Long Reads

How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

Yacht Club Games recounts the evolution of Shovel Knight's ambitious collection.

"Remember, No Russian:" Critics and Developers Remember Call of Duty's Most Infamous Mission

Critics, academics, game writers, and developers on Modern Warfare 2 reflect on "No Russian."

M2 Shows Us Aleste Branch, the Triumphant Return of a Classic 8-Bit Shmup

Aleste is making a comeback from the studio that made Sega Ages, the ReBirth series, and more.

Latest Long Reads

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds

In the penultimate entry, Yacht Club Games talks about the small but important details that can make the difference in a level.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

Yacht Club shares their favorite secret areas; the art of positioning health pickups, and more.

Catching Up With Kawazu: The Legendary RPG Developer Talks SaGa and Why We Shouldn't Call Everything an RPG

SaGa series Director Akitoshi Kawazu and Producer Masanori Ichikawa talk to us about the series' revival in the West, Final Fantasy Legend, and the industry's tendency to call everything an "RPG."

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing

Yacht Club Games explains the art of spacing, enemy placement, and more as it delves still further into the making of Specter of Torment.

The Guilty Gear Strive Interview: Why a Cult Favorite is Starting From Square One

The goal of Strive is to make everyone feel like a "newcomer."

Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 1: The Plan

In the first part of this Shovel Knight deep dive, Yacht Club Games explains the planning process behind Specter of Torment.

Checking in on FIFA 20 for Black Friday: Does It Hold Up?

We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.

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Starting Screen | Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

Starting Screen | Five Games I Missed That I'm Planning to Play Now That the Holidays Are Here

A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.

Starting Screen | Google Stadia is Gaming for No One

Google's first foray into the console space manages to alienate both causal and hardcore gamers alike.

Opinion

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

Checking in on FIFA 20 for Black Friday: Does It Hold Up?

We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.

Red Dead Online After One Year: Has Rockstar Learned From GTA Online's Mistakes?

Red Dead Online has still had a rough year, but it's progressed at a much faster clip than its online predecessor.

Five Games I Missed That I'm Planning to Play Now That the Holidays Are Here

A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.

"Stadia Nailed the Impossible, and Then Failed the Possible"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A time of technological transitions for companies like Google, Valve, Game Freak, Microsoft, Sony, and more.

Pokemon Sword and Shield's Worst Pokemon Are a Reference to Actual Prehistoric Mistakes

When Gideon Mantell accidentally mixed up early Iguanodon fossils, at least no living creatures suffered.

Jedi: Fallen Order's Intro Beautifully Captures One of Star Wars' Defining Traits

Star Wars has always made us feel small in a powerful way.

It Took Forever to Get Oculus Link Working, But It's Been So Worth It

Oculus VR is promising a lot with Oculus Link, and it mostly delivers.

Features

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 4: The Subtle Art of Backgrounds

In the penultimate entry, Yacht Club Games talks about the small but important details that can make the difference in a level.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 3: Our Favorite Secrets and More

Yacht Club shares their favorite secret areas; the art of positioning health pickups, and more.

Catching Up With Kawazu: The Legendary RPG Developer Talks SaGa and Why We Shouldn't Call Everything an RPG

SaGa series Director Akitoshi Kawazu and Producer Masanori Ichikawa talk to us about the series' revival in the West, Final Fantasy Legend, and the industry's tendency to call everything an "RPG."

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 2: Froggy Foreshadowing

Yacht Club Games explains the art of spacing, enemy placement, and more as it delves still further into the making of Specter of Torment.

Lists

The Most Baffling Survivors of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex Cull

Who knows where the whims of fate may lead us?

10 Star Wars Board Games You Should Play Before Seeing Rise of Skywalker

Here's an interstellar selection of Star Wars tabletop games for you to dig into.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Music-Loving Gamer in Your Life

GIFT GUIDE | Perfect presents for music collectors, aspiring composers, and rhythm game fanatics.

Here's 7 Great Video Game Family Reunions Just in Time for Thanksgiving

From Dragon Quest 5 to Death Stranding, chew over these family-centered games while you eat turkey this year.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Traveling Gamer

If your special someone is always on the go, here's some ideas to make those delayed departures sting a little less.

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.

Legend of Zelda 2019 Black Friday Deals - Toys, Games, Books, Accessories, and More

It's dangerous to pay full price! Read these Zelda deals and equip yourself with great savings.

Retrospectives

Donkey Kong Country Turns 25: Gaming's Biggest Bluff

Twenty-five years ago, Nintendo faced the threat of obsolescence with sheer bravado—and won.

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.

Sly 2: Band of Thieves' Stellar Heists Still Can't Be Topped, 15 Years Later

Sly 2 turns 15, making us all feel very, very old.