Monthly Archives: February 2019

Hearthstone’s Year of the Dragon Revealed!

Blizzard today announced a raft of new details about the year ahead for Hearthstone, from the cards that will be going to the Hall of Fame, new Arena formats and a new approach to single player content, through to a number of updates that will be coming to the game with the next patch. Let’s go through them.

The next Hearthstone year will kick off with the next Standard format rotation - when the three oldest sets leave the game (in this case Journey to Un’Goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne and Kobolds & Catacombs) and the first new set of the year is released. That set hasn't been revealed yet, but we do know that when rotation happens we'll leave the Year of the Raven and enter the Dragon. The Year of the Dragon, that is.

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Judgment Really Is Yakuza + Ace Attorney

It was very easy to look at Judgment’s reveal, and lazily decide that this was Yakuza with Ace Attorney dropped in. I know I did. The thing is, having played the game’s opening 2 hours, that doesn’t feel like a lazy comparison - it’s just a correct one.

In its component parts, this is a Yakuza game. We’re back in that series’ ever-evolving Kamurocho setting (now updated to be an uncanny take on real-life Tokyo’s Kabukichō district as of 2018), filled as it always is with neon distractions and strangers with strange requests.

It’s as beautiful as Yakuza 6 but, crucially, Judgment’s Kamurocho felt more alive in my time in it. The open world map is once again densely seasoned with shops, mini-games and arcades, and I’m assured that the meatier side activities that made Yakuza 0 such an enormous prospect will make an appearance along the way. If you want a quintessentially Yakuza anecdote, I took a break from heading to speak to a powerful gang member to spend 10 minutes playing a Kamurocho-themed parody of House of the Dead.

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What Did You Think of This Week’s Comics?

Two major storylines played out in the Marvel and DC Universes this week. On one hand, Amazing Spider-Man #16 set the stage for the upcoming"Hunted" crossover, as Kraven the Hunter executed his grand vision. On the other, Heroes in Crisis #6 shed more light on Sanctuary and set the stage for the series' climactic final act.

Scroll down to check out our new reviews and be sure to let us know your favorite books of the week in the comments below.

The Amazing Spider-Man #16 Review


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Complete Guide to One Piece: World Seeker’s Preorder Bonuses

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One Piece: World Seeker is an open-world action game that's based on the beloved manga and anime and is set to release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on March 15. Set on Jail Island in the New World, this game stars Monkey D. Luffy, whose gum-gum abilities let him zip and soar through the world with speed and agility.

If you're ready to secure a copy of One Piece: World Seeker for yourself, you'd probably like to know what kind of preorder bonuses are available, what comes in each edition, and where you can get it. We have all the answers you seek below.

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Cyberpunk 2077 Will Be at E3 2019

Just in case you were worried that CD Projekt Red would be joining the ranks of companies that won't be attending E3 this year, we have good news - Cyberpunk 2077 will be at the show.

The game's official Twitter account made clear that the much-anticipated RPG will be in attendance. It doesn't say in what capacity – so don't get too excited about a playable demo yet – but after last year's gameplay reveal we can be sure there'll be more to see.

Fortnite Season 8 Adds Volcano, Pirate Cannonball, and Party Assist Challenges

Season 8 brings another big shakeup in the world of Fortnite with new volcanic and jungle locations, a cannonball weapon, and the ability to allow friends to help complete your challenges.

A volcano has emerged from depths of the map, creating a jungle and lagoon in the surrounding areas. In exchange for saying goodbye to Wailing Woods, Lazy Links, and Tomato Temple, three new locations have appeared on the map. Volcanic Vents, Lazy Lagoon, and Sunny Steps can all be found in the northeastern portion of the map.

A new Pirate Cannonball can be found in different places on the map. Players can position the cannon, aim, and fire a ball to deal 100 damage on a direct hit and 50 damage for anything caught in the radius. You can even throw yourself into the cannon to launch yourself wherever you'd like to go.

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Suicide Squad 2: Will Smith’s Deadshot Won’t Return For Sequel

According to sources, Will Smith will not be returning as Deadshot in Suicide Squad 2.

As reported by Variety, even though it appears Margot Robbie will return as Harley Quinn, Smith will be bowing out of the sequel to 2016's Suicide Squad due to scheduling issues, although the "decision was made on amicable terms between both sides with no hard feelings."

These same sources have said that the studio had wanted Smith and Robbie to return and have the rest of the cast be new faces.

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IGN Can’t Draw: Our Imaginary Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions

Since this morning's reveal of the three new starters in Pokemon Sword and Shield - the grass chimp Grookey, the fire rabbit Scorbunny and the water lizard Sobble - there's been a lot of discussion around what their evolutions might look like.

After all, Pokemon always start out cute and cuddly but can end up as imposing, muscle-studded beasts. We at IGN decided it would be a fun experiment to draw what we think Grookey, Scorbunny and Sobble's evolutions might look like, but the catch is...not a lot of us can draw.

Please enjoy IGN Can't Draw: Our Imaginary Pokemon Sword and Shield Starter Evolutions Edition.

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What You Need to Know About Umbrella Academy’s Commission

This article contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 1.

For more on Umbrella Academy, check out our feature on What Happened to Ben, or catch up on our Umbrella Academy Powers Explained piece!

Time travel plays a huge role in the first season of Netflix’s Umbrella Academy. We see Number 5’s time-traveling misadventures, meet two assassins (Hazel and Cha-Cha), and their boss (The Handler), and get a sneak peek at their place of work: The Commission. But the organization and its operatives leave plenty of unanswered questions at the end of Season 1, including whether we'll see Hazel and Cha-Cha in Season 2. Here's everything we know about The Commission, and the role it could play if the show gets a second season.

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