​The Problem With League Of Legends' Lore

Keeping track of lore in a MOBA often seems as valuable as watching porn for the story, to quote one recent critic of League of Legends' latest character reveal. I tend to agree. But YouTuber Gnarsies makes a good case for why having terrible lore really does matter—even for a seemingly plotless gaming genre. » 3/19/15 1:15pm 3/19/15 1:15pm

A Cheat Sheet For All Of Advanced Warfare's Plot Holes

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's campaign mode is entertaining enough, as long as you can turn off your brain for a few hours. Leave it on and you'll trip over the gaping plot holes every couple of seconds. » 11/30/14 1:00pm 11/30/14 1:00pm

​A Cheat Sheet For Everything Wrong with Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs has some things going for it. It can look pretty. It handles aiming and shooting pretty well. But the story in Ubisoft's open-world action game is not one of its strengths. Now we've got a hilarious movie script breakdown points out all the ludicrous stuff in Watch Dogs. Spoilers Ahead. » 6/27/14 12:00pm 6/27/14 12:00pm

The Game That Saved Me From Driving Drunk

It had been the worst day in a string of very, very bad days. I was desperate and angry and sad and getting drunker by the second. I hugged a bottle of vodka like a safety blanket, but it gave me nothing in return. No sympathy, no warmth. "Maybe I'll just go for a drive," I thought. "Yes, I should go for a drive." » 6/03/14 6:29pm 6/03/14 6:29pm

Everything Freezes In Batman: Arkham Origins' Story DLC

A giant diamond, some ice crystals, and an invitation to an awards gala at Wayne Manor? Sounds like Batman: Arkham Origins' upcoming story DLC is going to be one cool party. Does the Ice Man cometh? » 1/01/14 11:20am 1/01/14 11:20am

How World Of Warcraft: Warlords Of Draenor Goes Back In Time

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor takes players of Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game back to the time of the original Warcraft real-time strategy series. How does that all go down? It's Garrosh's fault. » 11/08/13 4:45pm 11/08/13 4:45pm

The Four Core Concepts That Guild Wars 2 is Built Upon

Yesterday's Q&A with Guild Wars 2 content designer Mike Zadorojny painted the development of next month's blockbuster MMO in broad strokes. Today ArenaNet releases a series of videos that break the game's design down to four core components: dynamic events, player versus player, personal story and combat. » 7/26/12 9:30am 7/26/12 9:30am

David Gaider, Ken Levine, and Chris Avellone Discuss What Matters Most…

This Saturday, at PAX East, I had the pleasure of attending the "Plot vs. Play" panel, moderated by Joystiq's Ben Gilbert and Kotaku's own Jason Schreier. The panel brought together three developers who have all worked on landmark, story-driven games to discuss their differing philosophies on the presence and purpose… » 4/09/12 6:00pm 4/09/12 6:00pm

A Spectrum of Games for a Spectrum of Gamers

One of the many eternal battles the gaming community consistently fights among itself is the seemingly irreconcilable "gameplay" vs. "story" debate. » 2/21/12 8:30pm 2/21/12 8:30pm

If You Can Gets Past All the Stabbing, There's Story in This Assassin's…

According to Ubisoft, this is a trailer highlighting the story of Assassin's Creed: Revelations. That's odd, because I'll I can see is more than two minutes of Ezio showing me why I love the Assassin's Creed series so much. » 10/04/11 2:20pm 10/04/11 2:20pm

Ah, So That's What's Happening in Anarchy Reigns

The Tokyo Game Show trailer for Platinum Games' Anarchy Reigns neatly summarizes the game's story before jumping back into footage of people beating each other up. » 9/16/11 4:20pm 9/16/11 4:20pm

The Gears of War Timeline Leads Right Up to Midnight Monday

Need a refresher course on Gears of War history on the eve of the release of the third installment? Epic Games has posted a handy timeline that takes you from the Pendulum Wars to when you slip that puppy in your Xbox 360 next week. » 9/15/11 6:20pm 9/15/11 6:20pm

There's a Hard-Hitting Story Behind Anarchy Reigns' Battle Royale

What, you thought Platinum Games' online multiplayer brawler was just a bunch of super-powered beings battling each other for no reason? No sir, there is some sort of story going on in Anarchy Reigns; it just happens to involve a lot of punching, kicking, and stabbing. » 7/25/11 10:40am 7/25/11 10:40am

How Long Should A First-Person Shooter Story Be?

In today's Speak-Up on Kotaku, commenter Crushinator ponders the correct length for the single-player story in the increasingly multiplayer-focused first-person shooter genre. » 3/29/11 11:20am 3/29/11 11:20am

How The "Heroes" Of Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One Come Together

Bringing together four leading characters from the Ratchet & Clank series together and making them cooperate to survive is an excellent idea, as long as you've got a strong story to back it up. Let's see how Insomniac does it. » 3/22/11 11:00am 3/22/11 11:00am

Three Heroes Converge In Call Of Juarez: The Cartel

Ubisoft's controversial third entry in the Call of Juarez series tells the story of three very different above-the-law heroes, and players can step into the shoes of any one of them, both online and off. » 3/03/11 1:30pm 3/03/11 1:30pm

What's The Story With Catherine?

Grisly murders, deadly nightmares, and a marriage proposal followed immediately by a one-night-stand? What exactly is going on in Atlus' Catherine? the game's official website gives us the skinny. » 11/02/10 1:20pm 11/02/10 1:20pm

Story Time With Fallout: New Vegas

See the Obsidian team talk about the story of Fallout: New Vegas, which starts off with you being shot in the head and dumped in a shallow grave. Then things get nasty. » 9/17/10 11:40am 9/17/10 11:40am

Tortured Souls Fight The Power In Rise Of The SixString

One of three rebel clans fighting against the vile Order in Power Gig: Rise of the SixString, Rise is comprised of a lead vocalist with murdered parents and a guitarist kicked off of her farm. This is one heavy game. » 8/03/10 2:30pm 8/03/10 2:30pm

Random House Wants To Write Video Game Stories

The Random House Publishing Group is taking its storytelling expertise "one step further", forming a group dedicated to crafting original story content for video games and collaborating with developers on existing IP. like Stardock's Elemental: War of Magic. » 3/01/10 1:20pm 3/01/10 1:20pm