Test Chamber – Exploring The Metroid Inspired World Of Axiom Verge

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This is the game that Metroid fans have been waiting for. Axiom Verge feels like a long-lost Metroid spinoff that was developed in the '80s and then fell through a time warp before landing in 2015. If you don't believe us, then watch us play through the game's opening sequence.

Join Tim Turi and Ben Reeves as they test out a game that feels a lot like nostalgia. Developer Tom Happ spent four years working on this love letter to his favorite NES games, and the finished product display’s Happ’s eye for detail. We give you a quick tour of the game's weapons and haunting atmosphere. We stay clear of spoilers, but at the 8:20 min mark we jump towards the end of the game to show off some powerful weapons and cool enemies, which some people might not want to see.

Axiom Verge hits PlayStation 4 today. For more on the game, you can read our review, and check out this feature on the game's development.

The Incredible Swan Songs Of The Wii, PS3, And Xbox 360 Generation

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The Incredible Swan Songs Of The Wii, PS3, And Xbox 360 Generation

The last generation of consoles might have been the strongest yet. We not only got amazing games at retail with far grander ambitions than ever before, but we also saw online marketplaces emerge to give us even more variety and instant access to games new and old. As usual, the end of a generation brought about some of the best titles to grace the systems. Many are masterpieces that represent all of the experience and knowledge gained during the generation, while others tried something new and different. Since the generation ended at different times for each console, and is arguably not over yet for the Xbox 360 and PS3, there is a wide spread of years represented. Continue reading to see our picks for the swan songs of the Wii, PS3, and Xbox 360 generation.

Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag

The Masterful Emotional Pull Of Bloodborne

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Bloodborne has excellent (if methodical) fast-paced combat, carefully-crafted atmosphere, a soundtrack that waxes and wanes with the ever-building tension, and looks beautiful on current-gen hardware. These factors are important when examining the game’s success, but the real craftsmanship behind one of the less tangible aspects of what makes Bloodborne an amazing game lies in the game’s ability to make you feel, for better or worse.

Bloodborne is even stronger in this respect than the Souls games, due to the underlying horror theme that douses everything in dread. While the Souls games are dark, the full-on horror motif of Bloodborne allows From Software to blend aspects that were also present in those titles with consistent unyielding themes that work to strengthen the experience of being far from the last checkpoint or encountering a terrifying boss.

Watch Game Informer Play Xenoblade Chronicles Live Today

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Watch Game Informer Play Xenoblade Chronicles Live Today

We couldn't end March without a true Grind Time episode. This time, we're looking at Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best RPGs of the last generation. Next week, Nintendo is giving gamers another chance to experience it on the New 3DS. We felt this would be the perfect time to dive in and discuss what made Xenoblade Chronicles so special and our anticipation for Xenoblade Chronicles X.

We'll be livestreaming the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles today, 3/31 from 4-6 PM CST. (2-4 PST, 5-7, EST)

Which Battlefield Game Is Best? We Rank Them All

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Since its debut back in 2002, the Battlefield series has delivered an impressive lineup of successful games that any game publisher would be proud to support. But with such a varied history that includes World War II games, modern combat, future warfare, and even the cops vs. robbers motif introduced in Hardline, not everyone has the same favorite game in the series.

We polled the Game Informer staff to create some order to this chaos and rank the Battlefield games from worst to best, offering justification for each placement. Not a fan of our order? Make your feelings known in the comments below.

13. Battlefield Play4FreePC – 2011

Trial By Bloodborne – Confronting My Fear Of From Software

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Trial By Bloodborne – Confronting My Fear Of From Software

I’ve never been easily intimidated by games, but I’ve steered clear of From Software’s Souls games to this point. After hearing of the frustration Demon’s Souls and the Dark Souls games have brought some of my friends and colleagues (even though they keep coming back for more), I’ve avoided them in favor of more relaxing and less stressful experiences.

It’s not the difficulty that scared me away, however. Instead, it was the way the most enthusiastic fans described it. I never wanted an experience to be “punishing” or “unforgiving”; I wanted what little time I had to play video games in my spare time to be fun and entertaining. I didn’t want the constant grind or the feeling that I had to play the same sequences over and over. 

Trial-and-error gameplay is something I’ve often dismissed as an archaic and unnecessary convention in modern gaming, but for some reason it’s been working for me in 2015. I enjoyed the grind in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, and the rewarding nature of finally getting a viable city in Cities: Skylines had me looking forward to every failure as a learning experience. That same seemingly masochistic outlook was carried with me into Bloodborne.

New Grind Time Episode Dedicated To Xenoblade Airs Tomorrow

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New Grind Time Episode Dedicated To Xenoblade Airs Tomorrow

We couldn't end March without a true Grind Time episode. This time, we're looking at Xenoblade Chronicles.

Xenoblade Chronicles is one of the best RPGs of the last generation. Next week, Nintendo is giving gamers another chance to experience it on the New 3DS. We felt this would be the perfect time to dive in and discuss what made Xenoblade Chronicles so special and our anticipation for Xenoblade Chronicles X.

We'll be livestreaming the Wii version of Xenoblade Chronicles tomorrow 3/31 from 4-6 PM CST. (2-4 PST, 5-7, EST)

Super Replay Showdown 2015 - The Bracket Is Set

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Every year the Game Informer editors compete in a vicious and delightfully random gaming competition for the honor of playing a Super Replay game of their choice. This year we have a new contestant mixed in with age-old rivalries. Watch the video below to learn which Super Replay games all of the editors will be playing for and how the bracket is shaping up for the first week of competition that will be airing this weekend as the second half of Replay.

Watch the video below to find out if any Game Informer editors are playing for one of your favorite games in this year's competition.

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Test Chamber – Zen Studios' Star Wars Rebels Table

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Zen Studios is releasing a new table based on the popular Star Wars Rebels TV series. Join Jeff Marchiafava, Reiner, and me as we play a few rounds and talk Star Wars.

As JeffM points out, Zen looked to the series' younger audience when designing this table. Players have adequate time to read through each mode's goals before diving in, and most shots don't require surgical precision. That's not to say it's a gimme, though, as you can see in our games. If you like tables such as Ms. Splosion Man, which have a nice sense of flow, you might want to check this one out – even if you're not necessarily into Star Wars.

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The Essentials – Chrono Trigger

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Welcome to another installment of The Essentials, our weekly feature that showcases the finest games to grace our interactive medium. These games have set a high bar, and can be considered "required reading" for any video game fan. We've already looked at a slew of memorable titles such as The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, BioShock, Doom, Final Fantasy VII, and more

This weekend, we're looking at one of the industry's most beloved role-playing games: Chrono Trigger.

Release Year: 1995Publisher: SquareDeveloper: Square
Released For: SNES, PS1, Nintendo DS, Wii (VC), iOS, Android