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The Huntsman: Winter's War Review

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:14

Serving as both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, The Huntsman: Winter’s War isn’t engaging enough for fantasy or action fans to enjoy and isn’t kid-friendly enough for families, despite its shameless poaching of the female protagonists of Disney’s Frozen and Pixar’s Brave.

The story chronicles how the titular huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) and his future wife Sara (Jessica Chastain) were raised in the kingdom ruled by snow queen Freya (Emily Blunt) – kid sister to the original film’s mirror-obsessed Ravenna (Charlize Theron) – who, as a survivor of unthinkable heartbreak, has one big rule all her “children” must obey: do not love. Ever. As you can imagine that isn’t a practical rule to adhere to let alone implement.

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New Trailer and Poster for Sandler's Next Netflix Movie

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:13

Netflix released the second trailer and new poster today for The Do-Over, their second exclusive feature film starring Adam Sandler.

In The Do-Over, Sandler plays “Max and David Spade plays Charlie, old friends tired of their mundane lives who reunite at their 25th high school reunion for the ultimate mulligan: they decide to wipe the slate clean for a do-over. After faking their deaths and assuming new identities, could their lives be better the second time around?"

Warcraft's Paula Patton co-stars.

The second movie in Sandler and Netflix's exclusive four movie deal is helmed by Little Nicky director Steven Brill, with a script from Chris Pappas and Kevin Barnett.

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2006: The Year the PS3 and Wii Changed Everything

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:06

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 2006, the year the PlayStation 3 and the Nintendo Wii launched.

Catch up on IGN's History of Awesome:

The Path: "The Hole" Review

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 13:01

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 

Firstly, let me say how happy I am that the origin of Hawk's name was explained. I mean, not only did we get a touching scene out of it (which may or may not have been bulls*** Sarah cooked up to win Hawk back over into the cult - didn't work, by the way), but for a few episodes, at the outset, I wasn't sure that Hawk was the character's actual name since no one had said it and all I had to go by were online resources. And wikipedia already had given me the wrong surname for the family.

But his name was Hawk, and now we know he was named after a drug-induced vision Sarah had during a trip to Peru where she thought she'd lost him and had to miscarry. Miraculously, Hawk survived. Though that part of the story, where his heart began beating again, kind of got skipped over. Which is the main reason I thought part of the tale could be counterfeit. Anyhow, Hawk had to endure a ton of lecturing this week after he spent a (non-sexual) night with Ashely. And from this, The Path really began to showcase Meyerism as intolerant to outsiders.

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MTV's The Shannara Chronicles Renewed for Season 2

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:49

The Shannara Chronicles will return for a second season.

MTV has renewed the fantasy series, which is based on the novels by Terry Brooks. "This dream team

delivered a beautiful, ground breaking show with compelling stories and character journeys which brought in new viewers," said MTV executive vice president Mina Lefevre. "I can’t wait to see what season 2 brings."

The Shannara Chronicles was the top-rated new series for MTV this year, and the network noted the show got over 16.6 million streams online.

For more on the series, be sure to check out IGN's review of The Shannara Chronicles: Season 1.

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Behind the Scenes of the New Walking Dead Comic

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 12:00

Today marks the release of The Walking Dead: The Alien by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Marcos Martin on Panel Syndicate. Panel Syndicate is a place where Vaughan and Martin make comics meant to be read digitally -- their first comic was the neo-noir thriller The Private Eye and next up is the bilingual mystery Barrier -- but what makes them stick out is their "pay what you want" policy. You can download their comics, DRM free, and name your own price, including zero dollars.

The Walking Dead: The Alien Cover by Marcos Martin

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Microsoft Stops Xbox 360 Production, Servers To Stay Online

Slashdot.org - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 11:26
Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it has stopped manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. "Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," wrote Phil Spencer, Xbox chief. "And while we've had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us." The company says that it will, obviously, continue to sell the existing inventory of Xbox 360, a gaming console it launched on November 22, 2005. Xbox 360 game servers will also remain functional, the company said. Microsoft also assured that services such as Games with Gold and Deals with Gold will continue on Xbox 360, and if your console runs into a hardware issue, Xbox Support will take care of it. The Xbox 360 is currently available for purchase at $199.99, for a 500GB model with a copy of Forza Horizon 2. Microsoft added Xbox 360 backward compatibility to its current generation Xbox One console last year.

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Xbox 360 Production Has Ended

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:57

Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has announced Microsoft will no longer be making Xbox 360 consoles.

"Xbox 360 means a lot to everyone in Microsoft," wrote Spencer. "And while we’ve had an amazing run, the realities of manufacturing a product over a decade old are starting to creep up on us. Which is why we have made the decision to stop manufacturing new Xbox 360 consoles. We will continue to sell existing inventory of Xbox 360 consoles, with availability varying by country."

Spencer went on to mention existing Xbox 360 hardware will still be supported, you'll still be able to buy 360 games through the online store, and Xbox Live services will remain active. Xbox One owners will still be able to play Xbox 360 games through backwards compatibility.

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Dead Rising: Endgame First Look Photo and Release Date

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:15

Crackle announced at their industry upfront presentation Wednesday that their forthcoming feature film Dead Rising: Endgame, the sequel to last year's Dead Rising: Watchtower, will make its streaming debut June 20.

The company also released the first official still photo from the movie (seen below).

Crackle's official synopsis for Dead Rising: Endgame -- which, like its predecessor, is based on the hugely popular Dead Rising video game franchise by Capcom -- says the sequel "drops us into the zombie-infested quarantined zone of East Mission City where investigative reporter Chase Carter must stop a secret government conspiracy which, though seemingly aimed at ending the country’s zombie epidemic, will also kill millions of innocent civilians."

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Shuhei Yoshida Reportedly Unsure If There Will Be a PS5

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:06

Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning has said that PlayStation boss Shuhei Yoshida has expressed uncertainty as to whether there will be a PlayStation 5.

Lanning made the comments on the Game Informer Show (as spotted by excellently monikered NeoGAF user generic_username), where he said he asked a question about the possible future console ahead of an on-stage interview between the two:

"I said, 'well, what does the PlayStation 5 look like?' and he said 'you mean if'. 

I said 'are you willing to say that on a stage?' and he said 'yeah, it's an if'."

Skip to 45:04 to hear Lanning's comments.

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Vikings: It's Total War in the Midseason Finale

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:01

The first half of Vikings' fourth season comes to a close this Thursday, April 21st, with "The Last Ship," a ferocious midseason finale featuring a big battle between the Vikings and the French. One that eventually comes down to Ragnar against Rollo - Brother against brother.

IGN's got an exclusive war clip for you. One filled with arrows, crossbows, and mass death. Just the way we like our Norsemen conflicts. Check it out...

Who will survive the final fight? Find out in Vikings: "The Last Ship," airing April 21st on History.

Matt Fowler is a writer for IGN and a member of the Television Critics Association (TCA). Follow him on Twitter at @TheMattFowler and Facebook at Facebook.com/Showrenity.

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Ex-Blizzard Staff Announce Embers of War

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 10:00

Fledgling studio Dark Rift Entertainment has announced its new game, Embers of War.

The 14-individual studio, made up of a large number of ex-Blizzard staff, describes the game as an "action-packed, story driven 3D tower defense game set in a robust sc-fi universe." Embers of War will feature two playable heroes, fully customizable towers and weapons, and 30-40 levels for launch. A number of game levels are also being designed to support co-op play, while voice talent includes Matt Mercer (Fallout 4) and Ashly Burch (Life is Strange).

Check out some of the art and the first trailer for Embers of War below, and you can play the demo if you're heading to PAX East this week.

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Star Fox Zero Review

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:58

Star Fox Zero resurrects a classic Nintendo 64 plane and tank action game and reimagines it in a faster and more furious incarnation for the Wii U. The best levels capture the feeling of a wild rollercoaster, often showcasing addictive combat scenarios that incentivized me to get on the ride again and again. But, in order to build up my piloting skills, I had to adapt to a demanding and unintuitive control scheme that pushed my ability to focus on the TV and the GamePad to the limit.

This radically redesigned Star Fox pays homage to its vintage late ‘90s source material, but the results of the modernization are mixed. On one hand, this is a faster-paced space combat game running at a high frame rate (a “target” of 60) and it tries out some fun new level ideas. However, it takes the retro look a little too far in places, with a lot of plain-looking enemy ships and tall tanks made of simple geometry and dull textures that looks out of place in an otherwise-modern 2016 game. Yet even without elaborate graphics, the frame rate dips noticeably under the weight of large explosion effects in a couple of bigger combat arenas.

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Star Fox Guard Review

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:58

It may be intended as a small counterpart to Star Fox Zero, but Star Fox Guard exceeds expectations by building a creative and intuitive action-tower defense game around the idea of manipulating your perspective. Nintendo uses constant misdirection from enemy invaders to build tension and poke holes in your best-laid plans.

Star Fox Guard’s retro-inspired graphics can look a little bland next to Nintendo’s colorful HD standards, but there’s a lot going on here. Varied enemies of all shapes and sizes will mess with your view of the action, forcing you to make tough decisions to counter attacking troops. Successfully foiling these invasions unlocks more powerful weapons and new skirmishes to play, which creates an addictive upgrade loop.

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Kerbal Space Program Gets First Major Update

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:52

Developer Squad's Kerbal Space Program received its first big update since its release—Turbo Charged. Patch 1.1 increases the game's performance "all-around," regardless of your PC specs.

The adorable physics simulator also has a newly remodeled user interfaces, though all interface elements should still feel familiar to veteran players. According to an update on the Kerbal Space Program blog, the most notable changes are to map view, staging, and IVA portraits.

A new feature that should prove very helpful to new players is the KSPedia reference guide, which works as the "primary source for information" for everything about the game. There's information about the "basics of building and flying," along with more advanced information on "docking," and "in-situ resource utilization."

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Iron Man Director Loves Civil War's Spidey

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 09:03

Jungle Book director Jon Favreau has been talking about Captain America: Civil War, stating that he thinks the Marvel movies are in "good hands" with the Russo brothers, and revealing that he loves the chemistry that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker has with Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in the forthcoming film.

Favreau directed the first Iron Man movie – which put the building blocks in place for the Marvel Cinematic Universe – and continues to executive produce the features, meaning that he got an early look at the new film.

“I think Spider-Man made me smile every second the character was on the screen,” he revealed. “I was so pleased with the tone of the film in general, but those sequences specifically, and I just loved the way they introduced the character. I love the version of Tony Stark I saw, especially in those scenes. As somebody who was part of the beginning of the screen persona of Tony Stark, I thought that this was really impressive and a wonderful expansion of that character.”

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Uncharted Themed PlayStation 4 Now Available for Pre-Order

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:55

You can now pre-order the limited edition Uncharted 4 1TB PlayStation 4 console.

The console on its own is up for pre-order now at Game for £330. A £350 bundle includes the game and a two month pass to Now TV Movies, a £380 bundle includes a Grey Blue Dualshock 4 controller instead of the game, and the whole lot will set you back £400.

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Metroid Prime: Federation Force Gets a Release Date

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:44

Metroid Prime: Federation Force will arrive on 3DS in the US on August 19, and September 2 in Europe.

The four-player, squad-based shooter set in the Metroid universe has been making waves since its announcement back in June of 2015. Following an overly-negative reception from disappointed fans longing for a new Metroid title starring Samus, Nintendo of America head Reggie Fils-Aime said he understood why fans were upset.

"We're taking our great IP and transforming them and making them new again - making them fresh and appealing for the fan who feels they know the franchise," he told Mashable one month after the original announcement. "But we're giving them new things to enjoy.

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Rocket League Gets Truck Simulator DLC and Vice Versa

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:41

Rocket League's latest cross-promotion campaign will see the game swapping items with Euro Truck Simulator 2.

In the next patch, Rocket League will be getting a Euro Truck Simulator Rig Antenna, and Euro Truck Simulator 2 will soon be getting a Rocket League dashboard toy and a ball as a rear view mirror hang. Check out the images below.

Rocket League's Euro Truck Simulator content.

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Hellblade Used Daisy Ridley's Stunt Double to Help Create Combat

IGN.com - Wed, 04/20/2016 - 08:07

Ninja Theory has released a new developer diary video for Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice which reveals that Daisy Ridley's Star Wars stunt double was drafted in to help tighten up the game's more "grounded" combat.

Ninja Theory reached out to Chloé Bruce, who performed as Daisy Ridley's stunt double on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the motion capture studio, Bruce was able to test in-game combo strings in real life, and the developers were then able to translate her movements back into the game.

The developer wanted to create a combat system that's "more immediate and more grounded" than in its previous games.

Compared to Ninja Theory's Heavenly Sword and DmC: Devil May Cry, in Hellblade the camera is a lot closer to the character. The original plan was to have directional combat, where the character could attack and block in four different directions. However the plan has now changed as this was "limiting gameplay."

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