The Most Underappreciated Meta Moments In Games

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The Most Underappreciated Meta Moments In Games

This feature was originally published on April 5, 2016.

Quantum Break is out today and looks to be a pretty good time. Its developer, Remedy Entertainment, is known for stocking its games to the brim with neat little Easter eggs that often hint at a connected universe shared between games. The studio's franchise-development director talked about "a bigger Remedy universe" back in 2014, when early footage of Quantum Break revealed the protagonist wearing clothing that referenced Remedy's previous game, Alan Wake.

While Remedy may be known for these sorts of hi-jinks, it's certainly not the only developer that likes playing around with its audience. With respect to the greats like the Psycho Mantis fight in Metal Gear Solid, and nearly all of Eternal Darkness, we've decided to focus on moments and games that aren't recognized as often as the obvious, classic sequences (you can find our rundown of those here).

Everything You Need To Know About Destiny's Big April Update

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The agonizing wait for new things to do in Bungie's shared-world shooter is almost over. While Destiny Update 2.2.0 may not be the sexiest name for a content drop, it promises new activities, more powerful gear, and tons of tweaks and improvements. We've rounded up everything you need to know into one concise list.

The following bullet point list has been culled from Matt Miller's extensive reporting on Destiny's April update, and as such you can click the link on any given topic to learn more.

What's New:

Replay – The Warriors

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Replay – The Warriors

Based on the 1979 film of the same name (which is in turn based on the 1965 novel), The Warriors is a PlayStation 2 brawler developed by Rockstar Toronto. The game serves as somewhat of a prequel to the film, showing us what happened three months prior to The Warriors gang being framed for murder. The story periodically parallels the motion picture's, with additional action sequences and plot giving us a fuller picture. Many of the film's actors reprise their roles in game as voice actors.

In this episode of Replay we check out the opening moments of The Warriors, which are chock full of violence, controversy, and plenty of stupid jokes from the Replay crew. This look shows off most of the fighting mechanics and just how ridiculous the looting can be. We make great progress in the game before switching gears to the final round of this year's Super Replay Showdown, which pits the overly tall Javy Gwaltney against me. Will this be a fair competition that truly shows us who the best gamer in the office is? You'll have to tune in to the battle to find out!

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What You Need To Know About Final Fantasy XV's Flying Car

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Airships have been a signature element of the Final Fantasy series since the first installment. However, Final Fantasy IX was the last mainline entry that let you fly around the world yourself; the more recent trend is for airships to serve as fast-travel hubs. That’s changing in Final Fantasy XV, which once again puts players in the pilot’s seat.

Amid all of the other announcements during the Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV event in March, the last revelation stole the show for many viewers. The Regalia (the car Noctis and his buddies drive) isn’t restricted to staying on four wheels – it can fly. Even after seeing the footage, some fans speculated that it might not be a full-blown vehicle, and the take-off is just a short sequence that plays before the fast-travel menu opens. We can assure you, that is not the case; we flew the Regalia ourselves during our visit to Square Enix’s offices.

Chronicles – Watch Episode Five Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

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Chronicles – Watch Episode Five Of Our Dark Souls III Death March

The Dark Souls franchise continues with a powerful third entry into the world of dark, demanding fantasy action. Join Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney in an epic game of "pass the sticks" as they attempt to conquer fantastic environments and towering bosses in From Software's latest ashen wasteland. Be aware that there may be spoilers as we move from episode to episode.

Will the crew finish? Will they smash controllers in frustration? Or will the team find new strength and resolve to persevere in the face of relentless and uncaring foes? Will the team go the extra mile and complete the game or go hollow as they bash against the endless tides of freakish minions? Find out on Chronicles: Dark Souls III edition.

Check out our review of Dark Souls III here.

Watch Us Get Killed By Dark Souls III’s Hardest Boss

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Dark Souls III lands next Tuesday on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, so GI editors Kyle Hilliard and Daniel Tack take one of Dan's characters out for a spin against one of the hardest bosses in the Souls series.

If you're still trying to go into the game spoiler free, this video isn't for you, but come back later once you've had a chance to explore the mysteries of Lothric.  Want to learn how to get to this optional boss and hidden area? Check out our comprehensive guide here.

Is Hardcore Henry One Of The Best Action Movies In Years Or An Experimental Disaster?

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Is Hardcore Henry One Of The Best Action Movies In Years Or An Experimental Disaster?

Hardcore Henry, a first-person action movie filmed entirely with a GoPro camera and heavily inspired by video games, comes out next week. Editors Javy Gwaltney and Daniel Tack got the chance to see the movie early and have had a chance to digest their thoughts so they can share them with you. Here. Right now!

Javy Gwaltney: So...Hardcore Henry. That is a motion picture, for sure.

Dan Tack: Indeed, I really liked the experiment anyway. The film, not so much. Listen, I’m all for nonstop action and gratuitous violence. I actually like those things (not for real) as a fan of schlocky action flicks, B-horror films, and worse, but the underpinnings of a 13-year old boy's masturbatory, testosterone-injected fantasy were just too much here at times. The dialogue was ridiculous, and not in a good way, since it took itself sort of seriously (while the movie didn’t take itself seriously most of the time) and the nonstop FPS (yeah, let’s just call it that because that’s what it is) action eventually got boring because there was just so much of it. That’s my hot take. But there were also plenty of things I did like about the film, too.

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2016

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2016

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but 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 2016 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. Also, be sure to save this page so you can check back each month to see which new games we think should be added to your "must-play" list.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.