Fright Factor: Rounding Up Today's Best Horror Games

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Fright Factor: Rounding Up Today's Best Horror Games

A modified version of this feature originally appeared in issue #294 of Game Informer magazine.

Halloween is here, which means now is the perfect time to brush up on some horror. Luckily, the past decade delivered a surge of quality spooky games on modern consoles. The genre has gone through ups and downs, but it’s also had its share of novelties. We’ve seen a swelling of combat-free first-person horror experiences, psychological terrors that tackle existential themes, and multiplayer horror influenced by slasher films.

Horror manifests itself in video games in several ways, like limiting players with scarce resources, or frightening them with jump scares. With so many titles to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are worth checking out, so we’ve made a list of recent scary games you won’t regret playing. This roundup will aid you in finding the right game for the perfect occasion, whether you’re looking for a good scare, a thrill ride, or an ominous storyline.

New Gameplay Today – Oure

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New Gameplay Today – Oure

Earlier today, during its Paris Games Week presentation, Sony revealed a new indie game called Oure – with the bonus that it's also available starting... now! Leo and I downloaded it right after, and Kyle was kind enough to hop on the sticks and play for us. Check it out!

You may notice some similarities between Oure's chilled-out presentation and past PlayStation 4 games like Journey, Flower, and Noby Noby Boy. Well, at least we did. Take a look at the video below to see Kyle collect some orbs, help a colossus titan, and soar around the skies as a bandicoot-faced dragon.

Oure is available on the PlayStation Store for $19.99.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Shining Legends Cards We Pulled

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Shining Legends Cards We Pulled

The fourth expansion in the Pokémon Sun and Moon collection in the Trading Card Game turns a focus on some of the more legendary creatures in the Pokémon universe. From Mewtwo and Entei to Jirachi and Ho-oh, you can find many of the legendary Pokémon in the new Shining Legends expansion for Pokémon TCG. That alone makes this a sought-after expansion, but there's a strange twist: You cannot buy individual booster packs for this expansion.

Instead, to obtain booster packs and cards from this expansion, you need to buy one of the bundles, such as the Elite Trainer Box or the Pikachu or Mewtwo-themed Pin Collection boxes. That adds a level of frustration and cuts down on the impulse buy-ability of this expansion, but thankfully the exclusive cards offered in these bundles are great additions to your collection.

I purchased the Elite Trainer Box, which contains an exclusive Shining Ho-oh card and 10 booster packs, as well as both the Pikachu and Mewtwo Pin Collections, which include three booster packs each in addition to a new card featuring the bundle figurehead.

The 15 Most Insane Things You Can Do In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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The 15 Most Insane Things You Can Do In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a heavy game. It deals with themes of racism, the holocaust, child abuse, and despair. It's also very zany. Enough ink has been spilled about the somber themes of this game SO let's talk about all the wacky things you can get up to. Just so you know: there are a few HUGE spoilers at the very end we've put a notice before so you can avoid them if you feel so inclined.

1. Tackle A Nazi Into Red MistHalfway through the game you get access to one of three 'contraptions' that give you access to super powers. One of these contraptions is called the Ram Shackles. The Ram Shackles essentially turn your sprint into an offensive tackle that, when you've built up enough speed, will splatter any Nazi you hit into a gory, meaty explosion. 

2. Fight The Ku Klux Klan
While you don't technically fight any KKK members during the campaign, you can revisit sections of the game districts on your war map in New Orleans and Roswell to bash in the heads of murderous racists.

The Sports Desk – Taking The Ice With Franchise Hockey Manager 4

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The Sports Desk – Taking The Ice With Franchise Hockey Manager 4

The NHL season has started, but it's still too early to tell how everything is going to shake out. This means it's the perfect time to jump into Franchise Hockey Manager 4 from Out of the Park Developments, and take control of your favorite franchise to ensure that the Stanley Cup goes to the right place. Simulating what happens this season is just the tip of the iceberg in FHM 4, however. Naturally you can take your franchise far into the future, but the game also extends into the NHL's past (back to 1917), has international team management, and allows you to set up regionalized leagues (of countries, regions, or even with teams from states like Minnesota). I spent some time with the game recently, and am excited enough that I want to play more.

How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

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How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, you're not usually short on coins, but if you do need to make some quickly, here's a tip.

I am not confident enough to say that this is the fastest way to collect coins in Super Mario Odyssey, but it will load up your wallet quickly. It generates about 76 coins a minute without too much effort. First, you go to the Wooded Kingdom, then head to the Secret Flower Field Entrance warp point, the northern most warp point on the map, and go perform the nearby transformation to grab a quick 38 coins, and then you can rinse and repeat until you're a thousandaire.

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Replay – The 2017 Halloween Stuptacular!

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Replay – The 2017 Halloween Stuptacular!

The best treat (and trick) we could give you this year is a look at a long-forgotten PlayStation 2 game called Ghost Vibration. This brilliant (or terrible) on-rails horror game is filled with jump scares and one of the most ghastly looking protagonist you'll ever see. We spend a fair amount of time with this gem before moving on to other awful horror games from yesteryear.

If you're wondering why Replay: Civil War didn't return for a third week, you have nothing to fear. It'll be back for the finale next week. We just wanted to pay our respects to one of the greatest holidays. We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween! Let us know what you are dressing up as in the comments section below.

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10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Assassin's Creed Origins

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10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Assassin's Creed Origins

Despite the Assassin’s Creed name, Origins does a lot of things differently from previous games in this franchise. That doesn’t mean fans are likely to feel lost, but it does mean that you have some new systems and approaches to figure out. We spent a lot of time exploring Ubisoft’s open-world take on ancient Egypt (read our review), and pulled out 10 helpful pointers that should get you going on your journey with the right foot forward.

What to sell and what to keep Sorting through your gear can be intimidating, especially since Assassin’s Creed Origins borrows heavily from RPG inventory design. Thankfully, your approach to item management should be pretty straightforward. At any merchant, you have the option to sell all “unnecessary” goods. You should do that all the time and without reservation. What remains will be a combination of weapons and crafting materials. Keep the crafting materials, because you’ll need a lot of them. As for weapons, blue ones aren’t anything special, so you can dispose of them by selling (if you need money) or dismantling (if you need materials). Purple and gold weapons you should take on a case-by-case basis; they are usually pretty good, so their worth to you depends on what weapons you like to use and what you currently have equipped.

Get Ready For Our Fun Extra Life Stream By Joining Team Game Informer

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Get Ready For Our Fun Extra Life Stream By Joining Team Game Informer

Coming up on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00 a.m. central time, Game Informer is kicking off an absurd 25-hour gaming live stream to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. And we need your help.

Last year we raised over $52,000 for the children's hospital thanks to the incredibly generous support from the amazing Game Informer community and superhero Zachary Pligge. This year our team goal is to raise $60,000. You have a couple of options of how you can help. You can click here to join Team Game Informer and raise money by streaming games on your own, or you can tune in to our live stream to contribute to the fun by donating and helping to spread the word amongst your family and friends.

We're going to be playing a ton of fun games throughout the stream, like Pictionary, the Jackbox games, and much more. We're also going to be encouraging donations by letting you torture Game Informer editors by feeding us ghost peppers, throwing pies in our faces, or several new torturous challenges... We're also going to be holding a charity auction every 30 minutes, where we'll ship out to the winning bidder some amazing items from around the game industry. Honestly, we've never had a more amazing lineup of auction items.

The Xbox One X Primer

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The Xbox One X Primer

Getting gamers excited for a new console less than four years into the current generation of systems is a hard sell, and so far Microsoft hasn't made the strongest sales pitch for the Xbox One X. As with its predecessor, the Xbox One X reveal was undermined by vagaries and mixed messaging, leading to confusion among consumers. Microsoft has filled in many of the gaps in the ensuing months, but one big question remains: Do you really need to upgrade?

While we won't be able to judge the merits of the Xbox One X until it's out in the wild, we can provide you with a clear picture of what the system does and doesn't do, so you can begin weighing your options. You can still expect a full hardware review in the coming days, but in the meantime, here's everything we know about the Xbox One X.

Note: This article originally appeared in the November issue of Game Informer.