The Best Of An Era: Looking Back On Final Fantasy VI After 25 Years

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The Best Of An Era: Looking Back On Final Fantasy VI After 25 Years

Final Fantasy is one of the longest-running series in the industry, and it has changed considerably over the course of its life. No matter how much the combat evolves or how gorgeous the graphics get, a portion of its audience will always have a soft spot for the franchise’s 16-bit glory days. Final Fantasy VI was the last entry of the era, and April 2 marks the 25-year anniversary of its original Japanese launch date.

Though Final Fantasy VI (initially called Final Fantasy III in North America) is an important part of gaming history, its venerable age means that some of today’s gamers haven’t played it for themselves. However, you don’t necessarily need to play it to appreciate its impact. All you need to understand is how unique Final Fantasy VI is among its peers; it features a huge ensemble cast, complex themes, and a story that subverts the “plucky heroes save the world” structure. Gameplay surprises – like piloting airships in Mode 7 or entering fighting-game-style commands to execute special attacks – set a high bar for fun and variety.

The Best Of An Era: Looking Back On Final Fantasy VI After 25 Years

about X hours ago from
The Best Of An Era: Looking Back On Final Fantasy VI After 25 Years

Final Fantasy is one of the longest-running series in the industry, and it has changed considerably over the course of its life. No matter how much the combat evolves or how gorgeous the graphics get, a portion of its audience will always have a soft spot for the franchise’s 16-bit glory days. Final Fantasy VI was the last entry of the era, and April 2 marks the 25-year anniversary of its original Japanese launch date.

Though Final Fantasy VI (initially called Final Fantasy III in North America) is an important part of gaming history, its venerable age means that some of today’s gamers haven’t played it for themselves. However, you don’t necessarily need to play it to appreciate its impact. All you need to understand is how unique Final Fantasy VI is among its peers; it features a huge ensemble cast, complex themes, and a story that subverts the “plucky heroes save the world” structure. Gameplay surprises – like piloting airships in Mode 7 or entering fighting-game-style commands to execute special attacks – set a high bar for fun and variety.

Sean Murray On No Man's Sky Beyond And Next-Gen Consoles

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Sean Murray On No Man's Sky Beyond And Next-Gen Consoles

Last month Hello Games announced it's releasing another free expansion to No Man's Sky called No Man's Sky Beyond, adding No Man's Sky Online, VR support for PC and PS4, and a mysterious third feature. While at GDC 2019, we got a chance to play No Man's Sky in VR and interview Hello Games' managing director Sean Murray about the team's commitment to building on the base game and much more.

Game Informer: So how challenging is it to keep adding this content to No Man’s Sky? I can’t imagine how you’re still building on the old tech and expanding No Man’s Sky like that. It’s mind-blowing.

Sean Murray: Yeah, it’s a challenging thing, but it’s a fun thing for us.

Sean Murray On No Man's Sky Beyond And Next-Gen Consoles

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Sean Murray On No Man's Sky Beyond And Next-Gen Consoles

Last month Hello Games announced it's releasing another free expansion to No Man's Sky called No Man's Sky Beyond, adding No Man's Sky Online, VR support for PC and PS4, and a mysterious third feature. While at GDC 2019, we got a chance to play No Man's Sky in VR and interview Hello Games' managing director Sean Murray about the team's commitment to building on the base game and much more.

Game Informer: So how challenging is it to keep adding this content to No Man’s Sky? I can’t imagine how you’re still building on the old tech and expanding No Man’s Sky like that. It’s mind-blowing.

Sean Murray: Yeah, it’s a challenging thing, but it’s a fun thing for us.

Game Infarcer 2019 Edition – Spider-Man Meets God Of War And Red Dead Redemption 2

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Game Infarcer 2019 Edition – Spider-Man Meets God Of War And Red Dead Redemption 2

Today is April Fools' Day, so you'll see lots of joke announcements out there masquerading as real news. Here at Game Informer,  we don't do that; when we write fake articles, we tell you they're fake! That's why we have Game Infarcer, our annual parody publication consisting entirely of made-up articles and pretend games. 

You can peruse the 2019 edition of Game Infarcer below. If you like this kind of nonsense, you can watch us take a deeper dive into the creation of the cover with artist Zander Cannon. You can also read the previous editions of Game Infarcer from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. And don't forget: This is all very, very funny.

(Click the images to enlarge)

Game Infarcer 2019 Edition – Spider-Man Meets God Of War And Red Dead Redemption II

about X hours ago from
Game Infarcer 2019 Edition – Spider-Man Meets God Of War And Red Dead Redemption II

Today is April Fools' Day, so you'll see lots of joke announcements out there masquerading as real news. Here at Game Informer,  we don't do that; when we write fake articles, we tell you they're fake! That's why we have Game Infarcer, our annual parody publication consisting entirely of made-up articles and pretend games. 

You can peruse the 2019 edition of Game Infarcer below. If you like this kind of nonsense, you can watch us take a deeper dive into the creation of the cover with artist Zander Cannon. You can also read the previous editions of Game Infarcer from 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015. And don't forget: This is all very, very funny.

(Click the images to enlarge)

Making Game Infarcer's Spider-Man Cover

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Making Game Infarcer's Spider-Man Cover

Insomniac's Spider-Man was a great game. In any year that wasn't 2018, it would have been a serious Game of the Year contender. However, when those discussions came around last year, Spider-Man got overshadowed by God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. That's not going to happen next time, assuming the game on the cover of this year's Game Infarcer is real. Which, of course, it isn't. 

In this video, I sit down with fellow editor Jeff Cork to chat with Zander Cannon – the artist behind the image on the cover of our annual parody magazine. Cannon talks about the design process, finally getting paid to draw Spider-Man, and how to hide jokes that almost no one will ever notice. If you are interested in seeing how an image like this progresses from start to finish, this is the video for you!

If you like this art, you should definitely check out Cannon's other work, including the monster-prison comic Kaijumax and the Eisner-nominated Heck.

Making Game Infarcer's Spider-Man Cover

about X hours ago from
Making Game Infarcer's Spider-Man Cover

Insomniac's Spider-Man was a great game. In any year that wasn't 2018, it would have been a serious Game of the Year contender. However, when those discussions came around last year, Spider-Man got overshadowed by God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. That's not going to happen next time, assuming the game on the cover of this year's Game Infarcer is real. Which, of course, it isn't. 

In this video, I sit down with fellow editor Jeff Cork to chat with Zander Cannon – the artist behind the image on the cover of our annual parody magazine. Cannon talks about the design process, finally getting paid to draw Spider-Man, and how to hide jokes that almost no one will ever notice. If you are interested in seeing how an image like this progresses from start to finish, this is the video for you!

If you like this art, you should definitely check out Cannon's other work, including the monster-prison comic Kaijumax and the Eisner-nominated Heck.

Eight Games To Enrich Your Long-Distance Relationship

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Eight Games To Enrich Your Long-Distance Relationship

Geographical separation is a bummer. Now that I’ve briefly left my partner in NYC to pursue a career in games journalism, this truth has never been more evident. Yet, we still find substantial ways to preserve our connection: FaceTime calls, texting, and playing video games. The following cooperative and competitive games can help assuage the “phantom pains” in your own long-distance relationship. 

These titles offer serene and tranquil worldscapes to explore at a leisurely pace. 

Imagine this: sea salt in the wind, and the rhythmic creaking of a schooner against choppy tides. Dusk creeps along the horizon, and so the sky is a smattering of coral-tinged clouds. You retrieve your accordion from some undisclosed location and play a fittingly starry-eyed tune. Your partner tap dances in tandem with the music. For a moment, you think to yourself that creating a virtual life at sea isn’t so bad, until large tentacles emerge from the surface of a nearby whirlpool. What was once a perfect video game date night is now a fight to keep yourselves afloat.

Eight Games To Enrich Your Long-Distance Relationship

about X hours ago from
Eight Games To Enrich Your Long-Distance Relationship

Geographical separation is a bummer. Now that I’ve briefly left my partner in NYC to pursue a career in games journalism, this truth has never been more evident. Yet, we still find substantial ways to preserve our connection: FaceTime calls, texting, and playing video games. The following cooperative and competitive games can help assuage the “phantom pains” in your own long-distance relationship. 

These titles offer serene and tranquil worldscapes to explore at a leisurely pace. 

Imagine this: sea salt in the wind, and the rhythmic creaking of a schooner against choppy tides. Dusk creeps along the horizon, and so the sky is a smattering of coral-tinged clouds. You retrieve your accordion from some undisclosed location and play a fittingly starry-eyed tune. Your partner tap dances in tandem with the music. For a moment, you think to yourself that creating a virtual life at sea isn’t so bad, until large tentacles emerge from the surface of a nearby whirlpool. What was once a perfect video game date night is now a fight to keep yourselves afloat.