Test Chamber – From The Makers Of Pokémon, Tembo The Badass Elephant

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Game Freak is best known for it Pokémon games, but it is capable of much more, and Tembo the Badass Elephant is a good example.

Join myself, Tim Turi, and Andrew Reiner, as we take quite literally our first look at the latest non-Pokémon game from developer Game Freak. Tembo is a Rambo-inspired elephant super-soldier with a destructive nature and surprising speed. In the video below, we rip through the game's first few levels and walk away pleased with our first taste of the game. The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC soon.

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The Top 10 Games On PlayStation 4

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The PlayStation 4 got off to a slow start, but a slow trickle of current-gen exclusives and improved remasters have been building up a respectable library of must-plays. In this continually updated feature, we break down the top 10 games every PlayStation 4 owner should play.

So far, most of Sony's first-party offerings have missed the grade, with games like Killzone: Shadow Fall, Infamous: Second Son, and The Order: 1886 failing to make an impact on the gaming landscape. That hasn't made narrowing the list down to just 10 games any easier, and with big games like Fallout 4 and Uncharted 4 on the horizon, it's only going to get more competitive.

Here are Game Informer's picks for the top 10 games on the PlayStation 4, as it currently stands:

Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First Three Hours

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Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First Three Hours

With Shenmue 3's Kickstarter officially funded, numerous people in Game Informer's community sent in requests for complete Super Replay playthroughs of the first two games in the Shenmue series. Several Game Informer staffers also expressed interest in either revisiting this series or seeing it for the first time. Since we already have numerous Super Replay projects in the works, yet wanted to get a Shenmue playthrough going now, we decided to record it as a crowd-driven experiment of sorts. If you like what you see, and want more of it, we'll return with more episodes. Just let us know in the comments section below or on YouTube.

In the first episode, I join Kyle Hillard for his first hands-on experience with Shenmue. We play through the first hour of this adventure, purchase several capsule toys along the way, and turn down myriad requests from children to play an assortment of sports. In episode two, we continue or journey to find the men in black suits in the black car, track down the arcade, and purchase even more capsule toys. In episode three, we get our first successful taste of QTEs.

Unlike our Replay look at this game, we have one big rule in place: No talking over the cutscenes. We're engaged with the story, and are willing to do as much side content as you want to see. Again, just be vocal, and let us know what you think of the show!

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 16, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 16, 2015)

Satoru Iwata-san passed away on July 11. To put it simply, Nintendo's president was a visionary in the video game world. Countless people took to the Internet to express their condolences and what he meant to them – including our blogging crew. Thank you for the gaming experiences, Iwata.

Community Blogs For July 9 – July 15:

Thank You Satoru Iwata Enuo would rather avoid the subject of death, but when it comes to the death of a luminary, he can't help but reflect. The loss hits him hard because Iwata was just a fan of video games that really got it.

The Top 10 Games On Wii U

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Since its debut in 2012, the Nintendo Wii U has had its fair share of rough seas and smooth sailing. From the third-party developer exodus that occurred shortly after the system hit the market to the outstanding releases that only Nintendo can deliver, the waters of the Wii U can be tricky to navigate.

Though its existence has been tumultuous, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been fruitful. The Wii U has seen several of Nintendo’s trademark franchises make their high-definition debuts in ways that have garnered critical acclaim. While sales of the Wii U haven’t reached the heights of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, those who have picked up the Wii U find a unique library featuring several games they can’t enjoy anywhere else.

Whether you’re just now grabbing Nintendo’s most recent home console or you’re just looking to expand your existing library, here are our picks for the games you should play on your Wii U.

Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First Two Hours

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Never Played Shenmue? Watch Us Play The First Two Hours

With Shenmue 3's Kickstarter officially funded, numerous people in Game Informer's community sent in requests for complete Super Replay playthroughs of the first two games in the Shenmue series. Several Game Informer staffers also expressed interest in either revisiting this series or seeing it for the first time. Since we already have numerous Super Replay projects in the works, yet wanted to get a Shenmue playthrough going now, we decided to record it as a crowd-driven experiment of sorts. If you like what you see, and want more of it, we'll return with more episodes. Just let us know in the comments section below or on YouTube.

In the first episode, I join Kyle Hillard for his first hands-on experience with Shenmue. We play through the first hour of this adventure, purchase several capsule toys along the way, and turn down myriad requests from children to play an assortment of sports. In episode two, we continue or journey to find the men in black suits in the black car, track down the arcade, and purchase even more capsule toys.

Unlike our Replay look at this game, we have one big rule in place: No talking over the cutscenes. We're engaged with the story, and are willing to do as much side content as you want to see. Again, just be vocal, and let us know what you think of the show!

Meet Fullbright: The Rising Team Behind Gone Home And Tacoma

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After creating the critically acclaimed Gone Home, the Fullbright team brought on several new members and set its sites on greater ambitions. But despite doubling in size, this Portland-based studio wants to stay small and keeps its team closely-knit, and avoid much of the bureaucracy and department barriers that are attributed to large triple-A studios.

Check out the video below to get a behind-the-scenes look at Fullbright.

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2015

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We review loads of games every year, but only the best receive our special Game Informer awards. Some earn a Silver (a score of 8.5 to 8.75), some Gold (9.0 to 9.5), and an elite few make it all the way to Platinum (9.75 to 10). We've compiled every awarded game released so far in 2015 so that you can easily browse and keep track of the top scoring games. If a particular game catches your eye, you can click on the title to read the full review. Be sure to check back every month as more games are added to the list.

Check out our Top Scoring Game Reviews of 2014 as well!

Nav: SILVER | GOLD | PLATINUM

[Update] The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

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Update (7/14/15): We've added some new entries to our list of remasters, including reviews for recent releases like God of War III Remastered and announcements for titles like Gears of War: Ultimate Edition.

Original Story:The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available. Right now, it covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms. Moving forward, we will expand the scope and update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.

Shedding Snake – The Downward Spiral Of Konami And Kojima’s 30-Year Partnership

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Shedding Snake – The Downward Spiral Of Konami And Kojima’s 30-Year Partnership

This article originally appeared in issue 267. It has been updated to reflect new developments in the ongoing story.

Hideo Kojima's name has been synonymous with Konami for decades. The man behind the Metal Gear series has brought much fanfare and success to the company, but this vital 30-year relationship appears to be fading. No one is outright saying the relationship is over, but all signs point to a messy divorce between the two camps, and it doesn't look like they have much of a future together.

Cracks in the façade started to appear in March when Konami mysteriously removed Kojima's logo from its website and some of the series' box art. Konami said it was merely a move of company rebranding and restructuring. Around this same time, Kojima confirmed that the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be his last in a video interview with IGN. "With Metal Gear Solid V, I'm finally closing the loop on that saga," he said. "In that sense, this will be the final Metal Gear Solid. Even if the Metal Gear franchise continues, to me, this is the last Metal Gear." Kojima has threatened this before, and even admitted such in the video, but he seemed firm on the declaration.