While Amazon Prime Day 2021 will offer a ton of discounts, it’s not the only sale in town this week. Walmart has launched its own super-sale, Deals for Days, and it’s brought steep discounts on some highly-desired items. Walmart Deals for Days 2021 runs until June 23, extending one day longer than Amazon’s annual sale. Walmart is no stranger to trying to compete with Prime Day–like Best Buy and Target, Walmart has made a habit of planning a massive sale around Amazon Prime Day for several years in a row.
This year, Walmart Deals for Days has brought discounts on a range of electronics, games, and various home and kitchen products. From what we’ve seen so far, only a handful of deals really stand out in Walmart’s anti-Prime Day sale, and you’ll definitely want to be checking for price matches at Amazon, Best Buy, and other stores. At the kick-off of Walmart’s sale, some of the best deals include the Beats Solo Pro headphones for $149, a Hisense 40″ Smart TV with Roku at $178, and first-party Nintendo Switch games for just under $40 each, including titles like Luigi’s Mansion 3 and Fire Emblem Three Houses. Though once an impressive discount, it’s no longer as unusual to see Switch games around $40 during sales like this. Still, they generally only drop further during Black Friday.
Nintendo’s first-party titles aren’t often on sale, so seeing four of its heaviest hitters on sale for over $20 off is something to keep an eye on. Fire Emblem: Three Houses is the largest, most ambitious game in the turn-based strategy series. Meanwhile, two adventures featuring the Super Mario Brothers are also included in the sale, with both Mario’s kingdom-hopping odyssey and Luigi’s silly and spooky romp through a haunted hotel marked down. 2019’s charming remake of The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening is just under $40 as well.
LG makes some of the best gaming monitors, and this 32-inch 1440p display offers everything you need for long gaming marathons. With FreeSync technology and a 165Hz refresh rate, the LG UltraGear 32GN600-B keeps action fluid, and its 1ms response time ensures the most precise gaming possible. The display is also virtually borderless, making this a nice option for a dual-monitor setup as well.
Hisense always delivers a quality viewing experience on a budget, so seeing one of its smart TVs under $200 is sure to make it a hot deal. This 40-inch 1080p smart TV comes with Roku built-in and Wi-Fi for streaming your favorite shows and movies right to the screen. You’re probably not buying this to be your dedicated gaming TV, but if you need a new TV primarily for streaming shows, this is a great option for the price.
This Beats Solo Pro price is one of the best we’ve ever seen for the premium headphones, coming in at $11 less than Amazon’s lowest-ever markdown. The Beats Solo Pro features two distinct listening modes–active noise canceling completely blocks out extra noise around you, letting you focus on your music for all 22 hours of the headset’s battery life, or you can turn on transparency mode, which keeps you aware of your surroundings while on the go. The discount is also available in numerous colors, including black, white, blue, and red.
Speaking of rare Apple sales, the iPad Mini 64GB with Wi-Fi has dropped $30 cheaper than what Amazon has it at right now. The 7.9-inch Retina display offers clear and colorful visuals, the A12 Bionic chip delivers fast processing, and the 8MP back camera / 7MP front camera combo gives this iPad plenty of photographic potential.
If earbuds are more your style over headphones, Apple’s AirPods Pro mirrors many of the Beats Solo Pro’s features, including the dual listening modes, but in a much smaller format. An extremely handy accessory for Apple users, the AirPods Pro are sweat- and water-resistant and come with a wireless charging case that delivers over 24 hours of battery life. They’re on sale for $190 during Prime Day.
If you’re just beginning your journey into the world of 4K HDR television, the Roku Express 4K+ is a fantastic first step. Smooth wireless streaming of your favorite shows and movies in full 4K HDR quality for just under $30 is a great bargain, with the device offering all of your favorite streaming apps, from Netflix to HBO Max, free to download and start watching immediately (subscriptions still required, of course).
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Amazon Prime Day 2021 is this Monday and Tuesday (June 21-22), and Prime Day game deals are already heating up as competitors like Best Buy and Target kick off their own sales. Right now, you can find some great discounts on games for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and Xbox (don’t worry, PC players, the Steam Summer Sale reportedly kicks off later this week). To get you primed for Amazon Prime Day, we’ve rounded up some of the best game deals available now below.
Best Nintendo Switch game deals
Target is leading the way with Prime Day Nintendo Switch deals at the moment, offering record-low prices on a pair of games: Pikmin 3 Deluxe and Paper Mario: The Origami King. As of our last update, no other stores were price-matching this offer yet. You’ll find some other first-party Switch games for $40, including the excellent Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Super Mario Odyssey.
Best PlayStation game deals
Prime Day PlayStation deals have brought best-ever prices on PS5 games like Demon’s Souls and The Nioh Collection, both of which are down to $49.94 from their usual $70. Even the adventure-platformer Sackboy: A Big Adventure gets a solid discount, dropping to $39.88. Meanwhile, some third-party titles are cheaper than ever, including Assassin’s Creed Valhalla for $23, Resident Evil Village for $50, and Watch Dogs Legion for $17.
Best Xbox game deals
Prime Day Xbox deals are a bit sparse, especially when you consider how many games are available on Xbox Game Pass. If you haven’t subscribed to that service, which combines Game Pass for console and PC with Xbox Live Gold, EA Play, and cloud gaming, there’s a limited-time deal that gets you three months of Ultimate for $1. However, you can still take advantage of some cheap physical games and digital codes at Amazon this week, including the discounts on Assassin’s Creed Valhalla ($23) and Watch Dogs Legion ($17). You can also snag Gears Tactics for $10, Forza Horizon 4 for $25.49, and a preorder of Scarlet Nexus (releasing Friday) is $4 off, only for Xbox.
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Note: this is a spoiler-free review of the Season 5 premiere of Rick and Morty, which debuts on Adult Swim on Sunday, June 20 at 11pm ET.
Rick and Morty deserves a lot of credit for going out of its way to portray Rick Sanchez as a toxic, deeply unhappy person. As much as some misguided fans like to prop him up as an edgy, nihilistic, Szechuan Sauce-addicted role model, at the end of the day Rick is kind of a loser. He’s certainly the architect of his own misery. Season 5 gets off to a strong start by once again poking holes in Rick’s carefree facade and allowing Morty to shine outside his grandfather’s shadow.
“Mort Dinner Rick Andre” is ostensibly a parody of 1981’s My Dinner With Andre, a film co-creator Dan Harmon also famously parodied in an episode of Community: Season 2. It’s probably just as well this episode only makes a halfhearted attempt at mimicking the source material. It might be fun to see what this series could do by locking two characters in a room and forcing them to talk for 22 minutes straight, but you’d also miss out on all the sci-fi zaniness that makes this series what it is.
Instead, Rick’s dinner with an old “friend” serves as a loose backbone for what turns out to be a very Morty-centric episode. The result is basically everything you could want out of a Morty adventure. We get to see him stand on his own and how far he’s come from the timid little dork he was in the early seasons. At the same time, it becomes painfully apparent just how much of Rick has rubbed off on Morty over the years. His utter disinterest in the consequences of his actions winds up creating a conflict that’s as hilarious as it is psychologically bleak.
Harmon and Justin Roiland have often spoken about their reluctance to deal with the concept of time travel on Rick and Morty. But much like Season 2’s “A Rickle in Time,” the premiere manages to indirectly wade into those waters and build a wacky concept all about the ravages of time. There are echoes of sci-fi classics like The Forever War and Dune here, but the end result is pure Rick and Morty.
This episode also gets great mileage out of Rick’s nemesis Mr. Nimbus. This flamboyant fusion of Aquaman and Namor is a hilarious addition to the show’s lineup of eccentric supporting characters. He combines the campiness of a pre-Jason Momoa Aquaman with the arrogance and general horniness of Namor.
“Mort Dinner With Andre” even finds room for a solid, entertaining subplot involving Beth and Jerry trying to rekindle the fires of romance. It’s nice to see the show actually building on their recent reconciliation rather than reverting back to the old “Beth despises Jerry” status quo. Rick and Morty may not be heavy on narrative continuity, but there’s enough to get a sense that these characters are growing and evolving with time (if not always in the most healthy directions).
There are really only a handful of quibbles to be found with the Season 5 premiere. For one thing, Summer is disappointingly underutilized, considering most of her storyline unfolds offscreen. And regardless of the show’s loose approach to continuity, it does seem strange to see a Beth/Jerry storyline without any mention of the fallout from the Season 4 finale. Perhaps some missed opportunities this week, but with dozens of more episodes in the pipeline, there’s plenty of room for every member of the Smith/Sanchez household to get their due.
Once a year, WWE hosts its annual Hell in a Cell PPV, where high-profile feuds end with wrestlers in a head-to-head battle inside the titular event match. This year’s Hell in a Cell has a lot of promise, with multiple title defenses and highly-anticipated matches. If you’re looking for results, you’ve come to the right place, as GameSpot will have live match updates as the show goes on, which you can see below.
Fans will not be in attendance for this event, as Hell in a Cell will take place in the Thunderdome. Currently, the Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida is where the Thunderdome calls home. So while the cheers and boos may be piped in through speakers, at least you’ll get to see WWE fans at home reacting to the action inside the ring.
And even though you’re watching the show from the comfort of your own couch, WWE’s PPVs haven’t been very long affairs, so while the main card begins at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT, it shouldn’t run much longer than 11 PM ET / 8 PM PT. This is just speculation though, as neither Peacock or WWE have revealed how long Hell in a Cell will run.
Before the main card, there is the Kickoff Show, which you can watch for free on YouTube and on Twitter. If you want to keep up with the main card though, you’ll need to subscribe to Peacock’s Premium or Premium Plus tier if you live in the United States. If you’re outside of the US, you can watch Hell in a Cell on the WWE Network. Below, you’ll find the match card for the PPV.
Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair (Raw Women’s Championship match)
Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre (WWE Championship Hell in a Cell match)
Bianca Belair (c) vs. Bayley (Smackdown Women’s Championship Hell in a Cell match)
Alexa Bliss vs. Shayna Baszler
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
Kevin Owens vs. Sami Zayn
While you’re waiting around for the live updates from Hell in a Cell, why not check out the latest episode of GameSpot’s professional wrestling podcast Wrestle Buddies? This week, Mat Elfring, Chris E. Hayner, and their sophisticated AI Predictionbot 3000 give you their opinions of who will win and lose these matches. Are they right? We won’t know until the end of the PPV. Check out the episode above.
Below, you’ll find live match updates for Hell in a Cell, along with a few thoughts for each match.
Notes for the Kickoff Show will pop up here in case there is a change in the match card.
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While he would neither confirm nor deny the existence of an upgraded Switch, Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser has responded to reports of upgraded hardware by sharing the company’s philosophy on taking that technological next step.
“We are always looking at technology and how technology can enhance gameplay experiences. It’s not technology for technology’s sake,” Bowser tells The Washington Post. “It’s how specifically can technology enhance a gameplay experience. And then where do you apply that technology? Do you want to apply it on current existing hardware or platforms, or do you want to wait for the next platform? And then what’s the right gameplay experience with that? There’s a host of factors that goes into it, and it’s something we’re always looking at.”
“We view ourselves as an entertainment company that is focused on very unique entertainment experiences,” Bowser said. “At the hub of that is our integrated hardware and software model, and that model has allowed us over decades to generate the characters, the deeply immersive worlds in the IP we all know and love so well, but we also know that there’s an opportunity to introduce more people to that IP now.”
Mobile games, in particular, are a way for Nintendo to expand into markets where the Switch isn’t currently sold. Through six games, including Fire Emblem Heroes and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, Nintendo mobile games have seen 650 million unique downloads.
“Our smart device strategy has allowed us to reach consumers in 164 countries already. We believe we’ve been able to broaden that audience of people who have now experienced Nintendo games, and we can bring them deeper into that integrated hardware software system in the deeply immersive games you and I know and play.”
“We do have a passionate community and we appreciate them very much, and we always want to be listening and understanding as we develop content going forward,” Bowser said. “There are times where we do need to reinforce our IP for reasons that I think are very critical. The protection of IP is very important when we think about our ability to continue to build on these properties, and we hope people will understand that is the reason we protect them the way we do.”
“I think it’s an exciting time to be a part of the gaming business, I really do,” Bowser said. “We’re seeing more and more people engaged in it as part of their primary forms of overall entertainment. We’re seeing various ways they can engage, whether it’s on mobile platforms and on dedicated platforms such as the Nintendo Switch. It’s a vibrant industry going forward.”
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Dell has launched two new Alienware laptops for 2021, the 15″ X15 and the 17″ X17. They succeed the m15 and m17 as Alienware’s flagship gaming laptops. They also happen to be the thinnest Alienware laptops ever despite the fact that they’re equipped with the next generation RTX 30 series video cards. In fact, they are thinner than the “ultra-thin” Razer Blade 15″ laptop. The X15 model measures in at only 0.63″ thin and 5.2 pounds and the X17 model is 0.84″ thin and 7.05 pounds. The laptops also feature the newest Intel 11th gen H-series processors and a powerful quadruple fan active cooling system that keeps all the components nice and cool.
Captain Jack Sparrow is joining your Sea of Thieves crew. That’s either very good or very bad, depending on your point of view–from what we’ve seen of the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean tie-in expansion, A Pirate’s Life, he seems like he’s pretty fun to have around. On the other hand, he likes to get into the rum and he’s a bit of a loose cannon.
Either way, Jack Sparrow represents a major shift in Sea of Thieves in its third year, and with A Pirate’s Life, Rare’s multiplayer live service game looks to be taking a big leap forward. As Rare showed in a presentation demonstrating what we can expect from the expansion, A Pirate’s Life adds a huge amount of content that goes beyond just Pirates of the Caribbean-themed items and stories. It’s adding a bunch of new characters, new enemies, and new places to explore.
The presentation gives a sense of what you’ll be playing in A Pirate’s Life. It’s centered on five new Tall Tale stories that will send you through the new content’s narrative, where you’ll meet up with Captain Jack and then find yourself on a collision course with Pirates of the Caribbean villain Davy Jones. Sparrow has entered the Sea of Thieves after stealing some seemingly magical pirate treasure, which offers him ultimate freedom, but he was pursued to the pirate paradise by Davy Jones. While Jones has dominion over the fate of doomed pirates in the Caribbean, he holds no control over the scalawags in the Sea of Thieves. He’s looking to change that through force, so with Sparrow on your crew, you’ll set out to find a way to stop him.
The Tall Tales will send you to two big new locations where their stories take place. The first is the Sea of the Damned, where dead pirates go in Sea of Thieves before they’re brought back to the world of the living by the Ferry of the Damned. The second is the Sunken Kingdom, a big underwater location. As creative director Mark Chapman explained in a question and answer session with journalists, you won’t just wander into either the Sea of the Damned or the Sunken Kingdom like you might in other locations in Sea of Thieves.
“You’ll head to the Sea of the Damned locations and Sunken Kingdom locations twice as part of the story, and each time you’re introduced to completely new locations as part of those regions,” he said. “When you’re in the Sea of the Damned, you’re in a specific instance, if you will, for you and your crew. So you can go there solo, you can go there with a crew of three other players on a galleon, and it’s just you in that world. We transport you through the Tunnels of the Damned, and it almost feels like a ride.”
Though the locations will be specific instances, and therefore not fully available when you’re not playing the Tall Tales, both regions will be pretty expansive, and you’ll be able to spend a fair amount of time in them. For example, in the Sea of the Damned, there’s a shipwreck-filled town called Sailor’s Grave, with ghostly pirates hanging around and doing things like drinking at a tavern or losing money in a gambling den. Chapman said both the Sea of the Damned and the Sunken Kingdom are big places with lots to find beyond the beaten path, and if you want to uncover all the collectible lore and find everything the Tall Tales have to offer, you’re going to want to fully explore them.
Outside of the story across the five Tall Tales, A Pirate’s Life adds a lot of new things to the whole of Sea of Thieves, refreshing it in some big ways. Chief among those additions is the introduction of new enemies. For its whole life, just about the only AI-controlled enemies you would face in the game were various types of skeletons (apart from sharks and the occasional kraken or megalodon attack), but A Pirate’s Life brings lots of new baddies to obstruct you as you help Jack Sparrow on his quest, or even just search for the usual booty.
On land, the new enemies are called “ocean crawlers,” and they’re essentially hybrids of sea creatures and humans. They break down into three types: the burly crab ocean crawler, which is armored and packs some devastating close-range hits; the clam ocean crawler, which spews poison around it, forcing you to fight it at range; and the electric eel ocean crawler, which can create a lightning shield around itself that, when broken, sends electricity chaining between you and your crewmates. The ocean crawlers fight as a crew, just like skeletons, so you’ll see them working together to some degree as you battle them. There are also phantom pirates, who fight together and are more similar to the player pirates you’re used to facing–but, you know, ghostly.
Underwater, your new adversaries are sirens. These mermaid-like creatures are fast and deadly, with close-range melee attacks and long-range bursts of song that come at you like projectiles. There are standard sirens, as well as leaders, which bear a new weapon called the Trident of Dark Tides. With it, they can fire blasts of energy at you. The sirens all sport a gem in their chests that allows them to create a shield around themselves that will damage players, but heals any sirens in close proximity, so you’re going to want to deal with them as quickly as you can.
You get a new tool to deal with all these creatures too, though. You can actually use the Trident of Dark Tides yourself, which allows you to fire off a charged blast of energy. Like the new enemies, tridents can be found throughout Sea of Thieves, so you can take them into older content or even use them against other players.
If you’re a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, it also seems like there will be plenty for you to enjoy in the expansion. Chapman said that having Jack Sparrow around means he actually contributes to your crew as an AI-controlled companion. That should make A Pirate’s Life a little more viable even for lone Sea of Thieves players, since you’ll have Sparrow as backup.
The character also seems pretty faithful to what we’ve seen in the films. Jared Butler, who voiced Sparrow in Kingdom Hearts III, reprises the role here, and Rare said it worked with a stunt actor who’d portrayed Sparrow in the movies to make sure they got all his mannerisms and movements right for in-game animations.
There are also new cosmetics you can earn or buy that are all themed after the Pirates films. Those include costumes to let you dress like Jack Sparrow or the crew of the Black Pearl, and ships inspired by the movies’ vessels, such as Davy Jones’s Flying Dutchman. You can even snag a new pet–the prison dog from the Disneyland attraction, complete with the set of keys his pirate pals need to escape their lockup.
Apart from that, it looks like there will be plenty of Pirates of the Caribbean Easter eggs to hunt down in the new content. You’ll catch iconic music from the Pirates films, for instance, and also hear it weaved together with original music from Sea of Thieves. There are also elements and locations from the Disneyland ride that inspired the films–but with a Sea of Thieves twist. Chapman said Rare was able to get some of the original voice actors from the ride to record new dialogue for the locations in A Pirate’s Life, and they even used vintage 1960s microphones to replicate the sound of the ride’s voice-over work.
“It feels like this ghostly memory of the past brought to life,” Chapman explained. “It’s such a powerful nostalgic callback for people who love the attraction.”
A Pirate’s Life is free to all Sea of Thieves players, and there’s no prerequisite for taking on the new content. Chapman said you can find a new castaway character, Calypso, in any outpost in Sea of Thieves, and she who can send you directly into the Tall Tales for A Pirate’s Life–you just have to complete the Maiden Voyage opening sequence if you’re new to the game. A Pirate’s Life comes to Sea of Thieves on June 22.
Battlefield 2042 has now shown off a cinematic reveal trailer and gameplay. An E3 q&a session with developers answered a lot of questions around specialists, gear, vehicle play, progress, maps, guns, and pacing. In this video, we’re clearing up confusion around new mechanics and looking at whether these changes are as different from previous Battlefield games as they first appeared to be.
Battlefield 2042 is releasing October 22 for everyone and October 15 for certain editions of the game. There are also alphas and betas coming up, one of which will test DICE’s battle-royale alternative, titled Hazard Zone. EA is expected to show off a lot more information on July 22 at EA Play.
Welcome to our Saturday Daily Deals page. Today brings with it a nice little mix of deals, including discounted AA batteries at Amazon, a store wide sale on PC tech and games at Newegg and a great Health and Home sale over at Best Buy. However, the big draw is the amazing 25% discount to Adobe Software. Premiere, Audition, Photoshop and more are all on sale right now. If you’re a content creator, or looking to be one, this is a sale you shouldn’t miss.
Jonathan Ferguson, a weapons expert and Keeper of Firearms & Artillery at the Royal Armouries, breaks down the insane weaponry of the Counter-Strike franchise, including the iconic AK47 automatic rifle, the FNP90 submachine gun, and the many versions of the AR-15//M4 rifle.