The Good Place Series Finale Review

The Good Place Series Finale Review

This review contains spoilers for The Good Place series finale, titled “Whenever You’re Ready.” [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Few sitcoms — or television shows in general, really — have ever aimed quite as high as NBC’s The Good Place. Attempting to pin down a theory of morality that can fully govern and give meaning to human existence in only 52 episodes is a Herculean (or perhaps more aptly, Aristotelian) task. It’s one that The Good Place handled with as much aplomb as humanly possible, but in its final hour the focus is no longer on ethical quandaries or saving humanity. Rather, the finale is a long-due bout of catharsis, focusing solely on the ending of Jason, Tahani, Chidi, Janet, Michael, and Eleanor’s lives in the afterlife. At its most clinical level, The Good Place’s fourth season was about building a better afterlife. Seasons 1 and 2 were focused on unraveling the mysteries of the intricate system; Season 3 was devoted to picking apart its shortcomings. Smart writing and brilliant performances from the main cast ensured that the series never faltered despite the fact that it was never going to top that absolute zinger of a Season 1 finale. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/08/27/14-disney-stars-reveal-their-favorite-disney-song”] “Whenever You’re Ready” packs an emotional punch early on as Jason (who is happily coupled with Janet and enjoying not-living in a Stupid Nick’s Wing Dump) reaches a symbolic end point by playing the perfect game of Madden with his father. It’s fitting that Jason is the first to feel ready to pass on given that his worldly concerns have always been the simplest. That doesn’t mean that they’re any less important, however, and appearances from Jason’s dad, Pillboi, and Jason’s dance crew set the cathartic tone for the rest of the episode. The finale also does its due diligence calling back to previous characters and gags like the prophetic Doug Fawcett or the magic panda, an easter egg spawned from Jason’s Season 2 escape plan to “Catch that magic panda, use her powers!” However, the episode isn’t bogged down by quippy callbacks or guest appearances from stars like Nick Offerman or Mary Steenburgen, keeping the focus squarely on giving the main cast time to pass on. “Whenever You’re Ready” eschews the particulars in favor of heady emotional resolutions and quiet moments between friends. In a way, it doesn’t quite feel like a classic Good Place episode: there are no life- or…
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These Gaming Mouse Pads Are the Best Surfaces for Your Gaming Mice

These Gaming Mouse Pads Are the Best Surfaces for Your Gaming Mice

The decision to buy a mouse pad is a personal one. Please consult your local PC building doctor, and this IGN guide, before making a purchase.
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1920s Nordic Noir Draugen Is Coming To PS4 And Xbox One Soon

1920s Nordic Noir Draugen Is Coming To PS4 And Xbox One Soon

Draugen, a first-person mystery adventure game from Norwegian developer Red Thread Games, is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It will be available on February 21, following its release on PC in May 2019.The game casts players as Edward Harden, who is searching through the fictional Norwegian town of Graavik with his ward, Lissie, in search of his missing sister. As you explore the seemingly abandoned town, searching for clues, the darker secrets that haunt the area begin to come to light.Don’t expect a lot of heavy puzzles or anything, though–it’s more about experiencing the mystery.Red Thread Games has released a trailer for the game too–if you want to go in fresh, though, it might be worth avoiding.The game received a 7/10 in our review. Jess McDonell said that the game had a lot of promise, even if it didn’t quite nail the landing. “Leaving questions unanswered doesn’t present a failure in the narrative, but rather the notion that Graavik feels like a town with so much more to say, whose inhabitants deserve to have more of their stories told. It’s a theme the game vocalizes through Lissie’s dialogue several times, and yet it rarely provides concrete answers as to what precisely happened in the town.”Red Thread Games is best known for developing Dreamfall Chapters.
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Sega Europe Will Use Fully Recyclable Packaging For All PC Games From Now On

Sega Europe Will Use Fully Recyclable Packaging For All PC Games From Now On

Sega Europe has announced a new initiative that will see all of its PC physical releases going forward being packaged in 100% recyclable cardboard. This new packaging model was quietly rolled out with the November 2019 release of Football Manager 2020, and will continue with the upcoming release of Total War Rome II – Enemy at the Gates Edition.This package contains the Hannibal at the Gates, Imperator Augustus and Empire Divided DLCs, and will be spread across three discs. The cardboard used to house them will be both recycled and recyclable.Sega Europe is doing this to reduce the company’s carbon footprint–plastic packaging in landfill is not as environmentally friendly as recyclable cardboard. The packaging for these first two releases was market-tested thoroughly beforehand, as people who purchase physical copies of PC games often want a premium product.All printing on the boxes and manuals is done with water and vegetable inks, and the shrink-wrap used is a recyclable low-density polyethylene. This costs more to print, ultimately, but because the boxes are lighter, it also makes them cheaper to ship. For more information, Miles Jacobson, studio director of Football Manager developer Sports Interactive, has published an open letter on the subject. In it, he challenges other publishers to embrace recyclable materials: “I’m throwing down the gauntlet here to ALL entertainment companies who use plastic for their Blu Ray, DVD and CD packaging. Imagine how much plastic we could save, how much landfill we could avoid and how much less plastic would make it into the oceans if we were all do this?”Players who pick up this physical edition of Total War: Rome II can rest assured that it’s environmentally conscious–and it’s also a great game.
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Footage Reportedly from George Lucas' Cancelled Star Wars TV Show Surfaces

Footage Reportedly from George Lucas' Cancelled Star Wars TV Show Surfaces

Footage that is reportedly from a cancelled George Lucas Star Wars TV series – Star Wars: Underworld – has recently resurfaced and gives fans a glimpse of what could have been. As reported by Polygon, the clip, which you can watch here, is test footage and a behind-the-scenes look of this show that would have taken place on Coruscant. The footage shows a mysterious figure attempting to secure plans for an Imperial Star Destroyer. After she secures said plans, she arrives at a small weapons store and tries to purchase a ship and escape. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2010/09/21/lucas-gives-update-on-star-wars-live-action-series”] Unfortunately, Stormtroopers catch up to her and a battle ensues with some pretty horrendous shooting. Also, the footage resembles the style of the prequel films with a smaller budget. Star Wars: Underworld was announced by George Lucas in 2005’s Star Wars Celebration and apparently ended up being just too expensive to make. “Right now, it looks like the Star Wars features,” Lucas said on G4’s Attack of the Show in 2011. “But we have to figure out a way to make it at about a tenth of the cost of the features, because it’s television.” Lucas also confirmed there were 50 completed scripts for the series, which had some strong similarities to the canceled Star Wars 1717. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/11/14/the-best-star-wars-games-that-never-were”] This footage from Star Wars: Underworld, which was set to take place between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, was originally from the Vimeo Page of visual effects studio Stargate Studios. The test footage had been there for 9 years, while the behind-the-scenes footage had been there for 7 years. While this series may have never seen the light of day, Disney and Lucasfilm are hard at work on the second season of The Mandalorian, the Obi-Wan Kenobi series, the Cassian Andor series, and much more. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=every-upcoming-star-wars-movie&captions=true”] [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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Nintendo Has 'No Plans' to Launch a New Nintendo Switch Model in 2020

Nintendo Has 'No Plans' to Launch a New Nintendo Switch Model in 2020

Nintendo’s president Shuntaro Furukawa has stated that Nintendo has “no plans to launch a new Nintendo Switch model during 2020.” These comments are from Nintendo’s Nine Months Financial Results Briefing for Fiscal Year Ending March 2020, in which Nintendo also said “we believe it is important to continue to communicate the appeal of both Nintendo Switch systems and expand the installed base.” While we may not get new models, Nintendo will still be releasing special editions, including the recently announced Nintendo Switch with an Animal Crossing: New Horizons design, dock, and Joy-Con that will launch on March 13, 2020, for $299.99 USD. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/30/nintendo-switch-sales-crush-new-milestone”] There have been many reports and rumors of Nintendo working on a Nintendo Switch Pro, with many assuming it could launch alongside the sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The original BOTW was a launch title for the Switch back on March 3, 2017. Nintendo doesn’t appear to be in a hurry to rush out a more powerful Nintendo Switch, as sales for its newest console have recently passed 52 million units worldwide. Nintendo also released a Nintendo Switch Lite last year that accounted for 5.19 million units of the 52 million. Nintendo’s 2020 is very much unknown at this point, with only such titles as Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, and Bravely Default II, LEGO Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, No More Heroes 3, and Sports Story confirmed to be arriving in 2020. [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”albumSlug=15-big-nintendo-switch-games-coming-in-2020-and-4-guesses&captions=true”] Fans around the world are still waiting and hoping for more news on Breath of the Wild 2, Metroid Prime 4, and Bayonetta 3, which Nintendo currently has TBA as a release date for all three. [poilib element=”accentDivider”] Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to [email protected] Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN who was very sad writing this as all he wants in his life is a Switch Pro and Breath of the Wild 2. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.
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