Opinion – We Need More Female Leads In Narrative Games

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Opinion – We Need More Female Leads In Narrative Games

Jodie limped along the road, avoiding helicopter wrecks and surrounding debris. A nearby fire hydrant burst into a fountain of water, and flames erupted from the corner gas station. Dirt was smeared across her skin like a warrior's face paint, as she neared a dying officer on the ground. Grabbing him by the collar, she whispered menacingly, "Tell them to leave me alone, because next time, I'll kill everyone."

This kind of explosive action scene is usually led by a young, male lead. In Beyond: Two Souls, we follow the story of Jodie, the twenty-something girl with superhuman powers. She can crush buildings, fight cops atop a train, and hurl large objects on demand, similar to Infamous. A sense of awe and invincibility rushed through me as I watched the sequence unfold. It showcased a rare combination in triple-A games: a headstrong woman with supernatural abilities as a main character. I wasn't simply struck with how epic the scene was. Instead, I was left wondering, why can't there be more Jodies?

Test Chamber – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

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Test Chamber – Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number

Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number is finally out today, and while you can read our full review here, nothing quite compares to seeing it in action. Now, you have that chance with our latest episode of Test Chamber.

Join Brian Shea, Bryan Vore, and Kyle Hilliard as they play the sequel to the 2012 hit by Dennaton Games, and learn all about what it's like to sit next to an editor playing a difficult game in the Game Informer office. Also, stick around to the end to see what happens when Bryan Vore refuses to stop playing, even though we ended the episode.

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Review Round-Up: This Week's Big Releases

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Review Round-Up: This Week's Big Releases

In case you didn't see, this week is bringing a ton of new releases our way. Whether you're talking a beautiful platformer with early "Game of the Year" aspirations or the next update in an episodic entry of a legendary action-horror franchise, there is no shortage of games to check out this week.

With so many games hitting, you're sure to miss some of the reviews in our feed. With that in mind, we've compiled all of this week's reviews in one handy post. Check out all the reviews we've published this week so far, and check back as we update this post throughout the week.

Far Cry 4: Valley of the Yetis (Ubisoft, Ubisoft Montreal)

A Growing Guide Of Easy Achievements For Xbox One

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I thought I was done with Microsoft's achievements. I no longer hunted down games with easily obtainable points. No longer stuck with bad games just to get the big 50- or 10-point achievements upon completing them. No longer felt the desire to stay a good 100,000 points ahead of my friends, who clearly didn't take achievements seriously enough. And then those sneaky bastards at Microsoft decided to implement an achievement leaderboard onto Xbox One's dashboard.

I'm now back into achievements just as much as I was when Gearbox's Randy Pitchford threw down the gamerscore gauntlet in 2008. I haven't quite sunk to the level of playing bad games yet (as I have plenty of good ones to get to first), but I am no longer retiring games as soon as they are completed. I first dive into the achievement list to see if if any points are there for the taking, or what kind of effort is required to land the triple-digit lunkers.

The leaderboard is a stroke of genius on Microsoft's part. A feeling of satisfaction washes over me when I look at the rankings and see my name in the number one slot. Conversely, I start pulling out my hair when I fall out of the top slot, or, as I witnessed two weeks ago, fall to eleventh place. IN NO UNIVERSE SHOULD I EVER BE IN ELEVENTH PLACE FOR ACHIEVEMENTS!

Review In Progress – Resident Evil Revelations 2

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Review In Progress – Resident Evil Revelations 2

Capcom's approach to the release of Resident Evil Revelations 2 is a new one for the series, as it takes an episodic form with new installments weekly. Since the wait between episodes is short, much like a TV show, we decided to provide weekly impressions, leading up to one official review and score. Our review will hit on the release day of the final episode: March 17. The following impressions are to give you an idea of how we think the experience is shaping up week to week.

Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 3 - Judgment

Whether it's uncovering the mysteries of the island or our heroes' disturbing pasts, Resident Evil: Revelations 2 has been doing some interesting foreshadowing. The third episode, Judgment, is where the story heats up, getting you closer to the villain and uncovering how demented this island experiment really is. Judgment doubles down on the previous episode's reveals, making it the best narrative so far. Unfortunately, the gameplay doesn't hold the same excitement. The action is slowed down, with tedious puzzles and activities before you can dive into the more thrilling content.

Test Chamber – Completely Absorbed By Ori And The Blind Forest’s Gorgeous World

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Test Chamber – Completely Absorbed By Ori And The Blind Forest’s Gorgeous World

Metroid established a formula that developers the world over are still trying to emulate today. Moon Studios is a developer that doesn't even have an office, but the company has perfectly paired Metroid's blueprint with Rayman's precision platforming. The result is a game that feels great and looks amazing.

Andrew Reiner, Wade Wojcik, and Ben Reeves take a journey through Ori’s jaw-dropping world and get completely absorbed by the game's heartbreaking story. For more on this charming indie title, check out our video interview with Ori's gameplay programmer and our feature on the title's development process.

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Test Chamber – Cities: Skylines

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Did you find yourself disappointed by the latest installment of SimCity? Would you like to have a modern version of the old-school city builders? Well then, Cities: Skylines, a new city simulation from the makers of Cities in Motion, might be the title you're looking for.

Join Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and Brian Shea as they take a tour of one of Brian's more successful cities. Check out what Cities: Skylines has to offer, then watch as Brian does a terrible job of expanding his city.

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The Pulse – Game Informer's Weekly Top 10 (Mar 9, 2015)

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The Pulse – Game Informer's Weekly Top 10 (Mar 9, 2015)

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

Outside of Helldivers and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate receiving a fair amount of play time, editors were all over the place this week, dabbling in new releases, and doing their best to reduce their ever-growing stacks of unfinished games.

What the list doesn't show is a return by a couple of editors to Evolve, a game that had no support whatsoever last week. Support in episodic games, even those releasing weekly, is proving to be a turn-off for a number of staffers, who would rather experience the entire game at once.

Test Chamber – Far Cry 4's Valley Of The Yetis DLC

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Far Cry 4's Valley of the Yetis DLC marks the game's most extensive DLC add-on with a whole new substantial area to explore, an extension of Ajay's story, and some new mechanics that didn't appear in the main game.

Andrew Reiner and myself played through a few minutes of the DLC, picking the point in the story when you actually get to see a yeti for the first time, and they're not friendly. You can check out Far Cry 4's previous DLC add-on, Escape From Durgesh Prison, by heading here, and you can read Matt Bertz's review of Far Cry 4 here.

Valley of the Yetis will be available for Far Cry 4 will be available tomorrow, March 10.

10 Modern Anime That Could Become Fantastic Games

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10 Modern Anime That Could Become Fantastic Games

Many anime shows from the last five years should be adapted into video games.  While several of the shows I’m featuring have small games not released in America, many of these shows could work as larger titles in the console and PC spaces. Regardless of the likelihood of a big-budget adaptation happening, here are 10 modern anime that could make fantastic video games.

Aldnoah.Zero

What is it? – Aldnoah.Zero is a return to the mecha anime of yesteryear, but with brutal depictions of advanced warfare and a suitably grim storyline featuring the people of Mars (who originated from Earth) returning to capture the resources of Earth by annihilating anyone who resists them.