Long Reads

Why the Dreamcast Still Matters

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

Downhill Jam: The Game Industry Reflects on 20 Years of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater turns 20 in September, so we spoke to people across the industry who remember the series fondly.

From Miami to Coos Bay, Modders are Building an Alternative America in Fallout

A look at the various mods that are remaking the United States in the series’ classic retro-futurism style.

Latest Long Reads

"It's Hypocritical for Blizzard to Punish Blitzchung but Not Us"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Activision Blizzard has always been a vigorous advocate for freedom of expression.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is Still Lacking the One Thing Fans Truly Want

Hardcore fans want Breakpoint to be a harder survival experience.

"How Big Is This Going to Get?“: The Future of Killer Queen And Its Console Counterpart

Talking with developers and a few members of Killer Queen's dedicated New York arcade scene about the new multiplayer spin-off.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Campaign Ending Has Major Implications For What's Next

The future of Destiny 2 sounds very, very interesting.

Sobble's Popularity Surprised Game Freak, Plus More Interesting Facts About Pokemon Sword and Shield's Starters

Pokemon Sword and Shield's starters can't wait to meet you. Except Sobble. It's shy.

How a Bungie Veteran is Tackling the Problems Facing Next-Gen Gaming With a Brand New Studio

Former Bungie CEO founds a studio that builds more studios.

Blizzard is in an Even Bigger Mess Than the NBA on China, and It Has No One to Blame But Itself

Blizzard's handling of the Hearthstone controversy is an international mess of its own making.

Stardew Valley's Creator on Self-Publishing, the "Everything" Update, and His Future as a Solo Developer

Talking to Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone about the future of the popular farming sim.

Starting Screen

Starting Screen | 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.

Starting Screen | 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.

Games are Running Worse Than Ever on the Base PS4 and Xbox One. Is There a Solution?

Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.

Why I Ignored the Dreamcast 20 Years Ago

I was a teenage Debby Dreamcast Downer.

Control's Creepy Memos and Unsettling Book Clubs Make Its Collectibles Actually Worth Collecting

The information buried in the collectibles is far more sinister than it lets on.

EarthBound’s 25th Anniversary Makes us Pine for Classic Instruction Books

Earthbound's player guide is a great example of the effort publishers expended trying to make the West fall in love with RPGs.

Sony's Insomniac Acquisition is Its First Major Salvo in the PS5 Generation

Exclusives matter more than ever... or do they?

Opinion

"It's Hypocritical for Blizzard to Punish Blitzchung but Not Us"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Activision Blizzard has always been a vigorous advocate for freedom of expression.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is Still Lacking the One Thing Fans Truly Want

Hardcore fans want Breakpoint to be a harder survival experience.

Destiny 2: Shadowkeep's Campaign Ending Has Major Implications For What's Next

The future of Destiny 2 sounds very, very interesting.

Blizzard is in an Even Bigger Mess Than the NBA on China, and It Has No One to Blame But Itself

Blizzard's handling of the Hearthstone controversy is an international mess of its own making.

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.

Ustwo's In a Complicated "Fampany" Feud

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Monument Valley developer's dismissal of a pro-union employee shines a light on the studio's unfortunate portmanteau of "family" and "company."

Apex Legends' New Map Is Beautiful, But It Has a Big Pacing Problem

Apex Legends has scrapped Kings Canyon for new horizons, with mixed results.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's Final Boss Makes for a Brilliant and Terrifying Finale

Shara Ishvalda caps off Monster Hunter: World's excellent expansion with an outstanding battle.

Features

"How Big Is This Going to Get?“: The Future of Killer Queen And Its Console Counterpart

Talking with developers and a few members of Killer Queen's dedicated New York arcade scene about the new multiplayer spin-off.

Sobble's Popularity Surprised Game Freak, Plus More Interesting Facts About Pokemon Sword and Shield's Starters

Pokemon Sword and Shield's starters can't wait to meet you. Except Sobble. It's shy.

How a Bungie Veteran is Tackling the Problems Facing Next-Gen Gaming With a Brand New Studio

Former Bungie CEO founds a studio that builds more studios.

Stardew Valley's Creator on Self-Publishing, the "Everything" Update, and His Future as a Solo Developer

Talking to Eric "ConcernedApe" Barone about the future of the popular farming sim.

The World's Fastest Titanfall 2 Gauntlet Speedrunner Has Only One Opponent: Himself

Cash Mayo is pushing what's possible in the Gauntlet, even if his only competition is himself.

How a Famous World of Warcraft Speedrunner is Guiding Players Through the Trials of WoW Classic

If you were into WoW from the start, chances are you've heard of or even used Joana's Leveling Guide.

Naughty Dog Wants The Last of Us Part 2's Combat To Make You "Vulnerable"

The Last of Us Part 2's lead game designer tells us about how AI has been overhauled for both enemies and companions, and more.

Lists

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!

The 25 Best Xbox One Games

Our always rotating list of the best games on Microsoft's console, and its premium partner the Xbox One X.

The 25 Greatest Game Boy Games

The Game Boy is 30 years old, and we look at the system's 25 most important and most entertaining releases.

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.

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.

Roguelikes: How a Niche PC RPG Genre Went Mainstream

HISTORY OF RPGS | Mystery Dungeon tackled the daunting task of making roguelikes friendly.