Destiny: The Taken King's New Approach To Storytelling

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Destiny: The Taken King's New Approach To Storytelling

You know all of those things that annoyed you about Destiny? Bungie's aware of them. In addition to revamping the game's leveling system for The Taken King and a host of other changes, the developers are "pivoting" from how they've conveyed Destiny's story in the past. With a reinvigorated focus on quest givers and cutscenes sprinkled throughout the experience, The Taken King is hoping to tell a focused and direct story for fans of Bungie's universe. We spoke to The Taken King's creative director Luke Smith and executive producer Mark Noseworthy about lessons from Destiny's past, the importance of Cayde-6, and the changes to Ghost. Remember that you can always learn more about the changes in The Taken King by reading our full cover story.

Watch the video interview with Smith and Noseworthy below to learn more about the "100 little things" that Bungie is doing to change Destiny's storytelling strategy.

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Ten Japanese Games We Can’t Wait To Play

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Conventional wisdom suggests that Japanese development has been losing steam in recent years. And while we don’t see the same number of titles emerging from across the Pacific as we once did, some amazing titles are making their way stateside. With the big release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain on the horizon, we pick ten titles that have us especially stoked.

Only a few characters have been announced for the latest iteration of this classic fighting game, but early glimpses show off a continued evolution of Capcom’s beautiful painterly style for the series, exhibiting familiar characters like Chun-Li and newcomers like Necalli. The new V-System promises to add a new layer of strategy to combat, letting players pull off new character-specific moves, or even counter certain attacks while blocking. We’re also happy to see that the game is doing more to distinguish its long-time characters from one another; in particular, Ken will now feel even more distinct from Ryu.

The Giant List Of Games Our Readers Must Defend

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Yesterday I posed a question to readers: What generally disliked games do you defend? The responses from readers were wide and varied, covering games I didn't even realize needed defending. I've gathered the results here.

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First up, in the chart above, you will find all the games that multiple readers stood up to defend. Listed in order of the how often a game was mentioned by readers, Batman: Arkham Origins and Assassin's Creed III were the big winners. Readers wrote that they find themselves standing up for these games the most. Destiny was also brought up often with defenders as well as people proclaiming their distaste for the game. I was also surprised to see a lot of folks mention Silent Hill: Homecoming. It's a game I never finished, and am now wondering if maybe I should have.

Sex Sells: 10 Embarrassing Video Game Ads Of The Mid-2000s

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Sex Sells: 10 Embarrassing Video Game Ads Of The Mid-2000s

The video game industry has a long and rich history. Sometimes, revisiting the past can be enlightening, entertaining, and even frustrating. Other times, these trips down memory lane only remind you how much things can change. If you think the sexuality in game advertising today is over-the-top (like Kate Upton promoting Game of War), check out how it looked 10 years ago.

Of course, using sex to sell things is about as old as advertising itself. However, you may be surprised how far game ads in the mid-2000s went. They were neither clever nor subtle. Don’t take our word for it – just look at the examples.

All of these scanned ads appeared in issues of Game Informer from ’04 to ’06 (well, all except one, but we’ll get to that). Read on, and get ready to cringe.

Five Insane Shootout Films That Deserve Video Game Adaptions

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Recently, Starbreeze announced plans to help develop a VR game based in the universe established by the 2014 film, John Wick. This is a fantastic idea as the film is full of exciting action and gunfights as well as a surprisingly strange universe that I would love to know more about. John Wick isn’t the only action movie like this. There are plenty of other similar films that deserve of a video games adaption.

Many great candidates have been covered in games to varying levels of success. Stranglehold, released in 2007, served as a sequel to the 1992 action classic, Hard Boiled. The Matrix has had multiple video game adaptations. The film Wanted received a video game accompaniment when it released in 2008. There are also plenty of Terminator and Die Hard games. The films below, however, are full of great gun-focused action that have the potential to become a compelling video game, but haven’t had the opportunity yet.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Watching Dota 2 Matches

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Dota 2's The International is happening now, and it's all gearing up to the finals starting tomorrow. With more than $18 million up for grabs (the biggest for any eSports event) for the participants, this is an event worth watching. If you're unfamiliar, however, with Dota 2's mechanics or the best way to watch, we've got you covered. This feature was originally published on May 11, 2015.

The MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre has exploded over the past few years on the eSports scene, commanding monstrous prize pools, consistent and incredible Twitch/streaming viewer numbers, time on ESPN2, and a ridiculous amount of concurrent players at all hours of the day across the world.

Learning how to wade into the MOBA/ARTS genre pool can be intimidating, and one of the best ways to get your feet wet is by checking out Dota 2 during the upcoming International tournament. This annual Valve spectacle features the best of the best teams from all over the world, with last year’s tournament boasting a prize pool of 10.9 million dollars. This community-funded prize pool has the potential to enter even more dizzying heights this year, as it is already sitting at 7.5 million with plenty of time to go. [Update 8/5/2015: Prize pool is now over $18 million.]

Watch Us Play Rocket League With Some Of The Best Players In The World

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Watch Us Play Rocket League With Some Of The Best Players In The World

Update: Our Rocket League live stream has concluded, but you can check out the archive.

If you missed the stream, you can check it out the archive below. In it, Game Informer editors and our current crop of interns all gather to play Rocket League, and later in the stream some of the best players in the world join our match to show us how to play, and absolutely wipe the floor with us.

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Replay – Mafia II

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After reading Jeff Cork's excellent breakdown of the newly revealed Mafia III, several Game Informer staffers engaged in conversations about the Mafia series, primarily about the vastly under appreciated Mafia II. Replay primarily focuses on older games, but given the high level of excitement in the office, we decided to travel back to the recent past to reexamine this open-world game from developer 2K Czech.

Matt Bertz brings his knowledge of the series to our silly little show, and we also called upon Jeff Marchiafava for no apparent reason. After Mafia II, we hear some deep thoughts from Dan Tack in our second segment. This week's show ends with another special guest – a blast from Game Informer's past.

We hope you enjoy the show, and if you happen to have any problems with the video player below, try your luck at YouTube. We'll see you again next Saturday!

The Great Gamescom 2015 Preview Roundup

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The Great Gamescom 2015 Preview Roundup

Gamescom 2015 is in full swing, and we have already seen big stories from Microsoft, Hajime Tabata, and Remedy. Our editors also got their hands on games like Star Wars Battlefront, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more. We've gathered up all of our coverage in one convenient location, sorted by alphabetically by game. This list will be continuously updated, so keep checking back for more.

Assassin's Creed SyndicateBattlebornCall of Duty: Black Ops III
Crackdown 3 
Fable Legends
Fallout 4
Final Fantasy XV (Also here and here)
Gears of War
Heroes Of The Storm 

Homefront: The Revolution
Killer Instinct
Lego Dimensions
Lego Marvel's Avengers
Mad Max
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Also here and here)
Pro Evolution Soccer 2016
Quantum Break
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battlefront
World of Warcraft