12 Years Later, Resident Evil 4 Remains The Most Important Third-Person Shooter Ever

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12 Years Later, Resident Evil 4 Remains The Most Important Third-Person Shooter Ever

You stumble into the village at dusk. The man who drove you here is literally burning at the center of town, tied to a stake. The villagers, something’s not right with them. Their eyes have gone weird. They wield scythes and axes, and there are dozens of them, all surging toward you. One of them even has a chainsaw. You have a pistol and house to barricade yourself in. Make each shot count.

Resident Evil 4 changed things for video games. There aren’t many games I can say that about with a straight face. Super Mario Bros. Doom. Half-Life. The Legend of Zelda. Grand Theft Auto III.

And Resident Evil 4.

Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2017

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Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2017

Coming off a banner year that included a smorgasbord of standout shooters like Battlefield 1, The Division, Titanfall 2, and our 2016 game of the year, Overwatch, it would be natural to expect a lot lighter field of competition in 2017 considering how many great studios are switching gears to create post-launch content or heading back to the drawing board to kickstart their next big project. But as we mined the release calendar to find the next batch of shooters, a formidable and diverse field emerged. Take a look at the 10 gun-centric games we are most looking forward to playing in the coming months. 

10. LawBreakersPlatform: PS4, PC
Release: TBD

Watch Yakuza 0's Creepiest And Strangest Side Activities

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Watch Yakuza 0's Creepiest And Strangest Side Activities

I've been playing Yakuza 0 for review, and while I'm not ready to share my final impressions [you can now read the review here – ed.], I wanted to show off some of the game's strange – and seedier – missions. Join me as I walk video producer Ben Hanson through a few side quests, fights, and activities. Warning: This one is definitely rated M.

There's a wacky tone that permeates many of the game's side missions, but several of them stopped me in their tracks for just how weird they got. I captured footage from three of those missions, and was excited to share them with Ben Hanson. We dive right into things with a mission focused on a soft-spoken dominatrix who doesn't seem to have what it takes to succeed in the S&M industry. Thanks to my help, and an inexplicable appearance from a group of children, I teach her the finer points of humiliation. We highlight a couple more missions, between glimpses of the game's activities including fishing, winning prizes at claw machines, and gambling.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 19, 2017)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 19, 2017)

The Nintendo Switch and Valkyria Chronicles were the hot topics this week, which is A-okay in my book.

Community Blogs For January 12 – January 18:

Tackling the Backlog: Valkyria Chronicles General Mills44 quickly establishes street cred by admitting to beating this beloved series three times (and hoisting it high with praise alongside Metroid Prime and Twilight Princess). If you have not played this series, this blog is the one to read to figure out if you should. From the game's world, to its characters and gameplay, everything is well crafted – even if Mills thinks the story can be messy.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2017

2016 was a phenomenal year for gaming, but now that all of our awards have been handed out, it's time to stop living in the past and look to the year ahead. Through the rest of this week and beyond, we'll be taking a look at our picks for the most anticipated games of 2017, as voted on by the Game Informer staff. We're starting the festivities with a look at the top 10 action games that we can't wait to play this year.

10. BelowRelease: 2017
Platform: Xbox One, PC
We've been looking forward to Capy's striking roguelike ever since its reveal at E3 2013, but the numerous delays since have taken a toll; Below has dropped four slots compared to last year's most anticipated list, and the developer has gone dark while it works to complete the project. Even so, our hands-on demos have continued to impress, thanks to Below's enticing mix of demanding combat, randomly generated environments, and a unique twist on permadeath. Whenever Capy finishes Below, we'll be more than ready to play it.

RPG Grind Time – Exclusive Video And In-Depth Impressions Of Tales Of Berseria

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 RPG Grind Time – Exclusive Video And In-Depth Impressions Of Tales Of Berseria

It's important to discuss interesting news and trends in the role-playing game genre, but it's just as essential to give you a glimpse of upcoming releases when I can. Therefore, in this week's RPG Grind Time, I wanted to show off some footage of Tales of Berseria and discuss my impressions. Note: I can only talk about the first 10 hours, and I cannot show any skits or story content, but this should at least give you an idea of the battle system and what's clicking with me. The game launches on Tuesday, and a demo (different from what I played) is currently available on PSN if you want to get an idea of the combat for yourself. 

I've been a fan of the Tales series for a long time now. Tales made its biggest impression on me during the PS2/GameCube era with Symphonia and Abyss, and my love only grew from there with entries such as Vesperia and Graces f. I just love how the series approaches characters, showcasing their bonds and how they grow together. The games may not have big-budget graphics or make sweeping changes to the main formula, but they still have their charm, and I get excited every time I hear about a new entry.

The Geek's Guide To Movies In 2017

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The Geek's Guide To Movies In 2017

After a stellar slate of games launching in 2016, we're all excited to see what 2017 holds. However, our entertainment needs are not completely satisfied by gaming alone. Luckily, 2017 looks like it's going to sate our appetite for nerdy blockbusters, as nearly each month is lined with theatrical releases from familiar franchises.

Check out the nerdy movies of 2017 below and join us in figuring out which ones are worth braving the crowds at your local theater.

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage - January 20

Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn't be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don't think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it's often referred to as Sonic '06. It's developed by Sonic Team for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is another failed attempt to give the blue speedster new life.

The Sports Desk – How Ubisoft Plans To Improve Steep

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The Sports Desk – How Ubisoft Plans To Improve Steep

Ubisoft's snow sports/exploration title Steep drops players in a European mountain range and tasks them with conquering the large map in a variety of ways. Whether you want to post all the best event times and scores or simply pair up with fellow travelers and see the sights, the world is yours to enjoy the way you see fit. I quite liked it, and feel it successfully straddles the line between offering freedom, but with a video game breadcrumb trail in the form of its unlock progression and drop zones that keeps me coming back for more. And the adrenaline rush of the wingsuits is always fun.

I recently talked to Steep creative director Igor Manceau at developer Ubisoft Annecy about the game, how players approach it, what could have been better, and what can be fixed for the future.