How To Play Far Cry 4 Without Firing A Shot

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I rarely play video games while my daughter is awake. Most of the games I want to play contain content not suited to her age, but I also want video games to be something she and I enjoy together, not just some dumb old thing daddy does while she plays with her own toys. She’s not quite ready to play video games, so I wait until she is sleeping to partake in my favorite hobby, biding my time until she fully understands the function of the control stick before I make a concerted attempt for us to play together.

Earlier this week, however, she was being particularly calm, quiet, and distracted as she arranged her collection of My Little Ponies in a row assigning them assorted voices and occupations, so I decided I would try an experiment. I wanted to see if I could play Far Cry 4 without encountering any questionable or inappropriate content. To spoil the ending a bit, I will tell you that I was successful, but at the expense of making very little progress.

Warlords of Draenor Review – Better Gnomes And Garrisons

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Warlords of Draenor Review – Better Gnomes And Garrisons

World of Warcraft’s latest expansion falls on the ten year anniversary of the MMORPG, and distinguishes itself by being both immediately accessible for newcomers while providing plenty of depth and content for grizzled veterans. Warlords of Draenor succeeds at offering a slew of content options on the way to level 100 and beyond, and could be the best expansion we’ve seen since the Burning Crusade.

In Warlords of Draenor, we explore an alternative universe, essentially a reimagining of Outland, the zones associated with the Burning Crusade expansion. Because we’re dealing with dimensional rifts and alternative history, we’re able to see and interact with tons of high profile characters in the Warcraft universe in both the overworld and dungeons – Khadgar, Ner’zul, Gul’dan, Cho’gall, Orgrim Doomhammer and Grom Hellscream himself. The Iron Horde serves as the primary antagonist as you explore reimagined zones from Outland, from a siege of Shattrath City to a deep dive into the origins of Skettis. Yes, you might even have a chance to create a better future for Barrens favorite Mankrik in this weird take on the world.

6 Non-Christmas Games To Play Over Christmas Break

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6 Non-Christmas Games To Play Over Christmas Break

Plenty of games feature holiday-themed levels, but it takes a special balance to inspire that warm, vaguely festive feeling without making the game about yuletide. Here are some you should play to get the most out of your time off without sacrificing that fuzzy feeling.

Batman: Arkham OriginsThe Caped Crusader's first encounter with Joker includes a host of other villains to pummel, including Killer Croc, Black Mask, and Deathstroke. The setting – Gotham City on Christmas Eve – contrasts with the dark origin story, but the rush of blood through Bats' fists keeps him warm in the frigid city. Play Arkham Origins to remember the reason for the season: a wannabe anthropomorph using everything short of lethal force to stop the bad guys.

SnatcherHideo Kojima's cyber-noir adventure is a mystery filled with intrigue, evil, body-snatching robots, and Christmas. Neo Kobe City, where sordid plot unfolds over the snowy season, is decked like the halls with holiday decor throughout. There's even a portion where one of the main character's cohorts disguises himself as Santa to shake the Snatchers. The Blade Runner-inspired futuristic setting feels a lot less cold when garbed in green and red (and more red – it's a pretty violent game).

Coping With The Hype Of No Man's Sky

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Ever since No Man's Sky was unveiled during the Spike VGX awards in 2013, the internet's anticipation for this ambitious game has grown astronomically. The small studio Hello Games in Guildford, England is creating an entire galaxy, and the gaming community is starting to expect infinite possibilities. While visiting the studio for our January cover story on No Man's Sky, we spoke with studio founder Sean Murray about what it's like to be in the eye of the hurricane of hype and how the team deals with that kind of external pressure.

Watch the video feature below to learn what it's like to work on such an anticipated game and how the internet's concept of the game will face up to the reality.

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Every Simpsons Video Game Ever

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Every Simpsons Video Game Ever

In honor of The Simpsons 25th anniversary we're revisiting this feature that collects all The Simpsons video games in one feature.

As The Simpsons celebrates 25 years on the air, one can’t help of think of the many Simpsons video games that have released over the years. Some terrible, some less terrible, and a handful of decent games give the interactive virtual incarnation of the show a strange history. You can check out the highs and lows of the library below, as well as see our review scores, where applicable.

The Simpsons Arcade Game (1991) – ArcadeOf the earlier Simpsons games, the arcade game stands out as being the most memorable of all the games that came to follow it. The arcade game offered a fantastic recreation of the show that was airing on TV, all while offering a fun multiplayer beat ‘em up experience. Its re-release as a downloadable title on consoles in 2012 was the source of a lot of excitement.

7 Tips For Being The Best At Giving The Gift Of Gaming

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It’s the holiday season, and you may be considering giving someone a gaming gift in the coming days. While we have no doubt a new console and the games to go with it will be big hits, there are some things you can do to make those presents even better.

If you’re giving a gaming console, unbox it early and download the most recent updates.Updating game consoles right out of the box is a bummer on a normal days. During the holidays, it may very well be a sisyphean task. 

Christmas 2013 and the following days saw major outages across a number of online gaming services. Do your gamer a favor and get those patches downloaded before the holiday unwrapping rush. Yes, this goes for Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and 2DS systems, too.

Test Chamber – Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor - Lord Of The Hunt DLC

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Test Chamber – Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor - Lord Of The Hunt DLC

Monolith Productions' Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor impressed us when it released earlier this year. Fans of the game spent hours dismantling Uruks with gruesome kills and murdering their way to the top of the dynamic Nemesis System's ranks. By the end of the game, Talion is a wraith-infused killing machine that can handily dispatch and recruit packs of Uruks. Unfortunately, the bleak land of Mordor's available quests dry up after so many hours, and Talion is left with no Uruks to terrorize. Thankfully, the new Lord of the Hunt DLC is here to refresh your bloody to-do list.

The Lord of the Hunt DLC explores a version of Talion who has further developed his knack for dominating animals and using them to help take out his enemies. This heavily bearded version of Talion can now call on the new, stealthier Caragoths to sneak up on an maul unsuspecting goons. Additionally, the dwarf hunter Torvin's role is expanded and the two spend time together hunting down a fresh selection of nasty, beast-riding Warchiefs. 

Join Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, and myself as we take the new DLC for a literal ride in the episode below:

Opinion – Dragon Age: Inquisition Has The Best Cast In The Series To Date

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Opinion – Dragon Age: Inquisition Has The Best Cast In The Series To Date

Dragon Age: Inquisition has my favorite cast by far. In the past two entries, I've only enjoyed a few select members from each game (cough, cough Morrigan and Varric), but I've never found an ensemble as powerful as Dragon Age: Inquisition, where even if I didn't like certain cast members, I still found their arcs interesting and impactful.

Usually when I play the series, I'm more hooked on the overall narrative and the higher issues it presents, but this time around the characters took the spotlight. Fans can attest that Dragon Age is all about rhetorical conversation and seeing different sides to those arguments through your party members. The only problem this presents is that sometimes characters feel more like issues than people, but Dragon Age: Inquisition avoids this pitfall with a well-rounded cast where everyone brings something to the table.

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Test Chamber – TheHunter: Primal

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Test Chamber – TheHunter: Primal

In this episode of Test Chamber, the Game Informer crew takes a look at TheHunter: Primal, an open world hunting simulation developed Expansive Worlds and Avalanche Studios. The game is still in development, but is available for all to play through Steam Early Access starting today.

Game Informer's Ben Hanson jumped at the opportunity to kill a thunder lizard, stating that he's trained his whole life to track, observe, and kill Utah Raptors. We usually leave Hanson off of the sticks for obvious reasons, but seeing that this is his life dream, we decided to give him one shot. He blew it. Watch the video below to find out what happened.

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Destiny: Evaluating Xur’s First Expansion Week And Looking Forward

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Destiny: Evaluating Xur’s First Expansion Week And Looking Forward

Destiny’s first expansion pack, The Dark Below, dropped on Tuesday, but key elements in the new upgrade system and even a quest was held up until Friday when mysterious vendor, Xûr, appeared in the Tower at his scheduled time. Today, we look back on the first weekend, analyze the pros and cons, and offer our thoughts on how things should be tweaked going forward.

First, a quick explanation of the changes to Xûr’s offerings. This vendor appears at different spots throughout the Tower starting early Friday morning to early Sunday morning (3 A.M. Central U.S. time). Since launch, he had primarily stocked one extoic piece of armor for each class, a total of three, and a single exotic weapon on a weekly rotating schedule. He only accepted strange coins for these items. Exotic engrams were also available for trade with the motes of light currency. This section of the shop remains unchanged for the most part.