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What We Mostly Didn’t Like About The Defenders

The Defenders mini-series made its Netflix debut Friday, bringing together Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil and Iron Fist as Marvel’s street-level super team. We assembled Gita Jackson and Mike Fahey to discuss what worked, what didn’t, and how horrible Danny Rand is. So horrible.

Fahey: So, Gita. I was following your tweets this weekend, and I am under the impression that you weren’t 100 percent satisfied with The Defenders. Is that correct, or was I reading the really mean things you were saying wrong?

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Gita: Mike, I was not overall thrilled by The Defenders. I was expecting a lot of campy fan service, and I got that, but I also just got a whole lot of bad show.

Fahey: That is impossible, Gita. This is a Netflix Marvel show. They can do no wrong. Except Iron Fist. And large chunks of the second season of Daredevil. But other than that, the track record is perfect. How could it be bad?

Gita: I actually really thought about this while I was watching the show because, you know, despite some weird missteps, I like three out of the four characters on screen. And we know that some of them have great chemistry and banter already. But it felt like I was getting a diluted version of four different shows, each with wildly different aesthetics, and it was like eating under-seasoned mashed potatoes. Like, it’s in my mouth, it’s a food I enjoy, but I cannot describe it to you if asked.

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Fahey: I see where you’re coming from. I certainly got that vibe during the first of the eight episodes, which felt like four distinct shows with distinct voices, soundtracks and shooting styles getting mashed together.

My dissatisfaction mainly stems from the fact that the entire event is the culmination of my two least favorite story lines from the Netflix shows. Daredevil’s battle against the Hand, and Iron Fist’s battles against the Hand. I guess what I am saying is the Hand is not a good enemy.

He hates the hand so much.

Gita: For the life of me, I could not care about the Hand. I just really do not give a shit about the Hand at all. The show seemed to assume I’d care from the jump—any time Jessica or Luke asked what the Hand does that’s bad, Matt and Danny would both say, “Everything.” Sure, they do everything bad. That’s bad. But like, give me some specifics?

Fahey: I can’t, Gita. They’re too bad, the things the Hand does. So bad.

Gita: If the Hand were an organization that personally stole one of my socks so I never had matching pairs, I would care.

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But apparently they just have a hand (ugh) in every pot of evilness to the point where I’m like, you must be joking, right?

Fahey: The plot is basically that the Hand is going to destroy New York City in order to get a mysterious substance that keeps the five core members immortal. To do this, they use up the last of the substance to bring Elektra, the Black Sky, back to life.

Why? Because they need her. For reasons.

Gita: I felt really bad for the actress playing Elektra. As you mentioned, the back half of Daredevil season two has issues, but Elektra was this weird, electric ball of energy and joy in a plot that suddenly made no sense. I didn’t know why she did the things she did, but by golly, I had fun watching her. Here, she’s mute, lifeless, boring, glum.

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Fahey: She gets a bit better towards the back end, and that electricity is still there, but there never is a real explanation of what role she is supposed to play in the Hand’s plans. She is a weapon, but she doesn’t seem to have any supernatural abilities. All five fingers of the Hand are highly-skilled martial artists, so it doesn’t make sense they’d squander their life-juice to make a sixth. How far did you get in the series?

Gita: I just checked Netflix—I think I tuckered out around the middle of episode six. After realizing that the show didn’t really get going for me until episode four I gave it another two episodes and I was like…. how much do I care about this, actually?

I love dumb fan service. I live for that. But I was just… bored. I was so bored.

Fahey: I understand stopping. I watched the series between naps. Then you didn’t see the fate of Alexandra (Sigourney Weaver)?

The evil leader of the diabolical Hand.

Gita: I didn’t! I did like Sigourney—she always does so much with so little. And she was having a lot of fun being evil. Please, spoil me.

Fahey: Elektra murders her with sais.

Gita: You were typing for so long…… I really thought it was, like, a little more than sword murder. 

I am laughing so hard in the office.

Fahey: Yeah, I did that for effect.

Gita: Thank you, Fahey. Thank you.

Fahey: I mean, she had to see it coming, acting like a mother figure to a deadly assassin named after a character from Greek mythology famous for PLOTTING THE MURDER OF HER MOTHER.

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Gita: But yeah, there is a real pay off problem in The Defenders. We see Luke in the first episode, and he’s just like, not in jail anymore. It’s a thing they built up and the payoff is “oh he’s fine.” Colleen gets stabbed by her suddenly-not-dead-anymore mentor, and he just leaves, and she’s also fine. Sigourney gets sword murdered.

Fahey: But yes, Elektra kills Alexandra and assumes leadership of the Hand. This changes absolutely nothing concerning the Hand’s plans to destroy New York. It doesn’t mean Elektra is suddenly having second thoughts about being evil.

Let’s talk hero motivation.

  • Luke wants to keep the kids of Harlem from being used and discarded by the Hand. Noble as fuck.
  • Jessica takes a case from a woman whose husband, the architect of the Hand’s office building, has gone missing. The guy gets murdered in her office. She wants to make sure the family is safe and get answers. Detective as fuck.
  • Daredevil wants his girlfriend back. He’s just horny.
  • And Iron Fist wants revenge for the destruction of a city no one cares about at all.

This is your Danny Rand cue.

Gita: Yeah that’s a pretty good summation. Every time Danny meets someone new, he has to explain K’un L’un again… and at least later they start getting some good jokes out of it but, holy shit. Still don’t care about K’un L’un, my dude!

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I think I could have tolerated Defenders if Finn Jones wasn’t a complete charisma void. He just has no screen presence, he’s bad at fight scenes, I don’t believe the conviction of his actions, and his character is just so stupid.

I think it might be the pants.

Fahey: He’s so grim about everything. And I get it—his imaginary home in the sky is destroyed. But also he has cool martial arts powers and a bajillion dollars. I cannot feel sympathy for a guy who goes from shoeless to billionaire and still whines. “It’s my sacred duty!” Oh shut up. You have a cool new friend. Just enjoy your new friend. He makes your fist glow.

My wife and I decided the fist is his “Better Superhero Detector.”

Gita: Hahahaha, that’s pretty great. Props to your wife.

Fahey: Like in the office scene—one of the two best in the mini-series. He just can’t get it up, then Luke Cage arrives.

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Gita: That office scene was pretty great. I think they finally figured out how to shoot Finn Jones’s fight scenes (though he is quickly outclassed by everyone else). The key was not quick cuts, but good angles and having the stunt people really over-act taking the punch.

Fahey: There’s a bit in the final act, where the group is surrounded. Luke says to Danny, “Light it up,” and Danny punches the air and everyone goes flying. This was episode eight. Danny finally gets good in the final episode, after being completely insufferable the rest of the time.

Gita: I’m trying, desperately, to come up with a response to this. But I’m just floored.

Fahey: Did you catch the fight in episode six?

Gita: I think I was asleep by that point, to be honest. Unless you’re talking warehouse redux.

Fahey: The fight between Danny and everybody else?

Gita: Okay yeah, sorry, the other problem I have with this show is that it’s visually indistinct and horribly shot, so everything blends together and I can’t remember what happened when.

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Fahey: You have a point. I kept re-watching bits I’d already seen, unsure if I’d already seen them.

Gita: Like, they spend so long in this warehouse that I mentally place it as “the boring shit from episode five,” but they STAY there for a while, and have another fight in six, and I forgot about it. If this second fight had even happened in the parking lot, it would have created a sense that time was passing.

Fahey: They find out that the Hand wants Danny because he’s the only one who can open the portal beneath New York, giving them access to the “substance.” Everyone decides the best course of action is to keep Danny away from them. Except Danny. No, he wants to go fight them, because he is an ASSHOLE.

So everyone kicks his ass.

This is how the rest of the heroes feel about Iron Fist.

Gita: The one thing I feel like is really deliberate about Danny Rand’s character and that I think Finn Jones is on purpose playing up is that Danny thinks his problems are the only problems in the world.

Fahey: That is exactly the case.

Gita: I have enjoyed stories about characters who get their shit together—I like Scott Pilgrim!—but man. Fuck Danny Rand.

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Scott Pilgrim is just a shitty guy in a band. Danny is a billionaire with a glowing fist trying to tell a black dude from Harlem who just got out of lockup that his pain is the worst pain.

Fahey: They tie him to a chair but he ends up getting captured by Elektra, who takes him under the Hand’s office building to open the ancient portal.

Meanwhile, the most interesting non-superhero characters in the various series are locked in a police station for most of the series.

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Gita: Did Defenders feel more like an Iron Fist season two to you, or was that just me? It felt like, in terms of character growth and plot importance, Danny was at the center.

Fahey: Luke were just there, doing their Jessica and Luke thing. Daredevil got to pine over Elektra some more, while his two best friends spent the mini-series trying to keep him from being Daredevil.

But yeah, it was all Danny and Colleen Wing. I like Colleen. And I really like Misty Knight. OH! You missed it.

Gita: Did Misty and Colleen finally get to be Misty and Colleen? Dammit!

You’re tempting me to watch the final two and a half episodes. I mean, the bodega down the street has beer and I am sure there’s vacuuming to do or something.

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Fahey: They wind up in the office building while The Defenders are in the basement, facing off against Colleen’s former mentor, Naruto. He has a sword. You know what swords do?

Gita: Was there more sword murder, Fahey?

Fahey: How familiar are you with Misty Knight’s comic book incarnation?

Gita: Here’s an admission: I was a DC person.

Then DC started to become what it now is.

And now, I am lost.

Fahey:

Fahey: Note the right arm.

Gita: OH, she got armed.

Fahey: I have never cheered so loudly at a limb being amputated. They tricked us with that shit in Luke Cage.

Gita: We take our joy where we can get it.

The longer I get into this connected universe without having read, or really been familiar with, certain lore aspects of certain characters, the more I begin to feel like this is a failed experiment, you know?

I want to cheer when arms get cut off, too

Fahey: I feel like they are getting to a happier place. The friendship blossoming between Danny and Luke shows hints of the one they shared in the comics. Luke makes Danny a better person, and you can catch glimpses of it in The Defenders.

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But there’s just so much heavy shit standing in the way. Danny’s whole K’un L’un thing. Luke being with Night Nurse instead of his comic book wife, Jessica. The epilogue hints that there’s something there, but it seems like the path to getting there is going to suck. And then we’ve got Daredevil dying at the end.

By the way, Daredevil “dies” at the end.

Gita: Ok, I take back my earlier curiosity about the final two episodes. At that point… who cares?

Fahey: Let me set this up for you:

So the gang defeats the Hand, knocks out Elektra and has minutes left to escape to the surface before the explosives Colleen stole from police lockup, as you do, go off and bring down the entire office building.

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All they have to do is get on the elevator. But Matt’s all, “You guys go, I have to try to get through to her.”

There’s a nice fight between them with lots of violent cuddling. Then the whole thing explodes.

Cut to some time later and everything is fine. No one is in jail for terrorist acts. Luke and Jessica share a drink at a bar. Colleen and Danny talk about how Daredevil gave his life to save the city he loved.

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Bullshit. Daredevil gave his life to try to save his girlfriend, for one. And then he wakes up in a convent hospital bed.

Gita: This is, like, a summary of all the comics tropes I hate. What I liked so much about Daredevil and Jessica Jones was that when people died, they DIED. There was no cheap, obvious resurrection or “they just got hurt in that explosion but they’re fine.” If I was going to live with these plot points I’d just read the comics.

Please do not tell me he has amnesia. I swear to god.

Fahey: We’ll find out in Daredevil season three! Though I am pretty sure it’s the convent or whatever where his mom supposedly went to, as hinted in a better season of television.

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What I liked about Daredevil season one, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage were the villains. Such amazing fucking villains.

Gita: Yes! I was thinking of that too. Jessica Jones, especially, has a really strong antagonist in Kilgore, and it allows Jessica to have a strong story arc in the show.

Fahey: Tennant was absolutely terrifying.

Gita: That one is my favorite of the three series you mentioned, because it has a very defined beginning, middle and end, and Jessica has a very clear Problem that Kilgore embodies.

And yeah, Tennant knocks it out of the park.

In Daredevil and Luke Cage, too, the villains are strong because they are the societal problems that the characters are also fighting. Kingpin is corpratism that kills New York, and the two villains that Cage fights are manifestations of oppressive systems that destroy places like Harlem.

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Fahey: D’onofrio was an amazing Kingpin. Mahershala Ali’s Cottonmouth was powerful and nigh unstoppable despite being just a guy.

Gita: What is the Hand?

Fahey: Just a buncha ninjas.

One of the biggest conflicts in those series was each villain was a human, and each hero had the power to just snuff them out if they wanted to. Creating characters that wouldn’t do that—unless pushed to the very brink—that’s what made those series.

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In The Defenders we have villains that everyone seems fine with killing, but there’s a whole bunch of them. Instead of interesting internal struggles, we get eight long, drawn-out episodes leading to a foregone conclusion.

Gita: We should take maybe four or five seconds to mention Naruto (actually Bakugo, Colleen’s evil mentor), who seems to be an attempt to give Colleen, at least, more personal stakes in what’s going on with the Hand. The problem here is 1) Bakugo is boring and 2) He shows up in episode five.

Fundamentally, on top of everything else, the show has a pacing problem.

The show only really seems to gel by episode four, and at that point it’s halfway done. And then, from there, you gotta build all the stakes and drive the plot forward.

Not pictured: Misty Knight. Yeah, that’s about it.

Fahey: Netflix probably could have gotten away with making this an original movie rather than a mini-series. Come together, find out what the Hand is up to, stop them. Roll credits.

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Instead we get shots of Alexandra’s whirlwind seated tour of NYC, Danny being Danny, Jessica rifling through records, side characters wandering around a police station, fights where everyone escapes to make it to the next fight, Daredevil fretting over being Daredevil and Luke being so sexy all the time.

Gita: This is an accurate summary of a disappointing Netflix show. Though if I’m being honest about Daredevil—he can still get it.

He technically died from horny, so, I feel like I relate.

Fahey: Wait, are you saying Matt Murdock over Luke Cage here?

Gita: Oh, absolutely not.

Just, like, if Luke was busy breaking furniture with someone else I wouldn’t mind Murdock as a second choice.

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Fahey: Oh god, I just had a horrible idea about how they’re going to write out Claire. We need to stop.

Gita: Don’t speculate. You’ll be disappointed in due time.

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Lincoln Loud To Host “Brand-New Nicktoons” This September On Nicktoons | Nickelodeon UK

This September, Lincoln Loud is taking over Nicktoons UK & Ireland, bringing you brand-new episodes of your favourite shows, including ALVINNN!!! and The Chipmunks, and the brand-new Nicktoon Bunsen Is a Beast! So make sure to tune into Brand New Nicktoons, hosted by The Loud House star Lincoln Loud, this September, only on Nicktoons!

Find out more about Nickelodeon’s brand-new animated series, Bunsen Is a Beast, as well as watch exclusive sneak-peeks, including the shows official theme song, and play the monsteriffic new game, “The Beast Day Ever” at nicktoons.co.uk/beastday!


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Check Out Destiny 2’s Menacing Launch Trailer Here

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Destiny 2‘s release is quickly approaching, and today Bungie published the launch trailer for the game. It sets the stage for Destiny 2’s story, which is shaping up to be much darker than the narrative of the original.

Whereas Destiny‘s story was a heroic epic in which players took the fight to the Vex, Crota, and Oryx, utilizing a great deal of resources and allies centered on the Tower, Destiny 2’s story is one of survival and loss. If you played Destiny 2’s beta, you’ll recognize that the launch trailer picks up where the opening Homecoming mission ends. Your Guardian has been captured by Ghaul, the hulking leader of the Cabal, and the Tower has been conquered.

The video features the ever-grave Commander Zavala and Ikora Ray alongside the wise-cracking Cayde-6, who is, at one point, inexplicably holding a rooster in a brief moment of levity. The three of them and the Guardians plan a guerrilla mission against the Cabal that, apparently, is expected to end with the deaths of everyone involved. It actually sounds somewhat similar in tone and structure to one of Bungie’s previous games, Halo: Reach.

If you’re interested in catching up on catching up on the narrative, check out our feature detailing Destiny’s story so far. Destiny 2 launches on September 6 for PS4 and Xbox One, and on October 24 for PC. The PC beta test begins on August 28 if you pre-ordered the game and on August 29 for everyone. Pre-loading for the full game will be available soon on all platforms. In addition, Bungie recently teased that Destiny 2 news is coming during Gamescom.

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Battlefield 1’s Complete Revolution Edition Out Now

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Players still looking to jump into Battlefield 1 have a chance to pick up the game and its DLC all at once. During its Gamescom livestream, EA unveiled Battlefield 1: Revolution, a new edition of the multiplayer shooter that releases today for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Revolution is the complete edition of Battlefield 1. It retails for $60 and includes the base game as well as its premium pass, which gives players access to four DLC expansions: They Shall Not Pass, In the Name of the Tsar, Turning Tides, and Apocalypse. Each expansion offers new maps, weapons, and game modes. Those who purchase the Revolution edition will also receive the Red Baron, Lawrence of Arabia, and Hellfighter packs, each of which contains items, vehicles, and emblems based on their respective heroes.

Battlefield 1’s next DLC pack, In the Name of the Tsar, releases in September. It adds six maps, two Operations, 11 new weapons, and other content to the popular shooter. The game’s penultimate expansion, Turning Tide, follows in December and lets players “partake in amphibious warfare.” The last DLC pack, Apocalypse, is scheduled to arrive in early 2018.

Coinciding with the release of Revolution, a new map is also available to play today. Battlefield 1 season pass owners can now jump into Lupkow Pass, one of the new maps from the forthcoming In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It features snow-covered battlefields and “treacherous vertical drops.” A closed alpha test for Battlefield 1’s new 5v5 Incursions mode kicks off in September.

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Battlefield 1’s In The Name Of The Tsar Map Out Now, Full Expansion Detailed

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EA has provided new details about Battlefield 1‘s next expansion, In the Name of the Tsar. Ahead of its full launch in September, season pass owners can play one of its maps beginning today.

Lupkow Pass, which was the first map revealed from the expansion, is out now for anyone with the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It sees a battle between the Austro-Hungarian forces and the Russian Imperial Army in a snow-capped hillside where verticality is key. The Armored Train serves as the map’s Behemoth, and all modes are available except Supply Drop and Operations.

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Lupkow Pass’s release brings 11 new Russian-themed weapons (such as the Mosin-Nagant M91 and Russian Standard 1912 grenade) and “limited vehicle access” (including the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber, Putilov-Garford Heavy Armored Car, and the Y-Lighter Landing Craft). There’s also the new Hussar class that wields a lance and has “an evolved set of cavalry moves,” as well as the Russian Scout–the first-ever female character in Battlefield multiplayer.

All six maps from In the Name of the Tsar have now been revealed: in addition to Lupkow Pass, there’s Albion, Galicia, Brusilov Keep, Tsaritsyn, and Volga River. DICE’s descriptions, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog, can be found below.

The aforementioned Supply Drop is a new mode for In the Name of the Tsar that is set on the Eastern Front; it sees teams compete to recover airdrops that provide them with additional weaponry. New Operations are also included with the expansion, such as the Brusilov Offensive. More medals, dog tags, and service stars will be added, too.

In the Name of the Tsar launches in full in September for $15/£12 or $50/£40 as part of the Premium Pass. An Operation campaigns update will follow it in October, with a standard update coming after that in November. December brings the third expansion, the “amphibious warfare”-centric Turning Tides; the fourth, Apocalypse, focuses on “the most infamous battles” of World War I and launches in early 2018. If you haven’t already purchased the game, EA also today announced and released Battlefield 1’s Revolution edition, which packages the game together with its Premium Pass for $60/£55. Additionally, it shared the first details about Battlefield 1’s new Incursions mode.

Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar Maps:

Lupkow Pass: The vertical fights are as bitter as the cold as you fight amid snow-covered ravines and treacherous mountains. The first map of Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, Lupkow Pass pits the Austro-Hungarian forces against the dug-in troops of the Russian Imperial Army. With narrow passes and gorges constantly limiting your sightlines, adapting your tactics is key. You’ll want to gain altitude and get a vantage point on the enemy to help secure the win – but an Armored Train may just change the outcome of the battle.

Albion: Partake in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in this massive invasion of the Baltic peninsula, as the German Empire enacts a brutal coastal bombardment against the heavy gun batteries of the Russian forces. While expert vehicle and artillery use is crucial, sharp-eyed infantry that are able to stay ahead of the mayhem can make a serious impact with each capture point.

Galicia: Set during the epic Brusilov Offensive, you’ll find the Russian Empire committed to pushing back the Austro-Hungarian forces from within the Russian countryside. It’s an open map focused on infantry, cavalry, and light vehicles. With plenty of open space to traverse, it’s a great opportunity to make use of the cavalry charge as both lightning-fast transport and a serious threat to enemies on foot.

Brusilov Keep: The Russians have pushed the Austro-Hungarians back into a secluded mountain town along a critical trade route of the Eastern Front, but the opposition is making a strong stand on this infantry-focused map. Set in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, there’s a big emphasis on close-range soldier combat here. Your best bet? Top-notch teamwork with your squad.

Tsaritsyn: The Bolsheviks and the Imperials enter the fray among barricaded streets as the old and new regimes fight for the soul of Russia. This up-close and personal infantry fight is as ruthless as they come. Use the house-to-house fighting to your advantage by setting up ambushes for overextending enemies.

Volga River: A ruined rural battleground sets the stage for a tank fight between the Bolsheviks in red and the Imperial Army in white. Makeshift shelters provide cover from the freezing cold and the constant exchange of heavy firepower. As you trade salvos with enemy tanks, remember to keep yourself from being outnumbered. A strategic retreat can give you time to regroup and prevent losing vehicle resources.

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Battlefield 1’s In The Name Of The Tsar Map Out Now, Full Expansion Detailed

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EA has provided new details about Battlefield 1‘s next expansion, In the Name of the Tsar. Ahead of its full launch in September, season pass owners can play one of its maps beginning today.

Lupkow Pass, which was the first map revealed from the expansion, is out now for anyone with the Battlefield 1 Premium Pass or In the Name of the Tsar expansion. It sees a battle between the Austro-Hungarian forces and the Russian Imperial Army in a snow-capped hillside where verticality is key. The Armored Train serves as the map’s Behemoth, and all modes are available except Supply Drop and Operations.

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Lupkow Pass’s release brings 11 new Russian-themed weapons (such as the Mosin-Nagant M91 and Russian Standard 1912 grenade) and “limited vehicle access” (including the Ilya-Muromets Heavy Bomber, Putilov-Garford Heavy Armored Car, and the Y-Lighter Landing Craft). There’s also the new Hussar class that wields a lance and has “an evolved set of cavalry moves,” as well as the Russian Scout–the first-ever female character in Battlefield multiplayer.

All six maps from In the Name of the Tsar have now been revealed: in addition to Lupkow Pass, there’s Albion, Galicia, Brusilov Keep, Tsaritsyn, and Volga River. DICE’s descriptions, courtesy of the PlayStation Blog, can be found below.

The aforementioned Supply Drop is a new mode for In the Name of the Tsar that is set on the Eastern Front; it sees teams compete to recover airdrops that provide them with additional weaponry. New Operations are also included with the expansion, such as the Brusilov Offensive. More medals, dog tags, and service stars will be added, too.

In the Name of the Tsar launches in full in September for $15/£12 or $50/£40 as part of the Premium Pass. An Operation campaigns update will follow it in October, with a standard update coming after that in November. December brings the third expansion, the “amphibious warfare”-centric Turning Tides; the fourth, Apocalypse, focuses on “the most infamous battles” of World War I and launches in early 2018. If you haven’t already purchased the game, EA also today announced and released Battlefield 1’s Revolution edition, which packages the game together with its Premium Pass for $60/£55. Additionally, it shared the first details about Battlefield 1’s new Incursions mode.

Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar Maps:

Lupkow Pass: The vertical fights are as bitter as the cold as you fight amid snow-covered ravines and treacherous mountains. The first map of Battlefield 1 In the Name of the Tsar, Lupkow Pass pits the Austro-Hungarian forces against the dug-in troops of the Russian Imperial Army. With narrow passes and gorges constantly limiting your sightlines, adapting your tactics is key. You’ll want to gain altitude and get a vantage point on the enemy to help secure the win – but an Armored Train may just change the outcome of the battle.

Albion: Partake in the skirmishes of the Albion assault in this massive invasion of the Baltic peninsula, as the German Empire enacts a brutal coastal bombardment against the heavy gun batteries of the Russian forces. While expert vehicle and artillery use is crucial, sharp-eyed infantry that are able to stay ahead of the mayhem can make a serious impact with each capture point.

Galicia: Set during the epic Brusilov Offensive, you’ll find the Russian Empire committed to pushing back the Austro-Hungarian forces from within the Russian countryside. It’s an open map focused on infantry, cavalry, and light vehicles. With plenty of open space to traverse, it’s a great opportunity to make use of the cavalry charge as both lightning-fast transport and a serious threat to enemies on foot.

Brusilov Keep: The Russians have pushed the Austro-Hungarians back into a secluded mountain town along a critical trade route of the Eastern Front, but the opposition is making a strong stand on this infantry-focused map. Set in the shadow of the Carpathian Mountains, there’s a big emphasis on close-range soldier combat here. Your best bet? Top-notch teamwork with your squad.

Tsaritsyn: The Bolsheviks and the Imperials enter the fray among barricaded streets as the old and new regimes fight for the soul of Russia. This up-close and personal infantry fight is as ruthless as they come. Use the house-to-house fighting to your advantage by setting up ambushes for overextending enemies.

Volga River: A ruined rural battleground sets the stage for a tank fight between the Bolsheviks in red and the Imperial Army in white. Makeshift shelters provide cover from the freezing cold and the constant exchange of heavy firepower. As you trade salvos with enemy tanks, remember to keep yourself from being outnumbered. A strategic retreat can give you time to regroup and prevent losing vehicle resources.

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Nickelodeon USA Digitally Premieres First Episode From Upcoming New Series “I Am Frankie”!

To celebrate Nickelodeon USA premiering I Am Frankie, the networks brand-new futuristic drama series which follows a teenager who’s Wired Differently this Fall, Nick.com has digitally premiered the first episode of the all-new show, which you can watch on the networks official I Am Frankie show website, nick.com/frankie, and the Nick App!

In I Am Frankie, Frankie Gaines (Alex Hook) looks like a typical teenager, but she has a very big secret – she’s actually a cutting edge, experimental android! She must hide her true identity to avoid being tracked down by the evil tech company EGG Labs. Sigourney Gaines, her creator and “mother,” ensures Frankie’s safety by posing her as her real-life human daughter. Think that’s a lot for one android? There’s SO much more. To hide from EGG labs, Frankie must also try to pass as a human and attend high school. The homework! The social pressures! The information overload! Although she’s wired differently, With the help of her new best friend Dayton, Frankie will try to fit in to the human world and start learning what it means to be Frankie!

In the series premiere of I Am Frankie, “I am…a Gaines” (#101), after escaping from EGG labs, Frankie must adjust to life in a new high school while hiding her identity as an android!

I Am Frankie stars Alex Hook as Frankie, Jayce Mroz, Carson Rowland, Kyson Facer, Mohana Krishnan, Uriel Baldesco, Kristi Beckett, Sophia Forest, Armani Barrett, Nicole Alyse Nelson, Joy Kigin, Carrie Schroeder, Jean-Carlos Casely, Michael Laurino, Todd Allen Durkin, Tracy Johnson, and Katelyn Adair.

Online at nick.com/frankie, fans can find more information about Nickelodeon’s all-new live-action series and a super sneak-peek from the first-episode! In the fantastic first-look, titled “Birthday Time!”, Frankie goes home with Dr. Gaines for the first time to meet the family, just in time for Jenny’s birthday celebration!

H/T: Huge thanks to @Thundermans_S5 for the news!


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EA just announced sign-ups for the closed alpha of Battlefield 1 Incursions, a new 5v5 competitive m

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EA just announced sign-ups for the closed alpha of Battlefield 1 Incursions, a new 5v5 competitive mode that allows only one vehicle per team. The alpha, which debuts for selected players in September, will feature a scaled-down version of Battlefield 1's Giant’s Shadow map. Sign-ups end August 26 at 11:59 pm PDT.

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The F1 2017 Game Is Getting Its Own eSports World Championship

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Formula One just announced its very first ever eSports world championship using its F1 2017 game, reports ESPN. So, good news for everyone who wasn’t gifted a go kart at age two: you’ve finally got a shot in F1 (sort of) if you’re good at its video game.

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F1 partnered with game developer Codemasters and eSports specialists Gfinity to create the championship, which launches with the F1 2017 game in September and crowns a champion at this year’s season finale Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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This year’s F1 2017 release will include both current-season cars and 12 historic racers, plus an expanded career mode, different championship scenarios beyond what F1 uses in real life and improved online features. Codemasters’ Creative Director Lee Mather called it “the biggest F1 game we have ever created” in the company’s release. The game itself will be available on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC this Friday.

Qualifying events for the new F1 eSports world championship will start in September to determine the 40 gamers who will move on to the semi-finals. Semi-finals will take place at London’s Gfinity Arena on October 10 and 11, where the field will be whittled down to the top 20 drivers.

Those 20—the same number of cars in F1 this year, of course—will then face off at Abu Dhabi for the win. That winner will be added as a character into the F1 2018 game, get a ride in the F1 Experiences two-seater F1 car, and gets an automatic entry into next year’s semi-final.

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F1 commercial boss Sean Bratches told ESPN that this new eSports championship is all about reaching a new audience, which is good to hear. Goodness knows, F1's previous leadership didn’t think enough about that sort of thing. Either way, eSports are growing, and F1 wants to hop on that bandwagon.

Plus, it’s refreshing to see motorsports dabble in eSports, especially when the barriers to entry into the top levels of racing are so high because it’s so expensive. Nissan infamously made real racing drivers out of its GT Academy winners, Formula E pit its racing drivers against pro gamers at an event at the Consumer Electronics Show, and McLaren wants to find its next F1 simulator driver through their “World’s Fastest Gamer” competition.

Gamers are picking up how to go fast without having to drop thousands or millions of dollars into a physical race car, and it’s cool to see that those skills actually translate over to real-life.

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Clear Up Your Skype Calls With This $25 USB Microphone

While this Samson USB microphone isn’t exactly professional quality, it’ll sound infinitely better than the microphone built into your laptop. So if you like to vlog, or just have participate in a lot of conference calls (my condolences), it’s a great buy at $25. That’s an all-time low, and well below its usual $40-$50.


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Giants Battle Drop Force Alpha – Omega’s Pro Team Games for Free by Aaron Co

Giants Battle Drop Force Alpha – Omega’s Pro Team Games for Free by Aaron Co Download on the App Store.

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Check Out Need For Speed Payback’s Chaotic Cop Chase Trailer

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If you think back on past Need For Speed games, chances are good that you remember high-speed cop chases from installments like Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted. Today at Gamescom, EA gave a look at Need For Speed Payback‘s police chases, and they look more intense than ever.

EA released a new trailer that gives an idea of what you can expect when the cops catch sight of you in the game. The company promises that the police will be “more aggressive than ever before,” assisted by better AI that lets them move with greater coordination. Check out the video below.

As with previous Need For Speeds, the cops have a variety of tools at their disposal to take you down. These include giant armored Rhinos, helicopters, and spike strips, among others. The longer the chase, the more advanced equipment that they’ll deploy.

EA also revealed that the game will feature a car that won’t go on sale in real life until months after Need For Speed’s launch on November 10. Payback will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC. For more from Gamescom, check out our hub.

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Battlefield 1’s New Competitive Mode Unveiled As Incursions, Alpha Sign-Ups Coming Soon

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DICE has provided the first details about Battlefield 1‘s new mode, Incursions. This is a competitive-focused mode, and certain players will have a chance to try it out quite soon.

Incursions mode features 5v5 matches and “fast, strategic gameplay.” Despite the low player count, vehicles are present, though it sounds as if they not be quite as commonplace as in standard matches. One major change is a draft system used to select your kit before a match begins, which places additional emphasis on teamwork and coordination.

DICE intends for Incursions to be particularly fun to watch. This will be accomplished in part through changes to the scoring system “where every point matters.” Specific details regarding these adjustments were not shared. A brief video of the mode was shared during EA’s Gamescom stream today; we’ll bring that to you once it’s available.

Ahead of its official release, an alpha test for Incursions will begin in September. Those interested in participating can sign up for it on Battlefield’s official website today. It will provide access to eight kits (Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Mortar Support, Raid Leader, Shock Assault, Proximity Recon) on a modified version of the Giant’s Shadow map. Better weapons and abilities can be access by ranking up, which factors in a “combination of time and performance.”

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Battlefield 1’s New Competitive Mode Unveiled As Incursions, Alpha Sign-Ups Coming Soon

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DICE has provided the first details about Battlefield 1‘s new mode, Incursions. This is a competitive-focused mode, and certain players will have a chance to try it out quite soon.

Incursions mode features 5v5 matches and “fast, strategic gameplay.” Despite the low player count, vehicles are present, though it sounds as if they not be quite as commonplace as in standard matches. One major change is a draft system used to select your kit before a match begins, which places additional emphasis on teamwork and coordination.

DICE intends for Incursions to be particularly fun to watch. This will be accomplished in part through changes to the scoring system “where every point matters.” Specific details regarding these adjustments were not shared. A brief video of the mode was shared during EA’s Gamescom stream today; we’ll bring that to you once it’s available.

Ahead of its official release, an alpha test for Incursions will begin in September. Those interested in participating can sign up for it on Battlefield’s official website today. It will provide access to eight kits (Trench Surgeon, Control Leader, AT Assault, Battle Mechanic, Mortar Support, Raid Leader, Shock Assault, Proximity Recon) on a modified version of the Giant’s Shadow map. Better weapons and abilities can be access by ranking up, which factors in a “combination of time and performance.”

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