2018’s Best PC, Xbox, PS4 Black Friday Deals (Gaming)

Thanksgiving is approaching and that means Black Friday deals are right around the corner – along with football, turkey, and stuffing. Whether you’ve been waiting for a price drop on a new part for your PC or just haven’t pulled the trigger on copping a new console, you’re in the right place.

The Metahuman team has accumulated the best gaming deals that Black Friday 2018 has to offer and stuffed them right here for your convenience. You’re welcome.

 

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The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

The Crimes of Grindelwald Re-Review: Didn’t Manage To Enchant

J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald made its official premiere yesterday and is on track to collect $75 million through its opening weekend, despite harsh reviews.

Crimes of Grindelwald is the second film in the Fantastic Beasts series and is an extension of the Wizarding World initially created for the Harry Potter franchise.

It would be unfair to call the movie terrible because it had splashes of Rowling’s brilliance, but it’s impossible to defend its shortcomings.

The main issue with the film is that it lacks the streamlined warmth and inner story that each of the Harry Potter movies strived in. Even the first Fantastic Beasts movie had a beginning, comprehensible middle, and satisfying end.

The film begins with Grindelwald’s (Johnny Depp) escape from a U.S. wizarding prison. As the dark wizard slithered from one spell to the next and took on ten Aurors by himself in a spectacular mid-air fight I tucked further into my reclining theatre chair and prepared for another stellar story.

That story was there, somewhere, but it stuffed below an onslaught of scenes that seemed chaotic and diluted by poor transitions. It jumped from scene to scene with little explanation as to how we got there and why. All of the moving parts are eventually brought together, but done so by a character that plays no role other than that.

The unnecessary addition of new characters was another gripe I had with the film; some famous names were there for no reason at all. Most of the trailers show off Nicolas Flamel, the renowned creator of the Philosopher’s stone. His role in the movie turned out to be laughable. A couple of returning characters, such as fan favorite no-Maj Jacob Kowalski, suffer the same fate.

This lack of organization made it hard to feel connected to any of the characters, especially those that were newly introduced. Of course, seeing a young Dumbledore and McGonagall at Hogwarts was nostalgic and made the Harry Potter fan in me giddy regardless.

In its defense, Rowling not only wrote up the story and its characters but also played a large part in the film’s production. This could be a reason why its structure resembled that of a book; there was a smooth beginning that set up what the story was going to be about, but the middle chapters were split between multiple characters, each getting a chapter or two in a rotation until the conclusion.

For hardcore fans, The Crimes of Grindelwald is perfect. It’ll stuff you with details, waste little time explaining what’s going on, and eventually give you the answers you’ve been waiting for, all while setting up the next few movies. That’s essentially what this film was; a giant build up that answered a few necessary questions to get the ball rolling.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s a very confusing, convoluted mess of a movie that would probably be better received if it had a book to back it up. That’s how the last couple of Harry Potter movies got away with jumping around in the same fashion, after all. No one cared about transitions at that point because everyone had memorized each detail from Rowling’s pages.

The beasts were fantastic, Eddie Redmayne was spectacular as Newt Scamander once again, Depp turned out to be the Grindelwald we never knew we needed and the last minute of the movie gave us an answer that we’ve been waiting three years for. Who is Credence the Obscurus?

Fantastic Beasts 3 will be epic and while this film was a bit tough to swallow, it wasn’t so bad that it curbed my excitement for what Rowling will make happen next.

 

 

 

The Grinch: Not Enough Naughty, Too Much Nice

Illumination Entertainment’s animated film The Grinch premiered last Friday and did surprisingly well in the box office. The classic Dr. Seuss remake earned an estimated $66 million opening in America this weekend and $78.7 million worldwide, which gave it the No. 1 spot ahead of its competitor Bohemian Rhapsody.

Universal estimated that the story of Mr. Grinch, who is voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, would bring in about $50 million, while box office experts predicted closer to $60 million worldwide.

The animated film took a slightly different approach in depicting the infamous Christmas grouch. Illumination created a more relatable backstory that involved Mr. Grinch growing up in an orphanage. Without a family to celebrate Christmas with, he was forced to angrily watch as other Who-children received the love and gifts that have become synonymous with the holiday.

Mr. Grinch’s journey towards Christmas-hatred was emotional but didn’t translate into the Grinch that we’ve grown accustomed to. The Cumberbatch Grinch did mean things occasionally, but it was clear from the start that he was trying to fight back against the goodness inside of him.

For instance, the first time Mr. Grinch visits Whoville (On a mission to buy enough food to last him until January) he has a series of hilariously cruel interactions with the Who-people.

While stalking the aisles he pops a whole pickle into his mouth before spitting it back out into the jar to place it among other groceries in a random Who’s cart. When he sees an old Who-lady struggling to reach the last jar of jelly he grabs it, acts like he’s going to give it to her, places it back onto the high rack, and then slaps it down to the ground where it splatters.

These are classic Grinch moves and had the entire audience chuckling, including the adults. However, after his mean shopping spree, there was a drastic fall-off in, well, Grinchiness. He treats his dog Max like man’s best friend (for the most part), he frees an overweight reindeer named Fred to be with his family instead of making him pull his sled, and he’s fond of Cindy Lue from the minute they meet.

Illumination never lets Mr. Grinch be the Grinch, which culminates during his plan to launch a giant snowball towards the enormous celebratory Christmas tree that the Who’s have set-up. The cannon ends up malfunctioning and instead of the snowball taking out the Who’s Christmas spirit, Mr. Grinch himself is catapulted into the middle of the holiday festivities.

This was fine and the movie was obviously catered towards a younger demographic, as an animated Christmas movie should be, but unlike most animated classics it didn’t keep my attention. It was just too kiddy.

Now, it’s only fair to admit that I’m a big Jim Carrey Grinch fan. Who doesn’t like How The Grinch Stole Christmas? Carrey’s Grinch is hilarious, funny, disgusting, and even raunchy at times. It wasn’t much of a kid’s movie and its writers included a ton of innuendo and adult humor, but that Grinch was believable! When I envisioned someone who hated Christmas as a kid I saw termite infested teeth and a steady diet of literal garbage.

As a kid’s movie this Grinch checks off all of the boxes. It’s not overly mean, all of its humor is dumbed down enough for a child to digest for a laugh, and there’s the classic happy ending of a heart growing three-times in size.

The animation in the film is top notch, which is to be expected from Illumination. The scenes where Mr. Grinch is using ninja stars and net-shooting candy cane guns to wrap up Christmas trees and snag presents look great. Plus the way that this Grinch steals Christmas using his gadgets is way more thought out than the lousy vacuum method of Carrey’s.

The film’s last scene is heartwarming and will have some movie watching softies tearing up at Mr. Grinch’s dinner toast. I’d recommend that if you have kids, go and watch the movie once and let them enjoy the new-age Grinch; they’ll probably love it. If you don’t have kids and you’re looking for a Grinch fix, go on Netflix and pop on Carrey’s How The Grinch Stole Christmas, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

Photo credit: Universal Pictures

Disney+ Series ‘The Mandalorian’ Lead Actor Announced

Disney went out and got Diego Luna, so it’s no surprise that they cast another big name for the other Star Wars show.

It was announced Tuesday morning that Pedro Pascal has been offered the lead role in Star Wars live-action series The Mandalorian, which will be available on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. Negotiations between the actor and the media conglomerate have already begun, Variety reports.

The Mandalorian, written and produced by Iron Man director, Jon Favreau, will be centered around a “lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.” It takes place after Episode VI – Return of The Jedi and before the formation of the First Order in Episode VII – The Force Awakens.

Pascal has an impressive resume both on TV and the big screen. He has previously played star roles as Prince Oberyn in Game of Thrones and Javier Pena in the popular Netflix series Narcos. Pascal has also appeared in The Equalizer 2Kingsman: The Golden CircleIf Beale Street Could Talk, and recently finished filming Wonder Woman 1984.

The first episode of Pascal’s Star Wars debut will be directed by Dave Filoni, who previously worked on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels, according to Disney. Disney also announced that future episodes of the series will be directed by Taika Waititi, who directed Thor:Ragnarok, Bryce Dallas Howard, Rick Famuyiwa, and Deborah Chow.

Last week Disney CEO Bob Iger also announced that Disney+ will premiere a second live-action Star Wars spinoff based on the adventures of popular Rogue One rebel, Cassian Andor, who will be played by Luna as he was in the film.

It’s impossible to know who Pascal’s character is or what role he will play in The Mandalorian, which doesn’t have a set release date as of yet. Pascal is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

 

 

 

 

Marvel Founder and Comic Legend Stan Lee Dead At 95

The comic book universe lost a great man today – a legend.

A barrage of tweets, news articles and tributes flooded the internet Monday morning offering their respects for the loss of Marvel co-founder Stan Lee.

An ambulance rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center shortly after, according to reports.

Lee had been struggling with illness for much of the past year and had challenges with his vision and pneumonia, according to reports.

Stan is largely known for creating Marvel Comics with co-founder Jack Kirby in 1961. Lee is responsible for creating many of Marvel’s signature superheroes including Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men, and The Avengers.

While his relationship with the Marvel Cinematic Universe wasn’t always perfect (Lee sued Marvel in 2002 over royalties he was owed for the first Spider-Man movie), Lee had made cameos in every Marvel movie thus far.

Lee’s wife of 69 years passed away in 2017. He is survived by his daughter J.C. Lee.

Stan Lee was 95.

Everyone at MetaHuman Entertainment is grateful to have been influenced by Lee’s genius and we are saddened by the news. RIP.

Warcraft III has Reforged Itself at Blizzcon 2018

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If there were ever a year to attend Blizzcon, 2018 was it. 

 

For those unfamiliar with the event, Blizzcon is a yearly gaming convention hosted by Blizzard Entertainment to showcase off their latest games, expansions, and updates planned for the following year.

 

This year did not disappoint. From mainstay games such as World of Warcraft and Overwatch to their popular card game, Hearthstone, Blizzard had a lot to share.

 

The event’s biggest announcement came with their classic title Warcraft III.  Warcraft III: Reforged has been announced and fans around the world will once again be able to relive key moments in the franchise in a time before World of Warcraft existed.

 

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The teaser trailer shows a scene that is very familiar to veteran fans; an orc and human warrior are fighting in a duel to the death, only to be interrupted by a falling green meteor.  All the while a mysterious voice is narrating of a foreboding prophecy of chaos and destruction. If you never had the chance to play Warcraft III, which was initially released in 2002, then you are in for a treat.

 

Warcraft III: Reforged is the remastered version of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and it will feature new updated graphics and animations, a modernized user interface, and an improved world-editor. It is scheduled to release in 2019 and players will have the choice of either buying the regular edition for $30.00 or the Spoils of War edition for $40.00.  Spoils of War will grant players a Meat Wagon mount in World of Warcraft, a unique card back in Hearthstone, additional heroes in Heroes of the Storm (an MMORPG created by Blizzard Entertainment), and “other goodies to-be-revealed for StarCraft II and StarCraft: Remastered.”

 

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The game will feature custom maps allowing the potential for players to return to the original custom DotA map, the godfather of the entire MOBA genre, Tree Tag, Castle Fight, and Life of a Peasant. Who knows, someone might create a new custom map that will spawn an entirely new game genre.

 

 

 

If there’s one thing to look forward to in this remastered version, it’s the retelling of Arthas’ rise and fall into becoming the infamous Lich King (also the beginning of misery of Jaina Proudmoore).

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of Blizzard Games

TOP 10: SCARIEST GAMES TO PLAY THIS HALLOWEEN

There is more than one way to get into the Halloween spirit this year. Whether you dress up as your favorite superhero, watch a few scary movies, or choose to play through a terrifying video game, you’ll end up quivering under your bedsheets all the same.

 

Gaming is a particularly interesting way to celebrate Spooky Season because it grants you the unique ability to immerse yourself into the horror. The horror genre of gaming has always been under-appreciated. However, it’s become more popular in recent years due to popular streamers playing through them live on streaming platforms such as Twitch.

 

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In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve compiled a list of the scariest games that you can find and ranked them on the spooky scale. Here are the top ten video games that’ll give you the best chance at some terrible nightmares.

 

 

10. Slender: The Eight Pages

Starting off our list we have, Slender, which is an old, simply made game that is very creepy under the right circumstances. It’s based around the Internet urban legend, Slenderman, who is depicted as a tall lanky creature that wears all black and has no face. The entire premise of this game is to walk around a dark forest with nothing but a shaky flashlight and find eight pages of a mysterious book. But be careful, you might run into Slenderman before you can find all eight. Turn off all of the lights, turn the volume up to max, and it’s an excellent way to get your horror fix.

 

 

9. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

You can’t go wrong playing any of the Resident Evil games if you’re looking to be scared; especially the first few. Having said that, the newest rendition of the franchise, RE7 is the scariest one to date. The player takes control of Ethan Winters who is searching for his wife in a plantation house full of cannibals. The game’s first person point of view, stunning graphics, and the return of a more horror-survival themed story makes it an amazing game to play this Hallow’s eve. Did I mention that it’s VR compatible?

 

 

8. Penumbra: Black Plague

One of the more popular streamed horror games, Black Plague will send chills down your spine. The second game of the Penumbra franchise, Black Plague starts where the first game leaves off: in an abandoned research facility that is filled with the “infected”. You’ll have to avoid the terrifying creatures to learn more about your character’s past while finding the best way to escape.

 

 

 

7. Dead Space

Another horror genre classic, the Dead Space franchise is one of the best horror-survival games to this day. While all three of the game’s main titles are exhilarating, there’s nothing quite like the first. You play as an interstellar engineer named Isaac Clarke that is trapped aboard a ship that has been overrun by alien parasites. The best part about the game is that while you’re terrified to turn each corner of the ship, it’s still incredibly fun to play.

 

 

6. FEAR

FEAR is a horror first-person shooter that revolves around an evil supernatural force that has taken the form of a creepy little girl. You’ll play as the leader of the FEAR task force that has been called in to investigate and contain the evil presence. Much like Dead Space this game is as much fun as it is scary and you’re going to enjoy working towards its ending.

 

5. Fatal Frame

Top five, top five, top five! Fatal Frame was the first game in a five game franchise and the first of its kind. It’s based around fighting some seriously terrifying ghosts with a special camera that has the ability to exorcize them. While fighting spirits like the one shown above with nothing but a camera seems like a strange premise, you’ll see why it’s on this list as soon as you start playing.

 

 

 

4.  Alien: Isolation 

Hopefully you’ve had a chance to watch all of the Alien movies. While they’re quite frankly ancient, they’ve withstood the test of time and maintained their scare factor. Alien: Isolation is much newer and contains a slew of new themes that’ll be sure to get your palms sweaty. There’s nothing like walking around a dark, damp ship knowing that there are giant murderous aliens roaming the halls. One of the coolest things about this game is that it’s not one-dimensional in any way; there are multiple evils that you must face and many of them are simply un-killable.

 

 

3. Silent Hill 2

Pyramid head was the stuff of nightmares as a kid. Silent Hill 2 is the second game in the Silent Hill series and the scariest of the franchise’s main titles. Another survival-horror game, SH2 is based on James Sunderland’s hunt for answers in the town of Silent Hill after receiving a letter from his wife that says she’s trapped there. Sunderland sets out to find her but quickly realizes that the town is turning his deepest fears into reality. The game is more centered around puzzles and riddles than actual combat, but somehow that makes it even more horrifying to play.

 

 

2.  Outlast

Outlast is another game that has become a popular horror title to stream. The game follows an investigative journalist named Miles Upshur who has decided to write an article about a remote insane asylum called Mount Massive Asylum. There is no combat in the game, which leaves you defenseless and piles onto the insane amount of dread and terror you feel while playing. Your only tool is a camcorder, which can be used as an inefficient source of light.

 

 

 

1. Silent Hill: P.T.

Silent Hill: PT was never turned into anything more than what its name stands for, a ‘Playable Teaser.’ The game was originally released on the PlayStation 4 as a teaser for the Silent Hill franchise’s next installment, Silent Hills. However, that title was eventually cancelled and PT was removed from online stores. It is based around an unspecified protagonist that wakes up within a severely demented house. The sole objective of the game is to continue down a single hallway, solving riddles and puzzles, facing horror after horror. If the player fails to succeed in any of the trials the loop of challenges is reset and each scare must be faced again. It’s a shame that the full game was never released, but nonetheless it is the scariest game to play this Halloween.

 

 

Photo Credit: Daily Express, MobyGames, IMDB, Polygon, iHorror, Den of Geek, SlashGear

Red Dead Redemption 2 Might Hop On The Battle Royale Bandwagon

Rockstar Games’ long-awaited Wild West RPG sequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, is releasing this week (October 26th) and we couldn’t be more excited.

 

For those who haven’t played previous Red Dead titles, they are a series of third-person, open-world action-adventure games that take place in the lawless Wild West of early America. The previous Red Dead Redemption followed a man named John Marston; a former outlaw whose family is taken hostage by the government to force him into bringing members of his old gang to justice.

 

Red Dead Redemption 2 will take place before it’s prequel and follow Arthur Morgan, one of the top guns in the Van der Linde gang; the same gang that Marston was hired to take down. Due to the advancements of society in America in the late 1800’s Morgan and the rest of his gang are outlaws, forced to flee across the country in attempts to keep their lifestyle alive.

 

The game looks incredible. Unlike other Rockstar games that were built for the last generation of consoles, Red Dead Redemption 2 was created for the Xbox One and PS4, which means that it looks and feels way better. Just take a peek at this jaw-dropping gameplay video.

 

 

In the past month, Rockstar has released a ton of information about the game in the form of press releases and official gameplay videos. However, there hasn’t been much confirmed about the game’s multiplayer. While this information has been somewhat verified, take it with a grain of salt.

 

It’s rumored that Red Dead Redemption 2 will have three multiplayer game modes: Revive and Survive, Battle Royale, and Money Grab. Revive and Survive will be a one-life Team Deathmatch type game mode that pits two gangs against each other and revolves around killing the enemy while reviving your fallen comrades. Money Grab will have two teams attempt to rob as much money as they can from a certain location and safely return it to their respective hideouts.

 

Then there are the familiar talks of that sweet, sweet Battle Royale. Now, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if Rockstar implemented some kind of battle royale game mode into its multiplayer. It would take an incredibly ignorant game developer to shun the success that Fortnite, PUBG, and Blackout have experienced.

 

The original Red Dead Redemptionmultiplayer was a free roam mode (much like GTA’s multiplayer) that allowed you to explore the game’s entire map and interact with other players. From there you could form teams with your friends or just join into a competitive game mode such as Gang Shootout, Hold Your Own, or Grab The Bag by yourself. Every game mode started with a Mexican Stand Off, so we’ll see if Redemption 2’s multiplayer modes do the same.

 

We can only imagine what a Battle Royale mode in the world of Red Dead Redemption 2 would be like. The game’s map is way too big to be used in its entirety, but the landscape would make for an incredible combat experience. Replace vehicles with horses, replace squads with rival gangs, and implement a slew of revolvers and rifles from the 1800’s to pick up and you’ve probably got yourself a winner.

 

Perhaps Rockstar will have players pick a region of the map to ride in on horseback and from there we’ll be able to pick up weapons and start making swiss cheese out of each other.  Imagine this kind of gameplay but on a much larger scale with much better graphics and more fluidity:

 

Credit: Overgears

 

The good news is, we only have to wait three more days. Stay tuned for more information and for our Metahuman review of the game when it comes out later this week.