Conquering Super Mario Odyssey's Hardest Level – Episode One

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Conquering Super Mario Odyssey's Hardest Level – Episode One

After you get 500 moons in Super Mario Odyssey, you can go attempt the game's most difficult level. It's a long, tough road without checkpoints – and we're going to beat it.

Andrew Reiner and I are going on this journey together. Reiner has already beaten the level on his own time, and while I gave it about two tries before we began recording, I consider this my first true attempt(s). Perhaps it goes without saying, but this video does contain SPOILERS for Super Mario Odyssey. It is the game's last level, after all.

Enjoy the video, and please be nice to me in the comments. I am doing my very best, I swear.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Trek, Stargate, Godzilla

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Star Wars Battlefront II, Star Trek, Stargate, Godzilla

The second season of Stranger Things is damn good – even better than the first. Outside of a meandering seventh episode, I loved the sense of discovery that was sewn into each character and plot line, never once feeling like the show was running in circles or retreating to familiar territory covered in the first season. This is a show that dares to take chances, and doesn't race toward a conclusion. The creators clearly have a vision for where this thing is going next, and has appropriately paced the narrative to get there.

Similar praise can be showered upon Star Trek: Discovery, which was just picked up for a second season. Showrunners Aaron Harberts and Gretchen J. Berg signed on to return, and it sounds like it's a huge hit for CBS. "In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise," said Marc DeBevoise, president of CBS Interactive. "This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy." That's great news. We need more sci-fi shows that aren't only found on Syfy.

Every Transformation In Super Mario Odyssey

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Every Transformation In Super Mario Odyssey

There are more than 50 transformations in Super Mario Odyssey. You will get most of them as you play through the game normally, but there are a few off-the-beaten path and optional transformations that are a little bit tougher to find. Below, you will find the full transformation list, along with notes on where to find them. Note that, especially near the end, there are some big SPOILERS for the game's ending and post-ending content.

If you're more of a visual learner, we've also compiled this list in a form everyone is familiar with – the PokéRap. Leo Vader took the list, made it rhyme (mostly), and set it all to song. Enjoy.

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Fright Factor: Rounding Up Today's Best Horror Games

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Fright Factor: Rounding Up Today's Best Horror Games

A modified version of this feature originally appeared in issue #294 of Game Informer magazine.

Halloween is here, which means now is the perfect time to brush up on some horror. Luckily, the past decade delivered a surge of quality spooky games on modern consoles. The genre has gone through ups and downs, but it’s also had its share of novelties. We’ve seen a swelling of combat-free first-person horror experiences, psychological terrors that tackle existential themes, and multiplayer horror influenced by slasher films.

Horror manifests itself in video games in several ways, like limiting players with scarce resources, or frightening them with jump scares. With so many titles to choose from, it can be difficult to know which are worth checking out, so we’ve made a list of recent scary games you won’t regret playing. This roundup will aid you in finding the right game for the perfect occasion, whether you’re looking for a good scare, a thrill ride, or an ominous storyline.

New Gameplay Today – Oure

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New Gameplay Today – Oure

Earlier today, during its Paris Games Week presentation, Sony revealed a new indie game called Oure – with the bonus that it's also available starting... now! Leo and I downloaded it right after, and Kyle was kind enough to hop on the sticks and play for us. Check it out!

You may notice some similarities between Oure's chilled-out presentation and past PlayStation 4 games like Journey, Flower, and Noby Noby Boy. Well, at least we did. Take a look at the video below to see Kyle collect some orbs, help a colossus titan, and soar around the skies as a bandicoot-faced dragon.

Oure is available on the PlayStation Store for $19.99.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Shining Legends Cards We Pulled

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Shining Legends Cards We Pulled

The fourth expansion in the Pokémon Sun and Moon collection in the Trading Card Game turns a focus on some of the more legendary creatures in the Pokémon universe. From Mewtwo and Entei to Jirachi and Ho-oh, you can find many of the legendary Pokémon in the new Shining Legends expansion for Pokémon TCG. That alone makes this a sought-after expansion, but there's a strange twist: You cannot buy individual booster packs for this expansion.

Instead, to obtain booster packs and cards from this expansion, you need to buy one of the bundles, such as the Elite Trainer Box or the Pikachu or Mewtwo-themed Pin Collection boxes. That adds a level of frustration and cuts down on the impulse buy-ability of this expansion, but thankfully the exclusive cards offered in these bundles are great additions to your collection.

I purchased the Elite Trainer Box, which contains an exclusive Shining Ho-oh card and 10 booster packs, as well as both the Pikachu and Mewtwo Pin Collections, which include three booster packs each in addition to a new card featuring the bundle figurehead.

The 15 Most Insane Things You Can Do In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

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The 15 Most Insane Things You Can Do In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus

Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is a heavy game. It deals with themes of racism, the holocaust, child abuse, and despair. It's also very zany. Enough ink has been spilled about the somber themes of this game SO let's talk about all the wacky things you can get up to. Just so you know: there are a few HUGE spoilers at the very end we've put a notice before so you can avoid them if you feel so inclined.

1. Tackle A Nazi Into Red MistHalfway through the game you get access to one of three 'contraptions' that give you access to super powers. One of these contraptions is called the Ram Shackles. The Ram Shackles essentially turn your sprint into an offensive tackle that, when you've built up enough speed, will splatter any Nazi you hit into a gory, meaty explosion. 

2. Fight The Ku Klux Klan
While you don't technically fight any KKK members during the campaign, you can revisit sections of the game districts on your war map in New Orleans and Roswell to bash in the heads of murderous racists.

The Sports Desk – Taking The Ice With Franchise Hockey Manager 4

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The Sports Desk – Taking The Ice With Franchise Hockey Manager 4

The NHL season has started, but it's still too early to tell how everything is going to shake out. This means it's the perfect time to jump into Franchise Hockey Manager 4 from Out of the Park Developments, and take control of your favorite franchise to ensure that the Stanley Cup goes to the right place. Simulating what happens this season is just the tip of the iceberg in FHM 4, however. Naturally you can take your franchise far into the future, but the game also extends into the NHL's past (back to 1917), has international team management, and allows you to set up regionalized leagues (of countries, regions, or even with teams from states like Minnesota). I spent some time with the game recently, and am excited enough that I want to play more.

How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

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How To Make Quick Coins In Super Mario Odyssey

In Super Mario Odyssey, you're not usually short on coins, but if you do need to make some quickly, here's a tip.

I am not confident enough to say that this is the fastest way to collect coins in Super Mario Odyssey, but it will load up your wallet quickly. It generates about 76 coins a minute without too much effort. First, you go to the Wooded Kingdom, then head to the Secret Flower Field Entrance warp point, the northern most warp point on the map, and go perform the nearby transformation to grab a quick 38 coins, and then you can rinse and repeat until you're a thousandaire.

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Replay – The 2017 Halloween Stuptacular!

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Replay – The 2017 Halloween Stuptacular!

The best treat (and trick) we could give you this year is a look at a long-forgotten PlayStation 2 game called Ghost Vibration. This brilliant (or terrible) on-rails horror game is filled with jump scares and one of the most ghastly looking protagonist you'll ever see. We spend a fair amount of time with this gem before moving on to other awful horror games from yesteryear.

If you're wondering why Replay: Civil War didn't return for a third week, you have nothing to fear. It'll be back for the finale next week. We just wanted to pay our respects to one of the greatest holidays. We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween! Let us know what you are dressing up as in the comments section below.

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