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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.

The Outer Worlds is a Pretty Bad Switch Port

A clever RPG with a lot of heart that is nevertheless difficult to recommend on Switch.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Wedding Season Event is a Wonderful Pastel Toybox

The latest event has shades of Happy Home Designer.

Starting Screen | Black Work Matters

There's been an outpouring of support for black creators today, but it should always be there.

The Last of Us Part 2 is the Dark Counterpart to Animal Crossing

Two very different games, both of which feel perfectly suited for 2020.

USG Game of the Month: If Found Teaches Us There's Beauty in the Wake of Suffering

If Found is about the pain of change, and the growth that comes of that struggle.

Starting Screen | Could Super Mario Galaxy 3 Ever Hope to Top the First Two Games?

As we celebrate Super Mario Galaxy 2's 10th anniversary, we reflect on how Nintendo threw everything it had into its amazing sequel.

Clubhouse Games Is a Good Collection, But a Better Teacher

Let your new plastic family teach you how to play Shoji.

Perfect Dark Turns 20 This Week. Now is the Time for a Revival

Rare's ambitious shooter was ahead of its time, and it's a perfect fit for 2020.

Starting Screen | Why Grand Theft Auto 5 is Still Capable of Crashing the Epic Games Store in 2020

Rockstar's return to Los Santos is one of the most popular games ever, and it's not going away anytime soon.

The Appeal of Evil in Animal Crossing: New Horizons

One, two, Tom Nook's coming for you...

Why Paper Mario: The Origami King's Cheeky Metroid Nod Has Everyone Talking

Nintendo is teasing another Metroid game. Actually, no, they aren't. Unless...?

A Plague Tale: Innocence is the Best Horror Game Since Dead Space

One year after its release, we make the case for this remarkable gothic horror game.

Analysis: The Unreal Engine 5 Demo for PS5 is Still More Dream Than Gaming Reality

Epic Games' demo today is Unreal, but it's sort of real at the same time.

Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition's Graphics Are Still Pretty Rough, But It Remains Strong in Other Ways

Our impressions of the review version of Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition.

Why Today's Apex Legends Season 5 Update Might Be Its Most Significant Yet

We explain why Apex Legends Season 5 is a big deal.

Starting Screen | The PS5 Has Revealed Barely Anything Compared to Xbox Series X, And It Hardly Matters

Xbox is mostly making the right moves, but it's still playing from behind.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Appears to be Smaller Than Odyssey, And Thank God For That

I like the buffet, but sometimes more isn't always better.

A Salute to the Absurdly Ugly Video Game Guide Cover Art of the Past

Retro game guide covers were a hot mess, but they sure turned heads.

Inside Xbox Reaction: The Xbox Series X's First Big Games Showcase Held Few Surprises

The first Xbox Series X games showcase was a bit of a dud.

How We're Feeling About Animal Crossing: New Horizons After Its First Full Month

We're over 30 days from the launch of Animal Crossing: New Horizons. How have its inaugural days been?

Does Anyone Actually Want to Play a Lord of the Rings Game About Gollum?

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum is being billed as a next-gen showcase for PS5 and Xbox Series X, but there's just one problem.

Starting Screen | My Morning Animal Crossing: New Horizons Routine Has Become My Mental Safety Net

Every day I follow the same route, and it has become my drip feed of normalcy.

USG Game of the Month: Final Fantasy 7 Remake Fixes One of the Franchise's Biggest Problems

GAME OF THE MONTH | The Final Fantasy series has always struggled with real-time combat, but in Final Fantasy 7 Remake, nails it.

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is the Grand Unifying Theory of Assassin's Creed

Instead of reinventing, Valhalla is bringing everything together.

SnowRunner is Death Stranding But With Trucks, And I Love It

Make some time for this chill, low-key truck delivery game.

The More I Think About Final Fantasy 7 Remake, The More I Like It

Reflections on why Final Fantasy 7 Remake is more than the sum of its parts.

Starting Screen | The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 Needs to Be as Weird as Majora's Mask

Majora's Mask, now 20 years old, is unforgettable. That's a lesson Breath of the Wild 2 should take.

How I Connected With Other RPG Fans Through Rental Game Save Files

In the '90s, RPG fans blazed trails for each other with high-level save files in rented games.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Nature Day Has Made us All Weed Dealers

Leif has returned to Animal Crossing, and he wants to buy our weed.

MMOs Thrive on Shared Suffering and Success

You might play together in other games, but there's nothing like coming together in an MMO.

Why Video Game Rivalries Can be Beautiful

How a rivalry cemented my love of fighting games, and a friendship as well.

Why World of WarCraft's Roguelike Torghast Dungeon is Just What the Venerable MMO Needs

Blizzard looks to Final Fantasy 14 for some inspiration.

Animal Crossing: Sweet Day Was the Greatest Nintendo Party Game You Never Played

Nintendo Land never reached the heights of Wii Sports, but it gave us one amazing party game.

Tabletop Simulator Isn't Perfect, but It's Keeping My Board Game Night Alive

Board game night has moved online. Could it ever be the new normal for my group of friends?

Arms is the Nintendo Underdog That Brought Us All Together

At Reedpop HQ, Arms had a unifying power.

Starting Screen | This Week We're Exploring All the Ways We Can Play Together

Join us for a week-long series in which we explore the magic of co-op, community, and more.

The Planet's Dyin': Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Politics Are More Relevant Than Ever

War, poverty, and climate change in the world of Midgar.

Fallout 76: Wastelanders Bolts a Proper RPG Onto Its Barren Roots, With Strange Results

The NPCs have arrived, but they don't feel entirely real yet

Persona 5 Royal Gave Us the Series' Greatest Villain

A weapon to surpass the Phantom Thieves.

Yes, Resident Evil 4 is Pretty Dated These Days

A remake of Resident Evil 4 would definitely be welcome.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Has a Big Texture Problem

Final Fantasy 7 Remake is visually stunning, but it's hard to ignore its muddy underbelly.

What Final Fantasy 7 Remake Gains and Loses in Splitting Up Its Story

The consequences of turning Final Fantasy 7 Remake into a multi-part epic.

Final Fantasy 7 Remake Ending Explained

The ending for Final Fantasy 7 Remake is complicated, to put it lightly. We've made it more digestible for you.

Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord Has More Depth Than You See in Most Early Access Games

A glimpse into one of the most popular current games on Steam.

Remember When... The First Memes Eviscerated the PlayStation 3 and its Boomerang Controller

Before Twitter and Discord, YTMND took on the solemn task of mocking the PlayStation 3 and its boomerang controller.

A Perfect Build-up Makes Final Fantasy 7 Remake's Airbuster Fight Something Special

An early boss fight that shows how Square Enix isn't playing it safe with this remake.

Treachery in Beatdown City Hides RPG Combat Under Its Retro Beat 'Em Up Shell

This beatdown starts to get into a rut though.

In Other Waters Feeds My Dream of Meeting Europa's Alien Life

Some alien oceans are easier to explore than others. At least for now.

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.

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