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Daily Deals: Star Wars Battlefront, GeForce GTX 970, Xbox One With Free Games and Credit

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 14:09

Up to 60% Off Star Wars Battlefront on Console and PC

Battlefront is a total blast, and it's gotten a good amount of free updates since launch. You can currently get a free trial on PC, a 60% discount on PC copies, and a 50% discount on a console copy. That nicely offsets the price of the a season pass.

Opinion: A New Xbox Needs to Trump the PS4 Neo

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 13:45

With rumors now flowing from both companies, it seems to no longer be a question of whether Microsoft will roll out a new Xbox to compete with the PlayStation 4 Neo, but when, and what form it will take. With the PlayStation 4 beating the Xbox One roughly 2:1 in sales, it’s clear that if Microsoft wants to gain ground against Sony in this next round it can’t afford to just match the PS4 Neo’s system upgrades blow for blow – it has to beat it decisively.

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Top 10 Secret Bosses in Video Games

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:30

Few gaming accomplishments feel quite as good as completing an archaic series of events deep into an adventure, only to find yourself face-to-face with an enemy that most players didn't even know existed. From celestial beings and playground legends, to inside jokes and series throwbacks, here are our 10 favorite secret bosses in video games.

Back in '95, the idea of Square and Nintendo making a game together seemed impossible, and yet low and behold Super Mario RPG was gifted to the world along with it’s ridiculously tough boss Culex. In the dark corners of the game’s Monstro Town resides a Culex, a foe who shrugs off Super Mario RPG's two point five D aesthetics, and goes straight up Final Fantasy on the plumber and his crew. Seeing his iconic crystals, hearing the Final Fantasy music, and finally taking down Culex was one of the most satisfying moment of the entire game.

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Inside of Japan’s Biggest Pokemon Center

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:55

Japan is home to multiple Pokemon Center stores, but the biggest of them lies in the Sunshine City shopping center in Ikebukuro. This is the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center, which is filled floor-to-ceiling with Pokemon toys, clothing, accessories, statues, and much more.

IGN recently visited the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center and took photos of every item currently available, including items from the Ditto-inspired “Transform” series of plush toys, the Little Tales Pikachu collection, the 20th anniversary Retro line of items, and much more.

Swipe through the gallery below to see what the Mega Tokyo Pokemon Center has to offer:

Want to see more awesome game-themed stores? Check out our tour of Japan’s Final Fantasy cafes and New York’s Nintendo World store, plus subscribe to our new IGN VR YouTube channel, where you can take 360-degree VR tours of everything from Blizzard’s office to the PAX East 2016 show floor.

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Eriq La Salle Joins Wolverine 3

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:08

It looks like Eriq La Salle is joining the cast of Wolverine 3, but we don't know who he'll be playing yet.

This news comes via Variety, who say plot and character details are being kept quiet for now.

Eriq La Salle (Astrid Stawiarz/ Getty Images)

La Salle is best known for his role as Dr. Peter Benton on ER. He has also more recently appeared on Once Upon a Time, CSI: Cyber, and Lucifer.

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Halo 5 Memories of Reach Expansion Adds Noble Team REQs

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:07

Halo 5: Guardians' Memories of Reach update—which is expected to release later this month—will add Halo: Reach–inspired REQ content.

The new REQs include helmets and armor based on characters Jorge, Emile, Jun, and Kat, GameSpot reported. Carter's armor has been available since Halo 5's October release.

Indomitable, which is based on Jorge's armor, is called a "rare sight on the battlefield," and "usually a sign the UNSC has authorized weapons of mass destruction." Wrath, based on Emile's armor, is an upgrade of Mark V EVA suits. Vigilant, based on Jun's armor, "was originally a one-off upgrade for an unnamed VIP within Spartan branch." 343 describes Intruder, based off of Kat's armor, as having a multi-channel drone controller.

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Boba Fett Could Have Been the Main Star Wars Villain

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:56

Craig Miller - Lucasfilm's "first official fan relations officer" - has some interesting behind-the-scenes knowledge about what Star Wars could've been.

According to Inverse, Miller says "Originally Boba Fett was set up in Empire as a character, and the third movie’s plot was going to be more about Boba Fett, rescuing Han Solo and all of that... Boba was gonna be the main villain."

Lucas' original plan was to have nine films, but Miller says "While we were working on The Empire Strikes Back, George decided he was going to complete the first film trilogy and that would be it."

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Tunisian Mobile Game Gives Away Real Cow as a Prize

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:28

The International? More like The Unfashionable. Curiosity? The only thing we're curious about anymore is how best to take a huge chisel to our brains to forget all about it. The greatest ever prize for playing video games has been revealed, and it is a cow called Pamela.

As reported by the BBC, Tunisian developer Digital Mania gave its players an incentive to master its game, Bagra in the form of a real-life bovine.

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Halo 5 Forge Map Allows for Pokemon Battles

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:26

A fan-made Halo 5: Guardians map evokes memories of Nintendo's Pokemon Stadium.

Poke'Battle, created by Forge creator Captaindirewolf, lets players choose one of three Pokemon—Venusaur, over at the green terminal; Charizard, at the red terminal; or Blastoise, from the blue terminal—and "battle" rock-paper-scissors style in a scenic stadium.

The winner is chosen via element advantage, so Venusaur beats Blastoise, Charizard beats Venusaur, and Blastoise beats Charizard. A sniper rifle becomes available for the winner to kill their opponent.

Players can only battle with the three main Pokemon, but others—like Pikachu, Magikarp, and Snorlax—are scattered around the map.

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Star Wars: Episode 7 Opening Once Included Severed Hand

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:43

The opening sequence of Star Wars: The Force Awakens originally featured a severed hand, Mark Hamill confirmed.

Back in 2014, an unofficial outline of Episode 7 leaked—and according to those rumors, a severed hand gripping a lightsaber would float through space following the opening Star Wars crawl.

Speaking with The Sun, and as reported by Birth.Movies.Death., Hamill said in the original version of Star Wars: The Force Awakens "the first thing that came into frame was a hand with a lightsaber."

"A severed hand that enters the atmosphere, and then the hand and bone burn away and goes sticking into the surface of Jakku," the actor said, "and this alien comes in, don't know if it was Maz but it was an alien hand who takes the lightsaber away, and then the movie proceeds as you see it."

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Official Mod Support Announced for Total War: Warhammer

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 09:40

Creative Assembly has announced Steam Workshop support will be available from day one for Total War: Warhammer.

The Assembly Kit will also be released along with the Database Editor so you'll be able to create your own mods. Creative Assembly previously announced the game would not be supporting mods, however the developer has caved to fan-demands and made it a reality.

Mods will be available when the game launches, as anyone who has attended one of the company's Mod Summits in the last three years will be given early access to the game and mod tools. Creative Assembly is currently working with well-known modders Magnar and Dresden in order to create custom Legendary Lord start positions and alter settlement rules allowing each race to settle in every region.

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The Americans: "The Magic of David Copperfield..." Review

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:42

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

A notably strong episode of a notably strong series this week, as The Americans delivered what felt like a powerful season finale… even thought it’s not the season finale at all.

So much is changing. Nina’s dead. Martha’s been sent off to Russia. Gaad has lost his job. The consequences are unrelenting here, but it feels like it’s all the inevitable result of what’s come before it.

When the “previously on” included footage of Lisa and Maurice, I groaned a bit, because that subplot was one of the show’s rare missteps. But as it turned out, that storyline clearly is done now, given Elizabeth murdered Lisa when she wanted to confess! Once Lisa began asking Elizabeth to turn herself in with her, this outcome was a strong possibility, and yet it was still a gasp-worthy moment when Elizabeth hit her over the head with that bottle. Matthew Rhys directed this episode and he did an excellent job of portraying the mixture of the mundane and the shocking that sorrounded the Jennings at all times.

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Persona 5 Japanese Release Date Announced

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:09

Atlus announced today that Persona 5 will launch in Japan on September 15 for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3.

A new trailer confirmed the date, in addition to revealing new party members and gameplay. You can check it out below:

A date still hasn’t been confirmed for the West, though last we heard from Atlus Persona 5 is still expected to be released in 2016.

A 20th anniversary-themed Collector's Edition was also announced for Persona 5 in Japan, including an art book, a soundtrack with songs from previous Persona games, and series-inspired DLC, including outfits from Persona 3 and 4. The set will be available for 13,800 yen (roughly $128USD). A Western version of the Collector’s Edition has not been confirmed.

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Comic Book Reviews for May 4, 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 08:00

This week was one of endings and beginning for the comic book world. DC began wrapping up some long-running New 52 titles like Green Arrow and Green Lantern while also continuing the "Final Days of Superman" storyline. Marvel, meanwhile, kicked off several new series, including The Punisher and Thunderbolts. Elsewhere, Hellboy in Hell reached its penultimate issue, Image debuted Kaare Andrews' Renato Jones: The One Percent and Valiant unleashed the first chapter of their latest event comic, 4001 AD.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

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Nintendo Announces Zelda-centric E3 Plans

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:48

E3 for Nintendo this year will revolve around The Legend of Zelda.

At 9 am PT on June 14, Nintendo of America president and COO Reggie Fils-Aime will be kicking off a day-long stream of Nintendo Treehouse: Live. It will feature gameplay from The Legend of Zelda with special commentaries from Nintendo developers, as well as behind-the-scenes information.

This Treehouse will effectively be replacing Nintendo's normal E3 Direct stream.

The next game in the Zelda franchise will be playable at the show for the first time ever, and will in fact be the only playable game at Nintendo's booth. Nintendo hopes that by giving fans extended time with it, they'll gain a deeper understanding of what the game will be.

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Watch a Dark Souls 3 Player Kill a Horrible Boss in One Hit

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:40

If you don't want Dark Souls 3 bosses, high-level items or abilities spoiled, I suggest you turn back now.

In one of the more impressive testaments to just how flexible Dark Souls can be when it comes to equipment and abilities, footage has emerged of a player downing Pontiff Sulyvahn - one of the game's tougher bosses - in a single move.

YouTuber neptunusequester achieved the feat through a cocktail of equipment, weapon and spell buffs, even intentionally getting hit for high damage (that's not a mistake at the start of the video) to gain a stat boost. The result was a parry and riposte that more than tripled the usual damage dealt.

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The Division 1.2 Update Doesn't Have a Date So It Can Be "Rock-Solid"

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:03

Ubisoft Massive has addressed the multiple problems that faced The Division's 1.1 update, and laid out how it plans to make the upcoming 1.2 patch "rock-solid" as a result.

In yesterday's State of the Game livestream, community developer Yannick Banchereau said that 1.1's troubled release was down to the studio's pre-release checks: "There was testing," he explained, "but obviously the process was not good enough because there are some bugs that made it through that shouldn't have."

Those bugs have included Daily Challenges not updating, multiple exploits and a big that removed some players' characters from Xbox One versions of the game. Most have now been addressed, and Ubisoft has given in-game compensation to affected players.

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XCOM 2 DLC to Beef Up Aliens

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 07:00

Firaxis has announced that the second XCOM 2 DLC pack, Alien Hunters, will be available starting May 12 for $9.99. This DLC is included in the season pass.

With Alien Hunters installed, once you complete a new story mission you'll see beefed-up "Ruler" versions of the Viper, Berserker, Archon appear at random in future missions. If they're not killed quickly, they can retreat from the mission and reappear in future missions.

Alien Hunters will also introduce four new one-of-a-kind weapons:

  • Bolt Caster - a high-damage, single-shot weapon.
  • Hunter's Axe - a powerful melee weapon that can also be thrown.
  • ShadowKeeper Pistol - killing an enemy with its guaranteed-hit Shadowfall shot puts the user in concealment.
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Rumour: Nintendo NX to Drop Discs for Cartridges

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:48

The financial statements of the company that provides Nintendo's ROM chips - used in both consoles and for 3DS game cartridges - have sparked speculation as to whether the upcoming Nintendo NX will drop the use of optical disc drives in favour of cartridges.

As spotted by Screen Critics, Chinese memory manufacturer Macronix is reportedly expecting an increased order of ROM chips from Nintendo, and company chairman Wu Miin made specific reference to the NX in his financial briefing (reported by Money-Link and translated by NeoGAF user Jim_Cacher):

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Supergirl In Last Minute Contract Negotiations for Renewal

IGN.com - Thu, 05/05/2016 - 06:41

CBS and Warner Bros. are in discussions about a renewal for Supergirl, and there are rumors it could be moving to The CW.

According to The Wrap, Supergirl costs around $3 million to make per episode, and the ratings of its first season which ended in April aren't making up for it.

CBS head Leslie Moonves and Warner Bros.' TV head Peter Roth are in the midst of discussions, but a deadline is looming, as CBS will be announcing its fall schedule in just two weeks.

The CW network is jointly owned by CBS and Warner, and a possible solution could be moving Supergirl there. The CW already has superhero shows such as Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow, so it would be a good fit.

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