Sicario: Day Of The Soldado Review: The Most Unlikely Sequel

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Sicario: Day Of The Soldado Review: The Most Unlikely Sequel

The first Sicario was a triumph of thrilling tension and grounded action focused on the government and cartel conflicts taking place on the border between Mexico and Texas. It didn't exactly scream "franchise starter," but unnecessary as it may be, Sicario: Day of the Soldado (don't call it Sicario 2) proves to be a worthy follow-up.

Like the original, not-Sicario-2 stars Josh Brolin as CIA operative Matt Graver and Benicio Del Toro as the mysterious Alejandro, a former lawyer with a vendetta against the cartels. Unlike Sicario 1, it has no Emily Blunt, who in the first movie served as an audience proxy. She spent the entire film perpetually two steps behind the other characters, deliberately kept in the dark to maintain her deniability. From a practical standpoint, it had the effect of keeping viewers guessing, since we only knew as much as the protagonist, and she knew absolutely nothing. And it helped us identify with her.

It was an extremely neat trick, but Sicario: Day of the Soldado doesn't try to repeat it. Instead, it plays Del Toro and Brolin's considerable talents against one another. And it works really well.

EA Reveals NHL 19 Details And Release Date

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EA Reveals NHL 19 Details And Release Date

EA has revealed more details about the latest entry in its long-running hockey franchise, NHL 19. The publisher gave fans their first look at the title during the 2018 NHL Awards, which included the reveal of this year's cover athlete: Nashville Predators defenseman and Olympic gold medalist, PK Subban.

NHL 19 features a roster of more than 200 current and legacy players, including legends such as Wayne Gretzky. This time, in addition to the professional arenas, players can compete on outdoor rinks for the first time in the series. Players can also create their own character using more than 900 customization options, among them new "lifestyle apparel inspired by pond hockey."

Along with the returning EA Sports Hockey League and NHL Threes modes, NHL 19 introduces two new modes called NHL Ones and Pro-Am, which are housed together under a "unified progression hub" dubbed the World of CHEL. Players can progress their custom character, unlock rewards, and refine their avatar's appearance and style by playing in any World of CHEL mode.

New TMNT Movie Gets The Green Light

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Looks like everyone's favorite crime fighting amphibians are back...again. THR reports that Paramount is indeed making another Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie, written by Andrew Dodge, who previously wrote Bad Words.

Paramount released two earlier TMNT movies and while neither was particularly favored by the critics, they did pretty well in the box office so it makes sense that the studio would want to make another one. Interestingly though, this will be the first TMNT movie to arrive under the tutelage of Paramount chairman Jim Gianopulos.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is based on the 1980s comic book by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird which follows, you guessed it, mutant turtles who become ninjas and fight crime. Sound weird? That's because it is. But despite the bizarre concept, or possibly because of it, TMNT was very popular and inspired several adaptations for film and television.

E3 2018 - Nintendo's Booth In Glorious 360 (Produced in partnership with Nintendo)

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Nintendo is known for hosting an epic booth every year at E3, and 2018 was no exception. From Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to the surprise announcement of Fortnite landing on the Switch, Nintendo had lots of news to get us excited. If you are suffering from E3 FOMO or the post E3 blues, here's the cure! We caught up with Kirsty from Nintendo to take a 360 booth tour and chat all the newly announced titles we can't wait to play!

Bethesda Has No Plans For Battle Royale, Pete Hines Says

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Battle royale is big, and E3 2018 had its share of battle royale announcements. During EA's press conference, DICE revealed a battle royale mode for Battlefield V, and Nintendo revealed Fortnite on Switch without its original Save the World mode. Bethesda, on the other hand, did not mention anything about battle royale modes for any games during its E3 2018 press conference.

Bethesda did announce DLC for last year's Prey that introduces a new multiplayer mode. Called Typhon Hunter, it pits five Mimic players against one human player. In the spirit of new modes coming to existing Bethesda games, we asked Bethesda Global Senior Vice President Pete Hines whether the publisher had any battle royale plans up its sleeve. Short answer: no.

"We definitely have nothing battle royale-related," Hines said. "We tend never to want to follow anybody else into a space; we didn't go chasing after Facebook gaming when that was the big trend. Just because battle royale is popular doesn't mean it's a good fit for us or our studios."

PUBG's New Fortnite-Like Event Pass Launches Alongside Next Update This Week

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PUBG's New Fortnite-Like Event Pass Launches Alongside Next Update This Week

A new patch is around the corner for the PC version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Coinciding with the update, developer PUBG Corp. is introducing a new type of progression system called the Event Pass, which gives players a new avenue for earning items in the game.

Much like the Battle Pass offered each season in Fortnite, the Event Pass allows players to earn rewards while playing PUBG. Event Pass holders will have a variety of daily, weekly, and map-specific missions to undertake; completing these challenges will level the pass up and in turn unlock exclusive rewards.

In contrast to Fortnite's Battle Pass, the Event Pass can only be purchased with real-world money, and it lasts for four weeks, rather than the span of the entire season. Regardless of whether or not they purchase the pass, players will still be able to complete missions and "temporarily" unlock rewards (as well as earn one "special item" permanently). Those who decide to buy the Event Pass at a later date will earn rewards for any missions they've already completed.

PUBG Gives Out Free BP After Banning Players By Mistake

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With cheating still an ongoing concern in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, developer PUBG Corp. has regularly implemented new measures in an effort to curb the practice. While the studio says this has helped winnow cheaters and bots from the game, it has also inadvertently resulted in some innocent players being temporarily banned.

"As you know, one of our highest priorities is working towards eliminating hackers and cheaters from PUBG," PUBG Corp. wrote in a post on Steam. "We've made great strides in this area recently, but unfortunately sometimes we get it wrong, which was the case recently when a number of players were improperly banned and were unable to access the game for a period of time. While we will continually work to improve these cheat detection methods, we ask for your patience on the hopefully few occasions where a false ban happens."

As a way to compensate players who have been wrongly banned from the game, PUBG Corp. is offering 20,000 BP--PUBG's in-game currency--to affected users. The developer says the BP should already appear in your account if you're one of those who have been inadvertently banned. Those unsure if they qualify to receive the compensation will need to meet the following criteria:

Why Bethesda Turned Its Skyrim Very Special Edition Joke Into A Real Thing

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During Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference, Bethesda Game Studios director Todd Howard announced yet another version of Skyrim. The port was presented as a joke, complete with a skit starring Key & Peele's Keegan-Michael Key, but it's actually a real thing you can get on the Alexa store. It's called Skyrim Very Special Edition and it's for Amazon Alexa--it works sort of like a text-based adventure.

Skyrim Very Special Edition took a lot of people by surprise, including us, but this version of Skyrim is definitely playable. We asked Bethesda Senior Vice President Pete Hines about the multilayered joke, and he explained how it came to be.

It all starts with the sea of jokes about Skyrim being on everything, which picked up steam after Bethesda announced both Skyrim on Nintendo Switch and Skyrim on PSVR last year. "We know we get a lot of flak [like] 'What else are you gonna put Skyrim on,' so we're like, 'Well, we're just gonna own it and have fun with that and make fun of ourselves and make fun of everybody else," Hines said.

New PUBG Map Sanhok Coming To PC This Week; Patch Notes Released

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New PUBG Map Sanhok Coming To PC This Week; Patch Notes Released

A new update is on the way soon for the PC version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Patch #15 is scheduled to arrive this Friday, June 22, and will introduce an assortment of UI and sound improvements to the game, as well as the tropical map, Sanhok.

Following several weeks of testing on PUBG's Experimental Server, Sanhok will officially roll out for the live game with Patch 15. The map's most distinctive feature is its size; unlike Erangel or Miramar, Sanhok is 4km x 4km, making it one-fourth as large as PUBG's previous two maps. Despite its smaller scale, it still hosts 100 players, meaning matches are much quicker and more intense when contested on Sanhok.

Developer PUBG Corp. is also introducing the QBZ95, a new weapon slated to arrive alongside Sanhok in Patch 15. The QBZ95 is an AR that uses 5.56mm rounds. It holds 30 rounds per magazine, although PUBG Corp. notes that can be extended to 40 rounds. The QBZ95 can be found exclusively on the new tropical map, replacing the SCAR-L in Sanhok’s item spawn pool.

PUBG Mobile Update Out Now, Adds First-Person Mode And More

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PUBG Corp. and Tencent have released a new update for the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The update is available to download now for both iOS and Android devices, and it introduces a handful of new features to the game, including an additional mode, emotes, and other content.

Among other things, update 0.6.0 adds the ability to play Classic Mode in PUBG Mobile in first-person. It also introduces a chaotic new Arcade mode called Mini-Zone. In this mode, players are dropped onto a smaller map that contains three times as many weapons as usual, making for more intense and much shorter matches.

Beyond that, the update adds a Royale Pass, a new type of progression system that's similar to the upcoming Event Pass for the PC version of PUBG. The Royale Pass features an assortment of daily and weekly missions to undertake. By completing the challenges, players will increase their rank and earn crates.