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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne On PC Is Deleting Some Players' Save Files

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 12:31

Monster Hunter: World's major DLC adventure, Iceborne, has finally made its way to PC, but the release is not without its problems. As VG247 reports, some players have had a major issue with running the new expansion--it's been deleting their save files.

When the game opens and performs a save file check, some players are reporting, an error message tells them that "no compatible save was found"--and then the game will create a new save, overwriting their completed file. Upon exiting out of the game, this new save will overwrite their cloud save, effectively deleting their completed file. This problem has been widely reported on Reddit.

Some players have been able to recover files with a community-created save transfer tool, and many have speculated that it depends on which mods players are running. The game also changed its save data format some time ago, and it's possible that players who have not played the game in a while and are just now returning to Iceborne are having issues because of this.

Other players are reporting issues with the frame rate in Iceborne, which is currently being investigated. Otherwise, the game seems to have been ported well, judging by most player's reports.

If you intend to play Iceborne but have not loaded the game up yet, it's worth creating a back-up of your save file just in case.

Star Trek: Picard Boss Clears Up Any Timeline Confusion

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:57

Being a Star Trek fan can be difficult. After all, there are so many different casts scattered between the various TV shows and movies, not to mention more than one timeline. Most of Trek--including Star Trek: The Next Generation--is set in what has been dubbed the Prime timeline. However, the 2009 movie from JJ Abrams, which essentially served as a reboot, was dubbed the Kelvin timeline. Given that's confined to those films, it should be easy to tell them apart. Unfortunately, the 2009 film also crossed over with the Prime timeline.

So where does the latest addition to the franchise, Star Trek: Picard, live? Thankfully, executive producer Alex Kurtzman cleared up any confusion at the TCA winter press tour panel for the show. "We're in the prime timeline," he explained. "Events from the Kelvin timeline impacted Picard, but if you look at that movie, the destruction of Romulus was in the Prime timeline. It is what enabled the Kelvin timeline jump to happen. So that is very consistent with canon."

While it makes complete sense for Picard to be set in the Prime timeline, it's an interesting question to think of in light of the Viacom/CBS merger, which brings the films produced by Paramount Pictures under the same corporate umbrella as the expanding Star Trek presence on TV and streaming. As for whether this series could end up a movie itself, Kurtzman isn't closing the door on that possibility, but notes there has to be a reason to take it to the big screen. "What can we do in the movie that we can't do on the television show? That's the only reason to do it," he said.

Picard picks up years after the end of The Next Generation and finds the titular captain living a reclusive life on Earth, long-retired from Starfleet. Patrick Stewart returns to the role he made famous and will be joined by a host of familiar faces from The Next Generation--Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, and Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi. Additionally, Jeri Ryan will reprise her role as Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager. For more about Picard, make sure to check out our guide to everything we've learned thus far, plus a look at why Picard's dog may be one of the show's most important characters.

Star Trek: Picard debuts on CBS All Access on January 23.

Disclosure: CBS All Access is owned by ViacomCBS, GameSpot's parent company.

This Console Modder Has Created GameCube Joy-Cons For Switch

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:42

The Switch has a great controller in the Pro Controller, but many gamers (especially fans of Super Smash Bros. Melee) cannot look past the GameCube controller, so much so that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate still supports it. But if you're playing in handheld mode, you're out of luck, with no official GameCube controller-shaped Joy-Cons available--which is why one console modder took it upon themselves to build some.

Shank Mods' creation was made by tearing down a pair of standard Joy-Cons and recreating them inside the half-shells of a GameCube controller. This is not a theoretical render, but rather a new pair of working Joy-Con controllers that each look and feel like half a GameCube controller.

In the video below, Shank shows how he did it (it took months of work and involved 3D printing some parts,) and how they work.

The process of making the controller is pretty involved, as the Joy-Con pair features different buttons compared to the GameCube controller.

Shank even creates a Joy-Con cradle, so you can use the two halves snapped together like a Wavebird. These Joy-Con controllers he has created are compatible with any games that you can use the Joy-Con with, and feature gyro controls and amiibo support.

Unfortunately, the GameCube Joy-Con is not available as a commercial product.

Picard Star Patrick Stewart Explains Why Star Trek's Popularity Never Dies

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:33

Star Trek: Picard is days away from debuting on CBS All Access, and at the TCA winter press tour, series star Patrick Stewart reminisced about his days working on The Next Generation and why Star Trek is still relevant.

The original Star Trek series first debuted in 1966, and more than half a century later, it's still part of pop culture. But why? "Hope," Stewart stated. "It is the dominant emotion behind everything we did on The Next Generation and as I'm beginning to discover, on Picard too. It has always been part of the content of Star Trek that it will attempt to create a better future with the set belief that a better future is possible."

While Stewart wasn't a part of the original series, his iconic character Jean-Luc Picard first made his debut in 1987 on The Next Generation, arguably one of the most important science fiction television series of all time. He portrayed that character up until his final appearance in the 2002 movie Star Trek: Nemesis. "I was proud of the work we did in seven years on the series and the four movies we made," said Stewart. "That brought the franchise to a close. I was very content with that because I felt, as I said, very proud of the work we'd done, the context in which the work was done."

Coming back to the character didn't seem to be a huge obstacle to Stewart, since Picard is just as much a part of him, as he is of the Starfleet Captain. "It has been far easier than I expected to make this transition nearly 20 years later. Because, as I've said, the man exists inside of me. We've talked for days about the backstory, what happened in those 20 years. Little snippets of the backstory will creep into the series because it's important our audience gets to know why we are living in the world that we are."

Picard follows the former Starfleet Captain, years after the end of TNG, as he lives on Earth. There will be plenty of familiar faces popping up from the beloved Star Trek series like Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, and Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi. And don't worry Voyager fans, Jeri Ryan will also be appearing as Seven of Nine.

For more on Picard, check out the announcement for Season 2 of the series, along with series star Patrick Stewart discussing why there is a dog on the show and how Picard fits into the already confusing Star Trek timeline.

Star Trek: Picard debuts on CBS All Access on January 23.

Disclosure: CBS All Access is owned by ViacomCBS, GameSpot's parent company.

Star Trek: Picard's Dog Means Much More Than You Might Expect

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:09

While the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard hasn't aired yet, it's already gotten the green light for a second season. But before the series airs, the show's star Patrick Stewart explains just where Jean-Luc Picard's dog, which we've seen in one of the promotional posters for the series, comes from.

At the TCA winter press tour, Picard had a presentation where Stewart was in attendance discussion the upcoming All Access series, including how this dog was incorporated into the series. "Like so many things on this show, it has a great deal to do with me," Patrick jokingly explained. "The dog was my idea."

"Picard's life has changed. He's troubled, disturbed, lonely, and with feelings of a strange, unnatural guilt. To just see him with a dog seemed to me to write a lot of things that didn't have to be said. Because the presence of the dog alone shows he is looking for some form of comfort, which he can't find anywhere else."

The upcoming series, which takes place years after the events of The Next Generation, follows the titular character who has settled into a much calmer life, on Earth. A placard at New York Comic-Con, designed to share information about the series, read:"Since resigning from Starfleet, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has lived a somewhat reclusive life on his family estate in La Barre, France. All of that changes when he receives an unexpected visitor and is once more drawn back to the galactic stage."

The new Star Trek series will feature many familiar faces from Star Trek: TNG, including Brent Spiner as Data, Jonathan Frakes as Riker, and Marina Sirtis as Deanna Troi, plus Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine from Star Trek: Voyager. For more, check out the latest trailer and GameSpot's guide to everything we know so far about Star Trek: Picard.

Star Trek: Picard debuts on CBS All Access on January 23.

Disclosure: CBS All Access is owned by ViacomCBS, GameSpot's parent company.

Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare Is Raising Money For Australian Bushfire Relief

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 11:03

Activision is raising money for the ongoing bushfire relief effort in Australia through an in-game charity campaign with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. The "Outback Relief Pack" is available now, and it contains Australia-themed items and gear.

The Outback Relief pack costs 1,800 Call of Duty Points, which works out to around $18 USD. 100 percent of the net proceeds will be donated to help fire relief efforts in Australia. It's unclear exactly where the money is going, but GameSpot has followed up with Activision in an attempt to get more details.

The content includes a Bushranger operator skin, a koala charm, and the blueprints for the legendary "Big Game" sniper rifle. There is also a new sticker, gun art, operator quip, and finishing move, as well as a token to skip one tier in the Modern Warfare Battle Pass.

Here's everything in the Outback Relief DLC

In a tweet, Activision said, "Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the bushfires in Australia." The message also confirms that the donation campaign runs until January 31.

Activision is not the only gaming company that is giving money to help support the firefighting efforts in Australia. Ubisoft Australia has also donated, while Bungie is raising money through a Destiny 2 campaign to raise funds.

— Infinity Ward (@InfinityWard) January 11, 2020

As of January 12, there are still more than 100 bush and grass fires burning in Australia, 40 of which are not contained. The New South Wales Bureau of Meteorology is projecting a good amount of rain across Australia for the coming week, which the NSW Rural Fire Service says would be a very good thing.

If this @BOM_NSW rainfall forecast comes to fruition then this will be all of our Christmas, birthday, engagement, anniversary, wedding and graduation presents rolled into one. Fingers crossed. #NSWRFS #nswfires

— NSW RFS (@NSWRFS) January 12, 2020

Go to GameSpot sister site CNET to see an extensive and informative breakdown of the national crisis and find out what you can do to help.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 Raises More Money For Charity Than Ever Before

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:47

Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 has wrapped up in triumph, with the week-long speedrunning charity event ending with a huge amount of money earned for this year's charity, the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

The event raised $3,131,475 from over 54,000 individual donations, which came in from over 80 countries. This is the largest amount any single Games Done Quick event has ever brought in. Donations remain open on the site, if you'd still like to be a part of the event's charitable efforts.

The event ran for a week, from Monday, January 6 through to Sunday, January 12. It was attended by over 2750 people, and concurrent Twitch viewership peaked at 236,000.

An archive of highlights is available on the event's YouTube channel, Including Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas being completed in just over four hours, Amid Evil in 26:37, The Outer Worlds in 14:21, and A Hat in Time in 42:33.

Quite a few highlights are still missing from the page thanks to a technical issue, but they are being added over time. A full list of every game played during the marathon, and the times achieved, is available on their website.

This was the tenth anniversary Games Done Quick event, with the organization having raised over $25 million for charity in that time. The next live event, Summer Games Done Quick 2020, will happen from June 21 through 28. The 11th Awesome Games Done Quick event is already sent for January 3-10, 2021.

A Silence Of The Lambs TV Show Focused On Clarice Is On The Way

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 10:15

A Silence of the Lambs TV show focused on Clarice Starling is in development. TV giant CBS, whose parent company also owns GameSpot, has announced a new drama called Clarice that will focus on the FBI agent's life following the events of The Silence of the Lambs.

The show is being written by Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, The Mummy) and Jenny Lumet (Star Trek: Discovery, Rachel Getting Married), and they will also executive produce. It takes place one year after the events of The Silence of the Lambs, in 1993. Variety describes the show in this way: "The show is a deep dive into the untold personal story of Starling as she returns to the field to pursue series murderers and sexual predators while navigating the high stakes political world of Washington D.C."

Kurtzman and Lumet said Starling's own personal life has always "remained in the dark," so they are excited to tell her story on TV. "But hers is the very story we need today: her struggle, her resilience, her victory. Her time is now, and always," they said.

Starling the character was created by writer Thomas Harris in the 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs as a sequel to his 1981 book Red Dragon. Jodie Foster played Clarice in the 1991 Silence of the Lambs movie, and she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance. In total, the movie picked up five Oscar wins, including Best Picture, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), Best Director (Jonathan Demme), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).

Clarice returned in 2001's Hannibal movie, though Foster elected to not return; instead Julianne Moore played Clarice. There is no word on who will play Clarice on the CBS TV show or what other characters might appear.

The TV network Lifetime announced a Clarice show of its own in 2012, though the project never got off the ground. Additionally, the NBC TV show Hannibal wanted to introduce the character Clarice, but the rights-holders had other plans.

Hannibal, which stars Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter, is a much-loved TV show that ended after just three seasons. Fans have called for a fourth season, but so far it hasn't happened. Bryan Fuller, who created the Hannibal TV show, said on Twitter that the announcement of CBS' new Clarice show does not mean Hannibal Season 4 won't happen.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker Finally Loses No. 1 Box Office Spot, As 1917 Starts Strong

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 09:42

After a run of four straight weekends atop the US box office charts, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has finally been pushed out of the top spot. 1917, director Sam Mendes' acclaimed World War I movie, finished No. 1 with $37 million in the US and Canada, which is more than double the $15.1 million that Rise of Skywalker made to end the weekend at No. 2.

This was 1917's third weekend in theatres, though it was the first weekend where the film was released widely. The expanded release helped box office results, while 1917's Best Drama win at the Golden Globes also surely improved things for the film. In total, 1917 has now made $60.4 million worldwide.

Mendes, whose film American Beauty won five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director, filmed 1917 in a unique manner. The movie was shot to appear as if it was one continuous single shot, with the action moving forward for the entirety of the film. The story follows two young soldiers, played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay, who must deliver a message that could save the lives of 1,600 soldiers.

Colin Firth and Andrew Scott also appear in the movie, while the legendary Oscar-winner Roger Deakins did the cinematography. 1917 is expected to pick up multiple Oscar nominations following its strong performance at the Golden Globes earlier this month.

For lots more on 1917, check out GameSpot sister site CNET's interview with Mendes and other members of the cast.

The Rise of Skywalker has now made $989 million worldwide, edging closer to $1 billion. Finishing No. 3 this weekend was Jumanji: The Next Level, which made a further $14 million to push its total worldwide haul to $671 million. The new Kristen Stewart movie Underwater opened to $7 million.

Jan 10-12 US/Canada Box Office

via Entertainment Weekly

  1. 1917—$37 million
  2. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker—$15.1 million
  3. Jumanji: The Next Level— $14 million
  4. Like a Boss—$10 million
  5. Have Mercy—$10 million
  6. Little Women—$8 million
  7. Underwater— $7 million
  8. Frozen 2— $6 million
  9. Knives Out—$6 million
  10. Spies in Disguise—$5.1 million

After Losing 6 Directors, The Uncharted Movie Is Eyeing Its 7th Director

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 09:18

The Uncharted movie has been a long time coming. First announced in 2008, the film has gone through a half-dozen different directors over the years, and all six of the previously announced directors have quit or left the project for a variety of reasons.

Now, it appears film studio Sony is closing in on the seventh director for the Uncharted movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony is eyeing Venom and Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer to direct the Uncharted movie. The site says Fleischer is Sony's top choice, though no deal has been made yet. In fact, negotiations have not even begun, the site said.

Variety also confirmed the news about Fleischer, saying "the job is his if he wants it."

Sony has officially scheduled Uncharted for release on December 18, 2020. However, it's expected that the movie will be delayed.

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is set to star as a young Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie, which is said to be a prequel to the games. Mark Wahlberg is reportedly set to play Sully.

As mentioned, Fleischer would become the Uncharted movie's seventh director. The previous six were David O. Russell, Seth Gordon, Neil Burger, Dan Trachtenberg, Shawn Levy, and Travis Knight, who left the project in December 2019 due to scheduling conflicts.

The Uncharted movie's script has also been re-written numerous times. The most current draft that we know about was written by Rafe Judkins, Art Marcum, and Matt Holloway.

As for the Uncharted video game series, 2017's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is the most recent entry in the series, following Uncharted 4: A Thief's End in 2016. No new games have been announced, and developer Naughty Dog's next release is The Last of Us: Part II, which is due for release in May. Even though Naughty Dog is finished with the Uncharted series and Nathan Drake's story is over, the developer says a different studio could come in to make Uncharted 5.

Twilight Zone Season 2 Cast Includes Deadpool And Westworld Stars, Among Others

Mon, 01/13/2020 - 08:42

Shortly after Jordan Peele's Twilight Zone aired on the CBS All Access streaming service, the anthology series was renewed for a second season. And while there is no specific release date for the series--outside of sometime in 2020--the episode titles and cast lists have been revealed for the new season.

During the CBS All Access executive session at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, those in attendance got a better look at who is involved in the upcoming season. This year's offering will consist of 10 episodes, streaming exclusively on CBS All Access.

Executive producer and narrator of each episode, Jordan Peele, will be writing the episode titled "Downtime." During the first season, Peele was involved in the story for "Nightmare at 30,000 Feet," which is a contemporary update to the classic Twilight Zone episode "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." Peele's episode will star Morena Baccarin (Gotham) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development).

X-Files writer and producer Glen Morgan--who wrote for Season 1 of Twilight Zone--will return for the episode titled "8," which stars Joel McHale. And McHale isn't the only star from Community making an appearance this season. Gillian Jacobs will star in the episode "Meet in the Middle," which is written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini, the producers, stars, and writers behind Misery Loves Company.

Below, you'll find the titles, stars, and writers for episodes from the upcoming Season 2 of The Twilight Zone. For more news from TCA, make sure to check out info on the new Child's Play TV show on Syfy, the gritty Peter Pan sequel series, and a comedy all about a young version of The Rock.

Twilight Zone Season 2 episode titles and cast
  • "Downtime" - Starring Morena Baccarin (Deadpool, Homeland), Colman Domingo (If Beale Street Could Talk, Fear the Walking Dead) and Tony Hale (Veep, Toy Story 4), and written by Jordan Peele
  • "The Who of You" - Starring Daniel Sunjata (Graceland, Rescue Me), Ethan Embry (Grace and Frankie, Empire Records), and Billy Porter (Pose, Like a Boss), and written by Win Rosenfeld
  • "A Human Face" - Starring Jenna Elfman (Fear the Walking Dead, Dharma & Greg), Chris Meloni (The Handmaid’s Tale, Oz) and Tavi Gevinson (Person to Person, Enough Said), and written by Alex Rubens
  • "8" - Starring Joel McHale (Community, The Soup), and written by Glen Morgan
  • "Among The Untrodden" - Starring Abbie Hern and Sophia Macy, and written by Heather Anne Campbell
  • "Meet in the Middle" - Starring Jimmi Simpson (Westworld, Black Mirror: USS Callister) and Gillian Jacobs (Community, Love), and written by Emily C. Chang and Sara Amini

Twilight Zone is coming to CBS All Access sometime in 2020.

Disclosure: Twilight Zone airs on CBS All Access, which is owned by ViacomCBS, GameSpot's parent company.

Gritty Peter Pan Sequel Being Developed At Syfy

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 07:45

It's been almost 30 years since Hook, the Peter Pan follow-up that saw an adult Pan return to Neverland, hit theaters. Now, Syfy has announced at the TCA winter press tour that it is putting its own twist on the idea with The League of Pan, a limited series being developed. Unlike Hook, though, League of Pan isn't aiming for the type of comedy Robin Williams brought to the role of Peter Pan.

Instead, Syfy calls The League of Pan"a thrilling and mysterious continuation of the beloved story of Peter Pan." A series description reads, "The League of Pan picks up with the fabled characters after ten years on the mainland. Now grown up and estranged, Wendy Darling and The Lost Boys must return to Neverland to face a new evil that threatens the very existence of the magical place they once called home, reigniting bitter rivalries and unearthing twisted secrets from their past. The fantastical series explores the painful truths of growing up and the realization that 'going home' is never quite as simple as you think."

In a statement, NBC Entertainment president of original content Bill McGoldrick said of the series, "The stories of Peter Pan, The Lost Boys, and the Darlings have provided us with epic tales of gallantries and escapism for generations. Now, SYFY is developing an original take on the classic, setting the limited series in uncharted lands, making for new adventures and showcasing these characters like you've never seen them before."

Following up with the Lost Boys a decade after leaving Neverland for the real world could prove to be an interesting idea, especially once they return and are likely confronted once again with the likes of Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, and other iconic characters fans of the Peter Pan story remember fondly.

The League of Pan will by written and produced by Brian McCauley Johnson, whose previous credits include the shows Dominion, The Bridge, and Switched at Birth. Given this is only a development order, there's no telling when or if The League of Pan will see the light of day. However, Syfy's other big news of the day is that its Child's Play continuation--Don Mancini's Chucky--has been ordered to series.

Child's Play TV Show Ordered To Series At Syfy--What Is Chucky About?

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 07:45

After first announcing it was in the works a year ago, Syfy's Child's Play adaptation, titled Chucky, has officially been ordered straight to series. The news was revealed at NBC Universal's TCA winter press tour day.

Original franchise creator Don Mancini will serve as writer and showrunner on the series, and direct the first episode. According to a description from Syfy, the show finds "a vintage Chucky doll turns up at a suburban yard sale, an idyllic American town is thrown into chaos as a series of horrifying murders begin to expose the town’s hypocrisies and secrets. Meanwhile, the arrival of enemies--and allies--from Chucky's past threatens to expose the truth behind the killings, as well as the demon doll's untold origins as a seemingly ordinary child who somehow became this notorious monster."

No details about those enemies and allies have been revealed, but it's hard to imagine Chucky carrying out too much mayhem without the arrival of his beloved Tiffany, voiced by Jennifer Tilly in the films. That all remains to be seen, though. In the meantime, you can sit back and relax knowing that the Child's Play series is actually happening. You should also cross your fingers that Brad Dourif returns as the voice of Chucky.

Given the promise of old characters returning to the franchise as part of the series, it's worth noting that this take on Child's Play has no connection to the 2019 movie reboot, which saw Mark Hammill lend his voice to the maniacal doll. Instead, this new show hails from Mancini, who is teaming with David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus), Nick Antosca (Channel Zero), and Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks) to executive produce the extension of the original franchise.

No premiere date has been announced for Chucky.

Young Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Life Explored In New NBC Comedy

Sun, 01/12/2020 - 05:42

Finally, the Rock has come back to television. If you're the type of person who truly knows what Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is cooking, then you'll be excited to learn that NBC ordered a new series about the WWE superstar and actor's life as a child, titled Young Rock.

Revealed at the TCA winter press tour during the NBC presentation, the comedic series will dive into the wrestler/actor's younger years to let you know about his life before he became the most electrifying man in sports entertainment at WWE. Additionally, Johnson himself mentioned at the panel that the series will cover his time playing football and his early wrestling career, before heading to the WWE.

Nahnatchka Khan (Fresh Off the Boat) and Johnson will executive produce the series, which has been given an 11-episode series order, alongside Jeff Chiang, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, and Jennifer Carreras. Both Khan and Chiang wrote the pilot for the series.

Johnson will be involved with the show on a week-to-week basis. He'll appear in every episode "as the focus and inspiration" according to the press release.

Finally, the millions--and millions-of The Rock's fans will get more insight into his childhood, being the son of NWA and WWF wrestler Rocky Johnson and Ata Maivia--who is part of the legendary wrestling family, the Anoa'is. Johnson made mention at the panel of moments in his life like when he was playing football for Miami University and wrestling for $40 in Nashville--prior to making it at WWE.

Star Trek: Picard -- Short Trek Episode Reveals A Clue About Picard's Past

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 10:19

Details surrounding the story of Star Trek: Picard are still pretty hazy. We know it concerns the storied Starfleet captain, Jean-Luc Picard, 15 years after his retirement from Starfleet. But we know very little about why Picard retired from the rank of admiral.

Ahead of the Star Trek: Picard release date on January 23, CBS All Access has filled in the gaps--at least slightly. The streaming service released an episode of its Star Trek short film series, Short Treks, that works as something of a setup for the events of Picard. In "Children of Mars," we see some of the events that eventually spur Picard to leave Starfleet and take on a more reclusive life.

The episode follows two girls in a Martian school who have a tumultuous relationship. Their animosity grows throughout the episode, until they're together during a tragic attack on Mars by a group of powerful ships. While it's not clear that the two characters will play a role in Picard, we do know a few things about the situation in which they find themselves.

"Children of Mars" takes place some 15 years before the start of Picard, and it's this attack on Mars and the trauma surrounding it that's had such a profound effect on the legendary captain. From a news cast that plays during the attack, we now know that it's executed by "rogue synthetics." You might also spot a shot of Picard on those screens as well--as an admiral in Starfleet during the attack, he's a major figure in responding to the attack.

So we know that a tragedy perpetrated by these "rogue synths" is a big part of the setup for Picard, although it's still not clear what synths are or how they relate to the bigger picture of what's going on in the series. It's worth noting, however, that a big part of Picard's story is his relationship with Data, the android who served on the Enterprise in The Next Generation and spent his life endeavoring to be more human. Data sacrificed himself to save Picard and the Enterprise at the end of the last of the Star Trek: The Next Generation films, Star Trek: Nemesis, and the trailers for Star Trek: Picard suggest that event still haunts Picard as well.

Disclosure: CBS is the parent company of GameSpot.

Gemini Man's Alternate Opening Features Twice The Assassinations

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 08:23

This summer's blockbuster Gemini Man, directed by Ang Lee, revolves around hitman Henry Brogan becoming the target of an assassination by a younger, cloned version of himself. The film comes out on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on January 14, and it is loaded with extras, including an alternate opening featuring dueling assassinations.

In the original opening, Brogan (Will Smith) sets up a near-impossible assassination attempt as he lay on a hill thousands of feet away from his target, who is on a speeding train. Brogan is a master of his craft, as this sequence sets up, but he's lost a step or two, as he hits his target in the neck and not in the head.

As far as the alternate opening goes, the scene with Brogan on the hill is still there, but the sequence cuts between this and another where another hitman kills a man in a moving vehicle during the middle of the night in a storm. It's revealed at the very end of the scene that it is a younger version of Brogan, as his face is illuminated by lightning. For as cool as the opening is, jumping back and forth between the older and younger Brogan lessens the "shock value" of the two coming face-to-face later on in the movie, even though the selling point of the film is "look at old Will Smith fight young Will Smith." Regardless, the original opening is a bit better as it establishes the character and builds towards that reveal later on.

In GameSpot's review of Gemini Man, Chris E. Hayner said, "Lee knew what he was making with Gemini Man, and it shows. It's a movie-length technology sizzle reel. This is a film meant to show audiences just how far the medium has come. From filming at 120 FPS in 4K, to digitally building a clone of the movie's star to make them fight in a series of over-the-top action sequences, there's a lot to marvel at in Gemini Man. But the visuals can also border on uncanny, and Gemini Man just doesn't have the story to back that action up."

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Check out the special features for the upcoming home release of Gemini Man, which comes to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on January 14. Gemini Man is currently available in UHD, HD, and SD digitally from Google Play, Vudu, iTunes, and other digital storefronts.

Gemini Man special features:
  • Alternate opening
  • Deleted scenes
  • 6 featurettes
  • WETA's Visual effects progression in 60 FPS (4K only)
  • The movie in 60FPS (4K only)

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Xbox Series X Won’t Launch With Next-Gen Exclusive Games

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 06:04

Xbox Series X is aiming for a holiday release, and a new console launch usually comes alongside shiny new exclusives that showcase its power. Microsoft has a different plan in mind this time, though, as head of Microsoft Studios Matt Booty says its first-party games will be entirely cross-gen for the first year or two.

"As our content comes out over the next year, two years, all of our games, sort of like PC, will play up and down that family of devices," Booty told MCV. "We want to make sure that if someone invests in Xbox between now and [Series X] that they feel that they made a good investment and that we're committed to them with content."

So rather than force an upcoming game to be exclusive to the Series X, Booty says Microsoft will keep releasing games for Xbox One and let the upgraded performance on the Series X speak for itself. That means making sure its flagship game, Halo Infinite, will be ready to showcase the new console at launch.

"Our approach is to pick one or two IP that we're going to focus on and make sure that they're there at the launch of the console, taking advantage of all the features. And for us that's going to be Halo Infinite, which is a big opportunity. It's the first time in over 15 years that we'll have a Halo title launching in sync with a new console. And that team is definitely going to be doing things to take advantage of [Series X]."

It's a model more akin to a phone upgrade. Games still release across devices, but you'll get a better performance with the newer hardware. Microsoft has signaled this direction for the next generation before, especially with its announcement that "Series X" is just one of potentially several models we'll see in the coming years. The line of products itself, the company has stated, is now just "Xbox."

This may be a gamble, however, as players who are still able to enjoy games like Halo Infinite on their current hardware may not feel as compelled to upgrade. That could impact hardware adoption rates, when we know Sony is looking to shift its player-base to PS5 more rapidly.

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Where Is Xur? Destiny 2 Exotics Location And Item Rolls (January 10-14)

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 04:00

You've got a few more days this weekend to plug away at completing bounties in Destiny 2's The Dawning holiday event--which means you still have some chances to use recipes to bake holiday treats and earn the event's special rewards, like an Exotic sparrow. If you want a reward that's a little easier to get, though, it's also that Xur time of the week again.

Visiting Xur is a great way to get new Exotics that can help you work your way through the Season of Dawn's activity, the Sundial, since you can now get the season's latest Exotics from the Agent of the Nine--provided you can afford them. Here's where to find Xur and what he's carrying this weekend.

Xur Location

Xur is located on Titan on The Rig this weekend. His Exotic weapon this week is Black Talon. Hunters can get the Lucky Pants leg armor; Titans get a chance at the Eternal Warrior helmet; and for Warlocks, there's Transversive Steps leg armor.

To find Xur, spawn in at the transmat zone on The Rig and jump on your sparrow. Head north under the scaffolding until you come out on the other side and look for a small, low building on your left, near the edge of the area. You'll find Xur waiting inside.

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Xur Inventory

Black Talon is the headliner of Xur's haul this weekend, and the only Year Two Exotic in his bag. If you like swords, though, you're going to want this one--it fires off a powerful projectile that turns it into a ranged weapon as well as a formidable blade. None of the rest are necessarily must-haves, but with the new Armor 2.0 system, they each have potential to help you make interesting character builds.

If Xur's wares aren't compelling, you can always roll the dice on the expensive Fated Engram he brings with him. This gives you a single Exotic from the limited pool of ones you haven't already earned, for the price of 97 Legendary shards. If there's something you're missing from your collection and you want it sooner rather than later, it can be a good deal--starting with the Season of Dawn, all Exotic Engrams are Fated Engrams, but you'll have to level up your Season Pass or wait for a random drop to get some. Be sure to purchase it on the character who's missing the Exotic, and note that you can only get one per week, so choose wisely which of your characters makes the buy. If you're a PC or Xbox One player taking advantage of cross-save, you can now potentially get Wavesplitter from the Fated Engram as well, thanks to the fact that it's no longer exclusive to PS4.

Xur Item Lineup (January 10-14)
  • Black Talon (Exotic sword)
  • Lucky Pants (Exotic Hunter leg armor)
  • Eternal Warrior (Exotic Titan helmet)
  • Transversive Steps (Exotic Warlock leg armor)
Black Talon

The Forsaken expansion included a bunch of cool Exotics, and Black Talon is something of a sleeper hit among them. It's a sword without the limitations of a sword: when you hit the heavy attack button twice, it fires off a cross combo projectile that's formidable in both PvE and PvP. If you're itching to use a sword more but don't like the limitations of close combat, Black Talon is for you.

Lucky Pants (Hunter)

Xur's offering for Hunters this week is all about making your Hand Cannons more useful. The armor makes your Hand Cannons ready faster and fire more accurately when you swap to them, and landing precision hits with other weapons reloads your stowed Hand Cannon. The trick is to pair this Exotic and a Hand Cannon with another trusty gun like a sidearm and to be constantly switching. Try Durm and Strang, or maybe pair your favorite Hand Cannon with the new Devil's Ruin Exotic.


  • Mobility: 7
  • Resilience: 7
  • Recovery: 10
  • Discipline: 12
  • Intellect: 6
  • Strength: 6
  • Total: 48
Eternal Warrior (Titan)

If you're a Titan who uses Fists of Havoc, especially in the Crucible, Eternal Warrior can be a very useful Exotic. It grants you an overshield when you activate your Super, which can allow you to close the gap on a group of enemies or save you in an emergency.


  • Mobility: 6
  • Resilience: 12
  • Recovery: 6
  • Discipline: 6
  • Intellect: 12
  • Strength: 6
  • Total: 48
Transversive Steps (Warlock)

For Warlocks who want to be speedier, consider Transversive Steps. The leg armor increases your sprint speed, which can be handy in just about any mode. You get the added bonus of sprinting reloading your equipped weapon after a short time, which can get you back into the fight more quickly after an emergency, and give you an edge in battles in the Crucible.


  • Mobility: 17
  • Resilience: 2
  • Recovery: 7
  • Discipline: 6
  • Intellect: 10
  • Strength: 6
  • Total: 48

Magic: Legends Looks Like Diablo With Deck-Building

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 03:45

The action-RPG Magic: Legends was announced at The Game Awards, but the cinematic trailer didn't give much idea of how it would actually play. Now we have much more detail on that front, due to the February Game Informer cover story on the upcoming game.

As an isometric action-RPG, at a glance Magic: Legends looks very Diablo-like. But according to the story, it pays homage to its roots with some very CCG-inspired mechanics. You'll have a customizable deck that you'll use to determine your spells, complete with colored mana pools to cast them.

You build a deck of 12 cards, and hold 4 spells in hand at any time. Whenever you use a spell, it gets replaced by another card from your deck. You can mix up to two colors, just like in traditional Magic, but your mana pool with generate automatically and proportionate to your deck color. So if you have half-red and half-black, it will generate equal amounts of both, but if you skew heavily in favor of red, that will generate much faster than black. Your deck also feeds into the loot grind, as enemies will drop shards that you can use to upgrade your cards.

These deck customization options are on top of class loadouts like GeoMancer and Mind Mage, which come with their own passive buffs. You'll also have access to summon points, which can be spent on foot soldiers or fewer (but much more formidable) monsters.

In the game, you'll use these powers to take on enemies that are determined by a smart AI director, which will respond to player skill and performance to keep the challenge ebbing and flowing naturally. You can take on full-fledged campaign missions, or smaller "Ordeals" that offer a quick 10-minute loot loop. You'll also be able to play against your friends with best-of-three PvP duels.

Magic: Legends is coming from Cryptic Studios and Perfect World, and you can sign up to try the beta through the official site.

Ubisoft Australia Donates To Australian Bushfire Crisis

Sat, 01/11/2020 - 02:44

Australia has been suffering from deadly wildfires over the last few months, leading to the death of people and wildlife and the destruction of bush, forests, and parks. Ubisoft Australia has stepped in with a contribution to help ease the crisis, with a note that explains its reasoning.

A post on Twitter says that the company has donated $30,000 to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Recovery Relief Fund. The note also says that the company has heard calls for in-game items to encourage donations, but it felt the development time for this effort would take too long for such an immediate problem. It suggests that those who feel so inclined should contribute directly to a relief organization, and in threaded replies links to reputable ones to consider.

The bushfire crisis has devastated communities across the nation and the scenes of loss are heartbreaking.
We’ve heard the calls requesting we create in-game items to encourage donations, however this takes considerable development time and we feel immediate action is required.

— Ubisoft Australia (@UbiAustralia) January 9, 2020

Ubisoft Australia is located just outside Sydney, the capital of New South Wales where the wildfires have been among the most devastating. Evacuations have taken place across NSW, Victoria, and South Australia. Roughly 1,400 homes have been lost and the human death toll stood at 25 as of January 6, according to NPR. Experts have estimated that roughly half a billion animals have died in the fires as well.

Similarly, Ubisoft donated €500,000 (about $565,000) to assist in Notre Dame reconstruction efforts after a fire destroyed parts of the famous cathedral. It also gave away Assassin's Creed Unity for free on PC for a limited time following the disaster, which includes a very realistic virtual recreation of Notre Dame.