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  • 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: The Status Of The Top 25 Most Requested Xbox One Backward Compatibility Games

    Earlier today, Microsoft announced the first 104 Xbox 360 games that will be part of the Xbox One backward compatibility program. While the list is filled with classics, there are some notable omissions that have fans buzzing. Players have been able to vote on titles they want to see as part of the program... 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
  • Blog Post: Rise Of The Tomb Raider’s Lara Takes Cues From Terminator’s Sarah Connor

    When Rise of the Tomb Raider was first announced at E3 2014, it was done via a surprising trailer. What stands out isn’t Lara as an adventurer or hero. It’s that she was in a psychiatrist’s office as a doctor lectures her on getting past her trauma. Positioning Lara as a victim in the... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition

    As we patiently wait for The Coalition to reveal new details about Gears of War 4, we're invited to revisit the game that started it all. I think you'll agree that it's good to see Marcus and Dom again. Boasting a bevy of audio and video enhancements, their inaugural adventure looks like... More
  • Blog Post: The Great Gamescom 2015 Preview Roundup

    Gamescom 2015 is in full swing, and we have already seen big stories from Microsoft, Hajime Tabata, and Remedy. Our editors also got their hands on games like Star Wars Battlefront, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and more. We've gathered up all of our coverage in one convenient location, sorted alphabetically... More
  • Blog Post: Analysis – Gamers Are Playing The Big Releases On PS4, And That Should Worry Microsoft

    Yesterday’s NPD report for the month of June revealed that the video game industry is in an upswing . Amidst the very good news was the latest in a long of line of major titles that definitively swung toward the current market leader. Before NPD released its report, Sony issued a statement letting... More
  • Blog Post: An Epic Return: The Music And Sound Of Halo 5

    The audio team at 343 Industries is putting an enormous amount of effort into the sound track of Halo 5: Guardians. They spent time recording the series' iconic Gregorian monk chants in one of the best-known acoustic churches in Europe, and got shot at with real guns just to capture intense battle... More
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