New Gameplay Today – Frostpunk

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New Gameplay Today – Frostpunk

Frostpunk is another grim strategy game from the makers of This War of Mine, 11 Bit Studios. This time around, you're not struggling to keep a community going as a war rages on around you. Instead, you face a far more relentless foe: the cold. Does Leo Vader have what it takes to survive? 

This episode, Leo and I are joined by Matt Bertz. Bertz is reviewing Frostpunk for us, so the pressure is on as Leo shows off his scrappy little enclave. Is he making the right decisions? Will his focus on the tech tree come at the expense of people's arms and legs freezing off? Bertz gives us a little insight and shares his thoughts in a non-judgey way, which we can all get behind.

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New Gameplay Today – 39 Days To Mars

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New Gameplay Today – 39 Days To Mars

All right. Let's get weird! In today's NGT episode, Matt Miller and Leo Vader team up in the co-op game 39 Days to Mars, which features a pair of weirdos and their convoluted, puzzle-filled lives. Their goal? Why, to go to Mars, of course.

Watch the episode below to see the game in action, including unnecessarily convoluted ways of getting a hat, retrieving a key, and much more. Look, it's a weird game, OK? It's from a one-person studio, It's Anecdotal. And no, it has nothing to do with this.

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The Sports Desk – This Isn't The End Of Pro Evolution Soccer

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The Sports Desk – This Isn't The End Of Pro Evolution Soccer

Konami recently announced it is ending its 10-year licensing relationship with UEFA's Champions League – a loss for the company's Pro Evolution Soccer versus its license-rich, rival franchise FIFA. On the surface this may seem like a big blow, but I actually think this isn't a huge loss for the series.

WHAT WAS THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE BRINGING TO PES? I'd rather PES have the Champions League license than not have it, but considering it was only integrated as a stand-alone tournament, popped up when appropriate during your Master League calendar, and was a basis for some MyClub campaigns, it wasn't a huge addition. Of course, you could argue that the license could or should have been more impactful within the game, but as it was, the loss of the license isn't ripping out the heart of the franchise. It'll no doubt be replaced with a generically named Champions Tournament, so the competition will still be in function just not in name.

Besides, for many supporters, winning their domestic league is the priority over the Champions League, anyway.

Ranking Every Far Cry Game

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Ranking Every Far Cry Game

Go to exotic locations. Embrace the countryside. Behold the beautiful wildlife. Kill a lot of people. These are the pillars of Ubisoft's beloved open-world shooter series Far Cry, and now that our editors have had enough time to play through the latest game, we've put these murderous tourism simulators through their paces to figure out which one is the top dog.

Here are all the Far Cry games, from worst to best.

9. Far Cry Vengeance
Wii – 2006 

The Easter Eggs And References Of Spider-Man

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The Easter Eggs And References Of Spider-Man

Spider-Man is going to be full of references to his long history and past Spider-Man stories. Some references and Easter eggs will be obvious, but others will be more subtle. We've talked about a number of these references already in our coverage of the game so far, but wanted to put everything we saw into one place, and also talk about some of the other surprises we encountered while playing.

Sanctum Sanctorum from Avengers: Infinity War

Avengers Tower, Sanctum Sanctorum, and the Wakandan Embassy
We asked Insomniac writer Jon Paquette about how far this Spider-Man story would stretch beyond the realm of Spider-Man's world. "We are firmly planted in the Spider-verse, with the characters you are familiar with, with all of Spider-Man’s stories and Peter’s stories," Paquette said. While everything we've seen proves that to be true, it does not outright ignore the expanded Marvel universe. We don't know if these locations will play into the story in a meaningful way, but we can absolutely confirm that Avengers Tower (complete with the Giant "A" on the side), Dr. Strange's Sanctum Santorum, and the Wakandan Embassy from Black Panther are all present in the game.

Join Our GI Game Club For God Of War

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Join Our GI Game Club For God Of War

Every once in a while on The Game Informer Show podcast, we get the urge to dive in as deep as possible on a game and wring the experience for every interesting discussion to be had alongside our community. The release of God of War on the PlayStation 4 on April 20th seems like a great opportunity we didn't want to pass up, so it'll be the next official GI Game Club. The discussion will be broken up into two parts, with the first episode airing on April 26th. In that episode, we'll be talking about everything up until you encounter a character named Mimir (seen in the screenshot above). Also, Joe Juba wrote some great and spoiler-free tips for new players that you should check out here.

Please send in your thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com and we'll read them on the show, here are a couple of discussion points to get the balls rolling but we welcome any and all emails.

- Either as a new fan or an old fan, what do you think of Kratos' "reinvention"?- What has been the most surprising aspect of the gameplay or story so far?
- Are you enjoying the combat encounters?
- What do you think of the new setting/mythology?
- What's your favorite big moment from God of War's first half?
- What's your favorite little moment from God of War's first half?

Super Replay – Killer7 Episode 8: The World's Greatest Anagram

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Super Replay – Killer7 Episode 8: The World's Greatest Anagram

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 – Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny

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Replay – Onimusha 2: Samurai's Destiny

In 2002, Capcom used the likeness of famed Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda for the lead roll in Onimusha 2 — a supernatural action games set in medieval Japan. We traveled back to Yagyu village to find out how well this PS2 classic holds up 16 years later. 

Andrew Reiner, Suriel Vazquez, Leo Vader, and Ben Reeves grab a katana and start splicing lizardman heads. This might be the funniest episode of replay you'll ever see ... if you never watch another episode of Replay.

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Top Of The Table – The Pathfinder Playtest Interview

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Top Of The Table – The Pathfinder Playtest Interview

The Pathfinder Roleplaying Game has a fascinating history. Here is an entire system that arose out of the embers of the revised third edition of Dungeons & Dragons. As Wizards of the Coast took D&D in new directions with the fourth edition of the game, Paizo’s Pathfinder offered an alternative – an ongoing way for players to stay closer to the more familiar and beloved system they had played for years, but with some clever new twists. Sometimes informally dubbed by its fans as D&D 3.75 upon its official release in 2009, Pathfinder grew to compete against the very game it had diverged from, and to this day, many role-playing enthusiasts swear by Pathfinder’s rich campaign setting, strong rules, and dynamic play at the table. 

Cut to 2018, and Wizards of the Coast has in the years since rolled out the popular 5th edition of Dungeons & Dragons, and Pathfinder is a system with nearly a decade of new content, rules additions, and other baggage to bear. By the admission of Paizo’s own director of game design, it’s time for Pathfinder to move forward on to a new edition – one informed by years of experience with the existing system, as well as the desires of an enthusiastic ongoing fan base. 

After Six Hours With Labo, Here’s What We Think

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After Six Hours With Labo, Here’s What We Think

Labo, Nintendo's strange hybrid that merges complicated cardboard creations with the Switch is in our office. It's equal parts Lego-style toy and video game you have to build yourself. I spent most of yesterday and this morning building Labo creations, and while I am not ready to offer up my final impressions, I can offer you my thoughts so far considering both of the Labo kits are available for purchase today.

First up, you can watch me build all the pieces in the Variety Kit and hear some of my impressions. The video is just under three minutes long, but it has time-lapse footage in it that accounts for about six hours of building (and clean-up) over two days.

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