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Daily Deals: PS Vita Borderlands Bundle, Wii U With Splatoon, Cheap 2TB Hard Drive

IGN.com - 4 hours 43 sec ago

The PS Vita Borderlands Bundle Is Back Down To $170

Save $30 on this Vita bundle.

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$25 Off Wii U Splatoon Bundle

Get A Wii U With Splatoon and Nintendoland for less than full price.

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First Minecraft: Story Mode Details Revealed at Minecon - IGN News

IGN.com - 5 hours 49 min ago
Get ready for familiar voices from The Goonies, The Walking Dead, The Last of Us, and more
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Minecraft: Story Mode - Minecon Teaser Trailer

IGN.com - 9 hours 21 min ago
Jesse and his friends are heading off for a big adventure. They must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion.
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Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Announced

IGN.com - 9 hours 40 min ago

Microsoft has announced Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition, the next version of Mojang’s world-building game.

Windows 10 Edition will not replace the existing PC version. Instead, it will be treated as an entirely separate platform to “take advantage of the advanced technology and gaming platform provided by Windows 10.”

Just as the original PC version did, Windows 10 Edition will first release in beta form. You can get your hands on the game on July 29.

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First Minecraft: Story Mode Details Revealed at Minecon

IGN.com - 9 hours 55 min ago

Today at Minecon, Telltale revealed the first new details for Minecraft: Story Mode since the game was announced last December.

Here's the teaser trailer shown at Minecon 2015 in London:

Watch the first teaser trailer for Story Mode revealed at Minecon 2015 above.

Unsurprisingly, Minecraft: Story Mode will follow the standard Telltale format: one narrative-driven story, released across five episodes. Players will control Jesse (not Steve), the protagonist of the story, on a quest to save the world.

Here’s the full story description from Mojang:

"Players will control protagonist Jesse throughout the season, as portrayed by actor Patton Oswalt. Jesse and his group of friends revere the legendary Order of the Stone; four adventurers who slayed an Ender Dragon. The Order are the very best at what they do: Warrior, Redstone Engineer, Griefer, and Architect. While at EnderCon, Jesse and his friends discover that something is wrong... something dreadful. Terror is unleashed, and they must set out on a journey to find The Order of the Stone if they are to save their world from oblivion."

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4th of July Explosion Extravaganza!

GameSpot's PC Reviews - 13 hours 40 min ago
Celebrate the most American holiday in the most American way, with a montage of explosions in video games.
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Massive Anime Expo Cosplay Gallery

IGN.com - 13 hours 41 min ago

Each year, Anime Expo proves to be one of the marquee destinations for cosplay in the US, and 2015 is no exception.  AX attendees showed once again that they are some of the most skilled and dedicated cosplayers around.

With diverse cosplay from anime, video games, movies and TV shows, AX 2015 had a little something for everyone. In addition to anime cosplay galore, we saw Sly Cooper, Solid Snake, a Big Sister, Harley Quinn, Yoshimitsu, Servbot, a handful of War Boys, groups of roaming Borderlands vault hunters... even a guy dressed as the wireframe Little Mac from the arcade Punchout.

We couldn't captured everyone who was dressed up, but take a look at the massive slideshow below to see a sampling of the excellent cosplay on hand at this year's event!

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History of Awesome - Asteroids

IGN.com - Fri, 2015-07-03 20:00
We talk the simplicity and chaotic nature of the 1979 game Asteroids and how it still stands the test of time.
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GS News Top 5 - Free PS Plus Games; Mortal Kombat X’s Predator Info!

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 19:00
We wrap up the Batman: Arkham Knight PC drama, Bethesda talks Fallout Shelter release, Witcher 3 DLC drops and PS Plus gets free games for July!
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From Fallout 4 to The Last of Us 2 Rumors, It's The Top 5 News of the Week - IGN Daily Fix

IGN.com - Fri, 2015-07-03 18:00
This week's top 5 gaming news highlights the latest on Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition, The Last of Us 2 rumors, The Division, and more.
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Heroes of the Storm 100% XP Bonus Weekend Event Now Live

IGN.com - Fri, 2015-07-03 16:19

Blizzard's Heroes of the Storm is currently offering a 100 percent XP bonus to all players this weekend.

Meant to make up for a previous XP bonus event that ended prematurely, the weekend-long event is currently in progress and will end on Monday, July 6 at 1pm PDT.

On an official Battle.net blog post, players are reminded that they can see how much XP they have gained throughout the event by hovering over the total XP earned on the ending Score Screen.

Heroes of the Storm is a MOBA featuring many characters from Blizzard's key game franchises. Read IGN's Heroes of the Storm review to learn more about its highs and lows.

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Destiny's Ghost Companion Could Have Been Much Funnier

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 15:42

Among the complaints leveled at Destiny were those involving the uncharismatic performance of Ghost, your robotic companion. Better dialogue could have helped, and as it turns out, Bungie did solicit two well-known comedians for that purpose, though their work apparently went unused.

Speaking with IGN, David Cross--best known as Tobias Funke from Arrested Development and for his work on Mr. Show with Bob Odenkirk--revealed that he spent a brief time working on dialogue for Ghost. He said he did this along with fellow comedian (and Mr. Show alum) Brian Posehn, both of which were flown to Bungie HQ for a few days prior to Destiny's release.

"Brian Posehn and I got asked and jumped at the chance," Cross said in a new podcast. "We were flown up to Bellevue, Washington to do a punch-up on the Ghost character in Destiny about a year ago. We were both very excited about it. They did not use a single, solitary thing that we wrote, which is a shame because we wrote some stuff that--you know, we're gamers, and they… I would imagine somebody somewhere said, 'We can't inject this levity or humor into it.'"

Cross went on to say he's played Destiny and--like so many others--found Ghost to be somewhat lacking.

"[W]hen you're at an hour 20 of that thing, it's like the Ghost is kind of monotone saying this thing, 'We must get over the ridge. That's the Cabal--we've got to defeat him.' Whatever, it's boring as s***, and I speak for myself and Brian, and I know thousands if not millions of other gamers would be like, 'It would be nice to have a joke or something in there.' You think we're going to f*ck with the tone? But it was very exciting to go up there and get paid to play a video game a year before it came out."

He couldn't remember any specifics of what he or Posehn had written, but described some of it as "self-reverential," while other things were "winking to gamers."

Cross has done some work in games before, voicing characters in Halo 2 (which Bungie developed prior to Destiny) and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Posehn, too, did some voicework for Halo 2.

Destiny is set to get another major expansion later this year in The Taken King. Bungie this week revealed a full rundown on what you can expect from the DLC, which is set to cost $40.

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PS4, PS3 Again Experiencing PSN Issues [Update]

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 15:04

Update: The PSN status page shows that all services are now up and running.

Original Story: Following a service alert earlier this week, Sony has confirmed that the PlayStation Network is again experiencing issues on Friday.

In a tweet from the PlayStation support account, Sony stated, "We're aware that PSN is experiencing connectivity issues. Thank you for your patience as we investigate."

The PSN status page reveals that most services--including gaming, account management, and the PlayStation Store--are all affected to varying degrees. This means you may run into issues when trying to sign into PSN, access content on the store, play games, view your friends list, and so on.

PlayStation Video is also affected by today's issues, with PlayStation Now and PlayStation Vue are the only services to reportedly be working properly.

We'll be keeping an eye on the situation and will update this story with any further developments.

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Gaming Deals: $275 Wii U Bundle, $350 Assassin's Creed Xbox One + $50 Gift Card

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 13:15

Newegg is offering a $50 gift card with the Assassin's Creed Unity/Black Flag Xbox One system bundle, which sells for $350.

Best Buy is selling two Wii U bundles--one with Super Mario 3D World and Nintendo Land, and one with Splatoon and Nintendo Land--for $275 with a free PowerA "essentials kit." This comes in one of three colors (black, pink, or blue) and consists of things like spare styluses, a GamePad carrying case, and a "GamePad Glove to maintain a sure grasp and safeguard your controller during intense gameplay."

Amazon appears to have a new discount program for Prime members. At least a few games are currently included, such as Batman: Arkham Knight for $50 (Xbox One/PS4), The Elder Scrolls Online for $50 (Xbox One/PS4), and Splatoon for $53. You won't see the lower price until you add the item to your cart and proceed to checkout.

Project Cars is $50 at both Amazon (Xbox One/PS4) and Best Buy (Xbox One/PS4). Gamers Club Unlocked members can get it for $40 at Best Buy.

You can preorder Mad Max or Rory McIlroy PGA Tour through Dell and receive a $15 gift card.

Below you'll find the rest of today's best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

Walmart continues to sell the Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle with an extra controller or Battlefield Hardline for $399. Alternatively, you can add $10 to get The Witcher 3 or Mortal Kombat X in place of the controller/Hardline.

Buy J-Stars Victory VS+ at Best Buy and get Dragon Ball Xenoverse for $30.

This week's PlayStation Plus-exclusive deals on PSN include Toukiden: Kiwami for $42, Project Cars for $48, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round for $28, and more.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Batman: Arkham Knight -- $50 (Costco)
  • Project Cars -- $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Best Buy)
  • Mortal Kombat X -- $41 (Amazon) / $41 (Walmart)
  • Bloodborne -- $40 (Amazon)
  • MLB 15: The Show -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign -- $32.50 (Amazon) / $34 (Best Buy)
  • Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition -- $35 (Amazon)
  • Borderlands: The Handsome Collection -- $40 (Amazon) / $40 (GameStop)
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round -- $33.37 (Amazon)
  • Battlefield Hardline -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin -- $42 (Amazon) / $45 (Best Buy)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 -- $28 (Amazon)
  • Far Cry 4 -- $24 (Amazon) / $30 (Target) / $20 (Ubisoft Store)
  • The Order: 1886 -- $29 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD -- $39.53 (Amazon)
  • Rayman Legends -- $20 (Best Buy)
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition -- $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Final Fantasy XIV -- $25 (Amazon)
  • Evolve -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $49 (Amazon)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare -- $32.50 (Amazon)
  • Dying Light -- $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Walmart)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Alien: Isolation -- $22 (Amazon)
  • The Crew -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Destiny -- $35 (Amazon)
  • WWE 2K15 -- $35 (Amazon) / $30 (Target)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor -- $32 (Amazon)
  • Infamous: Second Son -- $29.54 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs -- $16 (Amazon)
  • Assassin's Creed: Unity -- $19 (Amazon)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall -- $19 (Amazon)
  • The Last of Us Remastered -- $14.46 (Amazon)
  • NBA 2K15 -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Rocksmith 2014 with Cable -- $40 (GameStop)
  • The Evil Within -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes -- $15 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack -- $28 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack -- $35 (Amazon)
  • Call of Duty: Ghosts -- $19 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for June are still available and include Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, Skulls of the Shogun, and more. July's games, which were announced this week, should be available next week.

Xbox One

Walmart is selling the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller $349. You also get a free copy of Watch Dogs or Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Need for Speed: Rivals - Complete Edition ($5), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ($20), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($30).

Get a free copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity with the purchase of the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle at the Microsoft Store. That same deal is available with the $399 1 TB model Xbox One that's now on sale with the new controller and a copy of Master Chief Collection.

You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.

Microsoft's latest Deals With Gold promotion is on, discounting a handful of Xbox One and Xbox 360 games, such as Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare for $6.60, Tower of Guns for $9, and Peggle 2: Magical Masters Edition for $5. You can check out all the deals here.

The first episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones series is free on Xbox Live.

Other Xbox One game deals:

July's free Games With Gold games are now available and include Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag.

PC

The latest Humble Bundle focused on the Borderlands series, which offers the games and their respective DLC on the cheap, has only a few days left.

The new Humble Weekly Bundle features games with women as main characters; you can get games like Trine 2, Hack 'n' Slash, and Sunset for cheap.

GOG has a weekend sale bringing games in the Worms, Capitalism, and Guilt Gear series (among others) under $3 each.

Green Man Gaming has a sale on EA games, bringing Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Sims 4, and Battlefield Hardline down to $36 each, as well as the Mass Effect Trilogy down to $12.

Get 23 percent off your purchase at Green Man Gaming using the promo code GET23P-ERCENT-OFFGMG.

Ultima VIII: Gold Edition is free on Origin.

Other PC game deals:

  • Grand Theft Auto V -- $46 (GMG)
  • Wasteland 2 -- $27 (GMG)
  • Anno 2070 -- $7.49 (Steam)
  • Broforce -- $10 (Steam)
  • Out There Somewhere -- $0.19 (Steam)
  • Dust: An Elysian Tail -- $3 (Steam)
  • Developer Alliance Bundle -- $1.49 (Steam)
  • The Sims 4 -- $49 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • Crysis 3 -- $6 (GMG)
  • Battlefield 4 -- $10 (GMG)
  • World of Warcraft -- $10 (Best Buy)
  • World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor -- $40 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty -- $10 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm -- $10 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins -- $12 (Amazon)
  • Diablo III -- $30 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • Diablo III: Reaper of Souls -- $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • StarCraft II: Battle Chest -- $35 (Amazon) / $24 (Best Buy)
  • Tropico 5 -- $24 (Amazon)
  • Dying Light -- $48 (Amazon) / $48 (Walmart)
  • South Park: The Stick of Truth -- $18 (Amazon)
  • Battlefield Hardline -- $33 (Amazon)
  • Assassin's Creed Rogue -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Evolve -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs -- $8 (Amazon) / $12 (Best Buy)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag -- $16.44 (Amazon)
  • The Lego Movie Video Game -- $20 (Amazon)
Wii U

If you don't mind a refurbished system, Nintendo's online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.

  • Bayonetta 2 -- $45 (Amazon) / $45 (GameStop)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker -- $32.60 (Amazon) / $32.60 (Walmart)
  • ZombiU -- $9 (Best Buy)
  • Rayman Legends -- $17 (Walmart)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director's Cut -- $14 (Amazon)
  • Super Smash Bros. for Wii U -- $57 (Amazon) / $54 (Walmart)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two -- $11.29 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors -- $49 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition -- $14.39 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs -- $18 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $20.65 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited -- $16 (Amazon)
  • Transformers Prime: The Game -- $12 (Amazon)
3DS

Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for $219.

Alternatively, the retailer has a New 3DS XL bundle with your choice of select games and a Pokemon figurine for $229. Eligible games include Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Super Smash Bros., The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, and quite a few more.

Target is offering a buy one, get one 50 percent off deal on several 3DS games: Mario Kart 7 ($30), New Super Mario Bros. 2 ($29.49), Super Smash Bros. ($40), and Super Mario 3D Land ($30).

This week's eShop sale includes the Phoenix Wright games; you can get Dual Destinies for $17 or the Ace Attorney Trilogy for $22.49.

  • Xenoblade Chronicles 3D -- $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Persona Q: The Wild Cards Premium Edition -- $45 (Amazon)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour -- $24 (Amazon) / $24 (Best Buy)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance -- $20 (Walmart)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 - Record Breaker -- $39 (Amazon)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire -- $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby -- $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Y -- $30 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver -- $8 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate -- $11 (Walmart)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited -- $8 (Best Buy)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion -- $12.55 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam -- $25 (Amazon) / $25 (Best Buy)
  • Crosswords Plus -- $6 (Best Buy)
  • Lego Marvel Super Heroes -- $15 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars -- $22 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $23 (Amazon)
  • Hometown Story -- $15 (Amazon)
PlayStation Vita

The Borderlands 2 Vita system bundle is $170 at Best Buy.

The PlayStation TV is available for $40 GameStop.

There's a sale on Atlus games on the PlayStation Store this week, discounting primarily Vita and PS3 games. These include Persona 4 Golden for $15, Persona 3 Portable for $10, Persona 2: Innocent Sin for $10, and more.

  • God of War Collection -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Persona 4: Golden -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush -- $19 (Amazon)
  • Freedom Wars -- $15 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • The Wolf Among Us -- $13.39 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • Borderlands 2 -- $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two -- $15 (Best Buy)
  • Mind Zero -- $31 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed -- $18 (Amazon)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd -- $21.62 (Amazon)
  • Xblaze Code: Embryo -- $20 (Amazon)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Love Max -- $26 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars -- $21.45 (Amazon)
  • Resistance: Burning Skies -- $5 (Best Buy)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational -- $10.49 (Amazon)
  • 16GB Memory Card -- $30 (Amazon)
  • 32GB Memory Card -- $67.32 (Amazon)
Hardware
  • Insignia 3DS/3DS XL/New 3DS XL/2DS Starter Kit -- $18 (Best Buy)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera -- $45 (Amazon) / $45 (Walmart)
  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse -- $40 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse -- $60 (Amazon) / $80 with $40 Steam gift card (Best Buy)
  • Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse -- $55 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G700s Gaming Mouse -- $61 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G910 Orion Spark Mechanical Keyboard -- $180 with $50 Steam gift card (Best Buy)
  • Logitech G430 Over-the-Ear Headset -- $80 with $40 Steam gift card (Best Buy)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows -- $43 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows -- $28 (Amazon)
  • Black Xbox One Wireless Controller -- $49 (Amazon)
  • Wave Blue DualShock 4 -- $44 (Amazon) / $44 (Walmart)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset -- $26 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset -- $80 (Best Buy)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset -- $58.41 (Amazon)
  • Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 -- $88 (Amazon)

Amazon prices are accurate as of publishing, but can fluctuate occasionally throughout the day.

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Railroad Engineer Mod Update in GTA 5

IGN.com - Fri, 2015-07-03 13:05
This mod for Grand Theft Auto 5 now features the ability to completely derail the train!
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Bungie Reveals What's in Destiny The Taken King DLC

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:33

Bungie has published a list of everything included in Destiny's next expansion, The Taken King, when it is deployed on September 15.

In the wake of questions about the inherent value of a DLC package that will cost $40 (and £40), Bungie has claimed in its latest blog post that "we plan to prove that The Taken King is more than DLC--it’s a game."

A list of content included in the DLC, as written by Bungie, is pasted below.

  • New story missions and an array of sidequests that conspire to tell the story of our battle to defend our Solar System against Oryx and his Taken army
  • New narrative driven by cinematic cutscenes starring an engaging cast of characters
  • New Exotic Weapons, Exotic Armor, and Exotic Questlines
  • The Dreadnaught, a full new destination, with unique secrets, rituals, and treasures to uncover
  • A new breed of enemy combatants, The Taken, armed with new abilities and weapons
  • An increased Level Cap, and new ways for your Guardian to grow more powerful
  • The most substantial injection of new, unique, and redesigned weapons, armor, and talents to date
  • New subclasses with all new Supers and abilities
  • New cooperative Strikes with unique and dynamic new Boss battles
  • Redesigned and reimagined Strikes – Dust Palace, Undying Mind, and Cerberus Vae III – are now overrun by the Taken
  • New Crucible multiplayer maps with new Crucible modes, including the previously revealed Rift and Mayhem
  • And, of course, last but not least, our biggest six-player Raid yet.

While these promises regarding content have been made now, Bungie says in the weeks ahead it will also discus "a range of topics that we know are important to you, including weapon rebalancing, economy improvements, an overhauled quest experience, bounty enhancements, faction allegiances, end game content, and more."

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18 Video Game Films Currently In Production

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:00

Coming Soon to a Theatre Near You

With the recent news of the Uncharted film adaption losing yet another director, we were reminded that there are a lot of videogame movies currently in production. So here's a gallery of some the biggest film adaptations being made right now.


Uncharted

Naughty Dog's Uncharted series seems like a natural fit for the big-screen. It has a charismatic and good-looking hero, an Indiana Jones-style action story that doesn't take itself too seriously, and all the gunfights and explosions you'd expect from a Michael Bay film. But will this film ever happen? It's been in production for years. At one point, The Fighter director David O. Russell was attached to helm the project, with Mark Wahlberg and Amy Adams on board to star in it. However, that has all since fallen apart. The latest we've heard about the project was the departure of its third possible director, Seth Gordon (Identity Thief, Horrible Bosses), who was reported to be directing the film back in 2014.


Assassin's Creed

One of six total Ubisoft films currently in production, the Assassin's Creed film is going to star Michael Fassbender in the lead role alongside actress Marion Cotillard. The film is due to hit theaters in December 2016, and is set to start filming this September. It will be directed by Justin Kurzel, who directed Fassbender and Cotillard in the 2014 film Macbeth. Talking about the film last year, Fassbender said it will be respectful of the game. At the same time, however, the actor pointed out that "we also want to bring new elements to it and perhaps our own vision of things that already exist in the game."


Warcraft

Directed by Duncan Jones, the son of David Bowie and director of Moon, the Warcraft film has a lot of potential. Not only does it have a proven director on board, but Star Wars effects studio Industrial Light & Magic has been brought on to work on its CG. The film is set to come to theaters in December 2016.


Far Cry

A new Far Cry film adaptation is being made as a part of Ubisoft's initiative to produce films based off of its biggest IPs. On paper, the Far Cry series has always sounded like it could make a good fit for the big screen. With its action-packed gunfights and dark narrative undertones, there is a lot of potential for a Far Cry film adaptation to do well. Unfortunately, the awful 2008 Far Cry film adaptation directed by the infamous Uwe Boll did nothing to prove this. Regardless, here's to hoping that Ubisoft's upcoming Far Cry film gives the series the adaptation it deserves.


The Last of Us

This film adaptation seems like it actually might happen, and not only that, but it might be pretty good. Sony officially announced the project back in March 2014, revealing at the time that, crucially, The Last of Us game director Neil Druckmann was also writing the script. That would seem to bode well for the faithfulness of the film to the game. We have also heard some exciting casting rumors, the most interesting of which is that Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams is the front-runner to play Ellie. If that's going to be the case, Sony needs to make the film soon, as a 35-year-old Ellie isn't going to work.


Minecraft

How do you make a film about such an open-ended, non-linear game with no story? That's the challenge Warner Bros. is up against with its film adaptation of Mojang's sandbox hit. Night at the Museum director Shawn Levy had been attached to direct the film and had even submitted a story proposal, which he called "Goonies-like," but Mojang vetoed the idea. Levy has since dropped out from the project, leaving its current status unknown.


Tetris

Speaking of making films adaptations of games with no story, a film based on Tetris is actually being made. From what we know, it is being developed as a collaboration between the Tetris Company and Threshold Entertainment, the production company behind the infamous Foodfight!. Currently, not much is known about the Tetris film, but Threshold Entertainment CEO Larry Kasanoff has gone on to state that it will be an "epic sci-fi movie."


Watch Dogs

Ubisoft has announced the Watch Dogs film, but that's basically all we know about it. It will be produced by Ubisoft's own Ubisoft Motion Pictures division, meaning the publisher will retain creative control. That's a good thing. But who will direct it? Will it follow the game's story? Fans voted for Tom Cruise to play lead character Aiden Pearce, but will Ubisoft be able to sign him? These questions and more remain unanswered.


Resident Evil: Rising

The sixth and final entry of the long running Resident Evil film series is set to be directed once again by Paul W.S. Anderson. Both Milla Jovovich and Li Bing Bing will be returning to reprise their roles as Alice and Ada Wong, respectively, to most likely fight more zombies. Filming was initially set to begin August 2014, but was delayed to Summer 2015 due to Jovovich's pregnancy.


Shadow of the Colossus

A Shadow of the Colossus film adaption was first reported to be in development back in 2009, and at one point, Chronicle director Josh Trank was attached to direct it, but he has since dropped out of to direct one of the upcoming Star Wars spin-off films. As of writing, Shadow of Colossus is now being directed by Andres Muschietti, who was responsible for 2013 horror film Mama, with a script by Hanna writer Seth Lochhead, who is known for writing the script of Hanna. It still has no confirmed release date or cast.


Hitman: Agent 47

Some video game films fall apart, but this one is definitely happening. 20th Century Fox will release the film this summer, and it will star Homeland's Rupert Friend and Star Trek's Zachary Quinto. Fast and Furious star Paul Walker was originally slated to play Agent 47, but after his tragic death in 2013, Friend replaced him in the lead role.


Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon is yet another one of Ubisoft's big game properties that will be getting a film adaption. Given its roots in Tom Clancy political thrillers, it's understandable why the publisher wanted to give this game series a film. So far, Michael Bay has been confirmed to be developing the project while Y: The Last Man screenwriters Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia will be handling its script.


Dead Island

A Dead Island film is currently in production by Deep Silver and Occupant Entertainment. If this sounds oddly familiar, then it's because the game's film rights were initially acquired by Lionsgate in 2011. However, the project never managed to go anywhere. Regardless, here's to hoping that this second deal actually gets this film made.


Splinter Cell

The Splinter Cell film adaption is set to be directed by Doug Liman, who is known primarily for his work on The Bourne Identity and Edge of Tomorrow. Also, playing the lead role of Sam Fisher will be none other than Tom Hardy of The Dark Knight Rises. We haven't heard much about the film in terms of its exact plot, but it has been stated by Liman that it will focus on Sam Fisher during his younger years.


Metal Gear Solid

A Metal Gear Solid film has been in the works for quite some time. Originally teased by Kojima back during E3 2006, the project previously had a bit of a tumultuous history in terms of development with many speculating whether or not it was ever going to be made. However, during a Metal Gear Solid 25th Anniversary event in 2012, producer Avi Arad, best known for his prior work with Marvel Studios, confirmed that the adaption was in development with Sony Pictures. As of writing, the film is set to be directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with a script written by Jay Basu. There is still no word on who will play Snake.


Ratchet & Clank

This animated film adaptation of the first Ratchet & Clank game is being directed Jericca Cleland and Kevin Munroe with an original script written by Insomniac Games writer T.J. Fixman. Luckily, much of the series' original voice cast will be returning to reprise their roles for the film, such as James Arnold Taylor and David Kaye as Ratchet and Clank respectively. Currently, the film is due to release on April 26, 2016.


Rabbids

The lovably insane Rabbids from Ubisoft's Rayman spin-off franchise of the same name will be getting an animated film adaption produced by Ubisoft and Sony Pictures Entertainment. Just like other films in this gallery, not a lot is known about who will be working on the project or when it will be coming out.


Angry Birds

This upcoming animated film adaption of Angry Birds is being directed by Clay Kaytis and Fergal Reilly with a script written by Jon Vitti. Set for release in May 2016, the film will feature the voice talent of actors Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, and Peter Dinklage. As far as what it will be about, your guess is as good as ours. But you can be certain that it will have birds in it who are angry.


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Ori and the Blind Forest 50 Minute Speedrun

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 12:00
GameSpot hooks up with Games Done Quick and Speedrunner Vulajin attempts to beat Ori and the Blind Forest in under 50 minutes.
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Batman: Arkham Knight's First DLC Gets Release Date and Price

GameSpot's PC Reviews - Fri, 2015-07-03 11:50

Batman: Arkham Knight's first story-based DLC has been given a July 14 release date by Warner Bros, with the publisher also explaining how the expansion will focus on the Batgirl character.

The add-on, entitled Batgirl: A Matter of Family, will cost $6.99 in North America and £5.80 in the UK. Those who purchased an Arkham Knight season pass will not have to pay an additional fee.

Warner Bros has only announced plans for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the expansion, and has not discussed a PC version.

This omission comes in the wake of a punishing two weeks for the publisher, and the game's developer Rocksteady, with a litany of bugs discovered in the PC version. After apologising and announcing its intention to build a patch to fix the numerous problems, Warner decided to pull the title from Steam.

Most recently, Warner Bros was accused to have known about Arkham Knight's PC Problems "for months", however these claims--purportedly from internal QA employees--are not proven.

Set prior to the events in the first game in Rocksteady's Batman trilogy, this add-on will place Batgirl in a new location with multiple missions, side quests, and secrets. Featured within the game is a new hacking feature, as well as Dual Play functionality with Robin.

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The Most Pointless Sequels Ever

IGN.com - Fri, 2015-07-03 11:30

With Terminator Genisys hitting screens this week, the new Ghostbusters commencing principal photography, and The Last of Us 2 potentially a thing, Alex, Chris and Daniel discuss pointless sequels and select their best and worse.

Boss stuff includes Arkham Knight, Secret Wars and the brilliant Amy Winehouse documentary, while Toss stuff is Top Gear and the aforementioned new Terminator flick.

And we've got an illuminating interview with comedian David Cross, who discusses new movie Hits, the potential return of Arrested Development, and his efforts to make Destiny funny.

So make your podcast dreams come true by watching the above or listening to the (dark) below:

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