Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 8

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 8

One of the most criminally overlooked games from yesteryear, Beyond Good & Evil is a story-driven adventure that follows a photojournalist named Jade and her mechanic friend Pey'j. We won't spoil where this journey goes, but fans of Zelda, Pokémon Snap, and fun science fiction stories should either watch our playthrough or pick up the game and play it. This is an exceptional game from developer Ubisoft Montpellier and legendary creator Michel Ancel.

Beyond Good & Evil was originally released for PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, and PC on November 11, 2003, but to make it look better on your massive displays, we're playing the HD re-release from 2011, which we downloaded through Xbox One's snazzy, new backwards compatibility.

Unlike other Super Replays, we're airing these episodes as soon as we finish them, and we won't record more until you've watched and commented on the newest chapter. We want you the viewer to be a part of this journey as well. We plan to read as many comments as we can during the next episode. If you have any questions for us about Beyond Good & Evil, Replay, or video games in general, list them in the comments section below, or on YouTube. If all goes as planned, we'll finish this Super Replay in December, and will roll into our annual 12.31 Super Replay next. Thanks again for the support!

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.

2015 Shooter of the Year Awards

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The past year was an interesting one for shooters. With games like Star Wars Battlefront, Evolve, and Rainbow Six Siege skipping campaigns altogether, fans of single-player experiences had slim pickings. That said, the online space got more interesting as Destiny cleaned up problems from the game's first year and Nintendo created a cute new franchise for those who prefer to color the world with paint instead of blood splatter. Here are our picks for the 2015 shooter genre awards.  

Best Campaign: Splatoon

The campaign selection was meek in 2015, which gave an opening to a new face in the shooter genre to make its mark. Splatoon's campaign isn't particularly deep - it's essentially a collection of challenges - but the Mario-style platforming sequences and boss fights were more interesting than the competition.

10 Betas And Prototypes You Can Play Without Pre-Ordering

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10 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.

2015 Action Game Of The Year Awards

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This year was a tremendous success for action games, from the joy of balloon-kidnapping soldiers in Metal Gear Solid V or facing down the inconceivable monsters of Bloodborne. With our general Best Games of 2015 Awards available now, we now focus in on the action games of 2015 to recognize the best in the genre.

Best Story: Batman: Arkham Knight

Rocksteady closed out its Arkham trilogy with a strong story filled with twists, cameos, and some dark surprises. The solid main storyline – that a mysterious new foe named the Akrham Knight has seized Gotham – isn’t even the main reason we dug Batman’s latest tale. Early into the game Batman puts his personal health on the line to save the city, and the side effects include an unexpected and delightful cameo that weaves into the entire tale in surprising and affective ways.

Question Of The Month: What Current-Gen Improvement Do You Want Most?

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Just because the current-gen consoles have taken over our living rooms doesn't mean there's not room for improvement. What enhancements would you like to see to your newest gaming system?

In issue 272 of Game Informer, we asked readers what improvement they'd like to see made to the current generation of consoles. Backward compatibility (along with wider support for Xbox One's backward compatibility) was the number-one answer, along with external hard-drive support for the PlayStation 4, and a more durable controller. Now it's your time to sound off: What do you want to see improved? Perhaps you have a hardware issue like our other readers, or maybe the user interface of your favorite console isn't quite as usable as it should be? Share your wishes in the comments below!

Blog Herding - The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 7, 2015)

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Blog Herding - The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 7, 2015)

Happy New Year, bloggers! 2015 had its ups and downs (as some of you blogged about last week), but it's a new year, with new games and new adventures waiting for eager gamers.

Community Blogs For December 31 – January 6:

The Many Things I Can't Resist Doing in A Video Game When you read about what Writergirl2394 likes to do in video games, you may find it a bit scary. But let's be honest: We've all tested the waters a bit when it comes to pushing our limits in video games, whether that be playing as a Renegade in Mass Effect or drowning Sims.

Playing The New Doom Splattered Our Brains

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Playing The New Doom Splattered Our Brains

Going in to our gameplay session with Doom at Id Software I had one burning question. How would this series feel after a decade of shooter genre evolution. When Doom 3 released in 2004 Gears of War hadn't yet come out and Call of Duty was new on the scene.

We'll be examining this game in detail over our month of coverage, but as a primer Andrew Reiner and Matthew Bertz sat down to discuss their initial impressions, what they want out of Doom, what they didn't expect, and more!

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