PUBG Vs. Fortnite? This NFL Star Wants To Know

JJ Watt, one of the biggest names in the NFL, wants to know: PUBG or Fortnite? Posting on Twitter today, the Houston Texans DE asked his 5 million followers to weigh in on which Battle Royale game they prefer. He initially simply tweeted the question, “Fortnite or PubG?” before following up with a Twitter poll with the same question.

Right now, Fortnite is dominating PUBG in Watt’s poll. At press time, 78 percent of respondents said they prefer Fortnite, compared to 22 percent for PUBG. Almost 20,000 people have voted so far, and the poll is open for another 22 hours.

It’s not immediately clear why Watt posed the question today. It could be that he’s looking for something new to play (it is the offseason, after all). And, as with many other people right now, the NFL star might be considering which of the popular Battle Royale games he wants to check out.

For a deeper dive on the subject, you can check out GameSpot’s in-depth breakdown–“Fortnite Vs. PUBG: Which Battle Royale Game Is Right For You?” Additionally, you can see both games compared in the video embedded at the top of this post.

Watt suffered a season-ending injury in October, fracturing the tibial plateau in his left leg. He is expected to return for the 2018-2019 season. After going down with the injury, Watt kept busy, raising an incredible $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

What do you think, PUBG or Fortnite? Let us know in the comments below!

400-Player Battle Royale Game Gets A Teaser Trailer

A new trailer for an upcoming Battle Royale game that promises to support 400 players in a multiplayer environment has been released, but unfortunately it doesn’t deliver what we want to see. The trailer for Mavericks: Proving Grounds shows off some nice-looking visuals and environments, but, critically, it does not show any gameplay. 

Mavericks is in development at the new UK studio Automaton Games. The game was formerly known as Project X before getting its new name over the weekend during a PC Gamer event. Mavericks will have a 12km squared “living and breathing” world, the developer says. It also promises dynamic elements such as wildfire that spreads and more. 

“This year, we’re coming out with our competitive, Battle Royale-style mode, which we hope will show that there is so much more for that genre than what people have seen today,” Automaton’s James Thompson told PC Gamer. “How much more we can do with the game world and the [Battle Royale] game mode as a whole.”

Mavericks’ Battle Royale mode is scheduled to launch in 2018, presumably for PC, but it is just one part of the game. The full game, described as an MMO that supports 1000 concurrent players in an “ultra-high fidelity world instance, is coming in 2019. 

“It is set in a huge, photoreal, and highly dynamic environment, with strong character progression, social hubs, intelligent mission systems and global-scale player-driven narrative,” reads a line from the game’s description.

Some kind of announcement about Mavericks is coming at the Game Developers Conference in March, and we will be sure to report back with more details then. A closed beta for Mavericks is coming, but there is no word yet about when it will start.

PUBG, which supports 100 players, popularised the Battle Royale movement and made it one of the most talked-about genres in gaming. It’s no surprise to see other, similar games pop up with their own unique spin on the formula. Epic’s Fortnite: Battle Royale has seen a lot of success, as the game recently surpassed 3.4 million concurrent players. 

Pokemon Go’s Next Community Day Further Detailed, Exclusive Move Revealed

Pokemon Go’s second Community Day is quickly approaching, and like the inaugural event held last month, it’ll give players a brief chance to capture a rare Pokemon with an exclusive move. Developer Niantic had previously revealed that the Pokemon in question this time will be Dratini, and now the studio has shared details about what its exclusive move will be and how players can learn it.

The rare Dragon Pokemon will spawn much more frequently for the duration of the Community Day. If players manage to evolve its evolution, Dragonair, into a Dragonite during the event, it’ll learn the ultra-powerful Dragon-type move Draco Meteor. This applies to all Dragonair you own, even ones that were obtained prior to the Community Day. However, Dragonite will only learn Draco Meteor if it is evolved during the event hours, giving you a very brief window of time to get one with the exclusive attack.

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The Community Day takes place worldwide on February 24 and runs for three hours, although the starting times will differ depending on your region. The event kicks off in the US at 11 AM PT / 2 PM ET, while Europe’s Community Day begins at 10 AM GMT. In addition to the increased Dratini spawns, players will earn triple the normal amount of Stardust for any Pokemon they catch during the event, and Lure Modules will last for three hours.

Community Days are a new series of events that Niantic plans to hold once a month for Pokemon Go. Each event will feature a Pokemon that knows a move it cannot typically learn in the game. During the first Pokemon Go Community Day in January, players could find and catch a Pikachu that could use Surf, just like the one you get in the classic Pokemon Yellow version.

Before the next Community Day event begins, Pokemon Go players still have a chance to take part in the game’s Lunar New Year event. From now until February 17, you’ll earn triple Stardust for catching certain dog-like Pokemon such as Poochyena, Growlithe, Snubble, Eevee, or Electrike. Players can also encounter the latest Legendary Pokemon, Rayquaza, in Raid Battles until March 16.

This story has been updated.

New Xbox One X and S Deals Coming Up Soon

If you’re in the market for an Xbox One, there are a couple of good deals coming soon. Microsoft is discounting the Xbox One S, and it’s also bringing back the deal that threw in a copy of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds with the purchase of an Xbox One X.

In the United States, starting on February 18, you can grab any Xbox One S bundle for $50 off. This includes the new 1 TB PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds bundle that was recently released, bringing the cost down to $250 (originally $300). This deal runs through March 3. If you’re in Canada, meanwhile, you can buy a 1 TB Xbox One S bundle for $60 CAD off from now until February 23.

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If you would rather get the more powerful Xbox One X, you can get a free copy of PUBG with the console beginning on February 18 in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and Latin America. The deal starts on February 20 in Australia, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

This isn’t the only Xbox One X deal going on at other retailers right now. At Walmart, you can grab the console and Destiny 2, Star Wars: Battlefront II, and Grand Theft Auto V for $500. In other news, be sure to check out this week’s Xbox One Deals With Gold and the new Games With Gold available now.

Black Panther’s Post-Credits Scenes, Explained (Spoilers)

Spoilers for Black Panther below!

Continuing Marvel’s ten year tradition of post-credits stingers and teases for upcoming movies, Black Panther included two end credits scenes.

With the movie out in the UK and hitting worldwide this week, it’s time to talk about them.

This is your last warning: If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, stop reading now!

Ready?

Civic Duty

The first is what you might have expected, given the end of the movie itself. T’Challa presents Wakanda’s anti-isolationist shift to a United Nations-style government body, announcing that his nation will now be open to sharing their resources with the world. Of course, remembering that as far as the rest of the world is concerned in the MCU, Wakanda is a third world, underdeveloped country, he’s met with some confusion–all while his new friend CIA Agent Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) smiles knowingly from the back of the crowd.

The stinger doesn’t overstay its welcome. T’Challa isn’t actually shown dropping the proverbial Vibranium bombshell on the poor unsuspecting world leaders, but the implication is enough. The landscape of the MCU, both politically and technologically, is about to change in a major way. This is a deceptively important detail, especially given the MCU’s upcoming movie slate.

With Wakandan tech made more accessible, the landscape for both superheroes and civilians is about to take a major leap forward–and it’s a safe bet that not every change will be positive, especially with the possibility of villains appropriating new tech too.

The real question is when–rather than if–we’ll start seeing the impact of publicized Vibranium and Wakandan tech. After all, we can venture a guess that Wakandan weapons stand a better chance against Thanos than standard military faire–but will they be ready in time for Infinity War?

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The White Wolf

Black Panther‘s second post-credits scene is a bit more direct with its Infinity War connections. We see, first in first-person perspective, someone waking up in an isolated Wakandan village, surrounded by curious Wakandan children. That someone is revealed to be none other than Bucky Barnes, last seen being put back into cryostasis in–surprise–Wakanda, during one of Captain America: Civil War‘s post-credits scenes.

The Civil War stinger didn’t offer much context for Bucky’s decision to be returned to stasis, outside of his own fear that he may be “activated” and manipulated by his Hydra-implanted trigger word programming all over again. But thankfully, between the end of Civil War and the end of Black Panther, Shuri, T’Challa’s 16-year-old engineering genius sister, has been hard at work trying to solve Bucky’s unique psychological problem.

We get a wink to Shuri’s involvement during the movie itself when she offhandedly comments about being given “another broken white boy to fix” and an extrapolated look in Infinity War: Prelude #1, part one of a two part prequel comic released in January–not to mention the fact that Bucky was shown standing with the Wakandan army in the Infinity War trailer–so none of this is really all that surprising.

However, during the scene as Bucky walks from the tent to greet and thank Shuri outside, the children scatter around him playfully calling him “the white wolf” as they dash away. Cute as it sounds in context, that’s a nickname with some genuine weight to it in the scope of Black Panther mythology.

The White Wolf, over in the comics, is actually the nickname given to a man named Hunter, who was orphaned as a baby in a plane crash on the outskirts of Wakanda. King T’Chaka, father of T’Challa, found Hunter and adopted him despite his people’s concerns that Hunter was both white and an outsider to Wakanda in general. Hunter was raised to adulthood under T’Chaka’s protection to become one of the leaders of the Hatut Zeraze, or the “Dogs of War”–a Wakandan covert special forces group.

Now, obviously, that story isn’t going to translate over to the MCU in its entirety. The War Dogs are used in Black Panther as international spies, and T’Chaka clearly didn’t raise a secret orphaned baby to lead them, but the role and significance of the “White Wolf,” and the loose parallels between Bucky and Hunter, are definitely worth noting.

Given Bucky’s training as a spy and assassin, him finding a way to either work for or with the War Dogs during Infinity War and into the future seems like a logical narrative step–and one that could dovetail into an expanded role for other Wakandan special forces like the Dora Milaje in the future, especially if Bucky finally picks up Cap’s shield for keeps in Phase Four.

Regardless, we know that there’s more to come for Bucky and Shuri before Infinity War really picks up, considering he was still short a cybernetic arm in the post-credits stinger and can be seen sporting a new model in the trailer. He’s definitely due for a Vibranium upgrade.

18 Changes Netflix’s Altered Carbon Made From The Original Books

Less than faithful.

Adapting Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon as a TV show was a tough ask. The series consists of three books that intricately detail a sci-fi future where technology has made immortality an everyday fact of life, and fitting the story of Takeshi Kovacs into a single 10-episode Netflix series represents several unique challenges.

In order to make the story work in a different medium, the show had to make a number of changes. While some are far more drastic than others, all of them end up setting the show apart from the books it’s based on. New characters were added or removed while others were reimagined to the point that they may as well be the show’s inventions entirely. Other plot elements were added or dropped, altering the story very mildly in some cases and enormously in others.

Here’s 18 of the ways Altered Carbon, the show, is different from Altered Carbon, the book.

18. The Book’s Envoys Weren’t Rebels Or Terrorists

Probably the most noticeable change from book to show is the Envoys, an elite paramilitary group Kovacs belongs to in both versions of Altered Carbon. In the book, Envoys are a highly-trained, almost supernaturally gifted squad belonging to the fiction’s incredibly powerful government forces. In the show, they’re just as impressive as warriors, but are reversed into anti-authoritarian rebels.

17. Reileen Kawahara Wasn’t Kovacs’ Sister In The Books

The character of Reileen isn’t related to Kovacs in the book, which makes the decision to reuse her name a bit confusing. The show mixes Rei with its protagonist’s origin story in a way that more directly ties the Bancroft mystery in with Kovacs’ personal life. This, like the Envoy reinterpretation, has pretty dramatic consequences for the plot.

16. Quell and Kovacs Didn’t Know Each Other

In the book, Quell is referenced through her writings, which inspired an anti-capitalist movement followed by many people across the galaxy. In the show she becomes a prominent on-screen character who Kovacs knew personally. It’s a little like rewriting history so that Marx and Engles were Lenin’s personal friends.

15. The AI Hotel Wasn’t Based on Edgar Allen Poe

One of the show’s most memorable characters is the artificially intelligent hotel that manifests itself as a digital version of Edgar Allen Poe. In the book, the hotel is based on Jimi Hendrix, though he doesn’t interact with Kovacs by walking around as a hologram like Poe. While it’s sad to lose Hendrix, the show’s version of Poe is entertaining enough to take some of the sting out of the alteration.

14. The Show’s Flashback Added New Details

In the book’s prologue, Kovacs and Sarah’s deaths are more the consequence of a criminal mishap than a personal vendetta. In the show, Kovacs’ former Protectorate commander executes Sarah to intentionally take revenge on his former protégé.

13. The AIs Didn’t Hang Around Talking To Each Other in The Books

The TV show features a few scenes in which Poe appears in a dingy backroom bar to chat with other AIs. In the book, we never get to see the hotel interact with anyone but the story’s human characters, which robs readers of some of the show’s (much appreciated) further exploration of what the AI gets up to in its off time.

12. Vernon Elliot Is A Much Less Important Character

While Vernon Elliot (first name changed for TV) is an important character in terms of advancing the book’s plot, he isn’t nearly as prominent in the story on a scene by scene basis. The show makes Elliot a constant presence, talking with the AI hotel, grappling with his lost family, and even accompanying Kovacs on a fact-finding mission by going undercover as a waiter at one of the Bancroft’s swanky parties.

11. The Bancroft Children Are Given A Lot More To Do

The TV version of Altered Carbon features memorable scenes starring Isaac Bancroft, a snotty enfant terrible, and Naomi Bancroft, a similarly entitled child of Laurens and Miriam whose first appearance sees her borrowing one of her mom’s sleeves to get to know one of the family’s bodyguards a little better. In the book, Bancroft’s children are mentioned, but never actually take part in the story itself.

10. The Book’s Ortega Doesn’t Get To Star In A Police Procedural Subplot

Ortega is an important character in the book, but she doesn’t show up more than a few times until its latter half. The show ensures viewers have a better idea of who she is by interweaving her own detective work with Kovacs,’ adding scenes where she attempts to unravel the story’s central mystery without the protagonist’s involvement.

9. Ortega’s Family Didn’t Exist

Ortega gets a larger supporting cast in the show, from a clingy mother and “neo-Catholic” brother to a host of nieces and nephews and, most memorably, a grandmother who is temporarily re-sleeved into a hulking criminal for a Day of the Dead celebration. In the book, we don’t get to meet any of these characters.

8. Bancroft’s Plague-Focused Charity Is New

A scene that reinforces the immensity of Laurens Bancroft’s wealth, his visit to a plague center where he knowingly contracts a skin-blistering disease as an act of charity is one of the show’s many inventions. It’s a good choice, giving viewers a better understanding of a character who would otherwise be underserved by the main plot.

7. The Isaac Subplot Is Completely New

Isaac Bancroft sleeving himself as his father and meddling in the family’s business while impersonating him is completely new. It’s an interesting decision, complicating the mystery at the heart of the story, but ultimately feels like an unnecessary addition, adding new elements to the plot that seem to exist only to stretch it out a bit further.

6. The “Ghostwalker” Is A Brand New Character

The murderous, theologically obsessed “Ghostwalker” doesn’t appear in the book, but he’s a fantastic addition to the show. Not only is his frightening skill at extracting flesh with a weapon that looks like an evil head massager one of the most wondrously gruesome parts of the series, but his constant desire to discuss religion helps reinforce one of the story’s core themes.

5. Kovacs Has Become “The Last Envoy”

Likely hoping to add some extra, mythological standing to Kovacs’ combat and intellectual prowess, the show stresses that he’s “the last Envoy,” which isn’t mentioned in the first book. It’s ultimately an inconsequential change, but one that feels a little cheesy–as if the stakes of Star Wars’ vanishing Jedi Order have been thrown into a story that doesn’t need the addition.

4. The Stacks Are Bigger

The book’s stacks are described as tiny while the show makes them larger. It’s a small change that works well for a visual format–we need to be able to easily see the stacks when they’re being handled–but the bigger size makes the supposedly sophisticated technology seem a little less so.

3. The AI Hotel Is Now A Virtual Reality Counselor

In the show, Poe spends much of his time helping Elliot’s daughter overcome trauma by coaching her through virtual reality exercises. In the book, the AI hotel doesn’t do any of this, interacting almost entirely with human characters and showing no care for anyone who isn’t one of its treasured guests.

2. The Wei Clinic Torture Is Horrifying On Another Level

In both book and TV series, Kovacs undergoes hellish torture at the Wei Clinic, dying and being reborn over and over again under his interrogator’s hand. While the show version is suitably grim, the book goes a step further into outright bad taste, seeing Kovacs virtually reconstructed as a young woman whose torture takes on an anatomically specific bent under the direction of programs meant to resemble religious terrorists.

1. The Mystery Unravels Pretty Differently

Though the broad strokes of Altered Carbon’s central mystery remain the same–particularly the initial set-up and elements from the ending–the show’s version takes a more personal approach to its plot that gives the story a much different tone. All of its changes, especially the approach it takes to the Envoys, Reileen, and Quell, end up snowballing into something that comes to a close with a very different mood than the source material.

Black Panther Review Roundup: What Are Critics Saying About Marvel’s New Movie?

The time has finally come. The reviews for the next installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are out. Black Panther won’t be in theaters until February 16, but critics are sharing their thoughts about the movie and, so far, it’s very good news.

The film, which follows King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in the aftermath of Captain America: Civil War, has been met with unanimous praise by critics thus far. Reviews are touting everything from its visual design, to its representation of race and gender, to its soundtrack. Thankfully, it seems as though the story and characters explored in the movie are also well-received–save for some minor criticism of T’Challa, himself.

With a score of 88 on GameSpot’s sister site Metacritic, the future of Black Panther appears to be bright. Take a look at a sampling of reviews below for a better idea of what critics think.

  • Movie: Black Panther
  • Studio: Marvel
  • Release date: February 16

GameSpot

“[Wakanda] pulses and thrives, colors and structures simultaneously informed by African heritage and an alienness granted by vibranium technology. The original songs by Kendrick Lamar fit perfectly, lending each scene both modernity and an added sense of history. And the characters who live there easily cement themselves in this movie as some of the most fully fleshed out in the whole MCU.” — Michael Rougeau [Full review]

The New York Times

“Race matters in Black Panther and it matters deeply, not in terms of Manichaean good guys and bad but as a means to explore larger human concerns about the past, the present and the uses and abuses of power. That alone makes it more thoughtful about how the world works than a lot of mainstream movies, even if those ideas are interspersed with plenty of comic-book posturing. It wouldn’t be a Marvel production without manly skirmishes and digital avatars. Yet in its emphasis on black imagination, creation and liberation, the movie becomes an emblem of a past that was denied and a future that feels very present. And in doing so opens up its world, and yours, beautifully.” — Manohla Dargis [Full review]

Nerdist

“The film does deal head-on with issues of race, subjugation, and oppression in ways both heartbreaking and hilarious. At one point, a young black boy in a rundown apartment in Oakland, California ([director Ryan] Coogler’s hometown), dismisses the idea of Wakanda itself: What good is “a kid in Oakland, running around believing in fairy tales”? Coogler answers that question with the film itself: Here is a fairy tale for children who rarely get them, and never like this.” — Marc Bernardin [Full review]

IGN

“For a film that touches on so many very real and very serious topics, you might expect Black Panther to be an entirely solemn affair. Some parts are, but it’s also an entertaining adventure film about an action hero with awesome gadgets and a super-suit, a fun film with many laugh-out-loud moments, and a gorgeous movie with a distinctive visual style that can’t be mistaken for any other big-budget movie. It’s a testament to director/co-writer Ryan Coogler’s skill that he juggles all these elements without his film ending up tonally inconsistent.” — Jim Vejvoda [Full review]

Collider

“This movie is a game-changer, and for all the valid critiques you can throw at Marvel, the studio deserves credit for bankrolling Coogler’s fearless vision. You have to go back to 1998, back to Blade and Wesley Snipes for the last time Hollywood launched a superhero franchise led by a hero of color. Since then, there’s been Catwoman (oof) and supporting roles. Never in our lifetime has there been a superhero blockbuster so intently invested in the black experience, in the importance of identity and heritage, and the tragedy of being denied those things. ” — Haleigh Foutch [Full review]

Variety

“Truth be told, T’Challa is kind of a bore, even if the movie that surrounds him seldom fails to thrill: He’s prince of a utopian city with little interest in the fate of the world beyond his borders–until his father, King T’Chaka (John Kani), is assassinated during a bombing at the Vienna International Centre (a flashback to Captain America: Civil War). Though the Black Panther who made his impressive, hyper-acrobatic debut in that film is one and the same as the character seen here, Coogler humanizes him to such a degree that T’Challa doesn’t feel like a superhero so much as a deeply conflicted world leader — albeit one who must defend his title via brutal hand-to-hand bloodmatches (in a ritual that suggests a considerably more primordial, and decidedly anti-democratic, form of governance).” — Peter Deburge [Full review]

Rolling Stone

“If you’re thinking you’re in for another macho power trip, forget it. The women are more than a match for the men in this game, from the iconic Angela Bassett as Ramonda, T’Challa’s widowed mother, to the ready-to-rumble Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia, T’Challa’s ex-love and a spy for Wakanda in the outside world. And wait until you see the dynamite Danai Gurira–Michonne on The Walking Dead–fire on all cylinders as Okoye, head of Wakanda’s all-female Special Forces known as the Dora Milaje. Her head shaved, her eyes beaming likes lasers and her weapons at the ready, she is the living definition of fierce. And there’s no beating the smarts and sass of the wonderous Letitia Wright, who brings scene-stealing to the level of grand larceny as Princess Shuri, T’Challa’s kid sister.” — Peter Travers [Full review]

Play These Xbox One Games For Free Right Now

If you don’t already have enough to play or are simply looking to mix things up, you’ve got some options right now on Xbox One. Three different games are hosting free-play weekends, two of which don’t require Xbox Live Gold.

The first two are NBA 2K18 and Rainbow Six Siege. 2K18 is the latest game in the basketball sim series, and while its Virtual Currency microtransactions are objectionable to some, the on-court action is quite good. Siege, meanwhile, is the continually evolving competitive shooter from Ubisoft. It’s undergone a remarkable transformation since its launch in 2015, and it continues to go strong, with a big update coming up soon.

Both of those games are playable even if you don’t have an Xbox Live Gold membership, which is often a requirement to take part in these free-play events. You will, however, need an active Gold subscription to check out the third game, Blizzard’s hero shooter, Overwatch. As with previous free trials, you’ll be able to play the majority of the game, including all heroes and maps in Quick Play, Custom Games, and Arcade. As it happens, the game’s Lunar New Year event is ongoing, giving you a chance to unlock some cool new Year of the Dog skins.

Progress made during any of these trial periods will carry over to the full versions if you ever decide to purchase them. NBA 2K18 and Siege’s free events run from now through February 18, and both games are on sale on the Xbox Store this week; the Overwatch free event runs through February 19.