Metro Exodus Feels Best When It Sticks To Its Roots

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When Metro Exodus was first revealed at E3 2017, it overwhelmingly appeared to be an open-world game. Publisher Deep Silver later clarified Exodus would be a "sandbox survival experience," with players exploring large, non-linear levels throughout the game. So not quite open-world, but something approaching it, then. If a four-hour preview build is anything to go by, Developer 4A Games has fulfilled that promise, but it remains to be seen if the move turns out to be a positive one for the hitherto underappreciated series.

In theory, marrying Metro's survival gameplay with an open(ish) world is a great idea. Exploring a wide environment, scavenging for resources, and, well, struggling to survive sounds exactly like Far Cry 2, aka The Best Shooter Ever Made (don't @ me). However, in practice, it has so far turned Metro from a flawed but focused survival experience into a flabby and frustrating sub-standard shooter.

Watch Mortal Kombat 11's Reveal Event Live Here

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Mortal Kombat 11 made a surprise debut at the 2018 Game Awards with a shockingly right-around-the-corner release date of April 23. While that was enough to kickstart the fighting game community buzz, the initial cinematic trailer was short on gameplay details, leaving ravenous fans hungry for more details. However, at the time, NetherRealm promised a longer in-depth look on January 17, and the date is finally here.

Today, the developer, along with publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is set to host a grand unveiling event, which will have fans and community members in attendance. For those that aren't able to go, the event is also being streamed. We'll have a live feed of the event here and provide you with regular updates on all the news from the show. Pre-show interviews will begin at 1:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM PT, and then the keynote will start at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT.

Mortal Kombat 11's Reveal Event: Watch Live Here

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Mortal Kombat 11 made a surprise debut at the 2018 Game Awards with a shockingly right-around-the-corner release date of April 23. While that was enough to kickstart the fighting game community buzz, the initial cinematic trailer was short on gameplay details, leaving ravenous fans hungry for more details. However, at the time, NetherRealm promised a longer in-depth look on January 17, and the date is finally here.

Today, the developer, along with publisher Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, is set to host a grand unveiling event, which will have fans and community members in attendance. For those that aren't able to go, the event is also being streamed. We'll have a live feed of the event here and provide you with regular updates on all the news from the show. Pre-show interviews are underway at the time of this writing, and then the keynote will start at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET / 7 PM GMT.

Watch Mortal Kombat 11's Live Reveal Event Here

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Mortal Kombat 11 made a surprise debut at the 2018 Game Awards with a shockingly right-around-the-corner release date of April 23. While that was enough to start the fighting game community buzz, the initial cinematic trailer was short on gameplay details, leaving fans thirsty for more details. NetherRealm promised a longer in-depth look on January 17, and the date is finally here.

So far we know a few key details. The Steam page teased custom character variations, possibly borrowing from the latest in NetherRealm's other fighting series. It also boasted the return of "Klassic" fighters, and a story mode that continues the saga. The trailer showed Raiden, along with two Scorpions. That could signal some sort of multi-verse or time travel implications. A beta is planned for March on PS4 and Xbox One, so we're likely to hear more details about that as well. NetherRealm has already revealed the cover art.

Pre-ordering MK11 will net you Shao Khan as a playable character, but the roster has plenty of room. We've heard rumors of a Spawn cameo, and athlete and actress Ronda Rousey teased an appearance at the show, so she may be involved in some capacity.

John Wick Chapter 3: First Trailer Is Stylish, Violent And Awesome

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The first trailer for the upcoming John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum is here. This is the third movie in the acclaimed action series, which stars Keanu Reeves as the retired hitman who is reluctantly brought back into his old life.

The trailer shows that the movie picks up right after the events of Chapter 2. Wick is on the run after killing a rival on the supposedly neutral ground of the Continental Hotel, with every hitman in New York after him. There's tons of cool-looking action, including Wick being chased on horseback through the streets of Manhattan, and an appearance from Sophia, the new character played by Halle Berry. Check it out below.

John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum also stars Ian McShane, Lawrence Fishburne, Jason Mantzoukas, Mark Dacascos, and Angelica Huston. It's directed by Chad Stahelski, who helmed Chapter 2 and co-directed the first movie, and releases on May 17.

The Biggest TV Shows To Watch In 2019

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The Biggest TV Shows To Watch In 2019


If you thought 2018 was a great year for TV, it's got nothing on what's to come. In 2019, several fan-favorite series will come to an end, while a number of very exciting new shows will premiere, either on TV or via a streaming service.

From the end of Game of Thrones to the launch of the new Twilight Zone from Get Out director Jordan Peele, there's plenty to be excited about. With peak TV breathing down everyone's neck, though, it's hard to figure out exactly what you need to be watching. Imagine getting through 2018 without seeing The Haunting of Hill House or the second season of G.L.O.W.? Can you imagine surviving this year without The Good Place? And, honestly, how were you supposed to know just how good a YouTube Premium series like Cobra Kai could be?

Figuring out what the best TV to spend your time on takes some serious assistance. Luckily for you, we're all about lending a helping hand when it comes to deciding the shows you're not going to want to miss next year, from those that are sure to be new classic comic book adaptations to returning gems like Star Trek: Discovery. So here's the biggest shows to watch for 2019...

If you thought 2018 was a great year for TV, it's got nothing on what's to come. In 2019, several fan-favorite series will come to an end, while a number of very exciting new shows will premiere, either on TV or via a streaming service.

Halo: Master Chief Collection Gets Another Big Update

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Halo: Master Chief Collection Gets Another Big Update

343's commitment to expanding and improving upon Halo: The Master Chief Collection continues with a new update available now for all players of the Xbox One game.

Following the big update in November that added the very-excellent "match composer" feature, the first big update of 2019 introduces a new "modern aiming" option, more skulls for Halo: Combat Evolved, a lot of bug fixes, and more.

The first thing you'll notice with the update is that the Halo: MCC menu screen now has a winter makeover. The animated menu screen shows snow falling on a warthog. It's peaceful and serene. This new title screen replaces the Flood-inspired screen that was launched to mark celebrate the game's Flood event that started back in October. Going forward, 343 said it plans to release more "menu takeovers" that are based on and inspired by in-game events and challenges.

Star Wars Episode 9: John Boyega Teases Something "Visually Crazy"

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Star Wars: Episode IX is filming right now, and actor John Boyega--who plays Finn--has teased something "visually crazy" for the much-anticipated sci-fi film.

Boyega shared a cryptic image on his Instagram page of his distressed hands after a day of shooting. The caption of the image reads, "The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy! I've had many moments of shock on set but not like today and I can't wait until you know why."

Great working day on set!! The whole team pushed themselves today to achieve something visually crazy! I’ve had many moments of shock on set but not like today and I can’t wait until you know why

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's Protagonist Will Actually Speak

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From Software has revealed that its changing how it tells stories when it comes to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The contrast of beauty against death will still be present in its narrative, but Sekiro will be about a specific character with his own backstory as opposed to a nameless, blank slate protagonist like in previous Soulsborne games.

"We're trying to tell more of a drama, if you will, of these characters," From Software marketing and communications manager Yasuhiro Kitao said to Game Informer in an interview. Sekiro follows the changing relationship between Young Lord and his guardian The Wolf, the latter of which you play as. In the beginning of the game's story, the two are attacked and Young Lord is kidnapped while The Wolf is left defeated with his arm cut off. Upon awakening, The Wolf receives his prosthetic arm and then sets out on a quest to find Young Lord and defeat those responsible for the assault.

On his journey, The Wolf will meet other characters, but unlike previous From Software games where the protagonist wordlessly responds to others, The Wolf will actually speak to people. He is his own person, with his own thoughts, feelings, and sense of morality. In turn, having a character with an established backstory has allowed From Software to implement storytelling techniques that are absent from past Soulsborne titles, such as flashback sequences.