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A Fresh Look at New Super Mario Bros. U on Switch: Does it Measure Up to the Classics?

Where does New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rank alongside Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World?

The State of Destiny 2 After Forsaken: A Game That Can't Shake Its Troubles

Forsaken was a solid start, but it wasn't enough to pull everyone back.

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The Gaming Subscription Bubble Just Keeps Growing. How Long Until It Bursts?

How many subscriptions can the market take?

A Fresh Look at New Super Mario Bros. U on Switch: Does it Measure Up to the Classics?

Where does New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe rank alongside Super Mario Bros. 3 and Super Mario World?

The State of Destiny 2 After Forsaken: A Game That Can't Shake Its Troubles

Forsaken was a solid start, but it wasn't enough to pull everyone back.

Sorry Pokemon Fans, Your Gold-Plated Cards from Burger King Aren't Worth Squat

Burger King's Pokemon cards from 1999 look kind of nice and they're fun to remember, but they're barely worth the cost of a milkshake.

Below Is Good, but It's Literally Way Too Dark

You won't get far if you play on the couch.

Not Much Treasure Awaits in Forza Horizon 4's Fortune Island Expansion

See that mountain? You can drive (on) it.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Bold New Direction Is Embracing Ubisoft's Games as a Service Future

Ubisoft is still not done with the ongoing odyssey of Assassin's Creed.

Ark: Survival Evolved on Switch: Is it Really a Disaster?

What happens when you port a rough game to a portable platform.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Climactic Choice Makes No Dang Sense

Not everything should be left to player choice when it flies in the face of the narrative you've already crafted.

The State of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Nearly Two Months Later

From late-implemented microtransactions to the roaring success of Blackout, we look back on how Black Ops 4 has developed.

Fallout 76 Desperately Needs a Proper Endgame

Fallout 76 has problems, but the biggest one involves ongoing endgame content.

Pokemon Let's Go's Post-Game Gives Ample Reasons to Keep Playing

Move over Lt Surge, you're not the only Pokemon war veteran who's still spoiling for a fight.

The Beautiful Highs and Occasional Lows of Spider-Man on PS4

A belated look back on one of September's biggest games.

Finishing God of War Has Left Me Trapped Between Admiration and Frustration

Kat has finally wrapped up God of War's latest chapter, and she has some thoughts.

How Bethesda Can Get Fallout 76 Back on Track

The Fallout train is off the rails at the moment, but there is hope.

My Deadly Date With Sean Bean in Hitman 2

The ever-killable man gets killed again.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate In-Depth Hands-On: It's Turning Me Into a Smash Fan

In a series of hands-on demos, Nintendo shows us everything Super Smash Bros Ultimate has to offer.

Fallout 76's Biggest Problem: It's Boring

What if there was a Fallout game without any of the Fallout stuff you like? Boy, do I have a game for you!

Pokémon Let's Go and the Detective Pikachu Trailer Both Nail Something Crucial

We all want to live in a Pokemon world, and Game Freak knows it.

Five Hitman 2 Disguises That Shouldn't Work, But Somehow Do

Agent 47 is a master of disguises, no matter how wrong a fit he is for them.

Battlefield 5: Five Takeaways After Two Days With the Review Version

Some big, and understated changes to the established FPS formula.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Best Missions: Eight of the Best, From Drunken Brawls to Robot Encounters

Here are the best Red Dead Redemption 2 missions that you might have missed if you stuck to the main story path.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Flawed Wanted System Wants You Dead

The bustling city of Saint Denis highlights the rough edges of Red Dead Redemption 2's Wanted system.

Taiko no Tatsujin: Breaking Down the Many Differences Between the PS4 and Switch Versions

Taiko Drum Master is back, but which one is worth directing your attention to?

I'm Already Tired of Other People in Fallout 76

Fallout 76 is taking me somewhere, I just don't know if it's home.

Déraciné Feels Like a Six-Hour Bloodborne Sidequest, But in VR

Miyazaki brings his unique storytelling to VR.

WoW Classic is Coming Soon, but I Just Can't Go Back to Vanilla

Sometimes it is best to leave the past in the past.

WoW BlizzCon 2018 Panel Recap: Zandalari Trolls, Kul Tiran Humans, and the Rise of Azshara

Blizzard Entertainment lets fans know what's coming in patch 8.1.5 and beyond.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Has a Very Different Take on GTA 5's Famous Little Character Vignettes

Red Dead Redemption 2 continues a tradition set in GTA 5, only much differently.

Deltarune's Undertale 2 Bait-and-Switch is a Superb Piece of Video Game Writing

Ignore the signs at your own peril, kid.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Arthur Morgan Is the Wokest Outlaw

Arthur Morgan is a very nice guy for a dude who will murder people at the drop of a hat.

Gal Metal Feels Like a Spiritual Successor to Wii Music, Only It's Better

Gal Metal on Nintendo Switch is more drum simulator than another light rhythm game.

Castlevania Netflix Season 2 is Less "Vampire Killer" and More "Interview With the Vampire"

Like the games it emulates, season 2 of Netflix's Castlevania series meanders a bit before reaching a memorable showdown.

Save Me Mr Tako Draws on an Oft-Forgotten Nintendo Platforming Legend for Inspiration

This charming platformer on Nintendo Switch and PC may star a pacifist octopus, but it'll remind you of Kirby.

Why is Red Dead Redemption 2 Still Using Rockstar's Ancient Control Scheme?

The discussion around Red Dead Redemption 2 focuses on its control scheme, one Rockstar has been using for some time now.

Return of the Obra Dinn's Mysteries Are So Deep That You Need an Actual Pen and Paper to Solve Them

In the follow-up to Papers, Please, a mystery on a ghost ship has turned me into a paranoid truth hunter.

Castlevania Requiem's Biggest Addition is a Quicksave Feature That Doesn't Work Properly

This "collection" has less meat on it than a dieting skeleton.

Red Dead Redemption 2's Gruesome Hunting Isn't for Those With Weak Stomachs

A number of games have hunting and skinning, but Rockstar takes it to a new level.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Will Probably Never Have Its Own Undead Nightmare, And That's Too Bad

If anything, Red Dead Online will likely be bursting with expansions and events.

Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales Makes Gwent a Far Richer Single-Player Experience

Gwent's spin-off RPG adventure rises to the Witcher name.

CoD: Black Ops 4's Blackout Reflects All the Ways the Battle Royale Genre Has Evolved Past PUBG in the Past Year

Thanks to Easter eggs and a lively map, there's more going on in Blackout than initially meets the eye.

What Mother 3 Taught Me About Death, Grieving, and Two-by-Fours

Important lessons from a JRPG about a boy, his dog, and a whole lot of bad news.

7 Horror Games from 2018 That Will Scare You Straight Into 2019

From found footage horror to P.T.-inspired glee, we rounded up some of this year's creepiest games to put you in the Halloween spirit.

Starlink: Battle for Atlas Quietly Contains the Best Star Fox Game in Ages

Come for the shooting and exploration, stay for Fox McCloud's company.

CoD Zombies is Ready to Step up and Replace Black Ops 4's Missing Campaign

Black Ops 4 is multiplayer only, but the strength of Zombies and Blackout could carry it through.

The Scorchbeast is Fallout 76's Answer to Skyrim's Dragons (Except Way More Dangerous)

You were once the Dragonborn. Now you must be...the Batborn.

Mysterious New Pokemon Meltan Is Much Cuter Than We Gave It Credit For

Hugging this little fellow would probably be very uncomfortable, but I want to try.

The World Ends With You Is as Slick as Ever on Switch, but It Has Some Issues

The World Ends With Annoying Control Schemes.

Ubisoft Shouldn't Forget Traditional Assassin's Creed Fans

Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Origins are the way forward, but the old creed doesn't need to be forgotten.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Story is Surprisingly Underwhelming Over the First 20 Hours

So far, Assassin's Creed Odyssey is missing a key factor that made Origins great.

Fallout 76's Updated VATS System Takes Some Getting Used To

Let the bodies hit the floor (somehow).

Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Leveling and Microtransaction Controversy is Largely Overblown

Let's talk about "grinding" in Assassin's Creed Odyssey.

How Fallout 76's Nukes Work—And Why You Probably Won't be Nuked by Trolls

Weapons of the Apocalypse ain't cheap.

Fallout 76 Played Solo Is a Lonely, Not Lifeless Experience

Exploring Appalachia is best suited for a band of friends, but you can still get far on your own two feet.

How to Enjoy FIFA's FUT 19 Without Spending a Dime - It's Easier Than You Think

Everyone says FUT 19 is pay-to-win, but you're often better off not spending any money at all.

Honey I Shrunk Civilization 6 to iPhone

Refined UI, smaller screen, same ol' Civ.

Cross-Play Is the Right Move for Gaming, But Even Better For Microsoft

It's taken a long time, but we're finally here.

An Hour With Nintendo's New Mobile RPG Dragalia Lost: The Good, The Bad, The Microtransactions

Impressions from our hands-on time with Cygames and Nintendo's latest mobile game.

Kraven and Nine Other Villains Spider-Man Should Face in the PS4 Sequel

Who else should Insomniac's Spider-Man face off against?

Red Dead Redemption 2: 6 Surprising Facts and 5 Unanswered Questions

A lot of new info, a lot of new questions.

Ghostbusters World is Much More Ambitious Than Pokemon Go, But It's Also Loaded With Microtransactions

"I've worked in the private sector. They expect results."

Guild Wars 2's Latest Episode Offers Players a City They Can Build and Evolve

A new sanctuary in Jahai Bluffs gives player more choices.

WoW Devs Promise Improvements to Battle For Azeroth's Rocky Status Quo

As expansion issues keep popping up, Blizzard is having to put out fires.

Japan Has Kirby Hoods for Cats. Let's Rate Them

These hoods are a disgrace and very damaging to cats' psyches and I want all of them.

The Poke Ball Plus Will Be Coveted by Adults, but Is Designed for Kids

Poke Balls are not one size fits all.

Project Judge Feels Like a Yakuza Spin-off All the Way Down to the Return of Kamurocho

We take a look at the demo for Ryu ga Gotoku Studio's new title, Judge Eyes.

Why Spider-Man's Photo Mode Is So Good

Like God of War before it, Marvel's Spider-Man has an excellent Photo Mode.

Here's Why Mega Man 11's Boss Doors Have People Riled Up

Wiping your feet before entering Block Man's lair is mandatory.

Destiny 2: Forsaken's Lost Sectors Are the Best They've Ever Been

Lost Sectors on The Tangled Shore are way more interesting than the base game's.

What Marvel Comics Can Learn From Insomniac's Spider-Man

Insomniac Games' original take on the Spider-Man mythos solves some problems Marvel Comics has.

How I Attempted to Redefine the "Walking Sim" With Paratopic

We invited our regular guest contributor Doc Burford to write about the creative process behind his own game, the alt-horror Paratopic.

The Top 25 RPGs of All Time #16: Earthbound

The kids are all right, but the adults sure aren't.

Dota 2 Card Game Artifact Lives and Dies on Its Three Lanes

Valve Software's shot at the digital collectible card game genre tries to differentiate itself with a new mechanic.

Super Mario Party's River Survival Mode is More About Mending Friendships Than Breaking Them

We got hands-on time at PAX West 2018 with Super Mario Party's newest mode.

Fortnite and PUBG Were a Study in Contrasts at PAX West

Fortnite had youthful energy to spare at the show.

Breaking Down Destiny 2: Forsaken's New Gambit Mode: What Works So Far and What Doesn't

A little bit of Strikes sprinkled with Crucible makes Gambit, I guess.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Trades In Bonfires for Grappling Hooks and Traversal is Better For It

A jump and grappling hook change things more than you may think.

You Can Build Your Own Kingdom and Rule it Like a Jerk in Pathfinder: Kingmaker

"'Lawful Good?' We don't like your kind 'round these parts."

A Rundown of The Clever Choices That Make Super Metroid's Level Design Some of the Best Ever

Watch a video that examines how Nintendo guides you through Super Metroid.

Streets of Rage 4 Shows That Classic Beat 'Em Ups Can Be Deeper Than You Think

Think brawlers are mindless? Think again.

Every Arcade Re-Release Should Have the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection's "Watch" Feature

If you could hop into a speedrun at a precise moment in time, would you?

Mega Man 11's Double Gear System Takes Some Getting Used to if You're a Long-Time Mega Man Fan

Let's all throw ourselves down and drum our heels on the ground.

In Scum, The Human Body is an Overly Complicated Management Sim

Scum takes "surviving" to another level.

NBA 2K19's The Prelude Tackles the Chinese Basketball League in a Novel Way

NBA 2K explores basketball outside of America.

Should You Pick Up Divinity Original Sin 2 Definitive Edition on Consoles?

We take a look at the transition Larian Studios' role-playing masterpiece has made to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Night Trap is Both the Lamest and One of the Most Important Games of Our Time

Night Trap: 25th Anniversary Edition sends players spiraling back to a pivotal time for video games.

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