FoxNext Talks Adding PvP To Marvel Strike Force, The Reemergence Of Thanos, And What Year Three Holds

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FoxNext Talks Adding PvP To Marvel Strike Force, The Reemergence Of Thanos, And What Year Three Holds

Marvel Strike Force launched on iOS and Android two years ago, and while it has evolved in myriad ways since launch, every mode features similar gameplay where you take on A.I.-controlled teams.

For the third year of FoxNext's licensed RPG, the studio is implementing player-versus-player combat through VS. Battle mode. I spoke with creative director Jason Bender and game director Jonathan Durr to learn more about this new feature, as well as what to expect in the coming year of Marvel Strike Force.

Up to this point in the lifecycle of Marvel Strike Force, players have only had the option to take on A.I.-controlled opponents. While this has been a serviceable option so far, the A.I. in Marvel Strike Force always operates in patterned ways, simply choosing the most powerful attack available to the character at that time (with few exceptions), and often not focusing or coordinating on a single target.

The Best Games To Play During Lockdown

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The Best Games To Play During Lockdown

With unprecedented measures currently being taken to ensure public health, much of the world is locked down in their homes, asked by government officials to be judicious about when they venture out. While it's important to balance any hobby, gaming is one that not only often asks you to stay in your home, but is also adaptable to a diverse array of needs. We've compiled a list of some of the Game Informer staff's recommendations for gaming during this time based on various situations and needs.

The outside world is pretty heavy right now, so here are a few games that are joyful experiences from start to finish.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons (Switch) The Animal Crossing series has always been a bastion of wholesomeness in Nintendo's library, but the recently released entry serves as the perfect staycation for anyone hoping for a soothing gaming experience during these troubled times. It's also a great way to connect with friends who are also tending to islands of their own.
Read our review here.

The Best Games To Play During Lockdown

about X hours ago from
The Best Games To Play During Lockdown

With unprecedented measures currently being taken to ensure public health, much of the world is locked down in their homes, asked by government officials to be judicious about when they venture out. While it's important to balance any hobby, gaming is one that not only often asks you to stay in your home, but is also adaptable to a diverse array of needs. We've compiled a list of some of the Game Informer staff's recommendations for gaming during this time based on various situations and needs.

The outside world is pretty heavy right now, so here are a few games that are joyful experiences from start to finish.

The Animal Crossing series has always been a bastion of wholesomeness in Nintendo's library, but the recently released entry serves as the perfect staycation for anyone hoping for a soothing gaming experience during these troubled times. It's also a great way to connect with friends who are also tending to islands of their own. Read the review.

How To Deal With Resident Evil 3's Nemesis The Easy Way

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How To Deal With Resident Evil 3's Nemesis The Easy Way

Resident Evil 3's Nemesis is an imposing force who stubbornly chases you throughout your entire playthrough. He's also harder to avoid than Resident Evil 2's Mr. X, so if you're having trouble with Nemesis in the early game try taking him down with grenades. A well-placed grenade will take Nemesis out of the fight for a short time. As an added bonus, Nemesis drops weapons upgrades and other high-powered artillery when you stun him.

In short, always keep a grenade on hand in case of a Nemesis sighting. If you're out of grenades or don't have one in your inventory, keep an eye open for interactive environmentals, such as exploding barrels or electrical boxes, which can help buy you enough time to run to the nearest safe room. Naturally, grenades aren't the easy solution during end-boss encounters, but they still deal massive damage, so don't waste them on puny zombies. Save that firepower for the big guy. Read our full review of Resident Evil 3 here.

How To Deal With Resident Evil 3's Nemesis The Easy Way

about X hours ago from
How To Deal With Resident Evil 3's Nemesis The Easy Way

Resident Evil 3's Nemesis is an imposing force who stubbornly chases you throughout your entire playthrough. He's also harder to avoid than Resident Evil 2's Mr. X, so if you're having trouble with Nemesis in the early game try taking him down with grenades. A well-placed grenade will take Nemesis out of the fight for a short time. As an added bonus, Nemesis drops weapons upgrades and other high-powered artillery when you stun him.

In short, always keep a grenade on hand in case of a Nemesis sighting. If you're out of grenades or don't have one in your inventory, keep an eye open for interactive environmentals, such as exploding barrels or electrical boxes, which can help buy you enough time to run to the nearest safe room. Naturally, grenades aren't the easy solution during end-boss encounters, but they still deal massive damage, so don't waste them on puny zombies. Save that firepower for the big guy. Read our full review of Resident Evil 3 here.

Top Of The Table – Stellar Board Games That Actually Teach

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Top Of The Table – Stellar Board Games That Actually Teach

The educational game scene likely deserves some of the criticism that gets leveled its way. Taking a bunch of facts and jamming them into a tired trivia or card game format isn’t good game design, and whether your potential players are kids or adults, they’re sure to see through the ruse. Fortunately, recent years have seen a surge of excellent releases that treat educational elements like any other potential theme, and build a great design around that concept. 

If you’re a teacher or parent, the games below are ideal for young people who learn best with supplementary game experiences. But in choosing the titles to select for this article, I’ve also tried hard to only include games that I’d happily recommend to any adult gaming group as well – stuff that is fun enough to come out on any game night. 

I’ve also steered away from the wealth of clever releases that teach in an abstract way about strategic thinking, logic, or critical thinking; while those skills are eminently valuable to anyone, the focus here is on games with discrete subject themes like math or history.

Opinion – Gaming Is An Important Social Connection Right Now, And We Should Make It A Good One

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Opinion – Gaming Is An Important Social Connection Right Now, And We Should Make It A Good One

Nobody needs another place to dwell on the challenges facing the world in the face of a health epidemic, so I’ll skip right past the obvious. It’s enough to acknowledge that, while everyone reading this is likely united in a shared love of games, we also share a much broader connection right now, being forced to confront a scary situation. As that crisis unfolds around us, gaming and online play has risen up to be a much more important part of life for a lot of people, many of whom might be new to the hobby. As we adjust to that reality, it’s a great time to find and embrace the best aspects of social gaming.

Opinion – Gaming Is An Important Social Connection Right Now, And We Should Make It A Good One

about X hours ago from
Opinion – Gaming Is An Important Social Connection Right Now, And We Should Make It A Good One

Nobody needs another place to dwell on the challenges facing the world in the face of a health epidemic, so I’ll skip right past the obvious. It’s enough to acknowledge that, while everyone reading this is likely united in a shared love of games, we also share a much broader connection right now, being forced to confront a scary situation. As that crisis unfolds around us, gaming and online play has risen up to be a much more important part of life for a lot of people, many of whom might be new to the hobby. As we adjust to that reality, it’s a great time to find and embrace the best aspects of social gaming.

Why Control’s Foundation DLC Fails To Build Off Its Base

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Why Control’s Foundation DLC Fails To Build Off Its Base

At the end of Control, Jesse Faden saved our world from an invasion of extra-dimensional creatures called The Hiss and completed her first assignment as the director of the Federal Bureau of Control. Still, Jesse’s work is far from done; Control’s universe remains full of unseen threats and looming dangers. The Foundation puts Jesse back on the front lines in a battle for the planet. Unfortunately, this battle feels a little too familiar.

In The Foundation, players who completed Control’s main story are now able to travel to the lowest depths of the FBC building where they discover that the astral plane is leaking into the bedrock of the Oldest House. In order to prevent both realities from colliding with one another, Jesse must repair a giant monolith called The Nail by completing a series of trials. These trials are basically a bunch of fetch quests full of combat encounters that keep the action moving. The Foundation’s narrative features the same strange fiction tone present in the base game, but it is missing some of the magic that made me fall in love with the original. The narrative doesn’t evolve much past the “repair the astral barrier” concept, and we don’t get any new insight into Jesse as a character.

Why Control’s Foundation DLC Fails To Build Off Its Base

about X hours ago from
Why Control’s Foundation DLC Fails To Build Off Its Base

At the end of Control, Jesse Faden saved our world from an invasion of extra-dimensional creatures called The Hiss and completed her first assignment as the director of the Federal Bureau of Control. Still, Jesse’s work is far from done; Control’s universe remains full of unseen threats and looming dangers. The Foundation puts Jesse back on the front lines in a battle for the planet. Unfortunately, this battle feels a little too familiar.

In The Foundation, players who completed Control’s main story are now able to travel to the lowest depths of the FBC building where they discover that the astral plane is leaking into the bedrock of the Oldest House. In order to prevent both realities from colliding with one another, Jesse must repair a giant monolith called The Nail by completing a series of trials. These trials are basically a bunch of fetch quests full of combat encounters that keep the action moving. The Foundation’s narrative features the same strange fiction tone present in the base game, but it is missing some of the magic that made me fall in love with the original. The narrative doesn’t evolve much past the “repair the astral barrier” concept, and we don’t get any new insight into Jesse as a character.