Weekend Warrior — Save The Drama For Persona

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Weekend Warrior — Save The Drama For Persona

Persona 5 came out this week, which was a big deal made even bigger by Atlus' announcement of streaming guidelines for players. After that, BioWare issued an apology about its handling of transgender character Hainly Abrams and released a patch to fix issues that have been in the game since its release last month. After that, the tech specs of Microsoft's Project Scorpio came out to a very vocal reception in the latest console war skirmish.

After a crazy week like this one, we're happy to kick back, relax, and enjoy some games (and maybe even some sunshine). What are you doing to decompress this weekend? Tell us your plans in the comments below!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Oh man, the weekend is already here! I’m still playing Mass Effect: Andromeda for our red hot GI Game Club but I hope to find time for something else as well. I have to choose between starting Persona 5 and Nier. One will make me fit in with all the cool JRPG fans and the other will make me part of a super elite underdog club. Such a tough choice… enjoy your weekend!

Reader Discussion: Do You Date Video Game Characters?

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Reader Discussion: Do You Date Video Game Characters?

Fans judge games according to many different factors, including things like combat, controls, story, and setting. However, for many gamers, there's another equally important category: romance.

Mass Effect: Andromeda and Persona 5 are two recent RPGs from series that have a tradition of letting players pursue romantic relationships – and some people get super-invested in their digital dating lives. This isn't about games in which two characters are thrown together automatically as part of the plot; it's about when you have control over the outcome, and are able to actively woo the characters you like.

So, when you're playing a game, how important is it for you to have a potential love interest? Is it a requirement? Or does it feel forced? If there are multiple options, do you agonize over who you should pick?   

Director Of Far Cry 4 And Assassin's Creed III Leaves Ubisoft

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Director Of Far Cry 4 And Assassin's Creed III Leaves Ubisoft

Alex Hutchinson is the director behind some of Ubisoft's most important open-world games, and today he officially announced that he has left the company.

So! I left Ubisoft after 7 years. Extremely proud of all we achieved on Far Cry and Assassins but very excited to build something new.

Hutchinson's current bio indicates that he is the creative director and co-founder of Typhoon Studios. This new venture is still getting off the ground, and has not announced any projects.

The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I & II Coming To PC

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel I & II Coming To PC

This week, most fans of Japanese RPGs have their hands full with Persona 5, but that doesn't mean we can't also look toward the horizon. Xseed Games has announced the acclaimed The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will finally be getting a PC release this summer.

According to Xseed's announcement, the PC version will have 50 percent more English voiceover dialogue than the original PS3/Vita version. Trails of Cold Steel II is also getting a PC release, though the timeframe was not specified.

In other Legend of Heroes news, Xseed also announced that the final installment of the Trails in the Sky branch is releasing on PC on May 3. 

Westworld Actor To Be Featured In The Last Of Us Part II

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Westworld Actor To Be Featured In The Last Of Us Part II

Naughty Dog's The Last of Us Part II has added a new cast member, and she should be familiar to fans of HBO's Westworld.

Shannon Woodward is best known for her role as Elsie Hughes in the hit premium drama, but fans might also recognize her for her role in the cult FOX sitcom, Raising Hope. She confirmed her role in The Last of Us through Twitter, by way of an adorable selfie with game director Neil Druckmann.

Plot details on The Last of Us Part II are being kept tightly under wraps, and we don't know what role Woodward will be playing in the post-apocalyptic title, but her inclusion is just one more reason to be hyped for the sequel to Game Informer's 2013 Game of the Year.

Yooka-Laylee Original Soundtrack Out Now

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Yooka-Laylee Original Soundtrack Out Now

Yooka-Laylee, Playtonic's revival of the 3D platforming genre, doesn't come out until April 11, but the soundtrack is available now, courtesy of Laced Records.

The soundtrack, composed by industry veterans Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, and Steve Burke, is out on CD, vinyl, and digital download. You can also hear it on Spotify. Curiously, the highly-publicized GK Rap is not included, but it's still a fantastic collection of tunes.

Buy the soundtrack at the Laced Records website, read our interview with Yooka-Laylee's composers, and check out GI's official review.

Persona 5 Has Shipped 1.5 Million Copies

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Persona 5 Has Shipped 1.5 Million Copies

Persona 5 released in North America and Europe this week, and apparently the launch has been a success. Today, Atlus announced that the RPG has shipped over 1.5 million copies worldwide.

If you're not one of the people who has picked up the game and are curious what it's all about, we have you covered. Persona 5 is a great place for newcomers to start with the series, and you can read our review, watch us play it, and read some tips and suggestions to help you make up your mind.

Our TakeThe 1.5 million number is certainly impressive, but remember that "units shipped" is different from "units sold," and the fact that these are worldwide numbers means that they include the sales in Japan since its release there last fall. Even with those qualifications, I'm still happy to see that plenty of people are enjoying Persona 5 and that the series is getting so much attention. 

DanTDM And TheAtlanticCraft's Original Series Now Live On YouTube

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DanTDM And TheAtlanticCraft's Original Series Now Live On YouTube

Targeted for the YouTube Kids app, the first episodes of DanTDM Creates A Big Scene and The Kings of Atlantis are now live on YouTube. DanTDM and TheAtlanticCraft's new series on YouTube feature animated pugs, sword-wielding chickens seeking to reclaim their throne, and other wacky, family-friendly content. 

All users can watch the pilot episode of the DanTDM's series on YouTube, but additional episodes will be available only to YouTube Red subscribers. TheAtlanticCraft's series does not currently have a free pilot.

DanTDM and The Kings of Atlantis are two of four original kid-oriented series coming to YouTube Red. Fruit Ninja: Frenzy Force, inspired by the mobile game and featuring a secret elite team of Juice Jitsu masters, and Hyperlinked, which follows the lives of all-girl music group L2M, are scheduled to start later this spring.

Come Get Some Of This Ferocious Fighter Kirby From First 4 Figures

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Come Get Some Of This Ferocious Fighter Kirby From First 4 Figures

First 4 Figures announced today the addition of Fighter Kirby to their upcoming Kirby figure line (pictured above). The third product announced for the line, fans will be able to get a better look during a First 4 Figures livestream event leading up the the pre-order launch on April 11, at 7 AM PST/10 AM EST.

Pre-orders will be open one hour after the livestream. You can check out their Twitch channel right here to stay informed.

Kirby's last appearance in a video game was last year's Kirby: Planet Robobot – you can take a look at the review right here.

Original Star Fox Developer Is Interested In Making A New Game For The Switch

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Original Star Fox Developer Is Interested In Making A New Game For The Switch

Dylan Cuthbert began his career at Argonaut Software where he worked on Star Fox and its unreleased sequel Star Fox 2. Since then, Cuthbert founded Q-Games and made the Pixeljunk series, Star Fox 64 3DS, and The Tomorrow Children. The designer recently participated in a Reddit AMA; Star Fox came up a lot.

When asked if he was working on any new games for Nintendo's new console, Cuthbert responded, "I would love to and I have a few quite original ideas to try out for that style of gaming, but we aren't developing anything yet." Cuthbert also said that he'd be interested in working on a new Star Fox game if Nintendo was interested in the project, but he made it clear that a project like that isn't currently in the works.

Cuthbert also provided some interesting insight into the original inspiration behind the Arwing walker mode mechanic in Star Fox 2. "I think it's just that we all grew up with Transformers/Gundam and transforming robots and it seemed a natural fit," says Cuthbert. "We also wanted to experiment with foot-based gameplay and a lot of our initial experiments were platform-gamer based (of course back then 3d platform games didn't exist so these early experiments were to prove for Miyamoto that something like Mario 64 could be made). This was all back in 1993 immediately after launching Star Fox."