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The Best Marvel Games Of All Time

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 05:00

Marvel comics has been making memorable and iconic characters since it first started printing comics more than 80 years ago. The publisher behind heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, and the Fantastic Four is a household name, in part because of its steady stream of mega-blockbuster movies that all take place in a massive, interconnected world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe, or MCU, has made many of its characters mainstream in a way they never were before. The acquisition by Disney in 2009 only amplified its popularity and scope, as the entertainment mega-brand folds Marvel's heroes into its other iconic properties like Disney animation, Pixar, and Star Wars.

Marvel has been lending its name out for video game adaptations for much longer, racking up an impressive list of classic games from long before everyone identified Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark. From beat-em-ups to fighters to puzzle games and pinball, Marvel heroes have appeared in just about every genre and type of video game. Here are 20 of the best Marvel games, spanning all the way from early arcade games to modern AAA productions.

For even more on Marvel, check out our definitive ranking of all 38 MCU superheroes. And for more superheroic action, read our picks for the best superhero movies of all time.

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The Game Is Afoot In New Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Clip

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 04:28

Netflix has released a new clip from Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the second in a planned trilogy of kooky whodunits from writer-director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Glass Onion will hit Netflix on December 23.

The Knives Out sequel recently had its world debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and critics are starting to file their reviews of the film. As of this writing, the film has been faring well on Metacritic and Rotten Tomatoes--as of this writing, it's got an aggregate score of 81 and 90 from the handful of critics who have seen it so far. These scores will shift as other outlets publish their takes, but note that because of its festival debut, there are no audience ratings available yet. And of course, you can make up your mind for yourself based on the new clip below that Netflix has just put out.

The film's ensemble includes a returning Daniel Craig as master detective Benoit Blanc, joined by newcomers Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista. Based on the reviews, we now know that Norton plays a colorful tech billionaire named Miles Bron. Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island--but when someone turns up dead, Craig's Detective Benoit Blanc is put on the case.

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Netflix's First They Cloned Tyrone Trailers Finds The Funny In Conspiracies

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 04:12

Netflix has released the first trailer for They Cloned Tyrone, an upcoming sci-fi comedy directed by Juel Taylor in his feature film directorial debut. The movie will be coming to Netflix on December 30.

The film's synopsis reads as follows: "A series of eerie events thrusts an unlikely trio onto the trail of a nefarious government conspiracy in this pulpy mystery caper." Based on the trailer, which is mainly the aforementioned unlikely trio riding in an elevator, the three joining forces are Jamie Foxx (Spider-Man: No Way Home) as Slick Charles, John Boyega (Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens) as Fontraine, and Teyonah Parris (WandaVision) as Yo-Yo. Check out the trailer below. But the conspiracy they're investigating in the film, at least based on the trailer below, is still somewhat of a mystery.

Boyega, who is also set to reunite with writer-director Joe Cornish on Attack the Block 2--a sequel to the film that arguably launched both their careers back in 2011--said in a recent Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance that he does films like They Cloned Tyrone because of pressure from his dad to pursue less purely artistic and emotional roles. Boyega told Kimmel, "My dad just wants me to jump off of buildings. He actually asked me why my career is not like Bruce Willis… He’s just like, 'No, no, jump off a building, and then you’re a star.'"

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First Vikings: Valhalla Season 2 Trailer Prepares For Battle

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 04:08

Netflix has released the first clip from Vikings: Valhalla Season 2. Season 1 debuted on the streaming service back in February, and by March it was already renewed for and began production on Season 3.

Valhalla is a spin-off of History Channel/Amazon Prime Video's Vikings series, which ran for six seasons. Back in 2020, Vikings showrunner Michael Hirst discussed why he chose to end the show after six seasons. "I had to give these various storylines a satisfying conclusion--a conclusion that didn't cheat in any way," he explained. "And I felt that if I could come up with endings that were satisfactory and felt justified, then the audience would hopefully feel the same because I love these characters so much and it was very important to me."

In this new clip of Season 2 of Valhalla above, the Vikings prep for and are pushed right to the brink of a battle--before everything cuts to black. The legendary Viking heroes seen in the clip include Leif Eriksson (Sam Corlett), Freydis Eriksdotter (Frida Gustavsson), and Harald Sigurdsson (Leo Suter), and according to Netflix, this scene shows the trio making a "desperate last stand against Olaf and his warriors."

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Chris Hemsworth Raises The Stakes In First Extraction 2 Footage

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 04:07

Chris Hemsworth is returning to Netflix next year for Extraction 2, a followup to the big-budget action spectacle released in April. In a behind-the-scenes vignette showed at Netflix’s Tudum 2022 virtual event, Hemsworth and director Sam Hargrave talk about how they're amping up the stakes for the sequel.

Hargrave jokes that a sequel needs to have twice as much action, and so we get an up-close look at practical effects including car-flipping explosions and stunt work. The centerpiece of this movie is an ambitious new one-shot, according to Hargrave, which involves a helicopter landing atop a moving train. The vignette is also narrated by Hemsworth, featuring a level of dramatic exposition you'd expect from the actor.

The first Extraction included another memorable one-shot action sequence, which lasted 12 minutes in all. Those sequences take a lot of planning and precise timing, but it was such a hit that Hargrave wants to outdo himself this time. The first film reached 99 million homes in its first month, making it one of Netflix's most popular movies of all time. The writer previously said that the next film will be "very different" than the first.

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New Wednesday Clip Reunited The Addams With A Helping Hand

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 03:29

Netflix's Wednesday series from Tim Burton reimagines the spooky and kooky Addams Family for modern times and takes the eldest daughter into a brand-new setting: private school. Jenna Ortega plays the titular character alongside Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman as mother and father Morticia and Gomez.

Details of the story have been under wraps, even if other Addams' notable characters will be making appearances. Well, during Netflix’s Tudum 2022 virtual event, fans got their first look at Thing, the Addams' household assistant and companion with an exclusive scene of Wednesday discovering Thing has somehow snuck aboard her belongings and was sent to keep an eye (or thumb) on her while at Nevermore Academy. Check out the scene below.

With the first teaser of the series released back in June fans of the Addams Family have been clamoring for more information about Wednesday. Ortega herself spoke about the character and what she means to her and how she wanted to represent Wednesday authentically as a young latina woman.

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Hot Drop: How Apex Legends Mobile Fits Into Apex Legends' Lore

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 02:00

Hot Drop is GameSpot's Apex Legends column, in which Jordan Ramée takes a closer look at Respawn's battle royale to provide additional insight into the game's evolution, as well as dive deeper into its episodic storytelling and characters.

Man, I haven't written a Hot Drop in a hot minute. And for that, I apologize. Y'all deserve regular opportunities to get in the comments and tell me how absurd my many Apex Legends' theories are, or how I'm 100% correct in my prediction that the Apex Games are moving to the moon of Seer's home planet, Boreas, in Season 15. To make up for my absence, let's talk about something spicy, like Apex Legends Mobile lore.

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Move Over, Dark Souls: The From Software Title Inspiring A New Wave Of Games Is King's Field

Sun, 09/25/2022 - 00:00

Few games are as influential to the modern gaming world as King's Field, From Software's 1994 PlayStation 1 dungeon crawler. Almost every game in From Software's catalog owes something to King's Field. The studio iterated on King's Field's dark fantasy setting, unrelenting difficulty, and hands-off storytelling until eventually spawning Demon's Souls and, most recently, Elden Ring. Without King's Field, there is no Armored Core, Sekiro, or any of the vast swathes of games from other studios inspired by From Software's now-prolific catalog.

King's Field is also notable for bridging the gap between console and computer RPGs that existed in the early '90s. King's Field blended the real-time combat, free-roam first-person movement, and player-driven exploration of '90s PC dungeon crawlers like Ultima Underworld with the streamlined role-playing mechanics and minimalist storytelling of early console RPGs like Dragon Quest. The result is a wholly unique RPG unlike any game before it--or after it, for that matter.

Yet, despite its importance, few people know of King's Field today, and even fewer have played it or its sequels and spin-offs.

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Ska Band Half Past Two Releases Music Video Shot Entirely In The Sims 3

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 09:31

Move over, AMVs--The Sims music videos are what's hot right now and Orange County ska band Half Past Two is out to prove it. Earlier today, the ska ensemble released their music video for "Curtain Call," which was shot entirely in The Sims 3.

The music video kicks off with a sim version of the band's lead singer, Tara Hahn, riding her bicycle before kicking into the upbeat, pop-punk track. What ensues is a whole lot of Sim-ly hijinks involving trampolines, bull-riding, and the game's infamous Dance Sphere.

Much like any other music video, this endeavor featured a director: Rae Mystic. While Mystic has shot plenty of music videos using more traditional methods (including some of Half Past Two's previous videos), filming one entirely in The Sims 3 was a new and exciting challenge for them.

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Riot Discusses Its Diversity Efforts For Wild Rift And The Power Spike Update

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 07:36

League of Legends: Wild Rift was released in October 2020 and has already amassed more than 20 million average monthly players. Wild Rift takes many favorites from League of Legends proper such as Ahri, Senna, Lucian, Vi, Jinx, and Caitlyn to name a few, and lets players use them in mobile team matches. If you're unfamiliar, Wild Rift works from the core League of Legends as a pivotal foundation but employs mechanics, game length, and even character choices differently from the PC game.

The characters, however, do stay true to their PC counterparts mechanically and aesthetically. Wild Rift matches are about 15 minutes long in comparison to League of Legends' typical 45 minutes. Wild Rift is basically an expedited version of playing League of Legends on your phone, but flourishes in its own right, grabbing players from all over with the ease of playing with mobile. GameSpot recently sat in on a roundtable discussion of Wild Rift’s newest patch, 3.14: Power Spike. This patch adds new items, characters, and balance changes to the Wild Rift roster and it's available now.

If you want to check out exact balance changes, and specific stats buffs/nerfs to characters, you can check out the Champion Changes for Wild Rift 3.4 that goes into detail on all of your number needs. You can go here for the patch notes but below you can learn about what's new and on the horizon for Wild Rift from the developers directly.

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New Cloverfield Film Signs Babak Anvari As Director

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 06:26

It looks as though the Cloverfield name will live on in a brand-new movie with Babak Anvari directing. Deadline is reporting that a new Cloverfield film is headed to Paramount as they're looking to reignite the franchise. The script will be written by Joe Barton with J.J. Abrams producing from Bad Robot, along with Hannah Minghella and Jon Cohen. Bryan Burk, Matt Reeves, and Drew Goddard will executive produce.

The 2008 Cloverfield film reinvented the found footage genre by introducing it to a sci-fi environment. It dominated the box office at the start of the year and established Matt Reeves as a director to keep your eyes on--which we obviously did. The Batman received a slew of critical acclaim, and big box office numbers back in March.

The viral marketing campaign for the original Cloverfield, along with The Dark Knight, ushered in a modern age of smart and Internet-based promotion style that has been emulated dozens of times since then. A sequel of sorts was made with 10 Cloverfield Lane, which acted more like a horror movie. That was followed by The Cloverfield Paradox in 2018 which debuted on Netflix and attempted to connect to the original more closely than 10 Cloverfield Lane. We're still unsure which route this new Cloverfield film will go down, or perhaps something new and original.

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Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel Deck Guide: Best Cards After Banlist

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 06:16

Yu-Gi-Oh Master Duel continues to thrive, since our last banlist guide. With more players joining each month, the game having in-game events that have implemented special rulings, and the continual release of new cards and packs such as the Adventurer Token engine, it's a good time to be a Master Duel player. This game is the best way to play a digital Yu-Gi-Oh format thanks to the many quality-of-life additions based on card usage, modes, rewards, and more.

Konami does not always provide exact or even vague reasoning for its banlist implementations even in the trading card game (TCG) itself. Hopefully, this guide will grant you a clearer understanding of why certain cards became forbidden, limited, or semi-limited.

Before we start with the forbidden cards, there were a few buffs with an increased rate of use for three cards. Night Assailant, which was at one copy before is now unlimited at three copies. Altergeist Multifaker, which was also previously at one copy allowed, is now semi-limited to two copies in decks. Similarly, Salamangreat Gazelle had been limited to one copy but is now semi-limited to two copies. Cards such as these have had their rate increased due to being power crept out. (Power crept means that older cards are just not as strong as newer cards that have been released and/or cannot contend with the current higher top-ranking or meta-defining decks on the ranked ladder.) To aid in making certain decks more prevalent in the game, in this case, the Altergeist, and Salamangreat archetypes, this provides additional playability with much more efficient synergy alongside combo potential or opportunities to win a duel.

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Return To Monkey Island For PC Is Already Discounted

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 05:56

This week marked the launch of Return to Money Island, the long-awaited new entry in the beloved Monkey Island adventure game series, and thanks to Fanatical, you can buy the Steam version for just $21.24 ($25). To get the discounted price, enter the promo code FANATICAL15 at checkout to receive 15% off the game.

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Technically, the coupon code works on almost any full-priced game available on Fanatical and is valid until December 1, but this is the best way to dive into pirate hero Guybrush Threepwood’s latest adventure at a lower price.

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Apex Legends Dataminer Appears To Have Uncovered Spooky New LTM Map

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 05:48

Every October, Apex Legends throws its annual Halloween event, featuring an LTM called Shadow Royale that sees legends turned into zombie-like Shadows with supernatural speed and strength. But after a prolific Apex Legends dataminer uncovered evidence of a new Halloween event, it seems the game's developers may have something different in store for trick-or-treaters this year: the new Gun Run LTM, set in a shadowy version of the Olympus map.

Future Gun Run Map (Source: AG420's discord) from ApexUncovered

The dataminer, who has previously leaked the contents of Apex Legends' battle passes well before they debuted in-game, posted an image to his Discord server that seemed to suggest an upcoming version of Gun Run set on a map called "Haunted Estates," which appears to be a Halloween-ified version of Olympus' Autumn Estates POI.

If this leak proves to be legitimate, it'll be the biggest change to Apex's annual Halloween event since it was renamed Shadow Royale (formerly Shadowfall) for the game's second year, and would mean that Gun Run may not be gone for good when the Beast of Prey event ends on October 4. But Apex developers said in a recent AMA series that they don't have plans for more events like Season 8's multi-mode War Games event, so the leak could mean a spooky version of Gun Run will replace Shadow Royale entirely, as opposed to sharing the stage. One thing is certain, however: If the leak is legit, Apex players will finally get a glimpse of what Olympus looks like after dark, much like they did when the Kings Canyon After Dark map made its initial debut during Year 1's Halloween celebration.

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Five Years Of Reporting From The Last City - Iron Banter: This Week In Destiny 2

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 05:12

Just about every week brings something new to Destiny 2, whether it's story beats, new activities, or interesting new combinations of elements that let players devastate each other in the Crucible. Iron Banter is our weekly look at what's going on in the world of Destiny and a rundown of what's drawing our attention across the solar system.

The story of Destiny 2 is one of evolution. Though the core of the game has always existed as it does now--it's about shooting aliens, and the shooting of aliens is very satisfying--just about everything else that facilitates the shooting of aliens has undergone massive changes. Both on purpose and by accident, I've been covering Destiny 2 throughout the whole of its life, and I've been witness to every adjustment, iteration, change, expansion, season, and hotfix since its release.

There are very few games like Destiny, if there are any at all. I've never seen a game go through so much invention and reinvention, or to spend so much time discovering its identity and to grow into it so well. I've also never had a game stick with me to the degree that this one has. I haven't always liked Destiny 2 over the course of its history, but I've always been impressed by it--its scope, its ideas, its ambition. In the second half of its life in particular, I think Destiny 2 has finally become the game that Bungie pitched all the way back in 2013.

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Nintendo Switch Lite Consoles Are On Sale For $169 (Refurbished)

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 04:44

Looking for a deal on a Switch Lite? You can buy a refurbished model on eBay for just $169 while supplies last. Considering the portable console retails for $200, and brand-new models aren't always on shelves, this is a great way to grab the handheld-only version of Nintendo’s wildly popular system at a discount. At the time of writing, the deal offers coral and turquoise color options (while supplies last) and all units are listed as “Excellent” condition, come in the original packaging, and include the standard Switch Lite USB-C adapter.

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If you’ve never bought a refurbished device before, they’re previously-owned products that are tested to be in working condition, then cleaned and repaired to match the quality of brand-new models as close as possible. Buying refurbished tech from eBay sellers can sometimes feel like a gamble, but the refurbish quality is verified by eBay and the seller re_tech_deals has a 100% positive feedback based on over 13,000 customer ratings. That said, the seller offers free returns if you experience any issues with the console.

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WoW: Wrath Of The Lich King Classic Devs Talk Server Woes, The Dungeon Finder Debate, And Heroic+ Dungeons

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 04:08

World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King Classic is nearly here, and far from the calm before the storm, the weeks leading up to Blizzard's re-release of the beloved expansion have, for various reasons, been a flurry of emotions ranging from wild anticipation to deep frustration within the game's dedicated community.

In an interview with GameSpot, WoW Classic associate production director Clay Stone and senior software engineer Kevin Vigue dove into some of the topics that have both delighted and concerned fans in the lead up to Wrath of the Lich King Classic's September 26 launch, sharing details on how Blizzard is looking to bring improvements to the most popular expansion in WoW history while still making sure it stays distinct from the modern version of the MMORPG.

At the forefront of the WoW Classic community's collective mind are server login queues, which ballooned to wait times of five hours or more on some of the game's most populated servers following the release of the Wrath of the Lich King pre-patch and the introduction of the expansion's iconic Death Knight hero class. Though wait times have improved with time and after Blizzard began to offer free server transfers to players on realms affected by the massive queues, the developer itself warned in a recent forum post that the situation will likely only get worse come the release of the expansion proper. Blizzard went on to state there is no technology or hardware solution to the server queue problem. Many players have asked why Blizzard simply can't increase server capacity, as if it is an obvious and simple solution. The answer, Blizzard says, isn't so simple. Servers are maxed out, and are already four times the size of servers from back when Wrath of the Lich King originally launched in 2008.

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Apex Legends Mobile - Deathmatch Mayhem Event Guide

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 03:01

Apex Legends Mobile's mid-season Hyperbeat update brought loads of new events to the mobile version of Respawn's hit battle royale. The latest in this series of events, a TDM-focused limited-time event called Deathmatch Mayhem launched this week, giving players access to all kinds of new prizes. The event challenges players to complete in-game feats, called Trial Tasks, in return for free in-game loot.

Players who complete every Trial Task will also be rewarded with the Marble Carapace Fade legend skin, a mobile-exclusive cosmetic for the game's first-ever mobile-only legend. Free Fade skins are hard to come by, so this is an event Fade mains won't want to miss. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide to help you complete the Deathmatch Mayhem event and claim your prizes as quickly and easily as possible.

Getting started

You'll most likely be met with a splash screen advertising the Deathmatch Mayhem event when you fire up the Apex Legends Mobile app. Selecting "Go!" will take you directly to the event hub, but if you accidentally swipe past it or it doesn't appear, you can navigate to the hub manually by selecting the purple "Season Event" banner on the right side of the main lobby screen. From there, select the limited-time tab at the top of the screen, then select "Deathmatch Mayhem" from the vertical event list on the right side of the screen.

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Get An iPad Mini Bundle For $290 For A Limited Time

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 02:47

Apple’s newest iPad Mini is pretty darn expensive, with prices soaring over $700 for the most premium model. However, Apple products are also built to last--meaning you can save a bundle of cash by opting for older, refurbished products. And if you’re in the market for an iPad Mini, consider checking out this deal on a refurbished iPad Mini 4, which is listed for just $290.

Apple iPad Mini 4 (128GB, WiFi + 4G) $290 (was $729)

Although this iPad Mini 4 is the model from 2015, it’s still better equipped than some modern tablets. Its spec sheet includes the A8 chip for fast web browsing and video streaming, an 8MP camera and 1.2MP FaceTime HD camera, a 10-hour battery life, and support for both Wi-Fi and 4G networks.

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This particular model has been given a refurbished rating of “B,” meaning it might have some light scuffing and scratching, but works flawlessly.

A pre-installed temper glass protector, snap-on case, wall charger, Lightning cable, and original Apple box are all included with your purchase. If the product doesn’t live up to your expectations, returns are accepted for up to 30 days. You can also add a two- or three-year warranty to your purchase if you want to extend its longevity.

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The Best Disney Games Of All Time

Sat, 09/24/2022 - 01:42

Disney has some of the most recognizable characters in the world, and it's regularly putting out new movies and TV series that immediately create pop culture icons. The likes of Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy have been progressively joined by a wide variety of other great and memorable characters, whether it's from TV shows like Darkwing Duck and Gargoyles or its prestige array of big-screen fairy tale adaptations like The Little Mermaid and Cinderella. And where there's valuable, beloved characters, there will be adaptations into other mediums like books, toys, and of course, video games.

There have been countless Disney video games produced through the years, so a look back shows a microcosm of game development as a whole. Though the House of Mouse's game output has slowed from its heyday during the 8- and 16-bit eras, there are still gems to be found, and more coming all the time. Here are some of the best Disney games of all time, listed from oldest to newest.

If you're looking for even more games to play with kids, be sure to check out our 15 great games parents need to play with kids, best Switch games for kids, and the best family games of 2021 as rated by Metacritic.

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