Wargaming On Bringing Single-Player To The Multiplayer World Of Tanks

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Wargaming On Bringing Single-Player To The Multiplayer World Of Tanks

From its beginning, World of Tanks has always focused on online multiplayer. Outside of offline training missions and some limited player vs. A.I. opportunities, World of Tanks is all about playing with and against other player-controlled tanks. At the same time, developer Wargaming recognizes that players sometimes like to play by themselves. War Stories is its attempt to satiate those players.

In these free downloads, players take on A.I. tanks with a contextual story surrounding the action. To start, Wargaming is releasing two stories, each of which has three playable chapters. The first is called Brothers in Armor, and the second is Flashpoint Berlin.

Each standalone story features a unique commander with their own objectives and goals to direct the player.  “These are mostly focusing on alternative history,” says senior designer Chad Steingraber, offering a follow-up example of a possible future story. “What if the Cuban missile crisis took a different turn? How would the U.S. respond to that?” A narrator discusses the players’ action in real-time. Steingraber relates their narrator to the one from Bastion, who actively comments on what the player is doing.

Replay – Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

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Replay – Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis

Jurassic World Evolution, a game where you build your own Jurassic Park, was announced recently which prompted us to revisit the original Jurassic Park builder, Operation Genesis.

It had its drawbacks and limitations, but it was also a game where you could build a zoo, fill it with dinosaurs, delete all the fences, and watch the park-goers run in fear (to the nearest flat hamburger stand). Andrew Reiner, the voice of Leo Vader, and I are joined by the rare Replay attendee and noted Jurassic Park super fan, Ben Hanson. He knows a thing or two about building Jurassic Parks, and is constantly in competition with Reiner over who appreciates dinosaurs more.

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Discussing Half-Life’s Surprise Episode 3 Ending

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Discussing Half-Life’s Surprise Episode 3 Ending

We didn't expect August 24 to be the day we finally learned about Half-Life 2: Episode 3's story and conclusion, but here we are.

Yesterday, Half-Life designer and writer, Marc Laidlaw, posted a blog on his personal website detailing a potential plot summary for what could have been Half-Life 2: Episode 3. It is, in all likelihood, the closest we will ever get to a true wrap-up to the cliffhangers at the end of Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and we really wanted to talk about it.

We approached this discussion like we would an entry in our spoiled series so warning – Half-Life spoilers are discussed in great detail. If you don't want to know what happens at the end of Half-Life 2's episodes, or you want to read Laidlaw's blog post before listening to other people talk about it, do it now before watching the video. Alternatively, you can also watch this video for a summary of Laidlaw's story if you don't like looking at words.

Four Things XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen Does Brilliantly

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Four Things XCOM 2: War Of The Chosen Does Brilliantly

Firaxis' expansion for the alien-smashing strategy game, XCOM 2, releases next week, but you should be excited for it this week. You can read our review to find out why we think XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is one of the best strategy games on the market, but if you want a quick and dirty breakdown of what makes this expansion stand out, watch this video where we outline four things that we think are brilliant about killing aliens in War of the Chosen.

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To learn more things about other games, in variables of four, follow the links for Hellblade, Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle, Pyre, Ever Oasis, Injustice 2, Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, Prey, Dragon Quest Heroes II, Outlast II, Persona 5, Splatoon 2, Yooka-Laylee, Mass Effect: Andromeda, Nier: Automata, Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild by following the links.

Top Of The Table – The Games Of Gen Con 2017

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Top Of The Table – The Games Of Gen Con 2017

In 1968, Gen Con got its start as a wargaming convention founded by Gary Gygax, well known for his co-development of Dungeons & Dragons. Back then, it was a small gathering in Lake Geneva, WI. Today, the gathering of tabletop publishers and enthusiasts has blossomed into a titanic affair, with tens of thousands of attendees, and hundreds of games to peruse, preview, and purchase. 

It’s a tremendous challenge to cull down from all those projects (many of which look amazing) and highlight just a few, but a few games managed to snag more than their share of the spotlight thanks to smart concepts, innovative mechanics, or simply fulfilling long-held anticipation. Here are ten of the games (listed in alphabetical order) that garnered big buzz and excitement at this year’s show.  

Overwatch Production Director On Junkertown Map, Dad: 76, And What’s Under Roadhog’s Mask

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 Overwatch Production Director On Junkertown Map, Dad: 76, And What’s Under Roadhog’s Mask

The past few days have been significant ones in the Overwatch community. Not only did Mei get her moment in the spotlight with a new animated character short, but we all got to see the reveal of a new escort map set in Junkrat and Roadhog’s old stomping grounds. The Junkertown map was accompanied by a funny new animated short, too. We spoke with Overwatch’s production director, Chacko Sonny, about the new map, experimental animation, and a host of other things. Did you know that Orisa used to be Zarya (kind of? sort of?)? Read on to learn what that means and much more.

Game Informer: Let’s get right to it! Tell me about the new Junkertown map!

Chacko Sonny: Junkertown is a map that I feel like started in a narrative conception. This was such fertile ground for exploration for the team, because we had these two heroes – Junkrat and Roadhog – which everybody loved. And they’re different in many ways than a lot of the other heroes, they have a different tone. I think even Terran [Gregory, cinematic project director] refers to it when he talks about the animated piece, he says most of the other animated pieces that we’ve done are focused on these themes of honor and hope and compassion and all this kind of stuff, and they’ve taken a different approach with Junkrat and Roadhog, because that’s the actual tenor of those characters.

Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Ubisoft's zany turn-based Mario and Rabbids mash-up is almost here, and this hour-long gameplay session will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Kyle Hilliard, Ben Reeves, Leo Vader, and I sat down to play a sizable chunk of Kingdom Battle's first world, culminating in a showdown against the game's first midboss. Along the way, we discuss the totally plausible story premise, how the game differs from other entries in the turn-based strategy genre, and offer a few pointers for taking down enemies.

Battle Kingdom has a surprising amount of depth, and while this video only features the opening area of the game, we discuss some of the abilities you'll unlock and gameplay elements you can look forward to, and take a quick peek at the skill trees of your first party members.

What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

In episode 13, Andrew Reiner disappears, but his love for dinosaurs (and animal combat) lives on as Leo Vader and I look at Beast Battle Simulator. We also play at a game that looked at Mega Man X and said, "Yeah, let's do that," with 20XX.

A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

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A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

If you visited Warner Interactive’s booth at Gamescom, you probably noticed that Lego continues to fill a big role within the publisher’s repertoire of games. There were four Lego games on deck at this year’s show, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game, the Nintendo Switch version of Lego Worlds, and Lego Dimensions. While they all share a few things in common, such as bricks, studs, and minifigs, they’re also branching out in different directions.

Here’s a quick rundown on what’s ahead for Lego fans in the gaming world.

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