Replay – Revelations: Persona

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Replay – Revelations: Persona

Persona 5 isn't just one of the best games of 2017, it's one of the greatest RPGs to date. In Game Informer's recently released Top 100 RPGs of All Time list, Persona 5 sits at number 19. Persona 4 is not far behind it at 30. These great adventures are trendsetting today, but their DNA is still tightly sewn to the first entry in the series, Revelations: Persona, which released for PlayStation in 1996.

We give you a good look at the opening moments of this historic game. Before you ask, we do reach a couple of battles to show off how fighting and persuasion are handled. We also discuss all things Persona, including the Shin Megami Tensei if... series that it's linked to. Joe Juba shows us that old games like this are not as intuitive as our memories make them out to be.

In our second segment we take a look at Ubisoft's most underrated game. No, you haven't heard of it, and no, we don't think Ubisoft will ever revisit it...unless you demand it over and over again.

Super Replay – Overblood 2 & Blue Stinger Bonus Episodes

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Super Replay – Overblood 2 & Blue Stinger Bonus Episodes

Thanks to your amazing support during last year's 25-hour Extra Life livestream, we raised over $52,000 for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare. As a thank you for your support, we said we would play through the bonus episode in Overblood 2, and at long last show you what is inside of the strip club in Blue Stinger. We wanted to make sure we did this right, and it took some time to get the old Overblood crew back together for these episodes.

Matt Helgeson, Tim Turi, Dan Ryckert, and Ben Hanson join me for a journey back into these terrible games. In true Replay fashion, nothing goes as planned. We figured both games would take us under an hour. As you can see from the video times below, we went well beyond that, and even needed to send video boy Leo Vader on a mission to get drinks.

Thanks again for all of your support during Extra Life. You guys rock, and we hope we can reunite for similar fun this year for another Extra Life marathon.

The Secrets Of Nearly Every Room In Breath Of The Wild’s Trial Of The Sword

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The Secrets Of Nearly Every Room In Breath Of The Wild’s Trial Of The Sword

The Trial of the Sword is the best, and most challenging, part of the the first batch of Breath of the Wild's DLC. It's tough, but certainly not impossible, and knowing where to find the assorted secrets goes a long way in keeping you alive for the duration. Here, we're going to tell you where to find those secrets, but also let you know how we survived the trial so that hopefully you can do the same.

First up, before the secrets, some overall tips:

Bombs are your friend: You don't get to take much into the trial with you. Your health, your stamina, and your runes. That last one is important to remember. Your bomb runes are invaluable in helping you reserve your weapons and you should use them generously. I would often switch back and forth between sphere and cube in order to keep the explosions going.

10 Brilliant Shake-ups For Gaming's Biggest Franchises

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10 Brilliant Shake-ups For Gaming's Biggest Franchises

Sometimes long-running franchises need major changes to remain relevant. Luckily, G.I.'s resident idea man is on the case.

Sequels are often seen as the safe bet in the video game industry; a recognizable name guarantees more sales than a fresh-faced IP, not to mention the added safety that a proven gameplay formula provides. However, if a series goes on for too long, that familiarity can become a detriment – once players think they know what to expect from a franchise, even big changes can go ignored.

That's why sometimes a drastic shake-up is in order, and if you need an example of that, look no further than Nintendo. Wait, what? No, that's right – Nintendo.

NBA 2K18 Wish List

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NBA 2K18 Wish List

With NBA free agency in full swing, fans are starting to get antsy about hearing hard details regarding how the uber popular NBA 2K series plans to evolve for the 2K18 edition. We know the cover athletes and that some version of the game is coming to Nintendo Switch, but beyond that developer Visual Concepts is running a screen play regarding the changes coming to gameplay and game modes in 2017. 

As we patiently wait for the news drop (judging by the early September timing last year we still have a few months to kill), the GI Staff kicked around the evolutions we’d like to see come to the series. Since the majority of us play MyCareer and MyGM modes, this wish list skews heavily in this direction. 

GENERAL IMPROVEMENTS

Exclusive Deep Dive Into Starfinder RPG’s Planet Verces

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Exclusive Deep Dive Into Starfinder RPG’s Planet Verces

Starfinder aims to catapult forward in Paizo’s Pathfinder fantasy universe, and tell stories set in a science-fiction meets fantasy setting of goblin-crewed starships, magical laser rifles, and dragon space explorers. We’ve had a few opportunities in the last several months to highlight Paizo’s upcoming tabletop RPG, including an interview with the creative director and a first look at one of the game’s iconic characters, Iseph the Operative, and later a broader look at all the central characters of the new fiction.

Today, we’re continuing the trend to show off a first look at one corner of the Starfinder universe, and some of its inhabitants, including another closer look at one of Starfinder’s iconic characters. 

Verces is one of many explorable planets in the Starfinder universe. The images below each highlight a different aspect of this single planet, but it’s worth noting that the actual Starfinder setting includes info on numerous worlds and moons, space stations, and civilization arc ships, all that neighbor Verces, not to mention the way the Starfinder setting opens the door for galactic exploration of the solar systems that lie further away. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 6, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 6, 2017)

We hope everyone enjoyed a fun Fourth of July weekend full of grilling and gaming. Based on this week's Blog Herding, it looked like quite a few people found time to write about games as well!

Community Blogs For June 22 – June 28:

My Top 4 Cinematic Gaming ExperiencesMikComposer is a huge fan of story-driven games, and these four top the list when it comes to the blogger's favorites. I was happy to see The Wolf Among Us on the list. That game, and the comic series it is based upon, are absolutely fantastic.

The Virtual Life – Getting Away With Murder In Hitman

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The Virtual Life – Getting Away With Murder In Hitman

Viktor Novikov isn't a bright man. He walks around this mansion like he owns everyone here. He's bumbled his way to the top and mistakes himself for a god. I could kill him on the sly. Break the chandelier and cause it to crush him when he gets up on the catwalk to give a speech. Painful but tidy. Professional. No signs of foul play.

But the man offends me. He's a brute who thinks he's a grifter. I'll take the pay cut just to take him down a few pegs. I follow him and the guard flanking at all times through the corridors of this maze, filled with party guests until he steps off into a secluded place to make a call on his cellphone. His guard goes down first, a wrench knocking him to the ground. Novikov turns. I give him long enough to see the pistol, to realize what's coming next, and to know that everything he built is about to be taken from him. Two roaring shots. Center mass. The Russian drops to the floor. I toss the pistol and walk back into the hallway.

Around me, people scream but no one's seen anything. I take advantage of the chaos, moving through crowds, walking past guards with their pistols drawn as they surge toward the scene of the crime. Out at the docks next to the courtyard I find the boat and make a daring but silent escape to freedom. Just another day at the office.