Spider-Man PS4 gives Mary Jane Watson the chance to be a hero

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Spider-Man PS4 gives Mary Jane Watson the chance to be a hero

Superheroes’ on-screen stories could use a lot more women at the center of their worlds. Wonder Woman survived multiple Superman and Batman reboots to finally get her due. Captain Marvel is coming in 2019, but the Marvel Cinematic Universe has spent the last 10 years treading water to get there. After years of being a fan favorite, only now is Black Widow getting her own vehicle. Black Panther’s most exciting heroes, the women who stand with T’Challa, weren’t top billed. It’s not that women aren’t allowed to be heroes — it’s that cinematic universes have rarely propped them up as the stars they deserve to be.

With so many options in its mythology, Spider-Man is more guilty than many Marvel franchises for sidelining female characters. Women figure into every part of Peter Parker’s life: Aunt May is his sole family member, the one thing keeping him from being totally orphaned; science nerd Gwen Stacy was Peter’s first love; Black Cat, who has yet to make her movie debut, is a sexy superhero that Peter falls for.

Take a look at Madden NFL 19’s promising PC port on ultra settings

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Take a look at Madden NFL 19’s promising PC port on ultra settings

Madden has finally returned to the PC. At last, a great American football game on Windows that doesn’t star orcs or run on an emulator! I’ve spent a few days with the PC version, and I’m here to answer the first question for every PC release: How does it run?

Does Madden NFL 19 match the best PC ports of this generation, or has EA done the minimum to bring its beloved football series to Windows? The answer is somewhere in the middle. We tested Madden 19’s PC code on both a 2018 Razer Blade laptop with an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 and a custom tower PC with a GTX 980 Ti. The port is impressive but flawed, an occasionally unreliable but promising starting point for future updates.

Speedrunner rallies to take Super Mario Odyssey world record

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Speedrunner rallies to take Super Mario Odyssey world record

Two days ago, LilKirbs14, a speedrunner whose history on speedrun.com only goes back a year, took a swing at Super Mario Odyssey’s Any% record. He missed by six seconds.

Moreover, it and every other run he’d taken at the Any% category of Super Mario Odyssey — still the third most run game on speedrun.com — were all “obsolete” on arrival. That means they tied a run set earlier by someone else (the first to reach a certain time, in other words, has precedence for that rank).

Fan-made Morrowind mod 17 years in the making is a great excuse to reinstall the original

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Fan-made Morrowind mod 17 years in the making is a great excuse to reinstall the original

The legendary open-world role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind, is still being updated by fans. One effort, which began before the game was even released in May 2002, just issued a major new update. The mod, called Tamriel Rebuilt, seeks to recreate the original design first envisioned by the team at Bethesda Softworks.

Thanks to the efforts of this dedicated team, more than 16 years after the original title there’s more adventures to be had than ever before.

Xbox Game Pass dashboard revised to show subscribers what’s new

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Xbox Game Pass dashboard revised to show subscribers what’s new

Responding to user feedback, Microsoft has introduced a new and improved interface to the Xbox Games Pass service that it hopes will connect new users to the large catalog of content it has available.

As outlined by Xbox Wire, the new Game Pass tab from the Xbox One’s Home dashboard was added on Monday, and will steer subscribers to what’s new on the service every time they turn on their console. Popular games, new additions and deals, to include downloadable content for Game Pass titles, will also be spotlighted.

World of Warcraft’s latest story campaign has ignited the fanbase

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World of Warcraft’s latest story campaign has ignited the fanbase

World of Warcraft is about to get a new expansion, Battle for Azeroth, which returns to the series’ roots of faction-against-faction conflict. Returning to the status quo isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially because the current Legion expansion’s campaign culminated with players teaming up aboard a spaceship to go and fight the soul of a planet. Blizzard has rolled out a two-part pre-expansion campaign called War of the Thorns, with two different stories for the Horde and the Alliance. War of the Thorns culminates with the Night Elf world tree, Teldrassil, being burned down.

We’ve known that Teldrassil burns since BlizzCon in November 2017; we also know that the Alliance mobilizes to retake the Undercity from the Horde as a direct response. As always, the devil is in the details, and fans are taking to social media to express their unhappiness with the current story — and what it means for their characters.

Super Seducer gets a surprise sequel reveal

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Super Seducer gets a surprise sequel reveal

Ah, yes. Super Seducer. If you haven’t heard of the self-help live-action dating sim, which received less-than-stellar reviews, just know that it was called “the world’s sleaziest game” and came under fire when its legal team issued a DMCA takedown request for a negative YouTube review, among other things. Released by dating coach Richard La Ruina, the game is designed to teach dudes how to pick up women, but the uncomfortable approach has drawn a lot of unfavorable comments.

Despite negative reviews and backlash, La Ruina’s RLR Training Inc. is releasing a sequel to the game, which it tells Game Revolution is supposed to be “more inclusive.” This time, there will also be a female protagonist.

Mafia 3, Dead by Daylight go free on PlayStation Plus in August

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Mafia 3, Dead by Daylight go free on PlayStation Plus in August

Sony will offer open-world crime drama Mafia 3 and multiplayer horror game Dead by Daylight as freebies to PlayStation Plus subscribers in August 2018, the company announced today.

2K Games and Hangar 13’s Mafia 3 stars Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War vet who returns from combat to find his home city of New Bordeaux (a fictional version of New Orleans) caught up in a struggle between various underworld crime organizations. Clay sets out on a path of vengeance, vowing to kill everyone between himself and a rival mafioso leader. The game is available on PlayStation 4.

Mario Tennis Aces’ Bowser Jr. gets nerfed again, among other great updates

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Mario Tennis Aces’ Bowser Jr. gets nerfed again, among other great updates

Game of the Year 2018 contender Mario Tennis Aces continues to receive major updates, improving some of its more frustrating parts. Version 1.2.0, out right now, is one of the meatiest patches yet, delivering widespread changes to everything from the story mode to overpowered players.

Let’s start with the characters who will now be less likely to make you curse at your Switch. Bowser Jr., the notoriously talented (and cheap) Koopaling, is way slower now. He also can’t return balls as easily or quickly; lunge as far for stray balls; or serve up return shots that are both way high and way fast.