NHL 98: The Greatest Sports Game Intro Of All Time

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NHL 98: The Greatest Sports Game Intro Of All Time

I was talking with Game Informer creative director and friend Jeff Akervik one day, and somewhere in the conversation NHL 98 came up – specifically its intro. I never played the game back in the day, and I don't think I could remember hardly any sports game intro off the top of my head – that's how pedestrian most of them are.

Akervik was not only adamant that I see the intro, but that it was one of his favorites in all of video games. After finding the video on YouTube and chuckling at the thorough '90s-ness of the production and a bygone era of the NHL, the metal guitar riffs kicked in, sending the intro to another level that concluded – fittingly – with an explosion.

Suitably impressed, I was curious how the whole thing came about. In these days of pervasive licensed music, the NHL 98 intro is striking for its tenor and commendable for simply going for it.

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Rage 2's Factions

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Here's Everything You Need To Know About Rage 2's Factions

Within the fiction of Id Software's universe, it’s been nearly three decades since the ending of the original Rage, and the various groups that Nicholas Raine squared off against have shifted radically with the landscape and times, their philosophies and the roles they play becoming more developed. Here are the five factions of bandits, outlaws, monsters, and outcasts you can expect to fight during your furious travels and what drives them.

Goon Squad Originally the group of British punk-looking bandits known as Wasteland, the Goon Squad has become even more nihilistic and depraved since the conclusion of the first game. “Their aesthetic has evolved from that British punk look to something rooted in any wild junk culture you might find,” says Narrative Director Odd Ahlgren. “They’re all about completely unfiltered violence.” The Goon Squad is one of the few agendaless factions in the Wasteland, causing havoc for the sake of it, and even cheering when their allies are killed in battle. “For them, death is probably the ultimately sensation,” narrative gameplay director Loke Wallmo.

The Most Horrific Post-Apocalyptic Settings In Video Games

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The Most Horrific Post-Apocalyptic Settings In Video Games

Post-apocalyptic settings in video games are always a blast. Whether they’re populated by cyborg demons or feral humans, these dust-beaten worlds are rife with conflict, crawling with creatures that go bump in the night, and bursting with awesome loot to help your grizzled road-warrior character beat back the freaks. With Rage 2 on the horizon (and Fallout 76 shelling us with its own type of horrors), now’s the perfect time to look back on other worlds torn asunder by Armageddon. None of them are places we’d want to visit in real life. 

In Fallout, nuclear holocaust has reduced civilization to ash. What remains is patrolled by mutants (or worse), and those who’ve survived are forced to hole up in crumbling cities where radiation twists them into ghoulish freaks. Fallout posits a horrific world, but what makes it truly disturbing is it asks what our world would be like if we’d never escaped the paranoia and fear of the post-war ‘50s. Fallout’s nuked-out wasteland is like an eerie time capsule, littered with reminders of a society positioned on the brink and all the dark fruit borne by such a desperate situation. Couple that with the resulting abominations, and we’re glad we live in our own timeline.

The Most Horrific Post-Apocalyptic Settings In Video Games

about X hours ago from
The Most Horrific Post-Apocalyptic Settings In Video Games

Post-apocalyptic settings in video games are always a blast. Whether they’re populated by cyborg demons or feral humans, these dust-beaten worlds are rife with conflict, crawling with creatures that go bump in the night, and bursting with awesome loot to help your grizzled road-warrior character beat back the freaks. With Rage 2 on the horizon (and Fallout 76 shelling us with its own type of horrors), now’s the perfect time to look back on other worlds torn asunder by Armageddon. None of them are places we’d want to visit in real life. 

In Fallout, nuclear holocaust has reduced civilization to ash. What remains is patrolled by mutants (or worse), and those who’ve survived are forced to hole up in crumbling cities where radiation twists them into ghoulish freaks. Fallout posits a horrific world, but what makes it truly disturbing is it asks what our world would be like if we’d never escaped the paranoia and fear of the post-war ‘50s. Fallout’s nuked-out wasteland is like an eerie time capsule, littered with reminders of a society positioned on the brink and all the dark fruit borne by such a desperate situation. Couple that with the resulting abominations, and we’re glad we live in our own timeline.

Here's What You Missed At The Game Awards 2018

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Here's What You Missed At The Game Awards 2018

Last night Geoff Keighley and crew put on a heck of a show for the fifth annual Game Awards. The show's grown quite a bit over the years, with reveals from both indie developers as well as studio juggernauts. If you didn't get to tune in last night, here are the biggest stories from the show.

Mortal Kombat 11 Announced...With Release Date! Raiden, Scorpion, and the rest of the gang return and sooner than you probably expect. Mortal Kombat 11 is due out in April. You can watch the trailer here.

Persona 5's Protagonist Is Coming To Smash Bros Ultimate
Yep. Persona and Smash are crossing streams. Joker will be a DLC character. You can find out all the details here.

Here's What You Missed At The Game Awards 2018

about X hours ago from
Here's What You Missed At The Game Awards 2018

Last night Geoff Keighley and crew put on a heck of a show for the fifth annual Game Awards. The show's grown quite a bit over the years, with reveals from both indie developers as well as studio juggernauts. If you didn't get to tune in last night, here are the biggest stories from the show.

Mortal Kombat 11 Announced...With Release Date! Raiden, Scorpion, and the rest of the gang return and sooner than you probably expect. Mortal Kombat 11 is due out in April. You can watch the trailer here.

Persona 5's Protagonist Is Coming To Smash Bros Ultimate
Yep. Persona and Smash are crossing streams. Joker will be a DLC character. You can find out all the details here.

12 Things To Know About Far Cry New Dawn

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12 Things To Know About Far Cry New Dawn

After launching Far Cry 5 in 2018, Ubisoft Montreal is bringing players back to that game’s Montana setting. However, this direct sequel is far from a retread. The Hope County you explore in Far Cry New Dawn is drastically different, as a global nuclear apocalypse has destroyed most of human civilization. You step into the shoes of a new character hoping to help the residents of Hope County in a unique twist on the franchise. I recently visited Ubisoft Montreal to learn more about the game, and here are 12 key takeaways I had from my day in the offices.

Far Cry New Dawn is priced at $40, but creative director JS Decant says that doesn’t necessarily indicate that players should expect a budget experience. “I think Far Cry 5 was a huge, tremendous experience, so this is slightly smaller in scope in general,” he says. “But if you’re looking for an action-driven adventure with things you like in a Far Cry, it’s there. If you’re someone who likes to explore and discover all the details of the previous world or if you’re into having the best weapons and optimizing, the game is going to be large.”

Far Cry New Dawn looks to be a fun spin-off entry in the Far Cry franchise with an interesting take on the post-apocalypse. With the title launching on February 15, we don’t have to wait long to find out if Hope County is truly worth saving.

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After launching Far Cry 5 in 2018, Ubisoft Montreal is bringing players back to that game’s Montana setting. However, this direct sequel is far from a retread. The Hope County you explore in Far Cry New Dawn is drastically different, as a global nuclear apocalypse has destroyed most of human civilization. You step into the shoes of a new character hoping to help the residents of Hope County in a unique twist on the franchise. I recently visited Ubisoft Montreal to learn more about the game, and here are 12 key takeaways I had from my day in the offices.

Far Cry New Dawn is priced at $40, but creative director JS Decant says that doesn’t necessarily indicate that players should expect a budget experience. “I think Far Cry 5 was a huge, tremendous experience, so this is slightly smaller in scope in general,” he says. “But if you’re looking for an action-driven adventure with things you like in a Far Cry, it’s there. If you’re someone who likes to explore and discover all the details of the previous world or if you’re into having the best weapons and optimizing, the game is going to be large.”

Far Cry New Dawn looks to be a fun spin-off entry in the Far Cry franchise with an interesting take on the post-apocalypse. With the title launching on February 15, we don’t have to wait long to find out if Hope County is truly worth saving.

Rage 2 Has A Gravity Gun

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Rage 2 Has A Gravity Gun

We recently went to Stockholm to check out Rage 2 at Avalanche Studios for our cover story. While there, we found out a lot of surprising things about Rage 2 including its in-depth story and lore, delightfully violent powers, and more. However the most surprising thing we discovered was the game has a gravity gun!

Now hold your horses, Half-Life 2 fans. It doesn't work quite the way it did in Valve's seminal series. Instead of picking up an object and shooting it out like a cannon, Rage 2's gravity gun functions a bit differently. It fires rounds that embed themselves into a target. Once you've tagged a target, you can look somewhere else and press your alternate fire button, forcing the tagged victim to be thrown into that spot. The more bullets you tag a foe with, the more force will be exerted on them. 

During our demo, we watched as victims burst into giant goopy explosions when slammed into walls and other enemies. Similarly, explosive barrels and ordinary debris were tagged and used to be thrown at groups of foes as well, decimating them.

Rage 2 Has A Gravity Gun

about X hours ago from
Rage 2 Has A Gravity Gun

We recently went to Stockholm to check out Rage 2 at Avalanche Studios for our cover story. While there, we found out a lot of surprising things about Rage 2 including its in-depth story and lore, delightfully violent powers, and more. However the most surprising thing we discovered was the game has a gravity gun!

Now hold your horses, Half-Life 2 fans. It doesn't work quite the way it did in Valve's seminal series. Instead of picking up an object and shooting it out like a cannon, Rage 2's gravity gun functions a bit differently. It fires rounds that embed themselves into a target. Once you've tagged a target, you can look somewhere else and press your alternate fire button, forcing the tagged victim to be thrown into that spot. The more bullets you tag a foe with, the more force will be exerted on them. 

During our demo, we watched as victims burst into giant goopy explosions when slammed into walls and other enemies. Similarly, explosive barrels and ordinary debris were tagged and used to be thrown at groups of foes as well, decimating them.