Are Vehicles Coming To Pokémon? And Other Small Details We Noticed In The Teaser

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Are Vehicles Coming To Pokémon? And Other Small Details We Noticed In The Teaser

Today’s Nintendo Direct let everyone know that Pokémon Sun and Moon will be coming this holiday season, but a smattering of quick screens and art may have let us know a few additional possibilities about the upcoming titles, some of which are fun to speculate over. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting shots from today’s Nintendo Direct and try to piece the puzzle together.

Oh look, it’s our friend Pikachu! Players will be able to import Pokémon from the classic games into Sun and Moon via the Pokémon Bank, but perhaps we’ll be able to recruit him directly as well in Sun and Moon.

What in the world is this? It looks like a new design for the Pokémon Center – perhaps a bit more compact and efficient than previous iterations.

Exploring Lego Worlds And Why Lego Indy 2 Was Underrated

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Exploring Lego Worlds And Why Lego Indy 2 Was Underrated

One of the appealing things about Lego is how you can build using the instructions or just following your own imagination. That’s what The Lego Movie was all about, after all. TT Games has forged a reputation for creating co-op experiences based on popular IP – including the focus of this month’s cover story, Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens – but that’s not all the company is doing with Lego. Last year, Traveller’s Tales did a soft launch of its Lego Worlds game, an open-ended title similar to Minecraft. We spoke to Jonathan Smith, head of production and strategic direction at TT Games, about the game, which is in Steam Early Access. As a bonus, we got him to explain why he considers Lego Indiana Jones 2: The Adventure Continues the connoisseur’s choice when it comes to Lego games.

“We’re continuing to innovate, as we always try to make new kinds of experiences and new kinds of Lego games,” Smith told us at TT Fusion’s offices. “Last year, we put into Early Access Lego Worlds, which is a game that puts you in control of Lego minifigures in a way that you’re familiar with in Lego video games, but for the first time in a world that’s built entirely of bricks that can be taken apart and built brick by brick to your design – the whole universe is there for you to build and shape.”

Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and now you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.  

To help further your involvement in the discussion, we’ve planned a text-based live chat for today, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Chronicles – Exploring The Cult Status Of Deadly Premonition

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Chronicles – Exploring The Cult Status Of Deadly Premonition

Deadly Premonition sure is a strange game, isn't it? It's also proving to be rather memorable, coming up in conversations about the title's influence on modern narrative-focused games.

The unique combination of survival-horror and open world RPG, as well as its innate Twin Peaks' inspired quirkiness, has made it a natural choice for our Chronicles series. We're going to be playing through Deadly Premonition and chatting about the good, the bad, and just plain ol' weird. We'll stick with it as long as it holds our interest and we hope you'll join us as we experience Swery65's oddball odyssey.

You can also check out some of our other Chronicles series, like Just Cause 2 and Dark Souls II: Crown Of The Old Iron King.

Watch The First Hour Of Far Cry Primal

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Far Cry Primal is finally out, and players are already finding the title to be a surprisingly different variation on the Far Cry formula. If you’re making up your mind about whether Ubisoft’s new game is worth a play, you should consider Jeff Cork’s complete review. If you need some more visual evidence, today’s video should give you a good sense of what you’re getting into, as we’ve recorded one full hour in the open world first-person game.

Ben Reeves and I sat down to play the game together. We come to Primal with an abundance of experience in both general first-person shooters and the earlier Far Cry games, but little to no hands-on perspective on this latest release. Join us as we explore the opening of Far Cry Primal together, and find out if the game is for you. Far Cry Primal is available now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. 

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Watch As We Try To Survive For As Long As Possible In The Flame In The Flood

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Watch As We Try To Survive For As Long As Possible In The Flame In The Flood

The Flame in The Flood is a roguelike survival adventure game that hit Xbox One and PC yesterday. The gorgeous looking game casts you as a young woman trying to make it downriver on a raft with the help of her trusty dog while danger lurks around every bend.

Join Andrew Reiner and I as we take a trip down the river and try to survive for as long as possible. (Spoiler: we don't last long).

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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

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A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.  

To help further your involvement in the discussion, we’ve planned a text-based live chat for Friday, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 25, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (February 25, 2016)

There's a good dose of blogs in this week's edition to help you get through the end of the week and into the weekend. Please give them all a read and consider writing one yourself. Now let's get to it.

Community Blogs For February 18 – February 24:

Confusion Longtime blogger Rebekah Lang gives readers a look into her life pursuing games writing, and just how difficult that has been. And then she admits that it may not be for her after all. Writing is hard. Reporting and writing is hard. Video game, sports writing, and feature writing are all hard. My advice is to never give up. However, if you find another calling, then roll with it. Hopefully it's in this wonderful field you love.

MMORPGs To Watch In 2016

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While the influx of new MMORPGs has slowed to a trickle in comparison to the market of years ago, continual support, new content, expansions, and renovations continue to make the genre one of the most compelling offerings on PC. 

This feature was originally published on February 22, 2016.

While some of today’s best offerings are also available on console, the roster of titles available on PC is deeper than ever and allows players to pick a title that syncs up perfectly with their own personal playstyles and interests. While this list is by no means an attempt to track every single MMORPG out there – there are so many right now – we’re looking at titles that we think are worth watching this year. Titles are listed in no particular order or ranking.

Opinion: More Games Should Have Great Difficulty Options

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One of the cornerstones of the roguelike genre is harshly punishing the player for their failures. Games likes The Binding of Isaac, FTL, and Spelunky can often have you raging at the screen as a simple miscalculation can result in your untimely demise and hours of lost progress, but such losses make those moments of victory, where you triumph over the mighty Olmec or take down the rebel flagship, that much sweeter. However, the trade-off for these sorts of risk/reward systems is that they often end up pushing casual players away from them simply because they find the payoff for the time investment simply isn't worth it. To call this issue a design flaw would be unfair toward those games given that a lot of their appeal ostensibly rests on the player understanding the depths of loss so they can experiences heights of success. 

That said, I've often wondered over the past few years if there was a way that developers could make allowances toward players who want to play these difficult games on their own terms without necessarily corrupting the core experiences. Several recently released games have attempted to do just that and have been, for the most part, rather successful.