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Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Review

Capcom sends off the previous era of their hit series with simply the most Monster Hunter stuff ever in one package.

Day of the Tentacle: The Oral History

The making of one of the greatest adventure games ever.

Monster Hunter and the Conflicted Vegetarian

How do you come to terms with a game that clashes with your belief system?

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate Review

Capcom sends off the previous era of their hit series with simply the most Monster Hunter stuff ever in one package.

Day of the Tentacle: The Oral History

The making of one of the greatest adventure games ever.

Monster Hunter and the Conflicted Vegetarian

How do you come to terms with a game that clashes with your belief system?

Monster Hunter: World Review: A Sublime Safari

Get ready: the next generation of Monster Hunter has finally begun.

The Gateway Guide to Monster Hunter: Where Should I Start?

Too intimidated to take on Capcom's co-op action-RPG? We'll help you ease yourself into its world of terrifying beasts and irritating kitties.

Monster Hunter World’s Beta From the Perspective of a Hardcore Fan

Our Monster Hunter correspondent Bob Mackey explains what Monster Hunter World has to offer to both the hardcore faithful and more casual fans.

Why Final Fantasy IX Matters

Square-Enix's Y2K classic is headed to the PC and mobile devices. Here's why you should care.

The Division's 1.4 Patch Hits on October 25th

Big, big changes are coming for Ubisoft's online shooter.

Batman: Return to Arkham Reveals the Collection's Graphical Upgrades

...Because what can you trust more than official promotional materials?

What's the Deal with Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice's Three DLC Episodes?

Bob looks into the bounty of DLC cases available for Phoenix Wright's latest outing.

Check Out 10 Minutes of the New Harvest Moon, Courtesy of Natsume

Get a sneak preview of Skytree Village before it launches for the 3DS on November 8th.

Interview: ZUN on 20 Years of Touhou Project

The legendary one man band of Japanese game development looks back on the last two decades.

Dark Souls III's 1.08 Patch Will Bring Some In-Demand Changes on October 21st

If you've been griping about From Software's mishandling of the Poise stat, this update should make you happy.

Chase: Cold Case Investigations ~ Distant Memories ~ 3DS Review: Short Story

The successor to defunct developer Cing's emotional adventure games can't help but feel like a pretender to the throne.

The Final Fantasy XIV Lore Book is a Thing of Beauty

If you're currently not at the Fan Festival in Las Vegas, you can order a copy of Encyclopedia Eorzea ~The World of Final Fantasy XIV ~ on October 17th.

Check Out Two New Resident Evil 7 Teaser Videos

These small scraps of footage may shed some light on this RE reboot's mysteries.

Does It Hold Up?: The Evil Within

Resident Evil 4 superfan Bob Mackey dives into Shinji Mikami's polarizing survival horror game for the first time.

Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie Hits Theaters on October 15th

If you want to see Level-5's adorable collection of creepy monsters on the big screen, you've only got one chance.

PlayStation VR Review: Whoa-oh, We're Halfway There

Sony's take on virtual reality has resulted in an incredibly effective device, yet design concessions made for a mass-market price hold it back from achieving its true potential.

Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney Hits Smartphones this Winter

The dark horse of Capcom's lawyer sim series will see a rerelease after nine long years.

Batman: Arkham VR PlayStation 4 Review: A Real Stand-Up Hero

Rocksteady does a convincing job of throwing you into The Dark Knight's world, even if the limits of early VR dampen the experience.

Bravely Default Celebrates Its Fourth Birthday With a Twitter Teaser

If you're a fan of this Square-Enix 3DS RPG series, you might be hearing some good news soon.

PlayStation VR Worlds PlayStation 4 Review: Proof of Concept

Sony's collection of VR tech demos would have made for a great pack-in, but doesn't quite hold up as a full retail release.

Don't Hold Your Breath for Final Fantasy XV on PC

...Unless you can hold your breath for more than a year. Then knock yourself out.

Pokemon Sun & Moon to Weigh in at 3.2 Gigabytes

If you plan on grabbing a digital copy of the newest Pokemon, you might want to consider upgrading your SD card.

USstreamer: Enter Cyberspace with PlayStation VR Today at 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET

Tune in and check out a tour of titles from Sony's new virtual reality platform.

Nintendo's 2DS Gets a Minor Makeover this November

The most affordable member of the 3DS family will soon look slightly different for this holiday shopping season.

Retronauts' 8-Bit Superhero Sampler Returns with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we look into two of the more memorable comic book games on the NES.

Amazon Wants to Break in with Breakaway

HANDS-ON: Amazon Game Studios' (and Double Helix Games') upcoming multiplayer game is looking to be the Next Big Thing.

NES Classic Edition Hands-On Impression: Big on Fun, Light on Features

Nintendo's mini console certainly does what it's supposed to, but not much else.

Check Out the Subtitled Trailer for the Next Ace Attorney Game You'll Never Play

The Great Ace Attorney's sequel is on its way, though don't expect a localization anytime soon.

Yo-kai Watch 2 3DS Review: Deja Boo

Level-5's charming Pokemon-like still shows promise, but refuses to budge from its more irritating design decisions.

Blizzard Wants to Overhaul Overwatch's Symmetra

The least-used character in Blizzard's competitive shooter is due for some big changes in November.

Shovel Knight Digs Into Yooka-Laylee's World

Yacht Club's blue crusader will make an appearance in the spiritual successor to Rare's 3D platformers.

Retronauts Rumbles with the History of Punch-Out!!

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we dig into the surprisingly deep history of Nintendo's gloriously cartoony take on pugilism.

Persona 5 Debuts at Number One in Japan

That's what happens when you make people wait eight years for a sequel.

Watch Dogs 2 Could Fill the Gap GTA Left Behind

With its impressive amount of ways to disrupt a highly interactive world, Watch Dogs 2 looks to be picking up exactly where Grand Theft Auto left off.

Check Out Seven Minutes of Dark Souls III's Upcoming DLC

Take a peek at Ashes of Ariandel with footage directly from From Software.

Action-RPG Dragon Ball Fusions is Heading to the US on December 13th

3DS owners will be able to jump into some sick anime battles just in time for Christmas.

Birthdays the Beginning Brings Harvest Moon's Creator to a New Frontier

Yasuhiro Wada's upcoming sim fully embraces the "god game" genre.

Resident Evil 7's "Lantern" Demo Sheds More Light on Capcom's Upcoming Release

A slice of the core game shows how RE's brand of survival horror is making a jump to first-person.

From Us to You! Explores The Last Guardian, Rediscovers the Legacy of Dead Rising, and Has No Objections to Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

Bob, Mike, and special guest Chris Doucette assemble to discuss Bob's recent hands-on session with The Last Guardian, the unique charms of the original Dead Rising, and the finer points of Phoenix Wright's latest adventure.

Fall Games Preview 2016: The Last Guardian is Totally Real, and I Totally Played It

Fumito Ueda's first game in 11 years is nearly here. But is his massively delayed creation worth the wait?

10 Years Ago, Dead Rising Kicked off a Generation that Ended Up Choosing a Much Different Path

Capcom's take on Dawn of the Dead showed what the future would hold for last generation's consoles, even if few others would borrow its hardcore approach.

Fall Games Preview 2016: Final Fantasy XV is Actually Coming Out. Finally.

Everything you need to know about Square's upcoming (and oft-delayed) JRPG blockbuster.

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney − Spirit of Justice 3DS Review: Big Trouble in Fake China

After nearly a decade of trying to find itself, Ace Attorney makes a great return to form with this newest sequel.

Retronauts Micro Presents an 8-Bit Superhero Sampler

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we dissect two of the earliest (and worst) superhero games the NES has to offer: Superman and The Uncanny X-Men.

Blackwood Crossing Weaves a Narrative Spell, with Some Puzzles to Spare

Fans of first-person adventure games should definitely look forward to developer PaperSeven's early 2017 debut.

God Eater 2: Rage Burst Gets the Monster Hunter Basics, but None of the Nuance

While this might be the closest you'll come to playing Capcom's hit RPG on the PC, you may be better off just buying a 3DS.

Retronauts Celebrates a Quarter-Century of the Super Nintendo

This week on USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we salute the SNES.

Get a Taste of Ace Attorney's Newest Sequel with the Spirit of Justice Demo

Head over to the 3DS eShop for a brief, playable (and free) preview of Phoenix Wright's upcoming adventure.

Five Ways Monster Hunter Could Change for the Better

Now that Capcom's hit RPG series has finally found an audience in America, here are some ways it could improve.

OverClocked ReMix Releases Chronology: A Jazz Tribute to Chrono Trigger

Relax to some smooth JRPG jams with OC Remix's 60th free community arrangement album.

Hitman Episode 4 PlayStation 4 Review: A Slightly Sour Note

After a hat trick of great episodes, IO Interactive's globetrotting assassin series falters just a bit with this fourth installment.

Let's All Calm Down About Metal Gear Survive

Seriously, is a Metal Gear Solid V spin-off really that offensive?

South Park: The Fractured But Whole Sticks Close to the Salty Source Material

Ubisoft San Francisco picks up where Obsidian Entertainment left off by delivering yet another interactive South Park episode.

On September 8th, Court's in Session for Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice

The sixth main installment of Capcom's long-running lawyer sim will fill your 3DS with high-stakes anime melodrama in less than a month.

Funko POP! Figures Are a Blight Upon Humanity

These trite, tacky tokens of geekdom need to be stopped.

Now on PC, the Obscure Wii Gem Little King's Story is a Must-Play

Marvelous' brilliant mix of Pikmin, SimCity, and Zelda shouldn't be missed.

Join the Retronauts Micro Team for a Classic Gaming Quizdown

On this episode of USgamer's classic gaming podcast, listen to the Retronauts put their retro game audio knowledge to the test.

True Tales from Localization Hell

COVER STORY: Three veterans of video game translation recount their most harrowing projects.

Retronauts Delves Into SimCity's History

On this week's episode of USgamer's classic gaming podcast, learn about the urban planning series that made us all mayor for a day.

USgamer's RPG Podcast Looks at this Fall's Upcoming Releases

AXE OF THE BLOOD GOD: On this week's Kat-less episode, we dive into the many RPG releases of the next few months while lamenting our lack of free time.

From Us to You! Explores the Twisted Stories of Rimworld, Overwatch's Ana, and I Am Setsuna

Bob, Nadia and Mike assemble to discuss the interesting indie mix of Firefly and Dwarf Fortress, Blizzard's matriarchal sniper, and Square's attempt to capture Chrono Trigger nostalgia.

Released Documents Reveal LucasArts' Former Plans for a Fate of Atlantis Sequel

Thanks to veteran game developer Aric Wilmunder, you can now check out the Indiana Jones adventure that could have been.

Overwatch's Ana Walks a Careful Line Between Offense and Support

The newest Overwatch addition gives healers a chance to take more of an active role.

This Week, Hitman Becomes a Gary Busey-Specific Murder Simulator

Starting July 21st, you'll have a solid seven days to bag one of Hollywood's more iconic actors.

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Wants You to Keep Your Options Open

With every mission comes a wealth of possibilities.

Monster Hunter Generations Beginner's Guide: The Essential Items

Getting ready to tangle with Capcom's colossal beasts? Don't forget to bring along the essentials.

Monster Hunter Generations 3DS Review: All the Hits

Capcom assembles the best Monster Hunter content, new and old, for the most refined and accessible take on the formula to date.

Retronauts Micro Samples the Catchiest Shop Themes

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast presents a collection of songs to get you in the spending mood.

Three Little Changes that Make a Big Difference in Monster Hunter Generations

With the core Monster Hunter experience remaining the same, it's the small stuff that matters.

USstreamer: Give Kaiser Bill What-for with Battlefield 1 [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in and check out the closed alpha of EA DICE's upcoming competitive FPS.

I'm Running as Fast as I Can: Inside Summer Games Done Quick

Every year, the world's best speedrunners gather to play games in ways you've never seen before. It's not just a great time—it's also for a great cause.

From Us to You! Digs Into Counter-Strike Skin Scams, Summer Steam Sales, and Games Done Quick

Bob, Nadia and Mike assemble to discuss the skin scandal rocking the CS:GO world, highlights from this summer's recent Steam sale, and the pure joy that is Games Done Quick.

USstreamer: Get Your War on with Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in to watch the highlights of the Han Dynasty with the help of Koei's long-running simulation series.

Retronauts Joins the Cult of EarthBound

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast explores the 1995 Super Nintendo RPG that went from critical flop to Internet sensation.

The Waiting Game: Just How Dead IS Umbrella Corps?

Check out how Umbrella Corps' empty lobbies stack up against other multiplayer games, new and old.

USstreamer: Escape to the City with Sonic Adventure 2 [Now Archived on YouTube!]

On this week's retro stream, Bob celebrates the 15th anniversary of Sonic Adventure 2 with a solid hour of going fast.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness PlayStation 4 Review: A Familiar Frontier [Update: Final Thoughts and Score!]

tri-Ace brings some important innovations with this fifth installment of their RPG series, but still rolls with an entirely safe approach.

Rhythm Heaven Megamix 3DS Review: Back to the Refrain

Nintendo's latest installment of their rhythm game franchise hits all the notes it should, but returning players may crave more new tunes.

Zero Time Dilemma Vita Review-in-Progress: Unstuck in Time

The final chapter of the Zero Escape trilogy arrives after four long years—but can Spike-Chunsoft craft a satisfying conclusion to this innovative series?

Back in 1995 and the Changing Face of "Retro"

As early 3D games enter the world of retro, we have to ask ourselves: Is every era worth celebrating?

How Mother 3 Escaped Development Hell to Become a Modern Classic

While this EarthBound sequel may never see an official English release, it still stands as one of Nintendo's greatest achievements.

The Legend of Zelda's Only Cartoon Aspired to Competence in a Landscape of Trash

It might not have been the most faithful adaptation, but Link's animated adventures stood slightly above typical kids' TV dreck.

Now on Virtual Console, Drill Dozer Proves Game Freak Can do More than Pokemon

While you were distracted by E3, one of the last great GBA games released on Wii U.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild's Speedy Opening Inspires Confidence

Finally, a Legend of Zelda that cuts to the chase.

USstreamer: Speed Along with Trials of the Blood Dragon [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in for a solid hour of Trials' latest installment—one wrapped in the goofy vibe of Ubisoft's Far Cry spinoff.

Nintendo Reveals Ever Oasis, an Ultra-Adorbs 3DS RPG

Developer Grezzo brings new IP to Nintendo's RPG beast of a handheld.

Resident Evil 7's Teaser Shows Promise, But Leaves Some Lingering Questions

Capcom's reboot brings their horror series in an entirely new direction, but can it sustain first-person tension for more than 20 minutes?

USstreamer: Scream Along with Resident Evil 7 [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in for a solid hour of Bob experiencing Capcom's survival horror reboot for the first time.

Ubisoft E3 Press Conference Recap: For Honor, Steep, Star Trek: Bridge Commander, and More

Ubisoft's showing at E3 2016 revealed an absolute bevy of upcoming games. Here's a quick recap.

Retronauts Micro Gets a 5.0 in Fun Factor with Our Look at GamePro TV

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast explores the first shaky steps of the games press into the medium of television.

The Solus Project Expertly Blends Survival Mechanics into an Atmospheric Walking Sim

This new PC release mixes two of the platform's more popular genres for one great experience.

USstreamer: Bob Samples the Game Boy Advance's US Launch Lineup [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in for a tour of the first games available for the GBA when it debuted in America 15 years ago.

Mirror's Edge Catalyst Xbox One Review: Runner's Highs and Lows [Updated with Final Thoughts and Score!]

EA Dice's first-person parkour series returns after nearly a decade of absence. But was it worth the wait?

We Answer Your Smoldering Questions On Retronauts' Listener Mail Episode

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast tackles important issues, like the state of gaming preservation and our respective waifus.

Ride the Deadly Rails with The Final Station

tinyBuild Games' latest brings a harrowing mix of survival horror and plate spinning to the PC.

10 Years Ago, Half-Life 2: Episode One Began Valve's Biggest Broken Promise

While it set us up for disappointment, this first Half-Life 2 episode remains one of the few treasures from Valve's most interesting era.

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