• Remembering The History And Lore Of Halo Reach | Video Gameography
    by Marcus Stewart

    After tackling Metroid in Season 1, the second season of Game Informer's Video Gameography podcast moves on to one of the biggest shooter franchises in existence: Halo. This week, we examine Bungie's swansong for the Halo franchise: Halo Reach. Halo Reach launched on September 14, 2010, for Xbox 360 and served as a prequel to Halo: Combat Evolved. Set on the doomed planet Reach, players control a new member of the Spartan Noble Team as they valiantly defend the human-occupied world from a massive Covenant invasion. The time and setting gave Bungie creative freedom to introduce new characters and flesh out an event that had only been referenced in books, while the multiplayer introduced new (though divisive) mechanics such as armor abilities.  Join hosts Ben Reeves (@BenjaminReeves) and Marcus Stewart (@MarcusStewart7), and Polygon's Mike Mahardy (@mmahardy) as we unpack the history and impact of Halo's most emotionally charged entry to that point. And for more Halo, be sure to check out our definitive ranking of every Halo game. Check out the rest of our podcast on the Video Gameography hub. If you'd like to get in touch with the Video Gameography podcast, you can email us at podcast@gameinformer.com. You can also join our official Game Informer Discord server by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the Game Informer Twitch channel. From there, find the Video Gameography channel under "Community Spaces."

  • Kirby And The Forgotten Land, Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Analogue Pocket | All Things Nintendo
    by Brian Shea

    After a slow news week to kick off 2022, the world of Nintendo is firing on all cylinders, so this episode of All Things Nintendo is all about catching up on the new looks at Pokémon Legends: Arceus and Kirby and the Forgotten Land. Not only that, but Game Informer's Alex Van Aken also came ready to chat about the all-new Analogue Pocket and The Nintendo Tapes, his new collaborative EP of Nintendo remixes (two of which you'll sample during this episode!). If you'd like to follow the people from this episode on Twitter, hit the following links: Brian Shea (@brianpshea), Alex Van Aken (@ItsVanAken) The All Things Nintendo podcast is a weekly show where we can celebrate, discuss, and break down all the latest games, news, and announcements from the industry's most recognizable name. Each week, Brian is joined by different guests to talk about what's happening in the world of Nintendo. Along the way, they'll share personal stories, uncover hidden gems in the eShop, and even look back on the classics we all grew up with. A new episode hits every Friday! Be sure to subscribe to All Things Nintendo on your favorite podcast platform. The show is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Podcasts. 00:00:00 – Introduction 00:01:34 – First Nintendo Game/Favorite Nintendo Game 00:14:02 – Hosting the Game Informer Show 00:15:52 – The Nintendo Tapes 00:19:25 – Alex's Culinary Training 00:23:18 – Kirby and the Forgotten Land Preview 00:32:31 – Teases of 30th Anniversary Activities For Kirby 00:33:29 – NES Classic Switch Controllers Restock/Price Drop 00:36:39 – Pokémon Legends: Arceus Preview 00:47:41 – Pokémon Converse Collaboration 00:51:50 – Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker Free to Play This Week 00:53:48 – Assassin's Creed: The Ezio Collection Coming to Switch 00:56:42 – E3 Going Virtual... Again/Nintendo E3 Memories 01:03:04 – Analogue Pocket Review 01:29:52 – Definitive Ranking: Nintendo Handheld Form Factors 01:36:19 – eShop Gem of the Week: A Short Hike If you'd like to get in touch with the All Things Nintendo podcast, you can do so by emailing AllThingsNintendo@GameInformer.com, tweeting to Brian (@BrianPShea), or by joining the official Game Informer Discord server. You can do that by linking your Discord account to your Twitch account and subscribing to the Game Informer Twitch channel. From there, find the All Things Nintendo channel under "Community Spaces." For more Game Informer podcasts, be sure to check out The Game Informer Show, which covers the weekly happenings of the video game industry, and Video Gameography with host Ben Reeves, which explores the history of video games – one series at a time!

  • The Tomorrow Children's Relaunch Can Feature An Island Of Your Creation Via A New Contest
    by Marcus Stewart

    Last November, Q-Games announced that its shuttered collaborative multiplayer game The Tomorrow Children would be rising from the grave. We still don't know when players will be able to resume building islands as unsettling doll-like characters, but players have a chance to contribute something new to the experience thanks to a new contest. Q-Games' contest invites players to design an island of their own from scratch. You see, The Tomorrow Children is all about working alongside players to rebuild the world, known as The Void, after a neo-Soviet experiment goes awry. Landmasses take the form of islands and, to promote the game's spirit of contribution, one of these could be custom-made by you.  No game development experience is necessary. If you have the imagination and some decent artistic chops, you're as qualified as any other entrant. Your concept can be a drawing, a 3D model, or whatever visual representation you prefer. There are some rules to note, which you can read in full here. The major stipulations are that the winners won't be paid for this, and they'll surrender claims to any intellectual rights their creation. Winners will be included in the game's credits, however. It probably goes without saying that designs featuring plagiarized elements or are overtly violent and/or sexual will be disqualified. You can submit entries beginning today by visiting the contest's website. Submissions close on February 1, and Q-Games will announce the winners on July 15. Given that timeframe, it's likely The Tomorrow Children won't be relaunching during the first half of the year. We'll have to see if it makes it out again before the end of 2022 and if it will remain a PlayStation exclusive now that Q-Games has regained the rights.  What do you think of this contest? Are you interested in entering? Let us know in the comments! 

  • Final Fantasy XIV Services Are Coming Back Soon
    by John Carson

    Last month, due to the overwhelming queue times to access Final Fantasy XIV servers, digital game sales and certain services were suspended until things calmed down. Now, Square Enix is preparing to allow fresh accounts to be created in a couple of weeks. According to a developer blog post, January 25 will be the date digital sales of Final Fantasy XIV will be resumed. The move coincides with the already-planned opening of a new Oceanian data center, bringing five new worlds into existence, hopefully alleviating congestion on other worlds. This also means the suspended Home World Transfer Service will also be brought back on January 25, letting players bring their character to these new servers, or elsewhere barring any limitations imposed on still-overpopulated worlds. The often-memed free trial for FFXIV will continue to be frozen for the time being. Also on the docket is the Data Center Travel System, which expands players' ability to visit other worlds to play with friends or quest/etc. Currently, a similar functionality is present in game, but only allows you to visit worlds that share a data center with your character's home world. However, with the new Data Center Travel System, you'll be able travel to servers housed within a different data center. There are some restrictions however, as listed on the blog post. Players will be able to visit Worlds in other logical data centers within the same physical data center. Players will not be able to visit Worlds in other regions/physical data centers. Though cross-region travel is technically possible, implementation is still under consideration. Travel is initiated not while logged into the game, but from the character selection screen. FFXIV producer Naoki Yoshida says in the post, "there are just about no restrictions. Be it undertaking quests, forming parties, or using the Duty Finder, you'll be able to play the game as usual." Some communication services won't be available when traveling to another data center, though, so arrange for another means of chatting with your Free Company or home world friends if necessary. Other data centers around the globe also have updates planned in the coming months and years, letting even more people play at the same time. You can read all about those expansions in the developer blog post here. Have you been playing FFXIV: Endwalker? What do you think about the latest expansion? Let us know in the comments!

  • Super Replay | Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order – Episode III
    by Marcus Stewart

    A not-so-long time ago in the same galaxy we all reside in, Respawn Entertainment deviated from its first-person shooter roots to create Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order. This third-person action game was the studio’s first stab at tackling the coveted Star Wars license, crafting an original adventure set five years after Revenge of the Sith. It stars Cal Kestis, a padawan turned junker (played by Shameless star Cameron Monaghan) that managed to evade the Jedi purge of Order 66. After he’s outed by the Sith, he embarks on a quest to recover an artifact capable of locating force-sensitive children while also avoiding capture by the Inquisitors, who are elite Jedi hunters.  The game features a blend of lightsaber combat and a suite of Force abilities. Borrowing inspiration from FromSoftware’s Soul series, encounters are challenging, requiring a strategic blend of blocks and parries to outduel opponents. Meanwhile, the various planets take on a Metroid-inspired progression with players unlocking abilities to backtrack to previously inaccessible areas.  Click here to watch embedded media Fallen Order was released November 15, 2019, and was a critical and financial success. It also served as a saving grace for single-player fans, providing proof to an increasingly multiplayer-focused EA that linear story-driven experiences can still make the big bucks. With a sequel reportedly in the works, we’re revisiting this gem of the Star Wars video game pantheon.  Join Marcus Stewart, Daniel Tack, Andrew Reiner, along with TikTok and Twitch star Louie Benson (@TeamLouie) on Twitch today at 2 p.m. Central as we journey through the entirety of Cal Kestis’ adventure. Expect plenty of laughs, deaths, and general nerding out over all things Star Wars. We encourage you to hang out with us in chat. Just as a reminder, subscribing to Game Informer on Twitch rewards access to the official Game Informer Discord channel where you can interact with our lovely community as well as the editors. See you in chat!

  • Tabletop Simulator Kills Global Chat Forever, Apologizes and Donates to Trans Group
    by Brandon Orselli

    While the game got review bombed when a user was banned for using global chat to discuss LGBT topics – we’ve learned Tabletop Simulator kills global chat forever, while donating to a trans advocacy group. The news that Tabletop Simulator kills global chat forever comes alongside developer Berserk Games publicly apologizing for the ordeal, while The post Tabletop Simulator Kills Global Chat Forever, Apologizes and Donates to Trans Group appeared first on Niche Gamer.

  • Classic Shmup Gunnail Got Ported to Switch and PS4
    by Brandon Orselli

    Publisher Hamster Corporation has announced the classic shoot ’em up Gunnail got ported to Switch and PlayStation 4 this past week. The latest in their Arcade Archives series of classic game re-releases, Gunnail got ported to Switch (via the eShop) and PlayStation 4 (via the PlayStation Store) on each platforms digital storefront. The most recent Arcade The post Classic Shmup Gunnail Got Ported to Switch and PS4 appeared first on Niche Gamer.

  • Trash Quest Xbox and Switch Ports Now Available
    by Brandon Orselli

    Publisher RedDeer.games and developer Francis Vace announced the Trash Quest Xbox and Switch ports are now available. Now that the Trash Quest Xbox and Switch ports are available, the game is available digitally via the Xbox Store and the eShop, respectively. Trash Quest was originally released for Windows PC (via Steam) back in April 2021. The post Trash Quest Xbox and Switch Ports Now Available appeared first on Niche Gamer.

  • Throwback Japanese Adventure Game GOODBYE WORLD Announced
    by Brandon Orselli

    Publisher Flyhigh Works and indie Japanese developer YO FUJII announced GOODBYE WORLD, a new yet throwback narrative adventure game. GOODBYE WORLD is coming to Windows PC (via Steam) sometime in 2022. Here’s a new trailer: Here’s a rundown on the game: Relationships change. The Story Programmer / game designer Kanii, and graphic designer / scenario writer Kumade The post Throwback Japanese Adventure Game GOODBYE WORLD Announced appeared first on Niche Gamer.

  • Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure PC Port Coming in January 2022
    by Brandon Orselli

    Publisher Flyhigh Works and developer FK Digital announced a Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure PC port is coming in January 2022. The new Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure PC port is coming on January 20th via Steam, bringing the side-scrolling action and puzzle game to a new audience. Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure was originally The post Ninja Usagimaru: Two Tails of Adventure PC Port Coming in January 2022 appeared first on Niche Gamer.