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Berserk and the Band of the Hawk Review

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:00

If there was ever an anime or manga that was ripe for a Dynasty Warriors game treatment, it’s Berserk. The legendary 100-Man-Slayer’s gruesome story translates well to an action game about hack-and-slash murder sprees, and wielding his giant hunk of iron in Berserk and the Band of the Hawk felt powerful and satisfying… until it got a little too simple and repetitive.

After I got over Band of the Hawk’s inexplicable lack of co-op (nearly every other Warriors-style game includes it), I jumped into the lonely single-player action gameplay. Like the rest of Dynasty Warriors’ many spinoffs, it’s easy to grasp and superficially satisfying, especially when performing specials in the form of Death Blows to eradicate entire swarms of enemies in explosive displays of blood and guts.

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How To Watch IGN's Save Point Live Stream

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 09:00

IGN is partnering with the newly-launched Video Game History Foundation to present the IGN Save Point Live Stream on Monday, February 27 starting at 12pm PT (3pm ET, 8pm GMT, February 28 6am AEST).

During the five-hour stream, we’ll be playing a slew of rare things, including canceled games, unreleased consoles, forgotten preview builds, and much more. In addition to IGN hosts and editors, we'll be joined by co-founders of the Video Game History Foundation, Frank Cifaldi and Steve Lin, as well as pals from around the industry including Jared Petty, Mary Kish, Andrea Rene, Mike Mahardy, Peter Brown, Chris Kohler, Alexa Ray Corriea, and more.

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Here They Lie Is No Longer a PSVR-Only Title

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:39

2016 horror-adventure Here They Lie will no longer be a VR-exclusive title, thanks to a new update rolling out today that adds support for standard PS4 and PS4 Pro play.

"Here They Lie will be updated on February 21 to be playable without a PS VR headset — the Standard version," co-creative director Cory Davis said on PlayStation Blog.

Those who already own the game for PSVR will automatically receive the update via a downloadable patch. Meanwhile, those who have not yet purchased the game and do so after February 21 will receive both the VR and "Standard" versions of Here They Lie.

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Halo Wars 2: No Competitive Multiplayer Ranking at Launch

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 07:00

The recently-launched Halo Wars 2 does not yet feature a competitive multiplayer ranking system.

As per Eurogamer, developer 343 Industries and Creative Assembly made the decision to withhold competitive ranking so the teams could fine-tune the game’s balance post-launch.

While matchmaking is indeed based on player skill, individual skill is not explicitly shown at this point in time. Instead, Halo Wars 2 only displays the user’s Spartan Rank – an XP progression system.

Speaking to Eurogamer, David Nicholson, executive producer at Creative Assembly, offered the following explanation:

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Square Enix Launches New Studio, Announces New RPG

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:25

Square Enix has announced RPG Project Prelude Rune, along with the formation of a new studio.

The new studio, named Studio Istolia, is helmed by Hideo Baba, who brings some 18-plus years of experience to the table. Baba is perhaps best known as the driving force behind Namco’s ‘Tales of’ series.

According to Siliconera, the focus of Studio Istolia is to create new IP as well as further existing Square Enix franchises.

Baba serves as the producer of Project Prelude Rune, and hopes to create a new type of RPG fantasy, one which spans vast landscapes filled to the brim with a plethora of life. More information about the RPG will be revealed at a later date.

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You Can Claim Your Nintendo Switch Username Now

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:12

Prospective Nintendo Switch owners can now register a User ID for the console.

Inside the Account Settings page for a Nintendo Account, there is now a "User ID" section - hit the edit button and claim your chosen title. If you haven't logged in for a little while, you may be prompted to change your password before you get to claim a name.

If it seems confusing, it sort of is. Your Nintendo Account is separate from your Switch ID, but is intrinsically linked. Your Switch ID is, essentially, a new version of the NNID you may have created for your Wii U or 3DS, and is completely separate.

With eShop purchases now tied to a Nintendo Account for the first time, it may be that this move was the simplest solution to make sure that the new system could be implemented.

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Pokemon Go: See New Evolution Items and Pokemon Evolutions

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 06:00
See what Gen 2 Pokemon you can add to your Pokedex with these special items.

The Rock Calls CM Punk From Inside a WWE Ring

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 04:12

You’ll almost never hear the names CM Punk or AJ Lee brought up in the WWE these days, but those attending Monday Night RAW this week in Los Angeles -- myself included -- got tons of mentions of both, thanks to megastar Dwayne Johnson.

Yes, The Rock was back in a WWE arena Monday, but not for one of his occasional in-ring appearances on RAW itself, but rather as producer of the upcoming movie Fighting With My Family. The film, directed by The Office co-creator/Logan actor Stephen Merchant, is based on the life of WWE superstar Paige and her family of British wrestlers. With WWE co-producing, RAW was being used this night to double for… RAW. Specifically, a recreation of the night Paige made her debut in WWE following her time in NXT, immediately winning th Divas Championship from AJ Lee in the process (before that title was replaced by the current Women’s Championship).

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Bates Motel: Season 5 Premiere Review

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 23:03

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

After a bit of thumb-twiddling in Seasons 2 and 3, Bates Motel rocketed back with a moving, thrilling fourth season, setting us up for a final endgame season that looks to take us through the entire Norman Bates saga in a really unique and captivating way.

When the show first started, there was an idea floating around that it'd work solely as an origin story. As in, the show was meant to take us right up the front steps of Hitchcock's Psycho and deliver us a neatly wrapped Norman, ready to grow up and become the man who murders Marion Crane in the shower. As the seasons went on though, and Freddie Highmore began crafting a really interesting, and severely damaged, character, it became clear that it would be a disservice to simply treat this show like a prelude. It needed to tell a complete story with very little winking regarding "what's to come" after the final credits roll.

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Supergirl: "Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk" Review

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:49

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Supergirl waited an extra week before dropping its Valentine’s day-themed episode, but it was definitely worth the extra wait. “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk” found plenty of success in exploring two of the show’s key relationships this season, while also throwing in a classic Superman villain and a Hamilton spoof for good measure. What’s not to love?

It was certainly a refreshing change of pace to have an episode where it felt like the villain mattered as much as the main cast. Even after a year-and-a-half, that’s not a formula Supergirl really seems to have cracked. It was equally refreshing to see a villain that allowed the writers to really lean into the campy source material. There was no attempt to water down Mr. Mxyzptlk (played by Queen of the South’s Peter Gadiot) or replace his back-story as a fifth-dimensional imp with something more grounded. Sure, he looked quite a bit more suave than the squat, garishly dressed Mxy of the comics, but otherwise it was all there.

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3 Ways Project CARS 2 Could Trump Gran Turismo Sport

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 22:46

Project CARS 2 and Gran Turismo Sport are two of 2017’s biggest racing games, and they’re both set to duke it out on track for the hearts and minds of driving die-hards at some stage this year.

It’s no secret the Slightly Mad Studios team are gunning for the big, mainstream first-party racing series like Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport – it was part of their audacious original pitch to unwilling publishers in the first place – but the developer is pushing harder than ever for Project CARS 2.

With a long history of incredible commercial success behind it the Gran Turismo series remains very much the big wheel down at the cracker factory (in terms of racing games only the Need for Speed and Mario Kart series have shifted more copies) but it’s clear now Gran Turismo Sport will actually have less content and fewer features than Project CARS 2.

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24: Legacy: "3:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M." Review

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

24: Legacy turned a corner last week and for the first time really felt like an extension of the original. While this week’s episode wasn’t quite as good, it was still a solid outing. We got to see Carter operating within CTU for the first time and the extended period spent inside felt right. The fourth hour of this series allowed the side stories to take most of the focus, while the main plot received important exposition for what has yet to come.

Drew's dead! ...again. I don’t know why I cared so much about this guy. Looking back, he had maybe three scenes where he wasn’t unconscious but I was still pulling for him. But to bring him back just to kill him again? It seems like a waste on the surface. However, it did allow for Amira to be the one that kills him, which is important enough to warrant this seemingly cheap conclusion to a character's life. Mr. Harris’s lackey nature felt like a miss; despite him snapping, his character lacked the emotional punch something that surprising should illicit. On the other hand, Amira’s internal struggle was an attempt to humanize her. As she is seemingly unable to do it herself, her finally pulling the proverbial trigger was an attempt to humanize someone that just murdered an innocent teenager... while weak in the moment it plants the seed for her to eventually make the right decision later.

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Crashing Review

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 20:00
Comedian Pete Holmes teams with Judd Apatow for this new HBO comedy series.

Switch Launch Game The Binding of Isaac Delayed

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:19

A Nintendo Switch launch game has been delayed.

The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ will no longer release on March 3. Developer Nicalis announced the delay via Tumblr, explaining the title has indeed been pushed back but has not given a specific reason as to why. However, Afterbirth+ is still slated to come out sometime in March.

Along with the delay, Nicalis also revealed limited edition sticker sheets, which will come with the much loved Isaac face sticker, reversible alternate cover, and a 20-page instruction booklet will be included with every launch copy of the game. The booklet features some never-before-seen art design.

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Big Little Lies Review

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 18:00
A big-name cast team for HBO's new series, complete with a murder mystery component.

First Look at The Predator Cast; R-Rating Confirmed

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:57

The Predator begins filming today, and director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Iron Man 3, The Nice Guys) has taken to social media to provide an early glimpse at the film's cast.

"Partial cast... beautiful human beings, good people. Also, killers. Cameras roll today," he said in a post on Twitter, which was accompanied by the following photo:

Partial cast of The Predator, via Shane Black on Twitter

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Nioh Getting High-Difficulty Missions in March

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 15:56

Nioh will be getting a couple of free major updates in the coming months, Koei Tecmo has announced.

In a livestream, via Gematsu, Koei Tecmo revealed that ten types of high-difficulty missions, including ones that feel like boss rushes, will be added to Nioh coming in late March. In late April, Nioh will be getting PvP.

What's more, Koei Tecmo also announced that the first DLC, titled Dragon of Tohoku, will launch in April and will include new scenarios, weapon types, characters, guardian spirits, stages, and more. Japan’s Best Warrior and Peaceful and Tranquil will be the names of the second and third pieces of DLC, respectively.

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10 Things For Honor Doesn't Tell You

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:00
Don't get blindsided by the enemy factions. Read these tips and prepare for victory instead.

IGN's Code Foo Program is Looking for Software Engineer Interns

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:00
Do you enjoy coding or are you studying to become a software engineer? Want to work at IGN for a paid, six-week internship in San Francisco?

Legion: Who Is the Devil With Yellow Eyes?

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 13:01

To say that FX's new X-Men-themed TV series, Legion, is keeping its cards close to the vest would be putting it mildly. The series premiere raised far more questions than it answered about the nature of powerful mutant David Haller. What are David's ties to the X-Men? How much of what we're seeing actually happened, and how much was merely the hallucination of a dangerously unstable mind? When the heck is the show even taking place?

However, one of the biggest mysteries surrounding the show right now involves a strange villain called "The Devil With Yellow Eyes." This dark figure has a habit of showing up and silently tormenting David in his weaker moments. It's tough to say whether this character is even real or a figment of David's overactive imagination, but based on the comic book source material, we have a few ideas.

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