Long Reads

Tetris 99's Biggest Fan Is The Father of Tetris Himself, Alexey Pajitnov

Tetris' creator is excited to see his game flourish as a competitive experience.

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.

The Life Is Strange 2 Postmortem: "[W]e Knew That It Wouldn't Have the Same Huge Success Right From the Beginning"

Life Is Strange 2's three creative leads tell us about the season's muted reception, intensive development, and more.

Latest Long Reads

We Received Another Reminder This Week That Delays Don't Help Crunch⁠—They Add to It

THIS WEEK IN THE BUSINESS | While a new console generation means change is in the air, some trends, like rampant crunch, remain unfortunate industry staples.

Masahiro Sakurai Made Fools of Us All With One Subtle Gesture Before the Byleth Reveal

Sakurai has a twisted sense of humor, and he's not afraid to use it.

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.

WoW's Visions of N'Zoth May Not Be Enough To Keep Players Satisfied Until Shadowlands

The theme is strong with this patch, but the content might not keep players engaged.

Calling Persona 5 Scramble a Spin-Off Doesn't Quite Do It Justice

Persona's take on the musou sub-genre is more of a sequel than fan-service.

Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Actually, Resident Evil 4 Was Plenty Scary

On its 15th anniversary, we remember some of Resident Evil 4's scariest moments.

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 | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Starting Screen | 2020 Will Be One of the Most Consequential Years in Gaming History

This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X Has PC Vibes, And That Might Be the Key to Its Success

Project Scarlett has not just a name now, but a shape too.

Opinion

We Received Another Reminder This Week That Delays Don't Help Crunch⁠—They Add to It

THIS WEEK IN THE BUSINESS | While a new console generation means change is in the air, some trends, like rampant crunch, remain unfortunate industry staples.

Masahiro Sakurai Made Fools of Us All With One Subtle Gesture Before the Byleth Reveal

Sakurai has a twisted sense of humor, and he's not afraid to use it.

WoW's Visions of N'Zoth May Not Be Enough To Keep Players Satisfied Until Shadowlands

The theme is strong with this patch, but the content might not keep players engaged.

Calling Persona 5 Scramble a Spin-Off Doesn't Quite Do It Justice

Persona's take on the musou sub-genre is more of a sequel than fan-service.

Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Temtem Might Be Your Alternative if You're Unhappy With Pokemon Sword and Shield

Developer Crema is here with a little Fauxkemon for everyone.

PS5's "Bigger Differences" Have Yet to Be Announced

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Talk of new hardware likely to dominate industry chatter leading up to holiday launches of PS5, Xbox Series X.

Features

Kentucky Route Zero Primer: What You Should Know Ahead of the Acclaimed Indie's Final Act

There's a lot of buzz about the finale of Kentucky Route Zero. Here's why you should be paying attention.

2020 Will Blur the Lines Between Console Generations

The days of rigid console generations looks like it might be behind us.

How a Dreams Creator Makes Mo-Cap and Pool Tables With Just Controllers, Tape, and String

Tyler "TannicAlloy" Whittaker's creations in Media Molecule's Dreams are like Labo but cooler—and he has advice for anyone who wants to follow his lead.

Lists

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. Now updated for 2020!

The 25 Best PS4 Games

Our rotating list of the best games on PlayStation 4, now updated again for 2020!

The 25 Best Nintendo Switch Games

Our rotating list of the best games on Switch, now updated for the start of 2020!

USG's 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2020

From indies to long-awaited sequels, these are our 20 most anticipated games for this new year.

Retrospectives

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.

From PS1 to PS5: A Brief History of the PlayStation Logo

The PS5's new logo isn't groundbreaking, but there's value in sticking to what works.