Two Minor Changes Could Mean Big Things For EVE Online

This month has seen a flurry of announcements about EVE Online’s immediate future. Alongside the usual spaceship changes and rebalancing, a brand new, somewhat controversial skill system will be introduced, as well as what sounds like a largely cosmetic change to the game that could have huge...

How One Of The Worst Video Game Movies Of All Time Got Made

Somehow, miraculously, video game movies and TV shows are suddenly good. The Witcher is fun, Sonic inhaled box office money like so many chili dogs last year, and star-studded renditions of Borderlands and The Last of Us are on the way. Also, the new Mortal Kombat movie looks dumb as hell in...

Report: Stadia Blew Millions On Red Dead Redemption 2 And Other Ports

Just how badly did Google’s Stadia video game streaming service flop when it launched back in 2019? According to a new report by Bloomberg, it underperformed its sales target by hundreds of thousands of users, despite spending “tens of millions of dollars” secure ports of big blockbuster games.Read...

Now That’s How You Do A Damn Game Reveal

After being utterly underwhelmed by Blizzcon, last week’s Nintendo Direct, and yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play, I wasn’t expecting much out of today’s Pokémon 25th Anniversary presentation. But it feels like Pokémon took a good look at the competition and said, “Alright, now watch a master...

WandaVision Became a Nightmarish Web of Cathartic Reruns

WandaVision’s first season transformed Marvel’s Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen). She’s been a newlywed, a mother, and something far more fascinating and complex than all of her other new identities combined. It’s all been in service of its larger overarching story about the Avengers’ least...

State Of Decay 2 Remembers Punching Nazis Is Good, Actually

I think most of us can agree that punching Nazis is a good thing. Heck, a bunch of great video games are founded on that very premise. That’s why it was weird when a State of Decay 2 player discovered that the game gives characters a negative effect for having taken out the trash in their...

Deathloop’s Sultry “Déjà Vu” Will Be My Summer Anthem

Outside of Square Enix announcing a new story DLC for Final Fantasy VII Remake, yesterday’s PlayStation State of Play event was kinda a dud. But there was a notable exception: Deathloop’s new original song “Déjà Vu.”Read more

The Best Projectors, According To Our Readers

Our readers know what’s up. Whenever we ask a question like “What’s the best projector?”, we know we’ll always get a good mix of thoughtful responses and great product recommendations. As expected, we received both this time around, making for a well-rounded and perfect overview of projector life....

Hmm, That New Pokémon Game Sure Looks A Lot Like Breath Of The Wild

Today during a Nintendo livestream we got our first look at Pokémon Legends: Arceus, a new open-world Pokémon game. Almost instantly after it was revealed folks on the internet began comparing it to Breath of the Wild. In fact, one particular shot in the new trailer caught the eyes of many fans...

Square Enix Is Finally Making The Final Fantasy VII Cinematic Universe Playable

Yesterday’s most important Final Fantasy news wasn’t delivered at the end of Sony’s lackluster State of Play livestream presentation but was instead casually tweeted out afterward: a new mobile game called Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis is coming. This latest FFVII remix will tell the story not just...

Tips For Playing Bravely Default 2

Bravely Default 2, a game about grinding, finding crystals, and saving the world (but not about climate change), is out now for Nintendo Switch. And it’s no cakewalk. Yes, Bravely Default 2 is a whole lot of game, with a complex network of interweaving systems and methodical, relentless battles...

How To Build An Unstoppable Party In Bravely Default 2

Bravely Default 2, out now for Nintendo Switch, is both a lot like and not at all like many other JRPGs you’ve played. For starters, combat is defined by the Brave/Default system, which allows you to shake up the turn order in battles for strategic gain. But the main big wrinkle is the...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for realizing how short February is at the last moment. It’s so short. We should fix that. Also, it’s about playing an anime game that should be my jam but is currently confusing the hell out of me. Read more

Here's How The New Pokémon Snap Works

The original Pokémon Snap, released for the Nintendo 64 in 1999, saw players riding the Zero-One buggy across the generically-named Pokémon Island at the behest of Professor Oak. New Pokémon Snap gives players a whole new region to explore, a new professor to guide them, and new ways to edit...

An Ode to a Jigglypuff

Twenty-five years ago in Red and Blue, freshly-minted Boulder-Badge owning Pokémon trainers would find themselves heading toward the first steps of the rest of their lives drowning in bird Pokémon. Route 3 was filled with them—Pidgeys and Spearows, as far as the tall grass could see—but every once...

PS Plus nabídne skvělý remake Final Fantasy VII. Má to však háček

Březnová nabídka předplatného služby PlayStation Plus je mimořádně bohatá, nabídne mimo jiné skvělou střílečku Remnant: From the Ashes a především remake klasiky Final Fantasy VII. Má to však háček – tato varianta nepůjde zdarma vylepšit na next-gen verzi

Here's March 2021's PlayStation Plus Lineup

PlayStation Plus seems to be on a roll right now with another great slate of games. There are, count’em, four games, headlined by the excellent Final Fantasy VII Remake, which released less than a year. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read...

Tron: Evolution’s Hard Electronica Holds Its Own With Daft Punk

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today, we are entering the grid. It’s time to fight for the users. More Tron references! Enough of that, let’s listen to Tron: Evolution’s soundtrack.Read more

Great games steal, and should

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend?Read more

Xbox Live Has Been Down For Over 5 Hours

Trying to get some gaming in this lovely Thursday night? Well, if you’re on Xbox, that’s too bad, because various functions of Xbox Live have been on the fritz for over five hours.Read more

Sony's Illustrious Japan Studio Is Basically Done For

Japan Studio, a branch of PlayStation’s development efforts once responsible for everything from Shadow of the Colossus to Gravity Rush to Ape Escape, has been downsized to oblivion by Sony, with only the team responsible for Astro’s Playroom remaining alongside a few other staff.Read more

Square Enix Announces Two More Final Fantasy VII Games

Just after wrapping up Sony’s media show this evening with some Final Fantasy VII x PS5 news, Square Enix announced that there are two more Final Fantasy games coming, both based on the Final Fantasy VII universe.Read more

Baldur's Gate 3's 'Biggest Patch Yet' Is Now Live

I rue every day that the complete Baldur’s Gate 3 experience isn’t out yet, but we’re getting there. Today, developer Larian dropped the fourth patch for the Divinity: Original Sin 2 sequel/Baldur’s Gate sorta-sequel, which it calls its “biggest patch yet.” Standout features include the druid...

Twitch Removes Amazon's Anti-Union Ads After Furious Streamer Response

Earlier this week, it came to light that Twitch was running ads in blatant opposition to the Amazon warehouse worker unionization effort in Bessemer, Alabama. Streamers, who had no say in whether or not these ads appeared during their broadcasts, were outraged. Today, Twitch has removed the...

Destiny 2 Is Ditching Sunsetting

Bungie announced today it’s getting rid of Destiny 2's most beleaguered mechanic: sunsetting. Starting in Season 14, new weapons will no longer have an expiration date. Read more

Destiny 2's Next Big Expansion The Witch Queen Delayed To 2022

Destiny 2 has gotten a big expansion every year since it released, but 2021 will be different. Bungie announced today that The Witch Queen, originally planned to launch in the second half of this year, will be delayed until 2022 due to its size and ongoing issues around working from home during...

Black Ops Cold War’s Large-Scale 'Outbreak' Mode Shakes Up Zombies

Season Two of Black Ops Cold War arrives today, with a new 6v6 multiplayer map, new weapons, more challenges to complete, and another 100-tier battle pass to grind. It also brings the most unique Zombies experience we’ve seen in a while, in the large-scale “Outbreak” Zombies mode.Read more

What's New on Amazon Prime Video in March 2021

The television adaptation of horror comic The Walking Dead is expected to come to a close in 2022 at the end of its 11th season—an impressive stretch that has nothing on the comic’s 17-year, 193-issue run. But throughout much of that time, franchise creator Robert Kirkman was plugging away...

Court Orders Valve To Hand Over Data On 436 Steam Games To Apple

Apple has been asking a bunch of companies to give it confidential information in its ongoing legal battle with Epic Games over how much money each company gets to collect off of Fortnite skin sales on the iPhone. Yesterday, a California magistrate judge ordered Valve to comply with one of these...

How Pokémon GO Turned Me Into a Birder

Niantic celebrated the 25th anniversary of Pokémon last week, using the occasion to roll out an extensive event on its popular mobile game, Pokémon GO. I’ve been playing the game for a couple of years now, ever since my son got interested in Pokémon through his friends at daycare. Early on,...

The Rise and Fall of Joss Whedon, and the Myth of the Hollywood Feminist Hero

“I hate ‘feminist.’ Is this a good time to bring that up?” Joss Whedon asked. He paused knowingly, waiting for the laughs he knew would come at the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer making such a statement. It was 2013, and Whedon was onstage at a fundraiser for Equality Now, an organization...

Post Malone Does Hootie And The Blowfish For Pokémon Day

Post Malone’s Pokémon Day Celebration concert isn’t until Saturday, but today we get a taste of what that’s going to be like with a super-warbly cover of Hootie and the Blowfish’s 1995 hit “Only Wanna Be With You.” It’s certainly a song. Read more

Bravely Default 2 Is Another Fun But Flawed Old-School JRPG

Bravely Default 2 is a trip, man. I thought I knew exactly what this game was going in, and it turns out I pretty much did, except for all of the tiny moments that occasionally delight, and just as occasionally elicit big, heaving sighs. Every time the familiar old-school JRPG wins me over...

Japanese TV Introduces "Mask Manners"

Even before the age of covid-19, sickness masks were widely worn in Japan, especially during hay fever season. But now that people wear them every day, throughout the day, it seems as though there’s a notion as to what’s good and bad mask manners. Read more

Giant Motor Gives PC Enough Rumble To Shake The Very Heavens

Jatin Patel is an iOS developer who works on big, silly projects for his YouTube channel. His latest million-dollar idea was to connect a giant, 2,880 rpm induction motor to his DualShock, magnifying the controller’s comparatively pitiful rumble to extraordinary proportions.Read more

President Biden Wants To 'Review' A Cause Of PS5, Graphics Card Shortages

President Biden is getting ready to sign an executive order, one that will review the United States’ ability to get hold of certain things that it’s currently having trouble getting hold of. Among the list are semiconductors, one of the main reasons behind the current PS5 (and graphics card)...

The World of Avatar: The Last Airbender Is Getting an Animated Feature Film

That’s not all—in addition to announcing an “animated theatrical film” that’ll begin production this year, Nickelodeon revealed the arrival of Avatar Studios, an entire division dedicated to creating animated series and movies based on Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. Oh, and...

Modders Fix Valheim's Terrible Inventory, Odin Be Praised

Valheim rules. Exploring is fun, building is fun, kiting trolls around islands while crying quietly to yourself as you tap dance on the razor’s edge of death is fun. But nothing is perfect, especially not early access games. So I don’t think we need to kid ourselves here: Valheim’s inventory sucks...

Pokémon Go Devs Have Punished Over 5 Million Cheaters Since 2020

Niantic, the studio behind augmented reality mobile games like Pokémon Go, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, and Ingress, has reportedly punished over 5 million cheaters since the beginning of 2020, with over 1 million players receiving permanent bans across the three games.Read more

What's New on HBO Max in March 2021

You may think you have seen Justice League, but have you seen Zack Snyder’s Justice League? If you are at all interested in comic books, movies, or troubling think pieces on internet troll subculture, and have been online at all in the last four years, you are probably well aware of what’s coming....

Your Travel Guide to the Rudderless Right-Wing Web After Trump

Moving into 2021 and forward, conservatives angry about cancel culture, censorship, shadowbans, or the attention of the FBI have a rich array of social destinations to choose from. We’ve prepped a travel guide for the unwitting observer who might be thinking of checking any of these conspicuous...

What's New on Netflix in March 2021

In the absence of broadly appealing new films and TV series (no Oscar hopefuls this month, I’m afraid), Netflix appears to be looking to the podcast market to figure out how to keep its massive subscriber base happy. Its new offerings in March include a host of documentary series and specials that...

More PC Games Get Magical DLSS Support

Two more PC games have gotten DLSS support—a form of modern sorcery—from Nvidia, meaning anyone with a card that supports the tech will now be getting much better performance.Read more

Stardew Valley Is Now A Co-Op Board Game

For the past two years, designers Eric Barone and Cole Medeiros—who met while playing Stardew Valley online—have been working on turning the idyllic video game into something folks can play on a table.Read more

GameStop Exec Leaves With $2.8 Million Severance

GameStop chief financial officer Jim Bell is set to resign from his position on March 26, the video game retailer announced today. He’ll do so $2.8 million richer thanks to a lucrative severance bonus.Read more

Persona 5 Strikers’ Menus Are As Vibrantly Alive As Its Cast

Video game menus are like assholes—every game has them and more often than not, they stink. They are often the least-pretty, least splashy part of an otherwise beautiful game, partly because they aren’t central to gameplay (unless it’s Crusader Kings or something). But Persona 5 Strikers shows us...

Mass Effect je antirasistická utopie, s většinou mimozemšťanů lze mít sex

V historii herního průmyslu najdeme jen málo tak detailně promyšlených fiktivních světů, jako je tomu v kultovní sérii Mass Effect. S blížícím se vydáním vylepšené kolekce kultovní trilogie Mass Effectu je ten správný čas připomenout si, jak pestrou směsicí mimozemšťanů vývojáři hry zaplnili...

A God Damn Boar Sank My Boat

Many survival games feature animals you can hunt for crafting supplies and sustenance. Only in Valheim do they get revenge. Nautical revenge.Read more

Final Fantasy Got It Right With Two Black Fathers

Lately, dads have become the video game industry’s pet trope. There are a ton of games that have won a lot of awards about trying, failing, and in very few cases, succeeding at being a dad. But that trend largely excludes Black fathers (with one extremely notable exception), since the video game...

Star Wars Stories From Tartakovsky's Clone Wars That Should Rejoin Canon

Dave Filoni has created a vast swath of the Star Wars universe through his Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons, The Mandalorian, and whatever else he has in the works next. He’s been such a driving force in the franchise that it can be hard to remember he didn’t actually make the first modern Star Wars...

Blade & Soul Revolution Launches Worldwide Next Week

NCSoft’s martial arts epic Blade & Soul is one of my favorite massively-multiplayer online role-playing games in recent memory. Launching March 4 for iOS and Android, Blade & Soul Revolution is the free-to-play mobile adaptation of the PC game. And half of you left. I really should save...

What's New on Hulu in March 2021

There was a time when streaming services could boast that they were the first to get [insert your favorite big theatrical hit], but that’s becoming increasingly rare in a time when streaming services have only grown more segmented, and also when there were no big theatrical hits last year.At first...

Persona 5 Strikers Got Siri's Original Voice Actor To Play Its In-Game AI

Artificial intelligences like Apple’s Siri have become so ubiquitous in many people’s lives that it’s no wonder the story of Persona 5 Strikers (out today on Playstation 4, Switch, and PC) features its own AI assistant in the form of EMMA. But what you might not immediately notice is that EMMA...

Internet Unites For Amazing Wii Shop Channel Jam Session

Composer, musician, and YouTuber Alex Moukala let loose a funky, bass-tastic remix of the Nintendo Wii theme music on Twitter yesterday and then invited other artists to do the same. The result is an impromptu jam session full of super-talented people showing their love for one of gaming’s...

Hitman 3's Latest Patch Fixes Incorrect Arabic Text

IO Interactive released the first major patch for Hitman 3 today, bringing with it a raft of changes to the assassination game, including some much-needed updates to the environment. The patch also corrected some Arabic text in the game’s opening level, which was written incorrectly.Read more

What’s the Best Projector for Your Home Entertainment Needs?

I’ll always remember the first time I saw someone use a projector in place of a TV. I went to a friend’s apartment in college for a little gaming party and discovered that my bud had no proper screen in his apartment. Instead, he was just projecting everything onto a gigantic wall. Here I was,...

Valheim, As Told By Steam Reviews

I’m getting the impression that maybe, just maybe, Valheim’s five-person development team might be onto something. Since the Viking survival game’s Steam release earlier this month, it’s sold 3 million copies. Over the weekend, more than 500,000 people played it at once. But what do players...

What's New on Disney+ in March 2021

WandaVision, the first Disney+ series exploring one of the shadowy corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is wrapping up early next month, but the streaming service isn’t about to let you cancel your subscription. The next Avengers spinoff, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, drops two weeks...

Here's March 2021's Xbox Live Games With Gold

It’s going to be March again, or it’s still March—it’s hard to say, but you can mark the impossible passage of time with a new batch of Xbox Live Games with Gold games. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold membership.Read more

PS4-Exclusive Days Gone Coming To PC This Spring

Open world zombie slaughter sim Days Gone will be the latest first-party Sony game to get ported to PC, British GQ reports in a new interview with Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan. The news was later confirmed on Twitter by Days Gone maker Sony Bend Studio. Read more

PlayStation chystá novou helmu pro virtuální realitu, detaily ale tají

Sony konečně oficiálně potvrdilo, že pracuje na nové verzi svého systému PS VR. Nová helma má nabídnout lepší rozlišení, rychlejší rozhraní, ovládání založené na technologiích z gamepadu DualSense a také mnohem jednodušší propojení. Letos ale určitě nebude

Sony Finally Announces Next-Gen VR For PS5

Fans of Sony’s virtual reality efforts have been wondering what was to become of console-based VR with the launch of the PlayStation 5. Today the company announces that a next-generation virtual reality system is in the works for the PS5, but it’s not going to launch this year.Read more

With Spicy Ramen Breakfast Grilled Cheese, you truly can have it all

I will not bother to pretend that the inspiration for this sandwich came from anything other than marijuana. Ironically, this idea came to me on a night where, in an attempt to conquer my chronic insomnia, I went a little crazy with Cherry Pie (both the strain and actual pie). Instead of falling...

Vývoj Bloodlines 2 bude svěřen novému studiu, hra letos určitě nevyjde

Měl to být jeden z černých koňů letošního roku, místo toho teď pokračování upírského RPG Vampire: The Masquarade vypadá na pořádný průšvih. Po několika změnách ve vedení byl projekt odebrán studiu Hardsuit Labs a jeho vývoj dokončí někdo jiný. Letos to ale určitě nebude

Vývoj Bloodlines 2 bude svěřen novému studiu, hra letos určitě nevyjde

Měl to být jeden z černých koňů letošního roku, místo toho teď pokračování upírského RPG Vampire: The Masquarade vypadá na pořádný průšvih. Po několika změnách ve vedení byl projekt odebrán studiu Hardsuit Labs a jeho vývoj dokončí někdo jiný. Letos to ale určitě nebude

Kenny wasn’t like the other kids: An oral history of MTV’s Remote Control

A raucously sarcastic take on the game show genre, Remote Control burst onto MTV in 1987. Part of the cable channel’s first wave of non-video-centric shows, Remote Control skewered vintage pop culture with its “mom’s basement” style set, cigarette smoking commentators, and questions about...

The Half-Life 2 RTS Is Finally "Out" After 13 Years Of Development

For over a decade now, a group of fans have been working on Lambda Wars, a real-time strategy game set in the Half-Life universe. Originally a Half-Life 2 mod, and later a standalone beta, the thing is now finished, or as finished as a game ever gets these days, anyway.Read more

Don’t Worry: There Are Enough Analogue Pockets For Everyone

Last August, many of us missed out on pre-ordering a Pocket, the beautiful all-in-one handheld console from Seattle-based hardware manufacturer Analogue. With a restock now confirmed for 2021, the company has promised to beef up its servers and crack down on resellers to help ensure folks are able...

Epic Settles Real Lawsuit With Fake Money

Fortnite players who purchased one of Save The World’s randomized Loot Llamas will receive 1000 V-Bucks, developer Epic announced today. The move comes as part of a preliminary class action settlement regarding loot boxes.Read more

Hacker Rewrites Crappy SNES Racer To Improve Its Framerate Sevenfold

Brazilian software engineer Vitor Vilela has, for almost a decade, sung the praises of Nintendo’s SA-1 enhancement chip, but never before have the benefits of the souped-up Super Nintendo processor been more obvious than when applied to Race Drivin’, the lackluster 1992 SNES port of Atari’s...

Lumines: Electronic Symphony Was Almost Daft Punk Lumines

Daft Punk, the famed French electronic music duo formed in 1993, has broken up. While many of their fans are obviously upset by the news, Q Entertainment producer (and ex-game journalist) James Mielke took the opportunity to share his own fond memories of the musicians, explaining that they were...

How to Score Free Screeners Before New Movies Come Out

Your average cinephile might itch with anticipation before a new blockbuster release, but unless you’ve got a legitimate critic’s platform, you’ve got slim chances of receiving that coveted screener. Luckily, it’s probably easier than ever to become something of a movie critic, provided you’ve...

Why Diablo IV Is So Obsessed With Ears

Ears. If you watched the debut trailer for Diablo IV’s rogue class, that was your main takeaway—at least, if you’re anything like me. The rogue showed up to “confession” with a big ol’ bag of ears. The priest had a whole darn trophy case of ears. This might have struck you as strange—most regular...

What Was Your Best-Ever Year For Gaming?

It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question. Then, we ask your take.Read more

Google's Facing A Class-Action Suit Over Stadia's Lack Of True 4K Gaming

There’s another gaming-focused class action lawsuit in the works, this one against Google Stadia over whether or not Stadia can run games at 4K resolution. The suit was originally filed in October, but had a development earlier this month when lawyers for co-defendants id Software filed a notice...

We Gotta Talk About This Main Story Quest In A Realm Reborn

My journey through Final Fantasy XIV continues apace. My bard and black mage are now at level 46, and I’m currently questing through the icy Coerthas, which seems oddly French with all the names ending in -x and -eau. When I first started playing, my circle of FF14-playing friends all told me to...

WandaVision's TV Fakeness Gave Way to a Moment of True Love

One of the many, many things that’s made WandaVision so compelling to watch are the ways it has poked and prodded at the format of television to tell the story of Scarlet Witch and Vision’s unlikely love. But in an episode that was all about the fakeness of that metatext finally breaking down,...

Forrest 64 Is What A Fictional Nintendo 64 Game Sounds Like

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. We’ve got an odd one today: the soundtrack to a make-believe Nintendo 64 game hidden away in the Switch version of Firewatch.Read more

Another arcade is closing in Tokyo.

Another arcade is closing in Tokyo. Taito Station Shinjuku West Exit, which opened in 2018, will shutter on March 21. With fewer customers and tourists banned, arcades are hurting. Read more

Steam zakázal studio Very Positive, jeho jméno prý klamalo zákazníky

Nezávislý vývojář využil skutečnosti, že herní profily na Steamu zobrazují uživatelská hodnocení hráčů ve slovní podobě, a to jen o dva řádky nad názvem autorského studia. K jeho smůle však Valve takovéto chování označil za podvod a hru z nabídky rychle odstranil

Take-Two Goes After Reverse-Engineered Grand Theft Auto Code

Last week we shared the good news that the source code for Grand Theft Autos III & Vice City had been reverse-engineered, allowing folks to port the games and come up with cool new mods. Now, we bring you the predictable news that publisher Take-Two Interactive are not happy.Read more

I Was Wrong About An Award-Winning Final Fantasy Author

Back in 2014, I wrote about author M.J. Gallagher’s attempts to turn the Final Fantasy series into a giant novel, and said “it’s not going to win many literary prizes”. I am here today to eat some shit.Read more

Happy 35th Birthday, The Legend Of Zelda

On February 21, 1986, the original Legend of Zelda was released on the Famicom in Japan. It did OK, Nintendo made some more Zelda games, and we’ve all been having some good times ever since. Read more

It's Weird To See Ryu Use A Gun In Fortnite

Yesterday, after some hints and leaks, Street Fighter characters Ryu and Chun-Li came to Epic’s mega-popular battle royale game, Fortnite. Watching Ryu run around shooting people with an assault rifle is weird. It’s also just one more example of how Fortnite consumes popular characters...

Sunday Comics: Shut Up 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

'Shop Contest: Thicczilla, Winners

Godzilla is old news. Last week, Netflix introduced the world to the glorious Thicczilla. We here at Kotaku decided to celebrate this big, beautiful boy. Read more

Go Ahead And Jump!

This week on Snapshots we have more Spider-Man and Assassin’s Creed screenshots, some nice shots from Ghost of Tsushima, half of a scary lady, leaping, running, and Lara Croft. And one big jump.Read more

Pyukumuku Can Spit Its Organs Out And Use Them As A Weapon

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 Pyukumuku!Read more

'Shop Contest: The Legend Of Zelda 35th Anniversary

This year marks the 35th anniversary of the Zelda franchise. But specifically, it seems today Feb 21 is the actual day the series hits the big 3-0 (plus five.) Let’s celebrate the long-running franchise by creating silly images. It’s how we do things around here. Read more

At Least Your Day Wasn't This Bad

I’ve been trying not to complain too much about Texas’s absurd weather because my family hasn’t been hit quite as hard as others. But there are just some people that had it even worse. Nothing will ever be as bad as walking out to discover your car has been completely engulfed by Mr. Freeze’s...

The Overwatch 2 Panel Was Cool But Please, Give Us The Damn Sojourn Reveal

Judging from its complete absence from BlizzConline’s opening keynote, you’d never guess Overwatch 2 was part of the Blizzard family of games, much less in the works. Thankfully, watching the “Behind the Scenes of Overwatch 2” panel put to rest any fears that the game might’ve been forgotten....

It Would've Been OK To Skip This One, Blizzard

Tonight’s keynote for BlizzConline, Blizzard’s virtual showcase, was a tepid hour of previously leaked reveals for World of Warcraft and Diablo, some Hearthstone news, a passing mention of Diablo Immortal, and no Overwatch 2. As we’re fond of saying these days, it could have been an email.Read more

Guilty Gear Strive Already Has An Infinite

A beta version of the upcoming Guilty Gear Strive is currently being explored by the fighting game community and, surprise surprise, someone has already discovered an infinite combo.Read more

Everything Blizzard Announced During BlizzConline's Opening Ceremony

It sure as heck isn’t BlizzCon, but until we can safely gather together again in the stew of scents and juices that is a convention hall (so maybe never?), BlizzConline will have to do. Blizzard kicked off the online version of its annual convention today with a handful of announcements that...

Diablo II Remaster Coming To All Major Platforms In 2021

Blizzard kicked off BlizzConline (a portmanteau I whole-heartedly protest) with the announcement everyone has been waiting for: Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction expansion is being remastered for just about every gaming platform on the planet, with a release scheduled for 2021.Read more

The Rogue Returns As Diablo IV's Latest Class

Having peaced-out at the end of the 1996 original, the bow-wielding rogue hasn’t shown their face around Sanctuary for nearly a quarter of a century. Consider their stealth-imposed exile over—the rogue returns in Diablo IV.Read more

The Blizzard Arcade Collection Bundles Three Classics For $20

Available now for PlayStations, Xboxes, Switch, and PC, the Blizzard Arcade Collection bundles together The Lost Vikings, Rock n’ Roll Racing, and Blackthorne, those early games Blizzard made before the days of Diablo, StarCraft, and World of Warcraft.Read more

I’ve Kinda Had My Fill After Wrapping The Division 2’s Latest Season

The Division 2’s latest manhunt is coming to an end. Players who have taken down this season’s previous four targets now have access to the final quarry, with a mission to take her out. This raid, while exciting and climatic, caps off another grind of a season that leaves the future of the game...

Street Fighter Portal Appears In Fortnite

Fortnite has absorbed just about every nerdy property under the sun at this point, but Epic Games’ massively popular battle royale has yet to dip its toes into the world of fighting games. Well, until now, that is.Read more

Apple Wants Valve To Hand Over A Bunch Of Steam Info For Its Fight With Epic

Epic Games’ legal battle against Apple over App Store fees continues to drag on into ever weirder and more esoteric fronts. The latest development? Apple is actively trying to subpoena years of in-depth sales information from Valve about all of the games listed on Steam, in order to show that Epic...

Why Do We Call The Hardest Video Game Enemies 'Bosses,' Anyway?

In real life, if you encounter a large being hell-bent on beating the crap out of you, you call them “an asshole” or “a fully grown polar bear, but in my backyard, like in those nightmares I have.” In a video game, you call them “a boss.” That’s weird! Plenty of people want to fight their bosses...

How to Improve Your Chances of Scheduling a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment

When not one, but two safe and highly efficacious vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration in December 2020—less than a year after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the United States— it almost seemed too good to be true. (Which is not to imply that...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for angling the monitor away from prying eyes while you attempt to use the power of gem-matching to get snarky anime women to agree to participate in group sex. That, or maybe playing Animal Crossing. Read more

Bungie Is Looking To Expand The Destiny 2 Universe

Yesterday, Bungie announced some big plans over the next few years, including new offices, new games, and a new leadership team seemingly in charge of branching out the the Destiny 2 universe into other media.Read more

Rising Sun Removed From Street Fighter II In Capcom Arcade Stadium

E. Honda’s Street Fighter II bathhouse stage is iconic. On the back wall is a mural with Mount Fuji, a kabuki actor, and the Rising Sun design. The mountain and the thespian stay in Capcom Arcade Stadium’s re-release, but the ray design does not.Read more

New Subscription Service Is JUST For Crusader Kings II

While you may be increasingly used to paying a monthly fee to get access to a lot of games, Paradox is trialling a new subscription service where you just pay to play one. Which sounds slightly mad until you realise that one game is Crusader Kings II.Read more

PC Case That Could Burst Into Flames Officially Recalled

As we reported earlier this month, NZXT’s (admittedly lovely) H1 case had an issue where at a certain point it could literally burst into flames. The company reluctantly apologised, but that process has now progressed into a full “recall” for over 30,000 of the cases.Read more

Streamer Beats Hades With A Literal Pomegranate

In Hades, the pomegranate is a key item, one that grants you very real power by buffing your abilities. The pomegranate also grants unimaginable power in the real world, at least if you’re the streamer Dylan “Rudeism” Beck. He harnessed the power of ancient fruit to beat the game’s final boss...

Final Fantasy VII Has Been Upscaled To HD Using AI

If you want to play Final Fantasy VII in HD on your PC you could wait for the remake to get ported, or you could play the original game using this mod that employs artificial intelligence to upscale its visuals.Read more

A Princess Charm Game Would Be Great, Thanks

During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, Mario Kart Live developer Velan Studios revealed its next game, Knockout City. But all I really care about is the spunky (and wholly unrelated) little princess that was used to market it.Read more

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's New River Raids Ain't It

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is the last game that needed any extra content right now, but this week it got some anyway, and since I’m still fresh on the game I thought I’d jump back in and check it out.Read more

Red Dead Online's New Solo Missions Are Pretty Good

The latest Red Dead Online update, released earlier this week, added a few new missions to the game. These new telegram missions are short and simple but are also built to be played alone, another sign that Rockstar is willing to give players more single-player content even in ostensibly online...

Yes, Splatoon Is Set After A Climate Apocalypse

Splatoon 3’s reveal yesterday took many folks by surprise, both because there was little indication beforehand that the aquatic shooter would get a third installment and because of the presence of an upside-down Eiffel Tower in the trailer. No, your eyes weren’t deceiving you: Splatoon is set...

Mister DeepFuckingValue Goes To Washington

History was made today when Reddit user DeepFuckingValue, who goes by Roaring Kitty on YouTube, opened his Congressional testimony in a hearing about GameStop stock by specifying, for the literal record, that he is not actually a cat.Read more

Shovel Knight Is Coming To Sma-- Er, For Honor

Finally, after years of waiting, Shovel Knight is coming to the popular fighting game… For Honor. Oh...that’s fine I guess. I mean, who can think of any other game that needs Shovel Knight?Read more

Xbox’s New ‘FPS Boost’ Feature Is The Real Deal

Yesterday Microsoft released FPS Boost, a new backward-compatibility feature for the Xbox Series X and S. FPS Boost will…well boost the framerate dramatically in specific, older games when you play them on a next-gen Xbox. After playing around with FPS Boost a bit I’m excited and impressed. This...

Project Triangle Strategy Just Became One Of My Most Anticipated Games

Think back to the last argument you had. Did you sway the other person to your side? How much effort did that take? That tug-of-war—the fraught nature of persuasion, and the notion that you don’t initially know if you’ve pulled it off—is the unexpected crux of Project Triangle Strategy, an upcoming...

20 Must-Watch Muppet Show Episodes on Disney+

Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show—the one and only—is finally going to be more easily accessible to fans with its arrival on Disney+ this week. You might be so excited you’re just going to dive in headfirst, but if you’re down to skip around a bit, we have some suggestions for the best of the best. Read...

The Crucial Legacy of the Black Aunt

When it comes to Black families, there is no role more imitated, meme’d, or recognizable than aunt. Whether the aunt you claim is kin or “play,” the role is somewhat universal—a supportive woman in your life, younger than grandma, that bridges familial bonds between children and parents.Read more

The Makers Of Minit Are Back With A Clever New Spin-Off

Minit took the sense of exploration and discovery from a classic Zelda and recreated it in black and white in 60 second chunks. The result was fantastic, so it’s not surprising its creators are returning to that world in their latest game: Minit Fun Racer.Read more

Final Fantasy XIV Could Go At Least Five More Years, Director Says

Final Fantasy XIV director Naoki Yoshida recently spoke about the future of the massively multiplayer online role-playing game with The Washington Post, saying that at its current growth rate, users can expect the online world to continue expanding with new content for at least five more years,...

First Look At Mamoru Hosoda's New Anime Film Belle

Announced last December, Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast) has a new animated feature coming out this year. As previously reported, the movie is called Belle and tells the story of a young woman in modern-day Japan as she enters a massive virtual world.Read more

Po Half-Lifu se vylepšené verze dočká i datadisk Blue Shift

Šikovní fanoušci se chystají navázat na úspěšný remaster Black Mesa a do nového enginu předělají i povedený datadisk Blue Shift. V něm se na dobře známé události z Half-lifu podíváme z pohledu jednoho z pracovníků ostrahy

Thank God For Wario

These are trying times we are all living through. If only we could live through them with half the gusto—and fashion sense—of Wario.Read more

No Thank You, Animal Crossing Mario

Stay up to watch the Nintendo Direct they said. Help us with the edits as the stories go live they requested. Sure, sure I replied, I was going to watch anyway, why not. And then they said Mario was coming to Animal Crossing. And now I don’t get to sleep. Ever again.Read more

Oh Hey, They're Bringing Back Stubbs The Zombie

Remember Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without A Pulse, the 2005 action game for PC and Xbox about a depression-era zombie eating brains in the late 1950s? Maybe? Either way, it’s coming to Xboxes, PlayStations, Switch, and PC on March 16.Read more

Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Comes To Switch Next Month

The most family-friendly competitive online shooter this side of Splatoon finally makes its way to the Switch on March 19. Plants vs. Zombies: Battle For Neighborville Complete Edition brings the fight to Nintendo’s console and makes all released cosmetic DLC unlockable in-game without a premium...

Nintendo Announces Splatoon 3, Out 2022

When you see dusty backdrops and derelict train yards, you probably think of, well, anything other than the very colorful Splatoon series. But that’s how Nintendo showed off Splatoon 3 during today’s Nintendo Direct.Read more

Mario Stuff Comes To Animal Crossing: New Horizons March 1

You know what was missing from Animal Crossing: New Horizons? Official Mario stuff. Bricks. Question boxes. Flags. Costumes. All that and more comes to your furry island paradise on February 25 as part of a free update celebrating the plumber’s 35th anniversary. Read more

Xenoblade Chronicles 2's Pyra And Mythra Are In Smash

The next Super Smash Bros. Ultimate fighter isn’t Waluigi. It’s Pyra, from Xenoblade Chronicles 2. That’s not all. Mythra will join the roster, as well. The two fighters will be available in March.Read more

20 Movies to Stream Before This Year's Blockbuster Sequels Arrive

This year’s film slate includes the usual glut of remakes, prequels, and sequels—some of them continuations of decades-old franchises. Films like Coming to America 2 and Top Gun: Maverick began their stories in the ‘80s and are only now receiving their long-awaited followups, while the next James...

Watch Nintendo's Direct Here

Nintendo’s first full Direct in nearly 18 months is set to being at 5:00 p.m. ET today. According to Nintendo, it’ll run approximately 50 minutes, during which time many fans’ dreams may come true while others are shattered. Read more

Zelda Speedrunner Beats Breath Of The Wild With His Feet

Speedrunner Joedun is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to doing the unthinkable in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Not content to have a top 10 time when it comes to 100 percenting the game, he decided to do it again earlier this month without taking any damage. Now he’s back...

What's Star Wars Going to Do With All This Gina Carano Merchandise?

Toys and Star Wars are almost inextricably linked. From the days of the Early Bird preview set to modern collectibles lining the shelves and desks of ardent fans, the galaxy far, far away’s relationship with merchandise is as old as Star Wars itself. But what’s going to happen when paraphernalia...

Destiny 2’s New Weekly Challenge Shares A Slogan With The Hitler Youth

A new weekly challenge in Destiny 2’s Season of the Chosen is called “Blood and Honor.” It’s a phrase that’s been seen in other fantasy media, but it’s also the English translation of the German phrase “Blut und Ehre,” one of the Nazi slogans used by the Hitler Youth.Read more

Billionaires’ Favorite Climate Solution Is a Dangerous Distraction

An Elon Musk tweet can do everything from moving the stock market to convincing people to invest in a joke cryptocurrency. So when the richest man on Earth tweeted in late January about kicking $100 million to whoever could come up with the best technology to capture carbon from the air, the world...

Bowser’s Fury Co-Op Sucks, But Super Mario 3D World’s Is Amazing

Nintendo’s first big release of 2021, Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury, packages together a re-release of a seven-year-old game alongside a new, yet bite-sized, adventure. The main draw is the latter, which offers a showcase of what an open-world Mario game could be. What’s more, Bowser’s Fury...

Valve Bans 'Very Positive' Developer For Trying To Trick Steam Users

Emoji Evolution is a puzzle game on Steam about combining weird symbols. Or at least it was: Valve recently removed it from the storefront and banned its creator’s developer account after apparently discovering how they were exploiting Steam’s layout to try to trick people into playing...

Google zradil své herní vývojáře. Týden po pochvale dostali padáka

Dva týdny od oficiálního zrušení vývoje exkluzivních her pro streamovací službu Google Stadia na veřejnost pronikly zákulisní informace. Vyplývá z nich, že ani ne týden před oficiálním rozpuštěním interních studií byli všichni dotčení zaměstnanci pochváleni za dosavadní postup

No Man's Sky Players Can Now Tame, Breed And Train Alien Creatures

Showing no sign of slowing down after a 2020 filled with game-changing updates, Hello Games starts off the fifth year of No Man’s Sky with the “Companions” update, which gives players the ability to befriend procedurally-generated alien creatures, turning them into loyal universe-exploring...

Metal Gear Solid's Board Game Has Been Cancelled

IDW was supposed to be releasing Metal Gear Solid: The Board Game later this year, but after a succession of delays the company has decided to walk away from the project instead.Read more

The ‘All Your Base Are Belong To Us’ Video Is Now 20 Years Old

The early aughts were a weird time. George H. W. Bush’s loser son somehow became president, god-awful bands like Crazy Town and Staind had songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and we made do with, like, one meme a year. In 2001 that meme was “All Your Base,” a Newgrounds video that ironically celebrated...

You Can Instantly Summon Bowser In Bowser’s Fury With An Amiibo

The most infuriating part of Bowser’s Fury is Bowser himself. King Koopa’s arrival can both ruin your day and grant access to previously inaccessible areas, meaning the bite-sized Bowser’s Fury is somewhat of a waiting game. But you don’t have to wait for Bowser to do his thing. You just need...

Silent Hill Creator Returning To Horror With New Studio’s First Game

Keiichiro Toyama, creator of the Silent Hill, Siren, and Gravity Rush series, left Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2020 to open his own company, Bokeh Game Studio. Now, he’s ready to pull the curtain back a bit on its first project, which he says is inspired by his past as a horror game...

Everything You Need to Know About Lord of the Rings' Second Age

Even though we first learned about it in 2017, we barely know anything about Amazon’s plans for its Lord of the Rings series. One thing we do know—other than that a bucketload of talent is running all around New Zealand to make it—is that it’s set in the Second Age of Middle-earth’s long history....

What's the Best Streaming Service?

It’s once again that time of the week where we ask our readers a burning question. And this week, it’s practically on fire. We want to know what you think the best streaming service is and we’re sure there’s going to be debate. With so many platforms available nowadays, it’s hard to choose just...

Amazon's New World MMO Delayed Again, Now Due August 31

Originally slated for release in May of 2020, Amazon Game Studios’ free-to-play MMO New World slipped to August of 2020 and then to spring of 2021. According to the latest developer update, the game is now launching on August 31, 2021, with a closed beta starting July 20. Read more

Batman Forever: The Retro FAQ

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and things must be desperate here because I just watched Joel Schumacher’s first Batman movie, Batman Forever. Read more

Microsoft Announces The All-New Xbox Wireless Headset

Behold the new official Xbox Wireless Headset, a sleek and stylish-looking set of ear cups packed with fancy features like voice isolation and supporting spatial audio technology like Windows Sonic, Dolby Atmos, and DTS Headphone: X. It’s even got auto-mute, which can be toggled on or off...

Watch: The 2nd Annual Blackest Awards Winners!

We’re so happy to bring you the winners for our 2nd Annual Blackest Awards. Around here, we call them The Skippies because we get down like that. Well, as with most awards shows, some awards are televised—unlike the revolution—while others are awarded before the show. Since we don’t have a show,...

Report: Epic Games Is Behind North Dakota App Store Bill

Epic Games lobbyists drafted legislation that will be heard in North Dakota this week, attempting to bar app stores owned by the likes of Apple and Google from taking a cut of app sales, according to a report over the weekend by The New York Times.Read more

Japan Finally Gets Rules About Japanese Whisky

Japanese whisky isn’t yet one hundred years old. The country set up its first proper whisky distillery in 1923. And from then until this year, there were zero codified rules about what exactly Japanese whisky was.Read more

Big Skyrim Mod Comes Back From The Dead

Wyrmstooth, a hugely popular mod for Skyrim, was taken down in 2016 when its author removed all traces of it from sites like Nexus Mods. This month, it returns!Read more

Hraní na PC zažívá dobu temna, těžaři z něj udělali předražený luxus

Ještě loni v létě to vypadalo, že nás čeká společně s next-gen konzolemi díky novým grafickým kartám také next-gen hraní na PC. Jenže hráčský sen se změnil v noční můru s nástupem nové, ještě drsnější horečky těžby kryptoměn, která ze světových trhů vysála prakticky všechny herní grafické karty

The Room 4: Old Sins Is Out For PC, And Prettier Than Ever

Long before you kids in your short pants and fashionable haircuts were escaping escape rooms, there was one developer far ahead of that curve. In 2012, Fireproof Games released their first game in their The Room series of puzzle games. Last week they just released The Room 4: Old Sins on PC,...

Luigi Lives Life On Hard Mode

Luigi is the most exceptional, brave, and loyal character Nintendo has ever created. Because despite knowing all too well what others think of him, he carries on regardless.Read more

Bowser's Fury Should Be A Template For Future Nintendo Projects

I played Bowser’s Fury this weekend. I’d intended to save it until I’d finished my first run through the Switch’s remake of Super Mario 3D World, having—like most humans—never owned a Wii U. But boy did I get bored of that quickly. And there was Bowser, just waiting on the launch screen, tempting...

Some Of Our Favorite (Pre-Pandemic) Cosplay From 2020

While the majority of the year was a complete write-off, for obvious reasons, we did actually squeeze a few big cosplay shows into the early, pre-pandemic months of 2020. So rather than look back on nine months of almost nothing happening on this website, let’s look at the three months something...

Disc Room Will Forever Take Place 69 Years In The Future

Some of us played Disc Room last year and loved it, but today we’re talking about one aspect of the game in particular: the fact that it will forever be set in the future, no matter how far into the future you ever decide to play it.Read more

Modder Adds Tifa Lockhart To Tekken 7

Tekken 7 already has a large roster of characters, including some odd guest characters. But now, thanks to a talented modder, you can play as Tifa Lockhart from Final Fantasy 7 Remake.Read more

Sunday Comics: Does This Spark Joy?

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

'Shop Contest: Super Bowl 2021, Winners!

Well, as someone who doesn’t like Tom Brady and lives in the Kansas City area, that wasn’t my favorite Super Bowl to watch. But it did provide us with a great topic for last week’s contest. Read more

Bending Over Backwards

This week on Snapshots we get some more Ghost of Tsushima screenshots, see what the Avengers are up to, spy on Spider-Man, look at pretty flowers, get angry and bend over backward.Read more

Please, Just Let Me Be The Dog

There’s a new game out. It lets you play as a dog (or wolf I guess, but whatever.). But then, throughout the game, it turns you back into a human against your will. Hey, stop that. Video game. Stop. Let me be the dog, please.Read more

Cosmog Is An Idiotic, Naive Ball Of Gas

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 Cosmog!Read more

In Militsioner, Tall Cops Are Bastards

Russian studio TallBoys has released a few more minutes of footage from Militsioner, its upcoming “try to escape a town watched over by a gigantic policeman” simulator (h/t Rock Paper Shotgun).Read more

Persona 5 Strikers: The Kotaku Review

It’s now or it’s never, and I’ve got toMake my decisionThis time it could be my momentIs this a mirage or a chance to fulfill my mission?Read more

32 Movies That Will Help You Chill the Eff Out

This year was supposed to be better than last year, but apparently 2021 didn’t get the memo. The world is still just as tumultuous, and we’re all still just as frazzled by nerves, overwhelmed by the news, and desperate to find some kind of escape.Well, for the past year, we’ve had little else to...

My Son Inadvertently Designed A Metroid Xbox Series X/S Controller

Overwhelmed by the options available at custom controller shop Mega Modz, I turned to nine-year-old Seamus Fahey for design advice. What at first seemed like a completely arbitrary selection of colors and buttons coalesced into this purple, green, red, and orange homage to Metroid, a series that...

Sordid Tales Of Real Romance In Online Games

It’s February, and love is in the air. But so are airborne particles that transmit a global pandemic, so real-world romance isn’t an option for a lot of people. Fortunately, uh, online games still exist, at least? And where there’s a will to flirt with complete strangers, there’s a way. On this...

Even The Justice Department Is Looking Into The GameStop Stock Fiasco

While the dust starts to settle around GameStop’s meme stock phenomenon, investigations into the hedge funds, trading platforms, and the Reddit community that fueled it are just getting started. Many people have already lost a lot of money, but even more could be on the line if lawmakers...

So What The Heck is Sex Tech, and Why Do I Need It?

When it comes to luxury sex toys, Swedish-based Lelo has led the charge in creating some of the most beloved and beautiful toys on the market. Lelo’s toys have won awards and if you own one, you simply know. Lelo is a sensual luxury in a toy, the preferred addition to your nightstand. Significant...

Super Mario 3D World Penis Uncut On Switch

Super Mario 3D World, out today on Switch, is pretty much the same game that appeared on Wii U with a few minor changes. As such, the large, dong-shaped bridge in the World 4 castle remains gloriously intact. (h/t Akfamilyhome)Read more

Halo 3 Is Getting A New Map Over A Decade After Release

Halo 3 received its last official new map all the way back in 2009, as part of the Mythic II Map Pack release. Now, 343 Industries has announced that a new map, first featured in Halo Online, will be added to the next round of Master Chief Collection beta testing. Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for getting together with the family for a nice meal, preferably without being stuffed and posed around the table by a deranged maniac. It’s also for having some little nightmares, as a treat. Read more

Give Your Meat-Loving Valentine Some 'Heartcuterie'

My first “serious” boyfriend did not like chocolate. But rather than explain that his choice of milkshake (strawberry) was a preference, he lied and told everyone (including me) that he was “allergic” to cocoa. When I found out the truth (only after we broke up), I felt a little betrayed—like...

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Not Selling Great On Console

Cyberpunk 2077's console launch was a disaster, and sure enough sales on console now seem to reflect that, with the game tumbling off of last month’s best seller list according to the latest report by the NPD market research group. Even the nearly four-year-old Switch exclusive The Legend...

Destiny 2's Cosmodrome Isn't Getting Any Bigger

Bungie announced yesterday that Destiny 2's partial Cosmodrome, which was brought over from the first game last November, won’t be expanding to reach its original size and scope. The studio says its part of a trade-off to focus on making new content.Read more

Just say no: Video game romantic rejection is far too rare

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? Read more

PS5 Scalpers Unwilling To Admit They’re Grade-A Douchebags

In a recent interview with Forbes, a man who claims to have purchased 25 PlayStation 5 consoles in January and resold them for upwards of $350 profit apiece says “reselling” is an incredibly valuable industry that does not deserve the bad press it gets. Fuck him right in the face.Read more

12 Romantic Movies to Thaw Even the Coldest Hearts

You’d be forgiven for not being thrilled about celebrating a(nother?) pandemic Valentine’s Day. It’s often a fraught, stressful occasion in the best of times. This year, while everything is still terrible, we can’t even go out to a restaurant. (Or we shouldn’t—don’t be a dweeb.)Read more

Agents of Mayhem (Which Is Good BTW) Plays Way Better On My Xbox Series X

The power of next-gen consoles can, in some cases, help improve games that suffered from performance problems. A great example of this is Agents of Mayhem, a good last-gen open-world shooter made even better thanks to the Xbox Series X and its backward compatibility features. Read more

Lance Reddick Is Now Voice Acting Destiny Memes

Lance Reddick is a famous actor, with major roles in The Wire and John Wick, among other things. He’s also the voice of Destiny’s Commander Zavala, and apparently not above granting fan requests to voice act the memes they send him.Read more

Black Panther: Sins of the King Blurs the Line Between Life and Death

Though Serial Box’s Black Panther: Sins of the King audiobook is set firmly outside the continuities of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and its comic books, the new narrative drama is coursing with the same epic, politically charged energy that first made T’Challa and the nation of Wakanda some of...

The big honkin’ guide to America’s regional pizza styles

The fact that pizza is made by human hands means that every pie is going to be a little different, no matter how much consistency is baked in (heh) to the process. We wouldn’t have it any other way. But since there’s no one right way to make a pizza, anyone who considers themselves a pizza devotee...

A Pokémon And Post Malone Concert Is--Wait, Why Are You Laughing?

Pokémon and Post Malone sounds like the follow-up album to Post Malone’s 2018 Beerbongs & Bentleys, but it is a real thing that is actually happening because 2020 isn’t done fucking with us I guess. The “Circles” rapper is teaming up with The Pokémon Company to put on a concert this month...

Black BTS Fans Share Why They 'Purple' This K-Pop Group

Sabrena Khadija realized just how much of a BTS fan she was one freezing morning in Times Square back in 2017. A friend invited her to stand in line at 4 a.m. to be one of the first people to buy the seven-member band from South Korea’s BT21 merchandise…and she didn’t say no.Read more

CD Projekt Red Resorting To Kickstarter To Launch New Witcher Board Game

CD Projekt Red, one of the biggest video game developers in Europe, is teaming up with board game makers Go On Board to produce a deck-building game based on The Witcher. It’s called The Witcher: Old World, and it’s going to use the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to do it.Read more

Let’s all move on: 60 minutes of songs about looking ahead to brighter days

Someday, we’re going to be telling our grandchildren working the moon farms about this legendarily bad year—the needless and preventable deaths, the isolation, the hundred-plus other little daily nightmares and difficulties that made it so singularly awful. But with any luck, we’ll end our rambling...

I Am Oddly Compelled By This Children's Vet Game

I wasn’t planning on spending several hours over the past month performing simplistic mini-games in order to level up my imaginary vet office, but there’s something about the mindless repetition of Pet Clinic Cats & Dogs that I find so soothing. Read more

Hitman Is Video Gaming's Greatest Thrill

The Hitman series is famous for its Rube Goldberg-style assassination plots, and is sold as a cold and calculating murder game, but most of my time spent in Hitman 3 has been with my heart in my mouth, which I mean in all the best ways.Read more

Lara, You're Drunk

When Core Design and Eidos Interactive were getting ready to ship Tomb Raider III in 1998, they recruited Lara Croft herself to promote the game. The resulting animation was...something else.Read more

OBRAZEM: 25 let s herní sexbombou Larou Croft

Od vydání prvního dílu série Tomb Raider letos uběhne 25 let. Za tu dobu jeho hrdinka Lara Croft dokázala, že je daleko víc než jen „Indiana Jones s prsama“, přesto zůstává ikonou herního průmyslu. Podívejte se na její pozvolný vývoj v naší rozsáhlé galerii

CD Projekt Red Hackers Allegedly Ready To Auction Stolen Data

Earlier this week, Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red announced that its cybersecurity had been compromised, resulting in attackers gaining access to various internal files. Now, it appears as if those hackers are ready to cash out with a big-money auction of the data, which allegedly includes...

How to Get Rid of Reddit's Persistent Mobile Popup

You would think, given its recent $6 billion valuation, Reddit would have the confidence to get rid of the pop-up the site serves up whenever you try to visit anything on its domain in your mobile browser (when you’re not logged in), begging you to use the app instead. Alas.Read more

Hackers Bring New Version Of Android To Nintendo Switch

Developers who originally got Android running on Switch back in 2019 have reportedly now managed to port a new version of the operating system to Nintendo’s hybrid console, bringing with it a slew of new features and fixes.Read more

Rez Website From 2001 Brought Back From The Dead

The English website for Tetsuya Mizuguchi’s legendary rhythm shooter Rez went live in 2001 and shut down in 2003. Thanks to the efforts of Rez preservationist (Rezervationist?) Brian Hargrove, that sweet piece of internet history has been restored, complete with detailed staff bios, tiny...

Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Brand-New Tracks Kick Ass, Too

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today I’m going to gush about just how amazing Final Fantasy VII Remake’s music is, and specifically a few of its new tracks that weren’t in the original.Read more

China's Steam Only Has 53 Games

Steam is now available in China, and if you thought that would give Chinese gamers instant access to the weird, wonderful and sometimes deeply offensive depths of the service’s catalogue, well lol, no of course it doesn’t.Read more

Bloodborne Modder Releases Long-Awaited 60 FPS Hack

Bloodborne can now be played with smooth 60 frames-per-second visuals thanks to the long-anticipated release of an unofficial patch. You will need a modded PlayStation 4 to try it out, however, preferably a PS4 Pro.Read more

Destiny 2's Season Of The Chosen Is Good So Far

Season of the Chosen went live in Destiny 2 today, and with it a whole new set of things to grind for. So far, these things—new armor, guns, and exotic gear—seem pretty cool, with interesting new perks to make them worth chasing. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t already feeling daunted by...

Conor McGregor Is Obsessed With Nate Diaz's Gamer Chair

Today, Conor McGregor, famous for falling asleep in public, saw a gamer chair for seemingly the first time in his life. He thinks it’s incredibly funny that it looks kind of like a race car seat, and he really, really wants everybody to know.Read more

Streamerka seřvala chlípného diváka, počet fanoušků se jí zdvojnásobil

Když se streameři během svého vysílání setkají s nevhodnými poznámkami od anonymních diváků, většinou je ignorují. Emme „Negaoryx“ Montgomeryové však po dotazu na barvu jejího spodního prádla došla trpělivost a anonymního fanouška uzemnila. Dostalo se jí za to potlesku ze všech stran

Persona 5 Strikers' Action Gameplay Is Downright Fun

Persona 5 Strikers is not your average Persona game. Yes, it’s a true sequel to the hit JRPG Persona 5. But this time around, Strikers ditches the franchise’s well-known and mostly loved traditional, turn-based RPG fighting system for hack-and-slash, musou-style action gameplay.Read more

Riot's CEO Is Being Sued For Sexual Harassment

Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent is being sued by former employee Sharon O’Donnell, who is alleging Laurent committed repeated acts of sexual harassment over a number of years, including asking her to “cum” to his house while his wife was away.Read more

PS5 Controllers Are Drifting, And The Repairs Are A Hassle

Few things about the PlayStation 5 are better than the DualSense controller. It feels terrific to hold, somehow just as solid as it is light. The haptics are truly dynamic, at least for games that offer such support. It’s beautiful. But even the mighty DualSense reportedly isn’t immune to...

I Hope This Final Fantasy XIV NPC Finally Got To Take A Dump

One meets a variety of NPCs while playing Final Fantasy XIV. Some can be pretty annoying—looking at you, Thancred—while others are instantly memorable. A poor Ishgardian sentry who desperately needs to find a bathroom while her country is being invaded by dragons falls into the latter category.Read...

Donald Trump's Second Impeachment Trial, Explained

Today, the U.S. Senate will begin the impeachment trial to determine whether former President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection. This is the second time he has been impeached, the first time ever for a U.S. president. In 2019, he was impeached on two counts of abuse of power...

What We Loved About Hitman 3

If there’s one thing Kotaku can’t get enough of, it’s Hitman 3. Between the wide-open levels, rapid-fire costume changes, and throwable bananas, IO Interactive’s latest stealth sandbox has enraptured many of us. Three of us (staff writer Ari Notis, staff editor Lisa Marie Segarra, and weekend...

Crash Bandicoot 4 Comes To PS5, Xbox Series X|S And Switch March 15

The excellent if a bit sadistic Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time is about to get two upgrades and hopefully not too much of a downgrade on March 15, when the game launches for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, and Nintendo Switch. Activision announced the next-gen and friend releases this morning...

Ayrton Senna Helped Sega Make A Better F1 Game

Up until middle school, all the kids in my hometown had their birthday parties at the same roller rink. That roller rink contained a small arcade with games that seemed hopelessly outdated to us at the time but would rake in quarters at any Barcade now. Stuff like X-Men, Ivan Stewart’s Super...

For Nine Years, I Have Somehow Avoided Finding Out How Mass Effect 3 Ends

It didn’t start out as something I tried to do. It just happened. The year was 2012. I’d reached the point in Mass Effect 3 where it felt like I was one or two loose ends away from heading into the grand finale. Then, for various reasons, I stopped. It has been nearly a decade since. Somehow...

13 Sentinels Plushies Band Together To Save The World

Japanese toymaker Mamegyorai has transformed the teenage heroes of Atlus’ 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim into 14 adorable plushies, complete with puffy pompadours and magnetic hand-holding. I need them all. Read more

Over 10 Hours With Bravely Default II

Bravely Default II offers a return to a simpler time where heroes lined up on one side of the screen, fought monsters on the other side of the screen, and then rinsed and repeated until peace and tranquility were brought back to the land. I’ve spent over 10 hours with it, and while what I’ve played...

Další problém pro autory Cyberpunku 2077, hackeři jim ukradli data

Světoznámé polské studio CD Projekt oznámilo, že se stalo obětí hackerského útoku. Ukradena byla interní komunikace i zdrojové kódy ke hrám Zaklínač 3 i nedávný Cyberpunk 2077. Vývojáři přesto dopředu ohlásili, že s vyděrači nijak vyjednávat nehodlají

EA Buys Glu Mobile For $2.1 Billion

EA adds a massive amount of mobile gaming power to its portfolio with the $2.1 billion acquisition of San Francisco-based Glu Mobile, makers of Diner Dash, Cooking Dash, Restaurant Dash with Gordan Ramsay, and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood ... Dash. Read more

Horizon Zero Dawn Can Run In 72p And It Looks Beautiful

While most folks will gravitate towards the top end of the graphics settings for a game, there’s something to be said for heading for the bottom, just to see what it looks like. Especially when a modern blockbuster 4K game can be played at a resolution of just 256x144.Read more

Nioh 2's PC Release Has Some Bad News And Good News

The bad news first: Nioh 2 Complete Edition on PC, out last week, is optimised pretty terribly, and has weird bugs, like the game’s keyboard + mouse control method being almost unusable since the on-screen prompts still only appear for a controller.Read more

How To Make Sure You’re Playing The PS5 Version Of A PlayStation Game

Following recent updates for Destiny 2, Control, and the terrific Nioh games, PlayStation 5 owners are in a golden age of cross-gen games. But, if you’re not careful, you could very well end up playing the PlayStation 4 version of a cross-gen game on your PS5. The horror!Read more

Hey Agent 47, Slow Down On The Stairs, You Could Hurt Someone

I’ve been putting a bunch of time into Hitman 3 since it launched a few weeks ago. It’s very good, if a little too heavy on storytelling, but I can’t help but cringe a little every time I’m asked to follow an NPC up or down a flight of stairs.Read more

The Best Console Games You Can Buy For Under $15 This Week

It seems like every retailer decided to have a massive video game sale this week. Whether you’re looking for physical copies or prefer to download digital versions, we’ve assembled a round-up of the best console games on sale for less than $15 this week. (There are plenty of games on sale for more...

When QAnon Blows Up Your Friend Group

My ex was the first person to tell me about Q. This was near the end of 2016, and we were in the beginning stages of our relationship. I took it as us having the same, passive interest in conspiracy theories. The kind of interest where you go, “LOL sounds like a Dan Brown novel!” I laughed it...

I Want IO's Upcoming 007 Game To Be Just Like Hitman's Train Level

The final level of Hitman 3 is an exciting and aggressive fight that moves across the length of a long cargo train filled with bad guys and guns. It’s also a bad Hitman level, but it might be our first sign of what an IO Interactive 007 game might look and play like. And that has me excited. Read...

Would You Ever Get A Video Game Tattoo?

It’s Monday and time for Ask Kotaku, the weekly feature in which Kotaku-ites deliberate on a single burning question. Then, we ask your take.Read more

Report: E3 2021 Being Planned As An All-Digital Event

Last year the Entertainment Software Association cancelled E3, the biggest trade show in gaming, due to covid-19 concerns. According to pitch documents obtained by Video Games Chronicle, this year’s E3 might be as a strictly online affair, with three-days of streaming content running from June...

Forza Horizon 4 Is Coming To Steam In March

Microsoft’s gorgeous British countryside racer Forza Horizon 4 is coming to Steam on March 9, the company announced today. It marks the latest in a long line of first-party Microsoft games coming to rival platforms, and the first time a Forza game has ever appeared on Valve’s storefront.Read more

What's the Best Valentine's Day Gift for a Year Like This?

It’s almost Valentine’s Day and we all know what that means. Some poor fool has completely forgotten about the holiday entirely and will wake up in a cold sweat one night with the sudden realization of their folly. There’s going to be a chaotic online shopping scramble over the next few days...

The First Character You Meet In Half-Life Is Gus The Forklift Driver

You probably know Gordon Freeman is, the silent protagonist of the Half-Life games. And I’m guessing you know other Half-Life characters, like Alyx Vance, Dr. Kliner, the mysterious G-Man, and Barney. But a recent YouTube video pays homage to the very first character you encounter in Half-Life:...

WandaVision's Showrunner Says 'True Emotional Catharsis' Is on the Way

Between WandaVision’s most recent pair of episodes, the show’s gone from being a kooky, slightly mysterious love letter to television itself (with some superheroes thrown in) to Marvel’s bold attempt at synthesizing some of the Scarlet Witch and the Vision’s most convoluted, iconic arcs from...

Terraria Dev Cancels Stadia Port Over Being Shut Out Of Google Accounts

The sprawling 2D world-crafting game Terraria has been ported almost everywhere. One place it won’t be going? Stadia. At least according to one of its creators who recently took to Twitter to cancel the streaming version of the game after—he says—Google locked him out of all of his accounts.Read...

Final Fantasy XIV Patch 5.5 Sets The Stage For Endwalker On April 13

There’s a new Final Fantasy XIV expansion coming later this year, but first we’ve got some loose ends to tie up. The third and final installment of the Nier-themed raid series and the first of a two-part story update leading to this fall’s Endwalker expansion arrives on April 13, alongside the open...

iam8bit's Persona 5 Royal Vinyl Soundtrack Looks Pretty Sweet

Pre-orders for iam8bit’s three-LP vinyl soundtrack to Persona 5 Royal opened back in December, with fans dropping $75 on it without knowing what the album art or actual records look like. We’ve got an exclusive first look at the package, and, luckily for them, it’s a thing of beauty. Read more

The Jedi In The Woods

Adam Fisher is an Australian artist we featured so long ago on Fine Art that the series didn’t even have a name yet.Read more

Now This Is A Very Nice Xbox

The Xbox Series S looks very nice in white, but I think it looks even nicer in this bright, bold and decidedly floral paint scheme by 14 year-old Dutch artist Pepijn van der Flier.Read more

Sex, kafe a Twin Peaks. Z úchylného braku Deadly Premonition se stal kult

Vrátili jsme se pomyslně zpátky v čase o jedenáct let a dohnali jeden z největších restů naší herní kariéry. Dohráli jsme kultovní pecku Deadly Premonition, která je považována za jednu z nejlepších a nejdivnějších videoher všech dob. A to přesto, že je její technická stránka rozbitější víc než...

The Week In Games: Prepare For Bowser's Fury

People like Mario games, I’ve heard. So it’s good to see Nintendo releasing another one! Super Mario 3D World + Bowser’s Fury releases later this week for Switch.Read more

That's A Good Lookin' Burger

Resident Evil 2 is a good looking video game, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that it contains a damn fine looking’ burger. I want to eat it. Give me that greasy, gooey cheeseburger. Read more

'Shop Contest: Super Bowl 2021

The big game! The final match. The super thing! Whatever you call it, the Super Bowl is today. Seems weird to hold a Super Bowl during a pandemic, but hey, what do I know. Read more

Sunday Comics: You're Hired!

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

Kupředu levá! Česká akce HROT je jako Quake v kulisách tvrdého socialismu

Retro střílečka HROT sice vzniká v amatérských podmínkách a podle toho taky vypadá, přesto si s ní lze užít spoustu zábavy. Vedle přímočaré hratelnosti inspirované klasickými střílečkami z poloviny devadesát let pobaví především nápaditým využitím dobře známých kulis z naší minulosti

'Shop Contest: Tall Lady, Winners

Last week, after resisting as long as I could, I asked you all to create some images featuring the internet’s favorite new woman: That tall lady vampire from Resident Evil Village.Read more

Keanu Reeves Doesn't Look At Explosions

This week on Snapshots we have some great screenshots from a bunch of different games, including a nice selection of games including God of War, Control, Cyberpunk 2077, and more!Read more

GTA Online Player Pulls Off Amazing Escape

In Grand Theft Auto Online, bad things can happen at any moment. And when these bad moments surprise you, rarely can you get out of them, let allow survive in style. But every now and then, someone gets very lucky.Read more

Tyanmo Is Just A Boring Little Fish

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 Tynamo!Read more

Meet The Evil Big Bird

This week we talk about all the GameStop madness, check out just how tall that tall lady from Resident Evil Village is, watch the new trailer for the upcoming Overwatch event, run around in some extremely tall shoes, and meet the evil and scary Big Bird from Brazil. Read more

Blue Fire Is A Game So Tough It Reminds Me Of 2020

Every so often, a platformer comes along that so thoroughly knocks you on your ass you can’t help but smile in sick appreciation. For me, the latest to do so is Blue Fire, from the Argentina-based Robi Studios, officially out yesterday for Switch and PC. Blue Fire is a difficult game, yes, but...

Fishing’s Gotta Be The Worst Part Of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is a big game with a lot of side-quests and optional activities. Most of these are good and enjoyable. But then there’s all the bullshit related to fishing, which may in fact be the worst part of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.Read more

Razer’s Huntsman V2 Is That Rarest Of Beasts: An Analog Keyboard

Most mechanical keyboard switches have two states, on or off. The switches inside Razer’s new $250 Huntsman V2 Analog keyboard sense degrees of motion, allowing users to set their own actuation depth, apply degrees of pressure like with an analog joystick, or even have one key perform multiple...

What Your Genshin Impact Crush Says About You

Anime games are about thirst, and Genshin Impact fans are among the thirstiest. They keep sending the game’s hottest characters to the top of Twitter’s trending topics with alarming frequency. Whether you’re one of these thirsty weebs, or you’re trying to understand why your friends can’t shut...

Super Mario World Soundtrack Remaster Spoils Original's Lo-fi Brilliance

A group of Super Mario World fans are currently remastering the SNES platformer’s soundtrack (h/t Chris Kohler) with high-quality versions of the original samples. But if you’re hoping for some grand, orchestral versions of tracks you’ve loved for decades, these really aren’t that.Read more

Even After Stonks Madness, GameStop Is Probably Still Doomed

GameStop is dead, long live GameStop. The embattled chain might be improbably back in the headlines, but that doesn’t seem to have convinced game-shoppers to game-stop avoiding GameStop. So what happens to GameStop now? On this week’s episode of Kotaku’s Splitscreen podcast, we discuss that...

Dril Wants Your Money To Finish Some Game

Dril, the famous online shitposter, philosopher, TV star, and Betsy Ross museum volunteer, is making a video game and is asking for some cash via Patreon to finish it. According to him, it will probably be, “pretty good.”Read more

A 12-Year Dream

Let me tell you the best thing about being editor-in-chief of Kotaku.Read more

You No Longer Have To Hear Hate Speech While Playing Destruction AllStars

Since Destruction AllStars released for PlayStation 5 a whole 72 hours ago, the game has been plagued by reported instances of verbal harassment, exacerbated by a voice chat that’s turned on by default. Today, developer Lucid Games released a fix that switches the default chat to “off.”Read more

In Mass Effect Legendary Edition, BioWare Bounces Bootylicious Butt Shots

With the Mass Effect Legendary Edition, the team at BioWare is working on updating graphics and textures and showing a little more love to the first game’s Female Shepard model, to bring her image in line with the rest of the trilogy. The team is also tweaking some camera angles to make things...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for going through all the cool indie game demos available in the Steam Game Festival. I would suggest other activities, but there are more demos than there is weekend. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to Heavy Metal Nazi Hunting Online

A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece for the Columbia Journalism Review about the way that my lifelong interest in heavy metal and ongoing career as a metal journalist had equipped me with a very specific skill set—namely, spotting Nazis, especially when they would prefer not to be found. In this...

A Hat Generates Big Controversy In Latest Sky: Children Of Light Update

The latest update to thatgamecompany’s Sky: Children of Light introduced a new hat that has stirred up controversy among the game’s Chinese and Korean fans, with both sides claiming cultural significance related to the cosmetic item and refusing to give an inch on social media.Read more

Someone Actually Hit Every Target In Super Smash Bros. Melee’s Credits

As a game that’s been played both casually and competitively for almost two decades, Super Smash Bros. Melee is pretty much figured out at this point. But one thing has always eluded diehard fans, at least in terms of recorded footage: a perfect run of the credits sequence. That changed two days...

Cyclists Are Now Cheating In Video Games As Well As Real Life

Cycling is a sport that is riddled with lycra-clad cheats. It has been since the very beginning, and remains so to this day. So much so that even while stuck inside and competing in their sport virtually, cyclists are still cheating.Read more

How To Play A Single-Player Game With Two People

A co-op game doesn’t necessarily have to be a multiplayer game. You can turn any single-player game into a cooperative one by simply...taking turns passing the controller back and forth. What a concept! But before you start, keep in mind that there’s a code of etiquette at play. Stick to it as best...

WallStreetBets Mods Are Now Battling For Control Over The Subreddit

A couple weeks ago, most people hadn’t ever heard of WallStreetBets, the edgelord Reddit hangout for renegade investors and amatuer traders. Now it’s blown up to over 8.5 million users, and a war has broken out between the old mods and the new for control over the community and its future.Read more

The best films of Sundance 2021

Sundance 2021 wrapped up last night, though the exact time the screening system went dark depended on when you started your last movie: So long as you clicked play before midnight Mountain Time, you could keep the festival going for at least a little while longer. Having dutifully caught up with...

The Mistake That Changed the History of Blade Runner

These days, Blade Runner is considered one of the all-time masterpieces of science fiction. The combination of Philip K. Dick’s idea, Ridley Scott’s direction, Harrison Ford’s performance, and a laundry list of technical masters behind the scenes created a film that has stood the test of time....

Serena Williams's Interior Decor Is a Nerd's Delight

Serena Williams is Architectural Digest’s new cover star. In the feature, written by former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, Williams walks AD through her Miami enclave, designed by sister Venus’s design firm V Starr. It’s a lot. Read more

It's Official, Lego Is Making A Sonic The Hedgehog Set

Early last year the Lego Ideas program began looking into the possibility of turning a fan-made Sonic Mania Green Hills Zone design into a real Lego set. This morning The Lego Group makes it official. Lego Sonic the Hedgehog is happening. Read more

Please Enjoy These Custom Yoshi Sneakers

For this pair of custom sneakers, which he stitched up using his own leather, Kenneth Cole decided on two things. First, he was going to make a pair of Dunks, and second, he was going to make them Yoshi Dunks.Read more

Dune: Imperium: The Kotaku Review

Because the movie business is in a state of absolute chaos right now, the Dune reboot, which was supposed to be the big holiday movie of 2020, is now going to be the big holiday movie of 2021 instead. Just don’t tell this accompanying board game, which went ahead and released in December 2020...

Guy Goes On Super Nintendo World's Rides, Films Them

Universal Studios’ Super Nintendo World was supposed to open in Japan this week before being indefinitely delayed due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. That said, folks who recently had a chance to visit the park during a special preview day are apparently still allowed to share footage from their...

Activision Accused Of Stealing Call Of Duty Character

The creator of a character called “Cade Janus”, developed as part of a film pitch, is taking Activision, Infinity Ward and Major League Gaming to court, accusing them of going behind his back and stealing the character for use in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.Read more

Hráči milují mem s Berniem Sandersem, podívejte se na nejlepší vtipy

Americký senátor Bernie Sanders se stal prakticky přes noc nechtěnou internetovou celebritou. Lidé si dělají srandu z fotky pořízené během inaugurace Joea Bidena do úřadu prezidenta a jeho podobu vkládají do vtipných kontextů. Hráči počítačových her jsou v tom mimořádně kreativní

Genshin Impact Devs Awarded PS5s, Graphics Cards Via RNG

Raffles and gift give-aways aren’t uncommon at company parties, but the company behind Genshin Impact went a step further, randomly awarding hard-to-get graphics cards and PS5s to employees as thanks for helping make one of last year’s hottest new free-to-play gacha games.Read more

EA Is Salivating At Codemasters' Annual Formula 1 Potential

One of the world’s biggest video game publishers is on track to buy the world’s biggest racing game developer. And in case you question why Electronic Arts would be interested in Codemasters, it’s all about the annual potential.Read more

Every Game Should Have A Train Level

Hitman 3 ends with one wild ride. The game’s first five levels are sprawling playgrounds that demand stealth, caution, and careful planning. The final level, “Untouchable,” is a fast-paced race through a train. It is, in a word, awesome. More, please! Actually, you know what? Just go ahead and...

Remedy, Please, No

Control developer Remedy Entertainment, caught up in the Lade Dimitrescu hype, has done something terrible. They’ve made an already-horrifying monster even more distressing by giving it a full set of teeth. And it’s smiling.Read more

Canceled Xbox 360 GoldenEye Remake Is In The Wild

A playable version of that beautiful Xbox 360 GoldenEye 007 remake we reported over the weekend is quickly spreading online after Ars Technica spilled the beans last night. I’ve played it and, unsurprisingly, it’s really great.Read more

A Traveler's Guide To The Best Final Fantasy Worlds To Live In

I’m a few days past my Final Fantasy XV blitz and I’m still enmeshed in a quagmire of feelings and emotions. Since finishing the game, I watched Kingsglaive the prequel movie, I’ve considered re-watching the prequel anime, and I’m one retail therapy session away from buying the novel. I’ve already...

Plant-Based Ice Cream Taste Test: What Comes Closest to the Real Thing?

The plant-based food revolution is in full swing. There are now plant-based chicken nuggets, plant-based eggs, and countless meat and dairy-free alternatives, and many of them taste really good. And after we tested out Trader Joe’s plant-based burgers, a new vegan ice cream from a company called...

Help, I’m Stuck Between Two Very Good New JRPGs

Two new games from two of my favorite Japanese role-playing game series have dropped at the same time, and I am driving myself up a wall trying to give them equal time. It feels like I’ve entered into a polyamorous relationship with Ys IX: Monstrum Nox and Atelier Ryza 2: Lost Legends &...

Call Of Duty: Warzone Bans Over 60,000 Accounts For Cheating

Activision banned over 60,000 accounts in Call of Duty: Warzone yesterday. In a statement, the publisher cited use of cheat software in the battle royale. The bans follow several months of community frustration about aimbot and wallhack cheats that players blatantly use in both casual matches...

I Wish My Switch Would Still Hold A Charge

The Switch was the first Nintendo console I ever bought at launch. Almost four years later, it’s clearly seen better days, which I wouldn’t mind if it could survive out of the dock for more than a couple days at a time.Read more

Mass Effect DLC Missing From Remaster Due To Corrupted Source Code

On May 14, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition will bring 4K versions of the original Mass Effect trilogy plus most of its downloadable content to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. However, one single-player expansion is notably absent: the first game’s Pinnacle Station. According to an interview with Game...

How To Mute Jerks In Destruction AllStars

Anyone who’s ever been online could’ve predicted this. Give people an internet connection and a microphone, and some will quickly reveal just how much they suck. Following yesterday’s release of the PS5-only Destruction AllStars, players almost instantly reported instances of serious verbal...

10 Apple TV+ Originals to Watch Before Your Free Trial Ends

Last year, Apple offered a free one-year subscription to their streaming service, Apple TV+, with the purchase of any eligible Apple device, giving millions of Apple customers the chance to see if the streaming service is really worth paying for. The cost of “free” made it worth the try for many...

The spudly history of Mr. Potato Head

What is the measure of a man? Is it his gallant stride in his blue plastic sneakers? Is it the fact that his ears are attached to his head with little pegs? Is it the jaunty tip of his derby hat or his unblinking smile, aimed at friend and foe alike? In the case of Mr. Potato Head, it’s all of...

Here are the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globe Awards

We have to admit that it’s just a touch disorienting to only now begin discussing the nominees for the 2021 Golden Globes, which is usually an early January staple. There really isn’t much that COVID-19 hasn’t shuffled around at the point. What does remain consistent, thankfully, is the steady...

Celeste’s Chill Soundtrack Is Perfect For A Snow Day

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today, let’s tune into Celeste, one of the literally coolest (get it? because frozen...mountain?) game soundtracks of all time.Read more

Sony Is Doing Great But Making More PS5s Is Difficult

Today, Sony released its financials for the three-month period ending on December 31, 2020. Even with the pandemic and supply issues, it sold 4.5 PlayStation 5s. The hardware is a big hit! But at this time, making more of them sounds hard. Read more

Gearbox Has Been Bought For $1.3 Billion

Gearbox Studios, developers of games like Borderlands and also publishers of stuff like the new Homeworld titles, has been bought by Embracer Group, the same Swedish company that owns THQ Nordic and Koch Media.Read more

Destruction AllStars, A New PS5 Exclusive, Is Fine

You’ve played Destruction AllStars a thousand times. You’ve also never played something like Destruction AllStars. The new multiplayer derby battler from Lucid Games—out today exclusively for PlayStation 5—is both immediately familiar and refreshingly new. After taking it for a spin, my initial...

Apex Legends Drops Onto Switch On March 9

Titanfall spin-off Apex Legends is set to bring its online battle royale action to the Nintendo Switch on March 9, according to new details released by developer Respawn Entertainment.Read more

GameStop Stock Is Starting To Go Bust

After soaring for more than a week, GameStop’s stock has plummeted back down to earth, sinking below $100 a share several times today, a drop-off of more than $200 from last week. Read more

A Nameless Gatekeeper Beats Marth In Fire Emblem Popularity Poll

The latest official Fire Emblem Heroes popularity poll wasn’t won by Marth or Chrom or any of the other pretty-boy main characters from the franchise’s history. No, fans overwhelmingly voted for the unnamed Gatekeeper that guards the entrance to Garreg Mach Monastery in 2019’s Fire Emblem: Three...

Nintendo Canned Netflix’s Live-Action Zelda TV Show Due To Leak

In 2015 The Wall Street Journal reported that Nintendo and Netflix had joined forces for a live-action The Legend of Zelda TV series. What happened with that? According to comedian Adam Conover, Nintendo canceled both the live-action Zelda and an unannounced claymation Star Fox show because someone...

The Story Behind DuckTales On NES

As a kid, I used to rush home from school so I could catch the latest episode of the Disney cartoon DuckTales. I loved following Scrooge McDuck and his nephews across the world as they charted a path towards gold and glory, and it was always a blast seeing what new caper they’d stumble into. When...

10 Can't-Miss Free Demos From the Steam Game Festival

We’re less than 24 hours from this year’s Steam Game Festival, a week-long event showcasing new and upcoming PC games available on the Steam store. There will be Q&A events with developers, live streams to watch, and hundreds of free demos to play.Read more

Do Not Touch The Mako!

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition will be out May 14th, and amid the myriad of emotions I am feeling right now, one tidbit of information gives me pause. According to reports on Eurogamer and VentureBeat, in addition to all the fancy graphical bells and whistles BioWare is adding to the eldest...

Mass Effect: Legendary Edition Out May 14

This is big news for all Mass Effect fans but even bigger news for me, personally, as I won’t have to wait long to protect Garrus Vakarian from certain doom. Mass Effect: Legendary Edition is out on May 14 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.Read more

Fall Guys Season 3.5 Update Is Live, Frosty

Winter came to Mediatonic’s bean-filled battle royale with the launch of season 3.0 in December. Today’s Fall Guys’ season 3.5 update adds the chilling new “Snowball Survival” stage plus 40 new round remixes to keep things fresh. Read more

What Facebook's Privacy Policies Don't Tell You

Folks, I’m gonna be honest with you. Over my (short) tenure covering digital privacy, I’ve seen my fair share of deeply shitty tech companies pulling deeply shitty stunts in attempts to profit off our personal data. Facebook is one of the names that comes up most frequently here, and that’s...

Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age Is Finally Headed To Xbox Game Pass

Remember all those Final Fantasy games Microsoft promised back in 2019 were coming to Xbox Game Pass? Another one is finally about to show up. Microsoft announced this morning that Final Fantasy XII The Zodiac Age is headed to the Netflix-style subscription service on console and PC, on February...

After PS5 Chaos, Japanese Retailer Cracks Down

This weekend, a mob of PS5 shoppers caused chaos at the Yodobashi Camera retailer in Tokyo’s Akihabara. The police were called and sales were halted. Famitsu now reports that the retailer has instituted requirements to purchase the Sony console.Read more

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Gets History Right Where It Matters

If Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is indeed based on historical events like its intro screen says, it is based very loosely. Yet for all its simplification and misrepresentation of the Viking invasions of Britain, there’s one thing the game depicts really well: the idea that England’s history is one...

DuckTales NES Prototype Reveals Unused Song

It’s no secret that Capcom’s DuckTales for the Nintendo Entertainment System is a bona fide classic, especially in the realm of video game music. But being a NES game, it only has about a dozen quick tracks to enjoy. An early prototype that’s currently making the rounds, however, expands on...

The 12 Best Games For The Nintendo Switch

How’s this for a fun fact? In November 2020, the same month Sony and Microsoft released much-anticipated next-gen consoles, the Switch outsold every other console in the United States. Those who’ve recently hopped on board the Nintendo bandwagon might be faced with a question as old as...

Report: Another GameStonk Movie Is In The Works At Netflix

Less than a day after news broke that MGM had acquired filming rights for an upcoming book about the ongoing GameStop stock situation, Deadline is reporting that another GameStonk movie is being developed at Netflix.Read more

GameStop’s Stock Can’t Save You

GameStop’s rollercoaster ride through the absurd machinery of the stock market has been fun to watch. It sent some of CNBC’s finest minds scrambling to Wikipedia to find out what Reddit is and allowed for Very Serious Thought Leaders to peddle all sorts of pet theories, like blaming GameStop’s...

Twitch Embeds Keep Getting Worse

In the past couple months, the experience of watching Twitch via third-party sites or tools like MultiTwitch has become... fraught. A purple screen sometimes obscures whatever you’re watching. It implores you to tune in on Twitch dot television instead. Eventually, it disappears. Then, every...

Where To Find Every Banana In Hitman 3

Hitman 3 is b-a-n-a-n-a-s. IO Interactive’s latest stealth game puts you in the spit-shined oxfords of international assassin Agent 47 and tasks you with eliminating various well-protected targets. But the most effective tool at your disposal isn’t a firearm or vial of poison. No, it’s...

WandaVision's First Major MCU Connection Was a Fascinating Moment of Terror

One of the things people crave most about Marvel’s cinematic output? Connection. Where is this character during this moment, how does this event connect to a hundred other narratives? WandaVision, Marvel Studios’ first crack at bringing its movieverse to streaming television, is no exception,...

Google Stadia Shuts Down Internal Studios, Changing Business Focus

Google Stadia, the late 2019 streaming platform that promised to revolutionize gaming by letting users stream games without needing to own a powerful PC or console, is altering course, getting out of the game-making business and will now offer its platform directly to game publishers alongside...

Final Fantasy XV Could Have Had A Much Better Villain

There are a lot of things I love about Final Fantasy XV. Its tale of brotherhood is bar none and representative of some of the best “it’s the little things” storytelling I’ve ever experienced in a video game. But there are, of course, elements I don’t like. In particular, the game’s villain. Read...

What's the Best TV To Watch Super Bowl LV On?

A good friend of mine has this running joke where he says “Super Bowl’s coming up” anytime there’s a lull in a conversation, regardless of what time of year it is. That joke works best when March rolls around and the Super Bowl most certainly is not coming up. However, this time, the Super Bowl...

Animated Fantasy Cryptozoo Finds Beauty in the Truly Strange

In a world where cryptids are real but misunderstood, a trio of women (one of whom happens to be a Gorgon) join forces to protect the strange beasts that lurk among us. But as we see in Dash Shaw’s gloriously colorful adult animation Cryptozoo, sometimes the best intentions aren’t always what’s...

So, I May Have Made A Mistake In Mass Effect 2

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. I did everything right in Mass Effect 2. I slapped armor plating on the Normandy and equipped it with a shield. I gave it a big fucking cannon. I even tackled (most of) the game’s loyalty missions. I was ready for the final battle, and went through the Omega-4...

PlayStation Studios' First Xbox Game Comes Out In April

As part of the new multi-year deal made between Major League Baseball and Sony back in late 2019, long running PlayStation-exclusive baseball game MLB The Show is no longer PlayStation-exclusive as of April 20. That’s when Sony releases an Xbox game with a PlayStation logo on the cover. Weird. Read...

Report: Nintendo Gives Non-Answer When Asked About New Switch Model

Despite years of rumors and reports indicating that upgraded Switch hardware is in the works for 2021, Nintendo continues to dance around the question of a Switch Pro. During a quarterly earnings report Q&A earlier today, company president Shuntaro Furukawa said there were no plans to announce...

Yakuza: Like A Dragon Is Really Into Peking Duck

Yakuza: Like A Dragon is many things: a satire, a melodrama, a business/real estate simulator, and a dungeon-based RPG. It is also a 60-hour public service announcement for Peking duck.Read more

Well, Nintendo Is Still Doing Incredible

Today, Nintendo released its financials for the nine-month period ending December 31, 2019. Once again, the company posted some truly staggering figures. Read more

Sunday Comics: Loves To Party

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

Turns Out a Lot of People Streamed Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max

Recently, we reported on the Nielsen streaming numbers for the end of December, which included a big success story for Disney’s release Soul. In that post, we noted that Nielsen didn’t include HBO Max on its streaming chart numbers. But now, it’s released those numbers anyway— at least, for Wonder...

'Shop Contest: Muncher, Winners!

Last week we met Muncher, a new ghost from the upcoming Ghostbusters film. He’s a big jolly-looking blue blob. But the internet was all obsessed with tall vampire ladies and Bernie Sanders, as usual, so Muncher got overlooked. But not around these parts!Read more

That's A Big Horse

After a quick break, Snapshots is back! This week we have some very colorful photos from a wide selection of games including Horizon Zero Dawn, Immortals, God of War, Control, and more!Read more

Here's A Full Playthrough Of That Canceled GoldenEye 007 XBLA Remake

Back in the day, Rare was working on a remake of their popular N64 shooter GoldenEye 007. It was almost done, but due to some rights issues, the game was canned. Over the years footage and screenshots have leaked, but now we have a full 4k/60 FPS longplay to see what might have been.Read more

Hitman 3 Has Some Weird Easter Eggs, Like A Talking Hippo

The Hitman games have always had some weird secrets and Easter eggs. And Hitman 3 continues the tradition, including some truly strange and cool secrets, like a talking hippo, a UFO abduction, and a hidden ending.Read more

Which State Is The Worst Game Boy Color?

This week we try to understand how stocks work, learn how one of the best areas in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was made, dunk on a dumb troll, check out what free games are coming to PS Plus, and pick out the perfect Game Boy shaped like a state. Read more

Complete Chaos In Tokyo Retailer Over PS5 Sales

The PlayStation 5 launched last November, but months later, it’s still hard to snag one, especially in Japan. Early today, the Yodobashi Camera electrics megastore in Akihabara, one of the biggest in the country, sold a huge shipment of PS5. All hell broke loose.Read more

Baseball Almost Had Its Own NBA Jam, And Now You Can Try It

Midway’s NBA Jam and NFL Blitz are two of the greatest sports game franchises thanks to how they both provide fun, over-the-top experiences that require little knowledge of the pastime in question. The company would eventually set its sights on hockey, boxing, and even professional wrestling,...

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV, Finale: I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Last night, after just over a week of daily playing, I finished Final Fantasy XV. And I realize now why I stopped so near the end during my first run some five years ago. It was a defense mechanism, my body’s way of protecting itself from the emotions that are going to utterly ravage me from...

And GameStop's Stock Is Still Going

A week after its logic-defying surge began, GameStop stock is still holding strong, despite more shenanigans and goofy twists, closing at $325 today. That’s higher than Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft. The bubble seems destined to burst any day now, but boosters on the WallStreetBets subreddit...

The Making Of Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Best Bonus Region

One of the best parts of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla does not take place in England. Where you go is a spoiler. It’s also one of the best parts of the game. We recently asked the people who made it to explain its origins Read more

What is Dogecoin, and Why Are People Buying It?

Now that you’ve gotten a handle on the GameStop stock madness, it’s time to learn about Dogecoin. Why is the retail investor hivemind pumping up the obscure cryptocurrency with a Shiba Inu dog for a mascot? Why, for the Lolz. With the help of Reddit and Elon Musk, Dogecoin has increased in value...

A ‘Cum Dungeon’ Offers The Fastest XP Farming In Bloodborne

Like most Souls games, Bloodborne can be pretty challenging. But hardcore players know there’s one place anyone can go to quickly gather the resources necessary for power-leveling, a magical playground simply known as the “Cum Dungeon.”Read more

Here’s Every Major Cross-Gen Game

Console gaming is at a crossroads, finding itself in the center of that transitory phase between console generations. Many games are landing on both last-gen and next-gen hardware. And given that getting your hands on a PlayStation 5 or an Xbox Series whatever remains damn near impossible, this...

Bloomberg Report Reveals Major Dysfunction At Amazon Game Studios

You may know it as the Everything Store. But there’s one chunk of “everything” Amazon has failed to crack: video games. A new report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and Priya Anand sheds light on why Amazon Game Studios, backed by one of the planet’s biggest companies, can’t seem to make...

Jeni’s Everything Bagel ice cream boldly goes where no bagel has gone before

A certain wintry chill descends when people argue about dumb stuff on the internet. A phantasmic voice seems to glide through my apartment, whispering: “Go! See what everyone’s fussing about!” And so I am sucked into inane Twitter discourse time and time again. Most of the time, it’s terrible—but...

Minecraft Has a New Sustainable City Map to Explore

Mojang Studios released a free sustainability city map on Thursday that teaches players how to create a sustainable environment in the real world by exploring a virtual one. The focus is on educating students on how things like recycling plants and clean energy work, while being fun...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is for calling up your broker on their day off and asking them to explain all this Gamestop nonsense. It’s also about going to the big city and practicing your alchemy skills in really short shorts. Read more

GTA V's Slink Johnson Shows Us Around The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

In the debut episode of PlayStation Haven’s GTA V Real-Life Comparisons video series, actor, rapper, and comedian Gerald “Slink” Johnson, AKA Lamar Davis, gives us a tour of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Vinewood style. Warning: He gets a little physical. Read more

Tetris On CD-i Plays Like Crap But Sounds Like John Tesh

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we look back to 1992, when, according to Philips, a classic became a legend. You can call it...Teshtris.Read more

RECENZE: Hitman 3 vypadá parádně, zážitek kazí nestabilní servery

Zabiják s čárovým kódem na zátylku se vrací, aby zničil organizaci, která ho svého času stvořila. Jenže kromě krásného kabátku se třetí Hitman i přes různé varianty průchodů rychle okouká. Zážitek hodně kazí požadavek na neustálé připojení k internetu, respektive problémy s herními servery

Help, I can’t stop KABONK-ing people in Hitman 3 VR

Every Friday, A.V. Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? Read more

The Super Maria Sisters

Emmanuel Edeko is an artist we only featured here last year, but I loved his depictions of what he’s calling Maria, Louise and some royal himbos so much I wanted to share his stuff again.Read more

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV: Dawn Of The Final Day

Noctis drains his fifth elixir in as many minutes, rising to his feet as Prompto, Gladio, and Ignis groan on the ground. The aramusha lurks silently, waiting. When Noctis stands, the monster makes ready, body crouched, bony hand on the hilt of its egregiously long sword.Read more

Bernie’s Soul Still Berns In Soulcalibur VI Mod

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) turned heads at the inauguration of United States President Joe Biden. Unfortunately, it wasn’t because he rushed in like Stone Cold Steve Austin and stealing the presidency with a folding chair, but simply for sitting quietly in a cozy outfit and practicing social...

It's A Little Rough Going Back To Older Yakuza Games

We’ve been absolutely spoiled for Yakuza games lately, especially if you’re a newcomer to the series who has been able to leap effortlessly from 0 to the Kiwamis to Like a Dragon. But now that some of the older games are out on PC, those interested in reaching back into the series’ history need...

Sonic The Hedgehog Voice Actor Roger Craig Smith Departs Role

Announced via Roger Craig Smith’s Twitter earlier today, the prolific voice actor’s 10-year-run as the voice of Sonic the Hedgehog has come to an end. A Sega rep tells Kotaku the company will “always be thankful to Roger for his contribution to the franchise.”Read more

The First Shin Ultraman Movie Footage Is a Modern Blast From the Past

Shin Godzilla was a Japanese movie that brought the idea of the original Godzilla—a mindless giant monster and merciless force of nature—to see how modern Japan would handle him. Shin Ultraman, a similar reimagining of the hero who spawned the entire genre of tokutatsu shows from the same team...

Magic: The Gathering Arena Now Available On Google Play

Magic: The Gathering Arena, the online multiplayer version of the popular trading-card game, launched today in early access for select Android devices via Google Play, with an iOS version due out later this year. Playing involves some squinting, but now it’s even harder to put down. Read more

I Threw $1,000 Into That Stonks Game Because Why Not

My partner and I spent $1000 on a game yesterday. We didn’t spend it on Pokémon cards, or Fortnite V-bucks, or decide to become whales in Genshin Impact. But, at my insistence, we combined some funds, downloaded the Robinhood trading app, and bought some stock.Read more

Mobile Monster Strategy Dragon Quest Tact Launches Worldwide

Dragon Quest Tact is a big hit in Japan, with more than 10 million downloads since its 2020 release. It’s now available worldwide for iOS and Android devices, giving fans everywhere a chance to collect cartoony monsters and make them kill each other. Yay! Read more

Robinhood Blocks Users From Buying GameStop Stock

The stock trading app Robinhood is currently blocking users from buying any more GameStop stock citing “recent volatility” as its price soared from just under $20 at the beginning of the month to over $300 at the end of yesterday.Read more

New Cyberpunk Patch Fixes The Old Cyberpunk Patch

CD Projekt Red released a patch last week that inadvertently introduced a new game breaking bug, preventing some players from finishing Cyberpunk 2077. Today it released a new patch to fix that issue, as well as address some recent problems with loot randomization. Read more

Fake Movie Hollywood Trailers Of Anime Adaptations

YouTuber Fake Eiga FMT has been creating phony trailers of Hollywood live-action versions of popular anime. These trailers are faux harbingers of just how Hollywood could leave its distinctive mark on beloved source material.Read more

Glitter, doom, and elephant sex: An oral history of Southland Tales

In 2005, director Richard Kelly was in a unique position inside the Hollywood ecosystem. Four years earlier, he had watched his debut feature, a bizarre blend of ’80s needle drops, teen angst, and high-concept science fiction called Donnie Darko, first bomb at the box office, and then miraculously...

Give Me All The GameStop Jokes

I’m not even going to pretend to understand what’s going on with GameStop—I’ll leave that to the excellent reporting of fellow Kotaku writer Ethan Gach. No, as with most things in life, I’m just here for the jokes. And social media has produced no shortage of silliness in response to this absurd...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla Is Too Damn Long

I finally got around to finishing Assassin’s Creed Valhalla this week. And while I had a great time with the game I also parted ways on a pretty sour note, because like its predecessor, it is just too damn long.Read more

Tencent Buys Stake In Life Is Strange's Creators

Tencent continued its massive expansion in the gaming world today after acquiring a minority stake in French developer Dontnod, maker of Life is Strange, Vampyr, and Tell Me Why.Read more

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV: Episode Gladio? More Like Episode Bad-io

When I sit down for my daily session of Final Fantasy XV I’m expecting one of two things: A happy-funtime road-trip adventure with my boys, or a sad, emotionally wrought meditation on the bonds of friendship. I am not expecting a horror-suspense thriller filled with stealth mechanics...

What's New on HBO Max in February 2021

One of the biggest selling points for HBO Max is that it offers exclusive access to every film from Studio Ghibli, the legendary Japanese filmmakers behind My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away—and that includes a brand new one dropping in February, Earwig and the Witch (Feb. 12).This film is a...

Mass Effect 2 Almost Had Another Gay Romance, With Jacob

Turns out Jack’s pansexuality wasn’t the only instance of BioWare scrubbing same-sex romance from Mass Effect 2 before it shipped. Jonathan Cooper, a former BioWare cinematic animator, revealed on Twitter this morning that his team also worked on a similar scene involving party member Jacob...

Hitman Player Tries To Kill Every NPC In One Map With A Single Rubber Ducky

Twitch streamer RTGame (meatspace name: Daniel) had a dream: to kill every NPC in a single Hitman level. But while you can find dozens of videos on YouTube of people doing the same thing, Daniel’s plan was a bit more explosive, chiefly because he intended to take out everyone at the same time....

A Video Look At The Medium, The First Next-Gen-Only Game On Xbox

On January 28th, developer Bloober Team makes its debut on the Xbox Series S and X with The Medium, a third-person psychological horror game that’s a console exclusive on the next-gen Xbox. Featuring what the developer calls “dual-reality gameplay,” which you’ll see in the video above, players will...

There's A Lot Of Sonic And Nights In Balan Wonderworld's Trippy Demo

Want to spend an hour or so wandering colorful cartoon dreamscapes crafted by the creators of Sonic the Hedgehog? Do you enjoy the sensation of being pleasantly bewildered? If you answered yes to either of those questions you’re going to want to play the demo for Balan Wonderworld. It’s something...

How To Actually Access The New Dead Cells DLC

Dead Cells recently got a lot bigger. This week’s Fatal Falls expansion adds a crop of weapons and enemies to the game, plus two new biomes. Trouble is, actually accessing those two zones—the Fractured Shrines and the Undying Shores—eludes simple explanation. Classic Dead Cells, right? Here’s...

Here's February 2021's PlayStation Plus Lineup

February’s PlayStation Plus games are great. You get Destruction AllStars for PS5, and the storied Control: Ultimate Edition as either the PS4 version or PS5 version. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read more

GameStop Stock Drama Continues As Price Soars And Hedge Fund Blinks

GameStop’s stock price continued to soar in after-hours trading last night to over $300. While many are waiting for it to come crashing back down, it might be too late for some major hedge funds. With the stock still sitting at well over $250 a share (unthinkable just last year when it was trading...

The Pick-Up Artists Found Their Final Form at the Capitol Siege

For years, Patrick Stedman made a modest income deprogramming clients out of “the harmful (and hidden) mindset holding men back in dating.” In blog posts and sales pitches, he described himself as a former “social outcast” turned “playboy” who had dated four women simultaneously and thrown parties...

I Hope Bowser's Fury Is The Future Of Mario

Bundled with the enhanced port of 2013’s Super Mario 3D World coming to the Switch on February 12, Bowser’s Fury is an open-world side-story that pits Mario against the scariest damn Bowser ever. So far it’s the most fun I’ve had with Mario since Odyssey.Read more

The Medium: The Kotaku Review

The Medium is stuck between two types of video games. It seems like a throwback to classic, claustrophobic horror titles such as Silent Hill and Resident Evil, but it also feels like a more modern non-combat, narrative-focused scary game. The end result is a game that feels middle of the road. This...

Japan Now Has A Super Nintendo World Train

Starting today, the JR Yumesaki train line in Osaka is covered in Mario and friends to celebrate Super Nintendo World, which was supposed to open February 4. However, it has since been delayed. Again. Read more

When Urkel met Tanner: The 16 most ambitious crossover episodes in TV history

Around the release of 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War, social media was inundated with challengers to the Marvel film’s throne as the “most ambitious crossover event in history.” These suggestions were, as tweets and Instagram memes tend to be, largely facetious, but credit where it’s due: It does...

The Art Of Degenesis, A "Primal Punk" RPG

We’ve featured the design work of studio SIXMOREVODKA a ton of times here on Fine Art, but tonight let’s look at something they’ve made for themselves, instead of for somebody else (they’ve worked with companies like Riot, Guerrilla Games, EA, Nike and Activision Blizzard).Read more

Japanese-Inspired Nintendo Switch Is A Work Of Art

When Canadian artist Carmina Castillo isn’t making cool stuff like this, she’s turning a Nintendo Switch into something so exquisite I would never play it, simply putting it on a shelf and looking at it for the rest of my days.Read more

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV: Planes, Trains, And Wrecked Automobiles

In my epic quest to finish Final Fantasy XV, I am literally and figuratively on a train that is barrelling toward the final stop. I am in FF15’s endgame—a section of short, brutal chapters that no longer allow you to freely roam the open roads of Eos. Even if I somehow could return to travel...

Hitman Studio’s Project 007 Will Feature A New James Bond

When Hitman developer IO Interactive’s James Bond game (working title Project 007) hits the scene, it will do so with an entirely new James Bond, studio head Hakan Abrak told the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (h/t TheGamer).Read more

19 Postponed Movies You Forgot to Be Excited About in 2021

Your excitement for blockbuster flicks may have vanished after coronavirus closed theaters and murder hornets came on the scene, but most of the movies we forgot about are on their way back in 2021. After long postponements—several, in many cases—these 19 movies have new premiere dates that should...

Here’s Where Dead Cells Is At In 2021

It’s safe to say that Dead Cells is more alive than ever. First released in 2018 for PC and consoles, the excellent side-scrolling roguelike casts you as a reanimated soldier. You wield randomly chosen weapons, which you use to kill randomly spawned enemies as you roll through randomly generated...

Gollum Game Delayed To 2022

The Lord of the Rings: Gollum, currently in development by German studio Daedalic Entertainment, has had its release date pushed back a year to 2022.Read more

Holy Crap, Babu Frik Is Playable In The Next Lego Star Wars Game

The Rise of Skywalker was a freaking nightmare, but it had one bright spot: a tiny Anzellan droidsmith named Babu Frik. And now the cute little guy will be making the jump to Lego Star Wars: The Skywalker Saga when it launches later this year.Read more

How To Get Back Into Destiny 2

Destiny 2 is no spring chicken. Since the shared-world shooter first landed in 2017, Bungie has released a steady stream of paid annual expansions and tweaked the core formula to various degrees. Keeping up with Destiny 2 is a commitment—of time, of money, of patience—so there’s no shame if you’ve...

Two Developers Are Turning Bloodborne Into A Playable PS1 Game

PS1-style demakes are in right now. From Cyberpunk 2077 to Untitled Goose Game, idle developers have been creating low-poly homages to Sony’s first gaming console, warping modern aesthetics and sensibilities into late ‘90s jank. Bloodborne PSX is another project in that vein, but unlike lots...

The Sims 4 Is Now A Horror Game, Thanks To The Paranormal Stuff Pack

Apparently it’s Halloween in winter because The Sims 4 just released its latest DLC, the Paranormal stuff pack, which some fans are calling the Luigi’s Mansion pack. It brings more supernatural elements to the game in the form of haunted houses and a medium skill that allows you to talk to the dead...

Long-Awaited Biomutant Launches May 25

Biomutant, the post-apocalyptic furry RPG that was first revealed in 2017, is heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on May 25, publisher THQ Nordic announced this morning.Read more

Final Fantasy XV’s Photo Mode Captures Everything I Can’t

I’m going through Final Fantasy XV before it leaves Xbox Game Pass this Friday. It’s a game about having adventures with your best friends all while on a road-trip to, inevitably, save the world. Playing FF15, in addition to servicing my goal of finally completing beloved games I’ve left half-done...

Remembering Rahmbamarama, the Obama Era's Most Zealous Fan Community

“OH HOLY MOTHER OF HOT, THIS GODDAMN SLOE-EYED VIXEN,” reads the first comment of the Livejournal post titled “GONNA RAHM THIS MOFO DOWN YOUR THROAT!” The November 2008 post was a series of photos of Rahm Emanuel, the Illinois politician who had recently been named President-elect Barack Obama’s...

How To Get Into Japan's Gift To The World, Sake

In the past few months, in the wake of several sets of video game-themed sake being announced, I’ve been getting questions from people who are interested in learning more about the Japanese drink. Read more

Celeste Classic Gets A Sequel

The incredible (and incredibly introspective) Celeste graced our home consoles in 2018, sending us all on a journey of air-dashing, strawberry gathering, and self-reflection. Now, three years to the day, the team at Extremely OK Games have released a sequel…of sorts.Read more

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV: Chocobros Vs. The Volcano

Stop the Regalia, I want to get out. In my quest to finish Final Fantasy XV before this Friday, when it disappears from both Xbox Game Pass and my Series S, I’ve reached the point in the game I’ve been dreading. It’s the moment when the story takes a 180-degree turn from lighthearted road-trip romp...

Another Wild Day For GameStonk

Last Friday, GameStop’s stock price closed at an all time high of $65. Today, it shot up 18% higher, breaking records again after an even wilder day of Wall Street roulette thanks to finance redditors and enthusiast day-traders who have turned things into a meme war against elite investors.Read more

Tevinter Is Nice, But I Hope Dragon Age 4 Visits Rivain, Too

It wasn’t hard to guess that Dragon Age 4 might take place in the Tevinter Imperium. After all, at the end of Dragon Age: Inquisition you stab a big knife through your lovely map table right where the Tevinter Imperium is. Today, Eurogamer wrote that BioWare’s book BioWare: Stories and Secrets from...

Ninja Sounds Fed Up

Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, still the streaming world’s best-known crossover sensation even years after the peak of his relevance, sounds like he’s getting a little tired of his every action being hyper-scrutinized by millions of people all the time.Read more

Konami Has Not Shut Down Its Video Gaming Division

Rumors circulating today stemming from a week-old news release suggest Japanese entertainment conglomerate Konami has shut down its video gaming division. Konami assures us it has not.Read more

Cyber Shadow Is Another Fantastic Homage To Classic NES Games

What 2D side-scroller Cyber Shadow is missing in personality it makes up for with amazing visuals and action sequences that challenge your timing and reflexes without ever feeling tedious or cheap. I’ve been loving my time with its pastiche of classic NES games, even if, so far, its story hasn’t...

First Pokémon GO Player Hits Level 50 With A Boost From A Bug Fix

Since an update raised the Pokémon GO level cap from 40 to 50 late last year, players around the world have been racing to hit the new max. This morning, Twitch streamer FleeceKing became the first player to reach level 50, with a little help from a timely Niantic fix for a progress-wiping...

Hitman 3 Is The Latest Game To Acknowledge Covid-19

Agent 47 isn’t the deadliest force of nature in Hitman 3. Covid-19 is. Yes, IO Interactive’s murdery sandbox is the latest video game to acknowledge the pandemic that has infected nearly 100 million people, killed more than 2 million, and upended life as we know it.Read more

The Japanese Government Could Change Cosplay Forever

Currently, anyone in Japan is free to dress as their favorite characters. That will continue, most likely, but there might be big changes for those who make money from cosplaying—and possibly, even for those who don’t.Read more

V Truck Simulatorech lze vozit vakcíny proti covidu, lidé autory kritizují

Čeští autoři populárních simulátorů nákladní dopravy Truck Simulator přidali do dvou her novou misi, ve které je vaším úkolem rozvést anticovidové vakcíny. Nápaditá novinka však vzbudila nechtěné pozdvižení, podle mnohých se totiž autoři měli víc vymezit proti odpůrcům očkování

Exhibitionist Cosplayer Fined And Sentenced For Exposing Herself In Public

Last year at the Fancy Frontier manga and anime expo in Taipei, a Taiwanese cosplayer got in trouble with the law for exposing herself in the cosplay area near the event hall while photographers snapped photos. She was arrested for violating the country’s Act on Offenses Against Sexual...

The Art Of Mike Nash

Australian artist Mike Nash, perhaps best known for his work designing robots for Horizon Zero Dawn and the film Chappie, has died.Read more

Counter-Strike Pros Just Keep Getting Banned For Gambling

Only a few months after a number of professional Counter-Strike players received bans for betting on their own matches, the Esports Integrity Commission has issued sanctions “against 35 players for betting related offences”.Read more

Speedrunners Are Beating Hitman 3's Dubai Level In Under 10 Seconds

Hitman 3's opening level, set in a large tower in Dubai, is made up of various floors, rooms, and security measures. It’s a tricky stage for many players. But if you are quick, have a steady hand, and some luck, you can beat the whole thing in about nine seconds.Read more

'Shop Contest: Say Hello To Muncher

The internet was obsessed this past week with Bernie Sanders. But that’s old news and it’s been done to death already. So we are zigging instead of zagging. Say hello to Muncher, a new ghost from the new upcoming Ghostbusters film. Read more

Sunday Comics: Four Weeks Ago

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

'Shop Contest: Potato CEO, Winners!

Earlier this month, Taco Bell revealed that the company is run by a sentient potato. Because the world is always on fire these days, most folks didn’t notice. But I noticed and asked you all to spread the potato CEO.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077's Latest Patch Reportedly Added A Game-Breaking Bug

Last night, CD Projekt Red dropped the first major update for its troubled open-world shooter, Cyberpunk 2077. “Major” is a relative term. While larger than previous updates, yesterday’s patch 1.1 focuses more on stability fixes rather than a wide-ranging overhaul. In fact, it may have even made...

Chess Looks Wild In 2021

This week we figure out how tall the very big lady from Resident Evil Village is, flip out a Bernie chair, learn what games will be free for Xbox Live Gold subscribers this month, buy 900lbs of PlayStation consoles and check in on chess YouTube in 2021. Read more

Report: Vicarious Visions Is Working On A Diablo II Remake

Earlier today, Activision Blizzard announced that it had absorbed Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1+2 developer Vicarious Visions to provide support on future projects. A few hours later, we now know that one of those projects is a Diablo II remake.Read more

Too Fast Too Fantasy XV: Late, Broke, And Bodied By A Behemoth

In my push to finish Final Fantasy XV before it leaves Xbox Game Pass I had hoped to make up for lost time. Doing the math, I figured I’ll need to cover an average of five hours a day. But after Day Two I only have a grand total of seven hours clocked on my save file; I’m still three hours...

Cyberpunk 2077’s First Major Patch Is Finally Out For All Platforms

Like the federal government, CD Projekt Red dropped a major update at 5 p.m. on a Friday. The first major patch for Cyberpunk 2077 is officially out, nine days after the developer apologized for the state of the game’s console release and promised a major patch within ten days. Patch 1.1 addresses...

I Hate This

VFX artist Hoolopee, who previously created wonderful demake videos for Halo Infinite and Death Stranding, today unleashed on the world this horrific 3D animation of Morshu from Philips CD-i abomination Link: The Faces of Evil.Read more

Immortals Fenyx Rising Lets Its Bad Dad Off The Hook Too Easily

Video games have a dad problem. My colleagues broached the topic a few months ago on an episode of Kotaku Splitscreen, where they dished on some of the worst dads in video game history. (What’s up, Kratos and Joel?) Now I’d like to nominate another member to the hall of fame of bad dads: Zeus, from...

Modder Forms Amazing Custom PC Out Of '80s Voltron Toy Castle

When ‘80s kid Robdp82 found a relatively rare 1984 Voltron “Castle of Lions” playset in his mother’s attic, he did what any nostalgia-loving computer builder would do—he transformed it into a lovely Voltron-themed custom PC, complete with five color-coded lion SSDs.Read more

Activision Merges Tony Hawk 1 + 2 Developer Into Blizzard

It seems like only yesterday that Vicarious Visions released one of the year’s best games in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2—a remake that went the extra mile and then some. As of today, however, the studio is done taking the lead on projects. Activision just announced that it’s been folded into...

Mass Effect 2 Writer Confirms Jack Was Originally Pansexual

During a recent interview with TheGamer, former BioWare writer Brian Kindregan finally confirmed something that everyone who played the game already knew in their bones: Mass Effect 2 crew member Jack was originally pansexual, rather than exclusively romanceable by a male Shephard.Read more

What Superhero Movies Need to Remember While Embracing Multiversal Madness

Much as audiences might long for Hollywood to change its approach to superhero movies, studios are loathe to let go of the genre’s established hallmarks. So things like glowing MacGuffins and overstuffed’s crossovers are utilized for a variety of reasons—including the simple fact that a lot...

Call of Duty’s Warzone Has Seen Better Days

Call of Duty’s battle royale Warzone is just under a year old. When it launched in March of 2020, I praised the 150-player online game for smooth gameplay, simplified mechanics, and fast-paced action. But all of the features that once made Warzone one of the best battle royales to drop into...

Video Games, Like Life, Are Full Of Godawful Presidents

This week, America had a normal one. Nothing major or out of the ordinary happened, and no disgraced proto-fascist insurrectionists with mouths wetter than a slip and slide left the highest office in the country. And yet, for some reason, we decided to center this week’s Splitscreen podcast...

Here's February 2021's Xbox Live Games With Gold

Perhaps to try and take a bit of the sting out of announcing that Xbox Live Gold will now cost $120 a year, Microsoft announced some pretty good Games with Gold for next month. February’s lineup is headlined by Gears 5, which is excellent and also just got a very good DLC expansion. Dandara is also...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is for relaxing just a little bit more than we relaxed last weekend. I’m not saying we should just collapse on our couches and let out long, relieved sighs, but perhaps we can breathe a little easier. Maybe play some video games. Perhaps even space video games. Read more

Destiny 2's Best Loot Mechanic From Last Year Is Coming Back

Destiny 2's Umbral Engrams and Prismatic Recaster from season 11 are coming back in season 13, Bungie announced in this week’s blog post. That’s great news considering it made for one of the better loot grinds in the game’s recent past.Read more

GTA Characters, Remastered

Hossein Diba is an artist we’ve featured here before, but I thought his latest series of works—turning sketched or low-poly Grand Theft Auto characters into fancy 3D models—was worth a closer look.Read more

Modded Sonic Games Are Zoomed Out To The Heavens

Modified versions of Sonic 1 & 2, ripped from their mobile ports, decompiled then played on a PC, can do some neat stuff, like let you play with the camera zoomed out so far you can see the whole damn level.Read more

Luxusní telefon je herní monstrum a umí výborně imitovat retro handheld

Absolutní špičku nabídky Samsungu, ohebný Galaxy Z Fold 2, si nejspíš nebudete primárně kupovat na hraní her, ovšem právě v této oblasti má ohromný potenciál. Nejenom, že je výkonný a hry si užijete ještě lépe na velké vnitřní obrazovce, ale také umí třeba skvěle zaskočit za starší přenosné...

Hitman 3 Is Off To A Rocky Start

You’ve probably heard this one before. A buzzy game hits the market. It demands some degree of internet connection. Everyone flocks to play on day one, only to hit a series of frustrating roadblocks. Online connectivity is shaky, if functional at all. There are issues with save data and character...

WandaVision's Kathryn Hahn Says Gossip and Secrets Are a Part of Agnes

Whenever Kathryn Hahn’s Agnes bursts into the camera’s focus on Disney+’s WandaVision, the show’s laugh track usually kicks in as the archetypical sitcom neighbor interrupts whatever odd thing Wanda and Vision happen to be doing. But the more time WandaVision spends following Agnes around, the more...

Breath Of The Wild Mod Makes Link's House Suck Less

Much like his fellow millennials (who may or may not also technically be over 100 years old due to Calamity-induced death sleeps), Breath of the Wild’s Link dreams of home ownership. Unlike the rest of us, he can actually achieve that goal. There’s just one problem: The house is bad. Between...

Bugsnax Devs Say The Ending Could Have Been A Lot Darker

I’ve been thinking about Bugsnax so much that it feels like I’ve eaten one of the little mind-controlling critters myself. It’s been a week since I’ve finished the game and I still catch myself muttering “bunger bunger bunger” as I go about my day. To satiate my hunger for more Bugsnax without...

200 Hours In The Division 2 Surprises Me With A Sentient RC Car

Eventually, games stop surprising you. That’s just how it goes. You put enough hours into a game, and eventually you’ve seen all there is to see. I thought I had reached that point with The Division 2. Yet, after 220 hours of playing, last night I encountered a battle bot that was the leader of...

How to Remove Bernie's Background and Paste Him Anywhere

If you want to contribute to the latest Bernie photo craze before the meme plays itself out—which will probably be sometime around the end of the week, so act fast!—it’s not that hard to cut out Bernie-Sanders-on-a-chair and splice him into whatever image you want. However, to save you a bit...

Chystá se třetí díl skvělého Puzzle Questu, bude free 2 play

Téměř po deseti letech od druhého dílu se mohou fanoušci série Puzzle Quest těšit na další plnohodnotný díl. Jedinou vadou na kráse nečekaného oznámení je fakt, že autoři mění distribuční model a chystají se vydělávat na mikrotransakcích

505 Games Announces Puzzle Quest 3, Coming Out This Year

Earlier this month, publisher 505 Games acquired Infinity Plus Two, the Australian studio that created the hybrid match-three/RPG series Puzzle Quest. This morning 505 Games announces Puzzle Quest 3, a free-to-play sequel that takes place 500 years after the original. Read more

The Jews waited 4,000 years... for Crisco?

Any Jew will tell you that it’s hard to be a Jew, and that includes the Jews who arrived in America from Eastern Europe in the early 20th century. Yes, they were no longer persecuted or subjected to pogroms. Yes, they had religious freedom in the golden land of opportunity. And yes, they no longer...

New Mod Brings Another Massive Chunk Of Skyrim To 2002's Morrowind

The main Elder Scrolls series consist of five games released across nearly two decades, and as a result the game’s fans have spent much of that time modding pieces of the older games into the newer ones. Or in this case modding parts of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim into the now ancient third game...

Pier Village.

Pier Village. Long Branch, NJ, USA. By Christopher VanDuyn.Read more

Umurangi Generation Will Have Gyro Controls On Switch

When photography game Umurangi Generation hits Switch sometime this year, it’ll do so, the developers just announced, with an updated suite of mechanics that make use of the console’s unique features. One of these will be gyro controls, to help you snap the perfect picture.Read more

1994's NBA Jam Has Been Updated With 2021 Rosters

I love NBA Jam, and I love 90s basketball, but look, I don’t always want to play as Tom Gugliotta or Kendall Gill. Sometimes, I want to play NBA Jam and play as Alex Caruso or Bam Adebayo, and now I can.Read more

Valve, Capcom & Bethesda Fined $9.5 Million For "Geo-Blocking" PC Games

The EU have fined Valve and five publishers a total of €7.8 million (USD$9.5 million) over their practice of “geo-blocking” PC game sales on Steam, which basically means forcing users in a country (say, Germany) to only pay the German price for a game, instead of letting them buy a cheaper version...

Bernie Memes Are Here For All Your Curmudgeonly Needs

Today at noon Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, but online it was another super-old white guy who stole the show thanks to a photograph by Brendan Smialowski showing Bernie Sanders sitting in a chair emanating such levels of sass and “I don’t have...

Rust, As Told By Steam Reviews

If you even casually follow the Grimace-colored streaming monolith that is Twitch, you’re well aware that the current flavor of the month is Rust, a survival game that originally came out in 2013. This means new players are discovering the genre oldtimer for the first time. While some enjoy...

Watch Reruns of ‘90s Cartoons While You Work

All those ‘90s babies grew up with the best childhood cartoons—shows so beloved they continue to remake them to this day. Recently we’ve seen reboots of Duck Tales, Animaniacs, and Ren and Stimpy, not to mention the many iterations of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. But nothing really beats...

How To Ensure Your Old Hitman Data Follows You To Hitman 3

Hitman 3, out today for pretty much all of the platforms, sees Agent 47 continue his spree of heinous crimes, including murder and travel journalism. Like the previous entry in IO Interactive’s sumptuous Savile Row simulator, you can import levels and character progression from prior games. It’s...

Ocarina Of Time Demo Fragments Reveal A Much Earlier Version Of The Game

Nintendo preservationists Forest of Illusion recently got their hands on a Nintendo 64 development cart containing what appears to be the demo version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time shown at the Space World ‘97 trade show. This early build includes maps, items, abilities, and even story...

A Farewell to Liyue, An Exceptional Part Of Genshin Impact

Genshin Impact has one of the most exciting regions that I’ve visited in a video game in years. It’s called Liyue and its geological and agricultural bounty is distinct from other open world games. To the west, a traveller can find gorgeous cliffs of ashy stone and golden amber. In the east, rugged...

To Get Into Hitman Games, Try Starting With Hitman 2

Hitman 3 is out today. And while it’s pretty different from previous games in the rebooted trilogy, it’s still a lot of fun. If you’re new to the series or coming back from a while away, should you jump right into 3 or start with the earlier games? Personally, I’d say you’d be fine just starting...

What's New on Hulu in February 2021

This month, the slate of new content dropping on Hulu offers a study in contrasts. On one hand, we have Nomadland (Feb. 19), a quiet story about American aimlessness, and one of the most acclaimed films of the past year. On the other, we have Sonic the Hedgehog (Feb. 18), the tale of a hedgehog...

The New Hawkmoon Quest Is Solo Destiny 2 At Its Best

Destiny 2 has always primarily been, and will likely always remain, a multiplayer game best experienced with kind strangers or old friends. But occasionally there have been times where the loot shooter has invited and even encouraged players to see what troublesome fun they can get up to on their...

This Is Not Fiction

In different ways, some of Marvel’s superheroes like Captain America and the Punisher, and Lucasfilm’s infamous Galactic Empire, have all been in the news as of late for reasons that have little to do with the stories we’re used to seeing them in. Instead, they’ve become part of the odd and often...

I Miss the Game Boy Camera, My First Digital Camera

Unless you grew up in a time after cameraphones arrived, there’s a very good chance your first digital camera was a weird Game Boy accessory. The Game Boy Camera was definitely my first digital snapper, and while its technical capabilities were extremely limited, it still managed to excel at other...

Rare Sketches Of Donkey Kong Country Show Off DK's Early Evolution

In the latest video from YouTube’s DK Creations (via NintendoLife), long-time video game artist Kev Bayliss shows off original sketches from Rare’s Donkey Kong Country, and talks about how he transformed Nintendo’s original cartoon ape from 2D villain to 3D-rendered platform hero. Read more

The Art Of Cyberpunk 2077

While the game itself may not have entered full-blown development until 2016, some of the stuff you’ll see in this collection of concept and production art dates as far back as 2013. Read more

I Am In Love With Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Wilderness

If you’d asked me between 2015-2020 why I loved The Witcher 3, I’d probably have drawn up a very long list of things. In 2021, though, following the release of both Cyberpunk 2077 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, that list is a lot shorter. It’s basically now just “the wind” and “the sun”.Read more

Twitch's Latest Pogchamp Emote Is A Meme Lizard, Not A Streamer

Twitch’s plan to replace its problematic Pogchamp emote with a rotating cast of fresh faces? Pretty poggers. Twitch’s execution of said plan? Not poggers. Today’s Pogchamp? Also not poggers, because instead, it’s KomodoHype, a meme with some Pogchamp history.Read more

Bugsnax Is Mass Effect And I Can (Somewhat) Prove It

I enjoyed Bugsnax far more than I thought I would. At first, it didn’t strike me as my kind of game when I judged it by its saccharine advertising billing it as a cutesy adventure romp in which I would eat my way through an island of colorful foodbugs. The reality of Bugsnax is much darker than...

Ghost Of Tsushima, Six Months Later

As of this week, Jin Sakai and the open-world samurai game he stars in—Ghost of Tsushima—turn six months old. Rather than a one-off, Ghost of Tsushima has received an impressively dedicated level of support from developer Sucker Punch with consistent quality-of-life upgrades, new difficulty levels...

Mortal Kombat Player Disqualified From Tournament For Criticizing Developers

During an official Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition tournament on January 16, finalist Titaniumtigerzz was disqualified after jokingly calling out developer NetherRealm Studios by labeling his Sheeva variation—a personalized moveset that displays a custom name to opponents—as “WhyDidNRSdoThis.”Read...

Space Invaders Extreme Is My Favorite Way To Shoot Invaders From Space

While there will always be a place in my heart for the original Space Invaders, Taito’s 1978 arcade classic is not the most engaging way to spend a quarter. Space Invaders Extreme, recently released for the Nintendo Switch and PS4 as part of the Space Invaders Forever bundle, is my preferred...

What's New on Disney+ in February 2021

Back in the days of TV on DVD, no series was treated better than The Muppet Show—until it wasn’t. Disney produced lavish full-season sets for the series, including nifty bonus features, and even packaged them in flocked “fuzzy” boxes meant to replicate the supple feel of a Muppet’s... coat? Skin?...

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World: The Game Is The Winter Hangout I Needed Right Now

Absence can make the heart grow fonder, and with Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game the wait has set me up to fall in love with its retro gaming nostalgia-fest all over again. Its return couldn’t have come at a better time either. Cooped up in my home away from friends and family while the days...

Simulate 'World of Warcraft' to Find the Best Gear Upgrades

While you might still be a terrible World of Warcraft player who can’t get good parses to save their life, don’t let your gear hold you back. I can’t help you become a better player if you’re just button-mashing you way through the game, but there are plenty of tech tools you can use to ensure that...

Your Guide to 2021's Biggest TV, Part 1

Finally, 2021 is here, and with it, so much television to look forward to. In fact, there’s so much, we’re breaking down our big new year preview of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, and superhero shows into three massive parts! Ready for part one?Read more

Wario Isn't Evil, He's Honest

Mario was back for another adventure. But this time, it was personal. Hiroji Kiyotake, the director of 1992’s Game Boy hit Super Mario Land 2: Six Golden Coins, wanted to pursue the idea that this time Mario wouldn’t be fighting to help or save someone else. Hence: Wario, Mario’s...

The Internet's Carbon Footprint Issue Isn't Tied to Individuals

Video conferencing is putting a lot of stress on us, forcing us to show our colleagues the insides of our apartments, learn new social norms (is “mute yourself” a rude thing to say?), and remember that there is still a deadly global pandemic ravaging the world. It may be putting stress on...

What's New on Netflix in February 2021

Netflix’s marketing department is excited to let you know that the streaming service will be debuting at least one new movie every week in 2021. This is, perhaps, an attempt to distract from the fact that while Warner Bros., Disney, and NBC Universal, etc. all have their own streaming services (HBO...

Someone Turned A Terraria Map Into An Evangelion Holding A Warship

Terraria doesn’t get the same level of fanfare as Minecraft, but its two dimensional crafting is nevertheless responsible from some truly impressive player-made creations of its own. Behold the latest: an Evangelion lifting a warship over its head.Read more

Someone Turned A Terraria Map Into An Evangelion Holding A Warship

Terraria doesn’t get the same level of fanfare as Minecraft, but its two dimensional crafting is nevertheless responsible from some truly impressive player-made creations of its own. Behold the latest: an Evangelion lifting a warship over its head.Read more

Disney+ raises the curtain on The Muppet Show in February

The Muppet Show? Oh, The Muppet Show! 15 seconds to curtain, The Muppet Show! Or, make that one month: Disney+ has announced that all of five seasons of Jim Henson’s pioneering variety show will join its library February 19—the show’s streaming debut, if you don’t count all the YouTube rips we’ve...

Chystají se další PUBG hry, jedna vyjde ještě letos

Autoři populární střílečky PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds nechtějí být studiem jednoho hitu a už pracují na dalších projektech. Ještě letos by měl vyjít mobilní titul, příští rok pak velká hra na PC a konzole

Hitman 3: The Kotaku Review

Hitman 3 made me care more about its plot than crafting the perfect murder. The narrative, which I usually see as a flimsy excuse to play dress-up and cause globe-spanning mayhem, bleeds into the structure of its levels and creates some unexpected moments of emotion and vulnerability. Its dark...

Let us praise the humble glory of Swedish egg coffee

The aisles of the Minnesota State Fair are host to a teeming game of lard-coated one-upmanship. On the left, hot dogs wrapped in funnel cake batter. Across the way, baked potatoes cocooned in mozzarella cheese, served on a stick. But it wasn’t always this way.Read more

A Hand With Many Fingers Captures The Paranoia Of Cold War Conspiracies

Most mystery stories involve flashy detective work and sharp deductions, culminating in a dramatic reveal. In the novel Murder on the Orient Express, there’s a point where detective Hercule Poirot gathers everyone together and dives into a detailed breakdown of exactly how a murder occurred,...

This Bot Turns Reddit Arguments Into Ace Attorney Debates

Ever since there’s been more than one person on the internet, there have been arguments. Some forum debates have become so outrageous that they’ve been forever ensconced in the collective unconscious of the web. And now, they can be turned into Phoenix Wright debates.Read more

Johnny Mnemonic's Cyber-Dolphin Is Still the Apex of Cyberpunk

It’s hard to make the cyberpunk genre feel fresh nowadays. Its tried-and-true tenets of a dystopian future overrun by corporations and technology have, after all, been true for a while. Of course, cybernetic implants aren’t de rigeur in the real world so we can’t have secret chainsaws in our hands...

Auto Chess Is Getting a MOBA, Continuing the Eternal Cycle

The history of the MOBA genre is one of mods and iteration. Its most popular and still-standing games today are the result of multiple reimaginings and tweaks to skirt copyright issues. Now, there’s one more absurd step to the story: the makers of Auto Chess are making a MOBA. An Auto Chess MOBA...

Anamanaguchi's Scott Pilgrim Soundtrack Is Still Pop-Rock Pixel Perfection

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game, after years of being stranded on old consoles, was finally re-released last week. I’m eager to hop back in, but more than just playing through it one more time, I’ve been digging re-listening to the game’s perfect pop-rock soundtrack.Read more

Dead Or Alive Creator Launches His Own Game Company

Tomonobu Itagaki made his name creating Dead or Alive and designing Ninja Gaiden games. After leaving Koei Tecmo, he founded Valhalla Game Studios, releasing Devil’s Third. Now, he’s back with a new company.Read more

Fly Delta, Fly Chunky

Duncan Halleck is a concept artist and illustrator currently working on Utopia Syndrome, an upcoming point-and-click horror/adventure game.Read more

The Week In Games: Agent 47 Is Back

Load up on expired cans of soup, flamingo costumes, and explosive golf balls. Hitman 3 is almost here and it’s time to kill some assholes. Read more

'Shop Contest: Potato CEO

Turns out, Taco Bell is run by some kind of sentient potato. Who knew? Though the reasoning behind removing potatoes from the menu now makes more sense. Read more

This Website Lets You Make GLaDOS Say Whatever You Want

Do you like GLaDOS, the homicidal, yet charming AI overlord of the Portal games? Do you also wish you could hear her sing the opening line from My Chemical Romance’s “Black Parade?” Guess what? I got a website for you and your oddly specific dream.Read more

Facebook si spletl fanoušky Falloutu s radikály a zakázal je. Už podruhé

Facebooková skupina fanoušků videohry Fallout 76 byla provozovateli sociální sítě během čtyř měsíců již podruhé zakázaná. Název Free States Militia ve spojení s častými příspěvky o zbraních a útocích, totiž automatické algoritmy opakovaně vyhodnocují jako nebezpečné

'Shop Contest: Gengar Plush, Winners!

Last week, we got our first look at a new Pokemon plush Gengar toy that is also a bed and nightmare, rolled into one small package. Few things are more perfect for a Photoshop contest.Read more

Congratulations, You Are Being Rescued

This week on Snapshots we have some cool black and white screenshots, some urban decay, a swingin’ Spider-Man, some colorful cars, big and creepy bones, and a droid looking to chokeslam a Jedi. Read more

Pirated Copies Of Take On Helicopters Make Your In-Game Pilot Drunk

For a very long time, people have been making games. And a moment after people started selling these things, other people began stealing them. So developers have continued to include features that trip up pirates. For example, getting drunk in a game about flying helicopters.Read more

Poipole Is The Terrible Mascot Of Anti-Vaxxers

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 Poipole!Read more

Community's Paintball Episodes Have Been Turned Into A Free Online Game

I liked the first two seasons of Community. Then I liked the third season a bit less and then I just stopped watching. But those first seasons were good and I loved those paintball episodes a lot. And what do you know, some folks who are clearly streets ahead, created and released a free online...

Sunday Comics: Any Questions?

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

Don't Worry, Big Frog Is Here

This week we rank a bunch of Sonic games, control a fox with a controller, play Pokemon in a weird place, check out some of the new content coming to Puyo Puyo 2 and meet the wonderful and amazing Big Frog. Read more

Report: Cyberpunk Development Didn't Really Start Until 2016

Cyberpunk 2077 was announced back in 2012 and shown off to the world with a cinematic trailer in 2013, but work on the game didn’t begin for real until 2016, according to a new report by Bloomberg. That’s when CD Projekt studio head Adam Badowski took over as director, several veteran developers...

Persona 5 Strikers Feels More Like Persona 5 Than I Expected

When I heard Koei Tecmo studio Omega Force was making Persona 5 Strikers, I imagined a Dynasty Warriors game with Persona 5 characters. Turns out it’s not quite that at all. After playing through the first few hours of the full game, Strikers feels more like an extension of Persona 5 with...

Video Game Spoilers Are Good, Actually

For the most part, the internet is a screaming void where nobody can agree on anything—not even what to scream about. But there is one unspoken rule that a remarkably large number of people hold sacred: no spoilers. Is that for the best, though, or is it limiting our ability to talk about games...

Overwatch League Announces 2021 Season Details

With around three months to go until Overwatch League Opening Day (for which we still don’t have a firm date), the League has released a new video detailing how the OWL 2021 season will play out. Here’s a look at what to expect.Read more

Twitch's Rust Boom Is The Streamer Crossover Event Of The Century

There is no predicting which game Twitch will catapult into the spotlight next. Last year, it was Among Us, a previously obscure party game about deception. Now, it’s Rust, a survival game that first came out in 2013, whose heyday was thought to have long since passed. These seemingly random...

Sony Scrubs Release Dates From Trailer Fine Print

Sony uploaded a video earlier this week that included some new release date info about some upcoming games buried in some fine print text. Now, a part of that video was uploaded to YouTube today but with all that info removed.Read more

You're Toad, Not Mario. And That's OK

For as long as Mario, Luigi, Bowser, and Princess Peach have existed, another group of characters have been waiting in the wings, ready to let players know about whose princess is in which castle. The Toads have always been there, and they have always been overlooked. But Toads can be heroes.Read...

Let's Rank (A Few) Sonic Games

There are a lot of Sonic games. There aren’t too many Sonic games because one can never get enough of the blue streak, but in order to keep this list from spiraling out of control I created a few ground rules.Read more

Axiom Verge Gets 'Sophisticated' Randomizer Mode Six Years After Launch

Axiom Verge, the bespoke Metroid-like developed solely by indie designer Thomas Happ, is still getting new content long after it originally came out. A new update will make the game feel like new every time you play by randomizing the order in which you get new weapons and unlock new areas.Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for processing what happened last week and steeling ourselves for what’s going to happen next week. Video games are the perfect accompaniment to both of these activities. Read more

Cyberpunk Anime Keanu Figure Is Just Happy To Be Here

Cyberpunk 2077 has had some problems, sure, but that doesn’t mean people don’t want adorable toys. Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Johnny Silverhand figure’s got that big, soulful, Keanu Reeves energy in a tiny, big-headed package.Read more

Destiny 2 Will Bring Loot Back To The Moon Next Season

The moon was finally added to Destiny 2 back in 2019, but last year’s Beyond Light update made its loot obsolete. Now Bungie plans to fix that next season by re-issuing some of its old gear with a new infusion cap in the studio’s ongoing dance to try and get the game’s progression just right.Read...

Test Your Zombie Survival Skills With Cold War’s New Cranked Mode

Killing zombies is the best part about Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update for Season One. New maps and modes were added on January 14, including a new large-scale Fireteam map, a standard 6v6 multiplayer mode called “Dropkick,” and a Cranked mode for Zombies.Read more

For A Bootleg Pokémon Game, This Looked Pretty Good

This week, a bootleg Pokémon game called Pocket Trainer DX was finally pulled from the Google Play store. It featured Pokémon characters and art, and for a totally unofficial app, it didn’t look too shabby.Read more

Playstationová horečka pokračuje, i speciální edice jsou nedostupné

Kdo má zájem o nový PlayStation 5 a nestihl jej objednat v den startu předprodeje, má i teď problém novou konzoli sehnat. Stejný případ je to s externě upravenými modely. Jeden z prodejců musel nabídku kvůli emocím zákazníků stáhnout, druhý byl zase extrémně drahý

ASUS' CES Showcase Is A Free Steam Game

Due to the ongoing global pandemic, this year’s Consumer Electronics Show is a completely online affair. Gaming hardware maker ASUS takes the show’s digital format to the extreme with ROG Citadel XV, a free download on Steam that’s one (small) part first-person shooter, one part fancy virtual...

Fighting Game Players Create Community-Wide Code Of Conduct

Members of the fighting game community recently unveiled a code of conduct for the competitive scene. Much like a similar (and, as of December 2020, disbanded) project in the Smash community, the document is a list of common-sense rules that includes a firm stance against several forms of abuse...

These Third-Party Mods Make 'Cyberpunk 2077' Tolerable

Assuming you haven’t thrown your hands up in the air and demanded a refund for the Duke Nukem-like gaming experience that is Cyberpunk 2077, there are a number of mods you can grab that address some of its issues and, dare I say it, make it more fun to play. At the very least, they’ll tide...

Big Game Publishers Are Retreating Into The Safety Of Hollywood's Back Catalog

This week, the video game industry got a fresh infusion of boomer energy with the announcement of a new Indiana Jones game. Meanwhile, there’s also a James Bond game in the works, and Ubisoft announced it’s working on an open world Star Wars game—the first in a possible flood of new games taking...

How to say goodbye to Alex Trebek: “What is a tourtière?”

I’ve been struggling to find a way to properly memorialize Alex Trebek and have come to the conclusion that it is actually impossible. With most celebrities we merely enjoy their work and the sporadic joy it brings to our lives. Alex Trebek, on the other hand, was far more than just his work—he...

Animator Inspired By Daigo Vs. Justin Wong Street Fighter Match

One of the most famous moments in esports history is the Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike semifinal match from 2004. With only a pixel of health left, Daigo Umehara parried a slew of attacks from Wong before mounting an incredible comeback. Read more

Fighting Games Have Come A Long Way

It’s common knowledge that fighting game sprites have grown larger and more refined as technology has improved, at least in those rare few games that still use them. But I never truly appreciated how big of a difference there is between the classics and their modern counterparts before now.Read more

Abandoned MF DOOM Game Sounded Cool

News of MF DOOM’s death a couple of weeks ago led to an outpouring of tributes from artists around the world, from movie-makers to his peers and fans in the rap game, but one that caught my eye in particular was this project by Chafomon, an abandoned fan project for the Game Boy called MF Doom:...

How did Rust make $1 million in Steam revenue in a day - twice?

[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.] Wouldn’t it be nice to make $1 million gross on your Steam game.....

Fans Finally Crack Made-Up Assassin's Creed Language

Assassin’s Creed is a neverending series of mysteries and puzzles, the most enduring of which is the Isu language. While it was first introduced in 2009’s Assassin’s Creed II, it wasn’t until last year’s Assassin’s Creed Valhalla provided substantial clues that fans were finally able to crack...

This Dude Got Impeached Twice

President Donald Trump has been impeached yet again in a 232-197 vote, five days after pro-Trump insurgents stormed the Capitol and little more than a week before his White House stint comes to an end. He is the first American president in history to be impeached more than once.Read more

The Triumph of Fascist Aesthetics

The photograph is arresting: a bearded man stands at the top of a staircase located in the Senate wing of the Capitol bearing uniquely American symbols, marking both time and ideology. He holds in his right hand a red flag with the phrase “Trump is my president” written across it in bold white...

Coronavirus Lockdowns Didn't Reduce Air Pollution as Much as We Thought

I know it seems like forever ago, but think back to the early days of covid-19 when lockdowns first halted travel and industry in huge swaths of the world. It was devastating to the economy and was a symptom of a huge public health problem, but reports showed there was at least one good thing...

Hogwarts Legacy Delayed To 2022

WB Games’ upcoming open-world Harry Potter game Hogwarts Legacy has been pushed back to 2022. It was originally scheduled to arrive on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC sometime this year.Read more

Luigi's New Ride Is Just A Penis

Today marks the start of mobile Mario Kart’s 35th tour, transporting players to Berlin, Germany, where Luigi dons knee-length leather shorts and rides about town in a wheeled phallus brandishing a fork-skewered sausage. Read more

Ubisoft Massive Is Making An Open World Star Wars Game

Ubisoft is partnering with the the newly launched Lucasfilm Games to make an open world game based in the Star Wars universe, Wired reports. This apparently signals the end of EA’s previous exclusivity deal regarding the development of Star Wars video games.Read more

Hades x Techwear

Alfonso Maesa is an illustrator and concept artist from the Philippines.Read more

ESA Halts Political Donations After U.S. Capitol Storming

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) plans to stop political donations in the wake of the storming of the United States’ capitol building by a right-wing, insurrectionist mob hellbent on keeping Donald Trump in power, reports.Read more

Představujeme nejočekávanější akční hry roku 2021

Akční hry jsou mezi hráči stále nejoblíbenější a i letos jich vyjde celá řada. Vybrali jsme více než dvacítku těch, které podle nás mají největší šanci na úspěch. Svého favorita si mezi nimi najde každý

Cyberpunk 2077, One Month Later

After multiple delays, reports of mandatory overtime at the studio, and a years-long, nauseating hype train inescapably intertwined with edgelord marketing tactics and transphobia, CD Projekt Red finally released Cyberpunk 2077 into the world at the tail end of last year, and almost every day...

Grand Theft Auto V Actors Recreate 'Lamar Roasts Franklin' Scene

Grand Theft Auto V, now available across two platform generations with a version for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on the way, refuses to die. The game’s latest contribution to the online zeitgeist is the brief scene where side character Lamar Davis roasts protagonist Franklin Clinton, which...

Oh No, He’s Hot

A new trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of Super Mario 3D World arrived earlier today featuring a first look at Bowser in Bowser’s Fury and y’all...damn. Read more

Samsung Will Announce Its Next Galaxy S Lineup on Jan. 14

If you’ve been holding out on snagging a new phone to see what Samsung’s been cooking, you won’t have to wait too much longer. On January 14, the company will announce the S21 line of smartphones at its Galaxy Unpacked event. Read more

Nintendo Is Making Copyright Claims on Videos of Game & Watch Hacking

Despite its retro charms, for $50 the Nintendo Game & Watch: Super Mario Bros. handheld felt like it could benefit from a few more games: an upgrade some talented hackers made possible before the device was even released. But Nintendo doesn’t like consumers messing with its hardware, and today...

Fans Surprised By New CG Anime Show's Quality

Cyberpunk manga Ex-Arm is getting a TV anime adaptation this month. The show, which is a CG anime, was originally slated for release last summer but got pushed back due to the pandemic. Read more

Japan-Exclusive Yakuza PSP Game Gets Fan Translation

The popularity of the Yakuza franchise has exploded in the United States over the last few years, but we’ve mostly been getting games in the main series. Japan, on the other hand, has enjoyed a fair few exclusive spin-offs since the first game launched in 2005, one of which just got a...

The Lucasfilm Games Name, At Least, Is Back

Lucasarts is dead, but for some reason, the powers behind The Brands have decided that the company’s previous name—Lucasfilm Games—is something that needs to be resurrected, and so will now be on the box and the end of trailers for every Star Wars game going forward.Read more

Sony Gives Release Windows For Project Athia And Other PS5 Games

The 2021 Consumer Electronics Show began today—virtually, of course—and during a video presentation Sony revealed new release date information about half a dozen games. But it didn’t announce these dates as you might expect. Instead, all the new info came from text that appeared at the bottom...

Hades Is Life

While playing through Supergiant Games’ Hades I kept asking myself, why is this game so freaking good?Read more

What Happens After Impeachment?

After Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol by a pro-Trump mob, House Democrats have made impeaching the president a renewed priority, even as the clock ticks down on the last days of his term. So far, House lawmakers’ efforts to levy impeachment proceedings are contingent on whether Vice President...

Spanish Streamer TheGrefg Obliterates All-Time Twitch Viewership Record

For years now, Twitch’s record for most concurrent viewers on a single streamer’s channel has been hotly contested, with streamers topping each other in slow-building increments. Today, however, Spanish streamer TheGrefg made everybody else look like they’d been wrestling for discarded peanut...

Nier: Automata Dumped Me And I’m Okay With It

I finally finished Nier: Automata and I don’t think I’ll ever play it again. I don’t mean that in an, “Oh thank god the game is over, I am free now,” way that I felt finishing The Last Of Us 2—a game hellbent on holding on to you long after what any normal, non-sadistic storyteller would consider...

What Are the Best Computer Speakers?

Here’s a weird confession: Despite having made the jump from laptop to full PC years ago, I still don’t have computer speakers. Read more

Otterbox Is Making Mobile Gaming Gear Now

Otterbox, one of the biggest names in phone and tablet cases, has teamed up with Microsoft to create a new line of clips, cases, and grips aimed at making the most of mobile gaming services like Xbox Game Streaming and Apple Arcade.Read more

AGDQ 2021 Raises $2.7 Million For Charity

Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 has wrapped up after a full week of speedrunning. The event raised an impressive $2,764,437 for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. This is the second-highest amount raised at AGDQ, only beaten by last year’s total of over $3 million. Read more

Now We're Playing Pokémon In A Twitter Profile Pic

Gameloft Montreal programmer Constantin Liétard has created a script that allows Twitter users to control a game of Pokémon Red playing out in his profile picture. It’s like ‘Twitch Plays Pokémon’ without having to deal with Twitch chat.Read more

Every Deleted Parler Post, Many With Users' Location Data, Has Been Archived

In the wake of the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by scores of President Trump’s supporters, a lone researcher began an effort to catalogue the posts of social media users across Parler, a platform founded to provide conservative users a safe haven for uninhibited “free speech” —...

Parler Forced Offline After Amazon Pulls Hosting Services

Parler has gone offline after Amazon made good on its promise to drop the controversial social media site from its AWS web hosting services. Amazon pulled the plug at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, saying that Parler wasn’t properly moderating its content and the violence being called for on the site...

Please Play This Wolfenstein vs Monkey Ball Game

Return to Castle Monkey Ball is what happens when you take two very different and beloved games and smash them together in a way that on paper sounds terrible, but which in practice is so very very excellent.Read more

I Accidentally Ordered Burgers From A YouTuber

Popular YouTuber MrBeast recently started a virtual chain of burger joints and I, being an old man who avoids non-gaming YouTube like the plague, had no idea. This is how I ended up eating some bland burgers over my Christmas vacation. Read more

'Shop Contest: Gengar Plush

Surprising absolutely nobody, this week’s Photoshop Contest is devoted to that wild new Gengar plushie-bed-pillow thing. Read more

Let's Rank The Half-Life Games, From Worst To Best

The Half-Life franchise contains some of the best and most beloved video games ever made. While the vast majority of the series is very good, they can’t all be equally great. Let’s rank ‘em!Read more

Sunday Comics: I Won't Fail!

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

'Shop Contest: 2021, Winners!

We are now living in the future, which is not the future, but the present day, which is the future’s past. I think. Anyway, 2021 sounds sort of futuristic and Sealab 2021 was a good show, so I asked you all to make 2021 images.Read more

Let Me Just Check Twitter Real Quick...

This week on Snapshots we got some wonderful Assassin’s Creed images, a bit of Cyberpunk, some more Spider-Man, a creepy looking cat, and a cool bow and arrow shot from Red Dead Redemption II. Oh and more cool screenshots from other games too. Read more

Magnezone Might Be An Alien UFO

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 Magnezone!Read more

Jack Offs Trump

Rest in piss, @realDonaldTrump: Twitter has permanently suspended the president after he incited a riot at the Capitol this week.Read more

Mod Puts Gilmore Girls In Fire Emblem

Okay, I’ll admit that my only exposure to the show is listening to it in the background while my sister binge-watched it years back, but this mod that adds elements of Gilmore Girls to Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is just too incredible for words.Read more

After A Very Shitty Day, The Mr. Bones Speedrun Helped Me Cope

The speedrunning festival Awesome Games Done Quick is not yet over but the greatest run of the event has already been crowned. There’s a good chance you might not have even seen it. No, I don’t mean Argick’s Sonic Mania run that might have broken the Guiness record for fastest commentating....

Waluigi Will Never Be In Smash, And Other 2021 Predictions

A new year is here, and surprise! It’s already extremely bad—just like the last one. But maybe better things lie ahead. Or, you know, at the very least, we might get ambushed by some cool video games in addition to all the bad news bears that will inevitably emerge from the shadows to batter...

Twitch Will Have A Different Pogchamp Emote Every 24 Hours From Now On

Earlier this week, Twitch removed its extremely popular Pogchamp emote, which is used to express excitement in chat, after the face of the emote, Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, encouraged further “civil unrest” after the insurrection at the Capitol Building. Now, just two days later, it’s replaced...

Hitman 3's Dubai Shows Agent 47 At His Murderous Best

Hitman 3, which releases January 20, is the last in the trilogy of Hitman reboots that started in 2016. What I played of it in a preview this week felt as tense and exciting as ever, with a glamorous new location to infiltrate and powerful figures to track down. While there are a few new additions...

The Fastest Hat In All The West

This week we check in some old Fallout 3 questions, rebuild Nancy Pelosi’s garage door, go snowboarding in The Witcher 3, assassinate people in VR, play a canceled Tomb Raider game, and reach for the sky. Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for decompressing after an incredibly trying week. Riding a dog and hunting some monsters sounds like it might do the trick. Read more

Path of Exile 2 letos nevyjde. Kvůli covidu

Pokračování oblíbené diablovky Path of Exile mělo být jedním z hlavních taháků letošního roku. Vývojáři ale už teď vědí, že i kvůli neustupující pandemii koronaviru stihnou hru dokončit nejdříve v příštím roce

It's Almost Like Akira Predicted Covid-19's Impact On The Olympics

Akira certainly did predict the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The manga, created by Katsuhiko Otomo (above), and ensuing anime are set against the backdrop of the impending 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It also appears that one panel in the manga refers to measures for combating a contagious disease.Read more

Tapjoy Settles With FTC After Years of Cheating Mobile Gamers

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Thursday that it has finally reached a settlement with Tapjoy, a California-based adtech company that’s alleged to have defrauded consumers consumers out of the in-app rewards that they were promised. Per the FTC, Tapjoy’s scam had allegedly gone on...

Artist Claims Official Super Nintendo World Website Is Using His Fan Art

A new website for Nintendo’s upcoming Japanese theme park Super Nintendo World went live yesterday. It featured new details and a virtual tour of the video game wonderland ahead of its February 4 opening. It also used an image of Mario for its loading screen that appears to have been created not...

The Rogue Squadron Pilots We Want in Patty Jenkins' Star Wars Movie

In 2023, Patty Jenkins will deliver (pending future ramifications of the world in which we live) Rogue Squadron, the next major theatrical release in the Star Wars saga: a tale of the bravest squadron of pilots in the galaxy far, far away. The Rogues have a long history within canon and a longer...

SNK Devs Once Put Goku In King Of Fighters 98

In the latest installment of Polygon’s ongoing deep dive series on the making of classic fighting games, veteran developer Toyohisa Tanabe revealed that his team at SNK was experimenting with crossovers as far back as King of Fighters 98.Read more

I’ve Kept My PS5 'Upside Down' For Months And It Hasn’t Exploded

There’s the proper way to set up a PlayStation 5. And then there’s the improper way, a method that has been utilized by such prolific users as (apparently) a PlayStation executive and (definitely) yours truly. Yes, I’ve had my PS5 upside down since the day I got my hands on it, in late October....

The PS5's DualSense Is The Perfect Canvas

One of my first thoughts upon seeing the futuristic armored look of the PlayStation 5’s Dualsense controller was, “Man, I bet that’s going to look awesome with a custom paint job.” Indulging my pink and black obsession, the painting pros at Colorware have confirmed my hypothesis.Read more

The Climate Crisis Will Be Steroids for Fascism

The Capitol has a police force with a $500 million budget, and yet it failed at its one job on Wednesday. Members of Congress, among the most protected people on the planet, were forced to hide in undisclosed locations as violent extremists overran the Capitol.Read more

Hitman 3 Trailer Shows Off The Trilogy In Irresistibly Goofy VR

The Hitman series does a great job walking a fine line between very serious murder heisting and utterly ridiculous physics simulator. This juxtaposition is on perfectly display in the new Hitman 3 trailer showing off the game’s VR mode. Read more

Remembering Kotaku Writer András Neltz

András Neltz, a Budapest-based writer and editor who worked the morning shift at Kotaku from 2012-2016, died last month at the age of 31. Today, we mourn the loss of a cherished former colleague.Read more

Logitech G923: The Surest Thing In Sim Racing

A decade ago, if you were getting into sim racing and wanted to buy a steering wheel, there wasn’t much shopping around to do. You pretty much bought a Logitech G27 like everyone else and called it a day. Today, the offerings are far more diverse, with higher-end options from Thrustmaster...

A Canceled 2006 Tomb Raider Game Is Now Playable

Back in 2006, Core Design, the original studio behind the Tomb Raider series, was working on a 10th-anniversary remake of the first game for PSP. While a lot of progress was made, the game was eventually canceled. Now, that original PSP game has resurfaced and is playable, PC Gamer reports.Read more

Neverwinter: Sharandar Revisits The Game's Very First Adventure Module

The first adventure module added to Perfect World Entertainment’s Neverwinter, 2013's Fury of the Feywild, introduced players to the ancient elven stronghold of Sharandar. The game’s latest three-part module, launching on PC February 9 and consoles a month later, heads back to those wild woods...

Yoshi Devolved From Babysitter to Baby

Yoshi, upon its debut, was a bright green agent of change in the Mario franchise. In its first appearance, it bursts from an egg, growing from newborn to adult in the blink of an eye. Yet for a character so tied to the concept of change and evolution, Yoshi has found itself creatively...

Twitch Removes "PogChamp" Emote

Twitch has removed the extremely popular “Pogchamp” emote from its service after the man featured in it, streamer Ryan “Gootecks” Gutierrez, tweeted some Extremely Bad Shit about the events currently unfolding in Washington.Read more

What Did These Fuckers Think Was Going to Happen

After embracing violence for at least the past four years and explicitly encouraging Trump supports to swarm Washington D.C. today, Republican leaders from Ted Cruz to Don Jr. are now wringing their hands that the exact outcome many people predicted has come to pass.Read more

Transformers Just Shook Up Its Lore in a Wild Way

Transformers is a franchise that from the get-go has almost been ceaselessly fascinated with its past. The long shadow of the fabled “G1” era—from its design sensibilities to its origin deep-dives—has cast a long shadow over so much of what has come since, including Netflix’s latest re-litigation...

Point/Counterpoint: Does ketchup ever belong on eggs?

Ketchup on eggs can be a subject of intense debate. Is this a combination you grew up with, or is the idea completely foreign to you? Based off of casual conversation here at The Takeout, it’s clear that for every enthusiast, there’s a hater who despise the very idea of Heinz on the breakfast...

And Now For An Architectural Criticism Of Cyberpunk 2077

One of the darkest corners of my wheelhouse is the point where architecture and video games meet, so it’s great getting the chance—like I did today—to read some thoughts on the subject from someone who architecturally knows what they’re talking about.Read more

Loads Of Graphics Cards Just Got More Expensive

Last week, a range of products that had been exempted from tariffs—thanks to the ongoing US v China trade war—lost that status, and so in 2021 will be more expensive. Among those products are graphics cards and motherboards.Read more

Slay The Spire Is Being Turned Into A Board Game

The incredibly deep roguelike deck-building RPG Slay the Spire will get the tabletop treatment, board game makers Contention Games recently announced, letting people explore the game’s inventive card battles together in real life.Read more

The State Of Diversity In Big Budget Video Games

When I think about diversity in last year’s crop of big-budget games I can see the bright spots. Some of PlayStation’s marquee games, for example, featured some of the most diverse casts I’ve seen with men of color and queer women front and center as main characters. But there’s still work to...

How to Unionize Your Workplace

Back in the 1950s, nearly a third of the American workforce belonged to a union. That number has cratered in recent decades due to a multitude of factors, but a shift in law and policy that places an increased focus on unfettered markets, as well as a raft of anti-labor laws, have been primary...

Minecraft Earth Ends This Summer

Augmented reality mobile game Minecraft Earth is shutting down in June, developer Mojang Studios announced this morning.Read more

“I am wooooounded”: A jaunty stroll through the official Frasier cookbook

As a low-attention-span indoor kid, I had two great loves growing up. The first was American football—the Bears specifically, even though they sucked. In fact, despite my regular-degular height and Doug-Jones-in-Hellboy physique, I figured that one day I’d become a professional football player....

Would You Put These Bizarre Funko Pops on Your Shelf?

As someone who doesn’t pay any attention to Funko Pops, I’m always a little concerned by the staggering amount of products the company has. The seemingly infinite line of collectibles spans multiple decades of media, turning some of our favorite nerd properties into plastic figures with oversized...

The best comics of 2020

From the shiny hardwood floor of a basketball court to the far reaches of space, this year’s best comics took readers to all sorts of distant lands. Granted, “distant” gained a new meaning when people were expected to stay in their homes as much as possible. Like the entire entertainment...

Xbox Emulation Is Coming Along Nicely

While platforms as recent as the PS3 and even the Switch are now running very nicely in emulators, the original Xbox has remained something of a thorn in the side of the scene. So it’s cool to see the xemu emulator making such solid progress.Read more

Video Games Predict A Grim 2021

2020 was a bad year for most of us, but a surprisingly good year for video games. As we enter 2021 with the hope offered by the vaccines, and the light at the end of the tunnel just about visible, it might soon be possible to allow hope back in. Unless, it seems, video games are your guide.Read more

What's the Best Scratching Post for My Beautiful Cat?

Because life wasn’t changing enough in 2020, I decided to get my first ever pet at the tail end of last year. My new partner in crime is a black and white little rescue named Mirah, who is an angel on Earth. Mirah is a pretty chill 1-year-old who’s unphased by just about everything. During...

My New Exercise Regimen Is A Plastic Taiko Drum Controller

Stuck in bed most days due to an ongoing medical condition and paralyzed from the chest down, I don’t have a lot of options for cardio exercise. Hand bikes, weights, and tension bands are boring. You know what’s not boring? Beating the hell out of Hori’s drum controller for Bandai Namco’s Taiko...

What's Great About Bowser

How do you evolve a franchise with an almost-static main character? You look to his antagonist: Bowser, King of the Koopas. Also known by his objectively superior Japanese name: Great Demon King Koopa.Read more

How To Take Your Tabletop Dungeons & Dragons Game Online

COVID struck at the height of the resurgence of the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and while it’s not the worst aspect of a worldwide plague, nerds not being allowed to gather at the local hobby store and pretend to be elves really sucks. Luckily, though, with a little know-how...

Getting our hopes up: The A.V. Club’s 14 most anticipated releases of 2021

After the year we’ve all had, it feels like courting disaster to pin any hopes on a wide release that wasn’t manufactured by Pfizer or Moderna. Looking back at what The A.V. Club published when we were still looking forward to 2020, we could’ve just republished some of it wholesale. But credit...

Some Of 2020's Nicest Screenshots

As I’ve done the last few, when a year comes to an end I like to look back on some very nice screenshots by one of my favourite screenshot artists, and 2020 was no different.Read more

Unfinished Japanese PS1 Game Completed, Released Two Decades Later

In 1998 a small team of Japanese developers spent eight months working on a game called Magic Castle, which they sent off as a pitch to seven major publishers, including Sony. It never went anywhere, but thanks to emulators and the efforts of one of the original team, we can now play it and enjoy...

Cyberpunk 2077 Gets "Working" Third-Person Mod

There’s now a mod available that lets you play Cyberpunk 2077 in third-person on the PC, but be warned, while it works in the most basic, functional sense, it’s not something you’re going to want to be using for any real stretch of time.Read more

The Week In Games: Werewolves

Another quiet release week. One of the biggest games coming out later this week is the Switch port of Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Heart of the Forest. Read more

Sunday Comics: Almost Done

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

'Shop Contest: 2021

It’s a new year. We are in the futuristic-sounding year of “2021!” How exciting. Let’s have some fun... in the future! (Which is now.) Read more

How To Watch Awesome Games Done Quick 2021

Awesome Games Done Quick, back for its 12th year, starts today. After a terrible 2020, these fun and impressive speedruns might just be the best way to kick off 2021.Read more

VIDEA ROKU: Středozem v Minecraftu nebo PlayStation 5

Před deseti lety se skupina nadšenců rozhodla, že ve hře Minecraft vybuduje repliku Středozemě z Pána prstenů. Právě působivá upoutávka na jejich práci vzbudila mezi čtenáři Bonuswebu loni největší zájem. Hojně se ale zajímali také o premiéru PlayStationu 5 nebo nového Assassina

'Shop Contest: Miyamoto In A Pipe, Winners!

2020 is over. But we got some unfinished business to take care of: one last 2020 ‘Shop Contest needs to be judged. So, let’s get to it. Let’s see what you assholes did to Miyamoto.Read more

Look, The Spider-Signal!

This week on Snapshots we start the new year with some great new screenshots! Welcome to 2021! Good news, folks are still taking cool screenshots in a bunch of games, including Spider-Man, Alan Wake, No Man’s Sky, Cyberpunk 2077, and more.Read more

The 'Shop Contest Awards: 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to this year’s ‘Shop Contest Awards. This year, like last year, we will be looking back at the best, worst, funniest and weirdest images you all created over the course of 2020. And as always, I’ll be handing out some awards! Read more

The Worst Games Of 2020 According To Metacritic

2020 was a terrible year in many, many ways, but we did get some great games too. Hades, Ghost of Tsushima, Fall Guys, Miles Morales, Crusader Kings III, and more all released this year. But as usual, it’s not all good and this year saw the release of some games that weren’t well-reviewed...

The Robot Apocalypse Looks Like A Lot Of Fun

Happy new year! This week we check in on the best games released in 2020, hang out with Dunkaccino, learn what this month’s PS Plus games are, mourn the lack of people playing Dreams and watch some robots dance like nobody is watching. Read more

Both Sides Claim Victory In Massive EVE Online Battle

Ragnarök, the death of the Norse gods, played out in EVE Online in the wee hours of New Year’s eve. Hundreds of the game’s mightiest vessels gathered together in the M2-XFE system, and Titans from the game’s two largest factions spent over 12 hours exchanging fire and unleashing their incredibly...

Princess Peach Floated So Rosalina Could Fly

35 years on, Princess Peach’s lot is somehow still primarily about being kidnapped and rescued. But is there hope on the horizon? And might it have taken the introduction of—gasp—a second female regular into the cast to bring in the changes?Read more

What Even Is a Hit Anymore?

“I want the world to know, that Billboard is a lie. You can buy No. 1s on Billboard,” is how rapper troll 6ix9ine kicked off an Instagram video he posted in May of this year. His purpose was to allege that he had been cheated out of reaching the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100, the most trusted...

Students Are Filling in the Plot Lines of the Green New Deal

The Green New Deal tells an important story about what society could be instead of what it currently is. It’s about transitioning to a system that allows everyone a fair shot at succeeding and fixing past wrongs from pollution to colonial land grabs.Read more

All the Times We Hacked Each Other's Lives in 2020

Lifehacker’s ethos is to help our readers “do everything better,” and that includes each other. Because even when we’re hacking others’ lives, we still need to live our own.In this post, each of us has selected a favorite 2020 post from another writer on staff. The choices represent the most...

The 12 Best Video Games Of 2020

2020 is over, which is great, even if it doesn’t mean everything terrible about this year is now in our collective rearview mirror. Video games played a bigger role in many of our lives than they have in years past, which made picking Kotaku’s top games pretty tricky. But, as always, here are...


Daniel Dumile, the musician and producer best known as the masked MC MF DOOM, is dead. According to an Instagram post signed by his wife, Jasmine, Dumile died on October 31. The post reads:Read more

Hry, na které se v roce 2021 nejvíce těšíme

Pochmurný rok 2020 je za námi, přišel proto čas podívat se, jaké herní pecky můžeme očekávat během roku 2021. Na které kousky se nejvíce těšíte vy, nám napište do diskuze

Carto’s Cozy Puzzles Are Just Tough Enough

Ask people which superpower they’d want, and you’ll likely hear the same answers. Flight. Super-strength. Invisibility. You’re less likely to hear about the unusual ones—say, the ability to literally reshape the planet to fit your needs. Such an ability is the crux of Carto, a cozy adventure game...

How I Gave In To Temptation And Started Boosting In World of Warcraft Classic

Months ago, I wrote an elegy for the lost traditions of World of Warcraft Classic for Kotaku. After a long hype cycle touting it as a perfect recreation of the game’s provincial culture in the mid-2000s—those halcyon days before it was thoroughly brutalized by Blizzard’s egalitarian approach...

What Are Your Video Game Resolutions For 2021?

Gaming resolutions? Well, I’m hoping to really go all in on 4K for...Hold on. What’s that? Ah, my editor tells me we more or less cracked this exact joke last year. And that it’s bad. And that I should feel bad. (I regret nothing.)Read more

The Best Things We Paid Real Money for in 2020

For better or for worse, in many ways, 2020 was defined by capitalism, a system unprepared to provide as many hospital beds as there are sick people during a pandemic. Or PPE gear to health care workers exposed to those sick people. Or even face masks to those ordinary people just trying to shop...

The State Of The Sims 4 In 2020

We are six years into The Sims 4, and with 2021 around the corner, it will be exciting to see what’s next from this franchise. But before we enter a new year, I want to reflect on the best and worst aspects of Sims 4 content this year. The main game has improved in some subtle yet excellent ways...

Nathan Grayson's Top 10 Games Of 2020 (That Aren't From 2020)

Wow, what’s a year it’s been. I memorized the pattern of tiny paint bubbles on the wall behind my computer monitor. I also re-watched the same three TV shows one thousand times. I’ve become convinced that the outside world is a hologram, and I’m about to embark on a lucrative YouTube career...

You Might Abandon Your New Year's Resolutions, But the Internet Never Will

After the past year’s wall-to-wall cavalcade of death and dreck, it’s not a surprise to see a lot of folks stepping into 2021 with what can best be described as “modest expectations” for the world writ large and their Capacity To Deal with whatever it throws their way. This is the year that we’ve...

The Gamers Of The Year, 2020

As many year-end articles will remind you—not that you needed reminding—2020's been rough. That made it harder than usual to pick specific people for our annual list of influential game-players. Anyone who brought a smile to a friend, a loved one, or even a stranger this year by playing a game...

With Xbox Game Pass I Am Too Powerful

Through a bit of luck, I managed to acquire an Xbox Series S for the holidays. I’ve only had it for about a week now, but the slim, be-speakered machine—and, more specifically, the Game Pass subscription I purchased for it—has utterly changed my gaming life in ways I’m still trying to process.Read...

Super Meat Boy Forever Is Not The Sequel I Was Hoping For

After 10 long years Super Meat Boy is back, this time as an auto-runner in a sequel that channels much of the original except for what I loved most about it: snappy controls and tight platforming. In the year of Spelunky 2 and Hades, it’s a letdown to see Meat Boy return without the key aspects...

Here's January 2021's PlayStation Plus Lineup

January’s PlayStation Plus games are looking pretty good, and I can’t complain about getting three games instead of two. As ever, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read more

This Weird Driving Controller Had Force Feedback Before Steering Wheels

One of the fortunate things about racing, compared to other sports, is that it’s relatively easy to simulate in a virtual setting. The experience of playing NBA 2K, for example, doesn’t correspond to any of the physical skills required to actually play basketball in real life. Those of us who love...

Koei Tecmo Shuts Down Forums Following Data Hack

The Japanese publisher Koei Tecmo announced over the Christmas holiday that some personal data from 65,000 users of its English language website was hacked, leading the company to take its US and UK websites offline for the time being.Read more

Fahey's Top 10 Games Of 2020

In the 2020 gaming judgment system, year-end lists are determined by two separate but equally important groups: the players who play the games, and the games they enjoy playing. These are their stories. Bah-Dum.Read more

Hry roku 2020 podle redakce Bonuswebu

Zatímco ve čtenářské anketě Hra roku 2020 můžete hlasovat až do 5. ledna, na ty nejlepší letošní herní kousky se mezitím podíváme i z pohledu redakce Bonuswebu

Ethan Gach’s Top 10 Games Of 2020

2020 was a shit year for a lot of things, but a bunch of really good games came out during it. And not just your run-of-the-mill, extremely playable, very good games, but a ton of truly special ones.Read more

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Drunk Glitch Keeps Making My Game Weirder

Every time my viking hero Eivor dies in Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, she returns to life drunk. This is a known bug that the developers appear primed to patch, but in trying to just bear with it last night, I somehow made it worse. Though, in this case, “worse” also means “better.” And now...

The Apps That Helped Us Manage 2020

The stress and upheaval of 2020 has sent all of us searching for different ways to cope. And while there is merit in seeking therapy, or striving to get outside more, or taking up a new hobby, many of have also turned to our devices to help ease the pressure.While recognizing the enormous privilege...

The Coolest Gadgets of 2020

It didn’t feel like it, what with a major pandemic and massive financial crisis, but 2020 was actually an incredible year for gadgets. For companies like Apple and Microsoft, this could have been a landmark year were it not for everything else going on. While the competition for our attention this...

What to Do If You've Let Your Animal Crossing Island Go to Hell

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is one of the games that saved our sanity in 2020, but not everyone plays it every day. Maybe you found something else to play on your Switch or just got tired of the daily grind—and that’s okay! But you may notice your island looks a bit different when you come...

Poison Suspected In Death Of Yoozoo Games' Founder Lin Qi

Lin Qi, the billionaire founder of China-based League of Angels developer Yoozoo Games, died on Christmas, several days after being admitted to the hospital. Shanghai police are now investigating the 39-year-old’s death as a possible poisoning, according to the Associated Press.Read more

The Coolest Star Wars Collectibles of 2020

Look, considering the “Skywalker Saga” (to be clear, you’re absolutely a narc if you call it that) came to a close last December, 2020 was still a banner year when it comes to Star Wars merchandise. Between The Mandalorian merch finally hitting in full force after a slight delay, a whole bunch...

How To Get The Most Out Of Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription is about as close to “Netflix for games” as you can get. And just like Netflix, there are ways to get the most bang for your buck. Here are some tips for wringing everything you can out of a Game Pass subscription.Read more

Herní konzole od KFC je skutečná. Umí i ohřát jídlo

Fastfoodový řetězec to už poněkolikáté zkouší s virální reklamou, a i tentokrát se mu daří strhnout pozornost. Chystá se totiž nabízet podivnou herní konzoli s přihrádkou na ohřev jídla. V praxi je to v podstatě jen na míru vyrobený herní počítač

Zvolte největší herní zklamání roku 2020

Hráč videoher jsou jedni z mála, kteří na rok 2020 nebudou vzpomínat ve zlém. Kromě spousty hitů se však i oni dočkali mnoha zklamání. Které bylo pro vás tím největším?

Call Of Duty's 1980s Shopping Mall Map Gets The Little Details Right

Maybe it’s the 2020 pandemic blues, but I can’t get enough of Black Ops Cold War’s retro shopping mall map. “The Pines” is a standard 6v6 multiplayer map that was added earlier this month with the launch of Cold War’s Season One. It’s a New Jersey-based mall filled with retail flashbacks. I’ve...

The Nerd's Watch: The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Streaming in January

Viewers are turning to streaming entertainment more than ever thanks to the global pandemic, and the plethora of services can serve as a much-needed escape. At the start of each month, most streamers do a little shuffle, adding new movies and taking some away, and io9 is here to help with your...

Let's Talk About How Much Mass Effect 2 Rules

Mass Effect 2. It’s widely regarded as one of the best games of all time, a sweeping space opera that set the standard for modern role-playing games. One of us (Ari Notis) is just now playing it for the first time, ahead of next year’s remastered trilogy. The other (Ash Parrish) basically has a...

Super Mario Sunshine Mod Turns Every NPC Into A Chuckster

Indie game developer Bread released a very special Super Mario Sunshine mod over the holidays that makes every NPC in the game able to heave Mario over their heads with no regard for his safety. What a great gift!Read more

What's the Best Gaming Chair, Fellow Gamers?

Earlier this year, my neighbors and I all had some weird quarantine-induced scheme where we decided we would all gift each other gaming chairs. The idea was that we’d all be in lockdown working from home, so we might as well upgrade our chairs with some lumbar support. We kept describing this as...

The Year In Fighting Game Competition

2020 sucked. You know it, I know it. It was amid this chaotic year that the fighting game community found itself pushed out of the arcades, hotels, and convention centers to which competitors had grown accustomed and into the unpredictable world of online play. Early on, organizers were unsure...

Wonder Woman 1984 Has One Great Thing Going for It

Wonder Woman 1984 has been quite the lightning rod since its release. On the one hand, there’s the epic scope, complex romance, rousing score, and positive messages. It also has an incredible cast including Gal Gadot, Kirsten Wiig, Chris Pine, and Pedro Pascal. On the other hand, some have...

The Podcast Episodes That Sustained Us in 2020

Podcasts used to define my commute. But now that I don’t have a commute anymore, I have to fit them in where I can. This means I have sadly been forced to ditch many of the shows I used to listen to regularly and focus on only the best of them—the ones I simply can’t miss.And that’s what we’re...

The PS4's Spectacular Dreams Game Is Hurting From A Lack Of Players

When LittleBigPlanet creators Media Molecule launched the game-as-an-engine PlayStation 4 exclusive Dreams into early access in April 2019, I remember feeling a cautious optimism. The technology behind the game was impressive, letting people make their own music, games, and artwork with its robust...

První žaloba na tvůrce Cyberpunku přistála u soudu, její osud je nejistý

Dlouho se o tom spekulovalo, nyní právnická společnost The Rosen Law Firm opravdu poslala oficiální žalobu na videoherní společnost CD Projekt Red. Viní je ze lhaní investorům, kterým vydání rozbitého Cyberpunku 2077 přineslo finanční ztráty. Jestli žaloba skutečně skončí až u soudu, však v tuto...

Zvolte nejlepší herní příběh roku 2020

Nejen grafika, ale i příběhy počítačových her se stávají stále propracovanější. Letos se opravdu urodilo. Vyhraje kontroverzní pokračování The Last of Us, nebo dáte přednost Cyberpunku 2077, Ghost of Tsushima či remasteru Mafie? Anebo překvapíte a vyhraje něco úplně jiného? Je to jen na vás

What Games On Your Backlog Do You Want To Finish This New Year?

I asked this same question last year and looking back on the list of games I hoped to finish, I actually am surprised I got to quite a few of them. That includes Deadly Premonition, Radiant Historia, Pikmin 3, Link Between Worlds, Trace Memory, and No More Heroes. The link between them all is that...

Lost Odyssey’s Ending Felt Like A Bittersweet Farewell To The JRPGs Of Old

I wish I were immortal just so I could play all the games on my backlog. Lost Odyssey for the Xbox 360 is about immortals who’ve lived over a thousand years and they’ve experienced a lot. Maybe too much. Life has taken its toll and the only thing that’s made it bearable is the involuntary amnesia...

The Week In Games: Birds

It’s a pretty quiet week for game releases. Look at it as a chance to catch up on your backlog.Read more

How The Past Year Got Me Thinking Of Post Apocalyptic Games In A New Light

Almost every day, I go for a walk with my kid. She’s just over two. There’s a strange serenity in the isolation of entire city blocks when there’s so few people out and about. In the first few months of the pandemic, it felt like we were walking through an abandoned city. I’ve lived in...

Sunday Comics: Presents

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

Peter Tieryas’ Top 5 Games Of 2020

I can’t believe the year is almost over. 2020 has felt interminable. Between work, taking care of my kid, a new book release, various writing assignments, and all that life has thrown at me, my free time has been really limited. I usually only get a chance to play games after my kid falls asleep...

I Didn’t Expect To Like Deadly Premonition So Much

I crashed eight times during my playthrough of Deadly Premonition on the Switch, often at critical moments. In a game with long load screens, this seemed like an unforgivable sin. “So good it’s bad,” was testing my patience, even if I knew coming in that Deadly Premonition was a flawed cult...

Phantasy Star III Is A Flawed, But Ambitious, Entry Into The Series

Phantasy Star III was a game I wanted to love, especially since its predecessor was a science fiction classic and arguably one of my favorite games on the Sega Genesis. I still remember when I first heard about Phantasy Star III, which released for the Genesis in 1991, I was blown away by the idea...

Šest špatných herních zpráv letošního roku

V roce 2020 nebylo o zklamání nouze. O ta herní se s vámi i letos dělíme ve speciálním článku. Namátkou nám vadí nedostatek nových konzolí, marketingová taktika Nintenda nebo debakl s remasterovaným Warcraftem 3

Who’s The Strongest Video Game Character?

If all the video game characters ever created got together in a big rumble, who’d come out on top? Kratos, the one who took down the gods of Olympus? What about Asura who fought off a deity the size of a planet? What about the ancients who wore Majora’s Mask and caused so much havoc, it was sealed...

The Brilliant 16-Bit JRPG About The Death And Rebirth Of The World

Considered part of the Quintet Creation Trilogy, Terranigma was the culminating tour de force from the Japanese studio behind 16-bit games like Actraiser, Illusion of Gaia, and Robotrek. It was never released in North America (though it received a translated version in PAL), explaining why most...

7 PS4 Horror Games That I Hope Get PS5 Sequels

The PS4 had some great horror games. The best had a way of creeping into my mind subconsciously, lingering until a vulnerable moment and striking terror when I least expected. It’s interesting that with the increase in graphical power, the games that scared me most last gen weren’t necessarily...

The Video Game Music That Helped Us Through 2020

2020 was tough. There were nights we wondered where and how this year would end. Just when things seemed like they couldn’t get worse, they did time and again. On every level, it was difficult just to get through the day. One of the things that helped us through was music. Specifically, video game...

How A Dark Time-Traveling Fantasy Game Became the Original Fallout

The end of the world was both darker and more humorous than anyone could have imagined, and in the original Fallout, released for the PC in 1997, gamers got to experience the apocalypse firsthand. The iconic, “War, war never changes,” introduction set the somber mood, which was written, strangely...

Ys VIII's Compelling Story Makes You Care About Every NPC

I always approach classics with a certain sense of trepidation, especially if I’m playing them outside of their original release window. Games that might have truly been remarkable in their day and age might come across antiquated and difficult to endure in the present, especially with how much...

Zvolte hru roku 2020 s nejlepším otevřeným světem

Rozsáhlé otevřené světy, ve kterých není problém utopit desítky až stovky hodin, jsou trendem dnešních videoher. Dohrát všechny není v lidských silách, v anketě se vás ale ptáme na to, který vám nejvíce učaroval

Ari's Top 10 Games Of 2020

The past year has been one endless, pitch-black night with a single burning, incandescent star: video games. I mean, can you imagine what 2020 would’ve been like without video games? I, for one, cannot. Better yet, it’s not like the annual release calendar was a dry spell, either. From tip to tail...

The Best Games For The Xbox Series X And S

A new console generation usually means a new library of games. That’s not exactly the case with Microsoft’s Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S, at least not yet. There are few true next-gen exclusives. Instead, several recent Xbox games were released in both last-gen and next-gen versions.Read more

CD Projekt Red Faces Investor Lawsuit Over Cyberpunk’s Messy Launch

Two weeks after the troubled launch of Cyberpunk 2077, CD Projekt Red is facing a class action lawsuit. But the filing isn’t on behalf of players who may feel burned over a pre-release cycle that hid the state of the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Rather, it’s on behalf of investors.Read more

The Best Games For The PlayStation 5

Congratulations! You weathered the queues and were able to nab a PlayStation 5. You’ve somehow finagled the thing into your TV stand and turned it on without issue. So, what comes next? Of all the options at your fingertips, which games deserve your time and energy?Read more

The Biggest Video Game Disappointments Of 2020

God, this year sucked. Video games were supposed to be a reprieve from that, and in many ways they were. But in other ways they were just as messy, ill-fated, and broken as the year itself.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077: The Kotaku Review

It’s been two weeks since Cyberpunk 2077 officially released. In my initial impressions, I wrote that I was ready for everyone—developer CD Projekt Red, the studio’s PR people, fans—to stop talking about the game and just let me play it. I’ve been playing steadily since before launch, but weeks...

John Walker’s Top 10 Games Of 2020

The eternally burning tire fire that is 2020 hasn’t exactly been a laugh riot. And yet, as I reflect on what have been some of the most gruelling times I can remember, it’s interesting how much video games have played a part in getting me through. As pure colorful distraction, or even daily...