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  • Blog Post: Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation

    The last console generation was packed with some of the greatest action games of all time. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4's life cycles were longer than any consoles before them, allowing developers to become more familiar with the powerful tech and deliver better and better games. Imaginative new... More
  • Blog Post: Top 25 Xbox 360 Games

    Microsoft launched the Xbox 360 in 2005, kicking off the last generation of gaming. This was the most successful period for the company to date; with its excellent Xbox Live service and deep support from third-party developers, the Xbox 360 in many ways became the defining console of the last generation... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Red Dead Redemption

    As part of of our day-long examination of the concept of freedom in video games, I wrote this essay about Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption: Perhaps no game is more closely tied to the mythology of American freedom than Red Dead Redemption – a game set in the “Wild West,” a... More
  • Blog Post: What Makes A Game Ending Memorable?

    Memory is a tricky thing. Some memories we look back on more fondly than we should. On occasion, we might have had a lot of fun at the time, but in retrospect we may regret that memory. In video games, it usually takes an exceptional game to stand out. It helps even more if that game’s ending was... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: An Epic Bounty Chase In Red Dead Redemption

    There’s a set period of time when an open-world game has a sense of wonder. Those beginning hours of discovery fill the mind with possibilities of what kind of shenanigans can be had in each new area that is introduced. Usually, new locations are presented in a structured or regimented way; missions... More
  • Blog Post: Dream Video Game/Movie Match-Ups

    The video game industry doesn't have a great history with film licensing. Let's try to change all that. Here's a few dream teams – film vets who we think would make a solid match up with well known video game properties. Red Dead Redemption & The Coen Brothers (True Grit, No Country... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Open World Games

    Part of the thrill of gaming is being able to step into imaginative worlds that let us make our own marks in them. In an instant, we can be transported to virtually anywhere, such as places in history or fantastical lands. Therefore, we thought we'd celebrate some of the best, as we look forward... More
  • Blog Post: Creating The Story Of Middle-earth: Shadow Of Mordor

    The cover story for the December issue of Game Informer features the gigantic new action game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, you can read about all aspects of the game by checking out the digital version of the magazine . Instead of basing the game on the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit trilogies, Monolith... More
  • Blog Post: The Other Side Of The Story: Swapping Playable Characters

    The idea of perspective is complex when it comes to video games. More often than not, the player sees the story through the eyes of one main character. Although the upcoming Grand Theft Auto V will have one of the highest profile instances of character switching, this concept has been around in video... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Surprise Songs

    It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Surprise songs have been showing up in video games for quite some time, but it has become increasingly popular in this generation of video games. Sometimes they accompany secret areas, important plot moments, or they appear during the credits at the end of a... More
  • Blog Post: How Wind Waker and Red Dead Redemption Informed Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag

    While the gut reaction when seeing an Assassin's Creed game set during the golden age of piracy is to assume the team looked to the Pirates of the Caribbean for inspiration, but the team at Ubisoft Montreal is going for a much more grounded approach for Black Flag. With inspirations ranging from... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Welcome To Mexico

    Red Dead Redemption is all about discovery. Placed in a gigantic open world, you’ll likely find something to divert your attention on the ride to your next mission: duels, stranger missions, hunting rabbits, to name a few. The best part is that all of this content makes sense in the harsh desert... More
  • Blog Post: Surprise Protagonists: A New Perspective

    It’s not uncommon for a cutscene to present us with a different perspective. These sequences can illustrate events through the eyes of several different characters, whether they’re the main protagonist or not. Seeing things from a new angle can not only increase the impact of storytelling... More
  • Blog Post: Critical Mass: The Best Games Of This Generation...So Far

    Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like it was only yesterday, but our current generation of console hardware launched nearly six years ago, with the release of the Xbox 360. Nintendo and Sony followed suit a year later, with the Wii and PlayStation 3. Since then, we've been able to... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Period Pieces

    Movies have embraced period pieces since the beginning of the medium – from historical costume dramas to gangster epics, Hollywood has always made good use of a wide variety of eras. While games are beginning to rival film in terms of production value and storytelling, the industry is still largely... More
  • Blog Post: Lights, Camera, Action Button

    No, this article isn’t about how L.A. Noire’s expressive facial animations and multilayered story have blurred the line between film and game. Rockstar’s 1940s saga makes an appearance in this article, but it’s only to stress that video games are becoming more and more similar... More
  • Blog Post: Reader & Staff Game Of The Year 2010 Picks

    We made our picks for the best games of the year, so now it's time to see what the readers think. Users on this website voted for the best games in a variety of categories. Some of the winners line up neatly with ours, but a few dark horses won the readers' acclaim. See how your favorites stack... More
  • Blog Post: Most Terrifying Sounds In Non-Horror Games

    A game doesn’t have to have the survival horror label to instill fear in a player. Something as simple as a distant growl, sped up music, or incessant beeps indicating low health across genres can usually do the trick. Here is a sampling of some in-game sounds in non-horror games that get our hearts... More
  • Blog Post: How To Make Awesome Video Game Movies & TV Shows

    When gamers find a video game universe that truly resonates with them, they want to immerse themselves in it. Holders of video game licenses are eager to offer fans a swath of media to snatch up, such as comic books, movies, novels, and more. We’re still waiting for that jaw-dropping World of Warcraft... More
  • Blog Post: Red Dead Redemption: Legends And Killers DLC Impressions

    When Red Dead Redemption released back in May, Rockstar blew gamers’ boots out of the water with its rich and vivid Wild West saga. While the single-player campaign had people buzzing about the riveting quests and dramatic conclusion, the capable multiplayer hooked its spurs into online gamers... More
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