Replay – The Sniper 2

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A fair number of people who haunt the I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay Facebook group enjoy watching the Game Informer crew play bad games. One such person is Hilary Wilton, an Overblood member who became a fan of the show after watching our Blue Stinger Super Replay. She traveled to Game Informer's Minneapolis headquarters for two reasons: One, to finalize details for a live recording of a Replay episode at next year's GlitchCon, and two, to subject the Game Informer crew to a bad game that we've never heard of. She brought us The Sniper 2, a little known title that never made its way stateside, and only released in Europe and Japan. Created by Midas Interactive Entertainment and D3 Publishing, The Sniper 2 is a truly awful exercise in precision shooting. It may even be worse at communicating a story. If you enjoy Overblood for its terrible animation, terrible characters, terrible sound, and terrible gameplay, you're going to like what you see of The Sniper 2.

Our second segment brings back Jumpin' James Bond in a much different way.

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10 3DS eShop Games Worth Checking Out

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Three years ago, the Nintendo 3DS had just hit the market. With the smartphone revolution in full swing, many wondered if dedicated portable-gaming consoles still even stood a chance in today’s tech landscape.

Flash forward to present day, and the 3DS serves as the home to several hit titles, including Animal Crossing: New Leaf, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Fire Emblem Awakening. Though 3D didn’t quite prove to be the game-changer it set out to be, fans still have plenty to be excited for with Code Name S.T.E.A.M. and Super Smash Bros.

And even if it’s not as robust as many would like, the eShop still offers some games to keep things fresh in between the blockbuster titles. Whether you’re looking for something new, running on a tight budget, or just delving into 3DS, here are our choices for eShop titles that are worth checking out.

The 15 Dumbest Video Game Titles Of 2014

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The 15 Dumbest Video Game Titles Of 2014

We compiled a list of the stupidest video game titles of all time a few years ago, but that doesn't mean developers have magically stopped coming up with terrible names to afflict their games with. Here are the best of the worst for 2014.

Ar Nosurge: Ode to an Unborn StarThere's really only one place to start a list of dumb video game titles, and that's Japan. Gust's latest offering perfectly illustrates the two central tenets of eccentric Japanese video game titles: made-up words that you can play the entire game without figuring out what the heck they mean, and nonsensical subtitles that sound intellectual, but fall apart if you think about them for more than two seconds. First of all, if a game has "Ar" in the name, I better be playing as a pirate. Also, I'm not sure what an ode to an unborn star would sound like, but I'm guessing it's even lamer than most poems.

The New Gameplay Of Assassin's Creed Unity

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While visiting Ubisoft Montreal for our September cover story on Assassin's Creed Unity and Rogue, the lead developers on the new-gen title Unity emphasized that they were reworking the core pillars of the franchise to go along with their full leap to the next generation. We spoke with creative director Alex Amancio, lead game designer Alex Pedneault, and game designer Max Spielberg about exactly what has changed in the navigation, stealth, and combat gameplay for Assassin's Creed Unity. With new controls for climbing, a renewed emphasis on stealth and open mission design, and more deliberate and difficult combat, Ubisoft is promising that the next Assassin's Creed will feel different and fix common complaints about the gameplay of previous entries. The video also features several never-heard music tracks from Unity, so I hope you enjoy.

Watch the video below to see and learn more about the new gameplay of Assassin's Creed Unity.

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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

Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Military Quarter Guide

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Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas Military Quarter Guide

The third wing of Hearthstone’s first adventure is now open, so players can now take on some of the most iconic fights that Naxxramas had to offer back in the days of hardcore raiding. Players will square off against Instructor Razuvious, Gothik the Harvester, and The Four Horsemen in normal and heroic modes, along with two new class challenges. Let’s look at what players will unlock in this wing and how to take on the challenging heroic boss modes.

Card Unlocks

Baron Rivendare: If deathrattle ever becomes a serious deck template to build around, you can definitely expect to find the Baron leading the charge.

Bonus Replay – Strider (Guests: Arj Barker And Louis Katz)

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In this special bonus episode of Replay, we take a look at the original incarnation of Strider on the NES. Myself and Ben Reeves are joined by comedians Arj Barker and Louis Katz as we travel the world and discuss the differences between Strider's interpretation and the real world version of Australia, where Arj Barker lives half the year.

From left to right: Louis Katz, Arj Barker, The Last Dragonborn, and two losers. (The Last Dragonborn is the one in plaid shorts)

Both Arj Barker and Louis Katz are accomplished comedians releasing assorted specials and appearing on Comedy Central as well as late night night shows such as Jimmy Fallon's. You may also recognize Arj Barker from the HBO comedy, Flight of the Conchords where he played the titular duo's American, pawn shop owning friend Dave. For more on Louis Katz, you can check out his website. For more on Arj Barker, you can check out his website.

Super Replay – Resident Evil Episode 4

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Super Replay – Resident Evil Episode 4

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the infamous Spencer Mansion incident. On July 24, 1998, members of the Raccoon City Police Department's S.T.A.R.S. Alpha Team entered a biohazardous, trap-filled mansion nestled in a dense forest of the Arklay Mountains. Many of the RPD's finest died battling the biological abominations roaming the huge estate's dusty halls. To commemorate this important chapter in the Resident Evil series and the horror genre, we're revisiting both the original 1996 PlayStation version of Resident Evil, as well as the excellent 2002 GameCube remake.

For this Super Replay, we'll be switching off between the two versions of the game beginning with the PlayStation original. Each subsequent episode will switch back and forth between the two versions. If you're new to the series, expect a lot of cautious crawling through the monster-infested mansion, careful conservation of ammo and health, and chunks of backtracking to unlock new areas. And as with every playthrough of a Resident Evil game, there are bound to be surprises and close calls that rattle even experienced zombie hunters like us.

Life After Game Over: Pro Gamers Face Retirement

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Professional gaming, the loose confederacy of leagues, organizations, and tournaments that fall under the large banner of “eSports,” has experienced dizzying growth in the last decade. Once little more than glorified LAN parties with some sponsors and prize money, the popularity of watching the world’s best players compete in games like StarCraft II, League of Legends, and Dota 2 has turned professional gaming into a bona fide industry. But what do pro gamers do when they hang up their controllers?

An influx of corporate sponsorship dollars and a rapidly growing audience that watches live matches online has created a new breed of professional gamers. These young, driven players push their reflexes to the limit for live audiences of thousands and online audiences of millions, raking in money from tournament prizes and endorsement deals. The best can earn a good income living the dream of every kid: doing nothing but playing video games.

But what happens when it’s over? As in traditional sports, the time comes when every player’s career ends. Unlike established sports like football or baseball, there hasn’t been a clear career path for retired pro gamers. Like so much about eSports, ex-players are writing – and rewriting – their own rules, and finding creative ways to stay involved with the game.

Ten Marvel Comics That Should Be Games

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Defying a previous strategy of focusing on its biggest characters for movie slots, Marvel had a big triumph last week, bringing one of its nearly unknown comic properties to the big screen. Comic fans rejoiced when word broke that Guardians of the Galaxy and all its zany sci-fi weirdness was in the works as a new movie, and the final film has turned out to be both a critical and commercial success. There’s no reason the same creative thinking shouldn’t result in some awesome new video games, so today we look at ten mostly unusual Marvel properties, and how they could become great video games.

Guardians of the Galaxy