How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

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How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

Memory is a funny thing. Games from yesteryear often look better in our mind’s eye than they do when we actually sit down to play them. This is a real challenge for developers who remake their classics. How do you compete with the visuals of a game in someone’s memory? Blizzard is working hard to update its classic RTS visuals for Warcraft III: Reforged. Below you can find several character sketches for Warcraft III’s updated units and compare them to their original models.

“It sounds cliché now, but at one point we all sat in a room and talked about what we wanted, and we just threw everything at the whiteboard,” says lead designer Matt Morris. “New neutral buildings came up, a new tile set. We talked about introducing new items. We wondered if we could introduce a new neutral hero from the tavern. All those things are still on that list of things we’d like to tackle. I can’t promise it, but it is something we want to have happen. The good news is, we have ideas for what we want to do post-launch, and what we want to do post-post-launch. We want to give this game continuous support.”

Warcraft III: Reforged features all new models and all new animations. Each animation has been hand done, from scratch, to match the animations from the original game in order to preserve gameplay.

How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

about X hours ago from
How Blizzard Has Reforged Warcraft III

Memory is a funny thing. Games from yesteryear often look better in our mind’s eye than they do when we actually sit down to play them. This is a real challenge for developers who remake their classics. How do you compete with the visuals of a game in someone’s memory? Blizzard is working hard to update its classic RTS visuals for Warcraft III: Reforged. Below you can find several character sketches for Warcraft III’s updated units and compare them to their original models.

“It sounds cliché now, but at one point we all sat in a room and talked about what we wanted, and we just threw everything at the whiteboard,” says lead designer Matt Morris. “New neutral buildings came up, a new tile set. We talked about introducing new items. We wondered if we could introduce a new neutral hero from the tavern. All those things are still on that list of things we’d like to tackle. I can’t promise it, but it is something we want to have happen. The good news is, we have ideas for what we want to do post-launch, and what we want to do post-post-launch. We want to give this game continuous support.”

Warcraft III: Reforged features all new models and all new animations. Each animation has been hand done, from scratch, to match the animations from the original game in order to preserve gameplay.

December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

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December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

We visited Blizzard Entertainment to dive into the reinvention of one of the best real-time-strategy games of all time. With Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard offers a massive makeover to the classic title that goes far beyond a remaster. With overhauled graphics, dialogue, cutscenes, campaign, and tools for mapmakers to work with, the RTS is poised for a veritable renaissance.

Our December issue is packed with details on Blizzard's approach to this expansive task, including deep dives with the development teams, hands-on experiences with the campaign and multiplayer, and an examination of how the original game came to be, where it's at now, and where it's going.

Starting today, we'll have exclusive online content for Warcraft III: Reforged, featuring some of the new cosmetic hero variants that can show up in multiplayer as takes on classic archetypes like the Demon Hunter (which can now spawn as a Demon Huntress!) and more. Look for more content on all things Blizzard to roll out over the course of the month.

December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

about X hours ago from
December Cover Revealed - Warcraft III: Reforged

We visited Blizzard Entertainment to dive into the reinvention of one of the best real-time-strategy games of all time. With Warcraft III: Reforged, Blizzard offers a massive makeover to the classic title that goes far beyond a remaster. With overhauled graphics, dialogue, cutscenes, campaign, and tools for mapmakers to work with, the RTS is poised for a veritable renaissance.

Our December issue is packed with details on Blizzard's approach to this expansive task, including deep dives with the development teams, hands-on experiences with the campaign and multiplayer, and an examination of how the original game came to be, where it's at now, and where it's going.

Starting today, we'll have exclusive online content for Warcraft III: Reforged, featuring some of the new cosmetic hero variants that can show up in multiplayer as takes on classic archetypes like the Demon Hunter (which can now spawn as a Demon Huntress!) and more. Look for more content on all things Blizzard to roll out over the course of the month.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The train that is the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to roll even as the year ends. Lost Thunder is not only the biggest expansion in terms of new cards in years, but it also delivers several quality cards starring fan-favorite Pocket Monsters, with a focus on the first, second, and seventh generations of creatures.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the two theme decks centered on Gen 2's legendary Pokémon Entei and Raikou. Fans of the early generations of Pokémon should be pleased with this release, as most of the cards I pulled were from the first two generations. Of course, with the set still a part of the Sun & Moon series, the most recent generation of monsters also appears prominently. With more than 210 cards in this expansion, I was excited by the number of powerful, interesting, and cool cards I pulled from the packs and decks.

Check out the gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the Pokémon Sun and Moon – Lost Thunder expansion below and if you want to see more of the recent expansions from Pokémon TCG, check out our other galleries.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

about X hours ago from
The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Lost Thunder Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The train that is the Pokémon Trading Card Game continues to roll even as the year ends. Lost Thunder is not only the biggest expansion in terms of new cards in years, but it also delivers several quality cards starring fan-favorite Pocket Monsters, with a focus on the first, second, and seventh generations of creatures.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the two theme decks centered on Gen 2's legendary Pokémon Entei and Raikou. Fans of the early generations of Pokémon should be pleased with this release, as most of the cards I pulled were from the first two generations. Of course, with the set still a part of the Sun & Moon series, the most recent generation of monsters also appears prominently. With more than 210 cards in this expansion, I was excited by the number of powerful, interesting, and cool cards I pulled from the packs and decks.

Check out the gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the Pokémon Sun and Moon – Lost Thunder expansion below and if you want to see more of the recent expansions from Pokémon TCG, check out our other galleries.

The 10 Best RPGs To Play On Halloween

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The 10 Best RPGs To Play On Halloween

Happy Halloween! I knew when this iteration of my column landed on this day I had to showcase the genre’s spookier offerings. That means giving you a varied list that captures everything we know and love about this occasion, from the psychological terrors to the more lighthearted elements. Get yourself in the Halloween spirit by starting up one of these RPGs. Who knows? You might just find a new game to try, or be reminded of a classic you’ve been meaning to revisit. 

Parasite Eve (PS1) As Square’s first M-rated game, Parasite Eve delivers plenty of tense and startling moments, as you go toe-to-toe with an entity hellbent on destroying mankind through spontaneous combustion. Its comparisons to the Silent Hill and Resident Evil series are apt, as you fight your way through mutated creatures and seek answers. Close corridors and sensational bosses with everything from a Spider Woman to a T-Rex keep things interesting, and most importantly, you on your toes. 

The 10 Best RPGs To Play On Halloween

about X hours ago from
The 10 Best RPGs To Play On Halloween

Happy Halloween! I knew when this iteration of my column landed on this day I had to showcase the genre’s spookier offerings. That means giving you a varied list that captures everything we know and love about this occasion, from the psychological terrors to the more lighthearted elements. Get yourself in the Halloween spirit by starting up one of these RPGs. Who knows? You might just find a new game to try, or be reminded of a classic you’ve been meaning to revisit. 

Parasite Eve (PS1) As Square’s first M-rated game, Parasite Eve delivers plenty of tense and startling moments, as you go toe-to-toe with an entity hellbent on destroying mankind through spontaneous combustion. Its comparisons to the Silent Hill and Resident Evil series are apt, as you fight your way through mutated creatures and seek answers. Close corridors and sensational bosses with everything from a Spider Woman to a T-Rex keep things interesting, and most importantly, you on your toes. 

The Scariest Games We've Played

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The Scariest Games We've Played

Kids dressed up as various Fortnite characters are likely going to ring your doorbell and yell "trick or treat" tonight. After you hand them candy, and perhaps watch them perform one of Fortnite's dance moves before vacating your property, we suggest diving into a horror game to end your Halloween night. We recommend playing one of the scariest games ever made – a game that may make you put the controller down and say "Nope. I can't go on." Which game could frighten you this much? I polled Game Informer's staff to find out which game they would deem "the scariest of all time." Along with some of the heavy hitters of video game horror, some staffers picked the game that defined this genre for them. One writer also picked a game that should scare no one.

We hope this list leads to a night of terrifying screeches and popcorn being thrown due to jump scares. Let us know in the comments section below which game you'd classify as the scariest ever made.

The Scariest Games We've Played

about X hours ago from
The Scariest Games We've Played

Kids dressed up as various Fortnite characters are likely going to ring your doorbell and yell "trick or treat" tonight. After you hand them candy, and perhaps watch them perform one of Fortnite's dance moves before vacating your property, we suggest diving into a horror game to end your Halloween night. We recommend playing one of the scariest games ever made – a game that may make you put the controller down and say "Nope. I can't go on." Which game could frighten you this much? I polled Game Informer's staff to find out which game they would deem "the scariest of all time." Along with some of the heavy hitters of video game horror, some staffers picked the game that defined this genre for them. One writer also picked a game that should scare no one.

We hope this list leads to a night of terrifying screeches and popcorn being thrown due to jump scares. Let us know in the comments section below which game you'd classify as the scariest ever made.