PAX West 2018 Releases Panel Line-Up

The line-up for PAX West 2018’s panels and exhibitors was announced Monday, with tickets already being sold out for the Saturday and Sunday event days. PAX West will take place Aug. 31 to Sept. 3 at the Washington State Convention Center.

This year’s panels include developers from Shadow of the Tomb Raider who will discuss the creation of the hidden city of Paititi, and Life is Strange 2 creators hosting a discussion and Q&A.

IGN will have its own panel, IGN Presents: Let’s Rank the Top 10 Xbox One Games, on Friday, 8/31 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Wyvern Theatre. There, Tina Amini, Jonathon Dornbush, Tom Marks, Ryan McCaffrey, Miranda Sanchez, and brandin Tyrrel.

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Patrick Stewart Returning as Captain Picard Is the Best Thing to Happen to Star Trek in Decades

When the news came this weekend that Patrick Stewart will indeed be reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard in a new Star Trek series for CBS All Access, the internet went crazy with PatStew love. The reaction to the announcement was overwhelmingly positive, and it showed just how important Star Trek: The Next Generation is not just to Trekkies but also to more mainstream audiences. And indeed, the reveal that Jean-Luc is returning is certainly one of the best things to happen to Star Trek in — dare I say it? — decades. Though, all the same, it’s also one of the riskiest moves the franchise has taken in some time.

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Everything You Need to Play Spider-Man on PS4 Next Month

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We are less than a month away from Spider-Man for PS4 and I have to admit, I’m a little excited. Actually, I take that back, I’m extremely excited. I played a demo during E3 and the attention to detail is absolutely amazing. I took to the streets to walk around, and a squirrel came down from a tree and ran around, doing its squirrel thing, just like a real-life squirrel.

That part really stuck with me, because while web-slinging, swinging, and scaling the New York City skyline is a pure delight, it fascinates me to no end someone at Insomniac took the time to create, animate, and program realistic squirrel behavior. It’s the little touches that add up to something greater than the sum of its parts, and I think Spider-Man is going to be excellent when it finally comes out on September 7. Squirrels.

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Capcom Was Worried About Resident Evil 2 Remake E3 Reveal

Reactions to Capcom’s reveal of the Resident Evil 2 remake were largely positive, ranging from effusive to optimistically squeamish. Publishers never know how fans will react until they see it for themselves, though, so Capcom was understandably nervous before showing it off.

“We had discussions of whether we could make a game that was everything for everyone,” Capcom Europe COO Stuart Turner told GamesIndustry.biz. “For those guys who want tank controls and want fixed cameras… can we do that? But the world has moved on and these players have changed. And if we did [introduce old school mechanics], these fans might play it and actually decide it’s not what they wanted after all.”

EMEA marketing director Antoine Molant said those lingering questions over how fans would adapt to change were still hanging over their heads when time for the debut came.

“That was probably the main worry, or question mark, that we had,” Molant said. “We knew there were expectations around the game, and we knew it looked great and would be a good game. But around the point of the tank controls and fixed cameras, we were worried that the fanbase would be divided. But, although there might have been some initial dissenting voices, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive.”

Turner added that the company is looking for financial success, obviously, but wants to balance those concerns with the artistic ones. As an example, he cited the radical departure of Resident Evil 7.

“While we have shareholders to appease, it’s not just about commercial performance,” Turner said. “There is an artistic element that always comes in where we know this is the right way. And while if we compare RE7 to RE6 the absolute numbers are not the same, in terms of the profitability… it’s completely fine. It ticked all of our boxes internally. It was really well received. And in some respects, getting some very good review scores counts as much for Capcom as a game that sells millions and millions and millions. We’d prefer a game that got a 9 and sold less, than got a 6 but sold more.”

Resident Evil 2 is coming on January 25, 2019. Check out our pre-order guide for more details.

FX’s What We Do in the Shadows Series Will Be ‘Bigger’ Than the Movie

When Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement wrote, directed and starred in offbeat vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows in 2014, the New Zealanders were perhaps best known for Clement’s quirky series Flight of the Conchords and Waititi’s indie darling Boy. In the years since, Clement has become one of the industry’s most interesting performers thanks to breakout roles in FX’s Legion and Disney’s Moana, while Waititi has established himself as one of Hollywood’s most visionary directors thanks to his franchise-saving take on Thor: Ragnarok.

Now they’re adapting What We Do in the Shadows into a TV series for FX, shifting the narrative from Wellington to New York to tell a new story about three lazy vampires who have been roommates for hundreds of years.

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Dave Bautista Will Drop Out Of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3 If Marvel Passes On James Gunn’s Script

The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 controversy continues, as Dave Bautista has even more some strong words about director James Gunn’s recent firing. If Disney thought the recent joint-statement from the Guardians of the Galaxy cast was the end of the controversy that has followed the firing of writer/director James Gunn, it was mistaken. Dave Bautista, who plays Drax in the Marvel series, has more to say about his future with the series.

While Dave Bautista is contractually obligated to appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, there could be some problems if Marvel plans on doing completely away with Gunn’s work on the next film, including his completed script. In an interview with Shortlist, Bautista drew a line in the sand about appearing in the third Guardians movie without Gunn’s direction: “Nobody’s defending his tweets, but this was a smear campaign on a good man,” Bautista said. “I spoke to Chris Pratt the day after it happened, and he’s a bit religious, so he wanted time to pray and figure it out, but I was more like: ‘f*** this. This is bullshit.’ James is one of the kindest, most decent people I’ve met… Where I’m at right now is that if [Marvel] don’t use that script, then I’m going to ask them to release me from my contract, cut me out or recast me. I’d be doing James a disservice if I didn’t.”

At this time, Disney and Marvel have not commented about the possibility of Gunn’s return–which seems unlikely–or whether or not they will be using the writer/director’s script for the next movie.

Original story below.

Bautista replied to a fan on Twitter who asked him what his plans were if Gunn was not rehired for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.3. Bautista stated that he would do what he was “legally obligated” to, which suggests that he is under contract to return for the next movie. However, he went on to state that making the films without Gunn was not “what I signed up for,” and that it would be “nauseating” to work for a studio that would “empower a smear campaign by fascists.” Check the tweet out below:

The tweets that led to Gunn’s dismissal last month date back almost a decade, and saw the director joking about topics such as pedophilia and rape. They resurfaced online via conservative website The Daily Caller, and Disney was quick to sever ties with him.

Bautista was quick to condemn this decision, and remains the most outspoken cast member on the issue. The cast, which also includes Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Bradley Cooper, and Vin Diesel, offered Gunn their support in their statement, but stopped short of stating that he should be rehired or that they wouldn’t return for Vol.3. While the movie has never officially been given a release date by Disney, it was reportedly set to start production in February 2019 ahead of a 2020 release.

Last week, it was reported that despite the statement, Disney had no plans to rehire Gunn. Variety spoke to “multiple people familiar with the studio’s current thinking,” and stated that, despite the support from the cast, the tweets that ultimately led to his dismissal remain totally at odds with Disney’s family-friendly image.

Soon after he was fired, Gunn offered a statement in which he took responsibility for the tweets and accepted Disney’s decision. “My words of nearly a decade ago were, at the time, totally failed and unfortunate efforts to be provocative,” his statement read. “I have regretted them for many years since–not just because they were stupid, not at all funny, wildly insensitive, and certainly not provocative like I had hoped, but also because they don’t reflect the person I am today or have been for some time.

“Regardless of how much time has passed, I understand and accept the business decisions taken today. Even these many years later, I take full responsibility for the way I conducted myself then. All I can do now, beyond offering my sincere and heartfelt regret, is to be the best human being I can be: accepting, understanding, committed to equality, and far more thoughtful about my public statements and my obligations to our public discourse.”

The Complete Nintendo Switch Buying Guide

Thanks to its ability to be played on a TV or on the go, the Nintendo Switch is the most versatile gaming console available right now. It’s also home not only to Nintendo’s first-party games, but also a growing number of third-party and indie gems on the Eshop. All of which is to say that if you don’t own a Switch yet, there’s a good chance you’re considering adding one to your gaming setup. To make sure you cover all of the essentials, here’s everything you need to get up and running on Nintendo Switch.

Console

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Compared to buying an Xbox One and PS4, choosing which Switch to buy is relatively easy because it only comes in one internal hardware configuration. But that doesn’t mean you won’t have to make any choices. The Switch comes in two different color options, so you’ll have to decide if you want your console and controllers to be gray, or if you want to add a splash of color with the red and blue Joy-Con option.

Additional Joy-Cons are available in an array of colors, but the Switch console mainly comes in either gray or red/blue. Read our full Nintendo Switch review for more details about the pros and cons of the Switch’s hardware.

Games

You won’t find much to do on your Switch without adding some games to your collection. Here are some of the best Nintendo Switch games available now.

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Super Mario Odyssey — 10/10

Odyssey is sustained beyond its major milestones not only through colorful worlds and hidden challenges, but through the sheer joy of controlling Mario, who’s never felt more responsive or dynamic in action. Even with everything new that’s been introduced, Nintendo’s forward-thinking platformer retains the series’ classic handcrafted appeal, which is even more impressive when you realize how densely packed each kingdom is.” -Peter Brown [Read the full review]

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild — 10/10

“No matter how gorgeous its environments are, how clever its enemies are, and how tricky its puzzles get, the fact that Breath of the Wild continues to surprise you with newfound rules and possibilities after dozens of hours is by far its most valuable quality. It’s a game that allows you to feel gradually more and more empowered yet simultaneously manages to retain a sense of challenge and mystery–which, together, creates a steady, consistent feeling of gratification throughout the entire experience.” -Peter Brown [Read the review]

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Splatoon 2 — 8/10

“At first glance, Splatoon 2 seems very similar to the first game. But all the small changes, and even the bigger ones in single player and League Battles, make for a fresh take on the already unique shooter. If you played a lot of the original, the sequel has enough to keep you coming back, and if you’re new to the game, it’s a fantastic place to jump in.” – Kallie Plagge [Read the full review]

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe — 9/10

“For Mario Kart fans, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe might look like more of the same with small Double Dash-inspired tweaks. But thanks to a series of updates both big and almost unseen, it’s the version of Mario Kart to get… It plays beautifully on Switch in both handheld and docked mode, and its core racing is as exciting as ever. And, most notably, it completely revamps the original’s lackluster Battle Mode, rounding out an already great racing game.” – Kallie Plagge [Read the full review]

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Octopath Traveler — 8/10

“Despite the lackluster stories that pull you through the world, Octopath thrives on its character progression and the temptations of high-level challenges and rewards. The promise of new jobs, exciting boss fights, and powerful gear will inspire you to poke around every corner, and there are no shortage of discoveries to strive for. And all the while, you’re treated to one of the most interesting and effective re-imaginings of a retro aesthetic around.” -Peter Brown [Read the full review]

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Bayonetta 2 — 10/10

Bayonetta 2‘s combat is so expertly constructed, and its presentation so joyously insane, that you’d have to try so very hard to get bored of it all. In a year filled with the promise of ever more elaborate experiences on all the shiny new hardware, that Bayonetta 2–a homage to classic game design and escapism–should be the most fun I’ve had playing a game all year is unexpected.” -Mark Walton [Read the review]

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Stardew Valley — 9/10

“The sheer number of things to accomplish in Stardew Valley can keep you interested beyond the original three in-game years you need to reach the end of your story… And that’s truly what makes Stardew Valley such a lovely experience, it encourages you to go out and be the best you can be, in whichever task that brings you the most joy. Stardew Valley motivates naturally, with blissful optimism.” -Mary Kish [Read the full review]

Read our regularly-updated list of the best Nintendo Switch games so far for even more suggestions.

Services

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The Switch’s paid online service isn’t live yet, but once Nintendo Switch Online launches in September, you’ll have to pay $20 at least per year to take most games online. You’ll also get access to a selection of classic NES games with new online capabilities.

Accessories

Perhaps more than any other console on the market, the Nintendo Switch is an accessory-friendly device. That’s mostly because of its hybrid nature as an at-home console and a handheld you can take on the go. Each use case lends itself to different accessories. Here are some you might want to consider.

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Nintendo Switch Pro Controller

The Switch comes with a Joy-Con Grip to make your Joy-Cons feel as much like a standard controller as possible. Even so, it’s not the most ergonomic piece of hardware. If you play lots of games on your TV–or if you just want a controller that fits better in your hands, buying the Pro controller is the way to go.

Extra Joy-Cons

Whether you want to adorn your Switch with different colors or you want to bring in a couch co-op partner (or competitor), you can’t go wrong by stocking up on additional Joy-Cons.

Carrying Case

What good is a portable device if you don’t take it on the go? This Nintendo Switch carrying case offers terrific protection for your device, plus offers plenty of room for games and pockets for cables or other accessories.

Screen Protector

Nice screen you’ve got there; it would be a shame if something happened to it. With any portable device, it’s likely to take a beating from time to time. Protect your Switch’s screen from scratches with an affordable screen protector like this.

Additional Dock

One great thing about the Switch is how easy it is to hook up to other televisions. Adding a dock to a second TV makes it even easier.

Headset

The Switch is a fantastic gaming machine, but its onboard speakers leave much to be desired. Sidestep that issue by investing in a quality headset like this one.

Dave Bautista Wants To Leave Guardians Vol. 3 if Disney Doesn’t Use James Gunn’s Script

In addition to the news earlier today of Dave Bautista calling working for Disney post-James Gunn’s firing nauseating, Shortlist has released an interview with more details from the Guardians of the Galaxy actor.

In the interview, Bautista, who plays Drax the Destroyer in the MCU, said he has asked Marvel to release him from his contract due to the firing of Gunn.

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Kill La Kill The Game: IF Demo Shown Off At Evo

At Anime Expo 2018, we learned the critically acclaimed 2013 anime Kill la Kill was being made into a video game called Kill la Kill the Game: IF. The game is being published by Arc System Works, developed by APlus Games, and scheduled for release next year. At Evo 2018, Arc System Works showcased a demo for Kill la Kill the Game: IF and further explained the arena-brawlers’ mechanics and story.

Mechanically, IF plays like any other fighting game. Players can mash buttons to lash out with simplistic attacks or perform complex combos to pull off more powerful moves. Every movement in IF is a part of a multitiered rock-paper-scissors system–similar to Dead or Alive–forcing players to counter their opponents while covering for their own weaknesses.

In Kill la Kill the Game: IF, Blows can counter Break Attacks, which break Guards, which block Blows. However, Blows can also counter Evasion Attacks, which can catch Evade Actions, which can dodge Blows. There are two rock-paper-scissor systems at play, and players need to be mindful of both to succeed.

This rock-paper-scissors system extends to the game’s clashing mechanic. If your opponent lashes at you with a Ketsui Burst special attack, you’ll both engage in a verbal dispute called Ketsui Hyoumei Enzetsu. Provoke overcomes Abuse, which trumps Mock, which beats Provoke.

No new fighters were shown at Evo 2018–the demo solely focused on Ryuko Matoi and Satsuki Kiruin. The presenters reiterated that IF is a retelling of Kill la Kill from Satsuki’s perspective, before adding that Satsuki will take a new final form at the game’s end. IF’s story is written by Kazuki Nakashima, the screenwriter for the anime, and Arc System Works said the company is thinking about including an English dub in the final release of the game.

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A new build of the game is expected to be shown off at this year’s Tokyo Game Show in September, but nothing has been confirmed. Kill la Kill the Game: IF is scheduled to launch for PS4 and PC in 2019.

ESET Smart Security Premium Review

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ESET Smart Security premium is a full-featured security package that includes a password manager, data encryption tools, parental controls, and even an anti-theft feature that can track your computer down if it gets stolen. All this protection will run you $79.99 MSRP for Smart Security Premium (See it on the ESET website), which is what I tested, and it covers one device for one year. That’s almost double the typical price for basic antivirus, but you can save some cash by getting the “non Premium” version, which is $20 less and lacks password management and data encryption. You can then save another $10 by just getting the basic NOD32 antivirus package, which has typical pricing of $39.99 a year.

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