Long Reads

"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."

How Crusader Kings 2 Turned Paradox Into a Powerhouse

With Crusader Kings 3 on the horizon, we look back on Crusader Kings 2's surprising success with key developers from Paradox.

Monster of the Week: How Resident Evil 2's Tyrant Got Even More Terrifying in the Remake

For our last Monster of the Week, we learn how The Tyrant, or Mr. X, became even scarier in 2019.

Latest Long Reads

Pokemon Sword and Shield Review Impressions: Lovely and Warm, but Not a Next-Gen Pokemon Game

Game Freak prefers to make us cozy on the Switch instead of breaking barriers.

Will Hideo Kojima Ever Stop Making Metal Gear Solid?

A closer look at Death Stranding reveals a game that isn't as different as it first seems.

How the "Last Living Soviet Video Game Developers" Recruited Chapo Trap House for Disco Elysium

ZA/UM Studio and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House tell us how they became comrades for a video game.

Death Stranding, Explained: Breaking Down the Complex Relationships, Mysteries, and Ending of Hideo Kojima's Sprawling Epic

There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.

Axe of the Blood God: The Death Stranding Spoilercast is Here

Kat, Hirun, and Eric get together to talk about everything that happens in Kojima's confounding new blockbuster.

A Devolver Co-Founder Makes A Plea For Publishers To Rethink Predatory Microtransactions

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.

Starting Screen

Starting Screen: Please Stop Putting Big Spiders In Video Games

I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!

Blizzard's Troubled 2019 Finds the Once Invincible Studio at a Crossroads

This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?

A Great Port Is Always Worth the Wait

Whatever time it takes to make a game feel just right on a new system is well-spent.

Destiny Has Defined This Generation, For Better or Worse

Please enjoy your regular helping of content.

Sayonara Wild Hearts is a Bright, Loud Game That Tells a Sweet, Subtle Story

Video games are still learning the art of subtle storytelling, but a game about neon biker gals at war somehow nails it.

Opinion

Pokemon Sword and Shield Review Impressions: Lovely and Warm, but Not a Next-Gen Pokemon Game

Game Freak prefers to make us cozy on the Switch instead of breaking barriers.

Will Hideo Kojima Ever Stop Making Metal Gear Solid?

A closer look at Death Stranding reveals a game that isn't as different as it first seems.

Death Stranding, Explained: Breaking Down the Complex Relationships, Mysteries, and Ending of Hideo Kojima's Sprawling Epic

There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.

Axe of the Blood God: The Death Stranding Spoilercast is Here

Kat, Hirun, and Eric get together to talk about everything that happens in Kojima's confounding new blockbuster.

A Devolver Co-Founder Makes A Plea For Publishers To Rethink Predatory Microtransactions

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.

We Need a Mass Effect Remaster for More Important Reasons Than Nostalgia

Shepard's legacy should outlive their consoles.

Features

How the "Last Living Soviet Video Game Developers" Recruited Chapo Trap House for Disco Elysium

ZA/UM Studio and Virgil Texas of Chapo Trap House tell us how they became comrades for a video game.

The Unique Trauma I Shared With Red Dead Redemption 2

Sometimes life doesn't have a plan, Arthur. Sometimes things are just nutty.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Postmortem: The Making of the Expansion and the Future of the Series

We talk to Capcom about the challenge of making new monsters, future events, and that wonderful Palico grandmother.

Simple Sprites, Potent Frights: How Sprite-based Horror Games Can Produce Genuinely Big Scares

Airdorf's Faith series demonstrates how simple sprites can magnify a horror game's creepy atmosphere rather than detract from it.

End of a Reign: The Final Days of Crusader Kings 2

Paradox tells us about how it's giving Crusader Kings 2 a proper sendoff in the months leading up to Crusader Kings 3.

The Making of Afterparty, the Indie From Hell

We talk with one of Night School's co-founders about life, drinking, and whether the devil has Wi-Fi.

The Outer Worlds Devs Have One Thing They Would Change About Fallout 3's Most Famous Quest

It's the difference between building a sandbox and building an RPG.

Lists

Need for Speed Heat: We Recreate the Jurassic Park Jeep and Other Iconic Cars

We'll teach you how to bring your favorite movie cars to life.

Ranking The Outer Worlds' Companions, From Parvati to Ugh... Felix

The Outer Worlds offers you six companions, but some are cooler than others.

7 Horror Games That'll Scare You Without Breaking the Bank This Halloween

You won't find anything in the $40 to $60 range on this Halloween horror list.

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the Nintendo Switch Lite release!

7 Games to Play After Watching Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix

Grab a glass of Tang and play these classic games after watching Evangelion on Netflix.

The E3 2019 Awards: The Best Games We Saw at This Year's Show

Here are all the best games we saw at E3 2019, including our Game of the Show!

The 25 Best Steam Games: Now Updated for 2019

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

The 25 Best PS4 Games: Now Updated for 2019

Our rotating list of the best PS4 games, now updated again for May 2019!

Retrospectives

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.

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

Why the Sega Dreamcast still resonates with game enthusiasts on its 20th anniversary.

Final Fantasy 8 Was Always Good

Reexamining one of the most divisive games in the series on its 20th anniversary.

10 Years Ago, Batman: Arkham Asylum Showed Us That Superhero Games Could Be More

Nothing before could capture the Dark Knight quite like Arkham.

On 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand, The Surprisingly Excellent Third-Person Shooter That History Forgot

For 50 Cent: Blood on the Sand's 10th anniversary this year, we give it a long overdue reappraisal.

How Crash Team Racing Challenged Mario Kart and Made Naughty Dog What It Is Today

We look back on the kart racing hit with Naughty Dog's co-founders and Crash Team Racing's lead artist.

From Super Fan to Producer: An Insider's Perspective on Silent Hill

GUEST POST | A Silent Hill producer reflects on what drew him to the perennially haunted series, and what it was like to work on it during its troubled years.

Kingdom Hearts 3 Primer: Making Sense of Kingdom Hearts' Notoriously Complex Story

We try to condense everything you need to know about Kingdom Hearts, so you don't have to read five million Wikis.