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The thrill of competition isn’t enough to keep me engaged in today’s multiplayer games. This generation’s most successful competitive and cooperative experiences dangle a carrot in front of the player both on and off the battlefield. When I down a foe, I expect experience points in return. When the word “Victory!” or “Defeat” flashes onto screen, my next step is to see if I unlocked anything new.
How injecting card collecting into a first-person shooter progression system could be the wave of the future for multiplayer games.
The best show on television returns on April 1. Although I haven't stopped talking about this show, this date crept up on me. In a whirlwind of planning that my wife Kelly still knows nothing about, I've invited a dozen people to my house to re-watch the entire first season on Saturday. You have precious little time to prepare, people. Re-read the books, re-watch the show, and if you somehow haven't been introduced to this amazing fantasy story, cancel any plans you have so that you can read the books and watch the first season. Let me know of your plans in the comments section below.
The best show on television returns on April 1. You have precious little time to prepare, people.
I never pictured myself as someone who would sneak in a game or two of Solitaire at work, yet here I am, just seconds removed from playing Big Fish Games' amazing Fairway Solitaire, a game that blends the standard rules of solitaire and golf to create an addictive puzzle game with a surprising amount of depth and strategy. The game is available now for iOS platforms, as well as PC and Mac (which you can play for free here).
I never pictured myself as someone who would sneak in a game or two of
Solitaire at work, yet here I am, just seconds removed from playing Big
Fish Games' amazing Fairway Solitaire, a game that blends the standard
rules of solitaire and golf to create an addictive puzzle game with a
surprising amount of depth and strategy.
During today's lunch break, my coworker Dan Ryckert and I ran out to a local game store to pick up copies of Soul Calibur V. As soon as we walked into the shop, my eye caught a stack of Final Fantasy XIII-2 strategy guides. I turned to Dan and said “I just realized something: This is the first time I’m not purchasing a new Final Fantasy game on launch day since the release Final Fantasy III.” Granted, I haven’t played many of the side games released on Nintendo’s handhelds, and Final Fantasy XIV, well, we can all laugh about that one, but this is the first numbered, offline Final Fantasy title I honestly have little interest in.
Starting with Final Fantasy III, I've purchased every numbered, offline Final Fantasy title on launch day. That changed today.
I can't think of a more ambitious fan project than director Casey Pugh's Star Wars Uncut.
I played a galactic **** ton of great and horrible games this year!
Most of the heated “Which system is better?” debates I’m a part of usually end up as dissections of software libraries. First-party exclusives and third-party blockbusters are ultimately what drive console sales. A healthy system maintains a consistent stream of both. This year’s debates have been much different. Most start with someone saying something along the lines of “PlayStation 3’s hacking scandal puts it in last place” or “Xbox 360 wasn’t hacked so it wins.” While console services have been a part of the equation for years, this is the first year that they’ve carried significant weight in the debates. From Sony's struggles to protect its user data to Steam's dominance in the digital download space on PC, a good online service is just as valuable to gamers as its software library.
What would you say if you were only given 140 characters for your
response? I asked gamers on my Twitter account which system they thought
had the best 2011.
Last week, Game Informer's Jeff Cork revealed his super classy artistic masterpiece. While I could never see myself putting a half-nude image on my wall, my thoughts changed today when I spied the intense image above. I haven't cleared my plans with my wife Kelly yet, but come the end of the week, this painting will likely be hanging over my fireplace.
I haven't cleared my plans with my wife Kelly yet, but come the end of the week, this painting will likely be hanging over my fireplace.
This holiday season belongs to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. I can't turn around in this office without bumping into a group of people talking about dragon combat or the secret masks in Skyrim. While Modern Warfare 3 may not be the topic of many discussions around here, my Xbox Live friends list, which is composed of many Game Informer readers, is filled with people competing in the game's multiplayer.
Volition has created one of the craziest games to date. Read on to find out why it's one of this holiday's must-play games.
These days, if my eyes are open, they are likely fixated on a game that I have to complete before the end of 2011. When it comes to must-play games, 2011 is one of the best for our beloved industry. While I find myself stressing over the thought of not being able to get every major release, I cannot deny that I am having the time of my life. Games like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Batman: Arkham City have ruled my life like few games have before. I can't stop thinking about either of them.
During my extensive gaming, I've found myself drifting off into thought about some of the strange things I'm seeing in this holiday's games. Since I'm in a bad mood today, I decided to focus on the disturbances I've observed.
By now, many of you have finished Batman: Arkham City. Some of this game's side missions and secrets hint at possible sequel directions, such as (SPOILERS from here on in) Batman saying he'll track down Hush tomorrow, Harley Quinn having Joker's baby, or Azrael saying that Gotham and Batman will both burn. Devoted players have even found secret radio messages that hints at a "nightmare" returning to Gotham, which of course points toward Scarecrow.
Arkham City's secrets and side content point toward a potential sequel, or should Rocksteady mine Batman's extensive comic continuity for their next game?
The first trailer for Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman is up on iTunes. I probably wouldn't have watched this trailer if not for Epic Games' Cliff Bleszinski tweeting "Holy crap, this Snow White movie looks kick ass. #thingsIneverthoughtIwouldsay." Believe it or not, this trailer looks amazing and unlike anything I ever thought would carry the Snow White name. Get this – it even looks cool with that Twilight chick in it.