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GI Show 243: Guitar Hero Returns, Mortal Kombat X, Matt’s Last Show

This week, we talk about the return of Activision's Guitar Hero, Mortal Kombat X, and I say goodbye to the Game Informer Show.

We start off with Brian Shea, Matt Miller, and Andy Reiner, who join me to talk about the return of Guitar Hero. We also handicap the upcoming showdown between GH and Rock Band 4.

In the next segment, Brian and Reiner return, joined by Dan Tack to tackle the excellent (and slightly controversial) Mortal Kombat X.

And, in closing, this is going to be my last show as the host of the Game Informer Show. I will be leaving Game Informer to puruse a new career outside of games. It's a bittersweet time for me. I've truly enjoyed being the host of this podcast since its inception, but I'm going to be passing it off to Ben Hanson and Tim Turi, who are have some great ideas for its future. I have no doubt they are going to go on to create a new show that's better than what came before.

I'd like to personally thank every one of you who's listened to the show, commented on the show, or interacted with me via Twitter or email. The support of our Game Informer community has always meant a great deal to me. It was a pleasure and a privilege to make this show for you. I wish you all the best.

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GI Show 242: Dark Souls II: Scholar Of The First Sin, Reader Mailbag, Meet The Interns

We talk about the new-gen re-release of Dark Souls II, dig into the Reader Mailbag for questions, and introduce you to the current GI interns.

First off, Tim Turi and Dan "Dark Souls" Tack talk about Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, a deluxe, graphically and gameplay enhanced new-gen and PC version of the excellent From Software game. It features all the DLC, plus some great improvements to the game's story.

Next up, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Bryan Vore, Joe Juba, Jeff Marchiafava, and Ben Hanson to answer some of the best reader submitted questions in the triumphant return of Reader Mailbag.

Finally, GI interns Elise Favis, Justin Mikos, and Jon Gregory stop by to let you know a little bit more about themselves and their experiences as gamers and at GI.

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Test Chamber – Throwing Out The First Pitch In MLB 15: The Show

Spring is here and the smell of fresh-cut grass is finally more than a memory, which can only mean one thing: baseball is back. This year, SCE San Diego is promising some big things with its annual baseball series' newest title, MLB 15: The Show.

Watch as Reiner and Brian check out the various modes of The Show, including an inning of exhibition and a look at Reiner's character in the game's career mode, Road to the Show. Our review won't be live for a few days, but this video will give you a good idea of if it's worth upgrading from last year's release.

MLB 15: The Show released on March 31 for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. For more on the game prior to our review, you can check out our preview from last month.

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GI Show 241: Nintendo News, Axiom Verge, Pillars of Eternity

This week we talk about the recent Nintendo Direct, and two amazing games!

First off, host Matt Helgeson is joined by Andy Reiner, Brian Shea, and Ben Reeves to discuss all the news that came out of yesterday's Nintendo Direct web conference, including lots of Amiibo talk and some new game announcements.

Ben Reeves sticks around for the second segment, joined by Bryan Vore and Joe Juba to talk about Axiom Verge, a love letter to the classic Metroid games that outpaced its inspirations in some respects.

Finally, Matt Miller and Kim Wallace stop by to discuss Obsidian's crowdfunded retro PC RPG Pillars of Eternity. It's a game that both captures what was good about the PC RPGs of the past while bringing the genre up to speed with modern convenience and depth. Like Axiom Verge, this is a must-play game.

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Where’s Our MLB 15: The Show Review?

MLB 15: The Show launches on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Vita tomorrow. That's the same day Game Informer staffers will be getting their hands on the final version of the game. Sony didn't send out early copies of the game to critics, citing the importance of the servers being online for players to get everything out of the game.

We are planning on posting early impressions and videos throughout the day tomorrow for those of you thinking about picking it up on day one. Sports reviews take time, and we don't anticipate having our review for MLB 15: The Show ready at any point this week.

For now, check out our hands-on impressions with a preview version of the game from earlier this year. – The Feed

GI Show 240: Bloodborne, Kojima And Konami’s Messy Metal Gear Divorce

This week we break down From Software's Bloodborne, and discuss the fallout of the divorce between Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and Konami.

In the first segment, host Matt Helgeson talks Bloodborne with Dan Tack, who gave the game a 9.75, and Tim Turi. Both of them sing the virtues of the game, which gives a new, more fast-paced spin on the challenging action/RPG combat that From Software perfected in the Dark Souls series.

In the second segment, we have a long discussion regarding the recent soap opera between Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami. Their partnership dates back over three decades, but now it seems that Kojima will be leaving the company, and the Metal Gear franchise, behind following the completion of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phanton Pain. It's definitely going to be the end of an era, and we contemplate what it all means.

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Grand Theft Auto V PC Screenshots Show Off Los Santos In 4K

Grand Theft Auto V is on track for April 14 on PC after a number of delays. If you were wondering if it’s worth the wait, these new 4K screenshots might help you decide.

Of course, to see the game in 4K, you’re going to need a PC powerful enough (and monitor capable) to make that happen. Rockstar says that a new trailer is coming next week.

For more on Grand Theft Auto V, check out our review and impressions of the recently added online heists. Also, you can check out our previous coverage to learn more about what hardware you’ll need to play GTA V on PC. – The Feed

The Past & Present In MLB 15: The Show

The release for Sony's MLB 15: The Show is in the not-so-distant future – March 31 for the PS4, PS3, and Vita, and the game's latest trailer gives a look at what can happen when the past and present collide.

For the first time in the franchise, legends are being incorporated into the game (one per team), and they can be played alongside current-day players.

The new footage also gives a look at gameplay vagaries like infielders palming the ball, linedrives up the mound, and even the way a runner's momentum carries him through a slide into second.

For a comprehensive look at the game, take a look at Reiner's preview, covering everything from hitting to the game's new RPG-like approach.

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Art Submissions Open For Into the Pixel 2015 Show

Every year at E3, the The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and the Entertainment Software Association host an art show that features video game concept pieces. The show is called Into the Pixel, and if you're an artists, you might be happy to know that this year's show is open to submissions.

Now in its 12th year, the show continues to celebrate the video game artists who push our favorite medium forward. Video game artists can submit their in-game or concept art for consideration at Into The Pixel’s website until April 10. This year's show will premiere during E3, and will then continue to tour at shows such as SXSW and the annual D.I.C.E. Summit.

Notable pieces from the 2014 show include art from titles like Destiny, The Last of Us, Luftrausers, and The Banner Saga. Check out more of those images here. – The Feed