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Capcom Reveals Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, Including Playable Vergil!

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During today’s Sony PlayStation 5 Showcase, not only did Capcom surprise viewers with a new trailer for Resident Evil Village, but the publisher also revealed the Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, which will allow players to step into the shoes of franchise favorite antagonist Vergil! The announcement trailer can be viewed in the player below!

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As the storied publisher’s first title on next-gen, Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition comes packed with an abundance of new features and game modes powered by next-gen consoles, in addition to the heavily requested arrival of Vergil as a playable character. With Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, Capcom is upping the ante on stylish action with the introduction of next-gen features such as ray tracing technology and enhanced 3D audio, fan-favorite modes including Turbo Mode and Legendary Dark Knight Mode, and the inclusion of Deluxe Edition and EX Color Pack content.

The special edition will be available for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S for $39.99, with the digital version arriving as day one launch titles for next-gen consoles, while the release timing of the physical versions will be shared at a later date.

Powered by Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine, the critically acclaimed Devil May Cry 5 set a new standard of excellence in the iconic action series which has shipped more than 22 million units to date. After creating vivid gameplay experiences in other hit titles such as Resident Evil 7 biohazard, Resident Evil 2 and Resident Evil 3, RE Engine is arriving on next-gen consoles for unparalleled realism and visual spectacle.

Click here to purchase the standard edition of the 2019 hit!

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition punches up the already cutting edge performance of the RE Engine by integrating numerous audio and visual enhancements. Players can choose to enable increased frame rates of up to 120fps, play in stunning 4K fidelity on supporting consoles, and experience the added sense of realism offered by the life-like reflections, shadows, and lighting of ray tracing technology. Enhanced 3D audio helps players maintain their Smokin’ Sexy Style through the frenetic action and pulse-pounding score by allowing players to hear enemy movements above, below, and to any side of their character with pin-point precision.

The power of next-gen consoles has unlocked new ways to experience the superb stylish action in Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, with the inclusion of new gameplay modes such as Legendary Dark Knight Mode and Turbo Mode. Each mode offers a new and distinct level of difficulty for those looking to push their skills to the limit. Fans seeking an added challenge can grapple with the increased enemy count in the perilous Legendary Dark Knight Mode, a new difficulty level which promises to keep even the most seasoned devil hunters on their toes by pitting their skills and style against a Crazy amount of enemies. Adrenaline junkies can pit their reaction times against the increased speed of Turbo Mode, which ups the gameplay speed by 20 percent to allow for even more rapid fire and fluid combos.

RELATED: PlayStation 5 Price and Release Window Announced at Showcase!

Motivated by the overwhelming fan requests for playable Vergil, the special edition adds to the latest installment in the Sons of Sparda saga by allowing players to play through the destruction of the fictitious Red Grave City as Vergil. In addition to the new Vergil mode, players will be able to take Vergil through the perilous floors of the Bloody Palace challenge mode, while wielding his iconic blade the Yamato. All Vergil content will also be made available for current owners of Devil May Cry 5 for MSRP $4.99 on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the Xbox One family of devices, including Xbox One X, and Steam. Further details and release date will be announced at a later time.

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Strictly Come Dancing curse will be “more intense” this year

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Strictly Come Dancing‘s Craig Revel Horwood is predicting that the show’s infamous ‘curse’ will be more intense this year.

In an interview with The Sun, the ballroom judge explained how he thinks the chemistry between dancing partners could be intensified since they’ll be isolating together.

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“I think it’s going to be more intense, isn’t it? Because they’re in a lockdown situation with each other,” he said.

“Anyway, I always think of it as the Strictly blessing — look how many marriages we’ve had out of it.”

He continued: “We’ve had people falling in love. We’ve had babies. How can people call it the ‘curse’? If you’re in a relationship that’s not going anywhere, it’s not good in the first place.

“Let’s face it, it’s not just Strictly, it’s every walk of life. How many people meet at work and spend the rest of their life together?”

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Two of the most recent stars to be struck by the supposed curse are 2018 winner Stacey Dooley and Seann Walsh. The latter was pictured kissing his married professional dance partner Katya Jones, while in a relationship himself.

Katya later separated from her husband and fellow Strictly professional Neil Jones. The pair are yet to officially divorce.

Strictly Come Dancing will return for an all-new series later this year on BBC One.


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Radhika Jones on Gabby Giffords and Radical Courage

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In our September feature “True Stories About the Great Fire,” which recounts the first 14 days of protests after the murder of George Floyd, Sherrilyn Ifill, president of the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund, makes this critical point about the genesis of the demonstrations: “It’s important for us to remember that what we see today is built on the platform of what we saw in Ferguson and what we saw in Baltimore,” she said. “I think some people think that the activism went away, but it didn’t.”

Some people think that the activism went away, but it didn’t. You’ll hear that note sound again in this issue, in Dave Cullen’s deeply reported profile of Gabby Giffords and her gun-safety movement. Giffords’s organization developed a five-part program put into effect seven years ago, and the last big step, Dave writes, will play out in this fall’s election. Through news cycle after news cycle, through recurring declarations that the gun control debate in America had been effectively silenced by the inaction after Sandy Hook, Giffords and her team have been working, patiently and steadily—forming alliances, collaborating with community groups and with candidates for office up to and including Joe Biden. “From the outside, it looked like the NRA was still steamrolling,” Dave writes, “but legislative victories are lagging indicators. Gabby saw the plan succeeding, and the battleground shifting below the NRA, which ended 2018 in disarray.” Now her sights are set on November 3.

The organization’s full name is Giffords: Courage to Fight Gun Violence. The word courage is directed at politicians, whom Giffords has convinced to embrace the issue of gun safety in their campaigns rather than run from it. It was a strategy radical in its clarity. Anyone who saw her appearance at the Democratic National Convention in August has an inkling of what courage means to Giffords herself, what strength it has taken for her to return to the national stage after she was shot in the head at point-blank range in January 2011. This woman, who had never lost an election and was just getting started on a political career that knew no bounds, has instead devoted her life to recovery—not just her own, but that of a nation deeply scarred by self-inflicted gun violence. If you think it’s a losing battle, you haven’t met Gabby Giffords.

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Season 6 Character Could Set Up Green Lantern

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Could Legends of Tomorrow season 6 be preparing to bring the Green Lanterns into the Arrowverse, with a new Legend destined to join the Corps?

Will Legends of Tomorrow formally introduce the Green Lantern Corps into the Arrowverse?  While it might seem unlikely with a HBO Max Green Lantern series in the works and the finale of Arrow having teased John Diggle’s destiny in the stars, there is some evidence that the time-traveling Legends may be the first to officially encounter the Green Lanterns in season 6 of their series.

Legends of Tomorrow season 5 ended on a cliffhanger, with team leader Sara Lance being abducted by aliens as the team left a London punk bar, circa 1977. Not much has been said about the central plot of Legends of Tomorrow season 6, beyond the fact that it will depict Sara’s misadventures in space, as well as the efforts of the rest of the team to find her and bring her home. Unsurprisingly, the writers are planning to parody various classic science-fiction movies as part of the new season, but are also expected to draw upon the cosmic side of the DC Comics universe.

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With the Legends heading into deep space chasing after their kidnapped captain, it seems only natural that they might run into the Green Lantern Corps; the most famous intergalactic peace-keeping organization in the DC Universe. Yet the only new character confirmed as part of the cast for Legends of Tomorrow season 6 is an original character named Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz. Despite this, there is reason to believe that Spooner might be an adaptation of another DC Comics character who became a Green Lantern, given some stunning similarities.

Who Is Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz?

Lisseth Chavez as Esperanza Spooner Cruz in Temporal Zone Legends of Tomorrow

Lisseth Chavez, who is best known for her portrayal of Vanessa Rojas on Chicago P.D. has been confirmed as a new addition to the Waverider crew in Legends of Tomorrow season 6. Chavez will be playing Esperanza “Spooner” Cruz, an expert on aliens and alien abductions. What sets Spooner apart from other conspiracy theorists, however, is that she has a special gift (or at least believes she does): the ability to telepathically identify aliens and communicate with them.

The description of the character from the original casting notice goes into further detail, describing Spooner as “tough and self-sufficient.” She is the sort of person who believes in being prepared for anything, to the point that most people consider her paranoid. She also lives off the grid, despite being a talented mechanist and inventor, who has created some truly innovative technology for the purpose of detecting aliens and defending against them. This would seem to make Spooner a natural replacement for the Legends’ team techie position, which has gone vacant since the departure of Ray Palmer.

Related: What To Expect From Legends of Tomorrow Season 6

Some aspects of Spooner’s character seem to have been lifted from the character of Jessica Cruz, a character formally introduced into the reality of DC Comics during Geoff Johns’ run on the Justice League comic book. Apart from the shared surname, Jessica was similarly paranoid and driven to over-preparedness because of her fear of the unknown. Jessica’s fears, however, had a wildly different catalyst than Spooner’s abduction by aliens as a child.

Jessica Cruz: Comic Origins & Green Lantern Explanation

It is said that some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon them. Jessica Cruz was one of the third category, being a reluctant villain who became an equally reluctant hero. Her name was first mentioned in a flash-forward in Green Lantern Vol. 5 #20 in July 2014, which teased the great destiny that lay ahead of her, before she first appeared in an active role one month later as the villainous Power Ring in Justice League Vol. 2 #31.

Originally, Jessica had been a cheerful young woman who lived an active lifestyle, loving hunting, fishing and camping with her friends. That changed after an unfortunate chance encounter during one camping trip, when she and her friends stumbled across two men burying a body deep in the woods. Jessica was the only one of her friends who survived what followed. Afterward, Jessica became a full-blown doomsday prepper, hoarding food and water in her apartment, too scared to hold down a job or even go to the grocery store.

This paranoia made Jessica Cruz an ideal host for the Ring of Volthoom: a cursed artifact containing a being which fed upon the fears of the ring’s bearer, even as it forced them into dangerous and terrifying situations until their hearts finally gave out or the ring devoured them from the inside. Born of the twisted world of Earth-3 where all that was good was evil and vice-versa, the Ring of Volthoom was a sick parody of the rings of the Green Lantern Corps, which drew power from the will of their wielder to inspire them to greater things. The Ring of Volthoom had come to Earth-3 on the hand of the previous wielder: a villain called Power Ring, who was the Hal Jordan of Earth-3 and was as fearful and cowardly as his Earth-1 counterpart was fearless and noble.

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After being adopted by the Ring of Volthoom as a new host, Jessica Cruz was discovered by the Justice League, who tried to help her win free of the ring’s corrupting power. Batman and Cyborg were eventually able to neutralize Volthoom’s ability to influence Jessica, with The Flash and Green Lantern Hal Jordan helping her to control the ring’s power on its own. Jessica would go on to sacrifice herself in an effort to save The Flash’s life and free herself from Voltoom’s curse, throwing herself between The Flash and the New God of Death, the Black Racer. To the surprise of everyone, the Black Racer wound up claiming Volthoom’s soul instead of Barry Allen’s or Jessica Cruz’s, destroying the Ring of Volthoom once and for all. This act of bravery was enough to attract the attention of a Green Lantern ring seeking a new host, deciding that Jessica Cruz’s ability to “overcome great fear” made her a worthy inductee into the Green Lantern Corps.

How Legends of Tomorrow Could Introduce Green Lantern Corps

With a background built around fear and survivalist skills, Spooner Cruz seems suspiciously similar to Jessica Cruz. This wouldn’t be the first time that Legends of Tomorrow took some liberties in adapting a DC Comics heroine for television. Zari Tomaz, who was introduced in Legends of Tomorrow season 3, was created as a more realistic version of Adriana Tomaz; a heroine from the comics who drew upon the power of the magical Amulet of Isis. It’s also possible that Jessica Cruz might be brought into the show as a relative of Spooner Cruz, if the show isn’t building toward Spooner becoming a Green Lantern on her own.

Even if this theory falls flat and Spooner isn’t being set up to become a Green Lantern, it would be easy enough to introduce the Green Lantern Corps into Legends of Tomorrow season 6’s storyline. The Legends have a long history of running afoul of authority figures and Green Lanterns could fill a role similar to that of the Time Bureau in seasons 3 and 4, playing the cops trying to maintain order as they clean up the messes left behind by the well-meaning but chaotic methods of the Legends.  The only issue may be Warner Bros. allowing the Lanterns to be used outside of the upcoming HBO Max series, even in the name of cross-promotion.

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