No Man's Photographer: The Best Pictures From An Infinite Universe

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No Man's Photographer: The Best Pictures From An Infinite Universe

With No Man's Sky NEXT, the galaxy-hopping survival game has become what many players wanted it to be in the first place: more social, more varied, and more focused on exploration. 

Perhaps most appealing though is the fact that No Man's Sky is also prettier than it used to be. Aided by an incredibly flexible photo mode, many shots of the procedurally-generated cosmos are awe-inspiring in their scale and color. We put out a call on Twitter, and you responded with some truly majestic pictures. Here's the best of the best, provided by our awesome community. 

Nathaniel Sunga

The Games Improved The Most By Free Updates

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The Games Improved The Most By Free Updates

Video games have changed over the years from the one-and-done packages of the early console heyday. Now games almost have more in common with television, as many operate as a service, consistently updating the original release with new content and tweaks to improve the original version. While this shift to the serialization has many drawbacks (chief among them players' dissatisfaction with developers releasing "unfinished" games), it's hard to deny that many games have benefited from a digital model that allows them to receive content packages and quality of life improvements months, sometimes even years after their original release.

From hero-oriented multiplayer shooters to epic adventures, here are the games that have improved the most through free updates.

Assassin's Creed: Origins Release: November 2017

Opinion – Don't Make Me Work For Your Story

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Opinion – Don't Make Me Work For Your Story

As I enter Overwatch’s Route 66 on defense as Soldier: 76, he remarks, “Reyes should've cleaned up the Deadlock Gang a long time ago.” I run through a small town and past an abandoned gas station before turning a corner and seeing a derailed train dangling off a cliff that serves as the first stage of combat for the map. Aside from how cool the stage looks, I’m left with more questions than answers… and Overwatch doesn’t answer any of them – at least not in the game.

Overwatch is noteworthy for having a ton of extended story content – most notably, the animated shorts and the mini comics. However, in the game itself, the story is all but absent; you don’t learn about Bastion’s violent past or D.Va’s competitive gaming background. Instead, you’re left with hints about the characters you spend so many hours with, as well as the circumstances surrounding their history with the Overwatch organization.

Opinion – Don't Make Me Work For Your Story

about X hours ago from
Opinion – Don't Make Me Work For Your Story

As I enter Overwatch’s Route 66 on defense as Soldier: 76, he remarks, “Reyes should've cleaned up the Deadlock Gang a long time ago.” I run through a small town and past an abandoned gas station before turning a corner and seeing a derailed train dangling off a cliff that serves as the first stage of combat for the map. Aside from how cool the stage looks, I’m left with more questions than answers… and Overwatch doesn’t answer any of them – at least not in the game.

Overwatch is noteworthy for having a ton of extended story content – most notably, the animated shorts and the mini comics. However, in the game itself, the story is all but absent; you don’t learn about Bastion’s violent past or D.Va’s competitive gaming background. Instead, you’re left with hints about the characters you spend so many hours with, as well as the circumstances surrounding their history with the Overwatch organization.

When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

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When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

This feature first appeared in Game Informer issue 301.

For a brief time, full-motion video (FMV) games were omnipresent. In the ‘90s, the format seemed like the future, with games like The 7th Guest and Wing Commander III promising an unmatched level of visual fidelity due their use of real-life actors, like Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell, over polygonal models and 3D animations.

This fantasy led to a hollow reality. FMV ‘classics’ like Night Trap and Tex Murphy are often ridiculed for the terrible performances, hideous visuals, and frustrating gameplay. And yet there’s a certain charm and affection associated with the format.

When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

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When FMV Ruled The World And Why It’s Coming Back

This feature first appeared in Game Informer issue 301.

For a brief time, full-motion video (FMV) games were omnipresent. In the ‘90s, the format seemed like the future, with games like The 7th Guest and Wing Commander III promising an unmatched level of visual fidelity due their use of real-life actors, like Mark Hamill and Malcolm McDowell, over polygonal models and 3D animations.

This fantasy led to a hollow reality. FMV ‘classics’ like Night Trap and Tex Murphy are often ridiculed for the terrible performances, hideous visuals, and frustrating gameplay. And yet there’s a certain charm and affection associated with the format.

Replay – Confidential Mission

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Replay – Confidential Mission

Sega has a long (and mostly great) history of lightgun games. House of the Dead and Virtual Cop were warmly received by arcade and console players alike. The same cannot be said of the little-known Confidential Mission. Why people didn't play it becomes apparent after just a few minutes. It turns out they were missing out on something special – one of the coolest looking bosses every put into a game. Seriously. You'll never think of bosses the same after you see him.

In our second segment, we play another bad Dreamcast game, and, well, you'll have to watch to see what happens next. I'll just say this much, this isn't your typical Replay episode. Frustration wins the day!

Replay – Confidential Mission

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Replay – Confidential Mission

Sega has a long (and mostly great) history of lightgun games. House of the Dead and Virtual Cop were warmly received by arcade and console players alike. The same cannot be said of the little-known Confidential Mission. Why people didn't play it becomes apparent after just a few minutes. It turns out they were missing out on something special – one of the coolest looking bosses every put into a game. Seriously. You'll never think of bosses the same after you see him.

In our second segment, we play another bad Dreamcast game, and, well, you'll have to watch to see what happens next. I'll just say this much, this isn't your typical Replay episode. Frustration wins the day!

10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

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10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

There’s no shortage of iconic characters in the video game industry, from million-dollar mascots like Mario and Pikachu, to fully fleshed-out characters like John Marston, Joel and Ellie, and … GLaDOS, apparently. Even an unequivocal loser like Sonic still receives heaps of love and admiration from wayward fans, in addition to a free ticket to the Olympics every other year.

However, not all video game characters get the red carpet treatment, or even the baseline level of respect they deserve. Instead, they’re cast aside while hacks like Sonic continue spinning out sequel after sequel – seriously, where is the undying obsession for this dumb hedgehog coming from?!

Anyhow, I can’t right all the wrongs video game characters have suffered over the years, but like the guy chucking starfishes back into the ocean, I can make a difference for a few of them. Here are 10 video game characters who are about to finally get the respect they deserve.

10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

about X hours ago from
10 Video Game Characters Who Don’t Get No Respect

There’s no shortage of iconic characters in the video game industry, from million-dollar mascots like Mario and Pikachu, to fully fleshed-out characters like John Marston, Joel and Ellie, and … GLaDOS, apparently. Even an unequivocal loser like Sonic still receives heaps of love and admiration from wayward fans, in addition to a free ticket to the Olympics every other year.

However, not all video game characters get the red carpet treatment, or even the baseline level of respect they deserve. Instead, they’re cast aside while hacks like Sonic continue spinning out sequel after sequel – seriously, where is the undying obsession for this dumb hedgehog coming from?!

Anyhow, I can’t right all the wrongs video game characters have suffered over the years, but like the guy chucking starfishes back into the ocean, I can make a difference for a few of them. Here are 10 video game characters who are about to finally get the respect they deserve.