Three Tantalizing Hours With Fallout 76

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Three Tantalizing Hours With Fallout 76

Fallout 76 launches on November 14, just 37 days from now. Given the fast-approaching release date, we’ve seen surprisingly little from the game. In the few instances that Bethesda Game Studios has talked about it, new information was delivered in silly Vault-Tec animated shorts, screenshots, trailers, developer interviews, and brief clips of in-game footage. We still haven’t seen a legitimate chunk of gameplay that shows off exactly what players can expect from this Fallout experience.

Even after asking game director Todd Howard every question that popped into my mind during a 30-minute interview at QuakeCon, I still didn’t feel like I fully grasped Bethesda’s vision for multiplayer within Fallout’s traditional framework. Going back a few years, Bethesda didn’t show much of Fallout 4 before launch either, but we had a good idea what that sequel would offer. Fallout 76 is a different beast entirely. Read more...

Exclusive, New Impressions Of Media Molecule's Dreams

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Exclusive, New Impressions Of Media Molecule's Dreams

Our cover story this month is Media Molecule's ridiculously ambitious Dreams, which promises to be one of the most accessible tools for creating video games, albums, and more. Along with our cover story and accompanying online coverage, the three editors who got to see the game in action (Elise Favis, Javy Gwaltney, and Ben Hanson) shared their overall impressions of what they saw on the latest episode of the Game Informer Show. 

Watch them talk about how our literal cover this month was made in-game, the absurdly deep tutorial system, and the campaign below.

For more on Dreams, keep up with our month of coverage by clicking on the banner below and seeing all of our Dreams cover story content.

Exclusive, New Impressions Of Media Molecule's Dreams

about X hours ago from
Exclusive, New Impressions Of Media Molecule's Dreams

Our cover story this month is Media Molecule's ridiculously ambitious Dreams, which promises to be one of the most accessible tools for creating video games, albums, and more. Along with our cover story and accompanying online coverage, the three editors who got to see the game in action (Elise Favis, Javy Gwaltney, and Ben Hanson) shared their overall impressions of what they saw on the latest episode of the Game Informer Show. 

Watch them talk about how our literal cover this month was made in-game, the absurdly deep tutorial system, and the campaign below.

For more on Dreams, keep up with our month of coverage by clicking on the banner below and seeing all of our Dreams cover story content.

Replay – Dead Space

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Replay – Dead Space

October marks the 10th anniversary of one of EA's greatest titles. We celebrate Dead Space's release with a look at its opening moments. The game holds up incredibly well, showing a deft blend of horror and limb-splitting firefights, all while inviting players to enter a fascinating science-fiction world. As we marvel at this important title, we discuss the series as a whole, and ask the important question: Is Dead Space 3 a good game? The jury is divided on that one, but there's a clear correct answer to it (mine).

If are here wondering where our final look at Commodore 64 is, you'll find that roughly 45 minutes into the episode after our look at Dead Space concludes. Enjoy the episode, and we'll see you in seven short days.

Replay – Dead Space

about X hours ago from
Replay – Dead Space

October marks the 10th anniversary of one of EA's greatest titles. We celebrate Dead Space's release with a look at its opening moments. The game holds up incredibly well, showing a deft blend of horror and limb-splitting firefights, all while inviting players to enter a fascinating science-fiction world. As we marvel at this important title, we discuss the series as a whole, and ask the important question: Is Dead Space 3 a good game? The jury is divided on that one, but there's a clear correct answer to it (mine).

If are here wondering where our final look at Commodore 64 is, you'll find that roughly 45 minutes into the episode after our look at Dead Space concludes. Enjoy the episode, and we'll see you in seven short days.

Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

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Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

Recent years have seen an unprecedented surge in the popularity of the tabletop role-playing game. Thanks in part to the burgeoning streaming and podcast scene, more and more players are discovering the joys of gathering around a table to create a story, go on an adventure, and deepen friendships with each other along the way through a ton of laughs and shared memories. Dungeons & Dragons marks the most familiar entry point, characterized by familiar tropes of magic missile spells, orc armies, and teeming dragon hoards.

But what if you’re looking for something a lot less commonplace? What if you’re attracted to the idea of a place where magic still feels deeply mysterious? A world where your character might have a wisp of smoke for a head, or perhaps they’re just dead and you’re now playing a ghost? Where buildings can get sick and die? Or storms can sweep through town, pouring down a deluge of keys? That supreme weirdness is the first thing that caught my eye about Invisible Sun, the new game from Monte Cook Games. But it’s only the very first part of what makes the project so intriguing.

Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

about X hours ago from
Invisible Sun – The Role-Player’s RPG

Recent years have seen an unprecedented surge in the popularity of the tabletop role-playing game. Thanks in part to the burgeoning streaming and podcast scene, more and more players are discovering the joys of gathering around a table to create a story, go on an adventure, and deepen friendships with each other along the way through a ton of laughs and shared memories. Dungeons & Dragons marks the most familiar entry point, characterized by familiar tropes of magic missile spells, orc armies, and teeming dragon hoards.

But what if you’re looking for something a lot less commonplace? What if you’re attracted to the idea of a place where magic still feels deeply mysterious? A world where your character might have a wisp of smoke for a head, or perhaps they’re just dead and you’re now playing a ghost? Where buildings can get sick and die? Or storms can sweep through town, pouring down a deluge of keys? That supreme weirdness is the first thing that caught my eye about Invisible Sun, the new game from Monte Cook Games. But it’s only the very first part of what makes the project so intriguing.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

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Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has officially hit wide release, which means gamers everywhere are just starting to explore Ancient Greece. Because Odyssey is a sprawling game with lots of different systems and mechanics, you may find yourself uncertain about how to approach various elements. I was in the same position when I played Odyssey for review, but after spending over 70 hours with the game, I’m here to share what I learned and give you some helpful advice as you begin your journey.

Choose Kassandra The first big choice you make in Odyssey is which character will be your protagonist. The content is basically the same whether you choose Alexios or Kassandra, so it doesn’t have major gameplay repercussions. However, it does determine which vocal performance you be listening to for the entire game. By that measure, Kassandra’s less cartoonish delivery has the edge.

Don’t Sweat Romance
You can flirt and have romantic encounters with various characters in Odyssey, but none of that is really built on the bonds you form with them. They’re just casual flings, not fully formed relationships, and they don’t hinder your love life with any other character in the future. In other words, don’t worry about being unfaithful or stirring up jealously. When it comes to the bedroom, nothing is true and everything is permitted.

Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

about X hours ago from
Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has officially hit wide release, which means gamers everywhere are just starting to explore Ancient Greece. Because Odyssey is a sprawling game with lots of different systems and mechanics, you may find yourself uncertain about how to approach various elements. I was in the same position when I played Odyssey for review, but after spending over 70 hours with the game, I’m here to share what I learned and give you some helpful advice as you begin your journey.

Choose Kassandra The first big choice you make in Odyssey is which character will be your protagonist. The content is basically the same whether you choose Alexios or Kassandra, so it doesn’t have major gameplay repercussions. However, it does determine which vocal performance you be listening to for the entire game. By that measure, Kassandra’s less cartoonish delivery has the edge.

Don’t Sweat Romance
You can flirt and have romantic encounters with various characters in Odyssey, but none of that is really built on the bonds you form with them. They’re just casual flings, not fully formed relationships, and they don’t hinder your love life with any other character in the future. In other words, don’t worry about being unfaithful or stirring up jealously. When it comes to the bedroom, nothing is true and everything is permitted.