Long Reads

Skate Culture's Revival Has Finally Hit Video Games

Pro skater Lizzie Armanto, the developers of Skater XL, and more reflect on the legacy and future of skateboarding games.

StarCraft 2's Rollercoaster Decade, As Remembered By Its Developers

Reflections on StarCraft 2's early success, the impact of free-to-play, and what Blizzard might have done differently.

Latest Long Reads

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be A Roguelite Fan

With Spelunky 2, Hades, Rogue Legacy 2, and more, it's clear we're in the golden age of roguelites.

The Master Chief Collection in 2020: Passion, Tech Debt, and the Heartbeat of Halo Fandom

With today's release of Halo 3: ODST for PC, USgamer sits down with 343's Michael Fahrny to talk about the always improving (but not-yet perfect) Halo compilation.

Suikoden 2's Side Story Turns 20 Today, And So Does One of the Best Game Intros Ever Made

Happy 20th birthday to Suikogaiden, the blessed source of one of gaming's last anime attract modes.

Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition Corners the Market on Legacy RPG Studios

ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?

Face the Music: Confronting the End in Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds

”I learned a lot, by the end of everything.”

Can We Please Talk About The Anime Dragon's Dogma Man's Bonkers Muscles?

Dragon's Dogma is an anime now, and it sure ain't pretty.

Star Renegades is a Hodgepodge Of Systems That Somehow Works in Harmony

There are a lot of meters, but it all somehow clicks.

Xbox's Cloud Gaming is a Glimpse of Microsoft's Infinite Xbox Future

Xbox Game Pass' cloud gaming is an excellent feature for Microsoft's streaming service.

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Starting Screen | Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition Corners the Market on Legacy RPG Studios

ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?

Starting Screen | Super Mario 64 Remains the Best of the 3D Mario Games

An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Starting Screen | Activision Has Revived the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Franchise, What's Next?

Can Activision keep up the momentum from Tony Hawk 1 + 2's positive reception?

Opinion

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be A Roguelite Fan

With Spelunky 2, Hades, Rogue Legacy 2, and more, it's clear we're in the golden age of roguelites.

Suikoden 2's Side Story Turns 20 Today, And So Does One of the Best Game Intros Ever Made

Happy 20th birthday to Suikogaiden, the blessed source of one of gaming's last anime attract modes.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition Corners the Market on Legacy RPG Studios

ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?

Face the Music: Confronting the End in Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds

”I learned a lot, by the end of everything.”

Can We Please Talk About The Anime Dragon's Dogma Man's Bonkers Muscles?

Dragon's Dogma is an anime now, and it sure ain't pretty.

Star Renegades is a Hodgepodge Of Systems That Somehow Works in Harmony

There are a lot of meters, but it all somehow clicks.

Xbox's Cloud Gaming is a Glimpse of Microsoft's Infinite Xbox Future

Xbox Game Pass' cloud gaming is an excellent feature for Microsoft's streaming service.

The Recent PlayStation 5 Showcase Showed How Much Sony is Relying On the Past

While Sony plays its greatest hits, Xbox is setting itself up for the future.

Features

The Master Chief Collection in 2020: Passion, Tech Debt, and the Heartbeat of Halo Fandom

With today's release of Halo 3: ODST for PC, USgamer sits down with 343's Michael Fahrny to talk about the always improving (but not-yet perfect) Halo compilation.

With Launch Behind It, Riot is Already Looking Ahead to Valorant's Next Decade

Valorant Game Director Joe Ziegler talks new modes, player feedback, and being willing to disrupt the meta.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time Remake Brings the Prince Back to His Throne

Ubisoft tackles its first remake with the return of a fan-favorite.

Lists

Farewell: My 10 Favorite Articles From My Time at USG

I'm moving onto pastures new, so here's a look at my ten favorite articles I wrote while working at USgamer.

20 Current and Upcoming Games From People of Color That Should Be on Your Radar

From Treachery in Beatdown City to Evicted, these games reflect the diverse viewpoints of their creators.

A Brave Attempt to Rank 30 Years of Super Robot Wars Games

From the Game Boy to the Nintendo Switch, this is the best (and worst) Super Robot Wars has to offer.

Five Avengers Nobody Would Want as Exclusives

There was an idea: to bring together a group of unremarkable people.

The 10 Gaming Trends That Need to Die on Next-Gen Consoles

The USG team has come together to talk smack about the trends we can't stand as we look ahead to the PS5 and Xbox Series X.

These Are the Samurai Films You Should Watch After Finishing Ghost of Tsushima

From Sanjuro to Ran, and Lady Snowblood to Samurai Assassin, here are the films to watch after Ghost of Tsushima.

The 5 Scariest Moments in The Last of Us Part 2

Naughty Dog's sequel sure is a fully-fledged horror game.

It's Time to Rank Pokemon's Main Rivals, And No, Blue Isn't #1

Rivals are as synonymous with Pokemon as gym leaders in goofy costumes and children fighting organized crime. We're here to rate them from best to worst.

Retrospectives

The Story of Moon, the "Anti-RPG" That Inspired Undertale

You probably haven't played Moon, but it should feel familiar regardless.

An Impassioned Defense of Stubbs the Zombie

This misfit, misplaced game from the mid-2000s always deserved better.

Why Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island Was Fated to Be Overlooked Despite Its Brilliance

Yoshi's Island is a top-tier Super Mario game, but bad timing and bad advertising caused a lot of people to miss out the first time around.