Top 10 Upcoming Action Games

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Top 10 Upcoming Action Games

You might be thinking that “action” is a hard genre to narrow down when it comes to any form of interactive media, and you’d be right. At the very least, most video games – from first-person shooters to real-time RPGs – fall under the action banner in some shape or form. That's why putting together this list was hard; there are a select few games that made the honorable mentions section at the bottom of the page and many others that aren’t even referenced – a side effect of the immensity of the genre itself. Even so, these are the top 10 action titles that I’m excited to get my hands on in 2021.

Ranking Mortal Kombat's On-Screen Adaptations

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Ranking Mortal Kombat's On-Screen Adaptations

Mortal Kombat's colorful fighters, deep (read: ridiculous) lore, and over-the-top violence lends itself to film and TV better than most game franchises. Who doesn't want to watch a demonic hell ninja rip the heart out of a shape-shifting wizard? That's money baby, and Hollywood clearly agrees. The beloved franchise has a long history of spilling blood outside of the confines of video games with varying degrees of success, from the '90s films, to an animated series, to a few live-action shows – and I've watched them all. 

So with the new Mortal Kombat film bringing our favorite kombatants to the big screen once again, I figure I'd give my personal ranking, from worst to best, of Mortal Kombat's on-screen adaptations. From the surprisingly awesome to the hilariously terrible, everything on this list is worth taking a even a peek at if you fancy yourself an MK enthusiast. 

The Coolest Pokémon Sword & Shield – Shining Fates Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

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The Coolest Pokémon Sword & Shield – Shining Fates Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

Some of the rarest Pokémon encounters you can have in the games revolve around shiny versions of the iconic Pocket Monsters. In the Pokémon Trading Card Game, that rule carries over. However, every so often, the TCG introduces an expansion that makes them just a tad more obtainable. We recently saw some shiny monsters appear in the Pokémon Sun & Moon – Shining Legends expansion, and now we're seeing that emphasis return in the latest Pokémon Trading Card Game expansion, Shining Fates.

This new expansion brings more than 190 new cards, with more than 100 shiny Pokémon, and more than 30 Pokémon V and Pokémon VMAX cards. We were sent the Elite Trainer Box from the Pokémon Sword & Shield – Shining Fates expansion, as well as a couple of other booster-centric collections. While many of the cards I pulled were from Gen 1 and Gen 8, the rest of the generational distribution was pretty even. You can see the coolest, most interesting, and best cards I was lucky enough to pull from this expansion in the gallery below.

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Making Leblanc Curry From Persona 5

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Making Leblanc Curry From Persona 5

If you've ever played any version of Persona 5, chances are you've thought about how delicious Sojiro Sakura's curry and coffee sounds. I know I've felt that way, so when Atlus sent along a promotional package for Persona 5 Strikers, which included a recipe card for curry inspired by the owner of Café Leblanc's specialty dish, I knew I had to try making it for myself.

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Thankfully, I already owned many of the ingredients to make the curry thanks to my pandemic-long dive into cooking a diverse array of recipes, but there were definitely several spices and a few veggies I needed to pick up before I could start the long road to curry. After my quick supply run, it was time to dive in.

Is Now A Good Time To Jump Back Into For Honor?

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Is Now A Good Time To Jump Back Into For Honor?

Rainbow Six: Siege is still going strong six years after its launch, but that’s not the only Ubisoft title still pulling back players in for more. For Honor recently celebrated its fourth birthday, and the company revealed what’s ahead for the game as part of its Year 5 update (Shovel Knight cosmetics!). I haven’t played much of the melee fighter since I reviewed it back in 2017, which made me wonder what it’s like to jump back in. After all, new heroes and maps have been released over the years, along with balance changes and tweaks to the overall meta. The bottom line? It’s still fun … but get used to dying.

Ubisoft was kind enough to loan me three members of the For Honor team to get me back up to speed. Before I joined the session, I went back through the tutorials and reacclimated myself to the combat basics. If you haven’t played For Honor, it’s simultaneously simple and complex. Characters hold their weapons in three different stances (up, left, and right). If your stance matches that of an incoming attack, you’ll block it. If you attack in a direction that an opponent hasn’t picked, surprise, your attack will land. There are combos to master, unblockable moves to learn, special attacks, weapon and armor unlocks, strategies that vary depending on maps and game modes – it’s a lot. 

This Monster Hunter World Mod Replaces Palicos With Animal Crossing Villagers

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This Monster Hunter World Mod Replaces Palicos With Animal Crossing Villagers

Monster Hunter: World is cool and all, but what could make it even cooler? Animal Crossing villagers as Palicos! This Monster Hunter: World mod does just that...sort of. While the villager part is still true, it only applies to the top half of their bodies, resulting in something that is equal parts cute and terrifying. 

The mod itself is for the PC version of the game (given that mod support on consoles is still incredibly limited) and retextures the various Palico heads to look like iconic villager cats instead. Since we still don't have Raymond in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, this was the closest thing I could get outside of replaying older games in the franchise. 

The mod itself replaces the Palico helms by default. For those wanting a particular villager to bring into the world of Monster Hunter, here's what you need to know about which code belongs to which face: 

PlayStation 5 Is Quickly Assembling A Nice Selection Of Exclusives

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PlayStation 5 Is Quickly Assembling A Nice Selection Of Exclusives

From Bloodborne and God of War to Horizon Zero Dawn and Marvel's Spider-Man, Sony's first-party support for PlayStation 4 ranks among the best in any console generation. In each year of PlayStation 4's lifecycle, we were treated to a number of amazing exclusive games. Even in a year upended by the pandemic and the proverbial baton being handed off from one console generation to the next, Sony made a hell of a case to purchase a PlayStation 4 in 2020 with the exclusive releases of Final Fantasy VII Remake, Ghost of Tsushima, and The Last of Us Part II.

The arrival of PlayStation 5 later in the year came with the promise that this powerful new machine would deliver exclusive experiences just like its predecessor. On launch day, we were treated to two PlayStation 5-only titles: the awesome Demon's Souls remake, and Astro's Playroom, a game I didn't expect much from given it's a free pack-in, but ended up adoring, and recommending as the best example of what the DualSense controller is capable of.

After a lull in January, PlayStation 5 rebounded in February with Nioh Collection, a nicely remastered bundle of the two fun souls-like games, and Destruction AllStars, an enjoyable combat racer that is currently free to download for exclusive for PlayStation Plus subscribers.

Creating The Iconic Beasts Of The Monster Hunter Movie

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Creating The Iconic Beasts Of The Monster Hunter Movie

If you're going to make a Monster Hunter movie, you really need to deliver on the monsters. In Paul W.S. Anderson's latest film adaptation, starring Mila Jovovich and Tony Jaa, creatures run rampant, attacking everything in sight, and commanding the screen. But getting those monsters from Capcom's long-running video game series movie ready was a lot of work, requiring hundreds of people around the world and a year-and-a-half of labor, to be exact.

To figure out how it all came together, we recently spoke with Dennis Berardi, the founder of the visual production company Mr. X and visual effects supervisor for Monster Hunter, about how he adapted Capcom's monsters, the varying size of the creatures, and why sand is so hard to animate.

Game Informer: Before going into this project, did you play through the games to get more familiarity with the creatures or what was your relationship there?

Every Playable Character In Marvel's Avengers

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Every Playable Character In Marvel's Avengers

If we've learned anything from Marvel's comics and cinematic universe, it's that the world is always expanding. New villains are always emerging and new heroes are always swooping in to stop them. Crystal Dynamics is taking this same approach with its game starring Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Marvel's Avengers launched with six playable characters, but that's far from all the heroes we'll be able to take control of when it's all said and done. Crystal Dynamics has said that all playable characters will be added at no additional cost, but additional upgrades for those characters could cost money.

Check out all the characters you can play as in Marvel's Avengers, as well as all the heroes still to come.

Following a disaster in the opening of the game, Kamala Khan discovers new powers that allow her to grow and stretch her body in ways that help her fend off enemies and traverse the environment in unique ways. As the main character of Marvel's Avengers, her goal is to reassemble the outlawed hero team to once again save the world.

The Mobile Games Played By The Game Informer Staff

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The Mobile Games Played By The Game Informer Staff

With a phone in hand, it's always the perfect time for gaming. Whether you are waiting for a giant console game to finish downloading or are sitting on your throne dealing with life stuff, you can make plenty of progress in mobile games in a short period of time. From legacy games like Clash Royale and Tap Titans 2 to lesser-known releases like Bonza and Spire Blast, the Game Informer staff has some picks that may interest you. This isn't a roundup of the best mobile games to date, but is instead a quick listing of what some of the editors are currently playing.

We'd love to hear your recommendations as well. Leave them in the comments section below!