Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 30, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 30, 2017)

We took last week off to stuff our faces with plenty of food, but we're back for another edition of Blog Herding!

Community Blogs For November 16 – November 29:

Puzzle Racers StarterPack has a challenge: write about which two genres should fit. He got to thinking about this when trying to race through Portal, and wondered, are there "any puzzle racing games?" I'm guessing you have puzzles in games with timers, much like in the original Resident Evil, but I'm not sure of too many. StarterPack takes us through his idea for such a game, and challenges others to doing the same.

RPG Grind Time – Seven RPGs You May Have Missed This Year

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RPG Grind Time – Seven RPGs You May Have Missed This Year

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but in a little over a month, we begin anew. In any year with numerous releases, it’s easy to let good games pass you by, especially in the RPG genre. After all, RPGs are more demanding of your time, making it nearly impossible to play every single one. I find it important to look back and consider what might have gotten pushed aside in the onslaught of releases. This year had some standouts, such as Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. Even niche RPGs had their place, from Tales of Berseria to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. And while Ys: VIII really impressed me, I recommend waiting for the patch that addresses localization issues hitting in early 2018, so you can play it without the awkward dialogue. The game is still fun despite the flawed localization, but if you’ve already waited this long to play it, you might as well experience it at its best. Also, if you haven't finished Persona 5 yet, get on that!

New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Wormhaven And Pacifica Crucible Maps

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New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Wormhaven And Pacifica Crucible Maps

Along with Curse of Osiris' new zone, campaign, public events, and lost sectors come two new multiplayer maps, Wormhaven (a PlayStation 4 exclusive map) and Pacfica. Jeff Cork and Leo Vader sat down with me to talk about the maps' layouts, lore, and lots of other topics. It also acted as a way for me to show Jeff and Leo some kills I got and act all proud of them, like a dad showing his friends home videos of their kids.

Although we were only able to play a couple of matches apiece, I'm liking these new maps quite a bit, as Titan is one of the most evocative locations in Destiny 2. Watch us shoot, get shot, and land some sick moves along the way.

Note: This video was recorded long before much of the news about Destiny 2 that's come about recently, so we don't discuss any of it. Sick kills only!

Check Out This Exclusive Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs Card Reveal

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Check Out This Exclusive Hearthstone Kobolds and Catacombs Card Reveal

Hearthstone's upcoming expansion Kobolds and Catacombs lands on December 7, and is loaded with treasure, traps, and dungeon crawling madness. Today, we're unveiling a wild Mage spell that should be a lot of fun to play – and a lot of fun to watch in action! Check out Deck of Wonders!

Deck of Wonders places 5 Scroll cards into your deck, which autocast a random spell for free when drawn – you can't pick the targets, and the spells can be from any class, much like a Yogg-Saron trigger. They read "Cast a random spell. Draw a card. Cast this when drawn."

Extremely relevant to this conversation, Scrolls also have a casting cost of 5 (they will play for free when drawn, don't forget), meaning they can be combined easily with other cards that take advantage of higher-casting cost cards in your deck, like the recently revealed Spiteful Summoner. These random spells do not count toward things like Open The Waygate or spell trigger cards like Violet Teacher. If you want to get really tricky, you can use something like Hemet, Jungle Hunter to trim your deck down to size so that every draw has a great chance to hit one of your free spells.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Discovery, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Discovery, Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This week’s column begins with an apparent feud between two of Star Trek’s captains. William Shatner, who has played captain Kirk forever, and newly anointed Star Trek Discovery captain, Jason Isaacs, are in the midst of a puzzling Twitter spat.
Isaacs recently wrote “I’ve been blocked by @WilliamShatner. The unkindest cut of all. In what way have I broken the prime directive, Captain? Was it the end of sentence min-key uptick? The quizzical eyebrow (and blue eyeliner)? The just too-tight uniform? Forgive me my sins – it’s an homage, I swear.”

Shatner has not responded to this tweet yet, but Isaacs thinks someone else may be writing running his Twitter feed. In an interview with The Telegraph, Isaacs said “Bill Shatner started to troll me online. I was misquoted about Star Trek, and we got into this wild banter with each other. Then I met him and he seemed to have no knowledge of it at all. So I’m not sure he does his own Twitter feed.”

Isaac’s tweet implies Shatner may be jealous, thus the reason for the block, but internet sleuths think it may have to do with Isaac’s liberal-minded tweets. I’m curious where this goes next. Maybe Kate Mulgrew will have to step between these two to calm the waters.

What The Heck Is This? Episode 16

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 16

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 16, we are a realistic fish with laserbeams for some reason in Ace of Seafood and for part two, we spend a lot of time exploring creepy woods with our brother in Unforgiving - A Northern Hymn.

The Sports Desk – GT Sport Moves Into The Future

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The Sports Desk – GT Sport Moves Into The Future

GT Sport came out over a month ago, and while at the time I liked how the game felt on the track and some of its marginal features, it was handicapped by its online-based structure. The game was never intended to be like the previous numbered entries, but the extent to which it affects the title is significant. Single-payer content is hampered by the need to be online. Content like the FIA Manufacturers series and Daily events are doled out in drips. The single-player campaign is too bite-sized to satisfy. Developer Polyphony Digital has promised to keep improving the game, and true to their word the game's updates through the end of the year and beyond will do more than just add new cars.

The brand-new 1.06 patch (click for full details) adds three new cars and improved physics model, but more importantly, it allows players to experience the campaign mode, livery editor, and Scapes photo mode while offline. Although the game still uses the online-based save method, the patch at least makes more portions of the game more accessible.

Six Couch Co-op Games To Play This Holiday Weekend

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Six Couch Co-op Games To Play This Holiday Weekend

While it may not be as prominent as it once was, couch co-op gaming is still alive today and a great way to have fun this Thanksgiving.

With the continued innovations of online gaming, couch co-op games aren’t as common as they used to be. It’s a shame too, especially when the holidays continue to offer a great chance to share each other’s love of gaming in the same space.

Luckily, some developers still see the value in bringing people together for joint play experiences. Whether it’s quick and easy mini games or a heated shootout through brutally difficult boss fights, there are plenty of recently released titles that offer gamers a way to come together this holiday weekend. Plug in those extra controllers and make some room on the couch for these six couch co-op games.

Replay – Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge

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Replay – Crimson Skies: High Road To Revenge

The Xbox One X is finally here, and we decided to put the new system through its paces by playing an original Xbox title with some explosions in it. Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard and I are here to put Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge through the ringer with SEVERAL explosions, a devastating betrayal, and a list of the Top Ten Pool Hunks in Cinema History.

Then, we take a look back at Black, the original Xbox FPS from Criterion Games. The Burnout developers' take on a gritty, over-the-top shooter still holds up today as the most realistic, beautiful, and viscerally satisfying shooter ever released. That's my opinion and you can't tell me it's wrong.

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Playing Super Mario Odyssey With My Daughter Makes Me Happy

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Playing Super Mario Odyssey With My Daughter Makes Me Happy

I have been playing Super Mario Odyssey a lot, and it’s a great game. You can read Reiner’s Super Mario Odyssey review right here, which echoes many of my own thoughts, but for a more personal perspective I wanted to share why its more than just a great game. To put it simply, it makes me happy.

When ranking Mario games, I still place Super Mario Galaxy at the top. That game took its genre’s namesake – the platform – and reimagined it, placing Mario on planets with questionable gravity. It was insane and still is 10 years later. I had a good time with the follow-up, Super Mario 3D World, but it lacked the personality of Marios prior. It felt familiar to a fault, despite having some fantastic platforming challenges. Super Mario Sunshine remains, to this day, the only 3D Mario game I did not complete to the 100-percent mark. It reimagined Mario’s core mechanic, jumping, in a radical way, but I was happy to put it down after completing the final Bowser confrontation.