Four Things To Know About Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

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Four Things To Know About Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age

In July, players will be able to return to (or maybe visit for the first time) the land of Ivalice with Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age. This remaster of the 2006 PlayStation 2 game is more than just a visual upgrade, though. In the video below, resident Final Fantasy expert Joe Jube outlines four reasons revisiting the game might prove to be a smoother experience.

Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age releases on PlayStation 4 on July 11. For more on the game, specifically its collector's edition, head here.

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We Rank Every Injustice 2 Finishing Move

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We Rank Every Injustice 2 Finishing Move

The creators of Mortal Kombat know how to end matches in elaborate ways, and they didn't hold back in Injustice 2. Each character can unleash a Supermove, which can drain roughly half of an opponent's health. These attacks unfold like mini-movies, and often extend beyond the area to include props like dinosaurs, pyramids, outer space, and even a pack of blood-thirsty hyenas. 

This video feature shows off all of the game's finishers, and we even decided to rank them from worst to best. Please note: This video is a huge SPOILER for people looking to discover Injustice 2's insanity on their own. Do you agree with our ranking? Which finisher would you put in the number one spot?

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The Sports Desk – Dissecting The GT Sport Beta

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The Sports Desk – Dissecting The GT Sport Beta

Polyphony Digital is gearing up for the release of GT Sport on PS4 sometime this year, and I was fortunate to play a recent beta of the title, including some multiplayer. I've prepared some videos highlighting a few of the beta's features that may impact the final game.

The beta didn't have a lot of content per se, but I believe the main menu – with tabs listing Campaign, the Scapes photo feature (above), Online, Garage, Brand Central, VR Tour, Arcade, and more – will remain unchanged for the final release.

The focus of the beta is the Sport mode, which will later house the Nations Cup and Manufacturers Fan Cup, and is designed to allow players of different skill levels to compete against each other (more on that below). In the beta, there were three daily races at specific tracks with set perimeters like time of day, car requirement, etc., and within a 24 hr. period you have to put in your best qualifying time. This naturally determines your starting place in the 18-car online multiplayer field once the race window officially opens.

Celebrate Mother's Day With These Five Video Game Moms

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Celebrate Mother's Day With These Five Video Game Moms

It's Mother's Day, which means it's time to take your mom out for brunch, prepare her breakfast in bed, or rush over to the nearest gas station to buy her a last-minute greeting card/carnation combo. Moms aren't just a real-world phenomenon, though. Did you know that some video game characters have moms? It's (probably) true! I spent several dozen minutes compiling a list of video game moms, and you can read the result of all my hard work now.

Ness' Mom – EarthboundEarthbound is memorable for several reason, perhaps most notably its real-world setting. Ignore the parts where you fight aliens and trees for a second; you're a kid who hangs out with other kids, rides a bike, and explores contemporary towns. And, importantly, you have parents. Ness' mom and dad don't die early on to create a sense of drama. While your adventure takes you far away from them, you can call home and see what they're up to. In fact, if you go too long without talking to your mom in the game, you can get a "homesick" status ailment that negatively affects you in battle. A quick phone call and pep talk from your mom gets rid of it, however. Thanks, mom!

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Opinion – Sony And Nintendo Should Follow Microsoft’s Backward-Compatibility Example

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Opinion – Sony And Nintendo Should Follow Microsoft’s Backward-Compatibility Example

This article was originally published May 9, 2017.

At E3 2015, Microsoft revealed backward compatibility would be a big push for Xbox One going forward. The company promised around 100 games available as the functionality launched that fall, with many more to come on a regular basis. The promise seemed lofty, maybe even improbable, at the time. We poked some fun at the marketing, but at the end of the day, Microsoft has not only delivered on its promise, it has exceeded all expectations by adding new titles at a blistering pace.

Unlike its competition from Sony and Nintendo, Microsoft's backward compatibility is built into the system's operating system itself thanks to Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform. That means not only are games you already own on Xbox 360 completely free to play on Xbox One once they are added to the backward-compatibility list, but they automatically appear in your library alongside your Xbox One games if you own them digitally. This simplified approach to backward compatibility is a breath of fresh air. The idea that "it just works" harkens back to what makes consoles so attractive in the first place.

Top Of The Table – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past

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Top Of The Table – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shadows Of The Past

If you’ve grown up in any time since the early 1980s, you’ve likely had one or another version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles embedded in your childhood consciousness. These four green sewer-dwelling heroes have fought it out with the baddies in cartoons, movies, toys, video games, and comics, and many of those adventures have been great and action-packed. But this is the first time I can recall being excited about a tabletop iteration of the universe. TMNT: Shadows of the Past is a stellar interpretation of the long-running license, offering opportunities for cooperation, pitched combat, slick movement options, and lots of fun characterization, and it scratches any itch you might have to reenter the world of these teenage heroes, no matter which version you recall best. 

Meet The Actor Behind Breath Of The Wild's Princess Zelda

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Meet The Actor Behind Breath Of The Wild's Princess Zelda

If you've played The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, you know that Princess Zelda has a lot weighing on her shoulders in that game. The same could be said Patricia Summersett, the first voice actor tasked with portraying Princess Zelda in a mainline Zelda game. On the latest episode of The Game Informer Show podcast, Ben Hanson Skyped in Summersett to talk about the process of working with Nintendo, finding the right British accent, and bringing Zelda to life.

You can watch the interview below or subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play.

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What The Heck Is This? Episode 4

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What The Heck Is This? Episode 4

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

Today we look at two games: Plutonium: Distorted Shelter, a story-driven adventure seen through the eyes (or eye) of a robotic being, and Die With Glory, a puzzle adventure about a viking who just wants to die in a meaningful way. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear if we want to keep playing either of these games.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 11, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 11, 2017)

Another week, another Blog Herding edition – and that means another collection of compelling blogs to read.

Community Blogs For May 4 – May 10:

Should You Be Playing Rivals of Aether? It's been a while since ConnorTrinske wrote a blog, but he's back to tell you all about this Steam Early Access title. The game is a "Smash-like," so similar to Super Smash Bros. Connor gives the game high praise, saying it may even be better than the Smash Bros. series when it comes to gameplay. However, it is hampered by the roster, as well as content. I enjoy Smash so much and feel like it has so much to offer that I can't just go and play yet another Smash game. How about you?