Destiny - Xur's Gear And Upgrades For The Weekend Of January 16

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Xur is back in Destiny’s Tower, and this week he's brought one of the most sought after weapons in the game. We hope you saved your strange coins for Icebreaker.

The Agent of the Nine can be found in the Hall of Guardians (go down the stairs toward your Vanguard reps, and he's on the left). Here’s what he’s got this week:

Ice Breaker (exotic sniper rifle) - 17 strange coins

Keeping Promises: 7 Things That Need To Happen In 2015

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Keeping Promises: 7 Things That Need To Happen In 2015

It's tough to make a promise when it comes to video game development. So many things can happen when it comes to a title or feature being completed, to say nothing of nailing a release date. That being said, there have been some...assurances, shall we say...that companies have made about their games and products for 2015 that we think should be honored.

Battlefield Hardline Works At Launch

Battlefield 4 – not to mention other EA titles like Sims 4 – had launches marred by problems, so it's incumbent upon Hardline (above) developer Visceral Games to come out of the gate clean for this offshoot of the otherwise lauded FPS franchise.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2014

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2014

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). The most outstanding reviewed game featured in Game Informer Magazine also receives our coveted Game of the Month award. We've compiled every awarded game that released in 2014 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. The 2014 list is now complete so see if your favorites make the cut. Be sure to check back for our 2015 list once more games have released.

Nav: SILVER | GOLD | PLATINUM

The Banner SagaPC | 8.5

Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 5

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Super Replay – Raw Danger Episode 5

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 myself 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, folks. 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! After today's early release, the next episode airs on Sunday. After that, new episodes air every Thursday and Sunday.

Grind Time: The RPG Live Show — Kingdom Hearts

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Get your keyblade ready! Yes, Grind Time: The RPG Live Show is still alive and kicking. This year we have a fresh start and a new producer to make sure we stay on track for a monthly show.

For our first show of 2015, we're starting strong by taking a look at the Kingdom Hearts franchise. Kingdom Hearts 2.5 recently launched, so we'll be playing through parts of Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth By Sleep to complement our conversation. We 're also excited to chat about Kingdom Hearts 3.

The show will be livestreaming from 4:30 - 6:30 CST on Monday 1/19 on our Twitch channel. If you can tune in, you can ask questions live and share your thoughts. If not, we will have the stream archived after the episode airs. 

The Good And Bad Of Nintendo's Direct Announcements

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Nintendo's 45-minute Direct conference held this morning was full of new information about the New 3DS XL, more Amiibos, an untitled Fire Emblem game, and more. While much of the news is exciting, there's also plenty of disappointment mixed in. Read on for all of the good and bad points of Nintendo's Direct.

The New 3DS XL is the same price as current 3DS XLWith all the new features included in the New 3DS XL (improved 3D effects, faster processing, a new right analog nub), Nintendo could have tried to charge a premium over the current product. Instead, the new system will cost $199.99 (the same as the current 3DS XL) when it launches on February 13. Nintendo hasn't announced a price cut for the current XL, but we'd be surprised if it didn't happen once the new system is on the market. Keep in mind, however, that the New 3DS XL does not include a AC charger (see the "Bad" section below) so Nintendo is cutting back somewhat on what's in the box. 

How Uncharted 4 United Nolan North And Troy Baker

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How Uncharted 4 United Nolan North And Troy Baker

With our February cover story on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, we take a deep dive into the world and gameplay of Naughty Dog's next adventure. While we learned a lot from the developers, we also spoke with the actor who has helped create the character of Drake: Nolan North. Joining North in the new game is equally-renowned voice actor Troy Baker, playing Nathan's estranged brother Sam. We spoke with the two actors about their history together, the perception of their rivalry, and the personalities and inner conflicts behind the new sibling rivalry.

Watch the video below to hear Nolan North and Troy Baker discuss the intricacies of the characters in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End.

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Test Chamber – Far Cry 4's Escape From Durgesh Prison DLC

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Far Cry 4 is the type of game we love to get lost in. There's a wealth of animals to hunt and side missions to accomplish, making it easy to ignore the main campaign. If you're all finished with the game, or looking for a more focused distraction from the campaign, the Escape from Durgesh Prison DLC offers something new. We took a crack at the latest the open-world FPS has to offer in this video preview.

Escape from Durgesh Prison tasks players with fleeing to an extraction point on the map within 30 minutes. Death is permanent, forcing players to start over again if you blow it. Your best bet is to complete side missions before taking on the extraction defense mission, which earns you new weapons and perks like access to the gyrocopter. You can even invite a friend to try your escape co-op.

Watch Andrew Reiner and I as we take a crack at the DLC mission. Speaking of crack, please excuse a couple failed stunts that end with Ajay cracking his skull.

Test Chamber – Assassin’s Creed Unity – Dead Kings

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Originally, Dead Kings was planned as a traditional DLC release from Ubisoft – part of a season pass that would expand the Unity experience beyond the launch game. However, the abundant technical problems of that launch game prompted Ubisoft to change its tune, and as a conciliatory gesture to its fans, Dead Kings is now available to all free of charge. 

Andrew Reiner and I dove into the new content, which sees Arno exploring new catacomb environments and warding off rats and bats with a handy lantern. While our brief exploration isn’t enough to see the full scope of Dead Kings, it’s clear that this expansion includes new cinematics, characters, and gameplay – making it more involved than many free DLC game offerings. 

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Test Chamber – Alphadia Genesis And Meme Run

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On this episode of Test Chamber, we look at Alphadia Genesis, an RPG about war, clones, and other mysteries.

The turn-based RPG recently came to the Wii U and just came to Steam yesterday. We played on the Wii U to give you a taste for the game.

Andrew Reiner hosts, Jeff Cork adds the humor, and I take the sticks. Watch us play through the game's opening and tackle the first major boss in the video below. Also, be sure to stick around for our disastrous run at Meme Run.