Weeks away from the release of Halo 5: Guardians, 343 Industries has finally lifted the lid on Halo 5’s Forge mode. A new post on the Halo Waypoint blog from studio head Josh Holmes and Forge lead designer Tom French describes Halo 5’s Forge mode as a “giant leap forward” and “the biggest evolution of the feature since the original was released with Halo 3.”
“The creativity of the Forge community knows no bounds and our goal was to give them more power and control than ever before,” writes Holmes. “We wanted to remove as many constraints as possible so they can create high quality maps that rival the ones that we are shipping with the game.”
It appears Minecraft PC players will gain the ability to fly soon.
Minecraft lead developer Jens Bergensten took to Twitter to tease a “new dramatic feature” expected in the next update.
I didn't want a hypetrain but there's no stopping "Trollmaso", right? =) Yes, new dramatic feature, likely out in the next snapshot.
— Jens Bergensten (@jeb_) October 6, 2015
Bergensten then tweeted a series of gifs and images showing a character flying through the use of a magic cape. It is apparently not craftable and must be found. It folds when you’re grounded and replaces any equipped capes.
Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed new concept art for Daredevil's second season, available in poster form at this weekend's New York Comic-Con. Check it out below:
Marvel is bringing all its TV properties to New York Comic-Con, which runs from October 8-11. One panel will be devoted to ABC's Agent of SHIELD and Agent Carter, and the other on Netflix series' Daredevil and Jessica Jones. We are anticipating seeing the first real footage from the latter series at the con.
Polish developer CD Projekt Red has said its next game, Cyberpunk 2077, will be "far bigger" than anything its done before - including its last enormous game, The Witcher 3.
Speaking to MCV, visual effects artist Jose Teixeira said “Cyberpunk is far bigger than anything else that CD Projekt Red has done before. Far, far bigger. We're really stepping into the unknown in terms of complexity and size and problems we encounter.”
Cyberpunk 2077 was announced in 2012, and was described back then as a realistic, violent and mature game similar to The Witcher, based on the 1988 Mike Pondsmith Cyberpunk pen and paper role-playing game system. The developer since went dark on the project - and will reportedly stay that way until 2017! - to focus on The Witcher 3.
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Coming off the fairly dramatic pilot episode, last week's Limitless offered a much more comedy-driven storyline -- which was a smart move considering the whole "smart pill" concept is pretty silly anyway. However, with only two episodes to go on, I wasn't sure which Limitless we were going to get this week. Thankfully, "The Legend of Marcos Ramos" built on the comedy aspects of "Badge! Gun!", while also balancing it out with dramatic moments.
Granted, the Ramos/La Sabre storyline wasn't quite as novel as the previous Genghis Khan case, but it was still fun to see it all play out from Brian and Rebecca's perspectives. At times it got a little exposition-heavy, but I appreciated Brian's over-the-top visual aids to keep things interesting -- even if they did yield menial results. ("That's your breakthrough? The sniper was tall?") I also liked how Limitless continues to show little glimpses of how Brian recalls bits of information from his memories (e.g. that one time he used a newspaper to swat a fly).
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The Season 1 finale of iZombie left Liv in a dark place, and the Season 2 premiere didn't do much to bring her out of it. As mean as it sounds, I'm happy about it. One of iZombie's best qualities is its lightheartedness -- it doesn't take itself too seriously -- but that doesn't mean they don't handle the intricacies of relationships and betrayals (real or perceived) properly. It would have been easy to have everyone forgive Liv and to give her a happy new outlook on being undead, but it wouldn't have been realistic. Liv's family is still angry at her, Major hasn't forgiven her, and Peyton hasn't returned. People don't get over falling-outs quickly, but television series often would rather move the story along rather than give conflict time to breathe. iZombie's doing it right.
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Having sat out last week’s premiere, both May and Ward returned in Season 3’s second episode, both in interesting, but radically different, new places in life – though it seems these two will soon be encountering each other again.
The look at Ward’s leaner, meaner version of Hydra was fun, with Ward as brutal as ever. This episode didn’t have the action highlights the previous installments directed by the returning Kevin Tancharoen did, but I did enjoy Ward’s fight on the boat, and when he simply shot and killed a man who got in a good punch – underlining this is not a guy who fights fair.
As a Marvel comic geek, it was also cool to see SHIELD pull out the deep cut character that is Werner von Strucker (Spencer Treat Clark), the other child of Baron Strucker’s in the comics, who is often overlooked due to his siblings, the twins known as “Fenris”, being a whole lot flashier. It seemed like a bit of an in-joke/acknowledgement of an MCU misstep when Ward told Werner his father died a “meaningless death,” given it was pretty lame how he was killed off-screen in Age of Ultron, considering his post-credit scene in The Winter Soldier seemed to hint at big things ahead for him.
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The Muppets continued to straddle the line between off-putting and amusing this week with "Bear Left Then Bear Write," in which Kermit's lie caused Fozzie to quit the show and seek a writer's life of solitude in the woods. An endeavor that ended with Fozzie swallowing a bug, losing his tent, and then getting knocked out by a tranquilizer gun. Overall, it was standard sitcom stuff. The age old premise of best friends wrongly sparing each others' feelings as it pertains to talent, or lack thereof. Though I will say that loopy, drugged Fozzie was pretty funny.
Where The Muppets continues to shine though (despite how much of it actually deals with human/Muppet off-screen coitus) is with its use of guest stars. This week had three stories and three guests, one for each thread. And the best celeb cameo this week went to Liam Hemsworth as he slyly and coldly swiped a gal named Debbie out from under Gonzo's sizable schnoz. Or the "elephant beaver" as Hemsworth described the show's head writer. It was definitely the best moment here.
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When last we saw Barry Allen in the final moments of Flash's Season 1 finale, he was racing up a building in a desperate, possibly futile attempt to prevent Central City from being devoured by a temporal vortex. It was certainly a dramatic way to cap off the season, if not necessarily kind to fans who have been waiting impatiently ever since to find out what happens next. Luckily, the show returned tonight to kick off the next chapter in Barry's increasingly complicate life, and all is right in the land of television once more.
Surprisingly, "The Man Who Saved Central City" didn't immediately pick up where "Fast Enough" left off in May. Rather than showcasing the immediate outcome of the wormhole kerfuffle, the show jumped forward six months to showcase a drastically different status quo for Barry and friends. The main takeaway being that while Barry saved Central City (hence the episode's title), everyone in Team Flash was worse off for the experience. Barry became a loner, throwing himself into his job by day and slowly rebuilding the city by night. Cisco and Caitlin went their separate ways. Iris still mourned the loss of Eddie. The opening was really effective at setting up this new, depressing status quo by first showcasing a victorious Barry defeating villains (with a welcome cameo from Captain Cold and Heat Wave) and basking in the loving adoration of his friends before revealing that this was all a wishful dream on Barry's part.
Is Scarlet Witch on Team Iron Man or Team Captain America in Marvel's upcoming film Captain America: Civil War? Actress Elizabeth Olsen wants to keep her character's affiliation a secret.
Scarlet Witch was noticeably absent when Marvel released art showing the opposing teams of superheroes in Civil War. Olsen explained in a new interview with USA Today that she enjoys portraying a character who "can play both sides."
"She’s coming into her own and starting to understand and have conflict with how she wants to use her abilities. It’s a dramatic conflict within her and obviously there’s conflict within the
Jared Leto went to the source when he started crafting his version of the Joker in Suicide Squad. Instead of just reading DC comics that feature the classic Batman villain, he called up famed comic book writer Grant Morrison for some insight into the character.
called me to talk about his approach to the character and I steered him in a few directions. I'm keen to see if anything other than slicked back hair and the Marilyn Manson vibe made it into his performance."
During its Windows 10 event earlier today, Microsoft announced that over 110 million devices are now running Windows 10.
In August, Microsoft revealed that 75 million devices were running the OS four weeks after its launch, meaning an additional 35 million devices made the jump to Windows 10 in the last month.
In a blog post recapping the event's announcements, Microsoft's Terry Myerson said he was "humbled and excited to see people around the world loving Windows 10. Thank you for your feedback – the team and I love reading it and using it to help us shape the future of Windows."
Ian Martin, a 28-year-old living in Washington, has brought to life a game near and dear to many Star Wars fans' hearts: Dejarik.
Also known colloquially as holochess, Dejarik appears during the brief scene in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope where C-3PO famously advises R2-D2 to "let the Wookie" (aka Chewbacca) win the game. Martin has been documenting his endeavor to create a life-size version of the game on his Facebook page, Dejarik Creations (via /Film).
The Logitech G Car Pack for Forza Motorsport 6 is now available on Xbox One for $7 USD, or free for Car Pass owners.
This month's car pack includes seven new vehicles: the 2013 Caparo T1, 1939 Mercedes-Benz W154, 1994 Nissan #75 Cunningham Racing 300ZX, 2014 Toyota #12 Rebellion Racing R-One, 1967 Honda RA300, 1967 Volvo 123GT, and 2013 Cadillac XTS Limousine. October's free car, the 2015 Infiniti Q60 Concept, is also available for download.
The Logitech G Car Pack is the first of six monthly car packs for Forza 6, each including seven new vehicles. Each car pack will be available individually or as part of the $30 USD Car Pass.
Alongside the new car pack, Turn 10 Studios has released a content update for Forza 6. The update addresses several issues related to cars, tracks, drivatars, and more. Head over to the game's official site for the full list of improvements.
Note: This is a spoiler-free advance review of Doctor Strange #1, which will be released on Wednesday, October 7.
With some Marvel franchises like Daredevil, it's always a challenge for each new creative team to establish a unique voice and stand out from the terrific work that's been done in the past. This isn't necessarily a problem with Doctor Strange. It's been many, many years since Strange has had an ongoing series to call his own. As such, there aren't a lot of expectations with this new book apart from the simple idea that Jason Aaron + Chris Bachalo = good comic booking. It quickly becomes clear when reading Doctor Strange #1 that Marvel selected the right creative team to finally put Stephen Strange back on the map.
Robert Redford starring in a film about a reporter trying to track down whether or not the President of the United States has illegal activity (now or in the past) makes for some easy parallels. This is true even when Redford is a reporter—not the reporter—at the center of the tale, and it is also exactly what one finds with James Vanderbilt's directorial debut, Truth.
Rather than Redford's Dan Rather being at the center of Truth, it is Cate Blanchett's Mary Mapes. As the film is based on Mapes' book about the 60 Minutes report on George W. Bush's National Guard activity, this makes complete sense. Redford's Rather doesn't come off badly, but he does come off as a hard-drinking news anchor who is brought in at the last minute to be the on-camera guy as opposed to doing the legwork himself. Mapes bounces thoughts off of Rather and has some discussions with him about the story, but he is depicted more as an institution who may be past his prime and who isn't in control of either the story he's telling nor the firestorm it causes.
IGN Overclocked this week is all about the best games of last month, the games we're most excited about this month, and the most surprising genre on Steam. Mitch Dyer, Miranda Sanchez, Brian Albert, and Dan Stapleton discuss the rise of the visual novel, what makes a great video game story, and what makes a great or hilariously awful video game name.
Disgaea is like an old oak: its sturdy trunk and roots persist even as its leaves change color, fall off, and sprout anew. Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance doesn’t take any risks with the series’ bread and butter turn-based tactical combat - I’m still having a blast tossing explosive penguins and grinding late into the night to create the most perfectly customized cast of demonic misfits I can manage. It’s those new metaphorical leaves that give each new Disgaea its unique flavor though, and Disgaea 5’s many new branches succeed in keeping the formula fresh, even if they don’t all improve on the systems they’re replacing.
If you haven’t played a Disgaea game in a while, don’t worry: it’s still the addictive time sink of an RPG it’s always been. As ever, you can tweak your many party members and their gear in an overwhelming number of ways, and pretty much all those ways involve a time and/or resource investment. Just when I’d thought I was happy with where a given character was, I’d decide to re-roll them in order to boost their leveling progress (called reincarnating), level some new gear, and slap some new passive abilities on them to squeeze out just a few extra drops of power. This what I’ve always loved most about Disgaea - there’s practically no limit to what you can do if you have the patience and conceptual understanding to do it.
Zombies are taking over AMC, as Fear the Walking Dead's first season just wrapped its run with "The Good Man" and The Walking Dead: Season 6 premieres on October 11th.
The two shows are set during different times in the franchise's zombie apocalypse, and both have different goals; The Walking Dead has turned into a survivor drama, while the purpose of Fear's first season was to be a family drama set against a horror backdrop. But even though they are meant to serve different purposes within AMC's lineup, there still are some key points they can take away from one another.
Here is a breakdown of what The Walking Dead can learn from Fear the Walking Dead.