Happy Easter weekend everyone! If you’re not into all of the commotion with bunnies and eggs, that’s ok too; it’s still a great weekend to play some video games! Here’s what some of the Game Informer staff is up to on this deceptively cold spring weekend.

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea) – And from seemingly out of nowhere… AN AVALANCHE OF GAMES! I did, in fact, finish Pokémon Omega Ruby last weekend, so now I’m playing through Far Cry 5 and MLB The Show 18. Both games have their flaws, but I’m enjoying them. In addition, I’d like to finish Yakuza Kiwami prior to the launch of Yakuza 6 next month, but that’s looking less and less likely at this point. Also, I might spend a lot of time looking at my phone this weekend, as I’ve been putting some significant time into Marvel Strike Force this week, and Pokémon Go launched its quest system today. Thankfully, I don’t have any plans this weekend, so I should have plenty of time!

Leo Vader (@leovader) – Last weekend I got ranked in Siege for the first time at Silver 2, which I was quite proud of! As of this writing I’m now down to a gentleman’s Bronze 1. Truly having some of my favorite gaming experiences ever planning and executing strategies with my group, so satisfying to spot the holes in an enemy team’s defense and capitalize on them. I love this game! In the off-hours, Far Cry 5’s Arcade Mode is surprisingly varied and fun to play co-op! Especially the Arcade Hero mode which sends you through random player-created maps one at a time for double XP, which earns you cash and perk points to use in the main game. Overall, a disappointingly cookie cutter game but I think what they have with the Arcade mode is really fun and novel. What can I say, I’m an Ubisoft boy!!! HAGS!!!!

Ben Hanson (@yozetty) – Hi everybody! Oh man oh man. This weekend I’d love to spend more time with Ni No Kuni II, it’s stupid easy but I’m having a wonderful time playing the game so far. Outside of that, maybe I’ll keep dabbling with Far Cry 5. Have a good weekend!

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – I’m hoping to see Ready Player One this weekend, dig deeper into Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom, and do some Easter stuff – if it’s not snowing.

Robbie Key (@RobbieKeyV) – Copy and paste sleeping response from last week.

Jon Bowman (@MrGameAndWrite) – I’ll be doing my best to avoid my family as much as I can, so what better way to do that than with video games? I was pretty excited to play Far Cry 5 in co-op until I learned that only the host’s story progress is saved, but reading Leo’s response to the Arcade mode makes me want to give it a shot. On the flip side, I also want to back to Destiny 2 and see how beastly the “Go Fast” update makes my beloved Dawnblade warlock. Maybe after that I can find a game to play that I won’t have to try so hard to like, or just play some more Fortnite.

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez) – I’ve been playing Far Cry 5 with my brother this week, and while I’m not crazy about the game, it’s just fun enough that I’m going to keep at it. I’m also going to keep plugging away at the Assassin’s Creed Origins DLC. It’s bigger than I thought it was, but I’m starting to get slightly worn by the simple quest design. Finally, Dota Plus has done its job by hooking me on Dota 2 again, so I’ll probably squeeze in a few matches of that in as well.

Joey Thurmond (@DrJoeyStein) – I’m going to play A Way Out this weekend! While I don’t think it will be as revolutionary gameplay-wise as Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons was, I’m looking forward to seeing how the changing perspectives influence puzzles, traversal, and whatnot. I’ll also be taking some time to (actually) finish up a book, write up some drafts for articles in progress, and spend time with friends.

Matt Bertz (@mattbertz) – I’m going fishing and bear hunting in Montana – at least that’s my hope. Thus far, the overzealous hillbillies in Far Cry 5 keep getting in the way of my leisure activities, so my outdoorsman pursuits will likely come at the cost of several lives. All those white pickup trucks will have to find new owners, but it’s not my fault. They always shoot first! 

Imran Khan (@imranzomg) – I have fallen down a hole in Monster Hunter World again. The Deviljho Great Sword is way better than the Nergigante great sword I JUST MADE, so now I need that one. I’m also continuing to play Kirby Star Allies which, despite its sleepy difficulty (or lack thereof), it is still cute and charming.

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner) – My weekend begins with the construction of a Barbie toy for my daughter, and ends with three hours of Overwatch on Sunday night. In between these two events, I hope to tackle as much Far Cry 5 as possible. I also want to see Ready Player One again, this time with my wife, who is just as big of a pop-culture nerd as me. 

Nintendo is holding another online demo for ARMS, their Switch boxing-based fighting game, this weekend for players to try for free.

The demo runs from from March 31 through April 3 with a selection of characters from the full roster. A number of characters have been added since the game’s last demo, but it isn’t known which ones will appear in this weekend’s global test punch.

You can go ahead and download the client now ahead of it going live. It might be a good chance to see how you like ARMS after all its updates or just something to play around with over the weekend with people online.

Sonic’s back for another adventure, but this time in an animated sort. After the positive reception to Sonic Mania’s animated intro, Sega has released the first part of an animated series called Sonic Mania Adventures on Twitter.

In the first installment, we see the titular hero tracking down his arch nemesis, Dr. Ivo “Eggman” Robotnik, before falling into the doctor’s trap. Sonic is able to outsmart the nefarious Eggman by playing at his sense of greed. Once freed from his predicament, Sonic finds a device Eggman had been using to track down a series of gems and discovers that some unknown character is in possession of two of them. Will we find out who holds those two gems, and will that character be friend or foe? Will Eggman be able to obtain all the gems? We’ll have to keep an eye out for part two of Sonic Mania Adventures to find out!

While mystery still surrounds the nature of Let It Die’s upcoming event involving content for Killer7, Grasshopper Manufacture has announced an even more… interesting idea with Let It Date: a dating simulator that will release as its own game on PlayStation 4.

Players will be able to ascend the Tower of Barbs not through skill, but with style as they experience the game’s unique brand of dialogue by romancing main characters from Let It Die. We’re not entirely sure who will be “dateable” other than Uncle Death, but whatever waifu or husbando you choose to court in Let It Date, there’s nothing quite like making the reaper your senpai when he’s viewed you as his own for so long.

Be sure to check out Daniel Tack’s review for the game to see why it made Elise Favis’ list of the greatest modern horror games. You can also read our interview with the mastermind (Suda51) behind it all.

 

Our Take
There’s a point where nothing’s a surprise to you with certain developers and publishers, and when it comes to the bizarre antics of Suda51 and Grasshopper Manufacture, there are no limits. No limits.

Welcome to a special edition of The Game Informer Show podcast! On this episode, Ben Hanson is joined by Dan Tack, Andrew Reiner, uber-nerd Matt Miller, and young pup Leo Vader to share a cacophony of opinions and thoughts on Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One. This movie is unbelievably dorky, filled with gaming references, and right up our alley. We have timestamps for the episode below, but we want to stress that the first ten minutes of the episode are spoiler-free and we give a clear warning before we dive headfirst into spoilers.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to this episode on SoundCloud.

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Our thanks to the talented Super Marcato Bros. for The Game Informer Show’s intro song. You can hear more of their original tunes and awesome video game music podcast at their website.

To jump to a particular point in the discussion, check out the time stamps below…

0:00 – Spoiler-free discussion
11:10 – Ready Player One spoiler-filled discussion
41:05 – Leo Vader’s silly nitpicks

 

Fortnite mobile is making life hard for teachers as classroom after classroom succumbs to its spell. Now, Epic has a loading screen message about it.

The little message, which reads “Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class” has been added to the game’s loading screen and was posted today by Fortnite’s community manager K.L. Smith. It is a reference to a now-deleted Reddit post from the Fortnite subreddit which read:

Since mobile came out my students won’t stop playing in class. Idk if it’s possible, but I told them I’d write you and they didn’t believe me. Could you add this to the loading screen for a couple days to mess with them?

“Mr. Hillman says stop playing in class”

The post got comments like “Epic don’t let his memes just be dreams” and “Just ban phone chargers in your class. Your students will only be able to play two games before their phones die and they’ll have to pay attention.”

Epic has added the message specifically for Mr. Hillman’s class. If you’re not in Mr. Hillman’s class, I’m not sure what the rules on this are, but it’s probably a good idea not to risk it.

 

Our Take
Mr. Hillman won this battle, but I think the war belongs to the students.

Colin Trevorrow, the director of the first Jurassic World movie, is returning to helm the third one.

The news was confirmed today by Jurassic Overlord Steven Spielberg in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Trevorrow, who directed the first movie, passed on directing the sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom after being tapped to work on Star Wars: Episode IX instead. Trevorrow and Disney split on that project and Trevorrow was replaced by J.J. Abrams.

The third movie is currently being penned by Trevorrow and screenwriter Emily Carmichael, who also worked on Pacific Rim: Uprising, with an intention for a June 2021 release. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom will release on June 22 later this year.

[Source: Entertainment Weekly]

Indie developer and publisher Telltale Games has teased two pictures to promote The Walking Dead: The Final Season.

The first image – shown at the top with a caption on Twitter that simply reads “…” – shows dozens of walkers in a grassy field drawn to protagonist Clementine’s hat, which has some blood stains. With an ax in hand, Clementine is bracing season two’s Alvin Jr. from zombies in the second photo, shown below. As one Twitter user pointed out, this teaser with Clementine for The Final Season is a reflection of her father, Lee, protecting her from an attack during the series’ first season.

Telltale is planning to reveal gameplay for Clementine’s finale during a panel from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST on April 6 at PAX East. Those who wish to watch the panel can go to PAX’s Twitch channel here.

Find out Clementine’s fate when The Final Season is available this summer.

[Source: Telltale on Twitter]

 

Our Take
It’s hard to fathom the series that helped put Telltale and choice-driven narrative games in the spotlight is coming to an end – well, at least Clementine’s arc is. We hope it goes out on a high note, though if the series’ numerous dark turns are any indication, it might not be the happy one we secretly want.

Guacamelee 2, the sequel to 2013’s heavyweight champion of indie darlings, is coming to PC via Steam (previously, the game had only been announced for PS4). To celebrate in style, Drinkbox Studios announced that they’re taking 90% off of their games on Steam. If you have a couple bucks to spare and are into Metroidvania games, the original Guacamelee is well worth your time.

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We’re pretty excited to dust off our luchador masks and team up with up to four others for co-op in Guacamelee 2 and after some hands-on time with the demo, we’re glad that Drinkbox isn’t trying to fix what isn’t broken. Guacamelee 2 is scheduled sometime in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and PC.

If you’ve been a fan of Game Informer for a while, you might remember how much we all enjoyed watching Jeff Goldblum’s secret ending to The Lost World: Jurassic Park in an old episode of Replay. Recently while checking out Jurassic World Evolution at an event (you can watch us play the game here) we had the opportunity to interview the one and only Jeff Goldblum about reprising the role of Ian Malcom for the game. We had to use this chance to ask him about recording the game’s ending and what it means to have “the stink blown off ya”.

Watch Jeff Goldblum react to 1997’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park game footage below.

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Want more Goldblum? You can watch the full interview right here or subscribe and listen to the audio version on The Game Informer Show podcast.