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Virginia Review

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 18:49

The first thing we see in Virginia’s opening shot is a woman sliding a key into a locked box. The camera cuts away before we get to see what’s inside, gracefully setting the tone for the haunting, enigmatic tale to follow.

What’s most impressive about the interactive story that unfolds across Virginia’s emotionally compelling two hours is the depth of character and absorbing mystery it builds without a single line of dialogue. While there were times I wished I could break away from my limited role in its story, Virginia’s soaring symphonic score and brisk cinematic pace are so dense with drama that I was usually happy to play my part just to get the next piece of this beautifully crafted narrative puzzle.

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Destiny: Where to Watch the New Raid Tomorrow

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 18:03

The release of Destiny’s newest Raid is always a special moment for fans of the franchise. Players grind to have their characters ready of the encounter, days of work are missed, and it’s all to be among the first to complete this challenging event that's regarded as the best part of Destiny. The Raid launches at 10am Pacific, but we'll be live at 9am getting ready to go.

This year IGN will be joining in on the fun for Wrath of the Machine yet again. We’re proud to announce that IGN's Destin Legarie will be playing alongside Planet Destiny’s Holtzman, 2 of his friends from clan Solarity, and also broadcasters TeftyTeft, and the Briar Rabbit. This group has been hard at work the last few days getting their characters all above 370 light so that they have the best opportunity possible to become Worlds First to complete the encounter. You can follow along with our progress right here on IGN.

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See Tippett Studio's Original Models From Star Wars, Jurassic Park, RoboCop, and More

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 18:00

Phil Tippett's creations, and those of his Tippett Studio, have brought to life some of the most memorable creatures and moments from film over the last few decades. And as some of Tippett's unused creature designs get a second chance at life in the upcoming AR game HoloGrid, IGN took a tour of the studio.

Ahead of HoloGrid: Monster Battle's mobile release, IGN took a look at props, models, and more from Tippett Studio's various award-winning work, from contributions to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope through films like RoboCop, Jumanji, Hellboy, and Cloverfield. Take a look at the gallery below to see a host of models from those films and more:

"It was at a period of time when a lot of new stuff was happening, and it was all experimental and fun. So you were just making stuff up out of nothing," Tippett said of designing creatures for films back in the days of the original Star Wars.

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Turkish Company Builds Real-World Transformers

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 17:39

Turkish company Letvision has created the real-world equivalent of Transformers — minus the sentience.

Called Letrons, these remote-controlled cars transform from a BMW into a functioning robot, according to the company's official website (via The Awesomer).

In its robot form, Letrons can rotate their heads 120 degrees and perform "speech and movement abilities in real time" thanks to camera integration. The Letrons are also able to move their arms, wrists, and individual fingers, but not the legs — Letvision notes that functionality could be added if "reasonable funding is provided for a new research and development project," though.

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Game Scoop!: The Ultimate Xbox Problem

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:14

Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we're discussing Gears of War 4, games that mix genres, and more. Watch the video above or download the podcast below.

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Pottermore Now Lets You Discover Your Patronus

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 16:01

A new feature has launched on J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter website, Pottermore, allowing fans to finally discover the identity of their Patronus.

Rowling has designed a Patronus quiz that is now live on Pottermore and features a series of multiple choice questions. Participants are taken through an animated stretch of forest located by the lake (a setting that will look quite familiar to Harry Potter fans) before being prompted with a handful of words to select from.

For those unfamiliar with Harry Potter lore, a Patronus is a spell conjured in order to ward off Dementors, which are soul-sucking creatures that feed on happiness. The spell, first seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, is fueled by a happy memory that takes on the form of a specific animal unique to each person.

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WWE 2K17 Season Pass Details, All DLC Revealed

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:46

2K Games has announced all of the DLC coming to WWE 2K17, including what will be available in the game's season pass and digital deluxe editions.

WWE 2K17's season pass will cost $29.99 and include the Accelerator, Future Stars Pack, Hall of Fame Showcase, Legends Pack, and New Moves Pack DLC expansions, all of which will also be available separately.

The Accelerator offers players access to all unlockable content in the game's VC Purchasable section that is available at launch while also allowing them to decide the rankings and attribute levels for all playable characters. It will individually cost $4.99.

The Future Stars DLC includes Austin Aries, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Mojo Rawley, and Tye Dillinger as playable characters and will cost $8.99 on its own. The Legends Pack, also available individually for $8.99, will include Brutus "The Barber" Beefcake, Eddie Guerrero, Greg "The Hammer" Valentine, Sycho Sid, and Tatanka.

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See The Simpsons Season Premiere's Adventure Time Gag

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:12

Come on and grab your friends to check out the Adventure Time couch gag for The Simpsons.

Ahead of the Season 28 premiere, Fox has released the newest intro sequence for The Simpsons, featuring Bart the boy and a dog named Homer. You can see it below:

Trainwreck actress Amy Schumer will guest star in the premiere, which sees Mr. Burns putting on a variety show. The 28th season of The Simpsons will also feature a first for the show: an hourlong episode.

The Simpsons will return at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 25. For more, be sure to read IGN's review of the 27th season of the Fox animated show.

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Unlocked: Firewatch Developers Discuss Xbox Version

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 15:00
The fantastic Firewatch is out on Xbox this week, and creators Sean Vanaman and Jake Rodkin join us to talk about it.

Mount & Blade: Warband Review

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:54

Graphics aren’t everything - but they’re something. The sandbox-style RPG Mount & Blade: Warband is perhaps best compared to a work like the Bayeux Tapestry, a 230-foot long strip of cloth in northern France detailing one of the landmark events of the European Middle Ages. Background details barely show up at all, the people look two generations removed from Gumby, and the weavers couldn't even keep the lines on the border straight. Yet it's stunning to behold. Some parts look like kindergartners made it, but it has soul and heart, and its images remain better embedded in my memory than some of the busy masterworks of the renaissance.

Mount & Blade: Warband, which is likewise focused on a medieval setting, feels a little like that. It already looked a decade old when it first came out on PC in 2010 (and recieved a review score of 8.1), and some minor updates to its Xbox One and PlayStation 4 release do little to make it look remotely modern. Slight variations on the same eight or so ugly faces populate its six kingdoms. Knights and peasants alike jank about like robots. Details like grass often vanish when you’re just a few yards away, and tricky gamepad controls sometimes become annoying. And yet for all that, this remains a roleplaying game that does a better job of conveying the rags-to-riches journey than a game like Skyrim.

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The 5 Best Anime From Summer 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:47

The summer 2016 season was filled with promising shows, but these five stood out for their unique takes on genres, meaningful commentary, and plenty of goofy fun.

Though we love ongoing shows like JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, they are not eligible for this list. To qualify for this list, the anime must have completed its season.

While Re:Zero starts out with the all-too-familiar trope of an otaku magically finding himself in a fantasy world, it quickly sets itself apart by adding depth to the genre. Natsuki Subaru not only respawns after dying, he remembers the trauma of death, and he therefore acts less than ideally… or admirably. He’s not an especially likable character, but he’s believable, and his self-appointed hero’s journey through a new land is unpredictable and captivating. Through him and the rest of the excellent cast, Re:Zero points its lens squarely at the genre and at the viewer, examining tropes all while building to something highly emotional and memorable.

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'Fantastic' Nintendo NX Will Offer 'Different Experience' to Other Consoles - Ubisoft CEO

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:47

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot has furthered claims that Nintendo's next console, codenamed NX, will stand apart from Microsoft and Sony's home consoles.

Speaking to IGN at an Ubisoft event yesterday, Guillemot - who has previously expressed his admiration for the upcoming console - explained specifically why he was excited for NX:

"I think, once again, the interface is very attractive," he said. "It's a machine that will be easy to use for all gamers. They have built in something that will give us chance to really have a different experience from what exists today. That's what I like - that they come with something new that is adapted to what we actually want now."

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ABC Developing Magnum P.I. Sequel Series

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 14:36

ABC is reportedly working on a new Magnum P.I. series that would focus on his daughter.

According to Deadline, Lily "Tommy" Magnum will head back to Hawaii and follow in her father's footsteps at his firm in the show, called Magnum. She will hit the beach and take on international crime while also trying to solve a mystery revolving around her former Navy Intelligence career.

Tom Selleck starred in the original 1980s series, Magnum P.I.

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What's Leaving Netflix in October

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:59

Heads up, binge-watchers. Here's your list of movies and TV shows that are set to expire from Netflix next month.

In October, the streaming giant says goodbye to the Back to the Future trilogy, Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Running Man, The Exorcist, every episode of Psych and Heroes, and cult classic The Warriors. It's also the Netflix farewell for The Interview, the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy that led to big controversy for Sony, after it possibly inspired the major hack the studio went through in 2014.

Plus, The Truman Show, Deep Impact, The Phantom, and more are exiting Netflix. Catch 'em before they vanish (for now).

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New to Netflix in October

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:53

October is set to be a massive month for Netflix as it unleashes its usual barrage of original programming -- including new episodes of Black Mirror, The Fall, The Ranch, and many more -- along with blockbuster movies like Unforgiven and Titanic.

Plus, Netflix debuts almost all of the most recent seasons of the CW's shows they didn't already have up (though no word on The 100: Season 3 yet) just in time to cram them in before new episodes begin airing, including The Flash, Arrow, Supernatural, and more. Plus, there's Season 2 of Syfy's Dark Matter, American Horror Story: Hotel, and FOX's short-lived (but hilarious) The Grinder.

All that plus, Dazed and Confused, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Ghost Town, Quiz Show, and more.

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Destiny: Rise of Iron Review in Progress

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:23

After a few months away from Destiny, I spent my first day with Rise of Iron as if I were joining anew. I was curious; how would a new player jumping into Rise of Iron via the Destiny Collection fare? It might take a bit to learn the difference between character level and Light level, sure, but I was immediately impressed by how quickly it brought me up to speed without sacrificing a challenge for the veteran Guardian. That aside, the new two-or-so-hour campaign feels short compared to its actual plot and doesn’t really introduce new mechanics to Destiny — it’s plenty of fun and has more of everything I already like about Destiny’s story missions, but it also does little to improve upon its strengths or fix its problems.

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Taboo: New Teaser for Tom Hardy TV Series Released

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 13:01

FX Networks has released a new promo for Taboo that offers another sneak peek at its eight-part original drama series starring Tom Hardy.

Watch the Season 1 teaser, titled Mad, below.

Taboo takes place in 1814 and centers around a man named James Keziah Delaney (Hardy), who was believed to be dead after traveling to the ends of the earth. Delaney returns to his home in London to inherit his father's shipping business and start a new life, but gets a whole lot more than he bargained for after his homecoming.

Hardy is executive producing the series alongside both Ridley Scott and Steven Knight, the latter of whom created the show. Taboo's story is an original work by Hardy and his father, who's also a consulting producer on the project.

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The Best and Worst TV Premieres of Fall 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:36

Fall is upon us, which means a brand new wave of TV season and series premieres. From iconic superheroes, to adaptations of classic movies, to brand-new dramas, there’s a whole lot to choose from. Here are our takes on the best and worst premieres of the season.

How Dark Souls Made It Fun to Fail

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 12:17

Dark Souls is five years old today, and even in this short time its legacy and influence has been great enough to leave a lasting impression on gaming that will live on for decades. Building on a formula first presented in From Software’s Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls is a game known for challenging players in ways few other games do.

From this notorious difficulty, it’s given life to entire communities dedicated to helping one another or making it harder for one another. It’s fueled debates about difficulty vs. accessibility, dared the internet to complete it together via chat commands, spawned countless “Souls-like” indie games that aim to capture some of that legendary challenge for themselves, and is one of my personal favorite games of all time.

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How Parks and Rec's Creator Came Up With The Good Place

IGN.com - Thu, 09/22/2016 - 11:38

Mike Schur has been a big part of TV comedy in the past two decades, from his time writing on Saturday Night Live and The Office, to co-creating Parks and Recreation (where he served as showrunner) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Schur, who also is an executive producer on Master of None these days, just launched his newest series this week with The Good Place, which aired two preview episodes Monday night, before it debuts in its regular timeslot this Thursday. Kristen Bell and Ted Danson star in the high concept comedy about a woman (Bell’s Eleanor) who dies and goes to the heavenly “Good Place” by mistake, having lived a less than good life.

I spoke to Schur about how his idea for The Good Place came to be, delving into a more fantastical world -- and collaborating with Cabin in the Woods/Lost/Daredevil’s Drew Goddard on the pilot, which Goddard directed -- working with Bell and Danson and more.

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