The Highs And Lows Of Soulcalibur’s 14 Guest Characters

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The Highs And Lows Of Soulcalibur’s 14 Guest Characters

For years, the Soulcalibur series has stood out among fighting titles for being accessible to button mashers but deep enough for dedicated fans of the genre. Soulcalibur is also known for its exciting and surprising crossovers with other gaming franchises in the form of playable guest characters – including wacky backstories on how they were transported to the fighting universe.

From Soulcalibur II to the upcoming sixth entry, here is a rundown on the various special guests and debating how cool they are in the 16th century setting.

Heihachi Mishima in Soulcalibur II on PlayStation 2 (2002)One day after training with his pet bear, Heihachi Mishima from Tekken passes out after accidentally cutting his finger with a piece of Soul Edge, an evil blade with powers that can possibly corrupt anyone upon contact. That slice somehow sends Heihachi on a trip back to the 16th century. Using his Mishima-style fighting karate, Heihachi tests his strength and skills against the Soulcalibur combatants.

A Spoiler-Filled Conversation With Iconoclasts' Creator

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A Spoiler-Filled Conversation With Iconoclasts' Creator

Iconoclasts is a surprisingly dark game with a mature story, especially considering its nostalgic art style. It caught me by surprise in a great way so we decided to speak with its developer, composer, artist, writer – everything – Joakim Sandberg, about the game's prolonged development, surprisingly dark story, religious themes, and much more. We go deep into late-game spoilers, so fair warning if you haven't played the game yet!

How long has Iconoclasts been in development?

I started on a project called Ivory Springs in 2007 that the game is sort of based on, but the actual project started properly in 2010. With some losses of motivation, the project went off the rails along the way. It has basically been eight years of doing that and not expecting it to take so long. It becomes your life for a long time.

The Sports Desk – Early Impressions Of MLB The Show 18

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The Sports Desk – Early Impressions Of MLB The Show 18

MLB The Show 18 comes out tomorrow on PS4, but it's been playable since Friday of last week if you pre-ordered the title. Reiner is currently reviewing the game, and that will be on the site as soon as he's done. In the meantime, I chatted with him to get his first impressions.

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Kato: So another year for MLB, and ... more online problems. As of this afternoon, people are losing their progress after they finish games, purchases are being lost – it's another mess!

Sick Stunts In Sea Of Thieves

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Sick Stunts In Sea Of Thieves

Sea of Thieves released last week and while it lacks an enticing progression loop, it is a great playground to pull off some sick-ass stunts.

Join Ben Reeves, Suriel Vazquez, Ben Hanson, and me as we fire ourselves out of cannons, attempt impossible jumps, ring the bell to let everyone know we're getting ready to climb, and frankly, grow closer as friends as we pull off sea-sick stunts on the high seas.

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30 Far Cry 5 Tips That Will Help You Take Back Hope County

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30 Far Cry 5 Tips That Will Help You Take Back Hope County

The latest entry in Ubisoft's sandbox shooter series is here and pits you in the American homeland, fighting against cultists with a serious doomsday crush. While the formula for Far Cry is pretty established at this point, some new systems and quirks can throw you off even if you are a fan of the series.

I spent more than 30 hours taking the fight to Eden's Gate for the heart of the valley and have come back with well-earned tricks that will give you a leg up in this war.

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Splatoon's Burning Questions Finally Answered

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Splatoon's Burning Questions Finally Answered

Over the past few years, Nintendo has seen the Splatoon series skyrocket in popularity. As part of that rise to prominence, the fan community has scoured the game's lore for any hints to the mysteries of Splatoon's post-apocalyptic world. I sat down with producer Hisashi Nogami to finally get the answers the fans deserve.

For more with Nogami, check out this interview where he talks about the Octo Expansion, Biggie and Tupac, and the inklings appearing in Super Smash Bros.

The upcoming Octo Expansion takes place in a subway system. What prevents the subway from being flooded when there's so much water everywhere?

Splatoon Producer Talks Octo Expansion, Biggie And Tupac References, And Super Smash Bros.

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Splatoon Producer Talks Octo Expansion, Biggie And Tupac References, And Super Smash Bros.

Splatoon was perhaps the biggest surprise hit on Wii U. In the time since its release in 2015, the colorful, family-friendly shooter has exploded in popularity and spawned a sequel on Nintendo's wildly popular new console, Switch. Just like its predecessor, Splatoon 2 has benefited from numerous free multiplayer updates. However, earlier this month, it was announced that Splatoon 2 is receiving a large single-player expansion this coming summer. The Octo Expansion is the first piece of paid DLC in the series' history.

I caught up with the producer of Splatoon and Splatoon 2 Hisashi Nogami to chat about what fans can expect from the Octo Expansion, as well as topics like the language of the inklings and the internet's speculation of the developer's referencing Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur in the reveal trailer for the Octo Expansion.

Why did you decide to create a new single-player campaign through DLC?

25 Wacky Things You Can Do In Far Cry 5

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25 Wacky Things You Can Do In Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 has branded itself as a brooding game, one that tackles the intersection between religion and American violence. In spite of that pitch, the game itself is more wacky than you'd probably expect. We got up to a lot of shenanigans running around Hope County. Here's some of the craziest stuff we saw and did.

Note: We won't be spoiling any major story beats from Far Cry 5 in this list but be aware we are talking about side mission content.

1. You can set a bear on fire and send them running into an outpost, mauling and lighting up any of your foes that get in its way.

Construct Your Coasters On The Go With RollerCoaster Tycoon For Switch

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Construct Your Coasters On The Go With RollerCoaster Tycoon For Switch

When you hear that a franchise is bringing a mobile version of a game to either PCs or consoles, it can be disheartening. That was certainly the case for me when they announced RollerCoaster Tycoon was coming to Switch, but it was adapted from the mobile edition. However, after seeing the game in action, I feel a bit more confident about what developer Nvizzio Creations is doing with the Switch version.

RollerCoaster Tycoon Switch lets you jump into the action with three different modes: Campaign, Scenarios, and Sandbox. Campaign gives you very little money with the goal of building up to a theme-park juggernaut. Scenarios often put you in the middle of difficult situations with an existing park and require you to dig yourself out of the mess. Sandbox lets you jump in and create with few limitations. In these modes, you can customize your rides, coasters, attractions, and shops with over 50 colors.

The Best Indie Games Of GDC 2018

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The Best Indie Games Of GDC 2018

Game Developers Conference features an annual convergence of some of the best minds in the video game industry, and many of them have games to show. GDC typically features a huge slate of independent games, and this year is no different. From the large GDC Play area and The Mix reception to special curated showcases hosted by Nintendo and Microsoft, there is no shortage of independent developers with exciting titles to show off.

Check out the coolest and most interesting indie games the Game Informer crew in attendance at GDC 2018 played during the conference.

Games are listed alphabetically.