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Five Games That Make an Adequate Replacement for a Fireworks Display

Happy 4th of July! If, on the off-chance, you're by yourself today and missing the fireworks, give some of these games a shot.

Firefall Launching Open Beta on July 9

The promising-looking massively-multiplayer shooter Firefall launches into open beta in a few days.

Commander Video Gets His Own Endless Runner

The Bit.Trip Runner hero gets his very own browser-based endless runner for you to waste your entire day on.

Born Slippy: The Making of Star Fox

Eurogamer's Damien McFerran talks to the ex-Argonaut staff behind the revolutionary SNES hit, some 20 years after its original release.

Destiny's 12-Minute E3 Video

Originally shown behind closed doors at E3, Destiny's intro gameplay video is now available for public viewing. Step this way!

Wanna Play a Completely Naked RPG Dungeon-Crawler?

Well do you? And no. It's not naked in a rude way. It's naked in the sense that this is an RPG stripped down to its absolute fundamentals.

Kickstarting Reality: Broken Age Shows Players the Reality of Game Development

Double Fine's trials and tribulations with Broken Age aren't isolated incidents in the game industry.

Nintendo Blindsides Japan With Surprise Chibi Robo Release

Not that it does us non-Japanese-3DS-owning types any good (yet), but it's a start.

3 Reasons I Worry About Dead Rising 3

Credit Capcom Vancouver for taking a fresh approach to the series, but will the next Dead Rising ignore the qualities that made the first two great?

Walking Further: Delving Into Visual Novels

With this week's release of The Walking Dead: 400 Days, a whole lot of you are doubtless going to be hungry for more story-heavy action soon. Here's a roundup of some other experiences you might want to try.

Natsume's Mystic Chronicles Hits PSN on July 16

Natsume's new 16-bit retro-style role-playing game will hit PSP and Vita later this month.

Yumina the Ethereal Goes Gold

Yumina the Ethereal, a new visual novel/RPG hybrid from the creators of Aselia the Eternal, will be available very soon.

OC ReMix's Final Fantasy VI Album Available Now

The talented community at OC ReMix has finally released its long-awaited Final Fantasy VI remix album, featuring 74 tracks.

Inside the Creative Assembly Game Jam 2013

Eurogamer's Martin Robinson reports from this year's Rezzed Game Jam in the UK, home of some truly creative takes on the '80s as a theme.

Velocity Ultra Out Now for Vita

FuturLab's innovative puzzle shooter is out now for PlayStation Vita owners.

Super-Charging Your Super-Heroes: DC Universe Online comes to PS4

We chat with DC Universe Online producer Larry Liberty about bringing free-to-play heroes to PlayStation 4.

Mega-Recharge: Is Capcom in the Process of Giving Mega Man an Extra Life?

Mega Man's inclusion on the Super Smash Bros. roster may hint that Capcom's robot is set to rise again.

Final Fantasy IV Soundtrack (Remastered Version) Review

A classic game soundtrack enjoys a small but pleasant revision.

On Not Being One of the "Cool Kids"

Ever felt your tastes were just slightly out of step with everyone else? Pete certainly has. Embrace your weird and wonderful tastes -- it makes conversations about gaming more interesting for everyone!

Preorder Rise of the Triad Reboot, Wallow in Nostalgia

Preorder the upcoming reboot of Apogee's chaotic manshoot and get a bunch of classic first-person shooters for free.

GT Academy 2013 Competition Kicks Off with Gran Turismo 6 Demo

Think you've got what it takes to join the Nissan GT Academy team? Then you may want to check out today's Gran Turismo 6 demo.

World of Warplanes Launches Open Beta

As Wargaming.net's World of Tanks rumbles on to Xbox 360, its aerial successor is getting closer to release on PC.

Inside the Actors Studio with Nolan North

Eurogamer's Jeffrey Matulef chats to Nolan North about Deadpool, acting philosophy and resistance to typecasting.

It's Time to Face the News: Microsoft's Image Problem

Microsoft is in dire need of someone who will represent them in the court of public opinion.

The Crimson Dragon Playbook

The director of the Xbox One-exclusive Panzer Dragoon follow-up is too busy making games to waste time lamenting setbacks and challenges.

A Life Less Ordinary: Living a Virtual Life

"Life sims" are an interesting spinoff of the strategy and RPG genres, and with the current popularity of Animal Crossing: New Leaf, they're at the forefront of the public's attention at present. Pete investigates some of the most intriguing examples over the years.

Contrast Brings Film Noir Cabaret to Gaming

Compulsion Games' upcoming PC, PSN and XBLA platform puzzler certainly has a very distinctive look about it.

Cognition: An Erica Reed Thriller Coming to Steam

Supernatural adventure game makes it through Valve's Greenlight process and onto Steam.

Odallus: The Dark Call Bringing Back 8-Bit Exploration

Finally! A developer who knows that "8-bit" doesn't mean the same as "pixel art." Grumble.

How Hotline Miami is Like BDSM

Eurogamer's Ed Smith explores the strange, cruel world of Dennaton's brutally violent hit, recently released for PS3 and Vita.

Merely Wires and Lights in a Box

55 years later, Edward R. Murrow's cautionary address for a growing medium is still relevant

In Monster Hunter, It Takes a Village to Raise a Child...

...to kill monsters, that is.

MSX: The Little Hybrid That Could

30 years ago, two companies teamed up to create a global computer standard. Great video games were the guest of honor.

Last Console Standing: Region-Locking on the Wii U

A new fan campaign wants Nintendo to drop region-locking on the Wii U and 3DS.

Ripple Dot Zero Totally Just Made My Day

Sometimes gaming throws up some really nice surprises. If you've got 15 minutes of spare time, read this story and follow the links. Hopefully you'll enjoy the journey.

Top 10 Pride-Swallowing Moments in Gaming History

Microsoft's Xbox One reversal has us reflecting on some of the medium's biggest blunders, reversals, and retractions.

For the Future's Sake, I'm a Collector

Pete contemplates how having shelves full of physical games might be good for the gaming medium in the long run.

Hotline Miami Review

All hail the conquering control scheme! We see how Dennaton improved an already amazing title.

Ouya or Ou-Nah?

Eurogamer's Dan Whitehead looks at the Little Android Console That Could... but can it, really?

New Kickstarter Celebrates Heroes of Video Game Music

Another day, another Kickstarter, yes, but if you're a fan of game music, you might want to check this one out.

Soar Through the Sky in If My Heart Had Wings

The debut release from visual novel publisher MoeNovel, If My Heart Had Wings, is now available in English.

Chaos Reborn Inches Closer to Release with Playable Prototype

Julian Gollop's remake of his classic ZX Spectrum strategy game is coming along very nicely, thank you very much.

Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers Review

Now in its fourth iteration, the latest Duels of the Planeswalkers continues to push the series forward, and offers one of the cheapest and most enjoyable ways to get into this classic collectible card game.

Etrian Odyssey Untold: It's Never Too Soon for a Remake

That is, provided the remake is practically a brand new game (or two).

Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze Full E3 Interview

The folks from Nintendo and Retro Studios share the details on the Kong family's first high-definition adventure.

Rogue Legacy Review

Ever wondered what would happen if the Belmont bloodline had a few genetic defects along the way? Wonder no longer.

Professor Layton's Son Comes to iOS

It ain't no Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney, but it'll do for now.

Ex-King of Fighters Devs Launch Crowdfunder for New 2D Fighter

Three former SNK/King of Fighters staffers need your help to make the 2D fighter they've always wanted to make.

Final Fantasy Born Again

Eurogamer's Simon Parkin takes a closer look at how Square Enix is doing its best to fix the "problem child" of the Final Fantasy family.

What Does "Final Fantasy" Mean to You?

We look back in series history and see how we ended up with an action RPG as the franchise's latest.

Puzzle and Dragons Review

Highly addictive obsession for some, throwaway garbage for others, Puzzle and Dragons is one of the most successful - and polarizing - games of the last twelve months.

Oh Brothers, Where Were Thou?

Starbreeze Studios' latest was nearly lost in the din of the E3 show floor.

Christine Love's Hate Plus Launches August 19

The follow-up to Christine Love's ambitious dark visual novel Analogue: A Hate Story finally gets a release date.

Lee Jackson Returns for Rise of the Triad Reboot

The original composer for Apogee's chaotic first-person shooter is returning to help the reboot's team reimagine his classic tracks.

Vita Hearts Indies

Sony's making a big noise about its support for indie developers at the moment -- particularly when it comes to the Vita.

When Bad Isn't Bad

Have you ever played and absolutely adored a game that press and public alike seemed to despise? The USgamer team gives its thoughts on a selection of favorite "underdogs" through the years.

Zeboyd's Next Game is Cosmic Star Heroine

The Cthulhu Saves the World and Penny Arcade RPG developer has officially announced its next project: Cosmic Star Heroine.

Hale to the Commander

Eurogamer's Johnny Cullen chats with Jennifer Hale about her two decade-long career voice acting in the industry.

Dance Yourself to Death With Crypt of the Necrodancer

Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight? We talk with programmer Ryan Clark about his music-based roguelike.

Making Fans of Every Man With Lost Planet 3's Everyman

Producer Andrew Szymanski talks about LP3's conventional Call of Duty similarities, and its unconventional protagonist.

Diablo III Is Where All Hell Breaks Loose on a Comfy Couch

Thanks to subtle design tweaks and great controls, Diablo III makes the transition from PC to consoles - and feels all the better for it.

The World Ends With You: The Death March Soundtrack Review

Square Enix revisits its coolest soundtrack with a blistering live rendition.

The Complicated Legacy of Penny Arcade

Whether you love or hate Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins, you've probably got good reasons for it.

Why Animal Crossing Succeeded Where Social Games Failed

Seemingly everyone is playing Nintendo's new life sim at the moment -- even those who would never normally touch social games. What's Nintendo done differently to the hundreds of Facebook game developers out there?

Horror Adventure Home Hits iOS

Creepy psychological horror title Home comes to mobile platforms, with all its unnerving atmosphere intact.

Titanfall Dev Demystifies Xbox One Cloud Technology

Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole reports on just how Titanfall will take advantage of Microsoft's rather ill-defined "cloud technology."

Sword of the Stars: The Pit Expansion Out Soon

Fans of Kerberos' sci-fi roguelike will be able to enjoy a newly-expanded experience from July 1.

English Legend of Heroes Art Books Coming This Fall

Fans of Falcom's long-running RPG series will be able to get their hands on two lovely-looking art books later this year.

Muramasa Rebirth Review

Vanillaware's masterful visuals elevate an otherwise average action game.

New Super Luigi U Review

At last we see why Luigi lives in his older brother's shadow: The Mushroom Kingdom has it out for him.

Game and Wario Review

Is Game & Wario a warning that Nintendo is becoming the type of company it made fun of in the original WarioWare?

Call of Duty's House Divided

Ghosts' executive producer Mark Rubin discusses the tension and conflict between the series' single- and multiplayer components. Not only how the two aspects of the best-selling series are premiered, but also the fundamental philosophical difference between them.

Finding Your Role in Final Fantasy XIV

Class changes, crafting and special quests: just some of the things Pete got up to in last weekend's Final Fantasy XIV beta.

Japanese Visual Novel Dev Turns to Crowdfunding

Japanese PC developer Bamboo has turned to crowdfunding to pay for a remake of one of its past games.

Zeboyd Games Talks Penny Arcade and the Future

The indie RPG developer has some interesting plans up its sleeve now the Penny Arcade Adventures series is completed: a new, original RPG project inspired by Lunar and Prydain Chronicles.

Dreamfall Chapters Dev Disagrees with George Lucas on Storytelling

Lucas claims games are still waiting for a Titanic-style storytelling success; Tornquist isn't so sure. Eurogamer's Tom Phillips reports.

Prison Architect Dev Introversion Explains Indies' Trouble with Retail

Eurogamer's Tom Phillips reports on an eye-opening talk at the recent PC and indie games show Rezzed.

BioShock Infinite: America's Fairground

Chris Donlan goes in search of Columbia's origins.

How Mega Man and Mario Inspired Skylanders: Swap Force

The old-school inspiration behind the latest Skylanders ensures it'll have some teeth despite its family-friendly nature.

The Deleted Scenes of Deus Ex

Dissecting a masterpiece with the original designers, and the original design document.

EVE Online: If You Love It, CCP Has You Covered

We talk to CCP CEO Hilmar Petursson about not screwing up EVE Online

Nintendo Gets Into the Game

Three decades ago, Nintendo parlayed a single arcade hit into a home gaming dynasty that remains strong to this day. Their secret? A strong belief in quality, the cutthroat pursuit of profit, and an occasional dash of humility.

The Rap Game[r]

"Xenogears, that's the type of game that relieves my fears." We're right there with you, Del.

Ask Us Anything: Nintendo in NYC (June 25)

We're headed behind-closed-doors (spooky) and want your Nintendo-related questions!

Mighty Switch Force 2 Review

The sequel to Wayforward's action puzzler may have you questioning your gaming skill.

New Site Aims to Promote "Games with Purpose"

Education and gaming experts have teamed up to highlight the positive impact games can have on us all.

Delving Into the Digital World of Location Services

Following up on our recent interview, Owl Cave Games were good enough to provide USgamer with an exclusive first look at its upcoming adventure.

A Realm Reborn, the MMO for MMO Idiots Like Me

An MMO novice talks to Naoki Yoshida, the man tasked with reinventing Final Fantasy XIV from the ground up, and likes what he hears.

Pre-Owned is Back on the Table - But at What Cost?

After Microsoft's dramatic 180, Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole seeks out a variety of opinions on the complex used games issue.

Greenlight, Genetic Flatulence and "Roguelites"

Indie developer Cellar Door Games is releasing the promising-looking Rogue Legacy soon, so we tracked down founder Teddy Lee for a chat.

Will a Measure of Mario Magic Save Sonic?

One-time unstoppable superstar, Sonic's recent history has been one of inconsistent vehicles and supporting roles. But could the upcoming Lost World signal a turnaround for his fortunes?

Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Mario?

Jeremy and Brendan attempt to disagree without resorting to personal attacks in USgamer's first Point/Counterpoint column.

I Wish Microsoft Kept Its Awful Xbox One Policies

The quick reversal of anti-consumer policies is nice, but Microsoft and other companies are now likely to take the wrong lessons away from the debacle.

PlayStation Vita Wants to Kill Me, and I'm OK With That

The benighted Vita made an impressive showing at this year's E3, even if everything I played was curiously hostile.

TrackMania 2 Stadium Officially Launches

It's been in beta for a while, but the revamped Stadium environment for Ubisoft's thrilling build-your-own-racer game is now officially available.

Prime World Enters Open Beta This Friday

Nival's upcoming action RPG Prime World launches into open beta for the first time at the end of this week. Why not give it a go?

A Chat with Location Services' Owl Cave Games

Richard & Alice developer Owl Cave has a new adventure coming soon, so what better time to sit down for a chat?

Microsoft Restores Game Ownership and Expects Us to Smile

Eurogamer's Tom Bramwell believes that for Microsoft's reversal to have meaning, it must be matched by deeper change.

Does Animal Crossing Stress Anyone Else Out?

Not sure if she's doing it wrong, Olivia questions whether or not Animal Crossing: New Leaf is a management sim blessing or a holy-crap-there-so-much-to-do-and-I-want-the-best-town-ever-right-now time-sink curse.

The Witcher 3 Opens Its World for a Wild Hunt

CD Projekt Red lets a neophyte take a look at the latest Witcher title.

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