Long Reads

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #25-1

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

USG Game of the Month for January 2020: Kentucky Route Zero Gave Us a Brilliant Final Act

GAME OF THE MONTH | Kentucky Route Zero hits the end of the road.

Whatever Happened to Mike Ross, The Fighting Game Star Who Walked Away?

The story of a fighting game superstar's rise to fame, and how it almost ended him.

Latest Long Reads

The Most Interesting Mega Man Character is a Reploid Who Fell in Love with a Human

There's a Mega Man Zero character who's a treasure trove of lore and timeline links. Stay a while and listen.

Fuser Isn't Harmonix's DJ Hero, and It Won't Need a Plastic Turntable Either

Harmonix's latest, and its first big release for the Switch, is both in-line with the studio's past and feels brand new.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is "Three Times the Scope and Scale" of Blind Forest

We talk to the devs at Moon about delays, growing up as a studio, and success on the Switch.

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.

How Sony and Kojima Productions Played Telephone Across the Globe to Create Death Stranding's Soundscape

Backstage at DICE 2020, the audio team at Sony tell us about working across time zones with Kojima Productions.

Resident Evil 3's Original Devs Are Using the Remake to "Really Build Out Raccoon City"

Producer Peter Fabiano tells us about working with a mixture of new and original developers on the remake, Resistance, and more.

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.

Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

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Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

Starting Screen | Sonic Is a Success, but the Curse of Video Game Movies May Not Be Over

A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.

Starting Screen | Paying Tribute to Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Marvelous Sh*tposting Community on the Eve of the New DLC

Part of the success of Fire Emblem: Three Houses was a passionate community plastering memes all over the internet.

Opinion

The Most Interesting Mega Man Character is a Reploid Who Fell in Love with a Human

There's a Mega Man Zero character who's a treasure trove of lore and timeline links. Stay a while and listen.

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.

Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

Novel Coronavirus Concerns on the Rise in Gaming

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | From high-profile event absences to hardware production concerns, the epidemic's impact on gaming is growing.

Nintendo Direct Hype Has Gotten Out of Control—And I Love It

Directs aren't just fun; they also have an important history. They're worthy of a little craziness.

I'm Gonna Make Hella Slopes With Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Terraforming

We can finally customize our towns however we want.

World of Horror Is a Delightfully Frustrating Struggle to Survive

This Ito-inspired roguelike is unlike most others you've played.

Features

Fuser Isn't Harmonix's DJ Hero, and It Won't Need a Plastic Turntable Either

Harmonix's latest, and its first big release for the Switch, is both in-line with the studio's past and feels brand new.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps is "Three Times the Scope and Scale" of Blind Forest

We talk to the devs at Moon about delays, growing up as a studio, and success on the Switch.

How Sony and Kojima Productions Played Telephone Across the Globe to Create Death Stranding's Soundscape

Backstage at DICE 2020, the audio team at Sony tell us about working across time zones with Kojima Productions.

Resident Evil 3's Original Devs Are Using the Remake to "Really Build Out Raccoon City"

Producer Peter Fabiano tells us about working with a mixture of new and original developers on the remake, Resistance, and more.

Lists

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.

The 8 Best Entries From Global Game Jam 2020: These Indies Want to Repair Our World

Meditations on the theme of "repair" with robots, relationships, and more.

The 25 Best Mobile Games for iOS and Android

From smartphones to tablets, these are the best games you can get on your iOS and Android devices. Now updated for 2020!

The 25 Best Steam Games

A rotating list of the best games on Steam may seem impossible on the surface, but against all odds, we've done it. Now updated for 2020!

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: The Honorable Mentions

These are the overlooked games that are still winners in our hearts.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #100-51

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

USG's Top 100 Games of the Decade: #50-26

The 100 best games of the 2010s, as determined by us.

Retrospectives

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.

Remember When... Xbox 360 Tried to Conquer Japan?

Microsoft's attempts to win over Japanese gamers, and why it ultimately failed.