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Red Dead Redemption Might Finally Release On PC Soon

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 02:13

After 14 years, Red Dead Redemption might finally be headed to PC, according to new information unearthed by a dataminer. Rockstar community member Tez2 recently posted on X/Twitter that "it looks like Rockstar is gearing up to release #RDR1 on PC" and attached a screenshot that they claim was pulled from a Rockstar launcher site file.

"Journey across the sprawling expanses of the American West and Mexico in Red Dead Redemption, and its zombie-horror companion, Undead Nightmare. Now playable on PC," the text in the image reads. Tez2 added that the launcher site had recently been updated with the new message, although there's no indication of when Rockstar could plan to surprise-launch Red Dead Redemption on PC.

It looks like Rockstar is gearing up to release #RDR1 on PC. pic.twitter.com/2xMmpFIdCk

— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) May 13, 2024

Rockstar's launcher site file. They updated it today and added those strings.
Marketing strings. The same way Rockstar promotes GTAV. pic.twitter.com/CY1trQQGOz

— Tez2 (@TezFunz2) May 13, 2024

For PC fans, it'll have been a long wait if the report turns out to be true. Originally launching on Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2010, PC owners have long been requesting for the game to make its way to their platform. Strangely, Red Dead Redemption 2 hit PC a year after it first landed on PS4 and Xbox One, and players were expecting Rockstar to bring the previous open-world cowboy game to their systems.

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The Rogue Prince Of Persia Will Now Launch On May 27

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:56

Originally supposed to launch tomorrow, May 14, The Rogue Prince of Persia will now wall jump over to May 27 for the game's release date on Steam Early Access. The roughly two-week delay partially came in response to Hades 2 surprise-releasing earlier this month.

In addition to Hades 2, developer Evil Empire also noted that pushing back The Rogue Prince of Persia "lowered the stress levels" of the team and should allow them to "kick some stubborn bugs out," too. The 2D action-platformer is a spin-off of Ubisoft's Prince of Persia franchise and comes from the studio behind Dead Cells. In fact, The Rogue Prince of Persia builds on the Dead Cells formula, though offers up a lot more wall running.

It was just a bit over a month ago that The Rogue Prince of Persia was announced. It will be the second game in the long-running franchise to come out this year, following in the footsteps of Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown in January. Ubisoft also has a Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake in the works. However, the game has switched development teams previously and is reportedly now seeing a huge overhaul.

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Chris Pratt Expects "Lots" More Nintendo Movies In The Future

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:54

Nintendo is working on multiple movies currently based on its franchises, including another Mario animated film and a live-action Zelda movie. Chris Pratt, who voiced Mario in 2023's box-office smash The Super Mario Bros. Movie, has now teased that he is "very excited" about the prospects for more Nintendo films.

"I can't tell you much but I can say that there is another Mario movie coming. It gets me very excited thinking about the world of Mario and Nintendo in general, I think over the next decade we will be seeing lots of stories coming out of that world," he told GamesRadar. "I was thrilled, honored, and blessed to be part of the first one and moving forward I'm open to doing as much and as little as they want from me. I can't say much but I am just as excited as everyone else."

Nintendo has not said if the next Mario animated film is a direct sequel to the 2023 film or something else. Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto, who created Nintendo and is a producer on the film, said, "This time, we're thinking about broadening Mario's world further. It will have a bright and fun story."

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Neuralink Claims First Human Patient Is Playing Runescape, Slay The Spire In His Head

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:50

After becoming the first human to receive Neuralink's N1 implant back in January, 29-year-old quadriplegic Noland Arbaugh is reportedly playing Old School Runescape, Slay The Spire, and a number of other popular games using the implant and signals from his brain.

"I'm beating my friends in games that, as a quadriplegic, I should not be beating them in," Arbaugh said in a recent Neuralink blog post, adding, "Y'all are giving me too much, it's like a luxury overload. I haven't been able to do these things in 8 years, and now I don't know where to even start allocating my attention."

Arbaugh, who was left paralyzed from the shoulders down after a 2016 car accident, previously depended on an assistive device known as a mouth stick--a tool that allows users to operate a touchscreen when placed in the mouth, but wasn't satisfied with the device, as he needed a caregiver nearby if he wanted to use it, and using the mouth stick also carried the risk of developing side-effects like pressure sores and muscle spasms. Additionally, he couldn't speak while using the device.

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South Park Blu-Ray Box Sets Are Getting Nice Discounts

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:48

South Park is one of the longest-running cartoons still on the air, with over 300 episodes to its name. And while you can currently stream the series on Max, you'll also find steep discounts on South Park Blu-ray box sets--giving you a cheap way to permanently add them to your collection.

Most of these box sets typically retail for around $50 each and consist of five seasons. However, right now you'll find most with their prices cut to around $30, making this a great time to finally pick them up. All told, you can pick up seasons 1-25 for less than $170. That might sound like a lot of money, but you're effectively getting each season for just $6.80.

Keep in mind that Season 26 is yet to be featured in a box set, as South Park typically waits until five seasons can be bundled together before announcing a new box set. But if you want to check out the latest hijinks in South Park, you'll find the Season 26 Blu-ray available for $23.

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Helldivers 2 With The Right Mod Looks Like The Ultimate Star Wars Game

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:42

Helldivers 2 has no shortage of great armor sets, but if you're looking to rock a look from a galaxy far (far!) away, you're going to have to do some modding. Modder Toasted Shoes created several Star Wars skins to use in the game, and as you'd expect, they look fantastic in action. These include several Clonetroopers like Commanders Cody and Rex, as well as Wrecker from Star Wars: The Bad Batch.

The Star Wars crossover works surprisingly well within the Helldivers 2 universe, making the game look like a video game adaptation of Rogue One or Attack of the Clones depending on the planet in question. While Toasted Shoes isn't openly giving the mod away or selling it--lest Disney spring into action--people in the comments are clearly very hungry for it. Interestingly, Helldivers 2 developer Arrowhead is open to the idea of crossovers, but only if they make sense within its game universe.

In other Helldivers 2 news, the new Polar Patriots Warbond has launched and has added new gear that'd be perfect for an assault on the planet of Hoth. Following Sony's U-turn on a controversial decision earlier this month, Helldivers 2 players are also working on reversing negative scores to the game that were made in protest.

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New Doom Game Could Be Announced At Xbox Showcase In June

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:20

Id Software's iconic Doom video game series is set to continue with the announcement of the next entry in the series during the Xbox Games Showcase in June, according to reports. The Verge's Tom Warren slyly referenced a future Doom announcement in a recent report about Xbox's recent issues.

"Microsoft will be banking on some new game announcements lifting the Doom around Xbox," Warren reported, styling the word doom in that manner to seemingly reference the game series. Eurogamer reported that had "heard similar" things related to a Doom announcement in June.

Id Software developed 2020's Doom Eternal, the latest entry in the main series. The mobile game Mighty Doom released in 2023 and was made by Alpha Dog Games. Microsoft recently closed the studio as part of a wider shakeup. Mighty Doom will go offline in August.

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Lord Of The Rings And The Hobbit Illustrated Editions Are Super Cheap Right Now

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:11

Amazon's buy one, get one 50% off sale has officially ended, but several books included in the event are still on sale. The most notable books are by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a variety of Lord of the Rings books down to some of their best prices of the year.

The standout offer is for The Lord of the Rings: Special Edition Illustrated (Hardcover), as it's just hit its lowest-ever price. Typically listed for $250, you can snag the 1,248-page tome for just $106. The book includes all three novels along with illustrations by the author, making it one of the best ways to experience the trilogy. It's bound in a gorgeous red hardcover and includes a matching slipcase for easy storage. Whether you're buying it for yourself or the dad on your Father's Day shopping list, this is a pretty impressive deal.

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There's no expiration date listed for the price cut, so consider checking it out soon.

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George Miller Would Love To Direct Thor 5 With Chris Hemsworth

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 01:01

Later this month, Chris Hemsworth will be back on the big screen as Dementus, the primary villain of Furiosa: A Mad Max Story. Director George Miller cast Hemsworth in the role opposite Anya Taylor-Joy's Furiosa, and he greatly enjoyed working with the actor who is best known for playing Marvel's Thor. And when asked if he would possibly reunite with Hemsworth on Thor 5, Miller said he would be up for it.

"I would work with Chris on anything," Miller told Comic Book. "I really would. He's a wonderful actor. He's got the full range of all the skills. I mean, you've got to be athletic, physically. But, you also gotta be athletic emotionally and intellectually to take on these very, ultimately fairly complex, any role really. So, I was very lucky with all my cast and particularly in the way that Anya and Chris matched each other."

Marvel doesn't currently have Thor 5 on its release schedule, although the end credits in Thor: Love and Thunder confirmed that Thor will return at some point. Hemsworth recently shared his belief that he was to blame for Love and Thunder's lackluster reception among the fans.

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Jar Jar Binks Actor Ahmed Best Has "Jedi John Wick" Star Wars Movie Idea

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 00:51

Jar Jar Binks actor Ahmed Best wants to go in a different direction within a galaxy far, far away. In fact, he wants to take his new Star Wars character, Kelleran Beq, and become "Jedi John Wick" in a movie.

Speaking with ComicBook.com, Best threw out his pitch for this presumably violent Star Wars project. "I want to do a Jedi John Wick as Kelleran Beq," said the actor. "And I don't even need to say any words. I just want to do two hours of lightsabers and people in the way."

Best is known for portraying Jar Jar in The Phantom Menace and is proud of his Star Wars legacy--even though it's been "painful" in the past, too. However, last year, Best got to appear in a shocking cameo as Jedi Kelleran Beq for The Mandalorian. This small taste of on-screen action for the Jedi, who actually originated from Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge, has given Best ideas of what Beq could do with a larger role.

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These Final Fantasy 7 Jigsaw Puzzles Are Selling Out Fast

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 00:32

Looking for a way to enjoy Final Fantasy while away from your screen? Then consider checking out the lineup of Final Fantasy jigsaw puzzles arriving later this year. These 1,000-piece puzzles are all inspired by the hit series--but preorders for one have already sold out, so you'll need to move fast if you want to reserve a unit before launch.

The majority of puzzles will be released on August 28, though the Before Crisis: Final Fantasy 7 Puzzle is listed with a January 1, 2025 launch date. Aside from that, they share many of the same specs. This includes 1,000 pieces per puzzle, a unique metallic finish for a premium look, a $35 price tag, and the fact that they're all imports for Square Enix.

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Anya Taylor-Joy Has 30 Lines Of Dialogue In Furiosa

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 00:21

Charlize Theron's Furiosa wasn't overly talkative in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, but her successor, Anya Taylor-Joy, will have even less to say in the upcoming prequel film, Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga. The new movie will chronicle 15 years of Furiosa's life as she transforms from a captive into a warrior. But Furiosa will only have 30 lines of dialogue in the entire two-and-a-half-hour film.

That info came from The Telegraph's feature on director George Miller, who explained his philosophy that dialogue slows things down when a film's pace should be going at full speed. He also shared his appreciation for the classic silent films of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, which didn't need words to be understood. "[Alfred] Hitchcock defined as movies where they don't have to read the subtitles when they're screened in Japan."

Miller also shed some light on the 15-minute action sequence in Furiosa that took 78 days to film. The scene in question is Furiosa's first road war as her vehicle is pursued by bandits on "flame-propelled parachutes, hang-gliders and kites." And the sequence wasn't achieved through CGI trickery.

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Save Big On Classic Games That You Can Only Buy On GOG

Tue, 05/14/2024 - 00:04

GOG has a new sale live, and for fans of retro games, there are some real treasures to add to your digital library here. A lot of these games are only available on GOG, and like its other titles, these are DRM-free. Some of the gems here include Strangehold for $2, a classic action game in which you take on the role of Inspector Tequila from John Woo's influential action film, Hard Boiled. Starring Chow Yun-Fat, this is a fun action game full of bullets, dramatic dives, and slow-motion shootouts. Plus, you can probably mod it to add some extra pigeons to the gung-ho experience.

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In the mood for some classic Mortal Kombat? You can pick up the original trilogy of games for $1.50, while Mortal Kombat 4 and its hard pivot to 3D is available for the same price. The fourth outing isn't the best Mortal Kombat game, but it's worth it for those hilarious cutscenes alone. Sticking with fighting games, you won't want to miss out on Street Fighter Alpha 2, a killer combo of lightning-fast gameplay and amazing innovations for the series back then. Reversals and Alpha Counters added new layers of complexity to the experience, and at $2, this is a great price for one of the best Street Fighter games.

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Sigourney Weaver In Talks For The Next Star Wars Movie

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:48

Through the first three seasons of The Mandalorian, series creator Jon Favreau cast a number of stars from the '80s to make recurring and guest appearances on the show including Carl Weathers, Nick Nolte, Clancy Brown, Christopher Lloyd, and Michael Biehn. Now, in Favreau's upcoming movie, The Mandalorian and Grogu, Biehn's Aliens castmate, Sigourney Weaver, may be the next '80s icon to enter the Star Wars universe.

Via The Hollywood Reporter, Weaver is in negotiations to join the cast of The Mandalorian and Grogu in a currently unrevealed role. Weaver had her first breakout part in 1979 when she played Ellen Ripley for the first time in Ridley Scott's Alien. Weaver returned for the next three Alien sequels, including James Cameron's seminal sci-fi action flick, Aliens.

Outside of that franchise, Weaver is best known for appearing as Dana Barrett in three of the Ghostbusters films, as well as her roles in Gorillas in the Mist and Working Girl, both of which led to Oscar nominations. Weaver's genre credits include Galaxy Quest, James Cameron's Avatar movies, The Cabin in the Woods, and Marvel's The Defenders.

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The Most-Watched Star Wars Movie On Disney Plus Might Surprise You - Report

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:39

The origins of Jar Jar Binks now apparently serve as the most popular Star Wars movie on Disney+. A new report claims that The Phantom Menace is the most-watched film in the franchise worldwide for the streaming service.

A Variety retrospective on The Phantom Menace--which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month--noted how much perception of the prequel film has changed over the past two decades. Additionally, this comes after Episode I showed it was still a box office force to be reckoned with after re-releasing in theaters the first weekend in May.

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Star Wars: The Phantom Menace originally premiered May 19, 1999, and was one of the most anticipated movies in history. However, critic and fan reaction was mixed at best, as people wrestled with the silliness of Jar Jar Binks and portraying Darth Vader as a young kid referred to as Ani. Yet, the children of that time period are adults now and apparently feel more fond about The Phantom Menace--as well as Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith--than initial feedback from 20 years ago.

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Shin Megami Tensei V And Its DLC Is Getting Delisted In June Ahead of Vengeance's Release

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:28

Atlus has announced that it will be delisting Shin Megami Tensei V and its DLC from the Nintendo eShop on June 14, the same day that the enhanced Vengeance port releases. Atlus has also confirmed that those who have already purchased the content will still be able to download them after the delisting.

On n Atlus Japan's website, the company stated that as soon as Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance goes live on digital storefronts, the base version and its corresponding DLC will all disappear. For those who still want the content, it will be available until 11:59 PM on June 13.

Shin Megami Tensei V was first released in November 2021 exclusively for Nintendo Switch. The game is now getting an enhanced re-release in the form of Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance. This version has all previously released DLC and an entirely new story route, which Atlus claims to add 75 hours of more gameplay. It's also going to be released on all platforms, including PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S.

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Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes Starts Strong, Biggest For 20th Century Since Avatar 2

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:24

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes opened in theaters this past weekend and it had a strong start. The movie made $56.5 million in North America for the Friday-Sunday period. It made $72.5 million from international markets. Combined, the film opened globally with $129 million.

For the domestic numbers specifically, $56.5 million is the second-best start of the new Apes series, trailing only Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ($72.6 million). It's also the best start ever for director Wes Ball, who previously made the Maze Runner movies. What's more, it's the biggest opening for movie studio 20th Century since Avatar: The Way of Water premiered in December 2022 (via Fandango's Erik Davis).

Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes had a reported $160 million production budget, and this doesn't include any advertising expenses, according to Variety.

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Disney World's Splash Mountain Replacement, Tiana's Bayou Adventure, Opens In June And It Smells Good

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:24

Tiana's Bayou Adventure, the ride that replaces Splash Mountain at Walt Disney World, will open on June 28, it has been announced. The ride closed for good in January 2023 as part of an effort to redesign the iconic water ride after it was criticized for stereotypes about black people and the glamorization of the American South after the civil war. Water from the original ride hit eBay for more than $150.

Functionally, Tiana's Bayou Adventure is similar to Splash Mountain in that guests will ride a boat through a dark area before plummeting five stories down into the water with a big splash. Tiana's Bayou Adventure will feature characters from Princess and the Frog, including Princess Tiana, Mama Odie, Louis, and "all-new friends." The ride will feature jazz music and aims to capture the essence of a "New Orleans celebration." It also has Disney's newest impressive animatronics, which you can see below.

The ride features cute critters like an otter, rabbit, raccoon, beaver, and others who are playing instruments made of natural materials local to the bayou. The music will be a blend of Zydeco, Rara, and Afro-Cuban tunes, as well as new, original music and songs from the movie.

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Square Enix Reveals Aggressive Multiplatform Target Plans With Catchy New Name

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:21

Square Enix has revealed its three-year plan to achieve long-term growth within the company. It also gave the plan a catchy name, "Square Enix Reboots, and Awakens."

There are four pillars in this plan. The first one involves enhancing productivity by focusing more on quality rather than quantity. Additionally, there will be an emphasis on making games "fun" and making sure that Square Enix finds more ways to leverage its rich library of IP.

The second pillar sees Square Enix embracing multiplatform releases, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo, iOS, and Android. The focus here is on trying to get more customers to enjoy Square Enix properties. Square Enix is also looking into expanding its IP across all media formats, which could possibly mean things like movies.

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Why PUBG Is Bringing Back Its Original Map--Warts And All

Mon, 05/13/2024 - 23:00

The PUBG that took the video game industry by storm in 2017 is coming back for a limited time with the Erangel Classic event. Officially known today as PUBG: Battlegrounds, the battle royale that birthed a frenzied race to dominate the genre is looking to its storied past unlike ever before. From May 14-28 on PC, and May 23-June 6 on consoles, the original version of Erangel, the game's first and, to this day, most beloved map, will be free for all players.

It seems the battle royale genre is now old enough to elicit nostalgia among its players as PUBG is not the first to do this--Fortnite OG saw the game's original map return for a few weeks at the end of 2023, and the original versions of Call of Duty and Apex Legends' oldest maps have returned at different times over recent years, too.

We caught up with PUBG: Battlegrounds' production director, Taehyun Kim, to learn what the team hopes to achieve with Erangel Classic, how it balances nostalgia with quality-of-life improvements, and whether any other map might enjoy a similar blast from the past. He also offered tips to new players who may jump in with the odds stacked against them as they stare down level-500 veterans.

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