Long Reads

Never Mind The Last Of Us, Here's The Real Game With The First LGBT+ Protagonist

In 1989, a lone developer released the LGBT+ detective game Caper in the Castro.

TimeSplitters at 20: How the Cult Classic Series Laid the Groundwork for Modern Hero Shooters

For TimeSplitters's 20th anniversary this year, we talk to David Doak about creating the seminal shooter.

Latest Long Reads

Watch Dogs: Legion: Nancy Choi Is a Much Better Hero Than Aiden Pearce

All hail the queen of my non-lethal transient army.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hands-On: A Flatter Earth, Dual Wielding, Raids, And All The Other Big Changes

Valhalla stands as a mid-point between the previous RPG-focused Assassin's Creed titles.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

Twin Mirror, Dontnod's New Thriller, Gets Off to a Slow Start

Dontnod ditches the episodic structure and heads in a new genre direction with Twin Mirror.

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Isn't the Thousand Year Door, Nor Does It Want to Be

We share our initial thoughts on the review version of Paper Mario: The Origami King.

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Starting Screen | A Tribute to Final Fantasy 9 on Its 20th Anniversary

Final Fantasy 9 once relied on nostalgia, and now we're all nostalgic for it itself.

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

Starting Screen | The Sloppy Stealth of The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2's stealth is better than before, but at what cost?

Opinion

Watch Dogs: Legion: Nancy Choi Is a Much Better Hero Than Aiden Pearce

All hail the queen of my non-lethal transient army.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

Twin Mirror, Dontnod's New Thriller, Gets Off to a Slow Start

Dontnod ditches the episodic structure and heads in a new genre direction with Twin Mirror.

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Isn't the Thousand Year Door, Nor Does It Want to Be

We share our initial thoughts on the review version of Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Tetris Primetime Turns Tetris Into a Game Show With Big Cash Prizes

Think you're a Tetris master? You'll soon have your chance to prove it to the world.

The Madden 21 Beta's Most Controversial Changes Actually Give Me Hope

EA seems to be following a different path with Madden 21, and that's a good thing.

Features

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hands-On: A Flatter Earth, Dual Wielding, Raids, And All The Other Big Changes

Valhalla stands as a mid-point between the previous RPG-focused Assassin's Creed titles.

Scarlet Nexus's Developers Talk About Bandai Namco's Next-Gen RPG: "Action Elements are a Must"

The "brainpowered" action game isn't losing its narrative roots in the process.

Lists

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.

Ranking the Fictional Punk Bands in The Last of Us Part 2

From The Clover 4 to Scribbling Kids Concept, we take a look at the best fictional punk bands in The Last of Us Part 2.

20 Video Game Starting Screens That Left A Fantastic First Impression

From The Last of Us to Mega Man 2, these are our favorite title screens in video games.

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.

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.