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Most Demanded Spider-Man PS4 Bonus Suits July 21, 2018

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San Diego Comic-Con 2018 (SDCC 2018) is in full effect this weekend and talk has been huge about the upcoming PS4-exclusive game Spider-Man. We have been waiting a long time for this game, and with it only just a few short months from release anticipation could not be higher. However a very specific set of questions about the game have been flying around SDCC towards Insomniac, who is making the game. The fans want to know what special Spider-Man costumes they’ll be able to unlock and use in the game. So why don’t we talk about the suits we’d like to see?

Before we get started I’m going to lay down some ground rules. Rather than list the suits by how badly we would like to see them in the game, we are going to organize the order of each suit idea into three possible categories, high chance of appearance, low but still possible chance of appearance, and next to no chance of appearance. We are not including suits that have already been announced, and that list does include the Classic Spider-Man suit, Civilian Peter Parker, Spider-Punk, Spider-Man Noir, the Homemade suit from Spider-Man Homecoming, or the Iron Spider suit from Avengers: Infinity War. I’m also leaving out suits intended for female Spider-heroes (Jessica Drew, Gwen Stacy) since that would make for an entirely separate article. We’re going to be playing Mary Jane in the final game, so who knows what she could be wearing.

With that all out of the way, let’s get started with the most probable suits!

Suits That Will Probably Be Included

Superior Spider-Man Suit – This was Doc Ock’s Spidey suit while he possessed the body of Peter Parker. It’s a cool suit enhanced by the Doc’s intelligence for a popular storyline that brought readership up. To some people, this was the Spider-Man costume they first became familiar with in the comics. This suit is getting a big demand during SDCC 2018 so if it doesn’t make launch, there’s not much holding it back from eventually getting added to the game either in the form of a patch or DLC. Plus, the writer of Superior Spider-Man, Dan Slott, contributed to this game. It would be a nice nod to include it.

Spider-Man Homecoming Suit – This suit made its first appearance in the movie Captain America: Civil War and served the purpose to reveal to the entire world that Spider-Man is now in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Homecoming suit looks like it was aesthetically based on Spider-Man’s earliest comics from the 60s, and included web-wings to help Spider-Man glide through the air, a spider-drone, and a sentient AI suit lady. If this suit design hasn’t already been outright confirmed at this point it probably will soon. Peter’s Homemade suit from Homecoming was teased in the Iron Spider DLC Trailer, so other than the fact the Homecoming suit shares a lot of visual similarities with other suits that might appear, I can’t see why they wouldn’t offer this suit in the game. I doubt we will get an interactive suit lady to talk to in-game, but if we do I’m calling her Karen.

Miles Morales Suit – To many young people who grew up reading Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales is Spider-Man, not Peter Parker. Miles has his own unique Spider-Man suit in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, and if the trailer is any indication, that design is being carried over for the Into the Spider-Verse film. Given that Miles is going to be in the game, and with the SDCC 2018 Trailer heavily hinting Miles will have a major role in the game’s main story, it is possible we may get to use Miles’s costume in-game. Insomniac was very tight lipped if we will be able to play as Miles when asked at SDCC so I will hold off on speculation, but even if we don’t get to play as Miles he still has an awesome looking suit that would be perfect to wear.

Spider-Man 2099 – This one is really a no-brainer. Spider-Man 2099 was actually a main character in some previous Spider-Man games (Edge of Time, Shattered Dimensions) and it would be great to see his suit return in Spider-Man on PS4. It’s a cool looking costume and the Spider-Man 2099 comic series has a huge fan base. As far as I know, Marvel has no conflicting rights issues tied into it with other studios that could prevent its appearance but I could be wrong. Last I heard Sony was heavily interested in a Spider-Man 2099 solo film that would have served as a prequel to a shared Spider-Man crossover film, but no one currently knows what the status of any of those projects currently are.

Suits That Have Less of a Chance of Being Included

Scarlet Spider Suit – This was the suit Ben Reilly, the clone of Peter Parker, wore for a good portion of one of the most critically divided story arcs in Spider-Man history. While Ben believed he was a clone of Peter, he wore a new suit of his own design. It was a bit rougher than the polished Spider-Man costume, but it did have special impact web-stingers Ben designed during his five year exodus. With the factor of hindsight in mind I just want to say I like the character of Ben Reilly and I can appreciate what Marvel tried to do with the Clone Saga mini-series back in the early 90s. The problem was it dragged on for far too long (even the creators acknowledge this) and for years after it ran, Marvel swept this story under the rug. They didn’t reprint it or offer it as a collected trade paperback, something that is now standard practice for most comic books. If you’d like to know more about the Clone Saga check out the Life of Reilly Blog. However, feelings about the Clone Saga have turned as of late. Fan support in the last few years has encouraged Marvel to unearth aspects from the Clone Saga including the Jackal and re-introducing Kaine as the new Scarlet Spider. Maybe this resurgence of interest was nothing more than 90s nostalgia, but if the Clone Saga can start getting reprinted, why not include the Scarlet Spider costume?

Black Suit – This suit can also be referred to as the Symbiote Suit or the Venom suit but to me it will always just be the Black Suit. This is the one Spider-Man suit that Insomniac has been getting the most questions about and the suit that they are probably the most tight lipped over. Let’s face it the suit looks cool as hell. In the comics, Spider-Man wore two types of Black Suits. The first was made from a special alien material Peter found during the events of Secret Wars. It could give Peter unlimited webbing, allow him to hide small objects like a Camera on his person, and could transform at will into civilian clothes. Once Peter discovered it was dangerous he removed it and gave it to the Fantastic Four for safe keeping. That suit would eventually break out of containment, find another owner and would transform them into Venom. The other was a non-alien suit gifted to Spider-Man by Black Cat. It had all of the cool look and none of the alien parasite side-effects. Comcast actually made a tv-length documentary about this suit’s entire comic history before Spider-Man 3 hit theaters and I highly recommend watching it if you can find it. The developers have made the point that Venom will not appear in this game quite clear, possibly due to the fact he’s getting a spin-off movie that has nothing to do with the MCU later this year.

Suits We Have Next to No Chance of Seeing

Kaine’s Suit – Kaine was a new villain introduced in the Spider-Man comics during the early 90s that was later revealed to be a defective clone of Peter Parker. Throughout most of his life he endured extreme pain, and harbored an extreme hatred of Ben Reilly. That all said, I’ve been told he returned and redeemed himself during the the events of the Spider-Island miniseries and even picked up the mantle of the next Scarlet Spider. However, his original 90s suit was just plain awesome. While it served as a technical way to stablize his clone deterioration, it looked really cool with blue highlights and a cool mask and cape. I’m going to make a call it is highly unlikely we will see this original Kaine suit as Kaine is currently too well known as the new Scarlet Spider to risk Marvel confusing new consumers with unneeded backstory to who Kaine used to be, and what he used to look like when they can just use his more current costume.

The Bombastic Bagman Suit – Without a doubt one of the goofiest suits Spider-Man ever wore in the comics. It was made with one of the spare uniforms from the Fantastic Four and a paper bag. He had a “kick me” sign taped to his back. There is next to no chance we will get this suit in this Spider-Man game. We know the Baxter Building does not exist in this game’s version of New York (despite the fact Avengers Tower and Sanctum Santorum do), so it is highly unlikely the Fantastic Four exist in this game universe. Marvel does not currently want to promote the Fantastic Four due to rights issues that have not been resolved as of the time this is being written. Quite a shame, as this was an optional costume in the Spider-Man game for the original PlayStation.

There’s our thoughts on what suits we would like to see in the Spider-Man for the PS4, are there any suits we missed? Post a comment below and your idea just might end up in a sequel! Until next time remember, with great power comes great responsibility.

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Pokemon Go Zapdos Raid Now Live July 21, 2018

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Pokémon Go players will be happy to find out that the rewards they unlocked earlier in the month are finally active.

As of 2PM EST, The legendary Pokémon Zapdos is currently docked at Gym locations all across the US ready for raid challengers to take them on. Check in at your local Gym and you’ll probably find a very high level Zapdos hanging out there for the next two and a half hours.

If you can’t catch the Pokémon on your first attempt, don’t worry. You’ll be able to obtain a maximum of five Raid passes today.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS Smartphones and Tablets.

Splatoon 2 Anniversary Splatfest – Octopus Vs Squid Now Live July 21, 2018

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Set your Switches into go time and boot up your copies of Splatoon 2 because the anniversary Splatfest is now live!

This time we will be battling for the very heart of the game, which side do you take, Squid or Octopus? Choose your side at the game’s information booth and choose wisely because like in all Splatfests, you will not be able to change your side during the event. The Splatfest is expected to conclude at 9PM PST.

Splatoon 2 is out now exclusively for the Nintendo Switch.

Kingdom Hearts III SDCC 2018 Trailer July 21, 2018

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A lot of people refuse to admit this but Mickey Mouse has a history of being the ultimate fighter. He has kept himself safe in the darkness for longer than anyone could have imagined. He has fought to protect the innocent and those closest to him. He is the ultimate warrior. Happy birthday, Mickey.

Kingdom Hearts III is coming Jan 2019 to Xbox One and PS4.

Spider-Man PS4 San Diego Comic Con 2018 Trailer July 19, 2018

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San Diego Comic Con 2018 is kicking off and we’ve got an incredible reveal to launch that event. Here is the official SDCC 2018 story trailer for the PS4 exclusive Spider-Man.

Oh, and for those of you who have been eagerly anticipating the long-promised third DLC Spider-Man suit reveal, we’ve got it. I give you the Velocity Suit!

Spider-Man is coming September 7th, 2018 exclusively to the PS4.

ConnectiCon 2018 Photo Gallery July 18, 2018

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It took Princess Angel a lot of work, but the still photos we took at ConnectiCon 2018 are now fully edited and online for the world to see. Just click here to visit the official home of NBStudios to see them all.

Thanks to all the show’s attendees for the great photos! If you’d like to attend next year’s ConnectiCon, tickets for 2019 are already on sale here!

ConnectiCon 2018 Videos Part 1 July 17, 2018

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Maniac and Princess Angel were honored to attend ConnectiCon 2018 this past weekend at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. While not all of the video and photos we took at the event have been uploaded, we were able to get some of the content we produced at the show online. Let’s take a closer look at some of it, shall we?

First off, we need to share with you a closer look at the convention space itself. If you’d like to see how big this year’s convention was, we brought a T-Rex with us to walk the floor and take some pictures with guests. Enjoy.

Next up, we’re going to show you an example of what it’s like to attend a celebrity panel. The legendary Jon St John, best known as the voice of Duke Nukem in Duke Nukem 3D and Duke Nukem Forever, was at the 2018 ConnectiCon and attended several panels and even free autograph signings. Here’s a snippet from a special private panel where he talks about how he got the role of Duke Nukem and what it’s meant for his career.

Art The Hypnotist is another long standing ConnectiCon celebrity guest. He is known for his ability to mesmerize a crowd to make them do his bidding, all for our entertainment. In this clip, we see him get a crowd of previously hypnotized people to perform a song and dance number of Gotta Catch Em All, the theme to the Pokémon television series.

Finally, we got something really special for you all. If you’re going to attend a ConnectiCon, either now or in the future the one special event you MUST attend is the DeathMatch on Saturday. Hosted by Mookie, the DeathMatch is a mix of role-play and audience participation. In it, costumed characters are pitted against each other two by two. While they cannot speak, each must look for the approval of the massive crowd. The winner (based on audience applause), defeats their opponent and moves on to the next round. The loser gets taken by the zombies.

How big is the event? Here’s some footage of its opening, and the lineup of participants in this year’s event. Take a look!

Congratulations to the 2018 DeathMatch winner, Jackie Chan.

We are still going through a lot of the raw videos and photographs we took of the event, so you’ll have to bear with us and wait patiently for more of our content from the event. Tickets for ConnectiCon 2019 are now on sale.

Pokemon Go Bonuses Live Until July 23 July 16, 2018

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Pokémon Go Fest 2018 has wrapped and rewards from the event are live in Pokémon Go until July 23rd. Trainers will find Pokémon Eggs will hatch in half the distance it usually takes (provided incubation starts during the promotion), and double candy is being awarded for caught and hatched Pokémon. Also, a special Summer variant Pikachu is out in the wild and should turn up in higher frequency all over the place. Trainers playing Pokémon Go will not need to do anything special to make use of these rewards.

Now’s the perfect time to get back to hatching your eggs. If you’re like me, you’ve probably changed the batteries on your Pokémon Go Plus.

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS SmartPhones/Tablets.

Maniac’s Kitchen – Guacamole Recipe July 16, 2018

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As we go through the ton of photos and video we took from ConnectiCon 2018, we’ll deliver a video we promised to you all last week. Welcome back to Maniac’s Kitchen, where we share our recipes and reviews on food that is perfect for gamers. As promised, we are presenting to you our recipe for Guacamole!

Stay tuned, ConnectiCon 2018 content is on its way. If you can’t wait, some of it has been put on our YouTube channel and more is coming.

Nathan Fillion Starring in an Uncharted Fanfilm July 16, 2018

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Do I really need to post anything else here? You’ve got Nathan Fillion, the star of Firefly and Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, playing Nathan Drake in an Uncharted fanfilm. Give yourself a fifteen minute break and watch it now!

After years of false starts, incorrect assumptions, and poorly hired directors, I can say that finally, there’s someone in Hollywood that actually “gets” Uncharted.