What The Heck Is This? Episode 11

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What The Heck Is This? Episode 11

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

In episode 11, we play around with the early access dinosaur sim, Saurian and a modern frogger starring an astronaut who may, or may not, have a gun, called Road of Danger.

Everything You Need To Know About The Kingdom Hearts Story

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Everything You Need To Know About The Kingdom Hearts Story

Excitement is at an all-time high for Kingdom Hearts III. In the past few months Square Enix has given us two meaty trailers, shown off a Toy Story world created with direct input from Pixar, and announced a 2018 release date. The developers have been trickling out information for four years, but now the game is finally starting to feel tangible. 

I’m a huge fan of the series, but there was something I realized as I watched the trailer: I’d mostly forgotten the story setup for this new game. Kingdom Hearts is known for having a needlessly complicated story, and I managed to forget most of the nitty-gritty details even though I had played all of the games. In the time since Kingdom Hearts II launched, Square Enix has put out six new game entries and one animated film, all of which lead up to Kingdom Hearts III. 

I’ve taken a deep dive back into Kingdom Hearts lore and have emerged to bring back a primer for Kingdom Hearts III. Here’s everything you need to know about what has transpired between the second game and now – the new story beats, the new faces, and a little bit of theory to get you caught up before the trilogy concludes.

Replay – Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes

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Replay – Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes

Video game remakes may seem like a relatively new thing, but they've been around longer than you may remember. Two of the biggest ones to date both debuted on GameCube. Along with Capcom's stunning remake of Resident Evil, Konami brought the original Metal Gear Solid back in a big way with the help of developer Silicon Knights. Metal Gear Solid: Twin Snakes brings back the critically acclaimed stealth/espionage action from Hideo Kojima's 1998 PlayStation game with improved graphics, new story sequences, and the ability to shoot from a first-person view.

Our stealth skills are a little rusty, but we make good headway in this amazing restored game, and even take a second to rattle off the order of our favorite Metal Gear games. Feel free to jot yours down in the comments section below as we play through the beginning of Twin Snakes. Also stick around for an odd second segment, which is more so a plea I make for a new PlayStation 4 game to be localized here in the States. Our final segment of this episode may not be safe for work, so put a blanket over your computer or TV as you watch it, okay?

Thanks again for all of the support throughout the years. We'll be back again in seven short days!

Opinion - Sony Is Short-Sighted By Avoiding Crossplay

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Opinion - Sony Is Short-Sighted By Avoiding Crossplay

As the gaming world becomes more connected, Sony has firmly planted its flag in the fertile soil of isolationism. With games like Minecraft and Rocket League having crossplay functionality across multiple systems and PCs, the question of why the PlayStation 4 is taking its ball and going home continues to plague the company. Sony has found itself a victim of its own success and is now taking a public relations hit in their efforts to keep the PlayStation 4’s purchase value compelling.

This past E3, Microsoft and Nintendo metaphorically held hands during a candlelit dinner. Microsoft announced that Minecraft, unarguably one of the biggest games in the world, would be crossplay across all platforms that supported the Better Together update. This means that, whether you own Minecraft on Switch, or Xbox One, or PC, you can still play the game with all your friends regardless of where they own the game. The lone exception to this being the PlayStation 4.

A Video Game Soundtrack For Every Occasion

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A Video Game Soundtrack For Every Occasion

Playing a game without a soundtrack is like eating a meal that you can’t smell. Sure, you can still taste it and it’s great, but it’s just not the same. Game developers have taken note of the crucial role music plays in enhancing the overall gaming experience, and produce some remarkable music to accompany their games. Sometimes when the game ends, we want to take the soundtrack with us so we can pair it with different moments in our life and enhance our personal experiences in the same way it complements the game. Here are some of the most fitting video game soundtracks for various situations in everyday life.

When focus and productivity are on the docket for the day, your musical backdrop must be carefully selected. The soundtrack needs to foster attention and efficiency, while fading into the background to avoid being a distraction itself.

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Funny To A Point – The 15 Dumbest Video Game Titles Of 2017

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Funny To A Point – The 15 Dumbest Video Game Titles Of 2017

If you're like me, you probably subscribe to the age-old adage, "You can't judge a book by its cover." However, while that sentiment might apply to the Javys and Suriels of the world, it's not unconditional. Sure, Juliet may have wisely quipped, "A rose by any other name would smell as sweet," – but that didn't stop her and Romeo from dying gruesome deaths because they had the wrong damn names.

As it turns out, names really do matter – especially when it comes to video game titles. A good title, like a good piece of box art, can sell a game all by itself. A bad title, on the other hand, can doom a developer's hard work to the bargain bin – because no one wants to sniff the video game equivalent of a bouquet of crapweeds.

Super Replay – Pokémon Snap Episode 2

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Super Replay – Pokémon Snap Episode 2

After the marathon that was Shenmue II, Andrew Reiner and I decided it was time to play something that didn't require quite so much long-term commitment. We wanted something that felt closer to a walk in the park, or a leisurely ride through a park, which is how we landed on Pokémon Snap. The Nintendo 64 favorite offered Pokémon fans their first look at their favorite creatures in 3D and, for our purposes, doesn't tell an elongated story about revenge.

Despite our intentions to play something a little less intense, we still want to make sure we get a photo of every Pokémon in the game. We will also be passing the sticks in order to foster some competition. At the end of every episode we will make sure to check and see who took the best photo.

Enjoy the episodes, and leave comments! We plan on reading them out loud during the episodes just like we did with our last few two-person Super Replays.

Ranking Dream Daddy's Greatest Dads From Worst To Best

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Ranking Dream Daddy's Greatest Dads From Worst To Best

Dream Daddy: A Dad Dating Simulator has taken the internet by storm in the last week with its instantaneous popularity. This surprisingly earnest dating simulator tasks you with wooing one of seven hot dads, from a music enthusiast to a chubby father with a competitive streak. But which dad is the best dad to pursue? We ranked all the fathers from best to worst, noting which ones you should spend most of your time with.

This feature was co-written by associate editors Elise Favis and Javy Gwaltney.


7. Joseph
Pretentious and already married, Joseph is easily the least likable dad. His family is only mildly interested in conversing with you, such as his demonic twin children who take The Shining a little too seriously. While the creepy twins gave us a good laugh at times, Joseph has few redeemable qualities. On the surface, he's the run-of-the-mill friendly neighbor and minister who puts on bake sales and sets up church events. When you get to know him better, you discover a man who leads a stressful and unhappy life (plus, he might be the leader of a cult?). It doesn't help that Mary, his wife, has a bone to pick with you, which makes for uncomfortable situations. 

The 2017 Collection Of Terrible Video Game T-Shirts

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The 2017 Collection Of Terrible Video Game T-Shirts

Politics and religion appear to be hot topics in the world of bad video game t-shirts these days. Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign wasn't just used to get him into the White House, it's a battle cry that can apparently be used for every video game franchise people think needs to be revitalized. I've included a couple of those shirts in this collection for your viewing pleasure, but odds are, you've already seen someone wearing one out in the wild.

For the third consecutive year, I've taken it upon myself to explore the dangerous corners of the internet to unearth the most outlandish, ridiculous, and awful video game t-shirts that money can buy. Most of these shirts were found on official retail sites, as well as avenues where people can make and sell their own designs.

Just know this: Someone out there is likely wearing one these shirts right now, proudly. If you happen to be one of these people, good for you! You're making all of us look that much cooler. Again, I need to reiterate that the featured shirts are not the worst of the worst. I was not given the all clear to show over a dozen shirt designs, as they were not safe for work.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Burning Shadows Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Burning Shadows Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The third Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion from the Sun and Moon games hits today and introduces a bevy new cards featuring classic monsters and new beasts spanning all seven generations. In addition to including more of the Guardian creatures from Sun and Moon, Burning Shadows also gives us new cards of fan favorites like Charizard and Ho-oh.

We were sent nearly 20 booster packs, as well as both decks from the expansion and the two trainer tins featuring Guardians Tapu Bulu and Tapu Koko. We pulled the ones that were either the coolest or most powerful from the packs we opened and featured them in the gallery you see below. 

Scroll down to see our favorite cards we opened from the Sun & Moon – Burning Shadows expansion. For our favorite cards that we pulled from the base Sun & Moon expansion, head here. For the best from the Sun & Moon – Guardians Rising expansion, head here. For our gallery of our favorites from the retro-facing Generations and XY Evolutions expansions, head to this gallery.