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Furiosa Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On The New Mad Max Movie

Fri, 05/17/2024 - 00:05

Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga comes to theaters later this month, and hopes are high after 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road was praised by critics and fans, and won six Academy Awards.

Reviews for the film have now begun to appear online ahead of its May 24 debut in the US, painting a picture of the movie's critical reception. On GameSpot sister site Metacritic, Furiosa has an 83 metascore, while the film is rated 86% on Rotten Tomatoes. In short, critics are generally saying nice things about the movie. As always, though, your mileage may vary based on a wide variety of factors.

Furiosa stars Anya Taylor-Joy as the title character, Furiosa, a role that Oscar-winner Charlize Theron played in Fury Road. The filmmakers considered using de-aging technology to bring Theron back, but ultimately decided to cast someone new in the prequel.

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Los Angeles Chargers Unveil Their NFL Schedule With The Sims 2

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 23:36

It might be almost 20 years old, but The Sims 2 just became the talk of the town. That's because the Los Angeles Chargers utilized the video game to unveil their NFL schedule for the 2024-25 season.

The social media team for the Chargers "spent hours" in The Sims 2 to capture footage for the video--seen below--that reveals the football team's weekly opponents. On X (formerly known as Twitter), Chargers senior director of social media Megan Julian noted the "entire thing was done in house by members of our content team." It begins showing Sims wearing jerseys swimming in a pool. Then, the ladder is removed, leaving the Sims screaming for help.

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Relive Some Weirdo Mech Battles With This Discounted Xenogears Model Kit

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 23:15

Remember Xenogears? A turn-based RPG from the height of Squaresoft's dominance in the 1990s, it combined sci-fi and fantasy elements and a whole lot of mental illness troubles with giant mechs wailing on each other. It was pretty cool, and now you can bring a little part of that into your life with Square Enix's model kit of the Siebzehn, one of the titular "Gears" of Xenogears. Amazon has the kit on sale for $148, down from its usual price of $170.

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This is one of Square Enix's Structure Arts Plus plastic model kits, which you'll need to assemble and paint. It includes 206 pieces and stands at 7.5 inches tall, according to Square's website. It also comes with two sets of alternate hands and a display stand so you can make your Siebzehn look battle-ready.

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Lord Of The Rings Fans Should Check Out The Gorgeous New History Of Middle-Earth Box Sets

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 23:00

The world of Middle-earth encompasses much more than just the history told throughout The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. While Frodo, Gandalf, Samwise, Bilbo, and Gollum might be some of the most familiar faces to fans of Middle-earth, J.R.R. Tolkien masterfully built his fantasy world with a staggering amount of details--all of which can be read in The History of Middle-earth series. Compiled and edited from Tolkien's manuscripts and notes by his son Christopher Tolkien, The History of Middle-earth was originally published in the 1980s and '90s. It has received multiple reissues since, but none of them are as stunning as the 2024 editions.

The second of four box sets released this week, with two more to follow in coming months. Notably, you can save big on the first two box sets and preorders for the final two sets at Amazon.

The History of Middle-earth - 2024 hardcover box setsThe History of Middle-earth Box Set 1 Gallery

The History of Middle-earth Box Set 1 is discounted to just $77 (down from $125). That's the lowest price yet for the recently released box set. Along with a gorgeous case to hold and display the books, you'll get four hardcovers--The Silmarillion, Unfinished Tales, Book of Lost Tales Part One, and Book of Lost Tales Part Two. All told, that's over 1,500 pages of Tolkien goodness.

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Assassin's Creed Shadows Needs An Online Connection To Install Physical Copies

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 22:15

Players will need an internet connection to install Assassin's Creed Shadows if they purchase the game physically.

According to the game's physical box at retailers like GameStop, there's a notice at the bottom left corner that says, "Internet required to install the game." Ubisoft later confirmed this itself.

Despite a notice on the PlayStation Store that said an internet connection would also be required to play the game, Ubisoft has confirmed this is not true, and the entire game can be played offline.

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Grab Monster Hunter World And Rise On PC For Cheap In This Humble Bundle Deal

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 20:42

Monster Hunter has become a gigantic jewel of fun in Capcom's crown over the years, and if you've been keen to try it out, now is a great time to do so with this Humble Bundle deal. For PC gamers, Humble is offering two of the most recent Monster Hunter games, World and Rise, as well as their brilliant expansions and some extra DLC, all in one big bundle for just $30.

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There are smaller options available as well, just in case you don't want to go all in. Monster Hunter Rise on its own is $10 through Humble, and upgrading that offer to include its Sunbreak expansion and deluxe edition DLC will cost you $20. Throw in Monster Hunter World and its deluxe kit DLC, and the price is $25. Considering how massive --and critically acclaimed--the Iceborne expansion is for World, the extra $5 on top of that bundle is an absolute steal.

Monster Hunter Rise

For a quick breakdown of the games, Monster Hunter World redefined the series when it first arrived in 2018, and Iceborne built on that foundation with new beasts to hunt and major tweaks to the game. Monster Hunter Rise and the Sunbreak expansion further refined the formula, while also focusing on quality-of-life changes that gave players more options and fun mobility as they explored maps.

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Both WarioWare Games For Nintendo Switch Are On Sale At Amazon And Walmart

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 14:44

WarioWare: Move It is the latest entry in the quirky series, offering more than 200 "microgames" designed to get you up off the couch. It's a fun party game (thanks to support for up to four players), and right now you can grab a physical copy for $30 at Amazon and Walmart. This matches the lowest price since launching late last year. If you already have Move It but didn't play its predecessor on Switch, you can get it together and grab Get It Together for $35 at Amazon or Walmart, too.

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Anyone familiar with the WarioWare series should already know what to expect with Move It. The game follows in the footsteps of its predecessors, having you and a few friends take part in lightning-fast microgames that last just a few seconds. Most of them are motion-based, as you'll be chopping bamboo, curtseying to onlookers, and performing other off-the-wall actions.

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Huge Amazon Book Sale - Free Kindle Unlimited Subscriptions, $2 Ebooks, Ereader Deals, And More

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 09:10

Amazon is running a huge book sale through May 20, giving you a chance to score physical and digital books for some of the lowest prices of the year. Along with books, you'll find a free 3-month trial to Kindle Unlimited, as well as a variety of ereader and tablet deals. The catalog is packed with hundreds of great books and devices, so we've pulled together a handy roundup of notable price cuts to help you navigate the event.

Quick look: Amazon Book Sale - $2 ebooks

From digital books for $2 and popular paperbacks for 50% off to tablets and more, here are the best Amazon Book Sale deals.

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Lego's New Milky Way Galaxy Wall Art Set Looks Incredibly Cool

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 08:29

While most of us will never get to experience the majesty of space--unless you've got an absurd amount of cash gathering dust in your bank account--you can bring some of that magic to your home. Magic that you can spend an afternoon building with these lovely Lego sets. Lego Insiders can now purchase a wall art building kit of The Milky Way Galaxy and NASA's Artemis Space Launch System, both of which feature over 3,000 pieces. Lego's Insiders program is free to join, but if you'd rather wait, everyone else can start placing their orders on May 18.

Just keep in mind these two sets are exclusive to the Lego Store, so you won't find them at major retailers. If you buy either of these sets before May 26, you'll get a rather fitting freebie: the Alien Space Diner Lego set, which is a rather fitting bonus.

Lego The Milky Way Galaxy - 3,091 piecesLego The Milky Way Galaxy

First up is this $200 artistic recreation of the Milky Way galaxy. We're not talking about the chocolate here, but rather the collection of stars and planets orbiting a supermassive black hole that we call home in the universe. With over 3,000 pieces, you can bring the beauty of the universe to life with this stunning art project. Lego is aiming to make this a relaxing project to take part in, and you can scan a QR code to get a cool soundtrack to listen to while you build this piece. Lego's wall art builds can feel more complicated than your average Lego set of this size, and the swirling design of the Milky Way looks like it could make this one particularly complex.

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Diablo 4 Season 4: All Seasonal Journey Rewards And Objectives

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 08:07

Diablo 4 Season 4, Loot Reborn, is here, bringing a reworked loot system and new seasonal content. Among the new content is the Seasonal Journey, which provides a series of tasks to complete, which provides rewards in the shape of aspects, resources, and battle pass XP. Since the Seasonal Journey provides a ton of battle pass XP, it is the best way to get Smoldering Ashes, which provide season-long boosts. There are seven chapters in the Seasonal Journey that will take you from level 1 all the way to level 100 and beyond.

Chapter 1Each chapter has two more objectives than the number you need to complete.

You must complete 8 out of 10 objectives to complete this chapter.

Chapter 1 objectives:

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The Complete Pokemon Pocket Guide Box Set Is 1,100 Pages Of Poke-Facts For Only $29

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 07:56

Sure, you might have memorized the original Pokemon Rap when you were a kid, but things have changed! There are a lot more than just 151 Pokemon, and for those days when you're looking for a breakdown on how to evolve your pocket monster, it's always handy to have a complete Pokedex nearby.

That's what Pokemon: The Complete Pokemon Pocket Guide is all about. Spread across two massive paperback volumes, the new Pokemon Pocket Guide published by Viz Media is worth checking out if you want a physical Pokedex to flip through. Volume 1 (560 pages) released on April 23 and is available for $13.49 (was $15) at Amazon. Volume 2 (552 pages) is set to release on May 28, and it's available to preorder now for $15.

Alternatively, you preorder a box set featuring both paperback volumes, neatly packaged in a displayable slipcase. The Complete Pokemon Pocket Guide Box Set is priced at $29 and releases September 24. You'll spend about the same amount of money whether you buy each volume separately or preorder the box set, so what matters is if you're willing to wait and/or you care about the slipcase.

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Destiny 2's Divinity Gun Is Getting Nerfed In The Final Shape

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 06:56

Bungie is doing a huge pass on weapons in Destiny 2 when its next expansion, The Final Shape, releases on June 4. The balance tweaks include a blanket buff to just about all weapons in PvE activities, as well as an adjustment to Divinity--a gun that's essential in lots of high-level play situations--that will probably make it a little more annoying to use.

The developer dropped an expansive set of details about how weapons are set to change on its website. The big change players are likely to feel immediately is a buff to all weapons against enemies in different activities. That's the result of Bungie removing weapon "spec" mods that give you bonuses to certain kinds of enemies, like minor rank-and-file baddies or bosses. Instead of letting you spec for damage against a specific type of foe, Bungie is boosting the base damage of all your guns against all types of foes.

Here's Bungie's rundown of how things are changing:

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Titanfall 2's Time-Traveling MacGuffin Enters The Fray In New Apex Legends Trailer

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 05:45

Apex Legends Season 21: Upheaval launched, surprisingly, without an actual launch trailer. But just over a week after the new season went live, Apex Legends developer Respawn Entertainment has released a new animated short featuring a device that Titanfall 2 players will certainly recognize: the Time Gauntlet, a device that makes a significant appearance in Titanfall 2's Effect and Cause chapter, which is widely regarded as the best part of the game's single-player campaign.

In Effect and Cause, the player takes the Time Gauntlet--a donut-shaped metal disc attached to a glove--and uses it to shift back and forth in time at-will. We've seen the Gauntlet appear in Apex Legends before, when an early prototype of the device appeared to power Loba's teleportation bracelet, and we also saw Horizon eyeing up the one in the Apex Museum in Season 20's launch trailer. But so far, we haven't learned much more about it.

Since joining the Apex Games, Horizon has had a singular goal: getting back to her son, Newton. Prior to joining the Games, Horizon was left for dead in a black hole by Ash, and though she managed to escape it, she got back to her home on Olympus over 80 years too late. Her son had already grown up, lived a life, and passed away. Horizon now spends every spare second looking for a way to get back to her son and seems to think the Time Gauntlet is the answer. After finally getting her hands on it, she's spent months trying to get it functional, but all her attempts thus far have failed.

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Netflix Orders Adam Sandler's Happy Gilmore 2

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 05:45

In 2022, Adam Sandler signaled that he was working a sequel to his 1996 comedy, Happy Gilmore. The film featured Sandler's title character as he discovered that his hockey talents gave him an incredible edge on the golf course. With the help of his mentor, Derick "Chubbs" Peterson (Carl Weathers), Happy improved his golf game and quelled his violent temper. Now, Happy Gilmore is finally set to return in a new sequel from Netflix.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix announced Happy Gilmore 2 during its upfront presentation. The streamer subsequently shared the news online.

Happy Gilmore is back! Adam Sandler will reprise his iconic role in a brand new movie coming to Netflix. pic.twitter.com/AERdtqlJ6j

— Netflix (@netflix) May 15, 2024

Sandler is writing the script with Tim Herlihy, but there's no word about whether a director has already been attached to the film. It's also unknown if any of the other actors from the previous movie will appear. Earlier this year, Christopher McDonald--who played Happy's rival, Shooter McGavin--said that Sandler had shown him the first draft for the sequel. Sandler had previously told Variety that the sequel may pick up with Happy as a member of the PGA's senior tour. Last month, Sandler appeared on The Dan Patrick Show and offered an update about where things stood.

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As Call of Duty Continues Attracting Skill-Based Matchmaking Complaints, XDefiant Goes In A Different Direction

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 05:10

Ubisoft has revealed that XDefiant will not have skill-based matchmaking in its casual play mode. Instead, the game will have different matchmaking factors depending on each playlist. XDefiant is considered Ubisoft's answer to Call of Duty, and its development is being led by longtime CoD boss Mark Rubin. CoD famously uses SBMM, much to the chagrin of some players, so this move by Ubisoft could win over some fans.

According to a new post from Ubisoft on its website, Casual Play prioritizes fast connection times and will try to match latency and regions where possible. Ubisoft's reasoning for not implementing SBMM for Casual Play is that the matches will be a more fun and varied experience in the long-term. The development team states that having SBMM makes matches repetitive and stressful.

For those who do want a competitive experience, Ranked Play will be added in a future season. The mode is segmented by rank levels and will only matchmake players within a rank range.

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John Wick 4 Star Donnie Yen Getting His Own Spin-Off Movie

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:58

John Wick may be gone, but the world he lived in will continue. The first spin-off film, Ballerina, starring Ana De Armas, was recently pushed back to 2025. Now, there's a second spin-off movie in the works that will feature Donnie Yen reprising his role as the blind assassin Caine from John Wick: Chapter 4.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, the movie will take place after the events of John Wick: Chapter 4, which left Caine free of any remaining obligations to the High Table. However, the post-credits scene featured Caine in Paris as Shimazu Akira (Rina Sawayama) prepared to attack him and avenge her father's death at his hands. It's unknown if the new film will address that cliffhanger.

Yen helped shape his depiction of Caine in Chapter 4, and director Chad Stahelski agreed to make the changes to Caine's name and appearance at Yen's request. Stahelski is also developing the Caine spin-off, which will be written by Robert Askins.

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Diablo 4 Season 4's Loot Overhaul Is Going Over Very Well With Fans

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:57

Diablo 4 Season 4's massive Loot Reborn update may have been just what the doctor ordered, as fans are praising it as the "best season start so far" for Blizzard's ARPG.

It's been a bumpy road up until this point. Despite fairly positive reviews upon release, player sentiment on Diablo 4 took a downturn by the time the game's first season came out, with players criticizing how its gear progression worked and its lack of endgame content. While new seasons did introduce changes alongside various new systems and mechanics, they still left players underwhelmed. When Diablo 4 launched on Steam in October 2023, it quickly found itself with a "Mixed" average user review rating.

That doesn't appear to be the case with Season 4, which dramatically reworked the game's loot to make it more powerful, upgradable, and easier to acquire and customize than ever before. The result is praise on places like Reddit and "Mostly Positive" recent reviews on Steam, which was not the case for previous season launches.

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Diablo 4 Community Warns That Latest Patch Changed How Item Salvaging Works

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:43

Diablo 4's recent Loot Reborn update made a variety of changes to the game, but it seems that one tiny shift in particular might cause you a big headache if you aren't familiar with it. In short, the "Salvage All Items" function does just that: It salvages all your items, including your legendaries and uniques, so make sure you know that before you press it.

According to a post on the Diablo subreddit, Salvage All Items used to ignore your uniques and legendaries, apparently assuming that you would want to keep these high-value items. The button will no longer make such distinctions, which at least one member of the community learned the hard way. Consider this your warning. The good news is that you can double-tap the mark-as-junk button in order to mark each of these items as your "favorites," which will make Salvage All Items avoid them again.

Diablo 4's Loot Reborn update made the biggest changes that the game has seen yet, focusing on retooling its core mechanics and gameplay to improve the experience. For example, it totally changed the way item rolls work, with more-potent affixes across the board. It also added two new ways of upgrading a weapon: Tempering, which adds another affix from a Tempering Recipe, and Masterworking, which boosts all of the affixes to make the weapon more powerful.

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Bandai Namco Revives Popular Tamagotchi Connection Virtual Pets For 20th Anniversary

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 04:18

Though Bandai Namco releases new Tamagotchi devices fairly regularly these days, its next major release is a blast from the past. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Tamagotchi Connection, a refreshed set of the multiplayer-focused virtual pets is set to release on July 9. Not only will you be able to raise you pixelated pet, but they will be able venture out into the world to mingle with other little aliens who also happen to be trapped inside keychain devices. Four different color variants are available to preorder now for $30 each. Alternatively, you can preorder a two-pack for $58 to ensure your little guy makes friends and maybe even finds love. Just please don't forget to feed your digital pet this time.

Tamagotchi ConnectionTamagotchi Connection - $30 each

While you might be familiar with the original Tamagotchi released in 1997 in the US, the Tamagotchi Connection was a serious upgrade in comparison to when they debuted in 2004. Along with brand-new designs for the digital critters, the big draw here was the infrared "connection" that could be used to link up with friends. Once a connection was established, you could play games, exchange gifts, and even breed your Tamagotchi after they became married to each other. What a wild time, the early 2000s were.

All of those original features have been retained for this new line of Tamagotchi Connection toys, and these eggs also allow you to meet more than 50 characters, play more games, and earn Gotchi Points to spend on food and other items, as part of the new extras being introduced here. You can even find passwords to unlock special items.

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Danny DeVito Would Play Wario In The Next Mario Movie

Thu, 05/16/2024 - 03:58

Veteran actor Danny DeVito has said he would be interested in playing Wario in the next Mario animated movie. Speaking to The Movie Dweeb, DeVito joked that he would ask for a lot of money if the opportunity ever came up to play Wario.

After the interviewer joked that they would talk to Mario voice actor Chris Pratt about making it happen, DeVito said, "I'm gonna take them to the cleaners but [tell them] that I should be in the movie."

Speaking generally about potential upcoming roles, DeVito said, "I'm ready to do a lot of things." He said the future is uncertain and anything could happen down the road, though as of yet, there is no indication that Wario will be in the next Mario movie and nothing connecting DeVito to it.

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