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USG Game of the Year 2020: Hades Isn't Just About Escaping Home, But Rebuilding It

This Greek myth feels like the culmination of everything Supergiant Games has created thus far.

Blaseball Made the Eternal Weeks of 2020 Bearable

From humble beginnings came a tale of peanuts, necromancy, hellfire, and community.

Star Wars: Squadrons Is Exactly the Kind of Game the Series Needs Now

It takes the few good impulses of Disney's TV expansion and combines them with the best kind of Star Wars worldbuilding there is.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | I Hope Video Games Can Be Part of the Healing

An earnest wish after a difficult year.

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.

Cyberpunk 2077's Phone Needs a Silent Mode

V needs to turn on their voicemail box.

Starting Screen | Starting Screen | Long Farewells Ne'er Were Necessary—But Here I Go Anyway

Thank you, USgamer, for giving my stupid words a home.

Immortals Fenyx Rising's Depiction of Greek Myth Shrivels in Hades' Shadow

Hades' writing has raised the bar up to Olympus and beyond.

CD Projekt Could Wind Up Following BioWare in More Ways Than One If It's Not Careful

The Cyberpunk 2077 developer is still doing well, but there are ominous signs.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Has a Quest That's Engineered to Destroy Dog Owners

How a big, winged good boy made me rethink humanity's love for dogs.

I Thought Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Would be Too Archaic. I Was Wrong

A new translation and some key quality-of-life additions make this genre pioneer worth playing.

Mega Man X3's Instruction Booklet Is a Perfect '90s Snapshot of Web 1.0

Mega Man X3's odd booklet is a product that can only exist in 1995.

USG Game of the Month: Yakuza: Like a Dragon Shows Us Why Broken Gangsters Make Great RPG Characters

Never has the title "Homeless Guy" been so compelling.

Starting Screen | Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Is Making My GOTY List Very Difficult

It's hard to make a list when so many games are in flux.

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?

Starting Screen | 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.

Ubisoft Connect's Cross-Progression Feature is Something Every Publisher Needs

Cross-progression is the number one feature I want from this generation.

Pokemon Go is Now Compatible With Pokemon Home, But the Restrictions Are Kind of Ridiculous

Pump the brakes on transferring that Shiny Groudon to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

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.

More SteamWorld Games Are Coming, and We'd Drink Motor Oil for SteamWorld Heist 2

What we need are some heroes. Now more than ever.

USG Game of the Month: Amnesia: Rebirth

Frictional Games's deeply unsettling horror game stands out in an otherwise underwhelming month.

11 Games That Will Help You Get in the Halloween Spirit

Celebrate the season with the best virtual Halloween festivities.

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.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 Is Out Today, But Don't Start Your Journey With It

The Trails of Cold Steel series is one huge saga, not necessarily four separate stories.

Starting Screen | Facebook Just Can't Resist Meddling With Oculus

If Facebook wants to become a serious gaming fixture, the least it could do is not squander its VR credibility.

Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Is Teaching Me to Love Loser Pokemon

You're guaranteed to make new Poke-friends in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC. (Still, stay away from Stunfisk.)

Ghost of Tsushima: Legends Makes Live Service Launches Look Easy

The free update is pretty damn good from a company that doesn't do a ton of multiplater.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit Almost Justifies the Augmented Reality Rat Race

Nintendo's experiments with AR and Toys-to-Life games don't pay off in full here, but there's still some fun to be had.

Fire Emblem's Limited Time Launch Is Part of a Worrying Trend For Nintendo

After the success of 3D All-Stars, this new trend is starting to feel uneasy.

Immortals Fenyx Rising Just Wants To Be an Enjoyable Romp Through Greek Mythology

Sometimes, you don't need to aim to shatter convention or establish a new genre.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Getting the Hang of DLC Based on Early Crown Tundra Impressions

So long "complete" editions of Pokemon games, you will not be missed.

WoW Lives at the Endgame, FF14 Lives in the Journey

Blizzard and Square Enix take two different paths on the same road.

Baldur's Gate 3 Players Keep Finding New, Inventive Uses For Gravity

Pushing the limits of Baldur's Gate 3's physics never gets old.

Evil Genius 2 is the Original's Blueprint Pulled Into the Modern Age

Sixteen years later, Rebellion is focusing on getting Evil Genius right.

We've Already Forgotten What Real Console Wars Looked Like

In the olden days, game companies would sooner shank each other than put exclusives on each other's consoles.

Avengers Proves That Roadmaps Don't Always Survive Contact With Reality

A roadmap isn't much more than a promise a studio hopes to keep.

Lucifer Within Us Turns Solving Mysteries Into a Timeline

The devil's in the details.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Hands-On: Getting My Scorpion On, As Ubisoft Rethinks Loot and Leveling

With another demo, we pick at the depths of Assassin's Creed Valhalla.

Starting Screen | Blaseball Just Had Its Most Bonkers Playoffs Yet

The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is a Great JRPG About Middle-Aged Gig Workers

Who needs incredibly attractive high schoolers when you have grown-ass adults who have failed multiple times in their lives?

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.

Star Wars: Squadrons's Best Mode Badly Needs Ranked Play

Dogfight is a blast, but it also needs a lot of work.

Baldur's Gate 3's Dice Rolls Want Me To Fail

I love this game, but the dice do not love me.

Watch Dogs Legion's Director Takes Us Through Some of Its Final Improvements Before Launch

At any moment, your chosen hero will hiccup and alert those Albion guards.

Super Mario Bros. 35 is Giving Me Flashbacks to Childhood Mario Rumors

Journey back to the Minus World with me.

I'm The Pumpkin Queen of Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' new pumpking growing doesn't go full farming sim, thankfully.

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.

Time for a Bit of a Rest

Senior Editor Caty McCarthy bids farewell to USgamer.

USG Game of the Month: Hades is Supergiant's Secret Blizzard Game

September's best game was a roguelite, but not the one we expected.

Genshin Impact Is Inspired by More Than Just Breath of the Wild

Mihoyo is looking towards all things in Japanese entertainment.

I Had a Childhood Crush on Mega Man's Mysterious Robot Brother

When Mega Man 3 arrived 30 years ago, it introduced us to Protoman. Be still our beating clockwork hearts.

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.

Hades Roundtable: The Hottest Gods, Our Favorite Weapons, and More

A lot of us at USG are exploring the underworld in Hades, so we gathered around to discuss what we love about it.

There's Never Been a Better Time to Be A Roguelite Fan

With Spelunky 2, Hades, Rogue Legacy 2, and more, it's clear we're in the golden age of roguelites.

Suikoden 2's Side Story Turns 20 Today, And So Does One of the Best Game Intros Ever Made

Happy 20th birthday to Suikogaiden, the blessed source of one of gaming's last anime attract modes.

Starting Screen | Microsoft's Bethesda Acquisition Corners the Market on Legacy RPG Studios

ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda's studios, has been bought by Microsoft. What now?

Face the Music: Confronting the End in Disco Elysium and Outer Wilds

”I learned a lot, by the end of everything.”

Can We Please Talk About The Anime Dragon's Dogma Man's Bonkers Muscles?

Dragon's Dogma is an anime now, and it sure ain't pretty.

Star Renegades is a Hodgepodge Of Systems That Somehow Works in Harmony

There are a lot of meters, but it all somehow clicks.

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.

The Recent PlayStation 5 Showcase Showed How Much Sony is Relying On the Past

While Sony plays its greatest hits, Xbox is setting itself up for the future.

In A Monster's Expedition, Getting Stuck on a Puzzle Isn't the End of the World

A Monster's Expedition is a charming and freeing open-world puzzle adventure that we can't stop playing.

Starting Screen | Super Mario 64 Remains the Best of the 3D Mario Games

An ode to Nintendo's pioneering platformer on the eve of the release of Super Mario 3D All-Stars.

Super Mario Bros.'s Weird, Stark Instruction Booklet Is One of Gaming's Most Important Documents

The Super Mario Bros. instruction book was our key to the dark depths of the Mushroom Kingdom.

Samus Has a Bastard Space Son in a Weird Bit of Half-Canon Metroid Lore

Didn't like the story for Metroid: Other M? Here's something a little wilder.

Ring Fit Adventure Is the Only Exercise Routine I've Ever Kept Up With

Nintendo's latest exercise game has encouraged me to keep up exercise like nothing before.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's Multiplayer Ditches Specialists And Goes Back to Basics

We go hands-on with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War's 1980s-set multiplayer.

Section Extinction is the Modern Answer to Turok: Dinosaur Hunter

You ready to hunt dinosaurs?

Don't Retcon Link's Left-Handedness, Nintendo

Left is right for the Hero of Time.

Starting Screen | Activision Has Revived the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Franchise, What's Next?

Can Activision keep up the momentum from Tony Hawk 1 + 2's positive reception?

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Has Done the Impossible. It's Made Me Feel Included

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 makes skateboarding feel truly welcoming to all.

Madden NFL Should Have Gone to the Fortnite Model a Long Time Ago

The backlash against Madden NFL 21 is symptomatic of a larger problem.

Final Fantasy: Crystal Chronicles Was Astoundingly Screwed Up Twice

"Did I ever tell you what the definition of insanity is?"

Rumors of VR Support Makes Resident Evil Village My Most Anticipated Game By Far

Can Village live up to its predecessor?

I Wish I Loved Wasteland 3

Amazing promise, middling execution.

Nvidia Attacks AMD With the Powerful But Affordable RTX 3080 and 3070

What? Nvidia is competing on price again?

Moon Is No Longer Lost To Time. I Hope More Games Join It

Many games are finally getting overdue localizations, but what about the rest?

Starting Screen | Scarlet Nexus Is An Accidental Metaphor for the Struggle of COVID-19

There's something eerily (if unintentionally) relatable about Bandai Namco's upcoming action RPG.

USG Game of the Month: Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is a Vision of the Future

A true graphical achievement highlights the best games of August 2020.

Dirt 5 Comes After Trackmania With New Playgrounds Mode

Now you can build your own Gymkhana.

Mafia: Definitive Edition Cleans Up and Spit-Shines a Muddy Past

Tommy Angelo returns for an encore.

Outriders Is Surprisingly Better Than Its Drab Aesthetic Suggests

People Can Fly's shooter RPG actually shines once you pick up the controller.

Starting Screen | An Improved Nintendo Switch Model Would be Right on Schedule

Another day, another report about a new and improved Switch en route.

I'm Now Super Worried About the Mega Man Movie

Say, I know a gal who's available to help with the script. Her name rhymes with Nadia Ploxford.

Rogue Legacy 2 Lets Me Build Success on the Bones of My Many Failsons, and It Feels Good

Children exist to gather up money so you can build up your defenses. That's all they're really good for.

I Am Dead Lets You Dissect Everything From a Couch to a Lighthouse

The new game from the developers behind Wilmot's Warehouse is shaping up to be just as charming.

Why Am I Even Playing Fast and Furious Crossroads?

The concept of Fast and Furious Crossroads is solid, but it fails at everything it tries to achieve.

Apex Legends Gets Experimental With Crafting and Armor Changes in Season 6

Some changes to shields and the introduction of crafting are huge twists.

Starting Screen | It's Time for Ubisoft to Bring the Scott Pilgrim Game Back

On Scott Pilgrim's 10th anniversary, this excellent beat 'em up should be playable by everyone.

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