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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Backstory Revealed by Special Edition

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 05:30

Fans have discovered what appears to be the backstory to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by translating the text on the game's special edition map - which is written in the made-up Sheikah language.

HEY! LISTEN! What follows could be considered mild spoilers by some - consider yourself warned.

After a brief glimpse of the map during the Nintendo Treehouse livestream, a set of fans recognised the Sheikah runes (which were almost immediately translated after they appeared in E3 demos), and set about translating them once more.

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Taboo: "Episode 2" Review

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 23:23

Full spoilers for Taboo continue below.

Taboo remains a mystery in a lot of ways, but its second episode at least began to clear things up on the East India Trading Company storyline. While it's yet to explain the true sordid past between James (Tom Hardy) and his half-sister Zilpha (Oona Chaplin) -- it's surely something taboo -- the episode, written by showrunner and co-creator Steven Knight, was right to hone in and clarify one thread of its complex story.

The bulk of episode 2 is spent watching James try to solidify his claim on Nootka Sound and protect himself against the impending assassination attempt coordinated by EITC's Stuart Strange (Jonathan Pryce). In doing so, the audience gained a much deeper understanding of the type of person James' father, the late Mr. Delaney, was and why so many people had turned against him.

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Agents of SHIELD: "The Patriot" Review

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 23:00

Full spoilers for Marvel's Agents of SHIELD continue below.

We're only two episodes into Marvel's Agents of SHIELD's winter return, and the series is wasting no time getting deep into some of the biggest plot points of the season. Did Director Mace never seem quite trustworthy to you? That's finally dealt with. You were wondering whether the May L.M.D. storyline was going anywhere fast? There was developments on two fronts, there.

While it's a repeated refrain that many people jumped off the SHIELD bandwagon in Season 1 after the show didn't turn out to be what they wanted, this strong return after the Season 4 hiatus shows just how much the series has improved over the years. I'd go out on a limb to say Season 4 is as strong a season as Agents of SHIELD has ever pulled off, and a big tweak that needed to be changed was not lingering too long on any one plot point or mystery.

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Wonder Woman Villain Ares Explained

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 20:31

Thanks to some recently leaked info, we know that Ares, the God of War himself, is set to be one of (and probably the main, though you can read about the film's Doctor Poison here) fearsome foe of Wonder Woman in the upcoming feature film starring Gal Gadot as the Amazon Princess and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. But as we await this latest installment in the unfolding DCEU, moviegoers might be wondering -- who is Ares, at least in terms of DC Comics history?

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Wizards of the Coast Opens Digital Studio

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 20:29

Game publisher Wizards of the Coast has opened up a digital studio, with the aim of recreating some of its practical properties in a virtual space.

This is a fairly big deal, as Wizards of the Coast owns the world's most popular tabletop game Dungeons and Dragons, alongside what is arguably the world's most popular collectable card game, Magic: The Gathering.

The studio will be run by a group of 'all-stars" and led by Jeffrey Steefel, best known for his work on The Lord of the Rings Online, according to a blog post from Wizards of the Coast President Chris Cocks. Video game veteran David Schwartz will also come aboard to lead a new publishing team "to explore partnerships and collaborations that will bring Magic and D&D to unexpected settings, genres, and platforms."

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Gabe Newell Says Valve Is Still Working on Single-Player Games

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:54

Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder and legendary figure in the world of PC gaming, did another Reddit AMA today, during which he said Valve is currently working on at least one single-player game.

His answer to the question was a simple "Yes." That game isn't Half-Life 3, because in the same breath, he joked "The number 3 must not be said."

Newell did sow the seeds of hope for at least something Half-Life related when he admitted there was a possibility of a new IP in the Half-Life/Portal universe.

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Attack on Titan Feature Adaptation Eyed by Warner Bros.

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:31

Warner Bros. is looking to secure the film rights to the popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan.

According to Deadline, the studio is currently in negotiations to acquire the rights, with the potential film adaptation to fall under the leadership of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them producer David Heyman.

Attack on Titan takes place in a world where humanity has had to wall itself in from massive, human-devouring creatures called titans. Following the successful launch of Hajime Isayama's ongoing manga series in 2009, the franchise has received an anime adaptation, the second season of which will debut this April. You can get a sneak peek at Season 2 of the anime right here.

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The 100: Season 4 Premiere Photos

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 19:06

In anticipation for The 100's return next month, The CW has released a batch of new photos that offer a sneak peek at the Season 4 premiere.

Check out the gallery below to see what lies ahead for Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Bellamy (Bob Morley), Kane (Henry Ian Cusick), Jaha (Isaiah Washington) and Abby (Paige Turco) in the upcoming episode.

The 100: Season 4 premieres on February 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. In the meantime, watch the latest trailer for the new season below, and then read IGN's review of The 100: Season 3.

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Six: Series Premiere Review

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:35

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

History's SIX, a new action-drama centered on counter-terrorism unit SEAL Team Six, isn't here to glorify combat or gloss over the ugliness and messiness of black ops missions, but it's also not offering up anything new.

Premiering Wednesday, January 18th, SIX is, presumedly, what you'd expect. And that may serve you well if you're not looking for mold-breaking TV. You're going to get a tight knit crew of SEALs -- complete with their own doubts, infighting, and homefront troubles -- who are able to rein it all in, push it all aside, and put their lives in each others' hands when a mission comes around.

That's not to say there aren't interesting elements present here in the first episode. For one, the entire crux of this premiere involves one of the team's former members, Walton Goggins' haunted and seething Richard "Rip" Taggart, getting captured by Boko Haram soldiers in Africa. It's not clear how many of the show's initial eight episodes will focus on Rip's rescue, but that's the setup here.

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DC Comics Increases Prices, Adds Digital Code Copy

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:24

Beginning in April, certain DC Comics monthly titles will raise in price from $2.99 to $3.99. To help ease the pain of that extra dollar, DC is including a code that can be redeemed on Comixology.com for a digital copy of the book.

Also, Rebirth titles already at $3.99 will receive a digital code.

“Giving readers value was a key component of our Rebirth initiative, and we're continuing that commitment with this move,” said SVP, Sales & Trade Marketing John Cunningham in a press release. "We’ve heard from many fans that they like to read and collect our books in both digital and print formats so this new offering gives DC readers the convenience and value pricing they asked for.”

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Voltron Legendary Defender Takes the Battle Underwater in Season 2

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:22

Voltron Legendary Defender returns to Netflix this Friday, January 20th, with an action-packed second season. Following the first season cliffhanger, Team Voltron has been scattered throughout the universe in the aftermath of a perilous battle with Zarkon, Haggar and the evil Galra Empire.

IGN's got an exclusive clip from Season 2 to share with you, featuring Paladins Hunk (Reaper's Tyler Labine) and Lance (Adventure Time's Jeremy Shada) doing battle with an underwater beast known as the Baku Sea Dragon. You'll notice too that, during the fight, Lance discovers that his Blue Lion has special abilities he never knew about. Check it out!

The official synopsis for Season 2 reads:

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Jerry Seinfeld Signs Big New Deal With Netflix

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:10

Jerry Seinfeld has a signed a new production deal with Netflix that will see his hit show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, move from Crackle to Netflix.

As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, 24 brand new episodes of Comedians in Car Getting Coffee will debut exclusively on Netflix starting in late 2017 through 2018 and beyond. The show's previous 59 episodes will be available to stream on Netflix as well.

Jerry Seinfeld (right - seen here with David Letterman) in Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.

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Nintendo Switch Gameplay Sizzle Reel With Titles

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:00
Some of the many games that will be coming to Nintendo's new system -- now with titles!

GTA Online: New Adversary Mode, Car, Race and More

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 18:00
Get yourself a new customizable car before checking out a new stunt race and multiplayer mode in GTA Online.

IGN Prime Giveaway: Dreadnought PC Beta

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:58

IGN Prime has partnered with GreyBox to give away 50,000 PC beta codes of Dreadnought to IGN Prime members during the month of January.

Dreadnought puts you in command of massive capital ships with earth-shaking weapons for tactical, 8v8 warfare in space. As a mercenary captain, your motivations are simple: help your teammates claim victory, reap the rewards of battle, and fearlessly build up your reputation.

The PC closed beta of Dreadnought has entered its final phase, and we're giving IGN Prime members a chance to experience the thrill of commanding their very own capital ships in battle before the upcoming PC open beta.

From this point on, all progress earned in the game, including XP, Credits, and ship unlocks, will be carried over into open beta without any resets — so now is the perfect time to take the helm and get a head start on the competition!

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Dragon Ball Super Episode 74 Review

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:45

Warning: The following contains spoilers about the episode.

Picking up directly where we left off last week, Episode 74 continues to showcase Gohan as he returns as the Great Saiyaman. As usual our hero ends up fighting a powerful enemy to try and save the day, but seeing Gohan deal with being blackmailed and accused of infidelity is what makes Episode 74 a truly unique and enjoyable entry in the series.

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Mr. Robot Creator Developing Metropolis as a Miniseries

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:17

Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail is developing a miniseries based off the 1927 classic sci-fi film Metropolis.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Esmail is working on the project with Universal Cable Productions, where he already has a deal. The Metropolis miniseries is a ways off though.

Metropolis reportedly won't premiere for around two to three years. In fact, it's unknown exactly what role Esmail will have for the miniseries at this early point in time.

The miniseries is set to follow the Metropolis film, which took place in a futuristic city where wealthy industrialists ruled over the working class. The son of the city's master, Freder, falls in love with a poor girl named Maria.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild Switch, Wii U Differences Revealed

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:15

Nintendo has revealed the differences between the Switch and Wii U versions of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

In a statement provided to IGN, Nintendo explained the following “key facts” about each version:

  • Both launch on the same day, March 3.
  • Both have a frame rate of 30fps.
  • Both versions of the game offer the same content.
  • On a TV, the Nintendo Switch version of the game renders in 900p while the Wii U version renders in 720p.
  • The Nintendo Switch version has higher-quality environmental sounds. As a result, the sound of steps, water, grass, etc. are more realistic and enhance the game’s Open-Air feel.
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Top Comics to Buy This Week

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:14

With dozens of comic books to choose from, let us show you which are the best coming out this week. Take a look at this list spotlighting our favorite comics that we know are money-well-spent and new books that look cool and are backed by some top-tier talent.

Check out our picks, then head to the comments to let us know what you’ll be buying this week!

By writers Dennis Hopeless & Ross Thibodeaux & artists Serg Acuna & Rob Gullory | BOOM!

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The Flash Actor Teases Dead Character's Return in Season 3

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 16:09

The Flash: Season 3 will feature the return of a character who died during the show's first season.

Warning: The Flash: Season 3 spoilers ahead.

In a post on Twitter, Rick Cosnett revealed that he will reprise his role as Eddie Thawne. "Hate to tease you but now I can say it: I’m coming back on #TheFlash," he said.

Following the character's death at the end of Season 1, Cosnett returned to play the CCPD Detective in Season 2 when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) traveled back in time. There's no word yet on the circumstances of Thawne's return or the extent of his involvement. It is worth noting that the back half of this season hinges upon whether Barry can save Iris from her prophesied death. Iris and Eddie dated in Season 1 of The Flash.

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