"It's chess meets Hamlet. Okay, maybe not Hamlet. But it's a start." Ken Levine, of BioShock and System Shock 2 fame, wrote an interesting review of Shadow of Mordor this week in which he praises its novel ability to tell stories that players "build for themselves simply by playing the game." Read it over at Matter. » 12/19/14 1:10pm 27 minutes ago

Steam Winter Sale, N64 USB, Xbox One Bundles, Logitech, and More Deals

The Steam Winter Sale is here, so stock up on some PC games for your holidays breaks. Tell us what you're picking up in the comments, and really tell us when you find the same games cheaper elsewhere. » 12/19/14 12:45pm 52 minutes ago

The Sims 4 Is Getting An Outdoorsy 'Game Pack' Next Month

After weeks of fan speculation about a possible expansion for The Sims 4, players got an answer from its creator today. Yes, the game is getting its first batch of paid DLC soon. But it's not a full "expansion" like the ones previous Sims games received. Rather, it's a "Game Pack," and it sounds sort of fishy. » 12/19/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Richard’s Top Ten Games of 2014

As you read this list, you’re going to notice something about me: The thing I most care about in a game isn’t the gameplay, but the plot. I just love a well-told story. Thus, my personal top 10 list is largely full of either plot-heavy games or those that told their story in a novel way. » 12/19/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

M3’s Second Half Lacks What Made the Show Great: Endless Despair

A few months back, I reviewed the first half of M3: The Dark Metal and was impressed at the mecha anime’s neverending conga line of despair. And if there is one major flaw in the second half of the series, it’s that the conga line did, in fact, end. » 12/19/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

See The Weapon That Beats The Wave Motion Gun In The New Yamato Movie

As far as I know, we still haven't gotten the new Space Battleship Yamato 2199 TV/movie series in the United States, even after it aired a whole season in Japan. But now, there's a follow-up movie, Star-Voyaging Ark, in which the Yamato gets hit with a weapon called the Flame Direct Attack Cannon, that can "transcend… » 12/19/14 4:00am Today 4:00am

Get 52% Off The 10ft Apple-Certified MFi Lightning Cable – $18.99 

We've organized a special discount for Kotaku readers on this epic lightning cable. How can a lightning/usb cable be epic? When it's 10 feet long, that's how. This is the ultimate stocking stuffer – now you can easily charge your phone from across the room. Kotaku readers can get one with free shipping for 52% off –… » 12/15/14 2:19pm Monday 2:19pm

Drone Wars: Get 53% off the Limited Edition Black Aerial Drone + Camera

Last month, we offered a pre order discount on this limited edition Black Aerial Drone to Gizmodo readers. It sold out in 2 days. So, after securing more units, we've brought it back for Kotaku readers, who can get a discount of 53% off a Black Aerial Drone + Free Shipping. » 12/18/14 2:58pm Yesterday 2:58pm