Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

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Funny To A Point – Rating Every Character In Dragon Ball FighterZ

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Funny To A Point – Rating Every Character In Dragon Ball FighterZ

The release of Dragon Ball FighterZ is almost here, which means it's time for fighting-game fans to start sussing out which characters are the best of the best. Normally that involves countless hours of practice, analysis of said practice, and something called iframes – TONS of iframes. It can take weeks or even months for clear favorites to emerge in the fighting-game community – unless you've got a pro leading the charge.

Lucky for you, I'm still waiting for Monster Hunter: World to come out, so I've got some free time on my hands. Granted, the only fighting game I've played in the past few years has been the random match of Smash Bros., and I've usually been dressed like a huge idiot while doing it . I also have absolutely zero experience with Dragon Ball.* What I do have experience in, however, is being the best damn video game analyst in the industry. I've analyzed about a billion different Pokémon over the years, along with characters from The Witcher, Devil May Cry, and BioShock. On the fighting-game front, I've done expert roster breakdowns before for Smash Bros., Sony Smash Bros., and even Soulcalibur, so I think I can handle a few Dragon Balls.** Onto the analysis!

God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

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God Of War's Developers On Finally Finishing The Game

With our cover story on God of War, we dive in deep on the game's combat and gameplay. As one of the most-anticipated PlayStation 4 games on the horizon, a lot of fans want to know when the game is actually being released. While the team at Santa Monica Studio remains silent on the exact release date, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about how much is left to accomplish before the game hits store shelves.

Watch the video below to learn why the game's development has been so challenging compared to previous projects and why the game itself is surprisingly emotional.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Shooters Of 2018

We come into 2018 with a hazy image of what to expect when it comes to first-person shooters. Many of the expected contenders like Battlefield and Call of Duty won't reveal new games for several months. Other games we'd expect to see, like the next Halo, aren't even guaranteed to hit before December. But that doesn't mean we're operating in complete darkness. 

Several interesting new titles emerged last year, and others we've been waiting on for years are being polished before they launch. Check out our list of the most promising shooters we expect to see this year.  

10. Batallion 1944Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, Xbox One, PC

The Best Tweets About Nintendo's Labo Reveal

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The Best Tweets About Nintendo's Labo Reveal

Things got spicy yesterday when Nintendo revealed its newest toy in the bag was, uh, a lot of cardboard. No, really. You can decide for yourself what you think of it, as the rest of the internet already has.

Speaking of which, we thought we'd round up the responses to the reveal that offered both amusing responses as well as thought-provoking ones. Well, as thought-provoking as you can be about slabs of cardboard, anyway.

i'm going to buy every nintendo labo and build myself a beautiful new cardboard body

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (January 18, 2018)

Everyone is still looking back at 2017, while some are already getting hyped for what this year brings in gaming. Plenty of blogs to read this week in our newest edition!

Community Blogs For January 4 – January 17:

Top Ten Games I Beat In The Year Beating games is tough. I finally beat Breath of the Wild Monday night after "rushing" through about 12 hours of game. So, it's nice to see that other people still have time to beat games, and these are Christian's favorite games he completed in 2017. I am unsure if I even beat 10 games last year.

Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated RPGs Of 2018

Now that we’re settled into 2018, it’s time to look at what’s on the horizon for one of gaming's most popular genres. The RPG space is continuing to grow, with many games blurring the line of what’s we’ve come to expect from the genre and its traditional classification. Our list has plenty of games that fall into this camp, but also shows developers evolving classic design in interesting ways. Whether it's upgrading your heroes or making adventure-altering choices, we’re excited for the diverse offering of RPGs in 2018.

Note: Our overall most anticipated list helped determine our rankings.

The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

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The Virtual Life – Struggling For Freedom In Pyre

Minor spoilers for Pyre ahead.

I don't know why I put off playing Pyre, Supergiant's latest, for so long. I love Bastion dearly. I was colder on Transistor but I appreciated its beautiful worldbuilding and pleasing soundtrack. But something about Pyre made it get bumped down my priority list. Maybe it was the sporty-looking gameplay or the mere fact that it arrived in the wake of the Fall release onslaught. Whatever the reason, I finally made time for Pyre this past week and, wow, this game.

Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

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Norse and Beyond: Expanding God of War's Mythology

In our new cover story on God of War, we're highlighting everything that's new in the upcoming PlayStation 4 game. With today's feature we wanted to put our head in the clouds and learn more about how the development team at Santa Monica Studio is framing Kratos' radical shift in mythologies. While visiting the studio, we spoke with creative director Cory Barlog and studio head Shannon Studstill about the bold decision to have Kratos leave all of Greece behind, why they didn't choose Egyptian mythology for his next adventure, and the specifics on how the game's mythology world is pieced together.

Watch the interview below to learn more about what the shift in mythology means for the future of the series.

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

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Our 10 Most Anticipated Adventure Games Of 2018

2017 was an exciting year for the adventure genre, with titles like the melancholy short story collection What Remains Edith Finch and the heartbreaking and mundane odyssey Night In The Woods leading the pack. 2018 looks to be a worthy successor, with a series of adventure games that run the aesthetic gambit: with expeditions in space, plague-ridden towns, cyberpunk futures. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the 10 adventure games we’re most excited for in 2018.

10. Pathologic 2
Release: 2018
Platform: PS4, PC
Despite Pathologic 2 having a sequel’s name, it’s actually a remake of the 2005 cult hit Pathologic. This 'sequel' finds you in a small European town stricken by the plague. Your mission is to save the town…or at least try. The original game was beloved in spite of its technical issues because of its idiosyncratic nature, offering no clear instructions and embracing a bleak atmosphere and design that allowed players to fail in their quest if they’re not careful. Hopefully, this remake presents the best version of one of gaming’s most bizarre and compelling titles when hits later this year.