RIP: Honoring The Life And Death Of Xbox One’s Default Gamerpics

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RIP: Honoring The Life And Death Of Xbox One’s Default Gamerpics

It’s a sad day for Xbox fans. With the official rollout of custom Gamerpics for all Xbox One users, this means the inevitable death of all the bizarre, nondenominational default Gamerpics.

While we mourn their untimely demise, we’ll also be trying to make sense of these fearless masterpieces of art and design.

Cue the funeral organ

Funny To A Point – Jeff M's Most Anticipated Games Of Summer

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Funny To A Point – Jeff M's Most Anticipated Games Of Summer

We've been sharing Game Informer's official picks for the most anticipated games of the fall all week, but as any competent horologist can tell you, we've still got a few weeks of summer standing between us and the gaming cornucopia that the changing seasons bring. That's why, in my continued selfless service to the community,  I've taken it upon myself to round up all of the great games of summer that you can start playing right now. What's that you say? There aren't any? Ah, crap...

Look, I get it, developers – summer is a lousy time to release a video game. People don't want to sit indoors and stare at a television when they can be out stuffing copious amounts of barbecued meat in their face or frolicking on a beach like all the happy families in Jaws.* Even I struggle with gaming in the summer, and I'm getting paid to do it! It makes perfect sense that you'd rather take your chances in the fall, when consumers start looking for winter-hibernation entertainment and gearing up for holiday shopping sprees.

Critiquing The Best Player-Created Art Of Splatoon 2

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Critiquing The Best Player-Created Art Of Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2 has a great single-player campaign, awesome multiplayer, and a fun new horde-style mode but let's not kid ourselves – we're all playing for the user-created art.

I took Game Informer's official art critics, Jeff Cork and Jeff Marchiafava, through the gallery that is Splatoon 2's lobby area in order to take in all the amazing creations and give each close inspection with their critical eyes. We find some gems, remark on some underwhelming duds, and finally take everything we learned in order to craft the perfect Splatoon 2 community post.

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Watch Our Complete Playthrough Of Splatoon 2

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Watch Our Complete Playthrough Of Splatoon 2

Game Informer staffers often play through old games, but we rarely give new games the full playthrough treatment. We're hoping to change that script as we move forward, offering a nice mix of new with the old. We're starting this effort with Splatoon 2, the newest release for Nintendo Switch. Below you will find videos that walk through the entire campaign, showing our successes and failures along the way. This is not a 100 percent playthrough. We reveal a few secrets along the way, and also detail how to find and finish each stage, but the focus is mostly on three people sitting down to play the game for the first time.

Each episode offers commentary from Brian Shea, Leo Vader, and me. If you don't like hearing us talk (which we fully understand), a commentary-free version is available over at YouTube. That video offers the same playthrough, but with far less talk about macaroni and cheese.

Enjoy the video series, folks, and please let us know what you think of our efforts in the comments section below. I felt like I played the game as well as I could on video, but you never know. Just don't talk about motion controls.

Check Out All Of The Boss Fights In Splatoon 2

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Check Out All Of The Boss Fights In Splatoon 2

Splatoon 2's single-player campaign is an enthralling, ink-spattering romp through a crazy world. Some of its most memorable moments come against towering bosses that are as odd looking as they are challenging. The video below shows off all of these encounters, and also provides the solutions to taking them down. Given just how fun this campaign is, we urge you to play through the game before watching the video below, but if you have no interest in the series, these bosses may change your mind. The video should also help you if you are struggling with a particular encounter.

Splatoon 2 is out now exclusively for Switch, and succeeds in everything it throws at the player, whether its the campaign, multiplayer, or co-op. It's well worth your time.

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Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of Fall 2017

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Our Most Anticipated Shooters Of Fall 2017

This fall has no shortage of compelling titles coming to consoles and PC, but no genre has it as good as shooters. How impressive is the lineup of shooters expected to land by the end of the year? They took the top four slots of our Anticipated Xbox One games we published last week. Whether you like historical settings, science fiction, competitive multiplayer, or single-player campaigns, you have a rich collection of potentially great options vying for your dollar this fall. These are the titles Game Informer is most excited about. 

07. Quake ChampionsPlatform: PC
Release: TBA

Quake Champions is still in closed beta, but with QuakeCon right around the corner we're going to hedge our bets and guess that PC players will get to experience some form of the game before the end of the year, Whether that's an open beta, soft launch early access version, or the full 1.0 release is anyone's guess, but we expect a tight shooting experience. Our early glimpses of the game revealed an experience that's just as fast as we remember Quake multiplayer, but with modern touches like heroes with unique special abilities. At E3, Bethesda and id Software announced some crossover characters like Wolfenstein's BJ Blazkowicz are entering the arena. We're excited to see what other Bethesda characters make the jump into the arena shooter as well.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 20, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 20, 2017)

From defeating backlogs to couch co-op, and a list of this year's best games, this week's Blog Herding is a great one.

Community Blogs For July 13 – July 19:

The New Gold Standard For Split-Screen GamingGears of War has always been a fantastic cooperative series, especially thanks to split-screen cooperative play. Trenchmace says that Gears of War 4 continues that tradition brilliantly. I have to agree that there is nothing like playing a great co-op game next to someone. Heck, I even have a buddy come over with his PS4 so we can "couch co-op" games together online.

The Virtual Life – Tellin' Tales In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

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The Virtual Life – Tellin' Tales In PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is easily one of the most talked about games this year. Initially I ignored all the chatter about it because I wasn't fond of any of the other survival games like Day Z and The Culling that PUBG shares a genre with. Eventually, however, I watched too many streams and heard too much conversation from my colleagues about how great the game is, so I loaded it up and found myself, after making a character, flying high in a cargo plane over a mysterious island.

Jumping out and parachuting, I landed near a cottage and found an AK47 inside with a single clip of ammo. I crawled through a field, trying to make sense of the map and menu items that were strewn about my screen. In the distance I saw a house. I sprinted across the field and opened the door, carefully tiptoeing my way inside the house. Suddenly, a shrieking from a stairwell:

I'm not armed! We can work together! We can trade!

Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of Fall 2017

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 Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of Fall 2017

We kicked off 2017 by outlining our most anticipated action games of the year, but a surprising amount has changed since then. Some entries like Nioh, Horizon Zero Dawn, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild have already released to rave reviews, while other promising projects like Below, State of Decay 2, and Red Dead Redemption 2 have been delayed into 2018. As such we're taking a new look at what the rest of the year has to offer action-game fans. These are our 10 most anticipated action games of this fall.

10: Crackdown 3Platform: Xbox One, PC
Release Date: November 7

Crackdown 3 was announced back at E3 2014, and its attendance at subsequent trade shows has been spotty at best, leading many to wonder how development has been faring. Our demo at this year's E3 certainly showed promise; the super-powered Agent antics that players loved about the first game are back, and the sprawling crime ring you're combating is more responsive to the actions you perform.