Microsoft is set to have a big presence at Gamescom. So, we play our ol' predictions game, making 12 Xbox predictions for what we think might happen. Plus: Tomb Raider's exclusivity is dated, 343 explains the lack of any split-screen multiplayer support in Halo 5, Windows 10 begins rolling out to change the Xbox ecosystem forever, and much more.
The Tomb Raider discussion starts at the 7:50 mark on the audio file.
The Gamescom predictions start at the 17:50 mark on the audio file.
New Daily Show host Trevor Noah took the stage at the Television Critics Association Press Tour for a Q&A panel regarding the upcoming sea change to the Comedy Central late night series.
"The way you approach a story, the way you look at a story depends on your points of view," the comedian stated. "The way you look at comedy depends on your points of view. So Jon
is a white 52-year-old Jewish guy that grew up in Jersey. I am a 31 year old half-black, half-white South African who has lived in America for a few years on and off. So the way we would look at the same story would be completely different," Noah said of his Daily Show hosting duties, which kick off on September 28th.
With Jim Gordon serving as the new, officially sanctioned Batman of Gotham City, it's only logical that his daughter would be drawn into his crazy new world. This new chapter of Batgirl continues exploring their first encounter and the awkward relationship the new Batman has with the unlicensed vigilantes of Gotham. The issue plays with a lot of the same tropes seen in superhero team-ups - the initial fight followed by the reluctant team-up and so forth - but adds just enough color and flavor to keep things fresh and exciting.
The dynamic between Barbara and her father is easily one of the highlights of the issue - more so than the presence of Livewire, who becomes more a means to an end rather than a compelling villain. The decision to contrast the current relationship between the two heroes with a brief flashback to a father/daughter moment works wonderfully to add emotional weight to the team-up. Meanwhile, see Barbara order take charge and order the new Batman around is a fun inversion of the traditional Batman/sidekick pairing.
Arrow star Stephen Amell has set the record straight about him every having a goatee on the TV series. It's not going to happen.
On Twitter, Amell responded in a humorously direct manner to a rumor that his Oliver Queen character would sport a comic book-inspired goatee on the upcoming fourth season of Arrow. "100 percent no," he wrote. "Never."
100% no. Never. Our show could go 14 seasons and a goatee will never appear. Hope that clears things up. Forever. https://t.co/pudAfBIhsD— Stephen Amell (@amellywood) July 29, 2015
CBS' upcoming Supergirl series has cast another villain from DC Comics lore.
THR reports that Chris Browning, whose roles include Sons of Anarchy's GoGo and Clarke's father Jake on The 100, has been tapped to play Ben Krull, aka the villain Reactron. In the show, Reactron's history with Superman will already be well-established, and he'll have left Metropolis to get revenge by killing Supes' cousin instead. He'll appear in the third episode, and may become a recurring character.
Psyonix Studios has announced that there have been over 5 million downloads of Rocket League in less than a month.
The official Rocket League Twitter account revealed the download milestone and thanked fans for their continued support. The vehicle sports game launched July 7, meaning Rocket League has surpassed 5 million downloads in just a little over three weeks.
While Rocket League is currently part of the PlayStation Plus games lineup for July, Psyonix also released a PC version of the vehicle sports game. And the developer teased a new add-on map to celebrate the download milestone.
Warning, full spoilers below.
Gangsta has made it clear that most normal people can’t see the Twilights, or Tags, as anything more than monstrous killing machines. Episode 4 of Gangsta proves why people have a right to be afraid, and digs even deeper into Worick and Nicolas’ past. While their character development is great, Alex’s subplot falls flat in this episode.
The Handymen have been taken for questioning at the police station after several sliced up bodies were found in a warehouse. Of course, police officer Chad knows that the Handymen didn’t have anything to do with it, so he uses the questioning process to please the higher-ups and as a means of getting their help. Nicolas ignores one of the newer cops during questioning, which is a great moment that demonstrates just how much control the Handymen know they have over the situation. Meanwhile, Worick is helping Chad break down the mystery.
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars is playing out pretty much exactly as you'd expect. It's not a deep book by any means, but it has a lot of fun playing in the toybox that is the original 1984 Secret Wars. There's plenty of the usual brand of humor found in Deadpool-centric team-ups. The Merc With a Mouth craves the respect and acceptance of Marvel's other heroes, while they can barely stand to be in his presence. However, the series is also clever about allowing Wade to influence the course of the Secret Wars conflict in subtle and entertaining ways. This issue is the most notable in that regard, offering a neat and surprisingly appropriate retcon to an iconic character's history.
In the lead up to Windows 10’s launch, Microsoft has spoken often about gaming on its new operating system. For Xbox gamers, that translates to integration with Xbox One (and indirectly, Xbox 360), so that the platforms aren't so walled off from each other. The Xbox App is one such element of that integration—and it's quite good, even for something that isn't yet 100% polished.
When you first log in, you’ll land on the Home screen, which shows multiple elements split between three columns: recent games you’ve played, a shortcut to begin game streaming, games that Microsoft has featured, a recent activity feed collating everything you and your friends have done, a user search field, and your friends list.
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Vince Vaughn is set to star in Mel Gibson's war drama Hacksaw Ridge.
Deadline reports Vaughn will portray Sgt. Howell in the World War II movie, which follows a company of soldiers as they prepare for battle. While Howell "tries to instill fear in his soldiers by pushing them to their limits both physically and mentally" in Hacksaw Ridge, he's also said to care a lot about his group of men.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars #3!
Deadpool may be to blame for creating one of Spider-Man's most infamous and popular villains, at least if the events of the comic book series Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars are to be believed. Today's issue #3 revealed that Merc With a Mouth had a hand in the birth of Venom.
Deadpool's Secret Secret Wars bucks the trend of most of Marvel's current comics by tying into the original 1984 Secret Wars rather than the current crossover. The book has been following the previously unknown role Wade Wilson played in that epic conflict, which has mainly involved annoying the heck out of the X-Men and Avengers. But in today's issue, Deadpool stumbled across the machine that Spider-Man used in Secret Wars #8 to summon his black costume for the first time. As many Spidey fans know, it was eventually revealed that the black costume was an alien symbiote that tried to permanently bond with Peter Parker before finding a more willing host in Eddie Brock.
F1 2015 is the best version of itself on PlayStation 4, where developer Codemasters has largely lived up to the promise of current-generation hardware. It has excellent visuals and a seriously upgraded handling model that delivers some of the series' most authentic racing. But it's also a game that suffers from a lack of ambition, and some glaring omissions in terms of features, and broken multiplayer, with the result being an underwhelming racing game.
Our F1 2015 PC review covers a lot of those shortcomings, but in a nutshell: F1 2015 lacks major features that were standard from F1 2010 through 2013, including the career mode that let you develop your driver over multiple seasons and engage in heated battles with your teammate for dominance. It lets you race just a single season as a real-world driver (either the 2014 or 2015 F1 season) who of course can’t grow or change as you play. The handling model is refined in some key ways, like how it simulate grip and tire wear, but the cars in F1 2015 don't feel as aerodynamically sensitive or as demanding as they did in some earlier editions of F1, even on full realism settings. If I didn't stomp on the gas too hard, and paid attention to my tires, I felt like the cars were almost driving themselves around the track. That wider margin of error took some of the fun out of it.
When it comes to merchandise, Batman’s swag game is on point. His pointy-eared mug is plastered on everything from toilet seats to, well, mugs, making his brand one ever-popular and familiar. Not all merchandise is created equal, however, and as such we’ve turned our sonar vision to finding the best Bat collectibles on the market today. Some of these may make meeting rent a bit of a challenge, but isn’t it worth it to have people asking where you got such wonderful toys?
Agree with our picks or have Bat favorites of your own? Be sure to Bat-signal your views in the comments below.
Voice actor and musician Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric from Fullmetal Alchemist, Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, Kirk in Star Trek Continues) joins Miranda, Alaina, Kallie, and Meghan to discuss the difficulties of dubbing anime, the challenges of translating Japanese lyrics into English, and how he got started in the anime industry.
In this week's Anime Watch Party, the group discusses the final two episodes of Cowboy Bebop. Want to participate in the Anime Watch party? Anime Club will discuss episodes 1 and 2 of Steins;Gate on the next episode. Tweet or post a message on Facebook with your thoughts on the episodes and use the hashtag #IGNime or email IGN Anime Club at firstname.lastname@example.org to join in the discussion.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder has revealed new details about not only that film, but also future DC movies Suicide Squad and the two-part Justice League.
First, the filmmaker confirmed that Batman is indeed the one who put Joker, Harley Quinn, and many other future members of the Suicide Squad behind bars. That means then that those Batman scenes from the Suicide Squad trailer are actually prequel sequences.
“We are playing him 45 or 46,” Snyder said a new interview with Empire Magazine. “He has been Batman for 20 years. All the history is there. Was there a Robin at one time? Possibly. We want to assume that Batman has reached this point in his life and career as a superhero, and Superman represents a sort of philosophical change. He is a paradigm shift for Batman: ‘I’ve been fighting criminals all my life, trying to find justice, and now I am confronted with a concept that is transcendent to me.’ In the face of Superman, a man robbing a bank doesn’t matter. He’s having a crisis of conscience. ‘Am I really just a vigilante who stalks the alleys of Gotham?’ It is rich stuff that he deals with. Ben does an amazing job.”
Welcome back to IGN's History of Awesome - a year-long look back at all the coolest and most influential games, movies, TV shows, comic books, toys, and tech that have shaped pop culture, and shaped the lives of an entire generation. Up this week is 1987 - a phenomenal year for games, including The Legend of Zelda, Metroid, Contra, Castlevania, Mega Man, Double Dragon, and so much more.
It was an impressive year for movies as well, with RoboCop, Predator, and The Princess Bride all made their debut. Even TV had a strong year, thanks to the debut of Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Nintendo is preparing to launch a new update for Super Smash Bros. on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U in Japan that adds tournaments as well as new Mii costumes and stages.
While the tourney mode is slated for next month in North America, Japan is getting the new feature July 31, according to the Super Smash Bros. Japan Twitter account (and translated by Reddit). The update also includes replay uploading to YouTube, plus King K. Rool and Chrom Mii costumes, which cost extra.
During a Netflix Showrunners panel yesterday at the TCA Press Tour, Marvel's Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg discussed how her upcoming Netflix MCU series - which has now been confirmed to premiere in 2015 - will differ from Marvel's Daredevil.
"Jessica Jones is a very different show than Daredevil," Rosenberg stated. "We exist in the cinematic universe. The mythology of the universe is connected, but
very different. Tonally, they're very different. If you pick up
Bendis' graphic novel, Alias, and you pick up Daredevil, they're wildly different. And the shows ‑‑ that was my one concern coming in. 'Okay. Am I going to have to fit into whatever has been done with Daredevil or with any of the Marvel things before? The answer was, 'No. That's why we're hiring you, for your point of view.'"
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
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Adventure Time: Puzzle Quest – (Freemium)
This one slipped under my radar last week! It is exactly as its name describes, a fusion of the popular Puzzle Quest match-three series with the Adventure Time cartoon brand. Take a look!