The votes are in. They’ve been counted and verified. And your favourite Guardian of the Galaxy is… Rocket Raccoon!
We recently ran a poll asking IGN readers to pick their favourite of the movie Guardian, and Rocket was the resounding winner, receiving a whopping 37% of the 32,800 votes cast.
Peter Quill – aka Star Lord – came in second with 26% while my own personal favourite, Groot, wasn’t far behind with 23%.
Drax the Destroyer is your fourth favourite Guardian with a disappointing 11%, while Gamora will doubltess be seeing green as she only managed 3%.
To celebrate Rocket’s win, here’s a video in which the the stars of the movie explain why he is so awesome…
Nintendo has confirmed Bayonetta 2 will be released in North America on October 24.
There's still no firm date for other territories beyond October, though we're chasing up to see if the company is prepared to spill the beans.
Bayonetta 2 is a Wii U exclusive, and will come bundled with the original game too. Though fans have been fairly insistent that Platinum rethinks the exclusivity situation, the developer has explained on more than one occasion that the circumstances surrounding the sequel's development means this is unlikely to happen.
Recently, we asked you, the talented IGN reader, to submit designs for an outfit to be made and feature in Sunset Overdrive's DLC.
The entries were brilliant, offbeat and wacky. The game's developer, Insomniac Games, was impressed, and has whittled down the entries to the 10 below. It's now up to YOU, once again, to pick the winning design that will appear in the game.
Check out each design, and then scroll to the bottom to vote for your favourite.
It may surprise some people to learn that there are six million people buried under the streets of Paris. Their remains, many of which belonged to Paris' founders and first citizens, help make up the famed catacombs that run for miles five stories beneath the City of Light. But that story is not really the one that Legendary Pictures' new found footage film As Above/So Below is interested in telling.
The movie, from sibling filmmakers John Erick and Drew Dowdle (Quarantine, Devil), follows archaeologist Scarlett Marlowe (Perdita Weeks) whose career has been spent pursuing legendary alchemist Nicolas Flamel’s Philosopher’s Stone, a fabled artifact that is said to be able to turn metal into gold and grant eternal life. Scarlett's father went mad from pursuing the Stone, and his suicide propels her to extreme measures to restore his reputation.
Researchers have created a way to experience an Oculus Rift virtual reality ride on a real roller coaster, synchronized to the real track.
Thomas Wagner, professor in the department of Virtual Design at the University of Applied Sciences Kaiserslautern, conceived the project when he questioned if it would be possible to replace the real environment by a synchronized virtual ride.
German roller coaster manufacturer Mack Rides provided two roller coasters for research and testing when Wagner approached it with “the idea of extending a real roller coaster by wearing an Oculus Rift headset during the ride.”
“Then, on April 7, we actually became VR coaster pioneers – being the very first people to experience an Oculus Rift VR-ride on a real roller coaster, synchronized to the real track,” Wagner wrote on the project’s website. “On that day, we all felt that we were laying the foundation of something very big. Over the following weeks and months, we have been performing more than a hundred test rides and have been making some amazing discoveries.”
Godzilla and Oldboy actress Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly circling director Guy Ritchie's King Arthur movie.
Variety says Olsen -- soon to be seen as Scarlet Witch in Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron -- "is the frontrunner for the female lead." Curiously, they don't say whether or not that character is Queen Guinevere.
Charlie Hunnam is in line to play the title role and Idris Elba is on board to play a Merlin-like mentor to Arthur. The trade reveals that Superman star Henry Cavill also read for the role of King Arthur.
If you're a serious PC gamer, chances are you've been eyeing off Intel's 'Devil's Canyon' i7-4790K chip ever since it was unveiled. No wonder, it offers blazing fast performance, running at a 4GHz base clock speed, with a 4.4GHz turbo mode, and at a lower operating temperature than the previous generation to boot. It also implements support for specialised features like TSX and VT-d, allowing for better multi-threading, and cementing its position as a truly high end chip. Want to know more? You can read PC Mag's review here.
The Evil Within, Shinji Mikami's next survival horror game, is now available for pre-purchase for Windows PC via Steam.
Those who pre-purchase The Evil Within receive The Fighting Chance Pack that may help boost players' chances of survival. It includes an extra Medical Kit, Green Gel that upgrades attributes, a Double Barrel Shotgun and Three Shells, an Incendiary Agony Bolt and a Poison Agony Bolt that attracts and incapacitates enemies. The game is also available for purchase with the Season Pass that guarantees three planned add-ons.
The Legend of Korra fans will be pleased to hear the show’s final season is only a few months away with a Nickelodeon representative telling IGN Book 4 will premiere in Australia in January/February 2015.
Nickelodeon also said Season 3 of the show, titled ‘Book Three: Change’, will premiere sometime in October.
Both seasons will screen on Nickelodeon but will also be made available in full on day one through Foxtel Go and Anytime services, with iTunes following shortly after.
Nickelodeon Australia’s decision to distribute the show through multiple platforms is similar to how the latter half of the show’s third season was distributed in the US via Amazon, Xbox Video, Hulu, Google Play and Nickelodeon’s own on-site streaming service, after the show was abruptly taken off-air mid-season.
From the 20-minutes of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD gameplay I saw at PAX Prime 2014, it seems like Square-Enix is redefining what a Final Fantasy game can be. Obviously those fortunate enough to have played the PSP game in Japanese (it never got officially translated or released overseas) know that Type-0 shakes things up, but FF fans that haven’t played it are in for a treat with this Xbox One and PlayStation 4 HD-version.
Full disclosure, I played a super small amount of an imported copy of Type-0 back in 2011. I really dug what was there mechanically, but I just couldn’t leap over the language barrier. However, a bunch of Final Fantasy fans whom I trust fully and who can actually speak Japanese told me that Type-0 was incredible and right up my alley. Turns out, they were probably right.
An new amendment to the Australian Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Act 1995 will enable fast and cost effective classification of digital and mobile games, provide exemptions for certain unclassified games to allow them to be demonstrated at special events, and potentially remove the obligation to separately classify game add-ons such as map packs and additional missions “provided that such modifications are unlikely to change the classification of the original game.”
The Classification (Publications, Films and Computer Games) Amendment (Classification Tools and Other Measures) Bill 2014 passed the Senate late yesterday. The amendment has been welcomed by the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association of Australia, which has been lobbying the government on this matter for more than three years.
Update: In a statement provided to IGN, Valve marketing director Doug Lombardi said the company plans to work with the Australian government to resolve the matter.
“We are making every effort to cooperate with the Australian officials on this matter,” Lombardi wrote, “while continuing to provide Steam services to our customers across the world, including Australian gamers.”
Original story is below.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is suing Valve over accusations that the company made false or misleading representations under the Australian Consumer Law with its refunds policy, the government body announced today.
Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel! In this week's podcast, Jim Vejvoda and Roth Cornet bring you the latest in genre movie news.
After tackling last weekend's box office -- where Guardians of the Galaxy returned to No. 1 while Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For bombed big time -- we discuss the latest movie news, including Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Captain America 3, Ant-Man, Blade Runner 2, Mandarin, The Stand, and much more.
Finally, we wager if either The November Man or As Above/So Below have what it takes to top this weekend's box office.
The success of Divekick last year proved that developers can work off the standard formula of health bars and special moves when it comes to fighting games. Super Soul has found a similar way to subvert the standard brawler by boiling it down to the very basic rock-paper-scissors combat system (which is the core foundation for franchises like Dead or Alive). It's an extremely quick game where fights can end in less than a second (and never extend past 10), but if my initial hands-on time was any indication, the slight permutations to the simple formula have the potential to make this an excellent fighting-party game mashup.
Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that Nintendo's upcoming third-person shooter Splatoon almost featured everyone's favourite plumber.
"There were heated debates over who the main player character should be," Miyamoto told the publication. "Whether it should be Mario, or a squid. When we talked about the possibility of it being Mario, of course we could think of the advantages: anybody would be willing to touch it as soon as we announced that we had the new Mario game. But at the same time, we had some worries. If it were Mario, we wouldn't be able to create any new IP."
For your money, nothing breathes life into an aging PC like a sold state drive. Faster boots, better load times, speedier installs, that's what an SSD can bring you, and while it used to mean serious damage to the wallet region, it's now common to see them going for a buck a GB or less.
And they're not just for PCs anymore. It's surprisingly easy to upgrade your PlayStation 4 with an SSD, and it makes for significant perform improvements across the board. Just make sure the drive is at least 160GB - the PS4 won't accept anything smaller - and that it's no more than 9.5mm thick.
Professional gamer Ryan Masterson (also known as Realz) announced on Twitter that he has been hired by Blizzard as an Associate Game Designer to aid in the development of Hearthstone.
"This is a truly exciting opportunity for me," Masterson wrote in response to a post on Hearthstone's subreddit page. "And (to rephrase the words of someone I have long admired, who once entered a similar position) I hope my association with the continuing development of Hearthstone will serve to comfort fellow ladder grinders, competitors, and players at large that 'one of us' is behind the scenes looking out for the interests of the player. I really can't wait to get started."
Lockout is coming to Halo: The Master Chief Collection as the fifth fully remastered multiplayer map.
"As one of the flagship Halo 2 tournament maps, Lockout was home to a wide host of game types, including Free-for-All, Oddball, King of the Hill, 1-Flag CTF, and of course, Team Slayer," a Microsoft representative told Gamespot.
Max Hoberman, the lead designer for the original Halo 2 and president of Certain Affinity - the studio assisting 343 Industries with the multiplayer development for the Halo 2: Anniversary multiplayer, said of the announcement that "Lockout was hands-down the most popular small arena-style map in Halo 2." He added that the team is paying close attention to the "details and subtleties" of the original, while making some "very calculated enhancements."
A&E has pulled the plug on their most watched original drama series of all time, canceling the Wyoming murder mystery series Longmire after three seasons (and, might I add, a Season 3 finale that ended with a cliffhanger dang it!)
Deadline is reporting that Longmire's studio, Warner Horizon, intends on shopping the show around to other networks (or streaming services) immediately.