Test Chamber – Lego Dimensions

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Test Chamber – Lego Dimensions

TT Games has been making games based on the Lego toys for eight years now, so it only seemed natural when the company announced it was entering the burgeoning toys-to-life market with a game based on – you guessed it – Lego toys. As Reiner pointed out in his Lego Dimensions review, the studio's debut effort ended up being the best game/toy mashup this year. Take a look at our new Test Chamber to see the game in action, including gameplay based in The Simpsons and Portal levels.

In addition to showing off the game, we take a few moments to explain the various types of sets that you'll find on store shelves in the next few days. Lego Dimeonsions is broken down into a variety of character packs, playsets, and other sets, so it can get confusing. Hopefully, this should help clear things up.

Lego Dimensions is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on Sept. 27.

It's Batman Day – Here Are All Of Our Batman Video Game Reviews

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It's Batman Day – Here Are All Of Our Batman Video Game Reviews

September 26 is Batman day, which is a great excuse to look at the Dark Knight's mostly disappointing video game legacy.

With the impressive success of the Arkham series of Batman games, it's easy to forget that before the release of Batman: Arkham Asylum in 2009, pretty much all Batman games were absolutely terrible. Some Batman games were awarded the lowest scores this publication has ever seen. We gave Batman: Dark Tomorrow, for example, a 0.75. Things are great for the world's greatest detective today, but as the old idiom goes, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. With that in mind, let's take a look at all the Batman games Game Informer has given reviews.

The Adventures of Batman & Robin - 1994/1995SNES - 8.75, Genesis - 7.75, Game Gear - 8, Sega CD - 6.75

13 Ways 2005's Batman Begins Beat Arkham Knight To The Punch

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Saturday, September 26 is Batman day, which as good a excuse as any to share this strange feature which showcases the surprising ways in which the 2005 licensed Batman Begins games did a lot of things Batman: Arkham Knight would 10 years later.

2005's Batman Begins video game tie-in of the same name is a mostly forgettable licensed game, but playing Batman: Arkham Knight recently made me recall some of its gameplay and color it in a prescient light. Batman Begins may not have executed on its mechanics as well as any of the recent Batman games, but it had the right ideas – ideas that Arkham would later perfect.

Many of these mechanics were not invented by Batman Begins or the Arkham series, but they feel very similar when placed side by side.

Replay – Animal Crossing

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We typically traffic in nostalgia here on Replay, but we're getting far more personal with this episode. With the release of Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, we thought it would be timely to go back and revisit some of our Animal Crossing towns on GameCube. As it turns out, we left worlds filled with bad catchphrases, embarrassing signage, and serious weed problems.

Ben Hanson played largely solo, and I lived in a house with three other players. Join us, Andrew Reiner, and Tim Turi, as we go back to our virtual towns. You'll get a look at Hanson's terrifying basement, and my overall lack of organization. OK, my place is a total disaster. As an added episode-within-an-episode, we check out Balloon Fight, which of course was one of the focal points of Hanson's house.

After that, stay tuned for another installment of Replay Theater. I won't spoil what it is, because it basically spoils itself. Woof.

A Massive List of Xbox One Exclusives

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A Massive List of Xbox One Exclusives

Not everyone can afford the luxury of owning every video game console, making the decision of which hardware to buy difficult. There's also an plethora of indie games to wade through, making the job of parsing all the exclusives even harder. Thankfully, the Game Informer staff has worked to the best of our ability to gather up all the exclusives appearing on the Xbox One. Hopefully this huge list of Xbox One exclusives, which will be periodically updated moving forward, will help you unlock the full potential of the system. Note: Some games are also playable on PC, but their only console release is on the Xbox One. 

[Editor's Note: This list was co-written by Alissa McAloon, Christian Belland, and Hershall Cook. We've also got a PlayStation 4 exclusives list, and a Wii U list in the works]

#IDARB Publisher: Other Ocean Interactive Developer: Other Ocean Interactive
Release: January 30, 2015
Rating: 8.25
"Other Ocean's #IDARB, or It Draws a Red Box, began as a tweet from developer Mike Mika asking for input from his followers on a project for which he didn't have any particular plans or ultimate goals. After continued input from the community, the result became #IDARB, an eSports game with an absurd sense of humor and a frantic, contagious energy." – Kyle Hilliard

Question Of The Month: Who Is The Best Giant Monster In Video Games?

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Question Of The Month: Who Is The Best Giant Monster In Video Games?

In issue 269, we asked readers who their favorite giant monster in a video game is. Ganon, The Great Mighty Poo, and one of the titular beasts in Shadow of the Colossus were among our readers' favorites, but now it's your time to chime in. Use the comments section below to share your favorite monster with us, be it a boss you fought, a towering sidekick, or even an over-sized character you took direct control of. Be sure to also share why you're so keen on your favorite monster, otherwise we won't be able to objectively decide whose has the best subjective opinion! 

My vote would be for none other than Super Metroid's Mother Brain. Not only did her giant T-Rex-like body freak me out when I was a kid, but I didn't realize her super-powered attack was scripted – I thought I had totally wrecked me when I faced off against her, making the ensuing intervention of baby metroid all the more powerful. Mother Brain was the most epic boss battle I encountered as a young kid, and the nostalgia I have for the game still lands her at the top of my list.

Now it's your turn – share your pick in the comments below!

How To Play Metal Gear Solid V Like A Professional

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How To Play Metal Gear Solid V Like A Professional

Metal Gear Solid V is finally here, and by all accounts, Hideo Kojima has delivered another masterpiece. His greatest accomplishment, however, is providing me with the opportunity to write another masterpiece of my own, once again providing hapless players with my priceless insight.

I've written so many of these invaluable features that I can't even work links to my previous articles into a natural sentence anymore (instead just go read: SkyrimFar Cry 3GTA V, Tomb RaiderThe Last of Us, Dark Souls II, and Borderlands: TPS). However, if you're new, here's what you need to know: I love sharing my professional gaming skills with regular, non-gifted players like you. Why? Because even though being an exceptionally skilled gamer is rewarding in its own right, helping less fortunate players improve their skills is even more rewarding. I don't know why it feels so good to help you – it's probably just because I'm a really kind and awesome person. Regardless, I've funneled my incredible wisdom into the following guide to help you play Metal Gear Solid V like a Professional Gamer – i.e. the elite few who are so good at games, we actually get paid to play them.

Test Chamber – Lego Dimensions

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Test Chamber – Lego Dimensions

TT Games has been making games based on the Lego toys for eight years now, so it only seemed natural when the company announced it was entering the burgeoning toys-to-life market with a game based on – you guessed it – Lego toys. As Reiner pointed out in his Lego Dimensions review, the studio's debut effort ended up being the best game/toy mashup this year. Take a look at our new Test Chamber to see the game in action, including gameplay based in The Simpsons and Portal levels.

In addition to showing off the game, we take a few moments to explain the various types of sets that you'll find on store shelves in the next few days. Lego Dimeonsions is broken down into a variety of character packs, playsets, and other sets, so it can get confusing. Hopefully, this should help clear things up.

Lego Dimensions is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on Sept. 27.

The Potential Voice Actor Strike Explained

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The Potential Voice Actor Strike Explained

This week has seen a flurry of news, but no story has been bigger than the looming SAG-AFTRA strike over voice actor working conditions. Because of a media blackout, we don’t have all the details. In fact, everything we’ve heard has been from the union’s perspective.

We’ll continue to update this story as more information is made available, but we felt it important to put forward everything we know in digestible form. 

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