Here are the best things to watch on Netflix from this year!
Here are the best things to watch on Netflix from this year!
The new map for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Zombies mode, Dead of the Night, features new characters who are performed by big-name celebrities. The new Dead of the Night chapter features new characters played by actors like Kiefer Sutherland (24, Metal Gear Solid V), Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Harry Potter), Charles Dance (Game of Thrones, and Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon). You can check out a trailer for the new Dead of the Night map in the video below.The Dead of the Night map includes werewolves and vampires, in addition to zombies. Here's how Activision officially describes the Dead of the Night chapter (via Polygon):"This all-new undead experience is set in 1912 and drops players into a lavish estate owned by the famed relic-hunter Alistair Rhodes, where they'll step into the role of a new set of characters."As the unlikely crew of heroes bands together, they'll equip all-new weapons to fight the mysterious force that has taken over the party. Players will also take on a variety of Zombies, including new enemies such as vampires and werewolves, and much more, to survive the nightmarish evening."The Dead of the Night map is included with Black Ops 4's Battle Pass. The new map is part of what's now in the game through the Absolute Zero expansion--there's also more content for multiplayer. Check out GameSpot's rundown here to see everything in the Absolute Zero update.
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The sequel to DC's female fronted mega-hit is on its way. We're still a ways out from the highly anticipated sequel to Wonder Woman, the aptly titled Wonder Woman 1984 (or, WW84 as it's been abbreviated) but that doesn't mean it's too early to start cataloguing the facts. We may not have a trailer, but we've got some information care of this year's convention circuit and some facts and figures reported by the cast and crew.So, let's start preparing for Diana's return with everything we know about WW84. 1. We know its release date, but it was recently delayed. Previously slated for a November 2019 release, the movie was pushed back to June 5, 2020. 2. The cast has some surprise returns. The confirmed cast is pretty star studded and just a little shocking. Here's who we know to expect so far:Gal Gadot is reprising her role as Wonder WomanChris Pine is, somehow, returning as Steve TrevorKristen Wiig is Barbara Ann Minerva, aka CheetahConnie Nielsen will return as HippolytaRobin Wright will return as AntipoePedro Pascal has been cast in a mystery role 3. It's set in--surprise--1984. The name here isn't because the Wonder Woman franchise decided to skip all the way from 1 to 84, obviously. It's denoting the year in which the film takes place--not a big deal for Diana herself, considering her status as an all-but-immortal Amazon who doesn't age, but her human friends probably aren't going to be fairing as well, except for Steve Trevor--which is a whole other situation. 4. That's right, Steve Trevor is back. We have no idea how or why Steve Trevor, who rather spectacularly sacrificed himself at the end of Wonder Woman, is now alive, without having aged at all, and in the '80s with Dian. But on-set photos of Chris Pine tell us that is very much the case. Also he's rocking a pretty fabulous 80s tracksuit, because why not. 5. Steve's return is "a very important part of the movie"While Steve's resurrection--if you can call it that--is still shrouded in mystery, Patty Jenkins assured fans at Comic-Con International that he's not back just to be a pretty face. Steve Trevor is playing a critical part of WW84 and Jenkins "can't wait for fans to see" what's going on with him in the film. 6. Cheetah will be making her big screen debut--and may not be the villain yet. While Cheetah is famously one of Wonder Woman's arch nemeses, Kristen Wiig's incarnation of the character may not be making her jump to the dark side just yet. In the comics, she starts as obsessive (but relatively harmless) archaeologist Barbara Ann Minerva who actually works with Diana for a time, meaning there might be another villain in the mix somewhere in the movie to act as a catalyst for Barbara Ann's heel turn. 7. Diana is acting as a hero, even in the '80s. The timelines of the DCEU are a little murky, but based on the footage we saw at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, Diana is not exactly being secretive about her heroic antics back in the 80s. The clip screened for fans in Hall H featured her rescuing a child in spectacular fashion in the middle of a very crowded (and very 80s) shopping mall. 8. Patty Jenkins has returned to direct. Never fear, Wonder Woman's original director Patty Jenkins has returned to direct this one as well, meaning we can (hopefully) expect to see a similar tone and style showcased here despite the alternate time period. 9. Pedro Pascal might be Maxwell Lord Based on a still shared on Pascal's instagram, fans are speculating that his mystery role will end up being DC villain Maxwell Lord, who has quite a history with Diana. Most infamously, she murdered him on live television during the events of Infinite Crisis, which sparked a dark turn in Wonder Woman stories for some time. Hopefully, if that particular moment does get adapted for the big screen, it will be treated with care.
The new Super Smash Bros. game for Nintendo Switch is off to a fast start, at least in Japan. New sales numbers from Famitsu reveal that Super Smash Bros. Ultimate sold 1.24 million copies over its first weekend (December 7-9).According to the publication (via Gematsu), this represents the highest launch sales in the history of the Smash Bros. franchise in Japan. Not only that, but it's the best opening for any Switch game in the island nation, according to the report.The Famitsu report also states that, as expected, the launch of Smash Bros. Ultimate helped drive console sales. Nintendo sold 278,313 Switch units during the week, which is more than 2.5x more than the 107,450 that Nintendo sold in Japan the week prior.Sales numbers for Smash Bros. Ultimate in other parts of the world have not been disclosed as of yet, but keep checking back with GameSpot for more.In other Smash news, the next Ultimate update is coming next week. The full list of patch notes haven't been released yet, but what we do know already is that it will kill any in-game replays that have been saved.Despite the already vast fighter roster, Ultimate is getting plenty of post-launch character expansions--including Piranha Plant and Persona 5's Joker. We have our own list of characters we want to see.In our Super Smash Bros. Ultimate review-in-progress, Edmond Tran gave the game a 9/10, writing, "Situational downers don't stop Super Smash Bros. Ultimate from shining as a flexible multiplayer game that can be as freewheeling or as firm as you want it to be. Its entertaining single-player content helps keep the game rich with interesting things to do, as well as bolstering its spirit of loving homage to the games that have graced Nintendo consoles. Ultimate's diverse content is compelling, its strong mechanics are refined, and the encompassing collection is simply superb."
[UPDATE] Right on schedule, Capcom updated Street Fighter V's Arcade Edition today with ads. The advertisements on stages, character outfits, and loading screens, are switched on by default, but you can toggled off in the Battle Settings menu. As you probably might have guessed, the Street Fighter subreddit is awash with criticism of the newly launched ads. The original story is below.Capcom is trying something new on the business side for Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition. The publisher announced that the game is adding optional "sponsored content" on December 11, and it will come in the form of advertisements to tell you about the Capcom Pro Tour competitive gaming event, content bundles for the game, and extra costumes you can buy.The ads will show up in "several locations" throughout the game, including loading screens, tournament stages, and even on characters themselves. Specifically, characters will now have a new "Ad Style" option that will display sponsored content on clothing or the character model itself. The ads on stages, meanwhile, will display sponsored content in clear sight. And the loading screen ads are exactly what they sound like; Capcom clarified that the loading screen with ads enabled won't be longer than when they're disabled.An example of Capcom Pro Tour ads in Street Fighter VThe important thing here is that these ads are entirely optional. If you do decide to view the ads, you'll be rewarded with extra Fight Money (the game's currency) when you play Ranked and Casual matches. There is an upper limit on the Fight Money payouts, however, though Capcom did not say what it is.Capcom's blog post suggests that the sponsored content functionality is switch on by default. It can be toggled off in the Battle Settings menu. You can choose to only see ads where you want them, too; so you could choose to only see the costume ads or the stage and loading screen ads. Go to Capcom's blog post to learn more.As Gamasutra reminds us, advertisements in games is nothing new, but what's notable here is that Street Fighter V is not a free-to-play game. Still, it is not unprecedented for full price games to feature ads. EA's FIFA franchise displays well-known global brands on the sidelines. Additionally, back in 2008, Barack Obama's campaign spent money to buy ads in 18 different video games, and he eventually went on to win the Presidency that year.An example of more ads in Street Fighter V stagesMost major video game publishers are looking at ways to make more money from games in new ways, and in-game advertising is just one of those ways, alongside microtransactions.Ads in Street Fighter V launch on December 11, and it will interesting to see how players react. We also don't know yet what other gaming or non-gaming brands might sign up to put ads in Street Fighter V. Another question some may be asking is if Capcom is adding ads to Street Fighter V to make up for how it failed to reach Capcom's sales targets.The game was originally released in 2016 for PS4 and PC, while the better-received ArcKeep checking back with GameSpot for more.
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The first big content update for World of Warcraft's Battle for Azeroth expansion has arrived. Tides of Vengeance is now live in the Americas, bringing a new Warfront, quests, heritage armor, island expeditions, and much more to Blizzard's long-running MMO.Headlining the content update is Battle for Darkshore, a brand-new Warfront in which players can unlock "powerful hero transformations" based upon their combat role, Blizzard explained on the official WoW website. The developer has also added new quest lines and World Quests to the game, as well as another chapter in the War Campaign; you can access the latter by going to your ship either in Boralus or Zuldazar.On top of that, two new island expeditions are now available: Jorundall and Havenswood. Blizzard has also added two new events that players may encounter as they explore the various islands on the Great Sea. Both Jorundall and Havenswood, along with all of the previous island expeditions, feature new enemies, achievements, items, and vendors as well.Additionally, the Tides of Vengeance update brings a new pet battle dungeon to the game: Gnomeregan. In order to access it, you'll first need to have earned the All Growns Up achievement, which you can do by raising a pet to level 25. Blizzard has also added two new heritage armor sets for dwarves and blood elves. To get them, you'll need to be level 120 and complete either the Keep Yer Feet on the Ground or the Pride of the Sin'dorei quests in Ironforge and Silvermoon, respectively.You can find the full patch notes for the Tides of Vengeance update on the WoW website. There's even more content on the way to the MMO in the near future. Beginning January 22, players will be able to take part in a new raid, Battle of Dazar'alor. The raid will arrive alongside the start of Season 2 of PvP and Mythic Keystone Dungeons.
Detroit: Become Human has crossed a new sales milestone. The PlayStation 4 exclusive from French developer Quantic Dream has now passed 2 million in sales, with the achievement coming around five months after the game was released in May.According to Quantic Dream, Detroit is now the studio's fastest-selling game ever, meaning it is performing better commercially than the PlayStation 3 games Beyond: Two Souls and Heavy Rain. But was Detroit profitable after 2 million sales? Someone asked the studio this on Twitter, and the developer mostly dodged the question. "We left an imprint in 2 to 3 million people's minds (and counting). We made them cry and laugh and feel for a number of characters. We made them feel truly alive. That is what counts." Given how much secrecy there is in gaming regarding sales figures and profitability, it makes sense that Quantic Dream might not want to publicly disclose whether or not Detroit was profitable.Detroit tells the story of three androids coming to terms with their newfound sentience in a futuristic Detroit, Michigan where robots are treated as second-class citizens.The game picked up mostly positive review scores across the board. Here at GameSpot, we scored Detroit an 8/10, with reviewer Peter Brown commenting, "Detroit is well worth playing, but it struggles to strike the right balance between giving you freedom of choice and reminding you that it's all a game in the end."Quantic Dream has not announced any new projects yet. Recently, the studio has found itself embroiled in controversy after multiple French outlets worked together on investigative stories that made accusations of poor studio culture and harassment.
Pixar, the animation giant that makes us laugh and cry with movies like Up and Toy Story, has announced its next film. Onward is Pixar's next original project, and it'll feature the voices of Spider-Man actor Tom Holland, Jurassic World star Chris Pratt, Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and The Help's Octavia Spencer. The movie is still a long time out, as it doesn't hit theatres until March 2020. It'll be directed by Monsters University director Dan Scanlon.According to Disney, Onward focuses on "two teenage elf brothers who embark on an extraordinary quest to discover if there is till a little magic left out there." Holland and Pratt presumably voice the two elf brothers.We’re thrilled to reveal that our next original feature, “Onward,” starring Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer, arrives in theatres March 6, 2020! #PixarOnward pic.twitter.com/Dup9lDQysB — Disney•Pixar (@DisneyPixar) December 12, 2018Scanlon said in a statement that the movie was inspired by his own relationship with his brother. As is often the case in Disney movies, it begins with death. Their father dies when the boys are young, and then they set out into a suburban fantasy world."The world is basically a mix of the fantastic and the everyday," Scanlon said (via Entertainment Weekly). "There are mushroom houses that line the streets with satellite dishes sticking out the top of them and a minivan parked in front of each one. There are no humans… but there are unicorns everywhere. They're basically rodents, possums eating all the trash out of your bins."Onward is the first new Pixar movie to be announced following the departure of Pixar founder John Lasseter in the wake of misconduct and inappropriate behaviour claims.Pixar's next movie is Toy Story 4, which hits theatres in June 2019. The company's latest film, The Incredibles 2, came out this year and is expected to be a contender for Best Animated Film at the 91st Oscars.