Long Reads

How Documentaries Are Helping Preserve Gaming Culture We're at Risk of Losing

USgamer spoke with six filmmakers about their work and how it makes gaming history accessible to viewers.

Red Candle Games Looks Back on Devotion, And The Controversy That Shook a Region

How the studio is committing to making even more games that push creative boundaries even after Devotion's yank from Steam.

How Dark Souls Inspired a New Generation of Metal Bands

FromSoftware's groundbreaking action games have also served as the foundation for several metal bands. We met some of them.

Latest Long Reads

The Outer Worlds is a Pretty Bad Switch Port

A clever RPG with a lot of heart that is nevertheless difficult to recommend on Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Wedding Season Event is a Wonderful Pastel Toybox

The latest event has shades of Happy Home Designer.

Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

The Last of Us Part 2 is the Dark Counterpart to Animal Crossing

Two very different games, both of which feel perfectly suited for 2020.

Why I'm Still Playing Gradius 35 Years After Its Original Release

On its 35th anniversary, the Vic Viper lives on.

USG Game of the Month: If Found Teaches Us There's Beauty in the Wake of Suffering

If Found is about the pain of change, and the growth that comes of that struggle.

Who Is the Best New Nintendo Character of the Past Decade?

Some amazing Nintendo characters have surfaced in the past ten years alone. Which one takes the top spot?

Trackmania 2020 Is a New Onramp For the Racing Series

This remake of Trackmania Nations is a new entry into a classic franchise.

Starting Screen is our weekly column featuring news, commentary, and music to help you get over your case of the Mondays.

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Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

Starting Screen | Could Super Mario Galaxy 3 Ever Hope to Top the First Two Games?

As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.

Starting Screen | Why Grand Theft Auto 5 is Still Capable of Crashing the Epic Games Store in 2020

Rockstar's return to Los Santos is one of the most popular games ever, and it's not going away anytime soon.

Opinion

The Outer Worlds is a Pretty Bad Switch Port

A clever RPG with a lot of heart that is nevertheless difficult to recommend on Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Wedding Season Event is a Wonderful Pastel Toybox

The latest event has shades of Happy Home Designer.

Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

The Last of Us Part 2 is the Dark Counterpart to Animal Crossing

Two very different games, both of which feel perfectly suited for 2020.

USG Game of the Month: If Found Teaches Us There's Beauty in the Wake of Suffering

If Found is about the pain of change, and the growth that comes of that struggle.

Could Super Mario Galaxy 3 Ever Hope to Top the First Two Games?

As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.

Clubhouse Games Is a Good Collection, But a Better Teacher

Let your new plastic family teach you how to play Shoji.

Perfect Dark Turns 20 This Week. Now is the Time for a Revival

Rare's ambitious shooter was ahead of its time, and it's a perfect fit for 2020.

Features

Who Is the Best New Nintendo Character of the Past Decade?

Some amazing Nintendo characters have surfaced in the past ten years alone. Which one takes the top spot?

Trackmania 2020 Is a New Onramp For the Racing Series

This remake of Trackmania Nations is a new entry into a classic franchise.

How Erica Lindbeck Gave Jessie Rasberry a New Voice in Final Fantasy 7 Remake

We catch up with the voice actress who not only gave Jessie a voice, but helped make her a new fan favorite in the Final Fantasy 7 community.

A Former My Little Pony Fighting Game's Journey From Cease and Desist to Evo Online

How a dedicated team and a series of miracles led to Them's Fightin' Herds.

Lists

The Most Beautiful 2D Sprite Games of All Time

Let's celebrate the simple beauty of sprite-based games.

20 Amazing In-Game Maps That Did More Than Show the Way Forward

From A Link to the Past to Planescape: Torment, these are our favorite maps in video games.

Five Great Single-Player Games That Are Also Perfect for Groups

One controller doesn't have to mean playing alone.

The 10 Best Co-Op Games For Players on a Budget

Looking for something fun to do with a friend on a budget? These 10 games will bring a smile to your faces and relief to your bank accounts.

It's Time to Rank Every Single Jackbox Party Pack Game

There have been six Jackbox Party Packs, so we ranked them in order from worst to best.

Six Predictions for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Part 2

What comes next for Cloud, Tifa, Barret, Aerith, and Red XIII? We have some educated guesses.

What The DualSense Controller Teaches Us About PS5

We got our first glimpse at the DualShock 4's successor today. Here's what we can infer about the PS5 based on this new info.

Retrospectives

Why I'm Still Playing Gradius 35 Years After Its Original Release

On its 35th anniversary, the Vic Viper lives on.

Why Pac-Man Still Delights Us 40 Years Later

Decades later, Pac-Man's thrill of the chase is still exhilarating.

The Wonderful 101 Primer: What You Should Know About PlatinumGames' Latest Port

The Wonderful 101 bombed on the Wii U. Here's why the Remastered version of the game is generating a lot of excitement.

Remembering Skate 3 on Its 10th Anniversary: Why the Time is Now for a Revival

Remembering EA's seminal and defunct Skate series as its last entry turns 10.