Super Replay – Conker's Bad Fur Day Episode 7

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Conker's Bad Fur Day tells the story of a foul-mouthed squirrel journeying across farms, poop mountains, and into space to earn money and save the love of his life. You voted for Conker's Bad Fur Day to be our next Super Replay a few months ago, and we couldn't be happier to dive back into this Nintendo 64 classic! We anticipate this will be one of the longest Super Replays yet, so grab a tasty beverage, sit back, relax, and prepare for the journey of a lifetime with Ben Reeves, Tim Turi, and me.

As acclaimed as this game is, it almost didn't happen. Long before Conker was a drunkard, he was a happy-go-lucky red squirrel who was designed to appeal to kids, in a game called Conker's Quest. The press didn't like what they saw of Conker's Quest, saying it was uninspired in design. Rare went back to the drawing board, renaming the game Twelve Tales: Conker 64. That vision too came under scrutiny, and Rare scrapped everything "kiddie" or "cute," and opted to make a dark game for a mature audience. The switch worked, and launched Conker to the same heights as Rare's other hits, Banjo-Kazooie, GoldenEye 007, and Perfect Dark.

The Essentials – The Last Of Us

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Some of the recent entries in our Essentials series have steered back into earlier eras of gaming, including looks at Resident Evil and Metal Gear Solid. But today, we’re considering a much more recent project. While The Last of Us has only been out for a couple of years, its poignant storytelling, memorable characters, immaculate pacing, and gripping gameplay make it an easy choice to join our selections of the best in interactive entertainment.

Release Year: 2013Developer: Naughty DogPublisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Released for: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 (2014)

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Test Chamber footage from The Last of Us Remastered (PS4) 

Kyle's Top 5 Nintendo 64 Games

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Earlier this week, we did a special Nintendo 64-themed episode of The Game Informer Show podcast where a few editors talked all about the Nintendo 64. I was away from the office on vacation when the episode was recorded, so I was not able to participate, but I still want to talk about Nintendo 64 games.

On the episode, which you can listen to or watch here, Ben Hanson, Tim Turi, Ben Reeves, and Brian Shea talked about Nintendo's first 3D-focused console and listed each of their top five favorite Nintendo 64 games. The Nintendo 64 was instrumental in my long-term appreciation of video games, so even though I wasn't able to appear on the podcast, I do want to share my own list.

5. Star Fox 64

Replay – Doom 3

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Replay – Doom 3

Bethesda recently gave us a short look at id Software's upcoming Doom revival, which hasn't been shown for over a year. The little tease made us want to go back and take another look at the exceptional and ridiculously bloody Doom 3.

Tim Turi, the two Jeffs, and I decided to look at the recently released Doom 3: BFG Edition on Xbox 360. Tim Turi and I make good progress in this game, using pistols, shotguns, and a flashlight to frame up and kill demonic soldiers and beasts.

Our second segment explores the finer points of a PlayStation One classic, and then we end this episode with yet another entry of You're Doing It Wrong, the staff's favorite segment for this season of Replay.

10 New Facts About Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

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10 New Facts About Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 comes out this year, bringing gamers back to the sick tricks and smooth flow that they fell in love with back when the original came out in 1999. Find out more about the game in this latest installment of Anatomy of a Screenshot.

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1.The Online WorldThe game's online world is the same as the single-player in that not only do your co-op exploits further your created skater's progress throughout the game, but THPS 5 populates your session with other match-made skaters (this is optional). You're free to go after freeskate objectives or any missions you trigger in the environment. The multiplayer sessions will include a mammoth 20-people. The game will not feature a traditional lobby system.

The Eight Most Disappointing Games Of Our Time

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Some games get a lot of hype, but not every game can live up to the extraordinary hyperbolic promises dreamed up by marketing teams. Sometimes a game gets over-hyped, and it’s obvious to everyone upon release that the game has metaphorically taken a dump in its pants. This is a list of the top eight games that were supposed to change the world but tripped over their own egos and ended up with humble pie on their face.

I'm Done Playing Witcher 3 Until CD Projekt RED Fixes It

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I'm Done Playing Witcher 3 Until CD Projekt RED Fixes It

I'm the victim of a particularly nasty save bug in the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. My first encounter with it resulted in over two hours of progress disappearing into the ether. My second dance with it stole away another hour of questing. My third occurrence came when I had a nice chunk of free time to game this morning. Once I saw it was happening again, I decided to play Puzzles & Dragons / Super Mario Edition instead.

I'm now playing the game scared. Kill a monster. SAVE! Talk to a villager. SAVE! Pick berries off of a bush. SAVE! Losing progress in a game like The Witcher 3, which heavily favors choice and emergent storytelling, can be crushing. Getting a second chance to correct a wrong or see a story play out in a different way is something no player should experience unless they are playing the game for a second time. I now feel like I'm Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, sick of hearing the same conversations, bored of the same events, and praying that my game saves and I can see new content again.

Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of May 22

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Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of May 22

Happy Xursday, everyone! Before we start, don't bother going to the Tower. Xur is on vacation in the darkest corner of the galaxy. Even Agents of the Nine want to check out the reef.

Before you get too excited, all of Xur's gear for this week comes from already existing content. No House of Wolves exotics are on offer. It's not going to be that easy.

Location: Xur is in The Reef. Head right from the spawn point, across the bridge, and look for the doorway that is well lit. He's tucked in a corner there.

10 Things Mad Max: Fury Road Has In Common With The Upcoming Game

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Mad Max: Fury Road released last weekend to rave reviews. George Miller's fourth Mad Max film firmly grabs viewers, straps them to the front of the raging cinematic convoy, and doesn't relent until the two nonstop, high-octane hours pass. Avalanche Studios, the team behind the Just Cause series, is currently developing a Mad Max game due out for Xbox One, PS4, and PC September 1. While those developers with Miller early on about ideas for the game's world, Avalanche says it's absolutely not a game-version of Fury Road. While we agree with that based on what we've seen and played (check out our exclusive cover story from earlier this year), we noticed several interesting key areas where the incredible film overlaps with the upcoming game.

Article by Tim Turi and Jeff Cork

Warning: This article assumes that you've already watched Mad Max: Fury Road or that you don't care about spoilers! Seriously, go watch that movie.