Forza Horizon 2 has gone gold, meaning the final version of the game is being put on disc and boxed up.
The news comes courtesy of the upcoming racer's Twitter, where the team shared a brief Vine filmed in conjunction with Lamborghini.
EA has revealed it's removing Trade Offers from FIFA 15's Ultimate Team mode.
A forum post explains the company took the feature out in a bid to combat those using it as a work-around for item-trading. For those not in the know, Trade Offers enabled you to bypass the auction system in order to trade cards with friends directly. Though EA complains about barter deals, in practice it's more commonly used by friends helping each other out, meaning the change could controversially penalise those using it innocently.
"Although some honest players used this feature to trade with friends, it became one of the methods used by coin sellers to sell and move coins," it reads. "Account phishers also abused Trade Offers by moving stolen players and coins after wrongfully gaining access to unsuspecting FUT player accounts. This will also address 'bid bumping', where people would try and trick others into bidding far more than they wanted for a player item.
Blizzard has announced it's reclaiming inactive names in World of Warcraft ahead of the launch of the next expansion.
A blog post explains that the Warlords of Draenor pre-patch (6.0.2) will take back the names of any characters that haven't logged into the game since November 13, 2008, making them available for new characters or anyone who fancies using the paid Character Name Change service.
Anyone wishing to preserve their name is advised to log in at their earliest opportunity to prevent it being lost. There's no set release date for the pre-patch as yet.
Nintendo has announced Super Smash Bros. on 3DS enjoyed over 1 million sales in its opening Japanese weekend.
The figure, which combines both retail and download numbers for the brawler, paint a positive picture for the company ahead of the Wii U release of the title later this year. Nintendo also noted that 1 million physical copies of the game have been shipped to retail stores.
Not many new 3DS releases manage to pass this milestone in their first week in Japan. Notable other members of the club include Monster Hunter 3 and Pokemon X & Y.
Last month, Nintendo unveiled three new fighters for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and 3DS: Captain Falcon, Lucina, and Robin. Following this, a wealth more were confirmed thanks to a streamer. To check out all of the combatants in the upcoming game, be sure to check out IGN's wiki.
Gran Turismo 6 is getting a free update today, set to add a wealth of new content to the popular racing title.
Update 1.12 can be downloaded now and adds new cars, race tracks and new game modes to the racer.
On the new car front, the Toyota FT-1 Vision, pictured above, can be earned by completing just one lap (regardless of lap time) in the new limited time FT-1 Seasonal Event. The Nissan GT-R NISMO, on the other hand, is the ultimate articulation of the R35 GT-R will be given for free to anyone who participated in this year's GT Academy online event. You can check it out below.
Horrific ghouls, giant robots, airplane engineers and suavely dressed superheroes dominate this month's anime recommendations. The following three shows and one movie are a varied bunch, each worth your time for a different reason, but all showing either great potential or the ability to build upon a winning approach.
As we're now approaching the back-end of 2014's summer anime release line-up, the shows included here are already 10 or more episodes into their schedule. Don't let that put you off, though, as it means there's no better opportunity to get stuck in and spend a some serious time watching back-to-back episodes.
Surely, there's no better way to watch anime?
EA CEO Andrew Wilson has explained the three priorities he's focused on since taking over the leading role at the company around a year ago.
Speaking at GamesBeat 2014 (via Games Industry), Wilson explained he wanted to refocus the business around players, digital and a less compartmentalised working environment within EA itself.
"The first was really establish that player-first culture back inside the company," he said. "My belief is that in the future of our industry, in a world where there are more devices that play games, more people creating content to play on those devices, that the relationships that you have with the players are going to be the deciding factor between success and failure. Your ability to actually reach those players and deliver them entertainment is really going to be based on that relationship that you have with them."
TIME Magazine tasked war photographer Ashley Gilbertson to document what he saw in The Last of Us Remastered via the game's Photo Mode, and the experience he had in-game is fascinating.
One of the best new features in The Last of Us' PS4 debut, the game's Photo Mode allows players to freeze the game at any time and play with lighting, camera angles and filters to produce an optimal, stunning screenshot. Gilbertson was thrilled with the concept, initially likening it to Mishka Henner’s series No Man’s Land, which utilizes Google Street View to explore unexpected issues.
But his excitement was short lived. As Gilbertson describes in the write up of his experience, he soon found himself having "strong reactions" in regard to his role as protagonist, rather than observer.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
We've done it. We've finally reached the worst episode of Under the Dome. Yes, Season 2's penultimate episode, "Turn," was an absolute imbecilic mess. For two seasons now, we've watch the denizens of the dome make huge guesses and monumental inferences based on almost no information. All they have are an assortment of clues which, as we've learned, are misread more often than understood. And for two seasons we've watched each character get extremely, murderously mad at another character over their guesses.
All this show is now is:
"What if we do this?"
"Oh, no. That was the wrong choice and now we all might die!"
Local streaming service Quickflix is challenging its American-based competitor Netflix to "come through the front door" in Australia and New Zealand.
CEO of Quickflix Stephen Langsford has penned an open letter to Netflix boss Reed Hastings, urging him to close the unauthorized, back-door access currently open to Aussie and Kiwi subscribers.
While there are rumblings that Netflix is currently considering launching in Australia legitimately next year, Mumbrella reports that approximately 200,000 people already subscribe to the service in Australia via networks that mask their Australian IP address.
On Tuesday, September 16 at 10PM PT / September 17 at 1AM ET, Sony is holding an event ahead of this year's Tokyo Game Show. You can watch the PlayStation press conference live right here on IGN.
Sony previously stated it would reveal two new PlayStation 4 games at TGS -- so keep an eye out for IGN's coverage of those announcements and more during the Japanese event.
Persona 5 was recently revealed for PS4 in addition to PS3, so perhaps we'll see more from Atlus' upcoming RPG. Additionally, we're expecting more from Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts 3 at the show, among others. For more on what to look forward to, check out what we'd like to see at TGS in the video below.
Oscar winning visual effects legend Douglas Trumbull has been working on a patented digital filming process called MAGI for more than a year. Recently, Trumbull has been in talks with the producer of Avatar about setting up a demonstration of the tech in action.
MAGI allows for filming and displaying 3D digital video in 4K resolutions at an astounding 120 fps frame rate. For those keeping score at home, that’s two and a half times the 48 fps that caused such a stir in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit.
Trumbull, famous as a director and for creating the effects for movies like 2001: A Space Odyssey and Blade Runner, recently completed a ten-minute sci-fi short film called UTOFOG as a showcase for the MAGI process. While it's far too early to assume James Cameron is thinking of incorporating the technology into his movies, Trumbull has apparently spoken with Avatar producer Jon Landau about setting up a screening of the short.
Anomaly 2 will be released on the PlayStation 4 on September 16.
The.sequel to 2011's Anomaly: Warzone Earth takes place after the 2018 invasion of Earth. Each mission is presented from a top-down view, and there are five upgradeable unit classes, each with two morphing modes.
Anomaly 2 has 14 single-player missions and an added multiplayer mode, where players choose to play as either aliens or humans. Players battle it out in various maps, engaging in gameplay that is a mix of tower defense (where players control towers and upgrade them) and the tower offense found in single player missions.
The aliens have taken over, wiping out most of the human race. Those that have survived exist in convoys. As opposed to the first game, players don't control the towers, but rather the humans trying to save Earth. Taking on the roles of Commander of the Yukon convey, your duty is to assist Yukon's troops as they take on the alien machines through four special abilities: Repair, Decoy, EMP (stun towers), and AIM (doubles the damage of your troops).
I've watched NBC's icky Mysteries of Laura pilot -- debuting Wednesday -- twice now. I wish I could say it was for scientific reasons or for the betterment of humankind, but honestly it's just one of those happenings that unfortunately occur during Fall TV Season. I watch pilots as they're released to press early in the summer and then I watch the ones I'm slated to review again, months later, as a refresher (and to see if anything has been changed). Sometimes as a painful refresher.
To be clear, The Mysteries of Laura - a giant misfire of a cop "dramedy" starring Debra Messing and Josh Lucas - did not improve upon its second viewing. But I also somehow made the effort not to loathe it as much as I did when I first watched it. It's biggest crime (and there are many) is that it singularly represents the death rattle of what we largely consider to be safe, boring network TV. Within it lies all the limitations and flaws of a show designed to hit as many broad strokes as possible for what, somehow, people still consider to be the "broader" mainstream non-cable TV audience. Even though, outside of CBS' juggernaut of procedurals and traditional multi-cam sitcoms, network ratings don't reflect any sort of widespread love from "the masses" who desire un-challenging programming.
Jason Bourne is back! Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass, who teamed for the second and third Bourne films (The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum), are in the process of cutting deals with Universal Pictures to return for a third film together in the series.
Deadline has the report, which confirms Latino Review’s scoop from months ago that Damon would return to the titular character. Damon had always said he would not return without Greengrass, while the director had made it clear that he felt he had nowhere else to go with the character. Now, apparently, he feels differently.
One of the best shows on television, Hannibal manages to mix over the top, grandiose — and visually stunning — horror scenarios with beautifully measured performances that ground the material, despite the story’s bigger than life nature. At the center of this, of course, is the title character, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Overcoming the pressure that came with playing a role so memorably conveyed by Anthony Hopkins before him, Mikkelsen has succeeded in making Lecter his own - giving the character a different energy, while retaining the integral sense of brilliance and menace.
With Season 2 of Hannibal coming out on DVD and Blu-ray this week, I spoke to Mikkelsen about the huge, no-turning-back events that occurred during the season, Hannibal and Will Graham’s ever-complicated relationship and where things could go in Season 3.
Sony is developing a reboot of I Know What You Did Last Summer, the 1997 slasher thriller based on the 1973 novel of the same name about four friends stalked by a mysterious killer after they cover up a fatal accident.
Deadline reports that Oculus co-writer/director Mike Flanagan and his partner Jeff Howard are scripting the reboot for producer Neal Moritz, who also produced the original movie and its 1998 sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
"The remake is somewhat of a safe bet for Sony — a proven title that can be cast on the cheap and done on a lower budget," the site observes.
We all want the best of the best, so let us point out the hottest comics and collectibles released each week. We spotlight our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent, new books that look cool, and any toys and games we can't wait to play with.
Check out our picks, then take to the comments to let us know what looks good to you!
By Charles Soule & Rags Morales | DC Comics
Holy hell! What the heck happened to Wonder Woman? She looks like a cross between Kratos and Scorpion -- and with good reason. In order to defeat a mysterious and powerful new baddie, she has to fully embrace her role as the God of War. Being the God of War is definitely the coolest addition to her mythology in the New 52, and this is pretty much just one big story showcasing it.
Disney has released a new official plot synopsis for Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Check it out below:
"Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
CW's The Flash is turning out to be quite a reunion for the cast of CBS's The Flash from 1990 -- with Amanda Pays now having signed on to reprise her role as Dr. Tina McGee, the character she played on the original, live-action TV series.
According to Variety, Pays joins John Wesley Shipp as the second 1990 Flash TV series star to return for the 2014 version. While Shipp will be playing a different character -- Barry Allen's father -- Pays will portray Dr. McGee once more.
On the 1990 series, Dr. McGee served as Allen's intelligent advisor/companion, helping the character to better understand his powers, with expertise she gained from studying genetics at S.T.A.R. Labs. On the new series, McGee will be working for a rival tech firm that has "taken an interest" in Allen's speed.