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Rapid-Fire: Sony in 2016, and What Lies Ahead

Rapid-Fire is GoombaStomp’s weekly Playstation news column, commenting on all of the Sony stories that you need to know about. In this special edition, we take a look back at Sony’s 2016 and take a peek ahead at what is to come in the coming days.



Rapid-Fire is GoombaStomp’s weekly Playstation news column, commenting on all of the Sony stories that you need to know about. In this special edition, we take a look back at Sony’s 2016 and take a peek ahead at what is to come in the coming days.

PS4 Sales Exceed Fifty Million Units By End of 2016

Continuing its domination in the console wars, the PlayStation 4 hit a new sales milestone. Sony’s gaming system surpassed the fifty million mark following Black Friday. This figure represents the number of units that have been sold to consumers, not what has been shipped to various retailers.

These figures have only continued to rise in the months since. Sony Interactive Entertainment recently announced that an added 6.2 million systems were sold over the holiday season. Additionally, software sales equaled 50.4 million over the same period.

Following this announcement, Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, expressed the company’s gratitude for the support of the PlayStation community.

“We are truly grateful for the tremendous support from our fans and partners, which has helped to make this holiday season one of the best in our history,” said the CEO.

House also spoke to the company’s goals looking ahead, saying, “We will aim to continue the momentum this year by broadening the PS4 title portfolio, further enriching the revolutionary gaming experiences on PlayStation VR and high quality gaming experience on PlayStation 4 Pro, while also expanding network services. We will remain steadfast in making the PS4 the best place to play.”

PlayStation VR Launches in October 2016

October 13th, 2016 will forever be marked as a historic day in Sony’s history as PlayStation VR headsets finally hit store shelves. A $500 bundle was available at launch containing the headset, a PlayStation Camera, two Move controllers and the PlayStation VR Worlds five-game package. Additionally, all PS VR units include a demo disc with trials for 18 different games.

PlaystationCongratulations are certainly in order, as PlayStation VR has dominated the virtual reality market since its launch. Business Insider projected that the it would sell 300,000 more units than the HTC Vive, and almost 400,000 over Facebook’s Oculus Rift by the year’s end. This can be attributed to the accessibility and lower price point of the system.

Although Sony warned consumers that these units would fly off the shelves, their lack of availability since launch has been one of the biggest stories surrounding the system. The lack of stock is reminiscent of the NES Classic Edition (or many other Nintendo systems, for that matter).

This is a problem that Sony must find a way to solve if they want PS VR to continue its success. The difference between the NES Classic Edition and the PS VR lies in their desired audiences and reach. The NES Classic Edition already has a built-in audience, a mob of fans who hold those vintage games close to their hearts. Furthermore, buying the system is only a $60 commitment for US customers.

On the other hand, PlayStation VR needs to carve out its audience and prove to individuals why it is worth an additional $399.99 investment. VR is an emerging technology that is still working to establish itself as the next big thing.

To maintain its leg up on the competition, Sony needs to jump on the hype of PlayStation VR’s release. The window is still open for them to act, but is closing quickly. They need to solve this stock issue before gamers leave it behind.

2016: The Year for Every Gamer

2016 was, without a doubt, one of the best years for PlayStation gamers in recent history. The AAA offerings were spectacular, but indie titles also emerged in great numbers with unique experiences and ideas. There was a beautiful, fun game for arguably every taste imaginable.

Uncharted 4

A number of popular action-adventure and RPG franchises received incredible new entries. Uncharted 4, arriving in May, gave a proper finale to the saga of Nathan Drake, receiving immense praise from both fans and critics alike. Naughty Dog stayed true to the series, not letting the success of The Last of Us distract them from delivering on the core Uncharted experience.

Two highly-anticipated games finally made their way to consoles: The Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV. After some of the most notoriously difficult development cycles, fans were finally able to see if the wait was worth it. While there were opinions on every end of the spectrum, we here at GoombaStomp felt that both games were worth playing, with The Last Guardian earning an 8.0 and Final Fantasy XV attaining an 8.8.

2016 could easily have been called the “Year of the Shooter.” With Titanfall 2, DoomCall of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Battlefield 1 all being released this year, fans of first-person shooters had multiple options to choose from. Each of these games took the genre in a unique direction, showing the world again that there are still stones left unturned for these franchises.

One of the fantastic surprises for lovers of more light-hearted titles was Insomniac’s Rachet & Clank. The unexpected hit took every part of the original PS2 era Rachet & Clank and made it better. The game was graphically stunning while delivering on the hilarious characters, creative weapons and fun gameplay that have characterized the series.

On top of all of these AAA releases, this was a spectacular year for indie gaming. Playdead, the creators of 2010’s Limbo, released puzzle-platformer INSIDE, a master class in art design and story. Although mixed opinions emerged over the ending, INSIDE is a game that stuck with every player that touched it, driving conversations over the meaning within the masterpiece.

Campo Santo’s Firewatch lit a blaze across the industry with everything from its voice acting to the mystery at its core, winning the PlayStation Blog’s award for Best Independent Game. The Witness, a creation from the brilliant mind of Jonathan Blow along with the team at Thekla, was a lesson in how puzzle games should be put together.

Walking simulators and puzzle games were not the only indie offerings deserving of praise. Ghost Town Games’ Overcooked is a criminally underplayed title that delivers fast-paced, ever-changing action. Yes, it is a cooking simulation game. But, it is also one of the best local cooperative experiences I have ever had. Overcooked is undoubtedly one of my games of the year, and playing it over the holidays with my family was one of the highlights of the season.

I could list so many other games that deserve to be recognized, but I will end with one that took over the hearts of many a gamer: Overwatch. Blizzard’s team-based multiplayer shooter became a phenomenon overnight, with combat that was fluid and ever-changing and a backstory and lore that made players care about their characters.

Every part of Overwatch has been treated with the proper care it deserves, and it is my prediction that it will continue to dominate the space in 2017.

No Man’s Sky: The Indie Darling Turned Disaster

This year was not without its disappointments, the worst of which being No Man’s Sky. First revealed at the VGX Awards in December 2013, the first-person survival game promised an open world beyond what any open world game had ever delivered before.

Sean Murray and the team at Hello Games spoke of a procedurally generated universe that would create quintillions of planets for players to explore, with all manner of life waiting to be discovered.

Statements like this alongside the extended hype cycle created by Sony and the media placed tremendous expectations upon No Man’s Sky’s proverbial shoulders. It seemed as if there was no possible way for the game to hit every mark that it was expected to.

Upon its release in August 2016, players unsurprisingly found themselves disappointed by what they had received and, in many cases, angry. The community felt as if the product that they received was not what had been promised.

Yes, there was a vast universe, but the planets within it were not individual enough. The game became monotonous quickly, with gameplay quickly turning into a grind.

Although this procedural generation did hypothetically mean that everything would be new and unique, nobody mentioned the limitations of the technology or the formulas at work. If this had been mentioned, even in one interview, player expectations may have been tempered, relieving some of the outrage.

Hello Games fell silent upon the game’s release, but finally reemerged in November with the “Foundation Update,” adding in home bases for players to construct out of their gathered resources.

Although it seems that Murray and Hello Games are going to continue to work to improve the game through updates like this, it seems like the obstacles will prove too large to overcome. Those players who felt burned by the game will not forget it easily. The challenge of winning them over a second time may simply be too much.

With all of the new titles coming to the PlayStation in the coming months, I fear that No Man’s Sky will simply be unable to compete, forever holding a place of infamy in the gaming community.

What Lies on the Horizon: 2017 and Beyond?

2016 was a beast of a year in gaming. There’s no question about that. But does that mean that there is nothing left to look forward to in this calendar year?

Absolutely not. If anything, the excitement only continues, especially in this first half of 2017. With new IP on the way alongside some new games in beloved franchises, it is a remarkable time to be a gamer.

Arriving first is Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. While not an exclusive title, it will be fully playable in PlayStation VR, making it the most noteworthy title to arrive for the hardware. This entry in the franchise shifts the player into a first-person perspective, but holds on to the core features of the series.

This balance of old and new has been received very well so far by those who have had sneak previews of the game. If consumers feel the same, this could be the revival that the Resident Evil franchise desperately needs.

Sony’s biggest new IP, Horizon Zero Dawn, is also just around the corner. Set in a future where dinosaur-like robots have taken over, players will use traps, arrows and hacking tools to survive.

The open world action RPG from Guerilla Games has attracted nothing but positive attention since its reveal, winning Best Original Game at the Game Critics Awards for the past two years.

With Sony looking for a new IP in which to heavily invest following the end of the Nathan Drake story with Uncharted 4: A Thief’s EndHorizon Zero Dawn will almost certainly be a major component of the company’s 2017 plans as well as its strategies in the coming years.

Horizon Zero Dawn is set for release on February 28, 2017.

Just a short month later, quirky RPG Persona 5 will finally find a place on North American store shelves on April 4. Although I have never played an entry in the series before, this one has its hooks in me.

The game has already been released in Japan and every trailer or piece of footage looks incredible. The visuals are beautiful and full of style, complementing the flashy gameplay and solid mechanics. If you are looking to find a Japanese role-playing game to sink your teeth into this spring, Persona 5 has to be your pick.

Although it may also be set around the lives of school students, South Park: The Fractured but Whole could not be a more different kind of RPG. It will directly build on the phenomenal features of South Park: The Stick of Truth, adding more tactical combat and strategic elements to the game.

By all accounts, 2017 will be another spectacular year for gaming. A slew of other notable titles are coming down the line: Days Gone, Detroit: Become Human, God of War, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Red Dead Redemption 2, Yooka-Laylee. While there is no guarantee that these will all arrive on their expected dates, the sheer number of fantastic titles coming in the near future is nothing short of thrilling.

Sony, alongside every developer supporting the PlayStation 4, has delivered extraordinary gaming experiences in 2016. It was a year to remember, and all signs point to 2017 following in its footsteps.

Notable Releases for the Week*

Arcade Archives NeoGeo Fatal Fury

PS4 — Digital (Out 1/12)

Fatal Fury is a fighting game launched in 1991 by SNK. Players take part in brutal street fights in a variety of locations, with the goal of toppling the infamous crime lord Geese Howard. The game included very unique features when compared to other fighting games available at the time, including a special Line Battle system that allowed players to traverse between the foreground and background.

Asdivine Hearts

PS4, PS3, PS Vita — Digital

One year ago, the world of Asdivine was enveloped by a brilliant flash of light. Since that time, the influence of shadow has continued to grow ever more powerful across the face of the land. Asdivine Hearts boasts plenty of subquests, a battle arena, treasure to dig for, and an enemy guide to complete. How far can you level and how many millions of damage points can you dish out?

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone

PS4 — Digital

Explore the infinite world of Hatsune Miku through the most comprehensive Project Diva game ever released! Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Future Tone Prelude comes with two songs and modules to customize. To unlock the full potential of Future Tone, purchase two packs bursting with 220 songs: Future Sound and Colorful Tone.

Life of Black Tiger

PS4 — Digital (Out 1/12)

The story of a black tiger, born as a variant and abandoned by his parents and brothers, fights against human and shows his love to his family. You can have a vivid and realistic experience set in jungle, field, and forest. Acting as a cruel hunter in the vast plains and fields, players are thrown into a fight against human beings and other beasts of prey.

Planet 2000

PS4 — Digital (Out 1/13)

Experience futuristic vehicular combat in this fast paced strategy game. Assemble your team from a crew of fully realized AI companions as you take part in epic land battles. Your objective is to destroy the enemy’s base before they destroy yours.


PS4, PS Vita — Digital (Cross Buy)

In Spheroids you take control of Lucas, a jumpy Canadian boy who sets out on an adventure with his crazy scientist companion Otto after it’s discovered that the government has been hiding alternative universes from the cubic world they live in. Unfortunately, these alternative universes contain spheres that wish to turn everything round, so it’s up to Lucas to save the world from these dangerous aliens: the Spheroids.


PS4 — Digital (Out 1/13)

Sylvio is a psychological horror game set in a tranquil, disturbing atmosphere. Ghost recorder Juliette Waters trespasses into an abandoned family park, shut down since a landslide in 1971. The voices of the deceased captured on her reel-to-reel recorder reveals a tale of an evil curse and a wicked family cult, currently living in the park.


PS Vita — Digital

Xenoraid is an intense scrolling shoot ’em up with dynamic combat. Classic action gameplay with modern features like procedurally driven missions, fighter switching, and squadron management make Xenoraid a fresh and thrilling shooter!

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Sara Winegardner is a lifelong gamer and aspiring journalist currently based in Washington, DC. Being fed a steady diet of Pokemon, Final Fantasy, and MMORPGs since she can remember, Sara will play just about anything, even if it means grinding for hours on end. Her childhood dream is to walk the E3 floor at least once.


Fantastic Fest 2019: Second Wave Adds ‘Knives Out’, ‘Parasite’ and More




This year’s Fantastic Fest is shaping up with one of the strongest lineups in recent years and if the first wave announcement didn’t impress you, the second wave of films announced today will have you running to buy tickets.

Wave two brings a ton of exciting new titles including Rian Johnson‘s Knives Out, Bong Joon-ho‘s Palme d’Or winner Parasite, as well as Richard Stanley‘s The Color Out of Space and the latest from filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorehead, Synchronic.

This year, Fantastic Fest will also be spotlighting Mexican genre films such as The Black Pit of Dr. M and The Ship of Monsters—and, the festival will also include a sidebar dedicated to LGBTQ+ representation in genre cinema.

Check out the full second wave film lineup below. Fantastic Fest runs September 19-26. Be sure to check back as we will be covering the event once again this year.

Abou Leila
Algeria, France, Qatar, 2019
North American Premiere, 139 min
Director – Amin Sidi-Boumédiène
In the midst of the Algerian Civil War, Lotfi ventures into the desert with his lifelong friend S., who hopes to find and kill the elusive, dangerous terrorist Abou Leila.

The Antenna
Turkey, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Orçun Behram
Somewhere within an unnamed city in Turkey, the residents of an apartment block await the installation of their new antenna as ordered by the central government. No one can prepare them for the evil that will be unleashed.

The Black Pit Of Dr. M
Mexico, 1959
Repertory Screening, 82 min
Director – Fernando Méndez
Two doctors make a pact on behalf of science: Whichever one dies first will return to share the secrets of the afterlife. This pact will not end well.

USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 80 min
Director – Joe Begos
While trying to complete her latest painting, a starving artist facing a lack of inspiration spirals out of control in a blaze of blood-soaked, drug-fueled glory.

Blood Machines
France, USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 50 min
Director – Seth Ickerman
The wild sequel to the Carpenter Brut music video, Turbo Killer, shoots you into a turbulent psychedelic adventure of galactic hunters tracking down the soul of a spaceship set to a killer synthwave soundtrack.

Butt Boy
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 100 min
Director – Tyler Cornack
Writer/director/comedian Tyler Cornack’s Butt Boy introduces us to Chip, a middle-aged man whose first prostate exam stirs feelings deep inside leading to an addiction that can only be shown to Fantastic Fest audiences.

Climate Of The Hunter
USA, 2019
World Premiere, 90 min
Director – Mickey Reece
The “Soderbergh of the Sticks,” Mickey Reece, returns to Fantastic Fest with his 27th feature. Two beautiful sisters vie for the affections of a man who may or may not be a vampire.

Color Out Of Space
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 111 min
Director – Richard Stanley
Unimaginable terrors befall the Gardner family after a meteorite lands on their front lawn in Richard Stanley’s entrancing, horrific adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story.

Iron Fists And Kung Fu Kicks
Australia, 2019
North American Premiere, 107 min
Director – Serge Ou
From the Shaw Brothers to The Matrix, this wild documentary tells the story of how kung fu films conquered the world from the 1960s to now.

Knives Out
USA, 2019
Special Presentation, 130 min
Director – Rian Johnson
In attendance – Director Rian Johnson
From acclaimed writer, director Rian Johnson comes Knives Out, a fresh and modern take on the classic “whodunnit” mystery genre.

The Lodge
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 108 min
Directors – Veronika Franz & Severin Fiala
Five years after Goodnight Mommy stunned Fantastic Fest audiences, Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala are back with another disturbing psychological twister about a brother and sister spending Christmas with their shadowy soon-to-be stepmother.

The Long Walk
Laos, Spain, Singapore, 2019
US Premiere, 115 min
Director – Mattie Do
In attendance – Director Mattie Do
An old Laotian hermit discovers that the ghost of a road accident victim can transport him back in time fifty years to the moment of his mother’s painful death..

2014, USA
Repertory Screening, 65 min
Director – Stewart Thorndike
In attendance – Director Stewart Thorndike
After the loss of her child, a young woman begins to suspect that her neighbors might be part of a satanic cult and that she might be their next target.

A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
USA, 1985
Repertory Screening, 87 min
Director – Jack Sholder
In attendance – Actors Mark Patton and Kim Myers
Jesse (Mark Patton) is the new kid on Elm Street and Freddy Krueger might not be the only monster in the closet in this much discussed but under-appreciated queer horror classic.

Austria, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Karl Markovics
In a retirement allotment in Vienna, a crabby 91-year-old finds both himself and his humanity when he hires an Afghani refugee to help him in Karl Markovics’ remarkable and poignant third feature.

South Korea, 2019
Texas Premiere, 131 min
Director – Bong Joon-ho
Bong Joon-ho’s seventh feature — about an unemployed Korean family conning their way out of their basement apartment — is a roller coaster ride of laughs, gasps, horror, tears, and perfection.

Belgium, 2019
North American Premiere, 97 min
Director – Tim Mielants
Patrick is not having an easy time. First his domineering father passed away and now his favorite hammer is missing. Before the day is out, Patrick’s search will lead him to discover answers to the questions he didn’t even know existed.

Phil Tippett – Mad Dreams And Monsters
France, 2019
International Premiere, 80 min
Directors – Gilles Penso & Alexandre Poncet
After their documentary Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, French journalist Alexandre Poncet and filmmaker Gilles Penso deliver an in-depth, sad, and beautiful documentary about the stop motion and VFX artist Phil Tippett, a man who changed the landscape of visual effects in film.

The Platform
Spain, 2019
US Premiere, 90 min
Director – Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
In attendance – Director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia
Somewhere in the future exists The Platform, a vertically tiered prison where the upper levels have access to exquisite food and the lower levels fight for survival. Level assignments are random, but how long can a prisoner’s luck hold? One man is about to find out.

1977, United Kingdom
Repertory Screening, 78 min
Director – Norman J. Warren
Jessica and Josephine find more than their relationship at stake when they’re chosen by a shape-shifting alien as his target for an observational study.

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street
USA, 2019
US Premiere, 100 min
Directors – Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen
In attendance – Directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen
More than thirty years after its release and his departure from Hollywood, Mark Patton (star of A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge), sets the record straight on the famously queer horror sequel in this fabulous, surprising, and eye-opening documentary.

The Ship Of Monsters
Mexico, 1960
Repertory Screening, 81 min
Director – Rogelio A. González
Two Venusian women and their robot servant are on a mission to find suitable candidates to repopulate their planet. Soon their ship is filled with bizarre specimens from across the universe, leading to an adventure like no other!

USA, 2019
US Premiere, 96 min
Directors – Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
In attendance – Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
Two paramedics find their world ripped apart when they start encountering deaths linked to the otherworldly effects of a new designer drug called Synchronic.

Trampa Infernal
Mexico, 1989
Repertory Screening, 77 min
Director – Pedro Galindo III
In Mexico’s most notorious unseen video-era masterblast, a crew of toxically masculine bear murderers runs afoul of a forest-dwelling war veteran wearing a mannequin mask and Freddy Krueger glove. Entertainment ensues!!

The True Adventures Of Wolfboy
USA, 2019
North American Premiere, 88 min
Director – Martin Krej?í
Suffering from hypertrichosis — which covers him with animal-like fur — Paul knows he’s not like other kids. But a seemingly random package from his estranged mother will send him on a journey of self-discovery alongside extraordinary characters.

The Vast Of Night
USA, 2019
Texas Premiere, 90 min
Director – Andrew Patterson
A rural 1950s radio DJ and a telephone operator uncover a strange signal that could change everything in this stunning science fiction debut feature.

USA, 2019
World Premiere, 92 min
Director – Joe Begos
In attendance – Director Joe Begos
In the near future, a new drug called Hype has turned America into a war zone. The addicted are more mutant than human, and they’ve set their sights on assaulting a VFW post in Joe Begos’ star-studded latest.

USA, 2019
World Premiere, 71 min
Director – Jack Henry Robbins
In attendance – Director Jack Henry Robbins
This bizarre retro comedy, shot entirely on VHS and Beta, takes us back to when 12-year-old Ralph, over one formative week, mistakenly records home videos and his favorite late night shows over his parents’ wedding tape.

Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, 2019
US Premiere, 98 min
Director – Lorcan Finnegan
When young couple Gemma (Imogen Poots) and Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) drive out to a maze of temptingly affordable houses in the suburbs, they find themselves unable to leave.

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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Antlers’ Gets a Mysterious Trailer




Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for Antlers, a rural horror film about a small-town Oregon teacher (Keri Russell) and her brother (Jesse Plemons), the local sheriff, who discover that a young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) is harboring a dangerous secret that places the entire town in danger.

Director Scott Cooper and producer Guillermo del Toro have teamed to adapt a short story from Nick Antosca, the creator of the criminally underrated horror anthology series Channel Zero. Not much is yet known about Antlers other than Fox Searchlight, now owned by Disney, has scheduled the film for a 2020 release. Rounding up the main cast is Graham Green, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze and Rory Cochrane. Watch the trailer below.

Antlers Movie
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Be Excellent to Each Other with these Awesome ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ Figures

“History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.”




Since its release in 1989, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure inspired a sequel (Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey), a Saturday morning cartoon, a comic book series, and launched actor Keanu Reeves into movie stardom. And now, three-plus decades later, Bill and Ted are getting their own scale collectible set courtesy Sideshow and Blitzway.

This is your chance to own the friendly duo in one go! The work put into creating these high-end figures is truly astounding as the figures capture the look of a young Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves just as we remember them. If you have $399 to spend, they can be all yours.

Check out the photos below along with the official press release.

Bill and Ted are two high school buddies who dream of becoming international rock stars. Their hilarious time travel adventure is depicted in the amazingly audacious comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

It’s like having them pop up right in front of you, with their iconic fashion and elaborate accessories. Besides, the iconic props are designed to let you reproduce a variety of wonderful scenes from the movie.

Be excellent to each other and travel to the past through the exciting story of Bill and Ted!

The Bill & Ted Sixth Scale Collectible Set specially features:

Highly detailed likeness of Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston Esq.
Highly detailed likeness of Keanu Reeves as Ted “Theodore” Logan
Newly designed and developed male body with over 30 points of articulations and flexible soft arms
Two (2) Newly designed and developed figure stands
Twelve (12) interchangeable hands (total for both) including:
Two (2) pairs of guitar hands
Two (2) right blow fist hands
Two (2) pairs of open hands
Two (2) right good fortune hands

Costume for Bill:

One (1) purple pattern shirt
One (1) graphic t-shirts
One (1) pair of blue jeans
One (1) pair of pattern underpants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

Costume for Ted:

One (1) blue jacket
One (1) black vest
One (1) graphic t-shirt
One (1) pair of graphic shorts
One (1) pair of inner training pants
One (1) pair of striped socks
One (1) pair of canvas shoes

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Watch the Creepy Trailer for ‘Little Nightmares 2’: Six is Back and She has Help.




One of the biggest surprises to come out of Gamescom 2019 so far is the announcement of Little Nightmares 2, the sequel to the puzzle-platformer hit horror game developed by Tarsier Studios.

While the first Little Nightmares has you take control a character named Six while avoiding instant death as she traverses alone amongst the depths of a dungeon, the sequel will give her a companion named Mono, who must accompany Six throughout her terrifying new journey.  

Little Nightmares was one of our favorite games of 2017 and so we can’t wait to get our hands on the sequel. In our review, James Baker wrote, “Tarsier Studios have created a wholly original concept to a horror genre that has leaned more towards thriller before anything else, bringing its roots back without relying on jump-scares and needlessly-gory shocks. Just like hide-and-seek, Little Nightmares captures the fear of being caught, albeit in a creepy, macabre style.”

Little Nightmares 2 will be released sometime in 2020 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

Watch the trailer below and if you are a fan of the first game, we recommend reading this article that dives deep into the meaning behind Little Nightmares.

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NBA 2K20’s Story Mode Gets a Stunning Trailer




NBA 2K19 features to date, its strongest MyCareer mode with the aptly titled, “The Way Back”, a fascinating look at the culture behind college basketball recruiting. The story mode was well received by critics and fans everywhere and in our review, we called it, “an incredible achievement that conveys the fabric of modern American life, aspirations and incidentally, sports, in close-up and at length”.

NBA 2K20 which will be released in less than a month, promises to include an even better story mode, and while we haven’t played the game yet, we have plenty of reasons to think it might be. Not only does it feature an all-star cast with top-tier talents such as Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson, but the story mode – entitled “When the Lights Are Brightest” – is being produced by LeBron James’ Springhill Productions, the same company behind the upcoming Space Jam 2.

NBA 2K20’s latest trailer, which debuted Monday during Microsoft’s Inside Xbox show live from Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, give us a good idea of what to expect. We get a glimpse at Idris Elba and Rosario Dawson in action as well as the rest of the supporting cast which includes Thomas Middleditch, Mark Cuban, Ernie Hudson, Lamorne Morris, Scottie Pippen, and Jaleel White!

The NBA 2K20 demo will go live on Wednesday, Aug. 21 and will allow players to create a character and get a head start on MyCareer. Any progress made will carry over to the full game, which will be released Sept. 6 on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One.

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