A Spoiler-Filled Review And Discussion Of The Mandalorian

Click here to watch embedded media Disney+ is here, and so is the first episode of The Mandalorian, the highly anticipated live-action television series set in the Star Wars universe. Since it's the only thing we can talk about in the office today, the Game Informer crew decided to share their thoughts with you in a roundtable discussion that breaks down the plot points, action, and all of the tasty spoilers. Don't watch until you've seen the episode. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the topics we dive into in the comments section below. Thanks for watching!

by jordan
November 13, 2019

Going Big

Since Pokémon’s debut, the mainline series has existed solely on handheld devices. Being able to adventure in the world of Pokémon while being anywhere in the real world is enticing, but fans have long clamored to see the series deliver a mainline console RPG. However, developer Game Freak was reluctant to create a game that players couldn’t take with them. The release of the hybrid Nintendo Switch changed everything. Now, unrestrained by the traditional limitations of dedicated handheld devices, Game Freak sets out to make what it considers to be the ultimate version of Pokémon. We traveled to the team’s…

by jordan
November 13, 2019

How Blizzard Approached Diablo IV’s Story

Diablo’s narrative isn’t the biggest reason that people continually return to the series, but after more than 23 years, the franchise has built an impressive lore bible. Believe it or not, the Blizzard team spends a lot of time designing the story quests that give players context for cracking thousands of demon skulls. To gain some insight into the process, we sat down with lead game designer Jesse McCree and game director Luis Barriga. Did it take a while to get up to speed with Diablo’s lore? It’s pretty complicated stuff, right? McCree: I’ve been playing Diablo games since Diablo…

by jordan
November 12, 2019

The SaGa Series Dares To Be Different, And That’s Why It’s Special

Square Enix’s SaGa series has always marched to the beat of its own drum. The developers aren’t afraid to take risks and be unconventional. With a reputation for non-linear gameplay, player choice, and freedom in exploration, SaGa was ahead of its time, but despite over ten entries and two decades of history, it never really had a heyday in North America. However, Square Enix isn’t giving up and surprised many this past E3 by announcing two previously unreleased games in the series, Romancing SaGa 3 and SaGa Scarlet Grace: Ambitions, would finally reach our shores. Today marks Romancing SaGa 3’s…

by jordan
November 11, 2019

Replay – Silent Hill: Downpour

Click to watch embedded media Watch the Game Informer crew explore a spooky town filled with lots of fog and maybe a few dogs in this look back at Konami's classic horror series. Silent Hill: Downpour is the eighth game in this highly adored franchise and was developed by Vatra Games, a studio that only made two games: this one and the miserable Rush'n Attack: Ex-Patriot. Downpour received a decent 7 out of 10 rating from Game Informer, and we'll see how well that rating and the game hold up today. We went live a bit earlier, so please join…

by jordan
November 8, 2019

All The Terms You Need To Know To Start Death Stranding

Except for the brief P.T., Hideo Kojima has not released a game outside of the Metal Gear universe for over 20 years. That changes this week with the launch of Death Stranding. True to his eccentric style, the game comes filled with ludicrous lore and philosophical musings. It’s a lot to digest. Thankfully we are here to help. Below you’ll find a compilation of the Death Strandings esoteric terminology replete with spoiler-free definitions. In good old Kojima fashion, a lot of the answers will lead you to even more complex questions, but of course, that’s part of the fun. Aphenphosmphobia…

by jordan
November 8, 2019

Check Out This Exclusive Diablo IV Concept Art

Our cover story this month focuses on three of Blizzard’s big upcoming projects. Arguably, the most exciting of the bunch is Diablo IV, and during our visit to the studio we got to play the game and talk to the team about the history of its development. Now we’re passing that knowledge on to you. Take a look at these rare pieces of concept art – some of which have never been seen before. Trust me, I kept my eyes closed when I posted this.  On the darker tone: “I was really excited about the opportunity to do a really…

by jordan
November 7, 2019

A Knight In Shining Armor – Swen Vincke Talks The Long Road Of Larian Studios

Swen Vincke wasn’t always on top. From basic beginnings and a scrappy, dark path through the often tumultuous games industry, the founder of Larian Studios has gone from sneaking into trade shows to helming one of the most anticipated RPGs of all time with Baldur’s Gate 3. We spoke with Vincke about Larian’s tough climb to greatness. Let’s begin at the beginning. How did you get into video games? I got sick. I was also very active. I like basketball. It was at my communion. So, there was a big party, I went to the communion, and lo and behold,…

by jordan
November 7, 2019

The Death Stranding Guide

Surviving the journey is a large part of what Death Stranding is all about, daring players to maintain their balance and endure BT attacks to deliver precious cargo. Here are some great tips to help you get the job done. Deliveries & Traveling the Open Road Even formidable-looking mountains can be traversed by zig-zagging your way up (even with a bike) and placing a ladder here and there (which can be used to scale up steep snowscapes, for instance).   Oftentimes there are at least a few cargo pieces laying nearby a node that need to be delivered back to that node. This is…

by jordan
November 7, 2019

Inside The Bizarre Development Of Shenmue III

Shenmue isn’t like other open-world games. In addition to the traditional fast-paced fistfights, the series gamifies some of the most prosaic moments from everyday life. While most games offer players a sense of freedom, Shenmue’s freedoms extend to opening silverware drawers, feeding stray cats, and collecting toys from capsule vending machines. Shenmue is often derided for its plodding narrative, goofy characters, and unusual attention to detail, and yet fans have been eagerly awaiting the next entry for almost two decades. Shenmue is weird, but that weirdness has earned it a legion of fans who ponied up more than six million…

by jordan
November 6, 2019