Versus Mode – Debating Dishonored

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Versus Mode – Debating Dishonored

In 2012, Arkane Studios released a stealth friendly action-adventure game inspired by the classic Thief series. As soon as I saw Arkane Studios' gothic steampunk-inspired world and the first-person action that allowed players to teleport across a level and possess rats, I knew I was going to like the game. However, not everyone felt the same way…

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior editor Ben Reeves debating Arkane Studios' stealth-action title Dishonored with senior associate editor Jeff Marchiafava.

Jeff M: So Ben, tell me why I should like Dishonored. Because up until now I haven’t been able to get into it.

Versus Mode – Debating Halo

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Versus Mode – Debating Halo

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior features editor Matt Helgeson debating the Halo series with senior previews editor Matt Miller. 

Helgeson: To start, we'll set the table: Miller is a huge Halo fan, perhaps the biggest Halo fan I know. Miller, can you confirm for our readers that you've actually read expanded universe fiction Halo paperback novels before?

Miller: Can I plead the fifth?

Versus Mode – Debating Final Fantasy XII

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Versus Mode – Debating Final Fantasy XII

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior editor Matthew Kato and PC editor Daniel Tack debating the merits of Final Fantasy XII.

Kato: I liked Final Fantasy XII, and I’m not an FF fan per se, which perhaps could even be part of the reason I was open to the game.

Tack: Well that’s a good place to start – what’s your experience with the franchise? I played up to XII on console as well as both MMORPGs, all the old Game Boy titles (Yeah Final Fantasy Legend II!) and Bravely Default. I’m counting Bravely Default as a FF game.

Versus Mode – Debating The Walking Dead

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Versus Mode – Debating The Walking Dead

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features executive editor Andrew Reiner debating The Walking Dead series with senior associate editor Dan Ryckert.

Versus Mode – Debating Dead Space 3

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Versus Mode – Debating Dead Space 3

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features executive editor Andrew Reiner debating Dead Space 3 with senior associate editor Tim Turi.

Tim: Reiner, I can confidently say that I think Dead Space 3 will be one of those games that people look back on and are surprised by how poor of a reception it got. I'm thinking similar to how Super Mario Sunshine and The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker played out. Lukewarm to negative fan response at first, then the controversy sort of dies down and people appreciate it in hindsight.

Reiner: I don't think so. At least that goes for me. I didn't enjoy the game. I was frustrated by it, and kept wanting it to turn into the Dead Space experience that I enjoyed in the previous two games. It felt different. The combat wasn't as intense, even though the necromorphs moved faster. It was repetitive and uninteresting. I mostly remember it as a series of doors, elevators, and ladders.

Versus Mode – Debating Animal Crossing

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Versus Mode – Debating Animal Crossing

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior associate editor Dan Ryckert debating the Animal Crossing series with associate editor Kyle Hilliard.

Dan: So Kyle...you don’t like Animal Crossing because you’ve been harboring an anti-Nintendo bias since you walked in the door. Correct?

Kyle: I’m not sure where you got that from. Maybe the many features I’ve written in favor of Nintendo games throughout my time here at Game Informer? I do include a lot of subtext in my writing.

Versus Mode – Debating BioShock Infinite

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Versus Mode – Debating BioShock Infinite

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features digital editor Bryan Vore debating the merits of BioShock Infinite with senior editor Jeff Cork.

Bryan: BioShock Infinite was in contention for my game of the year in 2013. It was just edged out by The Last of Us. Let’s start from the beginning on this. I loved the introduction to the floating world of Columbia. I think it starts wonderfully, initially seeming like a utopia with the fairgrounds section and quickly turning to a nightmare when you’re handed the baseball and told to throw it at the defenseless prisoners.

Jeff: I completely agree with you so far. The beginning is definitely amazing. I loved the part where you see the barbershop quartet float by singing The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” That pretty much encapsulated everything I was so excited to see in the game: a bizarro alternate history full of surprises. Then the baseball part happened and whatever nuance I was looking forward to disappeared with a skyhook to the face.

Versus Mode – Debating Dragon Age: Origins

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Versus Mode – Debating Dragon Age: Origins

Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features managing editor Matt Bertz and associate editor Kimberley Wallace debating Dragon Age: Origins. 

Kim: So I'm a big fan of Dragon Age. I love the world, the dilemmas, the character interactions. I know you enjoyed some of your time with it, but you had some major gripes. What didn't you like about Dragon Age: Origins?

Bertz: My party. It was the largest cast of insufferable companions I've experienced in a modern role-playing game. Let's run them down to refresh our memory. The crybaby heir to the throne who won't seize the responsibility. The moody witch who complains whenever I show some empathy to another human being. A drunk elf. A religious fundamentalist who only wants to talk about her beliefs. A grandmother enchantress who complains about being tired all of the time. And that's the group BEFORE we get to the murderers – an elf who tries to assassinate me when we first meet and a strong and silent Qunari who slaughtered an innocent family of farmers. Instead of questing with this dinner party gone horribly awry, I decided I would be better off hanging with a golem who had zero personality and my dog. Man, I really wished one of them knew some spells…

Seven Key Moments From This Week's Big Trailers

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Seven Key Moments From This Week's Big Trailers

The previous week showcased a surprising number of big trailers for big games, and we've pulled key moments from a few of them.

Hulk parallel parks in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super HeroesThe latest trailer for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is surprisingly serious. It shows members of The Avengers taking on the troublesome Loki who has taken a cue from Batman and Robin and decided to freeze the world. At the end though, there is a handy reminder that Marvel Super Heroes is fully capable of silliness – which is good news.

Too many Hitlers in Sniper Elite 3The Grey Wolf mission is not part of Sniper Elite 3's main game. Instead, it's a DLC pack where you have to take out Hitler, and you have to make sure you take out the right Hitler. The whole trailer is basically a build-up to this moment, and it pays off well.

Game Informer Editors Square Off In A Full Day Of 'Versus Mode’

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Game Informer Editors Square Off In A Full Day Of 'Versus Mode’

We hope you are all having a nice, relaxing Memorial Day weekend (for our American readers) and a lovely Sunday (for those abroad). Regular readers will recall that holidays are a special time here at Game Informer. Instead of the usual news, reviews, and features, we band together for full day of themed content.

Tomorrow, our editors are squaring off to defend and deflate a number of recent games. Each title will have a champion and a detractor, and we want you to weigh in, too. Make sure to let us know where you come down on each of these games, and (just this once) fan the flames by letting us know which arguments you found most compelling.

The pieces are transcribed from live conversations, so you’re getting a (largely) unvarnished, organic look at the kinds of conversations that happen in our office every day. Be sure to check back with us every hour tomorrow starting at 6 a.m. Pacific/9 a.m. Eastern as a new Versus Mode piece goes live. We'll be compiling them all here for easy reference, too.