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IN THE EVENT YOU Play ” NEW WORLD “? Beta Impressions From The Frontier

Amazon Games’ upcoming MMORPG New World is in the spotlight as a lengthy closed beta session shows off the action ahead of an August 31st release. New World has changed its vision multiple times over the course of development, and now the question on everyone’s mind is – where is this going to land on release? What kind of player is it for? What kind of MMORPG is it? And perhaps the most important question, is it worth your time at all? Over the course of the beta (and a demo session that took me into an endgame slice with a fully-geared character), I’ve seen some areas with huge potential that are currently underserved in the MMORPG space – and some others that could be intense detriments for the title. Let’s talk about New World!It successfully lands a powerful frontier survival vibe If you’re familiar with survival games that have you punching wood to get a house going, New World delivers on this front initially by giving the player myriad survival pursuits. Hunting turkey on the borders of your established safe zones to raise your cooking skill and create rations is far more engaging than it has any right to be. Hunting down elusive saltpeter deposits in mines and crafting your own shells for your old-timey rifles feels fun. Being able to skill up in everything to your liking is a classic system à la Runescape, and its nice to know you can work up every single crafting and gathering skill if you wish, right down to doing some fishing. Banging together your first batch of gathering tools is actually freaking awesome. Digging up carrots and potatoes feels meaningful. Coming back to your town in the middle of the wilderness to trade feed and talk with your fellow explorers has all the allure of bustling about Disney’s Frontiertown, and I’ve rarely had so much investment into crafting and trading systems in MMOs. I can see potential problems with these aspects later down the line, i.e. do I really want to spend my time in the endgame gathering resources just so I can play the game, but for now, there’s plenty of magic in creating my own food, ammunition, and supplies before I trek out into the wild. It feels gritty, it feels raw, and it feels fresh. Faction PVP can be a lot of fun Territory control and faction-based opt-in PVP not only bring back a bit of realm-vs-realm feel from the glory days of Dark Age of Camelot, but they inject something that many online experiences have moved away from in the last decade – social interaction. That means yes, you are going to see a player named PoopyPants (Yes, this was a real player I saw) cutting down trees and screaming outside of town about the price of silver ore, and your chat feed is going to be inundated with comments that make the infamous Barrens chat look downright erudite. However, it also successfully adds shared social stakes to the experience, even if you choose not to interact at the verbal level with any other players. By funneling players into three different factions, you have an investment in your tribe regardless of how deep you want to take it. If you still just want to solo and bring back a load of furs to trade in town, you can – but the real fun is to be had by grouping up, interacting with others, and eventually taking over some territory as your chosen faction. At the solo, guild, and greater level, having game flow dictated by players instead of the “theme park” experience is a bold choice and more than a bit refreshing. The issue here is how interesting and meaningful are these faction wars going to be in the endgame? While I don’t have the answer to that yet, the prospect of really engaging with other players in a meaningful way in a MMORPG gives me a powerful nostalgia bump and some serious differentiation from many other genre offerings today. On the flip side, if you’re not really interested in territory wars or PvP, other existing MMORPGs might be a better choice. The combat is New World’s biggest weakness In almost every MMORPG, you’re going to be doing a ton of combat. It’s probably the biggest portion of the entire gameplay experience. With limited skill options, awkward animations, and very little excitement, New World’s combat is decidedly dull. Now, there’s something to be said about popping an opposing faction member from a great distance before you engage in a 3v3 skirmish that gets real greasy, but that’s more about the player-to-player interaction than the combat, which can often feel wooden and wonky. While I enjoy systems that attempt to break the genre out of the tab-targeting standard that’s been grandfathered into MMOs for ages, it misses the mark here.  I found it hard to determine if the other aspects of the game that seem enjoyable can carry this particular aspect either, as combat is the core of almost every other pursuit. Even if you’re just spelunking for saltpeter, you’re going to have to fight a ton of various zombie-like creatures, wolves, or bears, and it simply does not feel good. This problem is exacerbated in group experiences, both PvP and PvE, but more pronounced in the latter. Chewing into spongey opponents as a pack with the glaring lack of feedback from weaponry is almost comical, and your options in combat feel extremely limited and lacking. Everything can feel the same Enemies, locations, and activities can become a big bowl of mush without breaking it up with some PvP pursuits. You’ll see many of the same rickety little fishing villages, decrepit farms, and crumbling ruins as you traverse the giant world. Killing some undead buccaneers at level 5 feels the same as it does at level 15, and you’re going to be doing a ton of daily-quest/fetch style activities in order to grind out your faction reputation, like wandering around the aforementioned locations for boxes and killing X undead baddies. It feels intensely repetitive even after only twenty hours of gameplay, so I’m concerned about how that will translate to the endgame – will I still, as an elite member of the Syndicate, still be wandering farms killing undead and picking taters? I mean, I do like picking taters... Travel is rough When you’re just starting, it’s fine that you’re walking everywhere because you don’t have far to go. However, this takes a turn at around level 12, where you’ll find the autorun button and some movies on your favorite streaming platform to be your best friends. The world is large, and traveling it all on foot is a huge pain. Without mounts, and the fact that fast travel is limited by resources, moving around the map is an absolute bore and a chore. I realize there are other meaningful concerns that probably flow into this decision, like the implications of having everyone zoom around in a game that’s attempting to create stakes with territory control and PvP, but this becomes harder and harder to ignore the more you play and get quests on opposite ends of your map. Forging ahead Based on the beta, New World is going to be an interesting but potentially niche addition to the current crop of MMORPGs. However, it seems to really serve players that want to play with small groups of friends for faction skirmishes and that are interested in greater territory control wars with big guild politics and all that. If you’re not interested in that kind of greater pursuit with plenty of social interaction and PvP, the PvE elements by themselves do not seem compelling enough to keep things rolling.  While I love the feeling of crafting my own stuff, slowly increasing the areas that I’m strong enough to explore, and fastidiously upping all my gathering and crafting skills, I can see those charms fading rapidly as the activities become somewhat rote. The dynamics involved in faction wars and territory control seem to be the peppy antidote for the never-ending rock farm in various undead shacks and homesteads. As with other games that lean into this kind of emergent gameplay (RIP Shadowbane), some of New World will be what players shape it into.
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    Jupiter’s Legacy Trailer & Poster DELIVERS Wild Superhero Action

    Jupiter’s Legacy trailer & poster serves up wild superhero actionNetflix has unveiled the first trailer and new poster for its upcoming superhero series Jupiter’s Legacy, based on Mark Millar and Frank Quitely’s comic book series. Starring Josh Duhamel, the series is set to hit the streaming platform on May 7. The trailer, which shows off some of the series’ pulse-pounding action and decades-spanning story, can be viewed below!RELATED: Josh Duhamel Confirmed to Join Jennifer Lopez in Shotgun WeddingNo legend lives forever.Jupiter’s Legacy premieres May 7 pic.twitter.com/r6w8b18j39— Netflix (@netflix) April 7, 2021TRAILER. TOMORROW. #JupitersLegacy is coming to @netflix May 7th. pic.twitter.com/FyYZb8nZri— Millarworld (@mrmarkmillar) April 6, 2021Recommended Reading: Jupiter’s Legacy spans from the 1930s through to the present day and is based around the story of the first generation of Superheroes, who rose to prominence after receiving powers. Fast forward to the present day, the original heroes are revered as the elder guard, while the children of the fabled heroes are struggling to live up to their parent’s legacy and legendary feats.The series stars Josh Duhamel (Transformers) as Sheldon Sampson/The Utopian, Ben Daniels (The Crown) as Walter Sampson/Brainwave, Leslie Bibb (The Babysitter: Killer Queen) as Grace Sampson/Lady Liberty, Elena Kampouris (Shoplifters of the World) as Chloe Sampson, Andrew Horton (It Came From the Desert) as Brandon Sampson/Paragon, Mike Wade (SEAL Team) as Fitz Small and Matt Lanter (Chasing the Rain) as George Hutchene/Skyfox.Steven S. DeKnight, best known for showrunning Daredevil’s inaugural season, created and executive produces the series. He was previously attached to serve as the showrunner, but vacated the position due to creative differences, which Sang Kyu Kim later took over and serving as executive producer alongside Millar, Lorenzo Di Bonaventura and Dan McDermott.RELATED: Jupiter’s Legacy Set Photo: First Look at Josh Duhamel as The UtopianThe comic book series was first published by Image Comics in 2013. It followed The Utopian and Lady Liberty, who are the costumed aliases of Sheldon and Grace Sampson. After venturing to a mysterious island with a handful of their friends in 1932, they gained superhuman abilities and established themselves as the first generation of superheroes. They soon formed the Union of Justice. Years later, Sheldon and Grace had two children, Chloe and Brandon, who inherited their own set of powers. However, Chloe and Brandon also developed a cynical attitude toward superheroes and struggled to find their places in the shadow of their famous parents.

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    Emma Stone is bringing trouble in new Cruella trailer & poster!With just over a month left to go until the long-awaited arrival of the Emma Stone-led origin story for the iconic 101 Dalmatians villain, Disney has unveiled a new trailer and poster for Cruella promising that the devil will get her due. The trailer, which gives audiences a better look at the motivation behind the titular fashion designer’sRELATED: Emma Stone is the Queen of Mean in Disney’s Cruella Sneak PeekThis May, the Devil Gets Her Due. See #Cruella in theaters and on #DisneyPlus with Premier Access May 28. Additional fee required. pic.twitter.com/RITegRWyP8— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) April 7, 2021Trouble is Coming. See #Cruella in theaters and on #DisneyPlus with Premier Access May 28th. Additional fee required. pic.twitter.com/43pCXONxKi— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) April 7, 2021Oscar winner Stone (La La Land) stars as the titular Cruella in a story that explores the rebellious early days of one of cinema’s most notorious – and notoriously fashionable – villains in 1970s London amidst the punk rock revolution. The film chronicles her journey from being a young grifter named Estella, a clever and creative girl determined to make a name for herself with her designs, to befriending a pair of young thieves who appreciate her appetite for mischief and together building a life for themselves on the London streets.Pick up the original animated Disney classic here!One day, Estella’s flair for fashion catches the eye of the Baroness von Hellman, a fashion legend who is devastatingly chic and terrifyingly haute, played by two-time Oscar winner Emma Thompson (Howards End), but their relationship sets in motion a course of events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous, fashionable and revenge-bent Cruella. Alongside Stone and Thompson, the ensemble cast for Cruella includes Joel Fry (In The Earth, Requiem), Paul Walter Hauser (Richard Jewell, Da 5 Bloods), Emily Beecham (Into The Badlands, Outside The Wire), Mark Strong (Shazam!, Kingsman: The Golden Circle), Kirby Howell-Baptiste (Why Women Kill, Happily) and Jamie Demetriou (Paddington 2, Fleabag).RELATED: Black Widow is Done Running From Her Past in New Trailer!Craig Gillespie (I, Tonya) helms the film on a screenplay from Dana Fox and Tony McNamara based on a story treatment by Aline Brosh McKenna, Kelly Marcel and Steve Zissis, with Andre Gunn, Marc Platt and Kristin Burr producing while Stone, Michelle Wright, Jared LeBoff and original live-action Cruella actress Glenn Close executive producing.Cruella hits theaters and Disney+ Premier Access on May 28.

    Pose Final Season Trailer: THE HOME of Evangelista Fights BECAUSE OF THEIR Legacy

    Pose final season trailer: The House of Evangelista fights for their legacyFX has released the first trailer for the upcoming third and final season of Ryan Murphy’s acclaimed series Pose, which is set to premiere on May 2. The video highlights the new obstacles that the House of Evangelista members must face as they try to to fight for their legacy and also gives viewers a preview of some of the new season’s many glamorous ballroom scenes as well as its continued approach of addressing the AIDS crisis and AIDS activism in the ’90s. Check out the video below!RELATED: FX on Hulu 2021 Promo: First Look at American Horror Stories, The Old Man & MoreAs a family. Always. Watch the OFFICIAL TRAILER for the final season of #PoseFX. Premieres May 2, only on FX. pic.twitter.com/vEcyxyzPUf— PoseFX (@PoseOnFX) April 6, 2021Pose explores the juxtaposition of several segments of life and society in New York: the ball culture world, the rise of the luxury Trump-era universe and the downtown social and literary scene.The series made television history by assembling the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, as well as the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series. The series stars MJ Rodriguez, Billy Porter, Hailie Sahar, Angelica Ross, Indya Moore, Charlayne Woodard and Dominique Jackson.The final season will now be set in 1994 where ballroom feels like a distant memory with Blanca, now working as a nurse aide in a hospital. Things will continue to be difficult for her as she struggles to balance work and being a mother with being a present partner to her new love. Meanwhile, as AIDS becomes the leading cause of death for Americans ages 25 to 44, Pray Tell contends with unexpected health burdens. Elsewhere, the emergence of a vicious new upstart house forces the House of Evangelista members to contend with their legacy.RELATED: Pistol First-Look: Danny Boyle’s Sex Pistols Miniseries Begins ProductionPose was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Steven Canals. The series is executive produced by Murphy, Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall and Sherry Marsh. Canals is a co-executive producer, and Janet Mock, Our Lady J, and Erica Kay also serve as producers.

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trailer: The Bell’s Been Rung

    Zack Snyder’s Justice League Trailer: The bell’s been rung The time has come for the arrival of the official trailer of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, highlighting the infamous director’s cut of the DC Extended Universe blockbuster with new footage of Ray Fisher’s Cyborg, Jared Leto’s Joker and more, all set to arrive on March 18. The trailer can be viewed below! RELATED: New Zack Snyder’s Justice League Teaser Previews Darkseid “They said the age of heroes would never come again.” Zack Snyder’s Justice League arrives on @HBOMax March 18th. #SnyderCut pic.twitter.com/ZY1rYEcu5M — Zack Snyder’s Justice League (@snydercut) February 14, 2021 Justice League will be hitting HBO Max solely as a four-hour movie on March 18. It was originally revealed at DC FanDome that the movie will release on HBO Max in 2021 by being broken up into four one-hour parts that will also be released as one four-hour film, but Snyder’s new comments seem to indicate it will solely be released as the one-off film instead of the four-part series. In an informal Q&A with the director via the comments, Snyder also revealed that there will be no after-credits scenes, the release date is still set for March even as potential competition Godzilla vs. Kong just moved to the same month and its runtime is four hours prior to the credits. Zack Snyder’s Justice League has reportedly cost around $70 million in order to properly finish the editing and visual effects of the director’s original vision, as well as the additional photography. The original post-production crew is also expected to return along with the cast members to record additional dialogue for the cut.  Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions. Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane. RELATED: Harry Lennix Reveals He is Martian Manhunter in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million. 

    Happily Trailer: Joel McHale & Kerry Bishé Lead Dark Romantic Comedy

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    Bloody Hell Red-Band Trailer Teases Wild, Gory and Hilarious Ride!

    Bloody Hell red-band trailer teases wild, gory and hilarious ride! Just a few days ahead of its select theatrical and VOD debut, The Horror Collective has unveiled a new, red-band trailer for the Nightstream hit dark horror comedy Bloody Hell promising a wild, gory and hilarious fairy tale. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Nightstream Reviews: Dinner in America, Bloody Hell & More! The film centers on a man with a mysterious past as he flees the country in hopes of escaping his own personal hell, only to arrive somewhere much, much, much worse. In an effort to survive this new horror, he must rely on the help of his personified conscience. Bloody Hell is directed by Alister Grierson (Sanctum, Nowhere Boys) and penned by Robert Benjamin (Welcome to Acapulco, A Wanted Man) and consists of a cast led by Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner, Detroit) and co-starring Caroline Craig (Underbelly, Anzac Girls), Meg Fraser in her feature acting debut, Matthew Sunderland (The Lost City of Z, The Nightingale), Travis Jeffery (Preacher, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales), Jack Finsterer (Home and Away, Is This the Real World) and Ashlee Lollback (Harrow, Don’t Tell). The film first debuted at October’s Nightstream Film Festival, a special online event that saw the Boston Underground, Brooklyn Horror, North Bend, The Overlook and Popcorn Frights film festivals band together to get around the global pandemic and deliver fans exciting new titles in their favorite genres from outright horror pics to darker comedies. It received rave reviews from critics and currently sits with a 96 percent approval rating from critics on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes. RELATED: Sacrifice Trailer: Barbara Crampton Stars in New Lovecraftian Horror Bloody Hell is set to hit select theaters, drive-ins and VOD on Friday, followed by a Blu-ray and DVD release on January 19! 

    Monster Hunter International Trailer Offers More Tony Jaa

    Monster Hunter international trailer offers more Tony Jaa While simultaneously unveiling the domestic trailer for the film adaptation of the Capcom franchise, Sony Pictures has released the international trailer for the Milla Jovovich-led Monster Hunter which features a much better look at Tony Jaa’s Hunter character. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Monster Hunter Trailer & Poster Bring the Video Game to Life! Monster Hunter centers on the leader of a UN military team named Artemis, played by Jovovich, who is transported to another realm populated by monsters. There she meets the Hunter (Jaa), with the two teaming up to close a portal to prevent monsters from attacking earth. The movie will be a highly stylish big-screen adaptation of the video game. Click here to order the video game Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Master Edition! The film adaptation will be led by Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil franchise) and Tony Jaa. It will also star Ron Perlman (Hellboy, Drive), T.I. Harris (Ant-Man and The Wasp), Diego Boneta (Luis Miguel, Rock of Ages), Meagan Good (Code Black), and Josh Helman (X-Men: Days of Future Past). Monster Hunter is written and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson. The film is a production by Sony Pictures, Constantin Film, and Impact Pictures with Anderson, Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer, Martin Moszkowicz, and Dennis Berardi serving as producers. RELATED: Paul W.S. Anderson Says Monster Hunter is 100 Percent Finished The Capcom video game series consists of action role-playing games where players and their friends work together to take down larger-than-life beasts in a living, breathing ecosystem. Since the first Monster Hunter title made its debut 14 years ago in 2004, the series has attracted a dedicated fan base, and grown into a global mega-hit with Monster Hunter: World, the latest title in the series, shipping 10 million units worldwide, with cumulative sales of the series exceeding 49 million units as of August 20, 2018. 

    Dead Reckoning Trailer: K.J. Apa Leads Indie Action-Thriller

    Dead Reckoning Trailer: K.J. Apa leads indie action-thriller Shout! Studios has unveiled the first trailer and release date fo the upcoming indie action-thriller Dead Reckoning featuring a cast led by Riverdale and I Still Believe star K.J. Apa as a man trapped between two loyalties and left with only one choice. The trailer can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Jiu Jitsu Trailer: Nicolas Cage Stars in a Sci-Fi Martial Arts Film Tillie Gardner’s summer romance with local cab driver Niko before starting college is helping her cope with the tragic death of her parents in a private plane crash a few weeks earlier. Too bad she doesn’t know yet he is the brother of the terrorist who actually sabotaged the plane, and who is also involved with a plot to bomb the annual Fourth of July beach celebration on Nantucket Island. Can she gather herself and her wits together and discover his dark secret in time and prevent a terrible massacre? Directed by the legendary cinematographer and filmmaker Andrzej Bartkowiak (Prizzi’s Honor, The Verdict, Terms of Endearment, Doom, Speed), and written by Alfred Wayne Carter and Kristin Alexandre, Dead Reckoning stars India Eisley (I Am the Night, Underworld Awakening), Apa, James Remar (Dexter, X-Men: First Class), Ellie Cornell (Femme Fatales, Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers), Sydney Park (The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists) and Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, The Expendables). A Pulse Rate Production in association with Moody Independent, Productivity Media, and Motion Picture Exchange, the film is produced by Mark Donadio, Miriam Marcus, Andrzej Bartkowiak, and Jeffrey Bowler. Executive producers are Kristin Alexandre, William A. Earon, William G. Santor, John Hills, Andrew Chang-Sang, Catherine Dewey, Christopher Dewey, and James Andrew Felts. RELATED: Uncle Frank Trailer & Poster: No One Comes Home Without Baggage Dead Reckoning is set to hit VOD and digital platforms on November 13. 

    New Soul Trailer for Pixar’s Upcoming Disney+ Release!

    New Soul Trailer for Pixar’s Upcoming Disney+ Release! Disney and Pixar have released a brand new trailer for their upcoming Disney+ release Soul from visionary filmmaker Pete Docter, the Academy Award-winning director behind Inside Out and Up, and co-director/writer Kemp Powers, playwright and screenwriter of One Night in Miami. Check out the new Soul trailer with lots of new footage below! RELATED: Lana Wachowski is “Going to Change the Industry Again” with Matrix 4 Soul stars the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs and features original jazz music by globally renowned musician Jon Batiste and a score composed by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network). Previously scheduled for theatrical release on November 20, 2020, Soul was named an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year along with multiple upcoming festivals including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festival this Sunday. RELATED: Norman Lear, NBC & Reba Team for Fried Green Tomatoes Series What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ Soul introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. Soul is Directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up), co-directed by Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short Lou). The animated film will release on Disney+ December 25. [embedded content]

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