Soulcalibur 6 Review

Soulcalibur 6 Review

After a six-year absence from the 3D fighting scene, Soulcalibur makes a triumphant return in its seventh entry in the main series. The next in Bandai Namco’s line of arcade fighting games keeps true to its unique brand of weapon-based combat while sprinkling in just the right amount of new mechanics. The combination not only sets it apart from its predecessors, but also keeps it competitive against all others in its genre. The story goes back to its roots, retelling the events of the original Soulcalibur, and provides two very different but equally worthwhile story modes that flesh out the tale of swords and souls in a way that’s more digestible than ever. Continue reading…
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The Flash Starts to Find Its Voice Again

The Flash Starts to Find Its Voice Again

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Given how lousy The Flash’s fourth season was, I have to be careful not to give the series too much benefit of the doubt this year. No sense getting burned again. All the same, two episodes into Season 5, it does feel as though the ship is being righted again. Between the new storytelling angles opened up by the arrival of Nora West-Allen and the fact that the series is diving right into its new major villain, there’s a clear sense of energy propelling the series along at the moment. It’s actually a little shocking how much we’re seeing of Chris Klein’s Cicada at this early stage. A mere two weeks into the season, we’ve already seen him claim multiple metahuman villains, have his first major run-in with Team Flash and gotten our first look at the man underneath that weird, chittering mask. That last element is working in the character’s favor. We don’t know a lot about Cicada and his motivations yet (apart from his clear vendetta against all metahumans). But seeing him in such a vulnerable state and seeing how heavy a physical toll his costumed life is taking on him gives him that necessary aura of sympathy. Continue reading…
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The Conners Series Premiere Review

The Conners Series Premiere Review

Full spoilers follow for The Conners series premiere, titled “Keep on Truckin’.” Life goes on. That’s the biggest takeaway from “Keep on Truckin’,” the first episode of ABC’s The Conners, which retools last year’s hit Roseanne revival as a distinctly Roseanne-free endeavor. Indeed, the character of Roseanne is dead, but based on this premiere, The Conners feels very much alive. The Conners, of course, was born in the wake of Roseanne Barr’s racist social media activity, which led to the show being cancelled after a successful tenth season that had just resuscitated the classic sitcom after some 20 years off the air. But as anyone who remembers failed spinoffs like Joey or AfterMASH will tell you, it’s a dicey proposition to follow up a beloved hit show with a new iteration that doesn’t feature the main character that made said show a success. Continue reading…
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Opinion: What We Want in Red Dead Online

Opinion: What We Want in Red Dead Online

While Red Dead Redemption 2’s single player is less than two weeks from release, we here at IGN are also super excited for its multiplayer component, Red Dead Online. We don’t know all that much about what the RDO experience will actually entail, but based on our time with Grand Theft Auto Online and what we know about the world of Red Dead 2, we’ve got some ideas — and a few pie-in-the-sky dreams, of course — about what we’d like to see in Red Dead Online. Continue reading…
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