Monthly Archives: June 2015

Your Old Instruments Will Carry Over to Rock Band 4

Good news for Rock Band enthusiasts: all your Rock Band instruments from last generation will be compatible with the upcoming Rock Band 4.

Harmonix confirmed to IGN that the old instruments will carry over. Going from PS3 to PS4 will require nothing more than your ability to plug in the dongle, while going from Xbox 360 to Xbox One will require a special adapter Harmonix says will be "low-cost."

Cross generational compatibility is a big plus for Rock Band mega-fans who have the complete set of instruments for last gen. We tested out the new Rock Band 4 instruments and found them to be improved while retaining the same feel as the older versions of the instrument.

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App Store Update: June 1

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.


Dungeoneers Quest – ($2.99)

Old-school first-person returns once again, this time in a design that puts emphasis on character customization in advance of the adventure.

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New Hunger Games Poster Destroys President Snow

Lionsgate kicked off its promotional campaign for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 today with a new poster, featuring a statue of President Snow (Donald Sutherland) in ruins and the Mockingjay symbol tagged in the background. The image is a followup to last year's poster for Mockingjay, Part 1, which had a similar visual style. Check it out:

Unite against the capitol. Unite against the capitol.

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Spelunky World Record Broken

Spelunky speedrunner Pibonacci just completed a world record breaking 3:52 run that includes the game's secret Hell level and final boss King Yama.

The previous record, set by D Tea, was 4:04.

As you can see above, Pibonacci's video is 10 minutes long, but the actual recorded runtime is 3:52.999. His final score is $129,050.

During the run, Pibonacci makes use of the Jetpack and Teleporter items, eventually entering Hell at 3:10. Skip to 5:20 in the video to watch just that portion.

Pibonacci completes the four sub-levels of Hell, including beating King Yama, in only 42 seconds.

Hell is Spelunky's fifth area, accessible through Olmec's Chamber after completing a series of events. Check out our Spelunky wiki for help finding the hidden level.

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Amazing Jon Snow Figure Revealed

Threezero has released images of its forthcoming Jon Snow figure.

The figure costs ¥20,800, which is around $160 or £110, and stands at 290mm in height, making it 1/6th in scale. In terms of a release date, it’ll be out in October of 2015 in Japan.

Interestingly, there’s currently a pre-order offer available on the Threezero store. If you pre-order the Jon Snow figure ahead of its release, you can upgrade to a deluxe version for $30 extra, which comes with Jon’s trusty albino direwolf Ghost.

If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, don’t forget IGN reviews each episode on a weekly basis. This week’s episode brings the series back on track. When our review opens with “Now THAT'S more like it,” you know it’s a good ‘un.

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20th Century Fox Bringing Last Man on Earth, The Simpsons, Family Guy to Comic-Con

Twentieth Century Fox Television has announced that they're bringing the stars and creators of thirteen of their shows to San Diego Comic-Con this July.

Not only will there be a world premiere screening of new comedy-horror series Scream Queens, but the stars of that show - Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Skyler Samuels, and Keke Palmer - will be a part of a joint Scream Queens/American Horror Story Q&A panel that will also feature Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and Matt Bomer. It'll be a Ryan Murphy-fest!


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Turn: Washington’s Spies – A Big Warning Occurs

IGN has an exclusive new clip from Monday night's penultimate episode of Turn: Washington's Spies - Season 2, featuring Seth Numrich as Ben Talmadge and Gentry White as Billy Lee.

In this scene, Billy (General Washington's right hand man) reveals to Ben -- who is currently on the outs with Washington -- some information from a closed-door meeting between Washington and General Lee, about a newly planned attack that Tallmadge finds suspect.

Check out the video below.

Turn follows New York farmer, Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell), who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.

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Metal Gear Solid 5’s Soundtrack Needs These 13 Songs

Impressions from the bulk of Konami's recent two day preview event for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain are still under tight embargo, but members of the press were allowed to tease some of their thoughts about the first hour of game on social media. During this time, AP Entertainment writer Derrik J. Lang tweeted out that he'd come across a boombox in the game that was playing Kim Wilde's new wave pop hit "Kids in America."

It would stand to reason that one licensed song in a massive open-world video game might suggest more licensed music, and, given that The Phantom Pain is set in 1984, that the music would be from the same time period. Between my love of Metal Gear and music from the seventies and eighties, this seemed like the perfect chance to compile a Phantom Playlist -- which you can hear for yourself on YouTube or Spotify.

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Fast & Furious: Supercharged Poster Debut – Owen Shaw Returns

The Fast and the Furious franchise is about to expand in a big way with the debut of the new Fast & Furious: Supercharged ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and IGN has the exclusive debut of the final character poster for the attraction.

The new poster features Luke Evans, who reprises his role as the villain Owen Shaw (first seen in Fast & Furious 6) for the ride, which opens on June 25 as the grand finale of the world-famous Universal Studios Studio Tour.

Check out Evans’ poster, along with all of the other Fast & Furious: Supercharged posters, in the gallery below.

Fast & Furious: Supercharged Poster Gallery

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George Miller Was Thinking About a Female Mad Max in 1985

Imperator Furiosa was the break-out character in Mad Max: Fury Road, with Max himself at times taking a back-seat to Charlize Theron’s one-armed warrior. And in a 30-year-old interview that has been published for the first time today, it seems writer-director George Miller was trying to figure out how to work such a character into the universe back in 1985.

Speaking to Anne Bilson for a feature that was due to run in Time Out before being bumped in favour of an article about Orson Welles' death, Miller is asked if there could ever be a female version of Mad Max. His answer is long, complex, and enlightening:

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