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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Halo: The Master Chief Collection

    Halo: The Master Chief Collection gathers all of the Halo adventures starring Master Chief into one package, but pays special homage to Halo 2. In an effort to showcase some of the drastic aesthetic changes made to Master Chief's second journey, we're taking a quick look at one of its levels... More
  • 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: Great Mechanics From Not-So-Great Games

    Not every video game is a winner. Sometimes a game just doesn’t fully come together for myriad reasons, but that doesn’t mean the designers didn’t have some good ideas. These are examples of creative mechanics, features, or ideas that made it into games where the total package fell... More
  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: Why Ori And The Blind Forest Looks So Good And Why The Internet Is Awesome

    There were a lot of games shown during Microsoft's E3 press conference, and one that might have slipped through your mental cracks was a new IP called Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios. Described by the developers as a Metroid-vania, Ori looks gorgeous and was playable on the show floor... More
  • Blog Post: Video Recap - Microsoft's E3 2014 Press Conference

    The Game Informer team is on the ground in Los Angeles, CA for E3 2014 and had a lot to absorb with the full day of press conferences. We kicked things off this morning with Microsoft's game-packed press conference. Game Informer's Tim Turi and Jeff Cork managed to watch the entire show amidst... More
  • Blog Post: Versus Mode – Debating Halo

    Versus Mode is a special feature that we're doing today, and it focuses on two editors debating the merits of a particular game or series. This entry features senior features editor Matt Helgeson debating the Halo series with senior previews editor Matt Miller. Helgeson: To start, we'll set the... More
  • Blog Post: Coming Full Circle – A Look Back At The Halo Series

    Master Chief became a gaming icon after his debut in November 2001 on the first Xbox. Since then, the green-armored space soldier and his comrades in arms have continued fighting universal evils across all Microsoft’s platforms. Today, 343 Industry announced Halo 5: Guardians for the Xbox One,... More
  • Blog Post: Five Things We Want In Halo 5: Guardians

    Today Microsoft and 343 Industries announced a new chapter in the Halo series for Xbox One . Halo 5: Guardians has the Game Informer office buzzing with excitement, discussing what we want to see in this next sci-fi FPS outing. From retooled multiplayer maps to a new protagonist, these are a few elements... More
  • Blog Post: Four Games With Aliens That Should Be Buried In A Landfill And Excavated In 30 Years

    Today, plans culminated to unearth a collection of E.T. Atari cartridges from a New Mexico landfill . It was a game starring an alien that was absolutely terrible and had a hand in the collapse of the video game industry in the '80s. Some games with aliens turn out fantastic. Some, as E.T. can attest... More
  • Blog Post: Retrospective Review – Thief: Deadly Shadows

    I’ve been with Game Informer for over 10 years, which means that I’ve had the chance to review a wide variety of games from everywhere on the quality spectrum. In Retrospective Reviews, I pick up an old game I reviewed a long time ago and give it another look. I’m not changing the original... More
  • Blog Post: Five Major Improvements Made By Dead Rising 3

    I’m a new Xbox One owner as of Christmas morning, and the bulk of my time over the last two weeks has been spent with Dead Rising 3. While I enjoyed the previous games in the series, several aspects regularly irked me. During my many hours with the franchise’s third installment, however,... More
  • Blog Post: Celebrating Lesser-Known Horror Games

    Recognizable horror franchises like Silent Hill and Resident Evil are adored by fans, but what about the scary games that didn’t receive much time in the spotlight? This Halloween, instead of giving you the predictable “Best Horror Games” list, I wanted to shine a light on some under... More
  • Blog Post: Super Replay – Psychonauts

    Talk to anyone who's played through Psychonauts, and you're bound to hear one of two things: "That game was awesome!" or "The meat circus can go #@% itself!" Majesco released Double Fine's game in 2005 on the Xbox, with a port coming shortly afterward on the PlayStation... More
  • Blog Post: How Microsoft Is Courting Indie Developers

    At Gamescom 2013, Microsoft fully unveiled their plan to court independent developers . To counter-act Sony's colossal push to bring smaller games to the PlayStation 4, Microsoft built the ID@Xbox program to help independent developers create unique games for the Xbox One. Heading up this new program... More
  • Blog Post: Watch A Full Project Spark Demo From Gamescom

    The short-hand for Microsoft's Project Spark is that it's LittleBigPlanet on the Xbox. I was genuinely impressed by the latest extensive demo shown at Microsoft's software showcase at Gamescom 2013; not only does it allow for an insane range of user-created content but it also has a simplified... More
  • Blog Post: Why Cobalt Isn't Technically Made By The Creators Of Minecraft

    During the software showcase before Gamescom 2013, Microsoft was quick to announce that the next game from the studio behind Minecraft named Cobalt will be coming to Xbox One. While Mojang is loosely publishing the game, Cobalt has had a long development history and is being developed by a small team... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Destroy All Humans!

    Players of The Bureau: XCOM Declassified will soon be busy blasting aliens in the 1950s, but what about extraterrestrial sympathizers who want to experience the other side of the invasion? Pandemic's PlayStation 2 and Xbox game Destroy All Humans! delivers that experience with a humorous, satirical... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Vines To Follow

    If you’re unaware, Vine is a new subset of Twitter that, much like its text-based brother, allows users to post very short messages online in the form of videos. As it turns out, video game creators, developers, and publishers can be very creative when it comes to utilizing a visual medium, and... More
  • Blog Post: Xbox One Vs. PlayStation 4: What Does The Public Think?

    A couple of months before the launch of the Wii U, we had Game Informer's Ben Reeves take to the streets to see what people knew about the new console . Now that we are months away from the launch of two new consoles, we wanted to walk the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota once again to find out... More
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