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How To Get Pedro Pascal's Sweet Jacket From The Last Of Us

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:59

HBO's The Last of Us TV series is out now and people are generally enjoying the show, while the network is reaping the benefits, too, with strong viewership numbers. One part of the show that has fans buzzing is the rugged jacket worn by Pedro Pascal's character, Joel. People are wondering where they can get the jacket, too, and we now have the answer.

The jacket is made by Flint and Tinder and is sold through Huckberry. It's a $300 jacket, so it's not cheap, but it has excellent reviews. The flannel-lined trucker jacket, which is made in the USA, is made of weather-resistant waxed cloth, featuring metal buttons and an "antique"-looking finish.

The jacket comes in sizes ranging from XS to XXL, and colors including black, coal, dark navy, field tan, forest, havana, light grey, and moss. Click the link below to find your size and color.

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The Last Of Us Part 1 Sees Sales Spike After HBO Premiere

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:34

HBO's TV adaptation of The Last Of Us has been remarkably successful so far, garnering both rave reviews and high marks from viewers. As spotted by GamesIndustry.biz, it seems that the hit show has juiced interest in the games as well, with The Last Of Us Part 1 sales jumping more than 200% on PS5 and The Last of Us: Remastered (the PS4 version of the game) increasing by more than 300% on the boxed UK sales charts.

These increased numbers pushed the PS5 version of the game to number 20 on that UK chart, and the PS4 version to number 32. Neither were on the charts at all the previous week. If you're curious, the top five games on the chart were Fire Emblem Engage, FIFA 23, God of War Ragnarok, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Besides The Last Of Us, the biggest risers in the charts were Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle and Battlefield 2042.

In GameSpot's The Last Of Us TV show review, critic Mark Delaney praised its presentation, writing, and faithfulness to the original game. In a recent interview, Anna Torv discussed the climax of episode 2, and how it moved many viewers. One of the original game's co-creators, Bruce Straley, is not credited on the show at all, a fact he noted in an interview.

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Dragon Age Dreadwolf Loses Production Director As 19-Year Veteran Mac Walters Is Leaving BioWare

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 03:29

BioWare is undergoing a change in leadership, as 19-year veteran Mac Walters has left the company. Walters left BioWare at the end of 2022, but his departure went largely unnoticed until recent times. In a post on LinkedIn, Walters confirmed his departure from BioWare.

"With a new year comes new adventures," he wrote. "As some of you already know, at the end of last year I decided to leave BioWare. These past 19 years have been a life-changing experience to say the least, and it made the choice to go very difficult. I've worked with so many wonderful people and had the privilege to be a part of the most amazing teams and projects. It's hard to fathom it all, and I know I'll be reflecting on it for years to come."

Walters thanked his past colleagues and said he wishes "everyone at BioWare the very best in everything you do."

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The Last Of Us Fans Convinced HBO Has Cast Abby For Season 2

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:51

Some The Last of Us fans are convinced that HBO has already cast the character of Abby Anderson for season 2 of the show.

Following the premiere of HBO's The Last of Us last week, a post shared on The Last of Us News fan account--via Kotaku--showed that the director, co-writer, and executive producer Neil Druckmann is following the actor Shannon Berry on Instagram.

The tweet shows various photos of Berry in comparison to Abby and fans believe that given the likeness between the two, the fact that Berry is now 22--roughly the age for the character--and the fact that Druckmann follows the actor, HBO has already cast the character for season 2.

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How HBO Made Sure To Get The Clickers To Look Perfect In The Last Of Us

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:49

The hierarchy of the infected in The Last of Us contains several threats to Joel and Ellie on their journey throughout the game and now the HBO adaptation. In this week's episode, we meet the second stage of infection with clickers.

They are called such for the noise that they use almost like echolocation. As we learned in Episode 2, they can't see due to the hardened fungus over their eyes, but they can hear you, so in the game, dealing with them involves plenty of stealth and shivs to take them down quietly. We got our first quick look at clickers in the first trailer for the series, and fans praised the screen accuracy of the prosthetics.

"To present the clickers on screen correctly, my feeling was we had to make 5,000 decisions exactly right," explained showrunner Craig Mazin. "We brought Barrie Gower in...who had worked on our prosthetics on Chernobyl. He's the best."

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Returnal PC Preorders Discounted For A Limited Time

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:44

It's a good time to be a fan of PlayStation even if you don't own a PS5, as many of the platform's biggest exclusives are steadily landing on PC. The next game headed to PC from the PlayStation vault is Returnal, and right now, you can save more than $10 on your preorder.

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Over at Fanatical, Returnal is currently discounted by 10% ahead of launch, dropping its price from $60 to $54. To increase your savings, you can use the code RETURNAL17 for 17% off, dropping the price down to $49.67.

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Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection Preorders Are Discounted For PC

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:44

Fans eager to jump into the upcoming Mega Man Battle Network Legacy Collection can pre-purchase the digital PC version for just $51 (normally $60) from Green Man Gaming, and can drop the price to just $49.19 using the promo code JAN18 at checkout.

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The Battle Network Legacy Collection includes all 10 games in the series that originally launched for the GameBoy Advance throughout the early 2000s. Unlike traditional Mega Man games, Mega Man Battle Network is a series of story-driven RPGs with random battles where players take on enemies using a customizable deck of cards. The series is set in an alternate timeline where almost everything in the world is connected to an internet-like cyberspace network. Players swap between the protagonist Lan Hakari and his “NetNavi” avatar, MegaMan.EXE, and battle against hackers, terrorists, and rivals.

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New Dungeons & Dragons Movie Trailer Shows Off Wacky Heist Action

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:41

Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves is shaping up to be one of the biggest movie releases of early 2023, and a lengthy new trailer shows off not only its impressive fantasy world, but also its lighthearted approach to the genre.

The trailer begins with Holga the Barbarian (Michelle Rodriguez) and Edgin the Bard (Chris Pine) in a tough situation, disarmed and tied up by the bad guys. However, Holga, quickly turns the tables on the hapless guards, while Edgin spouts quips in the background. This scene sets the tone for the rest of the trailer, which combines frenetic action with a large number of goofy jokes.

Featured scenes include a number of devious traps familiar to any D&D player, a battle against a dragon and other terrifying beasts, plenty of swordfights, and even a cameo by a mimic. As a whole, it seems that the film's goal is to combine the chaotic, raucous atmosphere of a good D&D campaign with an engaging heist tale. Given the success of similarly themed D&D stories like Acquisitions Incorporated, it's an interesting direction for the film, but we'll have to wait and see if it sticks the landing.

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See Aubrey Plaza And Amy Poehler Revive Their Parks And Rec Characters On SNL

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 02:40

Aubrey Plaza, most recently seen in Emily the Criminal and The White Lotus: Season 2, made her first hosting appearance on Saturday Night Live this past weekend. And she decided to reprise one of her most well-known characters in April Ludgate from Parks and Recreation for the show.

Plaza portrayed April again to begrudgingly talk about local government on Weekend Update. But true to her character, she was annoyed to discuss how people can get involved so told co-anchor Colin Jost to talk to Leslie Knope (portrayed by Amy Poehler) instead.

Knope, of course, was overly enthusiastic to show up on Weekend Update. But she was more excited to pick Jost's brain about what SNL is like versus discussing her own fictional work. Knope also made sure to ask if President Joe Biden saw her from a previous segment on SNL. For those unfamiliar with Parks and Rec, she had a huge crush on the then-vice president for the show.

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HBO's The Last Of Us Introduces Bill And Frank In Next Week's Trailer

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:59

Actor Nick Offerman was cast as Bill for HBO's adaptation of The Last of Us, back in December of 2021, replacing Con O'Neill (The Batman, Our Flag Means Death) who had to pull out for scheduling conflicts.

In the trailer for next week's episode, we get our first complete look at Bill and the minefield of traps he has set up in his home in Lincoln, Massachusetts to ward off runners and other infected. In the game, in order to meet him, you have to cross his traps, where you eventually learn that Bill owes Joel a list of favors for an unspecified reason.

The other big thing they touch on in the trailer is Bill's backstory with Frank, his partner. At some point after the outbreak, Bill and Frank were the only survivors living in Lincoln, after it became populated by a huge number of infected. Eventually, though, Frank left Bill on his own and disappeared.

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Review Roundup For Forspoken

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:57

As January reaches the finish line, one of the biggest games of 2023 is ready to kick the year off with blockbuster style and attitude. Forspoken, Square Enix's latest action-RPG is officially releasing on January 24, and a number of reviews for the ambitious title have gone live.

The good news is that Forspoken is a technical marvel with fun combat and spectacular visuals according to critics, but the game falls short in other areas. The lukewarm reception for Forspoken paints it as a solid game overall, a flashy showcase for magical parkour that disappoints when it comes to storytelling.

"It tells a largely forgettable story that sets up major stakes but fails to offer a compelling reason for why the player should care," Jordan Ramée wrote in GameSpot's Forspoken review. "Luminous Productions' action-RPG feels great when it allows you to really stretch your legs and magically parkour across its fantasy landscape, but combat is clunky and regular exposition too often stalls the action."

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Microsoft Invests Billions More Into AI, Which It Believes Could Be As Big As The Internet

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:48

Microsoft is investing billions more dollars into advancing artificial intelligence, announcing a new deal with OpenAI--the makers of ChatGPT--to create "transformative" solutions in the technology space. Microsoft said it believes AI could become as significant to the tech world as the PC and the internet.

Microsoft previously invested in OpenAI in 2019 and 2021, and this new investment is rumored to be in the area of $10 billion. The company says the money will go toward helping OpenAI "accelerate AI breakthroughs" that benefit the world.

Of course, Microsoft is doing this to make money. In its announcement, Microsoft plainly said the ongoing collaboration with OpenAI is mutually beneficial to the companies, as it "enables each of us to independently commercialize the resulting advanced AI technologies."

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Halo Dev 343 Industries Has Not Been Taken Off Series, Studio Confirms

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:32

Following a large round of layoffs and rumors regarding the future of the Halo series, developer 343 Industries has revealed it is still working on Halo--and the Master Chief's story.

A report from last week stated 343 would no longer make Halo games, instead overseeing external partners working on the franchise. This led to the official Halo account on Twitter putting out a public response.

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— Halo (@Halo) January 21, 2023

"Halo and Master Chief are here to stay," Hintze said. "343 Industries will continue to develop Halo now and in the future, including epic stories, multiplayer, and more of what makes Halo great."

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Cyberpunk 2077 Phantom Liberty Is CDPR's Biggest-Budgeted Expansion Yet

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:13

Not much is known about Cyberpunk 2077's upcoming expansion Phantom Liberty, which is doubling up on its Hollywood star power by having Keanu Reeves back as Johnny Silverhand and Idris Elba playing FIA Agent Solomon Reed, but CD Projekt Red says that this expansion has the biggest budget it has ever allocated to post-launch content.

Speaking to Polish outlet Parkiet (via TheGamer), CDPR's Marek Bugdol first called the spy-thriller DLC the "biggest ever DLC" that CDPR had worked on so far. In an update on the Cyberpunk 2077 subreddit, community director Marcin Morton clarified the statement and said that Phantom Liberty "is about the biggest budget when it comes to expansion packs we’ve released," and that CD Projekt Red will reveal more information about the scale of the DLC in the future.

Phantom Liberty has a high bar to climb as CDPR's Witcher 3 expansions, Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine, have long been considered to gold standards in this space. CDPR's reputation took a major beating after Cyberpunk 2077 was released in December 2020 in a less-than-optimal state, but currently, the game is in a much better and healthier state after receiving significant patches and updates.

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How Long To Beat Forspoken - Chapter List

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 01:00

Forspoken is a new action RPG published by Square Enix, and you'll be able to explore its large open world for tens of hours, as long as you don't focus solely on the main story. You'll step into the shoes of Frey Holland, a young New Yorker who gets transported to the mystical world of Athia. And once Athia fully opens up, you'll find plenty of loot to grab and challenges to complete. Here's what you need to know about how long Forspoken takes to beat, including a chapter list you can follow so you know how much you've got left.

How long is Forspoken?

Forspoken contains 13 main story chapters, many of which include several time-sensitive Detours--side quests from notable NPCs. Here's the full list of chapters along with their titles:

  • Chapter 1: Attachments
  • Chapter 2: Stuck
  • Chapter 3: The Interloper
  • Chapter 4: What Must Be Done
  • Chapter 5: Might and Main
  • Chapter 6: Damned If You Do…
  • Chapter 7: The Hue of Blue
  • Chapter 8: The Truth Will Out
  • Chapter 9: Breaking Point
  • Chapter 10: None the Wiser
  • Chapter 11: Forspoken
  • Chapter 12: Awakening
  • Chapter 13: New Beginnings

Judging by our experience, Forspoken will take around 20 hours to complete if you stop to take on a few Detours here and there. For our ongoing guides playthrough, we also didn't yet fully explore all four regions of the map before seeing the credits roll at the end of the main storyline.

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Avatar: The Way Of Water Passes $2 Billion Worldwide

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 00:53

After six weeks at the top, Avatar: The Way of Water again held onto its position as the number one film at cinemas and has now crossed the $2 billion mark at the global box office. Knocking Spider-Man: No Way Home down to seventh place, the latest milestone for the Avatar sequel makes it director James Cameron's third film to join the $2 billion box office club, alongside the first Avatar movie and Titanic. Outside of Cameron's films, the rest of that elite group of blockbusters includes Avengers Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

At its current trajectory, Avatar 2 could end its theatrical run at fifth or fourth place, surpassing Infinity War and The Force Awakens, respectively. It likely won't dethrone the original Avatar though, as that movie is still the highest-grossing film of all time with a huge record of $2.9 billion from global box office ticket sales, but Cameron is ready to move forward with Avatar 3, 4, and 5.

According to Box Office Mojo, Avatar 2 took in $20 million from North American cinemas over the weekend, while Puss in Boots: The Last Wish grabbed second place in its fifth week on the circuit. Killer AI companion M3GAN dropped to third place with a $9.8 million domestic haul, and globally, has made over $124.6 million so far.Two new arrivals on the cinema scene did some respectable numbers overall, as dramatic thriller had a fourth-place debut with $9.3 million domestically, and the anime feature film debut of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime earned $1.4 million when it landed in eighth place.

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New Leonardo DiCaprio Film Killers Of The Flower Moon Is A "Different Movie" After Osage Nation Input

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 00:41

Killers of the Flower Moon, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro and directed by Martin Scorsese, is one of 2023's most anticipated movies. The film tells the story of the Reign of Terror in the 1920s when members of the Osage Nation were murdered one by one after huge deposits of oil were discovered under their land. The movie changed significantly over the course of its production due to the input of local Osage Nation members, star Lily Gladstone says.

Speaking to Variety, Gladstone said Scorsese worked closely to members of the Osage Nation, with chief Geoffrey Standing Bear serving as a consultant on the film. The film was shot on location in Oklahoma.

"The work is better when you let the world inform the work," Gladstone said. "That was very refreshing how involved the production got with the [Osage Nation] community. As the community warmed up to our presence, the more the community got involved with the film. It's a different movie than the one [Scorsese] walked in to make almost entirely because of what the community had to say about how it was being made and what was being portrayed."

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Jeremy Renner Reveals He Broke 30+ Bones In Snowplow Accident, Shares New Photo

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 00:28

Film and TV actor Jeremy Renner was seriously injured near his home in Nevada on New Year's Day in a horrible snowplow accident when he was run over by his own 7-ton plow. The actor has now confirmed that he broke more than 30 bones in the accident.

Posting on Instagram, Renner shared a photo of himself rehabbing from his numerous injuries. He said his morning workouts and resolutions for 2023 are changed this year due to the accident, and he thanked fans for their thoughts and well-wishes as he recovers.

"Morning workouts, resolutions all changed this particular new years …. Spawned from tragedy for my entire family, and quickly focused into uniting actionable love ❤️ I want to thank EVERYONE for their messages and thoughtfulness for my family and I …. Much love and appreciation to you all," Renner said. "These 30 plus broken bones will mend , grow stronger, just like the love and bond with family and friends deepens . Love and blessings to you all."

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WWE 2K23 Features John Cena As Cover Athlete, Release Date And Gameplay Modes Detailed

Tue, 01/24/2023 - 00:00

WWE is hopping back into the digital squared circle as WWE 2K23 has been officially confirmed for release March 17, with 16-time world champion John Cena serving as the cover athlete.

Cena will be the subject of the game's 2K Showcase Mode, which will follow Cena throughout his career--which starts with the Prototype character in 2002 and travels all the way to today. However, instead of players taking the role of Cena during his career, they will instead control his toughest opponents in a bid to take Big Match John down.

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Wrestlers confirmed for the game's roster along with Cena are Roman Reigns, Brock Lesnar, Cody Rhodes, Ronda Rousey, and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. The fabled WarGames match will make its WWE 2K debut in this year's game as well, and it will feature three-on-three and four-on-four gameplay inside the match type's trademark two rings and double-sized steel cage.

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The Last Of Us Star Anna Torv On That Horrific Episode 2 Climax

Mon, 01/23/2023 - 13:56

The second episode of HBO's The Last of Us has arrived, putting a bit of a spin on events from the game as the journey for Joel (Pedro Pascal) and Ellie (Bella Ramsey) truly begins. In last week's episode, we got what essentially amounted to a prologue for the story--from the death of Sarah (Nico Parker) to Joel and Tess (Anna Torv) meeting Ellie for the first time. Now, the danger of this world is high as ever, something that was very apparent in the second episode.

Warning: The following contains spoilers for The Last of Us Episode 2. If you still need to catch up on HBO's adaptation of the Naughty Dog game franchise, stop now and head over to HBO Max to watch first.

In the new episode, Joel, Ellie, and Tess make it out of the quarantine zone and into the city of Boston. Of course, that doesn't come without its share of problems--or clickers, rather--and the climax of the episode finds viewers losing one of the show's heroes.

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