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  2. Partner Content By Atlus [poilib element="accentDivider"] If you missed out on Persona 5 the first time around, it mixes striking visuals, bizarre dungeon exploration, occult themes, teenage hangouts, and a high-school social simulation into about as strange and stylish a blend as you can imagine. You play the down-and-out, misunderstood juvenile delinquent known by the Phantom Thief name Joker, drawn by a series of unlikely events into the Metaverse, a fantastical world between dreams and reality. Dubbing their Metaverse alter egos the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, Joker and his pals swear to challenge and change their corrupt society by donning masked disguises and delving into the hearts of Tokyo's criminals, represented by dream-like "Palaces" containing aspects of the criminals' twisted psyches, to change them for the better. Or at least make them confess their crimes in dramatic anime fashion. That's enough to keep any would-be hero busy, but in Persona 5 Royal the Phantom Thieves must juggle their nighttime exploits with attending school, building relationships, and hangin' out around Tokyo, including in a brand-new entertainment district called Kichijōji. This latest installment looks to really flesh out these parts of the game, with new characters, new Confidants (folks you can build relationships with to unlock new battle abilities), new music, and, perhaps the biggest addition, even a whole new semester of school life, leading to a variety of possible new endings. (And if you're a veteran of P5, you'll be relieved to hear Persona 5 Royal gives you a lot more time to partake in all of the above activities, lessening the time crunch that made the first game feel a little too busy at times.) The Palaces got some love too. The Phantom Thieves now have a fancy new grappling hook that lets them access new shortcuts and treasure-filled areas, and an entirely new Palace will introduce you to yet another no-good lowlife who could really stand to experience some vigilante justice of the heart. So to speak. Oh, and speaking of the Thieves, prepare to welcome new face Kasumi Yoshizawa to the team. This mysterious girl is a skilled gymnast but there might be something… strange lurking in her past. Hmm. Heck of a fighter in the Metaverse, though. In fact, all the Thieves are a little stronger in battle now, with new, third-tier transformations for their Personas (personal demons, of a sort) and new duo attacks called Showtimes, which let them pair up with another party member to demolish Metaverse foes in spectacular fashion. Rounding out Persona 5 Royal is the inclusion of all the original P5 DLC, along with a new "Thieves Den" you can access anytime to check out any media you've collected during your exploits. Simply put: One of the most popular JRPGs on the PlayStation 4 is about to get polished to a sparkling sheen, making Persona 5 Royal. You can join the Phantom Thieves come March 31st, when Persona 5 Royal makes its undoubtedly stylish debut. Read more about IGN’s policies in our Standards and Practices.View the full article
  3. There is always a push for the bleeding edge, and for gaming monitors that now means the combination of 4K, HDR, and high refresh rate in one display. Acer’s Predator CG437K is the latest display attempting to cram all that technology into a single package. It’s a 4K, DisplayHDR 1000-certified monitor, with an overdriven refresh rate of 144Hz. It also comes with a price-tag of $1,500. But is all of that bleeding-edge tech worthy of the price? Design and Features Up until now, if you wanted a 4K HDR 144Hz monitor you could either go with a reasonably-sized 27-inch model, or the aptly-named Big Format Gaming Display (BFGD) 65-inch HP Omen X. At 43-inches, the Acer Predator CG437K – tagged as a Large Format Gaming Display – fills the gap between the two options. For my taste it’s a bit too big for a desk based on my sitting distance, but the size is perfect for a smaller room. There’s a shift here away from the styling we expect to see from a Predator-line monitor – usually accented with sharp angles and red. Now the only dash of color is the blue glow of the power light below the badge on the bottom bezel. An angular design is still present on the incredibly sturdy stand – an area that doubles as a place to rest your console controllers, which is a nice touch – but not as severe as in the past. Most of that design style is left to the back panel, so it won’t be on display. If you want to add some flair to the monitor, the CG437 comes with four magnetic LED light strips. There’s only one, pretty significant, problem. The monitor case is plastic, so there’s nowhere to attach the LED strips without MacGyvering it with some double-sided tape, or finding something that is metal elsewhere on my desk to attach them. There are four headers on the back of the monitor to supply power, and different lighting configurations can be set in the monitor’s menu. The power leads are all five feet long, so placing the strips anywhere around your desk shouldn’t be an issue, but it also means if you attach them to the monitor you’ll need to bunch up a lot of slack. There are a bunch of different connections on the back – a USB-C, three HDMI 2.0, two DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB hub with two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0. Cable management is limited to one clip on the right leg of the stand, and the two side-facing HDMI and two USB 3.0 ports on the back are so close to the edge of the monitor, when an HDMI cable is plugged in it can peek out past the monitor’s edge. A streaming stick needs to be plugged into the down-facing HDMI to avoid being seen. The Predator CG437K has a 4K HDR VA panel with adaptive sync and a refresh rate up to 144Hz with overclocking. In order to get the possibility of 144Hz, two DisplayPort cables must be connected to your video card (there are two that come in the box), the 4K-144Hz Mode must be turned on in the monitor menu, and 144Hz refresh must be selected in your video card software. This will also disable HDR and adaptive sync. Oh, and you’ll need two top of the line AMD video cards to even think about approaching playing a 4K game at 144Hz (only AMD cards are supported up to 144Hz). It takes an incredible amount of processing power to hit frame rates that high at 4K, especially if the game isn’t especially well optimized. But it does mean that when the prices come down and the technology continues to develop, the CG437K will be ready for it. Using a single DisplayPort cable allows for a refresh rate up to 120Hz with support for HDR and adaptive sync still enabled, and an HDMI cable allows for 60Hz with HDR and adaptive sync. The monitor is G-Sync Compatible with NVIDIA driver 436.48 or newer. The variable refresh rate over HDMI works with Xbox One. Local dimming allows displays to better control black level when there are bright parts to the screen. With more local dimming zones, a bright spot won’t bleed into black areas. Depending on screen size, many TVs can have upwards of 400 zones. Acer doesn’t publish the number of dimming zones on the CG437K, but it doesn’t seem to be that high of a number. This becomes most apparent when there’s a white image on the middle of the screen and the space above and below the image that should be black is a dark gray, while the right and left side of the screen is still black. Movie title cards make this effect very prominent. Testing and Gaming Testing was done with a Photo Research PR-650 spectroradiometer, a Konica Minolta LS-100 luminance meter, and CalMAN 2018 calibration software. HDR patterns were from Diversified Video Solutions’ UltraHD/HDR-10 Test Pattern Suite. SDR patterns were from a VideoForge Classic generator. When testing, a numerical DeltaE value is used to indicate how close to perfect a measurement is. A DeltaE of 1.0 or below is considered perfect as any difference from reference is indistinguishable. 3.0 or lower is excellent and it is hard to see a discrepancy without scrutiny, while above that value any variations become more perceptible. Standard picture mode with warm color temperature was used for SDR testing and HDR mode was used for HDR testing.The Predator CG437K is an incredibly grayscale and color accurate display in SDR. Its average grayscale accuracy measured a DeltaE value of only 1.667, with the highest value being 2.551. Any inaccuracies are completely imperceptible, especially with real content and not test images. The color points were almost as impressive, with the highest DeltaE value measuring only 2.545. And as advertised, the Predator CG437K has over 90% coverage of the DCI color space (91.4% to be exact). The default 2.2 gamma setting is just a tad under, measuring closer to a 2.1 average, which is perfectly fine if your room has a good amount of ambient light. Because I used the display most often in a dark room while gaming and watching TV, I chose to change the setting to 2.4, which brought the measured average value to 2.3. It’s a small change, but it helped the grays look less washed out. HDR measurement results were very good. Grayscale tracking was excellent with values staying under 2.0 consistently, and the EOTF curve (that tells the display how much light to output from 0-100% brightness) followed the target well. Interestingly, when I conducted similar measurements over DisplayPort there were issues with the EOTF curve. The CG437K low-end values (from 0-60% brightness) were all too high. This was apparent while using the display as a monitor to view HDR content, as games and videos looked washed out in darker images. Another peculiarity was with the HDR Mode setting that can be toggled between Off, Auto, and HDR-1000. Auto was around 150 nits dimmer than the HDR-1000 setting. I would expect an auto setting to deliver the best image based on the signal, but in this case I used HDR-1000 almost exclusively. Highlights popped more, and the light output measured over 1,100 nits. The greens of the forest looked particularly vibrant as I ran through Kashyyyk to meet up with Tarfful in Jedi: Fallen Order. Detail in the leaves was excellent and there was some depth to the shadow detail while creeping through caves. In some of the dark scenes, a glow from the edge lighting – primarily in the bottom right corner – was apparent. Detail in Sea of Thieves was equally as impressive. The craters of the moon were easily visible as it moved through the sky, and it lit up beautifully as it caught the rays of the sun. The moonlight glistened on the wave crests and there was a good amount of variance to the water coloration, most notably when the waves were rough. In The Last Jedi, the fabric of the robes Luke wears and the fibers of Rey’s tunic looked impeccable. The contrast of the white and red of the Crait salt flats was striking. As a home theater display, the Predator CG437K looks as good as any other VA panel television. Purchasing Guide The Acer Predator CG437K 4K 144Hz monitor is available on B&H for $1,500. View the full article
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  5. Amazon Prime Video is dropping the sixth season of its popular crime drama, Bosch, starring Titus Welliver as the titular Los Angeles detective. In Season 6, Bosch must investigate the murder of a medical physicist and the whereabouts of some radioactive material that's gone missing. Amazon recently announced that the long-running series will come to end after the conclusion of its seventh season, which will premiere in 2021. On the movie front, the streamer is adding The Lighthouse, starring Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe. In our review of The Lighthouse, we say, "Robert Eggers’ sophomore effort should do for remote lighthouses what The Shining did for remote hotels, the film being less a battle of wits, and more a question of who will lose their wits first." If you're not a Prime member, you can sign up for a 30-day free Amazon Prime trial and reap all the benefits, including streaming Amazon Video. That means you have the opportunity to check out every new video this month without having to pay for it. Check out the slideshow gallery below for a spotlight of some of the most notable April Amazon offerings, followed by everything else coming to Amazon Prime Video in April: [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=amazon-spotlight-april-2020&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Available April 1 A View to a Kill (1985) Bangkok Dangerous (2010) Bird Of Paradise (1932) Blind Husbands (1919) Broken Blossoms (1919) Daniel Boone (1936) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) Diary Of A Hitman (1991) Die Another Day (2002) Dishonored Lady (1947) Dollface (1945) Dr. No (1962) Dr. T & The Women (2000) Drums In The Deep South (1951) For Your Eyes Only (1981) From Russia with Love (1964) Gator (1976) Gods And Monsters (1999) GoldenEye (1995) Goldfinger (1964) Gorky Park (1983) Hotel Artemis (2018) I Am Legend (2007) License to Kill (1989) Live and Let Die (1973) Mark Of Zorro (1920) Moonraker (1979) Mutiny (1952) Never Say Never Again (1983) Octopussy (1983) On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) Repentance (2014) Shirley Valentine (1989) Son Of Monte Cristo (1940) Tarzan The Fearless (1933) The Bodyguard (1992) The Boost (1988) The Brothers Grimm (2005) The Chumscrubber (2005) The Hoodlum (1951) The Living Daylights (1987) The Lost World (1925) The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) The New Adventures Of Tarzan (1935) The Sender (1982) The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) The World is Not Enough (1999) Thunderball (4K UHD) (1965) Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) You Only Live Twice (1967) America In Color: Season 1 (Smithsonian Channel Plus) Bronx SIU: Season 1 (Urban Movie Channel) Dirt Every Day: Season 1 (MotoTrend on Demand) El Rey del Valle: Season 1 (Pantaya) Foyle's War: Season 1 (Acorn TV) Molly of Denali: Season 1 (PBS Kids) Mr. Selfridge: Season 1 (PBS Masterpiece) Our Wedding Story: Season 1 (UP Faith & Family) The Bureau: Season 1 (Sundance Now) The Mind of a Chef: Season 1 (PBS Living) Vida: Season 1 (STARZ) Available April 3 Invisible Life - Amazon Original movie (2019) Tales from the Loop - Amazon Original series: Season 1 Available April 10 Les Misérables – Amazon Original movie (2019) Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Available April 14 Vault (2019) Available April 16 The Lighthouse (2019) Available April 17 Selah and the Spades - Amazon Original movie (2019) Bosch - Amazon Original series: Season 6 Dino Dana - Amazon Original series: Season 3B Available April 20 Paranormal Activity 3 (2011) Available April 29 Footloose (2011) For more new TV shows and movies to watch, be sure to check out everything new coming to Netflix and Disney+ in April. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/new-to-netflix-for-april-2020"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter.View the full article
  6. Netflix is adapting another iconic video game franchise, with none other than Ryan Reynolds in talks to star in and produce a live-action film adaptation of Dragon's Lair. First revealed by The Hollywood Reporter and then confirmed by Netflix's Twitter account, Reynolds is in talks to star as hero knight Dirk the Daring, the hero charged with rescuing Princess Daphne from a vicious dragon. This news comes hours after Netflix officially announced its Castlevania animated series is getting a fourth season. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-video-game-movie-in-development-almost&captions=true"] Assuming a deal is finalized, Reynolds will produce the movie through his company Maximum Effort. The movie will also be produced by Vertigo Entertainment's Roy Lee and Underground Films' Trevor Engelson, along with Don Bluth, Gary Goldman and Jon Pomeroy. Originally created by Bluth and Rick Dyer, Dragon's Lair first debuted in video arcades in 1983. Despite its limited interactivity, Dragon's Lair was notable for taking advantage of Laserdisc technology and featuring far more detailed sprite graphics than most games of the time. Dragon's Lair has been ported (with varying degrees of success) to numerous home consoles over the years, including recent ports for the Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and Playstation 4. The game also boosted the popularity of both Bluth and Goldman, who eventually went on to lead the creation of films like Secret of NIMH, An American Tail, All Dogs Go to Heaven, The Land Before Time, and Anastasia. This isn't the first attempt to adapt Dragon's Lair to other media. ABC aired a short-lived Dragon's Lair animated series in 1984, and CrossGen published a comic book adaptation in 2003. Bluth and Goldman previously ran a Kickstarter campaign in 2015 aimed at funding a short proof-of-concept teaser for a Dragon's Lair animated movie. While that campaign failed, the duo were successful after shifting the campaign to Indiegogo. However, it appears that animated adaptation has been repalced by a live-action treatment instead. Given the nature of the original game and Netflix's previous experiments with interactive programming like Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, we could easily see Dragon's Lair being developed as an interactive movie. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2015/11/01/is-there-enough-interest-to-fund-a-dragons-lair-movie-game-scoop"] Do you think Reynolds is the right choice for Dragon's Lair? Do you want the movie to have an interactive component? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Be sure to check out our breakdown of all the video game movies currently in development and get the latest update on when the perpetually troubled Uncharted movie will resume production. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jesse is a mild-mannered staff writer for IGN. Allow him to lend a machete to your intellectual thicket by following @jschedeen on Twitter. View the full article
  7. Jared Leto made the most of his Thursday night by dressing up as Joe Exotic, the titular figure in the Netflix true-crime documentary Tiger King, which Leto was hosting a viewing for on Twitter. Leto announced Wednesday afternoon that he would be hosting a Tiger King viewing party that night at 6 p.m. PDT on Twitter. The tweet came with a picture of Leto's face edited onto the body of Joe Exotic, who is the subject of the documentary miniseries, which has been the most-watched program on Netflix in the United States for most of the week. The series focuses on an eccentric man who bought an Oklahoma horse farm in the '90s and converted it into a zoo. The Netflix Twitter account clarified 30 minutes before the event began that it would be a viewing party of just the first episode. Leto posted his first tweet one minute before the 6 p.m. start time. "Got my popcorn. Pressing play on #TigerKing Episode 1. Let’s do this @Netflix #JaredLetoCinemaClub," Leto wrote. An image accompanying the tweet showed Leto in a colorful collared shirt, channeling the flamboyant subject of the documentary. Instead of a real tiger, Leto has a stuffed animal to keep him company. Leto then says in a follow-up tweet that he's already seen the entire series and promises viewers a "wild ride." In his next two tweets, he thanks Netflix "for keeping us entertained during this challenging time" and Exotic "for keeping fringe alive." The multi-hyphenate consistently commented on the wardrobe of the people in the documentary and found a striking comparison between a shirt that he previously wore and a shirt worn by Carole Baskin, Exotic's nemesis in the series. Leto tweeted throughout the episode and ended his viewing party with more praise for the Netflix miniseries. "Wow. Mind blown again - end of episode one," Leto wrote. "Masterful direction and great job to all involved with the production!!!" [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/new-to-netflix-for-april-2020"] Tiger King consists of seven episodes running 40-50 minutes each and was released on March 20 on Netflix. IGN's review of Tiger King calls it "a fascinating and depressing look inside a community of big cat fanatics." Kate McKinnon is executive producing and starring as Carole Baskin in a scripted miniseries based on Joe Exotic's story, and Dax Shepard and Edward Norton have been busy fan-casting themselves as Joe Exotic on Twitter. For those that have seen the series, here is what the subjects of the series are doing today. Leto was also in the news himself recently after finding out about the coronavirus way later than most people. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-best-netflix-original-movies-and-tv-shows&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Petey Oneto is a freelance writer for IGN. View the full article
  8. The Letter for the King is currently available on Netflix. [poilib element="accentDivider"] I miss Game of Thrones, and if you were one of the millions who tuned in every week for eight seasons to catch the latest machinations of the Starks, Targaryens, and Lannisters, you've likely spent the better part of the past year looking for a show to fill the void HBO's (mostly) stellar political drama with dragons left behind. While Netflix's The Letter for the King isn't a perfect replacement for the cultural phenomenon that was GoT, I'd highly recommend it as a relatively quick binge that scratches that itch. (You can also read David Griffin's official IGN review for The Letter for the King!) Binge It! James Acaster's Repertoire Is a Meta Stand-Up Absurdity Loop The new series, which is available on Netflix globally, can be most easily pitched as Game of Thrones with kids -- and I mean that as a positive, if all things YA don't immediately put you off. The plot is pretty straightforward: while training to become a knight, 16-year-old Tiuri (His Dark Materials' Amir Wilson) finds himself in possession of -- you guessed it -- an important letter for the king of the realm. But despite that simple premise, which is an adaptation of the 1962 Dutch novel of the same name from Tonke Dragt, the show is very ambitious in its scope and ultimately fulfills its promise. It has a surprising amount of political intrigue, interesting fantastical elements, and surprises throughout its six episodes that keep things interesting and engaging to someone used to the complexity of GoT, even as it leans into some familiar fantasy tropes, like "The Chosen One." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=netflixs-the-letter-for-the-king-first-look&captions=true"] What I liked most about The Letter for the King is the world it created. I'm a sucker for most things fantasy, so I'm predisposed to give your show a shot if you've got interesting characters, a solid magic system, and a good mystery. The Letter for the King checks all those boxes, and it also looks great. Shot in Prague and New Zealand, The Letter for the King feels akin to Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones in its scale, bringing its fantastical backdrop to life better than the likes of The Shannara Chronicles or, I'd argue, even The Witcher. Unlike those previously mentioned titles, there aren't really any big names you'll recognize in The Letter for the King. The one key exception is Andy Serkis, who appears opposite his real-life daughter Ruby Ashbourne Serkis (adorably, he plays her dad in the show). But the young cast is great, with believable chemistry and strong performances that anchor the show even as it spins up in a fantastical way. This isn't YA in the same way as, say, the darkly, delightfully campy Riverdale or Pretty Little Liars. The Letter for the King is more Lord of the Rings than Game of Thrones in its earnest tone and commitment to its high fantasy setting, just with a younger cast. So if you're looking for something new to watch and missing Game of Thrones like me, I can recommend The Letter for the King as a fantasy world I'm glad I sank six hours into. For more new Netflix titles, be sure to check out the full rundown of what's new to Netflix in March! [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/28/new-to-netflix-for-march-2020"] More From Binge It!... Justified Is a Stylish, Modern Western That Still Hits the Target 10 Years Later Netflix's Castlevania Is a Bloody Exploration of the Human Condition... With Vampires Netflix's Voltron Is a Surprisingly Complicated Update of the Classic Cartoon Letterkenny Is the Smartest Small-Town Comedy Ever James Acaster's Repertoire Is a Meta Stand-Up Absurdity Loop [poilib element="accentDivider"] Binge It! is IGN's recommendation series. Movies, TV shows, books, comics, music… if you can binge it, we're here to talk about it. In each installment of Binge It!, we'll discuss a piece of content we're passionate about -- and why you should check it out. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Terri Schwartz is Editor-in-Chief of Entertainment at IGN. Talk to her on Twitter at @Terri_Schwartz.View the full article
  9. Welcome back to Game Scoop!, IGN's weekly video game talk show. This week we're discussing the latest entry into IGN's 10/10 Hall of Fame, this week's surprise Nintendo Direct, The Last of Us Part 2, and more. Watch the video above or hit the link below to your favorite podcast service. Listen on: Apple Podcasts YouTube Spotify Stitcher View the full article
  10. Things won't be getting stranger until at least next year, with the Season 4 Stranger Things trailer dropping on Valentine's Day of this year. But the show remains an excellent watch, not too serious but just serious enough to stand up to multiple rewatches. If you're a Stranger Things fan like I am, the good news is we just added a ton of Stranger Things designs to the IGN Store to tide you over. Stranger Things T-Shirts and Pullovers [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=ign-store-stranger-things-shirts-for-march-27-2020"] Stranger Things is just one of tons of officially licensed properties we have available in the IGN Store. We keep adding more, too, so check back regularly. Right now you can find some truly awesome designs from The Legend of Zelda, X-Men, Animal Crossing, DC Comics and way, way more. View the full article
  11. It's a good time to be a PC gamer. In addition to spring sales at Ubisoft and GOG, the online retailer Fanatical has a pretty sweet build-your-own bundle going on right now. From a selection of 16 PC games, you can pick up to five titles you'd like to own, and you'll get them for $3.33 each. They come in the form of Steam codes. The only catch is that you have to buy at least three games to get the deal, which breaks down to three games for $9.99. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fbundle1585339895484.jpeg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F27%2Fbundle1585339895484_%7Bsize%7D.jpeg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7e5dfce4b000875e5dcac4%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbrei%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Build%20a%20Bundle%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22Fanatical%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] If you want more games, though, you can get a bundle of four for $13.32, or five games for $16.65. Any way you slice it, each game ends up costing just $3.33, which is a heck of a deal, considering the MSRP for the games range between $20 and $40 each. What games are we talking about? You can find full list of 16 PC games below, but here are some of the highlights. For one, Life is Strange: The Complete Season, is an excellent game with a (mostly) laid-back vibe. It's narrative-driven, so you don't have to worry about having fast reflexes or anything, and the story it tells is mysterious, lightly sci-fi, and highly engrossing. Redout is an ultra-fast, futuristic racing game, along the lines of Wipeout or F-Zero. The Pillars of the Earth is an adventure game that takes place in 12th century England and focuses on a cast of small-town characters struggling to survive during war and famine. Lords of the Fallen is a lot like Dark Souls, but not as crushingly difficult. Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom is a colorful JRPG. Really, there's something for everyone in the eligible games. If you can find three you'd like to try, there's no reason not to give it a shot at this price. Fanatical Build-Your-Own Bundle Games Abandon Ship Outcast: Second Contact F1 2018 Monster Energy Supercross 2 MotoGP 18 State of Mind Styx: Shards of Darkness Lords of the Fallen: GotY Edition Redout: Enhanced Edition The Pillars of the Earth Life is Strange: Complete Season Shiness: The Lightning Kingdom Omerta: City of Gangsters Override: Mech City Brawl Fight'n Rage X-Morph: Defense And if those don't do it for you, you're likely to find plenty of games of interest in the Ubisoft Store and GOG Spring Sales, also going on now. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Chris Reed is IGN's shopping and commerce editor. You can follow him on Twitter @_chrislreed. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"] View the full article
  12. UPDATE: The Walt Disney Co. announced Friday that Disneyland and Walt Disney World will not reopen at the end of March and will remain closed indefinitely. Here is a Disney spokesperson's statement on the postponement of the reopening: "While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company’s top priority. As a result of this unprecedented pandemic and in line with direction provided by health experts and government officials, Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort will remain closed until further notice. The Walt Disney Company has been paying its cast members since the closure of the parks, and in light of this ongoing and increasingly complex crisis, we have made the decision to extend paying hourly parks and resorts cast members through April 18." With California currently under a stay-at-home order, all non-essential businesses, which includes theme parks like Disneyland, must stay closed until the order is lifted. And as THR points out, "the earliest Disney World would be allowed to reopen is 11 p.m. on April 9 under the Orange County stay-at-home order." Our original report from March 12 follows. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Disney announced Thursday that Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure are closing as of March 14 through the end of the month due to concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19). As of time of publish, it was uncertain whether Disney World in Orlando, Florida, would also be closing in response to the outbreak. This would only be the fourth time in Disneyland's history that the park has been closed. The three other times were the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963, the 1994 Northridge earthquake, and the 9/11 attacks of 2001. Disney's announcement comes on the heels of California Governor Gavin Newsom's press conference Thursday during which time he said gatherings of more than 250 people should be postponed. However, Newsom later said that both Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood won't need to comply with this policy, "because of the complexity of their unique circumstances," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The exemption for theme parks was met with widespread criticism on social media. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/02/25/how-coronavirus-is-impacting-the-games-industry"] Chief medical officer for Disney Parks, Dr. Pamela Hymel, said in a previous statement that they're committed to keeping Disney staff and guests healthy: "As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our cast, guests and the larger community, we are carefully monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation and are in regular contact with health agencies for information and guidance. Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, are welcoming guests as usual and we continue to implement preventive measures in line with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies." The Verge had reported about Disney cast members discussing how easily the COVID-19 disease can spread: "If one gets it, we all get it." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=avengers-campus-all-the-heroes-and-characters-youll-meet&captions=true"] Disney had previously taken measures in response to COVID-19 for their other parks. USA Today reported that Hong Kong Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland have since closed. There are currently no plans for when Hong Kong Disneyland may reopen. However, Tokyo Disneyland is closed until at least early April with expansion plans being "postponed to mid-may 2020 or beyond". The Shanghai Disney Resort park closed over a month ago and partially reopened this Monday with a new policy in place. According to the park website, guests are required to wear a mask and show their health via a QR code system when entering dining areas. "Every guest entering Shanghai Disney Resort will be required to undergo temperature screening procedures upon their arrival," the park's official site explains. "Guests will also be reminded to maintain respectful social distances at all times while in stores, queues and restaurants." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/06/konamis-mini-console-is-first-to-be-delayed-due-to-coronavirus"] Disney originally required cast members at their Tokyo park to wear masks in February, before deciding to close. Disneyland Paris also issued a statement on their website that they're adjusting queue line capacities in response. IGN spoke with a number of medical experts to learn how movie delays may help stop the spread of COVID-19. Events like E3 2020 and SXSW that bring large amounts of people together have closed as well. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Jeffrey Lerman is a Freelance News Writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @Snakester95.View the full article
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Get 2 Months of Free Kindle Unlimited on Amazon 2017 Apple MacBook Pro 13.3" Retina Intel Core i5 8GB Laptop (Refurbished) with 2 Year Accidental Damage Warranty for $999.99 This laptop might be a few generations older but it's still a very capable workstation. This is a 3-pound laptop that boasts an Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost to 3.6GHz, 8GB of RAM, 128GB SSD, and Intel Iris Plus graphics. There's no Apple warranty but you do get a 2 year accidental damage warranty provided by CPS. Get it at PCMag Shop for $999.99 ______________________________ Eric Song is IGN's deal curator and spends 25% of his pay on stuff he posts.View the full article
  14. With so many people working from home and practicing social distancing in 2020, we could all use plenty of distractions. It's hard to go wrong with a good Stephen King book. King has built a career writing spooky page-turners that frequently clock in at over 1000 pages. Just one of his books can sustain most readers for days. His entire back catalog could take months or more. For the budding King fan, perhaps the easiest way to take in the best and most important books of his prolific career is to focus on the Dark Tower saga. In addition to the seven core novels that make up the story of wandering gunslinger Roland Deschain, many of King's most iconic books tie into the Dark Tower in some way or another, forming an entire literary multiverse. Read on to learn which books you should read to fully appreciate the Dark Tower mythos. Warning: Very vague spoilers follow about certain connections between books. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=the-essentials-stephen-kings-dark-tower-multiverse&captions=true"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Stephen King's Dark Tower Series: Book Reading Order Much like with the Star Wars movies, Stephen King fans frequently debate the best order in which to read his Dark Tower-related books. While the core Dark Tower books are numbered sequentially, it can be much harder to know when and where to branch out to the rest of King's work. We're proponents of reading these books in more or less the same order they're published. The Dark Tower is a story that grew in the telling. King certainly didn't have any inkling of the full scope of this story when he began it, or how much events in his own life would influence its execution, and it's best appreciated with that perspective in mind. Salem's Lot (1975) Salem's Lot is King's second published novel, and after all these years it remains one of his best and most terrifying works. It certainly set the tone for much of King's work to come, focusing equally on supernatural horror and the ordinary, mundane evil that lurks behind closed doors. It's a story that steadily builds a sense of dread as an intrepid few try to save their idyllic small town from being overrun by vampires. Salem's Lot eventually pays off in a significant way where the Dark Tower books are concerned. One character in particular, Father Callahan, has a big part to play later in the series. The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger (1982) The Gunslinger is where the Dark Tower saga truly begins. This is the book that introduces Roland Deschain, last of the fabled line of gunslingers and a man obsessed with finding the fabled Dark Tower and saving his dying world. As Roland pursues the mysterious Man in Black across an endless desert, he encounters strange creatures, unholy demons and a boy inexplicably ripped from 20th century America. King released a revised version of the novel in 2003, one rewritten to more closely align the story with later sequels. Pet Sematary (1983) Pet Sematary's connection to the Dark Tower mythos is pretty tenuous - sort of a "Six Degrees of Roland Deschain" situation. Assuming you do read Pet Sematary, there's a fascinating cameo to be found in 1994's Insomnia, a book with a much clearer link to the Dark Tower series. Still, we feel this book belongs on any good Stephen King reading list solely because of its quality. It's among King's best and most emotionally harrowing novels. It's also quite possibly the scariest book he's ever written. Suffice it to say, you don't want to read those Wendigo scenes while locked away in a remote cabin in the woods. The Talisman (1984) The Talisman is notable for two reasons. It's a collaboration between King and fellow horror luminary Peter Straub. It's also the rare King book that veers more into fantasy than horror. The Talisman follows a boy named Jack Sawyer who sets out on a quest to find an artifact capable of curing his mother's cancer. That journey weaves in and out of a parallel reality called "The Territories." While this story's direct ties to the Dark Tower books are only really made apparent in the 2001 sequel The Black House, even in 1984 The Talisman was notable for delving deeper into the King multiverse and the concept of parallel worlds that exist as distorted mirrors of our own. It (1986) It is easily one of King's most well-known works. It's also among his longest, chronicling a battle between a group of social outcasts and a demonic entity haunting the town of Derry, Maine across multiple time periods. It never really forges a firm connection to the Dark Tower books, but it's still worth reading for two reasons. One, it's an essential King novel that many regard as one of his best. Two, it does offer a fuller sense of the true scope of King's multiverse and the forces that keep it in balance. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/09/03/it-chapter-two-review"] The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three (1987) The Drawing of the Three is the second installment of the Dark Tower books. Here, a wounded Roland encounters a series of doorways leading to New York City, offering the chance of new allies in his quest and a shot at redemption. The Stand (1990) If you only read one other King novel as a companion to the Dark Tower series, it should probably be The Stand. Widely regarded as one of the greatest works of post-apocalyptic fiction, The Stand is set in a world ravaged by a superflu known as Captain Trips. The few survivors rally around one of two ringleaders, the benevolent Mother Abigail and the demented Randall Flagg. Both Flagg and the world of The Stand become integral to the latter half of the Dark Tower saga. Just be sure to read the "Complete and Uncut" version of the novel first published in 1990, as opposed to the relatively shorter original version from 1978. The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands (1991) The Waste Lands is the third chapter in the Dark Tower saga, one far larger in terms of both page count and scope than its predecessors. This volume offers a much fuller sense of the ruined world Roland inhabits and the forces holding it together. It's also the one book in the series to end on a major cliffhanger, which made the six-year gap between Books 3 and 4 all the harder to bear. Insomnia (1994) Insomnia is a bit of an odd duck in the King lineup. It's among his longest books, but it's also slow-paced and fairly uneventful in its first half. Rather than featuring King's typical tortured writer protagonist, it revolves around a retired widower named Ralph Roberts. However, the novel rewards the patient reader with a much more exciting climax and a very meaningful Dark Tower connection that really pays off in the final leg of the saga. The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass (1997) The fourth Dark Tower book shakes up the formula in a big way. The first and third acts continue the journey of Roland and his allies, resolving the cliffhanger from The Waste Lands and tying into The Stand in a very direct way. But the middle act unfolds as a lengthy flashback to Roland's formative years. Wizard and Glass greatly fleshes out his past and the history of the fallen kingdom of Gilead, while also shedding more light on what Roland lost in his drive to find the Dark Tower. Hearts in Atlantis (1999) Hearts in Atlantis is a collection of several novellas. While the entire book is worth reading, in terms of Dark Tower relevance you need only concern yourself with the opening tale, "Low Men in Yellow Coats." This story introduces kindly Ted Brautigan, an elderly man with psychic powers being pursued by sinister forces. Yes, both Ted and said forces have a direct link to the Dark Tower books. Black House (2001) Black House is the second collaboration between King and Straub, a sequel to 1984's The Talisman starring a now-adult Jack Sawyer. As mentioned before, this sequel is far more overtly tied to the Dark Tower books. In fact, it does more than any of the core Dark Tower stories to flesh out the Crimson King, the central villain of the saga. Everything's Eventual (2002) Everything's Eventual is another short story collection that falls under the Dark Tower umbrella. In this case, there are two tales essential to fully appreciating the saga. The title story, "Everything's Eventual," introduces Dinky Earnshaw, another psychically gifted character with a key role to play in the tail end of the Dark Tower story. "The Little Sisters of Eluria" focuses on Roland himself, showcasing one of his adventures early on in his quest to find the Dark Tower. This story is also reprinted in some versions of The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger. The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla (2003) It would be another six years before King followed up on Wizard and Glass, in part because of a serious car accident that put his writing career on hiatus. But the work did finally resume. Wolves of the Calla is a clear homage to classic Akira Kurosawa and Sergio Leone movies, with Roland and his band recruited to protect a village from marauding "wolves" who regularly appear to steal away innocent children. The Dark Tower: Song of Susannah (2004) King didn't keep fans waiting long after the release of Wolves of the Calla, with the penultimate book in the series following a mere six months later. This is where the saga begins to culminate, as connections to many of King's previous stories become clear and Roland and friends begin preparing for their final push to the Dark Tower. This is also where the series starts becoming much more self-aware and meta, to the chagrin of some readers. The Dark Tower: The Dark Tower (2004) Following another short gap, King finally wrapped up a two-decade-long saga in the seventh and final Dark Tower book. Here is where Roland's quest comes to an end, but not before the book introduces another key character that will make Insomnia readers glad they put in the time on that book. The ending to the series is nothing if not controversial, though King deliberately structures the book in such a way that readers can stop early if they prefer a cleaner, happier conclusion. The Dark Tower: The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012) Though the main saga ended in 2004, King revisited Roland's world with this spinoff book. While set before Wolves of the Calla, we think The Wind Through the Keyhole is better appreciated as an epilogue to the series. Its unique "story within a story within a story" structure gives the book a whimsical feel that helps offset the grim tone of the main books. The Dark Tower in Other Media The Dark Tower saga may be rooted in the prose world, but it's also expanded into other media in recent years. Both the Dark Tower comics and the live-action movie are worth consuming as companions to the novels. Marvel Comics first journeyed into this universe with 2007's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Born. Basically an adaptation of the flashback portion of Wizard and Glass, The Gunslinger Born helps visualize a world that previously only existed in prose form and in a handful of painted illustrations. That initial series was followed up by four more comic book miniseries that continue where the flashback leaves off and explore more of Roland's formative years. That story culminates in The Dark Tower: The Battle of Jericho Hill, which chronicles the titular battle that destroys the kingdom of Gilead and sparks Roland's quest for the Dark Tower. Marvel continued to publish more Dark Tower miniseries after that, exploring more of Roland's hidden years leading up to the original Dark Tower novel and then adapting both The Gunslinger and The Drawing of the Three. Unfortunately, Marvel stopped at that point, never adapting the entire saga. The franchise rights have since shifted from Marvel to Simon & Schuster's imprint Gallery 13, but so far no further adaptations have been greenlit. A shame, but the comics are still well worth reading for anyone hungry for even more of this fantasy universe. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2017/08/03/the-dark-tower-review"] As for the movie, it's an extremely flawed but still interesting attempt at distilling the plot of multiple Dark Tower books into one streamlined film. Originally the plan was to release a trilogy of movies with two seasons of TV airing in-between. Those plans appear to have shifted slightly. Amazon is currently developing a Dark Tower TV series focused on a young Roland, one seemingly unconnected to the 2017 movie or Idris Elba's version of Roland. Instead, Sam Strike (Leatherface) will star as Roland, and Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead) and Jasper Pääkkönen are reportedly playing the villains of the first season. For more on the world of Stephen King adaptations, check out IGN's breakdown of all the Stephen King Easter eggs in Hulu's Castle Rock and our recap of every Stephen King remake so far. [poilib element="accentDivider"]View the full article
  15. Note from IGN Senior Editor Joshua Yehl: If you've suddenly found yourself with a lot of extra time on your hands that you don't know what to do with, then worry not, because IGN is teaming up with some of our favorite comic book creators to help you out with a list of recommended reads. To kick things off, our first special guest is acclaimed comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis. Even if you haven’t read Ultimate Spider-Man, Powers, or his game-changing Avengers saga, you’ve probably seen his work reflected on screen, given he’s the co-creator of breakout characters Jessica Jones and Spider-Man Miles Morales. Having left Marvel Comics for DC Comics in 2017, Bendis now writes titles like Superman, Young Justice, and Legion of Superheroes, plus he’s spearheading a new imprint called Wonder Comics. He’s a five-time Eisner-award winner and has taught a college course on comics. Suffice to say, he knows a thing or two about good comics, so here’s what he thinks you ought to sink your eyeballs into. Comic books were, sort of, born out of a traumatized war-torn world. They have always been truthful escapist places in real times of stress. We’ve all experienced that magic on some level. A place where a kid or adult can bury their face in a new comic and just feel... different. In one of my all-time favorite (not comic) books High Fidelity by Nick Hornsby, the ultimate music fan is offered the opportunity to make his absolute Top Five List. It’s my favorite part of the book, and movie, watching the character start to unravel under the weight of the request. “Top five WHAT? Top five of all time? Top five songs you listen to in the desert?” That is how I felt when IGN approached me to put this list together. I have 443,221 comics on my best comics of all time list. But I broke it down fast. This list is different from what would be my ultimate ultimate ultimate list. This is specifically things that I think would be healing, fun, inspiring, smart escapism in this weird world we find ourselves in. These books are teleportation vehicles -- not only to another world with different rules and experiences for us but an important statement about how amazing comics can be. [poilib element="commerceCta" json="%7B%22image%22%3A%7B%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F24%2Fcomixology-logo1585057541084.jpg%22%2C%22styleUrl%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fassets1.ignimgs.com%2F2020%2F03%2F24%2Fcomixology-logo1585057541084_%7Bsize%7D.jpg%22%2C%22id%22%3A%225e7a0f09e4b08e237d61fdd8%22%7D%2C%22url%22%3A%22https%3A%2F%2Fr.zdbb.net%2Fu%2Fbjca%22%2C%22title%22%3A%22Start%20a%20free%2060-day%20trial%20of%20ComiXology%20Unlimited%22%2C%22store%22%3A%22ComiXology%22%2C%22additionalInfo%22%3A%22%22%2C%22ourPick%22%3Afalse%7D"] This is not the first time I’ve been personally quarantined with my books. I had a health scare a couple of years ago. A personal one. It was enough for me to take real stock of my feelings about, well, everything (but that’s another column). I know mileage varies for everyone but during and after I was sick I definitely didn’t want to read anything about other people being sick, or viruses, or near-death experiences, or watch... medical shows. I wanted full escapism. I wanted to be transported and taken into a hopeful, better place. That’s what this list is. So to my friends working on their pandemic allegories and future dystopias: You are doing amazing work and I love your comics but you’re not gonna see yourself here. Those are for another day. Also, listen, I’ve been in comics for a while and I know a lot of people and I have been published by almost everyone so some of this is going to stink to high heaven of nepotism but these are really great comics. I met most of my pals in comics because we loved each other’s stuff. It happens. Check out the list by flipping through the slideshow gallery below or keep scrolling to read it as an article. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=brian-michael-bendis-stuck-at-home-comic-book-reading-list&captions=true"] Black Hammer By Jeff Lemire and Dean Ormston Building new superhero universes is a feat unto itself. Building universes that speak to a commonality among the audience, a common knowledge that everyone reading can share is a very special thing indeed. The Black Hammer “age of heroes” has long since passed and the heroes have all been banished from existence by a multiversal crisis. The Black Hammer universe is a perfectly built piece of fiction. It completely transports you away to a place where we can explore our shared love of comics energy. My biggest compliment to this work is, behind the scenes, a great deal of our peers keep showing me their new work and saying, “I think this is my Black Hammer.” The Classic DC and Marvel Crossovers There’s a lot of talk about these online this week and there’s a reason why. We know that comics’ secret weapon is the stories that can’t be told anywhere else. After the enormous Avengers: Endgame, [the Arrowverse crossover] Crisis on Infinite Earths, and [HBO’s] Watchmen all being successful huge TV and movie events, most of the audience thinks they have seen it all... Nuh uh. The classic DC/Marvel crossovers are sadly not in print right now but you can get them online or by ordering them from any quality comic store. They are out there. I spent the last week with my son reading the Batman/Hulk crossover from years ago - Len Wein and Jose Luis Garcia Lopez at his absolute finest - and my 7 year-old son was completely! blown!! away!! May you be the person that first shows someone JLA/Avengers!!! Whaaaaaaat? These are stories that would flatten any fan of any superhero universe of any age. Plus, if you find The Uncanny X-Men and The New Teen Titans crossover by Chris Claremont and Walt Simonson, you will have one of the best comics ever made. These are the superhero comics for people who think they have read or experienced everything there is to experience with these characters. (Also, the DC/MARVEL Amalgam Universe, but those are hard to find.) Girl on Film By Cecil Castellucci, Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy This original graphic novel memoir from award-winning young adult novelist Cecil Castellucci (illustrated by artists Vicky Leta, Jon Berg, V. Gagnon, and Melissa Duffy) is based on her own coming-of-age journey. Cecil tells you how she fell in love with the art of telling stories and how, well, everything has affected her as a writer. I know Cecil a little but I feel I know her way more than I actually do because this book is so warm and honest. I feel reading this alone in your quarantine will feel like hanging out with a cool new friend who is into a lot of the same stuff you are. I also think this book will get you off your ass to make something. Planetary By Warren Ellis and John Cassady I got a Warren Ellis addiction. Always have. Decades ahead of the pop culture curve, Ellis and John Cassady introduced us to the adventures of Elijah Snow, Jakita Wagner and the Drummer. Its hook was vaguely ‘X-Files for superheroes’ but that is just the slightest touch of what this book really is. A complete valentine to fiction in the twentieth century filled with all the paranormal secrets and secret, and not secret, histories. And the entire series is one of the most satisfying reading ‘meals’ in all of comics. Planetary is the most imitated, most essential book of Warren Ellis’s career. More than Authority? YES! And that’s saying something. I could make this whole list about his stuff but this book itself is so entertaining and it takes you to so many places. And it is aging beautifully. Isola By Brenden Fletcher and Karl Kerschl There are so many outstanding new “independent” comics out right now. So many. Once and Future, After Realm, The Three Kings, Bang. Fully realized worlds are popping up on the stands every week. And a lot of them are so beautifully illustrated. Isola is a representation of this new whole wave and a stunning achievement on its own. Isola by writer Brenden Fletcher and writer/artist Karl Kerschl takes us to a gorgeous mystical land where the queen’s brother enacts a treacherous plot to transform her into a tiger. It takes us all on a colorful journey halfway across the globe to the fabled island of... Isola, gateway to the underworld. This book is stunning and has that magic quality that no creator can conjure consciously: there’s something about these images that stay with you after you’ve read the book. Images that burn into your retina in a positive way. That’s actually something my friend David Mack can do as well. Comics! This is also the kind of story that can only be told this way in comics. I have really taken a liking to comics that don’t just seem like storyboards for a Hollywood pitch but a reach to try something new in comics. Akira By Katsuhiro Otomo On a list like this including Akira is like saying you like the Beatles or Nirvana. Way to go out on a limb! But soooo many people say to me, “Oh, I always meant to read that.” Well, there is no better comic book binge-reading meal than Akira. It is completely fulfilling. Meanwhile By Jason Shiga This magnificent graphic novel is truly all ages; it works if you’re 66. It works if you’re 4. Follow the tabs to create your own story in this groundbreaking graphic novel. It’s a Choose Your Own Adventure book. I love Jason’s unique work. I love Demon, I love Fleep. But this one is truly for everybody. Dial H for Hero / The Wonder Twins By Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones / Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne Here’s where I get in a bit of trouble. “Hey, dude, come on! These books were the cornerstone of your imprint at DC comics!!!” Yes! But we wanted to make The Wonder Twins with Mark Russell and Stephen Byrne and Dial H for Hero by writer Sam Humphries and the amazing Joe Quinones because we wanted this kind of energy in the world. But I did not make these books. They made them. They made them amazing. These books are so much better than we even hoped for!! Dial H? Best pitch in comics! What would you do if you could become any superhero for just an hour? Sam and Joe took this crazy idea to dizzying heights! Everything Mark Russell has bought to comics has risen to this next level. I selfishly wanted a Wonder Twins book by him to see him take these brilliant characters and say something with them... and he did! On Writing By Stephen King Not a comic book. But if you are home and you might be thinking about writing... This is the book for you. If you’re serious about your craft, you should absolutely have Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud, Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner, Story by Robert McKee, and Making Comics by Lynda Barry. But for this quarantine, I think On Writing is a Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King that describes his experiences as a writer and his advice for aspiring writers. This book makes you think about why you are writing what you’re writing from Stephen’s personal anecdotes and ideas. I found it extremely powerful. Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen By Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber “Come on!! You know these guys. This is the Superman office you work in!!” Yes!! But this book is brilliant!! It’s absolutely brilliant. Like Hawkeye and Sex Criminals from Fraction before it... is not. what. you. think. Also, for those of you who fancy yourselves big ass Matt Fraction fans, may I recommend his short-lived Defenders run. I think it’s as good as Hawkeye and Jimmy Olsen but doesn’t get the same amount of love. Three of Matt’s best all-time jokes are in Defenders. Justice League of America: The Nail By Alan Davis Alan Davis is a master comic creator who embodies everything this list is supposed to be. His entire energy as a comics creator is powerful and uplifting. There are quite a few comic creators who fit this: Tom Taylor, Jason Aaron, Skottie Young, Mike Allred... Alan Davis is always looking deep into the soul of the characters and by doing so always creates something that is so reader-friendly. This story revolves around what would happen if the Kents got a flat tire and never found baby Clark. Imagining a world without the Man of Steel, Alan has created an alternate history of the DC universe that inspires. Copra By Michel Fiffe Michel Fiffe’s popular self-published series, Copra is a superhero face punch. A look at the superhero genre completely free to fly in any direction it needs to. Everyone I know in comics loves this comic. It's just so pure and fun and it's made with such heart. Mind MGMT By Matt Kindt I love this globe-spanning espionage book. What a terrible way to describe a completely innovative genre smash. The story is of a journalist investigating the mystery of a commercial flight where everyone aboard loses their memories, but that is just the “what.” The “how” is something else!! Matt finds new spaces on the page. New ways to inflict healthy exposition. It’s a real reason to curl up and get lost. Nextwave By Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen Warren Ellis again! But NEXTWAVE!! Nextwave is the most brilliant piece of superhero nonsense I have ever read and I have read an incredible amount of superhero nonsense. This is a Master Class in serious not serious. I don’t actually want to say another word about it because I feel everything you say about it actually ruins a joke. It’s 12 issues by Warren and Stuart Immonen and master ink artist Wade Von Grawbadger at the tippy top of their games. Check it out. Superman Smashes the Klan By Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru This one has such an interesting pedigree and history. Inspired by the 1940s Superman radio serial “Clan of the Fiery Cross,” National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese) and the powerful art of Gurihiru tells us the story of the adventures of the Lee family as they team up with Superman to, well, smash the Klan. It is a story that seems to need to be a comic. I can’t think of a more powerful medium to tell this. Gene and I do not know each other but we were scheduled to speak to each other at WonderCon. I have soooo many questions for when that day happens. Monstress By Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda Where do I even begin with this amazing work??!! Describing the plot does nothing to describe the feeling of this book. Monstress tells the story of a girl who shares a psychic link with a monster of crazy power, a connection that will transform them both. Every panel is a world build. Every page a richly imagined art deco-inflected steampunk surprise. This world will wrap around you. I’m going to go read it again now! Bonus Recommendations From the Bendis Kids When faced with this crazy list I didn’t just want it to be the voice of a pathological comic book collector. My children all read tons of graphic novels and I asked them to chime in. Both my nine-year-old and 12-year-old daughters highly recommended Under the Moon: A Catwoman Tale by Lauren Myracle and Isaac Goodhart. My nine-year-old said the book “made her think about things on a deeper level than she ever had before.” Also, Scary Godmother by the amazing Jill Thompson is an enormous hit in our house. All of my kids have found it on a shelf and flipped for it. My 12-year-old highly recommends: Lumberjanes - a comic book series created by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, Brooklyn A. Allen, and Noelle Stevenson. At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, things are not what they seem. This graphic novel series has turned into a real binge-worthy epic. My daughter says the best part of this is the adventure: Completely unique and empowering. (Last year I had to stop her from taking too many of these to school. She just wanted them near her all day. That’s a book that’s also a hug.) My seven-year-old loves: Hilo by Judd Winick. Hilo just fell out of the sky and doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. Judd Winick brings all the right everything to this popping superhero story that destroys fans of Captain Underpants. And to quote my son: where the hell is the movie? Oh!! I could have filled this list with the life’s work of Mike Mignola, Jack Kirby, Greg Rucka, Frank Miller, the Hernandez brothers, Alan Moore, Will Eisner, Walt Simonson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Tom King, George Perez, Möebius, and so many many others but arrgghhh!!! LISTS!!! Hit me up on social media and let me know what you thought of these. I gotta go make more!! BENDIS!View the full article
  16. We are gathered here today to talk about Guns, Love, and Tentacles, the sharply written Lovecraftian DLC for Borderlands 3 which puts the wedding of Sir Hammerlock and Wainwright Jacobs in the center of its scopes. Though everything about it is exactly what you’d expect from Borderlands DLC – in a good way – it also doesn’t do much to make its few short hours really stand out. What starts out as an eccentric couple’s wedding on the creepy, remote world of Xylourgos predictably turns into a nightmarish cataclysm of eldritch horrors. So, y’know, just some normal Borderlands stuff. You’ll smack, blast, and meat-bicycle your way through some unique areas like the eerie, possessed town of Cursehaven; the dark, sickening groves of Cankerwood; and the accursed halls of a manor controlled by a cult that worships a Cthulu-inspired God called Gythian. For a series that once had a big problem with the lack of diversity in its exclusively Pandoran environments, Guns, Love, and Tentacles feels like a victory lap of breathtaking views and unique areas. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/borderlands-3-guns-love-and-tentacles-first-12-minutes-of-gameplay-video"] As usual, the Borderlands staples you know and love have been tweaked to fit the new setting, and in this case it results in some pretty gross aesthetics. For example, chests have a squid-like quality to them and gurgle and slither out juicy, slime-covered weapons, or they open a portal to another dimension and spit out some new items for your perusal. You’ll also have some new tentacle-themed cosmetics to unlock, like character skins and weapon ornaments. It’s a bummer, though, that there are no Lovecraftian weapons to chase. That’s a missed opportunity! [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=It%E2%80%99s%20an%20overwhelmingly%20entertaining%20few%20hours%20thanks%20to%20stellar%20writing."]The campaign is solid but short – you can blow through the bulk of it in just a few hours. That said, it’s an overwhelmingly entertaining few hours thanks to stellar writing and jokes that land more often than they miss. There are some misses in the level design, too, like a few sections which require platforming – something Borderlands has never been great with. One such section is a boss fight that requires you to jump onto levitating platforms to take down the enemy’s shields and if you make a wrong move you’ll need to start the fight all over again (unless you’re playing with a friend you can use as a spawn anchor). Fortunately for those of us who’ve been waiting for more DLC since December, there’s plenty to do aside from the main story. Sidequests are mostly entertaining distractions, and there are occult creature hunts to go on for Sir Hammerlock which can be fairly challenging. For rewards, you’ll have eight new legendary weapons to chase for those who want to be best equipped to slay Gythian’s octo-pals with extreme prejudice. On the other hand, some tasks are pretty dry, like picking flowers for your new testicle-eating friend. Yup. That’s a thing. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-ign-borderlands-review&captions=true"] On Xylourgos you’ll mainly fight against occult followers of Gythian. These weirdos interact with you and one another in all sorts of interesting ways during combat, like buffing and healing one another, resurrecting fallen allies from the dead as exploding suiciders, or even eating your guns. That’s right: they literally eat your guns, those monsters! Each encounter with these tentacle-loving psychopaths has to be considered before being tackled, because not killing necromancers before taking on everyone else could result in you getting overwhelmed by undead explodey boys. Xylourgos’ mobs are deadly, sometimes annoyingly so, but the end result is some of the most interesting combat encounters we’ve seen in Borderlands. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=It%E2%80%99s%20more%20Borderlands%203%2C%20which%20is%20great%2C%20but%20it%20feels%20by-the-numbers."]Aside from the interesting new mobs, though, there isn’t really a whole lot that Guns, Love, and Tentacles does that’s unique. It’s more Borderlands 3, which is great, but it all ends up feeling like a very by-the-numbers expansion that’s fun for a few hours and not especially groundbreaking. Even the formidable bosses aren’t much more than bullet sponges with a bad attitude. But, y’know, when you find yourself shoving your fist into piles of wendigo dung, remember: this is exactly what you signed up for. [poilib element="poll" parameters="id=2bb4da03-d22f-40bb-8b44-3a074972ae8a"]View the full article
  17. The Bravely series, until now, consisted of two delightful games on Nintendo's 3DS system. They're the sorts of games perfect for pick-up-and-go handheld play, which is why I was so excited at the first reveal of Bravely Default II late last year. Not only do I love the Bravely games on 3DS, but Octopath Traveler, made by the same team, is one of my favorite games on Nintendo Switch. The great news is, based on what I've played of the demo, everything I loved about Bravely Default and Bravely Second have made their way to Switch, and even some of what I loved about Octopath Traveler is here, too. Battle Systems Ready The real draw for me of the Bravely Default series lies in its battle system. You can either attack, or "default," which puts your character into a defensive stance and accrues a "Brave Point," or BP. You can stack these BP up to 4 times and unleash 4 consecutive attacks on one turn. You can also go into "debt" with the BP, but doing so renders your character unable to attack for as many points as you spent. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/bravely-default-ii-nintendo-direct-mini-32620-trailer"] In other words, if you attack your foe four times and go into the hole, you have to wait at least four turns until you can attack again. It adds extra strategy to the battles, and once you get a handle on it, it gives them a a satisfying flow. I haven't come across any major changes to its systems in the demo, but that's fine because it's like an old familiar blanket on a cold winter's night. Watercolor Miniatures The best way I can describe the art style of Bravely Default II is to say it's like someone tilt-shifted a watercolor painting. It's a cuter version of the gorgeous illustrative work Yoshitako Amano has done for the Final Fantasy series over the decades, and in a lot of ways Bravely Default itself is a cuter version of Final Fantasy. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=The%20best%20way%20I%20can%20describe%20the%20art%20style%20of%20Bravely%20Default%20II%20is%20to%20say%20it's%20like%20someone%20tilt-shifted%20a%20watercolor%20painting."] The backdrops look like living paintings, and the tilt-shift effect gives it a sense of depth lost in the transition from the 3DS to the Switch. It works incredibly well, and I the extra power of the Switch versus the 3DS allows for some new lighting effects, too. Assign the Vanguard job to one of your party members and watch the light dance and shimmer across the edges of their armor, for example. A Story Like... Well, Many Others If you're familiar at all with JRPG tropes, there are no surprises here, at least as far as the demo is concerned. The entire series has played it very safe in the story department, and I'm completely OK with that. For me, the allure of Bravely, or really any RPG on a portable system, is how easily I can pick it up and put it down. What feels grind-y on a console or PC feels like a fun time-waster on a handheld. Grinding to pass the time is a lot like a fun but mindless smartphone app you pull out on the bus or when you're at the doctor's office waiting for an appointment. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/13/bravely-default-2-reveal-trailer"] As pointless as it seems, given this is only a demo, I spent most of my first hour with Bravely Default II just grinding outside the town. It's borderline therapeutic to me to rinse and repeat, building up levels and improving my gear, and I know I'll spend most of my time in both the demo and the full game doing just that. [poilib element="quoteBox" parameters="excerpt=If%20you%20can%20tear%20yourself%20away%20from%20Animal%20Crossing%20to%20check%20out%20a%20good%20ol'%20fashioned%20turn-based%20RPG%20with%20some%20novel%20systems%2C%20I%20cannot%20recommend%20it%20enough."] The Bravely Default II demo is available right now on the Nintendo eShop and it's surprisingly robust. There are some missing features, sure, and the framerate has a tendency to drop from time to time, but the core of the game is there and it's pretty meaty for a demo. It's also a little harder than I expected, something it warns you of at the start, but that just makes it feel all the better, like a good JRPG should. If you can tear yourself away from Animal Crossing to check out a good ol' fashioned turn-based RPG with some novel systems, I cannot recommend it enough. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Seth Macy is IGN's tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.View the full article
  18. Are you sitting down? I am. In fact, I spend a lot of time sitting down. You might say I'm a fan. Most of my gaming time is spent sitting in a chair or on the couch, which is why I believe a good, comfortable chair is a critical part of the gaming experience. Even a cheap office chair beats the old wooden dining room chair I got from Goodwill (it was a long time ago), and if you're looking to upgrade your sitting experience, there's a great sale happening on Maxnomic gaming chairs and desks right now. Gaming Chair Deals Maxnomic has a licensing agreement with Microsoft, going so far as to offer its products for sale in certain Microsoft stores. Since you probably can't just pop over to the nearest Microsoft store to grab yourself an Xbox-themed gaming chair, Maxnomic is offering free shipping and $50 off with code 'HOME50' on its entire selection of chairs. [poilib element="commerceDeal" parameters="slug=maxnomic-gaming-chair-sale"] The Maxnomic code works with any chair on its site, while the SecretLab codes work as follows: 25STAYHOME20 - $25 off all Secretlab 2020 Series (excluding G2 and OG edition) 65STAYHOME20 - $65 off all Secretlab 2018 Series PRIME PU Leather and SoftWeave Fabric models 150STAYHOME20 - $150 off all Secretlab 2018 Series NAPA Leather models 30STAYHOMENC20 - $30 all NeueChair products The SecretLab Titan, it should be pointed out, tops the list of our best gaming chairs, making it extremely desirable in the age of work-from-home. [widget path="ign/modules/recirc" parameters="title=&type=articles%2Cvideos&tags=us-shopping&count=3&columnCount=3&theme=article"] [poilib element="accentDivider"] Seth Macy is IGN's tech and commerce editor and just wants to be your friend. Find him on Twitter @sethmacy.View the full article
  19. Courteney Cox, who played Monica Geller on the popular sitcom Friends, told Jimmy Kimmel that she's watching the entire series while self-isolating. Cox admitted to Kimmel that she doesn't actually remember that many details from the show, so now is the perfect time to watch the series. "People love the show so much, I decided to binge-watch Friends," Cox said. "I just started season one, it's really good." [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/26/new-to-netflix-for-april-2020"] The actress added that she bought the show to stream on Amazon Prime Video, since it's no longer available on Netflix. Cox also said that the Friends reunion special, where all six main cast members are supposed to reunite and reminisce about the show, was scheduled to film earlier this week, but has been put on hold due to the COVID-19 outbreak. [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=everything-coming-to-hbo-max&captions=true"] The Friends reunion was confirmed by HBO last month, and was set to be available on HBO Max in May. It's unclear if the filming delay will change the release date of the special. If you also want to watch Friends while self-isolating, check out IGN's list of the top ten Friends episodes. IGN is encouraging safety and positivity for all of our readers during this pandemic. Read our tips on how to help, and stay safe, during the COVID-19 pandemic. [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant. View the full article
  20. With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, when will The Batman, Marvel's Shangi-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, The Matrix 4, Jurassic World: Dominion, Mission: Impossible 7, and other major releases slated for 2021 resume production? And when will projects such as Uncharted and Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness be able to even start filming given the industry-wide shutdown? No movies will be able to resume or begin production until local governments lift bans on gatherings of more than 10 people. According to a source for Variety, it's expected that the first productions to resume will be those filming in the U.S. given that "the prospect of filming overseas presents too many logistical challenges given the global nature of COVID-19." Variety reports that studios have informed talent and their representatives that they don't expect delayed productions to resume "until mid-May at the earliest. ... But even May could be overly optimistic — the pandemic is not expected to reach its apex in major production hubs like New York City until the end of April." [widget path="global/article/imagegallery" parameters="albumSlug=every-delayed-movie-due-to-coronavirus-so-far&captions=true"] For Warner Bros., The Batman had already been filming for almost seven weeks in England when production was halted for what was initially only expected to be two weeks, while The Matrix 4 had completed filming in San Francisco and was bound for Berlin when the hiatus took effect. Paramount's Mission: Impossible 7 was about to shoot in Italy when the COVID-19 outbreak ravaged that country. Variety points out that production delays are causing scheduling issues for talent attached to star in other productions slated to begin filming later this year. Production start dates on those later films may have to be pushed and roles, both major and supporting, may need to be recast. [ignvideo width=610 height=374 url=https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/03/04/the-batmans-matt-reeves-reveals-the-new-batmobile-ign-now] Uncharted, starring Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg, was poised to begin filming in Berlin when production was put on hiatus. Holland was expected to segue from Uncharted to begin filming the third Spider-Man movie in July. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness reportedly hasn't shifted its start date and remains slated to begin filming in June. View the full article
  21. Multiple reports say that Apple is developing its own VR and AR technology, and images of what may be Apple's headset controller have now surfaced. MacRumors posted an image of a black remote that looks very similar to the HTC Vive Focus' controller, which was released in 2018. The similarity to HTC's controller seemingly matches reports that Apple engineers were testing VR technology with HTC Vive hardware. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/10/01/iphone-11-pro-review"] In addition to the controller, Apple is also reportedly experimenting with a "crosswalk bowling" augmented reality experience. This game apparently simulates a virtual bowling experience across real-world crosswalks using AR technology. Players roll a virtual bowling ball at virtual pins placed on the opposite end of the crosswalk. Reports say the bowling game is only currently accessible near an Apple office in Sunnyvale, California, meant for Apple engineers to play and test while waiting to cross the street. Last November, a report said that Apple is planning on jumping into the VR and AR headset wars by 2021 or 2022. Additionally, Apple reportedly plans to release a pair of AR glasses in 2023. [ignvideo url="https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/09/13/apple-arcade-in-100-seconds"] For more on VR, check out IGN's picks for the best VR headsets you can buy. Or, check out our review of Half-Life: Alyx, which we called a game "that the rest of VR gaming will likely take a good long while to match, much less surpass." [poilib element="accentDivider"] Logan Plant is a news writer for IGN, and the Production Assistant for Nintendo Voice Chat, IGN's weekly Nintendo show. You can find him on Twitter at @LoganJPlant. View the full article
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