Funny To A Point – The Grand Shooter Roast Of 2016

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Funny To A Point – The Grand Shooter Roast Of 2016

2016 has been an incredible year for shooter fans, filled with fresh new experiences like Doom, Gears of War 4, and More Destiny. Not to be outdone, the genre's biggest franchises also explored new territory, with Battlefield boldly tackling the world war that didn't star Hitler, and Call of Duty going to space...again. There were plenty of awesome shooters to fall in love with this year, but rather than gushing over them like every other year-end list, let's use this time to tear 'em all a new one, shall we?

Without further ado, here's my roast of the 10 biggest shooters of 2016, ranked from awful to...slightly less awful.

#10: Homefront: The RevolutionMore Like: Homefart: The Revulsion
The first Homefront was a competent first-person shooter hamstrung by dated graphics and forgettable gameplay. As such, the sequel strived to push new boundaries – specifically, the boundaries of how many glitches and performance issues a game can contain before players quietly set down their controller, unplug their console, and heave it through the nearest window.

The Division: Survival Impressions – A Tense, Fleeting Diversion

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The Division: Survival Impressions – A Tense, Fleeting Diversion

The last time I spent considerable time with The Division, I felt the game was chugging down a loot farming track that no longer offered a compelling reason for me to stick around. I wasn’t the only one, as the player population dipped drastically due to glitches, exploits, cheaters, frustrating endgame activates, and a broken loot system. A lot has changed since then. 

In the 1.4. and 1.5 patches, developer Massive completely revamped the gear acquisition loop for the endgame, made shops matter again, introduced new world tiers that determine the level of gear baddies drop, and rebalanced enemies to make the more challenging difficulty settings less maddening. The community has responded positively to the changes, and many who abandoned the game returned just in time for the new DLC drop, Survival.

Survival is an interesting departure for The Division that leaves behind all of the progress you’ve made with your character through the campaign, the Underground DLC, and the endgame activities. Hopping aboard a helicopter wearing only hazmat suits, 24 players are tasked with finding an experimental antivirus vial that may hold the key to counteracting the green poison that decimated New York City. On the way to the Dark Zone the helicopter crashes, scattering the players throughout the environment. 

Three Of Prey’s Biggest Mysteries

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Three Of Prey’s Biggest Mysteries

Last night, we revealed that Arkane Studios’ Prey is the cover game for our January issue. As always, we have an in-depth feature in the magazine, featuring extensive, exclusive information on the sci-fi adventure. We also have a month of additional coverage planned, highlighting even more of the game. Still, there’s a lot that we don’t know about Prey, even after spending several days with the developers at their Austin studio. Sometimes, what they aren’t willing to talk about tells a story, too.

1. We Don’t Know How You Communicate

In Prey, you play as Morgan Yu. You’re a scientist on the space station Talos I, which has been overrun by a species of hostile aliens known as the Typhon. That setup lends itself to a lot of intrigue, but we ran into our first roadblock with what seemed like a simple question: It’s a first-person game, like Dishonored. Does Yu speak?

Question Of The Month: What Do You Want From Destiny 2?

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Question Of The Month: What Do You Want From Destiny 2?

In issue 283, we asked readers what the number-one thing they want to see in Destiny 2 is. Now it's your turn to weigh in. 

Dedicated servers were the most popular request among magazine readers, a response that didn't raise many eyebrows with the office's big Destiny fans (because the game really needs them!). Better vehicles (dogfights in space, anyone?) and boatloads more content were also popular requests.

Now it's your turn. What's the number-one thing you want to see in Destiny 2? Share your wish list in the comments below!

Test Chamber – Super Mario Challenge Is The Highlight Of Mario Maker 3DS

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Test Chamber – Super Mario Challenge Is The Highlight Of Mario Maker 3DS

Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS is out tomorrow, and though is has some shortcomings compared to the Wii U version, it does have Super Mario challenge.

Super Mario Challenge is a large collection of new levels made by Nintendo, and they're very good. It's basically a full Super Mario campaign, and it features challenges that force the player to often re-examine how they would normally approach a level. In the Test Chamber video below, Brian Shea and I show off a few of Challenge's quality levels, go after a few medals, and play with the creation tools, which are nearly identical to the Wii U version of the game.

For our review of Super Maker for 3DS, head here. For our review of the Wii U version, head here.

The Definitive, XL Interview With Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon

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The Definitive, XL Interview With Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon

This interview was conducted by Andrew Reiner and Suriel Vazquez, and transcribed by Michael Leri.

Ed Boon has likely been making video games longer than you’ve been alive. Years before he became the steward of the Mortal Kombat franchise, Boon was programming pinball and arcade games for companies that no longer exist. But despite his over 30-year history in the industry, he’s only ever really had one job.

To get a full view of what such a storied career looks like, we talked with Boon about his early days at Williams Electronics, some of the names Mortal Kombat could have had, and what it’s like working on the same series for over two decades.

Watch Nine Minutes Of Exclusive Prey Gameplay

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Watch Nine Minutes Of Exclusive Prey Gameplay

Game Informer's next cover story is Prey from Arkane Studios and we're going to be filling this entire month with features that highlight different aspects of the game. To kick things off, here's an extended gameplay video with a commentary track from the game's creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare. There are a lot more exciting things to learn about Prey, so we encourage you to check out the digital version of the magazine (now available on smart phones) to learn much more about the game.

Watch the video below to see the game in action and learn all about it from two of the lead developers.

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Why Relaunch Prey, Anyway?

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Why Relaunch Prey, Anyway?

The original Prey came out about a decade ago, and a sequel was planned and later killed by publisher Bethesda. When Arkane revealed it was developing a new sci-fi game featuring aliens, and that it was named Prey, it seemed strange. Why reference a game that many had forgotten about – if they knew about it in the first place? Even though the action is set in lunar orbit, the reasons behind the decision are much more grounded, as we learned after speaking with Bethesda and Arkane about the project for our cover story.

When Arkane first began kicking around the idea of Prey, the name wasn’t even on its radar. As founder and creative director Raphael Colantonio recalls, the studio wanted to create a game where players were trapped in a relatively small space, being hunted. They realized a space station would be a perfect setting for such a game, and the rest of the game fell into place from that point.

30 Characters We'd Love To See In Marvel Vs. Capcom 4

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30 Characters We'd Love To See In Marvel Vs. Capcom 4

Rumors have been circulating that a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 announcement is on the horizon, but with so many characters to choose from, narrowing down to a manageable roster of fighters is difficult. Characters like Iron Man, Captain America, and Spider-Man are all but guaranteed to be included on the list from Marvel, while we would be utterly shocked if Ryu, Strider, and Morrigan don't make appearances on the Capcom side. With that in mind, we chose to focus on characters that aren't necessarily locks to appear.

Also, while the current rumor is that the characters from Marvel's side will focus in on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (meaning no X-Men, Fantastic Four, or Deadpool), we're going to disregard that tidbit in favor of creating a true wishlist that we feel would create the best roster for Marvel vs. Capcom 4.

Check out our picks below, and let us know which of your favorite characters we left off.