Usually, it’s bad to die in Apex Legends, as it is in most games. Not so in Shadowfall, the new limited time mode running until November 5.
In the new mode, players drop onto the Kings Canyon map solo at night. The map has a spooky new makeover, by the way. Players fight as usual, but when they die, they become a Shadow—a super-fast zombie with very little health and a deadly touch. Hit another Legend as a Shadow, and they drop onto the map as a Shadow too.
Shadows can respawn indefinitely, which means no one’s out of the match ’til it’s over. The match ends when there’s ten Legends left. Then their locations are marked for everyone to see, and they have to make it back to an evacuation zone.
It rules, even though it can be a little frustrating. Once there’s more than one Shadow near you, not getting hit once is hard. In the stream above, you can watch my Kotaku colleague Paul Tamayo playing the new mode while talking with me about horror movies, spooky music, Korean cinema, and Hispanic Heritage Month, which wraps up today.
It’s a question as old as time: what’s the best Halloween candy? In this week’s semi-serious Co-Op, we’re asking you to tell us what you’d most like to find in a candy bucket. What sweets will you eat until you’re sick? What treat would you literally pay your child to give you from their trick-or-treating haul?
1) Your nomination should contain the name of a specific candy, why you think it’s the best, a link where it can be purchased, and an image.
2) You can nominate multiple products, but please put each one in a separate comment.
Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Gourgeist!
Average Height: 2′ 04″ – 5′ 07″
Average Weight: 20.9 – 86 lbs.
First Added In Generation VI
The spooky season continues with our next Pokemon, Gourgeist, who is literally a giant floating pumpkin. It’s like the mascot of Halloween. It also has a body that looks identical to a Jack-O’-Lantern. This is strange and leaves me with some questions. Did someone carve this creature at some point? Or is this natural? If it is natural, maybe this is the inspiration behind carving pumpkins in the Pokemon universe? Someone saw this thing and looked at their boring, un-carved pumpkin and went, “We should do that to our pumpkins!” And that person was named Jack. Probably.
If this Jack fella did see Gourgeist in his town on Halloween, he was probably afraid of it honestly. These creatures will wander through cities and towns during full moons, singing eerie songs. That is spooky enough, but it gets worse. According to Pokedex entries listed on Bulbapedia, people who hear these songs are cursed. There doesn’t seem to be any info on what happens to people who are cursed, which could be a bad sign for those folks. Or it might be a really lame curse that only makes your bread go stale faster or something like that. Annoying, sure, but not something that kills you or your family.
Gourgeist will also grab prey with its arms, which are those orange bits that look like pieces of long hair attached to the top head. When it grabs its prey it will sometimes sing a happy little song while it watches its prey suffer and squirm. The Pokedex entries don’t specify if it eats humans, but considering this universe and how dark it is sometimes, I wouldn’t be shocked to hear Gourgiest is out there killing orphans or babies.
Some Gourgeist can unlock a secret ability called Insomnia. I assume this is why it is wandering the streets, late at night, while singing creepy songs. When I can’t sleep I usually watch YouTube videos about old LEGO sets or eat a big bowl of cereal. Less creepy and more sad, really.
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This is such a perfect fit. And the whole piece is so well done too. I want more images like this. Classic paintings with Pokemon added into them.
This is one of the only two Pokemon in all of the games that can learn the ability “Trick-Or-Treat.”
I looked around, but nobody seems to know what is inside the pumpkin part of this creature. Maybe that’s for the best…
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Wait wait wait, so that essentially means that human souls are Pokémon? What the actual fuck, I’m not ok with this. It also implies that there’s no afterlife in the Pokeverse and that is an incredibly unsettling implication for a franchise made for kids.
There is an afterlife, it just sucks. In Pokemon, when you die, you become a ghost stuck in a fucking tree stump or balloon or something like that. And then you wander around getting captured and traded until the universe ends.
You ever spot a really bad idea and think, “that’s definitely going to have consequences that no one can foresee”? To me, that’s the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. Not because of its questionable design choices (give me the weird hog, it’s good, actually) but because no matter how great Sonic’s movie design is, Halloween was always coming. And when Halloween rolls around, so do horrifying costumes that barely resemble the things they are based on.
Consider with me Party City’s children’s Sonic costume. Since it is in fact based on the film—which would have been out this year were it not for a last-minute hedgehog makeover—we have a onesie adorned with a weird fur pattern and floppy hood spikes. It is good, perhaps, if you would like to dress up your progeny as sonic, the meme, and not Sonic, the mascot. Get it for your child, and you will quickly become sorry for all the days they wear it that are not Halloween.
The less said here, the better, but there’s a reason that after years and years of memes and goofballs in blue tights, most have taken to wearing Sonic hoods, not Sonic masks. You’re courting chaos, the way Nic Cage did when he said he’d like to take John Travolta’s “face…..off.”
None of us are ready for these to hit the streets, let alone the Sonic the Hedgehog film, which I now suspect has been delayed strictly to avoid association with any of this stuff.
Like a lot of people around this time of year, I spend a lot of October thinking about being frightened. This is pretty new for me. I was a nervous, fearful kid who grew up as a teen in a religious home, so I spent my entire youth avoiding horror either by choice or by compulsion. As an adult, I’ve started to delve into horror, to wrestle with its ideas and the fears of my younger self—watching movies and playing games both new and old, reflecting on what scared me then and what scares me now.
One of the first games to scare me wasn’t even a horror game at all. It was Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin, a 1991 Sega Genesis game that had Spider-Man, framed for planting a bomb in New York City, on a mission to hunt down some of his most famous villains in order to get the keys necessary to disarm the bomb.
Unlike a lot of superhero games of the ‘90s, Spider-Man vs. The Kingpin wasn’t a loud beat-em-up or a colorful platformer—it was moody, and dedicated to being as faithful an adaptation as a 16-bit video game could be. Character models were remarkably detailed, and illustrated stills that were shown between levels strove for comic book fidelity. It’s soundtrack was spare and brooding, and its animations had real weight.
I loved the game, because I loved Spider-Man. But I could never get past the second level, down in the sewers, because I was terrified of the Lizard, and always shut the console off when he appeared.
Looking back, the Lizard isn’t that fearsome-looking—the character model for Doctor Octopus is far more imposing—but it worked. I quit every time. I would quit even faster when I tried to play the game on Nightmare difficulty. That added Venom to the first stage, which scared me even more.
It’s funny that I kept trying to play this game when there were only about 15 minutes tops I could spend actually enjoying it. I suppose I wanted to try, if only for a little bit, to be as brave as I thought I had to be in order to be a hero, hoping maybe one day that I would wake up and somehow discover that courage grew in me overnight.
I don’t frighten like I used to, but that chill I felt when I pushed myself to take on something I knew would scare me, the chill that I always succumbed to because I wasn’t as brave as I wanted to be? I’m always afraid it’ll come back.
Apex Legends is running a Halloween event from October 15-November 5 called Fight or Fright. It’ll introduce stuff like skins, cosmetics and a game mode centred around zombies, and will also see the return of Kings Canyon, only now the lights are out.
This spookier Kings Canyon isn’t just for effect, it’s part of a temporary game mode called Shadowfall, which sees dead players reanimated as a zombie and put on a team called “Shadow Squad”. This takes away your weapons and legend abilities in exchange for a melee attack, faster movement, bigger jumps and the ability to scale walls.
The game continues as normal while more and more players become zombies (who are free to attack anyone), but once there are only ten “living” players left, teams are combined and the objective changes, Left 4 Dead style, to reaching an “evac ship” while trying to stay alive.
As for the other stuff, here’s a short rundown (EA’s emphasis, not mine):
Exclusive event challenges with free earnable cosmetics, including Two Legendary Weapon Skins
24 Event Limited premium cosmetics that players can now unlock in one of three ways:Direct purchase for Apex CoinsDirect unlock with Crafting MetalsRandom unlock with Event Apex Packs Additionally, the Event Currency in these packs has been replaced with non-event loot drops, yielding more loot overall
Lifeline Heirloom Set PreviewUnlock all 24 Fight or Fright pack cosmetics during the event and unlock the Lifeline Heirloom set for free
It’s Halloween month, and you know what that means. The kids will get one day of trick-or-treating , while the adults will schedule around a half dozen parties sprinkled throughout the entire month. If you’re throwing a party that’s geared more towards the grownups in the room than the candy chuggers, here’s some stuff you might need.
You gotta have a black light. That’s like rule number one for any adult Halloween party. You might be familiar with fluorescent-style tube lights, but you can also find LED arrays, flood lights, and even LED strips. Whatever you need to fill your party space with that eerie light. Just make sure you clean first.
We’re seven days into Halloween Month, so we probably don’t need to tell you that it’s time to put up some spooky decorations. But just in case, you can grab some black cloth curtains, that stretchy spider web stuff that looks great but will be a pain to clean up later, some bloodied tablecloths, and maybe some bats to hang around. There’s a lot of room for creativity here, from the cartoony style of spoops, to a creepy gothic vibe, so branch out and find the decorations that work for you.
Regular Jello shots are fine, but for a Halloween party, you need something more thematically appropriate. That’s where these syringe shots come in. You can fill them with a liquid or Jello concoction—maybe a blood transfusion, or a green ooze?—and pass them out to people at a party. Each one comes with its own cap, so there’s a little less chance of a mess.
If you really want to commit to the blood bit, you can skip the syringes and go straight to the source. With these blood bag party drinks, you can fill the bags with your drink of choice and they even come with a pack of stickers you can apply to flesh out the illusion.
Alright, fine. You want a regular, cheap container for your drink like a normal person holds with their weird human hands? Let’s at least make it black. Like the souls of the damned or whatever theme you’re going for. Of course, being black makes it just a little harder to write names on everyone’s cups, so grab a couple white or silver sharpies instead.
Your guests are going to need something to do besides marvel at your (literally) killer decorating skills. For a more low-key event, you can try out Gloom, a dreary game where the goal is to get all the members of your fictional family to die in the most depressing way possible. For a bigger party, break out the Jackbox games. Might I recommend a game of Trivia Murder Party to get in the mood?
Pikachu as Mimikyu. Charmander as Cubone. Lucario and Celebi as live-action role-players. This year’s batch of special Halloween-themed “Pumpkin Parade” plushies from The Pokémon Company are adorable at first glance. But if you look closely, the cute facade begins to crumble. Let’s start with Charmander wearing another Pokémon’s dead mother’s skull as a costume.
Depending on its generational description, Cubone is either wearing the actual skull of its dead mom, staining the eye holes with its tears, or it’s a random skull the unfortunate critter wears in honor of its dead mother, eye holes similarly stained. That in mind, what the hell, Charmander?
No really, what the hell? Even if it’s only a replica skull, it’s at the very least evocative of another Pokémon’s deceased parent. I’m imagining Charmander getting into an elevator on Halloween night with a Cubone. The awkward silence. The quiet weeping. You bastard, Charmander.
Pikachu isn’t being any more sensitive of his fellow Pokémon with its Mimikyu getup. Yes, seeing Pikachu wearing the skin of a costume resembling a creature whose whole deal is dressing up like Pikachu is a cute juxtaposition. But why does Mimikyu disguise itself as Pikachu? Because it wants to be popular. It wants to be loved.
Imagine you are lonely. You feel like no one loves you. You idolize a more popular Pokémon, hoping to be cherished as much as they are. You go to a Halloween party, alone, and there is the most popular Pokémon ever dressed as you, surrounded by friends. Friends you will never have. That, ladies and gentlemen, is how serial killers are born.
Lucario isn’t quite as menacing. He’s just sort of pimping it incredibly old school. I call him Lothario Lucario, and I suspect he has plans to sleep with my wife. Look at that cape. That’s a sleeping-with-my-wife cape if I ever saw one.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the LARPing grounds…
Celebi wants to know if you want to hang around after the Renaissance Fair closes. Things get “pretty wild,” it says. I’d be wary.
The remaining three new plushies for the season are pretty harmless. Bulbasaur’s Shedinja costum is incredibly on point. Zorua looks like it’s being eaten by a Crobat, which is a pretty cool effect. And Squirtle? Squirtle is just wearing a top hat and holding a wand. Squirtle is the guy who shows up late to the party wearing just enough to get free candy and booze. We all know a Squirtle.
Hopefully we don’t all know a Charmander. It’s just wrong.
We are only a few days into September, but it seems the Halloween season is starting. Stores are already starting to sell Halloween decorations. So to celebrate the spooky season, a new flavor of Mountain Dew, VooDew, has recently hit shelves.
Mountain Dew’s latest flavor, VooDew, is actually a mystery flavor. The bottle is filled with a milky white liquid. It reminded me of Mountain Dew White Out when I first spotted it in a local gas station. The drink isn’t the most appetizing looking thing, but it does suit the spooky theme. So does the artwork, which looks really nice and reminds me of something that might have appeared in the late 80s on a Halloween poster.
Mystery flavors always make me nervous. I have had some really bad experiences with weird, mystery flavors. It doesn’t help that the first taste of an unknown flavor is always like a punch to the face. So I opened the bottle of VooDew, nervous but ready.
The smell that came out of the bottle was very fruity and almost reminded me of cotton candy. I took a sip and hated the taste that entered my mouth. Overly sweet and fruity. I reacted by making a strange face that I wish I had captured on film so you folks could laugh at me.
Like I said, mystery flavors punch you in the face. Your brain doesn’t know what to think and in this case, the color doesn’t match the flavor at all. So my initial reaction was to slam the bottle shut and shake my head. However, I took a few more sips and after the initial shock of that first gulp of VooDew, I found myself enjoying the drink. The flavor reminds me of an orange cream soda, with a bit more acidity and sweetness. It certainly has an aftertaste that reminds me of orange soda.
Luckily, I love orange soda, even if I try to avoid drinking soda these days. (Outside of reviews and when I go to the theater to see movies because I can’t resist some soda and popcorn.) So VooDew ending up being a pleasant surprise. I ended up drinking the whole bottle and I might grab a second one as a late-night treat during Halloween.
But if you hate the flavor of cream soda or orange soda or both, I would probably avoid this limited-time flavor. Maybe grab a bottle just to try it? Just make sure you have a friend or family member who likes orange soda who can finish it for you. No reason to waste food!
This isn’t Mountain Dew’s first Halloween themed drink. Years ago they did Pitch Black and Pitch Black II. I loved the first Pitch Black, but didn’t like the sequel. I’d probably put this new VooDew flavor above both of them.
I’m excited for the spooky season to begin and VooDew was a great start. Bring on Halloween candy, costumes, and scary movies. Fall can’t get here soon enough.
Laurie Strode was deeply, abidingly traumatized by her experience facing off against Michael Myers. But she wasn’t the only one.
Remember the kids? The ones she was babysitting, on that night in the original Halloween. Well, according to a pair of reporters on The Sneider Cut, a podcast put on by Collider reporter Jeff Sneider, one of those kids—Tommy Doyle, specifically—is returning to the world of masked horror in Halloween Kills.
If you remember Doyle, it’s probably for one of two things. Either, one, he was the one who definitely spotted Myers before Laurie and tried to warn her. Or, you remember that he was played as an adult by Paul Rudd in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers. So, bad news on that front: the reporters also said that, while Rudd was indeed approached for the role, he had to turn it down for Ghostbusters.
So who will be filling Rudd’s legendary, weird-sequel shoes? Unclear. But the character’s return suggests that this series is only beginning to plumb the depths of the impact Myers made on the community he terrorized.
Halloween Kills comes out October 16, 2020. And there’s still time to say yes, Paul Rudd. Do it for all of us.