Three Reasons Kratos' Son Won't Be Annoying In God Of War

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Three Reasons Kratos' Son Won't Be Annoying In God Of War

Revenge is a lonely pursuit, and Kratos’ exploits in the God of War series usually had him finding and killing deities by himself. That’s changing with his new adventure; Kratos’ son, Atreus, is by his side for this journey. The father/son relationship provides an interesting narrative angle, but raises flags for some fans on the gameplay front. That’s understandable, since years of bad escort quests have left people wary of companions in games.

The team at Santa Monica Studio is aware of those concerns, and this is how the team is working to ensure that Atreus enriches God of War’s gameplay (and doesn’t annoy you).

You don’t babysit Atreus First and foremost, God of War is not about monitoring Atreus’ health and making sure he stays out of trouble. He navigates by himself and uses a ranged weapon, which means he isn’t likely to charge into dangerous combat situations. Though Atreus is a constant presence, he isn’t a distraction.

Our 10 Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of 2018

2017 saw several fantastic PlayStation titles like Horizon Zero Dawn, Nier Automata, and Persona 5. It looks like this year holds just as much promise. Fans have long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III, and that thirst will soon be satiated. Some great exclusives are on the way, including the post-apocalyptic Days Gone that brings a biker twist to zombie killing. Others titles, like A Way Out and BioWare's Anthem, show that studios aren't afraid to do something different thematically or through gameplay. Here are our most anticipated PlayStation games of 2018.

10. Days GoneRelease: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
Post-apocalyptic open-world survival games aren't as fresh as they once were, but we're still hopeful for SIE Bend Studio's take on zombie killing. Players take control of a drifter and former bounty hunter named Deacon St. John, who has been wandering the road, living in wilderness encampments, and eking out a pale existence in the wake of a global pandemic that nearly wiped out humanity. The game's zombies, called Freakers, behave differently depending on the environment. For example, they might seem weak and slow during the day, but will become fast and aggressive at night. Here's hoping the final release comes together.

46 Tips For Getting Started With Dragon Ball FighterZ

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46 Tips For Getting Started With Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ is out this week, but if you’re just now playing it for the first time, you’re already a little behind. Between two betas and tons of online footage breaking the game down, lots of players will have a decent grasp of what they’re doing, and although it's easier to get into than most fighters, there are still a lot of systems and features to dig into.

To help get you up to speed for the game’s release, we’ve complied 57 tips to help you get through the story mode, learn the combo system from the ground up, and not immediately get Kamehameha’d to Snake Way when you hop online. If you're looking to unlock the game's hidden characters, check out our quick guide.

Story Mode1. Leveling up characters in story mode offers new link events, which are short conversations with each fighter. The level requirements are different for each character, but each of them have seven conversations, and as a general rule, you’ll unlock one every ten levels (with some exceptions).

Showing Off All Of Android 21's Moves In Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Showing Off All Of Android 21's Moves In Dragon Ball FighterZ

Although we've seen lots of footage of most of the Gokus, Vegetas, and Androids of Dragon Ball FighterZ, one more fighter is still rather under wraps: Android 21, the original character drawn up by Akira Toriyama for FighterZ.

If you're interested in seeing what she looks like in action, we've put together a short, basic primer of what her abilities, moves, and supers look like in action. For tips on how to unlock her, as well as Super Saiyan Blue Goku and Vegeta, head here.

[Warning: this video features the loud buttons of a Hitbox arcade stick and the mislabeling of macaroons as cupcakes. You have been warned.]

Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 4

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 4

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn't mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don't want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we're having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year's pick. It's unexpected, I know, but that's how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Replay – Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith

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Replay – Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith

Feelings on Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi are mixed, but we all agree the prequels rocked. So did the games. In this episode of the internet's worst show, we take a look at a game based on the prequel's final chapter, Revenge of the Sith. We play through four entire stages (all on one HUGE ship) and end our look with a great battle against Count Dooku. As we play as Obi-Wan and Anakin, we discuss our feelings on Star Wars as a whole, and tell a bunch of super funny jokes.

Our second segment is also based on something George Lucas made, but it isn't Star Wars. We'll give you a hint: The name starts with Willo_. Stumped? Watch the episode to find out what it is!

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

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Funny To A Point – Rating Every Character In Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Funny To A Point – Rating Every Character In Dragon Ball FighterZ

The release of Dragon Ball FighterZ is almost here, which means it's time for fighting-game fans to start sussing out which characters are the best of the best. Normally that involves countless hours of practice, analysis of said practice, and something called iframes – TONS of iframes. It can take weeks or even months for clear favorites to emerge in the fighting-game community – unless you've got a pro leading the charge.

Lucky for you, I'm still waiting for Monster Hunter: World to come out, so I've got some free time on my hands. Granted, the only fighting game I've played in the past few years has been the random match of Smash Bros., and I've usually been dressed like a huge idiot while doing it . I also have absolutely zero experience with Dragon Ball.* What I do have experience in, however, is being the best damn video game analyst in the industry. I've analyzed about a billion different Pokémon over the years, along with characters from The Witcher, Devil May Cry, and BioShock. On the fighting-game front, I've done expert roster breakdowns before for Smash Bros., Sony Smash Bros., and even Soulcalibur, so I think I can handle a few Dragon Balls.** Onto the analysis!

God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

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God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

With our cover story on God of War, we dive in deep on the game's combat and gameplay. As one of the most-anticipated PlayStation 4 games on the horizon, a lot of fans want to know when the game is actually being released. While the team at Santa Monica Studio remains silent on the exact release date, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about how much is left to accomplish before the game hits store shelves.

Watch the video below to learn why the game's development has been so challenging compared to previous projects and why the game itself is surprisingly emotional.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

We come into 2018 with a hazy image of what to expect when it comes to first-person shooters. Many of the expected contenders like Battlefield and Call of Duty won't reveal new games for several months. Other games we'd expect to see, like the next Halo, aren't even guaranteed to hit before December. But that doesn't mean we're operating in complete darkness. 

Several interesting new titles emerged last year, and others we've been waiting on for years are being polished before they launch. Check out our list of the most promising shooters we expect to see this year.  

10. Batallion 1944Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC