*Spoiler Warning: full spoilers for Superior Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man are contained within this article!*
Last week was a bittersweet one for Spider-Man fans, as Dan Slott's Superior Spider-Man saga came to an end after more than a year and 31 issues. For all the controversy that series created when it was first announced that Peter Parker would be replaced by Otto Octavius, it won over many fans and already stands as a highlight in Slott's Spider-Man run. It's strong handling of Otto in the role of Spider-man was a major reason why we chose to pick Doctor Octopus as Spider-Man's greatest villain of all time last week. No villain has so thoroughly defeated Peter Parker, only to be transformed by his influence.
PlayStation. Does the word send a chill down your spine? Does it caress your senses with wave upon wave of irresistible pleasure? No? Do you like PlayStation? Then you're certainly in the right place. Welcome to Podcast Beyond, your link to the IGN crew that pushes news, opinions and utter hilarity straight to your ears (and subsequently, your brain).
What does the departure of Todd Stashwick mean for Uncharted PS4? Well, it means you won't be playing the game soon, according to the Podcast Beyond crew. Greg, Colin, and Jared dig into the news, talk about Nintendo, and add some nacho cheese to the shelf on the Internet's No. 1 PlayStation podcast.
The Devil's Favorite Semen is back!
Ha ha ha. See what I did there. I found a rhyme for "demon" that was highly inappropriate! Wackity schmackity dooooooo.*
*yes, it's going to be that kind of Wrap Up
Anyone else wondering why Stephanie was yelling "Stop, Kane stop!" over and over again last night while Kane obliterated Daniel Bryan? Firstly, after the first three hundred times, it was clear that her tactic wasn't working. She's wasn't about to stumble upon the correct sequence of "Stop," "No," and "Kane" in order to trigger his shutdown mode. And secondly, why would she pretend to not be a full heel anymore after WrestleMania? After she actively cheered her husband on when he attacked Bryan a month ago, screaming "Kill him!"
Get ready for dragons to rule your world when Dragon Age: Inquisition hits retail this October! More release date details, a rental system for PlayStation Now, and new games are just some of the juicy news you'll hear about in today's Fix..
Here are the top stories we covered:
Check out the new trailer that came along with the announcement of the game's October release date.
A long list of new games have been added to the PlayStation Now store along with a rental system that let's you rent games for up to 30 days.
Entwined and Kill Strain appear to be two new franchise in the works for PS4.
*Huge Batman Eternal #2 spoilers are contained within this article!*
Only two issues in and Batman Eternal is already proving to be one heck of a rollercoaster ride. Co-writer James Tynion IV was on hand to address the latest series of twists and turns, including Catwoman entering the story, the reveal of two villains, and the identity of the man in the green suit.
Every Tuesday, Sony drops a bunch of new stuff onto the PlayStation Network. Those with a PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, or PlayStation Vita can download these goodies, which include PSN games, movies, themes and more. While the Official PlayStation Blog outlines these updates in full each week, we thought we'd help truncate the good news into something more digestible.
Here are this week’s new PlayStation 4 games.
And here are some new PS3 games.
Director Len Wiseman (Total Recall, Sleepy Hollow) is now set to helm a new paranormal sci-fi thriller, Black Chapter, for Skydance Productions.
Written by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk) from a story by Penn and Wiseman, the film is about "an FBI agent drawn into a top secret military program in which spies train in paranormal abilities," reports Deadline.
"Black Chapter is a science fiction story that draws from our own history," Wiseman told the site. "I've always been fascinated by the mysteries surrounding the CIA's astral projection program during its MK-ULTRA era. What if those experiments had actually worked? Would we even know?"
During its Game Developers Conference 2014 panel, Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship Between Creative and Production, Sledgehammer Games revealed an image showing in-game character models for the next Call of Duty.
Sledgehammer's Call of Duty, which will release this fall, has been in development for nearly three years as part of the new development cycle for the series.
Blizzard announced today that its eighth BlizzCon will take place November 7-8. The event will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.
Tickets will go on sale in two batches. The first will go live on May 7, and the second on May 10. Tickets will cost $199 USD. Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner, which includes a ticket to BlizzCon, will cost $750 USD.
“BlizzCon is always the biggest highlight of the year for us,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “With Hearthstone and Reaper of Souls recently launched and Heroes of the Storm and Warlords of Draenor gearing up for beta, 2014 is already shaping up to be an epic year for Blizzard gamers."
Son of Batman was screened at WonderCon. The film will be released May 6th on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD, and via Digital Download on April 22.
Based on writer Grant Morrison and artist Andy Kubert's comics storyline "Batman and Son," Son of Batman -- the 20th DC Universe Animated Original Movie -- finds the Dark Knight (voiced by Jason O'Mara, who also voiced Batman in Justice League: War) discovering that he has a 10-year-old son by Talia Al Ghul (Morena Baccarin).
Damian Wayne (Stuart Allan) was conceived after a night of passion between the Daughter of the Demon and the Caped Crusader, who evidently carries everything in his utility belt except condoms. Damian idolizes his grandfather, Ra's Al Ghul (voiced by Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring himself, Giancarlo Esposito). As the heir to Ra's empire, Damian has been trained his entire young life by the League of Assassins, making him as deadly as he is brilliant.
Can't get that Oscar-winning tune "Let It Go" out of your head? Love playing GTA? Now you can enjoy both at the same time via this crazy Frozen meets Grand Theft Auto mashup video. Sure, it's silly but don't act like you don't enjoy seeing Elsa the snow queen tearing s**t up!
Surprise! Disney still isn't quite ready to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII even though second-unit filming has already been done in Abu Dhabi. But expect an official announcement soon. (Fans suspect perhaps in time for May the Fourth.)
In a chat with Bloomberg TV, Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said the recent filming in Abu Dhabi was just second-unit shooting and that first until principal photography hasn't commended yet.
Horn acknowledged that the bulk of the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel will be done at Pinewood Studios in England and Abu Dhabi, saying, "We have all these locations we have to film and we have to give it that Star Warsian look."
A now-deleted tweet from an alleged Ubisoft engineer teased that a new Prince of Persia game is on the horizon.
While the Twitter account of @UbiDrew is now erased, NeoGAF user sjay1994 captured a screen grab of the teasing tweet referencing Prince of Persia. "What next for #PrinceofPersia?" wrote Drew James, accompanied by an image showcasing the various iterations of the Prince.
Notably, the tweet references Ubisoft Reflections, which is co-developing The Division with Ubisoft Massive. Ubisoft Montreal has historically worked on the Prince of Persia titles, but the deleted tweet fails to mention the studio, possibly meaning that Ubisoft is rebooting the character and series with a new development team.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.
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Word has come today that longtime writing-producing partners Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman are splitting up to pursue separate feature film careers. And for Orci, that means gunning for the center seat on Star Trek 3 as director.
Variety has the news on the break-up, which is said to be amicable and mainly to do with the fact that the pair are both looking to direct their own films now. The Orci-Kurtzman team has been nothing if not successful with their work on the Transformers and Star Trek films as well as many TV projects, including Fringe, Alias, and Sleepy Hollow. They also worked on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 script together.
2K’s Borderlands, Civilization III and Civilization IV, including expansions for the Civilization games, will migrate their online services to Steamworks.
Today 2K announced that on May 31, all online services for these games will be temporarily suspended until the migration is complete, but offline play will not be affected.
GameSpy Multiplayer was a technology developers and publishers could use to host online services, but with the service shutting down on May 31, companies using the technology were forced to look for alternatives.
The second episode, airing tonight, finds Billy Bob Thornton's coldblooded Malvo flipping the script on the blackmail operation, while Molly (Allison Tolman) sets a trap. Meanwhile, Gus (Colin Hanks) debates whether he should come clean after what happened in the premiere, and Lester's (Martin Freeman) return to work has complicated repercussions.
Director Marc Webb indicated that J. Jonah Jameson may appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 earlier this week.
During a Google Hangout press event on Monday, a question was posed to Webb about when fans can expect to see J. Jonah Jameson in The Amazing Spider-Man movie franchise. "What a great question," said Webb, who directed both of the first films. "I like the idea very much of him coming up in the next film. It's really hard to introduce someone when actually it was more easy to accept a new Spider-Man than somebody who can outdo J.K. Simmons in that role.
"He is so iconic. That's something we really talked about because I love that character. He poses such an interesting dilemma for Spider-Man. ... I think you can expect to see
Demon Gaze, by all accounts, should be a forgettable Vita game. This lengthy dungeon crawler’s partially voiced dialogue, ugly 3D environments, and uninspired musical score don’t exactly make for a good first impression. But dropping Demon Gaze before seeing all its tricks would be a mistake. Even with poor graphics and what feels like an endless stream of generic, comically buxom anime heroines, the latest RPG from developers Kadokawa Games and Experience Inc. has enough rewarding gameplay hooks and Eastern charm to remain entertaining throughout its 30- to 40-hour runtime.
Actually making it to the story’s conclusion isn’t an easy task, though. Demon Gaze is a dungeon-crawler RPG that hearkens back to a classic like Wizardry, borrowing both its basic turn-based mechanics and old-school difficulty. The action takes place in a series of increasingly perilous dungeons, where you’re asked to carefully navigate your custom-made characters through robust locations in a first-person view. Instead of having free 360-degree movement, you’re forced to travel through grid-based locations that provide plenty of branching paths and unique item pickups. Looking through the eyes of your selected character isn’t exactly ideal, as it’d be nice to actually see the party that I’ve constructed through hours of play, but it’s still a nice change of pace from the more common third-person view seen in modern RPGs.
If you’ve ever traded paint, tore up the blacktop, burned rubber, put the pedal to the metal, or participated in any other racing game clichés, you’ve probably got Codemasters to thank. From Colin McRae Rally and DiRT to GRID and F1, the British developer’s been making motorsports titles for the better part of two decades.
So how does such a prolific studio keep things fresh for their next tire-screeching entry? According to GRID Autosport’s executive producer, Clive Moody, it’s as simple as returning to their roots: “We’re trying to bring back the best of Codemasters racing…back to the core experience.” While generally well received by critics, GRID 2 and DiRT Showdown apparently left some longtime Codemasters fans pining for what Moody calls the “distilled essence of the sport.”