Rest In Pixels – The Top 10 Video Game Graveyards

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Death is a natural part of life. It's also an integral consequence of playing poorly in video games. The worlds of Dark Souls are riddled with bloodstains where fellow adventurers perished, and Super Meat Boy players even get to watch the cute little guy die dozens of times after beating a level. With so many characters constantly dying in games, it makes sense there's a place to lay those fallen heroes to rest. In celebration of the afterlife and Halloween, we've gathered the most iconic and uniquely...executed graveyards in all of video games.

10. MediEvil - (1998 - PlayStation)Sir Dan is the reanimated corpse of a knight who - legend has it - led the kingdom of Gallowmere in battle before dying from his battle wounds. But really, he was an incompetent warrior who died almost immediately in the fight. It makes sense that his afterlife adventure begins where he was buried - an elaborate mausoleum in a huge graveyard. Thanks to an evil wizard casting a reanimation spell on the hallowed grounds, Sir Dan must fight his way through crawling severed hands and deadly zombies, and leap past dozens of boulders inexplicably tumbling down the highest hill in the cemetery.

Test Chamber – Freedom Wars

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Amidst the deluge of games releasing this week is a promising Vita game you may not have heard about. Freedom Wars is an action-RPG developed by SCE Japan Studio, Shift, and Dimps, which drops players in a dystopian future and slaps them with a million-year prison sentence. The player must work off the sentence by – what else – fighting giant robot monsters with a variety of guns, melee weapons, and a Spiderman-style grappling whip.

Andrew Reiner and I cheer on Joe Juba as he attempts to escape the Panopticon and learn the ropes in this Japanese hit. Can he save innocent civilians from the gigantic Abductors? More importantly, can he carry them to safety without slamming them into the ground? And what the heck is with the UPC butt boxes? Watch the video below to find out.

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Test Chamber – Halo: The Master Chief Collection

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Halo: The Master Chief Collection gathers all of the Halo adventures starring Master Chief into one package, but pays special homage to Halo 2. In an effort to showcase some of the drastic aesthetic changes made to Master Chief's second journey, we're taking a quick look at one of its levels and its new impressive opening cut scene.

Join myself, Andrew Reiner, and Wade Wojcik – who easily takes the crown away from Matt Miller and myself (we shared the crown) as the biggest Halo fan in the office – as we check out Halo 2's Gravemind level, remade for Halo 2 Anniversary.

For more on the changes coming to Halo 2 as part of The Master Chief Collection, head here.

Five Open-World Game Essentials

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Five Open-World Game Essentials

Open-world games are here to stay. This new generation has already embraced this genre with titles Watch Dogs, Infamous: Second Son, and Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Even more of these games are coming; Sunset Overdrive launches today, while Assassin's Creed Unity, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Dying Light accompany a slew of others in the next few months. With all these worlds to spend time in, we decided to dissect the essential elements to creating a memorable open-world experience and reflect on games that accomplished the feat well.

A Fun Playground

This is a no-brainer. If you're going to spend hours upon hours in a virtual world, it needs a fun hook – something that makes the world unique and that gives you the power only a game could give you. Assassin's Creed lets you traverse rooftops of historical cities and assassinate guards, while Infamous: Second Son gives you superpowers to use for good or evil. Series like Just Cause take it even further, with the ability to travel anywhere with your parachute, even launching yourself into the air with your grappling hook. 

Test Chamber – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger Of The Ooze

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Test Chamber – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Danger Of The Ooze

Activision released a new game today starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, developed by WayForward. Did the studio behind games including DuckTales: Remastered, Contra 4, and Double Dragon Neon deliver a game worthy of the license, or does it keep the streak of disappointing Turtles games going? Watch as Kyle Hilliard, Andrew Reiner, and I do our best to answer that question.

Danger of the Ooze features the four turtles and a variety of other familiar faces from the show. As you can see in the video, exploration is as much a part of the game as combat. In addition to showing off the game, you'll also learn more than you may want to know about the new series' voice cast, courtesy of a slightly obsessed Kyle. We downloaded the game on Xbox 360, but it's also available on PS3 (and Xbox 360) at retail.

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Game Informer's Next Super Replay Is...

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Game Informer's Next Super Replay Is...

If we play our cards right, we will release three new Super Replays between now and December 31. The first of these three is already complete, consisting of 11 episodes that will release every Friday and Sunday starting on October 31. What game is it? We usually come right out and tell you, but we decided to do something a little different this time around. Our new video editor, Wade Wojcik, put together a fun teaser trailer that reveals the game of choice, and shows off just what you can expect from this Super Replay experience.

We have one favor to ask: Please refrain from naming the game in the comments section below, as well as the fan communities, such as the I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay Facebook group. Let us know what you think of the choice, and as always, list other games you think would be a good fit for Super Replay. Your input is the pulse behind this show.

We had a blast putting this one together, and can't wait to release it! Now if you'll excuse us, we have a Soul Blazer Super Replay to record.

Watch The Insanity Of Our Extra Life Stream 2014 Archive

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Watch The Insanity Of Our Extra Life Stream 2014 Archive

Last weekend we had a lot of fun playing games and raising money for children's hospitals with our Extra Life stream. We streamed for 24-hours straight, so we understand if you may have missed a segment or two. We've compiled a rundown below of all of the segments, including when things got a little wacky in the darkest hours before dawn. Let us know in the comments below which segments you enjoyed the most and what you'd like to see us tackle next year to help raise money for Extra Life.

Part 1: Sunset Overdrive and '90s Cartoon Games (Ren and Stimpy, Aahh!!! Real Monsters, Animaniacs, Bonkers)

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Replay – Banjo-Tooie

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Replay – Banjo-Tooie

On this episode of Replay, we dive back into Rare's impressive library of games on Nintendo 64. Having looked at Banjo-Kazooie two years ago, we figured it was time to see how its sprawling sequel holds up. I was fortunate enough to review the game back in the day, giving it a 9 out of 10 and saying, "The sequel is still a 3D platformer at heart, but the boundaries have been removed, which makes it more like Zelda than anything else. The new worlds are gigantic, spanning as far as the eye can see. While there are noticeable separations between zones, Rare tried to deliver the impression that everything is connected, like pieces in a puzzle. If you enjoyed Banjo-Kazooie, there's a good chance you won't like this sequel. You'll oftentimes find yourself stuck with no idea what to do next, and exploration highlight outweighs the action." But once I found my way in this world, it delivered plenty of great content, including the ability to transform into a wide variety of things, including appliances.

Test Chamber – Lords of the Fallen

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Join Daniel Tack and Andrew Reiner as they check out Deck13 Interactive/CI Games' action RPG Lords of the Fallen. The clearly Souls-inspired title brings some new elements to the mix with a crafting system on top of many of the aspects that make the Souls titles grand.

With clean combat and customization options, Lords of the Fallen looks like a great option to check out if you're into that style of game. In this test chamber, Reiner takes on an interesting assortment of enemies and a titanic Beast boss (Make sure you stick around for the beast boss, it's right past all that makeshift NPC dialogue). Oh, and be sure to check out our review here!

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