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Sony PlayStation Roundup- E3 2019

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Despite Sony skipping E3 this year for the first time, there were still plenty of games showcased that will be coming to the PlayStation 4 in the future. There are so many upcoming games that we’re only going to be looking at a select few in this roundup but I’ll link a list of all the games that were announced here. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest reveals we got.

Cyberpunk 2077

CD Projekt Red’s highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 got a fair amount of attention during E3 due to the appearance of Hollywood star Keanu Reeves popping up in the trailer before taking to the stage to confirm that he will be part of the project as well as dropping the release date. The trailer was entirely cinematic, showing the player character V (who is entirely customisable in-game) facing off against some shady types after a backdoor deal with them goes awry. Despite the cinematic nature of the trailer, it looks like some elements of combat can be seen such as V’s arm blades, weaponry used by the characters and hacking abilities that can stop you in your tracks. The game will allow the player to modify V with various body modifications, so it seems likely that the combat will vary greatly depending on the players choice of modifications as well as their weapons arsenal and skill set. Role playing games are a personal favourite of mine and I’m super excited to delve into this futuristic playground that CD Projekt Red have created. Keanu Reeves is just an added bonus.

Cyberpunk 2077 will be released on April 16th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

Watch Dogs: Legion

In their presentation at E3, Ubisoft confirmed what several rumors and leaks had suggested: that there is a third Watch Dogs title in the works and it will be set in London. As a Brit myself, this makes me very happy. But there is a lot more to this Watch Dogs game (called Watch Dogs: Legion) to get excited for than just the setting. The game has a somewhat dystopian setting in a near future London that has been taken over by an authoritarian command known as Albion. Albion uses the surveillance system known as ctOS established in the previous Watch Dogs games to maintain a tight grip on the city. The underground hacking group known as Deadsec are fighting against Albion’s totalitarian state and the player must fight to liberate London. What is most interesting about Watch Dogs: Legion is that there isn’t one main character that the player takes on the role of. Instead, there are a multitude of NPC’s that can be recruited into the Deadsec organisation. Once recruited, they become playable and the player can pick and choose which characters they want to be. The NPC’s have a multitude of skills, so they can be recruited based on what skills are needed for missions.  Permadeath is also a factor, so if you die whilst playing as a character then they will stay dead. The demo shown at E3 demonstrated this and it also showed off the reactions that other characters have to their deaths as well as how cutscenes and situations all can vary. Watch Dogs: Legion is looking to be incredibly ambitious due to the nature of the playable characters and how it shapes the narrative. I’m really hoping that they can pull this off, but I’m certainly sold on the concept. I’m also sold on playing as an old lady and kicking some serious butt.

Watch Dogs: Legion is set for release on March 6th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia.

Marvel’s Avengers

One of the more anticipated games of E3 got a reveal trailer during the Square Enix conference, however, it wasn’t quite what people were hoping for. The trailer didn’t show any gameplay but did give us a glimpse of the narrative. The game begins by focusing on the Avengers celebrating A-Day where they plan to unveil the new San Francisco Avengers Headquarters. It doesn’t take long before everything goes to hell and Captain America is supposedly killed in an explosion. The game then focuses five years in the future, with the team disbanded and the player switching between the main Avengers as they attempt to rebuild. What concerns me about this after the showcase is that I was initially under the impression that it would mostly be focused on the single-player narrative experience, much like Marvel’s Spider-Man. However, certain elements of the game suggest that this will be more of an online experience then it is letting on. The game will have “continuously releasing downloadable content, including new characters to play as and new locations to visit” which suggests that the online experience will be a significant factor. The character models of the game have also left a lot to be desired, they aren’t vibrant enough to represent the comics or familiar enough to fit in with the MCU. The characters look slightly bland and uninspired at best, and slightly like a PlayStation 2 cut-scene at worse. Of course, there are also plenty of positives to be had.  Multiplayer and single player are both available and thankfully, the game will not have loot boxes or any pay to win scenarios. The aforementioned downloadable content will also be free, which is another huge bonus.  A stellar voice cast is also involved, including Nolan North as Iron Man, Troy Baker as Bruce Banner/Hulk and Laura Bailey as Black Widow (there was noticeably a lack of Hawkeye in the trailer though). There is a great deal of potential with Marvel’s Avengers and whilst what Square Enix has initially shown isn’t exactly what I was expecting, I am still excited at the prospect of what an Avengers game could be. My fingers are tightly crossed for this one.

Marvel’s Avengers is due for release on May 15th 2020 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows and Google Stadia.  The game will have a pre-release beta on the PlayStation 4 which will become available to those PS4 users who pre-order the game.

Final Fantasy VII Remake

The game that has been more than a decade in the making, the remake of Final Fantasy VII got another trailer which highlighted some updated gameplay and a brand new look at classic characters like Tifa and Sephiroth. The graphics are also looking stunning and such a huge step away from the old PlayStation One graphics that you can’t even really compare them. We also got a release date for the remake, but what remains to be seen is when the game will be entirely complete. This first installment will only focus on the events that occur in the city of Midgar, which was only a very small portion of the original PlayStation game.  It could take many years for the entire game to be completely remade, but if the first installment goes down as well as it is shaping up to be, I think we will all be more than willing to wait.

The first episode of the Final Fantasy VII remake will be released on the PlayStation 4 on March 3rd, 2020.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

The next video game installment in the Star Wars universe was showcased with a gameplay trailer at E3 2019. The game focuses on a young Jedi Padawan named Cal who managed to avoid Order 66 and is now evading the Empire. The game is single player and looks to have a variety of elements. The demo showed some wall running and platforming sections, similar to that of Uncharted, as well as some combat against the Empire. It definitely looks to be an engaging combat system (it involves using a lightsaber and Jedi powers so how it could not be engaging?) if not a little clunky and jarring at times. Canon Star Wars characters and locations are said to make an appearance in the game with the storyline of the game itself also being recognized as canon. We see Forest Whitaker’s Saw Gerrara from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story in the demo as well as everybody’s favourite walking carpets Wookies, so who knows what other aspects of the Star Wars lore the developers have included. A Star Wars game that focused on a singular narrative rather than just online play is something that I have been looking forward, especially after the disappointing story mode included in Star Wars: Battlefront II, so again this is a game that I am crossing my fingers for.  Also, Cal’s little droid buddy is quite possibly the cutest being in the whole galaxy. These are facts.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is due for release November 15th 2019 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows.

These are just a handful of the games that were on display at E3 and there are plenty more that are shaping up to look amazing. Dying Light 2, Borderlands 3, The Outer Worlds and Doom Eternal are all looking promising whereas Microsoft exclusive Gears 5, Halo Infinite and Ori and the Will of the Wisps also got their own moments to shine. The overall winner of the conferences though had to go to Nintendo. I know what you’re thinking, mentioning Nintendo in a Sony PlayStation roundup? The horror! But Nintendo definitely stepped it up with their announcements which included Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Banjo Kazooie as a new playable character in Super Smash Brothers Ultimate and not one, but two Legend of Zelda games including a sequel to Breath of the Wild. So bravo Nintendo, you win this round.

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Antonia Haynes resides in a small seaside town in England where she has lived her whole life. She's a simple girl with a passion for zombies, writing, film, television, drawing, superheroes, Disney and, of course, video games. Her ideal day would consist of junk food, fluffy pyjamas and video games because quite frankly going outside is overrated. Follow her on Twitter on @RainbowMachete

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‘The Mandalorian’ Trailer: A Shot-by-Shot Analysis

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With Disney’s D23 Expo well underway in Anaheim, California, we got a slew of information about upcoming Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars projects. One of the most anticipated of these announcements was the trailer for Jon Favreau’s upcoming television series The Mandalorian. The show will take place following the events of the original trilogy of Star Wars films, set a few years after Return of the Jedi, when the Empire has been defeated, and will follow the titular gunfighter. The Mandalorian trailer suggests a darker tone for the Star Wars franchise; story-wise, we haven’t had much information, so let’s break down the trailer and see what we can decipher.

Stormtrooper Graveyard

One of the most striking images from the entire Mandalorian trailer is the opening shot of decimated Stormtrooper helmets in the sand. The setting of the series is emphasised here, with the collapse of the Empire highlighted by what looks like a shrine to their demise.

We also get this image of the helmets on pikes, suggesting a dark and violent tone. It is understandable that the inhabitants of the Star Wars universe would be vengeful towards the Empire, but this imagery illustrates just how deeply rooted this anger is throughout the galaxy. It is also a rather violent image, suggesting that the show will have a more adult nature similar to that of the Rogue One film.

Razor Crest

We then get a look at the Mandalorian’s ship as it cruises across a lush planet flourishing with greenery. The ship itself is known as the Razor Crest, a fact that was given back in April at the The Mandalorian panel at the Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago.

Prepare for Landing

The next shot we see is of some kind of ship port where the Mandalorian has docked the Razor Crest. He obviously travels far and wide within the galaxy for his contracts, and it could be interesting to see where his work takes him throughout the series. This particular port looks like it has seen better days. It’s likely that it took a beating during the civil war between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance. The effects that the war had on the rest of the galaxy could also be a fascinating element to explore.

Greef Carga

Next we see the Mandalorian exchanging what looks like credits of some kind with a character confirmed to be called Greef Carga, played by Carl Weathers. Carga is said to be the leader of a guild of bounty hunters who hires the titular character to track down an asset of great value.

Desert Plains

The Mandalorian trailer then sees the Razor Crest flying across a planet with a cracked, desert style terrain. This is another great example of the various worlds that we might see across the span of the series.  The scene is also visually stunning, and the production values are incredibly impressive for a television series. You can see that Disney is investing a lot in the show.

Suit Up

The Mandalorian readies his armour and weaponry in the next shot, obviously preparing for a fight. The mystery of the man behind the Mandolorian mask is clearly going to be a strong element of the series, much like with fellow Mandolorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, who became a fan favourite despite his minimal screen time. We know that the title character will be played by Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones, Narcos), but little else is known about him.

Cara Dune

Gina Carano’s Cara Dune is seen in the following shot. Dune is a former Rebel solider, having been a Rebel Shock Trooper beforehand.  Carano described her as a “loner” who has trouble fitting back into regular society following the end of the Galactic Civil War. This is also an interesting story element that could bring some relatable human moments to a galaxy far, far away. Soldiers often have trouble adjusting back into ordinary civilian life following a long stint on the battlefield, and seeing this via Carano’s character could really humanise the Rebel soldiers who weren’t necessarily big players in the war, but just regular troopers. They are often overlooked in big adventure stories such as Star Wars in favour of the unobtainable heroes, so to explore the stories of the other Rebels could be interesting.

Uganaught

We then see an Uganaught  riding on what looks a bit like a worm with legs (that is my best scientific description). Uganaughts are humanoid creatures that have a slight resemblance to pigs. They come from the planet Gentes, and have made appearances across the wealth of Star Wars media. It’s nice to see the inclusion of a variety of alien species from the Star Wars universe here.

Twi’lek Ladies Get it Done

Similar to the Uganaught species, the Twi’lek are an alien species who have made appearances across the various Star Wars books, television shows, and video games. This particular Twi’lek woman looks like she has some sass to her, and I’m a sucker for strong sci-fi ladies. Girl power and all that.

The Lone Ranger

This is personally my favourite shot of the whole Mandalorian trailer. We see the Mandalorian walking by himself as the sun sets on a desert landscape. This shot encapsulates the lone nature of the bounty hunter. His dark silhouette slowly approaching is somewhat menacing as well, and makes for a fantastic shot that not only looks terrific, but also suggests the dark tones of the show and the moral ambiguity of the character.

Mother and Child

The next shot shows a woman and child cowering. This shot could be taken from any moment in the show, and could be a flashback or an important event in the series. Either way, it is likely that they are related to the Mandalorian in some way. Whether they were family to him or they are characters that he protects, I am certain they will play some role in the events that occur.

Ready, Aim, Fire

The next shot seems to be edited together in a way to make it seem like the line up of Deathtroopers are aiming at the woman and child in the previous shot. Though this is most likely purposely edited, it shows that the Empire still has loyal followers attempting to uphold the regime.

From the Hip

We see the Mandalorian’s itchy trigger finger next as he stands off against an unknown adversary. The trailer is certainly establishing a Western theme and this moment truly captures the feel of traditional gun-slinging Westerns.

Moff Gideon

Giancarlo Esposito’s Moff Gideon is the next character introduced in the Mandalorian trailer. Esposito confirmed that his character is still serving the Empire despite their fall in Return of the Jedi. He seems to have an ensemble of  Deathtroopers behind him, so he clearly isn’t alone in his dedication to the Empire. We know that the First Order will step up and take the place of the Empire in the future, so perhaps Gideon will play a part in establishing the new regime. It could also be that Gideon is an independent party, acting alone with his team of troopers.

Bounty Hunter for Hire

The close up of the classic Mandalorian helmet brings back memories of fellow Mandalorians — Boba Fett from the original trilogy, as well as his father, Jango Fett, from the prequels. The people of the planet Mandalore were ravaged by war on their world, so I’d be interested to see if we get to see the Mandalorian home planet, get more of an insight into the Mandalorian people, and learn how they were affected by their planets violent history.

Swoop

We then see a man aboard a swoop bike back in the desert at night confronting some sort of space craft.  This looks like it could be the Mandalorian, but he is missing his signature helmet. Hopefully, we will get a look at the man under the mask at some point in the series.

Warzone

A battle rages in the night in the next shot. You can see trenches set up and ships blasting at those on the ground. The ship makes the classic ‘pew pew’ noise when it fires, which is always the best part of anything Star Wars-related.

Run

Someone carrying a child runs through a street where a battle is raging; could it be possible that the valuable asset that Greef Carga has tasked the Mandalorian with transporting is indeed this child? It would make sense if the person carrying the child is the Mandalorian himself without his helmet again, but it could also be possible that this is just a child and parent affected by the war, trying to escape the battle. Either way, you can clearly see how the fighting is affecting someone so young.

Knock Knock, Open up the Door

Another cool scene from the Mandalorian trailer is this moment with the Mandalorian and a droid. The droid was confirmed to be named IG-11 after fans were originally thinking that he was an IG-88 assassin droid seen in the previous Star Wars movies. IG-11 will be voiced by Taika Waititi, so he is sure to have some attitude, and hopefully will deliver some one liners. If IG-11 has a similar personality to some of Waititi’s others roles, such as Korg from Thor: Ragnorak, then it could be a nice contrast to have him team up with the stalwart and stoic Mandalorian.

Space Battle

For a series set in space in a franchise known as Star Wars, we only get one glimpse of an actual fight in space.

IG -11

After seeing the Mandolorian gunning down some people in a battle, IG- 11 gets a moment to shine as he takes out several people with his laser pistol. Hopefully, the droid will pay a significant role in the series, perhaps forming a similar relationship with the Mandolorian that Cassian Andor and K2-S0 had in Rogue One.

Mexican Standoff

One of the finishing shots of the Mandalorian trailer shows the Mandalorian standing off against a group of Stormtroopers. He seems to be outnumbered and outgunned. At least until…

Hold the Door

He pulls a finishing move on this guy by tripping him as he tries to run, grabbing him with some kind of grappling hook, and pulling him back in through the door. He then shoots a panel next to door, forcing it to close on the attempted runaway. The shot cuts away before we get the bloody shot of someone getting chopped in two (this is still a Disney production after all), but the tone is clear. This guy is skilled, he is precise, and he is certainly not to be messed with.

Carbonite

A brief shot of an alien frozen in carbonite is seen next, showing that this isn’t a punishment just reserved for the likes of Han Solo. We also hear some voice lines from acclaimed actor, director, writer and all around artist Werner Herzog who states “Bounty Hunting is a complicated thing.”

Herzog Himself

Then we cut to the man himself. It is unclear as to who Herzog will be playing, but to have such an acclaimed person on board is pretty promising. He finishes his speech, “Don’t you agree?” I really hope that the series explores the moral ambiguities of what a bounty hunter is, and this small yet poignant speech from Herzog’s character suggests that this could come into question.

The Mandalorian

Jon Favreau is clearly a huge fan of the Star Wars series, and I have no doubt that he will bring us an interesting story that explores the dark underworld of the bounty hunting business in the Star Wars universe, whilst also maintaining the conflict between the Rebels, the ordinary citizens, and the last remnants of the Empire. With an impressive cast and crew working on it, The Mandalorian has the potential to be a brilliant addition to the Star Wars lore.

The Mandalorian will be available to stream from November 12th on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.

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Watch Ninja On An Episode Of Family Feud

Don’t miss the moment Steve Harvey meets Ninja for the first time.

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Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins is heading up a team on Celebrity Family Feud this weekend, but it’s not the first time the famed Fortnite streamer has appeared on the show.

Long before he reached household name status in the gaming community, Ninja appeared on the televised game show Family Feud in 2015, when he and his family went on a three-day winning streak before losing to the Beams family of Hendersonville, Tennessee.

With Blevins now appearing on an upcoming episode of Celebrity Family Feud, we thought it would be fun to revisit those earlier episodes which have now all been uploaded online.

Regardless if you like Ninja and/or the show, you’ll get a kick out of watching his introduction when he tells host Steve Harvey that he’s a professional video game player who travels across the country and competes, playing video games. The reaction on Harvey’s face is priceless since nobody at the time could have ever guessed how popular Ninja, not to mention streaming video games, would eventually become.

Watch the videos below. Enjoy!

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Check Out the Explosive First Gameplay of ‘Kerbal Space Program 2’

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Kerbal Space Program 2

Gamescom 2019 brought with it a host of surprising game announcements and updates on existing games. One of the most unexpected announcements was the reveal of Kerbal Space Program 2, the sequel to the viral, totally accurate space simulator that first released on PC back in 2011.

Now, shortly after its initial reveal, Gamespot has gone live with the first gameplay of this much-anticipated sequel. Fittingly enough, the footage showcases all the spectacularly explosive spaceships, interstellar exploration, and intrepid Kerbal explorers that the series has become known for.

It should be noted that the footage is pre-alpha, so although the gameplay does show some issues with frame rate and graphics, those should be polished up before the game’s full launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in 2020.

Here’s the full description of the game, courtesy of its official website:

With the original Kerbal Space Program having become one of the most beloved games of all time and now bigger than ever, Kerbal Space Program 2 has been fully redesigned from the ground up to meet the demands of modern and next-generation space exploration, all while maintaining the monumental foundations of the first game. Build a space program, construct powerful spacecraft, design resource-gathering colonies, and much more to uncover the secrets of the galaxy. A plethora of exciting new features will captivate veteran and returning players, as well as usher in a whole new wave of Kerbonauts to the ingenious and comedic world that has entertained millions of players.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for ‘El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie’

The Netflix Television Event will launch globally on Friday, October 11

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It was on September 29, 2013, that Breaking Bad came to an end with the final episode of that series, “Felina” in which Walter White evades a nationwide manhunt in order to return to New Mexico and deliver the remaining profits from his illegal methamphetamine empire to his family. Knowing cancer will soon kill him, Walt revisits his former acquaintances to settle his affairs and prepare himself for the conflict and his death. When the credits rolled, audiences believed it would be the last time they would see many of these characters and while we did get a spinoff show in Better Call Saul, one character who hasn’t returned in any other show as of yet is Jesse Pinkman. That’s about to change…

Netflix announced on Saturday that it will release a new Breaking Bad movie that will center on Pinkman (Aaron Paul), who was last seen in the TV series speeding off in a stolen Chevrolet El Camino to parts unknown.

The film, titled El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad, and will be released on Netflix on Oct. 11. The film is also expected to be broadcast at a later date on AMC, the cable network where the TV series was originally shown from 2008 to 2013.

Official Synopsis:

The Netflix Television Event El Camino: Breaking Bad Movie reunites fans with Jesse Pinkman (Emmy-winner Aaron Paul).  In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.  This gripping thriller is written and directed by Vince Gilligan, the creator of Breaking Bad.  The movie is produced by Mark Johnson, Melissa Bernstein, Charles Newirth, Diane Mercer and Aaron Paul, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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Watch the Trailer for ‘The Mandalorian’ the First Live-Action ‘Star Wars’ Series

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Thanks to the arrival of the D23 Expo, Disney has revealed the first trailer for its long-awaited Star Wars original series, The Mandalorian.

Created by Jon Favreau (Iron Man), the series is set after the events of Return of the Jedi and follows Pedro Pascal as a mysterious, gun-slinging Mandalorian bounty hunter who navigates the seedier side of the Star Wars universe.

Along with Pedro Pascal, The Mandalorian stars Gina Carano, Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow, Carl Weathers, Omid Abtahi, Werner Herzog, and Taika Waititi. The first season of episodes will be directed by filmmakers like Dave Filoni, Taika Waititi, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

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Here’s the official description of The Mandalorian:

After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

The Mandalorian begins streaming on Disney+ on November 12, 2019.

Check out The Mandalorian trailer below.

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