The 11 Biggest Stories from E3 2016

The 11 Biggest Stories from E3 2016

The sun has set on another E3, and as the games industry pauses for a moment to nurse its collective hangover we thought we’d pull some stats and find out exactly which announcements hit the biggest with the IGN audience during this year’s show. Below are the 11 biggest stories from E3 2016, as determined by IGN traffic: After it was announced and immediately placed into the hands of the public via a P.T.-esque teaser on the PSN, we sat down with the game’s producer and director and uncovered 13 interesting details about Capcom’s survival horror revival – including the fact that it has fewer but more meaningful enemies, and that it takes significant inspiration from the original game. Continue reading…
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Halo 5's Warzone Firefight Update Detailed

Halo 5's Warzone Firefight Update Detailed

Ahead of the Halo 5: Guardians’ Warzone Firefight update, 343 Industries is giving fans a peek into what’s to come with the free DLC. As mentioned previously, it’s the biggest update for Halo 5 yet, and 343 is “packing in as much as can fit.” Players can expect the Warzone Firefight PvE mode on a bunch of maps, the Warzone Boss Refresh, a new Forge canvas alongside additional Forge updates, Campaign Score Attack, new achievements, and plenty of new vehicles, armors, and weapons. via 343 IndustriesContinue reading…
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Blizzard Shares New Details on Overwatch's Competitive Mode

Blizzard Shares New Details on Overwatch's Competitive Mode

Blizzard Entertainment is expected to launch Overwatch’s competitive mode at the end of the month, but the feature doesn’t have an exact release date just yet. How will competitive mode be different than it was in the beta, you ask? Good question—and one Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan has the answer for. In a Developer Update video posted to YouTube, Kaplan went into detail. Players thought competitive play wasn’t competitive enough, Kaplan said. To account for this, Blizzard removed the tier-based progression system from Overwatch’s competitive mode. Instead, it’ll “directly correlate” a player’s matchmaking rating to a player’s skill rating. Now, players will be able to see skill ratings for themselves, as well as for others. The team’s average skill rating will also be displayed. Continue reading…
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Outlander: "Vengeance Is Mine" Review

Outlander: "Vengeance Is Mine" Review

Full spoilers for Outlander continue below. As Outlander inches ever close to the upcoming showdown at Culloden, things are looking worse and worse for the Jacobite cause. Coming off last week’s climactic battle at Prestonpans, Outlander shifted its focus from Jamie and Claire’s direct involvement in the war to a more circuitous — and slightly divergent — story. Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan on OutlanderContinue reading…
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Dishonored 2, No Man's Sky Included in Into the Pixel Art Exhibit

Dishonored 2, No Man's Sky Included in Into the Pixel Art Exhibit

The official selections for the 2016 Into the Pixel art collection were on display at E3 2016. The exhibit “honors video game artists who continue to push the interactive entertainment art form forward,” and is a joint effort between the Entertainment Software Association and the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences. AIAS president Martin Rae said the exhibit is welcome respite from the “the craziness of the conference” for many convention goers. The 2015 Into the Pixel winners were on display at DICE 2016, and featured selections from games like Destiny, Overwatch, and Assassin’s Creed. Details on Into the Pixel can be found on its website, including past winners. Continue reading…
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Girl Meets World: "Girl Meets Permanent Record" Review

Girl Meets World: "Girl Meets Permanent Record" Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode follow. After a string of pretty good episodes, Girl Meets World delivered it’s first truly great episode this season, as Riley struggled to bring her grade up in Spanish. The conceit here was simple enough and the emotional threshold was low, but that straightforwardness and self-restraint are what made “Girl Meets Permanent Record” feel like a real-life chapter in a high schooler’s life and, by extension, a classic episode of Boy Meets World. Even just the premise of “Maya gets a better grade than Riley” would have been a fun idea, but to make it Spanish instead of Cory’s usual history not only offered something different for the girls, but it allowed Cory to learn a lesson of his own. Regarding the former, it was fun seeing a “strict” teacher on the show, Señora Feinstein-Chang (Anahi Bustillos), whose tough-love approach to Spanish brought about some great moments. I also liked how each member of the Matthews family got their chance to talk to her, with each confrontation putting a different spin on the matter at hand. (Topanga’s, I think, was my favorite.) Continue reading…
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Halo Wars 2 Beta Extended

Halo Wars 2 Beta Extended

The Halo Wars 2 multiplayer beta on Xbox One has been extended through June 22. Originally scheduled to end June 20, the open beta was extended by two days due to high demand, according to a post by 343 Industries’ Dan Ayoub on Twitter. Following a premature reveal on the Xbox Store, Microsoft announced the beta earlier this week during its E3 press conference. Continue reading…
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Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Review

Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Review

This is a spoiler-free review for all 13 episodes of Orange is the New Black: Season 4. For those who’ve finished and want to read my spoiler-y thoughts on the end, along with some other story specific details, you can head over to the Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Spoiler Discussion page. One year after it was ruled ineligible to compete as a comedy by the Emmys, Orange is the New Black returns to Netflix with its most effectively wrenching and dramatic season to date, laced with poignant social commentary that’s deftly woven into the story. Naturally, there are still plenty of moments of levity, but you’ll find the bottom quickly drops out in Season 4 more than ever before. Things that start as amusing tales quickly turn sour and sad and once again the series excels at utilizing its (ever-growing) ensemble of players. Continue reading…
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Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Spoiler Discussion

Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Spoiler Discussion

Welcome to the full-spoiler discussion page for Season 4 of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. This is for those who’ve watched all 13 episodes of the fourth season and want to read my thoughts about plot specifics or comment down below about the finale or any other spoiler-ific aspect of the show. For my overall, non-spoilery thoughts, click here to read the Orange is the New Black: Season 4 review. I feel like I should have seen tragedy coming Poussey’s way since her love story with Soso this season seemed to spell out doom. It’s just the way TV works. We know this. Likewise, I suppose, something awful could have happened to Soso. I think I just didn’t see Poussey’s enormously sad death coming because she seemed to dodge a bullet back in Season 2 with the Big Vee storyline. But, because this show plays things against the grain, she didn’t fall when it was expected. She fell when, essentially, the rug could get painfully pulled out from under us. Continue reading…
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Daily Deals: Astro Gaming Headsets, Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus

Daily Deals: Astro Gaming Headsets, Xbox Live, PlayStation Plus

Astro Gaming Headset Sale If you’re in the market for a high quality, multiplatform gaming headset, the official Astro store has some of its most popular models marked well below MSRP. Use code IGNDEAL to save $50 on any of the headsets below. Also, you should know that each of the A50s will work on all gaming consoles as well as PC and Mac. The Xbox One version just includes a headset adapter for the old Xbox One controller with the proprietary headphone port. A50 for Xbox One, PS4, Mac Continue reading…
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