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The Inquisitor Review

Video games can be great vehicles for mysteries. The idea of gathering clues, questioning witnesses, and giving dramatic speeches where you stun an array of suspects with your intellect makes for an exciting fantasy. But lots of games stumble trying to fit the inherently open-ended, red-string-connecting fantasy of the detective into traditionally linear story structures. The Inquisitor is a game like that — it starts with the compelling concept of playing as a medieval church cop hunting a vamp

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review

I fell in love with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time way back in 2003, when it helped redefine 3D action-adventure games with its clever rewind ability enhancing its environmental puzzles and fast, acrobatic combat. But while the aughts saw a bunch of sequels with similar elements, none ever quite hit the same heights as The Sands of Time – and the 2010s were a parched desert for the series. But like an oasis, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown finally nails what I loved about those classic Pri

Lego Fortnite Review

Surprising absolutely no one, Fortnite and Lego snap satisfyingly together like a couple of plastic construction bricks. Combining the building creativity of Lego sets with Fortnite's expansive and often gorgeous island playgrounds is a smart match that creates an approachable yet fairly deep survival game. But while it streamlines a few of the more cumbersome aspects of the genre, Lego Fortnite also has the distinct feel of an early access game, trading as much on its future potential as its cu

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies Review in Progress

This is our Zombies review for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Check out the single-player review for our thoughts on the campaign or the multiplayer review for our thoughts on PvP.

Like a lot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, this year’s Zombies mode has undergone what might be described as a "Warzone-ification," forcing its traditional PvE elements into a larger, more open map. But as popular as the Warzone side of Call of Duty (or in this case, the extraction shooter mode, DMZ) might be, mi

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Helldivers 2 Should Become Even More Like Starship Troopers

Ask someone what Helldivers 2 is and what it's like, and there's one constant touchstone in every description: Starship Troopers. Spending a few seconds with the game makes it easy to see why the 1997 film is invoked so often, as your early experience of playing as a high-tech human soldier will likely include getting torn apart by a giant insect, just like in the movie.

It's not just the "space marines fighting giant bugs" gameplay that draws from Starship Troopers, though. Helldivers 2 also i

Elden Ring: Shadow Of The Erdtree Trailer Breakdown - Miquella's Story Gets Dark

This first line also sets the stage for the DLC with a description of Miquella: “Pure and radiant, he wields love to shrive clean the hearts of men. There is nothing more terrifying." Lore and descriptions about Miquella describe him as being able to compel the love of other people, and that has always had a light implication of mind control. This first line underlines the idea that Miquella can control people: "shrive" refers to confessing sins, administering a sacrament, and freeing someone of

Forget Tony Stark And Captain America, Bill And Ted Are The Best Time Travelers In Movie History

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2024, having released in February 1989.

Whenever I watch time-travel movies, I find myself yelling at the screen a lot. You know how people shout at horror movie characters when they inexplicably head into the dark basement or wander alone into the woods to investigate a strange sound that's obviously coming from an eight-foot-tall monster? That's me, but I'm desperately trying to get Denzel Washington to understand his f

Experience A Comic-Con You Cannot Escape With The Comic-Con Cruise

Ever wish you could experience San Diego Comic-Con International, but with 2,000 other people on a giant floating resort on the high seas? Well, there's good news for you, then: 2025 will see the first-ever Comic-Con Cruise, which aims to bring the experience of seeing a ton of cosplay, attending celebrity panels, and navigating ludicrous crowds to a large boat.

The Carribbean cruise will span February 5-9 next year, leaving from Tampa, Florida, and venturing to Cazumel, Mexico, before returnin

Destiny 2 Lets You Cosplay As Commander Shepard With Mass Effect Cosmetics Out Now

Destiny 2's latest cosmetic collaboration is now live, allowing you to fight for the solar system with armor inspired by Commander Shepard and a couple of fan-favorite members of the Normandy's crew. The new cosmetics are inspired by BioWare's Mass Effect games, offering three sets of armor ornaments alongside a Ghost shell, Sparrow, ship, emote, and finisher.

You can find the cosmetics in the Eververse shop, where the armor sets can be purchased with Silver, Destiny 2's premium currency. There

Nightingale's Survival Aspects Are Familiar, But Its Strange Worlds Hold A Lot Of Promise

Our band of Victorian survivalists opened a portal to a swamp filled with vicious creatures, and then we went hunting. A magic spell created by one of our group pointed the way across the festering, waist-deep waters, which carried some unknown disease if you lingered in them for too long. Man-sized rats and frogs appeared at the fringes to slow our progress, but eventually, we found our prey: a fire-breathing beast called a Humbaba, big as a building, that lumbered across the landscape.

It too

Enshrouded Is Like Multiplayer Skyrim--And Makes My Group Feel Like The Fellowship Of The Ring

One of the first things Enshrouded instructed me and my friends to do was delve into the evil blue fog that infests its lowland areas, seek out a huge, fungus-covered, axe-wielding boss, and murder him.

After that, we built grapple hooks to swing over a destroyed bridge, and within the next hour, we crafted wingsuits from goat skins. We trekked back out into the world, discovered a huge, ancient tower, and scaled it. From its height, we spotted a destroyed monastery in the distance, so we leape

Shōgun Review - Game Of Ronin

Ever since Game of Thrones came to an end back in 2019, I've been itching for some expansive medieval political intrigue. FX's adaptation of Shōgun, James Clavell's 1975 novel, provides exactly what I've been craving. It widens its view of the original story, which follows a fictionalized version of the adventures of the first Englishman to reach Japan, to put a greater emphasis on the dangerous political world that man finds himself trapped in. This new adaptation of Shōgun is all about the mac

Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth Concludes At The End Of The Original's Disc 1

Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth looks to be a huge game, as we found in our preview, but now we know exactly how much of the original Final Fantasy VII the new game will cover, and it's still just the equivalent of the 1997 game's first disc.

In its recent State of Play presentation showing off Rebirth gameplay, Square Enix noted that Rebirth goes from when Cloud and his friends leave Midgar, "through their arrival at the Forgotten Capital." That's a major event in the game's story and originally ma

How Destiny 2 Is Ditching Seasons For Less "Predictable" Episodes

Destiny 2's Season of the Wish is the last time Bungie will use its seasonal content system, switching instead to a new episodic story format between its major expansions. Part of that change is a response to feedback from players that, after four years, the seasonal approach of weekly short story missions had become stale. Each season's story followed a model that Destiny fans started to expect and anticipate, and while Destiny 2's seasonal stories have largely been thoughtful and engaging, the

How Destiny 2 Finally Got A Dungeon Where You Get Trapped In A Literal Dungeon

Warlord's Ruin, the Destiny 2 dungeon released with Season of the Wish, took players in some unexpected directions when it released on December 1. Where the last two dungeons had a more sci-fi feel, Warlord's Ruin carries a much more Dark Souls vibe. It takes place in a ruined castle; it's a dungeon in which you get trapped in a literal dungeon.

But while Warlord's Ruin and its dark fantasy elements were a surprising and fresh direction for Destiny 2 players, some of those ideas had been floati

Mass Effect 2's Human Reaper Was Dumb And I'm Sad We Didn't Get More Of It

Mass Effect 2 is celebrating its 14-year anniversary today, January 26, 2024. Below, we look back at one of its strangest aspects, and how it set up a broader subplot that went almost entirely unexplored.

The Suicide Mission of Mass Effect 2 is one of the all-time great climaxes of a video game. After tens of hours building relationships with a crew of characters you've recruited from all over the galaxy, you take them into a final battle where you have to make use of their specific skills and

Alan Wake 2: Everything New We Learned From The Final Draft

The Final Draft often provides more context for existing story beats rather than offering new ones, but one additional element gives hints at events that happened at an area we never visit: the Lake House. This is the FBC's laboratory and command center in Bright Falls, but you can't go there in the main game. Later, Estevez tells Saga that the Lake House has been overrun by the Taken. A new manuscript page in The Final Draft suggests that one of the FBC researchers at the Lake House, Dr. Jean M

Destiny 2's Riven's Wishes Will Let You Pick Raid Weapons, Exotic Armor As Rewards

Most of the story of Destiny 2's Season of the Wish is over for now, but Bungie will give you new reasons to return to the Dreaming City next week with the addition of Riven's Wishes. The new weekly pursuits are set to give players access to high-end rewards, including guns from the Last Wish raid, Exotic armor pieces, and cosmetic weapon ornaments.

Bungie revealed new details about what to expect as Season of the Wish continues in its latest This Week in Destiny blog post. Riven's Wishes are a

The Last Of Us 2's Roguelike Mode Is Fun, But Highlights How Its Elements Don't Quite Fit Together

Combat in The Last of Us Part 2 creates a pretty specific feeling. It's often slow and heavy, providing a weight to every interaction that demonstrates just how tough it is to kill someone and how quickly things can go wrong. At the same time, it relies heavily on improvisation as you vault over objects, smash people with bricks, and bury machetes in guts--or just silently open someone's jugular with your knife as you clamp a hand over their mouth.

Despite having a certain clunkiness, there's a

After 10 Years, Destiny 2 Will Soon Let You Change Your Characters' Faces

Bungie is finally adding the ability to change your Destiny 2 characters' faces and body types with an update ahead of its next expansion, The Final Shape.

The update was announced in Bungie's weekly This Week In Destiny blog post with some details about how the new character customization options will work. Players will be able to alter their characters' physical appearances, including their body types, genders, facial characteristics, hair, and markings like scars or tattoos. Basically, it so

Destiny 2's Season Of The Wish Isn't Over; New Story, Moments Of Triumph Coming This Month

Destiny 2's current content season, the Season of the Wish, isn't quite done with its story. Despite seeming to wrap up its narrative last week, according to developer Bungie, there's more to come at the end of January.

Bungie dropped a few hints about what we can expect from the ongoing Season of the Wish in its weekly This Week In Destiny blog post. The details, as always, are a little thin, but Bungie said explicitly that the story for the season is not yet done. More story content is coming

FX's Alien Show Is Making The Monster Scarier By Dropping Prometheus's Plot

Sharks have been basically unchanged for millions of years. Essentially a torpedo with teeth, the shark is a creature incredibly honed to its particular ecological niche of eating stuff while swimming fast. Though, according to the theory of evolution, it was created through a confluence of random events--millions of generations of slight variations and mutations slowly selecting for the best combination of elements--it was fine-tuned through that process to create something incredibly powerful

Noah Hawley's Alien Show Is Dropping Prometheus Backstory Because It's Not 'Useful'

When Ridley Scott released Prometheus, he made canon an element of the Alien series that fans had always speculated over. Prometheus and its sequel, Alien: Covenant, make it very clear that the alien that appeared in Scott's 1979 original was an engineered organism, created by through the combination of a mutagenic black goo made by the alien civilization dubbed the Engineers, and the work of the murderous artificially intelligent android named David (Michael Fassbender).

But the upcoming FX Al

The AI George Carlin Special Sucks For Every Reason You Thought And More

To even judge "George Carlin: I'm Glad I'm Dead," an hour-long YouTube video of bad AI-generated images, narrated and purportedly "written" and "performed" by a generative artificial intelligence model as an imitation of a dead famous human man, as a "comedy special" would be to lend it legitimacy. "I'm Glad I'm Dead" is a weak, watered down, boring approximation of the artistic performances a human person honed over the course of a lifetime by combining his experiences of living with Carlin's s

Destiny 2 Has To Do Something Better Than This Ahead Of The Final Shape

Warning: This article includes spoilers for this week's Season of the Wish story events in Destiny 2. You might want to finish it before reading further.

With what is ostensibly the conclusion of the story of the Season of the Wish, Destiny 2 is now proceeding to the conclusion of its 10-year story with The Final Shape. Though the next big expansion has been delayed all the way from February to June, the stage is set for players to pursue and confront the Witness, the series' biggest villain.

In Spider-Man 2, Spider-Cop Is A Big Reason Why Peter Parker Must Step Aside

There's a joke in Marvel's Spider-Man 2 that, if you're at all tied into discussions about Insomniac's Spider-Man games, feels pointed. It comes up during side-plot moments with Wraith, a vigilante who wants Peter Parker's Spider-Man to help her put an end to a fire-obsessed killer cult. When Spider-Man asks Wraith if she has any tattoos, she quips, "Just the one of Spider-Cop's gravestone."

It's a joke that requires some familiarity with the first Marvel's Spider-Man. The 2018 game saw Peter c

Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League Will Tell DC Stories "You Probably Never Thought" Would Be In A Game

With Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, developer Rocksteady Studios looks to bring elements of what made its open-world Batman games work to a cooperative, live-game framework. That raises a question, though: Live games require continuous content, but how can Rocksteady keep a game called "Kill the Justice League" going after players (at least presumably) kill the Justice League?

We recently attended a Warner Bros. Games preview event, where we played about five hours of Suicide Squad. Ro
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How to sync an Xbox One controller with your console

Making your Xbox One controllers work with your game console is a little different than just plugging them in, like in the old days. Luckily, console makers have made syncing wireless controllers relatively easy.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t issues with wireless controllers, though. On the Xbox One, syncing is easy, but if any problems arise with your Xbox wireless controller, there are lots of ways to troubleshoot. Here’s what you need to know to sync your Xbox One with your controllers and

How to Trade in Pokemon Go

Two years after the release of Pokémon Go, the game finally added one of the features fans have been waiting for since the beginning — the ability to trade Pokémon with friends. Trading has been part of the Pokémon games since Red and Blue were released in 1995, but it had been sorely lacking in Pokémon Go. If you've been wondering how to trade in the popular mobile game, we have you covered.
• The best Pokémon Go tips and tricks
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Here's everything you need to know to transfer data between Switch consoles

The Nintendo Switch keeps a tight leash on its data, but not so tight that players can’t transfer their screenshots and videos from one console to another. Although you can’t swap game saves or move over game libraries using a microSD card, you can at least transfer user data and some photos from one Switch to another.

For those who want to move save data, microSD cards won't be enough. Luckily, we have some tips and ideas on how to move your data, whether it be save data or photos, from one Sw

How to Use a VPN with Your PS4

Although gaming doesn’t jump to mind when talking about a virtual private network (VPN), there are myriad uses for one on your PlayStation 4. With a VPN, you can connect to servers around the world, allowing you to shop the PlayStation Store in other regions and pair up with players on the other side of the globe. Plus, a VPN encrypts your internet connection, protecting your personal data from anyone spying on your connection, and it can get past internet service provider speed throttling.

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How to Record Gameplay on PS4

Recording and sharing gameplay on a PlayStation 4 is a lot easier than you might think. Sure, capture cards are the best way to record and stream your gameplay, but you can capture your PS4 gameplay right from the console, too, with no extra hardware required.

Even better, you don’t have to trigger the recording beforehand on your favorite PS4 games, so no matter if you score a win in Warzone or stumble upon one of the many twists and turns in The Last of Us Part II, you can put it on the recor

How to Sync a PS4 Controller

Although the PS4 has developed quite a reliable reputation, you can expect issues to arise as your console continues to age into “last-gen” status. In fact, new problems are being discovered every day.

Fun new issues aside, we can’t overstate the convenience of having wireless PlayStation 4 controllers — but you must sync them to your system to use them. For PS4 or PS4 Pro owners, syncing your PS4 DualShock controllers shouldn’t be an issue, but we’re here to clear up any confusion. We’ll run d

How to Factory Reset Your Nintendo Switch

The Nintendo Switch actually offers more than one way to reset, or “initialize,” its firmware, potentially sparing your save data, if you choose. In fact, there are many options for deleting different types of data, depending on your needs. Here’s everything you need to know about deleting data from your Nintendo Switch, including how to do a factory reset.

Just make sure you backup your best Switch games before you do.

How to factory reset your Nintendo Switch

The easiest but most permanent

How to Factory Reset a PS4

Technology isn’t perfect, including our gaming systems. It’s always terrible to get really into a game, only to have it freeze right before you hit that checkpoint. Recently, it seems these problems have been amplified by the age of the system. These frustrating experiences happen to many PlayStation 4 users, and there’s a relatively simple way to fix them: A complete factory reset.

How to factory reset your PS4

A complete factory reset for the PlayStation 4 is a pretty straightforward process

What Is Discord?

When playing video games on PC, players often need to solve two problems: How to talk to one another, and how to organize people long enough to actually get a game going.

Discord is the latest in a long line of apps designed to solve that problem. The free platform, which blends the approachable chat UI found in apps like Slack with video and voice chat, a la Skype, has quickly become one of the most popular, reporting 250 million users, with 14 million people logging on every day. Discord is g

How To Add External Games to Your Steam Library

Steam is the place for PC games, but several games are only available on other storefronts. The Epic Games Store, Ubisoft Connect, Origin, and more have games that you can’t find on Steam. To clean up your desktop gaming experience and make the upcoming Steam Deck a little easier to use, we’re going to show you how to add external games to your Steam library.

Although you can add almost any game to Steam, you won’t have access to social features or achievements. Instead, Steam allows you to con

The Best Oculus Rift Games

A few years ago, virtual reality (VR) was a costly endeavor. With controllers, sensors, and the headset itself, it was easy to drop $600 or more on a suitable setup. With the recent Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Rift S, however, getting into VR is now more affordable than ever. The Oculus Rift is the system to use, not only because it’s cheap, but also because it has a library of excellent games.

From animatronic scare-fests to tense first-person shooters, here are best Oculus Rift games available

The Best Weapons in Destiny 2, and Where to Find Them

Destiny 2 is all about finding newer, better guns scattered throughout the solar system and across its many activities. There are a ton of great weapons already in the game, from Legendary guns you’ll find all over the place and in the Crucible, to highly prized Exotics you can only get from special drops or completing particular quests. Then there are guns that you’ll only find in the game’s six-person Leviathan raid and its new Raid Lairs, or from finishing its super-tough Trials of the Nine m

God of War Guide: How to Beat All Nine Valkyries

The toughest battles in God of War are against the Valkyries — nine super-strong enemies that have awesomely-powerful attacks, a crazy amount of speed, and huge amounts of health. They represent the game’s biggest challenge and require players to have good equipment and great reflexes.

The Valkyries aren’t unbeatable, though. With a little preparation and patience, you can learn the ins and outs of their attacks, outlast them, and defeat them. Doing so earns a few of God of War‘s toughest troph

The Best Weapons in Mass Effect: Andromeda

Mass Effect: Andromeda has nearly 70 weapons to find, research, and craft, plus I–X upgrade tiers for each gun. With so many options — and not nearly enough research data in a single playthrough to upgrade every weapon — it can be difficult to tell which guns are actually worth the resources.

You’ll unlock the best weapon blueprints as you advance beyond Level 25, so keep plugging away at quests to grab access to the best of the best. That said, we’ve collected our picks for the most powerful a

Jumping back into 'Dark Souls 3' to play 'The Ringed City'? Keep these tips in mind

The Dark Souls series is notoriously challenging, and while it has become popular among gamers in the last few years exactly for that difficulty, it remains a bit inscrutable and overwhelming for many players. Dark Souls III is arguably a more easygoing Souls game than its predecessors, however, in that it gives players a little more leeway as they learn and provides something of an easier time getting into the game. It’s still no walk in the park, but it might not be as ruthless as previous tit

Detroit: Become Human Guide: Every Ending Explained

Developer Quantic Dream is in the business of interactive storytelling, and Detroit: Become Human is no different. Although you’ll do everything from investigate to clean dirty dishes in the game, most of what you’ll do is make decisions. In true Quantic Dream fashion, each decision you make will have a ripple throughout the world of the game, not only determining the course of the narrative you experience, but also how that story ends. Here, we’re going to explain everything you need to know ab

God of War: Niflheim and Ivaldi's Workshop guide

God of War provides players with some of the toughest challenges yet to be seen in the series. One of the most difficult challenges, aside from defeating the eight Valkyries, is fighting through Ivaldi’s workshop in Niflheim. The workshop is swimming in cursed mist, which forces a timer onto your forays. On top of this, Ivaldi’s Workshop will change every time you enter it, which makes it easy to get lost in. However, with great risk comes great reward.

Although it seems a bit like there is no

Destiny 2 Warmind: Worldline Zero Exotic Sword Guide

Hidden throughout the Destiny 2 expansion, Warmind, are a bunch of strange little colored lights. It’s not immediately apparent what these little guys are, but with some investigation, you’ll find that the lights are vulnerable to bullets. Check the map when you venture to the Hellas Basin on Mars, and you’ll find that these are the 45 nodes it tracks.

The 45 test nodes on Mars are well-hidden, and their colors designate what kind of gun you need to use to destroy them: Orange for solar weapons

9 Tips to Help You Win Fortnite Battles on a Smartphone

Epic Games’ Fortnite has taken the world by storm, creating a version of a massive, Hunger Games–like shooter that is dependent both on quick shooting skills and the ability to smartly construct structures that give you an advantage in a fight. With the game’s smartphone and tablet version, Fortnite brings those ideas to a different medium, and winning matches requires a few new skills — like mastering touch controls and adapting to a smaller screen.

Creating a smartphone-compatible version of

How to Take a Screenshot with Your Nintendo Switch

One of the coolest features among current game console hardware is the ability to snap screenshots of your gameplay and share them easily on the internet and social media. Sony and Microsoft were first to the gate with super-easy sharing buttons on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but the Nintendo Switch has what may be the best and easiest sharing interface of them all.

It’s incredibly easy to snag a screen grab with the Nintendo Switch, thanks to a dedicated button on the left Joy-Con controll

The Ultimate Guide to Marvel's Spider-Man: Combat, Suits, and Mods

Fighting bad guys is a big part of the job for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Taking on the role of our favorite web-slinging superhero gives you access to all of Spidey’s cool powers including running on walls, avoiding incoming danger, and punching the heck out of thugs, as well as his range of spider-themed gadgets for webbing up and taking down crime.

The thing is, all those different gadgets, moves, spider-suits, and suit mods can get a bit confusing, and a lot of them are tuned fo

Sea of Thieves: How to Find and Kill the Kraken

There are many dangers in Sea of Thieves — from pirate crews to skeletons to deadly storms. There is one sea-faring creature that almost guarantees a one-way ticket to Davy Jone’s Locker. In pirate lore, the Kraken is one of the most feared creatures an adventurer could be so unfortunate to come across.

The Kraken isn’t so much a boss you hunt down as it is a hazard that appears at random, attacking ships with its huge tentacles. When that happens, crews have to drop everything and make a major

Who Needs a Crew? How to Sail Solo in Sea of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is meant to be played as part of a crew. You and a few friends loot and plunder the seas (and other players) as a team. That’s not the only way to sail the seven seas, however. If you’d prefer to sail alone, you can also take to the ocean on a smaller, more nimble ship. Taking on the pirate life without any help can be especially tough — you don’t have any backup in emergencies, and if you run up against a crew of other players, you’ll have to take them on at a disadvantage.

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Sea of Thieves Beginner's Guide | Tips and Tricks

Cooperative piracy simulator Sea of Thieves is a game that drops players right off the plank and into the deep end of the ocean as soon as they start it up. There is little or no explanation of how most things work in the game, from sailing to completing voyages. All of it is picked up through experience as you play, which is part of what makes Sea of Thieves interesting. There are tons of little nuances and best practices, however, that you need to become an effective pirate.

If you want to wi
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'Lost in Space': How Far Away Is Alpha Centauri, and Could Humans Live There?

Humans are looking to colonize the rest of the universe in Netflix’s reimagining of the 1960s sci-fi TV show “Lost in Space.” Of course, it doesn’t go very well — hence the name of the show.

When viewers catch up with the Robinson family at the start of the series, they’ve crashed onto an unfamiliar alien planet nobody knew was there. But it also wasn’t their actual destination. The Robinson family is one of many aboard a huge ship known as the Resolute, which is venturing to Alpha Centauri sta

All 11 M Night Shyamalan Movie Twists Ranked, From 'Sixth Sense' to 'Old'

M. Night Shyamalan has been known as a twist ending guy since “The Sixth Sense” — his debut as a director — blew everybody’s mind way back in 1999. Since then, not all of his twists have fared so well, with some delighting viewers and others garnering outright scorn from audiences.

And now we’ve got a new one, “Old,” which has thus far proven to be pretty dang polarizing as it competes with “Snake Eyes” for the box office crown this weekend. Check out the list below to find out what we think of

The Worst Parts of 'Justice League' Theatrical Cut, From Superman's CGI Mouth to That Underwater Battle

“Justice League,” while certainly never approaching the creative nadir that was the DC movie “Suicide Squad,” is really just not a good movie. It’s silly-but-not-in-a-good-way, it’s nonsensical, it’s sort of inexplicably chaotic. It’s exciting, then, that we’ll eventually be able to compare Joss Whedon’s “Justice League” to the Snyder Cut on March 18, and maybe get a better understanding of what went on here. But while we wait for that day, let’s reflect on the pure madness of the theatrical ver

'Altered Carbon' on Netflix Explained: What the Heck Are 'Meths'?

While “Altered Carbon” on Netflix might seem like an overly complicated show sometimes, it really isn’t. It just seems that way because this fictional sci-fi universe has a ton of its own lingo that you generally have to absorb through context. And while, yeah, you may not have much else to do during your coronavirus quarantine other than watch TV and think real hard about what you’re watching, I don’t think any of us really wants to think too hard about anything right now. So we’re gonna help y

'SNL' and Amy Schumer Honor Moms by Showing How Awful Childbirth Is (Video)

Amy Schumer paid homage to mothers in a 2018 Mother’s Day sketch on “SNL” that showed just how hard they have it.

The sketch, titled “The Day You Were Born,” finds Schumer welcoming her husband (played by Mikey Day) and young son into her room, where they surprise her with breakfast in bed for Mother’s Day. Like a good mom, she tells her son about the beautiful day he was born and how happy it made her.

But as she explains, flashbacks paint a very different picture, one of a delivery room in w

The Complete Timeline of Marvel Cinematic Universe Movies, From 'Iron Man' to 'Avengers: Endgame'

We get it: the Marvel Cinematic Universe has a ton of lore, and it can be hard to keep track of it all, especially as the movies get increasingly bonkers. But worry not, true believers. We’ve taken the time to lay it all out as clearly as can be. Read on for the complete timeline to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from “Iron Man” to “Avengers: Endgame.”

The Big Bang explodes from six preexisting singularities. As the universe is created, remnants of these singularities are forged into objects wi

'Game of Thrones': Everyone Arya Stark Has Killed So Far

Arya Stark’s (Maisie Williams) journey has been a long and arduous one, full of pain and suffering and a whole bunch of close calls ever since her father was executed at the end of season 1. She’s spent years training with the Faceless Men in Braavos, and now she’s back in Westeros ready to stab anybody who threatens her family. And she’s done just that a number of times already. So everybody who’s died by Arya’s hand, through the Battle of Winterfell.

Stable boy (Season 1)

Arya’s first kill

Yes, That Was THAT Dead Villain in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' - Here's What it Means

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” fills in the backstory of Han Solo and quite a few other characters. The movie’s biggest twist, however, doesn’t have to do with the events that lead Han to becoming one of the greatest smugglers in the galaxy — it’s about one “Star Wars” character who turns out to be still alive, still influencing the galaxy, and still posing a threat to a lot of people.

That character is Darth Maul (Ray Park, voiced by Sam Witwer), and if you haven’t been keeping up with any of the a

20 Famous New England Patriots Fans, From Ben Affleck to Mark Wahlberg (Photos)

Super Bowl LIII, the big number 53, is upon us, and fans all over the country will tune in to see the New England Patriots take on the Los Angeles Rams. If you’re rooting for the Patriots this weekend, here’s a rundown of the good, famous company you’ll be in when you do. And if you’re a Rams fan, here’s a quick celebrity enemies list so you can rub it in their faces on Twitter.

Let’s keep right on going with “Famous Massachusetts natives who do that accent in movies.” Batfleck, who was born in

How Will 'Captain Marvel' Play Into that 'Avengers: Infinity War' Ending and 'Endgame'?

Watch the second “Captain Marvel” trailer here.

When Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2019 just two months ahead of “Avengers 4,” she’s potentially going to have a big impact on the story left hanging at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Sure, “Captain Marvel” won’t take place at the same time as “Infinity War” or any of the other current Marvel movies — instead, it’s hopping back in time by a couple of decades. But we have every reason to believe the fil

'Avengers: Infinity War' Post-Credits Scene Explained: What Logo Was That on the Pager?

The battle against Thanos in “Avengers: Infinity War” is the biggest one yet for the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but not all of them participate. Heroes like Ant-Man and Clint “Hawkeye” Barton don’t show up in the fight to stop the mad Titan.

There’s one other character we know will be in the MCU before “Avengers 4” rolls around in 2019, but who didn’t join the fight against Thanos in “Infinity War” — but that character does get a shoutout in “Avengers: Infinity War” to let us know

'Marvel's Spider-Man' PS4 Has the Most Heartwarming Stan Lee Cameo Ever (Video)

Developer Insomniac Games’ new Spider-Man video game isn’t quite a tie-in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that doesn’t stop it from feeling very in line with Marvel Studios’ offerings on film.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” manages to tell a pretty involved, cinematic story in the medium of a video game. It’s not tied to either “Spider-Man: Homecoming” or its sequel, “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” instead crafting its own original tale based on Spider-Man’s expansive lore. “Marvel’s Spider-Man” do

Every Marvel Comics Live-Action TV Show Ranked, from 'Incredible Hulk' to 'Daredevil'

The recent high-profile shows on Netflix, ABC and FX aren’t the first ones Marvel has taken to the small screen. Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Blade and even knock-off-ish X-Men had a go before the current golden age. Here are all the Marvel shows, ranked from goofiest pajama costumes to best character-driven dramas.

17. “Spidey Super Stories” (1974-77)

Spider-Man takes on some super-boring villains. He goes up against The Prankster (a school principal who keeps pranking his students) and T

'The Purge' Is at Its Scariest, and Most Poignant, Addressing #MeToo

The concept behind “The Purge,” a night each year when all crime, including murder, is legal, is pretty ridiculous when you apply any logic to it. Of course, the point isn’t that the Purge makes sense — it’s a state-sponsored terror campaign designed to keep the lower classes in line.

The four films have used that theme mainly to examine American racism and classism with blantant candidness. And for much of its first season, USA’s TV addition to the series, “The Purge,” has been content to do t

'Venture Bros': Are Hank and Dean Destined to Arch Each Other?

“The Venture Bros.” has changed quite a bit over seven seasons and 15 years, but nowhere is that more clear than in the story of its title characters, brothers Hank and Dean. And in season finale, “The Saphrax Protocol, “their relationship took a turn that hints at what could turn into the show’s most tragic story to date: The Venture Bros. as arch enemies.

It became clear midway through Season 7 that, while Hank and Dean didn’t get as much screen time as they might have in previous seasons, th
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Batman: Arkham Knight Dropped the Ball On One Major Character: Batman

Batman: Arkham Knight sets up from the beginning to be one of the best Batman stories out there—and then it falls flat at every key moment.

Here’s the thing about Batman: The more time you spend with him, the more you realize that he’s not actually that interesting a guy. Sure, he’s broody and dark, has all kinds of emotional baggage, and is totally unable to allow himself to be happy for fear it’ll all get snatched away one dark night in a shadowy alley.

But he’s also unshakeable, nigh unstop

Final Fantasy VII Will See 'Dramatic Changes,' and That's Good

Don’t expect the upcoming remake version of Final Fantasy VII to be exactly the same game you remember excitedly talking to your friends about over the school lunch table.

At least when it comes to FFVII’s battle system, things are going to be different the second time around, according to Game Director Tetsuya Nomura. Speaking with Official Playstation Magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Nomura called the changes “dramatic,” although they won’t change the game so much that fans are left looking at

Watch Summer Games Done Quick's Last Day of Charity Speedruns

It’s the last day of Summer Games Done Quick, the weeklong pile of awesome video game speedruns to benefit Doctors Without Borders, which makes it your last chance to watch talented players break your favorite games.

We’re in the closing moments of the non-stop 160-hour game extravaganza. Ignore the family and forsake the sun: it’s video game time.

Check out the full schedule of speedruns for the day below (they’re all on Pacific time, so keep that in mind). I’ll be taking note of the Dark Sou

A Resident Evil 2 Remake Pitch is Already in Capcom's Hands

Good news everyone! Yoshiaki Hirabayashi, the producer behind Resident Evil HD Remaster, has already put together a pitch for a remake of Resident Evil 2 and apparently presented it to his Capcom overlords.

Gematsu reported that Hirabayashi posted a picture of the pitch on Facebook, noting that he started putting the pitch together after the RE HD Remaster was finished. He also says that he cleaned it up and showed it to his bosses. And then ... he doesn’t say what happened. Stop teasing us!

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Make Your Own Fallout Pip Boy With These Specs and a 3D Printer

Bethesda might have sold out of Pip Boy editions of Fallout 4, never to make any again, but thanks to one enterprising fan, it’s still possible to get one of your own. You just need a 3D printer.


Engineer Yvo de Haas used his know-how and 3D printing capabilities to whip up his own interpretation of Pip Boy 3000 Mark IV based on Bethesda’s recently released teaser trailer. As Eurogamer spotted, he also was cool enough to post the schematics online so anyone can create one.

Like Bethesda’s ve

Portal Speedrun Makes Me Regret Thinking I Was Good at Portal

Way back in my college days, The Orange Box came out for Xbox 360, and I was very excited.

The Orange Box bundled a bunch of Valve games together, including Half-Life 2 as well as Episode 1 and Episode 2, plus Team Fortress 2 and, most exciting for me at the time, Portal. It was the first time I’d been able to play the soon-to-be-classic puzzle title, and it quickly became my favorite game of the year.

In fact, I went crazy on The Orange Box. Back when I was slightly obsessed with achievements

Game of Thrones Season 6 Casts Ian McShane in 'Key' Role

British actor Ian McShane is joining the cast of Game of Thrones in a role that reportedly will have a small amount of screen time but a lot of significance for Westeros.

That’s according to a report from Entertainment Weekly, also confirmed by Variety.

You might remember McShane from the last time he was involved with HBO, as Al “I sure do say ‘cocksucker’ a lot” Swearengen on the western Deadwood. Or you might remember him from my favorite of his roles, Stabby Hobo Santa Claus from American

Super Mario World Music Medley Will Brighten Up Your Day

Super Mario World was great for a lot of reasons, but I think it might have been the music of composer Koji Kondo that sticks out in my mind more than anything else. It’s even better when played on real instruments, and the talented musicians from YouTube channel moonbowmusicmovie very much do it justice with this medley.

As my very first, incidentally very long day as guest editor at Kotaku draws to a close, this was exactly the pick-me-up I needed. Plus, there are a bunch more game music trac

Resident Evil 4 Fans Are Creating the HD Graphics Capcom Neglected

A pair of Resident Evil 4 fans are working to improve the graphics of 2014’s “Ultimate HD Edition” on PC, and the results are pretty dramatic.

Called the “RE4 HD Project,” the mod is cleaning up the game’s textures and producing some very pretty screenshots. The differences between Capcom’s definition of HD and those of Cris and Albert, the two modders working on new textures for RE4, are stark. And kind of ridiculous, actually. Side-eyeing in your direction, Capcom.

At present, it looks like

Summer Games Done Quick Raises More Than $1.2 Million for Charity

The weeklong speedrun event Summer Games Done Quick has come to an end, inspiring the games community to give a whole lot of their money to Doctors Without Borders.

The event’s final tally was some $1.232,441.90 across 28,466 donations. The highest donation SGDQ 2015 received was a huge $21,498, although your average gamer pitching in to the event was pretty generous, too, giving about $43.

If you haven’t been watching SGDQ, you missed some pretty epic speedruns as top-class players took on 16

Everything You Do is a Lie in Actual Sunlight Creator's Next Game

All you do in Little Red Lie is lie. You lie constantly, about everything, to everyone—even yourself.

Think of an adventure-style game like Secret of Monkey Island, creator Will O’Neill told me, except instead of verbs like “Look” or “Pick Up” to interact with the world, instead you get “Lie.” Little Red Lie follows two protagonists who never meet and have very different stories, but they’re united by a common thread: they live their lives by lying.

“The reasons for [lying] are as varied as th

Reports of League Of Legends Champion's Death Were Greatly Exaggerated

Take heart, League of Legends pirate fans: Champion Gangplank didn’t actually “die,” he was just ... maimed.

Last week, developer Riot Games killed Gangplank off during its big crazy League story event, Bilgewater: Burning Tides, which added new related game modes and rewards while spooling out new lore about League’s characters. Gangplank was murdered in Act 3 of the event’s related story, blown up by rival Miss Fortune, and boom—literally—he was gone. Players couldn’t use him in the game, bec

Welcome to the Next Stage in Meme Evolution

What’s the Internet rule number for everything eventually becoming a body pillow?

Reddit user Red_Cheddarz posted this pic, purporting that a (potentially ill-advised) friend liberated this delightful curiosity from a local thrift store. Now hopefully begins his epic quest to determine who had the wherewithal to turn Sanic Hegehog into a body pillow, and much more importantly, why they would play God.

Of course, Redditors in the thread have their own theories: mainly that the creator wanted to

These Witcher 3 Panoramas Show Off the Game's Gorgeous Landscapes

Crank up those PC settings and The Witcher 3 becomes pretty damn beautiful.

Redditor R_Spc was captivated by CD Projekt’s work on the latest installment of their RPG franchise, and went and created some huge panoramas to showcase just how great they can look—because not even regular screenshots are enough.

The photos do a great job of capturing the graphical work that went into the game, to say nothing of relaying the huge, expansive scope of some of The Witcher 3’s locales.

R_Spc made a ton

Rocket League Video Teaches Us to Accept Our Failures and Move On

I want to close out my time as your Kotaku ancient sentient robot weekend overlord with a final, Zen-like moment, thanks to the wonder that is Rocket League.

Sometimes, things just don’t go your way. You have to let it wash over you and through you, refocus your energies, and persevere. Laugh at yourself, repeatedly, and move on.

Rocket League teaches us that sometimes, we all fail. Sometimes, we all bumble as though suddenly key areas of our brains have ceased to function. Sometimes, we all l

For the Next 48 Hours, I Am Assuming Direct Control

Greetings, Kotaku! It’s the weekend: my name is Phil Hornshaw, and I’ll be your guest editor for the next two glorious days.

Yes, that’s a Mass Effect joke in the headline. I’m in Los Angeles and it’s early here, folks. We’re constantly at the mercy of the rest of the country having a better time zone than us. I got up at about 5:30 this morning, which for you East Coasters is roughly 8:52 p.m.

But I’ve got coffee and adrenaline! Video games whoo! It’s gonna be a good time.

And now, by way of