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12.3.2016

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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January Cover Revealed – Prey

by Jeff Cork

Arkane built a name for itself over the years delivering games where player decisions intersect with carefully crafted worlds. If you played the Dishonored games and appreciated the way that the creators anticipated and rewarded your own unique way of playing, you know what we’re talking about. Today, we’re excited to announce that the studio’s latest game, Prey, is on our January cover. There’s only so much you can highlight during a stage demo – and there’s a lot to talk about when it comes to this exciting new sci-fi title. We’ve got the most up-to-date information based on exclusive interviews and access to the team and the game. If you haven’t paid attention to Arkane yet, this could be the game that changes that.


 

Final Fantasy XV Review – Cruising To Success

by Andrew Reiner

Final Fantasy XV is unlike any RPG or open-world experience I’ve played before. It succeeds and struggles in finding its unique stance, but a few problematic designs don’t hold it back from being a hell of a journey. Just days after playing it, I find myself reflecting on it fondly. The thoughts of that damn car are recessed and blanketed by Noctis’ journey and some of the stunning moments that unfolded within it. I wasn’t a fan of Final Fantasy XIII’s sequels, but I hope Square returns with another XV or a similarly designed sequel to iron out the rough spots. There’s a solid foundation here that begs to be explored further.


The Definitive, XL Interview With Mortal Kombat's Ed Boon

by Game Informer Staff

Ed Boon has likely been making video games longer than you’ve been alive. Years before he became the steward of the Mortal Kombat franchise, Boon was programming pinball and arcade games for companies that no longer exist. But despite his over 30-year history in the industry, he’s only ever really had one job. To get a full view of what such a storied career looks like, we talked with Boon about his early days at Williams Electronics, some of the names Mortal Kombat could have had, and what it’s like working on the same series for over two decades.

Watch Nine Minutes Of Exclusive Prey Gameplay

by Ben Hanson

Game Informer's next cover story is Prey from Arkane Studios and we're going to be filling this entire month with features that highlight different aspects of the game. To kick things off, here's an extended gameplay video with a commentary track from the game's creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare. There are a lot more exciting things to learn about Prey, so we encourage you to check out the digital version of the magazine (now available on smart phones) to learn much more about the game.

The Game Awards 2016 – Winners, News, And Reveals

by Ben Reeves

The Game Awards presentation continues to grow and evolve, even in it's third year. This year’s ceremony included a memorial segment for Hideo Kojima, multiple game reveals, hot new trailers, and of course, an opportunity to honor game developers. We’ve gathered up the night’s stories and all the award winners.

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This Week’s Top Ten Must-Read Stories

 
  1. Why Relaunch Prey, Anyway?
  2. Super Mario Maker For Nintendo 3DS Review – Functional But Inferior
  3. 30 Characters We'd Love To See In Marvel Vs. Capcom 4
  4. Never Played Shenmue II? Watch Us Play The First Eight Hours
  5. Should You Come Back For No Man’s Sky: Foundation?
  6. Game Informer's Full Extra Life Murder Mystery
  7. Game Informer's Holiday Buying Guide 2016
  8. Tracking Final Fantasy XV's Long Road To Release
  9. BioWare's New Horizon: Andromeda, Star Wars, And The New IP
  10. Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 1, 2016)

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Top 10 WTF Moments in Games

When it comes to just about any creative medium, StarterPack know that sometimes things get a little bat-poo crazy. As an example, the Zelda series timeline. And most gamers know the twists and turns of BioShock, so we won't even go there.

The First Step

It's hard to put yourself out there, but even more difficult to let your writing out into the wild. But Qrow Rose is doing just that, and the GIO community is here to make you feel welcome! And we can definitely use more blogs on anime.

When I Gave A Gaming Presentation At College

GerardoExber wants a career in the game industry, and here he regales us with a tale about how he started to pursue that path. Bonus: In his blog we find out he gave a presentation about the under-celebrated and totally awesome Shoji Meguro-san. Megaten for life.