Exclusive Card Reveal: Seven Cards From Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sun & Moon – Team Up

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Exclusive Card Reveal: Seven Cards From Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sun & Moon – Team Up

The Sun & Moon – Team Up expansion for the Pokémon Trading Card Game hits store shelves on February 1, introducing the new Tag Team Pokémon-GX mechanic that puts two Pokémon on the same card to deliver more power and higher stakes; in addition to bringing higher attack power, if your opponent knocks out a Tag Team card, you lose a whopping three prize cards. These Tag Team cards see pairings like Eevee & Snorlax, Celebi & Venusaur, and Pikachu & Zekrom.

These Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards aren't the only cards found in the Team Up expansion. The expansion introduces more than 180 new cards, including 6 Tag Team pairings, 6 standalone Pokémon-GX cards, 4 Prism Star cards, and more than 25 Trainer cards. The Pokémon Company was gracious enough to give us a look at a few of these cards ahead of the expansion's launch.

You can see these cards for the first time below. For some early looks at the Team Up mechanic itself, check out our earlier reveal of two Tag Team Pokémon-GX cards. Also, be sure to check out our interview with Pokémon Trading Card Game director Atsushi Nagashima about the challenges of balancing this new mechanic and how the pairings are decided.

Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 4

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Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 4

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 4

about X hours ago from
Super Replay – God Hand: Episode 4

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games Of 2019

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Our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games Of 2019

Every year, indie games become a larger part of the gaming industry. Based on this year’s releases, that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. From psychic camps to golf parodies to the exploits of a mischievous goose, here are some of the most exciting indie games on the horizon.

Release: 2019 Platform: PC

Milo and Lola are dead. But the party has just started. These two best buds are about to have the night of their afterlife. Instead of heading straight to hell, they’ve discovered a loophole that says if they can outdrink Satan, they’ll get to return to Earth. From the creators of Oxenfree, Night School Studio’s Afterparty expands on the team’s conversation system, which influences its narrative as players bounce from one underworld pub to the next playing drunken activities like beer pong, karaoke, and chugging competitions.

Our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games Of 2019

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Our 20 Most Anticipated Indie Games Of 2019

Every year, indie games become a larger part of the gaming industry. Based on this year’s releases, that trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down. From psychic camps to golf parodies to the exploits of a mischievous goose, here are some of the most exciting indie games on the horizon.

Release: 2019 Platform: PC

Milo and Lola are dead. But the party has just started. These two best buds are about to have the night of their afterlife. Instead of heading straight to hell, they’ve discovered a loophole that says if they can outdrink Satan, they’ll get to return to Earth. From the creators of Oxenfree, Night School Studio’s Afterparty expands on the team’s conversation system, which influences its narrative as players bounce from one underworld pub to the next playing drunken activities like beer pong, karaoke, and chugging competitions.

Replay – Catherine

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Replay – Catherine

Released on February 17, 2011, Catherine is an odd puzzle platformer from some of Atlus' veteran designers of the Persona series. The game's look, pacing, and stylish user interface all scream of that RPG series, but Catherine is a much different beast when it comes to gameplay and story. Best described as "kind of like Q*bert" and "flat-out weird," Catherine is a hard game to describe, but is damn fun, and worth a look for everyone who is looking for something new to play.

If you like what you see, and want to give the game a whirl yourself, it just released on Steam eight days ago, and is heading to PlayStation 4 and Vita soon as a "Full Body" enhanced edition with more content, including a third love interest.

Replay – Catherine

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Replay – Catherine

Released on February 17, 2011, Catherine is an odd puzzle platformer from some of Atlus' veteran designers of the Persona series. The game's look, pacing, and stylish user interface all scream of that RPG series, but Catherine is a much different beast when it comes to gameplay and story. Best described as "kind of like Q*bert" and "flat-out weird," Catherine is a hard game to describe, but is damn fun, and worth a look for everyone who is looking for something new to play.

If you like what you see, and want to give the game a whirl yourself, it just released on Steam eight days ago, and is heading to PlayStation 4 and Vita soon as a "Full Body" enhanced edition with more content, including a third love interest.

The Second Annual Not 50 Awards

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The Second Annual Not 50 Awards

Along with holiday parties, festively fugly sweaters, and tons of treats I totally shouldn’t be eating, the end of the year always brings with it a sobering realization: I work with a bunch of crazy people. That’s the only logical – and frankly generous – conclusion I can reach every year as I listen to my coworkers spout obviously wrong opinions for DAYS on end during the blitzkrieg of meetings that decide our Top 50 list. Sometimes the arguments for or against any given game are so absurd that I feel like a robot trying to process a logical paradox – all I can do is scream “DOES NOT COMPUTE!” over and over as I run out of the meeting room with sparks shooting from my ears. That’s not a joke, people – it literally happened during last year’s Breath of the Wild debate!

Luckily, I’ve discovered a sanity-saving workaround to the dilemma – I simply disavow the results of our year-end list completely and make my own damn awards instead. I am not bragging when I say they are without a doubt the best awards ever, because not only do I unilaterally pick all the winners (so you know they’re right!), but I also make up the categories too! So, without further ado, I present to you the second annual Not 50 Awards!

The Second Annual Not 50 Awards

about X hours ago from
The Second Annual Not 50 Awards

Along with holiday parties, festively fugly sweaters, and tons of treats I totally shouldn’t be eating, the end of the year always brings with it a sobering realization: I work with a bunch of crazy people. That’s the only logical – and frankly generous – conclusion I can reach every year as I listen to my coworkers spout obviously wrong opinions for DAYS on end during the blitzkrieg of meetings that decide our Top 50 list. Sometimes the arguments for or against any given game are so absurd that I feel like a robot trying to process a logical paradox – all I can do is scream “DOES NOT COMPUTE!” over and over as I run out of the meeting room with sparks shooting from my ears. That’s not a joke, people – it literally happened during last year’s Breath of the Wild debate!

Luckily, I’ve discovered a sanity-saving workaround to the dilemma – I simply disavow the results of our year-end list completely and make my own damn awards instead. I am not bragging when I say they are without a doubt the best awards ever, because not only do I unilaterally pick all the winners (so you know they’re right!), but I also make up the categories too! So, without further ado, I present to you the second annual Not 50 Awards!

Our Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2019

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Our Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2019

The horror genre went into hiding in 2018, but is poised to return in a big way this year, beginning with the release of Resident Evil 2 on January 25. The year ahead is chock-full of new intellectual properties that are delivering suspense and gore through unconventional narrative directions. From ancient Nordic horrors to disappearances in Roswell, gamers have plenty of interesting scares coming their way. In assembling this anticipated list, we looked at over 40 horror games slated for 2019, and narrowed it to the nine that we believe look the most promising.

Note: Entries are listed in alphabetical order.

Release: 2019 Platform: PC