2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

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2014's Upcoming PlayStation 4 Games

Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the PlayStation 4 in 2014.

The Last of Us Remastered Edition - July 29Game Informer’s 2013 Game of the Year is getting a new, improved version some time this year. The Last of Us Remastered will run at 1080p and include all of the major DLC, including the Left Behind story expansion.

2014's Upcoming Xbox One Games

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Sure, streaming, television, and video recording are great features to have in a console platform. They aren’t what gets you to open your wallet and bring home an expensive piece of gaming hardware. We’ve heard your pleas. You want games.

That’s why we’ve put together a quick rundown of the games to look forward to. We'll continue to update this list, and if you see something missing, please let us know. Here is everything we know that's planned for the Xbox One in 2014.

Diablo III Ultimate Evil Edition - August 19The Xbox One version of Diablo III will include the Reaper of Souls expansion and new social features not currently found in the PC original. If you’ve been playing on Xbox 360, you’ll also be able to port your character over and keep playing.

Test Chamber - Hearthstone: Curse Of Naxxramas

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Test Chamber - Hearthstone: Curse Of Naxxramas

Join Daniel Tack and Andrew Reiner as they explore the first few encounters in the Arachnid Quarter of Hearthstone's first Adventure, Curse of Naxxramas.

With tons of new cards to unlock, specialized encounters that play up the boss personalities of one of World of Warcraft's most famous raids, and plenty of challenges and single-player content, Curse of Naxxramas looks like it's going to be great fun. Will the new cards drastically change the one-set established environment that has long-defined constructed and Arena formats? Let's find out.

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Test Chamber - Dark Souls II: The Crown Of The Sunken King

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Join Daniel Tack and Tim Turi in an epic adventure as they explore the new content in Dark Souls II: The Crown of the Sunken King.

Below Black Gulch, new horrors await Dark Souls II players. This is the first of three Dark Souls II DLC offerings that will be rolling out, and includes new areas to explore and die in, spells, weapons, and foes. The new environments make heavy use of vertical space, claustrophobic interiors, and lethal traps. Check out the review here, and join Dan and Tim as they work through the new content post-Test Chamber in our Chronicles series.

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10 Old-School Shooters To Play While Waiting For Doom

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Lucky QuakeCon attendees got a sneak peek of the latest Doom in action. The newest entry in the influential first-person shooter series refocuses on old school genre pillars like fast movement, gory gunplay, and taking down large packs of enemies. The news has our blood pumping, so we've pulled together a list of awesome old school first-person shooters that you can play while enduring the long wait for id's new Doom.

For this list we excluded obvious bets like Doom, Wolfenstein, and Duke Nukem 3D to highlight some lesser-known gems. We also limited it to games that feature 2D sprites in 3D environments, so no Quake, Half-Life, or Serious Sam. Those are awesome shooters, but not exactly the old-school vibe we're talking about here.

Catacomb 3-DYear: 1991
Developer: id Software

Trends That Defined A Console Generation

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Our month of features celebrating the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii is halfway done. If you have not seen our lists of the best Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii games, then spend some time deciding if we hit the mark or lost our minds. If you don’t agree with us, maybe you’ll find one of 35 developers who you align with more closely.

Today, we’re looking at how the last generation changed the landscape of video gaming for better and for worse. These trends have altered the course of the industry.

DLC Is Here To StayThe single largest change for console gaming in the last generation was the way in which developers approached their products. Prior to last generation (with a few first-party exceptions), what was shipped on the disc was the final word on a game. Bugs and glitches (even those that could break a game) were untouchable once media was pressed, packaged, and shipped.

Why Gearbox Is Making Battleborn And Not Borderlands 3

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We unveiled Gearbox's next game Battleborn for our August cover story earlier this month. Even though Gearbox is assisting in the development of Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, a lot of fans are curious why the studio isn't focusing its effort on a new-gen Borderlands 3. While visiting the studio, we spoke with lead developers at Gearbox about why the studio is putting a heavy emphasis on new IP to coincide with the introduction of the new generation of consoles. Why not brand Battleborn as a Borderlands off-shoot? Why do they consider Battleborn the biggest game they've ever made? What else is Gearbox working on and what's the status of Furious 4? Watch the video to find out!

Watch the video feature below to learn the inside story of Battleborn's development and what it's like for a studio to turn down creating a sequel to their most beloved IP. 

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My First Game – Working On Rygar Instead Of Becoming A Scholar Of Classics

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My First Game – Working On Rygar Instead Of Becoming A Scholar Of Classics

Yoshifuru Okamoto is a producer with Valhalla Game Studios working on Devil’s Third with Tomonobu Itagaki. Along with his producer duties, he also says he is Itagaki’s drinking buddy and bodyguard. Before all that, however, he was on an academic route on the road to be a scholar of classics or an excavation expert in the world of archeology.

Instead of all that, he decided to take a video game route and the first game he worked on was 2002’s Rygar: The Legendary Adventure for PlayStation 2.

While speaking to him at E3 earlier this year, I derailed the conversation about Devil’s Third to ask him about his work on Rygar and how he feels about God of War.

Thinking Without Portals – How The Portal 2 Gel Mod Aperture Tag Came To Exist

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Thinking Without Portals – How The Portal 2 Gel Mod Aperture Tag Came To Exist

Recently released on Steam, Aperture Tag rests somewhere between a substantial mod, DLC, and a full game release. It uses Portal 2's assets and and setting, but takes one if its mechanics – the use of the blue and orange gel – to create a completely original experience forcing you to examine Portal puzzles in a whole new way.

Instead of using the portal gun to make your way through Aperture's labs, players have a new paint gun letting them fire off the speed-boosting and bouncing gel nearly anywhere.

The game is the brainchild of Eugenio Roman – a dedicated modder of Valve's games – who decided to step up his tinkering to create a full experience with Aperture Tag. We spoke with Roman about building the game, how involved Valve was with the project, and how the game came to life.

Replay – Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose Vs. Buster's Hidden Treasure

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Many of us hold fond memories of the 16-bit era of colorful, cheery platformers. The Game Informer editors love sharing our nostalgia with one another over uncontested classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Super Mario World, while other games spark heated debates. One such rivalry exists between two very different adventures starring a certain pantsless blue rabbit from Acme Acres.

Konami released two Tiny Toons platformers in 1993: Buster Busts Loose on the SNES and Buster's Hidden Treasure for the Sega Genesis. In this week's episode of Replay, editors Kim Wallace, Jeff Cork, Ben Reeves, and Tim Turi (me) debate the finer points and glaring weaknesses of each game. Will Buster's wall-running antics in Buster Busts Loose or the sprawling world map of Buster's Hidden Treasure win the day?

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