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Star Wars Rebels: "Legends Of The Lasat" Review

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:34

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

 

Arguably the least fleshed out member of the Ghost crew up until now got his own episode this week, and it was a really strong spotlight for Zeb – or Captain Zeb, as we discovered.

The back-and-forth Zeb had between processing the incredible fact that at least two of his people were alive, mixed with his resentment for their pacifist, spiritual ways, was an interesting place to put the usually comical character in – and it was great to see Ezra flat out ask Zeb why he was acting so strangely, in the face of what was such amazing news. Zeb’s story, about the fall of Lasan and the destruction of the palace, and how he felt responsible, was an impactful beat as well.

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Funko Announces Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Mopeez

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:27

Funko has announced that a line of Batman v Superman Mopeez will be coming out in March.

You'll soon be able to get Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman in cute, plushie from from the Funko website.

Funko also has a number of DC Pins available now, from heroes such as Batman and Robin, to villains like The Joker and The Penguin.

The Mopeez will be out just in time for the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which is hitting theaters on March 26. If Mopeez aren't your thing, maybe you'll want to check out this Batman Barbie instead.

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The Division Is Free When You Buy a Logitech Gaming Keyboard

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:13

Logitech just unveiled its latest and greatest gaming keyboard, the G810 Orion Spectrum, and we have the full review here. To sweeten the deal, the company is bundling Ubisoft’s The Division with three of its gaming keyboards starting February 8th in the US.

The three keyboards that come bundled with The Division include the all new G810 Orion Spectrum, the G910 Orion Spark, and the 10-keyless G410 Atlas Spectrum. All of these keyboards feature Logitech’s proprietary Romer-G mechanical switches and full RGB lighting.

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10 Up-Close Photos of Zelda's Wolf Link Amiibo

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:03

The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD is coming on March 4, and with it, Nintendo's Wolf Link amiibo.

Riding atop Wolf Link is Midna—the "mysterious and mischievous imp" who helps Link save the Twilight Realm and Hyrule.

The Wolf Link amiibo unlocks an optional challenge dungeon in which players must fight enemies as Link's legendary twilit form. Using the amiibo, players can record their best times in the Cave of Shadows and share it with friends.

All amiibo in the Zelda family work with Twilight Princess HD. For instance, the Link and Toon Link amiibo replenish your arrows, while Zelda and Sheik refill your hearts. Ganondorf, on the other hand, will double enemy damage.

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Doom Release Date Announced by Bethesda

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:00

Bethesda revealed Doom's release date is May 13. It will be available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC simultaneously.

Bethesda also announced the release of a "premium collector's edition," as well as bonuses for players who pre-order the game.

The collector’s edition includes a 12-inch tall statue of the Revenant demon "modeled from actual in-game 3D files." The statue is mounted on an LED-lit base "with internal, slow-spinning turbine from the UAC facility on Mars." The collector's edition also includes a copy of the game and comes in a "battle worthy metal case."

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Friends Star Joins the Top Gear Line-up

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:49

Former Friends star Matt LeBlanc will be one of the new presenters of Top Gear.

The 48-year-old actor, known for his role as the dimwitted-but-loveable Joey Tribbiani, is the first non-British host in the show’s 39-year history.

"As a car nut and a massive fan of Top Gear, I'm honoured and excited to be a part of this iconic show's new chapter," said LeBlanc told the BBC. "What a thrill!"

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Uncharted 4 PlayStation 4 Bundle Coming in April

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:46

In celebration of Uncharted 4's launch this April, Sony will release a special Limited Edition PS4 console bundle themed around Naughty Dog's upcoming action game.

According to an announcement on PlayStation Blog, the bundle includes a 500GB Gray Blue PlayStation 4 that features "a silk-screened image of Nathan Drake," as well as a matching controller and a disc-based copy of the game.

The console will be available in the United States and Canada on April 26 for $400 USD / $500 CAD. A 1TB version will launch in Europe and the UK on April 27 and April 29, respectively. Those who pre-order the bundle will receive a bonus voucher that includes "an Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune Outfit, Golden Weapon Skin, and Uncharted Points to use in Multiplayer Mode."

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3 Prototype Maps Coming to Rocket League

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:42

Three new prototype maps will be joining a playlist called Rocket Labs in Rocket League this month.

According to Gamespot, the new maps will have "wildly different layouts" to the existing ones, and will have a "virtual reality-inspired aesthetic."

Utopia Retro is a circular map which harks back to the days of Rocket League's predecessor, Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. Underpass has different elevations, opening up the door for more aerial maneuvers. Double Goal looks how it sounds; there are two different openings for the goals on each side of the map.

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Comic Book Reviews for February 3, 2016

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:16

The comic industry rang in the month of February with several big releases. Miles Morales finally got his own ongoing series again as Marvel kicked off the adjective-less Spider-Man. Not to be outdone, Deadpool got another comic in the form of Deadpool and the Mercs for Money #1. Elsewhere, Dynamite relaunched their Dejah Thoris comic and Image began an important new chapter of The Walking Dead.

Scroll down to check out our reviews for these and many other new comics. And be sure to let us know your favorite books this week in the comments below.

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505 Games Announces Sandbox 3D RPG Portal Knights

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:00

The publisher behind Terraria has announced its newest IP, Portal Knights, comes to Steam Early Access beginning February 25.

Developed by Frankfurt, Germany's Keen Games, the 3D sandbox RPG features randomly generated worlds, crafting, 3 player classes, and a "lightweight levelling system" 505 Games says allows "unique role-playing," letting players vary their goals and play-style.

Portal Knights also offers 4-player cooperative play, so players can team up with friends to "build structures, explore dungeons, and overcome the toughest perils." Perils include the Portal Guardians, big bosses 505 Games describes as "the most formidable beasts in the realm."

Players can pick from 3 different classic RPG classes: warrior, mage, or ranger, and appearance, abilities and gear are all customizable. In addition to character customization, players can build and furnish houses and farms, as well as other structures. Building can be undertaken cooperatively as part of the multiplayer element of Portal Knights.

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New Avengers Academy Mobile Game Boasts a Big Cast

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:59

Available to download as of today, the new mobile game Marvel Avengers Academy takes a very different look at Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, putting many of Marvel’s iconic heroes and villains in a "What if?" college setting.

Mixing together elements of action -- including combat training to go along with your regular classes and sports -- and social life (there’s dating as well), the game features a notable voice cast, including Priyanka Chopra (Quantico) as Ms. Marvel, Alexandra Daddario (True Detective) as Wasp, Colton Haynes (Arrow) as Thor, Bella Thorne (Scream: The TV Series) as Tigra, Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Spider-Woman, Dave Franco (Neighbors) as Tony Stark, Alison Brie (Community) as Black Widow, rapper A$AP Rocky as Falcon and WWE superstar John Cena as Hulk. Other characters in the game include Loki, Hawkeye, Vision, Ant-Man, War Machine, Captain Marvel, Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Enchantress and Taskmaster.

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Zelda: Twilight Princess HD Looks Better Than You Think

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 08:58

Most of my concerns about The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD went out the window the minute I saw it running on Wii U. My demo started smack in the middle of the decaying Sacred Grove, and I was immediately struck by the improved high resolution textures. It’s no secret that Twilight Princess has aged poorly, but that’s a natural consequence for a game designed around Standard Definition televisions in 2006. The models and environments look the same, but the texture updates are instantly noticeable. Many have been updated to look better in HD, while others others have been replaced completely. The familiar Triforce crest in the center of the Sacred Grove’s weathered shrine looks as if it's stood up against the test of time. You can see faint cracks in the detailed stone surface, with shadows from the overhanging trees around the quiet sanctuary adding a layer of ambience. It looked so much better than any prior footage I’d seen before, but wait until you hear how it plays.

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Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Gaming Keyboard Review

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 04:00

As I get older, my tastes change. In my youth, I loved stereotypical gamer aesthetic of crazy lines, bright colors, and LED lighting for PC cases. But now, I find myself wanting a simpler aesthetic and fewer lights, especially on electronics that reside in the bedroom. As fun as it is watching your keyboard, mouse, and computer case barf rainbows in unison, it makes it quite difficult to sleep. It’s fine if you love lighting up your system but it’s just not for me.

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Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #1 Review

IGN.com - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 00:00

If mo money means mo problems, we can’t even imagine the trouble mo' mercs chasing mo' money brings. Luckily for us, Cullen Bunn and Salva Espin can, the result being Deadpool’s latest mini, Deadpool & The Mercs For Money #1. Culling the best of the best (read: the cheapest of the cheapest) mercenaries from Deadpool’s solo title, this new series sees Deadpool and Co. as they look to make an honest buck through dishonest means. It’s not a particularly new concept, but it’s one done well enough to merit a look.

At once calling to mind similar misfit titles such as the Superior Foes of Spider-Man, Bunn’s first matter of business is fleshing out the book’s extended cast. Deadpool is a known property, some would argue too known, and the fact that his supporting players often sported the same red and black togs made it tough at times to differentiate one bumbling idiot from the next. Bunn corrects that here by giving each character their own lived in life. He introduces them mid-battle, gifting each with a quick blurb and character specific banter to go along with Espin’s well-tailored designs. By the time the actual mission gets underway we have a decent sense of the characters and what they bring to the table, with Deadpool himself playing the straight man, or the closest equivalent.

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Supernatural: "Don't You Forget About Me" Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 23:01

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

I really liked this episode. Even more than the midseason premiere a few weeks ago. Despite that episode's twists and final act death. "Don't You Forget About Me" (named after the Simple Minds song made famous by The Breakfast Club) was just really emotional and satisfying, and it caught us up on the lives of several key Supernatural players that many of us have formidable feeling for.

With the Darkness (and Casifer) laying low, Sam and Dean took the chance (after a phone call from Claire) to visit Jody and her surrogate clan of traumatized strays. And of course, Jody herself is no stranger to having one's life shattered by the secret world of monsters. So this was already a stitched-together crew we were rooting for and hoped would find their way to better days. But now Alex's past as a vampire pet would come back to haunt them in a very dark way. But, ultimately, also unite them and spin the two girls off on their own separate, but very fitting, directions in life.

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Arrow: "Unchained" Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 22:57

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

It was a night of big reunions on Arrow this week, and not just because Colton Haynes returned to reprise his role as Roy Harper. Four major players from seasons past returned in one form or another. “Unchained” had a lot of material to juggle, but it did so deftly and efficiently. This episode easily ranks among the best of Season 4 to date.

It’s hard to pinpoint any one reason why “Unchained” worked as well as it did. No one storyline or character conflict stood out from the rest. Everything just worked together smoothly in a way that doesn’t always happen on this show. Director Kevin Fair (a veteran of Smallville in its later years) surely deserves some credit for that. Fair delivered an episode that was slick, stylish and tightly paced throughout.

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Always Sunny: "Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs" Review

IGN.com - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 22:29

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Aside from not buying into the initial set-up, "Mac & Dennis Move to the Suburbs" was pretty damn great. Yeah, I don't know where they got the idea of it being somehow cheaper to rent a very nice house than a s***hole apartment, but these two had to get out to Cul-De-Sac Land somehow. So I'm being needlessly nitpicky. Because as a city boy now living in the suburbs, a lot of this episode really hit home with the hilarity.

The horrible time suck, rage-inducing commute. The dead-on notion that weird machine/home noises in the midst of pin drop quiet are vastly worse than the blended calamity of a city. The chatty neighbors you want nothing to do with. The resentment you feel driving to work coupled with the isolation you feel cooped up at home. Some of it's cliche, but also accurate. And throwing the likes of Mac and Dennis into this hell really worked well. Especially given Always Sunny's penchant for instant irony. Like Dennis assuming his drive will be relaxing and then immediately cutting to him going psychotic on the freeway and calling everyone a "fat pig." Or the two of them assuming they'll get a great night sleep and then...well, you understand.

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Watch This Year's Big Super Bowl Commercials

IGN.com - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:52

With a sizable percentage of America tuning in to watch Super Bowl 50 this Sunday, companies shell out millions and go for broke trying to get your attention and win your affections with commercials. And in recent years, those same companies started releasing their Big Game ads ahead of time, online, for all to check out on their own time. So here they are, for your enjoyment. Spots featuring the likes of Drake, Steven Tyler, Ryan Reynolds, Helen Mirren, Liam Neeson, and more!

We'll be updating this story as more of the ads are released (or in some cases, the full versions of ads, where a teaser is put out ahead of time), so make sure to check back to see what's new!

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Unlocked: Will Elder Scrolls VI Be Announced at E3?

IGN.com - Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:20

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On this week's Xbox show, Bethesda announces that they'll put on another E3 press conference. We speculate about what will – and won't – be there. Plus: a 40-minute interview with Unravel creative director Martin Sahlin, The Division beta reactions, how we'd kill Spartan Locke in the first scene of Halo 6, and much more!

Oh, and Unlocked now has its own snazzy new homepage! Bookmark this: go.ign.com/unlocked

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