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  • Blog Post: Do Gamers Really Like Hard Games?

    Conventional wisdom would say that people enjoy games the most when they feel like they are good at them and when their skill exceeds they challenge they face. However, the rise in popularity of legendarily challenging titles such as the Dark Souls series, Donkey Kong Country Returns, and even Super... More
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Remastered Collections We Want To Play

    Like the HD remakes of the last generation, it’s clear that remastered versions of popular games are going to be a part of this new generation. Gamers are eager to revisit more polished and refined experiences that they already know they love. Single-game releases – like Tomb Raider and The... More
  • Blog Post: Weekend Warrior 7/25/14

    Even though working at Game Informer is great, it's still hard work. Sometimes we need to take a break from playing and writing about video games to...well, play more video games. It looks like many of us plan to spend this weekend relaxing, catching up on recent releases, or digging through some... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – King's Field

    Today, Japanese developer From Software is famous for starting a masochistic craze with the "Souls" series of games. But before Demon's Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne there was King's Field. This early From Software title planted the sadistic game design roots the developer would... More
  • Blog Post: What's The Future For The Last Generation's Big Franchises?

    As this past generation of home consoles prepares to ride off into the sunset, we thought it was an appropriate time to look back at new franchises that defined the past nine years in console gaming – and predict how likely it is they will continue in the future. [Note: this list is in alphabetical... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – In Defense Of Walkthroughs

    When Dark Souls first came out, I tried to drink the Kool-Aid. Unfortunately, it was a brew too bitter for me to choke down, and I eventually gave up. I appreciated what From Software was doing, but I made peace with the fact that I lacked the patience and perseverance to fully enjoy the game. This weekend... More
  • Blog Post: Places: Dark Souls' Blighttown

    When people bail on Dark Souls and its enthralling world, Lordran, they’re typically in one of two places: Anor Londo, the city of gods; or Blighttown, a deep, hostile cavern. The latter is commonly strung up on forums and message boards as a sacrificial lamb for all to point at and punish. The... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: Do All Video Games Need To Appeal To Everyone?

    I recently dabbled in Dark Souls for the first time. I watched my wife play a considerable amount of Demon’s Souls, and I sat near former news editor Jim Reilly, who was obsessed with the Souls games. I know a fair amount about both titles, but had never earnestly tried to tackle either game until... More
  • Blog Post: In Defense Of Japanese Games

    No one is shocked when I tell them that two of my top three games of all time were created in Japan (Super Mario Bros. 3 and Final Fantasy VI, for the record). Why should that be surprising? The Japanese side of the industry has produced some incredible games – in the past. In recent years, I’ve... More
  • Blog Post: Naming The Next Dark Souls

    A Dark Souls sequel hasn't been officially announced yet, but that doesn't stop us from speculating what it could be called. Last November, publisher Namco Bandai announced Dark Souls shipped 1.5 million copies globally. Those impressive sales numbers combined with a nearly 90 Metacritic average... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords: Dark Souls

    Minor issues with it aside, Dark Souls remains one of the most intense, addictive, and challenging games released in 2011. To get to the bottom of this difficult game's surprise success, I talked to From Software's Hidetaka Miyazaki, the director of Dark Souls. With Dark Souls it seems like you... More
  • Blog Post: My Ill-Fated Introduction To Dark Souls

    For weeks, I've heard several Dark Souls fans excitedly discuss the notoriously-difficult RPG. From everything I heard, I assumed I'd hate the game. I'm a fan of fast-paced, constant-action games like Devil May Cry and God of War, and the strategy and unrelenting difficulty of Dark Souls... More
  • Blog Post: Dark Souls For Beginners: Preparing To Die Less Often

    If you've read my Dark Souls review , you know that I think this sadistic game is the hardest title I've ever played. It will punish you every time you give it the chance. But it's not impossible – far from it! – and there are actually many steps you can take to prepare yourself... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Dark Souls

    A couple of years ago Demon's Souls got a ton of hype for being incredibly difficult. Could its spiritual successor, Dark Souls, actually be harder? I called Reiner down to the recording room to show off a section slightly later in the game that may be one of the most deviously designed levels in... More
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