Destiny – Xur’s Gear For The Weekend Of June 19

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Destiny – Xur’s Gear For The Weekend Of June 19

There’s been a lot of big Destiny news this week, offering us some exhaustive details about the upcoming Taken King expansion, including a vidoc and details on the three new subclasses. In the midst of the excitement, Xur has appeared at the Vestian Outpost, and brings with him two items he’s never had in stock before.

While warlocks have gotten Starfire Protocol before, and Hard Light certainly isn't the best gun in the game right now, both Titans and Hunters have something to be excited about. Both of those classes have exotics on sale that offer increased melee options. Titans get the Feedback Fence, which deals damage around you when something melee attacks you. And Hunters get Khepri's Sting, which offers melee abilities that transform the Hunter into a more classic Rogue by providing new invisibility options and some massive backstab damage potential.

Location: Xur is in the Vestian Outpost in the Reef. After arriving, turn right and run onto the lower platform. A shadowy doorway looms, and inside you'll find Xur selling his wares. 

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

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

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.

Indies To Watch From E3 2015

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Indies To Watch From E3 2015

There are a lot of big name titles at this year's E3, but the indie game scene is still burning bright. Here are some of the most inventive and exciting new titles coming from smaller teams that you should have on your radar. We're trying to get our hands on as many titles as we can, so keep checking out this evolving list of the best indie gems from E3 2015.

This story includes contributions from the E3 2015 crew, including Ben Reeves, Matt Kato, Tim Turi, Kyle Hilliard, and Mike Futter.

Shape the WorldDeveloper: Hollow Tree Games
Platforms: PC

The Top Two Yarn Characters From E3 2015

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We've combed through all of our extensive E3 coverage to come up with a definitive list of the top characters made of yarn.

From the yarn-ified star of Yoshi's Woolly World to Unravel's Yarny, this list has it all. Read on to see how your favorite E3 2015 yarn characters ranked.

#2: Yoshi (Yoshi's Woolly World)Mario's adorable sidekick has gotten even more adorable thanks to his recent stringification. Thanks to our hands-on time with Woolly World at Nintendo's booth, we're smitten with this knitten Yoshi – so much so that we don't even feel bad for the poor Nintendo employee who's been stuck endlessly crocheting these priceless plushies for her bosses...

E3 Rivals – Rock Band 4 Vs. Guitar Hero Live

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Like two resurrected fighters getting back into the ring, E3 2015 saw the return of both Rock Band and Guitar Hero. Just like riding a bicycle, Game Informer's Bryan Vore and Jeff Cork get back into the swing of comparing the plastic instrument titles based on their showing at E3. The paths are branching, as Guitar Hero Live is embracing guitars and live-action concert footage and Rock Band 4 is attempting to corner the market on freestyle solos and party play.

Watch Bryan Vore and Jeff Cork talk about their experiences playing both games and why it might be time to choose a side and stick to it.

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Our Experience With Microsoft's HoloLens

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Like every virtual reality or augmented reality technology, it's difficult to absorb the experience just by watching a video or seeing a stage presentation. I tried out several demos to put the latest iterations of Microsoft's HoloLens through its paces.

The first step is to get the distance between my eyes measured with a binocular-looking device that you'd see at the eye doctor. This ensures optimal calibration for each user. Since it is prototype hardware, the demo crew was very careful when placing the HoloLens kit on my head. I had to grab it at specified points and tighten it in the back. Unlike earlier iterations, this hardware was completely cordless, and there was no need for a separate pack of electronics to hang around my neck.

While there are no headphones over the ears, speakers near them emit sound effects tied to the experience while still allowing users to hear the real world around them. This, along with the transparent visor, serves to enhance the world around you rather than shut it out for a virtual experience. As we've heard before, the AR field is only a rectangle hovering in front of your face rather than taking up your entire field of vision.

All The E3 Press Conferences In One Place

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The video game industry shifted into high gear on Sunday night, starting with Bethesda's first ever E3 showcase event, and it stayed in full speed throughout Monday and Tuesday with all sorts of new announcements from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, Sony, Nintendo, and Square Enix.

We watched and offered commentary for all seven major events. In case you couldn't catch them all live, we've gathered all the videos together below, along with links to our post-show analyses. Enjoy!

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Indies To Watch From E3 2015

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Indies To Watch From E3 2015

There are a lot of big name titles at this year's E3, but the indie game scene is still burning bright. Here are some of the most inventive and exciting new titles coming from smaller teams that you should have on your radar. We're trying to get our hands on as many titles as we can, so keep checking out this evolving list of the best indie gems from E3 2015.

This story includes contributions from the E3 2015 crew, including Ben Reeves, Matt Kato, Tim Turi, and Mike Futter.

Moon HuntersDeveloper: Kitfox Games Platform: PS4, Vita
Release: Late 2015

Video Recap of Square Enix's E3 Press Conference 2015

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Video Recap of Square Enix's E3 Press Conference 2015

The media briefing from Square Enix was the last of seven live streams hosted by Game Informer during E3 2015, and they brought us out with a strong showing.

Editors Kim Wallace and Joe Juba recap the highlights from Kingdom Hearts, Just Cause, Deus Ex, and more. Check it out below!

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (June 18, 2015)

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A lot has happened in the gaming world this week thanks to E3 – but that hasn't slowed down anyone from blogging. This week you get to read a bunch about E3 reactions, amiibo, and about dystopian worlds. 

Community Blogs For June 11 – June 17:

Splatoon – The "Freshest" Nintendo Game in Years MightyMagikarp takes time off from splashing around and waiting for his evolution to talk about Nintendo's Splatoon. He has one thing to say: The game is rad. For him it may be the best game Nintendo has made in years!