Game Informer's Spring Buying Guide 2021

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Game Informer's Spring Buying Guide 2021

Have a gamer or collector in your family with a birthday or graduation coming up? Or maybe you’re just looking for fun reward for yourself after an especially long winter? Whatever the situation, we gathered some of our top recommendations for gadgets, toys, clothing, board games, and more, sure to appease even the most discerning enthusiast.

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Valheim Player Spoofs "Feel Good" Videos With Hilarious "Emotional Greyling Rescue"

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Valheim Player Spoofs

You've seen a billion of these "feel good" stories on Facebook and Tik Tok; now they're invading the world of Vikings. One Valheim player decided to poke fun at the influx of overly dramatized videos with one of his own, and it's kind of too perfect not to share, especially when looking at how he absolutely nailed the format. 

"An emotional Greyling Rescue is the feel-good story we all need right now," says u/Henloseraph. I'll be the first one to admit that when I'm doom-scrolling late at night when I should be sleeping, I will stop and watch every single video in this style despite knowing most of them are stupid and complete fluff. When I saw this player edit, I about died laughing. I'm a simple girl: I see something funny, I laugh. 

For those who don't play or are still very new, Greylings are short little creatures you'll meet in Valheim. They're the younger version of the Greydwarf and just as annoying. But these aren't just little mini tree-stump-looking foes; there's actually some pretty cool lore behind them. According to said lore, Greylings are the reincarnation of sinners. Sinners don't come back as a person in their new life; instead, they come back as seeds meant to rot until they grow into Greylings. And then we kill them so we can get their stuff. 

The Outer Worlds: Murder On Eridanos DLC Is The Perfect Murder Mystery Experience To End The Game

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The Outer Worlds: Murder On Eridanos DLC Is The Perfect Murder Mystery Experience To End The Game

The beloved Halcyon Helen has been slain! Who could have possibly murdered such a well-loved spokesperson for the delicious line of drinks from Rizzo's? The star of Terror on Monarch?! That's up to you to find out with the second - and final - DLC for The Outer Worlds with Murder on Eridanos. 

Earlier this month, we were given the opportunity to play through the latest expansion ahead of its reveal and while it was a drastic pivot from Peril on Gorgon, it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience from start to finish. Even if it did get really, really weird. 

Where Peril of Gorgon went super dark thematically, Murder on Eridanos takes an entirely different tone. Harkening back to the morbid humor that the base game offers players, Murder on Eridanos takes players on a wild ride with a pulp noir-inspired murder mystery. Halcyon Helen has been murdered and in an effort to solve this unthinkable crime, we had to travel to the world of Eridanos to meet new faces, undertake new quests, and find all-new ways to be thoroughly creeped out by corporate shenanigans. 

The Coolest Pokémon Sword & Shield – Battle Styles Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sword & Shield – Battle Styles Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The newest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion pulls direct influence from the 2020 Pokémon Sword & Shield expansion, The Isle of Armor. Focusing in on the fact that Kubfu, the Legendary Pokémon introduced in that expansion, can evolve into one of two different forms of Urshifu depending on how it's trained, the new Battle Styles expansion introduces Single Strike and Rapid Strike variants on both Urshifu, as well as other established Pokémon from the series.

This new expansion adds more than 160 new cards to the always-growing Pokémon Trading Card Game, including 12 Pokémon V and six Pokémon VMAX. As mentioned before, you can expect Single Strike variants for Pokémon like Emboar and Primeape and Rapid Strike versions of Pokémon like Mienfoo and Octillery. These versions grant added abilities that play into the Isle of Armor expansion, where Single Strike is about delivering one powerful attack, while Rapid Strike is about speed and hitting enemy weaknesses. We were sent a bunch of booster packs by The Pokémon Company to see which new cards we could pull.

You can see a gallery of the coolest and best cards we pulled from the new Pokémon Sword & Shield – Battle Styles expansion below.

The 10 Best Snowy Settings In Games

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The 10 Best Snowy Settings In Games

Depending on where you live, your idea of “winter” can vary. Game Informer is based in Minnesota, which means we get blizzards, ice storms, sub-zero deep freezes, and more. That sort of makes us experts on chilly weather, and we’re leveraging that knowledge to assemble this list of the best game settings that capture the sense of exploring a winter wonderland. As we move into spring and the melt begins, use this list to keep your snowiest gaming memories frozen in time. 

Exploring Mass Effect's Expanded Lore

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Exploring Mass Effect's Expanded Lore

The Mass Effect universe is expansive, but what some may not realize is that the lore doesn’t stop with the games. Comics, novels, and even an animated movie all work in tandem to flesh out an incredibly intricate universe far beyond the rolled credits of the gaming series. With the Legendary Edition remaster on the way, there is much to be excited for with both newcomers to the franchise and loyal N7 fans, an excitement that can be further celebrated with the extended lore of the galaxy.

Weirdly Specific Thank-You Notes To Mario And His Friends

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Weirdly Specific Thank-You Notes To Mario And His Friends

Happy Mario Day! While everyone else is listing their favorite games in the series or competing in wacky Mario-related challenges, I decided to go a different route in showing my appreciation for the series. Mario is the very reason I first fell in love with gaming as a child and its long list of characters have given me countless hours of entertainment over the years. So with that in mind, I’d like to just run down a bunch of those names and give a quick, sometimes stupid reason for why I’m thankful for each and every one. 

Mario - For literally existing and introducing me to video games in the first place. 

Luigi - For giving my little brother a reason to not be Mario. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Trailer Analysis

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder’s Revenge Trailer Analysis

In case you’ve been hiding under your shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back in a new, retro-inspired adventure called Shredder’s Revenge. The game comes courtesy of Tribute Games and Dotemu, who know a thing or two about creating arcade-style experiences having worked on Scott Pilgrim vs The World: The Game and Streets of Rage 4. Shredder’s Revenge takes heavy inspiration from the classic beat ‘em ups like Turtles in Time and pits you (and up to three friends) against Shredder and his goons. You can read all about what the game entails and watch its debut trailer in this extended preview article here. I recommend doing that first, because we’re going to react to the trailer and talk all over it! 

The game’s stylish debut trailer showed off a fair amount of gameplay as well as offered some potential teases about gameplay elements yet to be revealed. If you’ve watched our reaction videos to the Mortal Kombat movie trailer and the reveal of Pokémon Legends Arceus you know what to expect; a lot of hot speculation, a bunch of bad jokes disguised as comedic gold, and a ton of rewinding and pausing to zero in on those overlooked details. 

Exclusive Deathloop Screenshot Gallery

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Exclusive Deathloop Screenshot Gallery

Bethesda is taking up a lot of the news mindshare recently, especially since its purchase by Microsoft was approved. But don’t let that overshadow some of the exciting news about Bethesda’s big 2021 releases. We’re particularly excited for Arkane Studios’ Deathloop, which is featured on the cover of Game Informer this month.

Deathloop is a game about a man stuck in a repeating 24-hour time loop. You play as Colt Vahn, a man trapped on the desolate island of Blackreef who is being hunted by an insane “cult” of mask-wearing lunatics. However, Colt is one of the only people who seems aware of the fact that he is reliving the same day over and over again, and if Colt wants to break this loop he’ll need to orchestrate the assassination of eight extremely powerful individuals.

As part of our month-long coverage, we’re excited to share this collection of exclusive screenshots. Bethesda has released a few trailers for Deathloop, but these are some of the first screens we’ve seen to date. These images showcase Arkane’s unique 60’s mod style, the near-futuristic tech of Blackreef, and some of the aforementioned masked maniacs. What you won’t see is more on the history of Blackreef or how Colt can tackle any challenge in a multitude of ways. For that you should be sure to read this month’s cover story.

Reader Discussion - What's Your Favorite Mario Game?

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Reader Discussion - What's Your Favorite Mario Game?

It’s Mario Day! Today we celebrate everything about Nintendo’s iconic plumber, who has endured as one of the most beloved mascots in all of gaming. The character has a gigantic portfolio of games to his name, many of them fantastic, which begs the ultimate question: which Mario game is your absolute favorite? 

Is your all-time favorite one of the 2D classics on NES and SNES, such as Super Mario Bros., Super Mario World, or Yoshi’s Island (which is totally a Mario game, darn it). Maybe it’s Super Mario 64, the game that revolutionized the 3D platformer? Perhaps you prefer one of the two phenomenal Galaxy games, which took the 3D style to new heights and beyond. Or are you a renegade and swear by the polarizing Super Mario Sunshine? I hope there’s some of you out there who remember Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins and Super Mario 3D Land, especially if you’ve found yourselves loving the recent re-release of Super Mario 3D World + Bowser's Fury on Switch.