Game Informer's 2018 Goku Of The Year Award

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Game Informer's 2018 Goku Of The Year Award

It’s that time again. As we look back on the year that was 2018, it’s time we all reflect on how great it was for gaming. But things can get contentious as we finally get down to brass tacks and argue over the most important category of all: the GOTY. That’s right: Goku of the Year.

In a year with so many Gokus competing for the crown, GOTY was a hot topic, as Game Informer editors had at least one conversation about putting this list together. While the heavy-hitters are all accounted for in games like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2, some Gokus came from places you wouldn’t expect, meaning the category wasn’t the given it is every year. We took every Goku we could think of that technically qualified, then ranked them by how “Goku” they are. Read on and agree with our flawless text justifications of gut reactions.

Game Informer's 2018 Goku Of The Year Award

about X hours ago from
Game Informer's 2018 Goku Of The Year Award

It’s that time again. As we look back on the year that was 2018, it’s time we all reflect on how great it was for gaming. But things can get contentious as we finally get down to brass tacks and argue over the most important category of all: the GOTY. That’s right: Goku of the Year.

In a year with so many Gokus competing for the crown, GOTY was a hot topic, as Game Informer editors had at least one conversation about putting this list together. While the heavy-hitters are all accounted for in games like Dragon Ball FighterZ and Xenoverse 2, some Gokus came from places you wouldn’t expect, meaning the category wasn’t the given it is every year. We took every Goku we could think of that technically qualified, then ranked them by how “Goku” they are. Read on and agree with our flawless text justifications of gut reactions.

Top 10 Worst Best Games Of 2018

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Top 10 Worst Best Games Of 2018

‘Tis the season to publish misleading retrospectives about how great video games were in 2018! Well, buckle up, because I’m going to tell you the truth: 2018 was a terrible year for gaming. From over-designed, big-budget juggernauts to try-hard indie darlings, the cascading disappointments of the past 12 months should be enough to make any gamer seek a better hobby. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that, because it’s my job to save you from yourselves by assembling lists that tell you which games to avoid.

Here are the fruits of that labor. The games below have been touted as some of the best of the year, but none of them deserve that honor, and I’m here to tell you why.

10. Tetris Effect This is literally what the back of the box said when Tetris released on Game Boy in 1989: “Beams, boxes, zig-zags and L-shaped blocks drop down a narrow passage. Feel your pulse quicken as you spin, shift and align the shapes for a perfect fit. It’s challenging and demands split second decision.” It’s almost 30 years later, and that’s still the general summary of the recently released Tetris Effect. All you need to add is “Now with more than three music tracks,” which tells you everything you need to know about this so-called update.

Top 10 Worst Best Games Of 2018

about X hours ago from
Top 10 Worst Best Games Of 2018

‘Tis the season to publish misleading retrospectives about how great video games were in 2018! Well, buckle up, because I’m going to tell you the truth: 2018 was a terrible year for gaming. From over-designed, big-budget juggernauts to try-hard indie darlings, the cascading disappointments of the past 12 months should be enough to make any gamer seek a better hobby. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do that, because it’s my job to save you from yourselves by assembling lists that tell you which games to avoid.

Here are the fruits of that labor. The games below have been touted as some of the best of the year, but none of them deserve that honor, and I’m here to tell you why.

10. Tetris Effect This is literally what the back of the box said when Tetris released on Game Boy in 1989: “Beams, boxes, zig-zags and L-shaped blocks drop down a narrow passage. Feel your pulse quicken as you spin, shift and align the shapes for a perfect fit. It’s challenging and demands split second decision.” It’s almost 30 years later, and that’s still the general summary of the recently released Tetris Effect. All you need to add is “Now with more than three music tracks,” which tells you everything you need to know about this so-called update.

Ranking All The Members Of Red Dead Redemption II's Van Der Linde Gang

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Ranking All The Members Of Red Dead Redemption II's Van Der Linde Gang

Red Dead Redemption II is one of our favorite games of the year, and a big part of why is its memorable cast of characters. From the maddening leader Dutch to grifter Hosea, foul-mouthed Sean, lewd Karen, impertinent John Marston, and the loyal Arthur Morgan himself, there’s more than enough characters for you to love and hate in the Van der Linde gang. But really, who’s the best of the best of this gallery of rogues? Let’s saddle up and find out, partner. Here are all the members of Dutch’s gang ranked from worst to best.

Be warned: MAJOR spoilers ahead for Red Dead Redemption II's story. Do not read unless you've finished the game.

24. Micah Bell Ugh. Do we even need to talk about this jerk? Loud, obnoxious, always picking a fight, thinks he’s more clever than he actually is. Stuck somewhere between being a vile, bigoted bully and the tag-a-long who’ll do anything to win validation, Micah sucks in every way possible. Trashboy supreme.

Ranking All The Members Of Red Dead Redemption II's Van Der Linde Gang

about X hours ago from
Ranking All The Members Of Red Dead Redemption II's Van Der Linde Gang

Red Dead Redemption II is one of our favorite games of the year, and a big part of why is its memorable cast of characters. From the maddening leader Dutch to grifter Hosea, foul-mouthed Sean, lewd Karen, impertinent John Marston, and the loyal Arthur Morgan himself, there’s more than enough characters for you to love and hate in the Van der Linde gang. But really, who’s the best of the best of this gallery of rogues? Let’s saddle up and find out, partner. Here are all the members of Dutch’s gang ranked from worst to best.

Be warned: MAJOR spoilers ahead for Red Dead Redemption II's story. Do not read unless you've finished the game.

24. Micah Bell Ugh. Do we even need to talk about this jerk? Loud, obnoxious, always picking a fight, thinks he’s more clever than he actually is. Stuck somewhere between being a vile, bigoted bully and the tag-a-long who’ll do anything to win validation, Micah sucks in every way possible. Trashboy supreme.

What's Your Favorite SNES RPG?

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What's Your Favorite SNES RPG?

The Super Nintendo was home to a library of amazing role-playing experiences, punctuated by huge titles that are still beloved today like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. There are many niche or sleeper titles that are easy to miss when dutifully probing the annals of RPG history on the platform as well, so today I present a challenge - what's your favorite RPG on the SNES?

You can pick one of the big ones, but if you want a more interesting exercise, dance around the Chrono Triggers, FF's, Secret of Mana, Earthbounds of the world and maybe grab a Lufia or Breath of Fire out of the ether. Barring the big ones, I think my favorite is Robotrek - crafting my own custom battle bots was a super refreshing experience, I went back to the rental store a few times to get that one done finished. 

What's Your Favorite SNES RPG?

about X hours ago from
What's Your Favorite SNES RPG?

The Super Nintendo was home to a library of amazing role-playing experiences, punctuated by huge titles that are still beloved today like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI. There are many niche or sleeper titles that are easy to miss when dutifully probing the annals of RPG history on the platform as well, so today I present a challenge - what's your favorite RPG on the SNES?

You can pick one of the big ones, but if you want a more interesting exercise, dance around the Chrono Triggers, FF's, Secret of Mana, and Earthbounds of the world and maybe grab a Lufia or Breath of Fire out of the ether. Barring the big ones, I think my favorite is Robotrek - crafting my own custom battle bots was a super refreshing experience, I went back to the rental store a few times to get that one done. 

Check Out Some Prototype NES SimCity Gameplay

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Check Out Some Prototype NES SimCity Gameplay

Many game enthusiasts are aware of the SNES SimCity game - but there was also an 8-bit NES version planned that didn't really see a lot of time in the public eye. Until now! The Video Game History Foundation has a great video showing off the game lost to time. It's impressive just how much of the SimCity flavor and feel fits into an 8-bit infrastructure.

Check out the video below to see the game in action and read more about the game and how The Video Game History Foundation acquired the footage here. For even more on SimCity, check out our podcast this week for an interview with Will Wright!

Check Out Some Prototype NES SimCity Gameplay

about X hours ago from
Check Out Some Prototype NES SimCity Gameplay

Many game enthusiasts are aware of the SNES SimCity game - but there was also an 8-bit NES version planned that didn't really see a lot of time in the public eye. Until now! The Video Game History Foundation has a great video showing off the game lost to time. It's impressive just how much of the SimCity flavor and feel fits into an 8-bit infrastructure.

Check out the video below to see the game in action and read more about the game and how The Video Game History Foundation acquired the footage here. For even more on SimCity, check out our podcast this week for an interview with Will Wright!