Why We're Looking Forward To The Zelda-Inspired Hob

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Why We're Looking Forward To The Zelda-Inspired Hob

Hob, the upcoming action game from Runic Games, holds many secrets beneath its beautiful art style. We recently explored Hob's mysterious world for a few hours and came away excited for its release.

Join Game Informer editors Kyle Hilliard and Brian Shea as they discuss what makes Hob such an interesting title. To read about our full playthrough of one of Hob's dungeons, check out our preview here. Hob hits PlayStation 4 and PC sometime in 2017.

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Our Hands-On Impressions Of The Card Music Game DropMix

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Our Hands-On Impressions Of The Card Music Game DropMix

Last week at GDC 2017, we got a chance to check out DropMix, a new game from Harmonix and Hasbro. DropMix is a music mixing game featuring musical playing cards that play different beats once placed on an electronic board connected to a mobile app. It's a strange but interesting concept that intrigued us, where you can either use DropMix to create custom musical mixes or battle friends in a versus mode where two teams build an ever-changing song.

The card deck includes a variety of genres, from indie to pop. Each card plays a song, such as 24K Magic by Bruno Mars, Sing by Ed Sheeran, and Centuries by Fall Out Boy, among many others. These songs play when a card is placed on the board in one of the five slots. Cards can be stacked on top of one another or added into the other slots to change and mesh the tune in different ways. Music mixing is DropMix's primary function, and it's a simple and accessible way to try out a bunch of interesting combinations. For example, one that I came across was somehow making Disturbed's "Down with the Sickness" sound mellow. Dropping cards in different orders can create various tempos. You can also share the mixes you make via social media.

Four Things To Know About Nier: Automata

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Four Things To Know About Nier: Automata

March 7 marks the release of Nier: Automata, Square Enix's follow-up to the cult hit Nier. We have some mixed feelings about the experience as a whole (you can read the full review for more info), but it definitely has some great moments and plenty of cool features to call out.

In the video below, we run down four things you should know if you're interested in checking out Nier: Automata.

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The Virtual Life – Night In The Woods And The Necessity Of Unlikeable Protagonists

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The Virtual Life – Night In The Woods And The Necessity Of Unlikeable Protagonists

I've been slowly creeping my way through Night In The Woods over the past week or so. Part of that is scheduling. The game came out right before GDC and I have some other games I'm playing to write words about. However, it also feels strange to rush through this small, quiet tale about ordinary (animal) people living and suffering in small towns that feel intimately familiar to those that populate our world. It's not a polished high-thrills ride like Gears Of War 4 or Titanfall 2 that can be devoured in one go but is instead a story that should ideally be given a fair amount of patience and understanding.

I've kept my eyes on what people are saying about the game as well, partially to keep up with the conversation about it, partially so I don't write a piece about this game that someone else has already written. I could tell you, if i wished, about how Night In The Woods is an accurate portrayal of what it's like to return home to your small town and find that everything is continuing to decay and you don't really know how to interact with the people you grew up with.

Naughty Dog's New Vision For Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Naughty Dog's New Vision For Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

We're excited to kick off a month of coverage on Naughty Dog's Uncharted: The Lost Legacy to coincide with our new cover story on the game. We have a lot of new details on the game in the cover story itself, but for a quick rundown of the team's vision of the game we sat down with creative director Shaun Escayg and game director Kurt Margenau. Learn what held Naughty Dog back from creating more large, open spaces in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and why they're excited about creating new, bold setpieces for players.

Watch the video below to learn more about the benefits of creating a game smaller than Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and what stage they're at right now in development.

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5 Updates Switch Desperately Needs

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5 Updates Switch Desperately Needs

Overall, we've been happy with the Switch. The console has delivered on its promise to be both a home and mobile console, and Zelda is fantastic. It does, however, have a number of shortcomings. Some aspects, like the physical design and hardware, cannot be fixed without releasing a new, redesigned console (which Nintendo will almost certainly do in the coming years). But other elements we take issue with are software-related and could, conceivably, be fixed or updated with a patch.

Here are five software fixes that need to be implemented as soon as possible.

Friend Codes Are DumbThere are some handy ways to add friends on the Switch, like being able to add a person who is physically near you, or being able to draw from the friends you made in Miitomo. Friend codes, however, are still the best way to directly add a friend who is not standing next to you. The friend code system was abandoned for Wii U which made it surprising to see it return for Switch. To make it additionally confusing, I made sure to grab my preferred username back in February. Why did I do that if it was just going to be a friend-code system? Honestly, this is something I don't see changing, but we can all do our best to hope that it disappears in a forthcoming update.

Four Things To Know About Nier: Automata

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Four Things To Know About Nier: Automata

March 7 marks the release of Nier: Automata, Square Enix's follow-up to the cult hit Nier. We have some mixed feelings about the experience as a whole (you can read the full review for more info), but it definitely has some great moments and plenty of cool features to call out.

In the video below, we run down four things you should know if you're interested in checking out Nier: Automata.

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14 Ghost Recon: Wildlands Tips To Help You Wage War Against The Cartel

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14 Ghost Recon: Wildlands Tips To Help You Wage War Against The Cartel

Ghost Recon: Wildlands just hit stores today. It's a big game, so we need more time with it before our review is ready to go live.  However, if you've already touched down in Bolivia and are ready to take on the cartel with your friends or by yourself, here are some tips to help you get started.

Play With Friends If You Can Seriously. Or at least play with other players in public sessions. The team A.I. is serviceable and they'll do a decent job of helping you raid camps and execute enemies, but it's also more boring to play with them, and they're not the best at helping you get out of tough situations when your plan falls to pieces. 

Always Be On The Lookout For Upgrades And Resources
Weapon upgrades, accessories, and skill tree points are littered around the map. They can often be tagged by your drones or seen with your own eyes if you're close enough, so don't settle for just getting the objective done. Look around. Take your time in camps. Caches often hold valuable upgrades for both your character and weapons.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2017 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through. Also, be sure to save this page so you can check back each month to see which new games we think should be added to your "must-play" list.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.