10 Under The Radar Games You May Have Missed in 2015

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During the deluge of high-profile fall releases like Halo 5: Guardians, Fallout 4, and Rise of the Tomb Raider, it's easy to forget about all the quality titles that have already come and gone this year. Sure, we still vividly remember our adventures in early success stories like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Bloodborne, but for each critical darling, countless other good games were released that never found their proper audience.

I polled the Game Informer offices to find out which 2015 titles the editors felt were given short shrift despite their good review scores. 

Affordable Space AdventuresGI Score: 8.0Platform: Wii U 

The New Xbox One Experience: Rebuilding For A New Reality

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The New Xbox One Experience: Rebuilding For A New Reality

When the Xbox One launched two years ago, it brought with it a set of expectations that didn’t align with a loyal consumer base. Since then, Microsoft has made enormous strides rebuilding customer trust and listening to fans about feature improvements.

The New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) arrives on November 12, bringing with it one of the most anticipated new features: backward compatibility with Xbox 360 titles. But the new dashboard also includes improvements and refinements that reflect the reality that a significant portion of users don’t have the once-bundled Kinect. 

We spoke with Richard Irving, partner group program manager at Microsoft about the road to the NXOE and what’s still ahead. The new user interface was born from updates that Microsoft simply couldn’t fit into one of its monthly feature releases. These needed more time to get right.

Running Down Call Of Duty's Live Action, Celebrity-Filled Commercials

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As long as there is a new Call of Duty, it seems a live action commercial will release alongside it. With today's Black Ops III commercial releasing we decided to look back on the trend.

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This is the one that started it the trend. It has a few celebrity cameos, but they mostly take a backseat to real people (i.e. costumed actors) playing Call of Duty.

11 Things Nintendo Can Do To Thrive Again

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11 Things Nintendo Can Do To Thrive Again

Nintendo crafts fantastic games and is absolutely integral to the history of the video game industry, but it is struggling this console generation. The Wii U has a good library of first-party Nintendo games and is a solid piece of hardware, but it is falling behind in the console wars. It is making some progress, especially with its announcements last night and its partnership with DeNA among others, but we have some additional suggestions for Nintendo that could help it thrive as it did during previous console generations.

It’s Time For A New NameAfter the confusion surrounding Wii U it’s time to start with a new naming convention. Many assumed the Wii U’s gamepad was an accessory for the Wii, unaware it was a whole new console. The new console, if it’s not called NX, should have a completely original name – like the transition from Nintendo 64 to the GameCube. Also, do not under any circumstances use the word “New” as a prefix. It is, and always will be, confusing. When we talk about the New 3DS years from now, we will still be following up with a qualifier about which piece of hardware we’re talking about.

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The Top 25 Horror Games Of All Time

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[Today is Halloween, making it the perfect day to revisit our curated list of the top 25 horror games of all time. This feature originally appeared in Game Informer issue #258, penned by the Game Informer staff, and was published online on November 26, 2014.]

The drive to win and the tension of impending failure is enduring across all genres, but horror games push that formula further, punishing foolish mistakes with gruesome death sequences and fraying players’ nerves with unforgiving scares.

Iron-willed gamers have survived decades of horror games, from dread-inducing adventure games to gory shooters where you confront your fears while aiming down a shotgun barrel. The full catalog of horror games is staggering, but we’ve taken on the gut-wrenching task of refining this massive history to the top 25 in their class.

Top Horror Games To Anticipate In 2016

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The most classic horror film series were all at one point born of one small team’s vision, a miniscule budget, and a lot of dumb luck. Jaws couldn’t keep the shark from breaking, so instead we were treated to an unseen menace. George Romero’s meager budget on Night of the Living Dead didn’t allow for color. Michael Myer’s iconic mask in 1978’s Halloween was a William Shatner knockoff bought for less than $2.

In video games, horror gradually became the domain of large companies like Capcom, Konami, and Ubisoft. With the rise in strength of indie developers like Frictional Games (Amnesia) and Scott Cawthon (Five Nights at Freddy’s), horror games seem to be returning to doing all they can with every meager cent they’ve got. Overbearing mechanics or overly flashy production are no substitute for an innate understanding of what scares gamers. These are the most anticipated horror games to look forward to in 2016.

Through the WoodsPlatform: PCDeveloper: Antagonist
Release: Early 2016

Minecraft Explained (By A Seven Year Old)

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I’m about to utter one of the most apocryphal things I ever have in my years writing about games. I’ve never played more than five minutes of Minecraft.

Don’t get me wrong. I know what Minecraft is. I get how it works, and I certainly know a number of the iconic characters like Steve, creepers, and the endermen. I just haven’t played much of it.

I have spent some time observing my seven-year-old son, who is more than happy to explain it to me. Being a child though, he doesn’t necessarily start at the beginning or recognize that I don’t have the same frame of reference.

How To Recreate The Best Cut Stages In Super Smash Bros. Wii U

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How To Recreate The Best Cut Stages In Super Smash Bros. Wii U

The latest installment in the Smash Bros. series is a fantastic game, as I mentioned in my review, but longtime fans may notice a few things missing. Specifically, several stages that have been around since the early days are now gone. Super Smash Bros. for Wii U has more than plenty of battlegrounds to play in, but it's hard not to miss those classics. Fortunately, I'm here to help. My video tutorial will show you how to bring back the stages you love, step by step. Don't be intimidated – you can do it, too!

As you can see in the video below, all you need to bring these five favorites back into the rotation is a steady hand, patience, and a willingness to express yourself. There's no wrong way to do it, only a few ways that are less right. Take your time and have fun. And you're welcome.

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Replay – Halloween Stuptacular!

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Happy Halloween, Replay viewers! We hope you have a mountain of candy in front of you as you watch this extra-stupid episode of what we believe is the Internet's longest-running dumb show. In this episode we decided to play "trick or treat" with a handful of Game Informer editors.

When kids going trick or treating, they almost always get candy. That isn't the case here at all. Our version of candy is a great game that syncs up with an editor's interests. A trick is a bad game that they would never want to play. We put a lot of thought into this horrible idea, and even dressed up for the occasion. As you'll soon see, one of us didn't fully understand what "dressing up for Halloween" meant.

As silly as this episode is, it is a nice stroll through the history of gaming – from the NES to Xbox 360. We hope you all have a safe and fun Halloween and are quick to forget everything you just watched in this terrible, terrible episode. We'll see you again in seven days!

Five Potentially Crazy Ideas For The Future Of Assassin's Creed

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Annualizing a franchise means having to regularly introduce new ideas to keep it from becoming stale. Each year, Assassin’s Creed introduces a new design philosophy, whether it’s controlling twin siblings, assassinating targets alongside friends, or sailing the high seas, in order to differentiate entries and maintain player interest. 

Below are five unique and potentially divisive suggestions to implement in future Assassin’s Creed titles. Because of how unorthodox they are, each concept is followed with a reason for why it could work, as well as an argument for why it may just as likely fail. We welcome your own opinions in the comments.