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New On Shudder In February 2021: Exclusive Horror Movies, TV Shows, And More

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:21

Horror streaming service Shudder celebrated its most successful year ever in 2020 and has set itself an ambitious release slate for 2021. The company recently announced that it will release a new movie every week for the next 11 weeks, and February is packed with scary delights for fans to dig into.

That means no fewer than four new, original horror movies will be available next month. A Nightmare Wakes focuses on Frankenstein creator Mary Shelley and her relationship with famed poet Percy Shelley, while After Midnight is the story a young man experiencing weird things in his garden while he deals with the disappearance of his girlfriend. There's also the social media satire Shock, and the nightmarish family chiller The Dark and the Wicked.

The British fantasy series A Discovery of Witches also continues throughout February. The show is based on the All Souls Trilogy of novels by Deborah Harkness, and focuses on the hidden word of witchcraft and magic in Elizabethan London. Season 2 started in January, and episodes will be released weekly in February.

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New PS5 And PS4 Game Sale Features Great Games For Bargain Prices

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:19

If you're looking for something new to play on PS5 or PS4 without spending a lot of cash, a new sale on the PlayStation Store is definitely worth checking out. The latest reincarnation of the Games Under $20 sale is live now and features great deals on hundreds of titles, including Death Stranding, Resident Evil 2, The Division 2, and much more. The sale runs until February 4, so you have about two weeks to make your selections.

The Games Under $20 sale focuses heavily on AAA games from years past. Games from the past couple of years featured in the sale include: Death Stranding for $20, Assassin's Creed Odyssey for $15, Resident Evil 2's Deluxe edition for $20, Ghost Recon Breakpoint for $9, and The Division 2 for $9.

Role-playing fans can save on some stellar games that are great for these cozy winter months. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Remastered is slashed to $14, while Persona 5 is up for grabs for $8. You can also grab Final Fantasy XV's Royal edition, which comes with every piece of DLC, for $17.49.

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Fall Guys Is Not Coming To Xbox Game Pass, Publisher Says Citing Satan

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 02:07

The Fall Guys community has received some mixed messages today about whether or not the battle royale game is coming to Xbox Game Pass, but the official word is that it is not.

This all kicked off after it was discovered in a comment on Instagram that Fall Guys would be coming to Xbox Game Pass. The person running the Xbox Game Pass account said "it's coming" when someone called for the game to release into the subscription catalog.

However, publisher Devolver Digital quickly followed up to say, "That's incorrect." In another tweet, the publisher said, "There are no plans for Fall Guys to come to any form of Gamepass," a comment that sought to clear up confusion regarding the console vs. PC versions of Game Pass.

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Amazon's The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Begins Production On Season 4

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:56

Amazon's sublime period dramedy The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has reportedly begun production on Season 4 in New York. According to Deadline, production began on Wednesday, with the entire series cast returning--and everyone following COVID safety protocols. Series star Rachel Brosnahan recently posted a peek at her costume for the upcoming season on Instagram, wearing a dress, big floppy hat, and a COVID mask. No release date for this season has yet been announced.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel began in 2017 and is the story of Miriam "Midge" Maisel's quest to push against gender norms of the 1950s to become a stand-up comedian. This act of following her heart precipitates a divorce and further inspires those around her--especially her family and in-laws--to question if they're living the lives they really want to.

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Hitman 3 Dubai Assassination Guide: How To Unlock Every Challenge

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:51

Hitman 3's first destination is an opulent one. The Scepter skyscraper is an engineering feat for the ages, but it's also home to the next two targets on Agent 47's list: Carl Ingram and Marcus Stuyvesant. Having faked their deaths, Ingram and Stuyvesant have holed up in the newly-erected building that sits in the heart of Dubai, and it's up to Agent 47 to make certain that the duo is disposed of before he can dismantle the rest of the Providence organization.

There's no shortage of methods with which to dispose of your targets here. From skydiving with shredded parachutes to a round of golf that ends with an explosive swing of the club, here's how you can cross two more names off of your hitlist.

For more guides, be sure to read our Hitman 3 mission 1 story walkthrough for Dubai (On Top Of The World). Otherwise, read our Hitman 3 review.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Chongqing (End Of An Era)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Some big things are about to happen in Chongqing for the fourth mission in Hitman 3. The pouring rain, bright neon lights, and high-tech human experimentation going on really give this one a heavy cyberpunk vibe. You have two targets: Imogen Royce and Hush. Both can be assassinated in fascinating ways where you turn their impressive tech against them, which you can do through the Mission Stories.

As per usual, one Mission Story lets you take care of both your objectives in one fell swoop, while the other two are conceptually satisfying. Mission Stories will lead you to opportunities, but often leave you to figure the rest out; we'll guide you through both if you're having trouble with that. For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges.

Impulse Control

This Mission Story is to hit the target named Hush, who runs human experiments and uses homeless people to do so. The first step is to eavesdrop on a group of homeless people marked on your UI. Grab the crowbar near them, as this will come in handy later. One of them will begin walking off on his own, and you should follow him to find an opportunity to knock him out and steal his outfit. People will show up sporadically along the path so be careful. He also drops a flyer for the Future Progress Initiative, which gives you a location hint for where Hush is posted up.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Mendoza (The Farewell)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Hitman 3's penultimate mission, The Farewell, takes place at a beautiful winery in Mendoza, Argentina. The rich and influential are there to party and mingle, armed guards are everywhere to protect dark secrets, while hard workers toil at the vineyard and winemaking facilities. All three of those aspects come to light in this wild mission. You have two targets again, and if you follow the Mission Stories, you can get to them fairly easily. But there are a few tricks you can use to get away unscathed, and there's even a secret Mission Story that's not given to you in the planning phase.

This mission has some really good goofs and serious moments that embody the Hitman 3 experience, and we run you through how to find them in order to complete it. The hidden Mission Story also provides a more satisfying cinematic conclusion to the level that's worth working toward.

For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Dartmoor (Death In The Family)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Dartmoor, Death In The Family, is one of the more interesting Hitman levels because it involves solving a murder mystery. Your target, Alexa Carlisle, has faked her death, so a fake funeral is being arranged at the family manor, but another family member was found dead in his room the night before. The real death was made to look like a suicide, but Alexa suspects foul play. Solving this mystery is fascinating and part of the mission's challenges, but it also lets you take care of your real objectives--including locating the case file--in the process.

One of the Mission Stories leads you through the whole investigation but doesn't spell everything out for you. In addition, our guide will look at the other Mission Stories to help you in case you need pointers or get stuck. For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges.

Means, Motive, And Opportunity

This one covers the murder mystery and it's the best one to start with for first-time playthroughs of this mission. The investigator will start at the gates near you, and you'll need to take his place to uncover the mystery yourself. Tail him by taking the side path on the right through tall grass up until you reach the manor. Stay out of guards' sights by continuing to stick to the right of the investigator's path and hop through an open window at the front right of the manor. You'll be in a hallway right of the main foyer. The investigator will eventually walk through here alone, and this is your best opportunity to knock him out and steal his disguise. You can hide his body in a nearby closet in this hallway.

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Hitman 3 Mission Walkthrough: Dubai (On Top Of The World)

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:50

Dubai is the opening mission for Hitman 3 and eases you into the wild world of assassination. It's fairly basic in terms of objectives and the complexity of its Mission Stories. For those new to Hitman, the Mission Stories are events that occur within the mission that lead to opportunities to assassinate your targets or grant you access to the necessary objective to complete your mission.

Mission Stories are good for first-time runs and help you understand the level, but don't exactly hold your hand. In this guide we'll walk you through the Mission Stories, highlight the quirks you need to consider, and provide tips for how best to complete them. For more on the game, be sure to check out our Hitman 3 guide hub for walkthroughs on every mission and tips on how to complete special assassination challenges in Dubai.

(In)Security

This one grants you access to eliminate Marcus Stuyvesant cleanly. The best way to go about this is to head to your first marker, which leads you through the main bar and upstairs near the security room; stand nearby and eavesdrop on the Mission Story reveal.

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Star Fox And F-Zero Character Designer Takaya Imamura Announces His Retirement From Nintendo

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:47

With a career that lasted over three decades at Nintendo, art director Takaya Imamura has had a hand in shaping the design of some of Nintendo's most popular games and characters. Having worked across games such as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, F-Zero, and Star Fox, Imamura announced his departure from Nintendo on his Facebook page this week.

"This is my last day going to work. I took a selfie with the empty office. I guess I won't be coming in here anymore. As you'd expect, I'll miss it," Imamura wrote (as translated by Kotaku). Imamura's selfie was taken outside of Nintendo's empty Kyoto headquarters, as staff are currently working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Imamura also took the time to thanks many of his fans who left him encouraging messages of support as he headed into retirement.

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Fortnite Predator Skin: Where To Unlock By Killing The Predator

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:34

Fortnite began a Predator crossover event recently with some preliminary challenges, and the event is now in full swing with the introduction of the monster itself as part of update v15.21. One of the latest tasks in Fortnite is to kill the Predator, and you can also now get the Predator skin as part of the Battle Pass.

Where to find the Predator

Remember where the Mysterious Pod was located for that challenge last week? You can find the Predator nearby within the Stealthy Stronghold region. Once you find him, you need to kill him in order to unlock the Predator skin if you have the Battle Pass. The Mysterious Pod's location is marked on the map below, so that's a good place to start.

Fortnite: Mysterious Pod Location

The Predator can be a dangerous enemy, and this is made worse by the fact that he's within the walled-off Stealthy Stronghold region and can temporarily go invisible. Try to take him about from afar, as the damage you'll face up close can spell death very quickly.

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Netflix Talks Competing With Disney For Streaming Dominance

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:27

Netflix is facing increased competition in the streaming world thanks to new entrants like Disney+ and HBO Max. Netflix is still on top, with more than 200 million subscribers, but Disney+ is surging with more than 87 million paid subscribers of its own. During Netflix's latest investor briefing, CEO Reed Hastings and other executives discussed competing with Disney.

Hastings praised Disney for what it has achieved, and Disney's success is fueling Netflix's energy and enthusiasm for doing better with its own platform. Disney+'s success also speaks to the wider trend that people are eager and willing to pay more and more money for entertainment, which is a positive for the media landscape overall, the executive said.

"It is super-impressive what Disney has done. Incredible execution for an incumbent to pivot and taking on an insurgent. So that's great. And it shows that members are interested and willing to pay more for more content, because they are hungry for great stories," Hastings said. "And Disney does have some great stories. So it gets us fired up about increasing our membership, increasing our content budget, and it's going to be great for the world that Disney and Netflix are competing show by show, movie by movie."

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Netflix Announces Most Popular Movies And Shows Of Q4 2020

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 01:11

As part of Netflix's very strong earnings report that saw the streamer exceed 200 million paid subscribers for the first time, the company also announced new viewership figures for its biggest programs and movies for Q4 2020.

The Crown Season 4 was the biggest season so far, reaching more households than each of the prior seasons, though a specific number was not announced. However, Netflix did say that more than 100 million Netflix subscriber homes have now watched The Crown.

The new Shonda Rhimes show, Bridgerton, was also a success; Netflix said it was "immensely popular." While no streaming numbers were announced, Netflix said it will have "some exciting news" about the show to share later this week.

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Valve, Five Other Publishers Fined For Geo-Blocking Steam Keys

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:57

The European Commission has ordered six game publishers--including Steam creator Valve--to pay the equivalent of more than $9.4 million for their role in "geo-blocking" game digital game access between territories.

In addition to Valve, the publishers fined for their role in the practice are Focus Home Interactive, Bandai Namco, Capcom, Koch Media, and ZeniMax. Koch Media owns Deep Silver, while ZeniMax owns Bethesda--and will soon be owned by Microsoft.

"Valve and the publishers restricted cross-border sales of certain PC video games on the basis of the geographical location of users within the European Economic Area ('EEA'), entering into the so-called 'geo-blocking' practices," the report said. "The fines for the publishers, totaling over €6 million, were reduced due to the companies' cooperation with the Commission. Valve chose not to cooperate with the Commission and was fined over €1.6 million.

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Hulu's Boss Level Trailer Delivers Insane Time-Loop Violence

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:51

Following last week's first teaser image for the upcoming time-loop action movie Boss Level, the first trailer has been released. The movie stars Frank Grillo, who is best known for his role in the Purge series, and it hits Hulu in March.

Grillo plays a former special forces agent who finds himself in a loop in which he is killed by a variety of heavily armed assassins every single day, on repeat. An evil colonel played by Mel Gibson seems to be behind this plan, so Grillo sets about trying to find out why. While the repeating-day gimmick has been used many times over the years, the trailer suggests Boss Level has put a ridiculously violent and over-the-top spin on the story. Check it out below.

Boss Level is directed and co-written by Joe Carnahan, who previously helmed The A-Team, The Grey, and Smoking Aces. It also stars Naomi Watts (Twin Peaks), Michelle Yeoh (Star Trek Discovery), and Annabelle Wallis (The Mummy). It will be released on Hulu on March 5.

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Netflix Now Has More Than 200 Million Subscribers; Shuffle Button Coming Soon

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:45

Netflix has released its latest earnings report, providing a fresh look at how the streaming company is performing from a business perspective while also revealing new features.

For the fourth quarter of 2020, Netflix added 8.51 million new subscribers, boosting the company's total global subscriber base to 203.66 million. This compares to 8.76 million new subscribers added in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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Hitman 3: How To Unlock The Secret Ending

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:33

Hitman 3's release this week brings to an end a journey that has been four years in the making. Developer IO Interactive's return to the world of assassination began with Agent 47 infiltrating a Paris fashion show, but it ends on a smaller and bloodier note as players navigate their way through a train that is filled with Providence agents.

There are spoilers below regarding the end of Hitman 3 from this point on, so consider yourself warned.

Agent 47's destination eventually ends with a face to face with Arthur Edwards, the head of Providence who players have been chasing across the world. Cut off from the rest of the train and with no security to protect him, Edwards still has one ace up his sleeve in the form of a special serum that performs a factory reset on a subject's mind.

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Halo's 343 Guilty Spark Will Narrate The Next Book

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:21

One of the Halo series most famous characters--or infamous, depending on your opinion--is the robot 343 Guilty Spark. The little flying orb is responsible for some of the most dastardly acts in the series' first few games, and voice actor Tim Dadabo brought him to life. Now, you'll be able to hear Dadabo's golden pipes for hours on end as the narrator of the Halo: Point of Light audiobook.

Halo: Point of Light will release on March 2, and it was written by Kelly Gay, who previously wrote the books Halo: Smoke and Shadow and Halo: Renegades. Point of Light will continue the story from Renegades. It's set after the main trilogy had come to an end, meaning 343 Guilty Spark has been very exploded by a Spartan Laser weapon, but destroying his body did not eliminate the mischievous little monster within.

We're thrilled to announce that Tim Dadabo (@davocal1), voice of 343 Guilty Spark, will be narrating the #audiobook edition of Halo: Point of Light by @KellyHGay, coming March 2!

Pre-order it via @SimonAudio:
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— Halo (@Halo) January 19, 2021

343 Guilty Spark made his first appearance in the original Halo game, helping the Master Chief fight the Flood as he made his way further into the nooks and crannies of the Halo ring, but failed to address that activating it would wipe out humanity. He alternated between helping and hindering the UNSC's goals over the next few games, and his adventures have been limited to outside media since Halo 3.

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Fortnite Dev Pledges $20 Million In Prize Money For 2021 Tournaments

Thu, 01/21/2021 - 00:15

Epic Games continues to invest in the Fortnite competitive gaming scene, this week pledging a whopping $20 million for the Fortnite Champion Series (FNCS).

That is up from a $17 million prize pool last year, but not more than the $30 million that was at stake for the 2019 edition of the tournament series.

There will be four FNCS seasons for the 2021 series, each featuring a $3 million prize pool, for a total of $12 million across the four seasons. There will also be mid-year and end-of-year tournaments where the top players from each region will compete for a further $8 million in prize money. More details on these events will be shared at a later date.

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Among Us Dev On Why Updates Are Taking So Long

Wed, 01/20/2021 - 23:50

Among Us was one of 2020's biggest and brightest success stories across all of gaming, but the surge in popularity hasn't been easy for developer Innersloth to manage. As such, some players are wondering why new features, the Xbox console edition, and more updates are taking so long.

The studio has now responded directly to this concern. In a blog post, community boss Victoria Tran said the success that Among Us enjoyed later in 2020 was unexpected, and as such, it drove "a lot" of change for the studio.

"Not to dive into too much organizational stuff, but not only did we need to switch back to working on Among Us after thinking it was done, but we also needed to set ourselves up more sustainably to work on the game," Tran said. "We had to spend two months just restructuring, figuring out new processes, and getting external partners to help us manage on board."

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