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...

The worst things on the internet in 2020

Look, even without COVID, 2020 was going to be garbage. It was an election year, for fuck’s sake, so a glut of unhinged political punditry was destined to clog up our social media feeds and needle our glazed eyeballs. In keeping with tradition, it all turned out to be even worse than we could have...

I Wanna Be The Guy Has Been Remastered

A group of fans have remastered I Wanna Be the Guy, improving the notoriously difficult platformer’s performance for those still willing to subject themselves to its dastardly tricks.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077’s Latest Patch Resolves The PC Save File Size Limit

It’s no secret that Cyberpunk 2077 is plagued by a raft of technical issues, particularly on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Today, CD Projekt Red released another hotfix for the troubled game, aiming to address some of those issues, including the seemingly arbitrary filesize limit placed on...

20 Years Later I’m Still Thinking About The Bouncer

Sometimes a piece of pop culture worms its way into your brain, builds a comfortable, cost-efficient home in your cerebral cortex, and lives there happily for decades on end. My own tenant is The Bouncer, an odd beat ‘em up by Square Soft, which came out in Japan 20 years ago today before fading...

The Biggest Video Game Surprises Of 2020

Every year, we run down the best annual surprises from the world of video games. Needless to say, 2020 was not like previous years. That’s why, this year, we’re reorienting our annual tradition to focus on the biggest—not necessarily the best—ones.Read more

Happy Holidays, Everyone

Here’s a 12-hour, 4K yule log in the style of Hades, courtesy of Supergiant Games:Read more

The Fictional Characters, TV Shows, and Movies We Lost in 2020

It was a rough year for all of us in the real world, but those fictional universes we spend so much time in didn’t get off scot-free. A lot of television shows ended their runs this year, and a lot of our favorite characters from sci-fi, fantasy, and horror took their final bows as well. Here...

The Games That Got Us Through 2020

I had high hopes for 2020, if for nothing else than the coolness of how the year sounded on paper: twenty-twenty. But as we all know, this year was a complete dumpster fire across any number of individual categories: politics, treating others as equals, accepting inconvenience to prevent others...

Ian Walker’s Top 10 Games Of 2020

This is the first time I’m doing one of these…well, professionally, at least. I was hired at Kotaku right before the world went to shit, and despite a tumultuous year, I’m still here. I broke news. I reviewed the PlayStation 5. I wrote about a digital dog’s butt.Read more

Trump Pardons War Crimes, Illegal Steam Spending

The White House announced a new round of presidential pardons yesterday, granting clemency to several controversial figures. Among them were the perpetrators of the Nisour Square massacre and Duncan Hunter, a former California congressman who was indicted for illegally using campaign funds...

Everyone Is a Prepper Now, in The Sense That They're All Trying Not to Die

Last year, somewhere between story research and general curiosity, I found myself in Central Park with Shane Hobel, a compact and furiously energetic man who makes his living teaching other people how to stay alive. There were seven of us in his bite-sized “urban survival” course, for which Hobel...

The Best Games Of 2020 That You’ve Never Heard Of

There are so many games. The Nintendo Switch sees 30 releases a week. More than 50 PC games come out a day on Steam. Fifty. A day. And yes, most of them are shovelware or just plain drivel, but that only makes things worse for the little gems that are hidden within. In such a crazed market, it’s...

Hey Xbox Game Pass, Where Are All My Weird Old Platformers?

Xbox Game Pass features a truly mind-boggling amount of content. If you’ve ever scrolled through the service you’ve probably experienced the same delirium I have. The idea that anyone can ping-pong between Gears of War 5, The Master Chief Collection, and Rainbow Six: Siege in a single sitting...

You Can (Carefully) Pet The Zombie Dogs In Black Ops Cold War

I love when games give me the option to pet dogs, and surprisingly, you can pet the Plaguehounds in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode. But unless you use a specific weapon effect, you’d never even know you had the option to pet them.Read more

Rare Gokus Possibly Lost At Sea After Major Shipping Accident

Goku collectors are left wondering what fate awaits their beautiful sons after a bad storm caused the massive One Apus container ship to potentially lose over $200 million worth of cargo in the Pacific Ocean northwest of Hawaii late last month. Read more

Characters Who Helped Us Make It Through 2020

Twenty-twenty has been a year of seeking comfort in media, both in the nostalgia of old favorites and the exciting discovery of new and excellent stories. This year, more than any recently, we’ve looked for new bonds and new characters to fall in love with. Here are the heroes who kept us going...

Ash Parrish's Top 10 Games Of 2020

Ahh! My first “Top 10 Games” post for Kotaku, so exciting! Arriving here has fundamentally changed my relationship with gaming. I have a lot more time to play a lot more brand-spankin’ new games, versus the slow arrival to already well-beloved titles that was typical of my pre-Kotaku life. So...

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

Writing “2021” in a headline is giving me more feelings than I expected, so thanks for that, Xbox. January’s Games with Gold lineup is a mix of horror and fighting games; as always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold Subscription.Read more

The Witcher's Blooper Reel Declares Henry Cavill a 'Sexy Greased Pig'

Netflix has released a blooper reel for The Witcher, centered around our beloved Geralt (Henry Cavill) trying hard to keep a straight face while greased-up on a bed, flubbing his lines, and standing by while Roach takes a shit in the background. Well, the book does say “everybody poops.”Read more

7 Games To Play With Your Kids Over Christmas

For parents, the Christmas vacation is, at its best, a fortnight of Sundays. No school, but also everything else is closed, too, and everyone you know is busy seeing family. 2020’s holiday break is, as is only proper for 2020, all of that but even harder. Two weeks of being at home, unable to...

Cyberpunk 1997

Wake the fuck up, Samurai. We have a city to burn. An original PlayStation-era city, courtesy of game developer Anders Lundbjörk’s completely accurate demake of Cyberpunk 2077. Read more

EVE Online Players Are Calling A Christmas Truce

Two of EVE Online’s biggest factions have been engaged in open war for the last six months, fighting for their continued existence on the server. Tensions are high, and players on both sides of the conflict are starting to show signs of wear and tear. What better way to provide those players...

Cyberpunk 2077 je terčem vtipů, podívejte se na ty nelepší

Nejočekávanější hra letošního roku se sice povedla, určitě by jí ale pomohlo, kdyby jí ještě vývojáři měli čas lépe odladit. Seznam problémů, s kterými se hráči potýkají, je prakticky nekonečný, my vám ukážeme alespoň ty úsměvnější

Zvolte nejlepší hru roku 2020 na Xbox

Čtenářská anketa Hra roku 2020 na Bonuswebu pokračuje hlasováním v kategorii nejlepších her na konzole Xbox. Zvolit můžete až tři kousky

Stardew Valley Just Got Another Massive Update

Pixelated farming sim Stardew Valley continues to grow, this time with a big 1.5 update for PC that adds a bunch of new stuff, including a beach farm map where veteran green thumbs can try their hand at growing crops in the sand. Read more

How to Watch 'Wonder Woman 1984' for Free on Christmas Day

As theaters remain closed or operating at a limited capacity, the ongoing pandemic has forced entertainment giants from Warner Bros. to Disney to radically rethink their movie release strategies. Disney has already dropped its one-time spring tentpole Mulan onto Disney+ for a $30 upcharge, but...

How The Mandalorian's Finale Reveal Fits Into Star Wars' Timeline

The Mandalorian’s season finale took Din Djarin’s small slice of the Star Wars universe and exploded it into smithereens—smithereens with much larger ties to the vast Skywalker Saga than any of us could’ve imagined when this show first started last year. But now that its adventures are inextricably...

An Esports Team Signed An 8 Year Old, But Nobody Is Sure If It's Legal

If nothing else, Team 33 certainly made a splash when it arrived on the esports scene earlier this month. In a press release, the previously unknown organization boasted of a Hollywood team house that had already played host to big names like Janelle Monáe, Post Malone, and Drake. But it wasn’t...

All The Big Games Coming Out In Winter 2020

We made it, everyone. It’s winter 2020, which is really just a couple of weeks of 2020, with the vast majority of game releases coming in the year 2021. What will we be playing as we put the year of hell behind us and move on to what’s hopefully not just more of the same? Let’s find out. Read more

The State Of The Nintendo Switch In 2020

It’s hard to imagine what the state of the Nintendo Switch would look like right now if 2020 hadn’t been so horrible. What could have been one of the hardware’s more stagnant years turned into one of its most memorable, when the soothing escapism of Animal Crossing met a world desperately in need...

The State Of Xbox In 2020

This time last year, Microsoft’s current flagship console was little more than a swanky video spot aired during a swanky awards show. Now, it’s the capstone to one of the biggest years for Xbox in recent memory. Time sure works in funny ways.Read more

Welcome to The Great G/O Media Recipe Exchange

My favorite part of the holiday season, next to family time and watching every Hallmark movie ever created, is the food. My mom and grandma make homemade kremas (think eggnog, but Haitian and much better) and my sisters and I eat dozens of Christmas cookies, while my dad judges us all for forcing...

The best TV performances of 2020

As our feature on the best television of 2020 amply demonstrates, the current TV landscape is replete with excellent ensembles that make stumping for your favorites during awards season a nigh-impossible task. And yet, though our annual compilation of the best TV performances typically includes...

Podívejte se, jaké hry rozdá Epic do konce roku

Na internet unikl seznam her, které bude digitální obchod Epic Store v příštích dnech nabízet hráčům zdarma. Pokud je pravý, můžete se těšit i na taková pecky, jako je třeba Alien: Isolation, Night in the Woods nebo Darkest Dungeon

Zvolte nejlepší hru roku 2020 na PC

Čtenářská anketa Hra roku 2020 na Bonuswebu pokračuje hlasováním v kategorii nejlepších her na PC. Zvolit můžete až tři kousky

FIFA 21 Has Some Good Looking Hair

I don’t play sports games. I don’t even watch sports. But I’m always impressed by some good looking, next-gen hair. And the latest FIFA game on next-gen consoles like the Xbox Series X has some damn fine hair. Read more

A Strange Game That Lets You Create A Digital Art Gallery About Anything

Art galleries can be cool. But they are hard to create, so we don’t get as many galleries as we deserve. For example? Where are the galleries and museums for things like broken extension cords? Or people like Keanu Reeves? Well, thankfully, with The Anything Gallery, you can create a gallery about...

The Worst Video Games Names Of 2020

What’s in a name? When it comes to games... not much. Games can be great and have terrible, awful, dumb names. In fact, many games on this list are good games that are just unfortunately saddled with an awful title.Read more

'Shop Contest: Miyamoto In A Pipe

Shigeru Miyamoto hosted the most recent Nintendo Direct, which was all about the Super Nintendo World park in Japan. It opened with the legendary designer jumping out of a pipe. Thank you, Nintendo for this ‘Shop Contest gift.Read more

Sunday Comics: No Spoilers!

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: National Horse Day, Winners

Last week, we all came together (virtually and safely) to celebrate the most important holiday of the year: National Horse Day. And you all created some uh... interesting horse-related images to celebrate the day.Read more

Cyberpunk je kvůli chybě přeplněný dildy, lidem vypadává penis z kalhot

Nejžhavější hra současnosti Cyberpunk 2077 je čerstvě po vydání plná chyb, některé z nich jsou však spíše úsměvné než k naštvání. Kvůli špatně nastavené proměnné například hráči potkávali při průzkumu světa nečekaně veliké množství sexuálních pomůcek, jiní si zase vytvořili přirození, které se...

Zvolte nejlepší hru roku 2020 na Switch

Čtenářská anketa Hra roku 2020 na Bonuswebu pokračuje hlasováním v kategorii nejlepších her na konzoli Switch od Nintenda. Zvolit můžete až tři kousky

Here's How the Mysterious Twitter 'Carp' Meme Came to Be

For a brief moment on Friday night, spectacularly bored and homebound Twitter users marveled in delight at a strange phenomenon on the social network: Everyone was tweeting the word “carp.” Questions abounded. What? Why? Huh? I’m missing something, right? Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 Might Be Buggy, But It Has A Great Photomode

This week on Snapshots, the final one of 2020(!), we have a ton of cool Cyberpunk 2077 screenshots. While the game might be buggy and broken for many players, especially on console, it’s still a pretty looking game and makes for some great virtual photography.Read more

Zack Zwiezen's Top 10 Games Of 2020

When I first sat down to put together this list, I wrote down two titles and then sat and thought for a while about what else I played. I think this year has thrown my whole mind into a strange funk, because I couldn’t even name 10 games I had played, let alone loved.Read more

Delibird Gives The Best Presents

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 Delibird!Read more

Ghostrunner Is Actually The Fall’s Sharpest Cyberpunk Game

Ghostrunner is a lean-forward game. You know the position: When the going gets tough, anything short of absolute focus won’t cut it, so you lean forward, elbows on thighs, in order to close the distance between your eyes and the TV as much as possible. With a lean-forward game, the going is always...

OH NO, He's Hot!

This week we catch up on ALL the Cyberpunk 2077 news, check out a bunch of Xbox consoles playing Crimson Skies, get yelled at by Santa, watch the new trailer for Fall Guys Season 3 and look at shirtless Sephiroth. Read more

The United States Space Force Is Basically Setting Up Destiny

Earlier today, United States vice president Mike Pence announced that the members of the Space Force—a big dumb vanity project by the big wet toddler currently living in the White House—will be called “Guardians,” much like the player characters of the Destiny franchise.Read more

Nestarejte se o nároky Cyberpunku 2077. Přes stream se dá hrát, kde chcete

Nejočekávanější hra letošního roku Cyberpunku 2077 funguje i na streamovacích službách Stadia a GeForce Now. Nás zajímalo, jak je pomocí nich hratelná a kde vypadá v porovnání s PC verzí nejlépe. Ve všech případech jsme poměrně překvapivě narazili na zcela hratelný zážitek

What Is Even The Point Of Giving Awards To Video Games

‘Tis the season to feel mildly embittered at basically all times. I speak, of course, of awards season, during which countless games take home trophies and plaques (or pictures of trophies and plaques), but not the ones you want to win. What, really, is the point, though? On this week’s episode...

Cyberpunk 2077 Third-Person Bug Reveals V Is A Shambling Monstrosity

Cyberpunk 2077 is a disaster that the executives at CD Projekt knew full well was going to crash and burn. That said, one of its numerous bugs has the benefit of giving players what they’ve asked for since the game’s long-ago 2012 reveal: a third-person mode.Read more

Watch The First Episode Of Mamoru Oshii's New Anime Right Here

Mamoru Oshii is famous for influential anime feature films like Patlabor 2: The Movie and Ghost in the Shell. Prior to that, he made a name for himself directing the Urusei Yatsura TV series in the early 1980s. He’s now returned to TV anime with Vlad Love.Read more

A Final Goodbye To The Last Generation

For the past month we’ve been taking a look back at the winners, losers and defining trends of the PlayStation 4/Xbox One era of home video game consoles as part of a feature series called The Last Generation.Read more

Riot Casually Announces League Of Legends MMO

League of Legends fans who would like to enjoy the universe but not keep playing the same game over and over until you die, you’re in luck. Riot just announced a new MMO set in the game’s universe in the most casual way imaginable.Read more

It's Weird How Some Games Are Now Too Big To Fail

For nearly the entire history of video games, most title’s lifespans would play out the same cruel, Darwinian way: they would come out and either live or die, sometimes with spectacular consequences. No second chances.Read more

Streamers Flabbergasted After Twitch Partially Bans The Word 'Simp'

It’s been yet another long 24 hours for Twitch—the latest in what’s shaped up to be an agonizingly long year for the company (and also everybody on Earth). Yesterday afternoon, Twitch held a live town hall with the goal of illuminating recent policy changes and features around DMCAs, sexual...

Dragon Ball FighterZ Adds Super Baby 2, Whoever The Heck That Is

Dragon Ball FighterZ has gone off the rails. I can understand, on some level, the thousands of Goku variations that make up its cast. I’ll even overlook the two Brolys, if only because both versions are so popular. But recent reports that the Arc System Works fighting game is getting Super Baby...

Call Of The Sea Is A Welcome Reprieve From All My Recent Video Game Murdering

There have been a lot of harsh, dour video games this fall. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla centered on conquest and amputation. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War featured history’s most cynical dirtbag. Cyberpunk 2077 is Cyberpunk 2077. If it’s all been a lot to stomach, consider a change of pace:...

Put a Virtual Baby Grogu in Your Home

If you haven’t already brought Baby Yoda/Grogu/The Child into your home for the holidays—whether in the form of a giant stuffed animal, a walking toy, or just obsessive rewatchings of The Mandalorian—there is another... option (to borrow Yoda’s dramatic phrasing from Return of the Jedi): Use your...

The Pop Culture Highlights and Lowlights of 2020

In a year full of all kinds of bad real-world news, pop culture still managed to poke its head up periodically to remind us that not everything sucks. Of course, this being 2020, that same realm also managed to leave a few steaming piles for us to step in, too. Here are our picks for the year’s...

PSA: Cities: Skylines Is Currently Free On The Epic Games Store

The Epic Games Store is giving away the terrific building sim Cities: Skylines for free today, the first in a series of holiday giveaways going on throughout the rest of the December. According to a press release, Epic’s holiday event will give away 15 games in all, rotating a new one in daily from...

The Physics of Tenet Is Shaky, but It Still Kicks Ass

“Don’t try to understand it,” a scientist tells the protagonist of Tenet, as she briefly explains the physics of Christopher Nolan’s $205-million, time-traveling spy thriller. Sure, the physics is often unrealistic and confusing, but it’s fascinating. And with its many Easter eggs, Tenet sets...

Další ostuda pro CD Projekt, obchod oznámil a hned stáhl kontroverzní hru

Dceřiný obchod GOG polského vydavatelství CD Projekt udělal na sociálních sítích trapný přehmat, kvůli kterému je teď hráči kritizován. Jen několik hodin po slavnostním oznámení stáhl ze své nabídky kontroverzní hru Devotion, jejíž autoři jsou dlouhodobě v nemilosti čínských úřadů

Ubisoft Waits A Month To Start Selling XP Booster For Assassin's Creed Valhalla

What do you do when you launch an Assassin’s Creed game, include the option for your customers to pay $10 to level up faster, draw all kinds of negative reactions—many of them suspicious, wary—and then launch a new Assassin’s Creed two years later? Launch with that controversial paid booster again?...

Rabbits Won’t Stop Jumping In Front Of My Fucking Horse

With the release of the PlayStation 5, I’ve taken the opportunity to go back and play through a few games from the previous generation to see how they take advantage of the new console. One of those games is Rockstar’s western epic Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s great fun, but I can’t help but wonder...

Cyberpunk 2077 On Ultra Low Settings Looks Like Pixel Hell

Continuing the fine work he’s done on previous games like The Witcher 3, the LowSpecGamer has picked up Cyberpunk, dropped all the settings to low and then gone further, poking around in the game’s code to turn one of the year’s most visually demanding titles into a blurry shitstain.Read more

RECENZE: Obrovská očekávání se podařilo naplnit, Cyberpunk 2077 je famózní

Po intenzivní reklamní masáži, osmi letech vývoje a nespočtu odkladů byla očekávání od Cyberpunku 2077 obrovská, vývojářům se je přesto takřka všechna podařilo naplnit. Ani drobné technické nedodělky nedokážou zabránit tomu, že tu máme horkého kandidáta na titul hry roku. Pokud ji tedy nechcete...

Our Favorite Comic Moments of 2020

While 2020 posed more than its fair share of significant challenges for virtually everyone working within the entertainment industry, comics in particular stood as an example of creative teams adapting on the fly—and doing their damndest to keep telling compelling stories at a time when people...

GOG Bails On Selling Taiwanese Horror Game Devotion

In February of last year Devotion, a Taiwanese horror game, was pulled from Steam after a controversy regarding a hidden Easter egg. Today GOG, the online PC gaming store run by CD Projekt, announced it would be selling Devotion. Then, hours later, declared it would not.Read more

What's New on Netflix in January 2021

For someone who spends a lot of time cursing nostalgia culture and lamenting the fact that the vast majority of new entertainment—from movies to Broadway musicals—seems to exist only to milk a little bit more money out of some valuable IP, I sure do love Netflix’s Cobra Kai. Based on the 1980s...

Ubisoft's Game Subscription Service Is Now Available On Stadia

Ubisoft+, the $15-a-month service that gives subscribers access to premium versions of games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, and Watch Dogs Legion, is now available as part of Google’s Stadia streaming platform. Finally an alternative to streaming Ubisoft games on Amazon...

How The Decepticons Nearly Stole Christmas

The battle between the Autobots and Decepticons is a serious conflict spanning millions of years. Hasbro’s new holiday-themed Transformers stop-motion short recalls the time Megatron and his cronies very nearly stole Christmas from Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Windblade, and Grimlock.Read more

Marvel's Weird New Multiplayer Mobile Game Goes Live

Available worldwide today for iOS and Android devices, Marvel Realm of Champions is an online team-based brawler that taps into 2015's Secret Wars comic crossover to give players access to strange, alternate-dimension versions of their favorite heroes. Read more

These Are the Most Ridiculous RGB Gadgets You Can Buy

Much to the dismay of my fellow coworkers, I admit I’ve got a soft spot for gadgets with RGB lighting. I prefer keyboards that light up like a disco ball (after all, you can always turn the lights off), and I pay extra to make sure that all the smart lights in my house can go full RGB instead...

Final Fantasy VII’s Snow Theme Tops My Go-To Blizzard Mix

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today, we take a trip up north to gaming’s colder climates and the music that makes them so enchanting.Read more

Meet Gerald Stratford, the undisputed king of big veg Twitter

Gerald Stratford has a soft spot for Cadbury whole nut chocolate. The 72-year-old British vegetable farmer tells me it’s always been his favorite, ever since he was a slip of a lad snapping up snacks and fishing gear with his pocket money—money he earned helping neighbors dig their allotments,...

The A.V. Club’s 15 favorite books of 2020

A certain amount of escapism through books would have been more than understandable in 2020. (And by “a certain amount” we mean “a lot.”) You’d be forgiven for favoring the comfort food of a reread or a beach read. Or for not reading at all. Because for every person who was able to forget...

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Logos, Logos Everywhere

While the Blade Runner universe gets to use actual company logos all over its buildings, Cyberpunk 2077's developers had to create all their brands, departments and services from scratch.Read more

Twitch's Top Clips Are Full Of Cyberpunk 2077 Nudity

Once the year 2077 rolls around, people apparently won’t bat an eyelash at unclothed dicks, breasts, and butts. In 2020, however, this is still very much an issue, especially on Twitch, where on-screen nudity frequently results in temporary or indefinite suspensions. But the platform does make...

GTA Online's New Island Is Boring

After weeks of teasing and trailers, Grand Theft Auto Online’s latest update, its biggest ever, was released today. The Cayo Perico Heist update adds a new island and heist to the game, as well as 250+ songs, new weapons, and the proverbial “more.” But the star of the update is that new island...

Šest dobrých herních zpráv letošního roku

Rekapitulujeme šest nejlepších zpráv z herního průmyslu. Mimo jiné jsme rádi za nové konzole, fantastický Half-Life: Alyx, remake Mafie i připravovanou hru s Jamesem Bondem

CD Projekt Is Adjusting Cyberpunk 2077's 'Distracting' Amount Of Dildos

The first time I stepped out of my character’s apartment in Cyberpunk 2077, I expected to be greeted by a vast world of machine-powered possibility. Instead, I found a dildo. It was sitting next to a random NPC’s foot in my apartment building, near a discarded magazine and some other trash. “That’s...

What's Coming to Disney+ in January 2021

Last week, during an investor conference call masquerading as entertaining content (or vice versa) Disney announced an exhausting number of new Disney+ series and films arriving over the next few years, most of them having something to do with the Marvel or Star Wars franchises. The majority...

Cyberpunk 2077’s Character Creator: The Kotaku Review

The thing that interested me the most about Cyberpunk 2077 was its character creator. I’m someone who’s spent a lot of her time thinking about character creators and how they work for people who are not cis, white, able bodied, or male. I had hope that Cyberpunk’s creator would meaningfully include...

Among Us Launches On Switch Later Today

Announced today during Nintendo’s Indie World presentation, 2020's hit mystery-party-action game, Among Us, is coming to the Nintendo Switch today. Read more

It's Okay To Love 'Bad' Art

The further I get from my childhood, the closer I come to articulating what I miss about it. Through the confusing fog of nostalgia, it’s easy to mix up what you thought you loved, with what you actually loved. I don’t miss being a kid—I’m both taller and funnier as an adult—but I do covet...

How They Made a Vaccine So Fast

Vaccine development takes time. Earlier this spring, we learned that the previous record for vaccine development was four years from sample to approval, and that we might not see a COVID vaccine for years, if at all. But here we are, barely one year past the discovery of the novel coronavirus,...

The Switch Gets An Anime Watching App Today

The number of video streaming applications on U.S. Nintendo Switches jumps from two to three today, as previously-released Hulu and YouTube apps are joined by Funimation, delivering fresh anime to all the good boys and girls. Read more

SNK Is Making A New Game Console, It Seems

At one time, SNK made what was considered the Roll Royce of video game consoles. As a kid, I remember thinking that the Neo-Geo was the most amazing game hardware I had ever seen. And now earlier today, the company announced that it making a new game machine.Read more

New Mamoru Hosoda Anime Film Coming In 2021

Mamoru Hosoda (Summer Wars, Wolf Children, and The Boy and the Beast) has announced his newest film. Called Belle, the movie tells the story of a young woman in modern-day Japan as she enters a massive virtual world.Read more

Four Generations Of Xbox Console Can Play The Same Game Together

When we think of backwards compatibility we tend to only think of a game from an older system running on its replacement. But as this video shows, in the right circumstances, a console released in 2001 can play the same game at the same time as one released in 2020, as well as the two consoles...

No Video Game Company Is Perfect, And The Last Generation Proved It

For some reason there are people out there who are fans of entire video games companies, and not just the creative output they produce. Those people often suffer from a particular strain of Gamer Brain can lead to thoughts like “this is my favourite company” or “this studio is perfect and all their...

GameStop's Last-Minute Console Rush Puts Workers At Risk

A new allocation of PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X / S bundles brought crowds of hopeful customers to physical GameStop locations over the weekend, according to a report by Bloomberg and corroboration by a Kotaku source. Staffing shortages and the threat of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic in...

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla 1.1 Update Addresses Game-Breaking Bugs

Ubisoft is releasing a big update tomorrow for Assassin’s Creed Valhalla across all platforms, aiming to balance combat, improve performance, and generally smooth out a game that’s not without its fair share of bugs. But the biggest blessing comes in the form of several planned fixes for broken...

What's the Best Soundbar to Buy My Dad?

When you have a Tech Dad™, shopping for the holidays gets expensive, and also elusive since he buys almost everything for himself. This year, however, I’ve got my eye on the target. Because my wife has been reviewing so many soundbars lately, he unsurprisingly wants one in every room. And while...

How To Get A Refund For Cyberpunk 2077 On PS4 Or Xbox One

You don’t have to stick with Cyberpunk 2077. CD Projekt Red’s latest open-world escapade released last week to a raucous mix of fanfare and criticism, with much of the ire rooted in how poorly the game runs on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One—and how CDPR hid those versions from players and reviewers...

Surgeon General Compares Developing Covid Vaccine To Playing Xbox

The first Covid-19 vaccines began being distributed in the US today, and amidst the rollout Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams took to Fox News to talk about the race to develop a cure for the pandemic. And to do that he started talking about Xbox.Read more

Track Your Games' FPS With These Apps

Cyberpunk 2077 is a beast of a game, and it’s going to crush your frame rates (FPS) if you want to experience it in all its ray tracing, high-resolution, gorgeous glory. My heart goes out to you, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 gamers; you must be having a rough time. Cyberpunk 2077 punishes PC users...

EA Is Buying Racing Dev Codemasters For $1.2 Billion

Despite a nearly $1 billion bid from Take-Two Interactive last month, Electronic Arts has announced an agreement to purchase English racing game developer Codemasters for $1.2 billion. The purchase will put popular racing series Dirt, Dirt Rally, Grid, F1, Project Cars, Burnout, and Need for Speed...

Scientists Just Dropped a Bunch of New Animals

There are some 8.7 million known species on Earth. But it’s always exciting to know when scientists find some mysterious creature they didn’t know existed or rediscover one not seen in ages. When it comes to biodiversity, more is a good thing. And I know this is silly, but honestly, bonus points...

Let's See What's Inside A PlayStation 5

We know the outside of the PS5 is just two big-ass white fins, but the inside is still a mystery. So the good people at iFixit have got hold of one and torn it to pieces, ostensibly to judge its repair value, but really just so we could all gawk at the carnage of it all.Read more

Nejlepší hry roku 2020: nominujte své favority

Závěr roku již tradičně patří čtenářské anketě Hra roku na Bonuswebu. Kromě hlavní soutěže, s níž se pojí i ceny v podobě her na PlayStation 4 a 5, opět chystáme i několik vedlejších anket

The Week In Games: Bust Some Hives In Gears 5

This week, Gears 5 gets its first story DLC in the form of Hivebusters, a new 3-hours campaign starring some of the characters from the game’s online Hivebuster co-op mode. Read more

Even The Head Of PlayStation Studios Has His PS5 Upside Down

The PS5 is a strange-looking console. Lots of curves and swoops. It’s easy to accidentally set it up the wrong way, which is exactly what Hermen Hulst, the head of PlayStation Studios, seems to have done in a now-deleted tweet. Whoops!Read more

Halo 4 Is A Lot Better Than Its Soundtrack

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today, we return to the combat-filled levels of Halo 4 for some...actually, rather forgettable music.Read more

'Shop Contest: Monoliths, Winners!

Monoliths! Remember those? Yeah, over the last few weeks they were popping up around the world. Strange. However, the world moved on and now we are the last ones left, to kick this dead horse for a bit more comedy. ‘Tis the ‘Shop Contest way.Read more

Swinging In A Winter Wonderland

This week on Snapshots, a surprising lack of Cyberpunk 2077 screenshots. We got some good ones already, but I was expecting more! Maybe folks are too busy playing the game to snap photos or perhaps it’s just too buggy at the moment. Read more

The Best Snowy Video Games And Levels

For many folks, December marks the start of colder weather, barren trees, and of course, snow. And just like real life, video games often include snowy and wintery levels or entire areas. Let’s put on some gloves and a good coat and trek out into the best snow in video games.Read more

Teddiursa Is Always Sticky

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 Teddiursa!Read more

Low Poly Animals Are The Best

There you are, playing a game, and without thinking about it you run by a bird off in the distance. However, the odds are very high that the bird you ran by was nothing more than a few simply textured polygons pretending to be a bird. And yet it worked. Read more

Sunday Comics: Now, Are You Ready?

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

Demon's Souls, One Month Later

Can you believe it’s been a month since flagship PlayStation 5 game Demon’s Souls released? I feel like I’ve spent every waking hour of the past 30 days with the Bluepoint Games remake. While the game is mostly the same as the PlayStation 3 original, the community has been hard at work sussing...

Cyberpunk 2077 Gets Epilepsy Fix

Cyberpunk 2077 was updated today with a patch that, among other things, fixes the strobing effects that reportedly caused a Game Informer journalist to suffer an epileptic seizure.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077's Genital Customization Options Leave A Lot To Be Desired

Cyberpunk 2077 has dicks. Cyberpunk 2077 has vagina (singular). Already, you might be getting the impression that these things were not created equal. It’s a strange imbalance, especially given the way other characters in the game end up perceiving you regardless of your choice. On this week’s...

What The Hell Is Going On In That Mass Effect Trailer?

I have not been able to stop thinking about the Mass Effect trailer from last night’s Game Awards. After the seemingly definitive end of the Shepard trilogy and the personally unsatisfying Mass Effect: Andromeda, I had given up hope that BioWare could create a new Mass Effect game that I could...

I'm Juggling Four Alts To Get All The Loot In World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands

World of Warcraft’s Shadowlands expansion asks players to choose between one of four Covenants, each with its own unique theme, storylines, and rewards to be earned. Rather than deal with the FOMO associated with picking only one of the four, I’ve chosen to play four characters at once, dammit.Read...

So About That Batshit Ending To Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Between the rideable wolves, anime references, and random American baseball players, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is full of surprises. But the biggest surprise, without question, comes at the end. Two of us (staff writer Ari Notis and weekend editor Zack Zweizen, who also reviewed the game...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is about getting my children to tell me what they want for Christmas beyond “a toy.” It’s also about not putting Cyberpunk screenshots where you’d expect them, like in a “What are you playing this weekend?” post. Read more

Where Is Goofy's Wife?

This week we watch a bunch of new trailers for upcoming games, check out the latest characters coming to Fortnite and Smash, fight our dads, get our first look at strange PUBG spin-off and ask the burning question: Where’s Goofy’s wife? Read more

The Cyberpunk 2077 Review Drama

Cyberpunk 2077 is out in the wild. After eight long years the whole world can now judge it for themselves, through whichever perspective or tint of glasses they so choose. And best of all, for 99.9% of those players, they won’t ever have to justify their feelings to the rest of the audience.Read...

Get Two of Obsidian Entertainment's Best PC RPGs for Free

I love isometric RPGs. I grew up on Baldur’s Gate, I believe Planescape: Torment is the second-best video game ever made, and I’ve sunk more than 35 hours into beating everything I possibly could in Obsidian Entertainment’s Tyranny, whose evil-centric story I absolutely devoured. Read more

The Last of Us 2 ovládlo herní Oscary. Dead Space se dočká nástupce

Na každoročně pořádaném ceremoniálu Game Awards, který je pro svou prestiž a nákladnou produkci přezdíván jako „herní Oscaři“, si nejvíce sošek odnesla hra The Last of Us: Part II. Ceremoniál se nesl spíše ve znamení upoutávek na nadcházející tituly. Mezi všemi vynikl sci-fi horror od tvůrce Dead...

All The Big Announcements At The 2020 Game Awards

Finally, after the longest year in recorded history, we did it: We reached the light at the end of the tunnel. I speak, of course, of The Keighleys, which some of you call The Game Awards for some reason. It’s that magical time of the year when Geoff Keighley makes eye contact with Hideo Kojima...

New Mass Effect Game Very Briefly Teased At Game Awards

A new Mass Effect was teased during the the 2020 Game Awards. Once a critical darling, the future of the Mass Effect franchise fell into doubt after its 2017 entry, Andromeda, shipped in a shoddy state and was poorly received by players and critics. Check out the teaser trailer below.Read more

Vin Diesel Is Fighting Dinosaurs In Ark 2

Ark 2 starring Vin Diesel was announced today during The Game Awards, developed by Studio Wildcard. No release date was given. The studio also announced a new animated series with a surprisingly star-studded cast, including Kurt Russel, Elliot Page, David Tennant, and many more.Read more

Dragon Age 4's New Trailer Wasn't Much

Earlier this week, BioWare tweeted that it would be offering a sneak peek at Dragon Age 4 during The Game Awards. The reveal was an extremely short cinematic featuring narration from fan-favorite Varric Tethras. Check it out below.Read more

Sephiroth Is Coming To Smash

During tonight’s broadcast of The Game Awards, Nintendo announced that Final Fantasy villain Sephiroth will be heading to Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.Read more

The Best And Worst Choices We've Made In Cyberpunk 2077

After eight years of waiting and what felt like one million years of edgelord-baiting pre-release hype, Cyberpunk 2077 is finally out. The game is many things, but if nothing else, it is certainly vast. That in mind, Kotaku editor-at-large Riley Macleod, video wizard Michael Pasquariello, and I...

The Best Pop Culture We Caught Up On in 2020

It has been a year of weirdness, especially when it comes to wrangling the kinds of media we’ve been watching. Though there’s been new things to read, watch, listen to, and play, 2020 has seen many of us revisit familiar favorites as well as things we missed when they first came out. Here’s...

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Surprisingly Fine On Stadia

Cyberpunk 2077 is the biggest game of the year, but currently the game doesn’t look great or run well on consoles, especially the older base machines. But how does this big blockbuster game fair on Stadia? Surprisingly, the experience isn’t terrible and might even be better than playing on...

How to Get Free 'Witcher' Gear in 'Cyberpunk 2077'

I barely made it past Cyberpunk 2077's character-creation prompts last night—the joys of having a busy evening on the release date of a major open-world title. The game looks pretty AF so far, and I’m pleased I haven’t encountered any glitches in my few minutes within Night City thus far....

Seven Settings To Change In Cyberpunk 2077

After eight years, multiple delays, and 800,000 cumulative lifetimes’ worth of reported crunch, Cyberpunk 2077 is out in the wild. It’s a whole lot of game, brimming with gear, side-quests, and map icons that make you compulsively go, “Ooh, what’s that?” As with any massive game, there’s also...

Four New Short Stories Let Us Speculate About Dragon Age 4’s Plot

This year’s Dragon Age Day was a mess. Two of BioWare’s beloved executives quit, a voice actor for one of Dragon Age’s beloved characters personally attacked one of those executives on Twitter, and then went on an exceedingly unhinged rant on YouTube while performing as that character. The mess...

You Can Turn Down Alcohol In Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 gives players a lot of choices, from how you approach missions to how you deal with interpersonal situations. This freedom extends to character-creator options you’ll never even think about again, like choosing your character’s teeth or genitals. But one bit of choice I wasn’t...

How to Get Apple's AirPods Max a Month Earlier

The Apple passion is strong. There was once a time when I, too, would clamor for many of the items the company makes—even going so far as to camp out for hours in line for a brand-new iPhone. Say what you will about Apple’s just-announced luxury AirPods Max, but there’s one indisputable fact about...

New Flight Game Is Ace Combat's Wingman

Project Wingman, an indie arcade dogfighting game for the PC, is a project I’ve had my eye on for years now, so it was cool this week to finally see it released on Steam.Read more

The Best Animated Series of 2020

While live-action productions were dealt a significant blow this year by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, the animation industry was in a prime position to step up to the plate and tell some of 2020's most riveting stories. Here are the ones that transported the io9 staff to far-off worlds...

A Video Take On Cyberpunk 2077: Familiar, Convoluted, But Also A Good Time

Cyberpunk 2077 is undoubtedly the most anticipated release of 2020. Over the past handful of years, fans have dreamt of the possibilities. And The Witcher 3 being a damn fine game only fueled the hype-train further. Remember when Keanu Reeves came out on Microsoft’s E3 2019 stage? I was fortunate...

Scuf Gaming Is Making Headsets Now

Atlanta-based Scuf Gaming makes some of the best high-end controllers for the Xbox and PlayStation 4. Now the company makes a gaming headset to match. The Scuf H1 is an adorable set of hearing cups that can be configured with different cushions, colors, cables, mics, and around 30 different speaker...

How Steven Universe’s fat bodies helped me draw my own

When COVID weight loss tips started flooding my feeds, I wanted to combat those bad takes by purchasing some fat body art. Then I realized I could just draw my own. So I stripped down to undies and stared at myself in the mirror, my sketchbook in hand. Shoulders, thighs, a hanging tummy: My body...

Making Battle For Middle Earth Sounded Terrible

If you think the conditions developers are working under now are bad, imagine what they were like 16 years ago. Actually, don’t imagine it, you could just read this account of what it was like making the classic Battle For Middle Earth instead.Read more

A Lot Happened In Destiny Today

New content, upgrades for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, and new information about long-awaited features coming in future seasons: Destiny 2 had a big day today, so let’s break it all down.Read more

Yakuza: Like A Dragon: The Kotaku Review

After an exhausting run of seven main games, some spinoffs and the sandwiched-but-excellent Judgment, the Yakuza series entered a new era in 2020 with the release of Like a Dragon, which is trying to be something completely new, only it’s also not.Read more

Kate Bishop Makes Avengers Exciting Again, At Least For A Few Hours

The Kate Bishop version of Hawkeye has arrived as a new playable character for Marvel’s Avengers, bringing with her three or four hours of fresh single-player content to Square Enix’s stale co-op superhero game. To be fair, any new playable character would have had the same effect, but Kate...

Cyberpunk 2077 Has Some Really Fantastic Car Designs

While my newest video game system is from the early 16-bit era, I’m still reasonably aware that the industry is still moving ahead, cranking out new, exciting titles that are, somehow, even more immersive and deep than Krull on the Atari 2600. One of these is Cyberpunk 2077, a new game that’s...

It’s Super Easy To Make Kanye West In Demon’s Souls

Unlike the original Demon’s Souls, the PlayStation 5 remake includes a fairly robust character creation system. While I was mostly content to make a generic, purple-skinned lady for my first playthrough, folks have been able to craft some interesting characters.Read more

Facebook's New Program Pays Black Streamers To Help Them Go Full-Time

Facebook Gaming is far from the biggest video game streaming platform out there, but it has at least shown a tendency to put its money where its mouth is—a practice Twitch and other industry leaders could learn from. Today, Facebook announced a program to aid Black creators in their pursuit...

The Mystery of Illinois' Short-Lived Cookie Monster Mural

Forget the monoliths—there’s a new monument perplexing America. An artist was commissioned by a local business owner to create a mural of Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster on the side of his building. There was only one problem: This patron of the arts didn’t actually own the building, and he’s...

How To Avoid Burnout And Finish Any Open-World Game

Do you ever feel like there are too many open-world games, and too many of them take up too much time? Just consider some offerings from this year alone. There’s Ghost of Tsushima, the gorgeous samurai action game, which can take you more than 60 hours to check off every objective. Ubisoft released...

Seven Video Games Where You Beat Up Your Dad

Our culture suggests that this time of year is all about family, and while family can be a lovely thing, it also tends toward being very complicated. Recent years have seen the emergence of Dad Games, in which you play as a complicated father figure protecting his child/ward. This Dad Game dynamic...

Cyberpunk 2077 Causes Seizure, Doesn’t Contain Warning

Game Informer associate editor Liana Ruppert reported yesterday that she suffered a grand mal seizure while playing a review copy of Cyberpunk 2077, due to the game’s use of various flashing visual effects. She wrote an article for the site advising players on how to avoid similar experiences...

Rhythmic Drumming Makes For Strange RPG Battles

Released last week for the Nintendo Switch, Taiko No Tatsujin: Rhythmic Adventure Pack is a bundle of two Japanese role-playing games in which players bang a drum to get through random encounters and boss battles. It’s weird. Read more

How One Retailer Is Fighting PS5 Scalpers

In South Korea, game retailer Gamewoori has a banner that reads, “Pre-Order Now” next to images of the PS5. The PS5 launched there on November 12, but like everywhere supplies are tight and hopeful customers still must reserve consoles from future shipments.Read more

RIP Chuck Yeager

Chuck Yeager, one of the United States Air Force’s greatest ever pilots and the first man to break the sound barrier, has died at the age of 97.Read more

Hohokum Was Almost The Perfect PS4 Game

I’ve done a lot of big-picture stories for our Last Generation roundup, but tonight I want to zoom in a bit and talk about one game in particular: Hohokum, aka the most relaxing video game of the PS4 era.Read more

40 Boxes Of RTX 3090 Graphics Cards Stolen From Warehouse In China

It’s bad enough that bots and scalpers are buying up all the stock of Nvidia’s new graphics cards, but some thieves in China have taken things to the next level and stolen 40 boxes of RTX 3090s, valued at around $340,000, from an MSI warehouse.Read more

WoW’s Revendreth Makes Me Question If Bad People Deserve To Go To Hell

I really didn’t want to have to think about my country’s carceral state while playing a video game and yet, while strolling through Revendreth, learning about its vampiric venthyr denizens and where they fit into the bureaucracy of Death that is the Shadowlands, my mind couldn’t help but make...

Medal Of Honor Bigger

Call of Duty big. Medal of Honor bigger (depending on how you count).Read more

Quick Resume Is Working For More Xbox Series X Games

Microsoft is slowly starting to roll out more Quick Resume support on Xbox Series X|S again, after it took the supposedly signature next-gen feature offline for some games right before the console’s launch last month. This is according to Xbox director of program management Jason Ronald.Read more

Are You Going To Play Cyberpunk 2077?

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

How To Clean Up Your PS5’s Newsfeed

Like an untamed Instagram feed, the PlayStation 5 sometimes gives you updates about things you don’t care about. When you tap the PS button, you’ll see an “official news” card, which lists a handful of news blips—trailers, announcements, that sort of thing—about “your games.” Most of the games...

The Original Fire Emblem Is A Weird Game For The Switch To End Its Year On

I’ve spent the last week, in odd moments here and there, helping Fire Emblem’s Prince Marth search for a legendary sword and defeat the forces of darkness to rescue his kingdom from an evil wizard. Throughout all of it, in good times and bad, one question kept bubbling up to the surface: why?Read...

30 Hours With Cyberpunk 2077 Brings Mixed Feelings

Cyberpunk 2077, the most recent game from Witcher developer CD Projekt Red, was first announced in 2012. In the last couple years, it’s had an onslaught of hype and dripfed information, most of which I’ve ignored. The developers have promised unlimited freedom, unparalleled graphics, and cameos...

Only One RPG Has Music From The Rocky IV And Transformers: The Movie Guy

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we’re listening to music from an indie RPG composed by Vince DiCola and Kenny Meriedeth. DiCola of course, is best known for the synth-driven soundtracks to Staying Alive, Rocky...

New Code Geass TV Anime Announced

A new Code Geass anime has been announced. Titled Code Geass: Z of the Recapture, the series is the follow-up to the 2019 film Code Geass: Lelouch of the Re;surrection.Read more

Generační vizitka Sony: Krasojízda PlayStationu 4 ve znamení exkluzivit

Pro značku PlayStation znamenalo uplynulých sedm let jedno z nejúspěšnějších období vůbec. PlayStation 4 se stal historicky druhou nejprodávanější domácí konzolí a dokázal s přehledem porazit konkurenci. Portfoliu kralovalo množství špičkových exkluzivit, které se rok co rok pravidelně umisťovaly...

The Week In Games: Wake Up Samurai, Cyberpunk 2077 Is Almost Here

After countless delays, literal years of hype and trailers, and a ton of controversy, Cyberpunk 2077 is here. Easily the most anticipated game of the year for a lot of folks, Cyberpunk 2077 featuring Keanu Reeves drops later this week on PS4, Xbox One, PC and Stadia.Read more

I'll Never Get Tired Of Sending Enemies Flying In Immortals

Immortal Fenyx Rising, Ubisoft’s cartoonish take on an open-world game, has fine combat. It’s not amazing, being lifted straight from Assassin’s Creed Odyessy, but it works and it feels nice. However, killing enemies in Immortals is amazing because they don’t just collapse and die, but instead...

'Shop Contest: Monoliths

Over the last few weeks, strange monoliths have been appearing around the world. Is it the work of aliens? Secret government agencies? Time travelers? Bored artists, who have a bunch of free time during the pandemic? (It’s probably that last one...) And now I hear they are appearing in video...

This SNL Skit Is All About Begging Santa For A PS5

Right now, many people are desperately trying to buy a PS5. It’s been a real shitshow. In fact, it has gotten so bad that even Saturday Night Live has jumped in with a skit all about one man, Stu, begging Santa to get him a PS5.Read more

Sunday Comics: Ray Tracing

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: New Steppenwolf, Winners!

Time in 2020 works differently than in previous years. So the new Steppenwolf both feels ancient and yet somehow not that long ago. It’s odd. But yes, two weeks ago, we got our first look at the new Steppenwolf from the upcoming Justice League rerelease and it looked...uh... bad.Read more

These Shoes Were Made For Crawling

This week... more screenshots from Miles Morales! But I’m not complaining! That game has such a great photo mode that I expect I’ll be getting screenshots from it for years to come. Some other great screenshots from Control, Assassin’s Creed, and more.Read more

Huntail Is An Ugly Snake And A Bad Omen

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 Huntail!Read more

Bring Back Colorful Consoles & Controllers

This week we learn how much it sucks to have Covid-19, yell objection in a “courtroom,” hangout with Kratos in Fortnite, check out Cyberpunk 2077's photo mode, sit on a Pokemon and reminisce about the old days, when consoles came in many colors.Read more

Streamer Finds Extremely Rare Pokémon, Freaks Out

Sometimes, with everything on fire and no end in sight, it’s nice to have a wholesome moment to remind us there are still beacons of light in this cruel world. I think this clip of Twitch streamer AjentVee getting super mega ultra excited over finding a rare Pokémon fits the bill. Let’s watch.Read...

New To Dragon Age? Start With The Third Game, Inquisition

In honor of the Dragon Age games arriving on Xbox Game Pass and in celebration of today’s Dragon Age Day—and as some much-needed self-care, because the news surrounding this hallowed Day has been nothing if not depressing—I’m here to offer a tip to any Dragon Age newcomers eager to explore...

Twitch Removes 'Blind Playthrough' Tag After Disability Criticism

Since 2018, Twitch has had a tag system that allows streamers to categorize their broadcasts according to their content’s contents and give viewers an at-a-glance idea of what they’re about. Tags also tie into Twitch’s still-rudimentary (but increasingly prominent) recommendation system. Until very...

Activision Blizzard Suing Netflix Over Poached Exec

For those of you who love corporate beef, here’s a whopper: Activision Blizzard is suing Netflix. As reported by Deadline, Netflix poached a top Activision exec, chief financial officer Spencer Neumann, before his contract expired. In response, Activision filed suit in the Superior Court...

Cake Bash Is A Deliciously Sweet Take On Mario Party

Everyone loves a good sugar rush. It’s why, no matter how big the backlog, we gravitate to games that could generously be qualified as comfort food. But the sweetest sugar-rush I’ve run into lately isn’t some paint-by-numbers first-person shooter you’ve played a hundred times or some formulaic...

Alaska May Be Hiding a Huge Volcanic System

As if we needed more upsetting right news right now, geologists have reason to suspect that a cluster of Alaskan islands is actually part of an interconnected volcanic system of the same kind seen at Yellowstone National Park. Read more

How Much Money Can You Make on Twitch?

Streaming videos on Twitch can earn you some pocket money, but making it a full-time job isn’t easy. You’ll probably need around 1,000 loyal subscribers before you’ll want to quit your day job. Read more

Tips For Playing Immortals Fenyx Rising

Immortals Fenyx Rising is much better than its bad name. It’s the latest big open-world game from Ubisoft. Wait, don’t run away! While it’s true Ubisoft has made some overly-long open world games before, Immortals is different. It’s a simpler, pared down game featuring a smaller map and more...

The Cyberpunk 2077 Hype Is Just Too Much

In less than one week, everybody in cyberpunk future year 2020 will be playing Cyberpunk 2077. Or at least, that’s the impression I get, based on the fact that it’s all anybody is talking about. Such is the nature of the hype surrounding the robo-armed role-playing sensation: Hardly anybody...

How To Make Short Work Of Any Enemy In Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla isn’t a difficult game. If you venture at all off the beaten path, you’ll quickly accrue enough experience and gain enough Power levels to become an unstoppable Viking tank. Still, some boss fights—and other high-level enemies, like zealots—can be a pain. That is, unless...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for figuring out what my children want for Christmas aside from “a toy” and “get the fick out of my bedroom.” It’s also for playing video games, and it turns out there are quite a few to play.Read more

Persona 5 Strikers Comes West On February 23, With A Surprise PC Port

According to an unlisted video on Atlus’ YouTube channel, since pulled, the Dynasty Warriors-style sequel to Persona 5 is finally coming to North America and Europe on February 23, including a release on Steam for PC, along with PS4 and Switch. That’ll wake you up, get you up, and get you...

Cross-Platform Gaming Has Been Great

While I’ve already bemoaned the lack of real technological advances in the past console generation, not every innovation of the PS4/Xbox One era had to do with visuals or framerate. One of the quieter revelations, and one of the most forward-thinking, has been the slow adoption of cross-platform...

The Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Horror Movies io9 Rewatched in 2020

Twenty-twenty hasn’t been good for much, but it has been given us bountiful free time— time you hopefully used to finally make good on that statement “Oh, I’d love to watch that but I don’t have time.” Well, in 2020 you did. As a result, many of us revisited and once again fell in love with...

You Can All Get This Ugly Suit In Arkham Knight Now

Today, Rocksteady Games announced that two obscure skins will finally be obtainable again in its five-year-old superhero adventure Batman: Arkham Knight. The suits in question are the Anime Batman suit and the Zur En Arrh suit, and starting today, after you update Arkham Knight, the suits will...

Ardenweald Is The Best Shadowlands Zone And It’s Not Even Close

My Shadowlands experience has been an interesting curve. It started poorly in Bastion, picked up in Maldraxxus, and now, in Ardenweald, I’m at the top of the curve. Everything in this zone—the story, the questing, just being in Ardenweald is WoW at its best. Read more

Markiplier Fans Celebrate His Bowel Movement

Mark “Markiplier” Fischbach is one of the biggest YouTube stars in the world. At almost 30 million subscribers, he’s afforded a level of celebrity that can make even a mundane activity, like taking a dump, a big deal.Read more

Age of Calamity Is a Zelda History Lesson That Echoes Across Time

Each entry in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise has been a discrete story following the Hero of Time and Hyrule’s legendary princess as they fight to keep the ultimate evil at bay. At the same time, all of the different games also fit together as pieces of a larger overarching narrative that...

Immortals: Fenyx Rising: The Kotaku Review

Immortals: Fenyx Rising isn’t the game I was expecting. I was prepared for a big Ubisoft open-world action game filled with colorful vistas, Greek gods, and some elements inspired by The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild. It is all of that, but it’s not just Assassin’s Creed: Hyrule. It’s...

World Of Warcraft Shadowlands’ Alt-Leveling System Is A Refreshing Change

Unlike World of Warcraft’s Legion and Battle For Azeroth expansions, which gave players a choice on which zones to level up their characters, Shadowlands’ story campaign is very linear. Fortunately you only have to play through it once. With the new Threads of Fate mode, players who’ve reached...

Sea Of Thieves Is Getting A Battle Pass

Sea of Thieves will ditch its monthly update schedule and move to a Fortnite-style seasonal model starting next year, Rare creative director Mike Chapman announced in a new update to players. Read more

Nothing Takes Me Back To 1987 Like The Legend Of Zelda

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s daily hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today’s object of aural inquiry requires no introduction, so what am I even writing here? Let’s get to it.Read more

PlayStation Vita’s Store Isn’t Working For Some Reason

Widespread issues with PlayStation Network on PlayStation Vita have kept players from downloading or transferring games to the handheld for almost 24 hours. Kotaku contacted Sony earlier in the day for more information but didn’t hear back before publication.Read more

Genshin Impact’s Mobile Haul Is Nearly $400 Million (And Counting)

Open-world adventure game Genshin Impact has made its developer miHoYo around $393 million in revenue since launching in late September, according to mobile analytics firm Sensor Tower. The wild part? That number only accounts for the game’s mobile income.Read more

Holy Cayde-6, You Can Buy Back Your Old Colors In Destiny 2

Earlier today, I wrote about how I’ve been playing a whole lot of Destiny 2 these days. I messed around with Bungie’s hilariously good-vs.-evil shooter at launch, then dipped out. Returning after a few years away for the recent Beyond Light expansion meant reacquainting myself with a whole lot...

Scientists Are Trying To Work Out Why You Weirdos Invert Your Controls

After The Guardian ran a story earlier this year on gamers inverting their controls, a group of scientists—who have shifted their studies into online stuff during Covid—are now going to do a little research and try to find out why some people play video games the normal way while others try...

We Sure Got Used To Microtransactions And DLC, Huh

There once was a time—around when Bethesda had the idea to sell armour for a horse back in 2006—that the prospect of buying a video game then paying more money for stuff in the same game would prompt outrage.Read more

How To Chip Away At A Massive Games Backlog

It’s called a backlog—that long list of games you’ll “get to someday” but ignore in favor of re-running Hades yet again. Maybe yours recently swelled as a result of irresistible Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals. Maybe it’ll grow even more over the coming holidays. Whatever the case, a gargantuan...

The Brightness Slider Is The Dimmest Idea In Video Games

“Retinas are fried after cranking up brightness to see enemies.” That is the headline of a Reddit post submitted one month ago to the Call of Duty: Cold War subreddit. His plight is achingly familiar. “It’s literally so difficult to see enemies in this game,” they write. So they delved under...

Mask Of The Rose Is A Romantic Visual Novel Set In, Uh, Fallen London

Failbetter Games introduced players to the Fallen London universe, in which the English capital has been transported underground by mysterious forces, through an eponymous browser game and gothic survival sequels Sunless Sea and Sunless Skies. But the studio’s next project aims to be a more...

Destiny Now Has A Dungeons & Dragons Campaign

Fans began trying to turn Destiny into a Dungeons & Dragons-style pen-and-paper RPG two years ago. This week they released the 1.0 version of the Dungeons & Destiny Player’s Guidebook, providing an entirely new way to experience Bungie’s loot shooter alongside the Dungeons & Dragons...

How Miles Morales Connects To Harlem In The New Spider-Man Game

In Insomniac’s 2018 Spider-Man game, Peter Parker’s relationship with New York City involved the occasional selfie with a citizen and a lot of palling around with the NYPD. The new Miles Morales game does something different. It foregrounds Miles Morales’ relationship to Harlem and the community...

Catching Covid-19 Sucked, Though Video Games Helped

Some call it a hoax. Others say it’s no worse than the common cold. But make no mistake: the covid-19 pandemic is very, very real. If you don’t believe the mountain of scientific literature, the army of medical professionals, the frontline reporting from countless reputable sources, the firsthand...

Cyberpunk 2077 uspokojí i virtuální fotografy

Aby maximálně prodal svoji skvělou grafiku, bude netrpělivě očekávaný Cyberpunk 2077 obsahovat i fotomód. Esteticky nadaní hráči tak budou moci svůj talent pořádně prodat díky spoustě grafických efektů, kterými bude možné ozvláštnit každou herní scénu

Genshin Impact Wins Apple And Google Play's Best Game Of 2020

Huh, people seem to like massive free-to-play action role-playing games with serious The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild vibes. miHoYo’s Genshin Impact came out on top of both Google and Apple’s official game of the year lists, beating out whatever the Candy Crush people are doing and all...

Fortnite Season 5 Brings Bounties and The Mandalorian [Updated]

After a battle with Galactus that briefly shut down both Fortnite and Twitch, we have some information about what’s coming in Chapter 2, Season 5. There are some big map changes, along with some new systems and characters who do more than just try to kill you.Read more

In Japan, There's A Chiropractor For Gamers

If you play video games for a long stretch at a time, it’s probably taken a toll on your body. In Japan, there’s now “gaming chiropractic” to help iron out those aches and stiff joints.Read more

Kinda-Famous Metal Gear Ad Removed From Building After Seven Years

In 2013, a huge piece of street art was commissioned in Leeds, England for the launch of Metal Gear Rising. For some reason it has stayed up for seven years, becoming something of a local legend, until last week it was finally covered over by a different ad that has nothing to do with Raiden.Read...

Let's Appreciate These Cool Video Game Cars Inspired By Real Ones

Most modern racing games consist of facsimiles real cars used under licensing agreements from the automakers. The reason is easy to grasp: If you’re playing a racing game in the first place, you probably have at least a passing interest in automobiles, and a car you actually recognize or like could...

Twitch Stopped Working Right After Fortnite's Big Marvel Event

Today, Fortnite players battled Galactus, devourer of worlds, in the culmination of the game’s Marvel-flavored fourth season. With the event ending on a cliffhanger, the biggest boy in a fictional universe of very big boys did not end up going down. But Twitch sure did.Read more

Fortnite Goes Offline After Players Fight Galactus

Fortnite’s Season 4 came to an end today, when Marvel super villain Galactus finally arrived on the battle royale island. As expected, players fought the giant bad guy—and then the event ended on a cliffhanger.Read more

How to Send Nintendo Switch Screenshots to Your PC or Phone

The latest Nintendo Switch software update, version 11.0.0, makes it much easier to transfer screenshots and gameplay videos to your smartphone or PC. The new methods are miles better than the unintuitive post-to-social-media-then-delete workaround we’ve been forced to use since the console’s...

The Massive Radio Telescope From GoldenEye Just Collapsed

The massive Arecibo Observatory radio telescope, made famous in the James Bond movie GoldenEye and paid homage to in the classic Nintendo 64 game, completely collapsed early Tuesday morning. This breaking news comes just a few weeks after the announcement that the invaluable astronomy tool would...

It’s Official: Control Is Coming To Xbox Game Pass

Well, the rumors were true. Control is coming to Xbox Game Pass. Starting December 3, you’ll be able to play the darkest third-person shooter in human history on Xbox consoles via Microsoft’s games-on-demand services. It’ll also join the list of playable Game Pass games available on Android.Read...

Yakuza: Like A Dragon's Crowded Pharmacy Really Stresses Me Out

In addition to battling randos and dodging traffic in the streets of Japan, I’ve spent a lot of time in Yakuza: Like a Dragon browsing the wares of various pharmacies and convenience stores. But one store is always so crowded that it’s impossible to navigate without shoving my fellow patrons out...

Pět nejočekávanějších her, které vycházejí v prosinci

V prosinci navštívíme dystopické město Night City, vžijeme se do role mafiána v éře prohibice, probudíme se v hotelovém pokoji s tričkem od krve, ve virtuální realitě si zastřílíme v období 2. světové války či se podíváme do světa antických bohů

Stahujte zdarma skvělou offroadovou simulaci MudRunner

Obchod Epic Store dočasně nabízí zdarma povedenou automobilovou simulaci MudRunner. A to včetně DLC: Stanete se v ní řidičem mnohatunového nákladního auta, kterým jezdíte po divoké sibiřské přírodě

iOS/Android sales deep dive: 'Meteorfall: Krumit's Tale'

[The GameDiscoverCo game discovery newsletter is normally written by ‘how people find your game’ expert Simon Carless, and is a regular look at how people discover and buy video games in the 2020s. Following a look at how his deckbuilding roguelike Meteorfall: Krumit’s Tale...

The Best Video Game Control Pads

There have been many different ways of playing video games on a console (and sometimes PC) over the years. Some have been better than others.Read more

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