How Activision Is Remaking Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot Trilogy

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How Activision Is Remaking Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot Trilogy

This week on The Game Informer Show podcast, which you can subscribe to right here, we interviewed producer Kara Massie and game director Dan Tanguay from Vicarious Visions on their work remaking Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot trilogy for the 2017 release of the N. Sane Trilogy.

While they've shown gameplay from the first Crash Bandicoot game, the interview focuses on the technical and creative details of remaking Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. If you want to learn more about the creation of the original Crash Bandicoot trilogy, take a look at our previous interview with Naughty Dog's co-founder Jason Rubin.

Check out the video interview below to learn how the team is tackling the challenge of remaking and tweaking the original trilogy.

How Resident Evil 7 Connects To The Rest Of The Series

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How Resident Evil 7 Connects To The Rest Of The Series

Resident Evil VII marks a new chapter for the franchise, but that doesn't mean it abandon its roots. In many ways, it feels like classic Resident Evil, but from a modern perspective. We talk about those aspects in detail here, but there is another way VII connects to the larger Resident Evil franchise: its story.

Resident Evil VII takes place in the canonical Resident Evil storyline. Its ties are subtle, but they do exist. Below, you will find a list (with screens) of everything we saw that ties the VII to the chronicle of a little compant called Umbrella and its efforts to the pharmaceutical industry. Not that there are major spoilers for Resident Evil VII ahead, so if you don't want to see them, make sure to shield your eyes.

These are mostly presented in order of discovery, save for the content on page two of this article, which you can find before the end of the game.

13 Spooky Horror Games Coming In 2017

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13 Spooky Horror Games Coming In 2017

Resident Evil 7 already gave horror fans a suspenseful start to the new year, but that’s not the only game coming down the pike with a high fright factor. Combing through the list of upcoming releases, we found a surprising variety of horror games coming to home consoles, PCs, and virtual reality platforms in 2017. In addition to the normal parade of haunted house simulations, you can look forward to science-fiction tinged horror, a journey to hell, a game based on alleged real-world ghost encounters, and, if you’re deranged enough, even taking the role of an iconic killer to hunt down other players. Here are the most promising concepts we’re most eager to experience. 

P.A.M.E.L.A.Platform: PC
Release: February

Anyone who has played video games over the last few decades knows utopias are doomed from the moment they get off the ground. The latest to crumble is Eden, a once-vibrant complex built on top of the ocean rather than underneath it. Awaking from a cryosleep under the directive of Eden’s Cortana-like A.I., Pamela, players must scavenge high-tech resources to survive as they uncover the extinction level event that doomed or disfigured most of the city’s inhabitants.

Seven Zelda-Inspired Games You Can Play While You Wait For Breath Of The Wild

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Seven Zelda-Inspired Games You Can Play While You Wait For Breath Of The Wild

We finally know when we’ll be playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. What’s a little unclear, however, is how die-hard Zelda fans are going to hold themselves over until March 3 hits. 

Sure, there’s always the option of replaying a favorite classic entry or finally getting around to one you’ve never played before, but if you’re looking to play games that are like Zelda without actually playing a Zelda game, you have plenty to choose from.

Check out our picks of recent games that draw heavy inspiration from the Legend of Zelda franchise, and if you have any Zelda-inspired favorites of your own, leave your recommendations in the comments below.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 26, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 26, 2017)

This week we hear about the pitfalls of PC gaming, honor the Resident Evil series, and lovingly remember the Wii U. Read on!

Community Blogs For January 19 – January 25:

The Problem with PC Gaming from a PC Gamer PC gaming is what Heropon is into, but our blogger isn't here to shun your Xbox One. Instead, this dedicated mouse-and-keyboard gamer is here to write about the issues you should be aware of when it comes to PC gaming. It's a nice introduction for those who have never explored what PC gaming has to offer.

What Do We Know About Square Enix’s New Avengers Game?

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What Do We Know About Square Enix’s New Avengers Game?

News came over the wire this morning of a new relationship in the entertainment world: Marvel and Square Enix are working together on a multi-game, multi-year relationship to create new games with the wildly popular Marvel superheroes and settings, starting with an Avengers game from Crystal Dynamics and Eidos Montreal.

Andrew Reiner, Brian Shea, and Matt Miller sat down to discuss the implications of this big announcement, and explore what it means for the developers, how the new Avengers game might handle characters, and why this is a big deal for the gaming world. 

Enjoy the video!

Test Chamber – New Gameplay And Our Impressions Of Ghost Recon Wildlands

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Test Chamber – New Gameplay And Our Impressions Of Ghost Recon Wildlands

We recently had the chance to go check out how the latest entry in the Ghost Recon series, due out March 7,  is shaping up. In this clip, Matt Bertz and I talk about how the game is different from previous entries and what Ubisoft is doing to innovate their open-world games.

You can watch the whole thing right here:

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The Virtual Life – How Resident Evil 7 Showcases The Horrors Of The South

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The Virtual Life – How Resident Evil 7 Showcases The Horrors Of The South

Fair warning: spoilers for Resident Evil 7 lie ahead.

Welcome to the family,” growls Jack, the demented patriarch of Resident Evil 7’s Baker family as he abducts you into his house of horrors. In Southern culture, there is perhaps no stronger, more deeply-rooted concept than that of family. After all, there’s a reason you see massive, extended families taking up entire lawns or renting banquet halls during holiday celebrations. Community is everything, especially those communities united by blood.

“You should love your family no matter what,” was a pretty standard motto I heard growing up in South Carolina. It’s a pretty thought, one that gives rise to images of people helping each other out during hard time, but it’s never that clear-cut. Sometimes family members aren’t decent, much less good, people. Worse yet, you’re trapped with them across the span of several years.

Watch Us Open 25 Overwatch Lunar Loot Boxes, Feel The Sting Of Regret

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Watch Us Open 25 Overwatch Lunar Loot Boxes, Feel The Sting Of Regret

As you probably know by now, Blizzard flipped the switch on its new Year of the Rooster event in Overwatch. Players can check out a new Capture the Rooster brawl, as well as unlock more than 100 new cosmetic items. We thought it would be fun to pay $19.99 and open 25 of the new Lunar Loot Boxes. Boy, were we wrong.

Watch the video below to see a string of ridiculously bad pulls. On the plus side, if I ever decide that I really like player icons after all and they're actually a fun thing that I enjoy, I'm totally set.

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Test Chamber – Overwatch's New Capture The Rooster Mode

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Test Chamber – Overwatch's New Capture The Rooster Mode

The latest Overwatch event, Year of the Rooster, features a new capture the flag mode (called "Capture the Rooster"), which is an interesting addition for at least one reason: it's the first mode where the action isn't centralized to a single area.

You can watch me try to figure this mode out with fellow editor Dan Tack as we talk about how the mode changes Overwatch matches, characters we think are cool, and poorly-timed Ultimates.

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