GI Show – Dishonored 2 Impressions, Uncharted 4, Warcraft Interview

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GI Show – Dishonored 2 Impressions, Uncharted 4, Warcraft Interview

It's one of those exciting weeks on The Game Informer Show, with the announcement of our next cover story and unloading our thoughts on one of the year's biggest releases. This week on the show, host Ben Hanson is joined by Matt Bertz and Ben Reeves to talk about the trip out to France to see Dishonored 2 in action and our upcoming month of coverage. After that, Andrew Reiner joins us to gush about his time reviewing Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and explains why it's a great end to the series. We touch on a few smaller games like Push Me Pull You and the impressive Stephen's Sausage Roll before speaking with the director of the upcoming Warcraft film Duncan Jones, who you might know from his excellent work on films like Moon and Source Code.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 297 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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The Uncharted: Fortune Hunter Mobile Game Has Its Share Of Valuables

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The Uncharted: Fortune Hunter Mobile Game Has Its Share Of Valuables

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End isn't the only new game in the series. Uncharted: Fortune Hunter (iOS/Android) is out now for free, and serves as a way to gain bonuses for Uncharted 4's multiplayer. It's also a decent puzzler in its own right.

Fortune Hunter provides a bevy of puzzles presented from an almost top-down camera (there's no need to rotate the camera or anything) where you move Drake to step on switches, collect loot on the board, and survive deadly darts and more in order to collect a board-ending prize.

Through the 50-plus puzzles I played (there are more than 200), the difficulty to that point was moderate; puzzles occasionally offered some decent challenge, but the game is good at introducing its puzzle concepts over time, and there are hint/help systems that cost relatively low-levels of mystic stones, gems you collect in the game.

Question Of The Month: What Is Your Go-To Game Recommendation For New Players?

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In issue 276, we asked readers what their go-to game recommendation is for new players. Most responses drew from Nintendo's well of classic, family-friendly franchises, while others picked similarly welcoming titles (aside from the joker who said Dark Souls, that is). Now it's your turn to chime in.

Getting into gaming is easier than ever thanks to the advent of mobile and social games, but some prospective players still need a little guidance. Use the comments below to share your go-to recommendation for new players, and why you would recommend it. And if that's not enough opinion sharing for you, head check out our previous – and extremely important – Question of the Month: Which Video Game Character Would Make The Best President?

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2016

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Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we've compiled all of the top scoring games of 2016 here. Check out the games we've thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through. Also, be sure to save this page so you can check back each month to see which new games we think should be added to your "must-play" list.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.

A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

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A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

I thought I was done with Xbox's achievements. I no longer hunted down games with easily obtainable points. No longer stuck with bad games just to get the big 50- or 100-point achievements upon completing them. No longer felt the desire to stay a good 100,000 points ahead of my friends, who clearly didn't take achievements seriously enough. And then those sneaky bastards at Microsoft decided to implement an achievement leaderboard onto Xbox One's dashboard.

I'm now back into achievements just as much as I was when Gearbox's Randy Pitchford threw down the gamerscore gauntlet in 2008. I haven't quite sunk to the level of playing bad games yet (as I have plenty of good ones to get to first), but I am no longer retiring games as soon as they are completed. I first dive into the achievement list to see if if any points are there for the taking, or what kind of effort is required to land the triple-digit lunkers.

The leaderboard is a stroke of genius on Microsoft's part. A feeling of satisfaction washes over me when I look at the rankings and see my name in the number one slot. Conversely, I start pulling out my hair when I fall out of the top slot, or, as I witnessed two weeks ago, fall to eleventh place. IN NO UNIVERSE SHOULD I EVER BE IN ELEVENTH PLACE FOR ACHIEVEMENTS!

The Potential Voice Actor Strike Explained

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This week has seen a flurry of news, but no story has been bigger than the looming SAG-AFTRA strike over voice actor working conditions. Because of a media blackout, we don’t have all the details. In fact, everything we’ve heard has been from the union’s perspective.

We’ll continue to update this story (originally published on September 25, 2015) as more information is made available, but we felt it important to put forward everything we know in digestible form. 

The Current Status (Updated: May 5, 2016)

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 5, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (May 5, 2016)

It's a great week for Blog Herding. We have posts that touch on strategy guides, Smash Bros., and much, much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Community Blogs For April 28 – May 5:

What I Wish Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem Had Actually Been Will Watson makes some good points about both series, to be honest. This is a very good look at both series, which is something we really haven't seen in the mainstream video game media.

Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

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Ranking The Top 30 Star Wars Games

In honor of this year's Star Wars day, we are republishing our list of the 30 best games that take place in a galaxy far, far away. This feature was originally published in December 2015.

Game Informer's office is usually as quiet as a library; the sounds of keyboards rapidly being clicked is often all you hear. Today the office is filled with the chatter of anxious Star Wars fans. The conversations range from people huddling together to discuss their favorite Star Wars movies and moments within them, to Jeff Cork pointing a damning finger at every person on staff, warning them not to spoil the movie for him or else.

Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

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Here's Your Roadmap To 2016's Biggest Shooters

May is going to be a busy month for shooter fans, thanks to a packed release schedule of big-name titles. Join us as we break down what players can expect from this month and beyond.

Shooter fans might want to stock up on the deluge of titles coming out this month, as the options will run a bit dry in the summer months. Your wallet may appreciate the reprieve, however, as the fall and holiday seasons promise new releases and expansions from the biggest FPS franchises. Here's a look at this year's most promising shooters.

BattlebornPlatform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCRelease: May 3
This week's big retail release comes courtesy of Gearbox, and features the trademark humor and larger-than-life personalities that Borderlands is known for. Battleborn trades Borderlands' massive open-world and procedurally generated arsenal for MMO raid-style story missions on distinct levels, and a whopping 25 playable heroes, each sporting their own unique weapons and abilities. 
Why You Should Care: Battleborn shakes up the competitive multiplayer formula with some MOBA-inspired features such as a rapid leveling system and A.I.-controlled minion droids, and the huge roster of characters ensures everyone can find a hero (or two or three) that fit their play-style.

New Details On Dishonored 2's Gameplay

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With our June cover story on Dishonored 2 from Arkane Studios, we talk about our experience seeing the game in action. With this video feature, we wanted to give the developers behind the sequel the chance to explain in their own words how things are changing this time around. While visiting Arkane Studios' office in Lyon, we spoke with creative director Harvey Smith and lead designer Dinga Bakaba about what differences players will experience when picking up the controller this time around. They cover a lot of ground, from emphasizing player customization with modifiers to a bold approach for the sequel's level design. The video also debuts several pieces of music from Dishonored 2's soundtrack.

Watch the video below to learn more about Emily's abilities, improving stealth options, and much more.

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