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The Defenders: Every Character

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 19:00

How Multiplayer Influences Mass Effect: Andromeda's Campaign

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:26

According to Mass Effect: Andromeda Game Director Mac Walters, the new Mass Effect game's multiplayer and campaign are being developed as "a more cohesive experience."

"We knew that multiplayer would be a big part of Andromeda, and so early on we really coupled those two together: the single player and the multiplayer to make sure there's a more cohesive experience," Walters told IGN following the 2016 Game Awards. "From a pure minute-to-minute, second-to-second gameplay experience, the multiplayer really drives it. That's where you see a lot of the action. It's a lot more fast-paced."

It was a creative decision that has ties back to Mass Effect 3. Walters cites that game as an opportunity where Bioware "used the multiplayer as a means to improve the combat that we had." "Working on multiplayer in ME3 really helped sort of crystalize what our combat experience is like," he said, "so we started there and wanted to expand it."

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Barbie: Amy Schumer May Star in Live-Action Movie

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 18:00

Sony's live-action Barbie movie may have found its leading lady in Amy Schumer.

According to Variety, Schumer is in "early talks" to star in the film, with both her and her sister, Kim Caramele, expected to rewrite the screenplay. The actress wrote and starred in last year's romantic comedy Trainwreck.

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Jackie Review

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 17:00
Natalie Portman excels in this stunning, visceral biopic of the late First Lady. Now in select theaters.

Harry Potter Stage Show May Come to Broadway in 2018

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:42

The producers of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the stage play that tells the story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione's children, are in the "final stages" of talks to bring the show to Broadway beginning in the spring of 2018.

Announced on Pottermore, plans to bring Cursed Child to New York are currently underway, with talks already ongoing to bring the show to life in a "totally transformed" Lyric Theatre, which currently hosts the Cirque du Soleil Paramour show. The Cursed Child,

, opened in London's West End earlier this year.

The multi-million dollar renovation plans would alter the theater to accommodate 1,500 attendants rather than its current 1,900 in order to allow the show's producers to properly bring the stage show's intricate set design to life.

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Rogue One Easter Eggs Will Feature Familiar Monsters

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:42

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story director Gareth Edwards has revealed a couple of easter eggs hidden in the film, both of which feature monsters completely unrelated to the Star Wars universe.

During the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, Edwards said there are paintings of a few iconic monsters that can be found in the cave of Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker), including Godzilla.

"One of them is of the creatures that were in my first film, called Monsters, and then there’s some MUTOs and Godzilla," he said. "I didn’t ask for it, they just did it as a joke. I came in one day and spotted it in the middle of a take."

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How Supergirl Is Involved in the Arrowverse Post-Crossover

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:36

The Arrowverse "Invasion!" crossover has come to a close, but the door remains open for more crossovers in the future.

The Flash, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow all exist in the same universe, while Supergirl resides in a different part of the multiverse on Earth-38. But the conclusion of the "Invasion!" crossover added a new wrinkle that makes bringing Supergirl into the fold a lot easier in the future.

Full spoilers for the "Invasion!" crossover continue below. Check out our reviews of The Flash, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow crossover episodes, plus the moments that were left on the cutting room floor.

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13 New Full Throttle Remastered Screenshots

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:33

At last year's PSX, former LucasArts adventure game designer Tim Schafer announced that his Double Fine studio would bring back another of his beloved point-and-click comedies: Full Throttle.

While we still don't have a release date for Full Throttle Remastered, we do finally have our first look at what the resurrected adventures of Ben and Maureen will look like. As you can see, Schafer and Double Fine are sticking very close to the original game's look. See below for a gallery of 13 new screenshots, and take a look at the gameplay reveal trailer below that.

Today's first gameplay trailer:

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Movies: A Look Back at 2016 and a Look Ahead at 2017

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:18

Download Keepin' it Reel: The Final Episode!

Welcome back to Keepin' It Reel, the IGN show where Jim Vejvoda and Terri Schwartz bring you the latest genre movie news. So good bad news, good news. This is the final episode of Keepin' It Reel. We explain in the podcast and video why this is happening, BUT fear not! We are essentially just rebooting the podcast/video show as The IGN Movies Show. It'll still be us talking films and geek culture but with a new format and name.

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George Lucas' Advice to Rogue One's Director

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:02

During the production of Rogue One, George Lucas shared a few words of wisdom with director Gareth Edwards when he visited the film's set, and Edwards has since revealed the advice he received.

"He said, don't screw it up," the Rogue One director jokingly said in an interview with a French talk show during the Rogue One's press tour (via SWNN and ComicBook.com).

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GTA Online: Import/Export Coming This Month

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 16:01

GTA Online's December expansion, titled GTA Online: Import/Export, will involve "high-volume exotic car theft," Rockstar Games announced.

The upcoming DLC will build off of the Further Adventures in Finance and Felony expansion and will introduce new "Special Vehicles" and "a whole new series of criminal pursuits as CEOs and their organizations boost, modify, and resell the most wanted vehicles in the city for big profits," according to Rockstar.

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Supergirl Introducing Mr. Mxyzptlk This Season

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:57

DC Comics' impish supervillain Mister Mxyzptlk will make his Supergirl debut in 2017 during the show's second season.

The CW confirmed the character's upcoming appearance to ComicBook.com. The infamous Superman foe will be featured in two episodes. Details regarding what sort of role Mr. Mxyzptlk will play in Supergirl have yet to be revealed.

Mr. Mxyzptlk was created by writer Jerry Siegel and artist Ira Yarborough in 1944.

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Bryan Fuller No Longer Involved With Star Trek Discovery

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:38

Former Star Trek Discovery showrunner Bryan Fuller is no longer involved with the CBS All Access series.

In October, CBS confirmed that Fuller had taken a step back from the revived Trek series due to scheduling issues. But now, while speaking with Newsweek, Fuller has stated that he's not working on Star Trek Discovery in any capacity anymore. He still has an executive producer credit, though, and he wrote the story arc for the inaugural season as well as the first two episodes.

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How Mass Effect 3's Ending Influenced Andromeda

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:28

Warning: This article contains spoilers for the ending of Mass Effect 3.

As much as Mass Effect: Andromeda is a "fresh start" for the Mass Effect franchise, it also draws direct influence from the earlier installments of the series and the reactions fans had to them. Everything from the negative response to Mass Effect 3's ending to the successes in the way players' decisions affected the conclusion of Mass Effect 2 shaped how Bioware creative director and Mass Effect franchise lead writer Mac Walters viewed Andromeda as a new point of entry into the Mass Effect world.

After Mass Effect 3's ending was divisive among the gaming community, Walters said the Bioware team learned some key lessons that they applied moving forward to Andromeda.

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Opinion: The All-New X-Men Need to Go Home

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:28

Marvel has been busy these past few weeks, shedding light on the upcoming ResurrXion relaunch and the general future of the X-Men franchise after Inhumans vs. X-Men. The post-IvX X-Men line will be anchored by two flagship books, X-Men Gold (featuring a cast of familiar A-Listers) and X-Men Blue (the latest book to star the time-displaced original X-Men). The hope is that this relaunch will reinvigorate a franchise that's been in poor shape for the past two years. Perhaps it will. But at the moment it's hard to feel very enthused about the prospect of another comic focused on the original X-Men dealing with life in the future. It's past time for Marvel to send these characters back from where they came.

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The Best Gifts for Comic Book and Superhero Fans

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:00
From the latest trades to special hardbound collections and figurines, these are the best gifts for the comic readers you know.

Ali-A vs Vikkstar: The Final NERF Showdown

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 15:00
YouTubers Ali-A and Vikkstar take each other on in the ultimate NERF Rivals face-off.

La La Land Review

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 13:52

La La Land is a joyous filmgoing experience, a musical brimming with optimism that never becomes treacly, ably directed by Whiplash's Damien Chazelle and featuring fantastic performances by leads Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.

It's an homage to a bygone era of Hollywood musicals while also refreshing the genre, a love letter to Los Angeles while also representing the city's many flaws, and an ode to dreamers while also exploring the costs that come with exploring your dreams. The film's strengths are in these dichotomies, which Chazelle deftly explores in a tight script that slips between gloriously saturated and surrealist musical sequences and raw human experiences.

Like its title, La La Land takes a stereotype about the Los Angeles experience that most natives would find cringeworthy and spins it into something lovely. The film follows two dreamers who came to the city to follow their passion of the arts: Mia (Stone) wants to be an actress, while Sebastian (Gosling) one day hopes to open a jazz club. Both are struggling to see those dreams realized when they meet; she has found no success in auditions and is getting by working as a barista on the Warner Bros. lot, and he begrudgingly plays piano stints at bars and restaurants that don't allow him to showcase his talent. The two meet and fall in love, both pushing each other to find the successes they dream of while also butting heads about where to find value in their successes.

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Why Marvel vs Capcom 4 Needs the X-Men Universe

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 12:24

With the probability of seeing Marvel vs Capcom 4 climbing suddenly from “pipe dream” to “distinct possibility” within the last few days, fans of Capcom’s long-running Vs. series have experienced a mix of elation and trepidation. Early reports indicate that Marvel wants to stay focused on characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), possibly even to the exclusion of X-Men-related characters like Magneto and Wolverine.

To the casual observer, this is a matter of two characters amidst a sea of beloved alternatives. But it’s much, much bigger than a handful of mutants: Marvel vs Capcom 4 absolutely needs the X-Men universe.  Here’s a few reasons why.

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IGN UK Podcast #360: Everything You Missed at The Game Awards 2016

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:57

Last night the best and brightest in the games industry gathered in their finery to celebrate the top titles of 2016.

So this week Alex, Alysia, and Dale are on hand to chat through the winners and losers of the night - plus the most interesting trailers that made their debut.

IGN UK Podcast #360: Everything You Missed at The Game Awards 2016

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