Spider-Man: Far From Home North American Release Date Moved Up

Sony Pictures confirmed to IGN that Spider-Man: From From Home will now be released on July 2 in North America instead of its originally scheduled date of July 5.

This change in date, initially reported by Screen Rant, was quietly reflected on Sony Pictures’ official Far From Home webpage, as well as on the film’s official Twitter account.

Because of the shift, Far From Home will now be released on a Tuesday as opposed to a traditional Friday slot. This change is likely to take advantage of the Fourth of July timeframe, despite it being mid-week.

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Marvel’s Latest Crossover Has Some Familiar Problems

There’s no doubt that The War of the Realms is a good time. This miniseries carries over the zany, heavy metal-inspired tone of Jason Aaron’s Thor run. Where else can you see the Avengers teaming up with the valiant heroes of Asgard to do battle with Frost Giants, Fire Demons, Angels and Dark Elves in the heart of New York? The problem – and one which is becoming more apparent as time passes – is that this series doesn’t capture everything that has made Aaron Thor saga one of the best ever told. The fun and spectacle are there in droves. But the emotional thrust is lacking so far.

For the most part, issue #2 continues the same action-heavy focus as the first. This gives artist Russell Dauterman, colorist Matthew Wilson and letterer Joe Sabino ample room to do their thing. Dauterman’s art impresses as much in its energy and fluid sense of motion as it does in its sheer detail. He painstaking renders panel after panel of fantastical heroes and monsters doing battle in a fully realized New York. Dauterman’s style is perfect for a story where traditional superhero action collides with high fantasy and Norse mythology.

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Critical Role Cast Reflects on Record-Breaking Kickstarter Campaign

Critical Role, best described by Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer each week as a show where “a bunch of nerdy-ass voice actors sit around and play Dungeons & Dragons” has seen a seismic shift in this last month.

The company launched a Kickstarter to fund an animated special based on their Vox Machina characters featured in the first campaign of their livestreamed D&D game. Seeking $750,000 to fund the special, they amassed…over $10 million as of today, with just over 24 hours left.

In that time, the special has ballooned from an animated special to a 10-episode animated series. The Legend of Vox Machina fundraising campaign is, as of press time, the fifth most-successful Kickstarter campaign ever, and the CR fans, known as Critters, have continued to support the campaign and the show at every step of the way. And all of that support has left, as several Critical Role members told IGN, awestruck at the gratitude of their fans.

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Original Burnout Paradise Servers Shutting Down After Almost 12 Years

Servers for 2008’s Burnout Paradise will shut down on August 1, 2019.

Revealed on the official Burnout Paradise Facebook page, this applies to the original PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game. Offline play will remain available, and the servers for 2018’s Burnout Paradise Remastered will not be impacted.

Burnout Paradise remains a beloved game known for its open-world and explosive crash systems. In our review of the original, we called it “Great” saying “Criterion has once again delivered a racing experience that can best be described as controlled chaos, one where even crashing is immensely rewarding.”

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Pathway Review

If you’ve played your fair share of roguelikes and turn-based tactics games, Pathway presents as a familiar and extremely appealing package. Most obviously, it is a hybrid of XCOM-style combat and board game-style movement punctuated with text-adventure-style scenarios, a la FTL. But upon closer inspection, you’ll also find shades of Into the Breach, Diablo, and Dead Cells. All of this is neatly wrapped in pixel art representing World War II-era colonial Africa and the Middle East, which loudly calls back to Indiana Jones. It delivers the promise of putting all those pieces together seamlessly, but only to a point: Pathway is designed to be endlessly replayable, but barely has enough variety to sustain a single playthrough of its five mini-campaigns.

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13 New Details Revealed About Borderlands 3

Thanks to various Twitter replies from Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford (and one from managing producer of narrative Randy Varnell) 13 new details about Borderlands 3 have been revealed.

The majority of these details were collected by Reddit user BooleanBarman in a comprehensive thread. One of the biggest pieces of news is that the Slag effect won’t be carried over to Borderlands 3, and will instead be replaced by a similar nuclear radiation-like Elemental effect. “We replaced it with something that actually makes a little sense. The new ‘element’ damage type, which is like a nuclear radiation effect, has a similar effect to slag (increased vulnerability by those affected) and also has a damage-over-time component.”

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Breaking Down Those PS5 Confirmed Details

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On this week’s episode of IGN’s weekly PlayStation show, Beyind!, host Jonathon Dornbush is joined by Lucy O’Brien and Tom Marks to break down all the big, confirmed PS5 details we learned thanks to an interview with Mark Cerny. The crew gives their thoughts about the console’s power, release window, backward compatibility, and more. Plus, we discuss a potential Horizon Zero Dawn sequel, God of War’s new card game, and much more.

Timecodes:

  • 1:10 – News Crunch – PS5 Details
  • 42:45 – Horizon Zero Dawn sequel talk
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Nintendo eShop Down After Release of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Switch eShop is down and experiencing issues following the release of Joker from Persona 5 and the Version 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo took to Twitter to ensure fans that it is working hard to resolve any issues so everyone has a chance to play as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first DLC character, Joker.

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Joker, the Challenger Pack 1, and Version 3.0 were both revealed to be released today just yesterday. In addition to Joker, the Challenger Pack 1 also includes a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location and music from the Persona 5 series.

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