Persona 4 Golden: The Kotaku Review

Jason: Hey, Kirk. So you're playing Persona 4 Golden, and I'm playing Persona 4 Golden, and we both have lots of things to say about Persona 4 Golden. Maybe instead of one of us reviewing it and the other one chiming in later, we should review it together? » 11/21/12 6:00pm 11/21/12 6:00pm

Old Is New: This Year's Best Games Are All About The Classics

This fall, we've been getting the best sort of déja vu. From Dishonored to XCOM, many of the best games of the fall have learned from past classics and reworked them into smart, satisfying, fresh-feeling games. Is this new appreciation for 90's classics a trend, or an anomaly? What exactly does "old-school" mean? Does the … » 10/18/12 2:00pm 10/18/12 2:00pm

Why We Love Stealth Games

There's just something special about games that make you sneak. The push, the pull, the contemplative pause... and the rush of action. We've been spending the last week playing one of the most enjoyable stealth games in recent memory, and so we thought we'd take a closer look at the genre. What makes sneaking so much… » 9/11/12 8:00pm 9/11/12 8:00pm

Which TV Shows Would Make The Best Video Games?

If you like video games, there's a good chance that you like TV shows. But which TV shows would make for the best video games? Is there anything that video games could learn from TV shows? Would some shows be better if you could watch them from within a game? And when the heck are they going to make The West Wing into… » 8/21/12 8:00pm 8/21/12 8:00pm

Should Video Game Fans Care More About Sports?

Sometimes it feels like gaming has two camps: Those who play sports games, and those who don't. It's not unlike the jocks and nerds in high school, really. Could non-sports gamers find something to love in sports games? Should Mass Effect players give Madden a shot? How do sports tell stories, and how are story-based… » 8/07/12 9:00pm 8/07/12 9:00pm

Why Do We Love StarCraft II More Than Diablo III?

For this week's Burning Questions, Kirk and Jason talk about Blizzard games, specifically Diablo III and StarCraft II. Which game do they like better? Do the two games compliment one another? Why is pro-level StarCraft so fun to watch? What would it be like to live in a house made by Blizzard? Is "Eight Legged Freaks"… » 6/20/12 8:00pm 6/20/12 8:00pm

Can Nintendo Convince Us To Care About The Wii U?

For this week's Burning Questions, Jason and Kirk return from E3 to talk about their impressions of Nintendo's next big console. What kinds of new games will the Wii U make possible? What will it take for the Wii U to be a success for gamers? Why can't any company but Microsoft make an easy-to-use gaming network?… » 6/12/12 8:00pm 6/12/12 8:00pm

Which Video Game Controller Is Best? No, Seriously. Which?

For this week's Burning Questions, Jason and Kirk talk about video game controllers. Which controller is better, Xbox or PlayStation? What do touch-screens like the Wii U and the Vita hold for the future? Is the Kinect good for anything except pausing Netflix videos (and is it even that good at that)? What is the… » 5/16/12 8:00pm 5/16/12 8:00pm

Is It Possible To Play Games Without Being a Total Shut-In?

For this week's Burning Questions, Jason and Kirk look at how gaming impacts their everyday life. Why is it so hard to maintain a social life and play games? Is there something about some games that is simply incompatible with being social? What games do we like to share with people, and what games do we play alone?… » 5/08/12 8:00pm 5/08/12 8:00pm

Why Is Skyrim's World Better Than Amalur's? (And Other Burning RPG…

For today's Burning Questions, Kirk and Jason tackle Fantasy lore. Why are some game worlds believable and interesting while others are boring and rote? What makes "dark fantasy" "dark"? When does that moment come in an RPG when you say, "Okay, I'm into this"? » 4/24/12 8:00pm 4/24/12 8:00pm

Why Is Mitsuru So Hot? (And Other Burning Persona 3 Questions)

Yeah, sure, fine, there are a lot of great new games out right now. But for some reason, Persona 3 has captured the hearts and minds of not one but two Kotaku editors: Me (Kirk) and our resident JRPG expert Jason Schreier. We've been talking about the game pretty much every day, most likely to the detriment of our… » 4/17/12 8:00pm 4/17/12 8:00pm