Asus ROG G751JY-DH71 Gaming Laptop: The Kotaku Review

"You make bad decisions" said a coworker as I pulled the relatively massive Asus ROG G751JY-DH71 gaming laptop out of my backpack during a recent trip to our home office in New York City. I'm not certain I did. » 3/28/15 5:00pm Saturday 5:00pm

Battlefield Hardline: The Kotaku Review

I really wish Hardline could deal with being a bad cop. The lack of rewards, unlocks or even acknowledgement for shooting people means it all takes place in a weird moral environment, where only good exists. » 3/27/15 10:40am Friday 10:40am

Sixth-Scale Hoth Commander Luke Skywalker Never Learns

It doesn't matter if it's 1980 on the silver screen or on the cluttered desk of a guy who critiques toys, if you're Luke and you're wearing Hoth gear you need to watch out for Wampas. » 3/21/15 7:00pm 3/21/15 7:00pm

Tales From Borderlands Ep 2 Is What I've Wanted From Telltale For Ages

I've always said that the best thing about Telltale games isn't QTE-heavy action or near-pornographic dedication to depictions of bad things happening to good people. It's disarmingly intimate character moments. Tales from the Borderlands episode two is chock full of them. » 3/17/15 11:00am 3/17/15 11:00am

Final Fantasy Type-0 HD: The Kotaku Review

The best moments in Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, a new role-playing game that is just as clunky as its title suggests, come not from the main path but from the things you can do during the breaks. » 3/16/15 9:00am 3/16/15 9:00am

Dungeon Hunter 5 Discovers Exciting New Ways To Disappoint Me

Over its first four iterations Gameloft's Diablo-esque Dungeon Hunter has transformed from excellent premium mobile game to mildly greedy free-to-play. With this week's release of Dungeon Hunter 5 the series becomes a mildly greedy free-to-play hack-and-slash card-collecting defense game, aka just about everything… » 3/11/15 10:00pm 3/11/15 10:00pm

The Anime Encyclopedia 3rd Edition: The Kotaku Review

First released in 2001, The Anime Encyclopedia has long been a mainstay of many an anime fan’s bookshelf. Now, fourteen years later, comes the third edition: 4.6 pounds and 1160 pages covering anime from its genesis to the summer of 2014. » 3/11/15 6:00am 3/11/15 6:00am

Cities: Skylines: The Kotaku Review

Cities: Skylines is a game coming in hot. The People want a good city-building game to play, and it's been a long time since they got one. So there's a surprising amount of excitement and expectation for Colossal's attempt at fixing SimCity's mistakes. » 3/10/15 7:30pm 3/10/15 7:30pm

Ori And The Blind Forest: The Kotaku Review

Pleasant. If I had to sum up Ori and the Blind Forest in one word, that would be it. The new Xbox One and PC platformer looks like a magnificently drawn kids' fantasy book sprung to life. It has the lush, magical aesthetic and inoffensive charm that gamers have come to accept—and expect—from indie games. » 3/10/15 9:20am 3/10/15 9:20am

The Ultimate StarCraft Action Figure

Sideshow's partnership with Blizzard has resulted in some pretty amazing collectibles—Deathwing from World of Warcraft, the Diablo III version of the Prime Evil—but nothing nearly as spectacular as the meticulously crafted sixth scale figure of StarCraft's Jim Raynor in his signature space marine armor. » 3/09/15 9:46am 3/09/15 9:46am

Pneuma: Breath of Life: The Kotaku Review

The people who made Pneuma: Breath of Life are trying to convince players that their game is talking to them. Not, like, in terms of art direction, puzzle design or anything like that. It's more in the vein of an actual conversation. Part of it is worth listening to, while the other part feels like background noise… » 3/02/15 2:30pm 3/02/15 2:30pm

Hori Racing Wheel For Xbox One: The Kotaku Review

Pursuing my newfound love of racing wheels has been an expensive endeavor—so far I've played with a $400 Mad Catz wheel and a $400 Thrustmaster wheel. Ringing up at a modest $90, the Hori Racing Wheel for the Xbox One provides excellent motivation for spending a lot more. » 3/01/15 6:00pm 3/01/15 6:00pm

Shadow Of Mordor: The Bright Lord: The Kotaku Review

The Bright Lord, Shadow of Mordor's new DLC campaign, promises an epic showdown with Lord of the Rings head honcho Sauron. It was designed in part to address a common fan complaint about the original game's anticlimactic ending. But while it does give players a chance to fight Sauron, I'd hardly call it an epic battle. » 2/24/15 9:00am 2/24/15 9:00am

An Endless Runner Without All The Crap

Years of iteration and mainstream popularity have taken their toll on the endless runner genre, rendering it tired and worn despite its young age. Endless snowboarder Alto's Adventure defies that notion, stripping away layers of gaudy mobile paint to rediscover the genre's elegant core. » 2/23/15 5:05pm 2/23/15 5:05pm

Evolve: The Kotaku Review

I've been playing a lot of Evolve over the last week and the questions I hear are all the same: Are you tired of this game yet? Is it really repetitive? The answer to each is, simply, no and yes, respectively. » 2/17/15 10:00am 2/17/15 10:00am

The New 3DS XL Is Nice, But Not A Must-Have Yet

For a couple of years we at Kotaku have deemed Nintendo's 3DS as an essential piece of gaming hardware. And for decades, new iterations of Nintendo hardware have immediately rendered older units obsolete. Things are different this time around. » 2/13/15 1:00pm 2/13/15 1:00pm