The Best Of Kotaku, This Week

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

Hatpire makes some ridiculously cute-looking postcards. The one of Chell above is the newest creation, and perfect for this week's round-up.

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


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

A Beginner's Guide To Making Your First Video Game

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


Jason ranks his favorite Final Fantasy games. More »

With Video Game Writing, the Devil Lives in the Details


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


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

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


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

How Gaming Helps Me Get Over My Fear Of Flying


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


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


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

Twitter's New Video Service is Full Of Gaming Madness


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

Ni no Kuni: The Kotaku Review


Jason is really in love with this game. More »

Football: The Kotaku Review


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.


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

Killzone: Mercenary Keeps Dreams Of A Decent Vita FPS Alive


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


Matt previews God of War: Ascension. More »

Fire Emblem: Awakening: The Kotaku Review


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

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I don't know where to put this where it wont get lost. I loved your tips for Ni No Kuni. I'm SO into this game right now. Probably my vote for best game this generations.

Anyways here's my tip that I think belongs on your list. Mash X everywhere you go on the world map. The hidden items are often great.