Even as someone who had never played one of From Software’s Souls games for any significant length of time, I recently caught some of the infectious enthusiasm from some of IGN’s Dark Souls superfans, who’d been counting down the days to Bloodborne’s release. I’ve often been told that I’m missing out on some great, challenging-but-rewarding action-RPG games, and that I just need to put in a few hours to get into it. So this time I figured, what the heck: I’ll dive in head first, power through the awkward early hours with determination and an open mind, and join the fun.
So I did, for about 12 hours… and I hated it. After beating the Cleric Beast boss, I have no interest in going back for more. This is the story of why.
On Monday IGN attended the first episode premiere of Game of Thrones Season 5. We can't wait for you to see it too (on April 12, 2015), because we really want to talk about it. While our memories were still fresh, Zach Ryan and I recorded two conversations about Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 1, "The Wars to Come." In both conversations we talk about what the big moments in Episode 1 (along with what we've seen in the trailers) reveal about where Season 5 is going. The conversation above is totally spoiler safe. The conversation (and text) below, however, contains spoilers -- lots of them.
Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.
Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.
Jump'N'Shoot Attack – ($1.99)
ScrewAttack and FreakZone Games join forces to bring the spirit of Mega Man to the App Store in a new runner/shooter design. Take a look:
Final Fantasy XV's core cast is comprised entirely of male characters, a decision that was made to make the game "more approachable," according to game director Hajime Tabata.
"Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players," Tabata told GameSpot in a recent interview. "Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way,"
In an effort to increase the diversity in their in-game world of occupied Philadelphia, Deep Silver Dambuster Studios is accepting applications from the public to be scanned and modeled as non-player characters (NPCs).
Those interested can submit photos via the studio's official website. According to the terms and conditions, one must be at least 18 years old and able to travel to Nottingham in the UK for the 30-minute facial scanning process.
The developer will be contacting applicants throughout the year and reassures people to not become upset if they don't hear back right away. It's possible these scans will also be used in the studio's prospective projects, as a note on the site clearly states they're "looking for new faces to feature in Homefront: The Revolution and other future video games."
Steam has partnered with SEGA to launch a large weekend-long PC game sale beginning today and ending on Monday, March 30.
Featuring the entire catalogs of the Total War, Company of Heroes, and Dawn of War series, the sale also offers discounts on sports management games NHL: Eastside Hockey Manager and Football Manager 2015.
Alien Isolation is also available, with a 75% discount on its normal retail price.
Additionally, SEGA has complied all of their games into one large bundle available for $80, £60, €70.
Check back with Steam daily or SEGA's Twitter feed to stay up-to-date with all of their offerings.
To celebrate the upcoming Call of Duty championships, Activision has shared some strange but impressive stats about the Call of Duty game series.
Before you take a look, go ahead and guess how many grenades Call of Duty players have thrown. Hint: a lot.
The stats above were gathered only from Call of Duty games that have been released since 2010, unless otherwise noted. The core Call of Duty games released in that time span include Black Ops, Modern Warfare 3, Black Ops II, Ghosts, and Advanced Warfare.
Update: This news was revealed by Wired UK, and in their report they specifically state that Johnny Storm is not an Inhuman, so there goes that theory.
Talking about the series, Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe said, "It's fitting that the first Marvel hero to encounter the Inhumans is joining up with them. Johnny Storm is one of the best characters in the Marvel U and he's shaking up the Inhumans side of the Marvel U in a big way. Just wait until you see the last page!"
The original story is below.
In a teaser image for the upcoming Uncanny Inhumans comic book, it was revealed that Johnny Storm -- aka the Human Torch of the Fantastic Four -- will be joining the Inhumans.
Warning: this article contains spoilers for Batman Eternal #51!
It turns out that the big twist in Batman Eternal #50 last week was a red herring after all. No sooner did the series reveal that it was D-List villain Cluemaster pulling the strings of Gotham's many heroes and villains than it delivered another swerve. The true mastermind behind Gotham's descent into madness is none other than Lincoln March. Or as he prefers to be called, Thomas Wayne, Jr.
The twist came in the final pages of the issue, after Cluemaster gloated about outsmarting Batman and playing on the fact that the Caped Crusader would never suspect such a small-time criminal of being capable of such a plot. Just as Cluemaster was about to shoot Batman in the head, March emerged from the shadows and slit the villain's throat. Cluemaster's dying words were, "No... not according to plan..." To which March replied, "Your plan, maybe."
The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is hitting stores shelves for the first time on Friday, March 27th at a select number of Best Buy locations.
Powered by Oculus, the Gear VR is a head-mounted virtual reality headset that uses your phone as a screen, with games and other apps available from the Oculus VR app store.
The model making its retail debut at Best Buy is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 smartphone and will cost $200. Samsung is also working on a version compatible with the upcoming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.
Samsung first began selling the Gear VR Innovator Edition online in December last year, but this upcoming debut is the first time people will be able to walk into a store, demo the Innovator Edition, and purchase it on the spot.
Five episodes into Season 3, History's period drama Vikings has been picked up for a fourth season.
"Vikings has raided the hearts of both audiences and critics, establishing itself as one of the most compelling, visually stunning dramas on television," said History EVP and GM Dick Hoogstra.
Deadline reports that production on Season 4 will begin this spring in Ireland.
Vikings is currently averaging 4.3 million total viewers (2.2 million adults 25-54) and is ranked No. 1 for cable on Thursday nights in all key demos.
Two new Transformers Combiner Wars figures have been revealed.
The reveal took place on the official Facebook page. The two new Transformers, which are both due out in May, are Brake-Neck and Quickslinger.
The Combiner Wars series, for those yet to hear, allows for the creation of an Ultra Transformer. Each toy does the usual Transformer-ey type of stuff – turns into either a robot or a vehicle – but certain ones can also be used as legs or arms when combined with other figures. One of the previous series saw the creation of Ultra Prime, which is freakin’ badass.
The official Facebook didn’t post any pricing details yet, so be sure to keep an eye on IGN for further updates. In the meantime, did you hear the one about the father and son team who’ve been turning used car parts into massive Transformers? You really should.
Although Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim 2 won't be released for almost two years, you can return to the world of Kaiju creatures this November with a new title from Legendary Comics, Pacific Rim: Tales From the Drift.
The four-part mini-series will be an official tie-in to the films with a story from Pacific Rim screenwriter Travis Beacham written by The Bunker creator Joshua Hale Fialkov. The series, which will feature art from Marcos Marz (Batman Confidential), is a continuation of the story in Pacific Rim: Tales From Year Zero.
Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will be coming to more cities in the United States, Canada, and Australia this year, and will tour Europe in 2016.
This video game concert featuring a familiar yellow, electric mouse originally premiered in 2014 during the the 2014 Pokémon World Championships. It has all-new orchestral arrangements and carefully timed visuals that explore the franchise's history all the way from Pokémon Red and Blue to the recent additions of Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby.
Tickets for all Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions performances go on sale on Saturday, March 28, 2015. However, loyal Pokémon fans have the opportunity to purchase tickets one day before the general public! Just use the presale code MELOETTA to purchase tickets on Friday, March 27, 2015. Additional venue and location details will be coming soon.
The currently untitled Smurfs reboot was originally planned for a summer of 2016 release, but Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday that the film has been pushed to March 31, 2017.
The reboot is a fully animated feature with no connection to the recent animated/live action hybrid films. It's said to be closer in tone to Peyo's original Smurfs. "With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo's original creation, we're embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide," said Sony Pictures' President of Worldwide Distribution Rory Bruer.
Director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) updated fans on The Smurfs' production blog, saying, "So when my partners and I here at Sony Pictures Animation realized that rushing towards a summer 2016 release date meant having to launch production on a story that was not fully in the place we wanted it to be yet, we have decided to give ourselves a little more time to not compromise quality and deliver the truly smurftastic movie we all want to see on the big screen."
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Fresh MMO Crowfall's Kickstarter campaign has ended after 30 days, with the fledgling title managing to pull in $1,766,204 from 16,936 backers.
F1 2015 will launch on the PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One from June 12 2015.
Unlike previous releases, the latest instalment of the racing franchise will arrive much earlier in the F1 season, boasting an all-new handling system and game engine.
“F1 2015 marks an exciting new chapter for Codemasters and Formula One; it’s a shift in direction for the game series, on new formats and our brand new game engine, with the game set to be released earlier in the season, launching this June,” said game director for Codemasters, Paul Jeal.
So what's new for F1 2015? In addition to the "spectacular visual fidelity", Codemasters' believes this is the best game yet for physics-based handling.
After a few weeks of brand new retail releases from Nintendo, March is going out like a lamb, with the marquee titles being a neat little arcade-style game from WayForward's James Montagna on Wii U and a new Lego Ninjago game on 3DS. Virtual Console also continues its steady trickle with the GBA game Namco Museum on Wii U.
Dot Arcade ($4.99)
Dot Arcade is the result of WayForward's James Montagna messing around with an 8-by-8 light dot grid and coming up with a fun retro, high-score wrapper for it all. Dot Arcade includes three games: Mr. Snake (where you eat things), Dodge Club (where you dodge things), and Rally Driver (where you race things).
The Valve-approved fan-created mod, dubbed Half-Life 2: Update, will be releasing on Steam tomorrow, completely free of charge.
The 7GB add-on serves up a number of visual enhancements, including improved lighting effects and more detailed environmental textures. A number of bugs that plagued the original PC release have been fixed as well.
Earlier this month at GDC, Valve announced it was experimenting with Half-Life in virtual reality. Whether or not the beloved first-person shooter franchise will ever make its way to VR remains to be seen, but the prospect of such an experience sounds awfully promising.