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  • Blog Post: Our Favorite Games Of TGS 2014

    With all of the strange happenings on the show floor, it can be easy to forget that video games are still the stars of TGS. During our time at the show, we saw a lot of cool stuff from talented developers, but these are the titles that got us most excited for the future. Several games you might expect... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Metal Gear

    Freedom is precious, and that applies to our video games as well. For our July 4th features on freedom , I chose Metal Gear on the NES, a game that took me beyond what I expected from games at the time . I don't remember precisely what grabbed my attention about Metal Gear when it came out in 1988... More
  • Blog Post: Five Weird Video Game Sponsorship Deals

    The upcoming option to buy and download the Dogecoin sponsored car in NASCAR ’14 showcases some strange crossover of sponsorship and video games, but compared to what we’ve seen in the past, it’s pretty tame. These are some of the strangest instances of product placement and strange... More
  • Blog Post: Series That Slipped Through Nintendo’s Grasp

    It disheartened me greatly when I recently compiled a woefully thin list of upcoming titles for the Wii U. As I look back at the company’s history, I am forced to wonder how so many fantastic series have slipped from Nintendo platforms to multiplatform releases (many of which no longer even include... More
  • Blog Post: Ranking The Metal Gear Series

    Metal Gear is one of the biggest names in the gaming world. Few franchises can boast such a long history, or a more fanatical fan base. We delved into the history of series in our month of coverage connected to Metal Gear Solid V, but Game Informer tried not to play favorites. That doesn't mean I... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Through The Years

    From its beginnings in 1987, Metal Gear has gone through a huge number of changes, but there are some aspects of the game that have remained constant throughout. Snake is always performing a stealth mission, and he always has back-up – even if they can't be there with him on the field. In this... More
  • Blog Post: How To Get Every XOF Patch In Ground Zeroes

    Ground Zeroes has a few different things you can collect, but if you want to unlock the console-exclusive missions (" Deja Vu " on Sony's systems and " Jamais Vu " on Microsoft's), you should focus on collecting all of the XOF patches first. There are nine in all, and we can... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    The prologue chapter for Metal Gear Solid V is out today, and gamers can finally experience what we talked about in our cover story for themselves. While Ground Zeroes has been getting some mixed reviews ( ours included ), its polished stealth mechanics and high production values mean that it is still... More
  • Blog Post: Channeling Creativity: The Story Behind Metal Gear Solid 4's Intro

    Four years had passed since the last entry in the acclaimed Metal Gear Solid series, and seven since players had seen the character Solid Snake in action. On June 12, 2008, eager fans popped in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, hit "New Game," and were greeted by a futuristic cooking... More
  • Blog Post: Inside The Unique Technology Behind Metal Gear Solid V

    With his roots programming games for Ubisoft in the mid-90s, Julien Merceron has worked his way through the halls of Eidos and Square Enix before becoming Konami's worldwide technology director in 2013. Now Merceron is tackling Konami's most technologically-ambitious title yet in Metal Gear Solid... More
  • Blog Post: How Metal Gear Solid's Artist Helped Pacific Rim

    In this bonus video interview, we steer away from our month of coverage on Metal Gear Solid V to share the inside story on an unexpected collaboration. Metal Gear Solid's art director Yoji Shinkawa is well known for his designs of multiple Metal Gears and the orbital frames in Zone of the Enders... More
  • Blog Post: Hideo Kojima Reveals New Details On The Phantom Pain

    To go along with our March cover story on Metal Gear Solid V we've given extensive hands-on impressions of the main story mission in Ground Zeroes , but now we're looking to the future. While visiting Kojima Productions in Tokyo, Game Informer's Tim Turi had the opportunity to ask Hideo Kojima... More
  • Blog Post: Walking Through The History Of The Mechanical Metal Gears

    Giant, nuclear tanks have been such a huge part of Metal Gear's history that they're the basis of the franchise's name. Each title includes at least one of these beasts that could start World War III, and we wanted to get you caught up on these constructions and their dramatic battles before... More
  • Blog Post: Sketching Snake: The Art Of Yoji Shinkawa

    As the man guiding the series since its inception, the name Hideo Kojima is synonymous with Metal Gear. However, starting with 1998's Metal Gear Solid, art director Yoji Shinkawa is one of the most important and consistent elements of the beloved series. His bold illustrations define the look of... More
  • Blog Post: Our Exclusive MGS V: Ground Zeroes Playthrough Impressions

    You might be confused about Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes. First there was the reveal that didn't label it as the fifth entry in the main series, then there was the confusing rollout of The Phantom Pain, and now you might have heard some secondhand accounts about the length or quality of the... More
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Ways To Beat Up Your Hero

    When video game characters take damage, it's usually from some kind of deadly hazard or devious antagonist. Since players are in control, they are always indirectly responsible for this pain...but sometimes they have a more deliberate role in the abuse. Whether it's through funny animations,... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Memorable Character Voices In Video Games

    Imagining beloved characters with different voices is difficult – even upsetting. The most iconic video game characters are often easy to recognize just by the sound of their voices, a feature that helps define many of the memorable ones. The distinctive voice of a classic character can become... More
  • Blog Post: Top 5 Metal Gear Retcons

    Few video game series have stories that are as complicated, twisting, and bizarre as Metal Gear’s. As if all of the nanomachines and genetic mumbo-jumbo weren’t confusing enough, the franchise sometimes has trouble getting its own facts straight. Several games contradict each other on various... More
  • Blog Post: CosBlog #90: Naked Snake By RBF Productions

    While military costumes are a great place for new cosplayers to get their feet wet, Rick of RBF Productions proves that the devil is in the details when it comes to successful soldiers. Working with the limited color palettes and materials used by armed forces means accuracy is paramount to properly... More
  • Blog Post: Metal Gear Rising's Jetstream DLC Is Completely Terrible

    Jetstream Sam is the closest thing to an actual character in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, so I was looking forward to seeing what new tricks he brings to battle, and how this DLC expands on his backstory. Unfortunately, Jetstream is a disappointment on every level. Setting my issues with the Rising’s... More
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