Returning Home In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Difficult

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Returning Home In Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Difficult

Animal Crossing: New Horizons delivered a diversion when I needed it most during the pandemic. The real world was bubbling with stress and anxiety, but that wasn't the case on an island governed by raccoons. While I questioned their money making schemes, those little critters put my mind at ease with escapism that hit like a warming ray of light.

In the opening moments of the pandemic, my mind would shift from dreadful COVID-19 news stories to determining what shade of blue I wanted my walls to be in my beautiful home on my beautiful island. My emotions bounced all over the place like a chaotic game of life pinball, but Animal Crossing: New Horizons helped me keep my fears and uncertainty in check. It either took my mind off of the pandemic, or gave me time to cool down and not freak out about it so intensely.

Top 10 Dorks Of 2020

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 Top 10 Dorks Of 2020

Many of the games we played this year were full of great stories and compelling characters. But we also saw our fair share of goofy-looking, embarrassed chowderheads. Whether lovable or loath-able, here are some of our favorite dorks of 2020.

The Top 10 Dorks Of 2020

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 The Top 10 Dorks Of 2020

Many of the games we played this year were full of great stories and compelling characters. But we also saw our fair share of goofy-looking, embarrassed chowderheads. Whether lovable or loath-able, here are some of our favorite dorks of 2020.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla's Successes, Surprises, And Post-Launch Priorities

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Assassin’s Creed Valhalla's Successes, Surprises, And Post-Launch Priorities

Ubisoft Montreal has many years of experience working on the Assassin’s Creed franchise, but the studio isn’t known for taking small steps. From reimagining exploration with Black Flag to formalizing the series’ RPG status with Origins, we’ve come to expect more than incremental improvements from this team. That trend continues with Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which brings familiar pillars together in clever ways to surprise new and old fans alike. We talked to producer Julien Laferrière about the big changes, the post-launch priorities, and the decisions that went on behind the scenes during the development of this Viking saga.

What has surprised you most about people’s response so far? I’ll start with the part that I hoped people would get. We invested a lot of effort in the settlement, which was a central piece of the game. Even internally, when we were developing it, it was the center of a lot of things. But to validate the fact that it has the weight we were expecting, you kind of have to build the whole game and see it ... So I was really looking forward to seeing the reception, and I was really happy just to see people were getting it and enjoying it.

The Top 10 Publishers Of 2020

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The Top 10 Publishers Of 2020

This has been a difficult year for the whole world. Publishers faced a huge challenge to get their games and products out as COVID-19 devastated reality. While games in general did quite well while people were trapped indoors, production pipelines and standard operating procedures were turned on their heads, leading to massive challenges, significant delays, and many, many Zoom calls. So which publishers adapted to these changing business conditions and still made smart decisions while providing quality entertainment? Here’s our ranking of the best publishers of 2020.

Looking Back With Laura Bailey

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Looking Back With Laura Bailey

If you play video games, chances are you’ve heard Laura Bailey’s voice. Across anime and video games, Bailey has voiced 500 characters, landing roles in popular series such as Gears of War, World of Warcraft, Final Fantasy, and Persona. Like Troy Baker and Nolan North, she’s become one of the most prolific names in the business. These days, she continues to thrive, voicing Abby in The Last of Us Part II and Black Widow in Marvel’s Avengers, but you can also catch her on Critical Role, a weekly livestreamed Dungeon & Dragons game with fellow voice actors. With her star continuing to rise, we sat down with Bailey to reminisce and pick a few roles she felt best defined her career.

As one of the protagonists and finest mages in all of Azeroth, Jaina Proudmoore needs no introduction for Warcraft fans. However, Bailey also chose the character for a personal reason: It takes her back to an important place in time. “I’ve been voicing her since I first came out to California, and that’s when I realized, ‘Okay, voice acting is what I want to do.’ Specifically, to come out here and get to see all of the different studios and understand that voice acting can be so much more than I realized. It was just so important, and Jaina Proudmoore has really been an anchor in my life through all of that.”

The Top 10 Moments Of 2020

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Video games will always be greater than the sum of their parts, but often when we bring up our coolest experiences, we center it on some of the standout moments from our favorite games. This year in gaming was full of exciting, intense, and memorable moments, and we’re here to count down our favorites.

Warning: While we always do our best to talk around major spoilers in this list, the very nature of this feature means it inevitably contains some, so proceed at your own risk.

Listen To Game Informer's Favorite Songs From 2020

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What a year. Luckily we had games to get us through it all. If you haven't yet, check out our 10 favorite games this year, including our Game of the Year

But here at Game Informer, we're not one-trick ponies; we like all kinds of stuff! We took the time to compile all our favorite songs of 2020 into a Spotify playlist for you to listen to. Over the course of more than 100 songs, you'll get a pretty full picture of our staff's musical taste. From video game music to San Jose hardcore, from Haley Williams to Code Orange, and from Tame Impala to Megan Thee Stallion, this playlist has more than enough for everyone. So sit back, relax, and vibe out with Game Informer's Favorite Songs From 2020. 

A note: Some of the music in this playlist is very NSFW. Listener discretion is advised. 

5 Things You Should Know About Hitman 3

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5 Things You Should Know About Hitman 3

Hitman 3’s release is drawing close, and with it comes the end of an era for Agent 47 and IO Interactive. We took an extensive look at the final entry in the World of Assassination trilogy for our latest Game Informer cover story, spending hours in three of the game’s six levels. There’s a lot to process, so let’s get right into it. Here are five things that you should know about Hitman 3:

Pardon my clunky Star Wars analogy, but I feel like it’s an apt comparison. Agent 47, Diana Burnwood, Lucas Gray, and others have been through a lot throughout the Hitman series, with several key relationships extending even beyond the 2016 release. After rolling credits on Hitman 2, you probably thought that things were going to be coming to a head in Hitman 3 – and you’re right. Obviously, since it’s the concluding entry in the trilogy, we were all expecting some major events. But even still, I suspect a lot of fans are going to be taken aback at what happens.

The Top 10 Characters Of 2020

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The Top 10 Characters Of 2020

Games are fun to play, but our attachment to them is more than mechanical. We get invested in the worlds they build – and more importantly, the people who inhabit them. The games of 2020 not only forged bonds with brand-new characters, but also reimagined our connections to familiar ones, creating a year full of memorable interactions. Whether they made us laugh, cry, or wince, these are the top 10 characters who defined this year in gaming.