It feels like a lifetime ago when Final Fantasy VII Remake dropped on PlayStation 4 in April 2020. Now, seven months after launch, Square Enix has released the first patch for the action-RPG–and it doesn’t do much according to the patch notes
To be more specific, update version 1.01 simply “fixed various bugs.” That’s the one and only line of patch notes you can see when viewing the game’s update history on PlayStation 4. Square Enix has not expanded on what the “various bugs” are. And both the Final Fantasy VII Remake and Square Enix Twitter accounts have not publicly mentioned this update.
According to Push Square, the update fixes game crashes, addresses freezing and frame rate drops, irons out stuttering and lag, and implements performance and stability improvements. But again, neither the developer nor publisher has said what update version 1.01 does.
Despite whatever update version 1.01 is supposed to do, Final Fantasy VII Remake players are still running into texture issues in which objects look polygonal and assets don’t fully load.
Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the few games that has received the coveted 10/10 score. In our Final Fantasy VII Remake review, editor Tamoor Hussain said the game is an “astounding achievement,” a title that can be enjoyed by first-time players and returning fans alike.
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The Addams Family just continues to be creepy, kooky, and fertile ground to revisit. According to Deadline, filmmaker Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Pee-wee’s Big Adventure) is developing a new live-action TV series version of the popular satirical black-comedy series about a wealthy family who delight in the macabre.
Burton is reportedly seeking to executive produce and direct all episodes of his take on the long-running franchise that dates all the way back to 1938 cartoons created by Charles Addams. Incredibly, the family has come back in new versions for new adventures steadily since the ’30s–the most recent being 2019’s CGI film simply titled The Addams Family. (There is a sequel in the pipeline due for 2021.)
For Burton’s version which is still light on details, Smallville developers and executive producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar are reportedly attached to serve as head writers and also co-showrunners along with Burton. Netflix is among multiple buyers bidding to be the home for the series, and is also among the frontrunners.
Burton directing an Addams Family project seems not only natural but surprisingly overdue. Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, and Corpse Bride are among Burton’s strange and dark classic films he’s come to be known for, and he’s also previously demonstrated an interest in reviving dark comedies from yesteryear: 2012’s Dark Shadows was a horror comedy based on the popular ’70s soap opera, Dark Shadows. Beyond that, he also had experience adapting Beetlejuice to a four-season cult-classic animated series that likely even just by mentioning will invoke all kinds of nostalgia for readers.
The only way this could be construed as bad news is it might possible mean the long-rumored Beetlejuice sequel will have to wait on the shelf a little longer.
It’s the season to be spooky, with Halloween just over a week away and every game under the sun getting in on the pumpkin-filled action. Recently released Souls-like Mortal Shell is no different, offering you a lot of free content for returning to its dreary world.
If you were a fan of Gorf when playing through Mortal Shell initially, you’re in luck. The enigmatic character has a new small quest waiting for players as part of Mortal Shell’s Rotten Autumn update, which is out now. Complete the quest and you’ll be rewarded with ten additional skins that you can apply to any shells you use throughout the game’s campaign.
You can show off the new skins with the new photo mode that has been added to the game, too, which will include a suite of editing options according to developer Cold Symmetry. In addition to that, you can also download a new soundtrack to switch up the ambiance to each of the game’s boss fights. That download is separate to the Autumn update but will be free to all players as well.
Mortal Shell launched earlier this year on the Epic Games Store, Xbox One, and PS4 after impressing with its initial trailer in early 2020. It’s a great take on the Souls formula too, with our Mortal Shell review stating, “Mortal Shell makes for a strong introduction to Souls-likes, a demonstration for new players of what so many have found so interesting about From Software’s games and those like them.”
With the year winding down, everyone will be spending a bit more time indoors, watching movies and TV shows on various streaming services. HBO Max–a new service for 2020 that still isn’t available on Roku and Fire TV devices–has plenty coming and going for the month of November. Check out the full list below along with a few recommendations.
Crunchyroll has been delivering some dynamite content to HBO Max since the launch of the service, and in November, you’ll be able to catch up on one of your favorite animes revolving around food. On November 9, Season 5 of Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma arrives. Based on the manga series written by Yūto Tsukuda and illustrated by Shun Saeki, the anime takes place in a culinary institute where student Soma Yukihira wants to become a chef. While there aren’t giant battles against super-powered foes, there are battles to make the most delicious food imaginable. Check out a clip below.
On November 1, the majority of HBO Max’s content arrives. This includes all five Prophecy movies–did anyone know there were five of them? Also arriving is Will Smith’s steampunk-western-spy-adventure Wild Wild West, which features a giant mechanical spider at the end. Smith stars as Jim West, desperado, rough rider, and no, you don’t want nada. You can also watch all three of The Hobbit movies on HBO Max that day as well.
However because of film licensing and whatnot, movies will be leaving the service in November as well. Aquaman makes its exist early on November 4, but most films leave HBO Max on November 30. This includes all three Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies from the ’90s, Little Shop of Horrors, and Pearl Harbor.
Below, you’ll find everything coming and going from HBO Max for the month of November, and for more streaming info, check out the November lists for Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, and Disney+
New to HBO Max in November 2020
10,000 BC, 2008
13 Going On 30, 2004
2 Fast 2 Furious, 2003 (HBO)
Above The Rim, 1994
All Is Bright, 2013
America, America, 1964
Anchors Aweigh, 1945
Another Cinderella Story, 2008
The Arrangement, 1969
Austin Powers In Goldmember, 2002
Autumn In New York, 2000 (HBO)
Baby Doll, 1956
Battleship, 2012 (HBO)
Beasts Of The Southern Wild, 2012 (HBO)
Billy Madison, 1995 (HBO)
Blast From The Past, 1999
Blood Work, 2002
The Bridge Of San Luis Rey, 2005 (HBO)
Broadway Danny Rose, 1984 (HBO)
The Bucket List, 2007
The Children, 2009
A Christmas Carol, 1938
Chronicle, 2012 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
City Island, 2010 (HBO)
City Slickers, 1991 (HBO)
Clash Of The Titans, 2010
Critical Care, 1997
Cruel Intentions, 1999 (HBO)
The Dancer Upstairs, 2003 (HBO)
The Dark Knight, 2008
David Copperfield, 1935
Dead Man Walking, 1995 (HBO)
Desperately Seeking Susan, 1985 (HBO)
The Devil’s Advocate, 1997
Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, 2003 (HBO)
Dolphin Tale, 2011
Dumb And Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, 2003
The Eagle, 2011 (HBO)
East Of Eden, 1955
Eight Legged Freaks, 2002
Elf Pets: Santa’s Saint Bernard’s Save Christmas, 2018
The Enforcer, 1976
A Face In The Crowd, 1957
The Fast And The Furious, 2001 (HBO)
Femme Fatale, 2002
The Five-Year Engagement, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)
A Flintstone Christmas, 1977
A Flintstone Family Christmas, 1993
Free Willy, 1993
Friday The 13th, 2009
G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra, 2009
The Gauntlet, 1977
Genius, 2016 (HBO)
Get Santa, 2014
Girl In Progress, 2012
Grumpier Old Men, 1995
Grumpy Old Men, 1993
Guys And Dolls, 1955
Hacksaw Ridge, 2016 (HBO)
Happy Gilmore, 1996 (HBO)
High Fidelity, 2000 (HBO)
High Society, 1956
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, 2014
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, 2013
House On Haunted Hill, 1999
Ice Age: Continental Drift, 2012 (HBO)
Impractical Jokers: Inside Jokes
The Iron Giant, 1999
J. Edgar, 2011
Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday, 1993
Jason X, 2002
King Kong, 1976 (HBO)
The Last King Of Scotland, 2006 (HBO)
The Lego Batman Movie, 2017
The Lego Movie, 2014
The Lego Ninjago Movie, 2014
License To Wed, 2007
Life Stinks, 1991
Linda And The Mockingbirds, 2020 (HBO)
Little Man Tate, 1991 (HBO)
Looney Tunes: Back In Action, 2003
The Losers, 2010
Lowriders, 2017 (HBO)
Made, 2001 (HBO)
The Madness Of King George, 1994 (HBO)
Magic Mike, 2012
The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special, 2017
Magnum Force, 1973
Malibu’s Most Wanted, 2003
The Man With The Golden Arm, 1955
The Mask, 1994
Menace II Society, 1993
Miss Julie, 2014 (HBO)
Money Talks, 1997
Mr. Nanny, 1993
Music And Lyrics, 2007
Must Love Dogs, 2005
Mystic River, 2003
National Lampoon’s Loaded Weapon 1, 1993
Needful Things, 1993
The Neverending Story, 1984
The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter, 1991
New York Minute, 2004
Nights In Rodanthe, 2008
Nothing Like The Holidays, 2008
Now And Then, 1995
Ocean’s 11, 1960
Old School, 2003
On The Town, 1949
Once Upon A Sesame Street Christmas, Special Premiere
A Perfect World, 1993
The Pledge, 2001
Practical Magic, 1998
The Prophecy, 1995 (HBO)
The Prophecy 2, 1998 (HBO)
The Prophecy 3: The Ascent, 2000 (HBO)
Prophecy 4: The Uprising, 2005 (HBO)
Prophecy 5: The Forsaken, 2005 (HBO)
Radio Days, 1987
Red Tails, 2012 (HBO)
Rick And Morty, Season Four PremiereThe Right Stuff, 1983
Rock Star, 2001
Rumor Has It, 2005
Salvador, 1986 (HBO)
Scoop, 2006 (HBO)
The Sea Of Grass, 1947
The Secret Garden, 1993
Sesame Street, 1969
Sesame Street: Elmo’s Playdate, Special Premiere
Sesame Street’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, Special Premiere
Sinbad Of The Seven Seas, 1989 (HBO)
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, 2005
The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants 2, 2008
Smurfs Christmas Special, 1982
Some Came Running, 1958
Space Cowboys, 2000
Splendor In The Grass, 1961
Sudden Impact, 1983
Summer Catch, 2001
Swingers, 1996 (HBO)
A Tale Of Two Cities, 1935
Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines, 2003
Terminator Salvation, 2009
Terms Of Endearment, 1983
Thief, 1981 (HBO)
Thirteen Ghosts, 2001
The Time Traveler’s Wife, 2009
Tis The Season To Be Smurfy, 1987
Titans, Seasons 1 & 2
Tower Heist, 2011 (HBO)
The Town That Santa Forgot, 1993
Troll, 1986 (HBO)
Troll 2, 1990 (HBO)
True Crime, 1999
Tweety’s High-Flying Adventures, 2000
Twilight Zone: The Movie, 1983 (HBO)
Una Semana (HBO)
Unaccompanied Minors, 2006
Untamed Heart, 1993 (HBO)
Veronica Mars, 2014
A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, 2011 (Extended Version) (HBO)
We Bought A Zoo, 2011 (HBO)
When You Wish Upon A Pickle: A Sesame Street Special, 2018
Wild Wild West, 1999
Win A Date With Tad Hamilton!, 2004 (HBO)
Witches Of Eastwick, The, 1987
The Wood, 1999
Wyatt Earp, 1994
Yogi Bear’s All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper, 1982
Yogi’s First Christmas, 1980
Young Justice, Seasons 1-3
Zoo Animals (HBO)
We Are Who We Are, Season Finale (HBO)
A Woman Under The Influence, 1974
Looney Tunes, 1930 – 1969
Pecado Original (Aka Original Sin) (HBO)
The Dead Don’t Die, 2019 (HBO)
The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 2020 Inductions (HBO)
Food Wars! Shokugeki No Soma, Season 5 (Subtitled) (Crunchyroll Collection)
Industry, Series Premiere (HBO)
Patria, Season Finale (HBO)
My Sesame Street Friends, 2020
De Lo Mio (HBO)
Entre Nos: LA Meets NY (HBO)
Dolittle, 2020 (HBO)
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Season Finale (HBO)
Murder On Middle Beach, Docuseries Premiere (HBO)
His Dark Materials, Season Two Premiere (HBO)
Linda and the Mockingbirds, 2020 (HBO)
Porno Para Principiantes (Aka Porno For Newbies) (HBO)
Between The World And Me, Special Event Premiere (HBO)
Real Time with Bill Maher, Season Finale (HBO)
Underwater, 2020 (HBO)
Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)
Smurfs, Season 4, 1981
Craftopia: Craft the Halls, HBO Max Special Premiere
Craftopia: Merry Craftmas!, HBO Max Special Premiere
The Flight Attendant, HBO Max Original Series Premiere
Superintelligence, HBO Max Original Film Premiere
Chateau Vato (HBO)
How To With John Wilson, Season Finale (HBO)
The Call Of The Wild, 2019 (HBO)
The Undoing, Season Finale (HBO)
Leaving in November
Aquaman, 2018 (HBO)
Rolling Stone: Stories From The Edge, 2017 (HBO)
Signs, 2002 (HBO)
Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill, 2016 (HBO)
All Def Comedy, 2017 (HBO)
24/7: Kelly Slater, 2019 (HBO)
All The President’s Men, 1976
Anastasia, 1997 (HBO)
Batman Begins, 2005
Before The Devil Knows You’re Dead, 2007 (HBO)
Blinded By The Light, 2019 (HBO)
The Bodyguard, 1992
Bridesmaids, 2011 (Unrated Version) (HBO)
Bridget Jones’s Baby, 2016
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, 1958
Charlotte’s Web, 1973
Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke, 1978
Child’s Play 2, 1990 (HBO)
Child’s Play 3, 1991 (HBO)
Commando, 1985 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
The Conversation, 1974
The Dark Knight, 2008
Dog Day Afternoon, 1975
Ella Enchanted, 2004
Father Of The Bride, 1950
Going The Distance, 2010
Good Boys, 2019 (HBO)
The Haunting, 1999
The Kitchen, 2019 (HBO)
Little Shop Of Horrors, 1986 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)
If you’ve managed to secure an order for a PlayStation 5 you still have a few more weeks to wait for the next generation of gaming from Sony. But if you happened to be a famous soccer player, you could have your hands on it right now.
That’s the case for Polish international and Bayern Munich player Robert Lewandowski, who has shared a photo on Instagram showing himself kicking back with a DualSense controller. The PS5 isn’t shown in either shot in the post, but a close-up of the controller makes it look like the real deal. And with just a handful of weeks until launch, it’s easy to assume he’s just been lucky enough to get some early access.
Even though Sony has not sent consoles to journalists yet, Microsoft sent numerous Xbox Series X consoles to media outlets nearly a full month ago. It’s given us a comprehensive look at the console ahead of its launch next month–our final Xbox Series X preview provides a look at load times, backwards compatibility, and more.
This week on Wrestle Buddies, GameSpot’s professional wrestling podcast, Chris E. Hayner and Mat Elfring are joined by Mario Rivera from DualShockers for a deep dive into a highly-anticipated topic, along with the return of one of our favorite segments. That’s not all, though, as an unexpected guest manages to hack his way into the show.
First up, it’s time to look back at the WCW Nitro Grill. While we’ve talked about WWF New York, WWE Niagara Falls, Hulk Hogan’s Pastamania, and so many other themed establishments, they all pale in comparison to the WCW Nitro Grill. It was, easily, the coolest wrestling restaurant that’s ever existed, and it just so happened to be housed inside of a giant castle in Las Vegas. What’s more, Mario went there and tells us about his experience as a 10-year-old eating a hamburger named after Goldberg.
Next, an unexpected and uninvited guest makes himself known on the podcast. While Mustafa Ali revealed on Raw recently that he was the Smackdown hacker, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Instead, the actual Smackdown hacker hijacks the show to explain why he was the real person behind those weird segments on Smackdown. It’s honestly kind of pathetic, but he seems like a nice enough guy that is definitely not Mat wearing a mask.
Finally, Gangrel Watch is back. It’s been far too long since we checked in with noted vampire warrior professional wrestler Gangrel, and he’s been a busy man. Mat catches us up on the wrestler’s latest tweets and we talk about his cool motorcycle.
All that plus we answer your questions! New episodes of Wrestle Buddies are released every Thursday on the podcast platform or app of your choice, including Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts.
Publisher Ragnarok Game has amended a lawsuit against Human Head Studios, suing Bethesda for $100 million over its alleged part in an “intentional sabotage” of Ragnarok’s Rune 2 in an attempt to protect The Elder Scrolls franchise.
As reported by PC Gamer, the lawsuit was originally filed in December of 2019 and focused on Human Head Studios, the original developers of Rune 2. Ragnarok claims that the developers intentionally abandoned the game upon launch and refused to turn over the source code, so the publisher is seeking damages and restitution. The reason Bethesda Softworks and ZeniMax Media are now involved in the suit is that Human Head Studios went out of business a day after the game’s launch, only to be absorbed by Bethesda and re-opened as Roundhouse Studios on the same day.
You can read the amended complaint here, which notes that Ragnarok “seeks redress for fraud and the intentional sabotage of two video games, Rune II and Oblivion Song.” Oblivion Song wasn’t announced, but it appears to be an adaptation of the popular Robert Kirkman comic book series that was left unfinished when Human Head Studios announced their departure. “Rune II was maliciously torpedoed in a conspiracy between the game’s developer, desperate for cash, and a large video game conglomerate intent on destroying threats to its own video-game franchises,” the complaint reads.
The suit alleges that Human Head contacted Bethesda and ZeniMax about a potential acquisition without notifying Ragnarok, and later provided the publisher with keys to a pre-release version of Rune 2, which allowed Bethesda to “see for themselves the threat that Rune II posed to their hit franchise, Skyrim/Elder Scrolls.” Then, two weeks prior to Rune II’s launch, Zenimax allegedly formed Roundhouse Studios and used the company “to purchase all of Human Head’s equipment and take over its leases,” which Ragnarok alleges contained trade secrets, source and materials relating to the two games.
The complaint also mentions the PR troubles caused by the alleged sabotage, noting that in spite of the game’s positive reviews, the next day Ragnarok was faced with headlines about the studio’s departure and the wavering future of Rune 2 post-launch. For more on Rune 2, you can check out our preview of the game from 2019.
Nintendo has pushed a patch to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate that removes the unintentionally NSFW victory pose used by Minecraft Steve.
The Mojang mascot arrived in-game on October 13, and shortly after fans made the internet aware of his provocative victory animation. If Steve triumphs over his Nintendo colleagues, he will start eating a piece of steak in the endgame screen and then hold the steak slab at waist height, creating an image rife with potential innuendo for those of us with a dirty mind.
However, Nintendo has now made it so that the steak vanishes after he eats it, removing its promiscuous potential. You can see Steve’s new victory pose in the video above, uploaded by Twitter user Plun_Yu. This is one of the many tweaks introduced in the Ver. 9.0.1 update, issued on October 21. As well as getting rid of Steve’s slab, the patch has fixed a few issues with the Minecart and Anvil moves used by the new suite of Minecraft characters.
Microsoft’s head of gaming Phil Spencer was shown the image in an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo last week. After a long pause, Spencer responded “Yeah. Who did that?” before being told it was a real screenshot for the game, and saying, “I assume that will be fixed.”
Director Dexter Fletcher has confirmed that Sherlock Holmes 3 is currently “on the back burner” after facing new “issues” due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic this year.
Appearing as a guest on the Celebrity Catch Up Podcast, Fletcher, who is taking over the franchise from Guy Ritchie, shared an update on the third Sherlock Holmes installment, as he admitted that the project had been put on hold indefinitely whilst they try to figure out a plan of action that will enable them to move forward with production.
“Sherlock’s hit its own issues on and off,” Fletcher said. “That’s sort of sitting on the back burner at the moment until it becomes clear where the world is at and what’s going to happen. The same is with The Saint. I’m pushing ahead with both of them, and that’s always part of the challenge.”
Fletcher explained that The Saint, his reboot of the 1997 action thriller that starred Val Kilmer, had faced the same challenges as Sherlock Holmes 3, as he cited COVID-19 travel bans and social gathering restrictions as the main “dilemma” for film productions.
“They’re both up against the same dilemma,” he confirmed. “[It’s] the same issue that we all [have]: How do you get large groups of people together to create something and then shift them all around the world? And what do you do with actors that are in a love scene? It’s complicated.”
The project might currently be stalled, but Robert Downey Jr. has already revealed that he has some very big plans for the sleuthing series. He recently outlined his intentions to spin a new cinematic universe out of Sherlock Holmes 3, which is currently scheduled for release on December 22, 2021, after being pushed back from its original 2020 release date.