Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play.

Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 5

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Super Replay – Vampire Hunter D Episode 5

Our playthrough of Sonic the Hedgehog 2006 is the most successful Super Replay to date. One thing became abundantly clear: You love watching us suffer while playing broken games. From the comments I read, a good number of you expected we would play another Sonic game for the annual 12.31 Super Replay. As tempting as that idea was, we decided to flip the script again, and do something completely different. Playing a survival horror game without Tim Turi still feels wrong. Playing another Sonic game just feels wrong, period. So we decided to turn our sights on the anime crowd, a pocket of loyal fans Replay hasn't mocked enough.

The one game that bubbled to the surface was Vampire Hunter D, a little-known PlayStation relic that launched on September 25, 2000. Developed by Victor Interactive Software and published by Jaleco, Vampire Hunter D is a game about a powerful talking hand that is attached to a vampire. I don't want to give away much more than that. The only other thing I will say is, we're having a terrible good time playing it. As always, we hope you enjoy this year's pick. It's unexpected, I know, but that's how these 12.31 Super Replays should be.

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Top Of The Table – Photosynthesis

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Top Of The Table – Photosynthesis

In the crowded field of board-game design, sometimes the best way to capture attention is with a concept that stands apart from everything else on the market. I suspect that might be part of the formula that has led to the success of Photosynthesis. Though simple to learn and play, Photosynthesis is an incredibly sophisticated strategic affair. It demands lateral thinking and careful planning, all while balancing numerous variables, including the likely moves of your competitors and a board that is constantly shifting beneath your carefully laid plans. Add in a potent ecological theme and beautiful components and layout, and Photosynthesis emerges as a standout release. The game was one of our Best Tabletop Games of 2017, but this week I wanted to take a closer look at what makes Photosynthesis so special. It has rocketed high on my list of games I like to share with friends at my table, and I suspect it will do the same in your gaming circles. 

How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

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How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

 Blizzard takes a new approach to professional esports in the digital age

London. Los Angeles. Shanghai. Seoul. With Overwatch League, Bliz zard is taking an ambitious step forward for esports, setting up a global platform with city-based teams it hopes will connect with local fans for generations to come. Taking a page out of traditional sports franchises and combining it with one of the hottest team-based multiplayer games, salaried players, and a robust inaugural schedule, the first year of Overwatch League sets the stage for what could become a new standard for the ever-growing world of digital competition. Kicking off on Janu ary 10 with a prize pool of $3.5 million, the Overwatch League’s grand finals for the year begin on July 26. Take a look at what makes the Overwatch League tick, from the teams, the commissioner, the fans, the owners, the players, and the managers.

This article was originally published in issue 298 of Game Informer Magazine.

Our Bold 2018 Predictions

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Our Bold 2018 Predictions

Last year was an impressive year for video games, but 2018 is no slouch. Or, at least, we don't think it's going to be a slouch. These are our bold predictions for the things we think will be happening this year. We recognize that we're likely being too optimistic

Devil May Cry 5 ExistsWe haven't played a new Devil May Cry game since Ninja Theory's DmC in 2013. It's time to check on Dante, and we're going to get the chance to do that this year. And we think that, despite the fact that we really liked it a lot, Ninja Theory won't be involved.

More Zelda!
Last year was a big year for Zelda, but we don't think the franchise is resting. Last year, Aonuma said,  A 2D Zelda on Switch is, “definitely a possibility," and we're hopeful we will learn more about that potential game this year. We also think that the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess HD remasters will also get Switch ports and release on the same day.

Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

about X hours ago from
Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

Click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and click here to subscribe to the podcast on Google Play.

New Gameplay Today – Soulcalibur VI

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New Gameplay Today – Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has been trotting out more information (and a new trailer!) for its upcoming Soulcalibur VI. Our own Imran Khan got a chance to play the game recently, and he came back with a load of gameplay footage. Check out this episode of New Gameplay Today to see the game in action – including the newly revealed assassin, Grøh – and hear Imran's thoughts on what he played.

The footage includes a load of battles featuring Grøh, Kilik, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Sophitia, and Xianghua. Watch in amazement as Imran pummels the heck out of anyone foolish enough to step into the ring. Well, at least Leo Vader and I were amazed. Your mileage may vary.

Soulcalibur VI is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Here Are Most Of The Armor Sets You Can Get For Your Cat Companion In Monster Hunter: World

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Here Are Most Of The Armor Sets You Can Get For Your Cat Companion In Monster Hunter: World

Your Palico is your best friend in Monster Hunter: World. They protect you. They serve as a distraction to help keep monsters off of you. They're also dreadfully cute in the various armor sets you can put them in. Don't believe us?

Take a look for yourself! These are most of the armor sets you can get for your furry little helper during the course of the game (no elder dragon sets to peek at unfortunately). Minor spoilers ahead, so turn back now if you don't want to see cat armor!

Leather Set

How To Get An S Rank In Dragon Ball FighterZ's Hardest Arcade Mode

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How To Get An S Rank In Dragon Ball FighterZ's Hardest Arcade Mode

Two of the three hidden characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ are hidden behind the arcade mode. You can unlock them by earning zenny in the main story mode, character trials, and playing some matches in versus mode or online, but the fastest way to do unlock SSGSS Goku and Vegeta is to beat the arcade mode's two toughest challenges. To that end, we've put together a short guide to make sure you're busting out times-10 Kaioken Kamehamehas as quickly as possible.

First, unlock the hard versions of the Extreme Gravity Spaceship (for SSGSS Vegeta) and Hyperbolic Time Chamber (for SSGSS Goku) courses by beating them on normal difficulty. This shouldn't be too tough, as the A.I. won't bother you too much until some of the later fights (and if you're stuck on those, the other tips in this guide should also help).

New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball FighterZ

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New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ is out today, and although its focus is on chaotic head-to-head battles, there's quite a bit to do for solo players. Between a lengthy story mode, a challenging arcade mode, and some unlockables, new players have plenty of time to get their sea legs before hopping online.

Noted Dragon Ball fan Kyle Hilliard joins me as we show off all most of the single-player content in FighterZ, which should give you a good idea of whether your love of Dragon Ball alone is enough to make this fighter worth your time.

For more Dragon Ball FighterZ, make sure to check out our Android 21 showcase, how to unlock her and the Super Saiyan Blues, and how to beat arcade mode on the hardest difficulty without pulling your hair out.