THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?
Three games later, we finally earn a "2."
A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.
There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.
Even the world's worst translation can't destroy a good yarn about slaying the Lord.
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."
Some of us have been playing Death Stranding slowly, and it's far better for it.
We enjoyed FIFA 20 during review, but is it worth picking up on Black Friday? We check in on EA's soccer sim.
Red Dead Online has still had a rough year, but it's progressed at a much faster clip than its online predecessor.
A look at the games I want to play before 2019 is officially finished.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A time of technological transitions for companies like Google, Valve, Game Freak, Microsoft, Sony, and more.
When Gideon Mantell accidentally mixed up early Iguanodon fossils, at least no living creatures suffered.
Star Wars has always made us feel small in a powerful way.
Oculus VR is promising a lot with Oculus Link, and it mostly delivers.
There's more to Fallen Order's red-headed Jedi than meets the eye.
Some indie darlings are up for smaller awards, but not the major one.
Google's first foray into the console space manages to alienate both causal and hardcore gamers alike.
It had an annoying cliffhanger, no doubt. Then, Valve made things worse.
Catchin' the love alongside the Legendaries.
Are you worthy of being a Pokemon's friend? Probably not, but at least Sword and Shield lets you try.
The servers are on, and the players are trickling in. Here's what it's like to interact with them.
An odd choice by Obsidian, but there's more than meets the eye here.
Game Freak prefers to make us cozy on the Switch instead of breaking barriers.
A closer look at Death Stranding reveals a game that isn't as different as it first seems.
Chugging Monster until it kills me.
There's a lot to unpack in Kojima Productions' Death Stranding. That hasn't stopped us from having a crack at it.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Devolver Digital co-founder Mike Wilson likens addictive titles to crystal meth.
Shepard's legacy should outlive their consoles.
What a frightening omission.
Like its predecessor, Nioh 2 cranks its difficulty amp way up.
Sam's sneaking missions can still be fun, even if they don't quite measure up.
Eric, Kat, and Hirun answer some follow-up questions about Death Stranding on the occasion of its launch.
The new raid hits me right in my sweet spot.
Apex Legends introduces a new training mode where you can finally test out every character.
Maybe Blizzard's best days really are behind it.
Dragon Age: Origins was willing to eschew Mass Effect's infamous moral binary for something deeper.
"I can show you the world with some help from rewind."
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Blizzard calls its suspension of Blitzchung for voicing support for the ongoing Hong Kong protests a "tough Hearthstone esports moment."
It feels like Disco Elysium represents something new in RPGs.
This isn't an alternate reality.
There's no such thing as a bad cat, even if that cat comes directly from hell.
The gaming community knew nothing in the '90s, and frankly, neither did a lot of publishers.
How Modern Warfare falls back on old habits, even with its compelling new direction.
Teamfight Tactics and Dota Underlords are trying to ensure auto chess isn't a flash in the pan.
Where once the series sat at the bleeding edge of game design, Shenmue 3 is more content to look backward.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | With The Last of Us Part 2 and Watch Dogs: Legion slipping, the first quarter of 2020 suddenly looks a lot lighter for game releases.
After a long history of buggy games, Obsidian delivers a game with relatively few bugs.
With the announcement of a subscription service, Fallout 76 tosses a fire bomb at its community.
I'm tired of it, and I don't have a good reason for it!
Forget Ring Fit Adventure, give me the Nintendo Vita.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Blizzard's ban on Hearthstone player Blitzchung catches the ire of Republicans and Democrats alike.
Beamdog's Infinity Engine collections find great ways to bring those games to consoles.
Crazy things can happen when your back is turned.
Dathomir is in Fallen Order, and that could mean the return of the Baddest Man in the Galaxy.
Ring Fit starts adding its deeper mechanics after players have conquered the hardest exercise challenge of them all: sticking with it.
When Luigi's Mansion 3 invites you to sit down, you might want to refuse.
With the new Title Update and Episode, The Division 2 should be easier to get into, but it's not.
This past year has found Blizzard embroiled in one controversy after another. What does it say about its future?
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Activision Blizzard has always been a vigorous advocate for freedom of expression.
Hardcore fans want Breakpoint to be a harder survival experience.
The future of Destiny 2 sounds very, very interesting.
Blizzard's handling of the Hearthstone controversy is an international mess of its own making.
Whatever time it takes to make a game feel just right on a new system is well-spent.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | The Monument Valley developer's dismissal of a pro-union employee shines a light on the studio's unfortunate portmanteau of "family" and "company."
Apex Legends has scrapped Kings Canyon for new horizons, with mixed results.
Shara Ishvalda caps off Monster Hunter: World's excellent expansion with an outstanding battle.
For players who haven't played Destiny 2 for a while, there's a lot that goes unexplained.
Pokemon's got a lot of work ahead before it proves itself on consoles.
Maybe they're looking for the breakpoint in microtransactions.
For success to feel good, you have to have room to fail.
Please enjoy your regular helping of content.
The next Ghost Recon is coming in hard.
A 30-year-old RPG that's aged to near-perfection.
Destiny 2 needs to learn how to embrace generosity.
One Vault Hunter is falling behind mechanically, but making up for it with personality.
They managed to make it even better. Sorcery!
Nintendo's new fitness game excels when you're actively on an adventure.
It looks like Facebook sees that the Quest is where it's at.
Respawn's revival of the classic World War II shooter brings the series to VR.
Will all races stand together to battle for Azeroth?
Video games are still learning the art of subtle storytelling, but a game about neon biker gals at war somehow nails it.
This tiny robot samurai wins with precise platforming action.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Will successful subscription services turn into their own walled gardens?
Apple Arcade has dozens of neat games, so we highlighted 10 from its launch lineup that are a bit under the radar.
Some much-needed improvements have a major impact on FIFA 20's much-maligned career mode.
Session tries to capture the trial and error of skateboarding, but right now it feels like a lot of the latter.
Owners of the base consoles are increasingly saddled with long load times when playing games like Borderlands 3.
Fighting around the Mana Tree.
It's a wonderfully fresh take on video game romance.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | A U.K. Parliamentary committee report offers another wake-up call for the industry, but the ESA hits snooze once more.
An excerpt from the new book Arcade Perfect, following a programmer's daunting task with NBA Jam T.E.
Just let me move my game from platform to platform. That's all I ask.
Some are upset about Modern Warfare's lack of a minimap, but we've barely mourned its absence
The small hitches in Link's Awakening don't spoil an otherwise wonderful Zelda adventure.
Celeste gets a beefy new chapter for its last update that's just as intense in difficulty as The Core.
Spiders' tale of colonial tension is, so far, compelling.
THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Developers and publishers dance around the question of how to get games noticed in an increasingly crowded marketplace.
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