Batgirl’s Controversial Gotham Knights Biography Has Been Reworked

Warner Bros. Montreal has altered Batgirl’s biography in Gotham Knights following backlash about the game’s explanation for her paralysis recovery.

Batgirl AKA Barbara Gordon is one of Gotham Knights’ four playable characters alongside Nightwing, Robin, and Red Hood in a story that sees the Bat family defending Gotham after Bruce Wayne’s death. In the 1988 comic story The Killing Joke, Barbara is famously shot through the spine by the Joker, paralyzing and confining her to a wheelchair for many years in which she lent tech and information support to Batman as Oracle. In DC’s 2011 New 52 comic reboot, Barbara regains her mobility due to an experimental surgery followed by physical therapy/training. 

Per Eurogamer, Gotham Knights’ original website biography for Batgirl vaguely references these events. It doesn’t mention the Joker or a specific culprit, but the offending bit was the implication that Barbara overcame her disability just by training hard. You can read the relevant section of the bio below: 

After a face-off that put Barbara in a wheelchair, she became Oracle, a powerful information and communications expert. But her father’s death spurred her to train and recover from her wounds so that she could return to active duty as Batgirl.

Some fans criticized Warner Bros. Montreal for misusing this kind of heroic training trope, feeling it undermined her disability. The studio addressed these complaints in a recent Discord Q&A where creative director Patrick Redding elaborated on Barbara’s recovery by saying: 

“As with many of our characters and plot elements, the circumstances around Barbara’s injuries differ in some important ways from how it’s been portrayed in the comics. Barbara has been through multiple surgeries followed by a lot of physical therapy and pain management [in Gotham Knights].”

Redding states that the biography has been rewritten. It now reads:

With extensive training and rehabilitation, she recovered from her wounds, and returned to active duty as Batgirl. 

Warner Bros. Montreal is also working with disability charity organization AbleGamers “to learn about different types of spinal injuries and the potential for someone to regain mobility.” To that end, the team says players will see Barbara doing rehab exercises in the Belfry hideout and her Batsuit and civilian clothing include back bracing. 

Gotham Knights launches October 25 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. You can watch the most recent gameplay demo here.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Smallest Hero Will Be A Big Collectible This Holiday

If you haven’t watched the first episode of Obi-Wan Kenobi on Disney Plus, you should avoid going any further. The latest Star Wars collectible announced introduces a new character, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen in the Star Wars universe. This odd companion appears to be this year’s Grogu, and will be turned into a variety of collectibles that will be released this holiday season.

These announcements were made today by toy manufacturer Hasbro, and happened during Star Wars Celebration, a four-day event held in Anaheim, Calif.

The trailers for Obi-Wan Kenobi implied Old Ben would be keeping an eye on Luke Skywalker, but the show is more about his sister at this point. When we first meet Leia, we see she has a companion droid named LOLA (L0-LA59). This tiny, hovering droid is transforming into three different collectibles, one offering functionality that mimics the movements and sounds from the show.

Hasbro’s animatronic edition features a touch sensor on LOLA’s head that can activate over 45 different light, sound, and movement options. This version retails for $89.99 and will be released in the fall.

Hasbro’s second LOLA offering is an interactive electronic figure that also offers lights and sounds, but lacks the movements. This figure is highly poseable, however, allowing for the panels on LOLA’s back to be positioned in different ways. This figure releases this summer for $39.99.

Hasbro’s final announcement ties in with the Grogu Bounty Collection. You can add two small LOLA toys to your shelves, each showing off the droid’s personality in different ways. This series of figures will be joined by other figures based on R2-D2, BD-1, and Grogu. Hasbro is targeting a fall release for them.



Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Continues Cal Kestis’ Quest In 2023

Day two of Star Wars Celebration 2022 brought the first news of new Star Wars video games, and the announcement has been a long time coming. EA and Respawn Entertainment have officially revealed the sequel to Jedi: Fallen Order. This new title will continue the story of force-wielder Cal Kestis in Star Wars Jedi: Survivor.

A brief teaser trailer was shown with the unveiling, which you can watch above. In it, the odds seem stacked against Cal and what may or may not remain of his crew from Fallen Order. Of the known characters, only Kestis and his trusty droid BD-1 make an appearance in the footage, though their cohort Greez’s ship, the Stinger Mantis, is seen from the cockpit, empty and in a bad way in a desert. Other notable characters are the potential antagonist who narrates the trailer and a mysterious person preserved in a tube. No one seems to know who this figure is at the moment (and folks at EA are staying quiet on the subject for now), but their characteristics of what looks to be a fit guy with long silvery floating in a vat of liquid is radiating cool dude energy like Star Wars’ version of Sephiroth or Mega Man X’s Zero. I already can’t wait to find out who it is.

Star Wars Jedi: Survivor takes place five years after the events of Fallen Order, and according to a press release Cal “begins to feel the pressure of being one of the last remaining Jedi in the galaxy.” Along this new journey, he’ll meet new and interesting characters, and the game will expand on the combat system from the original, with Cal learning new ways of tapping into the Force.


Stig Asmussen, the director of Fallen Order, is back at the helm for Survivor. “For Jedi: Survivor, we are working in lockstep with Lucasfilm Games to build on the legacy of Jedi: Fallen Order. We’re leveraging advanced technology to create more dynamic Jedi combat and cinematic storytelling to expand on Cal’s story as he matures and survives during the dark times,” Asmussen says. “We can’t wait to share more about the game with the world later this year.”

Respawn is targeting a 2023 release for Star Wars Jedi: Survivor on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC.


Valve Plans To Address Team Fortress 2’s Bot Problem

Team Fortress 2 remains an extremely popular game with a large active player base, but the last couple of years has seen it overrun by aimbots. A passionate group of fans has long pleaded with developer Valve to address the issue, and the company has finally responded. 

Yesterday, the official Team Fortress 2 Twitter account posted a message in response to #SaveTF2, a peaceful campaign of fans working to raise awareness about the game’s rampant bot problem. Basically, bot programs have made the game nearly unplayable for some since they’ll instantly kill players upon loading up into match-ups, giving the bots users an unfair advantage. TF2 players have become increasingly vocal about the problem, but Valve has remained largely silent on the issue (even going quiet on the game’s forums) until posting the following message: 

TF2 community, we hear you! We love this game and know you do, too. We see how large this issue has become and are working to improve things.

Valve doesn’t elaborate on how it plans to tackle the problem or when to expect a solution but getting the notoriously quiet company to respond is an accomplishment and measure of relief for Team Fortress 2 fans. Hopefully, it results in a substantial response that comes sooner rather than later.


Mario Strikers: Battle League Preview | All Things Nintendo

This week on All Things Nintendo, Brian is joined by Game Informer Show host Alex Van Aken to talk about the upcoming Mario Strikers: Battle League. Brian has seen the game in action and is ready to tell longtime series fan, Alex, all about the live gameplay he witnessed. 

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The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry’s most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what’s happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they’ll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday!

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00:00:00 – Introduction
00:02:33 – Temtem Gets 1.0 Release Date
00:09:37 – 3DS and Wii U eShop’s Remove Payment Options
00:11:44 – Sonic the Hedgehog 2 Movie Hits Paramount Plus
00:13:53 – Mario Strikers: Battle League Post-Launch Content Confirmed
00:20:24 – Mario Strikers: Battle League Impressions
00:43:24 – Definitive Ranking: Mario Sports Games
00:51:19 – eShop Gem of the Week: Lofi Ping Pong

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Evil Dead: The Game Review – Not Very Groovy

evil dead: the game review

Reviewed on:
Xbox Series X/S

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Saber Interactive, Boss Team Games

Saber Interactive

May 13, 2022


Evil Dead: The Game is a faithful adaptation, full of subtle and not-so-subtle homages to the classic horror series. You can visit iconic sites like The Knowby Cabin, wield boomsticks and chainsaw prosthetics, fight off a possessed severed hand, play as your favorite cast members, or command armies of Deadites as the series’ antagonist, the Kandarian Demon. They even recreated the first-person, off-axis camera effect synonymous with Sam Raimi’s directorial style from the movies. But while these elements fill the title with fanservice, none of them make for a very good video game, certainly not one that stands out in a growing subgenre. 

Asymmetrical multiplayer games are inherently uneven, with each side traditionally offering vastly different perspectives – and playstyles – from their counterpart. And this is what makes my time playing Evil Dead so frustrating: It’s incredibly one-sided for a game all about two sides. And it’s majorly unbalanced. 

The game’s premise is simple: A team of four Survivors must banish the Kandarian Demon – who an opposing player controls – by activating the Necronomicon within 30 minutes. However, the Survivors must solve two problems: The Necronomicon is missing pages, and a group of evil wraiths called The Dark Ones are guarding the book. Therefore, the squad’s primary goal is to track down pieces of a map leading to the Kandarian Dagger and the Lost Pages of the Necronomicon – two of the franchise’s iconic MacGuffins – and use them to win the match. The Kandarian Demon’s goal is to stop these events from happening. All players slowly increase their abilities throughout the game by collecting items and skill points. However, during the early game, the demon feels less effective (and a little boring) since a leveling system locks away its core abilities until later. 

If you play as a Survivor, you’ll participate in a co-op shooter offering nail-biting scares, solid combat, and thoughtful mechanics involving light and darkness while fighting off waves of zombies controlled by a single opposing player. The cast of playable characters is complete with performances by the original film actors, including fan favorites like Henry The Red, Cheryl, Kelly Maxwell, and four versions of protagonist Ash Williams. While the actors’ performances are mostly fine, they don’t sound like they’ve been recorded in the same acoustic space. It’s not a big deal, but it’s noticeable and pulls me out of the experience at times. 

evil dead: the game review

Besides the basics like health, ammo, and shields, which you find by scavenging abandoned locations, there are two systems you have to manage as a Survivor. The first is a simple flashlight with finite battery life. Obviously, the lamp illuminates the path ahead, making it easier to navigate through darkened environments, but it also highlights hidden items like special ammo you’d otherwise be unable to collect. I like this mechanic as it requires players to be methodical in their light consumption and adds consequences for exhausting the flashlight’s battery. You need to be strategic with your use of light as Survivors’ fear levels increase while in the dark or away from teammates, making them vulnerable to demon possession and creating an exciting cat-and-mouse relationship between them and the opposing player. 

Being a Survivor is enjoyable with the right teammates; however, if you prefer to play as the solitary big bad, the Kandarian Demon, I struggle to recommend Evil Dead: The Game. As the antagonist of the match, you pick one of three demon armies to control and then use their unique abilities and units to eliminate the team of Survivors or thwart their plan to banish you. The Puppeteer army specializes in electricity, telekinesis, and improved possession. The Warlord army, led by Deadite Henrietta Knowby, specializes in up-close encounters with brute force and toxic gas abilities. Lastly, fan-favorite antagonist Evil Ash leads the Necromancer army, specializing in summoning, buffing, and resurrecting fallen minions. Each army’s playstyle is distinct, making it satisfying to explore various strategies from match to match. 

evil dead: the game review

Typically, the killer is my favorite role in asymmetrical horror games, but playing as the demon often feels like controlling a household poltergeist knocking plates off a shelf, whose presence is more a nuisance than a looming evil threat. The demon’s gameplay loop involves tedious cooldowns, thoughtlessly placing traps to scare other players, and the monotonous task of flying around the environment to collect energy orbs anytime an ability depletes your resources. This results in a bizarre amount of downtime, even when there should be intensity at the end of the match. 

The best part of controlling the Kandarian Demon is strategically placing Deadite summoning portals to ambush careless players or persuade them to flee into the darkness, where their fear levels will rapidly increase. Once a player is scared enough, you can possess them and wreak havoc on their teammates with shotguns, chainsaws, or whatever weapons they currently have. The game is at its best during these moments. However, the fun is often short-lived due to the minions’ small health bars, your overly harsh ability cooldowns, and how easy it is for Survivors to run away from the fight (especially since you have to simultaneously collect energy orbs). To that last point, it’s frustrating to spend energy possessing a nearby Deadite to attack a player, only to have a player just barely outrun you. These scenarios happen often and are a waste of energy orbs, which are already tedious to obtain, and it’s not fun. 

Evil Dead: The Game features two large maps at launch, with a third, Castle Kandar from Army of Darkness, coming via free DLC in the months ahead. The unnamed maps feature a couple of unique points of interest like The Knowby Cabin, Flight 666, or Misery Manor, but most locations are unremarkable. However, despite their lack of personality, they are beautiful. Post-processing effects like fog, lens debris, and bloomed highlights create a film-like look that helps sell the environment’s eeriness. 

evil dead: the game review

Despite its beauty, Evil Dead lacks polish. Characters become stuck on seemingly flat surfaces, items spill out of containers unnaturally, and matchmaking lobbies are frequently interrupted by player disconnections. And many minor frustrations pull the experience even further down. For example, as the Kandarian Demon, you can possess vehicles for 100 energy. However, since you’re required to deposit those resources when you cast the ability, you can’t drive the car if you only have the minimum power since the possession slowly empties your energy bar. This leads to scenarios where you’ll spend all of your energy possessing a car, thinking you’re about to have a strategic advantage, only to lose control immediately after. The game lets you write checks you can’t cash, and the result is a frustrating waste of resources.

The good news is future updates can address most of my more minor gripes, but the game is an unbalanced mess at release. Developer Saber Interactive’s commitment to fan service is commendable, and die-hard Evil Dead fans will find this release enjoyable. However, it’s hard to see the lasting appeal for the rest of us.


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Super Replay | Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Episode XI

A not-so-long time ago in the same galaxy we all reside in, Respawn Entertainment deviated from its first-person shooter roots to create Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This third-person action game was the studio’s first stab at tackling the coveted Star Wars license, crafting an original adventure set five years after Revenge of the Sith. It stars Cal Kestis, a padawan turned junker (played by Shameless star Cameron Monaghan) that managed to evade the Jedi purge of Order 66. After he’s outed by the Sith, he embarks on a quest to recover an artifact capable of locating force-sensitive children while also avoiding capture by the Inquisitors, who are elite Jedi hunters. 

The game features a blend of lightsaber combat and a suite of Force abilities. Borrowing inspiration from FromSoftware’s Soul series, encounters are challenging, requiring a strategic blend of blocks and parries to outduel opponents. Meanwhile, the various planets take on a Metroid-inspired progression with players unlocking abilities to backtrack to previously inaccessible areas. 

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Fallen Order was released on November 15, 2019, and was a critical and financial success. It also served as a saving grace for single-player fans, providing proof to an increasingly multiplayer-focused EA that linear story-driven experiences can still make the big bucks. With a sequel reportedly in the works, we’re revisiting this gem of the Star Wars video game pantheon. 

Join Marcus Stewart, Andrew Reiner, and John Carson on Twitch today at 2 p.m. Central as we journey through the entirety of Cal Kestis’ adventure. Expect plenty of laughs, deaths, and general nerding out over all things Star Wars. We encourage you to hang out with us in chat. Just as a reminder, subscribing to Game Informer on Twitch rewards access to the official Game Informer Discord channel where you can interact with our lovely community as well as the editors. See you in chat!


A Dinosaur Inspired By The Joker Is Coming To Jurassic World Evolution 2 Soon

When Jurassic World: Dominion opens in theaters in two weeks, we’ll see what happens when dinosaurs walk among us. Odds are most humans will be turned into tasty dinosaur snacks, but we probably won’t go down without a fight. Jurassic World Evolution 2 players can download a new expansion that adds some of the movie’s new dinosaurs to their parks on the same day. The Dominion Biosyn expansion adds the Gigantosaurus, Dreadnoughtus, Pyroraptor, Quetzalcoatlus, Therizinosaurus, and the long-overdue Dimetrodon.

The Gigantosaurs’ behavior in Dominion is apparently modeled after The Dark Knight’s Joker. This odd inspiration point was revealed by the movie’s director Colin Trevorrow in an interview with Empire Magazine. “I wanted something that felt like the Joker,” he said. “It just wants to watch the world burn.” We’ll have to wait to see just how much of that destructive quality comes out in the game’s version of the beast.

The arrival of dinosaurs is just a tiny part of this expansion, which offers a new ‘what if’ campaign inspired by the forthcoming motion picture. This campaign allows players to add new buildings to their parks, as well as a variety of new species, some of which are feathered. Existing dinosaurs will also get new skins. The new story unfolds through a variety of characters, including Claire Dearing (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard), Dr. Alan Grant (voiced by Sam Neill), Dr. Ellie Sattler (voiced by Laura Dern), and Lewis Dodgson (voiced by Campbell Scott).

Other new features for the park include an underground Hyper Loop transportation network, invisible fences, and new vehicles and decorations. All of it can be used in the Sandbox.

Frontier Developments calls this expansion its biggest yet, and it’s slated to release on June 14.


State Of Play Returns Next Week, Will Include PlayStation VR2 Games

Sony has announced a new State of Play scheduled to air next Thursday, June 2 at 3 p.m. Pacifice/6 p.m. Eastern. 

The PlayStation Blog states the event will run for 30 minutes and showcases “exciting reveals from our third-party partners.” The post doesn’t mention first-party at all, so it sounds like we shouldn’t expect updates on games like God of War: Ragnarok, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, or the rumored remake of The Last of Us.

Sony also teases that viewers will get a “sneak peek” into PlayStation VR2 games. Just yesterday it was confirmed the headset will launch with over 20 games. The only announced title is Horizon: Call of the Wild, though that project may not appear if the event is highlighting third parties. At that point, it’s anyone’s guess as to what PS VR2 software we’ll see.

The last State of Play took place in March, which brought the reveals of games like Valkyrie Elysium, Exoprimal, and Gundam Evolution. Given that this could be Sony’s only real presence during June’s onslaught of game showcases, it hopefully has some heavy-hitters, even if they won’t be coming from its first-party studios. 

We recently shared our own predictions on PlayStation reveals this summer during this week’s Game Informer Show podcast. What do you hope/expect to see at State of Play? Let us know in the comments!


Mario Strikers: Battle League Preview – Just For Kicks

Mario Strikers: Battle League preview

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Tate Multimedia

Tate Multimedia

May 27, 2022

Everyone 10+

First debuting in 2005 on Nintendo’s GameCube, the Mario Strikers series has developed a cult fan base over the last 17 years. However, in the time since that original launch, the series has only seen one additional title hit store shelves. Just two years after the launch of that first game, Mario Strikers Charged launched on Wii, but that’s the last we heard of the Mario Strikers franchise until earlier this year when Nintendo announced a new title for Switch, Mario Strikers: Battle League. While it has certainly been a long wait for fans of the GameCube and Wii entries, the more than 30 minutes of live gameplay I saw indicates that Mario Strikers: Battle League is worth the wait.

As you might expect, Mario Strikers: Battle League carries forward many of the franchise’s conventions. Players once again step onto a fantastical field of play to compete in a soccer-like sport called strike. These strike matches consist of five-on-five action – four players on the field for each team (who can be controlled by human players), with one goalie (who cannot be controlled by players) – with basically no rules to govern the Nintendo athletes; players can tackle each other with no regard for safety, use items to temporarily incapacitate opponents, push each other into the electric fence that surrounds the field, and even pick up the ball with their hands. The game featured in Mario Strikers: Battle League may look like soccer on the surface, but if anything, this is a no-holds-barred version of the most popular sport on the planet. However, the objective is the same at the end of the day: blast the ball past the opposing goalie more times than your opponent can before time runs out.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

While items like Bob-ombs, Red Shells, Green Shells, Banana Peels, and Super Mushrooms litter the field over the course of a given match, the most exciting and effective pickup is the Strike Orb. If you manage to grab a Strike Orb, your entire team glows for a brief window, granting you the ability to perform a Hyper Strike shot. These shots require you to charge up, then correctly time a meter to get the shot off in its best form; if you get the timing just right, the shot is unblockable, while if you mistime the meter portion of the shot, the opposing team can do a button-mashing minigame to have their goalie block it. These Hyper Strikes play out in character-specific cutscenes, with each character possessing a distinct Hyper Strike. For instance, Yoshi unleashes a massive egg that bounces around the field, squashing anyone it lands on before firing the ball towards the goal, while Bowser picks up the ball, breathes fire on it, then throws it at the net. If the Hyper Strike goes into the net, it counts for two points, giving these cinematic shots extra significance. 

Players can take the field through three modes of play: Quick Battle, Cup Battles, and Strikers Club. Quick Battle is exactly what it sounds like: a one-off match between two teams. Cup Battles serve as the game’s tournament mode and appear to operate much like Mario Kart’s cup series, with you unlocking more cups as you play and earning coins and other in-game rewards. Those coins can be traded in for gear with which you can customize the characters of Mario Strikers: Battle: League (more on that later).

The big addition for this entry is Strikers Club. This online mode allows you to create or join a club with up to 20 people. From there, any four players from an established club can hop online and compete against another Strikers Club. Based on how you do in the match, you earn coins and club points. You can also earn additional rewards through in-season achievements like using Hyper Strike shots a certain amount of times or winning a set number of matches. Club points determine your ranking in the league you’re in; teams with the highest points at the end of a season are promoted to the next league up, while the bottom teams of each season are demoted. With seven leagues to ascend and descend, it sounds as though the game will usually deliver equally matched competition.

Strikers Club also relies heavily on customization, allowing club owners to personalize uniforms, logos, names, and even the stadium in which your games are played. Through the club customization screen, you can unlock and level up different components from the game’s various arenas to make your home field your own. Every club owner selects a base stadium on which to build, but you can then drill down into parts like fence posts, goals, goal-line decorations, and the field itself. While this responsibility falls into the lap of each club’s owner, the other 19 members can vote for how they’d like to see the customization play out, giving the owner feedback from the rest of their team.

Mario Strikers: Battle League

The gear customization suite I alluded to earlier isn’t the most robust I’ve ever seen in a video game, but it allows you to use the coins you earn to essentially respec the characters in the game. For example, Rosalina is already a strong shooter, but the person running the demo added shot-buffing gear to make her a seemingly unstoppable scoring machine. On the other hand, the already-sturdy Bowser was equipped with gear that boosts his tackle resistance stat, making would-be tacklers bounce off unsuccessfully much of the time. All this gear is acquired through coins you earn in the various Mario Strikers: Battle League modes. Characters have four slots to customize – head, arms, body, legs – with five upgraded gear sets to unlock and choose from. The gear you equip to characters carries across all modes, giving you the ability to change the natural stats and appearances of each individual character.

The wait may have been long since the last Mario Strikers game, but if Strikers Club is as immersive as it appears to be on the surface and the gameplay is as entertaining as my hands-off demo would have me believe, Next Level Games and Nintendo may have another Switch hit on their hands. Mario Strikers: Battle League comes to Switch on June 10.



PlayStation State Of Play Predictions: What’s Sony’s 2022 Plan? | GI Show

State of Play Predictions

In this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew gathers to share their PlayStation State of Play Predictions. Which game announcements or big reveals do Sony have planned for Summer 2022? This week it’s anybody’s game as your hosts heat the kitchen with their bold PlayStation predictions. 

Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), and Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes)

The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

00:00:00 – Intro

00:02:10 – PlayStation State of Play Summer Predictions

01:05:05 – Housekeeping

01:11:20 – Listener Emails


PlayStation State Of Play Predictions – What’s Sony’s Plan For Summer ’22? | GI Show

State of Play Predictions

In this week’s episode of The Game Informer Show, the crew gathers to share their PlayStation State of Play Predictions. Which game announcements or big reveals do Sony have planned for Summer 2022? This week it’s anybody’s game as your hosts heat the kitchen with their bold PlayStation predictions. 

Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Jill Grodt (@Finruin), and Wesley LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes)

The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

00:00:00 – Intro

00:02:10 – PlayStation State of Play Summer Predictions

01:05:05 – Housekeeping

01:11:20 – Listener Emails


The Callisto Protocol No Longer Takes Place In The PUBG Universe

The Callisto Protocol is one of the most anticipated horror games in years and happens to be our June cover story. One of the project’s more intriguing aspects was that it canonically took place in the same universe as popular battle royale PUBG: Battlegrounds, albeit in the distant future and on another planet. As of today, that’s no longer the case.

Glen Schofield, The Callisto Protocol’s creative director, took to Twitter to announce that the game now unfolds within its own story and fiction and not PUBG’s. 

FYI @CallistoTheGame is its own story and world. It no longer takes place in the PUBG Universe. It was originally part of the PUBG timeline, but grew into its own world. PUBG is awesome, & we will still have little surprises for fans, but TCP is its own world, story and universe.

For those unaware, Krafton, the maker of PUBG, is publishing The Callisto Protocol, hence the connection. The change likely won’t come as a huge loss. Even when TCP was connected to PUBG, Schofield always said it was a distant relation and that any references to the battle royale would be light at best. He reiterated as much in our cover story, stating: 

“The idea of us being in the universe at first sound really good, and then as you start coming up with your story we realized, ‘Wow, this is a little out there.’ We built in some touchpoints, and you’ll find them throughout the game like Easter eggs and things like that.”

Schofield also talked to us about The Callisto Protocol’s now-former place in the broader PUBG timeline and how it affected the game’s fiction and vice-versa: 

“When we came in, they had a lore team and they were writing this big story, like, ‘Where does PUBG start? Where does it fit in?’ They write this giant timeline and our writers are involved in helping. We sit on the timeline, but we sit pretty far out there, and kind of alone. So if they ever make another game, let’s say that’s after our timeline. I would imagine our game will inform that more than we are being informed by their timeline.” 

The Callisto Protocol launches later this year. If you’re excited about the game, keep an eye on Game Informer in June, when our exclusive online and video coverage begins rolling out. Subscribers to the digital version of the magazine can read our cover story right now.


Harrison Ford Announces Indiana Jones 5 Release Date At Star Wars Celebration

No stranger to Star Wars or the annual celebration happening right now in Anaheim, CA, Harrison Ford made a surprise appearance at the Lucasfilm Showcase today, but he didn’t show up for a space-faring adventure this time around. Instead, he arrived to promote another Lucasfilm franchise he stars in by the name of Indiana Jones and dropped the big news of a 2023 release date for the next film installment.

Ford’s segment started with a musical introduction by longtime Star Wars and Indy composer John Williams (who celebrated his 90th birthday in February) playing him onto the stage. Ford spoke about working on the new Indian Jones film and how it was nearing completion. “I had a wonderful experience working with James Mangold,” said Ford, according to a Tweet from Decider. “I am really proud of the movie that we made. So I’ll be seeing you around campus.”

Before leaving the stage, Harrison Ford dropped potentially the biggest bit of information from today’s panel: Indiana Jones 5 will be released in theaters on June 30, 2023. How about that for a final segment surprise?

Right now the plot and title of Indy 5 are under wraps, but the IMDB page for the film is full of exciting faces joining Harrison Ford on the next great adventure. The page lists Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Mads Mikkelsen, Toby Jones, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Toby Jones, and more joining the cast.


Rogue One Prequel Series Andor Premieres On Disney Plus In August

Star Wars Celebration began today with a panel showing with a showcase of the projects Lucasfilm is working on, and the new Star Wars series Andor had the spotlight after the cast of Obi-Wan Kenobi left the stage. Not only was there a brief interview with the show’s cast and crew, but a teaser trailer debuted along with the release date on Disney+ of August 31.

The teaser trailer shown is musically paced with anvil-like percussion and throat-singing casting the theme of the footage. Focusing on the growing tension between the rebellious citizens and the overbearing Empire, Andor will depict the five years of Cassian Andor’s life prior to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The trailer shows those citizens preparing for conflict with imperial forces while Diego Luna’s Andor voices his displeasure with the Empire over the footage. We, of course, see Cassian Andor sneaking around, but also a new look at Genevieve O’Reilly returning as Mon Mothma, who last played this role in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith. Peppered throughout are shots of a lush forest, a stark white base set in a body of water, and a large futuristic city that is most likely Coruscant.

The opening panel for this year’s Celebration wasn’t streamed, but plenty of news has come from the panel via the Star Wars official Twitter account. Executive Producer Tony Gilroy said that 12 episodes of Andor have already been shot for the premiere this fall, and twelve more episodes will encompass a second season that will lead directly into the events of Rogue One (SOURCE: Decider). 

Andor will be streaming exclusively on Disney+, and its premiere on August 31 will include the first two episodes of the series.


Breaking Star Wars TV News: The Mandalorian, Ahsoka, And Something New Called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew

The first season of The Book of Boba Fett almost transformed into the third season of The Mandalorian, so we haven’t been away from Grogu, Luke Skywalker, and Din Djarin for too long. The wait to be reunited with them again, however, will be a little longer than expected. The Mandalorian‘s third season won’t hit this year. The first episode is now officially slated to release in February 2023.

This news comes from the first day of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, Calif. The series’ creators, Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, took to the stage in front of a packed theater to deliver the update. Actor Rosario Dawson also appeared in full Jedi makeup from the set of Ahsoka to reveal it would also be hitting in 2023, but no month was given.

Filoni and Favreau then surprised the crowd with the announcement of a new show called Star Wars: Skeleton Crew. This Disney Plus show is scheduled to launch in 2023 and will star Jude Law. It’s yet another project touched by Favreau and Filoni and also has Jon Watts and Christopher Ford serving as executive producers. You can see the official teaser image below:


The Quarry’s Online Multiplayer Mode Has Been Delayed

Supermassive Games’ The Quarry launches in just a couple of weeks and serves as a campy (as in a literal summer camp) spiritual successor to Until Dawn. While you’ll be able to brave the cinematic horrors with friends in person on launch day, the game’s online play has been delayed.

The studio tweeted a message stating that it’s delaying The Quarry’s online multiplayer to no later than July 8. That’s roughly a month after the game’s June 10 launch. Supermassive explains the move was made to ensure the rest of the game, such as its single-player and local co-op, is as polished as possible by the release date.

The full statement reads as follows:

The wait is almost over, and the team and I are so excited for you to get your hands on The Quarry in just over 2 weeks! The game will launch on June10 with local couch co-op and Movie Mode alongside the single-player campaign.

However, we’ve made the difficult decision to delay the online multiplayer mode to deliver the best possible experience for you. It’s not a long wait though – online multiplayer will be added via an update by July 8th. 

We appreciate your understanding and hope you’re just as excited as we are for launch in just 15 days!

While a bummer, one would assume Supermassive’s other option was to delay The Quarry entirely, and it chose what it deemed the lesser of two evils. The game stars a group of teenage summer camp counselors who find themselves hunted by dangerous locals and another mysterious threat. Like Until Dawn and the Dark Pictures Anthology, players are presented with a myriad of choices that cause the story to branch in several ways – so much so that The Quarry apparently has 186 unique endings. The Quarry stars an ensemble cast that features David Arquette, Lin Shaye, Ted Raimi, Ariel Winter, Brenda Song, Justice Smith, and others. 

The Quarry will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Supermassive recently released footage of the game’s first 30 minutes that you can watch here. Be sure to also read about how you can finish the game without pressing a button.


Ray Liotta, Voice Of Tommy Vercetti In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Has Died

Deadline is reporting actor Ray Liotta has passed away at the age of 67.

Liotta died in his sleep while filming a movie called Dangerous Waters in the Dominican Republic. According to a source that has spoken with TMZ, there is “nothing suspicious about the death, and no foul play is suspected.” The cause of death remains unknown at this time.

Liotta had a prolific acting career. Among his most memorable roles is Henry Hill in Goodfellas and Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams. In recent years, Liotta has had a resurgence in Hollywood with roles in Marriage Story, the Amazon Prime series Hanna, and multiple other projects in the works, including a film called Cocaine Bear and a series called Blackbird, that will, unfortunately, see the light of day without him around. 

Although his impact on the film industry is great, Ray Liotta also made a profound statement in video games, starring as Tommy Vercetti in Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. At the time, having veteran Hollywood talent in video games was a novel concept, expanded upon in the years following due in part to Liotta’s portrayal of Vercetti. Vice City was an instant hit when it was released in 2002, receiving many awards, including Game Informer‘s 2002 Game of the Year. It’s sold over 17 million copies according to a Take Two earnings report from 2008.

Liotta leaves behind his daughter, Karsen, and his fiancée, Jacy Nitollo. Game Informer offers our condolences to Liotta’s family and friends in this trying time.


Collect And Fight Alongside Dinosaurs In Jurassic World: Primal Ops

In Jurassic World: Primal Ops, dinosaurs once again roam the world, and humanity is learning what it’s like to live alongside them. You play the role of a seasoned dinosaur handler who wants to protect the dinosaurs. These efforts will pit you against poachers, mercenaries, and scientists looking to create deadly hybrids. This free-to-play action/adventure experience will release for iOS and Android devices soon.

The top-down gameplay pushes you to rescue and collect dinosaurs, and also use them for battle against other prehistoric beasts and hostile human forces. The dinosaurs can also be used to aid you in battle.  Pteranodons drop supply crates, and the Triceratops can ram through objects.

Jurassic World Primal Ops lets players immerse themselves in the Jurassic World franchise, allowing them to deepen their connection with dinosaurs in thrilling, new ways,” said Jim Molinets, SVP of Production at Universal Games and Digital Platforms. “The game is reflective of the brand’s signature storytelling, intense action, compelling environments, and diverse characters, and promises to be engaging for new and long-time fans alike.”

The game will feature in-app purchases and features many of the dinosaurs that will debut in Jurassic World Dominion, a movie slated to open in theaters on June 10. Check out the trailer above and the images below to see what awaits you in Primal Ops. If you are in the market for a dinosaurs experience right now, Jurassic World Evolution 2 is quite good and with over 70 dinosaurs to place and interact with within your own theme park.


Capcom Fighting Collection Q&A With Producer Shuhei Matsumoto

Capcom Fighting Collection jams ten classic arcade games from Capcom’s rich history into one package with all kinds of features added on like online multiplayer, training modes, and art and music galleries, making this title all the better. Ahead of its release on June 24, I was given the opportunity to go hands-on with the collection, and you can read my early thoughts on it here. On top of that, we were allowed to send some questions to the game’s producer Shuhei Matsumoto. Matsumoto is in charge of Capcom Fighting Collection, but he’s also involved with the Street Fighter franchise and more, so it’s fun to get some insight on the title from one of the minds behind this collection as well as other Capcom titles. Below are all of Shuhei Matsumoto’s responses to this Capcom Fighting Collection-focused Q&A.

John Carson: How did you choose which games are included in this collection?

Shuhei Matsumoto: This project began when Capcom legendary programmers KOBUTA and MUUMUU said, “Matz, it’s time to port Red Earth to current-gen consoles!” From there, we selected arcade titles from the 90s.

I especially wanted people to be able to play Super Gem Fighter and Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo now which is why we included those. 

JC: Some of the games in the collection have been released on multiple platforms. Which versions of these games did you use?

Matsumoto: These are all arcade versions of the games. From there, we looked into versions that had the largest player base, and ones that are currently being used for tournaments. You can refer to the following for the versions in use.

Hyper Street Fighter II: Japan 040202 / USA 040202
Super Gem Fighter Minimix: Japan 970904 / USA 970904
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo: Japan 960531 / USA 960620
Red Earth: Japan 961121 / USA 961121
Cyberbots: Japan 950420 / USA 950424
DarkStalkers: The Night Warriors: Japan 940705 / USA 940818
Night Warriors: Darkstalker’s Revenge: Japan 950302 / USA 950406
Vampire Savior: Japan 970519 / USA 970519
Vampire Hunter 2: Japan 970929
Vampire Savior 2: Japan 970913

JC: How did you put together the archival side of this collection? What were some of your favorite assets and art you were able to share in the game?

Matsumoto: Capcom legend SHOEI brought out all of his carefully stored materials and we prepared them together. Everything was wonderful, but the Darkstalkers art was especially dynamic and we were blown away by it.

JC: Does the inclusion of series like Darkstalkers, Cyberbots, and Red Earth increase the chance of a revival of any of these series in the future?

Matsumoto: I genuinely want these titles to be played once again on current gen consoles. I also want people who may have seen them but never had the chance to play them to get this opportunity. That said, we do not think that this will necessarily increase the possibility of these series being revived.

JC: Is there an underrated game in this collection you’d like people to play and talk about more?

Matsumoto: Definitely Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter! We have implemented the capability of online matches, so we want people to play against each other and get excited. We strongly feel that now is the time to bring out the full potential of these titles.

JC: Can you talk about the decision to include Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2, and which of the two do you prefer?

Matsumoto: We included them because we felt we had to bring these Japan-only games to the rest of the world. In terms of which one I like more… that’s difficult to answer (lol).

JC: This isn’t a question, but I’d like to thank you for including Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and Super Gem Fighter. They were some of my favorite games to rent growing up.

Matsumoto: Thank you for the comment! Let’s get people hyped for these titles once it’s released!

JC: How important is it to you to preserve these classic games, and do you think there’s a chance for a new group of players to become fans of these older titles?

Matsumoto: I think classic materials should definitely be preserved. This is true not only for games but also for all industries and cultures.

My goal is to revitalize the community by doing so. I also want people who have never played Capcom’s past titles to get a chance to, and I want people who jumped in after Street Fighter V to be able to say, “I didn’t know that costume was from this character!” and fall in love with the characters, world and story from these original titles. I believe one of my jobs is to create these kinds of opportunities for our players.


JC: Will working on this collection inform your work with upcoming fighting games in any way?

Matsumoto: If the scale and concept are similar, it is highly possible that the learned experience will be reflected in future projects. The mindset is to continue doing what worked and to optimize where we can for future titles.

Capcom Fighting Collection releases June 24 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC for $39.99.


God of War, Horizon, And Gran Turismo TV Shows Are In Development

God of War Horizon Gran Turismo Show

It feels as if Sony is taking a victory lap in the wake of the success of its various exclusive franchises. The Uncharted movie garnered a strong opening weekend, The Last of Us is getting a highly-anticipated HBO adaptation, and a Jak and Daxter film is in the works. Now the God of War (live-action), Horizon, and Gran Turismo television shows are in development. 

VGC reports that Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Tony Vinciquerra confirmed the creation of the three shows during a recent business briefing. Amazon has the streaming rights to God of War while Horizon is slated for a Netflix release. However, no streaming service is connected to Gran Turismo (see Benji-Sales’ tweet above). There’s no launch date set for any of the shows seeing as how development was just announced.

In other video game adaptation news, the Sonic The Hedgehog 2 movie dropped earlier this week on Paramount Plus. Be sure to read Brian Shea’s review of the film. And when you’re done with that, head here to find out where to stream the best video game movies.  

Are you excited to watch all three television series? Let us know your thoughts on the announcement in the comments below!

[Source: VGC]


PlayStation VR2 Will Launch With Over 20 Games Available

 PlayStation VR2

We still don’t know when PlayStation VR2 will hit stores, but when it does, it will have over 20 games available on day one, according to Sony. 

Video Games Chronicle reports that Sony Interactive Entertainment president Jim Ryan told investors during a briefing call that,

“Right now, there is a considerable amount of money being spent on partnerships with independent and other third-party developers to secure a considerable pipeline of attractive VR content at the launch of PlayStation VR2.”

He continued by saying, “That energy, that effort, and that money will continue to grow as the installed base of PlayStation VR2 headsets grows also.”

A slide image from the presentation (posted below) states these games consist of both first-party and third-party games. The only PS VR2 title announced so far is Horizon: Call of the Mountain, a first-person experience in development at Firesprite and Guerrilla Games. 

Sony formally unveiled PS VR2 in January during CES. The headset’s features include enhanced screen resolution and head tracking, a single cord for easier set-up, and more ergonomically designed controllers featuring haptic feedback and adaptive triggers. 

What games do you expect or would like to see launch with PlayStation VR2? Let us know in the comments! 

[Source: Video Games Chronicle]


First Details On Fortnite’s Seasons Ending Event Called Collision

Big things are once again happening in Fortnite. On June 4, players are invited to experience a timed event called “Collision.” This story-driven moment can only be played once and will kick off at 4 p.m. ET. Epic Games says the fate of the Zero point will be decided in this gameplay event, which I believe will lead into Chapter 3, Season 3.

The events in Fortnite are always fun, as they shake up the gameplay, change the environments, and introduce new characters to the battle royale universe. Collision hits just a week after Obi-Wan Kenobi is introduced. A mysterious tower has also appeared in the center of the island.

Epic Games is encouraging streamers and players to record the event, as it won’t be repeated. The last event brought us The Foundation (played by Dwayne Johnson) and Spider-Man. The island also flipped over and gave us an entirely new map to discover. What will happen this time? The teaser image above gives us a taste of a monstrous return.

If you have the Battle Pass, you have just one week to complete it and get Doctor Strange (and his alternate costumes in the bonus tier). Fly through the missions you can for big XP bumps.

If you log in at any point on June 4 after 8 a.m. ET, you’ll receive an exclusive loading screen and lobby track for Collision. You’ll be able to log into the Collision lobby 30 minutes before the event begins.

What do you hope to see from Season 3? Any character skins you are hoping to see added or return?


Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Reva, The Third Sister Slashes Retail Shelves With Three Action Figures

The first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi release tomorrow on Disney+. I can’t wait to see Ewan McGregor reprise the role of Obi-Wan and hope Hayden Christensen gets the chance to be the version of Darth Vader that brings fear to the Jedi ranks. I’m also eager to see the Inquisitors in a live-action format. Rupert Friend is suiting up as the Grand Inquisitor, Sung Kang is The Fifth Brother, and Moses Ingram is The Third Sister, who we also know is named Reva Sevander. Reva is everywhere in the early merchandising announcements, perhaps implying she is one of Obi-Wan’s significant threats.

Hasbro is also placing Reva front and center in three different action figure series. Yesterday, the toy manufacturer showed images of Reva as a Black Series, Vintage, and Retro action figure. She comes with her unique double-bladed lightsaber in all variations, which can split in two. More information about these figures will be made available this weekend during the Star Wars Celebration. For now, you can see the announcement video and images below:


PS5 Shortages Expected To Stabilize And Overtake PS4 Sales By 2024

PS5 Restock Shortage

It’s no secret that the PlayStation 5 is frustratingly elusive for millions of Sony fans around the globe. In Fall 2021, Sony CFO Hiroki Totoki outlined plans to invest more heavily in console semiconductor shortages linked to the pandemic. But according to Eurogamer, component scarcity isn’t the only thing catalyzing the new-gen deficit. The Russia-Ukraine war has also affected part inventory. In a financial presentation conducted yesterday, Sony CEO Jim Ryan stated that PS4 sales continue to be higher than those of the PS5. However, the shortages are expected to stabilize and overtake PS4 sales by 2024. 

In the image above, you can see the PS5 projections. In year one, the PS5 outsold the PS4, in year two, it undersold the PS4 due to supply constraints, in year three, the gap is expected to close, and by year four onwards, the PS5 is expected to overtake its predecessor again. This, of course, won’t be easy. Sony has two plans to help expedite the gradual sale increase: source several suppliers for greater stability and facilitate logistical negotiations to maintain optimal delivery routes. 

Matt Miller awarded the PlayStation 5 an A- in his review of the console and stated:

“The PlayStation 5 is an incredibly powerful and sophisticated piece of gaming hardware, sometimes virtually eliminating the tedium of loading screens that have plagued console gaming for decades. Games look amazing thanks to new lighting techniques, especially on 4K displays, and a proprietary sound engine ensures an equally arresting aural experience. While its outward aesthetic is attractive, it’s also overpowering, and the design won’t please everyone. A slick dashboard is easy to use and smartly designed and values what’s important to you, most especially your leisure time.”

Hopefully, we’ll all get our hands on the new-gen Sony console we deserve as we grow closer to a future where stronger hardware takes precedence.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Take A Look At Obi-Wan Kenobi’s First Wave Of Funko Pops

It’s shaping up to be a great weekend for people who like getting lost in a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Celebration kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim, Calif, and the first two episodes of Obi-Wan Kenobi hit Disney’s streaming service a day later. Obi-Wan will also join the fight in Fortnite tomorrow night. And we should really start celebrating Star Wars right now, as today is the anniversary of A New Hope‘s theatrical release.

If past Star Wars Celebrations are any example to follow, we’ll see plenty of collectibles announcements over the weekend. Some toy manufacturers are getting out in front of the potential bombardment of news. Funko just announced the first wave of Pops based on the Obi-Wan Kenobi show, and I’m guessing we’ll see more in the days to come.

This line offers a new version of Obi-Wan, looking slightly older than he did in Revenge of the Sith. We’re also getting a menacing sculpt of Darth Vader, who looks exactly like you would expect. The only new character is Reva, the Third Sister, looking ready to ignite her lightsaber. A deluxe version of Obi-Wan riding an Eopie is also on the way. All of these figures are expected to hit retailers in October. You can see them below:



The Gamer’s Graduation Gift Guide

It’s been a rough couple of years of schooling for anyone forced to persevere through recent challenges. If you have a gamer in your life who has reached the finish line, we have some suggestions for gifts that can make them smile after they walk the stage and pick up their diploma. Read more…


The Gamer’s Graduation Gift Guide

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A New Performance Patch For Ys IX: Monstrum Nox Is A Great Reminder For You To Try An Ys Game

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<p>A surprise patch has dropped for the PC version of the action RPG that many missed out on last year, Ys IX: Monstrum Nox, which makes&nbsp;now would be a perfect time to get acquainted with the series.</p>

<p>While working on the upcoming localization of Trails From Zero (another Falcom game you should keep your eyes on), PH3 <a href=”″ target=”_blank”>developer&nbsp;Peter “Durante” Thoman</a> discovered how to increase CPU performance in that game. After finding promising results in Trails From Zero, he brought the technique over to Ys IX. Lo and behold, there was an impressive frame rate boost with the same implementation, with a 25% increase in parts of the game where the CPU can bottleneck performance. The update&nbsp;proved stable enough in testing to push it live for everyone playing the Steam version.</p>

<p>Here are the full patch notes from the PC performance patch:&nbsp;</p>

<li>Improved&nbsp;CPU-bound performance.&nbsp;The degree to which you will notice this depends on the specific in-game scene, settings, and your hardware GPU/CPU balance.</li>
<li>Adjust the&nbsp;refresh rate selection&nbsp;algorithm to more reliably pick the available refresh-rate closest to the one desired.</li>
<li>The game&nbsp;executables are now signed. This should hopefully reduce the antivirus false positives that sometimes pop up for some players.</li>
<li>Fixed the English item description of the Holy Sword’s Hilt accessory to correctly reflect its capabilities.</li>

<p>While you’re here and reading about these patch notes, now is as good of a time as any for you to continue on and learn a little more about Ys, and maybe I can convince you to check one of them out.</p>

<p>Most Ys (pronounced like “geese” without the G) games follow an adventurer named Adol as he finds himself in all sorts of dangerous situations that he and the friends he makes along the way&nbsp;need&nbsp;to hack and slash their&nbsp;way out of heroically. Playing a&nbsp;handful of titles in this prolific series caused me to fall in love with it, and now I can’t help but sing its praises and wonder why they aren’t talked about more.</p>

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<p>My introduction to Ys was&nbsp;Ys Origin, a 2006 PC game that’s now been updated and released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch. Origin takes place 700 years before the first Ys and tells the tale of your choice between Yunica or Hugo, who have different weapons and playstyles, as they climb The Devil’s Tower in search of twin&nbsp;Goddesses who have ditched their followers in the land of Ys. The gameplay is reminiscent of a mix of a fast-paced Zelda dungeon crawler with the camera in a fixed overhead perspective meets&nbsp;a dash of Castlevania exploration and progression. The moment-to-moment combat is fun and challenging, with boss fights expanding on those tenants further. If you like an old-school action game, Ys Origin is a good time and absolutely&nbsp;worth playing through with every character available.</p>

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<p>Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana came next, which joins series protagonists Adol and Dogi as they&nbsp;ride&nbsp;on a ship that crashes ashore on an uncharted island. After finding he’s still alive, Adol collects the survivors of the wreck, and together they explore the island for a way home or, at the very least, a way to survive just a bit longer. Ys VIII’s narrative is full of memorable&nbsp;characters, gripping mystery, and plenty of grand adventure as you explore the expansive island. That’s all topped by a dual storyline of a mystical maiden named Dana, who you take control of occasionally. Unlike Origin, Ys VIII adopts a&nbsp;colorful anime art style and is set in a 3D world full of&nbsp;stunning locals to visit. Adol isn’t alone when he’s adventuring around the island and is joined on the field by two other castaways&nbsp;who you can switch between at any time to take advantage of the rock-paper-scissors quality of&nbsp;their weapons, so you can&nbsp;quickly dispatch creatures in the wild. It’s one of my favorite&nbsp;action games I’ve played in years and is available on PlayStation 4, Switch, PC, and PS Vita if you have one lying around.</p>

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<p>Following the events of Ys VIII (and Ys VI and VII, which also happen after following the island excursion), the adventures of Adol and Dogi continue in Ys IX: Monstrum Nox. In the prison city of Balduq, they come across and join forces with a band of outlaws with supernatural powers known as the Monstrum. These powers, which are also given to Adol, allow for new mobility options like gliding, teleporting, and running up walls&nbsp;to get around the larger open environments introduced in Ys IX. Everything here is an evolution of the action and combat found in Ys VIII, with the Victorian town of Balduq offering a refreshing change of scenery after spending hours on a tropical island and striking a darker tone aesthetically and narratively. Once again, the characters are a draw to play Monstrum Nox, with each member of the Robin Hood-like&nbsp;Monstrum troop having complex backstories worth seeing through and a mystery inside the prison walls focusing on Adol himself that drives intrigue throughout. Ys IX: Monstrum Nox is available on PlayStation 4 (with a very nice patch for 4K resolution on PS5), Switch, and the newly applied patch makes the PC version even better.</p>

<p>If you still haven’t given Ys a try, you’re doing yourself a disservice. It deserves to be in consideration of the great&nbsp;action series of all time next to the big names like Zelda, Metroid, Castlevania, and Devil May Cry. I hope this little rant has turned some heads and convinced some of you to give one of these great games or one of the other 6+ titles&nbsp;in the series a fair shot the next time you’re looking for something to sink some time into. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be very glad you did.</p>

From Fallen Order 2 To The Mandalorian 3: What To Expect From This Weekend’s Star Wars Celebration

Star Wars Celebration kicks off tomorrow in Anaheim, Calif. I’ve had the pleasure of attending this show a few times over the years, and find it to be joyous, exciting, and one of the greatest places to go for people watching, thanks to the wealth of stormtroopers, Jedi, and astromech droids roaming the halls.

Disney and Lucasfilm always bring a few surprises to Celebration, and I have a feeling we’ll see a good number of them this year. The show runs until Sunday and should be packed with announcements. Here’s what I expect to see, and how you can tune in to see the reveals as they happen:

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New TV Shows and Movies
Most of us will likely watch the first two episodes of Star Wars: Obi-Wan Kenobi this weekend, and more info on this show and what’s coming next for TV and theaters will likely be shown during Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase at 11 a.m. PT. We’ll likely see the first teaser trailer for Andor, the live-action series spinning out of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, starring Diego Luna. Hot on the heels of that could be a look at the second season of the animated show, Bad Batch. If Lucasfilm wants the live audience to erupt, don’t be surprised if the showcase concludes with a teaser for the third season of The Mandalorian (although this could be saved for Jon Favreau’s panel later in the show).

These showcases are always loaded with star power, and I have to assume Ewan McGregor will be there. Pedro Pascal is also likely with an animatronic Grogu in hand. The biggest surprises would be getting information (and potentially teaser images) from Taika Waititi and Patty Jenkins’ announced Star Wars films.

The YouTube link below will take you to the showcase when it kicks off:

What’s Coming To Books
After a short break, we’ll learn about the next batch of Star Wars books and comics at the Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away panel, which kicks off at 1 p.m. PT. We’ll likely get additional looks at Marvel Comics’ Obi-Wan prequel series, which shows him as a youngling, as well as the forthcoming Mandalorian comic adaptation. Lucasfilm’s official description for the panel outlines the other publishers that will be on stage: “From adult novels to kids comics, from the time of the High Republic to the rise of the First Order, this is the place to dive deeper into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Featuring details on new and upcoming titles from Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, Dark Horse, and more! Including all-new announcements and reveals from a galaxy far, far away!”

For Your Collectibles Shelves
Statues, props, and more collectibles will be discussed during the lengthy hour-and-a-half-long Star Wars Collectibles panel, kicking off at 2:30 p.m. PT. Star Wars’ official listing for this panel promises “a surprise or two along the way.” My guess is we’ll see some Obi-Wan collectible announcements.

The High Republic
Although we’ll learn a little bit about The High Republic’s future in the publishing panel, we’ll get a deeper dive into what is coming next during The High Republic: For Light and Life panel, starting at 3 p.m. PT. The focus will be on this ongoing lore’s Phase II: Quest of the Jedi.

-Friday, May 27-

This hour-long Summer of Lego Star Wars panel unites Lego Group with Lucasfilm to discuss the recently released Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga video game, along with a few forthcoming set announcements. We also hope new DLC is shown for the game. The panel kicks off at 1:30 p.m. PT.

The Black Series
Hasbro always brings a few big action figure announcements to Celebration, and we have a feeling Obi-Wan will be a huge focus this year. Rumor is a new Inquisitor lightsaber from the show is on the way. I also expect to see plenty from the Black Series and Vintage Collection at this Hasbro Star Wars panel. News from it will start hitting as it unfolds at 3:30 p.m. PT.

-Saturday, May 28-

The Mandalorian
This is where we’ll likely see the most from The Mandalorian‘s third season. Both Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will be on stage to talk about their show’s future. We will likely also learn about other projects that spin out of it. Again, expect to see an animatronic Grogu. The Mando+: A Conversation with Jon Favreau & Dave Filoni panel kicks off at 11 a.m. PT.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order 2
The first Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game was announced during a panel, but it would appear a sit down with the creative team is not in the cards this year. That said, I still think we’ll see a trailer hit the internet on one of the show’s days, along with a few details. It could also be a part of the show’s kick-off showcase from Lucasfilm, which would give it the biggest spotlight of the weekend.


Replaced Is Delayed Until 2023, Studio Safety Prioritized In Wake Of Russia-Ukraine War

Replaced Delay

Remember Replaced, the atmospheric, futuristic action game revealed during last year’s Xbox Showcase? Set in a dystopian version of the ‘80s USA, Replaced chronicles the exploits of an AI living within a human body. The combat is reminiscent of some of the best sci-fi movies and games out there, including Blade Runner and Cyberpunk 2077. Exciting right? Well, sadly, Replaced has been delayed until 2023. 

Publisher Coastink, parent company Thunderful, and developer Sad Cat Studios’ statement on Twitter reads (in its entirety) as follows:

“Today we’re making the very difficult decision to delay Replaced until 2023. 

The Belarusian-based studio working on the game, Sad Cat Studios, has a team of talented developers for Belarus and Ukraine. Unfortunately, the continued war in Ukraine has heavily impacted the development of Replaced, as most of the team resides in the neighboring regions. 

The priority for Sad Cat was for the safety of the team and their families. As a result, part of the team has now relocated and work has only recently restarted on Replaced. 

Publisher Coatsink, parent company Thundeful, and developer Sad Cat Studios have decided to move the release to 2023 to ensure that the game is in the best state it can possibly be. We are continuing to work hard to match the quality you’ve come to expect from the trailer, but are prioritizing both the physical and mental health of the developers by not forcing the original deadlines that have been unexpectedly impacted.

Thank you for all your continued patience and support for Replaced and Sad Cat Studios.

It won’t be long before you can Ent3r%t*he{V0id…….”

The Russia-Ukraine war continues to be a devastating conflict affecting the lives of millions. Game studios have been showing support for Ukraine with some developers creating projects that are a “clear middle finger” to the invasion.


The Ni No Kuni MMO Is Out Today On Mobile And PC

Ni no Kuni: Cross Worlds is the sixth entry in Level-5’s beloved JRPG series. The MMORPG was released in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan last year but is finally available in North America on mobile devices and PC starting today. You can watch the animation trailer below. 

Like the main installments before it – namely, Wrath of the White Witch and Revenant Kingdom – Cross Worlds is composed by the legendary Joe Hisaishi and features Studio Ghibli-animated cutscenes. According to the Ni no Kuni website, the story is as follows: 

“You are about to enter a brand new world in the virtual reality game Soul Divers. But as you explore and become stronger, you’ll realize this world is not a virtual one. A mysterious girl named Rania entrusts you with a mission: Rebuild your kingdom ransacked by powerful foes  and save the two connected worlds from certain destruction!” 

For all you anime fans out there, Cross World’s central narrative seems directly inspired by the isekai genre. The animation trailer above reveals that the new Ni no Kuni still brims with the whimsy and eccentricity that the franchise is known for. Moreover, the high-fantasy overtones and vivid art style make a welcome return. 

Kim Wallace had lukewarm feelings on Wrath of the White Witch, but Joe Juba awarded Revenant Kingdom an 8 out of 10 and stated:

“Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom may not nail everything it attempts, but it gets the important things right. Building your kingdom is satisfying and engaging, even with the weak narrative hooks. The cycle of rewards became an obsession, and had me staying up late to recruit just one more ally, or complete just one more upgrade. Combat could be tighter, and other supporting elements could use some polish – but like any kingdom, this experience isn’t about individual contributions. It’s about how those contributions come together, and the fun of this experience as a whole outweighs its flaws.”

Hopefully, Cross World will garner positive reception too.


My Little Pony-Inspired Fighter Them’s Fightin’ Herds Gallops To Consoles This Fall

Them's Fightin' Herds

After finding success on PC, 2D fighter Them’s Fightin’ Herds is making its way to consoles this fall.

If the game reminds you of My Little Pony, it should. Them’s Fightin’ Herds is a spiritual successor to Fighting is Magic, an unlicensed fighting game based on the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series created by fans of the show (who appropriately call themselves Mane6). Before that game could officially launch, a big “cease and desist” from Hasbro forced Mane6 to rework the idea into an original title. However, Lauren Faust, the mastermind of Friendship Is Magic, admired the project and lent her artistic talents to design Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ colorful cast of four-legged combatants. 

Them’s Fightin’ Herds sports a streamlined 4-button fighting system complete with combos (and juggle decay), a magic system, and super attacks. Players can duke it out in local and online versus modes, and an episodic story mode modeled as a classic top-down RPG features side quests and boss fights. The experience also boasts cross-platform matchmaking, rollback netcode, a replay system to rewatch matches, and a dynamic soundtrack that changes based on the characters. The game has been positively received since launching on Steam in 2020 and has amassed a dedicated following, with organized tournaments taking place at events such as EVO. 

The console reveal news also comes alongside the announcement of a Season 1 Pass that introduces four new fighters, additional stages, and cosmetics. This pass can be purchased separately and is included in a $39.99 Deluxe Edition of the game. Otherwise, the base game runs for $19.99. 

Them’s Fightin’ Herds will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch at an undisclosed date. Physical versions of the Deluxe Edition are in the works by Maximum Games Store, set to launch within the same timeframe. You can pre-order a copy here.


2D Pony Fighter Them’s Fightin’ Herds Gallops To Consoles This Fall

Them's Fightin' Herds

After finding success on PC, 2D pony fighter Them’s Fightin’ Herds is making its way to consoles this fall.

If the game reminds you of My Little Pony, it should. Them’s Fightin’ Herds is a spiritual successor to Fighting is Magic, an unlicensed fighting game based on the popular My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series created by fans of the show (who appropriately call themselves Mane6). Before that game could officially launch, a big “cease and desist” from Hasbro forced Mane6 to rework the idea into an original title. However, Lauren Faust, the mastermind of Friendship Is Magic, admired the project and lent her artistic talents to design Them’s Fightin’ Herds’ colorful cast of four-legged combatants. 

Them’s Fightin’ Herds sports a streamlined 4-button fighting system complete with combos (and juggle decay), a magic system, and super attacks. Players can duke it out in local and online versus modes, and an episodic story mode modeled as a classic top-down RPG features side quests and boss fights. The experience also boasts cross-platform matchmaking, rollback netcode, a replay system to rewatch matches, and a dynamic soundtrack that changes based on the characters. The game has been positively received since launching on Steam in 2020 and has amassed a dedicated following, with organized tournaments taking place at events such as Evo. 

The console reveal news also comes alongside the announcement of a Season 1 Pass that introduces four new fighters, additional stages, and cosmetics. This pass can be purchased separately and is included in a $39.99 Deluxe Edition of the game. Otherwise, the base game runs for $19.99. 

Them’s Fightin’ Herds will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Switch at an undisclosed date. Physical versions of the Deluxe Edition are in the works by Maximum Games Store, set to launch within the same timeframe. You can pre-order a copy here.


Marvel MMO From DC Universe Online Dev Canceled

Marvel MMO Canceled DC Universe Online

End Global 7, a co-op company composed of prominent development studios like DC Universe Online dev Daybreak Game Company, revealed last November that it had a new Marvel MMORPG in early development. Now, End Global 7 has revealed that it’s been canceled. 

This news comes by way of Eurogamer, which first reported on End Global 7’s statement released today. In that statement, the company says it is re-evaluating things such as risk profiles, investments, and portfolio strategies and that development of Daybreak Games Marvel MMO has ceased as a result. 

“EG7 today announced it will be discontinuing the development of the Marvel project at Daybreak Games,” the statement reads. “Based on the re-evaluation of the development risk profile, size of investment, and the long-term product portfolio strategy for the group, the board has decided to change the development priorities and reallocate resources within the group to focus on alternative long-term projects.”

EG7 had planned to invest more than SEK 500 million ($50.5 million) in the Marvel project over the next three years. The company will now instead “diversify” this investment across multiple smaller projects within the studio group. This includes previously announced upgrades to The Lord of the Rings Online and DC Universe Online, as well as “new game opportunities with our first party, original IPs.” 

It sounds like EG7 has washed its hands of Marvel, or vice versa, to some extent as it does not seem a Marvel game is in the publisher’s future. For more, read about the graphics upgrade and massive expansion coming to DC Universe Online in 2023

[Source: Eurogamer]


No Man’s Sky: Leviathan Expedition Out Today, Includes Space Whales And Roguelike Time Loop

No Man's Sky Leviathan Expedition Release Date

Developer Hello Games just released the Outlaws update for No Man’s Sky back in April alongside news that its next project won’t be a sequel to the sci-fi title, and now, the studio has revealed that it’s launching another expedition…today!

Dubbed “Leviathan,” this expedition is the result of a community in-joke that No Man’s Sky is missing space whales because space whales is exactly what Leviathan brings to the game. However, beyond that, Leviathan also introduces a roguelike experience to play through. 

“[Leviathan] is very different to anything we’ve done before,” a press release reads. “It is more roguellike, with players caught in a time-loop. Players start together on an expedition, and each time they die, they lose their progress, but help the community try to break free from this loop together.

“Difficulty has been turned up in a vairety of ways, but every death means a reset of the loop and a new proc-gen loadout. To make it easier to complete the eventual goal of breaking out of the loop with just one life, the community can work together on a persistent, global goal that permanently improves the quality and frequency of upgrade rewards found during each loop.”


The story of Leviathan reveals itself as players work alongside Specialist Polo and the actual Leviathan, “a large and imposing space creature shrouded in myth and mystery.” Those who undertake this expedition can earn rewards like The Whalestalker cloak, a mini Organic Frigate for your base, a Temporal Starship Trail, and more. Hello Games says the ultimate reward, however, is the first ever living frigate – an imposing tentacled beast – which will be your very own Space Whale to add to your freighter fleet. 

You can view the full patch notes for Leviathan here.

Are you going to be checking out Leviathan today? Let us know in the comments below!


Diablo Immortal | New Gameplay Today

Diablo Immortal New Gameplay

It is important to keep in mind what is going on within Activision Blizzard at this time regarding ongoing allegations about the work culture. The ongoing lawsuit from the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) against the company is over reported toxic workplace culture. The bulk of the suit focuses on “violations of the state’s civil rights and equal pay laws,” specifically regarding the treatment of women and other marginalized groups. To learn more about the proceedings thus far, including details listed in the lawsuit against Activision Blizzard, please check out our previous coverage here.

Diablo Immortal is just around the corner. After its big release date announcement last month, we released an installment of New Gameplay Today all about the game, how it plays on both mobile devices and PC, and more. Today, we’re back with even more new Diablo Immortal footage and another developer interview. This time, we’ve got principal game designer Joe Grubb and senior game designer Scott Burgess joining your host John Carson to talk about the lore implications of Diablo Immortal, some of the big bads, returning characters, class changes, and even the game’s audio design. 

Diablo Immortal hits Android and iOS devices, as well as PC, on June 2 so hopefully, if you’re excited about the first-ever Diablo game made from-the-ground-up for mobile, this tides you over until then.

For more about Diablo Immortal, be sure to head to the official Game Informer Diablo Immortal hub, which contains first looks at the game, news stories, and more. For more previews of some of the biggest games of 2022 and beyond, be sure to head over to our YouTube page for early looks at Fueled UpTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s RevengeMultiVersusBear And Breakfast, and more. 


Temtem, the Pokémon-Like MMO, Launches Into 1.0 This September On Consoles And PC

Temtem 1.0 Release Date Xbox Series X Switch

Temtem is a popular online multiplayer monster-catching game that’s a lot like Pokémon and it’s been in early access for years. However, in just a few months, it will finally launch into 1.0 on consoles and PC. 

More specifically, Temtem 1.0 will go live on Sep. 6 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Switch, and PC. Temtem has already been available to play on PS5 and PC so today’s news in terms of platforms is that it’s coming to Xbox and Switch in September. To celebrate the news, developer Crema has released a new trailer showcasing what to expect in 1.0. 

That includes a new endgame island and much more in-game. Pre-order links for Switch aren’t yet live, but on Xbox, there’s a standard edition you can pre-order and a deluxe edition. The latter includes “bonus cosmetic content (to be revealed at a later date) – available when Temtem launches.” If you prefer to buy your games physically, you can do that too because there will be both a standard physical edition of the game and a Temtem collector’s edition as well. 

“Crafted with care by Crema, Humble Games, and Final Boss Bundle, it contains a lovely diorama statue and a set of enamel pins of our oldest partners, the starters,” a press release reads. “Want to immerse yourself further into the world of Archipelago? It also includes a Temcard replica of fan-favorites Kinu, Gharunder, and Shuine, and a set of three irresistible embroidered patches that will make you feel like you’re part of the Narwhal Crew.”

However, this bundle does not include the game. You can pre-order the collector’s edition, as well as additional Temtem merch, here. For more, read about Temtem’s PS5 arrival back in December of 2020, and then check out this installment of New Gameplay Today all about Temtem.

Are you going to be checking out Temtem 1.0 this September? Let us know in the comments below!


Where To Stream The Best Video Game Movies

With the news of Sonic the Hedgehog 2 hitting becoming available to stream as of today, we thought it might be helpful to point our readers toward some other video game adaptations you can watch whenever you want. Here’s a handful of films you may want to check out, and where to find them on a given streaming service, if they are available.

The following list was created on May 5, 2022, and the availability of these movies may have changed.

Sonic The Hedgehog 2

The sequel to 2020’s surprise box office hit leans into the franchise’s lore with Sonic (Ben Schwartz) and Dr. Ivo Robotnik (Jim Carrey) returning and introducing Tails (Colleen O’Shaughnessey) and rival bruiser Knuckles (Idris Elba). 

Our own Brian Shea gave the film a mostly glowing review in February, saying, “Sonic the Hedgehog 2 retains all of what made the first film good while shedding much of its dead weight. Despite those sequences and arcs that overstay their welcome, whenever any of the main characters were on screen, I was captivated thanks to the high-flying action scenes or the humorous banter.”

You can watch Sonic the Hedgehog 2 right now on Paramount+ for no additional charge if you subscribe to the service. Otherwise, it’s available for purchase on other digital platforms.

Sonic the Hedgehog

The catalyst for Sonic the Hedgehog’s resurgence can be traced back to the movie by the same name, Sonic the Hedgehog. 2020 was a strange time for the world, leaving 2020’s Sonic film as a personal trivia fact for many people as the last movie they saw in theaters before the pandemic shut everything down. At least they were treated to a delightful family flick that saw fish-out-of-water Sonic (Ben Schwartz) befriending local sheriff Tom “Donut Lord” Wachowski (James Marsden) to make his way to San Francisco. All the while, the blue blur was being chased by Jim Carrey’s wild and eccentric portrayal of Dr. Ivo Robotnik. It was fast, fun, and heartwarming at times, but while its now topped in quality by its sequel, Sonic the Hedgehog is still a solid way to spend an evening.

You can stream Sonic the Hedgehog right now if you have a Paramount+, Amazon Prime, or an Epix subscription.

Mortal Kombat (1995)

Easily the best movie adaptation of a video game in the 90s, it remains the best in its series. 1995’s Mortal Kombat takes a PG-13 approach to Midway’s hyper-violent arcade game and as a result, is a fun and approachable entryway to the franchise. Thunder god Raiden recruits an unlikely group of warriors (Lui Kang, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage) from Earth to battle in the realm’s final opportunity in the Mortal Kombat tournament before it’s taken over by the forces of Outworld represented by Shang Tsung, Goro, Sub Zero, and Scorpion. 

Mortal Kombat (1995) is available to stream on HBOMax. If you really want a good time, but don’t mind an awful movie, have a laugh by watching Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the sequel that somehow misses on everything the original got right. It’s also available on HBOMax.

Mortal Kombat (2021)

If you’re more interested in the gorier side of Mortal Kombat, look no further than the very R-rated reboot from Warner Bros. This installment follows a brand new character in the series, Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter who is thrust into the deadly realm war between Earthrealm and Outworld. While not as fun as the original, 2021’s Mortal Kombat has more fights and more blood with actual gruesome fatalities like the ones you’d see in Mortal Kombat 11. If anything, give it a shot to see a good rendition of the Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) mythos and the scene-stealing antics of Josh Lawson’s Kano. Plus, Nitara of all characters is given the live-action treatment! Who knew someone out there still cared about her?

Mortal Kombat is available to stream on HBOMax.


Nathan Drake’s PlayStation adventures always felt like a movie, so the transition to a feature-length film was always a matter of time. In the first live-action movie, Tom Holland stars as Nathan Drake with Mark Walbuhrg’s Sully showing him the ropes in a globe-trotting adventure to capture the riches of Magellan’s lost stash of riches. The movie mixes elements from all over the games, creating an entertaining amalgamation that’s close enough to the spirit of the source material that any jarring differences wash away quickly from memory. 

Uncharted is not available on any subscription streaming service just yet but is available to rent digitally for around $6 if you’re itching for some adventure.

Tomb Raider

Like the 2013 game of the same name, Tomb Raider reboots the film franchise and resembles a more realistic and gritty take on timeless adventurer, Lara Croft. Like the newest take on Tomb Raider, Alicia Vikander plays a younger version of the archeologist, setting off on her first big adventure to track down the last known position of her father. Her journey features plenty of harrowing action sequences, and a touch of mysticism made all the better by the performance of the incomparable Walton Goggins as rival archaeologist Mathias Vogel.

Tomb Raider is unfortunately not on any major streaming subscription service but can be rented or purchased on through services like Amazon Prime Video and Apple.

Detective Pikachu

Giving the Pokémon franchise its first live-action film paid off in this fun adventure. Ryan Reynolds portrays the titular electric rodent who partners up with aspiring trainer Tim Goodman (Justice Smith) to unravel the mysterious disappearance of his father. The story is enjoyable enough with some decent laughs to be had. However, the real treat for Pokémon fans is seeing dozens of their favorite pocket monsters rendered in reality for the first time. Somehow, the film manages to keep their appearances true to the games without making them look horrifying. 

Detective Pikachu currently isn’t available on any streaming service, but you can rent or purchase it digitally from services such as Amazon Prime Video