Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 — New Signature Weapons Revealed

Activision has announced Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will introduce cosmetic variations of the base firearms called signature weapons. Two of the signature weapons can be unlocked before Black Ops 4 even releases, but you’ll need to complete in-game challenges to get the rest.

Signature weapons do not provide any in-game benefits over the base weapons. Instead, they act as bragging rights. Most signatures are locked behind specific challenges that will test your skill in different ways. Completing different challenges nets you additional rewards, with the Mastercraft variant being the final and most difficult design for all signature weapons. If you run into another player with a Mastercraft version of a signature weapon, you’ll have a better idea of just how skilled they are and how much time they’ve invested into Black Ops 4.

Two of the signature weapons can be unlocked without completing any in-game challenges. If you pre-order Black Ops 4’s Digital Deluxe, Digital Deluxe Enhanced, Pro, or Mystery Box Editions you’ll get a MX-9 signature weapon on day one that wraps the SMG in a golden eagle design. The Divinity Strife Pistol Signature Weapon can be unlocked day one by pre-ordering Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 from GameStop. One of Black Ops 4’s other signature variants of the Strife pistol, the Divine Justice, can only be unlocked by completing in-game challenges with the Divinity. So if you want a heads start on the Divine Justice, you better pre-order Black Ops 4 from GameStop to get the Divinity.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 launches on October 12 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. The beta for the game’s battle royale mode, titled Blackout, starts on September 10 for PS4 and September 14 for Xbox One and PC.

How The Predator Has Evolved Over 31 Years

The Predator is unquestionably one of the most iconic movie monsters in modern cinema. First introduced in the 1987 classic Predator, this ruthless, highly intelligent killing machine was seen working his way through a heavily armed squad of soldiers before meeting his match against the equally iconic Arnold Schwarzenegger. The success of the movie has led to five sequels–including the upcoming The Predator–plus a wider universe of comic books, novels, and video games.

But despite the brilliance of that initial Predator design, the first movie started shooting with an entirely different alien protagonist. The original Predator costume had a long neck, a strange bird-like head, and backward-bending legs, but technical issues with the suit led to production closing down for several months while makeup effects visionary Stan Winston worked on a new look, which is now part of movie history.

Since then, the look of the Predator has evolved from movie to movie, with each new entry in the series adapting and updating the basic design. Some of these changes are to the armor and weaponry, and sometimes to the appearance of the alien itself. Often the changes are to make the Predator look scarier than the previous film, but occasionally a more sympathetic Predator is required, such as in the first Alien vs. Predator. The writers, artists, and designers of the comics and games have also taken the design in some interesting new directions.

In 1994, a name was given to this race of alien hunters–the Yautja. The name is never used in the films, but was introduced into the wider universe in the novel Alien vs. Predator: Prey and is now commonly used by fans. The same applies to the names of the Predators themselves–many of these were simply used on set or have been applied by fans after the movies were released, but are now accepted titles.

With the latest movie, The Predator, hitting theaters on September 14, we’ll soon be able to see what the next stage of Predator evolution is. We already know from the trailers that director Shane Black has something very big and scary in store. So here’s a look back over the past 31 years of Predator evolution, to see exactly how this much-loved (and feared) movie monster has changed. Let’s hunt!

1. Jungle Hunter

Predator (1987)

This Predator was responsible for hunting and killing nearly all of a military squad in the South American jungle. The Jungle Hunter remains the most iconic of all the Predators, from the bio-mask, shoulder-mounted plasmacaster, and self-destructive wrist gauntlet to his speargun and wristblades. The helmet was originally more complex, but producer Joel Silver thought it would lessen the impact when the Predator revealed his true face, so it was simplified. There’s little doubt the clean efficiency of the design is part of what has made the Predator a truly classic monster.

2. City Hunter

Predator 2 (1990)

Predator 2 showed that there are many more types of Predator, and began the gradual evolution of its appearance both under and above the armor. The movie features a group of new hunters sometimes known as the Lost Tribe. They arrived in LA in 1997 and set about their business. City Hunter is the main hunter, and carries a more comprehensive set of weaponry than his Jungle counterpart, including a netgun, combistick (an extending combat stick), and the smart disc, the iconic Predator throwing disc. The various members of this hunting party revealed that not all Predators look the same, with make-up designer Stan Winston having more time to develop the creature design than he did on the first movie. The City Hunter’s bio-mask is more angular, its skin colour is darker, and its forehead features thorn-like protrusions.

3. Greyback/Elder Predator

Predator 2 (1990)

The hunters of Predator 2 are led by Greyback. This older warrior is an Elder, which in Predator mythology is a veteran Yautja who has gained respect through kills and trophies, but no longer takes part in combat. Greyback has longer dreadlocks and a broken tusk; interestingly, the suit worn in the movie was actually a modified version of one of the Predator costumes used in the first movie.

4. Dachande

Alien vs. Predator #0-4 (1990)

One of the best known Predators in the wider universe, Dachande (meaning “different knife”) appeared in the original Alien vs. Predator comic. Also known as Broken Tusk, on account of his facial damage, this Yautja is an intelligent, honorable warrior responsible for many Xenomorph kills. The Predators of the AvP comics exhibited a few differences in terms of their armor and weaponry. Dachande wore heavy armor, decorated with a Xenomorph skull. Most notably, these Predators do not use the shoulder-mounted plasmacaster from the movies, instead carrying handheld blasters.

5. Bad Blood Predator

Predator: Bad Blood #1-4 (1993)

Although Predators are ruthless and deadly, they are nevertheless bound by a strict honor code. The Bad Blood Predator is a crazed rogue Yautja who freed himself from the code and began a killing spree on the streets of New Jersey in the comic book Bad Blood, ultimately claiming more than 50 victims before he was stopped by an Enforcer Predator. The Bad Blood’s appearance is marked by the way he decorates his armor with “trophy” parts of his prey, including severed heads that hang from his belt and armor made from bones (including a Predator skull).

6. Young Blood Predator

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

A Young Blood is an adolescent Predator who has recently completed his training and is ready for the Hunt. In Alien vs. Predator, a Young Blood known as Scar leads two others–Celtic and Chopper–on a mission to kill a Xenomorph and gain full “blooded” status. Stan Winston didn’t return for the third movie, so VFX studio Amalgamated Dynamics took over the continued evolution of the Predator. Scar’s biomask is reminiscent of the original Jungle Hunter, but he carries some new weapons, including a sleeker combistick, throwing stars, and telescopic wristblades that extend to twice the normal length. Scar is also the only Predator we see without a mask in AvP, and was given a more human skin coloring in order to make him a more sympathetic character than previous versions.

7. Ancient Predator

Alien vs. Predator (2004)

The Ancient Predator is even older than the Elder, and is seen at the end of Alien vs. Predator, leading the mothership that carried Scar, Celtic, and Chopper to Earth. He is marked by long, grey dreadlocks and a hairier face than other Predators.

8. Wolf/Elite Predator

Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (2007)

Wolf is the main Predator of Alien vs. Predator: Requiem, and was a notable redesign from the younger, more muscular hunters of AvP. The Elite Predator are highly trained Yautja and Wolf’s tall, slimmer physique is reminiscent of the first movie’s Jungle Hunter. The helmet is inspired by Predator 2‘s City Hunter, but with the addition of rows of thorns, and his face is flatter, with sharp teeth, and a prominent acid burn down one side (presumably from a Xenomorph encounter). In terms of weaponry, Wolf carries some new additions to the Predator arsenal. There’s the Power Gauntlet, which enables a powerful punching ability, laser-beam projecting mines, dissolving acid, and a whip.

9. Super Predator

Predators (2010)

The Predator continued to evolve, and a new type was introduced for 2010’s Predators. While the same height as the Jungle Predator, these fearsome warriors are stronger and more muscular, with scaly reptilian skin, swept-back dreadlocks, and a longer, snout-like face. There are three Super Predators in the movie, each with enhanced weaponry and hunting techniques. Tracker uses fearsome hunting dogs known as Hell-Hounds, while Falconer has (yes!) a mechanical falcon to track his prey. Scariest of all is Beserker–its helmet has the addition of a disturbing skull-like bone jaw, his biomask allows him to locate the pulse of his prey, and his Plasmacaster is a rapid-firing, rotating weapon of death.

10. Lord

Alien vs. Predator video game (2010)

Sega’s 2010 addition to the AvP game series (also known as AVP3) wasn’t very good, but it introduced a cool new style of bio-mask to one of its Predators. Lord was the first Yautja to kill a Xenomorph and unlike other subsequent Predators, whose helmets entirely covered their mouths, this one had a opening through which his mandibles were visible.

11. Mutant Predator

Aliens vs. Predator: Fire & Stone #1-4 (2014)

Even by Predator standards, this fearsome mutant is a scary adversary. He features in the comic book Aliens vs. Predator: Fire & Stone, and is an Elder who is exposed to a genetics-accelerating chemical. The Mutant Predator towers above other Yautja, with incredible strength and a mass of mandibles capable of smashing through the skulls of his enemies.

12. Giant Hybrid Predator

The Predator (2018)

With the latest movie in the series, The Predator, still a couple of weeks from release, we’re not exactly sure what the next stage of Predator evolution will be. However, the trailers released so far suggest that we’re going to get the biggest one yet; a creature that stands at 10 feet and has no trouble throwing around smaller Predators. The movie’s official synopsis gives us a clue as to what to expect: “Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before, having genetically upgraded themselves with DNA from other species.”

Fortnite Cosplay Features Some Cool Skins At PAX’s Real-Life Lazy Links Mini-Golf Course

Fortnite‘s wild popularity continues, and Epic Games is looking to capitalize on that with a significant presence at PAX West 2018. This consists of a number of things, including the conclusion of the ongoing Summer Skirmish tournament, where $1.5 million is up for grabs to those at PAX West.

What you’ll also find if you’re at the show is Lazy Links Live. One of the major additions to Fortnite: Battle Royale’s Season 5 map has been a golf course and golf carts (in the form of the All-Terrain Kart, or ATK). With that in mind, Epic has set up a nine-hole mini-golf course inspired by the in-game Lazy Links golf course. This is located inside the convention center where PAX is taking place.

To make it even more worth a visit for those at PAX, Epic has brought in professional cosplayers who have dressed up as some of the game’s best skins. You can get a look at this cosplay and the golf course above.

As always, there’s a lot happening in the world of Fortnite. Epic has released a new Battle Royale dev update video that outlines changes to storm damage, as well as plans to vault the revolver. There’s also a new event, High Stakes, on the way next week that will consist of multiple things: a limited-time mode called Getaway, a Wild Card skin, and High Stakes challenges.

Details are still scant, but in the meantime, there’s plenty to do thanks to the release of Week 8 challenges. Among other things, those call on players to search between oversized seats and to use Rifts at different spawn locations. The most recent content update also added the new shockwave grenade.

What’s New On Amazon Prime Video Next Month? Movies And TV Shows In The US (September 2018)

Are you running out of things to watch on Amazon Prime? Well, September is almost here, and that means there is a whole slew of new TV shows, movies, and Prime Originals for you to binge in your free time. Here is what you have to look forward to in September.

There are five new Prime Original series debuting. The most notable is King Leer, which stars Anthony Hopkins playing the iconic titular role based on the work of William Shakespeare. Additionally, there is Six Dreams, a documentary series which follows a Spanish soccer league and three of its players: Atletico de Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez, Athletic Club Bilbao’s Iñaki Williams, and Real Betis’ Andrés Guardado. On the comedy side of things, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph star in Forever, a series about a couple who have hit a slump after years of repetition.

For new movies coming to the service that you may have missed in theaters, September 29 marks the arrival of the horror movie Jigsaw, which is part of the gruesome Saw franchise. There is also Escape Plan 2–which wasn’t in theaters–and while the movie’s focus isn’t on Sylvester Stallone as much as we’d thought it would be, it’s still a solid action movie.

If you’re looking something from the past, Amazon has a ton of movies you’ll want to rewatch including Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, arriving on September 1. If you’re getting ready a bit early for Halloween, there a few horror movies as well, including Pumpkinhead, Poltergeist II, the original The Amityville Horror, and the 1989 Adam Sandler movie Going Overboard, which may be the scariest of them all. Check out the complete list of everything coming to Amazon Prime in September below.

Everything Coming To Amazon Prime In September 2018

September 1

  • Asylum, Season 1
  • The Blue Rose, Season 1
  • The Broker’s Man, Seasons 1-2
  • The Field of Blood, Seasons 1-2
  • Golden, Season 1
  • The Kevin Bishop Show, Season 2
  • London Irish, Season 1
  • The Palace, Season 1
  • Parents, Season 1
  • Rocket’s Island, Seasons 1-3
  • Sam’s Game, Season 1
  • Texas Rising, Season 1
  • The Triangle, Season 1
  • Trust, Season 1
  • Westside, Seasons 1-3
  • Wild at Heart, Seasons 1-8
  • 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
  • A Field in England (2013)
  • A Good Woman (2006)
  • A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004)
  • A Murder of Crows (1999)
  • A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (2010)
  • A Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise (2012)
  • All You Can Eat Buddha (2017)
  • Bandits (2001)
  • Beowulf (2007)
  • Big Top Pee-wee (1988)
  • Blow Out (1981)
  • Bolero (1984)
  • Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police (2012)
  • Chinatown (1974)
  • Cool It (2010)
  • Double Impact (1991)
  • DragonHeart (1996)
  • Dressed to Kill (1980)
  • Fall Time (1993)
  • Fighting Temptations (2003)
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Ghostbusters II (1989)
  • Going Overboard (1989)
  • Gutland (2017)
  • Hard Rain (1998)
  • Harry and Paul’s History of the 2s (2014)
  • Harry Price: Ghost Hunter (2015)
  • Hotel for Dogs (2009)
  • House of D (2004)
  • Hustle & Flow (2005)
  • Ingenious (2009)
  • Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • Joyride (1997)
  • Kill Me Again (1989)
  • Lea to the Rescue (2016)
  • Luk’Luk’I (2017)
  • Miami Vice (2006)
  • Over the Top (1987)
  • Paycheck (2003)
  • Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986)
  • Prancer (1989)
  • Primal Fear (1996)
  • Pumpkinhead (1988)
  • Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
  • Resurrecting the Champ (2007)
  • Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
  • Roger Dodger (2002)
  • Rustlers’ Rhapsody (1985)
  • Senorita Justice (2004)
  • Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
  • Small Town Saturday Night (2010)
  • Smokey and the Bandit (1977)
  • Stealth Fighter (1999)
  • The Amityville Horror (1979)
  • The Dark Half (1993)
  • The Eagle (2011)
  • The Great Outdoors (1988)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • The Man Who Lost His Head (2007)
  • The Perfect Weapon (1991)
  • The Score (2001)
  • There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • Tonightly (2008)
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)

September 2

  • Future World (2018)

September 4

  • Beirut (2018)
  • Crescent (2017)
  • Strangers Prey at Night (2018)

September 6

  • Pistorius (2018)

September 7

  • Pete the Cat, Season 1a — Prime Original series
  • Six Dreams, Season 1 — Prime Original series
  • Wishenpoof, Season 2b — Prime Original series
  • Cesar Chavez (2014)

September 8

  • From Paris with Love (2009)
  • Stronger (2017)

September 12

  • Grace Unplugged (2014)

September 14

  • Forever, Season 1 — Prime Original series
  • High Fantasy (2017)

September 15

  • On Chesil Beach (2018)

September 16

  • Baby Mama (2008)
  • I Am Wrath (2016)
  • The Good Shepherd (2006)

September 20

  • Jugnu (1973)
  • This is Home: A Refugee Story (2018)

September 21

  • My Little Pony (2017)

September 22

  • For Colored Girls (2010)
  • Hot Summer Night (2018)

September 27

  • Escape Plan 2 (2018)

September 28

  • King Lear, Season 1 — Prime Original series
  • Hannah (2017)
  • Plonger (Diving) (2017)
  • Suburbicon (2017)

September 29

  • Jigsaw (2017)

Marvel Comics Reveals the Fate of Wolverine

The search for Wolverine drew to a close this week, but for the recently resurrected Logan, his problems have only just begun.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Hunt for Wolverine: Dead Ends #1!


Marvel just wrapped up four separate Hunt for Wolverine miniseries, with each book featuring a different team trying to track down the wayward Wolverine and learn what he’s been up to since his unexpected return. None of these teams were entirely successful, and this finale issue sees Daredevil and Iron Man travel to the X-Mansion to compare notes with Kitty Pryde.

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Amazon Has a Winner in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 1

This is a SPOILER-FREE review of the first season of Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan. All 8 episodes are currently available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. 

In Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan Season 1, the sixth live-action adaptation of the titular hero, creators Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Graham Roland (Fringe), successfully breathe new life into a screen franchise that hasn’t been relevant since the early ’90s, when the character was portrayed by actors like Harrison Ford (Patriot Games) and Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October).

This time around, we’re given a much younger version of Jack Ryan, played by John Kransinki (A Quiet Place), who goes from a lowly analyst sitting behind a desk to an action-oriented field operative, trying to take down the world’s most dangerous terrorists.

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J.K. Rowling Felt ‘Quite Sentimental’ Going Back to Hogwarts in New Teaser Feature

The sequel to the first Fantastic Beasts film will be set among more of the iconic places from the Harry Potter world than were in the first film – including Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. To celebrate heading Back to Hogwarts, Warner Bros. has released a behind-the-scenes teaser video with commentary from the stars of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

“I loved going back to Hogwarts. Of course, I did,” creator and screenwriter J.K. Rowling said. “It looks very familiar to anyone who saw the Potter movies. But, obviously, the teaching staff are different.”

“Those names, the stories, the histories, that sit in the back of our mind from the Potter series begin to weave their way into Beasts,” Eddie Redmayne said.

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How Adventure Time Inspired a New Generation of Creators

Adventure Time is embarking on its final quest on September 3, with the fate of Candy Kingdom hanging in the balance.

To commemorate Jake and Finn’s fantastical journey, IGN has an exclusive clip from the upcoming Adventure Time: The Final Seasons DVD, which goes on sale September 4 and includes every episode from Seasons 8, 9 and 10 in addition to a behind-the-scenes featurette, animatics and song demos from the last run of episodes.

Looking back at the legacy of Adventure Time, it’s impressive to realize how many of the artists, writers and producers who worked on the series went on to create their own shows because of the lessons they learned in the Land of Ooo. In the exclusive video below, Summer Camp Island creator Julia Pott, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, and OK KO! Let’s Be Heroes creator Ian Jones-Quarty and co-EP Toby Jones reminisce about the impact the series had on them along with executive producer Adam Muto and voice artist Ashly Burch.

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