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Colton Haynes Is Returning to Arrow

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:43

Colton Haynes is set to reprise his role as Roy Harper, aka Arsenal, in an upcoming episode of Arrow.

Haynes broke the news on Twitter, which was quickly confirmed by Entertainment Weekly. Official details haven't been released on Haynes' return, so we don't yet know if he will stick around longer than one episode.

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Watch Our Full Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Review Discussion

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:32

If you've read our Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 review and want more depth, more thoughts, and more discussion on why it earned such a high score this year, check out our review discussion panel.

Reviewer Brian Albert is joined by fellow IGN Call of Duty fans James Faulkner and Bobby Bobbya1984 Amos to run down their favorite and least favorite parts of Black Ops 3, weigh in on the eternal question of whether this year's edition has enough new and unique content to warrant another purchase, and speculate on what the addition of Specialists means for CoD going forward. HIt the play button below and watch all three parts in a row.

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Who is the Greatest Pixar Character of All Time?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:14

Everyone has their favorite pixar moments. Toy Story's great escape. The opening of Up. Ratatouille's heartfelt ending. What these moments all have in common is a foundation of strong, well-written characters. Every Pixar story is filled with characters both good and evil that feel real, and are easy to relate to.

But who are the absolute best characters from Pixar's 16 movies? And for that matter... who is the worst? Cast your votes now in IGN's Pixar Character Face-Off to help settle this once and for all. The face-off matches up every major Pixar character in a never-ending selection of 1 vs. 1 duels. The more votes are cast, the more the system learns which character should be at the top of the list, and which would be better off forgotten. We're looking at you, Heimlich from A Bug's Life.

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Afro Samurai 2 Pulled From PSN and Steam, Publisher Apologizes

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:53

Afro Samurai 2: Revenge of Kuma has been removed from Steam and the PlayStation store. Details on its removal had been very scarce, until now.

According to General Manager of Versus Evil, Steve Escalante, the game has been pulled and cancelled in its entirety due to the fact that people didn’t like it. During the Montreal international Gaming Summit, Escalante addressed the matter, telling CGMag Online "the game was a failure."

Versus Evil is currently working with Sony’s marketplace to refund everyone who’s purchased the game.

Afro Samurai 2 released volume 1 on PC and PS4 in September, and on Xbox in October. Two additional volumes were planned for future releases, but Escalante said Versus Evil "could not do, in good conscience, volume 2 and volume 3."

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Nintendo of America Now Has an eBay Store

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:36

Fans now have a new option for purchasing games and systems directly from Nintendo.

Nintendo of America recently launched their official eBay store, a place where people can purchase "new and factory-refurbished systems, games, and accessories" directly.


Some of the items featured on its front page include a Nintendo 2DS Mario Kart 7 bundle for $100, a Wii U 32GB Mario Kart 8 bundle for $300, and factory refurbished 3DS handheld consoles for less than their average retail price. Visit the page to see all of the items currently available to purchase.

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What to Expect from the MCU Punisher

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:28

Fans of the Punisher have much to be excited about as Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) will be taking on the iconic role in Season 2 of Marvel and Netflix's Daredevil. And now Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada is hinting about what to expect from the new Frank Castle.

"What I can tell you is that anyone who is a hardcore Punisher fan is going to be blown away and incredibly satisfied by Bernthal's take on Frank Castle," Quesada told IGN. "It's one of those cases where it's the character from the pages come to life."

Watch our full chat with Marvel's Joe Quesada above.

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Mockingjay Director Offers Hunger Games Prequel Idea

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:25

Katniss Everdeen's story may be coming to a close in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2, but that doesn't mean the world of Panem doesn't have any other stories left to tell.

Speaking with EW, director Francis Lawrence shared his idea of a possible prequel, expressing his interest in seeing that world before it crumbled into a dystopian state.

"“The interesting part of the story for me is to go back 75 years earlier and see how everything became the way it is,” Lawrence said.

“I’m sure if


were to get inspired and decide there’s another story that’s important for her to tell that exists within the world of Panem and whether about the Dark Days, another character, or another set of Games, whatever that could be, I’m sure it would be great. And I’d love to be involved, absolutely.”

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Daily Deals: Early Black Friday Deals, Guitar Hero Two-Pack, $300 PS4

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 16:06

Want to keep your eye on all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals as they roll out? Check out our Black Friday 2015 Wiki. Bookmark it, why don't you?

Save $30 on a Guitar Hero Two-Pack

Get the new Guitar Hero Live with two guitars for $120.

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Amy Hennig on Star Wars, Lucasfilm, and Creative Freedom

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:44

Star Wars may be one of the most popular franchises in the world, but that doesn't mean Disney and Lucasfilm exercise a cast-iron grip on the creators of its stories.

At least, according to Uncharted writer Amy Hennig, who has been working on a brand new Star Wars project at Visceral Games for a little over a year.

"I was skeptical when I came in," Hennig told VentureBeat in an interview. "'How good could this be? It’s the biggest IP in the world. It’s Lucasfilm and Disney and Electronic Arts.'

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The Flash / Arrow Crossover Extended Trailer Released

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:37

The CW has released yet another sneak peek at its upcoming two-episode crossover event for The Flash and Arrow.

See the extended trailer below, which highlights several newcomers, including Casper Crump's Vandal Savage, Falk Hentschel's Hawkman and Ciara Renée as Hawkgirl.

The CW's pair of crossover episodes will debut on December 1, paving the way for the network's upcoming Legends of Tomorrow series. For more on DC's new spinoff series, check out our visual guide to its character lineup.

Earlier this month, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim teased fans with a photo from the crossover's set, showcasing the aforementioned cast members as well as Black Canary (Katie Cassidy), Speedy (Willa Holland) and Diggle (David Ramsey).

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22 Great Gifts Every Nintendo Fan Needs

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 15:00

Do you know someone who loves the world of Nintendo? Chances are you do. It's a magical world filled with plumbers using fire flowers and elf kids saving the world. Given its long history, there's a ton of great gifts out there for the devoted Nintendo fan.

We've compiled a list of great gifts to give to the Nintendo enthusiast in your life, but feel free to grab something for yourself. Don't you think you've earned it?

Splatoon is fun, fast, stylish and cool. Anyone who owns a Wii U should be playing Nintendo's take on the first-person shooter genre. It's creative and a refreshing change of pace from the rest of the FPS landscape, and as long as you can sling ink, you can help your team to victory.

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ESL Acquires ESEA, Largest CS:GO Platform

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:40

The Electronic Sports League has announced its acquisition of E-Sports Entertainment Association, a community leader in the world of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. ESL and ESEA recently collaborated in creating the ESL ESEA Pro League, the largest CS:GO league in the game’s history, currently in its second season. This partnership is sure to keep the momentum going.

This announcement comes on the heels of ESL’s recent studio expansion in Burbank, California. Co-Founder of ESL Jens Hilgers is confident these actions will continue the company’s domination, allowing the ESL to “

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Star Wars: George Lucas Wasn't OK Making "Something for the Fans"

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:35

Following his recent comments explaining why he'll never return to direct another Star Wars film, George Lucas has come forward to shed a bit more light on why he decided to leave the franchise.

"The issue was ultimately, they looked at the stories and they said, 'We want to make something for the fans,'" Lucas told CBS News. "People don't actually realize it's actually a soap opera and it's all about family problems - it's not about spaceships.

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7 Console Games That Are Actually Awesome on Mobile

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:34

It isn't always pretty when a huge game franchise tries to go mobile. All too often, poorly thought out touch controls and shady in-app purchases ruin the experience. But there are a few developers that truly get mobile, and understand how to use Android and iOS as an opportunity to do something fresh, new, and fun with their biggest characters.

These are 6 Games That Successfully Transitioned from Console to Mobile.

Kicking off our list is a Hitman game that succeeds by being unlike any Hitman game before. You'd think that would disqualify it from this discussion, but instead it makes an important statement: console games aren't always going to work exactly as-is when shifted into the mobile, so it's more important to capture the look and feel of the franchise and alter the gameplay to something that works better on a buttonless device.

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Secret in Their Eyes Review

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 14:16

A great cast and a great idea off of which to base a film might give one a leg up on the competition. However, those elements, in and of themselves, don't guarantee a successful outcome. Such is the case with writer-director Billy Ray's Secret in their Eyes.

The new film is based on the Academy Award-winning El Secreto de Sus Ojos and stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Dean Norris, Alfred Molina, and more. It is supposed to be a taut, suspenseful thriller that examines the horror of having a loved one murdered. Instead, it is an atmospheric but murky bore, one punctuated by good ideas that are undercut by a script that can't get out of its own way.

Secret in Their Eyes takes place in two time periods – 2002 and 2015. In the former, with the September 11 attacks still deeply affecting the country, the members of the L.A.-based Counter Terrorism Joint Task Force (CTJTF) are called in to look at a body found in a dumpster outside a mosque they are investigating. The body turns out to be that of Caroline Cobb, the daughter of Jess (Roberts), a member of the task force. Another task force member and an FBI agent, Ray (Ejiofor), takes on the case even though he's been told not to.

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IGN Overclocked: The Blizzard Effect

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 13:00

The rise of the hero shooter is overwhelming, but it's an awesome new trend on PC that's defining a new landscape. Mitch Dyer, Dan Stapleton, Brandin Tyrrel, and Vince Ingenito explore how Blizzard's impressive Overwatch leads the charge, plus we dig into Hard West as a decent XCOM 2 replacement, and run down the best of BlizzCon.

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The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Review

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:53

1994's The Lion King remains one of the great animated films of all time -- so great, in fact, that it spawned two direct-to-video sequels, a TV spinoff and a Broadway musical, all with varying degrees of success. Now, Disney is offering an all-new animated special The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar, which takes place after the original film and in the middle of its 1998 sequel The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Thankfully, it looks like the franchise is back on track for a new generation.

In The Lion Guard -- which will become an ongoing series in January -- we meet Kion (voiced by Max Charles), the second-born cub of Simba and Nala. But while Kion's older sister Kiara (Eden Riegel) is on track to become the Queen of Pride Rock, Kion himself has yet to discover who he will grow up to be. That is until he unlocks the power of the Roar, which signifies his leadership of the Lion Guard -- sworn protectors of the Pride Lands.

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Take-Two Explains Why GTA Isn't a Yearly Thing

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 12:00

Take-Two Interactive has revealed why its top-selling franchises like Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead Redemption don't see new installments every year, highlighting the importance of maintaining a high level of anticipation and consumer demand.

"The market asks us, 'Why don’t you annualize your titles?'" Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick said at the MKM Partners Investor Day (via Gamespot).

"We think with the non-sports titles, we are better served to create anticipation and demand. On the one hand to rest the title, and on the other hand to have the highest quality in the market, which takes time. You can’t do that annually."

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Telltale Confirms Season 2 of Game of Thrones

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:36

Telltale Games has confirmed there will be a second season to its Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series game.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Telltale CEO Kevin Bruner said choices made in the first season of the game will carry over to the second season, something he says Telltale has been planning "all along."

"I really shouldn't be revealing more than that," Bruner added.

Bruner likened the development process of development to working on a television program, saying Telltale's games spend much of their pre-production time as ideas on whiteboards and sticky-notes. As for how along in the process the second season is, Bruner said Telltale can't say "exactly how far along," it is, but he did say "there's never a shortage of sticky notes on the walls" around the Telltale studio.

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Crunchyroll to Stream Digimon Adventure Tri

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 11:33

Anime streaming service Crunchyroll is adding Digimon Adventure Tri to its Fall 2015 catalog.

Starting from today, November 20, at 7am PST, the first four episodes of the series will be available for Premium subscribers. The subsequent episodes will come at a later date, with the exact dates being announced soon.

The series will be available for members in the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Latin America.

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