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  • Blog Post: Hands On With Doom's SnapMap

    Id Software has released the source code for most of its games dating back to the original Doom, granting PC players the means to create their own maps, modes, and mods. Even with no defined set of rules as to how content could be created and shared, Doom's modding community erupted in popularity... More
  • Blog Post: Doom: A New Vision Of Hell

    If you walk through a video game development studio, you'll likely run into a wall dedicated to concept art. Id Software has such a wall, but it looks out of place, almost like it was stolen from a heavy metal music label. Much of the wall's pieces, like the image above, looks like album covers... More
  • Blog Post: A Legend Reborn: Hands-On With Doom's Single Player

    When we arrived at the Richardson, Texas headquarters of id Software last December, I thought we accidentally walked into the wrong office. Id’s familiar logo is painted on the wall, but the lobby doesn’t reflect the history or vibe the studio is known for. Intense white lights shine down... More
  • Blog Post: Doom: 10 Badass Moments From Our Hands-On Session

    When you play Doom, you have to discard a decade’s worth of first-person shooter conditioning. If your weapon is low on ammo, don’t even think about tapping a button to reload it, you can’t – the only way to replenish ammo is by picking it up. The tendency to duck behind cover... More
  • Blog Post: Tri-Force Heroes' Director On Zelda: Four Swords Inspirations And Ocarina Of Time

    During E3 last month, we had a chance to speak with the director of The Legend of Zelda: Tri-Force Heroes, Hiromasa Shikata. Shikata most recently directed the critically acclaimed The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. He has been involved with the Zelda series since Ocarina of Time, and hasn't... More
  • Blog Post: Exclusive First Hands-On With Halo 5: Guardian’s New 24-Player Mode, Warzone

    Earlier today, 343 Industries revealed the new Halo 5: Guardian’s multiplayer mode, Warzone. This aims to take all the depth of a traditional Halo multiplayer match and layer in elements from the series’ single-player experience. Weeks ago, during our recent Halo 5: Guardian’s cover... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-On With Blizzard's Overwatch

    At BlizzCon 2014, I had the chance to play Blizzards upcoming team shooter Overwatch. While there’s no doubt there are some core concepts in play that have their roots in other titles, Blizzard has implemented its traditional refinement and polish to those concepts and created a fast, fun, accessible... More
  • Blog Post: Kicking The Tires On The Ouya

    The console isn't even out yet, but it's already been a wild ride for the Ouya. Since this Android based platform announced its Kickstarter campaign last July, more than 60,000 backers have contributed $8.6 million for an open platform that gives developers the autonomy to build what they want... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – XCOM: Enemy Unknown

    The GI crew sits down with Firaxis' almost-released tactical strategy game and show off what happens when XCOM finally gets its hands on laser weapons. Jason Oestreicher takes the sticks, Andy Reiner hosts, and Adam Biessener drops hard-earned knowledge from his dozens of hours of playtime on the... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-On With Gears Of War: Judgment's OverRun Mode

    Gears of War fans have learned to expect a content-rich experience with every installment in the series. In 2006, the original title impressed with stellar online campaign co-op coupled with numerous multiplayer modes. Its sequel introduced Horde mode, an addictive multiplayer experience that other shooters... More
  • Blog Post: Unboxing The PlayStation Vita

    I just now got my hands on the Japanese version of Sony's new handheld. In this video, we reveal the Vita's packaging, menus, front-end features, and play a couple games. So far, it seems like a well-made system with some impressive technology under the hood. The screen itself is big and beautiful... More
  • Blog Post: Hands-On With Gamestop's ASUS Tablet Bundle

    We recently had the opportunity to try out a new Android-based tablet bundle being offered by Gamestop, which comes complete with a dedicated dual analog stick controller. Here's what gamers can expect out of the package. First off, the obligatory disclaimer: Gamestop is the parent company of Game... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The First Three Levels Of Portal 2's DLC

    Watch this video of me and a random online co-op buddy tackling the first three levels of Portal 2's just-released DLC pack, "Peer Review." Spoilers obviously abound, so enter at your own risk. I loved every second of my time with Peer Review's co-op. The puzzles are outstanding, GLaDOS... More
  • Blog Post: Portal 2 "Peer Review" DLC Impressions

    I just conquered the latest Portal campaign with a random stranger on Steam, and it was glorious. This free DLC pack is easily on par with what other publishers would charge $10 or more for. The just-released "Peer Review" DLC has two components: a two-and-a-half hour long (or so) cooperative... More
  • Blog Post: GI Unboxes And Tests The 3DS

    We finally got our Japanese 3DS from the importer, so we couldn't wait to tear it open. GI's Matt Helgeson does the honors, showing you all the contents of the retail package, including the pack of AR cards that work with some cool augmented reality game functionality that's built into the... More
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