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Ubisoft Releases Sizable List of Known Issues for The Division

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:42

There are currently seven known issues in The Division which are being looked at by Ubisoft, and 18 more possible problems are under investigation.

This isn't counting the problem affecting PC players since patch 1.2 which has been deleting characters, much like how Xbox One players saw their characters disappear after patch 1.1.

Ubisoft has released the list of known issues on its forums. Here's the list of what users have been reporting:

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Monster Hunter Stories Japanese Release Date, Amiibo Unveiled

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:41

Capcom has announced Monster Hunter Stories will be releasing in Japan for 3DS on October 8.

This news comes from Gematsu, who also say it will cost 5,800 yen (~$53) at retail and 5,546 yen (~$51) to download.

There will also be three amiibo figures launching alongside the game, that will unlock special in-game monsters. "One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Female)" and "One-Eyed Rathalos and Rider (Male)" each cost 1,800 yen (~$16), and "Nabiru" costs 1,200 yen (~$11). A second set of amiibo will launch after release.

If you already have a Monster Hunter Generations save on your 3DS, you'll get an additional Dinovaldo costume for Nabiru.

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New Hitman Screenshots Show Agent 47 in Marrakesh

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:39

Square Enix and Io Interactive have released a bunch of new screenshots showing off Hitman's next location—Marrakesh.

Taking to the Moroccan streets, Agent 47 will encounter a "maze of alleys" filled with plenty of "opportunities and challenges" to take on. Marrakesh will come with 20 levels of mastery when it launches on May 31.

New weapons, gear, starting locations, and agency pickups will be awarded for good work.

Hitman's new mission, which was detailed with the episode's release date announcement, offers two targets—a private banker called Claus Strandberg, and army General Reza Zaydan. Marrakesh will also feature new elusive targets and escalation contracts.

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Top 10 Most Successful Alien Invasions in Movies

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:00

If the past few decades' worth of science fiction movies have taught us anything, it's that aliens rarely come in peace. They might appear in the form of a massive armada or shape-shifting monsters, but their goal is always the same — destroy humanity and take over the world.

Admittedly the goods guys usually pull out a W in the third act, but you can’t fault the invaders for trying. This list takes a look at how close some of cinema’s most famous aliens came to ultimate victory, and how much of humanity was displaced along the way. We’re also knocking points from the extraterrestrial baddies if they forgot to factor something incredibly obvious in to their evil plans, like I dunno… water?

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Devolver Announces "Absolver" From Ex-Ubisoft Paris Developers

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 09:00

Devolver Digital has teamed up with Paris-based developer Sloclap to bring you Absolver, an online combat RPG coming to PC and consoles.

Absolver is the first game from Sloclap, an independent studio founded in 2015 by developers who worked together at Ubisoft on Watch Dogs and the Ghost Recon series. It puts players in the shoes of a 'Prospect' who joins an "elite corps of combatants" called Absolvers to maintain stability in the world. Players will wander through Absolver's world and pick up new combat styles, attacks, powers and weaponry, while fighting other warriors in "an intense real-time flow of attacks, dodges, feints and counters, with all aspects of gameplay customizable, including combat styles, weapons and even individual attack sequences in the player's Combat Deck."

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PSVR Was 'Truly Awful' on Launch PS4s

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:58

The PS4 Neo was introduced because running VR on original launch PS4 tech was “truly awful,” an anonymous chief technical officer (CTO) has claimed.

"PSVR was going to be terrible on a

PS4,” the source told Edge Magazine. “It was going to be truly awful. Something a bit more powerful starts to bring VR into range. If you want to deal with crazy requirements for performance in VR, you absolutely have to

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For clarity, the above quote says “was.” As in past-tense. It’s possible the source was referencing the state of launch PS4 consoles prior to the introduction of a VR external processing unit, or even launch PS4s prior to Sony unlocking further internal core access.

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The Americans: "Dinner for Seven" Review

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:39

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

To call The Americans characters multi-faceted seems to be underselling to an incredible degree at this point. We found out the full extent of what was planned for Don and Young Hee here and it was brutal – as Elizabeth first delivered the bombshell that “Patty” was pregnant, and then was… killed off! But we never doubted how much this pained Elizabeth, as the Jennings were told there was no other option.

I loved seeing Gabriel actually on a mission for once, and the way we realized the stranger posing as “Mom” was actually the computer expert Tatiana needed was awesome – another cool way The Americans weaves its characters together even when we never see them onscreen together.

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Comic Book Reviews for May 25, 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00

This was one of the biggest comic book weeks of the year. DC effectively closed out the New 52 with the release of Superman #52 and Justice League #50, while also offering a tantalizing glimpse of what's to come with DC Universe Rebirth #1. As if that weren't enough, they also kicked off the bizarre Scooby-Doo reboot, Scooby Apocalypse. Marvel, meanwhile, delivered the controversial Captain America: Steve Rogers #1 and new issues of popular books like The Mighty Thor, Deadpool, Star Wars and Extraordinary X-Men. And for fans of the long-running indie series Rachel Rising, it was a bittersweet week as Terry Moore brought the book to a close.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and various other new releases, and be sure to let us know your favorite comics of the week in the comments below.

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New Minecraft Mode Officially Revealed

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00

Microsoft is adding new game modes to Minecraft: Console Editions, based on popular activities the Minecraft community are already orchestrating themselves. The first of these ‘mini games’ is ‘Battle’, a Hunger Games-inspired game mode that focuses on fast-paced multiplayer, with up to eight players per battle.

You're spawned in a rotation of three different maps, facing towards a little mountain of chests, with a countdown timer letting you know when to run straight for them. Charge ahead as soon as that timer hits zero and open the chests before the other players do, and you’ll be greeted with a bunch of randomized loot that will either help you take out other players, or defend yourself against them.

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American Schools Teaching Kids To Code All Wrong

Slashdot.org - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 08:00
theodp writes: Over at Quartz, Globaloria CEO Idit Harel argues that American schools are teaching our kids how to code all wrong. She writes, "The light and fluffy version of computer science -- which is proliferating as a superficial response to the increased need for coders in the workplace -- is a phenomenon I refer to as 'pop computing.' While calling all policy makers and education leaders to consider 'computer science education for all' is a good thing, the coding culture promoted by Code.org and its library of movie-branded coding apps provide quick experiences of drag-and-drop code entertainment. This accessible attraction can be catchy, it may not lead to harder projects that deepen understanding." You mean the "first President to write a line of computer code" may not have progressed much beyond moving Disney Princess Elsa forward? Harel says there must be a distinction drawn between "coding tutorials" and learning "computer science." Building an app, for example, can't be done in a couple of hours, it "requires multi-dimensional learning contexts, pathways and projects." "Just as would-be musicians become proficient by listening, improvising and composing, and not just by playing other people's compositions, so would-be programmers become proficient by designing prototypes and models that work for solving real problems, doing critical thinking and analysis, and creative collaboration -- none of which can be accomplished in one hour of coding," she writes.

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27th Battleborn hero is a sneaker-wearing snake called Pendles

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 05:52

Gearbox has whipped the cloak off a second post-launch hero for its first-person shooter Battleborn, and it's a two legged snake called Pendles.

A description on Gearbox's Battleborn blog reads: "Hailing from the water world of Akopos, and pals with Alani, Pendles is a cold-blooded killer. No, literally. This anthropomorphized reptile will ssssneak up on you, poison you, perforate you with dual kamas then – poof – disappear without leaving a trace."

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Official Dishonored Comic and Novel Series Coming Soon

IGN.com - Thu, 05/26/2016 - 03:58

Dishonored is getting the comic book treatment in the form of a four-issue miniseries, plus a new prose novel series by Titan Comics.

According to Newsarama, the miniseries will continue the story of Corvo in a "throwback industrial setting," taking place between the first Dishonored and this year's upcoming sequel. Gordon Rennie is writing the series, with illustrations by Andrea Olimpieri and Marcelo Maiolo.

Dishonored comic book miniseries. Photo credit: Titan Comics.

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Supernatural: Season 11 Finale Review

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:28

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

A fairly flat, inert season finale for Supernatural. I could use the ol' "Well, what do you expect from a show in its eleventh season?" backpedal, but let's move beyond that a bit and really talk about stakes. About how safe this show's become. How sheltered and snug it feels now. How everyone is safe from true harm and how that really affects the overall quality.

I'm not saying Supernatural has to be a death parade like Game of Thrones or Walking Dead, but occasionally something has to give - just to allow us viewers to feel a bit of danger. But here, in "Alpha and Omega," not only did we know Sam and Dean were going to be protected from real harm (Dean wasn't going to kill himself, Sam didn't get shot to death in the end), but the show also set the stage for a rather tepid ending to the Chuck/Amara drama.

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Arrow: Season 4 Finale Review

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 22:17

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Arrow’s fourth season has been a mix of good and bad, leaning a little more towards the former but never quite committing to one or the other. It’s fitting, then, that the season finale focused on the duality in Oliver Queen’s soul and the need for darkness and vengeance to go hand in hand with light and justice. But rather than give Season 4 the ending it needed and proving that the good truly outweighed the bad, “Schism” merely ended the year on a disappointing and thoroughly unsatisfying note.

For an episode where the threat of nuclear annihilation was hanging over Star City like a radioactive Sword of Damocles, there was a surprising lack of tension in this episode. Perhaps it was the relatively little time devoted to exploring the mass chaos and panic among the citizens of Star City. Perhaps it was the fact that Ollie and his friends seemed more interested in having heart-to-heart conversations and trading pep talks than responding to this imminent threat. Whatever the case, this was the most anti-climactic season finale on the show since… well, since the last one. There’s a pattern starting to form here.

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Twitter Mashed Up Game of Thrones and Hamilton and It's Perfect

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:35

Have you heard of Hamilton? It's this little Broadway musical that's slowly taking over the world, having won a Pulitzer, been invited to the White House, won a Grammy and been nominated for 16 Tony Awards. Now it's gotten an even better treat: the Twittersphere decided to mash it up with Game of Thrones.

Turns out the hit musical about the life of one of America's founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, mashes up perfectly with Game of Thrones. Using the hashtag #HamOfThrones, brilliant minds around the Internet came together to give us the gift of matching Hamilton lyrics to surprisingly perfect Game of Thrones situations.

"What Comes Next?" is really all about Daenerys Targaryen (and really, what does come next for her?):

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Superman #52 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 21:00

Note: because it's difficult to discuss the contents of this issue without spoiling the big twist, we've elected to include spoilers for Superman #52 below.

As flawed as the execution has been, "The Final Days of Superman" has been a boon for a franchise that's so often struggled in the New 52. Superman's improved characterization has generally been enough to make up for the odd pacing and haphazard story focus. Unfortunately, that's not the case in the finale, which doesn't make great use of its page space and fails to achieve the full emotional impact needed.

It goes without saying that a story involving the death of Superman needs to feature a foe worthy of the achievement. Denny Swan, the ordinary man-turned-raging Superman impostor, is not that foe. The villain simply isn't very compelling, more plot device than tragic figure. As such, this issue devotes entirely too much room to chronicling the final battle with Denny at the expense of what follows.

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Wayward Pines: Season 2 Premiere Review

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the Wayward Pines: Season 2 premiere follow. For a quick refresher of Season 1, check out our catch up/prep feature from yesterday.

By design, Wayward Pines: Season 2 was always going to feel a little repetitive. The Season 1 finale pretty much hit the reset button on the town, with Ethan Burke's son Ben waking up from a coma to find himself in almost the exact same position his father was in at the start of the pilot. While that was an amusing, full-circle way to end things, the show kind of shot itself in the foot if and when it did get picked up for a second season. But considering the show blew through all three books in the first 10 episodes, it was kind of assumed Wayard Pines was a one-and-done limited series.

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No Man's Sky Reportedly Delayed

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 20:26

The ambitious space exploration game No Man's Sky has reportedly been pushed back from its expected June release date.

Sources close to Kotaku have reported that No Man's Sky has been pushed to "at least" July or August. It was originally expected to launch on the PlayStation 4 and Steam on June 21.

Kotaku had an initial "reliable" source who reported the delay, while a second source working at retailer GameStop said their store was instructed to cover up any mention of June 21 on No Man's Sky marketing materials with a "Coming Soon" label. Photographic proof was provided.

We've reached out to Sony for comment.

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Justice League #50 Review

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 19:22

In any other week, Justice League #50 would easily qualify as the most significant DC release. This issue marks the finale of both "The Darkseid War" and Geoff Johns' entire run on the series. But with DC Universe Rebirth #1 also hitting stores today, this issue will have to settle for the second best Geoff Johns comic of the week.

This finale moves away from the choppy, back and forth villain reveals of its predecessor and into the long-awaited final conflict with Grail. Finally, this mysterious daughter of Darkseid receives the attention she deserves. Johns finds new depth with the character as he digs into her tragic past and the question of whether someone tainted with the blood of Darkseid can ever truly be redeemed. That quality gives this issue a somewhat more intimate feel, even as the general scope of the story remains as massive as ever.

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7 Crazy Expensive X-Men Figures

IGN.com - Wed, 05/25/2016 - 18:47

X-Men Apocalypse will hit cinemas later this week, with the highest budget of any X-Men film to date.

To coincide with the release, we compiled a list of some of the most expensive X-Men figures/statues currently available online, with prices morbidly inflated thanks to resellers getting their hands on limited edition pieces.

Here they are, from least (still coming in at over $1,000) to most expensive. Click right to see them all:

You can still find some of these pieces for cheaper than they're listed above, particularly on collector forums, but due to their limited quantities, they're likely to get even more expensive - and even more limited - as time goes on.

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