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  • Blog Post: Replay – Fable II

    Replay community members Ryan McLaughlin and Katie Finnell join the Game Informer crew for a special edition of our favorite show. What makes this episode so special? We won't spoil that for you here, but we will say it goes far beyond Fable II, a game that Ryan and Katie picked out for us this week... More
  • Blog Post: 10 Things That Still Annoy Us About Xbox One

    When Xbox One launched in 2013, the operating system was a bit of a mess. Technical issues and user interface problems pervaded the system, and the force-fed Kinect integration did little to alleviate problems and win fans. Late last year, Xbox One received the New Xbox One Experience , which fixed various... More
  • Blog Post: Looking Back On Microsoft In 2015

    Microsoft's journey through 2015 was one filled with zig-zags and unexpected news, the attempts of a company trying to win back customers after a series of missteps that had people pulling away from the Xbox One. Just how successful were they? Let's take a look back on Microsoft's achievements... More
  • Blog Post: Afterwords – Rise of the Tomb Raider

    Crystal Dynamics recently released Lara Croft’s latest adventure for Xbox One and Xbox 360, which ramps up the high action and has the reboots’ biggest world to date. (You can read our review of the stellar game here ) We spoke with franchise creative director Noah Hughes about what went... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – Kojima Made The Right Choice Picking Sony

    It sounds like Kojima had a number of options when it came to partners for the first project from his post-Konami iteration of Kojima Productions , but I think Sony was the right choice. First off, you can't underestimate the power of Kojima's stated comfort level with Sony and PlayStation products... More
  • Blog Post: The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

    Update: Microsoft has announced the December additions for its Xbox One backward compatibility library . The inclusions bring one of the promised games (Halo: Reach) and fifteen others. This presented a perfect opportunity for us to revise the 25 most requested games via Microsoft’s poll. This... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Today is the Xbox 360's 10th birthday, which is a great excuse to revisit our list of the console's best 25 games. We originally published this list in earlier this year in April. Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful... More
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Long Game: Inside Quantum Break's Challenging Development

    We've shared our hands-on impressions of Quantum Break's gameplay , but now we want to reverse time a bit and talk about how the game came to be. While visiting Remedy Entertainment's studio in Espoo, Finland for our December cover story , we spoke with the team about how Quantum Break evolved... More
  • Blog Post: The New Xbox One Experience: Rebuilding For A New Reality

    When the Xbox One launched two years ago, it brought with it a set of expectations that didn’t align with a loyal consumer base. Since then, Microsoft has made enormous strides rebuilding customer trust and listening to fans about feature improvements. The New Xbox One Experience (NXOE) arrives... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Spoiler-Free Rise Of The Tomb Raider Tips For Beginners

    Rise of the Tomb Raider hits store shelves today, finally giving Xbox One and Xbox 360 players the chance to dive into Lara's latest adventure in Siberia. You can read our review here . The good news is you can play the game however you want. You can power straight through the story or take your... More
  • Blog Post: Where To Start With Quantum Break's Narrative

    Remedy has always told ambitious stories. The studio's newest title, Quantum Break, is full of time travel, evil corporations, quantum time stutters, and men who age 17 years in five minutes. It might sound confusing, but it's actually a pretty cool concept. So pull up a chair and listen while... More
  • Blog Post: Minecraft Explained (By A Seven Year Old)

    I’m about to utter one of the most apocryphal things I ever have in my years writing about games. I’ve never played more than five minutes of Minecraft. Don’t get me wrong. I know what Minecraft is. I get how it works, and I certainly know a number of the iconic characters like Steve... More
  • Blog Post: Breaking Down Halo 5's Controversial Ending [SPOILERS]

    With the sprawling web of novels, comic books, short films, web series, and more, keeping up with Halo's ever-growing universe has been a daunting task for even the most die-hard fans. The once straight-forward tale of a man fighting aliens and space zombies has expanded into a massive sci-fi saga... More
  • Blog Post: The Strange Case Of Halo 5’s Villain

    Halo 5: Guardians introduces a new villain, and positions that character as an even more potent threat for the inevitable Halo 6. Andrew Reiner and I sat down to discuss the implications of the surprising plot direction, which has effects that reach beyond even the game world of Halo, and affect Microsoft’s... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play Five Hours Of Halo 5: Guardians

    Update: Our Halo 5 stream has concluded. Thanks for tuning in, and check out the archived stream below! Original story: As you can tell from our early Halo 5 impressions, the game is a worthwhile new entry for the series . But you don’t have to take our word for it. Now that the game is out, you... More
  • Blog Post: Unboxing Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition

    Halo 5: Guardians officially releases tonight. With all the excitement in the air we thought it'd be a perfect time to check out what's inside the Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition. Many of you who preordered this massive crate have already received it in the mail, but for those... More
  • Blog Post: Read Our Early Halo 5 Impressions While You Wait For The Full Review

    We’ve spent the last several days digging into 343 Industries’ latest Halo effort, and it’s already clear that the developer has opted for some major changes and advancements to the structure and gameplay of the long-running series. We’ve already played all the way through the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo 5: Guardians

    Wade Wojcik and I are both big Halo enthusiasts, and between the two of us, we probably know a little bit too much about the Halo lore than is entirely healthy. As such, we were both pretty excited to dive in to our recently arrived copy of Halo 5: Guardians. While multiplayer remains under wraps for... More
  • Blog Post: Halo 5: Guardians 'Requisition System' Explained (Now With Impressions)

    Update: This piece has been updated throughout now that the embargo has lifted. We have added quotes from 343 Industries, pack pricing, and our own experiences playing Warzone with the requisition system. This piece was originally published on September 18, 2015, at 3:33 p.m. Central. Earlier this week... More
  • Blog Post: A Massive List Of Xbox One Exclusives

    Not everyone can afford the luxury of owning every video game console, making the decision of which hardware to buy difficult. There's also an plethora of indie games to wade through, making the job of parsing all the exclusives even harder. Thankfully, the Game Informer staff has worked to the best... More
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