Guitar Hero is Back And I Really Like What I've Seen

Confession: if I had spent anything like as much time playing actual guitar as I did playing pretend guitar as a teenager, I might have had a very different career path. In the late days of the 2006-9 rhythm-action boom, some hardcore pretend musicians split out into Guitar Hero fans and Rock Band fans, but… » 4/14/15 10:00am Tuesday 10:00am

Tips For Playing Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

If you've never played Monster Hunter, then Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is the best jumping-on point – but it's still hella confusing to the uninitiated. There are so many menus and icons and confusing screens of help text, and there's quite a lot to do before you can just grab a weapon and kill something with it.… » 2/17/15 4:30pm 2/17/15 4:30pm

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate: The Kotaku Review

Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has thus far been 60 hours of The Adventures of Me and My Cat. We've had some great times. Once, my cat got stuck under the claws of a Rathian—your average fire-breathing dragon—and I had to whack it in the head with a hammer to get it off. Another time my cat took one look at a Gore Magala—a… » 2/12/15 12:30pm 2/12/15 12:30pm

Why The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask Still Matters

One of the most frequent criticisms lobbed at the Zelda series is that it's always just the same game, over and over again - that people who love it were indoctrinated as children and are incapable of seeing it for what it is. I have heard this not just from people on the Internet, who are always ready with their… » 11/06/14 3:00pm 11/06/14 3:00pm

A Bleak Look at Trying to Survive in the Middle of a War

Over the course of a couple of hours with This War of Mine, I'd stolen food and medicine from an elderly couple, hidden behind a door and watched a soldier drag a young woman off with him to be raped, and stood uselessly by whilst one of the people I was supposed to be helping to survive died in her bed because I… » 11/05/14 1:00pm 11/05/14 1:00pm

I'm Pretty Sure Sunset Overdrive is Ratchet & Clank Reskinned

Back in the day Insomniac was top tier PlayStation. The Ratchet & Clank series ruled (unless you preferred Jak & Daxter, in which case: arguments) and it had nailed a perfect mix of run and gun controls and 'what the hell did I just shoot' weapons. Why any of it was happening didn't matter, only that felt great doing… » 7/24/14 6:30pm 7/24/14 6:30pm

Where to Buy Great Video Game Artwork

I have a rule for my house: no more than a third of the artwork on my walls is allowed to be gaming-related. This rule fell apart pretty quickly when it became clear just how much beautiful video game artwork there is out there. Once, all you could really get was posters designed for the walls of kids' bedrooms; now… » 7/23/14 12:00pm 7/23/14 12:00pm