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Little Nightmares Review

Little Nightmares Review

From its opening moments, Little Nightmares' haunting aesthetic pulls you into its world of existential conundrums. It enthralls you with its eerie atmosphere and makes your heart pound with tense cat-and-mouse style chases. But the curtains close on this psychological puzzle-platformer far too soon, and for better or worse, it leaves you craving more.


Little Nightmares uses its time efficiently to deliver a poignant look at the consequences of sacrificing innocence and its ensuing madness. You follow the journey of Six, a nine-year-old girl trapped in The Maw--an underwater resort filled with monstrous, disfigured inhabitants that tower over her. The background details are never explicitly explained, but it's clear from the beginning that you must escape.



That vagueness continues throughout the game's short runtime, inspiring you to keep pushing forward in search of answers, as you observe vague narrative details in the places you visit. How did Six get trapped in the Maw? What is the Maw's purpose? And who is Six, exactly? These questions persist until the game's thought-provoking conclusion, and they're likely to remain with you after the fact. This lasting ambiguity drives an enticing narrative that keeps you engaged even if the answers it provides aren't entirely clear.


The answers you do discover can be found in the unsettling macabre imagery you encounter. There are many stories to decipher and interpret from the derelict, poorly lit rooms and corridors of the Maw--in fact, it's only a few minutes in that you find the hung corpse of a large man swaying back and forth from the noose that took him. Such sights are commonplace, each effectively reminding you in various disturbing ways of the world's cold, morbid state. The varied environments that serve as the backdrop of your adventure also keep you uneasy; your relative sense of scale is ever-changing, and the frequent, shifting Dutch angles that frame your viewpoint distort your perception of the world. The sound design is just as stirring as the visuals, from the creaking floorboards to the dissonant ambience that fill the Maw's vacant underground chambers. The game's presentation engenders a deep sense of foreboding that makes each moment you spend in it all the more chilling.


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


Little Nightmares Review


In light of Little Nightmares' presentation, the juxtaposition between its cartoonish qualities and the dark mood that permeates its world is striking and distinctive. Its childlike perspective counterbalances its horror. This is reflected in the puerile ways you navigate and interact with the world: you pull up chairs to reach doorknobs, throw a cymbal-banging monkey toy at a button to trigger an elevator, and hug small critters wearing cone-shaped hats to prove your good intentions. This juvenile style of exploration and contact imbues the game with an underlying innocence. As a result, you always feel like there's a sliver of hope, even if it seems like it's continually in jeopardy against the grisly realities you must face.


You're not alone in this world surrounded by iniquity; there are several deformed creatures that stand in your path towards freedom. Those that inhabit the Maw fuel some of the game's most harrowing moments. The blind underground caretaker known as the "Janitor" has long, slender arms that heavily juxtapose his thick frame, while the chef twins are hulking, grotesque creatures that wear the skins of other people's faces as masks. To evade their clutches, you must sneak past them and solve basic puzzles under their noses, like finding a crank to open up a nearby hatch. You also navigate the occasional platforming section during the inevitable moment they spot you and give chase. The moments you spend hiding or running for your life are some of the most thrilling and tense that Little Nightmares has to offer. The suspense is further heightened by how small in size you are compared to them; it feels like the odds are always stacked against you. As a result, every successful escape seems like a fluke, which makes each encounter feel just as riveting as the last. That isn't to say you won't fail a fair number of times. Luckily, the game's run-ins with trial-and-error never overtly punish you, and it usually only takes a couple attempts to overcome even its most challenging sequences.



The adrenaline-fueled chases you have with the game's gruesome enemies are exhilarating, but the moments in between spent platforming and solving puzzles are often too brief and straightforward. Most times you're simply climbing up containers to reach a vent or acquiring a key to open up a path ahead. These rudimentary tasks, while utilized well during chase sequences to create tension and panic, aren't memorable on their own and serve as little more than busywork. Their facile nature keep things moving, aiding in the tight pacing of the adventure. But they're not as fleshed out as they could be, making your efforts to push forward in these sections feel superficial and hurried, especially when compared to your daring escapes from the Maw's inhabitants.


It's likely you'll finish Little Nightmares in one or two sittings; its brief length may diminish the spark of its highs, making you wish there was more to prolong the time it takes to overcome its tense set pieces. But regardless of how you view the time you spend with the game, its strange and distorted world is enough to pull you back in for a second playthrough. The journey to reach its provocative conclusion is filled with unnerving questions and imagery that take hold of your morbid curiosities and pull you deep into introspection. While its puzzles are at times too straightforward, Little Nightmares is a chilling odyssey well worth taking.


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Top 10 Movies At The US Box Office This Weekend

Top 10 Movies At The US Box Office This Weekend

Marvel's latest superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, is still on top.


The latest US box office estimates have arrived, showing that the movie made $63 million this weekend, according to Entertainment Weekly. That is significantly ahead of the No. 2 film, Amy Schumer's Snatched ($17.5 million). Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has now made around $246.2 million domestically after just two weeks.


Top 10 Movies At The US Box Office This Weekend


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 made $145 million for its first weekend in the US, meaning sales dropped 57 percent week-over-year. That downturn is of course expected, given the front-loaded nature of Marvel movies and others, but the dropoff is less than Iron Man 2 and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which each fell 59.4 percent for the second weekends.


The movie premiered earlier globally, and made $115.2 million more this weekend from international markets. Worldwide, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has now pulled in $630.6 million.


Elsewhere, Guy Ritchie's new King Arthur movie starring Charlie Hunnam finished in the No. 3 position with $14.7 million. According to EW, the movie had a $170 million budget, so it's not off to the best start. It made $29.1 million from international markets to boost the worldwide total to $43.8 million.


In fourth place this weekend was The Fate of the Furious, which made $5.3 million in its fifth week. Worldwide, the film now has pulled in $1.193 billion, making it the 11th highest-grossing movie in history, overtaking Minions ($1.16 billion).


US Box Office May 12-14 Estimates


As compiled by EW


  1. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – $63 million

  2. Snatched – $17.5 million

  3. King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – $14.7 million

  4. The Fate of the Furious – $5.3 million

  5. The Boss Baby – $4.6 million

  6. Beauty and the Beast – $3.9 million

  7. How to Be a Latin Lover – $3.7 million

  8. Lowriders – $2.4 million

  9. The Circle – $1.7 million

  10. Baahubali 2: The Conclusion – $1.6 million

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 13 Tips You Should Know Before Starting

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: 13 Tips You Should Know Before Starting


While Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is an accessible racing game on the surface, it can also be highly competitive. Thanks to the portable power of the Switch, you can now challenge your friends to a race whenever you want--so why not learn how to completely destroy them? We've put together all the best tips for beginners so you can race like a pro.


For more Mario Kart, be sure to read our full review. You can also watch the video version of our Mario Kart 8 beginner's tips, and if you've mastered the racing basics, check out our video on the best shortcuts in Mario Kart 8.






How To Get The Starting Line Boost



If you time it right, you can get a speed boost at the beginning of a race and get out ahead of the first-lap chaos. To get the boost, press and hold A as the countdown fades from 2. If you do it too late, you might get a smaller boost, but if you're too early, you'll stall.






Boost Off Ramps And Jumps To Decrease Your Time



Press R when you're going off a jump or ramp to get a speed boost. Boost-able areas include regular ramps, logs, and wave-like rolling portions of the track. Boosting throughout a race can shave seconds off your time, which can mean the difference between first and second place.





You Can Check Who (Or What) Is On Your Tail



Press X to look behind you during a race. You can use this to avoid oncoming items or opponents--just be careful not to drive off the track while you're seeing who's eating your dust.





Don't Be Afraid To Brake



If you're going into a turn too quickly, it's usually better to slow down than to fly off the track. Don't be shy about braking, especially in the faster engine classes (it's pretty much mandatory in 200cc).





How To Drift Like A Pro




Drifting is imperative for success in Mario Kart 8, since it'll help you turn as tightly and quickly as possible, lower your race times, and prevent you from flying off the track. Hold R during a turn to drift through it--the longer you hold R, the better your speed boost will be when you let go. You'll see sparks flying off your kart that change from blue to yellow to pink. Pink sparks are new in Deluxe and give the best boost, but it's hard to drift long enough to reach that level except on very long turns. (Note that auto-steer has to be off to get pink sparks. See slide 14.)


When and where you should begin drifting depends on your kart configuration (see slides 11, 12, and 13). But as a general rule of thumb (for karts at least), start drifting right before the curved part of the track starts. Bikes have much better handling than karts and require a lighter touch, so if you're new to drifting, start out on karts first to get a feel for it.





You Can Protect Yourself With Items



Rather than using an item immediately, you can carry certain items (like Bananas and Shells) behind you by holding L. When you're targeted by a Red or Green Shell, they'll protect you from getting hit--just don't try it with a Bob-omb, because it'll explode.





There IS A Way To Beat The Blue Shell



If you're in first place and you get a Super Horn, hold onto it for dear life. It can knock away items and other racers, but it's best used to protect you from the infamous Blue Shell, the nearly invincible item that targets the racer in first place. Use the Super Horn while the Blue Shell is hovering over you to destroy it.





Save Mushrooms For Shortcuts



When you get a Mushroom, save it until you reach a shortcut to make the most of it. The added speed from the Mushroom will help you make it over grass or other weird, off-road surfaces that usually stand between you and a great shortcut.


Check out our video on the best shortcuts in Mario Kart 8 if you aren't sure where to start. You can also race against Nintendo employees' ghosts in the Time Trials mode and stay behind them to see some shortcuts and efficient routes.





Coins Give You A Small Speed Boost



Coins are important for unlocking kart parts, but they're also great for racing! Having 10 grants you a very small top speed boost that can make a big difference.





What Do Kart Stats Mean?



Karts have five stats: speed, acceleration, weight, handling, and traction. Press the plus or minus button to see stats in the kart selection screen.


  • Speed: The top speed of the kart under regular circumstances.



  • Acceleration: How quickly the kart gains speed. High acceleration helps you recover more quickly from getting hit or falling off the track.



  • Weight: The kart's weight. Karts with a higher weight can knock away those with lower weights.



  • Handling: The kart's turning ability. High handling helps on tracks with frequent or tight turns and on the faster engine classes (150cc and 200cc). Note that bikes have higher handling than karts and make much sharper turns.



  • Traction: The kart's grip on the road. High traction can help keep you from slowing down too much on off-road terrain or from slipping a lot on smooth tracks.







Characters Have Weight Classes



Kart stats are partially affected by the character you choose. There are three main weight classes: light, medium, and heavy. There's a small amount of variation within them, so always check your kart stats when you change characters.


  • Light: Baby Peach, Baby Daisy, Baby Rosalina, Lemmy, Baby Mario, Baby Luigi, Dry Bones, Koopa Troopa, Lakitu, Bowser Jr., Toadette, Wendy, Isabelle, Toad, Shy Guy, Larry



  • Medium: Cat Peach, Inkling Girl, Villager (female), Peach, Daisy, Yoshi, Tanooki Mario, Inkling Boy, Villager (male), Luigi, Iggy, Mario, Ludwig



  • Heavy: Rosalina, King Boo, Link, Waluigi, Donkey Kong, Roy, Wario, Dry Bowser, Metal Mario (including Gold Mario), Pink Gold Peach, Bowser, Morton




Note: Miis can be any weight class depending on their size.


Heavier characters have higher top speeds but lower acceleration, handling, and traction, so tailor your kart to account for the character you pick.






How To Build The Best Karts



Generally, your performance with a certain kart combination depends on your style. The best way to test new kart parts is to isolate them--that is, equip the standard kart, wheels, and glider, and then only change one category. It's an easy way to see how something like a set of wheels can affect your entire loadout.


For beginners, karts with mid-to-high speed, acceleration, and handling will work best. You can achieve this build easily with a medium or heavy character using the standard kart parts.


Nintendo's record best times on the Wii U version were set with heavy characters using the Sport Bike, Slick wheels, and Parafoil glider, for the most part.





Check Your Settings



There are two new settings in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: auto-steer and auto-accelerate. They're helpful for new players or anyone who has difficulty racing with the default controls, but they're on by default. If you'd like to race without help, be sure to turn them off before you start. Check these settings by pressing the + or - buttons when on the kart selection screen.


Note that auto-steer will keep you from straying off the track, but it will also prevent you from taking off-road shortcuts and will likely put you at a disadvantage when playing competitively.






Prey Review

Prey Review

For a game so concerned with the perils of futurism, it's ironic that Prey feels like it's trapped in the past. With the Dishonored series, developer Arkane Studios has become torchbearer of the Looking Glass legacy, crafting so-called "immersive sims" from the building blocks of System Shock and its various progenitors. The frameworks of these games are just as formative to the design of Prey, but while the Dishonored titles take ideas underpinning the genre and push them forward, Prey's humdrum execution of these fundamentals leaves it feeling stuck in time.


Set in the year 2032, Prey casts the player as Morgan Yu, a scientist that finds herself--or himself--trapped on Talos I, a space station overrun by a race of highly intelligent aliens called the Typhon. Morgan was involved in the creation of Neuromods, a technology derived from the Typhon that allows humans to augment their abilities. She was also the primary test subject for them, hot-swapping Neuromods in and out of her brain with reckless abandon. During the removal process, the memory of a user is rolled back to its pre-installation state, and since the game begins shortly after some mods are ripped out of her brain, Morgan--and by proxy, the player--starts as an amnesiac.


Prey's opening is its most memorable part, largely due to its own "Would you kindly" moment, and the promise of what it could mean. In the ending of Irrational's BioShock, the revelation surrounding this phrase re-contextualises the events of the entire game to deliver a commentary on player agency. Prey subverts this with an early game twist that lays the groundwork for players to scrutinise their agency in the moment, to question the motivations of characters as they appear, and re-evaluate the impact they're having throughout. It's an opportunity to tell a twisting, paranoia-fuelled story that forces you to second-guess your own character. But sadly, that opportunity is largely wasted. Prey quickly loosens its grip on this narrative thread, allowing it to drift into the background in favour of environmental storytelling that shifts the focus to Talos I itself.


With its fusion of art-deco stylings and utilitarian design, Talos I is initially very striking. It has the deep red furnishings and gleaming gold frame of a baroque hotel but this is abstracted against the blackness of space, visible through giant glass windows. Together with the luminescent blue computer screens and neon stylings of other futuristic technology, Talos I has a distinct visual identity, but it's one that grows tiresome.


Video game worlds are often designed on the same principles as amusement parks, with zones supporting unique themes for variety. Talos I, however, maintains a consistent aesthetic throughout its various areas, breaking the uniformity of its visual design only for the Arboretum, where lush vegetation, towering trees, and snaking vines are entangled with cold space station architecture. Otherwise, the place is comprised of typical living quarters, office areas, and an abundance of science labs in various states of disarray. Logically, the lack of variety makes sense--it's an installation designed to house people that do science, not a funfair. Nevertheless, the lack of variety provides little incentive to stop and admire your surroundings beyond the initial few hours.


Good immersive sims--like BioShock and Dishonored 2--weave stories into their environments. In Prey, however, those stories are limited to either "people were here, Typhon appeared, killed everyone, knocked over furniture, and blew holes in things" or "Typhon were being experimented on here, they got out, knocked over furniture, and destroyed all the expensive science stuff." A space station ruined by a catastrophic event and the hubris of its leaders is evocative in itself, but this is just the outline of events, and without more color Prey's world reveals itself to be vapid and lacking in depth.



Smaller tales involving the people stationed on Talos I can be found by reading emails at computer terminals, and although they provide a little more to latch onto, by and large it's all similarly forgettable. Emails are mostly the kind of thing you'd expect a bunch of coworkers to be contacting each other about: complaining about colleagues, reminding each other about best practices in the workplace, or explaining why that door you really need to get through is locked.


Hidden amongst all the emails and loose papers strewn around environments is the occasional meaningful exchange--like a group arranging a Dungeons & Dragons game complete with character build sheets, a multi-part treasure hunt, details of shifts in Morgan's personality during the Neuromod testing, or theories on the strange abilities the Typhon exhibit. Again, these are effective in creating a sense that Talos I was a real, functioning place where people worked and lived together, but the abundance of mundane notes makes reading them a chore, and overall they feel like filler for an overarching narrative that's stretched thin.


A key part of Prey's story involves presenting conflicting evidence about Morgan's personality before the memory loss, specifically her intent for Talos I and her contingency for a Typhon outbreak. The game wants you to define your Morgan by completing select side-quests that require moral decisions. However, it only serves up a handful of these moments and they come in the form of uninspired missions for characters who seem like distractions from the main narrative instead of pivotal figures in the outcome of the story. Prey makes an honest effort of raising the profile of these people, but it happens late in the game, and when all's said and done, the characters still felt disposable. There's a restraint to Prey that creates a disquieting quality in Talos I, but when this philosophy is extended to its characters, it just makes them fade away.


Prey does occasionally deliver an engaging mission ... but they're few and far between


Who can be blamed for wanting to ignore that guy that asks you to go out of your way to fetch a personal artefact? Or that lady who needs you to expend precious resources battling Typhon to grab her medicine? It turns out, however, these menial tasks are critical to the ending. And when the game laid out the unexpected way it all tied together, the revelation didn't feel earned. Prey does occasionally deliver an engaging mission, such as a hunt for an escaped convict, but they're few and far between, and often end very anticlimactically.


Prey's gameplay experience fares better, but it's uneven and, at times, its systems feel at odds with itself. With limited access to weapons and special abilities, much of the early game feels like a slog. The Typhon are abundant and soak up damage, so you're dumping ammunition into them while they chip away at your health, and then struggling to stay alive since resources are scarce. It feels like the worst parts of survival horror: a punishing war of attrition, but without the cycle of tension and release that makes it enjoyable. This becomes pronounced when you consider that Mimics, the most prevalent type of Typhon enemy in the early stages, have a tendency of appearing in blind spots and catching you off guard.


This aspect of the game is simultaneously exhilarating and infuriating. The Mimics are small, highly mobile creatures that have the ability to shapeshift into innocuous objects around them. This means that you can walk into a room and be completely unaware that a Mimic waits just a few feet away, disguised as a cup or a trash can. While this was effective in creating tension, it also detracted from exploration; I wasn't soaking in the atmosphere as much as I was painstakingly scouring it to get that Mimic before it chipped away at my health, forcing me to use precious healing items. And when I took on a Mimic, the lethargic controls of gunplay coupled with a small, black Mimic darting around the floor of a dimly lit room and leaping off walls made me feel like Mr. Bean.


There are methods to uncover a Mimic before it strikes, most notably by scanning environments using the Psychoscope, but having to put it on every time you enter a room becomes tiresome. The scanner is better suited for rooting out a Mimic once it has revealed itself and skittered away to hide again.


Mimics are eventually joined by Phantoms, which are the result of Typhon reanimating dead human bodies. These wraith-like creatures patrol Talos I and, given their ample health pool, are difficult to bring down early on. They're not particularly interesting to fight since they just close the gap and physically attack you, and they eat up a whole load of resources to successfully vanquish. This enemy type becomes more interesting as elemental variants are introduced, as they can limit the weapons you use, split into multiple attackers, or set the environment on fire. However, for a significant amount of the game, Prey never afforded me the freedom to approach combat how I wanted--it forced me to play conservatively. The scarcity of health packs and ammunition meant that it was in my best interest to sneak by enemies, which was fine most of the time, but became frustrating in situations where they were swarming around an objective.


Prey Review


Prey Review


Prey Review


Prey Review


Prey Review


Prey Review



As the game progresses, Neuromods become more abundant, which in turn means you can unlock abilities that level the playing field somewhat. This is when Prey's combat opens up, and while it doesn't provide as much room for creativity as Dishonored 2, weapon and ability combinations develop a satisfying synergy. The GLOO Cannon, for example, can be used to fire a foam that hardens and immobilizes enemies, at which point a Kinetic Blast can shatter them into pieces. Other powers can compel enemies to fight alongside you for a short period of time, or teleport short distances to get the jump on targets. As newer foes are introduced, it becomes imperative to use the Psychoscope--a helmet with a scanner attached--to research the Typhon and reveal their individual weaknesses, while also unearthing more abilities to unlock.


The downside of using alien powers is that the the turrets littered around Talos I identify you as being part Typhon and open fire. Again, early on this feels like punishment for exploring the more interesting wrinkles of combat, but over time, turrets become less of an issue as they can be hacked or easily destroyed. In its latter stages, Prey's combat feels varied and strategic.


As you venture deeper into Talos I, you'll find Recyclers and Fabricators. You can use these to break down and reassemble junk into useful items ranging from weaponry and Neuromod upgrades to turrets and med packs. Having these went a long way in alleviating the pressures of resource scarcity and empowered me to really approach combat and exploration how I wanted. I could go into any scenario feeling like I had a decent shot of defeating the Typhon and achieving my objective.


Neuromods can also be used to solve some of Prey's puzzles, though these are often based around simply figuring out how to gain entry into inaccessible locations. In most cases these areas are designed to allow a degree of freedom of approach. Typically, the options are obvious: if you don't have a keycard, you can hack the lock, look for a vent to crawl through, or use brawn to move an obstruction. One of the more creative ways to overcome an obstacle is to grab a small object like a cup, use Mimic Matter to turn into it, and slip through small openings. Of course, your approach is dictated by the upgrades you've unlocked, so if you've developed Morgan using a specific ability path instead of diversifying ability upgrades, you may find you're regularly approaching these puzzles in the same way.


While not challenging, these puzzles shine a spotlight on the layout of Talos I. On a small scale, the looping vents, multi-layered rooms, and gravity lifts (which act as arteries throughout the station) show consideration has been given to the physical construction of Talos I. The GLOO Cannon is particularly effective in showing how Prey's environments can fold in on themselves. Its foam hardens when fired at walls, allowing Morgan to use it as a makeshift platform. This makes it possible to circumvent the obvious path in favour of a more diverse approach, highlighting the thoughtful level design.



Where Talos I really shines, however, is when you leave the station entirely, entering space to marvel at it from the outside--which you can do by unlocking specific doors in each area. It's truly fascinating to see how all the pieces fit together and find the alternative entry points into the different parts of the station. Floating through the guts of Talos I really hammered home the scale of the space station. And sandwiched between the hulking construct and the deep, dark infiniteness of space, I felt overcome with a feeling of insignificance. The mixture of cosmic noise and the distant warbles of Typhon floating around, meanwhile, created a strange calm in me; Prey's space exploration was unexpectedly affecting.


Unfortunately, I encountered a number of technical issues with Prey in my playthrough, the most severe of which prevented quest progression entirely. These had to be resolved by loading an earlier save, which meant losing some progress. I also had enemies clip through walls multiple times, the worst occasion being an electricity-imbued Phantom right next to a gravity lift. Its elemental power disrupted the lift and prevented me from using it. Prey also suffers from lengthy loading times when moving between areas, which becomes particularly noticeable when completing side-quests, as they often ask you to dart back and forth between multiple locations.


Another major bugbear is the audio mixing. Prey has the most aggressive and abrasive sound design that I have heard in quite some time. The appearance of a Mimic, for example, is accompanied by an ear-piercing shrill, and since you're often not looking at the Mimic when it appears, the sound feels awkwardly timed and annoying. The soundtrack, meanwhile, is buried under what sounds like a warehouse full of fax machines and dial-up modems all powering up at the same time. Couple that with multiple characters delivering their dialogue in unison and it's pure, maddening, auditory chaos.


Prey is a game of uneven pacing and uninteresting characters. It opens with a poignant, thought-provoking premise, but fails to follow through until the end, when it claims a revelation it doesn't quite earn. Its gameplay falters out of the gate, eventually maturing into something worthwhile, if a bit familiar. As an homage to System Shock it's competent and at times even enjoyable. However, Prey fails to distinguish itself, and next to immersive sim contemporaries such as Dishonored, it feels stagnant.