Our Video Breakdown Of Destiny 2's PvP Overhaul

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Our Video Breakdown Of Destiny 2's PvP Overhaul

Along with a lengthy live stream and some extensive hands-on opportunities, today also provided the chance to capture and check out some video of Destiny 2, including a look at one of the new PvP Countdown matches. 

To get a handle on what's new, I sat down with Game Informer's resident Destiny expert, Matt Miller, to talk class changes, game modes, supers, and Captain America.

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What The Heck Is This? Episode 5

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 5

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

Today we look at two games: Iced, a survival game in the snow, and The Frost, a survival game in the snow. This is a themed episode, for no particular reason. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear if we want to keep playing either of these games.

Snipperclips Afterwords – What It's Like To Create A Launch Title For A New Nintendo Console

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Snipperclips Afterwords – What It's Like To Create A Launch Title For A New Nintendo Console

The Switch only launched with a few games. The most notable titles were 1-2-Switch, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and a little downloadable game called SnipperClips - Cut it Out, Together. Zelda was (and continues to be) the Switch's undeniable juggernaut, and 1-2-Switch was the opposite of a juggernaut (a system soiler, some would call it), which left an important hole for Snipperclips to fill in the Switch's shallow library. We, along with many others, liked the game and it sold well. As of April, the game has sold over 350,000 copies. We spoke with developer SFB Games about the development of the game, if they mind that people assume the game was made entirely by Nintendo, and what is going on with the game's fiction.

Game Informer: How early were you made aware of the Switch hardware?

SFB Games: We found out about the Switch around June of 2016. Nintendo showed us a short presentation, which explained the various features of the Switch and the Joy-Con controllers. It was really exciting, and a massive privilege to find out so early, but our heads were quickly full of thoughts about how best to use the new controller layout. It was fun keeping such a big secret to ourselves, all through the year.

Breaking Down Destiny 2's New Features In Screenshots

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Breaking Down Destiny 2's New Features In Screenshots

Bungie revealed the first bits of gameplay for Destiny 2 earlier today via livestream, showing off the changes to classes, gear, and the game’s reworked single-player structure. It’s a lot to take in, and you can get the full breakdown here.

It’s also nice to look at some cool screenshots, so we’ve plucked out the best screens from the new reveal to show off Destiny 2's look, as well as offer a brief look at all the new locations, gear, and class abilities in the sequel.

StoryThe story mission shown off in the reveal is called “Homecoming,” and has your Guardian returning to The Last City in the midst of its destruction. The new villain, Ghaul, takes the Light away from the Guardians, along with most of their prized gear.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 18, 2017)

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 Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 18, 2017)

This week sees an even split in blogs and writing responses – and all of them were fantastic. From oddball eating habits to under-appreciated role-playing games, this week has it all!

Community Blogs For May 11 – May 17:

Why Yooka-Layla Is My Biggest Disappointment of 2017 A Banjo Kazooie-like game sounded great to Zack Burrows. He had been waiting to revisit his childhood, so to speak, with a game like Rare's bird and bear adventure. But then tragedy struck. The game is what Zack remembers loving, but he also remembered how bad some design choices could be. Like the talking and the movement through special moves. This is one game Zack just could not finish.

17 Details From Our Extensive Hands-on With Arms On Nintendo Switch

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17 Details From Our Extensive Hands-on With Arms On Nintendo Switch

Arms is the Nintendo Switch's next big release, and we recently got to spend some extended hands-on time with the game. We played a bunch of versus rounds, as well as its new modes, Hoops, Skillshot, and Teamfight. Below, you will find some of our big takeaways from our hours with the game.

If you prefer video over words, you can hear me try to convince Ben Reeves, an Arms skeptic, that he might want to give this game another look while emphasizing many of the points below.

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See Why We’re So Excited About The Castlevania-Inspired Dead Cells

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See Why We’re So Excited About The Castlevania-Inspired Dead Cells

Motion Twin's Dead Cells is making waves in Early Access on Steam, and with good reason.

This "roguevania" features slick combat, rewarding progression and exploration, and many fleshed out features already, even though we're some ways away from a full release.

Join Matt Miller and Daniel Tack as they walk through a few maps, slay a few foes, port through a few coffins, and explain why this title is one to watch.

Opinion – Why Breaking Weapons Are Ruining My Zelda Experience

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Opinion – Why Breaking Weapons Are Ruining My Zelda Experience

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild came out couple months ago, but I’m only now getting around to playing it (I had other stuff going on in March). The latest installment in the long-running series received nearly universal praise from consumers and critics (including us), and is already one of the front-runners in Game of the Year discussions. That’s great for Nintendo and Zelda fans, but from my time with the game, I’m left wondering if everyone is somehow playing a different version of the game than I am. Because while I agree it is very good in many ways, it has one very bad idea that poisons my enjoyment at almost every turn: breaking weapons.

I’m sure plenty of people have written “that game you love is actually bad” articles in response to the widespread adulation for Breath of the Wild. This isn’t one of those, because I don’t think the game is bad as a whole. However, I think it has a baffling design flaw that makes it difficult to appreciate all of the other clever and ambitious things in Nintendo’s latest vision of Hyrule.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Orville, War For the Planet Of The Apes, Shin Godzilla, The Gifted

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Orville, War For the Planet Of The Apes, Shin Godzilla, The Gifted

Inserting Seth MacFarlane's style of humor into Star Trek sounds like an apocalyptically bad idea, but FOX apparently liked this strange amalgamation enough to greenlight it as a new show called The Orville. MacFarlane is not only one of the creators (joined by director Jon Favreau), but he's also the captain of the crew aboard the exploratory vessel, the U.S.S Orville. As a fan of Tim Allen's Galaxy Quest (a vastly underappreciated sci-fi film), I won't write this one off completely. The trailer below has a few laughs in it, but also a ton of MacFarlane doing his thing. I like Family Guy and some of MacFarlane's films, but he's been hit or miss lately (leaning more heavily on the unbearably bad). I thought some jokes in this trailer missed the mark as most of A Million Ways to Die in the West did. We'll see what comes of this. I like the idea of a science-fiction comedy, but my first takeaway is they are trying to Galaxy Quest, and it doesn't look as charming or clever. The Orville debuts on FOX on Thursdays this fall. Again, I'll give it a chance, but that first taste has a bite to it.

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