7 Tips For Surviving (And Having Fun) In Alien: Isolation

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7 Tips For Surviving (And Having Fun) In Alien: Isolation

If the Alien films have taught us anything, it's that human beings don't fare too well in face-to-face-(to-tiny-face) encounters with the series' deadly xenomorphs. That's true in Alien: Isolation as well, which is why we've compiled a list of tips that might just keep you alive during your visit to Sevastopol station.

Streaming Tips From Twitch's Most Subscribed User, Syndicate

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Streaming Tips From Twitch's Most Subscribed User, Syndicate

Tom "Syndicate" Cassell is Twitch's most popular streamer. He was the first on the video service to crack one million followers. He was even able to beat the channel of League of Legends developer Riot Games to the seven digit number. We recently had a chance to speak with Cassell about his journey to convince one-million people to click the subscribe button. We asked him how he came to master the art of talking to himself while playing video games, how he deals with going to the bathroom while streaming, his thoughts on the Amazon buyout, and how those interested in streaming can start building their own following.

Do you have any tips for people who want to stream successfully? What makes a good streamer?

Test Chamber – Endless Legend

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Join the electrifying trio of Andrew Reiner, Daniel Tack, and Jeff Cork as they check out Amplitude Studios' Endless Legend, a 4X (eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate) that feels a lot like Civilization mixed with Heroes of Might and Magic. It's a neat little mix of genre styles and elements, and there's a cool aesthetic behind many of the units and heroes. 

Build up an empire with distinct factions, and maybe wander into some ice bear or ogre things that paw at your hero until he doesn't want to play anymore. Cork was insistent on the Necrophage, but everyone knows Cultist is the best faction.

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Test Chamber – Skylanders: Trap Team

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Test Chamber – Skylanders: Trap Team

The Game Informer crew dives deep into Skylanders: Trap Team, showing off the new hub world, two levels, a slew of playable heroes and villains, and, if you stick around until after the credits, Lord Kaos in action! We even show off the quickest way to power-level characters. If you have a bunch of low-level figures sitting around your house, our advice will turn them into level 10s or beyond in a matter of minutes!

For a more complete breakdown of Trap Team, check out my review.

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Casting Call – The Tetris Movie

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Casting Call – The Tetris Movie

From time to time, we put together casting calls for who we would like to play characters in film adaptations of video games. Recently, a movie based on the Tetris license was announced, and since we already obviously know who the characters will be (the Tetrominos) we are doing the reverse here and outlining who we want to see play the iconic pieces in the film.

I (Straight Polyomino) – Tom HanksAlways reliable and never disappointing, this role belongs to Tom Hanks. He was born to play the Tetris piece you're always happy to see. As a bonus, Hanks played the character Viktor Navorski from the fictional country Krakozhia in The Terminal. It may be fictional, but it is heavily implied that Krakozhia is based in Russia, the homeland of Tetris.

O (Square Polyomino) – Kevin HartAs the shortest of the Tetrominos, it’s important that the Square Polyomino be played by a short actor. At 5’4”, Hart is the perfect height, but he is also good at playing the person you need the most when you’re in a tight spot and just need to clear a few lines to get back on your feet. Plus, he's in everything lately, so I think people would be confused if he weren't in the movie.

Six Super Smash Bros. Fighter Hopefuls We're Disappointed Didn't Make The Cut

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Since the beginning of 2012, we've written three different features about who we want to see in Super Smash Bros. on 3DS and Wii U. Some of our hopes found fruition – most did not. These are the characters we wanted to see that we're most disappointed don't appear in the game.

Shortly after the reveal of Namco Bandai as the Super Smash Bros. developer, I put together a list of Namco Bandai characters I wanted to see in the game. Of that list, Pac-Man was the only prediction that made it into the game, but these are two (four technically) I am particularly disappointed didn't make the final cut.

The Prince and/or The King of CosmosThe King of Cosmos probably wouldn't work as a fighter, if his size was to be accurate, but he could have made an awesome stage or an assist trophy. The Prince's size would have also been a concern, but he could have at least rolled around an appropriately sized Katamari to attack fighters with. I'm disappointed the duo doesn't make some kind of cameo in the game.

Weekend Warrior 10/03/14

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Super Smash Bros. for 3DS is dominating much of the GI staff’s time this weekend, but some editors have managed to make room for some little known, so-indie-you-haven’t-heard-of-them titles like Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Destiny. What are you all up to?

Ben Hanson: This weekend I'm hoping to dive face-first into Shadow of Mordor. I've only played a couple hours so far but am enjoying my time with it. Other than that, I'm banking on a couple of good Smash Bros. matches. Robin and Greninja seem to be the way to go, with a sprinkle of Wii Fit Trainer for good measure. Have a good weekend!

Andy McNamara: I can’t seem to stop playing Destiny, so I expect to play a lot of Crucible this weekend (hopefully the lag switchers have been banned because last weekend they were everywhere on PS4). I also have a copy of Alien: Isolation staring me in the face and I may have to turn that on late night when my PVP skills fall apart (if you want to call what I do in the Crucible skill). A bike ride, of course, will be on order as well. 

Opinion: The New-Gen Promise Fulfilled

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Gamers who have followed the hobby for many years are familiar with the strange phenomenon that comes with a new generation of consoles and games. First we get the big promises from console makers and publishers about all the ways in which this new generation is going to change everything. Next comes the reality of games as they release, as they often fail to match the soaring hype connected to them. And later, perhaps a couple of years into a generation’s life cycle, the reality catches up to the promised potential, and a number of games begin to tap the full power of the new systems.

So where are we now? Somewhere right in the middle. Several recently released games offer a glimpse of the fun on the way in the coming years, but still struggle with the scope and ambition afforded by new console and PC power, as well as the mammoth team sizes used to create such games. Even so, these titles have lots to enjoy in their own right, and they get me excited about what’s to come.

Test Chamber – Civilization: Beyond Earth

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Test Chamber – Civilization: Beyond Earth

The Civilization series heads to galaxies beyond with Beyond Earth, primed to release on October 24.

Join Andrew Reiner, Daniel Tack, and Jeff Cork as they experience life on a rather inhospitable alien planet. The upcoming Firaxis title has its roots in Civilization V's structure, but there are tons of new mechanics and features as things get taken in a new direction on the space frontier.

In this Test Chamber you'll get a peek at around 50 turns of gameplay featuring some exploration, some war declarations, and one giant alien siege worm.