Shadow of War: Blade of Galadriel DLC Review – Does it Work Without The Nemesis System?

If you’re looking to put a new spin on a winning formula, you probably don’t want to leave out your secret ingredient. Monolith does deserve credit for trying to make the Blade of Galadriel DLC feel like something other than just more of the same Shadow of War gameplay, but wielding Galadriel’s Light can’t hold a candle to the domination and Nemesis systems it sidelines.

Blade of Galadriel picks up after the third act, with Eltariel recovering Celebrimbor’s ring on the tower at Barad-dur and heading off to fight the remaining Nazgul on behalf of Galadriel. She’s still as bland a character as you’d expect a female elf version of Talion to be, so don’t expect any big twists, turns, or character moments from her. What few interesting moments there are come from brief appearances by Talion, though they serve only to repeat things we’ve already seen in slightly greater detail and, of course, to retread more lines from characters from the movies and books.

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Monster Hunter World Shines a Light on Our Guilt

As a newcomer to this series, the first time I saw an injured monster in Monster Hunter World lying down, like a dog crawling under the deck to die, I thought its AI had glitched out. After all, this was a video game enemy, a ‘monster’ – it’s in the name. It shouldn’t lie down in defeat, it should keep fighting me, tooth and nail, until one of us drops dead. As a relatively unimportant part of Monster Hunter World’s ecosystem, that was surely its destiny.

But it didn’t. It lay there, having limped away, its body torn open by my weapon, muscle shredded and flesh skinned. I hesitated, but admit to a brief flash of selfish glee – it’s given up! I can kill it! – and swung my sword at its resting head. After another short skirmish to finish it off, I was rewarded with a ‘Main Objective Complete’ popup – here we were, back in Video Game Land, where things made sense – and I was soon skinning its corpse for parts. That first time, I admit I didn’t really enjoy doing it. I mean, I attacked it when it was lying down.

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: “Daddy Darhkest” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The Arrowverse has been at a relative low ebb in early 2018, and I have to wonder how much of that is simply due to the absence of Legends of Tomorrow. You can’t put your best superhero show on extended hiatus and not expect consequences. Thankfully, Legends has returned, even as the rest of the Arrowverse takes a brief break for the Olympics. Better still, the series remains in fine form thanks to an episode that brings in a terrific guest star and advances the Mallus conflict considerably.

That guest star, of course, is Matt Ryan’s John Constantine, who made his second Arrowverse appearance since the untimely cancellation of NBC’s Constantine. As much as it was a treat to see Constantine stop by Arrow a couple years ago, ultimately his appearance felt more like a means of scooting the plot forward than a natural, elegant story development. Here, the writers were able to integrate Constantine into the mix more smoothly, building on all the recent developments with Mallus and the Darhk family. If anything, this seems like the perfect opportunity to induct Constantine into the fold on a semi-permanent basis. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards this year.

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The New Face of Kick-Ass Debuts This Week

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Once you check out our picks, then head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!


Writer Mark Millar | Artist John Romita (Image Comics)

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The FNAF Movie Brings On A Very Famous Director

The Five Nights at Freddy’s film is moving ahead–with a huge name behind it. Deadline reports that Chris Columbus has been brought on to write, direct, and produce the film.

Columbus is a Hollywood veteran. He directed classics like Home Alone and Mrs. Doubtfire, as well as the first two Harry Potter movies, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. He picked up an Oscar nomination for his role as producer on The Help and he wrote the classic The Goonies. Columbus has some familiarity with video game movies, too, as he directed the Adam Sandler film Pixels.

The FNAF movie is being produced by Blumhouse Productions. The studio was behind smaller-budget horror films like The Purge, Get Out, and Split, as well as the Oscar-winning drama Whiplash. The Blumhouse Twitter account welcomed Columbus to the FNAF movie today with a cheeky tweet, while Blumhouse founder Jason Blum tweeted about the news: “oh yea.”

As reported previously, the FNAF movie was originally set up at Warner Bros., with Gil Kenan attached to write and direct. Tyler Burton Smith, who worked at Finnish developer Remedy Entertainment as a writer on the Xbox One game and TV show Quantum Break, was at one point writing the FNAF movie. Veteran producer Roy Lee (The Departed, The Lego Movie) was initially named as a producer, but it is unclear if he remains onboard now that the movie has changed hands from Warner Bros. to Blumhouse.

According to Deadline “every genre filmmaker” wanted to land the FNAF movie rights before Blumhouse emerged victorious. FNAF creator Scott Cawthon is producing the movie alongside Columbus.

There is no word as of yet regarding a release date, cast, or plot details for the FNAF film. In the game, players must survive in a scary version of Chuck E. Cheese’s that’s full of animatronic monsters. It is legitimately terrifying.

A new FNAF game, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, was released for free on Steam in December. However, the game is not all that it seems and may in fact be a teaser for something else.

The FNAF series debuted in August 2014 on PC and has since been ported to iOS. Sequels Five Nights at Freddy’s 2, 3, and 4 followed, along with the latest entry before Pizzeria Simulator, Sister Location.

The next big video game movie is Tomb Raider, starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander in the title role. The film opens in March–check out the latest trailer here.

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Call Of Duty: WW2 Player Reaches Max Level Without Shooting A Gun

The Call of Duty series has always attracted players who want to pull off some off-the-wall or especially unique accomplishment (who could forget the players who earned the Nuke kill streak in Modern Warfare 2 using only Riot Shields?). Recently, one player achieved something particularly noteworthy: he hit max level in Call of Duty: WWII without ever shooting a weapon.

YouTuber TheseKnivesOnly relied exclusively on knives, ice picks, shovels, and the bayonet charge to climb the ranks. As you’d expect, it took a lot of time: he racked up over 32,000 kills and only ever used the Recon Aircraft and Counter Recon scorestreaks.

TheseKnivesOnly began playing Call of Duty games melee-only back when the first Black Ops had recently been released. He explained to Kotaku that, after witnessing a player get an acrobatic kill using a tomahawk, he was motivated to only use melee weapons.

He’s apparently the first in the world to achieve Master Prestige in Call of Duty: WWII without shooting a bullet, and developer Sledgehammer even recognized his accomplishment. You can check out one of his videos showing off some of his kills in the embed above.

In other Call of Duty news, Activision recently confirmed that Treyarch is making the next game, to be released this fall. This news made the recent rumors of Black Ops 4 a bit more credible–although Activision has yet to say anything official either disputing or confirming the rumors yet.

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IMAX Version of Marvel’s Black Panther Gets A Whole Lot Bigger With Different Aspect Ratio

There are plenty of reasons to go see a movie in IMAX, and Black Panther may be one you want to check out. The upcoming Marvel film will look even bigger on the big screen as the aspect ratio will change for certain scenes.

During a Twitter Q&A, the cast for Black Panther, which included Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, and others, discussed their roles in the upcoming film. The film’s director and writer Ryan Coogler discussed how IMAX plays a role into the film and persuaded viewers to make sure they see it in that format when it comes to theaters in the United States on February 16, as Black Panther was released in many parts of the world earlier this week.

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“I love the format,” explained Coogler. “For me, it’s the best way to see a movie. To hear it, to see it, to sit right in it. For us to be able to make this film, we got almost an hour of additional footage where we open up and use the full IMAX screen. It works for the story. We use it when we go into Wakanda, when we go into these spaces that are important to our characters. “

This isn’t additional footage for the film. Certain scenes were shot in a larger aspect ration, specifically for IMAX. This could also mean that those same shots will be cropped in order to fit into standard theaters. This is part of a continuing deal Disney has with IMAX through 2019, as The Last Jedi shot some of its key scenes specifically to fit on the IMAX screen. We will also see Ant-Man and the Wasp, Captain Marvel, Avengers: Infinity War, and its untitled sequel as part of this deal.

GameSpot gave the film a glowing review as Michael Rougeau said, “Black Panther is a top tier Marvel movie with all the humor, style, action, passion, and fun that the MCU has come to embody. Black Panther is a cultural event that’s going to be hard for Marvel to top, no matter how many worlds Thanos conquers later this year in Infinity War.”

If you’re already seen the film but need more Black Panther in your life, you can check out these Black Panther books from Marvel as well as an explanation as to what was going on in the end credit sequence. For more comic book movie info, check out our breakdowns of the Venom and the Deadpool 2 trailers, which were released last week, as well a detailed look at Deadpool’s pal Cable.

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Everything We Know About Avengers 4 (So Far)

Avengers: Infinity War finally hits theaters on May 4, 2018. That means we’re all just a few months away from one of the most highly anticipated superhero movies ever made. But it also means that fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are getting antsy. After all… what’s next?

We already know that Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel are both scheduled to come out between the third and fourth Avengers movies. We also know that Joe and Anthony Russo – who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War – are returning for Avengers 4, along with most of Infinity War’s cast and crew.

But we don’t know much about Avengers 4, specifically, in large part because we still don’t know much about Avengers: Infinity War. Thanos, played by Josh Brolin, is assembling the powerful Infinity Stones and Earth’s greatest heroes (and several aliens) are assembling to stop him, but where that gigantic battle will leave the heroes, the villains, and the rest of the MCU once Infinity War is finished is still a huge question mark.

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 127 Review

Warning: The following review contains spoilers for the episode.

Episode 127 opens on Jiren powering up and promptly laying into our heroes with vicious attacks and near-death inducing ki blasts. For all the great action though, Episode 127, unfortunately, mishandles what could have been intense emotional moments and delivers unsatisfying backstories.

Responding to Jiren’s force, the remaining Universe 7 fighters team up for some great action. At no point did the animation feel lacking. Even with so many characters and explosions happening at once, the brawl was easy to follow. Super has wisely made sure that each person’s ki-related abilities have a signature color, a far cry from the days of nothing but the yellow glow of Super Saiyan’s everywhere.

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The Incredibles 2 Gets New Poster

Pixar has revealed a new poster for The Incredibles 2, with Michael Giacchino (Rogue One) starting work on the film’s score.

The Incredibles 2 Twitter account shared the poster earlier today with the caption: “Don’t mix your delicates with your indestructibles.” It features the Parr family’s superhero costumes in a laundry basket. Check out the image below.

New Incredibles 2 poster, image via Twitter.

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