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Doctor Who: "Heaven Sent" Review

3 hours 14 min ago

Warning: Full spoilers below.

And so the underlying themes of this season come to the forefront in the excellent penultimate episode of Season 9, “Heaven Sent,” as the Doctor finds himself being stalked by Death itself. His opening narration says as much, that one day we all will notice a second shadow next to our own... And that is exactly what happens to the Doctor here. Over and over and over again.

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Portal Items Coming to Rocket League

5 hours 36 min ago

Officially-licensed Portal items are coming to Rocket League on PC and PS4 next month.

Nine new items have been added, developer Psyonix has announced. Conversion, Propulsion, and Repulsion gels have all been converted to rocket trails. The Aperture Laboratories logo, a cake sticker, companion cube, personality core, and PotatOS have all been made into antennas. Cake is also making an appearance as a topper.

The items will be available for free, starting December 1.

Portal isn't the only famous IP to get Rocket League items, Back to the Future DLC was released back in October. Since then, a slew of DLC has come to the sports game, including free mutators, which added settings like low gravity, time warp, and the ability to change the ball size.

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Z Nation: "Party with the Zeros" Review

8 hours 35 min ago

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.


It was great to finally get an episode that made the Zeros into interesting antagonists. They’ve been teased throughout the season but their previous appearances hardly made them seem like a threat at all. “Party with the Zeros” takes the group across the border into Mexico and shows us the heart of the Zeros organization lead by their queen La Reina played by Gina Gershon. This is a beautifully shot and framed episode that goes for that filmic experience while still delivering the usual camp that Z Nation is exceptional at.

With the season winding down we’re finally dealing with some of the pressing issues that were established earlier in the year. Dr. Kurian returns and it is revealed that he has been working for the Zeros on a cure, at least that’s what he’s led everyone to believe. It seems Dr. Kurian is still intent on establishing his new Murphy World Order with zombie-human hybrids ruling the Earth. As far as mad doctors go, Kurian certainly delivers.

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Force Awakens Writer: 'Star Wars Is Its Own Genre'

16 hours 46 min ago

According to Star Wars: The Force Awakens writer Lawrence Kasdan, Lucasfilm's beloved film franchise can't be categorized as either sci-fi or fantasy.

"Star Wars is its own genre," Kasdan told Wired in a recent interview. "It's not really science fiction. It's really something on its own, fantasy and myth and science fiction and Flash Gordon and Akira Kurosawa all mixed up together.... It can be anything you want it to be."

In addition to co-writing the screenplay for The Force Awakens, Kasdan also penned The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He's also co-writer on the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie that will explore the wise-cracking smuggler's younger days.

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BvS: Dawn of Justice Gets 2 New Companion Books

16 hours 48 min ago

New Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice images have surfaced online by way of two new Scholastic companion books tied to the upcoming DC Comics film.

The first, spotted by Batman-News, can be found on the cover of an original companion novel, titled Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Cross Fire, which tells a tie-in story set before the events of the movie. See it below, courtesy of Amazon.

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6 Mobile Games with Incredible Touch Controls

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 20:00

Touch controls can be terrible. They are more often than they're not, really, which has made plenty of console-bred gamers gun-shy about taking the plunge into playing on platforms that lack the buttons their fingers have grown so accustomed to pressing. There are some mobile games that soar thanks to their mastery of this seemingly crippling restriction, though – games with touch controls so solid you forget you're holding a device at all, and it seems impossible to imagine the games played any other way.

We've selected half a dozen stellar examples for your consideration. These are 6 Mobile Games with Incredible Touch Controls.

Destiny: The Taken King Adds 'Harder' Mode

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 19:35

Bungie is introducing an even "harder" mode to Destiny: The Taken King's King's Fall raid. Though the company has yet to release much of the details, it did post a preview on its official blog.

Lead raid designer Gavin Irby announced the game's newest feature—challenge modes. In challenge mode, a King's Fall boss will issue players a weekly challenge. You can take on the challenges in both normal and hard modes, and, as Irby notes, rewards will match the chosen difficulty level.

Players can't just go in with any strategy, however. Bungie reminds us that "each boss's challenge requires that you defeat them in a very specific manner." We'll find out what the means when the challenges are released.

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Walking Dead: What We Want from the Midseason Finale

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 17:46

AMC's The Walking Dead may have hit a few snags during the first half of its Season 6 run, though with the show's annual midseason finale - the last new episode until February - comes the opportunity for a "reset." Usually through mass bloodshed. Yes, the series hasn't met a problem yet that it couldn't fix with a copious amounts of corpses and a change of setting.

But should that happen here? Do we need half the cast to die? Do we want to see Alexandria fall into ruin? Sunday's upcoming fall finale, "Start to Finish," wasn't released early to the press so when it comes to that ferocious herd of walkers set to invade town, your guess is as good as ours. But here's what we'd like to see happen. Here are a few points and items we'd like to see get addressed before the show hibernates for winter.

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Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 Gets New 7.8 GB Patch

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 17:04

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 has received a new 7.8 GB patch on PlayStation 4 that adds new levels, character campaigns, and a few gameplay tweaks.

The two new levels included in the 1.03 patch are titled Underground and Wild West, while Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tyler the Creator are the two new character campaigns. Although no bug fixes are specifically mentioned, the notes do include adjustments to gameplay and character textures.

Check out a full list of the patch notes below, provided by Eurogamer:


Star Wars Rebels: "Stealth Strike" Review

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 15:42

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

First off, apologies for this review going up a couple of days late due to the holiday. Now on to it!

This week’s Rebels had some huge visual connections to the original Star Wars (or Episode IV or A New Hope), as a rescue mission onboard an imperial ship had a lot of echoes of the Death Star sequences in that film. The familiar Imperial corridors, the gunners, the torture droid, our heroes dressed as Stormtroopers… There was a lot of nostalgia on hand here. And yeah, it was pretty on the nose, but it mostly worked.

What was cool was that it was a big visual tie-in to that first movie, while also being a big episode for two characters from completely different parts of Star Wars – the Rebels-created Kanan and The Clone Wars’ Captain Rex. Because the dramatic crux of the episode was the strained relationship between these two reluctant allies and how Kanan would finally make a big decision during a moment of truth, risking himself to go back and rescue Rex. And yeah, maybe he didn’t need to call him “friend” just yet (that felt a bit much), but the decision itself spoke volumes.

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Batman v Superman Sneak During Gotham Fall Finale

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 15:17

A new sneak peek for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be unveiled during the fall finale of Gotham, FOX has announced.

The finale is set to air this coming Monday, November 30, at 8/7c. FOX has released a brief promo teasing the sneak peek. See it below.

Additionally, the cast of Gotham has weighed in with their thoughts on the great Batman versus Superman debate. Find out who Robin Lord Taylor, Erin Richards, and several other Gotham stars ultimately side with in the clip below.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016. According to Dark Knight actor Ben Affleck, there's a lot of riding on Zack Snyder's new superhero flick.

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X-Men: Anna Paquin Is Game to Come Back for More

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 15:00

The X-Men franchise is bigger in Hollywood than ever, expanding from the big screen to TV as it also gears up for the film X-Men: Apocalypse and several spinoff films. The series already mashed up its new and old casts in 2014's X-Men: Days of Future Past, and is looking to jump around eras again between the '60s-set Hellfire, '80s-set Apocalypse and the likely-'80s-set Legion. There's also a new, untitled Wolverine movie and standalone films about Gambit and Deadpool on the horizon.

That leaves many, many opportunities to weave back in old, familiar X-Men characters in these new projects. Though she's said she won't appear in the Channing Tatum-starring Gambit, Anna Paquin does say she's game to pick up the Rogue mantle and appear in future X-Men properties.

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Wii U Drives Target's Biggest Online Shopping Day Ever

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 13:18

Target.com enjoyed record-breaking sales on Thanksgiving, with Wii U leading the charge as the retailer's top-selling item online for Black Friday.

"Gaming consoles were popular in stores and online, including Nintendo Wii U, which was the top selling item on Target.com," the retailer announced.

Additionally, Apple's iPad was a popular item both online and in stores. In fact, the Target said it "sold an iPad every second throughout the day on Thanksgiving." Apple Watch also sold well for the retailer, especially in stores.

Televisions were also a very popular in-store item, as well as movies, of which over 3 million were sold on Thanksgiving day alone. With regard to toys, LEGO, Barbie, Disney Princess, and Star Wars-themed products have proven to be the most popular.

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Coca-Cola Has Re-Registered Ecto-Cooler Trademark

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:22

Perhaps the most fondly-remembered of all Hi-C flavors, Ecto-Cooler could be ready for a comeback.

According to the keen-eyed Ghostbusters fans at Planet Ghostbusters, the Coca-Cola corporation filed to re-register its trademark for the citrus beverage back in September.

It could be Coca-Cola is simply renewing the trademark so it doesn't lose the rights to the name, but it could also be that the green beverage will see a return to store shelves. After all, the new Ghostbusters movie is coming out in July, so it would make sense to reintroduce everyone's favorite drink that's inspired by a lovable, but ultimately spooky, ghost.

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Force Awakens Debut: Check Out 3 New Retro Posters

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:00

We have three brand new, old school-style posters for Star Wars: The Force Awakens to share with you today.

These exclusive retro one-sheets are a throwback to the promotional posters used to herald the arrival of Star Wars: Episode IV -- A New Hope back in 1977.

Click on the images below for higher-res versions:

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The 9 Best Gifts for Book and Game Lovers

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 12:00

Books are like video games in that you need to do a little work to enjoy them, but the pay-off is totally worth it. If you're looking for books this holiday that will excite the gamer in your life, we've assembled this list of greats for your consideration.

You don't need to be a true 90s kid to remember the knock-down, drag-out days of SEGA versus Nintendo. Console Wars by Blake J. Harris looks at the inside story of how SEGA positioned itself to take on what was the most powerful gaming company in the world at the time.

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The Expanse: Series Premiere Review

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:56

Note: The Expanse debuts December 14th on Syfy, but the premiere episode can be seen now online, including here at IGN right below. However, our premiere review doesn't delve into major spoilers.

The Expanse might just be the show we’ve been waiting for that will finally fill a void that has existed in the science fiction genre, on TV, for some time now. We’ve seen some space-based science fiction shows crop up in recent years that have shown potential. The quality of programming on Syfy is starting to ramp up again with shows like Dark Matter and Killjoys but while both show promise they don’t deliver anything groundbreaking. After a single episode, The Expanse, based on the series of novels by James S.A. Corey, already feels like it’s delivered a rich and interesting world that is bursting with plenty of potential.

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UK Black Friday Deals - Tablet for under £35

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:51

The countdown to Black Friday is over - Black Friday is officially LIVE!!! Take advantage of Black Friday here at IGN.

GAME have excellent bundle deals on consoles.

Rakuten have 10% off EVERYTHING using code BLACK10.

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The Bastard Executioner: Series Review

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:40

Warning: full spoilers follow below. 

When you’re coming off a show as big as Sons of Anarchy, you’re either going to hit it out of the park or stumble out of the gate. Unfortunately for most showrunners, magic doesn’t often happen twice in a row – especially with such a small timeframe between projects.

Sadly, this was the case for Kurt Sutter’s The Bastard Executioner. While the series featured a stellar cast and the acting did what it could, the project felt jarred and sewn together from the first episode, when it tried to be everything all at once. It was gory (to varying degrees of success, depending on your ability to swallow scenes like a baby being stabbed in its mother’s womb or crows picking organs from dead bodies), featured Sutter’s wife Katey Sagal in a vastly different -- but not altogether sellable -- role in Annora of the Alders, and unrolled so many plot points and characters in the first two-hour installment that it was somewhat difficult to keep track of who was who.

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PlayStation Network Currently Experiencing Issues

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:35

UPDATE: With the exception of PlayStation Music, all services have now been restored.

PlayStation Network is currently experiencing issues across a number of its services, Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed.

According to the network's status page, everything from Account Management to Gaming and Social have been affected. As such, PSN users may have difficulty signing in, launching games or accessing other online applications.

Additionally, PlayStation Store, as well as PlayStation Vue, Video and Music are all experiencing issues. PlayStation Now appears to be the only service unaffected.

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