Spider-Man PS4's Silver Lining DLC Is A Cloudy Send-Off For Spidey

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Spider-Man PS4's Silver Lining DLC Is A Cloudy Send-Off For Spidey

A lot of video game stories stumble when it comes to endings, often because the preoccupation to set up sequels works against definitive, satisfying conclusions. Marvel's Spider-Man handled both competing interests pretty deftly, wrapping up its main story while leaving enough plot threads from which to hang a second game, as well as its three-episode DLC expansion The City That Never Sleeps. But while developer Insomniac Games helped Spider-Man stick the landing in the main game, the conclusion of the expansion feels more like it rolls to a slow stop.

Chapter 3 of the expansion, Silver Lining, wraps up the story of Spider-Man battling Hammerhead, a mob boss who consolidated power in New York. He's become a supervillain by stealing tech from the private sci-fi army from the base game, Sable International. Each of the previous chapters saw ancillary characters close to Spider-Man turning into collateral damage in the war against Hammerhead. Black Cat, Peter's former paramour, was caught up in working with Hammerhead in the first episode, and Yuri Watanabe, Peter's friend on the NYPD, was personally devastated by the mob's war on New York in the second. The third episode focuses on yet another woman, Silver Sable, who runs Sable International and returns to New York to try to stop Hammerhead from misappropriating all her ridiculously dangerous military gear.

Geoff Johns And Aquaman's Screenwriters Explain Why The Movie's So Insane

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Geoff Johns And Aquaman's Screenwriters Explain Why The Movie's So Insane

Aquaman is one of the craziest movies we've ever seen. It's filled with giant underwater space battles, secret oases at the center of the earth, living, breathing dinosaurs, giant kraken voiced by famed actress Julie Andrews, and more. When we got the chance to sit down with the movie's writers, David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick and Will Beall, as well as DC's famed creator and Aquaman executive producer Geoff Johns, we had to ask: How did Aquaman become so outrageous in scale and inventiveness?

"Have you seen James's Fast and the Furious movie?" Johnson-McGoldrick responded, referring to Aquaman director James Wan's Furious 7, a movie whose making destroyed more than 230 cars by dropping them out of planes and jumping them between 40 foot tall "skyscrapers" built on a soundstage. Yeah, fair point, we replied.

"James allowed us not to have to feel like there were limitations," Johns added. "There was never any 'no,' there was never that 'We can't do that,' there was never an impossible. He wanted to make a big, huge, epic movie, and it doesn't get much more epic than the entire oceans of the world and what's in it."

10 Of The Best Steam PC Games On Sale For $10 Or Less

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10 Of The Best Steam PC Games On Sale For $10 Or Less


The Steam Winter Sale is upon us, which means you can find deals on a mountain of digital PC games right now. With so many titles available at discounted rates, it can be tough to sort through them all and find what you're looking for. To help ease the burden, we thought we'd highlight some of the best games you can get on sale without putting too much extra burden on your credit card. Because after a long season of holiday shopping, don't you deserve a little treat yourself?

With that in mind, we've looked at the Steam games on sale for $10 or less and highlighted some of our favorites. Take a look at the picks below and see if any of them look like worthy additions to your Steam library. Or, if you'd rather see the whole giant list of Steam games on sale right now, you can find it here.

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My Nintendo Adds New Game Discounts And Rewards

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Nintendo has added a few new rewards to the US My Nintendo program. As usual, these mostly consist of discounts on a selection of recent and classic games for both 3DS and Wii U, although you can also redeem your points for some holiday 3DS themes and a handful of printable Animal Crossing rewards.

In terms of discounts, 3DS owners can get 30% off of the critically acclaimed Legend of Zelda game, A Link Between Worlds, for 50 Gold points. Additionally, Nintendo is offering 40% off of the humorous 3DS life sim, Tomodachi Life (60 Gold points); 30% off of Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (300 Platinum points); and 40% off of Picross 3D Round 2 (600 Platinum points).

On top of that, My Nintendo members can get discounts on a couple of Eshop-exclusive games for 3DS, including HarmoKnight, a rhythm-platformer by Pokemon developer Game Freak. You can snag 40% off of the title for 300 Platinum points. Nintendo is also offering 40% off of the tank action game Tank Troopers for 240 Platinum points.

New Super Mario U Deluxe Works With Switch's NES Controllers

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Mario's most recent sidescrolling adventure is coming to Nintendo Switch next month as New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe. The title bundles the original Wii U launch game alongside its more challenging DLC expansion, New Super Luigi U, with a couple of new playable characters thrown in for good measure. As it turns out, it boasts another surprise feature over the Wii U version: NES controller support.

As GameXplain discovered, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe is compatible with Switch's NES-style controllers, which are one of the company's exclusive offers for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. Nintendo had advertised the NES controllers as only being compatible with Switch's NES game library, but they can indeed be used with other titles; however, given how few buttons the gamepads boast, most games are effectively unplayable with them.

New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, on the other hand, very much follows in the vein of Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World, so the lack of buttons isn't an impediment here. As GameXplain notes, you'll need to tweak the default control scheme so that B serves as the run button, but it appears there will otherwise be no issues if you try playing the game with the NES controllers, just like a classic Mario platformer.

My Hero Academia And Other Anime Are Now Free On Microsoft Store

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Microsoft has announced free Funimation anime titles on its store. Most of the series are shonen, but they represent a wide range of different types of the stories within the genre.

All of the free anime offered are the first part of the series' first season, so you can take advantage of these deals to easily jump into a new series you've had your eye on. We suggest starting with My Hero Academia if you haven't seen the anime yet. It's the uncut version of the anime, so expect a bit more blood, sexual fan service, and other adult material that might not have made it onto other streaming services. MHA tells the story of Izuku Midoriya, a young boy who wants to be a hero but is one of the few people in the world born without a superpowered Quirk. That won't stop him from trying to get into Japan's number one school for aspiring heroes though, and when the world's number one hero offers some unexpected help, Midoriya might have just found the strength he needs to fulfill his dream.