Why You Should Play The Mass Effect Trilogy (If You Haven't Already)

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Why You Should Play The Mass Effect Trilogy (If You Haven't Already)

With the Mass Effect Legendary Edition just around the corner, longtime fans are finally getting their chance to play a more optimized Mass Effect experience on modern consoles. Being a massive Mass Effect fan myself, I've had more than a few people reach out wondering if the remaster would be a good reason to jump into the franchise for the first time. My answer? Heck-to-the-YES, here's why. 

A little backstory: I've been gaming for over 30 years and enjoy all sorts of genres and tales. From full-fledged single-player narratives to just shooting a few rounds in Battlefield, gaming is my life and I've experienced some amazing adventures out there. That being said, no franchise has made quite the impact on me that the Mass Effect series has and a big part of that is due to the incredible craftsmanship of the story and Commander Shepard's legacy. 

For those that may not know, the Mass Effect trilogy begins with the player becoming Commander Shepard, an N7 operative that joins the Normandy in the year 2183. Aliens, interstellar travel, and turian booty is all around you (kidding on that last part, sorta) but it's not your average space adventure. 

Here's Why You Should Play Mass Effect Legendary Edition

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Here's Why You Should Play Mass Effect Legendary Edition

With the Mass Effect Legendary Edition just around the corner, longtime fans are finally getting their chance to play a more optimized Mass Effect experience on modern consoles. Being a massive Mass Effect fan myself, I've had more than a few people reach out wondering if the remaster would be a good reason to jump into the franchise for the first time. My answer? Heck-to-the-YES, here's why. 

A little backstory: I've been gaming for over 30 years and enjoy all sorts of genres and tales. From full-fledged single-player narratives to just shooting a few rounds in Battlefield, gaming is my life and I've experienced some amazing adventures out there. That being said, no franchise has made quite the impact on me that the Mass Effect series has and a big part of that is due to the incredible craftsmanship of the story and Commander Shepard's legacy. 

For those that may not know, the Mass Effect trilogy begins with the player becoming Commander Shepard, an N7 operative that joins the Normandy in the year 2183. Aliens, interstellar travel, and turian booty is all around you (kidding on that last part, sorta) but it's not your average space adventure. 

Doomguy And Isabelle Collide Again In Epic Cosplay

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Doomguy And Isabelle Collide Again In Epic Cosplay

The perfect cosplay doesn't exis... Last year, the Internet fell hard for the most epic friendship ever: Animal Crossing's Isabelle and Doom's Doomguy. The duo is surprisingly wholesome, so much so that even id Software itself lent itself to the joke. Now, one cosplayer is bringing the pair front and center once more, though this time with Isabelle not hanging out with the Doom Slayer. Instead, she's becoming the Doom Slayer. 

The Isabelle Doomguy cosplay comes courtesy of @Mads_Five on Twitter. The self-proclaimed "space monk" has an impressive cosplay history, but it's her Animal Crossing x Doom crossover nod that really brought the biggest smile to my face: 

Instant Swap With Diablo II: Resurrected Graphics Is Nostalgic Magic

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Today, the first lucky few are able to head into the Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha test to explore the first few acts in a single-player setting. In my first few hours of tinkering with the game, one of the awesome options that has presented itself is the ability to swap between the new graphics scheme and the old one. So, that’s not a big deal right? A ton of games have done things like that. However... You can hotswap the settings instantly with the touch of a button, whether you’re in the middle of a battle, animation, or quest event, the game instantly switches back and forth seamlessly. 

The swap is something to behold. While the entire experience of going back and playing Diablo II again is full of nostalgia, watching things flip in real time mid-cast and mid-swing is really incredible. As an old-school Diablo player, seeing the new graphics options that look how my mind remembers the game and the ancient ones overlaid on each other is as close as something gets to mind blowing. How does it work? It’s as simple as tapping the G key during gameplay on PC to swap back and forth to create a magic moment. Going back, you may say to yourself “Wait, it didn’t really look like that did it? Whoa…”

Super Replay Is Back With Bloodborne

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Super Replay Is Back With Bloodborne

It's Friday, so you know what that means? Part five of the Bloodborne Super Replay! Don't forget, the action kicks off at 2 PM CT each and every Friday as we maneuver through this macabre masterpiece. What will happen this week? Let's find out...

Are you ready for a chilling thrill ride through FromSoftware's masterpiece? Bloodborne is a dark horror action/RPG that tasks the player with navigating through haunted streets full of werewolves and shuffling, shambling ghouls – and that's just the first hour. Bloodborne showcases immaculate environments dripping with atmosphere, creative and cruel monster designs, and terrors ripped from the great beyond. And we're going to play through it! Super Replay, the legendary Game Informer series that pairs pro players with even more professional commentary, is back.

As the flagship revival title, Bloodborne is going to be live and uncut every Friday at 2 PM CST. So won't you come join us for a blood-tinged brawl? How many times will I choke during boss fights? Will I even remember how to use the parry guns? (Probably not).

Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Is Just As Brilliant Today As It Was In 2017

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Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Is Just As Brilliant Today As It Was In 2017

When The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild released alongside the Nintendo Switch in 2017, I was apprehensive to say the least. I enjoyed what I played at E3 2016, and adored the art style, but the myriad ways in which the game took my favorite series and turned it on its head had me worried I'd be left with a shadow of what made me fall in love with it in the first place. Once I finally got the finished game in my hands, it clicked almost immediately for me, and all my fears fell by the wayside.

Fast-forward 65 hours of playtime, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild did what I once thought impossible: It dethroned Ocarina of Time as my favorite game. However, due to the puzzling lack of multiple save files, I never replayed Breath of the Wild. Sure, I could create a second account on my Switch, but I wanted to keep my Switch profile accurate with my most-played titles. With the sequel to Breath of the Wild looming, I decided it was now or never, so I created a new save file, erasing my first playthrough that cemented it as my favorite game, and embarked on a journey to challenge the strong opinions I formed more than four years ago.

Join Game Informer For A Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha Key Giveaway

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Join Game Informer For A Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha Key Giveaway

Tomorrow at noon CST, Game Informer is going live with the Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha. We’re also going to give away a handful of keys that will grant a lucky few access to this Technical Alpha on PC, which runs until noon CST on Monday, April 12. That’s actually a whole lot of time to engage with the single-player Tech Alpha experience, which includes the entirety of the first two acts of the game and three character classes to enjoy.  This alpha gameplay is also entirely single-player in scope, so you won’t be able to play with friends or anything. That said, we’re going on adventures with some of our favorite characters available for play: The Barbarian, The Sorceress, and the Amazon. Yes, I know what you’re thinking. The two best classes, Druid and Necromancer, aren’t available in this test. I noticed that too.

Oddworld: Soulstorm – Review In Progress

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Oddworld: Soulstorm – Review In Progress

Oddworld: Soulstorm launched today, and you’re probably wondering where our review is. We didn’t get our code until late yesterday afternoon, so I’m still very much playing it. In the meantime, I figured I’d give some early impressions of the game.

So far I’m enjoying Soulstorm, mainly because it immediately addresses my primary issue with both the original Abe’s Oddysee and its remake, New 'n' Tasty!: the stiff platforming. Soulstorm feels far more fluid; Abe even has a double jump, which is good because Soulstorm kicks off with an intense, fast-paced platforming gauntlet. I love having the confidence to just run, grab, and climb platforms without having to think about the controls nearly as much. The game still has the same general control scheme, but I had far less issues performing basic actions like aiming and tossing items. 

Can’t Wait For Elden Ring? Try Kingdom Hearts 2

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Can’t Wait For Elden Ring? Try Kingdom Hearts 2

Played through all the Dark Souls games and the Demon’s Souls remake and still can’t wait for that first taste of Elden Ring? The solution might be right in front of you. Hear me out, because this is going to sound sort of wacky, wild, and totally off base, but the game you’re looking for to tide you over just might be Kingdom Hearts 2.5 Remix, which is now thankfully available on a bunch of platforms. When you’ve chewed through Nioh 2’s DLC, basked in Bloodborne till you can’t handle it anymore, and gobbled up every modern Soulslike you can get your paws on, it might be time to go back. 

Back to the times of Final Fantasy and Disney, together as they should be, intertwining brands ready to hit you with a double whimsical blast of Sephiroth and Under The Sea. So what’s the catch? Isn’t Kingdom Hearts II just a bunch of references to ice cream and movies and baby cat Sora? You have to give it a whirl on Critical Mode, a difficulty setting that’s incredibly unforgiving, but also perfect for making you think about your actions, situations, and abilities.

Outriders Has A Cool Dragon Age Easter Egg

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Outriders Has A Cool Dragon Age Easter Egg

Outriders is available now, and with the servers now infinitely more stable than they were at launch, more players are hopping in to explore the dangers of Enoch. The looter shooter has an impressive story that builds up at an enjoyable pace, but you guys know how obsessed with Dragon Age I am, so naturally, I have to talk about an Easter egg I found. 

When progressing through the story, you'll eventually head to an area called Deadrock Pass, where a side quest can be picked up called "A Free Market." You'll pick up this quest by heading into a communal area in this location, where you'll meet Alastair Cullen as he snorts up something to help him get through these trying times. There are a few ways that this ties into Dragon Age, with the most obvious being the name itself. Though the spelling is different, both Alistair and Cullen are Templars in the BioWare RPG universe. Alistair left the Templar order to become a Grey Warden (and eventually the King of Fereldan, if you played your cards right), whereas Cullen didn't leave the order until it was almost too late.