended." Valve also considered changes to the way it calculates review scores, with a focus on more recent information.

But Valve is not going forward with any of these ideas. Instead, Valve is now going to focus more on how users can peruse review data to make an informed decision.

"Starting today, each game page now contains a histogram of the positive to negative ratio of reviews over the entire lifetime of the game, and by clicking on any part of the histogram you're able to read a sample of the reviews from that time period," Valve said. "As a potential purchaser, it's easy to spot temporary distortions in the reviews, to investigate why that distortion occurred, and decide for yourself whether it's something you care about. This approach has the advantage of never preventing anyone from submitting a review, but does require slightly more effort on the part of potential purchasers."

Valve ended its post by saying nothing is set in stone. It could be that Valve revisits its approach to deliver a better solution. You can read the full blog post here.

This Week's PS4, PS3, And Vita Deals Revealed

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 08:01

That latest batch of discounts is now available in the PlayStation Store for North America. This week, PS4, PS3, and Vita owners can find deals on the Assassin's Creed series, as well as on a number of games featuring the Caped Crusader.

Those looking to jump into an Assassin's Creed game before the series' newest entry, Assassin's Creed Origins, arrives next month can find some sizable discounts on previous installments this week. PS4 owners can pick up Assassin's Creed Syndicate and Unity for $20 and $12, respectively. Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is likewise on sale for $9.89, while The Ezio Collection runs for $25. PS3 players can also pick up Black Flag at a discounted $8, while Assassin's Creed III: Ultimate Edition is available for $15. Other games on sale include:

Sony is also holding a Batman Day sale on the PlayStation Store, which features discounts on several games starring the iconic hero. PS4 owners can pick up the superhero fighting game Injustice 2 for $48 (or $42 with PlayStation Plus), while Batman: Arkham Knight is on sale for $10 ($8). Other discounted titles include Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition ($10 / $8), Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham: Deluxe Edition ($17.49 / $14), and Batman: Arkham VR ($16 / $14).

Also ongoing is the Day 1 Digital promotion, which allows you to get a discount by purchasing two or more recently released or upcoming titles from the PlayStation Store, such as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite and Middle-earth: Shadow of War. Doing so by November 7 will earn you a 20% off coupon for a future PSN purchase.

The Assassin's Creed and Batman Day sales are available until September 26. You can find the full list of discounted games here.

Tomb Raider Movie's First Trailer Looks Like The Games

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:44

As promised, the full trailer for Tomb Raider is here. Alicia Vikander stars as Lara Croft, and the movie certainly looks like it will live up to director Roar Uthaug's earlier suggestion that the 2013 reboot game would be a big influence, with some moments taken directly from the game. The trailer was originally published on Instagram by co-star Daniel Wu, but it has since been removed, though you can still watch it above.

The film also stars Dominic West (The Wire) as Lara's father, Walton Goggins (Sons of Anarchy) as the villain, and Daniel Wu (Warcraft) as a ship captain who works with Lara on her adventure.

Uthaug's previous movie was the disaster epic The Wave, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vikander reveals that shooting Tomb Raider was a similarly water-drenched experience. "Just like in The Wave, we have a lot of water sequences," she said. "I spent my last two days of shooting in a tank and that was my 16th total day being fully drenched or submerged in the water. For one action scene, we used the London venue for Olympic rafting. They threw me down that river--with my hands tied--about 50 times. I didn't need to act, just react!"

Tomb Raider hits theaters on March 16, 2018. On the gaming side, while no new Tomb Raider has been announced, a sequel to Rise of the Tomb Raider is likely, as the 2013 reboot has been described as part of a trilogy. A leak last year suggested the name of the third game is Shadow of the Tomb Raider.

Here's What's New In GTA 5 Online This Week On PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:13

The latest batch of content and bonuses for Grand Theft Auto V are now available. Most notably, this week sees the addition of a new mode to GTA Online, while aircraft weapons and other such items are on sale for a limited time.

Beginning today, GTA Online players can take part in Bombushka Run, a brand-new team-based mode. It pits two squads of up to four players against each other; one side pilots the heavily armed RM-10 Bombushka plane, while the other tries to bring it down with Buzzard Attack Helicopters. The team that survives the longest while piloting the Bombushka is declared the winner. To celebrate the launch of Bombushka Run, players can earn double GTA$ and RP from the mode until September 25.

In keeping with the aerial theme, this week also sees a number of aircraft weapons and supplies go on sale. Players can get 25% off of the following items:

  • Hangar Workshops
  • Aircraft weapons
  • Liveries (cars and aircraft)
  • Resprays (cars and aircraft)
  • Mobile Operations Center Cabs
  • Executive Offices

Finally, this week's Premium Race is Water Slide, which is restricted to the Blazer Aqua. All players who participate will earn triple RP, while the top three finishers will be awarded with a substantial GTA$ payout. This week's Time Trial is Calafia Way. Those who manage to best the target time will receive a handsome GTA$ and RP reward.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Review

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:00

Kingsman: The Secret Service was a ridiculously violent, completely over-the-top, charmingly stylish, CG-heavy action-spy romp with a surprising helping of heart and one very bad joke. Its sequel, Kingsman: The Golden Circle, triples down on all of the above--including its cringeworthy comic sensibilities. The movie lunges, slides, and leaps frenetically from mood to mood, mashing up emotional reunions, goofy but impressive fight scenes, spicy one-liners of wildly varying wit, clumsy political commentary, and inconsistent humor. A lot of it works, but a couple of unfortunate choices hold The Golden Circle back from being anywhere near as good as its predecessor.

This Kingsman sequel sees Taron Egerton's Eggsy--A.K.A. Agent Galahad, a title he inherited from Colin Firth's Harry Hart--chasing down an international drug cartel led by Julianne Moore's Poppy Adams. Notably, Firth returns in The Golden Circle--despite getting shot in the head last time--and thankfully, the movie gets right to the point explaining how, instead of drawing it out as some big mystery.

Moore is easily the franchise's best new addition, as her egomaniacal supervillain comes with a funny twist: She's obsessed with 1950s nostalgia. Her secret jungle stronghold resembles a mid-century American town, complete with bowling alley, movie theater, salon, hot dog stand, and her diner-themed headquarters, where she makes loyal henchmen stuff each other in a meat grinder, turns them into burger patties, and feeds them to the survivors. Poppy is a maniac, but her nostalgia provides her with motivation: She aims to get all drugs legalized so she can return home and gain recognition as the successful businessperson she perceives herself as.

That involves getting the Kingsmen out of her way, which she does by blowing them up within the movie's first 15 minutes, instantly killing some characters whose absence from the film is sorely felt. The survivors include Eggsy, his tech support Merlin (Mark Strong), and for some reason Princess Tilde (Hanna Alström), who gets a weird amount of screentime for having no meaningful purpose in the movie besides giving Eggsy something to fret over.

The resulting crater-sized holes in Kingsman's world are filled with the Statesmen, our heroes' heretofore unknown American counterparts. These country music-quoting, bourbon-swigging agents, including Channing Tatum's "Tequila," Pedro Pascal's "Whiskey," Halle Berry's "Ginger Ale," and Jeff Bridges' "Champagne" (although you'd better call him Champ), are about as ridiculous as their gentlemanly British counterparts. The culture clash when these groups come together is fun, although Tatum is barely in the movie. Seriously, he has about a scene and a half total, which you definitely wouldn't know from the marketing. It's a massive waste of Channing in a cowboy hat, which should be some sort of crime.

But The Golden Circle's biggest problem relates back to that "one bad joke" from the first movie. Specifically, the original concluded with Princess Tilde offering Eggsy anal sex in exchange for saving her. Matthew Vaughn, who directed, produced, and co-wrote both films, explained the gag in interviews as "a celebration of women and the woman being empowered in a weird way in my mind," decrying "bloody feminists." He said he meant it as a parody of Bond film endings, which always see 007 getting the girl. And even if the joke didn't land the way he'd hoped, it was easy for most viewers to overlook, because the rest of the movie was pretty dang good.

Unfortunately, The Golden Circle isn't content with just revisiting that bad joke, but also goes much farther in its failed attempts at parody. One particular poorly conceived plot point takes up a sizable chunk around The Golden Circle's bloated middle with a scheme in which Eggsy and Pedro Pascal's character have to seduce a woman and "insert" a tracking device into an unconventional place. The bad taste this drawn-out, nonsensical, cringe-inducing segment leaves threatens to overshadow all the movie's strengths. And this makes it a trend, and not an outlier like Vaughn would have us believe.

On top of that, the movie's politics are all over the place, wavering shakily between "everybody does drugs, chill out" and "drugs are super bad, don't do them." The Golden Circle's Trump stand-in happily goes along with Poppy's evil plan to poison drug users and hold the antidote hostage, condemning millions of people to death because he sees them as "criminals." There's even a halfhearted Hillary-esque female politician who limply attempts to stop him, cementing the sensation that this script probably looked different before last year's election.

If you can overlook these flaws, there's plenty to enjoy in the rest of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. The action is cartoony and completely reliant on CGI, but super fun, well-choreographed, and creative. The Statesmen wield thematically consistent electrified lassos to match the Kingsmen's bulletproof umbrellas, and Poppy has menacing robot dogs (named "Bennie" and "Jet") guarding her secret lair. Elton John gets a surprising amount of time, although his appearances mostly involve swearing loudly at Julianne Moore. If that's funny to you, more power to you.

Kingsman: The Golden Circle cranks up the knobs on everything the first movie did. Unfortunately, that means more of the bad along with more of the good. Whether that makes this mission a failure or a success is open to interpretation.

The GoodThe BadCharacteristic explosive Kingsman actionSome character deaths detract from storyCowboys vs. gentleman is a fun culture clashCringey humor misses the markJulianna Moore as Poppy AdamsTragic lack of Tatum

More Xbox One X Pre-Orders Coming To GameStop This Week

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:57

Those eager to get their hands on Microsoft's upcoming Xbox One X as soon as possible will have another opportunity to pre-order the system very soon. GameStop has announced the details of an upcoming wave of pre-orders.

Like other retailers, GameStop quickly sold out of its allotment of Xbox One X Scorpio Editions, which are available by pre-order only. You've missed your opportunity to secure one of those (at least without resorting to the secondhand market), but pre-orders for the standard edition of the console will be available through GameStop starting tomorrow, September 20, at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET.

Specifics regarding stock were not shared, but given the demand for the Scorpio Edition, you may want to act quickly tomorrow if you're interested. Xbox One X launches worldwide on November 7, and other retailers are expected to offer additional pre-orders this month. You can stay on top of the latest news in our Xbox One X pre-order guide.

GameStop has also announced the details of some other offers related to the Xbox One X. For a limited time, PowerUp Rewards members can get up to $200 toward the system when they pre-order and trade in their current system. Additionally, it will offer layaway bundles involving the new console and different accessories, which offer discounts (provided you're interested in everything that's included). The bundles and their savings are as follows; we've followed up with GameStop to find out exact pricing.

  • Gold: Save $120
    • Microsoft Xbox One Black/Silver Elite Wireless Controller
    • ASTRO A40 TR Headset with M80 Adapter for Xbox One
    • Xbox One SCUF Elite Pro Kit – Green
    • Microsoft Xbox Live Six-Month Subscription
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    • Xbox Wireless Black/Gold Recon Tech Controller (GameStop exclusive)
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Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite - Glossary Of Terms For Newbies

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:40

You could write a book on all the FGC (fighting game community) slang that is thrown around in tournaments and on the internet. The Marvel vs. Capcom series even has some of its own slang. It's not easy to keep up with it all, but this handy guide will help learn and understand some of the terms that you may see in our guides or elsewhere online.

Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite is out now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For more of our thoughts on the game, check out our MvC: Infinite review in progress, and be sure to check back often for our final review. And if you're curious what others thought about the game, you can look at our review roundup.

Advancing Guard: A block that knocks your opponent back. This is achieved by pressing two attack buttons while blocking an attack. It will also reflect projectiles.

Aerial Recovery: After being hit into the air, your character can recover before hitting the ground by pressing any attack button. This will put your character back on his or her feet after being attacked.

Aerial Block: Blocking an attack while in the air.

Anti-Air: A move that is useful against an opponent who is airborne. The best Anti-Air moves are from the standing position and take priority against an incoming attack from above.

Armor: If a move has armor, that means that the character can take a hit while the move is active and it won't interrupt the attack animation. Moves with armor in MvCI are usually charge moves, which makes them particularly dangerous.

Auto Combo: MvCI has an auto combo system where every character can perform an auto combo by mashing the light punch button.

BnB: Stands for bread and butter. This refers to a character-specific combo to a character that is considered a mainstay combo for that character.

Chip Damage: Characters still take a small amount of damage against special moves and Hyper Combos. That damage is called chip damage. That's why it's a good idea to throw a Hyper Combo when your opponent has a sliver of health left. The chip damage will KO them.

Counter: When an attack is landed in the middle of an enemy attack. Counter moves do more damage than if the character was just standing in a neutral stance.

Drop: When you are in the middle of a combo, but fail to finish it due to nerves or an incorrect button press.

HC: Stands for Hyper Combo. The meter has four stages and charges mostly by landing hit. A small amount of HC meter is gained by taking damage. No meter is gained by blocking.

HP: Called "Vitality Gauge" in MvCI Your character's life meter at the top of the screen.

Happy Birthday: When your opponent tags in their partner and both characters get caught up in a combo, inflicting damage on both of them.

Hit Confirm: Hit confirming guarantees that a special move (usually a Hyper Combo) will land. You land a hit that isn't blocked and immediately tack on a Hyper Combo so it's strung together with the previous hit.

Infinity Storm: Uses all the power of your equipped Infinity Stone. The meter needs to be at least 50% in order to activate.

Infinity Surge: Builds your Infinity Meter and activates a small attack depending on the Infinity Stone equipped.

Mix-Up: The act of mixing up high, mid and low attacks with a combo or freestyle to make it the most difficult to read and block.

Neutral: When your character is standing still and you aren't pressing any specific direction. Any attack performed in this stance is considered a neutral attack.

OTG: Stands for "off the ground." That means an attack will hit the player when they're laying on the ground, which opens them up for more juggles.

Salty: When you get grumpy or start complaining after a loss.

Throw Tech: Also known as "throw escape." Pressing the throw button at the same time your opponent activates a throw will cancel the throw.

Wake-up: When your character is getting up off the ground from being down. Some moves have a zero frame wake-up meaning your character can't be attacked between the time he or she is on the ground and the time the move comes out.

For more on how to better play Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, check out our in-depth guides below:

Huge Overwatch Update Now Live With New Map And Mercy, D.Va Revamps

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:13

As a new piece of content, the headlining feature of today's Overwatch update may be the Junkertown map, but more meaningful are the balance changes the patch makes. Among other things, these include the overhauls for both D.Va and Mercy, both of whom now play much differently.

The changes to those two characters don't come out of nowhere; they were first announced in August and have been live on the Public Test Realm for the last few weeks. But they are significant: D.Va gains a new ability called Micro Missiles, which allows her to send a barrage of rockets and can be activated even when firing her weapons or using another ability. Similarly, Fusion Cannons can now be fired while flying. Defense Matrix sees a nerf, as its resource depletes twice as quickly, although regeneration increases to 12.5% per second (up from 10%).

"D.Va's Defense Matrix uptime has proven to be too strong, but simply reducing it without making other changes would make her too weak (and far less interesting to play)," Blizzard explained in the patch notes. "Instead, we're adding a new ability and giving her the ability to fire while flying. These changes give D.Va new options while maintaining Defense Matrix's ability to shut down big enemy attacks."

Mercy sees even more significant changes, as she gains an entirely new Ultimate in place of Resurrect. The new one, Valkyrie, "unleashes the full power of Mercy's Valkyrie suit" by buffing her weapon and each of her abilities in different ways; among these, she gains the ability to fly freely with Hover. Resurrect goes from being an Ultimate to a standard ability, and it can only target a single deceased ally, rather than all teammates near her.

"While resurrecting downed allies is a core part of Mercy's gameplay, the way her Ultimate functioned was causing a number of problems," Blizzard said. "It was frustrating to play against, and it incentivized Mercy players to hide away from important battles, instead of taking part in them. This version turns Resurrect into a single target ability. It's still an important part of Mercy's kit, but plays much better for both Mercy players and her enemies. Valkyrie, her new Ultimate, gives her the opportunity for big game-making plays and opens a number of new options for her."

While nowhere near as significant as the changes to either of those two, Reinhardt has also been tweaked in this expansion. When his shield is up, you can press the primary fire button to rotate the camera, allowing you to better check out your surroundings.

As noted above, this patch also introduces Junkertown, and it makes some other improvements and tweaks. The update is out now for all players on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

Apple Overhauls iOS With AR Gaming And App Store Revision

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 06:08

Today, Apple released iOS 11 to the public, and it includes new features for gaming on the platform. These additions are two-fold; the App Store sports a redesign that dedicates more space to games, and augmented reality (AR) games built with ARKit are now part of the ecosystem.

App Store emphasizes gaming

First off, games now have a dedicated tab in the App Store (aptly labelled as "Games") which contains recommendations, new releases, top-selling titles, and video content. This allows the platform to house games in one standalone area, which makes sense since Apple stated that the games category is the store's most popular one.

In addition, the "Today" tab is a new section where Apple's own internal editorial staff publishes full-fledged stories around iOS games and applications. This can includes news, written features, interviews, guides, or highlights of certain games. Formal reviews will not be part of the section, however.

"Today" tab on the left, "Games" tab on the right.ARKit brings augmented reality games to phones

ARKit is a toolset for developers that streamlines the creation process for AR games and apps on the Apple platform. Both the iPhone and iPad can run games built on ARKit with iOS 11 installed. The device's camera and motion sensors provide the real-world space for which game assets are rendered on. For example, The Machines requires a flat surface to draw up the game's maps, and players physically move around to get different viewing angles of the environment.

The Machines was demoed during Apple's recent iPhone event and GameSpot was able to play an early build of the game prior to launch. It works similarly to a MOBA (like Heroes of the Storm or Dota 2) in terms of map structure and abilities subjected to cooldown, but players control multiple characters during a match. It features local and online multiplayer, and a leaderboard. We also got hands-on with Zombie Gunship Revenant, a base-defense wave-based shooter where you place your base anywhere in the real world through your camera.

The Machines on iOS 11

ARKit was made available for developers earlier this year in June, and the first batch of AR games hit the App Store today. AR gaming isn't entirely new; we saw the wild success of Pokemon GO last year, and AR minigames on the Nintendo 3DS. But with ARKit's integration on iOS 11, we can expect many more AR games and applications in the near future.

If you need to catch up on what was revealed during Apple's iPhone event, check out our coverage on the new iPhone 8 and iPhone X. Don't miss out on the new game from ThatGameCompany (developers of Journey) called Sky, exclusive to Apple platforms.

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