The Beauty Of Legend Of Mana And Why You Should Play The Remaster

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The Beauty Of Legend Of Mana And Why You Should Play The Remaster

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the Mana series. It was integral in developing my love for RPGs and I created powerful memories that I’ll always cherish by bonding with my grandpa over Secret of Mana. I love getting lost in the series’ vibrant worlds, taking on larger-than-life baddies, and being taken with the stellar music - both poignant and adrenaline-pumping - that never disappoints. 

When Legend of Mana hit PS1 in 2000, it threw me for a loop, as it wasn’t a typical entry for the franchise. Sure, it had rabites, big boss battles, and its trademark action combat featuring co-op, but Legend of Mana’s structure is much different than previous titles (more on that later). It resulted in an entry that’s just as celebrated as it is disliked. I land on the side that sees it as the last great Mana game before Square Enix struggled with the franchise’s direction. Legend of Mana has its flaws, but it was also wise beyond its years in some of its systems and storytelling. I go back to it every few years just to see if my feelings will change, and every time I still see its magic - even if it didn’t always perfectly hit the target.  

Game Informer's Summer Buying Guide 2021

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Game Informer's Summer Buying Guide 2021

School is out, the weather is warm, and you’ve got some free time. To celebrate the summer months after an especially challenging cold stretch, we’ve gathered some gift selections to brighten up the season. Whether you plan to venture outdoors or enjoy some well-deserved downtime inside, we found a few things you’ll undoubtedly love. Read more...

Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII Remake Easter Egg Spotted Using Photo Mode

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Piano Collections Final Fantasy VII Remake Easter Egg Spotted Using Photo Mode

With Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, PS5 and PS4 players are diving back into Midgar once more. Whether it's to play the new Yuffie episode or just to enjoy the remake in its even more optimized form, there are plenty of reasons to don that iconic sword once more. With so many getting back into the game, one player noticed a pretty sneaky Final Fantasy VII Remake Easter egg while using the Photo Mode in Seventh Heaven. This one is for the fans of Final Fantasy's amazing soundtrack.

One Redditor (spotted by the folks over at GameRant) shared a screenshot of the latest Easter egg to be found. This one is specific to Tifa's bar called Seventh Heaven and shows off the Piano Collections album. In the image below, you can see a plaque with the Piano Collections cover emblazed on the front with the caption, "Thank you for the memories." 

Final Fantasy has always had an incredible soundtrack, but VII's is among the best of the best. There are even quests specific to finding music in these games, making the auditory experience even more immersive by making it a tangible and obtainable objective. 

Razer Blade Pro 17 Review | The Epitome Of Laptop Tech

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Razer Blade Pro 17 Review | The Epitome Of Laptop Tech

The Razer Blade Pro 17 comes bearing the gift of the RTX 3000 series and completely shatters everything I know about gaming on a laptop. My primary gaming platform is PC, and previous attempts to game on the go with a laptop have left me disappointed. Not only does hardware usually go out of date fairly quickly, but I have a hard time adjusting to the smaller screen size and overall feel of laptop gaming. That being said, the Blade Pro 17 offers a much bigger screen and the performance blew my previous experiences right out of the water. This might just be the piece of equipment that makes me excited with gaming on a laptop. 

Razer Blade Pro 17 Review | The Epitome Of Laptop Tech

about X hours ago from
Razer Blade Pro 17 Review | The Epitome Of Laptop Tech

The Razer Blade Pro 17 comes bearing the gift of the RTX 3000 series and completely shatters everything I know about gaming on a laptop. My primary gaming platform is PC, and previous attempts to game on the go with a laptop have left me disappointed. Not only does hardware usually go out of date fairly quickly, but I have a hard time adjusting to the smaller screen size and overall feel of laptop gaming. That being said, the Blade Pro 17 offers a much bigger screen and the performance blew my previous experiences right out of the water. This might just be the piece of equipment that makes me excited with gaming on a laptop. 

Morrowind Remake Mod 'Skywind' Drops New Developer Update Video On Making "A Believable World"

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Morrowind Remake Mod 'Skywind' Drops New Developer Update Video On Making

The Skywind Morrowind Skyrim remake is a project that I've been covering for years and can't help but to feel passionately excited for. This ambitious fan-driven project is not only approved by Bethesda but also seeks to faithfully recreate Morrowind using the Skyrim engine. This has been years in the making and while we do have quite a bit of time left to wait, we do have a new development update video to showcase the finer details of what Skywind brings to the table. 

The latest development update video dives deep into the smaller details of development that are often overlooked; the details that bring the bigger picture together and aid in creating a believable and enjoyable world. Also in the video is a call-to-action with the volunteer team looking for 3D Artists to help out with this venture. To throw your name into that hat, you can mosey on over to the Skywind website right here to learn more.

It will be some time yet before we get a full release date for this project in its entirety, but the team has been doing a phenomenal job at keeping those interested in this mod in the know regarding progress. To learn more about what this fan-driven project has to offer, you can learn a little bit about the team below courtesy of their website:

Scarlet Nexus - Game Informer Live

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Scarlet Nexus - Game Informer Live

Are you ready to get brainpunk? Scarlet Nexus is out in just a few days on June 25. Is it a good choice for your gaming library? Join Dan Tack today on Game Informer live for a discussion all about the game. Got a question? Ask away, cause we'll be fielding all the queries you can conjure up! When is it all happening? 2 PM CT on Twitch! Like, share, and subscribe!

"Scarlet Nexus transports players into a “brainpunk” anime world where psionic powers and bizarre otherworldly creatures threaten humanity. What does brainpunk mean? In this somewhat modern era, massive advances in mind technology have led to the use of incredible psychic abilities," I said in my Game Informer review.  "Of course, not everything is as it seems, and a mystery unravels over the course of the journey. Scarlet Nexus excels at selling its stylish and unique world, crafting combat that’s a joy to play and watch, pitting players against weird, wonderful bosses. However, some elements – like character dialogue, relationship building, and level design – weigh down an otherwise excellent experience."

This Tribute Concert To Red Dead Redemption II Proved The Power Of Its Music

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This Tribute Concert To Red Dead Redemption II Proved The Power Of Its Music

Red Dead Redemption II – the prosaic complexity of its narrative, its timeless ensemble cast, and the riveting score, backed by a bevy of notable talent – has been an integral part of my life since its 2018 release. From submitting my amateur review of the title alongside a Game Informer internship application to attaching the brief video essay that I made while attending the internship to get into game design school, Red Dead Redemption II has been tethered to my video-games-industry origin story for as long as I can remember.

It was only natural that my first bonafide press event as an associate editor would be to attend a Rockstar-hosted Red Dead Redemption II music concert at the Tribeca Festival. I sat front and center, complimentary popcorn in my lap, and re-experienced each solitudinal horseback trek, perilous, slo-mo shootout, and reflective fireside interaction through song. Acclaimed musicians like folk-singer Rhiannon Giddens, producer Daniel Lanois, and neo-soul legend D’Angelo made appearances, as an epic montage of the Van der Linde gang roaming the American wilderness played on a jumbotron behind the stage. 

Fallout: London Reveal Trailer Shows Off Impressive New Fallout 4 Overhaul Mod

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Fallout: London Reveal Trailer Shows Off Impressive New Fallout 4 Overhaul Mod

As part of Mod Vertical, I love highlighting a variety of different experiences. Small tweaks, quality of life changes, and massive overhaul projects that can make our favorite games feel brand new; there are so many amazing passion projects out there to uncover. I've shared numerous overhaul mods for Bethesda's Fallout universe in the past, but we've got a new experience to look forward to with Fallout: London. Fallout: London expands Fallout 4 beyond the Commonwealth, bringing it into the land of tea, crumpets, and giant mechs that want to kill you where you stand. 

Like any overhaul mod, Fallout: London is massive. It takes what fans loved of the original game and expands upon it in a creative way with no limits. Fallout: London allows survivors to venture out into previously unexplored areas in Fallout 4 while taking on a new storyline, meeting new characters, and exploring pre-war European history through the lens of the Bethesda RPG. Take a look at the reveal trailer below to see what's in store: 

With mods of this scale, it's pretty safe to go into them as if they are just new games entirely. With new stories to explore and entirely new experiences to enjoy, this ain't your momma's Fallout 4. It will even offer players new Factions to learn about, including The Gentry, which is a Faction with roots found within the royal line.

Super Replay Is Back With Bloodborne

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Are you ready for the final episode of our epic playthrough of FromSoftware's Bloodborne! Grab some snacks and come join us as we take on the last remaining bosses.. Check out our review here and join us today at 2 PM CT!

Are you ready for a chilling thrill ride through FromSoftware's masterpiece? Bloodborne is a dark horror action/RPG that tasks the player with navigating through haunted streets full of werewolves and shuffling, shambling ghouls – and that's just the first hour. Bloodborne showcases immaculate environments dripping with atmosphere, creative and cruel monster designs, and terrors ripped from the great beyond. And we're going to play through it! Super Replay, the legendary Game Informer series that pairs pro players with even more professional commentary, is back.

As the flagship revival title, Bloodborne is going to be live and uncut every Friday at 2 PM CST. So won't you come join us for a blood-tinged brawl? How many times will I choke during boss fights? Will I even remember how to use the parry guns? (Probably not).