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GI Show – Doom, Trails Of Cold Steel, Back-Of-The-Box Trivia

Sadly, the holiday break and all the lazy gaming that comes with it is now behind us. On the bright side, we have recon intel from Reiner's recent trip to id Software for the latest cover of Game Informer: Doom. In addition to impressions from Reiner's extensive time with the gory single-player and mutliplayer modes of Doom, the rest of us are here to report on all the great games we played over winter break. Kim discusses her unexpectedly  fun experience with the JRPG The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. Ben Hanson returns as your co-host this week to chat all about the joy he's had diving deeper into Amplitude and Tim is all about EarthBound right now.

Stick around after the first segment as we unpack all the emails that were waiting for us during our week off. We close out the show with a special themed-round of the wildly entertaining Back-of-the-Box Trivia. Place your bets now. Will it be Tim, Reiner, or Kim? And that's not all…

Officially announcing the Game Informer Show Game Club! The game club will begin with the classic RPG Final Fantasy VII, which is on everyone's mind as we learn more about the highly anticipated FF VII Remake. Dust off your old PlayStation discs or download it on PC or PS4 so you can play along with us and come back to discuss it on the podcast in coming weeks. Our goal for the first episode is to complete the entire Midgar section of FF VII for reconvening and discussing our thoughts. Our suggested focus on this first "chapter" of the GI Show Book Club is to examine how Midgar is pieced together by Square. Pay close attention to the pre-rendered backgrounds, 3D character models, and how they play off each other. Additionally, we encourage you to listen closely in the burrows for Midgar lore and see what you can piece together. Please your game club related observations/questions to [email protected] so we can possibly discuss them when the time comes.

You can listen to episode 281 below, listen on SoundCloud, or subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes. 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 – The Doom cover story trip
17:00 – The Legends of Heroes: Trails in the Sky
30:50 – Disney Infinity: The Force Awakens playset
39:25 – Amplitude
 43:40 – Minecraft on PS4
47:05 – Lionel Battle Trains
50:00 – Reiner's old-school adventure game deep-dive
57:13 – Emails
1:29:50 – Announcing the Final Fantasy VII Game Club
1:33:25 – Back-of-the-Box Game Trivia – The Feed

See Skywalker Force Push A Cold Assault Stormtrooper Into A Tie Fighter

Star Wars Battlefront is in the hands of reviewers and EA Access members, which means this is just the first of what will likely be many, many insane moments to show up online.

Below you will find a clip of Luke Skywalker force pushing a Cold Assault Stromtrooper off a cliff as a Tie Fighter speeds by, hits the Stormtrooper, and explodes. It's ridiculous.

For more insane moments from Star Wars Battlefront, head here to see seven crazy moments from the beta. – The Feed

Waiting For Fallout 4? Pull Up A Stool And Have An Ice Cold Nuka Cola

In Fallout’s wasteland, bottle caps are the coin of the realm. You’ve either got them, or you find other (likely less savory) ways of surviving.

The bottle caps in question come from a number of beverages, but two stand out amongst Fallout fans: Nuka Cola and Sunset Sarsparilla. Holly Green (whom we’ve featured before, as she’s written a gaming-focused cook book) took on a craft project to bring a bit of the Wasteland into her house.

The stools were purchased blank, so Green didn’t need to paint over a logo. Using a custom-made stencil from an Etsy seller, model paint, and clear gloss. 

The aging seen in the image above was achieved using newspaper ink, resin, and ash. With the clear coat on top, the smudges are sealed so they don’t come off on pants.

You can read Green’s entire, detailed process on her blog. There, she has additional images and specifics about where you can order the stencils and which paints worked well.

[Source: Holly Green via Gameranx, images used with permission] – The Feed

It’s A Cold Day, As Hellraid Development Put On Ice

Techland’s Hellraid has hit a major barrier, as the developer has opted to put the game on hold. The game was put on ice due to quality reasons.

A statement from Techland indicates that it will focus instead on growing the Dying Light franchise. That title was released earlier this year, with solid response from critics and fans (including Game Informer).

Here’s the full statement from Techland:

Dear Hellraid fans,

We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold.

In the recent months we conducted an internal analysis and came to the conclusion that Hellraid, in its current shape and form, is not meeting our own expectations for this project. Therefore, we decided the best course of action would be to send it back to the drawing board and invent our dark fantasy title anew.

In the meantime, we will consolidate our development resources and focus on further expansion of our Dying Light franchise.

We wish to thank all our fans for your support – you’re the best!

When it was announced, Hellraid was originally planned for release in 2013. It was then bumped to 2014, and then 2015 with an engine change and refocus on PC and current-gen consoles.

[Source: Techland]


Our Take
It sounds like Hellraid might never see the light of day. However, as a fan of Dying Light, I’m glad to see that franchise will continue. – The Feed

Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart story add-on now live

The long-awaited story add-on for Batman: Arkham Origins has finally hit digital stores from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  Cold, Cold Heart is the action-packed DLC set during New Year’s Eve in Gotham City and sheds light on the tragic origin story of Mr. Freeze.  Players will discover how Freeze earned his place as one of Gotham City’s greatest villains.  It is available on the PSN, Xbox Live Games Store and STEAM for $ 9.99.  Players who have purchased the Batman: Arkham Origins Season Pass can of course download it at no additional charge.

New locations including Wayne Manor and GothCorp will be introduced in the Cold, Cold Heart Story Add-On.  It will take players on an ice-cold journey as Victor Fries encounters Batman for the first time.  To prepare players for the new challenges that await Batman, access has been granted to all new gadgets including Thermocharged Batarangs and Thermal Gloves.  In typical Batman fashion, not wanting to be caught off guard and under gunned, Batman will be equipped with his powerful Extreme Environment (XE) suit to take down Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs in hours of new story content.

Set several years before the events of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, Batman: Arkham Origins, developed by WB Games Montréal, is based on DC Comics’ core Batman license and introduces an original prequel storyline.   Taking place before the rise of Gotham City’s most dangerous criminals, the game features an expanded Gotham City and showcases a young and unrefined Batman as he faces a defining moment in his early career as a crime fighter that sets his path to becoming the Dark Knight.

Available now for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U and Windows PC, Batman: Arkham Origins is the latest installment in the blockbuster Batman: Arkham video game franchise.

If this isn’t enough content to keep you occupied for a while and you haven’t already picked them up, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate is also available for the PlayStation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS.  In addition, the HD version, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate – Deluxe Edition, is now available for PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U and PC.

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Invisible, Inc update comes in from the cold

Klei Entertainment’s turn-based espionage game Invisible, Inc remains in alpha testing, but to whet players’ appetites, the developer has cobbled together the above trailer to demonstrate the additions found in the game’s latest update.

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Batman: Arkham Origins’ Cold, Cold Heart DLC Scheduled For Late April

Warner Bros. is giving us a first look at the setup and cinematic for Batman: Arkham Origins story DLC. As suspected, Mr. Freeze is the starring villain in the Cold, Cold Heart expansion.

The story takes place on New Year’s Eve, and Batman will need some new toys in order to combat Freeze and his henchmen. The new extreme-condition suit is one of Alfred’s prototypes, and we’re sure he’ll object to Batman taking it into combat early.

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Batman: Arkham Origins – Cold, Cold Heart is coming on April 22 to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. For more, check out our review of the game and the recent news that the portable tie-in, Blackgate, is coming to home consoles and PC. – The Feed

Arkham Origins ‘Cold, Cold Heart’ DLC stars Mr. Freeze on April 22

Cold, Cold Heart is an open-world, narrative-driven chunk of DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, and it’s due out on April 22 for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC. Cold, Cold Heart tells the backstory of classic Batman villain Mr. Freeze in a brand new mission, and…
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Toy Soldiers: Cold War Now February’s Free Games With Gold Title

Yesterday was Dead Island's last day of free availability for Xbox Live Gold members. Toy Soldiers: Cold War is the new free title up for grabs.

The Games with Gold program offers two free games a month to Xbox Live Gold members with one game available at the front end of the month, and one game available at the back end. This month's freebies are Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War, and the former has been replaced by the latter.

To add Toy Soldiers: Cold War to your download queue, head here.

[Source: @MajorNelson]


Our Take
Free games are nice, but it's hard not to raise an eyebrow at Microsoft's free offerings compared to Sony's free PlayStation Plus titles. Our own Jeff Marchiafava said it best with a recent opinion piece about the competing online services, which you can read here. – The Feed

February’s ‘Games with Gold’ offers Dead Island and Toy Soldiers: Cold War free for Xbox 360

Per Major Nelson’s blog:

Starting Saturday (February 1st) Dead Island (Normally US $ 19.99) will be free for Xbox Live Gold members through February 15th .

Then on February 16th, Xbox Live Gold Members can download Toy Soldiers: Cold War (Normally US $ 14.99) for free.

That sound you hear? That’s the collective ‘meh’ of Xbox 360 owners across the globe. Yesterday, we posted about the impressive list of games that playstation plus users were getting in February AND they are coming off of a January where the Ps3 got Bioshock Infinite!

Free games are free games, and both are quality games that I have enjoyed in the past. I’ll try to hold back the feelings of entitlement, but Microsoft has some work to do to be able to catch up to the competition in this category of the console war.




Source: Major Nelson’s blog


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