Time for some more shiny guns. In this week’s update, Bungie reveals that Destiny 2 players will be able to grab three featured weapons (seen above) with tokens during Iron Banner.

You’ll have from March 6 to March 13 to earn these weapons in Clash with tokens, grabbing them from Lord Saladin himself

The rest of the update includes a bugfix list and changes for this event’s version of Clash. You can read the whole post here.

For more on Destiny 2, be sure to read our review here.

[Source: Bungie]

On this week’s Game Informer podcast, Ben Hanson, Matt Miller, Dan Tack, and Jeff Marchiafava start things out on a high note by singing the praises of Into The Breach from Subset Games. Then we mop up some discussions by having the editors who wrote the reviews for Kingdom Come: Deliverance and Metal Gear Survive explain why the gameplay let them down. After some great community emails, we’re joined by Jordan Thomas from Question Games to talk about his time working on the BioShock series and the team’s new game that combines elements from Left 4 Dead and Stranger Things called The Blackout Club.

You can watch the video below, subscribe and listen to the audio on iTunes or Google Play, or listen to episode 388 on SoundCloud. Also, be sure to send your questions to podcast@gameinformer.com for a chance to have them answered on the show and win a prize by becoming Email of the Week!

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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…

2:30 – Game Informer’s 300th Issue Party at Fulton Brewery
3:25 – Into The Breach
23:05 – Kingdom Come: Deliverance
35:35 – Metal Gear Survive
46:40 – Konami’s Future
51:25 – Chrono Trigger on Steam
56:55 – Moss on PlayStation VR
58:55 – Fable Fortune
1:00:40 – Part Time UFO
1:03:30 – Community Emails
1:04:50 – The #GIShowChallenge
1:58:45 – Jordan Thomas The Blackout Club Interview
2:35:08 – Metal Gear Survive Spoilers/Lore

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced today that president Trump would be meeting with leaders from the video game industry on the topic of violent video games and their role in events like the Parkland shooting. The Entertainment Software Association, a consortium made up of major video game companies like Nintendo, EA, Take-Two, and many, many others, says they have not been invited to meet with the president.

The press secretary did not answer questions of who would be in attendance, but stated that the intention of the meeting is to explore what the video game industry can do about America’s gun violence problem.

In response, the ESA released this statement:

ESA and our member companies have not received an invitation to meet with President Trump.

The same video games played in the US are played worldwide; however, the level of gun violence is exponentially higher in the US than in other countries. Numerous authorities have examined the scientific record and found there is no link between media content and real-life violence.

The US video game industry has a long history of partnering with parents and more than 20 years of rating video games through the Entertainment Software Rating Board. We take great steps to provide tools to help players and parents make informed entertainment decisions.” – Entertainment Software Association – March 1, 2018

It is unclear who the president will be meeting with or when the meeting is set to take place. The announcement of the meeting comes after several days of the White House indicating that the solution to gun violence in America is to “do something” about violent media, a charge he has been repeating since 2012.

There has been no information thus far that indicates the perpetrator of the massacre at Stoneman Douglas High School was particularly involved with video games, violent or otherwise.

[Source: Kotaku]


Our Take
The meeting itself makes little sense, as the video game industry will not agree to the idea that games are responsible for gun deaths, and the White House is very insistent with no cited studies that they are. If the White House has invited other parties, it will be interesting to see who they are.

Hot off the paws of Black Panther’s runaway success at the box office, Disney was poised to launch into another worldwide phenomenon with Avengers: Infinity War on May 4. However, Robert Downey Jr. decided to tweet at Marvel Studios’ official Twitter account to request an early showing … with everyone. In a surprise twist, the release date for the film will now commence a week earlier on April 27.

In the meantime, you can check out the most recent teaser trailer from the Superbowl by clicking here.

[Source: Marvel Studios on Twitter]

Witcher fans would likely throw vast amounts of money at a sequel, but are they willing to fork out over $750 for a statue of Cirilla Fiona Elen Riannon from The Witcher III: Wild Hunt? This statue stands in at 27 inches in height, and is slated to release between April and June 2019. Prime 1 Studio is creating two slightly different versions: an EX Version that comes with an alternative portrait (and is limited to just 500 units), and a standard edition that only comes with one portrait. Ciri is a part of Prime 1 Studio’s Premium Masterline, which always costs a pretty penny. This one retails for $769.00.

Tribute Games’ platform-swinging Flinthook came out in April 2017, but last month, the indie developer let its fans know that the game would be coming to the Switch digitally and physically with Limited Run Games, which have both gone without release dates since late January. Today, the former has been green lit by Nintendo for the eShop on March 9.

You can check out our review for the game, which Suriel Vasquez praised for its enticing gameplay variety despite repetition near the game’s end.

[Source: Tribute Games on Twitter via My Nintendo News]

The Wall Street Journal reports that Nintendo is looking at utilizing peripherals to continue the Switch’s strong momentum in its second year on the market, according to multiple sources “familiar with the company’s plans.”

The upcoming Labo cardboard kits certainly fit this bill, and according to the report, Nintendo wants to continue to expand the Switch’s features. This could possibly include “network-related features and peripherals to be attached to its USB Type-C port.”

This focus on peripherals and increased capabilities would be as opposed to changes to the unit itself such as a smaller form factor, for instance.

[Source: The Wall Street Journal] 


Our Take 
It’s good to hear that the company is thinking more about supporting the current system than just looking to the next generation, and it will be interesting to weigh the cost of these new peripherals versus a whole new system. 

Terence “SoOn” Tarlier is often the first person opposing team’s see on the battlefield. He’s proven to be a tremendous scout as Tracer, diving in and out of enemy ranks to deal damage and disrupt their strategies. I talked to Tarlier about his time in Overwatch League, the techniques he uses for Tracer, and what he thinks Blizzard needs to do to make Symmetra a hero that could be used in the league.

You were handed a tough loss from Seoul Dynasty in the first match of Stage 2. Walk me through that match. What did they do to seize control? Did they surprise you with their comp?

Absolutely not. I know they run dive with Lucio, especially Tobi who’s insane on this hero. We lost because they played better and we needed more practice.

Fleta is one of Seoul’s difference makers. Did you anticipate he would switch to Reaper? That seemed to surprise a lot of viewers.

Against Korean teams, you can expect many heroes, so it was not a surprise to me. We just needed to adapt against this Reaper.

Due to the latest patch, we’re obviously seeing a lot less of Mercy in Stage 2. What else did you see in the opening matches that is different than Stage 1?

Tanks play differently because without Mercy to heal it’s harder to not take too much damage.

Does Stage 2 bring any new challenges for a Tracer player?

Not really. A Tracer player depends on his playstyle and teammates.

Can you walk me through your strategy as Tracer? You seem to find unique positions to turn the tides of a fight.

I try to be like Striker, being free to do whatever i want and do the right decision at the right moment, play passive and focus tanks, focus tracer, or flank and annoy the enemy backlane.

How did you get involved in Overwatch League? Did you compete in any games prior to it?

I was playing ShootMania for years before Overwatch started. I gained a lot of experience and it helped me to be professional.

How is America treating you so far? Are you enjoying your time here? Sick of living with your teammates yet?

Being in America was a dream, and living on this country is just magic, but yeah, my girlfriend, family and friends miss me a lot. Living with my teammates help a bit to be motivated. I really enjoy my time here.

Can you walk me through what it’s like living at apartments and going to campus to play?

Living in a team house, for a young player it’s awesome, but now I’m 24. We take an Uber to campus. Being with everyone in a room all day, and many small details make me tired really fast.

Who do you think the best player in the league is? And why?

It doesn’t exist, because the skill-cap of this game is less important than teamplay.

Do you have a rival yet? Anyone that you find yourself going after first in a match?

Striker and SBB

What’s your favorite map for Tracer play? Why does she have an advantage on it?

Control maps, especially Lijiang, because there is a lot of small packs and way to flank.

I ask this to most players: What do you want to see from future updates in the game?

Rewards for top 1 or top 10 players, weapons skins, rare skins (90% of players have legendary skins), limited skins, better ranking system, better balance on heroes.

Is there anything Blizzard could do to make Symmetra a hero that would be used in Overwatch League?

Symmetra need to be able to heal to play this heroes, left+right click heal and damage at the same time maybe?

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How do you feel about practicing with other teams – do you feel they hold back their real strategies?

It feels good to play against the best teams in the world. I think teams try some strategy sometimes

After your career in Overwatch League concludes, what do you see yourself doing in life?

Being a coach, manage a team, be with players in good or bad moments, help them to reach their objective is something I would like to.

This week brings
us a lot of looks at remakes, which is always fun to dive into. Instead of a
remake, I want Square to bring the Xenogears team back together and finish the
second half of what was the best PlayStation 1 JRPG. I would buy that remake or
update or whatever. Now dive in!

Community Blogs
For February 22 – February 28:

And Remasters: 2018 Edition

TrentDF doesn’t write about the state of remakes, just that there have been a
lot of them in 2017. And he wants more. Here he makes the case for five games
to get remakes, including Bushido Blade, a Spyro trilogy like the Crash
Bandicoot remake, and even Twisted Metal. I’m down.

Therapeutic Effects Of Gaming

Prince of Snark Euphoric Ennui I writes about how gaming can improve lives. He
breaks it down into different disabilities, and explains what games are
available for people to play, and how certain games can help. The University of
Wisconsin-Madison even had a team that developed a Wii game to “help children
with autism improve their balance.” It worked.

Things I Like About Dishonored 2

The Dishonored series is an absolute blast, and it is nice to see it make a
return to the blogosphere thanks to Timothy Repasky. Here he writes about three
key things the game does well. Of course, the amount of choice available is one
of those things, and I couldn’t agree more with this blog.

Gaming Life: Pt. 2 – Let’s Talk About The Secret Of Mana Remake

If you haven’t already heard about this particular remake, let Dominic Cichocki
fill you in: “It’s not good.” He goes on to write that “the
new elements like HD graphics, voice acting, and the existence of the game
itself, all feel muddled and cheap. Numerous hard crashes made me feel like I
was playing Skyrim, while many other bugs popped up repeatedly.” Why,
Square? WHY? And really, a re-release with the original delicious sprites would have

Top Gaming: Dark Souls The Card Game

Based on what I know about this series, I don’t understand how a card game can really…work? I mean, crazier things have happened, but Brendon Curzio writes that the
game is “well worth the price” of 60 bones. And I really like how you level up
your deck in the game; I could see enjoying this.

I hope you enjoy
the blogs! Please contact me via my Game Informer page or on Twitter at @LouisGarcia12 with
any blog news or playdate suggestions.

Are you a fan of popping zombies with vegetable-based weaponry? Good news: it looks like Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare is getting another entry in the series. Though there has been no official announcement, an Amazon listing for a tie-in comic book seems to have accidentally let the cat out of the bag with a simple descriptor: 

Garden Warfare Returns to Neighborville!

Paul Tobin returns to write the official comic book bridge between video games PvZ: GW2 and PvZ: GW3 with Tim Lattie returning to deliver artwork!


You can see the listing for yourself here:

For more on Garden Warfare, you can check out our review for Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2, which reviewer Kyle Hilliard scored an 8.

Source: [Amazon via Comicbook.com]

Our Take
I appreciate that this series is a kid-friendly version of more mature, co-op focused shooters, so I’m all for more of these.