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Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising Review – Lots Of Chores, Little Reward

9 hours ago

Reviewed on: Switch
Platform: Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC
Publisher: 505 Games
Developer: Natsume Atari
Release:
Rating: Everyone 10+

Summed up, Eiyuden Chronicle: Rising is a simple and straightforward action/RPG. It’s easy to get lost in its tranquil cycle of collecting stamps via fetch quests and combat. However, Rising doesn’t have much substance. The whole experience is bland and commits various RPG transgressions, which is disappointing. Especially as it’s a prequel introducing the Eiyuden world ahead of Eiyuden Chronicle: A Hundred Heroes – a spiritual successor to the Suikoden series. If this is a sign of what’s to come, I’m concerned.

Author
Kimberley Wallace

Kerbal Space Program 2 Will Now Blast Off In Early 2023

9 hours 59 minutes ago

Kerbal Space Program 2 will remain grounded a while longer. Developer Star Theory has delayed the game’s launch to early 2023.

Creative director Nate Simpson explained on the project's forums and in a video message that designing the space flight simulator has “tremendous technological complexity” and the team needs more time to ensure its polish. In the video posted below, Simpson elaborates by saying: 

“We’ve also set ourselves a very high bar of quality. The game has to [perform] across a wide range of machines. The graphics have to be peerless. The universe has to be rich and interesting to explore. We’ve set ourselves the goal, internally, of creating an experience that is both original and breathtaking.” 

Author
Marcus Stewart

Taz, The Iron Giant, And Velma Revealed In MultiVersus Cinematic Trailer, Open Beta Begins In July

11 hours 19 minutes ago

It's been a big couple of weeks for MultiVersus, with the announcement of a big Evo tournament a few days ago, the first gameplay demonstration along with that announcement, and the game goes into a new round of closed alpha testing this week. But the news for Warner Bros.' brawler doesn't stop there. Three more characters were announced in a new cinematic trailer, and a timeframe for an upcoming open beta was revealed.

Looney Toons' Taz, the Tazmanian Devil, spins onto the roster along with Scooby Doo's Velma and The Iron Giant from, well, The Iron Giant. All three characters appear for the first time in the trailer you can watch above, which has a host of unlikely WB characters like Batman and Shaggy teaming up to do battle with other surprising duos. Warner Bros. Games announced in a press release that Velma and Taz are playable in this week's alpha test as two members of a roster of 15 characters. It looks as if The Iron Giant won't make it into the current testing phase and is being saved for a later date.

Author
John Carson

Why The Halo TV Show Isn't Working

12 hours 35 minutes ago

While I haven’t been able to keep up with the confident viewing pace that some of my colleagues have, my longtime enthusiasm for the franchise couldn’t keep me away from viewing the new Halo TV series. Each episode leaves me increasingly perplexed as I’ve watched from week to week. I’m a longtime Halo player, a fervent sci-fi fan, and a dedicated gamer; I should be the target audience for this long-awaited adaptation. And all the pieces feel like they are in place for a good time. The meticulously reproduced versions of Covenant and UNSC weapons and ships, the overwhelming power of a Spartan on the battlefield, and the semi-mystical nature of ancient artifacts related to the Halo – these are all the sorts of things fans should want, right? And yet, as each episode comes to a close, I’m left feeling cold about the entire experience. Somehow, even with all the trappings, this Halo series just doesn’t feel like Halo.

Warning: The following opinion piece includes SPOILERS for the Halo TV series up through Season One, Episode Eight.

I often get frustrated when the rolling tide of internet hate threatens to overwhelm a film or TV adaptation simply because the involved showrunners, writers, directors, and actors make choices that don’t slavishly conform to established (and often nebulously defined) parameters that fans have set from the source game, book, comic, or other media. An adaptation is just that – a thing adapted into a new form. It deserves, and usually needs, significant changes to fit the new space.

Author
Matt Miller

Fall Guys Is Going Free-To-Play, Launching On Xbox And Switch Next Month

14 hours 44 minutes ago

Fall Guys Is Going Free-To-Play, Launching On Xbox And Switch Next Month

Fall Guys, the popular obstacle course-based multiplayer game, is going free-to-play on June 21. 

Mediatonic, the developer behind Fall Guys, announced this today in a special livestream for the game. June 21 will also see the launch of Season 1 and Fall Guys' long-awaited arrival to Xbox platforms, Switch, and the Epic Games Store. 

In fact, to prepare for this shift to free-to-play, Mediatonic says PS4 players will need to download a new version of the game that’s available now. All of your existing cosmetics and crowns will transfer over. When the Xbox version of the game goes live, Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers will gain access to the first of three cosmetics they’ll get as Ultimate Perks. The second cosmetic will drop in the second month, and the third in the third month. 

Elsewhere in the stream, Mediatonic said new levels and obstacles will be added to the game in Season 1 alongside new challenges, cosmetics, and more. For those who already own Fall Guys, whether it be via purchase or when it launched on PlayStation Plus, you’ll be receiving a free Legacy Pack, which includes three costumes, a preview of the first free-to-play Season 1 pass, and more. Log into Fall Guys before June 21 to access the Legacy Pack. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Sony’s Revamped PlayStation Plus Is Shaping Up, But Does It Have To Be This Confusing?

14 hours 56 minutes ago

Sony’s Revamped PlayStation Plus Is Shaping Up, But Does It Have To Be This Confusing?

This morning, PlayStation revealed a new look at the PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and classic games lineup and it has me quite excited. The first-party PS5 and PS4 lineup looks great, even if we likely will never get first-party games day-and-date on PS Plus a la Xbox Game Pass. I’m especially excited to see newer titles like Death Stranding Director’s Cut, Demon's Souls, and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales on the list because it means that yes, while we won’t be getting big releases immediately on PS Plus, we might not have to wait too long for them to hit the subscription service. 

The third-party lineup isn’t nearly as exciting but it does include some bangers like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Control: Ultimate Edition, and Red Dead Redemption 2. I’m less worried about this section of the catalog because it feels it has the most potential given how many more third-party games there are released in any given time period compared to first-party titles. If Sony needs to bolster the lineup, which it says will happen every month, I foresee them heavily leveraging its third-party relationships to add new games.

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Robocop Added To Fortnite, Ali-A Joins Icon Series This Week

16 hours 22 minutes ago

Epic Games has announced that Robocop is now available for purchase in the Fortnite Item Shop alongside news that YouTuber Ali-A will be added to the Fortnite Icon Series this Thursday, May 29, at 8 p.m. ET. 

Robocop was actually added to the game over this past weekend, and it even includes the leg of his defeated rival, ED-209. Plus, you can ride on a mini ED-209 using a new Robocop Emote now in the game. 

“The Robocop Outfit includes the LEG-209 Back Bling, the leg of ED-209 that’s separately available as a Pickaxe,” an Epic Games blog post reads. “Get them both in the Robocop Bundle and use LEG-209 as a Pickaxe that can be a Back Bling and vice versa. Going on patrol? The traversal Lil’ ED-209 Emote is also in the Shop. Use it to ride on a mini ED-209 (yes, it works on stairs)."

YouTuber Ali-A hits the Fortnite Icon Series this Thursday, but before then, you can complete Ali-A’s Quest to unlock a special spray. And if that’s not enough, you can compete in the Ali-A Cup on Wednesday, May 18, for a chance to unlock the Ali-A Outfit early as well as the Ali-A Army Emoticon. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

This Elden Ring Mod Lets You Party Up With NPCs And Bosses

17 hours 24 minutes ago

Is Elden Ring's merciless combat giving you trouble? That's alright, we've all been there. If you're a PC player, good thing the modding community is particularly generous with its wacky experiments. PC Gamer reports that a new mod allows Tarnished to group up with some of their favorite NPCs and bosses so that The Lands Between is a little easier and less lonely to navigate. 

SPOILERS FOR NPC & BOSS NAMES/PHASES BELOW

Author
Jason Guisao

Marvel’s Midnight Suns Might Release Sooner Than You Think

18 hours 27 minutes ago

Marvel’s Midnight Suns is a new superhero title, initially slated for a March 2022 release until it was delayed until the second half of the year. Firaxis, the team behind the classic strategy franchise, XCOM, is helming the project. Midnight Suns was our cover game last summer and looks to tell a darker story within the Marvel universe while also mixing Firaxis' turn-based strategy mechanics with deck building. According to Push Square, a Korean games listing revealed the Midnight Suns' rating, meaning a release date might be on the horizon.

Push Square posits that we might get more Midnight Suns news during this year's Summer Games Fest. And since we're coming up to the second half of 2022, this might not be misguided speculation. You can click here to see the game's rating for yourself. Hopefully, this means we won't be seeing another delay.

Author
Jason Guisao

Ubisoft+ Classics Will Bring 27 Games To PlayStation Plus Extra And Premium Subscribers

18 hours 59 minutes ago

Ubisoft Plus Classics Will Bring 27 Games To PlayStation Plus Extra And Premium Subscriptions

Ubisoft announced that its subscription service, Ubisoft+, will hit PlayStation, bringing with it a new tier for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium subscribers called Ubisoft+ Classic, which will include 27 titles at launch. 

Sony just released a new look at its PS5, PS4, PS3, and classic games lineup this morning, with news that some Ubisoft titles like Assassins’ Creed Valhalla will be included. Today, Ubisoft revealed Ubisoft+ will come bundled with the upper tiers of PlayStation’s revamped PS Plus service. It will begin with 27 titles when the revamped PS Plus launches in different regions and will grow to 50 by the end of 2022. 

Ubisoft+ is a standalone subscription service that anyone on PlayStation consoles will be available to subscribe to, just as you can on Stadia, Amazon Luna, and PC. If you’re a PS Plus Extra or Premium subscriber, you’ll automatically get access to a new tier of Ubisoft+ called Ubisoft+ Classics.

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

PlayStation Reveals PS5, PS4, PS3, And Classic Games Lineup For Revamped PS Plus

19 hours 19 minutes ago

PlayStation Reveals PS5, PS4, PS3, And Classic Games Lineup For Revamped PS Plus

Back in March, Sony unveiled its new and revamped PlayStation Plus service coming to PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 consoles next month. Today, the company has released a new look at the lineup of PS5, PS4, PS3, and “classic” titles that will come to the service. 

Many of these games are already available on the PS5-exclusive PlayStation Plus Collection, namely first-party titles such as The Last of Us Remastered, but many of these are new to Sony’s PS Plus service. Today’s unveiling includes a list of PS5 and PS4 games, PS3 games playable via streaming, and remastered PS4 games that Sony refers to as “classic” alongside original PlayStation and PlayStation Portable games. 

“We’re focused on adding high-quality titles into the PlayStation Plus service for players to enjoy,” Sony Interactive Entertainment vice president of services, global sales, and business operations, Nick Maguire, writes in a blog post. “I’m pleased to share a selection of the content that will be available for PlayStation Plus Extra and Premium/Deluxe plans. PlayStation.com will be updated with the game list when it launches in your region.”

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Exploring The Full History Of Supergiant Games' Pyre | Video Gameography

2 days 18 hours ago

We've emerged from the depths of the BioShock series to begin a fresh season of Video Gameography! We're doing things differently this time as we're discussing the gameography of a developer rather than covering an individual game series. That studio is Supergiant Games, the acclaimed indie developer of Bastion, Transistor, Pyre, and Hades. This week, we continue our season by analyzing 2017's Pyre. 

Pyre was released on June 25, 2017. After Supergiant struggled to create Transistor, the team adopted a looser "anything goes" approach for Pyre. The game blends together disparate elements reflecting the team's interests such as a high-fantasy setting, a large cast of engaging characters, a ritual in the form of a basketball/soccer-like competition, and Oregon Trail-inspired exploration. Tune in to find out how Supergiant concocted the game's centerpiece "sports" game, its approach to crafting a larger branching narrative (including an ever-changing end credit song), and which members of the Nightwings we chose to liberate and the ones we abandoned in the Downside.

Join hosts Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), John Carson (@John_Carson), along with video game consultant and former Game Informer editor Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) for a verbal stroll through the history and narrative of Pyre!

Author
Marcus Stewart

Codes To Unlock Characters In Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga

3 days 8 hours ago

To unlock every character in Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga, you'll need to play through all nine movies and perform specific tasks, but you can get a few by simply entering a code. TT Games and Warner Bros. Interactive provided Game Informer with several codes at launch. When you boot up the game, enter the pause screen, then access the option "Enter Code."

The codes will add a variety of characters like Dengar and Emperor Palpatine. Getting these characters early is a big win, as they are a part of classes you'll need to perform certain feats and don't normally unlock until later in the game. Here are the codes:

Aayla Secura: KH7P320
Admiral Holdo: XV4WND9
C-3PO (Holiday): C3PHOHO
Chewbacca (Holiday): WOOKIEE
DARTH VADER (Holiday): WROSHYR
Dengar: OKV7TLR
D-O (Holiday): TIPYIPS
Emperor Palpatine: SIDIOUS
Gonk Droid (Holiday): LIFEDAY
Grand Moff Tarkin: 3FCPPVX
Mister Bones: BAC1CKP
Nute Gunray: WBFE4GO
Poe Dameron (Holiday): KORDOKU
Poggle The Lesser: Z55T8CQ
Ratts Tyerell: GR2VBXF
Razor Crest (Ship): ARVALA7
Resistance I-TS Transport (Ship): SHUTTLE
Shaak Ti: VT1LFNH
Shmi Skywalker: T9LM1QF
Snap Wexley: SKYSAGA

Author
Andrew Reiner

New Doctor Strange Action Figure Is Scarily Realistic, Has Arm Vipers

3 days 8 hours ago

When I was a kid, I had a Luke Skywalker action figure with a lightsaber that slid out of his wrist. It was one of my prized possessions, even though the details were lacking. This version of Luke looked more like an elf from the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer claymation film than actor Mark Hamill. His lightsaber was also oddly yellow instead of blue – a detail I always thought was odd.

The point being, action figures have come a LONG way since then. Hot Toys' latest Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness action figure looks so realistic it could be in a wax museum. Benedict Cumberbatch's facial detailing is spot on, and the 30 points of articulation allow for many of his spell-casting poses to be recreated. To make sure these spell motions look just like in the movie, Hot Toys includes over a dozen interchangeable hands with fingers pointing every which way. You'll also find five mystic powers to go along with some of the hands to truly sell the effects of the spell. 

The figure is 31 centimeters in height and comes with a variety of accessories, like the Book of Vishanti, two sling rings, an amulet, handcuffs, mystic vipers, and so much more.

Hot Toys hasn't given us a price yet, but it's expected to ship in either the third or fourth quarter of 2023. You can find out more about this amazing figure at Hot Toys' official site. Check out images of this figure in action below:

Author
Andrew Reiner

Weekend Warrior – The Most Evil Friday

3 days 10 hours ago

We've made it through another week but have landed on an ominous date to start the weekend. It's Friday the 13th! Today marks the release of the game on the latest cover of Game Informer, Evil Dead: The Game. And wouldn't you know it, we've posted the entire cover story from that issue online this week. Once you've had your fill of reading about Ash Williams and his new asymmetrical multiplayer game, we have plenty more to read on the website that you won't find anywhere else. Here's a taste of our original content for you to read throughout the weekend: 

Author
John Carson

Halo Series Episode 8 Review - Discussing THAT Master Chief Scene

3 days 11 hours ago

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Halo series has continuously been a roller coaster ride of good and bad, and few episodes encapsulate that as well as this week's tale in "Allegiance." Join us on The Game Informer Show as we discuss the eighth episode of the series, break down the most significant moments, and discuss the scene everyone is talking about.

Your regular hosts of Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are back again and definitely have thoughts on the return of Master Chief, Makee, and Dr. Halsey. After a week away on Madrigal with Kwan and Soren, the focus shifts back to Reach and what the UNSC is doing about finding The Covenant and Halo. While the militaristic arm of humanity panics over other planets getting glassed by their alien foes, John and Makee are spending time getting to know each other after their shared vision of the show's namesake.

While the universe's greatest Spartan and the Covenant spy fraternize in the park (and other places), Dr. Halsey continues to meddle in order to advance humanity in her image, threatening the people she's trying to save in the process. Will the good doctor's interference and the union between the main characters result in unity between the two warring factions or make the upcoming battle that much harder? You'll just have to listen to this week's show to find out.

Author
Alex Stadnik

The Modern Gamer’s Glossary

3 days 11 hours ago

Whether youʼve been playing for a long time or just getting into the hobby, we throw around a lot of terms in our discussions of games, and it can be easy to get confused. It's impossible to create an exhaustive list of every term that falls in and out of common usage around the gaming landscape, but there are some words that we repeatedly see misunderstood or questioned.

Here are some of those most commonly used and misunderstood terms, and a shortform definition of what they mean and how they're most commonly discussed. In addition, we've paired up several words that are often used either in conjunction with one another, or are commonly misused in context.

Accessibility

A descriptor we reserve to discuss a game’s capability to support players of all types, specifically those with sensory, physical, or cognitive impairment or any disability that might affect the enjoyment of the experience.

Asymmetrical

A competitive game in which the players are not on equal footing, or in which the competing teams each control different characters or elements that are unique from their opponents. A common variant is one-versus-many, in which a single player competes against everyone else, but usually with significant advantages.

Battle Royale

An online multiplayer genre in which players compete to be the last person or team standing, often with scavenging, survival, and area exploration elements. A shrinking zone of play often time-limits the match.

Author
Matt Miller

TMNT: Shredder's Revenge Preview | All Things Nintendo

3 days 12 hours ago

On this week's episode, Brian invites Game Informer's Marcus Stewart so they can discuss their hands-on impressions of the upcoming retro brawler, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge. Before that, the duo quickly runs down the news from the week, tries out a new segment, and does the First Nintendo Game/Favorite Nintendo Game.

If you'd like to follow the people from this episode on Twitter, hit the following links: Brian Shea (@brianpshea), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7)

The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry's most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what's happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they'll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday!

Be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Apple PodcastsSpotify, and Google Podcasts.

Author
Brian Shea

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Is Getting Rocko, Hugh Neutron, And Jenny

3 days 14 hours ago

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl is getting three new characters over the next several months. Today, players can download X-J9 AKA Jenny from My Life as a Teenage Robot. Hugh Neutron, the duck-loving meme king and father of Jimmy Neutron, arrives this summer. Lastly, Rocko of Rocko’s Modern Life fame is slated for the fall. 

The announcement trailer below largely focuses on Jenny, who can pummel opponents with rocket-powered fists, zap them with lasers, slice them up with buzzsaws, and utilize other gadgets. Unfortunately, we don’t get any gameplay footage of Hugh or Rocko, but those videos will likely arrive as we approach each character’s launch dates.

Each fighter is labeled as premium DLC, meaning they come at a price. You can grab Jenny, her Tremorton Joyride stage, and her alternate costume for $4.99. A Universe Pack containing all three characters, along with the new stages and costumes tied to them, goes for $11.99. 

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl didn’t blow us away (here’s our review), but it's a respectable platform fighter and it’s cool to see developer Ludosity continue to bolster the roster with fan-favorite characters. One has to wonder if these will be the only new faces to grace the game in 2022 given how spaced out they are, and what characters will be added in 2023, if any. 

Author
Marcus Stewart

Evil Dead: The Game | New Gameplay Today Live

3 days 15 hours ago

Evil Dead: The Game has arrived, giving fans of Sam Raimi’s beloved horror series the chance to mow down Deadites as Ash and friends! Today on Twitch at 2 p.m. Central, the Game Informer crew will rev up their chainsaws, load their shotguns, and battle the undead in what should be a groovy time. 

Evil Dead: The Game pits four players against one human-controlled Demon in an asymmetrical multiplayer adventure. The good guys include Ash and other characters across the Evil Dead mythos, who work together to eradicate hordes of supernatural enemies. The Demon player’s job is to throw every cursed abomination at their disposal to stop the other players dead in their tracks by any bloody means necessary.  

Watch on Twitch!

If you need a primer on what Evil Dead entails, visit our cover story hub at the bottom of the page. It includes a months-worth of exclusive previews, videos, and interviews, including a rapid-fire Q&A with Bruce Campbell

Author
Marcus Stewart

Future Of Arma Livestream Scheduled For Next Week

3 days 17 hours ago

Arma fans may want to clear Tuesday, May 17, from their calendars. Developer Bohemia Interactive announced a livestream on that day focused on the future of the series.  Bohemia’s press release teases next to nothing of what to expect, only saying the presentation will feature an "exciting reveal." Will it be Arma 4? You can find out by catching the stream on the Arma Twitch channel, which begins at 10 a.m. Pacific/1 p.m. Eastern.  

The last mainline entry was 2013’s Arma 3, a game Bohemia has consistently supported with numerous content updates over the past nine years. Its most recent expansion, Arma 3: Creator DLC: SOG - Prairie Fire, launched in 2021. The tactical shooter franchise has maintained a popular following, and its active mod scene helped spawn popular multiplayer offshoots such as DayZ and PUBG: Battlegrounds. 

What do you expect to see in the livestream? Do you think Arma 4 will be announced, or will it be another big Arma 3 expansion? Let us know in the comments!

Author
Marcus Stewart

Switch Surpasses PS4 Lifetime Sales In US, Elden Ring Tops COD: Vanguard In Less Than 3 Months

3 days 18 hours ago

Switch Surpasses PS4 Lifetime Sales, Elden Ring Tops CoD: Vanguard In Less Than 3 Months

April 2022 will go down as a historic month for Nintendo’s Switch console because it’s the month the hybrid console surpassed the lifetime sales of the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. 

This news comes by way of The NPD Group’s Mat Piscatella, who reports monthly U.S. sales numbers of video game hardware, software, accessories, and more. This month’s news includes an overall decline in consumer video game spending, down 8%, to $4.3 billion, compared to April of last year. Year-to-date 2022 spending is also 8% lower than the same period one year ago, down to $18.3 billion. However, it was still a great month for video game hardware – especially the Switch. 

“Lifetime unit sales of Nintendo Switch have now surpassed those of PlayStation 4, making it the 4th highest unit selling console in U.S. history, and the 6th highest unit selling video game hardware platform overall. In console it trails only PS2, Xbox 360, and Wii.” 
Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Top 10 Party Games To Play Right Now

3 days 19 hours ago

Party games can provide some of the best experiences in all of gaming. They force players to group up and work together toward a common goal, which can be very rewarding. Not all of them do that, though – some party games will test the bonds of friends greatly, be it on a Mario Party battlefield, an Overcooked kitchen, or somewhere else entirely. Regardless of the objective, playing games with friends is always fun and when developers specifically hone in on that camaraderie, the result can be a great game that makes an appearance at any and every social gathering.

This list highlights some of our personal faves. Here are 10 great party games, listed in no particular order, that are sure to bring cheers, laughs, screams, and more to any event.

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Pokémon TCG: Sword & Shield – Astral Radiance | The Coolest Cards We Pulled From Booster Packs

3 days 19 hours ago

The Pokémon Trading Card Game is back with its second expansion of 2022, and this time, despite the Sword & Shield nomenclature on the box, I was most excited for the Pokémon that appeared in games like Pokémon Legends: Arceus. This expansion adds more than 180 new cards, including 3 new Radiant Pokémon, 8 Pokémon VStar, 21 Pokémon V, and 2 Pokémon VMax cards. On top of that, Astral Radiance delivers 30 cards with special art in the Trainer Gallery subset, as well as more than 20 Trainer cards.

Author
Brian Shea

Los Angeles Chargers Reveal Football Schedule As An Anime Opening And It’s Incredible

3 days 19 hours ago

Los Angeles Chargers Reveal Football Schedule As An Anime Opening And It’s Incredible

The NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers has revealed its upcoming 2022 season football schedule in the best way possible and it’s a must-watch. 

Releasing a football schedule might sound boring on paper, and perhaps if you’re not the Chargers it is, but the Los Angeles-based team decided to do something we think every NFL team should do: release its football schedule as an anime opening, complete with a great track and some well-done animation that harkens back to anime favorites like One Piece, Attack On Titan, and much more. Check it out for yourself below!

As you can see, the video begins with a nice logo treatment before revealing that the Chargers will face the Las Vegas Raiders in both teams’ first game of the 2022 season. And if you’re at all familiar with One Piece, you can see how the Chargers turned the Raiders into the One Piece team. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Composer Covers Elden Ring’s Main Theme In 15 Different Styles And They’re All Amazing

3 days 19 hours ago

Composer Covers Elden Ring’s Main Theme In 15 Different Styles And They’re All Amazing

If you’ve played Elden Ring, then you’re familiar with the strange occurrence that happens when you reach the main menu of the game and you’re somehow forced to sit on the screen for at least 30 seconds while listening to what can only be described as an extremely hype start to the day’s Elden Ring session (or is that just me?). 

It’s a great song – orchestral, epic, and an awesome way to begin the game each time you boot it up. However, what if it was composed in a different style, perhaps as a symphonic metal song? Or maybe a lofi hip-hop track? Well, composer Alex Moukala has done just that and more. In fact, Moukala covered the main theme of Elden Ring in 15 different styles: Spanish Guitar, Nu-Disco, Symphonic Metal, Smooth Jazz, Lofi Hip-Hop, Darksynth, Movie Trailer, Piano Solo, Baroque (my personal favorite), Reggae, Big Room House, French House, Trap x Traditional Japanese (also possibly my favorite), and Orchestral. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Mario Strikers: Battle League Features Put On Display In New Overview Trailer

4 days 7 hours ago

Mario Strikers: Battle League

The Switch has been a prosperous era for fans hoping for follow-ups to their cult-classic favorites from several generations ago. Just last year, we got New Pokémon Snap, a sequel to one of Pokémon's most beloved spin-offs more than two decades after the fact. Now, 2022 brings us Mario Strikers: Battle League. Announced in February during this year's first Nintendo Direct, Mario Strikers: Battle League is the first entry in Nintendo's arcade-style soccer series since 2007's Mario Strikers Charged on Wii. While Nintendo gave us some tidbits of information on what to expect through Battle League's initial reveal, Nintendo really pulled back the curtain today through a new overview trailer, which you can see below.

Author
Brian Shea

Evil Dead: The Game Cover Story - Raising Hell

4 days 8 hours ago

Saber Interactive and Boss Team Games are targeting the asymmetrical horror genre for a battle between demons and survivors, but it’s quite different than other creature feature forays on the market. In Evil Dead: The Game, don’t expect to find the human heroes cowering in corners or attempting to flee – this 4v1 fear festival takes the fight directly to the forces of evil, hacking enemies in half and blowing them to pieces.

In 1981, Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead made a grisly splash onto the horror scene, featuring what’s become an almost formulaic setup: Five unfortunate friends head out to a cabin in the woods for a good time, and then, spoiler alert, good times are not had. The idyllic journey into the country turns into a bloody massacre, spurred on by an ancient evil book known as the Necronomicon. I remember I first saw the movie in a time when villains like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers fought for dominance over our grade-school nightmares. The film offered the terrifying simplicity of facing your friends after they become possessed undead. It gloried in the sheer, unflinching willingness to lean into the intimate, grim goriness of it all, and the experience left a strong impression. Interestingly enough, it’s possible that The Evil Dead wouldn’t have had the chance to thrive without horror maestro Stephen King’s praise. After seeing it out of competition at the 1982 Cannes Film Festival, King wrote a rave review, leading to New Line Cinema picking the film up for distribution.

Author
Daniel Tack

You Can Grab Prey For Free On The Epic Games Store

4 days 9 hours ago

Epic Games Store rolled out its latest weekly offering of free games, and it includes a gem in 2017’s Prey. From now until May 19, you can grab Arkane’s bold reimagining of the Prey series, a game we scored an 8.25 out of 10. As an added bonus, this version of the game includes its very good Mooncrash expansion

Joining Prey is Jotun: Valhalla Edition, a Norse-themed action game by the studio behind Spiritfarer and Sundered, and futuristic racer, Redout: Enhanced. Unlike other subscription services, you can claim these games as long as you have an Epic account (which is free). 

You can watch us tackle the game's opening hours in the archived live stream below to find out what you're getting into. 

Author
Marcus Stewart

MultiVersus Gameplay Footage Debuts Ahead Of Closed Alpha, $100k Evo Tournament Announced

4 days 10 hours ago

MultiVersus, the upcoming platform fighting game bringing together the WB brands under one brawl-for-all, has finally had its first official look at gameplay with a Pros vs. Devs exhibition. In the 18-minute video, two professional fighting game players, NAKAT and VoiD, square off against developers from Player First Games, director Tony Huynh and principal developer Daniel Kraft, in a 2v2 competition.

Feast your eyes on the video above to see what actual matches of MultiVersus look like in the format the game was built around: two-on-two team battles. KATAT and VoiD are top competitors in MultiVersus' very early testing, coming in the top spot of a closed alpha team tournament, so the action on-hand is fast-pasted. Only four characters are shown in the video – Tom and Jerry, Superman, Shaggy, and Wonder Woman – but there's plenty to learn about how each character plays if you look closely. We also get a look at the U.I. used in fights, with the numbers representing damage taken on each player always showing directly below that character's model. It took me a little bit to get used to the change over the classic Smash Bros. U.I., but I get how this can be more readable at a glance.

Author
John Carson

Bethesda’s Starfield Delay Is Key To Its New-Gen Success

4 days 11 hours ago

Bethesda’s Starfield Delay Is Key To Its New-Gen Success

Today, Bethesda announced that it was delaying both Arkane Austin’s Redfall and Bethesda Game Studios’ highly-anticipated Starfield. As for why, Bethesda kept it simple: both teams need more time to make the games the best they can be. And while my initial reaction was sadness – like many, I was very excited to check out both this year – I feel a bit of relief.

No, I’m not going to mention that Shigeru Miyamoto quote here, as I’m sure you’ve heard it plenty of times (it’s true, though!), but I will say that this delay means a lot for Bethesda. In fact, I think Bethesda’s Starfield delay is key to its new-gen success. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Gotham Knights, Overwatch 2, and TMNT: Shredder's Revenge | GI Show

4 days 11 hours ago

Gotham Knights

Welcome back to another packed week on The Game Informer Show! We're breaking down our thoughts on the latest Gotham Knights trailer, discussing what we think EA's mystery games are, and giving you our hands-on impressions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder's Revenge, Overwatch 2, and so much more!

Follow us on Twitter: Stadnik (@Studnik76), Alex Van Aken (@itsVanAken), Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), and Wes LeBlanc (@LeBlancWes).

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 PodcastsSpotify, or your favorite podcast app.

Author
Alex Stadnik

Becoming Yoshi-P

4 days 12 hours ago

Naoki Yoshida is a man of many words. Ask him any question, and he’ll answer in great detail. Which is terrific, because he’s had quite the career.

There’s no denying that Naoki Yoshida is a massively popular and important figure to the Final Fantasy franchise. When the series hit a low point, Yoshida helped turn its tide, most notably helping transform Final Fantasy XIV after its disastrous launch into one of the most successful and revered MMORPGs of this generation. Nearly a decade later, he’s still finding ways to keep fans engaged with the content and returning for top-tier expansions like Endwalker. This consistency hasn’t gone unnoticed. Just this year, XIV received awards from SXSW, DICE, The Game Awards, and Metacritic in big categories, such as video game of the year (SXSW) and best role-playing game (DICE). Yoshida is also serving as producer on the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, making him responsible for ushering in a new future for the franchise.

Yoshida has rightfully earned his place on the pedestal, but he didn’t get there by just being a smart and insightful developer. His genuine passion for games allowed him to look at things from the perspective of a fan, and it has made all the difference in his career. We discovered this firsthand in our in-depth interview, where Yoshida reminisced about his path to video games and shared more about who he is beyond the zeitgeist.

Author
Kimberley Wallace

The Biggest 2022 Games Delayed To 2023

4 days 13 hours ago

Game delays are a part of life. You know the old saying, a delayed game is…well, you know. It’s undeniably a bummer to see a title you’re excited about slip into the following year, but it’s generally for the best to ensure a quality product at release. 2022 has had a growing handful of high-profile setbacks, and we’ve assembled them all in one alphabetized list for a handy reference.

Author
Marcus Stewart

Dead Space Remake Gets January 2023 Release Date

4 days 13 hours ago

Motive and EA have revealed that the upcoming Dead Space Remake will be released at the start of next year.

More specifically, the from-the-ground-up remake of the 2008 sci-fi survival horror classic will be released on January 27, 2023. Some of the Motive team revealed this in a new livestream that aired today. Back in March, the team showcased some new gameplay in a livestream focused on the remake’s audio development and today’s stream was all about the visuals of Dead Space. Right at the end of this stream, the team shared the official January release date alongside new gameplay. 

You can check out the gameplay segment in the livestream below at the 1:18:23 mark: 

Here are some screenshots we captured from the stream if you can't yet watch the video: 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Remedy Releases New Alan Wake 2 Concept Art But Don’t Expect To See Any Of The Game This Summer

4 days 14 hours ago

Remedy Releases New Alan Wake 2 Concept Art But Don’t Expect To See Any Of The Game This Summer

Remedy Entertainment has released an Alan Wake Anniversary video in honor of 12 years of Alan Wake, and in it, the studio showcases some new Alan Wake 2 concept art and more. 

More specifically, Remedy’s new update includes four new pieces of Alan Wake 2 concept art and news that Alan Wake Remastered is coming to Switch this fall. There's also an update on the Alan Wake TV show first announced in 2018 (we can’t believe it’s still happening, either). As far as the new concept art goes, it’s exactly what you’d expect: moody, dark, and subtle in terms of what it reveals about Alan Wake 2. The art looks great, though! You can check it out in the slideshow below:

 

Moving on to what the team has to say about Alan Wake 2, here’s what Remedy's creative director Sam Lake shared:

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

Returning To The Best Game Of 2018 Ahead Of God Of War: Ragnarok | GI Live

4 days 15 hours ago

While 2022 started strong with a string of spectacular releases, the warmer months have begun to cool, with most AAA experiences waiting until fall or 2023 to finally release. Don't despair, as this is the perfect time to brush up on your backlog and catch up before some of the industry's biggest sequels come to your favorite home console. In that spirit, we're headed back to 2018's God of War on this edition of GI Live to get reacquainted with Kratos and Atreus ahead of Ragnarok's 2022 release date (fingers crossed).

Watch on Twitch!

Join your hosts, Marcus Stewart and Alex Stadnik, as they return to the Norse world of gods and monsters live on Twitch at 2 p.m. CT. We'll be playing the first two hours of the game, letting you know why it's one of our favorites of the last few years, and discussing where we think the next game is going (spoilers: Norse mythology is wild).

If you need a reminder of God of War's greatness, be sure to check out our review, where we said:

Author
Alex Stadnik

What Is Umbrella Hiding In Netflix’s First Resident Evil Teaser?

4 days 15 hours ago

What Is Umbrella Hiding In Netflix’s First Resident Evil Teaser?

Netflix released the first official teaser for its upcoming Resident Evil series, which hits the subscription service on July 14, and in it, Umbrella is hiding something. Fortunately, we know exactly what it is: there’s a hidden Easter egg that leads to a second, more gruesome zombie-filled trailer within the initial one. 

The first teaser, released publicly by Netflix, is pretty by-the-books. It tees up the show’s premise and showcases the main protagonists beginning a new life in New Raccoon City in 2022. Then it quickly transitions to 2036, at which point, much of the world seems overrun with zombies. There are a few of the video game’s most famous zombies to be found in the first teaser, but the second teaser is sure to give fans more of what they’re looking for: terror, zombie dogs, lickers, and more. 

Check out the first teaser below, and then we’ll show you how to get to the second teaser

You might have caught it yourself, but just in case you didn’t, at the 24-second mark in the first teaser, a URL appears on-screen: umbrellaisjoy.com.

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

A Codemasters Studio Has Merged With Criterion To Develop New Need For Speed

4 days 16 hours ago

A Codemasters Studio Has Merged With Criterion To Develop New Need For Speed

Codemasters Cheshire has been absorbed by Criterion Games to develop new Need For Speed games. 

EA announced in March of 2021 that it was delaying its next Need For Speed game out of 2021 and into 2022 so that Criterion could instead focus on development of Battlefield 2042 alongside DICE. Then, earlier this week, EA confirmed in its financial results that it was expecting to release a new Need For Speed this year while also revealing that it has four unknown games set to release between January 2023 and March 2023. Now, we have an update regarding the future of the franchise. 

Author
Wesley LeBlanc

These Games Were Missing From Nintendo's Indie World Showcase

4 days 16 hours ago

A few times a year, Nintendo holds a Direct-like presentation to show off all of the fantastic games created by independent developers coming to the Switch platform. The most recent edition featured many exciting titles like Ooblets, We Are OFK, TABS, and Soundfall, but some notable names were missing from the indie show. These are the seemingly vanished indie games confirmed for Switch, forcing us to rely on forming ritualistic prayer circles, hoping they'll show up at any event with new information in tow.

Author
John Carson