Metal Gear Survive: More “Survive”, Less “Metal Gear”

The “Survive” in the title of Metal Gear Survive is a lot more literal than the first glimpses of gameplay might’ve made it seem. This is, first and foremost, a survival game, with unforgiving thirst and hunger systems that deplete by the second. On the other hand, the “Metal Gear” part of the title is much less literal. This is an action-first, crafting-driven adventure that, based on our three hours of hands-on time, has almost nothing but environments in common with previous games in the series, for better or for worse.

We dropped into the game’s seemingly expansive open world right after a series of somewhat uninspiring story cutscenes, and were immediately introduced to Survive’s version of Mother Base. It’s a fairly bleak but customizable base setup that initially has stations for crafting gear, weapons, and medicine, plus a fireplace for cooking raw meat so it becomes edible. There’s also a station specifically dedicated to leveling up, and all of these are explained by two off-screen robots that speak infuriatingly slowly.

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New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

Star Wars: Episode IX director J.J. Abrams is working on a new sci-fi drama series.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the untitled series, written by Abrams, centers around a family who gets into a car crash that leaves the mother, who's a scientist, in a coma. After looking through her mother's experiments, the daughter finds herself in a different land where the world is battling against some sort of monstrous, oppressive force.

Abrams will executive produce alongside Bad Robot's Ben Stephenson. He is currently shopping the series around with multiple networks reportedly interested, including HBO and Apple.

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Flash Standalone Film Gets Vacation Directors

Warner Bros. is reportedly tapping two comedy directors to helm the Flash standalone film Flashpoint.

Variety reports Vacation directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein are in talks to helm the movie, with Warner Bros. seemingly eyeing a more comedic tone for Flashpoint. Joby Harold has turned in the latest draft for the movie after a reported page-one rewrite. The studio also reportedly wanted Ben Affleck to direct, but he passed on the project.

Flashpoint's future has been in doubt following DC Films reportedly undergoing a restructuring, which resulted in a new DC Films boss. As for whether Affleck's Batman will show up in Flashpoint, reports suggest it now seems more likely Affleck will make his final appearance as the Dark Knight in Suicide Squad 2 instead.

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Mother 3 Book Will Chronicle Years of Waiting for US Release

EarthBound fans are working on a new book chronicling years of waiting for a Western release of Mother 3.

Titled “C'mon Nintendo, Give Us Mother 3,” the book is coming to Fangamer in late 2018 and chronicles years of waiting for the follow-up to Nintendo’s beloved quirky RPG.

“Today, asking Nintendo to translate Mother 3 has become a huge running joke - it's even been featured on national television and parodied by top Nintendo executives,” the book’s description reads. “But how did hope for a simple game translation blow up into something so big? Rumors, hype, letdowns, and lies - this is the story of the most-wanted game translation ever.”

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Marvel Comics Hires New Publisher

Marvel has appointed a new publisher to oversee the comics line.

ComicBook reports industry veteran John Nee will fill the position, which was made available last year when Dan Buckley was promoted to president of Marvel Entertainment.

In this new role, Nee will ensure the quality and health of both the print and digital comics line, as well as managing the budgets, and guiding marketing.

Marvel was the top-selling publisher of 2017, and Buckley explained the company has many opportunities ahead. He believes Nee's expertise will assist the company going forward.

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Every PS4, PSVR Game Released This Week

11 games are hitting the PlayStation 4 this week, including Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, Kerbal Space Program Enhanced Edition, and Kingdom: New Lands.

Check out the full slate of releases from today, January 16, through January 22 in the gallery below, as well as in a list form.

  • Albert and Otto (Available Jan. 16)
  • Beholder Complete Edition (Available Jan. 16)
  • Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth — Hacker’s Memory (Available Jan. 19)
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The Gifted Showrunner Explains Finale Twists, Teases What to Expect in Season 2

The Gifted's two-part Season 1 finale packed a pair of twists, so we hopped on the phone with showrunner Matt Nix to dig into those big moments. He also teases what to expect from Season 2.

Make sure to check out our review of The Gifted Season 1 finale.

Warning: full spoilers ahead!

After being torn over whether to embrace her father's legacy for several episodes, Lorna finally decides to become a mutant terrorist just like Magneto and uses her baby-enhanced powers to pull the engines off Campbell and Senator Rodriguez's plane and send it crashing to the ground in a fiery explosion. Nix explains how Lorna came to make that jaw-dropping, game-changing decision.

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The Weirdest, Most Unusual Stuff Shown Off at CES

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is where tech companies showcase their latest advancements, newest products, and visions for the future. It is usually akin to a tech festival with ever-larger televisions, robotics, autonomous drones, smart home appliances, and more. And then there's the stuff that is just....different. It's stuff that is closer to head-scratching than it is to jaw-dropping. We've gathered a few of the most unusual, or downright weird, stuff shown off at CES 2018.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story Official Plot Synopsis Revealed

The official plot synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story has been revealed, re-confirming the film is planned for a May release.

The news was announced in a blog post on the official Star Wars website, offering small details about the plot of the forthcoming movie.

Directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, the movie is set prior to the events of the original trilogy and will follow a young Han Solo in his formative years. The official description reads:

"Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes"

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