Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Review - Sortie It Out

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Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown Review - Sortie It Out

There's more to war than just weapons and politics. Ace Combat is a series that showed us just that, hitting its stride in the early '00s with an enchanting mix of jet fighting and human melodrama. But in the past decade, its entries suffered from putting less importance in its signature stories. It dropped four games' worth of fictional lore in favor of real-world locations, traded pathos for machismo, and attempted to add cinematic blockbuster bombast to the clinical nature of flying jets, all at the cost of losing its identity. Thankfully, Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown brings the series back on course and is a significant return to what it was in its prime: a thrilling interpretation of modern aerial combat that also tells a war story with heart, a conscience, and personal stakes.

Bungie Teases "Future Experiences" For Destiny After Splitting With Activision

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Activision and Bungie broke up recently, with Bungie getting the rights to Destiny and announcing it will self-publish the sci-fi series going forward. Now, for the first time Destiny's franchise director, Luke Smith, is speaking out about the breakup and what it means. OK, so Smith did already respond with a fiery tweet, but this is his first full statement on the matter.

Speaking on behalf of the Destiny team, Smith started off his note by thanking Activision for supporting Bungie and the Destiny franchise over the years. Bungie and Activision locked down a 10-year publishing deal back in 2010 for a game that we now know is Destiny. The first game was released in 2014 with a sequel arriving in 2017, in addition to numerous expansions. Activision was behind Destiny and Bungie in a big way, even if the relationship isn't continuing. Smith also thanked Destiny support studios High Moon and Vicarious Visions, the latter of which continues to work on a new piece of content for Destiny 2. Smith teased that Vicarious Visions is "currently readying their Destiny swan song with content that will appear in the upcoming Season of [Redacted]."

Super Bowl 53 Confirms Gladys Knight To Sing National Anthem, As She Responds To Kaepernick Situation

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The NFL has announced who will sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LIII next month. The "Empress of Soul," Gladys Knight, will sing the tune, following Pink last year.

Knight won seven Grammy awards and is known for songs like "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "That's What Friends Are For." Knight hails from Atlanta, Georgia, the site of this year's Super Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz stadium. The NFL interviewed Knight about her singing the anthem this year, and she says she hopes the anthem carries even more weight this year given the controversy and discussion about racial inequality and Colin Kaepernick.

Knight expanded in an interview with Variety, telling the site that she's saddened by the current climate and how the anthem is entangled in it.

See Sam Elliott As The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then Bigfoot In New Trailer

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Sam Elliot's new movie The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then Bigfoot is coming out soon, and now it's received its first official trailer. As the title suggests, the movie stars Elliot as the man who killed Hitler during World War II but couldn't tell anyone about it. Decades later, the governments of the United States and Canada call on him to take down another foe: bigfoot.

In this timeline, Bigfoot carries a disease capable of wiping out humanity. Elliot's character, Calvin Barr, is finally coming to terms with his life when he's called back to fight the beast.

"Bigfoot has been living deep in the Canadian wilderness and carrying a deadly plague that is now threatening to spread to the general population. Relying on the same skills that he honed during the war, Calvin must set out to save the free world yet again," reads a line from the movie's official description.

How To Train Your Dragon 3 Review: A Satisfying Conclusion

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How To Train Your Dragon 3 Review: A Satisfying Conclusion

It is said that the last entry in a film trilogy is usually the worst. For every The Dark Knight or Spider-Man 2, there's a Spider-Man 3 or a The Godfather Part III. Once in a while, though, we get a War for the Planet of the Apes or a Toy Story 3, which encapsulate everything that audiences loved about the first two movies in a satisfying conclusion. Now, DreamWorks has a new winner on their hands with How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, a film that is not only as good as its predecessors but even surpasses them at certain points. It's an action-packed film of epic proportions that will also bring a tear or two to your eyes.

While the story of the trilogy takes place in the span of six years, for audiences it's been nine years since the first How To Train Your Dragon came out. Like with Harry Potter or Toy Story, audiences have grown up watching Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless for almost a decade, and the characters have come of age with us. Just as the wizarding world and the talking-toy world, The Hidden World teaches us that all things must come to a bittersweet end.

New Anthem Trailer Breaks Down Javelin Customization And Progression

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BioWare released a new trailer for Anthem, its upcoming third-person shooter/action RPG. The video is the first part of a series devoted to explaining the gameplay mechanics and features of Anthem.

In this first part, BioWare discusses the upcoming game's story, progression, and customization. The bulk of the video is devoted to the latter two topics, and discusses the different playstyles, loadouts, and abilities of Anthem's four Javelins: Ranger, Interceptor, Colossus, and Storm.

You'll start with the Ranger in Anthem, but you'll have the chance to build all four Javelins--and multiple versions of them too--by the time you're done with the game's story. Ranger is built for precision play, relying on a variety of abilities and weapons to target specific enemies. Interceptor is fast and has the strongest melee attacks, allowing it to launch into battle and deal massive damage before ducking out of harm's way. Colossus is best suited for the front lines, and can withstand devastating attacks with its heavy armor and massive shield. Finally, Storm's elemental attacks makes it one of the most powerful Javelins, but it's lack of armor ensures it remains a glass cannon.