Did Sony Reveal The PS5’s Release Date?

Is it time for the next generation of consoles?

Do you remember what you were doing on November 15th, 2013? If you’re a console gamer, there’s a strong chance that you were in line ready to pick up your PlayStation 4. But just how many console units have sold this generation and how close are we to the next?

 

The rumors are here folks and they’re backed by data. Sony believes that the PlayStation 4 has hit peak sales. What does that mean? In a nutshell, you can only sell so many of your product before everyone has one.

 

What happens when everyone on earth owns a PS4? There will be no one left to buy any more of Sony’s latest console. We live in a reality where only so much of the population actually plays video games and according to Sony, we’re close to reaching that total.

 

How do Nintendo and Xbox fit into all of this? We’ll get into that and give you our best bets as to how close we are to the next generation of consoles.

 

Sony

Sony has sold 76 million PS4 units as of April 2018. The console is actually projected to sell over 90 million by 2019. Not to worry as there is still plenty of life for the PlayStation 4. Software sales went up from 218 million during 2017’s fiscal year to 247 million this fiscal year.

 

From 2016 to 2018 Sony has averaged roughly 18 million PS4’s sold per year. The moment that sales drop below 16 million we can expect a new console. After all, Sony needs to keep investors happy and ensure that they will continue to make the revenue necessary to vacation on all-inclusive luxury island resorts. If sales begin to trend down after 2018, Sony predicts a Fall 2020 release window for the would-be PlayStation 5.

 

Xbox

What about Xbox One Sales? Microsoft has been tight-lipped about official numbers and hasn’t released any new details as of late. The last official statement was that the Xbox One sold 14 million units and that was in 2014. It’s been crickets since.

 

However, EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed that the combined sales for Xbox One and PS4’s throughout 2017 were roughly 103 million. Using Sony’s published 2017 figures, the math says Microsoft has sold 30 million Xbox One units. Granted this is all just speculation, we can assume that the PS4 beat Xbox One sales at about two-to-one.

 

Why does this matter? Even if Sony has reached peak sales, Microsoft could launch their next console iteration before Sony in order to get a head start with sales. If we’re just taking Sony and Microsoft as factors – and we might as well since Nintendo does whatever they damn well please despite the competition – then the next console generation is coming.

 

Nintendo

Oh Nintendo you and your crazy antics. The original Wii was such a success (101 million) that Nintendo thought themselves untouchable. And then the Wii U happened.

 

The Wii U was quite the flop. Nintendo only sold about 13 million Wii U units during its 6-7-year run, but at least they were honest about it… ahem, Microsoft

 

But the Nintendo Switch has proven that Nintendo does indeed have a brain and that Zelda fans will buy whatever console has a Zelda game. The Switch has sold about 17 million units as of March 2018.

 

Now if we take the estimated number of the competition into consideration, then the Switch is on its way to surpassing Xbox One sales. But how soon could we expect the next Nintendo console? To be honest they could drop it tomorrow!

 

Or maybe they might just make a cardboard add-on for their consoles! Oh wait, they already do that. It’s called LABO. Nintendo is too much of an unpredictable factor to really contemplate their place in the console war.

 

At this point, Nintendo is only competing with itself. The Switch and the 3DS are both handheld- I mean portable gaming options.

 

Holiday 2020: Place your bets

Am I a bit biased and favor PlayStation? Yes. But the reason I use PS4 sales a standard for comparison is that Sony actually publishes their figures on a regular basis. I would love to use Xbox sales as more of a predictor, but I cannot due to the lack of official reporting on Microsoft’s part.

 

As for Nintendo, they not only get to stay neutral during the console wars but even get other benefits like a ‘get out of online infrastructure free pass.’ So, there you have it. Sony themselves predicts a fall 2020 release. That gives us 2 more solid years with our current generation of fun machines. Xbox could get a jump on that release and Nintendo could do whatever they want when they want. Let us know your thoughts and predictions for the console wars.

 

 

Photo Credit: Windows Central & Gamespot

Latest Leaked Fortnite Content! New Heavy Sniper & Game Modes

Epic Games does a great job on Fortnite, but whoever’s in charge of keeping their new content under wraps needs a stern talking to.

 

Data miners have had unusual amounts of success unearthing content in Epic’s upcoming Fortnite patches including new guns and a few limited time game modes. It’s not a guarantee that everything they find will make its way onto live servers, but they’ve been pretty accurate in the past.

 

Sniper enthusiasts should be excited for the newest gun leak, which is a Heavy Sniper Rifle. The legendary rifle will be bolt-action with an extremely slow reload. It will also have the ability to shoot players through the first wall it hits and does 157 damage to the body, making it the most powerful weapon in the game.

 

Looks like players who sit in their one-by-one bases won’t be safe anymore. Just listen to that ‘boom’. Better luck next game campers.

 

The other leaked guns are more of returns than additions. The Explosive Crossbow is basically the crossbow of old but comes with an explosive tip, which hopefully gives it more viability in game. I can already hear Daequan hitting ’em with that “MUAH.”

 

Epic is also bringing one of the more annoying guns, the Guided Missile, back into the mix. Thankfully with the addition of explosives being capped at 12 rockets at a time and a bunch of nerfs to mobility, duration, and damage, the Guided Missile will be used as more of a recon tool than anything.

 

Data miners also found three new limited time game modes called Fly Explosives, Last Five Standing, and Fortnite mode. Fly explosives is a game mode that has already been released on the Chinese Fortnite servers and combines the power of the jetpack and every explosive weapon available. I wasn’t a big fan of the season 3’s limited time mode, High Explosives, and I hated the jetpack but flying around blowing people up sounds pretty fun.

 

Last Five Standing is a timed game mode that gives players twenty minutes to survive. When the clock strikes zero the last five players on the map will be victorious. This sounds like paradise for players who aren’t fond of fighting and enjoy landing at Wailing Woods. Total potato fest.

 

The last leaked game mode, Fortnite mode, describes the regular game mode so data miners aren’t sure if Epic just added a description that it forgot to do before or if this is entirely new. Either way, it’s exciting to think about.

 

Outside of new game modes and weaponry, Epic is releasing four new skin sets. The themes are lifeguarding, scuba diving, street racing, and modern military.

 

Content and information found by data miners is never guaranteed, so we’ll have to wait for Fortnite’s next patch to confirm what’s real and what’s not, but one thing’s for sure, I can’t wait for that Heavy Sniper Rifle.

Rainbow Six Siege Targeting Toxicity

Ubisoft is doing its part to wipe out the toxicity that’s been thriving in its multiplayer servers. “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege’s” game developer started handing out temporary bans to players caught using any form of hate speech.

 

The game’s new banning system went live two weeks ago, according to PC Gamer. If a player is found guilty of using a term deemed offensive his or her account will be issued a 30-minute ban.

 

While a player’s account is banned he or she is unable to play any part of the game, including multiplayer and custom games. If a player is found guilty of using hate speech for a second or third time their account will be banned for two hours respectively.

 

When a player is caught using hate speech a fourth time Ubisoft launches an investigation into the person’s account to decide whether or not a permanent ban should be issued.

 

Ubisoft’s official code of conduct does not allow players to use, “any language or content deemed illegal, dangerous, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, defamatory, hateful, racist, sexist, ethically offensive, or constituting harassment.”

 

Most multiplayer video games have issues with keeping the communication between players friendly. Trash talk is a healthy part of competition, but there’s a difference between banter and hate speech.

 

Online video game matches provide the ultimate environment for people to abuse the power of free speech. When you take a person, expose them to the infuriating feeling of losing and give them a form of communication with the person beating them with no risk of physical consequences, there’s inevitably a thin line between free speech and hate speech.

 

Freedom of speech is truly an amazing thing. It can empower people and give a voice to those who otherwise would not have the opportunity. It can also prove to be a double-edged sword and there are those who frequently abuse the privilege.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I believe that hate speech shouldn’t be a thing in the 21st century. It’s a vile and unruly form of communication. But allowing everyone online to be anonymous makes people more inclined to say things they would never dream of saying to a person’s face.

 

Some of the players who are receiving bans are claiming that all of this censorship is making the gaming community soft and weak. Some are upset that Ubisoft is choosing to prioritize toxicity over gameplay changes.

 

But hate speech and terms that do not follow Ubisoft’s code of conduct should never be acceptable. They are merely tolerated because people who take a stand aren’t taken seriously.

 

When I saw that players were getting banned for using racial slurs I, like most others in the community, was ecstatic. It’s been far too long since gaming companies took a stand against letting toxic language go on without repercussion. If those repercussions are in the form of a ban, then so be it.

 

It’s great to see that a major company like Ubisoft is taking a proactive step towards improving the online community. I get it, the internet is filled with all sorts of people, but that’s no excuse for bad manners, especially of this magnitude. I stand with Ubisoft’s decision to start banning individuals who do not comply, as they have every right to enforce the morals they value

 

Black Ops 4 – All Multiplayer Goodness

Black Ops 4: Time to reinvest

If you’re anything like me then you’ve spent countless hours playing Call of Duty. You’ve either prestiged numerous times, managed to join the “I nuked the map” club, or simply killed legions of the undead.

 

But at what point did you begin to mentally check out? You can only play Call of Duty for so many hours before you start exploring other options. Before I get ahead of myself, Call of Duty fans have one thing in common. We LOVE the arcade shooter. Who cares about realistic bullet drop? I would take unlimited sprinting over listening to my soldier’s panting any day.

 

So why reinvest in Call of Duty? For once, a Call of Duty developer is listening to what we’ve wanted for so many years. Black Ops 4 is ditching the single player and focusing on a myriad of multiplayer content instead. Hallelujah! Zombies, zombies, zombies and a brand-new mode known as Blackout! Also known as Call of Duty’s version of the popular “battle royale” style FPS.

 

Zombies

Black Ops 4 will have three total Zombie modes. Just like in any other Black Ops game, the Zombies mode will have its own story set in its own universe. You choose one of four characters to play as alone, or with friends (local or online).

Another feature is the ability to play online, alone, with bots as teammates. If you ever felt like the difficulty of surviving the zombie apocalypse made it impossible to discover all the cool Easter eggs and secrets zombies is known for, you can now play on easier settings.

 

More Zombies

The first of the new zombies game modes is called IX. All we know is what we can gather from the trailer, which depicts our four new heroes in gladiator style armor inside of a coliseum.

Zombies immediately rush our heroes who fight them to the death. Upon clearing a wave a larger, more menacing, heavily limbed Frankenstein of a zombie is unleashed. Zombie mode has had mini-boss battles to break up the monotonous slaughter since Der Riese, but this addition looks like a breath of fresh air.

Voyage of Despair is the second new mode, where you fight wave after wave of the zombie horde, this time on top of the Titanic! Talk about historical settings. Each zombie mode has its own trailer and the Voyage of Despair’s short cinematic explains that our heroes are on the Titanic as part of a heist. The precious loot is a mirror.

 

The mirror is apparently the key to transforming everyone into zombies, which explains a lot. Now that the mirror the crew wanted to steal has turned everyone into human eaters, you have no choice but to survive. Hopefully, the Titanic doesn’t sink, or perhaps it will and that can add to the gameplay.

 

The last of the new zombie modes is called Blood of the Dead. The teaser trailer literally teases you, which means we can only speculate as to what it entails. Fans of Black Ops will most likely hypothesize that this mode will be similar to Black Ops 2’s Mob of the Dead mode. Either way, it adds to the content.

 

Blackout

Call of Duty is officially making its own battle royale mode! Treyarch must have noticed that PUBG and Fortnite have stolen most of the first person shooter thunder.

The map will be the biggest the series has made to date, boasting 15,000 times the size of a traditional COD map. Treyarch has said that it will include land, sea, and air vehicles, which will all be pilotable.

 

After watching the trailer we learn that it will be more of a celebration of Call of Duty’s 15 years of history than anything. Vehicles and elements from all of the Call of Duty games will be featured in this mode. 

This time around the variety of online content is huge and the entire focus is geared towards online multiplayer. In the past, Call of Duty’s developers have had to spend a large portion of their time writing and creating a single player story mode. Now that they’ve realized that no one cares about that garbage and have focused entirely on the fast-paced, run-and-gun, multiplayer side of things I believe that Call of Duty is back.

 

Photo Credit: Forbes

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Post Credit Scenes – What Do They Mean For Avengers 4?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s final film of 2018, Antman and the Wasp, recently hit theatres and after a stellar storyline that showed the smallest Avenger saving the day, we got the post-credit scene that we were dreading since the end of Infinity War.

 

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Infinity War and Antman and the Wasp

 

After the very happy ending that depicted Hank Pym escaping the Quantum Realm with his wife, Jan, unscathed and Ghost being cured of her uncontrollable phasing, Marvel reminded us of the bigger, more depressing picture.

 

As is the norm for MCU films, we got two after-credits scenes out of Antman and the Wasp. The first scene takes us to events that happen directly after Jan’s escape from the Quantum Realm. The team (Scott, Jan, Hank, and Hope) is standing around a van, which is conveniently holding the bridge to the Quantum Realm in its trunk space. Scott is planning to make the jump in order to bring back more of the healing “quantum particles” for their “friend,” who we can assume is Ghost.

 

Scott isn’t using the ship that Hank used when he rescued Jan, opting to jump in his Antman suit alone. Unfortunately, as soon as he goes microscopic Scott loses all communication with the team. At first, he thinks they’re playing some kind of sick prank, but after moments pass and the silence continues panic sets in.

 

As Scott starts to realize that he’s stuck in the Quantum Realm, the camera pans back out to the van, where we find out that the team has been turned into dust, courtesy of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet finger snap.

So what does this mean for Avengers 4? The film’s writers have dropped hints that Antman will play a huge role in next year’s MCU blockbuster, but now we know that Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm with no way out, no way to communicate with the outside world, and no one who even knows that he’s in there. Do we even know of anyone who knows about the Quantum Realm outside of Hank, Jan, and Hope?

 

The second post-credit scene doesn’t give us much else to go on. The scene shows an emergency broadcast is playing on Scott’s television and the huge ant that covered for him while he was evading house arrest is still playing those drums.

 

All we can do now is sit around and ponder the possibilities of how Scott and the Quantum Realm’s mystical powers will be incorporated in Avengers 4. Fortunately, we’re not completely in the dark; we learned that quantum particles can alter reality and have the ability to create or reverse the phasing of matter between parallel universes. We also learned that continued exposure to quantum particles can give someone the ability to control some form of quantum energy (Jan).

 

There’s also a possibility that the Quantum Realm is a completely separate space that cannot be affected by the powers of the infinite stones, which would be a pretty great ace-in-the-hole to have considering who our heroes are up against.

 

One thing that we know for certain is that Scott will somehow find a way out of the Quantum Realm; there probably wouldn’t be an Avengers 4 if the tale of Antman ended with him being stuck there forever. Not to mention that there have been photos of Scott strutting around with ‘Cap’ and Ironman on the set of Avengers 4.

It’s entirely possible that when he manages to escape, Scott will have some form of quantum particle control. Antman will also have all of the quantum particles that he sucked up before he lost communication with the rest of his team. If quantum particles can alter reality it’s possible that they have the power to counteract Thanos’ extermination finger snap. If our favorite heroes were dissolved, maybe quantum particles can…undissolve them? Or if the Infinity Gauntlet didn’t necessarily kill everyone who turned to dust but rather sent them to another universe (or dimension), maybe quantum power can reach in and pluck them out.

 

Luckily we’re talking about how a superhero that can shrink to the size of an ant can use a magical particle to reverse the evil doings of a guy with purple skin who just turned half of the universe into Voldemort at the end of Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. The possibilities of how Marvel will go about reversing what Thanos has done are limitless. Perhaps quantum particles can send Scott back in time. Or maybe they’ll give him the ability to travel to an alternate reality where the Avengers weren’t vaporized so they can beat Thanos and bring our heroes back.

 

Discussions like these are why bringing comic books to the big screen is so amazing. Not only does it perpetuate nerd culture, it funds the future of superheroes and comic book creation. No one can wait for Avengers 4, but it’s going to be exciting to see how Antman and Captain Marvel work together (with the help of the handy dandy quantum particles) to save the day.

 

Photo Credit: IMDB

Ant-Man and the Wasp’s Post Credit Scenes – What Do They Mean For Avengers 4?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe’s final film of 2018, Antman and the Wasp, recently hit theatres and after a stellar storyline that showed the smallest Avenger saving the day, we got the post-credit scene that we were dreading since the end of Infinity War.

 

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Infinity War and Antman and the Wasp

 

After the very happy ending that depicted Hank Pym escaping the Quantum Realm with his wife, Jan, unscathed and Ghost being cured of her uncontrollable phasing, Marvel reminded us of the bigger, more depressing picture.

 

As is the norm for MCU films, we got two after-credits scenes out of Antman and the Wasp. The first scene takes us to events that happen directly after Jan’s escape from the Quantum Realm. The team (Scott, Jan, Hank, and Hope) is standing around a van, which is conveniently holding the bridge to the Quantum Realm in its trunk space. Scott is planning to make the jump in order to bring back more of the healing “quantum particles” for their “friend,” who we can assume is Ghost.

 

Scott isn’t using the ship that Hank used when he rescued Jan, opting to jump in his Antman suit alone. Unfortunately, as soon as he goes microscopic Scott loses all communication with the team. At first, he thinks they’re playing some kind of sick prank, but after moments pass and the silence continues panic sets in.

 

As Scott starts to realize that he’s stuck in the Quantum Realm, the camera pans back out to the van, where we find out that the team has been turned into dust, courtesy of Thanos’ Infinity Gauntlet finger snap.

So what does this mean for Avengers 4? The film’s writers have dropped hints that Antman will play a huge role in next year’s MCU blockbuster, but now we know that Scott is stuck in the Quantum Realm with no way out, no way to communicate with the outside world, and no one who even knows that he’s in there. Do we even know of anyone who knows about the Quantum Realm outside of Hank, Jan, and Hope?

 

The second post-credit scene doesn’t give us much else to go on. The scene shows an emergency broadcast is playing on Scott’s television and the huge ant that covered for him while he was evading house arrest is still playing those drums.

 

All we can do now is sit around and ponder the possibilities of how Scott and the Quantum Realm’s mystical powers will be incorporated in Avengers 4. Fortunately, we’re not completely in the dark; we learned that quantum particles can alter reality and have the ability to create or reverse the phasing of matter between parallel universes. We also learned that continued exposure to quantum particles can give someone the ability to control some form of quantum energy (Jan).

 

There’s also a possibility that the Quantum Realm is a completely separate space that cannot be affected by the powers of the infinite stones, which would be a pretty great ace-in-the-hole to have considering who our heroes are up against.

 

One thing that we know for certain is that Scott will somehow find a way out of the Quantum Realm; there probably wouldn’t be an Avengers 4 if the tale of Antman ended with him being stuck there forever. Not to mention that there have been photos of Scott strutting around with ‘Cap’ and Ironman on the set of Avengers 4.

It’s entirely possible that when he manages to escape, Scott will have some form of quantum particle control. Antman will also have all of the quantum particles that he sucked up before he lost communication with the rest of his team. If quantum particles can alter reality it’s possible that they have the power to counteract Thanos’ extermination finger snap. If our favorite heroes were dissolved, maybe quantum particles can…undissolve them? Or if the Infinity Gauntlet didn’t necessarily kill everyone who turned to dust but rather sent them to another universe (or dimension), maybe quantum power can reach in and pluck them out.

 

Luckily we’re talking about how a superhero that can shrink to the size of an ant can use a magical particle to reverse the evil doings of a guy with purple skin who just turned half of the universe into Voldemort at the end of Deathly Hallows Pt. 2. The possibilities of how Marvel will go about reversing what Thanos has done are limitless. Perhaps quantum particles can send Scott back in time. Or maybe they’ll give him the ability to travel to an alternate reality where the Avengers weren’t vaporized so they can beat Thanos and bring our heroes back.

 

Discussions like these are why bringing comic books to the big screen is so amazing. Not only does it perpetuate nerd culture, it funds the future of superheroes and comic book creation. No one can wait for Avengers 4, but it’s going to be exciting to see how Antman and Captain Marvel work together (with the help of the handy dandy quantum particles) to save the day.

 

Photo Credit: IMDB

Chance The Rapper Speaks Out On Fortnite Emotes

Earlier today popular hip-hop artist Chancelor Jonathon Bennett, better known as his stage name, Chance the Rapper, spoke out on Fortnite’s use of rap culture dance moves in the game’s “emotes”.

 

Bennett wants game developer Epic Games to give a portion of the profit to those who popularized the dance moves, which are for sale in Fortnite’s online shop for real money.

 

In a tweet, Bennett stated that “Fortnite should put the actual rap songs behind the dances that make so much money as Emotes. Black creatives created and popularized these dances but never monetized them. Imagine the money people are spending on these Emotes being shared with the artists that made them.”

 

Bennett went on to say that he would also like to see Epic use the actual songs that go with the dances, instead of the generic tunes currently in use.

 

“I would love to be able to buy Hype and also be purchasing Look Alive or buy “Swipe” and be buying it from both @FortniteGame and 2Milly,” said Bennett.

 

‘Hype’ and ‘Swipe’ are both emotes in Fortnite’s client, but are better known as the ‘Shoot Dance’ and the ‘Milly Rock’ to those familiar with hip-hop.

 

The ‘Shoot Dance’ creator, Blocboy JB, responded to Bennett’s posts by stating, “What You Said We Need That Cash,” and tagged Fortnite’s Twitter account.

 

These tweets have generated buzz throughout the hip-hop community, garnering over 71,000 favorites and 15,000 retweets in just a few hours.

 

Other dances that have been used as Fortnite emotes available for purchase include:

 

  1. Zany – Dame Tu Cosita Dance
  2. Dip – The Yeet Dance
  3. Boneless – Conor McGregor’s No Bones Dance
  4. Orange Justice – Orange Shirt Kid’s Dance
  5. Groove Jam – Napoleon Dynamite’s Dance
  6. Default Dance – Turk’s Scrubs Dance
  7. Electro Shuffle – Bad and Boujee Shuffleshapes
  8. The Robot – Gong Bao’s Dance
  9. Wiggle – BrokyBrawks’ Dance
  10. Tidy – Snoop Dogg’s Dance
  11. Floss – Backpack Kid’s Dance
  12. Fresh – The Carlton Dance
  13. Ride the Pony – Gangnam Style Dance
  14. Make it Rain – Fat Joe and Lil Wayne’s Make it Rain Dance
  15. Brush Your Shoulders – Jay-Z’s Dirt Off Your Shoulders Dance

 

Should Epic Games and Fortnite include the real music for each dance? Should they have to pay each artist because of the monetization of each person’s creative expressions? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Dynasty Warriors – A Legendary Game Turned Movie

Keep Spamming that Attack Button!

The year is 1997, you boot up your PlayStation 1 console and pop in the cd of your favorite game. The game loads and you see the text display on your tv screen, “Dynasty Warriors.” A smile creeps across your face and you feel a level of excitement burst out as you prepare to take on the menacing Lu Bu at Hu Lao Gate with your favorite character.

This excitement is exactly what I experienced when I watched the trailer for the new Dynasty Warriors movie. That little kid from the 90s came out briefly and all the nostalgia that comes with it flowed through me like unseen energy waiting to be released with the press of a button.

 

There’s a live action movie coming out and I can hardly wait. To prepare myself for this experience I took to the video game on which it is based once more. If you haven’t seen the movie trailer, you can check it out here and judge it for yourself.

 

A Tale as Old as Time

Dynasty Warriors is a timeless video game that first released in February 1997 for the PlayStation 1 and was the pinnacle of the hack n’ slash genre. The game itself is based on the 14th-century novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms,” which is loosely based on events that took place near the end of the Han Dynasty, from 169 to 280 AD.

The novel dramatized and romanticized hundreds of heroes and military strategies becoming a cult classic in Chinese literature. If anything, it could be compared to the likes of Huckleberry Finn and Jane Eyre.

 

From what we know, the movie will be following more on the video game series rather than the novel. However, it is not clear how much of the timeline the movie will cover as the novel covered events over the span of more than 100 years. The game, on the other hand, is not historically accurate, as it reuses the same characters in their battles and has different outcomes depending on which side the players choose. It also doesn’t follow up on the many subplots, political struggles, and intrigues – aspects that are largely missing in the game – as it mainly focuses on battles between the three kingdoms/provinces of Shu, Wu, and Wei.

 

As of now the following confirmed characters from IMDB are, Lubu, Cao Cao, Yuan Shao, Zhang Fei, Liu Bei, Guan Yu, Diao Chan, Chen Gong, Dong Zhuo, and Zhang Jiao. From the looks of it, the movie might just focus on the events prior to the battles of the three kingdoms.

With this in mind, it can be safely assumed that the movie will include certain events based on what characters have been announced in the movie.  

 

Is this real life, or is this just fantasy?

The first notable event was the uprising of the Yellow Turban Warriors, a rebellion made up of peasants and farmers who were discontent with the corruption within the government.  The imperial court called upon their forces and local warlords for support to suppress the rebellion by either capturing or killing their leader Zhang Jue.

The second notable event takes place right after his death with the rise of Dong Zhuo.  A warlord named Dong Zhuo is asked to help remove the imperial court eunuchs from power and help restore Emperor Shao to his former glory.  Instead, Dong Zhuo uses this as an opportunity to seize power, declaring himself Chancellor and replacing Shao with a new Emperor. With his adopted son, Lu Bu, a powerful and feared general, he began to take over the surrounding provinces and built himself a formidable army.

 

This, in turn, led to the formation of a coalition of forces to challenge his rule, which is the next notable series of events. After Dong Zhuo’s inevitable downfall, the land was left in turmoil, still allowing the leader of the Wei forces, Cao Cao, to take power using the new, young emperor as a puppet.

 

His goal was to unite all of China under one rule and bring unity and prosperity to all. However, the provinces of Wu and Shu saw him as more of a tyrant who just wanted to control everything. Aware that neither one could stand up to Cao Cao alone, the forces united and pushed back the army of Wei.

At this point, it becomes unclear if the movie will end or if it will cover the northern expansion campaigns by Cao Cao and the overall conflicts between the provinces of Shu, Wu, and Wei. If it does, it will go all the way to the battle of Wuzhang Plains, where the final major conflict between Wei and Shu takes place. In this battle, Wei forces become victorious, which leads to the start of the Jiang Dynasty.

 

If the movie does plan on expanding further there will need to be many more characters for the story. However, my sincere hope is that this movie will be an action-packed experience that incorporates the iconic ‘musou mode’ in a non-cheesy way and inspires a new generation of fans. The last thing people need is another video game franchise becoming a colossal disaster on the big screen.

 

Photo Credit: IMDB

How Fortnite Can Take A Page Out Of Halo’s Book

Fortnite is 2018’s Halo 3; a title that gamers, hardcore and casual, can enjoy. The only thing it’s missing is a forge mode of its own.

 

Epic Games recently released its long-awaited limited time mode, Playground, which gives players an opportunity to play Fortnite with friends without the hundred other players trying to destroy them.

Other special features of Playground include instant respawn timers, extra building materials, and much more loot. After multiple failed launches the private island mode is made to give casual players a chance to explore without dying and hardcore gamers the ability to practice specific scenarios over and over again.

 

Professional players have already posted clips of their scrimmages, displaying the full potential of the game mode. Unfortunately, Epic is taking Playground down on Thursday, July 12, to incorporate player feedback and improve on its first draft. Some of the features that will be included when its re-released will include the following, according to GameSpot:

 

 

  • 1v1s and 2v2s
  • Aim assist for controllers
  • Editing other player’s structures
  • Traps affecting teammates/enemies correctly
  • Highlighting teammates on the map
  • Damaging enemies with your pickaxe

 

Fortnite Playground LTM is already a hyperbolic time chamber as is, but it can be so much more.

 

Every gamer has an origin story. Mine, for instance, began with a trip to my cousin Noah’s house, where I got my first taste of Bungie’s Halo 2. It was practically the best day of my life and why I play with my y-axis inverted to this day. Noah forgot to switch that setting before handing off the controller.

 

The Halo franchise was my first love as a gamer. Campaign mode was exciting, violent, fun, and rewarding. Multiplayer blew my mind; pitting myself against other players from around the world and getting the chance to beat down on the competition became my passion.

 

However, it was Halo’s custom game mode that consumed hours, and hours, and hours of my time. Bungie’s idea to introduce a game mode that allowed players to use their creativity to introduce new iterations of maps and match types was genius.

 

It’s really quite simple; millions of brains are better than a handful. Game modes like cops and robbers, duck hunt, infected, and Jenga tower would never have happened if it weren’t for Halo’s forge mode and the game would never have stayed popular for so long.

Epic Games could turn its limited time mode into a permanent mode and take a page out of Halo’s book by allowing players to save custom maps that preserve player-built structures.

 

The possibilities are quite literally endless. Think about what players in the community could do with the ability to build custom maps and create their own game modes. Infinite content.

 

Eventually, players are going to get bored of dropping into the same map over and over with the same premise: kill or be killed. Why do you think some players have already begun to build elaborate structures in the sky?

 

Fortnite doesn’t need any help drawing player interest now, but who knows what will happen in six months? A year? Epic has a unique chance to add a feature to their game that will prolong the title’s lifespan indefinitely.

 

Can you imagine twenty sky-based racetracks that players could compete on using their handy-dandy shopping carts? I can. Let’s hope that Epic hears our pleas.

Ant-Man And The Wasp Is All The Buzz

For everyone who ever doubted Ant-Man, you probably doubted Ant-Man and The Wasp as well. Hasn’t the novelty of shrinking already lost its cool factor? I mean, how many more movies can you really make about the use of Pym Particles?

 

What about the opposite of shrinking? No, we saw that in Captain America Civil War. Speaking of which, how does this movie tie into the current Marvel Cinematic Universe? The good news is that the film does all of the above and reignites your excitement for Avengers 4.

 

The underdog of the MCU proves himself once again and this time, with a partner; not a sidekick! Ant-Man and The Wasp is a fun joy ride that keeps things fresh while expanding on Hank Pym’s legacy (Pym Particles and the Quantum Realm).

 

New Quantum Science

Right off the bat, we are introduced to Janet Van Dyne, the mother of Hope Van Dyne, in a dream through Scott Lang’s mind. You see, when Scott went into the Quantum Realm he connected with Janet through Quantum Entanglement.

 

How does that work? Well, Janet sends a message to Scott and right around the time Marvel needed a movie in between Infinity War and Captain Marvel, Scott conveniently– I mean finally- gets the message through a dream.

This is just the tip of the Quantum Iceberg because Janet can also slow down Ava’s (Ghost) molecular disintegration. How is this possible? No Idea, but it doesn’t end there. At the end of the movie, Scott goes back to the Quantum realm in order to retrieve Quantum Healing Particles. How do they work? I still have no clue.

 

Let’s not forget Sonny Burch’s (The black-market broker) two-cents on how Quantum Science would be the future of energy and more. Whatever comes after this, it’ll blow the top off of time travel, space, and all manner of hi-tech hero suits.

 

It’s not just people that change their size

Remember watching that Thomas the Train toy set to break through the second story of Scott’s home in the first Ant-Man? Well, we get to see a giant Hello Kitty Pez dispenser get thrown out of the back of a speeding car and absolutely smash a motorcyclist in pursuit.

Hank has a Hot Wheels case full of real-life vehicles shrunk to toy size! I’m sorry; did your first van get totaled? Well, grab another! Just don’t forget the switch. Hank shrinks his own laboratory down and wheels it around like luggage, only for it to get stolen. They steal it back, however, but they can’t restore it its normal size without the controller. There’s always a catch.

 

Phasing

Ava, or Ghost, has the power to phase. This means she can rearrange her molecules and atoms so they can easily go through objects. Not only can she walk through walls, but she can also peak her head over to take a look at the other side while keeping the rest of her body solid.

This leads to some pretty cool fight scenes. Whenever Ant-Man and The Wasp think they have the jump on her and try to hit her from a blind spot, Ghost lets her body phase so each punch and kick simply go through her.

 

Did I mention Ghost can turn invisible? She literally ghosts our heroes and disappears! She even remains hidden during an interrogation scene until she learns the whereabouts of Hank and Hope, then BOOM! She scares the bejesus out of poor Louis and his Ex-Con team.

 

These powers cause Ghost extreme pain as her molecules are constantly being ripped apart and being put back together. This might explain why she is so desperate to steal the Quantum Energy from Janet while she’s in the Quantum Realm even if it might kill her.

 

Civil War Consequences

Well what do you know, not everyone gets a team of outlaws to follow you underground while you continue to break the law (Captain America). No, not Scott; he gets put under house arrest on the condition that he doesn’t work with any of his past associates.

On the bright side, he gets to see his oh so precious and adorable daughter, Cassie. Isn’t that what being a hero is all about? Scott may be okay with spending a few years on house arrest followed by more on probation, but Hank and Hope feel otherwise.

 

Once they learn about Scott’s message from Janet, they kidnap him and replace him with an ant. Crude, but it works.

 

Scott has three days left of his sentence when he’s broken out and it really adds tension to the movie. Throughout every delay and obstacle, you feel a greater sense of urgency waiting for Scott to make it home in time for his final inspection.

Let’s not forget that when Scott did follow Captain America, he did so without asking Hank for permission to use the Ant-Man suit. Now, in the aftermath, Hank Pym and his daughter Hope are wanted by the United States Government for their involvement with renegade superheroes.

 

This forced Hank and Hope into hiding and made their quest to build a Quantum Tunnel to the Quantum Realm much more troublesome. Now they have to go through the black market to get the parts they need. All this because of little ‘ol Scott.

 

The Wasp

Evangeline Lilly (Hope) is back and this time, she has wings and blasters. With the fallout from Scott and the Pym family, Hank puts his daughter to work.

 

Hope becomes the new Wasp, so by the time Scott teams up with her she already has experience in shrinking, blasting, and flying. This is great because the movie doesn’t need to waste time on any sort of explanation of The Wasp’s mastery of Pym Particles.

Hope is still in love with Scott and even mentions that if he had asked her for help, she would have been there for him during the events of Civil War. She also adds, “You wouldn’t have got caught.”

 

The playful banter between Hope and Scott is fun to watch. While bitter at first, Hope begins warming up to Scott while reminiscing about the past and how at one point they were dating, fighting crime, and “You know, other stuffing.”

 

It all comes to a head when Hope and Scott are watching a drive-in style movie with Scott’s daughter Cassie. Cassie wants to be Scott’s partner but explains to Hope that, “He wants you.” I’m a sucker for tearjerkers so I had to hold back a big sigh in awe of the cuteness.

 

Hope and Scott end on a happy note! Is there anything else you could ask for?

 

The Greater MCU, specifically, Avengers 4

If you wait for the first set of credits to pass by with their toy set photo stills, you will be treated to what just might be my favorite post-credit scene of the MCU.

 

Hank Pym has successfully made a smaller Quantum Tunnel, so much so that it fits in the back of a van. The plan? Send Scott to the Quantum Realm to retrieve Quantum Healing Particles so they can save Ghost from becoming a… ghost.

Once Scott makes it down there, he activates a storage/capture device of sorts. It sucks up all of the healing particles it can, he shuts it off, then radios the team to bring him back.

 

Dust. Black sand twirling about in the wind. No Hank, Janet, or Hope. Just Scott’s voice over and over again on speaker. “Very funny guys!”

 

In case you did not watch Avengers Infinity War, spoiler alert, Thanos wiped out half of all life in the known universe with the snap of his fingers. His fingers were in the all-powerful Infinity Gauntlet of course, which was adorned with all six of the Infinity Stones.

 

And now, by chance, Scott was left alive while the rest of the Ant-Man team were taken. Did Scott survive by chance? Did being in the Quantum Realm affect his odds? How will he get back?

That scene almost makes you forget about Ant-Man and The Wasp completely while you can’t help but theorize what will happen in the next Avenger’s movie.

 

Ant-Man and The Wasp delivers what a sequel should be without falling flat. The humor is perfectly timed and may have the best context of any MCU movie to date. Quantum Science has infinite potential, which leaves you excited for its ramifications throughout the MCU. Most importantly, we have a new member to join the ranks of remaining Avengers; or perhaps not because Hope was taken by the whole Thanos thing. Either way, you will walk out of this movie happy, giddy, and full of anticipation for Avengers 4. More like hungry for any Marvel movie really. Ant-Man and The Wasp gets an 8.5/10.

 

 

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