Test Chamber – TheHunter: Primal

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In this episode of Test Chamber, the Game Informer crew takes a look at TheHunter: Primal, an open world hunting simulation developed Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios. The game is still in development, but is available for all to play through Steam Early Access starting today.

Game Informer's Ben Hanson jumped at the opportunity to kill a thunder lizard, stating that he's trained his whole life to track, observe, and kill Utah Raptors. We usually leave Hanson off of the sticks for obvious reasons, but seeing that this is his life dream, we decided to give him one shot. He blew it. Watch the video below to find out what happened.

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The Path To No Man's Sky's 'End Game'

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The Path To No Man's Sky's 'End Game'

When I talk about No Man’s Sky, either on the site or with friends, I typically get one of two reactions. It’s either, “That sounds cool,” or “That sounds cool, but what’s the point?” I get it; a lot of people like to play games with a greater purpose in mind. They want to rescue a princess or kill the bad guy or save the universe – possibly even all three at once. Hello Games’ spacefaring adventure isn’t easily explained, and the fact that the studio doesn’t want to reveal all of its secrets doesn’t make it any easier. That doesn’t mean that there isn’t a goal in the game, for people who want more than simply idling through space, scanning planets, and gathering minerals. There’s a central mystery at the center of the game’s galaxy, and we’re sharing all we currently know about it.

What Do Amiibos Do In What Games?

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What Do Amiibos Do In What Games?

Nintendo still hasn't fully revealed exactly how amiibos will function across its many games, but we plan on keeping track of their compatibility in this feature.

Nintendo’s amiibos differ from comparable toys like Skylanders and Disney Infinity figures in they will work across a collection of games – even some third-party games. This is where you will find a continually updated compendium detailing what amiibos do and unlock in the games in which they are compatible.

Taking advantage of amiibo functionality for Wii U games often involves finding the option in the menus and then touching the amiibo to the bottom left corner of the GamePad when prompted.

Six Fictional Locations I'd Like To Explore With Far Cry Mechanics

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Six Fictional Locations I'd Like To Explore With Far Cry Mechanics

Far Cry’s open worlds have, to date, all been incredibly interesting to explore. Full of wildlife and increasing amounts of verticality as the series moves forward, Far Cry’s open worlds feel dense and alive.

Far Crys (or is it Cries?) 2, 3, and 4 were all inspired by real world locations, but as Blood Dragon showed us, Far Cry’s creators are not afraid to take the series in a fantastic direction. I don’t know if Far Cry would ever consider licensing an existing franchise on which to base its open world, but if it did, these are some of the ones I would like to explore.

Tatooine from Star WarsThere have been plenty of Star Wars games taking place across multiple planets, but I would be interested in focusing on one location without the option of spaceflight. Jabba the Hutt could be the malevolent dictator antagonist ruling over the world with a bloated iron fist, and you could just be some kid caught in the crossfire of the Rebellion and the Empire. Imagine hang-gliding (or doing the Star War equivalent of it) from mountain to rooftop of the desert planet firing off your blaster at the ground below, being careful to avoid Sarlacc pits as you explore.

Replay – The Peace Keepers

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Replay often veers off into strange discussions unrelated to the featured game. In this week's episode, our discussion fixates on figuring out which iconic game music best fits The Peace Keepers' brawling action. This isn't a weird test on our part: When Jaleco localized The Peace Keepers, a side-scrolling Super Nintendo brawler, all of the music was removed from the game, today delivering one of the strangest gaming experiences this show has come ever across.

Game Informer's video expert and YouTube surfing pro, Wade Wojcik, helps us create the perfect score for this game. We probably put Martin "Marty" O'Donnell and John Williams to shame. As you'll soon see, picking game music is super easy.

NOTE: I forgot to bring up my weekly game giveaway in this week's episode. To be entered into a drawing (I'm giving a random game from my personal collection away to one person) tell me which Replay cast member selected the best music, and why their song fit the action. The winner for this episode will be selected on December 19.

Destiny: The Dark Below Urn Of Sacrifice Quest Chain Explained

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Destiny: The Dark Below Urn Of Sacrifice Quest Chain Explained

If you’ve been playing the first Destiny expansion, The Dark Below, this week, you might have noticed that one quest couldn’t be completed yet. Now that Xur is back in the Tower (look for him on the way to the Vanguard class mentors), you can purchase an item you need.

For one strange coin, you can purchase the Urn of Sacrifice and take it to Eris Morn to begin a lengthy quest chain. You’ll need to have a weapon with void elemental damage and one with solar damage to complete the process.

The first step tasks you with killing Hive thrall. You’ll need to wipe out 25 of them with solar energy in order to finish this step. The best thing you can do is head into the Hellmouth and pick them off as they appear. If you die, progress is reset.

Super Smash Pro - Interview with Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma

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Hungrybox celebrates a win at the Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Invitational at E3. Photo courtesy of David Zhou and Polygon

Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and Wii U have both been huge critical and financial successes for Nintendo, but how does the competitive community feel about them? I spoke with Juan "Hungrybox" Debiedma, one of the top five Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world, about his experiences playing competitive Smash and his initial feelings on the new games.

This interview was conducted shortly before the release of Super Smash Bros for Wii U

70 Questions And Answers About No Man's Sky

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No Man's Sky presents players with a practically infinite galaxy to explore. Needless to say, this raises a few questions. In an attempt to clear up exactly what this ambitious game is and isn't capable of presenting to players, Game Informer's Jeff Cork sat down with Hello Games founder Sean Murray to find the limits of No Man's Sky. If you're hungry for more, you can read our February cover story in the magazine to learn more about gameplay.

Watch the video below to hear a barrage of rapid-fire questions and answers and get a better idea of what is possible within No Man's Sky.

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Amplitude's New Heights: Resurrecting The PlayStation Gem

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Amplitude's New Heights: Resurrecting The PlayStation Gem

Long before the days of Rock Band and Guitar Hero, Harmonix released two games that had players constructing songs one instrument track at a time. 2001's Frequency and 2003's Amplitude were published by Sony but didn't find commercial success, resulting in the company's refusal to fund another take on the addictive mechanics. Earlier this year Harmonix tapped into the small but dedicated fanbase for the PlayStation 2 music-game masterpieces and succeeded in its nail-biter of a Kickstarter campaign for an HD sequel to Amplitude on the PlayStation 3 and 4. While the game isn't coming out until 2015, Harmonix was at the PlayStation Experience in Las Vegas showing off a very early build of their latest passion project. We spoke with Harmonix's co-founder and chief creative officer Alex Rigopulos about the response to Frequency and Amplitude back in the day and what they have in store for their new vision of an HD Amplitude.

Watch the video below to see gameplay from the new Amplitude and learn how it's pulling the best elements from Harmonix's earliest work.

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Unboxing Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes

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Join Andrew Reiner, Daniel Tack, and Wade Wojcik as they unbox 20 packs of the new Hearthstone expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes!

While unboxings traditionally occur in the physical realm, now that digital products continue to become more popular in gaming we're cracking packs and exploring things in new ways. What legendaries will be revealed?

Find out what we uncover as we explore and take some of the new cards out for a spin after we bust them open! You can also check out more Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes here in the Test Chamber!