Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 5, 2015)

about X hours ago from
Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (November 5, 2015)

This week we have some reviews of the community's Super Mario Maker levels (give them all a try if you can), some creative writing challenge responses, and of course, talk of Fallout 4. Guys and gals, Fallout 4 is happening soon. I expect many blogs on traversing the wasteland with your doggy.

Community Blogs For October 29 – November 4:

November Game Challenge: Week One (Open Worlds Abound) I'm not sure how Rebekah Lang has time to not only keep up with gaming each month to continue her challenge, but then to also write about it. This month she pontificates on the effect Fallout 4 and the next Tomb Raider game will have on her gaming habits. It's a good move to play the latter first; the wasteland can end up sucking players in for hours upon hours of running from Radscorpions. I mean, that's what I do, anyway.

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

about X hours ago from

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.

100 Questions And Answers With Quantum Break's Sam Lake

about X hours ago from

Gracing Game Informer's cover for the December issue is Remedy Entertainment's Quantum Break. Since Quantum Break is a time-travelling action game, we naturally had a lot of questions for creative director Sam Lake while visiting the studio in Finland. Also, we couldn't help but ask a few questions about the studio's history with Max Payne and Alan Wake as well. If you enjoy this (slightly insane) format for an interview, be sure to check out our rapid-fire questions about Destiny: The Taken King and No Man's Sky.

Watch the video below to learn more about Quantum Break, Sam Lake, and Remedy than you could possibly imagine. Enjoy!

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Candy Crush Is As Devious As It Is Delicious

about X hours ago from

Back in 2013 when King.com's Candy Crush was a small game with a lowly 10 million daily users, we chatted with King's Tommy Palm about how the game began and how it has become such a phenomenon. In light of Activision's $5.9 billion purchase of King, we decided it was a good excuse to reshare this brief interview. This article originally published on February, 14, 2013.

Candy Crush Saga may be the biggest game you've never heard of. The color-matching game has attracted a few fans since it launched on Facebook in April 2012. OK, that's a bit of an understatement. Since Candy Crush Saga was released, it's attracted nearly 10 million daily users, putting it at the top of the Facebook charts. King.com has also released a mobile version of the game, and progress between both platforms is shared. We spoke with King's Game Guru Tommy Palm about Candy Crush and the company in general, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Test Chamber – Need For Speed

about X hours ago from
Test Chamber – Need For Speed

Ventura Bay is a big place, but we're here to be your guide through the ins and outs of its racing scene.

Kato and Miller give you a tour through the game, including the customization garage, it's cringe-worthy cast of characters, and a run in with Johnny Law. For more on Ghost Games' reboot of the series, check out my review.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

Five Things That Are Totally Gonna Happen Now That Activision Owns King

about X hours ago from
Five Things That Are Totally Gonna Happen Now That Activision Owns King

Last night, Activision announced that it will acquire Candy Crush maker King, making a big move into the mobile space. We’ve consulted industry analysts (a.k.a. social media) to find out exactly what will happen as a result of this deal.

1. All games will now have microtransactions, but in order to actually spend them, you need to play Candy Crush.

Here’s how it works. Let’s say you want a new Destiny dance. First, you purchase silver on PSN or Xbox Live. Then, you plug a code into Candy Crush and match until Eris Morn shrieks about you shaking your groove thang. Boom. New dance.

Inside The Development Of Ms. Pac-Man

about X hours ago from
Inside The Development Of Ms. Pac-Man

Pac-Man is a very Japanese game from a Japanese game maker, so it may seem strange that the seeds for its superior sequel grew on American soil. Then again, the story behind Ms. Pac-Man is far from normal. Throughout the years, the legend of Ms. Pac-Man has grown to almost mythical proportions. It’s been said that the game was originally an illegal hack created by two MIT students. Then there was its connection to the urban legend about a Pac-Man-with-legs game, a rare cabinet that was rumored to have floated through the wilds of American arcades during the ‘80s. Not every rumor about arcade’s first lady is true, but the truth – as it turns out – is far more impressive than any fiction. “We’ve never made an attempt at correcting things,” says Doug Macrae, General Computer Corporation co-founder and one of the men who helped create Ms. Pac-Man. “But maybe it’s about time.”

[Editor's Note: This feature originally appearing in issue 201 of Game Informer Magazine]

Announcing The Star Wars: Rebellion Board Game

about X hours ago from
Announcing The Star Wars: Rebellion Board Game

While Fantasy Flight has brought us some great miniature, card, and role-playing games in the Star Wars universe in recent years, we’ve yet to see the full-fledged board game treatment that so many fans want. That changes in 2016, as the tabletop game developer is pulling back the curtain on Star Wars: Rebellion, a board game of galactic conquest, heroic narratives, and epic space battles.

We traveled to Fantasy Flight to play Star Wars: Rebellion ahead of its announcement, where we were checked out an early version of the game and spoke to the creators. Our gameplay impressions and comments from the team can be found in this month’s issue of Game Informer magazine, but for folks looking to get the basics, we’ve got you covered. 

Star Wars: Rebellion is a board game that opens with the galaxy how we remember it at the beginning of Episode IV. Leia is part of a fledgling Rebel Alliance. The Emperor’s forces have completed the first Death Star. Darth Vader is a brutal enforcer of his master’s will. 

Test Chamber – Rise Of The Tomb Raider

about X hours ago from

Rise of the Tomb Raider is out next week, and we got a chance look at Lara Croft's latest adventure before the release. Join us as we take her hunting, dive into a tomb, and take on groups of bad dudes.

In today's episode of Test Chamber, Tim Turi and I spend our time exploring the Siberian wilderness around a Soviet military installation. There are a lot of moving parts in the game, and we do our best to highlight the crafting and upgrade systems, as well as a few different ways to approach combat. A common thread run through most of it: Living things don't do well when they're penetrated by arrows.

(Please visit the site to view this media)

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

about X hours ago from
The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

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).