Television… the Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise… and that other Enterprise. And Deep Space Nine. And Voyager. Oh, and even that other Enterprise.
With Star Trek Into Darkness now in theaters, we've been on a bit of a Starfleet bender of late (read our Ranking the Star Trek Movies story here). And while undertaking the task of picking the greatest Star Trek TV episodes -- out of the 725 or so stories from all the different series -- is something of a fool's errand, we decided to give it a try anyway. It may not be logical, but hey, tell it to the Vulcans!
For all his gadgets and combat prowess, a younger, less experienced Batman fails to realize one thing: the Joker is not a villain to take lightly at any age. Even on Christmas Eve, the Clown Prince of Crime’s idea of a gift isn’t a toy, but a series of explosives tied to a nearby building. With Batman disarmed and stunned by a leaner, more true-to-the-comics Bane, the Joker (now voiced by Troy Baker after Mark Hamill made good on his promise that Arkham City was his last turn in the role), mocks his prey, taunting the Dark Knight before detonating his trap. Batman can do nothing but watch in horror as another landmark structure crumbles at the hands of a madman.
As you all know, Microsoft will be lifting the lid on the next Xbox on Tuesday, May 21st at the Xbox Reveal event – which you'll be able to watch live on IGN.
Aaron Greenberg, the chief of staff at Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment business, has promised that there will be "tons of exclusives" announced later at E3, but we thought it was as good a time as any to test your knowledge of the console-exclusives that have appeared on Microsoft's games machine to date.
Way back in darkest days of 2011 the embattled city of Detroit launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to erect something that would buoy the sagging spirits of its loyal citizens. Something the whole city could gaze upon with pride and, just perhaps, shed a single, salty man tear. Something powerful.
That something was a 10-foot tall statue of RoboCop.
Update: Contrary to what we reported earlier, it seems Kevin Conroy will not be returning as the main voice actor for Batman in Arkham Origins.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson provided IGN with the following statement: "Roger Craig Smith is confirmed as the voice of Batman and Troy Baker is confirmed as the voice of The Joker in Batman: Arkham Origins."
Listening to the video of Conroy at the conference, he clearly says, "I can talk about it now, we've been working for about 9-10 months on the next Arkham."
This leaves us with three possibilities. Either Conroy is present in Origins in a framing sense, providing the voice of an older Batman reflecting on his youth, or he's providing the voice of another character in the game, or he's talking about the next-generation Batman: Arkham game speculated to be in development.
Quentin Tarantino's epic Django Unchained is out today in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray and to celebrate the home entertainment release of one of the year's most quotable movies so far, we're going to be doing a #GoDjangoUK Tweetalong this Wednesday night on @IGNUK.
When: May 22nd, from 8pm BST
What: We're going to be Tweeting along with the movie as you watch it at home, sharing quotes, trivia, memes etc
The time to explore the subterranean worlds of Metro: Last Light is very nearly upon us, with the post-apocalyptic shooter due in shops for PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 on May 17th.
To celebrate, we've teamed up with publisher Deep Silver to bring you the opportunity to play Metro: Last Light on a super-duper Alienware Aurora PC, with an amazing new competition launching today. You'll also find trailers and some all new Ranger Diaries which explains the world of Metro in further detail.
Resident Evil: Retribution actress Li Binbing, who played fan favorite Ada Wong in the film, has joined the cast of director Michael Bay's Transformers 4.
According to The Hollywood Reporter (via Chinese site m1905.com), Li Binbing is just the first of what's expected to be several Chinese actors to be cast in the film, in addition to those performers recruited from a much publicized reality show.
With the new Call of Duty: Black Ops II Uprising DLC now available on PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, fans of the multiplayer side of the game are truly spoiled for choice. So what are the most memorable Black Ops II maps? The ones that keep CoDers coming back for more month in, month out, eternally mashing that ‘replay map’ option? Here are our picks for the top five, in no particular order…
Long-range, sniper-rifle-loving players best gloss over this option, as it’s a dish best served with a side of buckshot from a point-running shotgun surgeon. Set in a rundown part of Panama City that certainly wasn’t the inspiration for the Van Halen song, you’ll want to switch to a close-quarters kit if you hope to make your enemies scream louder than David Lee Roth’s oft-quoted falsetto-chorus Pan-a-ma. At least that particular reference is in line with the ‘80s setting of the map; to date, the only Black Ops II map to borrow from the greatest time period for rock, action movies and the warming up of cold wars.
Iron Man 3 is undoubtedly a blast. If you haven’t already, go and see it Ironmediately. But, like most big action blockbusters, it has plot holes big enough to drive Hulkbuster armor through.
This FAQ attempts to answer some of the bigger questions you may have had about the film, and maybe even some you didn’t.
FULL SPOILERS BELOW!
So everything happens in this movie because Tony Stark made Aldrich Killian stand on a roof for an hour and a half?
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
Well, it was time to get trippy on Mad Men again! After last season’s “Far Away Places”, which not only had a very unusual structure, but also had Roger Sterling on acid, this was Season 6’s turn to get very weird.
I'm assuming this episode will probably divide audiences, but I loved it. The “what the hell?!” of it all was established in the very first scene, with Ken caught in some sort of bizarre scenario that felt like a movie-inspired dream… but turned out to be very real, as we learned that Chevy is apparently a rather hellish client to deal with.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
While last year's third-to-last episode, "The Prince of Winterfell," was the weakest of Season 2 (acting as sort of a major lull before the action-packed penultimate episode, "Blackwater"), Season 3 gave us a much stronger lead-in for what we assume is the traditionally big ninth episode. "Second Sons" focused mainly on three stories: Dany over in Yunkai, Gendry's arrival at Dragonstone, and Tyrion's marriage to Sansa. And all three were treated wonderfully. The show was bookended by Arya and Sam, respectively - with Sam giving us one hell of a showdown with an honest-to-goodness White Walker. Stabbing it with that spear tip of Dragonglass and sending it to a shattered ice hell!
Nintendo has confirmed that Mario, Mario Kart and Smash Bros. will appear in a Nintendo Direct before E3. The news comes via Nintendo of America’s Twitter account, which wrote “#IwataSays We will discuss new Smash Bros., 3D Mario game, Mario Kart and other Wii U titles in our #NintendoDirectNA before the start of E3.”
Nintendo previously confirmed that it will not have a traditional press conference at E3 but will instead hold multiple Nintendo Direct events before the show. The first one took place last week, but a specific date and time for future Direct broadcasts has yet to be revealed.
While doing press for his new movie Erased, actor Aaron Eckhart chatted with Larry King about working with Heath Ledger on The Dark Knight. Watch Eckhart's insightful anecdote below about shooting TDK's hospital scene between Joker and Two-Face (via Batman-on-Film):
Ouya’s Kellee Santiago has revealed new details about the console’s presence at E3. The Ouya booth will be in “a parking lot directly across from the Convention Center's South Hall (address is 601 W. Pico Blvd.)” from June 11th through 13th and will be “100 percent open to the public -- no credentials required! Invite friends, family -- hell, invite anyone 'cuz they're all welcome!”
According to Santiago, developers will be provided “the resources necessary to allow you to showcase your amazing work” in the booth, including an Ouya console, controllers and a TV. The demos will be on hand for “media, E3 attendees and random people on the street who want to see what all the buzz is about.”
Note: Full spoilers for Once Upon a Time: Season 2 follow.
Once Upon a Time's second season connected a lot of dots. Flashbacks and stories from the present day continued to weave together to show ties between characters and plot threads, and we met tons of new characters. They presented themes of the classic good vs evil, sacrifice, and heroism among others, and they got most of them right. Overall, it was much more consistent and cohesive than Season 1.
In the first season, we only experienced fairy tale land through glimpses of the past. The second season started with the story splitting time between Storybrooke and the other world; it was a refreshing change of scenery as well as a smart way to begin round two. Plus, it threw Snow and Emma, mother and daughter, together in a survival situation, getting to bond and travel together in fairy tale land. It was a great way to start their new relationship.