Vote For Your 2017 Games Of The Year

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Vote For Your 2017 Games Of The Year

Now is your chance to sound off on your favorite games of 2017. Vote for your favorite games, and do your part to make sure they make our Reader Games of the Year section in our upcoming issue.

This year, the video game industry delivered an onslaught of awesome games. From fantastic releases that kept players coming back for more, to incredible adventures that will stick with us for the rest of our lives, 2017 delivered an outstanding line-up of games. With so many great games hitting this year, coming up with our list of the Top 50 Games of 2017 was extremely difficult, and no game is guaranteed any award, so be sure to vote to ensure that your favorite releases are represented in our results!

You may notice that some seemingly obvious picks aren't on the list. That could be because of our eligibility requirements. Remasters and remakes are restricted to that category. Also, if a game is episodic, but the final episode isn't releasing in 2017, that keeps it off our list for this year.

Top Of The Table – Five Amazing New Dice Games You Should Try

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Top Of The Table – Five Amazing New Dice Games You Should Try

A significant proportion of tabletop games mix strategic or calculated choices with an element of chance, and one of the best ways to do that is through a roll of the dice. Dice are inextricably tied into the history of games, but modern games have often found surprising ways to implement dice rolling into broader themes. Today, I wanted to highlight five of my recent favorite dice games. 

To be clear, when I talk about dice games, I don’t just mean a game that uses a die roll to resolve one or more situations in-game. Instead, these are titles that use dice as the central conceit around which the rest of the game revolves. It’s an arena of games that has provided a lot of fun over the years. I’m a fan of titles like Escape: The Curse of the Temple, Elder Sign, Quarriors, Trains and Stations, Quantum, Roll for the Galaxy, and King of Tokyo, among many others. If you’re looking for some more established entries in the genre, those are all great places to start. However, I think the last couple of years have given us several exciting new entries, and I wanted to highlight what they bring to the table. 

Discussing The State Of Destiny 2

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Discussing The State Of Destiny 2

On Wednesday Bungie released an update on "The State of Destiny 2." The post details several major changes coming to the game with the release of the Curse of Osiris expansion. You can read about what those changes are (and some of the events that lead up to the post) here, and we encourage you to check out Bungie's full post to get a good idea of what exactly will change starting on December 5 and going into the new year.

Resident Destiny 2 aficionados Matt Miller, Dan Tack, and I sat down to discuss our thoughts on the big changes, how they may affect the way we play, and where we think Bungie might be taking the game in the future.

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Tune In To Our First Live Super Replay Today!

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Tune In To Our First Live Super Replay Today!

Our community recently raised over $60,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through our 25-hour Extra Life livestream. As a big "thank you" for donating so much, we decided to give the community something they've wanted for years: a Super Replay of Ape Escape!

Given our busy schedules with the holidays coming up, we don't have a window to record a traditional, episode-based Super Replay before the end of the year. We didn't want to wait until 2018, so we're going to try recording an entire playthrough of Ape Escape in one livestream. Our attempt to round up every ape will begin on December 1 at 8 a.m. CT. We won't end until we see the credits roll.

The stream will be hosted on Twitch, YouTube, and right here on Game Informer's site. Join us for what will surely be a day of fun and wacky things. We are going to try to record this as closely as we can to the traditional format, and will break it apart into episodes that you can watch well after the livestream ends.

Tune In To Our First Live Super Replay On Friday

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Tune In To Our First Live Super Replay On Friday

Our community recently raised over $60,000 for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals through our 25-hour Extra Life livestream. As a big "thank you" for donating so much, we decided to give the community something they've wanted for years: a Super Replay of Ape Escape!

Given our busy schedules with the holidays coming up, we don't have a window to record a traditional, episode-based Super Replay before the end of the year. We didn't want to wait until 2018, so we're going to try recording an entire playthrough of Ape Escape in one livestream. Our attempt to round up every ape will begin on December 1 at 8 a.m. CT. We won't end until we see the credits roll.

The stream will be hosted on Twitch, YouTube, and right here on Game Informer's site. Join us for what will surely be a day of fun and wacky things. We are going to try to record this as closely as we can to the traditional format, and will break it apart into episodes that you can watch well after the livestream ends.

The Perilous World Of Fan Game Development

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The Perilous World Of Fan Game Development

Like many fan games, the development of Super Mario 64 Online started with mutual love for a franchise.

Kaze Emanuar, a prominent ROM hacker based in Argentina, was approached by the streamer and fan-game developer known as MellonSpeedruns, who prefers not to share his real name. A Mario fan since he was five years old, Mellon found the multiplayer offered in titles like Super Mario Galaxy lacking and wanted to create a true multiplayer experience for open-world Mario fans. 

“I tried doing some prototypes in Unity, but [they weren’t] successful,” Mellon says. “After a while, I remembered that the SM64 modding community was strong, and that I could do way more with that game. I then decided to contact Kaze and show him a prototype of an online version of Mario 64 I made with signs.”

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 30, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 30, 2017)

We took last week off to stuff our faces with plenty of food, but we're back for another edition of Blog Herding!

Community Blogs For November 16 – November 29:

Puzzle Racers StarterPack has a challenge: write about which two genres should fit. He got to thinking about this when trying to race through Portal, and wondered, are there "any puzzle racing games?" I'm guessing you have puzzles in games with timers, much like in the original Resident Evil, but I'm not sure of too many. StarterPack takes us through his idea for such a game, and challenges others to doing the same.

RPG Grind Time – Seven RPGs You May Have Missed This Year

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RPG Grind Time – Seven RPGs You May Have Missed This Year

It’s hard to believe another year is coming to a close, but in a little over a month, we begin anew. In any year with numerous releases, it’s easy to let good games pass you by, especially in the RPG genre. After all, RPGs are more demanding of your time, making it nearly impossible to play every single one. I find it important to look back and consider what might have gotten pushed aside in the onslaught of releases. This year had some standouts, such as Persona 5 and Horizon Zero Dawn. Even niche RPGs had their place, from Tales of Berseria to Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia. And while Ys: VIII really impressed me, I recommend waiting for the patch that addresses localization issues hitting in early 2018, so you can play it without the awkward dialogue. The game is still fun despite the flawed localization, but if you’ve already waited this long to play it, you might as well experience it at its best. Also, if you haven't finished Persona 5 yet, get on that!

New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Wormhaven And Pacifica Crucible Maps

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New Gameplay Today – Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' Wormhaven And Pacifica Crucible Maps

Along with Curse of Osiris' new zone, campaign, public events, and lost sectors come two new multiplayer maps, Wormhaven (a PlayStation 4 exclusive map) and Pacfica. Jeff Cork and Leo Vader sat down with me to talk about the maps' layouts, lore, and lots of other topics. It also acted as a way for me to show Jeff and Leo some kills I got and act all proud of them, like a dad showing his friends home videos of their kids.

Although we were only able to play a couple of matches apiece, I'm liking these new maps quite a bit, as Titan is one of the most evocative locations in Destiny 2. Watch us shoot, get shot, and land some sick moves along the way.

Note: This video was recorded long before much of the news about Destiny 2 that's come about recently, so we don't discuss any of it. Sick kills only!