Bob Mackey

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?

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.

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.

Interview: ZUN on 20 Years of Touhou Project

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

With every mission comes a wealth of possibilities.

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.

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.

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.

USstreamer: Bob Tours through Half-Life 2: Episode One Today at 1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET [Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in for an exploration of Valve's first experiment with episodic content.

Virtual Spotlight: StarTropics, the Zelda-like that Kinda Hates You

This short-lived Nintendo series never escaped the 8-bit era, but its two games—now available on Wii U—bring plenty of memorable moments (and lots of pain).

The Gateway Guide to Dragon Quest: Where Should I Start?

Don't know where start with Square-Enix's long-running RPG series? Let us break you into the whimsical world of Dragon Quest.

USstreamer: Bob Celebrates Evil with the PC Classic Dungeon Keeper [Update: Now Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in for an hour-long tour of Peter Molyneux's fantastic mashup of god game and RTS.

A Return to Left 4 Dead 2 Reveals the Timelessness of Valve's Shooter

With the clock ticking down on Overwatch's release, Bob returns to an old multiplayer favorite and finds that it hasn't aged a day.

The New Mutants: Four Games that Changed Drastically During Development

Things don't always go according to plan—especially when it comes to video games.

Maize: A First-Person Adventure that Wants to Make You Laugh

Sentient corn and a curmudgeonly, Russian teddy bear make up Finish Line Games' attempt to instill this burgeoning genre with humor.

Comfort Food Games: Dungeon Keeper

When it comes to Peter Molyneux's brilliant RTS/god game mashup, close to two decades later, evil is still good.

Retronauts Channel Surfs Into Nick Arcade

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast enters the VIDEO ZONE for an exploration of the Nickelodeon game show devoted to 8 and 16-bit entertainment.

How an Unexpected Pairing Gave Super Mario RPG a 20-Year Legacy

Square and Nintendo's 1996 experiment might have seemed strange at the time, but it birthed a long line of weird and wonderful RPGs.

Retronauts Creeps Through Resident Evil's Roots

To ring in the series' 20th anniversary, USgamer's masters of podcasting explore the Capcom series that coined the term "survival horror."

The Strange Origins of Your Favorite Japanese Game Developers

We all had to start somewhere—and these directors started in some pretty inauspicious places.

Pre-E3 Reveals, Week 1: The Good, the Expected, the Intolerable

Who can wait a month? Check out our roundup of the biggest games announced before June's big event.

What Are the Best PlayStation 1 Classics on PlayStation 3, Vita, and PSP?

A work-in-progress breakdown of the best PlayStation classics currently available on SEN.

Now on the PC, Corpse Party Remains a Must-Play for Horror Fans

If you missed its 2011 digital PSP release—and you probably did—there's never been a better time to experience this gory, gut-wrenching adventure.

Prominence Poker's RPG Elements Add New Life to Texas Hold 'Em

Pipeworks Studio's new poker sim attempts to capture the real-life intensity of card-slinging.

Monster Hunter Generations' Smart Changes Bring a Fitting End to the Series' 3DS Era

Capcom's newest hardcore hunting RPG adds a host of improvements for veterans and beginners alike.

Retronauts Micro Paints the Town Red with a New Mixtape

This week’s installment of USgamer’s classic gaming podcast brings you the best of 16-bit JRPG town themes.

A Newly Revealed Easter Egg Showcases the Surprising Depth of Punch-Out!!

By carefully watching a spectator, you can turn Little Mac into One-Punch Man.

Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness Puts Tri-Ace's Long-Running Series Back on Track

Star Ocean celebrates its 20th birthday with a sequel that rethinks the JRPG.

USstreamer: Bob Plumbs the Depths of Dark Souls 3 [Update: Archived on YouTube!]

Tune in to watch From Software's latest—and possibly greatest—take on the Souls series to date.

Uncharted IV: A Thief's End Video Preview

Bob takes on 15 minutes of Madagascar in the long-awaited next installment of Naughty Dog's blockbuster series.

Retronauts Catches Up with 20 Years of Pokemon

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast examines the portable RPG that became an outright phenomenon.

With Stardew Valley, Harvest Moon Finally Has a True Successor

ConcernedApe's debut game brings back the lost magic of Natsume's series for the best farm life sim in ages.

Will Virtual Reality Kill Us All?

A sensible and non-reactionary take on how we as a species just might be too stupid for VR.

Infinite Arms Wants to Bring New Life to Toys-to-Life

Three storied developers join forces for a new take on a very profitable genre.

Dark Souls III Hands-On Preview

Bob checks out the first few hours of From Software's latest to see if it stacks up against what came before.

Rive Closes the Door on Dutch Developer Two Tribes

This fast-paced shooter also acts as its storied developer's swan song.

Siege of Dragonspear Sets Out to Bridge Baldur's Gap

Beamdog's upcoming expansion revisits the world of Baldur's Gate 15 years after the final curtain fell.

Zero Time Dilemma Brings Spike-Chunsoft's Sci-Fi Thriller to a New Frontier

The final installment of Zero Escape drops the "visual novel" element, but retains the series' high-stakes world of dark mysteries.

Super Sky Arena is Doing what Nintendon't (At Least with Star Fox)

Hammer Labs' multiplayer-focused dogfighter aspires to bring players back to the days of intense Arwing battles.

Thimbleweed Park: Classic Style, Modern Thinking

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert's latest game is shaping up to be a weird, wild adventure—and one not just meant for LucasArts veterans.

Retronauts Micro Ensnares Tecmo's Deception into its Dark Web of Discussion

On this week's bite-sized episode of USgamer's classic gaming podcast, we take a look at Tecmo's long-running Home Alone simulator.

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir Gives Vanillaware's 2007 RPG a Better Home

Two hardware generations later, Odin Sphere's brilliant 2D art has finally found a worthy platform.

Retronauts Toots on the Ocarina of Time

This week, USgamer's classic gaming podcast explores Link's 1998 leap into the world of 3D gaming.

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