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.

Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

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Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to catch up on. Who’s doing what, why are they doing it, why are there so many guns, and just what the heck is a Claptrap? These are big games with big worlds and big characters, and there realistically isn’t enough time left to play all the Borderlands games before the upcoming sequel. Well, you don’t have to worry anymore, because your comprehensive Borderlands breakdown has arrived. Here is everything and everyone you need to know going into Borderlands 3. 

Warning: There will be spoilers to the events of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and the DLC episode Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary. 

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Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

about X hours ago from
Every Borderlands Character You Need To Know Before Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 is rapidly approaching, and there is a lot to catch up on. Who’s doing what, why are they doing it, why are there so many guns, and just what the heck is a Claptrap? These are big games with big worlds and big characters, and there realistically isn’t enough time left to play all the Borderlands games before the upcoming sequel. Well, you don’t have to worry anymore, because your comprehensive Borderlands breakdown has arrived. Here is everything and everyone you need to know going into Borderlands 3. 

Warning: There will be spoilers to the events of Borderlands, Borderlands 2, Tales from the Borderlands, The Pre-Sequel, and the DLC episode Commander Lilith & The Fight For Sanctuary. 

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Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

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Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

I’ve played a handful of great games over the last few months, but 2019 hasn’t felt like a big year for the medium yet. In fact, it’s been somewhat disappointing. Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled over the last few years with juggernauts like Overwatch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and God of War, but 2019 hasn’t had that one game that truly stands out from the pack. Apex Legends is damn good. I’m also having a blast with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Kingdom Hearts III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2 also deserve nods for living up to the hype. That said, I don’t know which one of these games I would label as my Game of the Year. One doesn’t jump out from the pack.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, I’m hoping Death Stranding becomes another Hideo Kojima classic, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is everything I want it to be as a Star Wars dork, and The Outer Worlds is more Fallout than Fallout 76 was. One of those games could define the year. Let’s not forget about the sequels either. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks awesome, as does Borderlands 3. I also can’t wait to get my hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield and Doom Eternal.

Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

about X hours ago from
Five Games I Can't Wait To Play This Month

I’ve played a handful of great games over the last few months, but 2019 hasn’t felt like a big year for the medium yet. In fact, it’s been somewhat disappointing. Perhaps we’ve just been spoiled over the last few years with juggernauts like Overwatch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and God of War, but 2019 hasn’t had that one game that truly stands out from the pack. Apex Legends is damn good. I’m also having a blast with Fire Emblem: Three Houses. Kingdom Hearts III, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, Devil May Cry 5, and Resident Evil 2 also deserve nods for living up to the hype. That said, I don’t know which one of these games I would label as my Game of the Year. One doesn’t jump out from the pack.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the year, I’m hoping Death Stranding becomes another Hideo Kojima classic, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is everything I want it to be as a Star Wars dork, and The Outer Worlds is more Fallout than Fallout 76 was. One of those games could define the year. Let’s not forget about the sequels either. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare looks awesome, as does Borderlands 3. I also can’t wait to get my hands on Pokémon Sword and Shield and Doom Eternal.

Heading Into The Season

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Heading Into The Season

PES 2020 comes out on September 10 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC), but its demo already gives us a glimpse of what we may see in the game's final iteration. Although Konami has promised that some changes are on the way, such as to fouls (see below for more), the demo could advertise that a solid year of gameplay is in store. Here's what the demo does well and what I hope it means come release time.

The demo showcases more player contact expressed through jostling animations, providing players a way to slow down and pester attackers until numbers arrive or to prevent clean passes and shots. You can even tactically foul players in some situations.

Related to this are the number of fouls the refs call. I like that more calls are being made than in previous years, since they are called on you when you're trying to make standing tackles from behind or slightly to the side of the dribbler. This is as it should be since these are risky areas. I've also noticed in the demo that even defensively engaging opponents from the front can cause fouls if you are rash and don't time it right. Konami says that it believes the refs in the demo call fouls too excessively, so I hope they balance the final game correctly.

Heading Into The Season

about X hours ago from
Heading Into The Season

PES 2020 comes out on September 10 (PS4, Xbox One, and PC), but its demo already gives us a glimpse of what we may see in the game's final iteration. Although Konami has promised that some changes are on the way, such as to fouls (see below for more), the demo could advertise that a solid year of gameplay is in store. Here's what the demo does well and what I hope it means come release time.

The demo showcases more player contact expressed through jostling animations, providing players a way to slow down and pester attackers until numbers arrive or to prevent clean passes and shots. You can even tactically foul players in some situations.

Related to this are the number of fouls the refs call. I like that more calls are being made than in previous years, since they are called on you when you're trying to make standing tackles from behind or slightly to the side of the dribbler. This is as it should be since these are risky areas. I've also noticed in the demo that even defensively engaging opponents from the front can cause fouls if you are rash and don't time it right. Konami says that it believes the refs in the demo call fouls too excessively, so I hope they balance the final game correctly.

Get Ready For Our GI Game Club On Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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Get Ready For Our GI Game Club On Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

With Game Informer's new cover story on Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, we want to revive our GI Game Club format and go back for a thorough look at 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

On the August 15th episode of The Game Informer Show podcast, we'll be playing though and discussing the entire campaign for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. We want the community to play the game along with us and send in your thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com to help fuel the conversation! We're looking for specific points and thoughts, including...

- What's your favorite moment in the game?

Get Ready For Our GI Game Club On Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

about X hours ago from
Get Ready For Our GI Game Club On Call Of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

With Game Informer's new cover story on Infinity Ward's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, we want to revive our GI Game Club format and go back for a thorough look at 2007's Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

On the August 15th episode of The Game Informer Show podcast, we'll be playing though and discussing the entire campaign for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. We want the community to play the game along with us and send in your thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com to help fuel the conversation! We're looking for specific points and thoughts, including...

- What's your favorite moment in the game?