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Major Game Delays Due to COVID-19 Have Only Just Begun

With games like Wasteland 3 and The Last of Us Part 2 already delayed, we're just beginning to see the effects of the virus on gaming.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Emanates Powerful Flip Phone Nostalgia

Anything worth saying can be said in three words and an acronym.

Tarantula Island is Dead. Long Live Tarantula Island

A PSA for Animal Crossing: New Horizons players: A new bug has crushed our self-made tarantula island dreams.

Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Immersive Mode Is Better, but It Still Lags Behind Wildlands

Ubisoft has delivered a great update for Breakpoint, but more improvements are needed.

Resident Evil Resistance Is Actually A Lot of Fun

The barely-controlled chaos of Resistance fits in well with Resident Evil 3's focus on action.

Iron Danger's Time-Shifting Mechanic Turns a Strategy Game Into a Intriguing Puzzle

Prince of Persia played around with time years ago, and now this unique strategy game is doing it again.

USG Game of the Month for March 2020: Animal Crossing: New Horizons Rebuilt Our Shorn Social Connections

GAME OF THE MONTH | March's best game won over even the Animal Crossing skeptics on the staff.

Persona 5 Royal's New Endings, Explained

Don't have over 100 hours to spare for round two of Persona 5? We got you.

Starting Screen | We All Have Bad Opinions About 3D Mario Games, Especially You

You're wrong about Super Mario 64, you're wrong about Super Mario 3D World, but most of all, you're wrong about Super Mario Sunshine.

How Doom 64's New "Lost Levels" Connect to Doom Eternal

In bringing the oft-overlooked N64 entry to new systems, Bethesda, id, and Nightdive have canonized its story.

Kosmokrats Looks Like the Puzzle Game That Space Communists Need Right Now

Workplace mishaps reach the one place that hasn't been corrupted by capitalism… space!

The Bravely Default 2 Demo Wants to Drink Your Blood and Eat Your Bones

Careless movements in Bravely Default's first proper sequel will earn you a swift death.

Control's Foundation DLC Provides the Payoff for All the Fan Speculation

If you want to know more about the Oldest House, the Foundation has your answers.

A Monster's Expedition Through Human Exhibitions is a Gentle Tour of Humanity's Foibles Through a Monster's Eyes

Latching on to this lovely little open-world puzzle game is easier than falling off a log.

The Other Side is a Meditative Mobile Puzzle Game for Anxious Times

Sometimes simplicity is all you need.

Doom Eternal Roundtable: Did Doom Really Need This Much Story?

Caty, Joel, and Mike gather round to discuss the most hellish new game on the market.

Stop Cheating in Animal Crossing: New Horizons, You Ghouls

Animal Crossing has shown the true side of my friends.

Starting Screen | Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Opening Weekend Was Amazingly Wholesome Fun With Friends

A wonderful weekend with Animal Crossing, the return of Half-Life, and everything else happening in a busy week for games.

Persona 5 Royal Finally Allows Ryuji, Ann, and the Rest to Escape the Constant Presence of the Protagonist

Friends hanging out. Not a phone in sight. Just vibing.

Life Sucks, But At Least It's Better Than Wasteland 3's Reality

I know we're dealing with a lot, but Wasteland 3's world makes me feel slightly better about our own.

Persona 5 Royal's Cries for Justice Resonate More Than Ever

Persona 5 Royal has stolen my heart all over again—even if not everything about it has aged wonderfully.

See How Trials of Mana's Early Scenes Compare Between the Original and the Remake

It's a much bigger upgrade than what Secret of Mana received.

Starting Screen | It's a Relief to Have Video Games Right now

With human-to-human contact discouraged, luckily online games give us the hangout spaces we need.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus' RPG Mode is a Missed Opportunity

The single-player campaign can't square up with its excellent foundation.

Call of Duty: Warzone's Secret Weapon Isn't Battle Royale, It's The New Plunder Mode

Call of Duty: Warzone's standout mode has nothing to do with battle royale.

Starting Screen | Everyone Forgets That Final Fantasy 13 Had a Really Good Battle System

Lessons learned from Final Fantasy 13, Ori returns, and everything else that's happening this week in games.

Square Enix Should Be Clearer About Final Fantasy 7 Remake Being a Multi-Parter

Square Enix's hesitation to label Final Fantasy 7 Remake as a multi-parter is understandable, but it's still not right.

Starting Screen | I Finally Get It

How I finally came to embrace the hype around Final Fantasy 7 Remake.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Changes One of the Original's Most Iconic Scenes, and Not for the Better

What Cloud's first meeting with Aerith says about the differences between the remake and the original.

USG Game of the Month for February 2020: Nothing

GAME OF THE MONTH | It was a bit of a dry month in terms of standouts.

Bloodroots' Boss Fights Are a Bloody Riot

The boss fights of Bloodroots are the undisputed high point of the game.

The Most Interesting Mega Man Character is a Reploid Who Fell in Love with a Human

There's a Mega Man Zero character who's a treasure trove of lore and timeline links. Stay a while and listen.

Spellbreak Makes Battle Royale Anime as Hell

If you want a battle royale that spends less time on guns and hiding, Proletariat Inc. has a game for you.

Xbox Offering a Next-Gen Upgrade for Cyberpunk 2077 Puts Serious Pressure On PS5

Microsoft is making the right moves ahead of the launch of the Xbox Series X.

Starting Screen | Video Games Held No Meaning for Me Until Developers Gave Us Endings

If video games are a chaotic digital sea, narrative and endings are its lighthouses.

Nintendo Direct Hype Has Gotten Out of Control—And I Love It

Directs aren't just fun; they also have an important history. They're worthy of a little craziness.

I'm Gonna Make Hella Slopes With Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Terraforming

We can finally customize our towns however we want.

World of Horror Is a Delightfully Frustrating Struggle to Survive

This Ito-inspired roguelike is unlike most others you've played.

PS5 and Xbox Series X Need Cross-Save as Standard or Next-Gen Consoles Will Feel Stuck in the Past

The next generation needs to focus on cross-platform features over pure graphical improvements.

The New Pokemon: Twilight Wings Short Shows Us a Side of Pokemon We Don't Get to See Often

Pokemon are, and always shall be, your friends.

Starting Screen | Sonic Is a Success, but the Curse of Video Game Movies May Not Be Over

A few good films don't constitute a pattern, unfortunately.

Fire Emblem: Three Houses' New DLC Sheds Light on an Overlooked Character

At long last, the truth about Byleth's mom.

Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Rescue Team DX Has Plenty of Improvements, But Don't Expect Any Galar Cameos

We go hands-on with Pokemon Mystery Dungeon and pick up a few tidbits along the way.

There Should Never Be a Division 3

Or a Destiny 3 for that matter, at least not for a very long time.

Phantasy Star Online 2 Makes Me Think It's About Time for Phantasy Star Online 3

I enjoy Phantasy Star Online 2 closed beta, but the series should be moving forward.

A Neopets Cartoon Is Coming, but Who the Heck Is It For?

Will it star a Kougra whose owner hasn't fed it in 18 years?

Yakuza 5 Remastered Is out on PS4 Today, and You Should Play It Just for the Haruka Arc

Yakuza 5 may have the most chaotic story in the series, but the bond between Haruka and Kiryu is at its best.

MLB The Show 20 Has Hit "Visual Maturity," But the Tech Still Has Plenty of Room to Grow as PS5 Looms

Sony San Diego's approach to tech offers some insight into its mindset as the generation winds to a close.

Starting Screen | Paying Tribute to Fire Emblem: Three Houses' Marvelous Sh*tposting Community on the Eve of the New DLC

Part of the success of Fire Emblem: Three Houses was a passionate community plastering memes all over the internet.

The Best 3D Sonic Game Had Robot Sex, Weaponized Dubstep, and Jane Austen

The secret to a good Sonic the Hedgehog game has been right before us all along.

It's Time the Games Industry Did Away With Plastic Cases

Last week Sega EU announced it was using recycled cardboard for physical PC games going forward.

Revenant Might Be Apex Legends' Toughest Hero to Master Yet

Apex Legends' newest addition has an Ultimate ability that's tricky to use effectively.

We've Forgotten the Simple but Strong Lesson Mewtwo Tried to Teach Us 20 Years Ago

It's Mewtwo's birthday, and the least we can do is remember to be excellent to each other.

The Mega Man Zero/ZX Legacy Collection Leaves Out One Potentially Wonderful Extra

Sadly, western audiences are denied the peaceful resolution X and Zero fought for.

With a Nintendo Direct Possibly Around the Corner, It's Time We Heard More About Bayonetta 3

We've seen neither hide nor (long, luxurious) hair of Bayonetta in over two years. She's overdue for an appearance.

Starting Screen | I Moderated a Gaming BBS in 1995, and It Was a Beautiful, Life-Changing Mess

When it comes to video game discourse, everything old is forever new.

There Isn't a Need for a Third Nintendo Switch Just Yet

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Nintendo put a quick stop to Switch Pro speculation, Jedi: Fallen Order orders rose, and E3 2020 is totally under control and great.

USG Game of the Month for January 2020: Kentucky Route Zero Gave Us a Brilliant Final Act

GAME OF THE MONTH | Kentucky Route Zero hits the end of the road.

Warcraft 3 Players React to Reforged With Refunds

The early reception to Warcraft 3: Reforged is nowhere near positive.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's Byleth Isn't Just Another Fire Emblem Sword Boy (or Girl)

As usual, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate takes an otherwise straightforward character and makes them fun.

Fire Emblem is Nintendo's Hero in the Mobile Market While Mario Scrabbles for Scraps

Given Mario's enormous star power, why isn't he more lucrative in the mobile space?

Warcraft 3 Was the Best Strategy Game Blizzard Ever Made

One of Blizzard's lesser-known classics finally gets its due. Plus, all of the big releases, The Sims 20th anniversary, and more.

Temtem Can Be "Better Than Pokemon" Because It's Not Pokemon

There's a wonderful freedom in being the new kid on the block.

What Next-Gen Features Do Gamers Actually Want?

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft and Sony have already revealed some of their new consoles' key features, but which actually matter to the target audience?

Help I Can't Stop Making Xehanort Look Cute in Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC Data Greeting Mode

Kingdom Hearts 3's big DLC is a little underwhelming, save for one new feature.

Captain Tsubasa’s Surprisingly Rich Video Game Heritage and Its Ties to Tecmo Bowl and Ninja Gaiden

It's not a soccer RPG anymore, but Captain Tsubasa hearkens back to the days of Tecmo's sports games in other ways.

Apex Legend's Surprise Third-Person Mode Taught Me More About Octane Than I Knew Possible

Why one of Apex Legends' best modes needs to make a comeback.

We Received Another Reminder This Week That Delays Don't Help Crunch⁠—They Add to It

THIS WEEK IN THE BUSINESS | While a new console generation means change is in the air, some trends, like rampant crunch, remain unfortunate industry staples.

Masahiro Sakurai Made Fools of Us All With One Subtle Gesture Before the Byleth Reveal

Sakurai has a twisted sense of humor, and he's not afraid to use it.

WoW's Visions of N'Zoth May Not Be Enough To Keep Players Satisfied Until Shadowlands

The theme is strong with this patch, but the content might not keep players engaged.

Calling Persona 5 Scramble a Spin-Off Doesn't Quite Do It Justice

Persona's take on the musou sub-genre is more of a sequel than fan-service.

Starting Screen | Why is Nintendo Hesitant to Remember Super Mario Bros. 2?

Super Mario Bros. 2 is a major part of Nintendo's history, but it seems scared to dish out relevant nostalgia.

Temtem Might Be Your Alternative if You're Unhappy With Pokemon Sword and Shield

Developer Crema is here with a little Fauxkemon for everyone.

PS5's "Bigger Differences" Have Yet to Be Announced

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Talk of new hardware likely to dominate industry chatter leading up to holiday launches of PS5, Xbox Series X.

Pokemon Friend or Phantom: What Horror is Galarian Slowking Hiding?

Why does Galarian Slowking hide its face? We might find the answer in literature, music, or both.

Why A Star Wars Video Game Potentially Establishing the Franchise's Post-Skywalker Future is a Big Deal

Star Wars is about to begin anew, and that first step may take place in video games.

Apex Legends' Train of Pain is Wonderfully Unpredictable

All aboard the pain train.

Destiny 2 Needs More Exotic Quests Like Devil's Ruin

Finally, a quest for the Destiny fans who don't have time to run 400 missions.

Starting Screen | 2020 Will Be One of the Most Consequential Years in Gaming History

This will be the year that all of the major promises of the past decade finally come true.

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE: Encore Plays Like a Song, and I Can't Help but Sing Along

Tokyo Mirage Sessions' unique battle system is a real bop.

Netflix's The Witcher Villain Was the Bane of My Gwent Career in The Witcher 3

At first it Gwent right over my head.

Help, I'm Being Crushed To Death by 2020's Promising Slate of RPGs

2020 is loaded with RPGs, and it already hurts so good.

Final Fantasy 14 is Unapologetically Horny, and I Support It

"Ever hear the one about the Lalafell who had a 12-inch pianist?"

2019 Was the Year of Auto Chess Fever

It's far from a flash in the pan, though.

USG Game of The Year 2019: Disco Elysium Let Us Be Human, No Matter the Cost

USG's Game of the Year is an RPG that's stuck in our collective Thought Cabinet.

Starting Screen | Xbox Series X Has PC Vibes, And That Might Be the Key to Its Success

Project Scarlett has not just a name now, but a shape too.

Xbox Series X Asks the Question, "What's in a Name?"

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Microsoft not only unveiled its next console this week, but now Sony will start making games for other consoles too?

No, Bravely Default 2 Isn't the First Bravely Default Sequel: An Explainer

Three games later, we finally earn a "2."

Once the King of PC Gaming, MechWarrior is Now the Big Stompy Ghost of a Bygone Era

A legacy series returns, and there’s little else like it in gaming today.

Starting Screen | Tyrants, Dollhouses, and Rude Geese: Looking Back on 2019's Great Gaming Moments

There were some great moments in video games this year. Let's look back on some of our favorites.

25 Years Ago, Breath of Fire 2 Was My First Journey to Kill God, and It Was Good

Even the world's worst translation can't destroy a good yarn about slaying the Lord.

"I Can Pretty Much Become Way Worse Than Gordon Ramsay"

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."

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