Long Reads

Nour's Creator Shares Its Recipe for Next-Gen Cuisine on PS5

We caught up with Tj Hughes to see what fresh surprises his playful food game has in store on PS5.

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.

Latest Long Reads

The Next-Gen Version of FIFA 21 Is EA's Idea of a "Strand Game"

A look at all the enhancements being made to FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Starting Screen | Now Is a Perfectly Good Time to Tackle Tough Subjects in Games Coverage

This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.

30 Years Ago, the Super NES, Final Fantasy 4, and a Broken Jaw Changed My Life

How the SNES kept me weird but happy during a rough spot in my life.

Umurangi Generation Is a Beautiful Portrait of the End of the World

This photography sim dives deep into modern struggles.

EA Has Some Fascinating Ideas for Madden 21 on Next-Gen Consoles

The Microsoft Flight Simulator of sports games? How Madden 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X uses Next Gen Stats to power its gameplay.

Please Stop Calling Bugsnax a Horror Game

The hyperbole surrounding the story of Bugsnax is a bit much, don't you think?

Astro's Playroom is Sony's Perfect Answer to Nintendo Nostalgia

These little bots make for one heck of a pack-in.

The Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5: Our Complete Breakdown and Final Verdict

Two consoles, two visions for the future. We compare their specs, games, and prospects for the future.

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 | Now Is a Perfectly Good Time to Tackle Tough Subjects in Games Coverage

This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.

Starting Screen | Mass Effect Should Give Andromeda a Second Chance

The future of Mass Effect shouldn't jet away from the Andromeda galaxy just yet.

Opinion

The Next-Gen Version of FIFA 21 Is EA's Idea of a "Strand Game"

A look at all the enhancements being made to FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5.

Starting Screen | Now Is a Perfectly Good Time to Tackle Tough Subjects in Games Coverage

This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.

30 Years Ago, the Super NES, Final Fantasy 4, and a Broken Jaw Changed My Life

How the SNES kept me weird but happy during a rough spot in my life.

Umurangi Generation Is a Beautiful Portrait of the End of the World

This photography sim dives deep into modern struggles.

EA Has Some Fascinating Ideas for Madden 21 on Next-Gen Consoles

The Microsoft Flight Simulator of sports games? How Madden 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X uses Next Gen Stats to power its gameplay.

Please Stop Calling Bugsnax a Horror Game

The hyperbole surrounding the story of Bugsnax is a bit much, don't you think?

Astro's Playroom is Sony's Perfect Answer to Nintendo Nostalgia

These little bots make for one heck of a pack-in.

The Xbox Series X vs. PlayStation 5: Our Complete Breakdown and Final Verdict

Two consoles, two visions for the future. We compare their specs, games, and prospects for the future.

Features

Empire of Sin's Prohibition-Era Escapades Are All About Its People

Brenda Romero and her team are close to launching their take on 1920s Chicago, and it's shaping up to be full of storytelling potential.

Apex Legends' Design Director on Next-Gen Upgrades, the Switch, and Crunch at Respawn

Ahead of Season 7's launch, Respawn's Jason McCord also fills us in on Horizon, map design, and Respawn's new studio.

Tetris Effect: Connected Brings Some Competitive Edge Back to the Chillest Tetris

Enhance and Resonair are expanding upon Tetris Effect with new co-op and competitive modes, but the biggest draw might end up being a 1989 throwback.

Lists

A Quick and Dirty Ranking of The Game Awards GOTY Nominees for 2020

Hades is a great choice, Doom Eternal... less so.

The Top 25 PlayStation 2 Games of All Time

Celebrating 20 years with 25 of the PS2's best games.

An Absurdly Long List of Every Game I've Played Since Quarantine Began

Caty embarks on a frankly stupid exercise through her game tracking spreadsheet.

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.

Retrospectives

The Baroque Beauty of Valkyrie Profile, Tri-Ace's Greatest RPG

Now 20 years old, Valkyrie Profile is one of the PlayStation's finest RPGs.

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.