Exploring Assassin’s Creed Origins Vast, Exciting World

Assassin’s Creed Origins has the potential to be my next video game addiction. Let me explain.

This has happened twice so far in 2017. The first time was with Persona 5, which I ended up sinking nearly 100 hours into over the course of three weeks. I couldn’t tear myself away from its depiction of Tokyo, and the bonds I was forging with the characters that inhabited it. I wanted to learn everything there was about the people, places, and things in its world.

The second was more recent, with Destiny 2, but for very different reasons. With Bungie’s sequel, my inability to turn the game off stemmed from its constant IV drip of rewards and progression. I’d heard countless people talk about this over the past three years at work – the Fireteam Chat crew knows this all-too-well. But somehow, it finally hit me with Destiny 2, and for a solid two weeks, I was all-in.

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Black Clover Episode 2 Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

In service of fleshing out its two main characters, “The Boys’ Promise” rewinds time and spends a vast majority of the episode ten years in the past, serving up a backstory that, while touching, doesn’t feel especially novel or all that inspired.

So far, I’ve yet to feel truly invested in Asta and Yuno’s motivations for striving to become the Wizard King. Their motives are too cliched to foster any sense of a real emotional connection. Asta’s desire to make everyone happy and prove that anyone who works hard enough can achieve their dreams comes off as generic, and Yuno essentially parrots Asta, which makes his ambitions just as difficult to find compelling, if not more so.

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Hear an Exclusive Track off TWD’s Official Soundtrack

For a score as iconic as The Walking Dead’s, the series is only just now getting an official soundtrack, timed to the zombie drama’s upcoming 100th episode.

Bear McCreary’s genre-defying score will be released by Lakeshore Record and Sparks & Shadows digitally and on CD on October 20th and on LP October 27th, and IGN has a first-listen for one of its most important tracks, “The Governor.”

“The sound of The Walking Dead has evolved many times over the course of the last 100 episodes, but never more radically at one moment than it did with the introduction of ‘The Governor’s Theme,'” McCreary said in a statement to IGN.

“The low-end synths that had been a very subtle background texture before were suddenly pushed to the forefront, and the score would never be the same. From this track onwards, the score would become increasingly seared by electronic textures. Our characters were never the same after they encountered this terrifying man, so I think its fitting his music had a permanent effect on the music of the show.”

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11 Movies About Comic Book Creators

As the biopic Professor Marston & The Wonder Women‎, about the secret life of Wonder Woman creator Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston, is set to hit theaters October 13th, check out these other movies and documentaries about famous comic book creators and cartoonists.

It’s usually soaring superheroes who get the big screen treatment, but occasionally the people behind the scenes, the writers and artists, get their due as well. From icons like Stan Lee and Alan Moore to lesser known craftsmen and visionaries, these films give fans an inside look at lives and minds of the industry’s most legendary storytellers. Scroll through the slideshow below for some really cool movies about comic book creators.

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Pacific Rim Might Become A Cinematic Universe, Uprising Director Says

The first trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the upcoming sci-fi sequel to Guillermo Del Toro’s 2014 sci-fi action hit, arrived last week. It has now been reported that the property might be expanded into a full cinematic universe.

Director Steven S. DeKnight spoke to Nerdist and was asked about the possibility of more movies. “I’m certainly hoping so,” he said. “I think you’ll definitely probably get more comics. The plan was always to use this movie as a launching pad. If enough people show up to this, we’ve already talked about the plot of the third movie, and how the end of the third movie would expand the universe to a Star Wars/Star Trek-style [franchise] where you can go in many, many different directions.

“You can go main canon, you can go spin-offs, you can go one-offs. Yeah, that’s the plan. And I would love to see an animated TV show based on this.”

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DeKnight’s comments are not that surprising. Ever since the Marvel Cinematic Universe became such a huge moneymaker for Disney, rival studios have been looking to expand their own movie franchises into connected universes, with varying degrees of success. DC’s superhero universe and Legendary’s MonsterVerse have proved popular, but Universal’s much-hyped Dark Universe of classic monster movies seems to have stalled after one movie.

Pacific Rim Uprising stars John Boyega, Scott Eastwood, Zhang Jin, Cailee Spaeny, and Jing Tian. The film had a troubled development over the years, with Del Toro ultimately handing the directorial reins over to DeKnight but remaining on board as a producer.

The trailer premiered at New York Comic-Con. Check out GameSpot’s coverage of the NYCC Pacific Rim Uprising event here. The movie hits theaters on March 23, 2018.

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The Flash Has a Wally West Problem

Note: this article contains spoilers for The Flash’s Season 4 premiere, “The Flash Reborn.” Check out our full review of the episode here.

For the second year in a row, The Flash started off its new season on a disappointing note. The Season 3 finale, “Finish Line,” left the writers with no shortage of big developments to explore. Barry Allen sacrificed everything to save his city from Speed Force-induced destruction. Caitlin Snow went into hiding, determined to find peace with the supervillain within. The rest of Team Flash had no choice but to find a way to carry on the legacy of the Flash without Barry Allen. All of which begs the question – why is Barry back already? Why rush to restore the old status quo when the new one held so much potential?

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Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Pfeiffer Struggling with Old Comics

Michelle Pfeiffer recently spoke about preparing for her role in Ant-Man and the Wasp, saying she’s having a “really hard time” reading old comics for research.

“I just started reading them, and I’m having a really hard time,” Pfeiffer told Variety. “There’s so much information on a page, and it’s not linear. When I’m skim-reading them it’s difficult to know that this part comes after that and who is talking in what bubble.”

Pfeiffer will star in the Ant-Man sequel as Janet van Dyne, the mother of Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) and wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas). Her role as the original Wasp is the actress’ first superhero part since she played Catwoman in Batman Returns.

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The 10 Greatest Cyborgs In Pop Culture History

More Human Than Human–that’s the iconic motto of the Tyrell Corporation in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi masterpiece, Blade Runner. This simple phrase advertised the quality of the company’s biorobotic android product, better known as Replicants. The motto can also easily be used to describe the overarching concept of cyborgs throughout pop culture.

From the pages of William Gibson’s Neuromancer to James Cameron’s cinematic takes on cyborg-themed entertainment, the technological advancements of our society have mirrored the ongoing evolution of the cyborg. With the recent release of Blade Runner 2049, this has never been more relevant, so here are pop culture’s 10 best cyborgs.

Roy Batty (Blade Runner)

In 1982’s Blade Runner, Rutger Hauer’s Replicant, Roy Batty, showcased the struggles of a conscious new species fighting for the right to exist in a future world of prejudice.

Batty is portrayed as a formidable villain, and does his fair share of insidious deeds throughout the film, but his quest for freedom adds complex layers to this good versus evil story. The film comes to an unexpected climax as Batty goes against his own programming to save Deckard, showing his flawed humanity in the process.

Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man)

“We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better, faster, stronger…” The iconic opening narration to The Six Million Dollar Man sums up ABC’s classic science fiction series.

After Steve Austin (Lee Majors) suffers a life-threatening accident, the Office of Scientific Intelligence rebuilds the astronaut from the ground up, replacing his right arm, both legs and left eye with bionic prosthetics and implants. An upgraded Austin soon hits the streets to fight crime for the government. The popularity of the cyborg hero concept led to 1976’s entertaining spinoff, The Bionic Woman, and a well done, but short-lived, TV remake in 2007.

Inspector Gadget

Using The Pink Panther’s Inspector Clouseau (Peter Sellers) and Get Smart’s Maxwell Smart (Don Adams) as inspiration, Inspector Gadget hit the world of cartoon entertainment in 1983. The popular children’s show followed the adventures of a bumbling detective who used a never-ending supply of high-tech implants to fight crime.

The formula worked as the odd gadgets informed the Inspector’s physical comedy. Teaming up with Penny, his quirky niece, and a genius dog named Brain, the formula proved highly entertaining for the show’s young audience. The series ran for three years before hitting syndication, eventually leading to the 1999 live-action movie starring Matthew Broderick.

Lt. Commander Geordi LaForge (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

From 1987 to 1994, LeVar Burton portrayed the USS Enterprise-D’s Chief Engineering Officer. His signature VISOR–Visual Instrument and Sensory Organ Replacement–gave Geordi some extra sensory abilities that made him one-of-a-kind.

LaForge became an instant icon in the world of Star Trek, continuing Gene Roddenberry’s long-running practice of maintaining diversity in science fiction entertainment. Presenting an African American character as a high functioning intellectual–harking back to the 1966 casting of Nichelle Nichols as Starfleet Officer Nyota Uhura–continued pushing the genre forward, both in the series’ seven seasons and the multiple movies that followed.

Dolores Abernathy (Westworld)

Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) is the oldest active host in Westworld, a technologically advanced theme park catering to high society’s deepest and darkest fantasies. Her archetypal narrative at the beginning of HBO’s high-concept series found her living as a rancher’s daughter amid the backdrop of 19th century Wild West America.

As the story progressed, though, Dolores discovered a much deeper truth: Her whole existence was an elaborately orchestrated work of fiction. Dolores eventually gained a sense of self that led to a chaotic upheaval that was life-threatening to Westworld’s patrons and damaging to the park’s uncertain future.

Officer James Murphy (RoboCop)

Acting as a bloody, over-the-top satire on the excess of 1980s America, Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop presented Dallas City–an industrialized cesspool run rampant with all sorts of violent criminals. If only a hero would step up and bring order to these streets!

Enter Officer James Murphy (Peter Weller). After suffering multiple gunshots and being presumed dead, Murphy gets the Humpty Dumpty treatment. Rebuilt with a prosthetic cerebrum and cerebellum and a cybernetic body–and wielding a pretty awesome hip-holstered handgun–the RoboCop was born. Dallas City, and popular culture, were never the same again.

Sharon Agathon (Battlestar Galactica)

With so many cyborgs–err, Cylons–featured in Battlestar Galactica, one character easily stood out from the pack. Contrary to popular opinion–sorry, Number Six (Tricia Helfer)–Sharon Agathon (Grace Park) is the Cylon hero in question.

Sharon’s motivations were simple: Her love for her husband and daughter, and her role as a Galactica officer. These emotional attachments flipped the Cylon concept on its head, giving Agathon a human foundation that, along with her romance with Helo (Tahmoh Penikett), helped to pave the way for the show’s progressive climax. Coming to the aid of humans, time and again, Sharon brought levity and hope to the bleak and brooding series.

Maeve Millay (Westworld)

Acting as the brothel madam in Westworld’s Mariposa Saloon, Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) fit an Old West archetype to a T. Yet when a virus impacts her narrative loop, Maeve begins questioning her reality as echoes from previous programmed identities come back to haunt her.

Much like Dolores, Maeve becomes self aware. But instead of inciting a violent uprising within the park, Maeve breaks through her coded reality to discover the inner workings of Delos, the company that owns Westworld. As ruthless as she is cunning, the brothel madame uses her skills to manipulate her programming while charting her own escape from this virtual world to the real one above ground.

The T-800 (The Terminator)

In 1984, the Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Series 800 Terminator–or T-800 for short–traveled from the future with the sole mission of killing Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton), preventing her unborn son from leading the human resistance in 2029.

This assassination mission–the first of many, as documented in the film’s numerous sequels–changed the action movie game. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ruthless killing machine was impactful in multiple ways: He inadvertently caused Skynet to become sentient in the franchise’s first film, his endoskeleton is impervious to most damage, and most importantly, the character put Arnold on the map as an action star.

Darth Vader (Star Wars)

Equipped with cybernetic arms, legs, respirator helmet and sinister-looking cape, Darth Vader is easily one of the most iconic cyborg characters in pop culture history.

His stature and mystique combined with an array of epic Sith Lord powers–his lightsaber skills and psychic chokeholds are stuff of legend–are just a few elements that lend to Vader’s notorious stake in the world of entertainment. With a fair share of repressed humanity and a heaping helping of family drama, the tale of Anakin Skywalker’s downfall brings all the nostalgia, emotion and terror necessary to give Darth Vader some legendary cyborg status.

Did we miss any? Tell us your favorite cyborgs from pop culture history in the comments below!

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