The Walking Dead: The Final Season Teaser Gives Us More Grizzled Clementine

At long last, Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure series is drawing to a close. But it won’t be going out with a whimper, not by a long shot. Fans can join a grown-up, much more mature version of Clementine as she makes her last outing of the series, with her story drawing to a close. The Walking Dead – The Final Season’s latest teaser showcases just a few key scenes from the game intercut with some new footage, ahead of the first episode’s debut next month.

The Walking Dead has featured young Clementine ever since the first episode, where we met her as well as protagonist Lee. Unfortunately, Lee is no longer with us, and Clementine has had to make her own way through the tumultuous world after the zombie apocalypse wrecked lives and families. She’s a fan-favorite character, and she’s grown older and wiser over the course of the game, so we can’t see where the final season leads her.

The first episode can be picked up on August 14 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but it will also be hitting Nintendo Switch later this year. There’s also exclusive gameplay being shown off during San Diego Comic Con today, so we’ll keep an eye out for that, as should you. We’re ready for a proper sendoff for Clem, and we hope it’s fitting of her memorable character!

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Hands-on Preview

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was an omnipresent part of Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation and a major part of its booth. It makes sense, given its more than a party game or a fighting game. It’s a celebration of Nintendo’s heritage across the ages. But that celebration is about to reach its peak, with Ultimate promising to feature almost everything in the series to this point.

Shacknews didn’t have too much time to try the game out at E3. We squeezed a couple of matches in, as is evidenced by the video below. But this year’s San Diego Comic-Con allowed for a much more extensive look at Nintendo’s biggest holiday release. And for the casual Smash Bros. player, there’s more to love than ever.

Those who approach Ultimate the way they do Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be in some trouble out of the gate. Ultimate is noticeably faster than its predecessor. It’s not quite “Melee” fast, but the flow is much smoother, especially once players master the short hop. The short hop has been refined to allow players to hit X/Y and A simultaneously for a quick aerial attack.

The other big change is to the dodging system. I remember a big part of my For Glory experience rolling away from danger at a moment’s notice, but repeated rolls and sidesteps will get progressively slower and more open to punishes. This encourages more offensive styles or varied defensive maneuvers, like the air dodge. The air dodge gives a big momentum boost in a single direction and actually takes some getting used to. It’s a bit of a gamble, since the ending lag leaves players wide open for follow-up attacks, but the air dodge gets some serious distance and can even be used for recovery in a pinch.

All that mechanical stuff is fun and all, but how do the new characters handle? Comic-Con also allowed for some extended time with Inkling and Ridley, both of whom are immensely fun to play. Inkling, in particular, could take the Smash world by storm with their Splatoon-based moveset. The Splat Roller is a particularly powerful special that will often bury opponents in the ground and leave them immobile for a few seconds. This move is offset by a high recovery time, so it’s not always possible to follow up that burial with a Smash attack. Speaking of which, the Inkling’s forward-Smash has some serious range and could become a favorite for beginners. The most unique aspect of the Inkling is that just like Splatoon, their paint meter needs to be refilled over the course of battle. This is cleverly tied to the block button and the B button, which has the Inkling’s squid form dive into the ground to safely refill their paint meter.

Ridley is a little more unwieldly, but has the potential to be wildly powerful. He has a high variety of specials, right down to his neutral-B fireball, which can be charged to unleash nearly a dozen at a time. His side-B is going to be abused a lot, as it’s basically a flying command grab. Players who can’t fight out it are dragged across the stage. But it’s Ridley’s down-B Tail Spear that’s the toughest move to master. It can cause mild damage, but can often be punished. However, a fully-charged Tail Spear can not only cause massive damage, it can crumple the opponent, allowing Ridley to hit a KO blow. He’s not going to be for everyone, but Ridley has the potential to be a lot of fun.

The other big takeaway from this time with Smash Bros. is the heavy stage diversity. The new Splatoon and Breath of the Wild stages are a lot of fun in their own ways, but my attention was more on the returning stages that I never expected to see on a big console release again. Saffron City from the original Super Smash Bros.? Spirit Tracks and Prism Tower from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS? Princess Peach’s Castle from Super Smash Bros. Melee? Nintendo isn’t afraid to go in with the deep cuts this time around, further feeding into the idea that Ultimate will be true to its name and feature everything in the series to date.

Lastly, some are wondering whether the classic GameCube controller will be necessary here. That answer is going to depend on how quickly the average player can adapt without it. This demo was held with Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers, arguably one of the best designed controllers currently on the market. And while many of the standard Smash Bros. controls remain intact, there was one key function that wasn’t where I expected it to be. The grab button has typically been tied to the Z button on the old GameCube controller, which is located along the right shoulder. However, on the Pro Controller, the grab button is tied to ZL. Hitting the right shoulder here will block, but those looking to grab will have to switch over to the left shoulder. It’s going to take some mental adjustments to get used to that, but veterans who would rather not make this change may want to stick to the GameCube controller.

There’s going to be much more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the coming months and Shacknews will be here to cover it all. We’ve already started counting down to the game’s release with character profiles that we’ll be adding to on a weekly basis. We’ll also have any news as it arises. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books

What are the top 100 science-fiction and fantasy books ever written? This is an argument that will go on until the end of time with buffs of both these genres. NPR came up with their list of the Best 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books. So, do you agree with the choices? Was there a book left off? Vote for the scifi and fantasy books that you believe are the absolute best. Add any shows that you believe deserve votes, and of course, feel free to re-rank this list of books in the order you think is correct.

Many of the books listed here are classics. Most people can agree that The Lord of the Rings, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire are amazing works of literature and considered not only some of  the best science fiction books, but maybe the best books ever.

Here is your chance to vote for your favorite science fiction and fantasy book and you can rerank these books as feel you deem to be correct. There are plenty of great options to choose from so vote and rerank to go along with your own opinion.
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The Greatest British Actors of All Time

This list of the greatest British actors of all time has been ranked by fans of the films and TV shows in which these men have starred. What is it about British men that makes them so magnetic on the screen? Is it their sexy accents? Their distinguished demeanors? Whatever the case, there are many top British actors and great English actors who have achieved fame, success, and won many awards worldwide.

British actors like Daniel Day-Lewis and Ben Kingsley are considered to be some of the greatest actors of all time. This list includes British male actors from the United Kingdom of Great Britain, including England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Who are your favorites among these best British actors? Vote them up, or click rerank below to make a list of your own.
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The Best Sodas of All Time

Sodas (also known as “soda pop,” “pop” or “soft drinks”) are among the most popular beverages in the world, particularly in the US, where the average resident consumes 150 quarts per year. These sodas are available in a variety of flavors, some of the most popular including colas, lemon-lime, root beer, ginger ale and a variety of fruits. Excessive consumption of sugary sodas, not balanced with an otherwise healthful diet and exercise, can lead to obesity, tooth decay and a series of other disorders. But an occasional soda now and again can be a pleasant, refreshing treat.

This list contains the favorite soda selections of the Ranker community. Vote for your favorite sodas below, or start your own list to suggest specific soda varieties that aren’t already listed. And don’t forget to have a Coke and a smile!
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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: San Diego Comic-Con 2018 Hands-on Preview

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate was an omnipresent part of Nintendo’s E3 2018 presentation and a major part of its booth. It makes sense, given its more than a party game or a fighting game. It’s a celebration of Nintendo’s heritage across the ages. But that celebration is about to reach its peak, with Ultimate promising to feature almost everything in the series to this point.

Shacknews didn’t have too much time to try the game out at E3. We squeezed a couple of matches in, as is evidenced by the video below. But this year’s San Diego Comic-Con allowed for a much more extensive look at Nintendo’s biggest holiday release. And for the casual Smash Bros. player, there’s more to love than ever.

Those who approach Ultimate the way they do Super Smash Bros. for Wii U will be in some trouble out of the gate. Ultimate is noticeably faster than its predecessor. It’s not quite “Melee” fast, but the flow is much smoother, especially once players master the short hop. The short hop has been refined to allow players to hit X/Y and A simultaneously for a quick aerial attack.

The other big change is to the dodging system. I remember a big part of my For Glory experience rolling away from danger at a moment’s notice, but repeated rolls and sidesteps will get progressively slower and more open to punishes. This encourages more offensive styles or varied defensive maneuvers, like the air dodge. The air dodge gives a big momentum boost in a single direction and actually takes some getting used to. It’s a bit of a gamble, since the ending lag leaves players wide open for follow-up attacks, but the air dodge gets some serious distance and can even be used for recovery in a pinch.

All that mechanical stuff is fun and all, but how do the new characters handle? Comic-Con also allowed for some extended time with Inkling and Ridley, both of whom are immensely fun to play. Inkling, in particular, could take the Smash world by storm with their Splatoon-based moveset. The Splat Roller is a particularly powerful special that will often bury opponents in the ground and leave them immobile for a few seconds. This move is offset by a high recovery time, so it’s not always possible to follow up that burial with a Smash attack. Speaking of which, the Inkling’s forward-Smash has some serious range and could become a favorite for beginners. The most unique aspect of the Inkling is that just like Splatoon, their paint meter needs to be refilled over the course of battle. This is cleverly tied to the block button and the B button, which has the Inkling’s squid form dive into the ground to safely refill their paint meter.

Ridley is a little more unwieldly, but has the potential to be wildly powerful. He has a high variety of specials, right down to his neutral-B fireball, which can be charged to unleash nearly a dozen at a time. His side-B is going to be abused a lot, as it’s basically a flying command grab. Players who can’t fight out it are dragged across the stage. But it’s Ridley’s down-B Tail Spear that’s the toughest move to master. It can cause mild damage, but can often be punished. However, a fully-charged Tail Spear can not only cause massive damage, it can crumple the opponent, allowing Ridley to hit a KO blow. He’s not going to be for everyone, but Ridley has the potential to be a lot of fun.

The other big takeaway from this time with Smash Bros. is the heavy stage diversity. The new Splatoon and Breath of the Wild stages are a lot of fun in their own ways, but my attention was more on the returning stages that I never expected to see on a big console release again. Saffron City from the original Super Smash Bros.? Spirit Tracks and Prism Tower from Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS? Princess Peach’s Castle from Super Smash Bros. Melee? Nintendo isn’t afraid to go in with the deep cuts this time around, further feeding into the idea that Ultimate will be true to its name and feature everything in the series to date.

Lastly, some are wondering whether the classic GameCube controller will be necessary here. That answer is going to depend on how quickly the average player can adapt without it. This demo was held with Nintendo Switch Pro Controllers, arguably one of the best designed controllers currently on the market. And while many of the standard Smash Bros. controls remain intact, there was one key function that wasn’t where I expected it to be. The grab button has typically been tied to the Z button on the old GameCube controller, which is located along the right shoulder. However, on the Pro Controller, the grab button is tied to ZL. Hitting the right shoulder here will block, but those looking to grab will have to switch over to the left shoulder. It’s going to take some mental adjustments to get used to that, but veterans who would rather not make this change may want to stick to the GameCube controller.

There’s going to be much more on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the coming months and Shacknews will be here to cover it all. We’ve already started counting down to the game’s release with character profiles that we’ll be adding to on a weekly basis. We’ll also have any news as it arises. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on Nintendo Switch on December 7.

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The Walking Dead: The Final Season Teaser Gives Us More Grizzled Clementine

At long last, Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure series is drawing to a close. But it won’t be going out with a whimper, not by a long shot. Fans can join a grown-up, much more mature version of Clementine as she makes her last outing of the series, with her story drawing to a close. The Walking Dead – The Final Season’s latest teaser showcases just a few key scenes from the game intercut with some new footage, ahead of the first episode’s debut next month.

The Walking Dead has featured young Clementine ever since the first episode, where we met her as well as protagonist Lee. Unfortunately, Lee is no longer with us, and Clementine has had to make her own way through the tumultuous world after the zombie apocalypse wrecked lives and families. She’s a fan-favorite character, and she’s grown older and wiser over the course of the game, so we can’t see where the final season leads her.

The first episode can be picked up on August 14 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, but it will also be hitting Nintendo Switch later this year. There’s also exclusive gameplay being shown off during San Diego Comic Con today, so we’ll keep an eye out for that, as should you. We’re ready for a proper sendoff for Clem, and we hope it’s fitting of her memorable character!

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