Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Turrican Flashback

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Why You Shouldn’t Miss Out On Turrican Flashback

Turrican Flashback hits PlayStation 4 (also playable on PS5) and Switch today, and it’s a project well worth a look. The new collection includes four full games: Turrican, Turrican II, Mega Turrican, and Super Turrican. It includes updated visuals with numerous options to tweak things to a more nostalgic look, as well as save states and a rewind feature. It’s an ideal way to play these games, whether you’re excited about a return to an old favorite, or if you never got the chance to play these awesome games back in the day.

Developer Factor 5 would later be strongly identified with its work on Star Wars: Rogue Squadron, but the studio’s early work on Turrican (and its many sequels) is a big part of how it came to prominence.

As a side-scrolling action game, the Turrican series is lesser known than many of its contemporaries, but even a few minutes playing one of these games offers ample proof that quality was not the problem. These are stellar games that were (and are) a ton of fun. 

It'll Take Me Another 20 Years To Reach Pokémon Go's New Level Cap

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It'll Take Me Another 20 Years To Reach Pokémon Go's New Level Cap

Niantic wasn't messing around when it raised Pokémon Go's level cap from 40 to 50 late last year. When the game launched in 2016, trainers were able to ascend through the first 40 levels with determined playing, leaving many to wonder if Niantic would create additional endgame content for them, other than the steady drip of new Pokémon to catch.

I was one of the trainers that made "short" work of the old level cap. I believe I reached 40 in my third year of playing, which required 20 million total experience points to advance from 1 to 40. That took some playing and grinding. I didn't mind; I thoroughly enjoyed getting outside to raid and meet up with friends to hit up Pokémon Go hotspots on Community Days.

When news hit that Niantic was raising the level cap to 50, I was giddy. As someone who still plays the game daily, I liked the sound of having another thing to do. Niantic has done a tremendous job of supporting Pokémon Go in the last couple of years, and while there isn't a shortage of new content or events to participate in, more is always better. I didn't put much thought into the requirements needed to hit each of the new levels. I just thought it was cool that each of these new levels came with new tasks.

How To Find Hitman's Most Useful Disguises

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How To Find Hitman's Most Useful Disguises

The key to a good offense is a good defense, and the best way to defend yourself while playing the Hitman games is to identify and utilize a level's many disguises. However, there are a lot of disguises in any one level, each with their own strengths and weaknesses. Starting out, it can be hard to know which outfit will grant you the access you need to get closer to your target(s).

Luckily for you, we've put an absurd amount of time into Hitman 3, poking at its levels, experimenting with different disguises, and learning which make assassinating targets the easiest. Though this list is far from comprehensive, we collected a few different outfits that will help you navigate some of Hitman's trickier levels.

Hitman 3's first level can be one of its most daunting – if only due to the sheer verticality of the setting. When you begin your mission in the Scepter skyscraper, your targets, Marcus Stuyvesant and Carl Ingram, will be on separate floors above the publicly available areas. Getting up close to them is relatively easy by using two costumes.

How To Complete Pokémon Go's Johto Collection Challenge

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How To Complete Pokémon Go's Johto Collection Challenge

As Pokémon Go celebrates each of the game's regions from week to week, trainers are tasked to round up a specific number of Pokémon from a specific region before time expires. If they succeed in their task, they earn an Elite Collector medal along with a variety of other rewards.

This week, as a part of the Johto Celebration event, trainers have six days to complete the Johto Collection Challenge by catching nine different Pokémon species. Along with all three Johto starter Pokémon, some of these critters are proving difficult to find. Here's where you can catch each one:

Chikorita This Pokémon can be found in the wild, and also pops up in one-star raids. Chikorita also appears as a random catch opportunity in a couple of this week's field research tasks.

New Skyblivion Video Shares A Closer Look At Quests And Progress Made So Far

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New Skyblivion Video Shares A Closer Look At Quests And Progress Made So Far

A new Skyblivion video is here showing off even more progress on the impressive fan mod project that we've been raving about. The latest look at the status of this passion project gives fans a chance to see some working quests in action while showing off quite a few beautiful landscapes we'll be able to enjoy. 

For those that may be new to what Skyblivion is, it has been in the works for years and has had a steadily growing team passionately working to make it a reality. A project in the works with the blessings of Bethesda, this is one of the most ambitious fan mods out there for the Elder Scrolls franchise, and one that has earned the admiration of many PC players.

What Skyblivion does is modernize The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion using Skyrim assets, essentially recreating the older Elder Scrolls entry within a newer setting as seen below: 

Top Upcoming RPGs For 2021 And Beyond

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Top Upcoming RPGs For 2021 And Beyond

Role-playing games have come a long way since we were slaughtering slimes in Dragon Warrior, hunting for the rat tail in Final Fantasy, and being endlessly wiped for wandering into the wrong tile in The Bard's Tale. While the genre umbrella is now wider than ever as more and more games over the last decade have embraced progression systems, character classes/jobs, and choice and consequence, RPG experiences have never been available in so many forms.

From modern takes on the classic JRPG to action-infused scaling open worlds, the role-playing genre continues to capture the hearts and minds of gamers looking to explore the gamut of strong narratives, cool characters, and mighty mechanics. Let's take a look at some of the top upcoming RPGs of 2021 and beyond. What RPGs did we miss? Which are you looking forward to? Let us know in the comments!

Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Play Fortnite

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Why Now Is The Perfect Time To Play Fortnite

Saying "now is the perfect time to play Fortnite" is a bit misleading, since it's almost always a great time to play it. We haven't seen anything like it before, where new jumping-on points are introduced like clockwork through big events, shocking twists, and an onslaught of savory licensed and unlicensed content. These entry points are distinct in that they can attract both retired Fortnite veterans and newcomers alike. Ideas like "We need to team up to defeat Thanos" likely even brought back people who swore they'd never play the game again.

From gameplay to cosmetics, the complete picture of Fortnite's battle royale experience has evolved dramatically since it launched in 2017. Seeing a game shed its skin and reinvent itself over and over again is truly a remarkable feat on Epic Games' behalf, especially when you consider most of the changes and new content are great.

I've always enjoyed Fortnite and have marveled at its scope, but it wasn't until last week that I was absolutely floored by its ambition.

Five Re-releases I Can’t Wait To Play (Again)

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Five Re-releases I Can’t Wait To Play (Again)

When you look at the upcoming games of 2021, you can see that this year is poised to deliver plenty of brand-new experiences. Though many exact release dates remain vague, the months ahead will bring impressive-looking games with the potential to show off what the new generation of hardware can achieve – but that isn’t the only exciting thing I see on the release schedule.

I am looking forward to new games, but I am equally enthusiastic about the opportunity to revisit some of my old favorites in new forms.  After all, as fun as it can be to anticipate the unknown, I also enjoy familiar comforts. This year is looking especially good on that front, with various remasters and updates for games that have already achieved great success and claimed many hours of my time. That isn’t going to stop me from playing them all over again, though. Of all the big re-releases of 2021, these are the five I’m most eager to dive back into.

Lawbreakers Deserved Better

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Lawbreakers Deserved Better

Games like Doom and Quake shaped my childhood in such a profound way. The run-and-gun shooter type is a go-to for me, almost a comfort genre, and it's a genre that Boss Key Productions' Lawbreakers slid into perfectly. Unfortunately, the launch was anything but successful and the studio behind the first-person shooter faded away into memory. But as we go into a new year and I look forward to seeing what other fresh adventures we can dive into, I can't help but reflect back on how much joy Lawbreakers gave me and how sad I am that it didn't last

Lawbreakers was released back in August 2017 and its goal was to challenge the more traditional FPS experience by implementing a gravity-defying mechanic that was ridiculously fun. While including some of the more expected features like an objective-based competitive experience, I truly believe that Lawbreakers had something truly special; something that spoke volumes of the passion the team had and the passion of Cliff Bleszinski, Boss Key's co-founder and CEO. 

Hitman Is The Perfect Game After A Long Day

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Hitman Is The Perfect Game After A Long Day

Increasingly, after a long day of work, the last thing I want to do is play video games. It's a trivial problem to have, to be sure, but playing something like Yakuza: Like A Dragon (a game I love, mind you), sifting through its hours of cutscenes and lengthy battles, or something like Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with its nonstop action, is simply too much for my tired brain. Not to mention I spend 40 or more hours every week talking, writing, and thinking about video games. I like video games fine enough, but sheesh! Enough is enough sometimes.

The converse of this complaint is I want something to do. I'm a millennial. My brain may be tired, but it also requires near-constant stimulation. The worst thing I can imagine is doing nothing at all – much less being alone with my thoughts. I'm also highly susceptible to professional guilt: If I'm not keeping up with video games, why is Game Informer paying me? I'm sure a lot of you ask that same question.