All Of The E3 2018 Leaks

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All Of The E3 2018 Leaks

Given how many people are attached to the development of a game, keeping it under wraps is challenging. Knowing secrets are harder to keep these days, we're seeing more games get announced prior to their official introduction at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). Even these plans are sometimes bested by leaks from the most unforeseen of places, like Walmart Canada. In the months leading up to this year's E3, we've seen leaks from almost every major publisher, including Nintendo, which has historically been one of the best at keeping secrets.

Many of the leaks that hit the Internet end up being fake, fan-made creations, but some are legitimate, and have been verified by Game Informer or other press outlets. Here's a roundup of all of the verified leaks that we've seen thus far, along with the means to which we learned about them:

A Tale Of Intertwined Destinies

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A Tale Of Intertwined Destinies

After a strong first year, Nintendo Switch owners are looking for the next game they can sink hours upon hours into from their couch or on the go. Role-playing games are particularly suited for portable platforms, and this summer delivers an RPG that many Switch owners have been eagerly anticipating. From the team behind the popular Bravely Default and Bravely Second: End Layer, Octopath Traveler expands on concepts explored in those games and ties everything together with a beautiful, distinct art style that mixes pixel art with realism. After playing a couple hours, I’m excited for the ways it harkens back to retro role-playing games through its robust systems and fun turn-based combat.

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The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

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The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

The NBA 2K series is a sales juggernaut that won't quit. Year in and year out, hoops addicts buy the game throughout the year, making it a perennial listing alongside the Grand Theft Autos and Call of Dutys of the world in the NPD sales charts. Playing the game year-in and year-out, it's easy to see why. While developer Visual Concepts has its share of clanks off the rim (and even the occasional air ball), the team behind 2K continually pushes the boundaries of sports video games with ambitious new features.

NBA 2K18's bright new features like a MyGM storyline, all-time franchise teams, and improved player models were largely obfuscated by public outcry about the overly aggressive microtransaction system. The backlash didn't keep the game from selling, but if past sports games are any indication, the successor typically pays for the sins of its predecessor. If Visual Concepts hopes to keep the franchise growing, it will need to take the overabundance of negative fan feedback into consideration and integrate solutions alongside its ambitions for NBA 2K19.

As a longtime player who has owned every copy of NBA 2K since its debut in 1999, Matt Bertz has his own ideas about how NBA 2K19 could rise above the doubt. Here's his wishlist for this year's game.

The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

about X hours ago from
The Sports Desk – The NBA 2K19 Wishlist

The NBA 2K series is a sales juggernaut that won't quit. Year in and year out, hoops addicts buy the game throughout the year, making it a perennial listing alongside the Grand Theft Autos and Call of Dutys of the world in the NPD sales charts. Playing the game year-in and year-out, it's easy to see why. While developer Visual Concepts has its share of clanks off the rim (and even the occasional air ball), the team behind 2K continually pushes the boundaries of sports video games with ambitious new features.

NBA 2K18's bright new features like a MyGM storyline, all-time franchise teams, and improved player models were largely obfuscated by public outcry about the overly aggressive microtransaction system. The backlash didn't keep the game from selling, but if past sports games are any indication, the successor typically pays for the sins of its predecessor. If Visual Concepts hopes to keep the franchise growing, it will need to take the overabundance of negative fan feedback into consideration and integrate solutions alongside its ambitions for NBA 2K19.

As a longtime player who has owned every copy of NBA 2K since its debut in 1999, Matt Bertz has his own ideas about how NBA 2K19 could rise above the doubt. Here's his wishlist for this year's game.

E3 2018 Predictions: Nintendo

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 E3 2018 Predictions: Nintendo

For the past two years, Nintendo has chosen to focus its E3 presence toward singular games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild commandeered 2016 in a huge way and Super Mario Odyssey defined the Nintendo booth in 2017. The smart money is on Super Smash Bros. for 2018, but with the Switch's continued success, we're thinking we'll be seeing a whole lot more than just Nintendo games at its booth and during its Direct presentation.

As we have done in years past, we have placed our predictions on a scale of Sure Bet, 50/50, and Long Shot.

E3 2018 Predictions: Nintendo

about X hours ago from
 E3 2018 Predictions: Nintendo

For the past two years, Nintendo has chosen to focus its E3 presence toward singular games. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild commandeered 2016 in a huge way and Super Mario Odyssey defined the Nintendo booth in 2017. The smart money is on Super Smash Bros. for 2018, but with the Switch's continued success, we're thinking we'll be seeing a whole lot more than just Nintendo games at its booth and during its Direct presentation.

As we have done in years past, we have placed our predictions on a scale of Sure Bet, 50/50, and Long Shot.

Super Replay – Killer7 Bonus Episode With Suda51

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Super Replay – Killer7 Bonus Episode With Suda51

At the end of our Replay Civil War, it all came down to you to choose the next Super Replay! Our Overblood Facebook group ended up choosing two games through a tie: Killer7 and Godhand.

You chose well. Killer7 is my favorite game of all time, for reasons I will fully elaborate on in the near future. The short version, however, it's that it's the closest video games have gotten to being a David Lynch film. It benefits from being played alone in near silence, so you can fully process its wild, surreal moments, cool characters, and ambiguous plot.

In fitting with its themes, we decided to take Killer7 very seriously, as Andrew Reiner, Joe Juba, Leo Vader, and I focus only an the artistry of Killer7 and never talk about anything else and make absolutely zero jokes. Enjoy!

Replay – Beat Down: Fists Of Vengeance

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Replay – Beat Down: Fists Of Vengeance

In 2005, Capcom teamed up with developer Cavia to create a foul-mouthed brawler that offered a surprising amount of depth. The Game Informer crew cautiously reenters this world and are surprised by how "awesome" it is. We gave this game a 5 out of 10 back in the day, criticizing its use of language and bare-bones combat. Today, we're more amused by it, and are quite smitten with the recruiting system, which allows the player to add almost anyone as a teammate.

Join us for this brief look, and make sure you stick around for the second game, which is one of Ubisoft's strangest licensed games. We'll be back with another episode in just seven days!

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Top Of The Table – Great Party Games For Your Picnic Table

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Top Of The Table – Great Party Games For Your Picnic Table

Summer is upon us, and there’s plenty of reasons to find yourself enjoying the sunshine and a fun evening at the lake, a meal after a long hike, or simply settling in at your favorite camp site. While those settings aren’t ideal for giant strategic board games, they can be a perfect opportunity to break out simple social party games that are compact and easy to transport. 

Pull these games out onto the picnic table for short play times, easy-to-learn rules, and laugh-inducing premises, perfect for a quiet afternoon or evening in the great outdoors. 

GI Show – Fallout 76, Pokémon Switch, Mega Man 11

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GI Show – Fallout 76, Pokémon Switch, Mega Man 11

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! On this week's episode, Andrew Reiner, and Matt Bertz talk about the reveal of Fallout 76 from Bethesda Game Studios and Bertz's trip to London to see three hours of Battlefield V gameplay. Then Kyle Hilliard and Suriel Vazquez (Skyping in from Tokyo) join the show to talk about the exciting announcement of Pokémon: Lets Go Pikachu and Pokémon: Lets Go Eevee on the Nintendo Switch. Also, Brian Shea joins us to talk about the impressive campaign in Mario Tennis Aces and his time playing Splatoon 2's Octo Expansion. Before we get to some fun community emails, Andy McNamara joins us to talk about Game Informer's new website and some changes that are coming up. For the final segment, Ben Reeves and Imran Khan are joined by Capcom's Tim Turi to talk about playing Mega Man 11.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 401 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show!

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