Watch Our Sea Of Thieves Crew Meet Its End At World's End

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Watch Our Sea Of Thieves Crew Meet Its End At World's End

When you approach the edge of the world in Sea of Thieves, the skies turn dark, the water runs red, and your ship springs more holes than an aerated lawn. You won't last long in these rough waters, but Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Reeves stock up on supplies and head out beyond the edge of the map to test their sea legs.

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Sea of Thieves is coming to Xbox One and PC on March 20. For more Sea of Thieves shenanigans, head here to watch us complete a mission (while Ben Reeves pulls off an elaborate prank), or read our feature about Rare's development of the game.

The Sports Desk – Diving Deeper Into OOTP Baseball 19

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The Sports Desk – Diving Deeper Into OOTP Baseball 19

OOTP Developments just announced this year's entry in its lauded simulation series, OOTP Baseball 19 (due for PC, Mac, and Linux on March 22), and while the studio isn't ready yet to show off one of its big features – the improved 3D stadiums and better player A.I., models, and animations – the game's creator Markus Heinsohn and OOTP Developments chief marketing officer Rich Grisham spoke with me about various aspects of the title.

Heinsohn and Grisham discussed many of the title's new features, detailing aspects such as changes to the ratings system and the new free fantasy-based online card mode: Perfect Team – which Heinsohn says at some point will also be added to OOTP Developments' Franchise Hockey Manager and planned football sim title.

Overwatch League Interview – Poko, Tank For The Philadelphia Fusion

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Overwatch League Interview – Poko, Tank For The Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion's Gael "Poko" Gouzerch is becoming one of the most feared tank players in Overwatch League. Throughout the first three weeks of the season, Gouzerch has turned D.Va's Self-Destruct into a difference maker for the Fusion, often surprising the opposition with its timing and placement. Fans have latched onto Gouzerch's expert use of the attack, dubbing it the "Poko Bomb."

The Fusion have been one of the more entertaining teams to watch thus far, thanks in part to high kill counts coming from Poko, and teammates Carpe and ShaDowBurn. After handing New York Excelsior its first loss last week, the Fusion appear to be on the rise, and are in the hunt with a 4 and 2 record to start the season. I talked to Poko about his style of play, the league, and why certain heroes are not being used by any team.

You weren't in the lineup against the Shanghai Dragons. Why did you get the rest?

Watch Us Attack And Ransack A Rival Pirate Ship In Sea Of Thieves

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Watch Us Attack And Ransack A Rival Pirate Ship In Sea Of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is best played with a group of friends. We don't have friends, but we got a group of random Game Informer editors together to sail the high seas and attack other pirate ships. 

Join Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Reeves as they try their luck against other pirates (A.K.A. real online people). Who walks away with all the treasure? You'll have the watch the video to find out.

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This Week In Gaming – Dissidia, Overwatch League, Sea Of Thieves Beta, And More

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This Week In Gaming – Dissidia, Overwatch League, Sea Of Thieves Beta, And More

Each Monday, come here for a rundown of all this week's big events that we know about, from game releases, to betas, to recapping the biggest continuing news stories from the previous week. If there's anything we missed, feel free to let us know! This week covers the dates from January 28 to February 4.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) – January 30Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omina (Android, iOS) – January 30
Battallion 1944 (PC Early Access) – February 1
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC) – February 1
Night in the Woods (Switch) – February 1
Steamworld Dig (Switch) – February 1
UFC 3 (PS4, Xbox One) - February 2

Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 5

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 5

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn't mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don't want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we're having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year's pick. It's unexpected, I know, but that's how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Top Of The Table – Photosynthesis

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Top Of The Table – Photosynthesis

In the crowded field of board-game design, sometimes the best way to capture attention is with a concept that stands apart from everything else on the market. I suspect that might be part of the formula that has led to the success of Photosynthesis. Though simple to learn and play, Photosynthesis is an incredibly sophisticated strategic affair. It demands lateral thinking and careful planning, all while balancing numerous variables, including the likely moves of your competitors and a board that is constantly shifting beneath your carefully laid plans. Add in a potent ecological theme and beautiful components and layout, and Photosynthesis emerges as a standout release. The game was one of our Best Tabletop Games of 2017, but this week I wanted to take a closer look at what makes Photosynthesis so special. It has rocketed high on my list of games I like to share with friends at my table, and I suspect it will do the same in your gaming circles. 

How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

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How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

 Blizzard takes a new approach to professional esports in the digital age

London. Los Angeles. Shanghai. Seoul. With Overwatch League, Bliz zard is taking an ambitious step forward for esports, setting up a global platform with city-based teams it hopes will connect with local fans for generations to come. Taking a page out of traditional sports franchises and combining it with one of the hottest team-based multiplayer games, salaried players, and a robust inaugural schedule, the first year of Overwatch League sets the stage for what could become a new standard for the ever-growing world of digital competition. Kicking off on Janu ary 10 with a prize pool of $3.5 million, the Overwatch League’s grand finals for the year begin on July 26. Take a look at what makes the Overwatch League tick, from the teams, the commissioner, the fans, the owners, the players, and the managers.

This article was originally published in issue 298 of Game Informer Magazine.

Our Bold 2018 Predictions

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Our Bold 2018 Predictions

Last year was an impressive year for video games, but 2018 is no slouch. Or, at least, we don't think it's going to be a slouch. These are our bold predictions for the things we think will be happening this year. We recognize that we're likely being too optimistic

Devil May Cry 5 ExistsWe haven't played a new Devil May Cry game since Ninja Theory's DmC in 2013. It's time to check on Dante, and we're going to get the chance to do that this year. And we think that, despite the fact that we really liked it a lot, Ninja Theory won't be involved.

More Zelda!
Last year was a big year for Zelda, but we don't think the franchise is resting. Last year, Aonuma said,  A 2D Zelda on Switch is, “definitely a possibility," and we're hopeful we will learn more about that potential game this year. We also think that the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess HD remasters will also get Switch ports and release on the same day.