Avengers: Infinity War. Black Panther. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Incredibles 2. Venom. Mission: Impossible – Fallout. Deadpool 2. Ant-Man and the Wasp. When it comes to worldwide box office, the eight highest grossing movies of the year were all franchise movies, further cementing the trend for studios to put the majority of their eggs into just a few gargantuan baskets that cost anything from $150m to $350m to weave.For some years now, the decline of mid-budget, character-driven dramas has rightly been bemoaned. Even in the high-concept 1980s, Tom Cruise, the world’s biggest movie star, frequently appeared in knotty dramas like The Color of Money, Rain Man, and Born on the Fourth of July. It’s hard to imagine such a thing now, with 2018 doubling down on the ethos that size does matter.Love film?Subscribe to Total Film magazine and get your film fix every month with a digital or print version of the mag delivered straight to you door“Franchise movies have … [Read more...] about Movie 2018 Year in Review: Superheroes rule the multiplex, but will Netflix save mid-budget movies?
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This story originally ran in 2012. We’re reposting it to coincide with Mortal Kombat 2’s 25th anniversary. This past school year, Columbia student Kenny Voong wanted to make a videogame. He just didn’t quite know how. Like many new to this kind of thing, he had a direction but needed a map. Then one day, on his normal walk up and down Chicago’s North Clark Street in a part of town flooded with strip malls and “BYOB” restaurants, Voong noticed a sign for “Chicago Wushu” on the side of the road and randomly decided to look it up online. There he found an odd coincidence: Daniel Pesina, master of the guan, was in a former life a Mortal Kombat actor. In an industry where creative leads typically stay behind the scenes, in-game actors found cult success in the ‘90s by giving players faces to identify with. And when Mortal Kombat became one of the industry’s most popular fighting games, Pesina grabbed his handful of fame, appearing … [Read more...] about Mortal Kombat’s Johnny Cage, 20 years later
In their “This Week at Bungie” blog post, Bungie outlined a number of changes coming to Destiny 2 in the coming weeks with the arrival of patch 1.1.4. The laundry list of changes include an increase in the player count of some Crucible modes and events, updates to the Crucible formula in general, as well as tweaks to damage and abilities in sandbox. The majority of the Crucible changes seem to be aimed at trying to smooth out the downtime across all game modes, with more consistent action and less running towards the battle. Iron Banner has had its player count increased from 4v4 to 6v6, and Rumble – which is equivalent to something like the free-for-all game type in Call of Duty – is adding two more players to the current six. “When we looked at the core feedback on “Time to Kill” in the Crucible, we saw that it mostly stemmed from a lack of excitement or spikes of intensity you all came to expect from a Destiny experience. This came in … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 update patch 1.1.4 brings final 4v4 Iron Banner, Crucible changes and boosted PvE damage
The monthly PlayStation Plus free games for March bring unprecedented value. Sony has confirmed the line-up of free games PlayStation Plus subscriber will receive during March. This is one of the biggest we’ve seen in a while, and comes loaded with two hits. Across both North America and Europe, subscribers will receive Bloodborne, and Ratchet and Clank on PS4. You’ll also get three more PS4 games, cross buy with PS3/Vita in Mighty No. 9 (PS3), Claire: Extended Cut (Vita), and Bombing Busters (Vita). All games become available on Tuesday, March 6. In the US, subscribers are also getting the Dungeon Defenders PS Plus Pack. The pack contains four Shadow Costumes, 1 Million in gold, five Campaign Shard Packs, five Defender Packs, and a Ninja Gato Pet for Dungeon Defenders 2. It’ll be available March 13-April 30. Sony also made a big announcement today. Starting March 8, 2019, the monthly line-up will no longer include PS3 or Vita games, and will instead focus only on PS4 … [Read more...] about Bloodborne, Ratchet and Clank headline PlayStation Plus line-up for March
Action games are a dime a dozen nowadays, but Bayonetta has always stood out. Compared to the likes of Dante or Kratos, Bayonetta is a much different kind of action game hero entirely — namely, one that has four pistols mounted to her hands and feet, and summons gigantic hair demons to do a good amount of her bidding when it comes to defeating (and punishing) baddies. If that didn’t sell you on what to expect from playing one of the Bayonetta games, then you can take in the fact that the series is a high mark for character action games within the last decade, and Nintendo Switch owners now have the chance to experience both games in one place. Whether you’re coming to both games for the first time or looking for the chance to relive Bayonetta’s odyssey on-the-go, the re-released pair of action games are truly worth playing, regardless of whether you’ve ever played them before: even better is the fact that their release is perfectly timed … [Read more...] about Bayonetta 1 & 2 Review (Nintendo Switch) — Still Flashy, Sexy, and Stylish