What The Heck Is This? Episode 18

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 What The Heck Is This? Episode 18

We cover a lot of big, well-known games here at Game Informer. Thanks to these efforts, you (hopefully) know all about the next big franchise, or the highly-anticipated new game from that notable indie developer What about those random games that fly under the radar? The one among the dozens that release every day on Steam? Or that Xbox One game with the weird title? This new video series is an attempt to highlight those games – for better or worse.

We see these type of games all of the time. The game that we look at and say, "What the heck is that?" This is our chance to play them and decide, on the spot, if we want to keep playing them, or move on to to something different.

In episode 18, we we play two pixelated action games with Full Metal Furies from the creators of Rogue Legacy and Iconoclasts, a Metroid-inspired platformer.

Watch Us Play God Of War II's Amazing Opening With Its Director

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Watch Us Play God Of War II's Amazing Opening With Its Director

Now that we know the release date for the new God of War, it's time to take a look at the past. Cory Barlog is the creative director on Kratos' next adventure on PS4, but he also directed 2007's God of War II. While visiting Santa Monica Studio for our cover story on the new game, Joe Juba sat down with Barlog to play through the God of War II's famous opening sequence with the Colossus of Rhodes. Along the way, Barlog sheds new light on the game's development, scrapped ideas along the way, and how it compares to the direction for the upcoming installment.

Watch the video below for a fresh look at God of War II on the PS2 from the game's director.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Xbox One Games Of 2018

With 2017 completely behind us, the time for looking back on what a fantastic year it was for gaming is over. Now, it's time to look ahead at what the rest of 2018 holds. While we've already shared our overall 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2018, this list focuses on the upcoming games we're most excited about for Xbox One. Xbox's first-party support hasn't been stellar as of late, but Xbox One owners still have plenty to look forward to. In addition to what looks like a strong year of third-party multiplatform titles, we'll also see a few promising titles that are coming exclusively to Xbox One and PC. This list was debated by the Game Informer staff, and put together with Xbox gamers in mind. Our picks may (and probably will) change as more games get announced and some of the titles on this list get delayed out of 2018, but as of now, here are the games we're most excited to play on Xbox One in 2018.

For more of our most anticipated games of 2018, check out the following lists:

Join Us For A Monster Hunting Madness Stream Today

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Join Us For A Monster Hunting Madness Stream Today

Join Game Informer editors today as they explore early game Monster Hunter: World content. With launch coming up later this week, dive in with us! Ask questions, get into the mix, and enjoy shattering horns, slicing tails, and picking up delicious herbs. 

The action begins at 2 PM CT!

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

New Gameplay Today – Subnautica

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New Gameplay Today – Subnautica

Ben Hanson has been raving about the game Subnautica for a while now. "It's like Minecraft and what we wish No Man's Sky had been," is not a direct quote, but it's close enough. Fine. Hanson wins. Leo Vader and I sat down with him to learn what, exactly, he finds so fascinating about this sci-fi underwater survival game.

There's a lot to cover in this one, and Hanson does a great job of hitting all of the high points. Leo explores the undersea world, getting a little cocky (and oxygen deprived), and also manages to craft a coveted piece of gear way earlier than Hanson managed in his playthrough. Leo truly has a gift.

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Overwatch League Interview – BigGoose, Support For The Los Angeles Gladiators

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Overwatch League Interview – BigGoose, Support For The Los Angeles Gladiators

The odd name of "BigGoose" tied to a character like Mercy has turned Benjamin Isohanni into one of Overwatch League's most popular players. Isohanni,  who hails from Finland, mainlines support for the Los Angeles Gladiators. After two weeks of play, the Gladiators are 2 and 2 on the season, sitting in second place behind the undefeated Seoul Dynasty. Isohanni's play has been exceptional up to this point, dazzling the crowd at times with perfectly timed resurrections and offensive outbursts.

New Gameplay Today – SOS: The Ultimate Escape

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New Gameplay Today – SOS: The Ultimate Escape

What do you get when you cross Survivor with Battle Royale? SOS: The Ultimate Escape, possibly? This new PC game has the components to make it a streaming sensation, including fragile alliances, slightly wonky action, and the ability to affect gameplay with your votes. Is it fun, though? Ben Hanson, Leo Vader, and I checked out a quick game to see if we had what it takes to escape. Needless to say, while an argument could be made for our skills at outplaying, outlasting was definitely off the table.

The action begins almost immediately with our island castaway becoming part of a weird triangle. Things quickly go south from there, in spite of our best attempts at communicating with our fellow players (and shamelessly plugging New Gameplay Today). Betrayals! Monsters! More betrayals! It's all here in SOS, as you can see for yourself. 

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New Gameplay Today – Shadow Of The Colossus

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New Gameplay Today – Shadow Of The Colossus

Bluepoint Games is bringing one of the PS2-era's most beloved games to contemporary hardware with the release of the Shadow of the Colossus remake. Kyle Hilliard took Leo Vader and me on a quick tour of the upcoming PlayStation 4 game, showing off some of the quality-of-life improvements with the controls and animations, as well as what's inside one of the fearsome colossi. Spoiler: It's a bunch of black stuff, and it appears to have been stored under great pressure.

Kyle masterfully takes on the eighth beast, A.K.A. "The one that's kind of like a giant lizard." He claims to have not played Shadow of the Colossus in more than a year, but after seeing him dive off a ledge with pinpoint precision, he's going to have to excuse us for not believing him. Also, he rides a fish like nobody's business. 

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Subnautica, InnerSpace, Robocop

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Subnautica, InnerSpace, Robocop

If you are fan of relaxing, combat-free experiences like Journey, Abzu, and Flower, give PolyKnight Games' InnerSpace a look. In this colorful and peaceful exploration game, you take control of a vehicle that can transform from a plane to a submarine, capable of exploring the collapsing skies and oceans of inside-out planets contained in the Inverse. You are tasked to find out what happened to these worlds, and what significance their gods held. This is an intriguing proposition for a game, but most of my time in the Inverse was spent in a state of confusion over what I had to do next and where I should go. The spherical inside-out planets, which can sometimes have oceans surrounding you, are confusing designs, forcing you to find small doorways and collectibles within a huge space in order to proceed.

As frustrating as this may sound, I still enjoyed flying through the pastel-colored caverns, and diving from great heights into an ocean to unearth a mystery or two. InnerSpace isn't as relaxing as it intends to be, but there's some fun that can come from it. You can download it now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch. Check out the trailer below to get an idea of just how odd it can be:

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Your Winter 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Eggs, Gen 3, And More

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Your Winter 2018 Guide To Pokémon Go Legendary Raids, Eggs, Gen 3, And More

Pokémon Go captured the world when it launched in summer 2016. Beyond the excitement of traveling to new locations to catch monsters and meet like-minded trainers, one of the things that made Niantic's collaboration with The Pokémon Company so interesting was the mystery that surrounded nearly every element about the game.

The mystery was thrilling at first, but after a while, being in the dark wore on users of the app, and they decided to do something about it. Players scoured their local areas, data-mined the app, and started crowd-sourced sites on where to find the best monsters and how to be the most efficient trainers they could be.

Each time a new major update hits, the sense of mystery in Pokémon Go is reinvigorated. However, thanks to the methods discovered and created by players in the original release, light is shed on each successive update quicker than ever before.