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Spiritfarer is a Calming Management Sim About The Afterlife

Like Animal Crossing, but about helping the deceased find peace before moving on.

Youngblood's Producer On Telling a Coming-of-Age Story in the World of Wolfenstein

How a few hand signals and two young leads shifted MachineGames' view on the series.

"We're Never Gonna Make an Apex 2:" Apex Legends Devs Look Ahead to Season 2, and Way Beyond

At EA Play last week, we interviewed Apex Legends' executive producer and lead product manager about all the changes coming this summer.

Starting Screen | How the Second Half of 2019 is Shaping Up for Video Games Now That E3 is Over

We take a look at the upcoming release schedule and identify one potential juggernaut.

Cyberpunk 2077 Quest Director on The Witcher 3 Comparisons, Life Paths, and Keanu

At E3 2019, we sit down with the director of Cyberpunk 2077's quests to learn about how Night City, life paths, and more will affect how the story unfolds.

Adding Dash To Doom Eternal "Broke the Game For Quite a While," Developers Say

Why Doom Eternal's developers are calling it their Evil Dead 2.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Devs on Bumping Up Difficulty, New Flagship Monsters, and Which Weapon Needs the Biggest Boost

We talk to the Monster Hunter: World team at Capcom about the upcoming expansion.

How the Z-Axis Changes Trials of Mana's Remake

A change in perspective opens up new doors for the Seiken Densetsu 3 remake.

How John Wick Hex's Action is Designed With the Help of the Film's Fight Choreographers

We check out the unique strategy game being developed with consultation from the film series' creators.

Gooigi Adds a Gooey New Dimension to Luigi's Mansion 3's Puzzles

We get to know Luigi's Mansion 3's creepiest new character.

Tales of Arise's Producer on the New Look, Speedy Combat, and Winning Over Western Gamers

The theme of Arise is an evolution of old traditions.

Animal Crossing: New Horizon's Customization Options Prove Representation Can Be Simple

Sometimes it just comes down to letting people play as themselves.

Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3 is the Better Marvel Game at E3 2019

The Switch delivers the Marvel experience I'm looking for.

All the Big Fan Theories That Have Already Emerged From the Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Reveal

It looks like Ganondorf is making his Breath of the Wild debut, and that can only spell trouble.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Makes You Fear Both Monsters and the Cold

Freezing Weather is another beast entirely in Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Limited Pokedex is a Stomach Punch for Longtime Fans Like Me

Why fans are so upset about the news that some Pokemon won't be available in Sword and Shield.

Fallout 76 Nuclear Winter is a Sometimes Brilliant Battle Royale Game Built on a Terrible Foundation

Some genuinely brilliant ideas built on an unfortunately shaky foundation.

Shenmue 3 Feels Like a Modern Dreamcast Game

For better or worse, the latest Shenmue game doesn't stray far from its deep roots.

Contra: Rogue Corps is the Type of Game That Gives You a Hip Flask as Promotional Item

Contra returns in a new game built for modern gaming.

After Six Years In Development, The Indie Timeloop Thriller 12 Minutes Is Finally Nearing Completion

A long time ago, I played a demo of 12 Minutes. At E3 2019, it surprisingly reemerged with a new publisher, Annapurna, backing it.

The Actual Winners and Losers of E3 2019

Tired: Ray-tracing, 8K graphics, and bombshell announcements. Wired: Pitbulls, pee scandals, and grannies who kill.

Marvel's Avengers' Gameplay Nails the Scope and Spectacle, But Important Questions Remain Unanswered

Avengers plays well, but we still have a few questions.

The Pokemon Sword and Shield Interview: "We Knew at Some Point We Weren't Going to be Able to Keep Indefinitely Supporting All of the Pokemon"

We talk to Game Freak about the battle potential of Dynamax, the decision to narrow the number of available Pokemon, and the move into a new era.

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake Soundtrack Sounds Different So Far, But in A Good Way

The new orchestral compositions of familiar tunes sound great so far.

Best Retro Video Game Consoles 2019

From the NES Classic to the Sega Genesis Classic, we break down the best retro video game consoles you should buy—and which ones you should avoid.

We Went Hands-On With Ni No Kuni Remastered, And It's Beautiful

Ni No Kuni is being remastered for PS4 and PC.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses Drops the Iconic Weapon Triangle. Here’s What That Means for the Gameplay

We go hands-on with much-anticipated Switch version of the classic tactics series.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake E3 2019 Demo Breakdown: Sephiroth vs. Cloud, Shinra HQ Details, and Egg and Chips

Everything we notice in last night's big Final Fantasy 7 Remake reveal.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Definitely Isn't The Force Unleashed Again: Hands-On

As a fugitive on the run, you're not meant to feel like a god, Respawn says.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Dynamax Adds Dramatic Flair to Gym Battles

Pokemon are living large on the Nintendo Switch.

Princess Zelda Might be the Hero in the Dark Sequel Breath of the Wild 2

Is Zelda ready to take up Link's mantle as Hyrule's hero? The signs are there.

Dying Light 2's Player Choices Mean Your First Playthrough Will Reveal Maybe Less Than Half of the Game's Content

We saw a hands-off demo of how Dying Light 2's choices impact its open-world, mechanics, and more.

Cadence of Hyrule is a Musical Adventure That Doubles as a Tribute to Zelda's Greatest Hits

Another unexpected Nintendo crossover seems to be a winner.

There's One Really Good Music Cue in a Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Taking on Raditz signals a very familiar, and unexpected, Dragon Ball Z tune.

Darksiders: Genesis' Creative Director on Returning to the Series He Helped Create, Bringing Back War, and More

The creative director behind Darksiders: Genesis tells us about co-op, bringing back War, and reinventing the action of the series.

Will Wolfenstein Work As Co-Op? After Hands-On With Wolfenstein: Youngblood, We're Still Unsure

Our first hands-on with Wolfenstein's co-op debut leaves us with a lot of questions.

Bleeding Edge Didn't Leave a Good First Impression

Bleeding Edge is so forgettable, I almost didn't write this up.

Minecraft Dungeons is Diablo for People Who Are Intimidated by Diablo

We got a chance to see Mojang's first standalone game in a long while in action.

Watch Dogs Legion Chose London Before Brexit, But It's Still Ubisoft's Most Political Game to Date

We hands-on with the latest in the Watch Dog's franchise and interview Ubisoft's Clint Hocking.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Dud of an E3 2019 Press Conference Makes Sony Look Smart for Skipping the Show

Sony got more out of a Wired interview than Microsoft did in an entire press conference.

Halo 5 Looks Stunning Streaming at 60fps on Project xCloud, Gears 4 Less So

We see what its like to play Halo 5 on a smartphone with Microsoft's new streaming tech.

Doom Eternal Hands-On: How Some New Tricks Impact Doom's Famous Glory Kill Loop

There's more to Doom Eternal than Glory Kills now.

Halo Infinite Needs to Be Project Scarlett's Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Switch proves systems don't sell on specs. They sell on games.

Psychonauts 2 Reminds Us Why Double Fine is the Boss of Comedy Games

The Xbox and PS2 cult classic's spirit is alive and well in the modern generation.

FIFA 20 Hands-on: Slower, But Perhaps Better

We try out this year's version of EA's popular soccer sim.

Hands-On With Apex Legend's New Character: How Wattson Will Shake Up Your Team Dynamic

Apex Legends has a new character coming next month, and she brings a nice spark to the defense lineup.

FIFA 20 Developers on Why Volta Won't Have Online Team Play, the Microtransactions Question, and More

We checked out the new FIFA Street revival at EA Play 2019. Here's what we learned.

Madden 20 EA Play 2019 Hands-On: 5 Observations and My Current Confidence Level

Madden 20 adds some new features to highlight the superstars, but is it enough?

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Demo Showcases AT-AT Vehicle Sequence

EA has revealed more of Respawn’s Star Wars game during a second demo.

All of Our E3 2019 Coverage: News, Rumors, and Hands-on for the Show's Biggest Games

Here's how to easily find all of our E3 2019 coverage so far.

"We Like Where We are Right Now": Elder Scrolls Online's Developers on Player Milestones and Elsweyr's Future

We talk about the past, present, and future of Elder Scrolls Online with some of its lead developers.

Playing The Strange Destroy All Humans Remake Left Us With One Question: Why?

A Destroy All Humans remake is en route, but rather than refresh the PS2 and Xbox classic for a new generation, it's just... the same game again.

I Hope Weird Nintendo Shows Up To E3 2019

In a conference filled with sequels and remakes, I'm looking for a curveball only Nintendo can throw.

Anthem's Cataclysm is a Storm of Negative Opinions During Testing

Anthem still has problems and the long-awaited Cataclysm doesn't seem to be fixing them.

Larian Studios Shares Its Vision for Baldur's Gate 3: "We Got the Keys to the Toy Box"

We talk to Larian founder Swen Vincke and D&D creative director Mike Mearls about reviving one of the greatest RPGs ever.

All the New Pokemon We Saw in Today's Pokemon Direct

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Galar region has all kinds of new friends who want to meet (and eat) you.

Journey to the Savage Planet Feels Like A Game I've Played Many Times Before

Despite how colorful it is, planet exploration is a little drab in Journey to the Savage Planet.

Outer Wilds Captures Everything That's Beautiful and Terrifying About Space Exploration

Outer Wilds' uniquely rustic means of space exploration is half-scientific, half-magical, and still capable of killing you cold.

The Best Resident Evil Games Ranked From Worst to Best

In this ranking of the best Resident Evil games, we decide which ones are Tyrant-grade and which ones are basic, brain-dead zombies.

Best Zelda Games Ranked Worst to Best

We rank the best Zelda games of all time with our definitive list covering more than a dozen consoles, including Breath of the Wild! What is the best Zelda game ever made?

Starting Screen | E3 2019 May Be the Beginning of the End of Old Console Wars as We Know Them

As platforms give way to services, Microsoft is going back to its roots amid its new console reveal.

We Rewatched Death Stranding's Old Trailers and Now We Have a Bunch of New Theories

Turns out those old trailers have some gold buried away.

Rick and Morty's Justin Roiland on Writing For Interactivity, Trover Saves the Universe, and His Love of Puppers

Justin Roiland talks to us about his process for Trover Saves the Universe, and blowing his voice out while playing Lemongrab on Adventure Time.

Mario Kart 8 is the Switch's Most Successful Game. So Why Isn't it Getting Updated With New DLC?

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe drives down a lonely road, and it makes no sense.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare First Look: The Moments That Show That The Single-Player Campaign is Back to its Old Provocative Self

It may not be Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 4, but it sure is quadrupling down on heavy topics.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Interview: How the New Single-Player Campaign Will Handle Player Choice and Civilian Casualties

Studio narrative director Taylor Kurosaki tells us about how and why Infinity Ward is reinventing a fan revered subseries.

E3 2019 Rumor Roundup

The down-low on all the rumors being discussed in quiet whispers in the lead up to E3 2019.

Thank You, Death Stranding, for Finally Doing Something Different With Zombies

The undead are so done as a plot device. But the undead plus magic backpack-babies? Now we're getting somewhere.

Super Mario Maker 2 Proves the Angry Sun Never Had Mercy, Compassion, or a Soul

The Angry Sun's relentless urge to burn has been replaced by a robotic drive to obliterate all living things.

Starting Screen | Want Your Multiplayer Game to Succeed? Summer Could be the Key

Fortnite, Rocket League, and Overwatch have all found success by owning the summer. Is Dauntless next? Or will Apex Legends make a comeback?

Worried About the Switch's Slow Start to 2019? Play Your Backlog You Slacker

It's there. It's staring at you. Judging you.

"The Nightmare Is Far From Over:" How the Artist Behind Garfield Gameboy'd Dreamed up His Four-Color Horror Show

LumpyTouch's mock-playthrough of an unreleased Garfield horror game is a terrifying, pus-filled labor of love.

The Peculiar Controversies That Have Emerged Around Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Versions of Cloud, Aerith, and Barret

The Final Fantasy 7 Remake hasn't offered much in the way of gameplay or storytelling yet, but it's sure dished up some drama.

Another Overcooked Disciple Emerges: Supermarket Shriek's Couch Co-Op Glee

We went hands-on with what is sure to be another couch co-op hit.

WoW Classic vs. Modern: What Has Changed Over the Past 15 Years

With WoW Classic's beta in full swing, we take a look at the early leveling experience in beta and the current WoW.

The Castlevania Anniversary Collection is Good, but Still Has a Couple of Chipped Fangs

We break down the positives and negatives of Konami's latest effort to cater to the vampire hunter dwelling within you.

Who Needs a New Splinter Cell When You Have This VR Stealth-Action Kayak Game

Phantom: Covert Ops, a new Oculus Quest and Rift S game, elevates a baffling premise to silly fun.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Has Thus Far Been an Underwhelming Year for Games

After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?

Technicolor Dystopias: Why the Colorful Wastelands of Rage 2, Far Cry New Dawn, and Fallout 76 Are Suddenly Popular

We talk to the developers behind these colorful post-apocalypses and explore the history behind the trend.

5 Cool Retro Castlevania Facts You Didn't Know in Honor of Castlevania Anniversary Collection's Release

What NES sprites have to teach us about the darkness in men's hearts, and more philosophy delivered in 8-bits.

Madden 20 Franchise Mode is Finally Getting Something It's Needed for Ages: Narrative

A closer look at the Scenario Engine, which could make Madden's franchise mode feel more alive than it has in years.

What Game Style Will Fill Super Mario Maker 2's Mysterious Blank Square? Here are Some Possibilities

Super Mario Bros. 2? Yoshi's Island? Hotel Mario (you know you want it, you monsters)?

WoW Classic: Building Old Ideas on Top of New Foundations

We talk to Blizzard about revisiting World of Warcraft's past with the new WoW Classic.

How Warcraft's Art Has Evolved and Shaped Blizzard's Games Over 25 Years

Blizzard senior art director Samwise Didier takes us through the 25 year evolution of Warcraft's art.

Starting Screen | Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Decision to Drop Its Turn-Based RPG Combat is Sadly Ironic

The much-anticipated remake sacrifices a part of its history.

How a Parry Saved Street Fighter: 20 Years of 3rd Strike

Everyone loves a comeback.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Trailer Analysis: Cloud's New Look, Aeris' Stupid Flowers, and Other Observations

After a long hibernation, the Final Fantasy 7 Remake resurfaces with a wealth of new information.

Saints Row: The Third on Switch Has Issues, But It's Your Best Shot at Portable GTA

So the Switch can't do everything, but Saints Row: The Third is still worth a shot.

A Metroid Cartoon Proposal Made Samus a Man, Embodying Everything That was Terrible About Video Game Cartoons in the '90s

Anyone who says licensed cartoons were better in the '90s has vapor for brains.

Shakedown: Hawaii Developer Brian Provinciano Still Loves Making Oddball Ports, Even If It Makes His Life More Complicated

From MS-DOS to PSP, we look back on Retro City Rampage and Shakedown: Hawaii's peculiar port history with developer Brian Provinciano.

Detective Pikachu Roundtable: What We Think After Seeing the New Live-Action Pokemon Movie

Which Pokemon won Detective Pikachu? Is it the best video game movie ever? And who is the best human character outside of Bill Nighy?

Star Wars: Battlefront's Re-Release Reminds Me of What EA's Battlefront Games Are Missing

The original Star Wars: Battlefront is available on Steam and GOG, showcasing what's missing from the current iteration.

How The Walking Dead: The Final Season's Creative Director Kept His Vision Alive During Telltale's Demise

Kent Mudle talks about how he kept his word machine in working order for The Final Season while his world crumbled.

The Top 5 Animal Buddies in RPGs

Companions, friends, and killers: Your fuzzy RPG pals are whatever you need them to be.

Why Dark Souls Owes a Debt to its Forgotten Older Sibling Otogi

The Xbox-exclusive brawlers carry a lot of the Dark Souls series' DNA.

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