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Daily Deals: Pre-Order Two A-List Games for £70, PlayStation Pro, PlayStation VR - Sat, 09/24/2016 - 04:30

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It's that time again. Tesco have put together a discount code which sees you save £25 when you spend £150 or more on Technology and Gaming. Be sure to take advantage of this one - it is much better than the £20 discount code we had for Tesco a few weeks back.

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iPhone 7 Plus Review - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 22:53

Since the 2007 launch of the original device, perhaps no other year has typified the phrase, “Another year, another iPhone” as much as 2016. Except for Apple’s controversial removal of the headphone jack, the iPhone 7 is almost exactly as expected. It’s an excellent phone, but this year sees only incremental improvements and no surprises to turn heads when you’re seen holding it.

In terms of features, there’s absolutely nothing on the iPhone 7 that’s new to the world of phones. Android phones have had dual-lens camera systems, waterproofing, and capacitive buttons and, yes, even gone without headphone jacks before the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. But when taken as a whole the iPhone 7 Plus I’ve spent the past week with is still one of the best smartphones you can buy right now based on including a strong combination of those features, plus excellent performance, display camera quality, and battery life.

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Queen of Katwe Review - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 21:00
A vibrant look at life in Uganda as seen through the eyes of a young chess prodigy.

Daredevil's D'Onofrio on When Kingpin Might Return - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 19:06

During our recent chat with Vincent D'Onofrio about his new film, The Magnificent Seven, we asked the actor about if and when we might see his bad guy Wilson "Kingpin" Fisk again on Marvel's Netflix series. Here's what he had to say about that ...

IGN: We recently talked to Chris Pratt and he really was singing your praises big time. Considering you're both also part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mind you, very distant corners of each other, is there any chance we can ever see Wilson Fisk and Peter Quill cross paths in any way, shape, or form? Or is that just too pie in the sky?

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See IGN's New VR Channel - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:40

This week, IGN launched a brand-new VR channel dedicated to covering all the latest news in the world of virtual and augmented reality. We’ve been watching the development of the VR platforms with more than just passing interest over the last couple of years, and you’ve shown that you’re interested in those stories as well. Whether it’s more details on the technology itself, the experiences it allows, or the transformational effect that VR is likely to have on our world, IGN’s new VR channel is a single place for us to tell those stories.

From helping you select which VR platform is right for you to showing off how scary it is to play a horror game in VR, we want to give you the information you need to make sense of this new medium. We also want to use some of the newer VR-friendly platforms to give you 360 degree views of the IGN offices where you get to decide where the camera is pointed. We’ll be covering breaking news relevant to the VR space, and providing reviews of the games and experiences available across all of those platforms.

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Watch Dogs 2: Check Out 45 Minutes of New Gameplay - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:34

Watch Dogs 2 is right around the corner and we've got nearly 45 minutes of brand-spankin'-new footage showing off the game and what you can expect to get your hands on come November 15. See below for your Watch Dogs 2 fix.

Oh, you like hacking, and drones, and RC cars? Well, here you go!

Wait, you don't like hacking? You want to whip out that shotgun and go guns blazing? Got you covered.

You want to race drones? You like motorcycles? Of course you do.

What's worse than driving through San Francisco traffic? Driving through San Francisco traffic, chased by the cops. Exactly.

Hey! Ever wanted to drive other people around for fun and profit? Well, Watch Dogs 2 is embracing the "app culture" by letting you drive normies around and also go over some sweet jumps for, you know, whatever. Enjoy!

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What Ico Did That No Game Has Done Since - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:04

In the 15 years since Ico was released on the PlayStation 2, video games have evolved in remarkable ways. The HD-era has ushered in photo-realistic visuals, ubiquitous online play has connected people worldwide from all walks of life and the rise of indies has given a voice and a platform to even the smallest of teams. But in the countless games that have come out in the past decade and a half, somehow none have managed to replicate the simple power of one of Ico’s basic mechanics -- the act of holding on to someone else’s hand.

There’s so much about Ico that’s stuck with me since I first played the game in 2001 -- its gorgeous aesthetic, subtle and silent storytelling, and its melancholy ending. But if I’m being perfectly honest, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Fumito Ueda’s classic is the subtle intimacy between Ico and Yorda that comes across via holding on to the princess’ hand during quiet moments, and the darkest of situations, which is something that I can safely say all of us have experienced at some point throughout our lives.

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Pluto Might Have a 100km Ocean Beneath Its Surface - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 18:03

After NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew by Pluto last year, it started sending data back to Earth, and thermal models have suggested there's an ocean beneath the planet's icy surface.

Brandon Johnson from Brown University's Department of Earth, Environmental and Planetary Sciences, said, "Thermal models of Pluto's interior and tectonic evidence found on the surface suggest that an ocean may exist, but it's not easy to infer its size or anything else about it."

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Class: Peter Capaldi to Guest Star in Premiere - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 17:21

The upcoming Doctor Who spinoff series, Class, will debut in the UK on October 22, BBC has announced.

Additionally, the show's official Twitter revealed that Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi will make an appearance during the premiere, titled "For Tonight We Might Die." In a separate post, the BBC also confirmed the second episode, "The Coach With the Dragon Tattoo," will air alongside the premiere on October 22.

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Zorn Is a Terrible Employee - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 17:00

Lesson number 1: if you hire an animated barbarian with no work experience for an office job, there's probably going to be a steep learning curve.

That's what Linda (Artemis Pebdani) finds out in this exclusive clip from Sunday's episode of Son of Zorn. She got him wearing a shirt and tie instead of just a loin cloth, but can she get him to make any sales?

As we said in our review of Son of Zorn's pilot, the series got off to a promising start with a fun blend of animated absurdity and family sitcom humor. The second episode sees Zorn trying to give his son Alangulon relationship advice while his ex-wife Edie gives him an ultimatum.

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Storks Review - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 17:00
This new animated family film, featuring the voice of Andy Samberg, doesn't deliver.

NVC: We Guess the Nintendo NX's Real Name - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:38

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What will the Nintendo's next console (or console/handheld hybrid, we suspect) actually be called? Samuel Claiborn, filling in for Jose Otero, Peer SchneiderJared Petty, and Zach Ryan make some educated guesses based on Nintendo's recent history.

After that, we discuss the latest Nintendo NX rumors (we really dug into NX rumors last week, you gotta check that one out), impressions of Pokemon Go Plus (it's perfect for Pidgey Farming!), and a lengthy discussion of our favorite Nintendo-inspired games: Games inspired by Metroid (Shadow Complex), Zelda (Beyond Good and Evil), Mario (Braid?) and more included.

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Fruit Ninja: New Line Makes Deal for Movie Adaptation - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:32

New Line Cinema has secured the film rights to Haflbrick Studios' popular mobile franchise Fruit Ninja.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Tripp Vinson of Vinson Films is once again reuniting with New Line for the project, which tells the story of a group of misfits who become Fruit Ninjas in hopes of saving the world. Vinson and New Line have worked together on several films in the past, including the 2015 drama San Andreas.

News of the project surfaced earlier this year, confirming that J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, the writing pair behind the film adaptation of How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack, are penning the script. Additionally, the project was at the time described as a live-action family comedy that "centers on ninjas with an inexplicable vendetta against produce."

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Van Helsing: Series Premiere Review - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:30

Syfy updates the Dracula myth with its new series Van Helsing, coming from The Wicker Man and Hell on Wheels' Neil LaBute. Inspired by Zenescope's Van Helsing graphic novel series, the TV show follows a woman named Vanessa Helsing (True Blood's Kelly Overton) who is the daughter of Dracula's famous foe, Abraham Van Helsing, and seems to be the key to stopping a vampire apocalypse.

Based on the first two episodes, which will air back-to-back when the series premieres on September 23rd, this is a show that sits well alongside the likes of 12 Monkeys, Z Nation and Wynonna Earp, without breaking any new ground. This is much more the apocalypse through the lens of vampires versus vampires set on the background of the apocalypse. Van Helsing picks up in Seattle in 2019, where an unconscious Vanessa is being protected in an abandoned and booby-trapped hospital by a marine named Axel (Jonathan Scarfe). A series of events lead to her resurrection and the reveal that there's something about her that makes her incredibly important to the human vs. vampire war.

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IGN's Tokyo Game Show and Akihabara Adventure - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:18

Miranda, MikeMeghan, and James talk about the announcements from Tokyo Game Show, maid cafes, illegal football moves, and the new Ghost in the Shell footage. Plus, Miranda unboxes some of her new collectibles from Japan. Below is a gallery of a few images from the maid cafe James and Miranda visited in Akihabara. Be sure to let us know your maid cafe stories in the comments below!

For our complete coverage from TGS, be sure to check out IGN's Tokyo Game Show 2016 event hub.

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Every Star Wars Opening Crawl in 360 Degrees - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 16:14

You've seen the iconic Star Wars opening crawl countless times, but have you seen them played all at once? What about in virtual reality?

Below, we've synced up the Star Wars opening crawls from Episode I to Episode VI, put them all side-by-side, and made it available in 360 degree video. Experience it below in VR or your browser.

Tip: View this video in a compatible VR headset, the YouTube app on your phone, or your desktop web browser. Be sure to click and drag the video to see everything!

360 degree video allows you to view every angle at one moment, giving you the freedom to watch whichever part of the video you want on your own terms. Along with dragging the desktop player around with your mouse, you can hook your phone up to a Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR headset to fully immerse yourself in what you're watching.

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Transformers: Outcry Over Using Churchill Home as Nazi HQ - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:55

Transformers: The Last Knight will not only reportedly include King Arthur and Merlin, but apparently Adolf Hitler as well.

The Michael Bay-directed sequel is currently filming in England where it's sparked outrage over using the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Britain's prime minister during World War II, to stand in for a Nazi headquarters.

According to The Sun, Blenheim Palace was transformed into Hitler's headquarters complete with swastika flags draped over the mansion.

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Street Fighter V Patch Adds Potentially Dangerous Files for PC Players - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:50

The September update that rolled out today for Street Fighter V had some unexpected surprises for PC players.

Reddit users discovered the patch planted a "Capcom.sys" file in the System32 folder. A kernel-level implant like this opens up backdoors within your machine, which could potentially allow any outside user to access and remotely control your machine.

Those who updated to the new patch were reporting the application acquiring elevated privileges, and even a few blue screens of death. The September update was anticipated, adding returning fighter Urien and several long-awaited features to the popular fighting game.

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Insomniac, Polytron React to Oculus Controversy - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:41

In light of recent revelations around Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, several indie developers have spoken out, with some even announcing they will no longer support Oculus Rift.

Insomniac Games, currently working on three games for the Oculus Rift, gave IGN the following statement:

"Insomniac Games condemns all forms of hate speech. While everyone has a right to express his or her political opinion, the behavior and sentiments reported do not reflect the values of our company. We are also confident that this behavior and sentiment does not reflect the values of the many Oculus employees we work with on a daily basis."

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Check Out This Awesome Interactive Tacoma Video - Fri, 09/23/2016 - 15:00
Swap between three POVs in real-time in this preview of Fullbright's follow-up to Gone Home.
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