It's a rare talent when an actor is just as entertaining and intriguing to watch in one genre as he is in another, and it's not often Hollywood can find actors like that. Usually when they do, these folks get elevated to crazy levels of fame, although I would say Jimmi Simpson still has yet to hit his real peak in Hollywood. It's a real shame because the guy is just as great at making you feel as he is creeping you out, and I'd love to see the guy be a part of a major movie franchise some day. Anyway, if you're looking for evidence of Simpson's versatility, check out these roles he played on the road to HBO's Westworld:
So you've decided to pick up one of the most popular free-to-play games available on Steam. You are in for a treat, and there is more to this game then perhaps you were aware. It seems deceptively simple, space ninjas, what more do you need?!
Well, underneath the simple structure of choosing a character and weapons, then going out and kill baddies, there is an interesting, enigmatic story with some deep lore and a plethora of hidden content. While Warframe is an amazing game (I’ve put nearly 3k hours into it), it doesn't teach you everything there is to know. There is a great deal you must glean from playing the game or finding out from other players.
My hope with this series of articles is to lessen a bit of the learning curve and to give you some better insight into the game so you can make more informed choices from the get-go, in the hope that you will have a better experience.
Some basics first.
Levels in Warframe can be…confusing, so I’ll try to give a decent summation of how it works. All “equipment” in Warframe has a Rank that ranges from none to 30. These Ranks are easily filled by using the item to kill enemies mostly, or by getting residual “experience” from other items or completing objectives.
Getting Ranks on an item does two things; first, it increases the mod capacity of said item which affects your ability to augment the item, to increase its stats or give it additional powers, etc. The second thing Ranks do is earn you Mastery Rank. This is gained only after the first time you level an item. Mastery Rank can be thought of your character level, like in an MMORPG. And like character level, there a perks that come with higher Mastery Ranks: access to better weapons -and mods in one particular case-, additional loadout slots, and a few other things. Also, like character level, the higher Mastery Rank you achieve, the harder it is to obtain the next level.
Currently, the max Mastery Rank is 30, but nobody can reach that yet as there is not enough equipment in the game to level to reach that, so the realistic max rank is 25 at the time of writing this.
What this means is that you are going to want to eventually get your greedy hands on every piece of gear, to at least level it once just for the mastery rank. Yes, this will mean slogging through a painful grind from time to time, but there are tricks to lessen that burden as well that I'll cover in a later article.
Warframe has a number of currencies that are used for a number of things.
Credits - These are the standard currency, used for purchasing the majority of in-game things such as paying the cost of crafting items and accessing certain special missions. Credits cannot be traded with other players. Credits drop of enemies areawarded for completing missions and often are additional bonuses for completing certain missions.
Platinum- This is the biggie, Platinum -sometimes referred to as plat or just P- is purchased with real-world money and is basically the universal currency in the game. With plat you can buy fully assembled weapons with bonuses -OrikinCatalysts, which doubles mod capacity and a weapon slot, for example, or a fully assembled Warframe with the same bonuses or even bundle packs of weapons and Warframes, sometimes with additional skins for these items. Practically anything in the game can be purchased with Plat one way or another. Plat CAN be traded with other players. Plat can only be bought with real-world money or traded from other players. Pro tip: If you are trying to avoid spending money on the game, I highly suggest using the 5o Plat that you start with to buy an extra weapon and Warframe slots, as the only way to get more of either is to buy them with plat. If you are willing to put in a little extra effort (or have some amazing luck) you can get by without paying any real-world money.
Kuva – The last currency is a special case. Some may not even consider it a currency but rather as a crafting material. Either way, Kuva is required in order to “re-roll” Riven mods, which I will get into later as that is an endgame thing. Kuva like most other crafting materials cannot be traded with other players. Kuva is earned mostly through doing specific Kuva missions but is also a reward (in small amounts) from other kinds of missions.
Endo - Endo is much like Kuva, somewhere between crafting material and currency. Endo is only used to level up mods. Endo is generally not tradable to other players. Endo is earned as drops from enemies, rewards for missions and bonus rewards from specific kinds of missions. You can also “generate” Endo by breaking down surplus mods at your mod station.
Void Traces – Again similar to Kuva and Endo, Void Traces are not used to purchase things per se, they are used to refine Void Relics, which are items you need in order to have a chance of getting some of the best weapons and Warframes in the game. Think of Void Relics as Loot packs that you earn in game and have to complete missions to open.
In the next part of this guide, I will cover your choices when first starting, your choice of beginning Warframe and starting weapons, as well as delve further into the intricacies of this fine game.
In preparation for the official reveal event tomorrow, Square Enix just revealed the box art and the first series of screenshots for the upcoming Shadow of the Tomb Raider.Check out the screenshots and box art below via Amazon:
The latest assets were revealed in an Amazon listing showing Lara in different environments in the game, including vehicles and our first look of the weapons available in the game. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was officially revealed last month. The game will serve as “Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider.” Furthermore, Square Enix said that the upcoming title will be the final game in Lara Croft’s origin story on how she earned the title Tomb Raider.You can check out some predictions we did on what players can expect in Shadow of the Tomb Raider where we talked about possible areas, enemies, and other elements we might see in the game.
Shadow of the Tomb Raider is slated for release on September 14 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Don’t forget to check out the reveal event tomorrow, April 27, where Square Enix plans to reveal more details on the upcoming game. What are your predictions for Shadow of the Tomb Raider? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
Adam Sandler is back, once again, in his fourth Netflix original comedy The Week Of. This time he's brought along with him fellow SNL Alum Chris Rock. But is this just another disappointing movie from Happy Madison? The Week Of is NOW streaming on Netflix.
Watch the 60-second review from One Minute Critic:
Olly Moss is a pop culture artist who has made more incredible art. This time, he tackles Avengers: Infinity War. However, instead of giving us an awesome movie poster, he made adorable prints of 12 members of The Avengers. How could you not want a print of Black Panther in a box playing with balls of yarn? You need to hurry though as it appears that starting tomorrow morning, they won’t be available anymore. You can pick up individual prints for $15, 2 groups of 6 prints for $55, or all 12 for $100. Stop reading and give this man your money!
If you're excited about Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story, I've gotta couple of fantastic new TV spots for you to check out today! They both offer some new footage from the film, but the most notable one below features more footage of Jon Favreau's alien character Rio Durant, and we hear him talk for the first time. And guess what? He sounds exactly like Jon Favreau! It's funny because it seems like his character has never seen a Wookie before.
I also included a cool fan-made supercut video featuring all the footage that has been released so far prior to these TV spots. That video was created and posted by Film Threat.
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 befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story was directed by Ron Howard and it arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018.
Developer Santa Monica has been occupied in releasing updates for their critically acclaimed game, God of War. So far, the studio is already up to version 1.15, which promises to bring “various bug fixes and improvements,” that were also the promise for the previous four patches launched.
Probably one of the most significant changes that were introduced by previous updates is the inclusion of a text slider in the accessibility menu. Given the game’s almost perfect scores everywhere, the only complaint fans have at the moment is the ultra tiny in-game text that forces players to stand up from the couch and go face to face with the TV to read stuff from the Codex. The recent update attempted to rectify this issue, but instead of increasing the text in-game, it only magnified it slightly that fans barely noticed the difference. Even though the text size is still an issue right now, at least Santa Monica Studio is committed to ensuring that all bugs are patched immediately. It’s impressive to see the team’s dedication to updates as they have already released four patches a week after the game’s release.
Santa Monica’s passion forGod of Wardoes not only show in their service post-release, but also from overwhelmingly positive reviews, including ours. In our God of Warreview, we were impressed on how the game was able to transition the franchise into a more modern gaming community. “The characters were well fleshed out, the story deep and immersive, combat is refreshing and familiar, and the environment expansive and alive.”
Have you played God of War already? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
It's the moment you've all been waiting for! The full trailer has been released for the upcoming comedy Uncle Drew! The movie follows a team of elderly men who have the skills to whoop some ass on the basketball court!
The movie stars NBA stars Kyrie Irving and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as comedians Lil Rel Howery, Tiffany Haddish and Nick Kroll. The movie does look amusing and it should give audiences a few laughs. The movie follows a down-on-his-luck guy who puts together a basketball team of elderly men to enter a streetball tournament. Here's the synopsis:
After draining his life savings to enter a team in the Rucker Classic street ball tournament in Harlem, Dax (Lil Rel Howery) is dealt a series of unfortunate setbacks, including losing his team to his longtime rival (Nick Kroll). Desperate to win the tournament and the cash prize, Dax stumbles upon the man, the myth, the legend UNCLE DREW (NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving) and convinces him to return to the court one more time. The two men embark on a road trip to round up Drew's old basketball squad (Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, Reggie Miller, Nate Robinson, and Lisa Leslie) and prove that a group of septuagenarians can still win the big one.
The movie is being directed by Charles Stone III (Drumline, Step Sisters and Lila & Eve) and it was produced by Pepsi Productions because apparently, Pepsi is getting into the movie business! The movie is actually inspired by a series of Uncle Drew Pepsi commercials. It will be released on June 29th.
Season 3 of Attack On Titan is on the way, and it's arriving much sooner than it took Season 2 to release. Japan has set a date for the Season 3 premiere on the NHK network with July 22nd being their official release date. This means all subtitled loving fans will be able to enjoy Season 3 of Attack on Titan over in the states July 23! Gen Fukunaga, CEO and founder of Funimation, commented:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing back Attack on Titan for its third season in 2018 and on the heels of the series’ long-awaited and exciting return last year. Everyone is anxious to see what’s in store for the new season. Fans have been clamoring with non-stop speculation ever since Wit Studio released a Season 3 teaser poster last October. We will all soon find out later this year.”
Check out the trailer below, and let us know if you'll be tuning in!
Oscar-winning director Gullermo del Toro has been developing a big screen adaptation of the classic Alvin Schwartz horror book series Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark for a while now. Well, the film project is now officially moving forward as Entertainment One and CBS Films have come on board to co-finance the movie!
I grew up on these books. I loved how freakin' terrifying they were! The combination of crazy stories and the nightmarish art was so much fun! As far as the story for the film goes, it's said to follow "a group of young teens who must solve the mystery surrounding sudden and macabre deaths in their small town."
The movie will be directed by André Øvredal (Troll Hunter, The Autopsy of Jane Doe) from a script co-written by del Toro, Daniel Hageman, and Kevin Hageman. Steve Bertram, eOne’s President, Film, Television and Digital had this to say in a statement:
"(The film), led by the incomparable Guillermo del Toro, is such a chillingly fun ride that it’s sure to leave audiences around the world jumping in their seats. We’re thrilled to be joining Terry Press and her team at CBS Films, Guillermo, André Øvredal, and the talented group they’ve assembled, and look forward to launching in Cannes through our partners at Sierra/Affinity."
The movie is scheduled to start shooting this summer in Toronto and Ontario. CBS Films will distribute the film in the US through Lionsgate.