Tony Hawk Returns – Exclusive First Look

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Tony Hawk Returns – Exclusive First Look

Putting to rest months of cryptic tweets from Tony Hawk, Activision and developer Robomodo have officially announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5 – a return to the classic gameplay of the series' heyday.

The game is slated to come out on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One later in the year, with PS3 and Xbox 360 versions following shortly thereafter.

As the name indicates, Pro Skater 5 is a call back to the old-school lineage of the first four titles – back when the franchise was in its prime. The game weds the series' finely tuned gameplay with new additions such as power-ups and the ability to shoot projectiles for specific missions.

Question Of The Month Reader Responses: Issue #266

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Question Of The Month Reader Responses: Issue #266

In issue 264, we asked readers to pitch us on their dream game. While lots of readers' ambitions stopped at sequels and zombie games, some free thinkers came up with some pretty awesome ideas. Here are some of the responses.

What's your dream video game? Pitch us on it in the comments below!

Test Chamber – Portal Meets Pinball, Let The Testing Begin

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Test Chamber – Portal Meets Pinball, Let The Testing Begin

Today Valve and Zen Studios revealed their new, surprise collaboration: A pinball table devoted to the dimension-hopping antics of Portal. Join us as we take the table for a spin and discuss what the table offers longtime Portal fans.

Join us as Ben Reeves, Jeff Cork, and I try out the new table, which is coming to Pinball FX 2 and Zen Pinball 2 later this month. Like all of Zen's licensed tables, Portal Pinball is packed with callbacks to the series. Skilled players will run into Atlas and P-Body in the Cooperative Testing multiball mode, knock around Wheatley and his fellow A.I. spheres in the Personality Core multiball, and take on GLaDOS in the table's multistage wizard mode. Unfortunately, we're not skilled players, so you won't see any of that – but you will get a good sense of the flow of the table and hear our overall impressions of whether it's worth adding to your virtual pinball collection.

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Where's My Sequel? – Knights Of The Old Republic

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Where's My Sequel? – Knights Of The Old Republic

Star Wars has a long history in gaming, and Knights of the Old Republic is one of the best and most popular splinters of the franchise. The series makes players feel like a genuine part of the expansive Star Wars experience, and is one of the few games to do this legendary property justice. But if KOTOR is so great and revered, why haven’t we gotten a true sequel in more than 10 years?

What It Is Knights of the Old Republic is a role-playing game set thousands of years before the original Star Wars trilogy. Though it doesn’t feature any familiar faces from the films, it has almost all of the classic Star Wars hallmarks, like Jedi Knights, Sith Lords, droids, and spaceships. Leveraging its experience with Dungeons & Dragons titles like Baldur’s Gate and Neverwinter Nights, developer BioWare created the original entry. Obsidian Entertainment (the studio behind recent hits like Pillars of Eternity and South Park: The Stick of Truth) made the sequel.

Test Chamber – Morphin' Into Action With Chroma Squad

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Test Chamber – Morphin' Into Action With Chroma Squad

The Power Ranger influence is undeniable in the Kickstarted tactical RPG experience Chroma Squad. With five colorful heroes at your disposal, Chroma Squad delivers a retro experience that is sure to please fans of sentai series, as well as players looking for a good entry point into the tactical RPG genre.

Join Daniel Tack and Brian Shea as they explore the early moments of Chroma Squad and check out how the game turned out. If you're looking for more, we'll have our full thoughts on the game later in the week. Check out the episode of Test Chamber below and get ready to morph chromatize!

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The Fallacy Of Free Mods - Paying Creators, Developers, And Valve Is The Right Move (And May Return)

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The Fallacy Of Free Mods - Paying Creators, Developers, And Valve Is The Right Move (And May Return)

The past two weeks have been tumultuous for PC gamers, as Valve announced (and quickly terminated) a mechanism that allowed modders to charge for their work. While the dust has mostly settled, there are important lessons from the aborted attempt and how we might better discuss this issue in the future.

A Cottage Industry Built And Dismantled

On April 23, Valve announced that Bethesda’s Skyrim would be the first title to allow mod creators to charge for their work. Revenue was set to be split: 30 percent going to Valve, 45 percent to Bethesda, and 25 percent to the mod creator.

Celebrate May The 4th With Our Favorite Star Wars Features

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Celebrate May The 4th With Our Favorite Star Wars Features

Today is May 4th, which used to be a day like any other until someone thought it would be funny to say "May the fourth be with you."  Now it's Star Wars day, on which we celebrate all things related to the iconic galaxy far, far away. We're observing the occasion by collecting some of our best Star Wars stories.

Whether you want to read about a canceled game or a tribute to the lightsaber, Star Wars fans of all sorts should find something interesting to read about in the links below.

Gaming's Best And Worst Star Wars Characters

Seen At Minneapolis Comic Con 2015

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For the second year in a row now, Game Informer's home city of Minneapolis has had its very own Comic Con. I walked the show floor and grabbed as many photos as I could, enjoy!

Well, this convention took place in Minnesota so there is the obligatory Paul Bunyon appearance. My Babe the Blue Ox-King joke was met with a blank stare.

These kind gentlemen were roaming the show, on the hunt for Konami executives.

The Essentials – Metal Gear Solid

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The Essentials – Metal Gear Solid

The Essentials is Game Informer's weekly recurring feature that takes a look at the most important games the industry has to offer. These games aren't just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater appreciation of our interactive medium.

This weekend we're taking a look at Metal Gear Solid. It was not Hideo Kojima’s first game, and it wasn’t the first Metal Gear game, but it was the first game that allowed Kojima to really flex his cinematic muscle. It offered an unprecedented amount Hollywood-quality storytelling, and recognized the importance of actor performance in an age where two snippets of repeated dialogue were considered more than enough.

Release Year: 1998Publisher: KonamiDeveloper: Konami Computer Entertainment Japan
Released For: PlayStation

Super Replay – Conker's Bad Fur Day

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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.