Mixing And Matching With The Funkoverse Strategy Game

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Mixing And Matching With The Funkoverse Strategy Game

Who would win in a fight between Rick & Morty and the Golden Girls? How might Batman and his gadgets confront a wand-wielding Harry Potter? If the very concept of those match-ups has you laughing, you’ve begun to grasp why the new Funkoverse board game seems to hit so many of the right marks. Funko Pops have been a dominating force in the collectible market for some years now; a big part of the joy is finding characters from disparate fictions, and seeing them displayed in a shared (and usually adorable) visual style. Funkoverse extends that same conceit into the tabletop gaming world, with a smartly built tactical skirmish game that’s incredibly easy to pick up and play, but carries enough unique character powers and customization to bring it out onto the table again and again.

The Sports Desk – Hands-On With AO Tennis 2

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The Sports Desk – Hands-On With AO Tennis 2

Developer Big Ant has just released AO Tennis 2 (on PC via Steam), and the series as a whole has taken a somewhat circuitous route to get to this moment. The first title released in Australia early last year to coincide with the Australian Open (which the franchise has the license for), and required a substantial day-one patch. Big Ant then followed that up with the global release of the title – AO International Tennis, which also added further improvements.

With the console release of AO Tennis 2 on February 11 (for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch), the current PC version provides a good preview of what’s to come. AO Tennis 2 expands the series’ career mode, and in some ways represents its first definitive steps forward into the world of video game tennis. The title’s execution, however, is a mixed bag; it has a solid structural foundation due to its career mode and customization options, but falls due to its gameplay.

The Sports Desk – Hands-On With AO Tennis 2

about X hours ago from
The Sports Desk – Hands-On With AO Tennis 2

Developer Big Ant has just released AO Tennis 2 (on PC via Steam), and the series as a whole has taken a somewhat circuitous route to get to this moment. The first title released in Australia early last year to coincide with the Australian Open (which the franchise has the license for), and required a substantial day-one patch. Big Ant then followed that up with the global release of the title – AO International Tennis, which also added further improvements.

With the console release of AO Tennis 2 on February 11 (for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch), the current PC version provides a good preview of what’s to come. AO Tennis 2 expands the series’ career mode, and in some ways represents its first definitive steps forward into the world of video game tennis. The title’s execution, however, is a mixed bag; it has a solid structural foundation due to its career mode and customization options, but falls due to its gameplay.

Game Informer Editor And Reader Best Of 2019 Awards

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Game Informer Editor And Reader Best Of 2019 Awards

With 2020 well underway, we wanted to put a bow on our celebration of 2019 with the winners of each categorical award from both our editors and readers. The editor picks below are the results from days of discussions and arguments with the full Game Informer editorial staff, while more than 13,000 of you helped determine the winners for each category on the reader side of things.

Check out the results from both perspectives below and let us know which winners you agree and disagree with!

Editors' and Readers' ChoiceResident Evil 2

Game Informer Editor And Reader Best Of 2019 Awards

about X hours ago from
Game Informer Editor And Reader Best Of 2019 Awards

With 2020 well underway, we wanted to put a bow on our celebration of 2019 with the winners of each categorical award from both our editors and readers. The editor picks below are the results from days of discussions and arguments with the full Game Informer editorial staff, while more than 13,000 of you helped determine the winners for each category on the reader side of things.

Check out the results from both perspectives below and let us know which winners you agree and disagree with!

Editors' and Readers' ChoiceResident Evil 2

Game Informer Staff's Personal Top 10 Games Of 2019

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Game Informer Staff's Personal Top 10 Games Of 2019

Each year, the staff at Game Informer collectively plays through hundreds of games to have a deep and broad view of the industry so we can tell you which games are most worth your hard-earned spare time and money. At the end of the year, we compile our favorite games into our Top 50, which was published in our most recent issue. While that list is a result of long arguments from every editor on staff, there's just no mathematical way for each of our favorite games to make the cut.

That's why we also keep track of each editor's personal favorite games of the year. Below you'll find every editor on staff along with their top 10 games of 2019.

What are your favorite games from last year? Which editor did your 2019 favorites most align with? Let us know in the comments!

Game Informer Staff's Personal Top 10 Games Of 2019

about X hours ago from
Game Informer Staff's Personal Top 10 Games Of 2019

Each year, the staff at Game Informer collectively plays through hundreds of games to have a deep and broad view of the industry so we can tell you which games are most worth your hard-earned spare time and money. At the end of the year, we compile our favorite games into our Top 50, which was published in our most recent issue. While that list is a result of long arguments from every editor on staff, there's just no mathematical way for each of our favorite games to make the cut.

That's why we also keep track of each editor's personal favorite games of the year. Below you'll find every editor on staff along with their top 10 games of 2019.

What are your favorite games from last year? Which editor did your 2019 favorites most align with? Let us know in the comments!

The Games We Would Love To See Announced In 2020

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The Games We Would Love To See Announced In 2020

It's the start of a new year and a new decade, and 2020 already feels full of endless possibilities. New consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be hitting this holiday season, and with that comes even more potential for blockbuster game announcements throughout the year. As we kick off the new year, we want to look ahead to the video games we would most like to see announced over the next 12 months.

These are our dream scenarios; we know they aren't all plausible.  But in some perfect version of 2020, maybe they are. Read about each editor's most-wanted game announcement, then tell us about your dream reveal in the comments below!

Criterion Games already created the blueprint for an X-Wing revival in Star Wars Battlefront II’s space-combat-focused multiplayer. How that could work as a single-player experience was also prototyped by Criterion in the short (and awesome) Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission. Turn that into a full game bearing the X-Wing name. Players can still fly other vehicles, but have the story focus on an X-Wing squadron or pilot. Luke, Wedge, or Poe could lead the charge. Not every Star Wars game has to have a lightsaber in it. LucasArts proved that numerous times back in the day with the X-Wing and Rogue Squadron series. Please bring one of those back, EA.— Andrew Reiner

The Games We Would Love To See Announced In 2020

about X hours ago from
The Games We Would Love To See Announced In 2020

It's the start of a new year and a new decade, and 2020 already feels full of endless possibilities. New consoles from Microsoft and Sony will be hitting this holiday season, and with that comes even more potential for blockbuster game announcements throughout the year. As we kick off the new year, we want to look ahead to the video games we would most like to see announced over the next 12 months.

These are our dream scenarios; we know they aren't all plausible.  But in some perfect version of 2020, maybe they are. Read about each editor's most-wanted game announcement, then tell us about your dream reveal in the comments below!

Criterion Games already created the blueprint for an X-Wing revival in Star Wars Battlefront II’s space-combat-focused multiplayer. How that could work as a single-player experience was also prototyped by Criterion in the short (and awesome) Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One X-Wing VR Mission. Turn that into a full game bearing the X-Wing name. Players can still fly other vehicles, but have the story focus on an X-Wing squadron or pilot. Luke, Wedge, or Poe could lead the charge. Not every Star Wars game has to have a lightsaber in it. LucasArts proved that numerous times back in the day with the X-Wing and Rogue Squadron series. Please bring one of those back, EA.— Andrew Reiner

Cover Reveal – Magic: Legends

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Cover Reveal – Magic: Legends

The world of Magic: The Gathering has made its way into many games over the years. Now, Cryptic Studios is building the universe from its card counterparts to entice players with a new way to engage with the longstanding IP. Grab your Serra Angels and Earth Elementals as you smash legions of foes, enhance your deck, and create a planeswalker to your highly customized specifications in an MMO action/RPG shell. We visited Cryptic Studios in Los Gatos, Calif., to see what's cooking for this free-to-play monster mash coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

We take a deep dive into the game, and have exclusive gameplay impressions and videos to share. Build a deck of 12 cards that constantly cycle, with 4 active cards and a slew of handy abilities to smash your way through endless monsters and maps. Combine buffs, spells, and summons to weave your way through lands from Magic: The Gathering, like Shiv and the Caligo Morass.

And that's not all! This issue features our Top 50 games from 2019, including game of the year, category winners, reader's choice, and more.