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  • Blog Post: Editor Discussion – Why You Should Play Peace Walker Before Metal Gear Solid V

    Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is only about a month away, and it seems to be exploring new territory for Konami’s tactical stealth series. However, some fans may not realize that a lot of the mechanics in MGS V are iterations of concepts tested in Peace Walker. Originally released as a PSP... More
  • Blog Post: Shedding Snake – The Downward Spiral Of Konami And Kojima’s 30-Year Partnership

    This article originally appeared in issue 267. It has been updated to reflect new developments in the ongoing story. Hideo Kojima's name has been synonymous with Konami for decades. The man behind the Metal Gear series has brought much fanfare and success to the company, but this vital 30-year relationship... More
  • Blog Post: Five Lingering Metal Gear Questions The Phantom Pain Should Address

    To say that the Metal Gear series’ story is “complicated” would be charitable. Each installment raises new questions, and occasionally backpedals on answers you thought you knew. However, with Metal Gear Solid V on the horizon, the franchise has the opportunity to clear up any remaining... More
  • Blog Post: Kato Answers Your Questions About Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    I recently had the privilege of playing several hours of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, experiencing many different facets of the title. You've been kind enough to send me your questions about the game, and here I endeavor to answer them the best I can. I must reiterate that I cannot talk... More
  • Blog Post: A Day With Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

    Senior editor Matthew Kato is one lucky guy. He's currently at a Konami preview event getting hands-on time with Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. As he plays, he'll be tweeting his thoughts on his Twitter account. We're compiling them all here, so you can keep up with his adventure.... More
  • Blog Post: The Essentials – Metal Gear Solid

    The Essentials is Game Informer's weekly recurring feature that takes a look at the most important games the industry has to offer. These games aren't just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater appreciation... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Hellnight

    Hellnight is a first-person survival-horror game set in the dangerous tunnels of Tokyo at the end of the millennium. If you've never heard of Hellnight, it's probably because it never made its way stateside, releasing only in Japan and Europe. With the help of Replay viewer Hilary Wilton, we... More
  • Blog Post: Ranking The Entire Silent Hill Series

    Fans of Konami's iconic horror series have experienced their share of disappointments, especially recently. P.T., a playable demo for a new installment called Silent Hills, released for free last year to rave reviews. The first-person horror experience oozes with atmosphere, manipulates players'... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – How Kojima Leaving Could Be Good For Metal Gear

    Metal Gear series creator Hideo Kojima has said that Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is his last game in the franchise. This, however, is not the last we'll see of Metal Gear, as Konami plans to keep putting out titles in the famous series. While the loss of Kojima will undoubtedly produce negative... More
  • Blog Post: Five Games You Probably Bought Because They Came With Demos For Other Games

    Final Fantasy Type-0 HD is coming packaged with a demo for Final Fantasy XV , and it's likely many will buy the PSP remake just to get a taste of what's coming next for Square Enix's most popular franchise. This isn't the first time a publisher has used the incentive of a demo for a highly... More
  • Blog Post: The Ten Most Insane Moments From Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater

    Ten years ago on this day, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater hit the PlayStation 2. The Cold War Era throwback starred a young Big Boss on his mission to confront maverick Russian forces and secure a huge cache of money. Snake Eater is packed with awesome stealth gameplay, plenty of straight-faced reflections... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Contra: Hard Corps

    Contra is one of the most beloved series in all of 8- and 16-bit gaming, but it's usually associated with Nintendo consoles. However, one unsung Sega Genesis entry in the series, Contra: Hard Corps, is just as fun and even more over-the-top than its Nintendo brethren. Cyborg werewolves with sunglasses... More
  • Blog Post: Watch Us Play Three Horrifying Games

    October isn't quite here yet, but the spirit of Halloween is already in the air. And while leaves are falling and folks pick out their favorite pumpkins this time the year, we prefer to sequester ourselves indoors with some really scary games. Issue #258 of Game Informer is all about horror, with... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Horror Game Survivors

    Scary games give us a lot to talk about, from life-saving weapons to nerve-jangling scares. We, the players, are on the receiving end of these experiences, but so are these games' enduring protagonists. In the spirit of our October celebration of horror games ( check out our cover story reveal )... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes

    Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes got a lot of crap when it released back in March for being too short and too expensive. Now that all that the furor has died down and the price has fallen, it's the perfect time to give the prelude to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain a chance if you haven't... More
  • Blog Post: The 1000-Year-Old Gamer: A Look At Video Game Age Gates

    Age gates are the Internet's half-hearted attempt at preventing minors from seeing potentially objectionable material. Like most of you, my birthday is on January 1st, but I have found a good deal of variety in just how far back various game companies' website go in available birth year. Asking... More
  • Blog Post: Exploring Freedom In Metal Gear

    Freedom is precious, and that applies to our video games as well. For our July 4th features on freedom , I chose Metal Gear on the NES, a game that took me beyond what I expected from games at the time . I don't remember precisely what grabbed my attention about Metal Gear when it came out in 1988... More
  • Blog Post: Replay – Super Castlevania IV (Guest: Kumail Nanjiani)

    This week we're taking a look at the Super Nintendo's first stab at Castlevania – a game that took perhaps too much advantage of the new hardware's Mode 7 scaling graphics. Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, and myself are joined by special guest, comedian Kumail Nanjiani. He's a huge video... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion: The Industry's Dead And Dying Publishers

    The future of the gaming industry is exciting, with a new generation of consoles in our homes and the promise of new experiences on the horizon. However, as fun as it is to look forward, I can’t help but feel a little sad when I look back. The video game landscape is always changing; in its current... More
  • Blog Post: What I Want In A Castlevania Spiritual Successor

    Koji Igarashi, the creator of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, departed Konami last month . While Igarashi didn’t create Simon Belmont’s first whip-cracking adventure on the NES, he revitalized the formula by adding in Metroid-style exploration and RPG mechanics. The PlayStation’s... More
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