Science-Fiction Weekly – Pacific Rim, Godzilla Vs. Kong, The Assembly, Dreadnought

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Pacific Rim, Godzilla Vs. Kong, The Assembly, Dreadnought

A VR experience that launched last summer is now headset free and currently available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. I'm talking about nDreams' The Assembly, a first-person search for answers seen through the eyes of two different characters on diverging paths through a secret science lab. The organization they are investigating is called the Assembly, and their experiments may have gone too far. The gameplay is slow, leaning heavily on drawer opening and computer searching for files and information, but the narrative rolls along nicely, and develops  in interesting ways as more of the lab is exposed. The game also throws simplistic grid-based puzzles at the player, which don't gel well with the setting and are disruptive to the narrative flow, but are relatively enjoyable challenges.

Don't expect The Assembly to blow your socks off, but I'm a big fan of stories that dive into experiments gone awry, and I had a good time seeing this mystery unfold. The weird thing: this version doesn't fully abandon its VR roots, meaning you can still warp through the environment as a means of movement if you want. If you have PlayStation VR, you can experience the PlayStation 4 version both ways.

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We're Live Streaming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Right Now

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We're Live Streaming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Right Now

We're live now! Watch on Twitch or Youtube or use the embedded video below.

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We're kicking off the 2017 live stream season with one of biggest titles of the year: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Join editors Javy Gwaltney and Kyle Hilliard tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) as they play through the opening hours of Resident Evil 7 and see who has the loudest terrified scream.

Test Chamber – The Out-Of-Nowhere Pokémon Duel

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Test Chamber – The Out-Of-Nowhere Pokémon Duel

This morning, The Pokémon Company surpise-released a new free-to-player Pokémon mobile game. We downloaded it immediately, played a round, and ran to the studio to record our initial impressions.

The game takes a few cues from the popular Clash Royale. It's a player vs. player strategy game, which puts it in the same genre, and has similar micro-transaction implementation, but is far from a clone. We have our reservations about the game, and the Android users in the office are having trouble getting it working, but there might be some potential here.

Join myself, Dan Tack, and Wade Wojcik as we take a look at what the game has to offer, and whether or not it can compete with the Pokémon Go juggernaut.

Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn't be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don't think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it's often referred to as Sonic '06. It's developed by Sonic Team for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is another failed attempt to give the blue speedster new life.

We're Streaming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Tomorrow

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We're Streaming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard Tomorrow

We're kicking off the 2017 live stream season with one of biggest titles of the year: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard. Join editors Javy Gwaltney and Kyle Hilliard tomorrow starting at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT) as they play through the opening hours of Resident Evil 7 and see who has the loudest terrified scream.

In the meantime check out Andrew Reiner's review of the game, and our Test Chamber showing how the gameplay compares to classic Resident Evil games.

You can click the banner below to watch the stream on Twitch or Youtube, or just tune in using the embedded video below.

The Sports Desk – Super Mega Baseball 2, Don Bradman Cricket 17 Review & More

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The Sports Desk – Super Mega Baseball 2, Don Bradman Cricket 17 Review & More

Baseball's spring training is just around the corner, and Sony's MLB The Show franchise isn't the only destination for those of you looking to play some ball. Recently I was fortunate to talk with Scott Drader, the co-founder of Metalhead Software, developers of the Super Mega Baseball series.

The first game in the franchise caught traction with fans, and the sequel is currently on track for release in the middle of 2017 with four-player online and couch-based play, player, team, and league customization options (which the team is planning to have transfer online), and a whole new look.

I talked with Drader about some important changes for Super Mega Baseball 2 and the core philosophy that guides the title.

Test Chamber – Here's How The Gameplay Of Resident Evil 7 Connects To Classic Resident Evils

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Test Chamber – Here's How The Gameplay Of Resident Evil 7 Connects To Classic Resident Evils

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is just around the bend. Andrew Reiner, who reviewed the game,and I took a brief look at a section from midway through to talk about how it connects to previous Resident Evils and how 7 is also trying to do its own thing.

If you're worried about spoilers, we don't show off any bosses or key items. Just some exploration and a brief bit of combat but no major story beats. You can watch it all here:

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Our 5 Most Anticipated MMORPGs Of 2017

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Our 5 Most Anticipated MMORPGs Of 2017

While the MMORPG craze of the last decade doesn't have quite as many new entries looking for a slice of the genre pie today, plenty of exciting takes on the classic EverQuest-style MMORPG and new, more-action and social focused options continue to appear year after year, alongside emerging and evolving genres (like survival) that take aspects of the MMO and turn them into new styles of games. 2017 has many cool titles to keep an eye on, and while there are far more than five MMOs on the way and big updates for existing titles, these are the ones we're looking forward to the most.

5. Camelot Unchained Platform: PC
Release: TBA

Players looking for a taste of the three-realm massive war they may remember from Dark Age of Camelot should keep an eye on Camelot Unchained. With a focus on crafting, building, and whatever level of dungeon running and raiding you are looking for, Camelot Unchained promises a brutal tri-faction war on top of all the usual MMO trappings – up to and including a dungeon to fight over, The Depths, which almost certainly draws its inspiration from Darkness Falls, a Dark Age of Camelot dungeon still praised today not only for its epic battles, but the massive drama involved with destroying opposing factions as they struggle to topple a titanic boss.

Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

about X hours ago from
Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn't be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don't think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it's often referred to as Sonic '06. It's developed by Sonic Team for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and is another failed attempt to give the blue speedster new life.

Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2017

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2017

In 2016, we were treated to a fair share of quality adventure games, from Firewatch to Batman: A Telltale Series. As we head into 2017, it's clear that the adventure genre is still going strong. Double Fine is continuing its resurgence of '90s LucasArts remasters, with Full Throttle being the newest addition. We're also seeing the continuation Kate Walker's story in Syberia III, a much anticipated sequel to the previous entry that released more than 12 years ago.

Many of us at Game Informer are looking forward to exciting adventure games coming this year. Here are our top picks for most anticipated adventure games of 2017.

10. Jenny LeCluePlatform: PlayStation 4, PC, Mac, Linux, Mobile
Release: 2017

We've been excited for Jenny LeClue for a couple years now, and it looks like it's finally inching towards release. Playing as young detective Jenny LeClue, you attempt to prove your mother's innocence in a murder case. It features quirky characters and mature themes, balancing lighthearted and dark tones as the story progresses. This coming-of-age story is narrated from the perspective of a quirky author, who taps away at a typewriter while you choose what happens in the story. With handcrafted visuals and an intriguing premise, we hope that Jenny LeClue will be an entertaining adventure.