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The Art Of Ghost Of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima isn’t just a pretty game, it’s a game that went above and beyond trying to be as faithful to a foreign culture as the developers could manage. And few were as important to that brief as the art team.

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I’m Better At Fall Guys When Blasting Death Grips

I prefer games that don’t require much auditory attention so that I can listen to music while I play. Fall Guys is perfect for this since I can grind out match after match and not really miss out on anything. And while I generally prefer softer fare like The Mountain…

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Final Fantasy XIV’s Latest Patch is Surprisingly Full of Hope

After waiting through COVID-related delays, the newest patch of Final Fantasy XIV: Shadowbringers is finally available. Reflections of Crystal has had heavy expectations placed on it, with the patch’s trailer teasing the post-Shadowbringers storyline hurtling towards a well-earned conclusion, backed by the consistently excellent writing we’ve seen since the expansion’s…

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I (Almost) Miss When The Shanghai Dragons Were OWL’s Worst Team

Overwatch League’s Countdown Cup concluded over the weekend with the (unsurprising) crowning of the San Francisco Shock and the Shanghai Dragons as the winners of the North American and Asian regions, respectively. The Shanghai Dragons are my team. I braved their inaugural 0-40 season when the Dragons did not win…

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Xbox Series X Launches In November

Until today, we only knew that the next Xbox, the Xbox Series X, was coming out sometime later this year. Now we’ve got a firmer date: November.

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Slime Climb Should Never Be The First Fall Guys Round

Fall Guys is the game of the moment. Everyone, including myself, is absolutely enamoured with these terrifyingly tall jellybean friends competing to see who can win at this game show battle royale. Games are divided into rounds of mini-games, some of which are definitely more fun than others. One game…

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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines 2 Has Been Delayed To 2021

Bad news, fans of vampires and all things RPGs. Vampire: the Masquerade Bloodlines 2 has been pushed back into 2021, the developers confirmed on Tuesday afternoon. In a statement posted on Twitter, the studio announced that “the quality bar and ambitions” for the game meant that their original 2020 deadline was…

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How Much Do You Think The Xbox Series X Will Cost In Australia?

We’re still waiting for Microsoft and Sony to actually announce the price of their new consoles. It’s getting so long that promotions are starting to appear for the consoles, and we still don’t have an official RRP. So now’s as good as a time as any to ask: How much do you think the Xbox Series X will cost — and how much would you be willing to pay? 

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Jessica Oyhenart is an artist at Riot Games, developers of League of Legends and Valorant.

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Max Payne Killed Over 2000 People In 11 Years

We’ve all got a lot more time on our hands as we wait for new consoles to come out and the planet to stop burning to ash around us, so why not spend that time constructively. Like working out just how many people Max Payne manages to kill over three…

What Is The Forbidden Book, And Other Blaseball Questions Answered

As the baseball season hobbles on like a drunken three-legged cat with rickets, fans in search of an organised sports fix have found a new sensation on which to hyperfocus: Blaseball. Blaseball (and I’m going to kill my autocorrect function before this piece is over, I swear) is what would…

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There’s A New Trademark For Aussie RTS Classic Krush Kill ‘N Destroy

Remember Krush Kill ‘n Destroy? Along with Dark Reign, it’s handily one of the best strategy games made in Australia — and also one of the better RTS clones to emerge from the Command & Conquer era. Made by Beam Software, the legendary Melbourne developer responsible for some incredible titles and sports games, KKnD was a post-apocalytpic…

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The Xbox Series S Just Got Confirmed

We’ve known for ages that Microsoft is shipping a cheaper version of the next-generation Xbox alongside the Xbox Series X, and now we know what it’s called. The existence of the Xbox Series S has appeared on a piece of official Microsoft packaging, courtesy of Zak S on Twitter. They…

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Sunday Comics: Sweaty Armpits

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.

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Playing Video Games While Pooping Is Terrible

My new apartment is nice for a lot of reasons. But one stranger reason is that it includes a bathroom connected directly to my office via one of two doors. And in front of that door to my office and the TV is a toilet. It’s an odd layout, but…