NHL 17 Wishlist – 29 Changes We Want On And Off The Ice

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After stumbling onto the ice with its first entry on Playstation 4 and Xbox One, EA's NHL series bounced back with a much improved second shift last year. Last week we got our first glimpse at the company's plans for the next entry in the series via a trailer that teased promising new features like international competition, team customization, franchise relocation, team celebrations, and net battles. As bigtime hockey fans, our wish list is slightly longer.

Getting all of our proposed improvements into NHL 17 (or even 18/19) is unrealistic, but we'd love to see these deficiencies addressed in the coming years as the series strengthens its position in the ranks of sports games. Hockey's never been the most popular sport, but if EA smartly caters to the hardcore fans of old-time hockey and entices some new players into the fold, it could reclaim the glory of past entries.

Here are 29 changes we think could drastically improve the franchise.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 12, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 12, 2016)

It's been a good week of blogging for the herd, though I'm surprised there weren't more blogs about the fire cat and owl Nintendo unleashed upon the world this week. Oh, but I do expect some Uncharted blogs to come our way next week with the series' final game out.  

Community Blogs For May 5 – May 11:   

Top 5 Villains That Make You Want to Kill Them... StarterPack has a pretty good list of baddies here. Handsome Jack alone is worthy of all five slots (really, that dude is just one big jerk with a dash of nasty). What are some other villains that really grind your gears?  

23 Observations From The Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers

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23 Observations From The Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers

Nintendo and Game Freak offered up a number of new details this morning with English and Japanese trailers for the new Pokémon. The three new starters were revealed, as well as the new legendaries and the release date: November 18. Outside of those details, however, a number of tiny reveals were included. If you blinked, you might have missed them, but not us.

For whatever reason, the new starters will be presented to you on a stage.

One of them seems less thrilled than the others to be up for grabs.

Your Favorite Pokémon Starters Ranked

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Yesterday, we posed an important and undeniably difficult Pokémon question to readers: Of the 22 different starters from the 27 different Pokémon games, who is the best? You can find the results below.

As is the case with these sort of roundups, this is miles from being anything resembling a scientific poll. I looked at the comments and tallied up the votes on this reader discussion, and for the surprisingly few that picked up to three starters because they couldn't bring themselves to decide, I counted all their votes. It's more about figuring out the general tone and seeing who is rising to the top of a cast of great Pokémon starters.

Litten, Oshawott, Piplup, Popplio, Snivy and Tepig were the big losers from the poll, with not a single person raising their hand for any of them. No readers selected these as their favorites. Litten and Popplio have a good excuse – they are the upcoming starters from Sun and Moon, and all we know about them is their type and what their initial forms look like. Surprisingly, Rowlet did get a vote. Someone has already claimed the owl as their favorite, despite not having played with them yet. This actually goes against our poll (which you can currently find on our homepage) asking who among the new starters is the best.

Test Chamber – 10 Minutes Of Intense Cyberpunk Action With Ruiner

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Ruiner was one of the stand-out indie titles on showcase at PAX East 2016, and we were able to play through the game's challenging demo and showcase what makes it special.

Ruiner is the first title from Polish developer Reikon, which is made up of former members of CD Projekt RED. The game takes place in an oppressive future heavily inspired by '80s Cyberpunk and anime like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. The gameplay, which you can see in the video below, is reminiscent of games like Hotline Miami and other twin-stick shooters, but easily establishes an oppressive identity all its own. This is the build of the game that appeared at PAX in April, so it's worth noting that this is far from the final version.

For some of our written impressions on Ruiner from PAX, head here. The game is set for release this year on PC.

Get Reacquainted With Corvo Attano From Dishonored 2

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For Dishonored 2, the supernatural assassin Corvo returns to do what he does best. However, this isn’t the same Corvo fans of the first game remember; the stoic hero is 15 years older, making him more grizzled and experienced than before. He also has a voice this time around, which means fans will get an even deeper look into what makes this assassin tick.

Vital Stats

Head here for a deeper dive into Corvo and Emily's powers.

Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay

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Civilization VI Coming October 21, Big Changes To Core Gameplay

Civilization VI comes to PC on October 21. I spoke with lead designer Ed Beach and associate producer Sarah Darney on the project to nail down some big changes coming to the classic strategy franchise for its sixth installment.

“One of the first principles with Civilization VI was to keep most of the subsystems from the finished (with expansions) Civ V around in some form,” Beach says. “Civ VI builds off a lot of the design that Civ V finished with, but the code and the A.I. and everything like that is all implemented from scratch to fit Civ VI.”

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23 Minor Observations From The Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers

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23 Minor Observations From The Pokémon Sun & Moon Trailers

Nintendo and Game Freak offered up a number of new details this morning with English and Japanese trailers for the new Pokémon. The three new starters were revealed, as well as the new legendaries and the release date: November 18. Outside of those details, however, a number of tiny reveals were included. If you blinked, you might have missed them, but not us.

For whatever reason, the new starters will be presented to you on a stage.

One of them seems less thrilled than the others to be up for grabs.

Watch Our Exhaustive, Five-Hour Analysis Of Final Fantasy VII

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Back in January of this year, we announced our new plan to engage with the Game Informer community by playing through and discussing games in a format we called The GI Game Club. Each new discussion (incorporating a ton of community feedback) is posted in episodes of The Game Informer Show podcast, which you can subscribe to on iTunes or check out on YouTube. Over the course of a month or two, we played through all of the 1997 classic Final Fantasy VII and shared our thoughts and the community's input and questions along the way.

We've cut together all of the episodes and posted the full discussion of Final Fantasy VII below.

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Should You Play The Rest Of The Series Before Playing Uncharted 4?

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Should You Play The Rest Of The Series Before Playing Uncharted 4?

Uncharted 4 just hit stores today and is by all accounts a fantastic adventure game. However, given it's the fourth entry in the series, there might be some apprehension for newcomers who haven't played the other games in the series. Fellow editor Andrew Reiner and I decided to hash it out and try and figure out just how necessary it is to have played the previous games to appreciate Naughty Dog's latest.

Javy Gwaltney: So Uncharted 4, after several delays and much anticipation, is finally out. Your review suggests you really enjoyed it, Reiner.

Andrew Reiner: After spending so much time with Nathan Drake throughout the years, it’s a little bittersweet to see it come to an end, but I’m glad Naughty Dog decided to send him off in style rather than continue on like Indiana Jones has. Part of me wishes the development team would go back on that decision a decade from now, given just how much fun these games can be, but Uncharted 4’s ending is so well scripted and so heavy in heart that I can’t see them ever revisiting this universe. It’s a hell of a sendoff and a hell of a game to boot.