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Destiny 2: Lightfall Legendary Campaign Tips Guide

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:44

The new Destiny 2 expansion, Lightfall, is here, and as was introduced with last year's Witch Queen DLC, its campaign comes in two flavors: Classic and Legendary. Classic is the standard difficulty of all previous Destiny campaigns, which is to say, it's not especially challenging for veteran players. Legendary is meant to punch you in the face, ramping up the difficulty to put it on par with some of the game's harder content. Sure enough, Lightfall's Legendary campaign is quite difficult and likely not something you'll want to jump into as a novice player, as you'll need skills and equipment you might not yet possess. But if you are taking it on, here's what you need to know about how it works and some tips on how to best survive.

What's different about the Legendary campaign?

Lightfall's Legendary campaign missions each carry the same modifiers, all of which are meant to make things much more difficult:

Legendary: Enemies are more aggressive, have heavier shields, and are more plentiful.

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Disney's Haunted Mansion Movie Trailer Offers A Spooky Sneak Peek

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:28

Disney has released the first trailer for Haunted Mansion, which is due to hit theaters on July 28. Below, check out the nearly two-minute clip offering a first solid look at the live-action movie reimagining the 2003 film.

"As a lifelong fan of the Haunted Mansion attraction, I'm beyond excited to share the teaser trailer for our new film adaptation featuring an incredible cast," director Justin Simien (Dear White People, Bad Hair) said in a release. "Our team has worked tirelessly to create a scary, funny, and cinematic otherworldly adventure for both new and die-hard fans to enjoy! I can't wait for audiences to experience this big screen version of the iconic Disney attraction."

Inspired by the classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion is "about a woman and her son who enlist a motley crew of so-called spiritual experts to help rid their home of supernatural squatters." The film's producers are Dan Lin and Jonathan Eirich, with Nick Reynolds and Tom Peitzman serving as executive producers. The movie's ensemble cast includes LaKeith Stanfield, Tiffany Haddish, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, Rosario Dawson, Chase W. Dillon and Dan Levy, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto.

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Valorant's Competitive Game Mode Update Is Coming Soon

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:22

Riot Games has announced that Valorant's new competitive game mode, Premier, will be released with Episode 6 Act 3.

The developer released a new in-depth video explaining everything about the upcoming mode, with game director Andy Ho sharing the details. Premier is a team-based competitive system that will allow players to build their own team and compete across a set of pre-scheduled matches.

In this new game mode, players will be given the option to create their own team or join a team of five friends to compete together against teams of similar skill levels. Once a roster has been built, the player's team will be placed in a division where they'll play across a persistent season composed of weekly matches and tournaments on designated maps.

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Lord Of The Rings: Everything We Know About The Upcoming Movies

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:12

Believe it or not, Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings movies debuted more than 20 years ago. The third movie, Return of the King, swept the Oscars and won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Jackson. He followed those up with a much less critically adored (but still commercially successful!) The Hobbit trilogy. Now, two decades on, Warner Bros. and New Line have announced plans to make new The Lord of the Rings movies, and that makes for potentially exciting news for fans of the series.

As with any announcement about new entries to a beloved series, some fans are skeptical, and understandably so. WB/New Line is plotting ahead with an attempt to create what insiders are calling a Star Wars-like universe for Middle-earth. These new movies are coming as Amazon Studios plots its own legally and creatively distinct Lord of the Rings project with the TV series The Rings of Power, which is now under production for Season 2.

In this post, we're rounding up everything we know about the new Lord of the Rings movies.

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John Wick 4 Expected To Have Best Start At Box Office In Franchise History

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:08

John Wick: Chapter 4 is expected to make a lot of money during its opening weekend later this month, so much so that it is on track to set a new franchise record.

Chapter 4, which releases March 24, is tracking to earn between $60 million-$70 million for its first weekend in the US, according to Deadline. That would be the strongest start in the history of the series. For comparison, 2014's original John Wick earned $14.4 million in its first weekend, while Chapter 2 made $30.4 million to start. Chapter 3 continued the upward trend, banking $56.8 million over its first stateside weekend, and Chapter 4 is expected to have an even bigger start.

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New Dead by Daylight Movie Adaptation Will Terrify Audiences On The Big Screen

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 04:02

Canadian gaming studio Behaviour Interactive and production companies Blumhouse and Atomic Monster are all joining forces for a feature film adaptation of the popular multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight. Variety was first to report.

"In Dead by Daylight the Behaviour team has created a love letter to the world of horror, building an incredible environment teeming with atmosphere and terrifying villains--perfect for a scary cinematic adaptation," producer James Wan said. "We're big fans of the game at Atomic Monster, and are thrilled to be teaming up with Blumhouse to bring this frighteningly visceral world to the big screen."

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Get 7 Great Steam Games For $20

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 03:20

Another month, another enticing Platinum bundle from Fanatical. The Platinum Collection March: Build Your Own Bundle is now live, giving you a chance to pick up seven games for just $20. There are also options to snag five games for $15 or three games for $10--making it easy to find something that fits your budget.

The Platinum Collection gives you a catalog of 18 games to build your bundle from, most of which are highly rated indies. Opting for the $20 bundle is the best value, as each game comes out to just $2.86 each. And considering most of these games retail for at least $20, it’s definitely worth browsing through the collection. All games are redeemable on Steam and come with a 5% off voucher for your next purchase through Fanatical.

Lake is one of the standout titles, offering a relaxing, story-based adventure that has you jumping into the shoes of a postal worker. As you explore the quaint town of Providence Oak, you’ll be able to form friendships and make decisions that impact the outcome of your journey. It’s a chill game, and one that’s great to play if you’re burnt out on fast-paced shooters or keeping up with a battle pass.

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Apex Legends Imperial Guard Collection Event Includes Discounted Wraith Heirloom

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 03:09

Apex Legends' upcoming Imperial Guard Collection Event was announced today via a trailer uploaded to the game's official YouTube channel. But this Collection Event's ultimate reward is like no other--instead of a Prestige Skin, an Heirloom Weapon, a set of Heirloom Shards, or a mind-bogglingly expensive reactive weapon skin, players who collect all 24 Imperial Guard event cosmetics will unlock a new version of Wraith's kunai knife.

In addition to the premium cosmetic collection, a series of free rewards will be available to players who earn the 5,000 challenge points required to complete the reward track. But the most exciting feature of the event isn't just event-exclusive--it's sticking around. As mentioned in Season 16's patch notes, Mixtape Mode is set to launch alongside the Imperial Guard Collection Event, and the feature is here to stay even after Imperial Guard ends.

Starting with the launch of Imperial Guard on March 7, Team Deathmatch will be replaced with Mixtape Mode, a permanent new playlist featuring three popular modes that were previously only accessible as part of limited-time events. Mixtape Mode includes TDM, Control, and Gun Run, with each mode rotating every hour. Sadly, Arenas appears to be gone for good, and Respawn has given no indication that players will see the 3v3 mode return to Apex anytime soon. On a brighter note, all modes available via Mixtape will be added to the Private Lobby feature, allowing players to host their own tournaments. The number of players needed to start a match in each mode is as follows:

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A Lord Of The Rings Musical Is Happening

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:56

The Lord of the Rings is being turned into a musical stage show and will be performed in the English countryside this summer.

As reported by Deadline, The Lord of the Rings musical is set to take place at the Watermill Theatre located in Berkshire, England, a countryside near Oxfordshire, where original author J.R.R Tolkien spent his time writing the Great War of the Ring storyline. The musical will be "semi-immersive" and take advantage of the venue's setting on the banks of the River Lambourn, while also making the Watermill Theatre and its surrounding area reminiscent of the Shire.

Originally co-created in 2006 by Matthew Warchus--director of Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical--the musical will feature original songs inspired by The Lord of the Rings and is expected to take place on July 25 and will run for approximately 12 weeks.

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Super Mario Movie - Fire-Breathing Bowser Toy Is Available Now

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:47

In just a few weeks, Nintendo's favorite plumber is making his animated debut on the big screen. Nintendo isn't missing an opportunity to create some terrific merchandise around the film, and while some of the Super Mario Bros. action figures might be a little creepy, this $30 Bowser toy is an instant attention-grabber.

Produced by Jakks Pacific, Bowser looks like he was plucked straight from the movie. Voiced by Tenacious D's Jack Black--who's also the voice of the much more cuddly Kung Fu Panda--this Bowser is big, mean, and ready to conquer the Mushroom Kingdom. Articulation looks fairly decent for this bulky collectible, he has a very colorful paint job that's true to the video game source material, and he has an impressive height of seven inches.

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The big feature of this Bowser toy is its "fire-breathing" mode, which allows the mighty Mario enemy to vent steam from his mouth. You'll need three AAA batteries for this feature, and once you fill him up with water, you can press his side spike to make him belch out vapors that are illuminated by an internal LED. Don't worry, this is not a vaping toy. If you'd prefer to keep Bowser in mint condition, you can also display him inside of his box, which is designed for this purpose.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall - How To Level Up Quickly

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:41

Lightfall introduces a number of changes to the worlds of Destiny 2, but the expansion also levels the playing field across the board with a power level reset for all players. Whether you're a rookie Guardian or a seasoned veteran, everyone starts Lightfall at the new power level of 1,600, and as you progress through the game, you'll steadily increase those numbers.

For experienced players, the race is on now to reach a high power level ahead of March 10's The Root of Nightmares raid launch. That grind to power up will go through three phases, as there'll be soft, power, and pinnacle caps to reach on the way, which we'll explain in more detail below.

What is the Destiny 2 power level?

That number on your Guardian screen is essentially the sum total of your power gleaned from your equipped weapons, armor, and seasonal artifact. This is what determines just how much damage you can dish out and receive, with other factors like armor mods and subclass loadouts also influencing your survivability.

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These Nintendo Switch Accessories Bundles Are Super Cheap Right Now

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:39

The Nintendo Switch is one of the most versatile consoles of 2023, designed to be played at home, on the road, and anywhere in between. That means you might find yourself traveling with the device and using it more often than you’d expect--so you’ll probably want to stock up on accessories to keep it safe. And right now, you can snag the EOVOLA Accessories Kit, which offers more than a dozen different items for just $38, down from $67. Additionally, Amazon is offering a Lightning Deal on a smaller bundle from Orzly that's worth checking out..

Orzly Switch Accessories Bundle $21 (was $50)

Orzly's Switch Accessories Bundle is available as an Amazon Lightning Deal. It's a ridiculously good value at only $21 (down from $50). This bundle comes with a great Nintendo Switch grip, carrying case, screen protector, charging cable, earbuds, cartridge case, and a stylus. T

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The EOVOLA Accessories Kit is about more than protection for your Switch. While it does come with a carrying case, two tempered glass screen protectors, a switch game card case, and a TPU soft case, you’ll also find two switch wheels for racing games, two Joy-Con grips for added comfort, and a multi-angle play stand.

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That makes it a pretty robust bundle, and one that should provide you with just about every accessory you'll ever need for the hybrid console. The list of gear in this bundle is truly impressive--here’s a look at what's included with your purchase.

  • One Switch Carrying Case
  • One Switch Multi-Angle Playstand
  • Two tempered glass screen protectors
  • One 4-in-1 Joy-Con Charging Dock
  • One TPU soft case
  • One Switch Game Card Case
  • Two Switch Wheels
  • Two Joy-Con Grips
  • Four Joy-Con Cases
  • Eight Joy-Con Caps

All told, you're paying right around two bucks for each item. And even if you only end up using half the gear in the bundle, that’s still a solid deal. We’re not sure how long this will stick around, so be sure to check it out if you want to stock up on Switch accessories without breaking the bank.

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God Of War Ragnarok And Stray Among Top Nominees On 2023 BAFTA Games Awards List

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:25

It might be March, but award season is not over yet. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced the nominees for its 2023 BAFTA Games Awards.

Leading the pack are God of War Ragnarok and Stray, each with nine nominations including Best Game, Best Animation, and Best Narrative. However, God of War also boasts an impressive number of cast member nominations, with six of its performers nominated across two categories. This makes God of War the most-nominated game since the BAFTA Games Awards first began in 2004.

GameSpot's own 2022 Game of the Year, Elden Ring, trails only slightly behind, with eight nominations across the award show's 18 categories. Other notable nominees are Horizon Forbidden West, Tunic, Vampire Survivors, and A Plague Tale: Requiem, each with five nominations, and the psychological thriller Immortality with four.

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Donnie Yen Pushed Back Against Asian Stereotypes In John Wick 4 And Rogue One

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:05

Actor Donnie Yen has opened up about the Asian stereotypes he's constantly encountered in Hollywood over the years. While the martial artist has played a range of roles in Asian cinema, he expressed his frustrations with how generic things can be in the States.

Speaking with GQ, Yen gave an example of this typecasting with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The actor says it was his idea to make his character, Chirrut Îmwe, blind, as well as a bit more comedic. "One thing I pointed out is he was a stereotype," Yen said regarding early drafts of the story. "Typical master. Doesn't smile."

More recently, Yen fought back against similar issues with John Wick: Chapter 4. He plays the assassin Caine in the upcoming film, but that wasn't the character's original name. "The name was Shang or Chang," he said. "Why does he always have to be called Shang or Chang?

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Sonic Co-Creator Yuji Naka Admits Guilt In Square Enix Insider Trading Case

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:03

Yuji Naka, the co-creator of Sonic the Hedgehog and a well-known figure of Sega's golden age, has admitted guilt in his trial for insider trading. As reported by NHK, when presented with the charges, Naka said that there was "no doubt" that he was guilty of the charges. Naka is accused of buying shares based on insider information, which is a violation of Japan law.

Naka is accused of committing two separate acts of insider trading. The first alleges that he bought about 3 million yen worth of stock in Japanese developer Aiming after he learned that the studio was working on a new Dragon Quest mobile game before it was publicly announced. The second relates to another mobile game announcement, Square Enix's Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier, where he allegedly did the same thing. He's accused of netting the equivalent of $146,000 from these sales.

Naka is not alone in facing these charges, as several other former Square Enix employees are accused of being involved in the scheme. In recent years, Naka has become somewhat notorious for directing Balan Wonderworld, a critically panned platformer that released shortly before he left Square Enix. Naka sued Square Enix in 2022, claiming that the game was released in an unfinished state, and that he was removed as director six months prior to the game's launch.

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Resident Evil 4 Remake: 11 Things We Learned From The New Gameplay

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 02:00

Resident Evil 4 Remake is only weeks away, but there are still so many questions to answer about Capcom’s ambitious remake. Thankfully, I got the chance to see about 20 minutes of gameplay which gave me a glimpse into the lake area, the castle, and the iconic Krauser knife fight. Here are 11 new things I learned about the game.

Knife parry galore

Chainsaws aren’t the only thing Leon can deflect with his trusty knife now. In fact, from the gameplay I saw, you’ll be able to parry just about anything with your knife. Whether it’s airborne torches, speeding arrows, or even the nasty tentacle claws of head-erupted parasites, Leon’s new-and-improved knife can counter them all. However, this hefty upgrade in functionality does not come without some compromises. Unlike the original, the knife now has a durability bar, akin to Resident Evil 2 Remake’s take on the knife. So while the extra versatility adds more variety to Resident Evil 4’s combat formula, it’s not without some resource management considerations. Additionally, Leon now has the ability to evade fatal blows, giving the player a split-second prompt to dodge attacks like Garrador’s enormous claws.

Director Yasuhio Ampo and producer Yoshiaki Hirabayashi assured me that Leon’s extra combat functionality will not compromise the harrowing feeling of the original's enemy encounters. With the addition of giving the player more options in combat also comes the balance of making the enemies just as equipped to challenge you. As such, Capcom has upgraded enemy movements and given them an array of new attacks to level the playing field.

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Eight Titles Are Leaving Xbox Game Pass On March 15

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 01:48

Another month for Xbox Game Pass subscribers means a new batch of games will be added to the service, but eight titles will be leaving by March 15.

One of 2021's most notable games, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, is among the collection of games to be leaving before the end of the month. This third-person RPG follows Star-Lord and his crew as they get swept up in an interplanetary disaster, featuring tag-team gameplay, choice-based consequences, and a variety of boss fights.

Regarded as one of the best indie titles of all time, Undertale is a rich 2D role-playing game full of unique characters and a turn-based combat system filled with player-made choices that impact the story. After a human child falls underground, the player discovers a world that has become the home and prison to a monster race, who long to return to the surface.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall: How To Get Deterministic Chaos Exotic Machine Gun

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 01:43

Completing the Destiny 2: Lightfall campaign unlocks additional quests for new Exotic weapons, and one of those quests is called Unfinished Business, which rewards the Deterministic Chaos Void machine gun. A heavy projectile weakens targets on impact every fourth bullet and every 16th bullet makes enemies volatile when holding down the trigger. To start the Unfinished Business Exotic quest, speak with Nimbus after completing the Lightfall campaign. Here's everything you need to know about the quest, including how to find Cipher Qubits and Cloud Accretions.

Unfinished Business quest

The first task has you visit the Hall of Heroes, which is a few steps above the Strider’s Gate landing zone, then talk with Nimbus again after the cutscene. (While at the Hall of Heroes, you should speak to the hologram of city archivist Quinn Laghari to get a quest called Welcome to the Hall of Heroes that leads to the Winterbite Exotic weapon quest.)

The Unfinished Business Exotic quest from Nimbus

The third step asks you to collect Cipher Qubits that drop from defeated Vex and extract five resources. These resources are shiny crystal shards called Cloud Accretion that are basically Neomuna’s destination material--adding the resource detector mod on your Ghost helps find them. You’ll need eight Cipher Qubits to extract Rohan’s data from each Cloud Accretion.

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Destiny 2: Lightfall - Where To Find The Gilded Precept Lost Sector

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 01:18

If you're looking for a fight in Destiny 2's Lightfall expansion, you'll find plenty of them in the new Gilded Precept lost sector of Neomuna. This gauntlet can be found just outside of the flagship of Calus, and is populated with Shadow Legion Cabal looking to prove their worth in the arena of combat. If you're ready to gate-crash these hallowed grounds and accept a challenging encounter against a small army of Cabal who have very itchy trigger-fingers, here's a breakdown on where this lost sector is and what you can expect to find inside of it.

For more Lightfall guides, you can check out where to find the Thrilladome lost sector and where to find the Hydroponics Delta lost sector.

Where to find the Gilded Precept lost sector

Head to Ahimsa Park on Neomuna, and when you get to the flagship of Calus, look for a small rock formation on the far right.

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Mario Kart 8's Next DLC Courses And Birdo Playable Character Arrive March 9

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 01:17

Nintendo has announced that the next DLC courses for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe are coming very soon. Wave 4 of the Booster Course Pass, containing eight courses and a new DLC character, arrives March 9.

The new courses include Amsterdam Drift, Riverside Park, DK Summit, Yoshi's Island, Bangkok Rush, Mario Circuit, Waluigi Stadium, and Singapore Speedway. These are all courses from past Mario Kart titles, except for Yoshi's Island, which is a brand-new track. Players can race these tracks in the new Fruit Cup and Boomerang Cup. Wave 4 also adds a new character, Birdo, to the roster.

The Booster Course Pass costs $25 and includes 48 DLC courses in all. Alternatively, you can subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack ($50/year) to get the Booster Course Pass and a range of other benefits.

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