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Harley's Little Black Book #2 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:47

Harley Quinn is checking off bucket list items left and right thanks to this new series. Fresh off her all-too brief team-up with Wonder Woman in issue #1, issue #2 pairs Harley with Hal Jordan. The dynamic between Hal and Harley is fun to read, but there's still a nagging sense that this series isn't doing enough to live up to its potential.

The conflict i this issue arises as a complete set of stolen Lantern Corps rings makes its way to Earth and Harley finds herself inducted into both the Red Lanterns and Black Lanterns at once. Now empowered with cosmic might and even less inhibited than usual, Harley carves a new path of destruction across the planet that puts her square in Hal Jordan's sights. It's a great premise, and there's no small amount of appealing seeing Harley cut loose and do battle with Hal. Sometimes it's fun to see a more evil (or at least aggressively mischievous) side of Harley. And while there's plenty of friction between the two characters, there's also a flirtatious bond that develops once Harley's mind reverts to what passes for normal.

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Fallout 4: What's In the 1.3 Patch?

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 15:41

Jared, Miranda, Mark, and special guest Jose Otero of IGN's NVC talk patches, locations, and the future of the Fallout franchise. Enjoy your apocalypse!

Update: You can see every patch note here. Some highlights:

  • McCready Companion Perk no longer gives perfect head shots
  • Increased console object fading distance
  • Several fixes for missions

You can also listen via direct download.

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Break Your Brain Deciphering This Super Mario Maker Calculator

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:58

Super Mario Maker can help you with your homework, thanks to one intrepid level designer.

The Cluttered Chaos-Calculator stage by Reddit user Helgefan is a literal calculator. It only does simple addition, but there doesn't appear to be anything simple about how it accomplishes the feat.

Only the beginning of the stage is interactive, with players taking Mario through columns to select the two numbers they'd like to add. You can skip learning how to make that work yourself by watching our video playthrough.

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Bruce Wayne Makes Terrible Sacrifice in Batman #49

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:49

Batman #49 delivered new dramatic twists in the ongoing "Superheavy" storyline today

Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman #49!

Now that Bruce Wayne has started piecing together his forgotten past, this issue explored Bruce's decision to activate his fail-safe machine and restore his lost memories of being Batman. Unfortunately, Alfred was having none of that.

Art by Yanick Paquette

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iZombie: "Physician, Heal Thy Selfie" Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:47

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 

Hey guys, I’m traveling this week and need to keep this (already delayed) review very short as a result.

This was another fun episode, and we’re really seeing how the show is incorporating together its storylines in a much bigger way these days. The idea of Liv having to solve a murder where she can’t get any clues by eating the victims’ brains – because their heads are missing – was nice little swerve. But then it turned out the murders were actually very much tied into multiple ongoing storylines, including Stacey Boss, Major’s “Chaos Killer” identity and the zombie DA, Floyd Baracus. Though I will say on the downside, this meant Liv was left off the hook a bit on having to fake being psychic with Blaine, when they could have done more with that...

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Tesla Hopes Tax Incentives Will Put Model 3 at $25,000

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:38

The Tesla Motors Model 3 will retail for $35,000, though buyers will actually get it for much cheaper.

Pre-orders for the electric car start as early as next month. The cost at time of purchase, however, does not include the significant tax breaks offered by the U.S. and state governments, according to Tesla CEO Elon Musk.

Bloomberg reports "these tax incentives can knock off as much as $10,000," which is significant in that it helps fulfill Tesla's objective of affordable electric vehicles. That's significantly cheaper than the Tesla Model S sports sedan. Though it's important to note that tax incentives are not equal in every state. Meanwhile the base, federal income tax incentive begins at $7,500.

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5 Fun Ways to Add Anime to Valentine's Day

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:37

With Valentine's Day on the way, Miranda, Kallie, Meghan, and IGN's Mike Mamon discuss the best anime couples (spoiler warning!) and how you can add a little more anime to your Valentine's Day plans.

In this week's Anime Watch Party, the group goes over episodes 20 and 21 of Gurren Lagann. Want to participate in the Anime Watch party? Anime Club will discuss episodes 22 and 23 of Gurren Lagann on the next episode. Tweet or post a message on Facebook with your thoughts on the episodes and use the hashtag #IGNime or email IGN Anime Club at ign_animeclub@ign.com to join in the discussion.

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Star Wars: Episode 8 Begins Filming

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:31

Star Wars: Episode VIII has started filming, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed during an investor call. Principal photography was delayed along with the film, which opens December 15, 2017.

In addition, Iger said that "production of Episode IX, a 2019 release, has also begun.” Presumably he is referring to pre-production or the opening of the Episode IX offices, and not actual shooting on the picture.

“Filming of Rogue One is virtually completed and we absolutely love what we’ve seen so far." Iger also stated, while adding that "EA's launch of Star Wars Battlefront was the biggest video game release in Star Wars history."

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The Flame in the Flood Gets a Release Date

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 14:30

After spending a few months on Steam Early Access, The Flame in the Flood has an official release date: February 24, 2016 on PC and Xbox One.

A new trailer for the Southern gothic survival roguelike shows off some handy wildlife tips. In summary, everything wants to kill you. Check it out below.

The Flame in the Flood is set in the rickety backwaters of a post-society America. As the player character Scout, accompanied by her dog Aesop, you'll have to scavenge for supplies, craft items, and keep on moving down river to survive the constant threats of starvation, dehydration, and cold.

Our preview of The Flame in the Flood from last March called it both challenging and complex while remaining accessibly manageable. Be sure to check out our let's play of The Flame in the Flood for a look at the upcoming game in action.

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Four New Finding Dory Posters Revealed

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 13:53

Four new posters from Disney Pixar's Finding Dory have been released. Each poster asks viewers to find the little blue tang fish, though she's fairly easy to spot.

Dory's story picks up six months after Finding Nemo, as the forgetful fish sets off to learn about her past. With the help of friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory will meet a whole new cast of characters on her journey, like Bailey, the beluga whale with sonar problems, and Destiny, the whale shark who thinks she's an actual shark.

The film will answer a few major questions—where did Dory learn to speak whale? And where are her parents?

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All-New, All-Different Avengers #5 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 13:44

All-New, All-Different Avengers has struggled to live up to the pedigree of its cast and its creative team these past few months. Issue #5 suggests that the book's prospects may be improving, though. That has less to do with the underwhelming threat Mark Waid is building up and more with the stronger team dynamic.

This issue directly tackles the question of whether young upstarts like Ms. Marvel and Nova are truly worthy to count themselves among Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Not in the annoyingly meta way issue #4 addressed online complaints, but in a more natural way that pits the youthful optimism of these heroes against the seasoned pragmatism of characters like Captain American and Iron Man. So while there's plenty of fun character banter to be had (particularly the recent Cap/Thor smooch and the resulting Ms. Marvel-penned fanfic), there's also a sizable helping of drama that gives the book a weight it previously lacked.

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Unlocked: About That Titanfall 2 Single-Player Campaign...

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 13:00

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On this week's Xbox show, we discuss the now-confirmed Titanfall 2 solo campaign, DOOM's release date, Red Dead's imminent backwards compatibility, 2015's most tweeted-about games, continued love for Yarny, and more!

Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Getting Book Release

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:25

The script for J.K. Rowling's upcoming stage play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, will be available in book form later this year.

According to an announcement on Pottermore, both print and digital versions will be available following the play's debut this summer. The book will feature the Special Rehearsed Edition of the script—a "version of the play script at the time of the play’s preview performances."

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child continues the story Rowling's seven-novel series.

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Frozen Synapse 2 Coming in 2016

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:17

Mode 7 Games has announced Frozen Synapse 2, the sequel to Frozen Synapse—the developer's tactical strategy game that was released in 2011. Not much information on the game has been revealed, though the game's website lists its "open-world tactics" are coming in 2016.

Image via Mode 7 Games

Mode 7 co-founder Paul Kilduff-Taylor posted the announcement on Twitter today, writing that the team has been working on the game "for quite a long time." A post from the game's official Facebook page reports more details will be released "very soon."

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Batman #49 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:16

Batman #49 is much like issue #44 in that it's a side-story from the main "Superheavy" conflict, allowing regular artist Greg Capullo to work ahead on his last two remaining issues. But a simple filler issue this isn't. Batman #49 is a vital addition to "Superheavy," offering one last, introspective look at Bruce Wayne and his legacy before he takes the final plunge toward reclaiming the mantle of Batman.

This story arc has often reflected Grant Morrison's Bat-influence in various small ways, but nowhere is that influence more apparent than in this issue. Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV craft a story right out of the Return of Bruce Wayne playbook, full of surreal glimpses of other Batmen in other times and dimensions and philosophical musings on the relationship between Bruce the man and Batman the unstoppable force of nature. There's some of that tired old "Is Bruce Wayne just Batman's mask?" trope at play, but Snyder and Tynion are really concerned with more compelling questions than that. This issue explores the notion of whether Bruce can be Batman without that defining childhood trauma driving him. Even more than that, it questions whether Bruce might be a better, stronger Batman if he's finally freed of that trauma.

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IGN Deals Hub

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:03

Here at IGN we scour the web to find you the latest and best deals available.

These deals will consist of games for platforms PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo and also a variety of tech and gadget deals whilst bringing you the very best phone contracts on the market.

Be sure to bookmark this page as we will be continuously updating the articles.

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The 100: Get a Look at Lexa's Big Fight Scene

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:00

On the 100, we’ve seen Lexa (Alycia Debnam-Carey) be merciless and unwavering when making decisions, we’ve seen her order executions and we’ve seen her push one particularly irksome Ice Nation representative out a window - but until now, we haven’t actually seen Lexa in a true fight.

That will notably change in this week’s new episode, “Watch the Thrones,” as Lexa takes on Roan (Zach McGowan) in a big, public battle, with plenty at stake.

IGN has an exclusive clip from the episode from this fight scene – a sequence it’s safe to say fans will be talking about afterwards. Check it out below!

I recently spoke to both Debnam-Carey and McGowan about filming their fight scene. Debnam-Carey noted it was important to finally see Lexa in action, "And actually prove her strength and the reason why she’s hailed as so strong as the Commander.”

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The 'Real Reasons' Batman & Superman Hate Each Other

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 12:00

While the trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have given us a general idea of why the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are butting heads, we won’t know the full context of their bout until the movie hits. In the meantime, the folks over at MAD Magazine have come up with a few possible reasons, and while we doubt the two heroes are throwing down over stinky guano or fake super-bulges, going over the list is still worth a few laughs.

We have your exclusive first look at the parody that will appear in Issue #538, which releases digitally February 12 and in print on February 23.

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Sony VR Studio Head Steps Down

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:34

After working at Sony's London Studio for 17 years, Dave Ranyard has announced he's parting ways with the developer.

The studio head oversaw several PlayStation VR demos, including The London Heist and Streetluge. In addition to Sony's virtual reality efforts, Ranyard worked on The Getaway, as well as several titles for Wonderbook, Eyetoy and Singstar.

Ranyard is leaving the company to pursue new virtual reality projects in an independent capacity. "2016 is going to be the year of VR so it's the perfect time for me to take this step into independent development," Ranyard said in a statement (via GameInformer). "The emergence of a new medium like VR doesn't come along very often and I really want to be a part of this new world."

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Arrow: Why Does Nyssa Need Oliver's Help?

IGN.com - Wed, 02/10/2016 - 11:27

Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) came to Oliver Queen at the end of the last episode of Arrow with a big offer – telling him she could get him the Lotus, which could cure his sister of the awful side effects of the Lazarus Pit, if Oliver would kill Malcolm Merlyn for her.

As we go into this week’s Arrow and see how Oliver reacts, I spoke to Law about why Nyssa would ask Oliver to do this, if Nyssa will go looking for her former lover, and current Legends of Tomorrow team member, Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) and more about how Nyssa and her perception of others has changed.

Katrina Law as Nyssa al Ghul in Arrow.

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