The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

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The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

Over the past five years, the unlikely success of Activision’s Skylanders franchise has blossomed into a full-blow genre. This year, there are three major entrants in toys-to-life space (not counting Nintendo’s own spin on things with Amiibo).

As a service to parents, we’re breaking down everything that’s coming for the three different games. Below, you’ll find complete checklists for the toys and accessories we know are coming to Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Lego Dimensions

We’ve also detailed some things to know about each of the games as you're considering what you might already own (and what your kids say they need). 

Infinite Arms Escalates The Toys-To-Life Arms Race With Articulated Figures And Physical In-Game Purchases

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It's hard not to be skeptical when you hear the term "toys-to-life." Skylanders sales were down this year. Disney Infinity is taking a year off from an annual release. Some retailers are heavily discounting Lego Dimensions sets.

The market is still growing, though. The latest player, Jumo, is upping the ante with higher-end figures and an innovative (and slightly scary) in-game purchase model. 

The company's upcoming product, Infinite Arms, features heavily articulated and posable figures. These were designed in part by Yasuo Takahama, who has played a crucial role in the Transformers toy line and was the designer of Tamagochi pocket pets.

Test Chamber – Comparing The Ratchet & Clank Reboot With The Original

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Test Chamber – Comparing The Ratchet & Clank Reboot With The Original

The Ratchet & Clank series has been around for quite a while, with new games coming out almost every year since its inception. This year, however, the dynamic duo are getting rebooted with a movie and game both releasing this spring.

Watch Ben Reeves, Kyle Hilliard and intern Connor Trinske as they reminisce about the history of Ratchet & Clank while taking a look at its new incarnation. After taking a look at the remake's opening, we pull up 2002 original and play the games side by side starting at the 11:00 mark to show off the similarities and the differences between then and now. You might be surprised by how the two games compare.

Ratchet & Clank is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 on April 12. You can get the deeper details about the reboot in our written preview.

The 10 Greatest Versus Rivalries In Video Games

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The 10 Greatest Versus Rivalries In Video Games

The upcoming release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has us thinking about some of the memorable confrontations in gaming. We’ve chosen these one-on-one contests not just because they made for great fights, but because the conflict between the two individuals in each case defines our memory of the game. Sometimes a powerful rivalry is as potent and engaging as the most romantic of love stories or enduring of friendships. Here are our picks for the greatest video game match-ups in history.

NOTE: Most of the games on this list are older classics, but they do discuss SPOILERS about the major conflicts and characters of those games. You have been warned.

Little Mac has fought his way up through one boxer after another, learning their moves and mastering different offensive strategies. At long last, the Dream Fight beckons, and the diminutive Mac steps out into the ring opposite the greatest fighter of his generation: Mike Tyson. Dynamite punches begin to fly, and the David vs. Goliath battle is on. Mac’s confrontation with Mike Tyson was the definitive video game battle for a whole generation, and the dynamic between the two boxers is a classic underdog tale, presuming you can ever land that final punch.

Super Replay – Resident Evil

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Today marks the 20th anniversary of Capcom's illustrious survival horror series. Celebrate by watching our side-by-side Super Replay of the PS1 and GameCube versions of the original Resident Evil.

Test Chamber – Comparing The Ratchet & Clank Reboot With The Original

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The Ratchet & Clank series has been around for quite a while, with new games coming out almost every year since its inception. This year, however, the dynamic duo are getting rebooted with a movie and game both releasing this spring.

Watch Ben Reeves, Kyle Hilliard and intern Connor Trinske as they reminisce about the history of Ratchet & Clank while taking a look at its new incarnation. After taking a look at the remake's opening, we pull up 2002 original and play the games side by side starting at the 11:00 mark to show off the similarities and the differences between then and now. You might be surprised by how the two games compare.

Ratchet & Clank is coming exclusively to PlayStation 4 on April 12. You can get the deeper details about the reboot in our written preview.

The 10 Best Gameboy Advance Games Of All Time

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Today marks the 15-year anniversary of The Gameboy Advance's release in Japan, so we're going to look back and determine what games were the cream of the crop for Nintendo's handheld powerhouse. From new, quality entries in established series to the birth of exciting franchises, here are the 10 best games made for the Gameboy Advance.

10.  Mario & Luigi: Superstar SagaThe popular Mario & Luigi series, itself a successor to Paper Mario and Super Mario RPG, began with this entry way back in 2003. Four entries later, Superstar Saga is still one of the best games in the series thanks to its timeless humor and innovative, fun RPG mechanics. For those who missed out on the game when it was originally released, you can grab it for the Wii U's Virtual Console.

9. Golden SunGolden Sun is a quality title with a gorgeous aesthetic that serves as a fantastic homage to the best RPGS for the Super Nintendo. Golden Sun ends up being one of the more memorable RPGs on the system thanks to its fantastic technical presentation as well as its hours upon hours of content. 

Are These Overwatch's Unannounced Characters?

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Are These Overwatch's Unannounced Characters?

A new short film landed today about Overwatch focusing on the character Winston. In it, a display screen quickly flashed a series of pictures of characters. Many of these faces we recognize from our previous Overwatch coverage and playing the beta. Many of these faces, however, are brand new.

It's very likely these images, grabbed from the short film, could be new characters teased for release after the game launches. They could also be different skins for revealed characters, or unmasked version of characters whose faces we haven't seen. It's equally likely, however, that we will never see these characters outside of this short.

On the off chance they are new, however, we've layed them all out here.

The Best Indie Games Of GDC 2016

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The Best Indie Games Of GDC 2016

The Game Developers Conference in San Francisco is a mecca for intelligent talk about triple-A game design, but it also hosts a huge assortment of indie games. We've got boots on the ground at the Moscone convention center and controllers in our hands, playing and vetting through dozens of upcoming indie games to let you know what's worth getting excited for. Check out our evolving, expanding list of the best indie gems from GDC 2016.

Tear Through

Tear Through is an isometric action-tactical game being developed by Bandit-1 that features icons instead of people. You play as a SWAT officer completing various objectives in different levels, like rescuing hostages or defusing bombs. The array of options available to the player, such as peeking under the door to survey the surroundings or shooting through walls to take out foes, makes Tear Through much deeper than it appears initially. Tear Through is in early stages of development and you can find out more info about it here on the game's website.