Invincible #144 Review

How often do we get the opportunity to see one writer and two artists remain on board a comic for 15 years and 144 issues straight? This series has been allowed to grow and evolve over the years in ways that simply wouldn’t be possible on a traditional, company-owned project. All of that only adds to the weight and significance of this final issue, as Robert Kirkman, Ryan Ottley and Cory Walker give fans one final outing with the Grayson family. It’s not a flawless sendoff for the series, but an emotionally fulfilling one all the same.

The pacing of this final 12-part story arc, “The End of All Things,” has been all over the map. For a time it seemed as though the book had reached its dramatic climax too soon, leaving little material to fill these final few issues. But now, with the surprise debut of a son Mark never knew he had and the pressures of becoming emperor weighing on our hero, it’s as if the series suddenly has the opposite problem.

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19 PS4, PS Vita, and PSVR Games Released This Week

19 games are being released for PlayStation systems this week, including Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Crossing Souls, and more.

Check out the full slate of titles being released in the gallery below, as well as in list form right below that.

  • Crossing Souls
  • CubeWorks
  • Drunken Bar Fight
  • Dynasty Warriors 9
  • The Fall Part 2: Unbound
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  • Guilt Battle Arena
  • Kingdom Come: Deliverance
  • Knockout League
  • The Longest Five Minutes
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Hellraiser: Judgment Review

The Hellraiser movies have long espoused the ethos that pain and pleasure are indivisible, which probably explains why all the straight-to-video sequels are pretty hard to watch. Maybe it’s all very meta, and we’re supposed to enjoy not liking them.

Hellraiser started out as a slimy saga of supernatural sadomasochism and it quickly developed a complex mythology over the four theatrical releases. But from the fifth film onward all the selling points of Hellraiser – the monstrous Cenobites and the blurred lines between eroticism and agony – fell by the wayside. The majority of the straight-to-video installments have played like completely unrelated screenplays which had little bits and pieces of Hellraiser iconography clumsily grafted on after the fact. And none of those screenplays were particularly interesting. (Heck, two of them have the exact same twist ending.)

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Secret of Mana HD Remaster Review: All The Joy of The Original

You know what this Secret of Mana HD remaster makes me want most? A full Secret of Mana remake. While I love how this remaster has all the heart and joy of the SNES original from 1993, it misses an opportunity to elevate this classic RPG by bringing it up to modern standards in areas like AI, combat balancing, and even graphics. The result is a charming but clumsy 20ish-hour adventure that both frustrates and delights.

Much of this push and pull starts with the new art style, which attempts to convert the original’s sprites into 3D. On the one hand, Mana’s world design is scrumptious eye candy: almost everywhere you go you’re greeted with scenic fields bursting with flora and coated in cheerful, sugary pastels like so much colorful caramel. Wolves trot through clusters of glittering, multihued trees while quaint wooden signs point travelers toward their destination so they don’t get turned around by an endless procession of right angles. Even the imposing palaces guarded by hostile ducks wearing kettle helmets (don’t ask) look inviting when decorated with beautiful stained glass windows. These lovely settings feel like chicken soup for the soul.

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Australian FIFA 18 E-League Joins FIFA’s Road to the eWorld Cup

The Hyundai A-League’s E-League will now serve as an entry path to EA Sports’ Global Series Playoffs, affording them the opportunity to become the FIFA eWorld Cup Champion at the FIFA eWorld Cup 2018.

Tonight Australia’s professional football competition, the Hyundai A-League, will launch its video game competition with the E-League, a FIFA 18 tournament featuring the best players in the country, drafted to A-League clubs and competing over the course of nine weeks.

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Incredibles 2 – Sneak Peek Trailer

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Here’s Who Might Direct The Call Of Duty Movie

The Call of Duty movie is progressing and has potentially found a director. Sources told Hollywood news site Variety that Sicario 2: Soldado director Stefano Sollima is currently in talks to direct the untitled Call of Duty movie. Importantly, it sounds like no deal has been struck as of yet, and, in Hollywood, nothing is certain.

The site goes on to say that Snowden writer Kieran Fitzgerald wrote the script for the Call of Duty movie, with Coco Francini (The Hateful Eight, Skylanders Academy) producing alongside Sollima. Activision Blizzard declined to comment when approached by Variety.

A scene from Call of Duty: WWIIA scene from Call of Duty: WWII

There is no word for what the plot might be for the Call of Duty film, but it could be part of a Marvel-style cinematic universe with multiple connecting stories.

Stacey Sher and Nick van Dyk, co-presidents of in-house production team Activision Blizzard Studios, said in an interview last year that films based on Call of Duty sub-brands are currently in the works, while multiple scripts have already been written.

“We have plotted out many years,” Sher explained. “We put together this group of writers to talk about where we were going. There’ll be a film that feels more like Black Ops, the story behind the story. The Modern Warfare series looks at what it’s like to fight a war with the eyes of the world on you. And then maybe something that is more of a hybrid, where you are looking at private, covert operations, while a public operation is going on.”

“It’s going to have the same sort of high-adrenaline, high-energy aesthetic as the game, but it’s not a literal adaptation,” added van Dyk. “It’s a much more broad and inclusive, global in scope … a big, tentpole, Marvel-esque movie.”

Sicario 2 comes to theatres in June, but there is no word as of yet regarding when the Call of Duty movie might start shooting, who will star in it, and when it will be released.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale Season 3 Battle Pass Will Be Sold For V-Bucks After All

Season 3 of Fortnite‘s free-to-play Battle Royale mode is quickly approaching, and with it will come a new Battle Pass for players to purchase. After the release of the Season 2 Battle Pass, Epic had said that all future passes would have to be purchased directly with real money, but it appears that is now no longer the case.

On the official Fortnite Twitter account, Epic announced that the Season 3 Battle Pass for Battle Royale mode will cost 950 V-Bucks (Fortnite’s in-game currency)–the same price as the previous Battle Pass. Moreover, the developer confirmed, “We will not be offering the Season 3 Battle Pass as a real money purchase.”

V-Bucks are acquired primarily by purchasing them through Fortnite’s in-game store, but there are other ways to earn the currency, such as by leveling up your Battle Pass or by playing Fortnite’s PvE Save the World mode, which is still currently in paid early access. The decision to only sell the next Battle Pass for V-Bucks is good news for players who’ve been regularly playing Save the World or have saved up a lot of V-Bucks from their current Battle Pass, but those who opted to spend their currency after hearing the Battle Pass would cost real money may not be quite as pleased.

Season 2 of Fortnite: Battle Royale ends next week, on February 20. In the meantime, players can pick up some Valentine’s Day-themed cosmetic items, although it’s now too late to take part in Battle Royale’s most recent limited-time mode, Shooting Test. PS Plus subscribers can also now claim a free PlayStation Plus Celebration cosmetic pack on PS4.

On top of the new season, Epic Games has a lot in store for Fortnite: Battle Royale in the near future. The developer recently teased some limited-time modes it plans to hold soon, including a modified version of the 50v50 event. Epic will also remove a weapon from Battle Royale this week, although it may still return in the future.

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Star Trek Discovery: The Best Easter Eggs In Season 1!

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The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #42 Review

One of the drawbacks to Dan Slott’s decision to cap off his Amazing Spider-Man run at issue #800 is that he won’t have much of an opportunity to explore Peter’s new status quo as science editor at the Daily Bugle. Consider this annual issue an attempt to address that problem. It doesn’t stand out as much as some of Slott’s recent stories, but it does allow fans to spend a little more time with the Daily Bugle crew and a few long-time villains.

Slott’s story builds on the aftermath of The Clone Conspiracy (not necessarily a point in its favor), as Betty Brant and Peter Parker join forces to investigate a clue left behind by the briefly resurrected Ned Leeds. That puts the duo in the path of the Enforcers, the Kingpin and various other nefarious players covering up something called Blood Creek. It’s an excuse for Slott and artist Cory Smith to combine traditional Spider-Man antics with a dash of good, old-fashioned mystery. That mystery doesn’t have the greatest payoff, unfortunately. The truth behind Blood Creek is more silly than compelling as it tired to merge the seedy criminal underworld with the world of the supernatural.

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