Kingdom Hearts III's Confirmed Weapons, Locations, And Keyblades

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Kingdom Hearts III's Confirmed Weapons, Locations, And Keyblades

Update July 17, 2017: Kingdom Hearts III was a highlight of this year's D23 Expo, and with it came the reveal of a new world.

Update December 19, 2015: Square Enix recently released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III as part of Jump Festa 2015. As a result, we've been able to update our ongoing Kingdom Hearts III feature.

The list is short right now, but it will be updated as new worlds, attacks, and weapons are revealed for Kingdom Hearts III.

Replay – Devil May Cry 3

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Replay – Devil May Cry 3

We don't see enough stylish action games these days, and it's a shame Capcom hasn't found out how to keep Devil May Cry alive and well. Although it drew critical acclaim, Ninja Theory's recent reboot still hasn't garnered a sequel, and Capcom hasn't hinted at any kind of return. With the fate of the series hanging in the air, fans have debated whether Capcom should go back to the original series and release Devil May Cry 5, or let Ninja Theory get a second shot with a new Devil May Cry 2. We discuss this topic and explore the series as a whole in our brief look at the opening moments of Devil May Cry 3.

Where does this entry rank among the best stylish action games? Is this the best Devil May Cry? You'll find out our take in this episode. We also discover the greatest sports game ever made, and go well out of our way to show you everything it has to offer.

As always, enjoy the episode. We can't thank you enough for your support through the years. The Replay Machine would also like to thank you, and intently urges you to sit as close to the screen as possible while watching. See you in seven days!

Our 20 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games For Fall 2017

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Our 20 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games For Fall 2017

This fall is a big one for Microsoft's gaming platform, with the high-powered Xbox One X expected to launch on November 7. The $499 price tag is steep, but it comes with the promise of 40-percent more power than any other console. Developers can put that extra horsepower to work with faster loading times in games, better framerates, and 4K resolutions. With such a big launch planned, you would expect Microsoft to have a Master Chief-sized blockbuster poised to drive adoption, but that's not the case. The first-party exclusivity is hardly a murderer's row, with only Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, Tacoma, Cuphead, and Super Lucky's Tale due to release this year.

Instead, Microsoft must rely on third-party games to drive excitement for its platform in the second half of 2017. The backside of a year is typically known as sequel season, and 2017 is no different. Major franchises like Destiny, Call of Duty, and Assassin's Creed all have offerings slated. Let's take a look at the 20 games coming to Xbox One the Game Informer staff is most excited about.

20. Sonic ManiaAlso On: PS4, Switch, PC
Release: August 15

Top Of The Table – So You Want To Be A Dungeon Master, Part 2

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Top Of The Table – So You Want To Be A Dungeon Master, Part 2

A few weeks ago, Top of the Table began a side trek from game recommendations and round-ups to offer up some tips for getting into role-playing games, and specifically how to tackle the job of being a Dungeon Master. The first step along the way is making smart choices before you ever sit down with your friends; that was the focus of this first installment, where I talked about recommendations for choosing a role-playing game, considering what your players want out of the experience, and suggestions regarding notes to prepare before your first session. Today, we’re continuing the series, and moving on to running the game in the moment.

You’ve gathered your friends around the table, everyone has their characters ready to go, and they turn to you to start up the action. What’s next? 

You can have the most meticulous notes, carefully planned encounters, and detailed maps ever sketched out on graph paper, but it’s all for nothing if you don’t pull your players into the fun. Think about ways to use showmanship, music, visual aids, and your own enthusiasm and storytelling chops to engage the players sitting at the table.

The Top 10 Crappiest Video Game Characters

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The Top 10 Crappiest Video Game Characters

In the words of my editor, “Poop is universal. It’s evergreen…or I guess everbrown.” Most of us have a long, personal history with the No. 2, and over time we develop a love-hate relationship with it. Some of us think that excrement is disgusting and should never be a topic of conversation, while others find the subject of tushy tots absolutely hilarious. Game developers often fall into the latter camp, and over the years have introduced several characters whose defining characteristic is their feculence. As Game Informer’s self-appointed leading expert on fecal matters (I assure you, I’m highly qualified. My sense of humor really hasn’t evolved much since I was in the turd grade, and I once squeezed out a beautiful “Ode to Poop” in a junior high English class.), I have taken it upon myself spend time on the porcelain throne and pump out a list of the 10 crappiest video game characters. Without further ado, here’s some poo.

Warning: This feature is thoroughly immature and a little bit disgusting. The humor is low-brow, and those who are disturbed by jokes about bodily functions should turn back now. Proceed at your own risk.

Our 20 Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of Fall 2017

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Our 20 Most Anticipated PlayStation 4 Games Of Fall 2017

The fall release calendar is a madhouse every year, with September to November being packed with highly anticipated titles. Fall 2017 is no different, with a number of promising games across every genre imaginable being released during those few months. Here are 20 games, both third-party and first-party exclusives, we're most excited about for the PlayStation 4 this fall.

20. Yakuza KiwamiRelease: August 29

Yakuza, the long-running series from SEGA, finally has its smash hit for Western audiences with Yakuza 0, a prologue that follows the interconnected stories of series protagonist Kiryu and his rival Majima. 0 was a deep, engrossing brawler RPG and Kiwami will give players a chance to play through the original game in remastered graphics and see where the series all started. For more on Yakuza, you can read Cork's glowing review of 0 right here.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 13, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 13, 2017)

A lot of blogs covered Castlevania's animated Netflix show this week, while other offer blogs on art, as well as masterpiece that is Portal 2. Enjoy!

Community Blogs For July 6 – July 12:

The Essentials Challenge: Starter Pack – Portal 2 Poor StarterPack had a rough time finishing Portal 2 (check out the post comment). But even though it nearly melted his PC, it is still a marquee game experience. I have fond memories of the solo experience and the cooperative experience, even if both puzzled me at times. Oh, and insert the obligatory 'cake is a lie' joke here!

RPG Grind Time – Why I'm Glad BioWare's Next Game Is A New IP

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RPG Grind Time – Why I'm Glad BioWare's Next Game Is A New IP

Change is an inevitability that's necessary to grow. In this risk-averse industry, it's also approached with trepidation. Finding a winning combination is hard, and it's understandable why developers and publishers often don't like to stray from what's proven. Why not stick to what works, refining the little things? BioWare has always been an interesting studio to me, and one of my personal favorites. It has a knack for storytelling, creating compelling characters, experimenting with player choice, and crafting fascinating universes that pull you in with their inner conflicts. Last generation, the studio really hit its stride with Mass Effect and Dragon Age, appealing to a wider audience and showing firsthand the power of storytelling and letting players choose what avenues they want to explore. Both series were widely successful and put more eyes (and demands) on BioWare than ever before. This has come with its pluses and minuses.

Fly High With Spider-Man: Homecoming Figure Photos

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Fly High With Spider-Man: Homecoming Figure Photos

Spider-Man is a hot property right now. The new movie is a big success, and Insomniac’s upcoming video game adaptation won a lot of favor and attention at E3 just a few weeks ago. If you’re looking for a way to express your fandom, a lot of Spider-Man toys and products are out there. I’m a longtime collector of Marvel memorabilia, and one of my favorite figure lines is Hasbro's six-inch scale Marvel Legends line; I figured it would be fun to take a closer look at the newest line connected to Spider-Man: Homecoming, as the figures themselves and the high detail visible in the set make them worth a close look.

The new movie-focused line includes seven figures, and you’ll need to snag all of them if you want to put together the pièce de résistance of the wave – Vulture’s wings. Each of the seven characters (including Vulture himself) comes with a small part of the apparatus that eventually connects to make the wings. Those wings can then be attached to the Vulture figure for an “in-flight” version of the Spider-Man villain that includes some impressive poseability and points of articulation.

The full seven-figure set includes three characters/costumes drawn from the movie (two Spider-Man figures and Vulture), and the rest are characters linked to the Spider-Man mythology in important ways. 

Everything You Need To Know About Today's Online Protest To Protect Net Neutrality

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Everything You Need To Know About Today's Online Protest To Protect Net Neutrality

Your web browsing may slow to a crawl when visiting certain sites. Images may appear broken (or take longer to load, like Reddit's logo), and video streaming might result in a lot of buffering. What's going on? Hundreds of tech websites are participating in a "Day of Action" protest today, against the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) call to repeal net neutrality laws.

It's a complex but important topic that could change how you browse the internet and how much of your browsing data is given to internet service providers (ISPs). Today, websites are simulating a future that moves away from the free, open, worldwide web we know today, to show the public what that would be like. Here's everything you need to know, who is involved, and how you can participate.

What is net neutrality?