Test Chamber – Exploring The Tall Grass With Pokémon Go

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Pokémon Go is not officially available in North America yet – but it has released in Australia and New Zealand, which means it is possible to start playing on Android devices.

Jeff Cork and I booted up the game and decided to leave the comfort of our air-conditioned office in order to explore the outdoors, catch a few Pokémon, visit a gym, and see how the game compares to what we experienced in the beta.

For more on Pokémon Go, you can check out our feedback from the beta. A release date for Pokémon Go in the United States has not yet yet been confirmed, but it can't be far off considering it is already available in other parts of the world.

Looking Back At The Most Dominant Sports Teams In Video Game History

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When Kevin Durant signed with the Golden State Warriors earlier this week, he didn't just strengthen one of the top two basketball teams in the world, he broke a video game in the process. Based on last year's player ratings, Durant slotting into the Dubs' starting five gives the team four players rated 89 or above, making them a grossly overpowered team in NBA 2K. Even if the recently crowned Cleveland Cavaliers add Dwyane Wade to their roster (as is currently rumored), LeBron and co. will have a tough time contending with the sharp-shooting/shutdown defense combo the Warriors wield.

Modern sports video games often strive to keep the competitive balance with their online modes – for every Real Madrid the opposing player could choose a Barcelona FC or Bayern Munich and stay competitive – but unless Visual Concepts severely nerfs the Warriors this just won't be possible in NBA 2K17. In real life, Golden State is absurdly overloaded with the kind of talent that could create a dynasty. Teams that dominant may be a rarity these days, but they have occasionally popped up throughout the history of sports games. Here are a handful of world-beating clubs that gave any player a run for their money. 


RPG Grind Time – The Underappreciated Art Of The Strategy/RPG

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It's weird, but I can't remember the first strategy/RPG I played. I'm guessing it had to be Final Fantasy Tactics since that's the earliest one that immediately comes to mind, but I didn't get hooked until the PS2 era, thanks to Disgaea and Growslanser. Later, handhelds became the premier destination for these experiences; it felt like they came out in droves for the DS and PSP. This really felt like the era where these titles were at their best, with gems like Jeanne D'Arc and Luminous Arc alongside awesome remakes, such as Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions and Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together. Titles like these are near and dear to my heart, because strategy/RPGs make me think about my actions more than any other genre.

Nine Games Based On True Stories

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A lot of people struggle to stay awake during history class, but you don’t have to sit through a lecture to learn more about your world. Here are a few games that are actually based on real-world events.

Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30We could write a whole article about games based on World War II. Series like Call of Duty, Company of Heroes, and Medal of Honor all have games set around real WWII battles, but the Brothers in Arms series went to an extreme length to achieve historical accuracy. Road to Hill 30 was the first entry in the series and was based on the true story of the 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment of the famed 101st Airborne Division who dropped behind German lines on D-Day.

Velvet Assassin
This stealth action game from Replay Studios revolved around the life of Violette Summer, a British spy operating deep behind enemy lines during WWII who worked to undermine the Nazi war machine. The game was inspired by the life of an actual saboteur named Violette Szabo. Unfortunately, the real Violette was captured by the German army, tortured, and eventually deported to the Ravensbrück concentration camp where she died.

Test Chamber – The First Minutes Of Street Fighter V's New Story Mode

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Test Chamber – The First Minutes Of Street Fighter V's New Story Mode

With the release of the new cinematic story mode, A Shadow Falls, Street Fighter V finally has a big single-player mode to round out the online offerings. While you can read my impressions of my full playthrough here, I wanted to show off the first few sequences of the game in order to give you a feel of how the mode works.

Join Daniel Tack and me as we check out the first few fights and cutscenes in Street Fighter V's general story mode. We talk about how this new mode compares to the basic character story mode that was included with launch, and if we'd recommend you jumping in now that this story mode exists.

The new general story mode, A Shadow Falls, was implemented as a part of the June update that went live last week. It is a free title update, but you must also download the free story DLC in order to access it. Street Fighter V released in February of this year to middling reviews. To read about why it wasn't a true contender like several of its predecessors, you can head here.

Science-Fiction Weekly – The Top 10 Transformers, Halo Mythos, And Comic-Con

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Before we dive into the meaty science-fiction fun this week, I have a handful of news tidbits for you to consume. Cameras stop rolling on Star Wars: Episode VIII on July 22. As exciting as this is, we still have 527 days to wait until the film opens on the silver screen. On the bright side, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is just 163 days away. I'm guessing we'll start seeing merchandise and a second trailer for the film at Star Wars Celebration next week. Steven Spielberg's motion-picture adaptation of Earnest Cline's Ready Player One just wrapped its first week of filming, and according to script writer Zak Penn, it sounds like it went well, and many bird eggs were found? Ready Player One opens in theaters on March 30, 2018.

Join Our Upcoming Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Join Our Upcoming Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

With Deus Ex: Mankind Divided coming up in August, we thought it'd be a good time to take a look back at 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution. If you're not familiar, we've started playing through games with our community on The Game Informer Show. This time we're playing through Deus Ex: Human Revolution in three chunks of discussion, so we'll be talking about everything in the game up until you leave Detroit on July 14th's episode of The GI Show.

The game (we're fine with the Director's Cut edition or not) is available on Wii U, Xbox 360 (and it's backwards compatibly on Xbox One), PlayStation 3, and is on sale on Steam for $5 until July 4th. We strongly encourage you to play the game alongside us and send your thoughts or questions to podcast@gameinformer.com so that we can read them on air. In the past, GI Game Club has devoured in great detail Final Fantasy VII and Uncharted 4: A Thief's End so we encourage you to go back and watch those to get a better idea of the format.

Here are a couple of questions to get the ball rolling...

Garden Warfare 2 Is Fun As Hell And You (And Your Family) Should Play It

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It started when my kids and I were looking for something to play together. I flipped through my digital library for a while, and stopped on Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 for no real reason. I played it for a while when it first came out in February, but I moved on to who knows what – probably Diablo III, now that I think about it. We fired it up on a lark and jumped into some split-screen multiplayer. That was several weeks ago. Our home has been invaded.

My kids are at an awkward age, as far as games go. At 7 and 9, I don’t think they’re old enough for the vast majority of shooters, even as the genre pulls at them with its siren song. We’ve decided that they’re able to watch a lot of PG-13 movies, provided that mom and I do some research ahead of time, but they’re definitely not ready for the Call of Dutys of the world – even though they won’t stop telling us about so and so from school who is allowed to play that and GTA. 

At any rate, Garden Warfare 2 hoes a great row for us right now. It’s silly, and the violence doesn’t rise beyond pea-shooting plants or zombies who use electro-beams as improvised herbicide. When you defeat your opponents, they crumple into little heaps, not gory rag-dolling corpses. While its combat doesn’t features buckets of viscera, it’s still intense and fun.

The Sports Desk – Love, Lies & Silverware: A Football Manager Journey

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Welcome to another addition of my weekly column, The Sports Desk. Today we have a very special feature written by Anthony Kyne, producer from HB Studios (The Golf Club 2), about being absolutely consumed by the soccer management simulation series Football Manager.

The game is lauded the world over, and has claimed hours upon hours from dedicated would-be managers. Kyne's tale is one of happy family memories, an imagination fired by the magic of video games, and disappointment and sweet victory – if not necessarily in equal measure. Nevertheless, it's been a journey worth taking. You'll have to read it to believe it.

Love at First SightSince way before I started making video games, actually only about two weeks after we got our first family computer, I've been in love with football management games. As much as I love the FIFAs and Pro Evos of this world and the Half Lifes and the Far Crys, nothing sucks me into a world that blurs the lines between game and reality like a football management simulation. Below is a love story that is full of ups and downs, that's hurt people and broken my own heart along the way, but it's something I couldn't live without!