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Federal, state and local firefighters are battling a 75-acre wildfire near the Cleveland National Forest, a fire department spokeswoman said late Thursday afternoon.

At least 240 personnel are fighting the blaze, which started about 3 p.m. at Skyline Drive and Burrero Way, near the entrance to...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 17:50:00 PDT )

President Trump, after coming under fire for even considering the idea, on Thursday decided not to allow Russia to interrogate a former U.S. ambassador and other Americans, as Russia’s President Vladimir Putin proposed during their summit in Helsinki.

“It is a proposal that was made in sincerity...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:50:00 PDT )

University of California regents on Thursday approved the first cut in tuition in nearly two decades and decided to again take on the issue of how many nonresident students should be enrolled as they wrapped up a two-day meeting in San Francisco.

Regents approved an $8.7-billion spending plan for...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:45:00 PDT )

Just days after the death of a Cal Fire bulldozer operator, two more firefighters were injured while battling the Ferguson fire near Yosemite National Park, officials said.

One firefighter broke a leg and was being treated in a hospital, and the other suffered heat-related injuries, authorities...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 11:45:00 PDT )

The way veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum sees it, his fighters Jose Ramirez and Alex Saucedo will “sell out Staples Center” in the near future.

“It will be a dream fight,” Arum says.

The junior-welterweights are bound for separate title bouts by the end of October, and in a joint conference call...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 09:45:00 PDT )

Less than two weeks after being released from jail following a February charge for domestic violence, former USC wide receiver Joseph Lewis IV was arrested again Wednesday night on suspicion of a felony.

Lewis is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail by the Los Angeles Police Department, online court...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 08:50:00 PDT )

Peter Facinelli’s Cape Cod-inspired home in Toluca Lake is on the market for $2.695 million. That’s $680,000 more than what he paid five years ago, records show.

The home sits a few blocks from Warner Bros. Studios. Facinelli played supervillain Maxwell Lord in the first season of the superhero...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 07:45:00 PDT )

To the editor: Office ties are a public menace? Yes! But the surprise to me was Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris’ reasoning that ties might restrict blood flow to the brain and should be made optional for men by their employers.

I thought the article would go on to say that — since ties are often...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

For a century, professional baseball players were regarded as entertainers: see ball, hit ball, play in whatever city you are assigned, for whatever salary you are assigned, and keep your mouth shut.

In 1968, as Americans rose to let their voices be heard, so did the ostensibly privileged subset...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

There are crucial moments in history when leaders must put aside petty rivalries and partisan politics and work together to address existential threats or other looming dangers.

Now is such a time.

Republican leaders in Congress need to stand with Democrats to proclaim publicly and unequivocally...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:10:00 PDT )

Last month, Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri introduced a bill going after, of all things, nonprofits. The word “nonprofit” tends to conjure images of idealistic charities committed to saving vanishing forests, teaching underprivileged kids or counseling the victims of sexual assault....

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

In a welcome bit of relief, California will avoid a convoluted, messy and completely unnecessary battle this November over breaking up the Golden State.

The California Supreme Court decided Wednesday to pull Proposition 9 — the initiative to break California into three states — off the November...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

Under a perverse interpretation of federal law, tax-exempt nonprofit organizations supposedly devoted to “social welfare” can spend large amounts of money to influence elections without publicly disclosing the identities of their donors. But instead of cracking down on the use of “dark money” for...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

When Forbes put Kylie Jenner on the cover of its latest issue and declared her one of the “60 richest self-made women,” the magazine seemed to think it was telling a simple, inspiring tale: About how the youngest child of America’s reality-TV royal family, the Kardashians, became an almost-billionaire...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

Nicaragua is taking a dangerous turn toward civil war. Since protests and riots began three months ago, Nicaraguan soldiers, police and paramilitary groups have killed more than 280 people and injured 1,800 others.

The demonstrations were sparked in April by changes to the country’s Social Security...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

Drivers along Highway 1 — coming and going to Big Sur — typically ignored Mud Creek. Most maps overlooked this most prosaically named feature along the California coast.

There were no landmarks here, nothing to call attention to anything but the road, which hugged a cliff high above the surf below....

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

To the editor: During the past few months, the children of asylum-seekers have been ripped from the arms of their parents, exposing them to suffering and feelings of abandonment. Often, those who have been reunited with their families show signs of deprivation: weight loss, bruises, rashes and...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

Before Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s jolting primary win over one of the most powerful House Democrats made her a fixture on cable news and the toast of progressives nationwide, there was the shoestring-budget video that got the base buzzing.

By election night last month, more than 1 million people...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

To the editor: How to prevent police chases is an issue from the last century that still bothers us frequently. The problem can surely be handled more efficiently and expeditiously.

Recently, I watched a chase on TV that started in El Cajon and went through Santa Clarita; it included a procession...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

“It’s been a real bucket list year for me,” Andy Garcia says. “I got to work with Cher and Diane Keaton.”

The actor, 62, is currently co-starring in “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” the sequel to the 2008 musical film, which opened Friday. He plays an innkeeper named Fernando, who duets with Cher...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

Earlier this year, attorney Jennifer Marrow visited TomTop.com, an online marketplace, to buy one of the most popular toys in America.

The site based in China claimed it had a deal on the priciest version: the limited-edition L.O.L Surprise! Big Surprise, a rose-gold case with 50 small toys, including...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

After a legal battle lasting more than two years, Costa Mesa and the company behind a plan to demolish the shuttered Costa Mesa Motor Inn to make way for an apartment complex have agreed to settle a lawsuit by an affordable-housing advocacy group.

The agreement clears the way for the motel’s owner,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

When British actor Damson Idris auditioned for the role of young street entrepreneur Franklin Saint in FX’s “Snowfall,” a drama set during the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic in 1980s South-Central Los Angeles, he was given more than lines to read. He was issued a challenge.

John Singleton,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )
Norm Laich has made a lot of the most compelling art of the last 30 years - assuming you know that "made" means fabricated for other artists. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )
A list of the must-see booths from the exhibition floor of San Diego Comic-Con International 2018. Read More

Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

Andrea Colucci’s long, slow slide into homelessness began, as it does for many, with medical bills.

At the age of 67, she had decided to finally transition as a transgender woman. Her insurer balked at paying her surgeon’s bills, so she put them on credit cards.

Then her post-surgery housing plans...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Thu, 19 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

"Custody" is a time bomb of the most devastating sort. The ticking starts slowly, almost imperceptibly, but it never lets up, never stops inexorably increasing in volume, until a conclusion as devastating as it is inevitable.

As written and directed by French filmmaker Xavier Legrand in a formidable...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Movie Reviews (Wed, 11 Jul 2018 09:45:00 PDT )

Keanu Reeves and Molly Ringwald, together again for the first time since, well, never. Unlikely costars despite being actors of the same generation, they play husband and wife in "Siberia" — though their collaboration, like many things about this puzzling film, is not what it seems.

Despite acting...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Movie Reviews (Tue, 10 Jul 2018 12:50:00 PDT )

“Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti” is an immersive, strikingly shot, wisely telescoped look at the years — 1891 to 1893 — in which famed post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin escaped the artistic and financial struggles of his Paris life for the jungles of French Polynesia, where he would create some...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Movie Reviews (Tue, 10 Jul 2018 13:45:00 PDT )

From the opening title's splash screen, Sonic Mania's presentation is intoxicating. Its colorful, retro 2D graphics and vibrant '90s-inspired pop soundtrack is enough to make any Sega Genesis fan squeal in excitement. In this jointly developed game, Sega and members of the Sonic fan-hack community have created a loving homage to the blue hedgehog's glory days. But Sonic's latest outing isn't only concerned with reminding you of his past; though it is decadent in this regard. Sonic Mania exceeds expectations of what a new game in the franchise can look and play like, managing to simultaneously be a charming celebration of the past and a natural progression of the series' classic 2D formula.

Taking place shortly after the events of Sonic & Knuckles, the game's story sees Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles getting involved once again in a battle against Dr. Eggman--this time over a mysterious emerald artifact. However, the conniving scientist isn't alone; enlisting the help of the Hard-Boiled Heavies--a group of customized Eggrobos. But the story takes a backseat as the time honored premise endures: defeat Eggman and his baddies, and collect all the Chaos Emeralds.

Sonic Mania makes a strong first impression thanks to amazing visuals and music. Its presentation replicates the charming aesthetic of Sonic's earliest games with thorough detail. While the pixelated sprites of Sonic and friends are reminiscent of their Sega Genesis' counterparts, they take on a new life with a higher degree of detail and animation quality. The new effects add an extra layer of personality to the iconic characters that's a joy to see in motion.

On the other end of the spectrum, the game sports an assortment of new music tracks and remixes of greatest hits. They channel the New Jack Swing dance music stylings that heavily influenced Sonic's soundtracks in the '90s, remaining just as catchy and well-orchestrated here. Both visuals and music work together in Sonic Mania to build up an aesthetic that's evocative of earlier games, but in a pleasing style that feels contemporary all on its own.

On top of Sonic Mania's fantastic presentation, the game also controls like a classic-style Sonic game. You have the option to play as Sonic, Tails, or Knuckles; you can even work cooperatively with another player as Sonic and Tails a la Sonic 2. From the get go, the movement physics and overall feel of each character are distinct yet familiar, staying faithful to the originals. The gang's unique abilities remain intact, albeit with one exception: Sonic has a new Drop Dash, which allows him to quickly roll forward after a jump. It's a small addition, but it provides a handy new way to pick up speed or avoid incoming danger.

 It can feel exhilarating to pass through a multitude of pathways, especially at top speed.
It can feel exhilarating to pass through a multitude of pathways, especially at top speed.

Level design is at the series' best here, sporting 12 zones that are each meticulously designed with cleverly placed obstacles and varied pathways that keep you guessing. It can feel exhilarating to pass through a multitude of pathways, especially at top speed. No route ahead ever feels incorrect as you sprint through loops or hit springs launching you into different directions, and there are rarely any instances where the action halts without reason. And thanks to the visibility granted by the widescreen aspect ratio and the smooth framerate, your awareness and sense of control running through a zone feels better than Sonic's classic outings ever did.

It also helps that levels are designed around the abilities of each character. While Sonic can blaze a trail through a zone, Knuckles and Tails can find other paths beyond his reach thanks to their respective climbing and flying abilities, which often lead to new ways of experiencing the same stage. It's enjoyable to engage with the subtle ways each character interacts with the world and the conveniences they offer. And you're rewarded for taking the time to do so, as on some occasions, characters even get completely new levels to explore that are designed specifically around their abilities.

We all know where this goes...
We all know where this goes...

Sonic Mania closely follows its forebears, utilizing the exhilarating sense of speed that the 2D games charted their success upon. However, it never incorporates elements from the past purely for the sake of nostalgia; rather, it expands upon the familiar with new ideas of its own. This is most apparent when you play remixed versions of older zones from the first five games. Sonic Mania's version of Sonic 2's Chemical Plant zone introduces a mechanic where you constantly jump on jelly to bounce upwards to new parts of the level. Changes like this liven up the design of well-known levels, offering fresh and gratifying new experiences.

New zones, on top of offering a suite of charming visuals and catchy melodies, deliver plenty of inventive concepts that diversify and build upon the series' fast-paced level design. Whether it's by encouraging you to freeze yourself into an ice block to smash through walls, or challenging you to figure out a maze-like sequence of gates to reach the end of a zone, the ideas the game explores give it a strong sense of identity compared to the originals.

In the same style as Sonic 3, every level culminates in a boss fight--ranging from relatively simple, to demanding set-piece battles where you go head-to-head with Eggman and his minions. However, there are some fights that pay homage not only to past games, but early spin-offs from the Sonic's history, such as Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine and Sonic Fighters. There's also a fair number of more challenging battles that require more advanced tactics to beat. One has you dodging projectiles as you use a series of poles to propel yourself towards a spider robot. Boss fights offer a great balance of difficulty, steadily challenging and entertaining you in numerous ways as you progress.

The past and present seamlessly intermingle in Sonic Mania, answering your nostalgic yearning, while satisfying your thirst for fresh concepts.
The past and present seamlessly intermingle in Sonic Mania, answering your nostalgic yearning, while satisfying your thirst for fresh concepts.
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The more you play Sonic Mania, the more it rewards you with reasons to keep playing. Additional modes like Competition and Time Attack offer other ways to experience its levels. Aside from acquiring all the Chaos Emeralds to obtain the true ending, one of the most compelling reasons to replay zones come from Secrets--Sonic Mania's term for unlocks that give you access to new characters and abilities. For example, you can play through the entire campaign using Sonic's Insta-Shield ability from Sonic 3. You can even unlock "& Knuckles" mode, where a second player can play cooperatively with you as Knuckles instead of Tails.

For years the Sonic series has chased the legacy of its early games, constantly delivering experiences that either came close or failed to recapture the spirit that made them classics. Whether it was by getting wrapped up in story or putting too much emphasis on speed instead of level design, the newer games lost track of what made the originals great. Sonic Mania methodically uses its sentimental appeal to great effect, but in the process, it heals the wounds inflicted by its most disappointing predecessors and surpasses the series' best with its smart and interpretive design. An excellent 2D platformer, Sonic Mania goes beyond expectations, managing to be not only a proper evolution of the series' iconic formula, but the best Sonic game ever made.

Editor's note: Alongside Sonic Mania's physical release is a $5 update (included with the physical) that introduces new features that add even more diversity to the game's high-speed thrills. The most noteworthy addition are classic--albeit lesser-known--characters Mighty the Armadillo and Ray the Flying Squirrel, who each sport their own unique abilities. Mighty's ground pound makes for a satisfying way to pick up speed and dispatch enemies, and his resistance to spike traps is a nice bonus if you're more a player with an unhealthy desire to accelerate. On the other hand, Ray's momentum-based glide ability takes some getting used to, requiring you to alternate directions on the D-pad after jumping to maintain flight. The thrill of stringing together his high-flying antics with a well-timed jump onto an enemy or platform is well worth the effort to learn. Both Mighty and Ray offer subtle, yet substantial additions to the well-established formula.

Returning players are likely to spend the most time in Encore mode, a new campaign that takes you through remixed versions of the game's stages. But there's a twist: swappable characters replace extra lives. You start as Sonic and slowly accumulate the game's playable cast via item boxes and bonus challenges scattered across the stage. You can control and switch between two characters at a time, but when one dies, that character is lost and switched out with whoever you have left on reserve. Encore Mode is a welcome change-of-pace that makes Sonic Mania's already fantastic levels more tense and exciting. And the ability to play all five characters in a single mode makes the experience all the more varied and joyous.

Beyond these additions and small tweaks, including balancing fixes and the ability to use secret options in any of your save files, Sonic Mania is the same exuberant celebration of Sonic's past. While it was already a fantastic package on the outset, this new update makes it even better than before. If you missed Sonic Mania the first time around, now is the perfect time to catch up.

The original review text and list of good and bad points have been updated to reflect the current version of Sonic Mania. - Matt Espineli, July 10, 6:00 AM PT

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Tue, 10 Jul 2018 09:35:00 -0700)

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is taking his place back in the spotlight as he prepares for the release of his book next week.

Spicer, who had a famously contentious relationship with the news media when he worked for President Trump, will be making several television appearances...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:05:00 PDT )

Netflix will launch a comedy radio channel with satellite radio provider SiriusXM next year, marking the streaming video company’s first foray into audio and the latest expansion of its comedy empire.

The channel will feature audio-only versions of Netflix comedy specials as well as content developed...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:40:00 PDT )

Those who follow the X-Men franchise will already know who Jean Grey is. She is an extraordinarily strong telepath and a mentee of Professor X, who has helped her get her powers under control. Grey has appeared in several X-Men movies, but now, she is finally getting a movie that focuses on her story as she struggles to control her emergent alter-ego.

What It's About

When last we saw the X-Men, the band had gotten back together after the ancient Apocalypse had divided some loyalties. Realising that humankind would never be completely out of danger, Professor X decided to train the newcomers to become X-Men.

Set a decade after X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix will follow Jean Grey as she begins to discover the full extent of her powers. The X-Men undertake a rescue mission in space which goes wrong when a solar flare hits them and brings out Grey's powerful and terrifying alter ego, Dark Phoenix, who has some seriously destructive tendencies.

Who's Who

Crew

  • Simon Kinberg, who wrote Deadpool and several of the X-Men movies, including X-Men: The Last Stand, which featured Phoenix's last on-screen appearance, will make his directorial debut with this film. He also wrote the script.
  • Famed composer Hans Zimmer is scoring the film.

Cast

  • Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) is playing Jean Grey, the powerful young mutant.
  • James Mcavoy (Split) will continue to play Charles Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X, the telepath and leader of the X-Men.
  • Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games) returns as Mystique, the shapeshifter.
  • Michael Fassbender (Assassin's Creed) will play Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto, the morally questionable metal manipulator and Charles Xavier's best frenemy.
  • Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game) will play a mysterious shapeshifter called Smith.
  • Evan Peters (American Horror Story) will play Quicksilver, a mutant with super speed. We last saw him as he joined the X-Men.
  • Tye Sheridan (X-Men:Apocalypse) will play Cyclops, a mutant whose eyes shoot lasers, and the romantic interest of Jean Grey.
  • Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play Psylocke, a telekinetic mutant who was one of Apocalypse's horsemen, but parted ways with the X-Men.
  • Alexandra Shipp (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play Storm, a mutant with the ability to control the weather who joined the X-Men.
  • Kodi Smit-Mcphee (X-Men: Apocalypse) will play Nightcrawler, a friendly mutant with a dextrous tail that enhances his already superhuman agility. We last saw him joining the X-Men.
  • Nicholas Hoult (Mad Max) will play Beast, a mutant who has claws as well as extraordinary strength and intelligence.

What's Been Released So Far

So far, very little has been released in anticipation of Dark Phoenix. There is no trailer, but there are a few images, one of which features a few of the X-Men at what looks like a funeral, which teases a potential death in the film.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, some members of the cast and crew offered details on the upcoming film. Kinberg, the director, talks about how he felt very invested in this storyline after writing X-Men: The Last Stand, which is why he wanted to write and direct Dark Phoenix. He also talks about how Xavier's ego is one of the factors that leads to the accident that triggers Dark Phoenix. They teased at a plot twist in the film.

Sophie Turner also talks about studying schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder in order to prepare for the role because of how quickly she has to go from one version of Grey to another.

Interestingly, the movie's release was delayed due to extensive reshoots which changed some of the plot.

What We Want At Comic-Con

Mostly, we want to know more about the Dark Phoenix alter-ego and Jessica Chastain's character. Ideally, we would get a trailer, but sadly, 20th Century Fox is focusing on The Predator this year, which means that it's unlikely that we will get much information.

We're not expecting a lot from 20th Century Fox in regards to Dark Phoenix, mostly because of The Predator but also because Disney recently acquired the company and they have scaled back their Comic-Con presence quite a bit this year. So it seems that we'll just have to wait for the movie to hit theaters on February 14, 2019.

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Source: GameSpot Gaming Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:12:00 -0700)

Perhaps you missed out on the 2016 game Hitman. Maybe you didn't care for its episodic release schedule, or maybe you were waiting for the full game to come out the following year and let it slip by without playing it. Whatever the case, between now and July 31, you can play the game's third episode, Marrakesh, for free on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The free version is called Hitman - Summer Pack, and you can find links to it in the various digital stores below.

Each episode of Hitman is a new self-contained level that acts as a sandbox in which your job is to commit creative assassinations. The third episode brings players to Marrakesh, Morocco, where they can play through "The Gilded Gage" campaign mission, complete eight Escalation Contracts, earn 20 levels of location mastery (including six weapon/gear unlocks), and complete more than 90 challenges. Any progress you make will carry through if you purchase the full game, but you will lose access to Episode 3 once July 31 rolls around.

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According to an IO Interactive blog post, "Offering two targets, the 'Gilded Cage' mission challenges players to eliminate private banker Claus Strandberg, held up inside the secure Swedish Consulate, and army General Reza Zaydan, protected by his elite squad of soldiers at a temporary headquarters in the heart of the city. Both targets will be challenging to reach and both will, of course, have some entertaining special moments attached to them that will allow players to dole out some poetic justice."

Also included in the Summer Pack is the ICA Facility location, a training ground that essentially acts as a tutorial for the game. It includes a good deal of content on its own, with two story missions, two Escalation Contracts, and over 40 challenges.

From GameSpot's Hitman review: "This 2016 take on Hitman is a brilliant game. Expansive level design and nearly unlimited replay value courtesy of so many routes to your assassinations (and so many methods with which to carry them out) make the experience almost completely different each and every time you play."

At E3 2018, Square Enix announced a sequel to Hitman, coming November 13. Unlike the original, it won't be released episodically. You can pre-order Hitman 2 now.

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Source: GameSpot Gaming Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 11:14:00 -0700)

Josh Hader, the Milwaukee Brewers' pitcher confronted at the All-Star Game with racist and homophobic tweets he posted as a teenager, was ordered Wednesday by Major League Baseball to undergo sensitivity training.

The tweets dated to 2011, when Hader was 17. They surfaced during Tuesday’s game...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:50:00 PDT )

Netflix will launch a comedy radio station with satellite radio provider SiriusXM next year, marking the streaming video company’s first foray into audio and the latest expansion of its comedy empire.

The station, first reported by the Wall Street Journal, will feature audio-only versions of Netflix...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 09:40:00 PDT )

The history of Appalachia is one of exploitation and extraction — and dogged resistance to both. This region, my family’s home for seven generations, has literally powered American life since the 19th century. There is no song, labor union or machine built east of the Mississippi that does not...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:00:00 PDT )

Los titulares fueron brutales.

"El mejor aliado de Putin", decía sobriamente la portada del martes de Le Monde.

"Trump le facilita las cosas a Putin", se hizo eco el diario alemán Die Welt.

"Trump 0, Putin 1", dijo el diario comercial finlandés Kauppalehti, jugando con el recién concluido torneo...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 07:19:00 PDT )

Early in Evgenia Citkowitz’s thrillingly hushed and haunted novel, half-doting husband Michael recalls his third date with wife-to-be Catherine: “On a lucky hunch, he had bought tickets to a concert performance of Monteverdi’s ‘L’Orfeo’ …. The opera, written in Italian, retold the mythic story...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Wed, 18 Jul 2018 08:00:00 PDT )

This time it can’t end in a draw.

For the second time in four days, LAFC will meet the Portland Timbers at Banc of California Stadium. Sunday’s MLS game ended in at scoreless tie, but there will be a winner Wednesday at the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.

Though it’s the same team, LAFC coach Bob Bradley...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 16:25:00 PDT )
The former labor secretary Robert B. Reich reviews two new books arguing for a universal basic income: “Give People Money,” by Annie Lowrey, and “The War on Normal People,” by Andrew Yang. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Mon, 09 Jul 2018 09:00:06 GMT )
Alissa Quart’s “Squeezed” examines the problem of families at the upper edge of the middle class, struggling to survive financially in America. Read More

Source: The New York Times - Sunday Review (Wed, 11 Jul 2018 17:07:20 GMT )

After surging to first place in the National League West during the final week of the first half, the Dodgers stand on the verge of an acquisition which would increase their chances of returning to the World Series. As the All-Star Game played out on Tuesday night, the Dodgers were in talks to...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 15:30:00 PDT )

Eric Whitacre, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s Swan family artist-in-residence, says he’s like that old cola commercial — he wants to teach the world to sing. The whole world. And he’s not joking. But he’ll start with a statewide singing event, “Big Sing California,” which takes place Saturday...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 12:15:00 PDT )

The remake of the horror teaser P.T. has been cancelled, according to developer Qimsar. The fan project attempted to remake the popular teaser for the scuttled Silent Hills game. However, according to Qimsar the news isn't all bad, as Konami seemed impressed and offered him a leg up into the industry.

According to the blog post explaining the situation on GameJolt, the 17-year-old developer said that a Konami representative called and explained the legalities forcing the take-down. However, he said, the remake was a hit around the office, and he claims Konami has offered him an internship with the company. That closes the book on the remake, which he estimates that he's spent more than 180 hours on so far, with a relatively happy ending.

P.T. was a popular demo, teasing a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and filmmaker Guillermo del Toro to reboot the Silent Hill series. Konami then opted to pull the demo from the store and cancel the project. While it didn't give an explanation, the timing came just as the rift grew between Konami and Kojima, suggesting that may have played a role. Once it was pulled on April 29, 2015, it was no longer playable if you didn't already have it loaded onto your system.

Kojima is still planning a collaboration with del Toro, though, with his new project Death Stranding. We've even seen del Toro's likeness appearing in some of the trailers, along with star Norman Reedus.

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Source: GameSpot Gaming Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 07:18:00 -0700)

To the editor: Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” With that in mind, let’s look at President Trump’s choices on law enforcement.

On July 13, 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted in connection with multiple...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

I’d seen plenty of outdoor concerts before we started our series on great American music venues earlier this year. But none of those venues packed the same punch as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre just west of Denver. This video, shot during my first visit in late May, 2018, shows why.

The rock formations...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 06:00:00 PDT )

The National Hockey League hit the jackpot last season when it expanded into the least traditional market imaginable.

The speedy, spunky Vegas Golden Knights became the hottest show in a city that appreciates entertainment, getting off to a good start and proving their success wasn't a mirage when...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

Remember Rosie the Robot from “The Jetsons” cartoon series? You’ll find her clones at a Las Vegas hotel, where they can bring snacks and drinks to your room and doing so at a cost that’s far less than her human counterparts charge.

Vdara Hotel & Spa is giving guests a chance to sample robot service,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

To the editor: I was shocked by how little research seemed to inform the article, “With marijuana legal, California flooded with dubious health claims about the drug.”

First, because marijuana remains a federal Schedule I drug, research is severely restricted. However, there has been extensive...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

To the editor: Sen. Dianne Feinstein won last month’s California primary by 2.1 million votes and with 70% of the Democratic vote, but that apparently does not satisfy the commissariat in charge of the California Democratic Party.

Instead, party leaders want second-place finisher Kevin de León,...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

To the editor: Eleanor Roosevelt said, “One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes.” With that in mind, let’s look at President Trump’s choices on law enforcement.

On July 13, 12 Russian intelligence officers were indicted in connection with multiple...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

First, the official story that seemingly everyone agrees on.

About 10:35 p.m. Saturday, Los Angeles police received a call about a large group fighting at the Griffin, a bar in Atwater Village. Upon arrival, officers told both groups to leave. No arrests were made. No report was taken.

The two...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:00:00 PDT )

Having opened the door to an unhealthy amount of broadcast-industry consolidation, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai sought to block the path Monday of the most alarming deal pending: Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9-billion takeover of Tribune Media. It doesn’t exactly...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 04:05:00 PDT )

I’m a sucker for a good comeback story, which is why, instead of the usual morning run on Saturday, I found myself crouching on a slope next to the beach in Torrance, staring into pinkish clumps of sea-cliff buckwheat and the dormant brown stalks of California bush sunflowers.

I was looking for...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

A building in Los Angeles can be granted monument status if it is “associated with the lives of historic personages important to national, state, city or local history” or if it “embodies the distinctive characteristics of a style, type, period” or “represents a notable work of a master designer.”

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

After nearly a century, The Times is moving out of its storied complex in downtown Los Angeles for sleek new digs in El Segundo. When the last of its journalists depart Friday, they will leave behind a brick-and-mortar — or, more accurately, a limestone-and-marble — record of journalism, of this...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

The Alabama Opportunity Scholarship Fund has helped 5,000 low-income children since starting in 2013, but its days could be numbered because of a partisan fight over state-and-local tax deductions prompted by the GOP tax overhaul.

Money for the fund, which provides annual scholarships averaging...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

Three years ago, a Gardena police car chased a pickup truck being driven by someone who officers suspected had just stolen two cellphones at gunpoint.

It was nearly 11:30 p.m. on a Sunday, and there was little traffic in the industrial neighborhood.

Just over a minute after the pursuit began, a...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

Call it the guilty-conscience scam.

“I know about the secret you are keeping from your wife and everyone else,” the snail-mail letter begins. “More importantly, I have evidence of what you have been hiding.”

It goes on to say “it is just your bad luck that I stumbled across your misadventures while...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Tue, 17 Jul 2018 03:00:00 PDT )

Following Doom in 2017, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the next Bethesda shooter to make its way to Nintendo Switch. It's a bit strange to see The New Colossus on a new platform before its predecessor, The New Order, but jumping in for a second playthrough is a nice excuse to try it out on different hardware. Unfortunately, The New Colossus suffers from significant performance issues in Switch's handheld mode; in docked mode, however, it runs smoothly, albeit with rougher textures than other versions of the game. But as long as you play docked, preferably with a Pro Controller, some lower-quality textures hardly detract from what makes The New Colossus such a memorable game.

The base game is here in its entirety, with no edits or changes to its themes or story. For those who haven't played The New Order, the optional recap at the beginning of The New Colossus will get you up to speed on most important characters and plot points. The opening level is as hard-hitting as ever; gravely injured, protagonist BJ Blazkowicz has flashbacks of his abusive, racist father before waking to a Nazi attack and fighting back from his wheelchair. It sets the tone for a game that's both serious and completely over-the-top, with frequent shifts between the two that generally enhance the story's impact.

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The New Colossus' campaign is hard; Wolfenstein newcomers will probably find a challenge on the second of the game's six difficulty levels, while returning players can safely bump up the difficulty. You can approach a fight from a number of angles--from very stealthy to extremely loud and bombastic--and weapon upgrades and unlockable perks can help you more effectively pursue your strategy of choice. Things go awry often, and there's a fantastic tension in knowing you'll have to adapt to (and overcome) anything the game throws at you. All of this is maintained on Switch, though not without caveats depending on how you play.

With a Pro Controller, combat works as well as it does on other platforms. Using the Switch's Joy-Cons instead, however, presents unwelcome challenges. Stubbier analog sticks and clickier triggers noticeably alter the feel of combat, making aiming in particular more choppy. The added motion aiming smooths it out somewhat, but it's hard to use while running or strafing, since you have to manually re-center your view if it goes off-kilter. The regular aim assist, which locks on to enemies when you first aim down sights rather than tracking them continuously, can also help with the inevitable frustration. But neither option is a great substitute for using the Pro Controller.

The New Colossus runs impressively well in docked mode, especially considering the Switch's capabilities compared to other platforms. The game's beautifully directed, pre-rendered cutscenes maintain their quality here, and the frame rate is generally consistent even when combat is at its most frenetic. There are some muddier textures to contend with, but the resistance fighters get the worst of it; weapons, armored enemies, and levels themselves still look good, though not as good as they do elsewhere. According to The New Colossus' director--and based on the Doom port's performance--the game maxes at 720p. As long as you can overlook some lower-quality visuals, the story and gameplay make The New Colossus well worth it.

Unfortunately, handheld mode doesn't hold up nearly as well. There's an ever-present blur, and combined with the small screen, it can be hard to see enemies and items. Frame rate drops in combat (and even some cutscenes) made me motion sick at worst, rendering the game unplayable. Even if you aren't susceptible to motion sickness, the inconsistent frame rate is noticeable enough to be annoying. Combined with the drawbacks of using Joy-Cons, it's hard to recommend playing The New Colossus handheld at all.

As long as you're able to play the entire game in docked mode, The New Colossus is the same fantastic game it is on other platforms. It runs well and, despite some minor visual compromises, it still looks pretty good. Handheld mode is unfortunately far less optimized, and the Joy-Cons simply don't feel as good to use as the Pro Controller. If Switch is your only way to play it, The New Colossus is absolutely worth your time--just not on the go.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Thu, 28 Jun 2018 17:00:00 -0700)

If there's anything to be learned from a game like Wreckfest, it's that thrashing around old bangers, running opponents into concrete barriers, and threading the needle between a group of crashing cars can, even in 2018, be brilliantly fun. After a four-year stint in Steam's early access, Wreckfest has hit the track with surprising confidence. Showing off its impressive soft-body collision system that lets colliding cars twist and crush with brutal realism and some fierce AI, every event is brimming with satisfaction. Wreckfest succeeds where it matters, becoming one of the most surprising and gratifying racing games of the year.

Wreckfest's career mode is made up of five different championships, each consisting of various events--from multi-race championships to one-off demolition derbys--that each gradually unlock as you gain XP and increase your driver level. In addition to XP, rewards are doled out regularly in the form of performance parts along with credits to buy new cars and parts with, so even a poor finish, which will happen, never feels like wasted time.

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Most career events are a simple race to the finish where you'll have a handful of laps to hunt down the opposition and score as good a position as possible, giving you a chance to serve up mayhem while slicing through the field. Race starts are a gorgeous, chaotic mess that can feel like running a gauntlet as cars jostle and barge for position. They're also where the game's marquee destruction engine shows off its capabilities as cars fly off the course through wooden fences and tire barriers, sending debris scattering into the air and across the road. It can be spectacular to watch from a distance when tailing a pack of cars or during a replay, but equally brutal when you're the one involved in it.

Other event types include demolition derbys, where you try to turn your opponents' cars into cubes of twisted steel by smashing into them as hard as you can, and elimination-style heat races that normally take place on a closed figure eight track or an oval. There's also the occasional lawnmower derby, which shows off the game's slightly twisted sense of humor. Each mode not only offers some variety in destruction but is also visually spectacular in its own right. Landing a perfectly timed swipe that puts an opponent into the path of an oncoming car and watching the resulting destruction behind you looks just as great as slamming a school bus into a pack of Minis.

Damage in Wreckfest has two settings: normal and realistic. On normal, you and your opponents can survive more than your fair share of hard hits, making heavy impacts much more forgiving. But with realistic conditions, things get a lot tougher and a bit more spectacular too. Longer races become tests of survival, as all it takes is one bad collision to put a car out of contention (or at least change how it handles). A bad landing off a jump could destroy your suspension and send you into a wall of concrete that shatters spectacularly upon impact, and that's your race done. There's no rewinding time to fix your mistakes, either; you'll need to restart the race if it all goes south. But while this kind of repetition would normally be grating, the act of racing is so good that it takes the edge off.

When you do manage to escape the chaos and settle into a good driving rhythm, Wreckfest shows off some wonderful driving physics. The transition between different road surfaces is sublime, and regardless of whether you're driving with a top-of-the-line racing wheel or a gamepad, the sensation of sliding around a corner, catching the rear end, and gassing it all the way out feels superb. Tires slip and slide through the dirt but scream for grip on the tarmac, and you can almost feel them flexing as the car rolls through the corners.

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Each type of car, from the hulking school bus all the way down to the miniature two-door Killerbee, feels different to drive. Some are heavier and more sluggish, while others are lighter and can corner better but suffer more in collisions. Upgrades to vehicles can substantially alter the handling, whether it's through better performance or a stronger chassis that's better at taking damage. Although having no way of saving upgrade sets can result in some minor headaches when optimising for each event type, overall it's a meaningful upgrade system with tangible effects on the already diverse feel of racing.

AI drivers race unapologetically no matter the scenario or difficulty level, unafraid to punt you off the road if they decide they want to get past or smashing into to you head first in an effort to take you out. If competing against AI isn't your bag, you can take it online and race against others on dedicated servers or set up your own custom race server with your own rules, and it all works smoothly.

It's rare when a racing game manages to modernize and reinvigorate an old formula with spectacular confidence, but Wreckfest does just that.

Compared to the dynamic gameplay, Wreckfest's user experience is a bit frustrating. The UI is surprisingly bland for such a technically impressive game, with static menus and a heavy rock soundtrack that's obnoxious enough to warrant immediately turning the music off. With that out of the way, you can more fully appreciate the game's excellent sound effects. Throaty engines belch and roar loudly--except for the lawnmower, which sounds like thousands of angry mosquitos--and crash sounds are impactful and bone-crunching. Equally as good are the game's visuals. The cars themselves, while all old, banged-up muscle cars, look suitably mean and ready for thrashing. Debris stays on the track over the course of a race, as do the littered remains of cars that don't make the distance. Heat races show off the course at different times of day, with the later heats often taking place as the sun starts to set and rays of sunlight pour through the gaps in the grandstands and trees. Replays give you the chance to relive your best moments, although the lack of a rewind function makes it a pain to focus in on specifics, forcing you to restart the replay from the beginning.

It's rare when a racing game manages to modernize and reinvigorate an old formula with spectacular confidence, but Wreckfest does just that. Minor issues with menus and its soundtrack aside, it wows with a gorgeous look and wonderful driving feel, along with a damage system that satisfies in the most brutal of fashions. With its array of different cars, tracks, and event types, Wreckfest is a brilliantly fun and frenetic racing game that can be thoroughly enjoyed by anyone, not just racing game fans.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Fri, 29 Jun 2018 09:00:00 -0700)

Rainbow Moon wasn't a hugely impactful game when it released in 2012, but it was nevertheless a charming and scrappy RPG that found an audience who remember it fondly. The belated follow-up, Rainbow Skies, is decidedly less memorable, serving up an RPG experience that's better at filling time than providing entertainment. It has an enormous amount of content and a story that will take dozens of hours to play through, but unfortunately that doesn't count for much once boredom sets in.

Rainbow Skies begins in Arca, a skybound city that floats above the continent of Lunah. Damion, a monster tamer in training and your typical RPG foolhardy hero, is preparing for his final test (which serves as a battle tutorial, naturally). Things go wrong and Damion, along with his frenemy Layne, end up falling from Arca. Down on Lunah, a young magician named Ashly is trying to master a bonding spell that will make monsters follow her commands, and after a series of predictable mishaps she ends up bonded to Damion and Layne, the three unable to leave one another's company.

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Searching the world to find the counter spell that will undo this bond is the primary motivation for the first fifteen-or-so hours. It's not a particularly strong motivating force, and while there are attempts made to have fun with it, the game suffers from a waffly script that grows less charming the further you get in. By the time a more substantial 'save the world' plotline kicks in halfway through the game, it's not enough to drive a deeper sense of investment into the game's bland world.

Lunah is not an exciting world to explore. There's little sense of variety or personality between its numerous townships and dungeons, nor are the NPCs you meet along the way lack any distinct charisma. It also suffers from an unsightly art style, with repetitive settings and monsters that often look plasticky. The few scant cut-scenes and voice samples are similarly unappealing. The old-school eight-directional movement feels rigid, and the movement speed through the world is irritatingly slow.

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The combat system is more exciting than anything the overworld can offer up, as the mechanics that dictate your skills and the game's difficulty have some flair to them. Some enemies are visible in the game world and can be run into, initiating combat, or you can choose to activate random encounters by pressing 'X' when you're informed that an enemy is nearby, which is a welcome touch.

In battle, you and your opponents are transferred to a grid-based map. Your team consists of the three protagonists and an increasing number of monsters you can recruit to your side (this is a game with many different mechanics--you're still getting tutorials past the twenty-hour mark). Combatants each take turns in an order determined by their speed stats, and are able to perform a limited number of 'actions'. Moving just one square costs a single action, and you can't make many actions on a turn, meaning that you may of often resort to planting characters in a stationary position and hurling whichever attacks are able to reach nearby enemies. Each battlefield is virtually identical (a small obstacle or two being the only differentiator), meaning that there's little room for tactical nuance beyond deciding which enemies to hit first.

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Practically every aspect of your character can level up, from individual attacks to weapons and armor--the more you use something, the stronger it gets. Seeing your characters evolve and improve is rewarding, and if you play at the default difficulty setting you rarely need to grind--if an enemy proves too difficult, you probably need to upgrade your skills and equipment with the money and skill points you've unlocked up to that point.

However, the most effective ways to strengthen your characters in battle can also encourage repetition. Because most of your strongest attacks are reliant on specific placement of your characters and the enemies on the battlefield, and your bigger attacks tend to use up more action points and a lot of mana, it's often not worth getting too fancy in a skirmish unless you get lucky and happen to have, say, four enemies standing in the exact squares your strongest attack will hit.

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I found myself using the first attacks I unlocked in the game, which leveled up and could do a lot of damage to a single enemy, over and over until the end of the game. The versatility of Ashly's fireball, a single-unit attack with low mana cost and enormous range, meant that it far outstripped every other ability I gained in terms of usefulness. This meant that most of the battles in the game played out the same way, with only very occasional boss fights demanding any more acumen or strategic thought.

If you're interested in greater challenges however, Rainbow Skies does take an interesting approach to difficulty. In most towns, you can increase the game's difficulty if you have met certain conditions. To jump from the second difficulty to the third, for instance, you need to win ten fights at that level. If you turn the difficulty back down to the default (which can be done at any time from the menu) you'll need to win ten fights again to move back to the second difficulty. It's a smart system, although for many players the default difficulty will be enough. It's not hugely challenging, but each increase means significantly more grinding is necessary. If the game wasn't already extremely repetitive this might be a more enticing prospect.

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Perhaps Rainbow Skies' best feature, if you own a Vita, is its implementation of Cross-Save. If you buy the game on PS3, PS4, or Vita you immediately own it on all three of them, and can swap saves between them. The Vita experience is the same as the PS4 version, and if you have Internet access you can download your save file from the server and keep going. The art looks better on the smaller screen, and it's a game that benefits from not having your full concentration on it--one better suited to quick pre-sleep sessions, or as a distraction while half-watching TV.

Rainbow Skies is the RPG equivalent of a store brand Cola--cheaper, but with far less flavor than the bigger brand names, and liable to go flat on you much faster. It gets the job done if you're looking for a real time sink, and there's potential depth there if you're willing to wade through repetitive combat to get there, but it's simply isn't enjoyable enough to justify the commitment it demands.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Sun, 08 Jul 2018 07:00:00 -0700)

Amazon Prime Day has arrived for 2018, and that means numerous deals for you to peruse. In the US, the sale started out by taking down Amazon's website for many users, though even with those issues persisting for some, you can still successfully head directly to a product page to make a purchase. Of course, to do so, you'll need an Amazon Prime membership--and you can sign up for a free trial if you don't already have one.

Prime Day is underway now and runs until midnight on the night of Tuesday, July 17 (3 AM ET). Some deals will be far more limited than that for one reason or another--some will only run for a few hours, while others will sell out, as we saw with a nice Nintendo Switch bundle [update: it's back in stock at the time of this writing]. All of this makes it difficult to secure the best deals, but we're rounding up all of the top offers we've found for you below. We'll update this throughout Monday and Tuesday as more deals become available.

If you're looking for something more specific, you can also hit the links at the bottom of this story for our coverage of more specifics platforms and categories. We've got roundups of the best deals on PS4, Xbox One, and Switch that we'll also continue to update. No matter what ends up going on sale, Prime members can still get a bunch of free PC games through Twitch Prime, which is among the perks you receive with an Amazon Prime membership. Best of all, those games are yours to keep--just make sure to claim them while they're available. If you're looking for other things, our sister site CNET also has roundups for things like the best streaming video/TV deals.

Hardware, Consoles, And Accessories

Deals on specific consoles have been few and far between at this point, but for those still in the market for a 3DS, the nostalgia-inducing SNES edition of the New 3DS XL is available with a free copy of Super Mario Kart for $150. There's also a nice Xbox One bundle with a free copy of Rare Replay for $230, along with various accessories for PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and 3DS/2DS. And a Switch bundle that had sold out is now back in stock--you get a Nintendo Switch, 64 GB microSDXC card, and a $20 Eshop credit for the system's standard price of $300.

Games

Games from a variety of genres are on sale, and--as noted above--you can snag some freebies through Twitch Prime throughout July. In terms of what you can buy, one of last year's best games, Persona 5, is down to $30 on PS4, while another acclaimed Japanese game, Yakuza 6, is $35. See the full list of highlights below.

  • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth: Hacker’s Memory -- $25 -- PS4
  • Dragon Ball FighterZ -- $35 -- PS4 | Xbox One
  • Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 -- $28 -- PS4 | Xbox One | Switch
  • Dragon's Crown Pro: Battle Hardened Edition -- $40 -- PS4
  • Forza Horizon 3 (digital code) -- $25 -- Xbox One / Windows 10
  • Forza Motorsport 7 (digital code) -- $30 -- Xbox One / Windows 10
  • Gundam Versus -- $15 -- PS4
  • Injustice 2: Legendary Edition -- $30 -- PS4 | Xbox One
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of War Gold Edition -- $52 -- PS4 | Xbox One
  • New Gundam Breaker -- $40 -- PS4
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom -- $40 -- PS4
  • Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Collector’s Edition -- $100 -- PS4
  • Persona 5 -- $30 -- PS4
  • Persona 5 -- $20 -- PS3
  • Senran Kagura Peach Beach Splash - No Shirt, No Shoes, All Service Edition -- $30 -- PS4
  • The Seven Deadly Sins: Knights of Britannia -- $25 -- PS4
  • Yakuza 6: The Song of Life -- $35 -- PS4
  • Save 25% on select Nintendo digital retro titles

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Source: GameSpot Gaming Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 15:14:00 -0700)

Mothergunship wastes little time in throwing you head-first into its fast-paced and over-the-top bullet-hell experience. As the spiritual successor to indie roguelike FPS Tower of Guns, this homage to '90s action games balances a number of clever mechanics throughout its pulse-pounding jaunt through the inner depths of alien ships. As you're dodging hundreds of enemy bullets [while wielding a railgun, grenade launcher, and a flamethrower on one arm] you'll find that Mothergunship offers a satisfying and fun take on classic first-person shooters.

Stepping into the boots of a space soldier in a power suit, you'll work with a tight-knit crew of rebels, led by The Colonel, who plan to stop an alien invasion of earth led by the titular mastermind Mothergunship. The main story itself is entirely secondary to the action, mostly offering context for the game's antics. However, the many cheesy voice-overs and the self-aware video game humor throughout are surprisingly endearing, even if it's mostly background noise. The Colonel and his crew of rebels--which includes an anthropomorphic frog, poking fun at Star Fox's Slippy Toad--serve great supporting roles as you amass a ridiculous arsenal of weapons and level up your power suit.

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When it comes to its core run-and-gun gameplay, Mothergunship keeps things simple. You choose your next mission from your home base--which comes in several categories of various story and side missions that offer bonus rewards. From there, you're dropped into a randomly generated dungeon where you'll fight through rooms full of alien robots as you gain experience and funds to power up and buy new gear. But in true roguelike fashion, your trek through the dungeon's depths will never be the same twice, resulting a constant air of uncertainty.

The dungeons themselves come in three distinct forms, each with their own unique visual style showcasing different aspects of the alien armada. While the layout of specific rooms are the same, which can result in some feelings of deja vu when powering through a run at a fast pace, the order of which you'll encounter them are always different, along with the contents of each room and any rewards you can expect to find. To spice things up, however, you'll have the chance to enter challenge rooms that either increase the difficulty or place a unique handicap--which includes poison floors or jump pads--that offer greater rewards. When you die, which will happen often, you'll not only lose the gear you found on your run, but also the select items you chose to bring in. In some frustrating cases, you may find yourself at the whim of poor results from randomization, leaving you underpowered and outgunned by all the dangerous bots.

With that said, Mothergunship keeps its gameplay focused on fast, twitch-based gameplay in the spirit of old-school FPS games like Doom and Unreal. Starting with only your cybernetic fists and a triple jump--which can be boosted up to 40 jumps, keeping you in the air for long periods of time--you can buy new items in the shops located in the dungeons. Not long after, you'll find yourself circle-strafing, rocket-jumping, and barreling through waves of enemies with your ever-growing arsenal of weapons--which includes lightning guns, railguns, and different varieties of machine guns. When tied with the roguelike elements, the gunplay feels far more tactical, where picking the right weapon or modifier from the in-dungeon shop can make the next few floors a breeze or a hindrance.

By far the most impressive aspect of Mothergunship is its comprehensive gun-crafting system. As you acquire funds and complete missions, you gain new weapons, connecting parts, and modifiers to amplify your arsenal at the various crafting stations in your base or in the dungeons. While you can certainly keep things simple and roll out with a modified machine gun with boosted firing rate, the real fun with gun crafting comes from jury-rigging different weapons that have no business working in unison. Before you know it, you'll be gunning down machines with complex creations on both hands, which can easily soak up real estate on screen if you keep adding to them.

Just when you think you can't fit any more items onto your hodgepodge of armaments, you'll find a connector or mod that presents new opportunities for you. For instance, boosting a weapon's attack power can often result a strong kickback, which can surprisingly keep you suspended in the air and boot you through hallways at great speed. You can easily go all out with your creations, but there is a big catch. The more attachments and weapons you place in your hands, the more ammunition you'll drain. While ammo recharges fairly quickly for both arms, an overly designed gun can be a resource hog--leaving you vulnerable when your gun energy runs dry. This can be especially troubling in fights where you need to move and shoot as quickly as possible.

Coupled with the hectic pace of the game, the weapon system makes many of the fights you'll engage in fresh and exciting. While it's disappointing that Mothergunship doesn't give you that many opportunities to experiment freely with your creations--aside from the base's worry-free firing range and a bonus endless mission that's unlocked after finishing the main story--you'll learn to use and take advantage of the tools you've got on-hand in the field.

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Mothergunship can sometimes feel a bit one-note in its execution, which is made a bit worse by the lackluster payoff after the story's finish. While special missions do open up in the endgame, featuring a truncated set of missions modeled after the main campaign that challenges you to clear through the levels without dying, I came away with the feeling that there's more that could have been done with the game's endgame, which as it stands, feels undercooked and derivative. Having said that, I can't deny that I always had a blast powering through many of the dungeons, especially when managing to clear out an entire room of enemies with only a few shots from my ridiculously overpowered weapon.

With the game's clever gun crafting system added into the mix, familiar tropes and techniques from classic shooting galleries feel super-charged in the game's randomized bullet-hell dungeons. When Mothergunship is firing on all cylinders, it's a satisfying and thrilling shooter where it really counts. With an incredibly fun and never uninteresting gun-crafting mechanic, it certainly goes a long way with its clever hook and an endless flow of enemies to gun down.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 12:00:00 -0700)

20XX wears its influences on its sleeve. If you're familiar with Mega Man X, then slipping into the metallic bodies of 20XX's two core protagonists--the gunner Nina and the swordsman Ace--will feel like coming home again. Both characters are satisfying to control, and executing combinations of dashes, wall jumps, and attacks is an intuitive process with lots of room for in-depth choreography.

But the levels you tackle are where 20XX differs from its inspiration, with obstacles and enemies procedurally strung together. For the most part, this works as intended, with new enemies and hazards progressively introduced with each new stage. A corridor that is usually calm might be riddled with spike traps the next time you enter it, adding new challenges to a previously safe area. Other times the shift can feel unfair, filling the screen with projectiles and moving parts that demand superhuman reflexes with practically no margin of error. These areas can bring the strongest of runs to a grinding halt through no fault of your own, which is incredibly frustrating.

Dying is central to progression in 20XX though, so even the most infuriating of deaths have silver linings. During each run you'll accrue Soul Chips, a currency used in 20XX's hub world to purchase permanent upgrades, item unlocks, and single-use buffs. Simple additions to your overall health and special weapon energy are priceless during more difficult later stages, while simple perks such as enemies dropping more health or buffs to overall dash speeds provide welcome twists to the gameplay loop you quickly become familiar with.

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Additional weapons are also available and are acquired in the same fashion as Mega Man titles: ripped straight from the husks of bosses you defeat. Each boss battle features a central mechanic; a giant mechanical face will employ an impenetrable shield for brief moments during a battle in between flurries of projectile attacks, while a sentient Venus flytrap will lob mortars at you from afar. These and many more abilities can be picked up after each successful victory, or tossed aside for additional life, energy, or run-specific currencies. 20XX forces you to consider what equipment to take and which to leave behind, but it rarely engages you in scenarios where these choices are truly tested.

The very same boss fights are a prime example of this failure. A handful of them provide complex strategies for you to overcome, combining a good mix of precise platforming and attack timing to make victories hard fought and rewarding. Others make good use of the rooms they take place in, providing you with alternative means of attack such as exploding platforms that fall after you touch them. But far too many rely on cheap tricks and uninteresting attack loops. The less egregious of these just feel boring, while the worst unsettle the balance of mechanics to a point where you're forced to just accept taking damage in a hurried attempt to finish your foe off as quickly as possible. And with the randomness of potential upgrades strewn across levels thrown into the mix, having a compelling boss fight is a rare occurrence.

Despite this, it's hard not to get sucked into taking on multiple runs of 20XX's campaign in the hopes of reaching its conclusion. Each individual run is brief enough to make it a perfect match for a portable console such as the Switch, filling in odd gaps of free time with exciting randomized challenges. Daily and Weekly challenges with their own leaderboards are more competitively focused without shaking up the core loop, aside from giving you access to items you might not have unlocked yet for a useful little test drive. The boss rush mode is equally enticing, despite the inconsistencies with their designs. This mode offers a good way of familiarizing yourself with their mechanics without being caught off-guard during a strong run.

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20XX isn't just a solo experience, giving you the ability to tackle its campaign with an online partner in tow. Collectible currencies are shared between each player while upgrades are duplicated, presenting you with some opportunities for decision-making but never forcing you into a corner with one player being clearly more valuable than the other. Cooperative play is slightly more chaotic, but having both ranged- and melee-focused characters in a single stage does inject the action with more life, despite the difficulty and complexity of enemies seemingly remaining equal.

Procedural generation is sometimes lambasted as a cheap alternative to intricate level design, and 20XX doesn't always do enough to break that stereotype. But despite its inconsistent level make-ups and underwhelming boss designs, 20XX is still an engrossing side-scroller that perfects the feeling of navigating dangerous, pitfall and enemy-filled stages. Nostalgic itches are sometimes tough to scratch with modern reincarnations of older formulas, but 20XX is a satisfying iteration on a fan-favorite formula. Even if the results are mixed, it's easy to appreciate a Mega Man-styled adventure that never has to end.

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Source: GameSpot - Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 10:00:00 -0700)

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is reportedly investigating ride-hailing giant Uber Technologies Inc. after receiving a complaint alleging gender inequity.

Citing unnamed sources, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the federal investigation into the San Francisco company...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:40:00 PDT )

A British cave diver involved in the rescue of 12 Thai soccer players and their coach said he would consider taking legal action against Elon Musk after the Tesla Inc. and SpaceX chief executive suggested on Twitter that the diver was a pedophile.

On Monday, Vernon Unsworth told the Guardian that...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews ( Mon, 16 Jul 2018 07:40:00 PDT )

I’m not sure which is worse: knowing that you’ve lost your passport or driver’s license or knowing that someone else lost it for you.

I’m voting for the second. In the first case, you know whom to blame, you know most of the story (“I remember I had it out of my wallet when I checked into the hotel….”)...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT )

Presidents Trump and Vladimir Putin are meeting in Helsinki, Finland. “I go in with very low expectations,” Trump said.

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When President Trump met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the agenda was clear. As he meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin today...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT )

A decade after the U.S. Air Force commissioned the next generation of GPS satellites, the first of these spacecraft is finally set to launch into orbit later this year.

As with other national security missions, a roughly 200-foot-tall rocket will blast the massive satellite to space, fulfilling...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews ( Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT )

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business Section.

I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week.

Stocks closed higher Friday as rising oil prices pushed shares of energy companies northward....

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT )

The borrowed basketball court seemed overwhelmed by the climate-controlled palace of concrete and steel.

Nicknamed the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Houston Astrodome had already hosted a president, two dozen astronauts and, more recently, a demolition derby before the court arrived in two moving...

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Source: Los Angeles Times - Restaurant Reviews (Mon, 16 Jul 2018 05:00:00 PDT )


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