Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Preview – Hands-On With The Interstellar Adventure

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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy Preview – Hands-On With The Interstellar Adventure

This summer set the table for the future of Marvel video games with new titles starring Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the Midnight Suns coming in 2022, 2023, and beyond. However, those wanting a new comics-inspired game before this year ends have Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy coming next month. This new cosmic title from Eidos-Montréal graced Game Informer’s cover a few issues back, but as the anticipated adventure gets ready for liftoff, we finally got our hands on the title to see how it’s shaping up.

If you read our early coverage surrounding Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, you know our first glimpse of the story took place as the misfit team tried to dupe Lady Hellbender into giving them enough credits to pay a fine. That initial look at gameplay ended as the team entered her stronghold; now, our first hands-on session picks up right after they leave it.

Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy | New Gameplay Today

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Marvel's Guardians Of The Galaxy | New Gameplay Today

After over a decade of domination at the box office and even longer in the comics space, Marvel has set its sights on pairing its extensive library with premiere video game studios. The mega-brand has seen massive amounts of success in its partnerships with developers such as Insomniac Games on Marvel's Spider-Man series, and Eidos-Montréal is next up to bat with Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. Join Brian Shea, Marcus Stewart, Andrew Reiner, and Alex Stadnik as they check out this beautiful new 4K footage and geek out about all things superhero.

But that's not all. Shea got to play around an hour of the new game and gives you his hands-on impressions as part of today's video. In this NGT, we're diving into the latest combat sections, including looks at the different abilities Star-Lord and his team will be able to wield and even a peek at what ship combat will be like.

We also get a taste of what kind of upgrades and perks the players will receive as they ravage their way through the galaxy. On top of that, we also get a bit of a story primer as Shea tells us what's going on with Groot, Rocket, and company and who players can expect to exchange blaster shots with when the game launches on October 26 for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

How Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Changes The Borderlands Game

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How Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands Changes The Borderlands Game

Sure, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands might be a first-person looter shooter that features a few familiar faces from the existing Borderlands universe. However, the wild ride that examines the formula with a tabletop role-playing game lens has a lot of different components going into the mix, and it’s attempting to distinguish itself from the known template while still maintaining some of that raucous flavor.

I mean, the Dungeon Master is Tiny Tina, after all, meaning chaos is an integral component of the entire experience, and she might not be content to follow the rulebook or module designs. We had a chat with creative director Matt Cox and senior producer Kayla Belmore about the latest trailer to hit and how Tiny Tina’s grandiose fantasy visions come to life in the upcoming game. And by grandiose visions, I mean that Butt Stallion is part of the story, somehow. Hunh.

So how will stats work? Will you be running maximum charisma? Dumping points in strength? Just how much tabletop DNA is going into this? The answer is a lot.

Everything We Know About Metroid Dread

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Everything We Know About Metroid Dread

Metroid might not have the widespread popularity of Zelda or Mario, but our enthusiasm for Nintendo's sci-fi action platformer rivals those blockbusters. Nintendo announced Dread only a few months ago, during the company's E3 2021 Direct presentation. Now we're less than a month from its October 8 release, so here is a quick overview of everything you need to know before playing Metroid Dread.

Metroid Dread is being made at MercurySteam, a studio that Nintendo previously worked with on 2017's Metroid: Samus Returns. Before that, MercurySteam developed Clive Barker's Jericho, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, and Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The studio has a solid track record with a few exceptions, so we're hopeful that Metroid Dread will live up to the hype.

Nintendo has billed Dread as a direct sequel to the 2002 title Metroid Fusion, released initially on the Game Boy Advance, making Dread the fifth official entry in the 2D Metroid series. Nintendo also said this title concludes the main storyline focused on Samus' interactions with a parasitic race of creatures called Metroid.

Everything We Know About Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

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Everything We Know About Kena: Bridge Of Spirits

After a couple of delays, Kena: Bridge of Spirits finally launches next week, September 21. It’s been a long time coming for the whimsical game, which was initially revealed alongside the PlayStation 5 and positioned to launch alongside it. We featured the title on our cover, but we’d forgive you if your memory has become hazy. Fear not, this handy primer should catch you up on the main beats if you're still on the fence about whether or not Kena's adventure is for you. 

Kena is the debut title by Ember Lab, a small studio founded in 2009 by brothers Mike and Josh Grier. The company primarily specializes in creating animated content for conglomerates such as Coca-Cola, MLB, and KFC. Perhaps the studio's most famous work is an animated short film based on The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask that went viral in 2016. With Kena, the studio is applying its animation and world-building chops to game development for the first time. 

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania | New Gameplay Today

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Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania | New Gameplay Today

In recent years, Sega and Atlus have fully embraced the remaster market. In the last few years alone, the company has brought forward enhanced or remade versions of entries in the Yakuza, Sonic the Hedgehog, Shin Megami Tensei, and the Super Monkey Ball franchise. Unfortunately, the first Super Monkey Ball remaster came in the form of 2019's Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, a re-release of one of the less popular entries in the series. Sega must have heard the complaints of the fan base because, with Super Monkey Ball Banana Blitz, the publisher compiles the beloved first three games into one modernized experience. 

Join Alex Stadnik, John Carson, and me as we dive into some early-game stages of Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania. While we exclusively play through the story mode in this video, the package also includes several other destination modes, including a collection of the series' popular party games. Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania also includes unlockable characters from Sega's library of games. Stick around until the end of the video to see us bust out Sonic as we attack one of the earlier Super Monkey Ball stages.  

Toem - New Gameplay Today

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Toem - New Gameplay Today

Photography games are among my favorite sort of adventure video games. As someone who makes their living working with cameras daily, I feel compelled to play them whenever there's a new release; Toem is the latest entry in this wonderful little subgenre. The hand-drawn indie game releases later this week and features exploration, photo challenges, light puzzle-solving, and a memorable soundtrack that makes it worth playing. Join Jill Grodt, John Carson, and me as we go hands-on with the charming adventure game in this episode of New Gameplay Today!

Something We Made, the studio developing Toem, further describes the activities that players can participate in via the game's official website:

If you enjoyed this early look at Toem, be sure to subscribe to the Game Informer YouTube channel so that you don't miss future videos. Interested in seeing the latest footage of upcoming games? Check out other episodes of New Gameplay Today here. As always, leave a comment down below, letting us know if you're excited to play Toem. There are a bunch of other upcoming photography-based games, so read our list of the coolest photo-taking games you can play right now and on the horizon. 

Answers To Our Biggest Questions NHL 22 Questions

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Answers To Our Biggest Questions NHL 22 Questions

In just about a month’s time, hockey will be back in full force, both if you’re watching the puck drop on your TV or strapping on the skates in NHL 22. This year, EA Vancouver is calling on its elite talent to be the difference-makers, introducing Superstar X-Factors, which provide special skills and moves to the best of the best. This will impact the game by forcing you to anticipate these players’ abilities every time they hit the ice, and they’ll be present in every major game mode. To learn more about this feature and how it’s taking NHL 22 to new places, we sat down with producer Clement Kwong, who also answered some of our other bigger questions about the latest entry in EA’s NHL series.

Some players have reservations about the Superstar X-Factors being overpowered and giving certain teams an edge. For instance, why not just pick the Tampa Bay Lightning every time since they'd be stacked with these abilities? You get an all-star goaltender in Vasilevskiy alongside elite talent in Kucherov, Point, Stamkos, and Hedman. How is EA Vancouver ensuring that the X-Factor abilities are balanced appropriately while remaining fun?

Eastward | New Gameplay Today

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Eastward | New Gameplay Today

Eastward is here, taking players on a journey across a surreal world full of bizarre characters and quirky foes. In the early game, players master the frying pan and escape from the depths of the underground to learn more about a mysterious miasma that destroys everything it comes in contact with. Over the course of the title, players will gain additional hit points (heart counters) from slaying bosses and completing major goals, upgrade a number of ranged weapons to complement the frying pan, cook up glorious boss-busting meals, and bomb countless walls to find bonus chests. 

The currency in this world is salt, and you can spend it on all kinds of upgrades, but I often spent my hard-earned salt on a variety of ingredients so I could be flush with potent food options at all times. The game channels big Earthbound energy, so if you’re a fan of the old-school SNES title, Undertale, or other quirky RPGs, you’re definitely in the right place. Eastward features a game inside the game for retro RPG enthusiasts, a fully playable title called Earth Born. You’re probably going to enjoy it.  Join us in this episode of New Gameplay Today for a look and a discussion regarding Eastward, which releases on September 16 on PC and Switch.

Kraken Academy Is An Absurd Time-Loop Adventure That Gets Sillier By The Second

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Kraken Academy Is An Absurd Time-Loop Adventure That Gets Sillier By The Second

I’m dropped off at Kraken Academy, a dump of a school that apparently looks much better in the brochures. I endure words of discouragement from my cruel older sister before she runs off to join the upscale drama club. I barely have time to soak in my crappy surroundings when an angry student chases a crazy hobo. The two engage in a cartoon-style brawl complete with a comedic dust cloud. The fight is so intense that a nearby car randomly combusts into flames, Simpson’s style. Before I can see the winner of this impromptu scuffle, a small broccoli girl, as in a sentient female vegetable, runs up to whisk me away before I’m late for my first day of school. My thought after this rapid series of unorthodox events: “I have no idea what I’m getting into, but I must see more of it.”