The lights are on
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.
Email the author Andy McNamara, or follow on Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and Game Informer.
Some strange art style goin' on there... but I think I like it! Vury much excite for this issue.
wheres snake?? well i guess they dint got room for him and dante
Amazing idea. Also, if you look at the pictures in the background you can see The King of All Cosmos, Phoenix Wright, and some other characters
GI, you never cease to amaze me. These covers all look really great! And I'm getting the poster as soon as you give out the details. I'm gonna need a really long frame.
See if you can spot HK47. :P
wow, what a cool idea. i like that Kaim make it in there!
Really amazing cover. There's only a couple of characters I wish were in it, but all in all a good collection.
whats that next to ezio ???
Great!! Glad to see Auron up there.
I hope that's Alyx I see beside MC or I'm going to be disappointed.
yeah go phoenix wright over commander shepherd's shoulder!
Wow guys. Yet again you guys prove that you know what you're doing. Awesome cover. Good job guys and props to Sam Spratt.
Amazing piece of artwork. Shows just how far games have come in the past 10 years.
Takes me back to the X-Men comics I had when i was younger, had to be each issue in order to complete the image...which you were gonna do any way just to know how that story ended
Best cover yet
Do want. All of it. NOW.
Poster form would be amazing.
Dang GI, this is COOL!