Funny To A Point – The Games Of E3 That No One Else Played

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E3 provides readers with a frenzied week of news, previews, and videos, but not every title gets its moment in the spotlight. For this week's column I'll be looking at six "games" that I can guarantee no else played at E3 except me, along with some pictures from the trip. You're welcome!

If I look grumpy in this picture, it's only because I had eaten literally nothing but donuts and pizza for two straight days. I don't know what Cork's excuse is though...

#6: TetrisI played a pseudo match of this classic puzzler the night before my flight by trying to cram as much crap as I possibly could into my backpack and suitcase. The key to packing for a big work trip? Redundancy. What if I were to lose a contact lens? I can't stagger around L.A. half-blind for a week – better bring a backup pair. What if I lose one of those too? Better pack a backup for the backup. What if I lose one on the plane, and all my spares are in my suitcase because TSA doesn't trust that I haven't filled my lens solution bottle with rocket fuel or some other highly combustible liquid? Better throw a third set in my carry-on. And my glasses.

Behind Enemy Lines With Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare’s Settlement Defense Front

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The enemy in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is a brutal, fascist force that players will find difficult to empathize with in any way. They’re as traditional “bad guys” as things get, an evil force set on pure domination and control. The Settlement Defense Front consists of a massive fleet which includes the biggest, baddest capital starship in the known galaxy, the Olympus Mons. Its troops are both human and robotic, with slaughter drones and retrofitted service and worker droids that have laid down their mining programs in favor of new initiatives bent on the SDF’s goals. In Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, you’re going up against this massive war machine – and the odds are not in your favor.

The Settlement Defense Front came to power as off-worlders (think of them like modern day frontier gold-rushers) headed out into the dangerous void of space to take risks and make fortunes doing what, as they see it, the fat complacent Earth-dwellers were too cowardly to do. With the aid of robots and other technology, they have benefited greatly from the bounty of space, but now they want it all. Cutting ties with Earth and taking over have become the goal, and whether it’s by brutal annihilation or simply cutting off the old world from essential supplies to survive from space, the Settlement Defense Force wants Earth out of the picture.

Our E3 2016 Indie Game Round-Up

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Our E3 2016 Indie Game Round-Up

E3 is full of exciting press conferences and triple-A title announcements, but there are also plenty of indie games that are displayed on the show floor. Each year, we take a look at what the indies have to offer, and this year had some beautiful games on display. Here are some of the best indies from E3 2016.

Masquerada: Songs and ShadowsDeveloper: Witching Hour StudiosPublisher: Ysbryd Games 
Release: 2016
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Mac

Masquerada is an isometric RPG inspired from the likes of Baldur's Gate and Dragon Age. Battles are played out in either real time or you can pause combat to plan out your tactics. In the Venetian city of Ombre, class is distinguished and segregated by those who wear masks, and those who do not. These masks hold an ancient power, and Cicero wields some of these masks to unleash special attacks. You play as the investigator and hero Cicero who was exiled because of a crime he committed five years ago against the government. Now, he's been called back to uncover what happened to the diplomat Razitof Azrus, who has mysteriously been kidnapped. This leads him to an even larger conspiracy, and sets him in opposition to a guild known as Masquerada who hope to possess all masks for selfish gain.

The Stand-Out VR Experiences Of E3 2016

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The Stand-Out VR Experiences Of E3 2016

Despite shipment problems and an expectedly slower start to consumer virtual reality adoption, E3 2016 is full of impressive experiences. We've rounded up some of our favorites, including original creations and games adapted or otherwise based on other source material.

We'll be updating this throughout E3, so check back for more of VR's best during the week.

Volume: CodaDeveloper: Bithell GamesPlatforms: PSVR
Release: Fall 2016

E3 2016 Day Five Recap

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E3 2016 Day Five Recap

Another E3 has come to a close. The games have been played, the trailers have been watched, and the news has been announced. Don't be sad, though; even though this was the final day of E3 2016, we can still help you experience the best of what the show floor had to offer.  

With gorgeous screenshots, stunning trailers, and detailed impressions of games like For Honor and Persona 5, the stories below should fill in the gaps and help you get excited for the games on the horizon. 

Super Paper Mario, Drill Dozer, And Mega Man 7 Available On Virtual ConsoleActivision Bringing Animated Skylanders Academy Show To NetflixE3 Had Over 70,000 Attendees This Year

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 16, 2016)

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The glorious (or horrible depending on your view of such things) E3 dominates most of the blogs this week, but writing challenge responses also rolled in like an ocean of all powerful Magikarp on the precipice of level 20. Enjoy!

Community Blogs For June 9 – June 15:

My Wishlist for Zelda 2017 Timothy Repasky wrote this before the E3 reveal that made me break my "no watching trailers to spoil anything ever" rule. Aside from the sword beam (and really, the sword beam should be in every game with a sword because sword beams), I think our blogger was pleasantly surprised during the Zelda announcement. I just want to be a pink bunny again.

Ed Boon Answers Mortal Kombat's Burningest Questions

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Have you ever looked at Goro's lair and wondered what it smelled like? Have you ever pondered Reptiles seemingly forgotten cosplay career? Why is Scorpion so demanding? If you're anything like me, these are the questions that keep you up at night. I had a chance to once and for all clear up the confusion surrounding these hot topics with Mortal Kombat co-creator Ed Boon.

Game Informer: Why doesn't Scorpion realize he could go to his opponent rather than always demanding they come to him?Ed Boon:That's a really good question. I think he's a control freak. Like, he's one of those people who has to bark orders to kind of lift himself up.

How many times has Johnny Cage died?About two or three million if you consider how many games we've sold.

An Interview With Hideo Kojima

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An Interview With Hideo Kojima

The newly formed Kojima Productions' first game, Death Stranding, debuted at Sony's E3 press conference a few days ago, and teased a concept that no one can quite figure out. Is it science fiction? Horror? Is it about life or death? It's a mystery that will likely leave us stumped for a while, as Hideo Kojima, the founder of the company and writer and director of the game, revealed in an interview with me earlier today that it's early in development.

Kojima also talked at length about the inspiration behind Death Stranding and Kojima Productions' current push to staff up.

I've had a lot of fun following you on Twitter the last couple of months. It seems like you're having the time of your life with your new company. How is life as an independent game developer treating you?

E3 2016 Day Four Recap

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The big announcements and surprise reveals may be finished, but E3 is still in full swing. The biggest games of 2016 and beyond are on display, and the Game Informer editors are playing them and bringing you our hands-on impressions. Of course, we've also got a deluge of new screens and trailers, and bits of news continue to trickle out.

Nintendo continued showcasing new titles in its standby series like Mario Party and Paper Mario, but the company also revealed a new RPG called Ever Oasis. On the show floor, we got a chance to see plenty of exciting titles in action, including Gears of War 4, Ghost Recon: Wildlands, Detroit: Become Human, and Titanfall 2. All in all, today was a good day to be a gamer, so peruse the collection of stories below and relive it. 

Paragon's Open Beta Hits In AugustStargate Actor Joins God Of War As The New Voice Of KratosNintendo Announces Pokémon Go Plus – A Companion Pedometer For Pokémon Go
PlayStation Neo Unlikely To Include Internal PSVR Processing
Another Familiar Face Returns To Dishonored 2
Rhythm Heaven Megamix Is Available Now For 3DS

Test Chamber – Trials Of The Blood Dragon

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In one of the more absurd and amusing moments of Ubisoft’s Monday E3 press conference, the team leads for the original Blood Dragon and the Trials games joined forces on stage in a show of bravado and humor, all in the name of announcing their joint new game – Trials of the Blood Dragon. Gamers didn’t have long to wait before getting an opportunity to check out the insanity; the game became available for purchase immediately following the event.

Kyle Hilliard and I sat down to check out some of the early missions of the new game, and even after driving through a few missions, it’s clear that the project is something different and surprising. The core gameplay of the Trials franchise is in place, but expanded with new vehicles and styles of play. Meanwhile, the infusion of Blood Dragon storytelling and humor lends a deeper narrative hook, along with a heaping spoonful of 80s nostalgia. 

Check out Trials of the Blood Dragon in the video below. Ubisoft’s latest mash-up is available now on PS4, Xbox One, and PC for $14.99.