Trailer Impressions: Halloween

2018 is full of some great movies, but there is a lot that I have been worried about. Sicario 2 does not look like it will have the same tone as the first movie. The first was so phenomenal for its slow tension, and the climax had an incredible payoff. This new entry looks to have too much action, but with Stefano Sollima who has worked on the first film and last years Wind River, I have some hope. Predator and Venom look generic and nothing special. I want these movies to be great, but they all look flawed. Now there is the new trailer for Halloween. I have never seen any of the movies, but with the return of John Carpenter who is going to write and produce the film along with Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle to star as the film’s protagonist and antagonist, my interest was sparked.

What the problem was waiting for a trailer to come up with the new sequel to the original Halloween. Not a single movie is canon except for the 1978 classic. Now that we have our first look at the trailer let’s dive into what we have seen and determine if this looks good.

We start off by seeing two investigators going to the prison in which Michael is being held at. They summarize the events of the first film, perfect for any newcomers like me. The man and woman walk into a wide open courtyard with several inmates with Michael at the center. As the man talks to Michael, who is facing away from the investigators, he brings up Michael’s infamous mask. The mask has a brand new look that looks older and more worn out. The look is perfect because this takes place so long after the events of the original film. When the mask is taken out a dog starts barking like crazy. A few inmates are laughing and screaming as the mask is shown up close when it is taken out of the bag. Everything about this scene is tense and well shot. This scene alone is one of the biggest highlights of the trailer, which is full of wonderfully creepy moments.

We see a few teenagers walking down the sidewalk of a neighborhood. The camera cuts to various Halloween decorations and to give us a better look at the community. One of which is a girl who is Laurie’s granddaughter. She explains to her friends that Laurie was almost murdered which is why she acts a certain way during this holiday season. We also hear that Laurie and Michael are not related. That plot point was started by later films in the franchise but is thrown out. As the teens talk we see Laurie open up a secret door down to her basement. That means Laurie has made adjustments to her home in case Michael ever comes back.

Laurie comes in to walk over to some shot up mannequins, which look terrifying. She tells a police officer how much she has been waiting for Michael to break out just so she can finally kill him. After that line we see her shooting a rifle for some target practice. Laurie is not messing around at all.

A boy and his father are driving down a road in which they see a bus flipped on its side and inmates are slowing walking out. They brake hard to avoid running over an inmate. The lighting and the way we see the inmates slowly shuffling towards the car is a haunting image. Laurie gets the news and tells her family about the bus crashing. Her daughter is confused about what the deal is about the bus crash. Michael is out loose and is ready to kill.

The most notable and terrifying moment is the next scene. A woman is in a stall at a bathroom in which Michael walks in. He puts his over the stall and drops bloody teeth. After this horrific move, he then drags her out to her doom. Another kill is shown when a man finds the dead body of a mechanic. Yes, that is how Michael gets his iconic suit by killing a man for the change of clothes. We then get a shot of Michael taking his mask out of a bag to put on. Every shot of him never shows his face. When we see a great image of him with his mask on, his eyes are entirely black. The darkness for eyes and the worn face makes for the grimmest looking Michael to date.

It is Halloween night. Children are walking around with their parents to trick or treat. They are not alone, we see Michael walking amongst the children. Some trick or treaters accidentally bump into the masked murderer. Shots are shown of Michael taking people down one by one. Laurie has her weapon and is trying to save as many people as she can. As she is running through the neighborhood, she looks up at a window to see Michael standing there. She takes a shot but turns out he is on the other side of the room. She just shot a reflection of Michael from a mirror. That is a great wink to the audience since there has always been a question of whether or not Michael can die. The mystery of this film is still up in the air, and this scene stirs up that question.

More scenes are shown of people being terrorized by Michael. A reference shot is shown of a sheet with two holes poked out for eyes is sitting on a chair. The ghost is an iconic scene from the original. As someone who has not seen the original, I am not able to pick out every reference, but we can expect plenty of nods to the classic film.

The last scene to discuss that is worth noting is the final one shown in the trailer. A young child asks the babysitter to close the door. She closes it, but the door won’t close. After a few attempts, she widens the door open to see what is blocking it from closing. Then Michael appears with a knife and strikes down at her.

I am quite impressed. As a newcomer to the franchise, this looks fantastic. I was worried going in, but this could be the worthy sequel that fans have been wanting. I will absolutely watch the original to prepare myself for this creepy sequel. The film looks beautifully shot. A lot of effort is shown to pay respect to fans and give them the film that they all want. Michael is back after 40 years, and he will be killing a lot of people. What do you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the new Halloween? If you have not seen the trailer, you can view it below:

 

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Quick News: Crackdown 3 Delayed Again + Killswitch Engage Sign to Metal Blade + Spider-Man Spinoff Movies Dropped + More!

    • People have been talking about the possibility of the next Devil May Cry, and now it looks like this might happen. On May 18, Capcom registered a domain for Devil May Cry 5. The domain was spotted by ResetERA. As of recently, the domain was spotted on Capcom’s servers by MysticDistance on Twitter. The site does not direct to anywhere, but these are signs of the possibility of an announcement will be coming soon. With E3 around the corner, this will be our best bet to hear about the next installment in the Devil May Cry series.

 

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      • Sony is starting to build their own films surrounding the iconic hero, Spider-Man. Nobody knows where they are going with these movies because Tom Holland is with Marvel and none of these movies are supposed to have any version of Spider-Man in them. Then there is the animated movie coming out later this year and Venom with Tom Hardy. Recently Sony has taken off one of their upcoming spinoffs, Silver & Black from the schedule. The films were supposed to be released in February of next year, but have been removed from the calendar. The report came in from Deadline who broke the news about the spinoff. Instead of opening on February 8, the film will go back into development. Instead, Tom Hanks’ upcoming WW2 flick Greyhound will release on that date. Initially, Sony had big plans with Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six, along with Silver & Black which would feature Black Cat and Silver Sable. The news about the upcoming spinoff will increase the confusion that people have about Sony’s plans for their spinoffs in the world of the web swinging hero.

 

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      • On May 31 at a Ghost concert in Milwaukee, an attendee of the show Jeffery Fortune had died at the show. The band’s fans have come together to help raise money for Jeffery’s family on GoFundMe and shattered the goal. The initial goal of the campaign was to raise $1,000. As of writing, $9,726 has been raised by the Ghost fan base. During the band’s set, Jeffery collapsed and was unconscious. Fans were rushed out of the venue while CPR was performed. Jeffery was transported to the hospital where he had passed away at 52 years old. During the emergency, Ghost had stopped the show altogether and did not continue after Jeffery was transported out of respect. My condolences go to his friends and family.

 

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      • The beloved metal band Killswitch Engage have signed onto Metal Blade Records, while their international affairs will be handled by Sony Music Entertainment. This grows and an already strong roster that Metal Blade holds in the metal world with bands such as Whitechapel, The Black Dahlia Murder, and Cannibal Corpse. Metal Blade CEO and founder Brian Slagel made a statement about the band signing on by saying, “I have been a huge fan and friend of Killswitch for a long time, so it is truly an honor to be able to work with them. So happy to welcome them to the Metal Blade family.” Having this well-respected label is not only great for Killswitch but is just as good for the label as well.

 

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      • Earlier this week Kotaku made a report that inside sources of Microsoft have told them that Crackdown 3 will be delayed. A lot of speculation circulated about the story because the game has been pushed back so many times already. As of recently, Microsoft has confirmed this is the case. Microsoft says in their confirmation, “Our fans’ response to the signature antics and explosive gameplay of Crackdown 3 has been incredible. To ensure we deliver the experience they deserve, Crackdown 3 will be launching in Feb 2019. We look forward to sharing more on Crackdown 3 this Sunday during the Xbox E3 2018 briefing.” The news is quite shocking because Microsoft has been quite light on their exclusives for the Xbox One. Now the year is even lighter for Microsoft with one of their most anticipated games being delayed to February of next year. The blow will be significant, so they need to make sure that Crackdown 3 does well. The game was initially supposed to come out back in November 2017, but now the almost two-year delay could hurt them.

 

We managed to get through some highlights of the week today. A lot has happened, so be sure to comment what you think about these stories. How do you feel about Crackdown 3 being delayed again? Are you disappointed or just don’t care about what Sony is doing with their Spider-Man spinoffs? Comment all of your thoughts below.

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E3 Predictions: What Might Happen During E3 2018

E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, where all of the biggest companies in video games come to announce new games or give some additional information on games we already know. The event is starting up on June 12-14. A lot has previously been announced such as Bethesda’s surprising reveals of Rage 2 and Fallout 76. Despite knowing so much, there is a lot to predict. Some of these I feel entirely confident in, while in others it is mere speculation. I will go over ten things that might happen during E3 2018.

#10: Superman from Rocksteady Studios

Rumors have been circulating that Rocksteady Studios, the people behind the Batman: Arkham games, are making a new superhero game. This time they are leaving the Dark Knight to go towards Superman. These are just rumors, but the company has not released a title since 2015’s Batman: Arkham Knight. A recent leak on 4chan claims that the game will be at E3 and this week Game Informer will feature the game on the cover of their July issue. With a few days away, we will know whether this is just some rumor or a real treat for the Superman fans who have been clamoring for Rocksteady to make this Superman game. I am not a fan of the character, but if it is done well like the other games that Rocksteady have done, then I am already sold.

 

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#9: DOOM 2 Revealed

The reboot of DOOM back in 2016 from id Software was beautiful and gruesome return in the best way. The fast-paced action that the series was always known for with a facelift to make it up to the standards of moderns FPSs made this game brilliant. With the added heavy metal soundtrack to the mass killing and brutal violence, this was a highlight of 2016 for me. Since the game was such a huge hit by selling 2million copies on PC alone, along with praise from fans and critics, it would make sense for a sequel. Whether or not we see the next installment this year is questionable. I think Bethesda will come out with some games this year, but seeing DOOM is not too likely. My prediction is that we will get a reveal with a trailer and maybe some additional information.

 

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#8: Trailer and Possibly More for Avengers Game by Square Enix

Nobody knows a lot about the Avengers game that Square Enix is making. The game had a teaser trailer a few years ago, but nothing has come out since. After taking a break from E3, maybe we can get a trailer for the upcoming game. To say that we will get a lot is hard to say, but unlikely. Most likely we will get a trailer, and maybe someone will come out to briefly talk about the game. Marvel wants to start going into video games just like how the company has dominated movies and had a hand in TV. With their upcoming Spider-Man PS4 exclusive that is being developed by Insomniac, this is the beginning of Marvel pairing up with developers to get their hands into this industry. With their deal with Square Enix, it is not far-fetched to assume that Marvel wants to get these games into the hands of gamers as soon as possible. I hope to finally get a better look at what is known to be The Avengers Project from Square, but I am not too confident in this prediction.

 

 

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#7: Fallout 76 Release Date and Gameplay

So, the release date aspect might be far-fetched, but I feel entirely confident in the reveal of some gameplay. Bethesda’s conference will be their longest they have ever done. With Fallout being present, a lot of time will be on one of their biggest IPs. They have said we will see what this game truly is about during their conference. A lot of speculation has gone around about this being an online survival game similar to Rust. That speculation started since it has been confirmed that this will not be the typical Fallout game we have seen in recent years. Whatever it is, I know it in my heart that Bethesda will show off gameplay. I do believe the possibility of a release date being announced. Bethesda loves to make a splash at E3 just like they did a few years ago when announcing Fallout 4. Sure, their conference last year was underwhelming, but this year is going to be their comeback. Rumors have come about that the game is coming out sooner than we think. Amazon has accidentally posted the game with a release date of July 31. Now that has been taken down onto a generic Dember 31 release window, but this gives an intriguing hint especially to anyone who loves to speculate.

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#6: Crackdown 3 Release Date

After a long time of development hell and scrutiny from fans after their last reveal of the gameplay, Crackdown 3 has had some issues, to say the least. Microsoft has struggled with this with console generation. Their struggle partially stems from the lackluster of exclusives. They don’t have that many and the ones they do have are underwhelming. Crackdown 3 has lost most of its hype due to all of the game’s issues such as fans critiquing the game’s graphics and gameplay that looks out of date. After such a long development, I feel during Microsoft’s E3 conference, they will announce the game’s release date and not delay it any longer. The company needs a significant push with some big exclusives, and this could be the game to do it. If fixing those issues are present during the conference, then Crackdown 3 could help Microsoft win some brownie points with their fans.

UPDATE: Various sites are reporting that sources in Microsoft are going to delay the long-awaited Crackdown 3 to 2019. Looks like I was wrong before E3 even happened.

 

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#5: The Last of Us Part II Shows Gameplay

It has been confirmed that Naughty Dog will show more of their most anticipated game The Last of Us Part II. PlayStation has a lot to show, and this is one of their biggest titles to show off to the world. Since we have been given trailers at any presentation at E3 or PlayStation Experience, I bet that Naughty Dog will finally show the gameplay. If this is true, then, expect Ellie to kill some humans or clickers brutally. Some new features will be shown off along with some enhanced features from the first game. We might get some more information on the story, but that will be it. I doubt they will reveal the release date. If they do, it will be far away and used in broad terms such as “releasing in 2019”. Either way, this is my number one game I am looking forward to besides Spider-Man. 

 

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#4: Red Dead Redemption II Shows Gameplay

Rockstar Games has given us several trailers that hint at the story of their highly anticipated game Red Dead Redemption II. The latest trailer shows off some potential gameplay, but not a direct gameplay trailer. With only a few months left until the game is released, the company has to start marketing the game more. However, this is Rockstar who have always done this unconventionally. That makes it difficult to predict their moves, but I believe we will see gameplay soon whether it is as E3 or not.

 

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#3: FromSoftware’s New Game

The developers of Bloodborne and Dark Souls have a few projects in the making. One of which was teased with a trailer that had the words “Shadows Die Twice.” Fans have gone crazy with what this could mean. Many have speculated that this will be a sequel to Bloodborne. The game was well received by fans of the Dark Souls games and by newcomers. The game was a lot smaller in scope, but with a sequel, we can expect a lot more from it. Even then these words could lead to an entirely different game. It has been confirmed that Dark Souls 3 is the last of that series, so our best bet is getting a Bloodborne 2.

 

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#2: Spider-Man Shows the Open World in Detail

Insomniac’s upcoming Spider-Man is a dream come true for me. With this being the next massive exclusive for PlayStation, expect the show for this game to be huge. Game Informer did a whole month showing off the game, but with E3 we can expect some more details that we have not seen before. The game released this September, so it is hard to guess how much they will show. I believe we will get a better look at the game’s open world along with some more gameplay to show off some extra features. A part of me does think this could be a smaller presentation due to the game’s release date being so soon, but this could be their way of grabbing people who were skeptical.

 

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#1: Cyberpunk 2077 Trailer

CD Projekt Red, the company behind The Witcher game,s have been working on their upcoming game Cyberpunk 2077 for a while now. The game could be the year for the company to make a huge splash that could take over all of the chatter during E3. Everyone will talk about whatever they show, and if we see enough, then it will be the game that gets talked about the most. The highly anticipated game does not have much information on it, and the CD Projekt Red have been quiet about the game. Back in January, the Twitter the game came alive. The last post before was back in 2013, then on January 10 we received a little tweet that said, “beep.” The tweet could mean that this will be the year for Cyberpunk 2077 to give details, but how much will we see? The game has been under development for years, but to show up and announce a release date like this is unlikely. The game probably needs more time than that to market itself, but they could be bold enough to give a release date for this year. That mic drop moment could be useful. Nothing is certain about whether we will finally see a new trailer, gameplay, or even a release date, but we can cross our fingers and hope.

 

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Those are my biggest predictions for E3. The expo is right around the corner which will either make my predictions look brilliant or completely useless. We will see how much of a waste of time this article is. Comment below what you think of my predictions and put out some of your predictions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Album Review: Ghost – Prequelle

Ghost has become one of the most popular bands in recent years. They have exploded in the rock and heavy metal scene, especially with their 2015 album Meliora. The satanic rock group from Sweden has now released their fourth album Prequelle.

Prequelle is the band’s most diverse and darkest album to date. From dark disco music to your typical songs to expect from the group. The album has a theme of death and overcoming struggles to survive. The topics tackle historical events that overwhelmed humanity with death such as the black plague. The album ties together with current issues while not being overly political. The number of flavors within the record is vast while still maintaining what fans always loved about Ghost.

The starting instrumental track Ashes gives a haunting start to provide the tone of the album. Children can be heard singing and the instruments go to provide a melodic and disturbing start. This leads into the song Rats which goes with the same theme of Ashes. The song follows how much Europe was devastated by the black death. Rats has lyrics such as, “Them filthy rodents are still coming for your souls.” The song is more of a typical Ghost song that can ease their longtime fans into the album. After that, many of the songs get more experimental. From the dark disco track Dance Macabre to the synth and saxophone heavy instrumental song Miasma. As innovative as the album gets with the synthesizers, saxophones, and orchestras, everything works perfectly. I never got the feeling that anything was out of place. It can be scary when a band goes off the wall, but Ghost nails it in every way.

The album is full of heavy and beautifully melodic instrumentation. Rats and Faith are the closest to being the heaviest songs off of the record. With heavy riffs, fast solos, and a bounding bass and drums to give that heavy metal sound. While most of the album has a heavy focus on being more melodic and softer. The beautiful See the Light transitions to the rest of the album that takes a turn in an experimental direction. A highlight of that direction is Dance Macabre. The track has a dark spin on disco music. With lyrics such as “I wanna bewitch you all night,” along with the groove from the disco style should be a fan favorite.

Tobias has spoken about the lyrical content of the album with Blabbermouth in which he says, “What happens without going too political is the populations of all these countries become the children when the parents are fighting. It obviously affects everything — it affects the stock market, it affects the general well-being — so there’s this sort of pre-apocalyptic aura in our thinking. I think in the midst all these threats — either in the deeds of potential terrorists, to actual nations sending bombs overseas — you feel like you’re being attacked, or potentially could become attacked by anyone. If it’s not a warfare situation, it’s someone hijacking your identity,” He continues by saying,  “If you bumped into someone in Berlin in March 1945, he’d probably think that we’re done. It’s over. Same thing if you go to Aleppo, [Syria], you’d probably feel [that] that sort of Armageddon is happening right here. I think that especially if you think about the plague, the Black Death. When it hit Europe in the mid-1300s, it wiped out half of the population. That’s not every other person — it wiped out complete villages, and maybe that one peasant who was a bit too far off or a little bit too secluded, that was the only person that survived. Then you had other villages that miraculously lived, but that created a lot of shifts. After the plague faded out, it also led to a resurgence, and a lot of bloom, basically.” The themes touched on makes sense since the lawsuit filed against Tobias by several of his former bandmates. The survival of the band can be shown here. In the song See the Light the lyric, “Everyday that you feed me with hate, I grow stronger,” rings true to the band’s survival. Everything from the past troubles that the group has faced is behind them with this experimental and powerful record.

An added bonus to the album is the artwork. The style of the art looks similar to a medieval painting. A giant horrific monster is shown demolishing buildings. A man sits upon his throne on top of the beast. The use of color is beautifully done with mostly grey and red being the most prominent throughout the picture. Having an excellent album art does not impact the music, but it is an extra treat to people who already love the record.

Ghost has released their darkest and most unique album. The band has proved that their creativity is still pumping. I felt curious and a little worried when I heard there was a disco track or that I would listen to a saxophone. Knowing Ghost from their past work, I was skeptical. However, all of the changes work while maintaining their identity. This is a classic Ghost album with some changes to show the band has evolved. Ghost fans should come in with an open mind, but I feel confident you will love the album. I will say it here, this is arguably their best album right next to their 2015 record MelioraPrequelle is album of the year material.

Score: 10/10

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Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story

I have finally got a chance to see the underperforming Solo: A Star Wars Story. For those of you who don’t know, the film is doing terrible at the box office. The reviews are all pretty good from critics and fans, but nobody is watching the film. For all of its flaws, Solo is a fun heist movie set in this massive universe that tells the story of the beloved Han Solo.

Reviewing this movie and not talking about the disaster that it went through during production is impossible. The director chair had a switch that saw Ron Howard step in to “fix” this film because Lucasfilm did not like the comedic direction that Solo was heading. We will never know if Ron Howard truly saved this film, or ended up hurting it. From what I can tell, yes and no.

The story starts with Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) who are scrapping to get some credits to be able to get off of their planet and pay off their debts. The couple’s plans get ruined which splits the two apart. Han joins the Empire to get a ship to fly and save Qi’ra. During his time serving in the military, Han meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and Rio (Jon Favreau). They go on a quest that will not only get Han enough to buy a ship but to pay off the debts for Beckett, Val, and Rio. We see these criminals battle and steal their way to hopefully gain their freedom. Along with the story, you will see how Han becomes the man that we all know and love in the Harrison Ford era.

The best part of the film is its characters. Emilia Clarke is as strong and beautiful as she is in Game of Thrones, Woody Harrelson puts on a good performance as usual, and the main villain Dryden (Paul Bettany) is compelling through every scene, but the two characters to talk about the most are Alden’s Han Solo and Donald Glover’s Lando. Alden does well as Han. A lot of people were worried, but he did fine. It would be difficult for anyone to match Harrison Ford’s charisma, but Alden did an excellent job to make this younger Han Solo believable. I would be perfectly happy to see more of him in the future. Donald Glover as Lando could not be more perfect. He stole the entire movie with his charm and his sassy droid sidekick L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Every best scene in the film involved Lando and his droid in some capacity.

Outside of the characters, everything else is fairly plain. The story is fun, but there are no stakes. You can assume almost everything that is going to happen since a lot of these characters you don’t see or hear about in the other films. The building to who Han is from his last name being Solo, meeting Chewie, and obtaining the Millennium Falcon. A few of these moments are interesting and fun, but nothing that mind-blowing of his origin. The development of his character is straightforward and uncreatively done for the most part.

A significant problem with the writing was the humor. This movie had a ton of jokes that were properly placed throughout. Each joke had space between the next with all of the action and drama. However, none of it was funny to me. I liked the jokes in my mind, but the way all of the gags and jokes were executed, none of them put the slightest smile on my face. L3-37 was the funniest character in the movie, but even she could not make me laugh out loud. Maybe one or two jokes made me smile or laugh. Everything else was missing something to give it that power to make me laugh. The best way to describe the failure to the humor is that the film did not feel like there was much heart to it. There was a personality in there, but not enough to give the movie a real beating heart.

Nothing here expands the universe or characters in a way that is mind-blowing or too interesting. We see some new planets and technology that is interesting along with new aliens we have not seen before. Those are interesting, but they are to be expected in a Star Wars movie. All we get is something plain that gives a basic understanding of characters we have known and loved for years.

Solo is far from a bad movie. It is fun in a meaningless way. Seeing how Han meets Chewbacca and Lando is interesting. Seeing how he gets his iconic ship is a major highlight of the film. Along with a cast of new characters who are all great, that is about all Solo has to offer. I recommend watching it in theaters to support the film. I do not think Solo should do poorly at the box office. However, keep your expectations low. This is not a top-tier Star Wars movie, but it is better than a lot of movies that are coming out. I hope Lucasfilm gets a better vision for how they want to expand the universe with future films. With the next few spinoffs being similar stories such as a Boba Fett movie, I am not too confident in the future. Go see it and enjoy the ride for what it is, either in theater or on Netflix.

Score: 6/10

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Quick News: Fallout 76 Announced, Andrew Lincoln Leaves The Walking Dead, Next Batman Movie Villain? + More!

    • The comic book character Spawn is getting another movie. The last time we saw the character brought to the big screen was in 1997 and was widely hated. Spawn recieved a 34% on Metacritic and an 18% on Rotton Tomatoes. Todd McFarlane is set to make his debut in the director’s chair with his take on the antihero. Just recently Jamie Foxx is set to star as Al Simmons who turns into Spawn after his death. Todd is best known for writing the animated series Spawn and the upcoming Venom movie with Tom Hardy. There is not much more infomration on the film, but keep an eye out as more updates arrive.
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      • For the longest time Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) has been the main protagonist for AMC’s The Walking Dead. It has been confirmed that Andrew will exit the show sometime in season 9. Fans can expect him to be in about six more episodes before he is no longer in the show. After being a part of a long running series like TWD, it is not a huge surprise that a main cast member wants out. Another cast member is set to leave too which is Lauren Cohan who plays Maggie. Maggie was introduced in season 2, so she has been around for a long time at this point. With such main cast members leaving, AMC has given Norman Reedus the main leading role to hold up the show for future seasons. The show will need a strong character like the beloved Daryl since the show is planned to last at least 12 seasons. Robert Kirkman, author of the comics, has said back in 2016 that the show will go on well into the 2020s. Even with Andrew and Lauren parting ways with one of the biggest shows on tv, we can expect to see plenty of more zombies in our future.
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      • Bethesda made a huge announcement earlier this week with Fallout 76. Not much is known about this new Fallout. The company had a long stream on Twitch that lasted for hours. Thousands of people came to watch a stream of a dark room with a bobblehead from the games. Eventually creative director Todd Howard came on screen to let everyone know that they are here to announce their latest project. Then a tease trailer for the new entry in the Fallout series played. Not much is known about the new entry, but with the title not being Fallout 5, people are speculating that we are getting something different. A lot of people are guessing this could be an online game similar to Elder Scrolls Online. Based on a clock the date marks the game to take place before the events of the original Fallout game from 1997. Bethesda will have plenty to show at E3 this year such as some more information on this mysterious Fallout game. The conference for Bethesda will start at 6:30pm PT on June 10. You can view the trailer below:

 

      • Ubisoft has announced the next title in the Assassin’s Creed franchise. Well, the company was forced to announce after a leak of a key chain that reveals the next game is called Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey. The game is taking place in ancient Greece. The teaser video shows a Spartan kicking a Persian man with the same style as 300. The game was also leaked by Walmart which leaked many other potential games. That leak was the same that came out before the official announcement of Rage 2. Word has it that some characters from Origins will come out in Oddyssey. More information will come out on the game during Ubisoft’s E3 conference will kick off at 1pm PT on June 11.

 

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      • Matt Reeves is making more progress with his untitled Batman solo movie. Rumor has it that he is setting his eyes on the Penguin to feature as the film’s main antagonist. The rumor comes from Variety’s Justin Kroll, who tweeted: “Take this with a grain of salt as things are constantly changing in the DCEU but I’m hearing the Penguin is possibly the choice to play the main villain in THE BATMAN. Sources add even if Reeves decide to go another route the studio could then make him the main villain in BOP (sic)”. Justin has been known to be on point with his reports with film, so this could be credible. Also, what makes Penguin a likely character to face off against our dark hero is the tone of the film. Penguin is just a crime boss with a few quirks that make him a major comic book villain. News broke that Reeves threw out Ben Affleck’s script to write his own. He has publically stated that this will be a noire styled superhero flick. Having Penguin as the antagonist could go with the noire theme that Matt is going for. Even then the script is still being worked on, so we will not be certain who will face Batman in the upcoming movie.

 

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That is it for this week’s roundup. A lot is happening in the leadup to E3 which starts in two weeks. What are you looking forward to the most this E3? How do you feel about the possibility of having Penguin be the antagonist of Matt Reeves’ Batman? Comment below what you think about these stories.

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Opinion: Why Battlefield V Doesn’t Deserve the Outrage

Since the announcement of the next Battlefield game, the internet has exploded with outrage. Whether this outrage is a minority or majority group is hard to determine since the internet always has that loud minority who spews out their anger over anything. Still, no matter how many people there are who are angry, they have made themselves known. There are multiple reasons as to why people are mad over this new entry. The first primary reason is that a woman is on the cover art and the trailer which makes people feel this will be a historically inaccurate representation of World War 2. The other reason is the trailer which looked to over the top with its action. I will discuss my thoughts on both manners, first by the trailer.

Note, I am not trying to dictate how people should view this game or about this current controversy. I want to provide my point of view on the manner. Also, I see a trend of people having a knee-jerk reaction to something such as a woman being in a World War 2 game. I am going to logically look at this with some evidence to assess this situation and formulate an opinion.

The trailer starts off as an action-packed cinematic that transitions into gameplay. All you get is action, a female soldier, a World War 2 confirmation on the setting, and some glimpses as to what changes appear in the gameplay. Nothing about the trailer is impressive, but it is not terrible either. Whether you like the trailer or not is up to you. What needs to be discussed is this is the first look at the game. The purpose was meant to give an announcement to say, “Hey, this is the new game. Look at how beautiful it is and the crazy action you will experience.” When the EA Play event happens June 9-11, we will get a lot more information on the game. We see every developer do this with a trailer then more details at a later date, whether they are showing it at an event like E3 or post about it online when they are ready. We have not seen anything unusual out of this strategy, and there is no real reason to be outraged over the first trailer. Rumors started a while ago that we would go into World War 2 after the successful World War 1 entry that the series made with Battlefield 1. Gamers have a right to be skeptical, not enjoy what they have seen, or love what they have seen so far. What we should do as gamers are to allow EA and DICE to show more of the game before making a definitive opinion on the game before EA Play.

The other major complaint people have is about the female soldier we see in the trailer. People have stated this is historically inaccurate. Yes, female soldiers in World War 2 were not that prominent as male soldiers. However, they were still around and made their impact. The United States had roughly 400,000 women who served in the military. Those were traditional jobs for women, so they did not fight there. Other countries did have women going out into combat.

To take a look at the Russian side of the war, these are some of their strongest females. Some of these women serving had to enlist in the military, while others were more underground in their operations. Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya was a teenager when she had died because of her guerrilla activities, but had managed to do some damage to the Germans. She would set landmines, set fires, and other methods to cut off the Germans. After Zoya’s death, she would receive the title Hero of the Soviet Union, the first of any woman in World War 2. Russia had many well-known sniper women who had high kill counts such as Roza Shanina who had over 50 confirmed kills. Lyudmila Pavlichenko is a common example during the debate about Battlefield V and its historical accuracy. Lyudmila has over 300 confirmed kills and is considered to be one of the greatest snipers ever to live. Then the Soviet Union had Nadezhda Popova, a deadly pilot who took down a lot of German aircraft. She flew over 850 missions in her biplane. Herself and the rest of her squad completed deadly missions at night which granted their team the nickname, “Night Witches.”  Just by 19 she had become a pilot and is known to be one of the best.

Throughout Europe, other women were fighting off Nazi Germany. Nancy Wake was living in France with her husband when the war broke out. She becomes a spy, who ruthlessly killed Nazis, even with her bare hands. Besides killing Nazis, she ran messages for the resistance, helped people flee, and also participated in raids. Pearl Cornioley worked as a courier in France to support the resistance and eventually rose to command 3,000 fighters. She and her soldiers had accomplished a lot by killing 1,000 German troops and making 18,000 surrenders. These women had a mighty hand in the resistance and caused significant damage to the Germans.

From deadly spies to snipers, women made quite the impact during World War 2. Of course, they did not do as much damage as the men in combat due to numbers, but there are plenty of excellent examples of said women. To see a woman in an announcement trailer for Battlefield V then call it historically inaccurate right away is too quick of an adverse reaction.

Above everything, this is a video game. Movies, video games, and books take real-life tragedies into entertainment. Drawing the line properly then there is nothing that should be disrespectful to the real event such as a major war. The need to entertain players comes first so there will be some inaccuracies here and there. We might see too many female soldiers, but if that is the most abhorrent historical inaccuracy, then DICE did not do a bad job at making Battlefield V. DICE’s boss Oskar Gabrielson says, “Our commitment as a studio is to do everything we can to create games that are inclusive and diverse. We always set out to push boundaries and deliver unexpected experiences. But above all, our games must be fun!” You can view his whole tweet thread by clicking below:

The Battlefield franchise has been the more realistic route to go for first-person shooters. This holds true especially when looking at mainstream first-person shooters like Call of Duty. People have a preference on the fast-paced combat from Call of Duty or slow pacing that has an emphasis on sandbox gameplay such as Battlefield. This is a franchise that has been about playing the way you want in either a realistic strategic way or running an ATV that is strapped with C4 to blow up a tank. Video games are meant for fun so some historical inaccuracies will have to take place for the game to work for the players. If a game is too realistic or accurate to a historical event, then that will take away from fun gameplay. Developers are the ones who need to have a clear vision for their game to strike the balance they feel necessary for realism and fun.

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