This weekend marks the anticipated release of Star Wars Battlefront 2, the latest blockbuster game based on LucasFilm's monolithic franchise. The sequel is a direct response to the first game, and the problems many fans of the galaxy far far away had with it. This means more maps, more weapons, a greater depth to the gameplay and, most notably, a single-player, story-based campaign mode. Players will experience the story of Iden Versio, an elite Imperial soldier, during and following the fall of the Empire at the end of Return of the Jedi. IBTimes UK sat down with the campaign's writer Mitch Dyer to discuss working on a beloved series and the level of creative freedom offered to him while working within the multi-billion dollar franchise. Note: This interview was conducted in early October, before the issue of loot boxes and microtransactions in the game arose. IBTimes UK: What does working on Star Wars mean to you? Mitch Dyer: This is my first project, so for me, it's especially … [Read more...] about Star Wars Battlefront 2 writer Mitch Dyer on creative freedom and what the series means to him
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Sequels rarely go to the lengths Star Wars Battlefront 2 has to address the concerns of its fans. Every key component of this huge shooter expands on the 2015 original, resulting in a product that's more complete than developer DICE's initial reboot ever was. It took multiple premium expansions for that first game to come close to feeling as substantial as it should have upon release, and for that publisher EA came under fire. The criticism led to the announcement that its sequel would be supported with free updates introducing new characters, modes and maps. There's a catch though. To pay for this free content, Battlefront 2 has been built to generate steady revenue stream for EA via microtransactions. Players can buy an in-game currency called 'crystals' that can be traded for loot boxes containing all manner of items and upgrades. The ability to purchase crystals was temporarily removed for Battlefront 2's launch, following an immense uproar over how the the game's pre-release trial … [Read more...] about Star Wars Battlefront 2 review: Cynical business practices tarnish DICE’s much-improved sequel
There's something fascinating about female monarchs - just look at the success of ITV's Victoria. So watch out for The Crown , a grand sweep of Queen Elizabeth II 's reign, is coming to Netflix this week. The opening scene of The Crown will shock some viewers: it begins with King George VI (Jared Harris) coughing up blood into a lavatory bowl. The sight of a king so ill and so vulnerable in his sumptuous surroundings immediately sets a foreboding tone. No matter how fabulous the settings - and no expense has been spared on this series - nor how wealthy the family, it clearly won't be long until all his cares will be heaped upon his offspring's shoulders. Starring Claire Foy as Elizabeth II, The Crown will look at each decade of our current Queen's reign, and how her life intertwines with that of the political ruling class. Ex-Dr Who star Matt Smith plays Prince Philip , and US comedy veteran John Lithgow appears as Winston Churchill, wearing prosthetics and heavy make up. Each … [Read more...] about The Crown is a gorgeous Netflix makeover of the Queen’s reign – here’s the release date, cast, and trailer for the new series
Breathe a sigh of relief, now that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in cinemas we can all talk about it - and that means all the secrets come out, including the cameos. Director Rian Johnson has crammed plenty of celebs, royals and sneaky cameos into The Last Jedi. There are spoilers below, but if you've seen it scroll on down. Just a quick note, cameos count as celebs popping up, main actors sneaking in elsewhere and old actors turned new (it'll make sense in a bit). Before we point all of them out though let us get that question out of the way... Was James Corden in Star Wars: The Last Jedi? Before we get to who actually appeared, there's the mystery of Corden . Some fans tweeted thinking they spotted him, but it looks like that isn't the case. So there you have it, it was all a case of mistaken identity. Here are the real Star Wars cameos. 1. Justin Theroux Leftovers star Justin Theroux plays the codebreaker Finn and Rose go hunting for. Instead of helping he's busy gambling and … [Read more...] about Was James Corden in Star Wars? All the celeb cameos in The Last Jedi from the royals to singers
OF all the new characters in the latest Star Wars trilogy, Snoke is the one who really has fans guessing.Here's everything you need to know about the First Order's Supreme Leader - but be warned, there are some serious Last Jedi spoilers ahead.It's a question which has been baffling us Star Wars fans ever since The Force Awakens came out in 2015.The easy answer is that Snoke is the Supreme Leader of the First Order, the tyrannical regime which has replaced the Galactic Empire.Although not a Sith, Snoke has an impressive mastery of the force, and is capable of influencing people's thoughts, linking minds, and manipulatng people and objects from across the galaxy.Standing at around seven foot tall, Snoke is a deformed humanoid alien.But the big question fans have been asking is whether Snoke is an all-new character, or whether he's someone we've heard of before.At the moment, we don't know for sure what Snoke's backstory is - or if we'll ever find out.Yup. Snoke croaks in the film … [Read more...] about Who is Supreme Leader Snoke, does he die in Star Wars The Last Jedi, is Kylo Ren his apprentice and is he Darth Plagueis?
THE late Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been given rave reviews for their performances in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Critics have hailed the film as “amazing”, with each of these actors being praised for their parts in the new movie.The pair, who starred in the first ever movie in 1977, reprised their roles of Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker for this latest chapter in the space saga.Carrie sadly passed away last December, so the new movie marks her last onscreen performance.The world premiere of the film happened last night, and even though reviews of the film are embargoed until Tuesday, critics are already tweeting their reactions.Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican tweeted: “Carrie Fisher has some unforgettable moments as Leia. @HamillHimself is crushing as a Luke who’s more broken and lost than your action figures from the ’70s. #TheLastJedi”While The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker said: “It’s AMAZING. Just … [Read more...] about Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill get rave reviews as critics rate ‘amazing’ Star Wars: The Last Jedi
PAUL HOLLYWOOD went on a social media charm offensive after I revealed that relations in the new Great British Bake Off tent had crumbled.But any good work he did by publicly telling PRUE LEITH the week had been “the best yet” was half-baked — as Paul has now put his foot in it with his colleagues once again.The show judge belittled the roles of new hosts SANDI TOKSVIG and NOEL FIELDING, insisting they are not the real stars of the show.Paul said: “The presenters are on for about five minutes and the bakers are on there for 50 minutes, so they are the stars of the show.“The characters on this year’s show are the strongest we have had and the standard is ten times higher.“People get wrapped up in all this ‘host and judges’ thing too much. They forget that it’s all about the bakers.”His comments come after I told last week how things had become strained on set, particularly between Paul and MARY BERRY’s replacement, … [Read more...] about Paul Hollywood claims Great British Bake Off hosts Sandi Toksvig and Noel Fielding ‘aren’t the REAL stars’ as tensions rise
THE festive season is upon us and there's no better time to snuggle up on the sofa and get hooked on a new series or movie.This December Amazon Prime is lining up some cracking Christmas films for you to sink your teeth into, as well as new episodes of The Grand Tour coming out every Friday and the much anticipated second season of The Man in the High Castle.When is it on? The Amazon Prime Video original show premieres on November 16.What season are we up to? This will be the second series of the Emmy nominated show.Who’s in it? Actor Luke Kleintank, who previously starred in Bones, Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars, returns fro the second series, alongside Lee Shorten, who has previously starred in Supernatural.What’s it about? The show offers a dark glimpse into an alternate history of North America. In the alternative world created by the show we see what life after WWII may have been like if the Nazis had won the war.When is it … [Read more...] about What’s on Amazon Prime in December? From The Man in the High Castle to new episodes of The Grand Tour all the new series and films you need to watch this month
SKY Atlantic have never failed to deliver when it comes to epic new shows - but new show Guerrilla looks set to top the lot.With A-lister Idris Elba acting in the show as well as being executive producer, and an all-star cast on board, the new gritty drama is one not to be missed.Here's what we need to know about the show...Guerrilla tells the story of politically active lovers Jas and Marcus - who in 1971 become involved with their friends in an activist movement.As the political becomes personal for both of them, the group go head-to-head with racist elements of the police force who are out to silence their voice.Guerrilla explores the nature of a relationship under pressure and what people think is necessary to change the world around them.Idris Elba (Kent Fue)Roles have included parts in The Wire, Luther, The Office and the Big C.In cinema, he has also been credited in a string of blockbuster films - including Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, Finding Dory, Zootropolis and Star … [Read more...] about When does Guerrilla start on Sky Atlantic, who’s in the cast with Freida Pinto and Idris Elba and what’s it about?
IT’S 10am in the back room of a West London pub and Jeremy Clarkson is running late.As he eventually bundles in, he has a typically Jezza explanation: “They’ve closed the road all the way from Bristol to Harrods because someone spilled some oil and they had to resurface it.“I spilled some olive oil on my kitchen floor last night, but I didn’t re-tile it.”Rewind to last year and Clarkson, 56, was unemployed after punching a Top Gear producer over missing his steak dinner. But he’s come out smelling of roses.He signed a reported £160million deal — he says it’s “much lower” — to front Amazon Prime’s blockbuster new car show, The Grand Tour, alongside his old mates Richard Hammond and James May.The show takes them around the world in a tent, driving supercars, playing soldiers and blowing things up. So its business as usual, then.“The phone didn’t stop ringing,” says Jeremy. “Everyone … [Read more...] about I’m just a lucky fat man getting paid to drive a Lambo and shout says Jeremy Clarkson as he lifts lid on The Grand Tour