World War Z: Aftermath Review
With the Aftermath expansion, World War Z is a much different game than when it debuted in 2019, and overwhelmingly for the better. With more episodes to rampage through, a greater selection of playable classes, and dozens of major quality-of-life improvements (like zombies no longer being able to pull you off ledges and devour you in the most unfair manner imaginable, for example), there’s a lot to love about it these days. Aftermath is the next major step for this sleeper hit and one that mostly succeeds at moving the zombie-filled shooter in the right direction. That said, with ongoing online issues, forgettable stories, and some gameplay growing pains, it still has plenty of room to grow.One of the more noteworthy things Aftermath adds is two excellent new campaigns that take you to reclaim Vatican City in Rome and to the utterly dismal wastes of Kamchatka, Russia. As with previous episodes, these episodes are challenging, heart-pounding nightmare scenarios that pit you and up to three co-op buddies against literally thousands of zombies while setting traps, managing resources like med kits and grenades, and trying desperately not to blow yourself up by firing a rocket launcher at point-blank range.What We Said About World War ZThe best way to experience World War Z is to fire up your microphone and find yourself a four-person crew to play through its brief but fun campaign. It’s rare to see it go beyond the roots of its very clear inspiration, and there’s not a whole lot of variety when it comes to the missions, the special zombies, or the weapons, but what is there works and is enough to fill the Left 4 Dead-shaped hole in all our hearts, for a little while at least. – Michael Koczwara, April 25, 2019Score: 7.4Read the full World War Z reviewRome is the more by-the-numbers of the two: it takes a well-known destination, gives it whatever the opposite of a facelift is, then lets you and your friends blast your way through it for a laugh. Aside from the new sights, sounds, and giant flaming pits filled with zombies, there isn’t much to distinguish Italy from other destinations. It’s still good ol’ fashioned face-smashing fun with a few highlights, like when you have to guide and refuel a van through the streets of Rome while under constant undead assault. Nothing really stuck with me very long after I…
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Death Stranding Director's Cut Video Review
While the new features and missions are nice, the world around us has made Death Stranding better.
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Aquaman 2: Next DC Film Casts New Villains
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is making more waves with its cast. Warner Bros. has tapped Jani Zhao, Indya Moore, and Vincent Regan to star alongside Jason Momoa in the DC sequel, per The Hollywood Reporter.Additionally, Randall Park has been confirmed to reprise his role as marine biologist Dr. Stephen Shin from the first film.Zhao will play Stingray, an original character created for the movie. It is currently unclear where her allegiances will lie in the film. Zhao has an expansive catalog of TV credits in Portugal. The new Aquaman will mark her English-language feature debut. Moore will portray Karshon, a character that originally appeared as a Green Lantern villain. Originally a shark, Karshon gained an intelligence and telepathic abilities after getting mixed up with some radiation. Moore was a main cast member on the FX series Pose. They also had featured roles in 2019's Queen & Slim and this year's Escape Room: Tournament of Champions.Regan has been cast as Altan. Altan is the ancient ruler of Atlantis who forced the kingdom to sink beneath the ocean. The character was played by Graham McTavish in a brief appearance in the first Aquaman. Regan is no stranger to action blockbusters, having starred in films like 300, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Clash of the Titans.Zhao, Moore, Regan, and Park join an expansive ensemble that includes many returning cast members from the first Aquaman, including Patrick Wilson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Amber Heard, and Dolph Lundgren.Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom is set to hit theaters on December 16, 2022. For more about the sequel, read about why director James Wan decided to return for the follow-up. J. Kim Murphy is a freelance entertainment writer.
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Halo Infinite Weapons & Super Punch Glitch Leak | GameSpot News
Halo Infinite’s multiplayer beta is live once again and with it comes the leak of new weapons and a similar glitch to an old Halo 2 one. Gameplay footage from Battlefield Mobile is spotted online. And The Last of Us is getting new content.
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The Tragedy of Macbeth Review
The Tragedy of Macbeth was reviewed out of the New York Film Festival, where it made its world premiere. It will debut in limited theaters on Dec. 25 and on Apple TV+ on Jan. 14.There have been Macbeth movies for nearly as long as there has been cinema. There are few places left to go with faithful big-screen adaptations, and ever fewer untapped re-imaginings of the 500-year-old text; there’s a fantastic Bollywood version, there’s one with Melbourne gangsters, and there even exists a low-budget indie set in a corporate office headed by CEO Duncan King (though that one is hard to find). However, director Joel Coen — one half of the Coen brothers — seems fully aware of this history, and so he looks backward, rather than forward, with The Tragedy of Macbeth, a hyper-stylized piece that straightforwardly adapts the play and evokes numerous eras of Shakespeare on-screen (primarily, Orson Welles) while also paying homage to the medium of the stage.In Coen’s film, Denzel Washington is Macbeth, Frances McDormand is Lady Macbeth, fair is still foul, and foul is still very much fair — but up is also down, and vice versa. The opening frame snaps from black to blinding white with the sound of a camera shutter, which, alongside the old-school 4:3 Academy aspect ratio, promises both a capital “f” Film and a disorienting experience. Clouds and circling crows slowly fade into frame, though what we’re actually looking at when the movie begins — or rather, from what point of view — takes a moment to figure out, as is the case throughout the rest of the film.Little in the text is new — the witches’ prophecy still nudges Macbeth and Lady Macbeth toward the pursuit of power — but the presentation is always surprising. The atmosphere is foggy and filthy. In open fields, this means you can never quite tell how close a friend or foe might be. In the ornately designed interiors, it means light becomes gorgeously textured.What stands out first and foremost about The Tragedy of Macbeth is its visual architecture. The theatrical sets resemble silhouettes of something baroque; they are humongous, but their details have been stripped away, leaving only arches and windows, and illusions of grandeur in stark, high-contrast black and white. The light wraps around each wall and pillar, and alternately hides and illuminates the characters and their ambitions as they stride through…
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Sable Beginner's Guide: Seven Things We Wish We Knew At The Start
Sable is out now, and the open-world adventure game wears its inspirations on its thick-lined sleeves. With an aesthetic that borrows heavily from the art of Moebius and gameplay that borrows heavily from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you may go into the debut PC and console game from developer Shedworks thinking you know what to expect. But Sable has plenty of surprises in store. It may seem like Breath of the Wild minus combat, but it differs from Nintendo’s masterpiece in plenty of other ways as well. And, if you go in expecting pacifist Zelda, you may be waiting for mechanics that will never show up.Here are seven things we wish we knew when we first embarked on our desert adventure.You CAN Upgrade Your StaminaContinue Reading at GameSpot
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Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Corrupt Woodsmith Boss Guide – How To Beat Adira
Similar to Corrupt Taro, Corrupt Woodsmith is a test of the abilities and strategies you’ve developed up to this point in Kena: Bridge of Spirits. In Taro’s case, that mostly has to do with the Spirit Bow, as most of the ways to weaken him and make the fight easier are related to sniping parts of his body. Similarly, Woodsmith is all about your recently acquired Spirit Bombs–this fight requires you to regularly use Kena’s bomb abilities, so having a good grasp of how they work is vital for overcoming this fight.In the following guide, we go over how to best handle the Woodsmith and her fiery attacks. More so than the Taro boss fight, this battle will test you on your ability to keep track of your surroundings. Always keep in mind where the Woodsmith is, as well as where the two healing flowers are in relation to you. Turning your back on the Woodsmith to run away and heal can result in some easily avoidable deaths–this boss behaves differently depending on how far away you are from her and turning your back to run away means you’ll have a hard time responding to her long-range attacks. Keep your eyes on Woodsmith so you can keep track of her tells.More Kena: Bridge Of Spirits Guides:Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Iron Banter: This Week In Destiny 2 – Science-ing The Trials Of Osiris And Uncovering Ascendant Mysteries
Just about every week brings something new to Destiny 2, whether it’s story beats, new activities, or interesting new combinations of elements that let players devastate each other in the Crucible. Iron Banter is our weekly look at what’s going on in the world of Destiny and a rundown of what’s drawing our attention across the solar system.Bungie rolled out even more Trials of Osiris changes this week, and while I know we’ve been talking about this a lot, the alterations to the mode continue to sound really excellent. I’ve spent a little time in the mode again this weekend and remain excited for the adjustments, which is a really nice feeling to have after spending the last year getting amped to try a Trials run and then getting demoralized over the course of a couple hours and some rough losses.Trials isn’t the only thing going on this week, though. The Shattered Realm has quickly become one of my favorite things in Destiny 2 right now, and the last couple iterations of the mode have done some really cool things with story. Here we go.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Spider-Man Fan Recreates Classic Movie Posters Using Only Images From Insomniac's Games
A graphic designer has recreated multiple Spider-Man movie posters using only assets from Insomniac's Spider-Man games on PlayStation 5 to do so.Twitter user @ursRockrider has so far recreated the posters for Andrew Garfield's The Amazing Spider-Man and Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man 2 with impeccable accuracy. By the use of PS5 in the hashtags, it's safe to assume the PlayStation 5 versions of Spider-Man (2018) and Spider-Man: Miles Morales were used over the PlayStation 4 versions.The recreation of the Amazing Spider-Man poster was published by Rock Rider on Tuesday. Within hours of publishing, the official Insomniac Games Twitter account responded by calling the fan art, "Simply Amazing."Simply Amazing. 🕸️ https://t.co/zNmuHHMM96— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) September 22, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsRock Rider responded to a Twitter user with the image of Spider-Man from the game that was used for the poster as well as what was used for the background.A few days later, Rock Rider followed it up with a poster for Spider-Man 2. Insomniac responded to this poster as well and tweeted it out to their one million followers.Wow, another awesome poster recreation from Rock! https://t.co/UaABrbtaDB— Insomniac Games (@insomniacgames) September 24, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsInsomniac released Spider-Man: Miles Morales and a PlayStation 5 remaster of their blockbuster Spider-Man game from 2018 on PlayStation 5's launch day in 2020. Since then, Insomniac announced Spider-Man 2 for launch on PlayStation 5 in 2023.If that wasn't enough, Insomniac also announced a Wolverine game with a "standalone story" that's "very early" in development.In more serious Spider-Man news, Disney is in a legal battle with the estate of Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko. The Ditko estate wants to claim ownership of Spider-Man and other Marvel heroes, but Disney says that the work was created on a "work for hire" basis and is fully owned by Marvel.Until then, Spider-Man fans can get ready for the new movie Spider-Man: No Way Home. It's currently set to hit theaters on December 17. An MCU special is coming to Disney+ on November 12 that will hopefully give us a new sneak peek at the highly-anticipated movie.Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN who's hoping he can get a PlayStation 5 by 2023.
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First Cowboy Bebop Netflix Poster Offers a Glimpse of Spike's Swordfish
The Cowboy Bebop Netflix series has released its first poster, which comes with the first look at Spike's Swordfish. The poster was published on the verified Netflix Twitter account on Friday. The poster shows the backs of characters Spike, Jet, and Faye with the Swordfish flying in the distance.Netflix will host TUDUM, which is a three-hour event hosted on Netflix's social media channels. The streamer promises to show off new looks at its upcoming movies and shows including The Witcher, Stranger Things, The Umbrella Academy, and more.Watch this space tomorrow for more Cowboy Bebop #TUDUM starts at 9am PT! https://t.co/CzoFIy8yMm pic.twitter.com/tshmccF64u— Netflix (@netflix) September 24, 2021 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.jsIGN has the full TUDUM schedule, which outlines hour-by-hour of what to expect. During the second hour of the presentation, Netflix will premiere the new opening title sequence for their Cowboy Bebop series featuring music from Yoko Kanno. Netflix's Cowboy Bebop is a live-action adaptation of the classic anime series with 10 episodes of the series currently planned for release on November 19.The new adaptation is developed by André Nemec, who was a writer on the J.J. Abrams' TV show Alias and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. In the world of animation to live-action adaptations, Nemec is one of the writers credited on both of the recent live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies. Nemec recently discussed the process of adapting the original Cowboy Bebop series."I promise we will never take the original anime away from the purists. It will always exist out there," Nemec said. "But I'm very excited about the stories that we're telling. I believe we've done a really nice job of not violating the canon in any direction but merely offering some extra glimpses into the world that was already created."We recently received the first images of the live-action Cowboy Bebop series. A Cowboy Bebop prequel novel and companion book to the new TV series are also scheduled for release.Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN.
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