Everything We Know About Mary Jane Watson In Spider-Man

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Everything We Know About Mary Jane Watson In Spider-Man

During our 114 question rapid-fire interview with creative director Brian Intihar, we asked him a question about Mary Jane. “Mary Jane is going to surprise a lot of people in this game. A lot of people. She is one of my favorite characters in the game,” Intihar said. The game is called Spider-Man, and while visiting Insomniac, he was who we talked about the most, but it’s clear that Mary Jane Watson is going to be a crucial part of both the gameplay and story.

“When we started talking about having M.J. in the game, we didn’t want her to be the same character she was in the comics,” Insomniac writer Dan Paquette says. “We really tried to focus on what would make her feel different. From there the conversation went to, “Okay, how to do we have a playable character who is more than just a sidekick?” Paquette adds.

World Of Demons, DeNA And PlatinumGames Partnership, Announced For Mobile

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World Of Demons, DeNA And PlatinumGames Partnership, Announced For Mobile

Mobile game publisher DeNA and PlatinumGames have announced a new action title for Android and iOS called World of Demons.

DeNA describes the game as the culmination of three years of work built on the core foundational idea of getting Platinum's trademark action gameplay functioning on a mobile phone. Despite the touch-based controls, World of Demons is intended to be a Platinum action title in every way equivalent to their past games, with full 3D movement via a virtual analog stick and variable attacks for combos.

You can check out the first trailer for the game below.

From Mod To Phenomenon – A Short History Of Battle Royale

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From Mod To Phenomenon – A Short History Of Battle Royale

When the phrase “battle royale” is used in games, there are two titles that clearly come to mind: PUBG and Fortnite. These two games have taken the concept of the battle royale and turned it into one of the hottest genres in recent years. But how did these two games come about? Let’s take a look back and see the stories of how these games came to be and how they have changed the current landscape of video games.

Last Man Standing – The Concept Of Battle Royale

Battle royale has become a popular game mode over the last few years, but it’s far from a brand new concept. In 1999, author Koushun Takami published a novel called Battle Royale, which told the story of a group of middle school children forced to fight to the death on an island by an oppressive Japanese government. A year later, that story was adapted into a movie with the same name that has been released in over 20 different countries. The influence of that cult classic would continue to spread to the West a few years later.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Meg, Future World, Dune, Incredibles 2

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, The Meg, Future World, Dune, Incredibles 2

A new trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is on the way tomorrow, but you can get a taste of it now in a new teaser that shows off several new shots. From the raptor in the house to a new surfing clip, I get the feeling that all hell is breaking loose in this sequel. These images are backed up by the line "These creatures were here before us, and if we're not careful, they're gonna be here after." Say what you will about the director and writer, but I think this film looks like it's going to be great fun. I just wanted this series to move away from the theme park hook, and it looks like that's what we're getting. You can watch the teaser below, and make sure you keep your eyes peeled to the internet for the next trailer tomorrow.

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Who Would The Avengers Be As Smash Bros. Characters?

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Who Would The Avengers Be As Smash Bros. Characters?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe hype is at an all-time high in the days leading up to Avengers: Infinity War. People are heralding it as the biggest crossover event in history, but gamers know that already happened in 1999 when the first Super Smash Bros. released on the Nintendo 64. The only thing that could possibly run along side the hype train is a Smash-like Avengers game. Until that dream is one day realized, we beg the question, and answer: Sorted by order of first appearances in the MCU, who would the Avengers be most akin to if they personified a Smash Bros. character? We also run a simulation in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U to predict if the Avengers will triumph or fall to Thanos. Check out the at video toward the bottom of the list.

Iron Man/Tony Stark = Samus/Zero Suit SamusThe person underneath is what matters. Tony Stark and Samus Aran are capable fighters inside their high-tech suits, which they consider as a part of them, though they have also proven their adaptability outside the armor. Tony and Samus also best display their humanity most when a helmet isn't hiding their emotions.

How Gearbox Evolved From Developer To Publisher In Three Years

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How Gearbox Evolved From Developer To Publisher In Three Years

Gearbox Software has long been a household name among gamers with franchises like Borderlands. Among fellow developers, the goal of its three-year-old Gearbox Publishing branch is becoming a staple known for being “developer-friendly,” a phrase that frequently circulates the conversation among the publisher and the creators it collaborates with. “I believe [Gearbox Software president Randy Pitchford] was out there saying, ‘We want to be most developer-friendly publisher in the world,’ and that’s pretty much what we’re doing,” says head of Gearbox Publishing Steve Gibson.

The Frisco, Texas-based developer mulled over the concept of entering publishing for a long time because it wanted to evolve and better grasp the processes of releasing games, then spread its wisdom by helping other developers. The idea began sprouting after acquiring the Homeworld property in 2013. Two years later, Gearbox made its first foray into manufacturing with the collector’s edition of Homeworld Remastered Collection. “In the tradition of game development and publishing, we spent more on Homeworld than we planned to,” says Gibson in moving forward with helming the collector’s edition and initially wanting to keep the project on a smaller scale, “but it worked out pretty great and we found success with that.”

New Gameplay Today – Aztez

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New Gameplay Today – Aztez

Team Colorblind released its stylish-action/strategy game Aztez on PC in August. According to previews editor (and resident gorehound) Matt Miller, it was unfairly overlooked. Fortunately, it's coming to console soon. In today's NGT, Miller walks Leo and I through the game, which marries brutal combo-based action, alternate history, and strategy-based conquest.

Take a look at the episode below to see black-and-white characters battling to the death – complete with geysers of blood (Yuck!) – as well as Miller's tactical know-how. Aztez is coming soon to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, it's out on PC if you like what you see. 

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The Sports Desk – Football Manager Touch 2018 Strikes The Switch

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The Sports Desk – Football Manager Touch 2018 Strikes The Switch

There aren't enough sports titles for the Switch, but thankfully developer Sports Interactive is helping the situation courtesy of one of the genre's premier franchises. Football Manager Touch 2018 is now out for the system via the eShop for $39.99. The Football Manager series is the go-to if you're interested in a soccer management sim, and the Touch version gives players plenty of options from transfers, injuries, training, and manager tinkering during matches. The Switch version is a near-port that isn't perfectly suited for the system, but nevertheless fulfills the series' promise.

Everything We Know About Peter Parker And His Alter Ego In Spider-Man

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Everything We Know About Peter Parker And His Alter Ego In Spider-Man

From the moment Insomniac’s Spider-Man was revealed with the white spider logo on his chest, it was clear that this version of Spider-Man was going to be a little different from the hero we know, but he will be familiar, and he will definitely be Peter Parker under the mask. “This is a Peter Parker story. That is not Miles in that suit, which is a question everyone keeps asking me on twitter,” creative director Bryan Intihar says. “He still gets bit by a spider, but we don’t really want to go big into the origin story.” You will uncover elements of his backstory, mostly by collecting Peter’s old backpacks strewn about the city, but this is a Spider-Man story that takes place well after Peter Parker became Spider-Man.

“We all knew that people have seen the origin story before, right? We know what that teenage Peter Parker is about. We didn’t want to tell a story that had already been told,” Insomniac writer Jon Paquette says. From the very beginning Insomniac didn’t want to be beholden to any established Spider-Man stories.

Join Our GI Game Club For God Of War

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Join Our GI Game Club For God Of War

Every once in a while on The Game Informer Show podcast, we get the urge to dive in as deep as possible on a game and wring the experience for every interesting discussion to be had alongside our community. The release of God of War on the PlayStation 4 on April 20th seems like a great opportunity we didn't want to pass up, so it'll be the next official GI Game Club. The discussion will be broken up into two parts, with the first episode airing on April 26th. In that episode, we'll be talking about everything up until you encounter a character named Mimir (seen in the screenshot above).

Please send in your thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com and we'll read them on the show, here are a couple of discussion points to get the balls rolling but we welcome any and all emails.

- Either as a new fan or an old fan, what do you think of Kratos' "reinvention"?- What has been the most surprising aspect of the gameplay or story so far?
- Are you enjoying the combat encounters?
- What do you think of the new setting/mythology?
- What's your favorite big moment from God of War's first half?
- What's your favorite little moment from God of War's first half?