Month: September 2019

PlayStation State of Play Reveals ‘Last of Us II’ and More!


The biggest (and really only) news from the recent PlayStation State of Play show was another look at the Last of Us Part II. This coincided with games journalists finally getting a chance to play the hotly anticipated PlayStation 4 game for themselves before its release next February. However, sandwiched between all this good news was the disappointing fact that the sequel ditches the multiplayer mode of the original. Granted, considering how people love these games for their rich deep narrative-driven single player campaign, there could’ve been worse losses.

Earlier this year Sony held its first couple of State of Play little online press conferences for PlayStation news. They were… good for first attempts at aping the now-cherished Nintendo Direct formula. However, this most recent State of Play promised to be the longest and most exciting one yet, mostly because it comes after this summer’s E3 where Sony was conspicuously absent.

Here are all the hot headlines from today’s State of Play.

With Death Stranding almost out the way (complete with piss-colored DualShock controller) The Last of Us Part II is easily the most anticipated upcoming PlayStation 4 release. The unexpected sequel to Naughty Dog’s harrowing post-apocalyptic survival shooter puts you in control of Ellie coming into her own (with some help from Joel) in the wasteland. After years of agonizing waiting, making players as desperate as the characters, The Last of Us Part II will fill our blackened hearts when it launches on February 21, 2020.

We got a moody and mysterious teaser for Humanity from Enhance. That’s Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s company so hopefully this new game, about manipulating crowds to solve problems, will bind our souls even closer together than Tetris Effect did.

The new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare trailer makes the game look more like other bombastic entries in the franchise, rather than leaked footage of actual war crimes. So that’s something. Wattam, the new game from the creators of Katamari Damacy, is bringing all the whimsical weirdness you’d expect this December. Civilization VI (a game I was literally playing on Nintendo Switch on the train this morning) is coming to PS4 this November with expansions. We saw more of Afterparty, a game we recently played.

And as for stuff to play right now, the MediEvil remake demo is out today as is L.A. Noire for PlayStation VR. Meanwhile, MLB The Show 19 and the original Last of Us are your free PlayStation Plus games for October.

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What to Stream on Hulu This Weekend

‘Emergence’ (Photo Credit: Virginia Sherwood / ABC / 019 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)

Hulu has a lot to offer, however, deciding what to watch on the platform isn’t always easy. If you need help putting together your binge-watching lineup, you’ve come to the right place: We’ve picked the top documentaries, TV series, and movies to stream on Hulu from September 27 to September 29. Natural disasters, psychic powers, and annoyed celebrities will probably sabotage your weekend plans, because you’ll want to stream Hulu all day and night.

9-1-1

9-1-1 is back for Season 3 and it teases a giant tsunami about to hit Santa Monica Pier in California. It’s unclear if this will be the main emergency of the show, but the first responders may be tackling their toughest disaster yet.

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The Good Doctor

Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism, has trouble communicating with people in The Good Doctor. Even though socializing is hard, Murphy has incredible medical gifts that enable him to help patients and feel more at peace with the world around him.

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Emergence

When a police officer is called to investigate a plane crash near a beach, she finds a young girl with no memory of who she is or how she got there in the thriller Emergence. As the cop cares for her, she discovers that the child has unexplainable powers and may be linked to a bigger conspiracy.

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South Park

Kyle, Stan, Kenny and Cartman are in the house: South Park, an animated comedy series that spans everything from underpants-stealing gnomes to pissed off celebrities, is great for a weekend binge-watching session. Stream all 23 seasons on Hulu.

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Drunk Parents

After their daughter goes to college, two parents (Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek) attempt to get out of a financial rut and drink A LOT of wine, in Drunk Parents. When someone catches onto their suspicious activity, they have to evade their social circle and try to continue their “extravagant” lifestyle.

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Girlfight

Girlfight may make you cry, but it’s a gritty movie about a young girl’s shot at competitive boxing. Against her father’s wishes, a teenager (Michelle Rodriguez) pursues the sport at a Brooklyn gym and discovers her self-worth.

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Vanilla Sky

A young publishing tycoon (Tom Cruise) experiences a traumatic mind trip in the movie Vanilla Sky. After a tragic car accident, he realizes that his entire life has been a lie and he has to get out of a lucid dream state to make things right again.

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Spider-Man Is Back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe


Well that was certainly dramatic. For quite some time now all of you who love continuity (and corporations) have been tearing your hair out because Sony threatened to end its lopsided deal with Disney and cut short Spider-Man’s shaky homecoming in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well you got what you wanted. After some good old-fashioned negotiating in the press, Sony and Marvel have once again teamed up for more Spider-Man movies about living under Tony Stark’s shadow.

“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” said Kevin Feige in a statement to Variety. “Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe.”

Feige also mentioned Spider-Man’s ability to “cross cinematic universes” so we might actually see Tom Holland show up in Sony’s dumb Spider-Man spin-offs about Morbius and Venom and most recently Madame Web.

The next mainline Spider-Man film, once again produced by Feige and Amy Pascal, hits theaters in July 2021, so right on schedule. We wouldn’t be surprised if director Jon Watts returns as well after making a billion dollars with Far From Home. That also puts the movie right after Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness in Marvel’s Phase 4.

There could’ve been worse resolutions to this Spider-Man debacle. Disney could’ve just bought Sony outright and put real people out of work to get back this fake bug boy. But as long as Spider-Man movie dreams are coming true, can we get another Raimi film while we’re at it?