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  • Blog Post: Replay – Pokémon: XD Gale Of Darkness

    Pokémon is celebrating 20 years this year, and we decided to have our own celebration – by looking at one of the most divisive games in the franchise. Gale of Darkness is a product of the popular Pokémon Stadium and Colosseum games, which let players bring their 2D Pokémon... More
  • Blog Post: Move Over McFly – Video Games’ Alternate Future Visions Of 2015

    Back to the Future II 's vision of 2015 didn't quite pan out. With the exception of a Skype-like communication service that the McFly family uses within their homestead, most of the technology in the film is still very much science fiction. We don't have flying cars, hover boards, or pills... More
  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Classic Gaming’s 10 Worst-Kept Secrets

    Though they have been largely eliminated in today’s gaming landscape thanks to downloadable content and the Internet, hidden secrets have played a large role in the games industry since its early days. These intentionally programmed cheats and shortcuts went undocumented, but that didn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Games Done Quick Speedrunners Show Us How To Complete Crystal's Pony Tales In 10 Minutes

    Continuing today's series of speedrun videos ahead of the kick-off of tomorrow's Summer Games Done Quick event , we asked speedrunner Seckswrecks to beat the Genesis classic, Crystal's Pony Tales. Long time Replay fans will be familiar with Crystal's Pony Tales – it was our 47th... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Mega Man X2

    This week we're taking a look at X's sophomore effort in Mega Man X2. This 1994 SNES sequel to the fantastic Mega Man X series reboot stars the titular hero on his continuing journey to track down the renegade Marverick robots, steal their varying powers, and turn them against them in order to... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Time Commando

    In Time Commando, Stanley must explore a simulation of the past to save the present by collecting yellow triangles, fighting bears, and battling Loy. Armed with only our awkward yellow jumpsuit and a powerful forward leap, it's up to us to do some sort of ambiguous heroics. To be honest, we're... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Contra: Hard Corps

    Contra is one of the most beloved series in all of 8- and 16-bit gaming, but it's usually associated with Nintendo consoles. However, one unsung Sega Genesis entry in the series, Contra: Hard Corps, is just as fun and even more over-the-top than its Nintendo brethren. Cyborg werewolves with sunglasses... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Tiny Toons: Buster Busts Loose Vs. Buster's Hidden Treasure

    Many of us hold fond memories of the 16-bit era of colorful, cheery platformers. The Game Informer editors love sharing our nostalgia with one another over uncontested classics like Sonic the Hedgehog 2 and Super Mario World, while other games spark heated debates. One such rivalry exists between two... More
  • Blog Post: How Mortal Kombat Changed The Industry And Helped Create E3

    Today, NetherRealm announced Mortal Kombat X , the latest in the long-running franchise. But the franchise’s influence on the fighting genre pales in comparison to how the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat reshaped the game industry. Blame It On Seagal and Van Damme? According to Steve Kent’s... More
  • Blog Post: Rectify Made The Best Use Of A Video Game I've Seen On Television

    With rare exceptions, I can't stand it when television shows depict video games. We've all seen it: people doing wild couch gyrations with outdated controllers to playing a first-person shooter with Space Invaders sound effects. Or, perhaps there's terrible looking fake GTA that led a kid... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Mutant League Football

    We take a look back at EA's grisly gridiron classic. By now, you may have heard the news that Michael Mendheim, the creator of Mutant League Football, is launching a Kickstarter to create a spiritual successor to the Genesis-era cult classic. To celebrate, host Andy Reiner welcomes Matt Helgeson... More
  • Blog Post: Discovering Pier Solar

    You could be forgiven if you didn’t know much about Pier Solar and the Great Architects, and its unusual history. But with a planned HD release of the classic-style RPG headed to consoles in late 2013, we thought it was time to shine a light on this fascinating project. We talked with developer... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Warlock

    Every thousand years, the sun and the moon align and the "evil one" sends his son to Earth to undo all of creation. Such is the story of the long forgotten Warlock franchise. We dust off this pulp classic and see if we can defy the evil one. Watch Andrew Reiner, Kyle Hilliard, Ben Reeves, and... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Cool Spot

    In our first exclusively junk food-related episode of Replay, we decided to take a look at a couple of 16-bit licensed platformers. For the main segment, we popped in Cool Spot, a 7up-themed game that several of us have fond memories of. Is it actually still good? Well, have any of you bought 7up in... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Gunstar Heroes

    Besides the so-so Contra: Hard Corps, Sega fans couldn't play any entry from Konami's awesome shooter series on the Genesis. Fortunately, the spectacular Treasure title, Gunstar Heroes, hit the Genesis in full force. The co-op run and gun shooter allowed two players to mix and match power-ups... More
  • Blog Post: Same Name, Different Game: SNES vs. Genesis

    In our most recent issue of Game Informer (with The Elder Scrolls MMO on the cover), I wrote a Classic GI piece that compared 16-bit games that feature the same names, but different gameplay. Most multiplatform games are nearly identical in 2012, but that wasn't always the case. In the days of Super... More
  • Blog Post: Last Stand: The Final Games Of The Biggest Consoles

    Many gamers consider a console dead as soon as its successor hits store shelves. While it's true that the release schedule takes a massive hit when this happens, there are always a handful of titles that arrive late to the party. Take a look at the final games released for some of gaming's biggest... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Alex Kidd In The Enchanted Castle

    During the console wars of the early 90s, Nintendo was represented by Mario and Sega had Sonic in their corner. While these faces were the most famous, Sega had a popular platformer of their own before Sonic took off. In this week's Replay, we take a look back at a series that has essentially been... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Castlevania Bloodlines

    The Castlevania series has a long, proud heritage, but not every game in the franchise is a highly regarded classic. Bloodlines for the Genesis isn't a completely awful game, but it's definitely not as well-remembered as other Castlevania games. This week on Replay, we decided to take a look... More
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