From hurricanes to shipwrecks to molten lava to alien invasions, the disaster movie pits us humans at our best (or worst), and gives a select group of almost always beautiful-looking people the chance to make it out alive. These are the 10 greatest disaster movies ever made:
Along with flying cows, one of the more interesting twists in the storm-chasing thriller Twister is its leading couple. In movies like Outbreak, Independence Day and 2012, it’s the stagnating husband who has to win back his jet-setting ex. Not so in Twister, where Bill Paxton is the collared shirt wearing sellout, while soon-to-be ex-wife Helen Hunt has to lure him back to the passion project that united them.
Perhaps to avoid damaging the still-beloved horror series’ brand, the clumsy multiplayer shooter Umbrella Corps doesn’t carry the Resident Evil name even though it takes place in the same universe. Its movements feel sluggish, its combat is mindless and predictable, and its lack of personality ensures it’s just another rotting face in the crowd. The few times Umbrella Corps brings good ideas to the table, it kills them with such efficiency that it almost feels intentional. I can’t recall another recent game that feels as lost and confused as this one.
So much about Umbrella Corps makes no sense. For starters, this is a cover-based shooter with cover that doesn’t matter, and can even be a disadvantage. In addition to enemy players, multiplayer maps are dense with zombies that attack anything nearby. You know what’s easy prey for the ravenous undead? A soldier tucked behind a wall or into a corner. By default, players are equipped with a jamming device that keeps zombies at bay, but it’s very easily disrupted or shot off by enemies. Sitting in cover for more than a few seconds is akin to basting your face in barbecue sauce.
Of all the completed anime from the spring 2016 season, these five stood out for their excellence in telling stories of pain, friendship, and a little bit of espionage.
Though we love ongoing shows like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable and Re:Zero - Starting Life in Another World, they are not eligible for this list. To qualify for this list, the anime must have completed its season.
Production I.G.’s brilliant World War 2 spy thriller continuously challenged us to keep up with the clever exploits of Japan’s clandestine D-Agency as it sent its best covert operatives around the world to one up the governments of Germany, America, Britain...and Japan. We were glued to our seats as we watched each mission unfold in unexpected ways, turning and twisting in different directions until it all came together like a Rubix Cube. Joker Game is as beautiful as it is smart, with great art direction and lots of attractive locals. This mix of brains and beauty — combined with its historical backdrop, makes Joker Game one of the best anime of the season.
Last week at E3 2016, Nintendo finally gave the world a deeper look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While we learned a lot over the course of the show, IGN had a chance to interview some key people involved in making the new Zelda game that's coming to Wii U and NX in 2017. We spoke to series producer Eiji Aonuma, executive producer Shigeru Miyamoto, and senior product marketing manager Bill Trinen (in separate interviews) to see what else we could learn about Nintendo’s new open world game.
DC released their full solicitations for September 2016 this week. Look for another wave of DC Rebirth titles to make their debut, along with the return of Fables and the start of Gerard Way's Young Animal imprint.
Mon Mothma will play a pivotal role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has come forward to shed light on what's in store for Genevieve O'Reilly's character in the upcoming film.
According to EW, Mothma will play a major role in aiding in the destruction of the first Death Star, tasking Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and Capt. Cassian Andor (Diego Luna) with a secret mission to secure information about the massive weapon.
While Caroline Blakiston starred as Mothma in Return of the Jedi, O'Reilly will be portraying the character in Rogue One, where she'll have a "significantly larger" role, according to Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy.
Pac-Man Championship Edition 2 is currently in the works at Bandai Namco, if a listing on the Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee site is to be believed.
IGN has reached out to Bandai Namco for comment and will update this story with any new information.
The original Xbox Live Arcade game was released in 2007. A follow-up, titled Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, was then released in 2010, adding additional mazes and modes.
Note: this is a spoiler-free advance review of the series premiere of Roadies. This episode will premiere on Showtime on Sunday, June 26 at 10pm EST.
Writer/director Cameron Crowe picked at an auspicious time to make his television debut with Roadies. With HBO's recent surprise cancellation of Vinyl, there's certainly a void to be filled when it comes to delivering rock 'n' roll-fueled drama on a weekly basis. Plus, there's the appeal of seeing Crowe return to territory he covered so well in 2000's Almost Famous. But while the first episode of Roadies treads plenty of familiar ground, there's little sign that Crowe will be able to end the recent creative slump that's produced duds like Aloha.
No Man's Sky still looks set to crack the universe open in August, according to an official blog post today.
In the post, developer Sean Murray of Hello Games reaffirms the game's August 9 release date for North America, saying the team is working "night and day" to make sure it's ready for release.
No Man's Sky was originally set to be released this past Tuesday, but last month Sony announced it would be pushed back to August to allow for a few weeks' worth of extra polish.
We recently featured No Man's Sky as an IGN First game, where we explored the first two hours of gameplay and sat down with creator Sean Murray to discuss his work on Burnout 3, the origins of No Man's Sky and what it's really like to meet Elon Musk.
To celebrate Quake's 20th anniversary, Wolfenstein: The New Order developer MachineGames created a new episode for id Software's classic first-person shooter.
"Happy 20th to Quake, id Software," the studio tweeted. "As a gift to fans, we created a new episode of the game." Those who own Quake will simply have to download the RAR file and install the levels.
MachineGames' Quake level
Oculus exclusives will once again be playable on non-Oculus headsets when players use independently developed software thanks to a new update.
In an update released today, Oculus removed the headset DRM checks built into Oculus-exclusive games that required an Oculus Rift headset be connected to a computer before those games would launch.
This change was discovered by a Revive developer, who posted the discovery to the Vive subreddit today. Revive is a program that allows Vive users to access Oculus-exclusive games, and the developers have been locked in a battle with the headset checks until today.
The easiest way to explain a new game to someone is to directly compare it to another game they already know. It’s "Kirby meets Carmageddon”, a “gritty take on Candy Crush” or, in the case of much of what I’d seen and heard about Deck 13's The Surge, “It’s Dark Souls with a Sci-Fi twist”.
While the developers clearly took several cues from the Souls series - both feature the challenging and strategic melee combat, circuitous open worlds, and environmental storytelling that have become so prevalent in the hardcore action RPG genre lately - that comparison sort of negates all of the work that they've put in to set themselves apart from their contemporaries, too. After watching The Surge in action for myself at E3 last week, I could see that while there was certainly more than a hint of inspiration from the Souls genre, it also has the potential to be more than just “Dark Souls with mechs”.
Major spoilers for Game of Thrones continue below, so read on at your own risk.
Many battles have been fought over the years on Game of Thrones, and what the show has proven time again is simply having the biggest army doesn't mean you'll win the war. The leaders of the various contenders for control of Westeros have had to come up with some pretty out-of-the-box ideas to make sure they come out of battles victorious.
In honor of Sunday's epic "Battle of the Bastards," IGN decided to take a look back at some of the best tactics players in the game of thrones have used to win epic clashes over the past six seasons. What is surprisingly not a major game-changer in battles is outright magic. Even with dragons and the undead roaming the land, the execution of straightforward magic hasn't shifted the tides... well, except for that shadow baby.
Use code CSUMMERFUN2016 to save $15 on any purchase over $75 on eBay. This includes gift cards, which is like getting free money. And since the Steam summer sale is going on right now, this is an easy to make your money go even further. But it's not just Steam gift card that are up for discount, this is nearly everything on eBay, including games, hardware, and even more gift cards. I've listed all the best gift cards I can find below, but you can also browse eBay's gift card store and look for your favorite restaurant chain, your local gas station, movie theater, etc, and remember, you can mix and match, you just have to hit $75 or more.
Nick Offerman is joining the animated voice cast of FOX's new hybrid live-action/animated comedy, Son of Zorn. IGN can confirm the Parks and Recreation alum will be voicing recurring character Dr. Klorpins, Zorn's cave-dewelling doctor friend from the fantastical (and animated) land of Zephyria.
Son of Zorn brings real and animated worlds together when cartoon barbarian Zorn (think a less heroic He-Man, voiced by Jason Sudeikis) returns home to suburbia to reconnect with his estranged live-action family after a decade apart. Several of his friends will visit him from Zephyria throughout the season, including Klorpins.
South Park's 19th season is hitting Blu-ray and DVD later this summer, and we have an exclusive first look at the new set.
South Park: The Complete Nineteenth Season will include all 10 episodes on 2 discs and will be available in both Blu-ray and DVD formats. The set will includes both 5.1 Dolby True HD and Dolby Digital Stereo audio tracks, as well as English SDH Subtitles.
The set will also include the following special features:
Before Microsoft began developing the first Xbox, the company went to both Nintendo and Sony to see if either were interested in partnering to release a console; both companies turned the offer down, however.
When asked on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered whether or not Microsoft ever considered buying Nintendo, Xbox co-creator Ed Fries replied, "When we first started thinking about doing Xbox we met with Nintendo and we sat down with Iwata and others and we said, 'This is what we want to do. Could we partner? Could we work together on this?' And basically they said no."
Sid Meier's Civilization V is already—at its core—teaching players valuable critical thinking skills.
Developer Firaxis Games is looking to amp that up by bringing an explicitly educational version of the game, CivilizationEDU, to North American high schools.
Nonprofit learning company GlassLab Inc., in collaboration with Firaxis Games and Take-Two Interactive Software, is adding a "learning analytics engine" to Civilization to capture and assess students' progress and problem-solving skills. The goal is to engage students in critical thinking, and experiment with the "casual/correlative relationships between military, technology, political, and socioeconomic development."
Why was Zelda Breath of the Wild delayed? Why is it taking longer to create than most folks would like? If you’ve found yourself pondering these two questions, then you’re in luck.
In an interview with Kotaku, series producer Eiji Aonuma explains why the new Zelda needed to be delayed, and why it’s taking longer than usual to develop.
“When we think about the release period for any Zelda game, we really want to get it out as soon as possible so that everybody can play and experience it,” says Aonuma.
“But every time we make a Zelda, we want to make something new. It’s hard to gauge how long that’s going to take. And it’s also hard to gauge at what point whatever we consider to be new is done.”