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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.

Final Fantasy 14 Patch 5.3 Solidifies the MMO's Argument for Being the Best Game in the Series

As it closes out its latest expansion, Final Fantasy 14 stands ahead of its predecessors.

How Red Dead Online's Naturalist Update Taught Me to Hate the Animals

A West too wild for my liking.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater's Warehouse Level Still Holds Up 21 Years Later in New Remake's Demo

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 is shaping up to be good, thankfully.

Neither the Xbox Series X or PS5 Are Really Ready for This Holiday

Halo Infinite is gone, but it's not like the Xbox Series X had an amazing launch line-up with 343's shooter onboard.

Starting Screen | Xbox’s Confusing Names Won’t Matter in the Long Run

If you're worried about customers dealing with Xbox One X, Xbox Series X, and Xbox Series S, don't worry. They're already clueless.

Horizon Zero Dawn Still Shines on PC Despite a Port That Trails Behind Death Stranding

Horizon Zero Dawn is on PC, good. The port isn't as tight as it could be, bad.

After 9 Hours, Marvel's Avengers Spends a Lot of Time Fighting Itself

The strengths and weaknesses of Marvel's Avengers come to blows as entropy closes in.

Starting Screen | There Shouldn't be a New Call of Duty in 2020

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Warzone is getting its new season this week, but all eyes are on what's next for the series.

Traces of Beta Yoshi's Genetic Material Can Still be Found in Super Mario World

The Nintendo Gigaleak reminds us immortality through our offspring is possible. (And potentially disturbing.)

USG Game of the Month: Necrobarista Is an Electric Story About Letting Go

Our Game of the Month for July 2020 is a moving tale at the edge of the afterlife.

Grounded is Off to a Good Start, And Game Pass Gives It Room to Grow

Obsidian Entertainment's survival game has a chance to survive in a crowded genre.

One Year Later, Fire Emblem: Three Houses's Very Horny Community Endures

Here's to you, erotic and non-erotic artists.

Starting Screen | StarCraft Deserves Better

On its 10th anniversary, the future of Blizzard's flagship RTS is uncertain. It shouldn't be.

What We Want From a Ghost of Tsushima Sequel

Sucker Punch will probably revisit its ode to samurai culture, but should it?

USgamer Roundtable: Which Next-Gen Console Looks Stronger Right Now, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X?

The USgamer team gathers round to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of Xbox Series X and PS5.

Suikoden Fans Have Good Reason to be Optimistic About Eiyuden Chronicle

This... this might be it, you guys.

Crash Bandicoot 4: It's About Time Finds Cool, Creative Ways to Skin You Alive

This friendly-looking bandicoot bites, which is exactly what Crash fans want.

Ghost of Tsushima Pretty Much Sums Up This Generation

Sucker Punch's open-world samurai game exemplifies a generation that's more about "what works" than genuine ambition.

Xbox Rebounds With a Strong Next-Gen Exclusives Showcase

Halo Infinite, Everwild, and Fable star as Xbox Series X shows us what it's got.

Ghost of Tsushima's Story Marches Forward to the End, Beat by Predictable Beat

The story of Jin Sakai is a predictable one.

After Four Hours, Star Wars: Squadrons is a Faster, Deeper X-Wing vs. TIE Fighter

We go hands-on with Star Wars: Squadrons and find a revival that's unpolished but promising.

Starting Screen | It's a Critical Week for the Future of Halo

Halo Infinite is finally being revealed this week. Will it be good enough to return to gaming's top echelons?

Ghost of Tsushima vs. Assassin's Creed Valhalla: The Past Meets The Future

Ghost of Tsushima reminds us of Assassin's Creed’s past.

Death Stranding's PC Port Makes It Worth a Second Hike

Kojima Productions' walking adventure finds its proper home.

Ooblets Has Already Hooked Me

Part-Pokemon, part-Stardew Valley, all in its own personality.

The Controversy is the Point

Ubisoft has made the politics of Far Cry 6 and Watch Dogs: Legion into a useful marketing tool, and little else.

Watch Dogs: Legion: Nancy Choi Is a Much Better Hero Than Aiden Pearce

All hail the queen of my non-lethal transient army.

Bloodstained: Curse of the Moon 2 Has a Missing Link in Its Castlevania Nostalgia

What a perfect night to pay tribute to Castlevania games that deserve it.

Twin Mirror, Dontnod's New Thriller, Gets Off to a Slow Start

Dontnod ditches the episodic structure and heads in a new genre direction with Twin Mirror.

Bird Alone Is Trying to Help Us Feel A Little Less Alone In Quarantine

The latest game from George Batchelor offers a warm, daily mental health check-up.

Paper Mario: The Origami King Isn't the Thousand Year Door, Nor Does It Want to Be

We share our initial thoughts on the review version of Paper Mario: The Origami King.

Tetris Primetime Turns Tetris Into a Game Show With Big Cash Prizes

Think you're a Tetris master? You'll soon have your chance to prove it to the world.

The Madden 21 Beta's Most Controversial Changes Actually Give Me Hope

EA seems to be following a different path with Madden 21, and that's a good thing.

Starting Screen | A Tribute to Final Fantasy 9 on Its 20th Anniversary

Final Fantasy 9 once relied on nostalgia, and now we're all nostalgic for it itself.

Marvel's Iron Man VR Shows How Far VR Has Come… And How Far It Still Has to Go

An unexpectedly sophisticated VR game.

Sony's PlayStation Indies Initiative is Great. Now It Needs to Follow Through

It feels like Sony abandoned indies this generation, so hopefully this is a course correction for PS5.

USG Game of the Month: The Last of Us Part 2 is a Story of Hope as Much as Violence

Ellie's roaring rampage of revenge tops this month's releases.

Starting Screen | Remembering the Joys of Sin-Free Gaming in Summer

There ain't no gaming like summer vacation gaming.

The Last of Us Part 2's Ending Doesn't Ruin the Original. It Completes It

Analyzing The Last of Us Part 2's controversial ending, and how it brings the original game full circle.

The Last of Us Part 2's Photo Mode Is Too Restrictive

The Last of Us Part 2's stubborn photo mode limits its potential, and ours.

The Adorable Pokemon Cafe Mix Fills in the Mobile Game Gap Nintendo Is Leaving Behind

Nintendo's mobile legacy is weak, but Pokemon has lots to offer.

Starting Screen | The Sloppy Stealth of The Last of Us Part 2

The Last of Us Part 2's stealth is better than before, but at what cost?

The Pokemon Isle of Armor DLC's Lively New Wild Area is Much Better Than Sword and Shield's

Game Freak's DLC for Pokemon Sword and Shield levels up the game's open world.

Burnout Paradise on Switch Is Exactly What I Needed it to Be

Same collisions, smaller console.

Does It Hold Up? Revisiting The Last of Us on the Eve of Its Sequel

Ahead of The Last of Us Part 2, let's explore how the action-adventure genre has evolved since the first game.

Is The Last of Us Part 2 Too Violent for Its Own Good?

Naughty Dog's sequel has been called grim and gruesome by many. Is it all too much?

Why Everyone Is So Psyched For a New Pokemon Snap

Pokemon Snap is just some dumb simulator where you take pictures of Pokemon, right? What's the big deal?

Hardspace: Shipbreaker's Dark Satire About Labor Among the Stars Makes It Worth Playing

Hardspace: Shipbreaker combines social commentary with some deeply original gameplay.

Cris Tales Uses Classic RPGs as Inspirational Markers on Its Wildly Ambitious Course

There's a whole lot of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff going on in Dreams Uncorporated's upcoming adventure.

Starting Screen | The Last of Us Part 2's Overly Limiting Embargo Only Hurts Critical Discourse

An argument on Twitter throws the difficulty of having a real conversation about The Last of Us Part 2 into sharp relief.

You Should Play Persona 4 Golden on PC if Only for the Japanese VO

Persona 4 Golden's PC port has one special new feature.

The Last of Us Part 2's Unlikely Connection to Final Fantasy Tactics Advance

Naughty Dog's blockbuster isn't the first game to use a snowball fight to great effect.

New, Original Games Were the Real Stars of the PlayStation 5 Reveal

Sure, a new Ratchet & Clank is great, but talk to me about the cat that lives with robots.

Let's Talk About the PS5's Bizarre Design

The PS5 is quite different than past Sony consoles. But does that make it bad?

Today's PS5 Reveal Falls Just Short of the Greatness of Its E3 2015 Presentation

Sony was ready, but it didn't quite hit the historic high note of E3 2015.

The Future of Destiny Looks More Interesting Without a Destiny 3

Destiny 2 may cycle through growth and pruning forever, though.

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