Why Mass Effect Andromeda Is A Better Game Than You Think

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Why Mass Effect Andromeda Is A Better Game Than You Think

Mass Effect Andromeda took BioWare's space adventure to a brand new galaxy with a fresh protagonist, new alien races, and completely revamped gameplay mechanics. Ryder was just a kid trying to do what was right after the entire world collapsed around them, kind of figuring out things as they go. Unfortunately, the road leading up to launch was rough and an Early Access period, terrible resource allocation, and poor animations at release set the stage for a halt to Andromeda's growth. That being said, it will have some ties into the next Mass Effect, which we've broken down extensively in the past. With Mass Effect Legendary Edition opening up a ton of new players to the BioWare sci-fi RPG, we thought we'd break down some of the overlooked aspects of Andromeda and why you should give it a second chance. 

Resident Evil Village And Bloodborne Collide With This Lady Dimitrescu Mod

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Resident Evil Village And Bloodborne Collide With This Lady Dimitrescu Mod

Lady Dimitrescu, despite her relatively small role, is a big point of conversation centering around Resident Evil Village. She's also been the subject of some pretty weird mods. Following a Mod Corner entry surrounding a Bloodborne 2 take, the modder reached out to me with their latest creation: bringing Bloodborne into the world of Resident Evil Village. 

From YouTuber 'Garden of Eyes,' there is a mod that pits Lady Dimitrescu against Lady Maria in Resident Evil Village, making for a pretty epic boss fight that we didn't know we needed until now: 

The mod is pretty simple, it replaces Lady Dimitrescu with Lady Maria of the Astral Clocktower. Making the mod work, however, is a little less so. Unlike most of the mods I cover, this one requires a PS4. A modded PS4, to be more exact. If you're interested in trying your hand at that, you can learn how to do so here. Just be warned, modding your console (especially if you don't know how) and creating the necessary files to mod could cause damages to your save files and sometimes, even your account. No matter the platform, there is always a risk of save corruption when modding. You're changing a title from its intended state. Create backups before modding so you can create the experience you want without losing hard-earned progress. 

Final Fantasy XIV Community Pays Respects To Berserk Creator Kentaro Miura

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Final Fantasy XIV Community Pays Respects To Berserk Creator Kentaro Miura

Kentaro Miura, the creator of the highly influential manga Berserk, passed away at the age of 54. Fans of the massively talented storyteller have rallied around his work to honor his passing and one such tribute comes by way of the passionate Final Fantasy XIV community. 

When looking at his work, Berserk immediately comes to mind. Ever since its serialization in 1989, Miura's storytelling was phenomenal. Many called it a masterpiece, and they're not wrong. As gamers, we have so much to owe to this man. From Dark Souls to Final Fantasy, his creative touch has impacted so many aspects of our lives, making his passing even harder to accept. 

YouTuber SmugAnimeGuy uploaded a heartfelt video about how the Final Fantasy XIV online community is paying tribute to Miura and Berserk, showing just how much his gift has meant to us through the years. 

More Than Just Dots On A Map: The Challenges Behind Open-World Game Creation

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More Than Just Dots On A Map: The Challenges Behind Open-World Game Creation

Video games are constantly getting more ambitious, whether it’s from advances in technology offering new possibilities or developers building on past innovations. One area that keeps flourishing is open-world design. Players gladly immerse themselves in virtual environments for hours on end, uncovering every possible facet and secret. But keeping players entertained for the long haul isn’t as simple as randomly filling the map with various knick-knacks and sidequests. Developers constantly have to find new and interesting ways to keep the journey through these massive landscapes exciting, while also making them feel like living and breathing entities. In these vast locales, myriad activities provide fun diversions, NPCs live out full lives, and intriguing discoveries are around every bend.

Everyone can remember their favorite world to explore, but what goes into building these vistas that slowly sprawl out before you? We were curious about the process behind these fascinating places and the design decisions that bring them to life. To learn more about this intense undertaking, we chatted with several developers from award-winning studios such as Ubisoft Montreal and Quebec, Sucker Punch, Insomniac Games, and CD Projekt Red, to see what goes into these worlds that we voluntarily lose ourselves in.

The Story Behind Supergiant Games’ Transistor

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The Story Behind Supergiant Games’ Transistor

Coming off the heels of our latest issue, which features a profile on close-knit studio Supergiant Games, we’re also sharing parts of the indie developer’s amazing journey online by posting the stories behind its inventive titles. Last week, we took an in-depth look at Supergiant’s formation and its debut game, Bastion. Now we’re shining the spotlight on the studio’s hotly-anticipated follow-up: Transistor. The studio’s second game certainly changed things up, bringing in a fresh new setting and twist on the action/RPG genre. The sci-fi RPG follows a famous singer named Red who gets more than she bargained for when she avoids an assassination attempt on her life and picks up a sword-like weapon that can communicate with her. All eyes were on Supergiant to deliver another hit, but Transistor turned out to be a project full of highs and lows, as the team worked to prove they weren’t just a one-hit-wonder. 

Top 10 Mass Effect Legendary Edition Mistakes Every Player Should Avoid

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Top 10 Mass Effect Legendary Edition Mistakes Every Player Should Avoid

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is available now for players to enjoy, both newcomers to the Normandy and returning fans alike. But you don't have to be a newcomer to make some pretty big mistakes, mistakes that could lead to beloved squadmates and character dying and very big missed story opportunities. For those looking for some very easy mistakes to make so you can avoid them, here are our top 10 Mass Effect Legendary Edition mistakes that you should avoid. 

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Finally Fixes Weird Human NPC That Was Supposed To Be Turian

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Mass Effect Legendary Edition Finally Fixes Weird Human NPC That Was Supposed To Be Turian

The original Mass Effect trilogy, let's be honest, had a ton of bugs, some pacing issues, and a few other odds and ends that could have used a little tweaking. Luckily, the Mass Effect Legendary Edition does said tweaking, including fixing an assumed mistake with a particular NPC that was quite literally the wrong race. Hear me out.

For those that played the first game, you may remember an NPC named Elanos Haliat. In the original trilogy, this character was a human, which made no sense given the context surrounding his character. According to the vanilla first game, Haliat is a pirate and a renowned leader within the Terminus system, an area outside of the law. When players met him, it was revealed that he spearheaded the invasion on Elysium against humans (those that opted into the War Hero profile for Shepard will be familiar with this).

Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

2021 may have kicked off with a slower-than-usual start thanks to numerous big delays, but that doesn't mean we still haven't been treated to a fair share of quality releases. Whether you're looking to get the most of out of your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S or still enjoying your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, we've evaluated many of 2021's most noteworthy games to help guide you towards the best of the best. What highly anticipated games met our expectations? Which under-the-radar indies deserve your attention? You can find the answers to those questions right here. 

Below you'll find a list of the top scoring games of 2021, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We'll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

A deadly alien planet is a playground for your senses and curiosity. Read review

Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

about X hours ago from
Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2021

2021 may have kicked off with a slower-than-usual start thanks to numerous big delays, but that doesn't mean we still haven't been treated to a fair share of quality releases. Whether you're looking to get the most of out of your PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S or still enjoying your PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, or PC, we've evaluated many of 2021's most noteworthy games to help guide you towards the best of the best. What highly anticipated games met our expectations? Which under-the-radar indies deserve your attention? You can find the answers to those questions right here. 

Below you'll find a list of the top scoring games of 2021, beginning with the top scorer and going down. Any game that scores between a 10 and an 8.5 makes the cut. Each entry also features a small blurb and a link to the full review. We'll update the list with eligible titles as the year progresses, so be sure to bookmark this page if you ever need recommendations on what to play next. Have fun!

A deadly alien planet is a playground for your senses and curiosity. Read review

Resident Evil Village Cosplayer Does ASMR In Full Lady Dimitrescu Cosplay

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Resident Evil Village Cosplayer Does ASMR In Full Lady Dimitrescu Cosplay

Lady Dimitrescu stole the show when Capcom first revealed Resident Evil Village and now that the game is out, that love hasn't slowed. While other aspects of the game are finally getting their time to shine, that Tall Vampire Lady fervor hasn't slowed one bit. We've previously shared an incredibly accurate cosplay of this particular character, but one fan took the character even further by doing an ASMR Ethan Winters scenario. 

ASMR is a feeling that invokes a tingling sensation from the scalp down through the neck and into the rest of a person's body for a controlled stimulus effect triggered by certain sounds. It's been huge lately, especially in the YouTube community, and for good reason. While skeptical at first, a friend recommended particular ASMR sounds for migraines and it's been a total lifesaver, which has caused me to venture out into the web for more gaming takes on this community. Because I have no chill when going full-on fandom love with games I enjoy, it didn't take me long before I saw a crossover between Lady D and ASMR and you know what? I'm not mad at it at all.