Now that it’s summertime, I thought I could chip away at my game backlog, but with the steady flow of re-released indies hitting the Switch and older games getting massive updates, my pile of shame grows bigger every day.
After building my first PC a year ago, the one thing that still feels overwhelming is the world of gaming peripherals. Trying to decipher what the hell a refresh rate is or the speed of my mouse’s DPI sounds intimidating, but seeing how these things impact competitive gaming on my sweet rig is something I’m still…
There are certain games that you play to feel an adrenaline rush, and others that you play when you need to just chill after a stressful day at work. Relaxing games can work wonders for catching up on podcasts, brainstorming, or if you need to put your brain on autopilot while you sort out some things in your head.
Sometimes I’ll remember a game series that disappeared into the ether that used to be a huge part of my life. With so many remasters and ports popping up, it got me thinking about those games that I would love to see make a comeback.
Art is always going to express a certain point of view because ultimately, whatever form it comes in, art is made by human beings. It’s a responsibility that can sometimes feel weird in big-budget games that don’t double down on the questions they present and treat real life-inspired issues like theme park attractions.
I’ve always been fascinated by those games that we return to over and over again. I like to refer to them as “forever games.” They are the ones you’ve either played since you were a child, the ones that feel like favorite movies you know line by line.
There are so many games and just never enough time. Sometimes I’ll put a game on ice so I can return to it later, especially if it doesn’t click for me at first. But a certain kind of guilt can bubble up inside me if the urge to pick a certain game back up doesn’t kick in.
Ever since video games showed up in the living room, there have been weird ways to interact with them. From the joystick to the Joy-Con, hardware manufacturers are always trying to cook up the best version of the video game controller.
There are some games that hit all my personal sweet spots, games that make me want to scream how good they are from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. But sometimes there are games that come with huge caveats. Maybe it takes a while to get to the good stuff, or they could be jam packed with super fast J-Pop. Sometimes,…
It’s hard to deny the appeal of a PlayStation 4 Pro, especially for those of us still playing on 1080p TV’s or those of us enjoying games with performance modes. The moment I changed that one setting and experienced combat in a smooth 60 frames per second in God of War, there was no way I could go back to the default…
Far Cry 5 lets you play as a man or woman. I was surprised to find that option when I started the game. And it got several of us on staff thinking: when presented with the option, do you play as a man or a woman in video games? And are there any series where you’d like to see them switch it up?
With many games asking players to spend dozens of hours in them to see their endings, it can be a game in itself deciding which ones are worth finishing. Movies use a more traditional structure to introduce characters and then present a conflict that keeps viewers engaged through the end to see it resolved. But movies…
Stardew Valley has finally arrived on the Switch and instead of exchanging the best farming tips or fishing techniques, we ask the real question on all of our minds: Who is the the game’s best romantic interest? I sat down with Seung Park and Gita Jackson to let them debate who they think is the best choice. (spoiler…
While all of us at Kotaku are big fans of typing, a handful of us have started taking our love of keyboards to the next level. There’s nothing like a good mechanical keyboard, especially when you take extra steps to make it your very own. I’ll show you what I’m typing on if you show me yours.
Nier: Automata is a game that explores the meaning and consequence of being human, despite not featuring a single actual human in its primary narrative. In a world populated by machines, one mechanical being, village leader Pascal, strides closest to humanity, and pays a steep price.
Nier Automata is a game that gains meaning through repetition. The ending to the game changes following multiple playthroughs. Players see events from new perspectives and learn new information that recontextualizes past actions. It’s given us a lot to think about. Mike and Heather dissect the story in this discussion.
The Star Wars universe expanded in a whole new way with the release of Rogue One, the first in a series of live-action films exploring the bits between the main episodes. We assembled a ragtag band of Kotaku writers to talk about this very different sort of Star Wars movie.
Once again I managed to make it through Black Friday sales without buying more than one new television set, a lovely 43-inch 4K for $199 that fits perfectly on the console side of my desk. How’d the rest of you fare?
The new year is upon us, which means its time to make big promises to ourselves that we probably won’t keep. My 2016 gaming resolution is to finally finish all of the Legend of Zelda games. What’s yours?
As people around the world fill garbage cans and dumpsters with discarded bits of colorful paper, we take a look back at the wonderful things we gave and got during the 2015 holiday season. In other words, what’d ya get? I’ll go first.