Long Reads

Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 1: How Valve Found Its New Alyx

Writer Erik Wolpaw and designer Chris Remo on casting characters old and new, Campo Santo's influence, and more.

Half-Life: Alyx Behind the Scenes, Part 2: "We're About to Pitch You This Ending, and You're Gonna Hate it"

We talked with Erik Wolpaw and Chris Remo about Jeff, some beloved Half-Life characters, and Alyx's shocking final scene.

What To Read, Play, and Watch Before Playing Half-Life: Alyx

Writer Erik Wolpaw shares his syllabus (of sorts) for Half-Life: Alyx.

Latest Long Reads

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.

Resident Evil Resistance Is Actually A Lot of Fun

The barely-controlled chaos of Resistance fits in well with Resident Evil 3's focus on action.

Glen Schofield on Going From Dead Space and Call of Duty to Being Given "Carte Blanche" in the PUBG Universe

The former Sledgehammer head's studio is building a PUBG experience with narrative at the forefront.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Fast Becoming a New Way for Hong Kong Protesters to Fight for Democracy

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted public demonstrations, so protesters are taking their cause to Animal Crossing.

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.

USG Game of the Month for March 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rebuilt Our Shorn Social Connections

GAME OF THE MONTH | March's best game won over even the Animal Crossing skeptics on the staff.

Persona 5 Royal's New Endings, Explained

Don't have over 100 hours to spare for round two of Persona 5? We got you.

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Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

Starting Screen | Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Opening Weekend Was Amazingly Wholesome Fun With Friends

A wonderful weekend with Animal Crossing, the return of Half-Life, and everything else happening in a busy week for games.

Starting Screen | It's a Relief to Have Video Games Right now

With human-to-human contact discouraged, luckily online games give us the hangout spaces we need.

Opinion

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.

Resident Evil Resistance Is Actually A Lot of Fun

The barely-controlled chaos of Resistance fits in well with Resident Evil 3's focus on action.

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.

USG Game of the Month for March 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rebuilt Our Shorn Social Connections

GAME OF THE MONTH | March's best game won over even the Animal Crossing skeptics on the staff.

Persona 5 Royal's New Endings, Explained

Don't have over 100 hours to spare for round two of Persona 5? We got you.

We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

How Doom 64's New "Lost Levels" Connect to Doom Eternal

In bringing the oft-overlooked N64 entry to new systems, Bethesda, id, and Nightdive have canonized its story.

Features

Glen Schofield on Going From Dead Space and Call of Duty to Being Given "Carte Blanche" in the PUBG Universe

The former Sledgehammer head's studio is building a PUBG experience with narrative at the forefront.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is Fast Becoming a New Way for Hong Kong Protesters to Fight for Democracy

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted public demonstrations, so protesters are taking their cause to Animal Crossing.

Meet the Teacher Who Turned Half-Life: Alyx Into a VR Classroom Amid the Coronavirus Lockdown

This 7th grade teacher, now stuck teaching online, has found a way to spice up his lesson plan with a trip to City 17.

Why Half-Life: Alyx Is the "Make or Break VR Jesus Moment" for the VR Modding Community

We talk to modding experts about the potential impact of Half-Life: Alyx on the nascent VR modding community.

Lists

The Best Half-Life: Alyx Streamers to Watch If You Can't Play It Yourself

If you don't have a VR-ready PC and a headset, one of these might be the right streamer or let's play series for you.

The Five Best Half-Life: Alyx Easter Eggs and Callbacks

Half-Life: Alyx doesn't go overboard with its nostalgia plays, but it has a few. These are the best of them.

Stay at Home, Play These Free Games, and Literally Save Lives

Whether made available because of the coronavirus pandemic or not, here are some free games you can enjoy in the coming days.

All the Ways You Can Prepare for Animal Crossing: New Horizons Before Launch

Thanks to fan tools and the archives of Animal Crossing: New Leaf-era QR code sharing, there's a lot of ways to prepare for New Horizons' launch later this week.

The Final Fantasy 7 Spinoffs You Never Knew About

The less famous stories, movies, and games that filled in the gaps of Final Fantasy 7's lore.

6 Resident Evil 3 Remake Details We Spotted That Fans Will Appreciate

From an easier-to-balance inventory to a familiar perk of fighting back against Nemesis, here's everything we noticed in our demo.

All the Sega References and Easter Eggs We Spotted in the Sonic the Hedgehog Movie

Here's everything we noticed in the Sonic the Hedgehog movie.

Retrospectives

The Case for the PlayStation 2 Being the Greatest Console Ever

Why the highest-selling console of all time is also the best.

How Mass Effect 2 Made Garrus More Than Just Another Squadmate, And Created an Iconic Character in the Process

On Mass Effect 2's 10th anniversary, we remember how Garrus became one of the Normandy's most vital crew members.

Remember When… A Final Fantasy 7 Tech Demo First Baited Fans Into Wanting a Remake

With Final Fantasy 7 Remake's new delay, let's look back on the first glimpse we got of a better-looking Cloud.

Actually, Resident Evil 4 Was Plenty Scary

On its 15th anniversary, we remember some of Resident Evil 4's scariest moments.