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Person of Interest: The Top 10 Episodes

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 18:19

Warning: Full spoilers for Person of Interest's five-year run follow.

If you asked people who'd never watched CBS' Person of Interest what they thought the show was about, you'd get a lot of different answers, and likely none quite close to the truth. A lot of this disparity had to do with the incorrect way the show was marketed, while some of it also was the result of a show that continuously evolved over the years - transforming from a somewhat straight forward surveillance state procedural into a much more serialized sci-fi saga about two warring artificial intelligences and the human pawns they sacrifice -- or who sacrifice themselves to stop them -- along the way.

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AMC Renews Preacher for Season 2

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 18:18

Preacher will return in 2017 for a 13-episode second season, AMC announced today.

The adaptation of Garth Ennis' comic book series premiered on AMC in May, with Dominic Cooper as the titular preacher Jesse Custer, Joseph Gilgun as the vampire Cassidy, and Ruth Negga as Tulip O'Hare. The first season will run for 10 episodes, the fifth episode "South Will Rise Again" having been the most recent episode to air. The show tells the story of Custer, a Texas preacher who becomes infused with an entity known as Genesis that gives him the ability to command others to do whatever he says.

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Zero Time Dilemma Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 17:54

A man is strapped to a chair with a revolver pointed to his head. Three of the six rounds are live, but there is no telling which will fire next. Refuse to pull the trigger and the nearby incinerator is set ablaze with a woman inside. What do you choose? Decisions like this are at the heart of Zero Time Dilemma, the fitting conclusion to the Zero Escape trilogy that brings the inventive puzzles and stellar storytelling to a fulfilling end.

Longtime fans of the series know what to expect from a Zero Escape game: what looks like a simple puzzle and visual novel game soon turns into a complex story featuring mind-boggling concepts like telepathic communication and alternate realities. This time around, nine participants of a Mars test colony are kidnapped by a mysterious figure known as Zero and forced to play the Decision Game. Six of the nine characters must die in order for anyone to escape the facility, and this kind of pressure pushed relationships, trust, and compassion to the forefront and had me invested in the characters and their situations. Your progression through Zero Time Dilemma follows a repeated formula known as a Fragment, consisting of a cutscene between characters first, then an Escape the Room segment, and finally a decision that will split the timeline you are currently pursuing.

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Super Mario RPG Comes to Wii U Virtual Console Tomorrow

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 17:12

The Super Nintendo classic role-playing game Super Mario RPG: Legend of The Seven Stars is hitting the U.S. Wii U Virtual Console on June 30, Nintendo's website has revealed.

Super Mario RPG will cost $7.99 when it releases tomorrow and allow for off-TV play. The Square-developed SNES title first released in 1996 features Mario and friends journeying around the Musroom Kingdom to reclaim the titular Seven Stars and repair Star Road. The title later reappeared on the Wii Virtual Console in 2008.

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Netflix Releases BoJack Horseman Season 3 Trailer

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:36

Netflix has released a new trailer for the upcoming third season of its animated comedy BoJack Horseman.

The trailer (below) gives a taste of what's to come in Season 3, as BoJack rises to movie stardom after filming Secretariat in season 2. BoJack returns having achieved a new level of fame but he continues to question whether he can actually ever find happiness.

BoJack's twelve-episode third season releases exclusively on Netflix on July 22.

The series principal voice cast returns with Will Arnett as BoJack, Aaron Paul as Todd, and Alison Brie as Diane, among others. IGN recently named the animated series the ninth best Netflix original series.

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Arrow Introducing Character With Green Lantern Connection

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:35

Arrow's fifth season has gained a new cast member whose character bears close ties to DC superhero Green Lantern.

According to TV Insider, Carly Pope will star in a recurring role on The CW's hit show, as a journalist named Susan Williams, who's "looking to make a name for herself" by writing a story about Oliver Queen. DC Comics fans will know Williams' comic book iteration as the wife of Hal Jordan/Green Lantern's younger brother Jim Jordan.

Carly Pope in The Tomorrow People

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Game of Thrones: Directors for Season 7 Announced

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:18

The lineup of directors for Game of Thrones' seventh season has been revealed.

Unlike the prior seasons of HBO's fantasy drama, EW reports that only four directors are involved in Season 7, which makes sense given showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' desire to have two shortened final seasons. HBO still has yet to officially announce that is what is occurring, though perhaps they will during the show's upcoming San Diego Comic-Con panel.

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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll: Denis Leary on Season 2's Hamilton Parody

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:16

On Thursday, June 30th, Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll returns to FX for a brand new season of bawdy rock comedy as Denis Leary's has-been lead singer Johnny Rock continues to try and mentor a recently discovered talent - his own daughter Gigi (Liz Gillies).

Can the former frontman for the Heathens put aside his own selfish need for fame in order to let those around him shine or will Johnny's fears and self doubt get the best of him like they did decades before when his on-the-rise band imploded before ever really making it?

Leary spoke to me about what to expect from Season 2, including a hip hop musical starring Campbell Scott, new career possibilities for Johnny's longtime girlfriend Ava (Elaine Hendrix), and how the death of a close friend sends everyone spiraling.

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Batman Goes to War in The Dark Knight III

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 16:09

The newest chapter of The Dark Knight III: The Master Race shows what happens when an aged Batman goes head-to-head with a group of evil Kryptonians.

Warning: this article contains spoilers for The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5!

The previous two Dark Knight books have shown that Batman is more than capable of holding his own in battle against Superman, but can he do the same for an entire army of super-powered Kryptonians bent on enslaving the planet? Based on this issue, it seems there are no odds too great for the Caped Crusader. He donned his classic armored suit (last seen in 1986's The Dark Knight #4), showered the so-called "Master Race" with Kryptonite-laced rain, and proceeded to beat the stuffing out of these would-be conquerors.

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12 Monkeys Renewed for Season 3

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:46

Great news for 12 Monkeys fans today, as Syfy has renewed the continually cool and creative series for Season 3. The news comes via EW, who reveal the show will be back for a 10-episode season next year.

12 Monkeys executive producer Terry Matalas, who developed the acclaimed series -- based on Terry Gilliam's 1995 film -- with Travis Fickett, tells EW, “Syfy and UCP have been incredible creative partners, and I’m thrilled that we are going to tell the next — even more twisty and emotional — chapter of this time travel adventure.”

NBCUniversal Cable’s Chris McCumber says, “In two short seasons, 12 Monkeys has become a cult favorite series. Terry and the cast and crew have brought to life a rich world not confined by boundaries of time, with multi-dimensional characters whose motivations for saving the world are deeply personal and intensely relatable. It’s exactly the type of smart, on-the-edge-of-your-seat entertainment we want to bring to Syfy viewers.”

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Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 15:34

The first issue of this new Captain America series stirred up no small amount of controversy thanks to the reveal that Steve Rogers has supposedly been a Hydra agent for his entire adult life. Perhaps wisely, writer Nick Spencer wastes no time in peeling back the curtain and getting to the heart of that major reveal. Issue #2 offers an in-depth look at Cap's new status quo and proves that the twist is just one piece in a larger puzzle Spencer has been building since his Captain America run began last year.

Spencer's script in issue #2 unfolds entirely in flashback form. While it's a bit disappointing that we don't see the immediate fallout of Cap's betrayal, this does allow Spencer the chance to tackle the story from the point of view of the Red Skull. By the end, readers have a much better understanding of what Skull's latest master plan involves and what exactly has happened to Steve Rogers. For once, it's nice to simply have answers instead of months of slow build-up and false starts. And again, it immediately becomes clear how this vast conspiracy plays into Spencer's larger run and why this is an opportunity to explore Steve Rogers' innate heroic qualities rather than besmirching his good name.

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Street Fighter V's Cinematic Story Mode Hits PSN Early

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:58

The cinematic story mode for Street Fighter V has launched earlier than expected today on the PlayStation Network, and is currently available for download.

The PlayStation Store page lists the item as A Shadow Falls, the title previously announced for the separate story expansion that base Street Fighter V game. Taking place between Street Fighter IV and III, the expansion will depict the battle between Shadaloo and the World Warriors.

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Final PlayStation VR Pre-Order Session Begins Tomorrow

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:53

The final wave of PlayStation VR pre-orders begins tomorrow, Sony has announced.

According to an update on PlayStation Blog, those looking to secure one of Sony's headsets before launch can do so through GameStop's online store starting at 7am PT on Thursday, June 30.

Sony notes that while supplies are limited, those who miss out on this final pre-order session can still pick one up in stores when PlayStation VR launches on October 13.

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These Avengers Are Quitting the Team

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 14:28

Marvel has released a new teaser image that promises a major schism among the All-New, All-Different Avengers next week. Check it out below:

Art by Alex Ross

Based on this image, it seems that Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man and Nova are all ready to bid farewell to the Avengers. With Civil War II currently unfolding across the Marvel Universe, maybe these three teen heroes have had enough of seeing their older comrades fighting each other. Is this the beginning of a larger split between the rookie and veteran heroes of the Marvel U?

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Daily Deals: Far Cry Primal, Steam and PSN Sales, Doom

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:45

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Introducing the Limited Edition IGN Nerd Block

You've heard of Loot Crate but do you know Nerd Block? It's not a subscription, just $100 worth of gear for just $39.99. This Limited Edition IGN Block contains 9 amazing collectibles across several fan-favorite gaming and entertainment brands, including 6 EXCLUSIVES specially made just for this block PLUS an officially-licensed Marvel T-shirt designed by ShirtPunch! That's over $100 of value, for only $39.99! This is our biggest and heaviest block yet!

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:38

Imagine someone pouring pop rocks into a soda can, shaking it up as hard as they can, then digitizing the explosive results. That’s Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: a zany, effervescent blend of beloved JRPG series Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei that lacks story depth but puts on a good show.

Tokyo Mirage unapologetically embraces the goofier side of the Japanese entertainment industry by squeezing out every bit of silliness it can find and then dialing it up to 11. Throughout the nearly 60 hours of gameplay I was treated to a parade of razzle-dazzle vignettes that include flashy music videos, a snicker-inducing commercial where a girl rides a wave of nuclear-colored soda, and a goofy reenactment of a costume hero show. Usually all at once, since these over-the-top animations are part of Tokyo Mirage’s enormously fun combat.

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BioShock The Collection Appears on 2K Games Site

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:37

Thanks to a leak on 2K's official site, it appears an official announcement for BioShock The Collection is only a matter of time.

The page has since been taken down, but not before we managed snap a screenshot and save several images that were hosted on 2K's site, which showcase the game's cover and accompanying art.

Screenshot of 2K's page for BioShock The Collection

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Final Fantasy 7 Will Get Its Own Monopoly Game

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:29

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly will be released in April 2017, video game merchandiser Merchoid has revealed.

Modeled after the original "fast dealing property trading" board game, Final Fantasy VII Monopoly will include characters, locations, and lore from the classic 1997 video game. The game will place players in the city of Midgar, where plenty of property business opportunities await.

Final Fantasy VII Monopoly is available for pre-order for $50 USD on the Merchoid site.

Cloud, Aeris, and Sephiroth will be featured in-game, along with more Final Fantasy VII fan favorites. "Whether your plans are to buy housing for the people or build a Mako reactor plant, you'll soon discover the real nature of Sephiroth's evil is the extortionate amount of rent he charges," a press release for the game on All Games Delta reads.

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IGN Presents the History of Awesome: 2013

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:27

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 2013, the year the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launched, bringing a host of fantastic games along with it: Grand Theft Auto 5, The Last of Us, BioShock Infinite, and more.

Catch up on IGN's History of Awesome:

SDCC 2016: HBO Bringing Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley

IGN.com - Wed, 06/29/2016 - 13:07

Three HBO series and one Cinemax show will have panels at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, HBO announced today.

Game of Thrones will return for a Hall H panel on Friday, July 22 at 2:15 pm PT. Moderated by It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia's Rob McElhenney, the panel will feature David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, director of the final two episodes of season 6 Miguel Sapochnik, and cast members including Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor). (For more from Sapochnik, read IGN's interview with him about the making of season 6's penultimate episode, "The Battle of the Bastards.")

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