Long Reads

How Shovel Knight: Treasure Trove Went From Minor DLC to a Collection Built to Last

Yacht Club Games recounts the evolution of Shovel Knight's ambitious collection.

"Remember, No Russian:" Critics and Developers Remember Call of Duty's Most Infamous Mission

Critics, academics, game writers, and developers on Modern Warfare 2 reflect on "No Russian."

M2 Shows Us Aleste Branch, the Triumphant Return of a Classic 8-Bit Shmup

Aleste is making a comeback from the studio that made Sega Ages, the ReBirth series, and more.

Latest Long Reads

Xbox Series X Asks the Question, "What's in a Name?"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?

Amazon's New World Finds a Firmer Footing With a New Look and More Guidance

The colonial-themed survival MMO returns with a more colorful visual palette.

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.

Once the King of PC Gaming, MechWarrior is Now the Big Stompy Ghost of a Bygone Era

A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.

For Axiom Verge's Creator, the Switch Was a "Natural Platform" For the Sequel

Thomas Happ answers our most pressing questions about today's announcement.

Meet the Player Protesting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Violence by Playing as a Pacifist

This artist's act of protesting the violence in the Modern Warfare series is playing them without hurting a soul.

Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

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Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

Starting Screen | Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

Starting Screen | Five Games I Missed That I'm Planning to Play Now That the Holidays Are Here

A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.

Opinion

Xbox Series X Asks the Question, "What's in a Name?"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?

Once the King of PC Gaming, MechWarrior is Now the Big Stompy Ghost of a Bygone Era

A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.

Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

25 Years Ago, Breath of Fire 2 Was My First Journey to Kill God, and It Was Good

Even the world's worst translation can't destroy a good yarn about slaying the Lord.

"I Can Pretty Much Become Way Worse Than Gordon Ramsay"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan would like to be seen as the "Asian Steve Jobs" but comes off more like "a jerk selling light-up mice."

Why 2019 Is the Year I Decided To Stop Rushing Through Games

Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.

Checking in on FIFA 20 for Black Friday: Does It Hold Up?

We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.

Features

Amazon's New World Finds a Firmer Footing With a New Look and More Guidance

The colonial-themed survival MMO returns with a more colorful visual palette.

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.

Meet the Player Protesting Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Violence by Playing as a Pacifist

This artist's act of protesting the violence in the Modern Warfare series is playing them without hurting a soul.

Lists

The 15 Best Games You Probably Missed in 2019

From flight sim to train sim, these are the best games that probably slipped past your radar this year.

The Most Baffling Survivors of the Pokemon Sword and Shield Pokedex Cull

Who knows where the whims of fate may lead us?

10 Star Wars Board Games You Should Play Before Seeing Rise of Skywalker

Here's an interstellar selection of Star Wars tabletop games for you to dig into.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Music-Loving Gamer in Your Life

GIFT GUIDE | Perfect presents for music collectors, aspiring composers, and rhythm game fanatics.

Here's 7 Great Video Game Family Reunions Just in Time for Thanksgiving

From Dragon Quest 5 to Death Stranding, chew over these family-centered games while you eat turkey this year.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Traveling Gamer

If your special someone is always on the go, here's some ideas to make those delayed departures sting a little less.

USgamer Holiday Gift Guide 2019: For the Aspiring Streamer

GIFT GUIDE | This holiday season, it's time to spend the money to help your loved one become the next Ninja or Girlfriend Reviews.

Retrospectives

Tekken Wasn't Supposed to Be a Fighting Game, But 25 Years Later It Stands Tall

Devs recall how a tech test and late nights led to the king of 3D fighters.

Donkey Kong Country Turns 25: Gaming's Biggest Bluff

Twenty-five years ago, Nintendo faced the threat of obsolescence with sheer bravado—and won.

From Jedi: Fallen Order to Bushido Blade: The 35 Year Quest for the Perfect Video Game Lightsaber

Tracing the history of the iconic weapon from the Atari 2600 to the present, and all the ways that it's influenced gaming.