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

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

"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.

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.

Dauntless Feels Like Fortnite To Monster Hunter World's PUBG

Dauntless recalls other recent games, but that might not stand in the way of success.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Will Bring Huge Changes to Jobs, Combat, and Quests

Final Fantasy 14 patch 5.0 is changing up the way the game is played.

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.

What Will PlayStation Productions Mean for Video Game Movies?

Sony plants its foot and vows to make better video game films. Will they be more successful where others have failed?

It's Hard to Say Where Guild Wars 2's Story Will Go Next After the Conclusion of War Eternal

The fight against an Elder Dragon comes to a close.

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.

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.

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.

Days Gone Is a Tale of Two Deacons, and One Is Far More Interesting Than the Other

"Is this how it starts? A trip to the laughing academy?"

Mortal Kombat 11's Best Feature Takes the Tedium Out of the Towers of Time Grind

Sometimes it's more fun to let someone else fight for you.

Dragon's Dogma on Switch Proves We Need More PS3 and Xbox 360 Ports

Bring it all back. I'll buy it again.

First PS5 Details Show a Conservative, Expected Step Forward, But a Potentially Pricey One

We have details about the next PlayStation, and it's probably going to cost us.

How the Frostbite Engine Became a Nightmare for EA in General, and BioWare in Particular

DICE's engine finds a rough reception at other EA studios.

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain's Producer on Finding New Fans in the West

The iron rain is meant for those of us on this side of the pond.

WoW's Rise of Azshara Offers New Zones, A New Raid, and Wicked Big Wheel Mount

New zones, a new raid, and big changes for the Heart of Azeroth are coming!

Why the Epic Games Store Gets a Lot of Hate and Whether It's Deserved

People are really angry about Epic Games' foray into digital storefronts.

Oculus Quest and Rift S Are a Real Step Towards Proper VR for the Masses

How does Oculus VR's new standalone stack up to the virtual reality future?

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #2: Planescape: Torment

The Nameless One stalks another list of the best RPGs ever.

The 10 Best Indie Games of PAX East 2019

Indies are where the ideas are, so here are some of the best and most unique titles of PAX East 2019.

Starting Screen | PAX East 2019 Wrap-Up: From Borderlands 3 to Cyber Shadow, It Was a Busy Weekend for Games

The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.

Elder Scrolls: Blades Misses Part of What Makes Elder Scrolls Great, Adds Microtransactions

It's a good translation of Elder Scrolls, but it's missing something.

Divinity: Fallen Heroes Hands-On: We Talk to Larian Studios About Its Surprising Divinity: Original Sin 2 Spinoff

Divinity: Fallen Heroes is based around tough narrative decisions, like in the RPGs.

Borderlands 3 Looks Like It's Favoring Bigger and Better Over Innovation With More Worlds and Guns

Shoot more, kill fast; Borderlands 3 is here to ruin thousands of lives in the pursuit of guns.

Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled: Beenox Reveals How It's Reworking a Classic

After the success of Crash Bandicoot's N. Sane Trilogy, there's more classic Crash coming.

What We Like and Don't Like About Apple Arcade

Our thoughts on Apple's new gaming subscription service.

Yager's The Cycle Splits Your Attention Between Contracts and Killers

The developer behind Spec Ops: The Line and Dreadnought is self-publishing its next game.

The Division 2 Can Be Played Solo, But We Wouldn't Recommend It

Ubisoft Massive's game is solo, but it's not really meant to be played solo.

The Division 2 Nails Loot Where Anthem Stumbled

Despite its real-world roots, The Division 2's loot feels good.

Left Alive Could Have Been a Great Front Mission Spinoff, But It Falls Well Short

It's a good concept, but not a good game.

Starting Screen | Games Have Never "Just Worked," but They Were Better Than This

There's no reason major titles should be bricking consoles.

How BioWare Can Save Anthem Before It's Too Late

Electronic Arts and BioWare need to commit to getting Anthem into a better state.

We Return to the First Anthem Trailer: Comparing What Was Promised Versus What We Got

Two years later, we see how Anthem stands up to its E3 reveal trailer.

Anthem Doesn't Have an Excuse for Repeating the Mistakes Destiny Made Five Years Ago

Anthem isn't alone and it shouldn't be treated like it is.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #7: Fallout

Wander the wasteland and rediscover a keystone in RPG history.

Starting Screen | E3 Needs to be More Than PAX Lite

The industry and community has changed around E3. Can E3 remain relevant in the modern day?

Resident Evil 2 Comes So Close to Finding That Elusive Sweet Spot

Resident Evil is many things to many people, but what's the sweet spot for the series?

How Anthem Can Avoid the Mistakes of Star Wars: The Old Republic

Anthem isn't the first time BioWare has tried to launch an MMO...

Final Fantasy 14 is the New Hub for All Things Square Enix and That's Fantastic

Now that Nier: Automata is coming to Final Fantasy 14, the possibilities are endless.

Starting Screen | EA's Bad Reputation Hangs Over Apex Legends' Surprise Launch

Apex Legends has to do its best to outrun the perception of Electronic Arts.

World of Warcraft Currently Has a Big PvE and PvP Gear Progression Problem

PvE and PvP gear progression is struggling a bit in Battle for Azeroth.

How a Resident Evil 3 Remake Could Be Even Better Than Resident Evil 2

Resident Evil 2 is just feeding our hunger for more.

Metro Exodus' Sudden Switch to Epic Really is Unfair

But not for Valve and Steam.

Resident Evil 2 and The Case for the Short Blockbuster

Just because a title is a triple-A blockbuster doesn't mean it needs to be 50+ hours.

Switch? Steam? Indie Devs Pick the Best Online Store

At PAX South, we ask developers what platforms they're bringing their latest games to.

The Best Indie Games of PAX South 2019

Katana Zero, Tunic, and more showcase some of the best indies at PAX South 2019!

What Keeps Fallout 76's Superfans Coming Back After All the Negativity

We talk to and hang out with Fallout 76 superfans to see why they're still exploring the wasteland.

The Division 2 PvP Preview: Three Dark Zones, Gear Normalization, and the Endgame Occupied DZ

Not only is Ubisoft trying to make the Dark Zone better, it's making more of them.

"An Unending Series of Compromises:" God of War Director Cory Barlog on Building a New Myth From Old Parts

With God of War's release and reception firmly behind us, USG speaks to the game's director, Cory Barlog.

Onimusha (and Dino Crisis) Deserve The Same Love Resident Evil 2 is Getting

Onimusha: Warlords sees a re-release today, but where are the new entries?

The Gaming Subscription Bubble Just Keeps Growing. How Long Until It Bursts?

How many subscriptions can the market take?

What We Want From PlayStation in 2019

The generation continues with Sony's consistent success and the company having a 2019 shrouded in mystery.

Mike's Top 10 Games of 2018: The Perfect Hit List

The only list you need to read.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Bold New Direction Is Embracing Ubisoft's Games as a Service Future

Ubisoft is still not done with the ongoing odyssey of Assassin's Creed.

Far Cry New Dawn: A Deeper Look at the Surprise Follow-Up to Far Cry 5

After the Great Collapse, Hope County rises again with new life, new weapons, and a new enemy.

Ark: Survival Evolved on Switch: Is it Really a Disaster?

What happens when you port a rough game to a portable platform.

Fallout 76 Desperately Needs a Proper Endgame

Fallout 76 has problems, but the biggest one involves ongoing endgame content.

USgamer Stream: Red Dead Online [Done!]

The USgamer team tries not to get Red or Dead in the Old West.

How Bethesda Can Get Fallout 76 Back on Track

The Fallout train is off the rails at the moment, but there is hope.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate In-Depth Hands-On: It's Turning Me Into a Smash Fan

In a series of hands-on demos, Nintendo shows us everything Super Smash Bros Ultimate has to offer.

Nintendo on Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Winning Over Melee Players, and DLC Characters

We sit down with Nintendo Product Marketing Manager JC Rodrigo to talk about Super Smash Bros Ultimate for Nintendo Switch.

Final Fantasy XIV: Reflecting on Five Years of Primals and Tasty Lalafells

As Final Fantasy XIV celebrates five years, we speak to many of the people behind the MMO's success.

USgamer Stream: Fallout 76

Mike steps into the mutated wilderness of West Virginia. Survival never changes.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Best Missions: Eight of the Best, From Drunken Brawls to Robot Encounters

Here are the best Red Dead Redemption 2 missions that you might have missed if you stuck to the main story path.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Flawed Wanted System Wants You Dead

The bustling city of Saint Denis highlights the rough edges of Red Dead Redemption 2's Wanted system.

I'm Already Tired of Other People in Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is taking me somewhere, I just don't know if it's home.

WoW Classic is Coming Soon, but I Just Can't Go Back to Vanilla

Sometimes it is best to leave the past in the past.

WoW BlizzCon 2018 Panel Recap: Zandalari Trolls, Kul Tiran Humans, and the Rise of Azshara

Blizzard Entertainment lets fans know what's coming in patch 8.1.5 and beyond.

Which Animal is the Biggest Asshole in Red Dead Redemption 2? The Deadliest Animals in RDR2

The wildlife in Red Dead Redemption 2 is out to get you.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur Morgan Is the Wokest Outlaw

Arthur Morgan is a very nice guy for a dude who will murder people at the drop of a hat.

Why is Red Dead Redemption 2 Still Using Rockstar's Ancient Control Scheme?

The discussion around Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on its control scheme, one Rockstar has been using for some time now.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Gruesome Hunting Isn't for Those With Weak Stomachs

A number of games have hunting and skinning, but Rockstar takes it to a new level.

USgamer Stream: Red Dead Redemption 2 [Done!]

We're the get along gang.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #12: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic

BioWare polished its craft with Mass Effect, but the studio's push for mainstream appeal started here.

CoD Zombies is Ready to Step up and Replace Black Ops 4's Missing Campaign

Black Ops 4 is multiplayer only, but the strength of Zombies and Blackout could carry it through.

Ubisoft Shouldn't Forget Traditional Assassin's Creed Fans

Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Origins are the way forward, but the old creed doesn't need to be forgotten.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Leveling and Microtransaction Controversy is Largely Overblown

Let's talk about "grinding" in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

Cross-Play Is the Right Move for Gaming, But Even Better For Microsoft

It's taken a long time, but we're finally here.

The Rise and Fall of Telltale Games

A look into the history of a company that rose so high and fell so far.

Kraven and Nine Other Villains Spider-Man Should Face in the PS4 Sequel

Who else should Insomniac's Spider-Man face off against?

WoW Battle for Azeroth Stirs the Tides of Vengeance in Patch 8.1

World of Warcraft offers its next major content update.

Guild Wars 2's Latest Episode Offers Players a City They Can Build and Evolve

A new sanctuary in Jahai Bluffs gives player more choices.

USgamer Stream: Capcom Beat 'Em Up Bundle [Done!]

Let's hit the streets.

WoW Devs Promise Improvements to Battle For Azeroth's Rocky Status Quo

As expansion issues keep popping up, Blizzard is having to put out fires.

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