Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 14, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 14, 2015)

A lot of returning bloggers are in this edition of Blog Herding, with plenty of newcomers slinging words. Dive in and enjoy.

Community Blogs For January 7 – January 13:  

Confession – I Rarely Customize My Character  Craigaleg wants to jump right into a game, not mess around with facial features. I usually only spend about 15 minutes doing this (my Mass Effect 1 character looked damn good before Mass Effect 3 wouldn't let me import it, killing my momentum to recreate my face ever again). Time is also why I stopped customizing Pro Evolution teams with correct names and jerseys. I'd rather just start playing. What about the rest of you? 

Classic GI: I Have No Mouth, And I Must Scream

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The terrifying 1995 classic, I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, saw release today on iOS, which is the perfect excuse to revisit our feature all about the game's development. Below you can read about the history of the game and how the adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s 1967 short story came to be with the game's developers.This article first appeared in issue #225 of Game Informer.

While some younger readers might find it hard to believe, our culture’s interest in post-apocalyptic settings didn’t originate with the Fallout series. Harlan Ellison’s 1967 short story “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream,” is an early landmark, offering readers an unimaginably bleak look at humanity’s future, with five desperate souls enduring the constant torture of a deranged AI. Despite its sparse characterization and lack of a traditional narrative, it was adapted into a computer game of the same name in 1995. Here’s the story of how Ellison and a pair of designers transformed the story into one of the most disturbing point-and-click adventure games of all time.

The 10 Goofiest Alternate Costumes Of 2015

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The 10 Goofiest Alternate Costumes Of 2015

Whatever else may be uttered about 2015, let no one say that its games didn't give players plenty of options when it came to donning ridiculous costumes. Even the bleakest RPGs and action titles had some goofball duds for gamers to make their protagonists trounce around in. Let's talk about the 10 goofiest ones.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Chicken Hat

In Metal Gear Solid V, the chicken hat is offered to players who have died too many times during a mission, making the wearer invisible to foes for a bit. It's both a generous offer to help players who are struggling through certain sections of the game and a slap in the face, a mark of shame for the player to wear. Still, it's pretty amusing to think the last thing an enemy soldier seeing before a tranq dart puts them to sleep is a grown man sneaking about in a chicken hat.

Opinion — More Spin-Offs, Please

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Opinion — More Spin-Offs, Please

I wished I loved Assassin’s Creed: India. I came to it expecting an entertaining, if not amazing, time thanks to the solid quality of Chronicles: China. Instead I found a game that was dull, oppressive, as well as a bit broken. Worse, it had wasted the solid foundation built by the game before it. And yet oddly enough I eagerly await the last game in Ubisoft’s Mark Of The Ninja-inspired trilogy, Russia, due out next month. I want Climax Studios to work out the kinks the second game had and end on a high note, not because I’m particularly invested in the stories of these characters, but instead because I want more successful and creatively interesting video game franchise offshoots.

2015 Sports Games Of The Year Awards

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Now that we're out of the growing pains phase of the new home consoles, sports games are also hitting their stride. 2015 was a good all-around year for sports titles (no matter which platform you're on), offering entirely new experiences, the improvement of old favorite franchises, and plenty of modes and types of gameplay to sate everyone.

Check out the various sports categories below, and also be sure to take a look at our overall Best Games of 2015 list as well as what you the readers picked.

Best New Feature: Air Supremacy – Madden NFL 16

A Legend Reborn: Hands-On With Doom's Single Player

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A Legend Reborn: Hands-On With Doom's Single Player

When we arrived at the Richardson, Texas headquarters of id Software last December, I thought we accidentally walked into the wrong office. Id’s familiar logo is painted on the wall, but the lobby doesn’t reflect the history or vibe the studio is known for.

Intense white lights shine down on colorful architecture and décor, creating an environment that is warm, inviting, and unlike anything I would expect from the creators of Doom. The office is modern in design, embracing orange and white hues wherever it can, and is under the watchful eye of the extraordinarily upbeat Ms. Donna, id’s office manager who has been with the studio for decades, and is called “id mom” by the development team.

In the deepest southern accent I’ve heard outside of actors overemphasizing it in films, Ms. Donna offers me a breath mint, and tells me in a polite way that I better have a good time playing the game. She winks at me and I am immediately at a loss for words. A security guard in full police attire (gold badge and all) sits to her right, smiling pleasantly as he soaks in my awkward exchanges with Ms. Donna.

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.

My Thoughts On That Dragon, Cancer

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My Thoughts On That Dragon, Cancer

There are some things in life that you never want to go through, that you hope and pray you can be lucky enough to avoid experiencing firsthand. The Green family had no such luck. Amy and Ryan's son Joel was diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 months old, and battled the disease for four long years before dying at the age of five. That Dragon, Cancer takes players through the Greens' plight, and as Amy declares in one revelatory moment, "tragedy" is the perfect word for the experience – the only word. That Dragon, Cancer is an intensely challenging and emotional game that's virtually impossible to review, but still worth discussing.

2015 RPG Of The Year Awards

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2015 RPG Of The Year Awards

This year had plenty of worthwhile role-playing games to get lost in. A slew of absorbing games, such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Pillars of Eternity, and Fallout 4, appeared with much fanfare. Unfortunately, handheld RPGs weren't as dominant as usual, and games like Tales of Zestiria and Xenoblade Chronicles X underwhelmed compared to their predecessors. The year also had its share of unexpected darlings with Undertale and Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel coming out of nowhere to earn a spot in the race to the top of the RPG pack. Read on to discover what stood out in a year full of ups and downs for the genre.

Best Narrative: The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 has some of the series' best writing, showcasing that not everything in the world is as cut-and-dried as it appears. CD Projekt Red once again tackles choice and situations with plenty of shades of gray and memorable outcomes. The Bloody Baron storyline, anyone? Can you trust the vengeance-focused Dijkstra? The writing also presented a more tender side to Geralt in his quest to help Ciri fend off the Wild Hunt, and watching Ciri determine the right course for her life was exciting in its own right. The narrative may begin with you following Ciri's footsteps, but it always leads to interesting places with complex people, never once dialing back on its dark and bleak world.