12 Beers Brewed For Gamers

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12 Beers Brewed For Gamers

A couple years ago I scoured the brewery world for video game themed beers, and only found a handful. This past week when I stumbled upon a line of Mortal Kombat themed beers at a local liquor store I thought it might be a good time to revisit the topic. I found an explosion of options for those who want to celebrate their favorite hobby while imbibing on a frosty beverage. 

8-bit Pale Ale – Tallgrass Brewing Co.Beer Advocate Rating: 86
Perhaps the most easily accessible beer on this list (at least for those who live in the Midwest), the Tallgrass 8-bit pale ale is still a Game Informer stand-by and the self-proclaimed official beer of retro gamers. This is the perfect beer to enjoy alongside a gaming session. Tallgrass also used to make a 16-Bit Double Pale Ale, but this beer is retired for the time being. Available year-round in 16-ounce cans.

Goliath Experimental Double IPA – Dangerous Man
Beer Advocate Rating: N/A
To celebrate the release of Goliath, developer Octopus Tree teamed up with Minneapolis brewery Dangerous Man to make this big, bold Double IPA. The beer earned the experimental moniker for its approach to hops, which includes the new TNT hop. This beer was a limited edition release.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Looking Ahead To 2017

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Looking Ahead To 2017

Many of you are likely playing the living hell out of new games obtained over the holidays, or are trying to chip away at the towering backlog that grows taller each year. After looking at what's on the horizon for 2017, my advice is to stay up a little longer each night to play more. The year ahead is looking great for science-fiction enthusiasts.

The fun (hopefully) begins in February with the releases of Halo Wars 2 (February 21) and Horizon Zero Dawn (February 28). The video game industry is in desperate need of new intellectual properties, and Horizon Zero Dawn is easily the most exciting one slated for next year. The concept of hunting robotic dinosaurs with primitive weapons is enough to make Horizon a day-one purchase for me, but intrigue also stems from how little we know about this game's story and world. The latest Horizon trailer teases a mystery deep beneath the planet's surface. I don't know much about what is happening in the forests and cities, and now Guerilla is teasing an underground? Kick ass. I'm glad that we're getting another Red Dead Redemption, but I'm more excited for Horizon, just because it's a new series and experience.

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Who Would Win: The Ultimate Video Game Character Showdown

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Who Would Win: The Ultimate Video Game Character Showdown

Gamers love debating hypothetical showdowns between their favorite characters, but there are a lot more ways to settle the score than a fight to the death. That's why we devised a series of challenges tailored to the strengths of some of our favorite video game characters. Find out who would come out on top in our ultimate quiz: Who Would Win...

Editor's note: This feature originally ran in issue 284, but has been expanded with my irrefutable logic for why I chose the winner of each competition.

Borderlands' tankiest hero certainly has some big pipes, but they're no match for Mario's O.G. rival. Donkey Kong chucks barrels like they're balled-up pieces of tissue paper, and he climbs vines so effortlessly you'd think he's weightless. But he's not weightless – he's a giant gorilla! Not only that, but the fact that Donkey Kong wears a tie – not to mention can tie a tie – proves that he's smart. Even if DK's brawn wasn't enough to best Brick in an arm-wrestling contest, he'd no doubt use his brains to psyche out his dim-witted opponent.Irrefutable Winner: Donkey Kong

10 Overlooked Gems From 2016

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10 Overlooked Gems From 2016

Every year, a slew of games fall off people's radars and don't get their due, whether it's for lack of marketing or bad release timing. Therefore, as we close out the year, we thought it'd be a great time to make a list of overlooked games to remind people of releases they might have missed. There's no denying 2016 was a great year for games; so many solid titles released that it was easy for some great experiences to get lost in shuffle. The following 10 titles are solid additions to anyone's gaming library.

Dead By Daylight (PC)Asymmetrical multiplayer games have seen mixed results, but Dead By Daylight is one of the more exciting and successful ones. The game has already become a popular streaming choice, making audiences tune in again and again to see if people can survive a murderer. Dead By Daylight is structured like a playabe horror movie, having one person play a killer trying to stop a group of four survivors from powering generators and finding a way out. The tense gameplay and thrill of surviving or sneaking up on unsuspecting victims (depending on the role you play) have provided memorable gaming moments. To learn more, read our review.

One Questline Destiny Deserves – The Cryptarch’s Challenge

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One Questline Destiny Deserves – The Cryptarch’s Challenge

Even as Destiny players have been digging into Destiny’s latest content drop, The Dawning, I’ve been increasingly noticing one frustration that plagues my day-to-day play with the game. As I noted in my impressions of the winter event, the addition of several new weapon and armor pieces is a welcome one, but it exacerbates an already frustrating problem. Vault space continues to be an annoyance for many, and the problem is aggravated by an over-abundance of loot drops, many of which are largely irrelevant for most level-capped players. 

In a typical night of Destiny play, I often find myself having to spend decent chunks of time emptying out detritus that has piled up at the postmaster, and then running back and forth to the Cryptarch to decrypt and subsequently dismantle gear. What was once an exciting “identification” analogue to classic fantasy RPGs has transformed into a mostly rote experience, which is only occasionally broken by a decent new weapon. Even for players who have done a better job of keeping their vault in check, the constant need to decrypt mostly useless items has lost its charm. 

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.