Massive — The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Is A Look Back And A Step Forward

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Massive — The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind Is A Look Back And A Step Forward

Massively multiplayer online games are sprawling beasts that grow, improve, and change direction over time. Because of their scope and longevity, approaching them from a traditional review standpoint isn’t often the best fit. Enter Massive, our approach to analyzing and evaluating massively multiplayer online games.

After a lukewarm launch on PC, The Elder Scrolls Online’s first giant chapter update to the game has arrived. There’s a fun new class, a ton of new areas to explore, and small-scale player-vs-player for those looking to sink their swords and spells into other players.  While it's not being called an expansion exactly, all of those elements are in play - you just don't have to already be at the endgame to enjoy the vast majority of the new content.

While the new content and playspace is great, and a perfect place to begin your adventures (putting the other newbie zones that put players off to boring and laborious starts to shame), much of the enjoyment gleaned from my return to Morrowind wasn’t from the big changes or additions found in the new expansion-scale offering, but rather the significant tweaks and alterations that the game itself has experienced over its long run.

Get Ready For Our Portal Game Club Discussion

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Get Ready For Our Portal Game Club Discussion

With the next rapid-fire entry in our ongoing GI Game Club series, we're taking a look back at 2007's Portal. Not Portal 2, just the original Portal. Several Game Informer editors are going to play through the game and talk about it in exhaustive detail on the next episode of The Game Informer Show podcast airing on June 7th. We're looking for your input. This is a great opportunity to go beyond the "Portal is brilliant" over-simplification and really dig into the how and why of the tiniest details on what makes the first Portal special. Please send in your focused and specific thoughts on what details stand out to you about Portal to podcast@gameinformer.com. Let's all find something new to say about this game.

Portal is cheap on Steam, available on the PS3 and Xbox 360 in the Orange Box, and backwards compatible with the Xbox One.

To get caught up on previous GI Game Clubs, click through the links to hear us discuss the following games in exhaustive detail: Final Fantasy VIIUncharted 4: A Thief's EndDeus Ex: Human RevolutionBioShockPokémon Sun and Moon, and Mass Effect Andromeda.

The Massive E3 2017 Games List

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The Massive E3 2017 Games List

The future of video games unfolds at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, an annualized event taking place between June 13-15 in Los Angeles, CA. Most developers and publishers introduce new games and experiences at the show. We're expecting to see dozens of announcements, and plenty of surprises this year, along with new looks at games we've already seen. Below is a list of games that we know are in development and have a shot at being on E3's show floor. 

The list is organized alphabetically by publisher, and lists the known platforms for reach release. We will continue adding games as they are announced during the show, and will also provide links to the latest news and impressions for many of the titles on display.

1C CompanyAncestors (Xbox One, PC)
Blackhole: Complete Edition (Xbox One)
Fall of Light (PC)
Haimrik (PC)
Pengame (Xbox One, PC)
Quantum Replica (Xbox One, PC)
Unknown Fate (PS4, Xbox One, PC)
The Watchmaker (PS4, Xbox One)

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Redout (Switch)

The Sports Desk – The FIFA 18 Wishlist

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The Sports Desk – The FIFA 18 Wishlist

FIFA 17 introduced The Journey story mode, and it was a good first step – adding another alluring mode to a series already chock full of them. On the eve of EA Play, when EA is expected to announce more details about FIFA 18 (see the game's first look below), it's a good time to air my wishlist for the title and the franchise as a whole.

While I certainly don't expect all of these things to transpire, I think it's a good way to check in on the series and provide a standard of sorts against what may be announced.

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Super Replay The Whole Thing

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Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Super Replay The Whole Thing

Last year, over the course of four months, we played through Shenmue for the Dreamcast in its entirety. It was an experimental video series, with an undefined schedule that allowed us to take in all the feedback for each episode by reading and responding to comments in (almost) real time. The experiment was a success! So we immediately decided (after playing through Dark Souls III, Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon, Shadow of the Colossus, and Resident Evil 4) that there was no time like the present to return to Yu Suzuki's masterpiece. For the sequel, we're playing the Xbox version that was published by Microsoft in 2002.

E3 2017 Predictions: Microsoft

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E3 2017 Predictions: Microsoft

Microsoft has a lot riding on its 2017 E3 press conference. The promise of a powerful new console, the questions surrounding a lagging first-party game library, and the specter of a virtual/augmented/mixed-reality headset are all swirling around the Xbox brand, so head honcho Phil Spencer and his team have a lot on their plates right now. Here are our best educated guesses on what Xbox fans can expect to see at this year’s show. 

Project Scorpio Gets Official Name, Price, Release DateThis one’s a no-brainer. We’ve seen the chipset. We’ve read about the unrivaled power. Now it’s time for Microsoft to make the final push with an official name reveal (watch us guess some names here), first glimpse at the industrial design (we bet it's black!), release date (probably fall), and price (we pray it stays under $500). This feels like an E3 inevitability, so the real question is, will Phil Spencer lead or close with the details everyone’s dying to know?

Probability: Sure bet

Seven Games To Play While You Wait For Red Dead Redemption 2

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Seven Games To Play While You Wait For Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2 was one of the most highly anticipated games of 2017, so the recent delay came as disappointing news to the numerous fans who are eager to get their hands on another Rockstar production. Expectations for this sequel are high because Red Dead Redemption is a masterpiece that excels on almost all fronts. It even nabbed the highest spot on our top 25 Xbox 360 games list

The magic of the first Red Dead Redemption can’t be characterized by one specific element. The heartfelt story with a cast of memorable characters, the gorgeous and lonely landscapes, the Western setting, the world building side activities, the visceral gunplay, and the sandbox nature of the online open world all come together to craft a unique experience. Fans yearning for something similar to play while they wait for Red Dead Redemption 2 will be hard pressed to find a game that knocks it out of the park on all of these levels outside of Grand Theft Auto V, but for those looking to scratch a particular itch there are some great options. Here’s a selection of games that capture some of the individual flavors of Red Dead Redemption.

If you enjoyed the thrill of the hunt…

Mafia III’s Story DLC Shows The Game At Its Best (And Worst)

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Mafia III’s Story DLC Shows The Game At Its Best (And Worst)

Mafia III dropped to divisive reviews (but strong sales) nearly a year ago. Our own Andrew Reiner found the grinding, buggy gameplay to mar a fantastic story, saying “Mafia III is a missed opportunity to explore an important time in American history, and ends up being one of the most lifeless and one-note open-world experiences I’ve come across. You can see the potential for a great game here, but it sticks to safe and simple gameplay and storytelling conventions, and ends up being a bloody bore.”

Reiner and my critical perspectives on Mafia III ended in pretty much the same place. It’s hard to come away from the game thinking it’s anywhere near living up to its potential. However, Mafia III has also been stuck in my brain ever since I finished it back in November. Certain key scenes resonated with me in how well executed they were or just how great of a character Lincoln Clay is.

Developer Hanger 13 has released two story-based expansions for its debut title and I decided to give both Faster, Baby and Stones Unturned a whirl to see if they helped make Mafia III a more enjoyable experience.

E3 2017 Predictions: Nintendo

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E3 2017 Predictions: Nintendo

Last year was a bit of an E3 oddity for Nintendo. The publisher/developer only showed one game in earnest: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It ultimately proved to be a smart choice, as its presence impressed many and the game has been a huge release, both critically and as a commercial launchpad for Nintendo's new console, the Switch. This year, things will be a little bit more back to normal – or at least back to Nintendo normal. This is the company that once turned its executives into puppets in the middle of a prerecorded video.

With a new console to sell and a handheld arguably enjoying the prime of its life cycle, we're hoping Nintendo will have an interesting and varied show this year. We've organized our predictions on a scale of Sure Bet, 50/50s, and Long Shots, just like we did for our third-party, and Sony predictions, and our Microsoft predictions, which you will see online tomorrow.