Three Days Exploring Destiny: Rise Of Iron

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We’ve been spending the month rolling out our blowout coverage on Destiny: Rise of Iron, including a look at one of the brand new exotic weapons, and an interview with the Bungie developers leading the project. Today, we wanted to step back and have an informal chat about some of the things we discovered, as well as discuss some additional details that just couldn’t fit into our 16-page cover story.

Matt: Ben, you and I had a chance to spend three full days wandering around through the new missions, characters, enemies, and battles of Destiny: Rise of Iron. How are you feeling about getting to dive in with your real character on September 20? 

Ben: I know that some people are actually tired of hearing us talk about Destiny, but I’m genuinely excited to get my hands on the official Rise of Iron release. Every time we do one of these trips, we end up playing a good portion of the game, so we have to replay it when it releases, but honestly that doesn’t bother me. When I got home from this trip I actually booted up the game so I could prepare for the new release. I feel like I should be sick of playing Destiny after two years, but I’m not. What about you? What was your biggest takeaway from our time with the game?  

Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden Talks Dota 2, Esports, And Making Gaming A Career

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Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden has become a name associated with Dota 2's most prestigious events and tournaments, bringing her signature style to commentary and colorful interviews with the game's personalities and players. We took a few moments to chat with Sheever about her gaming history and how she landed where she is today.

Game Informer: How did you get into gaming, and what are your first gaming memories?

Jorien "Sheever" van der Heijden: My first gaming memories – we had a DOS PC at some point and there was Lemmings and Snipes and games like that on it. I played those games. Prince of Persia also comes to mind. But it was just casual gaming. I'm come from a family with four kids in total, so we shared a computer and basically, everyone got an hour [laughs]. I remember getting a Windows PC at some point, as well. We had SimCity on that one. The first game I bought for myself was Grand Theft Auto III, I think. But it was still mostly casual gaming until I got addicted to World of Warcraft. Mostly PC gaming, though my brother had an N64 at some point and I played a lot of Ocarina of Time, some 1080° Snowboarding, some other games that were on there during that period, like Turok and Goldeneye or something like that.

Science-Fiction Weekly – No Man's Sky Discoveries And Live Blog

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Science-Fiction Weekly – No Man's Sky Discoveries And Live Blog

As you read this, new planets are being discovered in No Man's Sky. People are setting foot on these worlds to study life, map the terrain, and mine valuable resources. The universe is a blank canvas, and every one of us has the chance to fill it in and put our fingerprint on it. This is an exciting proposition for a game to deliver, and so far, that element of discovery has been a strong driving force.

Don't expect every planet to be a world of wonder filled with aliens to interact with and beasts to marvel at. Most of the planets I've charted have been mostly barren, offering mostly elements I can extract to improve my space ship. An entire solar system (consisting of six planets) was largely void of life – a discovery that took five hours to realize.

Those disappointing worlds are needed however, as they heighten the thrill of a big discovery. Finding a groove in No Man's Sky takes time. The opening minutes (and perhaps hours) can be confusing and a little overwhelming, as inventory management looms large. Just gaining an understanding of what each element can be used for takes time. Don't give up. The limited inventory space is puzzling, but I now know what I need and I feel like I've established a comfortable groove with resource management.

Six Beginner Tips For No Man’s Sky

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Six Beginner Tips For No Man’s Sky

So you want to be a space explorer. No Man’s Sky is finally out, after a week of leaked footage, furor over a day-zero patch, and an aggressive effort by Sony to stuff the cat back in the bag.

As you get started, you might find yourself confused about what to do. Before you panic when your life support hits 25 percent or your thermal or radiation protection starts to drop, check out our tips for what to expect while cruising the galaxy.

Mine, CraftWhen you begin No Man’s Sky, you have a damaged ship, your exo-suit, and a multi-tool. This will be your core equipment throughout your adventure, but each can be customized.

Watch Part 2 Of Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Watch Part 2 Of Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

If you haven't been following The Game Informer Show podcast, this year we kicked off GI Game Club that has us playing through games and discussing them in detail with our community. We're currently playing through 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution (partly to get ready for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) and we've played everything up until you visit China for the second time.

It's not too late to join in on the discussion, feel free to play along with us and send feedback and thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com so that we can read them on air. The next discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on August 11th and we'll be playing up through the end of the game.

Watch the discussion below or subscribe to The GI Show on iTunes and follow along with the audio version. And please send your thoughts on the game to podcast@gameinformer.com!

Test Chamber – The Thrills of Four-Player Co-Op In Overcooked

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Test Chamber – The Thrills of Four-Player Co-Op In Overcooked

How hard is it to make a hamburger? When three of your friends aren't cooperating, it can be a maddening experience that ends with a kitchen catching fire. This is what Overcooked is all about: a four-player cooking experience that is either a celebration of well-oiled teamwork, or a hilarious disaster. Developed by Ghost Town Games, Overcooked is readily available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One (the version we play), and PC.

We take a look at the opening moments of the campaign (yes, it has story), which begins right at the end of days. Can four cooks save the world? Yes, but not when Joe Juba is wearing a chef's hat. If you have any questions about Overcooked, or how terrible Joe is, leave them in the comments section below.

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The Sports Desk – The Madden 17 Developers Answer Your Questions

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The Sports Desk – The Madden 17 Developers Answer Your Questions

Madden 17's August 23 release is fast approaching, but we understand that you still might have some questions about this year's title. That's why we've reached out to both you, the readers, as well as the game's developers at EA Tiburon; you had questions, and now they're providing the answers. Sit back and find out everything you (all of you) wanted to know about Madden 17.

Thanks to EA Tiburon's Rex Dickson (creative director), John White (franchise lead designer), and Michael Hoag (presentation designer), for taking time out of their busy schedules and answering all your questions (BTW, ignore the doofus asking them in the video below).

Your questions covered a good range of topics, from customization to the the nitty-gritty of franchise mode. Formation substitution fans – you're going to want to watch this!

Touring Felwinter Peak, Destiny: Rise Of Iron's New Social Space

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Touring Felwinter Peak, Destiny: Rise Of Iron's New Social Space

Last week we had a brief look at Destiny: Rise of Iron's new social space, called Felwinter peak, in our video showing off gameplay, but now we want to take a deeper dive into the new area. While visiting Bungie for our cover story on Destiny: Rise of Iron, we spoke with game director Christopher Barrett and executive producer Scott Taylor about the design and gameplay implications for Felwinter Peak. The video also features another new music track from Destiny: Rise of Iron, so we hope you enjoy!

Watch the interview below to learn more about Felwinter Peak, its wolves, and its mysterious secrets.

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Revisiting One Of The Worst Fighting Games Ever With Our New Fighting Game Expert

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Revisiting One Of The Worst Fighting Games Ever With Our New Fighting Game Expert

We decided to put Game Informer's newest team member and fighting games expert Suriel Vazquez to the test by having him use his expertise to judge one of the worst fighting games in the history of mankind – Simpsons Wrestling.

Join the Summer 2016 intern crew Haley MacLean, Leo Vader, AJ Moser, and least handsome Blake Hester as we check out if this bible-throwing, Maggie dropping, Barney belching “fighting” game holds up to the horrendous reviews it received upon release. After testing out a few characters, Suriel passes judgement and we learn if Simpsons Wrestling scores higher than the original 2/10 Andrew Reiner awarded the game back in 2001.

(Please visit the site to view this media)Simpsons Wrestling is just one of many in the long lineage of Simpsons video games, head here for a full list from The Simpsons Arcade Game in 1991 to mobile game Tapped Out in 2012.

Our Favorite Pokémon Finds On Etsy

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Our Favorite Pokémon Finds On Etsy

With the popularity of Pokémon Go and the release of Pokémon Sun & Moon just around the corner, the franchise is as hot as it’s ever been. Along with this resurgence comes an influx of Pokémon-themed merchandise, and if you happen to be scouring the web for the best Pokémon gear, you’re in luck. From Pokémon bath bombs to Kanto badges of your very own, we’ve collected some of our favorite Pokémon items on Etsy into one helpful list.

Indigo League Badges iCollected has made the dream of every Pokémon Red/Blue player a reality by making a real-life set of the Indigo league badges. Instead of diligently fighting every gym owner like Ash, you can purchase the pins for $3.86 each (or $15.56 for the set of 8) and cut out the middleman. In light of Pokémon Go’s popularity, the store also has sets of team Valor, Mystic, and Instinct pins, as well as badge sets for other regions such as Kalos, Johto, Hoenn, and more.