Long Reads

Nour's Creator Shares Its Recipe for Next-Gen Cuisine on PS5

We caught up with Tj Hughes to see what fresh surprises his playful food game has in store on PS5.

Skate Culture's Revival Has Finally Hit Video Games

Pro skater Lizzie Armanto, the developers of Skater XL, and more reflect on the legacy and future of skateboarding games.

Latest Long Reads

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Hearthstone Is Playing the Hits As It Revamps the Way Players Earn Their Cards

Blizzard wants to make free progression less inscrutable and intimidating.

Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Is Teaching Me to Love Loser Pokemon

You're guaranteed to make new Poke-friends in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC. (Still, stay away from Stunfisk.)

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.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Almost Justifies the Augmented Reality Rat Race

Nintendo's experiments with AR and Toys-to-Life games don't pay off in full here, but there's still some fun to be had.

Fire Emblem's Limited Time Launch Is Part of a Worrying Trend For Nintendo

After the success of 3D All-Stars, this new trend is starting to feel uneasy.

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.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Getting the Hang of DLC Based on Early Crown Tundra Impressions

So long "complete" editions of Pokemon games, you will not be missed.

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Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Blaseball Just Had Its Most Bonkers Playoffs Yet

The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.

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

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

Opinion

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Is Teaching Me to Love Loser Pokemon

You're guaranteed to make new Poke-friends in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC. (Still, stay away from Stunfisk.)

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.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Almost Justifies the Augmented Reality Rat Race

Nintendo's experiments with AR and Toys-to-Life games don't pay off in full here, but there's still some fun to be had.

Fire Emblem's Limited Time Launch Is Part of a Worrying Trend For Nintendo

After the success of 3D All-Stars, this new trend is starting to feel uneasy.

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.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Getting the Hang of DLC Based on Early Crown Tundra Impressions

So long "complete" editions of Pokemon games, you will not be missed.

WoW Lives at the Endgame, FF14 Lives in the Journey

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

Features

Hearthstone Is Playing the Hits As It Revamps the Way Players Earn Their Cards

Blizzard wants to make free progression less inscrutable and intimidating.

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

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

Airplane Mode Promises an Experience So Banal That It's Sublime

Developer Hosni Auji tells us about the sim for the frequent flier set.

The Master Chief Collection in 2020: Passion, Tech Debt, and the Heartbeat of Halo Fandom

With today's release of Halo 3: ODST for PC, USgamer sits down with 343's Michael Fahrny to talk about the always improving (but not-yet perfect) Halo compilation.

Lists

An Absurdly Long List of Every Game I've Played Since Quarantine Began

Caty embarks on a frankly stupid exercise through her game tracking spreadsheet.

Farewell: My 10 Favorite Articles From My Time at USG

I'm moving onto pastures new, so here's a look at my ten favorite articles I wrote while working at USgamer.

20 Current and Upcoming Games From People of Color That Should Be on Your Radar

From Treachery in Beatdown City to Evicted, these games reflect the diverse viewpoints of their creators.

A Brave Attempt to Rank 30 Years of Super Robot Wars Games

From the Game Boy to the Nintendo Switch, this is the best (and worst) Super Robot Wars has to offer.

Five Avengers Nobody Would Want as Exclusives

There was an idea: to bring together a group of unremarkable people.

The 10 Gaming Trends That Need to Die on Next-Gen Consoles

The USG team has come together to talk smack about the trends we can't stand as we look ahead to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

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.

The 5 Scariest Moments in The Last of Us Part 2

Naughty Dog's sequel sure is a fully-fledged horror game.

Retrospectives

The Baroque Beauty of Valkyrie Profile, Tri-Ace's Greatest RPG

Now 20 years old, Valkyrie Profile is one of the PlayStation's finest RPGs.

The Story of Moon, the "Anti-RPG" That Inspired Undertale

You probably haven't played Moon, but it should feel familiar regardless.

An Impassioned Defense of Stubbs the Zombie

This misfit, misplaced game from the mid-2000s always deserved better.