Articles by Alex Osborn


WB Comments on LEGO City: Undercover Switch Download

No download required for the physical version. By Alex Osborn Warner Bros. has come forward to address some of the confusion surrounding the installation requirements for LEGO City: Undercover, confirming that the physical version won’t require you to download the game. According to the official box art (photo via reddit), the physical version of LEGO City: Undercover on Switch requires an internet connection. LEGO City: Undercover Switch box art, via reddit Additionally, a photo of the back of the box says “up to 13GB storage required for game download.” Back of LEGO City: Undercover Switch box art, via reddit This resulted in a bit of confusion, as physical Switch games don’t typically require an installation to play. On top of that, the digital version of the game is listed on the eShop as only being a 7.1GB download. LEGO City: Undercover Switch eShop listing; photo taken by IGN WB has since confirmed that those who purchase the physical version won’t be required to download LEGO City: Undercover in order to play it. The following statement was provided to IGN by a Warner Bros. representative: Players who purchase LEGO City: Undercover on Nintendo READ FULL STORY AT IGN!


Method Man Headlines New Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare DLC

Ghost from Modern Warfare 2 also now available. By Alex Osborn Two new voice over packs are now available for Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, allowing players to further customize their multiplayer experience with new in-game commentary. The first of these two multiplayer VO packs is priced at $3.99 and features rapper-actor Method Man, who provides in-game notifications about opponent activity and killstreaks. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Method Man voice pack The legendary hip hop artist is a longtime fan of the Call of Duty series. He also appeared in an episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage last year. The other voice over pack, dubbed the U.K. Special Forces VO Pack, is free for all Infinite Warfare players and features the voice of Modern Warfare 2’s “tough-talking British soldier” Ghost, played by actor Craig Fairbrass. This isn’t the first time a celebrity has been featured in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s downloadable content. Kevin Smith’s likeness and voice was featured in Rave in the Redwoods, the co-op zombie mode that released earlier this year. Both the Method Man and U.K. Special Forces voice over packs are now available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and coming to PC soon. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for READ FULL…


Nintendo Reportedly Accepts Real-Life Cow Milking Challenge

No Joy-Cons necessary. By Alex Osborn After seeing the cow milking game included in 1-2-Switch, Billings Farm & Museum has issued a real-life milking challenge to Nintendo, which the company has reportedly accepted. The Vermont-based history museum sent Nintendo a letter, challenging them to a contest to see who can milk cows the fastest. Billings Farm & Museum shared the letter on Facebook, along with a little light-hearted smack talk. Billings Farm & Museum’s challenge letter to Nintendo, via Facebook “So Nintendo has a new game out called 1-2-Switch and we noticed it includes a cow milking game. We sent them a message inviting them out to our farm to show them how it’s REALLY done and to school them at their own game. Haven’t heard back yet. Maybe they’re too afraid of a little challenge…” the post reads. Shortly thereafter, Nintendo responded in the comments section of the Facebook post, accepting the challenge and saying that flights to Vermont were currently being booked. Polygon reached out to Nintendo of America and received confirmation from a rep that “they’re actually going up there this week.” In addition the cow milking game, 1-2-Switch features a variety of other strange and unique mini-games, READ FULL STORY AT…


New Etrian Mystery Dungeon, SMT Games Coming to 3DS

Plus a new glimpse at SMT for Switch. By Alex Osborn During Atlus’ “New Title Announcement Special Spring 2017” livestream, the company unveiled two new games for 3DS and shared an updated teaser for Shin Megami Tensei for Nintendo Switch. As reported by Gematsu, Atlus announced Shin Megami Tensei: Deep Strange Journey for 3DS, which will release in Japan this fall. The title is an enhanced version of the 2009 DS game Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, and features a new character named Alex and a “new ending route,” as well as “various elements brushed up for 3DS.” Check out the announcement trailer below and its official website here. During the event, Atlus also announced Etrian Mystery Dungeon 2 for 3DS, which, as reported by Gematsu, will release in Japan on August 31. The Spike Chunsoft-developed sequel will feature classes from the first game, as well as several new ones like Pirate, Monk, Farmer and Alchemist. Head over to the game’s official site here and watch the announcement trailer below. Additionally, Atlus revealed an updated teaser for the recently announced Shin Megami Tensei for Nintendo Switch. While the trailer is virtually identical to the one shown back in January, it contains a few READ…


New Spider-Man: Homecoming Poster Revealed

“Homework can wait. The city can’t.” By Alex Osborn A new poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming, which puts Tom Holland’s Peter Parker in close proximity to Avengers Tower, has been released. The poster was revealed on the film’s official Twitter account, along with the tagline: “Homework can wait. The city can’t.” See it below. Spider-Man: Homecoming poster, via Twitter Sony Pictures UK also released a new, city-set poster for the film on Twitter, bearing the tagline: “Straight A superhero.” Spider-Man: Homecoming poster, courtesy of Sony Pictures UK on Twitter Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts and opens in theaters on July 7. Michael Keaton stars as the film’s villain, Vulture, and recently shared what he likes most about the role. Holland likened Vulture’s debut to a horror film, calling it “really scary, very intense and shocking.” For more on the film, check out the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming, as well as our Rewind Theater analysis below to see what secrets it holds. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!


Destiny 2 Posters Leak

Beta reportedly kicks off in June By Alex Osborn Destiny 2 will release this September, according to a pair of leaked posters for Bungie’s upcoming sequel. Images of the poster come by way of Italian outlet Lega Network, and were allegedly leaked by GameStop Italy. In addition to including a September 8 release date along the top, one of the posters also mentions of a forthcoming beta along the bottom. Leaked Destiny 2 poster Eurogamer‘s sources claim the poster is real and that the beta will kick off in June, with early access exclusive to PlayStation 4 players. Additionally, Kotaku has heard from its sources that a Destiny 2 announcement is coming from Bungie later today. It’s important to note that the indicated September 8 release may only apply to Europe, as it’s on a Friday, and games in North America traditionally release on Tuesdays. Last month, Activision confirmed the sequel to Destiny is still on track for a 2017 release. For more on the followup to Bungie’s shared-world shooter, find out what character progress will and won’t carry over to Destiny 2, as well as why the studio is focused on preserving players’ relationships with their character rather than their gear. Alex Osborn is READ FULL…


Apple Launching Snapchat Competitor, Clips

Coming in April for iOS. By Alex Osborn Clips, a new Snapchat-like app from Apple, will release this April for iOS. The upcoming free app will allow you to create and share videos with graphic overlays, various filters and other effects. You’ll be able to combine photos, video clips and music, and then share your creations via the Messages app or post them on social media and video platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Vimeo. Clips lets you customize your videos with filters and other effects. Image credit: Apple The app will also include a feature called Live Titles, which allows you to add animated titles and captions using your voice. Additionally, Clips will let you customize your videos with effects like speech bubbles and comic book filters. Clips requires iOS 10.3 or later and will be compatible with iPhone 5s or newer models, as well as iPad Pro, 5th generation iPad, iPad Air or newer models, iPad mini 2 or newer models, and 6th generation iPod touch. Earlier this week, Apple revealed its new 9.7-inch iPad and announced a special edition RED color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for READ FULL STORY AT…


BBC America Announces New Top Gear America Series

William Fichtner on board as one of the series’ three hosts. By Alex Osborn Top Gear America, a new U.S. spin-off of Top Gear, is coming to BBC America sometime later this year. The series will span a total of eight hour-long episodes and feature three hosts, including Top Gear Magazine associate editor Tom “Wookie” Ford, the championship-winning American drag racer Anton Brown, and television/film star William Fichtner (The Dark Knight, Prison Break, Black Hawk Down). In addition his acting career, Fichtner is an avid car fan and competitive racer. William Fichtner as Sanderson in Black Hawk Down Top Gear America will cover “exclusive and state-of-the-art vehicles,” as well as “the cars of America’s culture defining past.” The show’s hosts will take viewers to various “scenic highways and historic tracks of the American west.” Every week, the show will feature a different celebrity who will compete to earn a spot on the leaderboard at Top Gear‘s new studio and track, Speed Vegas. BBC America has yet to announce a premiere date for the series, which will kick off at some point in 2017. In the meantime, you can catch new episodes of Top Gear, as Season 24 is currently airing on READ FULL…


Star Wars: Mark Hamill Shares Early Photo of Luke

Taken during the first day of filming for A New Hope. By Alex Osborn Mark Hamill has revealed what could very well be the first photo ever taken of him as Luke Skywalker. The actor shared the photo in a post on Twitter, which was taken during the first day of filming for Star Wars: Episode IV — A New Hope. Alongside the photo he said, “Taken in Tunisia early morning Day #1 waiting for my 1st shot (emerging from home for robot auction)-Perhaps the very 1st.” Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker on the set of A New Hope, via Hamill on Twitter Hamill reprises his role as Skywalker in Episode VIII, which is officially titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Find out what the actor had to say about the upcoming film’s thought-provoking subtitle, as well as why he didn’t initially want to return as Luke for The Force Awakens. Earlier this year, Hamill discussed the “brutal” response garnered George Lucas’ prequel trilogy and defended Jake Lloyd for his performance as young Anakin Skywalker. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!

The Dark Tower Movie Gets New Poster

“Come with us on the adventure.” By Alex Osborn Ahead of The Dark Tower‘s release this July, Stephen King has unveiled a new poster for the upcoming film adaptation. King revealed the poster on Twitter, which was accompanied by the message: “Pilgrim, there are other worlds than these. Come with us on the adventure.” The Dark Tower movie poster, via Stephen King on Twitter Nikolaj Arcel is directing The Dark Tower, which won’t be a straight adaptation of King’s beloved series of books. The film, which stars Idris Elba as Roland Deschain and Matthew McConaughey as Walter Padick, will instead serve as more a sequel than a retelling of the author’s original work. The Dark Tower opens in theaters on July 28, 2017. The movie was initially set debut in February but was pushed back several months to provide more time to work on the film’s visual effects. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!


Nintendo Switch May Eventually Support Cloud Saves After All

But access appears limited strictly to Nintendo. By Alex Osborn Nintendo appears to have a cloud save system in place for Switch that only the company itself can access. Reddit user Patsuann sent their Switch out to Nintendo for repairs, and upon receiving and booting up the console, they noticed that while their account was on the system, none of their game saves were stored on the system memory. However, on starting up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Patsuann noticed there was a small cloud icon next to the game. Download icon to restore Zelda: Breath of the Wild save data The user was then prompted to download an update, and after the download was complete, all of the their saves were restored on the system. Patsuann uploaded footage of the process here, screenshots of which you can find above and below. Download prompt to restore save data Nintendo has yet to announce plans to add support for cloud saves. It appears only Nintendo currently has the ability to freely transfer save data, and if players are to retrieve their game data in this manner, they’ll have to be granted access by Nintendo. According to Nintendo’s READ FULL STORY…

Mass Effect: Andromeda Items Coming to Rock Band 4

Rock out in your N7 suit later this week. By Alex Osborn In anticipation for the release of Mass Effect: Andromeda later this month, Mass Effect-themed rock gear is coming to Rock Band 4. The official Rock Band Twitter account shared the news, announcing that Mass Effect: Andromeda Rock Shop items will be available later this week. Mass Effect: Andromeda items for Rock Band 4, via Twitter The themed gear appears to include a guitar in the shape of the new Pathfinder spaceship, plus a special outfit for the musician that turns them into an Andromeda soldier. Mass Effect: Andromeda releases for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC on March 21. We went hands-on with the multiplayer portion of BioWare’s sci-fi RPG this past weekend at PAX East. Read IGN’s Andromeda multiplayer preview for our thoughts. While you patiently wait for the game’s launch next week, don’t miss our overview of everything you need to know about Mass Effect: Andromeda, as well as this early look at the opening hours of the game. Alex Osborn is a freelance writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter and subscribe to his YouTube channel. READ FULL STORY AT IGN!


Edward James Olmos Confirmed for Blade Runner 2049

Reprising his role as Gaff. By Alex Osborn Edward James Olmos has confirmed he will indeed return as Gaff in Blade Runner 2049. In an interview with TheTRENDTalk (first spotted by A Perfect Organism podcast, via Bleeding Cool), Olmos said he will reprise his role from the original film. “Yes, I am going to be Gaff in Blade Runner 2049,” he revealed. Olmos said he signed a non-disclosure agreement, so that’s why he’s been so light-lipped on his involvement until now. Edward James Olmos as Gaff in Blade Runner Olmos also shared a few details about his role in the sequel, saying,”it’s not about Gaff, but it’s about someone who is going to try to find out certain things about us back then.” He noted that his role will be “like it was in the original.” While he had four scenes in Blade Runner, Olmos said he’ll only have one in 2049, but “it’s a poignant little scene.” Olmos joins a cast that includes Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Mackenzie Davis, Dave Bautista and Suicide Squad’s Jared Leto. The actor, known for his role as William Adama in Battlestar Galactica, recently appeared in Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and is on board to star in the upcoming Sons of Anarchy READ FULL STORY…


Final Fantasy XII: Zodiac Age Collector's Edition Revealed

Available now for pre-order. By Alex Osborn Ahead of the game’s launch this July, Square Enix has unveiled a Collector’s Edition for Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, which is now available for pre-order. In addition to a copy of the game, the $200 USD Collector’s Edition includes a “Judge Magisters” mini bust set, a Steelbook case with exclusive art, select music from the game’s soundtrack, six art cards and background music DLC, all of which can be seen in the image below. Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age Collector’s Edition The Collector’s Edition is available now for pre-order exclusively from the Square Enix Online Store. A Limited Edition option is also available, pre-orders for which are now open at select retailers. This $50 USD version includes a copy of the game, exclusive Steelbook packaging with artwork by Akihito Yoshida and a code for background music DLC. Meanwhile, those who pick up the first print run of the Standard Edition will get a reversible coversheet with artwork by Yoshida, and those who pre-order a digital copy from the PlayStation Store will get a static PS4 theme and four music tracks. The theme will be available immediately after pre-ordering while the tracks READ FULL…