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Best Gear To Start Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree With

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 08:00

Picking the best gear to start Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree with makes From Software’s difficult DLC a bit less maddening to manage. Your first few hours in The Land of Shadow are tough, as the game expects you to be at your best, with top-tier equipment and a good idea of how to use it.

Our guide for the best gear to start Elden Ring Shadow of the Erdtree with breaks down which weapons, armor, talismans, and summons will make your life easier.

Fast and aggressive endgame Spirit Ashes

The best Spirit Ash summons are more important in Shadow of the Erdtree than they were in The Lands Between, if only to distract bosses while you learn their patterns and figure out when to strike. Pretty much every major enemy in Elden Ring’s DLC is faster and deadlier, so you’ll likely want to leave your tanky summons at home. We’ve selected a few high performers that make life easier and, by the time you start Shadow of the Erdtree, should already be in your inventory.

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This Steeply Discounted Anker 250W Power Bank Charges Three Of Your Devices At Once

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 07:11

The Anker Prime Power Bank is down to its lowest price ever, with Amazon offering the premium gadget for just $125 (down from $180). This 250W portable charger is powerful enough to charge three large devices at once, making it a great choice for frequent flyers or folks who often find themselves on the road working (or gaming) out of coffee shops and hotels.

Anker Prime 250W Power Bank $125 (was $180)

The Anker Prime Power Bank can charge three power-hungry device with it two USB-C ports and USB-A port that deliver up to 250W of power total. Anker says you can juice up your MacBook Pro (M2 Pro) to 50% in just 28 minutes. That's an impressive stat--and one that far outperforms the average portable charger. So while you'll find cheaper chargers out there, the Prime is an ideal pick for those who travel with multiple larger devices, such as a laptop, Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, and iPad Pro.

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Despite all that firepower, the Anker Prime Power Bank is still quite small, weighing just over a pound and standing just over six inches tall. And along with charging electronics fast, it holds 27,650mAh of juice, enough to charge an iPhone 14 more than four times before needing a recharge of its own.

Toss in a smart app to track your charging stats or to help you locate your Prime Power Bank with audible alerts, and you've got a comprehensive charging station.

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PSA For Elden Ring Steam Deck Players: Don't Leave Your Game Running

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 06:26

Elden Ring: Shadow of the Erdtree is almost here, but From Software has a quick warning for anyone looking to jump in on Steam Deck. There is currently an issue with Elden Ring on Steam Deck that could cause problems for players if they aren't aware of the issue.

Ahead of Shadow of the Erdtree rolling out on PC, From Software shared on X (formerly Twitter) that it has identified a Steam Deck issue where Elden Ring will become unresponsive to player input if the Steam Deck is left inactive for five minutes. This is a pretty huge issue, since you wouldn't be able to save or do anything else in Elden Ring if the game becomes unresponsive. From Software said that it is working on a hotfix for the issue, although it didn't say when players can expect the fix to release.

Note: a Steam Deck related issue has been identified and a hotfix is being worked on.
Leaving your Steam Deck inactive for more than 5 minutes may stop the game from accepting inputs.
We apologize for inconvenience.
The date and time of the hotfix will be announced separately.

— ELDEN RING (@ELDENRING) June 20, 2024

That said, Steam Deck players can still hop into Shadow of the Erdtree when it releases, they just need to be aware of the issue and to avoid leaving their Steam Deck inactive for more than five minutes at a time. Some X users replied to From Software's post, reporting more issues with Elden Ring on Steam Deck. These issues include being unable to connect to the online servers for Elden Ring and missing features that were meant to come with the latest patch.

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Starship Troopers: Extermination Console Preorders Are Now Live

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 06:03
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After over a year in early access, Starship Troopers: Extermination is getting a full release on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S on October 11.

In true Starship Troopers fashion, the multiplayer co-op shooter pits teams of up to 16 players against waves of murderous bug aliens. Most of the game involves blasting giant insects, but players will also need to construct fortifications and complete objectives to succeed each mission. Players also get to customize their characters with unique classes and gear.

Starship Troopers: Extermination's initial early access launch was light on content, but the final version will include more planets, weapons, and mission types, as well as expanded progression systems. It'll also have a single-player mode featuring actor Casper Van Dien reprising his role as Johnny Rico from the original Starship Trooper film. If similar games like Helldivers 2 aren't Starship Troopers-y enough for you, there's a chance Starship Troopers: Extermination could do the trick.

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Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition Gets A Launch Trailer

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 05:57

Fans of Beyond Good & Evil have been expecting an announcement about the 20th anniversary edition since it leaked in a playable form last year. The game also missed the actual 20th anniversary at the end of 2023, but better late than never! Ubisoft has released the launch trailer for Beyond Good & Evil 20th Anniversary Edition, which shows a new generation of gamers what they can expect to see.

Beyond Good & Evil was originally released in 2003, and it put players in the role of Jade, an investigative reporter and spy who lives on a mining world called Hillys in the 25th century. When her world comes under attack by aliens known as the DomZ, Jade accepts an assignment to catalogue the species of Hillys before she is drawn even deeper into the ongoing invasion.

The original version of Beyond Good & Evil was pulled from most of the online gaming storefronts ahead of the new edition. Some of the features of the 20th Anniversary Edition include upgraded graphics, controls, and audio, as well as 4K support and an anniversary gallery. There will also be a new "treasure hunt" that reveals more about Jade's childhood. According to Ubisoft, this mission will also include "a narrative link" to Beyond Good & Evil 2, the sequel which has been in development for a very long time.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Gets Big Discount At Walmart

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 05:57

While Nintendo hasn't yet revealed its Switch successor, the latest Nintendo Direct proved that it's not too late to buy your first Nintendo Switch. Especially when that system is on sale at a terrific price. Anyone looking to embrace the mobile gaming side of life can score a Nintendo Switch Lite in an eye-catching yellow at Walmart for $168.50, a pretty big discount compared to its usual $200 MSRP. This deal is from a third-party seller, but your order will be fulfilled and shipped by Walmart.

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It's worth noting that the Switch Lite can't connect to a TV like the regular or OLED models of the Switch can. This is strictly a portable gaming machine, but one with a friendlier and more colorful design. It has 32GB of internal storage capacity--if you run out of space, you can always upgrade with a microSD card for cheap--a 5.5-inch LCD touchscreen, and non-detachable controllers. This makes it ideal for anyone looking for a compact portable device or as a first console for kids.

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SteelSeries' Stellar Gaming Speaker System Is Over $100 Off At Amazon

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 05:38

For a limited time, the SteelSeries Arena 9 gaming speakers are on sale for just $440 (was $550) at Amazon. This deal is a great opportunity to upgrade your gaming audio with a surround sound speaker setup.

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The Arena 9 is a 5.1 surround sound setup that includes a 6.5-inch subwoofer, a center channel speaker, two side channel speakers with RGB lighting elements, and two wireless rear speakers with optional wall mounting. The entire setup is controlled with a mini OLED display dongle featuring simple dial controls.

SteelSeries Arena 9 5.1 surround sound gaming speakers

The Arena 9 supports PC and PlayStation consoles via USB, Bluetooth, optical audio, and 3.5mm aux, or can be plugged directly into your TV to work with other devices. You can also plug a wired headset directly into the speakers if you ever want to swap to a more private listening experience.

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Star Wars Outlaws Feels Mediocre With A Protagonist Who's Way Too Strong

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 05:30

I'm more shocked than anyone that Star Wars Outlaws didn't resonate with me. I love Star Wars, and have been hoping to get a new game in which we don't play as yet another Force-sensitive person. But after playing through three different sections of Outlaws at Summer Game Fest--each of which was about 15-20 minutes long--I walked away disappointed. Nothing about Outlaws feels bad; hell, bad would have been better than what I played, because then at least it could have been memorable in some way. Instead, Outlaws feels fairly mediocre and unmemorable. What I played feels like an amalgamation of different features and mechanics borrowed from other games that do those things better, all while masquerading as a Star Wars game without actually embodying the themes and storylines of Star Wars.

Taking place between The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, Outlaws sees you play as Kay Vess, a smuggler striving to be a famed scoundrel by accomplishing heists throughout the Outer Rim. Though I didn't get to see these elements, Outlaws will feature instances where Kay can talk her way out of trouble and the game will feature a system akin to Grand Theft Auto's Wanted levels, in which Kay's actions have consequences that can chase her across the open worlds she'll be able to explore.

At SGF, I played in three contained, linear levels. The first saw Kay working her way through an Imperial facility before leaping into her ship and engaging in a dogfight against some TIE Fighters. The second part focused on the game's platforming mechanics, with Kay navigating a derelict ship. The third and final portion of the preview presented a level in which Kay was tasked with stealthily infiltrating an organization's base to steal back some stolen tech.

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M3gan Getting Erotic Thriller Spinoff About Lovebot Who Turns Deadly

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 04:43

Artificial intelligence is a hot topic in 2024, and Blumhouse is attempting to cash in with not only an AI-inspired sequel to the breakout hit M3gan, but now a spin-off about a romatic doll that comes to life. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Blumhouse is moving ahead with a film titled Soulm8te that's described as an "erotic thriller."

"The film sees a man acquires an artificially intelligent android to cope with the loss of his recently deceased wife. In an attempt to create a truly sentient partner, he inadvertently turns a harmless lovebot into a deadly soulmate," reads a line from the movie's description.

Blumhouse is partnering with James Wan's Atomic Monster on the spin-off after both companies enjoyed great success with the original M3gan film.

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Twisted Metal Season 2 Casts Barry Star In Major Role

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 04:31

Although Twisted Metal was renewed by Peacock at the end of 2023, Season 2 won't begin filming until later this year. But the video game adaptation is now adding cast members for the second season, including Barry breakout Anthony Carrigan, who will play a major role.

Via Variety, Carrigan has been cast as Calypso, the enigmatic man behind the Twisted Metal car combat tournament. Calypso dates back to the first Twisted Metal game from 1995, where he offered his contestants their greatest wish if they emerged victorious. However, he almost always added a dark twist when granting those favors to the winners. The show's description of Calypso calls him "the mysterious, charismatic host and creator of a dangerous demolition derby tournament, who invites all assassins, vigilantes, mercenaries and joyriders to participate."

Carrigan is best known for his role as NoHo Hank on HBO's Barry. He has also appeared in Bill & Ted Face the Music and The Blacklist. In the comic book realm, Carrigan played Mist on The Flash TV series, Victor Zsasz in Gotham, and Metamorpho in James Gunn's Superman movie.

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Former Dragon Age Producer Says The Veilguard Is First Entry In The Series With Combat That's "Actually Fun"

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 03:59

Former Dragon Age series executive producer and current Dragon Age: The Veilguard consultant Mark Darrah says that The Veilguard marks the first entry in the series with combat that's legitimately enjoyable.

"What I see in Veilguard is a game that finally bridges the gap," Darrah said in a recent interview with Game Informer. "Uncharitably, previous Dragon Age games got to the realm of 'combat wasn't too bad.' In this game, the combat's actually fun, but it does keep that thread that's always been there. You have the focus on Rook, on your character, but still have that control and character coming into the combat experience from the other people in your party."

Unlike previous entries in the series, The Veilguard's combat system is focused on real-time combat, with tactical combat taking a bit of a backseat. Players can only take two companions with them at a time (down from three in previous titles) and can no longer directly control those companions in combat. Instead, players can pause time by pulling up an ability wheel that allows them to choose which ability they want to use next, and also select which actions their companions take in combat.

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The Boys Season 4 Sees Viewership Jump Big Time As House Of The Dragon Slides

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 03:29

Prime Video's superhero TV series The Boys recently returned for its fourth season, and the show is putting up big numbers. Deadline reported that Amazon announced that viewership for Season 4 through its first three episodes over its first four days was up 21% in total viewers compared to the Season 3 in June 2022. Seasons 3 and 4 both debuted with three episodes right out of the gate.

The Boys isn't toppling all the records at Prime Video, though, as Reacher Season 2 remains the record-holder on the streamer for most viewers for any returning season on Prime Video over its first four days. The Boys Season 4 is No. 2 in that department.

Amazon also mentioned that The Boys has expanded its global viewership with each new season. Most of the show's viewers (60%) came from outside the US, Amazon said.

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Elden Ring Shadow Of The Erdtree Patch Notes: Improved Inventory, Weapon And Skill Adjustments

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 03:09

Elden Ring's Shadow of the Erdtree day-one patch brings a few new features to From Software's award-winning RPG, along with a number of balance changes for weapons and skills in both PvE and PvP, just in time for the game's DLC expansion.

As previously detailed by From Software, Elden Ring's inventory has received some improvements with patch 1.12 thanks to the addition of a "Recent Items" tab so players can more easily review their newest acquisitions. Newly obtained items will also be displayed with an "!" to further help identify them. New hairstyles, and changes to the summoning pool in New Game +, have also come with this patch.

What wasn't previously detailed was the ability for players to now ride their spectral steed during the game's final boss battle, or the myriad of weapon and skill balance changes listed in the full patch notes.

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We Got A Look At Dune: Awakening's Massive Desert Maps And MMO Elements

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 02:30

We've heard a lot about the survival aspect of Dune: Awakening--such as the way you'll need to conserve water, stay out of the baking Arrakis sun, and carefully avoid ever-present sandworms. While it seems that staying alive on the least hospitable planet in the universe will take up a lot of your attention, the other part of Dune: Awakening is a slate of MMO elements, including the way you'll tangle with other players who are also doing their best to survive.

Developer Fancom gave a hands-off demonstration of Dune: Awakening during Summer Game Fest 2024's Play Days event, giving a quick new look at the survival MMO and particularly showing off a bit of its moment-to-moment gameplay. While we didn't get to play the game ourselves, we did see it being played, which gave a sense of the fact that while you're completing quests and keeping yourself alive, there will be times when you've got to contend with other players who might want what you have.

The demo picked up right after the player had cleared out an underground ecology lab, one of the locations that serves as Dune: Awakening's equivalent to a dungeon. We were told that this character was in about the midgame, around 60 hours in, having gone beyond basic survival to gather and craft elements like a suspensor belt--a special bit of levitation technology that allowed them to make very high jumps and to float down from high locations unscathed--and an ornithopter, a flying vehicle for getting around. Leaving the dungeon, the player jumped right into their ornithopter, lifted it up, and transitioned out of the dungeon and out into the desert at large.

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Sony Shutting Down Its Rewards Program, Here Are The Deadlines For Submitting Claims

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 02:16

Sony has revealed that it will be ending the Sony Rewards program offered through its Sony- and PlayStation-branded credit cards at the end of 2024.

In an updated FAQ page, the Sony Rewards website and mobile application will shut down on December 31, 2024. Users have until then to redeem any points and access their account, as well as submit any bonus points and purchase credit request forms through the app. However, after July 21, users will no longer be able to mail in physical bonus points or purchase credit request forms.

The rewards program isn't to be confused with the PlayStation Stars program, which is PlayStation's loyalty and digital collectibles program.

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Gladiator 2 Studio Teases Biggest Action Sequence Ever Put On Film

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 02:04

Although the film is just five months away, Paramount hasn't dropped a trailer yet for Gladiator 2. The sequel to Ridley Scott's Oscar-winning film, Gladiator, will feature a largely new cast as the director returns to continue his story. Earlier this week, Paramount shared a Gladiator 2 trailer at CineEurope, where one of the studio's executives teased the film's epic action.

According to Paramount's president of international theatrical distribution, Mark Viane, Gladiator 2 features one of the "biggest action sequences ever put on film." Via Variety, Viane was also featured in a Gladiator parody video screened for European buyers at CineEurope in which he assumed Russell Crowe's role of Maximus. Unlike the Gladiator 2 trailer screened at the event, Viane's video is unlikely to be seen in America any time soon.

Gladiator 2 will feature Connie Nielsen reprising her role as Lucilla from the original movie. However, Lucilla's son, Lucius Verus, will now be played by Paul Mescal instead of Spencer Treat Clark. The story takes place 15 years after Maximus' death and Lucius' disappearance. In that time, Lucius has reinvented himself as a warrior.

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Super7's New Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figures Will Take You Back To The 2000s

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 02:00

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans can look forward to some cool collectibles soon, as Super7 has unveiled a new line of action figures inspired by the classic 2003 animated series. These seven-inch toys have an impressive amount of articulation, detailed sculpting, and they look like they've hopped straight out of the cartoon show. Each figure retails for $55 on Super7's website, and if you grab all four figures, you'll get free shipping. As another neat bonus, you'll also get additional heads based on the intro to the show.

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The Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo collectibles all feature interchangeable heads and hands, multiple accessories, and double-jointed limbs for striking an extreme pose. Just like in the cartoon series, if you can ignore the intro featuring Leonardo trying to make a push-scooter look cool. No, scooters are not extreme, and you know that's the truth.

The 2003 TMNT series was a big hit when it first debuted, running for 155 episodes across seven seasons. While it had a fun tone similar to the original 1987 animated show, this TMNT series also frequently explored darker themes, gritty action, and great character development.

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Universal Revives The Dark Universe (As A Theme Park)

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 01:50

Universal's ambitious plan to take on the likes of Disney and Marvel with its Dark Universe extended cinematic universe might not have turned out as expected, but you can't keep a good monster down for long. Especially when you can revive the brand as a new theme park attraction.

The film studio has announced that it'll open five new attractions at Epic Universe, the upcoming latest theme park at Universal Orlando Resort, all based on its iconic movie monster franchises. Dracula, The Wolf Man, Frankenstein's Monster, the Bride of Frankenstein, and a "new generation of monsters and characters" can be seen int Darkmoor, a ravaged village set inside of the Dark Universe.

Inside Darkmoor, guests can visit Frankenstein Manor and meet Dr. Victoria Frankenstein, who is conducting a few sinister experiments. As part of the Monsters Unchained: The Frankenstein Experiment ride, this creepy tour will see Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and the Brides of Dracula escape their cages and chase after guests.

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The Boys Creator Talks About His Aim To Avoid "Edgelord Material For Incels"

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 01:48

Eric Kripke, showrunner of Prime Video's The Boys, has reaffirmed his commitment to steering the series clear of what he calls "edgelord material for incels." In a recent Variety interview, Kripke acknowledged the show's penchant for never-subtle satire, but underlined his aim to avoid pandering to controversial stereotypes.

Acknowledging that the original comic is "very, very male oriented," Kripke emphasized his early vision for The Boys as a universally appealing series, stating "I want something for everybody." This approach led him to bolster the roles of female characters from the outset.

An example of this inclusive approach is Firecracker, portrayed by Valorie Curry in Season 4, who embodies a caricature of extreme personalities like Marjorie Taylor Greene. Kripke explained, "You had [President Donald] Trump, but now you have these Trump spawn that are trying to outdo each other for how outrageous and sexualized and gun-toting and slavishly obedient they can be." He emphasized that characters like Firecracker are a deliberate departure from the comic's potentially divisive content, aimed at broadening the show's appeal without catering to fringe elements.

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Marvel's Spider-Man 2 Poster Collection Revealed, Preorders Live At Amazon

Fri, 06/21/2024 - 01:21

Marvel's Spider-Man 2 has a pretty distinctive design, and if you can't get enough of that blend of comic book-inspired visuals and real-world influences, then you can plaster your wall with some cool posters soon. Available now for preorder, Marvel's Spider-Man 2: The Poster Collection features full-color gallery-quality tear-out prints from the Insomniac Games-developed title. Priced at $30, it'll be available starting November 12.

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Marvel's Spider-Man 2: The Poster Collection

The book itself measures in at 12" x 16" and includes art from the game. While the exact posters haven't been revealed yet, this looks to be one of the rare examples where you can judge a book by its cover, as it artfully explores the duality of Peter Parker and his web-swinging alter-ego.

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