Opinion – There's No Shortage Of New IP On The Way

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Complaining about a lack of new IP is a favorite pastime of gamers, and the undercooked launch lineups of both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One served up plenty to gripe about. If you're still bemoaning the industry's lack of new IP, however, it's time to find something else to whine about; there are plenty of great-looking new games on the horizon.

Admittedly, the titles that initially debuted on our new-gen consoles were pretty abysmal. The launch lineups for both systems were dominated by multi-gen sequels, and neither company offered new IP that reached must-have status. Knack was the PlayStation 4's only new triple-A title, along with two indie exclusives, Contrast and Resogun. Xbox One offered up four new IPs – Ryse: Son of Rome, Crimson Dragon, LocoCycle, and Fighter Within – but LocoCycle was the only game of the pack to achieve even a mediocre score of 7. All in all, it felt like neither Sony, Microsoft, or any of the major third-party publishers were willing to bet on new IP, which made critics and gamers alike understandably skeptical.

However, plenty of new franchises have been announced since then, and as far as I can tell, there's something for everyone. Feel like scoffing in disbelief? Let's take a look.

No Man's Sky's Sean Murray Talks With Insomniac's Ted Price

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One of the most talked-about games of E3 2014 is No Man's Sky from Hello Games, the studio's managing director Sean Murray was showing off the game in a hotel room away from the insanity of the E3 show floor. We spoke with Murray before E3 and he said that he's always wanted to speak with the one of the industry's most enduring and knowledgeable figures: CEO and founder of Insomniac Games Ted Price. So on the last day of E3, after days of showing off their new game Sunset Overdrive for the Xbox One, we traveled with Ted Price over to the hotel to have an extended discussion with Murray. It was an interesting conversation that covered the fluid definition of an "independent developer", whether or not developers on a large team can be engaged and feel ownership over a project, and the bizarre and ambitious development of No Man's Sky.

Watch the conversation below and let us know what you think of the discussion in the comments.

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Test Chamber – Shovel Knight

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Test Chamber – Shovel Knight

Yacht Club Games' retro throwback, Shovel Knight, is out today (read my review here). We booted it up and played through some early sections, including a trek through the Specter Knight's haunted graveyard and King Knight's regal castle.

Join Andrew Reiner and I as we dig into Shovel Knight's DuckTales-inspired pogo-jumping and discuss the inventive checkpoint-sacrifice system. 

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Test Chamber – Resogun Heroes

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Test Chamber – Resogun Heroes

Resogun was one of my favorite games of 2013. The seemingly simple shooter has a surprising degree of depth and complexity, and demands a unique set of skills to succeed. That’s why I was especially excited when I heard that Housemarque was hard at work on an expansion, entitled Resogun Heroes.

The new content released this week, and Jeff Cork, Jeff Marchiafava, and I hopped in to explore some of the new content. Come check it out if you’re curious what has been added to the game, or even if you’d just like to laugh at how hilariously bad I start getting at talking when hundreds of enemy ships are all gunning for me. 

Resogun Heroes costs $4.99 for PlayStation 4, or you can buy a season pass that also includes future DLC for $7.99. And if you missed out on getting Resogun for free with your PlayStation Plus account in the months after the PS4’s launch, you can pick up Resogun for $9.99 from June 24th to July 7th. 

Demon Slayers: Gaming Tackles Real Issues

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Demon Slayers: Gaming Tackles Real Issues

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.”

We say it all the time. In life we all have unique struggles and situations to face. The most evocative movies, books, and music deal with the ups and downs of life. We’re drawn to what’s real and meaningful – something we can relate to or view in a new light. Mostly, we just want to feel understood. 

For decades, games have primarily been a tool for escapism. Plenty of people sit down with a game for a reprieve, a fun diversion. But as the nascent industry evolves, so do the experiences that games can offer. Not every game has to be mindless or take you away from real-life issues. More and more developers are using games to convey their personal stories, tackling heavy issues like depression, alcoholism, and cancer to make players experience what it’s like to be put in an ­unsettling ­situation.

Test Chamber – Transformers: Rise Of The Dark Spark

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Until now, the different Transformers video game franchises have remained relatively separated. High Moon created some excellent titles based on the Generation 1 continuity, but then there were also the terrible movie tie-in games based on the bombastic Michael Bay films. The newest Transformers title, Rise of the Dark Spark, tries to mix these two universe, and it seems like the results are a little mixed themselves.

Unsure if you should go buy Transformers: Rise of the Dark Spark after watching the new summer film? Let Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, and Ben Reeves give you a taste of whats in store for you before you spend your money.

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Special Effect's Controllers Enable Every Gamer To Enjoy Video Games

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Special Effect's Controllers Enable Every Gamer To Enjoy Video Games

Lee Knight was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy when he was four years old. This genetic disease causes muscle weakness over time due to the deterioration of nerve cells that connect the brain to the body’s muscles. Mental abilities are unaffected by the disease, but over time muscle movement is progressively limited, which is what happened to Knight.

[This feature originally appeared in Game Informer issue #254]

Knight was athletic and enjoyed playing soccer, but around age 11, he was no longer able to play. By 12, he was in a wheelchair full time, and his interests moved to a new outlet: video games. Over time, Knight’s movement capabilities became more and more limited. Today, Knight has lost all use of his left arm, and can only use one finger and his thumb on his right hand. Thanks to the charity organization Special Effect, however, Knight is still able to play games, even completing complicated action games like Grand Theft Auto V.

History Lessons: The Road From Assassin's Creed III To Far Cry 4

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Back in early 2012, we spoke with creative director Alex Hutchinson about his hopes and plans for wrapping up Assassin's Creed III. Once the game shipped, Hutchinson moved away from the Assassin's Creed team within Ubisoft Montreal to be the creative director for Far Cry 4. While visiting the studio for our cover story on Far Cry 4, we spoke with Hutchinson about Assassin's Creed III in retrospect. He has a lot of thoughts on what he's espeicailly proud of, changes he'd like to make, and the bug-filled cost of such an ambitious project.

Watch the video interview below to hear Hutchinson's thoughts on the successes and failures of Assassin's Creed III, how he ended up working on Far Cry 4, and whether or not his future could involve another entry in the Assassin's Creed franchise.

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A Fortune In Plastic: Putting A Price Tag On Rare Skylanders

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A Fortune In Plastic: Putting A Price Tag On Rare Skylanders

Game Informer's Mike Futter was lucky enough to find a Color Shift Gill Grunt at his local Toys R' Us this weekend, but most people never see rare Skylanders action figures on store shelves. And there's good reason, too. Given the limited supplies of these variant editions, collectors are willing to pay ridiculous amounts of money for them.

A couple of years ago, we tracked an eBay sale of six gold and silver variants that ended up selling for $1,355.54 after 35 bids. Today, people are asking more than that for just one figure. The E3 2011 edition of Trigger Happy, which was handed out to show attendees months before the first Skylanders game released, sold for $1,725 a month ago, and a red Camo netted $2,025 in the same month.

How are the other rare figures selling? We rounded up the latest confirmed sales for some of the more popular variants available. If you have any rare figures, list them in the comments section below and we'll do our best to figure out what they are worth!

Test Chamber – Valiant Hearts: The Great War

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Ubisoft's somber tale about World War I and the people it affected is a unique twist on war-themed games. We play the first few scenes to illustrate how the stage is set, and the gameplay you can expect along the way.

I join host Kyle Hilliard to check out the gorgeous visuals in motion. Valiant Hearts is an interesting, unconventional game; even if you don't play it yourself, you ought to see it action (or read our review, at least).

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