Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Halo Series Episode 8 Review – Discussing THAT Master Chief Scene

Stop me if you've heard this before, but the Halo series has continuously been a roller coaster ride of good and bad, and few episodes encapsulate that as well as this week's tale in "Allegiance." Join us on The Game Informer Show as we discuss the eighth episode of the series, break down the most significant moments, and discuss the scene everyone is talking about. Your regular hosts of Alex Stadnik, Andrew Reiner, and Brian Shea are back again and definitely have thoughts on the return of Master Chief, Makee, and Dr. Halsey. After a week away on Madrigal with Kwan and Soren, the focus shifts back to Reach and what the UNSC is doing about finding The Covenant and Halo. While the militaristic arm of humanity panics over other planets getting glassed by their alien foes, John and Makee are spending time getting to know each other after their shared vision of the show's namesake. While the universe's greatest Spartan and the Covenant spy fraternize in the park (and other places), Dr. Halsey continues to meddle in order to advance humanity in her image, threatening the people she's trying to save in the process. Will the good doctor's interference and the union between the main characters result in unity between the two warring factions or make the upcoming battle that much harder? You'll just have to listen to this week's show to find out. What do you think about Halo thus far? Be sure to let us know in the comments below. We'd also love your feedback on the extra GI Show episodes. Do you like them? Do you want to see us focus on games or the Marvel shows in the future? Please email us at [email protected] or reach out on Discord as we want to know what you think.

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    Do We Really Need A Bloodborne Remake?

    From the moment PlayStation 5 was announced, fans have been asking for a Bloodborne remake or remaster. Now seven years old, Bloodborne is one of PlayStation 4’s greatest games, showing developer From Software can do terrifying and exciting things within a gothic, Victorian setting. Summer is always a hotbed for video game announcements, and even without an E3 this year, the rumor mill is spinning at full force, teasing massive games that we may see revealed in the months ahead. One of those games is Bloodborne. If you asked me if I wanted a Bloodborne remake or remaster before February 25, 2022, I would have screamed, “YES!”

    Ask me this question now, and my answer is a bit more low-key but still a “yes.” When I played Elden Ring, I expected big things from one of gaming’s most consistent developers but didn’t expect the entire Souls genre to evolve in such meaningful ways. Elden Ring’s freedom of exploration, depth to its dark secrets, and feeling of empowerment when overcoming great odds are magnificent and, in a way, make From Software’s back catalog of games take on a classic sheen…even Bloodborne.

    Moving forward, I hope we get more Elden Ring content, and From Software uses it as a template of sorts for future games, much like it did with Demon’s Souls. Going back to the old Souls games won’t be difficult given how they play. I know they’ll still be fun and challenging, but I don’t think I’ll get as much out of them, not just because I already played them, but because Elden Ring is that good.

    So yes, I want Bloodborne to come back with a current release that can help preserve it for generations to come. However, the PS4 version still looks damn good, and the need to enhance it isn’t as necessary as it is for most games that get the re-release treatment. If it does come back, we’ll likely see smoother action at 60 frames per second and the DualSense controller delivering better movement and feel. We could also see lost content restored, should any exist. No matter what this re-release is, I don’t think we’ll see any new content created specifically for it. For fans of the original PS4 game, Sony could create unique Trophies and challenges to refresh the experience and potentially have us explore it in different ways.

    Time can be harsh to video games. Their evolution is constant, and seven short years can feel like a lifetime ago, given how much games change. I’m sure Bloodborne won’t feel archaic, but it also won’t be Elden Ring, the new gold standard for Souls games. Odds are development will be handled by a different studio, so From Software can focus entirely on the next flagship Souls game.

    My stance on the remake has changed from “likely to play it” to “maybe.” Just thinking of diving back into Bloodborne is more of a sign that I should probably start my second playthrough of Elden Ring instead.

    What is your excitement level for Bloodborne’s potential return? Do you have similar thoughts that Elden Ring makes going back difficult, or do you think Bloodborne has enough going for it to be just as amazing today?

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