Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

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Now let's move on to reading this week's best content, courtesy of us.


Before You Start... Tips For Playing Ni no Kuni The Best Way

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Jason Schreier offers some tips for playing the delightful Ni no Kuni. More »


A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game

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Zoe Quinn gives us an instructional guide on how to make a video game, even if you know nothing about it. More »


Let's Rank The Final Fantasy Games, Best to Worst

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Jason ranks his favorite Final Fantasy games. More »


With Video Game Writing, the Devil Lives in the Details

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Evan Narcisse compares the narrative role in two games, explaining why its so important to make you feel like you're the one writing the stuff. More »


Let's Rank the Pokémon Games, Best to Worst

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Eric Jou ranks the Pokémon games in this latest pecking order. More »


Splinter Cell: Blacklist: A Pleasing, If Somewhat Hollow, Return To Form

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Kirk Hamilton gives us a very thorough rundown of his preview experience. More »


How Gaming Helps Me Get Over My Fear Of Flying

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Holden Miller explains how a traumatic experience led to his fear of flying, but gaming became his therapy. More »


Nintendo and the Cult of Personality

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Brian Ashcraft explains the cult of personality behind Nintendo and, specifically, Satoru Iwata and his famous gestures. More »


The 12 Best Mods For PC Games

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Luke Plunkett rounds up the best mods for PC games. More »


Twitter's New Video Service is Full Of Gaming Madness

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Chris Person found the best gaming-related six second looping Vine videos. More »


Ni no Kuni: The Kotaku Review

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Jason is really in love with this game. More »


Football: The Kotaku Review

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Tim Rogers reviews... football, just in time for the Super Bowl. More »


In 2030, Games Won't Fight Over Oil. They'll Fight Over Bread.

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Michael Peck tells us what the CIA predicts for 2030. More »


Killzone: Mercenary Keeps Dreams Of A Decent Vita FPS Alive

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Matt Cabral previews this Vita title and it doesn't seem to be half bad. More »


God Of War: Ascension Gives Kratos Even More Ways To Kill

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Matt previews God of War: Ascension. More »


Fire Emblem: Awakening: The Kotaku Review

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Stephen Totilo loves the relationships in Fire Emblem: Awakening. More »