Český Kingdom Come na Switchi vyjde jen díky administrativní chybě

Plánované vydání úspěšného českého RPG Kingdom Come na hardwarově slabé platformě Nintendo Switch patří mezi vůbec nejpřekvapivější oznámení z letošní výstavy E3. Sami autoři přitom přiznávají, že tento port neplánovali a jeho prvotní oznámení byl jen omyl

'Shop Contest: Pot Goblin, Winners!

Pot Goblin, a loveable enemy from the upcoming Elden Ring, was the star of last week’s contest. You all did a great job celebrating this little bulbous creature. Read more

Terra Nil Isn't A City-Builder, It's A Nature-Builder And It's Great

There are a lot of great city-building games. Some let you design massive and modern cities. Others focus on historical or even futuristic urban sprawl. And yet others fall into various sub-genres and categories. But none that I’ve played let you do the opposite: Build back all the nature that...

Galvantula Eats Babies And Takes Its Time Doing It

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 Galvantula!Read more

35 Indie Games That Really Want Your Attention

A few weeks ago, I asked Twitter for breaking AAA gaming news, and due to a clerical mix-up was instead inundated by top-notch indie gaming stories. Surely that couldn’t happen again? Spoiler: That happened again.Read more

Pokémon Go Update Adds Flashing Screens, Niantic Working On A Fix

Niantic has responded to reports that a recent update to Pokémon Go is causing flashing images that could cause photosensitive players to suffer potential harm. The developer replied to various outlets explaining that they are working “as quickly as possible” to correct the issue.Read more

All-Digital E3 Was A Mess

Another E3 has come and gone. This year’s multi-day commercial for upcoming video games sure...happened. Was it terribly exciting? No, not that we were expecting it to be. Was it downright terrible? Also no. But in failing to find its footing on an all-digital stage, E3 2021 ended up being...

FIFA 21's Loot Boxes Can Now Be Previewed Before You Buy

Two years after EA described FIFA’s loot boxes as “surprise mechanics”, the publisher might be finally backing down under enormous international pressure. EA has announced today that you can see what’s inside a Festival of FUTball Ultimate Team Pack before you buy it. Way to ruin...

Videogame Article

Pithy opening that assumes my position as the imparter of information, but also implies my confidence that over a beer we could get on just fine. Declaration of the news story in one line, strongly suggesting—though absolutely not directly saying so—that I am first to break this story.Read more

Four Games That Resonate (And One I Hate) As I Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth, once an obscure, informal holiday celebrating Black freedom, is now bigger than it’s ever been. It commemorates when the last enslaved people in Texas, the final Confederate state, were set free on June 19th, 1865. Today, on this year’s Juneteenth, countries around the world...

Metro Exodus's Shiny PS5/XBS Updates Are Out Now

It’s pretty tricky to keep on top of which last-gen games are planning to update themselves for your fancy modern consoles, which is why I tattoo each morsel of information on my face. Looking in the mirror first thing this morning, I noticed that it’s today when Metro Exodus’s major free upgrade...

Howdy Snake

Richard Anderson is a veteran artist who has worked on everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Thor, Captain Marvel, Guardians of the Galaxy) to Paddington to the Arkham games to Guild Wars.Read more

It's Not That Hard Keeping Big Resellers Away From Graphics Cards

While a Micro Center in Dallas was the scene of some depressing scenes earlier this month, when a huge crowd crushed against the store trying to get their hands on a new GPU, other stores in the chain have implemented far more stringent measures against scalpers and resellers.Read more

Oh Hey, George R. R. Martin Is Talking About Elden Ring

While in town to receive an honorary doctorate from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin spoke with local news station WWTW about his life, TV shows and, hey, the upcoming video game Elden Ring.Read more

The Xbox Design Lab Is Back, Letting You Make Tacky Next-Gen Controllers

The Xbox Design Lab website is back, letting users officially create their own custom controllers that are then built and shipped by Microsoft. The Lab was first launched in 2016, but shut down for a bit during the Xbox Series X/S launch. Now, it’s back and supports the new Xbox controller too....

The (Un)cancelation of David Dobrik

A month ago, YouTube darling David Dobrik went on a YouTube hiatus following allegations that a former member of his vlogging group sexually assaulted a woman during the filming of a now-deleted video. Around the same time, news came out that a close friend of Dobrik’s was gravely injured in...

The Best Xbox Demos To Play This Weekend, Before They're Gone

Back for its second year, the Xbox Summer Game Fest Demo Event—which somehow didn’t get a more palatable name during its time off—puts up 40 demos of unreleased games, generally indies. Over the past few days, two of us—staff writer Ari Notis and weekend editor Zack Zweizen—have given a bunch...

Nintendo's Game Builder Garage Spawned These 7 Amazing Creations

Game Builder Garage launched on the Switch last Friday. In less than a week, users have already used Nintendo’s visual programming tool to craft their own takes on Sonic the Hedgehog, Doom Eternal, and the obligatory remake of Kojima’s P.T. demo. And don’t even get me started on screaming event...

Lego Mario Leak Shows Massive Bowser Airship

On Wednesday, Amazon Australia uploaded a listing for the next big Lego Mario seemingly ahead of its official reveal. It’s a full Lego build of Bowser’s classic airship. While it has since been removed from Amazon, the internet never forgets. Lego fans quickly downloaded and shared images of...

Elden Ring Will Be Easier, Dev Says, But No Difficulty Options

Elden Ring director Hidetaka Miyazaki recently sat down with Japanese gaming outlet Famitsu to discuss the upcoming From Software adventure following its stunning reintroduction at E3 2021. While their conversation treads similar ground to other interviews, Miyazaki also got into the ways his team...

Among Us Developers Say They 'Burnt Out' After Twitch Success

It’s weird to think about, but there was a time less than a year ago when Among Us wasn’t a household name. When it first launched in 2018, it wasn’t a failure, exactly, but it seemed destined to live out its days as quietly as a good imposter—except without the killing. Then, last summer, it blew...

How To Play PS5 Games On A PS4

New PlayStation 5 consoles are still impossible to find, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play PS5 games like Returnal and Ratchet & Clank. You just need a PlayStation 4. And a friend...with a PS5. Oh, yeah, and you’ll both need PS Plus subscriptions. And some patience. Okay, it’s not exactly...

Nintendo Scores Highest Peak Viewership Of E3

Switch Pro or not, Nintendo still had the most people watching its E3 2021 presentation. Nintendo amassed 3.1 million peak viewers for its nearly 40 minute presentation, according to yesterday’s tweet from Stream Hatchet, a data analytics firm specializing in video game streaming.Read more

Star Wars Studio Head At Ubisoft Steps Down

Following a rocky year that included allegations of abuse and misconduct, Ubisoft once again finds itself in uncertain territory. Ubisoft Massive managing director David Polfeldt is stepping down.Read more

Pokémon Unite's Arena Battles Go Live In July

Announced last year to confused head tilts, Pokémon Unite is an online battle arena game in which teams of five pocket monsters battle it out over a strange substance know as Aeos energy. Today The Pokémon Company and TiMi Studio Group announced that the free-to-start PokéMOBA launches on Switch...

Three Hours With Tales Of Arise

For years, Tales games have looked the same, felt the same, played the same, probably even smelled the same, y’know, if game code had fragrance. Each successive entry introduces a tweak or three to established formula—say, a shift to how you cook food, or an overhaul to the combat system—but...

The Nintendo Download: The Strange Olympics

The constant flow of new Nintendo Switch games slows to a relative trickle in the wake of E3 2021, with only 23 new games coming to the Switch eShop this week. They include Rebellion’s 2018 co-op supernatural shooter Strange Brigade, and Sega’s fresh take on the Tokyo Olympics. Read more

Superman Flying Around, Eating Rice In New Japanese Comic

D.C. Comics and Japanese publisher Kodansha are teaming up for a new gourmet-themed comic called Superman vs. Meshi: Superman no Hitori Meshi or Superman vs. Food: Meal For One. In it, the Man of Steel flies around, eating at different restaurants in Japan at lunchtime.Read more

No More Heroes 3 Hired Shao Kahn To Voice A Cat

Close your eyes and picture a cat. A fuzzy feline, purring away in the afternoon sun. Now, imagine that cat can talk. What does it sound like? Cute as a button? Perhaps a little sassy? Nothing like Shao Kahn, former emperor of Outworld and major antagonist of the Mortal Kombat­ franchise, right?...

It's OK, We Could Have Skipped E3 This Year

This year—for the first time since 2006(!!)—I didn’t have to cover E3 for Kotaku, so I got the chance to experience the event as a reader and a fan, watching presentations and press conferences for stuff that excited me, instead of what needed to be written about.Read more

Battlefield 2042 slibuje obrovské bitvy, ale na staré konzole vyjde osekaný

Po dvou historických dílech se letos oblíbená série Battlefield vrátí tam, kde zaznamenala největší úspěchy – na bojiště fiktivního konfliktu blízké budoucnosti. Autoři věnují veškerou pozornost na dodání co nejlepšího zážitku v klasických dobývacích módech, a hodí proto přes palubu i příběhovou...

GTA Online Player Tries Performing Hamlet, Dies

It is not uncommon for people to put on performances in Grand Theft Auto Online. These days, there are entire role play servers with special modifications that allow players to better strut and fret their hour upon the stage, and they’re hugely popular. But players don’t usually do much acting...

Guardians Of The Galaxy Devs Say It's Single-Player For Better Storytelling

When Eidos Montreal revealed Guardians of the Galaxy at E3 2021, many were surprised to see the upcoming Marvel game will be a single-player, Star-Lord-focused experience rather than offering multiplayer with the whole ragtag squad. But the developers have since made clear that taking a different...

Breath Of The Wild Fans Are Competing To Nail The Biggest Combo

So you can do consistent flurry rushes in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, huh? Big whoop. Arguably, you’re not even playing the same game as the BotW fans who have mastered the combat well beyond Nintendo’s intended gameplay.Read more

Xbox One Will Soon Be Able To Stream Next-Gen Games

As we enter the sixth month of the great console shortage of 2021 and the infinity-th month of you not having $500 to just throw around, you might be starting to feel like you’ll never get your ticket to board the next-gen express. Well, take heart, because Microsoft is planning on making its slate...

Every Confirmed New Game At E3 2021

As E3 2021 relentlessly marches from one streaming event to the next, it can be difficult to keep track of all the games making their big debut. Was that game new? Haven’t we heard of it before? No, wait, it was totally announced at that one event last year!Read more

Fortnite, Worth Billions, Offering Paltry Prize Money For Design Contest

Yesterday, Fortnite announced a “Concept Royale” competition. Players can submit skin ideas, and two winners “will have their concepts turned into in-game Outfits in Fortnite, and will also each receive a $2,500 cash prize.” At first glance it doesn’t look like a bad deal, but $2.5k for a design...

Starfield Is An Xbox Exclusive, And Pete Hines Is Sorry

Starfield, the big space-faring RPG from Bethesda, isn’t coming to PlayStation. Microsoft confirmed as much in its E3 2021 press conference. This morning, Bethesda’s Pete Hines addressed—and even apologized—for the exclusivity in a live-streamed interview with GameSpot.Read more

Report: Breath of the Wild 2's Real Title Might Give It Way, Nintendo says

Yesterday, Nintendo came out swinging with its E3 presentation, showing off a trailer for the long-anticipated Breath of the Wild 2. But amidst the explosion of new fan art and fan speculation, you might have noticed that Nintendo isn’t calling this game BotW 2 like everyone else is.Read more

E3 2021: 20 Games Missing From The Show

Silence screams volumes. Over the past five days, video game publishers have shouted announcements for the biggest games from the rooftops. But that chorus has been drowned out by the far more deafening din of what wasn’t announced at E3 2021.Read more

Why Was Nintendo's 'Switch Pro' Missing From E3?

There was a bunch of cool stuff to get excited about during today’s E3 2021-adjacent Nintendo Direct presentation. Metroid Dread is real, Advance Wars is back, and Tekken’s Kazuya Mishima dropped the entire Super Smash Bros. Ultimate cast into a volcano. But one major announcement was notably...

Bayonetta 3 Director Seems Annoyed By Speculation

One glaring omission in yesterday’s Nintendo Direct for E3 2021 was Bayonetta 3. Heck, even Kotaku thought news about the game was a “safe bet.” Hideki Kamiya, the game’s outspoken creator, is once again not mincing words with those speculating as to why the title was absent.Read more

Even With Anime, Netflix Subscriptions Lag Behind In Japan

Take a look at the top ten charts on Netflix Japan, and it’s filled with anime. The streaming service has gone out of its way to appeal to Japan, including producing Netflix exclusive Japanese dramas, but subscriptions are still lagging behind other regions.Read more

Nintendo At E3 2021: The Biggest Announcements, In Four-And-A-Half Minutes

Nintendo’s E3 2021-flavored Direct presentation was meatier than most of the last few days, with a good deal of info on upcoming games and surprise reveals. If you don’t have the time to sit through the entire press conference, our video is the perfect place to get all the juicy highlights in just...

Metroid Dread’s Adam Won’t Order Samus Around, Says Nintendo

It’s been a busy day for E3 2021, with the biggest announcement probably being Nintendo’s revival of the long-rumored Metroid Dread title for the series’ fifth mainline installment. Metroid Dread, coming to Switch on October 8, again follows Samus Aran on her planetary explorations, but also...

Ancient ‘90s Code From Quake Still Controls Lights In Half-Life: Alyx

Reddit user CrazyGiaky noticed something interesting about the flickering lights in Half-Life Alyx. When compared next to flickering lights in the original Half-Life game, the two seemed to sync up. It seemed like Valve was still using the same bit of code to control these lights 22 years later....

Mysterious ‘Evil Farming Game’ Never Actually Existed

For the past few years, the internet has grappled with a cold case: Remember that game that was, like, a farming sim, kinda like Harvest Moon, but you have to kill your wife and keep her body hidden from the police? What was it called, again? It had the ring of a creepypasta, but it also sounded...

Breath Of The Wild 2 Looks A Lot Like Skyward Sword, Huh?

The Legend Of Zelda: Skyward Sword is perhaps one of the most divisive main titles in the entire Legend of Zelda series. But with a new HD re-release and elements seen in today’s Breath of the Wild 2 trailer, Nintendo seems to want to rehab Skyward Sword’s reputation.Read more

Everything Is Left 4 Dead Now

It wasn’t too long ago that it seemed like Left 4 Dead was six feet under. Sure, there were Warhammer games that followed in its footsteps, but there’s a Warhammer game for every existing genre—and several genres that haven’t been invented yet. Now, though, everybody’s doing first-person co-op...

Xbox Series X Loses One Of Its Few Exclusives To The PS5

The Medium is one of the few Xbox Series X/S console exclusive games. But not for long. Developers Bloober Team and Sony have announced that The Medium will become a multiplatform next-gen game when it launches on PS5 on September 3.Read more

Fallout 76 Player Becomes A Jacuzzi Serial Killer In-Game

Imagine this. You’re out in the wasteland and you come across a cobblestone house. “Fancy,” you might say. In Fallout 76, grime and industrial aesthetics permeate everything, so stumbling on a clean, well-lit house with modern design is out of the ordinary. Curiosity brings you through the wooden...

Zelda 35th Anniversary Game & Watch Revealed By Nintendo

As part of its celebration of The Legend of Zelda’s 35th anniversary, Nintendo announced at E3 2021 a special Game & Watch system with three classic games from the long-running franchise: the 1986 original, its polarizing sequel The Adventure of Link, and the Game Boy version of Link’s...

Breath of the Wild 2 gameplay shows Link flying with all-new powers

It’s been about two years since we last heard anything new about the highly-anticipated sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but Nintendo has officially broken its silence on what’s next for the open world RPG. Tuesday’s Nintendo Direct presentation finally gave fans a closer look...

Nintendo Briefly Shows Off Skyward Sword HD Details

Today, during Nintendo’s E3 presentation, we got another peek at The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword HD. The HD remaster of the 2011 Wii title will be released on the Nintendo Switch July 16 and is available for pre-order now.Read more

WarioWare Finally Returns With Get It Together

Mario’s lovably disgusting foil Wario hasn’t had a new game in quite a while. Nintendo fixes that September 10 with WarioWare: Get It Together, featuring the same fast-paced mini-games we know and love with support for two players at once. Read more

Fatal Frame Is Coming To Nintendo Switch

Earlier this year, a Fatal Frame pachinko game was announced, seeming to dash hopes for a proper release anytime soon. But good news! Today, during Nintendo’s E3 Direct, it was announced that Fatal Frame is headed to the Switch.Read more

Nintendo Announces Metroid Dread

It’s been a minute since we first learned of the existence of Metroid Prime 4. And by that, I mean four years. And that was literally just a logo. But we’re going to have to keep waiting. In the meantime, Nintendo has decided to tide us over with [checks paper] Metroid 5???????Read more

Super Monkey Ball Trilogy Remasters Coming In October

Coming October 5 to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Switch and PC, Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania is an HD remaster of the first three games in Sega’s beloved primate-rolling series. Read more

Super Smash Bros. Gets Tekken's Kazuya

Tekken’s Kazuya Mishima will be punching Mario, Kirby, Link, and the rest of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s motley crew square in their noses very soon, Nintendo announced during today’s E3 2021 presentation.Read more

Where To Watch Nintendo's E3 2021 Direct

Nintendo’s E3 2021 Direct comes on the last day of the mammoth game festival, and fans are hoping for updates on tons of games, including Breath of the Wild 2, Pokémon, and Splatoon 3.Read more

Xbox Summer Event Lets You Play 40 Demos Of Upcoming Games

Last week, Xbox and Geoff Keighley’s Definitely Not-E3 Summer Game Fest announced the return of the Summer Game Fest Demo Event, now in its second year of being a total mouthful while also letting you play a bunch of unreleased indie games. Through June 21, you can download and play demos of...

What To Expect From Nintendo At E3 2021

Got your crystal ball handy? Hope so, because Nintendo won’t be holding its traditional press event, Nintendo Direct, until Tuesday, June 15. Though that’s the final day of E3, this is probably going to be a last-but-not-least sort of scenario, because Nintendo’s widely expected to bring out some...

Nintendo Japan: Don't Co-Stream Our E3 Presentation

Later today, Nintendo will broadcast its Direct for this year’s E3. Leading up to the event, the Kyoto-based game company has issued a request on its Japanese Twitter account: Do not co-stream our presentation.Read more

Beware Of Fake Cat-Shaped Backpacks

Realistic-looking neko no ryukkusakku (猫のリュックサック) or “cat rucksacks” went viral earlier this year. Japanese TV now warns of clumsy knockoffs! Read more

Capcom ukázal, jak bude ždímat Resident Evila a Monster Huntera. Jinak nic

Každý, kdo od noční konference japonské společnosti Capcom očekával překvapivé oznámení, musel odcházet zklamán. Kromě přídavků do klíčových sérií Resident Evil a Monster Hunter ukázal jen opětovné uvedení dvou několik let starých dílů právnické adventury Ace Attorney

Bloodborne x Sesame Street

Welcome back to Fine Art, where tonight we’re showcasing the work of Yong Yi Lee, an artist who has done work for companies like Treyarch and Ubisoft.Read more

Paralives Looks Like The Grand Designs Game I've Always Wanted

I wrote about Paralives last year, because a) it’s cool seeing a proper competitor to The Sims, and b) the house construction stuff looked really interesting. A year later and the house stuff now looks like 94% of the reason I want to play this game.Read more

Almost 30 Years Later, Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood Is Coming To TurboGrafx-16

E3 2021 has been a great time for folks with modern consoles, but what if you stopped upgrading in 1992? Well, this is for you: Limited Run Games is releasing the original TurboGrafx-16 version of Castlevania: Rondo of Blood in America for the very first time. No release date yet, but the boutique...

E3 2021's Prettiest Game Might Be This ’80s-Inspired Platformer

It’s called E3 2021 not because 2021 is the year most calendars are set to but because video game publishers have released approximately 2,021 trailers over the past 72 hours. Given the sheer number of short clips, some show-stealers naturally fall through the cracks. One of the coolest in recent...

Xbox Games Are Getting New Box Art

Less than a year after launching the Xbox Series X|S, Microsoft is changing the standard box art for the console’s games in an effort to make it easier for customers to be able to tell which Xbox console an Xbox game on the shelf is compatible with.Read more

Report: Rare's Huge Xbox Exclusive, Everwild, Pushed To 2024

Few developments are more indicative of a project’s rockiness than a game of musical chairs at the top. Exhibit A: Everwild, which VGC reports is now spearheaded by a new creative lead. What’s more, citing anonymous sources, VGC says that the game has been pushed back a bit, and is now targeting...

Starfield Is 'Skyrim In Space,' Says Todd Howard

Despite having a much meatier showing at E3 2021 than its reveal three years ago, very little is known about Starfield, Bethesda’s next massive role-playing game, apart from its November 11, 2022 release on Xbox Series X/S and PC.Read more

River City Girls Return With Two New Games

In 2019 the fine folks at Wayforward Technologies turned the tables on River City Ransom protagonists Kunio and Riki by having their girlfriends rescue them instead of the other way around. Players loved the cheerfully brutal duo of schoolgirls Misako and Kyoko so much that they’re coming back...

Sorry, FNAF Creator Scott Cawthon, Political Donations Don't Work That Way

Scott Cawthon, creator of the Five Nights At Freddy’s series, went viral over the weekend after his political donations were publicized on Twitter. The donation list was a who’s who of homophobic and transphobic lawmakers including Tulsi Gabbard, Mitch McConnell, and Donald Trump. Fans reacted...

I'm Amped For This Rad E3 Snowboarding Game

For the first time in ages, fans of action sports games get to feast. A spiritual successor to Steep comes out in September. Next-gen versions of history’s most beloved skateboarding games recently landed. A new Skate is in the works. I’m particularly intrigued by Shredders, shown off yesterday...

E3 Twitch Chat Has Been Miserable

For what feels like eons now, the E3 Pangea has threatened to break apart and scatter gaming landmasses to all corners of the Earth. Now that’s finally happening, with this year’s E3 functioning as a loose umbrella for a plethora of publisher-specific shows. This has given companies a massive stage...

Elden Ring Director Finally Opens Up About His Latest Epic

Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest kicked off E3 2021 with an incredible look at Elden Ring, the next major action-RPG adventure from Dark Souls developer From Software. And while it was fantastic to see more of the upcoming game two years after its initial announcement, the dense trailer provoked...

Halo Infinite Multiplayer: All Your Biggest Questions, Answered

Microsoft officially unveiled a whole lot of info about Halo Infinite at its E3 presentation yesterday. As previously announced, the multiplayer mode will be entirely free-to-play at launch, and it will also feature one kickass grappling hook. Today, in a 12-minute mini-doc, 343 Industries pulled...

Starfield Might Have Teased The Elder Scrolls VI Setting

It’s been three years since Bethesda officially announced The Elder Scrolls VI with a short teaser trailer, and we still don’t know anything else about the game. But one eagle-eyed Reddit user spotted an Easter egg placed in yesterday’s Starfield teaser that could be a reference to the next Elder...

Star Wars: The Bad Batch Has A Great Fallen Order Moment

Disney, the ultimate experts in brand tie-ins, did something very specific last Friday that stood out to anyone who has played Respawn’s terrific Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order game. To go along with the announcement that Fallen Order will get an upgrade for the PS5 and Xbox Series X, Star Wars:...

Returnal Patch Fixes Busted Trophies

Returnal, the PS5-exclusive roguelike about listening to a really popular ‘70s song, received another update this morning. It doesn’t do a thing about the maddening lack of of a save system, but it does purport to fix another notorious issue plaguing the game: trophies.Read more

The Stranger Of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin Demo Is Corrupt And Unplayable

As promised during Square Enix’s E3 2021 presentation, the playable demo for action game spin-off Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin has been available for download on the PlayStation 5 since yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately, the demo has been corrupt and completely unplayable the whole...

Yet, Another Arcade Closing In Akihabara

Last fall, the main Adores Akihabara arcade closed. The building, a local landmark, is now one of an increasing number of shuttered establishments in the area, which has been impacted by the ban on foreign tourists due to covid-19. Now, the other Adores arcade in Akihabara will also close this...

Antoine Griezmann Is An Yu-Gi-Oh! Ambassador

When not playing Football Manager the hard way, Barcelona and France striker Antoine Griezmann is playing soccer. When he’s not doing that, he might be watching Yu-Gi-Oh! But does he play it? Hrm...Read more

The New Guardians Of The Galaxy Game: 8 Details You Might Have Missed

Square Enix today announced the next game from Eidos Montreal, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. And the publisher spent a long time (maybe too long...) during its E3 event showing off footage that featured raw gameplay, cinematic cutscenes, dialogue, and much more. Read more

Final Fantasy Origins Goes Full Normcore

Final Fantasy is practically synonymous with being extra, and tonally, the trailer for Stranger of Paradise Final Fantasy Origin definitely follows suit. The gang’s goal is to defeat Chaos, after all. So it’s kinda funny to see this action-packed drama features attire and character design that...

E3 2021 Update: Obsidian Debuts 'Sitting'

We saw a lot of cool things during today’s Xbox presentation at E3 2021. Starfield, Halo Infinite multiplayer, and S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 all look fantastic, but they pale in comparison to the Grounded segment, through which the devs at Obsidian Entertainment used the biggest stage in gaming to reveal...

Chaos? Chaos??? ...Chaos!!!!!!

Chaos! Chaos? CHAOS!!! Chaos...? Chaos!! Chaos. CHAOS!!! Chaos! Chaos? CHAOS!!! Chaos...? Chaos!! Chaos. CHAOS!!!Chaos! Chaos? CHAOS!!! Chaos...? Chaos!! Chaos. CHAOS!!!Chaos! Chaos? CHAOS!!! Chaos...? Chaos!! Chaos. CHAOS!!!Chaos! Chaos? CHAOS!!! Chaos...? Chaos!! Chaos. CHAOS!!!Chaos!...

Everything Square Enix Announced At E3 2021

With another year of E3 in the books for Square Enix, Eidos Montreal’s rumored Guardians of the Galaxy world premiere was a major highlight. Square Enix also gave fans a look at what’s coming for Final Fantasy, Marvel’s Avengers, Life is Strange, Babylon’s Fall, and Guardians of the Galaxy.Read more

Forza Horizon 5 Is Very Proud Of Its Mexican Cactus Needles

There’s a brand-new Forza Horizon on the horizon, and its foliage is going to be some of the greatest, most accurate foliage ever rendered in a video game. According to Playground Games creative director Mike Brown, they’ve rendered the individual needles on the cholla cactus we’ll be speeding...

Final Fantasy Action Spin-Off In Development By Team Ninja

Square Enix closed out its E3 2021 presentation with a first look at Stranger of Paradise: Final Fantasy Origin, an action game in development by Team Ninja. It’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC in 2022, with a PS5 demo scheduled for June 24.Read more

Babylon's Fall, Platinum's Fantasy Action Game, Has Nier Vibes

Babylon’s Fall exists. If you are most people, you’re probably thinking, “What the heck is Babylon’s Fall?” But for a very specific subset of people, this is fantastic news, given that they’ve been waiting since 2019 to hear more about Nier: Automata and Bayonetta developer Platinum Games’ latest...

Our First Look At Black Panther In Marvel’s Avengers

You know what Marvel’s Avengers needs? New content. Specifically, Black Panther content. Revealed at Square Enix’s E3 2021 press conference, T’Challa finally joins up with Ms. Marvel and friends later this year in the free War for Wakanda expansion, and while we don’t have a date, we at least have...

Sledujeme konferenci Square Enix. Dočkáme se nového Tomb Raidera?

Japonská společnost Square Enix patří dlouhodobě mezi největší hráče ve videoherním průmyslu. Do jejího portfolia patří značky jako Avengers, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy, Life is Strange a mnohé další. Dočkáme se během E3 prezentace nějaký zásadních oznámení?

Suikoden Spiritual Successor’s Graphics Really Pop

Microsoft’s E3 2021 showcase gave us a new look at Eiyuden Chronicle: Hundred Heroes, probably one of the most anticipated console-style JRPGs in the works right now. It looks gorgeous as ever, and you can definitely see the influence from Suikoden, the classic Konami RPG franchise that inspired...

Unofficial ‘Mother Direct’ Is All About EarthBound

Hidden among the various E3 2021 presentations showing off wide swaths of games from developers and publishers, both major and independent, is a prominent fan site where folks have put together a show dedicated to one franchise and one franchise only: EarthBound.Read more

Square Enix E3 2021: How To Watch

Hello, it’s still E3. Funny seeing you here, getting ready to watch Square Enix’s E3 2021 Summer Showcase. Here’s when and where to watch.Read more

Prey Devs Are Making A Vampire Shooter

Xbox closed out its E3 2021 presentation by revealing Redfall, the next game from Prey developer Arkane Austin. It’s coming to Xbox Series X/S in 2022 and will be available through Game Pass at launch.Read more

The Outer Worlds 2 revealed by Obsidian at E3 2021

Will we ever get a Fallout: New Vegas 2? Who knows, and maybe it’s time to stop asking, because at E3 2021, Obsidian Entertainment has made it clear that The Outer Worlds is now a franchise of its own. The Outer Worlds 2, the follow-up to the acclaimed sci-fi RPG, will let us continue its absurd...

Diablo II: Resurrected Releases September 23

Diablo II: Resurrected, a remastered version of the classic action RPG, got a new trailer today courtesy of, Blizzard Entertainment at E3 2021. It will be released on September 23, 2021 on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. Read more

Hades Finally Comes To Xbox

Hades is finally coming to Xbox August 13, Supergiant announced during today’s Xbox and Bethesda showcase.Read more

10 New Xbox Game Pass Titles Shown At E3 2021

As part of its E3 press conference with Bethesda, Xbox revealed a host of new games coming to Game Pass, including Sega’s gangster thriller Yakuza: Like A Dragon, available right now. Read more

Just Cause Studio's Next Title Is An Open-World Co-Op Game

Just Cause developer Avalanche Studios’ next game was revealed during today Xbox broadcast at E3 2021. Contraband is a joint venture between Avalanche and Xbox Game Studio, making it exclusive to Xbox systems and available on Game Pass at launch.Read more

Battlefield 2042's Gameplay Looks Epic (And Chaotic)

The first look at Battlefield 2042’s gameplay happened today during the Xbox And Bethesda E3 2021 showcase event. It involved a lot of shooting and chaotic action. You know, classic Battlefield. Read more

Starfield Leak Reveals Bethesda's Ambitious Sci-Fi RPG Out Nov 2022

Starfield, Bethesda’s upcoming sci-fi RPG, has been somewhat of a mystery to the gaming world since its initial tease back in 2018. While many expected to see the game in action during Sunday afternoon’s Xbox and Bethesda showcase, newspaper The Washington Post accidentally uploaded a trailer...

How To Watch The Xbox / Bethesda E3 Showcase

E3 2021 is rapidly approaching, and Microsoft’s Xbox presentation looks to be a highlight once again, especially with the addition of Bethesda. After last year’s surprise purchase of Bethesda parent company Zenimax, Microsoft’s E3 presentation will be the first opportunity to show off the massive...

'Shop Contest: Pot Goblin

E3 is here! Which means a lot of busy days for me. But it also means new video games and trailers! Exciting stuff. And one of the biggest moments so far has to be the Elden Ring gameplay trailer. Folks freaked out. A horse double jumped. It was wicked. But buried in that trailer was this year’s...

Prezentace Devolveru byla zábavnější než představované hry

Nezávislé vydavatelství Devolver Digital si pro letošní rok opět připravilo originální prezentaci v rámci výstavy E3. Nejvíce potěšit musela milovníky samurajské tematiky, chystají se rovnou dvě akční hry z prostředí japonské mytologie

Ubisoft at E3: Everything You Need To Know, In 3 Minutes

Ubisoft Forward, the E3 2021 showcase for the French video game company, unfolded on Saturday afternoon with plenty of reveals, gameplay footage, and teasers. But rather than sitting through an hour of news, why not enjoy a reel of the biggest and best announcements? Read more

E3 2021’s Comfiest Showcase Yet

Tucked into a quieter corner of E3 2021 was today’s Wholesome Direct, a showcase of the chillest, happiest, and most uplifting games around.Read more

Demon Throttle Is So Old-School It's Skipping A Digital Release

Devolver Digital returned to E3 2021 with another polarizing look inside its bizarre offices. Between the skits and the swears, the company showed off Demon Throttle, a new Switch game from Gato Roboto developer Doinksoft. The twist? It’s only available as a physical purchase.Read more

Nobody Played Godfall On PS5, So It’s Coming To PS4

When the PlayStation 5 launched last fall, it did so with a stacked lineup of games, including Spider-Man: Miles Morales, a total remake of Demon’s Souls, Astro’s Playroom, and...oh, right, Godfall! The Gearbox-published action game didn’t exactly take off like a rocket ship on PlayStation 5 or...

Ubisoft's E3 Event: All The Biggest Announcements

During today’s Ubisoft Forward event, we got our first look at Massive’s Avatar game and learned more about Rainbow Six Extraction. The event was also filled with a bunch of trailers and new gameplay from stuff like Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope and the next Assassin’s Creed DLC. Read more

Ubisoft’s Avatar Frontiers of Pandora Coming 2022

Today, we finally got a fresh glimpse at Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, Ubisoft’s new Avatar game that’s been in development for the last four years. Originally going by “The Avatar Project,” Frontiers of Pandora was teased during today’s Ubisoft E3 presentation. The video revealed more of Ubisoft’s...

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s Paris Expansion Dropping This Summer

Somehow, Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is about to get a whole lot bigger. The Siege of Paris, a new expansion for Ubisoft’s viking-themed historical murder sim, will be out this summer. Ubisoft revealed the news at its E3 presser today. As expected, there’s a siege. And also Paris.Read more

Rainbow Six Extraction Coming In September, Looks Gross

Today at Ubisoft’s E3 showcase we got a better look at the upcoming Rainbow Six Extraction. This co-op-focused spin-off takes the Rainbow Six Siege characters and has them fight off against mutated alien monsters. It’s out September 16. Read more

Slime Rancher Sprouts A Sequel In 2022

Monomi Park’s fantastic first-person, open-world monster-farming simulation, Slime Rancher has been charming the heck out of players since its 2017 release. Now we’re getting more of that in the form of Slime Rancher 2, coming to Xbox and PC in 2022. Read more

40 Hidden Gems At E3 2021

All eyes today may be on the bigger E3 press conferences (like Ubisoft’s), but under-the-radar games deserve some love, too. Last weekend, the Guerrilla Collective showcase presented 40 indie games, marking an unofficial start of the E3 season. It returned today for a second showcase spotlighting...

PlayStation CEO Clarifies That One Time He Called PS2 Games ‘Ancient’

Few statements have marred PlayStation’s public image than a quote from a 2017, in which PlayStation head Jim Ryan described a PS2 game as “ancient.” At the time, the comment give fans the impression that PlayStation’s lack of interest in supporting cross-gen play came from the top. Ryan addressed...

Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle Switch sequel leaked by Nintendo

The only way to follow up giving Super Mario a gun is to do it all over again. Normally, you might expect to hear about a Mario + Rabbids sequel during the Ubisoft Forward presentation at E3 2021, but in a twist, a listing for the game on Nintendo’s website spoiled the surprise. Mario + Rabbids:...

'Shop Contest: LeBron James Toy, Winners!

LeBron James might be one of the best basketball players in history, but he’s also in a movie called Space Jam: A New Legacy. And as such he is now a toy. So we had some fun with this piece of movie merchandise. Read more

What To Expect From Ubisoft’s E3 2021 Press Conference

Today, at 3:00 p.m. ET, Ubisoft will host its E3 press conference, “Ubisoft Forward.” Don’t get your hopes up for updates about the upcoming Prince of Persia: Sands of Time remake or The Division. (That goes for both the base game and the recently announced The Division Heartlands.) Earlier this...

E3's Best Show Already Happened

Look, I get it. Y’all saw Elden Ring and promptly lost your shit so hard that you accidentally closed the stream and missed the whole-ass presentation going on afterwards. But the most awesome part about Summer Game Fest happened immediately after Geoff Keighley dropped the mic on Elden Ring’s...

Netflix's Resident Evil Casts A Great Albert Wesker

Netflix announced today that Lance Reddick has been cast as baddie Albert Wesker in the upcoming live-action Resident Evil series. Alongside that bombshell, Netflix announced five other actresses who will be starring in the series. Read more

Outriders Had A Rough Launch, So Now Fans Get A 'Frustration' Emote

Outriders has had a rough time after its April 1 launch, with server crashes, bugs, baffling nerfs, items disappearing, and more. It’s an extremely frustrating situation. And it seems Outriders developer People Can Fly understands this. In response, it has released a new community appreciation...

First Official WitcherCon Is Happening In July

Toss a coin to your friends who are about to get extremely sick of an earworm they could’ve sworn faded into obsolescence a year ago. Today, during the final Geeked Week stream, Netflix officially pulled back the curtain on The Witcher’s upcoming second season in...a 12-second teaser. Then there...

Elden Ring Fans Are Obsessed With A Pot Goblin

When I watched the new Elden Ring E3 trailer yesterday, my eyes immediately gravitated toward a single figure. He was mysterious and handsome, with features that seemed to be sculpted from clay. Or maybe porcelain? What I’m saying is, he was a pot. Apparently, I was not alone in this.Read more

Happy 20th Birthday, Game Boy Advance

Today, June 11, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the Game Boy Advance in the U.S. Please put on your hats and inflate your balloons.Read more

Netflix’s Cuphead Show Casts Wayne Brady As King Dice

Netflix provided a brief look at its new Cuphead show today as part of its ongoing, E3 2021-adjacent Geeked Week event. And while there’s still no release date, they did reveal that Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Wayne Brady will be voicing antagonist King Dice.Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is about watching press conferences from the likes of Ubisoft, Microsoft, Bethesda Softworks, and other soft companies. Between the cracks we game like the mighty ninja, swift and silent-ish. Read more

Fallout 76's Battle Royale Mode Is Going Away

The video game industry may not be pivoting away from battle royale just yet, but a few major publishers are reconsidering the genre’s reputation as an easy cash cow. The latest? Bethesda, who’s decided that it doesn’t really make sense to have battle royale in Fallout 76 anymore.Read more

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Gets Upgrade For PS5 And Xbox Series X/S

Fact: Lightsabers are cool. Know what’s cooler? Lightsabers swung at a crisp 4K. That’s exactly what you’ll see in next-gen versions of Respawn’s metroidvania-ish Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order, upgraded now for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S. EA quietly released the update this morning.Read more

Poll: The Best Anime Adaptations Of Weekly Jump Manga

Shonen Weekly Jump is, perhaps, the most famous manga publication in Japan. Loads of hugely successful anime first debuted on their pages and weekly serializations. In a recent poll, fans were asked to name the best anime adaptations.Read more

Beautiful Hand-Written Walkthrough Found In Old PC Game Box

Younger readers will just take things like YouTube walkthroughs, or even sites like GameFAQs, for granted, but old heads will remember days when finding their way through a video game was hard work. Which could, in rare instances like this, also be beautiful work.Read more

Donkey Kong 3 On PC Was On Some Stuff

Back in 1984, after the game’s success first in arcades and then on the Famicom, Nintendo let Hudson make a Donkey Kong 3 spin-off for the NEC PC-8801, NEC PC-6601, and Sharp X1 personal computers. It was...not the same Donkey Kong experience.Read more

Optional Boss Fights? Hell Yes

There’s a big feature on the upcoming Axion Verge 2 over on the PlayStation Blog, and while the whole thing will be of interest to fans of the first game, there’s one passage in particular that really stood out to me.Read more

Metal Slug Tactics Is Metal Slug, But With Turn-Based Tactics

You know I’ve always looked at the  Metal Slug series and thought, nice games you got here, but they’d be better if I could just slow down and take my time with all the shooting. So the announcement of Metal Slug Tactics looks...perfect?Read more

Xbox Is About To Get A Ton Of Free Game Demos

From the aging musical acts to the partnership deals with Earth-ruining capitalist empires, there’s a lot to tease about Summer Game Fest. One thing that’s unironically cool? The demo event, which allows Xbox players to play a ton of indie games for free. Following last year’s successful inaugural...

Now There's A Vampire Battle Royale Game, Too

Most video games based on Vampire: The Masquerade focus on trying to maintain the tenuous peace that’s existed between the various vampire clans for centuries. Free-to-play battle royale Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodhunt is what happens when vampires stop being nice and start getting real. Well...

Everyone Else Saw The Elden Ring Horse Double Jump, Right?

The folks at From Software dropped a new Elden Ring trailer this afternoon, providing almost three full minutes of gameplay for the previously camera-shy game. And while I’m sure the loremasters and other internet sleuths are deducing clues about the game’s narrative and mechanics as I type,...

Everything We Saw At The Summer Game Fest Kickoff

E3 2021 started today with Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest kickoff. In true Geoff fashion, it was deceptively stuffed with news and announcements, musical performances, and—finally—some actual Elden Ring. Here’s everything we saw.Read more

2B Comes To Fall Guys

Mediatonic announced Nier: Automata protagonist 2B is coming to Fall Guys on June 18 at Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest today.Read more

Borderlands Spin-Off Wonderlands Stars Tiny Tina

Gearbox officially unveiled a new Borderlands game during Summer Game Fest’s Kickoff Live! event today. It’s not a sequel, nor a prequel, nor a cutesy phrase that honestly just means “prequel.” It’s a proper spin-off called Tiny Tina’s: Wonderlands, starring Tiny Tina. It’s out early 2022. Specific...

How To Upgrade To Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade On PS5

A PlayStation 5 version of last year’s best darts-throwing game is out today in Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, which makes that door look prettier (and provides some other snazzy enhancements too, I suppose). Thing is, upgrading from the PS4 to the PS5 version isn’t exactly a no-brainer.Read...

Report: Hackers Steal FIFA 21 And Frostbite Source Code From EA

Vice Gaming reports that hackers have broken into EA servers and made off with hundreds of gigabytes worth of proprietary data, including the source code for FIFA 21 and the Frostbite game engine. Electronic Arts has confirmed the breach while assuring no player data is at risk. Read more

All The Pre-E3 2021 Leaks

Officially, E3 doesn’t start until June 12. But leaks don’t follow a schedule. So for those out there who love spoilers or who hate waiting for news, we’ve rounded up all the pre-E3 2021 leaks into one convenient place. Read more

E3 2021: 5 Things That Won’t Be At The Show

The Switch Pro! Halo Infinite! Some unwieldy Bethesda RPG about space or magic or maybe both! An entire oil drum’s worth of ink has been spilled on what to reasonably expect from this year’s all-digital E3. Less discussed: what not to expect.Read more

Xbox Wants To Let You Play Games Without A Console

Xbox cloud gaming allows Game Pass Ultimate subscribers to stream popular Xbox games to their Android devices and internet browsers, but that’s only the beginning. In a pre-E3 post on Xbox Wire, Microsoft revealed plans to create TV apps and dedicated streaming devices to bring Xbox gaming to more...

The Nintendo Download: Coding With Nodons

While this week only brings a relatively modest 26 games to the Switch eShop, it also brings Game Builder Garage, an app that can be used to make infinite games. Technically, this might be the biggest Nintendo Download yet. Oh wait nevermind, they counted Ninja Gaiden twice. Read more

Jujutsu Kaisen Manga Is Going On Hiatus

Weekly Shonen Jump announced that manga Jujutsu Kaisen will go on hiatus for the time being, starting with the installment slated to appear in the issue going on sale June 21.Read more

From Software's Elden Ring Coming January 2022

Geoff Keighley and Summer Games Fest brought the goods today, finally revealing the release date for highly anticipated From Software project Elden Ring. It’s coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on January 21, 2022.Read more

Hatsune Miku Sneaks Into Ireland's High School Exit Exam

Hatsune Miku is a digital musician (also known as a vocaloid) who’s been belting out catchy, commercially successful tunes since 2007. The synthetic idol is monumentally popular in Japan and, as of this year, is a major part of Ireland’s exam for students graduating from secondary school. (That’s...

Lego’s Vintage Typewriter Is A Work Of Art

From a distance Lego Ideas set 21327, Typewriter, doesn’t look very Lego. With printed pieces for each of its 32 keys, a working typebar mechanism, and a new cloth Lego element replicating a typewriter ribbon, it looks every bit the vintage writing tool it’s meant to emulate.Read more

Battlefield 2042 Reveal Nods At Fan's Famous Mid-Flight Bazooka Kill

It’s official: the next Battlefield game will be Battlefield 2042. Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future on an Earth ravaged by ecological disaster, with the United States and Russia fighting over the planet’s rapidly diminishing resources via mercenaries. Today’s trailer teased some of...

Overwatch Adds Crossplay

Where once Overwatch players were divided along the lines of both platform and whether or not they’d push the damn payload, now they can at least not push the payload together.Read more

Investors Still Think Activision CEO Bobby Kotick Makes Too Much Money

Grass is green, the sky is blue, and Bobby Kotick is still rich. Earlier this year, Activision halved the CEO’s pay and annual bonus target after he spent years pulling in tens of millions of dollars (even after laying off employees), resulting in sustained pressure from investors. A group...

Battlefield 2042 Won't Have A Campaign

When Battlefield 2042, the next entry in DICE’s long-running series of first-person shooters, releases this October, it will launch as a multiplayer-only game. Sorry, fans of those War Stories. No campaign this time around.Read more

FFVII Remake Doors Look Much Better On PS5

One of my only complaints about the original release of Final Fantasy VII Remake was the texture pop-in and weird, blurry texture of Cloud’s apartment door in the Sector 7 slums. I am pleased to report that these issues have been resolved in the PlayStation 5 version, though Cloud still refuses...

Backbone: The Kotaku Review

I’m pretty tired of fantasy racism. At this point, portraying racism in video games through the proxies of elves forced into squalid ghettos, stateless space alien nomads, and disenfranchised robots feels a cop out. So I was surprised that I enjoyed Backbone so much, a noir adventure set...

Next Battlefield Game Is Battlefield 2042

The rumors were true. The next Battlefield game, Battlefield 2042, is set in the future, EA announced during a digital showcase today that started after a “countdown to a countdown.” A gameplay reveal is scheduled for June 13.Read more

Wholesome Games Respond To Backlash In The Classiest Way

Wholesome Games is a gaming community, focused around a Twitter account, that brings attention to gorgeous, sweet, friendly games, for no reason other than the sheer joy of it. So of course, after they recently announced a second, higher profile Wholesome Direct showcase for this weekend, June...

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Devs Say It Was Created Without Crunch

Welcome to Good News Corner. As spotted by VG247, a couple of Insomniac Games staff took to Twitter to report that Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart was created without any crunch. While it’s certainly terrible that this is an industry where such a thing merits remark, it remains good news that...

DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power Is A Great Kids Game

We don’t ask much of our kid-aimed cartoon-based video games, and most don’t give us much in return—just several hours of harmless, colorful fun to keep our children entertained while we adult. But Switch exclusive DC Super Hero Girls: Teen Power, with its combo-based battles, RPG-style progress...

Len's Island Has Building And Farming, But Also Fighting

I’m not sure if I’ve ever played a game pitched at “hardcore dungeon-crawler fans”, “home-builders and decorators”, “explorers and completionists”, “farming fanatics, collectable hoarders” and “people who just want to live the simple life of chopping trees as the sun goes down” all at once.Read more

Palestinian Aid Games Bundle Raises $500,000

The Indie bundle for Palestinian Aid, a collection of games, tools and other software put together to raise money for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (who are doing essential emergency work for the Palestinian people), opened up last week with a goal of collecting $500,000. It’s already...

Superman, Rick And Morty Headline Fortnite's New Battle Pass

A new Fortnite season is here, bringing map changes, UFOs you can fly (or, if you’re me, accidentally plunge to your death from), and a reworked battle pass full of original characters and crossovers. There are a couple high profile ones, including Rick from TV show Rick and Morty and an upcoming...

New Transformers Cyberverse Figures Roll Out, Then Transform

Hasbro’s new Roll N’ Change Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, announced today for release in September, perfectly illustrate the difference between Transformers’ collector and kids lines. Look at how much fun commercial actor lad is having. You don’t get that from collecting expensive high-end figures....

Oh, So Mass Effect Forces Me To Kill An Innocent Salarian

As a series, Mass Effect is predicated almost entirely on choice. Paragon or renegade? Red, blue, or green? To bang or not to bang? But Mass Effect occasionally appears to restrict your agency. For instance, at one point in the first game, you’re presented with a series of choices, and no matter...

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart: The Kotaku Review

Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart is an enormous, breathtakingly beautiful third-person action platformer for PS5. It has hours of exquisitely crafted worlds, world-leading platforming, and a bold, engaging story told by a superb cast. It’s just… so did 2016’s Ratchet & Clank. And, well, 2002’s...

Tonight, The Internet Broke

It’s not just you or the sites you visit. A huge part of the internet went down earlier tonight, and everything from entertainment providers to video services to news sites was impacted.Read more

Ubisoft neukáže nového Prince na E3, chystá mix svých vojenských her

Chystaný remake Prince of Persia: Sands of Time byl po stížnostech fanoušků odložen až na příští rok. Zároveň na veřejnost pronikly neoficiální zprávy, že Ubisoft chystá kooperativní online střílečku, ve které se potkají hrdinové her Splinter Cell, The Division a Ghost Recon

Antoine Griezmann Is Playing Football Manager The Hard Way

Barcelona and France striker Antoine Griezmann is currently getting ready to try and win Euro 2020 with his national side, but on the way to the tournament he’s been showing off his skills in a different game: Football Manager, where he’s been doing very well indeed.Read more

Homeworld 3's Weird Crowd-Funding Scheme Has Been Cancelled

It was very exciting to hear back in 2019 that Homeworld 3 was in development. The news was tempered a little at the time, though, by a very strange crowd-funding scheme that was attached to the project, despite the fact the game was being bankrolled by Gearbox, a major publisher.Read more

The Best Moments In E3 History

Before E3, everyone gets excited for the big new announcements. But after E3, all anyone remembers—and cherishes—are the kind of screw-ups, misfires and awkward heroism you can only get when corporate executives and video game developers have to get on stage and act like salespeople in front...

Guilty Gear Strive Is Too Stylish For Its Own Good

I’ve been having a great time with Guilty Gear Strive, out this week on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Steam, but I feel like developer Arc System Works might have gone a little overboard in the aesthetics department this time around.Read more

Terra Nil Is A City-Builder Where You Rebuild A Shattered Environment

While most city-builders pitch themselves as something idyllic, all blue skies and green grass, the upcoming Terra Nil for the PC goes in a slightly different direction, giving you a world that has suffered environmental collapse then asking you to clean it up a bit.Read more

E3 Avatar Creator: The Kotaku Review

E3 is here. Registered participants will soon be able to log in to the E3 portal to connect with developers, industry professionals, and fans. Since the event is purely digital, the ESA is encouraging participants to create avatars so exhibitors who may or may not be there and who may or may...

Ex-Giant Bomb Duders' New Project Is Already Blowing Up On Patreon

One month after leaving Giant Bomb, foundational members Vinny Caravella, Alex Navarro, and Brad Shoemaker have started a new Patreon-supported project known as Nextlander, which so far seems to be Giant Bomb in everything but name. And, shock of all shocks, it already has over 5,000 backers.Read...

Dying Light, A 6-Year-Old Game, Just Got Free DLC

Six years, four months, and three weeks ago, a major developer released a big-budget action game set in a sprawling open world. In 2018, that same developer announced a sequel slated for the following year. It has since been delayed. And now, the original game is getting more content. Such is...

Days Gone Mod Makes Zombie Hordes Ludicrously Large

It was only a matter of time until Days Gone’s newfound PC audience began to tear out its insides and refashion them into something gnarlier, and now that day has arrived. A new mod ups freaker (aka zombie) horde sizes to the point where they basically blot out your whole screen.Read more

Super Mario Kart Hacker Restores Long-Lost Level Editor

Last year’s massive Nintendo data breach, dubbed the “Gigaleak,” revealed a trove of Nintendo secrets including human characters in Animal Crossing, alternate versions of the fourth-gen Pokémon games, and an F-Zero character model that bore shocking resemblance to Beavis and Butthead’s Beavis....

Knockout City’s Best-Dressed Players Are Also Its Scariest

We often fear powerful things, because we can’t control them. A giant, unstoppable bear. A deadly bomb. An unfeeling, AI-controlled drone with missiles. Or even, a player wearing some sick threads in an online video game, indicating they’ve been playing longer than you and will likely kick your...

FFXIV Artists Used Their Free Time To Get Bunny Boys Into The Game

When Final Fantasy XIV introduced female-only Viera and male-only Hrothgar as playable races for its Shadowbringers expansion, fans were not happy. It turns out the game’s graphics team weren’t happy either, so they worked in their free time between patches to get male rabbits and female bestial...

Nvidia's DLSS Sorcery Is Coming To Linux

DLSS, a technology I do not want to understand because then it will no longer feel like magic, has until now been available only to folks playing Windows games. Thanks to some work from Valve and Nvidia, though, that’s about to change.Read more

An Entire Game Where You Have To Keep To The Shadows

And it’s got nothing to do with stealth! SCHiM is an upcoming game for the PC where you’re playing a human soul that moves like a frog (stick with me), and the entire thing is about navigating a landscape touching only the shadows.Read more

The Week In Games: Final Fantasy Rift

It’s the week before E3, so let’s look forward to some games we can actually play before we all get excited about games we can’t play yet. This week has a lot to look forward to, including Ratchet & Clank, Final Fantasy VII Remake Intergrade, and Guilty Gear Strive. Here are the video games...

What The Hell Is Happening In Palworld?

Yesterday, developer Pocketpair released a trailer for its upcoming game Palworld, which describes itself as a “multiplayer, open-world survival crafting game” with some Pokemon-looking companions. Things seem to start off fine, before the trailer takes a dark turn.Read more

Sunday Comics: Keyblade

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

Car Crashes Into Japanese Arcade, Thankfully No One Was Hurt

Last week in Hiroshima, a sedan plowed into an arcade at a little after 9 pm, knocking over a row of bicycles and smashing through glass. The game center was still in operation, and fortunately, no one in the car or arcade was hurt.Read more

Here's GoldenEye 007 Remade From The Ground Up In Far Cry 5

If it walks like a GoldenEye, talks like a GoldenEye, and quacks like a GoldenEye, it’s a GoldenEye, right? Well, not always. It could also be a Far Cry. Case in point: This recreation of GoldenEye 007 in Far Cry 5's level editor.Read more

Knockout City Doesn’t Show Your Overall Stats, Which Is A Bummer

Last week, Kotaku’s Zack Zweizen and I teamed up for a few rounds of Knockout City. I played fairly well. Zack, on the other hand, crushed it, even ending one match with a jaw-dropping positive-15 KD. Sadly, save for the screenshots we both snapped in shock after the fact, there’s no way...

Every Indie Game Shown During Today’s Guerrilla Collective Showcase

It’s officially E3 season. Between the marquee E3 pressers (Microsoft, Square Enix, Ubisoft, et cetera) and individual events from publishers gone E3-rogue (what’s up, Sony?), you can catch a handful of events focusing on smaller games. The first of those, at least per the calendar, is...

We're Not Expecting Much From This Year's E3

Somehow it’s June again, which means it’s almost time for E3 to start—and also, depending on who you ask (Sony, Sega, Blizzard), it’s already started. Still though, this must mean that several volcano bursts of white-hot excitement are just around the corner, right? You’d think, but after the year...

Jolteon Could Charge More Than 800 Car Batteries

If you’re a Kotaku regular, you’re likely familiar with our long-running Here’s Another Pokémon series, curated by our stalwart weekend editor, Zack Zweizen. Zack’s taking some well-earned time off this weekend, which means I’m taking the reins today. (Sorry in advance, but also, cue maniacal...

EarthBound Secrets Discovered On Ancient Floppy Disk

In 2018, Marcus Lindblom, a former Nintendo of America employee best known for localizing EarthBound, discovered the floppy disk containing his personal files from that massive project in an old box. He had, at some point, wiped the disk to make room for more data, but thanks to the folks at...

ANKETA: Které hry byste rádi viděli na E3?

Herní svátek E3 je za rohem, byť jen v digitální podobě. Napište nám, které hry byste během prezentací rádi viděli. Tentokrát vás poprosíme, abyste byli realističtí, takže žádný Half-Life 3

Kuřecí nuget ve tvaru panáčka z Among Us se vydražil za dva miliony korun

V internetové aukci na portálu eBay byl vydražen kousek smaženého kuřete z fastfoodového řetězce McDonald’s za neuvěřitelnou částku přesahující dva miliony korun. Unikátní je tím, že vzdáleně připomíná hlavního hrdinu oblíbené online hry Among Us. Kupující k němu dostal i vakuový pytlík z Ikey...

Support Palestine With This Massive Game Bundle

A new game bundle on itch.io is raising funds for the people of Palestine, who despite a recent ceasefire between Israel and Gaza continue to live as second-class citizens in their own homeland.Read more

Activision Hires Yet Another Former Republican Big Wig

It seems that Activision has a type. After hiring former George W. Bush-era counterterrorism appointee Frances F. Townsend and controversial Trump administration member Brian Bulatao in March, the mega-publisher has now rounded out its ranks with a third ex-member of a Republican Presidential...

You Can Win $5,000 For Being Really Good At Microsoft Excel

Been practicing your Excel macros? What’s your APM in Microsoft Office? If you’re the best of the best, you might just have what it takes to dominate in the world of competitive financial modeling. In fact, another international exhibition match is about to start.Read more

Necromunda: Hired Gun Will Be Fun Once It Runs Better

It’s hard being a mercenary in the Warhammer 40k universe. Even though you get a cool hound and can upgrade your powerful guns, everything you encounter is deadly and dangerous. Most things are covered in big spikes and probably packing some weapons too. But it’s even harder to be a hired gun...

D&D MMO Neverwinter Will Finally Let You Be A Bard

Loremasters, minstrels, tale-tellers, songblades—every adventuring party needs a bard. If there isn’t someone on your side fighting kobolds with a lute, what’s the point? I don’t know how a Dungeons & Dragons MMO has survived since 2013 without them, but the question will soon be moot, as bards...

The World’s First 'Skateboating' Game Looks Rad

Skateboarding is cool and all, but it’s been around for a long time. I’ve played plenty of skating games. I need something new. Something like Wave Break, a skateBOATing game that combines ‘80s era visuals, boat grinding, and animals into one rad-looking package. Read more

A Group Of Hades Fans Are Staging The Entire Iliad On Twitch

Hades, the well-received roguelike from Supergiant Games, is very obviously rooted in Greek myth. So what better way for a cadre of the games’ most devoted fans to pay homage to the source material than by staging a cover-to-cover reading of The Iliad, arguably one of the most recognizable stories...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for dressing up in colorful spandex outfits and fighting crime alongside your besties. Failing that, you could probably just play a video game with the same premise. Read more

Anyone Could Be Struck By Lightning At Any Time

In VVVVVV developer Terry Cavanagh’s new Roblox game, Anyone could be struck by lightning at any time, anyone could be struck by lightning at any time. Your job is to not be. But you will. It’s inevitable.Read more

A big change is coming to Cup Noodle

If you’ve ever bought Cup Noodle, you are familiar with the plastic sticker that’s used to close the lid after hot water is added.Read more

Nike Has Made Some "Anime" Sneakers

Similar to the “Gamer” tributes from 2020, Nike is launching a new line of sneakers called Nike And The Mighty Swooshers, which is going to be based entirely around anime.Read more

Chaotic Scenes At Nvidia GPU Restock

A combination of pandemic-driven shortages and the planet’s increasingly gruesome fascination with crypto-mining means it’s hard getting your hands on a new graphics card at the moment. And if you were wondering just how hard, look at this lineup—and resulting crush of humanity—outside a Micro...

Nové HTC Vive Pro 2 je virtuální lahoda pro oči. Levné to stále není

Výrobce HTC si připravil nový špičkový model brýlí pro virtuální realitu, který má srazit na kolena veškerou mainstreamovou konkurenci. A to se mu v podstatě daří, ovšem zároveň nemění nic na faktu, že se kategorii dostupné virtuální reality stále vyhýbá velkým obloukem

Palia Could Be The Chill Animal Crossing MMO Of My Dreams

As much as I love storming castles, raiding dungeons, and waiting for rezzes, sometimes I just want to go online and hang out in a peaceful setting. New community simulation MMO Palia, with its fishing, farming, exploring, and decorating, might just fit the bill.Read more

Resident Evil Village vs Resident Evil 4: The Best Merchant

In one corner, a large, helpful man who sells weapons and cooks meals. In the other corner, a mysterious figure who has a lot of good things on sale today, stranger. He also might be infected? It’s time to figure out who’s better: The Duke from Resident Evil Village or The Merchant from RE4. Read...

Why Everyone Is Playing Knockout City, A Multiplayer Dodgeball Game

Knockout City, the recently released multiplayer dodgeball game about dodging dodgeballs, has apparently clocked more than five million players, publisher EA announced today. No matter how you slice it, that figure is nothing to sneeze at. Now, consider that the game hasn’t even been out for...

The Most Viewed Twitch Hot Tub Stream Yet Is Also The Most Cursed

At this point, there are more parody hot tub streams on Twitch than actual hot tub streams—so much so that one now holds the distinction of being the most viewed hot tub stream of all time. Credit where credit’s due, though: Minecraft megastar George “GeorgeNotFound’’ Davidson at least went out...

A Medieval Micromanagement Sim Is Tearing Up The Steam Charts

I didn’t expect to play five hours of Going Medieval in one sitting right after installing it. I spotted the game on Steam’s top-selling charts, it looked neat, and I gave it a try. Suddenly, after what only felt like a few minutes, I looked up at the clock and realized I had spent hours building...

Final Fantasy VII Remake Save Transfers Are A Mess

On June 10, Final Fantasy VII Remake, a game about wearing all the hottest styles out of the 2012 Paris Fashion Week, will land on PlayStation 5. Good news: You’ll be able to transfer your save data over from the PlayStation 4 version. Bad news: The process is, and you’ll never believe this, kind...

EA Hires Call Of Duty Boss To Lead Battlefield Team

Electronic Arts has appointed Byron Beede as the new SVP and general manager of the Battlefield series. Beede previously spent nearly 20 years at Activision Blizzard, where he most recently worked as the executive vice president and general manager of the Call of Duty series.Read more

The Nintendo Download: Save Us, Super Hero Girls

This week sees a mighty torrent of 47 new games barreling towards the Nintendo eShop. Can the DC Super Hero Girls save us from this tidal wave of games, or are they part of the problem? Read more

Dissecting The Ridiculousness Of Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village is all Kotaku’s staff has been talking about since it came out. Between the plot twist, hand gore, and Tall Lady Thirst, there was much to discuss, so staff editor Lisa Marie Segarra, weekend editor Zack Zweizen, and staff writer Ian Walker got together for a spoiler-heavy...

Here's Your E3 2021 Schedule, From Ubisoft To Nintendo

As fan registration opens for access to the E3 2021 portal and app, organizers have released a tentative schedule of virtual press conferences for the four-day event, starting with Ubisoft and Gearbox Entertainment on Saturday, June 12, and ending with Nintendo on Tuesday, June 15.Read more

Bukkake Noodles Get A Safe For Work Name In The U.S.

In Japan, bukkake udon is a traditional noodle dish that’s especially popular in the summertime. The word “bukkake” refers to the “splashing” of the savory broth. Yes, also means something else.Read more

Kde je ten next-gen? God of War i Gran Turismo 7 vyjdou i na PS4

I když očekávané playstationové exkluzivity Gran Turismo 7 a God of War: Ragnarok vyjdou až příští rok, nebudete k jejich hraní potřebovat konzoli PlayStation 5. Sice si je tak bude moci zahrát víc lidí, zároveň ale nemůžeme očekávat nějaký zásadní technický pokrok

PS5 x Balenciaga T-Shirts Cost More Than A PS5 Does

PlayStation is normally pretty savvy when it comes to high-profile fashion collaborations, but this latest partnership with luxury label Balenciaga, consisting of a t-shirt and hoodie that both cost more than an actual PlayStation 5, is dumb.Read more

Tekken Director Challenges Virtua Fighter Team To Make Another Game

In the latest video for his personal YouTube channel, Tekken series director Katsuhiro Harada spoke at length about this week’s release of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, sharing that he’s always viewed surpassing Sega’s foundational 3D fighting series as a personal goal.Read more

The NFT Market Has Collapsed, Oh No

Does anyone remember March 2021, when some techbros and artists were convinced that NFTs (Non-Fungible Tokens) were going to change the world? Well hi, it’s now June 2021 and the ass has fallen out of that market. I know, I am surprised as you are.Read more

PlayStation Boss Says Horizon Forbidden West In 2021 Isn’t A Sure Thing

When last week’s Horizon Forbidden West gameplay preview came and went without a refining of its 2021 release window, folks were rightfully curious why a concrete launch date hasn’t been set. According to PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst, it’s because things are still in flux behind the scenes...

Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Review: Who Is It For?

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost nine months since Nvidia unveiled their first Ampere graphics card, the GeForce RTX 3080. Though I suppose it might also have felt like an eternity for those of you who have been trying to buy one for the past nine months.Read more

Apparently Tesla Cars Have Enough Graphical Horsepower To Play Cyberpunk 2077

You shouldn’t take a call while driving, you shouldn’t text while driving, and you certainly shouldn’t game while driving. And yet, that’s exactly what you might be able to do with the Tesla Models X and S. As spotted by The Gamer, bazillionaire Tesla CEO and failed Deus Ex cosplayer Elon Musk...

God Of War Sequel Pushed To 2022

The next God of War game will miss its original 2021 release window and instead come out sometime next year, Sony’s Santa Monica Studio announced today.Read more

Xbox Celebrates Pride With A Controller You Can’t Buy

Along with a generous donation to LGBTQIA+ nonprofits, clothing featuring flag designs, and various digital rewards, Microsoft is offering a Pride 2021 Xbox wireless controller, a lovely rainbow-sporting custom gamepad that’ll only be available to select influencers and members of the media.Read...

It's 10 Years Since You First Didn't Plan To Buy A Wii U

Cast your minds back, nostalgia fans, to those halcyon early summer days of June 2011. It was E3, back when people met together in buildings and when people still cared about E3, that Nintendo revealed the follow-up to their astonishingly popular Wii console. Yes, as Reggie Fils-Aimé took...

Ghostrunner Goes Next-Gen On September 28

Ghostrunner, last year’s terrific first-person parkour game, will leap, grapple, wall-run, and maybe trip (but in a suave way that no one notices) onto PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S on September 28, publisher 505 Games announced today.Read more

Latest Biomutant Update Trims The Tutorial And Shushes The Narrator

If there’s one thing you’d want to change about Biomutant, it’s the narrator. If there’s another, it’s the overly long and bloated tutorial. If there’s a third, it’s the sheer amount of chatter some NPCs will inundate you with. Okay, maybe Biomutant isn’t exactly flawless, but a major patch today...

Nintendo's E3 2021 Plans Include A Direct And Treehouse Live

Nintendo fans wondering about the company’s E3 plans can now cease their incessant pondering. There’s be a 40-minute Nintendo Direct on June 15 focused on Switch games, followed by three hours of deep dives via Treehouse Live. Read more

One Year And 14 Million Active Players Later, Valorant Is Going Mobile

Officially launched on June 2 of last year, Riot Games’ hero shooter Valorant has enjoyed massive success on PC, with more than a half-billion matches played and over 14 million active players. Today Riot announced plans to expand the franchise, starting with Valorant Mobile. Read more

No Man's Sky Gets A Massive Visual Overhaul

Taking a brief pause from adding completely game-changing mechanics to its epic space adventure, today Hello Games releases the “Prisms” update for No Man’s Sky, adding fur to creatures, light refraction to rain, more detail to cave environments, reflective metal to space stations, and much more....

Nintendo Is Opening A Museum In Japan

Nintendo just announced plans to take one of its old production facilities in Japan and turn it into the “Nintendo Gallery”, a place to “showcase the many products Nintendo has launched over its history”.Read more

AMD’s Answer To Nvidia’s DLSS Works On All GPUs

Nvidia’s DLSS isn’t foolproof, but when it works the performance benefits of AI-powered upscaling can be astonishing. It’s why fans have been pushing AMD for almost a full year to come up with an AI-powered solution of their own, and today, AMD finally announced it. Even better: it’ll work on...

Evo 2002 Trailer Is Definitely From 2002

Over the weekend, someone uploaded an ancient trailer used to promote 2002’s Evolution Championship Series fighting game tournament, and boy is it something else.Read more

Super Mario Bros. Movie Restoration Adds 20 Minutes Of Deleted Scenes

For years now, Super Mario Bros. The Movie Archive has been working to obtain and restore a bunch of deleted scenes from Nintendo’s 1993 disaster. That work is now largely done, leaving us with a sort of “director’s cut” of the film that runs for 20 minutes longer than the original.Read more

Minecraft Removes Decade-Old 4chan Shoutout

Mojang Studios’ latest update to the Java version of Minecraft removes a random title screen message shouting out controversial website 4chan that existed in the game for over 10 years.Read more

I'm Waiting For World Of Warcraft's Dark Portal To Open All Over Again

Fine, World of Warcraft: Burning Crusade Classic. I’ll sit with dozens of other players in the Blasted Lands, waiting for the glowing green portal to open at 6 p.m. Eastern time. I will weather this plodding déjà vu but know this: There’s no way in hell I’m leveling a Blood Elf or Draenei...

Mass Effect 3 Easter Egg Revealed After Nine Years

Nine years since the release of Mass Effect 3 and just a couple of weeks after the release of its shiny new Mass Effect Legendary Edition remaster, a long-hidden Easter egg has been revealed.Read more

Crysis Remastered Trilogy Out This Fall

Another week, another development in the Department of Remakes, Remasters, and Rereleases. Crysis is the latest trilogy to get a new paint job. It’s out this fall, developer Crytek announced today, with the specific release date up in the air.Read more

PSA: Tell Me Why's First Chapter Is Free During Pride Month

In celebration of Pride Month, Dontnod Entertainment is offering the first chapter of Tell Me Why for free through the month of June across all platforms. And anyone who picks up the chapter, “Homecoming,” on Xbox or Steam in that time will own the game permanently.Read more

Oh, Goody, E3 Will Have An Awards Show

Following a weeklong flurry of digital events, and a four-day spree of press conferences, E3 2021 will culminate in an awards ceremony, the Entertainment Software Association announced today. Yay…Read more

Watch Dogs: Legion Gets A Surprise Free Zombie Mode Of Sorts

Available today, as a surprise free alpha test for Watch Dog: Legion PC players, Legion of the Dead fills the game’s London with zombies. Up to four players are tasked with scavenging the resources they need to survive while using their special skills to thwart the zombie hoards. Sounds neat!...

Here's Everything Coming To And Leaving Game Pass Soon

June’s initial Game Pass offerings are fairly slim. Honestly, this batch is far more a net negative than positive, what with the likes of Observation (terrific puzzle-exploration game) and Wizard of Legend (top-tier co-op roguelike) going away. Hey, maybe Microsoft is holding back for its...

CD Projekt zažil meziroční propad zisků, chce vydávat víc her

Autoři loňského hitu Cyberpunk 2077 zveřejnili finanční výsledky za první čtvrtletí letošního roku. I když společnost zažila rekordní tržby, čistý zisk se oproti stejnému období loňského roku propadl o šedesát pět procent. Řešením do budoucna má být paralelní vývoj víc titulů najednou

Pokémon Products Don't Get Much Better Than This

Over the years, there have been oodles of Pokémon branded products. For example, I bought Pikachu toothpaste earlier today in Japan for my youngest son, but if you really think about it, that doesn’t have much to do with Pocket Monsters. This product, though, definitely does.Read more

Nintendo Sues ROM Site Into Oblivion

Back in 2019, we wrote about Nintendo’s efforts to shut down the website RomUniverse, which was hosting and even selling premium access to pirated copies of Nintendo games. That case is now over, the site is gone and Nintendo has been awarded $2.1 million in damages.Read more

Pět nejočekávanějších her, které vycházejí v červnu

V červnu nás čekají nelítostné středověké bitvy, na Blízkém východě se ujmeme role nájemného zabijáka, zahrajeme si akci využívající hardwaru PlayStationu 5 a těšíme se na akční golf s Mariem a jeho kamarády. Rádi se také opět ponoříme do světa Dungeons & Dragons. Chystá se toho ovšem mnohem víc....

If You Want Indie Gaming News, You Just Have To Ask

Earlier today, I tweeted explaining that for some mad reason Kotaku had left me alone at the wheel of their website today, and asked my followers for breaking AAA news to fill in the awkward holiday Monday-driven game-world silence. It turns out they don’t know what triple-A means, but what they...

Many Need For Speed Games Are About To Be Erased From Reality

Publishers, like entropy, will eventually destroy everything. Rather than preserving their games like the works of art they should think they are, instead the instinct is more usually to go to enormous lengths to make them impossible to play. The latest victims of these murderous antics are many...

Why Did No One Tell Me About Uncharted 4's Climbing?

I am, after extensive research, willing to concede that I might not be the first person to bring the Uncharted series to your attention. However, it seems everyone else has failed me by not letting me know just how utterly wonderful the fourth game’s climbing is.Read more

Super Cub Anime Is A Love Letter To Adolescent Freedom

Teenagers in many countries look forward to the day they get the freedom of their driver’s license, letting them explore their increasingly widening world. In rural and suburban Japan, where trains and busses may not be reliable or common, this freedom is given form in a moped, scooter,...

Místo hádání čísel lovíme démony. Nová CAPTCHA se líbí i autorovi Dooma

Nezávislý vývojář Miquel Orteza nastínil nový způsob, jakým by mohly internetové stránky ověřovat, zda se k nim chce připojit člověk nebo jen počítačový bot. Střílení démonů à la Doom přitáhlo pozornost i slavných vývojářů, jako je John Carmack nebo Markus Persson, autor Minecraftu

'Shop Contest: LeBron James Toy

Come on SLAM and welcome to the JAM! It’s time to have some fun with a weird LeBron James toy! (That didn’t rhyme as well as I hoped. But my backspace key broke months ago so, can’t fix it or improve it. Moving on.) Read more

Benoît Sokal, Creator Of The Syberia Series, Has Died

Belgian comic book artist Benoît Sokal, the creator of the adventure game series Syberia, died on May 28 after battling a long-term illness. He was 66 years old. The news of his passing was confirmed via a statement from game publisher Microids.Read more

Sunday Comics: Meanwhile...

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

RECENZE: Trilogie Mass Effect zestárla, ale stále je špičkou žánru

Ani řada grafických vylepšení v nově vydané legendární edici nedokáže zamaskovat, že trilogie Mass Effect je už stará téměř deset let. Pokud ale přivřete oči nad topornými animacemi, špatným ovládáním a zbytečnými vedlejšími úkoly, dokáže vás opět pohltit svým výpravným příběhem

'Shop Contest: Cicada, Winners?

I made a mistake. I forgot that I have to judge these contests. So now I’m trapped looking at all your images featuring nasty cicadas. I’ve played myself.Read more


After taking a week off, Snapshots is back. And to make up for the week off, I’ve included more screenshots than usual! Turns out, when you skip a week, you miss a bunch of awesome screenshots. If it’s your birthday, consider it a nice birthday present. Your welcome!Read more

The Twitch DMCAs Just Keep Coming

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: The music industry is taking aim at Twitch, this time to the tune of “about 1,000 individual claims,” according to the company. Twitch’s solution? Second verse, same as the first: Delete, delete, delete.Read more

Oh, Hey, I Just Got Back From An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs

An Airport For Aliens Currently Run By Dogs (y’all, there’s no way I’m gonna get through these impressions spelling this long-ass name out so henceforth I’ll call it Dog Airport or abbreviate it as AAFACRBD) is a game about exactly what it says on the box: You are a person at an airport that...

Ubisoft Insists Latest Game, [INSERT NAME], Isn’t Political

Today, Ubisoft showed off some new gameplay from the upcoming [INSERT GENRE] game [INSERT NAME]. The footage shows that the game’s setting and story seem to be politically charged and potentially filled with commentary about [INSERT CURRENT EVENT]. However, as usual, Ubisoft has been quick...

15 Years Ago This Month, Valve Announced Half-Life 2: Episode 3

It seems like just yesterday when Valve announced a trilogy of expansions for their super-popular PC game, 2004's Half-Life 2. But it’s actually been 15 years since Episode 3 was announced. And while Valve has since released a new Half-Life game, it wasn’t the one the developer announced back...

Musings Of A Mass Effect 1 Newcomer

Mass Effect Legendary Edition has given me a chance I missed the first time around. Though I’ve played through the other games of BioWare’s long-running space opera—3, Andromeda, and, years later, 2, in that order—’m tackling the first Mass Effect for the first time ever.Read more

Graven Looks Great, But Right Now It’s A Bit Boring

Graven is the latest game from resurrected publisher 3D Realms. Like its recent releases Ion Fury and Wrath, Graven is a throwback to 1990s PC first-person shooters, this time being a spiritual successor to Hexen and Heretic. It’s a visual delight to run around the world of Graven, kicking bad guys...

New Site Teaches You How To Play EVE Online

EVE Online is a tough game to learn without a lot of effort and assistance. The good news is that there’s now an easier path to getting started: the EVE Academy, a new companion website to the 18 year old MMO, was created specifically to show new players the ropes, and potentially teach a few...

Mass Effect Is Back, But It Seems Like Morality Meters Are Gone For Good

Will you save the orphans or eat them? Will you blow up the planet or give it renewable energy and free healthcare? Will you hug Leonardo Da Vinci or let his outstretched arms wither? For a minute there, it felt like games were characterized by binary choices like these—even if their prevalence...

Microsoft Flight Simulator Is Much Smaller Now

Video games are big, and as new technology supports greater visual fidelity, they’re only bound to get bigger. That’s why it’s always nice when the developers behind bulky games like Microsoft Flight Simulator figure out ways to decrease those download sizes.Read more

Fortnite X Books You Read In High School

Fortnite’s gotten a crossover with Mistborn, a fantasy series by Brandon Sanderson. Following a Twitter teaser, players can now get a skin of character Kelsier along with a themed back bling, pickaxe, and load screen. It’s the game’s first book tie-in.Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for transforming from a high school kid into a demonic demi-fiend after an evil cult forces the world into an apocalyptic rebirth known as Conception. Ooo, and maybe we’ll get some Wendy’s. Read more

Covid-19 Barrier Given An JRPG Twist

At stores and offices, perhaps you’ve seen plastic guards to prevent the spread of droplets. Bet you haven’t seen one quite like this.Read more

Lady Dimitrescu's Actor & Model Cosplaying As Lady Dimitrescu

Look I know we’ve already seen some incredible Lady Dimitrescu cosplay, but I figured it was worth seeing some more today given the fact the ladies in the dress here are the actors Capcom used to bring the character to life.Read more

Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown Won’t Have State-Of-The-Art Online

Sega’s flagship fighting game franchise returns next week with the release of Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, yet another update to the original Virtua Fighter 5 from 2006. Ultimate Showdown sports updated graphics courtesy of the PlayStation 4, but its netcode will remain tethered to...

The Last Of Us Game Actor Will Be In The TV Series

Well, this is neat! While the upcoming The Last Of Us TV series has been busy recasting everyone’s favourite murderers, replacing the iconic faces and voices we grew to love (?) over two grisly experiences, one actor from the game will be playing the same character in the show: Merle Dandridge,...

Charlie Guillemot, Son of Ubisoft’s CEO, Is Leaving The Company

Charlie Guillemot, co-head of Ubisoft mobile studio Owlient, is stepping down based on a new report from Axios. Back in August of last year, his studio faced controversy when a Tom Clancy branded mobile game used Black Lives Matter imagery in relation to a fictional in-game terrorist group. Charlie...

Square Says Sike

Massively multiplayer online role-playing game Dragon Quest X launched on the Wii all the way back in 2012. Since then, it’s appeared on eight more platforms and received several substantial expansions, but Square Enix has never seen fit to release it in the west. And it doesn’t seem like that’s...

You Still Don't Need A PlayStation 5

It’s been six months since the PlayStation 5 came out, and yet the Seto Kaiba action figure that can also run high-end video games remains comically hard to come by. For a while, this irked me. I wanted to be part of the new console generation—the zeitgeist. So I obsessively watched a Twitch...

The Sonic Diamond Necklaces Are Cool, Actually

Soon, rappers, jewelry enthusiasts, or nerds with money to burn can buy their own Sonic-themed diamond necklace. Tucked into today’s Sonic news stream was a gem (heh) of an announcement—a collaboration between Sega and jewelry maker King Ice to create four gold chains featuring...

Dying Light 2 Gets A December Release Date And A Gameplay Trailer

The eagerly and often angrily-awaited sequel to Techland’s 2015 survival horror action-adventure game finally has a concrete release date. The gates to humankind’s final stronghold swing wide on December 7 when Dying Light 2 Stay Human arrives on PlayStations, Xboxes, and PC.Read more

5 Bucks Get You Into Pokémon Go Fest 2021 And Its Music Festival

This year’s Pokémon Go Fest starts in July and ahead of the big event, Niantic has released full details about what to expect, how much tickets will cost, and what folks who don’t buy a ticket can do during the two-day long event. Also, there’s apparently a music festival this time around.Read more

Gastly Lollipops Look Too Cute To Eat

I recently stumbled upon a wonderful YouTuber named Manna-Tanuki who creates incredible-looking sweets. Their latest video highlights some adorable Gastly lollipops that look more like Pokémon decorations than food.Read more

Ježek Sonic slaví třicetiny. Chystá se seriál, remaster i nový díl

Ku příležitosti třicetiletého výročí od vydání první hry s ikonickým modrým ježkem Sonicem v hlavní roli uspořádala společnost Sega speciální show. Během ní byl oznámen remake deset let starého dílu Colors, seriál od Netflixu a naznačen i nový plnohodnotný titul

New Sonic Game Coming In 2022

Y’all! There’s a new Sonic game coming in 2022! Sega’s also releasing a remaster of Sonic Colors and a Sonic Origins collection.Read more

A PC Case Worthy Of Assassin's Creed: Valhalla

Following up on cases built for players of Rainbow Six and World of Warcraft, NZXT’s latest non-combustible custom CRFT gaming cast is a striking ode to Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla that’s absolutely gorgeous when it’s filled with PC components. Wanna see? Read more

PSA: Among Us Is Currently Free On PC

You no longer have a good excuse to turn your friends down for a round or eight of Among Us. Innersloth’s enormously popular subterfuge game is free via the Epic Games Store through June 3.Read more

The Nintendo Download: Color Dots Connect Color Dots

There are 39 games coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop this week. One of them is called Color Dots Connect. Another is called Connect Color Dots. They are two different versions of the same sort of puzzle game. Nintendo really needs to rein this nonsense in. Read more

Here's June 2021's PlayStation Plus Games

June’s PlayStation Plus lineup is a pretty good deal if you missed Star Wars: Squadrons. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read more

Blizzard Sends Cease-And-Desists To Diablo II: Resurrected Modders

Several mods for last month’s Diablo II: Resurrected alpha test were recently pulled offline following a wave of cease-and-desist letters. One creator says Blizzard even went as far as to send a private investigator to his home to serve the warning in person.Read more

An Offline Version Of Dragon Quest X Announced

When Dragon Quest X was first released in 2012, it was a massively multiplayer online role-playing game. It still is! But now in 2021, an offline version has been announced. It’s called, wait for it, Dragon Quest X: Offline.Read more

Assassin's Creed Valhalla's Expansion Has A Great Throwback To Older Games

The change of direction Assassin’s Creed took between Syndicate and Origins has long divided fans, some of whom aren’t as into open world adventuring as they were the series’ older, sneakier trademarks. If you’re in the latter camp, you might be interested to know that Valhalla’s new expansion...

Sony Report Says Uncharted 4 Is Coming To PC

Sony’s latest investor relations report is full of numbers and promises, but also some actual video game news, in that it is somehow the first place to officially mention that Uncharted 4 is coming to the PC.Read more

Latest Outriders Patch Pisses Everyone Off Even More

Yesterday, developer People Can Fly released the latest—and repeatedly delayed—patch for Outriders. It was supposed to fix an issue wherein players would get killed instantly, without explanation. Instead, it appears to have irritated everyone under Epoch’s sun.Read more

Let's Check In On Star Citizen, Shall We

Star Citizen is currently free-to-play as the game enjoys its annual Invictus Launch Week celebration. I figured now would be as good a time as ever to take a peek at the ambitious space sim and see how things are going.Read more

How To Kick (More) Ass In Biomutant

Biomutant, an ambitious yet messy RPG-cum-ASPCA advertisement, is full to the brim with mechanics. Though the combat system doesn’t exactly reinvent the wheel, it’s saddled by enough quirks that, yeah, it may take some getting used to, even for seasoned players of action games. The following advice...

How To Choose The Right Faction In Biomutant’s First Major Choice

Within the first few hours of Biomutant, you have to make a choice. You’ll find yourself at the fulcrum of a war between two opposing factions. Whichever one you don’t choose will, by virtue of you being an unstoppable badass, eventually cease to exist. And the one you align with will dictate...

BlizzCon Is Skipping 2021 Due To Continuing Covid-19 Concerns

Citing the complicated nature of coordinating a live event for thousands of people, evolving California in-person event guidelines, and the fluctuating status of the global covid-19 pandemic, Blizzard has announced BlizzCon will be skipping another year. Read more

The Factory In Resident Evil Village Is So Damn Boring

I’m tired of Heisenberg’s Factory in Resident Evil Village. So much so that I, once again, might quit playing. The difference here from Village’s infamous Dollhouse—that also caused me to almost quit the game prematurely—isn’t because the factory is particularly scary or difficult. It’s just...

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

June’s Xbox Live Games with Gold aren’t too exciting, but hey, they’re games. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription.Read more

Monster Hunter Rise Update 3.0 Adds More Monsters And A New Ending

Just when you thought you were done hunting monsters, bam! Capcom drops a free title update adding two new ferocious beasts to conquer and “a new ending to advance the story,” which is not how endings work but that’s what Capcom says, so we’ll run with it. Read more

Following One Final Update, Echtra Games Ends Work On Torchlight III

Yesterday Echtra Games released the “Cursed Captain” update for Torchlight III, adding a playable class, new pets, and applying several bug fixes and quality-of-life changes to the dungeon crawler. The developer also announced this update would be its last, due to its acquisition by Zynga...

1994 Story On Video Game Crunch Is Brutal Reading

Widescale reporting of terrible working conditions at video game studios is a relatively recent thing, but crunch has always been with us, and as we can see in this rare story about the practice from the 1990s, when it’s bad it can be life-threatening.Read more

Everything You Need To Know About Creating A Biomutant Character

Following the long-standing convention of complicated role-playing games, Biomutant makes you customize your character—their stats, class, and so on—before you actually know how the game plays. You’re essentially funneled into a situation in which you make lasting decisions without fully...

Report: Valve Is Making A Switch-Like Portable Codenamed SteamPal

If the Nintendo Switch has proven anything, it’s that being able to play previously PC-only indies on the go rules. Soon, though, you might not need to wait for Switch ports of your Steam-powered faves: a new report claims Valve is working on its own handheld.Read more

Nintendo Patent Looks Like A Giant Shitpost

On June 5, 1997, Nintendo filed a patent titled “Video game system and method with enhanced three-dimensional character and background control due to environmental conditions.” I can’t even begin to parse what the heck that means on a technical level, but what I do know is that the document’s...

I Guess A Warhammer Streaming Service Was Inevitable

Games Workshop is launching a new streaming service called Warhammer Plus (also stylized as Warhammer+). The service was revealed by Games Workshop staffers Adam Troke and Eddie Eccles on May 22 during a Twitch stream on the company’s official channel.Read more

Skyrim Is As Old As Morrowind Was When Skyrim Came Out

Wanna feel old? I sure don’t but I do now anyway, all thanks to one astute yet extremely mean tweet that popped into my timeline and instilled in me a sudden urge to burn my savings on a premium Botox job: As amateur video game historian Chris Chapman pointed out, Skyrim is officially as old...

Virtua Fighter 5 Coming To PlayStation 4 Next Week

After teasing the classic fighting game franchise’s return last fall, this morning Sega announced Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown, a PlayStation 4-exclusive update to a game that’s almost 15 years removed from its original release at this point. Oh, and it’s launching June 1, also known as next...

Grab Thy Guitar Cuz Final Fantasy XIV Update 5.55 Is Live

Today’s release of update 5.55 for Final Fantasy XIV delivers the second part of the final main story quest before the Endwalker expansion, adds additional story for the YoRHa: Dark Apocalypse quest line, and marks the official launch of the PS5 version of the game. Most importantly, the update...

Old Overwatch Bug Let Ashe's Robot Vote On How Well You Played

In Overwatch, B.O.B., Ashe’s robot companion and ultimate ability, doesn’t do much beyond shoot where Ashe tells him to. But yesterday, an AMA revealed that the Big Omnic Butler initially had a lot of thoughts on how players performed in Overwatch matches.Read more

11 Things You Should Know Before Starting Biomutant

Like any open-world role-playing game, Biomutant is a hodgepodge of interweaving parts, many of which aren’t exactly explained in the early goings. Two of us—staff writer Ari Notis and weekend editor Zack Zweizen, who reviewed the game—have spent a whole lot of time in Biomutant’s vividly colored...

Apex Legends Adds Penalty For Leaving Arena Games Early

Apex Legends introduced a new 3v3 Arena mode with Season 9 in early May, and I’ve been enjoying it for the handful of times when I’ve been able to play out a full match. Most of the time, a player will bail after a few bad rounds, leaving me at a severe disadvantage or giving me a victory that...

How To (Mostly) Shut Up Biomutant’s Annoying Narrator

Biomutant is out today and if you’ve played the game for more than 30 minutes you probably have a question on your mind: How the fuck do I shut this narrator up? Good news! There’s a slider to do just that buried in the menus. Read more

New Fuser Update Lets Players DJ For 250+ Fans Live

The biggest update to Harmonix Music System’s music mixing game since launch, Fuser’s “Headliner Spotlight” update brings players closer to the DJ fantasy by letting them take the Diamond Stage and play live to hundreds of live spectators in real-time. Read more

Macross Designer Hospitalized After Tragic House Fire

Earlier today, there were Japanese news reports of a single-story wooden house catching fire in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture. According to anime maker Studio Nue, the house’s inhabitants were Kazutaka Miyatake and his wife Tomoko.Read more

I Studied The Blade

Pavel Hristov is a freelance artist working in the video game business.Read more

Trackmania Cheating Scandal Is Utterly Fascinating

Back in March, I spent a very long time watching Trackmania videos, despite it being a game I don’t really play and know almost nothing about. Today we’re back with another one, just as good, only this time about something less celebratory than a world record.Read more

18 Years Later, Microsoft Is Fixing Halo's Graphics On The PC

Halo’s original PC port, released in 2003 and handled by Gearbox, was mostly fine, but it also had some weird issues, mostly related to funky textures. Fans have just kinda put up with them ever since, but in 2021 Microsoft is finally getting around to fixing them.Read more

Report: Watch Dogs Started Out As A Driver Sequel

Watch Dogs started life as a Driver game, according to a new report from VG 24/7. But through development it grew beyond what that series was about and into something pitched to Ubisoft’s CEO as their “own GTA.”Read more

Knockout City Is Actually Pretty Damn Fun

Dodgeball sucks. I recall, during some school recess years ago, getting beaned in the face with a dodgeball. Blood, everywhere. Across the pitch, some kid stood, sneering, as all the other kids laughed. I think he broke my glasses? The specifics are lost to the fog of memory, but the feeling—total...

Twitch's New Hot Tub Category Is Full Of Parodies, Fakes, And Scams

Last week, Twitch finally responded to controversy surrounding the so-called “hot tub meta” by clarifying its rules and creating a new section called Pools, Hot Tubs, and Beaches. Given that many complaints about hot tub streams stemmed from the idea that they represented a “loophole” in Twitch’s...

Reddit Asked The Apex Legends Team Why Skins Cost 20 Bucks

The official Apex Legends subreddit hosted an AMA last week with the game’s development team. Fans had questions about everything from weapon balance to character tweaking, and most controversial of all, how the Apex Legends team monetizes its offerings.Read more

Black Ops Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination Is Almost Blackout 2.0

A lot of new stuff arrived with Call of Duty’s mid-season “Reloaded” update last week. It’s easy to get distracted by the ‘80s Action Hero event’s challenges and modes, but hidden in the mix is “Multi-Team Elimination,” a Fireteam mode for Black Ops Cold War that’s worth checking out. Read more

Elite Dangerous CEO Apologizes For Odyssey's Buggy Launch

Odyssey, a large expansion for space exploration simulator Elite Dangerous, launched last week as a buggy mess. This led to a lot of fan backlash and negative Steam reviews. In response to these issues, developer Frontier Developments’ CEO apologized for the terrible launch.Read more

Miitopia On Switch Completely Ate My Weekend

I had things to do this weekend that weren’t running through endless random encounters in the console port of a ridiculous four-year-old 3DS role-playing game. The problem I encountered was that none of those other things were as simple and easy as picking up my Pro Controller and popping back into...

E3 Fan Registration Opens Up Next Week

Following a year off as a result of the covid-19 pandemic, E3 will return next month as an all-digital event. It’s free—despite what some earlier reports suggested—but you’ll still have to register if you want access to what passes as a show floor at an online event without an actual show...

Biomutant: The Kotaku Review

Some four years since open-world action RPG Biomutant was first revealed to the world with a cool trailer, it’s finally out. Although for those who’ve waited so patiently to play it, they may well be disappointed to discover a gorgeous but janky mess, overly ambitious but under-achieving,...

Paradox's Next Big Strategy Game Is Victoria 3

Paradox, a company that has hit the big time in recent years with series like Crusader Kings, is going back into the vaults and will for its next major release be revisiting the Victoria series, which hasn’t seen a new game in over a decade.Read more

Frosthaven Is Rethinking Its Fantasy 'Races'

Gloomhaven sequel Frosthaven isn’t even out yet and it’s already tracking to be one of the biggest board games of the last decade, so it’s very cool seeing the way the game is going to taking a different approach to the way its “races” are depicted compared to more traditional fantasy...

'Shop Contest: Cicadas

I feel like everywhere I look online I see people talking about cicadas. I even had to help create a Photoshopped image for a cicada-related story earlier this week. So if I have to suffer, so do you all. Read more

Someone Recreated The Mandalorian's Ship And More In Far Cry 5

Sure, we might not be getting a new season of The Mandalorian for some time, but until then you can play this Far Cry 5 custom map that recreates the city seen in the first episodes of the show located on the planet Nevarro and the Mando’s sweet spaceship, the Razor Crest.Read more

Sunday Comics: That's Interesting

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

Four Inches Is A Great Size For A Batman Figure

A 12-inch Batman is great for kids or serious collectors, depending on the toy line. Six inches is a good size if you want a nice amount of detail and articulation and don’t want Bruce Wayne to get lost under the couch. But for my money and purposes, the four-inch Batman of Spinmaster’s Bat-Tech...

Chaos At A Walmart As People Rush To Buy Pokémon Cards

The continued shortage of Pokémon cards, fueled by the pandemic, Twitch streamers, and scalpers, led to a chaotic situation at a Walmart in Pennsylvania. The moment the store opened, folks began to run to the section of the store where trading cards are sold, leading to chaos and one sad sight.Read...

Doom II's Revenant Is Wearing Pants Made Of Flesh AKA Flants

Whenever I played Doom II, I just assumed the deadly Revenant was just wearing some red pants. Now, according to John Romero himself (in a very serious, not-at-all-joking tweet), we now know those pants are made out of flesh. Or as Romero calls them, flants.Read more

Heatmor Ain't A Fan Of Butt Plugs

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 Heatmor!Read more

KOMENTÁŘ: Nvidia se snaží tlačit hardware k hráčům. Záleží na tom?

Většina nově vyrobených grafických karet od Nvidie už bude obsahovat omezovač na těžbu kryptoměn. Nvidia se tak pyšní tím, že dělá vše proto, aby dostala grafické karty do rukou hráčů. Pravda je taková, že situace moc rozumných řešení nemá a vlastně ani nemá cenu je hledat

Half-Life: Alyx Almost Had Enemies Who Reacted When You Flipped Them Off

Hands. You wouldn’t have human civilization without them, meaning you wouldn’t have video games, either. Or, like, houses. But even though hands are front and center in many games, we don’t talk about them all that often. On this week’s episode of Splitscreen, we stop keeping hands at arm’s length....

What Gaming Was Like The Last Time Cicadas Emerged, 17 Years Ago

You may know them as Brood X, or Brood 10, or the Great Eastern Brood. To most people, they’re periodical cicadas—insatiable insects that emerge from subterranean slumber every 17 years for the sole purpose of fucking each other to smithereens. Over the past week or so, Brood X cicadas have started...

Paradox Finally Announces Grand Strategy Sequel Victoria 3

Now that players have had ample time to explore all the nooks and crannies of 2010's Victoria II, Paradox Development Studio is ready to officially announce Victoria 3, a grand strategy game coming soon to PC that tasks players with managing their own society in the Victorian Era of the 19th...

With Overwatch 2 Reducing Team Sizes, Pros Worry About Being Cut

Yesterday, Overwatch game director Aaron Keller announced that Overwatch 2’s PvP mode will field teams of five players, down from six players in the game’s current PvP mode. Now players, staffers, and fans of the Overwatch League are wondering if professional teams will be cutting down their...

Resident Evil Village Used To Have A Lot More Enemies

While you certainly face mini-hordes from time to time, Resident Evil Village isn’t a game that just throws enemies at you willy-nilly. But that wasn’t always the case. Capcom’s latest behind-the-scenes video shows that some early builds apparently included an overwhelming number of foes, which...

Report: Netflix Looking To Hire Video Game Executive

Netflix, the streaming service responsible for episodic masterworks like Selling Sunset and Too Hot To Handle, is looking to hire veteran gaming industry execs, according to a new report in The Information.Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

Did you know the weekend was the best possible time to play an absurdist take on the traditional Japanese role-playing game? I just made that up, but it’s probably true. Read more

Here's An Original Xbox Easter Egg That's Remained Hidden For Nearly 20 Years

A developer who worked on Microsoft’s original 2001 Xbox console, who wishes to remain anonymous, informed Kotaku of a hidden “Easter egg” in the Xbox Dashboard that’s remained undiscovered for nearly 20 years. They told us how to trigger the secret, which displays a previously unknown credits...

Hey, They Got Mass Effect In Our No Man's Sky

For the past week, No Man’s Sky players have been led on a mysterious expedition across the galaxy with no real idea where their journey would lead. Now the “Beachhead” expedition is complete, and it’s led players to a massive Mass Effect Easter egg. Read more

New Japanese TV Drama About Manga Fan Who Loves Shipping

Baki The Grappler is a manga (and anime, pictured) about dudes beating the crap out of each other in an underground material arts tournament. In 2019, sociologist Junko Kaneda wrote a book about viewing it through a Boys’ Love lens. It’s now being adapted into a live-action TV series in Japan.Read...

Prasátko Peppa dostane videohru. Chro! Chro! Hihihi!

Slavný seriál pro děti Prasátko Peppa se dočká i videoherního zpracování. Hráči si v něm budou moci vytvořit vlastního avatara a zažívat různá dobrodružství ve společnosti dobře známých postaviček

Bandai Namco Is Releasing A Peppa Pig Video Game

It’s coming maybe 5-10 years too late for peak Peppamania, and more than a few voice actors seem to have changed since my kids were into this show, but in 2021 we’re finally getting a proper Peppa Pig video game.Read more

Konami, Please, This Is Excruciating

Euro 2020, the planet’s biggest football tournament outside the World Cup itself, was supposed to take place last year. It was instead postponed to this Summer for obvious reasons, and to celebrate, Konami’s official PES version of the tournament will begin by featuring...woefully inaccurate and/or...

A PS3 Version Of Gears Of War 3 Is Now Available

A build of Gears of War 3 that was developed by Epic as a way to test Unreal Engine 3 on the PlayStation 3 has been released online, letting anyone with a debug PS3 play the Xbox exclusive on Sony’s home console.Read more

I Thought Resident Evil Village's Dollhouse Was A Chill Time, Actually

The internet has been filled with folks sharing their thoughts about the dollhouse section in Resident Evil Village. Many call it scary or even terrifying. But, I didn’t find the location all that scary at all. In fact, I found the whole section rather calming and even fun.Read more

Blazing Strike Is A New, Old-School 2D Fighter

Because there’s no such thing as too many anime-inspired 2D fighting games, Aksys and RareBreed Makes Games just announced Blazing Strike, an homage to classic pixel-art fighters with modern game mechanics that’ll hopefully make it play as good as it looks.Read more

Overwatch 2 Will Only Have Five Players Per Team

Today, during an Overwatch 2 PVP livestream, Aaron Keller, Overwatch’s new Game Director taking over for Blizzard veteran Jeff Kaplan, announced that teams in Overwatch 2's PVP will be reduced from six players to five.Read more

Jedi Outcast Is The Latest Classic To Get Ray Tracing

After teasing the project for months, self-described “ray tracing addict” Zyanide is finally ready to share his work adding the computationally intensive lighting technology to 2002’s Star Wars Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast. And gosh, it’s as impressive as the game’s title is awkward.Read more

Valheim Was Made By 5 People And Sold Nearly 7 Million Copies

It’s a good year to be a Viking. Embracer Group, the Swedish video game holding company formerly known as THQ Nordic, released a financial report today showing that early access game Valheim has sold 6.8 million copies so far, with Embracer expecting it to sell up to 8 million copies in total...

The Nintendo Download: Shin Miitopia Tiger Trio Xylophone HD

There are 36 games coming to the Nintendo Switch eShop this week. Among those 36 games are the remaster of Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne, a Switch version of 3DS RPG Miitopia, a puzzle game about sushi-making tigers, and a $10 virtual xylophone. Read more

Returnal Converted Me To 3D Audio

Returnal, a PlayStation 5 action game about dancing with death at an inescapable time-loop space rave, is a visual delight. It’s also an aural one. And at no time is that more apparent than when you play with a pair of 3D audio headphones.Read more

Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom Is Coming To Switch

A version of Ni No Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom that includes both expansions is coming to Switch on September 17, Bandai Namco announced today. The role-playing game was previously only playable on PlayStation 4 and PC.Read more

Lego Celebrates Diversity With A Rainbow Of Minifigures

Going on sale on June 1, “Everyone is Awesome” is a 346-piece Lego set meant to celebrate the diversity of Lego fans and the world around them. It features 11 faceless monochrome minifigures arranged in the colors of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow flag. It’s a bit on-the-nose, but I dig it. Read more

Timesplitters Is Coming Back

Classic shooter series Timesplitters, which hasn’t seen a new release since 2005, will be coming back after publisher Deep Silver announced the creation of a new (well, kinda new) development studio dedicated to working on the series.Read more

Resident Evil Village's Dollhouse Almost Made Me Quit

I almost quit Resident Evil Village yesterday. It wasn’t because the game’s limited field of vision finally made me blow chunks across my living room, but because fear—true, gripping terror the likes of which I had never felt before—seized me while in Donna Beneviento’s Dollhouse. I knew going into...

Lies Of P Is A (Checks Notes) Pinocchio Souls-Like

Round8 Studio and Neowiz today announced Lies of P, an upcoming Souls-like based on the classic story of Pinocchio, for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. Just typing that out makes me feel a little like I’m losing my mind.Read more

A Big Lady Needs A Big Hat

Apart from her height, Resident Evil Village villain Lady Dimitrescu’s most striking feature has got to be the fashionable hat she wears while chasing you down. But what if it was (pardon me while I attempt my best Jeff Gerstmann impression) bigger?Read more

Street Fighter V Devs Fix Dan's Infinite Combo By Making Him More Random

As you may already know from our previous story, Dan Hibiki has an infinite combo in Street Fighter V. The fact that a perennial joke character would have such a powerful ability is delightful, which might be why it survived for so long. But now, months after his arrival, Capcom has finally seen...

Even The Mormon Church Made Money On GameStop

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (known to everyday people as the Mormons) made bank off the boom in GameStop stock earlier this year, new SEC filings reveal. The Church saw a gain of over 900% on stock owned through its secretive investment arm, Ensign Peak Advisors.Read more

Xbox’s Quick Resume Might Mess Up Your Games’ Playtime Count

Last fall, while playing through Mass Effect 2 for the first time ever, I noticed that my endgame hour count tallied more than 87 hours. Weird, but whatever. Moving on. Turns out, Xbox’s ballyhooed next-gen Quick Resume feature appears to keep running the clock on some games.Read more

Valheim Sculptures Prove That The Game Is Mostly Viking Minecraft Now

Valheim was originally a survival game where you, a dead Viking, must prove yourself to Odin by conquering the eponymous realm of Valheim. But after you summon and slay all the bosses, there’s not much to do. Nowadays, the game has pretty much become Viking Minecraft, where players show all their...

I Have Nothing But Shame: I'm Trying To Trick Pokémon Go

I have reached my lowest ebb. As I write these words, out the corner of my left eye I can see the eternal rocking motion of my cell phone as it sways within its cradle. I have become all things terrible. I have fallen. I’m trying to trick Pokémon Go into thinking I’m far less lazy than I am.Read...

The Newest Care Bear Just Wants Everyone To Get Along

Most Care Bears, as good as they are with the caring, have a singular focus. Bedtime Bear is for bedtime. Birthday Bear is for giving aunts and uncles easy present choices. Grumpy Bear is about cosplaying my spouse. But the newly-introduced Togetherness Bear? She’s here to ensure everybody loves...

Even Video Game Sneakers Are Getting Delayed

We’re so used to video game delays that we now come to expect them, doubly so during a global pandemic, but in 2021 even video game sneakers are throwing their release dates out the window.Read more

New Zelda Amiibo Has An Unfair Special Power

Amiibo granting special powers in a Nintendo game is nothing new, it’s half the point of the things existing, but normally those powers are fairly tame, or simply shower the player in gifts. This new Skyward Sword HD one though is very disappointing, because it bestows an ability that all players...

Nvidia Is Trying To Stop Crypto Miners Buying RTX 3000 Series Cards

Earlier this year, Nvidia announced that their GeForce RTX 3060 graphics cards would ship with a “reduced Ethereum hash rate”, making them a lot less useful for crypto miners. They’re now extending that move to the RTX 3080, RTX 3070 and RTX 3060 Ti as well.Read more

Fighting Game Glossary Demystifies All That Weird Jargon

Getting into fighting games can be difficult. Not only do you need to learn the ins and outs of various games’ mechanics, but the jargon used by more experienced players can sometimes sound like a totally different language. That said, this huge barrier to entry just got a little easier thanks to...

Ikumi Nakamura Sentenced To ‘Horny Jail’ For Lady Dimitrescu Tweets

Like many who have gazed upon her visage, Resident Evil Village’s Lady Dimitrescu has captivated former GhostWire: Tokyo creative director Ikumi Nakamura. In sharing that info publicly, however, the energetic developer was sadly condemned to “horny jail”—never mind the fact she didn’t even know...

Hell Yeah! The Summer Games Done Quick 2021 Schedule Looks Amazing

The Summer Games Done Quick 2021 schedule is now out, and I’m so excited. Taking place from July 4-11, the online speedrunner charity event will feature over 100 full-tilt sprints through games famous and obscure, with the proceeds raised going to Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans...

Great Job, Commissioner: Blaseball Is Going Mobile

The Game Band, makers of quirky browser sports game Blaseball, have raised $3 million in a recent seed round, the studio announced today. This investment, made possible by a venture capital firm known as Makers Fund, will be put towards expanding the development team, building a mobile Blaseball...

Here's Everything Coming To And Leaving Game Pass Soon

The back half of May will see a whole bunch of additions to the Game Pass library, anchored by Knockout City. I have lost many, many games of dodgeball IRL, so I’m looking forward to continuing that trend in an interesting-looking game that may or may not fizzle out immediately. Always impossible...

What "Anime" Means

The word anime is often defined as “animation from Japan.” If only it were that simple! When you hear the word “anime,” images of large eyes and colorful hair come to mind. Maybe something like this?Read more

FIFA 21 Will Feature A Player Tragically Murdered In 2006

At just 15 years of age, talented footballer Kiyan Prince—part of the academy at London club Queens Park Rangers—was murdered outside his school. This week, he is being symbolically resigned as a player by QPR, and will also be appearing tomorrow (May 18) as a player in FIFA 21.Read more

Let's Go Back In Time And Visit A Japanese Arcade In 1992

The early 90s was a magical time for arcade gaming, especially in Japan, so what better way to take a trip back in time than watching this excerpt from a 1992 documentary series all about the Game Fantasy arcade in Nerima, Tokyo.Read more

Mass Effect Remake Fixes A Character's Race

For over 13 years, there has been a character in the original Mass Effect who was, well, the wrong race. An oversight the series’ new remasters has finally been able to fix.Read more

Chuck, No, This Is Mario Golf

Nintendo recently updated the official Mario Golf: Super Rush website with short clips of every golfer performing their Special Shot. None of these powerful moves, however, are more special than Chargin’ Chuck’s.Read more

Dan’s Infinite Combo Seals Brilliant Street Fighter V Comeback

Infinites, or fighting game combos that can be looped ad nauseam with no space for the opponent to escape or retaliate, are typically pretty difficult to pull off outside of the Marvel vs. Capcom series. They’re not easy to perform in training mode, let alone bust out for a serious match. But this...

How To Get Infinite Paragon/Renegade Points In Mass Effect Legendary Edition

Playing Mass Effect Legendary Edition has been a nostalgic, and for the most part, pleasant experience. I’ve been making my way through the first remastered game and it’s a faithful recreation of the original Mass Effect, up to and including its archaic dialogue system, which frustratingly locks...

Guilty Gear Voice Actor Steps Down To Make Room For Black Women

Erin Fitzgerald, the prolific voice actor who played Ramlethal Valentine in the Guilty Gear Xrd games, won’t be returning in the upcoming Guilty Gear Strive after stepping down to “support more work for Black actresses behind the mic.”Read more

Mario Golf: Super Rush's Speed Golf Mode Looks Like A Trip

Golf is normally a game about being patient and waiting your turn while wearing awesome pants. In Speed Golf, a new mode coming in next month’s Mario Golf: Super Rush, four players tee off at once and then race across the course to complete the hole first. I’d pay to watch real golfers do that.Read...

Twitch Begins Adjusting Sub Prices Based On Where Viewers Live

While the USD 4.99 per month cost of a Tier 1 Twitch subscription works fine here in the States, five bucks can be a much larger hit on one’s wallet in other countries. Starting this week with Mexico and Turkey, Twitch will begin adjusting subscription costs to better align with the local cost...

Final Fantasy XIV's Getting Electric Guitars Two Ways

In a move that makes complete sense given the amount of electric guitar that shows up in the online RPG’s soundtrack, Square Enix has partnered with Fender to create an official Final Fantasy XIV Stratocaster, both as a physical instrument you can purchase, and a virtual one playable in game....

Hideaki Anno Is Not Remaking A Famous Anime, Says Studio

Recently, an article on a Japanese news site claimed that Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno was doing “a new version” of an anime that “everyone knows” in Japan. The article added that the original iconic anime was directed by someone else, and the information claimed to be from a studio staffer....

Final Fantasy Has A New Brand Manager

For over a decade, Shinji Hashimoto was the brand director for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy. He has stepped down, and Kitase has become his successor last month.Read more

Roblox Is Now Hilariously Pretending It Is Not A 'Game'

Roblox is a game, right? It ticks all the boxes, it’s obvious, we all know it is. So why, I wonder, has one of the world’s most popular, uh, entertainment service platforms suddenly stopped calling itself one?Read more

eBay Is Banning The Sale Of 'Adult Video Games'

On June 15, global auction site eBay will be implementing a new “Adult Items Policy”, and it goes a lot harder on mature content than simply outlawing the sale of pornography.Read more

New Mass Effect Changes Tali's Face

It wasn’t the biggest of Mass Effect 3's missteps, so you’d be forgiven for having forgotten all about it, but BioWare’s trilogy did us all dirty when it spent 2.9 games building up the mystery of what Tali the Quarian looked like only to reveal...she looked like stock art of a sexy human...

IGN Takes Down Article And Tweet Sharing Palestinian Aid Groups

Following the most recent set of violent military strikes by the Israel Defense Forces that have leveled entire buildings in Gaza and left over 180 Palestinians dead, IGN yesterday posted an article linking to a variety of Palestinian charities and even gave a Palestinian flag prominence in...

'Shop Contest: New PS5 Controllers

It’s nearly impossible to get a PS5 console these days. But don’t worry, you might be able to snag one of the new PS5 controllers. (Probably not.) However, let’s pretend we live in a better universe.Read more

Sunday Comics: Predators?

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: Baby Fallen, Winners!

Last week I asked you all to create some images featuring the adorable Fallen babies which were introduced during this latest season of Destiny 2. You all did great, but the cute Fallen baby helped a lot.Read more

Babies Love High Kicks

This week on Snapshots get ready for some action! Get ready for some speed! Get ready for some... dead birds? Sure. That too. This week has some great screenshots from games like Resident Evil Village, New Pokemon Snap, and Far Cry 4.Read more

Dude Shocks Himself To Simulate In-Game Motion

Large, arcade-style motion simulators (like Sega’s R360) can physically toss you around in response to onscreen action, which can increase the immersion and also just feel cool. But these simulators are big and expensive. YouTuber Mean Gene Hacks decided to use electrodes and a driving game...

Impidimp Gets More Powerful By Annoying People

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

FFXIV Endwalker's Second New Job Is The Scythe-Wielding Reaper

Revealed this evening during the Final Fantasy XIV Digital Fan Festival keynote, the melee damage-dealing Reaper will join the previously announced healing Sage as the second new job introduced in this fall’s Endwalker expansion. Read more

ANKETA: Jak se díváte na právní bitvu mezi Applem a Epicem?

Epic si porušením podmínek vynutil smazání hry Fortnite z aplikačních obchodů Googlu a Applu. Zahájil tak tažení, v němž tvrdí, že Apple má monopol a poplatky jsou přehnané vzhledem k jeho nákladům. Co si o sporu myslíte s odstupem vy?

Mass Effect Legendary Edition Makes The First Game Required Playing

Mass Effect Legendary Edition is out today, remastering BioWare’s space trilogy with 4K HD graphics and other kinds of tweaks and twinges to bring the games into the current generation. Of the trilogy, the original Mass Effect stands out as the game benefiting the most from graphical updates...

Plus: the return of Days Gone, data galore!

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

These Famicom Detective Club Games Have Aged Surprisingly Well

There’s nothing about the art, animation, voice work, or music of Nintendo’s new Famicom Detective Club games that betray their origin as a pair of Japan-exclusive Family Computer Disk System adventures from the late 1980s. The dated gameplay, however, is a dead giveaway. Read more

Google Says Everything At Stadia Is Fine, As The Water Reaches Their Noses

The last 12 months or so have been rough times for Google Stadia. Lawsuits, its main first-party development studio shutting down with little warning, issues with indie devs and key folks leaving the company. But according to Google, a company famous for shutting down services, everything is fine....

F*ck, Marry, Kill: Mass Effect Party Member Edition

It certainly says something about the video game industry that the most anticipated release of the year so far is a remaster of a sci-fi RPG trilogy from a decade ago. Mass Effect has some memorable characters—and a lot of less memorable ones, a fact that many people have fittingly forgotten....

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is for playing Mass Effect Legendary Edition. That’s it. Nothing else may be done or played this weekend. There will be no celebratory vaccine brunches or prolonged afternoon naps. Just an endless parade of dead-eyed Shepards approving messages. Read more

Resident Evil Village, As Told By Steam Reviews

There’s a lot going on in Resident Evil Village: Big lady. Severed hand. Resident Evil 4 parallels. There are other things that happen too, but if you’re a Steam reviewer, those three are very much the main ones.Read more

Katy Perry And Pikachu Traveling Through Time Singing Songs, As They Do

Remember way back in January, when I wrote “Katy Perry Teams With Pokémon For Some Sort Of 25th Anniversary Music Thing?” We now have that thing. Check out the video for Perry’s new single “Electric,” in which the singer and her Pikachu travel back in time to interfere with their unevolved forms....

93-Year-Old YouTuber Loves Racing Games

This grandpa loves cars. During the 1960s, he was a taxi driver in Tokyo, and drove dump trucks from the 1970s through the 1990s. He’s driven loads of classic Japanese domestic models like the Mazda Savanna RX7. The man loves cars. And now, at the age of 93, he’s playing racing games.Read more

RECENZE: Na skok do Irska. Kdo chtěl víc Valhally, dočkal se

V prvním přídavku pro Assassin’s Creed Valhalla: Wrath of the Druids jsme se vydali objevovat středověké Irsko. Ubisoft se celkem úspěšně držel slovníkové definice pro expanzi a my jsme tak dostali zkrátka víc toho, co známe z hlavní hry

No, I Won't Ride The Giant Cat In The New Assassin's Creed DLC

Last year, when Assassin’s Creed Valhalla launched, Ubisoft tried to get me to swap my trusty horse for a massive wolf. I firmly declined. Now Ubisoft is back to its old tricks, trying to once again tempt me into riding another ahistorically large version of an otherwise undomesticated animal. This...

Ghostrunner Is Getting A Sequel

Good news for fans of wall-running and paint-by-numbers cyberpunk themes (so, everyone). Ghostrunner, the first-person cyborg parkour game, is getting a sequel, publisher 505 Games announced today. It’ll be called [drum roll] Ghostrunner 2.Read more

Why The Rain In Returnal Feels So Damn Good

Returnal, a PS5 game based entirely on Vaas’ iconic refrain from Far Cry 3, is an impressive game. But few things are more impressive than its rain, which feels unnervingly real in your hands, a result of the PS5 controller’s advanced haptic feedback. Today, in a post on the PlayStation Blog...

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla First DLC Is Good, But Feels A Bit Lonely

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was a big game. (Maybe too big.) But I still found myself wanting to explore and conquer more after the credits rolled. Today’s new DLC, Wrath of The Druids, is mostly what I wanted: While it adds a big new map and storyline, it lacks the smaller side stories...

The Nintendo Download: Calculator And 28 Other Fun Games

What do you mean we’ve already done the calculator joke? Had I known I would have chosen a screenshot from one of the Famicom Detective Club games or random anime gem-matching game Kasiori. Oh well, nothing I can do about it now. Read more

How Studio Ghibli Helped With The Latest Evangelion Film

Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno has a history that goes way back with Studio Ghibli—before it was even founded. One of the first big jobs he got in the industry was working on Hayao Miyazaki’s 1984 classic Nausicaä. Read more

Paradox Director Is Very Sorry For "Low Quality" DLC Releases

Following fan backlash over Europa Universalis IV’s Leviathan DLC, which wound up the worst-rated launch on Steam of all time, the director of the studio responsible has apologised to fans for not just Leviathan’s poor quality, but that of some other recent releases as well.Read more

Everything You Need To Know About Returnal’s Endgame

So, you’ve rolled the credits on Returnal, the PS5-exclusive action game about realizing that the events of Groundhog Day could’ve gone a lot worse, actually. Typically, a credit crawl signals the end of a game. Not so with Returnal. Once you hit the ostensible end, there’s a lot left for you...

Resident Evil Village Looks Much Scarier As A PS1 Game

I wasn’t blown away by the scares in Resident Evil Village, and it turns out a PlayStation 1-style demake is all the proof I need to believe the game would have been a much more terrifying experience on older consoles.Read more

Sex Game Can't Get On Steam, Even After $20,000 Worth Of Attempts

The developers of Holodexxx are at a loss. After spending months attempting to get their VR sex game onto Steam, they’ve hit a wall that no amount of self-censorship or mechanical refinement has been able to drill through: Valve’s nebulous definition of “pornography.”Read more

Ethan’s Severed Hand Is More Than A Gory Resident Evil Gag

We’ve established by now that Resident Evil Village puts protagonist Ethan Winters through a great deal of unpleasantness. But the already-iconic visual of Ethan’s hand being slashed and sliding off isn’t just a good running gag or Capcom at its most masochistic. It’s also a clue to an end-game...

The Wait Is Over: Calculator Debuts For Nintendo Switch

Today, after weathering a presumably blistering fan campaign (Project Nerdfall?), Nintendo added a Calculator app to the Nintendo eShop. For 10 whole-ass American dollars you can purchase what comes in every other phone, tablet, and computer for free.Read more

New Xbox Series X/S Background Is A Pulsating Blob From The Past

Rolling out with the May Xbox Series X/S update that includes important updates to that handy Quick Resume feature, “The Original” dynamic theme marks the return of the glowing green glob of Flubber from the original Xbox’s startup and dashboard. Read more

Silicon Dreams Is Blade Runner Meets Papers, Please

Silicon Dreams is something rather special. I almost feel bad reducing it to an elevator pitch, but honestly it captures the game so perfectly, and communicates exactly what you need to know: It’s Blade Runner meets Papers, Please.Read more

My Singing Monsters Comes To Consoles With A Bunch Of Non-Singing Minigames

Mobile hit My Singing Monsters is a game about collecting and breeding musical monsters whose unique noises join together to create beautiful music. Coming to consoles this November, My Singing Monsters Playground is a party game featuring more than 20 different minigames. Hopefully one of those...

I'm Not Sure I'm Ready For The Biomutant Plushie

Dear THQ Nordic store, I am not supposed to have the urge to cuddle a video game hero until after I have played it, and Biomutant does not come out until May 25. You cannot have my heart yet, no matter how soft and fluffy it looks with its little plush eye injury and super-cute scarf.Read more

Pretty Much Everyone In Resident Evil Village Needs Therapy

I’m a big believer in therapy and finding healthy coping mechanisms, so throughout my playthrough of Resident Evil Village, I kept thinking about how much better off everyone would’ve been had they just worked their shit out. Seriously. I think everyone in this fucked-up game could benefit from...

Let's Remember Gran Turismo 5's Intro, Which Was A Masterpiece

We tend to associate video game intros with lavish, pre-rendered cinematic sequences. Something to help kickstart the story, set the tone. Which is fine, but there’s been a video game intro stuck in my head for over a decade now, and it wasn’t trying to tell me a story. It was trying to teach...

Life Is Still Strange

Florent Auguy is an artist from France who has worked on stuff like Into the Spider-Verse and Detroit: Become Human.Read more

Lady Dimitrescu vs The Humble Coffee Table

She’s as big as a truck and can kick your ass if she gets anywhere near you, but Resident Evil Village’s Lady Dimitrescu’s relentless pursuit can be rendered powerless by a single artefact: a...coffee table.Read more

ROM Hack Puts Conker In Super Smash Bros.

Smash Remix is a popular ROM hack that takes the original Super Smash Bros. and cranks the mayhem to 11 with new characters, stages, and moves. Ganondorf and Bowser were added to the popular platform fighter in previous updates, and earlier today, the developers revealed none other than Conker as...

Hood, A New Multiplayer Heist Game, Is Fine

What if Robin Hood but moodier than a mid-2000s Warped Tour ticket line? That’s the premise of Hood: Outlaws and Legends, a class-based multiplayer heist game based on a dark and stormy version of the Robin Hood folk tale, officially released yesterday for PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. (Over...

VIDEO: Odhoďte předsudky o esportu

Host Jiří „Škuty“ Škuthan, jediný trojnásobný vítěz Ultimátního hráče, prozradí, na jaké jezdí v létě tábory a proč sledoval zrovna seriál The Queen's Gambit. Podíváme se také na stavbu futuristické arény nejen pro esport za půl miliardy, ve které se angažuje i The Weeknd

Whaddaya Buyin? (Ethan Winters’ House, Please)

My partner and I have been looking for our dream home, and I think we found it. It’s somewhere in Eastern Europe—possibly Romania—it’s probably owned by a shady government agency, and I have it on good authority that its previous occupants won’t be coming back any time soon. I’m talking about Ethan...

Resident Evil Village Art Book Shows Ada Wong, Early Lady Dimitrescu Concept

One of my favorite parts of gaming is learning the ins and outs of development, and most especially the plot points that may have been changed before launch. “The Tragedy of Ethan Winters,” an extensive digital art book included with the collector’s edition of Resident Evil Village, provides a...

Král virtuální reality? HTC odhalilo nové Vive Pro 2

Svět virtuální reality pro náročnější je zase o něco rozmanitější. Výrobce HTC představil nový špičkový model Vive Pro 2 pro hráče. Vedle toho se další verze dočkal také firemně orientovaný Vive Focus

Twitch Sure Seems To Hope This Whole 'Sports' Thing Blows Up

If you’ve heard of esports, you might also be familiar with “sports,” a spinoff of esports that people somehow play without computers. Twitch, which made its name on esports, has recently become very interested in these un-electronic sports and seems to really hope they’ll catch on.Read more

Alto Developer Snowman Spawns New Studio Dedicated To Creative Kids Play

From Snowman, the creative minds behind super-chill games like Alto’s Adventure and Skate City, comes Pok Pok, a new studio dedicated to super-chill creative play-based learning for kids—open-ended play that inspires children to imagine and think. Sounds like a nifty goal. Read more

Oh No Xbox And Adidas What Are You Doing

Nike and PlayStation have enjoyed a years-long partnership where a bunch of their shoes have become all-time classics. Both the console and sneaker businesses being what they are, we are now inevitably about to get a whole bunch of Adidas x Xbox shoes to compete.Read more

Report: Next-Gen PlayStation VR Is Sounding Pretty Impressive

Sony’s next-generation virtual reality hardware for PlayStation 5 will include a number of fancy features and even some forward-thinking technologies that are not yet available on popular consumer VR headsets, according to a report on UploadVR. Read more

Nintendo’s New Waluigi Art Is Mysterious, Erotic

Over the weekend, Nintendo dropped a new video dedicated to unboxing the upcoming blue-purple Switch colorway. The upload mostly got attention, however, due to its inclusion of a never-before-seen Waluigi render that the internet…well, just look at it. I’m sure you can guess what kind of reaction...

Lone Developer Stands Up To Grand Theft Auto DMCA Claim, Wins

Earlier this year fans reversed engineered the source code to Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. They released it to the web, but Grand Theft Auto copyright holder Take-Two pulled it offline via a DMCA claim. But now one fan’s stood up to the publisher and succeeded in getting...

Uncharted 4 Has The Perfect Video Game Ending

It’s the fifth anniversary of the release of Uncharted 4, and while the developers are reminiscing over on Naughty Dog’s site, I thought I’d revisit this 2016 story I wrote about the perfect video game ending.Read more

True Horror Is A Baby Chris Redfield Mod

The scariest thing about Resident Evil Village isn’t the monsters, or the vampires, of the locals. It’s tucking wee baby Chris Redfield into bed.Read more

World Of Warships Adds Very Bored King Kong And Godzilla

In World of Warships and its console counterpart, World of Warship: Legends, players compete in fairly realistic naval battles featuring historically accurate battleships and weapons. So it’s a bit odd that Godzilla and King Kong have been added to the game as part of a new event. Even weirder...

Let’s Discuss Returnal’s Bonkers Mid-Game Twist

Returnal, the PS5-exclusive action game about losing all of your hard-earned progress, features one of the most bonkers moments I’ve ever experienced in a video game. I don’t mean the ending (though, yes, that too is bonkers); it’s all to do with a series of events that go down at the midway point....

Pro Move: Hold On To Your Meat In Resident Evil Village

I am a human. That means I make mistakes. We all make mistakes. But we can learn from these moments of failure and even help others by sharing the knowledge we gain. So here I am, to share with you a simple tip I learned the hard way: Don’t sell the meat you get in Resident Evil Village!Read more

Skate 3’s Sickest Trick Is A Rube Goldberg Machine

“Do a kickflip!” Yeah, yeah, yeah. How about this: “Create an elaborate Rube Golberg machine and then use it to do the sickest trick maybe ever!” Reddit user Skate3Tommy would probably be, like, “Okay.”Read more

Even Apple Knows Fortnite's Peely Is A Monster

The Epic versus Apple trial kicked off its second week today, finishing up cross examination with Epic head of marketing Matthew Weissinger. In continued discussion of Epic’s unspeakable inappropriateness, Apple’s lawyer had some questions about Fortnite’s cursed banana, Peely.Read more

Climb Roblox's Giant Man, If You Dare

From Terry Cavanagh, the man behind Super Hexagon, Dicey Dungeons, and VVVVVV, comes a Roblox level about climbing a giant guy that you can play for free right now.Read more

The Room: Old Sins Dollhouse Is An Excellent Lego Idea

In The Room: Old Sins, players navigate a mysterious, puzzle-filled dollhouse, hoping to solve the mystery of a prominent engineer gone mad. Players find pieces of the dollhouse as they play, adding them to the build to unlock new areas. Sounds like the perfect project for the Lego Ideas program....

OBRAZEM: Kniha o vzniku české hry Creaks potěší všechny sběratele

Vynikající logická plošinovka Creaks od světoznámého českého studia Amanita Design dostala k blížícím se prvním narozeninám dárek v podobě krásné knihy mapující okolnosti vzniku hry. Fanoušci díky ní mohou nahlédnout, jakým způsobem se z hrubých náčrtů hra zformovala až do finální podoby

Sony Expects PS5 Shortages To Continue Into Next Year

Even though the PlayStation 5 launched in November 2020, the console is still scarce at retail. Sony Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki apparently believes that these shortages will continue, even into 2022.Read more

Dragon Ball Super Getting Another Movie Next Year

After the Dragon Ball Super TV anime ended in spring 2018, it returned to Japanese movie theaters later that year in a feature film continuation called Dragon Ball Super: Broly (pictured, above). Now, DBS is coming back once again in 2022. Read more

A Clean Cut

Didier Nguyen is a concept artist at Blizzard who has previously worked on games like the Spyro Reignited and Crash 4.Read more

Everything That's Happening In The Apple vs Epic Case

The big court case between Apple and Epic is one of the most important legal showdowns in the history of video games. It’s also throwing up a ton of very funny and interesting looks at how these billion-dollar companies do business behind the scenes.Read more

'Shop Contest: Baby Fallen

I don’t know much about Destiny’s lore or whatever. But I do know that the Fallen baby is adorable. Let’s have some fun with this infant that looks oddly similar to a grenade.Read more

Sunday Comics: HONK HONK!

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: Pokémon Snap, Winners!

That’s not a Pokémon! Yet, here it is in this picture taken in the popular video game New Pokémon Snap. What a wild and zany situation this is!Read more

Screaming Into The Void

Welcome to Snapshots, Kotaku’s weekly round-up of the best and coolest screenshots from around the web. This week I got a ton of emails from folks and it was hard to pick the best of the best. And look, our first screenshot from Resident Evil Village. I can’t wait to see what folks do with that...

Someone At Capcom Really Hates Ethan's Hands

Ethan is the main protagonist of Resident Evil Village. He has a rough life, what with all the dangerous monsters trying to kill him. Ethan’s hands seem to be the main target. They get treated so poorly that I’m starting to suspect someone at Capcom hates Ethan’s hands and wants to destroy them...

Koffing Spits Out Toxic Gas When It Gets Nervous

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 Koffing!Read more

That’s A Wrap On Backlog Month

This past month was Backlog Month at Kotaku. April, our thinking went, would be fairly slim in terms of new games, bookended by two blockbusters (Outriders and Returnal) but devoid of tentpoles in the interim. What better time to play the games we already have?Read more

RECENZE: New Pokémon Snap je hra, jakou svět potřebuje

V New Pokémon Snap lovíte pokémony. Pomocí hledáčku fotoaparátu. Pozorujete jejich chování a snažíte se pořídit nejzajímavější snímky. Ty můžete vylepšit o rámečky či samolepky a přímo ve hře je sdílet s ostatními

Shiny Final Fantasy XIV Player Wants To Become Even Brighter

Like most online games, Final Fantasy XIV is what you make of it. You can dedicate yourself to hitting the level cap in every job, focus on completing tough raids on max difficulty, or simply cultivate a second life through role-playing with your friends. But Chungo Humongo, a level 80 Roegadyn...

Apple Lawyer Points Out Epic Games Store Top 20 Has 25 Games

During Apple’s cross-examination of Steven Allison, general manager of the Epic Games Store, Apple’s lawyer walked all assembled, piece by piece, through the Epic Games Store. Alongside saying game titles like Warframe and Necromunda: Hired Gun like they’re normal human words, Apple’s lawyer also...

Resident Evil Village's Lady Dimitrescu Was Worth The Wait

After the internet spent months pining and meme-ing, she’s finally here: Lady Dimitrescu—and also Resident Evil Village, I guess. But was she (and, I suppose, the game) worth all the hype and marketing-driven hoopla? On this week’s village- (and Village-) themed episode of Splitscreen, we find...

Apologies To The Pig I Absolutely Obliterated In Resident Evil Village

In my Resident Evil Village review, I said that the scares were a little light for an installment in the popular survival horror franchise. I stand by that critique, but I’d be remiss to ignore one of the game’s best jump scares. That it’s provided by a pig is neither here nor there.Read more

Apple’s Not Happy With Epic’s Xbox Witness

On Wednesday, vice president of Xbox business development Lori Wright testified in the ongoing trial between Epic and Apple. Now, Apple wants the court to make an “adverse credibility finding,” due to Microsoft withholding pertinent documents in her testimony.Read more

Future Yakuza Games Will Stick With Turn-Based Battles

Sega confirmed today that the Yakuza series will continue on as a turn-based RPG. This comes after the success of the last entry, Yakuza: Like A Dragon, which left behind the fast-paced brawling the series once featured for more tactical, turn-based combat. Read more

'ThAnk YoU FOr YouR PuRcHAse!' (Please Stop This, Sony)

A few days ago I grabbed the free PS Plus games on my PS5, like I usually do. And just like always, later that day I checked my phone and saw a series of emails from Sony confirming supposed purchases, which prompted a mild freakout before remembering they were just Sony confirming I “bought” games...

What Did Fortnite Do To My Boy?

You all know I’m a fan of Meowscles, Fortnite’s needlessly sexy cat avatar introduced in Season 2. But Epic, not content to ruin my week just by making me listen to court testimony six hours a day, has given him a Steamboat Willie makeover. I’m not having it.Read more

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for watching everyone else talk about Resident Evil Village while I have a damn good time playing a hack-and-slash action RPG from two decades ago. Read more

Sega Announces Judgment Sequel

It’s called Lost Judgment and once against stars celebrity Takuya Kimura as lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami.Read more

Sign-Ups Open For The Final Fantasy VII Battle Royale Closed Beta

Mobile battle royale Final Fantasy VII The Last Soldier is looking for Android device users in the U.S. and Canada to play in the weeklong closed beta test for the game kicking off June 1. Who’s up for killing some generic Final Fantasy characters?Read more

Alien Isolation: The I-Can't-Believe-I-Waited-Seven-Years-For-This Review

For Backlog Month, I wanted to go back and play one game more than any other. One that had been casting the longest shadow over my back catalogue, a game that was both seemingly made specifically for me, but also made to keep me at arm’s length. That game is Alien: Isolation.Read more

Beloved Gun 'Hung Jury' Is Coming Back To Destiny

Step aside, extraterrestrial babies that may or may not be grenades. There’s a new sheriff in Destiny-town. A beloved weapon, Hung Jury, is apparently coming back to Destiny 2, Bungie all but announced in a blog post detailing the upcoming Season of the Splicer today.Read more

Pět ztracených her. Novináři je vychválili do nebes, ale hráči ztrhali

Sto lidí, sto chutí, říká známé pořekadlo, které je bezesporu pravdivé. Týká se to i videoherního universa. Zatímco někdo o určité hře básní, další člověk nechápe, co je na ní tak zábavného. Názory na hry se tím pádem člověk od člověka liší. Čím dál častěji se navíc stává, že průměrné hodnocení...

Randy Pitchford, What The Hell Are You Talking About

I’m generally able to follow along with Gearbox president Randy Pitchford’s manic energy, but two tweets he made this morning have thrown me for a loop. He’s not really announcing Borderlands 4, is he?Read more

Returnal Weapons, Ranked

Returnal, a new PS5-exclusive action game, is tough as nails. But, as with many games that feature roguelike elements, all sorts of weapons can turn up on your runs. Each one can help you, with various degrees of efficacy, on your quest of “not dying.” Here, according to the tried-and-true...

I Met A Very Immature Serial Killer In The Elder Scrolls Online

A few nights ago I was minding my own business in Elder Scrolls Online when I stumbled upon a bunch of corpses laid out in a shape. Confused, I zoomed out and saw the bodies were part of that video game mainstay, a giant penis—a piece of art created by one player. Read more

Scorbunny Is The Build-A-Bear Pokémon I’ve Been Waiting For

After a seemingly endless parade of less palatable Pokémon, Scorbunny’s fluffy white bunny butt has finally shown up at Build-A-Bear. I’m a little mad it took so long, but incredibly pleased with his little jammies, so it balances out. Read more

So, Is It Safe To Play Returnal Now?

Over the past 24 hours, Returnal, the PS5-exclusive action game about getting repeatedly bullied by space tentacle monsters, has weathered a serious patch of turbulence. Two patches in 12 hours. Myriad reports of corrupted save data. Me, getting killed over and over again by an irritating boss....

A New Free-To-Play Division Game Is Coming

Ubisoft announced today that the next installment in The Division franchise, Heartland, will be out between 2021 and 2022. The Division Heartland will be a new free-to-play standalone game set in the same universe as The Division and The Division 2.Read more

Yasuke Is A Full-Circle Moment For Black Anime Fans

Watching the first episode of Yasuke, Netflix’s new fantastical animated show about the life of a Black samurai, I started to cry. I remembered how it felt to be a 16-year-old girl watching anime in the nighttime darkness of my living room. Watching Yasuke, with its titular Black character kicking...

Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance Returns To Consoles Tomorrow

While fans of hack-and-slash RPGs await the June 22 release of the all-new Dungeons & Dragons: Dark Alliance, Interplay’s releasing the 2001 classic that started it all. Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance will be available for PlayStations, Xboxes, and Switch tomorrow, complete with support for...

An Ode To Google Chrome’s Dinosaur Game

This morning, I faced a problem you can probably relate to: my internet went out. As many of us working from home would, I scrambled to let my co-workers know and restarted my router hopefully. But, just as my heartbeat started racing, I was met with a familiar dinosaur friend.Read more

These Are Your 2021 World Video Game Hall of Fame Inductees

After sifting through a field of finalists including classics like Guitar Hero, Pole Position, Portal, and...FarmVille, the Strong National Museum of Play has announced the 2021 inductees into the World Video Game Hall of Fame. Let’s hear it for StarCraft, Animal Crossing, Where in the World...

The Nintendo Download: Lo-Fi Skateboarding And Pretty Girls Poker

It’s Nintendo Download day, the day when we get a look at the *checks list* 30 new games coming to the Switch eShop over the coming week. This week’s activities include chilling on a skateboard and playing poker with those boom anime babes that make you think the wrong thing. Read more

Super Mario 64 On PC Looks Like An Entirely Different Game

We’ve taken a glance at Super Mario 64's PC port before, as recently as February, but this very extensive look by Digital Foundry shows just how damn good the thing can look when given the right amount of love and attention.Read more

Outriders Is Finally Giving Some Players Back Their Lost Gear

Of all the many (many) issues to plague Outriders since its early April launch, few have caused more pain than the insidious inventory-deletion bug. As of today, affected players should start to see lost gear return, developer People Can Fly announced via the game’s subreddit.Read more

Huh, The New Fable Runs On The Forza Engine

The next installment in the Fable franchise is being built with the ForzaTech engine, which as the name implies, is the foundation beneath Xbox’s popular Forza racing games.Read more

Apple To Epic: What's A Kotaku?

Today, as part of the ongoing Epic v. Apple court case, Apple counsel Rich Doren, while cross examining Epic engineer Andrew Grant about a Minecraft Earth-related email chain between Epic employees, asked a very important question.Read more

Nintendo Just Very Quietly Announced A Brand New Game

Nintendo doesn’t always need a big Direct to announce a new first-party game. Sometimes they can just drop a trailer and say, hey, here’s a new thing, which is exactly what just happened with Game Builder Garage.Read more

Returnal Patch Aims To Reduce Crashes, Increase...Corpses?

Returnal’s latest patch is out today, and while it’s not the new PlayStation 5 exclusive’s first update, it’s the first time developer Housemarque has released patch notes. They’re pretty thin, but they address various crashes players have been experiencing, as well as some other tweaks. Read more

BRB, Making My Own Mass Effect Legendary Edition Logo

BioWare must have sensed that I had thoughts about the Mass Effect companions on my spirit today, as it released a new tool that lets you pick and choose among the Mass Effect companions to make your own version of the Mass Effect Legendary Edition logo.Read more

Humble Bundle Rethinks Unpopular Charity Split

Two weeks ago, Humble Bundle announced a controversial plan to remove sliders that allow users to customize what percent of their game purchase goes to charity. Today, Humble announced that it’s rethinking that plan.Read more

Flashback Getting A New Sequel For Its 30th Birthday

With its gorgeous hand-drawn backgrounds, stunning (for its time) rotoscoped animation, and engaging science fiction storyline, 1992's Flashback is one of gaming’s all-time greats. Now original game designer Paul Cuisset is back, supervising a team of developers creating Flashback 2, coming...

GamesCom Wises Up, Goes Fully Digital

GamesCom 2021 will be a fully digital event this year, GamesCom officials announced in a press release today. The move is a reversal of earlier plans for a semi-live event, inadvisable given the, y’know, roiling pandemic that’s still an ever-present aspect of everyday life.Read more

Latest Outriders Bug Is Killing Players Instantly

To follow Outriders’ post-launch journey is to watch an Olympic game of whack-a-mole. Developer People Can Fly will stamp out one issue, only for another to pop right up. The latest: Some players are apparently getting instantly killed by attacks that otherwise would not cause instantaneous...

I Can't Stop Thinking About This New Hot Wheels Game

Ever since the joy-inducing Hot Wheels expansion pack for Forza Horizon 3 I’ve been craving a high-quality game about racing my favorite toy cars through real-world locations. I’m really hoping September’s Hot Wheels Unleashed is it. Read more

CS:GO Players Can Now Pay A Buck A Month To Access Better Statistics

Why use free Counter-Strike: Global Offensive stat tracking websites like csgostats.gg or Leetify when you can now pay a $.99 monthly subscription fee for Valve’s official and less comprehensive CS:GO 360 Stats service? Because they’re free and more comprehensive? Ah. Read more

Nike Has Some New PlayStation 5 Sneakers Coming

Following on from their 2018 collaboration, Sony and Nike have announced a new pair of NBA star Paul George’s signature shoes are on the way, once again with PlayStation stuff all over them.Read more

The Best Star Wars Video Game

You’ve no doubt seen countless lists of the best video games set in the Star Wars universe today, since so many websites like to do those things on May 4. I’d like to try something a little different, and tell you what the best Star Wars video game is. Read more

Apple's Tim Cook On Epic's Tim Sweeney: I Do Not Know This Man

Another day, another collection of very funny and insightful documents being released as part of the Apple vs Epic lawsuit. For tonight we have a 2015 email from Epic’s Tim Sweeney to Apple CEO Tim Cook, where one executive issues an impassioned plea for marketplace reform, and the other says “who...

Oculus Homes Ransacked

Yesterday I donned my three-week-old Oculus Quest 2 and decided to check in on Oculus Home, a personal 3D space that each Oculus user can customize with furniture and any number of personal polygonal accessories. But when I rezzed in, something was amiss. Or rather, everything was missing: My home...

Blizzard Doesn't Want Diablo Confused With A Cartoon Dog

Seeking to protect its long-held trademark, Blizzard has filed a Notice of Opposition with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to block Fox from trademarking Diablo, one of the canine characters from the upcoming animated series Housebroken. Read more

Epic Tried To Convince Xbox To Make Multiplayer Free Alongside Apple Fight

An email between Epic CEO Tim Sweeney and Xbox head Phil Spencer, made public today as part of the ongoing Epic versus Apple trial, shows Sweeney trying to entice Spencer to take “free-to-play” multiplayer out from behind the Xbox Live paywall to coincide with Epic’s war against the App Store.Read...

Celebrate Star Wars Day With Retro Rainbow Boba Fett

Boba Fett is one of the best-dressed bounty hunters in the Star Wars universe, but what if he wasn’t? Coming this summer to a Target store near you, Hasbro’s Retro Collection Boba Fett Prototype Edition looks sorta like he’s made out of six molded crayons. I love him. Read more

How To Walk On Lava In Returnal

As you’ve worked your way through Returnal’s procedurally generated exoplanetary hellscape, maybe you’ve come across a chamber that looks a bit like this:Read more

Destiny 2's Season Of The Splicer Dawns On May 11

Goodness, is it season 14 already? Destiny 2's Season of the Splicer kicks off May 11, tasking players with hacking the Vex Network from the inside, revisiting the fabled Vault of Glass raid, and changing up their looks with an overly complex transmog system. Read more

Sony si nechalo platit za cross-play, zaznělo u soudu s Epicem

Pokračující právní bitva mezi Epicem a Applem o zisky ze hry Fortnite nabírá obrátky. Nyní do ní byli vtaženi i provozovatelé platformy PlayStation. Ti prý vyžadovali extra kompenzace za to, aby jejich hráči mohli soupeřit i s majiteli jiných platforem

Epic Paid $115 Million For The Borderlands 3 Exclusive

As the bizarro-world bunfight between Epic and Apple enters its second day in court, more extraordinary information is coming out in court documents. Like, how Epic paid Take-Two/Gearbox one hundred and fifteen million dollars for the exclusive rights to sell Borderlands 3.Read more

Tokyo Is Getting An Esports Gym

This month, an establishment calling itself “Esports Gym” will open in Tokyo. It claims to be the first in the country.Read more

Xbox 360 Emulation Is Coming Along Nicely

It was only a few months ago that we were taking a look at positive steps Xbox emulation has been making on the PC, but boy, Xbox 360 emulation is also looking very good in 2021.Read more

Russian Footballer Wins League, Gets Medal Dressed As Deadpool

When FC Zenit won the Russian title yesterday, players went up on stage after the game and got their winner’s medals dressed in celebratory shirts. Everyone except for star striker Artem Dzyuba, that is, who decided to get up there in...a full Deadpool costume instead.Read more

Here's What Epic Paid To Give Away All Those 'Free' Games

So long as capitalism remains the law of the land, nothing in this world is free—not even “free” video games. But, by giving them away, Epic managed to lure new users to its fledgling store for next to nothing, so there’s a lot to be said for the appearance of free stuff.Read more

How Did I End Up In An Elder Scrolls Online Parkour Contest

When I booted up The Elder Scrolls Online last week I didn’t expect to take part in a player-created large-scale parkour contest, but life can be weird that way. So that’s how I ended up running and jumping around like a mad-orc in the shopping market of Vivec City in The Elder Scrolls Online. Read...

Fortnite Made Over $9 Billion Between 2018 And 2019

Today, the trial between Epic and Apple finally began after nearly nine months of legal filings and pre-trial hearings. During the court proceedings, new documents surfaced providing more data on how these companies operate. For example, we now know that Fortnite made $9,165,000,000 in...

It's Very Important To Nintendo That Publishers Don't Work For The Yakuza

After being delayed by technical issues that resulted in a conference call full of screaming Fortnite children, the long-awaited Epic vs Apple court trial is finally underway this week. As part of the proceedings, Nintendo provided documents that include a publisher contract—though honestly...

Unlucky Returnal Player Goes For Loot, Dies Immediately

No matter how badly you get screwed by Returnal’s luck-of-the-draw roguelike gameplay, you’re not nearly as down on your luck as a player who desperately tried to get some loot, only to meet a grizzly fate.Read more

Returnal’s Lack Of A Save Feature Is Ruining Players’ Runs

I made a mistake. Yesterday, I had to stop playing Returnal, a tough-as-nails action game released last week exclusively for PS5, mid-run to tend to some chores. You know, like shopping for groceries and drinking rosé on my roof. When I returned to my PlayStation 5 this morning, a pop-up...

Sony Plans To 'Integrate' Discord With PlayStation

Sony Interactive Entertainment has invested a minority stake in the popular communication app Discord, SIE president Jim Ryan announced today in a blog post. The companies plan to “bring the Discord and PlayStation experiences closer together on console and mobile starting early next year.” Read...

Over 70 More Games Just Got FPS Boost On Xbox Series X/S

Microsoft added its FPS Boost to over 70 additional games today, letting players on Xbox Series X or S enjoy dramatically better performance in older Xbox One titles like Yakuza 6, Assassin’s Creed Unity, Alien Isolation, Far Cry 5, and Mad Max. Read more

Here's Everything Coming To And Leaving Game Pass Soon

Members of Xbox Game Pass will soon lose the ability to play Remedy’s beloved Alan Wake at no extra cost. On the other hand, the gnarliest extreme snow sports game since SSX Tricky will become available in a matter of days. Fair trade, if you ask me. Here’s everything coming to Xbox Game Pass...

Fan Proves EVE Online Would Make A Great Card Game

EVE Online players make a lot of fan art related to their passion: song parodies, propaganda films, online talk shows. Now, one player is combining their passion for EVE with their passion for another kind of game—collectible card games.Read more

Zakladatel eSuby: Counter-Strike mě nikdy nelákal

Odhoďte předsudky o esportu v novém pořadu na TV Óčko. V první epizodě ukážeme, jak esport zasahuje do hudby, a rozebereme téma esportové účasti na olympiádě s hostem Ladislavem Dyntarem, majitelem týmu eSuba

Mega Man Composer Manami Matsumae Doesn't Miss The 9-6 Grind

Few game music composers have as iconic a resume as Manami Matsumae. Starting at Capcom in 1987, her first major project was scoring the original Rockman, the game we know as Mega Man. The Cutman theme? That’s Matsumae. And she was just getting started, soon jumping from the Famicom into Capcom’s...

Uh, Epic Games Bought ArtStation

While we’re used to things like studios being bought and paid for as part of Epic’s Fortnite-fuelled crusade against companies like Apple and Valve, the company spent the weekend buying something a little more unexpected: ArtStation, a site that anyone who has ever read our Fine Art feature will...

Resident Evil Fan Patches Original Game With Content Missing Since 1996

Resident Evil: True Director’s Cut is a patch made by Deli295 for Capcom’s original horror classic that wants to be the most comprehensive version of the game available, adding in a bunch of stuff from earlier Japanese releases that for whatever reason we never got in Western editions.Read more

'Shop Contest: Photo Bombing Pokémon Snap

New Pokémon Snap is out! That means my Twitter feed is currently filled with cute Pokémon photos. It’s honestly a nice change of pace. But let’s have some fun with these Pokemon photos!Read more

Sunday Comics: Stop, Please!

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: Lego Luigi, Winners!

Mario’s tall and cowardly brother is back, in Lego form. To celebrate the news, we took this new, blocky Luigi and took him on some new adventures.Read more

Sweet Backflip, Spidey!

Welcome back to another fine installment of Snapshots! This week we got some pretty photos from various Spider-Men games, some tasteful black and white images, and more great stuff.Read more

There's A Creepy Clown Video Hidden In Roblox

I’ve still never played Roblox and now I’m not sure I’ll ever play it after learning about a random, creepy clown video that is, for some reason, lurking in the game’s files. Read more

I Love This Fighting Game’s Ridiculous Continue Screen

The fighting game adaptation of Hokuto no Ken (known as Fist of the North Star in the west) has provided some of the most over-the-top competitive moments of all time. But when a Twitter acquaintance shared a screenshot of its continue screen a week ago, I still wasn’t psychologically prepared...

Elder Scrolls, Cut It Out With The Silt Striders

I don’t like bugs. Never have. Flys, bees, wasps, crickets, I hate ‘em all. The bigger they are the more I can’t stand them. So the giant insect-like Silt Striders, first seen in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, are my worst nightmare and I want them all to die. I mean, if no one minds.Read more

PowerWash Simulator Is Why I Shouldn't Be A Homeowner

Humans are fucked up, anxiety-ridden apes and there is absolutely no telling what causes our brains to light up with feel good juice. But one thing that does it for me is a good pressure washer video. Since being a millennial means I will likely never own a home, the magic of using a pressure...

ANKETA: Co budete hrát o víkendu?

Prozraďte, na které hry se chystáte o víkendu. Pustíte se do něčeho nového, nebo rozehrajete nějakou klasiku? Na vaše tipy se těšíme v diskusi pod článkem

How To Beat Returnal’s Early Bosses

Returnal, the PS5-exclusive action game about pretending you’re in the Tom Cruise film Edge of Tomorrow, is no cakewalk. The rank-and-file enemies are one thing, what with their tentacle laser beams and relentless volleys of neon death basketballs. But it’s the boss fights that will really give...

One Month Later, Outriders Still Can’t Catch A Break

Baffling nerfs. Connection issues. Inventory wipes. Since Outriders launched a month ago, the game has been plagued by issues. For every step forward, the loot-shooter seemingly takes two back. Today’s update, the first significant one in several weeks, is no exception.Read more

Now Every Single Activision Studio Works On Call Of Duty

Yesterday, Activision-owned studio Toys For Bob announced that it was going to provide development support for the latest season of Call of Duty Warzone. The studio had previously worked on its own games, such as last year’s fantastic Crash Bandicoot 4, but has now effectively been consumed by...

Fall Guys Delayed On Xbox, Switch

Although Fall Guys, the jellybean battle royale developed by newly acquired Epic Games studio Mediatonic, has been playable on PC and PlayStation consoles since August 2020, it’s going to miss its planned summer release on Xbox and Switch.Read more

Cyberpunk 2077 Bosses Will Reportedly Get Millions In Bonuses

Cyberpunk 2077 has been a profitable disaster for developer CD Projekt, recouping its development cost in pre-orders and earning record-breaking profits for the company. This is despite the game’s infamously poor launch state, a lot of which can be chalked up to mismanagement—management who will...

The Matrix Online Died 12 Years Ago, But Fans Are Still Keeping It Alive

Nothing lasts forever. Neither you nor I, and especially not video games. Despite the promise of digital immortality, recent games have suffered the slings and arrows of content being retired, servers getting sunsetted, and entire storefronts falling away into the sea. Oh, and who could forget...

How To Not Die (As Much) In Returnal

The science-fiction action game Returnal, out today for PlayStation 5, drops you all by your lonesome on a haunting, uncharted exoplanet. It’s a gorgeous, fresh, fascinating game that’s well worth sticking with. It’s also quite difficult. As with any game built around a live-die-repeat structure...

Mall Craze Is A Shopping Mall Management Game

I remember when I was younger, seeing games like Theme Park and Rollercoaster Tycoon, and wondering why nobody could do something like that only for my teenage spiritual home: the mall.Read more

Sorry, Your Cis White Woman Protagonist Isn’t Progressive

The future is bright for the current and upcoming crop of AAA releases. Reviews for Returnal are positive. I’m gassed as hell to have Lady Dimitrescu chase me around in Resident Evil Village before I let her snap me in half. Rift Apart looks so sharp on the PS5 that it might become my first Ratchet...

Monster Hunter Rise Companion Poll Overrun By Dog People

Are you a cat person or a dog person? A life of raising pets traditionally imbues one with a preference, but a new poll shows Monster Hunter Rise players are overwhelmingly in favor of its canine companions.Read more

Watching Animals On Twitch Is My New Daily Dose Of Chill

The baby geese have just started showing up at CritterVision, making things a bit tricky for the squirrels. On HootHouseLivestream, mother Hootie has her wings full with rapidly-growing babies Dax, Jin, San, and Fiz. Speaking of babies, a new litter just arrived at Adorable_Kittens. I’ve become...

It's A Shooter With Dinosaurs, And That's Enough For Me

Dinosaurs are rad. Sadly, they rarely appear in video games. So I was excited to play Second Extinction, a new shooter featuring dinosaurs, both big and small. What I wasn’t expecting was how much this early access game would remind me of Destiny, or how much fun I would have playing it.Read more

Grand Theft Auto Speedrunner Has Terrible Luck

Speedrunning takes a tremendous amount of skill, but there are still many moments in even the most well-understood games that boil down to luck. A hapless Grand Theft Auto player known as English Ben was recently reminded of the fickle whims of the universe firsthand.Read more

The Nintendo Download: Oh Snap

There are only 19 games coming to the Nintendo Switch over the next week, but don’t be sad. One of them is New Pokémon Snap, another is R-Type Final 2, and none of them are sexy anime mahjong.Read more

Microsoft Will Give More Of The Revenue To PC Developers

Game developers on the Microsoft store will soon get a greater cut of the profits, Microsoft announced today. The change comes at a time when many developers and storefronts are rethinking the way profits are split.Read more

Returnal: The Kotaku Review

I’m sure you’ve felt it too. For the past year and some change, life has fallen into a rut more than usual. Life is always cyclical to some degree—humans are, after all, creatures of habit—but the stresses that go hand-in-hand with a certain mismanaged pandemic have made the day-to-day feel more...

Dark Forces II's Opening Remade In Unreal Engine 4

The original Dark Forces might be our Best Star Wars Game Ever, but its sequel is also great. It is, however, a little dated in 2021, so game developer and artist Acke Hallgren decided to see what it could look like with a modern coat of paint.Read more

It's Always A Good Time To Play Persona 3

The increasing popularity of the Persona series in the West has been a wonderful if slow-burning thing to behold, ramping up over the last decade to the point where Persona 5 was a Very Big Video Game Release.Read more

New Expansion Is Steam's Worst-Rated Launch Ever

Leviathan, the latest expansion for classic strategy game Europa Universalis IV, has had a rocky launch. So rocky that, uh, it has become the worst-rated product available on Steam.Read more

I po 15 letech je Republic Commando jednou z nejlepších Star Wars her

Opětovné uvedení klasické střílečky Star Wars: Republic Commando na trh se bohužel obešlo bez jakýchkoliv vylepšení, i tak ale tato koridorová střílečka stojí za zahrání. Navzdory odporné grafice a kostrbatému ovládání nabízí zážitek, který se dosud nikomu nepodařilo uspokojivě napodobit

Google Revolutionizes Stadia Experience With Search Bar

Today, Google Stadia announced it will add a search bar function to its web store. Yes: Google, the company that literally began as a search engine, finally realized its video game platform could use a search function.Read more

Now You Can Play The Canceled Dreamcast Castlevania Prototype

Earlier this month, it appeared as if Castlevania Resurrection, a canceled Sega Dreamcast project from the early 2000s, had somehow escaped the dark confines of a Konami warehouse somewhere. Now, everyone has a chance to play that prototype thanks to gaming preservationists having archived that...

Free Fallout 76: Update Adds An Extra C.A.M.P. And S.P.E.C.I.A.L. Loadouts

The headline for this post would have been “Free Fallout 76 update makes players incredibly happy,” but that would have been too vague. Along with kicking off the game’s fourth season, Cold Steel, the “Locked and Loaded” update finally adds easily swappable S.P.E.C.I.A.L. builds and the ability...

My New Favorite Stormblood Character Is A Random Pirate

In a development shocking to absolutely no one, Stormblood is fucking awesome. I started Final Fantasy XIV’s second expansion mere days ago, and it’s already made the leap from, “this is not Heavensward. I want Heavensward back,” to, “Ok, give me more of this.”Read more

Here's May 2021's PlayStation Plus Lineup

May’s PlayStation Plus lineup isn’t a knockout, but it’s also not a bad-looking group. As always, these games are only “free” if you have an active PlayStation Plus membership.Read more

Despite Supply Issues, PS5 Sales Outpace The PS4

The PlayStation 5 is nowhere, and yet, the PlayStation 5 is everywhere. Sony has sold 7.8 million PS5s since the console officially launched last November, according to a company quarterly earnings call held this morning.Read more

A Belated Apology To The Child Whose Pokémon Gym I Stole

In 2016, Pokémon Go took the world by storm, and I wanted to be the best like no one ever was, regardless of who I hurt in the process. As I make my return to the app in 2021, I can’t help but feel bad about a child I bullied all those years ago.Read more

New Pokémon Snap: The Kotaku Review

After 21 years, gaming’s least violent on-rails shooter triumphantly returns to usher in a new generation of Pokémon paparazzi. New Pokémon Snap adds layers of complexity to the monster photo safari without straying too far from what made the original so damn lovable.Read more

Watch Anime Style Paint Jobs Bring Figures To Life

Over the years, Kotaku has featured the work of artists specializing in anime-style paint jobs (here, here, and here, for example). But now let’s watch as YouTuber MA-Man shows how it’s done. Read more

Sega Wants To Sell NFTs, Can F**k Right Off

Sega Japan announced earlier today that it will be getting into the NFT business, partnering with (and buying a stake in) a company called Double Jump Tokyo, with plans to not only sell character-related tokens, but NFTs in future games as well.Read more

This Is The Coolest Ryu Has Looked In Years

Street Fighter protagonists Ryu and Chun-Li are crossing over to Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid on May 25. And while the world warriors’ respective Power Ranger uniforms are fantastic enough on their own, I’m also very much here for the ‘90s throwback the developers revealed for Ryu today.Read...

Let's Build A Zoo Is A Zoo-Building Game With Moral Choices To Make

Coming this summer to PCs everywhere, Springloaded Games’ Let’s Build A Zoo is a charming game about building a fantastical theme park starring nature’s beautiful creatures. Or splicing together animals into hideous hybrids dwelling in a twisted meat factory. How fun! Read more

Going To See Demon Slayer Was The Perfect Post-Vaccination Celebration

Yesterday, my fully vaccinated partner and I (also fully vaccinated) decided to inaugurate our newly vaccinated life with one of the most bacchanalian things you can do in this mid-pandemic world—we went to the movies. The new Demon Slayer movie Mugen Train (its full title is so unwieldy that...

The PS5’s Screenshot Overlay Is Incredibly Annoying

Last night, I tried to snap multiple rapid-fire screenshots of a [redacted big scary thing] in Returnal, the upcoming PlayStation 5-exclusive action game. (Sorry, can’t share ‘em yet. Embargos!) When I looked back at the collection, many of them were tarnished, overlaid by a little box with a check...

Monster Hunter Rise 2.0 Launches Today With New Monsters And Stuff

Anyone fancy a tussle with Apex Rathalos, maybe kill it, strip it like a stolen car, and wear its skin like a trophy? That’s a thing you’ll be able to do once today’s Monster Hunter Rise update 2.0 hits later today, bringing with it Apex Rathalos, Apex Diabalos, a trio of elder dragons, layered...

Are You A Gaming Snob?

It’s a new week 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

Song About Boning A Minecraft Creeper Is Obscenely Catchy

It’s been more than a year since the pandemic began. Even with an end in sight in wealthy, vaccine-hoarding nations, I think it’s safe to say that it’s wearing on all of us. That, if I had to guess, is how we got an entire song dedicated to the idea of fucking a creeper from Minecraft.Read more

Lego's Funkiest Line In Years Expands This Summer

The Lego Vidiyo line—launched earlier this year—is supposed to be all about letting kids make augmented videos using licensed music clips, but it’s really a collection of the strangest, most colorful minifigures in Lego history. The line continues this summer with fairies, dragons, slime monsters...

Nice Robots

Ryan Wong is an artist based in China.Read more

Signed Pokémon Card Sells For $250,000

We now live in a world where boxes of Pokémon cards are selling for over $400,000 and individual Blastoise cards for $360,000, so maybe it’s not the biggest surprise that this very rare and very cool card featuring Pokémon Company stalwart Tsunekazu Ishihara has also sold for an astronomical...

Microsoft Fixes Windows 10 Updates That Hit Game Performance

Last week, the Windows 10 updates KB5000842 and KB5001330 made a bit more of a fuss than usual, because they were found to be at the heart of several gaming-related performance issues across various games and graphics cards.Read more

NES Tetris Players Call It 'Rolling,' And They're Setting New World Records

A new way to play NES Tetris has recently been discovered, and it’s leading to new world records. The new strat involves rolling your fingers on the controller while applying pressure to the d-pad. Sounds a bit strange, but it’s already got the attention of players looking to improve their...

I Need This Vehicle-Building Destruction Game Right Now

Launching into early access on Steam later this year, Instruments of Destruction is a physics-based vehicle-building destruction sandbox from the lead tech designer of Red Faction: Guerrilla. It’s advanced knocking things down from a guy who really knows knocking things down. Read more

The Overwatch League Paid Tribute To Jeff Kaplan With 'Jeff' Song

Last week, Jeff Kaplan announced his retirement from Blizzard Entertainment, ending a tenure at the developer that lasted for almost 20 years. Kaplan played an important role in developing Overwatch Esports, including the Overwatch World Cup and the Overwatch League. This weekend, the Overwatch...

The Noid Is Back To [Checks Notes] Fight Crash Bandicoot and Self-Driving Cars

The Noid, Domino’s annoying pizza-destroying mascot from the ‘80s, is coming back to stop self-driving pizza delivery cars, and also to fight Crash Bandicoot. That’s not a sentence you expected to read, and I didn’t expect to write it, but here we are. Welcome to whatever version of reality this...

Leaked Documents Show EA Really Wants You To Buy FIFA Loot Boxes

EA purposefully drove players toward gambling-like microtransactions in FIFA 21, according to an insider who leaked internal documents to the CBC. “Video game company wants to make money” isn’t exactly a bombshell, but in light of EA’s long-held stance on loot boxes and microtransactions,...

Apex Legends Is Getting An Arena Mode

Apex Legends Season 9 starts next week. Ahead of its launch, developer Respawn detailed the game’s upcoming Arena mode, which sees two teams of three face off in a series of rounds.Read more

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

April is almost over, which doesn’t seem right. I’m 99% sure yesterday was the start of April. How is it May already? Makes no sense. Well with a new month comes new free games for Xbox Live Gold members. Read more

The Week In Games: Pokémon Paparazzi

New Pokemon Snap is out later this week on the Nintendo Switch. So grab your camera and get ready to snap some photos of Pokémon while singing Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi.Read more

'Shop Contest: Lego Luigi

After a few early leaks, Nintendo and Lego officially confirmed that Lego Luigi is coming to joining his Lego brother in block jumping adventures. Sounds like a fun Photoshop contest to me! Read more

Someone Created An Evil Minecraft Mod That Camouflages Creepers

Most mods I download or see add helpful features or neat new elements, like a cool weapon or better sound effects. However, not all mods are helpful or fun. Some mods are downright evil, like this new Minecraft mod that uses different textures to hide Creepers based on what biome they are in. Read...

Sunday Comics: Gotta Go Fast

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: More Donald Ducks, Winners!

After a weekend away, Kotaku’s wonderful(?) ‘Shop Contest returns. Last time I was around these parts I asked you all to create images featuring Donald Duck.Read more

Just Another Day At The Office

This week on Snapshots, some extra photos from the past two weeks. I had last weekend off. To make up for the lack of screenshots last Saturday here are some extra cool ones today from games like Control and Horizon: Zero Dawn! Read more

Do You See The Penguin?

I found something unexpected in a random cave in Outriders. It’s a formation of rocks and shells that looks a lot like a penguin. Or at least, I think it does. Perhaps I’m just losing my mind after a year of pandemic-induced lockdown.Read more

Let's Rank All The Doom Games, From Worst To Best

1993’s Doom is one of the most important, popular, and influential games ever made, and it spawned a whole franchise of (mostly) great shooters. To put it another way: Doom is very good. But even the best franchises have high points and low points.Read more

Trubbish Is A Bag Of Garbage That Contains Deadly Gas

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

Enough With The Red Screen Of Almost-Death

Returnal, a relatively punishing action game out next week for PS5, treats your character being near death the way many games do. When your health gets dangerously low, your screen displays a series of cracks (meant to mimic a busted visor) and starts pulsating red (meant to mimic...the blood rush...

I Have Backlog Anxiety

We at Kotaku have designated April as Backlog Month, in which we, in light of a looming dearth of new video game releases, turn our attention toward the games that we have wanted to play but missed. But unlike my colleagues, I’m having a problem—I have no idea what to do for Backlog Month, and it’s...

Humble Bundle Moves To Limit Charitable Donations To 15% Starting In May

Humble Bundle announced today that in May it will begin removing its distinctive sliders from game bundle store pages, in effect capping the amount of the purchase price customers can donate to charity. News of this change has enraged some onlookers, who characterized it as greedy.Read more

Plus: Rome burns hot, NieR's porting fail

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

What Defines A Backlog?

It’s Backlog Month at Kotaku, which means we’re spilling a lot of ink on a plight shared by basically everyone who plays games. But this got us wondering: What defines a backlog? At what point does a game jump from being anything else in your library to being a (likely permanent) fixture on your...

Disco Elysium Was Its Incredible Narrator's First Voice Acting Gig

Narration plays a huge role in Disco Elysium: The Final Cut, the spiraling detective simulator that was recently updated for consoles. As such, one might expect the man chosen to lend his pipes to such a project to be some sort of master thespian, or at least a veteran voiceover artist. But...

Sometimes You Just Have To Let Backlog Games Go

Most of us will probably never play every game we own right now, let alone all the others we’ll buy or download in the future. In that sense, backlogs are like the universe: infinitely expanding and confounding to physicists. Sometimes you just have to make peace—or force yourself to make...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is about slowly and joylessly working through our backlog, somehow dripping with sweat and covered with coal dust. Where did all this sweat-enhancing coal dust come from? Read more

Evercade Turns Its Cartridge-Based Retro Handheld Into A Console

The Evercade is a lovely retro handheld that plays games sold in delightful cartridge-based collections. The Evercade VS is a new $100 retro console from the makers of the original Evercade with dual cartridge ports and support for four-player local multiplayer. Read more

Opening Osaka's Super Nintendo World Last Month Seems Like A Mistake

On March 18, Shigeru Miyamoto appeared at the Super Nintendo World opening at Universal Studios Japan. For the photos, he seems to have briefly removed his mask, which was probably safe. However, in light of the ensuing state of emergency, the photos reflect poorly on the seriousness of...

Dude Trains Like One-Punch Man During The Pandemic, Gets Buff

Back in 2019, in the before times, Kotaku reported that an investor named Sean trained like One-Punch Man for thirty days and got in terrific shape. Now, in 2021, another dude has trained like the character for a whole year. Read more

Jen dvě procenta hráčů Cyberpunku 2077 požádala o refundaci

Navzdory mohutné vlně odporu, která se zdvihla po vydání loňského RPG hitu Cyberpunk 2077, mohou být jeho autoři z CD Projektu nakonec spokojeni. Hra vydělává rychleji než Zaklínač 3, počet žádostí o vrácení peněz nebyl nijak zásadní

One Of The Best WW2 Games Is Now Even Better

I reviewed Unity of Command II a couple years back and, a few quibbles aside, found it to be one of the most interesting and innovative turn-based tactics games I had ever played. It’s now back with a major expansion, and those quibbles are in the firing line.Read more

Last Stop's Meant To Feel Like A Playable TV Show

You’d think a game featuring mysterious green magic swirling in the London underground would be all about weird stuff. But Last Stop—at least from what I’ve seen of it so far—is first and foremost a game about people.Read more

Mortal Kombat 2021: The Kotaku Movie Review

As I said last month following a preview of the film’s first 12 minutes, the new Mortal Kombat movie starts off strong. The opening battle between the men who would become Sub-Zero and Scorpion is one of my favorite cinema moments of the year. The remaining 98 minutes? Not so much. The fights...

Clone Hero Is So Much Fun I Don't Mind The Carpal Tunnel

As the last of the notes disappeared from the screen, I put my fake, plastic guitar down to look at my hands. They were shaking, and my fingers were curled as if they were still wrapped around the fretboard. I felt pain twisting around my wrist and creeping into my finger joints. Still, I wore...

The Nier Replicant Remaster Does Many Good Things And One Awful Thing

I played the original Nier back in 2010 and thoroughly enjoyed it despite the main character being a hideous troll of an old man. Nier Replicant ver.1.22474487139…, with the handsome younger hero originally exclusive to Japan, looks, plays, and feels better overall, save the unfortunate inclusion...

Call of Duty Gets '80s Map For Season Three

Following yesterday’s Warzone nuke events, Call of Duty’s Season Three has officially begun for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Season Three introduces a “new” Warzone map, while Cold War gets new multiplayer maps, weapons, operators, Zombies updates, and more. There’s also a new 100-tier...

CD Projekt Refunded Only 30,000 Copies Of Cyberpunk 2077

Only a tiny fraction of the overall Cyberpunk 2077 sales resulted in refunds, CFO Piotr Nielubowicz told investors during an earnings call earlier today. Out of the 13.7 million copies sold, the Polish developer apparently issued just 30,000 refunds.Read more

Destiny 2's New Transmog System Sounds Like A Grind-In-The-Ass

Bungie finally shed some light on Destiny 2’s upcoming transmog options in a blog post today. The new system, called Armor Synthesis, will be added to the loot-shooter service game within a few weeks, fulfilling a long-standing request of the Destiny community. Unfortunately, its implementation...

Gearbox Threatens To Leave Texas Over Anti-Trans Bill

During a committee hearing held yesterday in the Texas House of Representatives, Gearbox exec David Najjab testified against Texas House Bill 4042, which would force transgender athletes in public schools to compete in sports according to the gender they were assigned at birth.Read more

Microsoft Adds FPS Boost To 13 More Xbox Games

Microsoft announced today that 13 EA Play games now support FPS Boost on Xbox Series X/S consoles. A bunch of these FPS-boosted titles support 120Hz including Star Wars: Battlefront, Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Titanfall 2, Battlefield V, and more. Read more

Epic Games Store Adds New Apps Including, Um, Another Game Store

Epic announced today that a slate of new non-gaming apps are now available on the Epic Games Store. The most interesting new app added is the indie games storefront Itch.io, potentially giving the thousands of smaller games on their store a huge new audience of EGS users. Read more

The Olympics Gets A Virtual Sports Tie-In Event

It’s not quite esports in the Olympics, but the International Olympics Committee (IOC) will host a virtual sports event May 13 to June 23, tied to the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo.Read more

OBRAZEM: Hrajeme Returnal, jednu z prvních exkluzivit konzole PS5

Půl roku po uvedení konzole PlayStation 5 na trh jsme konečně dostali další vysokorozpočtovou exkluzivitu, kterou si na jiném stroji jednoduše nezahrajete. Pokud byste ale čekali klasický mainstreamový zážitek pro každého, byli byste na těžkém omylu

There's A Full Console Port Of Virtua Fighter 5 Inside Yakuza

The Yakuza series has contained playable Sega minigames for a while now, from Outrun to Virtua On, but folks digging around in the code for Yakuza: Like A Dragon and Yakuza 6's new PC release have found something a bit more substantial: basically the entire Xbox 360 version of Virtua Fighter...

Playing Pandemic Legacy In 2021 Was Not The Best Time

As life in Australia slowly settles back into something resembling normality—at least for now—after everything that happened in 2020, my board game crew have been finding our feet again and getting back into regular sessions. First up for 2021 was a long-overdue run through Pandemic Legacy: Season...

Returnal Feels Like An Actual PS5 Game

A busted spaceship. An uncharted exoplanet teeming with hostile life. An emphasis on scanning objects, upgrading equipment, and retracing your footsteps. Those might sound like core components of a new Metroid Prime, but they’re not, at least not in this case. They’re the ingredients of...

Fans Criticize Poor Timing Of In-Person Twitch Star Uno Tournament

Last night, esports and lifestyle organization 100 Thieves held an all-star streamer Uno tournament featuring Twitch and YouTube stars like Rachel “Valkyrae” Hofstetter, Ali “Myth” Kabbani, Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, Ludwig Ahgren, Hasan Piker, and the Botez sisters, whose otherworldly skill at chess...

GameStop's CEO Is Getting $179 Million For Quitting

In further proof that our current economic system is entirely fine and normal, GameStop CEO George Sherman—who is leaving his post in the Summer—will be getting $179 million. Just for quitting his job.Read more

Call Of Duty: Warzone's Nukes Finally Went Off

Today, Call of Duty: Warzone’s long-teased zombies and nuke event finally kicked off. A zombie-infested map led to a full-on kaboom that not only marked the end of Season Two, but the destruction of Verdansk. But we haven’t actually seen the last of Verdansk just yet: The nuke live event was just...

Never Count Out A Wario Full Of Farts

Wario is, by most accounts, a pretty good character in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. But facing him gets even scarier when he’s had time to fill his guts with explosive flatulence.Read more

Tales Of Arise Out September 10, Coming To Next-Gen Consoles Too

Tales of Arise, the next game in Bandai Namco’s long-running spikey-haired angst series, will come out on September 10, according to the game’s official Twitter account. Previously announced for PC and last-gen consoles, the action-RPG will also come to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.Read more

Xbox Free-To-Play Games Are Finally Free To Play

Starting today, all Xbox players can play more than 50 free-to-play games without an Xbox Live Gold membership, Microsoft announced in a blog post. The update comes on the heels of a ballyhooed reversal of longstanding Xbox policy.Read more

Service Games Like Genshin Impact and Destiny Are A Backlog Nightmare

It’s not uncommon for people to say they “need” something when they just want it, or vice versa. When it comes to games, however, you only really ever want to play them. Need, if we’re talking about it in the “Maslow’s hierarchy of” sense, does not generally enter the equation. Or at least,...

Sonic 2 Movie Set Photos Feature A Second Sonic Sidekick

We know Sonic the Hedgehog 2 features Sonic, and the teaser at the end of the first movie revealed Tails. Photos shot during the sequel’s filming in Vancouver show off a third anthropomorphic animal character that could be joining the cast. Potential movie spoilers but come on, we all know who...

Lord Of The Rings Online Hobbit Hits Level Cap By Baking Pies

Lord of the Rings Online has a level cap of 130, and most players get there by killing things and doing magic shit. Except that is for Cookingwithsim, who playing as a humble Hobbit managed to get there almost exclusively by...baking pies.Read more

Rockstar Very Quietly Adds A Bunch Of Free DLC To Max Payne 3 & LA Noire

Rockstar haven’t just spent the week fucking around with their Steam listings for no reason; not long after accidentally bringing Midnight Club II back for a few minutes, folks discovered that Max Payne 3 and LA Noire’s Steam versions now include all their DLC for free.Read more

How Big Is Your Backlog?

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

I’m Going To Miss You, Heavensward

Last time on my journey Heavensward, I said it was too hard to level my fifty ‘leven jobs evenly, so I decided to focus on solo-leveling my healer. Turns out, I may have been a bit premature in that decision. See, what had happened was I belatedly realized I fit the level requirements to pick...

Handy Sticker Lets You Meme Devil May Cry’s Dante Into Any Game

Ahead of Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD Remaster’s release on PlayStation 4 and Switch next month, publisher Sega has provided the internet with a beautifully high-resolution version of the “Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series” sticker from the PlayStation 2 original’s box art...

Mother 3 Gets An Updated English Patch On Its 15th Anniversary

The folks behind the wonderful English translation of Mother 3 are still working on the project over a decade later. Earlier today—which also happens to be the 15th anniversary of Nintendo’s milestone RPG in Japan—they dropped a new patch that irons out some lingering bugs in the unofficial...

Mods Make Gaming A Better Place For Everyone

Twitter is abuzz with today’s awkwardly wrong gaming take, this time focused on modding, after disparaging thoughts about a recent Witcher 3 mod led to debate over whether modders are harming the games industry. Which leads me to present the other case: modders are not harming the games...

Spiritfarer Celebrates 500K Copies Sold With A Free Update

Spiritfarer, the “cozy management game about dying,” has sold more than half a million copies worldwide. In celebration of this impressive milestone, developer Thunder Lotus is releasing The Lily Update, adding a new butterfly spirit to the game to help flesh out the story of main character Stella....

A Pokémon-Themed Fossil Exhibit Opening In Japan

In what seems like an inevitability, a touring exhibition called Pokémon Kaseki Hakubutsukan (ポケモン化石博物館) or “Pokémon Fossil Museum” will open this summer in Japan.Read more

Super Mario Bros. 2 Japan + Super Mario Bros. 2 USA = My Dream Game

Programmer and digital artist Sammu recently put out a nifty video showcasing her work combining the two different versions of Super Mario Bros. 2 into a mega-game featuring the mechanics of one and the levels of the other. As a fan of both, I desperately want to play it.Read more

Resident Evil Village's Time-Limited Demos Are The Dumbest Crap Ever

It absolutely rules that a contingent of Resident Evil fans woke up today bummed that they missed the chance to try the latest game in the series because they have lives and families. I love that I just had to type that sentence. This is definitely not the dumbest, most pointlessly confusing shit...

Anatomy Of A Perfect Overwatch Earthshatter

Overwatch League season four kicked off this weekend, with new players, a couple of fantastic upsets and a perfect, game-winning Reinhardt Earthshatter by Houston Outlaws player Myung-heum “Jjanggu” Cho.Read more

Let’s Hear It For ‘Death Chains,’ The Best Weapon Mod In Outriders

Like any loot-shooter, Outriders is based on chance. But you can sidestep luck by leaning on the game’s intricate network of gear mods, many of which can significantly change the way your guns and armor behave. Most are good, but none compare to Death Chains, a tier-two weapon mod that—and this...

Probably Shouldn't Have Checked On Caramel

“Check on Caramel,” said somebody in popular Twitch comedian Jerma’s chat yesterday, referring to one of his first Sims in his ongoing Sims 1 playthrough. He should not have, as it turns out, checked on Caramel.Read more

Apex Legends Coming To Phones

Battle royale Apex Legends is coming to phones, developer Respawn announced today. The mobile version will begin testing in certain regions this spring, with a wider rollout to come.Read more

Celeste Devs Announce Next Game

The studio behind indie darling Celeste, the Vancouver-based Extremely OK Games, is finally ready to unveil its next game, Earthblade.Read more

Pfft, The Medium Isn’t Even That Scary

Full disclosure: I am a wimp. Horror games? Can’t do ‘em. So it is with a modicum of surprise that—and I say this hesitantly—a couple hours in, I’m not scared of The Medium. At least not yet.Read more

Xbox Cloud Gaming For Windows 10 And iOS Launches Limited Beta Tomorrow

As promised back in December, a browser-based version of the Xbox Cloud Gaming service for Windows 10, iPhones, and iPads is kicking off tomorrow, with a limited number of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers invited to stream and play games directly through Edge, Google Chrome, or the Safari...

Looks Like Lego Mario's Getting His Lego Luigi

Following last week’s firmware update that has Lego’s Super Mario figure crying out for his brother when it wakes from sleep mode, a listing briefly popped up on Amazon China for Lego set 71387, Adventures with Luigi. Looks like the Lego Super Mario line’s got a new plumber on call. Read more

Zombie Army 4 Sounds Like A John Carpenter Joint

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we’re preparing to fight off the undead as we listen to fantastic tunes from Zombie Army 4: Dead War. Read more

The Mysterious Girl On The My Neighbor Totoro Poster

On the original poster as well as on the DVD and Blu-ray cover, there is a mysterious girl standing next to Totoro. She isn’t Satsuki or Mei, and this girl does not appear in the movie. Yet, here she is.Read more

Path Of Exile Let Streamers Bypass Long Server Wait Times

During the launch of its new expansion Ultimatum, Path of Exile’s servers were having some problems over the weekend, leaving players with wait times to get in that sometimes stretched into hours. Unless, that is, you were a streamer paid to broadcast the game, in which case you got straight...

Homeworld 3, It's Nice To See You Again

It has been almost two years since Homeworld 3 was announced alongside a slightly suspicious crowdfunding model, and in those two years we’ve barely seen or heard a thing about the game. We still haven’t, really, but at least today we got to see something.Read more

The Week In Games: Nier-ly There

It’s another week, which means another batch of new games. We’ve got some exciting things on the horizon, like NieR Replicant Don’t Make Me Type The Numbers and the next gen version of Judgment. Here are the video games coming this week:Read more

Sorry, But The Chug Jug Song

I’m in charge of the website this weekend, which means I get to spread my suffering to you under the guise of Content. I’m sorry.Read more

Sunday Comics: Remaster

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

Help Me Finish Hollow Knight

In that dark, dark time before I fell in love with The Witcher 3, I asked you all to help me finish it. You gave me great advice that changed my gaming life. Today, I am here to ask for your assistance once again, with Hollow Knight.Read more

Troll Makes Up Path Of Exile Ban Over Accessibility, Is Jerk

This week, a supposed player claimed to have been banned from action RPG Path of Exile for using a macro to make the game accessible. Other players and accessibility activists took up their cause. Now, it appears the whole thing was a troll. In my professional journalistic opinion: what...

Some Previously Banned Players Can Now Compete In Counter-Strike Events

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has changed its rules for competitive players who’ve been banned for violations of Valve’s Anti-Cheat system. Previously, those bans were permanent; now, players who’ve been banned for VAC violations in the past can compete in Valve-sponsored events under specific...

A Horror Game Where Reloading Is The Scariest Part

Reloading in video games is rarely something you think a lot about. Often it’s a moment in time when you’re forced to stop shooting. But a new indie horror game makes reloading fun, nerve-wracking, and interesting. And it’s just one part of a great collection of horror games released earlier this...

No-VR Mod Brings Half Life: Alyx To Players Who Can't Afford Headsets

By all accounts, Half Life: Alyx is a phenomenal game. But because it’s VR-only, large swathes of gamers simply cannot play it due to the high costs of VR hardware and the computers to support it. To remedy this, modders have been working on No VR mods for Alyx, with varying levels of success.Read...

RECENZE: Oddworld: Soulstorm je depresivní, umí potrápit a stojí za to

Oddworld se vrací ve formě. Je náročný, temný a vizuálně podmanivý. Fandy původních her nezklame, ale jestli okouzlí nové hráče stejně, jako okouzlil herní komunitu před víc než dvaceti lety, je s ohledem na občasná frustrující místa a některé technické problémy těžké říct

Here's The E3 (And Not-E3) 2021 Press Conference Schedule So Far

Last year, amid a mismanaged pandemic and sweeping social distancing regulations, the Entertainment Software Association called off its annual E3 event. But the stretch between late May and early November was positively littered with digital showcases and press conference conferences. If...

Arcade Stick Pioneers Die In Tragic Accident

In the early hours of March 29, an accidental, cooking-related fire in Westminster, California claimed the life of 63-year-old Reynalda Lynn Nguyen. Her husband, Thao Nguyen, survived for two weeks in critical condition before also passing away on April 13. They leave behind two children, Anthony...

No One Asked For This NFT Version Of ‘80s Hit ‘Pac-Man Fever'

Buckner & Garcia’s hit ‘80s song “Pac-Man Fever” was a wholesome, catchy tune, but nothing’s safe from the climate-wrecking tech scam known as NFTs. Now, because 2021 is trying to be as bad as 2020 I guess, Buckner decided to grace the world with a single called “NiFTy Fever.”Read more

Why Video Game Loot Is So Addictive, According To The Creators Of Diablo

Colors mean different things to different people, but very specific colors mean the exact same thing to everybody who plays video games. You know the ones: gray, green, blue, purple, and gold. You covet the latter and revile the former. Loot is a universal language at this point, but it wasn’t...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

This weekend is for baseball. You can do other things if you want. Seems like good gardening weather? Maybe take the kids someplace where there are fish? Kids really love fish. Anyway, baseball. Read more

Genshin Impact's PS5 Version Drops April 28 With Version 1.5

If you’re looking at pretty anime people in anything less than 4K resolution, are you really looking at them? Genshin Impact’s native PlayStation 5 version launches with the April 15 release of version 1.5, giving you that sweet 4K support along with enhanced textures and faster loading times.Read...

Rare Gokus No Longer Lost At Sea

Late last year, a storm at sea caused a shipping boat to lose a bunch of its cargo, possibly including rare figures of Dragon Ball Z’s Goku, alongside other collectibles. I am delighted to inform you that the Gokus are safe.Read more

Tie Fighter: The Kotaku Review

As part of Backlog month, I wanted to reach deep into the collection and talk about one of the greatest video games of all time, one that nailed everything it set out to do so well that even 27 years later it remains as fun and relevant as it was when it first dropped.Read more

Top Streamers Lose Millions Of Followers After Twitch Cracks Down On Viewbots

It’s no secret that Twitch has a problem with viewbots, which are fake viewers that artificially inflate streamers’ numbers. They’ve been part of the ecosystem for years, both as a means of making streamers look more popular than they are and, more recently, a tool trolls use maliciously to try...

Na tuto hru čekají fanoušci jako na smilování. Autoři ale mlčí

Už několikátou prezentaci Nintenda provázely výkřiky „Silksong!“ na všemožných sociálních sítích, v diskusích u videí či informačních článků. Druhý díl populárního Hollow Knight totiž vypadal před skoro dvěma lety hotově, jenže od té doby komunikují autoři jen velice sporadicky

Outriders Could Really Use A Self-Revive

Outriders is a game about balance, but it’s not always finely balanced. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the game’s revive mechanic, which is seriously biased toward players of the game’s cooperative mode.Read more

SNK Removes ‘Porn’ Sign From King Of Fighters XV

Last night, SNK revealed that Shermie, a fan favorite character who hasn’t appeared in a mainline installment since King of Fighters 2002, is returning to the series in King of Fighters XV. Sadly, they also took something away: a “PORN” sign that adorned one of the upcoming fighting game’s stages...

The Best LEGO Sets, According To Our Readers

Earlier this week, we asked our readers to tell us what the best LEGO sets were. They might have set a new record for most comments ever on a Co-op post. Readers had some strong opinions on the subject that showed they really knew their bricks. We got too many responses to count, sending us on...

Ode To The Bard Who Saved My FF14 Dungeon Run

My journey through Heavensward has slowed down considerably. I have other games to play and review. And generally, the steam that powered this expansion leading up to The Vault encounter has petered out significantly. That’s not to say Heavensward’s sluggish back-end pacing wasn’t punctuated with...

Wasteland 3's First Story Expansion Is The Battle Of Steeltown

Coming June 3 to consoles and PCs, The Battle of Steeltown takes Wasteland 3 players to the towering factory complex that creates the weapons, vehicles, robots, and armor that keeps the Patriarch in power. Apparently, it’s got problems, and it’s up to you to solve them. Read more

RIP To Outriders' Weird Cowboy NPC, A Real One

I’m not sure I’ve ever encountered a character creator as aggressively bland as the one in Outriders. All the faces are minor variations on Beefy Woodsman. Hair colors range from black to dull brown. Every decal is an unobtrusive scar, except for a lone chrome eyebrow implant that may as well be...

Before Game of Thrones Got Big, Intimacy Was Its Greatest Strength

This Sunday marks 10 years since Game of Thrones changed the television landscape as we know it—kickstarting a decade of imitators, influencing the way genre stories were told as prestige drama, and, for most of that decade, expanding itself into a pop-cultural behemoth. Revisiting its first season...

F1 2021 Launches July 16 With An EA Sports-Style Story Mode

EA’s purchase of racing game maker Codemasters means EA Sports has an F1 racing game for the first time since 2003. F1 2021, available July 16 for Xboxes, PlayStations, and PCs, expands career mode to include a two-player option and introduces Braking Point, a narrative-driven story mode that’s...

Skate City Rolls Onto PC And Consoles May 6

Skate City, the artful street skating game from Alto’s Odyssey creators Snowman, finally makes the leap from Apple Arcade to PC and console next month, bringing its chill lo-fi beats and dreamy rides to PlayStations, Xboxens, Switch, and PC on May 6. Read more

The Nintendo Download: That SaGa Frontier Life

Last week we restarted our weekly Nintendo Download feature, highlighting 31 games released for the Switch over the course of seven days. This week only sees 30 new games joining the lineup, including SaGa Frontier Remastered, FEZ, Pocoyo Party, and a bunch of crap you’ve never heard of. Read more

Brie Larson's Fortnite Loadout Is A Thing You Can Buy Now

Captain Marvel plays Fortnite and now, for the price of 2,000 V-Bucks, you can have her stuff. Brie Larson’s Locker Bundle brings a beautiful new redeco of the Bushranger skin in the purple and green of Larson’s Fortnite squad, the Bush Babies. Read more

Therapists Are Reckoning With Eco-Anxiety

Andrew Bryant, a therapist based in Tacoma, Washington, felt helpless the first time climate change came up in his office. It was 2016, and a client was agonizing over whether to have a baby. His partner wanted one, but the young man couldn’t stop envisioning this hypothetical child growing up...

PlayStation's Recycled Boxes Are Very Cool

I am very much developing a thing for more responsible video game packaging, and so this blog by Sony on how they’re cutting down on plastics in their PlayStation boxes was pretty interesting reading.Read more

Maybe Your 'Pile Of Shame' Is A Problem

Because everything has gone to shit and very few new games are coming out—look at you, you’re all playing Outriders for God’s sake—we’re going to be spending the month looking at backlogs, aka the games we own but haven’t played. And I would like to start that month by saying that anyone using...

Když se vtípek nepovede. Vývojáři se podělili o nezdařené easter eggy

Nezávislý vývojář Jan Nijman odstartoval nevinným dotazem dlouhé twitterové vlákno, ve kterém se tvůrci her přiznávají k originálním vtípkům, které nenápadně uschovali do svých her. Některé jejich příspěvky jsou tak zajímavé, že by bylo škoda, aby zůstaly zapadlé v nepřehledném twitterovém vlákně

Gaze Upon My Browser Extensions and Despair

They’re not what any of us would call “intimate,” but you can really tell a lot about a person from a quick glance at the browser extensions they use. Is your boyfriend’s browser decorated with favicons from Evernote, Trello, and literally nothing else? He’s either a type-A perfectionist or zen...

Minecraft Caves & Cliffs Split In Two, Partially Delayed

Citing the ambitious nature of the gameworld-changing update along with the current state of the real world, Mojang today announced it’s splitting Minecraft’s Caves & Cliffs update into two parts. Part one will be out this summer as planned, with the second half coming during the holiday...

Everything Announced During Today's Nintendo Indie World

Another Nintendo Indie World presentation, another batch of cool little games coming to the Switch between today and months from now. From Fez, The Longing and There Is No Game: Wrong Dimension out later today to next year’s GetsuFumaDen: Undying World, here’s the indies Nintendo showed...

Help, Returnal Looks Terrifying

Today, Sony released a trailer and a collection of artwork for Returnal, an upcoming PS5-exclusive bullet hell game from the makers of Resogun. The game looks neat. It also looks positively terrifying.Read more

Knight Squad 2 Knows How To Party

Party games balance on a tightrope. If they’re too rooted in chance, everyone will be at each other’s throats within a round. (See: Mario Party.) If they’re too basic, they’re boring, and if they’re too complex, well, there’s no fun for a party. Every so often, a game comes along and nails...

There Is No After

Shortly before Christmas last year, I sent a message to Jeff Sharlet, a writer I don’t know, thanking him for memorializing the dead. It was a Sunday night, past 2 a.m., and though I can’t remember the specific thing keeping me awake I know its basic contours. Most every feeling I’ve had this year...

The Challenges of Unravelling Long Covid

Mixed into the collective tangle of agony and loss caused by the ongoing covid-19 pandemic are the “long-haulers”—people who become or continue to feel sick after their initial encounter with the virus. But the road to understanding what’s now become known as long covid will take time, nuanced...

Nier: Automata's Broken Steam Version Is Finally Getting An Update

Nier: Automata’s original PC release on Steam was busted in all kinds of ways, so much so that fans had to go and make their own patches. Now, fours years after it was released—and only a few months after a less-busted version appeared on the Microsoft Store—the developers are finally going...

Garrus Vakarian, I Am Free For Dinner On Thursday

The Mass Effect Legendary Edition is a month away. Today, BioWare put out a new video and developer blog detailing the process that went into graphically updating the Mass Effect trilogy. Weeding through all the technical information, I have come away with an important conclusion: Somehow, some...

Od Prehistorka po Ark. Vybíráme nejlepší hry pro fanoušky dinosaurů

Obří ještěři, kteří dominovali živočišné říši na Zemi přes 134 milionů let, mají v popkultuře nesmazatelnou roli, počítačové hry samozřejmě nejsou výjimkou. Pokusili jsme se pro vás vybrat hrstku těch vůbec nejdůležitějších dinosauřích titulů napříč historií

Army of the Dead Is Zack Snyder's Full Vision, in More Ways Than One

No need for hashtags this time. When Zack Snyder’s Army of the Dead is released by Netflix on May 21, it will be his “Snyder Cut” and SnyderVerse, all rolled into one. “This is the movie,” Snyder said during a virtual press event Tuesday. “There are no other cuts of the movie. I didn’t have...

Roblox Player Fakes Their Way Into White House Press Briefings

An independent journalist named Kacey Montagu has spent the last few months integrating herself within the White House press corps, lying about her connections to outlets both real and fictional to ask the Biden administration questions during official briefings. But according to Politico, Montagu...

Even Outriders Has Flat-Earthers

Outriders is set on an exoplanet roughly a dozen light years away from Earth, so it’s no surprise the game features some anomalies, like electromagnetic hurricanes and tank-sized, fire-spitting arachnids. But perhaps the strangest entity in People Can Fly’s loot-shooter is also a familiar one:...

Everyone Involved With Thunder Force Deserved Better

Love or hate her brand of comedy, there’s no denying Melissa McCarthy is one of the most energetic, fearless actresses working today. The same goes for Octavia Spencer, an Oscar winner who can just as easily, and skillfully, jump between playing a serial killer or a rocket scientist. Put them...

Care Has Always Been Infrastructure

The emerging debate over whether care is infrastructure isn’t new or surprising. The question “what is infrastructure?” was triggered by President Biden’s announcement that the American Jobs Plan includes a $400 billion investment to expand Medicaid coverage of home and community-based services...

What You Need to Know About the J&J Vaccine Blood Clot Risk

Six people, out of over 6 million who have received the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID vaccine, have developed a rare type of blood clot. As a result, the FDA and CDC have announced a pause in the use of this vaccine. The pause is likely to last just a few days. Read more

Nintendo Unveils New Blue Switch Lite, Which May Also Be Purple

After a year and a half of noncommittal colors like grey, turquoise, bad mayonnaise yellow, and coral, Nintendo gives us a Switch Lite that’s confident enough to call itself blue, even though it’s sort of purplish, depending on your eyes and/or display settings. Read more

Fortnite Says Ahoy To Horizon's Aloy

Aloy, the protagonist of robot-dinosaur-busting game Horizon Zero Dawn and its upcoming sequel, Horizon Forbidden West, is the latest crossover character to join Fortnite. She’ll be playable starting April 15.Read more

Why Did No One Tell Me About Maneater?

There are backlogs, and there are theoretical backlogs. Those games you never bought, but heard about, thought about getting, and then never did for whatever reason. I’m finding this fallow period for big game releases an excellent opportunity to reach into that pile of potential purchases,...

Crusader Kings III Will Soon Let Modders Create Same-Sex Marriages

While Crusader Kings III shipped with the ability for characters to have a same-sex relationship, that could only happen behind the scenes, with concubines and marriage reserved for a man and a woman. After feedback from fans and modders, that’s about to change.Read more

Kinesis’ TKO Is My New Favorite Compact Keyboard

Kinesis Gaming’s new 60 percent keyboard is a lot more than just small and portable. The TKO Tournament keyboard’s got hot-swappable switches, an optional triple-split spacebar, and the ability to tilt up either side for maximum ergonomic comfort. It’s more than I knew I needed in a tiny...

First PS5 Update Introduces Loads Of New Stuff

The first major update for the PlayStation 5 console is due to land on Wednesday, April 14, and among the additions and improvements to the console are the ability to keep games on USB storage, new social features, and changes to the PlayStation app. Read more

Satoru Iwata Seemed Like A Truly Good Dude

Former Nintendo president Satoru Iwata made a huge impact on gaming. The exec had the rare combination of technical knowledge and business savvy. He also seemed like a really good dude. Read more

Anime Sure Makes Dandruff Exciting

This is, perhaps, the most exciting dandruff ad made in the history of the entire world. It’s pretty goofy but real good. Read more

I'm Finally Happy I Bought An "Old" Graphics Card

Let me tell you about an emotional rollercoaster I’ve been on for the past eight months. It’s a cautionary tale, about the perils of obsessing over PC hardware, but also one of celebration, a triumph against the odds.Read more

Big Bowser Penis Has Been Removed From Patreon

AkkoArcade is a 3D modeller who specialises in adult props for NSFW Source filmmaker clips. Earlier this week one of their creations—a large, veiny dick intended for use with Bowser movies—has had to be removed from Patreon after a takedown notice was issued against it.Read more

Same. Exact. Energy.

The time had finally come for me to check out id Software’s unapologetic 2011 Mad Max ripoff Rage, and true to its reputation, I spent the first couple hours just trying to get it to run smoothly like a game built on a normal engine. Megatextures, am I right? But I succeeded, and promptly ran into...

The Year Is 2021 And I Just Played A New Official Halo 3 Map

The Master Chief Collection’s latest season, Season 6: Raven, launched last week on April 7 for Xbox and PC. I’ve been busy with Outriders, so I didn’t get to check it out until now. This update adds a lot, but the most exciting new piece of content is a new map for Halo 3.Read more

Outriders Should Have A Horde Mode (And Other Thoughts)

If nothing else, Outriders is a polarizing game. Sure, People Can Fly’s loot-shooter has been plagued by some serious launch-window turbulence, but the issues are merely unpleasant set dressing for a fundamentally terrific game. Two of us on staff—weekend editor Zack Zweizen and staff writer...

Terminator Resistance Harkens Back To When The Franchise Ruled

Terminator: Resistance is another Terminator game, and those have been mostly awful. But I was surprised to find that this hidden gem isn’t a boring Call of Duty clone as the screenshots implied, but actually a remake of the classic Terminator shooters Bethesda developed back in the 90s. And...

27 Movies to Stream When You Need a Good Cry

The past year has inundated us with so many horrors—untold lives needlessly lost to a virus allowed to proliferate unchecked, so many others forever damaged by the ongoing pandemic of racism, not to mention the ever-present specters of economic uncertainty and looming climate disaster—I won’t fault...

Marvel, Give Me A Dora Milaje Video Game Already

Marvel Studios, Disney, whoever’s in charge of licensing Marvel properties nowadays, come, let me bend your ear for I have a proposition that is guaranteed to increase your already-incalculable fortune. Are you ready to hear my 1000% foolproof money printing idea? Here goes: Dora Milaje video game....

What’s Your Worst Gaming Habit?

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

Outriders Can’t Catch A Break

It’s been a long week-and-a-half for the loot-shooter Outriders, a game rocked by eleven days of missing functionality, server issues, and player uproar. The latest wave of problems started Friday afternoon when developer People Can Fly pushed out a patch for PC and PlayStation consoles, with...

Tomorrow’s PS5 Beta Is A Great Reason To Get Into Final Fantasy XIV

Intrigued by how much players love Final Fantasy XIV but unsure how to get started? The game’s open beta for the PlayStation 5 starts tomorrow, promising sharper graphics, faster frame rates, and shorter loading times than the PlayStation 4 version. All that plus a generous free trial makes this...

Fortnite Toys Make Me Wish I Knew More About Fortnite

During this past Friday’s Pulse Fan Fest Event, Hasbro announced a bunch of cool-looking figures being added to its Fortnite line this fall, including a lady Black Panther with a tail, formal gas mask guy, Destiny reject, and clear blue easy. Also, there’s a giant shark that splits in two...

The Glow Up 50 2021: Celebrating Our Style Innovators

The mixed bag that was 2020 may not have brought much in the way of stylish moments—though face masks, tie-dyed sweatsuits and wireless bras certainly had one. But just before world locked down last March, we launched The Glow Up 50, our inaugural list of Black tastemakers, trendsetters and talents...

Tattoos Removed For Anime's Chinese Release

In the anime The Way of the Househusband, the main character, former yakuza boss Tatsu, is covered in tattoos. But for Chinese release, all that ink has been removed.Read more

Další díl kultovní série Age of Empires vyjde ještě letos

Microsoft konečně poodhalil víc detailů o chystaném pokračování strategické série Age of Empires 4. Pokud odhlédneme od poněkud kýčovité grafiky, musí být všichni fanoušci série nadšeni, navíc ani nehrozí žádné odklady, a tak se hry dočkáme ještě letos

RIP Enzio Sciotti, Badass 80s Movie Poster Artist

Enzo Sciotti is an absolute legend, and anyone who spent time in a video rental place looking at posters and VHS covers—especially in the horror and “shitty action movie” sections—will instantly be able to recognise his work, even if they never knew him by name.Read more

Outriders Bug Is Still Costing Players Dozens Of Hours Of Lost Progress

Outriders had a few bugs at launch, like most online games do, but the worst was one that simply wiped player’s inventories, robbing them of hours of progress. A big patch went live over the weekend to fix the game and...that bug is still there, only now it’s costing players a lot more progress...

Witcher 3 Fan Builds A New Quest With Perfect Geralt Voice Acting

A Night to Remember is a brand new, fan-made quest for The Witcher 3, set after the events of Blood & Wine, and while I’m keen to check out new writing and new battles, I’m also interested in the AI tech being used here to simulate the trademark sounds of Doug Cockle, Geralt’s voice actor.Read...

Youtuber seřadil herní světy podle velikosti. Platí, že větší jsou lepší?

Vydavatelé her s otevřenými světy se stále více soustředí na to, nabídnout hráčům co nejvíce prostoru k vyblbnutí. Díky pěkně zpracovanému videu youtubera Dimitrise Galatase se můžete podívat na přímé porovnání těch nejoblíbenějších „openworldů“ a zároveň se přesvědčit o tom, že kvantita...

Amid Evil Is A Good Shooter That Doesn't Need Guns

Amid Evil is a wild, weird, and wonderful retro-inspired FPS that ditches the traditional shooter arsenal of pistols and SMGs in favor of more exotic weapons. Like a magic staff that shoots planets or a sword that flings waves of energy. Read more

Sunday Comics: Two Games!

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

Poliwhirl Is Covered In Mucus And Smooth Like A Shark

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 Poliwhirl!Read more

Meet Margaret Wilcox, The Woman Who Invented The Car Heater

When Margaret A. Wilcox developed the car heater, she did it in an era where being a mechanical engineer was a rarity—and which was even more difficult for a woman. Every time you warm up your icy extremities behind the wheel on a cold winter day, you have Wilcox to thank.Read more

More Donald Ducks In Kingdom Hearts, Please

With the arrival of the Kingdom Hearts series on PC last week, enterprising players can now tinker with the games in ways that were either too difficult or downright impossible to achieve on consoles. Naturally, this has resulted in a mod that lets folks spawn (among other things) hundreds...

No One Warned Me About Hitman 2’s Cutscenes

Over the past few months, I, late to the party, have fallen head over heels for the new Hitman trilogy. Pretty much everyone I’ve spoken to, including several Kotaku colleagues, have said Hitman 2 is the best of the three, or at least the one I should play first. They did not mention how jarring...

In 2007, Video Game Memes Took A Dark Turn

Memes. These days, they’re everywhere. They are the pillars upon which internet culture—and by extension, pop culture—stands. But once upon a time, memes dwelled in the internet’s dankest sewers, traded in the darkness by geeks, nerds, and outcasts. On this week’s Splitscreen podcast, we examine...

I Finally Played Quake 4 Last Week And Have Already Forgotten Most Of It

Quake 4 has essentially been forgotten in 2021, and most folks are fine with that. Even id itself seems willing to let it rot away in some forgotten morgue, with the official Quake collection on Steam omitting Quake 4 entirely. But I was curious. Was Quake 4 really that bad? And if so, what went...

Tips For Playing Outriders

At first glance, Outriders might look like a game you’ve played one thousand times: a sci-fi third-person shooter in which you shoot stuff to get better gear in order to shoot more stuff. But there are plenty of quirks, making this loot-shooter more complex than you might think. Since the game’s...

Outriders: The Kotaku Review

Outriders isn’t what I was expecting. In the lead-up to launch, it looked like one more Destiny-like looter shooter to toss on the pile. But while it does have looting, shooting and even online co-op, Outriders isn’t just another live service game. In a lot of ways, it feels like an experiment...

Beloved Rapper, Songwriter and Actor DMX Dead at 50

DMX, beloved rapper, songwriter, and actor has died at the age of 50. The entertainer was admitted to the hospital on April 2, and had been in a coma on life support following a heart attack caused by a reported drug overdose. After a series of brain function tests were conducted and showed...

Hasbro Unveils $700 Self-Transforming Optimus Prime Robot

This is the most advanced official Transformers toy ever made. Standing an impressive 19-inches tall and built from metal alloy parts, Robosen Robotics’ fully-programmable Optimus Prime walks in robot form, drives in vehicle mode, and converts automatically on command. He’s up for pre-order this...

Amazon Union Vote Fails in Bessemer, as Union Calls for Investigation

Amazon has won the first round in its fight to squash a union in its Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse. Hundreds of contested ballots remain, but Amazon has reached the minimum threshold of 1,608 “no” votes needed to prevent workers from joining the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU)....

V Sony se pracuje na remaku The Last of Us a dalším Uncharted

Známý novinář Jason Schreier opěr rozvířil vody herního průmyslu, když vynesl na světlo několik detailů z interních studií Sony, která pracují na exkluzivitách pro konzole PlayStation. Podle něj se pracuje na remaku prvního dílu The Last of Us, vrátit by se mohla i značka Uncharted. Oproti tomu...

What Are You Playing This Weekend?

The weekend is for playing a 20-year-old action RPG classic with a substantial glow-up. Unless you’re not in the Diablo II: Resurrected alpha test. Then you should probably play something else. Read more

Only After I Embraced My Doom Did Abadox Reveal Its Charms

I’ve been playing a lotta Nintendo Entertainment System lately, partially to make sure RetroArch’s workin’ fine on this new PC, and also just because I’m jonesin’ for some simple, classic fun. Natsume’s 1989 shooter Abadox was one of the first new-old games that came to mind, so I took it for...

Neo: The World Ends With You Returns To Shibuya July 27

It took nearly 14 years, but the long-awaited sequel to 2007 action RPG The World Ends With You is right around the corner. Neo: The World Ends With You launches for PlayStation 4 and Switch on July 27, setting a new cast of characters, as well as some familiar faces, loose on the 3D streets...

Quartet’s Music Is So Nice Sega Reused It Twice

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s ongoing hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-ass sounds they make. Today we’re going to listen to some synthtastic music from 1986 arcade classic Quartet, which also happens to be music from 1991’s Spider-Man: The Video Game, as well as 2010’s...

The Bat Man, I Presume?

Betty Jiang is a concept artist and illustrator working in video games and animation.Read more

New Space Game Puts You In Control Of Everyone, Like A God

The Fermi Paradox is “a choice-driven sci-fi narrative strategy game” that’s coming later this year on PC, where instead of taking control of a single space-faring faction, you’re more of a “gardener”, tending to loads of factions and trying to guide them from the stone age into the depths...

That Dusk Puzzle Game? Not Actually An April Fool’s Joke

Dusk, the decidedly old-school first-person shooter from 2018, is getting an even older-school demake that riffs on classic puzzle games like Chip’s Challenge and Sokoban. And no, this isn’t a joke, despite first word of its existence having dropped on April 1. Read more

Hearthstone Esports Suspends Player Following Abuse Allegations

Hearthstone Esports announced today that it has suspended one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zalae” Nemeth, following allegations of domestic abuse. “Hearthstone Esports is aware of allegations made against America Grandmaster Paul ‘Zalae’ Nemeth. Upon further review, we have...

How to Reach 'Trophy Rank 999' Faster on PS4 and PS5

Want to increase your PlayStation trophy ranking and prove your gaming prowess? Then you need to collect Platinum trophies. Platinum trophies are a badge of honor for many players, signifying you completed every challenge a game has to offer.Read more

How Do You Start Dating in a New City During a Pandemic?

Not all advice need be professional. Sometimes your problems merit a bit of unvarnished honesty from a dude equipped with nothing more than a computer and a conscience. Luckily for you, I’m that guy. Welcome back to Tough Love. (If you’d like to be featured, email me at sblum@lifehacker.com)Read...

Outriders’ First Major Patch Will Nerf The Trickster

The first major patch for Outriders will be available next week, developer People Can Fly revealed in a blog post today. If you’ve been waiting for general fixes regarding connectivity and inventory wipes, you’ll still have to wait. But, hey, at least the coolest class is getting some serious...

The Weight

More than 20 years later, I can still remember my grandmother handing me the silver diet book with the cartoon cover and the sense that I needed to do something. I was probably around 13; the specifics have mercifully faded with time, but the cover and the feeling are burned into my brain. And...

Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children Makes Its 4K Ultra HD Debut June 8

With the rest of Final Fantasy VII being remastered, retooled, or remade, it would be silly for the computer-animated tie-in movie not to get its due. Today Sony Pictures Home Entertainment announced the 4K Ultra HD remaster of Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, complete with HDR support...

New Beginnings: The Sobering Journey To Restore My Game Boy Micro

We all have our coping mechanisms. Last summer, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, mine was reliving my childhood by purchasing old models from Nintendo’s long-retired Game Boy lineup. While I’m not a particularly nostalgic person—hell, I didn’t even grow up with half the consoles I’ve...

Deathloop Delayed To September

Arkane’s Deathloop has been delayed to September 14, the studio announced on Twitter this morning. The game was originally set to release May 21.Read more

Pet Food Tycoon's Takeover Of GameStop Is Nearly Complete

Ryan Cohen, co-founder of online pet food company Chewy and favorite of the chaos engine that is the WallStreetBets reddit, will take over as GameStop chairman following the company’s annual shareholder meeting in June.Read more

The Nintendo Download: 31 New Games For The Switch This Week

Every week, Nintendo releases a list of new games coming to the Switch. It is, almost always, a very long list. This week’s list includes Spry Fox’s Cozy Grove, Switch Online exclusive Pac-Man 99, the Switch version of The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV, and 28 more games, many of which...

Your Spring 2021 Anime Guide

Spring is in the air! That only means one thing. Actually, it means several things, but one of them is that it’s time for a new season of anime.Read more

The Alex Kidd Remake Is Looking Sharp

Alex Kidd is one of my earliest console gaming memories, and I was so obsessed with it I used to bug my parents to rent a Sega Master System for the weekend just so I could play it. So I am keeping a very close eye on the upcoming Alex Kidd in Miracle World remake.Read more

Intel, A 'White Nationalism' Slider Ain't It

Intel gave a presentation at GDC a few weeks back, but I’m guessing nobody actually watched it because it took until this week for anyone to notice this absolutely absurd pitch from the company, which wants to use AI to monitor and censor “hate speech” in your online voice chat, and let users...

Smuggled Nvidia Cards Found After High-Speed Boat Chase

Only a week after a Chinese bust involving cheat makers and luxury cars, authorities have seized hundreds of smuggled Nvidia cards after a speedboat chase in the waters near Hong Kong international airport.Read more

Lil Nas X Released A Cheeky Video Game About Twerking

Lil Nax X—prolific Tweeter, former country music superstar, and current Lord of Hell—has released a new video game that celebrates his current chart-topping hit, “Montero (Call Me By Your Name).”Read more

Pokémon's Intro, Remade With Stock Footage

Pokémon’s status as a worldwide phenomenon means that you can break it down to its essential parts and folks will still recognize what you’re referencing. You show somebody an electric rat and, nine times out of ten, they’ll understand you’re talking about Pikachu. But can the franchise survive...

Hunting for Pokémon Cards Has Become a Different Kind of Game

A few weeks back, during a particularly unremarkable late night of insomnia-fueled doomscrolling, a notification slid its way onto my phone’s screen that quickened my pulse and dilated my pupils. For the next few minutes or so—there was no way to be sure for how long—the long out-of-stock Pokémon...

I Seem To Be Having Commitment Issues In Outriders

Over the past week or so I’ve sunk about 25 hours into Outriders—on top of the dozen-ish I spent repeatedly running the demo. And yet, I still haven’t committed to a main class. That’s not indicative of indecision on my part (okay, fine, maybe a tiny bit). That’s a testament to how awesome all...

Harold Halibut, You Have My Attention

We last saw Harold Halibut at GDC 2018, but the folks at German indie studio Slow Bros. are back with another fascinating preview of this unique game.Read more

Clap Hanz’ First Non-PlayStation Golf Game Is My New Happy Place

Japanese developer Clap Hanz has been making colorful cartoon golf games for PlayStation consoles since 1999’s Hot Shots Golf 2. The studio’s first non-PlayStation game, Apple Arcade’s Clap Hanz Golf, is more of the same, only now all it takes for me to tee up is a few taps of my iPad screen.Read...

Crysis Remastered Now Even More Remastered

Just when you thought classic shooter Crysis was as remastered as it was going to get, Crytek announces a new free update that fixes a whole slew of bugs while adding new graphics modes for Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5 consoles. Who is ready for raytraced 1080p at 30 frames per second on...

The Best Controller Chargers for the Latest Video Game Consoles

There are … a lot of video game controllers this day. Gone are the days of each console having one official controller and a handful of third-party knockoffs. If you grab a Switch, you’ll have both Joy-Cons and the Pro Controller to choose from. Xbox owners can grab a standard Wireless Controller...

Welcome To Backlog Month

April’s pretty thin as far as new game releases go. So we at Kotaku are taking the moment to focus on something shared among every gamer: a backlog. You could call it a month...about backlogs…surely there’s some sort of cutesy phrase we could use? Aha! Backlog Month!Read more

Use These Apps to Make Windows 10 Feel Like a Chromebook

Nothing against Windows 10, but if you want to simplify it a bit by giving it the Chromebook treatment—tweaking various settings and UI elements to make them a bit easier to deal with, or simply integrating some of a Chromebook’s more useful features directly into Windows 10 itself—nobody is going...

Pac-Man 99 Is A Free Switch Online Exclusive Battle Royale

Announced last night and going live today at 9pm Eastern exclusively for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers, Pac-Man 99 is a 99-player battle of pellet-munching attrition in which players eat the spirits of the dead in order to sic them against their opponents until all are devoured. Yay, Pac-Man!...

'Meat Is Magic': The Women Who Are Committed Carnivores

There are dozens of photographs of bloody slabs of ribeye and shots of bacon strips sizzling in pools of fat, chunky piles of ground beef, glistening pots of butter, and tallow. These images of meat and fat aren’t much to look at, but to the members of the Women Carnivore Tribe, a Facebook group...

Free From Stadia, Lost Words' Story Hits Hard

Lost Words: Beyond the Page is poised to snag a second lease on life. First released last spring as a Stadia exclusive, the idyllic puzzle-platformer from Sketchbook Games, officially released yesterday for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Switch (where I’ve been playing). Lost Words sports...

Hardcore Military Sim ArmA 3 Getting Huge Vietnam Campaign

There aren’t many games that are seriously based on the Vietnam War, mostly because, thanks to the terrain and the politics, it’s an incredibly difficult conflict to simulate. The upcoming S.O.G. Prairie Fire, however, is looking to change that.Read more

#BoycottGenshin Is Tearing The Genshin Impact Community Apart

Last night, Genshin Impact began trending on Twitter for all the wrong reasons. Which ones, exactly? Well, that’s the thing: Nobody can really agree on what lies at the core of the erupting volcano that has sprouted next to developer miHoYo’s cash cow. Currently, the #BoycottGenshin hashtag...

Mansions Of Madness Deserves A Better Video Game

Fantasy Flight’s Mansions of Madness, the standout game from the publisher’s Arkham Horror lineup, is one of my favourite board game experiences of all time, a near-perfect blend of occult investigation and unforgiving combat. Both things that its new video game adaptation are terrible at.Read more

Pokémon Gets Me Through It

In the Pokémon universe, it’s customary for small children to receive a beast capable of leveling cities before leaving the comforts of home to embark on an arduous journey across varying regions. During their travels, they stop organized crime rings, topple champions with years of experience,...

RECENZE: Outriders je skvělá adrenalinová střílečka. Ale ten start

Outriders je zábavný looter shooter s extrémně frenetickou akcí, která sází na kombinování střelby a speciálních schopností. Je to hodně nespoutaná jízda, u které budete potřebovat kyslíkovou bombu, protože vám nedá vydechnout. Tedy, když vše funguje. Hra se pere s technickými problémy, v prvních...

How To Skip Monster Hunter Rise’s Pesky ‘Quest Complete’ Cutscenes

Once you get comfortable with the basics of Monster Hunter Rise, the real game of grinding out rare materials for high-level equipment can finally begin. While one would normally need to wait through a cutscene every time they finish a mission, a simple trick allows players to skip this brief...

Outriders Apparently Has A Bug That Wipes All Your Gear

How’s this for a horror story? You spend hours farming gear in your favorite loot game. You find some truly awesome stuff, including some legendaries. Then, one moment, out of the blue, it’s all gone. Everything, to the point where your character is basically naked. For some Outriders players...

Hey, Magic: The Gathering, Your Story Is Doing Great Without The Racist Tropes

Ever since Jordan Peele gave us Get Out, there’s been a trend in pop culture entertainment that upsets the shit outta me—everything (and oh my Lord, do I mean everything) is centered on Black Pain. It feels like the only shows or movies that prominently feature Black people involved in fantastical...

Here's Everything Coming To And Leaving Game Pass Soon

Xbox Game Pass started April strong with the day-one launch of Outriders, but that’s not the only major addition to Microsoft’s games-on-demand service this month. Here’s everything coming to Xbox Game Pass in the next few weeks:Read more

Animal Crossing Build-A-Bear Go On Sale This Morning, Could Be A Clusterfluff

Build-A-Bear’s eagerly-anticipated line of official Animal Crossing: New Horizons plushies go on sale this morning at 11 am Eastern. In order to handle what’s sure to be massive demand, Build-A-Bear has set up a virtual queue for customers to gather in to await their chance to purchase items that...

While Xbox Game Pass Gets Better, PS Now Gets...Avengers

Outriders came out last week on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. It also immediately came to Microsoft’s Game Pass, adding yet another big new game to the subscription service’s already-impressive library. Meanwhile, PS Now users can get excited to play last year’s mediocre Avengers...

It's Official: E3 Returns As An All-Digital, All-Free Event June 12

Following the cancelation of 2020's event due to covid-19, and much rumor and speculation regarding this year’s iteration of what was once the most important video game trade show in the world, the Entertainment Software Association today announces E3 2021, a free all-digital event running June...

Global PS5, Xbox & GPU Shortage Partially Blamed On $1 Part

As we talked about last week, the global supply shortage affecting all kinds of products, from consoles to phones to cars, is down to a lack of semiconductors. More specifically, though, one of the biggest culprits is a shortage of display drivers, a tiny part that costs around $1.Read more

When My Disco Elysium Character Gave Up I Was Like Yeah, I Get It

I have never felt more in tune with a video game character than when Disco Elysium’s detective protagonist, his morale utterly devastated after a series of failed skill checks, tells his partner to fuck off and prematurely brings the game to a close.Read more

Classic Half-Life 2 Mod Neotokyo Gets A Singleplayer Spinoff

Neotokyo is an absolute PC gaming classic, a (somehow) free mod for Half-Life 2 that remains one of the prettiest and coolest multiplayer shooters on the planet. And now, 12 years after its first release, it has a singleplayer experience for fans to play through.Read more

Discord Deleted Thousands Of Violent Extremist And Criminal Servers In 2020

Thanks to the endlessly depressing extent to which covid has kept everybody trapped inside, Discord is more relevant than ever. But as the company revealed in its latest transparency report, that has led to new challenges—and improved efforts to confront other challenges it probably should have...

PC RPG Installs Mystery Program, Fans Freak Out

Fans of the RPG Another Eden—out this month on PC—this week discovered that, alongside installing the game itself, copies of the game obtained on Steam were also installing something called wfsdrv which nobody knew what it was and which seemingly had nothing to do with the game.Read more

Someone Might Have Found A Canceled Castlevania Dreamcast Prototype

In a mysterious new video (h/t Polygon), an off-camera player navigates through what appears to be a prototype of Castlevania: Resurrection, a canceled Sega Dreamcast game from the early 2000s. If legitimate, this is the first time gameplay footage has been made publicly available.Read more

The Best Free-to-Play Games for the Xbox Series X/S

The latest Xbox Insider program update nixes the Xbox Live Gold requirement for free-to-play (F2P) Xbox games for users in the Xbox Insider Alpha & Alpha Skip Ahead rings. The change will roll out to other Xbox Insider levels in the coming weeks, and, hopefully, everyone else soon after.Read...

Prime 2D Is The Coolest Metroid In Over A Decade

A group of independent developers known as Team SCU recently released a demo for Prime 2D, an impressive side-scrolling remake of 2002’s Metroid Prime that has been in the works for over 15 years. After spending some time with it, I can say it was definitely worth the wait, even if Nintendo’s...

The Nevers Is Entertaining But a Tad Overstuffed

Watching The Nevers—HBO’s new epic fantasy series created by Joss Whedon, who’s no longer involved with the show—can be overwhelming. “Victorian ladies with superpowers” is already a high-concept idea, but The Nevers, while entertaining, somehow finds a way to make things even busier. Read more

Apex Legends Will Get ‘A Ton Of Titanfall’ Next Season

Since Apex Legends launched in February 2019, players have been wanting more crossover content from its related Titanfall universe. Over the weekend, developers at Respawn hinted that we’ll be getting a lot more Titanfall in the game’s next season.Read more

Loki's Latest Trailer Is a Timey Wimey Joyride Through the MCU

Loki, the Asgardian royal family’s resident enfant terrible, has broken many a law in his time traipsing across the universe in Marvel Studio’s films, and Disney+’s upcoming Loki series, it seems as if the mischief maker’s finally going to do the time for at least some of his crimes.Read more

Star Trek Legends Is A Fun Time, Not An Annoying Grind

Star Trek Legends, recently released on Apple Arcade, plays a lot like Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes, Disney’s Sorcerer’s Arena, DC Legends and countless other turn-based mobile RPGs. But without any energy meters or annoying microtransactions. As a result, it feels like a game and not a treadmill...