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The Mandalorian is Getting a Panel at D23 2019 | ScreenRant

The Mandalorian is officially getting a panel at the D23 2019 expo in Anaheim next month. Disney and Lucasfilm’s upcoming show is both the first live-action Star Wars series and one of the Originals set to premiere when the Disney+ streaming service launches in November, so there’s understandably a lot of interest surrounding the project right now.

Created by actor-filmmaker Jon Favreau (Iron Man, The Jungle Book), The Mandalorian picks up a few years after the events of Return of the Jedi, but takes place far away from the reaches of the New Republic and follows the adventures of a lone Mandalorian gunslinger (who’s played by Pedro Pascal). Lucasfilm debuted the first Mandalorian footage at Star Wars Celebration in April and has unveiled some high-res photos, but has yet to release a trailer online and is otherwise keeping the show’s details close to the chest for the time being. However, the studio will pull back the curtain a little further when this year’s D23 gets underway on Friday, August 23.

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StarWars.com has now announced that The Mandalorian‘s D23 2019 panel will take place on August 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Hall D23. Favreau will be attending the presentation with Dave Filoni – who’s both the head of Lucasfilm Animation and director of The Mandalorian‘s premiere episode – as well as some “special guests” that could include cast members like Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Carl Weathers, and/or Giancarlo Esposito, among others.

This December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is expected to receive a D23 panel a day after The Mandalorian on Saturday, August 24 (which is when Disney plans to spotlight their upcoming films in general). And as anticipated as J.J. Abrams’ conclusion to the Skywalker Saga is, in some ways there’s just as much – and maybe even more – excitement around The Mandalorian right now. After all, in addition to being the first live-action Star Wars series ever, it will be the first live-action Star Wars project that explores life in a galaxy far, far away after the fall of the Galactic Empire, but well before the subsequent rise of the First Order. It further promises to examine the criminal underbelly of the Star Wars universe in greater depth than last year’s spinoff movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, managed to do.

While The Mandalorian‘s D23 panel will surely include footage (either the Celebration clips and/or brand-new material), it will be interesting to see if it’s released online shortly after. After all, D23 footage is traditionally exclusively shown to those in attendance and isn’t made available to the public until much later. Then again, Disney + is set to launch less than three months after D23, so the expo might be the perfect time to get the ball rolling on the next phase of The Mandalorian‘s marketing.

NEXT: Every Original Show & Movie Coming to Disney+

Source: StarWars.com


2019-07-11 01:07:08

Sandy Schaefer

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Reportedly Getting SDCC Panel

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will reportedly have a panel during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Lucasfilm always has a presence at the premier pop culture convention, but in their Disney era, the only film to take over Hall H was 2015’s The Force Awakens. Back then, director J.J. Abrams and the cast were on hand to help usher fans into a new era for the galaxy far, far away and then surprise them with a concert performed by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra. The other modern Star Wars movies were promoted at different summertime events like Celebration Europe 2016 and the 2017 D23 Expo.

As fate would have it, Abrams returned to Star Wars to helm Episode IX, which concludes the sequel trilogy and the entire Skywalker saga. In many ways, it represents the end of an era before Lucasfilm looks ahead to new horizons like the film series being developed by Rian Johnson and David Benioff & D.B. Weiss. Perhaps it’s fitting the slate that began with Abrams four years ago ends with him definitively closing the book. And in an instance of things coming full circle, it looks like Abrams and company will be returning to Comic-Con.

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According to Making Star WarsThe Rise of Skywalker will have a panel during Comic-Con 2019, which takes place July 18 – 21. Screen Rant contacted Disney for comment and will update this space accordingly.

No official details have been revealed yet, but this wouldn’t be surprising if it proved to be true. Celebration Chicago (where the first Episode IX trailer debuted) took place earlier this month, and D23 2019 (where The Mandalorian will allegedly be featured) isn’t until August. While there will be several other major Hollywood properties vying for attention during Comic-Con, that week is still a golden opportunity for Lucasfilm to continue their Rise of Skywalker marketing campaign. In keeping with their previous practices, it wouldn’t be surprising if the studio showed a behind-the-scenes sizzle reel exploring the making of Episode IX during the panel. It’s not a coincidence ones for Force Awakens and Last Jedi came out in July of their respective years of release.

One thing fans should not expect to see, however, is announcements about future films. Lucasfilm is putting the Star Wars movies on hiatus for a couple of years after The Rise of Skywalker as they iron out what they want to do next. With the next wave of films so far off, it seems highly unlikely they’ll even be mentioned during this particular Comic-Con panel (especially since there will be another Star Wars Celebration come 2020). The focus here is going to be on the present, hyping up Episode IX before its premiere in theaters this December. And since so much of the film remains under wraps right now, hopefully there are some fun reveals in store.

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Source: Making Star Wars


2019-04-22 08:04:03

Chris Agar

PUBG Is Getting Banned In ANOTHER Country

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has now been banned in Nepal. This marks yet another country that has blocked the popular battle royale shooter after several nearby countries have implemented similar bans.

Neighboring areas such as China and parts of India have already blocked PUBG due to complaints of its graphic violence. Not to be outdone, PUBG’s rival, Fortnite, has seen its fair share of bans as well. The NHL has already restricted its teams from playing it, and the Chinese government has reportedly blacklisted the game as well.  If battle royales weren’t being attacked enough, England’s own Prince Harry has called for the UK to ban Fortnite.

Related: A Real-Life Battle Royale Game Could Be A Thing Soon

Speaking with The Kathmandu Post (as shared by PCGamer), Senior Superintendent of Police Dhiraj Pratap Singh stated that the region had received an influx in complaints regarding the battle royale title. Concerned parties suggested that it was adversely affecting student’s performances in school, while also increasing the rate of youth aggression in the area. Here’s what Singh said regarding the ban:

 “We received a number of complaints from parents, schools and school associations regarding the effect of the game on childrenWhen we consulted with psychiatrists, they also said that the violence in the game can make people aggressive in real life.

On April 10, Nepal’s Metropolitan Crime Division requested the ban by filing a Public Interest Litigation at the Kathmandu District Court. The courts agreed to the ban that same day. The Nepal Telecommunication Authority sent word to internet and mobile service providers on April 11 to block the game immediately. Thanks to the new law, police can now arrest anyone caught playing PUBG after the ban. Service providers also risk penalty if they fail to comply with the ruling.

The Kathmandu Post spoke to a few of Nepal’s PUBG players, most of whom are college students, who are less than pleased about the ban. Some argue that they play to relax as opposed to being addicted as detractors claim. Others argue that parents should better monitor their children’s gaming habits rather than ban the game outright.

Some developers might argue a game hasn’t made it until it’s getting banned left and right, but it’s an unfortunate situation for the targeted players. This is especially true for older gamers who don’t have to adhere to parent and teacher demands but must pay the price anyway. Perhaps one day a compromise can be made, but it seems PUBG’s Nepalese audience will be out of luck for the foreseeable future.

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Source: The Kathmandu Post (via PCGamer)


2019-04-12 01:04:14

Marcus Stewart

The Borderlands Games Are Getting Major Updates Next Week

Veteran Vault Hunters and franchise newcomers who are hyped for Borderlands 3 but can’t help but find the older Borderlands titles a little too harsh on the eyes are in luck, as remasters of Borderlands: The Handsome Collection and Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition are giving the original games a major graphical update. Best of all, they’ll be releasing simultaneously less than a week after their reveal.

For those wanting to rediscover why Gearbox Software’s Borderlands series is one of the most lauded looter shooters out there, or simply for those looking to get their genre fix on the lead-up to Borderland 3‘s inevitable launch after its grand unveiling yesterday at PAX 2019, the upcoming visual overhauls of The Handsome Collection and the first Borderlands will bring the aged titles up to today’s 4K standard. Beloved by the gaming community for its raucous sense of humor, unique art style, and engaging gameplay loop, Borderlands fans have been given quite a lot to get excited about over the past 24 hours.

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Trailers for Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Ultra HD and Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition can be found below, and they demonstrate the impressive upgrades made to the original BorderlandsBorderlands 2, and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, all of which now support 4K textures and a number of additional visual improvements. Releasing on April 3, improvements present in The Handsome Collection Ultra HD, already previously available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC, will be provided to current owners of the original Handsome Collection at no additional charge. Meanwhile, Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition is making its current-generation console debut, but current PC owners of the game will similarly be able to upgrade to the remaster for free.

In addition to being enhanced for the 4K-capable Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, these re-releases will contain the entirety of the three games’ large libraries of downloadable content, including Borderland 2‘s critically acclaimed Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage and Tiny Tina‘s Assault on Dragon Keep. Considering the amount of content on offer in each product and that The Handsome Collection currently retails at $60 while console versions of Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition have been listed at $30, these remastered editions will be a fairly cost-effective way of experiencing everything the franchise has to offer so far. Sadly, neither The Handsome Collection nor Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition will come with Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands, meaning that the choice-driven take on the series will remain locked out of the exclusive 4K party.

Somewhere along the road between The Division 2‘s repetitive excellence and Anthem‘s glaring missteps, fans of looter shooters may no doubt be feeling some sense of fatigue, disappointment, or both with respect to the genre. However, the overwhelmingly positive response to the rapid-fire reveal of these remasters and Borderlands 3 points to the possibility that Destiny-inspired shared world looter shooters are lacking in what players love most about Borderlands: good, old-fashioned co-op fun and oh-so-many guns.

More: The Division 2: 20 Hidden Locations Only Experts Found

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Ultra HD and Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel launch on Xbox One, PS4, and PC this April 3.

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2019-03-29 07:03:21

Phillip Tinner

Doom: Annihilation Trailer Is Getting Nothing But Hate From Fans

The upcoming Doom: Annihilation movie finally has a trailer and the low quality of its effects and sets have caused it to receive nothing but hate from fans on social media. Doom: Annihilation is the second movie based on the popular video game franchise, with Doom being released in 2005 to overwhelmingly negative reviews. Dwayne Johnson starred in Doom and even he has admitted that the movie was a failure and that he took the lessons learned from that project with him when he made Rampage.

Doom: Annihilation is a reboot of the franchise and it will ignore the events of the previous movie, with the movie following the experiences of a team of marines who discover that a portal to Hell has been opened and they are caught in the path of the monsters that have emerged.

Related: New Doom Movie Delayed To Enhance Hell Sequence CGI

Doom: Annihilation had previously been delayed in order to improve its visuals and it seems that the movie is almost ready for release, as a 30-second long trailer has been uploaded by Bloody Disgusting, which has given the Internet its first glimpse of the movie and the reaction has been poor, to say the least.

The reaction to Doom: Annihilation from the fans has been overwhelmingly negative, with the dislike ratio of the YouTube trailer being almost 10 times that of the likes and has been growing steadily since it was released. People are mocking the movie on the Doom Reddit page and #DoomMovie on Twitter is made up of critical comments about the low quality of the effects and the cheapness of the sets in the trailer.

There have only been scraps of information revealed about how Doom: Annihilation will adapt the material from the video games. It has been revealed the BFG will appear in Doom Annihilation, while the director has confirmed the Spiderdemon will be absent. There have been set photos released of Doom: Annihilation that prove the movie will feature all of the violence fans should expect from a Doom film, and it has also been confirmed Doomguy will appear in some capacity, even though he won’t be the protagonist, as the main character is Joan Dark, played by Amy Manson. The lack of Doomguy in the trailer has been one of the most complained about aspects of the film on social media, even though he doesn’t have much of a personality outside of ripping and tearing demons apart.

The hopes for Doom: Annihilation haven’t been high, due to it being a digital-only release that won’t be hitting theaters, which suggested to many it would be of the same caliber as a Syfy original movie. The Doom franchise isn’t one that can be turned into a cheap movie unless the plan is to turn it into a generic zombie action film and only use a few of the demonic monsters from the game in short bursts in order to save cash. The Doom: Annihilation trailer showed a lot of zombies, so it seems the producers may have decided to go for the cheap route.

The trailer for Doom: Annihilation has only proven the concerns about the production of the film were legitimate and the movie looks like it’s going to be another cheap cash-in relying on the name of a beloved video game series in order to try and find an audience.

More: New Doom Movie Gets Official Title, Synopsis, Releases Fall 2019

Doom: Annihilation is due to be released in fall 2019.

Source: Bloody Disgusting/YouTube


2019-03-11 01:03:37

Scott Baird

Avengers: Endgame, Toy Story 4 & More Reportedly Getting Super Bowl Spots

Highly-anticipated movies including Avengers: Endgame and Toy Story 4 will reportedly air TV spots during the Super Bowl. While the main attraction of the NFL championship game (which takes place this Sunday, February 3) is football, film buffs always keep an eye on the broadcast in hopes of seeing footage from some of the year’s biggest upcoming titles. The Super Bowl is guaranteed to have a huge audience, making the annual telecast an ideal platform to debut fresh marketing materials and generate hype. Last year, viewers were treated to new looks at Solo: A Star Wars Story, Mission: Impossible – Fallout, and more.

Super Bowl movie trailers are a tradition, but this year looks to be a little different. With several studios taking the big game off, Disney and Universal were the only ones guaranteed to have some kind of presence at the Super Bowl. That means there should be fewer movie spots in 2019 when compared to previous years, but there will still be some heavy-hitters to check out during the commercial breaks.

Related: Super Bowl 2019 Movie Trailer Guide

According to SuperBroMovies, fans should expect to see five movie spots during the Super Bowl. In addition to Universal’s Hobbs & Shaw (which was already confirmed earlier this week), Disney will promote Aladdin, Avengers: Endgame, and Toy Story 4. Meanwhile, Fox will show an ad for Alita: Battle Angel. It’s currently unknown if there will be more.

Of this handful, Alita is arguably the most surprising inclusion. Robert Rodriguez’s film opens on February 14, just a couple weeks after the Super Bowl. Fox has already put together an extensive marketing campaign for their hopeful blockbuster, so it reads as a somewhat curious decision they’d tack an extra $30 million (the cost of a 30-second Super Bowl spot) to promotional costs with the premiere right around the corner. At the same time, Fox likely sees the Super Bowl as an opportunity to stage a late-game push and get more people onboard with the project. February doesn’t have much else to offer in terms of live-action tentpoles (other big releases that month are animated sequels LEGO Movie 2 and How to Train Your Dragon 3), so if the Alita Super Bowl spot is a hit, the investment could pay off in the long run. Fox certainly seems confident in its prospects if they’re giving it Super Bowl airtime.

Disney, unsurprisingly, should be the talk of Hollywood on Super Bowl Sunday with all they are set to unveil. The Mouse House has already released first looks at Endgame, Aladdin, and Toy Story 4, but the respective promotional campaigns for each have not truly begun in earnest yet. With just a handful of months until this trio hits the scene (Toy Story 4 opens in June), the time has come for Disney to shed more light on what fans can expect from these projects. Perhaps viewers will get an official look at Will Smith’s blue Genie or learn more about the existential crisis that awaits Woody and the gang on their next emotional adventure. Regardless, film buffs should have plenty to enjoy during the Super Bowl.

More: Star Wars 9 Is NOT Getting A Super Bowl Spot

Source: SuperBroMovies



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2019-01-30 01:01:01

The Predator Is Getting A Stop Motion Holiday Short – Watch the Teaser

The Predator is set to take on Santa and his reindeer in the teaser for a new stop-motion animated holiday special from Comedy Central. Writer-director Shane Black brought the iconic Predator back to screens in 2018 in a reboot pitting the alien hunter against soldiers, scientists and an autistic child who uses his genius to discover the secrets of the alien’s tech.

This time around, the Predator sported genetic upgrades, making the character bigger and badder than ever. Audiences clearly didn’t embrace this new take on the Predator franchise however, as the film only managed to take in $51 million domestically and $160 million worldwide. The movie’s poor box office performance likely means that Fox won’t be revisiting the Predator franchise any time soon, even though the movie seemed to set up a sequel.

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Though the Predator may have gone on his last hunt as a big-screen character, he’ll get one more chance to wreak havoc later in December thanks to a new stop-motion animated holiday short. This time, the Predator will square off against his toughest enemy ever: Santa and his reindeer. The short is set to air on Comedy Central on December 19 at 10:30PM EST during BoJack Horseman. See the teaser trailer below:

The stop-motion style of the Predator holiday special is reminiscent of classics like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, but of course since this is the Predator, the level of carnage promises to be a lot higher than in your normal holiday show. The teaser sees Sprinkles the Elf and the reindeer Blitzen getting ready for the “most merry mission of the year,” until the famous Predator three-dotted targeting laser appears on Blitzen. Blitzen then picks up a minigun like the one Jesse Ventura packed in the original Predator, and begins blasting away. But like Ventura, Blitzen meets a gory end as the Predator blows a hole clean through his mid-section.

Of course, this Predator special is completely tongue-in-cheek, as confirmed by its airing on Comedy Central during the always bizarre BoJack Horseman. Perhaps Predator fans who weren’t enamored with Shane Black’s take on the franchise will at least be able to get a few laughs out of the idea of the Predator squaring off against Santa and his reindeer in a weird and bloody send-up of classic stop-motion animated TV specials. The Predator itself is currently available on Digital, and comes out on on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-Ray and DVD on December 18.

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2018-12-12 04:12:10

As Expected, Crash Team Racing is Getting Remastered in 2019

Crash Team Racing is getting a remastered version in 2019 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The PlayStation classic was originally released in 1999. The remake comes just in time for Crash Team Racing‘s 20th anniversary.

Developed by Naughty Dog, Crash Team Racing was a popular kart racing game featuring Sony’s mascot at the time, Crash Bandicoot, a character who starred in several of his own platformer games. The game included 15 playable characters from the world of Crash, including his archenemy Cortex, friends, mini-bosses, and more. Courses were based on levels from Crash’s previous games. Though Crash Team Racing wasn’t able to match the popularity of the game that inspired it, Mario Kart, Crash Team Racing was successful in its own right and was well-received by both critics and fans. A sequel, Crash Nitro Kart, was released in 2003 for various consoles.

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At the Games Awards 2018, Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled was officially announced and is being developed by Beenox. One distinct difference between the remastered version and the original is that Nitro-Fueled will come with both online and offline play. The addition of online play will open up all sorts of new ways for players to enjoy the game.  Other modes from the original will return, such as adventure and time trials. Four-player split screen will also be supported. More details about the game’s features may be announced in the months leading up to the game’s release in the summer.

The game’s reveal trailer highlights the game’s enhanced graphics, which are a major improvement over its 20-year-old predecessor. The updated graphics is reminiscent of the art featured in Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy, the remastered collection of Crash Bandicoot’s first three games: Crash Bandicoot, Warped, and Cortex Strikes Back. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy sold extremely well on the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4, and for a time was the fastest-selling game of 2018, which shows that nostalgia is becoming a powerful driving force in today’s video game industry. The game remained at the top of the UK video game charts for a string of several weeks, and is still going strong. So it’s no surprise that the success of N. Sane Trilogy is beginning to spark a comeback for the classic Sony mascot.

Crash Team Racing: Nitro-Fueled releases June 21, for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.

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2018-12-06 07:12:33

Black Ops 4 Beginners Guide: How to Play (& Win) in Zombies Mode

The release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 brings with it a variety of different gameplay options for players. Although plenty of eyes seem to be on the title’s battle royale mode, Blackout, the traditional multiplayer modes like Team Deathmatch are still available. Also returning is the franchise’s Zombies game mode, this time with more options than ever before.

Indeed, Zombies is something of a different beast this time around. The mode comes complete with three maps, with two of them on the expansive side to boot. As such, new players might find it a little bit daunting, particularly given the intricacies of the game mode in comparison to some of the more simplistic elements of Call of Duty.

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Thankfully, new players can get a head start thanks to this guide. Read on to learn how to play Zombies mode, as well as some good strategies to help get that first win in what can be a tense and difficult part of Call of Duty.

What’s New In Zombies Mode?

This time around, Zombies is huge, with three different scenarios to choose from. Two of these revolve around Scarlett Rhodes and her band of misfits, with Voyage of Despair taking place aboard an RMS Titanic that had to handle a zombie threat alongside hitting an iceberg, while IX takes the team back in time to face gladiatorial combat in a Roman coliseum. Alongside this, there’s also the option to play Blood of the Dead, with the return of Richtofen, Dempsey, Takeo, and Nikolai.

Within that, the core gameplay loop remains the same. Survive waves of the zombie horde, unlocking areas of the map as and when the points are available, as the fight gets progressively tougher and tougher. This time around, though, it’s fair to say that the levels feel a little more maze-like and expansive, so make sure to be aware of the surroundings at all times to stop from getting stuck in a bottleneck.

Prioritize Your Points

As always, using points effectively is extremely important in Zombies. First and foremost, opening up areas of the map is a given, but more pressing is how the player uses their points towards perks and weapons. Although in early waves things like shotguns and pistols are all well and good, it’s important to aim to get weapons that have a faster fire rate and (most importantly) a faster reload rate as the game progresses. As such, look to weapons like the Spitfire or GKS to be most effective.

It’s also very important to improve the power of weapons as the game goes on. The most obvious way to do this is to keep returning to the Pack-a-Punch Machines once available, which give a 25% boost with each use. This does come at a considerable cost of 2,500 points per use, but it’s an undeniable way to get that firepower up.

Keep Moving

Staying static for too long in Zombies this time around is a recipe for disaster, as there is always the very real threat of being overrun by the horde. Whereas previous games could work with players cementing a position with a strong defensive line, at least for early portions of the game it’s recommended to keep moving. Not only does it avoid the issue of getting stuck in one place, but it also will keep players refreshed when it comes to where the different unlock options are in the map.

Keeping space from zombies is important for reasons other than this, too. Should one member of the team fall, they’ll have to be revived, and with a slightly longer revive time in Black Ops 4 it’s more vital than ever to have enough room to revive a teammate without having chunks taken out by an unseen zombie. This is particularly true when it comes to those special zombies that attack, so always keep an eye out.

Use Your Perks

In Black Ops 4‘s Zombies mode, players are able to use class customization for the first time. This isn’t just there for show, either, as a good grasp of what perks are available and how to use them can make the difference between success and failure. What’s more, the perks that can be chosen can actually work well for a variety of different play styles.

Those who want both power and speed could choose the likes of Deadshot Dealer, which automatically targets the zombie’s head when aiming down the sights, as well as Stamin-Up for a permanent boost to movement speed. Meanwhile, the frost explosion created by Winter’s Wail and the increased ammunition of Bandolier Bandit work well for those whose last stand may come from a more secure position. In essence, it comes down to how an individual best plays the game, and it’s good to have a variety of perks in the team to make the most of these options.

Work Together

As always, teamwork is the key to having an easier run of things in Zombies. Although it’s possible to play the game solo, this is always a challenge, and to help with this there are now bots to play with. Even so, it’s best to play with other human players, and as such taking on the game as a team of four is recommended.

It’s not just a matter of getting other human beings involved in the zombie slaughter, however. Working together cooperatively is key; don’t stray too far from one another, watch out for any fallen that need reviving, and potentially coordinate the perks used to make sure that everyone has bases covered for any eventuality. That way, the team should be set for what the game throws at them.

With these tips in mind, players should now have a solid framework to build on to get through the game’s Zombies mode. Whether taking a trip back in time to arena combat or trying to fight off zombified versions of Jack and Rose, Zombies is always a challenge for players, but with this guidance in mind players should be able to have a fighting chance of beating the supernatural threat.

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2018-10-14 02:10:08 – Rob Gordon

Harry Potter: 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy

Draco Malfoy is one of the most memorable secondary characters in the Harry Potter movies and books. It may be due to his irredeemable and despicable behaviour,as everyone loves a good villain. It could also be the appeal of actor Tom Felton in the movies, and all the subsequent fan fiction they have produced.

However, not a lot is revealed about him in the books, and less even less is shown on screen, leaving him a mystery. We do know that his family has an unhealthy obsession with their pure blood heritage and an unflinching loyalty to Voldemort. One thing that we also know is that during his sixth year, Draco became even more villainous. He was given the task of assassinating Dumbledore and allowing the Death Eaters access to his present school, Hogwarts.

Some aspects that remained more hidden, though, including the origins of his name, which has links to the Hogwarts motto. His talents in transfiguration, charms, potions, and Occlumency are also never fully explored or known by the average person.

More surprisingly than all of this is the fact that despite being mortal enemies, Draco and Harry only duel twice – and one of them was in the presence of teachers, so it barely counts. Including these examples and every other duel that Draco is involved in, we have discovered that he never wins a single fight. This might be J. K. Rowling highlighting his cowardice and lack of morals that weaken his character ultimately. However, it might also have to do with his particular skillset.

With that said, here are the 20 Strange Details About Draco Malfoy’s Anatomy In Harry Potter.

20 He is a gifted Occlumens

While Harry Potter is undoubtedly a gifted wizard, one of the things he was never able to master was Occlumency. This is the act of closing your mind to anyone who attempts to read it.

Draco managed to surpass his rival by mastering the art of this notoriously tricky skill.

While it may seem peculiar that Draco can keep other wizards out his head while Harry cannot, this is in keeping with his character. J. K. Rowling confirmed that Draco managed to become a gifted Occlumens due to his ability to suppress his emotions. The fact that Draco can excel in this area is only due to his repressed emotional issues that may stem from his dysfunctional family.

19 His name says a lot about his personality

J. K. Rowling puts a lot of thought into her character’s names and the names of locations – and the seemingly bland name of “Draco Malfoy” is no exception upon closer examination if we take a look at its origin on Pottermore.

The name Draco can either be linked to the Latin for “dragon” or the constellation. The word “Draco” is even in Hogwart’s motto: “Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus, “which translates as “never tickle a sleeping dragon.” Draco’s last name, Malfoy, could have its roots in French, with “mal foi” translating as “unfaithful.” Rowling could have perhaps been a bit more subtle when thinking of names for her villains, however, as “unfaithful dragon” doesn’t leave a lot of space for redemption.

18 He temporarily had control of the Elder Wand

During his sixth year, Draco was given the task of destroying Dumbledore and giving the Death Eaters access into Hogwarts. While he succeeded with the latter, Draco was unable to take the life of the Hogwarts headmaster.However, when confronting Dumbledore, he disarmed the professor, which was a significant action even if Draco did not realize it at the time.

 By disarming Dumbledore, Draco unknowingly had control of the most powerful wand in existence – the Elder Wand.

This was only temporary, though, as Harry later confronts Draco in his house in the Deathly Hallows and disarms him. This meant that control of the Elder Wand was passed down to Harry, who still technically can wield it today. For one brief moment, however, Draco could have been the most powerful wizard in the world.

17 He learnt the Unforgivable Curses

Draco’s sixth year at Hogwarts was a pivotal and important year for the sole Malfoy child. As well as being given the task of overthrowing his school, he was taught the Unforgiveable Curses by Bellatrix Lestrange.

Lestrange, being Draco’s aunt, most likely taught him these forbidden spells to prepare him for his role. We know for certain that Draco can perform Crucio (the torturing spell) and Imperio (the controlling spell). However, it is unclear whether Draco ever learnt the ultimate Unforgiveable Curse: Avada Kedavra, which would destroy the receiver. Though Draco seemed like an antagonist during his first year at Hogwarts, few fans expected him to become such a villain later in the story. However, it could be argued that this was due to the pressures of his family.

16 He is supposedly one of the only Death Eaters who can love

Death Eaters are more ingrained to respond with acts of hate than love. This is hardly surprising, though, considering the amount of carnage and havoc that they have created. However, what is surprising is that even though Draco is a Death Eater, he is supposedly capable of feeling genuine love.

This love manifests itself towards both his parents and his future wife, Astoria Greengrass. This is at odds with the other Death Eaters, whose hate trumps their love. Be it Bellatrix Lestrange or Lucius Malfoy, these individuals are consumed by their service to the Dark Lord. While it could be argued that they love Voldemort, this is closer to worship than a romantic or platonic love.

15 He’s proud of his pure blood family

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter may be incredible, but when it comes to metaphors, it is not very subtle. The fact that some wizarding families, such as the Malfoys, favor those with pure blood is meant to echo the real world prejudices that some hold. Draco’s parents instilled the belief that he is superior to half blood and muggles on him at a young age. This explains his resentment towards Hermione, whom he calls “Mudblud” incessantly.

This hatred for anyone who is not pure blood is a trait that many of the old wizarding families share.

The notable exceptions are Nymphodora Tonks and Sirius Black, who were cast out of the family for their beliefs that muggles and wizards are equal. Draco may not be as hostile towards muggles and muggle-born wizards by the end of the Deathly Hallows, but it is still a prejudice that he cannot escape.

14 He has used a Time Turner

J. K. Rowling may live to regret introducing Time Turners into the Wizarding World. The amount of problems that this device, which was used by Hermione in Prisoner of Azkaban, could solve is countless. It could be used to stop Voldemort from ever existing or it could be used to bring back beloved characters. However, in Prisoner of Azkaban, it is used by Hermione to ensure that she can go to all her classes and to save Buckbeak.

Having not learnt the amount of plot holes attached to such a device, Rowling revealed the existence of a secret Time Turner belonging to the Malfoys. Without revealing too many details of The Cursed Child, Malfoy uses it successfully, which makes him – alongside Hermione, Harry, Albus, and Scorpius  – one of the few known people to have used a Time Turner.

13 He has a Dark Mark

Some fans believe that it was inevitable for Draco to follow in the footsteps of his father and become a Death Eater. He did this sometime between the events of Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince. We know this since we can clearly see a Dark Mark on his arm during the events before Dumbledore’s assassination. While Dumbledore looked unsurprised to see Draco pointing a wand at him, he did seem surprised by the fact that Draco now had a Dark Mark.

It is not possible to get rid of a Dark Mark, so despite the fact that Draco’s character has since been redeemed, he is not able to reverse the procedure. Draco will forever have the mark of He Who Must Not Be Named on his arm.

12 He was an extremely intelligent student

Although the movies show Draco to be just an arrogant bully, in the books, we see another aspect of Draco – we soon discover that he is an intelligent student, too. While Harry was always picked on in Potions due to Snape’s hatred for him, Draco was always the teacher’s pet.

Whether he was actually better than Harry is debatable, though, as Snape never gave the Gryffindor student a fair chance. However, one subject where Malfoy definitely excelled was in Charms, in which he was described as equally intelligent as Hermione.During his sixth year, he managed to cast the extremely difficult Protean charm. The only other person in the class who could cast it was Hermione.

11 He was supposed to get along with Harry

Draco and Harry were supposed to get along. According to Pottermore, Draco’s birthday is June 5, which makes him a Gemini. Meanwhile, Harry’s birthday is July 31, which makes him a Leo.

These two star signs are meant to get along with one another and are even able to become close friends.

During their first meeting, there was definitely potential for them to become friends, as Malfoy extends a hand of friendship to Harry. However, Harry sensed Draco’s arrogance and hostility and rejected him. Despite this, the fact that their star signs match up so well may have been a coincidence on behalf of J. K. Rowling. Or perhaps it could have been a hint that had Harry Potter shaken Draco’s hand, they could have formed an evil alliance.

10 He really wished he was the heir of Slytherin

While it may be obvious that the heir of Slytherin could only be Voldemort in hindsight, there was a lot of speculation over who it could be. During the events of Chamber of Secrets, many students thought that Harry was the heir due to his Parseltongue abilities.

Harry himself believed that Draco was the heir and took Polyjuice Potion in order to investigate. However, Draco admitted he was not the heir of Slytherin despite his family’s allegiance to Slytherin and their prejudiced view against Muggles. Although Draco didn’t know who the heir was, he served as nothing more than a pawn of the real heir: Tom Marvolo Riddle. This was still an honor for his family, though.

9 During Half-Blood Prince, he is described as unhealthily pale

Though one of Draco’s defining features is his pale skin, in Half-Blood Prince, he is described as being paler than ever. This is due to the fact that he was assigned by Voldemort to take down Dumbledore and help the Death Eaters infiltrate Hogwarts, which can put a lot of stress on a person.

Since he is the only one able to complete the tasks, he begins to physically show the signs of stress. It is notable to other students, particularly Harry, who notices his rapid deterioration over the course of sixth year. Before Half-Blood Prince was filmed, Tom Felton was told that he wasn’t allowed to come back tanned from holiday. His paleness may also draw some parallel’s to Voldemort’s own appearance, as some fans have spectated that Draco becomes more gaunt by committing evil deeds.

8 He wanted to use alchemy to become a better man

Alchemy is an ancient practice. Because of this, it is shielded in mystery. However, it principally involves turning lead into gold. For some reason, Draco became heavily invested in Alchemy after he left Hogwarts.

Post-Deathly Hallows, Draco settled down with his wife and child and began to study Alchemy. Being the heir of his family fortune and the Malfoy Manor, he did not have to worry about getting a job after school. However, Draco also spent time caring for his wife, Astoria, who was ill due to a curse that was put on her ancestors. While at home, Draco soon became fascinated by alchemical manuscripts. According to Pottermore, Draco’s obsession with Alchemy was pure – he wished to use it to become a better man.

7 He is never seen winning a duel

Despite Draco and Harry being sworn enemies during their time in Hogwarts, they only face off against each other twice. Their first duel happens during their second year in front of other second year students. However, Snape and Lockhart intervene after a snake is conjured by Malfoy. When Draco and Harry next duel, it nearly results in the demise of Malfoy during Half-Blood Prince.

During the events of Order of the Phoenix, Ginny and Draco also duel, which results in Draco losing his wand.

The final duel we see Draco participate in is during Deathly Hallows, when Hermione gets the better of him. At least during his youth, it was clear that Draco’s arrogance was just used as a shield.

6 He was a Prefect

A Hogwarts prefect is meant to inspire the younger students and act as a role model to them. By definition, Harry Potter would be the ideal Prefect for Gryffindor students, or any house for that matter. However, throughout his six years at Hogwarts, he is never given the coveted Prefect badge. While students like Percy Weasley may be obvious choices to become prefects, characters like Draco Malfoy aren’t typically expected to obtain the badge.

Draco is not a character that you typically associate with good morals, leadership, or as a role model. Regardless, Draco does become a prefect. Perhaps this was done by J. K. Rowling to show us that Draco did make for a decent leader, despite his lack of morals. In fact, some fans speculate that by giving Draco the badge, Rowling was not giving up on him.

5 He has ice grey eyes in the books, but Tom Felton has blue eyes in the movies

In the books, Draco is described as having platinum blonde hair and ice grey eyes. There are many parallels between Voldemort and his army and the Axis leaders and their army in WWII, so it makes sense that Draco would look like this.  However, in real life, the actor who brought Draco Malfoy to life on the big screen, Tom Felton, looks nothing like this. Felton has brown hair and blue eyes. Because of this, he had to dye his hair blonde for the movies.

Similarly, Daniel Radcliffe did not have Harry Potter’s green eyes. However, he found the contact lenses too painful to wear so the movies were filmed without them. Though not many fans may remember Draco’s eye color from the books, Harry’s eyes are constantly referred to in both the books and movies, which makes it even more noticeable.

4 He was unable to produce a Patronus

Though anyone can find out what their Patronus is on Pottermore, it is not as simple in the Wizarding World. Some wizards and witches are actually unable to produce a Patronus. While we know that Harry’s Patronus is a stag, many fans don’t know what Draco’s is. However, it has since been revealed that Draco is unable to conjure one.

This is apparently a common trait among Death Eaters, as many fans believe that they don’t have enough light and goodness to summon one.

While it has been established that Draco is capable of feeling love, this may not enough to produce the special charm. J. K. Rowling has also mentioned that Death Eaters are unable to produce a Patronus because Voldemort controls Dementors anyway.

3 He is a master of Transfiguration

Transfiguration is known to be a difficult class to pass at Hogwarts. After all, we see how hard it is for Ron to transform Scabbers into a grail in the movies. However, Draco is an accomplished hand at this craft. We see signs of this during his second year duel against Harry.

When they face each other in the Great Hall, Draco manages to summon a snake that slithers menacingly towards Harry. If it had not been for Harry’s ability to speak Parseltongue, he might have been attacked by the snake. In his later years, Draco even manages to transform Harry into a doppëlganger of Voldemort, which is an extremely complex charm. While the movies do not emphasize Draco’s intelligence, it remains clear in the books that he should not be underestimated.

2 His love life is fairly ambiguous

Draco’s love life is left relatively ambiguous in both the Harry Potter movies and the books. The only girl we see Draco talk to in the books and movies is Pansy Parkinson, who is described as the closest Draco comes to a girlfriend in the books. However, it is never actually confirmed that Pansy is his girlfriend in the series. At one point, the books describe a scene where Pansy is resting her head on Draco’s lap, but this is the closest we ever see them get.

While Draco eventually marries Astoria, little is known about how they met or even when they married. However, we do know that his parents disapproved of Astoria and that she was kind, and taught their son Scorpius to respect others (including muggles).

1 He is the only person Voldemort is known to have hugged

One of the most sinister Voldemort moments happens when he tries to honor one of his followers. This moment occurs during the Battle of Hogwarts, when Voldemort demands loyalty from the students of Hogwarts.

In a gesture of goodwill, Voldemort slowly and awkwardly brings Draco into an embrace in front of his followers. Understandably, Draco looks absolutely terrified, since the Dark Lord has never shown affection of any kind before. This is the only known instance of a Death Eater – or anyone for that matter – receiving a hug from Voldemort.

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2018-10-11 04:10:43 – Dan Struthers