Replay – The Power Rangers Spectacular

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Replay – The Power Rangers Spectacular

We're seeing a lot of headlines about Donald Trump and healthcare right now, but where is the love for the Power Rangers? Every headline should be about these colorful warriors. CNN's top story should read: A New Power Rangers Film is in Theaters and Critics Don't Hate It! Fox News' story of the day should be: The  Power Rangers Marathon on Twitch is Bringing In Thousands of Viewers...Thousands!!!"

Game Informer knows what's up. That's why this week's Replay is dedicated to the Rangers. We take a look back at the earliest games inspired by this beloved TV show, and call upon Game Informer squatter Javy Gwaltney for expert advice. Javy is a lifelong Power Rangers fan. He skipped kindergarten classes just so he could watch new episodes. Skipping classes explains a lot about him. You'll understand what we mean by that if you watch this episode! So do it!

As the Power Rangers always say "Cowabunga!" Enjoy the show, folks!

Join Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

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Join Our Mass Effect Andromeda GI Game Club

Mass Effect Andromeda is here, and we want to play through the entire game with you. If you're not familiar with the GI Game Club format, we break up a game into multiple chunks and then discuss each segment in detail on The Game Informer Show podcast while reading off emails from the community that are sent in to podcast@gameinformer.com. We're looking for all types of emails, from lore-hounds to funny little things you might have noticed.

The first discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on March 30th, and will cover everything in the game up to the completion of the main story mission on the second planet called Havarl. If you watched our live stream, you know that there is also a short introductory planet and we're not counting that one. So please send in your thoughts on anything/everything in the game up until you've finished the main story mission on the planet Havarl.

If you're looking for some discussion points to get the ball rolling, here are some suggestions:

Funny To A Point – Ranking Every Stinking 1-2-Switch Game

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Funny To A Point – Ranking Every Stinking 1-2-Switch Game

It's already shaping up to be an amazing year for games, with hits like Horizon Zero DawnYakuza 0Resident Evil 7, and Nioh keeping players entertained for dozens of hours on end. However, the biggest news of the year so far has been Nintendo's new console, and the only game you should buy it for: 1-2-Switch.*

Kyle has been busy posting additional content for the Switch's other dumb launch game, but as our official reviewer of 1-2-Switch, I feel duty-bound to carry through with more post-release content for the game's dedicated player base – which I assume is staying at or near 100-percent of everyone who bought it, but that obviously can't be verified because they are all too busy playing the game to respond to any sort of poll or survey.

...Look, can I be honest? 1-2-Switch stinks, and while I'm enjoying this best-game-ever charade, I'm afraid our post-truth world is going to take it seriously. I mean, we live in a world where Dane Cook sells out stadiums – we can't take anything for granted when it comes to humor.

Meet The Creative Leads Behind Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

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Meet The Creative Leads Behind Uncharted: The Lost Legacy

Since its founding, Naughty Dog has tackled massive creative projects through the guidance of key development partnerships. Uncharted: The Lost Legacy leaves Nathan Drake behind in favor of Chloe. Naughty Dog has also shaken things up internally by elevating Shaun Escayg to the role of creative director and Kurt Margenau to game director. In this video feature, we speak to Naughty Dog's president Evan Wells and The Last of Us Part II's director Neil Druckmann about working with Escayg and Margenau, and what makes the two of them a potent fit to lead development on this new take for Uncharted. 

Watch the video below to learn about the importance of healthy working relationships in the development of a project like Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

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A Very Nerdy Conversation About Breath Of The Wild's Place In The Zelda Timeline

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A Very Nerdy Conversation About Breath Of The Wild's Place In The Zelda Timeline

The Zelda timeline is a difficult topic. Even with the 2013 publication of The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, which offered a Nintendo-approved take on the timeline, it is a still a mysterious, hotly debated account of when Zelda adventures take place. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, in many ways, throws a few wrenches in the whole topic, with references to multiple Zelda games across the game's many proposed timelines.

As a result, Kyle Hilliard and I don't know exactly when Breath of the Wild takes place, or if it is on the timeline. We have our theories, and we decided to discuss them at length. Before you dive in, be aware that we discuss SPOILERS. We don't explicitly discuss the end of the game, but we show a few moments from it, and show off obscure hidden areas with surprising references to previous Zelda games.

After you watch, please share your own theories in the comments below! Breath of the Wild is so large that we wouldn't be surprised if we missed something big.

Opinion – Overwatch Needs A Loot-Box Overhaul

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Opinion – Overwatch Needs A Loot-Box Overhaul

Overwatch was my favorite game from 2016. Even as the huge slate of massive games like Horizon Zero Dawn, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Mass Effect: Andromeda hit my library in 2017, Overwatch has remained a game I play nearly every day. The terrific gunplay, a colorful cast of characters, and stellar map design has kept me coming back for more month after month. Another component that once drew me in has lost much of its luster, however: the loot-box system.

Each time you level up in Overwatch, you are awarded a loot box. Within these loot boxes, you unlock cosmetic items like skins, voice lines, emotes, and victory poses. It's always a blast watching the loot box reveal a new legendary skin for your main character to the point that I have gone through stints of prioritizing arcade mode over preferred quickplay matches just to accelerate how fast I earn loot boxes. Unfortunately, outside of events that introduce new cosmetics to unlock, I no longer get that same rush from earning a loot box.

Ranking The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Best Amiibo-Exclusive Unlocks

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Ranking The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild's Best Amiibo-Exclusive Unlocks

As Brian Shea outlined in a recent opinion piece, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Amiibo implementation serves as showcase for how to to do something both interesting and worthwhile with Nintendo's little figures. None of the unlocks break the game or feel like required loot, but they are very cool, especially the possible bonuses connected to the non-Breath of the Wild Amiibos.

While worth using to grab more arrows, strong weapons, cooking items,etc., the Breath of the Wild Amiibos (seen above) offer items that you can find in the game without their aid. The previously-released Legend of Zelda Amiibos, however, offer the best loot as it can't be found otherwise in Breath of the Wild, and it's full of callbacks to past Zelda games. We decided to rank those items in order to create a functional resource to learn what stuff you can get from Amiibos, and also create a platform for all of use to argue about which unlocks are the best.

Note that while the clothing items are each awarded separately (cap, tunic, or trousers) we decided to rank each one as a set.

Tank Tech: Impressions Of Overwatch’s Orisa

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Tank Tech: Impressions Of Overwatch’s Orisa

While we still have a while to wait to see just how Orisa will be utilized in competitive play, I’ve been tinkering around with the new omnic character for a bit now in quickplay matches. Orisa is definitely a unique beast, quite different from the other heroes available in the tank lineup, and a true team player.

Orisa’s primary weapon is extremely satisfying. I play a lot of Bastion (I know, I’m the worst!) and I see some interesting parallels between the two gatling-barrage approaches. The fusion driver is a consistent, punishing source of damage and an excellent tool for a character that’s designed to lock down areas and take some enemy attention. Anything out in the open is an easy target for an almost limitless stream of ammo, but how the fusion driver combines with her other abilities is where you find the real value. With no damage fall-off, the fusion driver can keep the pressure on at long range with ease, something other tanks struggle with. If you’ve always wanted to play something a little meatier than most heroes and still want long range potential, Orisa brings that to the table.

Opinion – Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Is Amiibo Functionality Done Right

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Opinion – Zelda: Breath Of The Wild Is Amiibo Functionality Done Right

Ever since the introduction of Amiibo figures in 2014, Nintendo has attempted to find the best way to implement them into gameplay. To this point, we've seen developers use them to add new costumes for Mii characters in Mario Kart 8, unlock new Nintendo-themed puzzles in Picross 3D, deliver new challenges in Splatoon, and more. However, each of these implementations feels either not interesting enough to warrant picking up new figures, or so important that it shouldn't be locked behind the paywall of the figures. With The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Nintendo has found the sweet spot when it comes to Amiibo functionality.

In Breath of the Wild, you can use your various figures once per day to get new materials to cook with. While that's fine, the real allure is if you happen to own one of the many previously released figures from the Zelda series. Those figures not only funnel ingredients and materials, but they also provide you with one special item each time you scan it. These items range from highly sought after bomb arrows and ancient components to exclusive weapons and outfits that call back to the game the figure is from, such as Link's cap and tunic from The Wind Waker or even Epona, the horse from previous Zelda games.