Predicting The 2018 NFL Playoffs With Madden 19

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Predicting The 2018 NFL Playoffs With Madden 19

EA Sports' Madden got last year's prediction of a Patriots Super Bowl victory wrong, but that's more of an outlier in the franchise's overall good track record at picking a winner via its sim engine.

This week I've used Madden 19 to predict this year's playoffs, from Wild Card heroes to Super Bowl no-shows (using simulation game style, 6-minute quarters, and all-pro difficulty level in exhibition mode). I've tweaked the rosters as much as possible to reflect what's going on with the teams this week, but naturally the game can't sim everything to perfection. Madden's historic inability to produce realistic running-QB stats for a player like Lamar Jackson, for instance, is an interesting real-life wrinkle that is simply absent in the sim.

Nevertheless, read on.

Predicting The 2018 NFL Playoffs With Madden 19

about X hours ago from
Predicting The 2018 NFL Playoffs With Madden 19

EA Sports' Madden got last year's prediction of a Patriots Super Bowl victory wrong, but that's more of an outlier in the franchise's overall good track record at picking a winner via its sim engine.

This week I've used Madden 19 to predict this year's playoffs, from Wild Card heroes to Super Bowl no-shows (using simulation game style, 6-minute quarters, and all-pro difficulty level in exhibition mode). I've tweaked the rosters as much as possible to reflect what's going on with the teams this week, but naturally the game can't sim everything to perfection. Madden's historic inability to produce realistic running-QB stats for a player like Lamar Jackson, for instance, is an interesting real-life wrinkle that is simply absent in the sim.

Nevertheless, read on.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2018

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Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2018

Video games may be our primary passion, but several Game Informer staff members are also music aficionados. Each year, we like to share the soundtrack to our lives with readers with the off-chance that maybe our tastes and interests converge in more ways than one. With 26 contributors, the yearly compilation is quite eclectic. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

If you want to get right to the good stuff, here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. The hip-hop voyage starts with Kendrick Lamar and SZA's collaboration "All the Stars." From there it transitions to a groove-centric section starring music from Janelle Monae, Sia, and other ass shakers. 

Punk/metal fans should make sure to check out Idles, Daughters, Windhand, and Behemoth. More of a regular rocker? Give Ty Segall, Superchunk, and Snail Mail a listen.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2018

about X hours ago from
Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2018

Video games may be our primary passion, but several Game Informer staff members are also music aficionados. Each year, we like to share the soundtrack to our lives with readers with the off-chance that maybe our tastes and interests converge in more ways than one. With 26 contributors, the yearly compilation is quite eclectic. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

If you want to get right to the good stuff, here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. The hip-hop voyage starts with Kendrick Lamar and SZA's collaboration "All the Stars." From there it transitions to a groove-centric section starring music from Janelle Monae, Sia, and other ass shakers. 

Punk/metal fans should make sure to check out Idles, Daughters, Windhand, and Behemoth. More of a regular rocker? Give Ty Segall, Superchunk, and Snail Mail a listen.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2018

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Reviews Of 2018

Each year, the Game Informer staff reviews a ton of games. Despite hundreds of games coming across our desks each year, only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2018 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through.

Be sure to click on the blue game titles to jump to the full review text.

Question Of The Month: What Is Your Favorite Game of 2018?

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Question Of The Month: What Is Your Favorite Game of 2018?

The end of 2018 is finally upon us, which means it’s time for you to share your favorite game of the year. And what a year it’s been! From generation-defining blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption II and God of War to magnificent hits like Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey – not to mention the plethora of amazing games that came out of Japan, like Monster Hunter: World, Yakuza 6, Ni No Kuni II, Valkyria Chronicles 4...what was I even talking about? Oh yeah: There were a ton of great games to play this year!

The voting for our Readers Choice Awards has already ended, so if you were looking to lend your support to your favorite game…you’re out of luck. However, I'm offering you an even better opportunity today – rather than just casting a vote in some meaningless poll, you can use your powers of persuasion in the comments section below to inform, entertain, and influence your fellow readers about your favorite game of 2018! Perhaps you’ll even convince some on-the-fence players why your choice is indeed the one true Game of the Year. And if your choice is Red Dead, you’ll actually be right!

Share your pick for Game of the Year in the comments below!

Question Of The Month: What Is Your Favorite Game of 2018?

about X hours ago from
Question Of The Month: What Is Your Favorite Game of 2018?

The end of 2018 is finally upon us, which means it’s time for you to share your favorite game of the year. And what a year it’s been! From generation-defining blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption II and God of War to magnificent hits like Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey – not to mention the plethora of amazing games that came out of Japan, like Monster Hunter: World, Yakuza 6, Ni No Kuni II, Valkyria Chronicles 4...what was I even talking about? Oh yeah: There were a ton of great games to play this year!

The voting for our Readers Choice Awards has already ended, so if you were looking to lend your support to your favorite game…you’re out of luck. However, I'm offering you an even better opportunity today – rather than just casting a vote in some meaningless poll, you can use your powers of persuasion in the comments section below to inform, entertain, and influence your fellow readers about your favorite game of 2018! Perhaps you’ll even convince some on-the-fence players why your choice is indeed the one true Game of the Year. And if your choice is Red Dead, you’ll actually be right!

Share your pick for Game of the Year in the comments below!

Super Replay – God Hand

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Super Replay – God Hand

After a festive holiday season, Game Informer's annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn't the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn't find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years ago for this spot anyway.

Dead Cells' Designer Discusses Scrapped Ideas, Roguelikes, And The Potential For A Sequel

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Dead Cells' Designer Discusses Scrapped Ideas, Roguelikes, And The Potential For A Sequel

Death comes quickly in roguelikes, and progress is often made by the seat of your pants. Dead Cells embraces these elements, but also rewards the player well for their time spent with power boosts that make subsequent runs easier. We talked to Sébastien Bénard, a game designer at Motion Twin, about Dead Cells’ surprising origins, how the community helped shape it, and whether or not we can expect a sequel.

From the outset of development, did you always see Dead Cells as a roguelike, or did that aspect emerge over time? No, it definitely wasn’t something we envisioned. The first version used to be a free-to-play tower defense game for mobile. It’s really not the same thing.

Dead Cells' Designer Discusses Scrapped Ideas, Roguelikes, And The Potential For A Sequel

about X hours ago from
Dead Cells' Designer Discusses Scrapped Ideas, Roguelikes, And The Potential For A Sequel

Death comes quickly in roguelikes, and progress is often made by the seat of your pants. Dead Cells embraces these elements, but also rewards the player well for their time spent with power boosts that make subsequent runs easier. We talked to Sébastien Bénard, a game designer at Motion Twin, about Dead Cells’ surprising origins, how the community helped shape it, and whether or not we can expect a sequel.

From the outset of development, did you always see Dead Cells as a roguelike, or did that aspect emerge over time? No, it definitely wasn’t something we envisioned. The first version used to be a free-to-play tower defense game for mobile. It’s really not the same thing.