Mike Williams

Reviews Editor

M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.

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Latest Articles

Trackmania 2020 Is a New Onramp For the Racing Series

This remake of Trackmania Nations is a new entry into a classic franchise.

Minecraft Dungeons Review: Just Enough Loot For the Whole Family

This lighter spin on the Diablo formula has some life in it.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered Review: The Patron Saint of Mayhem is Back

This remaster will remind you of why you loved Saints Row: The Third in the first place.

Trackmania 2020 Is a New Onramp For the Racing Series

This remake of Trackmania Nations is a new entry into a classic franchise.

Minecraft Dungeons Review: Just Enough Loot For the Whole Family

This lighter spin on the Diablo formula has some life in it.

Saints Row: The Third Remastered Review: The Patron Saint of Mayhem is Back

This remaster will remind you of why you loved Saints Row: The Third in the first place.

How the Studio Behind The Last Guardian Helped Ghost of Tsushima Find Its Direction

Sucker Punch Productions on working with SIE Japan Studio, combat, and the guiding wind.

Crucible is Amazon's Entry Into the Crowded Hero Shooter Space, And It's Actually Pretty Good

After four years, Amazon Games is finally releasing a game.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Potentially Coming in October, According to Amazon Italy Leak

Another retailer, another early release date.

How Crusader Kings 3 Plans to Attract Fans of RPGs, Sandbox Games, and The Sims

Paradox's grand strategy series wants to reach beyond its hardcore community.

Analysis: The Unreal Engine 5 Demo for PS5 is Still More Dream Than Gaming Reality

Epic Games' demo today is Unreal, but it's sort of real at the same time.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Goes Big on Stealth With One-Hit Kills, Social Stealth, and Feigning Death

Eivor gets to properly assassinate, like the Brotherhood of days past.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Appears to be Smaller Than Odyssey, And Thank God For That

I like the buffet, but sometimes more isn't always better.

Civilization 6 Makes History With New Season Pass

For the first time ever, the 4X franchise is getting a season pass.

Square Enix Bundles Eidos PC Classics Together For Charity

Until May 11, you can get Eidos PC games for real cheap.

Doom Eternal's First DLC Looks to Return to a Ruined Heaven

Doom Eternal continues to mine its story in DLC.

The Splatoon-Like Ninjala, Developed by the Creators of Puzzle and Dragons, Has Been Delayed

GungHo Online Entertainment's free-to-play title is taking an extra month.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Will Be an Xbox Series X Launch Game [Update]

Yakuza is a multiplatform brand now, Kiryu-chan!

Bright Memory is a Beautiful New Shooter for Xbox Series X, Originally Developed by One Person

The finished version of FYQD-Studio's indie shooter is coming to Xbox Series X.

Total War: Elysium Puts a Historic Spin on the CCG

If you've wanted Napolean in a collectible card game, your time is now.

Inside Minecraft Dungeon's Journey From a Zelda-Inspired 3DS Game to an Approachable Dungeon Crawler

Mojang prepares to deliver its first spinoff for the multi-million best-seller Minecraft.

Unreal Engine 4.25 Offers "Initial Support" For PS5 and Xbox Series X

With new consoles on the horizon, Epic's Unreal Engine begins to more fully support those platforms.

The Original Star Wars Battlefront Gets Online Multiplayer on Steam

If nostalgia is tugging at you, 2004's Star Wars Battlefront awaits.

Guild Wars 2's Next Story Update Delays Voice Acting Due to Quarantine

The next update is text-only, as professional voice recording can't happen at the moment.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is the Grand Unifying Theory of Assassin's Creed

Instead of reinventing, Valhalla is bringing everything together.

SnowRunner is Death Stranding But With Trucks, And I Love It

Make some time for this chill, low-key truck delivery game.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is All About Vikings, Trailer Coming Tomorrow

Vikings and assassins come together in the next Assassin's Creed.

Next Assassin's Creed Setting Teased on Ubisoft Livestream

Will we be headed to Valhalla as the rumors suggest?

Gears Tactics Review: 83% XCOM, But Still Totally Gears

Strap on that chainsaw bayonet in this strategy-themed spin-off of the Gears franchise.

Nvidia Offers Raises, Not Layoffs, During Pandemic

Nvidia's CEO commits to supporting all of his employees.

Guerrilla Games Hints At Horizon Zero Dawn Sequel on PS5 With Deleted Tweet

Guerrilla has a number of open senior positions for its next game.

MMOs Thrive on Shared Suffering and Success

You might play together in other games, but there's nothing like coming together in an MMO.

Why World of WarCraft's Roguelike Torghast Dungeon is Just What the Venerable MMO Needs

Blizzard looks to Final Fantasy 14 for some inspiration.

Facebook Gaming's New Mobile App Continues Its Push to Take Over Game Streaming

Everyone is getting in on the game streaming space.

Super Mario Maker 2 Creator Makes a Multiplayer Splitter in Nintendo's Absence

A multiplayer course splitter helps you keep 'em separated.

Fallout 76: Wastelanders Bolts a Proper RPG Onto Its Barren Roots, With Strange Results

The NPCs have arrived, but they don't feel entirely real yet

Final Fantasy 11 Devs on the "Huge Hurdles" of Working on an 18-Year-Old MMO

As Final Fantasy 11 moves towards its 20th anniversary, the team behind the classic MMO considers its future.

Firaxis Reveals More XCOM: Chimera Squad Details: "Neither a Sequel nor an Expansion"

The first expansion for XCOM 2 led to this new standalone entry.

XCOM: Chimera Squad Will Have Ironman Mode and Mod Support, Firaxis Confirms

The standalone XCOM entry will carry forward key XCOM 2 features.

WoW Shadowlands Is Minimizing Random Gear: "Just Let Loot Be Loot"

Shadowlands is changing a whole lot of things and Blizzard wants your feedback early.

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Has More Depth Than You See in Most Early Access Games

A glimpse into one of the most popular current games on Steam.

Falcom President Would Like to "Recreate" Trails in the Sky Games in 3D

Could the Trails in the Sky trilogy be getting

CD Projekt Red Says It Still Intends to Release Cyberpunk 2077 in September

Despite the pandemic, CD Projekt Red commits to Cyberpunk 2077's release date.

Final Fantasy Tactics Director Yasumi Matsuno Is "a Hardcore FF14 Player"

Why Matsuno is collaborating with the Final Fantasy 14 team again.

Final Fantasy 14's Naoki Yoshida Would Love to Collaborate With Blizzard Entertainment

As patch 5.25 releases, we talk to director Naoki Yoshida about FF14's frequent collaborations.

Starting Screen | Remakes Are for New Ideas and Rethinking Classics, Not Retreading Old Ground

Let creators see these old games through a new lens.

Treachery in Beatdown City Hides RPG Combat Under Its Retro Beat 'Em Up Shell

This beatdown starts to get into a rut though.

Major Game Delays Due to COVID-19 Have Only Just Begun

With games like Wasteland 3 and The Last of Us Part 2 already delayed, we're just beginning to see the effects of the virus on gaming.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Immersive Mode Is Better, but It Still Lags Behind Wildlands

Ubisoft has delivered a great update for Breakpoint, but more improvements are needed.

Iron Danger's Time-Shifting Mechanic Turns a Strategy Game Into a Intriguing Puzzle

Prince of Persia played around with time years ago, and now this unique strategy game is doing it again.

Elder Scrolls Online's Greymoor Revamps Vampires as It Revisits a "Harsh, Believable" Skyrim

We take an early look at the next expansion for The Elder Scrolls Online, as the MMO returns to a familiar locale.

The Final "Platinum 4" Reveal is Happening Very Soon

It looks like April 1 is when we're going to hear about PlatinumGames' final announcement.

Bravely Default 2 Demo is Out Right Now, Full Game Set for 2020

A taste of the next Bravely Default is a short download away.

Control's Foundation DLC Provides the Payoff for All the Fan Speculation

If you want to know more about the Oldest House, the Foundation has your answers.

War of the Visions is Probably the Closest We'll Get to a Final Fantasy Tactics Sequel

The monkey's paw curls, but this mobile strategy game also looks pretty good?

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Lets You Hang Out With Sam Fisher in Today's Big Overhaul

"Watch your back, guys—it looks like we might have a hostile. His name might be... Fisher!"

Life Sucks, But At Least It's Better Than Wasteland 3's Reality

I know we're dealing with a lot, but Wasteland 3's world makes me feel slightly better about our own.

Doom Eternal Review: You Remain Unbroken

It's just you, a chainsaw, and a shotgun against all the hordes of Hell. It's not a fair fight... for them.

PS5 and Xbox Series X Specs Analysis: How the Next-Gen Consoles Stack Up

We finally know what to expect from the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, but how do they stack up pound-for-pound?

Xbox Series X Will Require Proprietary Cards to Expand Hard Drive Space

If you want to have more than 1 TB of playable games on your Xbox Series X, prepare to shell out some money.

Nioh 2 Review: Dying is the Great Unifier

Team Ninja delivers a Souls experience with a heaping handful of options obfuscating the sublime combat.

Do We Still Need E3? Developers Across Gaming Weigh In

Ahead of today's E3 2020 cancellation, we spoke to numerous developers about E3's place in our industry.

Dangerous Driving 2 Devs Say "Making It Run on the Switch" Is a Key Pillar

As Dangerous Driving switches to an open-world, Three Fields Entertainment is all about the Nintendo Switch.

New Halo Novel Will Be the First Major Story Beat Between Halo 5 and Infinite

Shadows of Reach sees the Blue Team returning to find a secret that may help in the war against the Created.

Magic: Legends Has a Solution to a Problem That Has Plagued Diablo and Path of Exile

Down with the click-click-click of the action-RPG!

Team17 Unearths More Worms for 2020

The series hasn't taken a direct hit yet.

Warlords of New York Turns The Division 2 Into Mega Man

Massive Entertainment's expansion improves The Division 2 with a tighter focus.

The Last of Us HBO TV Show In Development With Neil Druckmann and Creator of Chernobyl

HBO and PlayStation Productions believe in the story of Joel and Ellie.

The Return of Wonderful 101, The Regret of Scalebound: Catching Up With Hideki Kamiya and Atsushi Inaba

PlatinumGames is finally getting what it always wanted.

Bethesda Was “Surprised How Few People Wanted to Take Part in PvP” in Fallout 76

Pete Hines says the team wants to keep building upon the Wastelanders update.

Temtem Team is "Pretty Confident" About Cross-Save in Upcoming Roadmap

There's a whole host of new things coming to Temtem over the next year.

Spellbreak Makes Battle Royale Anime as Hell

If you want a battle royale that spends less time on guns and hiding, Proletariat Inc. has a game for you.

Baldur's Gate 3 Coming to Early Access in 2020, As Hasbro Plans a New Game Every Year

Wizards of the Coast is betting heavily on digital.

Xbox Offering a Next-Gen Upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 Puts Serious Pressure On PS5

Microsoft is making the right moves ahead of the launch of the Xbox Series X.

Final Fantasy 14 Players Are Giving Lip Service to Tetsuya Nomura's Guest Character

A young woman named Gaia has a design that's… a bit off spec for FF14.

PS5 and Xbox Series X Need Cross-Save as Standard or Next-Gen Consoles Will Feel Stuck in the Past

The next generation needs to focus on cross-platform features over pure graphical improvements.

Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition Roundtable: A Challenger Heads Into Its Final Round

Mike and Eric sort out their feelings on where Street Fighter 5 stands with the release of its latest collection.

There Should Never Be a Division 3

Or a Destiny 3 for that matter, at least not for a very long time.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Makes Me Think It's About Time for Phantasy Star Online 3

I enjoy Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta, but the series should be moving forward.

The Division 2 Is Sorry for What It's Done, and Warlords of New York Is the Apology

Massive Entertainment has heard your complaints about The Division 2, and it has an answer.

Netflix Accidentally Confirms Rumored Resident Evil Series

The streaming service's own media center leaks the plot of the rumored Resident Evil show.

Kunai Review: This Game Boy is Real Good at Swinging

Get into the swing of things with this ninja-flavored indie.

Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet Review: Not Quite Silicon Valley, But It Could Get There

Apple's new show in collaboration with Ubisoft is off to a decent start.

Pathfinder: Kingmaker Sequel Launches on Kickstarter

Pathfinder: Wrath of the Righteous lets you choose how you'll fight the demon hordes.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Manual Points to Potential Steam Release

It looks like Phantasy Star Online 2 will make a side hop over to Steam on PC.

Blizzard Addresses Warcraft 3: Reforged Criticisms, Pledges Support "For a Long Time to Come"

Blizzard is going to take the long road with Warcraft 3: Reforged.

Astro Bot VR Director Becomes Studio Director of SIE Japan Studio

Nicolas Doucet steps into a larger role at SIE.

Warcraft 3 Reforged Gets User Review Bombed to the Bottom of Metacritic

Reforged is probably not the worst game ever.

Wizards of the Coast Teams With Ex-BioWare Devs for New Studio

The new, autonomous studio is making a science fiction adventure.

Dota Underlords Will Try to Turn Around Its Fortunes in Leaving Early Access Next Month

As the competition surges, Valve decides now is the time to leave Early Access.

Warcraft 3 Players React to Reforged With Refunds

The early reception to Warcraft 3: Reforged is nowhere near positive.

Just Three Months After Launch, One in Three Switch Consoles Sold is a Switch Lite

The Switch Lite is off to a very strong start.

The Warcraft 3 Reforged Interview: Blizzard on Keeping the Remake "Pure"

Instead of a more extensive overhaul, Warcraft 3: Reforged is about creating a remake that can exist alongside the original.

Temtem Can Be "Better Than Pokemon" Because It's Not Pokemon

There's a wonderful freedom in being the new kid on the block.

Game Devs Share Their First Steps in the Industry, From QA to Leisure Suit Larry

If you've ever thought about becoming a game developer, know that the starting line is diverse.

Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot Review: This is Definitely Not Its Final Form

Another game finally revisits the Legacy of Goku.

The Witcher is Getting an Anime Film From the Studio Behind Legend of Korra

The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf will tide you over until Season 2.

Captain Tsubasa Giving FIFA Much-Needed Competition With Super-Powered Shonen Soccer

The original soccer anime is bringing arcade action to the West.

Microsoft's xCloud Streaming Service Expands With Destiny 2, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and More

Microsoft takes a shot at Google Stadia with the addition of Destiny 2.

Report: Ubisoft is Changing Its Approach to Storytelling in Wake of Disappointing 2019

The publisher hunts for more differentiation in its games.

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