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Female Pikachu and White Hat Raichu Appear After Pokemon GO Update

IGN.com - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 06:00
Pokemon GO's most recent update included some unannounced changes.

Hitman Gets HDR Support at the End of This Month

IGN.com - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 04:43

Io Interactive has confirmed today that the first season of Hitman will support High Dynamic Range (HDR) from January 31, 2017.

The update will coincide with the launch of the retail disc version of the 2016 stealth ’em up.

“As an example, think of 47 in a dark room looking out a bright window,” explains Io programmer Anders Wang Kristensen. “Without HDR you would not be able make out what's outside, whereas with HDR you can simultaneously see details inside the room and outside the window.”

“Another extreme example is the sun. Without HDR we could not render the sun brighter than a white piece of paper, so we had to ‘simulate’ the sun being blinding. With HDR we can draw the sun several times brighter, so that it is actually close to being blinding, just like in real life.”

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Nintendo Considering Streaming Services on Switch

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:18

Nintendo has confirmed that while video streaming services will not be on Switch at launch, they haven’t been ruled out for the future.

A Nintendo representative provided the following statement to IGN:

"All of our efforts have gone toward making the Nintendo Switch system an amazing dedicated video game platform, so it will not support any video-streaming services at launch. However, support for video-streaming services is being considered for a future update."

We reached out to Netflix and Twitch about apps on Switch but received no comment.

Back in 2012, video streaming apps including Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and Amazon were planned for Wii U’s release but were delayed into the months after launch. Video apps including Hulu, Netflix, and YouTube also came to 3DS following its launch.

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Why Logan Adapted X-23

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 20:00

Star Trek: Discovery - Who's Who in the Cast

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:35

We got bad news yesterday regarding Star Trek: Discovery -- namely that the much-anticipated show has been delayed yet again and will not debut this May as had previously been planned. But we also got some maybe-good news with word coming that actor James Frain (Gotham, Orphan Black, True Blood) is joining the cast as the classic character of Sarek. That's Spock's dad!

How Sarek -- who was played by Mark Lenard in The Original Series and also appeared in several of the movies -- will fit into Star Trek: Discovery remains to be seen, but Frain's casting now puts the show's roster of announced actors at eight. That's usually around what a Star Trek ensemble cast consists of, give or take a Nurse Chapel, so we figured it was time to break down who's who in the Star Trek: Discovery crew. Click through the slideshow below for the full team of actors and their characters:

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PS4 YouTube App Now Supports 360-degree Vids With PS VR

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 19:30

Sony has today confirmed that the PS4's YouTube app has been updated to allow PlayStation VR owners to enjoy 360-degree video content available on the service. The announcement comes via PlayStation's official Twitter account.

PS4 @YouTube app has been updated to enable 360 videos when using PS VR. Find highlighted 360 videos here: https://t.co/cn8hal5jvF pic.twitter.com/iqI1IsfbR8

— PlayStation (@PlayStation) January 19, 2017

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Micro Machines Returns to PC and Consoles

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:59

Codemasters has today confirmed the Micro Machines series is coming back to consoles and PC. Micro Machines World Series will launch on PC, PS4, and Xbox One in April 2017.

Codemasters promises Micro Machines World Series will retain the “manic social gameplay” of the originals and namechecked iconic spots like the garden, kitchen, and workshop as some of the racing locations to expect.

In addition to regular race modes Micro Machines World Series will introduce new Battle Arenas, which will allow players to compete against each other and the AI in destructive, deathmatch-style events.

Micro Machines World Series will support up to 12 players online and four players on the same screen.

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December 2016's Top Selling Console Was PlayStation 4

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:53

According to analysts at the NPD Group, Sony's PlayStation 4 was again took the top-selling console spot for the month.

That's the second month in a row PS4 was the top-selling console, breaking a four-month streak in which Xbox One topped the charts.

Nintendo's 3DS had a strong showing, helped along by sales of Pokemon Sun and Moon, as well as its evergreen titles like Mario Kart 7. The console saw its seventh month of growth over the same period the previous year.

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Netflix Releases Teaser for Next Adam Sandler Movie

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:48

Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for Adam Sandler's latest movie for the streaming service, Sandy Wexler.

The teaser provides a brief look at the the film's interesting setting and Adam Sandler's eccentric character, the titular Sandy Wexler, who has quite the interesting accent.

The film follows Wexler, who's a talent manger working on the fringes of show business in Los Angeles in the 1990s. He represents a group of whimsical B-list clients, and his reputation is put on the line when he falls in love with one of his newest clients, talented singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson), who Wexler discovers in an amusement park.

Along with Sandler and Hudson, the film also stars Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Beastmaster), Nick Swardson (The Do-Over), Kevin James (True Memoirs of An International Assassin), and Rob Schneider (The Ridiculous 6).

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Shazam Split into Two Movies

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:38

Just like that, Shazam has switched from a single film to two movies.

Deadline reports that Dwayne Johnson's Black Adam will now get his own standalone film in the DC Universe. This will be in addition to the Shazam movie.

Johnson met with DC last week about Shazam's Black Adam. Coming out of the conference, he reconfirmed he was playing the supervillian and sometimes anti-hero, as well as alluding to a more optimistic and fun tonal shift for the DC cinematic universe.

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Explaining X-23, the Girl from the Logan Trailer

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:00
Here's everything you need to know about Laura, a.k.a. X-23, Wolverine's young sidekick in Logan.

Gaming Laptops as Fast as Desktops? Yep!

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:00
This challenging year is not without its geeky bright spots: VR finally arrived. Dark Souls III landed. And, perhaps most surprisingly, 2016 is the year gaming laptops finally escaped the imposing shadow of their desktop forebears. Skeptical? Check out MSI's latest for proof.

Split Review

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 18:00
An engaging, stylish new psychological thriller from Unbreakable director M. Night Shyamalan.

World of Darkness Game Announced From Focus/Cyanide

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:39

White Wolf, publisher of role-playing games and books set in the World of Darkness universes, has announced a video game adaptation of Werewolf: The Apocalypse for PC and consoles.

White Wolf is partnering with publisher Focus Home Interactive (Blood Bowl, Bound by Flame) and developer Cyanide (Styx: Master of Shadows, Blood Bowl, Call of Cthulhu).

Werewolf: The Apocalypse will have players assume the role of a Garou, a vicious Werewolf warrior born to fight a supernatural force called The Wrym that's leading the world into an apocalypse. The Garou are also opposed to urban civilization because of the destruction it brings.

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Sneaky Pete Renewed for Season 2

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 17:09

Amazon's latest series, the highly-acclaimed Sneaky Pete, is coming back for a second season.

The show just premiered less than a week ago, and a major reason for the quick second-season renewal is the fact that Sneaky Pete has become Amazon Prime's second most streamed original scripted series on opening day, behind The Man in the High Castle. Sneaky Pete is also a critical darling and currently has a 100 percent Rotten Tomato score. IGN called it "a satisfying, smirky shell game filled with great characters and smart twists."

"Both the critical response and our customers’ engagement with the series are key factors in our enthusiasm to bring our audience a second season of Sneaky Pete," said Joe Lewis, head of comedy and drama at Amazon Studios.

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Pokemon Sun and Moon Pass Huge Nintendo Sales Milestone

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:59

Pokemon Sun and Moon are the fastest Nintendo games in the company's history to sell more than 4 million copies.

According to a statement from Nintendo, Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon came in number 2 and number 3 on the NPD Groups list of best-selling games for the month of December.

Combined, the two games have sold 4.5 million copies since their release in late November. The last quarter of the year was the "best-selling quarter for software in Nintendo 3DS history," with 7.3 million copies of first-party Nintendo games sold during the three-month period.

Nintendo credited the Pokemon games, along with other new releases like Super Mario Maker for Nintendo 3DS and evergreen titles like Mario Kart 7, for giving the 3DS its seventh month in a row where sales grew over the same period the year earlier.

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Injustice 2 Beta Announced

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:14

WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have announced a beta for Injustice 2.

Starting today, people can sign up through the Injustice 2 online beta registration. More details about the early trial for the fighting game are expected in the near future.

Injustice 2 will officially launch in May, available in a standard package as well as digital deluxe and ultimate edition options. These special versions of the fighting game include DLC characters, like the Power Girl skin.

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Taken TV Show: How Mills Compares to Bond and Bourne

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 16:11

From executive producer Luc Besson -- based on his movie franchise -- NBC's Taken follows the origin story of younger and hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills, played by Vikings' Clive Standen. Premiering Monday, February 27th, Taken will see Mills fight to overcome a personal tragedy and exact revenge as he's pulled into a career as a deadly operative on a CIA special ops team.

At the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, Standen, along with executive producers Matt Gross (Body of Proof) and Alex Cary (Homeland), appeared on a Q&A panel and spoke about the particular ideas involved in bringing Taken to the small(er) screen. For one, this is an origin story for Mills, played by Liam Neeson in the movies, but it's still set in the present.

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Watch the xXx: Return of Xander Cage Premiere Live Stream

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:47

Xander Cage is back, and he's heading to Hollywood Boulevard! IGN and Paramount Pictures teamed up to live stream the red carpet premiere of xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

Check it out LIVE below:

Hosted by IGN's own Brian Altano, Max Scoville and Terri Schwartz, the official live stream will kick off on Thursday, January 19th at 6:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. ET and will be simulcast on IGN's Facebook page, YouTube and IGN.com.

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Neil Gaiman to Adapt His Novel Good Omens as Miniseries

IGN.com - Thu, 01/19/2017 - 15:08

A limited series based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's apocalyptic novel Good Omens is headed to Amazon.

The six-part hour-long comedy series, which will debut on Amazon Prime Video in 2018, is being written by Gaiman, who is also on board as showrunner. BBC Studios is co-producing with Narrativia and The Blank Corporation. Following its release on Prime Video, this series will air on the BBC in the UK.

Good Omens novel, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Good Omens tells an apocalyptic story set in 2018 when the "Final Judgment is set to descend upon humanity," and the prophetic book titled "The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter Witch" has foretold that the world will end next Saturday.

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