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Uncharted 4 awarded top honor at 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End took home the coveted Game of the Year gong at this year’s South by Southwest Gaming Awards. …


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Sonic Mania Slips From Spring To Summer 2017

During today's South By Southwest "Gotta Go Fast" panel, Sonic Team head Takashi Iizuka announced that the Sonic Mania development team needs a bit more time to deliver the game they want to make. Originally scheduled to release spring 2017, Sonic Mania will now launch this summer.

Sonic Mania delivers classic-style gameplay, visuals, and sound. For more on Sonic Mania, check out our recent hands-on preview.

Sonic Mania is now set to launch on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC this summer.

 

Our Take
Sega has recently shifted away from its previous strict approach to deadlines. We most recently saw that with Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice, which seemed to benefit from its yearlong delay, seeing as how it was a much better experience than the two previous Sonic Boom games. This appears to be another example of Sega's new approach to striving for quality over a timely delivery. 

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Project Sonic 2017 Is Now Named Sonic Forces

During today's "Gotta Go Fast" South By Southwest panel, Sonic Team finally revealed the name for its upcoming mainline entry in the Sonic franchise. Known as Project Sonic 2017 since its announcement in July of last year, Sonic Team's upcoming game is now officially known as Sonic Forces.

No additional details were revealed, but if you missed the initial teaser trailer from last year, you can check that out below.

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Sonic Forces is set to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC during holiday 2017.

 

Our Take
I'm glad Sega is finally talking about Sonic Forces and giving it a proper name. I was getting tired of saying and writing "Project Sonic 2017." 

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 16, 2017)

Blog Herding took an unexpected hiatus last week due to illness, but we're back on track with another collection of intriguing posts from the community.

Community Blogs
For March 2 – March 15:

Personifying
My Persona 4 Experience

Attackcobra loves Japan. So it only makes sense that Persona is another love.
Here our blogger writes about enjoying a contemporary Japanese setting. It's a
good thing Cobra's confusion over the series didn't prevent him from trying it.

Everything
Wrong With Doom 2016

StarterPack gives us a rundown of the flaws he found in the latest Doom – a game
he loved. They aren't huge grievances, but it's a good, personal look at a game
that was well hyped when it released. 

The
Joy Of A Boy – 200th Blog Special

GerardoExber reflects on his time blogging after reaching a milestone 200th blog. It's crazy to think he's written that much in such a short time, but also
super cool. Thank you for the dedication, and, once again, another personal
story about yourself and gaming.

Some
Spoiler-Free Musings On Breath Of The Wild

The latest Zelda game has been amazing, and Haley Shipley – a longtime Zelda
fan – is here to offer her thoughts on Nintendo's latest blockbuster. She
really enjoys it, basically. I do too, and I highly recommend this game to
everyone.

Community Reviews:

Zombie's
Nier: Automata Review

It seems like the new Nier is a love-it-or-hate-it game, but zombierecon is in the love-it
camp. He writes, "Automata really resonated with me, which is no surprise given
that its predecessor did the same."

Writing Challenge Responses:

Community
Writing Challenge: Game-Based Seasons? I Don't Think So

Blogger GerardoExber doesn't game according to release schedules. I see why he
doesn't. Catching up on a backlog, waiting for games to go on sale, and a list
of other reasons keep many gamers playing a plethora of eclectic games over the
years.

Writing Challenge:

Do you game when you're sick? I've tried to play a little
bit of Breath of the Wild, but it's hard to concentrate when my mind is muddled
and I long for the sweet release of sleep (and a comfy bed with my cat). However, maybe you have a feel-good game that takes the place of a bowl of chicken noodle soup when you're sick. Share your creative take on the topic with the community by writing a blog today!

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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The Legend Of Zelda: Symphony Of The Goddesses 2017 Tour Dates Announced

The 2017 dates for The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess tour have been announced, and the program includes music from Breath of the Wild, the return of "Ballad of the Wind Fish" from the tour's original program, a new movement from Skyward Sword, and more.

The tour kicks off on March 17 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, hits North America on May 20 in Minneapolis, and through the tour's end on December 30 in Salt Lake City, stops in Pittsburgh, Calgary, Barcelona, Durham, and many points in between.

The Symphony of the Goddess is a two-hour concert featuring a 66-piece orchestra, 24-person choir, and a video collage synced up to the music.

For a full list of the tour schedule and program info, head to the official site.

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BlizzCon 2017 Dates Announced

The Anaheim Convention Center has always hosted BlizzCon, a two-day celebration of the games of Blizzard. Twelve years after the first event way back in 2005, Blizzard has announced the dates for BlizzCon 2017.

The annual event will be held on November 3 and 4. Tickets cost $ 199 and go on sale in two batches, on April 5 and April 8. Additionally, there will be a BlizzCon benefit dinner on November 2, with net proceeds going to the Children's Hospital of Orange County. Tickets to the dinner cost $ 750.

Previous years have featured exclusive announcements, eSports competitions, developer panels, and live music. There's no reason to expect anything less from 2017's event, especially considering the enduring popularity of titles like Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, not to mention long-running staples like Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft.

For more on BlizzCon, check out our rundown of 2016's show.

[Source: BlizzCon]

 

Our Take
BlizzCon has always closed with a high-energy musical performance. Previous years have featured such bands as Tenacious D, Metallica, and Foo Fighters. 2016's closing ceremony was anchored by a performance from the great one himself, "Weird" Al Yankovic. It's literally impossible for 2017's show to top that, but we're still excited to learn who will headline the closing ceremony of BlizzCon 2017.

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GDC 2017 talks are now available to watch via the GDC Vault!

Game Developers Conference organizers are pleased to announce that the many talks and presentations delivered by game industry notables at GDC 2017 are now available to watch on the GDC Vault! …


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2017 Video Game Release Schedule

If you're wondering what games are coming up in 2017, we've put them all in one convenient location. This list will be continually updated to act as a living, breathing schedule as new dates are announced, titles are delayed, and big reveals happen. This should help you plan out your next several months in gaming and beyond.

As the gaming calendar is constantly changing, we highly recommend you bookmark this page. You'll likely find yourself coming back to this to find out the most recent release schedule for the most anticipated games across PC, consoles, handhelds, and mobile devices. If you notice that we've missed something, feel free to let us know! Please note that games will not get assigned to a month until they have a confirmed release dates

January
Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA Future Tone (PS4) – January 10
Rise and Shine (Xbox One, PC) – January 13
Road Redemption (PS4, Xbox One) – January 15 
2064: Read Only Memories (PS4) – January 17
The Flame In The Flood (PS4) – January 17
Gravity Rush 2
(PS4) – January 20
Urban Empire (PC) – January 20
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King (3DS) – January 20
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Mega-Battle (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 20
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue (PS4) – January 24
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 24
Tales of Berseria (PS4, PC) – January 24
Yakuza 0 (PS4) – January 24
Moto Racer 4 (PS4, Xbox One) – January 24
Double Dragon IV (PS4, PC)  - January 29
Disgaea 2 (PC) – January 30
Constructor HD (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Hitman: The Complete First Season (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – January 31
Digimon World: Next Order (PS4) – January 31 

February
Poochy & Yoshi's Woolly World (3DS) – February 3
A House of Many Doors (PC) – February 3
Touhou Genso Wanderer (PS4, Vita) – February 7
Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book (PC) – February 7
Nioh (PS4) – February 7
For Honor (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Sniper Elite 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Deformers (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 14
Tank Troopers (3DS) – February 16
Berserk and the Band of the Hawk (PS4, PC, Vita) – February 21 
Halo Wars 2 (Xbox One, PC) – February 21
Night in the Woods (PS4, PC) – February 21
Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin (PSVR) – February 21
Ys Origin (PS4, Vita) – February 21
Lego Worlds (Xbox One, PS4, PC) – February 24
Horizon Zero Dawn (PS4) – February 28
Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns (3DS) – February 28 
Torment: Tides of Numenera (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – February 28
Valhalla Hills: Definitive Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – February 28 

March
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch, Wii U) – March 3
1-2-Switch (Switch) – March 3
Super Bomberman R (Switch) – March 3
Just Dance 2017 (Switch) – March 3
Skylanders Imaginators (Switch) – March 3
I Am Setsuna (Switch) – March 3
Snipperclips – Cut it Out, Together (Switch) – March 3
World of Goo (Switch) – March 3
Little Inferno (Switch) – March 3
Human Resource Machine (Switch) – March 3
Ghost Recon Wildlands (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 7
Nier: Automata (PS4, PC) – March 7
Loot Rascals (PS4, PC) – March 7
Danganronpa 1-2 Reload (PS4) – March 14
Star Trek: Bridge Crew (PSVR, Rift, Vive) – March 14
Styx: Shards of Darkness (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 14
Senran Kagura: Peach Beach Splash (PS4) – March 16
The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ (Switch) – March 17
Mass Effect Andromeda (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 21
Troll & I (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – March 21
Battle for Orion 2 (PC) – March 23
Rock Band VR (Rift) – March 23
The End of an Age: Fading Remnants (PC) – March 23
Dreamfall Chapters (PS4, Xbox One) – March 24
Mario Sports Superstars (3DS) – March 24
Has-Been Heroes (PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC) – March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 Remix (PS4) – March 28
MLB The Show 17 (PS4) – March 28
Thimbleweed Park (Xbox One, PC) – March 30 

April
Domina (PC) – April 3
Persona 5 (PS4, PS3) – April 4
Sniper: Ghost Warrior 3 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 4
Ira (PC, Mac) – April 5
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 7
Don't Think Twice (Rift, Vive) – April 7
Yooka-Laylee (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
The Sexy Brutale (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 11
Stardew Valley: Collector's Edition (PS4, Xbox One) – April 11
Calm Waters (PC, Mac) – April 13
The Silver Case (PS4) – April 18
Micro Machines: World Series (PS4, Xbox One) – April 21
Dragon Quest Heroes II (PS4) – April 25
Puyo Puyo Tetris (Switch, PS4) – April 25
Syberia 3 (PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC) – April 25
Little Nightmares (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28
Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – April 28
Portal Knights (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – April 28

May
Prey (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – May 5
Birthdays the Beginning (PS4, PC) - May 9
RIME (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – May 9
Injustice 2
(PS4, Xbox One, iOS, Android) – May 16
Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia (3DS) – May 19
Don't Starve Mega Pack (PS4, Xbox One) – May 30

June
Tekken 7 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 2 
The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Dirt 4 (PS4, Xbox One, PC) – June 6
Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy (PS4) – June 30

July
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age (PS4) – July 11 

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can return as the year's schedule continues to fill out!

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Game Informer’s Top Scoring Game Reviews Of 2017

Game Informer reviews tons of games every year, but 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 2017 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. Also, be sure to save this page so you can check back each month to see which new games we think should be added to your "must-play" list.

For more of our favorite games from recent years, head to the links below.

Top Scoring Games of 2016
Top Scoring Games of 2015
Top Scoring Games of 2014

Nav: SILVER | GOLD | PLATINUM

Be sure to click on the blue game titles to jump to the full review text.

Night in the Woods
PS4, PC

"Night in the Woods is a strange tale with an even stranger cast of characters, but it revels in its oddities. The excellent writing pulls off a realistic sense of cynicism, childlike wonder, and comradery between friends. With its careful balance between adult themes and youth, it captures a stage of life that is confusing, frightening, and thrilling. The sluggish pacing can drag, but players fill the time by building friendships and understanding the grim secrets of a town they once again call home." – Elise Favis

Horizon Zero Dawn
PS4

"None of Horizon's faults stopped me from sinking 55 hours
into the game, or walking away supremely satisfied with the experience. Horizon
may not be a revolution for the open-world genre, but it is a highly polished
and compelling adventure that proves Guerrilla is more than a single franchise." – Jeff Marchiafava

Torment: Tides of Numenera
PS4, Xbox One, PC

"Cerebral and often disturbing, Torment is a rabbit hole of significant depth, where you can get lost in improbable imaginings of warped realities and existential angst. If you can wrap your head around a non-linear narrative all about consciousness, identity, and memory, Torment is a riveting departure from expectation." – Matt Miller

Poochy And Yoshi's Woolly World
3DS

"If you skipped Woolly World on Wii U, Poochy & Yoshi’s Woolly World offers what is essentially a straight port. It doesn’t feel downgraded, even if the visuals aren’t quite as sharp. Exchanging co-op for the dedicated Poochy auto-run levels and a better mellow mode is a worthy trade. Woolly World is still the best Yoshi’s Island game since the original, even on this less-powerful platform." – Kyle Hilliard

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
PS4, Xbox One, PC

"Capcom has successfully reinvented Resident Evil in the past, the most notable deviation being the brilliant Resident Evil 4. This new vision doesn’t reach the same heights of spectacle and gameplay innovation as that breakthrough release, but is a welcome addition to the series (both in terms of gameplay and lore), and a nice entry point for newcomers." – Andrew Reiner

Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue
PS4

"Final Chapter Prologue is a solid collection that I enjoyed playing, and got me more excited for Kingdom Hearts III due to how it sets up everything so wonderfully. I wish I were playing Kingdom Hearts III instead of another remaster, but this is the best collection for getting you prepped for what's ahead." – Kimberly Wallace

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (March 2, 2017)

This week brings
us a great amount of writing challenge responses, and some ruminations of games
everyone is playing. Dig in!

Community Blogs
For February 23 – March 1:

Everything Wrong with Battlefront
This blog was one I homed
in on immediately because, as Game Informer editor Matt Kato can tell you, I'm
a bit obsessed with this game. Here StarterPack writes about what's wrong with
the game (and trust me, there is plenty). Honestly, I'm fine with zero single-player modes (I also bought the game for $ 20). I do disagree with multiplayer.
It's fun, most of the DLC added great modes and heroes that force you to change
tactics in certain modes, and I can't get over the feel of every epic battle.
Plus Vader.

My Favorite Games To Unwind With
I'm guessing that like
Irwin, we all have games to unwind with. While I haven't played any on this
list, they all sound like great ways to just relax after a long day at work. I
play Pro Evolution Soccer and Battlefront to unwind, which…kind of does the
opposite now that I think about it.

Games Journalism and Lessons Learned
Daniel Jones takes us
through his time as a video game journalist. It's an interesting read, and it
reminds me of just how hard it is to break into writing in any field.

Writing Challenge Responses:

CWC:
The Laundromat Tournaments

Laundromat tournaments, the subject of StarterPack's blog, definitely had
me intrigued. It's a take on the challenge I didn't expect but I really enjoyed
reading. It transported me to a different time and place – one that sounds both
fun and familiar.

Community
Writing Challenge: 3rd Time's the Charmed Snake

Qrow Rose took a long – and I mean long – time to play and beat Snake Eater.
The first play session ended with our blogger uninterested. But eventually
another playthrough became a revelation, and the game is now one Qrow loves. This
led to a Metal Gear awakening of sorts.

CWC:
Classic Turn-based without the Grind

Brendon Curzio's biggest gaming moment of 2016? Playing The Legend of
Dragoon. He doesn't like grinding, which made Dragoon something he could enjoy,
unlike other turn-based classics. I remember playing it for the first time the
day it launched. I really dug it.

CWC:
Late to the Party In Gaming

TheFoolArcana isn't afraid to admit that games can fall through the cracks
of life. Returning to "missed" games is fun for Arcana, and he even intends to
play Red Dead Redemption to completion soon. I'm slowly forcing myself to beat
more current and old games. It's going alright, but it's definitely tough.

Community
Writing Challenge: When Classics Find Their Way

This listicle from GerardoExber is like a greatest hits of yesteryear. He
even breaks down each game with how he felt before playing it, when playing it,
and after beating it. There are some gems on this list, and I implore everyone
to play Symphony of the Night if you haven't.

CWC:
My True Love, Zelda

StarterPack had a revelation thanks to his father buying Twilight Princess.
Little did his father or StarterPack know, this would set this gamer on a love
affair with Link and co.

Writing Challenge:

So spring has been kind of crazy with game releases, yeah?
Write about how fall is no longer king for game releases, or let's see some
words on games that have recently come out. I want to read about how much ramen
you eat in Yakuza 0, the best battle you've had against a robot dino, or how
much gravity doesn't affect you.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

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