Hilarious Halo Infinite Glitch Turns Warthogs Into Go-Karts


Despite its trappings as a jingoistic space opera, the Halo franchise often finds itself straddling the line between serious and humorous. The latest example of this phenomenon is a glitch that sees the series’ ubiquitous Warthog jeeps shrunk down to comical proportions during multiplayer...

The VTuber Isn't The Human, It's The Talking Cat On Her Shoulder


VTubers have quickly become my favorite new type of content creators on the internet. Though I’ve seen enough now to know that the possibilities for what creative and wildly entertaining forms their avatars might take are endless, I still wasn’t prepared for the inventive and adorable VTuber...

Halo Infinite Is Harder Than You’d Expect, And That's By Design


You may want to be a hero, you may even want to be a legend, but know that sometimes it’s totally fine to be normal. Case in point here is Halo Infinite, a first-person shooter out today for Xbox and PC. If you’re just starting out the campaign, be sure to play on Normal—at least at first.Read more

27 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Halo Infinite’s Campaign


You may have spent the past month playing Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode, but the campaign, out now for Xbox and PC, is a wholly different beast. As in previous Halo games, your ostensible goal is to aim your gun and shoot at a zealous battalion of aliens. But Halo Infinite bucks precedent...

Destiny 2 Debuts Gjallarhorn With Powerful New Perk


Destiny 2’s massive mid-season update went live yesterday, and while there are a million aspects to discuss about it, the first thing a lot of returning players will want to know is how to get Gjallarhorn, the overpowered Exotic rocket launcher from Destiny 1. The answer isn’t complicated, but it’s...

Genshin Impact Event's Ninja Dogs Are Even Tougher Than Bosses


Step aside, Can You Pet the Dog, Genshin Impact players have discovered that it’s possible to kill the guarding ninja dogs in the stealth phase of the latest event. Previously assumed to be invincible, it’s an act that, gruesomely, takes millions of points of damage to achieve. I don’t know what’s...

Destiny’s New Space Horse Is Stealing The Show


There is so much to talk about in Destiny 2’s Bungie 30th Anniversary mini-expansion. There’s a fantastic new dungeon, tons of interesting new guns, and sweeping balance changes to the sandbox. Fuck all of that. For now we are talking about the horse because it’s taking over Destiny and it’s just...

The Game Developers Who Enable Speedrunners To Break Their Games


It was a few days after Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart had launched on PS5, and Insomniac Games had a problem. Using a glitch known as the swingboost to gain phenomenal amounts of forward momentum, a small group of players had found a method of tearing this carefully-crafted experience apart...

I'm Obsessed With These New Halo Infinite Armor Attachments


Every Tuesday, the Halo Infinite store refreshes with a new stock of items and armor to help your Spartan stand out in the battlefield. For the most part, it’s the sort of borderline bro-y stuff you’d expect: ammo belts, additional visor colors, decals, what have you. More recently, the game’s been...

YouTuber Hit With 150 Copyright Claims For Reviews Featuring Anime Footage


YouTuber Mark Fitzpatrick of Totally Not Mark has made a name for himself with his anime videos on YouTube. His reviews edit together montages from the anime he’s reviewing as he expounds his thoughts in voice over. Mark says his use of copyright material is fair. Toei Animation, it seems...

Ubisoft First Major Pub To Befoul Own Game With NFTs


Ubisoft just announced Ubisoft Quartz, an NFT initiative which allows people to buy artificially scarce digital items using cryptocurrency. This announcement represents the AAA-industry’s first real foray into NFTs, which a lot of people absolutely hate because they are a massive scam. Other major...

Destiny 2 Gets Halo Guns For Bungie's 30th Anniversary


Worlds sometimes collide in the most expected ways. Destiny, a series of first-person shooters developed by Bungie and first released in 2014, is getting a slew of weapons from Halo, a series of first-person shooters developed by Bungie and first released in 2001.Read more

RETRO: Vždyť ji ani neuhodí, hájili se autoři hry o znásilňování indiánek


Příští rok to bude čtyřicet let od okamžiku, co spatřila světlo světa jedna z nejkontroverznějších videoher historie. V Custer’s Revenge bylo hráčovým úkolem proběhnout palbou šípů a zmocnit se indiánky připoutané ke kůlu. Proti vydání hry protestovali zástupci domorodých obyvatel i feministické...

Xbox Game Pass Adds Another Surprise Game


Xbox has started to release games on its popular Game Pass subscription service without announcing them, and it’s starting to feel like an advent calendar. Serious Sam 4 was previously only available on the PC and Stadia, but it got a surprise launch on the Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 today...

Scuf’s New PS5 Controllers Have Cool Features, Large Price Tags


Atlanta-based Scuf gaming’s made a name for itself with outstanding third-party controllers for Xbox One, Series X/S, and PlayStation 4. Now the peripheral maker sets its sights on the PlayStation 5 with the new Scuf Reflex line, a trio of high-performance PS5 controllers with four rear paddles...

Amazon Web Services Outage Affects Several Major Games


Amazon Web Services, upon which much of the internet is built, is experiencing issues with its biggest hub of data centers. Naturally, this means a lot of folks are having trouble logging into and playing some of their favorite games.Read more

Halo Infinite's Ranked Multiplayer Is Depressing Right Now


Ranked is never for the weak at heart, but usually, that’s because you have to contend with a bunch of tryhards just like you. In Halo Infinite, however, I don’t rage at my teammates or my performance nearly as much as I do the actual mode itself.Read more

Bowser Agrees To Pay Nintendo $10 Million In Hacking Lawsuit


Gary “GaryOPA” Bowser pleaded guilty to federal piracy charges in October. Now he’s agreed to pay Nintendo a massive $10 million settlement for his reported role in designing and selling devices to circumvent Switch security measures as part of Team Xecuter.Read more

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 bude pořádný macek, z HDD si ukousne 180 GB


Chystané pokračování postapokalyptické střílečky S.T.A.L.K.E.R. bude jedním z největších taháků příštího roku, tomu však odpovídá i jeho velikost. Majitelé nových xboxů si budou muset uvolnit na disku téměř 200 GB volného prostoru

Streamer Has Said 'Mario' 345,000 Times Over The Last Few Days


If you have ever wanted to hear a word repeated so many times that it loses all meaning to you (semantic satiation, it’s a real thing), then please enjoy this stream of a man who has committed himself to saying the word “Mario” over half a million times.Read more

The Art Of Dune


I finally got to see Dune over the weekend (its release was delayed in Australia due to pandemic lockdowns), and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Read more

Henry Cavill Gently Corrects TV Host: It's Warhammer, Not Warcraft


This is a conversation that I’m sure has played out countless times across kitchens and living rooms around the world as children, friends and partners patiently try and explain the difference between a video game universe and a tabletop wargaming universe. I just don’t know if it’s ever been done...

You Can’t Replay Campaign Missions In Halo Infinite


One of the joys of Halo is its replayability. Ask any devotee and you’ll get some story about endlessly rerunning “The Library” in Halo: Combat Evolved, or replaying Halo 2’s “Delta Halo” to get out of bounds and explore that uncannily Canada-looking mountain range. Sadly, at least at launch,...

Nintendo Might Have To Make Pre-Order Refunds Easier After Losing Lawsuit


Last week, following a lengthy appeal process, the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (VZBV) successfully argued that Nintendo’s current eShop pre-order return policies are insufficiently flexible, and the console maker may now have to further loosen its heavily criticized digital...

Dead Cells' Constant Mutations Make It One Of The Best Games Of 2021, Too


I love Dead Cells. The side-scrolling combat and platforming are tight, the art is impeccable, and its progression system and unlock curve are among the best I’ve ever seen. It feels like a near-perfectly designed game. In the three years since its release, it has become even better—and a more...

Twitch's Best Virtual Bartender Wants To Help Viewers With Addiction


It’s not every day that you hear about a VTubing bartender whose goal is not to encourage people to get shitfaced but rather to help them avoid overindulging their vices. But, then, Twitch streamer Takahata101 isn’t your average VTuber. Previously a gaming streamer, on New Year’s Eve of 2020...

Unreal's Matrix Teaser Has People Debating Whether Keanu Reeves Is Real


Today, Unreal Engine released an extremely short teaser trailer for its own “boundary-pushing cinematic and real-time tech demo,” The Matrix Awakens: An Unreal Engine 5 Experience. The teaser featured an existential Keanu Reeves looking into the camera and asking a real stumper of a question: “How...

Halo Infinite's Ridiculous Physics Are Just Like The Old Games


You can do a whole lot in Halo Infinite. You can get completely lost in forests on a derelict alien space station. You can mow down hordes of religious aliens with a kit of futuristic weapons and gadgets. You can also, apparently, fly halfway across the map, thanks to a newly discovered exploit...

The Best Moment In Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker Launch So Far


Saving the world over and over again is nice, but when are we going to eat? In one of Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker’s more intimate scenes, our hero of light and her friends share a scholarly fast food feast, and catboy G’raha Tia is delighted to learn that yes, he can has cheeseburger.Read more

Call Of Duty: Warzone Devs Stage Walkout Over Layoffs


Quality assurance testers and other developers at Raven Software, the Activision studio in charge of the extremely lucrative free-to-play battle royale Call of Duty: Warzone, are walking out on the job today to protest surprise layoffs that were foisted on staff beginning last Friday. The group...

Viceprezident PlayStationu uvázl v youtubové obdobě dokumentu V síti


Senior viceprezident online služeb herních konzolí PlayStation George Cacioppo dostal výpověď kvůli kompromitujícímu videu zveřejněnému youtubovým kanálem People v. Preds. Podle jeho autora se vrcholový manažer provinil tím, že zorganizoval setkání s patnáctiletým chlapcem za účelem pohlavního styku

Japan's Biggest YouTuber Bought The $10,000 Gucci Xbox


With over 10 million subscribers, Hikakin is Japan’s biggest YouTuber. I’m not sure which is more amazing—that he bought the Gucci Xbox or an Xbox. Japan has long been a tough market for Microsoft, but recently this has been changing. And now, Japan’s biggest YouTuber has purchased the super...

Halo Infinite: The Kotaku Review


How do you even consider Halo Infinite in totality? Not just any Halo game but this Halo game—one that was supposed to herald a new generation of Xboxes but was delayed out of the launch window; one that’s had no shortage of public scrutiny over its tumultuous development process; one that’s...

LA Lakers Release Strange Little Halo Bundle


For one day only this weekend, at one place only, the Los Angeles Lakers and Microsoft were selling a bizarre Halo Infinite bundle that was, this being 2021, snapped up by fans/resellers almost immediately.Read more

The Week In Games: Master Chief Simulator 2021


After a long wait, a year-long delay, betas, and plenty of previews and trailers too, it’s finally time for Halo Infinite. The next installment in the franchise drops this week across Xbox and PC. Read more

Sunday Comics: Winner!


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

The Rock Turns Fortnite's Island Upside-Down In 'The End'


After months of speculation and a sly Instagram tease, Dwayne Johnson is revealed as the voice of The Foundation in the dramatic conclusion to Fortnite chapter two. Watch The Rock turn the entire island upside-down, literally. Read more

RECENZE: Tak má vypadat seriál! Arcane je nářez roku


Na Netflixu už měsíc můžeme sledovat nový animovaný seriál vycházející z dlouholetého multiplayerového hitu League of Legends. Pokud vám něco takového na první pohled nevoní, nenechte se odradit. Přišli byste totiž o seriálovou událost roku

An Extremely Goofy Performance Of 'Simple And Clean’


You don’t have to be a Kingdom Hearts fan to experience goosebumps running up your arm when you hear the first infectious notes of Hikaru Utada’s “Simple and Clean.” From its early appearance in commercials to its continued use in the series, “Simple and Clean” is a beloved anthem of Kingdom Hearts...

25 Years Later, Quake Gets A Horde Mode


Back in August, Bethesda released a remastered Quake across basically every modern gaming platform, including Switch. Now, a few months later, this version of the game just received its second large update, adding a new co-op horde mode, additional maps, another campaign, and numerous bug fixes....

Let’s Pick Winners For The 2021 Game Awards


It’s December, the month when little children’s thoughts turn to presents and big children’s thoughts turn to Geoff Keighley’s annual celebration of world-premiere trailers. And those trailers come with awards between them, bestowed upon the best games of the year as judged by professional game...

Halo Infinite's Multiplayer Is About To Get Much Better With New Playlists


Although Halo players are currently enjoying an early look at Infinite multiplayer ahead of the campaign launch on December 8, one of the biggest complaints from the community concerns the first-person shooter’s lack of playlists. But that should change very soon. Like, “before next year” soon.Read...

The Game Awards Won't Take Sides On Activision Fallout To Focus On Reveals


As Geoff Keighley’s annual Game Awards show enters its eighth year, the creator and host told The Washington Post today that he’s still thinking about how to “navigate” Activision Blizzard’s involvement in the ceremony following the latest reports of sexual misconduct at the publisher.Read more

Plus: who is Steam's 'long tail' paying off for?


[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert Simon Carless. This newsletter is normally exclusive to GameDiscoverCo Plus subscribers, and rounds up a plethora of exclusive platform sales & other analysis.]

Free Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl DLC Adds 20 Cool New Costumes


Nick All-Star Brawl was released in October. That might not seem like long ago, but if you were stuck wearing the same outfit since then, you’d probably be desperate for some new looks too. Luckily for both the fighters and fans, a new update out now for most platforms has finally added...

This Steam Chart Topper Is A Rare Treat For Western Mech Fans


We don’t get many Super Robots Wars ‘round these parts. It’s one of the biggest series in Japan, with around 50 games to its name, but only a handful of Super Robot Wars games have been released in North America during its 30-year run. The latest, Super Robot Wars 30, was one of Steam’s top sellers...

Take-Two Is Being A Dick


In a bizarre new development, Take-Two has forced the makers of It Takes Two to abandon the trademark for the game’s name, lest people confuse the publisher of Grand Theft Auto with a platform puzzler about a crumbling marriage.Read more

Oblečení ve Final Fantasy XIV už se nebude dělit na mužské a ženské


Nový datadisk do populární online hry Final Fantasy 14 přináší vedle spousty nového obsahu i na první pohled drobnou změnu, ze které však mají fanoušci série velikou radost. U mnohých kosmetických předmětů už totiž jejich využívání nebude omezeno pohlavím nositele

The PlayStation 1 Is Now 27 Years Old


On December 3, 1994, the first PlayStation was released in Japan, and video games haven’t been the same since. It’s hard to underscore the PlayStation’s impact. The graphics and sound were all cutting edge for their time. Compared to the cartridge-based games of Sony’s competitors, the PlayStation...

In Japan, Snacks Keep Getting Smaller And It Sucks


In fall 2020, Kit-Kats were released in Japan at a smaller size. At the time, as YouTuber PDS points out, Nestle said the smaller size was for customers worried about sugar and calories. Maybe that’s true, but in Japan, snacks have been getting smaller and smaller for years, while prices haven’t...

Paper Mario Is The Next Nintendo Switch Online N64 Game


The Nintendo Switch Online’s expansion pack, which brought N64 games to the subscription service for the first time, launched with nine titles, many of which were not in great shape. The tenth, out later this month, will be the original Paper Mario.Read more

I Like The Steam Deck's Box Art


Valve has released hardware before, but nothing quite so big and ambitious as the Steam Deck before. And releasing proper hardware means Valve had to think of something a software-first company hasn’t had to think of very often: what should its box look like.Read more

The 'Dick And Balls' GameCube Controller Is NSFW


Ludwig, formerly of Twitch and now of YouTube Gaming, won a small Among Us tournament a while back, and as his prize was offered the chance to receive a one-of-a-kind, hand-made GameCube controller.Read more

One Of The USA's First Omicron Cases Attended Big Anime Convention


As governments and health authorities around the world battle to contain the spread of the new Omicron strain of Covid-19, it has been reported that one of the first cases detected in the United States, a man who had travelled to New York from Minnesota, was in the city to attend an anime...

Someone Please Explain This Hideo Kojima Tweet To Me


Hideo Kojima’s Twitter feed is one of the best in the gaming industry. He talks movies, shares his eclectic interests with fans, and generally provides a dose of positivity in a world sorely bereft of good vibes. But I really need someone to walk me through what the heck he meant when he sent a...

Diablo Meets Minecraft In This Game Pass Hidden Gem


The Riftbreaker is a silly name for a game that is much better than its title might imply. Released in October on Xbox Game Pass and blending elements from Factorio, Minecraft, MechWarrior, Diablo, and others, I found this top-down survival game very hard to put down. Read more

Battlefield 2042 Players Mad Over Santa Skin


A recent Twitter post has revealed that Santa Claus will in fact be coming to town, at least in the form of a Battlefield 2042 skin. Some people are—both surprisingly and unsurprisingly—very mad about this. Surprising because...well, it’s Santa, and it’s weird to get mad at a kind old man)....

Looks Like The Steam Deck Might Get Some Competition


Five months after Valve announced the Steam Deck, a new challenger enters the handheld console market. The chip manufacturer Qualcomm partnered with gaming hardware company Razer to produce the Snapdragon G3x, a streamer-friendly console that can play games across PC, mobile, consoles, and...

Xbox Game Pass Is Starting To Add Games Without Announcing Them


Xbox Game Pass has slowly become one of the best deals in video games, offering players a large library of new and old titles across PC and Xbox at a pretty decent price. And now Microsoft has started tossing in surprise games, like Generation Zero and Townscaper, with no announcement or teaser...

Halo Infinite Player Headshots 23 Spartans With One Bullet


If you had one shot or one opportunity to land a headshot on more than 20 players in a row in Halo Infinite with just one bullet, would you capture it or let it slip? Good news: Both my Eminem reference and the answer to whether or not this feat is possible have been put to rest thanks to Japanese...

Next-Gen Launch Title Godfall Really, Really Wants You To Come Back


Incredibly shiny action role-playing game Godfall is still looking for players a year after its debut as a PlayStation 5 launch game. When it didn’t make a big splash on PS5 and PC, it added a PS4 version. Now the devs have stripped away the story and campaign to create the Challenger Edition,...

Destiny 2’s New Dungeon Is Inspired By The Infamous Loot Cave


The Steam listing for Destiny 2’s upcoming Bungie 30th Anniversary Pack celebrating the studio’s history recently revealed that the game’s big new dungeon will be a throwback to the most famous moment in Destiny history: the loot cave.Read more

Fortnite's Chapter 3 Is Already Starting To Leak Ahead of Season Finale


A Fortnite trailer has been found on TikTok, which allegedly depicts our first glimpse of the outrageously popular third-person battle royale’s third major map. The trailer also provides some huge hints at the finale of Chapter Two, which many believe got its own teaser on Dwayne “The Rock”...

Bloodborne Vibes Weren’t Intentional, Say Pinocchio Souls-Like Devs


Earlier this month, South Korean developer Round8 Studio shared early gameplay footage for Lies of P, its upcoming Souls-like based on the classic Pinocchio fairy tale. And while the dark fantasy setting elicited obvious comparisons to From Software masterpiece Bloodborne, the devs recently told...

Arnold Schwarzenegger chce, abyste hráli World of Tanks


Autoři World of Tanks už v minulosti spolupracovali s mnoho akčními hvězdami, ať jde o Stevena Seagala, Chucka Norrise, nebo Kurta Russela. Tentokrát se jim ale podařilo oslovit tu vůbec nejzářivější. Na vánoční festival tanků vás zve samotný Arnold Schwarzenegger

Valve's Steam Deck Probably Won't Get Exclusive Games


Valve has confirmed that for its upcoming handheld device, the Steam Deck, the company won’t be encouraging the release of any kind of exclusive games that you couldn’t also get on a desktop computer or laptop.Read more

The Art Of Battlefield 2042


Now that Battlefield 2042 is out, the game’s artists are free to showcase their work on industry portfolio site ArtStation, and as has been the case with pretty much every game in the series, there is some incredible stuff to enjoy, regardless of your thoughts on the game itself. Read more

This Cozy Game's Puzzles Are Deliciously Dark


Moncage is an emotionally devastating game, but not because of the story it tries to tell. The game asks you to solve puzzles by connecting the violent and the mundane. At first, I was charmed when I used a bicycle pedal to unlock a door. My stomach dropped when I used a trash can to shoot a real...

Everything In Battlefield 2042’s First Massive Patch


With the deployment of a massive patch today, EA revealed everything it’s tweaking in Battlefield 2042 immediately following its rough launch. Hundreds of tiny fixes won’t magically transform the shooter into what longtime fans want it to be, but they’ll definitely make it a less frustrating...

Beloved Shooter Titanfall Will Be Pulled From Stores Permanently


Titanfall, the game which catapulted Respawn Entertainment to the status of EA’s star studio, is being pulled from digital storefronts and subscription services on March 1, 2022. This, to me? Sucks. However—given the game’s recent brush with some very bad hacking—it isn’t particularly surprising...

The Best Fan-Made Anime Cars In Forza Horizon 5


There’s only one place you’ll find a pristine 1957 BMW Isetta 300 cosplaying as a character from 1988 Miyazaki classic My Neighbor Totoro, and I don’t mean my personal garage. The Forza Horizon series has long been a place where anime fans and car enthusiasts come together, and Forza Horizon 5...

A Lone Hacker Has Been Terrorizing Pokémon Fans Trying To Trade Monsters


It’s been a bad year for anyone who wants to trade in Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon. Since this spring, one hacker has rendered these 3DS games’ Global Trade System nearly unusable, as hacked pokémon they uploaded cause players’ hardware to freeze upon trying to access the GTS. Read more

GameStop Pushes Employees To The Breaking Point During Holiday Rush


It’s been a gangbusters year for those at the top of the GameStop pyramid. Revenue is down and stores are closing, but the stock price continues to hover around an unprecedented $200 a share, forging gilded parachutes for its fleeing C-Suite. For many at the bottom, however, it’s been one of...

Solar Ash: The Kotaku Review


I almost pulled the plug on Solar Ash before it really began. For the most part, I’m glad I did not.Read more

Rockstar Delays Physical Editions Of GTA Trilogy


Rockstar Games has announced via Twitter that the physical editions of Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition have been delayed to December 17 for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Nintendo Switch owners will have to wait until sometime in early 2022. The physical...

Xbox Game Pass Is Closing Out 2021 With A Bang


Next week, Halo Infinite, which has had its free-to-play multiplayer mode playable for some time now, comes to Xbox Game Pass in full. But Microsoft’s games-on-demand service is getting a whole lot more than one deliriously anticipated first-person shooter, as evidenced by a stacked December 2021...

With Omicron Looming, Japan Institutes More Travel Bans


Since spring 2020, Japan has banned foreign visitors from entering the country. There have been exceptions—some fair, some not. Last month, Japan began opening the border to business travelers and students. And then, Omicron hit. Read more

Here Are Japan's Biggest Selling Manga of 2021


Japan’s premiere sales chart Oricon has released a list of the biggest selling manga of this year in Japan. Yes, 2021 isn’t quite over yet, but hey, we’re close enough. Read more

Right-Wing Group Wants Bobby Kotick Removed From Coca-Cola's Board


The National Legal and Policy Center, a right-wing organisation that “promotes ethics in public life”, has written to Coca-Cola Chairman and CEO James Quincey asking that he “immediately seek the resignation” of besieged Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick from the company’s board of directors,...

Pět nejočekávanějších her, které vycházejí v prosinci


Většina z nejdůležitějších her letošního roku už je venku, což však neznamená, že bychom se snad v prosinci měli u počítačů nudit. Kromě nového dílu kultovní série Halo se můžeme těšit i na dvojici zajímavých adventur nebo dosud nejambicióznější díl z hororové série Five Nights

Twitch Is Now Using Machine Learning To Target Ban Evaders


Twitch is about to roll out a new tool called Suspicious User Detection, which aims to do exactly what it says on the box: try and detect users who are being suspicious. More specifically, those trying to evade existing bans. Read more

Halo Infinite’s PC Cheating Has Xbox Players Wanting To Split


Halo Infinite has certainly had an eventful launch. The game released over half a month early, was met with critical acclaim for how damn good it feels, and received massive backlash for its progression system all in the span of a single week. As the dust has settled and players have gotten more...

Someone Is Trying To Make Mother 4 Again And It Looks Great


Not satisfied with simply taking inspiration from Mother (known as EarthBound outside Japan), a new group of developers is trying their hands at creating an unofficial numbered entry in Nintendo’s cult classic role-playing franchise.Read more

New World Bots Are Stealing All Resources And Tanking The Economy


Amazon Game Studios’ New World has been plagued by a number of issues since the MMORPG launched in September, from incredibly simple exploits to repeated pauses in its economy due to cheaters. The game’s latest confounding issue comes in a deluge of high-level farming bots that are stripping...

How The Celeste Speedrunning Community Became Queer As Hell


Queerness has always existed in the gaming world, even if it hasn’t always been out in the open. But more and more, we’re seeing new and existing gaming communities embrace and even center their queer members. One such community is the vast, rapidly growing subculture around speedrunning,...

Wow, Dead Cells Is Still Going Strong, Huh


For a game about the undying, Dead Cells is really living up to subject matter. The popular roguelike, first released in 2018 for consoles and PC, is getting even more new content, developer Motion Twin announced via press release today. The expansion announcement comes shortly after announcing...

The New Turn-Based League of Legends Game Is One Of The Best RPGs Of The Year


The Ruined King: A League of Legends Story is, like many of Riot’s recent projects, an effort in translation. League of Legends remains one of the biggest games in the world, despite its rampant community toxicity and the tremendous time investment required from most players—but things like...

Less Than 5 Percent Of Managers At Nintendo HQ Are Women


Following internal comments by Nintendo of America President Doug Bowser earlier this month about allegations of sexual misconduct and discrimination at Activision Blizzard, Nintendo has updated its Corporate Governance document today with a new commitment to “increase the proportion of women...

Halo Infinite's Battle Pass Just Got Way Better


Following weeks of vocal community backlash, developer 343 Industries has announced sweeping changes to Halo Infinite’s contentious battle pass. The adjustments, which go live today, make progression far friendlier, allowing you to easily rank up at least once per day.Read more

Fanoušek dohrál Skyrim za pouhých 72 minut, klíčem k úspěchu je pití vína


V obrovském světě legendárního RPG The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim se lze ztratit na stovky hodin a přitom ani nedokončit hlavní příběhovou linku. Fanoušek vystupující pod přezdívkou nucular to ovšem dokázal za pouhých 72 minut, aniž by přitom porušil pravidla nastavená autory hry. A prý to jde ještě...

Someone Needs To Send Hideo Kojima To Space


If Jeff Bezos and William Shatner have been to space, surely someone can get Hideo Kojima there, too. He would really, really like to go. While hosting a recent press screening for Last Night in Soho, the game creator once again underscored his desire to be an astronaut. According to Oricon, while...

Lucky Kids In Japan Are Getting A Pokémon Playground


Chansey’s name in Japanese is Rakkii (ラッキー ) or “lucky,” and that’s exactly what kids in Namie, Fukushima prefecture are. The character is getting its own playground in the city, and it looks sweet. Read more

Ludwig Leaves Twitch For YouTube Gaming


Twitch streamer Ludwig Ahgren, who in April set a world record for the highest number of subscribers—at over 270,000—has left the platform and will now be streaming exclusively at YouTube Gaming.Read more

Neon Genesis Evangelion Cosplay Gets In The F**king Robot


I’ve lost count of the amount of Neon Genesis Evangelion cosplay I’ve posted on this site over the last 10 years, but pretty much all of it has been focused on the anime’s characters, especially Rei and Asuka. It’s enormous mechs are a somewhat trickier proposition.Read more

Man Shot While Trying To Sell His PlayStation 5


We’re a year after release and the PS5 is still hard to find, which means the consoles already out there are a hot commodity. Sadly this has led to a heated resale culture around the machine, and even sadder in this case, it has resulted in a 19 year-old being shot trying to sell one.Read more

MrBeast's IRL Squid Game Sees Contestants Just Running The Red Light


YouTuber James Steven “MrBeast” Donaldson’s Squid Game recreation is so popular on the video-sharing platform that its view count almost mirrors that of the hit Korean survival drama that inspired it. While it’s easy to get caught up in how accurate the non-lethal set was, it’s even easier to miss...

Destiny 2's Expansions Have Become Needlessly Confusing


Destiny 2 has a reputation for being convoluted and obtuse, even among live service games, and things are about to get even worse when it comes to its expansions, with integral parts of the game arbitrarily paywalled behind old products.Read more

Halo Infinite’s Battle Pass Is Totally Fine, You Guys


There’s a new Halo out, the first in more than half a decade, but all anyone can talk about is its contentious battle pass. The convo has now hit a point of cacophonous saturation, prompting a top creative on the game to openly acknowledge complaints about Halo Infinite’s progression, and state...

Call of Duty: Vanguard Player Headshots Opponents With Donkey Kong Bongos


When Nintendo released the bongo drum controllers used with the Donkey Konga games and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat, the company probably didn’t envision them being used in a Call of Duty game. To be fair, neither did I. But in a recent Call of Duty: Vanguard match, Twitch streamer DeanoBeano managed...

Wrestling Man Collects 2,706 Copies Of Burger King Video Game


What drives a man to spend his time and money procuring a couple thousand copies of Burger King’s stealth-action advergame Sneak King? I have no idea, but wrestler and professional thumbtack enthusiast Leeroy Patterson seems to be having a great time doing it.Read more

Jump Force Is On Sale For $6 Before It Goes Offline In August 2022


Jump Force, a game that will be summarily executed by its publisher in just a few short months, is discounted to just $6 as part of Steam’s Fall sale—so this may be your last chance to grab the anime arena-fighter before the game is delisted in February 7, 2022, and sees its online services...

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Glitch Is Renaming Monsters


The latest batch of Pokémon games, Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, are experiencing a handful of silly glitches. While the duplication glitch is something players are exploiting to their advantage, there’s another glitchy issue players are encountering that is just plain weird: seeing their...

Real-Life Squid Game Without The Bleak Violence Is A Big Hit On YouTube


In Netflix’s Squid Game, the stakes are high. If you win, you get 45.6 billion Korean won ($39 million). If you lose, well, you die. YouTuber MrBeast has recreated Squid Game—but lowering the stakes in the process. Thank goodness for that!Just like in the original show, MrBeast’s real-live version...

Víc lidí jezdí traktorem ve Farming Simulatoru než střílí v Battlefieldu


Nejnovější díl vojenské střílečky Battlefield se příliš nepovedl. Vedle mizerných hodnocení v recenzích je to jasně vidět i na množství hráčů, kteří v něm tráví čas. V digitálním obchodu Steam tak hru v popularitě nečekaně překonal i daleko méně ambiciózní Farming Simulator 22, jehož rozpočet...

Vědec učí hrát laboratorní krysy Dooma. Běhat jim jde, střílet moc ne


Neuroinženýr Viktor Tóth uskutečnil experiment, během nějž nechal trojici laboratorních krys pomocí speciálně navrženého přístroje procházet virtuální labyrint postavený v enginu hry Doom. S minimálními náklady tak prokázal, že lze hlodavce automaticky a nepříliš stresujícím způsobem naučit...

On Steam, Farming Simulator 22 Has More Active Players Than Battlefield 2042


Battlefield 2042 isn’t having a great launch. Between bugs, a lack of content, and other problems, including the surprise release of Halo Infinite’s free multiplayer, Dice and EA’s big shooter is in the news for all the wrong reasons. And now, it seems more players on Steam want to go farming than...

Sunday Comics: Are You Real?


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

How To Easily Complete Some Halo Infinite Challenges Using Bots


Halo Infinite’s early multiplayer launch on Nov. 15 was a fun surprise and in the time since then the general response to the beta has been favorable. But, the free-to-play shooter’s battle pass has been heavily criticized for being too slow to level up and filled with crappy rewards. While I can’t...

Devs Behind DC Universe Online Are Working On A Marvel MMO


Revealed yesterday via an investor presentation, Daybreak Game’s Austin-based Dimensional Ink game studio is developing a new Marvel MMO. However, according to the same presentation, it will likely be a few years before we see a trailer or screenshot of the upcoming online superhero game. Read more

RECENZE: Nový Battlefield se narodil předčasně, slavné značce dělá ostudu


Měl to být jeden z vrcholů předvánoční sezony, místo toho se nový Battlefield 2042 zařadil na pozici jedné z vůbec nejhůře hodnocených her letošního roku. Možná to není vůči jeho autorům úplně fér, potenciál pro zlepšení tu rozhodně je, minimálně v příštích pár měsících však před koupí hry musíme...

14 Fascinating Unknown Indie Games To Play Right Now


More games come out a day than an infinite number of monkey would be able to play. However, as one simple chimpanzee, I have compiled a list of 14 recently released indie games that fell beneath the gaming press’s radar. With over eight billion genres represented, there’s got to be something you’ll...

25 Exciting Indie Games To Wishlist Right Now


While the rest of Kotaku are all in their nearest Walmart, fighting strangers to death over the last discounted toaster, I have restored proper British control to the site. With a stiff upper lip and neatly ironed pair of trousers, I’m using my unchallenged authority to write about as many...

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Having Its First Good Day


Poor old Cyberpunk 2077. Is a phrase I never thought I’d think. But here we are, just a couple of weeks away from its first year on sale (!), and I do find myself feeling odd twinges. Because goodness me, it’s rather popular on Steam today.Read more

New World Starts Accidentally Giving Out Free Gold


Amazon’s New World is certainly used to players finding exploits to plunder extra gold, but yesterday the MMO took it to a whole new level: The game itself accidentally started giving out chestfuls of gold to certain players.Read more

Japan Has Black Friday For Some Reason


Thursday was Thanksgiving, but Japan doesn’t celebrate Thanksgiving. That hasn’t stopped Japanese retail from rolling out Black Friday sales. Read more

Get 'Em, Jinx


Carla Antonia is an artist and illustrator based in France.Read more

New Shouting Game Will Really Boil Your Piss


That Really Boils My Piss is a neat little itch.io game that lets you vent your frustrations with the office in the most direct, cathartic way imaginable: by screaming.Read more

Meet The Minecraft Players Who Beat The Game Without Leaving Spawn


Minecraft is nothing less than the best selling video game in history. It’s no mistake that Mojang’s masterpiece has ended up where it is: It is a game of infinite possibilities, where players are free to create whatever they want, with only their own imaginations as a limitation. It turns out that...

The Nintendo Switch Has Crazy Sales On Right Now


Black Friday is awful, and we should all refuse to take part. But in other news, goodness gracious, there are a lot of amazing prices on Nintendo Switch just now. Publishers like Capcom, Ubisoft and EA have joined Nintendo’s own first-party titles in luring you toward the evils of capitalist...

Adventure Games Saved My Life (Well, My Afternoon)


Warning: this headline is possibly a slight exaggeration. But adventure games certainly saved my afternoon, and some enormous embarrassment. Because earlier this week, I found myself locked in my bathroom, with no sensible means of rescue. Then immediately fell back on 40 years of adventure gaming...

The Top 15 Halo Multiplayer Maps


By my own rough count, the Halo series has seen some 150 or so multiplayer maps over the course of its two decades. Many of these are good. Some are great. And of course, some are terrible. For this list, I and my fellow Kotaku Halo fans tried to narrow this extensive field down to what we consider...

The Biggest Fan Theories For Netflix's Second Season Of Arcane, Explained


Surprising no one, Arcane, the wildly popular Netflix interpretation of a similarly blockbuster video game, is getting a second season. Netflix officially announced the news over the weekend, the next step on the path of League of Legends’ apparent (but kinda out-of-left field) quest for total...

Fire At Super Nintendo World, But Thankfully No One Was Injured


On Tuesday, a maintenance worker discovered at fire in the indoor area of the Yoshi’s Adventure attraction at Super Nintendo World in Universal Studios Japan. Fire trucks and emergency vehicles were called, but thankfully no one was injured as the park was already closed for the day. Read more

Sports Game Delayed Over Cover Star's Dick Pic Scandal


Sometimes, sports video games need to change their covers just before they’re released. It’s happened with FIFA and PES, it’s happened with Madden, it’s happened to NBA 2K. It’s now also happening with Cricket 22, but for slightly more scandalous reasons.Read more

Video Game Faces Might Finally Start Bridging The Uncanny Valley


Photorealistic faces in video games have been with us for a while, but they’ve still been a long way from what you’d call realistic, as while we’ve got the polygons and texturing almost perfected, facial animations remain are still stuck in the depths of the uncanny valley.Read more

Politická satira formou videohry, naštvaní Britové si neberou servítky


Dva nezávislí vývojáři se rozhodli světu ukázat, jak by mohly vypadat klasické střílečky Doom a Duke Nukem, kdyby jejich dějištěm byla Velká Británie. Nezávisle na sobě vytváří modifikace, v nichž ukazují, že šmejdi z vesmíru ani pekelní kyberdémoni nemusí být to největší nebezpečí, které světu...

Arknights Tells A Compelling War Story With, Err, Catgirls


For a long time, I ignorantly assumed that anthro art was...unserious. Anime catgirls and dog boys generally seem pretty upbeat, drawn with bright colors and cheerful expressions. I’d never encountered a furry story with riveting character arcs, having only ever accidentally stumbled upon...

Roblox Sues YouTuber For $1.6 Million Over Terrorizing Kids Platform


Roblox is finally taking notorious YouTuber Benjamin “Ruben Sim” Simon to court over his alleged attacks on the gaming social media platform and its young fans. A lawsuit filed in California court on Tuesday wants the longtime banned player to pay $1.6 million in damages and stop harassing Roblox...

Bobby Kotick Has Always Been A Siimy Douchebag


Bobby Kotick is a weasel of the highest order. And while he may finally be facing a reckoning for some of his actions as CEO of Activision Blizzard, it’s been a long time coming.Read more

Fortnite Chapter Two Ends On December 4 With 'The End'


After eight seasons of cubic drama, Fortnite’s second chapter comes to a close in a special event aptly titled “The End.” The one-time-only in-game event, which starts December 4, will have players rallying against the Cube Queen in a battle for The Island.Read more

13 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started Death’s Door


Haven’t you heard? Death’s Door is one of the best games of the year. It’s also one of the toughest. Acid Nerve’s isometric dungeon-crawler, which came out to great acclaim in July on Xbox and PC, landed on PlayStation and Switch this week—just in time for GotY season. How convenient.Read more

Poyo? Kirby Has Been Nominated For A Grammy


Kirby, Kirby, Kirby. We already know he’s the star of the show, but now Nintendo’s pink mascot that’s shaped like a friend is being acknowledged as a star on the grand stage of the 64th annual Grammy Awards.Read more

Halo Infinite Devs Respond To Samurai Armor Event Backlash


Halo Infinite, despite its impeccable game feel, has been heavily under fire for its mediocre cosmetic offerings and utterly dreadful progression system—luckily, 343 Industries claim to be on the case after a short (and very well deserved) break.Read more

Halo Infinite Cheaters Are Insta-Clicking Heads With Aimbots


Though its campaign isn’t out yet, 343 Industries’ Halo Infinite is already seeing massive success on account of its free-to-play multiplayer that launched just last week. Unfortunately for those playing with dignity and respect, it seems cheaters are out in full force, resorting to dubious tactics...

The Dragon Ball Z Horror Game Is Getting A Beta Soon, Here’s A Closer Look


Bandai Namco posted a more in-depth gameplay video of its anime take on Dead By Daylight where one Dragon Ball Z villain is pitted against a handful of survivors on Wednesday. The company also included information about their closed beta test, which you can register for if you have a Steam...

This Sci-Fi Game Might Have The Best Movement Of The Year


Controlling Exo One’s strange spherical spacecraft, as it rolls over hills, soars through the skies, or skips across ocean waves, is an extraordinary feeling. It’s a rollercoaster ride. It’s making a perfect ski jump in a round of Tribes. It’s skimming the clouds in Tiny Wings. It’s all the good...

Battlefield 2042 Details Upcoming ‘We’re Sorry’ Patches


EA laid out its post-launch plans for Battlefield 2042 through the rest of the year, and while new content isn’t in the cards until 2022, there will be three waves of ongoing fixes between now and the end of December. Welcome to the season of the never-ending beta.Read more

Arcades In Japan Keep Closing, Which Sucks


The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the Japanese arcade industry hard. With the country closed off to tourism, it might only seem like big city arcades are the ones that are hurting the most. That’s simply not the case. Earlier this year, Kotaku reported that things were horrible for Japanese arcades....

Microsoft Publishes 1999 Letter From Failed Attempt To Buy Nintendo


Over 20 years ago, as Microsoft were gearing up to release the original Xbox, some at the company were concerned that they wouldn’t have enough games to accompany the console at launch. So someone had the bright idea to go and try to buy Nintendo. Problem solved.Read more

OBRAZEM: Tipy pro bohaté hráče: Xbox od Gucciho nebo Pikaču z křišťálu


Pokud nemusíte hrát nejnovější hity na plné detaily, není hraní videoher až tak drahý koníček. Na druhou stranu, pokud se toužíte pochlubit, že se vám dobře daří (a že nemáte žádný estetický vkus), vychází vám herní společnosti také vstříc. Pojďte se podívat na některé zajímavé artefakty, kterými...

Xbox Celebrates 20th Anniversary With A Museum That Might Drag You


Today, as part of Xbox’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration, Microsoft released a virtual museum covering the history of the consoles themselves, as well as our own personal, individual history with them. In the browser-centric museum, you can walk the halls, taking in 3D timelines of each...

How To Get Halo Infinite’s Sick Samurai Armor


See that kick-ass suit of armor at the top of the post? That’s a prize available for knocking out objectives in Halo Infinite’s first timed event, dubbed “Fracture: Tenrai,” which went live on Xbox and PC this afternoon and runs through November 30. For no other reason than “Ahhhh, look at it,”...

Rare Zelda Demo From 1997 Recreated By Fans


Want to party like it’s 1997? Well, you’re in luck, as a dedicated group of Zelda fans recently wrapped on a project that’s all about recreating what it felt like to play Ocarina of Time at a Nintendo event in the late 90s before it was officially released.Read more

DICE Forgot About Building Collision In Battlefield 2042


Battlefield 2042 is shaping up to be a broken mess of a game, one that probably could’ve benefited from another month—or year—in development. Still, it’s officially out on most major platforms, and players are once again having a blast with aspects of it that the designers never intended them...

International Authorities Seize A Butt Ton Of Fake Pokémon Cards


It seems some folks wanted to be the very best, like no one ever was. An unnamed company’s plans were apparently thwarted recently, however, when officials at China’s Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport seized 7.6 tons of counterfeit Pokémon cards.Read more

Pokémon Cloning Trick Discovered In Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl


Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl have only been out for a few days and players have already stumbled into a massive glitch that lets you endlessly clone any Pokémon in the game, including whatever rare items they’re holding. That means it doubles as a duplication trick, and effectively...

Dead Cells Gets Major Crossover Event Worthy of Smash Bros.


Dead Cells has gone full Super Smash Bros. with its new ‘Everyone Is Here’ update, which adds new weapons and character skins from half a dozen phenomenal indie games including Blasphemous, Skul: The Hero Slayer, Hyper Light Drifter, Guacomelee, Curse of the Dead Gods and Hollow Knight.Read more

Look At This Squeakin’ Guinea Pig Car Racing Game You Guys


You can keep your Demon Slayer and your Dr. Stones, the greatest animated entertainment to come out of Japan in the past decade is Pui Pui Molcar. The hit series is a stop-motion masterpiece in which people drive around in cars that are actually adorable guinea pigs, and it’s getting its first...

Former Nintendo Exec Reggie Fils-Aimé Hosts Xbox Event For Microsoft


Right from the get go, former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé addresses the elephant in the room: “I’m sure at this point you’re wondering, what is the former president and chief operating officer of Nintendo of America doing at a Microsoft Xbox event?”“I don’t know what I’m doing...

XxxHolic Manga Getting A Live-Action Film In Japan


Artist collective Clamp’s popular xxxHolic manga will be turned into a live-action movie adaptation, starring Ryunosuke Kamiki, who previously appeared as Seta in the Rurouni Kenshin film franchise, and Ko Shibasaki of Battle Royale and 47 Ronin fame. Read more

Activision's Damage Control Reaches Sad New Low


Faced with internal unrest, plummeting share prices and a growing public relations disaster, the men and women at the very top of Activision Blizzard—the senior executives and board of directors—should all be resigning. Instead, they’ve put out a desperate press release in the middle of the night...

Wild Halo Infinite Flag Heist Pays Off


For the first time in a decade, Halo is magical again. Halo 4 and 5 were fine, but they largely lacked the magic that defined previous games: the signature cocktail of oppositional plays that turn your vision red while also making you laugh so hard your lungs hurt. Halo Infinite has so far nailed...

I Bought A Genshin Impact Titty Mouse Pad, And I Love It


Anime conventions are twilight zones of highly questionable purchasing decisions. The colorful displays are ruthlessly effective at pressuring con-goers into spending their money on the basis of emotions, rather than logic or fiscal responsibility. When I was a high schooler, I would often...

Final Fantasy 7 Battle Royale Doesn't Just Work, It's Tight


While Fortnite remains banned from Apple’s walled garden, there’s no shortage of battle royales to play on Android and iOS devices, especially with big-names like Call of Duty: Mobile and PUBG Mobile available. But we now have a new PvEvP experience that fills the Epic Games-sized hole left in...

Fresh Off Legal Skirmish, Sony Secures PS5 Plate Patent


If Thanksgiving week is all about setting plates, here’s a tidbit you can feast on: Sony appears to have been granted a patent earlier this month from the United States Trademark Office for plate covers, spurring some observers to speculate that alt-colored PS5 plates could be in the works.Read more

New World Quietly Made Its Endgame Harder And Players Are Pissed


Last week’s “Into The Void” update for Amazon MMO New World introduced a new weapon for players to wield, new enemies to conquer, and balance changes aimed at making life a little more enjoyable for explorers of Aeternum Island. Unfortunately, the update also included an undocumented boost in power...

How To Master Every New Weapon In Halo Infinite


Halo Infinite, which is slated for full release on December 8 but had its multiplayer mode surprise-released in beta last week, features as robust an arsenal as any other Halo. Series stalwarts are fundamentally the same as ever: The battle rifle still fires in three-round bursts, the needler still...

How To Trade For Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Exclusives


A new pair of Pokémon games is out which means players will once again need to trade in order to complete each game’s full Pokédex. Fortunately, some in the community are pushing a unified list of trade codes and good manners to make it easier for players to exchange Pokémon between Brilliant...

Rats (Sort Of) Played Doom Via VR


I guess it was inevitable that once humanity got Doom running on everything, including cash registers, Twitter, and unreleased consoles, that we would have to seek out a new formidable challenge. Now that we’ve nearly done it all, it’s not about how you play Doom, but who you get to play Doom....

Every Horizon Forbidden West Character Will Have Some Kind Of Attitude


A swath of new Horizon Forbidden West details were revealed today on the PlayStation Blog. Among them is mention of a new crowd system that will influence NPC behavior, with the stated goal of making the various tribes and cultures you encounter feel distinct not just in their clothing...

Genshin Impact's Next Characters Include An Exorcist And An Opera Singer


This morning, the official Genshin Impact Twitter account gave more information about Shenhe and Yun Jin, who will be playable characters sometime in the future. According to the tweets, Shenhe will be a cryo-element polearm user, and Yun Jin will be a geo-element polearm user. Read more

Shin Megami Tensei V: The Kotaku Review


Shin Megami Tensei V takes place in two Tokyos—both are real, despite what the angels will tell you on their worst days. Bodies and ghosts alike still pump through streets, subway stations, and the city’s other familiar arteries. They cross long-forgotten leylines, producing a new arcane...

Smažte moji hudbu, prosí skladatel soundtracku k Destiny


Bývalý zaměstnanec studia Bungie Martin O’Donnell nasdílel na internet podklady ke svému oceňovanému soundtracku k populární střílečce Destiny. Jelikož však neměl autorská práva, musí nyní zaplatit pokutu, a ještě se veřejně omlouvat

The Evercade VS Recaptures That Cartridge Game Magic


Last year UK company Blaze Entertainment released the Evercade, a lovely handheld gaming system that uses cartridges to play retro game compilations. Now the company is doubling down with the Evercade VS, a TV console with two cartridge slots and support for four-player local multiplayer. Slapping...

Historie se opakuje, nový Battlefield se v době vydání hráčům nelíbí


Jedna z nejočekávanějších her letošního roku zažívá nepovedený start a hráči se v diskusních fórech předhánějí, kdo jí víc naloží. Situace tak připomíná nepovedené vydání Battlefieldu 4 nebo Star Wars: Battlefront 2, ze kterých se však nakonec vyklubaly výborné hry

Here's The First Look At The League Of Legends Fighting Game


Last night, Riot Games released the first gameplay video of Project L, a fighting game set in the League of Legends universe. The video included a few different League characters and an in-depth discussion about what type of fighting game the devs behind Project L are trying to create. Read more

Sunday Comics: But Now...


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

The Nintendo Wii Is Now 15 Years Old


On November 19, 2006, Nintendo released the Wii, the GameCube successor. It would end up becoming one of the best-selling video game consoles of all time and would push the other console makers to add motion controls to their current machines too. And while the whole motion control thing didn’t...

$10 Switch Game Currently On Sale For... Uh $250


It’s getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving, which means it’s getting closer and closer to Black Friday. And before that big day of sales, many stores, publishers and retailers are already offering up discounts on games and consoles. For example, Switch game Membrane is regularly $9.99, but...

Here's All The Type Matchups In Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl


A new Pokémon is out in the wild. Well, an old Pokémon is out in the wild, resprayed to look and feel like a new Pokémon. Yes, Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl, released for the Switch on November 19, are by all accounts faithful but unimaginative remakes of the 2006 generation-IV...

GameStop Meme Stock Villain Buys Copy Of The Constitution For $43 Million


Here are some words I never thought I’d type: the hedge fund CEO that bailed out GameStop short sellers earlier this year just secretly outbid a hyped-up bunch of crypto lords for an ultra rare copy of the original U.S. Constitution. Earlier this year, billionaire Kenneth Griffin became public...

Chystá se zřejmě i remaster čtvrtého GTA. Fanoušky to teď spíš děsí


Po zkažené „definitivní edici“ legendární trilogie her série Grand Theft Auto už teď příznivci studia Rockstar trochu s obavou vyhlížejí, jaká hra si projde modernizací příště. Pokud by taková práce byla ve stejném duchu jako současná nabídka, pak se není moc na co těšit

Elden Ring May Just Reinvent The Open-World Genre


From Software, as you may already know, has a new game coming out early next year. It’s called Elden Ring, and after spending a few hours with it during last week’s preview, I’m here to say that it’s shaping up to be something really special.Read more

Shin Megami Tensei V's Demons Are Cheeky Little Bastards


It’s rough being a demon in Shin Megami Tensei V. The demonic netherworld is a barely hospitable wasteland even when there’s not a blue-haired anime boy beating up your friends and collecting them like Pokémon. Honestly, I can’t even blame these creatures for occasionally getting cheeky.Read more

Six Things We Learned Today About Halo Infinite


Halo Infinite has had one hell of a week. On Monday—the sci-fi franchise’s 20th birthday—series stewards 343 Industries surprise-released Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode, weeks ahead of schedule, to instant-zeitgeist reception. Today, various sites published glowing previews of the first few hours...

An Open Thread If You Need To Vent


I said at the beginning of the year that it felt weird to talk about video games as a right-wing mob stormed the United States capitol building. Sad to say, that feeling hasn’t let up in the last 10 months and change, especially with the news currently dominating today’s headlines.Read more

GTA Trilogy Fans Say They've Found A Clue About GTA 6


While Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy -The Definitive Edition is a dumpster fire that Rockstar Games is finally addressing, those playing the San Andreas remaster have found a detail that some think may be a clue to the setting of GTA 6. The “clue”? Among images depicting recognizable locations from...

F-Zero Fans Offer $5,000 Bounty For Long-Lost SNES Race Tracks


Do you have old Satellaview cartridges lying around that were last used 24 years ago to play an obscure, Japan-exclusive F-Zero game? Well, that aging data is now worth a good chunk of cash thanks to a pair of fans intent on preserving the franchise’s history.Read more

Rockstar Apologizes For Busted GTA Trilogy, Offers Free Games To Owners


Today, Rockstar Games released a statement where the publisher apologizes for the various technical and visual issues players have documented in the recently released Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition. More importantly, Rockstar is promising updates to fix these issues. ...

What The Xbox Series X/S Has (And Hasn’t) Added Over The Year


When Microsoft released its next-gen consoles, the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, nearly a year ago, it was tough to want for much. After all, both machines used the same interface and UI as their seven-year-old predecessor, the Xbox One. Familiarity allows little room for desire. Why change...

Resurgence Of Facism Forces Warhammer To Remind Fans Imperium Are Villains


Some Warhammer 40,000 players think the game’s fascist Imperium of Man faction is awesome, and actually has a few good ideas. It does not. To clarify this point—which more than one Warhammer 40K fan appears to have missed—maker Games Workshop put out a statement saying that you do not, under...

Epic rozdává umění. Krásnou hopsačku i nejlepší alba Radiohead


Nabídka her zdarma od digitálního obchodu Epic sice tentokrát nenabízí žádné komerčně úspěšné pecky, o to spíše byste ji neměli minout. Vedle vynikající kooperativní hopsačky Never Alone, která mimo jiné vyhrála i jednu cenu BAFTA a je součástí interaktivní exhibice muzea Simthsonian, je to...

Sega's Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio Is Making Yakuza 8


In October 2021, Yakuza creator Toshihiro Nagoshi confirmed he was leaving the studio he helped found. Joining him in the departure was long-time series director and producer Daisuke Sato. In a new interview with Weekly Famitsu, the studio’s new boss Masayoshi Yokoyama talks about how these...

The Best PlayStations Were Beat To Hell


I remember the first PlayStation I ever had wasn’t even really mine, it was one that me and a bunch of guys I was living with in England had bought and shared. And while it worked, it was also in the worst shape imaginable, covered in stickers and chip dust and beer stains and God knows what...

I'm Enjoying Battlefield 2042, But There May Be Something Wrong With Me


Earlier this week, Ethan rightly called out Battlefield 2042 as being the “wrong game at the wrong time”. A similar piece on Eurogamer says Battlefield 2042's opening weekend was “a disaster”. User reviews of the game are in the toilet. Imagine my confusion, then, when I realised last night...

Destiny 2 Gets Biggest Balance Patch Ever Next Month


It’s quiet in Destiny 2 at the moment, but big changes are right around the corner. Last week, Bungie outlined major balance changes coming to weapons next month. Today, it revealed it’s completely overhauling how ability cooldowns work. Destiny 2 is going to feel like a very different game when...

Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer, As Told By Steam Reviews


At this juncture it’s almost comical that Halo was once upon a time treated as second fiddle on PC. These days, it’s an undeniable juggernaut. Case in point: Earlier this week, Microsoft surprise-released a beta for Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode on Xbox and PC. It instantly rocketed up the Steam...

Someone Right-Clicked Every NFT In The Heist Of The Century


Hours ago, a website appeared online with the express purpose of hosting a nearly 20TB torrent (that’s terabytes, folks, the big boys of digital data measurement) containing every NFT available through the Ethereum and Solana blockchains.Read more

In A Twist, Nintendo Is Actually Supporting Smash Bros. Melee Now


After years of neglect and in some cases outright hostility, Nintendo has finally admitted that competitive Smash Bros. Melee exists. On Thursday, Nintendo announced a series of all new tournaments for the 20-year-old GameCube game. They will be part of an official Smash Bros. championship series...

A Saucy Queer Romance Game About Vampires? Say Less


LGBTQIA+ studio First Bite Games, after a year of titillating its followers on social media with love bites of information and spicy character art, has finally released its dark comedy visual novel romance game, First Bite. Initially scheduled to release on Halloween, First Bite came out yesterday...

Far Cry 6’s First DLC Is A Weird Little Roguelike Starring Vaas


Vaas, Far Cry 3’s famous villain, has an equally well-known speech about the definition of insanity. As he tells it, “Insanity is doing the exact same fucking thing, over and over again, expecting shit to change. That is crazy.” So it seems perfect that Far Cry 6’s first DLC starring...

What The PS5 Has (And Hasn't) Added Over The Past Year


One year ago, two notable events happened in the world of video games. First, on November 12, Sony released the PlayStation 5 in certain markets—its first totally new gaming console in seven years. Then, a few days later, Kotaku assessed the new system’s features, exploring what it would take...

Harry Potter RPG 'Accidentally' Added Popular Hentai Porn Expression


Harry Potter: Magic Awakened, a card-based RPG for mobile devices and PC that’s only available in Eastern countries for now, is really popular in China. However, the game is currently attracting attention not for its incredibly successful launch, but for a hilariously unfortunate “bug” that’s...

See Arya Stark Fight Batman In W.B.’s Bonkers New Fighting Game


Last month, leaked images showing a platform fighting game featuring Warner Bros.-owned fictional properties including Batman and Steven Universe made the rounds. Today, WB Games confirmed the game, titled MultiVersus, in a trailer. And you know what? Unlike the name, it doesn’t look so bad!...

Halo Infinite Improves Grindy Battle Pass, Gives Out Bonus Gift


Microsoft has announced updates to Halo Infinite’s battle pass ahead of schedule, following widespread backlash at how it awards XP. While it won’t address all of the underlying criticisms, these new tweaks will definitely make the grind a little more palatable in the weeks leading up to...

Let's Build A Zoo: The Kotaku Review


The park I’ve been cultivating in Springloaded Games’ Let’s Build a Zoo currently houses two lions. One is actually someone’s lost dog that we dressed as a lion. The other is a robot made out of dead animals that saves me money by not having to eat or drink. One could argue that my zoo actually...

Krize Activisionu se prohlubuje, lidé si žádají hlavu ředitele Koticka


Ani po měsících od vypuknutí kauzy údajného sexuálního obtěžování zaměstnankyň krize videoherní společnosti Activision Blizzard nekončí, naopak dále eskaluje. Podle nejnovějších poznatků je do ní totiž osobně zapleten i její nejvyšší ředitel Bobby Kotick, který jí šéfuje už třicet let

Capcom Delays Cool-Looking Sci-Fi Game Pragmata To 2023


One of the most interesting-looking games announced in 2021 was Pragmata. The debut trailer was so baffling that some mistook it for a Hideo Kojima production. That is not a bad thing! Pragmata was supposed to be out in 2022, but today, Capcom announced that the game has been pushed back...

The Art Of Forza Horizon 5


Forza Horizon 5 is fun as hell, but I think the main reason so many more people seem into it than the last entry in the series is how it looks. Not in terms of the number of polygons on the screen, but just the vibe of it. Read more

Hráli jsme Elden Ring. Bude to fantasy událost příštího roku


Elden Ring je jednou z nejočekávanějších her za dlouhé roky. Spojení tvůrců Dark Souls ze studia FromSoftware a George R. R. Martina, autora knižní série Píseň ledu a ohně, na jejíž motivy vznikl seriál Hra o trůny, je pro mnohé splněným snem

PlayStation Boss Calls Out Activision Following Dire Kotick Revelations


As the wider gaming world reacts to yesterday’s latest wave of allegations against senior figures at Activision, including the reigning world champion of hubris-before-a-fall, CEO Bobby Kotick, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan expressed his disappointment at Activision’s response. In an email sent...

Modders Fight GTA Lawsuit As ‘Definitive’ Bundle Crashes And Burns


Attorneys representing the four defendants in Take-Two Interactive Software’s copyright infringement lawsuit against a group of Grand Theft Auto modders recently responded to the video game conglomerate’s complaint, flatly denying several allegations of wrongdoing. They also argue that their...

Popular Twitch Software Changing Name Following Plagiarism Accusations


Yesterday, the Twitter account for the livestreaming software Lightstream accused rival streaming software maker Streamlabs of stealing marketing copy from its website. After Lightstream tweeted about how Streamlabs’ website text was modeled on its own, other companies began to corroborate with...

Sounds Like The Pokémon Diamond And Pearl Remakes Play It Safe


Reviews have started dropping for Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl on the Nintendo Switch and it sounds like the remakes are a resounding meh. For players hoping for a bit more of a shakeup of the 2007 DS games, that’s a big disappointment. For hardcore fans who will play any new release...

Atari’s New Collectible Game Cartridges Off To A Rocky Start


Yesterday the folks at whatever counts as Atari these days launched Atari XP, a series of collectible and playable Atari 2600 cartridges featuring homebrew and prototype games never officially physically released. The cartridge collection’s debut was a bit messy, however, incorrectly attributing...

Splinter Cell Chaos Theory Is Free Right Now On PC


Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, a video game from the year of our lord 2005, is currently free to download on the Ubisoft Store. It is also on sale for 75% off on Steam as part of the company’s 35th anniversary celebration. Enjoy your scraps peons, one of the industry’s biggest publishers...

A Fully 3D Version Is Hiding Within 2D Metroid Dread


Smart games use smart short-cuts to fool our eyes. Hidden assets. Camera tricks. On-the-fly rendering. Yes, every video game is an exercise in perception, and Nintendo’s Metroid Dread is no exception. Read more

Elden Ring Players Discover Terrifying Bear Monster Beyond Demo’s Bounds


Not satisfied with the copious Elden Ring content provided by last weekend’s brief, intermittent network tests, players figured out a way to escape the bounds of the demo’s map and explore the lands beyond its limited scope, discovering new aspects of the highly anticipated game along the way.Read...

The Staples Center Will Be Renamed Crypto.com Arena


Cryptocurrency and NFT exchange Crypto.com has announced it’s struck a twenty-year name-licensing deal for the Los Angeles arena currently known as the Staples Center in could be the biggest American venue naming deal ever. Read more

Saints Row Delayed To August 2022


Volition’s Chief Creative Officer Jim Boone has announced that the release of the long-rumored Saints Row reboot has been pushed back over quality concerns. The less-silly Saints Row was scheduled for release on February 25, 2022—a month already packed with games. It will now be released on August...

Some Pixel Art From The Team Behind Unpacking


I wanted to do a Fine Art on Unpacking from the first moment I saw it, but then given this is a feature mostly about concept art, that also presented a problem: pretty much everything in the game was drawn first as pixel art then just lumped straight into the game, so getting hold...

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Talks About 'Exploitive' NFTs


NFTs, otherwise known as An Enormous Fucking Scam, are taking root everywhere that someone smells a fast buck and someone else is dumb enough to join them. Which in 2021 is, sadly, a lot of places! So it’s a slight relief, even if it’s only temporary, to see Xbox boss Phil Spencer speak publicly...

Prorokují mu krach, Star Citizen místo toho zdvojnásobí počet zaměstnanců


Rozpočet vznikajícího vesmírného simulátoru Star Citizen se brzy přehoupne přes neuvěřitelných 9 miliard korun, jeho vydání je však stále v nedohlednu. Společnost Cloud Imperium ovšem důrazně odmítá všechny spekulace o údajných finančních problémech, a naopak plánuje nabrat tisíc nových zaměstnanců

What Phil Spencer Can’t Tell You About Elder Scrolls VI Exclusivity


When the hotly-anticipated open world sci-fi RPG Starfield comes out next year it won’t be coming to PS4 or PS5. That’s a fact that seemed obvious the second Microsoft announced it was buying publisher Bethesda over a year ago in a groundbreaking $7.5 billion deal, but it took the Xbox team until...

Bobby Kotick Actually Wrote Fran Townsend's Deranged, Company-Wide Email


Earlier this year, an email was sent to all employees of Activision Blizzard from the email account of Chief Compliance Officer, former Executive Sponsor of the ABV Employee Women’s Network and former Torture Apologist Fran Townsend. Sent in the midst of historic allegations of harassment against...

Halo Infinite’s Menus Are Surprisingly Complex


Yesterday, Microsoft surprise-released Halo Infinite’s multiplayer mode on Xbox and PC—albeit in a beta state—weeks ahead of its planned December 8 target. Feedback thus far is largely in lockstep: Hot damn, this shooter is fun to play, but, um, what’s up with...

Calls For Bobby Kotick’s Resignation Intensify As Employees Stage Walkout


Social media is aflame with demands that video game industry exec Bobby Kotick resign from his position as CEO of Activision Blizzard in the wake of reporting from The Wall Street Journal about his own terrible treatment of women. Leading the charge are Activision Blizzard employees themselves,...

GTA Trilogy Fans Rediscover A 20-Year-Old Giant Car Glitch


Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy — Definitive Edition may have shredded some signature tunes from the series’ radio stations, and may, in just about every conceivable way, make the descriptor of “Definitive” sound like a joke, but—at the very least—you can still make an invulnerable, wiggly,...

Report: Activision's Bobby Kotick Didn't Just Know, He Also Mistreated Women


Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick claimed to be in the dark about widespread allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination that surfaced at the company earlier this year, but according to a new bombshell report by The Wall Street Journal, Kotick wasn’t just aware of the misconduct, he...

New Horror Dragon Ball Game Looks Like Anime Dead By Daylight


Dragon Ball villains Cell, Buu, and Frieza might not be much of a threat to Super Saiyan God Goku With Cheese, but to normal, non-fighting characters they’re downright terrifying. Bandai Namco harnesses that terror in Dragon Ball: The Breakers, an asymmetrical survival game that pits seven...

Fortnite's Naruto Crossover Finally Lets Sakura Have A Gun


While Fortnite’s Naruto crossover was teased on Twitter last week, the developers finally confirmed the details of the collaboration today. Starting right now, players can purchase costumes of Naruto, Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi from Naruto Shippuden. Yes, at long last, Sakura can make short work...

Halo Infinite's Battle Pass Sucks, Fans Say


Did you just eek out a nail biting victory in a Big Team Battle Slayer match? Bash a bunch of your fellow Spartans’ heads in with a flaming skull in Oddball? Capture a ton of objectives in Total Control, putting big numbers on the board for all your PVP comrades to see? Halo Infinite’s battle pass...

$500 Neopets NFTs Are So Sad Most Of Them Are Crying


As threatened back in September, the lovable childhood heroes known as the Neopets have turned to the dark side, transformed randomly into a series of non-fungible tokens and sold to folks interested in owning their own small slice of the death of our planet. Of the 10,000 tokens created less than...

Four Hours With Dying Light 2: Beyond An Open-World Zombie Game


Dying Light 2 was announced all the way back at E3 2018. A lot has happened in the three years since, including multiple delays and the departure of RPG writer/designer Chris Avellone from the project following sexual harassment allegations. Now set to come out in February 2022 (alongside a bunch...

Terrifying Co-Op Puzzler Forces Duos To See A Different Version Of The Game


Rusty Lake, the studio, have for years been creating some of the spookiest, most bizarre, and engrossing puzzle games. Becoming known for their incredible series of (free) short mobile games, Cube Escape, they then moved into full-length Lynchian creep-fests like Rusty Lake Hotel, Rusty Lake...

Japan's Manga Piracy Crackdown Continues


In 2019, there was a global manhunt for the manager of manga piracy site Manga-Mura. The manager, a Japanese citizen named Romi Hoshino, was arrested in Manila on copyright violation charges. In June 2021, he was found guilty, sentenced, and fined. If you thought that was the end of Japan’s piracy...

Company Of Heroes: The Kotaku Review


I’ve reviewed a lot of video game adaptations as part of my board game coverage for Kotaku. As you’d expect, since this is first and foremost a video game website. Some of those adaptations have been OK, some have been pretty good, but I haven’t played any quite like Company of Heroes before.Read...

Skate 2 Servers Killed Just As Game Makes Comeback


The good news first: EA’s classic Skate 2 is one of the over 70 games coming to the Xbox Series X/S’s backwards compatibility list. The bad news? It’s going to be missing its online multiplayer shortly afterwards, because EA is turning off the game’s servers next month.Read more

Star Fox Hack Boosts Its Notoriously Choppy Framerate


Earlier today, Star Fox received a patch that allows the 1993 Super Nintendo classic to perform as if it was taking advantage of an advanced accelerator chip, boosting its framerate from the single digits to something nearing a more modern game.Read more

Battlefield 2042 Feels Like The Wrong Game At The Wrong Time


When I nail an MV-38 Condor transport hovering in the lens flare-filled sky with my rocket launcher, Battlefield 2042 is awesome. When my squad bursts onto the climate-torn scene in a massive tank, ramming through debris and blowing up abandoned office buildings, it’s a thrill to return to DICE’s...

League Of Legends' Arcane Is The Best Show On Netflix Right Now


It’s not always easy to predict which shows will instantly become appointment television. A dark fantasy series based on a half-completed run of novels? Yup! A profane but sardonically humorous soap inspired partially by Rupert Murdoch? Okay, sure! How about an animated prequel for a multiplayer...

RECENZE: Jen nostalgie a vylepšená grafika nestačí, ukazuje GTA Trilogy


Hry nové generace to opravdu nejsou, ovšem i tak měl být příchod vylepšených verzí slavné trilogie Grand Theft Auto velká událost. Rockstar chtěl potěšit nostalgiky vylepšeným grafickým kabátem těchto klasik, jenže místo toho vydal sice hezký, ale dost nedoladěný soubor her

15 Years Later, Call of Duty Fan Gets Credit For Game-Changing Control Scheme


In 2006, quadriplegic video game tester and streamer Randy Fitzgerald helped create “NOM4D,” a button layout for Call of Duty designed for disabled players. At the time, he says, he was told he’d be credited by name in the game, but that didn’t happen. All CoD titles since then have omitted...

The Legend of Tianding: The Kotaku Review


In my mind, The Legend of Tianding is a perfect gaming experience. Not because it can do everything, or that it allows the player to do anything. It’s perfect because it accomplishes all of its aesthetic and storytelling goals without overstaying its welcome. Despite offering only six story-driven...

70+ Classic Games Are Coming To Xbox, Some of Them With Performance Boosts


Today during Microsoft’s 20th anniversary Xbox event, the company announced that 76 new games are being added to the Xbox backwards compatibility library, including the entire Max Payne franchise, F.E.A.R series, multiple Star Wars games, and more. Xbox also announced that some of these classics...

A Simple Hole Killed Tons Of Elden Ring Players


Among the scores of monsters and traps designed to kill Elden Ring players, an inconspicuous hole in the tutorial area proved to be the deadliest aspect of the game’s preview build.Read more

Animal Crossing Players Do Great And Terrible Things With The New Polish Tool


The item polishing mechanic introduced in the excellent Happy Home Paradise DLC for Animal Crossing: New Horizons starts off harmlessly enough, giving players a way to add a bit of sparkle to their home furnishings. But when all of the new features’ options are unlocked, including the ability...

Surprise! Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer Is Out Now


You might want to dust off your fake sneeze. Halo Infinite’s multiplayer component, which was initially slated for a December 8 release, is available today. Microsoft announced the news during Xbox’s 20th anniversary stream. And yes, it’s still a separate free-to-play mode. I’m, uh, suddenly...

Forza Horizon 5 Players Are Making Easy Bank With AFK Exploit


Forza Horizon 5 has a ton of cars, and the most impressive ones all cost a ton of money, so players have been eagerly looking for the fastest ways to grind for credits and XP. The answer? A course called Goliath, which players can complete without ever touching their controller.Read more

Modders, Not Rockstar, Have Fixed The GTA Trilogy's Infamously Ugly Rain


The recently “remastered” GTA trilogy has some of the ugliest rain I’ve ever seen, and a handful of days later, modders have fixed it. No longer will you walk the streets of Vice City at night, only to be covered in the drippings of Spiderman’s leaky web-shooter. Finally, you can be free of that...

Amazon's New World Pauses Economy Again To Stop Cheaters


The latest game-breaking bug in New World has been allowing players to duplicate items. Amazon locked down the MMO’s entire economy (again) after concerned players started posting about the situation on its official forums. As of the time of publication, New World players can’t send money, trade...

OBRAZEM: Podívejte se na grafické podklady k „sci-fi Skyrimu“ Starfield


Již deset let čekají fanoušci série The Elder Scrolls na další díl a určitě si ještě dlouho počkají. Aktuální prioritou společnosti Bethesda je totiž sci-fi RPG Starfield. Ačkoliv má vyjít už příští rok, dosud jsme z něj neviděli jediný obrázek. Fanoušci tak musí vzít za vděk alespoň několika...

Woman Allegedly Made $57,000 By Selling Unofficial Demon Slayer...Cakes


A 34-year-old resident of Tokyo’s Shibuya has been arrested on suspicion of violating Japanese copyright law after selling unlicensed Demon Slayer cakes. According to Kyodo News, the women sold the cakes through Instagram, with customers submitting their desired images to be turned into frosting...

Pokémon Fan Makes Epic Paper Dioramas


In honor of Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl’s release, Twitter user Uma decided to create a paper diorama version of Twinleaf Town, the first town players encounter in the game. Read more

Nový Battlefield naštval Ukrajince, umožňuje hrát za ruského okupanta


Vojenská střílečka Battlefield 2042 ještě ani oficiálně nevyšla a její tvůrci už musí řešit ožehavý problém. Jeden z kosmetických doplňků, kterými hráči mohou ozdobit své virtuální avatary, totiž nápadně připomíná neoficiální uniformu ruských vojáků, kteří v utajení bojovali ve válce na východní...

Battlefield 2042 Players Join XP Farm Not Knowing They Are The XP


So the new Battlefield has this mode called Portal that’s like a great big sandbox, where players can customise games to basically be whatever the hell they want. And at the moment, because we live in the world we live in, a lot of those games are XP farms.Read more

I Want To Play The Cat Game Right Now


2022 is shaping up to be a bumper year for Games Where We’re Playing As Cats. We’re finally getting Stray, that sci-fi feline adventure, but now we’re also getting Little Kitty, Big City as well.Read more

The Week In Games: Pokèmon Remakes


This week Pokemon Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Pokémon Shining Pearl hit the Switch following some leaks earlier this month.Read more

Forza Horizon 5 Has Some Amazing And Silly Car Horns


Forza Horizon 5 is fantastic. If you look up fun in the dictionary you’ll see a gif of someone hitting a massive ramp in Forza Horizon 5 in a car covered in anime at like 200 MPH while listening to the Beastie Boys. What I’m saying is, it’s really, really good. And Forza Horizon 5 also contains...

Sunday Comics: Dingle Dingle


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

RETRO: První herní Duna je neprávem opomíjená, zestárla lépe než druhý díl


Zatímco druhý díl Duny bývá označován jako jedna z přelomových her herní historie, na ten první dnes vzpomíná už jen málokdo. Přitom je z dnešního pohledu daleko sofistikovanější a z kultovní sci-fi klasiky spisovatele Franka Herberta si bere daleko více, než jen hezky vypadající kulisy pouštní...

Take-Two Interactive Removes More GTA Mods Using DMCA Strikes


As players continue to criticize the recently released GTA Trilogy remastered collection, Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive has decided this is the perfect time to use DMCA takedown notices to remove some more GTA mods and fan projects. Read more

Id Software Is Trying To Stop A Man Who Wants To Name His Band 'Doomscroll'


Doomscrolling is that thing where you spend way too much time flipping through Twitter or Instagram reading bad news. And apparently, a metal guitarist in Dallas, Texas thought it would be the perfect name for a new band. But after attempting to trademark the band name, Doom devs Id Software began...

Gucci Is Selling An Xbox Series X For $10,000


Since the Xbox Series X launched a year and two days ago, it’s been impossible to get your hands on one—a situation that’s not likely to abate any time soon, thanks to an ongoing confluence of factors. For some well-heeled gamers, however, there’s soon to be another avenue. Italian luxury fashion...

Animal Crossing Player Creates Maze Island, Instantly Regrets It


Refamiliarizing oneself with their Animal Crossing: New Horizons island after spending a considerable amount of time away can feel like navigating a labyrinth of your own making. This was certainly the case for actor and screenwriter Avery Monsen, who recently returned to the island that he’d...

Skyrim's New Fishing Mini-Game: The Kotaku Review


Fishing in video games is tricky to nail. Many games offer such a mechanic, but few actually pull it off. Personally, I can’t even recall a single fishing mini-game I’ve wrung enjoyment out of in the last few years. Pokémon? Tedious, annoying. Fire Emblem: Three Houses? Zzzzz. Hades? The only thing...

Amouranth investuje. Kromě výstřihu se chlubí i benzínovou pumpou


Provokativní streamerka Amouranth zaskočila všechny své fanoušky i odpůrce, když informovala, že si za čtyři miliony dolarů koupila benzínovou pumpu. Nečekejte ovšem, že vám snad jednou tato krásná dívka umyje okénka a natankuje nádrž, z její strany jde totiž především o způsob, jak se vyhnout...

Elden Ring Players Are Already Cheesing Its Dragon Boss


Early this morning, From Software held its first closed network test session for the upcoming Elden Ring. The long-awaited Dark Souls successor transplants that franchise’s fantastic action RPG gameplay into a Breath of the Wild-like setting. Players now have the opportunity to both explore...

What You Should Know About Genshin Impact's Huge Winter Update


This morning, the developers of Genshin Impact shared details about the forthcoming 2.3 update via livestream, including significant seasonal and permanent additions to the game, as well as wintry minigames. The limited characters Albedo and Eula will be available simultaneously, followed by Itto...

GTA Trilogy Pours Rain So Hard It’s Nearly Unplayable


A recent graphics comparison showing the work developer Grove Street Games put into remastering the first three 3D Grand Theft Auto titles did look solid at first glance, and our impressions noted the noticeable graphical upgrades as well. It turns out, though, that while the recent Rockstar...

The 10 Best Cars In Forza Horizon 5


Forza Horizon 5 is a lot like your local used car dealership in that both dominate your TV screen for hours at night with the siren song of “500 cars!!!” So the question isn’t if you’re going to buy a new car. Rather, it’s what you’re going to buy.Read more

GTA Trilogy's San Andreas Now Feels Depressing Without Its Signature Fog


When I was younger, I remember thinking the map in Rockstar’s classic GTA San Andreas was massive. It sure felt that way, thanks in large part to the view-obscuring fog. Well, all that fog is gone in the newly released remastered trilogy collection, and it makes the whole world feel tiny and sad....

Netflix's Cowboy Bebop Live-Action Series Needs Some Damn Color


Since dropping the first official trailer in late September, Netflix has tweeted a few side-by-side comparisons of Cowboy Bebop, showing how the upcoming live-action adaptation compares to the original anime series. One takeaway of mine? It looks promising. The other takeaway? It really needs some...

PS5 Owners Don’t Play Sony’s First-Party Games


It’s hard to believe, but a year ago to the date, Sony officially released the PlayStation 5 (well, in the States; globally it came out on November 19). Despite serious supply issues, an estimated 13 million players have been able to get their hands on one. And they’ve used these coveted next-gen...

The New Tales Of Action-RPG You Probably Don't Know About


The Tales series returned in flashy fashion this September with Tales of Arise, the 17th mainline title and one that breathed some life into the long-running action-RPG franchise. That’s a proper Tales game, replete with an anime opening and fast gameplay and all the good stuff series fans love....

GTA Trilogy Pulled For PC, Rockstar Launcher Broken


Something has gone very, very wrong since yesterday’s launch of GTA Trilogy on PC. As of last night, all mention of a PC version has been removed from Rockstar’s own site, and the Rockstar Games Launcher app has gone completely offline. Anyone who bought it before it vanished is currently unable...

Vydavatelé střílečky Call of Duty se omluvili za neuctivé zobrazení Koránu


Nový díl oblíbené série Call of Duty vyšel teprve před týdnem a jeho autoři už musí řešit první aféru. Mnohým muslimským hráčům se totiž nelíbilo, že v jedné z jejích map jsou po zemi poházené listy Koránu, po kterých je možné i šlapat nebo je postříkat krví. Activision proto záplatou kontroverzní...

Windows 11's New HDR Shortcuts Are A Blessing


HDR, or High Dynamic Range, is something that you kinda take for granted on consoles and TVs, because once you flick the switch it just happens, every time you use it, forever. On PC the technology has been a bit more complicated.Read more

PS2 Emulator Can Now Boot Every Single Title Except For One Weird Golf Game


While last month the emulation scene was celebrating the fact that PS3 games were making solid progress on the PC, this month it’s the PlayStation 2's turn, with the PCSX2 team announcing that every single game on their plate can now boot at least to the menu screen. Well, almost every single...

The New GTA Trilogy Looks Great, But Feels Unfinished


It’s been a long time since Rockstar has released a Grand Theft Auto game that wasn’t a port of GTA V. Fans were understandably excited, then, at the prospect of playing a more modern take on some open-world classics. But while there is a lot to like here, including some nice quality of life...

Call Of Duty: Vanguard's Campaign Is An Insult To World War II


The original Call Of Duty, released 18 years ago, was a game that gave a shit about the Second World War. To play it today (and you should, it remains excellent) is to experience fear, disorganization, confusion, and horror. A bunch of barely-trained teenagers are thrown into a situation beyond...

Call Of Duty: Vanguard's Campaign Is An Insult To World War II


The original Call Of Duty, released 18 years ago, was a game that gave a shit about the Second World War. To play it today (and you should, it remains excellent) is to experience fear, disorganization, confusion, and horror. A bunch of barely-trained teenagers are thrown into a situation beyond...

The Elden Ring Network Test, According To The Most Popular Souls Nerds Around


Elden Ring’s closed network test begins tomorrow, but some journalists and influencers have had access to the game for about a week. This early access has produced several videos, two of which have caused me to salivate over the game’s January release date for totally different reasons.Read more

Seems Like Marvel, Attack On Titan Might Pop Up In Call Of Duty: Vanguard


The latest Call of Duty just launched last week, but fans are already rummaging through Vanguard’s files for hints at upcoming content. Some of the juiciest morsels apparently reference Marvel superhero Captain America, beloved graverobber Indiana Jones, and even the wildly popular Attack on Titan...

City-Builder Airborne Kingdom Is A Perfect Fit For Switch


For a city-building game, Airborne Kingdom sure loves to move. The management sim, which is criminally somehow not named Cities in the Skylines, is ostensibly about traveling the world in a floating fortress. Your quest is to accrue resources that will make the fortress float forever. I’ve been...

Deleting My Ex's Animal Crossing Save Data


It’d been a year and five months since I last booted up Animal Crossing: New Horizons. I know this because one shocked villager recounted the days when I approached them with my disheveled hair. My home away from home was exactly the way I’d left it. Aside from a couple of pesky weeds, a mailbox...

Resident Evil 4 Is Somehow Even Better In VR


Converting standard games into VR is rarely a recipe for greatness. Sure, a few fan mods have created fun ways to replay classic shooters like Quake in VR, but most 2D conversions don’t feel like a great way to experience the original game. Resident Evil 4 on Oculus Quest 2 shatters this rule,...

GTA Trilogy Graphics Comparison Shows Off Some Pretty Good Upgrades


Having launched just today on major platforms, publisher Rockstar Games shared a graphics comparison for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. Published by IGN, the video runs through all three remastered games, highlighting the amount of work developer Grove Street Games put into...

The Pokémon Company Knows Fans Want More ‘Grown-Up’ Games


For years, Pokémon fans have requested one thing from the series: games that are more adult. (No, not in that way, c’mon!) Recent entries are too easy, longtime players say, or tend to feature plots aimed toward children. The feedback has taken root to the point where Pokémon’s bosses are...

Konec šikaně na YouTubu? Mizí počítadlo negativních reakcí


Videoportál YouTube se po měsících testování rozhodl trvale odstranit počítadlo negativních reakcí diváků uváděných pod každým videem. Chce tím prý omezit možnou kyberšikanu a zabránit review bombingu, mnozí v tom ovšem opět vidí snahu cenzurovat názory jeho uživatelů

Call Of Duty: Vanguard Removes Islamophobic Content Following Criticism


Call of Duty is a globally popular franchise that has a long history of portraying Muslim-majority countries in an unflattering light. The series latest entry, Call of Duty: Vanguard, drew criticism from a number of Muslim players after a YouTuber spotted that a location in its zombie campaign...

The PlayStation 3 Is Now Fifteen Years Old


Can you believe it? The PlayStation 3 launched fifteen years ago today. It was an expensive console and a messy launch with hyper overload and some truly bad press conferences. But Sony didn’t give up on the PS3, and neither did gamers. Read more

Something Awful Founder Richard "Lowtax" Kyanka Dies At 45


Longtime Something Awful forum administrator Fragmaster posted that site founder Richard “Lowtax” Kyanka has reportedly died. “I guess I should preface this by saying this isn’t a joke especially since I’m posting for like the first time in 10 years or something, but I got the bad news today...

YouTube Has Removed The Dislike Counter


It was teased back in March, but today YouTube made it official: the platform will be removing the dislike counter, meaning you’ll no longer be able to look at a video and think, gee, this isn’t a very popular video, I’m sure it’s just a bad video and not at all the result of a weaponised fanbase...

Fortnite Accidentally Gives Away Its Rarest Item, Takes It Back


Earlier today, a bunch of Fortnite players found themselves in possession of the Axe of Champions, one of the rarest items in the game, only to have it snatched away after a few minutes. Fortnite developer Epic Games says the whole thing was a big mistake.Read more

Bowser Is Scared Of Clowns, But Also Nipples


The ever-wonderful fan account Supper Mario Broth, specialists in uncovering random pieces of Nintendo trivia you never knew you needed but now cannot live without, have outdone themselves today with the discovery that in Super Mario Odyssey, Bowser is a tiny bit scared by Mario if he’s wearing...

Americký podnikatel utratil milion z covidové podpory za pokémony


Provozovatel zábavních služeb v americké Georgii Vinath Oudomsine zneužil státní dotaci na podporu podnikatelů ohrožených restriktivními opatřeními přijatými kvůli pandemii koronaviru. Většinu z takto získaných peněz totiž použil na nákup sběratelské karty pokémonů

Forza Horizon 5 Is Finally Stealing The Show For Microsoft


The latest game in the open world spin-off series, and the 13th Forza game over all, Forza Horizon 5 is a mostly known quantity. But nearly a decade after the Horizon series started, it feels like many are encountering it for the first time. And they’re loving it, in a way that’s sucking up all...

Animal Crossing’s Ugliest Gyroid Is Getting The Most Love From Fans


Among the scores of wonderful things added to Animal Crossing: New Horizons in its most recent update, the most personally exciting has got to be the return of the Gyroids. These noise-making gizmos quickly proliferated through players’ homes and islands after last week’s patch, but one dried...

All The Big Changes Coming To Halo Infinite’s Multiplayer


Halo Infinite isn’t out for another month, yet developer 343 Industries has already pulled back the curtain on how it’ll change. In a blog post on Halo Waypoint, community manager John Junyszek detailed a slew of balance tweaks planned for the first-person shooter, though it’s worth noting that...

These Game Developers Are Choosing To Turn Down NFT Money


In the wake of Ubisoft, EA, Square Enix, Sega, and Zynga announcing their interest in or direct support of blockchain tech and NFTs, things are looking pretty bleak for anyone who enjoys living on a hospitable planet. But for most of us, even if we find the notion distasteful, the possibility...

Steam Deck Delayed, Valve Apologizes


Valve has delayed the release of its Steam Deck handheld by several months, it announced in a blog post today. The anticipated handheld will now start rolling out in February 2022, pushed back from an initial December release.Read more

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Tracklist Leaks, And It's Missing Some Classics


Every Grand Theft Auto player knows you can’t catch priors and commit crimes against humanity without bumping your favorite songs on the radio. While Rockstar Games’ upcoming Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition promises high resolution textures and Grand Theft Auto V style controls...

You Should Drive The Wooden Car In Forza Horizon 5


If there’s one universal truth about car culture, it’s that aficionados strive to drive vehicles that are very, very pretty. Forza Horizon 5, out now for Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, is fundamentally about car culture, and about appreciating such very pretty vehicles. So naturally, I’ve...

New Overwatch Comic Shows McCree Getting Existential On Name Change


After receiving a name change last month, Overwatch’s Cole Cassidy has made his debut in a new digital comic series. The first issue of a five-part series by Dark Horse Comics, titled New Blood, sees the cowboy wrestling with his past as he embarks on a journey to become someone different. It’s...

Why Everyone Is Talking About Twitch Star Hasan Piker's New Merch Line


Popular socialist streamer Hasan Piker did a cool thing earlier this week: he launched a new line of merch aimed at supporting workers. In addition to the clothes being made by union shops, some of the profits are also going to strike funds to help pro-labor causes across the country. The store...

Anime Fighting Game Jump Force Will Be Removed From Stores


Jump Force, the video game industry’s first true metaverse, is getting delisted just three years after release, publisher Bandai Namco announced in a blog post this week. What’s more, the game’s online services, including multiplayer matchmaking, will go dark a few months later.Read more

The Hot New Card Game By The M. Night Shyamalan Of Video Games


The world is a confusing, messed-up place, but as I sit here at my laptop contending with my humanity, I’m absolutely sure of two things: My stomach hurts like hell, and I’m tired of Daniel Mullins’ shenanigans. The former, I assume, is the result of some bad carne asada, while the latter occurred...

10 Dope-Looking Games Fighting For A Chance To Get Finished


Indie games can allow creators to think outside the box, bucking mainstream trends to do work that’s more original and daring. But while creating those games can be liberating from a creative standpoint, gaining financial momentum for pitches can be a debilitating process. The Pitch Ya Game contest...

Squid Game's Creator Gives A Few More Details About Season 2


Initially, Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk seemed somewhat hesitant about making more Squid Game. But when your series is the platform’s biggest show ever, you might want to rethink that. Hwang did and has since warmed to the idea. He now has a few more details on what to expect in the popular...

Eiichiro Oda Gives An Update On Netflix's Live-Action One Piece Series


Massively popular manga One Piece is getting a live-action adaptation from Netflix. The adaptation was first announced back in 2017, with Netflix’s involved revealed last year. Now in 2021, the show’s main cast has finally been announced, and One Piece creator Eiichiro Oda seems excited about...

Halo Infinite’s New Bad Guy Is A Creepy Little Dude, Devs Say


With Halo Infinite rapidly approaching its December 8 release date, we’re starting to learn more about the story that’ll happen between all the shooting. One of the most dangerous foes in the upcoming game, for instance, is a dude named Jega ‘Rdomnai, who basically sounds like a Jokerfied version...

The Best Borderlands 2 DLC Is Yours For Free


Do you like free things? They’re certainly a lot cheaper than expensive things, I find. A free thing you could have right now is Borderlands 2’s original Tiny Tina DLC, up on the Epic Game Store now as a standalone expansion (for which the correct name is “expandalone”). The idea is to get you...

Activision Blizzard Devs Win Better Pay And PTO For Contractors


The publisher behind Call of Duty: Vanguard and World of Warcraft announced yesterday that it would be improving pay and paid-time-off for contractors at the company, including raising the minimum hourly rate to $17 and paying them even during holiday breaks. The changes came amid renewed scrutiny...

Animal Crossing’s Unofficial Gay Couple Gets Even Gayer After Update


Animal Crossing: New Horizons is a wonderful game, thanks in no small part to its introduction of two new characters: the goth, bug-loving chameleon Flick and the sporty, fish-loving beaver C.J. And while Nintendo is very adamant they’re just “roommates,” fans can’t help but see the friends as...

Pokémon Unite Patch To Fix Game's Most Broken Monster, Greedent The Terror


When Pokémon Unite devs TiMi Studio Group announced that the next character for the game would be Greedent, many scratched their heads. Others, I presume, had to Google what generation the squirrel-like monster even hailed from. And some fans just scrunched up their noses and thought, why?Read more

Discord's Hints About Crypto, NFTs Are Tearing Its Community Apart


The CEO of Discord recently teased that the world’s largest gaming chat platform could potentially support cryptocurrency wallets. This has led many users to be nervous that their Nitro (a paid Discord service) subscriptions could be used to fund the scammy NFT ecosystem in the future. The teaser...

Netflix Continues Big Anime Push With A Dozen Exciting New Shows and Films


Today, Netflix continues its heavy investment into the anime industry by announcing a ton of shows, including some very high profile sequels. In addition to animated productions, they’ve also announced live-action adaptations of several anime, original live-action series, and several films. It...

Forza Horizon 5's Slo-Mo Option Is A Game-Changer


Forza Horizon 5, the open-world racer from developer Playground Games, has a plethora of accessibility options. This includes text size adjustments and color blindness modes, as well as on-screen sign language interpreters coming soon. But did you know there’s also a setting to change reaction...

Animal Crossing: How To Grow Wheat And Other Crops For Food Recipes


Being able to cook and grow new crops are some of the biggest changes in the new update for Animal Crossing: New Horizons. You can make all kinds of dishes and even regular DIY recipes. There’s just one problem. Most of these new delicious-looking recipes require items we’ve never seen before,...

The Last Time Rockstar Rereleased GTA: San Andreas It Didn’t Go So Well


Later this week, fancy remastered versions of Grand Theft Auto III, Vice City, and San Andreas hit all the major platforms, including Nintendo Switch. They will be released as part of a new collection called GTA: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition. Rockstar’s marketing makes it sound like Definitive...

WWE Has Lost More Than 70 Wrestlers This Year, Which Is Wild


To say WWE’s overall management and booking of its wrestlers has been lacking as of late is an understatement. But the company’s recent management of its talent has degraded as both main event wrestlers and new arrivals feel its effects.Read more

11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Forza Horizon 5


Forza Horizon 5, the latest massive open-world racer from Playground Games, is officially out now on Xbox and PC. At first glance, playing this racing game might seem fundamentally the same as playing any other racing game: press the right trigger to go fast, left trigger to slow down, tilt...

Get Your $25,000 Pikachu Baccarat Crystal


To celebrate twenty-five years of Pokémon, Baccarat would like to sell you a Pikachu crystal for a cool $25,000. This “Pikachu Fragment” was designed by artist Hiroshi Fujiwara, who got his start as one of Japan’s first DJs and as a pioneering streetwear designer. Fujiwara has collaborated with...

New Pokémon Airplane Coming To Japan


Since 1998, All Nippon Airways has rolled out Pokémon Jets, which are planes covered in Pocket Monsters. The themed planes have been wrapped in an array of Pokémon over the years, with fans in Japan either hoping to spot them at airports or ride them to their destination. Read more

Nice Ruins You Got Here


Ellie Cooper is an artist based in the UK who has done stuff for companies like Disney and Google.Read more

Dark Souls, Only Now It's Got Halo Guns


I wrote about a Dark Souls gun mod last year, but that one was just for fun. This new one by InfernoPlus is a lot bigger and a lot more ambitious.Read more

RECENZE: Unpacking bude bavit hlavně ty, co se rádi stěhují


Celkem nenápadný titul Unpacking se snaží herním stylem prozkoumat poměrně nudný aspekt lidského života: nutnost si po přestěhování vybalit věci z krabic a zútulnit si nové obydlí. Originální hra však ve výsledku neučiní tuto nudnou činnost o moc zábavnější

RECENZE: Střílení nácků v Call of Duty je zábavné, ale nic víc nečekejte


Letošní díl série válečných stříleček Call of Duty nijak výrazně nevybočuje ze zaběhlých pořádků a přináší další porci toho, na co jsou její fanoušci dlouhodobě zvyklí. Vedle přímočaře zábavné hry více hráčů je to i povedená příběhová kampaň, která je ovšem tak krátká, že jen kvůli ní si Vanguard...

Pokémon Unite's Second Season Launches With Some Great Skins


The second season of Pokémon Unite is now live on mobile devices and Nintendo Switch. Dubbed Sun, Sun, Sunshine, it introduces tons of new content to the popular MOBA, including another battle pass with 90 levels for you to grind through, as well as holowear for monsters and other rewards.Read more

Pinocchio Souls-Like Looks Surprisingly Badass


Remember Lies of P, the Dark Souls clone announced earlier this year that’s based on the classic Pinocchio fairy tale from 1883? Here’s proof it wasn’t a collective fever dream.Read more

Persona Comparisons In Positive SMT5 Reviews Leave Fans Furious


On November 4, the first reviews for Shin Megami Tensei V were published. And while a number of those reviews drew ire from a certain segment of the SMT community, one in particular garnered more heat than most. The IGN review for the game scored it a very respectable 8, but some readers were...

Animal Crossing Stoners' New Obsession Is The 'Gyroid Bong'


Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ substantial update has brought not only a wealth of new content, but also some old favorite items fans have longed for. This includes gyroids, those cute and unusual little decorative fixtures last seen in 2017's Pocket Camp. Yes, they’ve made a return, and...

Hackers Appear One Step Closer To Jailbreaking The PS5


The PlayStation 5 only launched a year ago this week, but already hackers appear to have made massive breakthroughs in potentially jailbreaking the latest Sony console. Both theFlow0 and Fail0verflow posted screenshots on Twitter over the weekend indicating they managed to unlock the PS5’s debug...

Toothbrushing Game Pokémon Smile Gets First Update Over A Year Later


Of the very many Pokémon games in circulation at the moment, perhaps Pokémon Smile is the one you’re not so aware of. Announced in June last year, then released that very same day, it is an AR mobile app designed to get kids to brush their teeth properly. Oh, and it’s really, really good. Some...

Square Enix Sounds Keen On NFTs And Blockchain Games


Earlier this year, Kotaku reported that Square Enix was getting into NFTs. At that time, the Tokyo-based game maker was dipping its toe in the non-fungible waters. Now, it looks like Square Enix is ready to take the plunge.Read more

Mass Effect bude pokračovat, ujišťují autoři novým obrázkem


Letošní oslavy každoročního svátku fanoušků sci-fi série Mass Effect byly sice skromné, ovšem i tak dokázaly vzbudit spoustu vášní. Autoři totiž ukázali nový obrázek, z něhož se dají usuzovat první informace o časovém zasazení připravovaného pokračování

BioWare's Classic Star Wars Trailers Are Being Re-Released In 4K


Star Wars: The Old Republic is 10 this year, and as part of the birthday celebrations BioWare have decided to do something I can’t remember ever seeing before; they’re re-releasing the game’s old trailers in an elegant resolution for a less civilized age.Read more

Next Mass Effect Teased Again With New Poster


Though it’s not news that there’s a new Mass Effect game in development—it was first shown off in a trailer late last year—this poster BioWare released for the game today is new, and if you’re the type of fan to speculate wildly at the tiniest hints and suggestions (which would be every Mass Effect...

Destiny 2 Made Xur Good Again


To some he’s a cryptic Agent of the Nine. To others he’s the Exotic Engram guy. My friends call him Pasta Face. Most know him as Xur, and after years of being obsolete he’s once again a weekly center of attention in the Destiny 2 universe. It feels good to have him back.Read more

Pokémon Brilliant Diamond And Shining Pearl Leak Early


Game Freak’s Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl remasters aren’t officially out for another two weeks, but some copies of the upcoming Nintendo Switch games have already started appearing out into the wild. Now fans are combing through apparent leaked screenshots and videos for signs...

Ubisoft Announces Pay Raises To Stop Developers From Leaving


Ubisoft’s Canadian studios announced pay raises for staff at the Asssassin’s Creed and Far Cry publisher to combat an exodus by many of its most senior developers, Kotaku has learned. While the raises are across the bored, sources tell Kotaku that those who currently earn the most will see...

Animal Crossing: New Horizons Is Getting A Black Friday Event


The 2021 holiday shopping season is at the mercy of global inventory shortages and supply chain constrains. Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s Timmy and Tommy Nook are not, and it seems like the proprietors of Nook’s Cranny will be doing their own Black Friday sale in-game starting November 26 as part...

Skyrim Anniversary Edition, Explained


Yesterday, just a week before it launches, Bethesda finally revealed how much Skyrim Anniversary Edition will cost: $50. But what you’re actually getting in the latest version of the decade-old game is a bit confusing, so let’s break it down.Read more

Nintendo To Continue To Improving Switch Online Following Backlash


Nintendo doubled-down on its commitment to its paid Switch Online subscription service in its latest corporate strategy briefing with investors. Despite complaints over the quality and price of its newly added Expansion Pack tier, the company said it will continue “striving to provide services that...

Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker Delayed Two Weeks To Ensure 'Stability'


Originally planned to come out later this month, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker, the Square Enix MMORPG’s biggest expansion to-date, will instead arrive a few weeks later on December 7. That’s because director Naoki Yoshida and the rest of the development team want to launch the new content without...

Call Of Duty: Vanguard Pays Tribute To 'Press F To Pay Respects' Meme


People don’t remember much from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, but they do remember the incredibly cringey scene where the game asks the player to press F to pay their respects during a somber funeral. Seven years later, the now-infamous meme has reappeared as an achievement in Call of Duty:...

Netflix Devil May Cry Producer Assures World Chris Pratt Isn't Dante


Adi Shankar, producer on Netflix’s excellent Castlevania series, sat down with IGN Japan to discuss one of his next projects, an animated adaptation of Capcom’s action-heavy Devil May Cry franchise. Sadly, it doesn’t seem like there’s any room for Chris Pratt in the voice cast.Read more

Animal Crossing’s New Night Owl Ordinance Isn't Good Enough


Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ big-ass update dropped earlier than expected and while it introduces tons of new stuff, there’s one modest aspect players aren’t totally pleased with: island ordinances, and to be specific, that new Night Owl one.Read more

Mario Party Superstars’ Online Play Really Brings Joy To The Game


I have been purchasing and playing Mario Party games since the series began back in 1998 on the Nintendo 64. But as a relative loner in real life, it’s hardly ever been a party for me. Aside from the odd family gathering, most of my Mario Party career has been me against AI opponents. Mario Party...

Unpacking Might Have The Worst Video Game Boyfriend Of The Year


The game that’s all the rage this week isn’t a glimmering racing game or a gritty first-person shooter. It’s not a massive expansion to a beloved life sim. No, the game of this moment is a delightful little puzzle game called Unpacking, which quite simply tasks you with the menial act of unpacking...

Forza Horizon 5's Sign Language Interpreters Are A Huge Step For Gaming


Accessibility options are a growing concern among developers big and small, but Forza Horizon 5 is prepared to go above and beyond industry norms (and hopefully set a new standard) with on-screen sign language interpreters, a first-of-its-kind feature in the AAA gaming world.Read more

We Are Still Living With The Revolution GTA 3 Started


Grand Theft Auto III launched 20 years ago to rave reviews and mainstream media controversy around its realistic depiction of violence and mayhem in an open-world parody of New York City. Next week Rockstar Games is bringing it back, now as a remastered artifact from a bygone era. Has it aged like...

Special Animal Crossing Characters Can Make Surprise Appearances At Brewster's


At long last, the Roost has arrived in Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Since the game’s version 2.0 update, players have been frantically searching for the aloof pigeon Brewster, so they can set up his café on their island, and start inviting island chums for a coffee. Below, we’ve highlighted some...

The 18 Things You Should Do In Animal Crossing: New Horizons' Big Update


With the Animal Crossing: New Horizons 2.0 update out (early, even!) there is a ton of stuff to do and new features to explore. Before you get overwhelmed, we’ve figured out the best possible order of operations so you don’t waste any valuable time island time or miss out on anything.Read more

Before You Start: Five Settings To Change in Forza Horizon 5


Some of you get to start playing Forza Horizon 5, a big, beautiful Xbox racing game, today. Like most big, beautiful games, there’s an impressive suite of options spread across a ton of submenus. Tweaking a handful of them makes the game more enjoyable from the jump. Just try to stifle your...

New Transformers Game Captures That Saturday Morning Cartoon Vibe


With Hasbro’s main Transformers toy line focused on reliving the excellent Beast Wars saga at the moment, where’s a Generation One fan supposed to go for their 1980s, robots-in-disguise fix? Red Games’ Transformers Tactical Arena is taking me back to the early days of the series, when Autobots were...

Genshin Impact's Endgame Is A Brutal But Irresistible Grind


Genshin Impact gets a lot of rightful public flak for its gambling mechanics, but only endgame players know about the luck-based grind of rolling for the best character equipment. While these “artifacts” don’t cost any real money, their luck-based randomization almost makes me wish that they did....

The 10 Worst Missions From The Classic GTA Trilogy


Replaying classic Grand Theft Auto games with new-and-improved graphics and controls sounds great. But with the just-revealed Grand Theft Auto Trilogy drawing closer, I’m worried about having to play some of the franchise’s most annoying missions once again.Read more

A Second Nintendo Store Is Opening In Japan


While you’d think Nintendo would have a slew of official shops in Japan, the Kyoto-based game company only has one. Located in Tokyo, the store, cleverly called Nintendo Tokyo, opened in November 2019. But that is going to change because now, in November 2021, Nintendo has announced a second one....

Konami's New Soccer Game Continues To Be An Utter Fiasco


Things aren’t going well for eFootball and keep getting worse. Konami’s Friday news dump cannot bury how bad things are. Right now, this is a complete fiasco. But it seems like it’s been a complete disaster from the get-go when Konami dropped the PES name in favor of eFootball. The rebranding...

Freeze!


François Leroy, aka Friendly Robot, is a concept artist, designer and creative director.Read more

Dvacet nejzásadnějších her roku 2001. Zvolte tu nejlepší


Rok 2001 se nesl na vlně „next-genu“ a o pozornost hráčů se poprvé se Sony a Nintendem začal prát i Xbox od Microsoftu. Světlo světa tak poprvé spatřilo několik sérií, které vycházejí dodnes, na jiné, tehdy vysoce hodnocené hry už se dnes pozapomnělo. Pojďte si s námi zavzpomínat na dvacet...

Unpacking: The Kotaku Review


I studied archaeology at university, and on our very first day of classes our professor walked in carrying all these bags of trash. He dumped them on our tables and said “here, pick through all this then tell me everything about the person they belonged to”.Read more

Katrina Joins Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Costs 100,000 Bells


Brewster isn’t the only fan-favorite making their triumphant return in Animal Crossing: New Horizons this week. In addition to the sea shanty-singing Kapp’n and others, fortune teller Katrina is also back as of the 2.0 update, ready to grant you all sorts of bonuses, for a price.Read more

A Truck Full Of Precious PC Graphics Cards Has Been Stolen


According to EVGA, one of NVidia’s primary manufacturers, a shipment of GTX 30-series graphics cards has been stolen from a truck in California. I do not care how badly you think you need more frames per second, you should not rob a truck to do it. The frames just aren’t worth it. I promise...

Animal Crossing's New Fisheye Lens Makes Everything Better


If you’ve downloaded the new Animal Crossing update early, chances are good that you’ve already bought the new Pro Camera and are fiddling with its new features, like the fancy new first-person view. But that’s not all. The camera also comes with a few other new features and filters, which I...

Animal Crossing's New Update Is Full of Picture-Perfect Food Recipes


A year ago, Animal Crossing: New Horizons offered us the tantalizing opportunity to emulate something we couldn’t do in real life: go outside. Now, the new 2.0 update similarly allows some of us a vicarious experience we can’t attain IRL. Namely, you can now craft Instagram-worthy meals, even...

Animal Crossing: New Horizon's Endless Sea Bass Finally Have A Purpose


Sure, there are lots of positive things to say about Animal Crossing: New Horizons, but there was one argument that could tale it all down: the Sea bass. But not any more! In the New Horizons 2.0 update, those sneaky people at Nintendo have made the floppy blighters useful. You can cook them!Read...

Here's 15 Minutes Of Elden Ring Gameplay


At this point—and you’re well within your rights to still have reservations—it’s becoming pretty difficult to refute that Elden Ring...is real? Today, during a digital showcase, publisher Bandai Namco shows off 15 minutes of the next action-adventure game from FromSoftware. Have a look:Read more

Oh Snap, Animal Crossing Rocks Can Give You Star Fragments Now


Well, this is a nice surprise. Folks have been exploring the big new Animal Crossing update since last night, as the patch went up early. Already, the community has struck gold. As it turns out, you can now visit a type of island that contains a special, never-before-seen type of rock.Read more

Here Are The Nintendo Switch's Ten Best-Selling Games


Wonder what the biggest Nintendo Switch sellers are? Sure you do! Nintendo has updated its list of top ten selling games. Let’s have a look.The list is for worldwide life-to-date numbers as of September 30, 2021. These sales figures include both bundled units and downloadable copies. Read more

Forza Horizon 5: The Kotaku Review


The implicit promise of Forza Horizon is in the name. You see something on the horizon, you can drive to it. Skyrim with cars. Far Cry with more cars and no guns. Forza Horizon 5, the latest game in the venerable Xbox racing series, is no more and no less than that promise—just bigger, brighter...

Animal Crossing's First Person Camera Makes The Entire Game Look New


Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ October direct presentation did mention that the incoming massive update would introduce a new point of view, but if you forgot that was the case, I wouldn’t blame you. There was a lot in there, because this update—which is now live early—is massive. But even knowing...

Massive Animal Crossing Update Releases Super Early


If you’ve been eagerly awaiting Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ impending v2.0 patch, you can breathe a sigh of relief: Nintendo has apparently pushed the massive update live way ahead of its November 5 release date. Most folks were expecting to download it tomorrow night but, nope, Christmas came...

Report: Hackers Laundered $10 Million On Twitch


After an investigation into last month’s leaked data, it has been alleged that a group of hackers laundered almost $10 million in illegally-obtained funds by making a ton of tiny donations to Twitch streamers.Read more

Oh Man, Look At These Death Stranding Dropkicks


Death Stranding is an objectively beautiful game, though sometimes that beauty isn’t found in its lush environments or character interactions but how players use the tools at their disposal to pull off amazing feats.Read more

Take-Two Cancels Unannounced $53 Million Dollar Game By Hangar 13


Take-Two revealed in its earnings call today with investors that it had cancelled a $53 million unannounced project. Sources tell Kotaku that game was intended to be a live service, third-person action game in the vein of Destiny, developed by Hangar 13 called Volt. The decision to cancel it took...

13 Games To Try If You Like Destiny 2


If you love playing Destiny 2, but also appreciate playing other games every once in a while, then welcome: You’re in the right place. And if you actually don’t like playing Destiny 2, but wish you had something similar to get lost in, then you’re in the right place, too.Read more

Marvel's 'XCOM' Game Has Already Been Delayed


Despite having just been announced less than three months ago, Marvel’s Midnight Suns, a tactics role-playing game in the vein of XCOM, has been delayed, developer Firaxis Games announced today. It will now come out in the back half of 2022, pushed out of a previously vague March 2022 window.Read...

Luigi’s Mansion Tracks How Much Dust You Vacuum Down To The Milligram


Nintendo’s lunch-box shaped GameCube isn’t a machine we’d consider powerful by today’s standards, but it feels like we’re always learning something cool about the early aughts gaming platform. Case in point: 2001 launch title Luigi’s Mansion is constantly tracking how many microscopic dust...

Blizzard Games Aren’t Doing So Great Lately


Blizzard is in the eye of a storm. In the wake of a departing studio head and two major delays of anticipated games, the Diablo and Overwatch developer is bleeding players across the board, as it revealed during an Activision Blizzard earnings call last night. Across its portfolio, the studio’s...

A Squid Game Clone Is Taking Over Twitch


All over Twitch right now, Crab Game—much like the cephalopodic Netflix show it so gleefully emulates—is a multiplayer battle royale game where players compete in a series of events based on childhood games. One by one, they are eliminated, until the last surviving player is crowned the winner....

Ubisoft Pulls Far Cry 6 Mission Released Early By 'Accident'


Far Cry 6 has only been out for a month now and the game is already doling out some downloadable content, but not intentionally. Ubisoft recently admitted it pushed out a free DLC mission with star Danny Trejo before it was slated to arrive in December. Now, with a new update on consoles,...

Japanese Indie Game Gets Themed Rooms At Kyoto Hotel


In the past, Kotaku has introduced themed rooms at Japanese hotels. Typically, these rooms are for established franchises like Kingdom Hearts. But now, one Kyoto hotel is offering a room plastered in Japanese indie game Unreal Life. Read more

The Art Of Foundation


I’ve really been enjoying Foundation so far. As someone who hasn’t read Asimov’s books, and who can find joy in pretty much any movie or TV series so long as it looks great, I’ve been soaking up the spaceships and costume designs in spite of the show’s plodding pace.Read more

Incredible Mod Lets You Fight Crusader Kings III's Battles Yourself


As fantastic as Crusader Kings III is, and as much as it lets you do as the ruler of a medieval dynasty, the nature of the game has meant that war has always been a bit distant. You can raise your armies and tell them where to go, but never directly lead the troops yourself. Until now.Read more

RECENZE: Lepší než komiksy a filmy, herní Strážci Galaxie jsou famózní


Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, tedy Strážci Galaxie, rozhodně nepatřili mezi nejočekávanější hry konce letošního roku, o to příjemnějším překvapením však nakonec jsou. Jde o neskutečně zábavnou jízdu, která se svojí dotažeností může rovnat i playstationovým exkluzivitám

Učitel, který umí zaujmout. Matematické úlohy streamuje na Pornhubu


Tchajwanský učitel vystupující na internetu pod přezdívkou Changhsu v rámci propagace matematiky zašel dál, než se kdy dostal nějaký z jeho kolegů. Své přednášky totiž nahrává na portál pro dospělé Pornhub. A kupodivu tam má i úspěch, jeho videa se virálně šíří a brzy se přenesou přes metu...

Marvel's Avengers' Stupid Paid Experience Boosts Are Removed Tonight


‘Twas nary a month ago that Crystal Dynamics took leave of their senses, and decided to infest sleepy hero sim, Marvel’s Avengers, with paid-for experience boosts. With one voice the universe cried out, “Er, but you promised you wouldn’t do that.” A mere 25 days’ profit later, the developers have...

Blizzard Is Already Losing Its First Female Studio Co-Head


Jen Oneal, who recently assumed the top position at Blizzard in the wake of a significant reckoning at the company, will step down at the end of the year, she wrote in a statement today. Her co-lead, Mike Ybarra, will take over the rest of her responsibilities.Read more

Overwatch 2 And Diablo 4 Delayed Into 2023


Activision Blizzard announced during an investor call today that Overwatch 2 and Diablo 4 won’t be arriving as soon as originally planned, but didn’t provide a new timeframe for when the two big sequels will eventually come out. Read more

Oculus Quest Update Helps You Not Punch Children


Do you find yourself constantly punching real-world children while playing Resident Evil 4 for the millionth time on your Oculus virtual reality headset? Well, Facebook—or, excuse me, Meta—has got you covered with Space Sense, a new feature heading to Oculus Quest and Quest 2 devices with...

Niantic Shutting Down Pokémon Go-Inspired Harry Potter Game


Just two years after it launched, Niantic is already giving up on its Harry Potter: Wizards Unite augmented reality experiment. What was supposed to be Pokémon Go for the popular fantasy series will instead become just a memory when the game goes offline forever on January 31, 2022.Read more

Sakurai Says Smash Bros. Ultimate Might Not End The Series


Masahiro Sakurai is back in Famitsu with his final column, in which he pontificates about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as the series’ potential finale. It actually sounds like Ultimate might not be the end, though Sakurai isn’t certain about a sequel just yet.Read more

Skyrim's New Board Game Will Have A Prequel Campaign


The publisher behind the Dishonored, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls tabletop games is planning to release a Skyrim board game in 2022. Skyrim - The Adventure Game will include several story campaigns, including a prequel to the events of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.Read more

Nintendo Slashes Switch Production In Face Of Chip Shortage


The ongoing chip shortage, which has affected nearly every electronic device on the planet, has forced Nintendo to grapple with a production reduction. Nikkei Asia reports that the Kyoto-based company will make 20 percent fewer Switch consoles through the end of its fiscal year, which wraps...

Blizzard Forms World Of Warcraft Community Council To Solicit Player Feedback


Blizzard announced yesterday that it will be forming a new player organization called the WoW Community Council. It’s aiming to help the MMORPG’s developers get more detailed feedback on all aspects of the game, from players of different backgrounds and playstyles. The move comes as the game...

Twitch Creates Category Dedicated To Streams Of Cute Animals


Twitch may be a cesspool of toxicity and marginalization, but while it continues to contend with longstanding issues around harassment and recently was the target of a massive hack, it’s OK to remember that sometimes, good and beautiful things can be found on the platform, too. This week,...

The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time Almost Had Portals Before Portal


If you took a portal to an alternate universe, you might find yourself living in a timeline where The Legend of Zelda, not Portal, popularized the use of live portals in video games. As spotted by VGC, ex-Nintendo dev Giles Goddard recently showed off an early tech demo of The Legend of Zelda:...

And Now Some Ramen Collab Sneakers


Tenkaippin, or Ten’ichi as fans call it, is a ramen restaurant chain in Japan. Ten’ichi has over 230 locations across the country, as well as one in Hawaii. And now, it also has collab sneakers. Read more

Age Of Empires IV's Fancy Cutscenes Are A Wonder


I’ve been playing the new Age of Empires IV this week, and for all the good work that has been done in bringing a classic game into a modern era, the best thing about it are the bits that happen while you’re not even playing.Read more

Gary Bowser Pleads Guilty To Piracy Charges After Nintendo Pursuit


Team-Xecuter was a hacking group that sold both software and hardware for stuff like Nintendo consoles. While arguing that they were simply advocating for homebrew programs and a consumer’s right to repair their own property, gaming giants like Nintendo thought otherwise.Read more

Mario Kart NFT Idea Is The Worst Thing I Have Ever Read


Bloomberg Wealth has a major feature up today called “Into the Metaverse: Where Crypto, Gaming and Capitalism Collide”. It is as critical and as informative as you’d guess something coming from a finance site would be, but there’s one section in particular that will haunt me, and now you, for...

Easy Far Cry 6 Exploit Totally Eliminates Weapon Recoil


The new open-world shooter Far Cry 6 quickly lets you become an unstoppable machine. Here’s a trick that’ll make you even less stoppable: By turning off the game’s camera shake, you’ll completely eliminate recoil for all weapons, including shotguns and extremely high fire-rate machine guns.Read more

More People Are Playing Left 4 Dead 2 Than Back 4 Blood


A quick perusal of Steam-tracking sites indicates that players returned to Left 4 Dead 2 in droves following the October 12 launch of spiritual successor Back 4 Blood, so much so that the older game is now more popular than the newer one.Read more

U.S. Senator Heartbroken Men Watch Porn And Play Video Games


Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, took the stage at the National Conservatism Conference yesterday to decry the war on men. In a long and meandering speech, he sounded the alarm about falling marriage rates and college attendance, and argued that more and more men are dropping out of...

Stardew Valley Dev's Next Game Has 'Greater Focus' On Combat


Revealed just last week, Stardew Valley developer Eric Barone has already provided a nice little update about his next game, Haunted Chocolatier. According to a new blog post, the upcoming action-RPG has a “greater focus on combat” in comparison to his previous hit.Read more

Luigi's Afraid Of Mo' Ghosts In New Lego Sets


Finally, after first appearing in August, the Lego version of Luigi is getting his own sets. But poor blocky Luigi, it seems Nintendo and Lego want to torture him, because the new sets are all based on Luigi’s Mansion. Don’t they know Luigi (and his Lego variant) is afraid of ghosts! Luckily...

Returnal Players Found A Way To Save Scum In Latest Patch


Housemarque finally took some pity on players of its difficult sci-fi shooter Returnal last week, and added a suspend feature in update 2.0. Now players have found a way to turn it into a full-on save scumming exploit.Read more

Genshin Impact's Cooking Minigame Offers A Cozy Break From Its Roguelike Event


As part of Genshin Impact’s ongoing Labyrinth Warriors event, developer miHoYo has launched a limited-time web game called “Yummy! Barbeque Under the Stars.” In this cooking minigame which can be played via your internet browser, players earn in-game items and primogems (premium currency) for their...

Mandalorian Spin-Off The Book Of Boba Fett Gets First Trailer


A long time ago (last year) in a galaxy far, far away (Hollywood), Disney execs confirmed a never-ending slew of Star Wars shows, including multiple spin-offs of The Mandalorian (stop reading now if you’re averse to spoilers for season two of that show). Today, Disney released the trailer for...

Pocket Camp Reveals The Personalities of Animal Crossing’s Newest Villagers


Last week, the personalities of Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s (seemingly) final eight villagers were revealed via Pocket Camp. Their Pocket Camp iterations also include their favorite sayings, catchphrases, and broad descriptions of the characters—which has given me enough information to perform...

Pokémon Go Adds The Cutest New Monster During Festival Of Lights


Earlier today, the official Pokémon Go website announced that Dedenne, the adorable electric and fairy-type Pokémon, will be the next monster in the mobile game. Dedenne will be available during the Festival of Lights, the Diwali-inspired event, on November 5 at 10 a.m. through November 14 at...

It Takes Two, The Best Co-Op Game Of The Year, Is Coming To Game Pass


Xbox Game Pass is starting November off strong. After half a year, It Takes Two, the acclaimed cooperative game from the makers of 2018’s A Way Out, is finally coming to the service, albeit only for those who pay for the premium tier. That’s alongside some other offerings (available to...

Man Dressed As The Joker From Batman Arrested After Knife Attack


Seventeen people were injured on October 31 in Tokyo during an attack on a Tokyo subway train. The attack has left one victim, a man in his 70s, in critical condition. A 24-year-old man, dressed as the Joker from Batman, was arrested at the scene for attempted murder.Read more

V traileru na druhou sérii seriálového Zaklínače se rapuje


Ještě do konce roku se dočkáme druhé řady mimořádně úspěšného seriálu na motivy hráči oblíbené fantasy série Zaklínač. Konzervativní fanoušky ovšem možná nepotěší jeho nový oficiální trailer, který vyniká především neotřelým hudebním podkladem

Relics From A Future Past


Of the thousands of Fine Art posts we’ve run over the last decade, nearly every single one of them has focused on the digital world, whether they be lavish environmental sketches or 3D models made for a video game. Tonight, I figured we could do with a break, and look at something a little more...

Cosplayer Simply Becomes Angelina Jolie


I’ve featured the work of Alyson Tabbitha a bunch of times here on Kotaku, because she’s just the best. Her make-up work is transformative, and in the past she has shape-shifted into everyone from Wonder Woman to Jack Sparrow to Leeloo Dallas.Read more

The Week In Games: Dance Like Nobody's Watching


As Lady Gaga once said, it’s time to just dance. It’s going to be okay. Da da doo-doo-mmm or something like that. Anyway, Just Dance 2022 is out this week on all major platforms. (Sadly, not the Wii.)Read more

Fantastic Looking Bloodborne PS1 Demake Is Out January 31


Sure, we still don’t have a PC port of Bloodborne, but next year folks will finally be able to play Bloodborne PSX, a fan-made demake of the first section of Bloodborne, complete with boss fights and more. A new trailer released today revealed it’s out for free on January 31, 2022. Read more

Sunday Comics: Trick Or Treat!


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

14 Horror Games Available Now On Xbox Game Pass


A good scary game is often a thrilling experience. And if you are currently a Game Pass subscriber and in the mood to play something terrifying, creepy, or just downright spooky you already have access to some fantastic horror games for no additional cost. This is nice, because the only thing...

Retro Horror Steam Shooter Nails That Unsettling Halloween Vibe


Don’t let the highly stylized art fool you. The first-person shooter Forgive Me Father is unsettling because of its flat comic-book graphics, not in spite of them. At first, I was charmed by how the art style made the game feel like a distant cousin to Paper Mario. By the end of the second level,...

ANKETA: Jaký je váš vztah k Duně?


Kultovní sci-fi román Duna od Franka Herberta má mnoho podob. Aktuálně boduje u diváků v kinech, což nás přivádí k otázce: co pro vás jméno Duna znamená?

An Action Platformer Perf For Those Too Chicken For Halloween


Sometimes, Halloween can be just a bit too scary. There are ghosts and ghouls and undead and…assholes. Living is frightening and, so too, is the thought of death and mortality. That’s exactly why Skul: The Hero Slayer works as a comfy spooky game. It’s not really scary. It just pretends to be.Read...

All I Want For Christmas Is A PSP


The PSP is long dead. The Playstation Vita too. But long live Vale’s Steam Deck, a handheld that’s just around the corner, and thanks to Sony’s new PC gaming push, will finally make the dream of playing the company’s biggest blockbusters on a small portable device a reality.Read more

Far Cry 6's Secret Cat Boat Has A Long History At Ubisoft


Here’s a small item that had me feline fine on this debatably not-fine Friday: In Far Cry 6, there’s an island with a shipwrecked boat full of cat dolls. It’s cute. It’s also, as I just learned today, apparently a long-running gag in a particular flavor of Ubisoft map games.Read more

Uncharted's Amy Hennig Is Making A Marvel Game


Skydance New Media and Amy Hennig, the creative director on the first three Uncharted games, announced today that they are working on a new narrative-focused Marvel action-adventure game featuring an original storyline.Read more

Unofficial Mario NFT Game Players Are Actually Glad Nintendo Discovered It


Another Mario fan game looks like it’s about to bite the dust, but this time nobody’s shedding any tears. The 1up Platform is a cryptocurrency scheme that got underway earlier this year, seemingly featuring a battle royale of corporate copyrights and stolen artwork. Now it’s finally attracted...

A Psychedelic Horror Game About Exploring A Haunted Train


Boarding a city subway is always a dice roll for whatever terror awaits you once the train doors close. Maybe there’s some trash taking up a seat, or annoying passengers who are hell bent on making their business yours. The new psychological horror game, Subway Midnight, taps into that uncertainty...

Majora’s Mask Is A Masterpiece Of Existential Horror


The first thing that comes to mind when I think of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask is that horrifying moon. It’s ominous, always smiling, a reminder that death is an inevitability for everyone. It lingers in the background, like a shadow against a wall, waiting to strike. If, after three days...

Netflix's First Witcher Season 2 Trailer Sees Yennefer's Return


Toss a coin to your Witcher-song-singing friends. Netflix released the first official trailer for The Witcher’s second season, which debuts on December 17. No other way to put this: It looks bonkers. It also kinda muddies the suspenseful setup from the end of the first season.Read more

Unsighted Is The Best Metroidvania Of The Year


Unsighted, the recent isometric Metroidvania from two trans Brazilian developers, Studio Pixel Punk, is the genre at its best. From its impeccable art, music, and atmosphere, to its open-ended “explore how and where you want” structure, deliciously anxiety-inducing time limit, and satisfying...

Alone In The Dark Scared The Crap Out Of Me


I am scared of many things in video games. Sharks mostly, but there’s other stuff. Nothing has ever scared me, though, as much as 1992's Alone in the Dark.Read more

26 NFT Developers Send Very Sad Letter To Valve After Steam Ban


Earlier this month Valve instituted a ban on all cryptocurrency and NFT sales on Steam, which not only laid down rules governing the future sales (or lack thereof) of titles on its platform, but also booted a few games off that had already launched and were based on the technology.Read more

Obscure SNES RPG Lets You Take Photos Of Lovecraftian Horrors For Mad Cash


Making money in role-playing games often boils down to killing monsters or selling off low-level equipment you no longer need. But the terrifying Laplace no Ma (roughly Laplace’s Demon in English) takes a more novel approach, allowing you to accrue a small fortune by taking glamour shots...

Ubisoft Is Getting Into The Blockchain Grift


At this point, we’re all just holding out hope that our favorite video game franchises aren’t getting into weird crypto shit. Sometimes, it’s a vain hope. In today’s second quarterly earnings report, Ubisoft said it is exploring blockchain for games. Read more

Here’s Every Upcoming Video Game Release Date


Video games are a lot like years: They start coming, then they don’t stop coming, and they don’t stop coming, and they...yeah. Then you’ve got the games industry’s tectonically shifting release calendar, defined by an endless march of delays and cancellations. Even if you’re the most avid gamer...

World Of Warcraft’s Latest Mount Is A Giant Kitty Cat


I don’t know, folks. Between trying to keep up with Amazon’s New World and the upcoming Final Fantasy XIV Endwalker expansion, I just don’t think I have time for World of Warcraft any more. Wait, I can ride a giant kitten with tufted ears that chases its tail? You son of a bitch, I’m in.Read more

GTA San Andreas Enters The Metaverse, Via Oculus Quest 2


During a Facebook Meta keynote event dedicated to its future VR projects and plans, the social media giant revealed that PS2 classic Grand Theft Auto San Andreas is currently in development for the Oculus Quest 2. Read more

Amazon Prime’s Free Games For November Are Shockingly Good, Again


Amazon has been giving away free games as part of its paid Prime membership for a while now, but they’ve rarely been this good. After a powerhouse lineup last month, the service is doubling down in November with nine more, and just in time for Tomb Raider’s birthday.Read more

Behold The Strange And Wondrous Aliens Of Guardians Of The Galaxy


So, it turns out that Guardians of the Galaxy is very, very good! Don’t let Square Enix’s previous Marvel game, the online mess that is Avengers, scare you away from checking out this new, single-player adventure starring the galaxy’s most dysfunctional found family. Not only is it a blast to play...

Genshin Impact's Strongest Character To Make Comeback


The Pyro-element characters in Genshin Impact are known to be high-damage dealers, but Hu Tao is an anomaly among them. She’s an ideal damage dealer for those who don’t mind her risky playstyle. More importantly, she’s only available through gacha pulls for a very limited window of time, which...

Dr. Dre Is Making Music For An Upcoming GTA Game, Says Snoop Dogg


Rockstar Games recently revealed Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition, which launches digitally next month and hits store shelves in December. Alongside this high-profile return to the franchise’s past, though, the developer is presumably still working on its future....

Now They’re Making Video Chewable Game Controllers For Tiny Babies


Does the stuff your infant chews on not look like a video game controller? Are you a gamer parent concerned that your child may want to go outside instead of sitting in front of the television all day? BabyGlitch has your back with its new line of baby gamer gear, featuring small scale replicas...

Fortnite Boss Slams Billionaire Tax He Doesn't Seem To Fully Understand


Surprise, surprise, Epic Games founder, Tim Sweeney, is not a fan of the new billionaire tax being proposed in Congress at the moment. The CEO of the company, which prints money thanks to Fortnite, said the tax would possibly “end founder control” of Epic Games, calling into question whether...

Murder House Is Everything Terrifying About Low-Poly Horror


What’s more frightening: a near-photorealistic video game killer pursuing you with perfectly motion-captured movements, or a silent, meathook-wielding Easter bunny with vague features and primitive textures, chasing you with a jerky, hand-animated gait? If you answered the latter, then...

How Halloween Became a Thing in Japan


When I first came to Japan in 2001, Halloween was not a thing. At all. Well, it was if you were a foreigner, but Japanese people just didn’t really get it.Read more

For $24,000, You Can Buy Tecmo Koei Gold Coins


Kou Shibusawa isn’t only one of Koei’s founders, he is also a game creator, a producer, and a brand name. As part of Koei Tecmo’s celebration of 40 years of the Kou Shibusawa banner, the company is offering some expensive gold coins. Interested?Read more

Burger King Japan Is Selling Beef Patties, No Buns


Who needs buns? I kind of do! But maybe you don’t. And if you live in Japan, you can get your butt to Burger King and order yourself a beef patty on what looks like a piece of paper. Mmmmmm paper.Read more

Nintendo Releases Surprise Metroid Dread Demo


Most people who have played Metroid Dread say the game is very good, but what if you are not one of those people, and for whatever reason do not trust those people? Well, now you can simply download part of the game for free and try it for yourself.Read more

On The Mic


Liu Xiao is an artist based in Beijing, China.Read more

Lost Judgment: The Kotaku Review


I loved Judgment, Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s 2018 spinoff from the Yakuza series. Arriving just as the main games were getting ready to go through the biggest changes in their long-running history, along came a lawyer and his himbo best friend to keep some beloved old Yakuza fundamentals alive.Read more

Report: Vicarious Visions Changing Its Name After Blizzard Merger


Back in January it was announced that Vicarious Visions, the studio famous for its work on the Tony Hawk remakes and a whole library of excellent licensed games, was going to be merging with Blizzard. Now it’s emerged that this corporate move means the developer will be changing its name...

Star Ocean Is Back And It Looks Kinda Like Monster Hunter


At long last, Square Enix’s interstellar JRPG series Star Ocean is back. Star Ocean: The Divine Force is set to launch on PS4 and PS5 in 2022, the company revealed during today’s PlayStation State of Play livestream.Read more

Death's Door Opens On PlayStation And Switch Next Month


Announced today via Sony’s State of PlayStation event and on Twitter via Devolver Digital, Acid Nerve’s acclaimed dungeon crawler Death’s Door makes the jump from PC and Xbox to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Nintendo Switch on November 23. Read more

Deathverse Is A Surprise Follow-Up To Suda's Let It Die


In 2016, Goichi Suda’s Grasshopper Manufacture and Supertrick Games released Let It Die, a roguelike that had players climbing up a tower killing everything in their paths. Today, Sony announced a surprise successor to the game, only this time it’s a multiplayer “survival action game,” instead.Read...

Call Of Duty’s Ridiculous Donnie Darko Crossover Is Kinda Funny, Kinda Sad


Suffice to say, video game crossovers can be pretty bogus outside of the Super Smash Bros. series. But putting Donnie Darko stuff in Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War takes the cake. This might be the single most ridiculous mash-up I’ve ever seen. The whole thing is so stupid that...

Darkest Dungeon II Tries Something New, And It Mostly Works


Darkest Dungeon II is nothing if not evocative—a positive quirk it shares with the first game. When my party reaches the Mountain at its heart, they are brought low. This place has haunted their dreams for weeks—a different configuration for each of them.Read more

Genshin Impact’s New Event Is A Surprisingly Great Roguelike


Genshin Impact was definitely not a game in which I expected to find great roguelike gameplay. Its open world design (which was frequently compared to Breath of the Wild at launch) seemed antithetical to the restrictive conditions of an interesting roguelike. I’m glad to find that I was very, very...

Tier List: The Best Goths in Video Games


With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for us to immerse ourselves in the signature styles of video gaming’s greatest and most fashionable goths, as well as those whose fashion sense makes them goth-adjacent.Read more

Buzz Lightyear Trailer Makes No Sense, Breaks Internet's Brain


When I woke up today, I expected my kitchen to be a mess because I binged The Morning Show instead of cleaning it last night. Despite it already being Wednesday, I was also prepared to be overwhelmed by the truckload of tasks I have yet to cross off my to-do list this week. What I was not ready...

That Dark Souls III Twitch Streamer's Bananas Single-Button Run, Explained


Earlier this week, Twitch streamer Dylan “Rudeism” Beck blew our minds by beating Dark Souls III using a single-button setup to hammer out Morse code. It’s an impressive feat to be sure and one that also touches on something Rudeism is quite passionate about: accessibility in games.Read more

Hot Wheels Unleashed Devs On Making 2021's Most Surprising Racing Game


Italian studio Milestone is known for racing sims. MotoGP, MXGP, Ride, the World Rally Championship series—that’s all Milestone. Hot Wheels Unleashed, the surprise hit arcade racer featuring Mattel’s iconic toy cars racing through physics-defying loops and making heart-stopping jumps, is about...

Dune’s Timothée Chalamet Was Once An Xbox YouTuber


Timothée Chalamet: Hollywood superstar, GQ cover model, and...former gaming YouTuber? Yes, more than a decade ago, the Dune actor used to operate a YouTube channel under the handle ModdedController360, where he showed off custom paint jobs of Xbox 360 controllers.Read more

Far Cry 6 Has A Cool Far Cry Primal Shout-Out


Everyone knows that Ubisoft games are full of things to do. In Far Cry 6, there’s a lot to see, too. To wit: Last night, while exploring the open-world shooter’s El Este region, I stumbled upon what I’m pretty sure—like, 99 percent sure—is a reference to 2016’s Far Cry Primal, the series spinoff...

Former World of Warcraft Devs Start Studio Where Only Female Staffer Is A Dog


Ex-Blizzard developers who started Notorious Studios seem to have exactly zero women on their development team. The staff page shows nine developers and two advisors, all of which are men, and one canine “Chief Morale Officer” named Ellie. Which means that the studio has more dogs than women....

Nintendo Switch Datamine Hints At Smash Bros. And Other N64 Games Coming


The Switch Online Expansion Pack arrived earlier this week, bringing nine N64 games to Nintendo’s portable console. That’s...not a lot, and people have been eager to know what other classics will be headed to the subscription-based library. Recently datamined files offer a few hints.Read more

The Pokémon x Sumo Collab We've Been Waiting For


Over the years, Pokémon has done an array of collabs, including New Era, Oreo, Levi’s, and Casio. Some have been more interesting than others. But finally, Pocket Monsters is teaming up with sumo wrestling. It’s about time!Think about it. This makes perfect sense. In sumo, you have two wrestlers...

Netflix Releases First Proper Cowboy Bebop Trailer


Production photos and an intro are OK for getting the briefest taste of the series, but Netflix’s first proper trailer for the upcoming live-action Cowboy Bebop adaptation has just been released.Read more

A Quiet Place Is Getting A Video Game Adaptation


A Quiet Place, the excellent horror/sci-fi movie series about a blind alien invasion, is being turned into a video game by iLLOGIKA, a Canadian studio made up of former Behaviour Interactive, Eidos Montréal and Ubisoft developers.Read more

Ubisoft Pestering Far Cry 6 Players For Not Playing Enough


One of the bleakest things about modern video gaming is the way major publishers are obsessed with not just gaining your attention but keeping it, holding it trapped and exposed to their monetary ecosystems for as long as humanly possible while they do everything they can to bleed you dry.Read more

House of Ashes: The Kotaku Review


House of Ashes wants you to know that it’s a video game so bad that it sometimes undermines its own cinematic power with gameplay that feels obligatory rather than supportive of its storytelling. Yet it also wants the prestige associated with blockbuster American films with weighty themes, and gets...

Spirit Halloween’s Video Game Costumes Are Pretty Good, Actually


It’s not too late to pick up a Halloween costume—well, so long as you’re down to go as a character from a popular video game. Kotaku (that is, I) recently visited a local Spirit Halloween (“the world’s #1 Halloween store!”) to get a sense of the gaming-themed costume offerings you can expect...

Blizzard Cancels Online BlizzCon 2022


It’s been a rocky couple of years for Blizzard’s annual fan celebration, with the 2020 and 2021 shows canceled due to the ongoing covid-19 epidemic. Now, as fallout continues from the California lawsuit over the studio’s culture of abuse, discrimination, and harassment toward women, Blizzard...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus’ Ghostly New Pokémon Belong To A Special Club


Earlier today, The Pokémon Company officially unveiled the Hisui-region forms of Zorua and Zoroark, set to appear in Pokémon Legends: Arceus next year. Unlike their original Dark typing, however, these regional variants are a dual Normal and Ghost typing, a unique combination that’s never been seen...

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Guardians Of The Galaxy


Square Enix’s Guardians of the Galaxy is out today, and considering how surprisingly good the game is, a lot more of you will probably be playing it than originally intended. The galaxy is a large and sometimes confusing place, especially when you’re guarding it. Don’t worry, we’ve prepared some...

Players Have A Ton Of Complaints About Nintendo Switch Online’s N64 Games


Nintendo 64 games finally became officially playable on Nintendo Switch Online last night and they run...less than stellar. Almost immediately, social media started filling up with examples of technical shortcomings, emulation woes, and button layouts that prove there is no god. It once again calls...

You Can Finally (Finally!) Suspend Your Returnal Runs


It only took 179 real-world cycles, but Returnal, history’s glossiest Blue Öyster Cult music video, will finally let you close the game without erasing your progress. Developer Housemarque revealed the news of a “suspend game” option—easily the most-requested feature among fans—in a video detailing...

The Scary Theory That Totoro Is The God of Death


My Neighbor Totoro is a family favorite. Kids and adults alike love the story of two sisters in the idyllic Japanese countryside with magical creatures. But for some viewers, there’s darkness seething underneath. Totoro is no cuddly critter. He is a killer. Read more

The Art Of Back 4 Blood


Tonight’s Fine Art is focused entirely on Turtle Rock’s new Back 4 Blood, the studio’s latest attempt to take the formula they almost perfected with Left 4 Dead and, well, perfect it. Read more

Faze Clan Going Public In Deal That Is Somehow Worth $1 Billion


Fresh off a big crypto scam involving a number of its members only four months ago, Faze Clan announced today that the group is about to become a publicly traded company, meaning fans will soon be able to buy shares. Their initial valuation? Oh, $1 billion.Read more

Metroid Dread Speedrunners Are Beating The Game In 90 Minutes Flat


There comes a time in every game’s life-cycle when speedrunners crack the code, and a baseline time against which to compete reveals itself. Now that we’re a few weeks removed from the release of Metroid Dread, such a benchmark has crystallized: The game’s fastest players are racing from start...

GTA Trilogy Trailer Removes Confederate Flag


The remastered Grand Theft Auto: Trilogy appears to be leaving the Confederate flag behind based on its recent trailer. Revealed last week, the footage offers a brief glimpse of arms dealer Phil Cassidy, but this time without the symbol of Southern slavery on his shirt.Read more

What It's Like To Voice My Hero Academia From Home, According To The Actors


World Heroes Mission, the third movie to spring from the exceedingly popular shonen anime series My Hero Academia, is about to arrive in theaters. Ahead of the theatrical release, I spoke to the film’s voice actors about the evolution of their characters and how they’ve adjusted to working from...

15 Hellbending Minutes With Guardians Of The Galaxy


If you’ve read our review, then you know I think Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy is a damn good time. If you’re not convinced, here’s 15 minutes of spoiler-free gameplay featuring Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot making a daring escape from the fortress of Lady Hellbender, the Monster...

Pokémon Unite Hides Score To Stop Players From Rage Quitting, Devs Say


I can’t count the number of times I’ve been in the thick of a Pokémon Unite match, feeling good about my team’s chances of winning, only for the timer to countdown to zero and reveal that we actually got wrecked. According to makers TiMi Studio Group, that’s by design.Read more

Halo Infinite’s Craig, Once A Laughingstock, Now Looks Better Than Ever


If any single character is a visual shorthand for Halo Infinite—more than Master Chief, more than Cortana, more than...that other AI—it’s Craig the Brute. A screenshot of his character model served as evidence for the game’s supposed graphical shortcomings last year. He showed up again during this...

Dark Souls 3 Streamer Blows Minds By Beating Game With Single Button


Have you ever picked up a FromSoftware game, played it for a while, got your ass whooped repeatedly, and wondered how you’re ever supposed to beat the game? It’s probably a question every Dark Souls 3 player has asked at least once. However, you probably haven’t asked yourself how you’re supposed...

GTA III Made Just Vibing In Its World Incredible


God, the feeling of playing Grand Theft Auto III upon release. Were you there for it? Do you remember it? You could actually sense, in the moment, that you were experiencing a cultural shift, a game that was going to change things forever. But why? How? What defines the influence and impact of...

Destiny 2 Glitch Breaks Game, Will Get You Banned


Destiny 2 has an easy to pull-off trick called the min/max glitch on PC that gives players infinite orbs and a host of other advantages that break a lot of the game’s big activities. Bungie confirmed over the weekend that it’s working on a fix, but in the meantime the developer is warning players...

Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy: The Kotaku Review


When Square Enix revealed Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy at E3 earlier this year, I was not excited. The idea of playing only as Peter “Star-Lord” Quill, arguably the least interesting member of the galaxy-guarding super group, did nothing for me. The poor technical performance displayed in...

On Pornhub, Math Teacher Makes His Mark Teaching Calculus


When you think of Pornhub, you probably think of pornography, right? For good reason, the site is wall-to-wall porn. But one math teacher named Changshu noticed something was missing: math. “Since very few people teach math on adult video platforms, and since there are so many people who watch...

$7000 Evangelion Jackets Are Some Expensive Cosplay


First shown off in March, Undercover’s new line of Evangelion-inspired outfits are now available for sale. Or should I say were available for sale, until they almost instantly sold out, leaving us to either pay apocalyptic resale prices or, more sensibly, simply look at pictures of them on...

Feds Say Man Spent Covid Loan On $57,000 Pokémon Card


Vinath Oudomsine, from Dublin, Georgia, has been accused by federal prosecutors of fraudulently applying for a an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). The man claimed to be running a business, but reportedly spent most of the money on a rare Pokémon card instead.Read more

The Week In Games: Groot And His Pals Are Ready To Save The Galaxy


Guardians of the Galaxy is out later this week on all major platforms. I’m excited to play it if only because the soundtrack seems great and I’m in the mood for a nice, single-player-only sci-fi action game. (A reminder that the Switch edition of the game is actually a streaming, Stadia-like...

Intel Says CPU And GPU Shortages May Last Until 2023


Bad news to folks out there trying to get a new console like the PS5 or a fancy, more powerful graphics card for their aging PC. According to Intel, the ongoing semiconductor shortage will continue to make it hard to find and buy new electronics well into 2023. Read more

GTA Has A Weird History On Nintendo Consoles


Grand Theft Auto is one of the biggest, most popular video game franchises in history. It has sold millions of games across nearly every platform released since the PS1 and courted more controversy than perhaps any other video game series ever created. And it’s done all this while mostly avoiding...

Sunday Comics: Very Thirsty


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Someone Put OLED Switch’s Durability To The Test


Nintendo’s new, updated Switch is selling well and looks great. But if you are lucky enough to find one this year, you might want to buy a screen protector for it as one YouTuber has discovered the Switch OLED screen is very soft and easily damaged by objects like coins or keys.Read more

Every Far Cry Game, Ranked From Worst To Best


Way back in 2004 a then-unknown developer called Crytek released the first game in what would become the Far Cry series, wowing players with its impressive visuals and sprawling, outdoor maps. Crytek moved on to creating the Crysis series, Ubisoft bought up Far Cry and continues to make new entries...

Litwick Is Cute, But Can't Be Trusted


Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Litwick!Read more

Flipnote Studio Creations Find New Life On Crank-y Playdate Handheld


Although it won’t officially be in our hands until later this year (if you got in on the first wave of pre-orders, that is), Panic’s unique Playdate handheld is already being poked and prodded by folks lucky enough to score a dev unit. One such developer recently shared a neat little project that...

Final Fantasy XIV Has Many Mounts, But Only One Sneezes


The hype for Endwalker’s impending launch recently pushed me back into the arms of Final Fantasy XIV. Instead of doing the smart thing and working my way through the massively multiplayer role-playing game’s litany of main story quests so I’d be caught up in time for the expansion’s November...

The GTA Trilogy Remasters Look Great, But Shouldn’t Replace The Originals


Today Rockstar finally showed footage of the Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy remasters and they look surprisingly good, but also very different from the original games. This has raised concerns about erasing the series’ past, and also called to mind the fragmented state of game preservation.Read more

The 16 Best Cards In Back 4 Blood


For the most part, Left 4 Dead 3– wait, no, that’s not what it’s called...for the most part, Back 4 Blood is a first-person shooter about teaming up with your friends to mow down hordes of zombies. But Back 4 Blood flips the script by including a decidedly non-shooting mechanic: a deck-building...

Overwatch's McCree Is Now Cole Cassidy


Overwatch’s McCree will now be known as Cole Cassidy, the developers announced today, further distancing the character from departed designer  Jesse McCree.Read more

YouTuber Valkyrae Under Fire Over Skin Care Line


After streamer Valkyrae’s skincare line RFLCT drew criticism for its promises to help offset the negative effects of computer light,” the YouTube has issued a statement. Yesterday, Valkyrae posted a voice note acknowledging the pushback and promised to answer questions in a future stream.Read more

You’re Probably Not Actually Stuck In Metroid Dread


Maybe you’ve been playing Metroid Dread since it hit Nintendo Switch on October 8, but put it down out of frustration from being stuck in the dang game. Or is that just me? Good news: you’re not actually stuck. It’s just easy to not realize what blocks are destroyable while you’re exploring.Read...

Here's What Will Improve After Battlefield 2042's Chaotic, Buggy Beta


The open beta for Battlefield 2042 was chaotic, buggy, and pretty limited given the scope of the latest game in the long-running shooter series. For developer DICE the beta was one more thing: a learning experience. In an article posted yesterday Battlefield 2042 devs introduce five new specialists...

Epic Games Faces Backlash After Ending Popular Time-Off Policy


Epic Games, creator of the massively popular and lucrative battle royale Fortnite, decided to end a popular policy of allowing staff every other Friday off earlier this week. According to a new report by Bloomberg, which a source corroborated for Kotaku, the move angered staff who were caught...

What Happens When AI Tries To Review A Video Game


It’s a comment I’ve seen hundreds of times, or variations of throughout my time here at Kotaku: internet complaints about the quality of reviews. “A bot can do better than this,” some would cry. So let’s put that to the test.Read more

Remastered GTA San Andreas Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass


Alongside news that Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy—a remastered bundle of the first three 3D GTA games—drops on November 11, Rockstar stealthily revealed that GTA: San Andreas will also hit Xbox Game Pass the same day. Oh, and GTA III is making its way to PlayStation Now soon, too.Read more

Nintendo Delays Advance Wars Switch Remakes Until 2022


The hottest Nintendo Switch game of the season is the latest to get hit with a delay. Advance Wars 1+2: Re-Boot Camp won’t be out until spring 2022, Nintendo revealed this morning, completely upending my holiday plans in the process.Read more

Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy Priced, Dated And Rated


After Kotaku was the first to tell you Rockstar were remastering the first three 3D Grand Theft Auto games, all manner of leaks and rumors have flown around, until the developer finally officially confirmed their existence two weeks ago. Today, they’ve announced a release date—November 11 for...

NetEase Games Acquires Goichi Suda's Grasshopper Manufacture


Founded in 1998 by Goichi Suda, Grasshopper Manufacture is best known for games like Killer 7, Lollipop Chainsaw, and No More Heroes. Today, the studio announced it is being acquired by Chinese conglomerate NetEase Games. Read more

Autor milionového Stardew Valley představil novou hru. Bude o čokoládě


Eric Barone po deseti letech práce na fantasticky přijaté farmářské simulaci Stardew Valley konečně oznámil novou hru. V ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier povedeme prodejnu čokolády na malém městě, kromě nezbytného shánění surovin má ale hra být tentokrát o dost akčnější

Ubisoft Brings Back Might and Magic Game They Shut Down In July


In June, Ubisoft took down some DRM servers that accidentally broke Might & Magic X - Legacy, to the point where the game had to be removed from shopfronts. A few months later, and probably after some folks had long assumed the game was simply dead, it’s back.Read more

Big NFT Project Cancelled After Just Five Hours


Yesterday a group of respected young adult novelists thought it would be a good idea to launch a new project spearheaded by NFT purchases. Sadly/hilariously, their big plans went from “let’s do this” to “we’re not doing this” in a matter of hours.Read more

Jen ať nás Sony zažaluje, provokoval výrobce příslušenství. A dočkal se


Vyměnitelné boční pláty na nových playstationech se staly předmětem sporu mezi Sony a výrobcem neoriginálního příslušenství Dbrand. Sony se nelíbí, že někdo jiný vyrábí tento typ příslušenství, samo ovšem žádné takové v nabídce nemá. Dbrand dělá nyní vše pro to, aby pláty mohl prodávat dál, má však...

Your Next Game Pass Pick Is An RPG That Combines Stranger Things and EarthBound


I’m not normally a fan of turn-based RPGs, but Echo Generation’s voxel-based visuals caught my attention, so I decided to give it a shot. I’m very glad I did. While it’s a sometimes frustrating game, it has enough charm and style that I enjoyed it even when I got stuck. It also doesn’t overstay...

Stardew Valley Dev Returns With A Cozy RPG About Haunted Chocolate


Eric “ConcernedApe” Barone, the developer behind the popular farming simulator RPG Stardew Valley, has announced his next game. It’s called ConcernedApe’s Haunted Chocolatier, and though it looks like his previous hit, this action RPG is more concerned with confections than the garden.Read more

Among Us Is Finally Coming To PlayStation And Game Pass


Better late than never, right? A year after Among Us blew up during the pandemic, and three years after it first released on Steam, Innersloth’s murder spree sim is finally coming to PlayStation and Xbox consoles on December 14.Read more

After Backlash, Mass Effect 3 Devs Say Team Crunched To Deliver New Ending


Almost a decade ago the internet blew up over Mass Effect 3’s controversial ending, resulting in death threats and online harassment of BioWare developers and helping to set a new, terrible tone for the video game fan/developer relationship in the years since. It also reportedly resulted in more...

7 Uncharted Game References You May Have Missed In The Movie Trailer


This morning, Sony released the first official trailer for the Uncharted movie, starring Tom Holland as the terminally henley-wearing rogue Nathan Drake. Movies based on video games don’t have the best track record, of course, but it nonetheless looks pretty fun..Read more

Attn Bane: Razer’s High-Tech RGB Covid Mask Is Finally Out


During this year’s all-digital CES in January, hardware maker Razer revealed Project Hazel, a futuristic filtration mask meant to keep gamers covid-free while looking like Mad Max extras. That conceptual project is now the Razer Zephyr, a real product you can buy for $100. And while it might...

New Larger Xbox Storage Expansion Costs More Than An Xbox Series S


Microsoft has just announced two new SSD storage expansion cards, made by its official storage partner, Seagate, to boost space on your Xbox Series S or X. Joining the already released 1TB card will be a 512GB card for $139.99, and a hefty 2TB for $399.99, released in November and December...

GTA Online Is Currently Haunted By Killer Clowns And Ghost Cars


Grand Theft Auto Online is dangerous enough all year round, thanks to assholes and rocket bikes. But now, it’s even more dangerous and spooky, thanks to new Halloween-themed content added to the game via the latest update. If you head into GTA Online, be on the lookout for UFOs, deadly ghost cars...

Scrapped Tomb Raider Survival Horror Game Looks Legit Creepy


It’s kind of serendipitous that Square Enix is celebrating Tomb Raider’s 25th anniversary in October. Just in time for Halloween, likely unintentionally honoring the spooky season, the publisher has unveiled early development footage of a canceled Lara Croft adventure that saw the British explorer...

Here's What All Those Pumpkins Do In Pokémon Unite's Big Halloween Patch


Pokémon Unite looks a lot spookier this week, but the Halloween update isn’t purely cosmetic. In addition to new skins and customization options, daily quests and challenges now dole out pumpkins. But the ultimate prize of the event might be a license for the Normal-type Pokémon Greedent.Read more

Star Citizen Players Are Overdosing Each Other Unconscious In 'Safe' Areas


Perpetual work-in-progress Star Citizen might never be a real game you can just nip down to the shop and buy, but watching developer Cloud Imperium try is endlessly entertaining. In the latest update on the game’s test server, players have figured out how to use newly-added healing guns to deliver...

Despite Filing Harassment Reports, Employees Say Ubisoft Isn't Doing Much


Shortly after Valerie arrived at Ubisoft Montreal in 2018, home to the hit Far Cry and Assassin’s Creed franchises, she says she was sexually harassed and the victim of racist remarks. She reported the incidents, but says nothing was done. The harassment happened again last year, only this time...

The First 90 Minutes Of Forza Horizon 5's Campaign


We’re less than a month away from Forza Horizon 5, and I for one am very much looking forward to putting away the chilly, cozy waning weeks of the year by sinking myself into another titanic automotive expedition. In the meantime, I was lucky enough to get a taste of the game, as Microsoft allowed...

PS3 Emulator Will Now Boot Every Game Ever Released On The Console


RPCS3, an emulator I’ve been writing about since 2016 but which first began in 2011, has come along way since it made its first, tentative steps towards making PS3 games playable on a PC. From those humble beginnings the team behind it have just announced a huge milestone: everything ever released...

Resident Evil 4 VR Cuts Upskirts, Suggestive Dialogue


The upcoming VR version of Resident Evil 4, which by my unofficial count is the 119th re-release of Capcom’s classic, is also apparently going to be one of the most unique, with at least one of the companies involved in its release—Facebook, Capcom and Armature—deciding to remove some of...

WoW Character Renamed After 2007 'C**ks*cker' Video Resurfaces


A World of Warcraft character named Gorge the Corpsegrinder, named after Corpsegrinder frontman George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher, has had its name changed as Blizzard continues combing through the archives and finding references in the game that, in 2021, maybe aren’t as cool as they used to be.Read...

Hrát staré klasiky nebylo nikdy jednodušší. ScummVM oslavil 20. výročí


Jeden z nejpopulárnějších emulátorů starých počítačových her původně vznikl jako jednorázový projekt, když si student informatiky Ludvig Strigeus chtěl na novém počítači zahrát klasickou adventuru Monkey Island 2. Dnes jich ScummVM podporuje stovky, využívá se v komerční sféře a na jeho rozvoji...

New World's Economy Is So Busted, Players Are Bartering For Items


The economy of Amazon’s new massively multiplayer online role-playing game New World is experiencing some growing pains. To be more specific, the currency on which the economy is based is in the midst of a deflation crisis, causing players to barter for items rather than spend their hard-earned...

I Was Wrong, Sora In Smash Bros. Is Kinda Cool To Play


Sora joined Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on October 18, becoming the 89th (and, at long last, final) playable character on the roster, and wrapping up a two-year process of expanding the game’s pool of fighters. Though in a sense he is just another sword-wielding anime boy, I think I actually stand...

Sony Patent Lets Viewers Vote and Pay to Boot Players From Games


In 2020, Sony filed a patent for allowing livestream spectators and participants to remove players from a game. Yesterday, the United States Patent and Trademark Office approved the patent, which you can read in full here. Besides removing unskilled players, the system would allow spectators to...

Back 4 Blood: The Kotaku Review


Celebrated filmmaker Jim Jarmusch once said, “Originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery—celebrate it if you feel like it.” Back 4 Blood, a new zombie-themed co-op shooter developed by Turtle Rock Studios, sure puts this principle into practice. Even its name is a direct...

New Kit Makes Building A Gaming PC As Easy As Putting Together A Model


Building a gaming PC for the first time can feel like an incredibly daunting task. Between gathering the required parts, making sure they all work together, fiddling with delicate wires, and trying not to destroy expensive components, the entire process is anxiety-inducing. Hardware maker NZXT...

Please Don’t Ever Change This Nightmare-Inducing Switch Icon


Switch owners like their game icons a certain way. They want bright colors and sharp-looking art. They’d also prefer the game’s logo be present in some way, shape, or form. What many of them don’t seem to like is slightly blurry, eyeless terror rabbits. I can’t see the problem. Neither can...

No Man's Sky Free Halloween Update Adds Giant Spooky Sandworms


As if space exploration wasn’t already inherently a little spooky, No Man’s Sky is adding a Halloween update to the game today. “Emergence” is a story-driven campaign where players will have to fight mutant sand worms and uncover the secrets of a dark cult. This story event accompanies various...

Destiny 2 Nickle-And-Diming For New Dungeons Is A Bummer


Destiny 2 will get a lot of new content when The Witch Queen launches in February. Unfortunately, some of it will only be accessible to players who pony up for the Deluxe Edition of the annual expansion. It’s the latest development in the messy evolution of how Bungie monetizes Destiny, and a...

Posing In Apex Legends Is Crashing The Game


Have you ever flexed so hard in a game you made it crash? That’s apparently a dream coming true for Apex Legends players, where performing Epic animated poses is breaking the game. Respawn is asking players of the battle royale shooter to stop using them.Read more

Hands On: The PS5’s Storage Upgrade Is Quick And Easy


Last month Sony finally upgraded the PlayStation 5 firmware with support for additional storage via NVMe M.2 solid-state drives (that is, the latest, fast models of SSDs). While not quite as simple as popping open the lid and slotting a chip, with the right hardware and a single small Phillips head...

Kvůli zákazu v Německu si Dying Light digitálně nekoupí celá Evropa


Čerstvě vydaný port zombie akce Dying Light pro konzoli Switch sice sbírá pozitivní reakce, v digitální distribuci si ji však koupit nemůžeme. Nintendo totiž nedokáže zabránit tomu, aby si hru v jejím e-shopu nemohli koupit jen zákazníci z Německa, kde je kvůli její násilné povaze zakázána, a...

Dragon Ball Voice Actor Chris Ayres Dies Age 56


Chris Ayres, perhaps best known as Frieza’s English language voice actor, has passed away. Besides the iconic Dragon Ball character, Ayres also voiced Kei Kurono in Gantz, and Shingen Takeda in Sengoku Basara. He was 56 years old. Read more

Tipping In Japan? One Company Aims To Spread It Throughout The Country


In Japan, tipping is basically not a thing. There are a few occasions where one does tip, such as at a ryokan, or a traditional Japanese inn. But generally, good service is expected minus tips. So if you go to a restaurant, the price on your bill is what you pay. One Japanese company is trying...

The Art Of Far Cry 6


As people finally settle in with Ubisoft’s latest Far Cry game, now’s the perfect time to look at some of the designs and models that went into its development.Read more

Lego Says No To Amazing Hyrule Castle Playset


Lego Ideas, the platform where fans can design Lego sets then see them licensed and sold in stores, has given us some fantastic builds over the years. Sadly, this big Hyrule Castle set won’t be one of them.Read more

Pokémon Unite's Huge Patch: Drednaw Nerf, Rotom Buff, More


Pokémon Unite is poised to get a substantial update on October 20, which will kick off the Halloween event on mobile devices and Nintendo Switch. Though TiMi Studio Group has yet to drop the official patch notes, what’s expected are wild changes, including nerfs to Blastoise and tweaks...

Genshin Impact Player Uses Glitch To Make Awesome Dinosaurs


Like other fantasy-themed live-service games such as Final Fantasy XIV and Elder Scrolls Online, Genshin Impact has a highly customizable housing system. With it, players can craft furniture using materials they’ve gathered, they can grow flowers for use in potions, and they can even create little...

I’m Gonna Play The Heck Out Of This Lo-Fi Spin On Pokémon


The elevator pitch for Cassette Beasts, a forthcoming indie game, can’t fit on a single line. A lo-fi monster-hunting game clearly inspired by Pokémon? Or, oh, oh, how about a top-down role-playing game with gorgeous pixel art and killer music? Surely it’s something distinguished by being awash...

How To Move Your Animal Crossing Island Onto Your New Switch, OLED Or Not


In the liminal period between Animal Crossing: New Horizons offering nothing new to do and Animal Crossing: New Horizons offering arguably too much new stuff to do, Nintendo released a new Switch model complete with a bigger screen and a 0 percent increase to battery life. Perhaps you were lucky...

Seven Hours With Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion's Free DLC


With a name like Turnip Boy Commits Tax Evasion, I was hoping to learn a thing or two about taxes, government regulation, and the ways in which the system fundamentally screws people out of money and property. While I can’t say I learned anything about tax evasion playing this adorable 2D action...

PS5 Accessory Makers Just Won't Stop Taunting Sony's Lawyers


Dbrand, a tech accessories brand that my roommate described to me as “being for dudes who like new iPhones,” has decided to wage a very loud legal war with Sony Entertainment regarding their totally fine PS5 plates and cases.Read more

Wow, Gamers Really Want This Xbox Mini Fridge


Maybe it’s because I primarily play console games on PlayStation. Maybe it’s because I can’t fit anything into my New York shoebox apartment. Maybe it’s because I’m cynical about marketing that centers around the gamer identity. But wow. I was not expecting folks to be so hyped about the Xbox...

Talking MMORPGs, From Ultima Online To Amazon's New World


For nearly three and a half decades, massively multiplayer online role-playing game fans have been wandering the digital wilderness, chopping down trees, hunting for boars, and getting murdered by other players while doing so. We did it in Ultima Online back in 1997, and we’re doing it in Amazon’s...

October's Rock Solid Xbox Game Pass Proves Good Things Come To Those Who Wait


I’m starting to wonder if Xbox Game Pass isn’t a potential pox on game sales. Full disclosure: Amid the deluge of stuff to play this year, I’ve demurred on picking up several interesting-looking games—like Backbone and The Forgotten City—holding my breath for the possibility that, some day, they...

Official Trailer Asks, What If Pokémon Legends: Arceus Was A Horror Movie?


It’s fair to say that the world of Pokémon rarely ventures into territories that might be considered “adult.” This most family friendly of franchises works extremely hard to ensure, no matter how large the grown-up interest, it’s always open and welcoming to children. And then, today they released...

Supreme Customizability Is One Way Microsoft Makes Gaming More Accessible


The gaming industry isn’t typically concerned for the differently-abled, so when the Xbox Adaptive Controller hit the market in 2018, it made a huge splash. People all around the world were having more enjoyable times gaming thanks to the customizable buttons and thoughtful accessibility features...

I Desperately Want These Rare Evangelion Figures


Neon Genesis Evangelion is, in my mind, a near-perfect piece of entertainment, but I gotta admit that I would love to rewatch it through the eyes of Japanese artist Yukinori Dehara.Read more

Genshin Impact's Latest Update Shows MiHoYo's Deep Respect For Japanese Culture


Genshin Impact’s Inazuma region is based on Japan. The country’s culture can be incredibly complex. Whether that’s sakura or swords, it’s easy to not get things quite right. MiHoYo’s decision to push through a subtle fix underscoring those nuances is impressing Japanese players. Before the update...

Vývojáři nešťastného Abandoned prosí hráče, aby jim už nevyhrožovali smrtí


Nezávislé studio Blue Box svým poněkud nešťastným marketingem podnítilo řadu konspiračních teorií, jejich chystaný horor Abandoned má údajně být údajně kódovým označením pro nový díl kultovní série Silent Hill. Když pak tuto smyšlenku oficiálně vyvrátili, začali jim kvůli tomu mnozí lidé dokonce...

Oh No Oh No


Vii Wong is an artist based in China.Read more

Animal Crossing Fans Are Playing Again After Months Of Hopelessness


It’s been a hot minute since Animal Crossing: New Horizons received an update, with the last one, the Super Mario 35th Anniversary Event, launching way back in March 2021. But that’s about to change now that Nintendo’s announced the Happy Home Paradise DLC dropping on November 5. This paid DLC...

Valve's New Rating System Shows Which Games Play Best On Steam Deck


Gaming on-the-go has gotten a lot of much-needed attention lately with not only the Nintendo Switch and the shiny new Nintendo Switch - OLED Model, but with the highly anticipated Steam Deck as well. The upcoming portable gaming PC enables players to take at least a decent chunk of their Steam...

RECENZE: NHL 22 je po dlouhé době hokej, který si zaslouží vaše peníze


Příchod nových konzolí konečně vlil dlouhodobě upadající hokejové sérii od Electronic Arts čerstvou krev do žil. Hra díky nim nejen lépe vypadá, ale především se také lépe hraje. Sice nejde o vyloženou revoluci, ale po dlouhé době jsou změny oproti minulým ročníkům patrné už na první pohled

RECENZE: NHL 22 je po dlouhé době hokej, který si zaslouží vaše peníze


Příchod nových konzolí konečně vlil dlouhodobě upadající hokejové sérii od Electronic Arts čerstvou krev do žil. Hra díky nim nejen lépe vypadá, ale především se také lépe hraje. Sice nejde o vyloženou revoluci, ale po dlouhé době jsou změny oproti minulým ročníkům patrné už na první pohled

13 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Back 4 Blood


At first glance, Back 4 Blood might seem like a paint-by-numbers co-op shooter whose lineage traces back to Left 4 Dead. You might think you know the drill: point, shoot, pick up weapon, point, shoot again. Make it to the end of the level. Try not to die. But there’s a deceptive layer of complexity...

Animal Crossing Fans Are Deeply In Love With Wardell The Manatee


Between the upcoming massive free update and the paid Happy Home Paradise downloadable content, Nintendo announced a whole lot of stuff for Animal Crossing: New Horizons last Friday. But none of those announcements, even the return of the fabled froggy chair, are as important as our new friend...

Blue Box Studios Asks Gamers To Stop Sending Death Threats, Please


Over the last few months, gamers have theorized that Blue Box Game Studios and its upcoming horror game Abandoned are somehow connected to or directly affiliated with Metal Gear creator Hideo Kojima and or Konami, the publisher behind Silent Hill and MGS. And even though the studio has directly...

PlayStation 5 Ends Switch's Three-Year Run As Best-Selling Console


After almost three years as the top-selling console in the U.S., the Nintendo Switch has been ousted by Sony’s PlayStation 5. According to Mat Piscatella, an NPD analyst, the PS5 was the best-selling gaming hardware platform in both units sold and overall dollars earned in September 2021. Read more

Rampaging Link Fights A Lynel, Guardian, And Hynox At Once In BotW


Have you ever wanted to see a young, blonde twink have a no-good, very bad day? Then boy do I have the game and video for you, as someone has managed to get Link to fight a Hynox, Lynel, and multiple Guardians, at the same time in Breath of the Wild. This, to me, sounds like a terribly stressful...

Report: Yes, Twitch Once Had A ‘Do Not Ban’ List


Twitch’s big leak this month included more than just source code and payday info. Details emerged about a “do not ban” list, which sure sounds like the sort of nefarious document that allows certain people to play the same game by different rules. But a new Washington Post report indicates that...

Elden Ring Delayed, But It Also Keeps Leaking


February 2022 was already packed full of big game releases. Now FromSoftware has added another to the list, delaying Elden Ring a month from its original January 21, 2022 release date. In the meantime, the game will get a player demo next month as grainy in-development footage continues to leak...

Turnaj International vyhráli outsideři Team Spirit, rozdělí si 400 milionů


Jubilejní desátý ročník světového mistrovství ve hře DOTA 2 známého jako The International mělo překvapivý průběh. Vítězi se stal rusko-ukrajinský Team Spirit, který rozhodně dlouhodobě nepatří mezi světovou špičku. Pětice mladíků si přitom odnesla nejvyšší výhru, jaká kdy byla dosud v e-sportech...

Legendary Namco Graphic Designer Hiroshi Ono Dies At 64


Hiroshi Ono, better known as “Mr. Dotman,” passed away on October 16. The news was announced by his official Twitter account. According to Automaton, Ono had been hospitalized for autoimmune hepatitis. He was 64 years old. Read more

In Japan, The Xbox Series X/S Is Doing Better Than The Xbox One


After years of struggling in Japan, the Xbox Series X/S is showing more than signs of life in Japan. In comparison to previous efforts, it’s actually doing well. Famitsu reports that as of October 10, Microsoft has sold 64,284 Xbox Series X consoles and another 38,307 Xbox Series S consoles. That’s...

Po kinech se komiksy chystají dobýt i herní svět, aktivní jsou DC i Marvel


Během víkendové akce DC FanDome dostali fanoušci komiksů nové trailery rovnou ze dvou vysokorozpočtových titulů naplánovaných na příští rok. Již příští týden přitom vychází netrpělivě očekávaná adaptace Strážců galaxie, v dohledné době se pak dočkáme i nových her o Spider-Manovi a Wolverinovi

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Vimal Kerketta is an artist at DNEG, a visual effects studio that has recently worked on stuff like No Time To Die and Star Trek: Discovery.Read more

Sony Threatens Dbrand With Legal Action Over PS5 Plates


You might not remember since February 2021 was actually 19 years ago, but earlier this year phone and console skin makers Dbrand released a set of black PS5 faceplates. Not content with merely releasing them, though, the company also bizarrely baited Sony to sue them, and Sony is now obliging.Read...

The Week In Games: Time To Buy Resident Evil 4 (Again)


One day, I’ll no longer walk this planet. I’ll be dust in history. But until then, I’ll be buying Resident Evil 4 over and over and over... Well, you get the idea. And now with a VR version of the classic game hitting Oculus Quest later this week, I’ll be buying it again.Read more

You Can Now Play Doom Via Twitter


Are you bored, sitting in some waiting room? Maybe, instead of just doing nothing you want to play some Doom? Well you could download the fantastic mobile ports of Doom or play it on Switch. Or, why not play Doom using Twitter via short commands and videos?Read more

The Best (Not Scary) Games To Play This Halloween Season


Halloween is here and while you may enjoy this holiday, you might not be as into scary horror games as others. You aren’t alone! Horror games can be incredibly intense, even for those who love a good scary movie. But maybe you still want to enjoy some games on Halloween, just without all the jump...

Sunday Comics: Incredible, Sam!


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Minecraft Announces Mud And Frogs, Fans Go Wild


For as long as Minecraft has been around, there has been dirt and water. But yet, no mud. Or frogs. Well, that all changes next year when Minecraft’s next big update hits. It adds mud blocks, frogs, boats with chests, and new swamps. Fans are losing their shit over it all. Read more

Epic Games Store Will 'Welcome' NFT Games After Steam Bans Them


Epic Games and its CEO Tim Sweeney are open to letting games that use blockchain technology and NFTs onto its PC store, even as NFTs continue to be criticized for being a giant, planet-burning scam filled with grifters. This follows Valve’s decision to remove and ban all games that utilize NFTs...

A Year Later, Here's A Bit More Of That Suicide Squad Game By Rocksteady


Today during DC’s annoyingly long Fandome event, the company revealed new trailers and teasers for a host of upcoming comic book-related projects, including a new in-engine trailer for Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League featuring our first look at what The Flash and Wonder Woman look like...

Shuppet Loves Drama And Hanging Around Bad People


Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Shuppet!Read more

12 Things To Check Out After You've Binged Squid Game


Even if you live under a rock duplex, you’ve probably seen Netflix’s Squid Game do the rounds on social media. This should come as no surprise because Netflix reports that Squid Game (not to be confused with Nintendo’s Splatoon) is its most popular series launch ever, gaining 111 million viewers...

RECENZE: Kdo jednou zkusí Switch OLED, už není cesty zpět


Nová verze Switche sice nenavyšuje výkon, přesto přináší novinky, díky kterým ho budete chtít. Zejména tedy za předpokladu, že hrajete hodně v handheldovém režimu. Kdo Switch využívá hlavně v doku připojený k televizi, měnit nemusí

The New iPad Mini Reclaims The Title Of Best Gaming Tablet


When Apple released the original iPad Mini back in late 2012 I thought, “This is it, the perfect form-factor for tablet gaming.” Everywhere I went I pulled out the compact device, showing off its 7.9-inch screen, how well it fit in my oversized paws. I was never going back to a full-size iPad. Then...

Far Cry 6's Treasure Hunts Are The Best Part Of The Game


A few nights ago, while playing Far Cry 6, I arrived at a small beachside shack that was surrounded by a tall fence. Inside I found notes about a man who was being terrorized by a mongoose. When he finally caught it, he trapped it in his shed behind his home while he picked up some gasoline. So...

Good Riddance: Steam Bans Games That Feature Crypto And NFTs


Damn. Good Guy Steam is (sort of) back. The developer of an upcoming NFT-based PC game revealed in a tweet that Steam is no longer allowing games built on blockchain technology or that “issue or allow exchange of cryptocurrencies or NFTs.” Indeed, Valve’s onboarding rules page now says exactly...

The Moment That Sold Me On Back 4 Blood, The New Shooter By L4D Devs


Confession time: I’ve never played Left 4 Dead. I’m obviously aware of what Valve’s iconic shooter is all about—team up with friends and shoot zombies—and that a ton of players sucked it up like zombies feasting on cerebral miasma. Still, despite the game’s ubiquity, I just...never got around...

Genshin Impact’s New Inazuma Update Brings The Difficulty Spike


It’s finally happened. For the first time ever, after nearly a year of playing Genshin Impact, the new Tsurumi Island update forced me to look up a puzzle solution on YouTube. And the difficulty of the new puzzle isn’t an isolated incident. Whether you’re a fan of puzzles or run to wikis at...

New Horizons Updates Will Give It The Best Bits Of Every Animal Crossing


With the November 5 release of both Nintendo’s paid and free DLC, New Horizons becomes more than just another Animal Crossing game. By combining concepts from past installments and spin-offs like City Folk and Happy Home Designer, New Horizons is becoming the ultimate version of Animal Crossing...

You’ll Have To Pay More Than Double For Switch Online If You Want N64 Games


In September, Nintendo announced that it would make N64 games available as part of its Nintendo Switch Online service. At the time, Nintendo withheld the pricing info, leading some to speculate about how steep it could be. Today, we get our answer. Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack (official...

Fixing The Diablo II: Resurrected Servers Sounds Like An Absolute Nightmare


Diablo 2: Resurrected launched, it’s authentic as all hell—but then the D2 servers took an instant trip to the Seventh Circle. For the last week, players have faced constant login issues and outages. And by the sounds of things, the poor server engineers must be absolutely hating life.Read more

Animal Crossing Is Getting Paid DLC, And It Looks Meaty


Animal Crossing New Horizon’s newest paid dlc, Happy Home Paradise let’s players build dream vacation homes for their residents. Players can scope out islands and design an ideal vacation home for their residents. Read more

Animal Crossing Is Getting Paid DLC, And It Looks Meaty


Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s first paid DLC, Happy Home Paradise, lets players build dream vacation homes for their residents. Players can scope out islands and design a paradise home for their favorite villagers. Read more

Animal Crossing: New Horizons' K.K. Slider Is Getting New Music


During the Animal Crossing: New Horizons Direct, Nintendo announced that the music performer K.K. slider will be adding additional songs. These include titles such as K.K. Break and K.K. Polka. Players will also be able to play them from a new music box item.Read more

Animal Crossing Is Getting A Shop-Filled Island


It’s harvest time, and today’s long-awaited Animal Crossing: New Horizons direct presentation certainly bore fruit. Along with the return of Kapp’n and Brewster’s cafe, Nintendo also announced something fans should be very excited about: popular photo destination Harv’s Island is turning into...

Nintendo Apologizes For Metroid Dread Bug And Promises An Update


Near the end of Metroid Dread, some players are getting an error message that reads, “The software was closed because an error occurred.” The error prevents the player from proceeding, because the game goes into forced shutdown. “A bug has been found in #MetroidDread that can prevent players from...

Battlefield 2042's Last Mode Seems Like Exactly What The Beta Was Missing


DICE has long insisted that Battlefield 2042, its forthcoming first-person shooter, wouldn’t have a battle royale component. Today the company detailed the game’s third and final gameplay mode, Hazard Zone, in a blog post, and it is not a battle royale. But it’s not not a battle royale either.Read...

GTA Trilogy Remaster's Achievements Seem To Have Leaked, And They're Great


Another day, another bit of information leaks out from Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - The Definitive Edition. This time, dataminers have dug into files found in the Rockstar Games Launcher on PC and retrieved a full list of achievements players can attain in the remakes when they release later...

Here's Why Twitch's Giant Internal Leak Is Inundated With The Word 'Pizza'


Last week Twitch suffered a massive hack. Roughly 125GB of data was leaked online, including source code and top streamer earnings, as well as a bunch of files with bizarre references to pizza. Why? Twitch suffered another major hack back in 2014 and code-named the response to it “Urgent...

The People Who Make Pathfinder Are Forming Tabletop RPG's First Big Union


Over 30 employees of Pathfinder and Starfinder publisher Paizo Inc. today announced the formation of the United Paizo Workers union with support from the Communication Workers of America, the largest media labor union in the United States. United Paizo Workers is the first union of its kind in...

Far Cry 6: 22 Things We Wished We Knew Before Starting


Far Cry 6 blows a lot of stuff up. But the biggest thing it blows up is the Far Cry formula. Yes, as many have noted, there’s a lot of fundamental overlap with every other game in Ubisoft’s long-running open-world shoot-everything-you-see series. When you get into the weeds, though, you’ll find...

The Shurikey Hanzo Keyboard Looks Like A Toy, Types Like A Weapon


With plastic screws on its sides, a pair of knobs on its face, and playful splashes of color from its keys to its cable, the Shurikey Hanzo mechanical keyboard looks like a throwback to the gimmicky gaming keyboards of old. But beneath that toy-like exterior is a highly capable device with smooth...

Apparently Walmart Is Now The Most Annoying Place To Buy A PS5


Recently, Kotaku’s emails have been inundated with tips from fans claiming Walmart is an egregiously horrible place to buy a PlayStation 5. And when we looked closer, it seemed like the wider internet beyond our inboxes agreed Walmart is a bad experience for next-gen consoles. Read more

Metroid Dread Developers Criticize Studio For Not Crediting Them


Released last week for the Nintendo Switch, Metroid Dread has wowed critics and players alike. It currently sits at 89 on Metacritic, with some already calling it the best 2D Metroid in the series. Now, some of the developers want to know why they’re not mentioned in the critics.Read more

Pokemon Go's About To Make Egg Hatching Less Of A Pain


Niantic announced Wednesday that it’s planning to test a new raft of “minor gameplay adjustments” for Pokémon Go over the next few months. Among them, at long last, there are plans to improve the experience for new players starting the game today.Read more

Genshin Impact Cancels Elon Musk Event Following Fan Pushback


I am convinced that I have died and gone to hell. Last night, the official Genshin Impact Twitter account tweeted a contest in which the rewards included inviting billionaire CEO Elon Musk to developer miHoYo’s corporate headquarters in Shanghai. Clearly, I’m not alone in feeling this way, and...

Sony Now Lets You Line Up To Buy PS5s Directly From Them


The story of the PlayStation 5 hasn’t been about killer next-gen games or technological benchmarks, but about how, in the 11 months since it was released, it’s been maddeningly difficult to buy one. For some, that might be about to get a bit less difficult. Today, Sony put up a website that allows...

Halo 2 Remaster Updated 7 Years Later To Fix Bleh Graphics


Halo 2 is a very good video game. It has everything you could ever want: little blue-green guys, bigger blue and red guys, some cool gorilla men, the list goes on! However, in its 2014 re-release in the Halo anthology the Master Chief Collection, it did not have most of the graphical details that...

ResetEra Owner Cashes Out Gaming Forum For $4.5 Million


Four years after the popular gaming forum, ResetEra, was born from the ashes of NeoGAF, it has been sold to a network of Swedish esports sites for an eye-popping $4.5 million. While the deal puts a price tag on the previously unquantifiable value of discussions like, “How did Blizzard get away with...

Nintendo's Switch OLED Is Proving A Big Hit In Japan


Released on October 8, the Nintendo Switch OLED Model arrived with a bang in Japan. In its first three days on sale, the newly updated Switch sold 138,409 units. These numbers are for the Japanese sales week starting on October 4 and ending on October 10. In comparison, during that same period...

Lego Master Builds Incredible Transforming Super Nintendo Robots


Building a Lego model of a Super Nintendo console, with sliding buttons and a spring-loaded eject button, is pretty impressive. Building a Lego SNES, two corded controllers, and a game cartridge, each of which is capable of being transformed into a robot with no reassembly? That takes a Lego...

Jon Gruden, Bigot, Is Being Removed From Madden 22


Jon Gruden, a hateful little man who this week resigned as Head Coach of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders after revelations he sent numerous racist, homophobic and misogynistic emails, will also have his face scrubbed from EA Sports’ Madden 22.Read more

Spelunky World Record Holder Busted As A Cheater


A player by the name of BarryMode has, for the last eight years, held the world record for a run through Spelunky. Not anymore, though, after fans discovered that he’d cheated, with the evidence clearly visible in the video he’d recorded of the run.Read more

Gang zlodějů kradl auta pomocí upraveného Game Boye


Britská policie zatkla tři zloděje aut, kteří během krátké doby odcizili pět vozů Mitsubishi Outlander v hodnotě více než pět milionů korun. Pomáhali si přitom nenápadným zařízením, které zvenku vypadalo jako běžný model přenosné herní konzole Game Boy

Devs Of 'Stolen' Game Aeon Must Die Demand Money From Publisher


Tomorrow, the beat-’em-up Aeon Must Die comes out for PC, Switch, Xbox, and PlayStation. A day ahead of its release, some of the game’s original developers—now at a different, newly formed studio—have published a statement requesting that the game’s publisher and developer “complete their legal...

Genshin Leak Teases Massive Cliffhanger Resolution With Albedo


Hey, it’s me: the Kotaku staffer who explains why a random Genshin Impact character is trending on Twitter. Today, several notable Genshin Impact leakers stated that the geo element swordsman Albedo will be making an event appearance in the 2.3 update.Read more

The OLED Switch Is Pretty Different On The Inside


Of course, the biggest, most noticeable difference between the original Nintendo Switch and the new OLED Switch is the display, but there are quite a few changes inside the console’s plastic housing as well. Our friends at iFixit cracked open one of the latest models, discovering redesigned circuit...

FFXIV Director Wants You To Be Normal About The Game’s Success


In a recent interview with PC Gamer, Final Fantasy XIV Director Naoki Yoshida spoke at length about the MMO’s influx of players, and his mixed feelings about World of Warcraft comparisons. At the heart of it all is Yoshida’s consistent refrain that video games are just that: video games. So don’t...

New Chinese Action-RPG Is Like The Witcher, But More Focused


Sometimes, I want the gritty fantasy storytelling of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt without dealing with hundreds of hours of content or an open world map. Xuan Yuan Sword 7, the latest entry in an action roleplaying series that has been a cornerstone of Chinese gaming for almost 30 years, scratches that...

Report: EA In A Messy Fight Over FIFA License, Money


Last week EA hinted that it might be renaming its massively popular FIFA series. Now we know why. According to a new report by The New York Times, the International Federation of Association Football is asking the sports publishing giant to pay $1 billion for exclusive rights to the FIFA brand...

Far Cry 6's Autosave Bug Keeps Killing Players Repeatedly


Arkane’s recent and well-regarded immersive sim isn’t the only death loop of the fall. Thanks to a rare autosave bug in Far Cry 6 that spawns players milliseconds before a death, some players have found themselves stuck in an unbreakable feedback loop, with no apparent way to break the cycle.Read...

All The Possible Video Game TV Series Announced In The Last 48 Hours


On Monday, publisher Raw Fury announced a new first-look deal with dJ2 Entertainment for adapting their publishing catalogue into film and television series. And in the same moment, we’ve just heard word of a live-action version of the classic action-adventure, System Shock.Read more

FFXIV’s Biggest Expansion Yet, Endwalker, Will Take Your Breath Away


I recently had the opportunity to spend several hours exploring the new lands, jobs, and dungeons coming in Final Fantasy XIV’s Endwalker expansion when it launches November 23. I flew through the wretched ruins of Garlemald, strolled the serene streets of the scholarly city of Old Sharlayan,...

Destiny 2 Gets Slightly Unsettling Goose Game Mask


Bungie has changed up how Destiny 2’s annual Festival of the Lost Halloween celebration works this year, as well as adding a new pulse rifle, and scaly dinosaur armor. But this Untitled Goose Game mask is all that matters.Read more

Kultovní Deus Ex si nově můžete zahrát i za ženskou postavu


Jednadvacet let od vydání legendárního kyberpunkového RPG se skupině fanoušků podařilo do hry dostat původně plánovanou funkcionalitu, která byla během vývoje vyškrtnuta. Celou kampaň hry si můžete nově proběhnout i za ženskou postavu

Real-Life Squid Game Taking Place In South Korea, Minus The Killing


In Gangwon Province, South Korea, a hotel announced that it will be holding a real-life version of Squid Game later this month. According to The Korea Times, St. John’s Hotel in Gangneung will be hosting the event. The hotel’s official site is publicizing the real-life take on the popular Netflix...

Cowboy Bebop's Original Japanese Voice Cast Returns To Dub Netflix Series


Yoko Kanno, who scored the original anime, isn’t the only one returning to Cowboy Bebop. The entire, original voice cast is, too, and will be dubbing the live-action Netflix show’s Japanese language track. That’s right, not just some of the original Japanese language cast, but the entire Japanese...

Ugh, Nazi-Themed Host Bar Opens In Osaka


At host clubs, men serve customers their drinks, light their cigarettes, and make small talk with them. At a newly opened one in Osaka, they also dress as Nazis. That’s pretty fucked up. The name of the bar is Unfair, and its tagline is, “Life is a bet.” Reddit spotted a truck driving through Osaka...

Report: Xbox's Last-Second Intel Switcheroo Left AMD Engineers Heartbroken


When the first Xbox console was revealed on stage back in 2001, it was announced that it was packing an Intel CPU. This had been a last-minute decision on Microsoft’s part; so last-minute, in fact, that according to the “Father of the Xbox” Seamus Blackley AMD engineers were sitting in the front...

Správce kempu už 35 let používá stejné Atari ST, software si napsal sám


Nizozemec Frans Bos spravuje již třicet pět let svoji administrativu na klasickém počítači Atari ST s pouhým jedním megabajtem operační paměti. Navzdory jeho zastaralosti je s ním maximálně spokojený, a jelikož si software napsal přímo pro vlastní potřebu, nevidí žádný důvod ke změně

New Harley Quinn Clobbers Comic Industry Ableism


Harley Quinn: The Animated Series is hands down my favorite piece of DC Comics media. The show’s sharp, raunchy writing, alongside its thoughtful characterizations of Harley and the rest of Batman’s rogue’s gallery, have injected new life into these once-familiar characters for me. It also doesn’t...

Deathloop, As Told By Steam Reviews


It’s safe to say that Deathloop stood tall as one of the most anticipated games of the year. Amid a release slate flush with sequels and remakes, here was a brand-new concept from Arkane, a studio that hasn’t missed in nearly a decade, making creative use of its time-loop feature to deliver a truly...

Pokémon Go’s Halloween Update Adds Ghosts, Very Large Pokémon


Hey, wanna hear a ghost story? It’s short, just one act. Here you go: We’re already at Halloween season. I can tell this not by the seasonal weather (my weather app clocked a high of 73 F today) or pumpkin beer (there’s a shortage this year) but because Niantic recently unveiled the details...

Genshin Impact Villain Childe Deserves All The Events And Reruns


Not everyone is happy about Childe featuring heavily in the upcoming 2.2 update releasing on October 13, and I wish I could stop hearing about it. While he’s treated as a nuisance by characters in the game, it seems that the sentiment also carries over to the Genshin community. Read more

Epic Finally Admits Among Us Inspired Fortnite's Impostors Mode


If it walks like Among Us, talks like Among Us, and quacks like Among Us, it was probably at the very least inspired by the runaway success of Innersloth’s murder mystery party game. Epic Games is now finally copping to that in the patch notes for a new update to Fornite’s Impostors mode.Read more

Activision Blizzard Lawsuit Mess Gets Far Messier


As the legal maelstrom continues to grow in the multiple cases against Activision Blizzard, things have taken one of the most bizarre twists yet. The EEOC (with whom Activision Blizzard are attempting to settle) has accused the California DFEH (who are attempting to intervene in that settlement)...

Far Cry 6's PlayStation Save Transfers Are A Pain In The Ass


We’re really gonna do this song and dance again, aren’t we? Far Cry 6 players are having trouble starting a new game file on PlayStation 4 and continuing that same save file on PlayStation 5. It’s a similar problem to the one that plagued blockbusters like Marvel’s Avengers and Final Fantasy...

Console Hackers Commandeer Switch Game’s Very Fast Sega Saturn Emulator


Last week, publisher City Connection released new versions of the arcade / Sega Saturn shmups Cotton 2, Cotton Boomerang, and Guardian Force for both PS4 and Switch. It wasn’t long before Switch tinkerers over on GBAtemp realized they could inject other Saturn games into City Connection’s emulator...

Squid Game’s Success Is Giving Fall Guys Some Ideas


During a recent TechRadar interview, Fall Guys lead game designer Joe Walsh said the dev team at Mediatonic is currently toying with the idea of retrieving an unused minigame from the cutting-room floor. And it’s all thanks to Netflix’s latest original series, Squid Game.Read more

Hideo Kojima On Japan's Most Magical And Wonderful Trains


The country of Japan is crisscrossed with trains. Many of them are memorable and great. But for me, one train stands apart as truly special—the Hankyu train. I’m not alone.In his forthcoming book The Creative Gene, Kojima has a chapter titled, “For Me, The Hankyu Railway Is A Time Machine...

Provokativní streamerka Amouranth byla vykázána ze sociálních sítí


Osmadvacetiletá streamerka Kaitlyn Michelle Siragusa známá především pod přezdívkou Amouranth dostala nečekaně ban na sociálních sítích Instagram, TikTok a Twitch. Vypršela už správcům těchto platforem trpělivost s jejím lascivním vystupováním na hraně pravidel?

Super Mario 64, Only Every Corner Is Wrong


The Super Mario 64 you know and remember is the one that’s coded properly, and every surface in the game is pointing in the direction it’s supposed to be pointing.Read more

It's 2021, And Breath Of The Wild Is Finally Playable In Arabic


Depending on how you count it and break down the regional differences, Arabic is the fifth most-spoken language on Earth. And yet until very recently, Arabic speakers had no way of officially playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a game released in 2017, in their native tongue.Read more

How streamers pick games: the SplatterCat interview


[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert & GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, and is a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s.] Greetings, my lovelies, and welcome back to a brand new week...

Genshin Impact’s Latest Character Announcement Is Bringing Out The Thirst


The Genshin Impact community is abuzz over the upcoming arrival of Arataki Itto, a new character who hails from the game’s Inazuma nation. In an unusual move, Genshin developer miHoYo formally announced the character today, well in advance of his story quest appearance in the game itself. While...

Halo Infinite Vs. Battlefield 2042: Battle Of The Betas


The holidays come a little early this year for fans of first-person shooters. On November 19, EA will publish Battlefield 2042, a game about how, in the wake of catastrophic climate change, we’ll still all shoot each other for scraps. That’s followed on December 8 by Halo Infinite, the sixth...

Everybody Deserves A SpongeBob SquarePants Xbox


In celebration (read: cross-promotion) of the recent release of Nickelodeon’s All-Star Brawl, Microsoft is running a sweepstakes in which one lucky gamer can win an Xbox Series X console dressed up like SpongeBob SquarePants, complete with a matching controller. Only one lucky gamer? That’s...

Metroid Dread Players Discover Gnarly, Secret Way To Quick-Kill Kraid


Kraid is a good boy. I don’t know why he’s locked up in a room full of boiling lava in Metroid Dread, which arrived on the Switch last Friday, but he doesn’t deserve it. If you’re a monster who’s willing to make his life even more terrible, however, players recently discovered a much easier way...

Microsoft Makes Tentative Moves Toward Easier-To-Repair Xboxes


Last week, Microsoft acceded to pressure from an investor group which advocates for “right-to-repair” policies which, if widely adopted, would facilitate independent repair of many technological devices by making things like spare parts and repair documentation more readily attainable. Though it’s...

Squid Game Knock-Offs Are Taking Over GTA 5 Servers


Netflix’s Squid Game has taken the world by storm, and now it’s taking over Grand Theft Auto V role-playing servers. GTA fans are recreating the show’s grim children’s games across the streets of Los Santos. Winners get big cash prizes while the losers get sued into oblivion by Take-Two. Just...

Forza Horizon 5 Is More Forza Horizon And That’s Fantastic


An hour or so into my time with a preview build of Forza Horizon 5, I found myself kangaroo-hopping through cactus-dotted hills in a yellow Ford Bronco. I wasn’t heading to a race or a PR stunt location. I had no particular goal in mind. It was just me, the lush desert, a burly SUV, and a chill...

Kohoutí zápasy ve Far Cry 6 jsou nemorální, tvrdí ochránci zvířat


Čerstvě vydaná střílečka Far Cry 6 pobouřila latinskoamerickou odnož mezinárodní neziskové organizace PETA, která bojuje za práva zvířat. Hra, ve které můžete zastřelit vše, co se na obrazovce pohne, jim vadí proto, že obsahuje i minihru parodující kohoutí zápasy. Není to přitom poprvé, co...

Happy 20th Birthday, ScummVM!


The Script Creation Utility for Maniac Mansion Virtual Machine, which we all know better as ScummVM, turns 20 this week, and anyone who has ever enjoyed a classic adventure game on a modern PC (or mobile device!) over the last two decades probably owes its creators a drink or two.Read more

The Week In Games: Back 4 Blood 4 You


*Insert joke about how zombies are ironically one of the hardest things to kill in pop culture and keep coming back, over and over.* Anyway, Back 4 Blood is out this week for PlayStation, Xbox and PC. Read more

Intellivision Is Selling NFT Games For A Console That Ain't Even Out Yet


The Intellivision Amico is a retro-inspired android-based console that was supposed to be out October 20, 2020 but has suffered numerous delays since then. And now, even before the console has shipped to backers or customers, the company is selling “physical” games for it in limited-time bundles...

What's With All Those Helicopters On GTA Covers?


I don’t remember exactly when I noticed it, but one day I was looking at the PS2 cases for Grand Theft Auto Vice City and San Andreas and spotted a funny similarity: they both had a helicopter in the top left. Then I checked GTA III’s case and it too had the same thing. Then I looked at other...

Sunday Comics: Fun Game


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

Hitman GOTY Edition Removed From GOG Over Online DRM


Hitman - Game of the Year Edition was released on GOG.com late last month and following weeks of player complaints and review bombing due to obtrusive online DRM requirements, it has now been removed from the storefront. Read more

Damn, The Guardians Of The Galaxy Game's Soundtrack Is Great


I totally forgot that the new Guardians of the Galaxy game from Square Enix is releasing later this month. The trailers released for it in the lead-up to its October launch haven’t completely convinced me this is going to be any good, but I can at least say for sure that its soundtrack is great....

Back 4 Blood Solo Mode Blocks Achievements, Stat Tracking And Progression


Back 4 Blood is out in early access for folks who pre-ordered the fancy, more expensive versions of the zombie shooter. And these players have discovered that trying to play the game solo means you have to give up a lot. Specifically, you won’t be able to unlock achievements, earn valuable supply...

Far Cry 6: The Kotaku Review


Early on in Far Cry 6, a character explains that a revolution isn’t something that happens once, but rather something that will keep happening. History is destined to repeat itself over and over. The irony of Far Cry 6 using this as a theme isn’t lost on me. And yet, here I am, unable to break free...

Someone Fixed Guilty Gear Strive’s Godawful Loading Times


The incredibly long Guilty Gear Strive loading times that have persisted since its launch four months ago have finally been fixed, but not by the developers at Arc System Works. As is often the case, the job instead fell to an independent engineer, whose custom executable reduces the PC version’s...

Jeff Bezos Gets Plastered All Over Twitch Post Leak


Just days after Twitch suffered a giant security breach leaking over 125GB of data, the face of Amazon founder and chairman, Jeff Bezos, was seen trolling several of the streaming platform’s game directory pages. How it got there, or why, remains a mystery.Read more

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Is So Good Smash May Need To Watch Its Back


A lot of hay’s been made about Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl’s supposed failings. There’s no voice acting, the graphics are rough, the roster is disappointing, it feels like an early access game, etc. But I’m here to say none of that matters. Well, okay, it may matter to you, which is totally valid...

Friendship Ended With Cyberpunk, Now ANNO: Mutationem Is New Best Friend


During the Steam Next Fest, a week-long event featuring demos and previews for upcoming games, one game called out to me from the crowd: the cyberpunk role-playing game ANNO: Mutationem. The trailer alone felt specifically designed to lure me in, with its rhythmic soundtrack, its neon-drenched...

Yes, Far Cry 6 Has A Transmog Feature


Far Cry 6, Ubisoft’s cockfighting game that includes a gazillion-hour open-world shooter, has a transmog feature. But you might not know so from the start. In fact, to take it from some players, it’s all too easy to glaze right over it.Read more

Genshin Impact Developers Launch Closed Beta For Space Fantasy RPG


Yesterday, Genshin Impact developer miHoYo announced that closed beta sign-ups for their new game Honkai: Star Rail will begin today. While it’s set in the same universe as the popular mobile game Honkai Impact 3rd, the announcement confirmed that Star Rail will be available for both mobile...

PlayStation Boss Wants Change He's Not Willing To Make


Yesterday, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan said he wants his company’s games to one day be as prolific as music or movies. He would love to see a world where potentially “hundreds of millions of people” could enjoy them. It’s the type of future a lot of gaming executives talk about, but one that Sony...

Avengers Adds Paid Experience Boosts, Pissing Off Everybody


Last week Marvel’s Avengers was added to Xbox Game Pass, quickly becoming one of the most played games on the console. Perhaps capitalizing on this forward momentum, this week Avengers adds paid timed experience point boosters to its cash shop, something the developers said they were committed...

What's A 4X Game, And Why Do They Rule?


Here’s an experience we’ve all definitely had: It’s a Monday and your co-workers are gathering around the water cooler discussing the games they played over the weekend. “I can’t get enough of this new 4X game,” one of them declares. Excited by talk of video games, you make an effort to break into...

A Tip For Getting The OLED Switch This Weekend


It’s new hardware day, and for most of us that means reconciling with our terrible planning skills. If you, like me, didn’t think you wanted to preorder the new Switch because, eh, how much better could it be, only to now find yourself cursing at the FOMO gods, fear not. It’s not as dire as...

You're Right, There Really Are More Games Than Ever


Earlier this summer, I read a take—not naming names, as I’m not in the interest of shaming specific people—bemoaning how dry 2021’s video game release calendar is. I have just one thing to say in response: Hahahahahaha [deep breath] hahahahahaha. Also, the numbers say otherwise.Read more

Metroid Dread: The Kotaku Review


I admit I was skeptical. If a game is genuinely going to conjure a sense of dread, as Metroid Dread’s title seems to promise, I think it needs to be thorny and aggressive and hostile in ways I wasn’t convinced the Nintendo of 2021 could deliver. Boy, was I wrong to doubt: Metroid Dread is a game...

'Simple And Clean' Still Shows Hikaru Utada's Brilliance And Complexity


In Sora’s reveal clip for Smash Bros. Ultimate, an orchestral rendition of Hikaru Utada’s “Simple and Clean” played in the background. Fans immediately took to YouTube, commenting on uploads of the tune that Smash Bros. had brought them, and reminiscing about when they heard the tune for the first...

Let’s Reminisce About A Little Series Called Smash Bros.


The final fighter has been revealed, and the saga of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s all-star roster has come to an end, but Smash’s tale is far from over. Join us as we explore the unlikely Nintendo fighting game franchise’s humble beginnings, its most magical moments, and the games it inspired....

A Closer Look At The New Dragon Ball Anime Movie's 3G


Earlier this summer, we got a look at the CG Goku in the upcoming Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero feature film. The latest, just-released trailer provides an even closer look at the movie’s CG animation. Let’s check it out. Dragon Ball Super: Super Hero is the second DBS feature and the follow-up...

The Art Of Deathloop


Good evening! For the first time in what feels like forever, we’re running a Fine Art that’s dedicated to the concept and produdction art behind a major release, in this case Arkane’s Deathloop.Read more

Obscure 2012 Yakuza Game Is Getting A Fan Translation


While we are now spoiled for choice when it comes to major Yakuza games, from the mainline series to its more recent Judgment spinoffs, there are still a number of older Yakuza games that remain unplayable to fans in the West, since they never received a localisation.Read more

LEGO's 'Largest' Ever Set Is The 9090-Piece Titanic


It’s been over 100 years since the RMS Titanic sunk in the North Atlantic, killing 1500 people in one of the greatest civilian maritime disasters in human history. Which is enough time to have passed, LEGO figures, to release a great big toy based on the ship.Read more

Behind The Scenes Of The Fall's Gayest RPG


Creating Get In the Car, Loser!, an RPG road-trip adventure game in which high schoolers take on “machine devil cultists” to save the world, was a labor of love for its developers, Love Conquers All Games. I spoke to Christine Love, the game’s lead developer, about the team’s development process...

Before You Start: Six Settings To Change In Far Cry 6


Far Cry 6, Ubisoft’s latest open-world shooter about making sure you never have another second of free time, is out now for PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. For the most part, it’s more of the stuff that’s defined previous Far Cry games: a bunch of structures to climb, a bunch of people to shoot, a...

Nintendo Won't Put Waluigi In Smash, But This AI Was Happy To


Earlier this week, Nintendo revealed that Kingdom Hearts protagonist Sora, not Waluigi, will be the final character to join the expansive Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster. As someone who unironically loves the lanky, purple doofus, I was devastated by Sakurai’s indifference. So devastated,...

Destiny 2 Is Deleting Its Best Expansion


Destiny 2’s Forsaken expansion, a high-water mark for Bungie’s loot shooter, is going away next year with the launch of The Witch Queen, the studio announced today. The move has been positioned as a way to keep the game optimized and make room for new content, but it will also be a heavy pill...

The Ubisoft Formula Seems To Be Wearing Thin


Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was one of last year’s best games and, arguably, a homerun moment in a multi-year project to transform the action stealth series into a full-fledged open-world RPG that could measure up to its genre-defining rivals. Everywhere else, however, Ubisoft seems to be hitting...

Xbox 20th Anniversary Controller Is Bad At Being Nostalgic


Announced today via Xbox Wire along with a fancy headset, controller charger, and some celebratory clothing, the 20th Anniversary Special Edition controller is “a fresh spin on the translucent green of the original Xbox Debug kit.” Not sure if a completely different color counts as “a fresh spin,”...

Streamers React To Leaked Twitch Income Rankings With Jokes, Criticism


An anonymous hacker leaked payroll information for every streamer on Twitch yesterday, and predictably, the revealed incomes have become an inescapable topic of conversation for streamers in their Twitch chats and on social media. The range of reactions to the leak has been vast, with some...

Eidos Montreal Announces Workers Switching To Four-Day Weeks


In an industry plagued for years by workplace crunch and the mistreatment of developers, good news can be hard to come by. But in an apparent effort to address some of these issues, Eidos Montreal—the studio behind the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy game—has announced it will be switching to...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Is Clearly Not Going To Be Open-World


Since the first trailer for Pokémon Legends: Arceus arrived back in February, the game’s vast open areas and rolling green hills have drawn comparison to Breath of the Wild. While the idea of a massive open-world version of the ancient Sinnoh region, filled with Pokémon to play with, sounds like...

Xbox’s Cloud Streaming Upgrade Means You Might Not Need A Series X


Xbox’s cloud-gaming service just got the hardware upgrade you’ve been trying to nail down for months. Speaking to The Verge, representatives for Microsoft confirmed that Xbox cloud gaming now runs entirely on Xbox Series X hardware, wrapping up a backend upgrade that quietly kicked off over...

Navy Warship’s Facebook Account Hacked To Stream Age Of Empires


Naval warship, The USS KIDD, apparently woke up one day earlier this month and said fuck global hegomony, let’s play some video games. Or at least, the internet troll who hacked the ship’s Facebook page and proceeded to play Age of Empires like a chump, did.Read more

Sega Knows Lacking Content For PSO2 New Genesis Is A Big Problem


When Phantasy Star Online 2 New Genesis was first launched this past July, fans were happy with the overhauled graphics and combat, but there were complaints about the lack of content. At the time, those quibbles were explained as launch issues. It’s now October, and Sega is addressing why...

EA Might Rename Its FIFA Games


Since 1993, EA and FIFA have been synonymous. With its FIFA games, EA has created a beloved franchise with the official Fédération Internationale de Football Association branding. That could change. In a recent press release, EA trumpeted its “recording-breaking FIFA 22 launch,” with over nine...

Pamatujete si na Farmville? Již brzy dostane další díl


Skuteční hráči jí sice pohrdají, série Farmville s desítkami milionů uživatelů je přesto jednou z neúspěšnějších her všech dob. Časy její největší slávy už jsou dávno za námi, přesto se již brzy dočkáme třetího dílu

Twitch Says 'Malicious Third Party' Was Behind Hack


Twitch has just issued an update after yesterday’s major attack on the service, which resulted in the theft and then public posting of, among other things, the platform’s source code. According to their ongoing investigation, a “a malicious third party” is responsible.Read more

Battlefield 2042 Beta Feels Wild, Yet Somehow Plays It Safe


One minute into my first match of Battlefield 2042, I accidentally fell out of a helicopter. I somehow survived, then blew up a wall with my rocket launcher and took out the enemy hiding behind it. I died seconds later...not totally sure how, but it must’ve been badass. My lively outing ended as...

World Of Warcraft Update Removes Suggestive Flirts & Jokes


Blizzard’s work on cleaning up World of Warcraft in the wake of historical allegations of harassment at the company continue, with the latest round targeting a series of suggestive jokes and flirts that are being removed as part of update 9.1.5.Read more

Exhausted Man, A Game For All Of Us Right Now


I’m tired. You, reading this right now, are probably tired. Tired is a constant state of being for most of us these days thanks to, you know, everything. Now, you can play a game that’s all about being tired.Read more

The Game That Gets Easier The More Tired You Are


This week’s Steam Next Fest, during which hundreds of in-development PC games released demos, features a game that really seems to care about how you’re doing just now. Please, Touch the Artwork is a puzzle adventure in which you’re allowed to prod at the paintings in an exhibition, and it picks...

Tales Of Arise Reminds Me Why I Fell In Love With JRPGs


A man wearing an iron mask who doesn’t remember his past. A woman who electrocutes people and has a magic rock hidden in her chest. A rag-tag band of rebels trying to overthrow an empire. The start of Tales of Arise is ridiculous, and also the most fun I’ve had with a JRPG in years.Read more

Valve's Steam Deck Teardown Video Warns Against Tearing Down Your Steam Deck


In a new teardown video demonstrating how (or rather, how not) to replace Steam Deck parts, Valve said that tampering with the handheld PC’s chassis to get a look inside “might mess things up, like, profoundly.” How profoundly you ask? The gaming giant said the batteries could explode, which might...

New Database Helps Players Find Games With Accessibility Features


As the conversation around video game accessibility becomes more prominent, it’s clear that some games just don’t take the necessary steps to open up the experiences they offer to players with disabilities. Recently Steven Spohn, the senior director of AbleGamers, criticized Deathloop on Twitter...

How Halo Infinite Calculates Your Kill-Death-Assist Ratios


If you played any of Halo Infinite’s recent not-a-betas, you probably saw a fairly high number in your postmortem kill-death-assist ratio (KDA). And if you, like me, are flummoxed by math like long division, you likely thought, Cool! ...So what’s it mean?Read more

New World Patch Adds Important Message: Don't Be A Dick


One of the main features of Amazon’s New World is an ongoing struggle between three massive player-run factions for control of Aeternum Island. This is causing some players to behave badly, from harassing members of other factions to loudly shouting obscenities in local voice chat. Today’s update...

RECENZE: Metroid Dread je sci-fi masakr ze staré školy


Metroid Dread je povedená 2D akce typu metroidvania, u které budete potit krev a skřípat zuby, aby vás následně odměnila skvělým pocitem z dobře odvedené práce. Ale jen na chvíli. Každá další výzva je totiž zase o něco obtížnější

Report: Twitch Is Hacked And Its Source Code Is In The Wild


According to a report by VGC, an anonymous hacker has posted a 125GB torrent link containing, well, all of Twitch, including its source code and commit history going back to the start. The leak also contains streamers’ incomes since 2019, and information that suggests the Amazon-owned streaming...

Pokémon Is Joining Forces With Universal Studios Japan


Today in Osaka, Universal Studios Japan announced it’s entering into a creative partnership with The Pokémon Company. “Universal Studios Japan and The Pokémon Company will enter a long-term partnership to jointly explore groundbreaking entertainment that will immerse guests into the world...

Nový Ghost Recon bude free 2 play, první díl je dočasně zdarma


Ubisoft překvapivě oznámil další díl své populární vojenské série Ghost Recon. Konzervativní fanoušci z něj ovšem radost mít nebudou, půjde o multiplayerovou free 2 play akci až pro sto hráčů najednou. Jednoznačně dobrou zprávou je ovšem fakt, že dvacet let starý první díl je dočasně zadarmo

Car Thieves Arrested Using $27,000 'Game Boy'


A gang of British car thieves have been arrested after being caught using a device disguised as a Nintendo Game Boy, which was designed to bypass the security systems on modern cars.Read more

Finally, A Genshin Impact Event That’s Not A Huge Grind


I’ve celebrated my fair share of Chinese Mid-Autumn festivals, but if you’re expecting a heartwarming real life story about my experiences therein, prepare to be disappointed: I don’t usually plan anything. Mostly I just get to eat a lot of Chinese food and pretend that America gave me a public...

Tales Of Arise, As Told By Steam Reviews


Tales of Arise, the 17th mainline entry in Bandai Namco’s series of JRPGs that’s basically as old as human history by now, was one of September’s biggest games. For one, it smashed in terms of sales, selling more than a million copies in less than a week. For another, the action-RPG really clicked...

Smash Bros. Devs, You Did It, It's Finished, Go Take A Break


It’s confirmed: The big-shoed hero himself, Kingdom Hearts’ Sora, is the 82nd and final combatant to round out Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s overflowing roster. Whew, that’s that. Now only one thing remains: It’s time for creator and game director Masahiro Sakurai to take a damn break.Read more

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Is Out Now And It Is Pure Joy


Everything about Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is fun. The bright yellow menus with their bright and bouncy music? Fun. The rolling around collecting nanners? Fun. Gathering and customizing characters? Fun. Even the launch trailer Sega cooked up with Powerhouse Animation is fun.Read more

Sora’s Smash Reveal Forgot To Bring The Disney


While he may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Kingdom Hearts’ Sora is officially coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But there’s a catch: He won’t be accompanied by Disney buddies like Donald, Goofy, and Mickey. In fact, it seems as if Nintendo scrubbed Sora’s appearance in the platform fighting...

Genshin Impact’s Orchestral Soundtrack Is Unbelievably Good


Genshin Impact’s online concert last Sunday was a nonstop series of bangers, but the game really didn’t need one to convince me that it has one of the best video game scores I’ve heard in the past several years. So even if you’ve never played Genshin, I’d still like you to experience some of...

Sony Planning To Make PS3, Vita Stores Nearly Unusable


Sony has invented a new form of digital sabotage, which would almost be impressive if it weren’t so irritating. According to a post in the “Important Notices” section of Sony support, the brilliant business minds at the Japanese giant have decided to discontinue credit card and Paypal payment...

October’s Game Pass Lineup Is Scary Good


Back 4 Blood might headline the first batch of October’s Game Pass offerings, but sadly several terrific games—like the roguelike ScourgeBringer—are leaving, and they won’t have a chance to come back for blood. Is this lede anything? No? All right, okay, fine, whatever, here’s everything coming...

Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl Datamining Hints At Future Characters


Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl has been out for less than a day, and players already think they may have found clues about which additional characters will be joining the platform fighting game in the future. According to an apparent datamine leak, the game’s files include references to Shredder...

Kingdom Hearts Trilogy Comes To Switch Via Cloud Streaming


Sora might be coming to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate later this month, but that won’t be the spikey-haired hero’s only foray on Nintendo Switch. The Kingdom Hearts trilogy is coming to the popular hybrid console via cloud streaming, Nintendo announced in a digital showcase today.Read more

Doom Slayer Comes To Smash Bros. Ultimate As Mii Costume


Doom Slayer may not be Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s final DLC fighter, but he is still coming to the game in the form of its final Mii Costume. While his omission now seems like such an oversight, the costume offers a surprisingly detailed facsimile.Read more

And The Final Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Character Is…


Well, for every person who’s thrilled, ten more are pissed. Probably. During a digital presentation this morning, Masahiro Sakurai at long last unveiled the final fighter for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. It’s Sora, from Kingdom Hearts. He’ll be available October 18.Read more

Your Fall 2021 Anime Guide


The leaves are changing color. The weather is getting cooler and crisper. You know what that means? That’s right, fall anime. Read more

Castlevania Advance Collection Is Great, But Emulators Have Spoiled Me


Turns out Castlevania Advance Collection is real, and it’s excellent, collecting three of the best Castlevania games of all time as well as a fourth pretty darn good one. While the emulation quality is excellent—courtesy of the experts at Japanese studio M2—like many official re-releases, I find...

Bonusweb slaví 23 let


V pondělí 5. října 1998 se na českém internetu objevil nový projekt jménem Bonusweb. Psal nejen o hrách, ale i hudbě, filmech a komiksech. Zhruba po čtvrt roce se vyprofiloval na server zabývající se čistě počítačovými hrami

After Hours


John Macaraeg is an artist at Mr. X, a visual effects studio that has recently worked on stuff like Foundation and Raised By Wolves.Read more

Our Favorite Cosplay From Dragon Con 2021


WELCOME BACK EVERYONE. It has been over 18 months since we were last able to run a proper cosplay showcase from a major convention, but with vaccines and Covid-safe policies in place, Dragon Con 2021 was able to take place in Atlanta last month.Read more

Switch's Steel Assault Looks Like A Gorgeous, Lost GBA Game


Steel Assault seems almost engineered to catch your eye the second it crosses your feed. Each pixelated scene looks at once like generic retro-gaming fodder while also bursting with vibrant colors, as if someone smashed a gumball machine and then used the pieces to craft a side-scrolling action...

Massive Facebook Outage Brings Down Gaming In Its Wake


Facebook could not be more down right now. As the world gets a taste of the alternative reality where Mark Zuckerberg played sports in college, we’re also learning just how much of our lives are entangled in the Facebook empire. As far as gaming goes, if you were hoping to pick up that new game...

New Final Fantasy Origin Trailer 100% Chaos-Free After Last One Got Memed


Last week, Square Enix released yet another trailer for Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, its upcoming Souls-like prequel to the original Final Fantasy. And while the project continues to look great, English-speaking fans apparently missed out on some more aggressive references to Chaos...

The Halo Infinite Test Flight Was A Buggy, Frequently Hilarious Mess


Within my first two deaths I was certain Halo Infinite was doing something right. In that short span of time I identified the nearest power weapon, the skewer (which is also the best gun ever put in a video game), and ran for it. I jumped into one of Halo’s signature man-cannons, which launched...

The Original God Of War Could Have Been In First-Person


I don’t think it would be controversial to say that as well as its brutal and satisfying combat, God of War fandom loves the series for how that combat is shown in its cinematic third-person perspective. It now seems impossible to imagine the game’s cinematic camera altered in any way, but David...

Metroid Dread File Size Is Smaller Than A Call of Duty Update


Metroid Dread is almost here and understandably, folks are excited. But unless you buy a physical copy, before you can play Dread, you’ll need to download it. Luckily, Nintendo has compressed this next epic chapter in the Metroid saga into a teeny-tiny package. In fact, its total file size of 4.1GB...

Help Me, I Can't Stop Playing Cookie Clicker


It was September, 2021 when it started. Kotaku editor-in-chief Patricia Hernandez asked me to handle a post, a story about a clicker game on Steam getting patched to allow cheating. What a fun, novel notion, certainly worthy of a story. No problems there. That was how my problems with Cookie...

Genshin Impact's Latest Event Reminds Us It's Always Been Very Gay


Queer Genshin Impact players have been eating well this month. During the gacha game’s anniversary web event, playable character Chongyun blushed as he stood with another playable character, Xingqiu. Later during the Moonchase Festival main quest, Xingqiu offered to read a romance novel to...

Massive Mod Gives Super Mario Sunshine Another Chance To Shine


A bunch of the Super Mario Sunshine modding community got together to make their favorite game even better. The result is Super Mario Eclipse, a massive mod that expands Mario’s Isle Delfino adventure with new moves, new worlds, new playable characters, and a whole new story. The first demo...

Free PS5 Game Trials Make You Race Against The Clock


Over the weekend, Sony rolled out some new game trials to let PS5 owners try out specific games before actually committing to a purchase. It sounded great, but players soon discovered a hitch: The trials are for a limited time, and the clock starts ticking the second you click download.Read more

Capcom Plans To Make PC Its Main Platform


Capcom, widely known as one of the most prominent developers of third-party console games dating as far back as the NES, appears poised to shift its focus. The company has noticed its ever-growing PC gaming audience and global sales numbers, and is planning on making the PC its “main platform.”...

Ubisoft Confirms Far Cry 2 Fan Theory About Its Mysterious Villain


Far Cry games seemingly exist in the same universe, based on characters like Hurk appearing in multiple games, and their referencing past events from older titles. While Ubisoft has gone on to connect the games officially using recurring characters, fans had their own unofficial theory about...

Nintendo Deletes Horny Tweet


I don’t know what to say so I’ll just start with the facts. Nintendo, through its France office, tweeted an image over the weekend of Metal Gear’s Snake looking at Samus Aran from Metroid’s ass. A couple hours later it then deleted the tweet. Now we are left to pick up the pieces.Read more

Netflix's Squid Game Looking Far More Likely To Get A Sequel


After being pretty firm that he wasn’t immediately interested in returning to Netflix’s world-storming Squid Game, writer/director Hwang Dong-hyuk appears to have had a change of heart. Looking likely to have made the streaming service’s biggest show ever can do that for you. Speaking to The Times...

Metroid Prime 3 Could Have Been Open World, And That Hurts


You know what I’d sell my extended family to be able to play? An open-world Metroid Prime. Just the phrase sets my imagination reeling, combining an all-time favorite game series with the possibility of all that player freedom. Which makes it all the more galling that this is something that could...

New Mobile Game Trailer Seems Similar To Final Fantasy 14: Shadowbringers


The latest Doula Continent mobile game, Doula Continent: Soul Master Duel, is popular in China. It’s getting a big PR push, and Jackie Chan even stars in a live-action trailer that claims Soul Master Duel is “exactly the same as the animation.” But you know what also seems similar?Via analyst...

Sunday Comics: No, No, No, No


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

This Is Awkward, But The Most Searched Word On Bing Is 'Google'


Google is currently in court over an antitrust order filed in 2018 by the European Union. Along with the order, it received a nearly $5 billion fine after the tech giant was accused of allegedly using unfair tactics to crush any competing search engines, creating a monopoly in the market. Google...

Xbox Head Explains Console Shortages Will Continue Into 2022


It’s likely that if you are reading these words on this website, you already know how hard it can be to get your hands on the new consoles. Well, I’ve got some bad news straight from Xbox VP of gaming Phil Spencer: Finding a console ain’t getting easier anytime soon. Read more

Drifblim Carries People Away, Never To Be Seen Again


Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Drifblim!Read more

Last Call Is An Intimate Game About Healing From An Abusive Relationship


Oftentimes the gameplay loop in point-and-click adventures involves uninspired scavenger hunts for trinkets, with no time taken to fully appreciate the history of those objects. The new game Last Call tackles this shortcoming directly, making the backstory of seemingly ordinary items a core part...

Konami Apologizes For Atrocious eFootball 2022 Launch, Fixes On The Way


Konami Digital Entertainment has released a statement regarding the just-released and frequently mocked eFootball 2022, apologizing for the sorry state the soccer simulation game shipped in and confirming that the development team is preparing an update to release some time this month.Read more

Smash Bros. Ultimate Fans Split On Kingdom Hearts' Sora As Final DLC Fighter


If you’ve spent any time on Twitter recently, you may have noticed Kingdom Hearts’ Sora has been trending. That’s thanks to the ever-vocal Super Smash Bros. Ultimate community once again debating the potential of Square Enix’s big-shoed hero joining the already-packed fighting game as its final...

10 Years Later, We Can't Stop Watching Nintendo Directs


Way back in 2011, the very first “Nintendo Direct” featured then-Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé in a white, echo-y room promoting the struggling 3DS by talking about how it was getting Hulu Plus and could record 3D videos. “Up to 10 minutes of 3D video can be recorded of anything...

A List Of Your Fave Celebrities Who Are Now Peddling NFTs


NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) have exploded in popularity in 2021. This sucks. NFTs use blockchain technology to allow artists and creators to sell a “special type of cryptographic token which represents sgomething unique”, so each token is one-of-a-kind. Though to be clear: only the token itself...

Starfield’s Massive Script Equals Massive Amounts Of Work, Say Devs


At the Tokyo Game Show yesterday, Bethesda’s creative director Todd Howard told an audience that upcoming space-faring RPG Starfield will have more than 150,000 lines of dialogue. If that sounds like a lot, that’s because it is. In response to the announcement, some developers at other AAA studios...

That New Final Fantasy Origins Trailer Is Actually Pretty Cool


Whenever I think about the Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origins E3 trailer, the lasting impression of the game isn’t the fact that it is a Final Fantasy game or even its admittedly cool combat. No, the only thing that comes to mind is how the protagonist just really wants to kill chaos....

Twitch Announces Test Of ‘Pay-To-Win’ Promotion Feature


Yesterday, Twitch announced it will test a new feature that allows streamers and their audiences to pay for heightened visibility. Currently, only a select number of accounts participating in Twitch’s research initiative have access to the feature. Despite this, streamers are, unsurprisingly,...

New World Still Bricking Expensive Graphics Cards, Say Players


Amazon’s colonialist resource extraction MMO, New World, is currently the hottest new game on Steam, quite literally in some instances. More than a few players are reporting loud fans and high graphics card temperatures while running the game, and occasionally even just while queueing for it....

The Best Marvel Game Out Right Now Just Got A Little Better


Though it’s been barely a month since its official release, Netmarble’s multiverse-spanning mobile Marvel Comics MMO just received its first major update, giving players a new mystical realm to explore, 10 more experience levels to gain, and a dread ruler of the Dark Dimension to smack down...

The First Ever 8K 60 FPS Game Hits PS5


The Touryst, first released on Switch in 2019 and Xbox in 2020, has finally made its way over to PS4 and PS5. But the PS5 port of this tropical, adventure-filled puzzler carries a special distinction: It’s the first 8K/60 FPS console game ever officially released. But don’t go rushing out to buy...

A Turn-Based Pinball Game That Will Make You Feel Like A Genius


“You are a little mouse with a sword! And you really hate crystals!” Is how I would pitch Beast Breaker if I were in a loud bar and a mysterious stranger asked me for a game recommendation. This has not happened to me yet, but maybe it will someday.Read more

Bandai Namco Changed Its Logo And Fans Think It Kinda Sucks


In 2005, Bandai and Namco merged, and the following year, Bandai Namco was born. To mark the new conglomerate, the company got a yellow, red, and orange logo with the company’s name in white font. It’s not a bad look, and stands out among Japanese game companies. But next year, Bandai Namco...

Fotbalová série PES se novým dílem dotýká úplného dna


Pravidelné každoroční soupeření mezi fotbalovými značkami PES a FIFA bude letos bohužel jednoznačné. Zavedená série od japonské společnosti Konami se totiž pustila do experimentování a její nejnovější díl zatím připomíná spíše technologickou demoverzi

EA Is Encouraging Gamers To Stop Being Jerks Via Battlefield 2042


Today, in advance of the release of Battlefield 2042 this November, EA announced the Battlefield Community Charter, a set of guidelines developed with the stated aim of “ensuring Battlefield remains a welcoming experience that encourages Positive Play.” Positive Play is EA’s set of initiatives...

Konami's eFootball Is Steam's Most-Hated Game Right Now


Konami’s long-running football simulation series underwent a name change this year, going from PES to eFootball. But this rebranding didn’t cover up the development deficiencies, as evidenced by frustrated Steam fans who are sharing their frustrations for what many say is “the worst football game”...

Thank You Melty Blood For Adding Fate/Stay Night’s Saber, My Sword Wife


I didn’t pay much attention to the anime fighting game Melty Blood: Type Lumina until just yesterday, when the developers made the official announcement that Saber, Fate/Stay Night protagonist and the “King of Knights” herself, would be joining the new game’s roster. After seeing her video gameplay...

Amazon Is Selling Used Xbox Series Xs At Scalper Markup Prices


Almost a year after the PS5 and Xbox Series X came out they’re still incredibly hard to find, and expensive, including at Amazon where the monopolistic retailer appears to be selling at least a few Microsoft consoles for roughly $1,000, or twice what they’re actually supposed to cost.Read more

Amazon Prime’s Free Games For October Are Shockingly Good


I have a boring ritual. Every few weeks, I make sure to check out the Prime Gaming Rewards page to see what free games are available. Most of the time it’s nothing too exciting, maybe a few good, smaller games along with some totally forgettable things I’ll never play. But October is different....

Two Days With New World, Amazon’s Extravagant Food-Harvesting MMO


One of the best things about massively multiplayer online role-playing games is that everyone gets to play their own way, using their personal experience to create a story that is uniquely their own. Right now, in Amazon’s New World, my character’s story is all about finding a steady source of salt...

FNAF Movie Loses Its Director Amid Struggles To Please Series Creator


It turns out that not only are the Five Nights at Freddy’s creator’s politics problematic, it sounds like he might also be a touch difficult to work with. The film based on the series has lost its director, possibly because Scott Cawthon has a “final cut” mentality to the movie-making process...

Kratos Actor Reveals Wholesome Reason For God Of War Ragnarok Delay


Christopher Judge, the voice actor for Kratos in 2018’s God of War, stated that a number of surgeries he required in 2019 resulted in God of War Ragnarok being delayed. In a short, heartwarming series of tweets, he expressed gratitude to Sony Santa Monica, the studio behind the game, for...

The Official Guilty Gear Strive Tinder Tier List


Welcome to my mind palace. I was just playing the recent-ish fighting game Guilty Gear Strive, and couldn’t stop noticing how all of the character portraits look like Tinder profiles. So, of course, I have chosen to sit down and create my own tier list, based on how successful and/or good I think...

The GTA Remastered Trilogy Sure Seems Imminent Now


Last month, we reported that Rockstar Games was planning to release a collection of remastered versions of some classic Grand Theft Auto titles later this year. Now it appears that the (still unofficially announced) collection has received an age rating in Korea. This lines up with new information...

Destiny 2 Maker Ditches Corporate Anti-Worker Policy


Bungie CEO Pete Parsons announced yesterday that the studio behind genre-defining franchises like Halo and Destiny would be getting rid of mandatory arbitration clauses in its developer contracts moving forward. The news comes as the anti-worker policies face renewed criticism across the games...

Genshin Impact Made $2 Billion In A Year


Free-to-play game Genshin Impact made $2 billion on the Google Play and Apple App stores in its first year. That makes Genshin Impact the third most financially successful mobile game in the world, sitting comfortably behind Honor of Kings and PUBG Mobile. Excluding sales figures from China...

It Turns Out The Nintendo Switch’s Fall Lineup Actually Looks Pretty Strong


“Too many games” season is officially upon us. I’ve been spending more time than usual looking at the video game release calendar lately and marveling at how many of them I’ll be playing on Switch. It’s rarely a bad (or normal) time to be a Nintendo fan, but fall 2021 is shaping up to be a...

First Look At Hideaki Anno's Kamen Rider


As Kotaku reported earlier this spring, Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno is writing and directing a new Kamen Rider feature film. It’s called Shin Kamen Rider, and the movie’s first teasers give us a good look at how Anno is bringing the character to life. Read more

League of Legends Champ Arrested On Suspicion Of Drug Trafficking


Kurtis Lau Wai-kin, better known as “Toyz,” has been arrested in Taipei on suspicion of trafficking marijuana. In Taiwan, marijuana is a class 2 illegal drug, and it carries a severe prison sentence and heavy fines.While marijuana might be seen as a “soft” drug in the U.S., in Taiwan, it’s not...

Earth Defense Force 6 Delayed To 2022


Giant-bug shoot’em-up game Earth Defense Force 6 has been delayed. Last summer, the PlayStation Blog announced that the game would go on sale this year. On Thursday, it was revealed that the game has been pushed back to 2022. Read more

Ikea Is Serious Enough To Attend Japan's Biggest Gaming Expo


This 2021 Tokyo Game Show, like last year’s, is an online affair. There is a teeny tiny in-person area with miniscule booths. The public is not allowed in, and even Sony doesn’t have a booth. But you know who does? Ikea. Read more

King Of Fighters XV Director Dishes On The Series' New, Possibly Best Girl


When King of Fighters XV comes to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on February 14, it’ll do so with a bevy of characters, including all four heroes from past sagas of the decades-long storyline, long-dead fighters revived by the events of the previous game, and a pair of very...

The Best New Games to Hit Xbox Game Pass in September 2021


Avid Game Pass users know that new titles come and go on a weekly basis. We took the undertaking upon ourselves to play every new title on Game Pass this month, and three games really stood out from the rest. Check out the video above to see our picks for the best ways to make the most of your...

A je to tady, lidé už mají problém rozeznat záběry ze hry od reality


Internetem koluje virální video z hraní motocyklového simulátoru Ride 4, které působí tak realisticky, že si jej mnozí pletou se záběry skutečných závodů. Hra přitom neběží na nějaké luxusní konfiguraci, ale jen na „obyčejné“ konzoli PlayStation 5 v hodnotě 13 500 Kč

Gay Road Trip RPGs Are A Thing Now, And I'm Into It


Not many hero’s journey games lean into the journey part occurring from the back seat of a convertible, where you talk about how you had a crush on your best friend while their partner drives, but then, Get in the Car, Loser! isn’t afraid to get awkward, while also gaying up the place with all...

Zkuste zdarma českou hru o historii motorek, inspiruje se u World of Tanks


Za hrou Engine Evolution stojí jen jediný člověk a je k dispozici zcela zdarma. Fanoušci motocyklového sportu by ji přesto měli alespoň vyzkoušet, nabízí totiž více než 70 strojů napříč poslední stoletím. Přesto, že jde o závodní hru, inspiroval se její autor u obchodního modelu tankového...

Outriders, Six Months Later: Meh


Everyone loves a redemption story. Outriders, a third-person loot-shooter released earlier this year, seemed poised for a good one. Like many online-only games, it launched with a raft of problems, obscuring the fact that under all the disconnects and server failures was a pretty solid game. Many...

Creepy Final Fantasy XIV Doll Costs $1,000 But The Nightmares Are Free


Final Fantasy XIV is a wonderful game, with a compelling storyline and gameplay mechanics that transcend the MMO genre. But for the last few weeks, the excitement of logging into my account and working on quests has been coupled with the dread of again coming face-to-face with a banner advertising...

Sega Drops Series Monkey Ball Announcer, Who Claims Discrimination


Brian Matt, the original announcer for the Super Monkey Ball series, will apparently not be heard in Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania, despite the new release being effectively a remake of the first two games. Today, Sega claimed that Matt was never even involved in the development of the latest...

The Next Spider-Man Game Will Be Darker, Like Empire Strikes Back


Details about Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Insomniac Games’ webslinging sequel first revealed during the September PlayStation showcase, are still scarce. However, Marvel Entertainment’s creative vice president Bill Rosemann gave us a juicy morsel to chew on: the superhero game will kind of feel like...

Yikes, Top DOTA 2 Team Gets Covid A Week Before $40M Tourney


Today, high-profile DOTA 2 team Team Aster announced via a Weibo post that several members of the team had tested positive for Covid-19, including three players. This news comes just eight days before the beginning of DOTA 2’s $40 million tournament, The International, which is scheduled...

Ticked Off Genshin Impact Players Go On Review-Bomb Spree


Genshin Impact’s one-year anniversary is underway, but not all players are finding it a cause for celebration. For anyone familiar with the game’s community on social media or who follows some of its biggest streamers, it’s been impossible to escape players’ complaints about the anniversary...

Amazon MMO New World Bugs: 7-Day Respawn Timers, Immortality


Amazon’s New World has launched, and as with many a massively multiplayer online role-playing game, it launched with some pretty annoying bugs. Bugs like being told you have to wait a week for your character to respawn after dying or, on the other end of the mortality spectrum, your character...

Amazon’s New World MMO Won’t Let You Name Yourself Jeff Bezos


No, you cannot name yourself Jeff Bezos or any variant thereof in Amazon’s recently released and incredibly messy Massively Multiplayer Online Colonization Simulator, The New World. This is unsurprising given the extremely fragile egos of the most powerful men on earth.Read more

A (Playable) Game Boy For Ants


You know what my grandmother used to say? “That blasted Game Boy of yours, it’s too damn big!” She was right, the old woman was wise. And if this fictional gram were alive today maybe she’d smile upon hearing word of Thumby, a very, very small Game Boy-like device that launched a Kickstarter today....

Netflix Acquires Oxenfree Dev As Its First Game Studio


Streaming giant Netflix has acquired Night School Studio, a developer founded by former Telltale Games employees that released Oxenfree, an intriguing supernatural mystery game, and Afterparty, a barhopping comedy journey through Hell. Though now a Netflix subsidiary, Night School Studio confirmed...

Steamu dominují nepravděpodobné hity: simulátor alchymisty a obsluhy benzinky


Hlavní sezona herního roku pomalu začíná, v nejpopulárnějším digitálním obchodě s hrami to tak ovšem nevypadá. Namísto očekávaných hitů vládnou žebříčkům popularity hry, o nichž jsme ještě před pár týdny nic neslyšeli. Vedle budovatelské strategie s bobry či alchymistického propojování ingrediencí...

New World Players Face Massive Queues, Wait Times On Overloaded Servers


Amazon’s new massively multiplayer online role-playing game New World opened its doors earlier today, reaching a peak of over 700,000 players. That said, not even Jeff Bezos’ piggy bank has kept the MMO’s grand debut from being plagued with the usual launch day woes, including ridiculous wait times...

Look At All The Ways You Can Kill People In Deathloop


Deathloop has some of Arkane Studios’ biggest, most kinetic-feeling levels to date. Yes, they’re beautiful to behold, and a joy to traverse, but their best quality may be a little more subtle. They’ve proven to be perfect laboratories for players to experiment with ever more dastardly and amusing...

The Boss Fight That Proves Death’s Door Is On Another Level


Death’s Door, an isometric dungeon-crawler that came out for PC and Xbox earlier this year, is a master class in elegant game design. Nowhere is that more apparent than in one late-game boss fight. In pretty much every way—visually, thematically, mechanically, musically—the bout is a tour de force....

How Dare Neopets Taint My Childhood With NFTs


The Neopets developers recently revealed on their website that they are creating NFTs for over twenty thousand customized pets, all in partnership with several blockchain companies. So far, the public response from past and present community members has been overwhelmingly negative. Read more

Sable: The Kotaku Review


When I meet the mask crafter for the first time, I am unsure if I am touching a spirit, god, or machine. The machinists, whose ranks I plan to join today, would probably dismiss the distinction altogether. As I remember this, my hoverbike Simoon purrs outside the tent. She has been a good...

Nick Fighting Game Gives Nigel Thornberry Jigglypuff’s Rest From Smash


Nigel Thornberry, patriarch of the eponymously wild Thornberrys, is one of the weirdest characters in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl. Earlier today, the developers behind this cartoony platform fighter released a breakdown of the nature documentarian’s moveset, which includes one very big homage to...

Splitgate's Big Update: Mantling, Plus Other Quality Of Life Tweaks


Developer 1047 Games has rolled out a massive update for its popular Portal shooter Splitgate. The patch introduces several quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes, as well as adding two important adjustments to make the game a little easier to play: the option to change the armor color...

FIFA Player Accused Of Rape Suspended And Removed From Roster


Benjamin Mendy, a Manchester City defender in the real-life Premier League, was suspended after being charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault of three women at his Cheshire home between October 2020 and August 2021.Read more

Amazon MMO New World, As Told By Steam Reviews


It’s a new world, if not exactly a brave one. New World, a massively multiplayer online role-playing game published by Amazon, is officially out today for PC, marking the first legitimately successful game release for the planet’s most valuable company. (Pour one out for the super-face-planted...

One Year With Genshin Impact


Exactly one year ago today, Genshin Impact was released. We were almost six months into the coronavirus pandemic, and now, looking back, I can’t imagine my adventure starting any other way. The fantasy world of Teyvat became my safe harbor in a year filled with grief, uncertainty,...

Cruis'n Blast On The Switch Is Arcade Racing At Its Most Ridiculous


Microsoft and Sony can have their Forzas and Gran Turismos with hyper-realistic graphics, authentic engine noises, and true-to-life physics. The Nintendo Switch has Cruis’n Blast, in which your vaguely Nissan GT-R-shaped vehicle barrels off a cliff at breakneck speed toward a massive yeti which...

New Nintendo Switch Pokémon Will Have Bits That Look Kinda Like A Game Boy


Pokémon Brilliant Diamond and Shining Pearl got a new trailer Tuesday morning, showing off all kinds of neat new details. For example, there will be an improved Pokétch utility watch, Pokémon hangout parks, and surfing Bidoofs. It also sounds like all those pesky HMs present in the original games...

The Maligned Avengers Get Second Chance on Xbox Game Pass


In a world where blockbuster comic book video games flounder due to repetitive endgame content, one subscription game service takes Earth’s mightiest heroes under its wing. It’s Xbox Game Pass to Marvel’s Avengers’ rescue as the multiplayer superhero game joins Microsoft’s service this...

Pokémon Legends: Arceus Introduces 'Noble' Monsters


A new Pokémon Legends: Arceus trailer has just hatched, and alongside lots of new footage of the game, it reveals the existence of a whole new class of monsters: Noble Pokémon. The first of which is Kleavor.Read more

Final Fantasy XIV Player Literally Dabs On Boss With Kinect


Final Fantasy XIV, like most video games, is far from physically taxing despite the often-incredible feats performed by your character on-screen. But what if you, say, actually had to dance to get the Dancer job moving? Absolute madman Super Louis 64 answered this question earlier today, and...

A Mattress Designed For Gamers Goes On Sale In Japan


There are gaming chairs, gaming keyboard, and gaming energy drinks. All that is old hat! In Japan, there are mattresses for gamers. That’s right, gaming mattresses! Japan’s Bauhutte has made its name by selling loungewear for gamers as well as gaming desks, chairs, and even beds. The latest item...

Universal Studios Japan Is Adding A New Donkey Kong Themed Area


Super Nintendo World first opened at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka earlier this March. The theme park area is already set to get its first expansion. Openning in 2024, it’s Donkey Kong themed and will increase the size of Super Nintendo World by a whopping 70 percent. “Super Nintendo World...

YouTubers Show Old Switch And New OLED Model Running Side By Side


The Nintendo Switch — OLED Model is coming out soon, and Nintendo recently held events at which the press could try it out alongside Metroid Dread. YouTube channel Nintendo Prime, a gaming enthusiast channel with a preference for Nintendo games, obtained footage of a Switch OLED sent to them by...

Pokémon Unite Survey Suggests Huge Changes Could Be Coming


Now that Pokémon Unite has made its Android and iOS debut, developer TiMi Studio Group has pushed out an in-game survey for players to complete. The questionnaire suggests that some new features, like additional game modes and more ways to interact with your monsters, might come to the popular MOBA...

Rune Factory 5 Will Finally Let The Gays Marry


In a lengthy blog post, Rune Factory 5’s publishers confirmed that the English localization will allow same-gender marriages. This decision marks the first time that Rune Factory players can get gay married without a workaround.Read more

Eastward: The Kotaku Review


Eastward is a phenomenally constructed video game. All of its music hits. The characters are relentlessly charming. Its art and level design are nothing short of extraordinary. Disregarding a few pacing missteps, the game fires on all cylinders for its entire duration. Hell, they even put a second...

Death Stranding Director’s Cut Makes Its Private Rooms Even Creepier


The new Director’s Cut edition of Death Stranding has only been out for a few days, but folks are already finding a slew of new Easter eggs, some of which add to the nightmare fuel that occasionally haunted unsuspecting players in the original game’s private rooms.Read more

The Real Guy From The Big Short Gets Subpoenaed About GameStop


The frenzy around GameStop and other meme stocks from earlier this year may have quieted down a bit, but the SEC is still diligently on the case, trying to get to the bottom of what happened. That apparently includes subpoenaing big time investor Michael Burry, famous for betting against the 2000s...

Rare Mew Pokémon Oreos Are Selling For Thousands


The best quick-buck scheme of the year isn’t GameStop stock, cryptocurrency, or reselling next-gen consoles. It’s...Pokémon Oreos? Oreos emblazoned with designs of Mew, the psychic-type feline Pokémon, are currently selling for hundreds if not thousands of dollars on eBay.Read more

Halo Infinite Is Filled With Memes, Dataminers Unfortunately Reveal


Halo Infinite’s latest multiplayer technical preview (or, in actual terms, beta) is live, and has been for a few days now. And while the beta offers only a small taste of what will be available in the online shooter once it releases later this year, dataminers and curious fans have been digging...

Arknights Low Rarity Characters Are Better Than High Rarity Ones


Arknights, the enormously successful tower defense game, does something special in the crowded field of gacha games: Some of the most common characters in the game can help clear difficult levels that their rarer counterparts can’t. By giving the consolation prize characters unique niches...

Breathedge Would Be Amazing, If It Didn't Insist On Being Bad


I have longed for a space survival game that makes me feel the same way Subnautica does. That sense of methodical management, combined with serene isolation, is my gaming happy place, and I was so delighted to see Breathedge popping up on Game Pass this month, a game that looked like it would...

Overwatch 2 Debuts At Tourney, Seemingly Missing Jeff Kaplan Nod


Some of the best players in the world took the reins to Overwatch 2 over the weekend during the recent Overwatch League 2021 championship. During the tourney broadcast, these pros showed off a couple of big character reworks and strategic overhauls coming to the sequel, while also highlighting...

Diablo II: Resurrected Keeps Barring Players From Using Their Own Characters


Diablo II: Resurrected launched last week with a host of annoying bugs and glitches, as is Blizzard tradition. While many of the crash-causing, progression-halting issues have been patched, other players continue to be plagued by a bug that’s keeping their characters from being able to join...

Wonderbox Is Like Zelda Meets Captain Toad's Treasure Tracker


I really enjoyed the Captain Toad mini-games in this year’s expanded Switch version of Super Mario 3D World; they gave my mind a welcome reprieve from the frustration of navigating the main adventure’s floaty, 3D platforming. I know Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker has long been a thing, and while...

Astria Ascending Is The Prettiest Turn-Based Game I’ve Ever Played


Astria Ascending is a turn-based JRPG with gameplay that pays homage to Bravely Default and Octopath Traveler. I enjoyed the combat in both of those titles, but the colorful art style of Astria Ascending felt like an upgrade from the somber color palette of those games. It also puts an interesting...

Step Aside Lady Dimitrescu, There's A New Evil And Tall Video Game Queen


Lady Dimitrescu aka the tall vampire woman from Resident Evil Village is great. She quickly became super popular online and around these parts, many Kotaku staffers adored her too. But when the game came out she fizzled out and was barely involved in the overall story or action of Village. That’s...

Wild Halo Infinite Bug Creates An Endless Wave Of Wet Floor Signs


It’s been said many, many times, but video games are very hard to make and stupid complex. So there will always be bugs. Some bugs are annoying and ruin a game. Other bugs, like some that are popping up in the Halo Infinite beta, are funny and just a hoot to look at it. Let’s look at some! Read more

Sunday Comics: THEY KNOW!


Hello! It’s time for Kotaku’s Sunday Comics, your weekly roundup of the best webcomics. The images enlarge if you click on the magnifying glass icon.Read more

The Witcher Renewed For Season 3 On Netflix Alongside A Spin-Off For Kids


Netflix is continuing to expand The Witcher into a giant franchise, announcing today that the main show starring Henry Cavill is getting a third season, while also announcing a second anime film and oddly, a spin-off aimed at kids and families too. The streaming giant also released some new footage...

Netflix's Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Intro Is Good


I’m still not sure how I feel about this upcoming Netflix adaptation of the classic Cowboy Bebop series, but thanks in large part to the show’s classic “Tank!” theme song, the intro is a banger at least.Read more

Hitman Comes To GOG And Gets Review Bombed Due To Online DRM


Earlier this week Hitman - Game of the Year Edition launched on GOG. But soon after, players began complaining and review bombing once they discovered that large parts of the stealth game were locked behind online DRM checks. This rubbed many the wrong way because GOG makes a big deal about being...

UK Cracks Down On In-Game Ads And Microtransactions


The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority has released new, updated guidance on how game developers and publishers should and shouldn’t advertise in-game premium currencies and other purchases. The ASA is pushing back against in-game timers, labels such as “Best Value!” and more. Read more

Camerupt Literally Explodes When It Gets Angry


Every Pokemon is interesting and worth talking about. I don’t play a ton of Pokemon, but I do enjoy the universe and I love learning more about the creatures in it. So, Here’s Another Pokemon! It’s Camerupt!Read more

What Deathloop Gets Right And Wrong About Time Loops


Deathloop is the latest game to play around with time but it’s far from the only one. This summer’s divisive indie game 12 Minutes also centered around a repeating time loop, as have many other games, ranging from the star-charting Outer Wilds to the Nintendo 64 classic The Legend of Zelda:...

FFXIV Is Nerfing Belts, Not Removing Them


Rejoice, belt collectors of Final Fantasy XIV. Contrary to what some players and outlets believed, the developers aren’t removing belt items from the game entirely.In the notes for the latest 6.0 patch, known as the Endwalker expansion, the developers said that belts will no longer drop, and they...

The Biggest Fan Theories Sparked By That Bayonetta 3 Trailer


Joy be unto Jubelius! After 1386 days without any news following Bayonetta 3’s Game Awards teaser trailer way back in 2017, the bad Umbran witch is back, and on Bi Visibility Day no less. During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct, we not only got a sick-ass trailer, but also a tentative release window...

I Can't Believe We're Still Debating Halo's Aim Assist


Like a circular space structure imbued with the power to destroy all sentient life at the push of a button, some things just go on endlessly. Such is the case with discussion around aim assist features in Halo games. Chatter has kicked off fresh following the not-a-beta for the forthcoming Halo...

Okay Nintendo, We Helped Fill Out The Rest Of The Mario Movie Cast


Yesterday, Nintendo shocked the world when Shigeru Miyamoto announced the main cast for the upcoming animated Mario film. But only some main characters and their Hollywood counterparts were unveiled. Surely Nintendo does not need our help with the casting process, but why not have some fun with...

Kirby Going Full-On Super Mario Odyssey On The Switch Is Brilliant


Kirby fans finally get to feast. Yesterday, Nintendo announced Kirby and the Forgotten Land, a 3D adventure platformer set in a post-apocalyptic world whose ruin may or may not have been caused by a certain insatiable pink gelatinous mass. I’m optimistic—cautiously optimistic, but optimistic...

Fans Were Upset Over Nintendo Direct "Spoilers"


Hours before Thursday’s Nintendo Direct, announcements leaked. Kotaku, and other game sites, inevitably published the relevant news. That was expected, but the online pushback wasn’t. Some fans were upset. In the past, these leaks would be called breaking news. In 2021, they’re spoilers—at least...

Lost In Random: The Kotaku Review


I play a lot of games for this job. That’s not a brag, it’s just a fact. And while many of those games are good, most of them tend to blend together. But whenever something comes along that is not only great but also feels fresh and incredibly memorable, it reminds me of how awesome games can...

Alleged Assault And Pokémon Card Robbery Makes National News In Japan


While nearly everyone who desperately wants Pokémon cards waits in line or pays premium prices on the internet, there are the occasional and unfortunate exceptions. In Japan, a 25-year-old man in Hiroshima is accused of attacking a college student as he exited a 7-11 with a box of newly purchased...

Nintendo's Low-Key Dad Joke For Splatoon 3 Was Pretty Good


Dad jokes are universal. In Japanese, dad jokes are called “oyagi gyagu,” with oygai meaning “one’s father” and gyagu meaning “gag” or “joke.” Like anywhere, these tend to be cheesy puns, but who can resist them? You you can, but I sure can’t, and it seems Nintendo’s Yoshiaki Koizumi cannot...

You Can't Make Me Use The N64 Controller Again, Nintendo


One of Nintendo’s cuter little announcements during the latest Direct was that, with N64 games coming soon to the system, the company will also start selling recreations of the console’s controller for you to play them on.Read more

Why The Splatoon 3 Devs Are The Best, In One GIF


Sometimes, during these surprise Nintendo Direct presentations, developers will just do the darnedest things. This includes the Splatoon 3 studio Nintendo Entertainment Planning & Development (Nintendo EDP) whose nondescript “squid researcher” dazzled us with both late-breaking research...

Somebody Tried To Warn Us About Chris Pratt As Mario In 2020


I’m still physically recovering from the Mario movie cast announcement, mostly because if you’d given me 100 guesses to try and pick who would play the role of Mario—a short, thicc Italian-American—I would not have picked the ripped dude who is a Guardian of the Galaxy.Read more

All The Biggest Announcements From Nintendo's Big September Direct


Today’s surprise Nintendo Direct offered 40 packed minutes of forthcoming Switch games, new content for old ones, and, er, teasers for forthcoming Directs about specific games like Smash and Animal Crossing. Below you’ll find all the big stories that came out of the presentation.Read more

Oh Snap, Bayonetta's Got Braids In Third Game


Let’s go boys! During today’s Nintendo’s Direct event, we finally got a more in-depth look at Bayonetta 3. And as you can see above, the titular witch has a fresh new look and a 2022 release date.Read more

The Super Mario Movie Coming In 2022 Has Quite The Cast


During the Nintendo Direct, Shigeru Miyamoto made a surprise appearance to announce that he and Chris Meledandri, CEO of Illumination studios, is working on a Mario movie. Miyamoto announced the star-studded Hollywood cast that will be voicing the iconic Mario characters.Read more

Castlevania Advance Collection Is Real, And It’s Out Today


Some of the greatest Castlevania games of all time are coming to Switch later today thanks to the new Castlevania Advance Collection, which bundles all three Game Boy Advance classics into one complete package for the first time.Read more

Switch RPG Triangle Strategy Out March, Still A Looker


The Square Enix tactics game formerly known as Project Triangle Strategy is officially known as...Triangle Strategy. It’s out March 4, 2022. Square Enix announced the news at today’s out-of-the-blue Nintendo Direct.Read more

Kirby's Next Game Goes 3D For First Time, And It Looks Sick


After a surprise leak earlier today, we got our first look at the next Kirby game during today’s Nintendo Direct presentation. Not only is Kirby and the Forgotten Land the series’ first mainline release in years, but it’s also the pink puffball’s first foray into full 3D gameplay. It comes...

Disco Elysium Hits Nintendo Switch On October 12


Disco Elysium: The Final Cut finally has a release date on Switch. The funky futurist RPG where words matter more than hit points will be playable on Nintendo’s hybrid handheld starting October 12.Read more

Game Devs Of Color Expo Is Full Of Great Free Steam Demos, Melanin


The Game Devs of Color Expo, an event showcasing the diverse talent in games while providing a platform for creators of color, is officially underway. The 6th annual festival runs from September 23-27 and gives way to a host of happenings, from panels and talks to demos and trailers. There’s four...

Death Stranding Director's Cut's Save Transfer System Is Kojima At His Best


While the average game director would have players simply port their saves from the PlayStation 4 to the PlayStation 5 via some unobtrusive menu, Hideo Kojima is built different. No, players who want to play Death Stranding Director’s Cut on PS5 for high framerates and fast load times will have...

Before You Start: Tips For Playing Deathloop


Arkane Studio’s latest game is its biggest yet, with esoteric puzzles, cutthroat combat, and an entire loot system all wrapped around a repeating time loop. If Deathloop seems overwhelming at first, that’s because it is.Read more

PREVIEW: Far Cry 6 se změn nebojí, revoluci však nabídne jen v příběhu


Jedna z nejočekávanějších her letošního roku je už za dveřmi a my jsme dostali možnost nahlédnout pod pokličku její výroby. Už takto dopředu si troufáme říct, že fanoušci série Far Cry dostanou vše, co na ní mají rádi, zároveň však přichází dost změn na to, aby hra nebyla jen předraženým datadiskem...

Every Big Game Coming Out In Fall 2021


The leaves are changing color, the wind is getting chilly, and all your favorite beverages are required by law to be flavored with pumpkin. Goodbye, hot and gross summer, and hello fall. And while this fall might not be as stacked as previous autumns, with plenty of games delayed into 2022, it’s...

Rare But Limited PS5, Xbox Best Buy Restock Sees Excruciatingly Long Lines IRL


Since the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S went on sale last fall, Best Buy hasn’t sold next-gen consoles at its brick-and-mortar locations, citing safety concerns around covid-19. That changed on Wednesday, when the big box retailer said it would sell a limited supply at stores across the country...

Japanese Esports Team Is Filled With Senior Citizens


Meet the Matagi Snipers. Based in Akita, the eight-person team is Japan’s first senior esports professional team, complete with a sponsor and everything. The team was established as a way to show the health benefits of esports for older adults, as well as to impress the grandkids. NHK reports that...

The Japanese Slang Everyone Is Talking About Is "Oya-Gacha"


In Japan, gacha machines are those ubiquitous capsule vending machines that dispense random prizes. The concept hasn’t only evolved into video games, but also into Japanese slang oya-gacha. What parents you get, like random items, are really the luck of the draw. Oya-gacha, or “parent gacha,”...

We're Just Never Getting Another Titanfall, Are We


Look, Apex Legends is a fine shooter, but Titanfall 2 was one of the greatest first-person games of all time, so you can understand why folks just will not shut up about wanting another entry in the series.Read more

Fanoušek chce v Minecraftu vymodelovat celou galaxii Hvězdných válek


Vskutku smělý plán se vylíhl v hlavě člověka vystupujícího na internetu pod přezdívkou vistachess. Do enginu hry Minecraft chce přidělat celý obrovský vesmír univerza Hvězdných válek. Zatím má hotové dvě planety a sám nejspíše netuší, kolik jich ještě bude

Pokémon Unite Sleep Nerf Could Devastate Snorlax, Wigglytuff Players


While fresh duds and some great quality-of-life changes are definitely exciting, today’s Pokémon Unite update also included a huge list of gameplay adjustments. As usual, some Pokémon were helped and some were hindered, but it’s hard to argue that anyone was more affected than Snorlax...

Move Aside, Met Gala: Destiny 2 Is Getting A 'Digital Fashion Magazine'


Bungie has announced its relentlessly popular multiplayer shooter Destiny 2 is getting something new. No, not another seasonal event, or a balance patch to screw up your favorite gun, but something far more important. The looter-shooter is getting a digital fashion magazine called Threads of Light...

Move Aside, Met Gala: Destiny 2 Is Getting A Fashion Magazine


Bungie has announced its relentlessly popular multiplayer shooter Destiny 2 is getting something new. No, not another seasonal event, or a balance patch to screw up your favorite gun, but something far more important. The looter-shooter is getting a digital fashion magazine called Threads of Light...

Deathloop: The Kotaku Review


Video games are inescapably intertwined with iteration and do-overs. It’s written into the technology that builds them, the development practices that craft them, and often the very rules governing how they work: win-lose, trial and error. Some games have tried to mask this artifice in the service...

The Whiteness of Skater XL’s Mods Is A Major Bummer


Skater XL, the skateboarding simulator developed by Easy Day Studios, is one of two more recent genre entries that attempts to capture the zeitgeist of EA’s Skate. The game plops you in a myriad of selectable maps, each replete with various obstacles (such as benches and rails) to trick over,...

Epic Confirms Massive L: Fortnite Not Returning To Apple Any Time Soon


Today, Tim Sweeney confirmed on Twitter just how massive of an “L” Epic took in its recent trial against Apple. Apple has effectively “blacklisted” Fortnite from all Apple products until the legal clash between the two massive corporations reaches its conclusion, which could take as long as five...

Why The FGC Won’t Stop Talking About Melty Blood: Type Lumina


Fighting game YouTubers (like JMSCrofts, Jiyuna, and Rooflemonger) are talking a lot about Melty Blood: Type Lumina. This is not a complaint. As someone very new to fighting games it has been great to watch people absolutely lose their minds over an upcoming release (while still expressing...

Final Fantasy XIV Players Mourn Voice Actor’s Death With In-Game Vigils


If you’ve visited Final Fantasy XIV city-state Ishgard recently, you might have noticed a throng of players surrounding the home of Ishgardian noble Count Edmont de Fortemps. Over the last several days, mourners have turned Fortemps Manor into a makeshift vigil for voice actor Stephen Critchlow...

Pokémon Unite Just Massively Leveled The Playing Field Against 'Pay To Win'


Since release, it’s been difficult to talk about the merits of pocket monster MOBA Pokémon Unite. The fun factor was there, though largely obscured by TiMi Studio Group’s monetization practices, which allow you to boost items with real-world money. But with Wednesday’s big new patch, Pokémon Unite...

Renaissance Faire: The Kotaku Review


Life doesn’t often let you know when your brain will flip. If you ever do receive such a heads-up, you’d be wise to heed it. I learned so while playing Renaissance Faire, a massively multiplayer real-world role-playing game that is only nominally about the Renaissance.Read more

GTAV’s Enhanced 2022 Release Should Leave The 2013 Transphobia Behind


Years ago, I saw a video on YouTube—since removed, it seems, though a few like it still remain—of a GTAV player deliberately brutalizing some of the game’s trans sex workers for his own amusement. In the comments, one viewer voiced these chilling words of encouragement: “You’re doing God’s...

Playing Genshin Impact's Last Update As Its Villain Was Eye-Opening


I’ve been building up my Raiden Shogun character so that I could use her to clear Genshin Impact’s latest chapter. She’s the main antagonist of the game’s Inazuma region, so I thought it would be interesting to attack and dethrone god using god herself. Read more

Nintendo Announces Surprise 40-Minute Direct For Thursday


Pour one out for every gamer who had plans after work tomorrow. Nintendo will host a Nintendo Direct at 6:00 p.m. ET sharp, it announced today in a tweet. The showcase, which will cover Switch games “launching this winter,” is slated to last about 40 minutes.Read more

Český Kingdom Come: Deliverance vyjde i jako desková hra


Brněnské studio Boardcubator připravuje crowdfundingovou kampaň na vznik deskové hry ze světa historického RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance. Pokud vše dobře dopadne, můžeme se těšit na propracovaný systém, opírající se i o doprovodnou aplikaci pro mobilní telefony

PC Game Is Gonna Really Lean Into Slavery


When Paradox announced Victoria III earlier this year, I was very excited, but also a little wary. Simulating the comedic excesses of medieval rulers is one thing, but how was a game coming out in 2022 (?) going to handle depictions of very real and lingering issues like the exploitation of workers...

Twitch And Music Industry Strike A Deal, But It's Not Great


Last year a music industry crackdown on streaming site Twitch resulted in copyright strikes and a mass deletion of videos, as the National Music Publishers’ Association (NMPA) sought to cut down on streamers playing licensed music. Twitch has now made a deal with the NMPA, but for streamers it’s...

Po 40 letech programátor opravil chybu, kvůli níž jeho hra nešla dohrát


Čtyři dekády poté, co úspěšně prodal svoji herní prvotinu Arctic Adventure, zjistil její autor Harry McCracken, že její kód obsahuje zásadní chybu, která znemožňovala dohrání hry. Nakonec ji kromě samotné opravy ještě lehce vylepšil a zpřístupnil zdarma přímo z internetového prohlížeče

Ratchet & Clank Still Runs Fine On The Worst PS5-Compatible SSD


The fine folks at Digital Foundry are back with another wonderfully tech-heavy video, this time examining the SSD options available to PlayStation 5 owners now that the console’s storage can be expanded. As it turns out, even the disk-access-heavy Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart can be thoroughly...

Uncovering The Real History Of The Women Who Pioneered Video Games


It’s a fact: The women who helped shape the video game industry often go unacknowledged, hidden from history by popular narratives and male-centric scholarship. Mary Kenney, a narrative writer and game designer at Insomniac Games, aims to shed light on some of those overlooked pioneers...

Phasmophobia Adds Offline Solo Mode, Which I Will Never Use


UK developer Kinetic Games updated its multiplayer ghost-hunting game Phasmophobia several times over the last few weeks to celebrate its one-year anniversary, but the latest patch is a doozy, adding an offline single-player mode that I’m never, ever, evereverevereverever going to touch.Read more

The Latest Stuff Coming To Halo Infinite You Should Know About


Earlier this summer, developer 343 Industries hosted what was basically a beta for Halo Infinite, the story of one man’s quest to fall in love with a computer. It was bonkers. This week, over on Halo Waypoint, 343 detailed what’s in store for Infinite’s second beta (and, to a lesser degree,...

Blizzard's Chief Legal Officer Quits Amid Lawsuit


Blizzard Entertainment’s chief legal officer, Claire Hart, has resigned from the embattled company. She announced the news in a LinkedIn post yesterday, saying that last Friday, September 17, was her final day.Read more

Pokémon Unite's New Season Is Space-Themed, Will Bring Squad Features


Pokémon Unite finally arrives in its natural home on mobile on Wednesday, and it’s bringing with it a few new neat bits and bobs. There’s a new battle pass called Galactic Ghost 094 that’s adding space-themed items to the game, the arrival of Mamoswine and Sylveon, and a new feature called Unite...

Neon Signs Have Been Vanishing In Japan For Years


Instagram and Pinterest are full of “neon Japan” photos. Neon or neon lighting certainly still exists in Japan, especially Tokyo or Osaka, but it’s prevalence is nowhere near decades past. Read more

Fans Gather To Say Goodbye To A Legendary Sega Arcade


Last month, Sega announced that its Sega Ikebukuro Gigo arcade would be closing on September 20. Yesterday, fans gathered to say goodbye to the legendary game center at a ceremony Sega held to mark the end of its 28-year-run. Read more

Behold, My New Favorite Crusader Kings Bug


Crusader Kings II is a game with a long and proud tradition of “bugs that should be hung in the Louvre”, but I think this new one I’ve learned about today is my favourite.Read more

The Quest To Create A Never-Ending Play In Madden


Football is a game of inches, but it’s also a game of seconds, with clock management one of the most important skills in the game. That’s in the real world, anyway, where programming schedules and commercial breaks are a thing. In video games, as we’re about to find out, things can...

ToeJam & Earl III's Original Final Boss Was A Klansman


In early builds of the Xbox’s ToeJam & Earl III: Mission to Earth, the eponymous extra-terrestrials beat up a hooded member of the Ku Klux Klan as the final boss fight of the game. Previously we only had the developer’s word from an obscure interview, but now we can finally see it for ourselves...

RECENZE: Lost in Random umí hodem kostky bavit i nudit


Ve hře Lost in Random se ocitnete v pohádkové říši, která se řídí pravidly kostek. Osobitý styl a originální hratelnost se jí upřít nedá, ovšem také ani to, že má celkem dost hluchých míst

RECENZE: Lost Judgment rezonuje příběhem plným bolesti a beznaděje


Akční detektivka Lost Judgment tentokrát trochu přitvrdila a dotýká se témat jako jsou šikana, sebevražda či nedokonalosti justičního systému. Kromě toho láká na ještě lepší kung-fu souboje, sympatické hlavní hrdiny, skvělé vedlejší mise a spoustu miniher

What players wish Nintendo would fix for Switch discovery


[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is written by ‘how people find your game’ expert & GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, and is a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s.] It’s a brand new week in the neighborhood, game discovery fam....

Here's Everything You Can Play During Steam's Big October Event


Steam Next Fest, previously known as the Steam Game Festival, is a week-long event in which users can play demos and watch previews for upcoming games, chat with developers, and give feedback on new titles, is returning for another round this October. The demos will only be available to play during...

The BioShock Problem: When Gameplay And Narrative Clash


It may not seem like it, but gaming is still in its infancy. Yes, we’re beaming games from $10,000 rigs through the cloud to our phones, and swinging around swords in room-scale wireless virtual reality. That’s some Ready Player One shit, for sure. But while the technology is progressing rapidly...

Warhammer MMO Gets Unreleased Cities Nearly A Decade After It Shut Down


Eight years ago, the MMO Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning shut down. But the fans of Warhammer Online won’t let the game die. A passionate team of fan developers has maintained an emulated version of the game on their own server since 2013. And they just announced they are adding new cities...

Genshin Impact Character That Isn't Even Out Yet Already Causing Fan Turmoil


It’s been a rough week for anyone who’s looking forward to playing Kokomi, a new healer coming to Genshin Impact tomorrow. Ever since leakers revealed that her passive talent boosts her healing abilities in exchange for completely nuking her critical hit rate (severely limiting her ability to deal...

Action Game Shows BOTW Up, Has A Great Weapon Durability System


Weapon durability in video games carries a semblance of realism, illustrating that nothing lasts forever no matter how well it’s built. Still, having my shiny new sword break in something like The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is some bullshit. It not only disrupts game flow when I’m pulling...

Almost 500 ‘New’ Xbox, Dreamcast Prototypes Just Got Released


Project Deluge, a video game archival project from The Hidden Palace, may be the single biggest game preservation effort yet undertaken. Since March, this dedicated group of video game archivists has been releasing many hundreds of unreleased prototypes for classic systems, and now, it’s...

What We’ve Heard About A Quantic Dream Star Wars Game


Reports started to circulate last week that Detroit: Become Human developer, Quantic Dream, was working on an unlikely new project: a Star Wars game. While Kotaku can’t currently confirm if this is 100% accurate, we have heard something similar from an independent source with knowledge of...

How To Get Rich AF In Tales Of Arise


Tales of Arise is a big RPG that likes to make every number go up—except for the amount in your bank account. In keeping with series tradition, Tales of Arise’s economy is based on gald, which is kind of, like, a play on “gold” but instead of an “o” they’ve...oh, you get it? Okay, cool. If...

Apex Legends Servers To Stay Borked For A Bit


Apex Legends players have been having a miserable time of late. When the game’s not being hacked by disgruntled Titanfall players, players sometimes devolve into having enormous fights over controversial in-game strategies, such as tap strafing. The latest grief to befall them is a whole new raft...

There's A New (And Free) Digital Pokémon Card Game Coming


It’s actually happening: The Pokémon Company is finally giving the world a straightforward way to play the Pokémon trading card game digitally, online, and on your smartphone. Announced today, the new app is called Pokémon TCG Live and it couldn’t be coming at a better time with the Pokémon card...

The Ascent Devs Dish On The Messy Launch For 2021’s Best Sci-Fi RPG


The Ascent is a modern game dev bingo card. First, it debuted at a splashy publisher event. Then, it was announced with a coveted November release date (and as a next-gen launch title, no less); then it was delayed. It was of course hyped as a day-one Game Pass title; and eventually, launched...

Call of Duty ještě ani nevyšlo a už je plné podvodníků


Právě probíhající veřejná beta letošního dílu oblíbené série Call of Duty je zatím ze strany veřejnosti přijímána veskrze pozitivně, bohužel však také zároveň ukázala odvrácenou stránku multiplayerového soupeření. Do vydání zbývají skoro ještě dva měsíce a hra už je plná podvodníků a cheaterů...