The Division 2's Dark Zones Are Less Intimidating, But Will Make You More Devious

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The Division 2's Dark Zones Are Less Intimidating, But Will Make You More Devious

One of The Division's most notable achievements in 2016 was its rather unorthodox approach to PvP gameplay. Within the center of post-outbreak Manhattan was the Dark Zone, an isolated, untamed space where you could engage in timed events, small skirmishes, and even backstabbing temporary allies. With The Division 2, Ubisoft has some interesting plans for expanding the Dark Zone concept, most of which will have you rethinking how you'll tackle the infamous no man's land.

We recently played several hours of the upgraded multiplayer mode, designed by original Rainbow Six developer Red Storm Entertainment. In the first game, the Dark Zone incorporated competitive multiplayer gameplay into the core systems and mechanics of the online world, allowing the agents to seamlessly transition between engagements against AI and other players in the volatile region. The developers refer to this gameplay loop as PvPvE: player-versus-player-versus-environment. While inside the zone, there are many opportunities to acquire powerful loot, but with significantly greater risk tied to it, thanks to tougher enemies and the threat of shady players looking for a chance to steal your loot.

Deadpool Creator Debuts New Marvel Character

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Marvel has announced a new bi-monthly series from the creator of Deadpool, set to debut this spring. The new series Major X will take place within the X-Men continuity, and he'll clash with popular characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Cable.

Comic Book reports that Rob Liefeld will handle the writing and art for the first issue of Major X in April. After that it will be written by Image co-founder Whilce Portacio with art from Teen Titans' Brent Peeples.

Major X comes from a different reality, called the "X-istence," which is only populated by mutants. This was a paradise for mutants, but the X-istence was destroyed somehow, and Major X is seeking to bring his home back. Liefeld teases that the book will slowly answer questions about how the X-istence came to be in the first place, and how a portal opened that put Major X into conflict with the rest of the Marvel continuity.

Pikuniku Review - Tasty Morsel

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Pikuniku Review - Tasty Morsel

With its simple character designs and a game world that often looks like a young kid designed it by cutting up and sticking together different bits of colored paper, Pikuniku sometimes feels like a video game adaption of a children's book. It tells a simple story that doesn't always quite make sense, it's pointedly very silly, and there are scenes within it that seem to be based on how a child understands the world. A giant company pays a town by making money rain from the sky; a trendy nightclub will only let you in if you dress "cool" by wearing sunglasses; you play a game someone "invented," but which is, essentially, just basketball mixed with soccer.

But Pikuniku (Japanese for "picnic") never feels like it was designed specifically for children. It's a game about battling a corporate takeover, and the writing has the playful, sarcastically irreverent tone you're more likely to see from someone in their 20s or 30s. But the childish veneer is charming, and while Pikuniku isn't the deepest game around, it's lovely, funny, and engrossing in its own weird way.

Shazam Fights Evil And Buys Beer In Hilarious New Trailer

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The DC smash Aquaman is still making serious money in theaters, but the studio's next movie will be with us soon. Shazam! is released in April, and will be a more comedic superhero adventure than most of DC's previous movies. A new teaser containing new footage has now been released.

It starts off like many other superhero trailers. Young Billy Batson given incredible powers that transforms him into a full-size adult superhero, enabling him to fight the evil Doctor Sivana. But it quickly changes tone and emphasizes the movie's more humorous aspects, with Shazam attempting to buy beer and purchase a superhero lair from a realtor. Check the trailer out above.

Shazam stars Thor actor Zachary Levi in the title role, with Asher Angel as Billy and Mark Strong as Sivana. It's directed by David F. Sandberg and hits theaters on April 5. For more check out, everything we know about Shazam! so far.

Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story 3DS Review Roundup

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Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story + Bowser Jr.'s Journey is a remake of sorts of the 2009 DS game, this time for the Nintendo 3DS. It's out now in North America, though its release date in Europe isn't until January 25 (January 26 in Australia). The important question, though, is whether the remake is any good.

Critical consensus has been positive, with many praising the new mode, Bowser Jr.'s Journey. "The extra mode certainly sweetens the pot for those who owned Bowser's Inside Story on DS, but fundamentally, it's the same game," wrote Justin Clark in GameSpot's Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story review. For more opinions on the 3DS version, take a look below or check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

"The extra mode certainly sweetens the pot for those who owned Bowser's Inside Story on DS, but fundamentally, it's the same game. If anything, the real drawback is the game coming off as an unnecessary surprise on the 3DS--which can already play the original game via backward compatibility. But the game itself remains one of Mario's RPG best, and it's a cheerful, inventive journey." -- Justin Clark [Full review]

Top 10 UK Games Chart: Ace Combat 7 Debuts Above Red Dead Redemption 2

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Bandai Namco's Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown debuts at No.2 in the UK games chart, below only New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, which keeps its place atop the physical chart for the week ending January 19. Ace Combat sells better this week than big hitters such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and FIFA 19, which finish at No.3, No.4, and No.5, respectively.

The remainder of the chart stays largely unchanged in a week lacking many new releases. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate drops one place to No.6, while it's a good week once again for Activision's platforming remasters as Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy and Spyro Reignited Trilogy both manage a top 10 finish.

You can read the full top 10 sales chart below, courtesy of UKIE and sales monitor Chart-Track. Note this table does not include digital sales data, and so should not be considered representative of all UK game sales.

Here's Overwatch's First New Skins From Year Of The Pig

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Overwatch has begun teasing its next in-game event, 2019's Lunar New Year. The annual event focuses on Chinese culture and often introduces new skins based on Chinese historical figures or folklore. Blizzard has revealed its first three skins for the upcoming Year of the Pig, with fresh looks for Reaper, Hanzo, and Reinhardt.

The skins were rolled out on the official Twitter account. Reaper gets a new look as Lu Bu Reaper. Hanzo grows a mighty beard as Huang Zhong Hanzo. Finally, Reinhardt loses the helmet for Guan Yu Reinhardt. All three are modeled after generals who lived during the Han dynasty, so there's a definite theme to the inclusions so far.

Year of the Pig will begin on January 24 and last through February 8. New skins are being debuted daily through Twitter and Facebook. That leaves a few more days for more skin reveals. Some possible contenders include Brigitte, Wrecking Ball, and Ashe, all of which were released after the last Lunar New Year event.

Sean Penn TV Show About Going To Mars Canceled After 1 Season

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Streaming network Hulu's TV show The First, which starred Sean Penn as an astronaut trying to go to Mars, has been canceled after one season. Created by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon, The First marked Senn's first time as a regular on a TV show. The Hollywood Reporter was along the news sites to confirm the show's cancellation.

It's just the latest cancellation from Hulu, as the network recently axed comedian Sarah Silverman's show, I Love You, America, also only after one season.

Hulu, like Netflix, does not release viewership figures for its original content, so we don't know how well The First performed. What's clear, however, is that the ratings were not good enough to keep the show going for a second season.