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Watch Dogs 2 Will Not Feature Map-Unlocking Towers

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 05:36

Watch Dogs 2 won't feature the map-unlocking towers familiar to players of Ubisoft's open world games.

Towers have been an integral part of progression in Assassin's Creed, Far Cry and even The Crew, and the original Watch Dogs used a version of them to allow for exploration around its version of Chicago.

However, speaking to Eurogamer, creative director Jonathan Morin has confirmed that Watch Dogs 2 is making a break from the UbiTemplate: "It's not a game where you open your map and everything's there. There are no towers. You just explore the world."

Our first-look at the game told us that players will instead unlock more and more activities by gaining followers for hacker activists DedSec, earned by completing missions or making discoveries in the open world, but it's now clear that the full map will be available from the beginning, allowing for a new measure of freedom in how you travel around it and what you complete as you do.

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Person of Interest Creators on the Final Episode's Events

IGN.com - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 01:31

Warning: Full spoilers for the Person of Interest series finale below.

Even though there is a spoiler warning literally right above this line, I’m still putting one extra spoiler warning if you haven’t seen the Person of Interest series finale (read Matt Fowler's review of the finale here). Okay, let’s go!

After five years and 103 episodes, the story of Team Machine has come to an end, with tragedy and triumph occurring along the way. I spoke to POI executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman about the big events in the final episode, including the death of John Reese, how they decided on what would occur and more – including what we can infer the future holds for the surviving characters.

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Person of Interest: Series Finale Review

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 21:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Chillingly scored by Ramin Djawadi - with music that not only reminded me a bit of Philip Glass' brief pieces from The Truman Show but was also great enough to cause executive producers Jonathan Nolan and Greg Plageman to abandon their plans to use David Bowie's "Heroes" at the end - "return 0" was achingly amazing. As it turned out, things did not get neatly wrapped up last week with the launch of the Ice-9 virus. Greer was gone, but Samaritan, while slowly crumbling, was still very much in play. Enough for it to send countless operatives, including Jeff Blackwell, after our heroes.

There was a lot of action in this series finale, but the most memorable parts were the somber, reflective moments. The Machine, itself failing, and who now spoke to Shaw in Root's voice and appeared to us viewers as Root on the rooftop, took the time to explain how it came to understand people to a dying Finch. Looking through millions and millions of deaths, it absorbed what it meant to die alone and what it meant to live on in the hearts an minds of others. And the moment when "Root" placed her hand on Reese's shoulder while he took his suicidal last stand, and then placed her hand on young John's shoulder at his father's funeral decades earlier, shattered my heart.

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Justice League: Jesse Eisenberg Will Return as Lex Luthor

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 20:50

Lex Luthor will indeed appear in Justice League, as Jesse Eisenberg has confirmed he'll be reprising his villainous role in Warner Bros.' upcoming DC film.

In an interview with ShortList, Eisenberg expressed his excitement in returning, saying, "it was the most fun I’ve ever had at playing a role, and most challenging, in a great way, and most rewarding," before adding that he'd "love to play it for years."

While production on Justice League is already well underway—read IGN's on-set impressions here—Eisenberg won't be filming until August, once his play The Spoils finishes its run in London.

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Steven Spielberg Vows to Never Direct a Star Wars Movie

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 20:48

Despite being a big fan of Star Wars, Steven Spielberg will never direct a Star Wars film.

It's just not his genre, the director said at a press event for his upcoming Disney film The BFG. "It's certainly my buddy's, the Thomas Edison of science fiction, George Lucas, who created the entire series," Spielberg said, as reported by the Toronto Sun. "But that was never for me. I'm just a fan; I'm just with everybody else in the audience watching them."

Spielberg has had an influence on the Star Wars films, however. The legendary director suggested J.J. Abrams direct Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and reportedly discovered Alden Ehrenreich—who'll play young Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars solo film—at a bat mitzvah.

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Indie Dev TinyBuild Lost $450K To Fraudulent Sales Facilitated By G2A

Slashdot.org - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 20:25
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Paste Magazine: Indie developer TinyBuild, the studio behind Punch Club, Party Hard and SpeedRunners, had thousands of their game codes stolen through fraudulent credit card purchases, which then wound up on G2A.com, a site that allows people to resell game codes. The basic idea behind G2A is straightforward and pretty harmless: with the amount of game codes sold through Steam, the Humble Store/Bundle, and more, the site gives consumers a place to sell unwanted game codes. However, in doing so, G2A has created a huge black market for game codes sales. As TinyBuild described in their blog post on the matter, the common practice for scammers is to "get ahold of a database of stolen credit cards on the dark web. Go to a bundle/3rd party key reseller and buy a ton of game keys. Put them up onto G2A and sell them at half the retail price." This allows scammers to make thousands of dollars while preventing any profit from reaching the game developers because, once the stolen credit cards are processed, the payments will be denied. G2A states that TinyBuild's retail partners are the ones selling the codes on G2A, not scammers, despite the thousands of codes they lost through their online store to fraudulent credit card purchases. In 2011, TinyBuild was in the news for uploading their own game, a platformer called No Time To Explain, to the Pirate Bay.

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Crunchyroll to Stream 9 New Summer Anime

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 19:21

Crunchyroll announced it'll be simulcasting eight new anime and the second season of a returning anime this summer on a live stream today.

In addition to the second season of Active Raid, Crunchyroll will be simulcasting 91 Days, Alderamin on the Sky, Taboo Tattoo, Orange, Mob Psycho 100, Sweetness and Lightning, ReLife, and the new Berserk anime. You can see artwork for each of the anime in the slideshow below.

The localized names of each anime are not final, and more information on each anime's air date, region availability will be announced at a later time along with more new anime in Crunchyroll's summer lineup. For more on anime, be sure to check out IGN Anime Club.

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Power Rangers Movie Finds Its Zordon

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 19:15

Bryan Cranston's role in Lionsgate's upcoming Power Rangers movie has been revealed.

In a post on Twitter, the Breaking Bad star announced that he will play the Rangers' mentor, Zordon.

Excited to play #Zordon in the #PowerRangersMovie! T or F: #BlueRanger Billy Cranston was named after what actor? https://t.co/d3ltjpcDKb

— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) June 21, 2016

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Zelda Producer on Voice Acting in Breath of the Wild

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 19:10

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is mixing up the series' formula in several exciting ways, including the addition of voice acting, and producer Eiji Aonuma has come forward to explain why for the first time it's being incorporated into the franchise.

"It’s really difficult to leave an impression on players with just text," Aonuma told Polygon, going on to point out that not every piece of dialogue in the game will be voiced. There are, however, specific instances in which he wants to "leave impressions on users" and is using voice acting to achieve that.

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Report Suggests 2017 iPhone Could Eliminate Home Button

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 18:58

Though Apple is reportedly looking to largely stick to the status quo for the iPhone this year, the company might have much bigger plans for the device's 10th anniversary.

A new report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that Apple's iPhone in 2017 will remove the device's home button in favor of the phone's display employing a fingerprint sensor. The report also says, as has been previously rumored, that the 2017 iPhone will feature an OLED display.

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Skull Island's Kong Will Be Biggest Ever

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 18:07

Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has big plans for his upcoming monster movie, claiming the film will feature the largest King Kong to ever grace the big screen.

"This is going to be the biggest Kong there's ever been," Vogt-Roberts said during a Warner Bros. presentation at CineEurope (via The Hollywood Reporter). "Not 10 foot or 30 foot, but a 100-foot ape."

The event offered an extended preview of the film that featured clips of Tom Hiddleston as a former British SAS officer, Brie Larson as photojournalist Weaver, and a few other cast members, including Samuel L. Jackson and John C. Reilly.

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Archer Renewed for Three More Seasons

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:55

FX Networks has renewed Archer for three more seasons.

The animated comedy show will come back early next year with Season 8, followed by Seasons 9 and 10 in the future. All three seasons will run eight episodes. The show's latest season wrapped up earlier this month.

“We can’t say enough about what Adam

, Matt

and the entire Archer team at Floyd County have done to keep this series so insanely funny and vital through seven seasons,” said FX Networks president of original programming Nick Grad in a statement accompanying the announcement.

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New to Netflix in July

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:37

Things are heating up this July on Netflix as all three Back to the Futures and all four Lethal Weapons will be available to stream, beginning on the first of the month.

And on the Netflix Originals side of things, well, there's really too much to get into here. But most notably, Marco Polo and BoJack Horseman return for new seasons while Stranger Things, starring Winona Ryder, makes its spooky debut.

Plus, there's the first two Beverly Hills Cop movies, Oscar nominee The Big Short, Oscar winner Gladiator, The Sting, Turner and Hooch, and more.

All titles and dates are subject to change

Let's dig in!

Avail 7/1/16

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Wonder Woman Costumes and Props Unveiled

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:31

Ahead of Wonder Woman's release next June, Warner Bros. has revealed an assortment of costumes and props for its upcoming DC Comics solo film.

The collection, which debuted today at the Licensing Expo in Las Vegas, includes Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman costume, Chris Pine's outfit for Steve Trevor and the Queen Hippolyta costume worn by Connie Nielsen. Additionally, several props, including a Queen’s guard helmet and shield were on display, as well as an Amazon army helmet, shield, quiver and arrows. Give them a look in the gallery below.

Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017 and wrapped filming just last month. For more on Warner Bros.' highly anticipated DC superhero film, check out these set photos of Steve Trevor's introduction to Diana.

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Here's What's Leaving Netflix In July

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:25

It's time to say goodbye to more titles on Netflix. Leaving the streaming service in July are Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, comedies like Talladega Nights and Team America: World Police, and all the Star Trek films featuring the original cast - plus the passing the baton film, Star Trek: Generations.

Also saying goodbye to Netflix is Joss Whedon's Serenity and the western classic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter to Play President in Supergirl

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:30

The President of the United States will have a certain wonderful quality in Supergirl's second season.

Lynda Carter, who played Wonder Woman in the DC Comics hero's 1970s TV series, is set to play the president on Supergirl when the show returns for season 2. Carter will appear in multiple episodes in the second season and is currently slated to make her debut in the season's third episode.

Earlier this year, Supergirl producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti said they wanted Carter for this exact role in season 1 but that the scheduling did not work out.

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Ghostbusters Video Game Bundle Will Come With a Copy of the Film

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:16

Those who purchase Activision and Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters Ultimate Bundle will receive FireForge Games' upcoming Ghostbusters game and a digital copy of the upcoming Ghostbusters movie, the companies announced today.

It's unclear when the digital download code for the Ghostbusters film will be released. According to the press release, it'll be "delivered at a future date." The Ghostbusters film hits theaters July 15.

Additionally, the Ghostbusters Ultimate Bundle will include DLC featuring "four classic character suits and a bonus trap based on art from the original film," along with two dashboard themes inspired by the game and the movie. The game—and the bundle—will launch July 12 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Vote Now: Who Won E3 2016?

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:45

E3 2016 has come and gone, leaving us with a ton of awesome trailers, exciting announcements, and new games to add to our wishlists.

We told you what we thought were the best games of E3 2016 — now it's your turn!

Vote in the polls below to let us know what you thought won this year's E3. If we left something out, feel free to leave a comment letting us know about your favorite E3 moments, games, trailers, and more.

If you missed any of the press conferences from E3 last week, don't miss our round-up articles below.

Dead Rising: Endgame Review

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:15

In an effort to move more firmly into the zombie mainstream, Dead Rising: Endgame, the sequel to 2015's Dead Rising: Watchtower, leaves behind many of the beloved gimmicks that make its video game namesake so popular with fans. While Endgame succeeds in achieving a more grounded approach to the well-worn zombie genre, it unfortunately does so at the cost of any sense of fun.

The second Crackle-distributed adaptation of the Dead Rising Xbox game franchise (the next installment of which may actually be coming to PS4), Endgame picks up shortly after the events of Watchtower. The first film followed online journalist Chase Carter (Jesse Metcalfe) as he sneaked into, and eventually back out of, the zombie-infested city of East Mission, Oregon. When Endgame begins, Chase has returned to once again trespass his way into the most poorly guarded military quarantine in history. He and his intrepid crew are there to spy on some kind of shady black ops, the details of which are never made clear. They witness some murderous skullduggery and wind up in the crosshairs of the villainous General Lyons (Dennis Haysbert). Haysbert gets a more well-rounded role here than he did in Watchtower and, like series newcomer Billy Zane, his character even occasionally delves into more or less reasonable justifications for his abhorrent behavior. That's not to say dialogue is Endgame's strong point, but Haysbert's sermons go a long way toward making the series' big bad three-dimensional.

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Wrestling Wrap Up: Ambrose Wins Big at Money in the Bank

IGN.com - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 15:12

Gotta say, I really enjoyed this week's wrestling product. From Lucha Underground's all-episode "Six to Survive" match to NXT to Money in the Bank to RAW, there's was much enjoyment. Very wrestling. So slobberknocker.

A little quick bit about TNA right here at the start though, as I was planning on making this week's Impact Wrestling the first I'd watched in months. It was following a PPV and it was an episode focused all on the champs defending their titles and that seemed like a good place to pick things up, eyeball-wise. I never got around to watching what I DVR'd though because, apparently, there were major glitches with POP! and they just wound up running the same That '70s Show commercial for two solid hours on a loop with little flashes of Bobby Lashley in between.

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