2015 Adventure Game Of The Year Awards

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2015 was one of the strongest years in memory for adventure games. It was a year filled with quality titles that ran the gamut from surprisingly effective horror to moving portraits of the struggles of adolescence. With our general 2015 Games of the Year awards now live, we're now going to take time to recognize the best of this year's adventure games.

Best Story: Life is Strange

It's true that Life is Strange's story sags in some places, notably toward the middle, but taken as a whole there's never been a game quite like it. Its strange, wondrous combination of sci-fi and young adult drama could have easily been a disaster. Instead, the story of Max and Chloe and the rest of Arcadia Bay is a powerful testament to the potential of interactive stories and is not easily forgotten.

Replay – Omikron: The Nomad Soul

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Replay – Omikron: The Nomad Soul

Update: Today we remember musician David Bowie, who passed away today after an 18-month battle with Cancer. Bowie's influence has been felt in games, with his music appearing in Elite Beat Agents and, more recently, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

He also touched the gaming world with Quantic Dream's first game, Omikron: The Nomad Soul. Bowie participated in the development and starred in it, creating a unique experience that laid the groundwork for David Cage's later games, including Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls.

Originally published October 13, 2013

The Best Goofy Alternate Costumes Of 2015

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The Best Goofy Alternate Costumes Of 2015

Whatever else may be uttered about 2015, let no one say that its games didn't give players plenty of options when it came to donning ridiculous costumes. Even the bleakest RPGs and action titles had some goofball duds for gamers to make their protagonists trounce around in. Let's talk about the 10 goofiest ones.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Chicken Hat

In Metal Gear Solid V, the chicken hat is offered to players who have died too many times during a mission, making the wearer invisible to foes for a bit. It's both a generous offer to help players who are struggling through certain sections of the game and a slap in the face, a mark of shame for the player to wear. Still, it's pretty amusing to think the last thing an enemy soldier seeing before a tranq dart puts them to sleep is a grown man sneaking about in a chicken hat.

The 10 Goofiest Alternate Costumes Of 2015

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The 10 Goofiest Alternate Costumes Of 2015

Whatever else may be uttered about 2015, let no one say that its games didn't give players plenty of options when it came to donning ridiculous costumes. Even the bleakest RPGs and action titles had some goofball duds for gamers to make their protagonists trounce around in. Let's talk about the 10 goofiest ones.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain - Chicken Hat

In Metal Gear Solid V, the chicken hat is offered to players who have died too many times during a mission, making the wearer invisible to foes for a bit. It's both a generous offer to help players who are struggling through certain sections of the game and a slap in the face, a mark of shame for the player to wear. Still, it's pretty amusing to think the last thing an enemy soldier seeing before a tranq dart puts them to sleep is a grown man sneaking about in a chicken hat.

Opinion: VR Is The Future, But The Future Isn’t Now

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Opinion: VR Is The Future, But The Future Isn’t Now

Virtual reality promises to take gaming to new heights, offering unparalleled experiences and worlds that we’ve only been able to dream about. This isn’t the first time bold new technology has come into the gaming world, and despite genuine enthusiasm for the potential of the platforms, there are serious factors that could keep the VR flight from taking off. While I firmly believe that VR is the future of gaming, upcoming offerings face significant hurdles to becoming the experience that redefines the medium.

The Price Is Simply Too High

Everyone is talking about the Rift’s $599 price tag that Oculus announced a few days ago, and with good reason. When the exact same figure was dropped for the PS3 years ago, the gaming world was stunned, and that price tag still commands an eyebrow raise today. Factor in that the Oculus doesn’t come with the new touch controllers that you’ll probably also want to acquire, and the need for a mid-to-high end PC, and this technology is ultra-expensive right now. It’s far beyond the means of the average consumer, and certainly out of range for the gamer who can only grab a few titles a year for his or her preferred platform.

Game Informer Editors' Top 10 Games From 2015

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2015 was a great year for gaming, but that doesn't mean we all agreed what games were the best. You can find the games we decided as a group were best of 2015 by heading here, but for a look at each editor's individual pick for 2015, look no further than below.

Andy McNamara (@GI_AndyMc)

1. Destiny: The Taken King2. Bloodborne3. World of Warcraft
4. Batman: Arkham Knight
5. Rise of the Tomb Raider
6. The Room Three
7. You Must Build a Boat
8. Axiom Verge
9. The Beginner’s Guide
10. Tales from the Borderlands

10 Free Betas And Prototypes You Can Play Without Pre-Ordering

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10 Free Betas And Prototypes You Can Play Without Pre-Ordering

In the modern gaming world, online connectivity is key and functionality under pressure is hugely important. Because of this, more and more games are opening their doors early to let folks kick the tires before they are quietly escorted away to wait a few months before playing again. Even for games with no online component, we’re seeing more and more protoypes and demos land in the hands of players early so that feedback can be generated immediately. Here are some of the unreleased games that you can play now (or soon) with no investment.

BattlebornBattleborn recently finished up a closed technical beta and actually shared some of its feedback here. As far as what’s next prior to release, PlayStation 4 players will be able to participate in an open beta for the game, but unfortunately exactly when and how to take part are details that have not yet been released.

The DivisionThe beta for The Division was recently delayed, but the good news is there is an opportunity to get into the beta without having to put money down for the game. Pre-ordering does guarantee you a beta slot, but if you have your reservations (as opposed to a reserve) you can get on the waiting list here.

Replay – Red Faction

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On this week's Game Informer Show we reflected on games that are difficult to go back to on PlayStation 2. The discussion eventually landed on first-person shooters and how this genre was still feeling its way through uncharted territory. With that topic fresh on our minds we decided to jump into Red Faction, a PlayStation 2 classic developed by Volition Software.

Red Faction's premise of a mining expedition on Mars ending in disaster is as rote as science fiction gets, but the gameplay offered a wrinkle we hadn't seen at the time. Using a technology called "Geometry Modifiction" or "Geo-Mod," the player can use explosives to destroy and tunnel through the terrain. If a door won't open, simply blow out the wall next to it. Game Informer's Tim Turi expertly shows off this powerful technology in this week's episode. He's joined by Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and Ben Hanson. We also veer off of the single-player campaign to check out Red Faction's two-player multiplayer, which is still surprisingly great.

Our second segment takes us to Japan for a look at a peculiar mash-up of worlds. Thanks again for the support, everyone! We'll be back in seven short days! If you can't wait that long, check out our Beyond Good & Evil and Martian Gothic Super Replays.

Test Chamber – Visiting The Ouya Graveyard

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The Ouya experienced massive success on Kickstarter during the course of its campaign. With promises of being open for developers and modders, free demos for all games, and a lower price tag than any other console, the Ouya raised over $8.5 million thanks to a group of more than 63,000 backers. The enthusiasm for the console has since faded, to say the least. We decided to start up the Ouya and see what's going on in the lonely world of the indie console.

Join Andrew Reiner, Javy Gwaltney, Jeff Cork, and myself as we delve into the wonderful world of Ouya. Watch as we check out what's happening on the storefront and then stick around to see us play some of the outstanding offerings on the forgotten platform.

You can check out the video below to get a glimpse of the luxurious life of Ouya ownership.