Four Reasons World War I Works For Battlefield 5, And Two Reasons It Doesn’t

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Four Reasons World War I Works For Battlefield 5, And Two Reasons It Doesn’t

Over the weekend, a retailer may have accidentally leaked the setting for Battlefield 5. It could have been a typo or a joke gone awry, and was promptly removed from the site after people started buzzing. Still, the thoughts of a World War I Battlefield game is rattling around our brains. Would a game set in a war known for trench warfare, years-long stalemates, and poor military tactics that led to ridiculously large casualties really work within the Battlefield paradigm? The more we read about the war, the more we think there is a way DICE could make it work for its venerable multiplayer shooter series. 

Contrary to prevailing sentiment, World War I wasn't just all chemical warfare from entrenched positions. Over the course of the four years of conflict involving six continents, the Great War featured large-scale naval battles, romanticized aerial dogfights, tank battles involving hundreds of armored vehicles, and aggressive technological innovation – plenty of fodder for DICE to make an interesting multiplayer shooter. 

Here are a few reasons why World War I could work for Battlefield, and a few reasons why it it wouldn't, for good measure. 

Not Thrilled About SNES Games Only Appearing On New 3DS? You’re Not Alone

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Nintendo announced yesterday that Super Nintendo games were finally coming to its handheld systems via the Virtua Console. There’s a catch, though: Only owners of the New 3DS would be able to play through games like Super Mario Kart, EarthBound, and The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past again. Today, three of us are sharing our thoughts on the news, now that we’ve had a little time to digest it.

Jeff Cork: Nintendo’s announcement that Super Nintendo games were coming to the 3DS seems to be rubbing people the wrong way. I should clarify: Super Nintendo games are coming to the New 3DS, which leaves a significant chunk of the fanbase on the sidelines... 

Dan Tack: Well, I guess I’ll be the one to say it. This is ridiculous for a number of reasons. Are you trying to tell me that the “regular” 3DS can’t handle SNES games? Because I don’t believe that for a second. That’s actually ridiculous. Is this just some kind of bid to get folks to pick up yet another piece of hardware? Yes, yes, it is. And then you add the cherry on top to this lunatic sundae, which is the fact that many gamers have probably already purchased these titles, and here they just get an “opportunity” to pay for them yet again.

10 Characters Who Should Be In Star Wars Battlefront Before Nien Nunb

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10 Characters Who Should Be In Star Wars Battlefront Before Nien Nunb

Following today's surprising announcement of Nien Nunb and Greedo joining Star Wars Battlefront's minuscule roster of playable heroes, we dove into the Star Wars archives to see if we could come up with a list of 10 characters who make more sense for Battlefront's fast-paced combat than the temporary co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon and the bounty hunter who died sitting at a bar table.

Greedo and Nien Nunb are strange choices on DICE and Electronic Arts' part, especially when you look at the wealth of recognizable characters not yet in the game, but we'd be lying if we said we weren't excited to play as them. What we know about Greedo and Nien Nunb is based solely on their motion-picture appearances. We'll have to wait to see what DICE does with them on the Battlefield before complaining too much about their inclusion.

Regardless though, seeing them get the call before any of the characters in the list below is worth complaining about. Here's who we'd like to see in the game next:

Ranking All 151 Original Pokémon From Dumbest To Coolest

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Ranking All 151 Original Pokémon From Dumbest To Coolest

Pokémon is celebrating 20 years this year, and Red and Blue are finally releasing on the 3DS Virtual Console. In honor of the occasion, we decided to rank all 151 of the original pocket monsters and write about what makes each one so great/lame. It was a decision we immediately regretted once we started putting together the list, but one we're happy to share with you.

As the headline implies, we start with what we consider to be the dumbest of Game Freak's original offerings, and slowly make our way to the best of the best.

Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafva, Ben Reeves, and interns Joe Buchholz, Connor Trinske, and Luke Walaszek all contributed to this exhaustive list.

MMORPGs To Watch In 2016

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MMORPGs To Watch In 2016

While the influx of new MMORPGs has slowed to a trickle in comparison to the market of years ago, continual support, new content, expansions, and renovations continue to make the genre one of the most compelling offerings on PC. 

This feature was originally published on February 22, 2016.

While some of today’s best offerings are also available on console, the roster of titles available on PC is deeper than ever and allows players to pick a title that syncs up perfectly with their own personal playstyles and interests. While this list is by no means an attempt to track every single MMORPG out there – there are so many right now – we’re looking at titles that we think are worth watching this year. Titles are listed in no particular order or ranking.

Looking Back At Zelda: Link’s Awakening With Its Director Takashi Tezuka

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The Legend of Zelda is celebrating 30 years this year, which is as good a reason as any to look back at one of the stranger entries in the series: The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening. This feature originally appeared in issue 269 of Game Informer magazine.

Link’s Awakening for the Game Boy was more than just a handheld offshoot of a popular franchise. It established important Zelda staples in terms of story, humor, and a focus on character development that the series still uses to this day, all while carving an identity that remains distinct more than 20 years later.

Link’s Awakening was the first Zelda to feature fishing, allow Link to grab cuccos, and highlight musical instruments as more than just another item in Link’s inventory. The game also had extended side quests, like the mission to find all the secret seashells and a trading game with the world’s inhabitants. Link’s Game Boy adventure was a huge success for Nintendo, dramatically boosting handheld sales in 1993 and selling more than 5 million copies over its lifetime. It sits comfortably at number three on Game Informer’s top 25 Game Boy games of all time list, and also cracked the top 100 on our Top 200 Games of All Time list.

Replay – The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction

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Before going on to make the Prototype games, Radical Entertainment worked on one of the best super hero titles of its era: The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction. Not only did the game do justice to the comics it was fun enough that non-fans could have a good time. This week we check in on this comic classic game and see if it still holds up more than 10 years later. Join Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Javy Gwaltney, Ben Reeves, and a very special guests as we play through some of the best (and worst) Hulk games of the PS2 generation, and warm up for Super Replay Showdown with an exhibition game. We started with the best and we'll let you figure out which way it goes from there.

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For more super hero greatness, check out our list of comic book characters who most deserve their own video game.

Chronicles – Exploring The Majestic World Of Demon's Souls

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Chronicles – Exploring The Majestic World Of Demon's Souls

Before there was Dark Souls, there was Demon's Souls. In our Chronicles series, we take look at games that demand more than a single episode of Replay or a Test Chamber, and talk about their long-term impact, something that Demon's Souls has in spades.

Join Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Daniel Tack, and Javy Gwaltney as they explore the fantastic world of From Software's classic dark fantasy title ahead of the upcoming release of Dark Souls III.

Editors take turns passing the sticks, so there's plenty of banter as each player takes a unique approach in a game known for enthralling environments and terrifying bosses.

Is The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Worth Revisiting On Wii U?

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Is The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess Worth Revisiting On Wii U?

When The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess released back in 2006, we gave it the rare perfect 10 review score. It’s a great game, and I doubt many would argue against its quality. It has a few minor issues, but they weren’t a result of technical limitations (even with the Wii version’s motion controls). With tomorrow’s HD re-release, it raises the question: Is the game worth revisiting with its new coat of paint?

Twilight Princess’ big upgrade is cosmetic. Very little has been added or changed in the game. There is a new difficulty mode, a new combat-challenge dungeon (if you have the Wolf Link Amiibo that’s bundled with the game at launch), and a new item that assists with tracking down Poes. The distribution of wallets also lets you grab more rupees, but overall the pacing of the game has been largely untouched. By contrast, 2013’s Wind Waker HD gave players the option to track down a swift sail to dramatically speed up sailing, and the Triforce Quest was modified to offer a quicker, more rewarding experience. Last year’s remake of Majora’s Mask rearranged a few elements and sped up the process of traveling through time. Both Wind Waker and Majora’s Mask’s changes affected the game throughout, but Twilight Princess HD doesn’t have any comparable improvements.

How To Unlock Unlimited Invasions And Solaire's Armor In Dark Souls III

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We recently took a look a the first few hours of Dark Souls III, but now we're ready to share a few more huge secrets we found while exploring Lothric and the Undead Settlement during our early look at the game. First, how to unlock permanent invasion through the use of the Red Eye Orb, and a certain praise-the-sun-centric armor and covenant. Here's how to find them.

When you explore the Firelink Shrine, you'll meet a strange man who hangs out near the King's Throne. The first time you meet him, he'll hand you five Cracked Red Eye Orbs and encourage you to go off and invade other people's worlds. Later on when you come back, he may appear again. Speak to him to receive a lift key, one the mysterious figure tells you is the key to unlocking a true Red Eye Orb for unlimited invasions on your prey. So where exactly, is the lift and corresponding Darkwratih mini-boss? Head to the Tower on the Wall bonfire, and drop down two levels inside the tower to find a locked door.