Monthly Archives: January 2018

Black Panther Is Fastest Pre-Selling Superhero Movie

Black Panther has continued to break pre-sale ticket records, becoming both Fandango and Alamo Drafthouse's fastest pre-selling superhero movie.

Black Panther now outpaces all superhero movies in presales, surpassing 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Black Panther set a Fandango record earlier this month for also being the top pre-selling MCU film in the first 24 hours.

According to a Fandango survey of over 1,000 fans intending to see Black Panther, 97% want to see a different kind of superhero film, 95% are excited about the movie's positive messages, and 93% can't wait to see Chadwick Boseman in action as the titular superhero after his performance in Captain America: Civil War.

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Which Wasp Is Which in the Ant-Man Movies?

Marvel Comics fans may already be familiar with the Wasp, but this heroine is finally headlining her own MCU movie thanks to Ant-Man and the Wasp. No longer will Hope Van Dyne play second fiddle to a goofball like Scott Lang!

To help prepare you for this new Marvel movie, we're breaking down everything you need to know about The Wasp's comic book background and the difference between original Wasp Janet Van Dyne and her successor Hope Van Dyne.

Avengers don't come with stronger bona fides than the Wasp. She was one of the five original founding members of the team, and she's been a fairly consistent presence in Earth's Mightiest Heroes ever since. Janet Van Dyne's powers not only make her an asset in the field, but her years of experience also make her a role model to younger generations of heroes. And despite some fairly dark periods in her personal life and even a spell where the world believed her to be dead, Janet has never lost that heroic spark.

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Kevin Feige Addresses When X-Men Could Join the MCU

Despite Disney's recent acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Fantastic Four and X-Men won't be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe anytime soon, according to Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige.

In an interview with Vulture, Feige explained the deal between Disney and Fox still has to be figured out before any X-Men, Fantastic Four or other Marvel characters from Fox can be added to the MCU.

“There’s been no communication," Feige said. "We’re not thinking about it. We’re focusing on everything we’ve already announced. If and when the deal actually happens, we’ll start to think more about it. Until then, we have a lot to do.”

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Get The Red Solstice for Free with IGN Prime

IGN Prime has partnered with Ironward to bring The Red Solstice free to Prime members and along with Humble to extend 30% off of Solstice Chronicles M.I.A for a limited time.

Prime members, get instant access to The Red Solstice and enjoy 30% off Solstice Chronicles M.I.A until 2/2/18!

If you think you have what it takes to survive the onslaught, go forth, Space Marine!

The Red Solstice is a tactical, squad-based survival game set in the distant future on Mars, playable in single-player or with up to 8 players in cooperative online multiplayer.

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Soul Calibur 6 Hands-On: ‘We Cut Off Bits of Each Other’s Clothes and Both Started the Final Round Half-Naked…’

Twenty years after the first Soul Calibur, the visual improvements in Soul Calibur 6 are obvious, but the presentation stays true to the series’ arcade-like roots. While preserving a tension akin to real sword fighting, SC6’s atmosphere is over the top and fantastical. As masters of their respective weapons, each character can pull off techniques based on the real thing, yet they possess a level of physical prowess only possible in games. Flashy moves are executed with simple commands, and before you know it your character’s blade will be engulfed in colorful flames. Parry an attack, and Calibur creates tension by going into a very brief slow-motion sequence. Compared to 2017’s For Honor, which took a more realistic approach to sword fighting, Soul Calibur VI’s arcade-like presentation feels nostalgic yet refreshing at the same time.

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Black Lightning Drops a Big Outsiders Easter Egg

This post contains spoilers for Black Lightning Season 1, episode 3, titled "LaWanda: The Book of Burial," and light spoilers for Judd Winick's run on DC's Outsiders comics.

Black Lightning may not be part of producer Greg Berlanti's interconnected "Arrowverse" (at least not yet), but the latest DC series definitely isn't ignoring its comic book roots.

In episode 3, "LaWanda: The Book of Burial," we got our most overt nod to the source material yet in the form of a literal DC Comics book -- Outsiders #16, "Island Girls" -- when Anissa (Nafessa Williams) met Grace Choi (Chantal Thuy) in a library and the two proceeded to bond over their appreciation for superheroes.

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GDC Cancels 2018 Pioneer Award Following Allegations

Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell will no longer receive the Pioneer Award at this year's Game Developers Choice Awards, following allegations of inappropriate behavior toward female Atari employees.

"The Game Developers Choice Awards Advisory Committee, who vote on the Special Award Winners for each show, have made the decision not to give out a Pioneer Award for this year’s event, following additional feedback from the community," reads a statement issued by the official GDC Twitter account. "They believe their picks should reflect the values of today’s game industry and will dedicate this year’s award to honor the pioneering and unheard voices of the past."

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Rocket League: 4K Support Coming Soon to Xbox One X

Update: Xbox One X support is coming to Rocket League on December 3, developer Psyonix announced today.

According to a blog post, the update will allow Xbox One X players to experience Rocket League "in native 4K resolution at 60 frames per second, complete with HDR."

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Rocket League is getting a host of updates this spring, with Xbox One X support and more coming later this year.

Psyonix is currently planning to bring the February update to all platforms on February 7, which includes distribution of Competitive Season 6 rewards and the start of Competitive Season 7.

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Rumors, Clues, and Theories to Know About Cloverfield 3

Beyond the previously released plot description for the next Cloverfield project, which was previously known God Particle, there’s not much available about what the third Cloverfield movie is. Thankfully, the Cloverfield alternate reality game has picked up again, and that means there's a new trail of breadcrumbs to follow, in addition to plenty of rumblings around the film's actual release.

IGN is diving into what has already been teased about the film, its recent production shifts, and just what exactly that may all mean for the film's plot.

Almost everything about this next Cloverfield — and whatever it actually may be called — is supposed at this point, with producer Bad Robot remaining relatively tight-lipped about its development and production. (This is no surprise given Bad Robot announced 10 Cloverfield Lane two months before its release.)

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PS Plus Lineup for February 2018 Announced

Sony has unveiled the PlayStation Plus free games lineup for February 2018:

  • Knack (PS4)
  • Rime (PS4)
  • Spelunker HD (PS3)
  • Mugen Souls Z (PS3)
  • Exiles End (PS Vita)
  • Grand Kingdom (PS Vita, (PS4)

Knack and Rime headline the PlayStation 4 releases. These two games are joined by a few PlayStation 3 and Vita titles, including Grand Kingdom as February's cross-buy game. StarBlood Arena is also still available as a VR bonus. The full lineup comes via PlayStation Blog.

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