Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

Everyone is still looking back at 2017, while some are already getting hyped for what this year brings in gaming. Plenty of blogs to read this week in our newest edition!

Community Blogs For January 4 – January 17:

Top Ten Games I Beat In The Year Beating games is tough. I finally beat Breath of the Wild Monday night after "rushing" through about 12 hours of game. So, it's nice to see that other people still have time to beat games, and these are Christian's favorite games he completed in 2017. I am unsure if I even beat 10 games last year.

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

Now that we’re settled into 2018, it’s time to look at what’s on the horizon for one of gaming's most popular genres. The RPG space is continuing to grow, with many games blurring the line of what’s we’ve come to expect from the genre and its traditional classification. Our list has plenty of games that fall into this camp, but also shows developers evolving classic design in interesting ways. Whether it's upgrading your heroes or making adventure-altering choices, we’re excited for the diverse offering of RPGs in 2018.

Note: Our overall most anticipated list helped determine our rankings.

The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

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The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

Minor spoilers for Pyre ahead.

I don't know why I put off playing Pyre, Supergiant's latest, for so long. I love Bastion dearly. I was colder on Transistor but I appreciated its beautiful worldbuilding and pleasing soundtrack. But something about Pyre made it get bumped down my priority list. Maybe it was the sporty-looking gameplay or the mere fact that it arrived in the wake of the Fall release onslaught. Whatever the reason, I finally made time for Pyre this past week and, wow, this game.

Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

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Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

In our new cover story on God of War, we're highlighting everything that's new in the upcoming PlayStation 4 game. With today's feature we wanted to put our head in the clouds and learn more about how the development team at Santa Monica Studio is framing Kratos' radical shift in mythologies. While visiting the studio, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about the bold decision to have Kratos leave all of Greece behind, why they didn't choose Egyptian mythology for his next adventure, and the specifics on how the game's mythology world is pieced together.

Watch the interview below to learn more about what the shift in mythology means for the future of the series.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

2017 was an exciting year for the adventure genre, with titles like the melancholy short story collection What Remains Edith Finch and the heartbreaking and mundane odyssey Night In The Woods leading the pack. 2018 looks to be a worthy successor, with a series of adventure games that run the aesthetic gambit: with expeditions in space, plague-ridden towns, cyberpunk futures. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the 10 adventure games we’re most excited for in 2018.

10. Pathologic 2
Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, PC
Despite Pathologic 2 having a sequel’s name, it’s actually a remake of the 2005 cult hit Pathologic. This 'sequel' finds you in a small European town stricken by the plague. Your mission is to save the town…or at least try. The original game was beloved in spite of its technical issues because of its idiosyncratic nature, offering no clear instructions and embracing a bleak atmosphere and design that allowed players to fail in their quest if they’re not careful. Hopefully, this remake presents the best version of one of gaming’s most bizarre and compelling titles when hits later this year.

New Gameplay Today – Metal Gear Survive's Single-Player

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New Gameplay Today – Metal Gear Survive's Single-Player

Metal Gear Survive is a little over a month away, but we haven't see much of its single-player yet. Most of what we know revolves around the multiplayer co-op, but rest assured: You're going to be doing some solo sneaking survival come February 20.

To give you a glimpse of what that will look like, Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and I sat down with a near-final build of the single-player, and tackle a four-player co-op mission on the hardest difficulty by ourselves (it doesn't go too well). Now that being said, I did not capture my own gameplay footage from my play session, but Konami was nice enough to approximate my play session and share the footage. You can check out the video below to see fences, barricades, and bases be built to survive against the looming, facing zombie horde.

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Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem

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Crunch: The Video Game Industry's Notorious Labor Problem

From the 2010 Christmas holidays until May 2011, Krzysztof Nosek, the multiplayer programming lead on Call of Juarez: The Cartel, was working himself into the ground.

Due to some "unlucky business negotiations" with publisher Ubisoft, Techland hadn't been given enough time to finish the game. With a release date looming and far too much work left to complete, the team turned to one of the video game industry's most notorious practices: crunch.

"We all had the enthusiasm and drive to create a good game, but there simply weren't enough hours around the clock to fit everything in," Nosek says. "Out of exhaustion we were making stupid mistakes, which required even more patching later on. We would lose our tempers easily, and at some point we developed a pretty surrealistic attitude to the project as a whole."

Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Action Games Of 2018

Many of us are still catching up on the phenomenal games that came out in 2017, but most game developers aren't ready to stop making games yet, which means that a whole  new lineup of must-play titles will soon be vying for our time. We polled the Game Informer staff about this coming year's lineup, and here are the top 10 action games that we can't wait to get our hands on.

10. Days GoneRelease: 2018
Platform: PlayStation 4
Post-apocalyptic open-world survival games aren't as fresh as they once were, but we're still hopeful for SIE Bend Studio's take on zombie killing. Players take control of a drifter and former bounty hunter named Deacon St. John, who has been wandering the road, living in wilderness encampments, and eking out a pale existence in the wake of a global pandemic that nearly wiped out humanity. The game's zombies, called Freakers, behave differently depending on the environment. For example, they might seem weak and slow during the day, but will become fast and aggressive at night. Here's hoping the final release comes together.

The Sports Desk – Full Ace Tennis Simulator

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The Sports Desk – Full Ace Tennis Simulator

This year looks to be a full one for tennis games, with Mario Tennis Aces, AO Tennis, and Tennis World Tour all coming. Hopefully there's one more that joins the crew – Full Ace Tennis Simulator on PC.

The title has been released and updated in various forms for years now, and as of the time of this writing I believe the expectation is for a new version in 2018.

Playing a demo of the title, I really liked how ball placement isn't just about timing. Once you prepare for your stroke, a blue reticle (see shot below) appears indicating roughly where you'll place the ball. The interesting part is that avatar movement and reticle movement are on the left analog (the overall process is similar if you use a keyboard). This may seem difficult at first, but once I got the hang of it, I started to hone in on where I was placing the ball as opposed to just watching my player run around in the foreground. This not only makes you consider strategy of pulling your opponent from side to side, but it also gives a sweet satisfaction when you get the reticle and timing just right to paint the lines.