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.

Tekken 7's Five Most Ridiculous Character Endings

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Tekken 7's Five Most Ridiculous Character Endings

Tekken has always been known for its outlandish storytelling. Though it has serious lore, it's never afraid to get extremely silly. Tekken 7 doesn't quote reach the goofy highs of previous entries, it has its fair share of good moments.

We've compiled our five favorite character endings from Tekken 7. Obviously, this means there are HUGE SPOILERS AHEAD.

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Replay – Assassin's Creed

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Replay – Assassin's Creed

Welcome to Replay Season 4! After the cataclysmic events of the Season 3 finale, our dumb little show about the games of yesteryear has taken on a slightly different identity. Fourth chair died, Dan Tack and Ben Reeves are missing, and we have a slew of new ideas we are excited to introduce in the weeks ahead, including a competition that replaces the annual Showdown.

Replay Season 4 will run for 52 weeks, for reasons we won't reveal yet. In this first episode we take a look back at Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, and dive into what made this release so memorable.

Assassin's Creed launched on November 13, 2007 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and received mixed reviews from critics and gamers alike. Game Informer's Matt Miller loved it, giving it a 9.5 out of 10, and said, "Its stunning visual style, high concept story, and wildly open level design are like nothing else, even if too much repetition begins to frustrate in the later hours. It's a game people will still be talking about five years from now. Come to think of it, they may have a lot more to talk about by then."

Arms' Creators On Twintelle's Popularity And The Strange Lore Of The Game's World

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Arms' Creators On Twintelle's Popularity And The Strange Lore Of The Game's World

Arms is the next big title for the Nintendo Switch, and it's right around the corner. Ahead of the game's release on June 16, we spoke with Arms producer Kosuke Yabuki and art director Masaaki Ishikawa about the game. We discussed a number of topics, like what it means to wake up with extendable arms one morning, why everyone is already obsessed with Twintelle before the game even is even out, and whether or not we can ever expect to see a cameo by Luffy of One Piece fame (we won't).

Game Informer: What did the earliest version of Arms look like?

E3 2017 Predictions: Sony

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E3 2017 Predictions: Sony

Sony had a strong start to the year, with a slew of successful exclusives like Horizon Zero Dawn, Persona 5, and Nier: Automata. In February, the PlayStation VR headset neared 1 million units sold – way beyond Sony's expectations despite its small library of games. It's clear PlayStation is doing well, but that doesn't mean Sony shouldn't continue to impress.

At last year's E3, we saw major announcements of new games like the return of God of War with a norse twist, Days Gone, Spider-Man, and more. Since then, we learned about Uncharted: The Lost Legacy and a sequel to The Last of Us during PlayStation Experience. We're likely to hear more updates about several of these titles in rapid-fire succession during the press conference, along with new announcements. Here are our predictions for the show.

God Of War Gets 2018 Release DateLast year's E3 kicked off with a full orchestra and choir that played stirring music, leading to the reveal of the new God of War. We were reunited with a scruffy and older Kratos, who helps his young son hunt in Scandinavian woods. It's a major tonal shift from the past games, and excitement was rampant. We haven't heard much since, though signs point to a release next year. We are hopeful that E3 will give us a better look at the game, and a clearer release window.

Funny To A Point – The Pursuit Of The Perfect Headline

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Funny To A Point – The Pursuit Of The Perfect Headline

Trying to come up with the perfect headline can drive even the most gifted auteur to the brink of madness. In just a few short words, you have to convey the subject, tone, and opinion of the article, while being accurate enough to not mislead readers, yet sexy enough to make them want to read it in the first place. If you're anything like me, you also have to constantly fight a competing goal: to make the punniest joke headline you can possibly stomach.

Review headlines are the most fertile ground for joke headlines, and our reviews editor Joe Juba does an admirable job as G.I.'s watcher on the walls, bravely fending off the bad ones for the sake of our readers. However, every now and then a headline accomplishes all of the above – it's informative, accurate, clickable, AND contains a groan-worthy joke, at which point Joe has no option but to approve it for print. Few brave editors pursue this wicked brew of punny perfection, but just like my efforts to aid amateurs with my Professional Gamer insight, I consider it my duty to keep on trying.