God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

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God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

With our cover story on God of War, we dive in deep on the game's combat and gameplay. As one of the most-anticipated PlayStation 4 games on the horizon, a lot of fans want to know when the game is actually being released. While the team at Santa Monica Studio remains silent on the exact release date, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about how much is left to accomplish before the game hits store shelves.

Watch the video below to learn why the game's development has been so challenging compared to previous projects and why the game itself is surprisingly emotional.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

We come into 2018 with a hazy image of what to expect when it comes to first-person shooters. Many of the expected contenders like Battlefield and Call of Duty won't reveal new games for several months. Other games we'd expect to see, like the next Halo, aren't even guaranteed to hit before December. But that doesn't mean we're operating in complete darkness. 

Several interesting new titles emerged last year, and others we've been waiting on for years are being polished before they launch. Check out our list of the most promising shooters we expect to see this year.  

10. Batallion 1944Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Best Tweets About Nintendo's Labo Reveal

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The Best Tweets About Nintendo's Labo Reveal

Things got spicy yesterday when Nintendo revealed its newest toy in the bag was, uh, a lot of cardboard. No, really. You can decide for yourself what you think of it, as the rest of the internet already has.

Speaking of which, we thought we'd round up the responses to the reveal that offered both amusing responses as well as thought-provoking ones. Well, as thought-provoking as you can be about slabs of cardboard, anyway.

i'm going to buy every nintendo labo and build myself a beautiful new cardboard body

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

Everyone is still looking back at 2017, while some are already getting hyped for what this year brings in gaming. Plenty of blogs to read this week in our newest edition!

Community Blogs For January 4 – January 17:

Top Ten Games I Beat In The Year Beating games is tough. I finally beat Breath of the Wild Monday night after "rushing" through about 12 hours of game. So, it's nice to see that other people still have time to beat games, and these are Christian's favorite games he completed in 2017. I am unsure if I even beat 10 games last year.

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

Now that we’re settled into 2018, it’s time to look at what’s on the horizon for one of gaming's most popular genres. The RPG space is continuing to grow, with many games blurring the line of what’s we’ve come to expect from the genre and its traditional classification. Our list has plenty of games that fall into this camp, but also shows developers evolving classic design in interesting ways. Whether it's upgrading your heroes or making adventure-altering choices, we’re excited for the diverse offering of RPGs in 2018.

Note: Our overall most anticipated list helped determine our rankings.

The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

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The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

Minor spoilers for Pyre ahead.

I don't know why I put off playing Pyre, Supergiant's latest, for so long. I love Bastion dearly. I was colder on Transistor but I appreciated its beautiful worldbuilding and pleasing soundtrack. But something about Pyre made it get bumped down my priority list. Maybe it was the sporty-looking gameplay or the mere fact that it arrived in the wake of the Fall release onslaught. Whatever the reason, I finally made time for Pyre this past week and, wow, this game.

Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

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Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

In our new cover story on God of War, we're highlighting everything that's new in the upcoming PlayStation 4 game. With today's feature we wanted to put our head in the clouds and learn more about how the development team at Santa Monica Studio is framing Kratos' radical shift in mythologies. While visiting the studio, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about the bold decision to have Kratos leave all of Greece behind, why they didn't choose Egyptian mythology for his next adventure, and the specifics on how the game's mythology world is pieced together.

Watch the interview below to learn more about what the shift in mythology means for the future of the series.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

2017 was an exciting year for the adventure genre, with titles like the melancholy short story collection What Remains Edith Finch and the heartbreaking and mundane odyssey Night In The Woods leading the pack. 2018 looks to be a worthy successor, with a series of adventure games that run the aesthetic gambit: with expeditions in space, plague-ridden towns, cyberpunk futures. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the 10 adventure games we’re most excited for in 2018.

10. Pathologic 2
Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, PC
Despite Pathologic 2 having a sequel’s name, it’s actually a remake of the 2005 cult hit Pathologic. This 'sequel' finds you in a small European town stricken by the plague. Your mission is to save the town…or at least try. The original game was beloved in spite of its technical issues because of its idiosyncratic nature, offering no clear instructions and embracing a bleak atmosphere and design that allowed players to fail in their quest if they’re not careful. Hopefully, this remake presents the best version of one of gaming’s most bizarre and compelling titles when hits later this year.

New Gameplay Today – Metal Gear Survive's Single-Player

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New Gameplay Today – Metal Gear Survive's Single-Player

Metal Gear Survive is a little over a month away, but we haven't see much of its single-player yet. Most of what we know revolves around the multiplayer co-op, but rest assured: You're going to be doing some solo sneaking survival come February 20.

To give you a glimpse of what that will look like, Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and I sat down with a near-final build of the single-player, and tackle a four-player co-op mission on the hardest difficulty by ourselves (it doesn't go too well). Now that being said, I did not capture my own gameplay footage from my play session, but Konami was nice enough to approximate my play session and share the footage. You can check out the video below to see fences, barricades, and bases be built to survive against the looming, facing zombie horde.

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Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem

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Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem

From the 2010 Christmas holidays until May 2011, Krzysztof Nosek, the multiplayer programming lead on Call of Juarez: The Cartel, was working himself into the ground.

Due to some "unlucky business negotiations" with publisher Ubisoft, Techland hadn't been given enough time to finish the game. With a release date looming and far too much work left to complete, the team turned to one of the video game industry's most notorious practices: crunch.

"We all had the enthusiasm and drive to create a good game, but there simply weren't enough hours around the clock to fit everything in," Nosek says. "Out of exhaustion we were making stupid mistakes, which required even more patching later on. We would lose our tempers easily, and at some point we developed a pretty surrealistic attitude to the project as a whole."