Game Informer's Best Of E3 2018 Awards

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Game Informer's Best Of E3 2018 Awards

E3 2018 had no shortage of awesome games to peruse and play. Whether it was brand new announcements, gameplay reveals of secretive projects, or blow-out demos that captured showgoers’ attention, we wrote previews and features on dozens of distinct games. Today, we highlight the best of the best, with our picks for the most exciting and buzzworthy titles shown over the course of the gaming industry’s biggest week.

Until you swing through the streets of New York City, drop into a gang of bad guys, and take them down with an array of amazing moves, it’s hard to grasp just how tight and exciting Insomniac’s Spider-Man really is. The spectacular web-slinger has rarely looked better than he does in this new adventure, and we came away extremely pleased with the flow of navigation and combat. It would be a mistake to dismiss this new superhero game as just another licensed cash-grab; this is one of the most promising showcases of action gameplay in years.

The Specifics On How Storytelling Works In Bioware's Anthem

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The Specifics On How Storytelling Works In Bioware's Anthem

Bioware is proud of the way Anthem is built. The upcoming co-op game centralizes all of the important story decisions in the single-player city of Fort Tarsis, while all action gameplay takes place in a shared world. This relatively simple premise invites a lot of questions, so while visiting Bioware for our new cover story on Anthem we spoke with BioWare general manager Casey Hudson, Anthem's lead producer Mike Gamble, and executive producer Mark Darrah to hear more about how this whole thing works. Watch the video at the top of the story to learn all about it.

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New Gameplay Today – Crayola Scoot

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New Gameplay Today – Crayola Scoot

During E3, Kyle Hilliard saw a lot of games. One of them was Crayola Scoot, a kid's game based on the familiar brand. He wouldn't stop talking about it, so Leo and I sat him down and recorded this quick episode of NGT. 

Look. Not every game is designed for grimdark adults. In Crayola Scoot, you ride a scooter around a park and basically leave a huge colorful mess behind. Think Splatoon multiplied by Tony Hawk divided by de Blob, and you get the idea. Kyle is particularly keen on the Switch game's four-player splitscreen, and (I'm assuming here) the idea that you basically leave trash everywhere you go.

The Story Of Anthem

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The Story Of Anthem

While visiting Bioware for our cover story on Anthem (which you can read in full right here), we sat down with lead producer Mike Gamble and executive producer Mark Darrah to talk about the setup for the game's story. Watch the video above to learn the basics of what this world entails and what your role is as a freelancer.

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Reader Discussion – Who Are The Best Fathers In Video Games?

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Reader Discussion – Who Are The Best Fathers In Video Games?

It's Father's Day, which means fathers around the world are getting phone calls and cards and ties that someone at JCPenny assured you that your dad would want.

Gaming has a long history of fathers and relationships between a father and a child, whether it be the journey of Kratos and Atreus, Lara Croft exploring the mysteries of her father's legacy, or last-second reveals and discoveries of hidden parentage. 

What makes a good dad in video games? Is it a powerful father? Is it someone without a biological link to their child but takes on the mantle all the same? Is it a fierce protection of their child against danger?

The E3 Games You Can Play Right Now

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The E3 Games You Can Play Right Now

Each E3 brings tons of exciting surprise announcements, many of which leave us eagerly anticipating games that won’t be in our hands for months. But at this E3, several games (and ports) were announced that you can play right now. Here’s a list of them:

Fallout Shelter on PS4, Switch Fallout Shelter, the free-to-play game based on the Fallout franchise in which you build and manage your own fallout shelter, is now available on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Since first launching on mobile devices during E3 2015, the game has been played by more than 120 million players on Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android.

Skyrim: Very Special Edition
After Skyrim VR and Skyrim for Nintendo Switch announced at E3 2017 (ports of a 6 year-old game at the time), fans wondered just how many times Bethesda could re-release the 2011 RPG. This year, Bethesda decided to poke fun of itself, enlisting the help of Keegan-Michael Key to create a trailer for an audio-only version of the game called Skyrim: Very Special Edition. Bethesda decided to take the joke further than the trailer, however, and actually released the Very Special Edition for free on Amazon Alexa.

From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

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From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

Just as E3 was kicking into gear, Sony and From Software announced they were collaborating on a new VR title. Déraciné puts players in control of a faerie detached from space and time, meaning that you're invisible and navigating the world when human time stands still.

I had a chance to try Déraciné and it is undoubtedly a different style than what we've seen from From Software before. Full of exploration-based puzzles, Déraciné is all about examining clues and being aware of your surroundings as you find different ways to convince the children of an orphanage that you exist.

You can do this in myriad ways; I convinced one child by restoring the life into a wilted flower she was holding, while I made a believer of a boy by slipping a bitter ingredient into the stew he was eating. After playing a demo, I sat down with From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki to learn more about Déraciné.

From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

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From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki On Déraciné And Pursuing His Hidden Passions

Just as E3 was kicking into gear, Sony and From Software announced they were collaborating on a new VR title. Déraciné puts players in control of a faerie detached from space and time, meaning that you're invisible and navigating the world when human time stands still.

I had a chance to try Déraciné and it is undoubtedly a different style than what we've seen from From Software before. Full of exploration-based puzzles, Déraciné is all about examining clues and being aware of your surroundings as you find different ways to convince the children of an orphanage that you exist.

You can do this in myriad ways; I convinced one child by restoring the life into a wilted flower she was holding, while I made a believer of a boy by slipping a bitter ingredient into the stew he was eating. After playing a demo, I sat down with From Software president Hidetaka Miyazaki to learn more about Déraciné.

The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

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The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

VR does not have a huge presence at E3. Facebook and Oculus have a spot on the floor, and there are a few PlayStation VR titles in the PlayStation booth, but otherwise E3 is focused on non-virtual reality experiences. That won't stop us from writing about them, though!

Developer: From Software, Sony Japan Studio Platforms: PlayStation VR
Release: 2018

Dark Souls series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is taking a bit of a break from creating brutal, oppressive worlds that frustrate as much as they fascinate to bring us something a bit lighter. Taking on the role of a magical faerie, your goal in Déraciné is to convince humans that you're real. You do this by manipulating the world around you in a few ways, including snatching vials and keys from children who swear they just had these objects in their pocket and mixing them into a stew to make them bitter.

The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

about X hours ago from
The E3 2018 VR Round-Up

VR does not have a huge presence at E3. Facebook and Oculus have a spot on the floor, and there are a few PlayStation VR titles in the PlayStation booth, but otherwise E3 is focused on non-virtual reality experiences. That won't stop us from writing about them, though!

Developer: From Software, Sony Japan Studio Platforms: PlayStation VR
Release: 2018

Dark Souls series director Hidetaka Miyazaki is taking a bit of a break from creating brutal, oppressive worlds that frustrate as much as they fascinate to bring us something a bit lighter. Taking on the role of a magical fairy, your goal in Déraciné is to convince the world around you you're real. You do this by manipulating the world around in a few ways, including snatching vials and keys from children who swear they just had these objects in their pocket and mixing them into a stew to make them bitter.