December 2018

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What Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’s Endings Say About You

This interview contains light spoilers for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which is currently available to play/watch on Netflix. You can check out our spoiler-free review here.

Device Support: Available across most newer devices, including TVs, game consoles, web browsers, and Android and iOS devices running the latest version of the Netflix app. It’s not yet supported on Chromecast, Apple TV, and some legacy devices.

Netflix is calling its latest entry in Charlie Brooker’s imaginative Black Mirror anthology series an “interactive movie.” And while the interactive elements of “Bandersnatch” are clearly there – featuring a unique decision-making system that alters how the story unfolds – it’s difficult to not notice the similarities the film shares with video games.

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‘WWE Immortals’ In App Purchases No Longer Available, Online Mode in Game Closes in February

Originally launched on iOS and Android nearly 4 years ago, WWE Immortals (Free) from WWE and NetherRealm Studios was an interesting take on WWE. It basically was Injustice: Gods Among Us (Free) with WWE Superstars and it had quite the fanbase over the years. Earlier this Month, the official Twitter account had some bad news for the game.

2017 and 2018 have been fantastic years for mobile gaming but both years saw quite a few games close or get pulled from storefronts for a variety of reasons. WWE Immortals was probably the most interesting WWE game on mobile even though it didn’t play out like a traditional wrestling game. Hopefully Warner Brothers and WWE take what they learned from this to reboot it or do something better with the concept as there definitely is a fanbase that is sad about the closure of the game.

If you still have it installed, you have until February 28th, 2019 to spend any in game currency you have and play the game. After that date, the online cloud saves won’t work. It will only be playable in single player through the campaign after that. The …read more



The ‘Dragalia Lost’ New Year’s Celebrations Have Begun with Party Packs, the Eastern Emissaries Summon Showcase, and the Fortune from Afar Raid Event

As announced a few days ago, Dragalia Lost (Free) has begun the New Year celebrations with a new Summon Showcase, a new Raid Event, and Party Packs. Barring the new events that are the focus of today’s update in game alongside the Party Packs, the New Year Upgrade Events have begun. Read about them here. As with almost every update, the Dragalia Lost comic strip has also been updated. Today’s update brings Dragalia Life #50 which you can read in the comic strip in game.

The Eastern Emissaries Summon Showcase is now live with an increased appearance for the event specific wyrmprints, dragons, and adventures. Two of them are pictured above. The New Year’s Tidings: Fortune from Afar Raid Event is also now live. You can team up with up to 3 other players (16 adventurers in total) to take on the light element raid boss. The event ends around January 10th depending on your timezone. The New Year’s Party Packs are available with better deals than the normal packs.

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Here’s how to play a game from Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch episode

If you’ve gone down the rabbit hole with Netflix’s latest Black Mirror release, there’s (at least) one more easter egg out there. As some intrepid Reddit users discovered, you can actually visit two different versions of fictional software company Tuckersoft’s website and… spoilers ahead.

On the regular Tuckersoft site, discovered through a QR code embedded in the show itself, Tuckersoft advertises its game lineup including Bandersnatch, a “revolutionary game from Stefan Butler.” In this timeline, Tuckersoft released both Nohzdyve and Bandersnatch and Stefan eventually eclipsed his gaming idol Colin’s own fame, driving the company forward. As the site notes:

“While Colin Ritman was Tuckersoft’s leading man, it was Stefan Butler’s 1984 release, Bandersnatch, that catapulted the company to new heights. The innovative narrative and gameplay transformed interactive entertainment forever.”

If you visit the Tuckersoft site but strip out the www., the company never released Colin’s game due to a tragic incident. If you’ve seen the episode, you can probably guess what that was. This version of the site includes the following text:

“A bleak turn of events would lead to the abrupt cancellation of Colin Ritman’s highly-anticipated game, Nohzdyve, and the end of Stefan Butler’s promising career.

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Game Informer’s Top Scoring Reviews Of 2018

Each year, the Game Informer staff reviews a ton of games. Despite hundreds of games coming across our desks each year, only a select few are able to obtain special commendations reserved for the highest scoring titles. Games that earn an 8.5 or 8.75 obtain a Game Informer Silver award, while a score ranging from 9 to 9.5 earns that game a Game Informer Gold award. While most of the best games of the year fall into that range, the most elite titles ascend to the next level to earn a Game Informer Platinum award (9.75 or 10 score).

To help you keep track of the best of the best, we’ve compiled all of the top scoring games of 2018 here. Check out the games we’ve thought are the best of the year so far, and if you want to learn more, you can read the full review with a simple click-through.

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    Batman: The Enemy Within

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    Atlus Teases Persona 5 R, Other New Projects

    Atlus has officially teased Persona 5 R, which many believe to be an enhanced release of Persona 5.

    Revealed through a brief video, the words “Persona 5 R” are never shown, though an official website by the name P5R.jp has been attached to the video, suggesting the upcoming title will include this new letter. The teaser showcases Tokyo’s Shibuya district, a major location in P5, with screens displaying the P5 icon, followed by the message “New Projects” and “2019.3.”

    The description of the video claims the next information on this title will be coming in March 2019. It’s unclear if the “New Projects” referenced in the trailer solely includes P5R or also involves unannounced spinoff games, like a possible Persona 5 fighting game similar to Persona 4 Arena.

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    Question Of The Month: What Is Your Favorite Game of 2018?

    The end of 2018 is finally upon us, which means it’s time for you to share your favorite game of the year. And what a year it’s been! From generation-defining blockbusters like Red Dead Redemption II and God of War to magnificent hits like Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creedy Odyssey – not to mention the plethora of amazing games that came out of Japan, like Monster Hunter: World, Yakuza 6, Ni No Kuni II, Valkyria Chronicles 4…what was I even talking about? Oh yeah: There were a ton of great games to play this year!

    The voting for our Readers Choice Awards has already ended, so if you were looking to lend your support to your favorite game…you’re out of luck. However, I’m offering you an even better opportunity today – rather than just casting a vote in some meaningless poll, you can use your powers of persuasion in the comments section below to inform, entertain, and influence your fellow readers about your favorite game of 2018! Perhaps you’ll even convince some on-the-fence players why your choice is indeed the one true Game of the Year. And if your choice is Red Dead, you’ll actually be right!

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    Super Replay – God Hand

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    After a festive holiday season, Game Informer’s annual 12.31 Super Replay usually brings suffering. In years past, this day has kicked off complete playthroughs of stinkers like Overblood, Overblood 2, Blue Stinger, Illbleed, Raw Danger, Martian Gothic: Unification, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Vampire Hunter D.

    Figuring out which game will be honored with this spot is a stressful decision that usually takes a full year to figure out. That wasn’t the case this year. The community figured it out for us. We had the somewhat official I Watched the Entire Overblood Super Replay group vote for a Super Replay earlier this year. With hundreds of votes cast, the poll ended in a tie between Killer 7 and God Hand. Rather than just flipping a coin to see which one we would do, I decided to record both of them. We knocked out Killer 7 earlier this year, and almost rolled right into God Hand, but couldn’t find a window to get it done in a productive way. I shelved the Super Replay until 12.31. It was one of the games I was considering years …read more


    Dead Cells’ Designer Discusses Scrapped Ideas, Roguelikes, And The Potential For A Sequel

    Death comes quickly in roguelikes, and progress is often made by the seat of your pants. Dead Cells embraces these elements, but also rewards the player well for their time spent with power boosts that make subsequent runs easier. We talked to Sébastien Bénard, a game designer at Motion Twin, about Dead Cells’ surprising origins, how the community helped shape it, and whether or not we can expect a sequel.

    From the outset of development, did you always see Dead Cells as a roguelike, or did that aspect emerge over time?
    No, it definitely wasn’t something we envisioned. The first version used to be a free-to-play tower defense game for mobile. It’s really not the same thing.

    How did you transition from a free-to-player tower defense formula to the Metroidvania roguelike we see today? Those seem like two radically different designs.
    Actually, it was quite a chaotic process. At the beginning, the first version of this game, which used to be called Hordes Zero, was started like three or four years ago. We had lots of issues with it because it wasn’t fun, especially for that type of game. We struggled with this for quite a long time, until a friend at a different …read more