Our Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2019

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Our Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2019

With 2018 in the rearview mirror, it’s time to turn to the year ahead. As an RPG fan, it’s always important to plan accordingly, since these games require time and commitment. As we get closer to wrapping up this console generation, developers are getting in their last efforts, and some are keeping tight-lipped about the future. However, that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot to be excited about on both the Japanese and Western fronts. Popular series such as Kingdom Hearts and Wasteland have new entries alongside new titles, such as Pokémon developer Game Freak’s Town and Obsidian's The Outer Worlds. Find out about these RPGs and more coming in 2019 below.

Note: Entries are listed in alphabetical order

Release: Summer Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC

Science-Fiction Weekly – Spider-Man, Weird City, Atom RPG, Star Trek

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Spider-Man, Weird City, Atom RPG, Star Trek

Spider-Man: Far From Home's teaser trailer just hit the internet earlier this morning, and immediately made Marvel fans start arguing. Why are they at each others' throats? There's a debate brewing over who or what the elemental beings are. Some people believe these creatures are hallucinations created by Mysterio, which he quickly deals with in an attempt to paint himself as a hero. Other people (myself included) believe they are dimension hopping beings called The Elementals, which debuted a comic book series called Supernatural Thrillers in 1974. Another group of people think we're seeing Sandman, Hydro-Man, Molten Man, and Whatever Is Creating That Storm Man.

Our Most Anticipated Tabletop Games Of 2019

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Our Most Anticipated Tabletop Games Of 2019

2018 brought us a ton of great tabletop games, and you can read about some of our favorites in our awards for the best board, card, and miniature games, as well as a separate list that recounts some of the very best tabletop role-playing products of 2018. If you’ve already turned your eye toward the future, you’re ready to get a glimpse of what’s coming next in the hobby. To that end, here are some of the most-anticipated games coming to your table in 2019.

Entries are listed alphabetically.

New Gameplay Today – Onimusha: Warlords

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New Gameplay Today – Onimusha: Warlords

Capcom is releasing its Onimusha: Warlords remaster today, which gives players a chance to check out the samurai action game on modern hardware. Reiner reviewed the game for us when it first came out on PlayStation 2, and he walked Kyle and me through some of the changes players can expect from the remaster.

The biggest tweaks? Textures are displayed at higher resolutions, the game supports widescreen displays, the soundtrack has been updated, and you can use analog sticks. Other than that, it's the same weird game that fans love – the bizarre demons just happen to look a little sharper.

Onimusha: Warlords is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

AlphaDream On Remaking Bowser's Inside Story And How Mario & Luigi Could Possibly Fit Inside Of Bowser

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AlphaDream On Remaking Bowser's Inside Story And How Mario & Luigi Could Possibly Fit Inside Of Bowser

Developer AlphaDream has made five original Mario & Luigi games and two remakes in 16 years. The remake of Superstar Saga released in 2017 and its remake of Bowser's Inside Story released on Friday, January 11. In honor of the remake's release, we spoke with members of AlphaDream and Akira Otani, a producer from Nintendo, about creating the remake and its new mode, the developer's communication with Paper Mario developer Intelligent Systems, Shigeru Miyamoto's early thoughts on the series, why its first game, Tomato Adventure, never made it North America and probably never will, and lots more.

Game Informer: Bowser’s Inside Story is generally the favorite among the Mario & Luigi games. Why do you think that is?

Yoshihiko Maekawa (producer, AlphaDream): As for why it is players’ favorite, this is a really simple reason, but we think it is because it’s the first time you are able to to control Bowser, who is obviously well-known as a rival, in addition to Mario & Luigi, and the gameplay is dynamic and realized very well, also.

Our Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2019

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Our Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2019

Last year’s action games were spell-binding, and it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be just as exciting. Mechs, mind-bending platformers, and ambitious sequels are all on the horizon. Here are the action games we’re most excited about.

Release: 2019 Platform: PS4, PC

Platinum has made its name as one of the best action game architects in the industry, creating the likes of Bayonetta, Vanquish, Nier: Automata, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance. We might not know exactly what the heck is going on with Babylon’s Fall’s timeline obsession or what the story is about, but given the developer’s pedigree, we’re more than a little excited to find out.

Our Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2019

about X hours ago from
Our Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2019

Last year’s action games were spell-binding, and it looks like 2019 is shaping up to be just as exciting. Mechs, mind-bending platformers, and ambitious sequels are all on the horizon. Here are the action games we’re most excited about.

Release: 2019 Platform: PS4, PC

Platinum has made its name as one of the best action game architects in the industry, creating the likes of Bayonetta, Vanquish, Nier: Automata, and Metal Gear Rising: Revengance. We might not know exactly what the heck is going on with Babylon’s Fall’s timeline obsession or what the story is about, but given the developer’s pedigree, we’re more than a little excited to find out.

Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

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Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

Funko pumps out Pop! figures at an alarming rate, and even had one ready for Ashe when she was announced as a new Overwatch character at last year's Blizz Con. In addition to creating a figure for almost every Overwatch hero, Funko has created a variety of retailer exclusive versions that show off different skins. You'll even find some that are themed to Halloween and Christmas.

If Funko returns with more Overwatch Pops, which is an almost certain thing, the next series will likely consist of Moira, Bastion (who surprisingly doesn't have a figure yet), Brigette, and Wrecking Ball. There's a good chance Ashe will be included in this series too, although you can currently purchase her Pop online in in stores.

Below is a round up of all of the Overwatch Pops. We believe we've found all of the exclusives, most are selling in secondhand markets for well above their original asking price. If you know of some we don't, please let us know in the comments below, and we'll get them added to the list. Good luck rounding them up, collectors!

The 2018 Sports Game Awards

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The 2018 Sports Game Awards

It was a year of controversies for some of 2018’s sports titles, but nevertheless there still were aspects of this annual crop worth celebrating. There were varied, non-traditional titles like UFC 3, The Golf Club 2019, Laser League, and newbies like Tennis World Tour, but it was a year – like usual – defined by the usual heavy-hitters. Read on to see which games garnered the accolades and stood out amidst an otherwise middling year.

This year developer EA Tiburon went out of its way to address some of the problems of Madden 18’s Ultimate Team mode (MUT) by overhauling the power-up system (via training points) and adding more content like solo battles to make it the most complete fantasy mode out there. MUT gives viable options to those who don’t want to spend real money to get good teams or compete online, and rewards those who put in the time to maximize their team and skills in order to dominate.

Codemasters has been slowly building this franchise up, and the key feature this year is the career mode’s R&D tree, which is the nexus for the continual growth of your racing organization through planning your upgrades. How you do off the track corresponds nicely with your performance on it, spurring you to get everything working at peak performance – despite the equipment degradation and rule changes that may trip you up.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's New Combat Options Means Bosses Are A Little Different

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Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice's New Combat Options Means Bosses Are A Little Different

In From Software games, bosses are the main event. From Ornstein and Smough in Dark Souls to The Nameless King in Dark Souls III, the developer has crafted incredibly rewarding  enemy encounters over the last few years. With Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, From is changing their approach to combat, which means how they design bosses has to follow suit. Although the boss we faced in our time with the game definitely captured the feel of a From Software boss fight, we did notice – and were able to talk to From about – how Sekiro’s new combat and traversal options could alter the way we approach their bosses.

Although the Dark Souls series let players tweak their characters towards archetypes like warriors, archers, or mages, this meant having to keep these archetypes in mind when designing bosses. “We have to restrict ourselves, and how far we can take that balance and that tuning, in order to cater to all these playstyles,” says From Software marketing and community manager Yasuhiro Kitao. “Sekrio, with a fixed protagonist, allows us to hone in on that single-player experience, and tweak the boss battles and the encounters to accomodate for all of these tools at the shinobi’s disposal. So we want players to eventually use every aspect of their arsenal and really use their cunning, and use every aspect of their skillset, to take on these really challenging foes.”