When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

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When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

This feature first appeared in Game Informer issue 301.

For a brief time, full-motion video (FMV) games were omnipresent. In the ‘90s, the format seemed like the future, with games like The 7th Guest and Wing Commander III promising an unmatched level of visual fidelity due their use of real-life actors, like Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell, over polygonal models and 3D animations.

This fantasy led to a hollow reality. FMV ‘classics’ like Night Trap and Tex Murphy are often ridiculed for the terrible performances, hideous visuals, and frustrating gameplay. And yet there’s a certain charm and affection associated with the format.

Replay – Confidential Mission

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Replay – Confidential Mission

Sega has a long (and mostly great) history of lightgun games. House of the Dead and Virtual Cop were warmly received by arcade and console players alike. The same cannot be said of the little-known Confidential Mission. Why people didn't play it becomes apparent after just a few minutes. It turns out they were missing out on something special – one of the coolest looking bosses every put into a game. Seriously. You'll never think of bosses the same after you see him.

In our second segment, we play another bad Dreamcast game, and, well, you'll have to watch to see what happens next. I'll just say this much, this isn't your typical Replay episode. Frustration wins the day!

Replay – Confidential Mission

about X hours ago from
Replay – Confidential Mission

Sega has a long (and mostly great) history of lightgun games. House of the Dead and Virtual Cop were warmly received by arcade and console players alike. The same cannot be said of the little-known Confidential Mission. Why people didn't play it becomes apparent after just a few minutes. It turns out they were missing out on something special – one of the coolest looking bosses every put into a game. Seriously. You'll never think of bosses the same after you see him.

In our second segment, we play another bad Dreamcast game, and, well, you'll have to watch to see what happens next. I'll just say this much, this isn't your typical Replay episode. Frustration wins the day!

10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

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10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

There’s no shortage of iconic characters in the video game industry, from million-dollar mascots like Mario and Pikachu, to fully fleshed-out characters like John Marston, Joel and Ellie, and … GLaDOS, apparently. Even an unequivocal loser like Sonic still receives heaps of love and admiration from wayward fans, in addition to a free ticket to the Olympics every other year.

However, not all video game characters get the red carpet treatment, or even the baseline level of respect they deserve. Instead, they’re cast aside while hacks like Sonic continue spinning out sequel after sequel – seriously, where is the undying obsession for this dumb hedgehog coming from?!

Anyhow, I can’t right all the wrongs video game characters have suffered over the years, but like the guy chucking starfishes back into the ocean, I can make a difference for a few of them. Here are 10 video game characters who are about to finally get the respect they deserve.

10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

about X hours ago from
10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

There’s no shortage of iconic characters in the video game industry, from million-dollar mascots like Mario and Pikachu, to fully fleshed-out characters like John Marston, Joel and Ellie, and … GLaDOS, apparently. Even an unequivocal loser like Sonic still receives heaps of love and admiration from wayward fans, in addition to a free ticket to the Olympics every other year.

However, not all video game characters get the red carpet treatment, or even the baseline level of respect they deserve. Instead, they’re cast aside while hacks like Sonic continue spinning out sequel after sequel – seriously, where is the undying obsession for this dumb hedgehog coming from?!

Anyhow, I can’t right all the wrongs video game characters have suffered over the years, but like the guy chucking starfishes back into the ocean, I can make a difference for a few of them. Here are 10 video game characters who are about to finally get the respect they deserve.

The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Celestial Storm Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sun And Moon – Celestial Storm Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

The latest expansion in the ever-growing Pokémon Trading Card Game releases today. Celestial Storm contains Pokémon across all generations, but despite the "Sun and Moon" name, it shines the spotlight on Gen 3.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the Hydro Fury and Leaf Charge decks to see what we could pull out of the new expansion. While Ultra Prism emphasized Gen 4 and Forbidden Light shined a hard spotlight on Gen 6, Celestial Storm is heavily focused on the third generation of monsters. That doesn't mean I didn't get a few Pokémon from the other gens. I especially liked the occasional cards from Gens 1 and 2, but if you're a lover of the Hoenn region, this is an expansion for you.

Check out the gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the Pokémon Sun and Moon – Celestial Storm 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 – Celestial Storm Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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

The latest expansion in the ever-growing Pokémon Trading Card Game releases today. Celestial Storm contains Pokémon across all generations, but despite the "Sun and Moon" name, it shines the spotlight on Gen 3.

We were sent several booster packs, as well as the Hydro Fury and Leaf Charge decks to see what we could pull out of the new expansion. While Ultra Prism emphasized Gen 4 and Forbidden Light shined a hard spotlight on Gen 6, Celestial Storm is heavily focused on the third generation of monsters. That doesn't mean I didn't get a few Pokémon from the other gens. I especially liked the occasional cards from Gens 1 and 2, but if you're a lover of the Hoenn region, this is an expansion for you.

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

Should You Check Out Monster Hunter World's Final Fantasy Crossover Event?

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Should You Check Out Monster Hunter World's Final Fantasy Crossover Event?

The crossover of Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter World was announced at E3 this year with surprisingly little fanfare for merging the worlds of two huge games. The lack of celebration around the meeting of the two series may have convinced some that their crossover content would be a light or low-effort, but it turns out that the inclusion of Final Fantasy’s Behemoth into Monster Hunter World is a lot more intricate than one would think.

Rather than simply giving you a mission to fight the hulking purple monster, getting to the Behemoth requires following a questline first. When you first land in Astera with the update applied, the serious handler from various points in the game is standing near the resource center. She says that the A-Lister, the redhaired and headstrong hunter from the game’s story, has discovered a thing in Wildspire Wastes that is not quite an animal. Seems worth checking out, my hunter goes to give it a look.

It turns out to be a cactuar. A lot of cactuars, in fact. The mission has you chase after the little monsters, but most importantly, you can sneak up on one with a net and get it as a pet, which is the very first thing I did.

Should You Check Out Monster Hunter World's Final Fantasy Crossover Event?

about X hours ago from
Should You Check Out Monster Hunter World's Final Fantasy Crossover Event?

The crossover of Final Fantasy XIV and Monster Hunter World was announced at E3 this year with surprisingly little fanfare for merging the worlds of two huge games. The lack of celebration around the meeting of the two series may have convinced some that their crossover content would be a light or low-effort, but it turns out that the inclusion of Final Fantasy’s Behemoth into Monster Hunter World is a lot more intricate than one would think.

Rather than simply giving you a mission to fight the hulking purple monster, getting to the Behemoth requires following a questline first. When you first land in Astera with the update applied, the serious handler from various points in the game is standing near the resource center. She says that the A-Lister, the redhaired and headstrong hunter from the game’s story, has discovered a thing in Wildspire Wastes that is not quite an animal. Seems worth checking out, my hunter goes to give it a look.

It turns out to be a cactuar. A lot of cactuars, in fact. The mission has you chase after the little monsters, but most importantly, you can sneak up on one with a net and get it as a pet, which is the very first thing I did.

The Top 10 Games On PC

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The Top 10 Games On PC

The PC platform has a ton of amazing games to dive into, though it may not be easy to throw into a “generation” basket like our console friends. The pioneer for games as service and live games that are only now becoming standard on console, PC has amazing titles to pick from, some of which have stood an incredible test of time thanks to the ease of updates and expansions. While we’re not ignoring the vast wealth of older games and legacy titles that PC offers (and the inevitable huge collections of games that will forever go unplayed, picked up during an errant holiday Steam sale), these are some of the best games you can play on PC right now.

Please note that while the list below contains 10 entries, we aren’t actually ranking them – if a game has made it this far (and managed to stay here), it’s a must-play, period. As such, we’ll be listing entries in reverse chronological order.