Join Us For Our Horizon Zero Dawn Live Stream

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Join Us For Our Horizon Zero Dawn Live Stream

On Monday, we'll be hosting a two-hour live stream of Guerrilla Games' new open-world adventure, Horizon Zero Dawn.

If you read our review or watched the latest GI Show, you already know how much we enjoy Horizon Zero Dawn's gorgeous open world and dangerous robot dinosaurs. However, there's still lots more to see and talk about. That's why senior previews editor Matt Miller and I will be livestreaming the game starting at 3 p.m.EST/12 p.m. PST this Monday.

Tune in to watch us tackle a variety of mechanical beasts and missions (we'll try to keep things as spoiler-free as we can) while fielding questions from the community. If you've got a burning question that hasn't been answered by our review or preview coverage, hop on in and ask!

Funny To A Point – Horizon Zero Dawn? More Like Horizon Zero Daaaang!

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Funny To A Point – Horizon Zero Dawn? More Like Horizon Zero Daaaang!

Now that I've set a new low bar for FTAP headlines, let's talk about how awesome Horizon is, shall we?

Like many gamers, I've been looking forward to Horizon Zero Dawn ever since its reveal at E3 2015. The gender politics of the Nora tribe and Aloy's role in the matriarchal society as an outcast had my mind brimming with possibilities. PSYCHE – it was the robot dinosaurs, obviously! I honestly can't even remember if Aloy was in the announcement trailer; it could've been Ronald McDonald fighting that giant Thunderjaw, and I wouldn't have noticed unless it stepped on his dumb red shoe and made a squeaking noise.

Anyway, the point is I've been excited about Horizon Zero Dawn for years*, so when Joe brought up the possibility of playing it two weeks early, I was more than happy to jump on the review. Well, I was mostly happy to jump on the review. I realize that this pity party is going to be a table for one, but a lot of work and pressure goes into reviewing a video game. Not only must you finish playing the game before embargo deadline, you have to formulate a concrete opinion about the experience (that half the gaming community is going to hate no matter what it is), and then turn those ideas into words that don't sound stupid when you type them on the stupid blank page that won't stop mocking you with how stupidly blank it is.

The First Fifteen Minutes Of Night In The Woods' Delightfully Strange World

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The First Fifteen Minutes Of Night In The Woods' Delightfully Strange World

Night in the Woods is a story-driven adventure game from developer Infinite Fall. It tells the tale of a young anthropomorphic cat who returns to her hometown for the first time in years, and it turns out that a lot has changed. She must uncover the truth behind the town's spooky happenings while reconnecting with old friends, making trouble, and figuring out where she wants to go in life.

In the video below, Ben Hanson and I take a look at the first fifteen minutes of the game, and comment on how it revels in examining human emotion and presents unique, multi-faceted characters that we fell in love with. 

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Todd Howard Discusses Fallout VR, Juggling Seven Projects, And His Hall Of Fame Induction

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Todd Howard Discusses Fallout VR, Juggling Seven Projects, And His Hall Of Fame Induction

Todd Howard is one of the most visible and well-respected game developers in the industry. The head of Bethesda Game Studios has led the creation of some of the most beloved franchises in modern gaming. Bethesda’s open-world games in the Elder Scrolls and Fallout series continue to push the boundaries of one of the most popular genres in video games, and fans can’t get enough of them. More recently, the studio expanded into mobile gaming with the hit Fallout Shelter. 

Last year, Howard was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at GDC, and this year he has another trophy to add to his mantle. On the eve of his induction into the AIAS Hall of Fame, we sat down with Howard to discuss his legacy, his plans for the future, and his noble crusade to get EA Sports to resurrect the NCAA Football franchise.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 23, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 23, 2017)

A wide variety of blogs this week give us some great content to read, and I implore you to do that very thing!

Community Blogs For February 16 – February 22:

Japan's Protagonist Problem Blogger MightyMagikarp is here to write about what he thinks of Nippon's video game heroes. He writes that character tropes are used too often. I mean, how often do we have a hero with amnesia? But then again, Japan has brought us some excellent characters recently. What do you think?

Nintendo Switch Unboxing Photo Gallery And Size Comparisons

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Nintendo Switch Unboxing Photo Gallery And Size Comparisons

With the Nintendo Switch set to launch in just over a week, we decided to open our system and get a good, close look at it. In addition to looking at the Switch itself, we put the new Nintendo device and its various components next to other systems like the Vita, 3DS, and Wii U GamePad to show just how it stacks up to other consoles and handhelds you may have in your house. We did the same for our copy of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.

The Switch box contains the Switch itself, the docking station, the right and left Joy-Cons with straps for each, the Joy-Con grip controller, an HDMI cable, and a power cable. Nintendo Switch launches worldwide on March 3.

Check out our photo gallery below and stay tuned for more coverage as we get closer and closer to launch.

Here's How The Switch Interface Looks (And Sounds)

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Here's How The Switch Interface Looks (And Sounds)

With the launch of the Nintendo Switch a little over a week away, Nintendo hasn't shown off one important detail about the system: the interface.

Luckily, we've finally had some hands-on time with the system and can show you what it looks like. The system is still missing a mysterious (and likely substantial) day-one update the public will have access to when they get the system, but the video below offers a glimpse of what it'll be like to futz around with system options before you inevitably dive into Breath of the Wild.

Join Ben Reeves and me, Buttz, as we look at title screen, make Miis, and listen to the dazzling sounds of the Nintendo Switch.

Your 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Eggs, Evolution Items, And More

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Your 2017 Guide To Pokémon Go Eggs, Evolution Items, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.

Should You Give PlayStation Now Another Shot?

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Should You Give PlayStation Now Another Shot?

PlayStation Now is a premium service that first released in 2015, allowing subscribers to stream over 100 PS3 games to a variety of devices. The product of Sony’s $380 million acquisition of cloud streaming company Gaikai, expectations were high that the service would help to bring cloud-based gaming into the mainstream. However, a number of factors, such as an unexpectedly high price point, minimal selection of games, and frequent internet connection issues, kept the service from truly breaking out. While the service still has stalwart defenders, it’s fair to say that interest has waned.

While the service may have been written off by many, a lot can happen in just a couple of years. We took a look at Now’s most common complaints at launch and whether or not the grievances have been addressed and improved. More than two years later, is PlayStation Now worth another shot?

Complaint: Small Game Selection

The Virtual Life – What Makes Horizon Zero Dawn's Heroine Remarkable

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The Virtual Life – What Makes Horizon Zero Dawn's Heroine Remarkable

Horizon Zero Dawn launches next week, and we've been exploring Guerrilla Games’ surprisingly photogenic take on the post-apocalypse. You can read our review here. At first glance, Horizon Zero Dawn doesn’t seem that different than most open-world games. It might even be fair to call it a bit of a hard sell given just how many fantastic, content-packed games in a similar vein have been released in the past few years.

However, one of the many ways that Horizon stands out is with its protagonist, Alloy. Fellow Associate Editor Elise Favis and I sat down to talk about Aloy, and what makes her so remarkable.

Javy: Alright, so let’s get to it, Elise. What makes Aloy so cool?