The Best Video Game Costumes For Halloween 2015

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The Best Video Game Costumes For Halloween 2015

Halloween is just a few weeks away. If you don't have the time or skill to create your own Halloween costume that celebrates your love of video games, we've rounded up the best selection of costumes sold at retailers. The selection offers everything from a $900 Master Chief costume to the unexpected Ratchet & Clank outfit. We even gathered a few costumes that toddlers and infants can wear for trick-or-treating purposes.

We've also compiled a list of the worst Halloween costumes of 2015.

Collector's Master Chief Costume ($898.99)

Creating The Fierce Women Of The Witcher 3

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When most people think of The Witcher, they immediately think of its powerful antihero, Geralt of Rivia. However, he has three intriguing women at his side fighting the harsh realities of its brutal universe. The kind-hearted Triss, sarcastic Yennefer, and rebellious Ciri are all important to the narrative, and each has her own motivations and struggles to overcome a discriminatory society and the world's greater dangers. While CD Projekt Red could have kept the narrative centered on Geralt, instead it saw value in exploring the individual complexities of each woman. In the end, the writing team created three fascinating characters – so much so we couldn't resist finding out how they approached their arcs, giving all of them their own places to shine.

Note: This feature originally appeared in issue 270 of Game Informer Magazine

Going Beyond The Books

Celebrate The NES's 30th Anniversary By Watching Us Play 8-Bit Classics

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Today marks the 30-year anniversary of the Nintendo Entertainment System launching in North America. Nintendo's gray rectangular console was destined to change lives and the industry forever when it hit shelves on October 18, 1985. Since we're getting all wistful and nostalgic, let's capitalize on the occasion by looking back on our eclectic collection of Replay and Super Replay episodes highlighting the 8-bit system's memorable games.

[Editor's Note: This collection only includes games that were highlighted on the main segment of Replay.]

The NES Replays

Test Chamber – Halo 5: Guardians

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Test Chamber – Halo 5: Guardians

Wade Wojcik and I are both big Halo enthusiasts, and between the two of us, we probably know a little bit too much about the Halo lore than is entirely healthy. As such, we were both pretty excited to dive in to our recently arrived copy of Halo 5: Guardians.

While multiplayer remains under wraps for now, we were able to play through the early missions of the game, and get a sense for the new speed and frenetic action at the core of the experience. We also offer some further detail about some of the new characters, and how they fit into the broader Halo storyline. 

Halo 5: Guardians is set for release on Xbox One on October 27. 

Gaming's Longest Continuous Stories

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When you think about video game narratives, it’s a bit challenging to find many that contain single, perpetual narratives. To test that assumption, we’ve compiled a list of titles featuring lengthy plotlines and abundant canon entries. Each of these series will also have new installments arriving either this year or in 2016. 

To assemble our list, we established these guidelines: the series has one continuous, overarching narrative; most entries in the series must contribute to the overall plot; and the story hasn’t been rebooted yet. Due to these rules, series more anthological in nature, such as Final Fantasy or Silent Hill, don’t make the cut. By no means is this meant to be a definitive list, so please share your picks in the comments below. 

Warning: The following article features some minor spoilers to the franchises listed below.

The New Open-World Philosophy Of Mafia III

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The New Open-World Philosophy Of Mafia III

In recent years, many open-world games have evolved to the point that the core narrative tract is dwarfed by the heavy content dump of side quests, collectibles, and random encounters. The Mafia series has always run counter to this trend, eschewing the quest-log overload of titles like Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age in service to its story missions. While this approach kept the focus on the well-crafted set-piece missions, it also robbed the open worlds of their sense of place. Sure, you could cruise around the roads of Empire City and Lost Heaven to take in the sites of these impressively detailed locales, but like being stuck in the middle of an Iowa cornfield, players' options for diversions were extremely limited.

The new stewards of the Mafia franchise, Hangar 13, plan to preserve the narrative focus of the early installments, but at the same time realize the open world provides them an opportunity to grow the Mafia experience in meaningful ways. With Mafia III, the studio wants to merge the best of both worlds.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 15, 2015)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (October 15, 2015)

Another week, another great batch of blogs. A good variety of topics means each of you will find something interesting, or something new to learn about this week.

Community Blogs For October 8 – September 14:

Right Back At Ya: Ranking Every Game In The Super Mario Series MightyMagikarp must have evolved into Gyarados in order to take on the task of ranking 30 years' worth of Super Mario games. But that's what he did in response to Game Informer's list. The top five games are quite different, which surprised me. Both are wrong: Mario is Missing! is the best Mario game ever made. Ever. Side note: I'm a liar.   

Five RPGs Genre Fans Should Play This Holiday When They’re Not Playing Fallout 4

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Five RPGs Genre Fans Should Play This Holiday When They’re Not Playing Fallout 4

This has been a crazy year for role-playing games, both in terms of traditional turn-based PC-style options and action-oriented romps through nightmares and monsters. But the hundreds of hours of grand storytelling – and tactical turn-taking – already available for RPG fans right now is just the beginning. With Fallout 4 promising to bestow an apocalypse on your gaming hours, committing the necessary hours to the RPG lineup can be a difficult task indeed. Here are some of our must-play picks for this holiday season that you may have passed over this year.

Bloodborne: Game of the Year Edition (Includes The Old Hunters DLC)Platform: PlayStation 4Release: November 27

Bloodborne mixes From Software’s Souls-style grim melee laden with Lovecraftian lore, and it’s receiving new downloadable content this holiday season that adds a slew of weapons, monsters, and environments. Unlike many RPGs out there, Bloodborne’s tale plays out in traditional From Software fashion, offering the player breadcrumbs that lead to terrible secrets and eldritch discoveries.

Who The Hell Is Mafia III Developer Hangar 13?

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Who The Hell Is Mafia III Developer Hangar 13?

With our November cover story on Mafia III, we gave readers a mountain of information on the game. After a shift away from Mafia II's creators 2K Czech (which now serves a support role in development), there are a lot of questions from fans about where Hangar 13 came from and how they plan on continuing the Mafia franchise. In this video feature, we peel back the curtain on the new studio that's working to create it. 

While visiting the studio, we spoke with the studio head Haden Blackman and executive producer Andy Wilson about the origin of Hangar 13, the best way to build of a new development team, what's up with their weird cat logo, and more. Watch the video feature below to learn about the challenges and thrills of creating a new AAA studio from scratch.

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