Test Chamber – J-Stars Victory VS+

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Test Chamber – J-Stars Victory VS+

What happens when some of the biggest characters in anime come together and battle it out? The result is J-Stars Victory VS, a unique fighter that released in Japan in 2014. Now, Bandai Namco Games is bringing the Spike Chunsoft title over to North America, and we decided to give it a spin.

Join Brian Shea, Dan Tack, and Justin Mikos as they play a few matches and get consumed by the frantic splitscreen action. J-Stars Victory VS+ launches on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita this summer, giving you just enough time to brush up on your Japanese animation knowledge before launch.

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The Pulse: Game Informer's Weekly Top 10

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The Pulse: Game Informer's Weekly Top 10

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

Since this is our first week, there is no movement in the list. Check back next week to see how The Pulse shifts as new games release and our others pull editors in.

While most big releases (even those not available to the general public) are getting significant play time here, note that some favorites from fall 2014 are hanging on. Also, it's worth mentioning two titles that almost made the list, but couldn't crack it this week. If you're missing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Sunless Sea, Threes, and PlayStation Plus title Apotheon from the list, know that they were getting attention, but not quite enough to make the top 10. Our editors played over 40 different games. Here are the top 10:

Raiders Of The Lost City – Lara’s Search For Immortality

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Lara Croft’s previous journeys have taken her on quests for magical daggers said to command ancient armies and spelunking through Norse underworlds in order to gather archaic armor rumored to belong to the gods. Tomb Raiders’ exploits always send Lara on wild adventures, but these adventures are always based on some nugget of real life lore. Even after the 2013 reboot, Crystal Dynamics still builds its fiction off a real historical legend. For Rise of the Tomb Raider, Lara will start a search for the secrets of immortality by tracking down an ancient city that sunk into a frozen Russian lake centuries ago.

Early on in the development process, Crystal Dynamics casts a wide net looking for different myths that haven’t been overused in other pieces of fiction. However, the studio has to look at more than just the myth itself; they have to think critically about whatever item Lara will be chasing after. The studio looks at the location and culture surrounding each myth. For example, using a myth set inside Russia will require the team to set the game in Russia, and this affects other aspects of the game’s design, pushing the team to build technology to replicate mountains and snow. If the team chooses a myth set inside the jungles of South America, it will require a completely different set of technical challenges.

Test Chamber – Unleashing The Kraken In Evolve's Defense Mode

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Test Chamber – Unleashing The Kraken In Evolve's Defense Mode

The review embargo for Evolve is up, but we're still a few days away from posting our official verdict. In the meantime, you can join us for a look at Defense mode, the endcap to Evolve's five-round Evacuation campaigns.

Fellow editors Matt Kato, Bryan Vore, and Jeff Cork join me as we take Kraken out for a spin against a squad of A.I. hunters and discuss our experiences with Evolve thus far. Topics include Evolve's leveling system, the competency of the A.I., and the best way to rank up your hunters and monsters. You'll also get a good (and hopefully exciting) look at the new mode, as well as a stage-three Kraken's insane repertoire of moves. Can we squeak out a victory and save planet Shear's monster population from invading colonists? Watch the video below to find out.

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Test Chamber – Unleashing The Kraken In Evolve's Defense Mode

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Test Chamber – Unleashing The Kraken In Evolve's Defense Mode

The review embargo for Evolve is up, but we're still a few days away from posting our official verdict. In the meantime, you can join us for a look at Defense mode, the endcap to Evolve's five-round Evacuation campaigns.

Fellow editors Matt Kato, Bryan Vore, and Jeff Cork join me as we take Kraken out for a spin against a squad of A.I. hunters and discuss our experiences with Evolve thus far. Topics include Evolve's leveling system, the competency of the A.I., and the best way to rank up your hunters and monsters. You'll also get a good (and hopefully exciting) look at the new mode, as well as a stage-three Kraken's insane repertoire of moves. Can we squeak out a victory and save planet Shear's monster population from invading colonists? Watch the video below to find out.

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Five Mortal Kombat X Dream Guest Characters Our Readers Forgot To Suggest

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Five Mortal Kombat X Dream Guest Characters Our Readers Forgot To Suggest

Yesterday, I posted a feature detailing more than 40 fictional and non-fictional guest characters that could appear in Mortal Kombat X as suggested by our readers. It was a big expansive list, but there were a few obvious ones I felt our readers neglected to mention.

All of these fighter suggestions are pretty obvious, so I can only assume I overlooked their inclusion in the comments, or readers decided not to comment assuming somebody else must have already pointed them out.

Rupert GrintGrint is best known for playing Ronald Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, but he has probably been in other movies as well. When you think of the over-the-top fighting game violence, you can't help but think of this actor who portrayed Harry's loveable and devoted best friend. He might look a little out of place in his civilian clothes, and no wand in his hand, but he really should be part of the Mortal Kombat X crew.

Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 12

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Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 12

Another great year of Replay is at an end. We played plenty of good games, more bad games than we should have, said goodbye to dear friends, and opened the door for new ones (like me and another you'll meet in the new year.) The year ahead is loaded with surprises, including the much talked-about Replay: Season 3, something I've been working closely with Reiner on since I started.

But before we get there, we're inviting you to our annual event: the 12/31/14 Super Replay. Holding true to recent traditions, we picked a game that takes place around the holidays, and is downright terrible. Raw Danger is the perfect fit. What we didn't count on was a love story. How will the Game Informer crew handle this? I won't ruin the surprise for you, but they get emotional, and even share their feelings with each other during the slower moments.

Sit back and enjoy the show, everyone. I think you'll dig this Super Replay. And not to spoil the future, but we're rolling right into another Super Replay of a bad game as soon as this one finishes! New episodes air every Thursday and Sunday.

Readers Tell Us Their Top 25 Dream Mortal Kombat X Guest Characters

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Readers Tell Us Their Top 25 Dream Mortal Kombat X Guest Characters

Though it didn't make any promises about who would be appearing, NetherRealm did recently confirm that guest characters will be appearing in Mortal Kombat X. We asked our readers who they would like to see appear in Mortal Kombat X, and though the responses were incredibly varied, there were quite a few consistent answers. There are the characters that appeared in responses on more than one occasion.

The following 10 characters all showed up at least twice in the comments – which is impressive considering readers could respond with quite literally any character from fiction or real life. Most might not fall in line with Mortal Kombat's extreme violence, but the possible guest from films would all make good inclusions, and I also think Isaac Clarke from Dead Space would be particularly good. People often forget that a Spartan did show up as a combatant in a fighting game before in Dead or Alive 4, which is what you see above.

The next eight characters appeared in the comments three or four times each. It might seems odd to group Lara Croft and Nathan Drake together, but every time the two were brought up, they were brought up together. People really want to see those two fight. Alex Mercer and James Heller from Prototype would both be good entries for Mortal Kombat, but the series has fallen off the map a bit.

Test Chamber – Apotheon

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Apotheon from developer AlienTrap Games combines Metroid game design and ancient Greek pottery art in a successful way.

Join Matt Miller and Bryan Vore, who reviewed the game, as they take a look at some gameplay and marvel at the game's attractive art style.

For our very positive review of Apotheon, head here. The game is currently one of February's featured PlayStation Plus titles, which means if you're a subscriber you can download the game at no cost.

Replay – The Godfather

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In the second episode of Replay's third season, Tim Turi meets Vito Corleone for the first time. That's right. He's never seen The Godfather films or read the books. We figure his best introduction to this beloved crime story is through the video game adaptations by Electronic Arts. He gets to experience the violence firsthand. Tim slides into character within seconds, doing all the things you see in the films, like starting himself on fire, threatening ham (yes, you read that correctly), and driving cars on sidewalks to apparently shake people down.

This episode also introduces two new segments to the Replay show, one that dives deep into a developer's past, and another that shows off the secrets hidden in games. We hope you enjoy the show. Let us know what you think of the episode, The Godfather, and Tim's performance in the comments section below.

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