Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

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Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

In honor of this year's Star Wars day, we are republishing our list of the 30 best games that take place in a galaxy far, far away. This feature was originally published in December 2015.

Game Informer's office is usually as quiet as a library; the sounds of keyboards rapidly being clicked is often all you hear. Today the office is filled with the chatter of anxious Star Wars fans. The conversations range from people huddling together to discuss their favorite Star Wars movies and moments within them, to Jeff Cork pointing a damning finger at every person on staff, warning them not to spoil the movie for him or else.

Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

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Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

May is going to be a busy month for shooter fans, thanks to a packed release schedule of big-name titles. Join us as we break down what players can expect from this month and beyond.

Shooter fans might want to stock up on the deluge of titles coming out this month, as the options will run a bit dry in the summer months. Your wallet may appreciate the reprieve, however, as the fall and holiday seasons promise new releases and expansions from the biggest FPS franchises. Here's a look at this year's most promising shooters.

BattlebornPlatform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCRelease: May 3
This week's big retail release comes courtesy of Gearbox, and features the trademark humor and larger-than-life personalities that Borderlands is known for. Battleborn trades Borderlands' massive open-world and procedurally generated arsenal for MMO raid-style story missions on distinct levels, and a whopping 25 playable heroes, each sporting their own unique weapons and abilities. 
Why You Should Care: Battleborn shakes up the competitive multiplayer formula with some MOBA-inspired features such as a rapid leveling system and A.I.-controlled minion droids, and the huge roster of characters ensures everyone can find a hero (or two or three) that fit their play-style.

New Details On Dishonored 2's Gameplay

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With our June cover story on Dishonored 2 from Arkane Studios, we talk about our experience seeing the game in action. With this video feature, we wanted to give the developers behind the sequel the chance to explain in their own words how things are changing this time around. While visiting Arkane Studios' office in Lyon, we spoke with creative director Harvey Smith and lead designer Dinga Bakaba about what differences players will experience when picking up the controller this time around. They cover a lot of ground, from emphasizing player customization with modifiers to a bold approach for the sequel's level design. The video also debuts several pieces of music from Dishonored 2's soundtrack.

Watch the video below to learn more about Emily's abilities, improving stealth options, and much more.

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What You Need To Know About Overwatch Open Beta

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What You Need To Know About Overwatch Open Beta

Overwatch is Blizzard’s hero-focused 6v6 objective based team shooter launching on May 24, but you have a chance to participate in the game’s open beta starting today at 4:00 p.m. Pacific to get a taste of the action. The open beta is available on Xbox One, PS4, and PC during this time. Here’s what you should know going in.

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There’s a tutorial and you can play against A.I., but this is a multiplayer online-only gameOverwatch has no campaign, no gameplay-affecting hero progression, and no single-player fare of any consequence (though you can play against A.I. to hone your skills if you wish). Overwatch is a fundamentally multiplayer experience that revolves around 6v6 objective-based matches centering on cooperation and teamplay. If you want to pump up your KDA and top the boards like you’re playing a team deathmatch game, that’s fine, but you’ll probably be doing it with a focus on eliminating specific targets to open up objectives for your team.

Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

about X hours ago from

In honor of this year's Star Wars day, we are republishing our list of the 30 best games that take place in a galaxy far, far away. This feature was originally published in December 2015.

Game Informer's office is usually as quiet as a library; the sounds of keyboards rapidly being clicked is often all you hear. Today the office is filled with the chatter of anxious Star Wars fans. The conversations range from people huddling together to discuss their favorite Star Wars movies and moments within them, to Jeff Cork pointing a damning finger at every person on staff, warning them not to spoil the movie for him or else.

Is The Ratchet & Clank Movie Worth Your Time?

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The Ratchet & Clank franchise has always made me think of the world of CGI animated film. When the original game debuted in 2002, many related it to a Pixar movie due to its fun characters, alien worlds, and attractive, colorful visuals. After the franchise continued to find success, an animated film adaption seemed guaranteed. It took a little while, but it finally happened and it’s in theaters now. But it’s not a film I eagerly recommend.

My daughter is four and not familiar with the games, but was enamored by the initial trailers for the movie. When I brought the latest game home, she was excited to play it with me and frequently asked when we could see the film. I bring up her excitement because one of the most damning things I can say about Ratchet & Clank is how little she reacted while watching it in the theater. She laughed maybe twice, didn’t ask any questions about what was happening, and just sat there stoically, carefully munching on popcorn. She said she liked it as we were leaving, but hasn’t mentioned the film or asked any questions about it since leaving the theater.

Test Chamber – See One Of Clash Royale's Crazy New Cards In Action

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Test Chamber – See One Of Clash Royale's Crazy New Cards In Action

Clash Royale has been out for about a couple months now, and today marks the first major update the title has seen since global launch. The new update adds a new spectator mode, bumps up the drop rates of higher level chests, introduces new cards, and balances some of the existing cards.

Watch as Dan Tack unleashes one of the new legendary cards, Sparky, on my poor, unsuspecting deck. After the first match, stick around for a second match using the new spectator mode.

For more on Clash Royale, check out Dan's review.

7 Reasons Why Now’s A Great Time To Revisit Diablo III

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Diablo III has become less of a game for me and more of an ongoing obsession. Even as my backlog continues to pile up around me, I find myself returning to the demon-plagued world of Sanctuary nearly four years after the game’s release. The biggest expansion for the game, Reaper of Souls, added a new act to the game and brought it to current-gen consoles, but Blizzard hasn’t left the game alone since 2014. The game has received a steady stream of updates since then, and it’s a much different beast now than even two years ago. Last week, the 2.4.1 update arrived, bringing a host of new cosmetic items and pets. If your enthusiasm dropped off or you’ve never played, now’s a great time to get back into Diablo. Stay awhile, and listen.

Potions (Revamped in August 2014; legendary potions added in update 2.2.0, April 2015)When vanilla Diablo III came out, players had to juggle a variety of different healing potions. It seemed every time my friends and I would play online, someone was porting back to town to resupply their inventory. The Reaper of Souls expansion did away with that aspect of the game, swapping it out for a bottomless potion that runs on a cooldown. You don’t have to worry about running out, but you can’t jam on the heal button whenever you want. Maybe those potions cause an upset stomach?

Test Chamber – Watch A Human Centipede Play Tug-Of-War In Push Me Pull You

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The PlayStation 4 has slowly been expanding its base of simple, local multiplayer games like Sportsfriends and Towerfall and today the studio House House joins the fray with Push Me Pull You.

In this episode of Test Chamber, Game Informer's Ben Hanson, Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Brian Shea square off in a bizarre competition that has conjoined players struggling to keep a ball on their side of the arena. It's a real competition for the ages, so tune in and see how weird things can possibly get and learn about the athletic potential of human centipedes.

Push Me Pull You is out today on PlayStation 4 today with plans for release on PC and Mac in the near future.

Dishonored 2 Taps Vocal Talent From Game of Thrones, Daredevil, And The Wire

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The original Dishonored had no shortage of voice acting talent, tapping big names like Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and John Slattery (Mad Men) to bring its characters alive. The sequel is promising an equal commitment to quality with a new bevy of familiar voices from Hollywood, television, and even classic games in the stealth action lineage.

Arkane Studios shared a handful of these names with us when we journeyed to Lyon, France to see Dishonored 2 in action for the first time. Here they are:

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