Four Fantastic Hours With Spider-Man

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Four Fantastic Hours With Spider-Man

I recently had the chance to play four hours of Spider-Man. This extensive play session gave me a better understanding of how this superhero experience is stitched together, as well as how it balances the duality of Peter Parker and his masked alter ego. I have dozens of details to share regarding the open world, combat, and missions, but my time with the game can be distilled into one short message: Be excited. Be very excited.

Earlier this year, I spent roughly a half hour getting to know Insomniac Games' version of Spider-Man for Game Informer's May cover story. This limited hands-on opportunity delivered on the game's proof-of-concept. I walked away from it with a good understanding of the vision for the open-world design, combat complexity, and storytelling ambitions. However, as much as I enjoyed webslinging through New York City's bustling streets, I wondered if that experience would have staying power. I also questioned how much variety would be included in the missions and city activities. Insomniac's boast of this experience being as much about Peter Parker as it is Spider-Man also needed to be seen to be believed. Read more...

How Hackers Are Preserving Gaming History

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How Hackers Are Preserving Gaming History

On May 26, anonymous user “@__” sent an encrypted file with a limit of 20 downloads to the Pokémon Reverse Engineering Tools (PRET) Discord.

“i heard you like protos,” @__ wrote.

The file was something of a legend among the Pokémon reverse-engineering community: a demo version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, originally playable at the Nintendo Space World trade show in 1997. Since Gold and Silver didn’t release until two years after Space World 1997, this demo supposedly contained significant differences from the final game – including strange, unused Pokémon designs. Until @__’s Discord post, however, little tangible evidence of these differences actually existed outside of rumors and snippets of promotional art.

How Hackers Are Preserving Gaming History

about X hours ago from
How Hackers Are Preserving Gaming History

On May 26, anonymous user “@__” sent an encrypted file with a limit of 20 downloads to the Pokémon Reverse Engineering Tools (PRET) Discord.

“i heard you like protos,” @__ wrote.

The file was something of a legend among the Pokémon reverse-engineering community: a demo version of Pokémon Gold and Silver, originally playable at the Nintendo Space World trade show in 1997. Since Gold and Silver didn’t release until two years after Space World 1997, this demo supposedly contained significant differences from the final game – including strange, unused Pokémon designs. Until @__’s Discord post, however, little tangible evidence of these differences actually existed outside of rumors and snippets of promotional art.

The Top 10 Games On Switch

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 The Top 10 Games On Switch

Compared to Nintendo's previous console generation (and most generations, frankly), the Switch has come out of the gate incredibly strong. It's only been on the market for a relatively short time, but it already has a solid library of games with plenty worth recommending. For our 10 absolute favorite games, however, you can check out the list below. It's a list we will be updating as often as games worthy of inclusion release. We will kick games off and add new ones as the Switch's library grows.

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 chronological order. Also, you’ll find rundown of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While those titles have gotten bumped for bigger and better experiences, they are still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already caught up on the latest hits.

Here are Game Informer’s picks for the top 10 games on the Switch.

The Top 10 Games On Switch

about X hours ago from
 The Top 10 Games On Switch

Compared to Nintendo's previous console generation (and most generations, frankly), the Switch has come out of the gate incredibly strong. It's only been on the market for a relatively short time, but it already has a solid library of games with plenty worth recommending. For our 10 absolute favorite games, however, you can check out the list below. It's a list we will be updating as often as games worthy of inclusion release. We will kick games off and add new ones as the Switch's library grows.

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 chronological order. Also, you’ll find rundown of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While those titles have gotten bumped for bigger and better experiences, they are still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already caught up on the latest hits.

Here are Game Informer’s picks for the top 10 games on the Switch.

The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

Microsoft broadened the Xbox's focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games. In our continually evolving feature, we're highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

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. Also, you’ll find rundown of previous entries at the bottom of the list. While those titles have gotten bumped for bigger and better experiences, they are still all great games in their own right and worth exploring if you’re already caught up on the latest hits.

Capcom’s reinvention of the Monster Hunter franchise not only smooths out many of the series’ rough edges but takes things to the next level. With gorgeous visuals, awesome co-op, a rewarding gameplay loop, and satisfying progression mechanics, Monster Hunter: World is the best entry in the beloved series to date.

New Gameplay Today - Titan Quest On Switch

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New Gameplay Today - Titan Quest On Switch

What were you doing 12 years ago? If you were Dan Tack, you were playing a game called Titan Quest at your local LAN center. If you were Joe Juba, you were reviewing it for Game Informer. If you weren't either of those two people and don't know what Titan Quest is, don't worry – it's out today on Switch, and we check it out in our latest NGT.

It's basically Diablo II, but in ancient Greece. Joe and Tack have fond-ish memories of it, which they share as Joe kills a bunch of satyrs. Look. It was a dozen years ago, so be easy on them for not remembering every tiny detail. 

And on the subject of tiny details, the text is indeed quite small on the Switch's screen. Carry on!

Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

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Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

A once-neglected category, fans of games inspired by Metroid and Castlevania have been given all they can handle in recent years. From indies running with the torch dropped by companies like Nintendo and Konami to an official remake of Metroid II just last year, the category is booming lately. This has rarely been more evident than it will be over the next month.

Here are six Metroid-inspired titles coming out over the course of the next 30 days.

While not technically in the same month as the rest of the entries, Chasm kicks off a period of excess for the genre. Procedurally generated dungeons and gorgeous pixel-art graphics set it apart from the crowd but look a bit deeper and you’ll find Castlevania-inspired combat and upgradable weapons. Chasm is available for PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC.

Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

about X hours ago from
Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

A once-neglected category, fans of games inspired by Metroid and Castlevania have been given all they can handle in recent years. From indies running with the torch dropped by companies like Nintendo and Konami to an official remake of Metroid II just last year, the category is booming lately. This has rarely been more evident than it will be over the next month.

Here are seven Metroid-inspired titles coming out over the course of the next 30 days.

Explore the ancient ruins of La-Mulana to learn why horrifying monsters are spilling out from the locale. With tons of monsters to fight and items to find, La-Mulana 2 looks to deliver nonstop action and mysteries to the player. La-Mulana 2 features sprawling ruins and loads of exploration, while doing away with the first game's tutorial, making it a good opening act for a month full of Metroid-inspired games.

Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

about X hours ago from
Roundup – The Month Of Metroidvania

A once-neglected category, fans of games inspired by Metroid and Castlevania have been given all they can handle in recent years. From indies running with the torch dropped by companies like Nintendo and Konami to an official remake of Metroid II just last year, the category is booming lately. This has rarely been more evident than it will be over the next month.

Here are six Metroid-inspired titles coming out over the course of the next 30 days.

While not technically in the same month as the rest of the entries, Chasm kicks off a period of excess for the genre. Procedurally generated dungeons and gorgeous pixel-art graphics set it apart from the crowd but look a bit deeper and you’ll find Castlevania-inspired combat and upgradable weapons. Chasm is available for PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC.