Writings On The Cave Wall – Why 2016 Could Be The Year Of The Caveman

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Writings On The Cave Wall – Why 2016 Could Be The Year Of The Caveman

When Medal of Honor first stormed the beaches of Normandy, it didn't take long before dozens of WWII games were storming retail shelves. When fans grew tired of World War II shooters, it wasn't too long before we were overwhelmed with sci-fi shooters. Gaming trends come and go, but they're always fascinating to see take form.

In 2012 there was an overwhelming trend of protagonists with bows, as games like Assassin's Creed III, Tomb Raider, Crysis 3, and Far Cry 3 launched alongside Pixar's Brave. This led many to label 2012, "The Year of the Bow." This year we could see a similar collision of a different theme. We've already seen announcements for several games set around the stone age, and there could be more on the horizon. Let's take a look how cavemen will soon be invading our consoles.

[Note: Portions of this story were first published in October of 2015]

Super Replay – The Legend Of Zelda

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Super Replay – The Legend Of Zelda

[This Super Replay was originally posted in 2011 but we're republishing it to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Legend Of Zelda.]

For our 200th issue a couple years ago, the staff at Game Informer met for hours to debate on the top 200 games of all time. Many factors were involved in our decision-making process, and at the end of the day one game stood above the rest. The Legend of Zelda has influenced the world of gaming like no game before it, and we named it the #1 game of all time. All month, we've been giving you tons of Zelda coverage to commemorate the upcoming release of Skyward Sword as well as the series' 25th anniversary. We're ending this month of coverage with a complete playthrough of the game that started it all.

I'll be hosting throughout this Super Replay, and Jeff Cork will be at the controls as we hunt down Ganon. We'll have several editors stopping by to join us on our quest, and you can see it all below.

Five Of Our Favorite Hidden Stories In Games

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Five Of Our Favorite Hidden Stories In Games

Some of the most intriguing stories in video games aren’t told directly to the player. You can make it to the end of Dark Souls with no grasp on an overarching plot – left only with the thin narrative thread of surviving brutal boss encounters with sparkling bonfires in between. Some tales can only be read between the lines.

A lot of the time, it’s possible for stories to hang out on the sidelines because there are other factors drawing the player to the end of the game. Poorly constructed plotlines fall to the wayside while an alluring progression system draws the player to the end of an RPG. Some fighting games lay character backstories to rest in the pages of a manual in favor of sound fighting mechanics.  

As it turns out, these sparse nuggets of storytelling end up sparking passionate fan theories and wild speculation. Are you still searching for answers to why you’re on a strange puzzle-filled island in The Witness? Have you been disassembling Undertale to uncover the mysteries of W.D. Gaster? Do you lie awake at night wondering why the G-Man stalks you in Half-Life 2? 

Super Replay – The Legend Of Zelda

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For our 200th issue a couple years ago, the staff at Game Informer met for hours to debate on the top 200 games of all time. Many factors were involved in our decision-making process, and at the end of the day one game stood above the rest. The Legend of Zelda has influenced the world of gaming like no game before it, and we named it the #1 game of all time. All month, we've been giving you tons of Zelda coverage to commemorate the upcoming release of Skyward Sword as well as the series' 25th anniversary. We're ending this month of coverage with a complete playthrough of the game that started it all.

I'll be hosting throughout this Super Replay, and Jeff Cork will be at the controls as we hunt down Ganon. We'll have several editors stopping by to join us on our quest, and you can see it all below.

Episode 1 (Guest: Bryan Vore):

Replay – Sega 32X Spectacular Starring Knuckles' Chaotix (Tim Turi Farewell Episode)

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After the Sega CD, the 32X was Sega's next Genesis hardware add-on. Unfortunately for Sega, the cartridge-based expansion never took off and was discontinued less than two years after it was released. The 32X works by inserting the hardware into the cartridge slot of the Genesis. The option to include the Sega CD for more intensive experiences exists, but it's not required for the cartridge-only games. In this episode of Replay, we focus on the cartridge-only offerings of the Sega 32X.

Join Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, Jeff Cork, and myself as we play through some of the 32X library. We start with as close to a signature title as the system got with Knuckles' Chaotix before moving onto other games in the catalog like the intense hummingbird action of Kolibri, Star Wars Arcade's unforgettable crawl, and more.

We end the show on a somber note, as this is Tim Turi's final episode of Replay as a member of the Game Informer staff (read his goodbye post here). We see him off in the only way we know how. Thanks for six years of awesome episodes, Tim!

The Top 10 Games On Wii U

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Since its debut in 2012, the Nintendo Wii U has seen both rough seas and smooth sailing. From the third-party developer exodus that occurred shortly after the system hit the market to the outstanding releases that only Nintendo can deliver, the waters of the Wii U can be tricky to navigate.

Whether you’re just now grabbing Nintendo’s most recent home console or you’re just looking to expand your existing library, this continually changing list represents the games you should play on your Wii U.

Here are Game Informer’s current picks for the Top 10 games on Wii U.

Exploring The Birds And The Beasts In Far Cry Primal

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Far Cry Primal comes out next week, letting players get a heightened sense of what life may have been like for our ancestors. Far Cry veterans have been scratching their heads about the game, since it's a pretty weird concept. How does Far Cry work when it's set in 10,000 B.C.? We've written about it, but today we're going to show you in an all-new episode of Test Chamber. Kyle Hilliard roams around the world of Oros, checks out a variety of the game's friendly menagerie, and sets a few fires by accident.

I completed the game for review – which is going live early next week – so we don't clear out any outposts. Instead, Kyle does what most of us do when we play the series: He heads in a direction and sees what kind of trouble he can get into. That includes spotting a flaming bear, getting his clock cleaned by a rampaging mammoth, and taking a sabertooth tiger for a ride. 

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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

Microsoft broadened the Xbox's focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games. In our continually evolving feature, we're highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

Here are Game Informer's current picks for the top 10 games on the Xbox One.

10. Batman: Arkham Knight"I walked away from Arkham Knight shocked, satisfied, and in dire need of someone to discuss the story with. Rocksteady built a special experience that dazzles with its cleverness, intelligence, and ability to shift from kick-ass Batman moments to emotional gut punches to scenes stripped straight from some of Batman's greatest comic book stories. Lock yourself away, avoid social media and friends, and finish this game. You won't want this one spoiled for you." – Andrew Reiner

Seeing MLB The Show 16's New Features In Action

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Each year, annualized sports games face the same criticism that they don't innovate enough to warrant the full purchase. SCE San Diego seems to have taken the criticism to heart, as MLB The Show 16 includes a bevy of new features. We invited SCE San Diego's Ramone Russell to the Game Informer office to play some MLB The Show 16 and give us a rundown of what's new in this year's game.

Join us as we explore the game and quickly sample the available modes.

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