Looking Back On Microsoft In 2015

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Looking Back On Microsoft In 2015

 Microsoft's journey through 2015 was one filled with zig-zags and unexpected news, the attempts of a company trying to win back customers after a series of missteps that had people pulling away from the Xbox One. Just how successful were they?

Let's take a look back on Microsoft's achievements and stumbles this year and find out.

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Comedian Mike Drucker Shares His Top 10 Games Of The Year

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Mike Drucker has worn a lot of hats. He's written for both IGN and Nintendo and is now a writer for The Jimmy Fallon Show as well as a stand-up comedian.

Here are Drucker's top 10 picks for 2015:

Payday 2's Dave Goldfarb Shares His Top 10 Games of 2015

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Dave Goldfarb is the CCO of the Outsiders, a new development studio working on an unannounced project. He was also the game director for Payday 2 and has worked on games like Mirror's Edge and Battlefield 3.

Here's Goldfarb with his picks in no particular order:

Although it seems like I've played less games this year than any other, there were still a few standouts.

Gone Home's Steve Gaynor Shares His Top 10 Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Best known for his work on Gone Home, Steve Gaynor is a writer and game designer at The Fullbright Company. His next project is 2016's Tacoma, a science-fiction tale of discovery set on a derelict space station. Gaynor's first foot in the video game industry came as a fan, making his own levels for F.E.A.R. His work caught the eye of TimeGate Studios, and he was hired as a level designer to work on F.E.A.R.'s Perseus Mandate expansion. Gaynor then joined 2K Marin as a designer for BioShock 2 and its Minerva's Den expansion. He joined Ken Levine at Irrational Games for BioShock Infinite, but let for the project was completed to create Fullbright Company with Karla Zimonja and Johnnemann Nordhagen in 2012.

Here's Gaynor's selections and thoughts on the best games of 2015:

Gaming’s Best And Worst Darth Vaders

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BB-8 and R2-D2 may be cute, but Darth Vader is unquestionably the coolest and most iconic Star Wars character. Because of that, many Star Wars video games make sure the fan-favorite Sith gets his time in the spotlight. Scenes featuring Darth Vader have the potential to be the best and most memorable parts of a game…but they can also blow it and turn the fallen Jedi into a joke.

We’ve selected some of Darth Vader’s best and worst gaming appearances. For good or bad, they’re all memorable...whether they made you smile, laugh, wince, or pump your fist.

Best: The Wookiee-Killer (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed) Everyone loves Chewbacca, but those other wookiees? Well, let’s just say that no one complained when they saw Darth Vader – resplendent in his black armor and full command of the Force –  storming Kashyyyk and blasting Chewbacca’s compatriots off of cliffs.

Eight Of The Most Exciting VR Games On The Horizon

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The VR landscape is the proverbial wild west of game development. Game makers don’t entirely understand how to best make use of the new technology, but it will be fun to watch them figure it out. The big VR headsets haven’t even released yet, but there are already a number of VR projects worth getting excited over. Here are our picks for the best VR games to play once you get your hands on a headset.

(Please visit the site to view this media)Bullet TrainDeveloper: Epic Games
Platform: Rift
This Time Crisis-style first-person shooter places users into the middle of a series of bullet-happy firefights. Players use Oculus’ Touch controllers to pick up, aim, and fire an arsenal of weapons and can teleport across the battlefield at will. However, the most exciting aspect of the game is that players can actually grab bullets, and even rockets, out of the air and throw them back at their foes.

Looking Ahead To Five Big Conversations Of 2016

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Each year, we take a moment in early January to look back on the topics that surfaced multiple times in the previous year and what we anticipate talking about in the coming 12 months. These conversations are topics our readers tell us (via interaction and page views) that were important to them and will likely be of interest moving forward.

Four of our five predictions from last year continued to be relevant throughout 2015. The one about VR still doesn’t have resolution, but represents the question most frequently asked with regard to the fledgling technology.

Looking back on 2015

The Best Tabletop Games of 2015

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Each year, there are dozens of amazing tabletop games worth discovering, and it can be hard to know which titles might be a good fit for your gaming group. We're here to help, with a comprehensive look at some of the best board, card, miniature, and role-playing games that came to North America over the last twelve months. When you're ready for a break from the excellent selection of video games we're seen recently, any one of these tabletop games should lead be a great time for friends and family.

This year's selections include a mix of licensed and original worlds, and a surprisingly even mix of competitive and cooperative entries. 2015 saw phenomenal games for experienced strategy players, easy-to-learn games for casual friend get-togethers, and even a couple of titles that should be very friendly to beginning players.

Dive into the selections below, and make sure and leave your picks for the best tabletop games of 2015 in the comments below! Ten board and card games are listed on the first three pages in alphabetical order. A fourth page details a selection of five role-playing games worth discovering.

Looking Back On Microsoft In 2015

about X hours ago from

 Microsoft's journey through 2015 was one filled with zig-zags and unexpected news, the attempts of a company trying to win back customers after a series of missteps that had people pulling away from the Xbox One. Just how successful were they?

Let's take a look back on Microsoft's achievements and stumbles this year and find out.

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