Death Stars It'd Really Take to Destroy a Planet

Ever since I learned how inaccurate Star Wars battles really were, I've been thinking about how off the entire Star Wars universe is. I get it, in a place where people have telekinetic powers and can shoot lightning from their fingers; you can't exactly expect things to line up with… well, physics. When I started… » 10/01/14 1:50pm 10/01/14 1:50pm

What Makes Video Game Combat Feel So Good

The first time you dove into a gang of thugs in Batman: Arkham Asylum or lobbed a few grenades then switched to a Needler against the Covenant in Halo: Combat Evolved, you knew. You knew that something about the fighting mechanics of the game felt so good that you were hooked. But what exactly was the secret formula… » 8/16/12 5:00pm 8/16/12 5:00pm

Now Mad Catz is Making a Massively Multiplayer Combat Flight Simulator

Not content to merely dabble in the more pedestrian flying video game market, the once peripheral-centric Mad Catz lifts its ambitious eyes to the MMO skies with Combat Pilot, a title that combines realistic flight simulation with multiplayer military aviation. It's actually more exciting than it sounds. » 7/24/12 8:30pm 7/24/12 8:30pm

Our Never-Ending Battle Against Cheaters

A couple of days ago, after reading Kotaku editor Stephen Totilo's Pay to Win article, I expressed my disappointment to him and to Kotaku on their choice to advertise and promote cheat sites. Totilo felt that talking about the details about the cheat sites were meant to be as sourcing for the article, not advertising,… » 6/22/12 11:30am 6/22/12 11:30am

The Game of Thrones RPG's Combat Does a Fine Dragon Age Impression

You know what would be awesome? A game that played like Dragon Age but featured locations and characters from George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series of books (now a major television series). Watching this combat trailer for Cyanide Studio's Game of Thrones role-playing game, I'd say that dream might… » 3/15/12 8:30am 3/15/12 8:30am

A Shrunken Cortana and Master Chief Wage War Against Halo’s Bad Guys

The newest Halo Minimates aren't going to offer up any clues to Halo 4, but they're still worthy additions to the collections of fans who've been following the sci-fi series. First announced last September, the Series 4 set will mark the first time that Cortana's been a bite-sized plaything. The UNSC vs. Covenant… » 2/13/12 6:45pm 2/13/12 6:45pm

The Halo Remake's Kinect Support Won't Ruin the Xbox Classic

They won't tell us whether this fall's 10-years-later remake, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary will use the Kinect for voice control, gesture control or what, but Microsoft did tell us, today today, that the game's Kinect suport won't compromise the quality of the original game. Here's their official statement: "It's… » 6/20/11 4:00pm 6/20/11 4:00pm