Exclusive First Hands-On With Halo 5: Guardian’s New 24-Player Mode, Warzone

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Earlier today, 343 Industries revealed the new Halo 5: Guardian’s multiplayer mode, Warzone. This aims to take all the depth of a traditional Halo multiplayer match and layer in elements from the series’ single-player experience. Weeks ago, during our recent Halo 5: Guardian’s cover trip, 343 Industries invited us to be the first people outside the studio to play an early version of Warzone. We left impressed. Warzone is so big it's bound to make waves when it splashes into online space later this year.

Warzone acts like a giant training simulation where players are divided into two teams of 12 players and tasked with defending their base. From the onset I can tell that this mode is a little different because I’m not just defending my base from other players, but from A.I. enemies as well. Warzone’s numbers are impressive for a big team battle: 24 players face off against upwards of 50 different A.I.-controlled units on maps that are four times bigger than what most Halo fans have ever experienced. It’s not surprising that this is a mode 343 Industries has been dreaming about for years.

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Hands-On With The Division's Dark Zone

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As The Division's early 2016 release date approaches, Ubisoft is granting hands-on access with the game for the first time. 

While nearly all of The Diviison is PvE co-op, the newly revealed Dark Zone blends in PvP elements as well. It's designed for endgame play, hosting some of the best loot in the game.

"The Dark Zone is where the military tried to contain the pandemic. It didn’t work out," says  associate creative director Julian Gerighty. "They had to abandon it. They built a huge gate around it. And all of the equipment is still in there. So that’s particularly motivating not only for you as an agent to get that equipment, to be able to use it outside of the Dark Zone, but it’s also very attractive to the enemy factions."

E3 Bingo: 2015 Edition

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E3 press conferences are exciting, because that's when companies typically reveal their biggest surprises and most exciting news. However, despite some unexpected announcements, there's a degree of predictability about the whole affair. Year after year, companies make the same gaffes, lean on the same hyperboles, and toss around the same buzzwords. We've mixed all of this together – the good and the bad – into a game of Bingo for your entertainment.  

Here's how it works: Go to our special E3 Bingo page, which generates a random and interactive bingo card that you can use to play at home. Keep it open as you watch all of the press conferences, mark off all of the squares as they happen, and see if you earn the right to call yourself an E3 Bingo champion.

Get a sneak peak at the possibilities below:

Before E3, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

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Before E3, Here’s Everything You Need To Know

If ever there was a week to pay attention to the video game world, this one is it. E3 press conferences get going tomorrow, and the show floor opens on Tuesday. We’ve spent the weeks leading up to the show writing up predictions, wish lists, and details about what we expect to see from the show. Click on the links below to get caught up before things shift into high gear.

Then come back tomorrow as we kick off our official coverage of what promises to be a big E3 year.

Take a look at our comprehensive list of games we hope to see at this year's show.

E3 2015's Confirmed No Shows

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E3 2015's Confirmed No Shows

E3 is always full of surprise appearance and announcements, but ahead of the show there are always a few titles won’t be showing up. These are games we would love to learn more about, but its creators have openly acknowledged they will not be appearing, in the interest of tempering our expectations.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Arguably the biggest disappointment in terms of no-shows for E3 2015, The Legend of Zelda Wii U will not be at the show. Up until March of this year, we fully expected to not only see Zelda Wii U at E3, but also get our hands on the game ahead of its holiday 2015 release. Sadly, that all fell apart when series producer Eiji Aonuma took to YouTube to not only announce the game’s delay, but let us know the game wouldn’t be appearing at E3. We have hopes that the game will make a surprise appearance in the form of a short teaser trailer, or maybe some new screenshots, but Nintendo has said unequivocally that the game will not be at E3.

Nintendo Talks The World Championships 2015, The Wizard, And Shows Off The Trophy

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For the first time in 25 years, Nintendo is bringing back its Nintendo World Championships at this year's E3. After inviting competitors and holding a series of qualifying rounds across the United States, the tournament begins tomorrow. Ahead of the Champioships, we spoke with Nintendo Treehouse's Erik Peterson, who is producing the event, about the game selection process, how the film The Wizard influences the upcoming tournament, and what the winner will actually get – which you can see for the first time below.

Is this something Nintendo envisions doing every year, or is this a special occasion?

The last time we held a Nintendo World Championships event was in 1990, so this is obviously a huge moment for all of us and our fans. At E3 last year, we held the Super Smash Bros. Invitational, and we couldn’t have been happier with the response. So this year, we wanted to take things to the next level for our fans – and we thought, what better way celebrate our past and present than bringing back the Nintendo World Championships.

Replay – Star Fox 64

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Star Fox 64 is an important game for many members of the Game Informer staff, and today, we're celebrating that classic Nintendo 64 title the best way we know how: by featuring it on an episode of Replay. Join Reiner, Brian, Kyle, and Jeff M. as they blast through several levels and share memories associated with the series.

Stick around for Roulette, where the team looks at a multitude of science fiction-games for the SNES, including a hopelessly complicated Star Trek game, a confusing title based on SeaQuest, and the side-scrolling Stargate game.

Enjoy the show and we'll see you after E3!

Character Creation: Why We Make Avatars And How They Affect Us

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Character Creation: Why We Make Avatars And How They Affect Us

I was sliding shells into my 500 Tactical shotgun when I turned around and noticed my dad was still wearing the default armor. "Dad," I said, exasperated, "you could look so much cooler." He shrugged. We were hunting terrorists in Rainbow Six: Vegas 2; who cared what his onscreen avatar looked like? Apparently, a lot of us.

While the most robust customization options tend to appear in RPGs like Skyrim or Dragon Age: Inquisition, character creation exists in a surprising number of games. From sports franchises like Madden and WWE to shooters like Brink and the aforementioned Rainbow Six: Vegas 2, we often devote significant time to designing characters within the limits of a video game editor. Last generation this feature gained so much popularity that even Microsoft and Nintendo jumped on board, with both companies offering user avatars on their respective consoles.

Test Chamber – Lego Jurassic Park's First Hour

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Lego Jurassic World was released today, to coincide with the launch of the new movie. The game covers the events from all four films, but we decided to start from the beginning to see how TT Fusion handled the adaptation of the first movie in the series. Join Tim, Ben Hanson, and me as we head out to the park.

This Test Chamber is a bit longer than normal, so we were able to play from the opening to the first encounter with the T. rex. Prepare yourself for TT Games-style silliness, including a Lego version of Ellie that dives into giant mounds of dino poop with an unexpected amount of zeal.

Lego Jurassic World is available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, Wii U, Vita, 3DS, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.