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Homeland: "All About Allison" Review

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:56

Warning: Full spoilers below.

Oh Allison! Now I feel sorry for you…

The latest Homeland made good on its title, “All About Allison,” as we finally learned how Miranda Otto’s character became the double-crossing double-agent that she is. Despite the various conspiracy theories out there about her living a The Americans type life, it seems Allison is just a small-town girl living in a lonely world. She’s from Wisconsin, you see, not Moscow. And her biggest interest seems to be expensive handbags, not world domination.

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Create a 3D Printed Version of Your Spartan in Halo 5: Guardians

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:40

Just in time for the holidays, Microsoft and 343 Industries have partnered with Sandboxr and 3D Systems to offer fans the chance to 3D print their own Spartans in Halo 5: Guardians.

Each figure can be customized using one of 175 armor and helment variations unlocked in the core game, more than 30 color variations, five different positional stances with different fixed weapons, and up to 18 characters of text to be added to the base of the figure for added customization.

Figure purchases include an REQ supply pack and come in one of three sizes: Small (4-4.5 in) for $30, Medium (5-5.5 in) for $50, and Large (6-7 in) for $90. These 3D printed figures will be available for commission until December 6. Visit the Halo Waypoint to learn more.

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Battlefront, Halo 5 Fail to Meet GameStop Sales Expectations

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:38

Several of this holiday's high-profile releases have underperformed for GameStop, resulting in a drop of 9.3 percent in net software sales for the retailer when compared to last year.

During today's earnings call (via GameSpot), GameStop CEO Paul Raines revealed to investors that both Halo 5: Guardians and Assassin's Creed Syndicate sold below expectations. While speculation may lead some to believe the rise in digital purchases has been the culprit -- especially in light of Halo 5's stellar performance last month -- Raines is confident digital sales weren't higher than what the company was originally anticipating.

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The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 Review

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:00

Note: This is an advance spoiler-free review. The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 releases on Wednesday, November 25.

Frank Miller’s Dark Knight saga has quite a bit in common with Star Wars. Their initial efforts were universally acclaimed successes that changed their respective mediums forever, while their follow-ups left quite a lot to be desired. Now, they are both poised to make a comeback with new talent involved. The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 hits almost a month before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and if they are going to maintain similar levels of quality, then that’s good news for Star Wars fans, because the third entry into the Dark Knight saga does everything right.

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The Good Dinosaur Review

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:00

The premise of Pixar's latest animated film, The Good Dinosaur, is simple enough: What if the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs had missed the Earth? And, millions of years later, primitive humans and dinosaurs coexisted? It's also a "boy and his dog" story, with the boy in this case being a young Apatosaurus named Arlo (voiced by Raymond Ochoa) and his "dog" being a feral human child whom he names Spot (voiced by Jack Bright, who only grunts and howls but never actually speaks words).

While they start off more as adversaries (at least Arlo has a very specific reason to be angry with Spot), the two eventually become best friends as they traverse the unforgiving and often terrifying wilderness of prehistoric America. Along the way, the duo encounter religious zealot search-and-rescue pterodactyls, T-Rex cowboys, and raptors who rustle the T-Rexes' herd of primeval longhorns. Mother Nature is also as much of an enemy here as any of the bad dinosaurs.

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Steam Machines Won’t Save PC Gaming

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:49

The first wave of Valve’s long awaited Steam Machines are now on sale. I’ve already explained what Steam Machines are, but who are they for? Looking at Valve's marketing materials, Steam Machines are “a new family of entertainment devices,” implying a grander vision than just gaming.

Steam Machines were born out the fear that PC gaming is dying because of the popularity of consoles and streaming media boxes like the Apple TV that are bring gaming to a wider audience. PC gaming is now seen as something for hobbyists and in order to change that perception, Valve has to take PC gaming mainstream with its Steam Machines. PC gaming may be booming now, but Valve's watching its back with its Steam Machines. But there are quite a few challenges for Valve’s vision of the future of PC gaming.

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New Arkham Knight Challenge Maps Are on the Way

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:44

Seven new challenge maps, previously seen in past Batman Arkham games, are coming to Batman: Arkham Knight.

The Community Challenge Pack will arrive in January and features three predator maps, three combat maps, and an endless wave challenge. The full list of maps, including which game they were taken from, is as follows:


  • Wayne Manor Main Hall  (Batman: Arkham City)
  • Batcave (Batman: Arkham City)
  • Sanatorium, Medical Facility (Batman: Arkham Asylum)


Walking Dead's Midseason Finale is This Week's TV Highlight

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 13:39

It's Thanksgiving time here in the States and while The Walking Dead may be stumbling more than succeeding these days, its upcoming sure-to-be bloody midseason finale is still a big enough event to warrant it being the TV highlight this week.

When we last saw Rick and the Alexandrians, a giant building had just collapsed through one of the town walls, allowing the massive herd of walkers to come flooding in. Will the show actually kill off some beloved characters during the chaos or will more nameless townsfolk get the axe instead? Will we get more fake-outs, or will deaths actually stick this time around? Also, maybe most importantly, does this mean the end for Alexandria? Will Rick and the rest have to hit the road again or can the town actually be saved? We'll have to find out in the midseason finale, "Start to Finish."

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Fallout 4 Beta Update Now Available on PC

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:28

The first patch for Fallout 4 is now in beta and available for those on PC, Bethesda has announced.

In addition to "general memory and stability improvements," the update adds remapping support for the number pad keys. Plus, Remapping Activate can now be used on Quick Container.

Several technical issues are addressed as well, with fixes for weapon-related glitches and a crash tied to jumping the the water and attempting to reload. Check out Bethesda's patch notes for an overview of everything included in the update.

Since the update is currently in beta, the studio suggests you back up your saved games before downloading the patch. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to access it through Steam:

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Yes, There Will Almost Certainly Be Many More BioShock Games

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:13

Expect a lot more BioShock in the future. Take-Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick has called the series "unquestionably a permanent franchise."

GameSpot picked up the quote during an MKM Partners Investor conference. Zelnick also went into very minor detail about what the remaining members of Irrational, including co-founder Ken Levine, were up to. He described their small, upcoming project as "something highly creative and innovative."

Their last game, BioShock Infinite, came out in early 2013. Given the three-year gap between the other games in the franchise don't be surprised if we hear more about the next BioShock relatively soon.

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The Top 100 Movie Trailers: Day 1

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:00

From Star Wars to Terminator to Spring Breakers -- yeah, we went there! -- and basically everywhere in between, there have been some amazing movie trailers over the years. After all, what gets you more excited about seeing a film in the first place than that initial tease?

Let’s not forget the days when you still had to catch a preview in the actual movie theater, seeing what might’ve been your very first glimpse of an upcoming flick. Sure, that era is mostly over now, but still, the power of the trailer has remained even as it has morphed. Nowadays, we all celebrate trailers as they show up online, pouring over every detail for our most anticipated films. And sometimes for the films we’ve barely been aware of until the trailer dropped…

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16 Great Gifts for PC Enthusiasts

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 12:00

There is no shortage of cool stuff out there for the PC gamer, which can make buying a gift this holiday season somewhat daunting. To help you sort through the myriad items available to the PC gamer, we've compiled this list of gifts worthy of GabeN himself to satisfy the power-hungry needs of the PC gamer.

A good monitor is the difference between "good" and "holy smokes, I can't believe my eyes!" This BenQ RL2755HM 27-inch 1ms GTG HDMIx2 Official MLG UMG Gaming Monitor will convert anyone to PC gaming, and if you know a serious competitor, the 1ms means lag is all but a thing of the past.

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Awaken the Force With Google's Star Wars Experience

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:54

Google wants you to choose a side. In celebration of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Google has launched a tool that allows users to choose whether they'll fall to the light side or dark side of the force.

Google will change your interface to match the side you've chosen. The functionality of Google apps will not be affected—though on the surface, there'll be a whole lot of Star Wars.

Loading bars will appear as red or blue lightsabers, and your boring blue position marker in Google Maps will appear as either an X-Wing or TIE fighter. Google will also add Star Wars-related dates, like the movie release, to your Google Calendar.

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Game of Thrones: Season 6 Teaser Poster

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:33

While no return date has been given, and rumors even circulate regarding a later-than-usual debut for Season 6, Game of Thrones is still looking to stab us in all the feel spots with this new bit of teaser art.

Spoilers inbound!

Below you'll see what seems to be the lifeless body of Jon Snow. Whether or not this is supposed to be his corpse, his reanimated form, or just his regular self after standing up post-ambush and saying "I'm totally fine, guys!" is unknown at this point. It does suggest though that Jon's death will be a big part of the upcoming season, both directly and indirectly.

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Wooga Announces New Futurama Game

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:31

Wooga has announced a new Futurama game for mobile.

The game is set to be titled Futurama: Game of Drones, and will send players on a voyage with the Planet Express crew as they attempt to win an unbalanced war against MomCo.

“While delivering dangerous cargo to hazardous locations under ill-advised circumstances,” reads the blurb, “players connect groups of delivery drones to solve an array of fiendish puzzles as they venture into iconic environments from the Futurama universe.”

The story featured in Game of Drones is to be penned by Dave Grossman (Secret of Monkey Island, The Wolf Among Us), Jonathon Myers (Game of Thrones: Ascent) and Patric M. Verrone (The Critic, Futurama).

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A Free-To-Play PES 2016 Could Be Coming

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:28

Konami may be looking to release a free-to-play version of PES 2016.

The Australian Classification Board has "Pro Evolution Soccer 2016 Free To Play" listed on its website (thanks MCV). The full paid version of PES 2016 came out in September.

There are no announced platforms or a release date for the potential F2P soccer game yet, but we've reached out to Konami and will update this article if we hear back.

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New Hey Arnold! TV Movie in the Works

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:22

A new TV movie will pick up where the original series of Hey Arnold left off.

According to Variety, Nickelodeon is developing a new Hey Arnold! TV movie that will resolve "unanswered plotlines–including the whereabouts of Arnold’s parents."

A release date has not yet been announced. Russell Hicks, president of content development and production for Nickelodeon, said, “You have to remember people who are going to watch really don’t have a recollection of ‘Hey Arnold.'" He added, "You have to make it relevant to them but also nod to the audience that is going to be interested.”

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More Van Halen Coming to Rock Band 4

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:15

Harmonix has announced that "The Van Halen Hits Pack 01" is coming to Rock Band 4 tomorrow, November 24.

PlayStation 4 users in Europe will have to wait an extra couple of days until November 26. The DLC costs $10 for all of the tracks, or you can purchase individual songs for $2 each.

The songs include "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love," "Hot For Teacher," "And The Cradle Will Rock...," "Dance The Night Away," "Runnin' With The Devil," and "Unchained."

A free Rock Band 4 update is coming in December that will focus on competitive and social updates. In IGN's review of Rock Band 4, we said that it "remains every bit the magical cooperative gaming experience the series has always been."

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Star Wars, Back to the Future Easter Egg in Doctor Who

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:11

The latest episode of Doctor Who contains an easter egg that ties back to both Star Wars and Back to the Future.

As first pointed out by Radio Times (via Yahoo! Movies), one particular scene from Doctor Who's "Face of the Raven" contains a string of mysterious markings on a wall in the background.

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What Superman 3 Would Be Like as a Horror Film

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:09

Have you ever wondered what Superman III would be like if it were a horror film? Well, now you can find out.

One Perfect Shot has created a new trailer for Richard Lester's Superman III, making Christopher Reeve out to be the villain of the piece. Check out the video below.

Using some clever editing, we get to see Superman causing oil spills, crushing people with his mind, and being an all around bad dude.

If you haven't gotten your fix of alternate reality Superman yet, IGN has a look at the upcoming Batman v Superman in a 1949 style for you.

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