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Why Monster Hunter World Will Succeed in the West

The Monster Hunter series is one of the most successful franchises in Capcom’s repertoire, having sold 40 million units according to Capcom’s latest sales data. But most of those sales have come from Japan, where Monster Hunter’s emphasis on grouping together with friends to take down monsters in local multiplayer found a larger audience in the series homeland than in the more online multiplayer-focused West. Which is why Capcom’s focus on attracting Western audiences with the upcoming Monster Hunter World, is all the more surprising—most of all, because it has the best shot at finally propelling the series to success ... Read more

Top 5 Boardgames to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

Video games are all well and good, but sometimes you just have to get down and dirty: roll some dice, place some meeples, and activate your trap card. The world of linen backed playing cards and cardboard has a little something for everyone, but with all the options, you may be at a loss for what to get the dice thrower in your life. Luckily, we have you covered here at CGM, even if they’re really just for your own collection. Boardgame aficionado, Lane Martin, has assembled a few of the finest games that will be sure to please anyone ... Read more

Top 5 Collectables to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

‘Tis the season for giving, but sometimes picking out the perfect holiday gifts for the collectable fanatic or everyday fan is difficult. Luckily, CGMagazine’s resident expert on all things collectable is here to help you out. From figurines to toys to houseware, here are some ideal gifts for any fan in your life, or for your own collection. Blind Package Figures These are figures that are packaged in opaque packaging so the contents are a surprise. Why They’ll Love It: Blind package figures are a good choice because they come in a wide variety of fandoms, far too many to list. ... Read more

The Game Awards 2017 Wrap-Up

The Game Awards 2017 was better than last year’s. Such has been the trend for Geoff Keighley’s pet project – ever since the infamous Spike Video Game Awards first reached saturation, you can practically see Keighley straining against the inherent restraints of his chosen medium. He’s constantly seeking to give the games industry a history and a prestige that it does not actually seem to want. Inside the venue itself, the audience came alive for every utterance of the phrase “World Premiere,” and got appropriately unglued for stuff like surprise Zelda DLC or Bayonetta 3. But with so much space ... Read more

Top 5 Games for Switch to Give Your Friends (or Your Greedy Self) This Holiday

The Switch has had a breakout year in its debut. While its library is still relatively small, there’s still plenty to catch up on for those who will find Nintendo’s newest device under the tree this year. CGMagazine’s Kenneth Shephard makes your Holiday shopping easier with some suggestions that are sure to please anyone on your list, even if that someone is you. Super Mario Odyssey Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch) – gameplay image via Nintendo Super Mario Odyssey puts a spin on Mario’s usual antics by taking him out of the Mushroom Kingdom and into several different worlds with different ... Read more

Five Of The Finest War Films: Five Movies, Five Wars, Five Perspectives

War. What is it good for? According to the song, absolutely nothing. However, it has been responsible for decades worth of riveting cinema. The War Film is a genre founded on military propaganda that has grown into something far more complex. The greatest war movies offer their filmmakers a chance to flex their directorial muscles in ways that show off a skill with spectacle and visceral cinematic artistry while also offering resonant commentary on the human condition through our most devastating of actions and tragedies. It’s a rich genre filled with brilliant artistry and harsh truths, one that sadly continues ... Read more

Nelo Preview: Gotta Slow Down

Nelo looks beyond slick. Rushing through arenas filled with enemies at blinding speed while firing four machine guns looks like something you’d want to be a part of. However, the alpha build currently available to players shows a game that needs a ton of work, showcasing cramped arenas, incredibly awkward platforming, and many other design decisions that all seem built around making the players regret their great speed. In video, it looks fantastic. Players act as Nelo, an alien cyborg with telepathic powers and four guns with which to blast aliens. This cyborg can also move extremely fast, allowing players ... Read more

AMD Extravalanza Descends on Toronto

For the past few years, AMD has been running Extravalanza, a tournament that brings some of the best PC players together while also showing off some of the latest and greatest tech from AMD. In past years, AMD housed the event at its campus in Markham, but this year the company has opted for an external space, with 99 Sudbury fitting the bill nicely. Extravalanza is an odd beast when looking at tournaments in Toronto and North America. Due to the fact it is run by AMD, it has many things you would expect, such as PCs built with AMD ... Read more

Purple’s Heart

Ryan “Purple” Murphy-Root is determined to be king. But until that day, he’s content to play the jester. “40 years from now,” Murphy-Root explains, “when I tell my grandkids what I did when I was in my 20s, if I said, ‘I was like the 7th best player in the world,’ they’d say, ‘What the f—k, you were 7th best? Loser.’ Gotta go for glory! You’re either first or you’re last.” This quippy Canadian is the country’s brightest star in competitive Hearthstone. 16 of the world’s best players have come here to Los Angeles for the 2017 Summer Championship—but Purple ... Read more

Heading back to the Second World War, an Interview With Sledgehammer Games

It’s been 11 years since the Call of Duty franchise was set in the Second World War. The franchise began with this conflict but over the last decade has tackled settings ranging from modern conflict to near-future warfare. However, with Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus dropping recently to the praise of critics and fans, it seems that players are ready to once again strap on their boots and kick some Nazi ass. CGMagazine was lucky enough to snag an interview with Michael Condrey, the Chief Operating and Development Officer and co-founder of Sledgehammer games, to ask him why the company ... Read more

Guilt Free Gaming: Why Nazis are the Perfect Antagonists

The very first “bad guys” I ever killed in a first-person shooter were Nazis. Actually, the first one was dead already by the time the game started, but as B.J. opened that prison door, that brown shirt, stalhem rocking guard “got his” as they say, and thus began a trend that would see the next two-and-half decades of video game antagonists frequently being the swastika clad monsters from the Second World War. From deadly serious renditions of the horrors committed by the SS to over the top, mecha-Hitler and Nazi moon bases, the Nazi is the perfect villain in the ... Read more

The “Seven Deadly Words” of Star Trek Discovery

In 1991, Dorothy Jones Heydt formulated what she called the “Eight Deadly Words” that strike a death knell to any story: “I don’t care what happens to these people.” While the “eight deadly words” do not apply to Star Trek Discovery, there is a seven word phrase that does: “I don’t care who wins this war.” Jason Isaacs and Sonequa Martin-Green in Star Trek: Discovery (2017) – image via CBS The more episodes of Star Trek Discovery that I watch, the more I become convinced that the writers do not understand how a war works. With the exception of a single ... Read more