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Power Rankings: Daredevil is #1

Welcome to Power Rankings, IGN’s weekly look at what has dominated the pop culture ecosystem. Using raw data collected from IGN, we’ve made order out of chaos, and bring you the heaviest hitters this week!

There’s a new #1, and one that’s not hard to predict: with massive buzz and critical acclaim, Daredevil copped the top spot. Bloodborne fell off the charts (people are still playing it, but less are reading about it), but a couple of new games made a splash, and Mortal Kombat X snuck back on the charts.

See all of the rankings below, and be sure to visit next week to see how your favorites fared!

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The Essentials – Left 4 Dead

The Essentials is Game Informer’s weekly recurring feature
that takes a look at the most important games the industry has to offer. These
games aren’t just a ton of fun: Their quality, innovation, and industry
influence make them must-play experiences for anyone who wants a greater
appreciation of our interactive medium.

This weekend we’re taking a look at Left 4 Dead. Turtle
Rock’s four-player FPS didn’t just make the zombie apocalypse cool again – it redefined
the co-op shooter, thanks to its challenging, teamwork-focused
gameplay.

Release Year: 2008
Publisher: Valve,
Electronic Arts
Developer: Turtle
Rock Studios, Valve
Released For: Xbox
360, PC, Mac

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Zombie fatigue is a common and understandable affliction
that many gamers (though
not all
) suffer from nowadays, but that wasn’t the case in 2008. Back then,
the video game industry – and my personal game library – was in sore need of an
awesome zombie game. Sure, there was always Resident Evil, but Capcom’s perennial
series was more focused on survival-horror and puzzles than all-out zombie
mayhem. Capcom’s other new zombie series, Dead Rising, had plenty of bloodshed,
but was more comical than scary, and focused primarily on melee fighting. Despite
the popularity of contemporary zombie films like 28 Days Later, and the Dawn
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Games We Care About: Alto’s Adventure, Touchstone, Trace Vector and more

Games We Care About is a Twitter feed (background) started nearly a year ago to help with new and classic alt.game discovery, all curated/recommended by developers and peers who are mentioned via their Twitter handle. The only rule is that the game needs to be out now and playable – paid or free – on web, PC/Mac, mobile, or even more exotic formats.

You can follow the Twitter feed for two daily updates, every day of the week. This weekly roundup for IndieGames.com will feature some of the games our curators liked the best from last week.

Alto’s Adventure – http://altosadventure.com/ (iOS, $) “Idyllic endless runner with llamas!” – @simoncarless

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Neclid – http://0x0961h.itch.io/neclid (Web, free) “Gorgeous space-bending puzzler” – @ArrogantGamer

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Play with the Cat – http://www.draknek.org/games/puzzlescript/play-with-the-cat.php “Reminds me of Douglas Reports!” – @ArrogantGamer

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Trace Vector – http://store.steampowered.com/app/297410/ (PC/Mac, $) “80s inspired neon-vector connect the dots” – @MrNinjaSquirrel

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Touchstone – https://itunes.apple.com/app/id962133182 (iOS, $) “Clever surveillance-themed puzzler” – @simoncarless

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Five Unexpected Deaths In Video Games

With tonight’s Game of Thrones premiere, a show embraced by gamers and non-gamers alike, it offers the perfect excuse to talk about deaths we didn’t see coming.

Game of Thrones the television show has only been around since 2010, but the books have been publishing since 1996. Similarly, the games featured on this list are older games that have had plenty of opportunity to have their key moments spoiled. That being said, if you want to keep your Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Trigger, Mega Man X, Earthbound or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past experiences completely pure, please beware of spoilers below.

Here’s a very tall picture of Cloud from Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children you must scroll past in order to dive into the feature.

Aerith – Final Fantasy VII (1997)
At this point, more than 15 years after the game’s initial release, Aerith’s death barely registers as a surprise. Children who aren’t even born yet are aware of her death. No one even offers a spoiler-alert anymore before bringing it up in conversation – it is simply known. We recently played through this moment in the game on an episode of Replay, …read more


Replay Live – OverBlood

We recently held our first ever live episode of Replay – and we filmed it for all those who weren’t able to attend.

Recorded at GlitchCon 2015 in Minneapolis, Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, Ben Reeves, and Jeff Cork took the stage to play old video games for a crowd of fans and non-fans alike. As Tim states in the beginning of the episode, we could have played anything we wanted, but we decided to play the famously bad Replay classic Overblood for PlayStation.

That’s not all we played, however. Stick around to the end, and you will see us dive into some multiplayer games, as well. Even if you’ve watched our entire Overblood Super Replay, it’s worth reliving with an audience.

Big thanks to Glitchcon for hosting our little show, and to everyone who decided to come out and watch us play. We’re planning on doing it again next year, so start making plans now to attend in 2016!

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ESL Crowns Its First Mortal Kombat X Champion

Mortal Kombat X has its first grand champion, as Dominique “cR|Sonic Fox” McLean steamrolled the competition, dropping only one game in the ESL Mortal Kombat X Fatal 8 tournament.

The Fatal 8 brought together some of fighting games’ biggest competitors, including current two-time EVO Mortal Kombat champion Carl “Perfect Legend” White and three-time Guinness Book of World Record holder Ryan “Prodigal Son” Hart, to battle it out in a series of best of five, single elimination matches for a prize pool worth $10,000.

Sonic Fox, the 2014 EVO Mortal Kombat 9 and Injustice: Gods Among Us champion, showcased new Mortal Kombat X character Erron Black in his outlaw variation. Sonic Fox was in championship form, overwhelming his competitors with pressure and high damage combos throughout the tournament.

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