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Forza Motorsport 6: Apex Open Beta Next Month

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 00:31

Microsoft and developer Turn 10 have announced the upcoming PC debut of the Forza series, Forza Motorsport 6: Apex, will be available to play via an open beta next month.

The open beta will begin on May 5 and “will run on a variety of Windows 10-enabled machines” at resolutions up to 4K. Head to the Forza Motorsport site here for a rundown of recommended PC specs.

Turn 10’s Brian Ekberg explained updates and improvements will be grafted into the beta as development continues, citing wheel support, the ability to disable Vsync, and an in-app framerate counter are some of the features the studio is currently working on.

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Leviathan" Review

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 22:34

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Legends of Tomorrow still has several weeks left before the Season 1 finale, but you almost wouldn’t know it from watching this week’s episode. “Leviathan” was by far the most visually extravagant episode to date, at one point transitioning into a full-blown, Pacific Rim-style battle between titans. This episode was big, it was dramatic, and it was pretty much exactly what the show needed to start rebuilding momentum as it reaches the final stretch of Season 1.

Now facing a literal ticking clock in his anti-Vandal Savage crusade, Rip had no choice this week but to return to the year 2166 and try to defeat Savage at the height of his tyrannical power. If the team couldn’t defeat Savage in the 20th Century, what hope do they have in the 22nd, right? But as it turned out, the introduction of Savage’s daughter, Cassandra (played by Slasher’s Jessica Sipos) and the return of a long-lost artifact from Kendra’s past proved to be just the X-factors the team needed.

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7 Things We Learned About Marvel's New Captain America Comic

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:52

Marvel held one of their "Next Bg Thing" press calls today. Writer Nick Spencer and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort were in attendance to discuss the fallout of the Avengers Standoff crossover and the impending launch of Captain America: Steve Rogers. How does Steve Rogers feel about having his youth and strength restored? How will the two Captains America co-exist going forward? What part will Steve Rogers play in Civil War II? These were just some of the topics Spencer and Brevoort addressed.

Scroll down to see what we learned during the call and feast your eyes on some newly revealed interior art from Captain America: Steve Rogers artist Jesus Saiz.

Jesus Saiz recently made the jump to Marvel, illustrating one of the opening chapters of the Avengers Standoff crossover and designing a brand new costume for the Star-Spangled Avenger. Now he'll be helping Spencer to launch Marvel's second concurrent Captain America series. Brevoort praised Saiz's work, saying the the artist has reached a new level of storytelling ability with this project. "People say this all the time but this is genuine. Jesus Saiz took a real leap forward. Whether it's just he's energized to be at Marvel or on Captain America or part of Standoff, his work has never looked better."

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The Wheel of Time Will Be Adapted as a TV Series

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:38

A Wheel of Time TV series is indeed in the works.

In a press statement, Harriet McDougal -- the editor of the Wheel of Time novels and widow of Robert Jordan -- announced an official announcement about the forthcoming series should be coming from a studio soon.

"Wanted to share with you exciting news about The Wheel of Time. Legal issues have been resolved. The Wheel of Time will become a cutting edge TV series! I couldn’t be more pleased," she wrote on Google+. "Look for the official announcement coming soon from a major studio."

Wheel of Time was included on IGN's list of the 5 unadapted fantasy series that deserve Hollywood's attention. One of the most recognizable and popular fantasy series of all time, Wheel of Time is a massive epic with a sprawling cast of characters that tells the story of the quest to find the Dragon Reborn and stop the Dark One.

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Ratchet and Clank: The Movie Review

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 18:51

The Ratchet and Clank movie is a charming, inoffensive, if not particularly memorable adaptation of the beloved PlayStation series. While it’s a colorful adventure with some solid performances from a great crew of actors, it ultimately can’t stand tall in the shadow of its far-superior PS4 counterpoint.

The movie tells the story of Ratchet, a plucky young Lombax (think an adorable space raccoon...thingy) who yearns to leave behind his life as a mechanic on a backwater planet and become a Galactic Ranger, just like his hero Captain Qwark. Along the way, he befriends a cute little robot named Clank, finds himself at the heart of an interstellar conspiracy, and ultimately tasked with going through the classic hero’s journey. The idea of an optimistic farm-boy who yearns to meet his hero and ultimately find his place in the vast universe isn’t wholly original. The flow of the movie is very Luke Skywalker in A New Hope, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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7 Notable Game of Thrones Religions

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:36

Warning: Spoilers for all of Game of Thrones through the Season 6 premiere, "The Red Woman," follow.

No, there isn't actually a "God of T**s and Wine" (that we know of), but still, with Game of Thrones back for Season 6, we thought it would be a good time to take an updated look at who the proud, pious people on Game of Thrones actually do worship.

Now that Cersei's in a dire situation with a powerful faction of religious fundamentalists in King's Landing, religion's become a big theme on the series. Tyrion recently spotted a Red Priest in Meereen, Arya's been rendered blind by the mysterious magic hidden within the House of Black and White, and Melisandre looks to be a centuries-old witch of some sort.

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Alicia Vikander to Star in Tomb Raider Reboot

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:27

Warner Bros. and MGM's upcoming Tomb Raider reboot has found its Lara Croft in Alicia Vikander.

According to Variety, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in The Danish Girl and Ex Machina was always the studio's top choice, despite reports that Star Wars' Daisy Ridley was being considered. Sources have told the outlet the studio was waiting for a new draft of the script before making Vikander's involvement official.

Vikander won and Oscar for her performance as portrait artist Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Collector's Edition Revealed

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:19

Square Enix has published a new tailer for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, which revealed a $140 Collector's Edition.

There are two boxed editions. The first, which is the Day One Edition, includes:

  • A copy of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • One extra in-game mission
  • The Covert Agent Pack, which includes in-game items, including various weapons, re-skins, and upgrades
  • Digital OST sampler
  • A mini artbook, novella, and a comic book (available digitally)

The Day One Edition is available on PlayStation 4 and Xbox one for $59.99.

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Vinyl: Season 1 Review

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 17:18

Warning: Full spoilers for Season 1 of HBO's Vinyl below.

Vinyl roared in with an impressive cast and creative team. Bobby Cannavale, Oliva Wilde, and Ray Romano (who'd proven his dramatic chops on Parenthood and Men of a Certain Age) as leads. Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Boardwalk Empire's Terence Winter (who'd leave his position as showrunner before the final two episodes aired) as executive producers. A Scorsese-directed double-sized premiere. All with the intention of telling a raucous, sordid, spiraling tale of those in the music industry circa 1973. All with the intention of making you, if you didn't already, care about the music of this era as much as those behind the camera did.

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The Division: 6 Tips for Mastering Multiplayer

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:33

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Tom Clancy's The Division is never more intense than in the aptly named Dark Zone. Surviving within that Dark Zone can be a tricky exercise and more intimidating than it really has to be. The below video arms you with important information that will increase your longevity as you hunt for better loot in the ruined streets of New York.

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Mads Mikkelsen Reveals His Rogue One Character's Identity

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 16:04

Mads Mikkelsen is trying to keep as quiet as possible about his role in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but he did give away a key tidbit of information during a recent interview.

Spoilers about who Mikkelsen is playing in Rogue One continue below.

Speaking to Sky News, Mikkelsen said, "Felicity

is playing this lovely young and strong woman. I play her father." He quickly caught himself, adding, "That was too much. I'm sorry."

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Mikkelsen stayed mum about whether Darth Vader will have a role in Rogue One, but he did talk about what drew him to the project, admitting he was "a little scared" when he was first approached to be in the movie.

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Pokemon Re-Releases Sold Over 1.5 Million Worldwide

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:45

Nintendo reports Pokemon Virtual Console re-releases have sold over 1.5 million units worldwide.

America went cuckoo for Pokemon.

The sales numbers for Pokemon Red, Blue, Green (available only in Japan), and Yellow were shared by Nintendo president Tatsumi Kimishima at the company’s financial results meeting yesterday. Kimishima told investors that more than half of sales came from the American market. The number excludes digital copies included as part of hardware bundles when the games launched this past February.

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Margot Robbie Defends Harley's Suicide Squad Costume

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:39

Actress Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn costume is part of the role's "iconography," according to Suicide Squad director David Ayer.

"Denim overalls" wouldn't be appropriate for the character, he added—and Robbie agreed. Harley Quinn isn't wearing hot pants because "she wanted guys to look at her ass," but rather, "because they're sparkly and fun," the actress said in an interview with The New York Times.

Robbie said she doesn't always feel confident in the outfit, though—particularly after "eating burgers at lunchtime" and then having to "go do a scene where

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Steam Anime Sale: Dragon Ball, Naruto, and More

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:24

Anime games are cheap on Steam this weekend.

The latest Steam sale is the second in what is now apparently an annual Anime Sale. There are more than 100 discounted games, many of which are based on popular series such as Dragon Ball Z and Naruto.

You can find a full list of discounted games on Steam's website, with discounts up to 90% off.

The special is running from today until Monday at 10 a.m. PT.

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Stallone Joins Mafia TV Series By Godfather Author

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:08

Slyvester Stallone will make his television debut in Antoine Fuqua's adaptation of Omerta.

Omerta is the last book in Mario Puzo's mafia trilogy, which began with The Godfather and The Last Don. Though a network is not yet attached, The Hollywood Reporter says the series could "film as early as this summer." Fuqua's adaptation will reportedly begin being shopped to cable and streaming services soon.

The three-time Oscar nominee is expected to star as the mafia boss the story is centered around. Fuqua's mafia series will be the first scripted television series for the actor, who is best known for his work on the Rocky and Rambo franchises.

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Fox Withdraws From Comic-Con Over Piracy Concerns

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:27

In a surprising move, 20th Century Fox has withdrawn from appearing at this July's San Diego Comic-Con.

The studio was expected to promote the Assassin's Creed movie there, but they are said to be concerned any footage screened in Hall H would then leak online as happened last year with X-Men: Apocalypse.

Fox reportedly "feels it cannot prevent the piracy of custom trailers and exclusive footage routinely screened for fans in attendance, an individual familiar with the decision told TheWrap. ... The studio will be accounted for in smaller events, like their DreamWorks Animation collaboration Trolls, a second individual close to the studio told TheWrap, who added that footage they would show would be unfinished and far from release."

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Master of Orion Hands-On: The Good and the Bad

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:00

As a reboot of one of the most beloved strategy game series of all time, Master of Orion was always going to have a tough hill to climb. Namely, it must answer the question: “Why does this exist?” Happily for MOO, it has a strong answer to this: it’s an entry-level strategy game. Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of work to be done beyond that.

The Master of Orion series is what’s called a space “4X” series, short for “explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate.” You start from one planet, and expand your empire to take over the galaxy -- it’s like Civilization in space. MOO’s empires are pure sci-fi goofiness, adapted from the rest of the series: humans, yes, but also the catlike Mrrshan, the robotic Meklar, the genius Psilons, and the intelligent warlike space bears called the Bulrathi. M OO is turn-based on the grand strategy scale, with fast and shiny , if overly simple, combat between fleets.

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Fox Developing Prequel to The Omen

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:55

A prequel to the 1976 supernatural horror classic The Omen is in development at 20th Century Fox.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, indie filmmaker Antonio Campos is currently in negotiations to direct the film, which will be titled The First Omen. Ben Jacoby penned the script and David Goyer is on board to produce via Phantom Four Films.

The Omen tells the story of an American ambassador who believes his son, Damien, may be the Antichrist. The film received two sequel movies, as well as a novel series and a 2006 remake.

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Daily Deals: Bravely Second, Rocket League, Xbox One Controller, $16 Bluetooth Speaker

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:52

Last Chance for 20% Bravely Second: End Layer from Amazon

Today is the last day to get Bravely Second, the sequel to new JRPG classic Bravely Default, for 20% off, if you're an Amazon Prime member. If you're not, you can always start a free trial and then cancel it before you're billed.

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The Flash: Man in the Mask Reveal Will Resolve Zoom Mysteries

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:39

Who is the man behind the mask in Zoom's lair? That is the big question hanging over The Flash as the series heads toward its Season 2 finale, and star Carlos Valdes promises the reveal will be satisfying.

"I think all the curtains will be drawn and all mysteries will be revealed in terms of Zoom origin, the lair, the Man in the Mask, the identities," he told IGN of how Season 2 will be resolved. "There's an element that's missing that people don't know about yet in which people won't find out about until the Man in the Iron Mask is unmasked."

When asked if he found the reveal to be satisfying or whether this storyline would continue into Season 3, Valdes explained that the identity of the Man in the Mask won't make sense until you get his whole story.

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