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Arrow Trailer: Oliver May Be Getting Lethal Again

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:15

Oliver Queen may fall back to an old habit in Season 5 of Arrow: killing his enemies.

On Twitter, the official account for the DC and CW series said that he "plays by a new set of rules on the season premiere of Arrow." In the trailer, it's hinted that Oliver might get lethal again.

Oliver plays by a new set of rules on the season premiere of #Arrow, next Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW. pic.twitter.com/ja5ZK7dfyN

— Arrow (@CW_Arrow) September 28, 2016

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for October Revealed

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 14:02

Sony has unveiled the list of free games PlayStation Plus subscribers can download for free in October.

Resident Evil HD, a remastered version of the 2002 Resident Evil GameCube remake, headlines the month for PlayStation 4 subscribers, along with Platinum Games' Transformers: Devastation. IGN gave the latest update to Resident Evil an 8.0 when it released last year, saying that despite the game showing its age, "the scares, puzzles, and atmosphere of the creepy corridors of Spencer Mansion are as potent as ever."

IGN also gave Devastation a 7.7, noting that the latest take on the robots in disguise didn't rest solely on nostalgia as it delivered "a fun and energetic action game."

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Wrestling Wrap Up: SmackDown Live is Kicking RAW's Butt

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:44

Yeah, I know, it's only been a few weeks of fire, but SmackDown Live has been giving RAW a rambunctious run for its rubles. No, I'm not really looking at the ratings -- though footballing and presidential debaternating have certainly taken their toll on RAW -- I'm declaring this so from a quality standpoint and giving SD Live a thumbs up and RAW a side-eye. Here's why.

And yes, I know that about a month back I wrote that SD Live was the weaker product. But the show post-Backlash has been great.

Firstly, RAW's still three hours. This will always be a sore point. It's just nearly impossible to keep our attention through an entire show, which causes third hour fatigue and an overuse of authority figures to keep the episodes moving. SmackDown, coming in at a much more digestible two hours, has its own challenges regarding how to properly utilize its roster, but it's quickly figuring it out. The tag team and women's divisions, respectively, seem to suffer the most as you can only really fit in one match for each. And if there is a second match, it's a non-match ambush. Like what happened between Becky and Alexa Bliss this week.

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How Video Games Helped Influence Westworld

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:40

Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film, HBO’s new series Westworld comes from executive producer J.J. Abrams and EPs/writers Jonathan Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy, Person of Interest) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice). The series expands on the concept of Crichton’s film, about a theme park populated by robots that recreates the Wild West for guests, putting much more of a focus on the robots (or “Hosts” as they’re called here) and how they experience Westworld – while also depicting those behind the scenes who control Westworld (played by the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Wright, no less), along with those visiting the park.

I sat down with husband/wife duo Nolan and Joy to discuss their approach to Westworld. We spoke about what appealed to them about the concept, the choice to begin the series through the perspective of one of the Hosts (Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores), how much they let their actors know ahead of time about their characters and much more.

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Game of Thrones Coloring Book Debuts New Jon Snow Art

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:30

Game of Thrones is getting the adult coloring book treatment, and IGN has an exclusive first look at Jon Snow's colorless illustration.

Check out the image gallery below, which includes the new look at the former Lord Commander of the Night's Watch, as well as several other pages from HBO's Game of Thrones Coloring Book.

Everyone from Bill Murray to Wonder Woman has gotten the coloring book treatment in the past few years, so it makes sense that HBO's massive fantasy hit would eventually be translated into that medium as well. The coloring book is coming out on November 1st, and will be $15.95.

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Naomi Plays World of Warcraft: Legion...Again

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:28

I continue my questing in the world of Azeroth. Join myself and Mitchell I we attempt to level up to 103 in World of Warcraft: Legion. Wish me luck!

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Star Wars #23 Review

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:00

Much has been said about the plot similarities between The Force Awakens and the original Star Wars. But one element that really set the new film apart from its Original Trilogy predecessors was its stronger, more overt sense of humor. From the moment Poe Dameron greeted Kylo Ren with, "So, who talks first? You talk first?", it was clear that Lucasfilm is taking a page from the Marvel Cinematic Universe playbook. And if Star Wars #23 is any indication, we may start seeing more humor in the comics, as well. It's a good thing humor is one of writer Jason Aaron's specialties.

As poorly executed as the cover is, it actually is a fair representation of the events within. Aaron and artist Jorge Molina pick up with Han, Luke, Leia and the rest as they try to get their pilfered Star Destroyer back into working shape and carry out their larger mission. The stakes are certainly high, with the threat of Sergeant Kreel and his SCAR Troopers looming large. Yet Aaron and Molina balance out that danger with a healthy dose of humor. Much of the humor comes from the perpetually bickering Han and Leia, who literally race each other across the ship to see who deserves to be captain. I can see where some readers might find this material too silly for its own good, but Aaron isn't simply being goofy for the sake of it. There's only so much he can do to explore their blossoming (but unacknowledged) romance given the timeline of this series. Aaron writes Han and Leia as immature schoolchildren because behaving that way allows them to ignore their mutual attraction.

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Raw Review

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:38

Raw was reviewed at Fantastic Fest, and doesn't yet have a release date.

Raw is an audacious feature debut from writer-director Julia Ducournau, one that takes the coming of age template, and gives it a bloody, flesh-eating twist. It’s also a film that’s apparently caused audience members to faint at early festival screenings. Yet while the scenes of cannibalism are brutal and the violence at times extreme, Raw never feels gratuitous or exploitative.

Justine (Garrance Marillier) is a staunch vegetarian who, when proceedings commence, is being packed off to vet school. But there’s something foreboding about the facility she’s to study at, the school next to both the hospital and morgue.

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Every PlayStation VR Launch Game and Demo

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 12:00
With the PlayStation VR just a few weeks away, take a look at what games you'll be able to play on day one.

Graphic Novel Review: Wonder Woman - The True Amazon

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:30

We've seen a number of revisionist takes on Wonder Woman's origin story in recent years, whether it's the digital-first series The Legend of Wonder Woman, Greg Rucka and Nicola Scott's flashback storyline "Year One," or Grant Morrison and Yanick Paquette's graphic novel Wonder Woman: Earth One. At this point, you might think that there's no new spin left to put on such a familiar, well-trodden tale. But with Wonder Woman: The True Amazon, writer/artist Jill Thompson proves how wrong that assumption is.

In many ways, Thompson doesn't dramatically rock the boat with this graphic novel. Many of the basics are in place as she explores the early history of the Amazons (their wars with men, their flight to Paradise Island) and the birth of Diana Prince. However, there are two major and crucial changes here. The first is that Steve Trevor is completely absent from the narrative. He makes no appearance in the story and doesn't factor into Diana's eventual decision to venture into the world of men. That plays into the other, even more significant alternation to the mythos. Thompson breaks from tradition by portraying Wonder Woman as a heavily flawed character.

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Wasteland 3 Announced

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:10

Wasteland 2 developer InXile Games has announced a sequel to the 2014 RPG, Wasteland 3, and the developer is using Fig to raise funds for the game.

The campaign will launch on Fig on October 5 with a total goal of $2.75 million and a planned release on Windows, Mac, Linux, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Check out some first-look screenshots of the game below:

Wasteland 3 will take place in the frozen tundra of Colorado, where players take on the role of the only survivor of the Ranger squad Team November. The player’s choices can save the land or seal its fate, with decisions involving warring factions, whether to save or decimate certain locales, and other choices that will play out long term.

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Former PlayStation Exec Jack Tretton Praises Early Access

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 11:00

Former SCEA CEO Jack Tretton is a big fan of Early Access, going so far as to suggest the program may be the best thing to ever happen to the video game industry.

"I think Early Access is probably the greatest thing that ever happened to gaming," Tretton said on the latest episode of IGN Unfiltered, noting that "gamers care about the technology" and "want to have a voice in the game itself."

The former PlayStation boss continued, highlighting the fact that with Early Access, "the developer gets free feedback, they get revenue to help drive the development of their game to the final product and the gamer gets an opporuntity to say, 'I like this, I don't like this.'"

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No Man's Sky Marketing Being Investigated By UK Advertising Authority

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:28

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has begun an investigation into whether marketing for No Man's Sky has misled consumers.

Confirming the news to Eurogamer, the watchdog said it had received "several complaints", centering on the game's Steam listing and its use of screenshots that complainants say misrepresent the final game.

Both screenshots and videos allegedly show creature and ship behaviour, user interfaces, structures, combat and more that does not appear in the game being sold. A Reddit thread has listed the full details of one complaint.

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Overwatch's Zarya Joins Heroes of the Storm

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:03

Aleksandra Zaryanova, better known as Zarya from Overwatch, has made her way into the roster of Heroes of the Storm.

Blizzard's MOBA, which contains a variety of characters from all of its franchises, has a new patch, which brings in Zarya as well as a new map called Warhead Junction.

Zarya's basic abilities include launching a particle grenade, gaining a personal shield, and granting an ally a brief shield, much like in Overwatch.

Her heroic abilities are similar too, with one launching a bomb which draws enemies towards the center for 2.5 seconds. However her other heroic ability is an expulsion zone bomb, which knocks back enemies and slows their movement speed.

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Captain America Causes Trouble in Civil War II

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:00

Captain America keeps finding new ways to break our hearts this summer.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 and Civil War II #5!

Steve Rogers is continuing his descent into villainy following the reveal that he's secretly been a Hydra agent his whole life. Since that initial twist, we've seen Steve apparently murder Baron Zemo and the Red Ghost and plot to overthrow his new master, the Red Skull. What is a Star-Spangled Avenger to do for an encore? What about killing the Hulk?

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Disney Confirms Lion King Live-Action Film

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:00

Jon Favreau’s next live-action Disney film will be a remake of The Lion King.

The news comes via a tweet by Favreau, and was later officially confirmed by Disney.

The Lion King adds to Disney’s portfolio of live-action remakes, which include Maleficent, Cinderella, and the Favreau-directed The Jungle Book – the latter of which earned $965.8 million worldwide since its release. Suffice to say, people want more live-action Disney films. Especially Frozen

Disney also mentioned that a sequel to The Jungle Book is in the works that will once again see Favreau at the helm.

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Daily Deals: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Gears of War 4, 49-Inch 4K HDR TV

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 09:05

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Infinity Ward, the award-winning studio that helped to create the blockbuster Call of Duty franchise, reaches new heights with Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. Pick up the Legacy Edition at Amazon and get to be one of the first to experience Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare with the Multiplayer Beta and Play the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Campaign 30 days early!

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Future Gears of War Games Won't Necessarily Be Shooters

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 08:52

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer and creative director of The Coalition, Chuck Osieja have teased that a future Gears of War game could be a different genre from the existing ones.

According to Gamespot, the two attended Xbox Fanfest and were asked the question: "If Gears of War could expand into any other gaming genre, what would it be?"

Phil Spencer told Osieja to be careful about his reply (which some suggest could mean we may be seeing something other than a third person shooter in the future). Osieja gave the corporate answer: "At Microsoft, we evaluate all opportunities for our franchises. So, if the right opportunity presents itself, we'll explore that as something we can offer our fans."

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 Review

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 08:00

You really have to hand it to writer Nick Spencer for being able to cram at least one new, Internet-breaking twist into each issue of Captain America: Steve Rogers. Clearly, not all readers are happy with the direction Spencer is taking the character, bit they're definitely talking about it. It would be one thing if shock value were all this new series had to offer, but Spencer is using those twists to shape an especially dramatic and unpredictable new chapter in Cap's career.

Unlike issue #4, Captain America: Steve Rogers #5 is very much tied to the events of Civil War II. After reading so many Civil War II tie-ins with loose connections to the main event, it's a treat to see a book that's able to weave in and out of those events. Spencer is able to add more context to Steve's role in that conflict, showcasing familiar moments in sometimes dramatic new contexts. You could make a strong case for this issue offering the darkest developments yet in Steve's new Hydra career. Seeing the hero brought so low never loses its dramatic weight, and the question of just how he'll be able to dig himself out of this hole is one of the book's driving forces.

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Marvel's Mystery Venom Variant Cover Artist Is... Todd McFarlane (Sort Of)

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 06:43

Marvel announced last week it would be adding another variant cover to the debut issue of the new Venom series in November, and it has now been revealed Todd McFarlane is the artist.

However, it isn't a new piece of art. Instead, according to Newsarama, it's a recolored panel from Amazing Spider-Man #299 from back in 1988.

Venom #1 Variant: Todd McFarlane, Richard Isanove

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