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Horizon Forbidden West Cover Reveal And Editor Top 10 Lists | GI Show

by Alex Stadnik on Dec 23, 2021 at 01:00 PM

Happy holidays from The Game Informer Show! We're bringing the holiday cheer and taking a deep dive into everything we learned about Horizon Forbidden West as part of our latest cover trip. After that, we bring on a huge rotating crew of GI editors to talk about their favorite games of the year, including Halo Infinite, Metroid Dread, and so much more! As always, we finish another bumping show with a fun round of Listener Questions, this time with a festive theme.

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

00:00:00 - Introduction
00:02:58 - Horizon Forbidden West Cover
00:25:23 - GI Editor Top 10 Lists
00:25:57 - Marcus Stewart's Top 10
00:39:55 - Kim Wallace's Top 10
00:53:41 - Ben Reeves' Top 10
01:09:53 - Blake Hester's Top 10
01:26:16 - Dan Tack's Top 10
01:41:38 - Wes LeBlanc's Top 10
01:52:23 - Housekeeping
01:56:12 - Listener Questions

Topic Of The Show:

Horizon Forbidden West Cover Reveal

Horizon Forbidden West is this month's cover story and we're going big on today's episode of the podcast. Join the Alexes as they bring on Kimberely "Kstar" Wallace and Marcus Stewart to regale us about the time they spent with developer Guerrilla Games! The two go over all the new features they saw, including discussions of the new mechanical monstrosities Aloy will be fighting, what's going on since the original game, and so much more. We also go over the game's new crafting system and how it weaves more heavily into the different armor Aloy will dawn in Forbidden West. If you're excited about Guerrilla's next game, this is one you won't want to miss!

Check out our Horizon cover reveal here


Editor Top 10 Lists:

We're breaking down our favorite games of 2021!

The year is finally coming to a close, but that doesn't mean we're done talking about how many amazing games there are! We're bringing a huge rotating cast of GI characters, including Marcus, Kim, Reeves, Tack, and Blake, to talk about how they ranked tremendous titles such as Resident Evil Village, Metroid Dread, and a ton more. Did we all agree on Halo Infinite as Game of the Year 2021? Does Tack have some games on his list that no one has heard of? You'll just have to tune in to find out!

Check out our official Game Informer Top 10 here

Listener Questions:

The Game Informer crew answers your burning questions.

We've got a festive round of Listener Questions for your enjoyment, and this week we're chopping it up about what games we'd give loved ones for Christmas and what our favorite holiday memory entails.

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

Hey GI crew! With Christmas almost here, what game from this year would you gift, and why? Was it your favorite game of the year, or a more meaningful/ emotional game, or one you think everyone should play and experience? - AFireOutside (Discord)
What was your favorite video game-related Christmas/holiday gift? I was a wee lad when I got a Game Informer with X-Men Legends inside it. I played that game for years and still have some of my favorite co-op game memories. - Derek (discord)

Products In This Article

Horizon Forbidden Westcover

Horizon Forbidden West

PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PC
Release Date:
February 18, 2022 (PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4), 
March 21, 2024 (PC)
Halo Infinitecover

Halo Infinite

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release Date:
Metroid Dreadcover

Metroid Dread

Release Date:


PlayStation 5, PC
Release Date:
April 30, 2021 (PlayStation 5), 
February 15, 2023 (PC)


PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC
Release Date:
September 14, 2021 (PlayStation 5, PC), 
September 20, 2022 (Xbox Series X/S)
Forza Horizon 5cover

Forza Horizon 5

Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Release Date: