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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Spoilers Have Emerged, So Tread Carefully

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 05:15

If you're one of the many, many people who are looking forward to Final Fantasy VII Rebirth on February 29, you're likely looking to go into the game unspoiled. If that's the case, be careful on social media for the next two weeks, as reports indicate that spoilers are beginning to appear across multiple apps.

Per Kotaku, users on Reddit, Tiktok, and X (formerly Twitter) are reporting FF7 Rebirth spoilers are beginning, and they include "screenshots, clips, and descriptions" of leaked materials. The leaks have yet to be confirmed as real, but those worried about potentially spoiling the game for themselves.

The alleged leaks come one week after a PlayStation State Of Play dedicated entirely to the upcoming game aired on PlayStation's social media accounts. The presentation revealed that the new game will end at the same point as the original game's Disc 1, as well as a shadow drop of a single-player demo with both Cloud and Sephiroth playable.

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Microsoft To Discuss Future Of Xbox Amid PS5 Rumors This Thursday

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 05:03

Microsoft will share "updates on the Xbox business" on February 15, the company has confirmed, in the wake of ongoing rumors and reports of Xbox shifting strategy to release games on competing platforms.

The event will take place this Thursday as a podcast featuring Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer and other Xbox executives including Sarah Bond and Matt Booty. The podcast will air on YouTube and everywhere else podcasts are available at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET.

Bond is Xbox's new president and Booty is the Head of Xbox Game Studios, so, together with Spencer, this should make for a good panel to speak to the economic and creative considerations at play in this situation.

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Barry Keoghan Put A Metal Object In His Mouth That Was Slicing Him To Play Joker

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:34

Oscar-nominated actor Barry Keoghan played the Joker in 2022's The Batman in one of the final sequences of the film. He was only in the film briefly but he turned in a haunting and memorable performance as the DC villain. In an interview with GQ, Keoghan discussed how he landed the role, what he did to help prepare himself, and the impact of COVID-19 on filming.

As he's discussed previously, Keoghan said he originally wanted to play The Riddler after he saw an article saying the filmmakers wanted that character to appear in the film. So Keoghan got a camera, put on some makeup, and bought a cane and filmed himself walking down a a dark hallway with some swagger. "Let's see if that will get me an audition," he said. "They said, 'No, but do you want to play the Joker?' And I said, 'Yep!'"

The Riddler was originally going to be played by Jonah Hill before the actor reportedly passed on the role. Paul Dano later came in to play the part and gave a memorable performance.

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Apex Legends Season 20 Patch Notes Include Major Changes To Ranked, Crafting, And Legends

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:32

Apex Legends Season 20: Breakout launches Tuesday, February 13, and developer Respawn Entertainment has just released patch notes for what it's calling the biggest update since the game's 2019 launch.

From major changes to the crafting system to the removal of EVO Shields and reintroduction of mid-season splits in Ranked Mode, Season 20 has a lot going on. Keep reading for a breakdown of the biggest changes coming to the game when Season 20 goes live.

One interesting feature coming to the game this season is the addition of "Breakout Rewards." Every two weeks for the entirety of the season, a new Legend will become playable, even if they haven't been unlocked yet. During this time, a series of challenges will become available for players to complete, and those who do will permanently unlock the Legend, free of charge. But even if you've already unlocked every Legend, these challenges are still worth doing, as players who complete all challenges will earn additional rewards like the Top Tier reactive Flatline weapon skin (Legendary) and the Runaway Renegade Wraith Legend skin (Legendary).

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Multiple New Studio Ghibli Books Are Up For Preorder, Including A Comic Omnibus

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:18

Studio Ghibli is responsible for some of the most beloved anime, including feature films like My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and Castle in the Sky. If you're a big Ghibli fan or know someone who is, there are a few upcoming books that should be on your radar. Here's a look at a handful of books currently up for preorder, including an omnibus of the hard-to-find Kiki's Delivery Service comic and an art book detailing the creation of the memorable landmarks in the Studio Ghibli library.

Kiki's Delivery Service Film Comic: All-In-One Edition $30

The Kiki's Delivery Service Film Comic: All-In-One Edition is the most expansive upcoming book, clocking in at 584 pages. This omnibus collects all four volumes of the previously released comic series. These books aren't easy to find in new condition and often sell for a lot higher prices than this omnibus (even in paperback form). Getting all four volumes in one convenient book for $30 is a nice deal. Once you preorder, you'll lock in Amazon's price guarantee, so you'll get the book for the lowest price Amazon offers until your order ships.

The comic tells the story of Kiki as she (accompanied by her black cat, Jiji) heads out to a seaside village and tries to learn how to become a witch. This hardcover book releases September 24.

Preorder at Amazon Studio Ghibli: Architecture in Animation $35

Architecture in Animation provides a firsthand look at how Studio Ghibli built the worlds of Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, and other films in the studio's catalog. Specifically, the book features concept art, sketches, and commentary from artists. Featuring 192 pages of behind-the-scenes content, it sounds like a great book for dedicated Ghibli fans. It releases on October 22 in hardcover format and costs $35.

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If you can't wait until the second half of 2024 to get your hands on Studio Ghibli books, consider looking at Howl's Moving Castle Sketchbook and Castle in the Sky Journal. Both are up for preorder, with release dates scheduled for March 5.

The former is a cloth-bound sketchbook with 128 pages, while the latter is a paperback volume filled with art and concept images of the iconic film. Howl's Moving Castle Sketchbook costs $20 and Castle in the Sky Journal is just $13--making it the cheapest Studio Ghibli book up for preorder.

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Helldivers-Like Earth Defense Force 6 Delayed To Summer 2024

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:10

Developer Sandlot and publisher D3Publisher have announced that Earth Defense Force 6 has been delayed and will now release in the West in Summer 2024 instead of its original Spring 2024 window.

The reason for the delay was that both parties "have decided to extend the launch window to add finishing touches and finalize preparations for its western launch." However, the Asian version is still set to launch on March 14 for PS4 and PS5. The western launch will also include a PC port.

Earth Defense Force 6 is set three years after the events of Earth Defense Force 5. Humanity spent that time rebuilding society while also eliminating any remaining alien forces. However, a mysterious ring-shaped ship appears in the sky, and now the Earth Defense Force has to protect the planet from a new kind of threat.

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Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire's Kaiju Partnership Was Inspired By Lethal Weapon

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 04:08

While they may not have gotten along at the start of Godzilla Vs. Kong, the two biggest names in the Kaiju business did eventually manage to reach a mutual understanding after they teamed up to stop Mecha-Godzilla. In Godzilla X Kong: The New Empire, the titans now have a new status quo and have reached a truce, an idea that director Adam Wingard says was inspired by one of the best buddy-cop partnerships of the '80s and '90s, Lethal Weapon.

While you probably won't be hearing Godzilla roar about how he's too old for this crap, Wingard did tease that the cult film series starring Danny Glover and Mel Gibson was a big influence on New Empire's story.

"There's a bit of a truce--Godzilla's in control of the surface world and Kong is down in Hollow Earth," Wingard explained to Empire. "It wasn’t, 'Okay, give me a call when something goes wrong, Kong. And I, Godzilla, will rush to the rescue!' My influences are always embedded with the '80s, and the '80s were prime for [that] storyline."

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New Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes Trailer Shows Off Big Bad Proximus

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:54

Proximus doesn't look like a generous ruler in Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. A new trailer for the upcoming sequel showcases the big bad's ruthlessness, who lets it be known you "bend for your king."

Debuting during the Super Bowl, the official trailer for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes also touches on the simian-and-human relationship between Noa (The Stand's Owen Teague) and Nova (The Witcher's Freya Allen). In fact, Noa declares in the video seen below: "Apes hunt humans. That is wrong."

To say this rubs Proximus (Lost and X-Men Origins: Wolverine actor Kevin Durand) the wrong way is an understatement. The tyrant lets Noa know in the trailer that "together, you will die." The human Nova seems to be a primary target for the apes in the upcoming sequel. Noa learns this is because she's "smarter than most," but there also seems to be more behind the mystery.

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Microsoft May Add DLSS-Style Game Upscaling Tech To Windows 11

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:48

Microsoft seems to be developing its own DLSS-like, AI-upscaling feature. X (formerly Twitter) user PhantomOcean3 posted screenshots (via The Verge) from the latest test versions of Windows 11, which shows a toggle for Automatic Super Resolution. In the menu, Microsoft describes the feature as follows: "Use AI to make supported games play more smoothly with enhanced details."

Microsoft has not yet announced this feature, so there are no details regarding how it will work or if you'll need specific hardware to run it. DLSS requires a supported Nvidia graphics card, whereas AMD's FSR and Intel's XeSS run on competitors' GPUs. The basic idea behind DLSS and similar technologies is that the game runs on a lower internal resolution, which improves performance. The upscaling tech improves the visuals to minimize visible impact on graphical fidelity.

In this Windows Insider update, new color management tools were also included. With this update, you can add or remove color profiles and set new defaults. There's also a feature which automatically manages colors to ensure "accuracy."

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Has An Almost Shot-For-Shot Recreation Of An Infamous Flashback

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:47

One of the big draws of Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth is how the sequel is preparing to explore brand-new territory now that the original's Midgar portion has been completed. That doesn't mean that the established lore of the game is being abandoned, as one of the most pivotal moments from the 1997 RPG has been faithfully recreated and is available to experience in the Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth demo.

For anyone familiar with the game, you'll know just how important Nibelheim is to the story of Final Fantasy 7. The destruction of this town set several events into motion, but it's perhaps best known for being the incident where Sephiroth has his heel turn, murdering the townsfolk and turning his back on the player in an iconic and fiery scene.

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Nintendo Switch-Exclusive Games Get Big Discounts At Target

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:17

Nintendo Switch exclusives tend to maintain their $60 prices even years after release, and deals on many of them only crop up a few times each year. This is one of those times, as you'll find a handful of popular Switch games discounted to just $40 at Amazon. Both physical and digital versions of each game are included in the promotion.

Keep in mind that Target tends to sell out of its deals on Switch exclusives, so we recommend ordering soon. Note that most physical deals are eligible for in-store pickup or delivery, while digital codes will be sent via email shortly after purchase. Here's a look at the discounted games at Target.

Nintendo Switch games for $40 at Target

One of the best games on sale is Splatoon 3. Offering one of the best multiplayer experiences on Switch, heaps of unlockable content, and an extensive cooperative mode, Splatoon 3 is a great family-friendly game that has very rarely dropped to this low of a price. Walmart is matching Target's deal.

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Doctor Who Showrunner Calls Fortnite Doctor Who Collab A "Myth"

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:14

After months of rumors and speculation of an upcoming collaboration between Fortnite and the BBC's Doctor Who, the showrunner for the British sci-fi series has seemingly put them to rest, but not in the way fans might have hoped.

Per Eurogamer, Doctor Who boss Russell T. Davies addressed the potential pair-up on Instagram, after a commenter asked for any news on it. Davies responded simply that the collaboration was "a complete myth" and that there is no update on it at all.

Rumors about Doctor Who's arrival in Fortnite began last year, as the show was approaching its 60th anniversary special in November. Prominent Fortnite leaker iFireMonkey posted of their findings as early as April, as they mentioned a set of "2 Skins, 2 Pickaxes, 1 Glider, and 1 Emote" as part of the event.

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The Boys Super Bowl Video Honors Heroes, Horses, And America

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:11

While it didn't have a Super Bowl ad during the game, Prime Video joined in on the fun with an online video for its popular superhero show The Boys themed around America and football.

Released on social media, the video from Vought International claims to be "too patriotic" for TV. "This is a love letter to AMERICA," a post said, adding that fans should crack a cold Turbo Rush to make the most out of the big game. It's a silly ad from the fictional company that leans very far into patriotism and... horses. Take a look at the trailer below, and note that it contains a special cameo from two characters from the spin-off Gen V, Sam and Cate.

"Freedom, football, family, horses--words synonymous with Vought, and this great nation. Vought may be international now, but it was American first," the narrator says. "Born from the hands of hard-working men and women just like you, who know the value of an honest day's labor. Vought is more than a company--it's a testament of what Americans can do together. Today, we salute the real heroes, the ones who keep this country safe and sound, by cracking open an ice cold Turbo Rush for the big game. To freedom. To football. To horses."

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Helldivers 2 "Blowing Through" Sales Estimates As Servers Struggle To Meet Demand

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:05

Helldivers 2's early success has exceeded internal expectations, and the developer is working on addressing the server issues it's experiencing.

Since its release on February 8, Helldivers 2 has already sold about one million copies so far, according to Arrowhead Game Studios CEO Johan Pilestedt. He also explained that the game's sales are "blowing through the estimates," but doesn't know when or if Sony will make a public statement on the official units sold.

The studio deployed three quick hotfixes aimed at improving the online servers. Players are experiencing issues such as rewards not being handed out properly, login troubles, and server capacity.

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Nightingale's Survival Aspects Are Familiar, But Its Strange Worlds Hold A Lot Of Promise

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 03:00

Our band of Victorian survivalists opened a portal to a swamp filled with vicious creatures, and then we went hunting. A magic spell created by one of our group pointed the way across the festering, waist-deep waters, which carried some unknown disease if you lingered in them for too long. Man-sized rats and frogs appeared at the fringes to slow our progress, but eventually, we found our prey: a fire-breathing beast called a Humbaba, big as a building, that lumbered across the landscape.

It took six of us, a whole lot of magic-infused rifle ammo, and a few deaths along the way, but before long, we toppled the beast. We skinned it and carried away its flesh to fill our stew pots and aid our crafting plans.

This is Nightingale, a survival game from developer Inflexion Games that goes into early access on February 20 on PC. We recently spent about six hours playing Nightingale in a preview event with developers, trying both the early game in a single-player experience and venturing out in co-op. It's a game about alternate dimensions: Rather than dropping you onto a massive map that spreads out over great distances and includes multiple locations and biomes, Nightingale is made up of smaller, procedurally generated "realms," each dominated by a single biome. You access these realms through magical portals, defining your destination by using special Tarot-like cards you can find or craft throughout your journey.

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Puzzle Game Fans Should Definitely Check Out The Latest Humble Bundle

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 02:48

Video games can help keep your mind engaged and your problem-solving skills sharp. This is especially true for puzzle games, and right now, Humble has a stellar new bundle filled with some of the best recent entries in the genre. This collection features a great selection of heavyweight brain-teasers, and like other bundles, your cash will help support a charitable cause. The Mind-Bending Masterpiece Humble Bundle supports The Global FoodBanking Network, an organization that works to enhance and unite food banks across the world.

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The full bundle includes seven PC games for only $15. You can opt for the lower $10 tier for five games, but you'll be missing out on two of the best titles in the lineup, Patrick's Parabox and Taiji.

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SanDisk 1.5TB MicroSD Card On Sale For Best Price Yet

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 02:29

If you're running out of space on your Steam Deck and you're not a fan of deleting games, it's probably time to upgrade to a high-capacity microSD card. In the grand scheme of storage formats, microSD cards are pretty darn cheap, but the price tends to jump dramatically once you go beyond 512GB. Right now, you can get a rare discount on SanDisk's highest capacity microSD card at Amazon. The SanDisk Ultra 1.5TB microSD card is on sale for only $120 (down from $150). This is one of Amazon's limited-time Lightning Deals, so you'll want to cash in on the savings fast.

SanDisk 1.5TB Ultra microSD Card $120 (was $150)

This microSD card rarely goes on sale. In fact, the current offer of $120 matches its lowest price ever, which happened during Black Friday 2023. Beyond these two price cuts, the card has remained at full price. The SanDisk Ultra works without a hitch on Steam Deck, and it's also one of the most reliable and popular microSD cards around.

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The SanDisk 1.5TB Ultra microSD card is compatible with Switch, though 1.5TB is probably overkill for most users. Unless you buy a lot of digital AAA games on the eShop, you'd probably have more than enough space with the 512GB version of the SanDisk Ultra. Plus, it's on sale for only $37 (down from $60).

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The X-Men Manga Is Being Remastered, And The Huge Deluxe Edition Is Up For Preorder

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 02:25

X-Men comic books have been around since the '60s, but if you're looking for a Children of the Atom adventure of a different variety, the long out-of-print manga will be reprinted later this year. Volume 1 of the remastered X-Men manga is now available to preorder. This deluxe edition will be published on November 12, more than 25 years after its original run ended.

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Priced at $25, this 512-page paperback has received a new translation and is loaded with stories from mangaka Hiroshi Higuchi. Primarily based on the hit '90s animated series, this manga has been out of print for years. Like the animated series, it follows teenager Jubilation Lee as she discovers her unique powers and has to deal with the slight problem of mutant-hunting Sentinels chasing her down.

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The Fall Guy Super Bowl Trailer Has "Everything," Including A Unicorn

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 02:21

A new trailer for Universal's The Fall Guy premiered during Super Bowl 58 on Sunday evening. This newest trailer hypes up The Fall Guy as a movie that has "everything," including unicorns, twisted metal, cardio, space cowboys, aliens, minerals, hand slaps, and ice crimes.

Check out the trailer below to see all of this and more, including a sequence where Ryan Gosling's character sits in his car and cries to Taylor Swift's "All Too Well."

The Fall Guy follows the story of a stuntman played by Gosling who suffers an accident but gets called back to solve a real-life conspiracy and rekindle a relationship with the love of his life, a director played by Emily Blunt. The movie is directed by former stuntman David Leitch, who is also known for directing Hobbs & Shaw, Bullet Trailer, Atomic Blonde, and Deadpool 2.

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Twisters Trailer Promises Twin Tornadoes And Tons Of Destruction

Tue, 02/13/2024 - 02:19

"If you feel it, chase it," seems like the mantra for Glen Powell's character Tyler Owens in the debut trailer for Twisters, a sequel to the 1996 classic. Let's just say the so-called Tornado Wrangler will be getting exactly what he asks for in the upcoming movie.

The Twisters trailer sets the stakes for Owens as well as Kate Cooper, played by Where the Crawdads Sing star Daisy Edgar-Jones. She apparently had a horrific experience with a tornado that's teased early on the video but gets roped back in with Owens somehow. In fact, at one point the duo are chasing twin tornadoes.

Powell, known for Top Gun: Maverick, was in talks to join Twisters back in April 2023, though plot details were under wraps then. It's now known his character is a "charming and reckless social-media superstar," according to the movie's synopsis. To add to the description, he's heard saying in the trailer: "You don't face your fears, you ride 'em."

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