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Bloodborne: The Old Hunters Review - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:59

The Old Hunters is as fitting a title for this self-contained Bloodborne expansion as you might imagine. It’s a spiritual and mechanical return to the old, reliable, tense, and violent patchwork of terrible places that make up this atmospheric and secret-filled world. With a sizable, 15-hour hunk of the same gory experience, it maintains the brutal attitude that defines Bloodborne, set in a new nightmare, against new horrific oddities, and with new grin-inducing weapons and abilities.

The Old Hunters largely takes place in a capsule-world called the Hunter’s Nightmare, a facsimile of Bloodborne’s world that's surprisingly even more stark and forgotten. It's a place where all hunters that succumb to the lust of the hunt eventually go – or something. The story is as vague and cryptic as ever, centered primarily on the curse that began with the first hunters, but The Old Hunters' self-contained plot delves as much into the established lore of the universe as its own story ideas, which are generally creepy and intriguingly peculiar, though not as grand in scale as Bloodborne's larger story of brushes with mind-destroying cosmic deities.

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Every Dark Knight III Variant Cover - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 09:00

DC is poised to release The Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1 this week. That issue is shaping up to be one of DC's best-selling comics of the last decade, not just because it's a sequel to one of the most popular Batman comics of all time, but because DC has commissioned dozens and dozens of variant covers to celebrate the occasion.

Batman artists past and present have joined in to offer their own takes on iconic characters and moments from The Dark Knight Returns. In the lead-up to the release of the first issue, DC has revealed each of the more than 50 variant covers that will be available to purchase this week. While some of these variants will see wide release, many of them are exclusive to a specific comic book retailer. Scroll down to see all of these covers and where you can find them:

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Battlefront Outsells PS4 Destiny at Launch in the UK - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 08:42

More physical copies of Battlefront were sold on PS4 than Xbox One and PC combined.

As revealed by GFK Chart Track, via VideoGamer, 59 percent of the total physical sales in the UK last-week were on PS4, a further 39 percent on Xbox One, and the remaining 2 percent on PC.

While EA has yet to share any numbers, we do know Battlefront is the biggest Star Wars launch to date, selling 117 percent more units over the course of four days than the previous record-holder, The Force Unleashed.

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Watch the 1st Clip From Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 01:37

Harrison Ford appeared at tonight's American Music Awards for a tribute to Star Wars and Indiana Jones composer John Williams during which time viewers were treated to the first (albeit brief) clip from Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

The clip (seen below) shows Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and BB-8 escaping a Tie-Fighter attack on Jakku:

Disney's marketing machine also unleashed its ninth TV spot (embedded below) for the J.J. Abrams-directed sequel:

We're less than a month away from the release of The Force Awakens. Let us know how excited you are in the Comments below!

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Into the Badlands: "Fist Like a Bullet" Review - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 23:00

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow.

After a bumpy premiere, Into the Badlands' second episode started to build on some of the less interesting subplots in new and dramatic ways -- particularly Sunny's subplot, as his loyalty to Quinn faltered even more. Granted, nothing about the overarching storyline has really hooked me yet -- which is problematic since the series has only been picked up for six episodes so far -- but at least "Fist Like a Bullet" offered a good balance of action and drama.

For example, M.K.'s storyline gave us a better sense of how the other half lived, as he arrived at the Widow's estate. I mean, yes, the romantic tension between M.K. and the Widow's daughter Tilda (Parenthood's Ally Ioannides) was riddled with super cheesy lines like, "Mother said I couldn't let you out of my sight." It also seemed a bit lazy to have M.K. be the audience surrogate again, after being our eyes and ears the first time around at the Fort. That said, it was cool to see both the Widow and Tilda hold their own in combat -- especially the Widow's skirmish at the bar.

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The Leftovers: "International Assassin" Review - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 22:04

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.



Welp. Another "10." Sorry, folks. I can only bend with the breeze here. What a phenomenal episode. And one I think may be the first truly polarizing chapter of this second season. I get the feeling - even though Season 2 has been way less divisive than Season 1 - that this episode, "International Assassin," may be too much for some. Because this showed us a very specific, detailed version of an afterlife. Or a limbo. Not unlike some of the ideas toyed with during the final season of Lost. And, well, we know how many fans felt about the way that show ended.

So this was Lindelof basically revisiting that concept. And there was no way this could be written off as a psychotic break. There's no real debate to be had here. Kevin went through this journey, through this celestial hotel setting, and it brought him back to life. And sent him crawling up out of his own grave at the end. A shallow dirt patch that Michael had buried him in. Meaning, Michael didn't really have a plan, right? He just came back and cleaned up his grandfather's mess. Virgil, however, did have a plan. Yes, he really killed himself, but it was so he could enter the hotel with Kevin and act as a guide. That is, until he drank the water and then became a permanent bird-killing fixture there (was that a box bird?).

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The Walking Dead: "Heads Up" Review - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 21:59

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

Well, there you go. Freakin' answers! We can put all this behind us.

Glenn's alive, and while we can allow ourselves to be glad they didn't stretch this out for one more episode (saving the reveal for next week's midseason finale) we can most certainly also be bummed that - well - it all played out exactly like we figured. Nicholas landed on Glenn, acted as a body shield, Glenn squeezed under the dumpster, and everything's okay now. No real surprises here, pleasant or otherwise, except perhaps for the rabid Glenn fans who'll just be happy he's alive no matter the circumstances.

Why did the walkers eventually leave Glenn alone? That's not quite clear. In fact, I'm assuming HitFix critic Alan Sepinwall may have more to say about that over in his recap/review since I know for a fact that this aspect bothered him immensely. Looking at the scene, it seemed like there was a noise or distraction that drew their attention away, but even then it was a staggered effect. Like, a few walkers would abandon the cause, but not all.

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Accessing The Old Hunters DLC in Bloodborne Isn't Going to Be Easy - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 20:11

Like everything in From Software's Bloodborne universe, accessing its upcoming DLC The Old Hunters isn't going to be a walk in the park.

PlayStation's official blog has the info on getting into the content - here's what you'll need to do.

  • Defeat the boss of the Cathedral Ward

     and examine the altar in the back of the room to change the in-game time to night.

  • Go to the Hunter’s Dream and receive the Eye of a Blood-Drunk Hunter from a messenger.
  • Go to the Oedon Chapel and leave via the left-hand exit to enter the square.
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WWE Survivor Series Results and Reaction - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 19:49

Greetings, all. Welcome to IGN's big ol' Survivor Series live-blog/results page! Tonight we'll see a new WWE World Heavyweight Champion crowned - no matter what - while The Undertaker and Kane face off against two members of the Wyatt family.

FYI, you can follow me on Twitter too, where I'll be live-tweeting.

It's been a bumpy road getting here, what with Seth Rollins' injury and the subsequent nonsensical tournament featuring the likes of Kalisto and Titus O'Neil - but not John Cena or Brock Lesnar. Of course, WE know why Cena and Lesnar weren't involved, but no storyline reason was given for their absence. Or for members of the low undercard being included.

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SNL's Star Wars Auditions Feature Emma Stone, Jon Hamm - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 19:31

The latest episode of NBC's Saturday Night Live featured a host of fake auditions for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, including ones featuring Emma Stone and Jon Hamm.

Michael Bublé also makes an appearance to screen-test alongside Rey actor Daisy Ridley, and John Boyega pops up to poke fun at his casting as a black Stormtrooper. See the full skit below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens kicks off a new saga for Lucasfilm and Disney that will harken back to the original trilogy. George Lucas has completely removed himself from the series because he didn't want to just "make something for the fans."

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Star Wars Spot Reveals New Character and a Familiar Face - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 19:12

We're less than a month away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the movie's marketing machine has begun steadily unleashing TV commercials for it.

This latest TV spot (embedded below) features Resistance fighter pilot Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and his Red Squad and Blue Squad X-Wing pilots, Jessika Pava and Return of the Jedi's Nien Nunb. (Mike Quinn, who did the puppet work for Nien in ROTJ, recently confirmed that he's back to work on the character in Force Awakens.)

The video also shows poor little BB-8 getting tossed around the Millennium Falcon like a sock in a washing machine.

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Mockingjay 2: Hunger Games Franchise's Lowest Debut - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 15:55

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 debuted with an estimated $101 million at the domestic box office this weekend, a mighty bow that was nevertheless the franchise's lowest opening. Its worldwide weekend total is projected at $247 million.

The franchise's biggest domestic opening was Catching Fire ($158.1 million), followed by The Hunger Games ($152.5 million), and Mockingjay, Part 1 ($121.9 million).

And after two weeks atop the North American box office, SPECTRE dropped to second place. The 24th James Bond film has thus far grossed $153.7 million domestically and has a worldwide cume of $677.8 million.

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The Best Black Friday Deals You Can Get Right Now - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 15:46

Welcome to IGN's Black Friday coverage. Below are our hand picked choices of the very best Black Friday deals. You can see every Black Friday deal broken down by retailer in our Black Friday 2015 wiki.

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The Good Dinosaur: Anna Paquin on Her Stereotype-Subverting T-Rex - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 14:00

Anna Paquin can't help but play with the toy of her T-Rex character Ramsey as she sits in an empty hotel conference room waiting to start talking about her role in The Good Dinosaur. The 33-year-old actress moves the plastic dinosaur's short arms back and forth as she sits at a table for our interview, confessing of the figure, "She's pretty cool, isn't she?"

The same can be said for the character in the movie, who, like the shark Bruce in Finding Nemo, is a seeming predator who turns into a friendly ally. Paquin was thrilled to play a female character who "gets to be tough and strong and hold her own with the guys," and appreciated the positive message the T-Rex storyline sends to young viewers. "A lot about this little posse of T-Rexes is just really cool and, like most Pixar things, going to take people by surprise.," she said.

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Halo 5 DLC Teaser Showcases New Weapon, Armor - Sun, 11/22/2015 - 13:57

343 Industries has released a teaser for Halo 5: Guardian's upcoming DLC, confirming more than just Forge tools are being added to its Xbox One-exclusive shooter in December.

The tease, first spotted by Design & Trend, can be found at the conclusion of the latest Halo 5 livestream, in which the studio provides an early glimpse at new armor, weapon skins, and a whole lot more.

In addition to what appears to be the iconic M41 SSR Rocket Launcher, we also get a glimpse at the Mark IV helmet, black and gold weapon skins, and even a new space-themed setting, presumably for use in Forge.

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Ash vs Evil Dead: "Brujo" Review - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 21:28

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

While "Brujo" was still a lot of fun, I feel like - and this is strange to bring up - we might need to actually start having solid ground rules in the Evil Dead universe. How bonkers is that? Because while I certainly enjoy this new "total nerd" mind demon, which has now officially become a huge pain in the ass, sprawling across multiple episodes, I don't know what it's doing when it holds people's heads and zaps them. Last week, the brain attack seemed to have no effect on Ash or Pablo (other than pain), and yet Kelly's now the one possessed. I mean, she hit it with the book, but if anything it looked like the demon sort of hid out in the book itself.

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Transformers' Writer to Lead G.I. Joe, Micronauts Writers Rooms - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 20:22

Akiva Goldsman has signed on to lead "writer's rooms" for the forthcoming G.I. Joe and Micronauts movies. The experiment worked well enough in expanding the Transformers' movie universe, and Hasbro and Paramount hope to create the same success with their upcoming films.

Because of these writer's rooms, Goldsman will not write Transformers 5. Deadline reports that Paramount is in talks with Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, of Iron Man, and Ken Nolan, of Black Hawk Down. All three participated in the Transformers' writer's rooms thus far. This shift, Deadline writes, is "cemented by Paramount, Hasbro, Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and producers Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Don Murphy."

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Dota 2's $3 Million Tournament Ends With an Upset and an Announcement - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 20:13

The winners of the first-ever Dota 2 Major tournament have been crowned. The 4-month-old squad OG's victory over fan favorite Team Secret was announced alongside details of the next Major in Shanghai.

This makes OG and Secret the first finalists of the Frankfurt Major, itself the first of Dota 2 developer Valve's new series of sanctioned tournaments. Previously, Valve's only event was a year-end championship called The International. Starting this year the Frankfurt Major and two other multi-million dollar tournaments now lead into that main event.

"Following the success of the Dota 2 Asia Championships (DAC) last year, Perfect World will be hosting The Shanghai Major which will take place at the Mercedes Benz Arena from March 2-6, 2016," the official Dota 2 blog reads.

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Streaming Jessica Jones? Watch Our Cast Interviews - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 19:35

It’s a big weekend for Marvel fans as Jessica Jones, the second Netflix series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, has debuted. Many of us are spending the calm before the Thanksgiving storm powering through all 13 episodes of the show. But what to do once you’ve finished there (aside from reading our episode reviews before going back and watching them again from the start?). Well, why not check out some of our interviews with the cast and creators of the series?

We’ve got chats with Krysten Ritter (Jessica herself!), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Rachael Taylor (Trish "Patsy" Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Wil Traval (Will Simpson), Erin Moriarty (Hope Shlottman), Eka Darville (Malcolm), showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and Marvel’s very own Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada. Watch all the interviews in our video playlist below:

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PayDay 2 Developer Issues an Apology - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 18:22

Overkill Software, developer of PayDay 2, has issued an apology over its recent response to the handling of controversial microtransactions.

Producer Almir Listo took to PayDay 2's Steam page to apologize on behalf of Overkill, calling the weeks since the controversy "some of the most challenging in the history of this community." "For all the distress we've caused the past few weeks, I'd just like to take the time and say that we’re sorry," said Listo. "We've done a lot of things right in the past, but these past few weeks we screwed up.

"We need to get better at many things, and we will do our best to improve as soon as possible."

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