Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of Fall 2017

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Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of Fall 2017

This fall has no shortage of compelling titles coming to consoles and PC, but no genre has it as good as shooters. How impressive is the lineup of shooters expected to land by the end of the year? They took the top four slots of our Anticipated Xbox One games we published last week. Whether you like historical settings, science fiction, competitive multiplayer, or single-player campaigns, you have a rich collection of potentially great options vying for your dollar this fall. These are the titles Game Informer is most excited about. 

07. Quake ChampionsPlatform: PC
Release: TBA

Quake Champions is still in closed beta, but with QuakeCon right around the corner we're going to hedge our bets and guess that PC players will get to experience some form of the game before the end of the year, Whether that's an open beta, soft launch early access version, or the full 1.0 release is anyone's guess, but we expect a tight shooting experience. Our early glimpses of the game revealed an experience that's just as fast as we remember Quake multiplayer, but with modern touches like heroes with unique special abilities. At E3, Bethesda and id Software announced some crossover characters like Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz are entering the arena. We're excited to see what other Bethesda characters make the jump into the arena shooter as well.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 20, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 20, 2017)

From defeating backlogs to couch co-op, and a list of this year's best games, this week's Blog Herding is a great one.

Community Blogs For July 13 – July 19:

The New Gold Standard For Split-Screen GamingGears of War has always been a fantastic cooperative series, especially thanks to split-screen cooperative play. Trenchmace says that Gears of War 4 continues that tradition brilliantly. I have to agree that there is nothing like playing a great co-op game next to someone. Heck, I even have a buddy come over with his PS4 so we can "couch co-op" games together online.

The Virtual Life – Tellin' Tales In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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The Virtual Life – Tellin' Tales In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is easily one of the most talked about games this year. Initially I ignored all the chatter about it because I wasn't fond of any of the other survival games like Day Z and The Culling that PUBG shares a genre with. Eventually, however, I watched too many streams and heard too much conversation from my colleagues about how great the game is, so I loaded it up and found myself, after making a character, flying high in a cargo plane over a mysterious island.

Jumping out and parachuting, I landed near a cottage and found an AK47 inside with a single clip of ammo. I crawled through a field, trying to make sense of the map and menu items that were strewn about my screen. In the distance I saw a house. I sprinted across the field and opened the door, carefully tiptoeing my way inside the house. Suddenly, a shrieking from a stairwell:

I'm not armed! We can work together! We can trade!

Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of Fall 2017

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 Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of Fall 2017

We kicked off 2017 by outlining our most anticipated action games of the year, but a surprising amount has changed since then. Some entries like Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild have already released to rave reviews, while other promising projects like Below, State of Decay 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2 have been delayed into 2018. As such we're taking a new look at what the rest of the year has to offer action-game fans. These are our 10 most anticipated action games of this fall.

10: Crackdown 3Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 7

Crackdown 3 was announced back at E3 2014, and its attendance at subsequent trade shows has been spotty at best, leading many to wonder how development has been faring. Our demo at this year's E3 certainly showed promise; the super-powered Agent antics that players loved about the first game are back, and the sprawling crime ring you're combating is more responsive to the actions you perform.

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of Fall 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of Fall 2017

No games can craft immersive worlds or tell complex stories quite like RPGs. This year has already seen some fantastic entries in the genre, like Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 – not to mention titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which heavily adapt and incorporate RPG elements. Even with all of the hours you could spend playing those games, the remainder of 2017 still has some standout RPGs to be excited about. Whether you want a sequel, a brand new property, or a reason to revisit an old favorite, you'll find something to love in this list of our 10 most anticipated RPGs for the coming fall and holiday season.

10. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark ArisenPlatforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release: Fall 2017

The Right (And Wrong) Ways Developers Teach Us To Play Their Games

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 The Right (And Wrong) Ways Developers Teach Us To Play Their Games

It’s often said that people make a lasting judgment of someone within the first five minutes of meeting them. This adage is just as relevant in interpersonal communication as it is in video games. How a game settles players into its world often informs whether that person wants to continue playing.

First impressions are important, so here’s a simple list of ways video game tutorials can better hold our attention while they teach us how to play.

DO: Let the player discover the controls for themselvesToo often games elaborately explain their every control from the outset. Some tutorials are too afraid to let the player try and fail, and fewer still actually let the player test drive the controls for themselves.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Footage

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Footage

Before I dive into a scene-by-scene breakdown of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage shown last weekend at Disney's annual expo, here is your obligatory SPOILER alert. New story points and locations are revealed in these clips, and I also lend my own theories and ideas for specific sequences that remain unclear. Just scrolling down the page and seeing some of the shots will likely reveal something you didn't see while watching the video. If you want to go into this film without knowing specific elements of the story or where the characters are at within it, turn back now – I'll see you again in seven days.

For those of you who are dying to learn more about what Rian Johnson and his crew at Lucasfim have been working on, this video offered plenty of new information. I didn't glean too much of it on my first viewing, but seeing the shots as still frames gives us a nice framework of what I believe is the majority of the film. Let's walk through it shot by shot:

This cavernous set is believed to be from Ahch-To, the planet Luke Skywalker, Rey, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 are on at the beginning of The Last Jedi.

Watch Us Get Eaten In Splatoon 2's Salmon Run Horde Mode

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Watch Us Get Eaten In Splatoon 2's Salmon Run Horde Mode

The release of Splatoon in 2015 marked a pretty big departure for Nintendo. A new IP with a focus on multiplayer was hardly what anyone was expecting from the then-struggling company, but the game seemed to be enough of a success commercially and creatively to warrant a sequel.

Among Splatoon 2's new features is a wave-based cooperative mode called Salmon Run where four players can fend off salmon grunts and minibosses in their struggle to secure their eggs. Watch the video below for a full run of one of the mode's levels.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Switch Games Of Fall 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Switch Games Of Fall 2017

Nintendo’s Switch was a breakout success earlier this year, and Nintendo has already given us at least one killer, must-own title (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) as well as several other notable new games and rereleases, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Arms. The Switch’s library is still small, but Nintendo fans have several reasons to be excited for the second half of the year.

Below, we break down the Switch’s most anticipated games for the rest of 2017.

10. Rocket LeagueAlso On: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac
Release: Holiday

The Sports Desk – A Caution Flag For Project Cars 2

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The Sports Desk – A Caution Flag For Project Cars 2

Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars was a fresh sim-orientated racing title when the series debuted in 2015. I liked its customizability, from the HUD, to the race options, and the flexible career structure. The game had its problems, with the developer spending time having to fix and update the game post-launch, but I liked that it asked questions of how a sim-racer should be approached, considering we've been playing titles like Gran Turismo and Forza for years. 

Project Cars 2 comes out on September 22, and the game still contains the customization angle that was the hallmark of the first, while expanding on the technical racing front to include things like track temperature and weather more affecting the racing experience. I got my hands on the game at E3 and talked with game director Stephen Viljoen, and am both excited to see how the game is expanding upon the premises of the first and cautious regarding the challenges ahead.

The game is adding on a variety of fronts, from multi-class racing for endurance racing (for up to 29 classes of vehicles), fully animated pit stops, multi-round online championships, and serious attention paid to how temperature and weather conditions affect the track and your driving experience.