Holy Shit I Just Played Final Fantasy XV

I just spent two hours playing Final Fantasy XV, which I can confirm is a real video game that actually exists. The good news: it's brilliant in a lot of ways, and from what I've played so far, it really does feel like a Final Fantasy game. The bad news? Well, it's got some serious technical issues, and I'm worried… » 3/09/15 10:00am 3/09/15 10:00am

Sparring With Smite's Latest God Of War

This morning Hi-Rez Studios added another deity to MOBA Smite's ever-growing stable. God of war Bellona might not be the most recognizable name in the Roman pantheon, but that's okay—she prefers to let kicking everybody's ass speak for her. » 2/25/15 3:15pm 2/25/15 3:15pm

Microsoft HoloLens Hands-On: Incredible, Amazing, Prototype-y as Hell

I just put Microsoft's new holographic glasses on my face. It's one of the most amazing and tantalizing experiences I've ever had with a piece of technology. » 1/21/15 5:45pm 1/21/15 5:45pm

Nvidia Shield Tablet LTE: Stream Games Anywhere (If You've Got the Cash)

I just stepped into the future of gaming. Well, that's not quite correct. I sampled one possible future: the one where you can take the power of your entire gaming PC absolutely anywhere. » 9/30/14 10:00am 9/30/14 10:00am

A Good Game for Griefing

Playing IDARB made me feel a tiny, tiny little bit like a NBA player at the free throw line when fans are trying to mess with his focus. Except, in this case, what they did gave me diarrhea. » 9/09/14 9:40am 9/09/14 9:40am

Fortnite Is Not What You'd Expect from the Makers of Gears of War

Fortnite doesn't feel like the kind of experience that should be coming from Epic Games. This is the House That Shooters Built after all, with huge slabs of foundation laid down by Unreal Tournament and Gears of War. But, despite being a game that takes heavy cues from Minecraft, Fortnite represents an evolution for… » 8/31/14 12:00pm 8/31/14 12:00pm

​How Mortal Kombat Is Getting More Complex

The next Mortal Kombat is going deep. Not just in the 'show you highly detailed internal organs' kind of way, either. The newly announced Variations feature and other tweaks in Mortal Kombat X are going to give players other layers of options for how they beat each other up. » 8/29/14 5:30pm 8/29/14 5:30pm

The New Online LEGO Game Is Diablo For Kids

Meet Bumblebee Girl. Isn't she adorable, with her little wings and pot of honey and ability to completely obliterate skeletons, pirates and trolls with her area-of-effect attacks? It may look cute, but LEGO Minifigures Online is a challenging Diablo-style game. » 6/23/14 11:55am 6/23/14 11:55am

Fable Legends' Four Versus One is a Lot of Fun

Fable Legends is one of those games that doesn't quite make sense until you get your hands on it. Fable is such an intrinsically single-player experience for a lot of us that imagining it as a co-op action game requires some mental gymnastics. Once I had a controller in my hands and four other people around me,… » 6/09/14 4:30pm 6/09/14 4:30pm

Amazon Fire TV Hands On: The Fastest Smart TV You've Ever Met

Amazon pitched its Fire TV as a streaming device to end all streaming devices. The company touted its simple and effective search, and its open ecosystem boasting enough apps to burn your eyes out. We spent some time messing with the Fire TV and found that for the most part, it makes good on those promises. » 4/02/14 1:27pm 4/02/14 1:27pm

Freedom Wars Makes You Work Off a Million-Year Sentence

I've been quite curious about Freedom Wars ever since I completely misjudged what sort of game it would be. So when I discovered that Sony had a playable demo booth set up at this year's Jump Festa, I had to try it out. » 12/22/13 1:00pm 12/22/13 1:00pm

Would You Sneak Through XCOM? Then Don't Shoot Through Incognita.

Klei Entertainment hasn't argued the comparison. To the contrary, they were the first to make it, saying their upcoming game, Incognita, is in effect espionage done in the mode of XCOM. But you find out how quickly the game is not like XCOM when you unholster your weapon. » 9/03/13 3:30pm 9/03/13 3:30pm

XCOM Isn't Any Easier in Enemy Within, but It Is More Thrilling

You'd think being given not one, but two hulking mecha-soldiers, for whom cover is a moot point because they can't use it, would at least reduce the relentless battlefield tension that distinguishes XCOM. It doesn't. » 9/03/13 11:00am 9/03/13 11:00am

The Next Big Adventure Time Game Is Missing Something

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T KNOW! allows up to four players to step into the booties of their favorite characters, taking on 100 randomly-generated dungeon levels filled with monsters, treasures, and all sorts of Gauntlet-style coolness. It would be the perfect online multiplayer dungeon crawl… » 7/26/13 12:30pm 7/26/13 12:30pm

An Hour Inside Disney Infinity's Toy Box Was Not Enough

As my hour with Disney Infinity's Toy Box mode at the San Diego Comic-Con came to a close, producer John Vignocchi had dressed up The Incredibles' Dash in the wings from 1981's Condorman and was attempting to recreate the movie's flight scene. » 7/24/13 9:00am 7/24/13 9:00am

Dark Souls II is Dark Souls, Thank God

“I played Dark Souls II,” I said to a friend of mine one night at E3 over drinks. He leaned in. His eyes suddenly got wide and he got a little quiet. » 6/17/13 2:00pm 6/17/13 2:00pm

NVIDIA Project Shield Hands On: A Little Less Weird Than It Looks

Nvidia's Project Shield is a curious little device, attempting to toss its hat into a bunch of rings at once. It's taking shots at handheld gaming, console gaming, tablets, and phones. For the most part, it's holding under the strain, but it's hard to imagine going out of your way to use it versus any of those… » 1/08/13 3:40pm 1/08/13 3:40pm

I'm Liking Tekken Tag Tournament 2's Old-Favorite Feel and Neat New…

Tekken Tag Tournament 2 feels a bit like a best-of album. Almost everything likeable about Namco's fighting game franchise is on prominent display in the sequel. Dancing pandas, overdone intra-family fisticuffs and deep, varied movesets all unfold beautifully animated backdrops. There's a huge cast of playable… » 8/20/12 1:00pm 8/20/12 1:00pm

Need For Speed: Most Wanted Lets You Steal The World’s Fastest Cars.…

Maybe you've had that moment on the highway where you pull up next to a fancy sportscar. You might think that the person driving it is probably some rich jerk, but still wonder how that Porsche or Lambo handles. Need For Speed: Most Wanted lets you take explore that fantasy in a different way. All the cars in the… » 8/06/12 7:30pm 8/06/12 7:30pm

Dust: An Elysian Tail Makes Me Proud of My Right Forearm

Earlier this year a visit to Epic Games in North Carolina inspired me to forever etch a combat-ready green rabbit on my person. The art I used as reference for the vibrant tattoo was created by independent animator turned game developer Don Dodrill, the man behind the unbelievable 2009 XNA Dream Build Play competition… » 7/17/12 9:30am 7/17/12 9:30am