Day After Christmas Outage, Xbox Live Back, PSN Down For Maintenance 

Xbox Live is working across the Xbox One and Xbox 360 platforms this morning, a day after the service was down for many. But the PlayStation Network was down for "maintenance" on the PlayStation 4, according to a system message. » 12/26/14 10:23am 11 minutes ago

Sword Art Online Finishes Strong with a Powerfully Human Tale

Sword Art Online is an anime with a great first half plagued by a mediocre second half. Luckily, Sword Art Online II does not suffer from a similar affliction. Vastly different from its murder-mystery first half, SAO II ends strong with a powerfully human tale that serves as the emotional high point of the franchise. » 12/26/14 8:00am Today 8:00am

This Supercut Of Super Sentai Heroine Transformations Is My Happy Place

Japan's insanely long-running Super Sentai series has produced a lot of really amazing female heroes and villains — including one who blows explosive kisses at people. (In the U.S., we know Super Sentai as Power Rangers, sort of.) Here's a lovely reel of Super Sentai Heroines transforming. Warning: highly addictive. » 12/26/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

The Persona 4 Arena Musical is an Uneven Mess

A few months back, I got to see the second Persona 3 musical—and I rather enjoyed it. So needless to say I was excited heading in to the new Persona 4 Arena musical. Sadly, I got my hopes up for nothing because, even being charitable, Arena is an uneven mess of a play. » 12/26/14 4:00am Today 4:00am

Xbox Live And PlayStation Network Knocked Offline For Much Of Christmas…

We hope you weren't planning to play many games online on Christmas. Xbox users in North America and Europe are having difficulties logging into Xbox Live today, and PlayStation owners are suffering similar problems. Some Internet troublemakers are claiming they knocked both offline. Bah humbug to this. » 12/25/14 1:42pm Yesterday 1:42pm

The Marvel Movie Universe, In Completely Chronological Order

Comics blogger Michael Furth, editor of The Comic Archive, decided he needed a new way to appreciate the Marvel cinematic universe. So he painstakingly edited all the movies (and some Agents of SHIELD episodes) into chronological order to create the Marvel Omnibus Phase 1, a 12-hour extravaganza. » 12/25/14 1:35pm Yesterday 1:35pm

The Best Games To Get For Your New Gaming System, Phone Or Tablet 

Get a new gaming system for Christmas today? Or a new phone or tablet that plays games? We've got some recommendations for you so you can play some games (and maybe ignore your more annoying relatives in the process). » 12/25/14 1:00pm Yesterday 1:00pm

Back in May, I chronicled my attempts to convince friends to get the Wii U so I could stop schlepping mine around. I'm now happy to report that I went to my friend Jake's this week and saw that he got one—much earlier than he'd said he'd even consider it. If that's not a Christmas miracle, then I don't know what is. » 12/25/14 11:00am Yesterday 11:00am

The 12 Songs of Christmas… in Video Games

On Christmas Day one of my traditions that helps me to get in the spirit of the season is listening to Christmas songs, and last year I shared with you all a wonderful collection of Reggae Christmas songs. This year I decided to try my best and listen to all the Christmas-y songs in the world of Video Games. » 12/25/14 7:00am Yesterday 7:00am

In Final Fantasy XV, Your MP Isn't for Magic

As far as we currently know, the combat in Final Fantasy XV is going to be your basic action RPG format with single button presses for attacks. So how is the magic going to work then? While he wouldn't offer specifics, director Hajime Tabata did reveal some interesting aspects of the combat mechanics in his game. » 12/25/14 6:00am Yesterday 6:00am

Relive The Glory Days – Get 25% Off The NES30 Bluetooth Controller

Touchscreens are okay, but controllers are better. What beats a controller? A quality retro one like the NES 30. Playing with the NEs 30 is straight nostalgia – only improved. For a little while, Kotaku readers can grab 25% off the NES30 (w/ free shipping). For $29.99, it's a great last minute buy for the holidays. » 12/23/14 10:18am Tuesday 10:18am

Get a Free Month of Crunchyroll Anime: Stream the Full Catalog Ad-Free

Crunchyroll, one of the top destinations for current and classic anime, is offering Kotaku readers a free month-long trial of their Anime Membership. In addition to streaming their entire anime catalog ad-free, you'll get access to the anime simulcasts - getting the latest anime episodes the same day they're released… » 12/13/14 3:09pm 12/13/14 3:09pm