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You might find this hard to believe but DC Universe Online is still alive and well. Going free-to-play is usually seen as a death-knell nowadays but it actually saved this game and it’s still getting new episodes for players to participate in today. In a nice moment of corporate synergy, a new Birds of Prey episode has been announced, just in time for its recent digital release.
Revealed by the PlayStation Blog, the episode details the origins of this renowned group, mostly focusing on Huntress, Black Canary, Harley Quinn, and Poison Ivy. They will be working for the group’s original leader Oracle, who first appeared in Suicide Squad but made a much bigger impact during this comic when it debuted in the ‘90s. Players will be able to team up with these characters, as they discover each other and eventually form their legendary team.
Anyone curious about this game can literally download it for free and it seems like this episode itself will also be free. That’s pretty big news since a number of playable episodes like this are usually paid for so this is a pretty good incentive. So, if you love these characters and want to check this game out, there’s no time like the present.
Fans will have to wait till April 16 if they want to play the Birds of Prey episode. DC Universe Online can be downloaded right now and is free-to-play on PS4, Xbox One, PC, Nintendo Switch, PS3, and Xbox 360.
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Iron Man 3 has been making the rounds in social media lately, with fans wondering if it’s the worst MCU movie or if it’s actually Thor: The Dark World. Of course, the real answer is that Iron Man 3 is better than people give it credit for and is not only better than The Dark World but is also superior to films like Iron Man 2, The Incredible Hulk, Captain Marvel, Ant-Man, and so much more.
Anyway, it turns out that actress Rebecca Hall, who played Maya Hensen in the controversial film, stated that her character almost has a better arc. In the movie, she just ended up being the lackey to Aldrich Killian but it turns out that there was a draft where Maya does try to redeem herself and makes a sacrifice, which seems to be the only way for villains to die heroically.
"Yeah! She was meant to be a sort of – oh god, I can’t even remember probably now. In the first script that I read she was in it to the end and she created whatever that serum-y thing was and then she sort of saved it by doing an act of martyrdom at the end and there was a whole like, she was evil but then she tries to be good at the end situation. It was a better part."
Fans who have read the Iron Man: Extremis arc know that Maya Hensen played a pretty big role in the story, seemingly being set up as a possible partner for Tony before being revealed as the true culprit and villain. Extremis was a dangerous experiment that wasn’t ready for the public but she and Killian let it out to test what it can do, with Tony having to fix it. She was then killed in the first Marvel NOW arc of Iron Man by people who wanted to use Extremis again.
Iron Man 3 is now available on digital stores and Blu-Ray.
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Fallout 76 just continues to disappoint huh? The game was already pretty crappy at launch, giving fans a world no one wanted to explore that was also filled with bugs, and we don’t mean the enemy types. Some Bethesda fans breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced that a free update, called Fallout 76 Wastelanders, would make things better by adding human NPCs to the game but that was soon delayed.
Sadly, the game was delayed again. Thankfully, it looks like fans won’t have to wait too long since it’s only one more week and not a month or a year. Considering how the first delay was actually several months, this isn’t too bad. Still, when you remember how much of a mess this game has been, it’s just not a good look for this title.
Wastelanders Release Update pic.twitter.com/h5Rxn359r4
— Bethesda Game Studios (@BethesdaStudios) March 26, 2020
Apparently, this delay is due to, you guessed it, that damned Coronavirus. It has affected some of the developers in Bethesda so a number of them can’t participate in the final testing of this big Wastelanders update for the game. While disappointing, we more than understand since no one wants to get COVID-19 since it can be fatal, even if you’re young.
If you’re interested in messy games that have some fun here and there, you can get Fallout 76 right now on the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Personally, just wait for April 14 when the Fallout 76 Wastelanders update comes out.
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It’s been a rough 2020 so far, with the Australian bushfire kicking things off and the current Coronavirus forcing everyone to stay at home. We already know that a few celebrities have it, though they’re rich enough to get tests and condescendingly sing Imagine to us for some odd reason. Well, things are about to get even sadder as Odin, who played Bran’s Direwolf Summer in Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 10 due to a battle with cancer.
The family of Odin, via Belfast Live, posted a touching message about the big dog, pointing out how the loss of their dog is a tragedy and hoping that the canine leaves a positive impact on the lives of everyone he interacted with. This is a true tragedy since dogs are just such gentle creatures and they deserve to live just as long as us flawed humans, if not more.
"Odin was a family member first and we got him when he was a pup at seven weeks old. All we wanted were big dogs to take hiking and sleep at our feet in the evening beside the fire, everything after that was a bonus. Odin's passing marks the end of a decade and the end of an era as he taught our friends and family a lot of lessons about life for one dog he has more stories than some people would."
As a dog owner, I can only imagine how hard it must be to lose a family member. Dogs might just be seen as animals to some but the joy they bring cannot be replaced. We hope that the family of Odin finds some peace.
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Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Shadow of Doom is finally available for those that purchase this game’s Expansion Pass, finally adding a much-needed epilogue to the main campaign and it features the Fantastic Four to boot. It’s been too long since we’ve seen any Fantastic Four presence in a mainstream video game and seeing them take the spotlight alongside big bad Doctor Doom is something many fans never thought they’d see again after the debacle with Fox.
Because if you can’t beat them, buy them right?
Anyway, we finally have our Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Shadow of Doom trailer and it is pretty epic. Not only does it feature Doctor Doom and the Fantastic Four but every character in the game is also featured, whether they were included in the base game or were DLC. Fans who purchased the Expansion Pass will also be happy about seeing the characters from the Marvel Knights and X-Men DLC packs make appearances here, confirming they’re storyline relevance.
It’s not yet known if there will be more Ultimate Alliance 3 DLC or if Shadow of Doom will cap off this crazy ride. Since most of us are expecting it to be the latter, we’re pretty grateful for all of the support since this game had a ton of awesome costumes and modes to keep us busy with the button-mashing.
Nintendo Switch fans can purchase Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: Shadow of Doom now via the Expansion Pass. Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order, the base game, is now available for purchase as well.
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Just when it seemed like there was hope for movie theaters to become relevant again, China has decided to get our anxiety up by announcing that they are closing all of their theaters again, days after 500-plus theaters were opened to the public. It seems like China doesn’t want to rest on their laurels after COVID-19 seems to have subsided as they don’t want a second wave of infections to spread, which is fair game since the pandemic did originate from the country.
The news was confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter and it looks like they won’t be reopening theaters right away. Apparently, they want to make sure that there’s no chance of a pandemic happening again so we can sort of respect them for that. It’s just a shame that they gave the green light last week since it did give local theater owners some hope since America’s movie business isn’t looking too hot right now.
We hope that the movie theater business booms again after this Coronavirus pandemic has subsided since it looks like a lot of people are in trouble. Thankfully, a number of high-profile movies like Black Widow, The New Mutants, Mulan, Wonder Woman 1984, and so much more are expected to debut once this pandemic blows over. Let’s hope things truly get better as we leave the pre-pandemic era behind and enter the post-pandemic one with grace.
No timetable has been given as to when China will be reopening its movie theaters but don’t expect it to be quick.
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Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy made some headlines when its first season debuted, filled with the same quirkiness and character-driven stories that made the comic book so popular. In fact, the show actually managed to convert some viewers into comic book fans, with some of the graphic novels selling out when the first season was at an all-time high. Due to COVID-19, most of us figured that The Umbrella Academy Season 2 would be a bit delayed since there hasn’t been much news on its production but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
While shooting did conclude last year, there’s still a lot of editing that has to be done, especially since this show has a lot of superhero-like special effects. However, it seems like things are going a bit smoother in the editing department since showrunner Steve Blackman, who is not the former WWF Hardcore Champion, gave fans a post-production update on Instagram.
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Blackman shows us some of the editings and swears that everyone on duty is washing their hands to make sure no one gets the Coronavirus. Cute joke aside, this is a pretty neat update and should be reassuring to fans who need more Netflix shows to binge. We could always use more of The Umbrella Academy in our lives and this should hit that sweet spot.
As of this writing, no release date for The Umbrella Academy Season 2 has been revealed, though it is expected to come out this year.
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Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the hottest PS4 games coming out and fans are more than willing to brave COVID-19 just to get this JRPG. That, or they will get the digital version, which is currently the safer option right now. Interestingly enough, people in Japan are going out again and even attending wrestling shows so it makes some sense that Square Enix would announce two new Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 bundles.
The timing might seem odd to some since Sony is releasing the PlayStation 5 later this year but it’s something all companies like to do for their highly-anticipated games. Nintendo was even selling New 3DS bundles when the Switch was already announced so this is simply something publishers do to make more money. Capitalism at its finest but hey, these versions do look nice, at the very least.
Sadly, fans hoping for a redesigned PS4 or PS4 Pro model are going to be disappointed. While it will come with the game and a big box highlighting its cover art, these will be standard black PS4 and PS4 Pros for both bundles. Probably something for late adapters who think the PS5 won’t be too hot when it comes out but not for hardcore fans who like getting limited edition consoles.
Like the actual game, these Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 bundles will be coming out in Japan on April 10. Currently, there don’t seem to be any plans to bring this to the US, though we can always dream.
Via PlayStation Blog Japan
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Stargirl has been one of the most hyped DC Universe shows, which is saying a lot since the streaming service is home to Titans and Harley Quinn. Aside from showing off the title character, this show was also meant to showcase the Justice Society of America aka the JSA. Sadly, it looks like DC fans are going to have to wait a little bit longer since a Stargirl delay has been announced.
Thankfully, it’s not that big a delay and doesn’t even involve the Coronavirus (as far as we know).
In an odd bit of news, Stargirl will not hit its original May 11 release but will make it in time for a May 18 one. That’s literally one week away from its original release date so we have to wonder why a change like this was made. May is still two months away after all and we’re sure that a number of people would have been down with watching the series.
Then again, with several CW-DC shows having their episodes delayed due to these troubling times, that could have been the main culprit as to why the Stargirl debut was delayed. After all, Stargirl is supposed to debut on the television network one day after it appears on DC Universe so we can only assume that this is the main reason.
Fans who are interested in Stargirl will have to wait a week longer than its original debut date. DC Universe’s Stargirl will now debut on May 18.
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Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy is often considered to be one of the best games from this beloved franchise and it’s now available for a modern audience. The game is now available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch so if you don’t have a gaming PC, now’s the best time to get it. As if the main campaign wasn’t enough to interest fans, this game will actually have it online multiplayer, which wasn’t the case for Jedi Outcast.
At $19.99 fans will be able to customize their own Jedi, partake in a lengthy single-player campaign, and fight against other players in online multiplayer with up to 16 players. This is really good news, though Switch fans might struggle a bit more since Nintendo Online isn’t super great. Thank God for those NES and SNES games man.
While the game is a bit ugly, being an early ‘2000s game that came out on PC and Xbox, it still has some pretty fun combat and an engaging storyline that a lot of people can enjoy. Granted, the storyline isn’t considered canon anymore since Disney purchased the franchise but that shouldn’t be an indication of its quality.
Fans will be able to play Star Wars: Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy now on their PS4 and Nintendo Switch.
Via PSN and Nintendo eShop
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