Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 9, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 9, 2017)

We had a good number of excellent blogs this week, but don't take my word for it. Scroll down to see what community members were writing about!

Community Blogs For February 2 – February 8:

Everything Wrong with Titanfall 2 When I read StarterPack's headline I wasn't sure what the bad parts of Titanfall 2 would be. It has one of the best campaign's I've played in recent memory – and one of the best levels in any game, period. I disagree with our blogger, but he makes his points and I'm willing to mull them over.

Opinion – Resident Evil 7 Is Best Played In VR

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Opinion – Resident Evil 7 Is Best Played In VR

I peer through an open doorway, glancing left and right in fear that Jack Baker, a shovel-wielding maniac, is nearby. Hearing footsteps approaching, I hold my breath. Jack taunts me in the distance, repeating, “Here, piggy piggy…” as he searches for me. He spots me before I can make a run for it. Raising his shovel in a tight grip, I wince while anticipating the pain as he violently swings his weapon at my knees.

But the pain never comes. 

I’m swearing repeatedly under my breath, while my girlfriend laughs beside me. I take off the PSVR headset and return to the real world, feeling as though I was just somewhere else entirely.

The Virtual Life – The Rare, Heartwarming Kindness Of Yakuza 0’s Men

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The Virtual Life – The Rare, Heartwarming Kindness Of Yakuza 0’s Men

Yakuza 0 is among the weirdest, most fascinating games I’ve ever played. I’m still working my way through the open-world, crime-drama-driven brawler but unlike most games of its ilk, I’m not rushing through it. Instead, I’m taking my time because the game – split between two protagonists in two different cities – has countless side quests that are actually worth doing. Not because they necessarily mete out valuable rewards but instead because they have certain twists that make the kind of chores we’ve come to expect from RPGs interesting, and they also seem founded in genuine kindness, a rarity for games that take up the AAA space.

Okay, yes, Yakuza 0 is a crime drama starring two dudes, Kiryu and Majima, who work in the Japanese crime underworld. They’re not exactly model citizens, with Majima even mulling over killing an innocent woman at one point to get back into the Yakuza’s good graces again. However, there’s a general theme of empathy that runs across nearly all the side quests you can do in Osaka and Tokyo that reveals a different side of these men. They’re actually kind, sympathetic guys who live by a code of honor and seek to embrace it at all times, even if it puts them in a position that challenges stereotypical notions of masculinity.

10 Modern Text Adventures You Should Check Out

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10 Modern Text Adventures You Should Check Out

I love text adventures. I’m probably the biggest dork at GI when it comes them, seeing as I used to have a column about them over at Playboy and even wrote a couple myself. It’s been fascinating to watch the genre bounce back after laying dormant for many years, thanks to the rise of digital distribution, basic programs like Twine, and growing mobile games market.

If you’re curious about the genre but have never dived in, this guide will serve as a pretty good starting point, with 10 great recent text adventures that are definitely worth your time.

80 Days80 Days is an interactive, steampunky take on Jules Vernes’ classic novel Around The World In 80 Days. The game is massive and its branching paths give it a lot of replay value, as two adventures will hardly ever be the same. Though the game is available on mobile and PC, I recommend playing the mobile version when you’re on the go for a more thematically immersive experience.

51 Questions And Answers About The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

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51 Questions And Answers About The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Despite The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild being weeks away from a release, we still have a lot of questions about Link's next adventure. The answers that we couldn't fit in our extensive March cover story on the game were saved for this rapid-fire video interview with The Legend of Zelda's creator Shigeru Miyamoto and series producer Eiji Aonuma. Game Informer's Ben Reeves sat down with these legendary Nintendo developers to pick their brain about Breath of the Wild's gameplay, Zelda lore, and much more. If you enjoy this feature, remember we have plenty more videos (including new gameplay) and interviews rolling out throughout the month in our hub of exclusive content on The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

Watch the video interview below to learn more than you ever imagined about Miyamoto, Tingle, and New Donk City.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The TV Shows You Should Watch, Divide, Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Science-Fiction Weekly – The TV Shows You Should Watch, Divide, Guardians Of The Galaxy

Friends often ask me if they should watch Doctor Who. I believe it's one of the most heartfelt, whimsical, and interesting shows on television today, but I can't in good conscience recommend it to most of the people I know. Why? I don't see an easy entry point. I don't think you need to go back the series' inception in 1963 – even I can't get into those episodes – but to understand what makes this show great, you have to start with the 2005 season, starring Christopher Eccleston as the ninth Doctor. He's the least charismatic of the recent Doctors, but the events that unfold around him carry on into future seasons. To put it a better way, you want to watch the Russell T. Davies era of Doctor Who. He's the showrunner, writer, and director who gave this series new legs. Watching over a decade worth of Doctor Who to "get it" is overkill, and something few people will do, but that's the completionish approach.

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.

What It’s Like To Be An eSports Commentator

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What It’s Like To Be An eSports Commentator

Photo credit: Samantha Hancock and Jorien van der Heijden.

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 peripheral aspects of eSports vital to understanding the world of competitive gaming.

Fans come to eSports for the players, but commentators can make them stick around. Good play-by-play commentators and analysts can contextualize exciting moments and help newer viewers learn the games, storylines, and rivalries that transform competitive scenes from a fleeting hobby to something worth investing in long-term. 

Question Of The Month: What Was Your Favorite Shooter Of 2016?

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Question Of The Month: What Was Your Favorite Shooter Of 2016?

In issue 285, we asked readers to share their favorite shooter of last year with us. Now it's your turn to weigh in. 

The most popular responses weren't exactly a surprise, but their order was: Unlike the results of our Reader's Choice awards, id's excellent Doom reboot came out on top. Overwatch was a close second thanks to its cast of memorable characters and continual updates, while Titanfall 2's parkour antics and mech-heavy action earned the title an honorable third place.

Now it's your turn. Did one of these three games tickle your fancy? Or did another shooter steal the show? More importantly, are you still playing it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!