Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of Fall 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of Fall 2017

No games can craft immersive worlds or tell complex stories quite like RPGs. This year has already seen some fantastic entries in the genre, like Persona 5 and Yakuza 0 – not to mention titles like Horizon: Zero Dawn and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, which heavily adapt and incorporate RPG elements. Even with all of the hours you could spend playing those games, the remainder of 2017 still has some standout RPGs to be excited about. Whether you want a sequel, a brand new property, or a reason to revisit an old favorite, you'll find something to love in this list of our 10 most anticipated RPGs for the coming fall and holiday season.

10. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark ArisenPlatforms: PS4, Xbox One
Release: Fall 2017

The Right (And Wrong) Ways Developers Teach Us To Play Their Games

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 The Right (And Wrong) Ways Developers Teach Us To Play Their Games

It’s often said that people make a lasting judgment of someone within the first five minutes of meeting them. This adage is just as relevant in interpersonal communication as it is in video games. How a game settles players into its world often informs whether that person wants to continue playing.

First impressions are important, so here’s a simple list of ways video game tutorials can better hold our attention while they teach us how to play.

DO: Let the player discover the controls for themselvesToo often games elaborately explain their every control from the outset. Some tutorials are too afraid to let the player try and fail, and fewer still actually let the player test drive the controls for themselves.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Footage

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Breaking Down The New Last Jedi Footage

Before I dive into a scene-by-scene breakdown of the Star Wars: The Last Jedi footage shown last weekend at Disney's annual expo, here is your obligatory SPOILER alert. New story points and locations are revealed in these clips, and I also lend my own theories and ideas for specific sequences that remain unclear. Just scrolling down the page and seeing some of the shots will likely reveal something you didn't see while watching the video. If you want to go into this film without knowing specific elements of the story or where the characters are at within it, turn back now – I'll see you again in seven days.

For those of you who are dying to learn more about what Rian Johnson and his crew at Lucasfim have been working on, this video offered plenty of new information. I didn't glean too much of it on my first viewing, but seeing the shots as still frames gives us a nice framework of what I believe is the majority of the film. Let's walk through it shot by shot:

This cavernous set is believed to be from Ahch-To, the planet Luke Skywalker, Rey, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 are on at the beginning of The Last Jedi.

Watch Us Get Eaten In Splatoon 2's Salmon Run Horde Mode

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Watch Us Get Eaten In Splatoon 2's Salmon Run Horde Mode

The release of Splatoon in 2015 marked a pretty big departure for Nintendo. A new IP with a focus on multiplayer was hardly what anyone was expecting from the then-struggling company, but the game seemed to be enough of a success commercially and creatively to warrant a sequel.

Among Splatoon 2's new features is a wave-based cooperative mode called Salmon Run where four players can fend off salmon grunts and minibosses in their struggle to secure their eggs. Watch the video below for a full run of one of the mode's levels.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Switch Games Of Fall 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Switch Games Of Fall 2017

Nintendo’s Switch was a breakout success earlier this year, and Nintendo has already given us at least one killer, must-own title (The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild) as well as several other notable new games and rereleases, such as Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Puyo Puyo Tetris, and Arms. The Switch’s library is still small, but Nintendo fans have several reasons to be excited for the second half of the year.

Below, we break down the Switch’s most anticipated games for the rest of 2017.

10. Rocket LeagueAlso On: PS4, Xbox One, PC, Mac
Release: Holiday

The Sports Desk – A Caution Flag For Project Cars 2

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The Sports Desk – A Caution Flag For Project Cars 2

Slightly Mad Studios' Project Cars was a fresh sim-orientated racing title when the series debuted in 2015. I liked its customizability, from the HUD, to the race options, and the flexible career structure. The game had its problems, with the developer spending time having to fix and update the game post-launch, but I liked that it asked questions of how a sim-racer should be approached, considering we've been playing titles like Gran Turismo and Forza for years. 

Project Cars 2 comes out on September 22, and the game still contains the customization angle that was the hallmark of the first, while expanding on the technical racing front to include things like track temperature and weather more affecting the racing experience. I got my hands on the game at E3 and talked with game director Stephen Viljoen, and am both excited to see how the game is expanding upon the premises of the first and cautious regarding the challenges ahead.

The game is adding on a variety of fronts, from multi-class racing for endurance racing (for up to 29 classes of vehicles), fully animated pit stops, multi-round online championships, and serious attention paid to how temperature and weather conditions affect the track and your driving experience.

Kingdom Hearts III's Confirmed Weapons, Locations, And Keyblades

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Kingdom Hearts III's Confirmed Weapons, Locations, And Keyblades

Update July 17, 2017: Kingdom Hearts III was a highlight of this year's D23 Expo, and with it came the reveal of a new world.

Update December 19, 2015: Square Enix recently released a new trailer for Kingdom Hearts III as part of Jump Festa 2015. As a result, we've been able to update our ongoing Kingdom Hearts III feature.

The list is short right now, but it will be updated as new worlds, attacks, and weapons are revealed for Kingdom Hearts III.

Replay – Devil May Cry 3

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Replay – Devil May Cry 3

We don't see enough stylish action games these days, and it's a shame Capcom hasn't found out how to keep Devil May Cry alive and well. Although it drew critical acclaim, Ninja Theory's recent reboot still hasn't garnered a sequel, and Capcom hasn't hinted at any kind of return. With the fate of the series hanging in the air, fans have debated whether Capcom should go back to the original series and release Devil May Cry 5, or let Ninja Theory get a second shot with a new Devil May Cry 2. We discuss this topic and explore the series as a whole in our brief look at the opening moments of Devil May Cry 3.

Where does this entry rank among the best stylish action games? Is this the best Devil May Cry? You'll find out our take in this episode. We also discover the greatest sports game ever made, and go well out of our way to show you everything it has to offer.

As always, enjoy the episode. We can't thank you enough for your support through the years. The Replay Machine would also like to thank you, and intently urges you to sit as close to the screen as possible while watching. See you in seven days!

Our 20 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games For Fall 2017

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Our 20 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games For Fall 2017

This fall is a big one for Microsoft's gaming platform, with the high-powered Xbox One X expected to launch on November 7. The $499 price tag is steep, but it comes with the promise of 40-percent more power than any other console. Developers can put that extra horsepower to work with faster loading times in games, better framerates, and 4K resolutions. With such a big launch planned, you would expect Microsoft to have a Master Chief-sized blockbuster poised to drive adoption, but that's not the case. The first-party exclusivity is hardly a murderer's row, with only Forza Motorsport 7, Crackdown 3, Tacoma, Cuphead, and Super Lucky's Tale due to release this year.

Instead, Microsoft must rely on third-party games to drive excitement for its platform in the second half of 2017. The backside of a year is typically known as sequel season, and 2017 is no different. Major franchises like Destiny, Call of Duty, and Assassin's Creed all have offerings slated. Let's take a look at the 20 games coming to Xbox One the Game Informer staff is most excited about.

20. Sonic ManiaAlso On: PS4, Switch, PC
Release: August 15

Top Of The Table – So You Want To Be A Dungeon Master, Part 2

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Top Of The Table – So You Want To Be A Dungeon Master, Part 2

A few weeks ago, Top of the Table began a side trek from game recommendations and round-ups to offer up some tips for getting into role-playing games, and specifically how to tackle the job of being a Dungeon Master. The first step along the way is making smart choices before you ever sit down with your friends; that was the focus of this first installment, where I talked about recommendations for choosing a role-playing game, considering what your players want out of the experience, and suggestions regarding notes to prepare before your first session. Today, we’re continuing the series, and moving on to running the game in the moment.

You’ve gathered your friends around the table, everyone has their characters ready to go, and they turn to you to start up the action. What’s next? 

You can have the most meticulous notes, carefully planned encounters, and detailed maps ever sketched out on graph paper, but it’s all for nothing if you don’t pull your players into the fun. Think about ways to use showmanship, music, visual aids, and your own enthusiasm and storytelling chops to engage the players sitting at the table.