Role Playing Games

Kat, Mat, and Eric's Top 10 Games of 2020

Our favorites of the year, from those who remain.

Axe of the Blood God: One Quest Ends, Another Begins

Happy adventuring.

USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

From thirsty gods to avaricious raccoons, these were our favorite games in 2020.

Cyberpunk 2077 Review: Death by a Thousand Cyber-Cuts

Even if you get beyond the bugs, it's just not worth it.

Axe of the Blood God: The RPG Year in Review 2020

We look back on the RPGs that defined the turbulent year that was 2020.

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Been Removed From the PlayStation Store Following a "Discussion" With Sony [Update]

Sony is offering full refunds for those who want one.

Cyberpunk 2077's Phone Needs a Silent Mode

V needs to turn on their voicemail box.

Dicey Dungeons Had a Surprise Launch on Switch Last Night

Turns out Nintendo had another card up its sleeve. A card with, uh… with dice on it.

How Familiars.io's Creator Fit Multiplayer Monster-Taming Into a Single Tweet

Bless Twitter's Javascript embeds for letting this Pokemon-like flourish.

CD Projekt Red Is "Not Encouraging" Cyberpunk 2077 Returns, Joint-CEO Tells Investors

"We hope they'll give us a chance to improve the game on the original consoles," says Marcin Iwiński.

CD Projekt Red Apologizes For Not Showing Last-Gen Cyberpunk 2077 Before Launch, Offers Refunds [Update]

The studio says it will be working on several updates to tune up the last-gen version.

Axe of the Blood God: The Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundtable

We dig deep into Cyberpunk 2077, the Mass Effect reveal, and more.

What Was Your Favorite Game Awards Reveal?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Awards night is over. Which trailer are you still thinking about?

The Next Mass Effect's Trailer Could Be Teasing Both Milky Way and Andromeda

Showing two galaxies at the start was "intentional," according to the project's director.

The Last of Us Part 2 Takes Home Top Prize at The Game Awards: Here Are All the Winners

Hades, Final Fantasy 7 Remake, and Among Us did get some well-earned love too.

Cyberpunk 2077's Day One PS4 and Xbox One Versions Are a Bit Rough

Older hardware is struggling with Night City.

This Nintendo Power Cover Imagines a World Where Fire Emblem Came to the NES

But is it faithful to its respective time period? We ask the experts.

A Mod Team Is Turning Fallout: New Vegas Into a New Star Wars Game

Trade Boomers for Stormtroopers.

Xbox Owners Are Switching Their Region to Play Cyberpunk 2077 Early

Be a Kiwi for a day if you want to get into Night City now.

Disco Elysium Studio Is Teasing Some News Coming Soon

Disco will never fade away.

Godfall Review: You Probably Won't Fall In Love

Godfall is an okay launch game, but you won't want to stick around long term.

Cyberpunk 2077's Reported Epileptic Triggers Draw Warnings From Advocates [Update: CDPR Responds]

A Game Informer editor says she experienced a grand mal seizure as a result of a particular scene.

Ubisoft Hires New Diversity & Inclusion VP Following Reports on Discrimination and Abuse

Raashi Sikka joins Ubisoft from Uber, a company with its own public struggles regarding worker treatment.

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2 Hits Mobile Next Week

Another KOTOR for your phone.

CD Projekt Could Wind Up Following BioWare in More Ways Than One If It's Not Careful

The Cyberpunk 2077 developer is still doing well, but there are ominous signs.

Cyberpunk 2077 Review Roundup: The Good, the Bad, and the Buggy

We'll have our review up in due time, but here's how other outlets are feeling about CD Projekt Red's latest.

Axe of the Blood God: The CD Projekt Retrospective

We delve deep into the history of the studio behind Witcher 3 and Cyberpunk 2077.

What's Your Favorite Cyberpunk Game?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | Which busted, broken future is your favorite to explore?

Xbox Series X Optimized Games Will Have Fast Fixes and More Quick Resume Support, Microsoft Says

Certain performance quirks and absent features won't be around for long, at least not according to Microsoft.

More Dragon Age News Is Coming at This Year's Game Awards

The Dread Wolf rises?

CD Projekt's Giving Away The First Witcher Game Ahead of Cyberpunk 2077's Launch

If you get on GOG, you can start Geralt's story from the beginning for free.

Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers Has a Quest That's Engineered to Destroy Dog Owners

How a big, winged good boy made me rethink humanity's love for dogs.

Casey Hudson and Mark Darrah Are Leaving BioWare

The two are departing from the studio and letting the next generation step up.

These Are the Movies and TV Shows to Watch Before Playing Cyberpunk 2077

From Akira to Dredd, there's a lot to watch before Dec. 10.

I Thought Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon & the Blade of Light Would be Too Archaic. I Was Wrong

A new translation and some key quality-of-life additions make this genre pioneer worth playing.

Cyberpunk 2077 Shows Off What's Possible With Its Photo Mode

It's also a nice reminder that yes, this game is out next week.

Control Hits Xbox Game Pass Alongside a New $1 Intro Deal

Jesse Faden's bringing Haven, Va-11 Hall-A, and cheap three-month subscriptions with her.

USG Game of the Month: Yakuza: Like a Dragon Shows Us Why Broken Gangsters Make Great RPG Characters

Never has the title "Homeless Guy" been so compelling.

Starting Screen | Baldur's Gate 3's Early Access Is Making My GOTY List Very Difficult

It's hard to make a list when so many games are in flux.

Illusionist Uri Geller Apologizes for Lawsuit That Once Halted Kadabra Pokemon Cards

As for whether the spoon-bending psychic-type will appear in the TCG again, that's up to Nintendo.

Swery's Next Game, The Good Life, Set For Summer 2021

There's something mysterious afoot next summer.

PlayStation RPG SaGa Frontier Is Getting a Remaster

A bold new Frontier for 2021.

Axe of the Blood God: It's Time For Trivia of the Blood God

An RPG quiz show draws near! Command?

Baldur's Gate 3's Next Update Will Have Its First Story Changes

Be sure to read the fine print about your saves, though.

Starting Screen | Now Is a Perfectly Good Time to Tackle Tough Subjects in Games Coverage

This terrible, historic year has also seen an uptick in interest around gaming. That's exactly when our best writers should follow their instincts.

Looks Like Cyberpunk 2077 Copies Have Already Started Leaking

Now's a good time to batten down the spoiler hatches.

There's a New The World Ends With You Game Arriving Next Year

This is not a drill; I repeat, this is not a drill.

Axe of the Blood God: Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin is This Fall's Sneaky Great RPG Sim

Checking in on Sakuna: Of Rice and Ruin, WoW: Shadowlands, and even more Fall 2020 releases.

30 Years Ago, the Super NES, Final Fantasy 4, and a Broken Jaw Changed My Life

How the SNES kept me weird but happy during a rough spot in my life.

Baldur's Gate 3 Mod Makes Paladin Class Available a Little Early

Modders have hotwired the Paladin, and other classes, right into the game.

Souls Speedrunner Finally Opens Demon's Souls Mysterious Locked Door

A sick new set of armor was hiding inside.

A Quick and Dirty Ranking of The Game Awards GOTY Nominees for 2020

Hades is a great choice, Doom Eternal... less so.

New BioWare Anniversary Book Offers Another Glimpse of the Next Mass Effect

Could we be heading back to Andromeda after all?

New Cyberpunk 2077 Footage Shows Xbox Series X and Xbox One X Performance

See how the two console generations handle Night City.

Demon’s Souls Remake Review: The World Mended

The perfect hardcore launch title.

New The World Ends With You Teaser Site Opens Up

Put a pin on the countdown page.

Axe of the Blood God: Final Fantasy 14, Kingdom Hearts: Melody of Memory, and a Farewell

This week's episode is all about Square Enix.

How to Make Your Money in Yakuza: Like a Dragon's Business Mode

Go from rags to riches with some proper management.

A New Trails Game is Part of Falcom's Busy 2021 Schedule

Rest assured, The Legend of Heroes will survive the 2020 apocalypse.

Pokemon Go is Now Compatible With Pokemon Home, But the Restrictions Are Kind of Ridiculous

Pump the brakes on transferring that Shiny Groudon to Pokemon Sword and Shield.

The Brotherhood of Steel Comes to Fallout 76 This December

There's gonna be some drama in the wasteland.

Xbox's Phil Spencer Has Played Elden Ring and You Haven't, Suckers

It's good to be the King of Xbox.

Baldur's Gate 3 Developer Knows Where You've Been Save Scumming

Larian is learning quite a bit about everyone playing Baldur's Gate 3.

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Is the First Thing You Should Buy on Your New Xbox Series X

We break down the reasons why Xbox Game Pass is an essential pickup now that the Xbox Series X is here.

Starting Screen | Mass Effect Should Give Andromeda a Second Chance

The future of Mass Effect shouldn't jet away from the Andromeda galaxy just yet.

This Official Pokemon Sleeping Bag Lets You Crawl Into Metapod's Cold, Dusty Womb

Hide, child. Hide in the close, stony embrace of Metapod's exoskeleton.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon Review: An Epic Dragon's Quest

The Yakuza series treads new ground, finding its next legend in the process.

Axe of the Blood God: The Next-Gen Console Launch Extravaganza!

Our complete breakdown of this week's PS5 and Xbox Series X launch.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Review: A Legacy's Burden

A fantastic historical setting is once again weighed down by all the cruft we've come to associate with Assassin's Creed.

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Is a Full Trilogy Remaster Coming Next Spring

A new Mass Effect is also in its early stages.

Empire of Sin's Prohibition-Era Escapades Are All About Its People

Brenda Romero and her team are close to launching their take on 1920s Chicago, and it's shaping up to be full of storytelling potential.

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021's Lineup Includes Beat Saber, Hades, and the Wand of Gamelon

GDQ is sticking with social distancing, which means we get another round of off-beat speedrun showcases.

Jessie From Final Fantasy 7 Remake May Have Life in Her Yet

The AVALANCHE wildcat has vowed not to slip into the Lifestream until she's jumped Cloud's bones. Well, that's my headcanon.

Yakuza Localization Head Says Next Step For Franchise Is Simultaneous Global Release

As Yakuza's Western fanbase grows, a global launch seems like the right call.

Axe of the Blood God: How the PlayStation 4 Changed Gaming

From the "mainstreaming" of RPGs to Japan's revival, here all the ways that the PS4 helped change gaming.

Ruined King, a League of Legends RPG, Is Coming in Early 2021

It's a single-player adventure from the makers of Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

Crunch is a Flat Circle at CD Projekt Red

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Cyberpunk 2077 developer stays true to form.

CD Projekt Red Joint CEO Apologizes For Describing Crunch as "Not That Bad"

One CD Projekt Red head has reportedly apologized to its employees for comments made on crunch.

Todd Howard Says He "Grossly Underestimated" the Wider Impact of Bethesda's Acquisition

To Howard, going to Xbox was a natural next step, not a seismic shift in the games industry.

More Final Fantasy 16 Details Revealed, Including the World and Its Leads

Everyone's fighting over the Mothercrystals.

AMD's New 6000 Series Graphics Cards Are Putting Pressure on Nvidia

It looked like Nvidia was pulling far ahead with GPUs. Now, it might be neck-and-neck.

Romantic RPG Haven Will Launch This December

Set a date for this couple's journey into the unknown.

Bravely Default 2 Has Been Delayed to 2021

The next Default will take a little longer.

Baldur's Gate 3's Most Romanced Companion in Early Access Is, Somehow, Gale

A stunning upset for the Shadowheart crowd.

Trails of Cold Steel 4 Is Out Today, But Don't Start Your Journey With It

The Trails of Cold Steel series is one huge saga, not necessarily four separate stories.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Delayed Again to December

CD Projekt Red is pushing the date on Cyberpunk back yet again.

The Top 25 PlayStation 2 Games of All Time

Celebrating 20 years with 25 of the PS2's best games.

Axe of the Blood God: The Xbox One's Difficult Generation

Kat and Nadia assess the Xbox One's RPG legacy while sharing their thoughts on Pokemon's Crown Tundra DLC.

What Classic Japanese Game Do You Still Want to Get an Official English Localization?

Many have come over, yet some remain overseas.

Crown Tundra's Dynamax Adventures Is Teaching Me to Love Loser Pokemon

You're guaranteed to make new Poke-friends in Sword and Shield's Crown Tundra DLC. (Still, stay away from Stunfisk.)

Fire Emblem's Limited Time Launch Is Part of a Worrying Trend For Nintendo

After the success of 3D All-Stars, this new trend is starting to feel uneasy.

The First Fire Emblem Is Coming to Nintendo Switch This December

Shadow Dragon, in its original form, but only for a limited time.

The Outer Worlds Just Got Much-Needed Optimizations and Visual Upgrades on Switch

It might not be a total overhaul, but it's a spit-shine at the very least.

Pokemon Sword and Shield is Getting the Hang of DLC Based on Early Crown Tundra Impressions

So long "complete" editions of Pokemon games, you will not be missed.

Darkest Dungeon 2 Heads Into Early Access Next Year

Looks like 2021 will also hold plenty of horrors.

Baldur's Gate 3 Players Keep Finding New, Inventive Uses For Gravity

Pushing the limits of Baldur's Gate 3's physics never gets old.

Bloodlines 2 Senior Narrative Designer Has Left the Project, Paradox Confirms

Cara Ellison has left the project and the studio behind it.

Fallout: New Vegas Is 10 Years Old Today, and It's Looking Great in This Fallout 4 Mod

The Mojave has never looked better. Well, besides before the war.

Axe of the Blood God: A Closer Look at Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Plus, we let our imaginations run wild in this week's episode of the RPG podcast.

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