GI Show – Prey Impressions, Last Guardian, PSX Reveals

Welcome to an info-packed episode of The Game Informer Show! On this week’s episode, Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Joe Juba, and Ben Reeves to talk about our trip to Arkane Studios to see and write a cover story about Prey. After that, we’re joined by Suriel Vazquez as we discuss the high highs and low lows of Fumito Ueda’s The Last Guardian. Then Jeff Marchiafava swings by to explain what makes Dead Rising 4 so much fun. After some great community emails, Andy McNamara, Andrew Reiner, and Suriel Vazquez talk about their hands-on time playing some exciting new games like the Crash Bandicoot remaster and we also talk about Andy’s trip to Naughty Dog and experience hosting a panel on The Last of Us Part II.

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To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

2:09 – Prey impressions
22:20 – The Last Guardian
50:10 – Dead Rising 4
1:05:55 – Community emails
1:37:50 – Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards/PSX Reveals
1:41:15 – Hideo Kojima and Death Stranding
1:47:24 – Andy McNamara and The Last of Us Part II
1:58:38 – Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite

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Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and Metroid: Other M Out Now Digitally On Wii U

Both the 3DS and Wii U are getting a few older games on their respective digital shops. Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo and Demon’s Crest (Virtual Console) are out now digitally on the 3DS for $199.99 and $7.99 respectively. Meanwhile, Metroid: Other M ($19.99) and Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon ($9.99) on Virtual Console are out now digitally on the Wii U.

Animal Crossing: New Leaf – Welcome Amiibo came out in 2013 and just received free Amiibo support this year. Demon’s Crest is a valued Super Nintendo platformer that was released in 1994. Metroid: Other M, Team Ninja’s troubled entry in the series, came out on the Wii in 2010. Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon was released on the DS in 2009 to favorable reviews.

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Gear Up For GTA Online's Import/Export Expansion This Weekend

Grand Theft Auto Online is providing extra incentives this weekend for players who want to prepare for the incoming Import/Export expansion due out later this month.

Today through Monday, players will earn double GTA$ and RP on select adversary modes and get discounts on executive offices and certain exotic cars. You can also unlock a snappy blue paisley smoking jacket or pajamas, and earn triple RP in the new premium stunt race, Canyon Crossing.

Canyon Crossing is a super class race set to Non-Contact, and you can enter by finding the yellow marker at Legion Square or by using the Quick Job App on your in-game phone.

Here’s the list of the rest:

Double GTA$ & RP modes:

  • Entourage
  • Extraction
  • Hunting Pack
  • Deadline

Discounts:

  • 50 percent off executive office suites, assistant services, and office décor and customization
  • 50 percent off the turreted limo
  • 50 percent off all FAFF clothing
  • 25 percent off on the Declasse Mamba, Gallivanter Baller, Enus Cognoscenti, Grotti X80, Vapid FMJ, and Benefactor XLS
  • 25 percent off on vehicle upgrades from warehouses

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Orchestrated Ocarina Of Time Music Coming To Vinyl

Some of the nostalgic tones from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time will no longer be limited to the 3DS and Nintendo 64. A 64-piece orchestra is re-recording some of the music from Ocarina of
Time and iam8bit is selling this updated music on a vinyl called Hero of Time,
which is set to release in Q2 2017 for $40.

Pre-orders go live on December 9 at 10 a.m. PT on iam9bit’s website. Materia Collective will also be distributing a digital version of Hero of Time.

Koji Kondo, one of Nintendo’s long-running composers, is composing the music and illustrator and designer Ryan Brinkerhoff is doing the album art.

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Need For Speed No Limits VR Headed For Google's Daydream

EA’s mobile racer Need for Speed No Limits will be available in VR on Daydream this holiday season.

Need for Speed No Limits VR was announced as part of the early lineup for Google’s Daydream headset, which is designed to work with Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL handsets. In addition to the VR experience, the game includes 30 licensed exotic cars, 60 events in five event types, 12 tracks set in four environments, and global leaderboard competition via Google Play.

EA did not specify a date beyond “this holiday season,” and said only that Need for Speed No Limits VR will be a premium (paid) app.

Check out the VR-enabled launch trailer below.

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Latest Pokémon Go Update Allows You To Transfer Multiple Pokémon At Once

The newest update for Pokémon Go, version 0.49.1 for Android and 1.19.1 for iOS, recently went live. Players will now be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at once to Professor Willow by pressing and holding on a Pokémon, as well as some additions to the buddy system, such as the total candy count and total kilometers your buddy has walked being added to the buddy information screen.

You can view the full patch notes below:

  • Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.
  • Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.
  • The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.
  • The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.
  • Minor text fixes.

Find out more about Pokémon Go by reading about secrets data miners recently uncovered and how 7,800 PokéStops and Gyms have been added to Starbucks locations.

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Akuma Detailed In Latest Street Fighter V Video

Capcom released a video today that showed off some of the moves and strategies players will likely utilize for the recently announced Akuma. While he seems to have some similarities to Ryu, the differences showcased may make you think twice on who’d you rather use.

This marks the start of the new season of Street Fighter V, which could be the push this game needs to do better sales-wise.  There are five brand new characters yet to be revealed.

You can read our review from back when the game first launched here.

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HTC Launches Vive Studios To Develop First-Party VR Titles

HTC announced today that it’s debuting Vive Studios, which will focus on developing first-party VR content for the HTC Vive headset. Along with this news, HTC revealed Arcade Saga, an upcoming collection of three arcade titles in first-person 3D, including shooting gallery where you equip a bow-and-arrow, a Breakout-style game, and table tennis. Arcade Saga is being developed by HTC’s internal studio 2 Bears.

Vive Studios will produce first-party content via its internal developers, though they also plan to have partnerships with external developers. HTC will be not just be developing games, but also VR content for education, film, design, real-estate, sports, location-based entertainment centers, and more. 

For more on the Vive, read about how it has sold over 140,000 units as of late October.

 

Our Take
This seems like a step in the right direction to help the Vive contend in the VR race against the likes of Oculus, Samsung, and PlayStation. Particularly since Oculus and PlayStation are developing their own first-party titles, it seems like a smart move for the Vive to follow a similar approach.

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Pokémon Data Miners Allegedly Discover A Treasure Trove Of Secrets In Pokémon Go

The latest Pokémon Go update, v0.49.1, had a plethora of extra data that was recently uncovered by data miners from The Silph Road. While the updates that players could see were smaller additions, code for future updates was allegedly also sneaked in.

New programming code for Pokémon so far include sound files for 100 new monsters as well as a new section for “shinies.” There seems to also be the ability to add costumes to your companions, with a special subsection under that titled “HOLIDAY” included. Avatar customization seems to be expanding with sponsored content, and Pokémon may also soon have genders. While we are unable to verify this information ourselves, we have previously reported on The Silph Road’s data mining in Pokémon Go which turned out to be accurate. Since this is a datamine, there’s no clear indication when these updates will be implemented.

Some quality of life improvements include changes to the Nearby feature along with the rest of the official patch notes. Click here to read the full details on The Silph Road’s blog.

Fore more on Pokémon Go, read about a partnership between Niantic and Starbucks that has created 7,800 more PokéStops and gyms at several of the coffee shop chain’s locations.

[Source: The Silph Road]

 

Our Take
 These seem like updates Niantic needed to implement months ago, but it’s great to see them taking steps in the right direction. It’ll be interesting to see how they deal with winter causing less people to want to go outside for Pokémon Go. Also Pokémon Crystal is the best game in the entire series COME AT ME.

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First Nintendo Switch Indie Game Seasons Of Heaven Announced

Announced on the French publication Game Blog and later reported by EuroGamer, Seasons of Heaven is an upcoming Nintendo Switch’s indie title.

Developed by French indie studio AnyArts Productions, this new adventure game will launch exclusively on Nintendo Switch. Taking place in a post-civilization world, it centers around a group of survivors. You play as Yann, a young boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who is accompanied by his dog Ani. The story is based off a French novel of the same name. Both Yann and his canine companion are playable characters.

Furthermore, the title will be using the Unreal Engine 4. You can view a batch of images that are originally from Game Blog in our gallery below. For more on the Nintendo Switch, watch Jimmy Fallon react to it and play Zelda on The Tonight Show and read up about how it’s rumored that Pokémon Sun & Moon may get its own version on the Switch.

 

Our Take
The Nintendo Switch’s reveal was a couple months ago, but we still have little information about the console and its capabilities. We don’t know a whole lot about Seasons of Heaven either, but having a main character with Asperger’s sparks my interest.

Beta Test First Nintendo Switch Indie Game Seasons Of Heaven Announced