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My coworkers often make fun of me for playing everything. And I mean everything. I play bad licensed kids games, purchase weird iOS games with the word “Fart” in the title, and deem any game that scores a 1 or higher on Game Informer’s scoring scale to be in my wheelhouse. People often ask me why I play these games, and I say that they give me perspective. One of the few games that I refused to play this year was Psyonix Studios’ Arc Squadron, an on-rails space shooter for iOS.
Arc Squadron is a must-play for fans of Star Fox and Panzer Dragoon.
The Game Informer staff has amassed a sizable collection of articles that highlight the top moments in video games. Whether its Kim defending Final Fantasy X's awkward laughing sequence or Tim reflecting on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night's inverted castle, our writers provide insightful looks back at some of their favorite gaming memories. Most of these stories center on specific story sequences and amazing reveals; they usually don't account for the gameplay that defines these titles.
This ever-expanding list explores gameplay that defines titles, and small touches that make them stand out.
Kevin Costner is Superman's Earth dad? I fully support this idea. I also love how Man of Steel is looking. The lengthy trailer gives us a good look at Superman in action, and also the dark tone that director Zach Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are hoping to achieve. Man of Steel looks to complement Nolan's Batman trilogy fairly well.
The lengthy trailer gives us a good look at Superman in action, and also the dark tone that director Zach Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan are hoping to achieve. Man of Steel looks to complement Nolan's Batman trilogy fairly well.
I'm a big fan of J.J. Abrams' new direction for Star Trek. Abrams and the Bad Robot crew found a way to preserve this universe's rich lore, and also give it a fresh start. I hope Disney and LucasFilm find a similar approach for the new Star Wars films. I've read many of the Expanded Universe novels, and would hate to think that these stories don't matter. Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire trilogy is one of the best Star Wars stories to date.
Star Trek Into Darkness' teaser trailer shows plenty of eye-grabbing shots, but doesn't give away too many story details.
In two Iron Man films and The Avengers, Tony Stark has been a cocky prankster, capable of dishing out hilarious one-liners in the face of great evil. In the Iron Man 3 trailer, we're seeing an entirely different side of this character. He's fearful, sleepless, and it looks like his entire world is about to be turned upside down.
Don't expect to hear any hilarious one-liners in this trailer.
Yesterday I asked my Twitter followers to list off their favorite mobile games of the year. Super Hexagon, and Rayman Jungle Run were mentioned the most. A few people also listed a game called Fart Cat as a defining release of 2012. The name of the game obviously intrigued me. I downloaded it immediately.
It turns out Fart Cat lives up to its namesake
I played Borderlands 2 alone this morning. It didn't feel like the same game, not by a long stretch. I much prefer playing it with a full group of four. I reached out to the Game Informer community for Mass Effect 3 multiplayer participants and was able to assemble teams within a matter of minutes. I'm going to do the same thing for Borderlands 2.
Borderlands 2 is a fun game made better with friends. Join my lootfest!
If I had even an ounce of the mechanical engineering talent of Lego builder Akiyuky, I would quit Game Informer and spend my days trying to build functioning Dinobots. Akiyuky has assembled one of the most elaborate Lego contractions to date, which is similar to this blue ball machine, only louder and more expensive. This device runs a ball through its 17 different stations every second. Some of these sections are mind-boggling feats of Lego assembly.
Lego Group is celebrating its 80th anniversary this month. I always knew this company had a lengthy history, but I've never taken the time out of my day to read up on its pre-Lego days. I'm glad I didn't. Lego Group recounts its early days in the lovingly-crafted CG short film The Lego Story. While much of this company's success revolves around an inventor having a great idea, the road it took to get to that point is not what I expected. You can watch the entire movie below.
Lego Group recounts its early days in the lovingly-crafted CG short film The Lego Story.
I don’t think I’m fulfilling my nerd quota this year. I haven’t seen The Dark Knight Rises, The Amazing Spider-Man, or Prometheus. I’ve fallen behind on seasons of Primeval and Doctor Who. All of my time is going into my gaming and work. A spur-of-the-moment vacation may be needed to knock these necessary “must-see” movies and television shows off of my list. My nerd card shouldn’t be revoked yet. I did go see The Avengers twice, and no one in the Game Informer offices comes close to touching the number of games I’ve played this year.
Here are my thoughts on the games I played this weekend.
I woke up this morning energized and wanting nothing more than to build a new Lego set. Perfect timing. Mall of America's Legoland just received all of the new Star Wars sets, including the Sith Fury-Class Interceptor from Bioware's Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG.
Darth Malgus' Sith-Class Interceptor looks mighty nice in brick form.
Now that I have a game review on my plate, I no longer have the free time on the weeknights to catch up on my backlog of games. For those of you wondering what game I am playing, I won’t be able to talk about it until mid-August. Take that as your hint.
Find out what I'm playing, watching, and reading this week.