Franchise Modes & Ultimate Teams Do Mix

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Franchise Modes & Ultimate Teams Do Mix

I’m a big fan of franchise modes in sports games. Playing GM and building a team (and hopefully a dynasty) are often just as fun as playing the game on the field itself. But some sports series’ franchise modes have gone stagnant, with more attention paid to fantasy card modes like EA’s various Ultimate Teams. The two shouldn’t be in opposition – and series like NBA 2K still put out new features for both every year – but more and more it seems clear that developers and publishers are having to choose which one to devote time and money to. It should come as no surprise that fantasy card modes, with their random packs buyable with real money,  are winning out.

Given this, you’d think that I might be resentful of these fantasy modes, but I’m not. More and more over the past few years, I’ve gotten into them and discovered that a well-designed fantasy card mode contains many of the same elements that interest me in a franchise mode. I still want – and expect – my sports games to contain a fleshed-out and supported franchise mode, but in this fallow time I can still have fun acting as a GM.

Franchise Modes & Ultimate Teams Do Mix

about X hours ago from
Franchise Modes & Ultimate Teams Do Mix

I’m a big fan of franchise modes in sports games. Playing GM and building a team (and hopefully a dynasty) are often just as fun as playing the game on the field itself. But some sports series’ franchise modes have gone stagnant, with more attention paid to fantasy card modes like EA’s various Ultimate Teams. The two shouldn’t be in opposition – and series like NBA 2K still put out new features for both every year – but more and more it seems clear that developers and publishers are having to choose which one to devote time and money to. It should come as no surprise that fantasy card modes, with their random packs buyable with real money,  are winning out.

Given this, you’d think that I might be resentful of these fantasy modes, but I’m not. More and more over the past few years, I’ve gotten into them and discovered that a well-designed fantasy card mode contains many of the same elements that interest me in a franchise mode. I still want – and expect – my sports games to contain a fleshed-out and supported franchise mode, but in this fallow time I can still have fun acting as a GM.

8 Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

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8 Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was easily one our favorite shooters and story-driven experiences of 2017. The teeter-totter balancing act between somber exploration of a world gone to hell with frantic, pulp-laced action has made Machinegames' take on the classic series a unique experience in the world of games. Youngblood looks to match the frenzy of the previous games (as well as their habitual onslaught of memorable WTF moments) by jumping nearly two decades forward in the timeline and focusing on B.J. Blazkowicz's daughters as they search for their missing father.

During that time, the world has obviously changed. A recent trailer offered us a snapshot of what America and Europe, as well as the members of the Kreisau Circle, have been up since then. For every answer the trailer presented, more questions sprang forth. Here are the biggest ones we want to be answered during the course of Youngblood.

Warning: This article assumes you're familiar with the basic events of what has happened so far in the series, so spoilers are ahead for The Old Blood, The New Order, and The New Colossus.

Eight Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

about X hours ago from
Eight Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was easily one our favorite shooters and story-driven experiences of 2017. The teeter-totter balancing act between somber exploration of a world gone to hell with frantic, pulp-laced action has made Machinegames' take on the classic series a unique experience in the world of games. Youngblood looks to match the frenzy of the previous games (as well as their habitual onslaught of memorable WTF moments) by jumping nearly two decades forward in the timeline and focusing on B.J. Blazkowicz's daughters as they search for their missing father.

During that time, the world has obviously changed. A recent trailer offered us a snapshot of what America and Europe, as well as the members of the Kreisau Circle, have been up since then. For every answer the trailer presented, more questions sprang forth. Here are the biggest ones we want to be answered during the course of Youngblood.

Warning: This article assumes you're familiar with the basic events of what has happened so far in the series, so spoilers are ahead for The Old Blood, The New Order, and The New Colossus.

Eight Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

about X hours ago from
Eight Questions We Want Answered In Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus was easily one our favorite shooters and story-driven experiences of 2017. The teeter-totter balancing act between somber exploration of a world gone to hell with frantic, pulp-laced action has made Machinegames' take on the classic series a unique experience in the world of games. Youngblood looks to match the frenzy of the previous games (as well as their habitual onslaught of memorable WTF moments) by jumping nearly two decades forward in the timeline and focusing on B.J. Blazkowicz's daughters as they search for their missing father.

During that time, the world has obviously changed. A recent trailer offered us a snapshot of what America and Europe, as well as the members of the Kreisau Circle, have been up since then. For every answer the trailer presented, more questions sprang forth. Here are the biggest ones we want to be answered during the course of Youngblood.

Warning: This article assumes you're familiar with the basic events of what has happened so far in the series, so spoilers are ahead for The Old Blood, The New Order, and The New Colossus.

The Full Mortal Kombat 11 Roster So Far

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The Full Mortal Kombat 11 Roster So Far

The Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event lived up to its name, laying bare a number of new details. The biggest remaining mystery is who's filling out the character roster. NetherRealm has revealed a number of characters, old and new, that will be unleashing a bevy of punches, kicks, and gruesome finishers with. We imagine in the weeks to come we'll find out more as well. We'll update this list with every fighter revealed.

For now, here's who we know will be in Mortal Kombat 11 (and some folks who are probably on the way).

Another newcomer to the series, the Kollector is a longtime Shao Kahn ally who uses a number of tools with four arms to maul his opponents.

The Full Mortal Kombat 11 Roster So Far

about X hours ago from
The Full Mortal Kombat 11 Roster So Far

The Mortal Kombat 11 reveal event lived up to its name, laying bare a number of new details. The biggest remaining mystery is who's filling out the character roster. NetherRealm has revealed a number of characters, old and new, that will be unleashing a bevy of punches, kicks, and gruesome finishers with. We imagine in the weeks to come we'll find out more as well. We'll update this list with every fighter revealed.

For now, here's who we know will be in Mortal Kombat 11 (and some folks who are probably on the way).

Another newcomer to the series, the Kollector is a longtime Shao Kahn ally who uses a number of tools with four arms to maul his opponents.

Super Replay – God Hand Episode 14: Poison Chihuahua Returns

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Super Replay – God Hand Episode 14: Poison Chihuahua Returns

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Super Replay – God Hand Episode 14: Poison Chihuahua Returns

about X hours ago from
Super Replay – God Hand Episode 14: Poison Chihuahua Returns

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Reader Discussion: What Character From Smash Bros. Do You Want In A Different Game?

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Reader Discussion: What Character From Smash Bros. Do You Want In A Different Game?

One thing we end up asking a lot of developers is whether they want one of their characters in Smash Bros. No one ever says no – why would you? The games sell millions of copies and it gets the entire gaming world focusing on those characters. Some developers even ask fans to lobby Nintendo with their enthusiasm for the characters, like the Cuphead developers recently did. Fans love hearing about it, too, and it causes so many discussions online.

So just for today, let's reverse the question: which Smash Bros. character do you want in another game? Should Link just be a playable character in Bayonetta? Would Aloy in Horizon: Zero Dawn get along with Samus Aran? Wouldn't Ridley be cool in Panzer Dragoon?

Choose a character, choose a game, and then tell us how it would function. It's time for a reverse-Super Smash Bros.: how does gaming's biggest crossover fighter invade the rest of the video game universe in your mind?