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Tales Of Arise Review, Life Is Strange, Alan Wake Remastered | GI Show

by Alex Stadnik on Sep 09, 2021 at 07:03 PM

We're back with another hugely exciting episode of The Game Informer Show! This week, we're breaking down our review impressions of Tales of Arise, Life is Strange: True Colors, and WarioWare: Get It Together. On top of that, we're joined by the illustrious Riana Manuel from G4TV and What's Good Games to regale of us with her journey through the industry, talk about why Psychonauts 2 is her current game of the year, and tell us if she's hyped for the fastly-approaching Alan Wake Remastered!

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The Game Informer Show is a weekly gaming podcast covering the latest video game news, industry topics, exclusive reveals, and reviews. Join hosts Alex Stadnik and Alex Van Aken every Thursday to chat about your favorite games – past and present – with Game Informer staff, developers, and special guests from all around the industry. Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Check out the timestamps below to jump to a particular point in the discussion:

00:00:00 – Introduction

00:08:44 – Alan Wake Remastered News

00:17:33 – Tales of Arise Review Discussion

00:39:43 – Life is Strange: True Colors

01:05:33 – WarioWare: Get It Together!

01:12:18 – Psychonauts 2

01:18:06 –  Housekeeping 

01:24:17 – Community Emails


Alan Wake Remastered Details

Topic of the Show:

Tales of Arise Review Impressions

Tales of Arise, the latest JRPG from Bandai Namco, is almost here, and with it comes an excellent combat experience wrapping in a beautiful art style and intriguing story. On this segment, Jay, Kim, and Stadnik break down his thorough review impressions on the game and tell you why this may be a game of the year candidate. We also discuss the game's accessibility options and whether or not this is a good place for newcomers to jump in.

The Playlist:

Game Informer Staff discuss the games they're playing.

On the biggest Playlist segment we've had in a while, Kim kicks things off with her official review impressions of Life is Strange: True Colors and tells you why protagonist Alex Chen may be one of the best video game characters in recent memory.

Next up, Alex talks about his hands-on time with WarioWare: Get It Together, the micro-game collection that has players solving puzzles with various wacky characters all in a very speedy fashion. Does it hold up to the series legacy or leave a stinky taste in the mouths of Switch players? You'll have to listen to find out.

Finally, Riana takes us home with another chat about the brilliance of Psychonauts 2. We discuss why it's been such a revelation for our guest and why she thinks everyone should give it a shot.

Listener Questions:

The Game Informer crew answers your burning questions.

This week we're covering which video game characters really need some PTO, how are taste in games has changed over the years, and what titles we've given a second chance after bouncing off them the first time! Thanks to everyone who submitted questions and Heat Map submissions! We'll be getting to your hot takes in the next few weeks and spacing out each episode.

Read their questions below, or submit your own via the Official Game Informer Community Discord or by emailing us at

Hi, Alex’s, with it being Labor Day, what character needs a day off the most? - Matt from near Philly

 What are some of your second chance games? I am playing final fantasy 13 for the second time. Did not like it at launch, but for some reason really enjoy it now. Keep up the swag. - Joodonkadonk
How has your taste in games changed over the years? As I've gotten older I've come to appreciate shorter, more narrative-focused experiences for example. Also, what games maybe led to that realization of your tastes changing? - Cheesyluigi

Products In This Article

Alan Wake Remasteredcover

Alan Wake Remastered

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, PC
Release Date:
October 5, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC), 
October 20, 2022 (Switch)
Tales of Arisecover

Tales of Arise

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Life is Strange: True Colorscover

Life is Strange: True Colors

PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, Stadia, PC
Release Date:
September 10, 2021 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia, PC), 
December 7, 2021 (Switch)
WarioWare: Get It Together!cover

WarioWare: Get It Together!

Release Date:
Psychonauts 2cover

Psychonauts 2

PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:

Alex Van Aken contributed to this article.