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REVIEW: 'Battlefield 4' Plays Amazing, Satisfies Multiplayers And Diversifies Chaos

Taking place six years after the events from Battlefield 3, the fourth installment finds tensions between Russia and the United States reaching a boiling point. With such drastic changes in gameplay and story, could this game potentially be the one to knock Call Of Duty from the top spot?

Players find themselves in the role of Sgt. Daniel Recker, a member of a U.S. special operations squad call signed "Tombstone," having to put an end to the growing conflicts between Russia, China, and America. Along for the exhilarating ride are squad leader Staff Sgt. Dunn, second-in-command Staff Sgt. Kimble "Irish" Graves (voiced by Michael K. Williams), and Marine Combat Lifesaver Clayton "Pac" Pakowski.

DICE fulfilled its promise of creating a larger, well, battlefield for players to engage upon. As you engage in missions with more realistic looking vehicles, tackle foes inside larger (destructible) areas, and rely greatly upon teamwork to get the job done — the developer improves on everything that defined the series over the last few years through four game releases. While many would be eager to jump right into the 64-player multiplayer experience, Battlefield 4's single-player campaign is presented as a rich, visually stunning bout of combat, plot twists, and slow-motion explosions. It is a "thrill-a-moment" ride almost at every turn that strings blockbuster-esque scenarios from one mission to the next.

The scope of Battlefield 4 is immense with maps that span lengthy amount of areas, but things can get a bit repetitive throughout the gameplay. In terms of the single-player, there are times when you'll find yourself in large outdoor spaces filled with numerous assailants, all with varying weaponry. It wreaks of a "rinse-wash-and-repeat" formula, as you can find refillable ammo crates to take out baddies without having to move from a safe location. The fact that players can now utilize dual-scoped weapons, can "spot" targets, and use your comrades to flank, suppress or eliminate enemies helps to alleviate the monotony. Even with these flaws, Battlefield 4's campaign is leagues ahead of Battlefield 3's mooted military affair.

In terms of the much lauded multiplayer, there's excitement around every corner as players are engaged from the time you cross the bridge and onward. Buoyed by ten maps, Battlefield 4's modes offer "Conquest," "Domination," and "Rush," while adding two new ones called "Obliteration and Defuse," along with the traditional "Team Deathmatch" and "Squad Deathmatch". When, for example, you jump into the mixture with 63 other players who are all vying for control of Hainan Resort's five capture points — there's excitement all around. The same can be said for "Obliteration" mode, where you're in the thick of a battle where two teams fight to gain control of a bomb and use it to blow up three enemy positions.

Boasting conflict zones that can change in the blink of an eye, mobility allows to reshape the scope of battle through timely use of land, air, and sea vehicles. If you're able to handle the right vehicle, you can escape the chaos and turn the tide in your team's favor.

Regardless of the platform you chose to play Battlefield 4 on, the game is a thrilling endeavor in this current generation and the next. The single-player campaign makes strides and improvements upon the previous incarnation, but the supporting cast lacks a dynamic personality (think Battlefield: Bad Company 2) and drowns out certain moments with mundane dialogue. DICE made an ambitious step to create a team-based multiplayer, but it only masks the flaws exposed within the single-player. Every map does not work for every sort of player, which means the developer has a lot more work to put into the single-player campaign before it can seriously topple Call Of Duty from the throne.

Don't believe us? Well, take a look at the trailer for yourself:

Battlefield 4 is available today (Oct. 29) for the PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. It will also be available for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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A ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ Reboot Is In Development

A Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot is officially in development and being shopped to streaming companies including Netflix, HBO Max and Peacocks, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The series will be a dramatic reimagining of the hit NBC sitcom, and is based off the viral trailer created by up-and-coming director, Morgan Cooper, last year.

Cooper’s Bel-Air, puts a dramatic spin on the story of Smith’s character’s move from West Philadelphia to the wealthy suburb of Bel-Air, Calif., where he lived with his Aunt Viv and Uncle Phil and cousins, Hilary, Ashley, Carlton and Nicky. The reboot has been in development for over a year and will be an hourlong drama, per THR.

Smith was so impressed with Cooper’s trailer that he flew to Miami to meet him last year. “I saw this trailer that Morgan Cooper hooked up. This is the first time that I’ve heard something and that I was like, ‘Yo, that’s an idea that is brilliant,” he said at the time.

Smith’s Westbrook Studios and Universal TV are behind the series revival. The original producers and creative team of Quincy Jones, Benny Medina, and Andy and Susan Horowitz, have reportedly signed on to executive produce the project.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air starred Smith, Karyn Parsons, James Avery, Alfonso Ribiero, Tatyana M. Ali, and Daphne Maxwell Reid, the latter of whom replaced Janet Hubert as “Aunt Viv.”

The sitcom ran from 1990 until 1996.

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Watch Daniel Kaluuya As Fred Hampton In ‘Judas And The Black Messiah’ Trailer

Daniel Kaluuya transforms into Fred Hampton in the powerful new trailer for Judas and the Black Messiah. The nearly two-minute long clip shows Kaluyaa as the Black Panther Party leader delivering a powerful speech to a group of party members. Lakeith Stanfield, who portrays FBI informant William O’Neal, is also featured in the short teaser.

Directed by Chaka King and produced by Ryan Coogler, Judas and the Black Messiah tells the story of Hampton, who was assassinated by the FBI and Chicago Police in 1969, at the age of 21. Born in Chicago in 1948, Hampton mobilized a generation and became the Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the BPP. Hampton was so influential, that the FBI conspired to silence his voice. O’Neal was hired by the FBI to infiltrate the BPP, and rose up the ranks to become a sergeant in arms within the Party.

O’Neal became so close to Hampton that he provided the FBI with the floor plan to his apartment to carry out the fatal raid in 1969. He befriended Hampton only to betray him in the end. The film explores that dynamic and O’Neal’s fear that his cover will be blown.

After Hampton’s death, O’Neal went into infamy. He passed away in 1990o of a reported suicide.

Judas and the Black Messiah is slated to open next year.

Watch the trailer below.

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Keke Palmer To Host 2020 MTV VMAs, Joins ‘Proud Family’ Reboot

Booked and busy! Keke Palmer will be hosting this year’s MTV VMAs, she announced on Thursday (Aug. 6). The 26-year-old actress made the big reveal with a creative throwback to her character True Jackson.

“I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008,” Palmer captioned a video conversation featuring a split screen of herself in character as Jackson.

I heard y’all was tired of 2020, let’s go back to 2008 😩🤪🤩. Join me as I host the 2020 @vmas on August 30th on @MTV! #VMAs pic.twitter.com/cl5TcUrxnm

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

Also on Thursday, Disney announced that Palmer has joined the cast of the forthcoming reboot of The Proud Family. Palmer will voice a new character named Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins. “Dreams do come true,” she happily tweeted.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is slated to debut on Disney+ sometime soon. Show creator/executive producer, Bruce W. Smith and executive producer, Ralph Farquhar, are back on board, as well as original cast members, Kyla Pratt, Tommy Davidson, Paula Jai Parker, and Jo Marie Payton.

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ DREAMS COME TRUE! https://t.co/vgwmibrurS

— Keke Palmer (@KekePalmer) August 6, 2020

As for the 2020 VMAs, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande top the nominees' list with nine nominations, followed by The Weeknd and Billie Eilish with eight nods each.

The show airs from Brookyln's Barclay's Center on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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