The Pros And Cons Of The Pokémon Go Apple Watch App

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The Pros And Cons Of The Pokémon Go Apple Watch App

When Niantic CEO John Hanke announced that Pokémon Go was getting a companion app for the Apple Watch, the app was still within arm's reach of its global phenomenon status. Fast-forward three months to December, and Pokémon Go's popularity has dipped significantly thanks to waning interest from casual players, frustration from technical issues, and cold weather making it more difficult to play. Regardless, the devoted Pokémon seekers have been patiently waiting for the release of the Apple Watch app Niantic promised before the end of 2016.

With just over a week remaining in 2016, Niantic surprise-launched the Apple Watch app, marketing it as a better way to play in cold temperatures. Over the first few days of its availability, I put the Apple Watch app to the test and immediately noticed several positives and negatives about it. Check out my biggest takeaways from my time with the app below, and if you've been using the new app, leave your thoughts in the comments.

Pro: You Don't Need To Have Your Phone Out

The Sports Desk – The Year-End Extravaganza!

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The Sports Desk – The Year-End Extravaganza!

It's been another eventful year of sports games, and I hope you've had as fun a time as I have playing any, all, or some of them.

For this week's Sports Desk, I'm pleased to be joined by fellow editors and sports lovers Kim Wallace and Matt Bertz for a special video discussion covering some of the happenings of the year. Please take a listen/watch as we hash things over.

Finally, I'd like to thank everyone for dropping by and checking out the column, and thanks to all the hard-working developers out there. I'm also grateful for all the developers who've taken the time out to talk to me about their games or contributed to the column.

Is Prey The Next Great Horror Game?

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Is Prey The Next Great Horror Game?

In much the same way that BioShock had its fair share of jumpscares and unsettling moments but wasn't necessarily a horror game, Prey from Arkane Studios straddles an interesting line. While visiting the studio (that created Dishonored) for our cover story on Prey, we spoke to the game's lead designer Ricardo Bare about whether or not the immersive game set on an alien-riddled space station will appeal to pure horror game fans. 

Watch the video below to learn why Prey might leave you on edge more than you think...

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19 Amazing Photos Prompto Took During My Final Fantasy XV Journey

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19 Amazing Photos Prompto Took During My Final Fantasy XV Journey

Final Fantasy XV is a story of friendship, and a hell of a game to boot. I have vivid memories of the time I spent in the world of Eos, and grew to appreciate the characters so much that I claimed they were Square's best ensemble yet in a Final Fantasy game. Noctis, Ignis, Gladiolus, and Prompto all have different stories to tell, and each of them grow as the game unfolds. The bond between them also strengthens as time passes, turning the game's final moments into an emotional roller coaster.

One of Prompto's hobbies is an integral part of the experience. He is a budding photographer, and has taken it upon himself to chronicle the journey through snapshots. Developer Square Enix brilliantly turned these photographs into an interactive element of the game. Whenever the four friends retire for the night, Promoto presents the photos he took over the course of that day. The player has no control over the actual snapping of photos, and instead determines which shots should be saved into an album.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs Of 2016

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Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs Of 2016

We're nearing the end of 2016, which means it's time for Game Informer to share its favorite songs of the year via a Spotify playlist!

With 17 editors, plus our wonderful production staff, our tastes tend to run the gamut from *** tonk strumming and distortion-fueled metal to hip-hop and dance pop. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

Not all readers have as varied taste as we do, so here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. For hip-hop lovers, dive beyond the Chance/Kanye/Kendrick headliners to find gems from Anderson Paak, Danny Brown, and Aesop Rock. If you're looking for a dance party, queue up Sia, Lizzo, and Blood Orange.

Pokémon Red & Blue – A Look Back At The 20-Year Journey To Catch ‘Em All

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Pokémon Red & Blue – A Look Back At The 20-Year Journey To Catch ‘Em All

Between Go, Sun & Moon, and Pokkén, 2016 was a huge year for Pokémon. Some may have found the franchise for the first time this year, but Pokémon began with the Japanese release of Pokémon Red & Green in 1996. We're look back on the development and release of the original Pokémon for a better understanding of its continually growing legacy. This feature originally appeared in issue 276 of Game Informer magazine.

Pokémon is a massive franchise. The series is celebrating 20 years, and more than 200 million Pokémon games have been sold over the course of its two-decade tenure. The Pokémon Company has become one of Nintendo’s most important partners and the two are celebrating the Pocket Monster legacy in 2016 by finally, after years of fan demand, releasing the original Pokémon games, Red, Blue (and Yellow) on 3DS Virtual Console.

Originally released in Japan in 1996 as Pokémon Red and Green, the series took two years to make its way to North America. The game was developed by Game Freak and directed by Satoshi Tajiri, who is credited as the main inspiration, creator, and driving force behind the original games and the -Pokémon franchise.

Nicolas Hamilton's Inspirational Shift From Gamer To Race Car Driver

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Nicolas Hamilton's Inspirational Shift From Gamer To Race Car Driver

At seven years old, Nicolas Hamilton went to an empty parking lot with his father and hopped into a go-kart for a test run. His legs were weak because of his cerebral palsy, a disorder caused by abnormal brain development, affecting muscle and motor function. He strapped his feet tightly to the pedals to ensure they wouldn’t slip, but even with this added measure, he soon spun out of control. The go-kart flipped over, falling down a six-foot ravine with Nicolas still inside.

From then on Hamilton’s parents forbade him from any kind of racing. This didn’t stop his need for speed, though, as he resorted to the next best thing: racing games. By honing his skills and competing in eSports tournaments, his hard work began paying off in unexpected ways. Soon, he was helping with game development for Project Cars and launching into a professional racing career.

This article originally appeared in issue #282 of Game Informer magazine.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs Of 2016

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Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs Of 2016

We're nearing the end of 2016, which means it's time for Game Informer to share its favorite songs of the year via a Spotify playlist!

With 17 editors, plus our wonderful production staff, our tastes tend to run the gamut from *** tonk strumming and distortion-fueled metal to hip-hop and dance pop. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

Not all readers have as varied taste as we do, so here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. For hip-hop lovers, dive beyond the Chance/Kanye/Kendrick headliners to find gems from Anderson Paak, Danny Brown, and Aesop Rock. If you're looking for a dance party, queue up Sia, Lizzo, and Blood Orange.

Top 10 Xbox 360 Games To Play On Xbox One

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Top 10 Xbox 360 Games To Play On Xbox One

Many lucky gamers have recently become the owners of Xbox Ones this holiday season, which opens up a new frontier for them. However, it also opens up an old frontier; an Xbox One also lets you play a broad selection of fantastic Xbox 360 games via disc and digital download. Microsoft has been making a concerted effort to enrich its catalogue of backward-compatible offerings, so if you didn’t play the best of what the last generation had to offer, now is a great chance to catch up.

Maybe you just got into gaming, or maybe you’ve only played bad games until now. Whatever your reason, use this list as a guide to point you toward the best backward-compatible titles for your Xbox One. Note that this list omits Xbox 360 games that are now available in improved or remastered forms on Xbox One, like The BioShock Collection, Tomb Raider, and Assassin’s Creed: The Ezio Collection.

10. Fable II This action/RPG from Peter Molyneux’s now-defunct Lionhead Studios is set in a high-fantasy world with an emphasis on choice and consequence. While the ending is a bit anti-climactic, the journey is full of flexible gameplay, storybook visuals, and entertaining characters. Don’t let the “II” throw you off – you don’t need to play the original Fable to enjoy this sequel.

Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

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Game Informer's Holiday Yule Log Video

We know the holidays are stressful. Heck, you're probably hiding in the corner of some distant relative's home right now with a mug of eggnog. But don't worry, we're here for you with a relaxing yule log gaming session with Kyle Hilliard. 

The fire crackles calmly while Kyle quietly plays some strange game no one's ever heard of, and he definitely doesn't judge you for forgetting your sister's Christmas present for the third year in a row. There might even be a furry visitor or two. Enjoy!

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