How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

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How Overwatch League Re-writes The Rules of Esports

 Blizzard takes a new approach to professional esports in the digital age

London. Los Angeles. Shanghai. Seoul. With Overwatch League, Bliz zard is taking an ambitious step forward for esports, setting up a global platform with city-based teams it hopes will connect with local fans for generations to come. Taking a page out of traditional sports franchises and combining it with one of the hottest team-based multiplayer games, salaried players, and a robust inaugural schedule, the first year of Overwatch League sets the stage for what could become a new standard for the ever-growing world of digital competition. Kicking off on Janu ary 10 with a prize pool of $3.5 million, the Overwatch League’s grand finals for the year begin on July 26. Take a look at what makes the Overwatch League tick, from the teams, the commissioner, the fans, the owners, the players, and the managers.

This article was originally published in issue 298 of Game Informer Magazine.

Our Bold 2018 Predictions

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Our Bold 2018 Predictions

Last year was an impressive year for video games, but 2018 is no slouch. Or, at least, we don't think it's going to be a slouch. These are our bold predictions for the things we think will be happening this year. We recognize that we're likely being too optimistic

Devil May Cry 5 ExistsWe haven't played a new Devil May Cry game since Ninja Theory's DmC in 2013. It's time to check on Dante, and we're going to get the chance to do that this year. And we think that, despite the fact that we really liked it a lot, Ninja Theory won't be involved.

More Zelda!
Last year was a big year for Zelda, but we don't think the franchise is resting. Last year, Aonuma said,  A 2D Zelda on Switch is, “definitely a possibility," and we're hopeful we will learn more about that potential game this year. We also think that the Wind Waker and Twilight Princess HD remasters will also get Switch ports and release on the same day.

Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

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Get Ready For Our Monster Hunter World GI Game Club

Monster Hunter: World comes out on Friday, January 26th. Our time playing the game so far proves that it's the most accessible entry in the series, but we understand that it's intimidating to get into the (still complicated) game on your own. GI Game Club is here to help! Starting on February 1st, we're going to be diving in deep on the gameplay of Monster Hunter: World in a big community-centered discussion on The Game Informer Show podcast.

For that first episode's discussion, we'll be talking about everything up through the low rank hunts in the game. Please send your thoughts (concise, please) on the game's combat, systems, favorite moments, etc. in to podcast@gameinformer.com. This Game Club will be a bit different in that we won't be following along and relaying a game's story beat by beat, we're focusing on gameplay. The second episode's discussion will be on all hunts after "low rank" monsters. We're looking forward to playing through the game alongside y'all!

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New Gameplay Today – Soulcalibur VI

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New Gameplay Today – Soulcalibur VI

Bandai Namco has been trotting out more information (and a new trailer!) for its upcoming Soulcalibur VI. Our own Imran Khan got a chance to play the game recently, and he came back with a load of gameplay footage. Check out this episode of New Gameplay Today to see the game in action – including the newly revealed assassin, Grøh – and hear Imran's thoughts on what he played.

The footage includes a load of battles featuring Grøh, Kilik, Mitsurugi, Nightmare, Sophitia, and Xianghua. Watch in amazement as Imran pummels the heck out of anyone foolish enough to step into the ring. Well, at least Leo Vader and I were amazed. Your mileage may vary.

Soulcalibur VI is coming to the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this year.

Here Are Most Of The Armor Sets You Can Get For Your Cat Companion In Monster Hunter: World

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Here Are Most Of The Armor Sets You Can Get For Your Cat Companion In Monster Hunter: World

Your Palico is your best friend in Monster Hunter: World. They protect you. They serve as a distraction to help keep monsters off of you. They're also dreadfully cute in the various armor sets you can put them in. Don't believe us?

Take a look for yourself! These are most of the armor sets you can get for your furry little helper during the course of the game (no elder dragon sets to peek at unfortunately). Minor spoilers ahead, so turn back now if you don't want to see cat armor!

Leather Set

How To Get An S Rank In Dragon Ball FighterZ's Hardest Arcade Mode

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How To Get An S Rank In Dragon Ball FighterZ's Hardest Arcade Mode

Two of the three hidden characters in Dragon Ball FighterZ are hidden behind the arcade mode. You can unlock them by earning zenny in the main story mode, character trials, and playing some matches in versus mode or online, but the fastest way to do unlock SSGSS Goku and Vegeta is to beat the arcade mode's two toughest challenges. To that end, we've put together a short guide to make sure you're busting out times-10 Kaioken Kamehamehas as quickly as possible.

First, unlock the hard versions of the Extreme Gravity Spaceship (for SSGSS Vegeta) and Hyperbolic Time Chamber (for SSGSS Goku) courses by beating them on normal difficulty. This shouldn't be too tough, as the A.I. won't bother you too much until some of the later fights (and if you're stuck on those, the other tips in this guide should also help).

New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball FighterZ

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New Gameplay Today – Dragon Ball FighterZ

Dragon Ball FighterZ is out today, and although its focus is on chaotic head-to-head battles, there's quite a bit to do for solo players. Between a lengthy story mode, a challenging arcade mode, and some unlockables, new players have plenty of time to get their sea legs before hopping online.

Noted Dragon Ball fan Kyle Hilliard joins me as we show off all most of the single-player content in FighterZ, which should give you a good idea of whether your love of Dragon Ball alone is enough to make this fighter worth your time.

For more Dragon Ball FighterZ, make sure to check out our Android 21 showcase, how to unlock her and the Super Saiyan Blues, and how to beat arcade mode on the hardest difficulty without pulling your hair out.

New Gameplay Today – The Secret Of Mana

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New Gameplay Today – The Secret Of Mana

Square Enix is taking a big risk remaking The Secret of Mana. The original SNES game is a beloved classic, with rich 16-bit art that most indie studios would kill for. So, of course, they're scrapping all of that and bringing it to 3D. As Imran, Kim, and I discuss in our latest episode of New Gameplay Today, those new visuals may or may not be an improvement.

Long story short, we're not huge fans of the new art. Of course, you don't have to take our word for it. Check out the video below to see The Secret of Mana in action, and also see some of its new streamlined interface. As far as that goes, we're fans. Hey, you can't win 'em all, right?

The Secret of Mana remake is coming to the PlayStation 4, Vita, and PC on February 15.

Should You Play Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones?

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Should You Play Assassin’s Creed Origins: The Hidden Ones?

Assassin’s Creed Origins has been rolling out smaller content patches, updates, and missions for a few months, but this week has brought us the first major expansion. The Hidden Ones offers a wealth of content to explore. After playing the new expansion to it conclusion, the short answer to whether you should play is a clear yes – if you enjoyed what was on offer in the base game.

The Hidden Ones doesn’t do much to change the loop or add significant new mechanics; don’t expect fancy new vehicles or a reintroduction of the Brotherhood mission systems of some previous franchise entries. The Hidden Ones is also built for people who’ve invested heavily in leveling and improving Bayek, so if you’re still in the middle of the base game, the expansion has little to offer. However, if you squeezed the sponge that was Origins, here’s what you can look forward to in The Hidden Ones.

I felt a little let down by the conclusion of Assassin’s Creed Origins. I had hoped for a more extensive exploration of the Brotherhood’s founding and early years, and instead was left with only a taste. 

Dynasty Warriors Producer Talks To Us About Open-World Influences, Revitalizing The Series, And Missing The Switch

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Dynasty Warriors Producer Talks To Us About Open-World Influences, Revitalizing The Series, And Missing The Switch

Akihiro Suzuki is the producer for the Dynasty Warriors series and has been on it since the first game in 1997. With Dynasty Warriors 9, the series is undergoing its biggest change since turning into an action game, becoming an open world title. This means less picking a level out of a list and more marching toward your goals and clearing armies out of the way. Suzuki shared with us his thoughts on the game evolving and hearing the feedback from western fans.

Fans are obviously very excited for Dynasty Warriors, but the critical reception by and large tends to peg Warriors games as repetitive. Is that something you were looking to change with Dynasty Warriors 9?

Suzuki: With the previous Warriors games, the battle systems are generally the same, and the majority of the mechanics are similar. So with this title, we decided to go with the open world primarily for new experiences.