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Last December we celebrated our 200th issue with
eight unique covers and our Top 200 Games of All Time. This year, we decided to
reveal our Top 30 Characters Who Defined A Decade.
Characters and story in games moved forward at a rapid
pace in the last decade as developers and publishers pushed the envelope. Characters no longer just jump and spin at the whim of their controller-wielding
masters; they interact with and engage gamers to draw us deeper into the
experience, telling new stories and challenging us with unfamiliar feelings
of admiration, disgust, and compassion.
To capture this list, we enlisted artist Sam Spratt to
create a single art piece to stand as a monument to the characters that
defined our gaming lives in the last decade. The large piece connects from one cover to the next. An orange portal connects the first cover
to the second, and Bonnie's hand rests on John Marston's shoulder to bring in
the third. There are tons of hidden goodies throughout, so enjoy the art and look closely for hidden references.
Though it is split into three amazing covers, the art itself
is best viewed as a single piece. In the coming weeks we will announce a way for you to order a poster of the complete art if it inspires you as
much as it inspires us.
The article spans over 28 pages and covers the places we
remember, the characters that made us laugh, and the developers who brought
these tales to life.
To view the full image in detail, click on the image below.
Also in the issue:
Dan Ryckert gives us a hands-on report on Gears of War 3,
Tim Turi takes a look at where the zombie infestation may go next in games, and
Matthew Kato asks the question, "Another Ho-Hum Holiday?" as he investigates to
see if the holiday season is what it used to be. Matt Helgeson interviews Jeremiah
Slaczka of 5th Cell to discuss the origins of Scribblenauts and the
future of the studio, including his thoughts on the 3DS and Kinect.
Previews of Little Big Planet 2, Dota 2, Diablo III,
Homefront, Portal 2, Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon, and many others.
Reviews of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Donkey Kong Country
Returns, Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and
And what December issue would be complete without our 2010
Holiday Buying Guide, packed with gift ideas perfect for the gamer nerd in us
The issue will start arriving in subscribers' mailboxes next week, and
hit newsstands the 11th of November.
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