Graphics aren’t everything - but they’re something. The sandbox-style RPG Mount & Blade: Warband is perhaps best compared to a work like the Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot long strip of cloth in northern France detailing one of the landmark events of the European Middle Ages. Background details barely show up at all, the people look two generations removed from Gumby, and the weavers couldn't even keep the lines on the border straight. Yet it's stunning to behold. Some parts look like kindergartners made it, but it has soul and heart, and its images remain better embedded in my memory than some of the busy masterworks of the renaissance.
Mount & Blade: Warband, which is likewise focused on a medieval setting, feels a little like that. It already looked a decade old when it first came out on PC in 2010 (and recieved a review score of 8.1), and some minor updates to its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release do little to make it look remotely modern. Slight variations on the same eight or so ugly faces populate its six kingdoms. Knights and peasants alike jank about like robots. Details like grass often vanish when you’re just a few yards away, and tricky gamepad controls sometimes become annoying. And yet for all that, this remains a roleplaying game that does a better job of conveying the rags-to-riches journey than a game like Skyrim.
The summer 2016 season was filled with promising shows, but these five stood out for their unique takes on genres, meaningful commentary, and plenty of goofy fun.
Though we love ongoing shows like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, they are not eligible for this list. To qualify for this list, the anime must have completed its season.
While Re:Zero starts out with the all-too-familiar trope of an otaku magically finding himself in a fantasy world, it quickly sets itself apart by adding depth to the genre. Natsuki Subaru not only respawns after dying, he remembers the trauma of death, and he therefore acts less than ideally… or admirably. He’s not an especially likable character, but he’s believable, and his self-appointed hero’s journey through a new land is unpredictable and captivating. Through him and the rest of the excellent cast, Re:Zero points its lens squarely at the genre and at the viewer, examining tropes all while building to something highly emotional and memorable.
Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has furthered claims that Nintendo's next console, codenamed NX, will stand apart from Microsoft and Sony's home consoles.
Speaking to IGN at an Ubisoft event yesterday, Guillemot - who has previously expressed his admiration for the upcoming console - explained specifically why he was excited for NX:
"I think, once again, the interface is very attractive," he said. "It's a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That's what I like - that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now."
ABC is reportedly working on a new Magnum P.I. series that would focus on his daughter.
According to Deadline, Lily "Tommy" Magnum will head back to Hawaii and follow in her father's footsteps at his firm in the show, called Magnum. She will hit the beach and take on international crime while also trying to solve a mystery revolving around her former Navy Intelligence career.
Heads up, binge-watchers. Here's your list of movies and TV shows that are set to expire from Netflix next month.
In October, the streaming giant says goodbye to the Back to the Future trilogy, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Running Man, The Exorcist, every episode of Psych and Heroes, and cult classic The Warriors. It's also the Netflix farewell for The Interview, the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that led to big controversy for Sony, after it possibly inspired the major hack the studio went through in 2014.
Plus, The Truman Show, Deep Impact, The Phantom, and more are exiting Netflix. Catch 'em before they vanish (for now).
October is set to be a massive month for Netflix as it unleashes its usual barrage of original programming -- including new episodes of Black Mirror, The Fall, The Ranch, and many more -- along with blockbuster movies like Unforgiven and Titanic.
Plus, Netflix debuts almost all of the most recent seasons of the CW's shows they didn't already have up (though no word on The 100: Season 3 yet) just in time to cram them in before new episodes begin airing, including The Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, and more. Plus, there's Season 2 of Syfy's Dark Matter, American Horror Story: Hotel, and FOX's short-lived (but hilarious) The Grinder.
All that plus, Dazed and Confused, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ghost Town, Quiz Show, and more.
After a few months away from Destiny, I spent my first day with Rise of Iron as if I were joining anew. I was curious; how would a new player jumping into Rise of Iron via the Destiny Collection fare? It might take a bit to learn the difference between character level and Light level, sure, but I was immediately impressed by how quickly it brought me up to speed without sacrificing a challenge for the veteran Guardian. That aside, the new two-or-so-hour campaign feels short compared to its actual plot and doesn’t really introduce new mechanics to Destiny — it’s plenty of fun and has more of everything I already like about Destiny’s story missions, but it also does little to improve upon its strengths or fix its problems.
FX Networks has released a new promo for Taboo that offers another sneak peek at its eight-part original drama series starring Tom Hardy.
Watch the Season 1 teaser, titled Mad, below.
Taboo takes place in 1814 and centers around a man named James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), who was believed to be dead after traveling to the ends of the earth. Delaney returns to his home in London to inherit his father's shipping business and start a new life, but gets a whole lot more than he bargained for after his homecoming.
Hardy is executive producing the series alongside both Ridley Scott and Steven Knight, the latter of whom created the show. Taboo's story is an original work by Hardy and his father, who's also a consulting producer on the project.
Fall is upon us, which means a brand new wave of TV season and series premieres. From iconic superheroes, to adaptations of classic movies, to brand-new dramas, there’s a whole lot to choose from. Here are our takes on the best and worst premieres of the season.
Dark Souls is five years old today, and even in this short time its legacy and influence has been great enough to leave a lasting impression on gaming that will live on for decades. Building on a formula first presented in From Software’s Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls is a game known for challenging players in ways few other games do.
From this notorious difficulty, it’s given life to entire communities dedicated to helping one another or making it harder for one another. It’s fueled debates about difficulty vs. accessibility, dared the internet to complete it together via chat commands, spawned countless “Souls-like” indie games that aim to capture some of that legendary challenge for themselves, and is one of my personal favorite games of all time.
Mike Schur has been a big part of TV comedy in the past two decades, from his time writing on Saturday Night Live and The Office, to co-creating Parks and Recreation (where he served as showrunner) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Schur, who also is an executive producer on Master of None these days, just launched his newest series this week with The Good Place, which aired two preview episodes Monday night, before it debuts in its regular timeslot this Thursday. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in the high concept comedy about a woman (Bell’s Eleanor) who dies and goes to the heavenly “Good Place” by mistake, having lived a less than good life.
I spoke to Schur about how his idea for The Good Place came to be, delving into a more fantastical world -- and collaborating with Cabin in the Woods/Lost/Daredevil’s Drew Goddard on the pilot, which Goddard directed -- working with Bell and Danson and more.
Dragon Ball’s popularity since the '80s has made it a staple in anime culture, and it’s overwhelming presence in anime stores and resale shops are evidence of that. During IGN’s trip to Japan for Tokyo Game Show, we documented every cool collectible we saw in Akihabara and other areas in Tokyo.
In the gallery below you’ll see video games and figures from resale shops, doujinshi (fan, self-published manga), collectible cards, apparel, and a slightly creepy Goku mask.
Bandai Namco announced at TGS that it’s bringing Dragon Ball Fusions to the west. For more news and other galleries from Japan (including a photo tour of a One Piece restaurant), head over to IGN’s TGS 2016 hub.
Zombies don’t die off easily and neither do zombie movies. Just when you think they’ve been dealt a fatal headshot through a cheap straight-to-video knock-off of George A. Romero’s lumbering hordes, or even the diminishing returns of the master himself (from classics Night and Dawn to woeful Diary and Survival… what’s next, Snapchat of the Dead?), along comes something different: a disaster epic (World War Z), a romcom (Warm Bodies), even a claustrophobic Korean action flick (Train to Busan), to add to earlier fresh meat like 28 Days Later or Shaun of the Dead that so smartly pumped new life, and smart mutations, into the genre’s life cycle.
So, meet the “hungries”. A fungal disease, passed on by bodily fluids, has virtually wiped out humanity by turning them into unthinking, flesh-eating drones who could go head-to-head with the 28 Days… speed freaks in a straight sprint. Yet when not feeding, they basically drop into ‘sleep mode’, swaying on the spot until roused by prey (who can dodge them with a scent-blocking gel), rather than constantly shambling around looking for the next walking deli counter. There’s also a fascinating evolution idea put forward here, for anyone wondering if blank-eyed, cannibalistic wandering would ever lead anywhere; one that arguably has more in common with Triffids and The War of the Worlds’ “red weed” than traditional undead...
If the words "open world" and "racing" get your motor running, you're going to love the latest Forza. We gave it a 9.5, making it our best reviewed racing game in months, and if you have Amazon Prime or Best Buy's GCU, you can have it at a $12 discount.
The first episode of Kiefer Sutherland's new show Designated Survivor is now available on Netflix outside of North America.
According to Deadline, Netflix signed a deal for international rights to the series from ABC Studios and The Mark Gordon Company.
It should be noted that unlike most series on Netflix, the full season of Designated Survivor (which hasn't completed production on the season yet) isn't available to stream, only the series premiere. The remaining episodes will release on Netflix weekly outside of North America as they air on ABC.
As Fantastic Fest opens today down in Austin, Texas, we've got the exclusive debut of the teaser trailer for IFC Films' The Autopsy of Jane Doe, the latest film from director Andre Ovredal (Troll Hunter) which stars Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch.
From the Fantastic Fest site, here's the logline for the film: "When a mysterious body turns up at a crime scene, the local sheriff turns to the coroner and his son to find the cause of death." The Autopsy of Jane Doe is celebrating its US premiere at Fantastic Fest tomorrow (Friday, 9/23), so take a look at the teaser trailer below:
Director Andre Ovredal will be in attendance at Fantastic Fest for the premiere tomorrow. Here's a bit more on the film's plot from FF:
The Walking Dead is back next month for Season 7 and IGN has the debut of new character photos for the show.
Check out the new photos of Daryl (Norman Reedus) and Aaron (Ross Marquand) in our Walking Dead gallery below. For Season 7, The Walking Dead characters each have a new black and white image and then another one lit in stark red - the latter color choice likely a nod to the "Who did Negan kill?" question looming over so many of the characters, following Season 6's cliffhanger.
We'll find out the answer to that Negan question when The Walking Dead: Season 7 premieres Sunday, October 23rd on AMC.
For more on Season 7, check out our interviews with the cast, including Reedus and Marquand, in the following playlist.