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E3 Games Hub 2016: Pre-Order E3 2016 Games

IGN.com - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 05:00

The biggest and most important event on the games industry calendar has come and gone. E3 always excites and this year's show was no different.

We saw the mammoth gaming giants in the industry, such as Microsoft, Sony, EA, Activision going head to head to showcase their highly anticipated games being released later this year, including the likes of Final Fantasy XV, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Battlefield 1, and many, many more.

Here, IGN have brought you a roundup of the best games announced at E3 2016 and where to buy them.

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Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4 Review

IGN.com - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 00:16

For the majority of MMPR’s early run, Kyle Higgins and Hendry Presetya put the focus on the Rangers and their ever fluctuating relationship as a team. While that approach makes for more layered characters and a greater sense of stakes, sometimes we just want to see giant robots punching shark people. Issue #4 delivers mightily in that regard, the creators placing added focus on the series’ more action oriented promise as the character sparks continue to fly.

Picking up where the last issue left off, with Scorpina having commandeered the Dragonzord through the use of a DIY Dragon Dagger, issue #4 at first reads like a rehash of past installments. Zach makes his usual gripes, Billy does something smart, and the Trust or Not to Trust narrative that’s defined Tommy thus far continues to spin its wheels. And then, something changes. In one glorious full page spread, the story moves from Rangers Of Our Lives to something very much Mighty and Morphin’. For perhaps the first time, it truly feels like a Power Rangers episode come to life.

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Spider-Man Animated Movie Will Be a 'Unique Filmgoing Experience'

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 23:38

There's going to be plenty of Spider-Man invading pop culture over the next few years, from Marvel and Sony's partnership on Spider-Man: Homecoming to Insomniac's new PS4 game. Phil Lord and Chris Miller can't say much about the upcoming animated Spider-Man movie that they're writing, but they can promise it will be something different.

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The Flash #1 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 22:52

The Flash Rebirth #1 made it clear that this new series will be among the first to explore the fallout of DC Universe Rebirth #1 and the return of Wally West. But as Joshua Williamson and Carmine Di Giandomenico settle in with the new ongoing series, they shift focus away from those big revelations and towards Barry Allen's new status quo. The result is a more "back to basics" first issue, and a very enjoyable one at that.

There have been a lot of familiar elements at play in Williamson's first two scripts. We see Barry struggle with the fact that, despite his incredible speed, he's not fast enough to save everyone. We see flashbacks to the fateful accident that turned him into the Flash and the equally fateful night where his mother was murdered. And we see that the fastest man alive somehow has a habit of being perpetually late in his personal life. But as familiar as these elements are, there's a great comfort in seeing Williamson get back to the roots of the hero. There's a reason the whole "not fast enough" dilemma resonates so strongly. And Williamson shows a strong handle on his cast, including Barry himself and supporting players like Iris and her nephew, Wally. As confusing as it is to now have two versions of Wally running around, this issue makes a strong case for keeping the New 52 Wally in play.

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Deadpool v Gambit #1 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 20:38

Pairing Deadpool and Gambit in one comic is nothing if not a logical choice. Both characters were fixtures of the X-Men franchise during its manic early '90s period (though Gambit's popularity has waned somewhat over time while Deadpool's has only increased). Both characters are also among the most morally dubious members of the X-Men family, unafraid to break the law when they aren't on the clock as legitimate superheroes. Their dynamic is one worth exploring, so it's a shame that Deadpool v Gambit #1 doesn't do a great job of showcasing that dynamic.

This opening issue is structured very oddly, with present-day scenes book-ending a much longer flashback sequence that features the genesis of the Deadpool/Gambit rivalry. The premise is amusing at first (particularly with Wade and Remy impersonating two other heroes), but it's a gag that wears out its welcome long before it actually ends. Along the way, writers Ben Black and Ben Acker spend an inordinate amount of time focusing on pop culture references, lampooning the Broadway play Hamilton and poking fun at hipsters. How are any of those things relevant to a battle between Gambit and Deadpool? Don't ask me. Can we go ahead and call a moratorium on hipsters in superhero comics?

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Sony Agrees To Pay Millions To Gamers To Settle PS3 Linux Debacle

Slashdot.org - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 20:25
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: After six years of litigation, Sony is now agreeing to pay the price for its 2010 firmware update that removed support for the Linux operating system in the PlayStation 3. Sony and lawyers representing as many as 10 million console owners reached the deal on Friday. Under the terms of the accord, (PDF) which has not been approved by a California federal judge yet, gamers are eligible to receive $55 if they used Linux on the console. The proposed settlement, which will be vetted by a judge next month, also provides $9 to each console owner that bought a PS3 based on Sony's claims about "Other OS" functionality. Under the plan, gamers eligible for a cash payment are "all persons in the United States who purchased a Fat PS3 model in the United States between November 1, 2006, and April 1, 2010." The accord did not say how much it would cost Sony, but the entertainment company is expected to pay out millions. On March 28, 2010, Sony announced that the update would "disable the 'Install Other OS' feature that was available on the PS3 systems prior to the current slimmer models." This feature, Sony claimed, would be removed "due to security concerns." Sony did not detail those "concerns," but the litigation alleged piracy was behind the decision. A gamer can get the $55, but they "must attest under oath to their purchase of the product and installation of Linux, provide proof of their purchase or serial number and PlayStation Network Sign-in ID, and submit some proof of their use of the Other OS functionality." To get the $9, PS3 owners must submit a claim, at the time they bought their console, they "knew about the Other OS, relied upon the Other OS functionality, and intended to use the Other OS functionality." Alternatively, a gamer "must attest that he or she lost value and/or desired functionality or was otherwise injured as a consequence of Firmware Update 3.21 issued on April 1, 2010," to get $9.

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Transformers 5: First Look at New Autobot Squeaks

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 19:11

Transformers: The Last Knight will feature a brand-new Autobot called Squeaks.

Director Michael Bay revealed a first look at the transforming robot, which is a completely original character created for the film. Check out the photo below to see Squeaks, alongside Bay and Isabela Moner, who stars as the movie's female lead.

Photo courtesy of Michael Bay's Flickr

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Better Call Saul, Far Cry Actor Joins Spider-Man: Homecoming

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 18:25

Spider-Man: Homecoming has gained yet another cast member in Michael Mando.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor—who starred as Far Cry 3's villain Vaas and Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul—will appear in Sony and Marvel's upcoming comic book movie in a role that has yet to be detailed.

Michael Mando as Nacho Varga in Better Call Saul

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IGN Presents the History of Awesome: 2012

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:57

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 2012, the year of Telltale's The Walking Dead, Journey, Borderlands 2, and Dishonored.

Catch up on IGN's History of Awesome:

Ash vs Evil Dead Is Going Bigger and Bloodier in Season 2

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:24

Walking around the set of Ash vs Evil Dead, it's normal to pass decapitated heads, boxes of intestines and empty skin suits. It's near impossible to leave without a layer of sticky blood on the bottom of your shoes. But none of that phases the cast and crew, because it's nowhere near as absurdly, hilariously insane as what is being filmed.

Starz delighted fans of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell's cult classic Evil Dead franchise when it announced it would be launching a sequel series reteaming the two called Ash vs. Evil Dead. The first season teamed Ash with new friends Pablo (Ray Santiago) and Kelly (Dana DeLorenzo), who went on a road trip to the infamous Evil Dead cabin to try to destroy the Necronomicon. They ended up unleashing hell -- literally -- in the process.

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11 Big Missing Games of E3 2016

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:02

While E3 2016 was a week filled with amazing games like Zelda, God of War, and Sea of Thieves. But alongside this wealth of promising experiences were some noticeable absences. Some of which, like CD Projekt Red's Cyberpunk 2077, we knew about before the show. Others came as a complete surprise. Here are 11 of the biggest games that were missing from E3.

After getting a fresh look at Kingdom Hearts 3 at last year’s show, its absence in 2016 was noticeable, if not entirely unexpected. The next few months is all about Final Fantasy XV for Square, and they don’t want to complicate the message by bringing up their big games of 2017 and beyond. Still, fingers crossed we see Sora and company later this year at TGS or PSX. Oh, and while we're at it, a tease of a Marvel or Star Wars-based level wouldn't hurt, either.

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Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-Ray Sets Revealed

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 17:00

The Walking Dead Season 6 is being released on Blu-ray and DVD this fall, and we have your exclusive first look at Anchor Bay's Limited Edition set hitting stores in November.

Like previous Limited Edition sets (including the snazzy Season 4 "Tree Walker" set), the Season 6 set will feature exclusive figurine designed by McFarlane Toys. This set depicts the iconic "Truck Walker" zombie seen in the first episode of Season 6. 

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:27

What happens when a crotchety man and a "bad egg" of a teenager are tossed together in the New Zealand bush with the police, hunters, and various and sundry others hot on their heels? As it turns out, you get a pretty special movie.

Written and directed by Taika Waititi (based on the book Wild Pork and Watercress by Barry Crump), Hunt for the Wilderpeople features Sam Neill as Hec, our crotchety man, and Julian Dennison as Ricky, our bad egg teenager. Although not related, Hec and Ricky are thrust together when Hec's wife, Bella (Rima Te Wiata), takes in Ricky as a foster child. Soon enough, the two men find themselves on the run, with the police assuming that Hec has kidnapped Ricky despite that not being the case at all.

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Daily Deals: Xbox One With Two Controllers and Four Games, PS Plus, Xbox Live, Car Stereos

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:06

Here's An Xbox One With Four Games and Two Controllers

The Xbox One S is official, so retailers are practically giving away the original model. Here's a 1TB system with Gears of War Ultimate, Rare Replay, Ori and the Blind Forest, Forza Horizon 2, and two controllers.

Xbox E3 Analysis + State of Decay 2 Interview

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:41

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On this week's Xbox show, we analyze everything from Xbox's E3, from Project Scorpio to the Xbox One S to Sea of Thieves and much more. Plus: an interview with Undead Labs founder Jeff Strain – the studio's first since announcing State of Decay 2!

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

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Adventure on Clover Island Pays Homage to Classic Platformers

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:36

Skylar & Plux: Adventure on Clover Island is angling to fill a void left by the absence of classic platformers over the past decade, Grip Digital's Petr Ciesarik tells me at E3. Developed by five students from Sweden as part of a student project, Grip Digital took on the game because they saw an opportunity to scratch an itch they -- and they assumed many other gamers -- would have.

"It's the time for us. Platformers are making a comeback," he told me. "We feel that there is a lack of these types of games today. They are missing in the last decade, so we want to come back with these types of games."

The core of Skylar & Plux is simple and straightforward, which is exactly what you want from a game that's intentionally following in the footsteps of Jak and Daxter and Ratchet & Clank. The controls feel familiar as you jump, flip, and slash your way through a colorful world evocative of something you would have found on the Nintendo 64 or PlayStation 2. Even the story is something Ciesarik describes as "classic" to the genre.

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Forest Whitaker's Star Wars: Rogue One Character Is From Clone Wars

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:31

The identity of Forest Whitaker's character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has been revealed.

According to EW, the actor will play Saw Gerrera, the "shadowy freedom-fighter" who has a deep-rooted past in Star Wars history. In fact, his character first appeared as a young man (voiced by Andrew Kishino) fighting off a droid army on Onderon during the fifth season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

In the animated series, Gerrera also trained alongside his sister Steela in the episode "A War on Two Fronts" as part of an insurgent group led by Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano. After losing much for his efforts, he develops a mistrust for any and all authority. As such, Gerrera will serve as an ally to the Rebels in Rogue One, but isn't truly a part of the squad.

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Wonder Woman #1 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 15:19

The previous volume of Wonder Woman began life as one of the best titles n the New 52 lineup and ended as one of the worst. However, it immediately became clear from reading Wonder Woman Rebirth #1 that Diana of Themyscira is in good hands again. And as the new ongoing series officially gets underway, it's even more clear that better days lay ahead for Wonder Woman.

This issue picks up more or less exactly where WW Rebirth left off two weeks ago, though it functions perfectly well as its own jumping-on point for new readers. All readers really need to know is that Diana is searching for the truth about her muddled past and courting a dangerous alliance in order to further her quest. Alongside Diana's bloody journey, writer Greg Rucka also touches base with familiar supporting characters like Steve Trevor and Etta Candy.

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FX Announces Comic-Con 2016 Lineup

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:15

FX has announced its plans for San Diego Comic-Con, during which it will hold just two panels: one for The Strain and another for Archer.

The network will show a sneak peek of The Strain: Season 3, presented by the producers and cast of its hit thriller series. Additionally, a Comic-Con exclusive video will be shown, along with a Q&A. For an early look at the show's next season, check out Season 3's official trailer.

Similarly, the cast and creators of Archer will showcase an exclusive screening of never-before-seen footage of the popular animated comedy, and will also hold a Q&A.

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Disney Boss on the Future of Indiana Jones

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:05

As Harrison Ford and Steven Spielberg gear up for Indiana Jones V, Disney Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger has been discussing the franchise's future after that 2019 film.

He doesn't expect Indiana Jones to have a massive shared universe like Star Wars does, but Iger did say Disney is focused on creating more films in the series. "Right now, we're focused on a reboot, or a continuum and then a reboot of some sort," Iger added. Ford has already been confirmed for the fifth film—and it doesn't sound like the 73-year-old actor has been ruled out for films after that.

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