The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

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The Big 2015 Parents' Guide To Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity, And Lego Dimensions

Over the past five years, the unlikely success of Activision’s Skylanders franchise has blossomed into a full-blow genre. This year, there are three major entrants in toys-to-life space (not counting Nintendo’s own spin on things with Amiibo).

As a service to parents, we’re breaking down everything that’s coming for the three different games. Below, you’ll find complete checklists for the toys and accessories we know are coming to Skylanders: SuperChargers, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Lego Dimensions

We’ve also detailed some things to know about each of the games as you're considering what you might already own (and what your kids say they need). 

Readers’ Choice Best Of 2015 Awards

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Looking at the games of the previous year is an annual tradition at Game Informer, culminating in our official best of the year awards. You can see the results from our most recent issue here. While readers can’t pop into our office and join our meetings – it’s too perilous and ugly for most people to endure – we open the floor in the form of an online poll. There, people can say what their favorite games of the year were in a variety of categories, and compare the results with our official picks. Today, we’re sharing the results of our most recent poll.

More than 4,000 people participated in the poll, and, like last year, many of the results aligned with ours. At the same time, there were plenty of instances where we parted in significant ways. Here are the results for all the categories.

Best PlayStation Exclusive: BloodborneBloodborne was the overwhelming favorite for best PlayStation exclusive, both with Game Informer’s staff and our readers. More than half of readers polled picked From Software’s punishing gothic-horror game (55.58 percent, to be exact), with the runner-up, Until Dawn, grabbing a comparatively paltry 18.06 percent of the vote.

Analysis – No, Virtual Reality Isn’t Dead Because The Rift Costs $600

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This morning, Oculus finally revealed the price for the first consumer Rift. The virtual reality headset will cost you $600, including an Xbox One controller and wireless adapter, wireless remote, and tracking camera. As expected, reactions to the cost have been emphatic.

Some have gone so far as to call the price a signal that virtual reality is doomed. To those people, I suggest a history lesson.

While virtual reality is a new medium and can’t be directly aligned with iterative technologies, we can look to pricing and adoption trends as a touchstone. High-definition television and PC pricing can give us an idea of what to expect in terms of adoption.

Game Informer Best Of 2015 Awards

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Game Informer Best Of 2015 Awards

From sprawling open-world opuses like Fallout 4 and The Witcher 3, to small indie darlings like Undertale and Rocket League, 2015 contained no shortage of excellent titles to keep gamers busy. We ended last year fighting over our Top 50 list, and it's time to share the results.

The latest issue of Game Informer contains our full Top 50 list, but today we're giving you a peek at the award winners, including our picks for the best platform exclusives, genre standouts, multiplayer experiences, and much more. So let's get to it!

Best PlayStation Exclusive: BloodborneThe punishing trials and tribulations of the Demon/Dark Souls series made From Software a household name for gamers who love (and occasionally hate) a good challenge. Bloodborne builds on From Software's demanding formula with faster action, evolving weapons, and a cornucopia of horrific Lovecraftian mutations. From Software won't be abandoning its dark fantasy roots anytime soon, but Bloodborne proves the developer is right at home in the horror genre as well.

Just Cause 3's Christofer Sundberg Shares His Top 10 Games Of 2015

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Christofer Sundberg worked for both EA and Paradox Interactive before going on to cofound Avalanche Studios, the developer behind the Just Cause series and Mad Max. Avalanche is also lending a hand with the development of Final Fantasy XV.

Here are Sundberg's picks for the top games of 2015 and his thoughts about them in no particular order:

Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 7

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Super Replay – Beyond Good & Evil: Episode 7

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!

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes' Arthur Parsons Shares His Top 10 Games Of The Year

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Arthur Parsons has worked on a number of LEGO games, including LEGO Batman and LEGO Star Wars The Complete Saga, before becoming the Game Director of the upcoming LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.

These are his picks for 2015 in no particular order:

Deadly Premonition's Swery's 10 Games Of The Year

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On the lead up to Game Informer's Game of the Year awards of 2015, we've invited a number of the video game industry's influential figures to share their favorite games of the year.

Hidetaka Suehiro, also known as SWERY 65, was the director of the very strange (and very compelling) Deadly Premonition as well as D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die. Here are his picks for the year in no particular order:

This is a list of 10 video games I have chosen this year.