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Stranger Things Creators Talk About Second Season

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 09:25

Stranger Things hasn't yet been commissioned for a second season by Netflix, but the show's creators do know what they'd do with it given the chance.

According to Variety, creators Matt and Ross Duffer were at the TCA press tour in Beverley Hills to talk about Stranger Things' "bigger mythology."

“We want it to feel like a big movie,” said Matt Duffer. “But there’s a bigger mythology, and there’s a lot of dangling threads at the end. We could explore it if Netflix wanted to continue.”

"It's about giving enough so the audience feels satisfied," said Ross Duffer.

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Comic Book Reviews for July 27, 2016

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:42

Hopefully you've recovered from the Comic-Con blitz last week, because there are a lot of new comics to check out this week. DC delivered a host of new #1 issues, including Batgirl #1, Nightwing #1 and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern corps #1. Marvel published the latest chapter of Civil War II and a wealth of new tie-ins to accompany it. Elsewhere, Dark Horse kicked off their Aliens vs. Judge Dredd vs. Predator crossover, IDW debuted their Rom revamp and Image released a stylish new issue of Jupiter's Legacy Vol. 2.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books in the comments below.

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The Best 4K HDR TVs for Your Xbox One S

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:00

The Xbox One S is out August 2nd but in order to take advantage of all of its features, you’re going to need a compatible television. Microsoft’s mid-cycle refresh of the Xbox One may seem like a minor upgrade on paper, but the inclusion of HDR and 4K will make games and movies more immersive than ever. At least until Project Scorpio comes bearing VR support.

So before you head out and buy an Xbox One S, take a look at your current TV and decide if it's worth upgrading to get the most out of Microsoft’s new console. If you are upgrading your TV, here’s what you need to know to get the best Xbox One S experience.

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Bad Moms Review

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:00

There is a scene early on in the new comedy Bad Moms, written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, where the trio of moms at the center of the film take a drunken trip to the grocery store. It is one of their early acts of defiance, of breaking away from the status quo. It is the moment where the R-rated comedy has a great opportunity to show just how raunchy and over-the-top it is willing to be. Sadly, the grocery store sequence is not terribly funny. It is a misstep from which the film does eventually recover, but which turns out to be one of the many moments that fails to live up to the film's comedic potential and which stops a good movie from being great.

Mila Kunis stars as Amy, a (part-time) working mom who married young and has two kids (Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony) with her relatively lazy husband, Mike (David Walton). All Amy wants is some peace and quiet; some alone time when she doesn't have to do a homework project or make cookies for a PTA bake sale or avert some sort of work crisis for her boss, Dale (Clark Duke). After she finds her husband having an online affair, Amy boots him out and breaks bad with the help of single mom, Carla (Kathryn Hahn), and stay-at-home mother of four, Kiki (Kristen Bell).

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Destiny: The Collection Listed on Amazon

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 07:04

An Amazon listing for Destiny: The Collection has appeared.

Spotted by @lifelower on Twitter, the as-yet unannounced collection is available for pre-order on Amazon UK for £50. The listed release date is closer than you'd think - August 18 (well before the release date for upcoming expansion, Rise of Iron).

There's no description, nor even any image, so it looks like we'll have to wait on official word from Activision at the moment. When IGN learns more, you'll be the first to know.

Rise of Iron is set for release on September 20. Bungie has slowly been teasing images of the new gear you can expect to be acquiring.

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New DC Entertainment President Confirmed as Geoff Johns

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 06:47

Geoff Johns has been promoted to president and chief creative officer of DC Entertainment.

Early rumors have now been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, who say he holds these roles at the Warner Bros. division, and answers to Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, president of Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and president and chief content officer of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Johns was part of a DC Comics executive shuffle back in May, which saw him moved over to co-run a dedicated DC movies division with Jon Berg. THR says Johns received his new title when this promotion happened.

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Daily Deals: Save 25% on a 12 Month PlayStation Plus Membership, £29.99 for Today Only

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 06:45

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Get a 12 Month PlayStation Plus Membership from Argos for just £29.99. We have never seen a 365 day card go for this low, and whenever it does go down in price, it is never below £30 (CDKeys are usually the cheapest on the market and currently have it listed for £35.90). Even if you've still got some time remaining on your current PS Plus membership, it is still worth picking up for this price (we definitely will), as it will save you 25% off a future purchase.

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Arkane Reveals New Prey Details

Thu, 07/28/2016 - 05:07

Arkane Studios has revealed new details about the upcoming Prey.

In a new Bethesda video, Arkane president Raphael Colantonio says the new game - which was re-revealed at E3 after several years in development hell at more than one studio - is "not a sequel, not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it like a re-imagining of the IP."

That re-imagined format sounds an awful lot like Bioshock, essentially. "It is important to note that's it's not just shooting." Colantonio says. "It's more like a hybrid game where there's, like, narrative meets with action meets with a little bit of RPG. You have some weapons, but you also have lots of other things - including powers that you can learn from the aliens themselves."

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Predator vs. Judge Dredd vs. Aliens #1

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 23:03

When it comes to the Alien and Predator properties, crossovers are nothing new. The titular titans have faced off against everyone from Superman to Archie, leaving an assortment of separated spines and open chest cavities in their wake. With that in mind, John Layman and Chris Mooneyham turn the malleable monsters towards Mega-City One and its barrel-chested lawman, Judge Dredd. The resulting free-for-all proves to be an effortless, if by the numbers, debut, and one sure to appease fans of all the included properties.

With an ain’t-broke-don’t-fix-it approach to storytelling, Layman’s script wastes no time in getting this collision course up and running. In quick succession he introduces all three of the soon-to-be combatants (though the Xenomorph is as of yet a newly resurrected husk), utilizing the machinations of the diabolical Doc Reinstot and his mutated manimals as a means of tying things together. There’s no deep exploration of shared history – though the Predator carries a Xenomorph skull, there’s no mention of Dredd’s previous shared history with the brood. Rather, the debut operates in as clear cut a manner as possible, efficiently presenting the players, the motivations and the conflict.

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How Luke Cage is Influenced by Westerns and Albums

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 22:30

At the Television Critics Association summer press tour, the creators and stars of upcoming Netflix series Marvel's Luke Cage sat for a Q&A session with critics, noting how the series plays as a sort of reluctant hero-style western.

Head of Marvel Studios Television Jeph Loeb played up how Cage, at first, doesn't want to get involved with the chaos around him, which "has similarities to classic westerns. He’s the

hero who arrives into town.”

Music is also a big influence on the series. Showrunner Cheo Hodari stated that each episode of Luke Cage is named after a Gang Starr song and that he took a very musical approach to things when creating the show. The first season is like an album, with episodes instead of songs.

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Mr. Robot: "eps2.2_init1.asec" Review

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 22:29

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The plot thickened this week with mentions of "Operation Berenstain," the return of Whiterose and her mysterious partnership with Price, and Elliot's final surrender to Mr. Robot after realizing that resistance was, indeed, futile.

"eps2.2_init1.asec" had several key moments, all riddled with paranoia and mental distortion. Now that episodes creep across our skin for more than an hour -- yes, these Season 2 chapters are ambitiously hefty and long -- scenes can be as long or short as needed. Hell, they can even gloriously ape the loopiness of Raising Arizona, as with Elliot's dream sequence where he imagined a perfect future filled with both corporate destruction and easy social interaction.

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Spider-Man Sequels Could Be Like Harry Potter Films

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 21:08

Marvel Studios may be taking Hogwarts-inspired approach in bringing Tom Holland's Spider-Man to the big screen, according to studio president Kevin Feige.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is going to be a high school-focused movie and, in the event it's a success and Marvel decides to continue Peter Parker's journey, Feige told Collider the sequels could progress in fashion similar to to the Harry Potter films.

"This is sophomore year, is the next one junior year? Is the next one senior year? Is there a summer break between each of those?" Feige suggested, noting that "one of the early ideas" they had for the sequels was to "do a journey for Peter not dissimilar for what the students of Hogwarts would go through each of their years."

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Producer on the Problems With Boss Fights

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 21:07

We got some hands-on time with Deus Ex: Mankind Divided recently, and also had the chance to sit down with its producer, Eidos' Olivier Proulx. During our chat, Proulx talked about building its game world, the problem with boss fights in Human Revolution, choice and consequence, and more.

Read on for the full transcript.

IGN: Looking back on Human Revolution, what did you do well enough to elaborate on in Mankind Divided, and what did you want to get rid of entirely? 

Olivier Proulx: Starting with what was very successful in Human Revolution: the choice and consequence aspect, the impact you have on the game world, and the city hub. So we've built a bigger city hub in Mankind Divided, one with more immersion, more side-missions, more layers to explore. We've improved the cool stealth mechanics, because we feel a good Deus Ex game must provide good stealth gameplay. So all of these things were improved on in many ways. But then we looked at the things we weren’t happy with: primarily the boss fight situation. We didn’t want to have another part of the game where you’re forced to kill someone. We don’t have that in the game anymore. All the challenges are more consistent with your play style.

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #3 Review

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 20:32

The main takeaway from the first three issues of this series is that writer Nick Spencer is playing the long game. Issue #1 introduced the controversial twist about Cap supposedly being a Hydra double agent. Rather than immediately rush into the fallout of that twist and what it means for the Marvel Universe, subsequent issues have taken a step back. How did this startling turn of events come to be? What actually happened to Steve Rogers when his body was restored by Kobik? What is the real connection between Cap and the resurgent Hydra? This issue delves even deeper into those questions. That might disappoint readers hoping for a faster paced story, but the character work in these issues is so strong it's tough to be upset at the methodical pace.

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Parks and Rec Alums Involved in Black Mirror: Season 3

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:30

Parks and Recreation co-creator Michael Schur and actress Rashida Jones (who is also co-writing Toy Story 4) have written an episode of Black Mirror: Season 3, it was announced today at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour.

Black Mirror creator and executive producer Charlie Brooker discussed how the two got involved in the show, saying "they were fans of the show and the feeling was mutual."

The episode Schur and Jones wrote is titled "Nosedive," which is being directed by Joe Wright and stars Bryce Dallas Howard and Alice Eve. While Brooker didn't share too many plot specifics in favor of keeping it a surprise, he did say the episode is "a social satire" that's "about kind of identity in the social media age."

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Unlocked: Revisiting Old Xbox Favorites

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:17

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On this week's Xbox show, a lack of current Xbox news leads us to reminisce about the past, including our favorite original Xbox games as well as what dormant Xbox series we'd like to see brought back. Plus: Xbox One S bundles, Summer Spotlight returns, Sonic's new 2D game, and more!

Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked

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Take-Two CEO 'Enthusiastic' About Nintendo NX

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:12

Despite the sales struggles of the Wii U, Take-Two's CEO Strauss Zelnick says the company is eagerly anticipating Nintendo's 2017 NX console release.

In an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, Zelnick said that he and the rest of Take-Two are "believers" in Nintendo as the NX approaches.

"We never want to count Nintendo out," Zelnick said. "So we feel pretty enthusiastic actually."

Gamesindustry notes that Take-Two may not rush to be one of the first to have games on the console, just as the company is not rushing to be one of the first with virtual reality offerings, but that the company is excited by what Nintendo is creating, especially given Nintendo's prior track record.

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Arrested Development: Season 5 May Start Shooting in 2017

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:07

After assuring fans earlier this year that a new season of Arrested Development will "definitely happen," series creator Mitchell Hurwitz has provided a status update on Season 5, saying filming may begin next year.

"If it does happen, it looks like the shooting will start at the beginning of 2017," Hurwitz said during Netflix's panel today at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour (via Variety).

Hurwitz went on to note that he's really excited about continuing the show, calling it "the thing I'm really desperate to do."

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Nerve Review

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:06

Imagine a movie, aimed at the teen and millennial audience, that captures the zeitgeist of social media and the obsession with internet celebrity. Mix that with a touch of YA genre movies such as The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner with a splash of David Fincher’s The Game and that sounds potentially cool, right? Now, imagine it’s directed by the father of one of the target audience who wants desperately to be cool and set it to a dime-store knockoff blend of the Tron Legacy and Drive soundtracks. That, crushingly disappointingly, is Nerve.

The film focuses on Venus Delmonico, a high school senior, played by Emma Roberts. She’s the boring, studious one in her group of friends – she’s into photography, is awkward with boys and wears jeans, sneakers and a hoodie so she must be, right? Emily, played by Emily Meade, is the exciting leader of the group – she doesn’t wear a bra, she flashes her butt at a school football game etc – and she’s, like, super popular on an online game Nerve where people do dares for money. In Nerve, you’re either a Watcher, you set dares and watch people do them, or a Player, one of the people who take on challenges and increase in risk and value. Venus, or Vee for short because it’s soooo edgy, decides to prove that she’s not so dull and starts playing.

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Quadrilateral Cowboy Review

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 19:00

Quadrilateral Cowboy doesn’t just wear its charming cyberpunk heart on its sleeve. The fun, retrofuturistic look of its world and characters comes to life thanks to a clever hacking system that lets you put your creativity and problem-solving skills to the test as you pull off increasingly layered heists.

While its best ideas never feel fully explored, it creates some rewarding puzzles out of its compelling, gadget-based cybercrimes that I know I’ll be returning to for many more hours to come.

This weird cyberpunk world combines the clunky, vintage charm of early ‘80s technology with a grungy, futuristic edge. As a hacker for hire, it’s your job to use the amusing contraptions of this imaginary era to plan out virtual heists. This is primarily done by typing out scripts in your portable computer’s command prompt.

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