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Gamers Corner / Drugs to Bee
« Last post by lucy liu on Today at 11:00:34 AM »
Drugs to Bee

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Creed 2 Movie Trailer Sets Up An Iconic Rivalry For Michael B. Jordan

The first trailer for Creed II is here. The sequel to 2015's hit spin-off from the Rocky series arrives in theaters in November. It stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed and Sylvester Stallone as veteran boxer Rocky Balboa, with Dolph Lundgren reprising his role from 1985's Rocky IV as Russian heavyweight Ivan Drago.

The trailer shows Creed after he's suffered defeat and is trying to fight his way back. Adonis is also struggling with his legacy, trying not to make the same mistakes his father did. His mentor, Rocky Balboa, advises him to reconsider fighting, indicating that Creed's opponent may be too dangerous. That opponent happens to be Viktor Drago, son of Rocky's former nemesis Ivan Drago. And thus, another underdog story is set up. Check it out above.

Creed II also stars Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok, Westworld), Wood Harris (The Wire), and Phylicia Rashad (Empire). The movie is directed by Steven Caple Jr., who previously made the acclaimed 2016 indie hit The Land.

Stallone himself was originally set to direct--as well as co-write--the movie, but he ultimately stepped aside. In December, the action icon explained this decision. "The character of Adonis Creed reflects this generation and its challenges," he said. "I believe it's important for the director to also be a part of this generation like I was in mine, to make the story as relatable as possible."

Stallone won a Golden Globe for his performance as the aging Rocky in Creed and also received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor. The movie made $173.6 million at the worldwide box office. Creed II hits theaters on November 21.

Source: Creed 2 Movie Trailer Sets Up An Iconic Rivalry For Michael B. Jordan
Free New Xbox One Games With Gold For June 2018 Now Available

The month is half over, which means Xbox Live Gold subscribers can now download two more freebies. As usual, one is an Xbox One game, and the other is an Xbox 360 game you can play on Xbox One thanks to backwards compatibility.

The new free Xbox One game is the Smite Gold Bundle, which will be available between now and July 15. Smite is a free-to-play game, but the Gold Bundle includes 20 additional gods, plus skins, announcer packs, and other extra content. Seeing as it normally sells for $100, that's a good deal for anyone interested in this MOBA-of-the-gods.

The Xbox 360 game Gold members can download for free is Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues. Available until June 30, it's an action game that lets you play through Lego versions of all four Indiana Jones films. And if you haven't picked it up yet, you can still download the side-scrolling Xbox One game Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia, which is available until June 30.

To make way for the new games, a pair of titles has left the service: the Xbox One game Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain and the Xbox 360 game Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed. If you didn't grab those for free, you'll have to pay for them.

You can see the full list of June's free Games with Gold below. They'll be replaced with a new lineup of freebies on July 1.

June 2018 Games With Gold

Xbox One

  • Assassin's Creed Chronicles: Russia -- June 1 - 30
  • Smite Gold Bundle -- June 16 - July 15

Xbox 360

  • Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed -- June 1 - 15
  • Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues -- June 16 - 30

Source: Free New Xbox One Games With Gold For June 2018 Now Available
Gamers Corner / Mario Tennis Aces Review In Progress: Aim High
« Last post by hooba on Today at 11:00:32 AM »
Mario Tennis Aces Review In Progress: Aim High

When the credits rolled on Mario Tennis Aces' Adventure Mode, I vowed to never again laugh at a tennis player having an ugly meltdown on the court. I had felt the volcanic surge of adrenaline that comes when a rally has gone too long. I knew the sense of high alert while trying to suss out which corner of the court an opponent is going to attack next. I have spliced and invented new curse words to mutter when a ball goes out of bounds. Off-beat stages and creative use of characters from the Marioverse ensure that you'll never lose sight of simply having fun, but don't let the adorable exterior trick you; Aces takes its unorthodox tennis very seriously.

Mario Tennis' renewed vigor is driven by a suite of new mechanics that force you to make pivotal risk-reward decisions. Special shots are now tied to a meter that fills a little with every shot fired back at your opponent, more so if you're able to charge your swing ahead of time. Once the Energy Meter is at least a third full, a ball landing on your side of the court will be forecast by a glowing star. Initiating a special swing while standing on a star activates a first-person view that lets you aim a powerful Zone Shot.

When the Energy Meter is completely full, you can unleash your character's Special Shot. While Specials don't unleash the cavalcade of effects they did in Wii U's Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, they do fire a lightning-fast ball that requires exacting maneuvers to return without incurring any harm to your racket--destroy your collection of rackets during a match, and you lose.

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Holding the R button slows down time at the cost of meter, allowing you to stroll over and hit hard-to-reach shots or gain a slight advantage when returning racket-breaking shots. Alternatively, a Trick Shot can be activated by tilting the right stick, which causes you to leap across the court at the last second . You can get away with basic shots during simple face-offs, but in advanced matches the exchange of powered-up strikes feels like a breathless symphony that requires you to be at the top of your game and on top of your options.

Even veterans of the series have a little bit of a learning curve to overcome, but Aces' Adventure Mode does a good job of both entertaining you and teaching you how and when to use your new tools. The story itself is ridiculous, but ridiculous in that very specific, quirky way Nintendo has been getting away with for decades. During the Mushroom Kingdom's annual tennis tournament, an evil tennis racket--yes, really--named Lucien takes possession of Luigi and flies off to find five Power Stones that will help him take over the world.

Instead of settling for a revolving door of opponents along the way, you're challenged to utilize Ace's new mechanics in a range of unusual scenarios. An average stage might simply challenge you to keep a rally going for a certain length of time, but bosses and puzzle stages require a greater level of ingenuity. You have to figure out how to disable protective barriers, earning enough energy to perform a Zone Shot, and aim at the right part of the court to inflict damage. Bosses also initiate hurdling challenges mid-match that reward precise use of your leaping Trick Shot. Adventure Mode mixes up your objectives from one stage to the next to ensure you're never simply going through the motions to progress.

Mario Tennis Aces does what this series has done best, and improves what it's rarely gotten right prior.

Aces is more difficult and devious than you might expect, especially in the latter half of Adventure Mode. Though not required, grinding through matches can improve your chances on the court. Win or lose, you earn experience points for every match played, allowing you to improve Mario's speed, power, and agility over time. But no matter how much XP you earn, the only way to make it to the end of Aces' campaign is to master its unique tennis mechanics. Those who persevere will find themselves better equipped and prepared to face anything the other modes have to offer than ever before.

Outside of Adventure Mode, you'll find a rather plain assortment of activities: a bracket-based tournament mode, exhibition matches against the computer or another friend, online modes, and the ability to play doubles matches, which can turn into downright anarchy before you know it. Online matches will be the true test of Aces' depth, but pre-launch servers being what they are, we still need to spend time playing once the game releases to form a solid opinion of its netcode and the competitive scene.

Perhaps the one major and surprising misstep is Swing Mode, where players can swing Joy-Cons like proper tennis rackets, similar to Wii Sports Tennis. At first it seems odd that this control scheme is isolated to a specific mode, but within a minute or two, it's obvious why: playing with Joy-Cons feels too imprecise, and even just executing a simple backhand was a twitchy comedy of errors. It's too bad that the motion controls seem to fall apart so easily, but considering that, it's probably best the option is siloed away.

It's not like Aces needs a gimmick like motion controls to win you over, anyway. The Tetris Effect is in full swing here; days after the credits rolled, I still crave the satisfying thwack from a Power Shot, mentally replay matches and imagine how I might do things differently given a bit more focus and know-how. Mario Tennis Aces does what this series has done best, and improves what it's rarely gotten right prior. Fingers crossed that the online support stands up to the rest of the game after launch.

Source: Mario Tennis Aces Review In Progress: Aim High
Column: Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP)  Brooks Koepka now has as many majors as Greg Norman and as many PGA Tour victories as Pat Perez.
Source: Column: Koepka could use more wins, but his trophies are big
Justin Allgaier did not like amusement park rides until having his daughter

Justin Allgaier tells Daryl Motte that he never liked going on amusement park rides, until he had his daughter and realized he had an affinity for roller coasters.
Source: Justin Allgaier did not like amusement park rides until having his daughter
Ice Cube unveils an unprecedented level of success LeBron could accomplish if King James joins Lakers

Joining Colin Cowherd and Joy Taylor in studio on The Herd, iconic rapper, actor and founder of The Big 3 basketball league Ice Cube details why LeBron James should ship out of Cleveland to join the Los Angeles Lakers, unveiling a provocative perspective The King should heed if he truly cares about his NBA legacy. Do you agree with Ice Cube?
Source: Ice Cube unveils an unprecedented level of success LeBron could accomplish if King James joins Lakers
Capitals to raise Stanley Cup banner Oct. 3 against Bruins

The Washington Capitals will raise their first Stanley Cup banner and open their title defense on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins - not the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.
Source: Capitals to raise Stanley Cup banner Oct. 3 against Bruins
Gamers Corner / Vatnik Simulator - A Russian Patriot Game
« Last post by lucy liu on Today at 03:05:12 AM »
Vatnik Simulator - A Russian Patriot Game

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Gamers Corner / World of Warcraft Classic Gets New Details
« Last post by lola on Today at 03:05:12 AM »
World of Warcraft Classic Gets New Details

World of Warcraft Classic is coming; we may not know exactly when, but we are getting a better idea of some of the challenges and achievements of the developers trying to make it happen. In a "Dev Watercooler" blog post, Blizzard revealed more details about the prototyping of the game, and reassured excited fans that the re-creation would do the vanilla version of the game justice.

"The process of restoring the classic game is not straightforward, and it's important to us to take the time and effort to get it right--this includes poring over numerous game versions, data, and code; meticulously scrutinizing all the changes we've made over the years," Blizzard's dev team wrote.

"All the work we're doing will ultimately allow us to recreate an authentic classic experience on a platform that is much more optimized and stable, helping us avoid latency and stability issues. Additional improvements will include modern anti-cheat/botting detection, customer service and Battle.net integration, and similar conveniences that do not affect the core gameplay experience."

Blizzard shares that the initial WoW Classic prototype essentially rebuilt Patch 1.12: Drums of War from various archives and source code. This revealed some substantial problems: game crashes, issues with modern video cards, incompatibility with Blizzard's current login system, and more. The developers said they've built a second prototype, using the game's modern code with all its structural enhancements, which will allow them to build a 1.12 version of the game that is stable on modern machines and compatible with Blizzard's current infrastructure. You can read more about the developments in the full blog post.

Blizzard first announced World of Warcraft Classic at Blizzcon 2017, where it revealed the trailer above. GameSpot interviewed production director John Hight about the ambitious project, where he shared more details about how the game will work. "[Making World of Warcraft Classic] has been an ongoing internal debate. I'm sure that this has happened off and on throughout the years, right? But last year this reached a fever pitch, and we really had a lot of internal discussions because we want to make sure that we provide a great experience for our players," he said.

"I think our concern was gonna be our ability to execute Blizzard quality going back so many years. You don't want to ruin the experience. It has to be an authentic experience. But by the same token, people don't want some of the funky bugs that we had back then," he added. You can read the full interview here.

Source: World of Warcraft Classic Gets New Details
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