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Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Review

Successfully bringing well-known console video games to phones and tablets requires hitting a very specific balance. You want the mobile version to feel like the same game people already like, while acknowledging that using a touchscreen device usually means playing for a short period of time on something that's not designed for games. Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is a pretty ideal demonstration of hitting that balance — it maintains all the most important elements of the PC and console Warzone

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


The 1,000-Page X-Men Animated Series Comics Omnibus Is Nearly 50% Off At Amazon

The excellent X-Men '97 on Disney+ has revitalized interest in the beloved X-Men: The Animated Series, which served as many fans' introduction to Marvel's superhero team some 30 years ago. While the waiting game for more X-Men '97 has begun now that the first season is over, you can still tap into the Animated Series' stories with X-Men: The Animated Series - The Adaptations Omnibus. The collection brings the animated series full-circle by adapting the show back into comics.

The 1,008-page hard

Junji Ito's Next Horror Manga Collection Is Discounted At Amazon

Artist and writer Junji Ito is a horror icon, with decades of weird, mind-bending stories full of upsetting imagery. Ito's recent popularity has resulted in a Netflix series adapting some of his stories into anime, and another series, based on his excellent collection Uzumaki, is supposed to be dropping on Adult Swim, uh... sometime.

While you wait, you can preorder Alley, the latest collection of Ito stories to make their way to the U.S. Snag it on Amazon and you'll get it at a discount when i

Need A PS5 Or Xbox For EA Sports College Football? Check Out These Great Deals

EA Sports College Football 25 is due to hit this summer, but that comes with a caveat for fans: It's not going to be available on older consoles or PC. So while you can preorder College Football 25 on PlayStation 5 and on Xbox Series X from Amazon right now, you might also be in the market for one of those shiny new(ish) game consoles on which to play it.

Luckily, Walmart has you covered with some discounted PS5 Slim and Xbox Series X consoles, both of which come bundled with games to get your

Relive Some Weirdo Mech Battles With This Discounted Xenogears Model Kit

Remember Xenogears? A turn-based RPG from the height of Squaresoft's dominance in the 1990s, it combined sci-fi and fantasy elements and a whole lot of mental illness troubles with giant mechs wailing on each other. It was pretty cool, and now you can bring a little part of that into your life with Square Enix's model kit of the Siebzehn, one of the titular "Gears" of Xenogears. Amazon has the kit on sale for $148, down from its usual price of $170.

This is one of Square Enix's Structure Arts P

Slapstick Comedy Movie Hundreds Of Beavers Is As Much Video Game Let's Play As Bugs Bunny Cartoon

More and more video games are seeing adaptations into movies, but Hundreds of Beavers might be the most video game-like movie I've ever seen.

That's not necessarily apparent from first blush, especially because Hundreds of Beavers' other influences are so clear and stark. Following the story of a 19th-century fur trapper as he faces off against various woodland creatures in a wintery Wisconsin, it's a black-and-white, mostly dialogue-free throwback to silent-era comedies, full of the kind of sl

Destiny 2's Divinity Gun Is Getting Nerfed In The Final Shape

Bungie is doing a huge pass on weapons in Destiny 2 when its next expansion, The Final Shape, releases on June 4. The balance tweaks include a blanket buff to just about all weapons in PvE activities, as well as an adjustment to Divinity--a gun that's essential in lots of high-level play situations--that will probably make it a little more annoying to use.

The developer dropped an expansive set of details about how weapons are set to change on its website. The big change players are likely to f

Amazon's Massive 4K Blu-Ray Sale Gets You Three Movies For Only $33

Sales on 4K Blu-rays can be hit or miss, but the current Amazon 4K Blu-ray sale is a winner. It includes movies from all over the spectrum but largely lands on being all killer and no filler. You can find a few classics, like Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, newer favorites like Barbie, Megan, and Get Out, and a few all-timers, like E.T., Jurassic Park, and The Shining.

Oh, and Mask of the Phantasm, otherwise known as the best Batman movie.

The 4K Blu-ray sale gets you three movies of your cho

Get Your Kirby Fix With This Extremely Good Deal On Kirby Star Allies For Nintendo Switch

Kirby Star Allies might be six years old, but Nintendo games have an annoying habit of staying expensive no matter how long in the tooth they get. That's why you might want to jump on the deal Walmart is currently running. The retailer is offering Kirby Star Allies for $30, half its $60 list price, and the lowest price Walmart has ever offered for the game.

Setting Kirby Star Allies apart from other games in the series is that the "allies" part is literal--while other Kirby games have also offe

Fanatical Offers A Slate Of Five Mystery Action Games For Just $5

Fanatical is constantly offering bundles where you get to mix and match a bunch of games together for a steep discount. With the Action Mystery Bundle, however, you trade control for cost--it includes five action games, but you won't know what they are until you pay up.

According to Fanatical's description, "The Action Mystery Bundle is a carefully crafted selection of pulse-pounding adventures, each handpicked to deliver maximum intensity and intrigue." It also touts one "legendary" game guara

Humble Bundle Offers 61 Doctor Who Comics For $25

Doctor Who is a series with a ton of history and unique stories thanks to the universe-spanning, time-hopping adventures of its protagonist, the Doctor, and the frequent regeneration that shapes them into a new character every so often. While the franchise is best known for the long-running BBC series, there are also many comics that expand on the Whoniverse, and you can get a ton of them on the cheap in ebook form with Humble's Doctor Who Megabundle. The bundle includes comics based on the mode

Destiny 2 Final Shape Exotic Armors Will Let You Mix And Match Perks

When The Final Shape expansion hits Destiny 2 on June 4, it's bringing a lot of new loadout mechanics that will let players combine different aspects of the character classes they've been using for years with the new Prismatic subclass. Going along with Prismatic is a new slate of Exotic armors in the class item slot that also play up the theme of combining old things into something new, and they're going to be worth chasing as you explore the Pale Heart of the Traveler.

Bungie spent a big chun

Grab 7 Cool Metroidvanias For Only $14 In Humble's New Bundle

We're less than halfway through 2024, and it's already been a great year for Metroidvania fans and Steam Deck owners. If you want a few games on deck to play after Animal Well, Humble's Metroidvania Mania bundle lets you grab as many as seven great metroidvanias for as little as $14. All seven games are Steam Deck-verified, so you'll have no problem unlocking new abilities and charting deeper reaches on the go.

The Metroidvania Mania bundle comes with seven excellent games that all take after t

Snag Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Prey And Five More Games For Only $10

Microsoft's announcement that it's shutting down Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks has been a major bummer for fans of imaginative, interesting games. While it won't help save Arkane Austin from the ax, Fanatical's Build Your Own Trinity Bundle - Immortal Edition at least gives you a chance to try Prey if you haven't, at a serious discount. The bundle also includes a few other standout experiences, including Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and intense souls-like Mortal Shell, and you can snag all

Snag 15 Audiobooks For $18 In Humble's LitRPG Bundle

With the LitRPG genre, authors combine the deep storytelling of novels with the game elements of MMOs and RPGs, creating a more interactive experience. Humble's LitRPG Audiobook Bundle offers as many as 15 of those books, making this a pretty great deal for fans who are looking to fill out their libraries.

The bundle includes 15 different audiobooks that blend RPG mechanics and genre fiction. You'll even get a few full series. They include the Chronicles of Sir Crabby books, about a sentient cr

Get Fallout 76 And Explore The Appalachian Wasteland For Only $6

The popularity of Amazon's Fallout TV show has reinvigorated excitement for the beloved series of RPGs, and that's particularly good if you want to jump into some online multiplayer mayhem in the Wasteland. You can join the other vault-dwellers in Fallout 76 on Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S for just $6, thanks to a deal from StackSocial.

Traditionally, the Fallout games have been single-player affairs, but Fallout 76 turns the experience into a shared-world RPG you can play with friends. It also

Add More Star Wars To Fortnite With New Twitch Drops For May The Fourth

Fortnite is going all-in on May the Fourth this year with new Star Wars crossover characters, quests, and items. But in addition to all the in-game stuff you have to pay for or play to earn, you can also get a a few free digital goodies as Twitch drops--although, you're going to have to do a little work for them, too.

As part of its Star Wars Celebration content this week, Epic Games is offering a Star Wars-themed Fortnite loading screen as a Twitch drop. Unlike other drops, however, you'll hav

Fanatical Bundle Gets You 7 Games For Less Than $3 Each, Plus A Chance At Free Stuff

Another build-your-own-bundle is live on Fanatical with a variety of games on offer, and the more games you grab, the cheaper they all are. Nabbing three games in the Platinum Collection Build Your Own Bundle will cost you $10, putting the cost of each one at $3.33. Buy five or more games and the cost per game drops to $3, while adding seven or more games to your bundle drops the costs to $2.86 each.

Fanatical Platinum Collection Build Your Own Bundle May 2024
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Preorder The Limited Edition Of Oliver Stone's Vietnam Classic Platoon On Amazon

This isn't the first time Platoon has seen a 4k re-release, but this limited-edition package will definitely look a little nicer on your shelf. It includes audio commentary tracks by writer-director Oliver Stone and military adviser Dale Dye, deleted and extended scenes, and documentaries about the production.

The best part, though, is that the Platoon Limited Edition is on sale in this preorder, down 30% from its usual price of $40. It's eligible for Amazon Prime, and if the price drops furthe

Destiny 2 Luna's Howl Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The last of Destiny 2: Into the Light's Brave arsenal is finally unlocked, bringing two last fan-favorite weapons back into players' hands. Of all of them, Luna's Howl might be the most prestigious, so it makes sense that it was left for last. The revised hand cannon could be almost as ravenous a predator of the Crucible as the original version, which was sunset way back with the Beyond Light expansion.

Like the other Brave arsenal weapons, you'll need to knock down a quest in order to unlock t

Destiny 2 Blast Furnace Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's Brave arsenal is complete this week with the release Blast Furnace, one of the best pulse rifles to ever hit the game. Originally released in the Season of the Forge with the rest of the Black Armory weapons, Blast Furnace was disappointingly sunset with the Beyond Light expansion. But this deadly accurate pulse rifle is back, ready to help you menace Guardians and aliens alike with lethal headshots at long ranges.

The Brave arsenal weapons, like this week's other storied weapon, Lu

Humble's Comic Bundle Gets You A Ton Of Witcher And Cyberpunk Comics For $18

Deep and expansive storytelling is one of the elements that has made so many people die-hard fans of CD Projekt Red's RPGs. In both The Witcher series and in the more recently released Cyberpunk 2077, it's the rich worlds and fascinating characters that draw players in and keep them exploring for tens or even hundreds of hours. You can get even more out of the worlds of CD Projekt Red's games with the Humble Comic Bundle, which offers 19 Witcher and Cyberpunk digital comics for less than a dolla

How Pacific Drive Pulls Off Being Unnervingly Spooky And Relaxingly Chill All At Once

I'm not very far into the Olympic Exclusion Zone in a run of Pacific Drive when the rain picks up. A T-shaped intersection looms just ahead, and as I make a right turn, the headlights play over the wreckage of a truck at the base of a hill, surrounded by trees. I bring the station wagon to a stop but leave it running and hop out, hustling over to the rusting hulk. Trucks are great finds, almost always full of junk I can use to upgrade my car or the garage that acts as my base of operations, and

Preorder This Star War: Knights Of The Old Republic Helmet And Cosplay As Darth Revan

We're still waiting on that Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic remake, and although it's apparently still in development, we won't be seeing it anytime soon. Luckily, you can preorder your own life-sized Darth Revan helmet from GameStop, allowing you to take matters into your own hands when it releases in August and remake KOTOR yourself in your backyard or living room.

The helmet, from Halloween costume and toy company Jazwares, will run you $80, and GameStop offers free shipping on preord

Palworld Trailer Shows Off Four New Pals Coming This Summer

Survival game Palworld, the Pokemon-with-guns open-world title that exploded onto the scene earlier this year because it lets you shoot cartoon animals with AK-47s, has new content on the way. There are more cute animals headed into the game, and you'll be able to shoot them, wail on them, and roast them with flamethrowers to your heart's content this summer.

Developer Pocket Pair released a trailer showing off a few new additions to Palworld during the 2024 ID@Xbox Showcase. Though the trailer
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In 33 Immortals, Dante’s depiction of Lucifer makes for a massive, challenging first boss

In multiplayer roguelike 33 Immortals, 33 players band together to fight their way through an afterlife inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and eventually challenge God to win their freedom from eternal damnation. Like its source material, 33 Immortals is broken down into three worlds—Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise—each divided into environments inspired by different sections of Alighieri’s seminal work. To escape Dante’s Inferno, though, players will first have to face its most powerf

Digital Trends

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.
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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.


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.


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!


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