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.

Our Favorite Moments Of The Year

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Our Favorite Moments Of The Year

Game Informer's forthcoming February issue contains list after list of Game of the Year awards. Along with our recommendation of 50 games you should not miss, one of those lists rounds up the top gaming moments of the year. Our discussion for this category focuses heavily on story, progression, victory, and sometimes the nuts and bolts that make up a game. But that list doesn't say account for what makes this medium unique: its ability to create emergent stories. Sometimes a game's world delivers an experience that is unique to a player, other times it's the people you are playing with that become the focus.

I asked each Game Informer staffer to give me their favorite moment of the year. I wanted it to be that memory that jumped out; whether it was a plot twist in a game, an interview they conducted with a developer, a conference they attended, or a shared moment with friends. In other words, it could be anything. We all play games, and we know the power they contain. We turn to them for stories, community, competition, and above all else to be entertained. The list below offers a glimpse into all of these entry points. It's one of my favorite lists I've assembled, as it gives you a great snapshot of how video games touched us in 2018.

Enjoy the list and please share your favorite moment in the comments section below.

Our Favorite Moments Of The Year

about X hours ago from
Our Favorite Moments Of The Year

Game Informer's forthcoming February issue contains list after list of Game of the Year awards. Along with our recommendation of 50 games you should not miss, one of those lists rounds up the top gaming moments of the year. Our discussion for this category focuses heavily on story, progression, victory, and sometimes the nuts and bolts that make up a game. But that list doesn't say account for what makes this medium unique: its ability to create emergent stories. Sometimes a game's world delivers an experience that is unique to a player, other times it's the people you are playing with that become the focus.

I asked each Game Informer staffer to give me their favorite moment of the year. I wanted it to be that memory that jumped out; whether it was a plot twist in a game, an interview they conducted with a developer, a conference they attended, or a shared moment with friends. In other words, it could be anything. We all play games, and we know the power they contain. We turn to them for stories, community, competition, and above all else to be entertained. The list below offers a glimpse into all of these entry points. It's one of my favorite lists I've assembled, as it gives you a great snapshot of how video games touched us in 2018.

Enjoy the list and please share your favorite moment in the comments section below.

Brawlin With Supercell's Brawl Stars

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Brawlin With Supercell's Brawl Stars

Supercell, the company behind Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, has a new title on the mobile stage just in time for holiday travel. It’s call Brawl Stars, and it’s a lot different than their previous titles, and draws on all new characters and style. Playing as brawlers (which have different rarities, abilities, can be upgraded, and need to be unlocked) you participate in various challenges and game modes solo, with friends, or on randomly assigned teams. 

A few games in and you only have access to some core “classes” and one game mode. You can play as a standard shooter (This is top down, not FPS) or a bear-summoner early on, each with different attacks and “ultimates” that need to be charged up through combat. After a few rounds, you start to unlock more characters to explore and work up. I unlocked the tanky El Primo early on through a crate, and have been using him as my “main”. Primo does tons of damage at close range and has a giant HP pool, and as I’ve been playing strictly with random people I don’t know, this allows me to take control of an important role in the match.

Brawlin With Supercell's Brawl Stars

about X hours ago from
Brawlin With Supercell's Brawl Stars

Supercell, the company behind Clash of Clans and Clash Royale, has a new title on the mobile stage just in time for holiday travel. It’s call Brawl Stars, and it’s a lot different than their previous titles, and draws on all new characters and style. Playing as brawlers (which have different rarities, abilities, can be upgraded, and need to be unlocked) you participate in various challenges and game modes solo, with friends, or on randomly assigned teams. 

A few games in and you only have access to some core “classes” and one game mode. You can play as a standard shooter (This is top down, not FPS) or a bear-summoner early on, each with different attacks and “ultimates” that need to be charged up through combat. After a few rounds, you start to unlock more characters to explore and work up. I unlocked the tanky El Primo early on through a crate, and have been using him as my “main”. Primo does tons of damage at close range and has a giant HP pool, and as I’ve been playing strictly with random people I don’t know, this allows me to take control of an important role in the match.

Harvest Moon Creator Yasuhiro Wada Talks Theming And Why Japanese Gamers Are Returning To Consoles

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Harvest Moon Creator Yasuhiro Wada Talks Theming And Why Japanese Gamers Are Returning To Consoles

Yasuhiro Wada has been in the industry for over twenty years, which more than qualifies him as a veteran of video game development. As the creator of Harvest Moon, Wada has always held a "mechanics first" ideology that inevitably ends up oozing charm all the same. He took the mantle of president at Marvelous in 2005, then eventually retired from the company in 2011 and founded Toybox Inc. out of a desire to get back to the indie mentality of game development.

Earlier this year, we were able to sit down with Wada for a brief interview about the themes in his games and where he thinks the Japanese industry has been and is going. Wada was being translated by Aksys founder and CEO Akibo Shieh.

So let's backtrack a bit to start with Harvest Moon if you don't mind.

Harvest Moon Creator Yasuhiro Wada Talks Theming And Why Japanese Gamers Are Returning To Consoles

about X hours ago from
Harvest Moon Creator Yasuhiro Wada Talks Theming And Why Japanese Gamers Are Returning To Consoles

Yasuhiro Wada has been in the industry for over twenty years, which more than qualifies him as a veteran of video game development. As the creator of Harvest Moon, Wada has always held a "mechanics first" ideology that inevitably ends up oozing charm all the same. He took the mantle of president at Marvelous in 2005, then eventually retired from the company in 2011 and founded Toybox Inc. out of a desire to get back to the indie mentality of game development.

Earlier this year, we were able to sit down with Wada for a brief interview about the themes in his games and where he thinks the Japanese industry has been and is going. Wada was being translated by Aksys founder and CEO Akibo Shieh.

So let's backtrack a bit to start with Harvest Moon if you don't mind.

Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

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Game Informer’s Ultimate Super Fun List: Top Trees In Gaming

Ever wonder what are the best trees in gaming? No? Look it’s the holidays and we’re strapped for stories. Let’s just run with this and see what happens.

#1 Deku Tree – Why does the Deku tree outrank every other tree in gaming? Because it’s from The Legend of Zelda, and The Legend of Zelda is like the coolest thing ever. Haven’t you heard? Everything Zelda related should be ranked number one. That’s how journalism works. Also, the Deku Tree has a mustache. Double win.

#2 Teldrassil – The old world tree from World Of Warcraft is home to the Night Elves. Of course, the Night Elves suck because they are part of the Alliance, so we weren’t going to include Teldrassil. However, then we heard that sometimes stupid Night Elf noobs fall off the tree and die, so we moved this tree up to number two. (This isn’t in a Zelda game after all.)

6 New Features That Could Make Artifact Friendlier To Newcomers

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6 New Features That Could Make Artifact Friendlier To Newcomers

It’s been nearly a month since Artifact released, and it feels like it’s just getting started. Unlike Dota 2, which went through a couple of years of public beta testing before “properly” releasing, Artifact had only a few months of a closed beta and one week of a limited beta for PAX attendees. And although I’m hooked by the way it adds meaningful layers of strategic depth to the digital card game realm, it’s hard not to look at Artifact in its current state and see lots of room for improvement.

Valve has announced it’s committed to the game for the long haul, as it works to improve the game with new features such as in-game chat, colorblind options, expanded gauntlet options, and a recently-added progression system that lets players earn a limited number of card packs and event tickets. After playing the game on and off for about a month, we have some suggestions of our own for what we’d like to see added down the road as Artifact continues to grow.

6 New Features That Could Make Artifact Friendlier To Newcomers

about X hours ago from
6 New Features That Could Make Artifact Friendlier To Newcomers

It’s been nearly a month since Artifact released, and it feels like it’s just getting started. Unlike Dota 2, which went through a couple of years of public beta testing before “properly” releasing, Artifact had only a few months of a closed beta and one week of a limited beta for PAX attendees. And although I’m hooked by the way it adds meaningful layers of strategic depth to the digital card game realm, it’s hard not to look at Artifact in its current state and see lots of room for improvement.

Valve has announced it’s committed to the game for the long haul, as it works to improve the game with new features such as in-game chat, colorblind options, expanded gauntlet options, and a recently-added progression system that lets players earn a limited number of card packs and event tickets. After playing the game on and off for about a month, we have some suggestions of our own for what we’d like to see added down the road as Artifact continues to grow.