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  • Blog Post: Replay – Okami

    After watching this week's Replay you will believe wolves can be artists. We take an extensive look at Okami, an action/adventure title from Clover Studio that follows a magical wolf named Amateratsu through a world inspired by Japanese folklore. Game Informer's Kyle Hilliard has no problems... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Super Mario 64

    Welcome to our third entry of The Essentials, our weekly feature looking at the games every person should experience during the course of their gaming life. The games we feature include titles that had a meaningful impact on the author, or releases that blazed trails for those that followed it. Often... More
  • Blog Post: 12 Games We Want Localized

    Last week Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax was announced for North America on both PlayStation 3 and Vita. Fighting Climax features many popular anime characters and is made by respectable fighting game developer French Bread. This game coming to North America seemed unlikely at first given the licensing... More
  • Blog Post: Charting Progress: The History Of Animation At Naughty Dog

    Josh Scherr has worked at Naughty Dog for nearly fifteen years. Joining the studio to help animate Jak and Daxter, Scherr has had a front-row seat for the evolution of Naughty Dog's animating process. While he has now shifted roles and is helping write Uncharted 4: A Thief's End ( you can watch... More
  • Blog Post: Five Tips For Making Your Backlog Manageable And Tracking Your 2015 Gaming

    Each year, I’m fortunate enough to play dozens of games (and even complete some of them). For each one I do get time with though, there are two or three I purchase that sit on the shelf or in a digital library just waiting for me to pay them attention. My backlog has exploded over the past few... More
  • Blog Post: Matt Helgeson's New Year's Gaming Resolutions

    Each new year presents us with a fresh start, and a chance to fail at our goals all over again. I thought about how I'd like to game different in 2015, and here are some of the ways that I hope to change for the better. 1. Pay Better Attention to the Indie Scene For whatever reason, 2014's indie... More
  • Blog Post: The Difficulty Of Lists

    Creating lists – the top games of a generation or a year – is something I've been asked to do many times over the years. While throwing together a list might seem easy – or arbitrary – it's an interesting exercise, forcing you to consider what elements make up the concept... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – 8-Player Super Smash Bros. Wii U Is Back!

    The 8-player chaos is back with a vengeance at the Game Informer office. Join Tim Turi, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, Ben Hanson, myself, and interns Matt Stolpe, Jason Dafnis, and Sam Stewart, as we battle through two ridiculously fun matches. One of them finally settles the debate between which franchise... More
  • Blog Post: Get Lost – Why Losing Your Way Can Make Games More Fun

    It’s really easy to get lost in Mother. The NES predecessor to Earthbound is set in a large, strangely plotted map that serves to disorient and engage the player at the same time. And I don’t mind that one bit. I haven’t made too much progress in the game since I picked it up a few... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Grand Theft Auto V's First-Person Mode

    Grand Theft Auto V has been given a new face, and with the option to play in first person it feels more immersive than ever. This current-gen release offers new lighting, missions, weather, and more. Everything from driving, flying, swimming, and shootouts are more intimate and intense with the new first... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Even More 8-Player Smash Bros. Wii U

    The Game Informer 8-Player Super Smash Bros. for Wii U saga continues in a free-for-all match featuring Wade Wojcik, Mike Futter, Andrew Reiner, Ben Reeves, Dan Tack, Tim Turi, myself, and special guest Andy Salisbury from Monolith Productions. We unlocked all of the characters prior to firing up this... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix

    Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix is out on December 2. The game features the final mix editions of Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep along with cutscenes from Re:coded. Join our Kingdom Hearts diehards, Bryan Vore and Kimberley Wallace, as they play through a stage in Kingdom Hearts II and Birth By Sleep... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Deranged Video Game Villains

    Video game villains are compelling for a variety of reasons. Some have great power and abuse it for their own means; others are simple rivals, meant to provide extra drive toward your ultimate goal. These enemies can be daunting, but rarely achieve that feeling of pure evil. Pure evil can be hard to... More
  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Freedom Wars

    Amidst the deluge of games releasing this week is a promising Vita game you may not have heard about. Freedom Wars is an action-RPG developed by SCE Japan Studio, Shift, and Dimps, which drops players in a dystopian future and slaps them with a million-year prison sentence. The player must work off the... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Star Wars: Rogue Squadron Spectacular

    We're just an hour away from this year's Extra Life livestream marathon , and we've got 24 hours of gaming shenanigans all lined up. In order to celebrate, we thought we'd kick things off with a special edition of Replay, in which we take a look at all three titles in Factor 5's Rogue... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day

    Labor Day is the time that some Americans get an extra day of weekend to recharge. In celebration, we're running features on great games that you can start and finish on your day off. These games were selected personally by each Game Informer editor. All of them can easily be completed in one day... More
  • Blog Post: PlayStation 4's Indie Exclusives List

    Since the announcement of the PlayStation 4, Sony has made a strong play towards recruiting high-profile independent developers to the console. From giving games like Mercenary Kings and Entwined showcases at E3 press conferences to a program that allows indies to self-publish without a deal with a larger... More
  • Blog Post: Can Assassin's Creed Unity Pull Off A Love Story?

    We've already focused on the new gameplay that can be found in Assassin's Creed Unity , but for last week we wanted to highlight the game's story. You can learn much more about the characters of Arno and Elise in our dedicated profiles that we posted. While visiting Ubisoft Montreal for our... More
  • Blog Post: 10 3DS eShop Games Worth Checking Out

    Three years ago, the Nintendo 3DS had just hit the market. With the smartphone revolution in full swing, many wondered if dedicated portable-gaming consoles still even stood a chance in today’s tech landscape. Flash forward to present day, and the 3DS serves as the home to several hit titles, including... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Action Games Of The Generation

    The last console generation was packed with some of the greatest action games of all time. The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 4's life cycles were longer than any consoles before them, allowing developers to become more familiar with the powerful tech and deliver better and better games. Imaginative new... More
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