Science-Fiction Weekly – Snoke's Identity Revealed?

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Snoke's Identity Revealed?

In the latest canonical Star Wars novel, Life Debt, the unexplored years leading up to the events of The Force Awakens are taking shape. The book gives us more insight into the Knights of Ren, General Hux’s family, Leia’s pull to the Force, and the puzzling character simply known as The Operator, who debuted in the novel Aftermath.The big takeaway from the new novel, which primarily takes place a few months after the events of Return of the Jedi, is the potential reveal of Supreme Leader Snoke's identity. Yes, Star Wars fans have yet another story to dissect and discuss. J. J. Abrams recently shot down the theory that Darth Plagueis was Snoke, and Rian Johnson poked fun at the ideas people had with a post-it note that simply said, “Your Snoke theory sucks,” but in the months following these denials, Life Debt’s revelations carry significant weight, and many smack of Snoke.

10 EA Remasters We'd Like To See

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10 EA Remasters We'd Like To See

At this year’s Gamescom, executive vice president of EA Studios Patrick Soderlund strongly hinted the Mass Effect series could be getting the remaster treatment in the near future. Which is good, because that series is at the top of our office list of games EA should remaster.

But what’s the rest of that list look like? With EA possibly looking at its catalog for games to update for current consoles, we thought it’d be a good time to look back on the company’s history and see what games might get a second wind in full HD.

Jade EmpireWe hadn’t seen a game like Jade Empire when it came out, and we haven’t seen too many like it since. The mystical Chinese setting, the combo-focused combat mixed with BioWare’s signature moral choices, and emphasis embodying one of a few characters instead of creating your own made the game an impressive feat back in 2005. We’d love to see remaster of the game that updated the graphics and made it easier to dive into.

Opinion – For The Disabled, Actions Speak Louder Than Avatars

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Opinion – For The Disabled, Actions Speak Louder Than Avatars

This is a guest column contributed by former Game Informer intern and editor-in-chief of Dagers, Josh Straub

Recently, Microsoft received a lot of attention on social media for its efforts to make gaming more inclusive by allowing players to customize their online profiles with disability-centric props and player icons. The goal seems to be allowing disabled people to have the same pride and freedom of expression as other chronically under-represented minorities. It is important to allow players freedom of expression, but focusing on acceptance for the disabled community online rather than accessibility of gameplay runs the risk of derailing the entire push for greater inclusion in games.

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.

The Sports Desk – The Madden 17 Connected Franchise Mode Guide

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There are only 16 weeks in the regular season, but there are 52 weeks in a year to make your franchise better. Madden 17 released recently (check out my review), and we've got plenty of tips for all you would-be general managers playing the title's Connected Franchise mode (CFM), from managing your roster successfully to nailing the draft.

Getting Off on the Right Foot

One of the main additions to franchise mode in Madden 17 is the Big Decisions. Some of these choices you have to make are new (like bringing guys back from injury early) while some merely re-skins of those previously available. One of the new ones – setting expectations for the season – hits you right off the bat.

An Exclusive Tour Of Destiny: Rise Of Iron's Archon's Forge

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We're continuing to roll out exclusive features detailing Bungie's upcoming Destiny: Rise of Iron. While visiting the studio for our September cover story, we sat down with world designer Dan Callan and world artist/level designer Alex May to take a deeper dive into a new PvE space called Archon's Forge. Found in the Plaguelands, Archon's Forge is an arena that draws similarities to both Prison of Elders and Court of Oryx, in which fireteams fight waves of dangerous Fallen to collect rewards. Callan and May lead viewers through the thought process of designing the space, its development history, and a few interesting details highlighting Fallen culture. If you like this detailed walkthrough of the space, be sure to investigate a similar tour of the Crucible map Vertigo from last year.

Check out the video below to see new gameplay from Destiny: Rise of Iron and get a tour of the mysterious Archon's Forge.

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4

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Super Replay – Resident Evil 4

Much like the zombie creatures Resident Evil is known for, we can't seem to rid ourselves of former Game Informer editor turned Capcom associate brand manager, Tim Turi. He tries to leave and we think he's gone, but suddenly he, and his unquenchable desire to play Resident Evil while others watch, comes back to life.

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We embrace this kind of reanimation though, and were happy to make Tim play through Resident Evil 4 in its entirety in order to remind everyone that that game has found yet another set of platforms on which to exist – the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus

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Super Replay – Shadow Of The Colossus

Team Ico's latest, The Last Guardian, is finally (pending any additional surprise delays) arriving this October, which is a perfect excuse to play through Shadow of the Colossus in its entirety.

Of course, you don't really need an excuse to play Shadow of the Colossus because it is a fantastic game. Join myself and Andrew Reiner as we relive some of our Shenmue magic by keeping this a two-person show, making our way through the game's strange world and bringing down its imposing beasts. We don't have a strict schedule in mind for this series, because we want to be able to absorb everyone's feedback episode to episode, so we likely won't be recording multiple episodes in advance. We're all going on this journey together, so please sound off in the comments section below or on YouTube.

For more Super Replay, follow the links to find our full playthroughs of Shenmue and Tex Murphy: Under A Killing Moon. You can also see our full playthrough of Dark Souls III here, which technically isn't a Super Replay, but is pretty close. For our Replay of Shadow of the Colossus, head here.