Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs of 2015

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We're nearing the end of 2015, which means it's time for Game Informer to share its favorite songs of the year via a Spotify playlist!

With 17 editors, plus our wonderful production staff, our tastes are understandably eclectic. Expect many transitions into new genres as you meander through the long playlist.

Not all readers have as varied taste as we do, so here is some guidance for fans of particular music genres. For hip-hop lovers, our rhyme bank includes the likes of Missy Elliot, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, and Vic Mensa. If you're looking for a dance party, queue up DNCE, Jamie xx, Tame Impala, and Passion Pit.

Top Ten Excuses For Gaming During Family Gatherings

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The holiday season is always bittersweet. On one hand, most of us have a string of days off from work or school. On the other hand, we're expected to spend that time with our families instead of playing video games. Fear not! Here's a list of ten ways you can sneak away from the relatives and get in some gaming.

This article was originally posted on December 24, 2012, but the advice is still just as priceless today as it was then!

Excuse #10: "I'm just testing to make sure it works." What could possibly be worse than opening a shiny new game on Christmas morning only to find out that it's broken? No one would want their child/sibling/parent/whoever to suffer such disappointment. Before you wrap that exciting new game up, explain to the powers that be that you should really pop it into your console and play the first couple of hours just to make sure it works.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 24, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 24, 2015)

This week's edition is a bit shorter with the holidays coming up, but that doesn't mean the quality of blogs has tapered off. Plus, having less blogs to read means you guys and gals get more time to play games!

Community Blogs For December 17 – December 23:

My Top Ten Games of 2015: #3 Eric Watson continues down the list of his favorite games of the year, this time ranking Xenoblade Chronicles X at number three. I haven't played it, but its predecessor was pretty darn good. I'm digging the list, but it's reminding me of a sad fact: I don't think I played 10 games released this year.

Test Chamber – Batman: Arkham Knight's Season Of Infamy DLC

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Croc, Ra's al Ghul, Mad Hatter, and Mr. Freeze return to Gotham for Arkham Knight's latest DLC, and we decided to give it a look.

Unlike the previous Batgirl-lead A Matter Of Family DLC, Season of Infamy injects itself right into the main campaign, opening up a new collection of missions in new areas focused on the collection of returning villains listed above. Andrew Reiner and myself decided to try out before we kick off the holiday break. We met the Mad Hatter and got a look at Croc before venturing too far back into Gotham. We also wear the newly added The Dark Knight Batsuit, as well as the original Arkham Asylum Batmobile.

Season of Infamy released yesterday for Batman: Arkham Knight, and is part of its season pass. As a note, you must complete at least 60% of the City of Fear, Most Wanted missions (Arkham Knight's main story) in order to access the Season of Infamy DLC.

Game Informer's Holiday Buying Guide 2015

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Game Informer's Holiday Buying Guide 2015

The holiday season provides plenty of reasons for gamers to drain their bank accounts while they march through malls looking for the perfect gifts for their friends and families. We can’t help your wallet, but we can save your sanity. Take a cue from our annual buying guide and your holiday shopping will be done in no time. Here are some of the coolest geek-related toys and tech that 2015 has to offer. Text by Ben Reeves & Brian Shea.

Nav: Star Wars | Retro Gamer | Horror | A.F.K. | Sci-Fi/Fantasy | Technology | Console Bundles

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 6

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 6

One of the most criminally overlooked games from yesteryear, Beyond Good & Evil is a story-driven adventure that follows a photojournalist named Jade and her mechanic friend Pey'j. We won't spoil where this journey goes, but fans of Zelda, Pokémon Snap, and fun science fiction stories should either watch our playthrough or pick up the game and play it. This is an exceptional game from developer Ubisoft Montpellier and legendary creator Michel Ancel.

Beyond Good & Evil was originally released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC on November 11, 2003, but to make it look better on your massive displays, we're playing the HD re-release from 2011, which we downloaded through Xbox One's snazzy, new backwards compatibility.

Unlike other Super Replays, we're airing these episodes as soon as we finish them, and we won't record more until you've watched and commented on the newest chapter. We want you the viewer to be a part of this journey as well. We plan to read as many comments as we can during the next episode. If you have any questions for us about Beyond Good & Evil, Replay, or video games in general, list them in the comments section below, or on YouTube. If all goes as planned, we'll finish this Super Replay in December, and will roll into our annual 12.31 Super Replay next. Thanks again for the support!

Insomniac, Supermassive, And More Discuss The Difficulties Of VR

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Whenever a new and exciting gaming technology hits the market, enthusiastic developers explore new angles to captivate their user base. Never before have developers been able to put their target audiences in the middle of the action the way virtual-reality headsets can. The potential of VR is undeniable, but before it can reach its full potential, several hurdles must be cleared.

The developers supporting the first wave of 2016’s VR boom have worked relentlessly to iterate on their games to make sure they’re fully capitalizing on the potential of the tech. The headsets are impressive for sure, but how these teams got to where they are today is even more impressive.

Developing for virtual reality is undeniably different from developing for a traditional console or PC. Players are no longer looking at the experience from the outside; in VR, players are often inside these virtual worlds. 

The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

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The Gigantic List Of All Rock Band 4's Available DLC Tracks

Rock Band 4 makes the leap from last generation to the modern consoles with a massive catalog of existing Rock Band DLC, most of which is compatible with the latest game. That amounts to over 1,700 tracks, which can make finding your favorite song a pain when sifting through digital storefronts.

To ease the search for good music, we’ve compiled every DLC track currently available in a more organized format. As new songs are added, we’ll update the article. 

For those curious if Rock Band 4 is worth the price of admission, check out our review. Speaking of price, each DLC track costs $1.99. This week's download, which is being called the Off The Charts 02 pack, can also be purchased as a bundle for $8.49.

Opinion – Kojima Made The Right Choice Picking Sony

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It sounds like Kojima had a number of options when it came to partners for the first project from his post-Konami iteration of Kojima Productions, but I think Sony was the right choice.

First off, you can't underestimate the power of Kojima's stated comfort level with Sony and PlayStation products. Now that he's in charge of his own independent studio, it's important to have some things that are familiar instead of a sea of uncharted waters. Through his years with Konami and the close relationship the Metal Gear franchise had with PlayStation systems, I'm sure Kojima has a good rapport with executives like Sony's president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida and Andrew House through the latter's days in marketing for Sony. Hopefully this kind of pre-existing relationship with Sony cuts down on poor communication and both sides understand what's expected of each other.