Spoilers for Act 1 ahead. Head over here for our full Broken Age: Act 1 review.
Broken Age: Act 2 is a smart, fun, challenging cap to Double Fine’s Kickstarted adventure. Still just as gorgeous and well-written, Act 2 is nearly twice as long as its predecessor. It ups the ante with surprising new characters, intriguing story reveals, and some really ingenious puzzles for the most part. There are a few nagging challenges along the way, but nothing that really detracts from the fantastic adventure at hand.
Picking up right at Act 1’s phenomenal cliffhanger, a bulk of Act 2's charm is how it flips the first part’s script on its head. I really enjoyed how the theme of role reversal seeps through nearly every moment of Act 2. Exploring a decrepit Mog Chothra as Vella, and meeting the citizens of Meriloft as Shay shine new light on the events of the first half of the game. Controlling both characters as they come to terms with the realizations that they’ve been lied to for a bulk of their lives constantly provides hilarious, and often-times poignant moments. It's a well-written and surprisingly-mature story of growing up, dealing with the messes life throws at you, and ultimately coming out a better person.
Note: Full spoilers for the episode follow.
When times get tough, the best thing to do is leave town. After knocking Cruella off a cliff last week, Emma heads out of Storybrooke with Regina to get out from under Gold's thumb, but it doesn't go as planned. Shocker. But it does deliver some fantastic Regina and Emma scenes. Their relationship is the one that's evolved the most over the years, and this episode showed me I'd be happy to watch them driving around the country having adventures a la Sam and Dean Winchester in Supernatural.
The most solid parts of "Lily" were in the moments when Regina had to talk Emma off a ledge. She obviously has experience in overcoming her Evil Queen tendencies, and literally no one else could have reached Emma in the same way. Not even Hook. Lana Parrilla infused Regina's words with the weight of the character's past actions too and made them stick.
Fresh off confirming plans for a shared Transformers universe, Hasbro has now revealed that it is working with IDW Publishing to craft an all-female Transformers team.
The news broke via USA Today that the team will consist of six new female Autobots who join to form new "Combiner" character, Victorion. Expect the group to appear first in comics with July's Transformers: Combiner Hunters miniseries, with Hasbro debuting a toy line sometime later this year.
The studio head for Halo 5: Guardians, Josh Holmes, has teased via Twitter that a special edition console for the upcoming shooter is in the works.
“There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s pretty sweet,” Homes wrote in response to a fan's question if there are plans for an Xbox One Edition Halo 5.
@juliocurt There is a limited edition console coming, yes. It hasn’t been revealed yet, but it’s pretty sweet. :)
— Josh Holmes (@JoshingtonState) April 26, 2015
Spoilers for "Bad Money" within.
“Bad Money” manages to dig Pied Piper’s hole even deeper as Richard accepts financial backing from a has-been egomaniacal billionaire named Russ Hanneman (Chris Diamantopoulos), a man famous – and rich – for “putting radio on the Internet” in the mid-90s. Meanwhile, Gavin Belson does his own grave digging as he makes an ill-advised comparison between the struggles of living as a successful billionaire and the plight of the Jews in Nazi Germany, a thread that doesn’t provide as many laughs as it could.
Hanneman is the real center of this episode, as nearly the entire cast is left to react to Diamantopoulos’ antics. The character isn’t all that original, but in the context of the show’s status quo he out-Erlichs Erlich in a pretty funny way; he’s an obnoxious but oddly charismatic salesman and showman. Bad Money” stretches the Hanneman gag a bit too far to the point of it being tiresome, but there are some funny bits in between -- most notably the auto-fill Google results when the gang searches his name, and the writers pitting him against Erlich at every possible turn. Plus, Diamantopoulos gets to deliver some funny one-off lines; “I’ve got three nannies suing me right now, one of the for no reason!” is a particular favorite.
Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow...
Despite not quite knowing why Moat Cailin was featured on the episode at all ('twas in the opening credits, there was a big establishing shot at one point, and then nothing happened there), "High Sparrow" was a strong episode that helped shape and twist the show's huge sprawling story back to the first two seasons. Oh, and it gave us a wedding that actually ended in a happy consummation night (at least for one of the participants)! Lest you thought that was an impossibility in Westeros at this point.
But yeah - the North still remembers! The most interesting stuff this season so far has been happening up and around Winterfell and the Wall, where forces are aligning - albeit separately - to recapture the land once ruled by the Starks. Sansa is entering into a marriage with ex-bastard/current-psycho Ramsay while Stannis is readying his men to march into war within a fortnight. There are a lot of moving parts here and I can't wait to see how they all intersect - either to bring about triumph or more tragedy.
Super Troopers 2's Indiegogo campaign has pulled in more than $4.4 million.
The campaign fell shy of the 'Live bears in the movie' stretch goal of $4.5 million, but more than 50,000 people contributed funds to the total tune of $4,444,430 USD.
The Indiegogo campaign secured $2 million in its first 24 hours.
Super Troopers 2 is now the second most successful crowdfunded film behind 2013's Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign.
The latest standalone Wolverine may have found its screenwriter in Michael Green, whose credits include Green Lantern and the upcoming Blade Runner 2.
The Wrap reports Green is currently working with director James Mangold to pen Hugh Jackman's final outing as Logan in the X-Men franchise. A previous draft of the script was written by The Wolverine scribe, David James Kelly. It's unclear whether Green is working on rewrites or starting over.
Wolverine 3 will mark Jackman's eighth time playing the mutant, unless he makes an appearance in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Welcome to Power Rankings, IGN's weekly look at what has dominated the pop culture ecosystem. Using raw data collected from IGN, we've made order out of chaos, and bring you the heaviest hitters this week!
This week, the reveal of Jared Leto's Joker from the David Ayer Suicide Squad movie turned the Internet upside down, and resulted in a #1 ranking. Avengers: Age of Ultron shot up the charts with a huge overseas bow, and Daredevil hung in for another week. GTA 5's PC release also cracked the top ten.
See all of the rankings below, and be sure to visit next week to see how your favorites fared!
This year's C2E2 convention was fairly quiet in terms of new Marvel announcements, as the company is still keeping a lid on their post-Secret Wars plans this fall. But they did announce several new Secret Wars tie-ins at the show this weekend, as well as a couple promising new ongoing series and an actual release date for the long-gestating Captain America: White. Scroll down to find out what was announced and when you can read it.
Creative Team: Nick Spencer & Ramon Rosanas
Release Date: August 2015
While Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron doesn't open in the US until this Friday, it dominated the international box office over the weekend.
Variety reports that the $250 million production has already opened to $201.2 million across 44 territories, and it was the highest grossing film in all locations. The debut was higher than expected, with Disney projecting between $160 million to $175 million.
Age of Ultron also broke IMAX records with the largest international opening in IMAX history, not counting China, earning $10.4 million across theaters.
Marvel's latest movie is projected to earn north of $200 million when it opens Friday in the US. Some analyst are even expecting it to top the first Avengers film, which had a record-breaking $207.4 million opening.
The latest trailer for The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? has hit the Internet, offering us more images of Nicolas Cage donning his Superman light-up suit created for the unproduced project.
The documentary from Jon Schnepp promises to tell the story of the ultimately doomed Nicolas Cage/Tim Burton Superman movie that halted right before production began.
The new trailer teases interviews with key members of the Superman Lives team, including director Tim Burton, third screenwriter Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler), and first screenwriter Kevin Smith. You can also see previously unseen footage of Nicolas Cage in a special effects test and more of the light-up Superman suit.
Not only did Furious 7 top the domestic box office for the fourth weekend in a row, it is now only the third film after Titanic and Avatar to ever pass $1 billion internationally. (Most billion-dollar grossing films are a combination of domestic and international totals to reach $1 billion.)
Furious 7 is now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time at the worldwide box office. It also became the highest-grossing film in China this weekend, surpassing Transformers: Age of Extinction.
And with meek competition at home, Furious 7 easily remained the No. 1 movie at the North American box office this weekend with an estimated $18.3 million. It's month-long reign will certainly end when Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron opens stateside next weekend.
A source close to director Guillermo del Toro has confirmed to IGN that the filmmaker's collaboration with Hideo Kojima on Silent Hills is "not gonna happen."
During a question and answer session last night with fans at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the director commented on his involvement with the project, saying he and Hideo Kojima will no longer be working together on the game.
One fan in attendance tweeted out a statement made by del Toro during last night's panel.
At NicoNico Chokaigi, Gengar was revealed to be the latest addition to Pokkén Tournament's roster of fighters.
The addition of Gengar was determined by the public through a Twitter campaign that ran when Pokkén Tournament was annouced in August 2014. Gengar's reveal trailer showed a variety of moves, some of which appear to be Night Shade, Feint Attack, and Lick. The Shadow Pokémon's ultimate move, also known as a "Burst Attack," was shown to be its Mega Evolution.
Pokkén Tournament is an upcoming arcade fighter being made in collaboration between The Pokemon Company and Bandai-Namco. It originally introduced the fighting-type Pokémon, Machamp and Lucario, in the game's annoucement trailer.
Today, Activision held its "world reveal" of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
A new trailer, some news about the release date and beta, and new screenshots were dropped. We're looping everything together in one convenient spot so you don't have to go hunting.
Here's what you need to know about the next Call of Duty.
Set to Paint it Black by The Rolling Stones, the trailer gives us a first look at Black Ops 3 gameplay and offers some story context about how soldiers are becoming less and less human.
Most importantly, it confirms the leaked Black Ops 3 release date of November 6, 2015 was correct.
Every year, the studio developing Call of Duty tries something new to shake up the familiar formula.
Sledgehammer Games, for example, wanted more speed and verticality, so Advanced Warfare had jetpack-like Exo suits. Treyarch’s plan for Black Ops 3 doesn’t sound as revolutionary, and until you play the game, it might not make any sense.
They’re taking the shootiest shooter around, and… adding more shooting. That’s not cynicism; it’s genuine astonishment.
When I visited Treyarch to see Black Ops 3 in action, the developers kept using the phrase “guns up.” Boiled down, it means no matter what you’re doing, you’re going to have full control of your weapon.
If you pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops III, you’ll have access to a multiplayer beta before the game is launched later this year.
“The public MP beta will be available for anyone who pre-orders the game,” said Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia. “We want people to play before it launches. The team is so excited to offer this opportunity, which is something the franchise hasn’t done since Call of Duty: World at War.”
Last week, leaked promotional images suggested a Black Ops 3 beta would soon be announced. Now, Activision has made the news official.
Treyarch has revealed the minimum PC hardware requirements needed to run Call of Duty: Black Ops 3.
A release date has not yet been announced (though a possible Black Ops 3 release date was leaked), but Call of Duty games typically release in November, meaning you have plenty of time to get your PC in shape if necessary. Here’s what you’ll need:
Minimum PC Specs