Weekend Warrior 10/10/2014

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We here at Game Informer are still stuck on Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Smash Bros., while being predated by a xenomorph in Alien: Isolation is an endearing experience to some of us. Plus, Dan and Tim are being intentionally secretive and Stolpe's lying to himself again. What are your plans for this weekend?

Tim Turi:This weekend is filled with lots of awesome new games. After I finish playing a game for review I can’t talk about yet, I plan to dive back into Mordor. I’ve been having a blast dismantling and dismembering the ranks of Sauron’s Uruks and growing into a more powerful ranger/wraith creature. I also need to dive into Alien: Isolation (I just rewatched the original Alien for preparation and I’m stoked). I also plan to sneak in some Smash Bros. multiplayer for good measure.

Matt Kato:Like most people, I imagine, I've got a full weekend slate with Shadow of Mordor and Alien: Isolation. I'm also going to throw some FIFA into the mix. I wonder if FIFA's Seasons matchmaking has settled down enough that the better players have appropriately moved up the ladder and away from the lower-star tiers where I belong.

How My Dislike Of Horror Games Taught Me About What I Love To Play

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How My Dislike Of Horror Games Taught Me About What I Love To Play

This month is a boon for horror fans, with the release of Alien: Isolation this week and The Evil Within in just a few days. There is excitement among our readership for both, and though I'm not personally enthusiastic for either, thinking about why that is helped me learn more about the reasons I pick up a controller and invest my time in gaming.

My disconnect with the horror genre isn't about scares, I can handle those and often find myself giggling about my dumb reactions right after they happen. It's not about challenge, which I delight in. And it's certainly not about gore, as over-the-top violence found in many modern games is so ludicrous it often makes me laugh.

It's not even about the individual mechanics used in horror titles that I’ve played. Supplies are often scarce, cowering in the shadows is a viable strategy as you let the unbeatable monster pass you by, and trial-and-error wraps the entire experience together.

Welcome To Chaos: Where Shadow Of Mordor’s World Hits The Mark

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We often hear the phrase, "a living and breathing world" describing open-world games, and yet very few actually feel that way. NPCs look vacant, enemies follow easy-to-predict patterns, and events rarely happen as organically as they should. I've been playing Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and it's impressive how authentic the chaotic landscape feels and meshes with the narrative. To be honest, the world is this game's shining star and a testament to how well the parts work together.

From the way the main character delivers bloody executions to watching cutscenes where people's throats are rent asunder, Mordor is dark and unapologetically violent. The world perpetuates this tenfold; even when you're just strolling along, you could see a caragor viciously rip through orcs' flesh, or worse - attack the innocent slaves. I'm constantly on edge because despite my growing power, I still don't have much control over this world. Every time I come across a group of slaves, I free them, hoping to give them a better life. Unfortunately, nothing guarantees that I will, especially since I'm unleashing them into this brutal landscape. In fact, on a few occasions as I freed them from the terror of the orcs, caragors attacked them, killing them instantly. It sends the message hard and fast: There is no safe haven.

Get To Know Resident Evil Revelations 2's Claire And Moira

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The Resident Evil franchise has a lot of well-known characters, many of which have remained mainstays since the original PlayStation era. Jill, Chris, and Leon have been in steady rotation for decades, successfully hanging on for the series' leap to full 3D third-person shooters. Resident Evil left behind one determined lady, Claire Redfield, until now. She finally returns to the main storyline in Revelations 2 (check out our cover story here) alongside the tenacious daughter of S.T.A.R.S. team member Barry Burton - Moira. For those not entirely familiar with Revelations 2's leading women, this is a great place to start.

Claire Redfield

Tragedy oftentimes brings family together, and in this case, the Raccoon City T-virus outbreak nearly reunited the Redfield family. Claire enters the storyline after becoming concerned for her brother, Chris, who survived the infamous Mansion Incident in 1998. She hopped on her motorcycle and drove off to the rural Colorado town, but Chris was nowhere to be seen. What she did find was a full-blown undead infestation in Raccoon City. The young woman teamed up with fellow survivor Leon S. Kennedy, a rookie cop with an unfortunate first day on the job, and the two sought safety in the Raccoon Police Department building.

Wish List - Prince of Persia

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Wish List - Prince of Persia

Once upon a time, Assassin’s Creed wasn’t the only Ubisoft franchise about protagonists with uncanny climbing abilities and considerable combat prowess. For many years, Prince of Persia was the hallmark series to play if you wanted robust platforming and challenging puzzles. But the past console generation has not been kind to our liege; two failed reboots and the rise of the juggernaut that is Assassin’s Creed saw Ubisoft placing the classic franchise on hold.  Rumors of a new reboot have persisted for a few years, but outside of nebulous claims that the franchise is “not going to stop,” Ubisoft hasn’t given fans much to go on. It’s been four years since Prince had a proper console release, and with a new generation of consoles upon us, there’s no better time than the present to start thinking of how he should make his ceremonious return.

Tricky Jumping

Opinion – Trouble In Transition To New-Gen

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Opinion – Trouble In Transition To New-Gen

The future of video gaming did not start the moment that the new-generation systems came out. The systems have had their launch problems, and even a year in there are still some promised features that have yet to appear. Hardware isn't alone. A few recent games' SNAFUs – from both the new generation and the old – prove that the transition of the generations isn't happening as smooth as it should.

Sony first-party racer DriveClub from Evolution Studios used to have a delay problem, but now that it's out the door, the trouble is just starting. The game – which is heavily dependent on having an online connection at the expense of the single-player – is currently having server problems to the point that people are having a hard time getting online with the game. This situation has even caused the free PlayStation Plus Edition of the game to be delayed indefinitely.

The Top 10 Top 10 Lists I Never Got Around To Finishing, 2014 Edition

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I’m taking a few weeks off from work, because if you don’t use your vacation time you are a tremendous sucker. In an effort to make myself look like a hero, I took on a bunch of assignments in the office shortly before leaving. Unfortunately, I may have bitten off more than I could comfortably chew. Rather than leave everyone completely high and dry, I’m leaving them high and dry AFTER posting this compilation of the amazing Top 10 lists I had in the hopper. Sorry/you’re welcome!

This has become something of a habit for me. I promise that it probably won’t happen again. I’ve bought a book on time management that I have every intention of getting around to reading. But enough about that! Here are 10 incomplete ideas that I’m sharing with you.

Top 10 Games Where An Unseen Audience Enthusiastically Cheers Out Names

Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2014

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Game Informer's Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2014

We review loads of games every year, but only the best receive our special Game Informer awards. Some earn a Silver (a score of 8.5 to 8.75), some Gold (9.0 to 9.5), and an elite few make it all the way to Platinum (9.75 to 10). The most outstanding reviewed game featured in Game Informer Magazine also receives our coveted Game of the Month award. We've compiled every awarded game that released in 2014 so that you can easily browse and keep track of the top scoring games. If a particular game catches your eye, you can click on the title to read the full review. This list will be updated monthly so be sure to check back regularly to stay on top of all the finest games and see if your favorites make the cut.

Nav: SILVER | GOLD | PLATINUM

The Banner SagaPC | 8.5

Hollywood Directorial Styles We’d Like To See In Games

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As games further rise in popularity, they will continue to bleed into other entertainment media. Games have been adapted to movies, and movie directors have tried their hand at game direction with varying degrees of success. Instead of the actual directors, we’d like to see their styles adapted to games by someone with more experience in the medium. Styles like these could make for great games – or more.

Martin Scorsese’s Unrelenting Grit

Anybody who’s seen Taxi Driver, Goodfellas, or The Departed knows where I’m going with this one. While Martin Scorsese’s directorial style has changed over the years, an undercurrent of liberal, jarring violence and profuse profanity runs through his films’ veins. His style doesn’t glorify violence – rather, it realizes it, using the violence to create shocking plot turns as his films barrel to the climax and conclusion.

Opinion – Why Dragon Quest’s Future Looks Bleak in North America

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Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Dragon Quest. The traditional RPG franchise crafted the foundation for console RPGs, and even to this day, it evokes charm and nostalgia with its art style and famed slimes. I'm still captivated by it, even though the series hasn't gone through much of a revolution since it began in '86. It retains that classic RPG feel, and I love how you don't need a hefty tutorial to grasp the basics. Even so, the games are challenging and require intelligent management of your turns. Being a Dragon Quest fan outside of Japan has never been easy, and these days its potential in North America looks bleak, causing me to question if the franchise still has a future on our shores.