The Star Review

The story of the birth of Jesus Christ is one of the most commonly told tales of the last 2,000 years. And in that time, or at least from what I’ve seen of it, there have certainly been worse renditions than the animated feature film The Star.

Granted, after two whole millennia, that’s not exactly a ringing endorsement, but The Star is an animated feature produced for rather young kids, and it’s mostly a bright and inoffensive one. It’s the story of Bo the Donkey, voiced by Steven Yeun, who dreams of being important and gets his wish in a roundabout way after he stumbles into the home of newlyweds Joseph (Zachary Levi) and Mary (Gina Rodriguez), where he becomes an integral part of the family.

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Justice League Skins Coming to Injustice 2

To celebrate the release of DC’s latest superhero flick, Justice League skins and events are coming to Injustice 2.

The content will be available in console and mobile versions of the Warner Bros. fighter. Players will be able to obtain costumes for Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, and Cyborg,  inspired by their film appearances.

Players will need to complete special limited-time Multiverse challenges to earn the gear, and in a wink to the powers of the speedster, The Flash’s event is the first to arrive. It is live now and features four pieces of armor for Flash.

The latest update for Injustice 2 added the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Enchantress to the roster. Justice League hits theaters tomorrow, so check out our review before you go.

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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Switch Review Roundup

Bethesda’s acclaimed open-world RPG, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has seen numerous ports and re-releases since it first debuted back in 2011, and now the publisher is bringing it to yet another new platform this week with the release of Skyrim on Switch. The Switch port includes all of the game’s DLC expansions, but perhaps the most notable feature is the fact that you can take it anywhere with you thanks to the console’s portability.

Bethesda has also added a few new features to Skyrim on Switch in the form of motion controls and Amiibo support. The game is compatible with Nintendo’s line of Legend of Zelda figures, which can unlock classic items from the series like the Master Sword, Hylian Shield, and Link’s Champion’s Tunic. Skyrim is also notable for being the first third-party Switch title to support video capture.

Skyrim releases for Switch on November 17, and ahead of its launch, reviews for the port have started to appear online. As always, we’ve rounded up a sample of them and their scores below. For a wider look at what critics think of Skyrim on Switch, be sure to visit GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

  • Game: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  • Developer: Bethesda
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: November 17
  • Price: $60 / £50

GameSpot — 8/10

“The original version of Skyrim is still an immense, engrossing RPG, and the quality, number, and variety of its quests makes it as easy to become lost in its world as ever. With the addition of Zelda-themed gear that’s actually useful–and the fact that you can play anywhere–the Switch version of Skyrim is a great excuse to revisit a much-loved RPG.” — Kallie Plagge [Full review]

IGN — 8/10

“Although it may not be immune to the test of time, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim still holds up as one of the most immersive virtual worlds ever created in a video game. All of its vastness, beauty, characters, stories, and goofy bugs fit nicely onto the Switch, where it runs at a good, steady framerate and resolution. The addition of motion controls are handy unless you plan to be a melee fighter, and Amiibo support is a nice touch, but neither is really a game changer. This is a great way to get your Skyrim fix if you’ve never played before or have been looking for a reason to jump back in.” — Filip Miucin [Full review]

GamesRadar+ — 4.5/5

“Six years after its original release, I’m astonished that Skyrim can still surprise me. I didn’t expect to feel so strongly about playing it again on another console, but the motion controls added thanks to the Switch completely changes how it feels to navigate its bustling cities, breath-taking landscapes, and unnerving dungeons. For anyone who can’t get enough of Skyrim and thirsts for true immersion, playing it on Switch is the answer. You might have to deal with a few bugs and make sure you always have a torch at the ready, but few things compare to lifting your arm and seeing your character do the same. Skyrim on Nintendo Switch unites player and character in a brand new way, and all I can think about is when I can dive back into its world.” — Zoe Delahunty-Light [Full review]

Game Informer — 9/10

“The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the best games ever made. Years later, that continues to be the case. This adventure offers a rich world, densely packed with exciting things to do, as well as many occasions for creating lasting memories. I jotted down exciting things that happened during this particular playthrough so many times I lost count. I imagine that Skyrim will become a mainstay on my Switch, with multiple playthroughs and characters filling up the save slots before I’m done with it. If you haven’t played Skyrim, or you’re just looking to return and don’t mind exchanging the mods for convenient portability, the Switch version offers up everything that makes this game a stone-cold classic.” — Javy Gwaltney [Full review]

US Gamer

“The best part of this port of Skyrim is you’re not really losing anything. Sure, it’s not running in as high fidelity as it can on other platforms, but unlike other Switch ports, you’re not really moving down from a set baseline. It’s the Skyrim you remember from countless hours of play in 2011 and beyond, with a few tweaks and additions. More importantly, it’s a Skyrim that can be played on-the-go, with very little in the way of real compromise.” — Mike Williams [Full review]

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Path of Exile: War for the Atlas Expansion Announced

Path of Exile’s next expansion is called War for the Atlas, and it’s launching next month.

As detailed on Path of Exile’s website, War for the Atlas will be released first on PC on December 8 and shortly after on Xbox One.

The expansion follows a new story set in Atlas focused on the war between the forces of The Shaper and a mysterious new entity called The Elder. Players will be caught in the middle of that war, with missions to complete and dungeons to explore that determine who wins and who loses on the battlefield.

War for the Atlas will introduce 32 randomized maps with a variety of end-game items, 50 new Unique items, new skills to master for the Necromancer class, and ten new gems. Also featured is the Abyss Challenge League where players battle new foes for a chance to earn Abyss Jewels.

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Vivendi Rules Out Ubisoft Take Over for Next Six Months

Vivendi has ruled out a hostile takeover of Ubisoft for the next six months after the release of third-quarter earnings reports.

Reuters reports that Vivendi has made the decision due its third-quarter earnings before interest, tax, and amortization came in at 293 million Euros rather than a projected 324 million Euros.

Ubisoft, on the other hand, is up 96 percent since January and has beaten sales targets for a record high for the company.

The company has been fighting a potential takeover from Vivendi since 2016 when a hostile takeover bid was backed by Gameloft. Earlier this year Ubisoft announced a buy-back program to regain control of its stock and prevent the media conglomerate from taking over.

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First Rampage Trailer Turns Classic Video Game Into Epic Disaster Movie

The first trailer for the movie adaptation of the arcade game Rampage has arrived. While photos from the movie previously released showed star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson among chaos and destruction, this is the first look at the mutated monsters causing all the trouble.

Rampage follows primatologist Davis Okoye (Johnson), as he attempts to save his best friend, a silverback gorilla named George, who has mutated into a gigantic creature capable of tearing down buildings. George isn’t the only mutant, though. There’s also a massive wolf shown in the trailer, which seems to have a much less friendly disposition than the gorilla.

If you’ve wondering about Lizzie, the giant lizard from the game, never fear. While the trailer mostly follows George and Ralph–the name of the wolf in the game–it ends with the arrival of Lizzie. The massive lizard reveals itself after surfacing in a river. “I was just thinking the only thing that’s missing right now is a giant crocodile,” Johnson’s character says.

Rampage also stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who is essentially just playing his The Walking Dead role of Negan here, Malin Ackerman (Watchmen), and Naomie Harris (Moonlight). It smashes into theaters on April 20, 2018.

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The 23 Most Insanely Messed Up Things That Happened On American Horror Story: Cult

So much to choose from

Every season of American Horror Story is messed up in its own, special way, but Cult–the show’s Season 7–might take the bloody cake. AHS Cult reached its psychotic finale this week, and some of those scenes are going to haunt our dreams for a long time.

It wasn’t always outright scary, but Cult touched on some really deep fears that most of us have. And when it went there, it really went there. Some of those torture and murder scenes were legitimately hard to watch.

Here are the 23 most f***ed up things that happened in American Horror Story: Cult, starting from the very first episode.

Beware of spoilers!

23. Evan Peters Smearing Cheetos On His Face

Episode: 1

This wasn’t exactly scary–except it weirdly was?–but either way, it was definitely the biggest WTF moment of the first episode. I think it was a Trump joke about his orange skin, but all I could think about was poor Evan Peters’ pores.

22. The Piss Take

Episode: 1

Cult was just getting started when Evan Peters filled a condom with piss and chucked it at some immigrants to fake a hate crime on social media.

21. Ally Randomly Shot a Guy

Episode: 2

It was easy to forget as the season got crazier and crazier, but in Episode 2 Ally shot her own employee in the chest–killing him and leaving his family fatherless–in a state of heightened fear and paranoia. It wasn’t the worst thing that happened all season, but it was extremely messed up when you think about it.

20. The Coffin

Episode: 3

Watching this random woman express her greatest fear in agonizing detail–only to be forced to endure said fear moments later–was absolutely chilling.

19. Emma Roberts Getting Hella Stabbed

Episode: 4

As an Emma Roberts fan, I’m glad she got a guest spot this season (she was great in past versions of American Horror Story, especially Coven). It’s just too bad it had to go down like this.

The really scary thing about this scene was how it echoed the real life murders of Alison Parker and Adam Ward by a disgruntled former co-worker in 2015.

18. Gary Sawing His Hand Off

Episode: 4

This was the best demonstration yet of Kai’s persuasive power: He undid his sister and Ivy’s work with nothing more than his own charisma, convincing Gary to saw his arm off just to get to the polls. It was horrifying and gross to watch, of course, but what it foreshadowed about Kai was even worse.

17. The Gimp

Episode: 5

This was just straight messed up. It seemed inevitable that the cult would go after Beverly’s boss, but him having a gimp hanging from hooks in his attic was gratuitous beyond belief. We never even found out who was under the mask, since they shanked the dude with barely a moment’s hesitation.

16. Beverly Getting Even

Episode: 5

You probably guessed what was going to happen to Bob Thompson as soon as we found out that Beverly Hope was in the cult. That didn’t make it any less screwed up to watch Bev unmask herself and really savor the moment.

15. Ivy Gaslighting Ally

Episode: 5

There were a lot of questions early in the season: Was Ally going nuts? Were there really murderous clowns after her, or was she hallucinating? Who cut her power? Was there really a clown in bed next to her? Why did the neighbors randomly have beehives in the backyard? Turned out they all had the same answer: Ivy. Props to Alison Pill for making this betrayal so raw.

14. Nails in the Head

Episode: 5

This may have been the most brutal, difficult-to-watch scene in the entire season. Our favorite cult driving nail after nail into Beverly’s camera man’s head, keeping him alive the whole time, was just awful. He didn’t even do anything! It was just a power play for Kai. Ugh.

13. Kai’s Parents

Episode: 5

Episode 5 was when we finally got to learn something about Kai: His dead, decomposed parents are still in the house. That’s some real basic serial killer s***, Kai–although it made it extra weird that all three siblings were in on it.

12. The Shooting

Episode: 6

Even though Ally wasn’t the shooter, like the episode’s cold open made us think, it was still severely chilling to watch this shooting play out. Given what the world is like right now, it was just too real.

11. Lena Dunham’s Accent

Episode: 7

This fun diversion back to the ’60s was, luckily, only partially ruined by Lena Dunham’s terrible accent.

10. This Weird Torture House

Episode: 8

Kai and Winter’s trip to the preacher’s rural torture house was, presumably, where the future cult leader learned that he likes to hurt people. For our purposes, it was just a really f***ed up scene.

9. The Bad Kind Of Incest

Episode: 8

Game of Thrones, this is not, and Kai’s attempted threesome with Winter and Detective Jack Samuels–a very gay man, whether or not he wants to admit it–was the bad kind of incest.

8. Kai Murdering His Own Brother

Episode: 8

We already knew Kai was capable of some really evil stuff, but up to this point his immediate family members seemed relatively safe. All it took was one small, well-meaning betrayal, though, for Kai to go full Cain and Abel.

7. Bye Bye Ivy

Episode: 9

One of the actual most amazing things about this scene was how long it took Ivy to cotton on to the fact that she’d been poisoned. It was excruciating to watch the blood spurt from her mouth, and it effectively reinforced one of Cult‘s depressing themes: You really can’t trust anyone.

6. The Manson Murder

Episode: 10

Watching real world cult events like the Jonestown mass suicide and the Branch Davidians raid unfold through American Horror Story‘s cynical lens comes with a morbid fascination. But nothing in that vein was worse than the recreation of the Manson family’s murder of pregnant actress Sharon Tate.

5. Killing Gary

Episode: 10

Gary was Kai’s most loyal disciple. Why did he die like this, besides that Kai is insane? Gary was a major douche, but it was still messed up.

4. That Close Shave

Episode: 10

This may just be a pet peeve of mine, but Winter’s intimate moment with Kai must have been one of the worst shaving scenes ever burned into my consciousness. She went against the grain the entire time, the SCRRRAAAAPE sound effect was completely overdone, and at one point she hit his earlobe so hard he would have become even more lopsided, had the razor actually been sharp. I’m sure it’s hard to act and shave at the same time, but my god, this was disturbing.

3. Kai Murdering His Own Sister

Episode: 10

Maybe he did it because of how bad that shave was.

2. Ally Straight Up Killing This Poor Guy In Cold Blood

Episode: 11

Ally had to kill Speedwagon–a police informant–in her mind, so that his small fry handlers wouldn’t interfere with the FBI bust she was arranging. At the same time, she seemed way too into it. Ally got pretty cold-blooded by the end, huh?

1. Kai’s Anatomy Lesson

Episode: 11

“Welcome to Anatomy With Kai, an introductory course. Thank you for joining me. Today’s lesson: how to make sure you stab the fetus, too, when shanking innocent pregnant women to death.”

Well played, American Horror Story. Not going to forget that one any time soon.

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What Happens When Darth Vader Meditates?

The latest issue of Star Wars: Darth Vader offered some unexpected insight into what goes on in Vader’s mind when he meditates.

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Warning: this article contains spoilers for Star Wars: Darth Vader #8!

As movies like The Empire Strikes Back and Rogue One have shown us, Vader seems to spend most of his free time (when he’s not hunting the Rebels or Force-choking his uppity lieutenants), meditating and escaping the confines of his heavy armor. But the movies have never offered any insight to what’s going on the the Sith Lord’s tortured mind during those periods. Does he daydream? Does he see visions of Padme? Does he just count nerfs until he dozes off?

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Batman and Wonder Woman Team Up for Brave and the Bold Relaunch

DC Comics miniseries The Brave and the Bold is returning, and it will feature Batman and Wonder Woman.

Titled The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman, the series will be written and illustrated by Liam Sharp, The Washington Post reports. The first of six issues will be available on February 21.

Cover art for The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman illustrated by Liam Sharp (Image credit: DC Entertainment, via The Washington Post)

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