The Virtual Life – Shadow Of The Colossus And The Joys Of Lonesome Roads

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The Virtual Life – Shadow Of The Colossus And The Joys Of Lonesome Roads

I was 17 when I started driving every other weekend from Charlotte to Atlanta. The purpose of those trips was to see a person I loved, but that’s neither here nor there. That’s not the story. The road is the story – nearly 250 miles of cracked asphalt cutting through dying towns and state lines.

My friends often expressed sympathy for me. “Oh, that trip sounds like it sucks,” they’d say. Or they’d apologize for having a party I couldn’t make because of these scheduled trips. My usual reply was probably something along the lines of, "Yeah, it's not the best," said in the key of it-is-what-it-is.

But the truth is maybe I didn’t mind it. Maybe, for an hour every other Thursday night, I’d pack a small bag of clothes and toiletries, agonizing over which novels I wanted to stuff in it. Maybe I spent hours prepping genre playlists for the three and a half hour trip, songs that would blare and thump me awake during the initial hours. Maybe I rose all those Fridays before the sun, poured some cheap but effective coffee into a cup, and hit the road in a hand-me-down Corolla with a grin on my face, knowing that the next four hours belonged to me alone.

Science-Fiction Weekly – Solo, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man And The Wasp

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Solo, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man And The Wasp

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters on May 25 – just 114 days from now – and we still haven't seen one second of footage from it. Leaked Lego sets provided a glimpse of what to expect, including a different design for the Millennium Falcon. Our first legitimate details come from AMC Theaters of all places. AMC reveals three planets that are in the film.

Fans who are familiar with Han Solo's expanded-universe backstory likely won't be surprised by any of these locations. The first is Corellia, Solo's homeworld. If this planet is designed in the same way it was in the Corellian Trilogy books (which are no longer canonical), it contains within an artificially created star system governed by the Empire. AMC goes as far to say, "certainly that's where Han's story will begin," and we'll likely see a young Solo trying to make ends meet as a podracer.

Next up is Mimban, swamp world first appearing in the 1978 novel Splinter of the Mind's Eye, which takes place between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. Mimban is a swampy jungle world, not unlike Dagobah. The leaked Lego sets showed off Mimban stromtroopers, and it appears Solo will tango with them on this harsh planet. The book detailed Mimban as a place rich with Kiburr Crystals. AMC speculates we'll see the Empire mining them for the Death Star.

Wolfenstein II's Second DLC Is A Disappointment

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Wolfenstein II's Second DLC Is A Disappointment

Wolfenstein II's Freedom Chronicles opened strong with its first episode: The Adventures Of Gunslinger Joe. Gunslinger Joe not only combined Wolfenstein's wackier inclinations by embracing camp and gore, but also made Joe himself a compelling character within a short amount of time, showing explicit examples of the Nazis' cruelty to black men and women in Wolfenstein's universe and how Joe rises against it. The levels were also well-designed, with great combat encounters and pacing. I was excited to see where the Freedom Chronicles after finishing Gungslinger.

Unfortunately, the second DLC Diaries Of Silent Death fails on pretty much every count to live up to the promise of the first. Here's why:

The Story And Protagonist Are Dull And ClichedJessica Valiant, a one-eyed former OSS agent seeking to avenge her husband's death at the hand of Nazis, is a great character on paper. Fierce, deadly, and witty. The first two are true, but Valiant's monologues are mostly about drinking and trying to fill the hole in her heart left by her husband's death...by stabbing Nazis. Diaries Of Silent Death throws Wolfenstein's sober storytelling to the side to focus on wacky shenanigans, which would be fine if the writing was strong enough to support it, but Diaries Of Silent Death is weak in that regard.

Watch Our Sea Of Thieves Crew Meet Its End At World's End

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Watch Our Sea Of Thieves Crew Meet Its End At World's End

When you approach the edge of the world in Sea of Thieves, the skies turn dark, the water runs red, and your ship springs more holes than an aerated lawn. You won't last long in these rough waters, but Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Reeves stock up on supplies and head out beyond the edge of the map to test their sea legs.

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Sea of Thieves is coming to Xbox One and PC on March 20. For more Sea of Thieves shenanigans, head here to watch us complete a mission (while Ben Reeves pulls off an elaborate prank), or read our feature about Rare's development of the game.

The Sports Desk – Diving Deeper Into OOTP Baseball 19

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The Sports Desk – Diving Deeper Into OOTP Baseball 19

OOTP Developments just announced this year's entry in its lauded simulation series, OOTP Baseball 19 (due for PC, Mac, and Linux on March 22), and while the studio isn't ready yet to show off one of its big features – the improved 3D stadiums and better player A.I., models, and animations – the game's creator Markus Heinsohn and OOTP Developments chief marketing officer Rich Grisham spoke with me about various aspects of the title.

Heinsohn and Grisham discussed many of the title's new features, detailing aspects such as changes to the ratings system and the new free fantasy-based online card mode: Perfect Team – which Heinsohn says at some point will also be added to OOTP Developments' Franchise Hockey Manager and planned football sim title.

Overwatch League Interview – Poko, Tank For The Philadelphia Fusion

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Overwatch League Interview – Poko, Tank For The Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion's Gael "Poko" Gouzerch is becoming one of the most feared tank players in Overwatch League. Throughout the first three weeks of the season, Gouzerch has turned D.Va's Self-Destruct into a difference maker for the Fusion, often surprising the opposition with its timing and placement. Fans have latched onto Gouzerch's expert use of the attack, dubbing it the "Poko Bomb."

The Fusion have been one of the more entertaining teams to watch thus far, thanks in part to high kill counts coming from Poko, and teammates Carpe and ShaDowBurn. After handing New York Excelsior its first loss last week, the Fusion appear to be on the rise, and are in the hunt with a 4 and 2 record to start the season. I talked to Poko about his style of play, the league, and why certain heroes are not being used by any team.

You weren't in the lineup against the Shanghai Dragons. Why did you get the rest?

Watch Us Attack And Ransack A Rival Pirate Ship In Sea Of Thieves

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Watch Us Attack And Ransack A Rival Pirate Ship In Sea Of Thieves

Sea of Thieves is best played with a group of friends. We don't have friends, but we got a group of random Game Informer editors together to sail the high seas and attack other pirate ships. 

Join Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Reeves as they try their luck against other pirates (A.K.A. real online people). Who walks away with all the treasure? You'll have the watch the video to find out.

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This Week In Gaming – Dissidia, Overwatch League, Sea Of Thieves Beta, And More

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This Week In Gaming – Dissidia, Overwatch League, Sea Of Thieves Beta, And More

Each Monday, come here for a rundown of all this week's big events that we know about, from game releases, to betas, to recapping the biggest continuing news stories from the previous week. If there's anything we missed, feel free to let us know! This week covers the dates from January 28 to February 4.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT (PS4) – January 30Dissidia Final Fantasy Opera Omina (Android, iOS) – January 30
Battallion 1944 (PC Early Access) – February 1
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PC) – February 1
Night in the Woods (Switch) – February 1
Steamworld Dig (Switch) – February 1
UFC 3 (PS4, Xbox One) - February 2

Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

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