Captain Marvel, the latest dispatch from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is set in 1995. That didn’t sound that long ago ... until Marvel evoked the times with throwback promotional gimmicks like Magic Eye posters and crude Angelfire-style websites full of animated gifs. Turns out it’s been awhile. But the throwback means we’re in the clear to be nostalgic for a more naive time when superheroes wore rubber muscles or black leather, and stood on top of buildings looking out at their cities, which were matte paintings. If Carol Danvers ever takes a break from mid-’90s Skrull-punching to find inspiration at the multiplex, she’ll see an entirely different type of comic book movie from what we have now, if there’s one playing at all. Today’s comic book movies are expected to have a more sophisticated understanding of the characters and stories they’re translating, but there’s an appealing style and feel to the ’90s movies … [Read more...] about Ranking the 25 live-action comic book movies of the ’90s
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Final Fantasy VIII, aka the best Final Fantasy, is 20 years old today. Here’s our list article about that. So you thought you’d celebrate your 20th birthday by taking all your celestial god buds out for a drink, did you? Biggest mistake of your life, pal. Oh, sure, they’ll save your life from a time-travelling sorceress in a pinch, but when it comes to a night out, I’ve never seen a sorrier bunch of cheapskates in my entire life. Consider this your one and only warning before these mythical moochers take you for everything you’re worth. Cactuar Do not let the constant expression of benign idiocy on this spiky miscreant’s face fool you, for behind it waggles the silver tongue of a practised grifter. The Cactuar knows only two phrases. The first is “oooooooo”, and the second is “lend us a fiver please mate I’ve got a terrible thirst on from standing in the desert all day.” Go on. Give it a fiver. See what happens. Within … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy VIII’s GFs ranked in order of how much money they’d owe you after a night out
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate may not be the actual “ultimate” (as in “final”) game in the series, but it certainly is the biggest to date. Its character count alone has swelled past six dozen, which is ... well, it’s a lot of characters. Enough that newcomers (and even seasoned pros) are likely to find themselves freezing up at the character select screen, trying to decide which of these tiny little portrait selections best represents their personal ethos. Well, good news: I’ve ranked the entire Smash Ultimate cast for you. This is not a ranking of the best fighters in Smash, because ... well, honestly, Smash isn’t really the kind of game most people play as serious competition. Smash is a good-times party fighter where you have fun and show off your great taste. That makes this list far more useful, as it grades characters according to their value based on their gaming legacy. Making your fighter selection based on our pecking order is the way … [Read more...] about We rank the Smash Bros. (and friends)
MLB The Show 18's release date is finally upon us – and with it ends speculation as to who Sony San Diego considers the best player in baseball. No surprise: LA Angels center-fielder Mike Trout scores that honour, with an overall rating of 93. But what of the other contenders – and pretenders – to his throne? These are the top players in this year’s game, ranked by position. Catcher1. Buster Posey (Giants), 87As with last year, Posey leads the way behind the plate, but Sanchez and Contreras are new faces in the top five. They replace Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Tampa's Wilson Ramos, whose ratings fall to 79 and 78 respectively.First base1. Joey Votto (Reds), 87Second base1. Jose Altuve (Astros), 91A slight downgrade this year for Houston second baseman Altuve, from 97 to 91 – although that's consistent with stats decreases across the board. Otherwise it's again a case of the same faces in a different order, with Ian Kinsler the only top-five … [Read more...] about MLB The Show 18 tips: ranking the top five players at every position
Ahh, mid-March, that wonderful time when spring is in the air and baseball fans are getting excited about the start of another Major League Baseball season. It's almost time. If you're thinking about picking up a baseball game this year, you might be wondering which one is right for you. To help you decide, we've put together a primer on this year's big baseball games covering what each one offers and everything else you need to know about them. Bear in mind that all of this information is based on what the game's respective publishers have said about each title. You may want to wait for reviews to pick up a game, but this should help you get started in thinking about what you want.MLB The Show 18What Is It? Sony's flagship sports franchise, MLB The Show, returns this year promising better visuals, smarter AI, custom batting stances, and more. With 2K's MLB 2K series canceled, Sony's 2018 game is the only one on the market that offers an authentic, simulation-style baseball experience … [Read more...] about Which Baseball Game Is Right For You?