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Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Stealth: The Kotaku Review

It’s getting harder and harder to believe there was once a time I made fun of Razer products. They used to be the worst. The most prominent example of everything wrong with PC peripherals. Silly designs, ridiculous and garish colour schemes, ugh. So many bad memories.


Yakuza 4: The Very Late Kotaku Review

In 2011, I started to review Yakuza 4 for this very website. Countless hours later, but with the game unfinished, my PS3 died, taking my save game with it. So I never ended up reviewing it. Today, I make amends for this.


Video Games: The Movie: The Kotaku Review

Most Kotaku readers probably won’t need to watch Video Games: The Movie. They will already know — and likely love — the mythology being presented in the new Kickstarted documentary. The real question, then, is if the film has the ability to ignite that love in people who aren’t video game enthusiasts. Sadly, it doesn’t. It’s a documentary made on easy mode.


Wii U Review Update: 20 Months Later

If you don’t have a Wii U, it’s time to get one. This is our Kotaku review update for the Wii U, the gaming console with a screen in its controller that we’ve been telling you since November 2012 is not yet a must-have. It finally is.


Roccat Ryos MK Pro: The Kotaku Review

Last year, I reviewed a Roccat keyboard, and it wasn’t the greatest. Let’s see if things get any better this year.


PlayStation Vita Review Update: Two And A Half Years Later

The PlayStation Vita has come a long way in the last two and a half years. Sony’s handheld console has navigated a winding and sometimes uncertain route, often deviating from whatever we thought its original course would be. And yet somehow, these many months later, it has landed in a pretty good place.


Shovel Knight: The Kotaku Review

Shovel Knight is a video game about a knight who carries a shovel. It’s an NES game released 25 years too late. It’s the type of platformer that a whole lot of people have been craving for a very long time.


Valiant Hearts: The Kotaku Review

Valiant Hearts is a wonderful story trapped inside a video game. An epic tale set against a (mostly) realistic take on the First World War, Valiant Hearts tells the story of a number of very nice people caught up in the events of one of humanity’s most pointless and bloody struggles.


Soccer: The Kotaku Review

Soccer is a 22-player competitive ball game (CBG). Soccer has been in development for 2000 years. Soccer has been an Olympic event since 1900.


Tomodachi Life: The Kotaku Review

How do I describe Tomodachi Life? I’ll start with the name. “Tomodachi” (友達) is the Japanese word for “Friend”, so the title of Nintendo’s new 3DS sim game translates literally to “friend life”. That’s a bumbling phrase. But it helps illustrate why I’ve had such a hard time explaining the game’s appeal to friends and colleagues, even the ones who are more seasoned gamers than myself.