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Starting Screen | Fallout 76's Reception Has Been Worse Than Anyone Could Have Imagined. Can Bethesda Right the Ship?

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 Detective Pikachu Trailer is a Work of Evil Genius

STARTING SCREEN | The Pokemon marketing machine takes a risk and scores another huge win.

Starting Screen | It's Okay to Feel Disappointed Over Diablo Immortal

STARTING SCREEN | To be disappointed is human, but to keep that disappointment in perspective is divine.

Starting Screen | The PlayStation Classic's Game Lineup Misses Out on Capturing What Made PS1 So Great

STARTING SCREEN | Licensing issues and questionable choices keep PS1 from reaching its potential.

Starting Screen | Can Red Dead Redemption 2 Avoid the Pitfalls of Being a Prequel?

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 | Red Dead Redemption 2's 100-Hour Weeks Are Nothing New for Rockstar

STARTING SCREEN | Rockstar has been dealing with these issues for a long time now.

Starting Screen | Fallout 76 Can't Help Losing One Part of What Makes the Core Games So Memorable

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 Are Longer Than Ever, and That's Perfectly Fine

STARTING SCREEN | Games like Assassin's Creed Odyssey are longer than ever. And you know what? That's fine.

Starting Screen | It's Pokemon Red and Blue's 20th Anniversary in North America, and We're Celebrating With USG Pokemon Week!

STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon launched in North America 20 years ago this week, and the sensation still hasn't ended.

Starting Screen | Nintendo Switch Online Hasn't Even Launched Yet, and It Already Has Major Problems

STARTING SCREEN | Nintendo Switch Online launches tomorrow, and details are annoyingly scarce.

Starting Screen | At EA's Jacksonville Tribute: Tears and the First Step Toward Healing

STARTING SCREEN | A community picks up the pieces after an unspeakable tragedy.

Starting Screen | Tragedy Strikes the Madden Community

STARTING SCREEN | A mass shooting casts a pall over the Madden competitive community, and over gaming as a whole.

Starting Screen | ROMs Play a Vital Role in Filling in the Gaps of RPG History

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 Once Again Highlights the Strange Place Occupied by Game Reviews

STARTING SCREEN | The IGN plagiarism incident spotlights the odd role played by game reviews.

Starting Screen | Metroidvanias Are Having a Moment

STARTING SCREEN | Hollow Knight leads a fantastically strong crop of recent metroidvanias.

Starting Screen | 2018 is the Year for Games We Nearly Forgot Finally Seeing the Light of Day

STARTING SCREEN | Chasm, La-Mulana 2, and Iconoclasts almost felt like mythical games, and in 2018, they're finally here.

Starting Screen | Mega Man: Fully Charged Looks Weird and Different and Long-Time Mega Man Fans Will Have to Deal With It

STARTING SCREEN | Weirdly, part of being an adult is realizing stuff for kids isn't meant for you.

Starting Screen | Why I Got Back Into Pokemon Go

STARTING SCREEN | I tried to escape, but Niantic keeps dragging me back in.

Starting Screen | When I Played Pokemon on IRC and Still More Summer Gaming Memories

STARTING SCREEN | We have more summer gaming memories, look ahead to Octopath Traveler, and more.

Starting Screen | The Crew 2's Cross-Country Sandbox is One American Experiment That Should Probably End

STARTING SCREEN | Why Ubisoft's new racer is hampered by its premise, and all the rest of the week's headlines.

Starting Screen | The Vita Deserves to be Remembered as More Than a Failure

STARTING SCREEN | An ode to Sony's handheld, this week's releases, and more.

Starting Screen | Xbox Ticked the Right Boxes, But Shadows Die Twice is E3's Best Reveal So Far

STARTING SCREEN | The nightmare that is February 2019, Square Enix Avengers is a no-show so far, and more.

Starting Screen | A Wii Tale of E3 2006: The Year Nintendo Shone on Stage and Sony Flopped Hard

STARTING SCREEN | E3 2006 is still an infamous show, and I was there. It was something.

Starting Screen | Is a Sequel More than a Name: The Curious Case of Rage 2

STARTING SCREEN | If an IP dies in the woods, should a publisher still slap a 2 on it?

Starting Screen | Happy Anniversary to Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow, the Best Successor to Symphony of the Night

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 | Happy Anniversary to Persona 3 FES, Which Needs a Remaster More Than Ever

STARTING SCREEN | Kick off your week with Persona, Knuckle Sandwich's free demo, and Avengers: Infinity War.

Starting Screen | Shenmue Remains a Cult Classic and a Cautionary Tale

STARTING SCREEN | Shenmue's dueling identities, Rampage, and more.

Starting Screen | Persona 5: The Animation Has a Chance to Right the Wrongs of its Predecessors

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 | Happy Anniversary to Final Fantasy VI, Square Enix's First RPG for Adults

STARTING SCREEN | The older you get, the easier it is to appreciate Square Enix's 16-bit RPG masterpiece.

Starting Screen | Fortnite Battle Royale Won by Capturing the Minecraft Generation

STARTING SCREEN | Tomb Raider's ongoing success in the movie theaters, Ni No Kuni 2's excellent soundtrack, and more.

Starting Screen | Finding Value in Supposedly Outdated Games

STARTING SCREEN | On what we can learn from Age of Empire's new release, Ni No Kuni 2, and more.

Starting Screen | Video Game Scapegoating is More Shameless Than Ever

STARTING SCREEN | Thoughts on the game industry's big meeting with Donald Trump, this week's upcoming games, and more.

Starting Screen | Monster Hunter: World Doesn't Need a Switch Port

STARTING SCREEN | And neither do a lot of other games.

Starting Screen | Metal Gear Survive is a Flop, So Now What?

STARTING SCREEN | The uncertain future of Metal Gear Solid, Caty's Alt-Game Corner, and more!

Starting Screen | Dreaming of an Impossible Esports Olympics

STARTING SCREEN | Even though the IOC recognizes esports as a sport, the field has a long way to go for Olympics recognition.

Starting Screen | All the Ways Monster Hunter: World Makes Its Hunts So Memorable

STARTING SCREEN | Why Monster Hunter: World's hunts feel massive but grounded.

Starting Screen | Celeste Has Me Chasing the Seemingly Impossible Dream of a 100 Percent Completion

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 | Finding a Place for the Linear Single-Player Experience

STARTING SCREEN | The linear single-player game isn't dead, but it is on the struggle.

Starting Screen | It's Hard to Play New Games When There Are So Many Exciting Remakes on the Way

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 | Why Awesome Games Done Quick is Such a Joy To Watch

STARTING SCREEN | Speedrunning has its own language, and Games Done Quick over the years has only added to that vocabulary.

Starting Screen | 2017 Was the Year Graphics Became Less Important Than Ever

STARTING SCREEN | 2017 saw the release of the "most powerful console ever," but tech hardly seems to matter anymore.

Starting Screen | Pokemon is Already an MMORPG

STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon has all the good parts of an MMO while avoiding the bits that we hate.

Starting Screen | The Problem With Trying to Pick the 500 Best Games Ever

STARTING SCREEN | Start your week with bad lists, Altered Carbon, and music from Animal Crossing.

Starting Screen | EA's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad 2017

STARTING SCREEN | What should have been a massive year for EA has instead been a year to forget.

Starting Screen | It's Time for the Ultra Sun to Set on This Version of Pokemon

STARTING SCREEN | Pokemon doesn't need to be an MMORPG, but it could sure learn a few lessons from the genre.

Starting Screen | Sonic Forces Reminds Us Sonic the Hedgehog Has Always Tried a Bit Too Hard to Be Cool

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 Trying to Pave Its Own Path in the World

STARTING SCREEN | The Xbox One X is out tomorrow, but we wonder who it's even supposed to be for.

Starting Screen | The Wonder of Super Mario Odyssey

STARTING SCREEN | Why Mario's delightful new world is so special.

Starting Screen | NeoGAF's Fall is a Sign of the Times in More Ways Than One

STARTING SCREEN | On the sudden end of a long-standing gaming community.

Starting Screen | Down With Grinding

STARTING SCREEN | One of gaming's oldest design tropes is also its laziest.

Starting Screen | The Xbox One Is Helping Me Play Catch up on a Generation of Games I Missed

STARTING SCREEN | Beneath the weirdness of experiencing a console family for the first time, past its prime.

Starting Screen | 10 Things You Didn't Know About Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

STARTING SCREEN | This game's 20 years old and I'm learning new junk about it every day.

Starting Screen | Why the Super Nintendo is the Best Console Ever Made

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 | Stephen King's IT and EarthBound Have Everything in Common

STARTING SCREEN | Love, hope, friends, and dimension-sized enemies that induce madness.

Starting Screen | Buying Games Ain't What It Used to Be

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 | Final Fantasy XV and Why Certain Japanese Publishers Should Look Towards the PC More Often

STARTING SCREEN | Hey, Square Enix and Sega, you don't have to be afraid of the PC.

Starting Screen | Should PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds be in the Running for Game of the Year Despite Being Unfinished?

STARTING SCREEN | Trying to sort out a new way of thinking about games.

Starting Screen | Ghost Recon: Wildlands Is Missing From The Conversation

STARTING SCREEN | Hiding in plain sight.

Starting Screen | Tyrion Lannister Would Be Terrible at Civilization

STARTING SCREEN | Or any other strategy game for that matter.

Starting Screen | How the Power of Fan Love Kept Archie's Sonic the Hedgehog Comic Alive for 24 Years

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 | Remembering George Romero, the Man Who Gave Gaming Its Greatest Villain

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 | Looking Behind The Curtain Of Game Reviews

Since the topic was brought up this weekend, let's talk about video game reviews!

Starting Screen | A Journey Into Dave & Buster's Dystopian Arcade Hellscape

STARTING SCREEN | Friends don't let friends go to Dave & Buster's. But we went anyway.

Starting Screen | There and Back Again: A Witcher 3 Tale

STARTING SCREEN | The Witcher 3 continues to surprise me with every return, even years after its release.

Starting Screen | Why There Aren't More Big-Budget Games Starring Superheroes like Wonder Woman

STARTING SCREEN | Superheroes dominate the movie screen, but they almost never star in big-budget games. Why?

Starting Screen | Nothing Wrong With Playing It Again

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 | It's All Too Much

There's too many games and not enough time.

Starting Screen | All I Want in Life is an Authentic NES Controller

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!

Starting Screen | Why Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is Already the Fastest Selling Game in the Series' History

Why Nintendo's racer is more important than your typical next-gen port. Plus: Morrowind's 15th anniversary, American Gods, and more!

Starting Screen | Call of Duty: WW2 Needs More Than a New Setting to Refresh the Series

Strong sales belie the franchise's creative rot.

Starting Screen | Sprite-Based Game Art Is Far from Overdone

Indie developers love sprites, but each studio has a unique thumbprint that keeps the retro style fresh.

Starting Screen | Owning a Console is More Complicated (And Expensive) Than Ever

The PS4 Pro and Scorpio are obscuring some of the traditional benefits of owning a console.

Starting Screen | How Exactly Did Destiny 2's $250 Collector's Edition Become the Accepted Norm?

Collector's Editions are the perfect winning scenario for publishers. Plus: Japanese April Fools Jokes, more obscure RPGs, and all the rest.

Starting Screen | After This Weekend, Splatoon Already Has One New Fan (Me)

Discovering one of the Wii U's gems on the Switch. Plus: Destiny 2, StarCraft HD, and more obscure RPGs.

Starting Screen | Mass Effect Andromeda is Coming Out at Exactly the Wrong Time

There's never a good time for a bad game to come out, but this month is worse than most.

Starting Screen | What Do You Do When Too Many Great Games are Coming Out at Once?

Strategies for keeping your sanity amid the rush of Zelda and Mass Effect. Plus: Metascores, obscure RPGs, game music, and more!

Starting Screen | Why Zelda is an Unexpectedly Great Proof of Concept for the Switch

Plus: Music from Night in the Woods, Logan's success, and a little survival horror game set in 1960s Taiwan.

Starting Screen | Was This the Right Time for the Switch to Launch, Middle-Earth Shadow of War, and More

The USgamer team comes together once again to get your week started right.

Starting Screen | Nintendo Switch and the Sound of Silence

Nadia runs riot with Kat's column this week as she talks about how excited the world is about the Nintendo Switch -- even though we know little about it.

Starting Screen | Fire Emblem Heroes and the Stages of Regret

The inevitable regret that comes with spending on a free-to-play game, plus the rest of this week's game releases and news.

Starting Screen | Why Madden NFL Needs its Own Super Bowl

And no, I'm not talking about the Madden Bowl. Plus: Ice dancing in the Sega Genesis "Attitude Era," Horizon Zero Dawn, and more.

Starting Screen | Reasons to be Optimistic About the Nintendo Switch

Even after a tough reveal, there's still plenty of reason to be optimistic about the Switch. Here's why.

Starting Screen | How the Switch Can Keep its Momentum at This Week's Event

Our new Monday column highlights this week's Switch event. Plus: Thoughts on Scalebound's reported cancellation, the NES Classic hack, and more.

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