From their secluded home-theater compound, film critics Wade Major and Mark Keizer mix insightful commentary with irreverent banter, covering the latest DVD and Blu-ray news and new releases of the week, including studio, independent, television and special-interest titles.
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Ultra Street Fighter IV's upcoming patch 1.04 which will address bug fixes, character balance and tuning and add new modes, Capcom revealed recently,.
A new Omega Mode remixes the move-sets for all 44 characters in Ultra Street Fighter IV and will go live with the 1.04 update, according to a blog post. Omega Mode will be available in the Edition Select which allows players to select characters from all versions of Street Fighter IV, ranging from vanilla Sagat to Arcade Edition Yun. These modes are available for online play but in unranked matches only due to balance issues.
Total War: Attila launches globally on February 17, 2015 on both physical and digital formats for Windows and Mac, SEGA and Creative Assembly announced today.
Those who pre-order from participating retailers - official SEGA Store and Steam - will receive the game’s first downloadable content for free when the game launches. The Viking Forefathers Culture DLC Pack introduces three playable Norse factions (The Danes, The Jutes and The Geats) that offer unique battlefield and naval units, missions, cultural and factional traits. The Viking Forefathers Culture Pack will be available to purchase separately from launch for £5.99/€7.49/$7.99 USD.
Ask fans of video game lore what the worst game of all time is. Nine times out of ten, you’ll get the same answer: E.T. the Extraterrestrial.
The rushed 1982 adaptation of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster has become an unparalleled symbol of slapdash movie tie-ins. In the modern geek culture landscape it serves as a cautionary tale of artless corporate cash grabs. It is a universally derided punchline.
Of course, bad games are hardly uncommon. E.T. is unique for another reason. According to legend, when Atari realized it had made millions more E.T. cartridges than it could ever sell, the company surreptitiously decided to destroy the evidence of its folly. All unsold copies of this game -- a chief flaw of which was its protagonist’s penchant for falling into inescapable pits -- would ironically be sent to the bottom of a landfill in Alamogordo, New Mexico, never to return.
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This season of Sleepy Hollow has worked hard to build up the ensemble around leads Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison. Katrina, Jenny, Henry and Abraham have all been fleshed out more while Hawley has joined the team and gradually gained the group’s trust. It’s opened up the show’s world a bit more and given us more to invest in which is a big step forward, even though the narrower view of the first season worked wonderfully. In fact, there have been enough additions that most episodes can’t squeeze everyone one, even sideling Ichabod with a cold last week.
But despite the show’s world expanding, it’s always revolved around the partnership between Abbie and Ichabod. So it’s awfully refreshing to have an hour like “Magnus Opus” essentially put everyone else on hold for the two Witnesses to rely only on each other and wind up facing the Headless Horseman himself. Aside from brief check-ins with Katrina, Jenny, and Irving, this might as well be last season, with Abbie and Ichabod working together on the case of the week. I’ve really enjoyed how the Witnesses’ partnership has grown to the point where it’s now a full-blown gang, but Mison and Beharie working together is always the series’ greatest asset, and watching them on their own here is a great reminder of that.
Sydney, Australia-based indie developer Frosch Media kickflipped into the IGN AU office last week to record a special skateboarding-themed edition of the Pubcast Happy Hour. If you haven't heard of Frosch Media, it's the studio behind the recent iOS skateboarding sim Skater. If you haven't heard of the Pubcast Happy Hour, allow us to assure you that we were joking when we asked them if they'd got around to making Skater Tony Hawk Ride-board compatible yet.
Bandai Namco has revealed Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, coming to Xbox One, PS4, PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on April 7 next year.
On next-gen consoles and DX11 PCs, the compilation includes Dark Souls II, its three DLC chapters, and new game content including more enemies, different enemy placement, and an increased number of players allowed in multiplayer.
It will also feature enhanced graphics, which you can check out in the slideshow below.
Scholar of the First Sin on PS3, Xbox 360, and DX9 PCs includes Dark Souls II and the three DLC chapters as well, but none of the previously listed additions. It launches alongside a "large-scale" update to version 1.10, which adds "an additional NPC to seek out along the treacherous quest through Drangleic as well as expanded story, in-game events, improved balance, and online matchmaking functionality."
343 Industries studio head Bonnie Ross has taken to the HaloWaypoint forums to apologize to fans on behalf of the development team for the performance issues plagueing Halo: The Master Chief Collection.
“With the initial release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection, however, we have not delivered the experience you deserve,” writes Ross. “I personally apologize for this on behalf of us all at 343 Industries. Our team is committed to working around the clock until these issues are resolved.”
The issues surfaced as the compilation of remastered Halo games began rolling out worldwide on November 11. Players in various regions reported extensive waiting times for matchmaking matches, with some claiming to have been waiting for up to three hours to enter a matchmaking game. Both Microsoft and 343 Industries previously stated that fixing matchmaking is a top priority and have issued a number of server updates in an effort to fix the problems.
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Star Wars was heavily influenced by old movie serials and this episode’s beginning entertainingly evoked that feeling, leaping us into the action as we picked up on the heels of last week’s episode – with a ton of TIE Fighters in hot pursuit of the Ghost. It was a fun sequence, with some nice beats, including that big banking motion the Ghost pulled off, before Tseebo helped them with an Artoo-type last minute hyperspace jump.
What stood out even more this week though, in terms of spaceship-related action, was when Ezra and Kanan detached away from the Ghost while in the middle of hyperspace. This was an action we hadn’t seen in Star Wars before and it was given a really cool visual as the ship and those onboard went hurtling away in a colorful and trippy spectacle.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
It's interesting how Gotham, in the few episodes since "Penguin's Umbrella," has shifted most of its focus away from Gordon, Bullock, and Penguin and over to Bruce and Selina - with even last week's "Harvey Dent" spotlighting the two kids way more than the titular character debut.
Granted, the title Gotham gives the show an "out" when it comes to who might considered the protagonist week to week, but that doesn't prevent things from feeling muddled in the process. "LoveCraft" put our two (SCREW YOU!) orphans on the run while effectively ending the partnership between Gordon and Bullock - sending Gordon off to be a security guard at Arkham. Which was probably the one of the silliest moments of forced shuffling on the series so far. The whole "LoveCraft killed himself with your gun and now you're a guard in a mental hospital" was silly. As was Gordon's reasoning for not quitting. "It's what they want me to do." It's not like he got assigned to desk duty. He's not a cop now.
I went into Horrible Bosses 2 with a good mindset. I had seen the first Horrible Bosses when it came out in 2011, and I remember enjoying it. It was by no means the funniest movie I'd seen that year and it definitely had its flaws, but it was a good way to kill an hour and a half. After that, I forgot all about it and never saw the movie again.
Fast-forward about three years, and I was ready for another misadventure with Nick (Jason Bateman), Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) and Dale (Charlie Day). What I got from Horrible Bosses 2 was more of the same, but that's about what I expected. It's just a shame that, instead of taking the best parts of the first movie and turning them on its head (à la 22 Jump Street), the sequel riffed on the exact same jokes using the exact same characters and mimicking the exact same structure (à la The Hangover Part II).
Games can be ridiculously reductive portrayals of complex problems. Everything is eventually solvable via learning and repetition. Once you figure out the system, you can start exploiting it. What was once difficult becomes easy. War, politics, relationships… they're all "winnable" if you simply have the skill and insight to play the system. This War of Mine is a different–and far more honest–kind of game.
Even before you hit the menu screen, you've seen that same Hemingway quote so often trotted out by the Call of Duty series: "In modern war you die like a dog for no good reason." Except in This War of Mine, that quote really is a guiding principle. As you try to lead a group of survivors during an unnamed conflict, by scavenging for items, jury-rigging survival aids like heaters and vegetable gardens, and bartering with other survivors for goods, you might occasionally feel like you're getting the hang of wartime survival. But then This War of Mine reminds you, in shockingly effective and heartbreaking fashion, that war doesn't follow predictable rules. Sometimes everyone just dies, with no rhyme or reason.
Microsoft announced that Limbo will be coming to Xbox One by giving the game away to early Xbox One adopters for free.
A spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed the game will be available for Xbox One owners who used their console on the first weekend after its launch as a "thank you" for early adopters.
Microsoft also confirmed that the game will be available for all other Xbox One owners via the Xbox Game Store, but didn't pin down an exact time, instead promising the game will be available for purchase "soon."
It was reported last month that Limbo for Xbox One had been submitted to a South Korean ratings board.
Check out the first four posters from Pan, Hanna director Joe Wright's upcoming origin tale of Peter Pan. The movie stars as Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard, Garrett Hedlund as young Hook, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and Levi Miller as Peter Pan. Amanda Seyfried also stars in the movie, but she doesn't have her own poster (yet).
Offering a new take on the origin of the classic characters created by J.M. Barrie, the film follows an orphan who is spirited away to the magical Neverland. There, he finds both fun and dangers, and ultimately discovers his destiny—to become the hero who will be forever known as Peter Pan.
Another episode of Gotham will air tonight, and while we've already caught a glimpse of Arkham Asylum, we need more.
Everyone in the office has their own idea of what villains they want to see in Arkham Asylum, but we wanted to get your take. So we went to Twitter and asked what villains you hope to see inside Arkham Asylum. Here's what you had to say:
— #MUFC / #ACMILAN (@abz_n7) November 24, 2014
@IGN Julian Day the Calendar Man
Warner Bros. has reportedly set TV veteran Michelle MacLaren to develop and direct their Wonder Woman solo movie starring Gal Gadot.
MacLaren -- whose small screen credits include Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, and The Walking Dead -- was first linked to the project in late October and was then said to be in talks a few weeks ago, but she reportedly first met with the studio about the film back in August.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, "MacLaren will work with the project’s writers, which remain unnamed at this stage, to lasso together a script for the project, which would star Gal Gadot. Gadot will make her debut as the heroine in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."
A fan-made remake of Vampire: The Masquerade -- Bloodlines has been issued a cease & desist letter by CCP Games.
The team behind the remake - called Project Vaulderie - is a non-commercial group of developers aiming to recreate the PC RPG using the Unity engine. They report recently being asked to shut down development and stop using anything found in the original game.
"We’re very sad to report that we received a Cease & Desist e-mail from CCP Games, asking us to cease game development, remove any materials that might contain Vampire The Masquerade: Bloodlines, names, locations or related elements from the sites we control, and cease any further use of Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines property, and in a disappointment shared among our team we are complying with that request," said Project Vaulderie's team lead.
When Nintendo released Wii U two years ago, the platform struggled out of the gate. Sure, it had unique ideas and a novel touchscreen controller, but it didn't offer enough reasons to own the system. Long load times and a diminishing pool of third-party publishers made the console’s first two years difficult. Nintendo made some much-needed changes to Wii U in 2014, but It’s important to note that it still isn’t the perfect platform; its lack of third-party software and limited online communication tools continue to hold it back. But it’s now faster, better, and has a stronger lineup of games than you might expect. Here are five reasons Wii U is worth owning this fall.
New images have popped up which give the public its first look at many of the monsters from the upcoming Jack Black-starring movie version of the classic Goosebumps series.
Directed by Rob Letterman (Monsters vs. Aliens, Gulliver's Travels), the film stars Black as real-life Goosebumps author R.L. Stine as he must face these creatures as they escape from his books and enter the real world. And yes, they’re being led by old Slappy himself, the ventriloquist dummy from hell…
Manga distributor and licensor Viz Media has announced that new manga boxsets for the Bleach and Naruto series are on the way.
The Bleach Manga Box Set 2 will cost $215 USD and include volumes 22-48, as well as an exclusive mini-comic containing the series' pilot story as well as a double-sided poster.
The Naruto Manga Box Set 2, meanwhile, will cost $175 USD. Featuring volumes 28-48, it also comes with a pilot story mini-comic and double-sided poster.