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  • Blog Post: 5 Open-World Franchises That Should Steal Shadow Of Mordor's Nemesis System

    Open-world games are more popular than ever, and while we're still seeing some of the best the genre has to offer, there's always room for improvement. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor may not be the largest sandbox around, but it makes up for it in spades with the intriguing nemesis system. This... More
  • Blog Post: You Against The World – The Top Games Where You're Outnumbered

    While it's true that not every game is about letting players live out their power fantasies, it's certainly an extremely popular theme. We don't always feel like we're in charge of our lives as we slog through our days, which is why it's cathartic to plug in and mow down legions of... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Horror Game Survivors

    Scary games give us a lot to talk about, from life-saving weapons to nerve-jangling scares. We, the players, are on the receiving end of these experiences, but so are these games' enduring protagonists. In the spirit of our October celebration of horror games ( check out our cover story reveal )... More
  • Blog Post: Right When You Think It's Over: Gaming's Best Fake-Out Endings

    Plenty of video game stories are predictable from beginning to end, so it's satisfying when developers try to shake things up a bit. In this feature, we take a look at points in games when you think the story is over - but there may be some more twists in store. Note: Spoilers follow for Red Dead... 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: Test Chamber – Dead Rising 3

    Capcom Vancouver's Dead Rising 3 is one of the most exciting titles leading the next-gen charge. This Xbox One title features a huge city packed with an obscene amount of zombies ready for slaying. We take you on a tour of the improved weapon crafting, new vehicle combos, and general gory good time... More
  • Blog Post: This Gen, According To Dead Rising

    Before I turn the page on this console generation, I’ve been thinking a lot about the things that have happened in console gaming over the past seven or so years. We’re also approaching the release of Dead Rising 3, the latest entry in one of my favorite series, so I’ve been thinking... More
  • Blog Post: The Duality Of Dead Rising 3

    Capcom knows that the unveiling of Dead Rising 3 at E3 2013 had some fans worried that the wacky spirit of the series was left behind for a more gritty take on zombie survival. The team's hands-on demo at Gamescom 2013 let players explore the gigantic new environment while wearing a shark costume... More
  • Blog Post: Road To Extinction: Where Zombie Games Are Heading

    Zombies are popular . Brad Pitt is battling waves of them in World War Z , Dead Rising 3 is one of the Xbox One’s main selling points, and The Walking Dead franchise is succeeding in comics, television, and games . State of Decay has become the fastest-selling XBLA game of all time, the creator... More
  • Blog Post: The Endless Horde: Zombie Games And Why I'll Always Love Them

    I have this notebook that I used to write in as a kid filled with possible game ideas. My young brain imagined a Zelda RTS with eight factions, and a 3D platformer featuring a beaver named Reggie Crenshaw. Every so often, one of my crazy ideas would be crossed off when a real developer decided to actually... More
  • Blog Post: Replay Value: Games With Multiple Endings

    If interactivity is what sets games apart from other mediums, then the narrative games that have the most potential to show off this form of art are those that feature multiple endings based on your decisions. Amongst the many games with multiple endings, some settle for simple dual options based on... More
  • Blog Post: Gaming's Most Bizarre Weapons

    Any game that pits you against floods of enemies won’t leave you defenseless. While the usual go-tos are machine guns, sniper rifles, and rocket launchers, some designers take these ideas a step further by equipping players with an over-the-top arsenal that’s hard to forget. From shark launchers... More
  • Blog Post: Zombie Profiles: Breaking Down The Brain-Eaters

    You can’t go two loping steps without running into a new game or mode featuring zombies, but the brain-eaters aren’t a new phenomenon in video games. Recent popularity aside, the undead have had a variety of roles across the decades, from comic relief to heart-stopping monsters. Because we... More
  • Blog Post: Our 25 Most Anticipated Games Of The Rest Of 2010

    All things considered, 2010 hasn’t been a terrible summer for gamers. We’ve had one or two really outstanding titles ( sup, StarCraft II ), a steady stream of solid releases, and only a handful of weeks that were full-on new game droughts. Even with such an excellent first half of the year... More
  • Blog Post: Inafune Knew Dead Rising Was A Home Run

    We recently had a chance to talk with Capcom's Keiji Inafune during our trip to Blue Castle Games in Vancouver. As the company's global head of production, he's been in charge of making sure that its games are up to snuff. He's been critical of Japanese development and has worked closely... More
  • Blog Post: Creating Character: Ten Faces We Won’t Soon Forget

    Cookie-cutter bodies and perfectly painted faces are a thing of the past. Instead, developers are making a point to flesh out distinctive, flawed and entirely fascinating protagonists. Sure, Nathan Drake and Lara Croft are admittedly attractive, but they don’t stand out much among the crowd of... More
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