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Out This Week: Firewatch, Unravel

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 16:00

With so many new games and movies coming out, it can be hard to keep up. Lucky for you, IGN is here to help with a weekly round-up of the biggest releases each and every week. Check out the latest releases for this week, and be sure to come back next Monday for a new update.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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The Walking Dead's Return is This Week's TV Highlight

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:20

There isn't all that much going down this week, TV-wise, but what is there is BIG. We're talking HBO's Vinyl, from Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter, a Flash that takes us over to Earth-2 where the team battles Killer Frost, and - of course - the return of The Walking Dead. Just in time for Valentine's Day.

Which is, as you might suspect, our big TV pick for the week. The midseason finale left us with not one - but TWO cliffhangers. Rick and company covered in guts and holding hands in the midst of an Alexandria herd, and (in the post-credits tag) Daryl and company getting pulled over by Negan's cronies. Both dire scenarios that require immediately follow up.

So will the flood of walkers spell out doom for Alexandria? Will Rick and his delicate chain of nervous citizens make it to safety, or will they get devoured like a candy necklace? And...well, there's just no way Daryl, Abraham, and Sasha are going to give up their s*** to this Negan character. So in the very least we're in for an action-packed midseason premiere.

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Onimusha Discussions Happening at 'High Levels' at Capcom

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:19

Yoshinoro Ono has revealed that an Onimusha reboot has been discussed at Capcom.

Ono told DailyStar he's "spoken internally with people who made Onimusha" with him originally "and talked about how interesting it would be to revisit that series." However, the producer is adamant fans of the series shouldn't get excited at this point, as the company is "not further down the road than the discussion phase."

With Capcom, Ono has been busy with the impending release of Street Fighter V, and is "not really in a position to start that same level of battle" he said he had to fight to get Street Fighter IV made.

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Syfy Renews The Magicians for Season 2

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:13

The freshman class of Brakebills College for Magical Pedagogy will be returning for a sophomore year now that Syfy has renewed The Magicians for a 13-episode second season.

“Thanks to an extraordinarily gifted creative team of executive producers and our partners at Universal Cable Productions, The Magicians has become a buzzed-about hit, enchanting fans of the novels as well as attracting new and younger audiences to Syfy,” said Dave Howe, the network's president.

The renewal comes just three episodes into the show's first season, which the networks says have averaged 1.7 millions viewers with a good chunk of that in the coveted 18-34 demographic.

Adapted from Lev Grossman's bestselling series, the show follows a young man named Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph) who's accepted into a magical school -- one that proves to be a lot more The Rules of Attraction than Harry Potter.

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Don't Let Harley Quinn Give You a Tattoo

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:08

Margot Robbie might not want to quit her day job anytime soon to become a tattoo artist. The Suicide Squad actress -- who plays Harley Quinn in the upcoming DC Comics movie -- gave 26 of her cast and crew mates on the movie a tattoo to commemorate their time together. It was a tattoo of one simple word -- "skwad," the film's hashtag. Unfortunately, Robbie misspelled one person's tattoo.

The Aussie actress made the admission during a post-Super Bowl appearance on Late Show With Stephen Colbert, alongside her Whiskey Tango Foxtrot co-star Tina Fey. We'll allow her to explain for herself:

Check out Harley doing her tattooing thing below.

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Gotham: See B.D. Wong as Professor Hugo Strange

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:06

Ahead of his Gotham: Season 2 debut, FOX has revealed the first official photo of B.D. Wong as Dr. Hugo Strange.

The photo comes courtesy of TVInsider. See it below.

B.D. Wong as Professor Hugo Strange (Via TVInsider)

According to Wong, Strange has some evil things in store for Gotham when Season 2 resumes later this month. "What

is doing in there is indeed very, very bad," the actor teased. "Imagine the worst thing someone might do. Then multiply that by 10."

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The 100: Eliza Taylor on Clarke and Lexa's Connection

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 15:00

It would be an understatement to say Clarke Griffin (Eliza Taylor) has seen and done some shocking things at this point on The 100 and Season 3 began with her in a very different place, both physically and mentally, as a result. More recent events have found her reunited with Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey), though that dynamic remains very complicated as well, to say the least – as we wait to see Clarke’s reaction to Lexa bowing down and pledging fealty to her.

Last month, at the TCA (Television Critics Association) press tour, I spoke to Eliza Taylor right before a panel took place for The 100. We discussed Clarke’s state of mind, her similarities to Lexa and what she makes of Roan (Zach McGowan) – her captor early on this season, who has turned out to have a more complicated agenda than it initially appeared.

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Daniel Bryan Retires From WWE Due to Medical Reasons

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:33

Former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Daniel Bryan announced his retirement today on Twitter.

Bryan posted: "Due to medical reasons, effective immediately, I am announcing my retirement. Tonight on Raw, I'll have a chance to elaborate. #gratitude"

Bryan suffered a concussion back in April, and hasn't returned to the WWE since. Speaking to IGN in October, Bryan insisted that he was feeling "fantastic," but some of his doctor's weren't so sure. of his condition "The WWE's medical doctor is skeptical, because of my history with concussions and that sort of thing," Bryan said.

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Official Star Wars Headspace EDM Album Announced

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:32

Star Wars Headspace, a new compilation featuring original electronic dance music and Star Wars sound clips, has been unveiled.

According to StarWars.com, the album will be available via digital outlets on February 19 and in retail stores on March 18. The album's official cover art was also revealed. Give it a look below.

Official Star Wars Headspace cover art.

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Daily Deals: Star Wars Risk, Xbox One With $75 Credit, PS4 Digital Games Sale

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:29

Every Xbox One Comes With A $75 Microsoft Store Gift Card and An Extra Free Game

Today at the Microsoft Store we have one of the better Xbox One deals I've seen in a while, mainly because you can pick your Xbox One bundle plus $75 in Microsoft Store credit and a bonus free game with any of them. It's pretty common to see a $50 discount on the Xbox One, so I'd say $75 in credit is a fair trade for getting to pick your bundle, or opt for an Xbox One Elite console.

My favorite bundles from this deal:

Top 10 Super Bowl 50 Commercials

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:27

With celebrities like Drake, Liam Neeson, Ryan Reynolds, Alec Baldwin, and more at their disposal, advertisers really threw everything at the wall this year for Super Bowl 50. And while there was no "Dead Nationwide Kid" to bring everyone down, there was still a pattern of nightmarish imagery. From that haunting Puppymonkeybaby to "Skittles" Steven Tyler to Willem Dafoe reenacting Marilyn Monroe's iconic sidewalk shoot, these ads really leaned into "the uneasy."

Check Out All the Super Bowl 50 Movie Trailers Here

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Naruto, Bleach Funko Pops Coming to GameStop for Anime Day

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 14:06

GameStop is gearing up for "Anime Day" with exclusive collectibles and extras for the soon to be released Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4.

The Anime Day promotion begins on February 20. Besides various discounts the event marks the release of a limited "Kurama Mode" Kurama POP! Vinyl from Naruto, as well as the "Hollow Ichigo" collectible from Bleach.

Naruto Kurama Mode Pop

The figures will run for $17 and $11 respectively, and are apparently only available at GameStop.

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11 VR Games to Keep on Your Radar

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:55

2016 is the bonafide year of virtual reality. The Samsung Gear VR launched late last year, Oculus Rift pre-orders are up and running, and HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are hot on their heels. While the first year of any new technology is typically rife with launch issues and growing pains, it’s hard not to get swept up in the excitement.

It's true VR has a wide range of functions, but its potential for gaming is what has us most hyped. Anyone that’s ever played a game in VR for an extended period of time knows how immersive and thrilling of an experience it can be. Whether you're equally excited about VR's potential or remain a skeptic, these 11 VR games need to be on your radar.

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Hardcore Henry: Here's the Brand New Poster

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:13

We have the brand new poster for you today from Hardcore Henry, an upcoming action-thriller that's a first-person shooter feature film. This essentially allows for the audience to be the protagonist if you will.

Ilya Naishuller wrote and directed Hardcore Henry, which stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev,Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova. Its producers include Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch).

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Firewatch Review

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 13:00

These days I tend to enjoy games that are similar to a good book: a solitary, escapist experience I can get completely lost in without any interruptions from the outside world. Firewatch, then – on the strength of its gripping story, brilliant branching script, wholly convincing voice-acting performances, and stunning art direction – is easily one of my favorite and most memorable game experiences of this decade.

Firewatch quickly lets you know that it’s not going to pull any emotional punches over its four to five–hour runtime, opening with a series of text-based choices that call back to adventure genre forebears like Zork. I dare not spoil this potent sequence, but I will say that it masterfully bounces between being funny and heart-wrenching and plausibly establishes just why protagonist Henry ends up in the Wyoming woods as a solitary fire lookout.

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Will Expand Movie's Lore

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:37

LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens will follow the movie's plot, but will also add exclusive lore to the Star Wars canon. Mike Taylor, the head of design at TT Fusion spoke to Game Informer about the details.

Taylor said that Disney and Lucasfilm are allowing the team to "create some additional content," including "some levels that take place before the events of The Force Awakens." The game will explore the characters' backstory, which Taylor mentioned is, "...an absolute dream for any fan of Star Wars." A lot of the additional story will be exclusive, though the developer has also, "...drawn from the content in some of the other additional materials that Lucasfilm have been involved in."

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Super Bowl 50 Breaks CBS Streaming Record

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 12:12

Streaming Super Bowl 50 was a popular method to watch the Big Game, as CBS reported a "record audience" streaming last night's match between the Broncos and Panthers.

According to re/code, the network has yet to release specific numbers, but this year's figure likely eclipsed NBC's streaming stats from 2015. Super Bowl XLIX brought in a streaming average of 800,000 viewers per minute, with a total of 1.3 million concurrent users and 213 million minutes in total view time.

This year's Super Bowl was easier to stream than ever before, as CBS made it accessible via the CBS Sports app across various set-top boxes and game consoles, including Roku, Xbox One and Apple TV.

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Gotham Stories: Mr. Freeze Attacks Penguin

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:59

Following our debut of Chapter 1 last week, IGN has your exclusive first look at the second installment of Gotham Stories, the new motion comic from FOX, Warner Bros. TV and DC Entertainment that bridges the first and second halves of Gotham: Season 2.

In this chapter, Victor Fries, having made quite an entrance last week, makes it clear to Penguin and those who work for him just what he and his freeze gun are capable.

The storyline for Gotham Stories was outlined by Gotham Producer/Writer Rebecca Cutter and Senior Writer/Producer, FOX On-Air Promo Creative, Bart Montgomery, with a script by Tony Bedard and artwork by Matt Haley. The series is produced by VP, FOX On-Air Promo Creative, Julio Cabral.

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Daredevil: Season 2 Chinese New Year Promo

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:36

Marvel's Daredevil will "settle all debts" in the next season of his show, which premieres March 18 on Netflix. The show's latest promo premiered on Twitter and rings in the Lunar New Year from Hell's Kitchen—complete with red lanterns and fireworks.

Everyone has a debt to pay. Have you paid yours? Happy Chinese New Year from Hell's Kitchen.https://t.co/EiqfyMRSg4

— Daredevil (@Daredevil) February 7, 2016

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The Venture Bros.: "Maybe No Go" Review

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:09

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It's often been discussed how "failure" is the predominant theme of The Venture Bros. The show features a huge cast of characters who spoof all corners of pop culture, yet most of them are united by the fact that they're not very emotionally well-adjusted or very good at what they do. "Maybe No Go" succeeded by placing an even bigger emphasis on failure than usual and reminding viewers that no one's problems have vanished in the transition to the New York setting.

There was certainly a lot going on in "Maybe No Go." The one flaw with this episode is that it perhaps tried to juggle too much at once. With different subplots focused on everything from Billy and Pete renewing their rivalry with Augustus St. Cloud to Dr. Venture trying to salvage his already ailing company to the Monarch and Henchman 21 crawling their way back up the arching ladder to Brock and Sergeant Hatred dealing with their first brush with Wide Wale's henchmen to the Pirate Captain struggling to kick his tranquilizer addiction, the conflict was very crowded this week. The good news is that only one of these storylines felt like it didn't quite receive the attention it deserved.

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