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GI Show – Lego Star Wars, XCOM 2, Jesse Schell Interview

The sequel to Firaxis' kickin' sci-fi strategy game, XCOM 2, is the big release of the week and we're psyched to dish about it on this week's episode. Ben Reeves joins us to talk about his arduous trials fighting against his alien overlords. Matt Miller joins us to tell tales of his dog-eat-dog adventures in The Division's treacherous Dark Zone. The perpetually bearded Jeff Cork also offers some insight into Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and how it offers canonical bridges to gaps in the lore. Tim Turi is your host this week as Ben Hanson is out for gruesome reasons that we dive into on the podcast. 

We also return to answer your emails, which spark discussions about cool stuff like whether game reviewers hold rivalries and what awesome shows we've been watching. Jesse Schell of Schell Games also joins us for our final segment to talk about his James Bond-inspired VR game, I Expect You To Die, along with the lowdown on his cancelled Oregon Trail MMO.

Game Club Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances our first GI Game Club powwow about Final Fantasy VII will be delayed until next week. To find out the shocking, visceral reason we had to delay and why Ben Hanson isn't on this episode, you'll have to tune in. For more info on our new Game Club, read our introductory post.

You can listen to episode 285 on SoundCloud by clicking here, 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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5:01 – XCOM 2

22:12 – LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

32:46 – The Division Beta

51:10 – The Witness

53:19 – Listener Feedback

1:18:09 – Interview with Jesse Schell of Schell Games

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GI Show – The Witness, Lego Avengers, Darkest Dungeon Interview

The cogs, pistons, and steam pipes of 2016's video game releases are slowly, steadily humming to life. This week marks the release of The Witness, the latest puzzler from Jonathan Blow, creator of Braid. Reviewer Joe Juba discusses his time wandering The Witness' peaceful island while working his way through hundreds of satisfyingly tricky puzzles. Andrew Reiner also joins us to talk about Traveler's Tales' latest, Lego Marvel's Avengers. Prepare for a discussion about a ton of Marvel c-listers that the developers have crammed in here. After a rip-roarin' email segment Ben Hanson and Dan Tack sit down with Red Hook Studio, part of the team behind Darkest Dungeon, to discuss the nitty and gritty of their brutal Lovecraftian dungeon crawler.

You can listen to episode 284 on SoundCloud by clicking here, 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!

Special Note: Due to an export error, the video version of the show will not be available until Friday. Please check back then. Sorry!

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3:13 – The Witness
20:45 – Lego Marvel's Avengers
34:00 – Lost in Harmony
34:40 – Tim's Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam impressions
38:30 – Our Final Fantasy VII Game Club warm-up
42:20 – Emails
1:12:35 – Interviewing Chris Bourassa and Tyler Sigmanabout their work on Darkest Dungeon

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GI Show – Mario & Luigi, Darkest Dungeon, The Flame In The Flood Interview

Welcome back to another episode of The Game Informer Show! The year is marching on and some great games are already being released. On this week's show, Ben Hanson and Tim Turi are joined by Kyle Hilliard and Dan Tack to talk about Darkest Dungeon, Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam, Resident Evil 0 HD, Oxenfree, and more. After some fun community questions and an editor swap, we're joined by Forrest Dowling from Molasses Flood to talk about his team's new survival roguelike The Flame in the Flood and his experience working on Bioshock Infinite. We also give an update on our upcoming Game Club where we'll be playing through all of Final Fantasy VII with the community!

You can listen to episode 283 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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2:00 – Darkest Dungeon
14:00 – Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam
30:20 – Resident Evil 0 HD
44:17 – Blade and Soul
48:50 – Oxenfree
52:30 – Emails
1:24:30 – Molasses Flood's Forrest Dowling Talks The Flame in the Flood 

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GI Show – Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India, Banner Saga, Video Game Music Favorites

This year's video game release schedule is starting slowly, surely get moving this week with a new entry in the side-scrolling Assassin's Creed Chronicles series. Javy has played AC Chronicles: India, and is here to report in on the good and the bad. Ben Reeves is also on board to remind everyone that Stoic's strategy game, The Banner Saga, is out on consoles now and is still absolutely worth your time. Jeff Marchiafava also joins us to discuss his time with the heartbreaking tale of one family's loss in That Dragon, Cancer.

The crew from the main segment stick around to answer some emails, which range from games that we were surprised we loved to the poor fashion choices of our younger selves. After emails Jeff M offers up his seat to Brian Shea as we discuss some of our favorite video game music. We each bring two of our most beloved songs to the table: one track from the classic era and one from more modern titles. The result is a laid-back, laymen's discussion about some wonderful video game music, from the upbeat to melancholy. 

You can listen to episode 282 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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1:57 – Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India

9:27 – The Banner Saga

14:52 – That Dragon Cancer

22:15 – Earthbound

24:55 – Dark Dreams Don't Die

27:38 – Darkest Dungeon

31:42 – TIS 100

37:58 – Bully

42:48 – Listener Emails

1:25:48 – Celebrating Video Game Music

 

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The Game Design Challenge returns for GDC’s 30th anniversary show

GDC 2016 organizers are pleased to confirm that the ever-popular Game Design Challenge is coming back for GDC’s special 30th anniversary show. …


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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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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

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GI Show – Our Top 5 Most-Anticipated Games Of 2016

The year comes to a close at midnight tonight, so there's no better opportunity to look forward to what 2016 has in store for game releases. Hosts Ben Hanson and Tim Turi are joined by Andrew Reiner and Kyle Hilliard as we take turns divulging our Top 5 Most-Anticipated Games of 2016. Do your hopes and dreams for Uncharted 4 or The Legend of Zelda line up with ours? Organize your own Top 5 list of upcoming 2016 releases and listen along as we close out 2015.

Most importantly, we owe you, the awesome Game Informer community, a very sincere "THANK YOU" for sticking with the GI Show podcast in 2015. We said goodbye to longtime Game Informer mainstay, Matt Helgeson, as Ben Hanson and Tim Turi rebooted the podcast. Your support, kind words, and thought-provoking email questions have motivated us to keep doing our best to deliver the best show possible. So from all of us at Game Informer, Happy Holidays and have a radical New Year filled with awesome games.

You can listen to episode 280 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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GI Show – SteamWorld Heist, Amplitude, GI Interns Goodbye

The holidays are upon us, and we're eagerly awaiting all the fun video games and video game-related goodies that our loved ones will surely be giving us. By no means does that mean we're waiting to play the games we want to play now, though. Ben Hanson and Tim Turi are joined by Ben Reeves and Joe Juba to talk about everything we've been playing – the good and bad. The Good: SteamWorld Heist, the fun 2D strategy game on 3DS by the folks who made SteamWorld Dig, King's Quest Chapter 2, and Harmonix's Amplitude. We also touch on The Bad: Wii U exclusive Devil's Third by Valhalla Game Studios. We round out the rest of the show by answering emails and talk about the best games of the year with interns Marcus Stewart, Joseph Knoop, and Parker Lemke as they say their goodbyes.

You can listen to episode 279 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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2:15 – SteamWorld Heist
12:50 – Amplitude
18:45 – Devil's Third
 24:25 – King's Quest's second chapter
32:50 – Republique's fourth episode
 38:40 – Rocket League's new hockey mode
40:45 – Final Fantasy VII's PS4 port
48:30 – Listener emails
1:12:30 – Saying goodbye to GI's interns 

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Avenged Sevenfold Curates First Guitar Hero TV Playable Music Video Show

Starting today, Guitar Hero Live owners can jump into a new show curated by Avenged Sevenfold. A7X Rock Classics will air is scheduled for multiple airings beginning today, December 22, at 5:30 p.m. Pacific / 8:30 p.m. Eastern.

The show features the band discussing and introducing some of their favorite rock tunes. Included in the one-hour program are Pantera, Megadeth, AFI, Bob Dylan, Boston, Queensryche, Tenacious D, Faith No More, Deftones, Weezer, and others.

If you miss it tonight, you can catch the show at all of the following times on GHTV channel 1 (all entries are Pacific time zone):

  • Tuesday, Dec. 22 at 5:30pm Pacific (World Premiere)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 1:30am, 9:30am and 6:00pm Pacific
  • Thursday, Dec. 24 at 2:00am, 10:00am and 8:30pm Pacific
  • Friday, Dec. 25 at 4:30am, 12:30pm, 5:30pm and 9:30pm Pacific
  • Saturday, Dec. 26 at 5:30am, 9:30am, 7:30pm and 11:00pm Pacific
  • Sunday, Dec. 27 at 7:30am, 11:00am and 7:00pm Pacific
  • Monday, Dec. 28 at 3:00am, 11:00am and 5:30pm Pacific
  • Tuesday, Dec. 29 at 1:30am and 9:30am Pacific

Additionally, three live Avenged Sevenfold tracks return as part of the the Avenged Sevenfold premium show. The songs included are “Shepherd of Fire,” “Buried Alive,” and “Nightmare.”

For more on Guitar Hero Live, check out our review. For more music, visit our rundown of all the available on-disc and Guitar Hero TV songs.

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GI Show – Debating VR’s Future, Ken Levine Interview

The latest issue of Game Informer is all about virtual reality. We cover the immersive games and experiences you can look forward to, and how Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR, and the HTC Vive will define the new medium next year. The Game Informer staff has spent hours playing in virtual-reality worlds in preparation for this issue, and we're excited to share our experiences (both the ups and the downs) with you on this episode. Join Andy McNamara, Jeff Cork, Mike Futter, Ben Hanson, Ben Reeves, and Tim Turi as we enthusiastically debate the most exciting elements of VR and the biggest lingering concerns. Stick around for our chat with BioShock creator and Irrational Games founder Ken Levine as we discuss everything from his new bold, upcoming sci-fi RPG to his thoughts onPaper Mario.

You can listen to episode 278 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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1:00 – Our thoughts on the future of VR
1:04:00 – Listener emails
1:44:58 – Ken Levine on the challenges of building his upcoming RPG with a systemic narrative
2:18:46 – Levine's approach to Twitter
2:23:40 – Levine's thoughts on Paper Mario for the N64
2:27:50 – Levine's thoughts on System Shock 3's announcement and comparisons to his upcoming game
2:34:25 – Bioshock Infinite in retrospect

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