Google Stadia Only Gives Subscribers Roughly One Game Per Month

Google Stadia intends to offer a streaming service for video games, but those who pay for a subscription will only receive roughly one free game a month. The original promotional material for Google Stadia presented it as a service that many believed could become the Netflix for video games, but later information has proven that association to be false.

The idea behind Google Stadia is that all of the hard work is done on the server end, which means that high-quality games can be streamed to any compatible device. The fact that games can be streamed from any location with a powerful internet connection without the need for special hardware has been the main selling point behind Google Stadia, but there have been more revelations over the past few months that have made the service less appealing, which includes the fact that players still have to pay full price for games, that there won’t be a beta period to test the hardware, and that it can devour 1TB of data within sixty-five hours of play.

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Any comparisons between Google Stadia and Netflix have officially been shot down by Andrey Doronichev, who is the director of product management at Google. Doronichev recently did a Reddit AMA, where he answered questions about the upcoming Google Stadia service. When asked about the situation regarding free games for Google Stadia subscribers, Dornoichev mentioned that they would only be receiving roughly one free game a month:

“To be clear, Stadia Pro is not “Netflix for Games” like some people have mentioned, a closer comparison would be like Xbox Live Gold or Playstation Plus. The Pro subscribers get 4K/HDR streaming, 5.1 sound, exclusive discounts and access to some free games. Roughly one free game per month give or take. Starting with Destiny 2 (yay!).”

The Google Stadia service will be free when it launches for everyone in 2020, but fans will still need to purchase games and they will be locked at a maximum of 1080p resolution. The Stadia Pro subscription costs ten dollars month, which will allow games to run at 4k HDR with 5.1 surround sound. The first free game that will be available for subscribers at launch will be Destiny 2: The Collection, which will be given to those who purchase the upcoming Founder’s Edition in November.

The fact that the Stadia Pro subscription costs ten dollars a month means that it’s matching the price of its main competition, as PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold also only cost ten dollars per month. That Stadia Pro is only offering one game a month means that it’s currently offering less content that it’s competition, though, including Nintendo Switch Online. Still, the price will be worthwhile for those who want to play games on a 4k television set without needing to pay for expensive hardware – it just keeps getting steeper as consumers learn more about the platform.

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Source: Reddit

2019-07-19 01:07:08

Scott Baird

Sekiro Mod Gives The Game An Easy Mode | ScreenRant

A new mod for From Software’s Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice aims to make the game a bit more approachable by adding an easy mode. When Sekiro was released this year, it drew mountains of praise from reviewers, but plenty of players and professional critics alike were also turned off by its extreme difficulty.

Sekiro’s release sparked the latest round of a long-running debate involving players, developers, and critics over difficulty in video games. Some argue that implementing easy modes would go against the creative vision of developers – particularly those like From Software, who are famed for their games’ unrelenting challenge. Others say that such a compromise would be worth it to allow more people to enjoy the game, noting that extreme difficulty can serve as an even greater impediment for people with any number of disabilities. Developers like God of War‘s Cory Barlog and Rami Ismail even weighed in to refute the idea that making games more accessible was a compromise in the first place.

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The new mod, called Sekiro The Easy, certainly isn’t restrained by From Software’s intent, and it’s likely to help people who initially struggled with the game make a bit more progress. Just released last week, it’s currently climbing the charts at Nexus Mods. Sekiro The Easy makes a number of mostly statistical changes to lower the game’s difficulty, without affecting enemy behavior or placement or introducing new items. The biggest change is a buff to attack power and defense, which will help new players take down foes faster without falling quite as quickly themselves. It also removes the need to spend a limited currency called Spirit Emblems to use the game’s abilities and weapons, as well as removing fall damage, increasing buff durations, and nerfing a powerful status effect that could originally kill players outright.

Sekiro The Easy isn’t the only mod made to address Sekiro’s difficulty. Some offer wide-ranging balance changes to the entire game, while others fixate on single issues like Spirit Emblem costs or buff durations. There are even mods available to make the game harder, for players who really want to push themselves. The good thing about Sekiro The Easy is that it bundles a lot of changes into one mod, so players don’t have to search for mods that address each individual issue, which makes it ideal for new players who may not even understand what the more granular options do. It also doesn’t completely remove the game’s challenge, so players will still have to master Sekiro’s precise deflection system to survive.

It’s only been a few months since Sekiro launched, but From Software is already talking about its next game. That game, Elden Ring, doesn’t have a release date yet, but it will be interesting to see what lessons the developer takes from the uproar ignited by Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.

Next: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Review – A Brutally Difficult Masterpiece

Source: Nexus Mods

2019-07-13 11:07:15

Bryan Lawver

Theory: Stormbreaker Isn’t To Kill Thanos, It Gives Thor His Powers Back

Avengers: Infinity War depicted Thor (Chris Hemsworth) using Stormbreaker to (almost) best Thanos (Josh Brolin) in their rematch; but the powerful ax might have another purpose beyond defeating the Mad Titan.

The hammer Mjolnir has been a key part of Thor’s iconography ever since his beginnings in Norse mythology. But whilst Marvel’s comics – and the Marvel Cinematic Universe – have long reflected this attachment, the God of Thunder has not always wielded this famous hammer. In Marvel’s ever-growing canon, other characters like Beta Ray Bill have wielded Mjolnir, and Thor has used alternative armaments from time to time. In this way, Infinity War mimicked Thor’s swapping of weaponry in his comics through the debut of Stormbreaker.

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Having lost his beloved hammer in Thor: Ragnarok, Thor sought a new weapon to enact his vengeance against Thanos in Infinity War. Indeed, his efforts to acquire Stormbreaker were immediately justified by its subsequent performance. With the new ax in hand, Thor almost single-handedly decimated Thanos’ forces in the Battle of Wakanda and, in the movie’s most pivotal scenes, came closest to killing Thanos himself. Though Stormbreaker has already proved popular with fans, some critics felt that the presence of the blade undermined Thor’s wider character arc. Yet rather than hampering Thor’s story, Stormbreaker may be correcting it by returning abilities that he had lost.

  • This Page: Mjolnir & Stormbreaker’s Roles in the MCU
  • Page 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As is the case with many of Asgard’s famous weapons, Mjolnir and Stormbreaker were created by the dwarf king Eitri (Peter Dinklage) in the realm of Nidavellir. Though the MCU never specifies what Asgardian armaments are made of, they are likely made out the same fictional element as the comics: Uru, a massively resilient metal that both absorbs and manipulates magical energy.

Since its first appearance in the MCU, Mjolnir has exemplified these qualities. The hammer seemingly served as the source of Thor’s lightning powers (more on that later) and allowed him to fly at great speed. Certainly, it proved to be a formidable asset in all of Thor’s appearances, when its power waylaid huge swathes of Ice Giant, Chitauri, Dark Elf armies, and more. Mjolnir’s enchantment of worthiness also benefited Thor, since it meant that few other beings could wield or move it. Certainly, the fact that the Vision (Paul Bettany) was able to lift the hammer meant that Thor and his teammates could immediately recognize the purity of synthezoid’s heart in Avengers: Age of Ultron. But two years later, Thor confronted Hela (Cate Blanchett) the Goddess of Death in Thor: Ragnarok where, in their first encounter, she promptly destroyed the hammer with her bare hands.

RELATED: Theory: Ragnarok Started Thor’s NEW Trilogy (& Avengers 4 Ends It)

Though Thor eventually bested Hela without his hammer, he was soundly beaten by Thanos within the first few minutes of Infinity War. After being rescued by the Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor asserts that he needs a new weapon, and he travels with Rocket and Groot to procure one. They encounter Eitri – the last of his people to survive Thanos’ wrath – and together they forge the “King’s weapon” Stormbreaker. This new ax is supposedly the most powerful in Asgard’s history. It not only summons the Bifrost, it also negates the combined power of the Infinity Stones.

Prior to Stormbreaker’s debut, the loss of Mjolnir was a fitting development for Thor. As the MCU has expanded, Thor had become more knowledgeable about his realm’s dark past, and attempted to become a better, more responsible ruler. As such, the acquisition of Stormbreaker was viewed as being contrary to these plot points. Indeed, Thor’s journey to Nidavellir has been perceived as Marvel simply wanting the God of Thunder to have a weapon again, or else giving him something to do in Infinity War’s extended run-time. However, whilst Stormbreaker may be those things, a key detail in Thor: Ragnarok suggests that Thor’s ax fulfills an in-world necessity.

Page 2 of 2: Ragnarok Explains How Thor’s Powers Actually Work

As mentioned earlier, Mjolnir initially appeared to be the source of Thor’s lightning powers in the MCU. This certainly seemed to be the case in his first solo movie since. When Thor was stripped of his abilities and banished to Earth, Mjolnir is a crucial component in facilitating their return. However, later installments proved that this was not the case.

After Mjolnir is destroyed early in Ragnarok, Thor confusedly realizes that he is still able to generate and manipulate electricity, which he notably unleashes against the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) in the Grandmaster’s (Jeff Goldblum) arena. In a later vision, Odin confirms that the lightning never originated from Mjolnir: the hammer merely helped Thor channel and focus the potential within him. Odin’s affirmation in Thor: Ragnarok ensures that Thor’s arc is completed, and he recognizes his strength not just as a good man, but as a powerful warrior in his own right. But viewers have overlooked another crucial piece of information that the movie unveils about Thor: that his abilities are tied to the existence of Asgard.

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Certainly, before his escape from the Grandmaster’s palace, Thor attempts to persuade Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) to join him in his quest. As she refuses, Valkyrie recounts her tragic past, and in doing so she notes that Hela and Thor’s powers originate from the realm of Asgard itself. Indeed, when Hela returned to her home earlier in the movie, the Goddess of Death immediately regenerates and is strengthened because of her proximity to Asgard’s energy.

After the Revengers begin their attack, they soon realize that Hela can only be stopped if Asgard is destroyed. Such an act would remove the source of her gifts, thus rendering her powerless. We never see what effect Ragnarok has on Hela – because she is apparently killed in combat with Surtur – but it stands to reason that if the fall of Asgard would have removed Hela’s powers, it would do the same for Thor as well. And that’s where Stormbreaker comes in.

While Avengers: Infinity War does not explicitly state that Thor lost his powers in Ragnarok, there is substantial evidence within both movies that he has. Firstly, between Asgard’s destruction in Thor: Ragnarok to Thor’s acquisition of Stormbreaker in Avengers: Infinity War, the character uses none of his trademark lightning abilities. Of course, this is partly because Thor and Thanos’ first confrontation aboard the Asgardian refugee ship occurs before the movie starts. Even so, it is somewhat strange that Thanos was able to beat Thor so thoroughly, given how ruinous the God of Thunder has proven to be against his previous foes. Naturally, this suggests that Thor is unable to inflict the same kind of damage that he has done so in the past.

Furthermore, Avengers: Infinity War establishes that latent Asgardian power can be accessed through their surviving weaponry. During the movie’s opening scenes, Heimdall (Idris Elba) wields the broken sword Hofund and swiftly transports the Hulk to Earth – despite the fact that the Bifrost Bridge itself no longer exists. Moreover, Stormbreaker later demonstrates the same capabilities as Hofund, when it opens a portal for Thor and his friends to travel to Wakanda in one of Avengers: Infinity War’s most exultant moments.

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As such, it stands to reason that Stormbreaker can access other forms of Asgard’s magic, especially since Eitri fashioned it for a ruler of the Realm Eternal. Indeed, Stormbreaker rapidly revives Thor after he took the full force of the neutron star’s power to forge the weapon. This bears a striking resemblance to the way that Hela healed herself in Ragnarok when she was subject to Asgard’s energies. In short, Thor’s unique mastery over lightning comes from within, yet he needs Stormbreaker to directly access Asgardian magic and thus unlock his full range of powers.

This not only explains why Thor needed the ax so badly in AvengersInfinity War, it also sets up intriguing possibilities for Avengers: Endgame. Thors destructive potential had visibly increased when he wielded Stormbreaker in the Battle of Wakanda. One can only wonder what other feats Stormbreaker allows the God of Thunder to perform, and what this dependence on his ax might mean for his future appearances – provided he survives another showdown with Thanos that is.

NEXT: Every Thor Movie, Ranked Worst To Best

2019-04-14 05:04:37

Max Farrow

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order Game Trailer Gives Fans What They’ve Waited For

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order finally gets shown off to Star Wars fans. The Respawn Entertainment Star Wars game took the main stage at Star Wars Celebration 2019, and fans were finally able to see exactly what to expect. Based on the footage shown, players will be in for a treat.

Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order was first revealed during E3 2018. The game was given a brief mention as part of the EA Play event, with Respawn’s Vince Zampella casually confirming a couple of details about the mysterious Star Wars game. Set before the events of A New Hope, and putting players into the role of a Padawan that survived Order 66, Jedi Fallen Order had Star Wars fans hoping that another strong Star Wars game could be on the way.

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If this new trailer is anything to go by, Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order could be the game that players have long been waiting for. With lightsaber-wielding and Force power-centric action, the narrative-focused footage certainly feels like an authentic Star Wars story. Check out the trailer below, and see what Respawn Entertainment has planned for its single player, microtransaction-free game ahead of its release on November 15.

It’s been a long time since the video game world has seen a title that purely focuses on playing as a Jedi, but Jedi Fallen Order is going to return to that play style. Players will take on the role of Cal, played by Cameron Monaghan from Shameless and Gotham, a Jedi on the run who is trying to hide his powers. However, things don’t go according to plan, with the Inquisitors from Star Wars Rebels making a return to hunt him down.

Respawn Entertainment has a strong track record when it comes to delivering bombastic action games. Both Titanfall games were a lot of fun, and Titanfall 2 included a wonderful campaign that will give Star Wars aficionados a sense of optimism that the studio can pull through when it comes to strong narrative. Given the rocky journey Star Wars games have had so far, it’s definitely needed.

EA has a lot riding on the success of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order to say the least. The publisher took the reins for Star Wars back in 2013 but has failed to impress so far, with the closure of Visceral Games (and delay to its promising Star Wars game) the hardest pill to swallow for fans. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order looks like it will play a similar role as a single player game based on this trailer, and the stakes are high for it to come through with something spectacular.

More: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is Do or Die For EA

2019-04-13 11:04:38

Rob Gordon

Star Wars 9 Toy Packaging Gives Best Look At Kylo Ren’s Repaired Helmet

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker official toy packaging gives fans their best look at Kylo Ren’s repaired helmet. At long last, Lucasfilm finally peeled back part of the curtain on Episode IX, which was the subject of its own panel during Celebration Chicago. Along with confirming the film’s title, the teaser trailer surprisingly revealed Emperor Palpatine is returning for the final chapter in the Skywalker saga, making him the link that binds the three trilogies together.

Of course, there was much else in the trailer to analyze besides Sheev’s cackling laugh. One shot in particular that attracted a lot of attention was Kylo Ren’s fractured helmet (which he shattered in The Last Jedi) being welded back together by a mysterious individual with a furry hand. It was first reported late last year the mask would come back in Episode IX, and now it’s going to be a prominent feature of the movie’s marketing campaign.

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Yesterday, following the Rise of Skywalker panel, Lucasfilm officially revealed the film’s toy packaging, which contains an illustration of Kylo wielding his trademark lightsaber and presumably reaching out with the Force. Celebration attendees can get their picture taken in a life-sized replica of the box. Check out the image of it in the space below:

The re-emergence of Kylo Ren’s helmet is already proving to be a point of contention in the early days of Rise of Skywalker discourse. Some fans see it as J.J. Abrams retconning character development from The Last Jedi, but going back to the masked look might make sense for Kylo. Remember, it was Supreme Leader Snoke who ridiculed the helmet, and odds are Kylo chose to destroy it in an attempt to appease his former master. After murdering Snoke, Kylo fixing the helmet may be a further rejection of the old Supreme Leader’s teachings. It’s also worth pointing out that for someone who told Rey to “let the past die,” Ben Solo has a difficult time of following that mantra. Not only is his image molded after Darth Vader, he allowed himself to get distracted by Luke’s Force projection, derailing what would have likely been a successful assault on the Resistance base.

Kylo was seen in the trailer sans helmet, so he’s clearly not going to wear it for the entire movie. Surely, more details about the mask will be unveiled in the coming months, hopefully shedding light on why Abrams and company went in this direction. Regardless, it’d be best for viewers to wait for the final film before rushing to any judgment. It seems silly now, but there was an uproar over Kylo’s lightsaber design when the original Force Awakens teaser trailer debuted in November 2014. After seeing it in action, most fans were onboard with it. Ideally, that’ll be the case again when The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters.

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Source: Lucasfilm

2019-04-13 10:04:08

Chris Agar

Twitch’s Squad Stream Gives Creators More Reason To Collaborate

Twitch unveiled a new Squad Stream feature yesterday that will give its content creators a new way to collaborate with each other, with a particular emphasis being placed on supporting smaller streamers. Twitch has been steadily rolling out updates with the intent to make content creators’ lives a little easier, with Squad Stream being the latest and most robust update.

Twitch Squad Stream couldn’t come at a better time for the community, which has been bolstered by two genres that thrive on the ability to share screens without cannibalizing viewership. Battle royale games like Fortnite and Apex Legends are driving forces for viewership and, previously, popular creators giving attention to smaller streamers was difficult since it was tough to do on both channels, which typically meant the more popular figure remained the focal point of the experience. Grand Theft Auto V roleplay has also become a major factor in Twitch, and it has quickly become a popular collaborative title for famous streaming personalities.

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Twitch Squad Stream will make the lives of streamers looking to capitalize on any of the above a lot easier. The feature will let up to four Twitch streamers go live simultaneously in one window, which will both make it easier for viewers to watch whatever is happening from four different perspectives while also giving better methods to content creators who want to both host and showcase smaller streams. Squad Stream is a natural extension of the already existing discoverability features that are baked in to Twitch, like raiding and hosting. Hubert Thieblot, Twitch’s vice president, released a statement about the feature:

Creators can join forces right from the dashboard, stream content they wouldn’t normally stream, and grow their communities all at the same time. Viewers get more angles on the action, a way to support more of their favorite streamers with ease, and a chance to chat with several great communities at once—or join a new one.”

The feature is being advertised by Twitch as useful beyond just the mainstream sectionsthink League of Legendsand the battle royale genre it seems tailor-made for. Apparently,  Twitch envisions Twitch Squad Stream as something that can work with tabletop streams of Dungeons & Dragons and speedrunning sessions, the latter of which has become much more popular in the wake of the GamesDoneQuick charity streams that occur twice yearly.

While the notion that Twitch Squad Stream will support smaller creators better is a nice one, it remains to be seen whether that will actually be the case. The feature is currently only available to Partners, though, who represent the platform’s top-tier creators. Twitch Affiliates will follow, but Squad Streams might become yet another tool for the already entrenched Twitch streamers to maintain their viewership while also collaborating with other massive streams instead. Naturally, we’d like to see more creators given chances, but that’s not always how the business works. We’ll see how it plays out but for now, cautious optimism about a feature that could represent a major shift in how we view streaming seems to be the community’s initial response.

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Source: Twitch Blog

2019-03-28 08:03:13

Cody Gravelle

Captain Marvel Concept Art Gives Carol Danvers a Comic Book Inaccurate Suit

Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers could’ve received a very different, and comic inaccurate, costume in Captain Marvel if this concept art was chosen as the basis for her look. The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe helped bring their first lead female superhero to the big screen, and even though Marvel Studios worked in some of their usual changes from the source material, the film and Carol’s story is still largely based on her comic book history – especially the work of Kelly Sue DeConnick.

Even though Carol’s traditional look is a red, blue, and yellow suit, the early appearance of Larson on set in a green costume surprised many. It was quickly sorted out that this green and white look was a result of her being part of the Kree military, with Marvel eventually confirming she was part of an elite group known as Starforce. As Captain Marvel‘s plot unfolds and Carol learns more about her otherwise mysterious past though, she ditches this look for her usual look that fans of the comics have grown accustomed to.

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Concept artist Aleksi Briclot has now revealed some of his alternate designs for Carol Danvers’ Kree look in Captain Marvel, and it’s safe to say there are major deviations from comic lore. The three designs all attempt to mostly conceal Vers’ look, with the first two designs electing to completely cover her from head to toe. Only the final design gives any indication what the person wearing these elaborate designs looks like, but check them out below.

The decision to possibly conceal Carol’s identity when she was working with the Kree could’ve been another layer to add to the mystery that Captain Marvel gives her, but it would also only be effective if audiences don’t immediately know that it’s Carol. One nice detail that two of the designs include is the Hala logo that’s often customary on Kree military suits in the comics. This logo is nowhere to be seen in Captain Marvel though, but maybe that will change in a sequel.

As if there was any doubt before, Captain Marvel 2 continues to look all the more likely to happen. The first film has already passed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the box office in just two weeks and may be on its way to being another billion dollar hit for Marvel Studios. With mostly positive reviews and Carol positioned for a big role in Avengers: Endgame, the interest in more from this franchise is likely only going to continue to rise. And with her suit already changing again for Endgame, maybe her next suit or some additional Kree looks can incorporate elements of these pieces of Captain Marvel art.

MORE: Captain Marvel’s ‘Twist’ Was Spoiled in Infinity War

Source: Aleksi Briclot

2019-03-17 12:03:02

Cooper Hood

Avengers: Endgame Magazine Cover Gives Armored Thanos New Infinity Gauntlet

A new magazine cover for Avengers: Endgame puts Thanos back in his full battle armor, but also gives him a new or repaired Infinity Gauntlet. Fans of Marvel Comics waited six years from the first time Thanos’ big purple head turned around and smiled at the end of The Avengers to see him truly realized on the big screen, and Avengers: Infinity War made sure it was worth the wait. The Mad Titan made small appearances before, but he showed just how powerful he can be – with or without all six Infinity Stones – during his proper introduction.

Thanos was successful by the end of Avengers: Infinity War in acquiring every Infinity Stone so that he could snap his fingers and wipe out half of the universe’s population. The simple act eliminated plenty of heroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, drastically decreasing the amount of them available for Avengers: Endgame. While the Avengers gear to actually avenge something for the first time, Thanos is relaxing and healing on Titan 2.0 after Thor delivered a nearly fatal blow.

Related: Endgame Theory: Thanos Will Reverse The Snap Himself

In addition to wiping out half of the universe, the snap also affected Thanos as it permanently damage the Infinity Gauntlet, according to directors Anthony and Joe Russo, which has left many wondering how this will factor in to Avengers: Endgame. Well, thanks to upcoming Spanish covers for Empire Magazine that recently surfaced online and were shared by Rochi Shion, Thanos’ menacing look for Avengers: Endgame has been revealed. We’ve known that he’ll put on his full armor once again to better protect himself from any possible threats, but now he’s got a nice and fully functional Infinity Gauntlet once again.

UPDATE: Empire has now officially released its Endgame covers online. Take a look, below.

Even though this cover isn’t an official image straight out of Avengers: Endgame, the design is clearly lifted from somewhere. Thanos’ armored look and the Infinity Gauntlet have previously been seen in merchandising materials for the film, but this is the first time that we’ve received a proper look at him. We know from the first trailer that Thanos is still wearing the damaged gauntlet in the actual movie, so if he does start with a damaged gauntlet, it would appear he either manages to repair it or forces Eitri to make him another. When these covers are paired with Empire’s official subscriber cover of Thanos on his farm, it does make one wonder what makes him go from a peaceful farmer to this new, all-powerful look.

The Avengers have already discovered how dangerous Thanos can be without any Infinity Stones, and especially when he has most or all of them. If he does indeed have a new gauntlet here, then the Avengers’ mission just became a lot more difficult. We don’t even know exactly what their plan is going to be, outside of Captain Marvel proposing in footage shown to Disney shareholders that they go to his garden and take the Infinity Stones for themselves. As more details on Avengers: Endgame make their way online, the state of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet will be something worth keeping an eye on.

MORE: Endgame Theory: The Avengers Are Making Their Own Infinity Stones

Source: Rochi Shion, Empire

2019-03-16 07:03:46

Cooper Hood

Doctor Strange Gives Up His Eye For Agamotto

The original Defenders – Hulk, Silver Surfer, Namor, and Doctor Strange – are reuniting for Marvel Comics. But before that can happen, fans will need to follow Doctor Strange to the end of the Earth… and see how he returned to see his younger self killed.

That’s one confusing premise for Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1, but that is exactly how Marvel wants it. Our exclusive preview of the comic is the third chapter in a larger story, focusing on the Immortal HulkNamor, and now the Sorcerer Supreme in a series of enigmatic, one-off tales starring the Defenders heroes. It’s all building to the finale in The Defenders: The Best Defense, but fans will want to see how Doctor Strange must bring Agamotto’s Eye to life… by sacrificing his own.

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Stepping into this story for its third chapter is risky, considering how mysterious the first two issues have been so far. The Immortal Hulk issue began in a desolated town, with Bruce Banner discovering the burnt skeleton of his old friend, Stephen Strange. After some detective work, the true killer of the Sorcerer Supreme was revealed… as a ghost-like projection of an older, one-eyed, frail Doctor Strange. It seems that cliffhanger will finally be addressed in Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1, leaping forward to the end of the Earth, as the same elderly Strange walks the wasteland on one last mission. And must give up an eyeball to power his magic, as his most famous enemy’s forces surround him.

It’s a heck of a way to begin Strange’s final trial, so check out the preview pages below:

Now even movie fans who have never picked up a Doctor Strange comic can appreciate the dire situation, as Stephen gives off a scent for the spawn of Dormammu to follow. And all in search of a site where Earth was struck by… something. Resulting in the end of the world, and his lone mission to… well, we don’t know that part of the story, either. But even if the larger story, twists, and purpose of this Defenders reunion elude us for now, Marvel has succeeded in piquing our curiosity. If that goes for you readers as well, then pick up the previous issues of both Immortal Hulk and Namor: The Best Defense, and keep your eyes peeled for Silver Surfer‘s issue hitting store shelves next Wednesday alongside Doctor Strange.

Until then, check out the full synopsis for the new issue below:

  • Published: December 12th, 2018
  • Writer: Gerry Duggan
  • Art: Greg Smallwood
  • Cover: Ron Garney
  • “THE BEST DEFENSE” PART THREE! In a desolate, barren landscape, the Master of the Mystic Arts fights what may well prove to be his final battle—alone, unaided, friendless…except…what’s in that bag that Stephen Strange is carrying with him?

Doctor Strange: The Best Defense #1 will be released on December 12th from Marvel Comics.

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2018-12-06 07:12:00

Bethesda Gives Legit Fallout 76 Bag to Influencers, Rips Off Paying Customers

The furore over Fallout 76 has become worse for Bethesda, as it’s revealed that the publisher made special edition canvas bags to go out to influencers, but not the ones meant to go to paying customers. The bags, which are meant to hold the T-51b Power Armor helmet found in the Power Armor edition of Fallout 76, are made of a cheap nylon instead of an expected canvas, which was a huge disappointment for those who forked out the money for this premium edition of the multiplayer Fallout game.

This controversy is just one part of a larger problem for Bethesda over Fallout 76. The game has had a seriously negative reception since launch from both critics and fans, while the publisher has faced backlash not just over the poor quality of the title itself, but also over communication surrounding fixes. This is an area that the publisher has had to apologise for, with the issues stacking up overall.

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The latest problem regarding Fallout 76‘s canvas bags is perhaps the worst of the lot, however. As shown by the excellent image above from TellTaleTimeLord on Reddit, fans are not happy about the lack of canvas bags in the first place. Now that it’s been confirmed that Bethesda took the care to give canvas bags out to influencers, it’s another matter entirely.

YouTuber HeelvsBabyFace noticed that a number of unboxing videos from online influencers included a Fallout 76 canvas duffle bag. This bag was included in the goods that were given out to content creators in a Fallout 76 event back in October. Although the bag itself is a different design to those meant to be included in the Power Armor edition of the game, it’s no doubt bound to frustrate those who didn’t get what they wanted from the pre-order.

It gets even worse when compared to Bethesda’s reasons for the canvas bag not being included. A representative stated that “the bag shown in the media was a prototype and was too expensive to make,” but clearly some kind of canvas bag was easy enough to make as a promotional tool for the game – just not worth making for paying customers. Understandably, fans are unimpressed.

The overall issue of quality in Fallout 76 is one that rumbles on for Bethesda, from serious matters such as a class action lawsuit through to  the more light-hearted modding of the canvas bag into Fallout 4. Either way, however, it shows just how poorly Bethesda planned through the launch of Fallout 76, and how little care it took when it came to devoted fans.

More: Fallout 76 Reviews Roundup: Bethesda Rushed This One

Sources: TellTaleTimeLord, HeelvsBabyFace, Eurogamer

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2018-12-02 11:12:29