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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.

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?

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