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7.19.2014

In addition to covering all of the most important news coming out of the video game industry, we do our best each week to bring you the most informative and entertaining previews, video features, and editorial content you won’t find anywhere else. Here are the biggest stories from the past week:

 
 
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Meet Battleborn's Thorn, Montana, & Reyna

by Jeff Marchiafava

This week we're taking a look at just a few of the unique playable characters in Gearbox's new cooperative and competitive shooter, Battleborn. On Monday, we revealed the newcomer-friendly space marine, Oscar Mike; the poison-kunai wielding mushroom healer, Miko; and the floating, telekinetic swordswoman, Phoebe. Today we've got three more characters for you to learn about, and they're just as eclectic as the last bunch. Thorn is a slim and agile elf-like warrior who's deadly with a bow; Montana is a mountainous, Gatling-gun-wielding soldier with a zeal for battle; and Reyna is a tough rogue commander who sports some powerful support abilities. Read on to learn about each character's unique weapons and abilities, and for more of our hands-on impressions of the game.


 

35 Developers Share Their Picks For Best Games Of The Generation

by Matt Bertz

You've dissected our picks for the best Wii and Xbox 360 games (and you'll see our PlayStation 3 list on Friday). But what do the developers think are the top games of the generation? We asked several prominent creators to share their top fives, and they obliged. In the next several pages you can check out the lists from the creators of Call of Duty, Borderlands, Super Meat Boy, Halo, Dead Space, Left 4 Dead, Journey, Uncharted, Dishonored, Gone Home, Bastion, Dragon Age, and more. A lot of the expected games show up, but there are also more than a few surprise selections. Whose list do you agree with the most?


Five Licensed Famicom Games That Never Released On NES

by Joe Juba

On July 15, 1983, Nintendo released the Famicom in Japan. Though the console itself eventually made its way to North America (as the Nintendo Entertainment System), not every game released in both territories. To celebrate the 31st birthday of the history-making system, we’ve put together a list of five licensed games that were exclusive to the Famicom. It would be easy to fill out the list with licenses that originated in Japan, like Dragonball, Ultraman, and Akira. However, we've decided to focus on licenses that would have (theoretically) had an audience stateside.

Opinion: Don't Say The M-Word

by Jeff Marchiafava

There's a new four-letter word in the industry that has some players denouncing developers and publishers and avoiding games like they've been afflicted with some kind of leprous plague. Like other maligned buzzwords before it, if you're dismissing a game out of hand because of a single term, you're only hurting yourself.

Meet Battleborn's Oscar Mike, Miko, & Phoebe

by Jeff Marchiafava

Gearbox's newest cooperative and competitive shooter gathers heroes from across the universe in a battle over the final burning star. This epic premise not only allows the developer to present gamers with characters of wildly contrasting themes, but play styles as well. In today's feature, we're looking at three characters who illustrate Battleborn's extreme variety: the prototypical space soldier, Oscar Mike; a mystical fungi warrior named Miko; and a telekinetic rapier-wielding technocrat named Phoebe. Read on to learn about each character's unique weapons and abilities, and for our hands-on impressions of the game.

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This Week’s Top Ten Must-Read Stories

 
  1. Five Video Game Song Re-Imaginings Better Than The Originals
  2. Breaking Down The Developer Top Five Lists
  3. The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates
  4. Total Recall: Assassin’s Creed Announcement Trailers
  5. Right When You Think It's Over: Gaming's Best Fake-Out Endings
  6. Chronicles – Taking On The Toughest Bosses Of Dark Souls II
  7. The Wolf Among Us From The Outside – Part IV
  8. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Preview: Character Deep Dive – Athena
  9. Video Games: The Movie Review
  10. Blog Herding: Community Edition 07/17/14

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Check out our Game Informer Online community blog picks! Here you’ll find a sampling of the great content our community members have to offer. Not a member yet? Want to have your voice heard? Sign up here and get blogging!

 
My Top 10 Xbox 360 Games

Game Informer's list of the Top 25 Xbox 360 games inspired a number of bloggers, including Shady Missionary, to post their own thoughts on the subject. See anything you like on this list?

Why I Love The Runaway Guys

The Let's Play movement is a popular feature among gamers who enjoy sharing their videos on websites like YouTube. The Destroyer praises a few of his favorite broadcasters and explains why he likes them.

Fall 2014: New Generation Console Not Needed

LetMeGetToACheckpoint summarizes a handful of recent and upcoming releases available on what is now the last generation of consoles while wondering if we even need a new generation of consoles.

   
 

 

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