Inside Insomniac's Terrifying VR Adventure Edge Of Nowhere

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Inside Insomniac's Terrifying VR Adventure Edge Of Nowhere

With our January cover focusing on the upcoming year of virtual reality games, we wanted to take a look at some longer experiences and not just the typical VR tech demos. One of those games was Edge of Nowhere from Insomniac Games, a game set in Antarctica that features a man named Victor Howard battling the elements and his own sanity as things descend into a Lovecraftian nightmare. Creative director and long-time Insomniac Brian Allgeier joined us in our studio for a chat to help explain the origins of the game and the bold experimentation involved in developing games for the Oculus Rift.

Watch the video below to learn more about Insomniac's pioneering work in VR and what players can expect from their new horror game.

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The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

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Over the past five years, the unlikely success of Activision’s Skylanders franchise has blossomed into a full-blow genre. This year, there are three major entrants in toys-to-life space (not counting Nintendo’s own spin on things with Amiibo).

As a service to parents, we’re breaking down everything that’s coming for the three different games. Below, you’ll find complete checklists for the toys and accessories we know are coming to Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Lego Dimensions

We’ve also detailed some things to know about each of the games as you're considering what you might already own (and what your kids say they need). 

Inside Insomniac's Terrifying VR Adventure Edge Of Nowhere

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With our January cover focusing on the upcoming year of virtual reality games, we wanted to take a look at some longer experiences and not just the typical VR tech demos. One of those games was Edge of Nowhere from Insomniac Games, a game set in Antarctica that features a man named Victor Howard battling the elements and his own sanity as things descend into a Lovecraftian nightmare. Creative director and long-time Insomniac Brian Allgeier joined us in our studio for a chat to help explain the origins of the game and the bold experimentation involved in developing games for the Oculus Rift.

Watch the video below to learn more about Insomniac's pioneering work in VR and what players can expect from their new horror game.

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The Abundant Easter Eggs Of Transformers: Devastation

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It came as something of a surprise when we learned earlier this year that Platinum’s next action opus would be a Transformers game. But when the game released, it turned out to be a strong, stylish action game filled with nostalgia for the original 1980s Transformers cartoon, and for the broader body of Transformers lore. We learned that one of the big reasons for that nostalgia is that many of the developers at Platinum are tremendous fans of the franchise.

Now that the game has been out for a few months, we asked Platinum and Activision to highlight some of the hidden secrets to be found in Transformers: Devastation. The developer surprised us with the number of inclusions, and we’ve included many of the best below, along with our descriptions of how everything fits into the Transformers canon. In the case where a character or weapon appeared in multiple Transformers story continuities, we’ve highlighted the best remembered appearance.

Players could find little Kremzeek as a collectible in Devastation, but the creature was a central plot component in one of the old ‘80s cartoon episodes. Megatron and Starscream created the tiny being, which hungered after energy. It was unleashed on the unsuspecting Autobots, before heading to Japan to feast. The Autobots eventually destroy it (mostly), but not before it transforms into a massive Kaiju-sized threat.

Vote For Your 2015 Games Of The Year In Our Reader's Poll

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Now is your chance to declare which titles you most enjoyed the most over the course of the year. Vote for your favorite games, and do your part to make sure they make our Reader Games of the Year section in our upcoming issue.

Developers and publishers still struggled with the transition to current-gen last year, but 2015 was the year they got a handle on it. With few exceptions, the move to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are complete, and only a few games make their way over to older hardware.

Coming up with our Top 50 games of the year was tough (and no, we're not telling you what they are quite yet), considering the quality of games that 2015 brought. Whether your tastes leaned toward epic adventures such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt or Fallout 4, or bite-sized games like Splatoon or Rocket League, there were plenty of great options to choose from. 

The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

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The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

Microsoft has announced the December additions for its Xbox One backward compatibility library. The inclusions bring one of the promised games (Halo: Reach) and fifteen others.

This presented a perfect opportunity for us to revise the 25 most requested games via Microsoft’s poll. This time, we weeded out the games sitting in the list that have either been release or are confirmed for a future rollout. 

The remaining games take us a bit further down the list, but give us an idea of what fans are requesting without taking up space with things you have (or will have in the near future). Note that some of the games on this list, like Mass Effect 2 and 3, are multi-disc games, and therefore not yet possible via Xbox One backward compatibility.

Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

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Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

Game Informer's office is usually as quiet as a library; the sounds of keyboards rapidly being clicked is often all you hear. Today the office is filled with the chatter of anxious Star Wars fans. The conversations range from people huddling together to discuss their favorite Star Wars movies and moments within them, to Jeff Cork pointing a damning finger at every person on staff, warning them not to spoil the movie for him or else.

Given this is a video game outlet first and foremost, the discussions also lead to video games and the prolific impact Star Wars has had on our favorite entertainment medium. Game developers saw the potential Star Wars had in the video games realm from the moment the film debuted on the silver screen in 1977. Some of these creators were so certain this science-fiction universe would transition to the interactive space that they didn't even get the rights for the Star Wars property, but still decided to release their games. In 1978, a year after Star Wars: A New Hope opened in theaters, the reputable Apple Computer released an unlicensed Star Wars game called Starwars on cassette tape for the Apple II. The game, which you can play in your web browser today, is an enjoyable little TIE Fighter shooting gallery.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 17, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 17, 2015)

In addition to reminding us just how many winter settings there are in video games, we have some timely blogs reacting to big news from Smash Bros. and Hideo Kojima, and a best-of-2015 list.

Community Blogs For December 10 – December 16:

52/52 Week 51 – Final Smash Direct Live Reaction TheDarkestLink responds to the amazing announcement that Bayonetta is coming to Super Smash Bros. Oh, he actually puts pen to paper on a slew of other characters and expectations, but I'm most excited about the badass witch.