Xbox Is Killing It Right Now

Xbox Is Killing It Right Now

Under normal circumstances, any company that launches a relatively successful console with a strong software services play is liable to have a good quarter. And when you’re Microsoft, and that services play is the very good Xbox Game Pass, and you’ve got COVID-19 limiting supply and encouraging more people worldwide to stay inside and game, things will naturally look great for Xbox.

Here’s All The DICE Award Nominees For 2021

Here’s All The DICE Award Nominees For 2021

The annual D.I.C.E. Awards is one of the biggest gongs a game studio can win. Voted on by the 22,000 or so members of the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences in Los Angeles, a DICE award is effectively the video game equivalent of an Oscar. And this morning, 57…

Here’s Where Dead Cells Is At In 2021

Here’s Where Dead Cells Is At In 2021

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

Two Developers Are Turning Bloodborne Into A Playable PS1 Game

Two Developers Are Turning Bloodborne Into A Playable PS1 Game

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nier: Automata’s Soundtrack Is Real Sad-Girl Shit

Nier: Automata’s Soundtrack Is Real Sad-Girl Shit

Welcome to Morning Music, Kotaku’s hangout for folks who love video games and the cool-arse sounds they make. Today we’re back from our winter break, refreshed and ready to dive into Keiichi Okabe and co’s masterful soundtrack for Nier: Automata.

The Best Cyberpunk 2077 Mods

The Best Cyberpunk 2077 Mods

Playing Cyberpunk 2077 can be a great experience under the right circumstances. For console players, there isn’t much choice — but if you’re playing the game on PC there’s already a hearty community working on great mods to improve the game.

Absolute Legend Remakes Burnout 3 Inside GTA 5

Absolute Legend Remakes Burnout 3 Inside GTA 5

At its best, the creativity and persistence of gamers and gaming communities can create pure magic. Or in this case, recreate magic, as evidenced by this Burnout 3 recreation from one clever Grand Theft Auto 5 player. User LucasRPDJ, an experienced hand with GTA 5‘s in-built editor, posted their initial recreation of their Burnout 3:…

Metal Gear Retrospective: Snake’s Punishment Begins

Metal Gear Retrospective: Snake’s Punishment Begins

Metal Gear wants the player to fail. The game’s rough edges are part of the growing pains of an early genre, but taken in the context of the entire Metal Gear series, these challenges also feel like horrifying defence mechanisms. As Solid Snake infiltrates Outer Heaven, the player intrudes upon the game’s world. Neither are welcome, and if they’re caught, they will be destroyed.

Call of Duty’s Warzone Has Seen Better Days

Call of Duty’s Warzone Has Seen Better Days

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

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

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

Perhaps to try and take a bit of the sting out of announcing that Xbox Live Gold will now cost $150+ a year, Microsoft announced some pretty good Games with Gold for next month. February’s lineup is headlined by Gears 5, which is excellent and also just got a very…

GTA Characters, Remastered

GTA Characters, Remastered

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