$200 Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood Collector's Edition Detailed

A premium-priced collector’s edition for upcoming Final Fantasy XIV expansion Stormblood is now available for preorder, Square Enix announced today.

This special edition of Stormblood comes with the expansion and a combination of in-game and real-world items. The latter include a cloth map of Eorzea, an art book, a logo sticker, and–most significantly–an “expertly crafted” Zenos yae Galvus figure, the size of which wasn’t shared. All of this comes housed inside a special “art” box.

$200 Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood Collector's Edition Detailed

On the digital side, you’ll receive exclusive items: the Syldra mount, the Wind-Up Bartz minion, and the Chicken Knife. For an unspecified price, you’ll be able to purchase a digital upgrade that includes the collector’s edition’s digital items, but none of the physical ones.

The collector’s edition costs $200–quite a bit more than the standard, $40 edition.

Stormblood, the second expansion for the MMO, launches on June 20. Preordering any edition of the expansion provides early access that begins on June 16, along with two in-game items: the Wind-Up Red Mage minion and the Ala Mhigan earrings. Those preordering through the PlayStation Store also receive an exclusive theme and avatar.

Square Enix announced Stormblood back in October alongside the 4.0 update. Stormblood increases the level cap from 60 to 70 and adds new dungeons, raids, gear, and a fourth residential area. It sounds like a substantial expansion–director Naoki Yoshida has claimed it contains a “full standalone game’s worth of content.”

Notably, Stormblood raises the PC version’s minimum specs and will not be available on PS3. Support for that version will be cut off when Stormblood launches.

Preorders for the PS4 and PC collector’s edition are available through the Square Enix store.

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Oscar Nominations 2017: Which Films and Artists Got Snubbed?

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Deadpool, Amy Adams, Sully and more.

Another year’s Academy Awards nominations announcement, another round of films and artists who didn’t make the cut.

While this year’s crop of nominees managed to avoid another embarrassing #OscarsSoWhite scenario of oversights and omissions, there were nevertheless some very notable snubs and exclusions. Here are some of the biggest ones:.

Deadpool Completely Shut Out

Yes, the Fox-Marvel superhero satire was always a huge long shot — as explained at length here — but the fact that Deadpool scored a Producers Guild of America nomination as one of 2016’s best movies certainly seemed like it had a chance. Ditto its Golden Globe, Writers Guild and Directors Guild nominations. But, alas, the merc with a mouth’s movie didn’t score a single nomination in any Oscar category.

Captain America: Civil War was also shut out, but one comic book movie did snag an Oscar nomination: Suicide Squad was honored in the best hair and makeup category.

Oscar Nominations 2017: Which Films and Artists Got Snubbed?

Actresses

The sci-fi drama Arrival scored eight nominations, including Best Picture, Director, and Adapted Screenplay, but nothing for the actress who’s in nearly every scene and carried the film, Amy Adams. (She will have to be content with nominations from the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTAs, and IGN’s People’s Choice!) Adams also won a lot of acclaim for her turn in Nocturnal Animals so perhaps that split the vote for her just enough to edge her out of the top five.

Annette Bening has never won an Oscar and there was a time when it looked like this might be the year thanks to her acclaimed turn in 20th Century Women, but that obviously didn’t happen.

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Bening’s 20th Century Women co-star Greta Gerwig was also widely deemed a contender for Best Supporting Actress, but she wasn’t nominated.

Also overlooked was Taraji P. Henson for Hidden Figures (her co-star Octavia Spencer, an Oscar winner for The Help, snagged a Best Supporting Actress nomination).

Actors

Tom Hanks was first thought a shoo-in for a Best Actor nomination when Sully landed in theaters last year, but Hanks was subsequently overlooked by the Golden Globes, BAFTAs, Screen Actors Guild, and now the Academy.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for Nocturnal Animals, but his co-star Michael Shannon earned the Oscar nom in that category instead.

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Hugh Grant has earned Best Supporting Actor nominations from the Globes, SAG, and BAFTA for his turn in Florence Foster Jenkins, but the Englishman who went up a hill failed to come down with an Oscar nomination.

Best Director Category

Martin Scorsese‘s Silence may be a box office bomb, but the longtime passion project was hoped to at least snag the beloved director a nomination.

Lion’s Garth Davis may have earned himself a Directors Guild of America nomination, but he was overlooked in the Oscar race.

Denzel Washington both starred in and directed Fences, but was only recognized by the Academy for his work in front of the camera on the August Wilson adaptation.

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Clint Eastwood, a longtime Academy favorite and multiple Oscar winner, also wasn’t nominated for Sully.

Hell or High Water earned four nominations, but not one for director David Mackenzie.

Animation

Finding Dory, Sing, The Secret Life of Pets, and Trolls may all have been big hits at the box office, but none of them made the cut in the Best Animated Feature category. Don’t weep for Disney Animation, though, as both Moana and Zootopia earned noms.

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Speaking of Moana, some were shocked to see that the song “You’re Welcome” wasn’t nominated, however the song wasn’t among the final 91 songs ruled eligible for the Original Song category. So much for getting to see Dwayne Johnson sing at the Oscars.

The Oscars will be handed out at the official ceremony on February 26 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, 5:30 p.m. PST.

Which films, actors and artists do you think were snubbed by this year’s Oscar nominations? Sound off in the comments!

New to Netflix for February 2017

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Finding Dory, Sausage Party, The People v. OJ Simpson, Netflix Original Santa Clarita Diet, and more.

Coming this February on Netflix are movies like Sausage Party, Finding Dory, Babe, David Brent: Life on the Road, Magic Mike, Twilight, Milk, and more.

Plus, as always, there are plenty of Netflix Originals to choose from, with Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant’s Santa Clarita Diet at the top of the buzz bin. In it, they play a married couple who find new excitement in their life with the help of – um – an unusual dietary regimen (pssst, it’s people!).

Also on tap are TV shows like Girl Meets World, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story, Frequency, and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.

Check it out!

Available 2/1/17

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  • Babe (1995) / Babe: Pig in the City (1998)

From the director of Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller, comes 1995’s Oscar-nominated wee little piggy movie and its surprisingly buoyant sequel (only Pig in the City was directed by Miller, though both were written and produced by him). Join the adorable and touching barnyard antics of Babe the pig, Ferdinand the duck, and the rest of the squad and they get into adventures both on and off the farm.

Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks (2016)
Balto (1995)
Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2001)
Balto 3: Wings of Change (2004)
Contact (1997)
Corpse Bride (2005)

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  • Disney’s Finding Dory (2016)

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Surprisingly shut out of this year’s Animated Feature Film nominations at the Oscars — which is uncommon for Pixar — Finding Dory was still a monster hit with both audiences in critics, despite the long delay making it to the screen. The film ultimately pulled in strong reviews and over a billion dollars at the box office. This time around, it was the perpetually forgetful Dory, voiced by Ellen DeGeneres, who was out to find her family, with Albert Brooks’ Marlin and Nemo in tow.

Eleven P.M. (1928)
From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story (2016)
Gun Runners (2015)
Hell-Bound Train (1930)
Highly Strung (2015)
Hot Biskits (1931)
I Am Sun Mu (2016)
Invincible (2006)
Les beaux malaises: Season 1-4 (2014)
Magic Mike (2012)
Masha’s Spooky Stories: Season 1 (2012)
Mother with a Gun (2016)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Project X (1987)
Silver Streak (1976)

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  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Absolute “ground zero” for the shaky cam/found footage horror genre, The Blair Witch Project not only reinvented the format of horror movie storytelling, but it all-but-revolutionized just how cheap you could make an effectively terrifying movie – almost guaranteeing a profit in return. This film’s faux-documentary blueprint continues to empower filmmakers to blur reality and fiction today.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005)
The Five Heartbeats (1995)
The Furchester Hotel: Season 1-2 (2014)
The Girl from Chicago (1932)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Twilight (2008)
Women in Gold

Available 2/2/17

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  • American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)

The star-studded first season of FX’s anthology series American Crime Story was a hit with both viewers and critics, taking us back to the media phenomenon that was the 1995 O .J. Simpson trial and giving us all an inside-look at what would become one of the most sensationalized courtroom cases in our country’s history.

Frequency: Season 1

Available 2/3/17

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  • Santa Clarita Diet – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and Sheila Hammond (Drew Barrymore) are realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita, until Sheila goes through a dramatic change sending both their lives down a road of death and destruction… but in a good way.

Daniel Sosa: Sosafado–NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Imperial Dreams –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/4/17

Superbad (2007)

Available 2/5/17

Elvira I Will Give You My Life But I’m Using It (2014)
Los herederos (2015)

Available 2/6/17

Girls Lost (2015)
Me, Myself and Her (2015)

Available 2/7/17

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  • Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

New to Netflix for February 2017

Michael Bolton’s about to drop the biggest, sexiest Valentine’s Day special with Michael Bolton’s Big, Sexy Valentine’s Day Special. Watch it with someone who doesn’t have a restraining order out on you.

Seriously though, this comedic special, directed by The Lonely Island’s Akiva Schaffer and Comedy Bang! Bang!’s Scott Aukerman, features guests stars such as Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, Maya Rudolph, Casey Wilson, Chris Parnell, Eric Andre, Michael Sheen and Randall Park.

Available 2/8/17

Tiempos Felices (2014)
Girl Asleep (2015)

Available 2/10/17

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  • David Brent: Life on the Road—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Following its theatrical release overseas last year, Netflix will be the home for the US debut of Ricky Gervais’ 2016 mockumentary Office-sequel film David Brent: A Life on the Road, which follows the always-awkward Brent, fifteen years after The Office “documentary,” as he tries to live his dream of being a rock star – while also selling bathroom supplies.

Abstract: The Art of Design

Available 2/11/17

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  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (2016)

New to Netflix for February 2017

As part of Netflix’s 2016 deal with the CW, shows can now debut on Netflix just eight days after their season ends on the network (you’ll see that Frequency: Season 1 is on this list too for February). So you don’t have to wait months and months to watch Rachel Bloom’s Rebecca Bunch hilariously sing about her Josh and Greg woes. COME BACK, GREG!

Stronger Than The World—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/12/17

Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Available 2/13/17

Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (2016)
Magicians: Life in the Impossible (2016)

Available 2/14/17

Girlfriend’s Day –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
King Cobra (2016)
Project Mc 2: Part 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
White Nights –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/15/17

Aram, Aram (2015)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Fire Song (2015)

Available 2/16/17

Milk (2008)
Sundown (2016)

Available 2/17/17

Chef’s Table: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kill Ratio (2016)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/19/17

Girl Meets World: Season 3 (2016)
Growing Up Wild (2016)
Tini: El Gran Cambio De Violetta (2016)
When Calls the Heart: Season 3 (2016)

Available 2/23/17

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  • Sausage Party (2016)
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Seth Rogen & Co.’s raunchy-yet-smart Sausage Party may not be an Oscar wiener but this animated tale of food that learns that it’s, well, food has a lot of heart and big ideas to ponder.

Available 2/24/17

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Legend Quest: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster Mexico—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the City: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/26/17

Night Will Fall (2016)

Available 2/27/17

Brazilian Western (2013)

Available 2/28/17

Be Here Now (2015) Michael Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

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Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Collector’s Edition Revealed

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Get early access to the second expansion by pre-ordering.

Square Enix has unveiled a collector’s edition for Final Fantasy XIV Online: Stormblood.

The collector’s edition for the MMO’s second expansion comes with a Zenos aye Galvus figure, art book, cloth map of Eorzea and more. There are in-game items too, like a Syldra mount and chicken knife.

Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Collector's Edition Revealed

Square Enix has pulled back the curtain on the Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood Collector’s Edition.

Pre-orders for Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood are up now on the Square Enix website. The collector’s edition costs $200, while the standard edition is $40. There is also a digital version of the collector’s edition for $60, which just includes the in-game items.

Square Enix says people who pre-order Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will get early access on June 16. The second expansion will see a level cap increase for the MMO — going from 60 to 70 — along with new jobs and underwater exploration.

Announced back in October, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood is set to officially launch June 20. For more on the MMO, be sure to check out IGN’s wiki for Final Fantasy XIV.

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Breach Mode Spins Off As Its Own, Free-To-Play Game

Over on Steam, Deus Ex fans will today find two new games–of sorts–to download for free.

The first of these is Deus Ex: Breach, a standalone version of Breach mode from last year’s Mankind Divided. This is the same content as what you’ll find in Mankind Divided; this merely serves as a way for it to be played without owning Mankind Divided (or without having to open it up).

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Breach Mode Spins Off As Its Own, Free-To-Play Game
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Breach is available as a free-to-play game. As you play, you earn credits that can be used to purchase booster packs, which provide you with a random assortment of four items. Alternatively, you can spend real-world money to buy booster packs, as well as premium skins and weapons. Eidos Montreal insists that this is purely optional. However, our Mankind Divided review noted that–while the mode is enjoyable–it was off-putting for these booster packs to impact gameplay, given that online leaderboards are a key element.

More details on Breach are shared in this FAQ.

In addition to Breach, something called the Mankind Divided VR Experience has also been released on Steam. This free download lets you explore four of the game’s environments with an Oculus Rift or Vive VR headset. You can also check out a “selection” of 3D models of characters from Mankind Divided.

You can download both new titles through the Steam links below.

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