Exploring Freedom In Games For The 4th Of July

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Today is the Fourth of July in America. This day commemorates the independence of our country, but we're abstracting the meaning of the holiday to reflect on what freedom means to us in video games.

The Game Informer staff has selected a variety of games that made us all truly feel free in our digital playgrounds, and we'll be posting articles about them all day. From MMOs to flight games, our choices cover a broad spectrum of titles that gave us that intoxicating sense of "I can go anywhere, I can do anything."

We also invite all you readers to discuss our choices in the comments as well as share your own selections. What games made you feel free?

10 Big Franchises That Went Mobile

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10 Big Franchises That Went Mobile

Certain games are practically guaranteed to be fun when they come out on conventional consoles, but dominating that realm isn’t always enough. Some publishers want to make a major splash in the mobile market with their biggest properties, not content to churn out silly companion apps. For instance, we recently saw the release of Civilization Revolution 2. However, these efforts are rarely up to the standards of each series – usually landing in the “awful” to “okay” range – but they give hardcore fans another way to participate in the worlds they love. This list looks at 10 of these mobile offshoots from franchises that are near and dear to gamers’ hearts.

Hitman Go (review)

Translating the concepts of stealth and assassination into a turn-based board game, Hitman Go at least tries for something unique. In this case, experimentation is better than attempting (and failing) to capture the third-person action of its namesake.

Kingdom Hearts III Co-Director Teases What's To Come, Reveals More On 2.5

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Square Enix is extra secretive with its coveted Kingdom Hearts franchise, but we were able to interview co-director Tai Yasue, who's currently working on Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix. The collection includes the Final Mix for Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep, on top of updated cutscenes from Re:coded. Yasue not only offered insight into Kingdom Hearts 2.5, but he also shared how development on Kingdom Hearts III is coming along.

Did you take any fan feedback from Kingdom Hearts 1.5 into account that influenced Kingdom Hearts 2.5?

Actually with 1.5, there weren't a lot of complaints. There usually is, right? But one thing there was from more of our Japanese players was for the [theater mode]; they wanted more battle scenes. They wanted to see the battle scenes. So, we put a lot of battle scenes in Re:coded  and we made them have cutscenes. They're not real-time battles, but they're actually made like an action movie, sort of. You get a whole new understanding of the story that way.

Game Informer's Month-Long Retrospective Celebrates The End Of A Console Generation

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Game Informer's Month-Long Retrospective Celebrates The End Of A Console Generation

The month of July is notoriously slow in the video game industry. With minimal game releases and a post-E3 news vacuum, we aren't given many conversation pieces as we wait for more information on the highly anticipated games coming out later in the year. To fill the void, we decided to discuss the legacy of the last-generation consoles.

Owners of the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 still have several titles to look forward to in 2014, but let's be honest: With shiny new consoles serving as the centerpieces for the majority of game developers moving forward, the glory days of these systems are in the rearview mirror and its only a matter of time before they join the Wii in the console graveyard. That makes this as good a time as any to chronicle our favorite gaming experiences on these sunsetting consoles.

Magic: The Gathering Or Hearthstone - Which Is For You

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With countless fans and players each, Magic: The Gathering and Hearthstone are juggernauts in the card game space. In this feature, let’s take a look at the distinct advantages that each game offers.

Given the game is 21 years old, Magic: The Gathering features many avenues by which you can enter the game. For those who have never played a single game of Magic before, it’s easy to recommend Duels of the Planeswalkers. The series has multiple entries that can be played on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Steam, iOS, and Android with the latest editions costing $10 to play. They teach you the game and typically use the simplest cards, mechanics, and formats to keep the game from getting too complicated for newcomers.

There’s also the paper and cardboard form of the game – the one most are likely to be familiar with. You build physical decks and crack open physical booster packs. Having tangible cards you can hold, trade, and revere may have great appeal.

Test Chamber – Sniper Elite 3

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Rebellion's Sniper Elite 3 is out now. We've already reviewed it and killed Hitler in the Hunt the Greywolf DLC, but we're back with a video preview of the beginning section of the game. Check out hero sniper Karl Fairburne picking off enemy soldiers on the African front with grisly slow-motion X-ray takedowns.

Ben Reeves hosts this episode alongside me (Tim Turi) as we explore the sniping and stealth mechanics of Sniper Elite 3.

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Watch Us Kill Hitler Repeatedly In Sniper Elite 3

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Watch Us Kill Hitler Repeatedly In Sniper Elite 3

Sniper Elite III is a disappointing game, but my work isn't over just because I've finished reviewing it. One task remains thanks to the Hunt the Greywolf pre-order DLC: Kill Hitler. I strapped up my boots, loaded my rifle, and set off back to Africa to take out the sinister dictator in a variety of gruesome ways.

In this DLC, the heroic sniper travels to a Nazi encampment in Africa in response to rumors that Hitler or a lookalike may be arriving. After gathering some intel about the dictator's visit, Hitler arrives on the scene (complete with his palm tree armband) for a dramatic welcoming.

Check out the video below to see all the creative ways we offed history's worst person, included a truncated version of this glorious moment.

Meet The Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

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Meet The Cast Of Hyrule Warriors

Ever since traversing Hyrule in 3D for the first time in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, fans have been clamoring for more action-oriented Link. He made an appearance in Soul Calibur II, but now, in Wii U's  Hyrule Warriors, he’s bringing some friends (and enemies) with him onto the battlefield to take down hordes of Moblins, Lizalfos Knights and Dodongos.

We'll continue to update this as more characters are confirmed. For now, check out some of the fighters and their more powerful attacks.

LinkThe Hero of Time, Link is a master of both swords and staves. He can wield his trusty Master Sword, using his signature spin attack to take out surrounding enemies.

Ten Games You've Never Heard Of, But Should Keep Your Eye On

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Ten Games You've Never Heard Of, But Should Keep Your Eye On

Millions of gamers are eagerly anticipating the release of titles like Batman: Arkham Knight, Assassin's Creed Unity, and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but those aren't the only gaming projects worth getting excited about. Every year, dozens of great titles slip under the radar. With that in mind, here are a few upcoming titles that you might not want to ignore.

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AbzûDuring E3, Sony showed off this stunning underwater adventure from new indie developer Giant Squid. The game's visual style shouldn't be surprising since the game is being designed by Matt Nava, the art director for both Journey and Flower. The game draws inspiration from the universal origin myths and legends told by every society on Earth. Even the game’s name is a reference to ancient Mesopotamian mythology – the ancient word Ab means ocean, while Zû means to know. We’d definitely like to Zû more about this game before its release in 2016.