Game Of The Year Countdown – #9 Final Fantasy VII Remake

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Game Of The Year Countdown – #9 Final Fantasy VII Remake

With its remake of Final Fantasy VII, Square Enix pulled of a seemingly impossible feat: It put a fresh spin on the classic story and characters, all while completely reinventing the gameplay for modern audiences. The result is an adventure that taps into Final Fantasy VII’s deep well of nostalgia, but still offers plenty of delightful surprises for old and new players alike.

Cloud and his mercenary friends still fight against the evil Shinra corporation, but the world has been beautifully reconstructed to give the cast and environments new life. From to your battle in a ruined church to your first haunting glimpse of Sephiroth, Final Fantasy VII Remake recreates the important events that fans remember, but adds enough new content to make the experience feel fresh.

The highlight of the new elements is battle system, which the team at Square Enix has brilliantly reimagined by trading the turn-based model for a real-time approach. Through careful use of commands and switching control between your party members, combat becomes a fun fusion of aggression and strategy. This versatile system also highlights each character’s strengths; Tifa’s melee brawling feels different from Aerith’s ranged attacks, so fights aren't about repeating the same routine.

The Top 10 Games Of 2020 – #10 Immortals Fenyx Rising

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The Top 10 Games Of 2020 – #10 Immortals Fenyx Rising

What do you get when the team that made Assassin’s Creed Odyssey creates a game inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Portal, and movies like The Princess Bride and The Naked Gun? The answer is Immortals Fenyx Rising, a lighthearted adventure steeped in Greek mythology, full of endearing characters, epic encounters, and creative puzzles.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the year’s biggest surprises. It sees Ubisoft Quebec stretch its wings and soar to exciting heights. No longer bound by the lore and style of Ubisoft’s long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise, the studio inserts everything from massive puzzle rooms to humorous (and unreliable) narrators, all while delivering the rewarding exploration in a sprawling open world.

The world itself is gorgeous, drawing visual inspiration from Studio Ghibli’s watercolor aesthetic, and exploring it is an utter delight. Around every corner is a mountain to climb, a challenge to confront, a monster to battle, or a chest to loot.

Game Of The Year Countdown – #10 Immortals Fenyx Rising

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Game Of The Year Countdown – #10 Immortals Fenyx Rising

What do you get when the team that made Assassin’s Creed Odyssey creates a game inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Portal, and movies like The Princess Bride and The Naked Gun? The answer is Immortals Fenyx Rising, a lighthearted adventure steeped in Greek mythology, full of endearing characters, epic encounters, and creative puzzles.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is one of the year’s biggest surprises. It sees Ubisoft Quebec stretch its wings and soar to exciting heights. No longer bound by the lore and style of Ubisoft’s long-running Assassin’s Creed franchise, the studio inserts everything from massive puzzle rooms to humorous (and unreliable) narrators, all while delivering the rewarding exploration in a sprawling open world.

The world itself is gorgeous, drawing visual inspiration from Studio Ghibli’s watercolor aesthetic, and exploring it is an utter delight. Around every corner is a mountain to climb, a challenge to confront, a monster to battle, or a chest to loot.

Counting Down The Top 10 Games Of The Year

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Counting Down The Top 10 Games Of The Year

The first decision I made as Game Informer's new editor-in-chief was to shake up how we handled our Game of the Year lists. As much as I loved giving people the annual Top 50 Games of the Year roundup, I felt it was too wide of a shotgun blast, and didn't fully represent the interesting discussions we had about the sole Game of the Year. In any given year, a handful of games would be in the running for that hallowed spot, but readers never knew that. We just told you what the Game of the Year was, along with the genre winners and that massive list of 50 games that were presented in order of release date.

This year, we've narrowed the focus to the Top 10 Games of 2020. You will now see where each game ended up in our ranking. In the past, our Game of the Year lists would first appear in print, but not this year; this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. CT, we are going to start counting down our list, beginning with number 10. A new entry will follow every day, leading up to number one (our official Game of the Year) being revealed on December 22 – the day our next issue launches. This means readers of the digital magazine and our website will see the culmination of the list at the same time.

Ranking Cyberpunk 2077's Top Four Release Dates

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Ranking Cyberpunk 2077's Top Four Release Dates

CD Projekt Red’s Cyberpunk 2077 has been in development for the better part of a decade, and its release is right around the corner. However, this isn’t the first time we’ve gotten close to a Cyberpunk’s release ­– the title has had a stunning number of launch dates. Join us as we look back on some of our favorites. 

Official Ranking: N/A Can you believe that Cyberpunk almost came out eight years ago? Gotcha! This wasn’t a release date, it was the announcement of Cyberpunk 2077 (but back then it was just called Cyberpunk). I just threw this in here for perspective. Cyberpunk 2077 has had a very long development. Technicaly 2077 didn't enter full preproduction until after the release of the Witcher III's Blood and Wine expansion, but the point still stands. A lot can happen over the course of eight years. Now sit and think about all the time you've wasted in that time. Now, quickly think about something else so you don't spiral into a self-defeating depression. Need a distraction? How about another release date!

Every Playable Character In Marvel's Avengers

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Every Playable Character In Marvel's Avengers

If we've learned anything from Marvel's comics and cinematic universe, it's that the world is always expanding. New villains are always emerging and new heroes are always swooping in to stop them. Crystal Dynamics is taking this same approach with its game starring Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Marvel's Avengers launched with six playable characters, but that's far from all the heroes we'll be able to take control of when it's all said and done. Crystal Dynamics has said that all playable characters will be added at no additional cost, but additional upgrades for those characters could cost money.

Check out all the characters you can play as in Marvel's Avengers, as well as all the heroes still to come.

Following a disaster in the opening of the game, Kamala Khan discovers new powers that allow her to grow and stretch her body in ways that help her fend off enemies and traverse the environment in unique ways. As the main character of Marvel's Avengers, her goal is to reassemble the outlawed hero team to once again save the world.

Where To Find Hideo Kojima In Cyberpunk 2077

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Where To Find Hideo Kojima In Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077’s launch is just a few days away, and we’ve now played the game and explored Night City to our heart’s content. During our journey, we spotted a familiar face: Hideo Kojima! As previously revealed, the creative visionary behind Metal Gear Solid and Death Stranding has a cameo in the game, but he’s a bit hidden. Don’t want to miss him? Here’s where you can find him.

Hideo Kojima shows up a few hours into the main story, but he’s not directly a part of any scenes. Instead, you find him simply by exploring. We stumbled upon the famed  director when we first headed to Konpecki Plaza, which occurs when V is about to embark on their first legendary mission entitled "The Heist." Your partner Jackie wants to go straight up to your hotel room as he's saddled with heavy luggage, but you can tell him you’re going to explore for a bit and will meet him later.  Do this for your chance to spot Kojima. 

From the lobby, walk to the back of the hotel to find a bar and restaurant; you’ll see a hostess standing right in front of it. As you walk through the entrance, head straight back and to the far left where you’ll find Kojima sitting in a booth surrounded by a few people. If you hit the actual bar, you’ve gone too far.

My Fond Farewell To Monster Hunter: World

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My Fond Farewell To Monster Hunter: World

Months ago, Capcom announced Monster Hunter World: Iceborne’s final content update with plans to permanently reintroduce all event quests and rotate hub-specific festivals every two weeks. That update, entitled 15.10, dropped today in advance of Monster Hunter Rise’s 2021 release. So, while everyone is gearing up to clear any limited-time modes they might’ve missed over the years, I’ll be in my element: Alone; among the rustling forests, echoing canyons, and frozen prairies of the New World.

Monster Hunter: World was an unexpected gift from my best friend. He’d been playing Capcom’s famed action/RPG franchise for as long as I could remember. I wasn’t particularly impressed by his explanations of the series’ age-old gameplay loop. Even so, I spent half of Monster Hunter: World’s launch day tinkering with its character creator. Soon, my avatar “Spider Face ” was born, and together we spent hundreds of hours conducting field research expeditions and, ultimately, vanquishing the game’s mighty fauna. If I wasn’t compiling the best bow builds or crafting legendary armor sets, I was likely meditating beneath the hanging crystals of the Elder’s Recess or sprinting through flower meadows in the Wildspire Waste.

How To Beat The Corrupted Heroes In Immortals Fenyx Rising

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How To Beat The Corrupted Heroes In Immortals Fenyx Rising

While Immortals Fenyx Rising has several series of difficult boss battles thanks to Mythical Creatures, Tartaros Lieutenants, and more, some of the most intense battles you can find in the game surround the wraiths of the corrupted heroes. These heroes were summoned by the gods to battle the powerful titan Typhon prior to the events of the game, but he was able to corrupt them and force them to fight by his side. Until you defeat them in their Wraith Lairs, weaker versions of these legendary heroes can appear at random on the map while you're trying to do other activities, so it's a good idea to take them out once you feel competent and powerful enough to do so.

My tips below give you advice on how to topple these powerful heroes with a pretty baseline set of abilities, but through upgrades, you can make these showdowns much easier. My preferred loadout for these battles was to equip Phospor with the Tarnished skin, which replenishes your health every time his attack lands, and just relentlessly bomb on them with his attack. However, since his attacks use up your stamina, you have to get in and attack with your sword to replenish your stamina quickly while he's lighting them up. The more upgraded Phosphor and your sword are, the better this tactic works, but once I got this down, I combined these skills with the tips listed below to make short work of most of the heroes.

Games That Motivate Me To Get Up And Be Better

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Games That Motivate Me To Get Up And Be Better

Sometimes we all need a kick in the pants to get off our bums, get things done, and improve ourselves. That inspirational call to action is found in all kinds of places, including video games. If you’re looking for fun forms of encouragement as you begin to draft your New Year’s resolutions, here are some games that inspired me to be better in one way or another. 

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Ichiban Kasuga knows how to make lemonade out of Lemon Heads. The dude spends 18 years in prison, and upon his release, he has to deal with the realities of being abandoned and homeless (a subject the game tackles very well). Instead of wasting time moping, though, Ichiban eagerly begins rebuilding his life from scratch, collecting cans for cash and applying for jobs with inspiring persistence. What I love most is that he takes whatever work is available, and doesn’t let pride get in the way. For a guy who once proudly associated with an organized murder gang, Ichiban’s got a great head on his shoulders, and his can-do attitude is infectious.