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The Pulse – Game Informer’s Weekly Top 10 (Mar 23, 2015)

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

The big shock for this week is the removal of Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate. Support for this handheld title dried up, and doesn’t sound like it’s coming back any time soon. The only staffer still going strong in it is graphic designer Laleh Azarshin. She says she has logged over 200 hours into the game.

Although multiplayer-focused games like Battlefield Hardline, Helldivers, and Destiny were played extensively, most of our staffers gravitated toward single-player experiences last week. Almost every staffer has gotten his or her hands on Ori and the Blind Forest now, and the episodic games like Life is Strange and Game of Thrones continue to be big draws for the staff.

Other games played this week included The Talos Principle, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Mario Party 10, NBA 2K15, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, The Order: 1886, and the Final Fantasy XV demo.

Week 7 ratings: March 16-22
1
BLOODBORNE

Last week: –

The wait is finally over. Bloodborne is here and it dominated our gaming time over the weekend. Stories of death and discovery can be heard all throughout the office today. Is it worth your time? Find out tonight at 7 p.m. PT when our review drops. We're also live streaming on Twitch at that time. Join us!

2
ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST

Last week: 1

We expected Ori and the Blind Forest to plummet this week, but numerous editors who normally don't play games of this ilk gave it a shot on PC. Everyone is an agreement that the game is amazing, but several editors found themselves rage quitting not from the difficulty, but their saves corrupting.

3
BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE

Last week: 8

Our editors were all over the place with Battlefield Hardline last week. Some only played single player, and hated it, while others dove deep into the multiplayer and had a blast with it. The only editor who didn't enjoy the multiplayer was Matt Bertz.

4
HELLDIVERS

Last week: 4

Helldivers has surprising staying power, and is proving to be a great time for groups of people who only have an hour or two for a quick gaming session. Most staffers say they see themselves playing it for at least another week or two.

5
CITIES: SKYLINES

Last week: –

Cities: Skylines is gaining momentum in the office with rave early impressions coming from all who played it. Most said that it reminded them of the glory days of SimCity, giving them the opportunity to sit back and create uninterrupted for hours on end.

6
FINAL FANTASY TYPE-0

Last week: –

Despite Matt Miller's lackluster review, several editors let curiosity get the best of them and dove headfirst into this RPG. The early impressions from them were not great, and it doesn't sound like any of them will be playing the game in the week ahead.

7
LIFE IS STRANGE

Last week: –

The second episode of Life is Strange hits tomorrow. Several editors played catch up this weekend and played through the first episode, while Kim Wallace got an early jump on the second episode.

8
DESTINY

Last week: 3

After climbing the charts again, Destiny plummeted this week when Jason Pfitzer, a graphic designer at Game Informer, said he was weening himself off of Destiny. Several staffers are still in deep, playing every day, but one person falling off will hurt Destiny's chances of climbing again.

9
MINECRAFT

Last week: –

In an event that reads like the beginning of an alien abduction story, numerous editors started playing Minecraft again this weekend. None of them had any knowledge that other editors were playing the game. Expect this game to appear periodically for its timeless appeal.

10
PICROSS ON 3DS

Last week: –

Kyle Hilliard's not-so-secret obsession with Picross gained a supporter in Game Informer's editor-in-chief, Andy McNamara. A fellow Picross nut, Andy said he wanted to help Kyle get a Picross game on the charts this week. Since Picross has five different games that are all similarly designed on 3DS, we didn't pick just one. This entry covers all five.

 

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The Pulse – Game Informer’s Weekly Top 10 (Mar 16, 2015)

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

A busy week in games was met with most editors devoting their time to new releases. Ori and the Blind Forest drew in the most people, while other games like Cities: Skylines, and DMC: Devil May Cry were played, but not enough to make the list. None of the previously ranked games got a bump in their position.

Other highlights include Helldivers staying strong and garnering more players (stealing away precious hours from Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate). Destiny is quickly becoming the story of Pulse, staying on the charts for six consecutive weeks, even with our team seeing almost everything it has to offer.

Other games played by editors this week include Hotline Miami 2, Grand Theft Auto V, World of Warcraft, Clash of Clans, FIFA 15, Starships, The Room, Heroes of the Storm, and Mario Kart 64 (yes, the old Nintendo 64 game).

Week 6 ratings: March 8-15
1
ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST

Last week: –

Ori and the Blind Forest was the talk of Game Informer's office last week, garnering a high 9.5 review rating, and a legion of editors singing its praises in the following days. Given that most editors have already completed it (or are on the verge), Ori likely won't be tearing up the charts for multiple weeks. Expect this one to fall to an 8-10 spot next week and then off completely after that.

2
CODE NAME S.T.E.A.M.

Last week: –

Kim Wallace's positive review of Code Name S.T.E.A.M. compelled a number of staffers to dive into this handheld game, but not all of them agree with her assessment. Some are enjoying Intelligent Systems' new wrinkle on strategy, but others think that the slow enemy turns ruin the entire experience. The mixed take could lead to this game disappearing from the charts next week. Few other editors are interested in trying it out.

3
DESTINY

Last week: 3

Th allure of securing better loot continues to bring Game Informer editors in daily. More specifically, our Destiny players are trying to get their hands on the Hawkmoon and Hunger of Crota weapons. None of their farming produced the desired results.

4

HELLDIVERS

Last week: 1

The joy/frustration of shooting a teammate in the back in Helldivers continues to be a draw in the office, and was surprisingly played more than Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate last week. The ability to play the game on TV or Vita is helping keep Helldivers high on the charts.

5
MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE

Last week: 2

Play time in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate took a serious hit this week, as staffers turned to Helldivers, Destiny, and more single-player games. All those who didn't devote big hours into it like they had in the past said they are itching to get back to playing more. Monster Hunter's pulse remains strong.

6
RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS 2

Last week: 5

Episodic evil continues to garner moderate support, with many editors citing that the game gets better as it goes. Interest for this one is higher than it initially was, but a good majority of staffers are waiting for all four episodes to release before playing it.

7
SMITE

Last week: –

The Xbox One alpha of Smite is in the hands of several editors, and news editor Mike Futter is on the campaign trail to get more people playing the game. Most are hesitating since it is just the alpha, and would rather play it on PC or wait for the full release.

8
BATTLEFIELD HARDLINE

Last week: –

A few editors got an early jump on Battlefield Hardline this weekend. You'll be able to read our impressions of the single-player campaign soon. We're holding off on weighing in on the multiplayer until we test it in the wild on public servers after launch.

9
MARIO PARTY 10

Last week: –

Even after reading Kyle Hilliard's negative review of Mario Party 10, a few editors decided to play the game this weekend. Their feelings fell in line with Kyle's, and there likely won't be much more support for this game moving forward.

10
DYING LIGHT

Last week: 6

The groups of editors playing Dying Light together are disbanding and moving on to other projects. Most players are surprised how long this game is, and are regretting how much time they put into side activities and messing around. Some are determined to keep with it, but there isn't much enthusiasm left in our office for the zombie-slaying title.

 

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The Pulse – Game Informer’s Weekly Top 10 (Mar 9, 2015)

The Pulse is Game Informer's weekly ranking of the hottest games according to our team. Each Monday we tally up the games with the biggest buzz based on number of editors playing and the time they put into them.

Outside of Helldivers and Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate receiving a fair amount of play time, editors were all over the place this week, dabbling in new releases, and doing their best to reduce their ever-growing stacks of unfinished games.

What the list doesn't show is a return by a couple of editors to Evolve, a game that had no support whatsoever last week. Support in episodic games, even those releasing weekly, is proving to be a turn-off for a number of staffers, who would rather experience the entire game at once.

Other notable gaming habits include Andy McNamara's devotion to Clash of Clans. He's the only staffer that plays it, and it plays it daily. Grow Home, Super Smash Bros., and Danganronpa 2 were also played by editors last week.

Week 5 ratings: March 1-7
1
HELLDIVERS

Last week: 3

Cooperative multiplayer continues to dominate in Game Informer's office. Helldivers' brutal difficulty and often hilarious friendly fire mishaps drew in the majority of our staffers last week. Emails for post-work multiplayer sessions were rattled off daily.

2
MONSTER HUNTER 4 ULTIMATE

Last week: 1

Don't think for a second that Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's support in the office is dwindling. The same people obsessing over this game for the better part of the month continue to play it daily. It doesn't look like this one is leaving the list anytime soon.

3
DESTINY

Last week: 6

A dedicated group of editors play Destiny daily. A few unexpected people (like Ben Hanson) jumped back in last week, giving it a bump in the charts.

4
Last week: –

Most of the staff played DMC Devil May Cry when it originally released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The need to go back and experience it again didn't resonate with most of the staff, but a few of us are currently working through the game for a second, third, or eighth time (if you're Joe Juba). Look for our review in the early hours tomorrow morning!

5
RESIDENT EVIL REVELATIONS 2

Last week: 2

Several editors stayed with Resident Evil Revelations 2's weekly release schedule, although a few did avoid it with the intent of playing all four installments at once.

6
DYING LIGHT

Last week: 4

Progress in Dying Light continues to be made by Mike Futter, Andrew Reiner, Tim Turi, and other editors. With so many new multiplayer games hitting, the zombie-slaying crew is finding it difficult to devote significant chunks of time into this experience.

7
WHITE NIGHT

Last week: –

If you've watched any of our Super Replays, you know many of us are fond of old-school survival horror titles. White Night is scratching that itch, but it's not without its problems. The late-game content is proving to be a little irksome for some staffers, and may lead to the game being shelved prematurely.

8
ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST

Last week: –

Most staffers have been looking forward to this release since it was announced at E3. A few of us got our hands on it early and put it through its paces. Our review for Ori hits tonight at 10 p.m. CT.

9
MARIO VS DONKEY KONG: TIPPING STARS

Last week: –

Any Mario game that releases gets support from a fair number of editors. Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars was played by a few editors on the go, but didn't fare favorably. Don't expect this one to return on the charts next week.

10
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: MAJORA'S MASK

Last week: 8

Majora's Mask's days on the list also appear to be numbered. More people finished the game, and it's only being played minimally by a few others. Regardless, Zelda held its own nicely since The Pulse started.

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Bungie Weekly Update Teases One More Update Before Next Expansion

Bungie's next Destiny expansion is only a few months away, but the company is already promising that fans will have one more smaller update to look forward to before that.

Last week's patch 1.1.1 gave Destiny fans a lot of great little improvement such as fixing the long-standing heavy ammo bug. But Bungie isn't done improving the game, and is already prepping at least one more update before it’s larger House of Wolves expansion. This week's Bungie update was a little thin on actual details, so we don't know anything about what patch 1.1.2 will contain, but Bungie was quick to point fans towards their Ride Along livestreams on Twitch. Check out previously archived livestreams on Bungie's YouTube channel.

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Destiny’s Weekly Heroic Strikes Will Soon Feature Mandatory Matchmaking

Each week, Destiny features a more difficult version of one of the game’s strikes. Why would you subject yourself to that? For one of the most important currencies in the game of course: strange coins.

On Fridays, we post a list of what the wandering merchant Xur has to offer. For most items, he only accepts the coins. 

Things are changing in the weekly heroic strikes when Bungie drops the next patch (still planned for some time in February). Loading one up will kick you into matchmaking, so you’ll have a team of three, even if your friends aren’t online.

Bungie says that the Nightfall strikes (which make your party restart if everyone dies) and raids won’t be getting matchmaking. The former won’t be happening, and the latter is still under consideration.

The upcoming patch will also fix the long-standing heavy ammo bug that robs players of the valuable ammunition upon death, cutscenes, or returning to orbit. When it drops, Xur will also have exotic engrams each week (giving your motes of light purpose once more) and there will be improvements to Iron Banner, strike and crucible playlists, and grimoire card drops.

For the entire weekly update, check out Bungie’s website. For the most tragic piece of it, a story about a young man who had his data maliciously wiped, visit our previous coverage

[Source: Bungie]

 

Our Take
I’m glad that Bungie is planning for ways to reverse accidental and malicious data deletion, but that seems like something that should have been onboard from the start. This is an online, account-based game, and Bungie should have some measure of backing things up in case of failure (or naiveté).

I’m also still surprised how long the heavy ammo bug, playlist problems, and Xur issues have persisted. I’m a fan of Destiny, but some of this stuff has been hanging around for far too long.

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Everything You Do In Mortal Kombat X Will Be Part Of Weekly Faction Wars

Way back at E3 2014, we sat down with NetherRealm’s Ed Boon to talk about Mortal Kombat X. During that conversation, he told us that for the first time in the series, the studio is including a persistent online mode. Today, we finally have the details on what’s known as Faction Wars.

In a new trailer, members of the studio discuss how we’ll interact with every other player in Mortal Kombat X. When we begin, we’ll be asked to choose one of five factions (White Lotus, Black Dragon, Brotherhood of Shadow, Special Forces, and Lin Kuei). 

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From there, every match we play (in story mode, single-player, and online) will contribute faction points. At the end of each week, a winner will be declared, with rewards going to the victors.

Players will be able to rank up within their factions, as well. Taking down members of other factions, accomplishing tasks, and climbing the new and changing living towers will all increase your status.

During a random 24-hour period in each week, a special event will take place with an invasion from one of Mortal Kombat’s realms. For more, check out the trailer above to hear from the team about this new feature in the long-running series.

Mortal Kombat X will be out on April 14 for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PC.

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