Gearing Up For Ground War In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

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Gearing Up For Ground War In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Ground War mode has been in other Call of Duty games, but this time it's different - and big. Real big. We played a few rounds on a massive downtown city map complete with skyscrapers and a bank in a 64-player soiree, with the dev team hinting that even bigger player counts were being tested. In what amounts to a domination match with five different capture points on a titanic scale, choppers and APCs were the norm over the city skylines as players converged into critical areas, forming pick-up siege and defense efforts around key locations. The steps of the city bank became one of these hot spots, where the enemy team locked shields and took a fortified position that held for quite a while – until someone on our team triggered a Juggernaut and mowed everyone down with the kit's massive gun and armor.

Gearing Up For Ground War In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

about X hours ago from
Gearing Up For Ground War In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Ground War mode has been in other Call of Duty games, but this time it's different - and big. Real big. We played a few rounds on a massive downtown city map complete with skyscrapers and a bank in a 64-player soiree, with the dev team hinting that even bigger player counts were being tested. In what amounts to a domination match with five different capture points on a titanic scale, choppers and APCs were the norm over the city skylines as players converged into critical areas, forming pick-up siege and defense efforts around key locations. The steps of the city bank became one of these hot spots, where the enemy team locked shields and took a fortified position that held for quite a while – until someone on our team triggered a Juggernaut and mowed everyone down with the kit's massive gun and armor.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

The original Angry Birds Movie was a hit. It featured a cast full of SNL alumni and other famous comedians and it grossed an estimated $350 million worldwide. I thought it was, surprisingly, pretty solid and featured a story that ended conclusively with satisfying growth for its protagonists. It certainly didn’t demand a sequel, but here we are. Much like the previous film, most of its cast spent (or are currently spending time) on SNL, along with a collection of other talented comedians. The sequel is also, similarly, pretty solid. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not a great film, serving mostly as a visual gag and joke machine, but if “solid” is what we can expect from video game movie adaptations in the future, then I consider that a step in the right direction.

The movie begins with Bird Island’s Red (Jason Sudeikis) and pals Chuck and Bomb (Josh Gad and Danny McBride) living as famous heroes continuing their war with Piggy Island and its leader, Leonard (Bill Hader). The war has evolved into harmless pranks, but a new threat appears when a third island, Eagle Island, starts launching giant meteoric balls of ice at the other two islands in an effort to take them over. The birds and the pigs decide to form a cooperative team to combat the new threat, and things move on from there.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

about X hours ago from
The Angry Birds Movie 2 Is Not Actively Horrible

The original Angry Birds Movie was a hit. It featured a cast full of SNL alumni and other famous comedians and it grossed an estimated $350 million worldwide. I thought it was, surprisingly, pretty solid and featured a story that ended conclusively with satisfying growth for its protagonists. It certainly didn’t demand a sequel, but here we are. Much like the previous film, most of its cast spent (or are currently spending time) on SNL, along with a collection of other talented comedians. The sequel is also, similarly, pretty solid. The Angry Birds Movie 2 is not a great film, serving mostly as a visual gag and joke machine, but if “solid” is what we can expect from video game movie adaptations in the future, then I consider that a step in the right direction.

The movie begins with Bird Island’s Red (Jason Sudeikis) and pals Chuck and Bomb (Josh Gad and Danny McBride) living as famous heroes continuing their war with Piggy Island and its leader, Leonard (Bill Hader). The war has evolved into harmless pranks, but a new threat appears when a third island, Eagle Island, starts launching giant meteoric balls of ice at the other two islands in an effort to take them over. The birds and the pigs decide to form a cooperative team to combat the new threat, and things move on from there.

The Madden 20 X-Factors & Superstars Guide

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The Madden 20 X-Factors & Superstars Guide

Madden 20 introduces powerful X-Factor players and Superstar abilities only available to select players. Superstar abilities are always on, meaning players with the Shutdown ability, like Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey, always have an increased chance of disrupting receiver catches. X-Factor players, however, must activate their X-Factor by meeting specific gameplay goals. For instance, for Adam Thielen to earn his Double Me X-Factor that increases the chances of him winning an aggressive catch against single coverage, he first must catch two 20-plus yard passes. Once the X-Factor is turned on, it can be turned off, and the conditions for this are similarly prescriptive. Odell Beckham Jr. falls out of the zone and his X-Factor turns off when you don’t target him on consecutive plays.

Both X-Factors and Superstar abilities can be very useful, but some are definitely handier than others. Some aren’t even used by any players at launch, and others might be more helpful to some users depending on their play style. Conversely, if you’re playing against an opponent with these abilities, you’re going to want to know what you’re going up against.

The Madden 20 X-Factors & Superstars Guide

about X hours ago from
The Madden 20 X-Factors & Superstars Guide

Madden 20 introduces powerful X-Factor players and Superstar abilities only available to select players. Superstar abilities are always on, meaning players with the Shutdown ability, like Jaguars corner Jalen Ramsey, always have an increased chance of disrupting receiver catches. X-Factor players, however, must activate their X-Factor by meeting specific gameplay goals. For instance, for Adam Thielen to earn his Double Me X-Factor that increases the chances of him winning an aggressive catch against single coverage, he first must catch two 20-plus yard passes. Once the X-Factor is turned on, it can be turned off, and the conditions for this are similarly prescriptive. Odell Beckham Jr. falls out of the zone and his X-Factor turns off when you don’t target him on consecutive plays.

Both X-Factors and Superstar abilities can be very useful, but some are definitely handier than others. Some aren’t even used by any players at launch, and others might be more helpful to some users depending on their play style. Conversely, if you’re playing against an opponent with these abilities, you’re going to want to know what you’re going up against.

20 Characters We Want To Play As In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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20 Characters We Want To Play As In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has no shortage of heroes. With over 30 characters pre-loaded and DLC on the way, Marvel fans should at least have one character they’re excited to play. That said, we’re never satisfied. Nintendo confirmed that the DLC from this point on will pull from the Marvel Knights, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Those are some pretty deep wells, so we have some ideas for characters from those groups (and others) that we would like to see join the alliance. Here’s the list of characters we’d like to see playable in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. 

20 Characters We Want To Play As In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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20 Characters We Want To Play As In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order has no shortage of heroes. With over 30 characters pre-loaded and DLC on the way, Marvel fans should at least have one character they’re excited to play. That said, we’re never satisfied. Nintendo confirmed that the DLC from this point on will pull from the Marvel Knights, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Those are some pretty deep wells, so we have some ideas for characters from those groups (and others) that we would like to see join the alliance. Here’s the list of characters we’d like to see playable in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3. 

Five Exclusive Hours With The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III

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Five Exclusive Hours With The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III

Nihon Falcom’s Trails of Cold Steel is one of those series I wish got more love. Falcom has made a name for itself with its long-running Ys franchise, which helped pave the way for action/RPGs, but its equally-fantastic Trails series, part of The Legend of Heroes brand has never received the same recognition. After Trails of the Sky launched in North America in 2011, nearly seven years after it first launched in Japan, hardcore RPG fans realized they had been missing out something special. The game featured charming characters and an alluring and detailed world. It had a classic feel that reminded you of your favorite traditional RPGs of yesteryear, but it also wasn’t afraid to take chances and modernize the genre. 

After the Sky trilogy was complete, Western fans were then treated to the Trails of Cold Steel series, which added a school backdrop, complete with social elements and improved turn-based combat. After two fantastic entries filled with surprising reveals and epic battles that had the students do everything from partaking in crazy mech duels to stopping a civil war, we’re about step into the third part of the four-game arc. I had the pleasure of playing the first five hours of the game and so far it’s shaping up nicely, full of callbacks and reunions with past cast members alongside new mechanics and locations to make the series feel fresh.

Five Exclusive Hours With The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III

about X hours ago from
Five Exclusive Hours With The Legend Of Heroes: Trails Of Cold Steel III

Nihon Falcom’s Trails of Cold Steel is one of those series I wish got more love. Falcom has made a name for itself with its long-running Ys franchise, which helped pave the way for action/RPGs, but its equally-fantastic Trails series, part of The Legend of Heroes brand, has never received the same recognition. After Trails of the Sky hit North America in 2011, nearly seven years after it first launched in Japan, hardcore RPG fans realized they had been missing out something special. The game featured charming characters and an alluring and detailed world. It had a classic feel that reminded you of your favorite traditional RPGs of yesteryear, but it also wasn’t afraid to take chances and modernize the genre. 

After the Sky trilogy was complete, Western fans were then treated to the Trails of Cold Steel series, which added a school backdrop, complete with social elements and improved turn-based combat. After two fantastic entries filled with surprising reveals and epic battles that had the students do everything from partaking in crazy mech duels to stopping a civil war, we’re about step into the third part of the four-game arc. I had the pleasure of playing the first five hours of the game and so far it’s shaping up nicely, full of callbacks and reunions with past cast members alongside new mechanics and locations to make the series feel fresh.