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USG's Top 20 Games of 2020

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

Blaseball Made the Eternal Weeks of 2020 Bearable

From humble beginnings came a tale of peanuts, necromancy, hellfire, and community.

Xbox Is Hosting a Space Jam Game Jam Design Contest

We got a real (game) jam goin' now.

EA Agrees to $1.2 Billion Deal for Codemasters, Take-Two Now Reconsidering Its Lower Bid

Two publishing giants want the makers of the Dirt and Formula One games.

Windjammers 2 Delayed To 2021 As Devs Explore Adding Rollback Netcode

In pursuit of a disc-flinging esports renaissance, Dotemu's leaving this sequel in the oven a bit longer.

The Next-Gen Version of FIFA 21 Is EA's Idea of a "Strand Game"

A look at all the enhancements being made to FIFA 21 on Xbox Series X and PS5.

NC Dinos Celebrate First Korean Series Title, Hoist Video Game Sword

You call a cup a trophy? This is a trophy.

The Last of Us Part 2 and Hades Lead 2020's Game Awards Nominees

Supergiant and Naughty Dog have racked up the nods at this year's Keighley-tastic show.

EA Has Some Fascinating Ideas for Madden 21 on Next-Gen Consoles

The Microsoft Flight Simulator of sports games? How Madden 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X uses Next Gen Stats to power its gameplay.

EA Makes Billions From Its Prevent Defense on Loot Boxes

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Don't worry, there's PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S stuff in here too

Former WWE 2K Developers Yuke's Are Now Working on an AEW Game

WWF No Mercy director Hideyuki Iwashita is also working on the project.

Sony Reportedly Discussed Raising Game Prices Above $70

It's not a new standard just yet, but that $70 Demon's Souls could've cost more.

NBA 2K21 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X Is Basically a Whole New Game

In addition to getting a WNBA career mode, there's a bunch of other new additions coming.

EA Retains Rights to NHL and UFC Licenses in New Deals

More hockey and more MMA are on the way.

EA Reveals Next-Gen Enhancements for Apex Legends, Star Wars: Squadrons, and More

They may not all have their own next-gen version, but they'll still get a boost on next-gen.

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.

NBA 2K21 Is Bringing MyPlayer to the WNBA

The new mode is a next-gen exclusive, however.

Both Madden NFL 21 and FIFA 21 Hit Next-Gen This December

Next-gen sports will arrive a little after launch.

The Top 25 PlayStation 2 Games of All Time

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

Publishers Are Embracing Games as a Disservice

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Take-Two offered an ugly peek at the future with NBA 2K21.

NHL 21 Review: This Year's Entry Struggles to Light the Lamp

EA's hockey sim includes a long-awaited update to a classic mode, but legacy issues drag it down to the ice.

NBA 2K21's Unskippable Pre-Game Ads Were a Mistake, 2K Says

It doesn't sound like ads are necessarily going away, but 2K promises the issue "will be fixed in future episodes."

Blaseball Is Taking an Extended Break, Following the Defeat of Its Peanut God

Legume deicide is hard work, you know.

NBA 2K21 Draws Ire For Unskippable Loading Screen Ads

A month after release, some ads find their way into NBA 2K.

NPD: Marvel's Avengers and Mario 3D All-Stars Top September's Best Sellers List

Yup, a game with player retention issues and a widely criticized collection both did quite well.

NBA 2K21 Promises Fancy Next-Gen Footwork and Neat Haptics on PS5

On the new consoles, it may actually be quite easy to notice the tweaks coming to 2K21.

Starting Screen | Blaseball Just Had Its Most Bonkers Playoffs Yet

The cultural event of Blaseball only continues to escalate.

FIFA 21 Review: One Final Shot

EA's soccer franchise tries to score one more goal before full-time is called on the current console generation.

EA Explains Why Some FIFA 21 Progress Won't Carry Over With Next-Gen Upgrades

There were "ultimately some trade-offs" made for next-gen console versions.

NBA 2K21 Looks Pretty Good on a PlayStation 5

A good glimpse of the future for sports games on next-gen.

NHL 94 Rewind Is a Retro Pre-Order Bonus For NHL 21

Go back in time with modern teams.

Rocket League Will Go Free-to-Play Next Week

The switch over to a new model is coming soon.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remake Sells 1 Million Copies Faster Than Any Other THPS

Speedier than a lap of the Downhill Jam dam.

Madden NFL 21's Launch Month Was Significantly Bigger Than Madden 20's

Madden 21's dollar sales are up double-digits on its predecessor.

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.

Ubisoft Reveals Riders Republic, a Multiplayer Extreme Sports Sandbox

Totally radical, broseph.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Review: Let's Ride

Vicarious Visions delivers an exhilarating, near-unbruised remake of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2.

Colin Kaepernick Is Now a Playable Free Agent in Madden NFL 21

The quarterback can take the field again.

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?

NBA 2K21 Physical Sales Are Down 37% After One Week Compared to 2K20

Digital sales are trending upwards, however.

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.

The Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remaster Reimagines the School Level in a COVID-19 World

Skateboarding can be a socially distant activity, after all.

Madden 21 Lays Out the Heavily Requested Franchise Mode Updates Due in November

Visual playoff brackets and more are on the way.

Madden 21 is Planning Its September Title Update for the Start of the NFL Season

Lots of fixes to Madden 21's gameplay are inbound.

NBA 2K21 Shows Off Its Story Mode and New Neighborhood Feature

The Long Shadow stars Michael K. Williams and Djimon Hounsou.

Madden NFL 21 Review: A Few Stumbling Yards Forward

Solid improvements to the gameplay are marred by subpar single-player modes and a huge number of bugs.

Dirt 5 Comes After Trackmania With New Playgrounds Mode

Now you can build your own Gymkhana.

Skate Culture's Revival Has Finally Hit Video Games

Pro skater Lizzie Armanto, the developers of Skater XL, and more reflect on the legacy and future of skateboarding games.

Blaseball Is Back, And It's Pulling Back the Curtain on Some Player Stats

Player rankings are helping fans peer into the gears.

NBA 2K21's Current-Gen Demo Pits Larry Bird Against Kobe Bryant

Today, you can get a small taste of what this year's $60 NBA 2K offering is like.

Madden NFL 21's Seann Graddy is "Actually Quite Proud of This Generation" as Next-Gen Approaches

Executive Producer Seann Graddy talks about Madden NFL 21's brand-new mode, franchise mode woes, and the road to PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Sports Story, the Follow-Up to Golf Story, Has Been Delayed

The team needs more time to try and fully realize its ambitions.

What's Your Favorite Video Game Demo?

COMMUNITY QUESTION | While we're not doing combos in the warehouse, let's chat about some great game demos.

What to Watch at SGDQ 2020: Zelda Dogs, Blindfolded Smash Bros. And More

The runner will be blindfolded obviously, not the Smash Brothers.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater Remake Is Ditching the "Mute" Grab For a New Name

The game is looking to truly honor the legacy of a famous trick's creator.

How Blaseball Became a Collaborative Sports League of Peanuts and Hellfire

A surreal sports sim rose from the ashes of sports. Now we can't get enough.

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.

FIFA 21 on PS5 and Xbox Series X Will Continue Including Women's Teams

The defending world champion U.S. Women's National Team will be playable on next-gen consoles.

FIFA 21's Battle With Lag, And What EA Has to Say About Other Longstanding Gameplay Problems

"FIFA 21 is the most responsive game we've ever made," EA says.

Next-Gen Price Bumps Reflect the "Quality of the Experience," Says Take-Two CEO

The $10 hike reflects an increase in quality and costs.

EA Lays Out Madden's Franchise Mode Roadmap Through Madden 22

Franchise Mode's updates will carry on into a whole new year of Madden.

NBA 2K20 Locker Codes For August 2020

Here are the known locker codes released for NBA 2K20 as of August 2020.

No Taxation Without Misrepresentation

THIS WEEK IN BUSINESS | Electronic Arts sees a phenomenal surge in sales due to the pandemic, but the impact on the bottom line is minimal compared to a good tax dodge.

2K's Upcoming Football Games Will Feature Real-Life NFL Athletes Thanks to New Deal

Madden isn't the only football game with an NFLPA deal anymore.

Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 + 2 Is Getting 37 New Tracks, Missing Just a Few Originals

Only three tracks from the original soundtracks are missing from the remakes.

FIFA 21 Will Feature Some Much-Requested Career Mode Features

FUT Co-op also among this year's additions.

Rocket League Is Going Free-to-Play, But Leaving Steam Storefront

Steam owners will still get updates, but new users won't be able to download it.

How EA's Approach to UFC 4 is Being Shaped by Its "More Casual Fandom"

Less dense simulation, more engaging fights.

No Next-Gen NHL 21 as Release Window Pushed to October

The Chel team is relying on "forward compatibility" for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

Madden NFL 21 Will Make Washington a "Generic" Team With Update

Electronic Arts will reflect the recent ditching of Washington's old team name.

EA Sports UFC 4 Returns to the Octagon Next Month

Time to get back in the ring.

EA Sports UFC 4 "Exploring Opportunities" for Next-Gen, But No Plans For the Moment

The brawls will stay on this gen, at least for now.

Report: Microsoft Tells Devs That Upgrades to Xbox Series X Versions Should be Free

The idea of charging for upgrades is reportedly off of the table.

WWE 2K Battlegrounds Makes Its Ring Entrance This September

Can you smell what Saber Interactive is cooking?

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.

Madden 21 Fans Are Split Over Earl Thomas's Film Study Ability

Player Earl Thomas's special play-reading ability has caused concern during Madden 21's closed beta.

Madden 21's Devs Have Heard Fan Outcry and Are "Bolstering Plans to Support Franchise"

"We see your fix Madden Franchise tweets and we understand your frustration," executive producer Seann Graddy says.

NBA 2K21's Standard Release Will Cost $10 More on Next-Gen Consoles

The pricier editions featuring Kobe Bryant will provide "dual-access" within console families.

New Jump Rope Challenge Costumes Include a Long Lost Nintendo Mascot

A free-to-play mascot for a free game? It's appropriate!

Madden NFL Fans Stir Up Twitter Campaign Over This Year's Slim Franchise Mode Updates

The #FixMaddenFranchise crowd isn't happy with the state of the franchise in Madden NFL 21.

NBA 2K21 Reveals Damian Lillard As Its Current-Gen Cover Star

A reveal for the next-gen cover star will be made tomorrow.

EA Renews LaLiga Deal For the Next Decade of FIFA

But Konami's PES still holds the rights to F.C. Barcelona.

Skate 4 Could Focus on "User-Generated Content," EA's CEO Suggests

But it's still far away from launching.

EA Exec Says Next-Gen Will Sell on Promise of "Instant Load Times and Massive Worlds" Despite Pandemic

Chief Studios Officer Laura Miele thinks there "will be no turning back" once players actually witness next-gen systems.

NHL 21 Wasn't at EA Play Live, But EA Says It's "Getting Closer" to Reveal

Despite its absence, EA says more info is on the way.

FIFA 21 Will Have a Next-Gen Carryover Plan Similar to Madden's

There are some catches, but for lots of folks FIFA 21 will transfer over just fine.

A New Skate Game Is in the Works at EA

EA is making what may be Skate 4, but it's at a "really early" stage.

Seven EA Games Will Launch on Switch in the Next Year

Counting Burnout Paradise and Apex, that leaves five unannounced titles.

FIFA 21 Lays Out Mode Reveals For August, So Don't Expect Too Much at EA Play

Looks like the in-depth stuff is coming later.

Madden 21 Arrives on August 28, With Lamar Jackson on the Cover

Plus all-new gameplay mechanics.

Gran Turismo 7 Is Indeed Real and Headed to PS5

Polyphony Digital's racing to a next-gen launch.

Session Boardslides Into Early Access on Xbox One Next Week

The skateboarding sim from creā-ture Studios is rolling down the Game Preview route.

FIFA Crowd Noise Will Be Used in Upcoming Premier League Broadcasts

Real soccer noise recorded for video games, now used for real soccer matches.

EA Play Is the Latest Event to Get Delayed

Another one week delay for a not-E3 2020 event.

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