New South Park Episode Is Actually A Fractured But Whole Prequel

What better way for South Park to promote its new video game than with an episode dedicated to setting up the story? The team behind the animated series revealed Wednesday, October 11, that its latest episode will serve as a prequel to the new game, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, a week before it lands in stores.

While a short trailer for the episode, titled Franchise Prequel, reveals little more than Professor Chaos–the evil alter ego of Butters–spreading fake news on Facebook, a description gives a much better idea of what the prequel will be about. It reads, “Professor Chaos has found the perfect tool to spread lies and misinformation about Coon and friends. In trying to save their reputation, the boys come face to face with Mark Zuckerberg.” It remains to be seen how exactly this episode will tie into South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

It remains to be seen how exactly this episode will tie into South Park: The Fractured But Whole or whether New Kid–the playable character in the game–will appear. Following the events of 2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth, The Fractured But Whole follows the kids as their superhero personas in a fight against each other–think Captain America: Civil War, but with Eric Cartman instead of Tony Stark.

Given the plot of Franchise Prequel though, it looks like Professor Chaos is going to play a bigger role in the story arc than one might assume. Further, if the show is tackling misinformation spread on social media as part of the prequel, it’s entirely possible that’s going to be a piece of the game, as well.

South Park airs Wednesdays at 10 PM on Comedy Central. South Park: The Fractured But Whole launches on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PCs on October 17.

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Riverdale: Season 2 Premiere Review

Full spoilers for Riverdale continue below.

This review is about a story that’s about a town. And in this poor town, seemingly nobody is ever safe. While on its surface Riverdale looks like a great place to visit if you want to experience simple times, this seedy little town is filled with lies, mistrust and so much blood.

When Season 1 wrapped up, it was with Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) bleeding out on the floor of Pop’s Diner, cradled in the arms of his son Archie (KJ Apa). Now, after a summer that saw the show’s popularity rise thanks likely in part to its availability on Netflix, Riverdale has returned. Whether its newfound place in pop culture will translate into higher ratings remains to be seen but one thing is for sure: The show is throwing a lot of story at viewers to entice them to stick around.

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Happy Death Day Review

Edge of Tomorrow. Source Code. Haunter. 12 Dates of Christmas. 12 Days of Christmas Eve. Christmas Do-Over. Christmas Every Day. A whole lot of movies have ripped off Groundhog Day over the years (usually on Christmas for some reason) but a good idea is a good idea, and it really doesn’t matter if the idea is original so long as it’s done well.

Happy Death Day is one of the films that does Groundhog Day well. It’s a playfully dark comedy about a sorority student named Tree (Jessica Rothe), who is having a pretty normal, selfish, vapid day until a maniac in a baby mask kills her right at the end of it.

Instead of staying dead, she wakes up at the start of the day, knowing everything that’s going to happen to her. She tries to avoid getting killed the same way and then dies another way, and goes right back to the beginning. And so on. And so on.

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PUBG Just Hit 2 Million Concurrent Users on Steam

The massive success of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has pushed the game to the top of Steam’s current player listings, and now the game has broken the 2 million mark.

It’s the first Steam game to do so, and sits atop its mighty throne looking down on other Steam heavyweights like Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Team Fortress 2.

Two years ago, Dota 2 was the first game to break 1 million users on Steam, a milestone reached by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds earlier this year.

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IGN Happy Hour: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Special

IGN’s Tristan Ogilvie and Luke Reilly sat down with Jens Matthies, Creative Director on Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus, to get an insight into the development of the upcoming Nazi-slaying shooter sequel. Additionally, Jens spoke at length about his time at Starbreeze, the chaotic development of seminal shooter Chronicles of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay, working with Faith No More’s Mike Patton on The Darkness, and how keen he’d be to make a game based on the Robocop license. Download it now!

Download the IGN Happy Hour: Wolfenstein 2: The New Colossus Special – Audio Version (31.8Mb)

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Mister Miracle #3 Review

It’s hard to decide whether Batman or Mister Miracle qualifies as DC’s best ongoing series. But either way, Tom King is truly king of the hill in the DC Universe right now. Mister Miracle #3 is easily the most satisfying installment of this series yet, one that offers a unique, captivating blend of psychedelic imagery, mythological grandeur and crushingly depressing personal drama. Is it real? Is it a hallucination? Who cares? It’s Mister Miracle.

That said, the question of how much, if any, of this story is actually unfolding in the real DCU is becoming increasingly interesting with time. I’m not willing to discount the notion that this entire book and its depiction of the final, cataclysmic war between New Genesis and Apokolips, is all the Jacob’s Ladder-style fever dream of a dying Scott Free. Scott’s grasp on reality seems to be slipping a little bit more in each new chapter. That’s to say nothing of the clever interplay between scenes of New Gods spectacle and quiet, intimate moments between Scott and Big Barda. There’s such a stark contrast between the bleak, emotionally withdrawn nature of Scott’s day-to-day existence and his encounters with characters like Bug and Orion.

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Fortnite: Battle Royale Hits 10 Million Players In Two Weeks

There is certainly demand for a Battle Royale game experience on consoles. Epic Games announced today that its free-to-play Fortnite: Battle Royale game reached 10 million players in the two weeks following its launch in late September.

The game tallied 1 million players on launch day, and this past Sunday, October 8, Battle Royale had 3.7 million players and 525,000 players at its peak that day.

Battle Royale players have collectively jumped out of the Battle Bus–the way each match starts–292.7 million times. And altogether, players have logged 44.5 million gameplay hours. You can see even more stats about Battle Royale’s first two weeks here in this Imgur graphic.

Battle Royale is a completely free experience at the moment, though Epic has said it plans to add a microtransaction system for cosmetic items at a later date. Given the big success thus far, it appears Epic has another major hit on its hands, though it remains to be seen how many players will stick around. That will no doubt be dependent on how much support Epic gives to the game. We’ll be following the game’s progress in the time ahead.

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The game has not been without controversy, however. The developers of PUBG, the game that Battle Royale is often compared to, have threatened Epic over the game. You can learn more about the situation in GameSpot’s video above, in which GameSpot producer Mat Paget speaks to a video game attorney about the legalities in play.

PUBG is coming to Xbox One this year, though a specific release date has yet to be announced. The game will be published on Xbox One by Microsoft. A PlayStation 4 version could come later, though it hasn’t been announced yet.

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