Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn't be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don't think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it's often referred to as Sonic '06. It's developed by Sonic Team for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is another failed attempt to give the blue speedster new life.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Ghost In The Shell, Star Trek, Secret Empire, The Last Jedi

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Ghost In The Shell, Star Trek, Secret Empire, The Last Jedi

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 scored a perfect 100 in its first test screening – the highest of any Marvel movie to date. Both The Avengers and Iron Man 3 scored in the high 90s. Deadpool also pulled in a 96 for Fox. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, test screenings don't always lineup with theatergoers' interests, and Marvel is more selective in participants than other studios, leaning more on friends and family than random people who may leak spoilers.

Director James Gunn joked about the score on Twitter. "For the record, the 2nd highest scoring film I’ve worked on is Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed – so I take these things with a grain of salt," he said. The first Guardians of the Galaxy film was fantastic – one of Marvel's best – and latest TV spot (below) makes the gang's return look like an absolute riot. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 opens in theaters on May 5.

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A 2D Zelda On The Switch Is “Definitely A Possibility”

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A 2D Zelda On The Switch Is “Definitely A Possibility”

Nintendo’s new Switch console falls somewhere between a traditional console and a portable gaming device. While Nintendo hasn’t stated whether their handheld-focused teams will shift focus to the Switch, many have speculated that that is the case.

During an interview with The Legend of Zelda series producer Eiji Aonuma for our recent Breath of the Wild cover story, we had a chance to talk about this possible developmental shift at Nintendo.

Since The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a massive project, we asked Aonuma if Nintendo considered fusing the Breath of the Wild team with the team that worked on the 3DS Zelda titles like A Link Between Worlds and Tri Force Heroes. We wondered if the studio thought this would help speed up development of the upcoming console game.

Take A Look At Kidrobot's South Park: The Fractured But Whole Blind Box Figure Line

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Take A Look At Kidrobot's South Park: The Fractured But Whole Blind Box Figure Line

We've been anticipating South Park: The Fractured But Whole ever since its reveal, but following the announcement that it would be out around holiday 2016, the RPG from Ubisoft and the creators of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, has received multiple delays. The most recent news is that it will launch sometime between April 2017 and March 2018.

While we wait for the sequel to The Stick of Truth, Kidrobot sent us over some blindbox vinyl figures based on The Fractured But Whole. We opened them up and found that they are pretty accurate to how the characters look in the game and the TV series. You can see the gallery of the figures below.

For more Kidrobot figures, check out our gallery of their Sonic the Hedgehog line. For more on South Park: The Fractured But Whole, check out our exclusive hub of content from our cover story.

How Pro Gamers Deal With Peaking And Life After eSports

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How Pro Gamers Deal With Peaking And Life After eSports

In this month’s issue of Game Informer we dove into the world of eSports, detailing how players, teams, and sponsors work with each other to make sure people who excel at games like Street Fighter, Halo, and more can make a living off their skills. Here at Gameinformer.com, we’re also taking a look at some of the periphery aspects of eSports vital to understanding the world of competitive gaming.

Every professional eSports athlete must deal with one unstoppable enemy: time. As people age, their reaction times deteriorate, making it harder to move with the speed and precision often necessary to win stressful matches. Although many eSports athletes can compete into their 30s, the question remains: is being a professional eSports athlete a viable long-term career?

Peak PerformanceStudies on the peak age for reaction times (one of the most important parts of playing a game like Street Fighter, Dota 2, or Halo) often place the number at around 24, with ages before and after showing some decline. The common assertion, then, is that as players begin to age out of this ideal range of reaction times, they won’t be able to keep up with faster, more reactionary competitors. Take, for example, the ages of last year’s League of Legends World Champions, SK Telecom 1:

Seven Games That Explore Different Types Of Love

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Seven Games That Explore Different Types Of Love

We all know the drill: Valentine’s Day is when you do something special for your loved one or celebrate being single with chocolate, friends… and video games. 

But love isn’t always about young starry-eyed couples giving each other gifts. In fact, Aristotle, Plato, and other philosophers identified multiple kinds of love that we experience throughout our lives. This year, put away your dating sims and spend Valentine’s Day playing games from a variety of genres that explore different kinds of love as defined by the Ancient Greeks.

Storge – parental loveWhat is it? The love parents feel for their children is the theme of many tales. A special connection ensures that a parent will protect their offspring from harm no matter the cost. However, sometimes this affection can grow between strangers, making it even more inspiring. 

The Sports Desk – 48 MLB The Show 17 Details: Gameplay, Graphics, Diamond Dynasty & More

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The Sports Desk – 48 MLB The Show 17 Details: Gameplay, Graphics, Diamond Dynasty & More

MLB The Show 17 comes out on PS4 in a little over a month, and we're just starting to dig into some of the new gameplay offerings and myriad details for the year. We talked with game designer Ramone Russell about a few of the things we can expect from the game, including Diamond Dynasty, smarter A.I. (as well as more less-than-perfect-but-realistic), new ball physics, the importance of animations, and more.

New Ball Physics/Hit Types

Diamond Dynasty

New Gameplay And Impressions For The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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New Gameplay And Impressions For The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

With our extensive March cover story, we're taking a close look at The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After playing the game for more time than anybody outside of Nintendo, Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard and Ben Reeves sat down in our studio to share their thoughts. The new gameplay shown in this video feature was captured by Nintendo and is from the Switch version. To hear even more of our impressions and new details on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, check out the latest episode of The Game Informer Show podcast.

Watch the video below to see more of the next Zelda in action and learn why it presented such a challenge.

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Sniper Elite 4's Most Graphic Slow Motion And X-Ray Kills

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Sniper Elite 4's Most Graphic Slow Motion And X-Ray Kills

Sniper Elite 4 is all about lining up the perfect shot and taking out your enemy with precision and efficiency. When you do it right, the game often slows down and zooms in on the target, showing just what damage you're doing to them. It's a moment that never ceases to excite, so I wanted to share some of the most brutal takedowns I accomplished while playing through the campaign.

I witnessed a ton of gruesome slow motion and x-ray kills throughout the campaign. Check out my best shots and melee kills in Sniper Elite 4 in the video below. Just be warned that the kills depicted are graphic and one sequence contains minor spoilers for an early mission. For more on Sniper Elite 4, check out our review.

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

about X hours ago from
Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn't be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don't think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it's often referred to as Sonic '06. It's developed by Sonic Team for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is another failed attempt to give the blue speedster new life.