New Gameplay Today – Burnout Paradise Remastered

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New Gameplay Today – Burnout Paradise Remastered

I don't think I'm alone when I say Burnout Paradise is my favorite racing game of all time. It perfectly melded the sense of open-world driving, arcade racing fun, and crashing around an intersection as a wrecked vehicle with weirdo physics.

Since it's been remastered and releasing today, I sat with Matthew Kato to talk about how the game holds up, what the remaster bundles and adds, and the thrill of crashing through things you'd normally go to jail for breaking.

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Ten Underappreciated Sequels That Never Got Their Due

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Ten Underappreciated Sequels That Never Got Their Due

When a sequel for a video game is announced, there are typically one of two thoughts that cross our mind: A) I hope it lives up to the original, or B) how did that game get a sequel? Whether it’s because a game didn’t live up to its hype or people had already checked out on a series, sometimes sequels don’t get the attention that they deserve. Here are a few examples of some of the unsung sequels that deserve a second glance.

BioShock 2 BioShock left us in awe after introducing us to the underwater, dystopian ruins of Rapture, but BioShock 2 expanded upon that iconic city beyond the reach of Andrew Ryan. It introduced us to Sophia Lamb, a tyrant of another type, and tasked us with exploring the slums of Rapture that were home to those who weren’t privileged enough to join the city’s aristocracy. 

In terms of gameplay, BioShock 2 had the smoothest combat experience of the entire franchise. BioShock 2 nailed the feeling of playing as a Big Daddy, finally giving us the ability to wield our own drill and stomp around Rapture as the nightmarish titan that terrorized us in the original. That is, until we heard the terrifying screech of one of the most difficult enemies in any BioShock game, the agile and dangerous Big Sister.

Here Are The Game Informer Crew's Personal Top 10 Games Of All Time

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Here Are The Game Informer Crew's Personal Top 10 Games Of All Time

Our Top 300 Games Of All Time list is a collective work. We introduce, argue for, and cement games as "The Greatest Of All Time" based on a number of factors like impact, cultural importance, and sheer quality. But sometimes, it's hard to make conclusive cases for our personal favorites, whether that means placing them higher on the list (where they rightfully belong), or putting them on the list at all. Sometimes we argue they should have made it on the list, while other times, we acknowledge the subtle difference between "best" and "favorite."

So without further ado, The Game Informer crew have compiled their personal lists of their favorite games of all time. You'll find a lot of crossover with out 300 list and see where our top picks came from, as well as slivers of disappointment when you see a top pick that didn't make our list.

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Exclusive Interview With UFC President Dana White On His Addition To The EA Sports UFC 3 Roster

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Exclusive Interview With UFC President Dana White On His Addition To The EA Sports UFC 3 Roster

EA Sports' announcement that UFC President Dana White was coming to the roster of UFC 3 is the latest in a line of special playable characters in the series. White joins other non-UFC fighters like boxer Mike Tyson, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, who appeared in UFC 2 as special fighters.

The outspoken UFC President set some time aside to chat with us about how EA Sports is doing with the UFC license to this point, as well as his thoughts on being included in the game's roster. For a video message from White about his inclusion in the roster, check out the announcement of the downloadable character here. For our review of UFC 3, head here.

The deal with EA Sports to handle the UFC license was a long time coming. Now that we're three games in, how satisfied are you with the work the team has done? EA has done a great job of bringing everything it takes to become a mixed martial artist and UFC athlete to life, virtually through their video games. These guys are really passionate about the sport and they've done an amazing job of recreating some of the iconic events, like weigh-ins and press conferences in UFC 3.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 15, 2018)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 15, 2018)

Metroidvanias and Super Smash Bros.? This might be the best Blog Herding edition ever.

Community Blogs For March 8 – March 14:

Axiom Verge: Metroidvania At Its Finest Brendon Curzio writes a short blog on what makes Axiom Verge so good. Really, you should have read Metroidvania in the title and knew right away that it's quite good. "New weapons lead to new areas, new areas lead to new discoveries, and with each new discovery secrets abound." That's really all you need to know.

The Virtual Life – Why Telltale's Joker Is So Fascinating

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The Virtual Life – Why Telltale's Joker Is So Fascinating

Minor spoilers for Batman: The Enemy Within ahead.

Let's make no bones about it. Telltale is a developer with a spotty record when it comes to quality. While it certainly has champions like The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and Tales From The Borderlands in its catalog, for every great game, comes a couple of clunkers (Guardians Of The Galaxy, Game Of Thrones). And then you have games in the middle, like the developer's take on Batman, which completely upends Bats' universe by giving familiar characters' new origins, twisting fan's expectations of character relationships, and carving out its own unique version of The Dark Knight's universe. While some of the choices don't pan out (like The Riddler basically being turned into a weird version of Jigsaw for some reason?), there's no denying that Batman is likely one of, if not the, boldest work when it comes to Telltale taking liberty with creative license.

The Latest Tomb Raider Movie Is A Charmless Retelling Of The Game

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The Latest Tomb Raider Movie Is A Charmless Retelling Of The Game

There was a time when Lara Croft was poised to take over the world as a brand unto herself, gracing the cover of every magazine, gaming or otherwise, on the newsstand. This fame naturally parlayed itself onto the silver screen with Angelina Jolie taking on the role of Lara Croft, getting two movies in before the cinema train stalled completely.

Much like with the video games themselves, the powers that be decided to reboot the movies as well to be more in line with the more modern Lara Croft. Crystal Dynamics and Square-Enix decided on a survivalist Lara Croft who does more shooting than side-flipping in the video games, so it only made sense that a new Tomb Raider movie would follow in the same mold. Alicia Vikander, the Swedish-born actress best known for her role in Ex Machina, stepped into the role of a new Lara Croft for a new age.

As an idea on paper, this all sounds totally fine. In practice, the idea is let down by virtually every aspect of the script and execution.

Here Are The Games Editors Wished Made Our 300 Greatest Games Of All Time

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Here Are The Games Editors Wished Made Our 300 Greatest Games Of All Time

Our debates for which 300 games were the best of all time were intense. When all is said and done, we produced a list we feel confident in and proud of. That said, nearly all of us have favorite games that didn't make the staff list. Here are the omissions we're the most upset about and why.

Hyper Light Drifter – Kyle Hilliard
Heart Machine’s throwback indie action game released in 2016 making it a pretty young potential entry compared to most games on our list, but it’s one I think deserved a spot. On my 2016 personal top 10 list it came in second losing the first place spot to Inside (which is rightfully on our list). The action is fast and challenging without being complicated, its art direction and music are both amazing, and its text-free story and world building create an intriguing universe that I have eagerly visited multiple times. As we move further away from the game’s release, I see more people finding Hyper Light Drifter and recognizing it as an indie great.

Wolfenstein II's Freedom Chronicles DLC Is A Dud

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Wolfenstein II's Freedom Chronicles DLC Is A Dud

Wolfenstein II's DLC seemed promising when it was announced: three episodes, each centered around a new character, fighting against the Nazi regime in America. Getting away from B.J. Blazkowicz's story was a fresh idea and, to be fair, the first episode, starring a former quarterback utterly destroying nazi scum, was pretty great. Unfortunately, as a single package there's no way around it: The Freedom Chronicles blow. The series just wrapped up with the final episode, The Deeds of Captain Wilkins, and instead of telling you blow-by-blow why that DLC is bummer, I think it's more worthwhile to tell you why you should probably steer clear of the whole DLC package if you're looking for more of Wolfenstein II's fantastic campaign.

Breaking Down Game Informer’s 300 Greatest Games Of All Time By The Numbers

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Breaking Down Game Informer’s 300 Greatest Games Of All Time By The Numbers

If you've read the most recent issue of Game Informer, you know that we celebrated our 300th issue by ranking the 300 greatest games of all time. It's an enormous list that can take hours to read through and took weeks for us to make. If you read that giant list and wondered how certain developers performed or which genres were most prevalent, then wonder no more!

I've combed through the list of 300 games with excruciating detail to spot some of the more interesting trends on the list. Check out some of my findings below, and if you haven't done so already, check out our full list of the top 300 games of all time in our current issue.

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