Funny To A Point – Jeff M's Big Picks For 2018

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Funny To A Point – Jeff M's Big Picks For 2018

We're just a few days into the new year, which means most gaming outlets are busy doling out their final year-end awards to all of 2017's greatest titles. However, being the extremely efficient and professional editor that I am, I already did that, and am ready to stop living in the past and focus on the year ahead of us.

And what a year it's going to be! Full of triple-A sequels and plucky indies and probably more lootboxes than you can shake a pitchfork and/or torch at. But don't worry about that crap for a minute and instead read this list of my most anticipated games of 2018. Some of the entries are guaranteed to surprise you! (But not in legally binding way. Seriously, I will not be held responsible if you walk away from this list unsurprised.)

Note: The following entries are listed in no particular order. Except for the last one, which is my most anticipated game. But everything else is totally random.

102 Rapid-Fire Questions About God Of War

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102 Rapid-Fire Questions About God Of War

We answer a lot of questions about the new God of War's gameplay in our latest cover story on the PS4 exclusive, but many little details are just waiting to be uncovered. While visiting Santa Monica Studio to learn about the game, Joe Juba sat down with creative director Cory Barlog and volleyed over 100 questions his way about Kratos' next adventure.

Watch the video below to learn more about Kratos's son Atreus, the story, and whether you'll push a box that's exactly 4'x4'.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 4, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 4, 2018)

We've been on a long break, but it seems that the blogging community kept writing while we were on vacation! It's a new year of blogs, so dive in!

Community Blogs For December 21 – January 3:

What Game(s) Disappointed You the Most in 2017? ConnorTrinske goes a different route than normal, and instead of writing about great games of last year, writes about some that disappointed. Two sequels and a game that was highly lauded made the list. There are some solid points made. What were some games that disappointed you?

2017 Action Game Of The Year Awards

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2017 Action Game Of The Year Awards

The best action games get our hearts beating, inspire us to see what’s over the next hill, and thrill us with intense moments of traversal, combat, and discovery. Check out our selections for the greatest that 2017 had to offer in the action genre. 

For hours, Horizon keeps the story focus small and contained, focusing on interpersonal dramas and the coming-of-age tale of its central hero. When the big beats finally hit in the latter half of the game, they reignite excitement in the player with tales of a long-forgotten fall of humanity, and the strange machines that rose up to occupy the world. Horizon’s fascinating slow-drip of new storytelling eventually turns into a deluge, and the depth and tragedy of the tale is magnificent.

Assassin’s Creed has always looked to history to inspire its game worlds, but the developers have never cast the net so far back as they did with Origins. Ancient Egypt is redrawn with a historian’s acumen and an artist’s eye, bringing the Nile Delta to life and firing up the imagination. Through a focus on actual historical culture and religion, the lands of Assassin’s Creed Origins feel genuine and vast in scope, letting us get lost in the fantasy of living thousands of years in the past.  

Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards

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Reader's Choice Best Of 2017 Awards

Every year, the Game Informer staff is locked into a conference room that seems to grow smaller with every passing hour. The task? Coming up with the best games of the preceding year, including the recipient of the coveted game of the year nod. Harsh words are unleashed, feelings are bruised, and only our corporeal forms shuffle from the process intact. But enough about us. In addition to our awards, we open up the process to our readers, letting them answer an online poll to determine what games were the standouts. Today, we’ve got all the results – and some of them may surprise you.

In keeping with tradition, we’re rolling through each category while providing a little context for each of the results. And per usual, don’t blame us if you find something that seems a little hinky. You voted for these things, after all. If you didn’t, perhaps you’ll join us again next year and make your voice heard. 

Game Informer's Best Of 2017 Awards

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Game Informer's Best Of 2017 Awards

2017 saw the release of so many great games that our yearly deliberations for choosing the best of them was a longer, more drawn-out fight between our editors than usual. From groundbreaking entries in long-running series to a slew of innovative newcomers, players of all kinds of games had something to love.

You can find our yearly list of the 50 best games of 2017 in the latest issue of Game Informer, but we've also doled out several other honors, including the best platform exclusives, the most exciting games to refine and move genres forward, and more. Check out the full list of winners, including Game Informer's Game of the Year award.

Best Sony Exclusive: Horizon Zero DawnForegoing a sequel to create a new franchise is always a risky bet, but it paid off for Guerrilla games, which made pivoting from first-person shooters to action-RPGs look easy. Horizon's world is not only gorgeous, but filled with lots of hunting, quests, and enemies to pursue. Aloy's story is also filled with both intriguing mysteries and plenty of spectacle, making it the best Sony exclusive in a competitive year.

Why You Should Skip Wolfenstein’s Comic Adaptation

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Why You Should Skip Wolfenstein’s Comic Adaptation

Wolfenstein Volume 1 is a comic collection centered on Wolfenstein II's new character: The Professor. The Professor is a sniper who throws out sassy remarks just as often as she's ejecting rounds from her rifle. She didn't get much screen time during Wolfenstein II so I was excited to read a story dedicated to building her character and expanding the world of MachineGames' take on Wolfenstein, a bleak universe rich with possibility. Unfortunately, Wolfenstein Volume 1 left me feeling disappointed by being a superfluous story rather than something that expands Wolfenstein in an interesting way.

At its core, the latest iteration of Wolfenstein is a fine balance between the zany, pulp sci-fi trappings of previous entries, with demons and Nazi robots running around, and brilliant character development, focusing on a cast of downtrodden people rising up to fight fascism. MachineGames' Wolfenstein is essentially equal parts character drama and high stakes action-adventure, with all of the weird, polarizing tone shifts that go along with it. It's not for everyone, but I adore the series. Unfortunately, Volume 1 leans heavily into the pulpy sci-fi ethos, introducing characters like Emile, a brilliant scientist and the only other member of the Da'at Yichud we've seen outside of Set Roth. Unfortunately, it also gives them story arcs with no development.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2017 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.

The Top 100 RPGs Of All Time

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The Top 100 RPGs Of All Time

In the early days of gaming, identifying role-playing games was easy. The focus on story, exploration, and character progression was distinct from the platformers and action titles that dominated the industry. These qualities earned RPGs a reputation as the longest, most immersive, and most complex experiences available.
Over the years, the borders defining RPGs eroded. The genre’s core concepts incubated and evolved, while other types of games borrowed and applied the mechanics that made RPGs successful. That includes levelling up, upgrading abilities, equipping gear, forming relationships, fighting through dungeons, and more. Today, you can hardly find any release – from strategy games to side-scrollers – without a trace of the RPG genetic code.

This list is a celebration of the genre’s incredible impact; these are the best 100 games that exist at the intersection of narrative, combat, exploration, and progression. Each title strikes a unique balance among those elements, occasionally even pushing the boundaries of what we would traditionally call an RPG. Some of the entries have historical influence, some embody an entire era, and some are just really fun – but all of them have played major roles in shaping the identity of this entertaining and ever-expanding genre.

This feature originally appeared in issue 290 of Game Informer magazine.

The Sports Desk – AO Tennis Serves Up The Australian Open

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The Sports Desk – AO Tennis Serves Up The Australian Open

It's January, which means that The Australian Open has the distinction of starting off a new year of tennis with a Grand Slam bang. The tournament starts on January 10, and Melbourne, Australia developer Big Ant Studios (click for more on them) has the official video game license for the tournament. AO Tennis on PS4 and Xbox One is out on January 16th in Australia and New Zealand, and later in March in America and Europe.

Game Informer Australia editor David Milner recently got his hands on the game, and had some positive things to say about Big Ant's first tennis title.

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