Pokémon Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies: The Coolest Cards We Pulled From Boosters Packs

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Pokémon Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies: The Coolest Cards We Pulled From Boosters Packs

The latest entry in the Pokémon Trading Card Game's Sword & Shield series releases later this month with Evolving Skies. This new expansion focuses on dragon types, Galarian forms of the Legendary birds best known from the Kanto region, and Eevee's various evolutions. In total, Evolving Skies boasts more than 200 new cards, including 18 Pokémon V, 15 Pokémon VMAX, 24 trainer cards, a new Special Energy Card, and more cards that use the new Single Strike and Rapid Strike mechanics.

The Pokémon Company sent us a bunch of booster packs for the Pokémon Trading Card Game: Sword & Shield – Evolving Skies set. We opened the packs to see what we could pull. While we've seen the Legendary birds from Kanto's Galarian forms appear in a recent expansion, I loved collecting the new versions of Articuno, Zapdos, and Moltres. As someone who loves the Eeveelutions, I loved the ones I pulled, but was disappointed I didn't get any of the Gen 1 forms. My overall favorite card in this expansion is the Gyarados VMAX, which I wasn't lucky enough to get, but I was thrilled to see some of the other full-art Pokémon V and VMAX cards emerge from the booster packs I opened.

You can check out the full gallery of my favorite cards I pulled from the new Evolving Skies expansion below.

Destiny 2 Season Of The Splicer's Conclusion Is A Perfect Picture Of Duality, Pain, And New Beginnings

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Destiny 2 Season Of The Splicer's Conclusion Is A Perfect Picture Of Duality, Pain, And New Beginnings

Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer has finally reached its end, and not only did it bring chills and tears, but it also brings hope for the franchise's future. The latest season did more than bring new game aspects into the shooter, such as the Expunge and Override events, transmog, and much-needed Stasis tweaks in PvP. It also continued what Season of the Chosen beautifully laid out: a story that transformed the online adventure's weaknesses into strengths and provided Guardians with a tale that has as many twists as it does heartbreaks. 

Warning: Massive spoilers lay ahead for the Splicer epilogue, so I recommend not reading past this point if you have not played it yet. 

We've previously talked about the quiet strength of The Crow in this season and the feels-heavy turning point in the current season's narrative concerning a certain Saint-14. Still, the epilogue of Splicer truly did the story justice while expertly teasing a tumultuous time ahead with the upcoming Witch Queen expansion. But like in my earlier deep dive about Saint's awakening, I can't help but be in awe of where the game is now despite its rough launch and vaulting of half of its content. On paper, that should be a pretty massive nail in Destiny 2's coffin, but instead, it has been a rebirth that makes me more excited than I have ever been about what's next. 

Nier Reincarnation Is One Of The Best Console-Like Games On Mobile

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Nier Reincarnation Is One Of The Best Console-Like Games On Mobile

Historically, most mobile games have been seen as casual experiences known for streamlined controls, inviting color palettes, story-lite loops, and dreaded thirty-second ads. Classic arcade and puzzle titles – remember Temple Run? How about Candy Crush Saga? – continue to flourish on the small(est) screens because they aren’t massive timesinks with rigorous learning curves. However, more involved genres like battle royale and RPGs have been topping the Android and iOS most-played charts in recent years. Lengthy narratives and skill-based gameplay loops have come in console/PC-ports like Genshin Impact and PUBG Mobile. Nier Reincarnation, however, employs a happy medium. Heartfelt plotlines with striking visuals, Keiichi Okabe’s mesmerizing score, unintrusive microtransactions, and simple, but rewarding, combat controls establish Reincarnation as one of the best console-like games on mobile devices. 

I recently talked with the creators behind Reincarnation leading up to its launch last month. When asked about the biggest challenges that development studio Applibot faced when bringing the console-based franchise to phones, co-director Daichi Matsukawa noted the importance of staying true to what made previous entries so captivating.

Rounding Up Everything In Today’s ID@Xbox Showcase

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Rounding Up Everything In Today’s ID@Xbox Showcase

If you prefer games that feel a bit more off the beaten path, today’s ID@Xbox Showcase offered a promising slate of upcoming indie titles heading to Xbox consoles (as well as other platforms). While we were treated to smaller looks at recently covered titles such as The Vale: Shadow of the Crown, The Big Con, and Aragami 2, we also got a look at projects that haven’t been in the limelight for a while you might be learning about for the first time. A number of these games will premiere on Xbox Game Pass as well. For those who missed the presentation, we rounded up every announcement to make it easier to play catch-up. 

This vibrant sci-fi farming simulator gives players their own mechs used to harvest materials, grow crops, and build settlements. You can knock out these activities alone or with up to three other friends in four-player co-op. Lightyear Frontier will launch in early access next year on Xbox consoles and PC.

As the name suggests, The Wandering Village is a unique city-builder where the village in question is situated atop a giant dinosaur-like creature. On top of looking after your residents by building them shelter and growing their food supply, you’ll also form a symbiotic bond with your living landmass and keep it healthy by steering it away from hazardous spores. The Wandering Village will debut on Xbox consoles and PC. 

Team Fortress 2 Mod Aims To Remake The Game Using Half Life: Alyx's Engine

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Team Fortress 2 Mod Aims To Remake The Game Using Half Life: Alyx's Engine

Team Fortress 2, despite a release way back in 2007, remains a popular go-to online shooter that continues to impress with its concurrent player account. The game offers strategy, comedy, and just a good time, which is why this particular mod undertaking is one to note. 

A group of modders are utilizing the same engine Valve used for Half-Life: Alyx to essentially remake Team Fortress 2. Team Fortress S2 is the name, and the project consists of a team of passionate gamers coming together to further inspire love in the TF2 community. "We love it for its gameplay, story, its unique cast of characters and environments," boasts this group of modders, and they are showing that love by making this experience even better. 

"A few months ago, when s&box started to release access to the Source 2 tools and ways to create custom game modes, we started to ask ourselves: 'How would TF2 look like if it was ported to Source 2?' We know that Source 2 provides a lot of graphical improvements as well as a new physics engine," says the team when reflecting on how this project came to be. "It is a lot more up-to-date to modern game development standards, compared to the two-decades-old Source, yet similar in some ways. So seeing this game in a new modern engine really interests us."

A Modder's Paradise: The Joys Of Breaking A Game To Enjoy It Even More

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A Modder's Paradise: The Joys Of Breaking A Game To Enjoy It Even More

Sometimes, modding a game can turn out to be a dream come true, and sometimes, it can be a total nightmare. So why spend so much time doing it in the first place? Let's explore the joys of breaking something to make it even better. 

When I first joined the Game Informer team, I immediately pitched my Mod Corner vertical because it's something I've been very passionate about through the years. While I have made a few mods here and there myself in the past, I'm mostly just someone that enjoys utilizing the amazing creations that come out of this particular community. For those unfamiliar, the modding community is massive and filled with passionate fans that love to tinker with the inner workings of some of our favorite games. From total recreations to small little comedic gags, the mod microcosm is a world of its own, and it's a world that has offered me another layer of comfort and happiness within the realm of gaming that I cherish more than I can convey.

It's About Time Video Games Remembered That Dodgeball Is Super Rad

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It's About Time Video Games Remembered That Dodgeball Is Super Rad

Dodgeball has to be the most entertaining yet totally underappreciated team sport. It challenges two teams to eliminate each other by throwing balls at each other’s faces/crotches (I guess you could aim for other body parts, too) until only one is left standing. That’s amazing! What other sport lets you pelt people with objects and get away with it? When you think about it, dodgeball is basically a real-life deathmatch mode but less bloody – most of the time. 

I would also argue that dodgeball lends itself to moments of individual badassery more than any other team sport. Any fifth-grader will tell you they never felt like the main character until they caught two balls in a row or swept an entire squad singlehandedly. Even the dodgeball itself is the best ball in sports. That satisfying “bing” sound upon nailing a body part? Try replicating that with a dumb old football or golf ball. The impact is so quiet that all you hear are the pained groans of the recipient. Lame. 

GI Live – No Man's Sky 5 Years Later

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GI Live – No Man's Sky 5 Years Later

Today is the five-year anniversary of the No Man’s Sky launch. Time flies when you’re having fun, right? Well, I didn’t have a great time during my brief initial foray into No Man’s Sky, putting barely any time into it and bouncing right off. Over the years, No Man’s Sky has often been regarded as one of the biggest improvements over time in games, offering players tons of significant content updates and patches. Today, I’m suiting up and going back in to play No Man’s Sky for the first time – again. Come join me for live impressions as I fumble around and try to learn how to explore the galaxies.

Destiny 2's Osiris And Saint-14 Crash Stardew Valley With This Mod

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Destiny 2's Osiris And Saint-14 Crash Stardew Valley With This Mod

Stardew Valley is the epitome of a relaxing game. Do your chores, interact with those in the village, enjoy the soothing soundtrack; there's a lot to love. As the resident Destiny 2 obsessor, however, I would be amiss if I didn't share this adorable little Stardew Valley mod that I stumbled on that brings little sprite versions of Osiris and Saint-14 from the Destiny-verse into the simulator game.

As seen in the image above, there are the fully-armored versions of both characters, and then there are more simplified looks, including Saint's Exo form. Now, you may be wondering: "Liana, you usually write more complicated mods than this; why Destiny sprites?" Well, dear reader, glad you asked! With Season of the Splicer coming to a close, all signs are seemingly pointing at Osiris being taken over by Savathun, an ancient enemy that is as cunning as she is dangerous. What that means for Osiris as himself remains to be seen, but I can't help but be a little overly concerned about what this means for both him and Saint, namely because Saint is his romantic partner and the two have been through more than enough already. So this? This gives me a little happiness over the cuteness and a much-needed balm for that Destiny worry. 

Ghost of Tsushima’s Iki Island Expansion Better Leave A Certain Character Alone This Time

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Ghost of Tsushima’s Iki Island Expansion Better Leave A Certain Character Alone This Time

Besides the original game, enhanced features, and new multiplayer content, the director’s cut of Ghost of Tsushima will also include the Iki Island expansion. I’m jazzed to have a reason to jump back into the world again. A new island to explore and fresh storylines? Sign me up.

But here’s the thing. I’m still not over the game’s saddest moment. For anyone who hasn’t played Ghost of Tsushima yet – you really should, but I get it if you are waiting for the upcoming release – this is the time to bookmark this story for later and walk away because I’m jumping into massive spoilers.

Now, I knew going in that a game about the first Mongol invasion of Japan wasn’t going to be a laugh-fest. I was perfectly ready to see some of my closest friends fall in battle. But did you have to take my horse from me? That hurt. Like many open-world games, Ghost of Tsushima gives you a horse before letting you roam around its dazzling environment. Despite the slightly urgent nature of the quest, I took my time picking my equine companion. Sucker Punch claims that every horse you can choose from is technically the same, that there are no differences in stats or temperament, but you can’t rush these things.