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Deadpool 2 Blows Up the Box Office

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Deadpool 2 Premieres With 18.6 Million Opening Night!

Thursday night was the opener for the highly anticipated Deadpool 2, and it did not disappoint at the box office.  This film broke the previous record of $13.5 million,  held by the movie “IT” last September.

The first Deadpool brought in $132.4 million on opening weekend, shocking the industry.  Fans of the franchise experted no less success with this highly anticipated film.  So, Deadpool continues to hold the record for the highest grossing R-rated film.  Estimates already show that this film will break the $130 million mark for the weekend.  Predictions also expect it to outgross the original Deadpool.

Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) reacts to Colossus’ (voiced by Stefan Kapicic) threats.

Ryan Reynolds brings the “Merc with the Mouth” to life yet again in Deadpool 2, cracking jokes and killin’ folks on screen.  Morena Baccarin joins as Copycat, T.J. Miller as Weasel, Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Stefan Kapicic as Cable, Gina Carano as Angel Dust and many others that worked to bring this film to life.

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Deadpool 2 Movie Poster from the Deadpool movie franchise

Fans are sure to love this new installment in the Deadpool franchise.  The film has an overall 84% rating from Rotten Tomatoes, 4/5 from Common Sense Media, and 8.3/10 on IMDB.  Critics have stated that the movie is as funny as the first Deadpool, but with superior story development.  A.O. Scott of The NYTimes stated:

The script for Deadpool 2 is loaded with winky, fourth-wall-piercing eruptions of meta, the kind of humor that can make even the slow-witted and literal-minded feel devilishly clever.”  

Christopher Orr of The Atlantic also sang praises with his words:

At least as fugnny as the original Deadpool, and better in virtually every other respect: better plot, better villains, a few unexpected narrative swerves.”

Have you seen Deadpool 2 yet?  Tell us what you think in the comments!

 

Kickstarting Gyre: Nova State. A “Dynamic” RPG.

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Gyre: Nova State Logo

Evodant Interactive takes the next step into RPG story generation.

We are all looking for that one RPG game that can give you multiple choices based on your decisions. In many cases, the result is already there in the script, and will always guide you to one of those paths. But in this case, Gyre: Nova State should be completely different.

Evodant Interactive might have found the solution! They have found a way for their game to generate unpredictable storylines for the player. Best part: It’s in real time! It is all based on your choices that makes the game the first dynamic RPG. If you are familiar with “Shadowrun” (an old pen & paper RPG,) then you will love the idea with this game. Whatever decision you make, you will decide if you want to become a friend or a foe. Your surroundings respond to every choice you make.

You will be happy for the gameplay which has the feeling of “The Witcher 3,”“Deus Ex: Mankind Divided,” and “Middle-earth Shadow of War.”  All added into a steampunk world. Evodant Interactive has brought Ex-Bioware worker Rob Bartel on the team (known for the Dragon Age Series along with Mass Effect) – it sounds promising!

The game is based in the year 1848, where serval revolutions have changed Europe and Asia – made the world more advanced a lot earlier than today’s technology. Which also means, you will be playing as an Andriod. Your start zone is basically a fabric and is part of the Character Select. The Fabric is where you’re giving your character the personality and choosing what kind of class you want to be. The world appears to be larger than “The Witcher 3,” with the NPC generation better than “Middle-earth Shadow of War,” and the combat style like “Deus Ex: Mankind Divider.”

In this game, there is nothing such as “death.” There is always a backup. How would you like to have your mind being transferred to a new body all the time? Every time you die, a little piece of your memory will be erased. And, in the end, you will probably forget who you were in the beginning. That sounds like a challenge to me!

There are so many options in this game. Even in the crafting. There are around 43.450 weapons, gear, and upgrade combinations to make your character better! Join factions to get access to new allies and new resources.

And since it is a Kickstarter project, there will be rewards for those who choose to support it. Early Alpha and Beta will be granted before anyone else gets their hands on it, along with Digital versions of the game for either PC or console.

Would you consider supporting a game from Kickstarter, or have you already done that? Does this game appeal to you? Let us know in the comments!

 

Read more about Gyre: Nova State here: Gyre: Nova State

Battle For Azeroth Beta: God of War Reference Found

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God of War has found its way into World of Warcraft.

God of War is one of the most prestigious series on the PlayStation 4 today. Although it is a console exclusive, it is no secret that gamers would like to see the God of War series come to the PC one day. The latest Battle For Azeroth build won’t bring the game to the PC, but there is a reference to the game itself in the new expansion.

Forsaken in Orgrimmar, God of War

We previously covered how Gileans and Night Elves are now refugees in Stormwind. The Horde has their own situation as well: the Forsaken have taken refuge in Orgrimmar following the invasion of the Undercity.

The God of War reference can be found in Orgrimmar, with an additional reference to the Fallout series.

God of War reference

Some of the additional text is as follows:

You are quiet. More so than usual.
I heard other children talking about the war. Did… did the Horde do something bad?
War is a test of honor. Once lost, it is not easily reclaimed.
Remember that, boy.
I will, Father.

What is it, boy?
Is this a bad war? I mean… worse than the others?
Wars never change. Only the warriors do.
Do you think this war is going to change the Horde?
We will see, boy. We will see.

I feel bad that the elves lost their tree.
Why?
You told me that we orcs once lost our home.
That was long ago.
Didn’t it make everyone sad?
We were… not ourselves. It is difficult to explain, boy.
Mother spoke of it sometimes. I, I think it made her cry.
I don’t think anyone should lose their home. Not if it makes them feel like that.
You have your mother’s heart.

What do you think about the references to God of War and Fallout? Let us know in the comments below!

PAX East Wrap Up

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Battle For Azeroth Beta: Hunter Combat Animations

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Hunter in World of Warcraft

The hunter class will have new combat animations in Battle For Azeroth.

As with all new expansions, there is change. The hunter class, for instance, will have new combat animations. How do you see these new animations? You can see them when you right-click a target, but you’re too far away from the target to attack it.

Hunter bow ready animation

This is the animation for a ready stance when a bow is equipped or transmogged.

Hunter ready stance with crossbow

If one is equipping or transmogging a crossbow, this will be the ready stance.

Hunter ready animation with gun

Lastly, when one is equipping (or transmogging) a gun, this will be the ready stance.

These animations may vary by race as each race holds their weapon differently. However, Redditors have already given feedback, saying that racial identity in World of Warcraft may be gone.

“Everyone is excited about this, and I’m just sitting here thinking about how even more racial identity is going away just like with the spellcaster animations,” said Redditor salty_jim. “I made my shaman a male Pandaren because their cast animation made the lavaburst/healing effects look damned cool, now its just the boring ‘i struggle to hold all these elements’ animation that every race has. Undead warlocks are also naturally cool af with their animations but thats also getting butchered. Have you seen the enormous hunch they have with the new warlock idle animation?”

Another Redditor suggested that these animations should be when in combat and when not in combat. “If anyone at Blizzard sees this, please just make this combat and non-combat. The animation for guns and crossbows drawn is so bad, this would only ever be a step up. And while, yeah. A bow can be held to the side, this looks way cooler then too. Just go for it,” Redditor LokowiBR said.

What do you think about the new hunter animations? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Microsoft’s New Adaptive Xbox Controller Aims to Aid Gamers With Disabilities

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The new $100 Xbox Adaptive Controller lets you plug in the gadgets you need to get back in the game.

 

Just in time for Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Microsoft decided to step up their game and make Xbox and PC gaming a little more accessible to gamers of all abilities.

The new adaptive controller steers away from conventional two-handed controllers, and mimics a lap pad. Also, it lacks A/B/Y/X buttons, a d-pad, and triggers on the back. The controller offers two large buttons, and two USB ports. It also has a horde of 3.5 mm accessibility ports on the back, and mounting spots to attach it to a wheelchair.

What makes this controller unique is those accessibility ports. These are universal across all accessibility peripherals, and allows the user to customize their experience to their needs. A user can add accessories such as bite switches, modified joysticks, or even foot pedals. It even has a headset jack, so you can trash talk, err…encourage…your teammates as usual.

Each of those ports on the back correlate with a traditional, labeled, controller button. This easy setup offers customization to a users liking. Everything a traditional remote can do, this can do just as well.

Navin Kumar, director of product marketing for Xbox accessories is quoted as saying, “in the U.S. it is estimated that 14% of Xbox One gamers have a temporary mobility limitation and that 8% of gamers have a permanent mobility limitation [and] we felt like we needed to do more for this audience”.

To ensure that Microsoft delivered a quality product, they partnered and received feedback from organizations such as: The Cerebral Palsy Foundation, Warfighter Engaged, The Able Gamers Charity, Craig Hospital, and Special Effect. In addition, gamers with disabilities gave positive feedback about the product. It has received rave reviews across the board.

Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller is set to go on sale at the end of this year.

We’re excited to see this option become available for users with disabilities. What other sorts of adaptive hardware would you like to see produced? Let us know in the comments!

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Coming to Battle.Net

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Call of Duty Black Ops 4

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 PC Version Will be Joining Battle.Net!

Activision recently announced that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be exclusively found on Battle.Net for PC gamers, along with the PS4 and XBox One versions.  This is similar to Activision’s roll-out of Destiny 2 on Battle.net last year.  Users can already see the Call of Duty icon on the Battle.net login page.

You may be wondering what this means for PC gamers, or why we care?  Gamers will have access to friends playing other games on Battle.net while playing Black Ops 4.  Users will also be able to purchase World of Warcraft tokens and Blizzard Balance to purchase this game, making it more accessible for many players.

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Players that enjoy a multiplayer game will enjoy the new changes that include the multiplayer experience with the storyline.  Black Ops 4 appears to be much more centered around this type of play than the original storyline play as it is doing away with the single-player mode.  Blackout Mode will now be joining the popular Zombies Mode to give the game a feel similar to the battle-royale popular games such as PUBG and Fortnite.  Players can join 100 other players to fight to the death on a new map.  This map is proposed to be about 1500 times larger than the Nuketown map.  Users will also be getting new weapon attachments to further enhance gameplay.

You can read more about this new development on Wowhead.  Below is one of the trailers from Wowhead’s release article.

Gamers can sign up for the Black Ops 4 private beta through Battle.net at moreintel.blizzard.com.  This game is set to release on all platforms on October 12, 2018.  You can pre-order for Black Ops 4 at the Blizzard Store.

What do you think about more games like Call of Duty and Destiny moving to Battle.net?  Let us know in the comments!

Battle for Azeroth Beta: Kul Tiran Druid Aquatic Form Released

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Calling all Kul Tiran druids! The aquatic form has officially been released to the Beta.

The new form is very “Walrus” like, and leaves many of us anxiously anticipating the release of the Moonkin form. All 4 variations feature tusks, and give off a tree like feel. In fact, this sort of reminds me of the League of Legends character, Maokai.   Let’s look at the 4 different visual forms.

The first on the lineup is the brown form. This form features a dark brown body, fading into lighter brown fins, which resemble the roots of a tree. The hair features brown with hints of green.

The dark form is my personal favorite, with a dark grey body and grey blue hair. This form is almost eerie and not something that you would want to encounter in the dark.

Green is perhaps the most colorful of the lineup. It features a lighter brown body and vibrant green hair. The face is almost white, and is one of the less intimidating of the four.

The light form features a grey body, and yellowish blond hair. This one I would envision as the most closely associated with the Alliance faction. Honestly, I feel like it is the water form of the gryphon.

Overall, I feel like Blizzard nailed this form. The Kul’ Tiran race really encapsulates nature ,and with this walrus like tree aquatic form it truly nails it. For someone who hasn’t taken the time to really level a druid, I might make the jump to play this one. All of the revealed druid forms for the Kul’ Tiran druids are spectacular.

What are your thoughts on the Kul’ Tiran Druid aquatic form? What color form is your favorite? For you Horde players, do you think you would make the jump to Alliance for the opportunity to play this one? Let us know in the comments!