Brigitte has quickly made her way into the hearts of Overwatch’s players. With some exploits receiving some much-needed tweaks, the engineering squire will be your shield on March 20 with her official debut.

Concept artist Ben Zhang also took to a video to explain how the team combined her father and Reinhardt’s inspiration into her design. A separate blog post gives a wonderful highlight into how the artistic process of Kim-Seang “Nesskain” Hong, who has made official art for Overwatch with the Uprising event’s introductory cutscene, Moira’s lore video, and more. He also drew conceptual art of what Brigitte’s life was like being Reinhardt’s caretaker, which has played an influence in her official backstory. You can check out more of his work via his Twitter account.

You can read and watch more about Brigitte’s abilities and lore by clicking here.

[Source: Overwatch on Facebook]

 

Our Take
Brigitte is a combination of my favorite roles in Overwatch, with tanks (Reinhardt and Zarya forever) being my preferred choice and support my backup strategy. I’ve also been observing Nesskain’s fan art of the character for over a year and have been so pleasantly surprised that his work influenced Blizzard. Goes to show you that communities can truly co-create alongside developers when you least expect it.

If there’s one thing Fortnite isn’t lacking right now, it’s mainstream buzz. The insanely popular battle royale game is on the tips of so many celebrity tongues (and shoes) it feels omnipresent in pop culture right now. Epic Games clearly plans to do as much with the zeitgeist as it can. 

Today the company announced a “Party Royale” that will take place in Los Angeles during E3. The centerpiece of the event is a grand tournament pitting entertainers, athletes, and Fortnite pros against each other. Given the fantastic relationship the game has with people like Drake, Lil Yachty, Terrell Owens, JJ Watt, and even Roseanne Barr, we don’t expect them to have too hard a time filling out each team’s lineup with star talent. 

In addition, Epic says it will share details on the first season of competitive play in the coming weeks.

 

Our Take
Given the hot and cold nature of battle royale games, which seemingly has a new king of the kill every six or seven months, you can’t blame Epic Games for leaning hard into Fortnite. We haven’t seen a game blow up this big since Pokemon Go, so they are wise to do everything they can to keep the game growing while it’s in the spotlight.

Electronic Arts has made a portal website catered to guiding disabled gamers.

EA has had posts about helping disabled gamers on their titles’ websites, but this new portal puts all the informational eggs in one basket. “For those with medical differences, game accessibility means pulling down barriers that are preventing play,” EA sports accessibility lead Karen Stevens writes in a post. “The Accessibility Portal site has been created to better serve these diverse needs. The portal is intended to act as a compliment to official game pages, making it easier to find what accessibility-specific features and resources are available across games.”

A forum on the site allows people to voice feature changes they want in games, as well as general discussions. EA says any news regarding the site will come through the EA Accessible Twitter account.

There are currently three games on the accessibility site: UFC 3Madden NFL 18, and NHL 18. Each title lists ways to help various types of disabilities, including color blindness and blindness, the latter of which has instructions detailing the number of button or joystick directional presses to access parts of the game. NHL 18, for example, has a two-button gameplay option to assist those who may not have flexibility with their hands.

[Source: EA]

 

Our Take
It might be easy to take a jab at the publisher that’s been named the worst company in America a few times, but you have to respect EA for helping those who can’t play games in the typical fashion. Video games are arguably the greatest entertainment medium in the world, and everyone should have the chance to enjoy them.

Our Top 300 Games Of All Time list is a collective work. We introduce, argue for, and cement games as “The Greatest Of All Time” based on a number of factors like impact, cultural importance, and sheer quality. But sometimes, it’s hard to make conclusive cases for our personal favorites, whether that means placing them higher on the list (where they rightfully belong), or putting them on the list at all. Sometimes we argue they should have made it on the list, while other times, we acknowledge the subtle difference between “best” and “favorite.”

So without further ado, The Game Informer crew have compiled their personal lists of their favorite games of all time. You’ll find a lot of crossover with out 300 list and see where our top picks came from, as well as slivers of disappointment when you see a top pick that didn’t make our list.

Andy McNamara (@GI_AndyMc)

10. The Last of Us
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
8. Grand Theft Auto V
7. BioShock
6. Red Dead Redemption
5. Mrs. Pac-Man
4. Super Mario World
3. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
2. World of Warcraft
1. Metroid

Andrew Reiner (@Andrew_Reiner)

10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
9. BioShock
8. Chrono Trigger
7. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
6. Grand Theft Auto IV
5. Overwatch
4. Super Metroid
3. Super Mario Bros.
2. Final Fantasy VI
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Matt Bertz (@MattBertz)

10. Tecmo Super Bowl
9. The Last of Us
8. Doom
7. Battlefield: Bad Company 2
6. NHL ‘94
5. Mass Effect 2
4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
3. Grand Theft Auto IV
2. Red Dead Redemption
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Joe Juba (@Joejuba)

10. Braid
9. BioShock
8. Red Dead Redemption
7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
6. Persona 5
5. Mass Effect Trilogy
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
3. Chrono Trigger
2. Super Metroid
1. Final Fantasy VI

Matt Miller (@MatthewRMiller)

10. Super Metroid
9. Mass Effect 2
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7. Resogun
6. Braid
5. Assassin’s Creed II
4. Rock Band 3
3. Super Mario World
2. Destiny
1. Bioshock

Kim Wallace (@kstar1785)

10. The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past
9. Final Fantasy VI
8. Overwatch
7. Secret of Mana
6. Mass Effect 2
5. Red Dead Redemption
4. Super Mario Bros. 3
3. BioShock
2. Chrono Trigger
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Imran Khan(@imranzomg)

10. We love Katamari
9. Super Mario 64
8. Nier
7. Final Fantasy VI
6. Left 4 Dead 2
5. Dark Souls
4. Resident Evil 4
3. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
1. Mega Man X

Daniel Tack (@DanTack)

10. BioShock
9. Final Fantasy Tactics
8. Super Mario World
7. Diablo II
6. Secret of Mana
5. Final Fantasy VI
4. World of Warcraft
3. Chrono Trigger
2. Bloodborne
1. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past

Brian Shea (@BrianPShea)

10. Rock Band 2
9. Sonic the Hedgehog 3
8. Super Mario World
7. Portal 2
6. Overwatch
5. Mass Effect 2
4. Pokémon Red and Blue
3. Final Fantasy X
2. The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time
1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Matthew Kato (@MattKato)

10. Madden NFL 06
9. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
8. Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2
7. Resident Evil
6. Vagrant Story
5. Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood
4. Red Dead Redemption
3. The Last of Us
2. Journey
1. Metal Gear Solid

Jeff Cork (@GIJeff)

10. Katamari Damacy
9. Donkey Kong
8. Rock Band 3
7. Bully
6. Overwatch
5. Street Fighter II: Championship Edition
4. Diablo III
3. The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening
2. Dead Rising
1. Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2

Jeff Marchiafava (@GIJeffM)

10. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
9. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
8. Mass Effect 3
7. Doom
6. Red Dead Redemption
5. The Last of Us
4. Super Metroid
3. Super Mario World
2. The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past
1. Tetris

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard)

10. Donkey Kong Country
9. Inside
8. Halo: Combat Evolved
7. Super Mario Galaxy
6. Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
5. Batman: Arkham Asylum
4. Shadow of the Colossus
3. Portal 2
2. Mega Man X
1. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

Javy Gwaltney (@HurdyIV)

10. Vampire: The Masquerade — Bloodlines
9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
8. Pyre
7. Dishonored
6. Spelunky
5. Titanfall 2
4. Red Dead Redemption
3. Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
2. Half-Life
1. Mass Effect 2

Elise Favis (@elisefavis)

10. The Longest Journey
9. Persona 4
8. Donkey Kong Country
7. Grim Fandango
6. Shadow of the Colossus
5. Earthbound
4. Assassin’s Creed II
3. Red Dead Redemption
2. Mass Effect 2
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Suriel Vazquez (@SurielVazquez)

10. Undertale
9. Persona 3
8. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
7. Resident Evil 4
6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
5. Street Fighter III: Third Strike
4. Metal Gear Solid 3: Subsistence
3. Advance Wars: Dual Strike
2. Dota 2
1. Killer7

Ben Hanson (@Yozetty)

10. Perfect Dark
9. Stanley Parable
8. Frequency
7. Super Smash Bros. Melee
6. Pokémon Silver
5. Age of Mythology
4. Tetris
3. Metal Gear Solid
2. Final Fantasy VII
1. Shadow of the Colossus

Leo Vader (@leovader)

10. Rainbow Six Siege
9. Rock Band 3
8. Splinter Cell: Blacklist
7. Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
6. Heat Signature
5. Rocket League
4. The Last of Us: Remastered
3. Spelunky
2. Tabletop Simulator
1. Hitman

Jeff Akervik (@JeffAkervik)

10. Gone Home
9. Sim City 2000
8. Assassin’s Creed II
7. The Legend of Zelda
6. Horizon Zero Dawn
5. BioShock
4. Borderlands
3.The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
2.The Last of Us
1.The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Margaret Andrews (@sopheava)

10. No One Lives Forever 2
9. Age of Empires III
8. Star Wars: Dark Forces
7. Animal Crossing
6. Duke Nukem 3D
5. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
4. Borderlands 2
3. The Lord of the Rings Online
2. Super Mario Bros.
1. Overwatch

Laleh Tobin (@LalehAzarshin)

10. Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
9. Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
8. Portal 2
7. Red Dead Redemption
6. Fallout 3
5. Shadow of the Colossus
4. Monster Hunter World
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2. Mass Effect 2
1. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island

Kristin Williams (@kristincreate)

10. Assassin’s Creed II
9. Mass Effect 2
8. Final Fantasy X
7. Left 4 Dead 2
6. The Last of Us
5. Horizon Zero Dawn
4. Harvest Moon 64
3. Overwatch
2. Pokémon Red & Blue
1. Portal 2

Jen Vinson (@JenMarie_Vinson)

10. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
9. The Last of Us
8. Dragon Age: Origins
7. Far Cry 3
6. Watch Dogs 2
5. Horizon Zero Dawn
4. BioShock Infinite
3. Red Dead Redemption
2. Mass Effect 3
1. Mass Effect 2

Samm Langer (@salmmonster)

10. Sid Meier’s Civilization V
9. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
8. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
7. Shadow of the Colossus
6. Final Fantasy X
5. Heroes of the Storm
4. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
3. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
2. World of Warcraft
1. Overwatch

 

 

Sea of Thieves sets sail in a few days, and the official launch gameplay trailer features a lot of what we’ve been shown over the last few months. There’s plenty of sword fights with skeletons and ship-to-ship combat. There’s treasure hunting and dancing around to tunes from the hurdy-gurdy. There’s even an adorable little pig running around. Adventure awaits in this colorful world.

Suddenly, the scene darkens as the waters run black and still. A tentacle bursts forth and towers above your ship, followed by another, and then another. One of the tentacles wraps around the hull and threatens to split it in half. The Kraken has been awakened and is looking to drag you down to Davey Jones’ Locker.

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We’ve already attacked rival ships and met the world’s end during the beta, but we’re excited to see what the Kraken is truly capable of in the full game. Sea of Thieves launches on Xbox One and PC on March 20.

Switch launch title Super Bomberman R has been announced for Xbox One, PS4, and PC with exclusive characters on each platform.

The announcement follows a leak from the Korean ratings board that showed the game for the PlayStation 4, which we now know is arriving on two other platforms. For the Xbox One version, players can take Master Chief into the bombing arena; PlayStation 4 owners get the lombax Ratchet; Steam buyers on PC get Portal’s P-Body from Portal 2’s co-op mode.

The game was not incredibly well-received at the Switch’s launch, but a year of DLC and updates helped improve the game over time. The two console versions will launch on June 12, with PC following a day later.

[Source: Destructoid]

 

Our Take
I never ended up buying the Switch version, but it did well for Konami. I can see them hoping that success repeats on other consoles, but it’s hard to imagine it will.

If there’s one thing that Fortnite has been missing up to this point, it’s the ability to crack open a llama piñata for some sweet loot. Fortnite’s V3.3 update is rolling out today and includes the debut of the new Supply Llamas, Remote Explosives, and a limited-time mode called Blitz to Battle Royale. Save The World is also getting a St. Patrick’s Day themed quest and heroes. Here are some of the highlights from V3.3 according to Epic Game’s patch notes, which can be found here.

Battle Royale

  • Supply Llama – Only three of these magical beasts will drop in random locations per game and they will contain 500 pieces of wood, stone, and metal, 10 stacks of each ammo type, and 3 traps and consumables.
  • Remote Explosives – A brand new, rare item that will take out structures in one blow and can be found in Supply Llamas, chests, floor loot, and supply drops.
  • Smoke Grenades – These items have been vaulted until further notice.
  • Blitz – Starting on March 19, this new limited-time mode decreases the time of storms while increasing loot drop rates and resource harvests, resulting in quick-paced matches that last around 15 minutes.

Save The World

  • Luck of the Storm – The next chapter of the Spring it On event tasks players with uncovering treacherous treasures, tracking mythical creatures, and enduring springtime storms.
  • New heroes – Quest rewards include an Epic Leprechaun Survivor as well as a choice between the legendary Luck Demolisher Wildcat, Highland Warrior Wildcat, and Battle Hound Jonesy heroes.

[Source: Epic Games]

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In other Fortnite news, the game’s most popular streamer, Ninja, just teamed up with Drake for a record-breaking stream that had over 600,000 concurrent viewers on Twitch.

With games like No Man’s Sky, Elite Dangerous, and Deep Rock Galactic still going strong, space-faring exploration is all the rage right now. Team 17 is throwing its hat into the ring later this year as well with Genesis Alpha One, an ambitious title that blends elements of roguelikes, base builders, and shooters. 

Developer Radiation Blue explains the thrust of the game: “As the Captain of a Genesis starship, you journey into uncharted space on the ultimate mission: find new homes for humanity’s DNA and save the species from extinction. To do this you will need to build and manage your spaceship, discover planets and harvest resources from them, clone new crew members, and create new lifeforms to populate new worlds… and of course, defend yourself from terrifying alien infestations on your ship! Nobody said saving humanity would be easy.”

Today, Team 17 dropped a new trailer showing more of the game in action.

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Look for Genesis Alpha One on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC later this summer.

EA Sports today announced that UFC President Dana White is coming to the roster of UFC 3 as a free downloadable fighter.

The UFC figurehead isn’t the first non-UFC fighter added to the series’ roster. UFC 2 featured the likes of fighting greats Mike Tyson and Bruce Lee as bonus fighters, and added color commentator Joe Rogan post-launch.

You can see the trailer for White in the game below.

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Dana White is available in the game starting today. UFC 3 launched on February 2 to positive reviews. My review called it the “the best MMA game ever released.”

For an exclusive interview with White on his thoughts on EA Sports’ work with the UFC license, as well as his inclusion in the game, head here.

EA Sports’ announcement that UFC President Dana White was coming to the roster of UFC 3 is the latest in a line of special playable characters in the series. White joins other non-UFC fighters like boxer Mike Tyson, martial arts legend Bruce Lee, and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan, who appeared in UFC 2 as special fighters.

The outspoken UFC President set some time aside to chat with us about how EA Sports is doing with the UFC license to this point, as well as his thoughts on being included in the game’s roster. For a video message from White about his inclusion in the roster, check out the announcement of the downloadable character here. For our review of UFC 3, head here.

The deal with EA Sports to handle the UFC license was a long
time coming. Now that we’re three games in, how satisfied are you with the work
the team has done? 
EA has done a great job of bringing everything it takes to
become a mixed martial artist and UFC athlete to life, virtually through their
video games. These guys are really passionate about the sport and they’ve done
an amazing job of recreating some of the iconic events, like weigh-ins and
press conferences in UFC 3.

You’re obviously a very busy man, particularly with the
stretch of events UFC has put on this year, but how much have you seen or
played of this game? 
I’m not really a big gamer, but I have played the game many
times with my kids. My kids love it and I’ve learned a lot by playing with
them.

This year, you were even more present in the game, with
things like your social media presence, Lookin’ for a Fight, and even
live-action scenes of you talking about the fighters. How did those recording
sessions go? 
The recording sessions are actually fun. We sit down and go
over a lot of things that I really do say, whether it’s with up-and-coming
fighters, at the fights, press conferences, or wherever it might be. It’s fun,
we have a good time doing it.

Including you as a playable fighter in EA Sports UFC 3 is a
fun nod to the fans along the lines of adding Bruce Lee, Joe Rogan, and Mike
Tyson to past games. How did this idea to have you in the game come across your
desk? 
From what EA tells me, the fans have been asking for this
for a long time. They asked me if I would be willing to do it and I said, “Yes,
I think it’s great.” It’s fun. And for all the people out there that have
wanted to punch me in the face over the last 20 years, this is your chance.

You’ve always been in the UFC games as a non-playable
character for things like awarding belt to fighters, but what was your first
reaction to the idea of your in-game representation stepping into the Octagon? 
When I saw the video of me in the Octagon fighting for the
first time it was hilarious because I was fighting [UFC light heavyweight] Gian
Villante. I called him on FaceTime and showed him the video of me whooping his ass. [laughs] It was fun. I sent
it to [former UFC middleweight champion] Chris Weidman and [former UFC
welterweight champion] Matt Serra and we had a blast with it.

Do you know what weight class your fighter is going to be
in? 
When we decided on weight classes, we kept it real. I’m a
205-lber, so we put me in the light heavyweight division. But, if the fans like
it and are into it, you could see me going into other weight classes,
heavyweight and down, in the future.

So it’s not possible that Dana White is the challenger that
welcomes back [UFC lightweight champion] Conor [McGregor] or [former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion] Georges St-Pierre?
 
Not right now, but if the fans love it and are into it, then
EA will put me in other weight classes.

Then is he going to get the winner of [heavyweight champion] Stipe [Miocic] and [light heavyweight champion] Daniel Cormier? 
I can face DC now because
I’m a light heavyweight, but not Stipe. DC is moving up to heavyweight I don’t
know why I can’t.

I don’t know how much you know about your in-game fighter,
but it would make sense for you to use boxing techniques in stand-up, since you
were an amateur boxer, right? 
As far as the technique goes in the game, they modeled me
after a boxer because I have boxing experience. But don’t be fooled, I have
jiu-jitsu too, so don’t think that you’re going to take me to the ground and
beat me up down there. My jiu-jitsu is actually pretty good, so you better be
ready on your feet and on the ground.

I have a feeling that for executives from other
organizations, there would be some hesitation in allowing the players to beat
them up in a video game. Was there any hesitation from you or UFC about
allowing people like that to lock themselves in a virtual cage with your
character? 
No, I didn’t have any hesitation. If that’s what the fans want,
that’s what we do. We give the fans what they want. I’m sure there are plenty of
people out there that want to punch me in the face, so here’s your chance! I love
it.