Christmas: The TAY Review

So it's this time of year once again. It's getting colder and the days are shorter. Leaves are absent from trees and the birds migrate in search of warmer climates. Christmas must be just around the corner! With the 1678th iteration being released on the 25th this month I managed to bribe sweet talk my way to an early… » 12/17/14 6:05am Today 6:05am

Five Things Assassin's Creed Victory Needs

Since Kotaku blew the cover off next year's major Assassin's Creed, tentatively titled Victory, reactions have run the gamut from excitement to anger and everything in between. To say this year's installment, Unity, is a divisive game would be an understatement of epic proportions. Like it or not, Ubisoft Quebec is… » 12/10/14 6:00am 12/10/14 6:00am

Shadow The Hedgehog: The TAY Review

Never before has a game made me question everything I ever thought about in life. What am I doing? Why am I here? Where's my life going? Am I all of me? I never had to question my political, religious or philosophical beliefs until I played this game. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the greatest game ever made. » 12/08/14 6:40am 12/08/14 6:40am

The Amazing Music of Fantasy Life

There was a brief moment when I felt as though my actions in and exploration of Fantasy Life's Reveria were becoming a little bit of a rinse and repeat. This wavering of faith was quickly overshadowed when I found a large fish cutting waves just beneath the surface of a lava lake. » 11/10/14 6:30am 11/10/14 6:30am

Strangest Pets in Video Games

With quirky personalities all their own, it's difficult to not fall in love with pets. We're intrigued by their thought-processes and smitten by their charm, even if they cannot use magic spells to destroy our enemies as our video game companions often can. Inspired in part by Fiery Corgis in WOW, here are some of the… » 11/05/14 5:30am 11/05/14 5:30am

​Hidden Treats in... Majora's Mask

Call me crazy, but I always thought Majora's Mask was a pretty dark game. Maybe it's the giant moon that glares at you as it slowly kills you. Maybe it's the fact that you're assuming the roles of a bunch of dead people that don't look too pleased when you put on their faces. Maybe it's even that one notoriously… » 10/20/14 8:01am 10/20/14 8:01am

The 16 Best Final Fantasy Songs. Ever.

A continuation of the compilation soundtrack to your life has released today, Final Fantasy fans. With 221 songs of field music to traverse, boss battles to fight and events to trigger, what better way to celebrate Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call and FF music than with a little Mixtape Challenge of our own? » 9/16/14 11:28am 9/16/14 11:28am

You Should Try: Mother 3

This "You Should Try" is for a game that many of you have likely heard of before but I doubt as many have actually played it. If the name Mother 3 only manages to ring a bell then you probably heard about it from people begging Nintendo to release it outside of Japan. If you're wondering "Why would you recommend I… » 8/27/14 7:35am 8/27/14 7:35am

Going Back to the Best and Worst Schools in Video Games

"School's Out for Summer" are the rockin' lyrics that will be relevant again in May and June of 2015. As kids are gearing up to head back to those hallowed halls of higher education, or wallowing in self-pity at their desks as we speak, here are some of video games' best and worst classrooms and schools that heroes… » 8/20/14 9:06am 8/20/14 9:06am

7 Thoughts on the Strangeness of Silent Hill

The best Silent Hill games have always been about psychological terror, the emotions that haunt and wrack the protagonists with guilt and regret. Yes, thrills abound and there are horrific monsters, but it's the mental anguish that overwhelms players and keeps us going back to the city in a murky haze that is nebulous… » 8/13/14 11:30am 8/13/14 11:30am

A Mini-Survival Guide To JRPGs

So I recently convinced some friends of mine to try Japanese role-playing games (JRPG). Let me tell you, it was no easy task. It took a comparison of games they played in the past, and a pleasing price range to get them to consent. But even after the hassle they still treaded carefully and they have every right to do… » 8/11/14 4:00am 8/11/14 4:00am

Divinity: Original Sin Rewards Tactics and Punishes Poor Strategy

Smoke LadyMuscle, an adept and skillful Rogue, who still wonders, to this day, why the Maker christened her with such a name, launched a volley of Static Cloud arrows at a small, ravenous band of grotesque and powerful orcs — stunning them in their tracks, mere meters from where she stood. She sighed with relief,… » 7/31/14 9:40am 7/31/14 9:40am

Opinion: The One Thing I Want in the New Doom - Doomguy's Face

Of all the games that have been announced as coming soon, between Freedom Wars and Destiny, the only game that I'm particularly excited over is the reincarnation of Doom. Why? Because the original Doom is still the greatest game I ever played, and while none of the sequels (including Doom 2) captured what I possibly… » 7/29/14 9:20am 7/29/14 9:20am

Confessions of a Professional Gamer

You read the headline wrong. Don't blame yourself, it's my fault. Add a comma: Confessions of a Professional, Gamer or flip it to Confessions of a Gamer Professional. No, I don't get paid to play video games. Jesus, what a sweet world that would be if I did. What I do get paid to do is prosecute drunk drivers,… » 7/03/14 10:29am 7/03/14 10:29am