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GI Show – “Metroid”, Metal Gear Survive, Interns’ Favorite Games

This week on The Game Informer Show, we tackle the reaction to internet over-reactions head on. It's a fun show this week as host Ben Hanson is joined by Kyle Hilliard, Brian Shea, and Dan Tack. We debate the merits of a spin-off experiences with Metroid Prime: Federation Force, Elder Scrolls Legends, Metal Gear Survive, and Final Fantasy XV's movie Kingsglaive. We know that's a lot of ground to cover, but we also throw in our impressions of Bound, 8-Bit Horde, and Grow Up. On top of that, Dan Tack has a bone to pick with No Man's Sky. After some great Emails from the community, in the back half of the show we say goodbye to our wonderful batch of interns by talking about Leo Vader, AJ Moser, Haley MacLean, and Blake Hester's favorite games this year and of all time.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 312 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions 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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5:30 – Destiny's private matches
7:17 – Metroid Prime: Federation Force
21:23 – No Man's Sky's criticism
32:00 – Elder Scrolls Legends
35:15 – Bound
40:10 – 8-Bit Horde
42:50 – Grow Up
43:35 – Metal Gear Survive
53:28 – Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV
1:04:40 – Community emails
1:38:40 – Interns Leo Vader, AJ Moser, Haley MacLean, Blake Hester 

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GI Show – No Man’s Sky, Prey, Deus Ex Game Club Finale

It's a new week at Game Informer, and time to introduce you to a new staff member. This week on the podcast, we're introducing our new associate editor Suriel Vazquez, and he's been playing a lot of the exciting and controversial fan-remake of Metroid II. First off though, we have Andrew Reiner and Matt Kato around to talk about the final release of the absurdly-awaited No Man's Sky and why Abzu deserves your attention. We also ask Reiner a million questions about his experience at QuakeCon this year and what he thought of the gameplay demos he saw of Arkane's Prey and Quake Champions. The back half of this week's show is the final installment of our GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution. It's been a pleasure, but it's time to say goodbye to Adam Jensen… until Deus Ex: Mankind Divided comes out in a couple of weeks.

You can watch the video at the bottom of the page, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 311 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions 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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:20 – Introducing Suriel Vazquez, Game Informer's new editor
5:57 – No Man's Sky
28:55 – Abzu
37:42 – Prey gameplay impressions
46:25 – Quake Champions impressions
48:30 – Overcooked
52:17 – Another Metroid 2 Remake
59:20 – DOTA 2's International Tournament
1:02:08 – Community emails
1:33:10 – The finale GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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GI Show – Destiny: Rise Of Iron Impressions, Batman, Gary Whitta Interview

Welcome to a new episode of The Game Informer Show! If you're not clamoring for new details on Destiny, we apologize. This week we revealed our new cover story featuring Destiny: Rise of Iron and we have a lot to talk about. I'm joined by Matt Miller (who wrote the cover story) and Ben Reeves to talk about our trip to Bungie to play through Destiny: Rise of Iron and what fans can expect from this year's expansion. After that, we hot-swap out Mr. Miller and replace him with Andrew Reiner to talk about Telltale Games' new episodic take on Batman and his review for the Xbox One S. After readkng through some great emails sent in to [email protected], I then interview writer Gary Whitta about his time working with Telltale on The Walking Dead, writing Star Wars: Rogue One, and his favorite Star Wars games.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 310 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions 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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2:25 – Our full impressions of Destiny: Rise of Iron
56:55 – Batman: A Telltale Game Series
1:05:40 – Hands-on impressions of the Xbox One S
1:12:40 – Community emails
1:32:45 – Interviewing writer Gary Whitta 

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GI Show – Comic-Con Recap, We Happy Few, Deus Ex Game Club

This week on The Game Informer Show, we break down some of the big news and fun things to see at Comic-Con 2016 before diving into games. Brian Shea joins us to talk about Gears of War 4, South Park: The Fractured But Whole, and Sonic Mania. After that, we get to Javy Gwaltney and his glowing review of the hacking-puzzle game Quadrilateral Cowboy and Jeff Cork's thoughts on Double Fine's Headlander. There's also some thoughts on We Happy Few and why it might not be what you think.

The back half of the show this week continues our trek through Deus Ex: Human Revolution from Eidos Montreal. We played and discuss the middle chunk of that game, and look forward to finishing things off on August 11th's show. So join in and send your thoughts on the game to [email protected].

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 309 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions 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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2:05 – Marvel Ultimate Alliance
3:05 – Comic-Con, South Park, Suicide Squad
8:04 – Gears of War 4
11:50 – Sonic Mania and more
18:55 – Pac-Man Championship Edition 2
21:55 - Pokémon Go at Comic-Con
26:08 – Quadrilateral Cowboy
36:25 – Double Fine's Headlander
42:23 – We Happy Few
50:07 – Kentucky Route Zero
52:35 – Videoball
55:56 – Hyper Light Drifter on consoles
57:05 – Community emails
1:24:58 – Deus Ex: Human Revolution Game Club Part 2

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Ubisoft Financials Show Record Percentage Of Digital Revenue

During a financial call for the first fiscal quarter ending on June 30, Ubisoft touted sales that exceeded expectations, high digital sales, and increased engagement levels with titles like The Division.

Sales were at €139 million, up from the target of €125, with a record amount of digital sales. Digital revenue accounted for 75 percent (at €104.8 million) as compared to 56 percent last year, including "recurring player investment" in the form of DLC, season passes, etc. to the tune of €47.9 million – an increase of 113.8 percent. Ubisoft praised the player engagement level for titles like Rainbow Six Siege and The Division. Monthly active users in general were up 53 percent as compared to last year. The Crew was also singled out, particularly because it's been out since late 2014.

Ubisoft's €139 million in sales for the quarter is up 44 percent from the same period last year. Also rising were back-catalog sales, which increased by 36.3 percent year-on-year.

The company projects second-quarter sales at about €100 million, with a full year expectation for 2016-2017 at about €1,700 million.

According to Ubisoft, these first-quarter numbers make it the leading North American and EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) publisher for the first six months of calendar 2016.

 

Our Take
Ubisoft mentioned its two new board directors, but did not address Vivendi's attempted hostile takeover.

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GI Show – Our 5 Most Underrated Games, Deus Ex Game Club

While the entire world is consumed by Pokémon Go, we decided to forge a different path with this week's episode of The Game Informer Show. Host Ben Hanson is joined by Jeff Cork, Kyle Hilliard, and Joe Juba to talk about this generation's most underrated games. We each chose five unsung heroes from the PS4, Xbox One, PC (from 2013 on), mobile, 3DS, or Vita and explained why they deserve a second look. We'd love to hear your pick for underrated games this generation in the comments below or send them in to [email protected]. Following this fun chat, we kick off our GI Game Club for Deus Ex: Human Revolution by talking about the game's opening hours.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 307 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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2:00 – Our choices for this generation's five most underrated games
1:11:45 – Listener emails
1:40:50 – Discussing Deus Ex: Human Revolution for GI Game Club

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Hollywood wants to make a TV show based on EA’s Battlefield games

Electronic Arts has cut a deal that will see Paramount TV and production company Anonymous Content optioning the rights to produce a television series based on EA and DICE’s Battlefield games. …


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GI Show – Battlefield 1, Dead By Daylight, Community Call-In

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show! This week host Ben Hanson is joined by Kyle Hilliard, Javy Gwaltney, and news editor Mike Futter. We cover a ton of games this week, kicking things off by talking about what it's like to play Battlefield 1. We also discuss the fascinating decision to make Turtle Rock's Evolve free to play, BoxBoxBoy on 3DS, Paragon, Zero Time Dilemma, Ghostbusters in VR, Dead by Daylight, and more! After some community emails, we then take things up a notch by having Kimberley Wallace join us for some random Skype calls from the community!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 306 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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1:34 – Battlefield 1
15:04 – Evolve going free-to-play
31:35 – BoxBoxBoy!
35:30 – Epic's MOBA Paragon
40:30 – Zero Time Dilemma
46:27 – Interviewing Ivan Reitman and playing Ghostbusters VR
56:50 – Dead by Daylight
1:01:47 – Community emails
1:32:45 – Community Skype calls

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GI Show – Pokémon Go, Inside, Back Of The Box Trivia

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show, we're happy to have you. This week on the big show, Kyle Hilliard professes his undying love for the spiritual successor to Limbo called Inside, Andrew Reiner explains why Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens is one of the better Lego experiences in years, and Jeff Cork shares his impressions of Pokémon Go's beta.  After all of the recent games discussion and some fun emails from the community, we duke it out in a round of back of the box trivia. Tune in, tell a friend!

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 305 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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5:50 – Inside's glowing review
14:55 – Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens
24:10 – Lego Dimensions' future
28:15 – Minecraft Battle update
30:25 - Pokémon Go impressions
53:35 – Reading community emails
1:15:10 – Back of the game box trivia

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GI Show – E3′s Best, Tokyo Mirage Sessions, Inside Eidos Montreal

Welcome back to The Game Informer Show. On this week's episode, we mop up some of the best things seen at E3 2016 with guests Andy McNamara and Andrew Reiner but first we cover some games that are out now. We're joined by Kimberley Wallace to talk about the Wii U's hot new JRPG regrettably called Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. We also cover the woes of Mighty No 9, and the highs of the also recently released Drawful 2 and Rhythm Heaven Megamix. In the back half of this week's show we speak with Stephane D'Astous, who built up Eidos Montreal to develop games like Deus Ex: Human Revolution and the Thief reboot. While he's no longer with the studio, he has amazing insight into what it's like to work for Square within a Western studio and much more.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes, or listen to episode 304 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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2:15 – Mighty No 9
9:35 – Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE
16:45 – Rhythm Heaven Megamix
18:50 – Drawful 2
24:25 – Discussing Xbox One S and Project Scorpio
38:40 – Rare's Sea of Thieves
44:25 – Star Trek Bridge Crew in VR
50:10 – PlayStation VR at E3
58:30 – Nintendo's Ever Oasis
1:01:40 – Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
1:00:15 – Emails sent to [email protected]
1:07:10 – E3's biggest disappointments
1:34:25 – Stephane D'Astous brings us inside Eidos Montreal's growth and challenges

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