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Paterson Review

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 11:00

Jim Jarmusch is one of the most unique and enigmatic filmmakers to emerge from America over the past several decades. With cult classic films under his belt like Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai and Broken Flowers, he’s one of the more unpredictable writers and directors of his generation and this year he returns to the big screen with Gimme Danger and Paterson. Where the former is a rock ‘n roll documentary about The Stooges, the latter is a compassionate and sublime film about the life of a quietly brilliant poet living as a bus driver in present day Paterson, New Jersey.

Adam Driver plays the titular bus driver, who in between his driving shifts and during his lunch breaks comes up with new, beautiful poems each day in his notebook. And that’s about it. There’s nothing else to the plot of Paterson, and it’s in the film’s simplicity that it finds its occasional magic. For every day of the week, we watch Paterson through each step of his life. From waking up next to his girlfriend, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), to driving around town on the bus, taking his lunch break by the town’s local waterfall, coming home to Laura, and then taking Laura’s grumpy dog for a walk to the bar so Paterson can have his nightly beer and conversation with the bartender, Doc (Barry Shabaka Henley).

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The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition Coming to PS4

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 10:00

A new Complete Edition of the procedurally-generated rogue-like The Flame in the Flood is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4.

The Flame in the Flood: Complete Edition includes director's commentary,  a PS4 theme, "two new system avatars, plus a host of gameplay enhancements," according to publisher Curve Digital.

The Flame in the Flood is set in a procedurally generated "post-societal America," where the game's protagonist and her dog scavenge supplies while also "crafting survival tools and evading predators."

Molasses Flood president Forrest Dowling calls this the "definitive version" of the game.

"We can’t wait to get it out there," Dowling said. The game has a January 2017 release window, with more details coming "in due course," according to Molasses Flow.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Patch Fixes a Lot of Bugs

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 08:37

An update for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare has brought a large number of fixes and tweaks to the game.

Several exploits have been fixed across 12 maps, and certain issues such as win streaks being ended early and spawning without a loadout in Custom matches should no longer occur. The full list of patch notes can be found on Reddit.

Infected has been updated so that Survivors earn more score / XP on kills, and all infected players will receive an assist point when a survival is killed. Infinity Ward is also promising new weapons in a future update.

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UK Deals: Win a Copy of Football Manager 2017 or Civilisation VI

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 07:18

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IGN have teamed up with SCDKey to offer readers a chance to win a copy of either Football Manager 2017 or Sid Meier's Civilization VIThis competition will run until Wednesday December 7th 2016 at 3PM. See Terms and Conditions here.

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Jurassic World 2 Casts The Get Down Star Justice Smith

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 23:18

Jurassic World 2 has added Justice Smith to its cast.

Smith, who starred in The Get Down and appeared in Paper Towns, will star alongside Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard in Universal's upcoming Jurassic World sequel, THR reports. Details on his role have yet to be revealed.

Justice Smith in The Get Down

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The Game Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 23:13

The winners of The Game Awards 2016 have been announced, and Overwatch was awarded Game of the Year.

In addition, Hideo Kojima took the stage to receive the Industry Icon Award, and Nolan North won Best Performance for his role as Nathan Drake in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

As revealed during the show, and on The Game Awards' official site, the winners were as follows:

  • Game of the Year: Overwatch (Blizzard)
  • Best Game Direction: Blizzard (for Overwatch)
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Halo Wars: Definitive Edition Will Be Available This Month

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 23:10

343 Industries studio head Dan Ayoub confirmed today that all players who buy the digital version of Halo Wars 2: Ultimate Edition will receive “special preview access” to the upcoming remastered release of Halo Wars for Xbox One and Windows 10 this December.

Access to Halo Wars: Definitive Edition will be available from December 20. An enhanced version of the original game, Halo Wars: Definitive Edition features improved graphics, additional Achievements, and also includes all of the DLC created for the original.

Ayoub made the announcement on stage at The Game Awards, also debuting a new cinematic trailer for Halo Wars 2 that showcased more of the story behind the upcoming strategy sequel.

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First Two TWD Season 3 Episodes to Be Released Together

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 23:02

The first two episodes of Telltale Games' third season of The Walking Dead, titled A New Frontier, will be released simultaneously when the season premieres on December 20.

Telltale revealed the dual-episode premiere during The Game Awards with an extended look at the first episode's opening. The new look at season 3 revealed the introduction of the new character Javier, who was first announced as a playable character when the season was spotlighted at E3 2016. The season will also star returning protagonist Clementine.

Telltale also revealed in an accompanying press release that season 3 will serve as both a fresh chance for newcomers to jump into the series while also ensuring players of the last two seasons will see their previous choices impact the story to come. The season will be "tailored" as a new beginning for those starting with season 3, while Telltale promises seasoned players "will have multiple options for quickly configuring their tailored backstory" when importing saves from previous seasons. Telltale will be offering more details on the save features for season 3 in the days to come.

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PS Plus vs. Games With Gold December Comparison

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 22:00
Find out how Sony and Microsoft's offerings stack up against one another this month.

Former BioWare, Riot Devs Unveil New Co-op Action RPG

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:47

Dauntless, a new online role-playing game from independent developer Phoenix Labs, was revealed tonight at The Game Awards 2016.

This free-to-play co-op action RPG is slated to release for PC sometime in 2017. Dauntless is set in a "science-fantasy world" that was broken into an array of floating islands. As elite warriors called Slayers, players are tasked with protecting humanity by hunting down Behemoths that threaten the land.

Dauntless is being developed by Phoenix Labs, a team of developers comprised of industry veterans from studios that include BioWare, Riot Games, Capcom and Blizzard.

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Telltale Confirms Guardians of the Galaxy Series

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:30

At The Game Awards tonight, Telltale announced Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: A Telltale Series.

The series will span five episodes and launches in 2017 on PC, consoles, and mobile. In addition to being available digitally, a Season Pass disc will also be available in stores including the first episode as well as downloads of each additional episode as they become available.

No specific platforms or release date were revealed, and we don't yet know whether this will tie into the Marvel Studios films or be an entirely separate story drawing from the comics. According to Telltale CEO and co-founder Kevin Bruner, "players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot's seat in directing their escapades around the universe."

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Star Wars, Hannibal Actor Confirmed for Death Stranding

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:13

At The Game Awards tonight, actor Mads Mikkelsen was confirmed to appear in Kojima’s upcoming PS4 exclusive Death Stranding.

Mikkelsen has been rumored for some time and joins Norman Reedus, who was revealed in the game’s initial teaser at E3.

UPDATE: As many fans speculated, a Kojima Productions representative has confirmed to IGN that the other man seen in the trailer is indeed played by Kojima's friend Guillermo del Toro, who will also appear in Death Stranding.

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Rocket League Space-Themed DLC Coming Next Week

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:05

Psyonix today revealed a new space-themed update for its blockbuster sports smash Rocket League. Rocket League’s Starbase ARC DLC will feature a free new arena, plus a premium battle-car dubbed the Vulcan. The content will be available from December 7.

A nod to Psyonix’s mobile game ARC Squadron, Starbase ARC is “an octagonally-shaped space station orbiting a desert planet in a distant galaxy.”

In addition to the new arena and vehicle, the Starbase ARC update will also arrive with a new Custom Training mode (which will allow players to create, build, and share their own training sequences) and new Steam Workshop support that will allows Unreal Engine 3 UDK users to design custom levels for the game.

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Brandon Routh’s Meta Superhero Reference Explained

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:03

Tonight’s episode of DC's Legends of Tomorrow, which acted as the third and final part of the Arrowverse “Invasion!” crossover event, saw Brandon Routh’s Ray Palmer make a big wink at his Superman role.

IGN attended a screening of the crossover where producers/writers Marc Guggenheim and Andrew Kreisberg told the assembled press the extent that Ray’s line will impact the Arrowverse.

The producers also told IGN about all the moments that had to be cut from tonight's episode of Legends of Tomorrow.

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CW Crossover: What Was Left on the Cutting Room Floor

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:03

The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC's Legends of Tomorrow casts coming together and getting to interact was arguably the best part of The CW's latest DC crossover event, "Invasion!" Our Legends of Tomorrow review calls Invasion a "very epic and satisfying finish" to the arc. But unsurprisingly, some of the fun character moments had to hit the cutting room floor.

At a recent "Invasion!" screening event, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Marc Guggenheim talked about the moments from the crossover that almost made it in, but ultimately needed to be cut. "It’s amazing how many of them we actually got to keep," said Kreisberg. "This episode came in wildly over, not surprising. And you’ve got to keep the plot going, and you had to have room, especially in these episodes, which probably had even grander visual effects sequences than we’re used to in an average episode, so it tended to be those little jokey moments that fell by the wayside. ... It was making sure that we were preserving as many of those little exchanges as we could."

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DC's Legends of Tomorrow: "Invasion!" Review

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 21:00

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

And with that, The CW's three-part Invasion crossover wraps. Legends of Tomorrow was the most successful in terms of delivering what was actually promised with this crossover - a giant mass of colorful heroes punching aliens and saving the world. And while there was a critical lack of certain characters in this episode (namely Supergirl), it served as a very epic and satisfying finish for Invasion.

There was certainly a lot of ground to cover in the finale. The Flash's portion of the crossover wasn't exactly blessed with a lightning-quick pace, and last night's Arrow was generally more preoccupied with Ollie's dream world than advancing the larger narrative. So that left Legends of Tomorrow to shoulder a great deal of the burden as far as fleshing out the conflict with the Dominators and their reasons for invading Earth. This episode did finally dip into some of the back-story of the Invasion comic book series in terms of the Dominators' collective fear of metahumans. The final battle was still very Independence Day-ish, but at least the Dominators had clear motivations and no longer felt like a completely faceless, generic alien threat.

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Bulletstorm Remastered Edition Revealed

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:54

After multiple leaks that indicated its existence, Gearbox Software has officially announced a remaster of People Can Fly's Bulletstorm, titled Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, which will be the first game published under the Gearbox Publishing label.

Those who pre-order the Full Clip Edition ahead of its release on April 7, 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC will receive Duke Nukem's Bulletstorm Tour, which makes the character available as a playable character in-game, for free.

Revealed at The Game Awards via a new trailer, the Full Clip Edition includes 4K support for the PS4 Pro, the game's campaign and multiplayer modes, as well as score challenges on new maps included in the game.

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Harry Potter: Order of the Phoenix Recreated in LEGO

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:29

A number of LEGO builders have recreated various scenes from Harry Potter, the latest of which are all based on the fifth installment in J.K. Rowling's beloved series.

This collection of LEGO-created vignettes comes by way of Flickr user Vaionaut (via Brothers-Brick). Several scenes from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix have been recreated, including one particularly memorable encounter between Harry and Lucius Malfoy.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Chapter 18 scene recreated in LEGO, courtesy of Vaionaut

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ISS Resupply Ship Fails During Flight

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 20:27

A Russian resupply ship bound for the International Space Station (ISS) has been lost, Russian space agency Roscosmos has confirmed.

The ISS Progress 65 cargo spacecraft included "1,400 pounds of propellant, 112 pounds of oxygen, 925 pounds of water, and 2,750 pounds of spare parts, supplies, and scientific experiment hardware," which equated to more than 2.6 tons of cargo for the ISS, according to NASA.

The six crew members aboard the ISS are safe, with both the U.S. and Russian segments operating normally and onboard supplies at good levels.

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The Dwarves Review

Thu, 12/01/2016 - 19:52

Dwarves fit in with high fantasy as comfortably as Stratocasters fit in with rock 'n' roll, but outside of a few standout works like The Hobbit, they're usually confined to sideshow roles over the likes of elves and humans. Much like the 2003 bestselling novel on which it's based, The Dwarves upends that tradition by placing dwarves at the vanguard, and generally it's a story worth hearing. Judged by the story alone, I'd go so far as to call this one of my favorite RPGs of the year so far, but the deficiencies of its tactical gameplay make it tough to recommend – especially when you can just read the book instead.

In some ways it spins a conventional fantasy yarn, and in appearance, the inhabitants of the land of Girdlegard differ only minimally from their counterparts in the likes of Warcraft and The Lord of the Rings. That familiarity extends to the plot itself, with its treacherous wizards and undead hordes. But much as in Markus Heitz's novels, it's the characterizations that allow it to stand out, and developer King Art Games captures them well with banter pulled straight from the books, consistently seasoned with commendable voice acting and attractive cutscenes in a style that resembles artistic stop-motion animation.

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