Every month, a slew of new graphic novels and trade collections hit the shelves and it can be hard to know which ones are worth your time and hard-earned bucks. That's why, we here at IGN, decided to selflessly comb through the stacks and piles of books to find the true gems, the books that need to be read.
Here they are, our picks for February's Best Graphic Novels!
Konami has announced Revelations, the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 DLC will be released March 25. While no price was confirmed, the downloadable content will launch simultaneously on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Steam for PC.
Revelations takes place just prior to the events of Lords of Shadow 2 and follows Alucard through new branches of the storyline. As the plot begins to unfurl, players will learn the full extent of his impact on the story.
Players will use Alucard's unique abilities, such as the Glaciem and Igneas powers, alongside blood-fueled vampiric abilities allowing him to transform into a wolf or a swarm of bats, and reverse the flow of time.
Crafting Metal Gear Solid 5's open world for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One has been about doing less with more.
“This is the game I really wanted to make,” Hideo Kojima told IGN. “Because of hardware limitations, I was not able to do that until now.”
So what changed between now and the release of PlayStation 3's Metal Gear Solid 4? Check out IGN's full interview below to find out, and be sure to catch up on all our recent coverage of Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes.
While it took a little patience, the first wave of Xbox One-compatible gaming headsets have begun shipping to retailers, just in time for the release of Titanfall. Microsoft, Turtle Beach, and Polk Audio have all whipped up new audio solutions, so we've rounded up the features and cost of each.
In the coming days, we'll have comprehensive reviews for each of the new products, however, hardware expert Scott Lowe has posted some useful insight and guidance for those who want to invest sooner rather than later.
Those who have pre-purchased Titanfall on Origin can now begin the preload of their game.
The preload is a 20GB download, but the full install is 50GB. Titanfall will be unlock on March 11. Though initially it appeared that Xbox One players would have the ability to pre-purchase and preload Titanfall, Microsoft clarified the listing on Xbox.com was a mistake in its system. IGN has contacted EA about a potential Xbox One preload date.
Titanfall developer Respawn Entertainment announced earlier this week that PC Titanfall players also have the option to purchase an Origin exclusive season pass bundle, which includes the season pass and a digital copy of Titanfall for a total of $80 USD. The standalone season pass will cost $25 USD and includes three content packs.
The free-to-play social RPG Destiny of Spirits is hitting Vita in North America on March 25, Sony has announced.
In the announcement, the studio thanks participants of the closed beta for their help, and notes a few changes and improvements that have been made thanks to their feedback. Load time has been reduced and the gameplay has been sped up for a quicker experience, and more spirit levels have been added. It also increased the number of spirit slots, and rebalanced the spirit point requirements.
It will be releasing worldwide around the same date, so you'll be able to take advantage of its social hooks around the world. Sony stressed the importance of making friends from all over the globe, since some spirits can only be found in certain regions. Making sure your roster has a few European and Japanese friends on it will help you more than keeping it America-centric.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch shipments now exceed 1.1 million units worldwide.
Japanese outlet Gamer.ne.jp reported the news today while also noting its reduced price point in that region. The JRPG was developed by Level 5, also known for its work on multiple Dragon Quest titles and the Professor Layton series, and it has earned numerous accolades from outlets throughout the world, including IGN.
You can watch the IGN review for Ni No Kuni above. If you already own the game and you're looking for assistance, make sure to check out the wiki for the help you seek.
Galak-Z, the space-based, randomly generated "roguelike" from developer 17-Bit, has been announced for the PS Vita. The game had been previously announced for arrival on PS4 this year.
"We have a library of rooms hand-designed to fly around in. The rooms are filled with potential spawn points for the traps and enemies. We do it by hand to guarantee the objects are placed in interesting and organic ways," said 17-Bit Senior Producer Raj Joshi. "The rooms are then selected, randomized, and connected to form a dungeon. Launch out from your mothership, and you’ll find yourself entering a new and dangerous space cave on each mission."
Warning: a brief episode description of this Sunday's The Walking Dead follows.
If you've seen the promos for "Alone", then you know that it features Beth, Daryl, Maggie, Sasha, Bob Stookey and at least one massive Walker battle.
The episode description follows:
In Season 4 Episode 13, "Alone", a friend from Daryl Dixon's early childhood joins the group of survivors battling Walkers. As one group finds what may be an ideal shelter, another group comes to realize that the best protection comes from those around them.
Take a look at an exclusive image below in which Beth comes face-to-face with a zombie.
Marvel Comics held a press call, led by Marvel PR man Chris D'Lando, to discuss the upcoming Inhuman comic book with writer Charles Soule and editor Nick Lowe. Inhuman #1 will hit on April 2.
Inhuman spins out of the end of last year's Infinity event where Inhuman King Black Bolt, under attack from Thanos, detonated the floating city of Attilan. The true purpose was not to destroy Thanos, but to unleash Terrigen Mists across the planet that would transform anyone with Inhuman genes into a super-powered being. Blackbolt escaped, but is believed dead by everyone, including his queen Medusa, who now rules the Inhumans.
A survey for fans of the Kingdom Hearts franchise has surfaced, gauging interest and crowd-sourcing feedback on aspects of the series that appeal to customers.
Past the standard survey stuff, things take a turn toward the specific. Participants are asked whether they'd be interested in purchasing a Collector's Edition for future Kingdom Hearts titles along with what sort of preorder incentive they'd like to see attached.
Fans are then questioned as to whether they identify as more of a Square Enix fan, or a Disney fan, indicating the amount of content featured from each of the companies' respective properties could be up for debate.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
The Flash pilot has added another character to the roster. According to Deadline, Patrick Sabongui (Godzilla, 300) will be joining the cast as Captain David Singh. In the comics, Singh protects and serves as a member of the Central City Police Department. More specifically, he's the director of the crime lab. The character was added to the DC Comics universe recently; his first comic book appearance was in 2010.
Mad Men has been charting Don Draper and his colleagues through the 1960s and we've already seen a lot changes from the stuffy and restrictive era the show began in. As Mad Men begins its final season in April (which will be split over this year and next), we're nearing the very end of the decade and a lot of very different attitudes have taken root as the series had charted what has occurred through that turbulent decade.
All of which is to say, how about this trippy new poster for Season 7? From graphic designer Milton Glaser, it uses the show's original, iconic Season 1 poster art as its basis (the man lounging on the couch), but instead of the stark white background from that first poster, we get something much, much more colorful.
If you've been hearing all the buzz about Orphan Black and its acclaimed star, Tatiana Maslany, but haven't had a chance to see the show yet, there's a new way to do some binge watching and catch up. It was announced today that the cult series, IGN's pick for Best Sci-Fi Show of 2013, was now available to stream on Amazon Prime. The entire 10-episode Season 1 is available to Prime members, giving fans a chance to re-watch and new viewers the opportunity to see the story so far before Season 2 debuts on April 19th on BBC America.
As a huge fan of Orphan Black, I strongly endorse giving the show a shot if you haven't yet, and finding out why people are so into it and its captivating tale of a woman who discovers she is one of many clones - and why everyone can't shut up about how impressive Maslany is playing so many different roles.
Last week, we revealed that there were layoffs at Sony Santa Monica, the PlayStation-exclusive studio that’s best known for its God of War franchise. Sony corroborated what our sources told us, confirming the reduction in staff.
The PlayStation brand’s head of internal software development, Scott Rohde, spoke with IGN about the layoffs, trying to bring some clarity to the situation.
“We’re always evaluating the business, and we’re always thinking about what’s going to be the best thing,” Rohde said. “But I think you know that PlayStation and Worldwide Studios has a pretty unique structure that really encourages creativity and exploration. And, of course, within that framework, not every title can be a success.”
Publisher Genius Sonority has announced Denpa Men 3: The Rise of the Digitoll is coming for 3DS this summer. The game will be available as a downloadable title through the Nintendo eShop.
The game is the third entry into the Denpa Men series, the quirky RPGs where Denpa Men are collected and captured using the 3DS' augmented reality features.
In this version, "Denpa Men you are trying to capture can now fight back by throwing colored balls at you, but players have new weapons at their disposal such as an antenna to capture," said Genius Sonority. The Denpa Men are randomly generated based on MAC addresses being broadcast from wi-fi signals and are captured using the 3DS viewfinder. Also, QR codes can be scanned to facilitate in the capture of the Denpa Men, or to share them with friends.
A director's cut of Strike Suit Zero will be released for PlayStation 4 sometime this month.
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut is an update of the original space dogfighter, including revamped lighting, graphics and textures; and two additional Strike Suits: the Marauder and the Raptor. The Director's Cut will also include previously released DLC, including the Heroes of the Fleet campaign.
The original Strike Suit Zero was released for PC January 23, 2013 and Mac and Linux on August 9, 2013. The Director's Cut is also slated for the Xbox One and PC, but no release date has been announced. Born Ready Games' community manager, Jamin Smith, talks more about the new additions to Strike Suit Zero below.
Swedish developer Simogo has released Year Walk, the atmospheric horror mystery game, on Steam.
The updated version, available today for $6 USD, boasts a range of new additions over the original experience. New locations have made their way into the PC version, alongside new puzzles, a map, updated art, and integrated encyclopedia and, of course, Steam Achievements.
Originally released on the iPhone last year, Year Walk is a moody, depressing trek through the darkened corners of Swedish folklore. Its thick atmosphere accompanied by a haunting sequence involving lost children earned it a nod in our list of the year's creepiest games.
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