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  • Blog Post: Opinion – Younger Characters Are Making A Stronger Impact

    Adolescence is a time of conflicting emotions. One minute life is carefree, and then growing up rears its ugly head, dealing hard lessons. Young teenagers are just starting to realize who they are, and they're far off from figuring it out. Coming-of-age stories remain some of the most popular and... 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: Causing Chaos Through The Years In Grand Theft Auto

    From its beginnings in 1997, Grand Theft Auto has been a game that is just as much about its open sandbox world as it is about its story and characters. Doing what you want in Grand Theft Auto's world has always been welcome, and we decided to take a look at how it has changed over the last 16 years... More
  • Blog Post: Settle Down, Folks. You'll Be Playing GTA Online Soon

    Last month, the long-awaited Grand Theft Auto V released to critical acclaim and unprecedented commercial success . Fans are nearly unanimous in their love of Rockstar’s massive adventure, and they’ve been pouring dozens of hours into it for the last couple of weeks. That said, there has... More
  • Blog Post: It's OK To Not Like Grand Theft Auto

    Hello, my name is Mike, and I don't really enjoy Grand Theft Auto. I've tried. I promise that I've tried. I played all the way through GTA III. Sure, I had to use cheat codes because of the checkpoint problems, but I saw the end. I played through about half of Vice City, but after I realized... More
  • Blog Post: Places: The Beautifully Corrupt City Of L.A. (Noire)

    I anticipated L.A. Noire for well over a year before it came out. I read Game Informer’s March 2010 cover story several times through because I was so enamored with the breakthroughs in facial animation technology that would come along with this game. That, and the film noir genre is something... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    The gaming world is eagerly awaiting Rockstar's return to San Andreas, so the Replay crew decided to take a trip back to 2004's massive GTA title. Playing as Carl "CJ" Johnson, this entry in the acclaimed series was one of the most ambitious games on the Playstation 2. Featuring three... More
  • Blog Post: The Top 10 Grand Theft Auto Characters of All Time

    This month, we’ve been celebrating the coming arrival of Grand Theft Auto V, but we also want to take some time to look back at the characters that helped make the series the blockbuster franchise it is today. Read on to find out who we picked as the ten greatest characters in Grand Theft Auto... More
  • Blog Post: Where's My Sequel? – Bully

    Most gamers appreciate when a brand new installment releases in their favorite series. Despite complaints about “sequelitis,” getting too many entries is better than the alternative: getting too few. In Where’s My Sequel, we look at standalone games and franchises that deserve to continue... More
  • Blog Post: Discussing The Grand Theft Auto V Demo

    On October 12th Game Informer editor-in-chief Andy McNamara tweeted that he was in New York to see the first gameplay demo of Grand Theft Auto V. Senior features editor Matt Helgeson and managing editor Matt Bertz also went along, the latter being the writer for the 18-page cover story that you can read... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: The Marble Prank In Bully

    Despite what self-righteous crusaders said prior to its release, Bully is not actually a game about bullying. However, it does allow players to pull pranks and make mischief, and one of the game's most memorable moments involves hilarious hijinks with marbles. Even though young Jimmy Hopkins has... More
  • Blog Post: Moments: Figuring Out Liberty City In Grand Theft Auto III

    I didn’t know anything about Grand Theft Auto the first time I saw Grand Theft Auto III. I walked in on a friend playing the game. My first thought was it didn’t look very good compared to other PlayStation 2 titles and the jump animation was ridiculous. My friend seemed excited about the... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Max Payne GBA

    Before you yell "Hey, you guys already did a Replay of Max Payne !" at your computer screen, I implore you to take a look at the screen above. That is definitely not the original Max Payne. No, it's actually the Game Boy Advance version of the game. But don't write off this less-powerful... More
  • Blog Post: Read A Chapter From Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto

    David Kushner's Masters of Doom , which told the gripping tale of id Software's creation of Doom and the FPS genre, is perhaps the best-written video game book ever released. After exploring some topics outside of games, Kushner returns to video games with Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft... 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: Reiner And Phil Try To Kill Dan In L.A. Noire

    Joe Juba may have already beaten us to the punch , but Reiner and I couldn't avoid spending some time together in L.A. Noire hunting down our colleague and self-proclaimed "swamper," Dan Ryckert. In this powerful 10-minute episode of Reiner and Phil, behold the drama as I fruitlessly attempt... More
  • Blog Post: Game Art: Say Goodbye To White Walls

    There’s no excuse for a gamer’s abode to be dull and desolate when inspiring source material is abundant. We’ve played curator to a mini art exhibit, showcasing purchasable works from BioWare, Take-Two, Valve, Rockstar, Capcom, and more. Check out some of our favorite lithographs, prints... More
  • Blog Post: How Rockstar Put Me Into L.A. Noire

    As Matt Helgeson and I flew out to California last January for our L.A. Noire cover story, he informed me that we'd be visiting a motion capture studio at some point during the trip. I've always enjoyed watching behind-the-scenes featurettes from games and films that demonstrate this process... 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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