Hands-On With Hearthstone: Battlegrounds

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Hands-On With Hearthstone: Battlegrounds

At Blizzcon 2019, I went hands-on with Hearthstone's auto battle mode, Battlegrounds. I also had the chance to play for this month's cover story gauntlet, so be sure to check out the upcoming issue for more. So what makes 8-player FFA brawl different than say, Teamfight Tactics or Dota Underlords? While it still has many of the core tenets of the genre, like family synergies (mechs, beasts, murlocs, etc), Battlegrounds has some key elements that make it stand out. The most important of these elements is the concept of the hero (although Underlords now has this feature in some respect, but it's quite different here). At the beginning of each match, players select from a few different hero options from a giant pool of 24 characters - many of which players may remember from single-player missions.

These can be accents that simply buff your minions or provide you with more options or resources over the course of a match - or they can be quite zany and game defining. One example is A.F. Kay, who works both from a flavor and function standpoint, as you essentially skip your first few turns in exchange for a significant boost in power afterwards. You can quite literally get up from the keyboard! Others allow you to "lifetap" for bonus coins, shoot out Ragnaros fire blasts, toss hats, and many other interesting effects.

Replay – Bayonetta

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Replay – Bayonetta

In celebration of Bayonetta's 10-year anniversary, we're taking a look back at this stylish-action game, which is every bit as bonkers, over-the-top, and fun as we remember. This series, which will soon be welcoming a third entry exclusively on Switch, is created by Platinum Games under the supervision of Hideki Kamiya, one of the visionaries behind Devil May Cry.

We dedicate the entire episode to this classic game, and have a nice discussion about its place in gaming and what we are hoping to see in the next chapter. Enjoy the episode, and we'll be back in seven days (hopefully live) for another look back at a game from yesteryear.

Replay – Bayonetta

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Replay – Bayonetta

In celebration of Bayonetta's 10-year anniversary, we're taking a look back at this stylish-action game, which is every bit as bonkers, over-the-top, and fun as we remember. This series, which will soon be welcoming a third entry exclusively on Switch, is created by Platinum Games under the supervision of Hideki Kamiya, one of the visionaries behind Devil May Cry.

We dedicate the entire episode to this classic game, and have a nice discussion about its place in gaming and what we are hoping to see in the next chapter. Enjoy the episode, and we'll be back in seven days (hopefully live) for another look back at a game from yesteryear.

Tips and Tricks For Beginning Ghost Hunters Braving Luigi's Mansion 3

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Tips and Tricks For Beginning Ghost Hunters Braving Luigi's Mansion 3

This Halloween Nintendo is giving gamers a special treat: After more than 18 years Luigi’s Mansion will finally be returning to consoles in the form of Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s a game filled with secrets ripe to discover. To ensure you’ll be pulverizing poltergeists with ease, we have compiled a list of helpful tips and tricks. May your stay at the Last Resort, the games eponymous mansion, be both pleasant and rewarding. 

Tips and Tricks For Beginning Ghost Hunters Braving Luigi's Mansion 3

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Tips and Tricks For Beginning Ghost Hunters Braving Luigi's Mansion 3

This Halloween Nintendo is giving gamers a special treat: After more than 18 years Luigi’s Mansion will finally be returning to consoles in the form of Luigi’s Mansion 3. It’s a game filled with secrets ripe to discover. To ensure you’ll be pulverizing poltergeists with ease, we have compiled a list of helpful tips and tricks. May your stay at the Last Resort, the games eponymous mansion, be both pleasant and rewarding. 

Get Ready For Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

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Get Ready For Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

It's that magical time of year where we're preparing for our 25-hour stream to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota! On November 2, starting at 8 a.m. Central, we'll be streaming games, auctioning off rare items, and throwing pies to raise some money and help some kids. You can follow along and donate on GameInformer.com, YouTube, and Twitch. We'll be updating this story in the near future with a full rundown of the schedule and list of the items up for auction.

You can get started by joining Team Game Informer on Extra Life to help raise money towards the goal, or please leave comments below with what you would like to see from the stream this year.

If you need a reminder of what these streams are like, you can watch the archive of 2018's Extra Life charity stream below. And, yes, this year we're planning to bring back some of Game Informer's former employees to help.

Watch Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream Right Here

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Watch Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream Right Here

We're streaming for 25 hours to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota! We're streaming games, auctioning off rare items for the US only, and throwing pies to raise some money and help some kids. Donate right now for a good cause by clicking here! You can follow along and donate on GameInformer.com, YouTube, and Twitch.

Below is a rough outline of our schedule (in Central time) starting at 8am on Saturday morning. Let us know what you think of these options in the comments below!

If you want to get involved and raise some money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota, you can click here to join Game Informer's Extra Life team or donate right now for a good cause. We need your support again this year, so get ready to bug all of your friends about our stream. Be sure to thank Game Informer's Extra Life team captain Zachary Pligge and champion Jack Gardner for their help every single year!

Thanks For Watching Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

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Thanks For Watching Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

Update: Thanks everyone who tuned in and donated to a great cause! The archive of the full, crazy stream (and some highlights) will be going up later this week.

We're streaming for 25 hours to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota! We're streaming games, auctioning off rare items for the US only, and throwing pies to raise some money and help some kids. Donate right now for a good cause by clicking here! You can follow along and donate on GameInformer.com, YouTube, and Twitch.

Below is a rough outline of our schedule (in Central time) starting at 8am on Saturday morning. Let us know what you think of these options in the comments below!

Get Ready For Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

about X hours ago from
Get Ready For Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

It's that magical time of year where we're preparing for our 25-hour stream to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota! On November 2, starting at 8 a.m. Central, we'll be streaming games, auctioning off rare items, and throwing pies to raise some money and help some kids. You can follow along and donate on GameInformer.com, YouTube, and Twitch. We'll be updating this story in the near future with a full rundown of the schedule and list of the items up for auction.

You can get started by joining Team Game Informer on Extra Life to help raise money towards the goal, or please leave comments below with what you would like to see from the stream this year.

If you need a reminder of what these streams are like, you can watch the archive of 2018's Extra Life charity stream below. And, yes, this year we're planning to bring back some of Game Informer's former employees to help.

Thanks For Watching Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

about X hours ago from
Thanks For Watching Game Informer's Extra Life 2019 Charity Stream!

Update: Thanks everyone who tuned in and donated to a great cause! The archive of the full, crazy stream (and some highlights) will be going up later this week.

We're streaming for 25 hours to raise money for Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota! We're streaming games, auctioning off rare items for the US only, and throwing pies to raise some money and help some kids. Donate right now for a good cause by clicking here! You can follow along and donate on GameInformer.com, YouTube, and Twitch.

Below is a rough outline of our schedule (in Central time) starting at 8am on Saturday morning. Let us know what you think of these options in the comments below!