We're Livestreaming Persona 5 Right Now

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We're Livestreaming Persona 5 Right Now

We're live now. Come hang out with Dan Tack on Twitch or Youtube.

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Join us tomorrow for 2 hours of powerful Persona 5 action! Daniel Tack will be piloting Personas live from 2-4 PM CST, answering all your questions about weaknesses, confidants, and arguing about which fast food burger is the best.

Can Project Scorpio Get Xbox Back In The Console Race?

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Can Project Scorpio Get Xbox Back In The Console Race?

Earlier today, Digital Foundry shared a comprehensive look at the technical specifications powering Microsoft's upcoming console, Project Scorpio. The performance boost over the Xbox One S, and even PlayStation 4 Pro, seems substantial. That said, we still have many unanswered questions about the Scorpio, including the price, official name, or whether or not it will launch alongside any compelling first-party games. 

Watch myself, Andrew Reiner, and senior PC Master Race correspondent Dan Tack discuss these issues and more. Come for the hot takes, and stay for our rapid-fire attempt to guess the official name of the new console. 

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The Best Ganons Ranked

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The Best Ganons Ranked

Though other threats face Hyrule, Lorule, Termina, and everywhere in between, Ganon is clearly the biggest and most prominent adversary Link faces over the course of the Legend of Zelda series. He's the ultimate evil that necessitates the perpetual rebirth of the legendary hero. Since Ganon takes several incarnations over the course of the games, we decided to rank his various appearances in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

Before you proceed, be warned: this list contains spoilers for all the games listed, including Breath of the Wild.

For this list, we excluded Demise from Skyward Sword, as that isn't Ganon, as much as it is the evil force that will eventually create Ganon. We also left Hyrule Warriors Ganon off, as that version exists outside of canon. His appearance in Phantom Hourglass is also limited to a short recounting of the events of The Wind Waker, so that version is also left out.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 6, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (April 6, 2017)

A lot of great blogs are featured in this week's Blog Herding, as well as a writing challenge inspired by a recent vacation in Washington D.C. Now read on!

Community Blogs For March 30 – April 5:

I Beat Ganon and then I Didn't Pick up Breath of the Wild for 10 Days While I can't read all of this blog as I haven't finished the game like Haley Shipley, I think it provides a nice view on what the game becomes for players who finish the story. Do you go out and collect more items? Do you finish more dungeons? Or is the game finished when you see all of its story?

Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

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Spoiler-Free Tips For Success In Persona 5

Persona 5 has many different systems that all interact with one another, and often you can get a big advantage by planning your days, maximizing the value of time spent with confidants and relationships and more.

Here are some essential tips to help you make the most of your time in Persona 5.

This post is generally spoiler-free, however the names of some characters, locations, and items are included as a necessity.

Persona 5's Most Useful Confidants

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Persona 5's Most Useful Confidants

Building relationships with your allies is a main component of Persona 5. These characters are called confidants (series fans previously knew them as “social links”), and the better you get to know them, the greater your rewards. But who should you focus on?

From a story perspective, you are free to pursue whatever characters you find most interesting. However, from a purely practical standpoint, a handful of confidants offer big benefits that you should obtain as soon as possible. Many other confidants offer solid rewards, but if you want to optimize your progression (and learn about some cool characters in the process), these are the relationships you should prioritize.

Note: Beyond the revelation that the following characters eventually become confidants, this is a spoiler-free list that does not reveal information about the characters' personal arcs.

The Virtual Life: Carrying The Weight Of The World In Nier: Automata

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The Virtual Life: Carrying The Weight Of The World In Nier: Automata

I’m talking all about Nier: Automata’s grim future and the hope within. That means there’s gonna be spoilers, fair warning.

There’s this sentence by novelist Margaret Atwood I love. It hangs in the back of my mind like a coat on a rack. I turn to it during bad times and take comfort in it:

“It’s old light, and there’s not much of it, but it’s enough to see by.”

How To Get Into Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer

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How To Get Into Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer

Mass Effect: Andromeda has been a subject of a great deal of conversation in recent weeks. Lots of people are playing, and opinions are mixed on any number of aspects. It's a game that evokes strong opinions. Even as players debate what the game offers with its lengthy new campaign about the adventures of Pathfinder Ryder, BioWare has once again put together an engaging wave-based cooperative multiplayer mode, and you’re missing out if you don’t give it a try. 

Unlike in Mass Effect 3, you can’t suffer any ill effects on your single-player campaign if you refuse to engage with multiplayer. However, you can get some solid bonus rewards for the campaign. More importantly, the multiplayer mode is a lot of fun, especially if you can find a few friends with which to play. 

We’ve been diving into the multiplayer mode extensively in the days since launch, and we also spoke with some of BioWare’s multiplayer game leads to get their most relevant tips. Between our experience and their suggestions, here is some advice to help you succeed as you confront aliens on those Apex missions. 

Opinion: Atlus’ Strict Streaming Guidelines For Persona 5 Are Bad For Consumers

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Opinion: Atlus’ Strict Streaming Guidelines For Persona 5 Are Bad For Consumers

I remember the first time I heard of Persona. Persona 4 Golden had just come out for the Vita and people I knew on Twitter were talking about it. I went to YouTube and loaded up an hour long clip of the original version of the game in action and was drawn in by its colorful aesthetic and focus on social simulation. This was not a video put up by any press outlet. It was just footage with commentary by someone with a deep fondness for JRPGs who did a pretty good job of explaining why the game was interesting even for people who don’t like the genre.

A month later I bought a Vita just so I could play Persona Golden. Nearly five years later, and I’ve dropped around $400 or so on the Persona franchise, buying all the games, some of them multiple times across different platforms. I adore Persona 3 and 4, both of them ranking among my favorite games of all time, and without that one YouTube video, I probably would have missed out on two great experiences.

RPG Grind Time – Why Persona 5 Is Probably My Game of the Year

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RPG Grind Time – Why Persona 5 Is Probably My Game of the Year

We've waited a long time for Persona 5 — it's been almost a decade since the fourth entry, so seeing this launch is exciting. Persona remains one of my favorite RPG series; I love how it tackles difficult topics about the human condition, and blends everyday life with fighting demons. One minute you're chatting with classmates and getting to know them, the next you're fusing a powerful persona to conquer an intense boss. Not many games make you feel like you're a part of the world, but Persona thrives on entrenching you in every aspect of it. Its solid progression system makes you feel like you're always advancing something, whether you're improving your skills and relationships or getting further in a dungeon. I had high hopes for Persona 5, but was worried a new cast and story might not hold my interest like previous ones. I'm glad those concerns were unfounded — I haven't been able to put the game down since I got it a few weeks ago.