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Titanfall 2: How Call of Duty's Creators Upped Their Game - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 04:00
The core team at Respawn is the same ex-Infinity Ward crew who built Call of Duty.

How Negan's Big Kill Compares to the Comics - Mon, 10/24/2016 - 01:15

Major spoilers for The Walking Dead, both TV show and comics, continue below. Read on at your own risk.

The Walking Dead finally let Negan deliver his killer blow in the Season 7 premiere, "The Day Will Come When You Won't Be," and it turned out he actually had two deaths to serve up.

Both Abraham and Glenn got some serious face time with Lucille, as Negan offed both of the key members of Rick's group in an effort to show the leader of Alexandria who really is in charge. By contrast, only Glenn was killed in issue 100 of Robert Kirkman's comics.

Click on the arrow to progress through and see how the TV show's major kills compare to Glenn's in the comics. Due to the graphic nature of both The Walking Dead comics and TV show, the slideshow below contains M-rated, violent imagery and strong language.

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A $2,000 Solid Gold Pikachu Card Is for Sale in Japan - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 23:26

To celebrate 20 years of Pokemon trading cards, the Pokemon Company has released a solid gold Pikachu card.

As spotted by Kotaku, the extravagant card is the result of a joint venture between the Pokemon Company and jeweler Ginza Tanaka, and is currently priced at 216,000 yen (USD$2081). Check it out in the gallery below!

If you're looking for something a little more, uh, affordable, The Pokemon Company also recently unveiled a new line of Mario and Luigi-themed merchandise that will be available for Pokemon Center shoppers in Japan.

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The Walking Dead: Season 7 Premiere Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 22:05

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Well, that was needlessly sadistic.

Listen, I understand that it's The Walking Dead. I know what comes with this show. I've read the comics too, which often have to get toned down when carried over to the screen (though not this time around, that's for sure). I get it. But this was a numbing trudge. An hour of Negan-splaining and cruelty.

Granted, I was against the Season 6 finale cliffhanger to begin with, so I had that sitting on my shoulder coming in. Last season, the show became a giant tease machine that seemed more interested in goosing the viewer, toying with fans' emotions, than it did with delivering on story. But there was still a chance to rebound with this premiere, if it was handled right.

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The Strain: "Do or Die" Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 22:00

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

There's still one episode left to go this season, but "Do or Die" could easily have worked as The Strain's Season 3 finale. It was certainly an eventful chapter, shaking up the status quo yet again and bidding farewell to several long-running characters. The fact that so much happened this week really begs the question of what bombshell the show has in store for fans in the actual finale.

It didn't hurt that "Do or Die" was such an Eldritch Palmer-centric episode. Palmer has always been one of the most fascinating and morally ambiguous characters on the show, and that certainly hasn't changed this year. Here, Palmer finally threw caution to the wind and openly betrayed the Master. In the process, the episode delivered a cool shootout scene and an answer to the ongoing mystery of just what was inside that crate the Master rushed in from Egypt. As it turns out, it wasn't a sarcophagus containing one of the Ancients. If we learned anything from "White Light," last week, it's that the Master would rather destroy his siblings than form alliances with them. Instead, the crate contained two suitcase nukes, one of which was already used to devastating effect. I do think this reveal would have had more impact if it had come before the climax of "White Light," but it still raises a number of interesting questions. Namely, what plan did the Master have for the other nuke, and how does Palmer intend to use it now?

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Locations For Battlefield 1's Field Manuals - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 22:00
Find the collectibles you're looking for.

Westworld: "Dissonance Theory" Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 20:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Hey, did you know Anthony Hopkins can be really, really scary?

Well, of course you do, but I love how Westworld took a few episodes to show Ford going to that scary place and for Hopkins to turn up his inner-Lecter. Oh, he wasn’t killing or eating anyone, but man was he scary and intimidating in that scene with Theresa.

While I’d noted Ford was obviously not seeing the Hosts in the more humane way Bernard (and others) were, he still felt like a fairly benevolent, albeit eccentric, figure up until now. But here he was in full threat mode, as he flat out told Theresa, “Don’t get in my way,” while revealing he had way more knowledge about what was going on at Westworld than it appeared – including Theresa’s current affair with Bernard and even her childhood experiences at the park, as he had purposely sat them at the same table she’d eaten at with her parents. Creepy.

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Ash vs Evil Dead: "DUI" Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 19:29

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.


"Pennzoil Platinum. Hello, baby."

"DUI" was a ferocious, action-packed episode that felt like it closed out a four-episode mini arc for the season. With Ruby and Kelly killing the "children," Ash getting revenge on the Delta 88 for killing his father (using Brock's bull-riding words to help stay atop the car!) and Pablo finally having a confrontation with the Necronomicon, this one snipped off some story threads so that we could get to Baal - who exploded from the hell portal right at the end.

I don't think this means Ash will be leaving Elk Grove or that there's a change of setting coming, but with Baal in the picture -- as this franchise's first true "big bad" -- the show's entering new territory. The book is gone as the goal and now there's an actual character coming to take its place - a target for Ash's saw and boomstick.

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6 Ways You Can Use Controllers to Play the Nintendo Switch - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 18:00
Learn more about every controller configuration you can use for Nintendo's upcoming console.

Daily Deals: Battlefield 1, Star Wars Blu-rays, Xbox Gift Cards - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 16:18

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Battlefield 1 for 20% Off

Our verdict is in on the latest sequel in the Battlefield series, and friends, the outlook's looking good. As Chloi says in our review, "Battlefield 1 does an amazing job of transplanting the fantastic chemistry of the series’ traditional multiplayer action into the weaponry and vehicles of World War I."

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How Watch Dogs 2 Addresses Player Freedom - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 15:13

One of the big changes in Watch Dogs 2 is its emphasis on player freedom when it comes to every single mission and encounter in the game. The three main ways to play are Aggressor (guns blazing), Ghost (neither seen nor heard), and Trickster (a techno agent of chaos), and it's up to you to choose which kind of Marcus you want to play as.


The video above showcases a single three-minute mission, but by flipping between the various streams on the right, you’re able to control which of the three play-styles you're viewing.

And for so much more coverage, check out our Watch Dogs 2 IGN First hub.

Marty Sliva is a Senior Editor at IGN. He once ate a whole blueberry. Follow him on Twitter @McBiggitty.

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Legends of Tomorrow's Justice Society Explained - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 14:00
They just made their Legends of Tomorrow debut, so let's take a look at the history of the DC super team.

Every Catchable Pokemon in the Sun and Moon Demo - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 14:00
There are a handful of Pokemon you can find in the Pokemon Sun and Moon demo, and even a Pokemon exclusive to the demo. Here's how you can get them.

Captain Marvel Director Announcement By End of Year - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 13:42

Marvel Studios is narrowing its search for the ideal director to helm Captain Marvel, and according to studio head Kevin Feige a decision on who will helm the film will likely be made within the next few months.

In an interview with Vulture, Feige said he expects to have a director selected by year's end. "We've been meeting amazing filmmakers," he noted, before explaining the studio's process in seeking out the right person for the job.

According Feige, the studio starts off each new film project with a general idea of what the movie will be before meeting and sharing the idea with potential directors, and then considering their pitch ideas. As such, it sounds like it's now just a matter of Marvel Studios deciding on which director's pitch to go with. If Feige's prior comments are any indication, Captain Marvel will likely be directed by a woman.

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Why Deadpool 2 Lost Its Director - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 13:37

Following Tim Miller's departure from Deadpool 2, a report has surfaced specifying the "creative differences" between the director and star Ryan Reynolds that may have led to the split.

According to The Wrap, Miller wanted a more "stylized" sequel, while Reynolds wanted to stay true to the first film's "raunchy comedy style."

Furthermore, Miller reportedly wanted to cast Bloodline and Friday Night Lights star Kyle Chandler as Cable in the sequel, which Reynolds didn't agree with. In the end, 20th Century Fox sided with Reynolds, prompting Miller to exit the project.

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New Logan Photo Confirms X-23 - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 12:17

Fox's upcoming Wolverine film Logan will indeed feature X-23.

A photo posted on the film's official Instagram account -- accompanied by a description that simply reads "Laura" -- confirms that the girl featured in the film's debut trailer (played by Dafne Keen) is Laura Kinney, the genetic clone known as X-23 who was created using Logan's DNA. Amusingly, they chose October 23rd, AKA 10/23, to confirm X-23 is in the film.

Photo of Laura (aka X-23), via Instagram

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7 Things Battlefield 1 Doesn't Tell You - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 08:00
Tips to conquer your enemies in the newest Battlefield game.

Daily Deals: 40% off GTA V, Doom, Overwatch, Xbox One Hard Drive - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:30

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GTA V is a Total Steal at £28

If you haven't yet sampled the mayhem of next-gen GTA V, consider scoring the game while console copies have reduced to £27.99. If you're like us and follow the market on these games you'll realise that this is as cheap as GTA ever gets; it is the only game that is notoriously known to hold its value (it's still £44.99 at GAME!). Forget the world-class campaign, £28 for GTA V is worth it just for GTA Online alone.

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Titanfall 2: How Call of Duty's Creators Upped Their Game - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 04:00
The core team at Respawn is the same ex-Infinity Ward crew who built Call of Duty (up through Modern Warfare 2).

Doctor Strange Review - Sun, 10/23/2016 - 02:00

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (Welcome to MCU: Part 14!), Doctor Strange is a bit of a contradiction, feeling both very familiar yet also very different from what has come before. Structurally, it’s another basic superhero origin story, but on the other hand, it’s going into a trippier, more psychedelic place than any comic book movie has before.

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the title character, the brilliant but arrogant surgeon Doctor Stephen Strange. After Strange gets in a car accident, his hands are mangled, putting an end to his career – something he refuses to accept, as he burns through his money trying every experimental surgical technique possible to repair his body. With no medical procedure able to help him, the desperate doctor turns to other avenues and a journey to a place called Kamar-Taj, where he is led to believe he will find a more spiritual manner to restore his life to what it once was.

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