If You Like Rogue One, Try These Star Wars Stories

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If You Like Rogue One, Try These Star Wars Stories

Star Wars fans flocked to theaters in recent days to see the latest film adventures in their favorite universe. And while Rogue One does a lot to try and enrich the other movies within the canon, it’s safe to say that its focus on espionage, morally gray characters, and covert military operations communicates a different tone than the other movies in Star Wars lore. 

If that different tone appeals to you, here are several games and stories within the Star Wars universe that you owe it to yourself to discover.  

Mobile Games For Holiday Travel

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Mobile Games For Holiday Travel

Whether you're headed home to visit family and friends or gearing up to tackle a giant gaming backlog, talking politics with Grandma Giddygrinner or just hanging out, the holidays are a great time to try out some games on your phone. Here are a few of my picks for some games to take out for a spin when you're not making snowmen or eating frosting.

Hearthstone

With the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion recently released, there are some spiffy new strategies available, perfect for new or returning players.You can summon bigger and bigger Jade Golems, mix up magical potions, create massive minions in your hand, or try out some of the easy to pilot, fast to finish Pirate decks (Yarrrr!). Hearthstone is a great pick for some fireside play with a giant glass of eggnog.

Mobile Games For Holiday Travel

about X hours ago from
Mobile Games For Holiday Travel

Whether you're headed home to visit family and friends or gearing up to tackle a giant gaming backlog, talking politics with Grandma Giddygrinner or just hanging out, the holidays are a great time to try out some games on your phone. Here are a few of my picks for some games to take out for a spin when you're not making snowmen or eating frosting.

Hearthstone

With the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion recently released, there are some spiffy new strategies available, perfect for new or returning players.You can summon bigger and bigger Jade Golems, mix up magical potions, create massive minions in your hand, or try out some of the easy to pilot, fast to finish Pirate decks (Yarrrr!). Hearthstone is a great pick for some fireside play with a giant glass of eggnog.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 22, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 22, 2016)

We've got a short Blog Herding this week due to the holiday weekend creeping up on us. But short and sweet is how I'd describe it. We'll be taking next week off, but will be back with a mega edition of Blog Herding the following week!

Community Blogs For December 15 – December 21:

30 Lost or Abandoned Nintendo Franchises (Part 3 of 3) Another week, another addition to this Nintendo feature from RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer). There are a lot of games on this list that make sense, but Eternal Darkness is one that stings. What a great game; I've never been more freaked out while playing a game.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 22, 2016)

about X hours ago from
Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 22, 2016)

We've got a short Blog Herding this week due to the holiday weekend creeping up on us. But short and sweet is how I'd describe it. We'll be taking next week off, but will be back with a mega edition of Blog Herding the following week!

Community Blogs For December 15 – December 21:

30 Lost or Abandoned Nintendo Franchises (Part 3 of 3) Another week, another addition to this Nintendo feature from RezidentHazard (Skeptical Inquirer). There are a lot of games on this list that make sense, but Eternal Darkness is one that stings. What a great game; I've never been more freaked out while playing a game.

How Popular Voice Actors Took A D&D Game Global With Critical Role

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How Popular Voice Actors Took A D&D Game Global With Critical Role

Imagine a game of Dungeons & Dragons between Ellie from The Last of Us, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney, and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, with Overwatch's McCree serving as dungeon master. While that scenario isn't going to happen, a D&D campaign featuring the actors who lend their voices to those characters has been running for more than a year, attracting millions of viewers.

This article originally appeared in issue 285 of Game Informer.

The idea for Critical Role came from a game of Dungeons & Dragons that was started as a part of actor Liam O'Brien's birthday celebration.

How Popular Voice Actors Took A D&D Game Global With Critical Role

about X hours ago from
How Popular Voice Actors Took A D&D Game Global With Critical Role

Imagine a game of Dungeons & Dragons between Ellie from The Last of Us, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, Phoenix Wright from Ace Attorney, and Knuckles from Sonic the Hedgehog, with Overwatch's McCree serving as dungeon master. While that scenario isn't going to happen, a D&D campaign featuring the actors who lend their voices to those characters has been running for more than a year, attracting millions of viewers.

This article originally appeared in issue 285 of Game Informer.

The idea for Critical Role came from a game of Dungeons & Dragons that was started as a part of actor Liam O'Brien's birthday celebration.

RPG Grind Time – Why RPG Fans Shouldn't Overlook Sports Games

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RPG Grind Time – Why RPG Fans Shouldn't Overlook Sports Games

Genres borrowing mechanics from others is nothing new, but one thing I've found fascinating in recent years is how much sports games are becoming more like RPGs. It makes sense; RPGs are all about becoming more powerful – leveling up if you will. In sports, that's also the goal. Players always want to improve and be at the top of their game by practicing. The more games you have up your sleeve, the smarter you become as a player. As more sports games give you control of your player growth, craft narratives, and allow you to role-play being a professional athlete, I continue to be more drawn to them. I've always been a fan of the sports genre, but these RPG-like elements have kept me logging hours on par with what I put into a large-scale RPG like The Witcher 3.

RPG Grind Time – Why RPG Fans Shouldn't Overlook Sports Games

about X hours ago from
RPG Grind Time – Why RPG Fans Shouldn't Overlook Sports Games

Genres borrowing mechanics from others is nothing new, but one thing I've found fascinating in recent years is how much sports games are becoming more like RPGs. It makes sense; RPGs are all about becoming more powerful – leveling up if you will. In sports, that's also the goal. Players always want to improve and be at the top of their game by practicing. The more games you have up your sleeve, the smarter you become as a player. As more sports games give you control of your player growth, craft narratives, and allow you to role-play being a professional athlete, I continue to be more drawn to them. I've always been a fan of the sports genre, but these RPG-like elements have kept me logging hours on par with what I put into a large-scale RPG like The Witcher 3.

A Deeper Look At Prey’s Striking ‘Neo Deco’ Design

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A Deeper Look At Prey’s Striking ‘Neo Deco’ Design

From the outset, Arkane Studios took great pains to ensure that Prey wouldn’t be set in your typical video game space station. Instead of plain white corridors, Morgan Wu faces off against aliens in a diverse set of backdrops – from opulent living quarters to behind-the-walls sections that are solely focused on function. Talos I has a rich history of its own, which we explored in a previous feature, and the station’s past is represented through several visually distinct layers.  

“We didn’t want to do sci-fi like everyone is doing it, so we came up with a narrative that drives the art and when you look at it you say, ‘Wow. I’ve never seen this before,’” says Raphael Colantonio, Prey’s creative director and president at Arkane Studios.