Six Things To Know About Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

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Six Things To Know About Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey

Five years ago, Patrice Désilets started up Panache, his own studio in the heart of Montreal. As the original creative director of Assassin's Creed, the gaming world has been excited about what he'd cook up next. Originally, Désilets hoped to work on 1666: Amsterdam, a game he had conceived at THQ and was later acquired by Ubisoft, but after a long legal battle to regain his legal rights to the project (which he finally did), the title is yet to reach the development phase.

Now, Panache is wrapping up the studio's first release, Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey which is releasing later this year. Taking place in a prehistoric age before man, Ancestors tasks you with trying to survive as an ape and witnessing evolution happen right before your eyes.

Désilets says the idea was designed around the team's capacity. At first, it felt like a simpler approach than Assassin's Creed II's Italian Renaissance, but Ancestors has matured since that initial concept and morphed into something larger and more ambitious.

Labo VR Is A Functional Novelty

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Labo VR Is A Functional Novelty

Back in 2016 when PlayStation released its VR headset, it was trailing about seven months behind its Oculus and Vive competition. The big question about console VR was: Can it be a legitimate VR competitor? Thankfully the answer was yes, but with a few caveats. When Nintendo announced its frankly surprising entry into the VR realm, the question was raised again in my mind. Is Labo VR a legitimate, competitive VR headset?  This time the answer is unfortunately no, but that isn’t to say Labo VR isn’t without its fun.

To get this out of the way first, Labo is always fun to build, and the VR Kit is no exception. The instructions are extremely detailed, easy to understand, and fun to use. I enjoyed building each of the pieces. Once you’ve built everything, the first surprise is that you do not strap the headset to your face. Instead you hold it up to your face and each of the Labo pieces are constructed in such a way that it accounts for you having to hold the Switch to your eyes.

Labo VR Is A Functional Novelty

about X hours ago from
Labo VR Is A Functional Novelty

Back in 2016 when PlayStation released its VR headset, it was trailing about seven months behind its Oculus and Vive competition. The big question about console VR was: Can it be a legitimate VR competitor? Thankfully the answer was yes, but with a few caveats. When Nintendo announced its frankly surprising entry into the VR realm, the question was raised again in my mind. Is Labo VR a legitimate, competitive VR headset?  This time the answer is unfortunately no, but that isn’t to say Labo VR isn’t without its fun.

To get this out of the way first, Labo is always fun to build, and the VR Kit is no exception. The instructions are extremely detailed, easy to understand, and fun to use. I enjoyed building each of the pieces. Once you’ve built everything, the first surprise is that you do not strap the headset to your face. Instead you hold it up to your face and each of the Labo pieces are constructed in such a way that it accounts for you having to hold the Switch to your eyes.

Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

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Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

In the past decade, video games have gone from being an ostracized hobby for “nerds” to being the fastest growing entertainment medium on the planet. Everywhere you look, people are playing Fortnite (or watching others play Fortnite), counting down the days until popular releases, and lambasting terrible Saturday Night Live skits about games.

Video games have made it, baby. With that in mind, I’ve been curious lately about what it’s like to be a gamer who has a kid growing up in the current gaming-crazy landscape. Luckily, the offices of Game Informer are filled with people with children! So, for this week, I’ve decided to harass my coworker Kyle Hilliard into a discussion about the exciting highs and fraught dangers of being a gaming parent in the year 2019.

Javy Gwaltney : Hi Kyle! I don’t want you to be alarmed but there’s a rumor going around the office that you are in fact a parent.

Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

about X hours ago from
Being A Gaming Parent In A Gaming World

In the past decade, video games have gone from being an ostracized hobby for “nerds” to being the fastest growing entertainment medium on the planet. Everywhere you look, people are playing Fortnite (or watching others play Fortnite), counting down the days until popular releases, and lambasting terrible Saturday Night Live skits about games.

Video games have made it, baby. With that in mind, I’ve been curious lately about what it’s like to be a gamer who has a kid growing up in the current gaming-crazy landscape. Luckily, the offices of Game Informer are filled with people with children! So, for this week, I’ve decided to harass my coworker Kyle Hilliard into a discussion about the exciting highs and fraught dangers of being a gaming parent in the year 2019.

Javy Gwaltney : Hi Kyle! I don’t want you to be alarmed but there’s a rumor going around the office that you are in fact a parent.

Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

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Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

I’m sure you are all well aware that today is everyone’s favorite holiday: National Sibling Day. In observance of this holiday, and in honor of all of our brothers and sisters, we present to you a list of the best representations of siblings in video games.

Anyone who grew up with brothers or sisters knows that forced proximity can form strong, enduring friendships or create bitter rivalries that flare up around Thanksgiving. These characters are all examples of the former with siblings that take their responsibility to family seriously. So if you remember hogging the controller and making your poor, young sibling play as Luigi, then this list is not for you. These siblings are better than you.

Even after the apocalypse, spending time with family is important. While you might not agree with their methods (e.g., leading a ruthless gang to do their bidding and ruling through brutality and fear), you can’t deny their ambitions and cooperative spirit. In a group guided by a winner-takes-all mentality, it’s nice to see these sisters working together to make the best of their situation. At least one editor thought it was exactly what he wanted out of Far Cry, but I just wish I could be as close with my siblings like Mickey and Lou.

Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

about X hours ago from
Celebrate National Sibling Day With These Video Game Brothers And Sisters

I’m sure you are all well aware that today is everyone’s favorite holiday: National Sibling Day. In observance of this holiday, and in honor of all of our brothers and sisters, we present to you a list of the best representations of siblings in video games.

Anyone who grew up with brothers or sisters knows that forced proximity can form strong, enduring friendships or create bitter rivalries that flare up around Thanksgiving. These characters are all examples of the former with siblings that take their responsibility to family seriously. So if you remember hogging the controller and making your poor, young sibling play as Luigi, then this list is not for you. These siblings are better than you.

Even after the apocalypse, spending time with family is important. While you might not agree with their methods (e.g., leading a ruthless gang to do their bidding and ruling through brutality and fear), you can’t deny their ambitions and cooperative spirit. In a group guided by a winner-takes-all mentality, it’s nice to see these sisters working together to make the best of their situation. At least one editor thought it was exactly what he wanted out of Far Cry, but I just wish I could be as close with my siblings like Mickey and Lou.

Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

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Sea Of Thieves’ One-Year Anniversary Brings Story, An Arena, Harpoons, And More

Sea of Thieves has had an interesting trajectory since its launch about a year ago. In our review we admired the undeniable creativity that surfaces when you and a handful of friends play pirates together in a virtual setting, but there just wasn’t much there in terms of content. Since that time, Rare has added patches, items, and missions, and the community has been appreciative as the game maintains a steady and impressive player base. For its one-year anniversary update, Sea of Thieves is getting its biggest content boost yet. We spoke with executive producer Joe Neate about what is in the free update that arrives on April 30 and what the future of Sea of Thieves looks like as it sails into year two.

Adventure mode is Sea of Thieves’ main mode. It’s the one you’ve been playing since launch and it’s finally getting story content – with cutscenes and everything. “We think there is a real opportunity to have more crafted narrative and story in that shared world,” Neate says. The story missions are called Tall Tales. “There’s a real '80s action-adventure vibe, like Indiana Jones or The Goonies,” Neate says.