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PS4 Sold 18 Million Units Last Year

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 07:08

Sony sold 17.7 million PS4s between March 2015 and April 2016, bringing the total number of hardware units sold up to over 40 million.

Revealed in Sony's yearly financial briefing, the numbers indicate that PS4 sales are actually accelerating, and Sony used its speech to investors to say that it expects "the strong momentum of the PS4 platform to continue".

Nintendo's Wii U - which has been on sale for a year longer than the PS4 - has sold 12.8 million units in its lifespan. Microsoft does not release sales figures for Xbox One, but a recent estimate put that number at around 18 million, lifetime.

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The Division Figure From VTS Toys Coming This Year

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 06:36

VTS Toys is making an action figure of a Dark Zone Division Agent, and it'll be available towards the end of the year.

It's available for pre-order from now until May 19 for £100, and it's expected to be released in Q4 2016. Check out the gallery below to see all the little details.

For your money you'll get a whole range of weapons and accessories. The figure has a Kriss Vector, G17 pistol, a Shotgun, and attachments to go with them, as well as a claymore, grenade, and tomahawk.

As for equipment, the figure has holsters, ammo pouches, a flashlight, climbing rope, multiple glowsticks, and more. The full list can be found on the V-Storebiz website.

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This Iron Man Xbox One Is Quite Something

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 06:30

Xbox has created a set of custom, Iron Man-themed Xbox Ones - but you might find it tough to get hold of one.

Spotted by Eurogamer, the modified white console comes complete with a light-up Arc Reactor decoration, Stark Industries logo plate and a matching controller (with its own baby Arc Reactor for good measure).

According to the YouTube clip it was designed by Tony Stark but, guys, I'm calling BS on that one. I'll put my professional neck on the line for this - I just don't think the dude has time.

So far, the three versions of the console we know of are being given away by Xbox France on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages - we can't guarantee anything, but there don't seem to be restrictions on who can enter.

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Call of Duty Twitter Account Teases Modern Warfare Remaster... With a Poop Emoji

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 05:27

UPDATE: Call of Duty YouTuber, Syndicate has now made a statement on the Modern Warfare remaster, giving his own personal confirmation:

Listen to me when I say I can confirm Modern Warfare remastered is a thing!

— Mr. Syndicate (@ProSyndicate) April 28, 2016

It seems all that's left is for Activision or Infinity Ward to make a statement. Hopefully in actual words this time.

Remember how Call of Duty teased a new game by adding Snapchat codes to Black Ops 2? Well, it seems CoD's marketing team are just generally fans of oblique social media strategies, given its use of emojis to hint at the rumoured Modern Warfare Remaster.

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Mass Effect Theme Park Attraction Opens Soon

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 04:24

The new Mass Effect theme park ride will open next month in California, USA.

According to Fortune, Mass Effect: New Earth 4D -- which has been devised in consultation with Mass Effect developers BioWare -- is set to open on May 18, 2016, in California’s Great America in Santa Clara.

The 4D experience is set around the same time as Mass Effect 3. While you get to hang out with the Normandy and reference is made to the Commander, you won't get to see Shephard in action.

The design team was in weekly contact with BioWare to consult on the animations, artwork, and story.

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Micronauts #1 Review

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 00:24

Micronauts is one of many toy lines from the late '70s and early '80s that spawned a surprisingly robust mythology all its own. And 30 years after Marvel's Micronauts comic wrapped up, the franchise has found a new home at IDW. Whether that's cause for celebration or indifference may depend entirely on your prior attachment to the franchise. Micronauts #1 is a decent first issue, but it doesn't offer a strong hook for those who aren't familiar with the characters and their universe.

To a layman like myself, Micronauts #1 plays out like IDW's answer to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. There's a team of space mercenaries led by a roguish but ultimately kindhearted leader. It's a proven dynamic that works i nor out of the Marvel Universe. The rascally Pharoid Oz makes for an enjoyable protagonist, and his interaction with thrill-seeking teammate Phenolo-Phi is equally entertaining. The other two members of the team aren't particularly well developed yet, but all in all writer Cullen Bunn seems to have assembled a solid cast of characters.

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Angry Birds Hits Refresh With New Pinball-Inspired Title

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 00:00

Rovio is trying something different with its new Angry Birds title, Angry Birds Action!

The free-to-play mobile game is ditching the 2D model, instead opting for a pinball-inspired 3D game that twists around some familiar Angry Birds mechanics. It's also adding in a large amount of augmented reality content, as well as an extra incentive to have the game and see The Angry Birds Movie.

Acting as a prequel to the upcoming animated film release and borrowing its animation style, Action! features the four main characters of that movie -- Red, Chuck, Bomb and Terence -- progressing through various levels to try to gather eggs while being waylaid by enemy pigs (who are sometimes in disguise as birds). Instead of charging up your bird characters by pulling back a slingshot, here you use your finger to aim your character in the direction you want to send it, trying to beat the level in as few tries as possible.

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Star Wars #18 Review

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 23:17

Early on, both of Marvel's core Star Wars comics were notable for just how accurately they captured the look and feel of the classic movies. But as time has passed, the creative teams have shown a greater willingness to branch out and move away from the familiar tropes. Jason Aaron and Leinil Yu have certainly succeeded on that front with the current "Rebel Jail" storyline. Between the memorable new setting and a conflict that prioritizes new characters along with classic favorites, this series is doing a great job of expanding and enriching the Star Wars universe.

This story continues to thrive on the three-way dynamic among Leia, Sana and Dr. Aphra as they forge an unlikely alliance against the mysterious attackers who have taken control of a secret Rebel prison. Aaron plays their warring personalities off one another beautifully, all the while subtly hinting at the rocky romantic history between Sana and Aphra. Honestly, this arc has piqued my interest in a spinoff series focused on Aphra and Sana, either set in the present or in the early days of their partnership. The strong characterization goes hand in hand with a compelling conflict as these three heroines come closer to sussing out the identity of their mysterious attacker and the true nature of his mission.

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Arrow: "Canary Cry" Review

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:28

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Arrow returned after taking several weeks off and leaving viewers to stew over the death of Laurel Lance. Based on the some of the online reactions I saw to “Eleven-Fifty-Nine,” it’s probably safe to say not everyone bothered to tune in this week. But those who did were treated to a wonderfully acted and very somber episode, though this week’s villain left something to be desired.

It was obvious coming into “Canary Cry” that this episode would be a major dramatic showcase for all the main crew, not just Stephen Amell. It certainly didn’t disappoint in that regard. Both David Ramsey and Paul Blackthorne particularly stood out as their characters worked through a mountain of pain and guilt and disbelief over losing Laurel. For Diggle, that manifested mostly as rage, which he directly rashly (if certainly justifiably) at Ruve Darhk. Seeing Diggle lose control and nearly murder the mayor of Star City easily ranks among the character’s most powerful moments on the show. It’s not just that Laurel was killed, but that his own brother had a direct hand in her death. That’s something that’s clearly going to weigh on Diggle for a long time, and it should be very interesting to see how the Diggle brothers interact when they’re reunited next week.

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The Office Co-Creator Stephen Merchant Joins Wolverine 3

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:09

Wolverine 3 has gained a new cast member in The Office co-creator Stephen Merchant.

According to Deadline, Merchant will star alongside Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Boyd Holbrook and the recently-cast Richard E. Grant. Details on Merchant's role have yet to be revealed.

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John Boyega Joins Cast of Netflix-BBC Animated Series

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:06

John Boyega, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, and Ben Kingsley have joined the voice-cast of Netflix and BBC's animated miniseries Watership Down.

Watership Down — image courtesy of Variety and 42

Based on Richard Adams' novel of the same name, Watership Down will finish next year, and be available worldwide – outside of the United Kingdom – on Netflix. Viewers in the United Kingdom will find the show on BBC One.

Watership Down is set in rural southern England and follows a clan of rabbits fleeing from their home after it's destroyed by humans. The dystopian novel is at times dark-toned in its allegory regarding freedom and turmoil.

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The Leftovers Moving to Australia for Final Season

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 22:06

HBO's The Leftovers, which IGN named Best TV Show of 2015, is moving production, and story, to Australia for its third and final season.

As THR reports, the critically acclaimed series, which changed its location from upstate New York to Texas for its second season, will head down under for Season 3. A shift that was set up in the storyline of Season 2 via reports of a miraculous resurrection happening down in Perth.

In fact, the father of main character Kevin (Justin Theroux), Kevin Sr. (played by Scott Glenn) left for Australia. He then later appeared to Kevin from Australia through a hotel TV in limbo... but we won't get into that here.

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Unlocked: Gears of War 4's Statue and Season Pass

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:50

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On this week's Xbox show, Gears of War 4 unleashes a pricey season pass and an even pricier collector's edition. We evaluate the pluses and minuses of both. We also lament the latest Mirror's Edge Catalyst delay, debate where Call of Duty is heading after its title has apparently leaked. Oh, and, uh...rugby.

Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked

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The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4 Review

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:18

Say what you will about the execution of The Dark Knight Strikes Again, but at least that series felt like a wholly unique beast when held against its predecessor, The Dark Knight Returns. The Dark Knight III: The Master Race, by comparison seems content to return to the beaten path. It's much more in line with the original series in both look and feel, but that's not really cause for celebration. Nor is the nagging sense that this book is content to do less with more space.

The word "decompressed" is thrown around a lot with modern superhero stories. At times it's an unfair critique, but it seems to be an apt description of The Dark Knight III. Between the eight-issue structure and the bonus mini-comics attached to each issue, DKIII is a much longer book than its predecessors. But DKR and DKSA were dense and tightly paced, making the most of their relatively more modest page count. DKR especially was crammed with small, intricate panels and as much visual information as Frank Miller could fit on the page. DKIII is far less dense. At this point, with the core conflict only beginning to coalesce, the pacing of this book feels downright languid.

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Batman's Snyder & Capullo Thank You, The IGN Community

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:05

Batman #51 hit today, marking the end of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo's best-selling, award-winning, fan-pleasing run. We talked to them about how they decided to end things, their special gifts to Alfred, the whereabouts of the Joker, and when they'll be teaming up again. They also give a heartfelt message to the IGN community and to Batman fans everywhere. It's touching stuff, y'all. Check it out.

Also, peep our review of Batman #51.

Warning: this interview contains full spoilers for Batman #51!

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Dark Souls 3 Servers Going Down for Update

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:03

Dark Souls 3 servers will be down tonight on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC as the new version 1.04 patch is deployed.

PlayStation 4 servers are down between 4pm PDT and 6pm PDT, Xbox One servers from 4pm PDT to 10pm PDT, and PC servers from 11pm PDT to 1am PDT.

The update includes a ton of tweaks and changes: kicks can no longer be parried, certain crashes have been fixed, and bugs associated with a few boss fights and NPC quests have been eliminated.

Some of the fixes listed in the changelog are a bit less clear. According to the patch notes, the update will ease conditions for "optional events." IGN has reached out to Bandai Namco for more details.

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The Dark Tower Casts Vikings' Katheryn Winnick

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 19:02

Katheryn Winnick has reportedly joined the cast of Sony's upcoming film adaptation of The Dark Tower.

While the studio has yet to comment on Winnick's involvement, sources have told Variety the star of History Channel's hit TV series Vikings will star alongside Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey and Tom Taylor.

Katheryn Winnick as Lagertha in Vikings

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24: Legacy Ordered to Series by FOX

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:39

The Jack Bauer-less continuation of the 24 franchise, 24: Legacy, has received a series order from FOX.

Originally ordered for just a pilot, FOX is now moving ahead with the spinoff. Straight Outta Compton and The Walking Dead's Corey Hawkins will star in the drama series, along with Homeland's Miranda Otto and Jimmy Smits.

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Nintendo’s Majority Stake of the Seattle Mariners Is for Sale

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:36

Nintendo of America has announced that it plans to sell its majority stake in the Seattle Mariners baseball team.

Chairman and CEO Howard Lincoln announced that he will retire from his position as part of the deal.  His role as CEO for day-to-day operations will shift to minority owner John Stanton. Lincoln will continue as a member of the FAE Board of Directors as a representative for Nintendo’s interest.

Nintendo of America currently owns 55 percent of the Mariners. Ownership of the Major League Baseball team was transferred to Nintendo of America by former Nintendo president Hiroshi Yamauchi in 2004. Yamauchi originally purchased his stake of the team in 1992. The team is currently valued at $1.4 billion USD.

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NASA Releases 4K Footage of Mid-Level Solar Flare

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 18:20

NASA has released a new video showing a solar flare that was recording at 8:30 pm EDT on April 17.

Last Sunday, our Sun emitted what NASA says was a "mid-level," or M6.7 class, solar flare. The event occurred on an active area on the Sun’s right side, but from here on Earth, it simply looked like a bright flash of light.

The flare was captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which has been constantly observing the Sun since 2010 in order to help scientists understand what causes these bursts of radiation.

According to NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center, it only caused brief radio blackouts, but they can be powerful enough to cause disturbances to the layer of the Earth’s atmosphere where GPS and communications signals travel.

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