These Are The Best PS4, Xbox One, And Wii U Games Right Now

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These Are The Best PS4, Xbox One, And Wii U Games Right Now

The current generation of consoles is young, but that doesn't mean the game libraries for the PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One are barren. Each already has a solid and growing collection of games that any enthusiast should check out. Whether you are a longtime player looking for a great game you may have missed or a newcomer to this generation of machine, these are the top titles for each console as chosen by the Game Informer collective.

Don't see your favorite game on there yet? All is not lost. We intend these to be living lists, so the candidates and order will fluctuate through the passage of time. Here are the lists as they stand on July 20:

The Top 10 Games On PlayStation 4 Right Now

Life After Ubisoft, Again

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Life After Ubisoft, Again

On the morning of May 7, 2013, Patrice Désilets sensed something was different. Like any other Tuesday, the former Assassin's Creed steward was walking his daughter, Alice, to school before heading to the office to work on his new action/adventure game, 1666: Amsterdam. Unseasonably dry weather had left Montreal under extreme fire threat, with brush fires tearing through parts of the province and city.

Désilets was no stranger to fire hazards, having survived a metaphorical one when his former publisher THQ went up in flames the previous January. Ubisoft came to the rescue, purchasing Désilets' project and the studio housing his development team for $2.5 million in the bankruptcy auction. Many questioned if this new relationship would work, considering Désilets left Ubisoft three years prior after successfully rebooting the Prince of Persia franchise with Sands of Time and directing the creative vision of Assassin's Creed, the billion-dollar juggernaut that now serves as the crown jewel to the publisher's game lineup. Since the acquisition, Désilets had continued to chip away at his new project, which he envisioned as the next evolutionary step in the action/adventure genre. 

Video Interview — Fullbright's Sci-Fi Journey With Tacoma

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Video Interview — Fullbright's Sci-Fi Journey With Tacoma

Isolation, mystery, and exploration are strong themes in Fullbright's storytelling. With the setting of its newest game aboard a lonely space station near the moon, Fullbright is leaving behind '90s nostalgia for spacefaring danger. 

Fullbright co-founders Steve Gaynor and Karla Zimonja reveal the new game mechanics and modes of storytelling that will bring life to the desolate lunar transfer station.

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19 Questions For 2015 Nintendo World Championship Winner John Numbers

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Last month during E3, Nintendo held its first World Championship in more than a decade. We got a chance to speak with its winner, John Goldberg A.K.A. John Numbers about the event. John is familiar with the competitive video games scene as a competitive Smash Bros. player, but flying to Los Angeles to play modern and classic Nintendo games on stage was a whole different experience.

Where did the name John Numbers come from?

Before I got into the Smash community, I basically used John followed by a few numbers for Internet aliases. I did the same thing when I first got into the Brawl competitive community one year after its released. A few years in people were just like, “Hey John. John 12346 sounds stupid. How about John Numbers.” And eventually it just stuck.

Tri-Force Heroes' Director On Co-op Zelda, Four Swords Inspirations, And Working On Ocarina Of Time

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During E3 last month, we had a chance to speak with the director of The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes, Hiromasa Shikata. Shikata most recently directed the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. He has been involved with the Zelda series since Ocarina of Time, and hasn't strayed far from Nintendo's venerated franchise during his time with the company.

We spoke with Shikata about where Tri-Force heroes takes place in the Zelda timeline (though he didn't have much to offer), how Four Swords factored into the game's development, and about his history with the Zelda series focusing on Ocarina of time.

Where does Triforce Heroes take place in the Zelda timeline?

Replay – Donkey Konga With Steve Wiebe

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The King of Kong, Steve Wiebe, joins the Game Informer staff for a discussion about all things Donkey Kong and his time in the hit documentary film, all while playing Donkey Kong-themed games he's never heard of. The fun begins with Donkey Konga, a GameCube rhythm game that uses bongo controllers. We eventually play the game four-player to determine who the King of Konga truly is.

Our next segment pits Wiebe against his worst nightmare for a brief battle. We end the show with Wiebe showing us why he's a math teacher. As always, leave us questions and feedback in the comments section below. We hope you enjoy this special episode. We'll see you again in seven days!

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The Top 10 Games On Xbox One

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Microsoft broadened the Xbox's focus from being a games machine with the Xbox 360 to an all-in-one entertainment device with the Xbox One. That strategy may not have attracted gamers in the early days of the new-generation transition, and the console continues to recover from those missteps. Even so, the Xbox One is home to an increasing library of great games, including some must-play exclusives. In our continually evolving feature, we're highlighting the 10 essential games on Xbox One.

While many of the games here are multiplatform releases, three console-exclusive titles found a home on the list. The system has a nice mix of quality exclusives that didn't make the cut, including Forza Motorsport 5, Dead Rising 3, and Killer Instinct. There are a number of high-profile games on the horizon, too, including new entries in the popular Halo and Gears of War series. 

Here are Game Informer's picks for the top 10 games on the Xbox One, as it currently stands.

The Kickstarter Compendium

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Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded.

Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some fascinating new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention. 

The only problem is keeping track of it all – what’s worth watching, and what are these different projects about? As an ongoing feature, our Kickstarter Compendium is your guide to games seeking funding through Kickstarter. After funding projects are complete, this feature will also track what games (and game-related projects) got funded and which ones didn’t – and, where possible, offer links to the projects as they are developed. 

Yu Suzuki Discusses Shenmue III And How His Dream Project Became A Reality

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The gripping tale of Ryo Hazuki’s quest for vengeance captivated Dreamcast audiences when it released to widespread critical acclaim in 2000. Though Yu Suzuki’s masterpiece was beloved by fans, the astounding cost of its first two entries and poor sales of Shenmue II drove Sega to cancel the third game, leaving Suzuki’s saga without resolution.

Though the series was abandoned by Sega and written off as an impossibility for over a decade, the fan base has been unrelenting in its requests for the series to continue. Both Suzuki and Sega have been inundated by fan requests for Shenmue III, with online campaigns comprised of the most die-hard fans continuing to push forward through petitions and social media accounts. 

Those fans were vindicated this week, when Shenmue III’s Kickstarter campaign not only grabbed valuable stage time on Sony’s E3 press conference for its reveal, but also went on to attract so much traffic that Kickstarter’s site crashed. With the Kickstarter campaign reaching its goal of $2 million in record time and Sony providing further funding, Shenmue III is finally a reality.

Analysis – Gamers Are Playing The Big Releases On PS4, And That Should Worry Microsoft

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Yesterday’s NPD report for the month of June revealed that the video game industry is in an upswing. Amidst the very good news was the latest in a long of line of major titles that definitively swung toward the current market leader.

Before NPD released its report, Sony issued a statement letting press know that it had claimed the top spot for software and hardware in June. Specifically, Sony cited strong sales of its Batman: Arkham Knight bundle. Not only that, but more retail standalone copies of the PlayStation 4 version of Arkham Knight were sold.

What this means is that on top of Sony winning the fight at retail, even more Batman: Arkham Knight copies were put into circulation (and motivated some console sales) on PlayStation 4 units. This comes a week after Ubisoft released its quarterly earnings report, which mirrored some of the same data. We cite Ubisoft because, unlike most other companies, the publisher routinely breaks down its shipments by platform.