Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

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Replay – SpongeBob SquarePants: Battle For Bikini Bottom

Watch the Game Informer staff play as SpongeBob and Patrick in this (beloved?) platformer from yesteryear. Game Informer wasn't so fond of Battle for Bikini Bottom when it released, giving it just a 4.25 out of 10, and knocking it for focusing too heavily on collecting random things. We praised Heavy Iron Studios' work on the strange move set that SpongeBob uses to collect thousands of things, but grew bored of it quickly.

Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard heard people loved this game, and wanted to see why. Will he agree with their assessment or ours? We come to somewhat of a conclusion after playing it for a good 30 minutes. Whether you like it or not, Battle for Bikini Bottom ends up being an interesting game to reflect on, as it identifies both the positives and negatives of licensed games.

After looking at this game, we spend a little time with Alias, a game based on a television series that starred Jennifer Garner and was created by J. J. Abrams. The game didn't live up to the high standards of the show, but was ambitious in its missions and environment interaction.

Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

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Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

It's finally here. The weekend. Time for us to kick back, relax, and watch Neo slaughter hundreds of people because they killed his dog (that's still what that series is about, right?). Oh, we'll also play some video games as well. Here's what the GI crew is playing this weekend. Let us know your weekend gaming plans in the comments below!

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – Having a weekend retreat with Cassie Cage in the pink post-apocalypse.

Javy Gwaltney – This weekend I’m seeing John Wick slaughter an entire country this time, I guess? I’ll also be diving more into Rage 2’s wasteland and reading some Shakespeare plays.

Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

about X hours ago from
Weekend Warrior – Scattershot

It's finally here. The weekend. Time for us to kick back, relax, and watch Neo slaughter hundreds of people because they killed his dog (that's still what that series is about, right?). Oh, we'll also play some video games as well. Here's what the GI crew is playing this weekend. Let us know your weekend gaming plans in the comments below!

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – Having a weekend retreat with Cassie Cage in the pink post-apocalypse.

Javy Gwaltney – This weekend I’m seeing John Wick slaughter an entire country this time, I guess? I’ll also be diving more into Rage 2’s wasteland and reading some Shakespeare plays.

Top Of The Table – Wingspan

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Top Of The Table – Wingspan

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old maxim instilled into us as children can still have relevance as adults, and Wingspan helps prove the case. As I prepared this article, one of my non-board game playing co-workers saw the game box on my desk, commented about the attractive cover, but wondered aloud why anyone would want to play a game all about birds. The answer is that despite appearances, Stonemeier Games’ Wingspan is one of the most sophisticated strategy games to release in a long time. Intricately balanced and elegantly designed, it offers a nuanced series of decisions in every playthrough, and vast replayability on subsequent runs. And from its gorgeously illustrated card faces to the custom trays in which they fit, it’s also one of the prettiest games you’ll ever pull from your shelf. Wingspan is just as beautiful as its cover promises, but even your first game is enough to explain why someone would want to play what seems on the surface like such a simple concept: because it’s really, really fun, whether you come in with a love of birds or not.

Top Of The Table – Wingspan

about X hours ago from
Top Of The Table – Wingspan

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The old maxim instilled into us as children can still have relevance as adults, and Wingspan helps prove the case. As I prepared this article, one of my non-board game playing co-workers saw the game box on my desk, commented about the attractive cover, but wondered aloud why anyone would want to play a game all about birds. The answer is that despite appearances, Stonemeier Games’ Wingspan is one of the most sophisticated strategy games to release in a long time. Intricately balanced and elegantly designed, it offers a nuanced series of decisions in every playthrough and vast replayability on subsequent runs. And from its gorgeously illustrated card faces to the custom trays in which they fit, it’s also one of the prettiest games you’ll ever pull from your shelf. Wingspan is just as beautiful as its cover promises, but your first game is enough to explain why someone would want to play what seems on the surface like such a simple concept: because it’s really, really fun, whether you come in with a love of birds or not.

The Moments We Can't Wait To See In Final Fantasy VII Remake

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The Moments We Can't Wait To See In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Many of us have fond memories of Final Fantasy VII, a game that ignited a new era of storytelling and questing, and became the RPG benchmark for the industry to follow. The tough pill us fans have to swallow is that game released a long time ago, and some of the content we loved at the time did not age well. When we think about Final Fantasy VII, the key story moments and fights bubble to the surface, but most of us have buried thoughts of just how chaotic this journey was. The tone bounces all over the place, from serious to slapstick, and while that's part of what made it such a fun journey at the time, that same blend might not hold up in the modern landscape.

Square Enix has stated that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be faithful to the original game's vision, and gave the example that Cloud's cross-dressing scene would still be a part of its story, but we don't know how it will be implemented. The updated graphics bring a higher level of realism, and having characters actually speak will also change how the story flows. Square Enix has also stated that the remake will have more content, such as being able to explore a wider section of Midgar. There's so much content in this remake effort that Square Enix can't cram it all into one game. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be broken up into numerous games, similar in format to Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels.

The Moments We Can't Wait To See In Final Fantasy VII Remake

about X hours ago from
The Moments We Can't Wait To See In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Many of us have fond memories of Final Fantasy VII, a game that ignited a new era of storytelling and questing, and became the RPG benchmark for the industry to follow. The tough pill us fans have to swallow is that game released a long time ago, and some of the content we loved at the time did not age well. When we think about Final Fantasy VII, the key story moments and fights bubble to the surface, but most of us have buried thoughts of just how chaotic this journey was. The tone bounces all over the place, from serious to slapstick, and while that's part of what made it such a fun journey at the time, that same blend might not hold up in the modern landscape.

Square Enix has stated that Final Fantasy VII Remake will be faithful to the original game's vision, and gave the example that Cloud's cross-dressing scene would still be a part of its story, but we don't know how it will be implemented. The updated graphics bring a higher level of realism, and having characters actually speak will also change how the story flows. Square Enix has also stated that the remake will have more content, such as being able to explore a wider section of Midgar. There's so much content in this remake effort that Square Enix can't cram it all into one game. Final Fantasy VII Remake will be broken up into numerous games, similar in format to Final Fantasy XIII and its sequels.

Exclusive Hawkeye Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

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Exclusive Hawkeye Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of Marvel's expert bowman: Hawkeye.

Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964)

Raised by an abusive father, Clint Barton eventually ran away from home and joined a traveling circus where he learned how to be swordsman and trick bowman. After a short stint as a star carnival attraction, Barton was inspired to fight crime after seeing Iron Man in action. As Hawkeye, Barton eventually join both the East Coast and West Coast branches of The Avengers, and even took a turn leading the team.

Exclusive Hawkeye Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

about X hours ago from
Exclusive Hawkeye Gameplay Details In Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order looks to have a massive roster of supercharged heroes. We already know about 27 playable heroes, and there are more announcements to come, stretching across the Marvel universe and including characters from The Avengers, X-Men, Spider-verse, and more. As part of our month of coverage, we're highlighting a few of our favorites. Today we take a deeper look at one of Marvel's expert bowman: Hawkeye.

Tales of Suspense #57 (Sept. 1964)

Raised by an abusive father, Clint Barton eventually ran away from home and joined a traveling circus where he learned how to be swordsman and trick bowman. After a short stint as a star carnival attraction, Barton was inspired to fight crime after seeing Iron Man in action. As Hawkeye, Barton eventually join both the East Coast and West Coast branches of The Avengers, and even took a turn leading the team.

Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

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Every Overwatch Funko Pop To Date

Funko pumps out Pop! figures at an alarming rate, and even had one ready for Ashe when she was announced as a new Overwatch character at last year's Blizz Con. In addition to creating a figure for almost every Overwatch hero, Funko has created a variety of retailer exclusive versions that show off different skins. You'll even find some that are themed to Halloween and Christmas.

Ana (Amazon Exclusive)

D.Va (Blizzard Exclusive)