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My Hero Academia Episode 22 Review

Share. Don’t underestimate Uraraka. By Alex Osborn Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. All throughout Season 2, My Hero Academia has done an excellent job of delivering a seamless blend of action and character development. “Bakugo vs. Uraraka” is no different, serving up a thrilling battle that provides new insight into Bakugo and establishes Uraraka as a strong character who will fight tooth and nail to achieve her dreams. Despite what others seem to think, Bakugo isn’t an evil, bloodthirsty villain. While he uses extreme words like “die,” it’s clear that deep down his ruthless, competitive spirit stems entirely from his desire to be number one. This is made perfectly evident in his battle with Uraraka. Instead of writing her off as an easy win, he sees Uraraka as a formidable opponent who shouldn’t be underestimated. I really appreciate how Bakugo’s attitude in this battle reinforces the fact that Uraraka isn’t just some frail girl he should go easy on, despite the booing audience who clearly believes otherwise. Uraraka attempts to get close enough to use her Quirk on Bakugo That isn’t to say Bakugo isn’t someone to be feared, though. He’ll do whatever it takes READ FULL STORY AT…

Final Fantasy XV Survey Asks What DLC You Want Next

Deadline to vote is the end of June. By Alex Osborn The latest update for Final Fantasy XV includes a survey asking players what they would like to see from future DLC. The in-game survey (courtesy of All Games Delta) asks players to vote on the content they’d most like to see featured in future updates. Only one selection per player can be made from the list, which includes potential future story content, including Ardyn’s past and Lunafreya’s activities, new playable characters, including Gentiana and Cor, as well as an additional hard mode and new upgrades. Final Fantasy XV survey, via All Games Delta Voting will conclude at the end of June. This month’s free update also includes a new recipe for stinky tofu, which was added based on a survey that polled players from Taiwan. In addition, new images from the winners of the second community photo contest can now be seen featured at the restaurant in the Hammerhead outpost. Also, starting May 30, players will be able to get the “Trendy Outfit” for Noctis as a free download via the PlayStation or Xbox Game Store. FFXV game director Hajime Tabata previously spoke to the possibility of further exploring Arden’s past…

My Hero Academia Episode 21 Review

Share. Uraraka’s showdown with Bakugo looms. By Alex Osborn Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. Last week’s episode of My Hero Academia is one of the series’ best, so “Battle on, Challengers!” had a tough act to follow. While its battles aren’t quite as thrilling as the showdowns that take place in “Victory or Defeat,” the episode’s underlying tension as Uraraka mentally prepares to face off against Bakugo make for an engrossing 24 minutes that have me incredibly excited for next week. Over the course of “Battle on, Challengers!” we see Uraraka grow more and more serious as the conclusion of each battle brings her one step closer to her impending showdown against Bakugo. The moment when she gets up and leaves her seat in the stands to be alone was especially impactful. She says nothing to Deku, who is too busy scribbling notes about the battles to take notice of her departure as she walks off, not even bothering to take her drink with her. Uraraka leaves the stands as Deku furiously takes notes Fighting one-on-one against someone who not only has an attitude problem, but also the ability to create explosions from the nitroglycerin-like sweat from his palms, would undoubtedly…

There's an Indian Remake of Rambo in the Works

Starring Tiger Shroff. By Alex Osborn An official Indian remake of Rambo has been announced. Siddhartha Anand, who directed the 2014 Indian action comedy Bang Bang, is on board to helm the movie, which will star Bollywood actor and martial arts expert Tiger Shroff (Baaghi, Heropanti). Tiger Shroff “Being a martial artist and a huge action movie buff since childhood, this all seems very surreal and I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” Shroff said of his role. “By no means do I believe I can replace the legendary Sylvester Stallone, however I do feel that somehow this is something I’ve been preparing for since childhood.” The upcoming remake will tell the story of the last survivor of an Indian Armed forces elite covert unit, who, upon returning home, finds his land plagued by war. As he’s “forced into the dangerous jungles and frozen mountains of the Himalayas, he unleashes mayhem and destruction, becoming the unstoppable machine he was trained to be.” Filming is set to begin in February of next year, with an expected late 2018 release. The movie will be co-produced by M! Capital Ventures, Original Entertainment, Impact Films and Siddharth Anand Pictures, with a team of producers that includes Daljit DJ…

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Wonder Woman First Reactions Twitter Roundup

Review embargo lifts May 31. By Alex Osborn Several members of the press had the opportunity to see Wonder Woman early, and while reviews won’t go live until the very end of the month, the embargo for social media reactions lifted last night and the general response has been very positive. In fact, IGN’s very own Terri Schwartz saw the film early and shared her thoughts on Twitter, saying she thinks it’s the best of the DCEU films yet. Alisha Grauso, the editor-at-large at Movie Pilot, also praised the film, saying, “DC is absolutely on the right track here. Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as Wonder Woman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs.” IndieWire editor Kate Erbland also praised the film on Twitter: WONDER WOMAN: Easily my favorite DCEU film. Has the humor and heart the franchise so desperately needs. Gadot and Pine are charming as hell. — Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 19, 2017 Mashable movies reporter Angie J. Han also weighed in with her thoughts on social media, saying, “Wonder Woman is the ray of light the DCEU has been waiting for. Gal Gadot just owns it.” Collider editor-in-chief Steven Weintraub called Wonder READ FULL STORY AT…

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Aquaman Director Reveals New Photo of Mera

“First day with the exquisite Amber Heard.” By Alex Osborn As filming for Aquaman continues, director James Wan has taken to social media to reveal a new photo of Amber Heard as Mera. Wan shared the photo, which was shot by photographer Jasin Boland, in a post on Twitter, saying, “Lady Mera swept in from the sea. First day with the exquisite Amber Heard.” See it below: Amber Heard as Mera in Aquaman, via Twitter Last year, Wan shed light on the “hate-turned-love” dynamic between Heard’s Mera and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, saying he wants the movie to have a “classic action-adventure-romance aspect.” While the two are “not quite clicking with each other” at the beginning of the film, Wan said Aquaman and Mera will grow closer to each other over the course of the movie. Aquaman will be released in theaters on December 21, 2018. For more on DC solo movie, check out the film’s official logo and then read up on what Momoa had to say about Aquaman’s underwater world. 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 Flash: Billy Crudup Reportedly Drops Out as Barry's Dad

Raimi and Webb reportedly pass on directing. By Alex Osborn Billy Crudup, who will star as Henry Allen in Justice League, has reportedly dropped out of The Flash. According to Entertainment Weekly, Crudup won’t reprise his role as the father of Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) in the upcoming solo film. A source has also told the outlet that Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, both of whom helmed Spider-Man films for Sony, have passed on directing the movie. Billy Crudup as Henry Allen in Justice League Raimi, Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn were all reportedly in contention to direct The Flash. While Vaughn is said to still be in the mix, EW reports that Zemeckis is now the front-runner for the position. However, nothing has been set in stone just yet. Zemeckis has an untitled film starring Steve Carell scheduled to begin production in August, which could pose a scheduling conflict in the event Warner Bros. does indeed want to start development on The Flash later this year. Meanwhile, Vaughn, who’s currently editing Kingsman: The Golden Circle ahead of the film’s debut this September, is already planning a third Kingsman film. After director Rick Famuyiwa left the project last year, Warner Bros. decided to completely re-write the The Flash and hired King Arthur: Legend of the Sword writer Joby…

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First Photo of Star Trek: Discovery Stars

Meet First Officer Michael Burnham and Captain Philippa Georgiou. By Alex Osborn Ahead of its debut later this year, CBS has released the first photo from Star Trek: Discovery. The photo, which provides an early look at Sonequa Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham and Michelle Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou, was revealed in a post on the show’s official Twitter account. See it below: Yeoh as Captain Philippa Georgiou (left) and Martin-Green as First Officer Michael Burnham (right) in Star Trek: Discovery, via Twitter In addition to Yeoh and Martin-Green, the cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Anthony Rapp, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo, Chris Obi and James Frain. Earlier this year, we learned Maulik Pancholy, Sam Vartholomeos and Terry Serpico will all appear in the series as well, and will play Starfleet officers. Additionally, Jason Isaacs, known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter films, will star as the captain of the Starship Discovery, Captain Lorca. Check out IGN’s breakdown of the Star Trek: Discovery’s cast, as well as our gallery below for a comprehensive look at each of the key characters in CBS’ upcoming sci-fi series. CBS has yet to set a debut date for Star Trek: Discovery. READ FULL STORY AT…

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Project Rap Rabbit Kickstarter Updates Switch Stretch Goal

In the works for PS4 and PC. By Alex Osborn Update 3: The Kickstarter stretch goals for Project Rap Rabbit have been updated, with a Nintendo Switch version unlocking at $1.5 million milestone. The developers also announced that backers will help determine future stretch goals for the project. Additionally, an early-bird tier for the digital version has been added, and a free digital soundtrack will be provided for everyone who backs at the White-Label Edition (Digital) tier or higher. Update 2: The stretch goals for Project Rap Rabbit’s Kickstarter have been taken down and will be updated prioritize a Nintendo Switch version. “Over the last 24 hours we’ve been taking the time to digest all your comments, wishes and feedback, and one request stands out above all others: a significantly lower Nintendo Switch goal,” an update on the project’s Kickstarter page reads. “We want to let you know that we hear you loud and clear. As a result, we are busy re-examining our Stretch Goal format to prioritize a Nintendo Switch version of Project Rap Rabbit above other features.” Update: NanaOn-Sha and iNiS have launched a Kickstarter seeking $1.1 million in funding for their previously announced rhythm-based adventure game, tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit. READ…

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Project Rap Rabbit Kickstarter to Prioritize Switch Version

In the works for PS4 and PC. By Alex Osborn Update 2: The stretch goals for Project Rap Rabbit’s Kickstarter have been taken down and will be updated prioritize a Nintendo Switch version. “Over the last 24 hours we’ve been taking the time to digest all your comments, wishes and feedback, and one request stands out above all others: a significantly lower Nintendo Switch goal,” an update on the project’s Kickstarter page reads. “We want to let you know that we hear you loud and clear. As a result, we are busy re-examining our Stretch Goal format to prioritize a Nintendo Switch version of Project Rap Rabbit above other features.” Update: NanaOn-Sha and iNiS have launched a Kickstarter seeking $1.1 million in funding for their previously announced rhythm-based adventure game, tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit. According to the project’s Kickstarter page, Project Rap Rabbit is in the works for both PlayStation 4 and PC, and will be an “explosive mix of Japanese folklore and traditional artwork, hip hop and humorous battle rap face-offs.” Project Rap Rabbit, via Kickstarter A rabbit named Toto-maru, described as simple farm boy who’s able to harness the special power of force through rap,” will serve as the game’s READ FULL STORY AT…

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New Harvest Moon Announced for Switch, PC and PS4

Celebrating the series’ 20th anniversary. By Alex Osborn Natsume and Rising Star Games have announced a new entry in the Harvest Moon franchise that will release for PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Titled Harvest Moon: Light of Hope, the new game will have a style that harkens back to the series’ Super Nintendo roots and feature a “robust story and clear-cut goals.” Harvest Moon: Light of Hope logo, via Natsume Light of Hope puts you in the shoes of a character whose ship is struck by a monsoon during a voyage. After drifting to a small harbor town that was hit by the storm, it will be up to you to help rebuild the town and revive its lighthouse by tending livestock, gathering materials, growing crops, and more. Those attending E3 2017 will be able to play the game on Nintendo Switch and PC at Natsume’s booth. “Harvest Moon: Light of Hope will set itself apart from other Harvest Moon titles with its depth,” Natsume president and CEO Hiro Maekawa said. “We set out to create a SNES-style nostalgic game with deep and meaningful characters and events, and we are excited to have our fans play it at E3 and tell READ FULL STORY AT…

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Voice of Solidus Snake, John Cygan Dies at 63

After a battle with cancer. By Alex Osborn Voice actor John Cygan, who had roles in a number of films and video games, has died. He was 63. Cygan passed away on Saturday, May 13, after battling cancer, Jonn Wasser of the Atlas Talent Agency confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to voicing Solidus Snake in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Cygan starred as Lt. Paulie Pentangeli in ABC series The Commish. Michael Chiklis, who played police commissioner Tony Scali in the aforementioned crime drama shared a few words about Cygan on Twitter: Via Michael Chiklis on Twitter Cygan’s voice acting career spanned a wide array of animated films, including Monsters University and Toy Story 3, Cars, WALL-E, Up, Inside Out, and more. In addition to his role as Solidus in Metal Gear Solid 2, Cygan was a voice actor for several other video games, including Broken Age, Grandia II, Spec Ops: The Line, and many more. Cygan is survived by his wife Cathy and children Jack and Annie. 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!

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PaRappa, Gitaroo Man Creators Launch Kickstarter

In the works for PS4 and PC. By Alex Osborn Update: NanaOn-Sha and iNiS have launched a Kickstarter seeking $1.1 million in funding for their previously announced rhythm-based adventure game, tentatively titled Project Rap Rabbit. According to the project’s Kickstarter page, Project Rap Rabbit is in the works for both PlayStation 4 and PC, and will be an “explosive mix of Japanese folklore and traditional artwork, hip hop and humorous battle rap face-offs.” Project Rap Rabbit, via Kickstarter A rabbit named Toto-maru, described as simple farm boy who’s able to harness the special power of force through rap,” will serve as the game’s main character. The Kickstarter campaign includes a number of stretch goals. If it garners $3.1 million in funding, the team will make an Xbox One version, and if the campaign goes as high as $4.95 million, a version will be made for Nintendo Switch. Head over to Project Rap Rabbit‘s crowd-funding page for all the details about the project. Original Story: Project Rap Rabbit, a new rhythm-based adventure game from the creators of PaRappa the Rapper and Gitaroo Man, has been announced. A teaser site for the new collaboration between Masaya Matsuura’s studio NanaOn-Sha and Keiichi Yano’s team at iNiS is now live, as well READ FULL STORY AT…

My Hero Academia Episode 20 Review

Share. “You can’t help the things you long for.” By Alex Osborn Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below. After last week’s breather episode, My Hero Academia jumps right back into the action with “Victory or Defeat,” serving up a thrilling, character-driven start to the final competition of the U.A. Sports Festival. Nearly half of the entire episode is dedicated to Deku’s battle with Shinso, and while the announcer, Present Mic, describes the showdown as “kind of a boring first match,” I couldn’t disagree more. Watching Deku slowly inch his way to the edge of the ring after falling victim to Shinso’s brainwashing Quirk stands as one of the tensest moments this season has had yet. The eerie ambient background music enhanced the anxiety I felt for Deku, and the switch to a grainy dreamlike filter was an effective visual cue that transported me into his paralyzed and helpless mind. When Deku was finally able to break free from Shinso’s Quirk, what resulted was a vibrant neon display that was a marvel to behold. I’ve praised Bones in the past for its incredible animation work in displaying the shimmering power of Deku’s Quirk, and this took it one step further. It’s…