An Ewok, Guile And A Moogle Try Motion Gaming

Some people look amazingly cool when they try upcoming PlayStation 3 motion game Kung Fu Live. They step in front of the PlayStation Eye and do their kung fu moves with panache. But how do cosplayers look? [UPDATED with more!] » 9/10/10 5:30pm 9/10/10 5:30pm

When Dragons Happen To Good People

Dragons can be good guys. One fire-breathing flying lizard can be if you're the dragon. In Hoard, princesses and happy towns are on the wrong side of history. » 9/10/10 4:00pm 9/10/10 4:00pm

A Tron Take On Wii Sports

Me to the lady showing the new Tron game for Wii this past weekend: "Don't you think a reporter would have a more favorable impression if you let him win?" Lady to me: "This makes it more memorable." » 9/10/10 3:20pm 9/10/10 3:20pm

What Makes Rift Different From The Other MMOs

Blur your eyes as you look at a new fantasy massively multiplayer game, and you won't know whether you're looking at World of Warcraft or not. But there are differences. There always are. Take Rift Planes of Telara, for example. » 9/10/10 10:40am 9/10/10 10:40am

Imagine This Game With Bullets, Because It Is Better With Bullets

One of the minor mysteries of the 2010 video game year is why Ubisoft showed the world screenshots of the newly-revealed Outland last week, but didn't show the game's bullets. It's a bullet-hell platformer. It looks better with bullets. » 9/09/10 11:30pm 9/09/10 11:30pm

Frobot Starts You With... 30 Lives, 50 Lives On Easy

Frobot is a WiiWare game that mixes Robotron shooting with gameplay riffing on the dungeon design of the original Legend of Zelda. It adds an afro-wearing robot and is tough enough that you'll start on normal difficulty with 30 lives. » 9/09/10 11:00pm 9/09/10 11:00pm

Retro City Rampage Has A Proper Homage To The NES Zapper

As with Slam Bolt Scrappers, Retro City Rampage was one of the games I saw at Penny Arcade Expo last week during my "lightning round." In PAX's final hour, I raced to get to more games. Hark! An exclusive! » 9/09/10 10:00pm 9/09/10 10:00pm

It's A Topsy-Turvy World, Because Firefall Is Going To Be Free

Video game designer Dave Perry predicted a few years ago that a day would come when a company released a high quality game you'd expect to pay full price for but will play for free. It would change everything. » 9/09/10 9:00pm 9/09/10 9:00pm

About A Blob Is, Roughly, A Side-Scrolling Katamari Damacy For Thinking…

The developers say it is a little bit of Katamari Damacy and a little bit of Gish. Before Penny Arcade Expo I didn't know know Tales From Space: About A Blob existed, let alone what such a combo makes. » 9/09/10 5:00pm 9/09/10 5:00pm

Ilomilo Looks Lovely, But Don't Skip That Tutorial

Ilomilo (first letter is an "i", second an "L") is great to look at. But how do you play this game about two cube-people needing to meet? Maybe let a Kotaku guy and a Giant Bomb guy play, sans directions. » 9/09/10 4:00pm 9/09/10 4:00pm

It May Take You 60 Seconds To Understand This Game

It has not been easy to explain to people why Slam Bolt Scrappers, an early 2011 downloadable PlayStation 3 exclusive, is a lot of fun. Watch the video here with the sound off and you may still not get it. » 9/09/10 3:00pm 9/09/10 3:00pm

Epic Mickey Lets Mickey Mouse Be A Jerk

With the power of video games enabling us, we've been able to make James Bond a klutz and Darth Vader a hero, but who expected that Disney would allow us to make Mickey Mouse a selfish, dangerous jerk? » 9/09/10 1:40pm 9/09/10 1:40pm

Bastion Was The Other Buzz Game Of Penny Arcade Expo, For Good Reasons

'He gets up.' That's the line I can't forget from Penny Arcade Expo last week. Duke Nukem had some good one-liners, sure. But Bastion is the other game people couldn't stop buzzing about. To understand it, you needed to listen to it. » 9/09/10 10:40am 9/09/10 10:40am

PAX 2010 Breaks Attendance Record

Sounds like expanding the amount of showroom floorspace for the 2010 Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle has paid dividends, with a new attendance record set for the weekend's festivities. » 9/08/10 12:00am 9/08/10 12:00am

Dragon Age II's Hero Cleans Up, Becomes Female Real Nice

Hawke might be strong enough as a man, but he makes one damn fine woman. Bioware reveals the more feminine side to Dragon Age II's main character. » 9/07/10 5:20pm 9/07/10 5:20pm

You Can't Possibly Read His Poker Face

Kinect might not be able to read a Big Daddy's Poker Face, but it doesn't seem to have any trouble reading the rest of him as he tries out Dance Central at last weekend's PAX 2010. » 9/07/10 5:00pm 9/07/10 5:00pm