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GI Show 235: The Order: 1886, Kirby Rainbow Curse, Hand of Fate

The Order: 1886 is finally here? For all our feelings about this divisive game, as well as a new Kirby title and great sleeper pick.

First off, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Matt Miller, Ben Reeves, and Joe Juba to talk about Ready at Dawn's The Order: 1886. The game has received a lot of criticism about its (rather brief) length – but what about the experience that is there? Our trio of editors have mixed feelings about a game that is at once compelling and a missed opportunity.

In the next segment, Bryan Vore and Kyle Hilliard stop by to discuss Kirby and the Rainbow Curse, a unique, touch-screen follow-up to Kirby and the Canvas Curse on the Nintendo DS. This version sports a very cool, molded clay look and unique touch controls.

Finally, PC editor Dan Tack is on the scene to clue us in on Hand of Fate, a very innovative action-RPG that combines a number of genres in a very new way.

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MLB 15: The Show Trailer Brings Back That Baseball Feelin’

Sony is prepping MLB 15: The Show for a March 31 release on PlayStation 4, PS3, and Vita, and the game's new trailer revels in visual splendor of MLB 15 and the sport.

For more on the game, check out these screens detailing its visual improvements, as well as info on its 10th anniversary edition.

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GI Show 234: Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate, Evolve

This week, we've got one of the year's most-anticipated games and the first U.S. appearance of a Japanese blockbuster.

In the first segment, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Joe Juba and Tim Turi to talk about Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. While it has a strong following in the States, it's a phenomenon in Japan. Does the handheld multiplayer game have what it takes to impress the GI crew? Listen in to find out.

The remainder of the show is spent talking about a game we've been excited about ever since we put in on the cover of Game Informer: Turtle Rock and 2K Games' Evolve. The 4v1 monster multiplayer shooter has some unique asymmetrical gameplay. Jeff Marchiafava, Andy Reiner, and Dan Tack have put some serious time into the game, and break it down in detail, even dispensing some valuable tips and advice along the way.

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GI Show 233: Dying Light, Life Is Strange, The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D

This week, we tackle a gruesome open-world zombie hit, a time-twisting adventure, and the reinvention of a Nintendo classic.

First up is Dying Light, Dead Island creator Techland's new zombie franchise. It's certainly based off Techland's past work, but takes the zombie genre in new directions with a more serious tone, parkour-influenced traversal, and intense action and storytelling. Host Matt Helgeson is joined by Game Informer's Brian Shea and Jeff Marchiafava, who tell us all about it.

In the second segment, we talk about the first installment of Dontnod's episodic adventure game. Dontnod's Remember Me was an interesting, yet flawed title, and Life is Strange takes some of the best elements while implementing better mechanics – and tackling some genuinely edgy issues. Reviewer Kim Wallace stops by along with Ben Reeves and Ben Hanson.

Finally, Kyle Hilliard and Ben Reeves talk about The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask 3D, the excellent new remake of the classic action/RPG. It's the best version of Majora's Mask to date, making it perfect for those who've never played it or veterans looking for a much-improved trip down memory lane.

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Conan O’Brien’s Show Get Recreated In Minecraft

Conan O'Brien has a pretty good set for his TBS show. Even so, the late night host thought that it would be cool if he animated an entire show inside the mega popular indie title. It sounds like Mojang was initially onboard, but pulled out at some point. We have no idea if this is true, but it's an interested story. Go tell your friends.

This isn't Conan's first run in with Minecraft; not only has the late night host played the game, he also commented on Minecraft's $ 2.5 billion acquisition by Microsoft. Check out the following video, which is funnier than the latter, but not as good as the former.

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Metal Gear Rising 2 Teased At Taipei Game Show

It's a blink-and-you-miss-it tease, but it looks like Metal Gear Rising 2 may be in development for PlayStation 4.

Appearing during part of Taipei Game Show's live stream (not to be confused with Tokyo Game Show, which shares the same acronym), the image you see above flashed quickly during a montage of upcoming PlayStation games. During an The Order: 1886 clip where the team is counting down for a payload drop, during the number two, a number two with the Metal Gear Rising font flashed on screen.

You can see the tease yourself by checking out the stream here and jumping to around the 2:46 mark. For our review of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, head here.

[Source: TGS Live on Twitch, via NeoGAF, vg247]

Thanks to Aaron Quixote for the news tip!

 

Our Take
This certainly feels like a Hideo Kojima-flavored tease. I can't think of much else it could possible be. Maybe we will find out more at E3.

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GI Show 232: Grim Fandango Review, MAGfest

We rave about a recent video game-music centered convention, and express mixed feelings about the return of a classic LucasArts adventure game.

In the first segment, Ben Hanson and Jeff Cork stop by to have a slight disagreement about the rerelease of LucasArt's noir adventure Grim Fandango. We also debate the art of remastering a game and a take a brief detour into trying to figure out what the hell happened in Beyond: Two Souls.

Next, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Brian Shea and Tim Turi to talk about MAGfest (Music and Games Fest). It's an annual event that gathers some of the brightest lights of the video game music scene, from composers to video-game cover bands to chiptune artists. Tim was at this year's MAGfest, and Brian has attended the past four. It's an interesting and unique event in the video game year that you should know more about.

Note: Dying Light is not covered in this week's show because our review has not been posted, we will cover it in next week's show.

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GI Show 231: Microsoft’s HoloLens, Saints Row, Resident Evil HD Remaster

In this episode, we give a detailed breakdown of Microsoft's new holographic technology and talk about two big game releases.

We kick things off with HoloLens discussion, as host Matt Helgeson is joined by Andy McNamara, Brian Shea, and Jeff Marchifava. Andy attended Microsofts event, and got to experience HoloLens firsthand, and has a lot of insights and observations to provide on the intriguing new technology.

Next up, is latest entry in Volitions gonzo Saints Row series: Gat Out of Hell. Andy Reiner and Joe Juba, two longtime Saints Row fans, have played the game and have a lot to say about it.

Finally, Tim Turi, our resident Resident Evil expert, talks about the new HD remaster of the classic first game in the series.

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PlayStation exclusive TV show ‘Powers’ debuts in March

The PlayStation-exclusive original series Powers will debut on March 10, the PlayStation Blog has announced. The series will span ten episodes, with the first episode available for free to all PSN account holders. PlayStation Plus subscribers will ha…
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GI Show 230: Meet The New Editor, Nintendo News And Analysis

In this podcast, we get to know the newest member of the GI team, and talk about this week's Nintendo news.

First up, host Matt Helgeson is joined by our new editor, Brian Shea. You'll be reading (and hearing) a lot more from Brian in the future, so we decided to give you a little listen into his personal history as a writer and gamer. Here's Brian's introductory blog post.

In the second segment, Matt is joined by Game Informer news editor Mike Futter to discuss the recent Nintendo Direct streaming news conference and all the announcements that came with it. We also speculate about Nintendo's future and outlook for 2015.

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