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  • Blog Post: Which Controller Is The Loudest? Sounding Off On Controller Noise

    Recently, while making my way through Infamous Second Son as the rest of my household was asleep, I could distinctly hear my controller echoing through the house. It wasn't from the speaker built into the controller I always forget is there that periodically emits noise to remind you of its existence... More
  • Blog Post: Remembering The Sega Vs. Nintendo Rivalry With The People Who Lived It

    A new book, Console Wars , recently released detailing the intense competition between Sega and Nintendo during the 16-bit era and a Comic Con panel of the same name discussed the rivalry and book. On the panel was the author of Console Wars, Blake J. Harris, former Sega of America president Tom Kalinske... More
  • Blog Post: How Mortal Kombat Changed The Industry And Helped Create E3

    Today, NetherRealm announced Mortal Kombat X , the latest in the long-running franchise. But the franchise’s influence on the fighting genre pales in comparison to how the controversy surrounding Mortal Kombat reshaped the game industry. Blame It On Seagal and Van Damme? According to Steve Kent’s... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Illbleed: Bonus Episode

    The Illbleed Super Replay Crew reunites for a very special Bonus Episode. You're likely as surprised as I am. The Replay crew followed through on a promised Bonus Episode? It had to happen sometime, I guess. Reiner, Tim, Cork, and Dan arm themselves with a tricked out VMU (thanks to an awesome Replay... More
  • Blog Post: Rectify Made The Best Use Of A Video Game I've Seen On Television

    With rare exceptions, I can't stand it when television shows depict video games. We've all seen it: people doing wild couch gyrations with outdated controllers to playing a first-person shooter with Space Invaders sound effects. Or, perhaps there's terrible looking fake GTA that led a kid... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The Industry's Dead And Dying Publishers

    The future of the gaming industry is exciting, with a new generation of consoles in our homes and the promise of new experiences on the horizon. However, as fun as it is to look forward, I can’t help but feel a little sad when I look back. The video game landscape is always changing; in its current... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Ristar

    Back in the late '80s/early '90s, the creative minds at Sega joined forces to dream up a new mascot for the powerful, 16-bit Sega Genesis. Potential character concepts included a fluffy rabbit, speedy blue hedgehog, and a sentient celestial body. While Sonic was born from these talks, the latter... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Illbleed

    Game Informer's fourth annual December 31 Super Replay is upon us. We selected a game that many of you have been asking for ever since we finished Blue Stinger. Illbleed shares the same developer, console, and tasty beverages as last year's Super Replay choice. From what we hear, you may even... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Panzer Dragoon

    Panzer Dragoon was one of the Sega Saturn's launch titles here in the U.S. It also happens to be one of the finest video games ever crafted by human hands. But how has the title aged? Flawlessly. Don't believe us? Check it out for yourself. Watch Jeff Cork, Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, and Bryan... More
  • Blog Post: Which Game Console Had The Best Launch Lineup?

    The launch of a new video game console is a moment of hope and excitement. Sometimes the optimism is rewarded with wonderful new game experiences. Other times we suffer disappointment and buyer's remorse. Which outcome you experience is largely due to the games available for that system that first... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – The Typing Of The Dead: Overkill

    The House of the Dead: Overkill isn't just one of the best light gun shooters of this generation, it's also one of the funniest. Sega recently resurrected it's classic Typing of the Dead formula in order to breath new life into Overkill. Now players must furiously type out worlds and sentences... More
  • Blog Post: My Toast To The Master System

    The Sega Master System was the 8-bit era’s little engine that could – until it couldn’t. While NES owners were busying themselves with Mario, Castlevania, and Contra, SMS players had to make due with the likes of Alex Kidd, Penguin Land, and Teddy Boy. They were fun games, to be sure... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Sonic 3 & Knuckles

    One of Replay's founding fathers has been absent for a while. His name is Tim Turi, and he misses being on this show. Due to a busy travel schedule in recent weeks, we haven't been able to line up our schedules to include him in Replay episodes. While he was gone, he was upset to learn that we... More
  • Blog Post: Developer Salute – Sonic Team Circa Early '90s

    In the same way some football fans fondly remember the Chicago Bears’ spectacular 1985 season, or music connoisseurs might prefer The Beatles’ studio years, I have a special place in my heart for 16-bit era Sonic Team. Here’s my salute to the development team behind the blue hedgehog’s... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Jet Grind Radio

    "Cel shading" is a term that's been tossed around frequently for over a decade, but gamers in the 90s had never heard of the unique graphical style. With the 2000 release of Jet Grind Radio, the style that would go on to be used in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and many more games... More
  • Blog Post: Eight Upcoming Under-The-Radar Titles That Deserve Your Attention

    With plenty of releases on the horizon, we don't want anything to get lost in the shuffle. These are games that you should consider not letting pass you by. Not only are they less known, but each title also provides something different and exciting for gamers. Gone Home (PC) Release: August 15 What... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Mr. Bones

    Whenever I've stumbled into the Saturn section of the Game Informer Vault, my eye always tends to catch the box for Mr. Bones. I've pulled it out on many occasions, wondering what the hell this game with a guitar-playing skeleton would be like. Thanks to this week's Replay, I have to wonder... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Castle Of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse

    The classic 1990 Sega Genesis title Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is being remade by Sega in high-definition. The downloadable platformer (not to be confused with DreamRift's 3DS title ) is coming to PSN, XBLA, and PC this summer. We got to play through the beginning stages of the game... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Chromehounds

    I almost feel guilty about choosing Chromehounds for my Time Sink feature. By the time you're done reading this you'll want to go jump in a giant, lumbering mech yourself. The only problem is, you can't. FromSoftware's Chromehounds wasn't an online-only game, but it might as well... More
  • Blog Post: Time Sinks – Phantasy Star Online

    I first read about Phantasy Star Online as a news blurb in a gaming magazine. There was very little information other than “it is coming” and you can “play online with other people”. The sci-fi and fantasy blend of the Phantasy Star world was one that I had already spent countless... More
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