How Gears 5’s Confusing Microtransactions Work

How Gears 5’s Confusing Microtransactions Work

Unlike Gears of War 4, Gears 5 technically doesn’t have loot boxes. But don’t have a party just yet. It has a convoluted system for unlocking cosmetic rewards that can be used to outfit the characters in Gears 5’s many multiplayer modes. It’s not intuitive, partially involves microtransactions and will…

Destiny’s Warlock Outfits Are Still Way Too Corny

Destiny’s Warlock Outfits Are Still Way Too Corny

Let me tell you about some pants. They’re a soft sort of charcoal, not really grey, not really black, straight cut, good with sneakers or dress shoes, relaxed but not too relaxed. They’re good pants; I know this because two people complimented them on the same day. This makes me…

The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be

The Ghost Recon: Breakpoint Beta Is A Debate On What A Ghost Recon Needs To Be

Ghost Recon: Breakpoint, the follow-up to 2017’s popular and controversial Ghost Recon: Wildlands, kicked off its closed beta weekend yesterday, letting players who pre-ordered the game take on two early story missions and a host of side missions that ostensibly will give players a clearer picture of what to expect…

River City Girls Is Like River City Ransom But With Girls

River City Girls Is Like River City Ransom But With Girls

For decades, old-school beat-em up fans have been following the adventures of River City Ransom heroes Kunio and Riki, a pair of high school tough guys with a knack for rescuing their girlfriends from thugs. Wayforward’s River City Girls turns that tired formula on its head. It’s an utterly charming…

Celeste’s Upcoming Free DLC Closes Out The Story

Celeste’s Upcoming Free DLC Closes Out The Story

In a surprise announcement, the folks behind Celeste revealed that the endearing puzzle-platformer will be getting some new content in just a few days. Chapter 9: Farewell will launch on September 9.

Tips For Playing Astral Chain

Tips For Playing Astral Chain

Protecting the last vestiges of humanity from an invasion of otherworldly beings is no cakewalk for the anime police persons of Switch exclusive Astral Chain. The protagonist has to juggle detective work, exploration, and an obsessive photography habit while managing a menagerie of leashed beasts, and the game doesn’t explain…

ScribbleTaku

ScribbleTaku

I was off sick yesterday, so the last ScribbleTaku was Bubble Bobble as drawn by the wonderful Vanna. She’s done another drawing for today, and it’s so well done that I think you’ll have no troubles guessing what it’s from.

Stop Telling Me To Drink The New Tea Pokémon, Nintendo

Stop Telling Me To Drink The New Tea Pokémon, Nintendo

Last night’s Nintendo Direct was full of announcements, but the most exciting for Pokémon fans was likely the segment that detailed new content in the upcoming Pokémon Sword and Shield. This included reveals for two new Pokémon, one of which Nintendo is very eager for fans to literally drink.

Steven Universe: The Movie Introduces Some Wild Ideas About Pearls

Steven Universe: The Movie Introduces Some Wild Ideas About Pearls

While Steven Universe: The Movie’s very much a story about the Crystal Gems’ future, it spends a fair amount of time exploring the Gems’ pasts in a novel way that makes you appreciate how far everyone’s come. The movie introduces some rather interesting new aspects of all the Gems’ personalities,…

Sims 4 Players Are Freaking Out Over Stairs

Sims 4 Players Are Freaking Out Over Stairs

In a free update for the game’s fifth anniversary, The Sims 4 will get new “Muslim-inspired” architecture and clothes, like hijabs and nehru collars, as well as some new patio items. But there’s one update in particular that Simmers are losing their minds about: customisable stairs.

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy Is About To Compete With Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy

Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy Is About To Compete With Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy

It seems that every major video game publisher wants their own perpetually-updated mega-game that has a post-release content plan longer than a thousand trips around the Earth. The pinnacle of this is Ubisoft, which does everything extra large and appears to be testing the gaming world’s appetite by trying to…

The Time I Wrote George Lucas A Letter

The Time I Wrote George Lucas A Letter

Growing up in the 1980s, I was a huge Star Wars fan. The first movie I ever saw in a theatre was The Empire Strikes Back. I loved it. Like everyone else, I eagerly awaited Lucas’ overdue return to the director’s chair. And in 1994, I wrote him a letter…

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne: The Kotaku Review

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne: The Kotaku Review

2018’s Monster Hunter: World was a successful update to the long-running beast-slaying series. Fully functioning ecosystems and updated combat crafted an experience where each battle was a unique challenge even after hundreds of hours. World’s latest expansion, Iceborne, is massive. Building up a solid framework, it brings dozens of new…

New Plants Vs. Zombies Shooter Announced, Goes Live Today

New Plants Vs. Zombies Shooter Announced, Goes Live Today

Good news and better news for fans of Plants Vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare. Today EA officially announced Plants Vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville, a brand-new third-person shooter that expands the never-ending conflict with co-op units, explorable free-roam areas, interactive social hubs and more. Even better, fans who purchase the Founder’s…

Razer’s Tiny, Powerful Laptop Finally Gets Real Graphics

Razer’s Tiny, Powerful Laptop Finally Gets Real Graphics

The Razer Blade Stealth is an outstanding laptop. There are few laptops under $3000 that deliver its combination of attractive, compact design, performance, and available inputs. But they do exist, and a 13-inch laptop with a wimpy discrete GPU is no longer nearly as impressive as it once was. Huawei…

I Can’t Convince My Friends That Overcooked 2 Is Fun, Not Stressful

I Can’t Convince My Friends That Overcooked 2 Is Fun, Not Stressful

No game is more controversial among my friends than Overcooked 2, a relatively innocuous game about cooking, plating and serving food. Overcooked 2’s saccharine art style and upbeat ukulele soundtrack are a thin cover for is deeply stressful gameplay. For me, this is a draw; for everyone else who comes…