The Best Indie Games We Played At PAX West 2018

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The Best Indie Games We Played At PAX West 2018

PAX West has been going strong for 15 years and the show has become a pillar for the independent developer community as a place to show off the latest and greatest indie games. Titles are spread out across the show floor nestled inside booths for platform holders, given front-and-center placement with independent publishers, creating long lines at the Indie Megabooth, and some of the most interesting games are just a laptop connected to a TV on lone tables on the side.

While Game Informer was at PAX West, we got a chance to look at some of the best and brightest independent games brought to the show.

Games are listed alphabetically.

The Best Indie Games We Played At PAX West 2018

about X hours ago from
The Best Indie Games We Played At PAX West 2018

PAX West has been going strong for 15 years and the show has become a pillar for the independent developer community as a place to show off the latest and greatest indie games. Titles are spread out across the show floor nestled inside booths for platform holders, given front-and-center placement with independent publishers, creating long lines at the Indie Megabooth, and some of the most interesting games are just a laptop connected to a TV on lone tables on the side.

While Game Informer was at PAX West, we got a chance to look at some of the best and brightest independent games brought to the show.

Games are listed alphabetically.

24 Tips To Help You Become The Ultimate Spider-Man

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24 Tips To Help You Become The Ultimate Spider-Man

Spider-Man is an open-world experience that offers plenty of depth in its web swinging, combat, and activities. We've assembled a guide that will help you navigate all of this content proficiently. There's no wrong way through it, but we offer plenty of suggestions that will make it easier and more enjoyable. Before reading any of the tips below, we recommend playing through an hour or two of the game to get an understanding of the gameplay and how the content rolls out.

The Best Way to Handle Side Activities Once you obtain a backpack, you’ll likely feel compelled to collect all 55 of them as quickly as you can. This is something you can easily do, but I would avoid doing so, as the side activities that appear later in the game are mostly combat focused. Having some of the fun diversionary stuff like the backpacks left in the third act will make the entire experience more enjoyable. I would also save a number of landmarks, and Black Cat missions.

24 Tips To Help You Become The Ultimate Spider-Man

about X hours ago from
24 Tips To Help You Become The Ultimate Spider-Man

Spider-Man is an open-world experience that offers plenty of depth in its web swinging, combat, and activities. We've assembled a guide that will help you navigate all of this content proficiently. There's no wrong way through it, but we offer plenty of suggestions that will make it easier and more enjoyable. Before reading any of the tips below, we recommend playing through an hour or two of the game to get an understanding of the gameplay and how the content rolls out.

The Best Way to Handle Side Activities Once you obtain a backpack, you’ll likely feel compelled to collect all 55 of them as quickly as you can. This is something you can easily do, but I would avoid doing so, as the side activities that appear later in the game are mostly combat focused. Having some of the fun diversionary stuff like the backpacks left in the third act will make the entire experience more enjoyable. I would also save a number of landmarks, and Black Cat missions.

Justin Roiland Shares His Favorite Funny Video Game And The Challenge Of Making Funny Games

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Justin Roiland Shares His Favorite Funny Video Game And The Challenge Of Making Funny Games

During PAX West 2018, we got a chance to play Trover Saves the Universe from Squanch Games. Squanch was founded by Justin Roiland, the co-creator Rick and Morty, and Tanya Watson, who has a history with Epic and worked on games like Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and Fortnite. After playing the PAX demo of Trover Saves the Universe (which you can find coverage for here) we spoke with Roiland and Watson about the game, and more specifically, the topic of comedy in video games and why it is so hard to make funny video games.

Game Informer: What is the funniest video game?

Roiland: There are so many.

Justin Roiland Shares His Favorite Funny Video Game And The Challenge Of Making Funny Games

about X hours ago from
Justin Roiland Shares His Favorite Funny Video Game And The Challenge Of Making Funny Games

During PAX West 2018, we got a chance to play Trover Saves the Universe from Squanch Games. Squanch was founded by Justin Roiland, the co-creator Rick and Morty, and Tanya Watson, who has a history with Epic and worked on games like Gears of War, Bulletstorm, and Fortnite. After playing the PAX demo of Trover Saves the Universe (which you can find coverage for here) we spoke with Roiland and Watson about the game, and more specifically, the topic of comedy in video games and why it is so hard to make funny video games.

Game Informer: What is the funniest video game?

Roiland: There are so many.

The Essential Elements Every Final Boss Battle Needs

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The Essential Elements Every Final Boss Battle Needs

The final showdown. The whole journey builds up to this moment, and RPG fans are no stranger to its importance due to the long time investment to get there. We all have our stories: the final bosses that were pushovers, the ones that had three forms and regenerated health just when we thought we were done, and the classic new villain appearing that you didn’t even know you were fighting against the whole time. The final moments of an RPG always stick with me the most; it is what I’ve spent hours upon hours trying to achieve, all rolled up into one epic bout. It can sour the experience by being completely forgettable or provide a powerful adrenaline rush that you can’t wait to boast about to friends the next day.

I’ve been thinking a lot about these finales over the years and how important they are to an RPG. Check any message board and you’re sure to find comments regarding the final boss and their memorability, from defeating all of Sephiroth’s forms in Final Fantasy VII to how many different ways you could approach Chrono Trigger’s Lavos. But what makes a good final boss? As I reflected on this, I realized a lot of my favorites all have certain elements that make them memorable, whether it’s great tension with the antagonist, a challenge that puts all your skills on display, or having a few surprises in store. 

The Essential Elements Every Final Boss Battle Needs

about X hours ago from
The Essential Elements Every Final Boss Battle Needs

The final showdown. The whole journey builds up to this moment, and RPG fans are no stranger to its importance due to the long time investment to get there. We all have our stories: the final bosses that were pushovers, the ones that had three forms and regenerated health just when we thought we were done, and the classic new villain appearing that you didn’t even know you were fighting against the whole time. The final moments of an RPG always stick with me the most; it is what I’ve spent hours upon hours trying to achieve, all rolled up into one epic bout. It can sour the experience by being completely forgettable or provide a powerful adrenaline rush that you can’t wait to boast about to friends the next day.

I’ve been thinking a lot about these finales over the years and how important they are to an RPG. Check any message board and you’re sure to find comments regarding the final boss and their memorability, from defeating all of Sephiroth’s forms in Final Fantasy VII to how many different ways you could approach Chrono Trigger’s Lavos. But what makes a good final boss? As I reflected on this, I realized a lot of my favorites all have certain elements that make them memorable, whether it’s great tension with the antagonist, a challenge that puts all your skills on display, or having a few surprises in store. 

Perkin’ Up: How Consumables Change The Tide Of Battle In Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale

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Perkin’ Up: How Consumables Change The Tide Of Battle In Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode does a lot to differentiate itself from the other battle royale titles out there. While you won’t find hardcore military-simulation realism or building mechanics in the launch version of Blackout, you will find Black Ops’ signature perk power-ups littered across the battlefield. If you’re smart, one of these could be the difference between a crushing defeat and standing triumphant atop a pile of bodies at the end of the match.

Here are some of the powerups you can find scattered throughout the map.

Paranoia Sends out an audible alert when an enemy sets their crosshairs on you.

Perkin’ Up: How Consumables Change The Tide Of Battle In Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale

about X hours ago from
Perkin’ Up: How Consumables Change The Tide Of Battle In Black Ops 4’s Battle Royale

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode does a lot to differentiate itself from the other battle royale titles out there. While you won’t find hardcore military-simulation realism or building mechanics in the launch version of Blackout, you will find Black Ops’ signature perk power-ups littered across the battlefield. If you’re smart, one of these could be the difference between a crushing defeat and standing triumphant atop a pile of bodies at the end of the match.

Here are some of the powerups you can find scattered throughout the map.

Paranoia Sends out an audible alert when an enemy sets their crosshairs on you.