Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 8

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 8

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn't mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don't want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we're having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year's pick. It's unexpected, I know, but that's how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Replay – The Winter Olympics Spectacular

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Replay – The Winter Olympics Spectacular

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games are in full swing, so the GI staff decided to take a stroll through the history of Olympic video games. Warning, some of these are not good.

Join Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, and Leo Vader as they suffer through a collection of dated Olympic-themed mini games. These week, we're also joined by Thomas Hankins who won a spot on Replay for helping us raise over $61,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare during our Extra Life livestream last year. The Olympic theme was actually his idea, so it's his fault if you don't like this week's episode.

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Funny To A Point – Ranking Overwatch League's Teams...By Their Logos

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Funny To A Point – Ranking Overwatch League's Teams...By Their Logos

Blizzard's newly minted Overwatch League is taking the esports scene by storm, but which team is the best of the best? G.I.'s most prolific and professional analyst is here to rank the competition by the only criteria that matters: their logos.

Normally when I present a ranking in one of these dumbs columns I go through a whole link-laden song and dance to prove how obviously qualified I am to judge the topic at hand – and today is no different. However, unlike my recent Dragon Ball FighterZ ranking (which received STUNNING praise from readers), I actually know something about Overwatch! In fact, I've already ranked every single character in the game*, so you could say that I'm as much of an Overwatch professional as anyone in the Overwatch League. I still don't know why Blizzard didn't invite me to join, but I won't let their insulting oversight taint my opinions.

Anyway, is that enough links? Cuz it doesn't really feel like enough links. Just to be sure, here's a ranking of all the 1, 2, Switch games Joe made me play, as well as the Top 10 Funnies To A Points** – See? I even rank myself!

Why Metro Exodus’ Train Reminds Us Of Mass Effect’s Normandy

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Why Metro Exodus’ Train Reminds Us Of Mass Effect’s Normandy

Metro Exodus takes players on a journey away from the Moscow underground and across the Russian countryside. Artyom and the rest of the Spartan collective primarily make this trek through mountains, forests, and even deserts along the railroad tracks. But their primary mode of transportation – an armored locomotive named the Aurora – is a lot more than a means to get from one end of the irradiated wasteland to the other. It plays a critical role throughout the game that players continually visit. 

Similar to the Normandy in Mass Effect, the Aurora operates as a moving settlement Artyom calls home. When the train arrives in one of the new sandbox spaces in Exodus, the train hits the breaks and the Spartans set up their base of operations around it. A lot of things can happen – both good and bad – during a cross-country expedition. Expect that to be reflected at your home base throughout the story. "The Aurora will be constantly changing along the journey with more cars, different types of cars, and people that join you," says creative director Andriy Prokhorov. "Before in Metro you had different stations, and now the Aurora acts as your station."

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New Gameplay Today – Fe

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New Gameplay Today – Fe

Fe is the latest game to come from EA's Originals brand. It tells an alien invasion story of sorts with an abstract art style and weird animal singing.

Join Kyle Hilliard (sorry, Jeff Cork is on vacation) and Leo Vader as we play through an early portion of the game that has gigantic deer (moose? [reindeer?]) in it.

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Path Of Exile’s Next League Adds Monster Hunting, Ascendancy Overhaul, Insane Challenges

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Path Of Exile’s Next League Adds Monster Hunting, Ascendancy Overhaul, Insane Challenges

Path of Exile’s next league kicks off early next month, giving players of the popular action-RPG a series of all new challenges to tackle and systems to master during its three-month cycle. There’s a lot to look forward to when Bestiary goes live, including some fundamental changes to the core game’s ascendancy system as well as a new monster-hunting crafting loop. Chris Wilson, producer and lead designer at Grinding Gear Games, walked me through what players will be seeing soon – either firsthand or by watching the hardest of the hardcore players streaming on Twitch.

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Writer Ian Flynn Discusses Giving The Sonic Comic Series A Fresh Start

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Writer Ian Flynn Discusses Giving The Sonic Comic Series A Fresh Start

Variant cover for Sonic The Hedgehog Issue #1 by artist Nathalie Fourdraine.

Sonic The Hedgehog ran with Archie Comics for nearly 25 years until Sega partnered with IDW last year. With unfinished storylines and an unclear direction, the most notable constant is writer Ian Flynn: a Sonic series regular who has also worked on Mega Man, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and an upcoming Arms storyline. With several other old friends and a bold, fresh start, we talked with Flynn about the new Sonic line that will be debuting April 2018.

You worked on Sonic comics long before you got your start with issue #160 since you wrote fan-made comics. How did those specifically help you break into that industry and get you the role of writing official issues?

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 15, 2018)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 15, 2018)

This week brings us plenty of great blogs, though I am surprised to not see more on Monster Hunter: World. As a veteran hunter, I would love to write more about it – blog or freelance articles – but I can't rip myself away from playing it to write about it. Plus, I already wrote about it. And nobody can ever top these two pieces, here and here, by Jeff Marchiafava. Now get reading!  

Community Blogs For February 8 – February 14:

A Brief Intro to Accessible Gaming Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui has experienced what it is like to work for a non-profit that helps enrich lives. But he wonders if there could be more done through gaming to enrich the lives of those with disabilities. Everyone should have access to video games.

The Top 10 Coolest Cats In Gaming

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The Top 10 Coolest Cats In Gaming

Sometimes it seems like cats are taking over the world. You can’t get more than three videos into a YouTube binge without coming across some sort of cat clip. If any of those cats have half the personalities that cats have had in video games, we understand why. Here are some of the coolest cats we’ve come across in video games.

Morgana — Persona 5Morgana might argue with you if you call him a cat, but his coolness can be broken down into three parts: There’s the real-world version, who is able to communicate with other Metaverse users via some sort of meowing telepathy. Then, we have Codename: Mona, a spunky combatant who also acts as the gang’s guide through the Metaverse. Finally, there’s Mementos Mona, who can turn into a freaking cat van and shuttle everyone around the darkest corners of the Metaverse. Add it all up and you have yourself a formula for one of the best games of 2017 and a pretty cool cat (sorry, Morgana).