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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Mike Williams Gaiden: A New Generation Always Starts With Some Change

I have completed a great game and proved the justice of our culture.

These Are the Games You Should Buy With Your New PlayStation 5

If you have the PS5 in your entertainment stand, here are the games you should play.

Ubisoft Connect's Cross-Progression Feature is Something Every Publisher Needs

Cross-progression is the number one feature I want from this generation.

PlayStation 5 Initial Impressions: A Huge, Weird Art Mural of a Console

Sony's hefty monolith is finally here.

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Makes Live Service Launches Look Easy

The free update is pretty damn good from a company that doesn't do a ton of multiplater.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Just Wants To Be an Enjoyable Romp Through Greek Mythology

Sometimes, you don't need to aim to shatter convention or establish a new genre.

WoW Lives at the Endgame, FF14 Lives in the Journey

Blizzard and Square Enix take two different paths on the same road.

Evil Genius 2 is the Original's Blueprint Pulled Into the Modern Age

Sixteen years later, Rebellion is focusing on getting Evil Genius right.

Avengers Proves That Roadmaps Don't Always Survive Contact With Reality

A roadmap isn't much more than a promise a studio hopes to keep.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hands-On: Getting My Scorpion On, As Ubisoft Rethinks Loot and Leveling

With another demo, we pick at the depths of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is a Great JRPG About Middle-Aged Gig Workers

Who needs incredibly attractive high schoolers when you have grown-ass adults who have failed multiple times in their lives?

Baldur's Gate 3's Dice Rolls Want Me To Fail

I love this game, but the dice do not love me.

Watch Dogs Legion's Director Takes Us Through Some of Its Final Improvements Before Launch

At any moment, your chosen hero will hiccup and alert those Albion guards.

Starting Screen | No One Knows Where the Next Big Game Will Come From

Publishers, developers, journalists, influencers; we're all just guessing.

Genshin Impact Is Inspired by More Than Just Breath of the Wild

Mihoyo is looking towards all things in Japanese entertainment.

Xbox's Cloud Gaming is a Glimpse of Microsoft's Infinite Xbox Future

Xbox Game Pass' cloud gaming is an excellent feature for Microsoft's streaming service.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Brings the Prince Back to His Throne

Ubisoft tackles its first remake with the return of a fan-favorite.

Immortals Fenyx Rising is a Colorful Throwback to Classic 3D Platformers

A genre once lost is returning.

Section Extinction is the Modern Answer to Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

You ready to hunt dinosaurs?

Nvidia Attacks AMD With the Powerful But Affordable RTX 3080 and 3070

What? Nvidia is competing on price again?

Dirt 5 Comes After Trackmania With New Playgrounds Mode

Now you can build your own Gymkhana.

Mafia: Definitive Edition Cleans Up and Spit-Shines a Muddy Past

Tommy Angelo returns for an encore.

Outriders Is Surprisingly Better Than Its Drab Aesthetic Suggests

People Can Fly's shooter RPG actually shines once you pick up the controller.

Final Fantasy 14 Patch 5.3 Solidifies the MMO's Argument for Being the Best Game in the Series

As it closes out its latest expansion, Final Fantasy 14 stands ahead of its predecessors.

Neither the Xbox Series X or PS5 Are Really Ready for This Holiday

Halo Infinite is gone, but it's not like the Xbox Series X had an amazing launch line-up with 343's shooter onboard.

Starting Screen | Xbox’s Confusing Names Won’t Matter in the Long Run

If you're worried about customers dealing with Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, don't worry. They're already clueless.

Horizon Zero Dawn Still Shines on PC Despite a Port That Trails Behind Death Stranding

Horizon Zero Dawn is on PC, good. The port isn't as tight as it could be, bad.

After 9 Hours, Marvel's Avengers Spends a Lot of Time Fighting Itself

The strengths and weaknesses of Marvel's Avengers come to blows as entropy closes in.

Grounded is Off to a Good Start, And Game Pass Gives It Room to Grow

Obsidian Entertainment's survival game has a chance to survive in a crowded genre.

Ghost of Tsushima's Story Marches Forward to the End, Beat by Predictable Beat

The story of Jin Sakai is a predictable one.

These Are the Samurai Films You Should Watch After Finishing Ghost of Tsushima

From Sanjuro to Ran, and Lady Snowblood to Samurai Assassin, here are the films to watch after Ghost of Tsushima.

Ghost of Tsushima vs. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Past Meets The Future

Ghost of Tsushima reminds us of Assassin's Creed’s past.

Death Stranding's PC Port Makes It Worth a Second Hike

Kojima Productions' walking adventure finds its proper home.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hands-On: A Flatter Earth, Dual Wielding, Raids, And All The Other Big Changes

Valhalla stands as a mid-point between the previous RPG-focused Assassin's Creed titles.

Watch Dogs: Legion: Nancy Choi Is a Much Better Hero Than Aiden Pearce

All hail the queen of my non-lethal transient army.

What We Like and Don't Like About Ubisoft's New Battle Royale, Hyper Scape

Ubisoft drops into the battle royale market.

Marvel's Avengers Devs Talk About a "Whole Ecosystem" of Endgame Content

Crystal Dynamics wants to make sure the adventures of Earth's Mightiest Heroes continue on.

Inside the Mafia: Definitive Edition Remake: How Hangar 13 is Rebuilding It From the Ground Up

Hangar 13 looks to the past of the Mafia series as it builds towards its future.

Humankind's Cultural Melting Pot Is The "Natural Evolution" Of Amplitude Studios

Why stick with 20 civilizations when you can have a million?

Today's PS5 Reveal Falls Just Short of the Greatness of Its E3 2015 Presentation

Sony was ready, but it didn't quite hit the historic high note of E3 2015.

Project Cars 3 Is Softening Its Hardcore Approach to Sim Racing

Slightly Mad Studios' simulation racer is trying to reach a wider audience, while still remaining hardcore.

Total War Saga: Troy Turns the Minotaur Into a Big Guy With Dreadlocks

Total War puts the history away for something a bit more mythic.

Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

Trackmania 2020 Is a New Onramp For the Racing Series

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

Warlords of New York Turns The Division 2 Into Mega Man

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Warcraft 3 Players React to Reforged With Refunds

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

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.

WoW's Visions of N'Zoth May Not Be Enough To Keep Players Satisfied Until Shadowlands

The theme is strong with this patch, but the content might not keep players engaged.

Temtem Might Be Your Alternative if You're Unhappy With Pokemon Sword and Shield

Developer Crema is here with a little Fauxkemon for everyone.

Why A Star Wars Video Game Potentially Establishing the Franchise's Post-Skywalker Future is a Big Deal

Star Wars is about to begin anew, and that first step may take place in video games.

PlayStation 5's Controller Might Have Rear Paddles, and That's Incredibly Exciting

In time, you will join me in the sun. Paddles will help you accomplish wonders.

2020 Will Blur the Lines Between Console Generations

The days of rigid console generations looks like it might be behind us.

Mike Williams' Top 10 Games of 2019: Closing Out Another Generation

Once again, I bring you only the best.

Amazon's New World Finds a Firmer Footing With a New Look and More Guidance

The colonial-themed survival MMO returns with a more colorful visual palette.

Assassin's Creed: The Rebel Collection Shows the Series Can Shine on Switch

This great collection highlights a potential direction for the Assassin's Creed franchise.

Halo: Reach is Still Great—But Its PC Port is Missing Some Key Features

The magic of Halo coming to Steam is marred by a barebones port.

Nintendo Needs to Actually Support Its Games For Longer Than a Year

Smash benefits from healthy ongoing support, but where is the love for the rest of Nintendo's games?

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Aspiring Streamer

GIFT GUIDE | This holiday season, it's time to spend the money to help your loved one become the next Ninja or Girlfriend Reviews.

We Test Project xCloud: Why Xbox Already Has the Lead in the Next-Gen Streaming Wars

Project xCloud wins by not being the main event for Xbox.

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