Ubisoft’s Plan To Surpass South Park: The Stick Of Truth

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All this month at Game Informer, we're rolling out exclusive features that take a deep dive into Ubisoft's South Park: The Fractured But Whole. We really loved Obsidian's South Park: The Stick of Truth, but it certainly wasn't perfect. Now, the developers at Ubisoft San Francisco have broken down key areas they hope to improve upon the last RPG's formula for the upcoming South Park: The Fractured But Whole.

We spoke with senior producer Jason Schroeder and senior game designer Paul Cross to talk about their thoughts on the last game and what it's like to craft a whole new experience with Matt Stone and Trey Parker. We should point out, the video contains minor spoilers for South Park: The Stick of Truth and some adult language.

Watch the video below to learn how the team is aiming to improve South Park's combat, world, and length.

Test Chamber – A 20 Minute Overview Of Paper Mario: Color Splash

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Test Chamber – A 20 Minute Overview Of Paper Mario: Color Splash

It's been almost a decade since we've had an official Paper Mario game on home consoles. However, Paper Mario: Color Splash feels much more like the 2012 release Paper Mario: Sticker Star on 3DS. Thankfully, the game is an entertaining adventure full of animated characters and clever writing. Join Kyle Hilliard, Elise Favis, and Ben Reeves as they explore a haunted mansion, detail the game's card-based combat, and check out a few of Mario's powerful mapcap attacks.

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The PlayStation VR Review

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The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive have enjoyed a healthy seven-month lead in the virtual-reality race due to both launching within a week of one another. Sony stayed out of the early fight as it finished preparations for its home-console VR experience, but now it’s ready to step into the ring. It has a handful of exclusive titles and a cheaper (but still expensive) headset that might be more appealing to those still making a decision about whether to dive into this new medium of entertainment. In addition to its lower price point, Sony’s PlayStation VR has the potential to reach further than its competitors thanks to the PlayStation 4’s install base. While it does have some catching up to do to its competition, Sony’s headset does provide a legitimate virtual-reality experience with plenty of pros to balance the cons.

Elder Gods In The Machine – Darkest Dungeon’s Lovecraftian Game Mechanics

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Elder Gods In The Machine – Darkest Dungeon’s Lovecraftian Game Mechanics

Darkest Dungeon is dripping with H.P. Lovecraft: inky alien tentacles protrude through dimensional rifts in the game’s fetid sewers, your characters’ sanity is steadily drained as they trudge further into the darkness, and Wayne June (the narrator of several Lovecraft audiobooks) provides a fraught basso narration throughout it all.

While it’s been out since the beginning of the year on PC, Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon is now available for PlayStation 4 and Vita, which makes this a perfect opportunity to talk about one of the most interesting games to emerge from Steam’s Early Access program. Daniel Tack reviewed the game in January, praising Darkest Dungeon’s substance and style, and calling it "an incredible take on the classic dungeon crawl."

As the game begins, you find you’ve inherited a decrepit manor from a relative who died after his quest for riches beneath the estate opened gateways to evil dimensions. Your job is to clean up the mess he left behind – or more accurately, to hire other people to do it for you, and hopefully find some of that treasure your forebear was after.

We’re Streaming PlayStation VR Tomorrow

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We’re Streaming PlayStation VR Tomorrow

The Playstation VR is almost here, and our own Kyle Hilliard will be playing through the catalog of releases for your amusement, while I'll be chatting and fielding questions from viewers. We'll be checking out Batman: Arkham VR, Until Dawn, London Heist, and more, starting at 11am CT.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Westworld, The Fate Of Boba Fett

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Virtual reality has been touted as the vehicle that will bring us high-level escapism, but in 1973, writer and director Michael Crichton envisioned a more terrifying scenario where advanced robots would be used in different worlds for people dawn a different identity. In his film Westworld, he told a tale of an amusement park designed as an authentically recreated Wild West, a place where people could travel to the past to live out a different life among robot actors so real they could fool the eye. People were encouraged to engage whatever fantasy they saw fit – whether that was settling down with the girl of their dreams on the ranch, or shooting up the town to rob the bank. Everything was allowed, and the world reacted to the scenarios. The one catch; the robot characters could never harm a guest. At the end of each day, no matter what happened, the world would reset, and that day would unfold again, only it would end differently each time, depending on how people altered the script. Crichton, a master of exposing human error, then shows us what happens when the robot A.I. falters.

How Video Games Are Keeping Long-Distance Relationships Alive

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How Video Games Are Keeping Long-Distance Relationships Alive

In today’s digital world, having a long-distance relationship and staying connected is easier than ever. Couples no longer have to wait extended periods without seeing each others’ faces or knowing the thoughts of their significant other. Thanks to the rise of online and digital platforms in the last two decades, we’re always connected to the world in some way. Electronic messages have replaced snail mail as the preferred method of communication, FaceTime and Skype have made phone calls more intimate, and social media allows us to get a glimpse into people’s lives.

Dating has also undergone a visible transformation, with Tinder and OkCupid becoming common avenues for people to find each other and form romantic relationships, replacing personal ads, group dating, blind dates, and hoping to run into your future partner by chance. Even certain video games, particularly those that stress the importance of online communities, have become matchmakers thanks to in-game chat systems. Believe it or not, gaming is emerging as a tool for countless couples around the globe to stay in touch and keep their relationships together in spite of the distance.

Getting Up-Close With The Xbox One S Gears Of War 4 Console

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Getting Up-Close With The Xbox One S Gears Of War 4 Console

Gears of War 4 is one of the biggest releases for Xbox One owners in 2016, and to mark the launch, Microsoft is releasing a limited edition 2TB Xbox One S console inspired by the series. The console comes in a striking crimson red and has the iconic skull logo emblazoned across the front where the fan vents are. The console features actual etched scratches in the system to give it a "battle-weathered" look and feel.

The package also includes a custom Xbox One S wireless controller, which features the same look of the console including the color scheme and the etched-in scratches, and a full download of the Ultimate Edition of Gears of War 4 for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. This also includes digital copies of Gears of War, Gears of War 2, Gears of War 3, and Gears of War: Judgment through backward compatibility.

With Gears of War 4 hitting next week (or later this week if you've pre-ordered the Ultimate Edition of the game), we took a closer look at the new Xbox One S design. The limited edition console releases on October 7 to coincide with the Gears of War 4's early access period for Ultimate Edition owners. Check out our photo gallery below, and if you want to get a closer look, you can click on any of them to see the high resolution version.

Test Chamber – Why Modern Warfare Remastered Stands The Test Of Time

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Test Chamber – Why Modern Warfare Remastered Stands The Test Of Time

Back in 2007, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare revamped our expectations of not only the design of many shooters' multiplayer suites, but also how they examined the wars they recreated. To say it was "influential" is an understatement.

Though Modern Warfare Remastered hits stores next month, Javy Gwaltney and I had early access to Remastered's campaign, so we decided to see how the visual facelift fares, discuss the impact Call of Duty 4 had on shooters, and talk shop about where the series went in the years following the series' biggest release.

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What We Learned Playing With The Pokémon Go Plus

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What We Learned Playing With The Pokémon Go Plus

Pokémon Go remains one of the top-grossing downloads in the iOS App Store months after its initial release. What started as a fun distraction based on nostalgia turned into a crazy summer of meeting complete strangers and catching monsters. While the app is freely accessible to everyone with a smartphone, the Pokémon Go Plus sold out within hours, making it much harder to come by. This companion device has quickly become one of the most sought-after fall accessories.

The Pokémon Go Plus is an optional accessory for Pokémon Go that connects to your phone using Bluetooth. Once it's setup, the button on the device lights up and the unit vibrates to let the player know if there's anything of interest nearby. These notifications vary: green for Pokémon, blue for PokéStops, and red for failure to capture one of those adorable creatures. Success is celebrated with a rainbow strobe. When I first opened the Go Plus I was worried it would be easy to lose because it's so small, but the clip on the back has proven to be resilient. After putting the device through its paces I feel like I can judge its merits and faults. How useful the Go Plus is varies wildly depending on your playstyle, particularly if gyms are a major part of your Pokémon Go enjoyment.