Test Chamber – Taking On World of Warcraft's Broken Shore

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Test Chamber – Taking On World of Warcraft's Broken Shore

The upcoming World of Warcraft expansion Legion hits later this month on August 30, but Blizzard is already setting the table to get things ready for all the Demon Hunting action.

Players can currently participate in a variety of pre-Legion events, one of which is the story-centric scenario that takes players to the Broken Shore.

Join Daniel Tack and Andy McNamara as they discover what looks like one of the game's best story setups. Be warned, there are tons of spoilers in this Test Chamber!

You Don’t Need To Understand Dota 2 To Appreciate Last Night’s Incredible Match

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You Don’t Need To Understand Dota 2 To Appreciate Last Night’s Incredible Match

Last night, Twitter lost its mind over a match of Dota 2 between American mainstay Evil Geniuses and Chinese powerhouse EHOME. The International (the world’s biggest Dota 2 tournament) is this week, so it had a good reason to. The two weeks of the tournament are the best time for people who love Dota but don’t have much of a reason to talk about it regularly to geek out and discuss matches. If nothing else, people are less likely to roll their eyes at you.

If you were on the sidelines, it’s probably difficult to understand why the match was so such a good watch. Heck, you probably wouldn’t know what’s happening on-screen if you tried to watch when everyone was losing their mind. That’s not really your fault; to the casual observer, Dota looks like a clash of special effects, life bars, and cartoon characters.

But behind all of these obfuscating lights and sounds, there are several intertwining narratives that make matches like the one between EG and EHOME so enthralling no matter who the viewer is.

Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus Episode Five

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Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus Episode Five

Team Ico's latest, The Last Guardian, is finally (pending any additional surprise delays) arriving this October, which is a perfect excuse to play through Shadow of the Colossus in its entirety.

Of course, you don't really need an excuse to play Shadow of the Colossus because it is a fantastic game. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we relive some of our Shenmue magic by keeping this a two-person show, making our way through the game's strange world and bringing down its imposing beasts. We don't have a strict schedule in mind for this series, because we want to be able to absorb everyone's feedback episode to episode, so we likely won't be recording multiple episodes in advance. We're all going on this journey together, so please sound off in the comments section below or on YouTube.

For more Super Replay, follow the links to find our full playthroughs of Shenmue and Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. You can also see our full playthrough of Dark Souls III here, which technically isn't a Super Replay, but is pretty close. For our Replay of Shadow of the Colossus, head here.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 11, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (August 11, 2016)

Even though No Man's Sky is all the rage right now, we have a good mixture of topics in this week's blogosphere.

Community Blogs For August 4 – August 10:

5 Changes Hello Games Should Consider for the Next No Man's Sky PatchNo Man's Sky hasn't been out for long, but Shrink already has some pointers – or wishful thinking – when it comes to the next patch. Frankly, I'm not playing until I can interact with other players, so I won't ever know this early version of the game.

Five Things You Should Know About Titanfall 2’s Single-Player Campaign

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Five Things You Should Know About Titanfall 2’s Single-Player Campaign

The first Titanfall was released in 2014 and quickly proved itself to be an addictive, well-designed multiplayer experience. However, one of the biggest criticisms of the game was its lack of a single-player mode. With Titanfall 2, Respawn seeks to remedy that by including a campaign set in Titanfall’s universe, casting you as aspiring pilot Jack Cooper and his new Titan BT as they navigate a planet after a failed military operation. 

I recently got the chance to watch about 20 minutes of edited gameplay from the campaign and came away rather impressed with what I saw. Here are the most noteworthy takeaways from that demo.

You Spend A Lot Of Time Outside Of Your Titan

10 Games To Give You An Out-Of-Body Experience

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10 Games To Give You An Out-Of-Body Experience

In most story-based games, you play as one character from beginning to end. This makes it easier for the player to assign skill points, keep track of inventory, and build a connection to the body they’re inhabiting. Sometimes, though, one body just isn’t enough. In Double Fine’s Headlander, for example, your disembodied head jumps from robot to robot to open doors and fight enemies.

But that’s not the first game to let you play around with multiple bodies. We took a quick dive through gaming history to unearth a few other times when all you needed to solve a problem was a new perspective.

Oddworld: Abe’s OdysseyBeing able to control enemy Slags by chanting is just one of many weird things about Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey. It has a strange sense of humor, its characters are extremely quirky, and it takes place on a series of interconnected screens instead of distinct levels (which was a little strange back in 1997). You can read Joe Juba’s review of the updated New ‘n’ Tasty edition here.

The Virtual Life – Finding Humanity In State Of Decay

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The Virtual Life – Finding Humanity In State Of Decay

Ed Jones is a thorn in my side. He’s pathetic. He whines all the time. He eats all the damn food. He’s a drain on our group’s resources. With each passing day, I become more convinced I will have to orchestrate his death for the good of the group.

Welcome to State of Decay, a zombie survival simulation released on Xbox Live Arcade back in 2013 for the Xbox 360. It’s been ported to Windows and the Xbox One since then. Truth be told, the game’s not particularly stunning visually and, despite numerous patches and rereleases, it still has countless technical issues including everything from cars glitching into walls, characters being slung across the landscape courtesy of physics bugs, and your standard, disappointing performance chugs. And yet beneath all that grime, State of Decay shines in a way that few games do, as both a fantastical simulation and one of the most interesting emergent storytelling experiments you can play.

Eight Big Changes Coming To Pokémon Sun And Moon

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Eight Big Changes Coming To Pokémon Sun And Moon

Pokémon Go caught the world’s attention this summer, proving to be one of the biggest mobile games of all time. While the thrill of finding and capturing the original generation of creatures on smartphones brought Pokémon to a whole new audience, the next proper installment in the series is still on the horizon. Sun and Moon are coming to the 3DS in November, and seem to be bringing the biggest changes to the series since Red and Blue. If you have lost interest in the franchise, these might be the games to bring you back. We’ve compiled and explained some of the brand new features in Sun and Moon to show how this generation of Pokémon is truly unlike anything that has come before.

Island TrialsThe main objective of every Pokémon game has been the same since 1996. While training your team of super powered creatures, travel around various landscapes, beat eight gym leaders, challenge the Elite Four, and become champion of the Pokémon League. Sun and Moon are putting a significant twist on this tried-and-true formula. The Alola region is a string of islands, each one composing a unique environment and posing its own challenges. Rather than defeat a gym leader, trainers partake in Island Trials to prove their worth.

Three Days Exploring Destiny: Rise Of Iron

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We’ve been spending the month rolling out our blowout coverage on Destiny: Rise of Iron, including a look at one of the brand new exotic weapons, and an interview with the Bungie developers leading the project. Today, we wanted to step back and have an informal chat about some of the things we discovered, as well as discuss some additional details that just couldn’t fit into our 16-page cover story.

Matt: Ben, you and I had a chance to spend three full days wandering around through the new missions, characters, enemies, and battles of Destiny: Rise of Iron. How are you feeling about getting to dive in with your real character on September 20? 

Ben: I know that some people are actually tired of hearing us talk about Destiny, but I’m genuinely excited to get my hands on the official Rise of Iron release. Every time we do one of these trips, we end up playing a good portion of the game, so we have to replay it when it releases, but honestly that doesn’t bother me. When I got home from this trip I actually booted up the game so I could prepare for the new release. I feel like I should be sick of playing Destiny after two years, but I’m not. What about you? What was your biggest takeaway from our time with the game?  

Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden Talks Dota 2, Esports, And Making Gaming A Career

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Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden has become a name associated with Dota 2's most prestigious events and tournaments, bringing her signature style to commentary and colorful interviews with the game's personalities and players. We took a few moments to chat with Sheever about her gaming history and how she landed where she is today.

Game Informer: How did you get into gaming, and what are your first gaming memories?

Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden: My first gaming memories – we had a DOS PC at some point and there was Lemmings and Snipes and games like that on it. I played those games. Prince of Persia also comes to mind. But it was just casual gaming. I'm come from a family with four kids in total, so we shared a computer and basically, everyone got an hour [laughs]. I remember getting a Windows PC at some point, as well. We had SimCity on that one. The first game I bought for myself was Grand Theft Auto III, I think. But it was still mostly casual gaming until I got addicted to World of Warcraft. Mostly PC gaming, though my brother had an N64 at some point and I played a lot of Ocarina of Time, some 1080° Snowboarding, some other games that were on there during that period, like Turok and Goldeneye or something like that.