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GI Show – Overwatch’s Review, Kirby, Uncharted 4 Game Club

The Game Informer Show hits a milestone this week with its big 300th episode, so to celebrate we packed this episode with some real good stuff. To kick things off, Dan Tack joins the show to give the final word on what makes Blizzard's Overwatch worthy of our highest score. After that we have Kyle Hilliard and Jeff Cork to talk about the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan from Platinum Games and why Kirby: Planet Robobot's ending makes it a keeper on 3DS. We also get to hear Tack's thoughts on the new strategy game Total War: Warhammer. In the back half of the show, we finally get around to our GI Game Club for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End and break down the first ten chapters of the game in great detail. We're covering the rest of the game on this podcast on June 9th episode, so feel free to send emails into [email protected] with your thoughts on the entire game!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 300 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming email of the Week!

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show's intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

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

4:00 – Dan Tack's thoughts on Overwatch
23:55 – Kirby: Planet Robobot
30:50 – Replaying Uncharted 1-3
36:08 – Platinum's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan
44:10 – Total War: Warhammer
48:20 – Community emails
1:05:15 – Our first GI Game Club for Uncharted 4: A Thief's End's first 10 chapters

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Get Ready For Our Game Club On Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Last month, in the final installment of our GI Game Club covering Final Fantasy VII, we announced that our next game to dissect and discuss would be Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. With the game's release today amidst a glowing reaction from critics, here's the latest info on how you can participate.

On The Game Informer Show podcast airing May 26th, a group of Game Informer editors will be going in-depth on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End up through chapter 10. This is roughly half-way through the game and will be our stopping point until the next discussion. We will not spoil anything beyond the tenth chapter in that first discussion. The point of the GI Game Club is to play games alongside the community, so we strongly encourage people to play up until that point as well and send in questions, thoughts, or discussion topics to [email protected] before May 25th.

To get the ball rolling on some discussion points, feel free to write in to [email protected]  on the following topics…

- How well does the beginning of the game re-establish who these characters are? Does Uncharted 4 depend on knowledge from previous entries?

- In the first ten chapters, how much does the game change/add to your impression or your previous knowledge of returning characters?

- Do the dialogue decisions add anything of value?

- How much do you enjoy the gameplay of Uncharted 4 versus the writing?

- What are the little touches in this game's design/animation/writing that separate Naughty Dog from other developers? 

- How do you think the production of The Last of Us has influenced Uncharted 4: A Thief's End?

- What is the best moment from the first ten chapters of the game?

We can't wait to dive into Nathan Drake's latest adventure with you all, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show and join in on the discussion. Happy treasure hunting!

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Get Ready For Our Game Club On Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Last month, in the final installment of our GI Game Club covering Final Fantasy VII, we announced that our next game to dissect and discuss would be Uncharted 4: A Thief's End. With the game's release today amidst a glowing reaction from critics, here's the latest info on how you can participate.

On The Game Informer Show podcast airing May 26th, a group of Game Informer editors will be going in-depth on Uncharted 4: A Thief's End up through chapter 10. This is roughly half-way through the game and will be our stopping point until the next discussion. We will not spoil anything beyond the tenth chapter in that first discussion. The point of the GI Game Club is to play games alongside the community, so we strongly encourage people to play up until that point as well and send in questions, thoughts, or discussion topics to [email protected] before May 25th.

We can't wait to dive into Nathan Drake's latest adventure with you all, so please subscribe to The Game Informer Show and join in on the discussion. Happy treasure hunting!

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GI Show – Final Fantasy XV, Adr1ft, GI Game Club Finale

We're sorry that the podcast is late, but we wanted to record the show later than usual so that we can cover a couple of the week's biggest nuggets of gaming news. This week Ben Hanson is joined by the great Andy McNamara, Jeff Cork, and Joe Juba for a fun show. We cover the gigantic event held unveiling news about Final Fantasy XV, why Adr1ft is one of the best VR launch titles, and what it looks like when Nintendo makes a social-media service on the iPhone. The back half of the show has Joe Juba, Ben Reeves, and Ben Hanson return to the world of Final Fantasy VII to discuss the game's ending and to announce our next choice for GI Game Club.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 293 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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

1:55 – Covering the new Final Fantasy XV news
22:00 – VR's launch and Adr1ft
41:00 – Kronos and the other Oculus launch games
1:10:50 – Nintendo's iOS and Android Miitomo
1:15:05 – Listener emails
1:22:00 – Stardew Valley vs. Harvest Moon
1:36:20 – Discussing Final Fantasy VII's final disc

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Get Ready For Our Last Game Club Discussion On Final Fantasy VII

A few months ago, we started the Game Informer Game Club where we play games and talk about them with our (awesome) community. The inaugural game has been Final Fantasy VII,
and we’ve already had three discussions about the game. Now we’re gearing up to bring the Final Fantasy VII discussion to a close with one last session that covers the end of the game and all the side content.

Mark your calendars, because the next GI Game Club session is
happening on March 31, which is when we will air the final segment on the Game Informer
Show podcast. If you still need to catch up on our discussions, you can watch part one here, part two here, and part three here.

As with previous discussions, we have a few conversation topics to think about as you play through the game with us:

  • What are your thoughts about FF VII's soundtrack? Which specific tracks stand out?
  • What are your biggest unanswered questions with the story?
  • What were your favorite strategies for taking out the weapons and Sephiroth?
  • Did you have any favorite little side stories or places to visit at the end of the game?
  • What does the “500 years later” sequence at the end of the game mean? What is humanity’s fate?
  • What were your favorite enemies?
  • Has playing through this game changed your mind on the amount of praise the game gets? Is it just backlash because of its popularity at the time?
  • Is Final Fantasy VII in your top three Final Fantasy games? Why or why not?
  • What type of game do you think would work best for the next GI Game Club game? 

Of course, you can use these questions as a starting point; we’re
interesting in hearing any of your insights, questions, and
observations. Send your comments to [email protected], and we might address them directly during our discussion.

Thanks for being a part of this! The GI Game Club wouldn’t exist without your enthusiasm and participation!

For an archive of our last live chat, head to
page 2.


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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

Update: The discussion is now over, but you can read our archived conversation on page two. Also come back in three weeks for the next talk.

Original Story

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and now you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show
for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe
Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.

To help further your involvement in the discussion,
we’ve planned a text-based live chat for today, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just
one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link
to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to this conversation,
we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. If you missed the last live chat, check out our archive of the conversation here, and to join
in next time, play through the end of Disc 2, which takes you up to your return to Midgar. We’ll discuss
that section of the game on March 17 and 18.


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Share Your Final Fantasy VII Insights In Our Second Game Club Live Chat

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show
for our second full discussion about the game. Ben Hanson, Joe
Juba, and I all sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the content of the first disc and fielded emails you sent our way.  

To help further your involvement in the discussion,
we’ve planned a text-based live chat for Friday, February 26, from 3pm to 4pm CST. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing everything in the game that happens after you leave Midgar and up through the end of Disc One. We like you to come and share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just
one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link
to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

If you can’t make it to this conversation,
we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. If you missed the last live chat, check out our archive of the conversation here, and to join
in next time, play through the end of Disc 2, which takes you up to your return to Midgar. We’ll discuss
that section of the game on March 17 and 18.

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GI Show – Far Cry Primal, Garden Warfare 2, FF VII Game Club

This week on The Game Informer Show we get primal and silly. Game Informer's Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Javy Gwaltney to break down the week's biggest releases. We talk about the surprising Far Cry Primal, Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2's accessible shooting, the ingenuity of Superhot, and the success of The Flame in the Flood. For the final segment, we return to the GI Game Club to discuss the classic Final Fantasy VII's 1st disc in its entirety. Joe Juba and Ben Reeves join us for that segment, and we want to thank everyone from the community that emailed in thoughts and questions about the game.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 286 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your emails to [email protected] for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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

1:50 – The Walking Dead: Michonne
4:20 – Far Cry Primal
12:50 – Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2
22:30 – The Flame in the Flood
27:40 – Superhot
34:15 – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
41:50 – Emails sent to [email protected]
1:02:20 – Discussing Final Fantasy VII's first disc

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Our First Final Fantasy VII Game Club Chat Is Complete

UPDATE:

Today's live chat has concluded. Thanks for joining us, everyone! We hope to see you next time. We'll be discussing the rest of Final Fantasy VII's disc one content on February 25 and 26. See you then!

Original Story:

A few weeks back, we announced our inaugural outing for the GI Game Club: a playthrough of the classic JRPG, Final Fantasy VII. We’ve been playing right along with you, and later today you can watch or listen to the Game Informer show for our first full discussion about the game. Tim Turi, Ben Hanson, Joe Juba, and I sat down for a lengthy conversation where we discussed the game and fielded emails you sent to us on the topic in recent weeks. 

That said, we also want to involve you directly in the discussion, so we’ve planned a text live chat for Friday, February 12, from 3pm to 4pm Central time. Like in the podcast, we’ll be discussing the first several hours of Final Fantasy VII, up to the point in the story where the characters depart Midgar.  And we want you to share what you think!

If you’ve been playing along with us, or if Final Fantasy VII is just one of your favorite games, we hope you’ll join us. We’ll post a link to the live chat shortly before 3pm on Friday. 

Hope to see you there!

And don’t worry. If you can’t make it to this first conversation, we’ll continue to discuss Final Fantasy VII in the coming weeks. To join in next time, play through the end of Disc 1, which takes you up to the end of the City of the Ancients sequence of the story. We’ll discuss that section of the game on February 25 and 26.

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