The Deuce Final Season Premieres In September | ScreenRant

HBO’s porn drama The Deuce will begin its third and final season in September, according to an official announcement from the network. The series, from creators George Pelecanos and David Simon, tracks the rise of the adult film industry from the ‘70s into the ‘80s as porn became widely available on formats like VHS. The shift in the industry is part of the show’s overall arc, one that’s highlighted by HBO’s marketing of season 3, which underlines the move from film to video and they ways in which that irrevocably changed the adult film industry. 

The series has been acclaimed since its premiere in 2017, following a sizable ensemble cast of characters played by Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco, Mustafa Shakir (Jett), Gary Carr (The Good Fight), Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Wire), Margarita Levieva (The Blacklist), Emily Meade (The Leftovers) and more. The series began in the ‘70s before taking a time jump several years forward in season 2, which saw many of its key players in different positions within the larger context of the story (some good, some not so good). And as the series prepares for its final run, The Deuce is prepared to jump into the ‘80s and the era of VHS. 

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The news was made today in an official announcement by HBO through the show’s Twitter account. The tweet shows an image of a VHS baring the title The Deuce and in hand-written marker, the early September premiere date, which will see the series make the move to Mondays. Check out the tweet with the premiere date announcement below: 

The series will have several storylines to wrap up in its final season, as many of its characters saw their lives changed in dramatic ways over the course of season 2. Most of those changes were a of a professional nature, as Gyllenhaal’s Eileen ‘Candy’ Merrell fought to legitimize her career as a female filmmaker within the male-dominated world of adult filmmaking. Meanwhile, Franco’s twin brothers Frankie and Vince Martino saw their involvement with organized crime become much more of a liability. As it stands now, a big part of The Deuce’s final season will be spent getting caught up with the various characters now that they’re in the ‘80s, and finding out how the changes in the adult film industry continue to alter their lives moving forward. 

The show itself will have some adjusting to do, as The Deuce moves from its usual Sunday-night time slot to Monday nights. Mondays have traditionally been reserved for HBO’s documentary series and films, but recently it’s seen success with shows like Chernobyl and the currently airing Years and Years. The third and final season of Divorce is also currently airing on Monday nights, which suggests the evening is meant to welcome new series and help usher older ones out to pasture. 

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The Deuce season 3 premieres Monday, September 9 @9pm on HBO.

2019-07-12 02:07:56

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Rambo V: Last Blood Gets a September 2019 Release Date

Rambo V: Last Blood has officially gotten a September 2019 release date. The first Rambo movie titled First Blood was released in 1982, starring Sylvester Stallone as a Vietnam War veteran being hunted down by a corrupt sheriff and his deputies. Ever since then, John Rambo has become an action movie icon, appearing in a number of films over the years.

Stallone has starred in each Rambo sequel since 1982, but he has also acted as a writer for the original film and each of its sequels. Stallone even went as far as to star in, write, and direct the fourth Rambo film in 2009, which was simply called Rambo. Rumors of a fifth Rambo go back all the way to 2008, but Stallone confirmed Rambo 5 was moving forward and would be titled Rambo V: Last Blood back in 2014. The official plot synopsis for Rambo V: Last Blood is currently unknown, but new Rambo V images that were released this month tease another rescue mission storyline, as well as Rambo going up against a cartel. Now, it looks like Rambo V: Last Blood has officially gotten a release date.

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According to The Wrap, Lionsgate has set a September 20, 2019 release date for Rambo V: Last Blood. So far, not a lot of movies have been given a September 2019 release date. Rambo V will see direct competition from the Downtown Abbey movie as well as Black and Blue on that date. Rambo V: Last Blood will also be facing competition from IT: Chapter Two and Spies in Disguise, both of which are being released earlier in the month.

While Stallone is obviously returning for the Rambo sequel, he will also have some fresh faces appearing on screen with him. Actress Paz Vega will co-star in Rambo V: Last Blood, appearing as a journalist who accompanies Rambo in his fight against a cartel who kidnapped her sister. In October 2018, it was also announced that Sergio Peris-Mencheta would be playing the villain of the film, although not a lot of details surrounding his character are known at this time.

While Rambo V: Last Blood may be facing some stiff competition in September, die-hard Rambo fans are still likely to come out to see the newest Rambo flick. After all, this is supposedly going to be Stallone’s last outing as Rambo, as we have seen Stallone start to retire some of his famous characters. Creed II marked Stallone’s last appearance as Rocky Balboa, and he now seems to be retiring another one of his famous characters this year. Needless to say, Stallone will no doubt be able to pull people back to the theaters for Rambo V: Last Blood in September simply on nostalgia alone.

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2019-02-28 01:02:48

Suicide Squad 2: Smallville Star Also Wants to Join James Gunn’s Sequel

Now that Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad 2 has a surprising new writer in James Gunn, another one of his MCU stars, Michael Rosenbaum, wants to join him. Dave Bautista expressed interest in joining Suicide Squad 2 after Gunn came aboard to write and possibly direct, which isn’t too surprising since Bautista vehemently defended Gunn on social media after he was unceremoniously fired from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3. Whether or not more Marvel stars will throw their hat in the ring to join him remains to be seen, but considering how beloved the filmmaker is, it wouldn’t be so surprising.

After writing and directing both Guardians of the Galaxy and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for Marvel, Gunn was slated to return for Guardians 3, but he was fired in July, after offensive tweets from a decade ago resurfaced online. Despite a number of people quickly jumping to his defense, Disney stood by their removal of Gunn, with the director’s longtime collaborator, Michael Rooker, even quitting Twitter after the firing. Disney hasn’t announced a replacement to take over Guardians 3 yet, but it seems several of the director’s stars are ready to jump ship and be a part of Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe (DCEU).

Related: Here’s What Happened To WB’s Original Suicide Squad 2 Plans

Rosenbaum took to Twitter last night to express his interest in signing on for Suicide Squad 2, stating, “Sign me up too.” The actor, who played Martinex in last year’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, was responding to a tweet by Bautista, who was the first to say he wanted to join Gunn’s movie. Bautista was also among the first to come to Gunn’s defense after his firing in July, and he even threatened to quit Guardians 3 in August, if Marvel didn’t at least use Gunn’s already-completed script for the film.

Sean Gunn, James’ brother, who plays Kraglin in the Guardians movies, confirmed in September that Marvel will use James Gunn’s Guardians 3 script, but his directorial replacement remains to be seen. There was hope, at one point, that the director and studio may be able to resolve their differences and bring Gunn back into the fold, but Disney CEO Bob Iger stood behind the firing in a statement he released in late September. There had even been talk before Gunn came aboard for Suicide Squad 2 that Warner Bros. was interested in Gunn, continuing what is becoming a bit of a tradition, with Warner Bros. snatching up talent from Marvel.

The DCEU’s biggest hit, Wonder Woman, was directed by Patty Jenkins, who was once set to direct Thor: The Dark World. Warner Bros. brought Joss Whedon over from the MCU to rewrite parts of the script and direct reshoots for Justice League, stepping in for Zack Snyder. And now, WB has poached Gunn. While the first Suicide Squad wasn’t well-received by many critics, this new project is said to be a much different take than David Ayer’s original. Whether or not Gunn can turn this franchise around remains to be seen, but it will be interesting to see if Gunn will try to bring over MCU actors like Bautista and Rosenbaum once the project moves further in development.

More: Suicide Squad Characters James Gunn Already Wanted To Work With

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2018-10-10 07:10:00 – Brian Gallagher

Sony Confirms PSN Name Change Option Coming in 2019

PlayStation has confirmed that the ability to change a user’s PSN Online ID is coming in early 2019. The company did not specify exact launch date specifics, but did stated that testing the new functionality will be getting underway soon.

The saga regarding PSN name change functionality is one that has gone on for years now. Seemingly almost every year, reports would surface that the rumored functionality was finally in the works for Sony, only for those rumors to be shot down by an official spokesperson shortly after. For a company that has had a stranglehold on the current-gen console market for the better part of the PlayStation 4’s entire existence, not having the ability to change your user ID on the PlayStation Network was a bizarre oversight that had never been corrected.

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Now, however, the official PlayStation Twitter‘s post suggests that the company has finally recognized the need to allow gamers to change their online user names. The announcement also specifies that the rollout of PSN name change options will begin in early 2019, meaning that it won’t be a long wait – at least, not compared to the wait Sony supporters had just to have the company acknowledge the need for such a function.

The decision to allow users to change their PSN names comes not long after Sony made another key, crowd-pleasing announcement. Towards the end of September, Sony announced that the company was finally caving in to the demands of players around the world and allowing cross-play functionality for its PS4 system, most notably supporting Fortnite in the decision. Sony had been the last of the major gaming companies to acquiesce to the trend of cross-platform play, and it did not happen quickly. That’s why the decision to allow PSN Online ID changes happening in a span of months is such a surprising, yet welcome, announcement.

Now that Sony has made back-to-back gigantic announcements regarding its online service, it’s fair to wonder what’s left for the PS4 this year. Sony recently committed to the fact that there would be no PlayStation Experience in 2018, citing that the company simply had a lack of upcoming things to feature and that it would be better served skipping this year’s show altogether. It’s possible that because of this relative lull in PS4 offerings Sony has suddenly decided to make some heavily requested changes to its PSN service – and if so, it’s a deft move from the company, keeping its name in the spotlight even when it isn’t churning out a bunch of appealing exclusives.

More: Best Video Games According To Metacritic (And 10 Worst)

Source: Official PlayStation Twitter

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2018-10-10 01:10:48 – Cody Gravelle

22 July Review: Paul Greengrass Delivers Another Intense Docudrama

Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

In-between his efforts on the Bourne movies, journalist-turned filmmaker Paul Greengrass has spent much of his career making docudrama-thrillers about real-world events, ranging from the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S. (United 93) to the hijacking of the Maersk Alabama in 2009 (Captain Phillips). While there’s an inherent risk of exploiting a real-world tragedy that comes with any such project, Greengrass has long been celebrated for his ability to dramatize terrible events on the big screen in a manner that’s intense, yet sensitive and ultimately insightful in its presentation. Thankfully, that remains the case with his Netflix Original 22 July, even if it doesn’t necessarily represent the writer/director at his finest. Despite some general storytelling issues, Greengrass succeeds in delivering another well-crafted and intelligent docudrama-thriller with 22 July.

22 July picks up on July 21, 2011 in Oslo, Norway, as Anders Behring Breivik (Anders Danielsen Lie) – a self-declared right wing extremist – prepares to carry out a terrorist attack on the city the next day. He begins his assault by setting off a bomb in a van near the main office of the then-current Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg (Ola G. Furuseth), killing eight people in the process. Breivik then proceeds to continue his attack by gunning down 69 members of a summer camp organized by the AUF – the youth division of the Norwegian Labour Party – on the island of Utøya, before he is ultimately apprehended by the police and taken into custody.

Among the members of the summer camp is one Viljar Hanssen (Jonas Strand Gravli), who manages to survive Breivik’s attack despite being shot multiple times and left permanently maimed. As Viljar struggles to recover both physically and psychologically from what happened to him (along with everyone else who survived the Utøya shootings and their loved ones), Breivik works with his chosen lawyer Geir Lippestad (Jon Øigarden) to mount a defense and use his trial as a platform to publicly announce his political agenda (which calls for the immediate deportation of all Muslims and heavier restrictions on immigration to Norway, among other things). When it becomes clear to Viljar what Breivik intends to do, he grows increasingly determined to continue his rehabilitation and testify against him in court for not only himself, but also every other person whose lives were affected by what took place on July 22.

Adapted from the book One of Us: The Story of a Massacre in Norway — and Its Aftermath by Åsne Seierstad, Greengrass’ script for 22 July has a very clear-cut three act structure – with the first act focused on the July 22 attack, the second part set during its immediate aftermath, and the final third centered on Breivik’s trial. The film is strongest during its first and third acts in particular, as those chapters (respectively) play to Greengrass’ strengths as a suspense-thriller storyteller and provide the emotional payoff to Viljar and, thus, Norway’s overarching journey of recovery and survival. It’s the second act where things start to drag and get a little muddled, especially as 22 July splits its focus between not only Viljar’s story thread, but also Lippestad and Breivik’s trial preparation, and the investigation into Stoltenberg’s administration and its failure to prevent a terrorist attack. While there’s nothing in the second act that feels inessential, 22 July struggles to divide its attention evenly between its three plotlines and the film’s pacing suffers for it.

On the whole, however, 22 July does a nice job covering a fair amount of narrative ground, even when taking its pretty substantial runtime into consideration. It helps that Greengrass (as he’s known now for doing, as a director) never fully lifts his foot off the gas pedal and keeps the film’s proceedings feeling on-edge throughout, even during its more purely dramatic portions. The filmmaker, working this time around with DP Pål Ulvik Rokseth (The Snowman) and Oscar-winning Argo editor William Goldenberg, uses essentially the same vérité cinematography and restless editing style that he has on his previous movies, in order to fully immerse viewers in the film’s setting and action. At the same time, Greengrass slows things down a bit here and, in turn, delivers a movie that’s more visually cohesive than some of his weaker efforts in the past (see the last Bourne sequel, in particular). This serves 22 July well, allowing it to effectively work as both a grounded drama and thriller.

Given the sheer amount of information that 22 July strives to cover, though, there’s not a lot of room for the film’s actors to really shine – not in the way that Barkhad Abdi and Tom Hanks did in Captain Phillips, for example. Even so, the 22 July cast is uniformly strong across the board, with Gravli especially doing an excellent job of portraying Viljar’s struggles with his physical injuries, PTSD, and the sheer amount of emotional baggage that he’s saddled with after barely managing to escape the attack on Utøya with his own life. Actors like Thorbjørn Harr and Isak Bakli Aglen are similarly moving in their smaller roles as members of Viljar’s family, as is Seda Witt as Lara Rashid, a young woman who starts to make a romantic connection with Viljar before both of their lives are shattered by Breivik’s attack. As for Breivik himself: Lie is quite compelling in the role and portrays the terrorist as a fully-developed person – one whose rationalization of his behavior makes him chilling and pathetic in equal measure.

As with his previous films, Greengrass uses 22 July as a means for delivering larger sociopolitical commentary about the state of things in the world, specifically where it concerns the rise of xenophobic and nationalist ideologies in various countries (the U.S. included). While his scripted dialogue can start to become a bit on the nose as its strives to get these points across (especially in the third act), Greengrass largely succeeds in allowing the story here to shine a light on these issues organically, without getting up on his figurative soapbox to drive the point home. If there’s a downside to the filmmaker’s approach, though, it’s that July 22 winds up handling its subject matter in a way that’s more engaging intellectually than emotionally and, thus, lacks the emotional resonance of Greengrass’ best work to date.

All things considered, however, Greengrass does a very good job of bringing the true story behind 22 July to cinematic life. The final result is a film that makes for an enlightening and otherwise respectful documentation of a horrifying real-world event, rather than one that comes off as exploitative or manipulative. 22 July is showing in select theaters now – in order to qualify for next year’s major film awards shows – and it certainly benefits from being seen on the big screen, but can still be appreciated just as much as a Netflix Original on your home TV. While it’s obviously not a light-hearted viewing experience, 22 July is very much worth checking out if you’ve enjoyed Greengrass’ previous non-Bourne efforts and/or would like to know more about Norway’s own infamous modern terrorist attack.


22 July is now available for streaming on Netflix and is playing in select U.S. theaters. It is 143 minutes long and is rated R for disturbing violence, graphic images, and language.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments section!

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2018-10-10 01:10:22 – Sandy Schaefer

Arrowverse Creator Addresses Ruby Rose Batwoman Casting Controversy

Arrowverse co-creator Greg Berlanti is finally addressing the ongoing controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman in The CW’s DC Comics-based shared universe. Earlier this summer, it was announced ahead of San Diego Comic-Con that the network would be adding Batwoman to the list of their already extensive DC superheroes, with the potential to spin off the character into her own standalone series down the line. Then, it was later revealed that Rose had been cast as the titular character.

Shortly after the announcement of Rose’s casting as Batwoman, the actress suffered from a sudden wave of bullying, which ultimately amounted to relentless gate-keeping. Some people believed that she simply wasn’t right for the part, which is a fair opinion to have of someone who has been cast in a notable role, but then there were plenty of others who attacked the actress for not being gay enough to portray Kate Kane. It wasn’t long after that Rose decided to shut down her Twitter account and close off her Instagram comments to the public as a result.

Related: What Elseworlds Means For The Arrowverse & Batwoman

In an interview with THR at the Los Angeles LGBT Center Vanguard Awards in September, Arrowverse franchise producer Greg Berlanti addressed the controversy surrounding Ruby Rose’s casting as Batwoman, saying that outrage against certain decisions is a tale as old as time in Hollywood. However, it’s not something that producers should be fazed by. Here’s what he said in full:

“Whenever you’re bringing change about in any form, there are always conversations that happen. I go all the way back to Dawson’s Creek. Twitter didn’t exist, but we would get boxes of letters expressing opinions in all directions from were we making enough change, should we be making more change, or why did we feel like we needed to do these things? It’s always part of the process, so just focus on the story and make the best episode that you can.”

Berlanti also made sure to point out that the potential Batwoman TV series was still in the pilot stage. For those that aren’t aware, Rose is slated to make her debut as the iconic superhero in this year’s Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which will take place across three shows – Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl; Legends of Tomorrow will not be joining the crossover this time – over three nights. Furthermore, the entire crossover is supposed to take place in Gotham, which audiences saw for the first time in the official Elseworlds poster that debuted earlier this month.

Whether the network gives Batwoman a series order remains to be seen, but the character’s popularity and the potential for more stories centered in Gotham will most likely be determined by the Elseworlds crossover this December. Regardless of all the bullying Rose has received online, she is still on board to portray Kate Kane in her first live-action television debut. In fact, Arrow star Stephen Amell recently teased Rose trying on the Batwoman costume for the first time, seeing as the cast and crew should be filming the crossover soon (if they haven’t done so already).

More: Elseworlds: Everything You Need To Know About The Arrowverse Crossover

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2018-10-08 04:10:39 – Mansoor Mithaiwala

Robert Downey Jr. Responds to Chris Evans’ Emotional Captain America Thank You Letter

Robert Downey Jr. has responded to Chris Evans’ Captain America thank you letter, in which the latter reflected on wrapping Avengers 4. The two actors are currently in Atlanta, where reshoots for the upcoming Marvel film are taking place. Besides Downey and Evans, other actors – including Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson, and Elizabeth Olsen and Pom Klementieff – have all been spotted on set. Reshoots began in September. According to Mark Ruffalo, these reshoots will “finish the movie,” rather than just fixing scenes or adding additional lines.

These last days on set are sure to be an emotional period for the cast. Many of them have been playing these characters since MCU Phase 1, and have worked together onscreen almost as long. The original Avengers are so close they even got matching tattoos. Saying goodbye at the end of filming is sure to be bittersweet, as for some, it’ll be for the last time. Evans posted a tweet commemorating his wrap on Avengers 4, and saying what an honor playing Steven Rogers had been. Of course, this caused the MCU fandom to break down as well, believing that this seals Cap’s Avengers 4 fate. Regardless of if the character lives or dies, the film will most likely be the end of the line for Evans, whose contract is up.

Related: Everything We Know About Avengers 4’s Reshoots

Robert Downey Jr. subsequently responded to Evans’ emotional tweet with one of his own. He posted: “We all know who the real sheriff in town is“, with an image of Woody and Buzz from Toy Story. Buzz is dressed in Iron Man armor, while Woody is decked out in red, white, and blue Captain America regalia. The poster reads, “To Infinity War and Beyond” a cute nod to both the Avengers: Infinity War title and the saying from the animated Pixar film. Check out the tweet and image below.

Update: Chris Evans has since responded to RDJ’s response. Check it out below.

Iron Man and Captain America have been mainstays of the MCU since 2008 and 2011, respectively. The actors have become as iconic as the characters they play, and oftentimes it’s hard to draw a line between the two. It’s almost impossible to imagine the movies without either of these characters, but it’s a reality Marvel fans are slowly realizing they’re going to have to face very soon.

Avengers 4 will mark both a beginning and an end of sorts. While it’s likely time to say goodbye to actors like Evans and Downey Jr., the next round of MCU movies will also usher in a new era of characters. Heroes like Captain Marvel, Shuri, Black Panther, and Valkyrie will step up to take the place of the fallen or retired. The future of Marvel Studios is in good hands.

More: Mark Ruffalo Fake Spoils Avengers 4 Title; Directors Fake Fire Him

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2018-10-06 03:10:58 – Brittany Rivera

DC Universe Launch Date Confirmed For Batman Day This September

Batman Day will be the official launch date for DC Universe. DC is diving deep into the online space with the creation of a digital service that will be the house of a variety of items. They’ve revealed that DC Universe will hold almost every DC property ever made for the screen, whether those be films or TV. There’s also going to be an extensive library of digital comics at the disposal of fans to re-read iconic runs, or read the stories that inspired whatever programming they are watching.

In addition to the comics, films, and TV shows, there will also be a daily show committed to delivering DC related news on all fronts. They’re introducing the concept now with Kevin Smith hosting a live-stream, and he just confirmed when the service will be launching.

Related: DC Universe Subscription & Price Details Revealed

DC officially announced that DC Universe will launch on Batman Day, which is September 15. This leaves just over two weeks between now and when the service launches. It is currently available for pre-order, so fans can currently purchase the service to ensure they’ll be among the first to use the service on day one, to further allow them to celebrate Batman.

Now that the release date for DC Universe is here, hopefully it won’t be too much longer before we know exactly what programming will be available upon the launch. There’s a wide library of titles and comics that DC can use to help launch the service, but what exactly will be available on day one isn’t known. Considering the launch comes on Batman Day, it is very likely that a heavy amount of content will be dedicated to the Dark Knight.

This is, however, just the launching point for DC Universe. With exclusive content and news coming on a daily basis, it will be a hot spot for all DC fans. They’ve already announced a ton of original shows that will come to the service both in live-action and animation. It does not appear that any of those titles will be available with the launch however. This should just allow fans to get comfortable with DC Universe and let DC work out any bugs, before rolling out their big content. All in all, it is just nice to know when exactly DC Universe will be available to use and more details on what is going to be included should come soon too.

Next: Justice League vs The Fatal Five Animated Movie Coming to DC Universe

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Free Xbox Games With Gold For September 2018 Revealed

Microsoft has announced September’s suite of free titles for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. This month’s Games with Gold include Prison Architect and Livelock on Xbox One, as well as LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars and Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World for Xbox 360. As always, the Xbox 360 games are backwards compatible on Xbox One.

It’s a relatively slower month compared to last month’s excellent offerings, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had with these games – and most of the new games will be available all month long to download, though some will only be available for half the month, so players better get downloading!

Related: Xbox One Almost Got a VR Headset: What Happened?

Prison Architect (Sept. 1 – Sept. 30)

An oddly charming look at the prison industrial complex, Prison Architect lets players design and build their own prison. It’s like a cross between Theme Hospital, Sim City, and other management simulation games, but with a uniquely uncomfortable setting. The game also features an “Escape Mode,” which casts players as prisoners on a quest to get out of jail without being captured or killed by the guards.

Prison Architect isn’t for everybody, but there’s nothing else like it on the market, especially when it comes to its sharp criticism of the damage unregulated capitalism can do on the prison system’s supposed goal of rehabilitating prisoners, rather than keeping them incarcerated for as long as possible, thus boosting profits… But that’s a whole other story.

LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars (Sept. 1 – Sept. 15)

In the world of video games, there are few franchises more reliable than the TT Games’ LEGO franchise tie-ins. They’re rarely revolutionary, but they always deliver in terms of jolly co-op adventure, family-friendly action, and silly comedy antics. LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars builds on its predecessors with the inclusion of light RTS elements in the form of epic ground battles, as well as levels which segue seamlessly from vehicle to on-foot sections. Alongside LEGO Marvel Superheroes and LEGO City Undercover, The Clone Wars is one of the best LEGO games around, and can easily sap dozens of hours from even the most hardened players.

Livelock Sept. 16 – Oct 15)

Published by Perfect World Entertainment (Star Trek Online) and developed by Tuque Games, Livelock is a top-down twin-stick shooter. Livelock is playable either solo or in three-player online co-op, but sadly lacks local multiplayer. The game features a surprisingly complex sci-fi storyline, but the real hook is the non-stop twin-stick shooting action. Heavy firefights result in screen-wide explosions and eye-popping particle effects. Add in some light RPG elements and personalized customization systems, and Livelock is nothing less than good time for fans of isometric action and dungeon crawling action.

Sega Vintage Collection: Monster World (Sept. 16 – Sept. 30)

This game is actually a collection of three games in the Wonder Boy series: Wonder Boy in Monster Land, Wonder Boy in Monster World, and Monster World IV. The games feature Metroid-style progression, light RPG elements, and a focus on exploration. Monster World IV is notable for having been locked out of Western shores in its original release; in fact, the Sega Vintage Collection version (released alongside the Wii U Virtual Console and PS3 ports) marked the first time the game has been officially available in North America. The Monster World games are basically forgotten classics at this point, but it would be absolutely fantastic if more people started remembering them, or discovering them for the first time.

What do you think of this month’s Games with Gold? Do you plan on playing any of these during downtime from Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Valkyria Chronicles 4, and NBA 2K19? Sound off in the comments!

Next: Free PlayStation Plus Games for September 2018 Revealed

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Free PlayStation Plus Games for September 2018 Revealed

Sony has just announced its suite of free PlayStation Plus games for the month of September. Subscribers to the premium service will be able to get their hands on some seriously big titles this month, including Bungie’s juggernaut online shooter, Destiny 2, and God of War III Remastered, the PS4 port of one of the PS3’s greatest action games.

PlayStation 3 and Vita users will also gain access to games of their own, from the 20th anniversary re-release of Another World to the addictive marble-popping puzzler, Sparkle 2. Meanwhile, the VR title, Here They Lie, and the PlayLink trivia game, Knowledge is Power, continue to be available following their introduction last month.

Related: Spider-Man PS4 DLC Details & Release Schedule Officially Revealed

PlayStation Plus has been delivering free games since 2010, but this might just be one of their best months ever. The aforementioned games will be available starting September 1.

Destiny 2

One of the biggest games of 2017, Activision’s Destiny 2 is a loot-filled adventure through a sci-fi world of heroes fighting a never-ending battle against the myriad forces of darkness. Developer Bungie made their bones on acclaimed first person shooter franchises Marathon and Halo, so there’s no shortage of high octane FPS action to behold in Destiny 2.

While it might seem surprising for Activision to allow one of their biggest games to be totally free, it’s actually an ingenious marketing move. Destiny 2‘s latest expansion, Forsaken, requires both the original game and the previous two expansions. Basically, even with Destiny 2 entirely free, gamers who want to jump into the Forsaken content need to throw down $60, or the regular price of a brand new game.

Still, even without spending additional money, there’s a lot to enjoy in the vanilla Destiny 2 experience, especially with friends, since the game features robust competitive and cooperative online offerings.

God of War III Remastered

The latest God of War earned universal praise for its storytelling, combat, and unprecedented visuals. For newcomers to the series who don’t know much about the origins of Kratos, or for series veterans who want to relive one of his greatest adventures with a fresh coat of HD paint, look no further than God of War III Remastered.

Originally released on PS3 in March of 2010, the conclusion to the original God of War trilogy was refurbished for PS4 in July of 2015. This version added a slick new photo mode and included all of the original game’s DLC, from costumes to the difficult Challenge of Exile stages.

PS3 Games

While the main offerings this month are on PS4, Sony’s older console isn’t being left in the cold. PS3 users will get Another World: 20th Anniversary Edition. One of the most celebrated PC games of all time, Another World was initially released back in 1991 before being ported to many other platforms over the years. The “20th Anniversary Edition” didn’t hit PlayStation 3 until 2014, so it’s really a “23rd Anniversary Edition,” technically speaking. This version of the game is a Cross-Buy title, so it’s also playable on PS4 and PS Vita.

PS3 gamers also receive access to Q.U.B.E: Director’s Cut, which features Cross-Buy on PS4. As a first person puzzle game set in a mysterious facility using cutting-edge technology, it’s impossible to avoid comparisons to Valve’s Portal series, but it would be a mistake to dismiss this one. A sequel, Q.U.B.E. 2, was released earlier this year for PS4, PC, and Xbox One.

PS Vita Games

While the Vita never got the love it deserved, it’s still receiving a pair of free titles this month. Sparkle 2 tasks the player with launching marbles of different colors in an effort to clear increasingly difficult stages. It’s not unlike the Bust-a-Move series, and is a perfect portable puzzler for both short bursts and extended play sessions. Sparkle 2 offers Cross-Buy on both PS3 and PS4.

Finally, Foul Play is a side-scrolling brawler set on a theater stage, offering a unique twist on the tried-and-true fighting genre with its unique style and jolly sense of humor. The game allows Cross-Buy on PS4, which features two-player cooperative action.

What do you think of this month’s PS Plus games? Will you be playing any of these during breaks from Spider-Man, Dragon Quest XI, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, and Valkyria Chronicles 4? Sound off in the comments!

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