RPG Grind Time – Ni No Kuni II Is The Right Kind Of Risky

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RPG Grind Time – Ni No Kuni II Is The Right Kind Of Risky

RPGs tend to wallow in the familiar. Once a franchise establishes a winning formula, many developers stick to what works, simply refining and tweaking the core elements. With change comes risk, and that’s scary when financial viability is on the line. It can feel like if you’ve played one game in a series, you know what to expect from them all; see Etrian Odyssey and Tales. That doesn’t mean these game aren’t fun, it just means they’re comfortable giving its fan base more of the same. I have plenty of favorite series that are prone to this, and part of me likes knowing what I’m getting, but another part starts to get bored with the same old mechanics. 

How To Waste Money Properly – A Guide To Collecting Video Games

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How To Waste Money Properly – A Guide To Collecting Video Games

Since I first set out to get Star Wars figures with my dad when I was about 5 years old, I've found myself in the collecting hobby in one form or another. But no field has magnetized me as much as video games. The medium not only has bountiful offerings from thousands of titles and accompanying merchandise, but the interactivity through playing a game makes it unrivaled to other forms of collecting.

Whether you're venturing to a retro-gaming store for your first crown jewel or have already scoured countless garage sales, these are the best video game-collecting tips I have to offer through my 20 years of experience, backed up by fellow collecting experts.

Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Spider-Man

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Exclusive Hands-On Impressions Of Spider-Man

Since its announcement in 2016, Insomniac has been quiet about Spider-Man. We’ve seen a few trailers, a few screens, and at E3 2017 we got to see some extended gameplay on Sony’s press-conference stage – but it didn’t venture too far into Spider-Man’s version of New York and focused mostly on story and combat. For our May issue of the magazine, Insomniac let us into its studio to talk with the team extensively about the game, but more importantly, they let us play it. We went hands-on with the opening, got into some fights, and did the thing I wanted to do more than anything else: web-swing through the open city.

The Web-SwingingMy personal interest in Insomniac’s take on Spider-Man revolves almost entirely around the web-swinging. I look forward to beating up bad guys and seeing where the story goes as it follows this older, more mature version of Peter Parker, but web-swinging is the activity I love most about Spider-Man games. It’s the thing that could easily make or break this new direction for the character. Any hesitancy I had about how web-swinging would work was quickly squashed, however, when we asked creative director Bryan Intihar if webs will stick to buildings. “They better if I want this game to sell at all,” he replied somewhat sarcastically.

Extra Tips To Collecting Video Games

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Extra Tips To Collecting Video Games

Collecting video games is a hobby I've dabbled in for many years. I've already pored over my most crucial advice on collecting, but these are additional tips you should soak up when gathering gaming goodies.

Tip 13: Stay on target and be patientIf you're like me sometimes, you'll be tempted to empty your wallet faster than you can rage quit E.T on Atari when you search Craigslist or visit a retro gaming store. If you settle on collecting something broad like anything under the Nintendo sun, lay out which games, series, or merchandise you want to prioritize and stick to it. You might see a pristine condition R.O.B. one day, but remember your money should be reserved for your initial quest to collect, say, each Mario Kart game.

"Patience is crucial to being successful when starting a collection," YouTuber Lithium of the Nintendo Collecting channel says. "At first, I would buy everything that was a decent deal, and would often compare my collection to other collectors. This caused me to spend a lot of money quickly rather than being patient and hunting for good deals for items I actually wanted. Since I want to collect for the long term, I am comfortable waiting for five years to buy, for example, a boxed indigo Nintendo GameCube at a good price."

Exclusive Interview With The Man Playing Spider-Man

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Exclusive Interview With The Man Playing Spider-Man

Peter Parker, whether with the suit or without, is a charismatic hero with a lot of depth. The latest actor to bring him to life is Yuri Lowenthal, and we sat down to ask him what it was like being cast, what the recording process was like, and whether he does his own stunts. Stick around to the end as Yuri gives us some of history's greatest Spider-Man lines in his personal Spider-Man voice.

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114 Rapid-Fire Questions About Spider-Man

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114 Rapid-Fire Questions About Spider-Man

Now that Insomniac's take on Spider-Man has had its release date announced, there are only around a hundred questions on the subject left to be answered. I joined the game's Creative Director, Bryan Intihar for a quick chat to tie up these loose ends. We go into playable characters, villains, side missions, and whether I'll ever find that special someone. Enjoy the full video below.

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Spider-Man Releases Exclusively On PlayStation 4 On September 7

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Spider-Man Releases Exclusively On PlayStation 4 On September 7

Game Informer’s May issue is filled with new Spider-Man details, including the release date. Good news, Spider-Man fans: You don’t have to wait long to swing across New York City on a web line. Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment are releasing Spider-Man exclusively on PlayStation 4 on September 7.
If my math is correct, that’s 155 days from now. If you want to know what to expect, our cover story outlines into the opening moments of the game. After a fun introductory story sequence, we played through the first mission (which pits Spidey against a prominent villain), and then spent a significant amount of time exploring the open world, taking on its many tasks and side activities.

Our cover story offers information on Spider-Man’s upgrades, leveling, and suit crafting. Yes, you can bring back some of Spider-Man's most beloved looks, of which there are many. The 14-page story is a thorough breakdown of what we saw, including insight from Insomniac's development team.

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The Sports Desk – The Downhill Rush Of Descenders

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The Sports Desk – The Downhill Rush Of Descenders

When you think of a high-flying bike on a track, you usually think of motocross, but Descenders is not a motocross game. Instead it's a dangerously fast downhill bike title in Steam Early Access that's worth checking out.

Descenders is developed by RageSquid (Action Henk) and published by No More Robots, and is planned for wide release before the end of the year. Despite its status as an Early Access title, it's already clear what makes this game stand out.

It's Not a Motocross Game Despite the dirt, bike, and tricks, Descenders does better because it's not a motocross title. It feels much faster than any motocross title I've played, which is perfect because Descenders conveys the thrill and terror of bombing down a hillside on the edge of control. The trails are narrow and often lined with deadly trees and even on-track obstacles like rocks or rolling hay bales, but at the same time, the game is generally more forgiving than motocross titles when you go off the track. Since you won't always be racing just to get a good time (it's now a single-player experience BTW), you're not necessarily done if you happen to go off course. That's not to say the game is easy, by any means, it's just balanced properly to encourage you to try to reach max speed.