Grimm Showrunners Explain Series Finale "The End"

That’s a wrap on NBC’s Grimm, which said its farewells and thanks to audiences in its series finale, “The End.”
To celebrate the series’ swan song, IGN got on the phone with showrunners David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf to unpack the final episode, look back at what could have been and answer our lingering questions. As such, spoilers for the Grimm series finale continue below.
IGN: What made you want to end this series where you started it, with a new generation of Grimm taking over in the form of adult Kelly and adult Diana?
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Grimm: "The End" Review

After six seasons and 123 episodes, Grimm brought everything to a close in “The End,” a satisfying series finale that wrapped everything up in an tidy bow and left fans on the right note.
Full spoilers for “The End” continue below.
After the brutal end to last week’s episode, which saw Wu and Hank both killed by the Zerstörer, things weren’t looking too great for the Scooby Squad. And though everyone ended up getting a happy ending, it was a smart choice to have Nick lose everything over the course of this episode. In his showdown with the Zerstörer, each of Nick’s allies were picked off one by one (though we’ll ignore how the Zerstörer magically disappeared after several encounters to allow Nick to mourn in peace).
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Moodelizer helps add epic soundtracks to your video efforts

 When it comes to video, the audio is pretty damn important. Hell, they even give out some sort of award for them on occasion. Moodelizer wants to put the power of suitable soundtracks in the hands of amateur filmmakers, by letting you add a delightfully over-the-top soundtrack to the most mundane of tasks at the touch of a button. Read More


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Jaguar rebirths the E-type … and it's the opposite of painful

Jaguar Land Rover Classic has been all about Rovers in its Reborn series, presenting the Series I and Range Rover Classic models. Now it’s adding a bit more Jag, putting its automotive talents toward the very worthy goal of restoring Series 1 E-types. At this year’s Techno-Classica Essen, it will reveal the first of 10 E-types it plans to rebirth, this one a beautifully revitalized 1965 Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe 4.2…
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A Shallow Sampling

If you’ve followed Mario’s career, you know he and his
friends are multi-talented. Aside from their world-saving skills, Nintendo’s
cast of characters set aside time for friendly competition in things like life-size
board games, go-karting, and sports. With Mario Sports Superstars, Nintendo
lumps five activities together into one package. Unfortunately, while they are
all fun to play, none of them offer depth or compelling reasons to continue
playing after the whistle sounds.

The game bundles soccer, baseball, tennis, golf, and horse
racing together. They all provide pick-up-and-play gameplay that makes them accessible
to players of any skill level. I enjoyed how quickly I was able to jump into a
game and play competently against the beginner-level A.I. opponents, even
pulling off special shots in my first soccer match. However, the novelty wears
off fast, as you can only play essentially the same match so many times before
craving more.

Each sport features solid mechanics that makes competing initially
exciting. Golf and soccer are great to jump into, but my favorite sports were
tennis and baseball. Those two sports not only feature the soundest mechanics,
but they easily lend themselves to arcade-style action. Sadly, even those sports
end up being little more than diversions. After just a few matches, the
addictive loop of improvement slows dramatically as your skills plateau.

With minimal stat-tracking, a lack of a progression system,
and no long-term play options like seasons or tours, I don’t feel compelled to
return to any of the modes outside of the allure of the simplistic gameplay and
working to find the best characters for my playstyle. Luckily, that aspect does
add some interesting wrinkles into the mix.

When selecting your characters, you must take into account
their individual attributes. A balanced character like Yoshi might be a good
foundation for your team, but you probably want to include a power hitter like
Donkey Kong in your batting order in baseball, or a speed-demon like Baby Luigi
as a forward in soccer. For baseball and soccer, you fill in the rest of your
team with generic characters including Toads, Shy Guys, or Magikoopas. I
enjoyed being able to draft a baseball team full of characters, each with
different strengths to craft the perfect lineup. I wish that the other sports supported
a similar layer of strategy, but they don’t.

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Horse racing stands out as the oddball of the group. With
double jumps, boost pads, and obstacle-laden courses, horse racing is by far
the most arcade-focused of an already loose and casual collection. Despite its
wacky approach and dissonance with the other sports, I was surprised by how
much I like horse racing thanks to its fast-paced loop of avoiding trees and
hedges while collecting stars and carrots for energy. There is even an offshoot
Stable mode where you can bond with your horse. I wasn’t particularly drawn to
Stable, but between caring for your horse, customizing it, and searching for
items on walks, it’s strange that this sub-mode of horse racing has more layers
to it than any one sport included in Mario Sports Superstars.

You can play each of the five sports in exhibition or
tournament. Exhibition allows you to customize your experience by tweaking some
of the rules to your liking for one-off matches, while tournament lines you up
against three consecutive opponents in a bracket-style tournament with
standardized rules. You can also take the competition online, which works well
if you can find players – splitting the player-base between five modes with
custom search parameters seems to have hindered the pool of competitors in
matchmaking.

As you play though the different modes in Mario Sports
Superstars, you earn coins, which are used to purchase packs of cards. These
cards unlock hidden characters and courses, but they mostly serve to fill out
your fairly inconsequential collection.

Also hidden beneath the menus is a Breakout-clone that uses
Amiibo cards called Road to Superstar. In this mode, you lay out up to three paddles
spawned from Amiibo cards – regular Amiibos do not work – that return balls to
destroy bricks and take out enemies. The mode is surprisingly challenging, but
if you’ve played the classic Breakout game, it’s nothing new.

Mario Sports Superstars delivers five fun, surface-level
sports experiences in one package. Individually, these sports would be unable
to stand on their own. However, as a compilation, the variety helps compensate
for the lack of depth. Still, the more I played, the more this package felt
like a collection of minigames than a value-packed compilation.


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Not Even Worthy Of The Little Leagues

Chicago Cubs fans had to wait over 100 years for their loveable losers to win another World Series. I fear R.B.I. Baseball hopefuls will be waiting just as long for another respectable version of their game. Since the series’ revival in 2014, R.B.I. Baseball has struggled, and few attempts have been made to improve upon it.

The joke of “they just updated the rosters” is no joke in R.B.I. Baseball 17. While it was nice to see a roster update available already (released on March 31), little else is new outside of the menu graphics. In fact, it offers less content. The online multiplayer that debuted in last year’s game is nowhere to be found.

R.B.I. Baseball 17 delivers a degree of fun in the batting and pitching mechanics – which appear to be identical to last season’s game – but still struggles severely in handling the fundamentals of the sport. In one pitching instance, two runners on base held their ground on a routine fly ball to left field. That’s what they should have done. With one out in the inning, they decided to try to advance on a second pop fly hit to almost the same position in left. My fielder didn’t have to move to catch the ball. I then threw it to second for an easy double play. The A.I. malfunctioned in this instance.

I also witnessed a few A.I.-controlled players dive at balls a good six-feet away from them (see the video below). They didn’t field the balls, mind you, their bodies just collapsed comically to the ground. The game also has no interest in adhering to the laws of physics, as players who have their backs to a base can flick their wrist to send a ball sailing with pinpoint accuracy at over 90 miles-per-hour to record the out. These animations look terrible, and again, bring an unintentional element of comedy to the mix.

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The crowds are once again significantly smaller than the players on the field, making it look like the entire Smurf village decided to take in a game. Players are also reluctant to turn their bodies, and instead rotate their heads like demonic beings. It looks terrifying. Most of the animations are rough, and the lack of transitional animations makes it look like a glitchy mess with players automatically appearing in different stances or positions.

Don’t expect to find anything new in the game modes, either. Players can still play or simulate an entire season complete with stats tracking, but you can’t trade players. The only roster management is position and bench swaps. Should you complete a season and want to continue on for another year, you’ll end up playing through the same schedule. The only other avenues of play are exhibition and post season (which auto-generates the teams you square off against).

R.B.I. Baseball 17 is the prime example of a series being milked to death. What started off as a great idea of bringing arcade baseball back into the limelight has turned into a bona fide disaster, the likes of which we rarely see. I feel sorry for anyone who picks up this game assuming it would be better (or even different) than last year’s installment.


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How to Watch Attack on Titan Season 2 This Weekend

The second season of Attack on Titan premieres this weekend, and IGN has you covered on where you can watch the next chapter in Eren Jaegar’s story.
Tomorrow, April 1, Attack on Titan Season 2 will be available for streaming on:

Crunchyroll
Funimation
Anime Lab (exclusive to Australia and New Zealand)
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