No, there's no hugely-hyped superhero series like Marvel's Daredevil in May (though here's your reminder to start watching Daredevil if you haven't!), but that doesn't mean Netflix is slowing its original series roll. Two more new Netflix shows premiere this month - the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin comedy Grace & Frankie and the sci-fi drama Between, starring iCarly's Jennette McCurdy - the latter especially notable as it's the first time Netflix will release a series with one episode a week, rather than their usual "Here's the whole season at once" method.
Square Enix has announced it will be holding a press conference at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, joining the likes of Bethesda, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Sony, and Microsoft.
The briefing will be held in downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 16, at 9am PT / 12pm ET / 5pm GMT, and 1am in Japan. During the conference, Square Enix will discuss its "exciting slate of games coming out in 2015 and beyond."
The conference will be available for streaming via Twitch and YouTube. Of course, IGN will be on-site to cover all the exciting announcements as well, so you can count on us to keep you updated on all the big reveals.
Nintendo of America has annouced a Nintendo Direct focusing on Xenoblade Chronicles X will take place tomorrow.
Confirmed for North America, the Nintendo Direct will happen on Friday, April 24, at 11am PT / 2pm ET.
After the Nintendo Direct, there will also be a Nintendo Treehouse: Live presentation with a focus on Xenoblade Chronicles X gameplay. This will feature folks from Nintendo of America traversing the planet of Mira, engaging alien creatures, and hopping in and out of mechs known as "Dolls."
Xenoblade Chronicles X is being released in Japan on April 29, but there still has been no word of when the game will come out in other regions. Our best clue so far is from Amazon Italy, which recently listed the game for a June 26 release date. We don't specifically know what'll be annouced, but it is possible that Nintendo will officially reveal a release date during the Direct.
Nintendo of Europe has announced that amiibo Touch & Play: Nintendo Classics Highlights will be coming to European Wii U owners next week, on April 30.
In a post on Twitter, the company revealed the exciting news, reminding fans it will be a free download.
— Nintendo of Europe (@NintendoEurope) April 23, 2015
It's a Mario Kart kind of week on the Wii U eShop, with the new Mario Kart 8 DLC Pack and 200CC update launching alongside the DS Virtual Console release of Mario Kart DS. Aside from that, the other big release this week is Cube Creator 3D, a Minecraft-like game on the 3DS. With only three total new releases this week, Nintendo seems to be saying to the world: "Hey, how about you play some Mario Kart?"
Cube Creator 3D ($4.99)
While seemingly every other platform in the world already has Minecraft, the 3DS does not. And it still doesn't, but Cube Creator 3D, from 3DS regulars Big John Games, promises to bring the creative crafting and survival reminiscent of Minecraft to the two-screened system. Cube Creator 3D features a Creative Mode and a Survival Mode, as well as touch screen controls and stereoscopic 3D. Also, it's only $4.99 for a limited time before it reverts to a higher price.
Note: Full spoilers for Justified: Season 6 follow.
Justified's final season was at times one of the best shows on TV and at other times... not. It was thrilling, boring, engaging, provocative, indolent, and breathtaking. Because the beginning and end of the season borrowed so much from the start of the series, it ended bold and resolute. It ended perfectly.
Let's start with the end by starting with the beginning.
Justified is, was, and always will be about Raylan changing. The series started with an incredible pilot episode, a miniature movie with all the flourish of a good action film. We met Raylan, the superficially self-aware, but introspectively unaware, lawman who liked his cowboy hats and guns and being "justified" in killing the baddies. His ex-wife pointed out the major theme of Raylan's life: anger. To Raylan, this was a punch in the gut.
A new trailer for Warner Bros.’ forthcoming Mad Max game has shed some light on how gameplay works.
Players will start the game with nothing other than their will to survive. Their first task, according to the trailer, is to build a new car; the Magnum Opus, which can be upgraded with items found throughout the wasteland to improve qualities like how well the car rams other cars, reducing the ferocity of impact from other vehicles, vehicle speed, and so on.
In a similar vein, players can also use items to craft and fortify armour, again adding boosts and tweaks like how much ammo is found when looting or how many hits Max can take before dying. Ammo is said to be limited, but players can find and create a host of makeshift weaponry.
Multiple Yoshi's Woolly World amiibo bundles have arrived on the UK Nintendo store.
The bundle comes with Yoshi's Woolly World on Wii U and your choice of a green, blue, or pink Yarn Yoshi amiibo for £54. A bundle containing all three is listed on the Nintendo store for £77, however it is currently sold out.
Also available is a Woolly World + Super Smash Bros Pack, which includes the Super Smash Bros Wii U bundle, plus the Green Yarn Yoshi bundle, for £220.
Joss Whedon had been talking about the difficulties involved in making a standalone Hulk movie, and explained why he doesn’t think that a Planet Hulk movie will necessarily work.
Whedon is currently busy doing the press rounds for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and when IGN grabbed a few minutes with him, we kicked off by asking about the journey that the character goes on in the movie.
“I always think that there are basically two Hulks” Whedon explained. “There’s horror movie Hulk and superhero movie Hulk. In the first film we got a taste of both and it really has to do with Banner’s attitude about who he is when he turns into the Hulk. And since the movie begins with the team together, the first thing we see is superhero Hulk, who has a level of cogency that makes him still useful and he isn’t just swatting things madly. But then, once the Scarlet Witch gets done with him, we get to see a vision of him that we have never seen before where he is completely out of control. And also clearly in a lot of pain. It was kind of beautiful to be able to go that far with him.”
Guild Wars 2 has unveiled another new feature coming in its Heart of Thorns expansion: Specialisations.
In a lengthy blog post, designer Jon Peters has revealed how Traits, Skills and more have now been streamlined into a single panel, while Elite Specialisations serve as the basis through which even more diverse professions may be introduced.
Codemasters has announced Overlord: Fellowship of Evil.
This time, following the death of the previous Overlord, players will take on the role of one of the four Netherghūls; undead servants of the dark arts hell-bent on reclaiming a world swallowed by the forces of good.
It’ll also feature local and online co-op. In keeping with the evil theme of the Overlord series, we’re told there will be ways in which players can shaft their teammates.
Although varying from the original Overlord formula, Fellowship of Evil is staying true to its roots. Marc Silk reprises his role of Gnarl, the wise old minion master, and heading up the writing side of things is the insanely talented Rhianna Pratchett, who penned the original scripts for both Overlord and Overlord 2.
Sony has discounted the price of PlayStation 4 to £299.99 in the UK, following Microsoft's recent Xbox One price cut.
The announcement was made in a post on Sony's official PlayStation UK Twitter account:
Just as we suspected, during the keynote at today's Reboot Develop conference, Assassin's Creed creator Patrice Desilets lifted the lid on the new episodic adventure series he and his team at Panache Digital Games are currently developing.
It's called Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, and, according to an announcement on the studio's official site, is "a third person action-adventure survival episodic game," in which gamers will get to "relive the greatest moments of mankind with a documentary twist."
Sony has released patch 1.03 for Bloodborne which reduces load times by "approx. 5-15 seconds", among other small tweaks.
As well as the improved load times, the patch adds loading screens giving you item descriptions, which have replaced the static Bloodborne logo.
IGN has tested the new load times for you: Start screen loading into online mode: 31 seconds. Chalice Dungeon to Hunter's Dream: 14.5 Seconds. Hunter's Dream to 1st Floor Sickroom: 30.2 seconds.
The loading screen changes have made a good game even better. Check out IGN's review of Bloodborne to find out why you should play it.
Nvidia has published the PC system requirements for Batman: Arkham Knight.
The post on the Geforce website has revealed Minimum, Recommended, and Ultra requirements.
Minimum System Requirements
UK artist Julie Alice Chappell creates sculptures of insects using old circuit boards, some of which came from discarded Nintendo consoles.
Chappell came across a big box of electronic components, and eventually started creating bug sculptures while enrolled on a Fine Arts degree.
The sculptures are not only beautiful, but also come with a meaning. Talking to My Modern Met, she says she is trying to highlight "the dangers of planned obsolescence and e-waste in the environment".
Capcom has revealed a new Ghostbusters game coming to iOS.
The game, titled Puzzle Fighter, is described by Capcom as part puzzler, part card game, part RPG, and will allow players to collect characters from the Ghostbusters universe.
Judging by the screenshots, Puzzle Fighter looks like a take on the match three gameplay made famous by Bejeweled and Candy Crush, albeit with a hint of combat thrown into the mix.
Roll 7’s political satire Not A Hero now has pricing info, pre-order details, and a demo.
On Steam, the game costs $12.99 / £9.99 / € 12.99, or if you’re looking for something extra, there’s a special edition at $19.99 / £14.99 / € 19.99, which comes with a copy of the game, a digital comic and artbook, a making of documentary, and the full soundtrack.
Anyone who pre-orders Not A Hero on Steam gets an additional 10 per cent off, and a copy of Roll 7’s OlliOlli, which is giftable if you already own it.
You can also download a demo of Not A Hero by visiting the official UJIP political party website.
Users on the Nintendo subreddit have begun planning a large scale project in order to map out the entire Mario universe in 3D.
The ambitious project is looking to include the Mushroom Kingdom, Yoshi's Island, Donkey Kong Country, and many more places, some that might be obscure even to the biggest Mario fan.
Convergence continues at DC Comics, bringing the past to the present and smashing it together for your own perverse pleasure. We got the next chapter in the Batman: Arkham Knight prequel, too.
Marvel has been in the news this week for its big twist in All-New X-Men. We review that issue along with the finale to the X-Men/Guardians Black Vortex crossover and the next issue of Star Wars.
Over in indie-land, we got the debut of Chip Zdarsky's Kaptara, another issue of Ninjak, and some more Adventure Time goodness.
We were down a reviewer this week, so help us out by giving us your thoughts on this week's releases in the comments.