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Venom Debuts New Costume for Upcoming Comic Series - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:35

Ahead of its November 23 release, Marvel Comics has released a preview of Venom #1 that includes a look at the character's new costume design.

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Venom #1 art by Gerardo Sandoval. (Marvel Comics)

As you can see, Marvel has returned Venom to a look closer to his classic roots when he was created by Todd McFarlane, Mike Zeck, and David Michelinie. He's no longer the leaner Agent Venom or the streamlined cosmic defender seen in Guardians of the Galaxy, but the hulking, muscular, toothy brute that used to give Spider-Man nightmares.

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PlayStation Plus Free Games for November Revealed - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:35

November's lineup of free games for PlayStation Plus subscribers has been revealed, including two cross buy games for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita owners.

PS Plus subscribers on PS4 can download Everybody's Gone to the Rapture and The Deadly Tower of Monsters for free next month. Released last year, Rapture comes from Dear Esther developer The Chinese Room. IGN gave the the first-person exploration game an 8.5 last year, saying it "excels at building a dense world, evocative tone, and rich cast of characters." Deadly Tower of Monsters, meanwhile, is a shoot-em-up inspired by classic sci-fi B-movies.

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Naomi Plays: Revisiting Watch Dogs - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 13:23

With Watch Dogs 2 right around the corner, on this week's Naomi Plays, I thought I'd take a look back at Aiden Pearce's story in Watch Dogs. Join me in our IGN Live chat while you're at it!

Just so you know, we're going to be livestreaming every Weekdays from 1PM - 3PM PT. We'll focus on new releases and DLC drops, but let us know in the comments what games you'd like to see!

We'll be answering questions live during the stream, so tweet @ign with #ignplayslive

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Essential X-23 Comic Books to Get You Ready for Logan - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:45

Things are looking up for X-23 lately. Sure, her life as a Wolverine clone is full of pain and misery, but at least she's enjoying plenty of time in the spotlight between her starring role in the comic book series All-New Wolverine and her upcoming live-action debut in 2017's Logan.

We've already broken down the essential things you need to know about X-23 and how she fits into the X-Men franchise. But if you'd rather read her classic comic book adventures for yourself, we can help with that, too. Here are five graphic novels worth a read for anyone interested in following Laura Kinney's tragic journey.

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Star Wars #24 Review - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:43

Star Wars #23 took the series in a slightly sillier direction, as Han and Leia took a break from their latest Rebel mission to work through some serious sexual tension. This issue shifts the book back into darker territory, however, as Sergeant Kreel and his SCAR Troopers finally launch their attack against the Rebels. In the process, the series shifts from comedy mode to something more action and horror-driven. As always, it's nice to see that writer Jason Aaron can bring such a versatile approach to Star Wars.

Aaron and artist Jorge Molina basically take the Jaws approach with this issue - show as little of the enemy as possible and leave readers to imagine the carnage of battle. Kreel and his soldiers remain off page for much of this issue. Instead, the focus remains on Luke, Leia and the others as they slowly come to grips with the deadly enemy that lurks among them. It's a far more effective method of reintroducing the SCAR Troopers than simply jumping right into a firefight. It establishes them as a legitimate threat far above and beyond the usual breed of Imperial soldier. And by the time Luke and Kreel begin their rematch, the payoff is that much stronger.

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Night in the Woods Release Date Announced - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:37

Night in the Woods will release on PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, and Linux on January 10, 2017, developer Infinite Fall announced today.

Previously set for release sometime this year, the official Twitter account for the game explained that the developer "needed a few extra weeks" to work on the game.

The Kickstarter-funded adventure game was originally announced in 2013, while its jump to PS4 was revealed in 2014 — IGN previewed the game later that year and checked back in on the game at this year's E3.

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13 Coolest Doctor Strange Easter Eggs, References & Trivia - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:06

Doctor Strange is the fourteenth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and despite being one of the most standalone adventures to date, there are still plenty of allusions to the original comics and the wider MCU.

Here are the best ones we spotted...

The song playing while Strange has his life-changing car crash is the psychedelic rock classic Interstellar Overdrive (1967) by Pink Floyd.

Comparison: a Saucerful of Secrets (1968) and Marie Severin's art from Strange Tales #158.

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Don't Miss a Single Secret in Dark Souls 3's Ashes of Ariandel DLC - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:00
Find every new weapon, armor set, and more with our complete guide to the Ashes of Ariandel DLC for Dark Souls 3.

Your Favorite Dragon Ball Memories - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:00
You told us your fondest memories of Dragon Ball. Can you guess which moment from the show was a fan favorite?

Apple Just Broke a 15-Year Streak - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:21

Apple has reported its first annual revenue decline in 15 years.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the decline is due to relatively mediocre sales of the iPhone 6S and slowing growth in worldwide smartphone sales overall.

During the fiscal fourth quarter, Apple's net income fell 19 percent to $9 billion, down from $11 billion during last year's fourth quarter. Revenue fell 9 percent to $46.9 billion, and the company sold 45.5 million iPhones, which is 2.5 million fewer than in the same period last year.

However Apple is projecting it will have a revenue of between $76 billion and $78 billion in the current quarter, which will be a marginal rise from last year. The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus came out last month and Apple hopes it will drive them forward with strong sales.

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5 Ways Doctor Strange Will Expand Magic in the MCU - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:18

The MCU is about to get a lot bigger with the release of Doctor Strange, as the Benedict Cumberbatch film looks to delve into a previously untapped (on the big screen) aspect of the Marvel comics -- the realm of magic and the supernatural.

This darker, sometimes scarier side of the Marvel Universe has long been a major part of that world on the printed page, and in fact there have already been some seeds planted in the MCU movies and TV shows that can be capitalized on once Cumberbatch’s Sorcerer Supreme makes his long-awaited debut. So let’s take a look at five of the most notable supernatural doors Doctor Strange opens for the Marvel Cinematic Universe…

The Marvel Universe is a big place! Not only do our heroes traverse every corner of the earth -- including locales like Atlantis and the Savage Land -- but they often journey through space and time as well. But Doctor Strange is also a veteran when it comes to travelling to other dimensions.

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Microsoft Partnering With PC Makers for New VR Headsets - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 11:06

New virtual reality headsets for Windows 10 are coming next year, Microsoft has announced.

A post on the official Windows Twitter account relayed the news that was shared during today's Microsoft Event. The company is "partnering with top PC makers to build a range of innovative VR headsets," the announcement reads. These new Windows 10-based headsets will release in 2017, with prices starting at $299.

via Windows on Twitter

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Clockwork Empires Review - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:43

The grass and rocks outside our humble settlement appear to be singing, and Enoch Coppercowl, my chief cook, doesn't care for it. I've sent out some of the new workers to clear the brush away in an attempt to quiet it, but they're taking their sweet time and poor Enoch just can't handle it. Right as he's lugging the first meat he's ever cooked over to the community stockpile, the madness takes him and he drops the meat and runs babbling into the woods.

And that's how it goes in Clockwork Empires. It's a colony-building simulation that's at its most interesting when the comfy clockwork of daily life gets jammed and things go almost literally to Hell. If it weren't so dull and cumbersome the rest of the time, I could lose myself in it for months.

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New 24: Legacy Trailer Released - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:40

Ahead of 24: Legacy's debut next year, Fox has released a new trailer for the series, teasing what lies ahead for the show's new hero, former Army Ranger Eric Carter (Straight Outta Compton's Corey Hawkins).

Season 1 of the new 24 spinoff series that isn't led by Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer, will premiere after the Super Bowl.

Just like the original show, FOX's new 24 series will tell the story of another race against the clock to stop a terrorist attack from wreaking havoc on the United States. Based on what we saw at NYCC, it looks to be a strong followup to the original.

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Teen Titans #1 Review - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:30

Forget Superman, Green Lantern or Wonder Woman. The Teen Titans were the heroes most in need of some DC Rebirth magic. This franchise's woes predate the New 52 by several years, and too often it's seemed as though animation is the only area where the Titans can still thrive. But the relaunched Teen Titans series serves as yet more proof that all a franchise needs to turn itself around is the right creative team.

Teen Titans #1 picks up immediately where the Rebirth one-shot left off, with Damian Wayne kidnapping Starfire, Beast Boy, Raven and Kid Flash and essentially forcing them to form a new Titans squad. Right away, that makes for an entertaining and dysfunctional dynamic. And as much as this new series succeeds in hearkening back to a more classic Titans era with its slimmed down roster, the fact that it features Damian rather than Tim Drake makes all the difference. Percy catches the Damian baton from Pete Tomasi and Patrick Gleason and immediately runs with it. Not only is Damian an entertaining lead, but the emphasis on his 13th birthday and Damian confronting his impending adulthood gives him a compelling arc to follow.

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How to Get Dragon Balls in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:00
Find the seven Dragon Balls to earn your wish.

What's Next for the Kids of Assassination Classroom and Its Creator - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:00
IGN interviewed Assassination Classroom creator Yusei Matsui to find out more about his characters and what he's up to next.

Top 10 Scariest Pokemon - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:00
What's so scary about candle, balloon, and toy Pokemon? They all want to kill you.

Nintendo Still Listing Miyamoto's Experimental Robot Game as an Upcoming Title - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 09:46

Project Giant Robot - the experimental Wii U game made by Shigeru Miyamoto and showed off at E3 2014 - is still considered an upcoming first-party game for Nintendo.

Included in a list titled "Launch Schedule of Primary Nintendo Products" alongside today's Nintendo financial reports, Project Giant Robot is noted for all major regions, but without a release date, plus an indication that the title is a placeholder:

Nintendo's launch listings for the US region (my emphasis).

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Civil War II #6 Review - Wed, 10/26/2016 - 08:57

Had things gone according to the original plan, this issue would have served as the penultimate chapter of Civil War II, and it also would have been released weeks ago. Neither of those facts does anything to make up for the general sense of malaise surrounding the series. Civil War II isn't living up to its promise, and having such a slow, uneventful chapter this close to the finale only exacerbates the situation.

Civil War #6 mainly concerns itself with the fallout from issue #5 and Ulysses' vision of Spider-Man killing Captain America in the ruins of Washington DC. Naturally, no one among the Avengers is happy to bear witness to such a dark prophecy, least of all Miles himself. To his credit, Brian Bendis does deliver some solid characterization in this issue. There's a great scene early on as Cap comforts the hysterical Miles, proving that Hydra can't stamp out Steve Rogers' fundamental decency and ability to inspire. And there are other memorable moments as Miles continues to react to this awful news and the various Avengers begin to consider the consequences of their recent actions and whether Ulysses' visions are still worth fighting for.

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