Deadly Class Has A Complicated Relationship With Violence And That's A Good Thing

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Deadly Class Has A Complicated Relationship With Violence And That's A Good Thing

When Deadly Class debuts on Syfy--it's already available online--you might find the level of graphic content in the series to be a little surprising. After all, this show is adapted from a graphic novel about a high school for assassins, the training ground for contract killers. With subject matter like that, you might be expecting gunfights left and right, with blood splattered on the walls.

Deadly Class, though, isn't the ultraviolent playground you might think it is. Yes, there are still plenty of fight sequences and based on the first three episodes made available to the press, some heinous kills. However, if you're walking into this series expecting the type of violence you might see on a show like DC Universe's Titans, it's time to temper your expectations. That's not what Deadly Class is attempting to be. Instead, it's carving out its own place in the crowded world of comic book adaptations, where what's far more interesting than the violence on display is seeing the toll is takes on the characters forces to participate in it.

"In this show, we tell stories about the cost of violence," Luke Tennie, who plays Willie, told GameSpot during a visit to the show's set. "We are not glorified. It's not casual. If there is a loss of life on our show, we see everything about the price. We don't spend time on blood and gore, and we don't glorify the violence."

Nintendo Switch Eshop Adds More Than 30 Games This Week

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January may traditionally be a slow period for game releases, but this month is certainly an exception, with some big games coming to each platform. That's especially true for Nintendo Switch this week, as more than 30 titles have arrived in the Eshop.

Headlining this week's releases is the 2D Mario adventure New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. This port contains both the Wii U launch game New Super Mario Bros. U and its DLC expansion, New Super Luigi U. It also features two new characters: Nabbit, who is invulnerable to damage (and was previously only playable in New Super Luigi U), and Toadette, who can use the exclusive Super Crown power-up to transform into Peachette, allowing her to double jump and hover through the air.

Also available on Switch this week (as well as on PS4 and Xbox One) is Tales of Vesperia: Definitive Edition. Originally released in 2008, Vesperia stands as one of the most beloved entries in the Tales series, and the Definitive Edition features all of the additional content that was added to the game's Japan-exclusive PS3 port, as well as all the paid DLC that was originally released for it. You can read more about the title in our Tales of Vesperia impressions.

New Details About Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's Hub Area Revealed

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From Software has revealed additional details concerning the hub area in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Like the Dark Souls games and Bloodborne, Sekiro features an enclosed area, titled the Dilapidated Temple, that's safe from enemies where you can buy items and upgrade your abilities.

According to Game Informer, the Dilapidated Temple shares a lot of elements with the hubs seen in past Soulsborne games, including the area's expansion as you recruit other characters. "If you're familiar with the Souls games, you know how you can find NPCs in the world," From Software marketing and communications manager Yasuhiro Kitao said. "Maybe they're vendors, maybe they do something with you, maybe they head back to the hub, where you can speak to them and progress their quests."

Like other Soulsborne games, you'll be able to fast travel to Sekiro's hub too. You can either rest at the bonfire-like sculptor's idols or use items that immediately send you to the temple if an idol isn't nearby. While in the Dilapidated Temple, you'll have the opportunity to increase the number of healing items you can carry at a time as well.

Netflix's The Punisher Season 2 Review: Doomed Carnage

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Netflix's The Punisher Season 2 Review: Doomed Carnage

Following cancellations throughout 2018, there are two Netflix/Marvel shows from the Defenders universe still standing: The Punisher and Jessica Jones. These also happen to be the two shows with upcoming seasons still outstanding, with Punisher Season 2 dropping on January 18.

Clearly, Netflix is waiting to actually release these final seasons before cancelling them too, judging by the fact that Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil were all canned after their seasons aired last year. If I'm wrong, great! These shows haven't exactly been consistent in quality, but overall I've enjoyed becoming immersed in the world of Netflix's Defenders. On the other hand, if I'm right--well, at least for now we can enjoy the carnage that is The Punisher Season 2.

The Punisher Season 2 is very much more of the same, as far as Frank Castle's bloody hijinks go. Season 1, which released in 2017, left Frank in the wind, having maimed but not murdered his rival Billy Russo, and been cut loose by the powers that be. When we catch up with the Punisher in Season 2, he's sort of just drifting, staying in motels and hanging out in bars. It's very un-Punisher like; he even meets a nice lady, although predictably, that doesn't last long. You see, the Punisher's gotta Punish. It's what he does.

Netflix's The Punisher Season 2 Review: Taking A Bullet

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Netflix's The Punisher Season 2 Review: Taking A Bullet

Following cancellations throughout 2018, there are two Netflix/Marvel shows from the Defenders universe still standing: The Punisher and Jessica Jones. These also happen to be the two shows with upcoming seasons still outstanding, with Punisher Season 2 dropping on January 18.

Clearly, Netflix is waiting to actually release these final seasons before cancelling them too, judging by the fact that Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil were all canned after their seasons aired last year. If I'm wrong, great! These shows haven't exactly been consistent in quality, but overall I've enjoyed becoming immersed in the world of Netflix's Defenders. On the other hand, if I'm right--well, at least for now we can enjoy the carnage that is The Punisher Season 2.

The Punisher Season 2 is very much more of the same, as far as Frank Castle's bloody hijinks go. Season 1, which released in 2017, left Frank in the wind, having maimed but not murdered his rival Billy Russo, and been cut loose by the powers that be. When we catch up with the Punisher in Season 2, he's sort of just drifting, staying in motels and hanging out in bars. It's very un-Punisher like; he even meets a nice lady, although predictably, that doesn't last long. You see, the Punisher's gotta Punish. It's what he does.

PS4 Game Deals: Resident Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, And More

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PS4 Game Deals: Resident Evil 2, Kingdom Hearts 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, And More

Some highly anticipated PS4 games are heading our way in 2019, but you won't likely find deals on many of them until well after they launch. But if you want to pre-order digital versions of select PS4 games from Green Man Gaming, you can save 7% right now. The discount also applies to PlayStation Store credit that you can spend on anything you like, including already-discounted PS4 games. Below are some of the items that qualify for this 7% off deal.

In terms of pre-orders, $55.79 lets you reserve a copy of the long-in-the-making Disney/Square action-RPG Kingdom Hearts 3; it's set to release January 25. Releasing the same day is a very different game: the survival horror remake Resident Evil 2. The standard edition is on sale for $55.79, while the Deluxe edition, which comes with additional in-game items, is marked down to $65.09.

The standard edition of Metro Exodus, an open-world shooter set in Russia after a nuclear war, is marked down to $55.79, while the Gold Edition is on sale for $79.04. It's set to release on February 15. The final discounted PS4 digital pre-order is Left Alive, a survival shooter from Square Enix that doesn't have a release date but is expected this year.

Minecraft Movie Unearths A New Director

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Warner Bros. has tapped Peter Sollett to direct the big-screen adaptation of Minecraft, Variety reports. Sollett is known for films like the critical hit Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, and Freeheld.

The adaptation has been in the works since WB acquired the movie rights to the popular game in 2014. Various directors have been in talks at different points, including Shawn Levy and Rob McElhenney. Each had a different idea for the film, from a Goonies-style adventure to something more off-the-wall. Steve Carell was also said to be in talks to star as well.

Mojang, the studio behind Minecraft, is listed as one of several producers on the film, and has been heavily involved in the story direction. Mojang COO Vu Bui said in 2015 that the company didn't want this to be seen as the definitive Minecraft story, because the building game is all about making your own. "We don't want any story that we make, whether it's a movie or a book, to create some sort of 'this is the official Minecraft, this is how you play the game' thing," Bui said. "That would discourage all the players who don't play in that way. When coming up with a story [for the movie], we want to make sure it is just a story within Minecraft, as opposed to the story within Minecraft."