10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Assassin's Creed Origins

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10 Spoiler-Free Tips For Assassin's Creed Origins

Despite the Assassin’s Creed name, Origins does a lot of things differently from previous games in this franchise. That doesn’t mean fans are likely to feel lost, but it does mean that you have some new systems and approaches to figure out. We spent a lot of time exploring Ubisoft’s open-world take on ancient Egypt (read our review), and pulled out 10 helpful pointers that should get you going on your journey with the right foot forward.

What to sell and what to keep Sorting through your gear can be intimidating, especially since Assassin’s Creed Origins borrows heavily from RPG inventory design. Thankfully, your approach to item management should be pretty straightforward. At any merchant, you have the option to sell all “unnecessary” goods. You should do that all the time and without reservation. What remains will be a combination of weapons and crafting materials. Keep the crafting materials, because you’ll need a lot of them. As for weapons, blue ones aren’t anything special, so you can dispose of them by selling (if you need money) or dismantling (if you need materials). Purple and gold weapons you should take on a case-by-case basis; they are usually pretty good, so their worth to you depends on what weapons you like to use and what you currently have equipped.

Get Ready For Our Fun Extra Life Stream By Joining Team Game Informer

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Get Ready For Our Fun Extra Life Stream By Joining Team Game Informer

Coming up on Saturday, November 4th at 8:00 a.m. central time, Game Informer is kicking off an absurd 25-hour gaming live stream to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota. And we need your help.

Last year we raised over $52,000 for the children's hospital thanks to the incredibly generous support from the amazing Game Informer community and superhero Zachary Pligge. This year our team goal is to raise $60,000. You have a couple of options of how you can help. You can click here to join Team Game Informer and raise money by streaming games on your own, or you can tune in to our live stream to contribute to the fun by donating and helping to spread the word amongst your family and friends.

We're going to be playing a ton of fun games throughout the stream, like Pictionary, the Jackbox games, and much more. We're also going to be encouraging donations by letting you torture Game Informer editors by feeding us ghost peppers, throwing pies in our faces, or several new torturous challenges... We're also going to be holding a charity auction every 30 minutes, where we'll ship out to the winning bidder some amazing items from around the game industry. Honestly, we've never had a more amazing lineup of auction items.

The Xbox One X Primer

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The Xbox One X Primer

Getting gamers excited for a new console less than four years into the current generation of systems is a hard sell, and so far Microsoft hasn't made the strongest sales pitch for the Xbox One X. As with its predecessor, the Xbox One X reveal was undermined by vagaries and mixed messaging, leading to confusion among consumers. Microsoft has filled in many of the gaps in the ensuing months, but one big question remains: Do you really need to upgrade?

While we won't be able to judge the merits of the Xbox One X until it's out in the wild, we can provide you with a clear picture of what the system does and doesn't do, so you can begin weighing your options. You can still expect a full hardware review in the coming days, but in the meantime, here's everything we know about the Xbox One X.

Note: This article originally appeared in the November issue of Game Informer.

Funny To A Point – 23 Strange Curios From The Game Informer Office

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Funny To A Point – 23 Strange Curios From The Game Informer Office

It's easy to get so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that you stop noticing the things around you. That's why every now and then I like to stop and smell the proverbial roses – to take a break, clear my mind, and observe the wondrous world around me. Unfortunately, sometimes those breaks happen in the G.I. office.

Make no mistake, Game Informer is a very cool place to work. But it's also a very weird place. While I don't actually have any experience in a normal business office that I can compare to G.I., I assume they are very different working environments. Sure, your co-workers may adorn their workspaces with photos or the occasional bauble, but how many deadly weapons does your office have? Because I can count five just from where I'm sitting.

Rather than selfishly keep this hoard of curiosities to myself, however, I thought I'd share it with my dear readers by taking you all on an exclusive behind-the-scenes photo tour. So without further ado, here's a collection of Game Informer's own Stranger Things from around office. (Because season two of Stranger Things is out today. Get it? Whatever – onto the feature!)

Kate Higgins On Playing Pauline And Singing "Jump Up Superstar" For Super Mario Odyssey

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Kate Higgins On Playing Pauline And Singing

At E3 2017 Nintendo unveiled "Jump Up Superstar", its jazzy, big-band tribute to Super Mario Odyssey. It's an odd song, with lyrics that directly reference specific mechanics from the game, but it is undeniably catchy and joyful. About a week ago, Nintendo even made the song available to purchase on iTunes. The English version of the song is sung by Kate Higgins, whose voice you may recognize from the English dub of Naruto where she plays Sakura or as Barbie in the show, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. She even played Miles "Tails" Prower in a number of Sonic games. We spoke with her over e-mail about how she landed the role of Pauline, what she thinks of the strange lyrics, and more.

Game Informer: What’s your history with voiceover and singing?
I moved to Los Angeles to sing and do music. I fell into voiceover via that world. Music certainly prepared me for voiceover and I’ve always been an actress at heart. when I get to play a character who sings, as well, it’s the best of both worlds. I have recorded quite a few albums which you can find on iTunes if you search my name, Kate Higgins.

FighterZ's Director On His Dragon Ball Appreciation And The Most Underrated Saga

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FighterZ's Director On His Dragon Ball Appreciation And The Most Underrated Saga

Junya Motomura is directing Dragon Ball FighterZ and, unsurprisingly, he is a fan of the franchise. While visiting Arc System Works to play the game for our cover story, we talked to him about his fandom and found out what he considers to be the most underrated saga.

Game Informer: Where did your appreciation for Dragon Ball begin?

Junya Motomura: Obviously, I was in love with Dragon Ball when I was young. I didn’t have the privilege of owning the manga. I had to go to my friend’s place to read them because my parents didn’t allow me to buy them myself until later. After awhile they kind of gave up [laughs].

Changes Coming To Destiny 2’s Endgame (And Why They Matter)

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Changes Coming To Destiny 2’s Endgame (And Why They Matter)

Even as Bungie and Vicarious Visions had a big week with the PC launch of Destiny 2, the live team for the game is beginning to share some of its plans for how the game is aiming to improve and evolve across all its platforms. Yesterday’s “This Week In Bungie” article included a section from game director Christopher Barrett, in which he highlights several notable features that Destiny 2’s live team is working on. In most cases, we don’t get a sense of how soon any of these updates may go in, but we do get an idea of where the live team is putting their focus.

We've included Barrett's direct statements, followed by our own commentary about the potential impact.

Barrett: New systems and rewards to give our most engaged players additional, optional pursuits.

Where To Find All 12 Stone Circles In Assassin's Creed Origins

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Where To Find All 12 Stone Circles In Assassin's Creed Origins

Among Assassin’s Creed Origins’ many collectibles are the mysterious stone circles. When you discover one of these circles, you must rotate and place an Egyptian constellation in its proper location in the night sky. As you’re figuring each puzzle out, you hear a conversation between Bayek and Khemu, all of which are worth listening to.

Twelve of these stone circles are scattered across Origins' massive world. If you’re having trouble finding any of them, we’ve put together a handy guide pointing out where they all are. If, however, you only want a hint as to their location and don’t mind some light spoilers, can head here to see an in-game map with more approximate locations.

Amun Stone CircleYou can find the circle that begins your quest just south of Siwa. If you follow the road that circles the lake just west of the of the city, you eventually encounter it once you’re south of the city and look to your right.

A (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Guide To The Big Differences Between Wolfenstein II's Two Timelines

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A (Mostly) Spoiler-Free Guide To The Big Differences Between Wolfenstein II's Two Timelines

[Note: We're keeping things vague here but we do have to talk about general concepts so if you want to go in absolutely blind into Wolfenstein II, do not read this]

Wolfenstein II is finally here and much like The New Order, it gives you a choice between two timelines at the very beginning: save Scottish pilot Fergus or novice infantryman Wyatt from death. Either decision has notable effects on the campaign, so if you're curious (but don't want to be spoiled too much), you've come to the right place.

Essentially both choices shape how cutscenes play out, with group dynamics radically changed because of Fergus and Wyatt's different characterizations and traumas they're dealing with. For example: where Fergus might be overly rude to some new rebels joining your cause, creating an air of tension that carries through the remainder of the campaign, Wyatt might be kind and docile, bordering on being a pushover. Communications also change between missions as both characters serve as your handler from time to time. There are also a couple of Hub world missions that play out differently.

30 Tips To Help You Decimate Nazi Scum In Wolfenstein II

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30 Tips To Help You Decimate Nazi Scum In Wolfenstein II

Wolfenstein II has finally arrived and with it a massive amount of ways to slash, shoot, strangle, and strategically destroy ever Nazi in front of you. It's not going to be an easy journey, however, as there are countless Nazis and their robots waiting to tear you limb from limb. Luckily for all you would-be warriors, we've got all the tips you need to help you refine your technique and discover neat unlockables tucked away within the campaign.