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As platforms give way to services, Microsoft is going back to its roots amid its new console reveal.
Fortnite, Rocket League, and Overwatch have all found success by owning the summer. Is Dauntless next? Or will Apex Legends make a comeback?
After being spoiled for two solid years, we've hit a major lull. Will it get better in the second half?
The much-anticipated remake sacrifices a part of its history.
Why video game movies will always be at a disadvantage.
How one of the year's best games makes its corridors worth revisiting immediately.
On the Game Boy's 30th anniversary, how Nintendo's first true portable console defined a generation of gamers.
Kat may not have time for competitive games anymore, but her tastes haven't changed as much as you might think.
The USG team hit the showfloor of PAX East 2019 to bring you the latest and greatest in gaming.
New Switch SKUs are inevitable, but let's hope they learn from the past.
Speculating on the potential ramifications of tomorrow's Google GDC announcement.
From Bloodborne to God of War, it truly is a great time to be an action game fan.
There's no reason major titles should be bricking consoles.
Charting BioWare's decline from hits like Knights of the Old Republic to disappointments like Anthem.
Use that dead time to look back at the good years full of great games and fun times.
The industry and community has changed around E3. Can E3 remain relevant in the modern day?
Apex Legends has to do its best to outrun the perception of Electronic Arts.
Capcom is rebounding after a tough generation, Kingdom Hearts 3 is almost here, and more on this week's Starting Screen.
Sensing the need for some good old-fashioned dog-based hilarity, Bandai Namco delivered the good boy.
The digital ecosystem is undergoing its biggest shakeup since 2005.
As developers gear up for the next generation, 2019 looks slimmer than recent years.
STARTING SCREEN | 2018 was a year of big games with a lot of caveats, making this year's end of the year deliberations more varied than ever.
STARTING SCREEN | It doesn't take a detective to figure out why the Sonic the Hedgehog movie poster isn't a hit.
STARTING SCREEN | How does 2018 measure up among the best years of this console generation?
STARTING SCREEN | Online service games can generous outrageous profits, but their potential for disaster is often high.
STARTING SCREEN | Opinion on Fallout 76 was mixed from the start, but no one could have predicted that it would stumble this badly out of the gate.
STARTING SCREEN | The Pokemon marketing machine takes a risk and scores another huge win.
STARTING SCREEN | To be disappointed is human, but to keep that disappointment in perspective is divine.
STARTING SCREEN | Licensing issues and questionable choices keep PS1 from reaching its potential.
STARTING SCREEN | Red Dead Redemption 2 will undoubtedly be an amazing looking game. But there are some potential drawbacks to being a prequel.
STARTING SCREEN | Rockstar has been dealing with these issues for a long time now.
STARTING SCREEN | Fallout 76's storytelling is receiving plenty of positive mention, but it still loses a crucial aspect of the core games.
STARTING SCREEN | Games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey are longer than ever. And you know what? That's fine.
STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon launched in North America 20 years ago this week, and the sensation still hasn't ended.
STARTING SCREEN | Nintendo Switch Online launches tomorrow, and details are annoyingly scarce.
STARTING SCREEN | A community picks up the pieces after an unspeakable tragedy.
STARTING SCREEN | A mass shooting casts a pall over the Madden competitive community, and over gaming as a whole.
STARTING SCREEN | No ROMs means no way to play a lot of classic RPGs that still don't have legitimate releases (and probably never will).
STARTING SCREEN | The IGN plagiarism incident spotlights the odd role played by game reviews.
STARTING SCREEN | Hollow Knight leads a fantastically strong crop of recent metroidvanias.
STARTING SCREEN | Chasm, La-Mulana 2, and Iconoclasts almost felt like mythical games, and in 2018, they're finally here.
STARTING SCREEN | Weirdly, part of being an adult is realizing stuff for kids isn't meant for you.
STARTING SCREEN | I tried to escape, but Niantic keeps dragging me back in.
STARTING SCREEN | We have more summer gaming memories, look ahead to Octopath Traveler, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | Why Ubisoft's new racer is hampered by its premise, and all the rest of the week's headlines.
STARTING SCREEN | An ode to Sony's handheld, this week's releases, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | The nightmare that is February 2019, Square Enix Avengers is a no-show so far, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | E3 2006 is still an infamous show, and I was there. It was something.
STARTING SCREEN | If an IP dies in the woods, should a publisher still slap a 2 on it?
STARTING SCREEN | The humble Game Boy Advance follow-up to Symphony of the Night managed to live up to its predecessor—and even exceed it in some ways.
STARTING SCREEN | Kick off your week with Persona, Knuckle Sandwich's free demo, and Avengers: Infinity War.
STARTING SCREEN | Shenmue's dueling identities, Rampage, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | The Persona series is one that's built on deep character development, which is not a short-term anime series' strong suit.
STARTING SCREEN | The older you get, the easier it is to appreciate Square Enix's 16-bit RPG masterpiece.
STARTING SCREEN | Tomb Raider's ongoing success in the movie theaters, Ni No Kuni 2's excellent soundtrack, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | On what we can learn from Age of Empire's new release, Ni No Kuni 2, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | Thoughts on the game industry's big meeting with Donald Trump, this week's upcoming games, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | And neither do a lot of other games.
STARTING SCREEN | The uncertain future of Metal Gear Solid, Caty's Alt-Game Corner, and more!
STARTING SCREEN | Stretching the limits of the RPG.
STARTING SCREEN | Even though the IOC recognizes esports as a sport, the field has a long way to go for Olympics recognition.
STARTING SCREEN | Why Monster Hunter: World's hunts feel massive but grounded.
STARTING SCREEN | As someone who writes about games for a living, I usually don't have the time to chase 100 percent completions. Celeste is changing that.
STARTING SCREEN | The linear single-player game isn't dead, but it is on the struggle.
STARTING SCREEN | We'd love to get around to Monster Hunter World, but there's that little matter of Dragon Quest Builders coming to the Switch...
STARTING SCREEN | Speedrunning has its own language, and Games Done Quick over the years has only added to that vocabulary.
STARTING SCREEN | 2017 saw the release of the "most powerful console ever," but tech hardly seems to matter anymore.
STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon has all the good parts of an MMO while avoiding the bits that we hate.
STARTING SCREEN | Start your week with bad lists, Altered Carbon, and music from Animal Crossing.
STARTING SCREEN | What should have been a massive year for EA has instead been a year to forget.
STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon doesn't need to be an MMORPG, but it could sure learn a few lessons from the genre.
STARTING SCREEN | Like any forever-teenager, Sonic tries to fool us into thinking he has everything figured out, but he knows nothing. That's OK, though.
STARTING SCREEN | The Xbox One X is out tomorrow, but we wonder who it's even supposed to be for.
STARTING SCREEN | Why Mario's delightful new world is so special.
STARTING SCREEN | On the sudden end of a long-standing gaming community.
STARTING SCREEN | One of gaming's oldest design tropes is also its laziest.
STARTING SCREEN | Beneath the weirdness of experiencing a console family for the first time, past its prime.
STARTING SCREEN | This game's 20 years old and I'm learning new junk about it every day.
STARTING SCREEN | Paying tribute to Nintendo's creative peak. Plus: A mini-review of Star Trek: Discovery, the Switch's true killer app, and more.
STARTING SCREEN | Love, hope, friends, and dimension-sized enemies that induce madness.
Plastic tags, glass booths, catalogue shopping ... ahh, those were the days. Hey, get those grubby Angry Birds sneakers off my lawn you little punk.
STARTING SCREEN | Hey, Square Enix and Sega, you don't have to be afraid of the PC.
STARTING SCREEN | Trying to sort out a new way of thinking about games.
STARTING SCREEN | Hiding in plain sight.
STARTING SCREEN | Or any other strategy game for that matter.
STARTING SCREEN | The Sonic comic is dead. Long live the Sonic comic. Plus, Mega Man X music, Ready Player One trailer reactions, and strange things are afoot in Scarborough, Ontario.
STARTING SCREEN | A eulogy for the Godfather of the Dead. Plus Mike's Media Minute, game music, and all the rest for the upcoming week in gaming.
STARTING SCREEN | Since the topic was brought up this weekend, let's talk about video game reviews!
STARTING SCREEN | Friends don't let friends go to Dave & Buster's. But we went anyway.
STARTING SCREEN | The Witcher 3 continues to surprise me with every return, even years after its release.
STARTING SCREEN | This place is freakin' me out, maaaan!
STARTING SCREEN | Superheroes dominate the movie screen, but they almost never star in big-budget games. Why?
STARTING SCREEN | Some look down upon the remaster or re-release, but it's really just a chance to revisit an old friend or make a new one.
STARTING SCREEN | There's too many games and not enough time.
STARTING SCREEN | Sometimes a real controller can make all the difference. Plus: Hail to the Hungry Crab, 7th Saga, and a new addition to the USgamer team!
Why Nintendo's racer is more important than your typical next-gen port. Plus: Morrowind's 15th anniversary, American Gods, and more!
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