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Before I dive into this review, I wanted to provide some background for it. I have watched both Ghost in the Shell movies, stand alone complex, Arise and Solid State Society. I watched Ghost In the Shell two times. I know many will say I wasted my money, but I wanted to give an honest review. So the first time was in a regular theater and the second was IMAX 3D. Here’s my thoughts.

Ghost In the Shell is a new story written by William Wheeler. Wheeler’s other screenplays include Queen of Kwate, The Hoax and The Lego Ninjato Movie. If you haven’t heard of any of these titles don’t worry you aren’t missing anything amazing. Wheeler essentially went through the stories of the first Ghost in the Shell movie, and the Individual Eleven story arc. He gutted some ideas from both, the movie for iconic scenes, elements and the villain Kuze from Individual eleven. He then slapped threw it all together without the essence of what makes Ghost in the Shell an amazing series.

To make matters even worse the Steven Spielberg (yes THAT Steven Spielberg) produced movie was directed by Rupert Sanders. You might not be familiar with that name but you are very familiar with a film he directed called Snow White and The Huntsman.

Ghost In The Shell plot-wise is an utter and complete trainwreck of Americanization. The main theme is corporations are evil and only want to make weapons of war. To make matters worse the only actors who seemed to have studied the characters they were playing were Takeshi Kitano who played Chief Aramaki, and Chin Han as Togusa. It seems as if the rest of the cast were told NOT to research the characters they would be playing.

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Scarlett Johansson plays The Major. While she is awesome as playing Black Widow, as The Major she is utterly disappointing. It feels like she is trying to be Kristen Stewart playing The Major in a really hacked up fan fiction. The Major is a woman who one year before the events of the movie had her brain cyberized and placed into a robotic shell. Throughout the movie she is just all mopey and self pitying. What makes The Major a deep character in the series is just gone. Also one year and she has the rank of Major? Ummm nope sorry not possible.

Major is assigned to Section 9 the cybercrime division and is partnered with Bato played by Pilou Asbæk. If you think Major was disappointing Bato is even worse. Each of his scenes were just painful, it was like he was just reading the lines. The majority of the movie he just stands behind the Major and utters short lines. His series backstory of course is gone as are his signature eyes, which get introduced in this movie.

Rating this movie PG-13 was another nail in the coffin for Ghost In The Shell. It severely limited what could be done in this movie. It was almost as if the production companies still believe that since anime is a cartoon it’s for kids. With a better script and director the movie should have been a hard PG or an R rating.

Overall Ghost In The Shell has been horrifically ‘dumbed down’ for American audiences instead of following Marvel’s method of catering to their fans. Until major production companies in America learn to treat popular Anime series movies with the same level of care and respect as a Marvel movie; we fans will have to continue to suffer these horrific adaptations.

As I stated before I saw this movie twice. If you’re looking to save money wait for Ghost In The Shell to come out on Red Box. But if you absolutely must see this in theaters go see it in IMAX. Watching the visuals taken from the Ghost In The Shell anime are amazing in IMAX and honestly it’s the only bearable way to watch it.

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Raiden, the famous shmup series, will come back as a twin-stick shooter on PS5, PS4, and PC

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Raiden has a long and interesting history as a vertical shooter in arcades. However, the series is going to get a Super Stardust HD makeover, which means it will switch to a twin-stick format. It comes out in Japan on October 31. There’s no word yet on when it will come out in the West, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

A Gematsu translation of the game’s website says that the full version will have an arcade mode with up to six stages. There will also be an “Unlimited” option for people who want to be at the top of the rankings. It sounds like a pretty straightforward package in terms of what’s inside, but we think the action will be what makes it worth it.

There’s a trailer up top that should help you figure out what to expect. There are, however, different versions of Raiden 3, Raiden 4, and Raiden 5 that you can play right now on the PS5 and PS4, if you can’t wait for this game to come out in the West.

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Star Wars Outlaws gives you a deep dive into its huge PS5 open world

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The marketing for Star Wars Outlaws makes a big deal out of the fact that it is the “first” open-world Star Wars game, even though Star Wars Jedi: Survivor was already pretty much that. Still, Massive Entertainment, the company that made The Division 2, makes it all seem to work together smoothly, which is likely where the difference lies. Now, that open world is the subject of an IGN First video that goes into great detail about how the playable universe works and all the things you can do in it. See it up there.

Higher-ups at Massive Entertainment talk about how the game is meant to feel like a new cinematic story experience, even though it has no clear ending in the 21-minute video. The main missions will have hand-crafted set pieces that make it feel like Uncharted, and the open world will be huge and full of things to discover.

It’s official that you’ll have to clear a fog of war when you land on a new planet. This means that your map won’t be filled with icons right away; you’ll have to find places and quests on your own. In the deep dive, there are also more things to talk about when it comes to the loyalty system, your reputation, and your skills. You have chosen Star Wars: Outlaws as your second-most-anticipated game for the rest of 2024. It will be out on PS5 on August 30, 2024. It only lost to Astro Bot, which came out a week later.

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Bandai Namco and Nike designed Tekken 8 sneakers with tag-team designs

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Nike, the maker of high-quality shoes, is working with Bandai Namco, the company that makes the Tekken series, to make a pair of sneakers. The fun competition is part of the franchise’s 30th anniversary celebrations. You can get your own pair for $250 or the equivalent in your country, though they’ll probably be worth a lot more on the sneakerhead black market.

Two pairs of Tekken 8 x Nike Air Foamposite One Fist sneakers are set to come out in September 2024, according to shoe fan Sole Retriever (thanks, VGC). The designs are based on Kazuya and Jin, two main characters in the series. You can get them at Nike and some other stores. People who like hypebeasts and fighting games are likely to buy these quickly, so if you like Tekken and shoes that make people talk, you should probably act fast.

Should Bandai Namco and Nike work together? What do you think? Are you going to fight for your own pair? Make sure to take good care of your shoes and keep their value in the comments section below.

 

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