Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

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Watch Us Play An Hour Of Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle

Ubisoft's zany turn-based Mario and Rabbids mash-up is almost here, and this hour-long gameplay session will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Kyle Hilliard, Ben Reeves, Leo Vader, and I sat down to play a sizable chunk of Kingdom Battle's first world, culminating in a showdown against the game's first midboss. Along the way, we discuss the totally plausible story premise, how the game differs from other entries in the turn-based strategy genre, and offer a few pointers for taking down enemies.

Battle Kingdom has a surprising amount of depth, and while this video only features the opening area of the game, we discuss some of the abilities you'll unlock and gameplay elements you can look forward to, and take a quick peek at the skill trees of your first party members.

What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 13

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 13, Andrew Reiner disappears, but his love for dinosaurs (and animal combat) lives on as Leo Vader and I look at Beast Battle Simulator. We also play at a game that looked at Mega Man X and said, "Yeah, let's do that," with 20XX.

A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

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A Brick-By-Brick Look At Gamescom’s Lego Lineup

If you visited Warner Interactive’s booth at Gamescom, you probably noticed that Lego continues to fill a big role within the publisher’s repertoire of games. There were four Lego games on deck at this year’s show, including Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2, The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game, the Nintendo Switch version of Lego Worlds, and Lego Dimensions. While they all share a few things in common, such as bricks, studs, and minifigs, they’re also branching out in different directions.

Here’s a quick rundown on what’s ahead for Lego fans in the gaming world.

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 24, 2017)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 24, 2017)

This week's blogs were fantastic. Everyone, even those who didn't make it into Blog Herding, did a great job. Keep writing!

Community Blogs For August 17 – August 23:

I Finished Gears of War: Ultimate Edition in One Sitting; Here Are Some ImpressionsFirst off – well done for finishing the game in one sitting, Trenchmace. I think I miss those days. Honestly, it feels tiring and awesome. Anyway, Trenchmace was a lucky duck, playing the entire Gears series for the first time. It is such a great cooperative experience, and I would love to experience the original Gears of War again for the very first time. And like Trenchmace says, the game holds up thanks to the insanely good combat.

RPG Grind Time – The Sophie’s Choice Of Pyre

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RPG Grind Time – The Sophie’s Choice Of Pyre

This past weekend, I finally finished Pyre and I haven’t stopped thinking about what a unique and entertaining experience it was. SuperGiant Games’ party-based sports RPG has a lot going for it, especially how it presents choices and makes you connect with characters. I’m surprised I haven't heard more chatter about the game, so I wanted to take this column to explore what it does well and how I hope more RPG developers take note of its finer points.

Player choice is popular in games, especially RPGs, and we continue to see developers experiment with how effective it can be. From choosing between two characters’ lives in Telltale’s The Walking Dead to pursuing character’s loyalty missions in Mass Effect, these decisions we make connect us to the narrative and characters, and the best ones often say something about who we are. 

Watch Nine Minutes Of Trogg Battling In Nino Kuni II

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Watch Nine Minutes Of Trogg Battling In Nino Kuni II

Ni no Kuni is a series recognized for its beautiful art design and rich characters, but less remembered for its combat. We recently had the chance to see how Ni no Kuni II has mixed it up in The Trial of Courage, a small slice of the game that features a battle against a giant Trogg. Watch us collect Guilders, enlist the help of Higgledies, and wait patiently through loading screens below.

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Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom is set to release on January 19th, 2018 after a recent delay. For more, check out our interview with game director Akihiro Hino.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, 10 Minutes Of Battlefront II Gameplay

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Han Solo, 10 Minutes Of Battlefront II Gameplay

Lucasfilm's secrets department has sprung a leak! Dozens of savory details for Star Wars: The Last Jedi hit the web this week, revealing everything from plot points to actual lines from the film. If you want to remain as SPOILER free as possible going into the film this December, run away from this article as fast as you can. Most of the leaks are tied to merchandise, which retailers cannot seem to keep off of shelves, even though none of it is supposed to go on sale until September 1.

The most interesting leaks are from action figures that spout of lines of dialogue. A Kylo Ren figure features 60 different sounds and voice clips from the film. A video of the toy hears him say a few interesting things, such as "Don't be afraid." My immediate reaction is he's entering someone's mind to probe for information, but he could also be talking to Rey, should they meet up again. Other lines are "I've been waiting for you," and "No! It's too late!" That last one has to be targeted toward a reunion with Luke Skywalker, right?

A Look At The Third Wave Of Pokémon Gallery Figures

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A Look At The Third Wave Of Pokémon Gallery Figures

In the beginning of the year, Pokémon Center began a line of Pokémon performing signature moves called Gallery figures. The first wave featured Pikachu, Mew, Eevee, and Magikarp, while the second wave had Cubone, Vulpix, Psyduck, and Jigglypuff. This third wave is decidedly smaller, containing only two figures: Espeon, who is performing light screen, and Umbreon, who is performing dark pulse.

The company sent us both of the figures to check out for ourselves. Each character features a high level of detail and cool move effects surrounding them. You can see all of them and their packaging below. The figures are currently available on PokémonCenter.com and retail for $16.99.

For a photo gallery of the first wave of figures starring Pikachu, Mew, Eevee, and Magikarp, head here. For our look at Cubone, Vulpix, Psyduck, and Jigglypuff, head here.

Exclusive First Look At Call Of Duty: WWII's Headquarters Mode

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Exclusive First Look At Call Of Duty: WWII's Headquarters Mode

With our month of coverage highlighting Call of Duty: WWII to go along with our September cover story, we're offering exclusive new information at Sledgehammer's new game. While we've shared our extensive thoughts on the game's new social space called Headquarters in this clip from the GI Show podcast, now's your first chance to see the mode in action. Headquarters offers a new experience for fans of Call of Duty, where players can meet up and interact with other players in interesting new ways.

Watch the trailer below for your first look at Headquarters.

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