Get In The Spirit With Video Games’ Merriest Holidays

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Get In The Spirit With Video Games’ Merriest Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for gaming. Time off from work and bad weather outside means plenty of time to boot up and lose yourself in a digital wonderland. If that’s not enough motivation, games are released in droves around this time, packing your schedule with game time merriment. Though there is plenty to choose from, not all will fill you with holiday cheer. Don’t miss out this season – make the most of your precious vacation and revel in these merriest of video game holidays.

The Dawning draws Guardians from across the universe to the Tower to soak in the holiday spirit, celebrate the winter season, and experience the joy of giving. This year, the air is filled with the smell of freshly baked cookies as players craft the perfect Gjallardoodles or Chocolate Ship Cookies for quest givers that eventually reward them with the greatest gift of all – an exotic Sleigh to ride around in.

Every year on the 25th day of Winter, guide your hard-working farmer to Pelican Town to join in on the Feast of the Winter Star. The feast is set in the snow-covered town square, decked out with festive décor and filled to the brim with scrumptious food. The festival packs in even more digital delights with a secret gift exchange which can jump-start a relationship with that special someone.

Games To Bring The Family Together (And Tear Them Apart) This Holiday Season

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Games To Bring The Family Together (And Tear Them Apart) This Holiday Season

It can be hard to enjoy a game when you’re losing, and if you’re playing games with family and friends this holiday season, there will be losers. Here are the games to get the most out of those pleasant family evenings, and then subsequently kill all the warm feelings you ever felt for them.

Super Smash Bros. is a fun, kinetic brawler that everyone can enjoy. With its colorful cast of Nintendo staples, the kid-friendly beat’em up is charming, and its simple controls make for an experience easy to pick up, yet difficult to master. In fact, this last point is exactly why some people will be throwing fits during play sessions this break, because some people are very good at this game and others not so much. Don’t be shocked if one of your family members rage quits because they’re constantly getting knocked out of the stadium. It’s not easy to watch your character cheer and clap for another character who keeps coming in first place.

Games To Bring The Family Together (And Tear Them Apart) This Holiday Season

about X hours ago from
Games To Bring The Family Together (And Tear Them Apart) This Holiday Season

It can be hard to enjoy a game when you’re losing, and if you’re playing games with family and friends this holiday season, there will be losers. Here are the games to get the most out of those pleasant family evenings, and then subsequently kill all the warm feelings you ever felt for them.

Super Smash Bros. is a fun, kinetic brawler that everyone can enjoy. With its colorful cast of Nintendo staples, the kid-friendly beat’em up is charming, and its simple controls make for an experience easy to pick up, yet difficult to master. In fact, this last point is exactly why some people will be throwing fits during play sessions this break, because some people are very good at this game and others not so much. Don’t be shocked if one of your family members rage quits because they’re constantly getting knocked out of the stadium. It’s not easy to watch your character cheer and clap for another character who keeps coming in first place.

Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

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Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

We know the holidays are stressful. Heck, you're probably hiding in the corner of some distant relative's home right now with a mug of eggnog. But don't worry, we're here for you with a relaxing yule log gaming session with Kyle Hilliard. 

The fire crackles calmly while Kyle quietly plays some strange game no one's ever heard of, and he definitely doesn't judge you for forgetting your sister's Christmas present for the third year in a row. There might even be a furry visitor or two. Enjoy!

Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

about X hours ago from
Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

We know the holidays are stressful. Heck, you're probably hiding in the corner of some distant relative's home right now with a mug of eggnog. But don't worry, we're here for you with a relaxing yule log gaming session with Kyle Hilliard. 

The fire crackles calmly while Kyle quietly plays some strange game no one's ever heard of, and he definitely doesn't judge you for forgetting your sister's Christmas present for the third year in a row. There might even be a furry visitor or two. Enjoy!

Exploring Skater XL's Bag Of Tricks

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Exploring Skater XL's Bag Of Tricks

Today we take a playable tour through upcoming skateboarding title Skater XL from Easy Day Studios. A slice of the game is available via Steam Early Access, with more features such as character customization, more spots and gear, and video editing/exporting expected as the game continues to a hopeful late-2019 release.

The game maps each foot to an analog stick, but despite how possibly complicated this may sound, what struck me when I first started playing was how relatively smooth and easy the gameplay felt. Furthermore, this control scheme already enables a variety of tricks and creativity. We can't wait to see what else gets put into the game as time goes on.

First off, I sat down with fellows Jeff Cork and Leo Vader and played the title in this special New Gameplay Today/Sports Desk crossover. Enjoy.

Exploring Skater XL's Bag Of Tricks

about X hours ago from
Exploring Skater XL's Bag Of Tricks

Today we take a playable tour through upcoming skateboarding title Skater XL from Easy Day Studios. A slice of the game is available via Steam Early Access, with more features such as character customization, more spots and gear, and video editing/exporting expected as the game continues to a hopeful late-2019 release.

The game maps each foot to an analog stick, but despite how possibly complicated this may sound, what struck me when I first started playing was how relatively smooth and easy the gameplay felt. Furthermore, this control scheme already enables a variety of tricks and creativity. We can't wait to see what else gets put into the game as time goes on.

First off, I sat down with fellows Jeff Cork and Leo Vader and played the title in this special New Gameplay Today/Sports Desk crossover. Enjoy.

Showcasing The Unexpected Beauty Of Rage 2’s Biomes

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Showcasing The Unexpected Beauty Of Rage 2’s Biomes

A lot of wastelands are defined by their greys and browns. We’re fascinated with post-apocalyptic worlds, but we’re tired of looking at them. Thankfully, in recent years, developers have begun to shift towards more colorful dystopias. Avalanche Studios has taken Rage’s desert environments and brightened them up for the sequel with a variety of forests and pink-streaked shanty towns. We take a deeper look at all the environments you trek through in Rage 2.

For more on Rage 2 be sure to check out our cover story hub by clicking on the banner below.

Showcasing The Unexpected Beauty Of Rage 2’s Biomes

about X hours ago from
Showcasing The Unexpected Beauty Of Rage 2’s Biomes

A lot of wastelands are defined by their greys and browns. We’re fascinated with post-apocalyptic worlds, but we’re tired of looking at them. Thankfully, in recent years, developers have begun to shift towards more colorful dystopias. Avalanche Studios has taken Rage’s desert environments and brightened them up for the sequel with a variety of forests and pink-streaked shanty towns. We take a deeper look at all the environments you trek through in Rage 2.

For more on Rage 2 be sure to check out our cover story hub by clicking on the banner below.

Great Picks For Gaming With Family And Friends

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Great Picks For Gaming With Family And Friends

The holiday season often brings friends and families together. If you're hoping to keep gaming while spending time with them, here are some great selections for you all to enjoy.

Platform SwitchRating E10+

The new entry in the beloved crossover fighting franchise retains the series’ stellar local multiplayer. With more than 70 characters and 100 maps, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate lives up to its name by delivering more content than any other entry in series history. With robust custom ruleset options, you can set up matches just the way you like them. However, if you want to show off the massive roster to your friends and family, you might want to play a lot beforehand; you only start with eight characters and unlocking the rest can take several hours. Even though World of Light is a fun single-player mode, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is best enjoyed with others.