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  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.
  • warning: date() [function.date]: It is not safe to rely on the system's timezone settings. You are *required* to use the date.timezone setting or the date_default_timezone_set() function. In case you used any of those methods and you are still getting this warning, you most likely misspelled the timezone identifier. We selected 'America/New_York' for 'EDT/-4.0/DST' instead in /home/blueali/public_html/modules/aggregator/aggregator.module on line 1386.

Joker’s Suicide Squad Chase Scene

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:39

A new series of fan photos and videos taken on the Suicide Squad set in Toronto have revealed an apparent cameo in the film -- and a Joker/Harley Quinn chase scene.

Read no further for spoilers follow!

The new images captured on the streets of Toronto reveal that not only are the Joker and Harley Quinn involved in a car chase at some point in the film, but that it's Batman -- or at least the Batmobile -- that's pursuing them. Take a look:

I came downtown for this!!! @kirrbee @DavidAyerMovies #SuicideSquad #JokerLeto #Batmobile #YongeStreet pic.twitter.com/nflJMnrDpf

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10 More Guitar Hero Live Songs Revealed

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:29

Activision has revealed another batch of songs that will be featured in Guitar Hero Live, including tracks from Tenacious D and Pearl Jam.

The full list of new tracks can be seen below, courtesy of the Guitar Hero Live Facebook page.

  • Halestorm - "Love Bites (So Do I)"

  • Tenacious D - "Tribute"
  • Beartooth - "I Have A Problem"
  • Pearl Jam - "Mind Your Manners"
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Advanced Warfare's Supremacy DLC Gets Release Date

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:28

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's third downloadable content pack will release on Xbox One and Xbox 360 on June 2, Activision has just announced.

Dubbed Supremacy, this new piece of DLC adds four new multiplayer maps, as well as a new chapter in Exo Zombies, featuring Bruce Campbell, Bill Paxton, and other Hollywood talent.

"This is not only the four new multiplayer maps, but the continuation of the popular Exo Zombies saga," Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield said. "We're huge fans of Bruce Campbell, and to be able to add him to the already great roster of performers in Exo Zombies takes this to a new level."

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Dragon Quest 8 on 3DS Won't Support Stereoscopic 3D

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:10

Dragon Quest VIII for Nintendo 3DS won't make use of the handheld's most iconic feature.

According to the latest issue of Famitsu (via Nintendo Everything), the upcoming port of Square Enix's beloved PlayStation 2 JRPG won't support stereoscopic 3D when it releases in Japan in just a few months.

This past weekend, a piece of promotional art was revealed, showcasing an early glimpse at the two new characters joining the cast of the 3DS version.

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Tatum: Gambit Changes Superhero Movie Tropes

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:09

Channing Tatum recently saw the first screenplay draft for the upcoming Gambit movie, and says it's going to put a new spin on the origin story.

e're going to be changing some of the tropes of these movies," Tatum tells Empire magazine. "It’s always about saving the world (laughs), but maybe we’re going to shift things a little bit. There’s so many ways you can take

. You could do it like Batman Begins, or a different take and go the Guardians Of The Galaxy route. All I can say is, I’m super excited.”

The X-Men standalone film stars Tatum as the titular, southern-fried hero. Tatum, who also hails from the South, says has a lot of love for Gambit.

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Charter Communications Agrees to Buy and Merge with Time Warner Cable

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:23

Midwest cable and broadband provider Charter Communications has agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $56.7 billion. Charter has also entered into an agreement to purchase Bright House Networks for $10.4 billion.

If approved by the FCC, all three providers would merge into one company called New Charter, selling services under the name Spectrum. More importantly, New Charter would become one of the top television and internet providers in the US, affecting one in six households, putting the company in the same league with Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon.

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What to Expect from Google I/O 2015

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:18

Google's biggest event of the year is starting in just a few days. At its annual Google I/O developers conference, the company traditionally makes major announcements regarding all of its major platforms, from Android and Chrome OS to Android TV and Android Wear, and the upcoming gathering should be no different.

During last year's I/O, Google gave us our first look at Android Lollipop, Android TV, and Android Auto, and launched the first batch of Android Wear smartwatches. So what does the search giant have in store for us this year? Here are a few things that we expect to hear about at the May 28 keynote.

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Hot Topic Buys ThinkGeek Parent Company

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:16

Mall retail staple Hot Topic has entered into an agreement to buy Geeknet, Inc., the parent company of online retailer ThinkGeek. Hot Topic will pay $122 million to buy all outstanding shares of Geeknet.

Hot Topic CEO Lisa Harper said the company is pleased to have entered into this agreement,  and it looks forward to "adding Geeknet's innovative products and services" to its portfolio.

"Geeknet's unique concept and approach to the online retail community is a strong fit with our business strategy," Harper added, referring to ThinkGeek's line-up of licensed products aimed at die-hard fans.

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Windows 10 App, Cortana Coming to iPhone and Android

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 12:01

A companion app for Windows 10 will be coming to more than just Windows Phone users, as Microsoft has announced plans to roll out the application to those on iPhone and Android devices, too.

"We’re announcing a ‘Phone Companion’ app built-in to Windows 10, which will help you connect your Windows PC to whatever phone you own– whether it’s a Windows phone, Android phone, or iPhone," the company confirmed in a post on the official Windows Blog.

Additionally, Microsoft's Siri equivalent, Cortana, will be making its way to iPhone and Android users. As has been previously detailed, the Windows 10-centric personal assistant will answer your questions, schedule appointments, provide reminders, and more.

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Telltale's Game of Thrones: Episode 4 Review

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:58

This action-heavy episode does a great job of breaking Telltale’s Game of Thrones out of its various rutts. Though Mira’s time in Kings Landing is shorter than usual, everyone else picks up the slack as we see Gared finally embark on his journey north, Rodrik break the cycle of abuse by the Whitehills, and Asher work to gain the favor of Daenerys Targaryen.

Sons of Winter opens with Gared in custody and facing severe punishment after having killed Britt, the former Bolton soldier who’d murdered his family, at the end of Episode 3. I was annoyed that there’s no way to convince the Night’s Watch that Gared had acted in self defense, even with an eye witness corroborating his story (I tried this a few times). Naturally this is the kind of forced outcome we’re all used to in Telltale’s games, but in this case the writers seemed to go out of their way to make it feel implausible. Those events are a means to a good end, though, as they lead to Gared setting out to find the North Grove. Running across a pack of Wildlings creates one of several good action scenes in this episode. (Slight spoiler: though there’s a White Walker in the title screen image for this episode, none actually appear. That’s a bit of a tease.)

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Rock Band 4's Campaign Is a Straight-Up RPG

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:56

Rock Band 4’s campaign is all about touring the world, amassing fans, and selling out -- if you’re into that sort of thing. This is the first time we’re seeing meaningful narrative choices in a Rock Band game, and the direction you take your band dictates the shows you’ll play, the places you’ll visit, the gear you unlock, and the money you earn.

“When we started looking at all the new features we have in the game, mechanically, it just made sense for us to build this epic, branching story where instead of taking one rise to fame path through the world,” said Designer Alli Thresher. “You know, you go from your hometown to being the biggest band in the world, you choose…what kind of band you are.”

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Evolve's New Free DLC is Out Now

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 11:00

Today, 2K has announced that Evolve is getting a new mode called Arena, and it’s live right now as you’re reading this.

In this new mode, a stage 2 monster squares off against a full team of four hunters to the death in a best of three series played within enclosed arenas. Each of Evolve’s 14 maps will host five such arenas each for a total of 70 possible battlegrounds.

This is significant for players who don’t like having to track the monster in order to fight them, as they now have a way to get straight into an engagement without any of the build up. Perhaps best of all, Evolve’s new Arena mode is completely free.

Vincent Ingenito is IGN's foremost fighting game nerd. Follow him on Twitter and argue with everything he says about them.

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Until Dawn Release Date Announced

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 10:27

Sony has announced that upcoming horror game Until Dawn will release on August 25 in North America, August 26 in most PAL territories, and August 28 in UK and Ireland.

Additionally, Peter Stormare (Prison Break, The Big Lebowski, Arrow) has been revealed as a new cast member. Pre-orders are also available from today, and doing so will unlock a special bonus scene for free.

Three editions of Until Dawn will be available, the standard edition, an extended edition, and a steelbook edition. The steelbook edition will only be available in some countries, the full list of which can be found on the PS Blog.

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Release Date and Pre-Order Bonuses Confirmed for NBA 2K16

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:49

Players who pre-order NBA 2K16 will be able to play the game four days in advance of the release date, September 29.

Pre-orders will also receive 10,000 VC (virtual currency), with current-gen versions receiving three MyTEAM Emerald Packs (each with a guaranteed Emerald player), and last-gen players receiving a MyTEAM Gold Booster Pack with a guaranteed Gold player and four additional gold items.

NBA 2K16 will release on the PlayStation 3 and 4, and Xbox One and 360, on September 29 in both Europe and North America.

We recently learned that the game will boast three different covers -- Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kevin Durant -- and reported that filmmaker Spike Lee is apparently involved with the career mode in NBA 2K16.

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The Witcher Was Nearly A Diablo-Inspired Top-Down ARPG

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:25

The Witcher developer CD Projekt RED originally pitched the popular RPG as a top-down, Diablo-esque action role-playing game.

In a recent video, former project lead Ryszard Chojnowski offered insight into the "humble beginnings" of the RPG series, revealing that the 2002 demo -- inspired by Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance and built using the same engine that powered 1999's Mortyr -- had little progression, only one Witcher sign, and hadn't even placed Geralt as the leading character, a decision that the developer thought kept in line with the novels..

A year later, the demo version was dropped, and the studio began the four-year campaign to develop The Witcher as we know it today.

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Bioshock Lead Designer Reveals New Horror Game

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:00

There's something strange about the estate on Echo Bluff.

After months of seeing the place in haunting visions, Cassie Thornton has finally found the real thing, overlooking the ocean in Gloucester, Massachusetts. And now, she's taking the chance to explore it, despite the fact that she's blind.

So goes the description for Perception, the Kickstarter project from The Deep End Games. The studio is composed almost entirely of developers who worked on Bioshock and Bioshock Infinite, including Bill Gardner, The Deep End's founder. He was design director on Bioshock, and lead designer on Infinite, both of which garnered critical praise in their own right for their first-person storytelling. With Perception, though, Gardner wants to change how horror games are played.

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Star Wars Comes to Disney Infinity 3.0

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 08:00

No disrespect to Mickey or Woody or Elsa, but I’ve always only ever really had two questions for the team beyond Disney’s toys-to-life game, Infinity. First, where’s Spiderman? And second, where’s Luke Skywalker? After last year’s rollout of Marvel in Infinity’s 2.0 launch, it seemed a sure bet that Star Wars wouldn’t be far behind. Disney finally revealed that Star Wars is coming this fall in a three-part rollout.

The first piece is called Twilight of the Empire, and it focuses on the prequel trilogy and The Clone Wars cartoon. (Information on the other two parts – Rise of the Empire and The Force Awakens – has not yet been released.) The core of the story involves leading the Republic forces in a battle against the Separatists.

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This Week's Xbox Live Deals With Gold Are...

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:52

This week's Deals with Gold have been revealed, discounting a number of noteworthy titles across both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

On the new-gen front, Xbox One owners can purchase a "Digital Pro" copy of Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for 33 percent off, while the "Gold" edition has received a 17 percent price reduction. Major Nelson's blog also notes that Screamride and Alien: Isolation have been discounted as well, with the former being 33 percent off and the latter discounted by 60 percent.

Both Alien: Isolation and Advanced Warfare have been discounted for Xbox 360 owners as well, with Modern Warfare, Modern Warfare 2, and World at War all receiving 50 percent price reductions, too.

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New Madden NFL 16 Screens Showcase New Lighting

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 05:13

EA Sports has released eight new screenshots for Madden NFL 16.

According to EA, lighting and time of day have both been improved, and “helps highlight” Madden 16’s updated player likenesses. In a similar vein, receivers and defenders now deliver the most “authentic exchanges to date.”

The game is said to feature a host of new two-man interactions. This comes in tow with the returning on-the-field cameras which was introduced last year, as well as an improved playmaker highlight reel featuring “new player spotlights, dynamic goals and achievements.”

Madden NFL 16 is due to drop on August 25. For all the latest Madden news, and to see who is 16’s cover star, keep an eye on the IGN Madden channel.

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Ayami Kojima Joins Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night Team

IGN.com - Tue, 05/26/2015 - 05:09

Ayami Kojima will be creating special packaging artwork for some Kickstarter backers of Koji Igarashi's new game Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

Kojima has previously worked alongside Igarashi on the "Igavania"-style games, such as Castlevania: Symphony of the Night and Harmony of Despair, doing character design and illustration. Her art will be on the packaging that's associated with the $100+ tiers on Kickstarter.

Although Kojima has said she can "only offer a small amount of time" to the project, Igarashi said that the "most important thing is just being able to work closely with my old friends again. We created something amazing before and to get one more golden opportunity to do this again makes me so happy."

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