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USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

From thirsty gods to avaricious raccoons, these were our favorite games in 2020.

The Top Stories That Shaped Video Games in 2020

There's a lot—good, bad, and everything in between—to look back on this year. I don't know about you, but I'm mostly feeling tired.

Halo 3 Gets New Armor in the Master Chief Collection, But Many Aren't Happy About It

The new additions look out of place to many, but 343 says a toggle option is being explored.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwi?ski.

Xbox Is Hosting a Space Jam Game Jam Design Contest

We got a real (game) jam goin' now.

NPD: PS5 Sets New US Console Launch Records While Switch Holds Strong

A strong debut for Sony hasn't stopped Switches from flying off shelves.

Perfect Dark Revival Unveiled at The Game Awards

Joanna's back in a new story conceived by The Initiative.

The Game Awards 2020 Are Tonight—Where to Watch, and What to Expect

It's time for the Keighleys.

The Game Awards Is Putting on Another Limited-Time Demo Festival

More awards means another year of new demos.

Xbox Confirms Game Pass Streaming for PCs and iOS Will Launch in Spring

Browser-based Xbox cloud gaming is just around the corner.

Cyberpunk 2077's Reported Epileptic Triggers Draw Warnings From Advocates [Update: CDPR Responds]

A Game Informer editor says she experienced a grand mal seizure as a result of a particular scene.

Minecraft’s Ray Tracing Update Is Now Available For All Windows 10 Players

Make those blocks look extra nice.

Forza Horizon 4's Next Update Looks Like Fresh, Chaotic Fun

Taking notes from Nadeo, I see.

Xbox Series X Optimized Games Will Have Fast Fixes and More Quick Resume Support, Microsoft Says

Certain performance quirks and absent features won't be around for long, at least not according to Microsoft.

Are the PS5 and Xbox Series X Fated to Suffer the Same Hardware Problems as Their Predecessors?

If you've managed to get a new console, you might worry about a sudden failure blindsiding you. Here's what experts think about the longevity of the new machines so far.

A New Scientific Study Aims to Learn More About Why Players Do or Don't Invert Controls

The researchers say the work could be "useful for almost all aspects of gaming and visual technologies."

Control Hits Xbox Game Pass Alongside a New $1 Intro Deal

Jesse Faden's bringing Haven, Va-11 Hall-A, and cheap three-month subscriptions with her.

Doom Eternal Gets a New Master Level in Time for Its PC Game Pass Launch

Where's the pistol in Classic Mode though, id?

Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Getting VR Support in Time For the Holidays

Try and spot Santa's sleigh in the skies.

343 Promises a Year-End Update on Halo Infinite's Development

We've barely heard a peep about Xbox's delayed launch title since August.

Xbox Is Making It Clearer Which Old Games Are Running Auto HDR

Plus, you can pre-install (some) Game Pass games.

Microsoft Is Working to "Identify and Resolve" Performance Issues in Xbox Series X Games

A Microsoft spokesperson says that developers are "just now scratching the surface" of what the new Xbox consoles can do.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Thinks "Apathy" Is the Biggest Threat to Both Microsoft and Sony

Spencer still isn't into the console wars mindset. The real issue, as he sees it, is one the whole entertainment industry faces.

When Will It Actually be Possible to Buy an Xbox Series X or PS5?

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | For many, next-gen may not be accessible until early 2021.

New Cyberpunk 2077 Footage Shows Xbox Series X and Xbox One X Performance

See how the two console generations handle Night City.

Minecraft’s New Star Wars Add-On Ignores the Prequels and Sequels, Just Like You

Steve isn't into diamonds anymore. He's all about Kyber crystals now.

Steam's Getting Support for the DualSense and the New Xbox Wireless Controller

There's beta support out right now, but some features are absent on the Sony side.

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.

Arkane's Deathloop Is Set For May 2021

Arkane's time-looping shooter sets a date for PlayStation and PC next year.

Xbox Head Says Series X and S Have Broken Previous Microsoft Launch Record

Sales-wise, the new Xbox consoles are off to a good start, at least vaguely so.

Microsoft Would Like You to Please Stop Vaping Into Your Brand New Xbox

It seems like a pretty bad idea.

Minecraft Dungeons Gets PC and Console Crossplay Next Week

Explore dungeons with more pals.

Halo TV Series Recasts Cortana With Original Voice Actress Jen Taylor

Taylor will be the first (and so far only) person from the games to reprise their role on TV.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Has Played Elden Ring and You Haven't, Suckers

It's good to be the King of Xbox.

Xbox Head Says Report on Japanese Studio Acquisition Talks Is "Not Accurate"

Phil Spencer says Microsoft isn't "out there with [its] business card" courting teams in Japan.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Is the First Thing You Should Buy on Your New Xbox Series X

We break down the reasons why Xbox Game Pass is an essential pickup now that the Xbox Series X is here.

Sony Reportedly Discussed Raising Game Prices Above $70

It's not a new standard just yet, but that $70 Demon's Souls could've cost more.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Is Getting 30 Free Days of Disney+

More than enough time to binge The Mandalorian or to watch 1986's Mr. Boogedy several dozen times.

Microsoft Reportedly Approached Several Japanese Studios For Acquisition Talks

A new report says studios big and small were recently approached.

Halo 4 Will Debut on the PC Master Chief Collection Next Week

The Master Chief Collection will be complete on Windows in just a matter of days.

PS5 and Xbox Series X/S Reviews Are Out, So What Are You Getting?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Now that the dust has settled and reviews are out, are you picking up a new console?

Xbox Series S Will Only Have 364 GB of Storage Free For Games

A large chunk of the digital-only console's drive is dedicated to the operating system.

Xbox Series X Review: Microsoft's Powerful Next-Gen Console is Still Lacking Its Killer App

Microsoft's new console inspires plenty of optimism, but it still has a few hurdles to overcome.

Mobile Spinoff Gears Pop Is Shutting Down Next April

The toy soldiers are packing up and heading home.

Everwild's Creative Director Has Left Rare

Another upcoming next-gen Xbox project loses its director.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.

Halo Infinite's Creative Director Has Left the Project

Chris Lee is the second director to leave Halo Infinite's development over the last two years.

Xbox Series X Initial Impressions: A Dramatic Entrance for an Understated Console

Here's everything you'll find in the box when the Xbox Series X arrives in a couple weeks.

Obsidian's Grounded Will Be "Next-Gen Ready" For Xbox Series X and S

The tiny odyssey will be ready for the big new consoles.

Grounded's Next Update Adds an Intimidating Koi Fish to the Pond

Also, underwater spiders. Spiders that can swim. Water spiders.

Here's What the Xbox Series X and S User Experience Looks Like

A new video shows what it'll look like when you boot up a next-gen Xbox.

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox One's Difficult Generation

Kat and Nadia assess the Xbox One's RPG legacy while sharing their thoughts on Pokemon's Crown Tundra DLC.

Gears 5's Next-Gen Update Will Let You Swap John DiMaggio's Marcus For Dave Bautista

This is cool for Bautista but… maybe a bit weird for long-time Gears actor DiMaggio?

Xbox Game Pass Streaming Sticks Are a Possibility, Phil Spencer Says

Spencer says he thinks we're "going to see lower priced hardware" in the Xbox ecosystem in the future.

Xbox Denies That Fan Harassment Factored Into the Firing of a Brazilian Host

Former video host Isadora Basile says she thinks the abuse made her "too much of a problem" for Microsoft to handle.

Unlike Arby's, Minecraft's Steve No Longer Has the Meat

Inside: More jokes about Steve's reproductive organ in the context of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection Is Getting a Bunch of Xbox Series X Enhancements

120 FPS modes and 4K on Series X are coming soon.

What's Your Favorite Console Boot-Up Sequence?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | From GameCube to Game Boy, we're admiring all the ways our games start.

Double Fine's LucasArts Remasters Are All Coming to Game Pass Soon

The Grim Fandango, Full Throttle, and Day of the Tentacle remasters will all arrive on Xbox in a few weeks.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Says Microsoft's Current Nintendo Switch Approach "Doesn't Feel Sustainable"

Microsoft would want the whole ecosystem to move over, not just games on a case-by-case basis.

Age of Empires 3: Definitive Edition Headlines New Batch of Games Hitting Xbox Game Pass

It's a good month for Definitive Editions.

Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S Have a Subtle Design Feature for Accessibility's Sake

We used to do this on electronics more, and we should start doing it again.

Report: Xbox Game Pass Streaming Planned for PC and iOS Via Browser in 2021

By Apple's own rules, using xCloud streaming tech by way of a browser would be just fine.

Halo 3, BioShock, and Lost Odyssey: A Look Back at the Last Golden Age of Game Commercials

Return to a time when game commercials were produced like tiny movies.

AMD's Ryzen 5000 Processors Will Give PC Gamers Another Upgrade to Chase in November

Just ahead of the next-gen console launch, AMD is introducing its new Zen 3 CPUs for PCs.

Xbox Marketing Manager Clarifies Xbox Series X's Heat Output Amid Claims That It's "Toasty"

A box with a big fan and that much power likely won't run cold, but it shouldn't be blazing hot either.

Dishonored, Prey, and Wolfenstein Collections Rated For Xbox Series X and S

Bethesda could already be bolstering Xbox's lineup.

Minecraft Is the Smartest Addition to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in Ages

Young people need to get off my lawn, but they're still a vital market for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

EA Play Joins Xbox Game Pass Ultimate in November

On launch day for Series X and Series S, Ultimate is getting a boatload of EA titles.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X's Seamless Transition Shows Why Backward Compatibility Matters

Console owners will soon get a taste of what PC owners have enjoyed for a very long time now.

5 Big Takeaways From Today's Xbox Series X Previews

Load times, last-gen improvements, and a new controller were all discussed in detail today.

Phil Spencer Still Thinks We're Going to See "More Console Hardware Down the Road"

The future Xbox is planning for is not one where the Series X leads straight to the cloud.

Microsoft's ZeniMax Acquisition Pushes Xbox Game Pass Into Overdrive

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft's plan to change the way we play games received a considerable boost this week, but what happens if it works?

Microsoft Flight Simulator's First World Update Is an Upgraded Tour of Japan

See the sights, only better now.

Doom Eternal Hits Game Pass Next Week, but Only for Xbox

It'll be the first Bethesda game there post-Microsoft acquisition, but PC players need to wait.

Xbox Says No New Acquisition News to Announce During Tokyo Game Show

Xbox is getting ahead of some rumors that have been spinning up.

Doom Likely Headed to Xbox Game Pass Following "Slayer" Tease

It could be a misdirect, but why fake people out on the week Microsoft bought Bethesda?

The Game Awards Will Host Its 2020 Show From Three Remote Locations

Geoff Keighley's big year-end show will be broadcast from LA, London, and Tokyo.

Microsoft CEO Says It Will Consider Buying More Video Game Companies in the Future

Even after a big buy, Xbox could still keep growing.

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.

Destiny 2's Forsaken and Shadowkeep Hit Xbox Game Pass Today

Time to catch up on Destiny 2, before Beyond Light.

GhostWire: Tokyo and Deathloop Will Still Be Timed PS5 Exclusives, Phil Spencer Confirms

Bethesda's two timed Sony console launches will honor those commitments in the wake of Microsoft's acquisition.

What Obsidian Is Saying About Fallout: New Vegas 2 Now That Xbox Owns Bethesda

Bethesda and Obsidian are both Xbox studios now. Will our spurs jingle-jangle again?

Microsoft Acquires Bethesda, Adding Fallout, Doom, and Other Massive Franchises to the Fold

The week begins with industry shaking news from Xbox and Bethesda.

Are Launch Day Lineups Getting Worse?

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | People are clearly excited for the new hardware, but are the games they'll actually play on it as interesting as they used to be?

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.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Is Out On Switch Today

The Xbox-published platformer just closed out a Nintendo Direct showcase.

Xbox Series S's Install Sizes Will Be Smaller Than the Series X's

Lower resolution target, smaller file size.

Origin Is Now Just EA Desktop App, Launching Soon in Beta

First Origin Access was renamed to "EA Play." Now, EA's making a new hub on PCs.

Xbox Says it No Longer Collects Voice Recordings

Microsoft's taking a more transparent stance on data collection ahead of next-gen.

Here's the Xbox Series X and S's Retail Boxes

"What's in the box?!"

Bungie CEO Denies Reports of Acquisition Talks With Microsoft

Rejoining Xbox would be a mindboggling move for the makers of Destiny and Halo.

Halo 3: ODST Arrives on PC Next Week Along With Firefight for Xbox One

Time to relive the spin-off that Master Chief sat out.

Xbox's Streaming Service xCloud Reveals Over 150 Game Lineup For Its Android Launch Tomorrow

Including Destiny 2, Sea of Thieves, Spiritfarer, and more.

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