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Opening March 30th!

Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 22nd to April 28th, 2018
Apr 23, 2018 - 11:55 AM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 22nd to April 28th, 2018.

Retail Games

Movies & TV
Maze Runner: The Death Cure
Den of Thieves
Paddington 2
The Grease Collection
Forever My Girl
Sailor Moon: SuperS, Part 1
The Maze 3D
The Virgin Suicides Criterion Collection
Shameless: The Complete Eighth Season
The Dogfather
Backstabbing for Beginners
Doctor Detroit
Killer Klowns from Outer Space
Dead Man Criterion Collection
The Bone Yard
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid: The Complete Series
Pistol for Ringo & The Return of Ringo: Two Films by Duccio Tessari
Troll/Troll 2
Kado: The Right Answer: The Complete Series

Box Office
Avengers: Infinity War
Let the Sunshine In
The Escape of Prisoner 614 (Ron Perlman)
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A Quiet Place Sounds Off on the Weekend Boxoffice Chart
Apr 23, 2018 - 11:09 AM - by Evil Avatar

A Quiet Place continued to make noise at the box office, taking back the top spot from the blockbuster Rampage and beating out the new Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of April 20th to April 22nd, 2018.
  1. A Quiet Place $22.0/$132.3
  2. Rampage $21.0/$66.6
  3. I Feel Pretty $16.2/$16.2
  4. Super Troopers 2 $14.7/$14.7
  5. Truth or Dare $7.9/$30.3
  6. Ready Player One $7.5/$126.1
  7. Blockers $6.9/$48.2
  8. Black Panther $4.6/$681.0
  9. Traffik $3.8/$3.8
  10. Isle Of Dogs $3.4/$24.3
  11. Bharat Ane Nenu $2.8/$2.8
  12. I Can Only Imagine $2.4/$79.4
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May 2018 Games with Gold Announced
Apr 22, 2018 - 8:44 AM - by Emabulator

Play together with Xbox Live Gold. May's 2018 Games with Gold lineup for Xbox One includes: Super Mega Baseball 2 and Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. For Xbox 360 owners (and through Xbox One backward compatibility), May kicks off with Sega Vintage Collection: Streets of Rage, followed by Vanquish. May's lineup provides over $79 dollars in value and up to 3400 in gamerscore.
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God of War – Accolades Trailer
Apr 20, 2018 - 10:37 AM - by Emabulator

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From Santa Monica Studio and creative director Cory Barlog comes a new beginning for one of gaming’s most recognizable icons. Living as a man outside the shadow of the gods, Kratos must adapt to unfamiliar lands, unexpected threats, and a second chance at being a father. Together with his son Atreus, the pair will venture into the brutal Norse wilds and fight to fulfill a deeply personal quest.
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Apr 20, 2018 - 10:37 AM - by BeardedSonOfNel

It has been another long week, and it's time to crank the tunes. I'm going to a Bobaflex show tonight, and can't wait. It's a small venue, and should be awesome.

What are you listening to?
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Apr 20, 2018 - 10:12 AM - by Jetherik

What to do on a weekend where there is no grass to cut, all chores are done... Must mean game time! What are you playing this weekend?
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Survival Horror Agony Launches May 29 on PS4, Xbox One and PC
Apr 20, 2018 - 10:01 AM - by Evil Avatar

Click on the Headline for the release date trailer.
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The Walking Dead Season 8 Finale Ratings Lowest Since Season 1
Apr 19, 2018 - 3:57 PM - by Emabulator

Variety has the story.

“The Walking Dead” Season 8 finale rose week-to-week in the Nielsen ratings but still could not overcome the ratings declines that have plagued it for the past few seasons.

In the Live+Same Day numbers from Sunday, “The Walking Dead” averaged a 3.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.9 million viewers. That is up approximately 21% in the demo and 18% in total viewers versus last week. But that is also down 37% in the demo and 30% in total viewers from the Season 7 finale last year.

Season 8 of the series as a whole averaged a 3.4 and 7.8 million viewers in Live+Same Day, down from Season 7’s average approximately the same percentages as the Season 8 finale compared to the Season 7 finale.

Despite the fact the numbers are less than ideal for the show, it was nevertheless the highest-rated program of the night. The show also faced stiff competition on broadcast for the night, including ABC News’ interview with former FBI Director James Comey as well as the ACM Awards on CBS.
Read on.
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Deadpool 2: The Final Trailer
Apr 19, 2018 - 3:38 PM - by Emabulator

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After surviving a near fatal bovine attack, a disfigured cafeteria chef (Wade Wilson) struggles to fulfill his dream of becoming Mayberry’s hottest bartender while also learning to cope with his lost sense of taste. Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor – finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World’s Best Lover.
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Gamer's Shopping Guide - April 19-25: #PS4 #Nintendo #XboxOne #Nvidia #GodOfWar
Apr 19, 2018 - 3:17 PM - by Emabulator

PC GamesPC Gaming HardwarePlayStation 4Xbox OneNintendoTV and Video
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Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass Announced, Full Reveal at E3 2018
Apr 19, 2018 - 9:22 AM - by Evil Avatar

Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass official reveal coming @ E3 2018

Hey everyone!

The time is finally right for us to do an official announcement of Serious Sam 4: Planet Badass. The full reveal will happen at the Devolver Digital E3 conference, this June in LA, but in the meantime be sure to wishlist the game on Steam to get all the latest info and updates first.

Oh... and here’s a nice little teaser so be sure to check it out and tell us what you think via our social network channels.
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Improved Fortnite Battle Royale 50v50 Mode Available Now, Double XP This Weekend
Apr 19, 2018 - 9:10 AM - by Evil Avatar

Improved Fortnite Battle Royale 50v50 Mode Available Now

The popular limited time mode, 50v50, is back with improvements in Fortnite Battle Royale! In this new version, each team has a bus that approaches from opposite directions of the map. On the map, the friendly bus has a blue outline, and the enemy has red. The final storm circle is visible on the mini-map from the start and players are given 10 minutes to loot the map as the storm closes in on the circle, then five minutes to fight, and another five minutes as the storm shrinks to the end.

Supply drops come in batches of 3-6, fall every two minutes, and only land in the final storm circle. A dotted line has been been added to the map to indicate “battle lines” between the two teams. While players can cross the line, this will make running into enemies more likely! Other tweaks have been made, including increases to resource gathering, item spawns, ammo, and more.

Players can also earn double the XP from Thursday, April 19 until Sunday, April 22. The improved 50v50 mode is available now! GO GO GO!
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Man Of Steel, Belted: 'Action Comics #1000' And The Return Of A Super-Accessory
Apr 18, 2018 - 4:54 PM - by Emabulator

Super-Belt! NPR has the story.

It's not about the numbering.

You'll be hearing a lot this week about the publishing milestone DC Comics' Action Comics has achieved, with the publication of issue #1000, on shelves (physical and digital) today. And I don't mean to dismiss that achievement, believe me. It's 2018, and periodical publishing is a lot like the Man of Steel in the penultimate panel of 1992's "Death of Superman" storyline: Beaten to a bloody pulp and hovering at death's door.

(This metaphor has been arrested before it devolves into theorizing about which developments in the marketplace could prove the allegorical equivalent of that storyline's life-saving Kryptonian regeneration matrix. I'm also sparing you my whole thing about how comics publishing just needs to transform itself, figuratively speaking, into a cyborg, a clone, an alien and an armored dude with a techno-sledgehammer, because this is only paragraph three and I don't want to lose the Normals yet. Buy me a beer sometime, if you're curious.)

The arithmetically inclined among you may have already divined the reason we need to slap a healthy asterisk or two — and maybe a spoonful of salt, while we're at it — on that 1000 numbering. If Superman's been around for 80 years, then the monthly comic in which he debuted, if it's been continually published, should only be arriving at issue #960 or so. What gives?

The Short answer: Comics, is what gives. And takes, and takes and takes.
Read on.
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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - Final Trailer
Apr 18, 2018 - 4:34 PM - by Emabulator

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It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.

When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission. Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Stars Pratt and Howard return alongside executive producers Steven Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They are joined by co-stars James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. Producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley once again partner with Spielberg and Trevorrow in leading the filmmakers for this stunning installment. Belén Atienza joins the team as a producer.
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Frostpunk Features Trailer
Apr 18, 2018 - 1:43 PM - by Emabulator

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Frostpunk is the first society survival game. As the ruler of the last city on Earth, it is your duty to manage both its citizens and the infrastructure. What decisions will you make to ensure society's survival? What will you do when pushed to breaking point? Who will you become in the process?
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The Crew 2: Zivko Airplane Gameplay Trailer
Apr 18, 2018 - 10:43 AM - by Emabulator

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Soar through the sky in the Zivko airplane, available in The Crew 2!

Available June 29, 2018 on Xbox One, Xbox One X, PlayStation 4, and PC.
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Steven Spielberg to make DC Comics movie Blackhawk
Apr 18, 2018 - 10:18 AM - by Emabulator

Steven Spielberg is going to make a DC Comics movie. Entertainment weekly has the story.

Hot of the success of Ready Player One, the Oscar-winning hitmaker is reuniting with Warner Bros. to produce and very possibly direct the action-adventure film Blackhawk.

Based on the 1941 comic of the same name, Blackhawk centers on a team of World War II fighter pilots who are led by a mysterious man known as Blackhawk and face down fantastical threats. The screenplay is being written by Spielberg’s frequent collaborator David Koepp (Jurassic Park, War f the Worlds).

Spielberg previously made a comic book adaption of a very different sort with 2011’s The Adventures of Tintin. Blackhawk combines a rather new element for Spielberg (a DC-inspired title) with one of his most frequent topics (World War II, which has been the subject or backdrop of five of his previously directed films).

“It was wonderful working with the team at Warner Bros. to bring Ready Player One to the screen,” Spielberg said in a statement. “They bring a blend of passion and professionalism to everything they do and have a tremendous history in this genre. I am excited to reunite with them on Blackhawk.”

Added Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros. Pictures Group: “We are so proud to be the studio behind Steven Spielberg’s latest hit, and are thrilled to be working with him again on this new action adventure. We can’t wait to see what new ground he will break in introducing Blackhawk to movie audiences worldwide.”

Warner Bros. notes that the project will mark the filmmaker’s first feature centered around characters from DC Comics. Spielberg will produce the film with Kristie Macosko Krieger and Sue Kroll. Warner Bros. adds that Spielberg is signed on “with an eye toward” directing.
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LEGO The Incredibles First Gameplay Trailer
Apr 18, 2018 - 9:27 AM - by Evil Avatar

New LEGO The Incredibles Gameplay Trailer Spotlights The Parr Family and Their Powers

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today released a new LEGO The Incredibles trailer featuring the first look at stunning gameplay from the upcoming release, based on Disney•Pixar’s The Incredibles and Incredibles 2.

In the video, fans will discover each of the Parr Family’s amazing powers, including Elastigirl’s flexible transformations, Mr. Incredible’s unparalleled super strength, Violet’s indestructible force-fields, Dash’s lightning speed and Jack-Jack’s unpredictable abilities.

The video showcases how the Parr Family work together in a variety of thrilling locations while battling a host of dangerous villains, recreating iconic moments from both movies. With Elastigirl transforming into a sturdy bridge for Mr. Incredible to climb across and Violet unleashing her powers to dismantle laser grids for Dash to race through, it’s only when this iconic team joins forces, that they become incredible!

For the latest information or to join the LEGO The Incredibles conversation, visit us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram

LEGO The Incredibles takes players on an extraordinary fun-filled adventure where they’ll control their favourite Incredibles characters and team up as a family to conquer crime and family life. Reimagined in LEGO form and featuring TT Games’ signature LEGO humour, the game recreates unforgettable scenes and breath-taking action sequences from both Incredibles movies.

LEGO The Incredibles will be available starting 13th July 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Windows PC. The game is available to pre-order now across physical and digital retailers. Nintendo Switch eShop pre-order will be available from May 2018. Exclusive GAME pre-order bonus will give players early access to the Parr Family Vacation Character Pack.
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Spider-Man from Insomniac Games Getting a Tie-In Prequel Novel and Artbook
Apr 18, 2018 - 8:39 AM - by Evil Avatar

Insomniac’s Spider-Man will swing into action early in prequel novel

Titan Books will collaborate with Marvel and Insomniac Games to publish two tie-in books for Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man, the first of which will be Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover, a prequel to the events of the game.

“Leading directly into the beginning of the game, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover features some of Spidey’s most famous friends and foes,” says Titan’s announcement, exclusively shared with Polygon, “including the Shocker, Echo, the Blood Spider, J. Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, and Wilson Fisk – the Kingpin.”

Written by author David Liss (The Ethical Assassin, Black Panther: The Man Without Fear), the book will reveal “Kingpin’s plan to gain an iron grip on New York City,” and establish character relationships and details that will be continued in the game.

Insomniac’s Spider-Man will also join Titan’s long line of game-based art books with Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game, written by Paul Davies.

“Packed with never-before- seen images of Spider-Man, his costume and equipment, the Marvel version of his hometown New York, and the deadly villains he battles, fans will learn about every facet of the game, from the initial designs, blueprints, and the breathtaking final concepts,” says Titan’s announcement.

Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover will hit shelves on Aug. 21, 2018, just a few weeks before the release of the game itself on Playstation 4 on Sept. 7. Spider-Man: The Art of the Game will follow on Sept. 11.
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Rumor: Black Ops IIII might not have a SP campaign, Battle Royale mode by Raven
Apr 18, 2018 - 8:27 AM - by Evil Avatar

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t have traditional single-player campaign

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 won’t include a traditional single-player story mode, according to sources with knowledge of the project’s status. The shift in creative direction will make Black Ops 4 the first mainline Call of Duty to ship without a standard campaign.

When reached for comment, an Activision spokesperson said, “We don’t comment on rumor and speculation. We look forward to revealing Black Ops 4 on May 17th.”

The sources, who asked for anonymity, said that as Black Ops 4’s release date approached, it became evident that development on the single-player campaign wouldn’t be completed. One source said Treyarch has since focused Black Ops 4’s development on expanding multiplayer and the series’ popular Zombies mode. The source described an emphasis on cooperative modes as a potential stand-in for the typical single-player campaign experience.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is scheduled for release on Oct. 12, 2018, on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Activision will reveal more information on Black Ops 4 during a reveal on May 17, and is expected to share additional info this June at E3.

Update: Kotaku has posted their own article stating their own sources have confirmed Polygon’s story about Black Ops 4 not having a single player campaign and it will indeed have a Battle Royale mode.
Rumor: Raven Software possibly working on Battle Royale mode for Black Ops 4

Earlier today, Polygon reported that Treyarch has decided to scrap the campaign mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 once it became clear that they would not be able to have the campaign ready in time for the game’s launch in October.

charlieINTEL heard similar rumors last month from a tipster, and that same tipster also informed CI that Raven Software has reportedly been tasked with adding a Battle Royale mode to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 to fill the content gap of no campaign.

Earlier in March, an analyst suggested in a report that Activision plans to bring Battle Royale to Call of Duty at some point, saying Activision is fully aware of the popularity of Battle Royale modes.

Raven Software teased on Twitter in March that they are changing their artwork around in the office, stating more information is coming soon, and that could be related to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Seems like kind of a huge mistake. One of the biggest draws of the previous game was including the remastered version of the Modern Warfare campaign. Having that single player storyline is what gives the weapons and settings their theme. Without that, it's just more generic deathmatch.
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Monster Hunter: World Expands With New Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth
Apr 17, 2018 - 9:53 AM - by Evil Avatar

Monster Hunter: World expands with new Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth, new limited-time quest type

Hunters, hope you’ve been enjoying the nice, relaxing celebration of the Spring Blossom Fest. As that special limited-time event comes to a close, we already have your next big assignment waiting for you: the Siege of Kulve Taroth!

With the conclusion of the Zorah Magdaros and Nergigante investigations, the path is now clear for the arrival of the majestic Elder Dragon Kulve Taroth.

We’ll let you investigate more details about the new Elder Dragon itself directly, but what little information the Research Commission has gathered indicates we need to deploy a new hunting strategy. Enter the Siege!

Siege is a brand new limited-time quest type which requires the collaborative efforts of all hunters in the same Gathering Hub (which can house up to 16 hunters). Each hunting party will split off into groups of up to four hunters each, but will be working together to investigate and hunt down the same Kulve Taroth.

As each hunting party collects more tracks and breaks off more parts from attacking Kulve Taroth, they’ll contribute progress to the same Siege. This new quest type is designed and balanced for multiplayer, so call up your Squadmates, or join up a dedicated Kulve Taroth lobby, and make sure to coordinate with other hunters if you want to earn the best rewards.

The primary goal of this Siege is to repel Kulve Taroth, but its shimmering golden mantle happens to be a collection of shiny weapon relics it has gathered along its journey through the New World. We don’t have much information on when and where Kulve Taroth has amassed all these relics, so the nature and quality of these weapons (read: type and stats) are entirely up to fate.

The Smithy, however, is already hard at work coming up with a new armor set to complement these weapons quite nicely. Be sure to pay him a visit after you’ve gathered enough Kulve Taroth materials.

The first instance of the Kulve Taroth Siege will start on April 18 at 5pm PT / April 19 at 1am BST, along with our second free content update, and will be live only for a limited time. It will return at a later date, but details are very scarce at the moment, so assemble your Squad to take full advantage of this golden opportunity.
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Switch Version of Dark Souls: Remastered Delayed to Summer 2018
Apr 17, 2018 - 8:45 AM - by Evil Avatar

Dark Souls: Remastered for Nintendo Switch Postponed to Summer 2018

Bandai Namco Entertainment previously announced the release date of Dark Souls: Remastered for the 25th May on all platforms. The release date for the Nintendo Switch version has now been pushed back to this summer. Additionally, the Solaire of Astora amiibo has also been postponed with the same timeframe. The Nintendo Switch version of Dark Souls: Remastered allows players to play it anytime and anywhere.

Dark Souls: Remastered will be available 25th May, 2018 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
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Interview w/ BLIZZARD right before DIABLO 2 shipped - Nov 1999
Apr 17, 2018 - 7:26 AM - by Metal Jesus
Classic interview (Nov 1999) with Bill Roper of Blizzard right before Diablo 2 was being released. Hear stories about what Blizzard learned making Diablo 1, challenges of Battle.net, features cut and much more!

I loved hearing about the nuts and bolts of how they balanced the gameplay from Diablo 1 to Diablo 2... Fascinating stuff!
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Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 15th to April 21st, 2018 #GodofWar
Apr 16, 2018 - 11:46 AM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 15th to April 21st, 2018.

Retail Games
God of War (PS4)
Yakuza 6: The Song of Life (PS4)
Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbone)
Nintendo Labo Variety Kit (Switch)
Nintendo Labo Robot Kit (Switch)

Movies & TV
The Post
Deep Blue Sea 2
The Commuter
Honor Up
Camp Nowhere
Killjoys: Season Three
Maximilian & Marie de Bourgogn
Straight Talk
The Awful Truth Criterion Collection
Monster Hunter Stories: Ride On - Season One - Part Two
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Season Eleven
Haikyu!!: Season 2
The Color of Pomegranates Criterion Collection

Box Office
I Feel Pretty
Super Troopers 2
Ghost Stories

God of War comes out on Friday. Do you have your pre-order in?
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Bigger is Better on the Weekend Boxoffice Chart #Rampage
Apr 16, 2018 - 11:15 AM - by Evil Avatar

After a wobbly start, Dwayne Johnson muscled his way to a No. 1 opening for Rampage - but just barely. Close on its heels was the word-of-mouth sensation A Quiet Place in its second week in theaters, and not too far behind that was the Blumhouse horror Truth or Dare in a competitive weekend at the box office.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of April 13th to April 15th, 2018.
  1. Rampage $34.5/$34.5
  2. A Quiet Place $32.6/$99.6
  3. Truth or Dare $19.0/$19.0
  4. Ready Player One $11.2/$114.6
  5. Blockers $10.2/$36.9
  6. Black Panther $5.3/$673.7
  7. Isle Of Dogs $5.0/$18.4
  8. I Can Only Imagine $3.8/$74.9
  9. Tyler Perry's Acrimony $3.7/$37.8
  10. Chappaquiddick $3.0/$11.0
  11. The Miracle Season $2.1/$6.9
  12. Sherlock Gnomes $2.1/$36.9
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EA's Chief Designer Promises to Avoid Repeat of Battlefront 2's Loot Box Controversy
Apr 15, 2018 - 11:50 AM - by Emabulator

PC Gamer has the story.

EA's new chief design officer has vowed to "learn from" the mistakes the company made with loot boxes in Star Wars Battlefront 2, and has promised that it will "do better" in future games. Patrick Söderlund, who was head of worldwide studios at EA until an executive reshuffle this week, told The Verge that the controversy around the decision to box-ify everything in the game has "had an effect on EA as a company and an effect on us as management", and that it is determined to avoid similar mistakes in upcoming open-world shooter Anthem and the Battlefield series.

EA removed premium currency from Battlefront 2 ahead of release because of player anger over the progression system, which forced you to grind or pay extra for unlockable extras after you'd already shelled out $60 for the base game. Premium currency is due to return next week, but the new progression system is much better.

“We have taken significant steps as a company to review and understand the mechanics around monetization, loot boxes, and other things in our games before they go to market,” Söderlund said. “For games that come next, for Battlefield or for Anthem, [players have] made it very clear that we can’t afford to make similar mistakes. And we won’t.”
Read on.
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SteamSpy shutdown shows how reliant PC market is on single, uncommunicative, platform
Apr 15, 2018 - 9:58 AM - by Emabulator

MCV has the story.

"I don't know why they did it." said SteamSpy creator Sergey Galyonkin today, in an interview with Eurogamer, after Valve had changed default user settings to effectively kill the three-year old analytics tool.

SteamSpy was an essential tool for many in the industry, and those of us who report upon it. It provided data on the ownership of Steam titles that gave developers and publishers some idea of what games were big, what genres were growing, and a rough idea of how much a certain game might sell.

Without it, the biggest PC platform in the world goes largely dark, much like the console-specific digital stores and Amazon, in terms of the information that most in the industry can glean from it.

Valve is largely unresponsive these days, preferring to maintain near total silence, barring a few blog posts. The main blog post that accompanied the changes which effectively shut down SteamSpy made no specific reference to the key change in default privacy settings.

Galyonkin said that Steam didn't contact him beforehand: "Valve never informs anyone of any changes, so it's not surprising really. What they did was post it in their blog post, while rolling out their privacy changes. They made users' game libraries hidden by default and that's what makes SteamSpy operate. SteamSpy uses user libraries to understand what users have and then extrapolate data based on that. I don't know why they did it."

In fact, in three years Galyonkin has only received a single email from Valve about SteamSpy. Despite it being the most-widely quoted dataset in PC gaming market analysis.

He posited it might be a first move to come in line with upcoming GDPR restrictions, but then notes that seems unlikely as so much personal information is still available: "The user's real name, twitter handles and all this stuff. It's all exposed by default."
Read on.
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Shenmue I and II Coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC This Year
Apr 14, 2018 - 9:16 AM - by Emabulator

London, England – April 13, 2018 - SEGA® Europe Ltd. is proud to announce that the pioneering epic saga Shenmue™ I & II is to be re-released for a new generation. Get ready to go on a thrilling voyage across faithful recreations of Japan and Hong Kong, China, in a timeless tale of revenge and mystery when Shenmue I & II launches both physically and digitally on PlayStation® 4 and Xbox® One with a PC release on Steam in 2018.

Since their original release, Shenmue I & II have established a passionate following and are revered as one of gaming's greatest series of all time. These revolutionary masterpieces deliver a gripping story of retribution as Ryo Hazuki sets out to avenge his father's death and attempts to unravel the secrets behind a mysterious artefact known as the Dragon Mirror.

Shenmue I & II comes complete with the original feature set that defined modern gaming, including enthralling jujitsu combat, investigative sleuthing, and RPG elements in addition to memorable mini-games. Shenmue I & II is set within engrossing real-time open worlds that feel truly alive thanks to day-to-night cycles and weather changes, with a population of civilians who follow their own schedules.

This is the definitive version of these all-time classics and will be the best Shenmue experience to date. The re-release will stay true to the originals with modernised features including fully scalable screen resolution, choice of modern or classic control schemes, PC graphics options, an updated user interface and the option to enjoy either the original Japanese or English voiceovers.

The physical and digital editions will be available to pre-order from first party stores, Steam and US and EMEA retailers soon. For all the latest information on Shenmue I & II, head over to: https://shenmue.sega.com/
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to? #GeorgeThorogood
Apr 13, 2018 - 1:09 PM - by Emabulator

I have been supplementing my usual doses of metal with some good old rock and roll by George Thorogood And The Destroyers.

What have you been listening to?
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Arma 3 Tanks DLC is Out Now
Apr 13, 2018 - 12:49 PM - by Emabulator

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Celebrated with a new launch trailer, Bohemia Interactive today released Arma 3 Tanks DLC - a new downloadable content pack for the PC-exclusive tactical military shooter game Arma 3. Tanks DLC features 3 new armored vehicles (which come in multiple variants with various liveries), as well as a singleplayer mini-campaign and a showcase scenario starring the new vehicles.

Aside from the new premium content, the package is also accompanied by a major platform update. This update is free for everyone who owns Arma 3. It significantly enhances the experience of operating an armored vehicle, introduces new targeting features, and adds free new bonus content such as a competitive multiplayer mode, time trial races, new anti-tank weapons, additional vehicle variants, decorative objects, and more.

Key Features
  • T-140 Angara Main Battle Tank
  • Nyx Armored Weapons Carrier
  • Rhino Mobile Gun System
  • "Altis Requiem" Mini-Campaign
  • Showcase "Tank Destroyers"
Free Platform Update Highlights
  • Enhanced Armored Vehicle Experience (applies to ALL armored vehicles in Arma 3)
    • 3D Interiors
    • Improved Handling
    • Extended Damage Model
    • Vehicle Customization
    • Upgraded Audio
  • Fire-Control System
  • New Missile Flight Profiles
  • "Vanguard" Multiplayer Mode
  • 3 Time Trial Challenges
  • 2 Anti-Tank Launchers
  • Additional (Anti-Tank) Vehicle Variants
  • Decorative Objects
  • Official Soundtrack
  • Steam Achievements
Arma 3 Tanks DLC is now available for purchase on the Bohemia Store and Steam at € 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99. It is also included in Arma 3's DLC Bundle 2, which is available on the Bohemia Store and Steam at € 22.99 / $ 24.99 / £ 19.99, and saves more than 25% over purchasing Arma 3 Jets, Laws of War, Tac-Ops Mission Pack, and Tanks DLC separately.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Apr 13, 2018 - 12:23 PM - by Jetherik

Snow in some parts of the country, 78 and sunny in Phoenix. Good gaming weather no matter where you are at. What are you playing this weekend?
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Gamer's Shopping Guide - April 13-19: #PS4 #Nintendo #XboxOne #Nvidia #GodOfWar
Apr 13, 2018 - 11:59 AM - by Emabulator

PC GamesPC Gaming HardwarePlayStation 4Xbox OneNintendoTV and Video
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Incredibles 2 Official Trailer #Incredibles2
Apr 13, 2018 - 9:52 AM - by Evil Avatar

Watch the brand new trailer for Disney/Pixar's Incredibles 2, coming to theatres in 3D June 15!
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God of War Reviews
Apr 12, 2018 - 9:54 AM - by Evil Avatar

The embargo is over and the Sony bought and paid for reviews are starting to flood the market! Caveat Emptor!

GameSpot -- 9/10
"In many ways God of War is what the series has always been. It's a spectacular action game with epic set pieces, big-budget production values, and hard-hitting combat that grows more feverish and impressive as you progress. What may surprise you is how mature its storytelling has become. Like Kratos, God of War recalls the past while acknowledging the need to improve. Everything new it does is for the better, and everything it holds onto benefits as a result. Kratos is no longer a predictable brute. God of War is no longer an old-fashioned action series. With this reboot, it confidently walks a new path that will hopefully lead to more exciting adventures to come."
IGN -- 10/10
"I expected great action from God of War, and it delivers that handily. But I didn't expect it to be a thrilling journey in which every aspect of it complements the others to form what is nothing short of a masterpiece. It’s a game in which Kratos, a previously one-note character, becomes a complex father, warrior, and monster, embattled both on the field and within his own heart about how to treat his son; one in which the world opens up and shifts, offering rewards in both gameplay and knowledge of its lore that I treasured with each accomplishment. The obvious care that went into crafting its world, characters, and gameplay delivers by far the most stirring and memorable game in the series."
Game Informer -- 9.75/10
"Years ago, Kratos killed the deities of Mount Olympus in a gory rampage. Now, in the Norse realm, he has remade himself into a different kind of god. He is quieter and more deliberate, affected by his history but not constrained by it. Kratos' reinvention serves as a narrative hook, but it also parallels the series’ evolution as a whole; where God of War once relied on bombast and bloodlust, now it leaves space for strategy and nuance. It still has superb action and plenty of jaw-dropping moments, but it supports them with a new level of depth and maturity. God of War learns from its past while clearing an exciting path for the future, and emerges as one of the best games of this generation."
God of War Review thread on Reddit

Looking at Reddit's review thread, what I took away was that these are all basically "sponsored" reviews, bigger sites that got free copies of the game well in advance, which means you know the score was kinda "purchased" with perks and goodies, but also I just was kinda sad at how few good gaming news sites there are left. A few big commercial sites and a lot of bad indies and not much else.
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Battletech Story Trailer
Apr 11, 2018 - 12:41 PM - by Emabulator

STOCKHOLM - April 11, 2018 - Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes today released the final installment in their BATTLETECH Basics video series, exploring the games story of noble politics and betrayal among the stars. The first turn-based tactical ‘Mech PC game in over 20 years, BATTLETECH will be available on April 24, 2018.

“BATTLETECH is Game of Thrones meets Pacific Rim in space,” said Mitch Gitelman, studio manager at Harebrained Schemes. “[Kamea] hires you to do the types of jobs that her standing army can’t do.”

“That is within the context of your larger campaign, of reputation building and working for all the different houses… It’s a wonderful way to get a true, classic BATTLETECH story,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes and creator the MechWarrior and BATTLETECH universe. “This really opens it up for the player to extend their own story of their mercenary unit, in whichever direction they want to go.”

Developed by Harebrained Schemes, the studio responsible for the critically acclaimed Shadowrun Returns series, BATTLETECH is the next generation of turn-based tactical ‘Mech combat. In BATTLETECH, you play as the commander of a mercenary company on the edges of civilized space, negotiating and executing a variety of combat contracts while attempting to keep your ‘Mechwarriors happy and your operations prosperous. The game’s story features the player falling in with the deposed ruler of a noble house and, fighting for either coin or cause, becoming a player in her bid to retake her throne. BATTLETECH will be available for PC and Mac, at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Linux will be added post-launch.

“It’s knights and nobility, except instead of knights, it’s giant war machines,” said Mike McCain, game director of BATTLETECH.
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Worlds Adrift Launches May 17 on Steam Early Access
Apr 11, 2018 - 9:32 AM - by Evil Avatar

Worlds Adrift sails onto Steam Early Access 17th May, 2018

Bossa Studios today announced that its much anticipated Community-Crafted MMO, ‘Worlds Adrift’ will launch publicly on Steam Early Access for the first time on 17th May, 2018. Worlds Adrift will be available worldwide for PC on the Steam Store for £19.49 / $24.99 / €22.99.

As part of a presentation at London Games Festival today, where the singer, Freja Frances, performed live with Worlds Adrift’s OST composer Murugan Thiruchelvam, backed by a string quartet, Bossa Studios have exclusively unveiled a new trailer revealing the Early Access launch date.

“When we went into Closed Beta in May last year, we couldn’t have envisioned the sheer amount of quality feedback we would receive from our inspiring community,” commented Henrique Olifiers, CEO and co-founder of Bossa Studios. “At times, this completely shifted our production’s scope, and as a result, helped us truly hone Worlds Adrift’s vision, and has got it to this unique place. We now feel ready to take the game to a much wider audience, and work even more closely with the players to ensure we continue to learn and improve it. This is another reason why we label Worlds Adrift as the first Community-Crafted MMO.”

To find out more about the game, to sign up to our newsletter, and to see our Early Access Roadmap visit worldsadrift.com.
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Overkill's The Walking Dead Maya Cinematic Trailer
Apr 11, 2018 - 8:54 AM - by Evil Avatar

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New Ransomware Forces You to Play PUBG
Apr 11, 2018 - 6:33 AM - by Chimpbot

As most of us know by now, "Ransomware" is one of the newer trends in malicious software. Instead of damaging system files and destroying data, they lock systems down as a means of extorting money out of people or businesses. One outbreak from last year proved to be especially damaging to hospitals in the UK. This latest attack, however, isn't all that nefarious. They don't want money. They just want folks to play some Playerunknown's Battlegrounds for an hour. While the ransomware appears to be a joke, it is very real; it was discovered by Malware Hunter Team.

It has been confirmed that the malware does, in fact, lockdown an infected computer's files, but it's fairly easy to get around. It only encrypts users' desktop files (by appending the .PUBG extension to them) and once it finishes, it displays a screen providing two methods to decrypt your files. The screen states:

PUBG Ransomware
Your files, images, musics, documents are Encrypted!

Your files is encrypted by PUBG Ransomware!
but don't worry! It is not hard to unlock it.
I don't want money!
Just play PUBG 1Hours!

Or Restore is [ s2acxx56a2sae5fjh5k2gb5s2e ]
You can either enter the provided restore code or launch PUBG; fortunately, everything unlocked after only a few minutes (if not seconds) of playing PUBG, not the stated hour. Right now, it seems like it's just a joke...but, it's also unknown whether or not there is anything significantly more malicious buried within it that could rear it's ugly head later on down the road.

Source: Bleeping Computer
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Colossal Giants Await in 'Extinction' for PS4, Xbox One and PC
Apr 10, 2018 - 2:07 PM - by Emabulator

Iron Galaxy and Modus Games have announced the release of Extinction for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. (April 10, 2018) — Humanity must survive! Save the population from colossal giants in the new action adventure game, Extinction, available today from Iron Galaxy and Modus Games.

Play as Avil, one of the last remaining Sentinels and the only warrior equipped with the skills to take down the fearsome Ravenii. These 150-foot-tall bloodthirsty monsters were previously only spoken of in fables, but today they return with a vengeance.

“When we first brainstormed the idea behind Extinction, we thought wouldn’t it be cool to scale these giant monsters and use actual, real-time combat skills to cut them down,” said Derek Neal, Executive Producer at Modus Games. “With the help of the amazing team at Iron Galaxy, we’re so excited to finally have players put those skills to test.”

“From the very beginning, Extinction was a game about two things: strategy and combat,” said Kraig Kujawa, Game Director at Iron Galaxy. “Every situation you encounter is going to force you to think strategically - do I battle my way through a horde of minions to save this group of civilians or do I scale up this tower to jump on the back of the ogre who’s destroying the city?”

Featuring a single-player campaign with dynamic side missions, players will be able to master ultra-flexible melee combat and gravity-defying traversal mechanics throughout the world of Dolorum.

Other features include:
  • Skill-Based Combat. Travel horizontally and vertically, perform wall runs, and use your whip as a vault to execute devastating air assaults. Master dynamic combat maneuvers to effectively traverse the giant beasts and expose their weak points, progressing along different skill trees to develop a path best suited to your playstyle.
  • Interactive Environment. Move freely around a fully destructible environment, and use objects throughout the world to your strategic advantage.
  • Innumerable Battle Scenarios. Every battlefield is different from the last, ensuring a unique combat situation each time you play.
  • Skirmish Mode. Create unique battlegrounds and challenge players online to compete for the top score.
  • Extinction Mode. Fight off a continuous horde of assailants as wave after wave of ogres and their minions attack without relent.
Extinction launches today on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Windows PC, digitally and in stores. Its first DLC titled “Jackal Invasion” drops in May and is available to purchase separately or as part of the “Days of Dolorum” Season Pass.
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Call of Duty: WWII ‘The War Machine’ DLC Pack Rolls out Today on PS4
Apr 10, 2018 - 1:39 PM - by Emabulator

Activision sends along a press release announcing the release of the Call of Duty: WWII The War Machine DLC pack for PlayStation 4.

SANTA MONICA, Calif. – April 10, 2018 – Starting today, players can join the war effort to combat the large-scale escalation of Axis power as Call of Duty®: WWII – The War Machine is available now, first on PlayStation®4. Packed with new multiplayer content, The War Machine DLC offering is the second expansion pack for Call of Duty: WWII, the No. 1 top-selling console video game of 2017 in North America. With today’s release, players can further the battle as they globetrot across Egypt, France, Germany, and Sicily on three new Multiplayer maps, take on an all-new War Mode multiplayer mission, and survive the undead in the newest Nazi Zombies saga chapter, The Shadowed Throne.
Egypt – Call of Duty: WWII heads to North Africa for the first time in this all-new Multiplayer map. Fight in and around the ancient pyramids at Giza, and battle for an interior temple flanked by tight tunnels adorned with ancient calligraphy. Every playstyle can succeed in this varied and dynamic new map.

Dunkirk – Face off on the beach and boardwalk of the French seaside city of Dunkirk. This map features a large, open and dangerous beach area flanked by tight building interiors. Sniping can be effective here, though aggressive running and gunning can also pay off, making every engagement unique in this historic battleground.

V-2 – This small, fast-paced map set in a rocket development and test site located in rural Germany features a launch tower in the center that provides a focal point and an opportunity to grab an elevated sightline on unsuspecting opponents. Explosive action is guaranteed here, in more ways than one.

Operation Husky – Join the Allies in the invasion of Sicily, one of the major blows against the Axis War Machine. Under the cover of darkness, gather and transmit intel on sensitive enemy ports and then – for the first time in Call of Duty: WWII Multiplayer – take to the skies in a fighter plane to protect bomber squadrons on their way to destroy the targets.
The War Machine DLC pack also features the co-operative Nazi Zombies saga update, The Shadowed Throne. Following Doktor Straub’s trail after narrowly escaping the zombie-infested island, the crew travels to a destroyed Berlin, Germany. Doktor Straub’s monstrous army is hellbent on purging his city of the Allied invaders. Players will join Marie, Drostan, Olivia, and Jefferson on their descent into madness in a city warped with terror, blood and war, as Nazi Zombies step out from the shadows of history.

Call of Duty: WWII - The War Machine DLC pack is available now, first on PlayStation®4 for a suggested retail price of $14.99. The War Machine DLC Pack is also included in Call of Duty: WWII DLC Season Pass*, featuring all four DLC Packs planned for the year, as part of the discounted bundle offered at a suggested retail price of $49.99 - a discount of $10 off the individual purchase of all four DLC Map Packs (discount based on four individual DLC Map Packs at a suggested retail price of $15 each). Season Pass content is available first on PlayStation®4
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Shark Week starts early in The Meg Trailer
Apr 10, 2018 - 9:18 AM - by Evil Avatar

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Jason Statham (“Spy,” “Furious 7,” “The Expendables” films) and award-winning Chinese actress Li Bingbing (“Transformers: Age of Extinction,” “Forbidden Kingdom,” “The Message”) star in the science fiction action thriller “The Meg,” directed by Jon Turteltaub (the “National Treasure” movies, “Last Vegas”).

In the film, a deep-sea submersible—part of an international undersea observation program—has been attacked by a massive creature, previously thought to be extinct, and now lies disabled at the bottom of the deepest trench in the Pacific…with its crew trapped inside. With time running out, expert deep sea rescue diver Jonas Taylor (Jason Statham) is recruited by a visionary Chinese oceanographer (Winston Chao), against the wishes of his daughter Suyin (Li Bingbing), to save the crew—and the ocean itself—from this unstoppable threat: a pre-historic 75-foot-long shark known as the Megalodon. What no one could have imagined is that, years before, Taylor had encountered this same terrifying creature. Now, teamed with Suyin, he must confront his fears and risk his own life to save everyone trapped below…bringing him face to face once more with the greatest and largest predator of all time.
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Action RPG Moonlighter Launches for PS4, Xbox One and PC on May 29th
Apr 10, 2018 - 8:59 AM - by Evil Avatar

Action-RPG Moonlighter Launches to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on 29th of May, 2018!

Moonlighter is an Action RPG with rogue-lite elements following the everyday routines of Will, an adventurous shopkeeper that dreams of becoming a hero. Game launches to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 on May 29th, 2018 for $19.99 USD in digital and equivalent in other currencies!

Nintendo Switch version is coming in the future as well!

Heading towards Xbox One, PC and PlayStation 4, Moonlighter will be available in digital stores — Windows Store, Xbox Store, PlayStation Store, Steam, GOG and other major platforms — as well as in retail with both standard edition and limited Signature Edition. Containing a double-sided Medallion from the game, the Signature Edition also includes a glossy artwork poster and a squishy Jelly-Monster that you can repeatedly squeeze all while thinking about how to economically outsmart other merchants in the village of Rynoka.

Moonlighter is developed by Digital Sun Games and published by 11 bit studios.
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Masters of Anima - Launch Trailer
Apr 10, 2018 - 8:44 AM - by Evil Avatar

Masters of Anima is available today! Watch its launch trailer! Download the game now on PlayStation®4.

The world is in peril and only you can save it in Masters of Anima! The new indie gem from Passtech Games, the makers of Space Run, is available today on PlayStation®4! Follow Otto in his quest against the forces of evil in strategic, action-packed battles, where your ability to make tactical decisions quickly is vital. Summon and control large armies of up to 100 Guardians, who obey your commands with intuitive and innovative gameplay made from the ground up for controller play, as well as keyboard and mouse!

You play as Otto, an apprentice of Anima, able to wield incredible powers that are the source of all life in the world of Spark. You covet the rank of Master so you can finally marry your fiancée Ana - who is now a captive of the terrible Zahr and his fearsome Golems!

Use the powers of Anima to summon an army of magical Guardians in your quest to defeat Zahr's dreaded Golems. Learn to control new types of Guardians on your adventure, each with their own unique talents and abilities useful to explore the vast world of Spark and reveal its secrets, as well as to take down the formidable bosses that stand in your way. As your victories rack up, acquire new powers and abilities for both yourself and your Guardians, ultimately becoming a true Master of Anima.

Save the world with nothing but your brains – and an army at your back. Masters of Anima is available for download on PlayStation®4 now!
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Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 8th to April 14th, 2018
Apr 09, 2018 - 11:56 AM - by Evil Avatar

Game & Movie Releases for the week of April 8th to April 14th, 2018.

Retail Games
Extinction (PS4, Xbone)
R.B.I. Baseball 18 (PS4)

Movies & TV
The Greatest Showman
Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay
Outlander: Season 3
Cheech and Chong: Up in Smoke 40th Anniversary
Molly's Game
Proud Mary
Phantom Thread
All the Money in the World
Gone Are the Days
Along With the Gods: The Two Worlds
Vice Principals: The Complete Series
Condorito: The Movie
Super Lovers: Season Two
Garo: Red Requiem
Full Moon High
Crucible of Horror
The Psychopath
Red Rings of Fear
Ajin: Demi-Human: Season 2
Puzzle and Dragons X: Part Two

Box Office
Truth or Dare
The Rider
Borg vs McEnroe
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A Quiet Place Makes Box Office Noise #AQuietPlace
Apr 09, 2018 - 11:25 AM - by Evil Avatar

John Krasinski's A Quiet Place made a thunderous debut at the box office, opening with $50 million in ticket sales and rumbling to the year's second-best weekend after Black Panther.

Here is the Weekend Boxoffice Chart for the weekend of April 6th to April 8th, 2018.
  1. A Quiet Place $50.0/$50.0
  2. Ready Player One $25.0/$96.9
  3. Blockers $21.4/$21.4
  4. Black Panther $8.4/$665.3
  5. I Can Only Imagine $8.3/$69.0
  6. Tyler Perry's Acrimony $8.0/$31.3
  7. Chappaquiddick $6.2/$6.2
  8. Sherlock Gnomes $5.6/$33.8
  9. Pacific Rim Uprising $4.9/$54.9
  10. Isle Of Dogs $4.6/$12.0
  11. The Miracle Season $4.1/$4.1
  12. A Wrinkle in Time $3.1/$90.1

Interesting to note that despite a strong opening weekend, Ready Player One may actually lose money for the studio because of the $175 million budget and a huge marketing push.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Trailer
Apr 09, 2018 - 7:52 AM - by Emabulator

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LawBreakers Dev Launches New Battle Royale Game, Radical Heights
Apr 09, 2018 - 7:38 AM - by Emabulator

From the Cliff Bleszinski files. GameSpot has the story.

Boss Key Productions, the studio founded by Gears of War creator Cliff Bleszinski and developer of LawBreakers, has revealed Radical Heights, a "free *X-TREME Early Access* battle royale shooter," which will be available on Steam Early Access on April 10.

Like most battle royale games, Radical Heights tasks contestants with surviving against other players, but adds its own twist on the formula by inviting players to use vehicles to give themselves the advantage. On top of that, you can collect cash and deposit it in the bank, to use later on regardless of whether you win or lose the match.

"Partake in high-stakes battle royale gunplay in a sunny SoCal dome as contestants drive-by on BMX bikes or stalk other contestants from the shadows in search for weapons and prizes," reads the game's Steam page. "But also cash that you can bank--win or lose! Whether you spend that cash on righteous customization in your personal prize room or pull it from an ATM to purchase weapons early in the next game--building a wealth of cash is as important as taking down the competition in this irreverent 80s-themed action game show where everyone wants to be rich and famous."

According to Boss Key, it has "some really unique twists we want to put in the Battle Royale genre," so launching in Early Access is its way to "share those high level ideas with our community quickly." The studio plans to have Radical Heights in Early Access "for about a year."
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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds files lawsuit against mobile clones
Apr 09, 2018 - 7:16 AM - by Emabulator

PUBG Corp invented the frying pan, or something like that. Eurogamer has the story.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds developer PUBG Corp has filed a lawsuit against publisher NetEase, accusing the company of copyright infringement, trade dress infringement and unfair business competition in regard to two of its mobile titles - Rules of Survival and Knives Out.

The claims are made in a 155-page court document, obtained by Torrent Freak, which argues that NetEase deliberately copied Battlegrounds' gameplay and aesthetic.

This, says PUBG Corp, was done in order to mislead consumers, making them believe that Rules of Survival and Knives Out are officially affiliated with Battlegrounds, and to profit from the deception by releasing both games into the marketplace "at or below cost for the purpose of gaining market share" before Battlegrounds was launched on mobile.

In its suit, PUBG Corp highlights numerous "substantially similar elements" found in Rules of Survival and Knives Out that it believes infringe on its Battlegrounds' copyright. The list is extensive, but includes Battlegrounds' pre-game lobby and waiting area, its opening air jump system, the shrinking play space, bombardment zones, its "down but not out" mechanic, and, more generally, its "total look and feel" and "overall gameplay".

The lawsuit also lists, with ample pictorial examples, specific aesthetic elements found in NetEase's titles that, it says, are intentionally designed to further confuse consumers into believing that Rules of Survival and Knives Out are official Battlegrounds products.

These include the use of certain environments, buildings, and landscapes seen in Battlegrounds (the suit specifically highlights the shooting range, rural aqueduct, port, and farm, among other locations) as well as vehicles, clothing, and weapons.

In the latter case, the court document draws considerable attention to the inclusion of a frying pan in NetEase's games, making the claim that, prior to Battlegrounds, "shooter games did not include the use of a frying pan". It also makes a similar argument regarding Battlegrounds' "Winner Winner Chicken Dinner" victory phrase which either features directly in NetEase's titles, or is invoked within their marketing material. This phrase, argues PUBG Corp, "has become nearly synonymous with Battlegrounds to gamers".
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Square Enix Explains Dragon Quest XI Switch Delay And 3DS No-Show
Apr 08, 2018 - 9:21 AM - by Emabulator

Game Informer has the story.

Last week, Square Enix announced that Dragon Quest XI, the latest in the 30 year-old RPG series, would be coming to the west in September on PlayStation 4 and Steam. The company said the Switch version of the game would come "much later" and the 3DS version would not be coming to the west at all alongside these and we got the opportunity to ask them why.

In a conversation with Dragon Quest XI producer Hokuto Okamoto at PAX East, he explained that Switch compatibility with the Unreal Engine 4 engine had yet to reach a point where they could start porting the game when they first made the announcement.

"As we were working on Dragon Quest XI on Unreal Engine 4, we were also wanting to work on the Switch version, as well," Okamoto said. "Unfortunately, the engine was not compatible at first, though Nintendo and Epic were working on it together. When the engine revision released making porting to the Switch possible, we started working out our plans for the release."

The Switch version was announced in 2015 alongside the game's reveal, back when the Switch was still called by its code name NX. Little was said about it beyond that it was coming and Square Enix has long insisted it was still in the works despite never showing it.

When we asked Okamoto if the team knew it would be a problem when they first announced the NX version, he went into a bit more detail. "We first announced the game before the Switch was even named the Switch, because we wanted fans to know we were working on that version. As the console started to come into focus, we found out that the engine and the console did not work together yet. Throughout development of the game, we worked with Epic and Nintendo to make progress to get the game on the Switch."

The Switch is not the only Nintendo system missing from Dragon Quest XI's western release plans this year. In Japan, a separate 3DS version was released with the same scenario, gameplay, and script, but an option for 3D or classic 2D sprite-based graphics. Square Enix currently has no plans to bring this version to the west.
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Some People Want Fortnite Banned For "Brainwashing" Loved Ones
Apr 07, 2018 - 5:11 AM - by Emabulator

GameSpot has the story.

Frustrated with how engrossed their loved ones have become with Fortnite, hundreds of people have signed a petition simply titled, "Get rid of Fortnite." Its mission is to ban the game so that significant others' free time can be reclaimed.

As reported by the Washington Post (which, it should be said, is itself evident of Fortnite's popularity), the Change.org petition has accumulated about 730 signatures at the time of this writing. Most express frustration that their loved ones are neglecting them in favor of the game; as Chloe DePalma wrote, "It's taking over our boyfriends lives and brainwashing them."

This petition is obviously meant in jest; Fortnite will in no way be banned, and it's likely that the majority of petitioners know that. But it's a testament to the Fortnite phenomenon that this petition has resonated with many people across social media. As for the anonymous creator of the petition, they updated the change.org site with an explanation that it was started as a joke--and, recently, they've begun playing Fortnite and actually enjoy it.
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Weekend Headbanger - What are you listening to?
Apr 06, 2018 - 6:53 PM - by BeardedSonOfNel

After a long work week it's time to sit back, relax, and headbang!
It's the weekend headbanger, what are you listening to?
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First Trailer for Little Dragons Café Now Available
Apr 06, 2018 - 9:31 AM - by Evil Avatar

From renowned game designer Yasuhiro Wada (Bokujo Monogatari, or Harvest Moon and Story of Seasons outside of Japan) comes his latest creation, Little Dragons Café.

The story opens with a twin brother and sister learning to cook and manage a small café under their mother's tutelage. All was peaceful and routine until one morning when the twins discover that their mother has fallen into a deep sleep and won't wake up. Suddenly, a strange old man appears to inform them that they must raise a dragon in order to save her. Working together with three quirky café employees, the two siblings must ­gure out how to a wrangle a dragon and manage the family business while ­finding a way to save their mother.

Check out littledragonscafe.com for more info!
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State of Decay 2 PAX East 2018 Gameplay Video
Apr 06, 2018 - 9:15 AM - by Evil Avatar

The official State of Decay 2 trailer playing at the 2018 PAX-E booth, April 4-8 in Boston!

Explore character selection, base building, combat, environments, and more in this in-depth gameplay trailer.

State of Decay 2 launches May 22 with early access on May 18 for those who've purchased the Ultimate Edition.
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Weekend Gamer: What are you playing?
Apr 06, 2018 - 8:49 AM - by Jetherik

With the weather warming up, and no outside work to do, I think it calls for a whole weekend of gaming. What are you playing?
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As LawBreakers Struggles Continue, Dev Addresses Its Future
Apr 05, 2018 - 3:13 PM - by Emabulator

From the Cliff Bleszinski files. GameSpot has the story.

In a message on its official website, Boss Key admitted that it hasn't spoken about the game in some time, describing the last four months as "especially trying, as we pride ourselves at being communicative and transparent."

"So here is the very real truth, which may not come as a surprise," it said. "The fact is LawBreakers failed to find enough of an audience to generate the funds necessary to keep it sustained in the manner we had originally planned for and anticipated. And while a pivot to free-to-play may seem like [the] easiest change to make, a change of this magnitude takes publishing planning and resources to do it."

While this sounds like the preface for Boss Key announcing that it is ending support for the game, the studio says it's "determined to give this game the second life it deserves." Due to the need to keep the company afloat, though, this won't be its sole focus moving forward.

"[B]etween now and then, we cannot sit idle," the message said. "We will continue to support the game in its current state, but we also need to focus on other projects with fresh creative leaders. We have been working on something new and we can't wait to share more about it! It's a passion project that we're in complete control of.

LawBreakers is an arena shooter in the mold of something like Unreal Tournament or Quake but with a class-based system. It was the first game released by Boss Key, the studio founded by Cliff Bleszinski, the ex-Epic Games developer best known for his work on Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. The game debuted on PC and PS4 last August and immediately struggled to grab much of audience, with its playerbase quickly dwindling. Bleszinski has spoken out on his desire to save the game, though fellow co-founder Arjan Brussee left the studio to return to Epic.
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Overwatch's next PvE mission is a Blackwatch strike in Italy #Overwatch
Apr 05, 2018 - 10:00 AM - by Evil Avatar

Last year, the Overwatch Uprising event delved into Overwatch's history by giving players a chance to experience Tracer's first mission: the King's Row Uprising. This year, the event—now officially named Overwatch Archives—returns with a new PvE mission: Retribution.

Retribution is a Blackwatch mission involving Reaper, Genji, McCree, and Moira that takes place approximately one year before Uprising. The mission takes place in Venice, Italy on a map called Rialto, with the Blackwatch team fighting against the forces of Talon. Following the Retribution event, Rialto will also be introduced as a PvP map, though it will first make its way to the PTR for some testing.

Like last year's Uprising event, Retribution will be playable in story mode with the four main heroes, as well as in all-heroes mode, letting you play through it with any sort of crazy team composition you can think of. In addition, Retribution will feature specially designed menus and leaderboards that make stat-tracking through the event much better.

The Retribution event runs from April 10 to 30, and will bring back last year's Uprising cosmetics as well as a pile of brand new legendary skins.
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Vampyr Story Trailer
Apr 05, 2018 - 9:32 AM - by Evil Avatar

Fear the Reaper and dive into a strange new world in Vampyr's Story Trailer

Vampyr, the upcoming action-RPG from Dontnod Entertainment, will release June 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. The game's wider narrative arcs are unveiled today in a captivating Story Trailer, brought together with an eerie cover of (Don’t Fear) the Reaper. Returning from the frontlines to a London devastated by war and disease, Dr. Jonathan Reid awakens to a once-hidden world of ungodly creatures, secret societies and vampire hunts.

In Vampyr, you play as Jonathan Reid, a doctor in 1918 London newly-turned into a vampire following his return from the Great War. His convictions blown away, Reid discovers the existence of a dark new world where supernatural creatures and secret societies live together in the shadows... and he is now part of this world.

As a newborn vampire shattered by an irrepressible thirst of blood and thrust into a strange new world, Reid attempts to interpret the supernatural in the best way he knows how: rational thinking. However, between ancient societies, mysterious murders and an imminent large-scale vampire hunt, his scientific assurances are challenged like never before. Driven by a personal desire to learn who caused his transformation and why, Jonathan Reid continues working to find a cure to the devastating disease that decimates its citizens.

But doing so, he must confront his nature as a blood-drinker and the terrible temptation to feed on those he swore to protect…

Vampyr releases June 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. Preorders are now available at vampyr-game.com.
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Gamer's Shopping Guide - April 5-11: #PS4 #Nintendo #XboxOne #Nvidia #GodOfWar
Apr 05, 2018 - 9:24 AM - by Emabulator

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Firewatch Coming to Switch This Spring
Apr 05, 2018 - 9:09 AM - by Evil Avatar

Relive the summer of 1989, in 2018 - Firewatch is coming to your Nintendo Switch

The year is 1989 and you've just taken a job deep in the Wyoming wilderness.

Alone for the summer with nothing to do but spot fires, your supervisor Delilah is always just a call away on your radio—and as you're pulled out of the tower into the dense forest below, she's your only contact with the world you've left behind.

Firewatch is an award-winning first-person narrative adventure available soon for your Nintendo Switch.

Imagine: The sounds of a babbling brook, a cool mountain breeze blowing through the timber. And in your hands, your trusty Nintendo Switch.

This Spring, take your Nintendo Switch on an outdoor adventure and experience the gripping mystery beloved by gamers and critics alike.

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Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery Launching Globally on April 25
Apr 05, 2018 - 9:06 AM - by Evil Avatar

Dame Maggie Smith and Other Harry Potter Film Actors Join Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mysterye

Who: Jam City, a Los Angeles based mobile games studio, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

What: Actors from the Harry Potter films will provide voiceover work for Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. A full list of actors providing voice work for the game include:

• Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall)
• Michael Gambon (Professor Dumbledore)
• Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick)
• Sally Mortemore (Madam Irma Pince)
• Gemma Jones (Madam Pomfrey)
• Zoe Wanamaker (Madam Hooch)

Global launch date for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery confirmed to be Wednesday, April 25th on iOS and Android.

Quote: “If I could attend Hogwarts as a student, I would be most excited to attend the potions class taught by Severus because it is the most exotic,” said Dame Maggie Smith, voice of Professor McGonagall.

"Our goal with Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is to make players really feel for the first time like they’re attending Hogwarts,” said Chris DeWolfe, co-founder and CEO of Jam City. “By including these iconic and incredibly talented actors in the game, we come one step closer to truly giving fans their own Hogwarts experience.”

Background: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is the first mobile game where players can create their own character and experience life as a Hogwarts student. In the narrative adventure with RPG elements, players will create a personalized student avatar, attend classes, learn magical skills, and form friendships or rivalries with other students. In the game, players make pivotal decisions that influence their character’s story arc at Hogwarts. The game features a new encounter system where player decisions and actions impact their quests, allowing Harry Potter fans to create their own legacy as a witch or wizard.

For more details on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery and to connect with other fans, visit facebook.com/HPHogwartsMystery, twitter.com/HogwartsMystery, and for more information visit HarryPotterHogwartsMystery.com.
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