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30 More Hours With Fallout 3, Which Is Still Damn Good

Seeing the reveal of Fallout 4 at E3, I found myself compelled to return to Bethesda’s first entry in the series, Fallout 3. There’s just something about it, a special kind of magic that few games have. Initially, I didn’t plan to spend much time with Fallout 3, but it sucked me in. Within two weeks, I’ve put more… » 7/27/15 1:31pm Monday 1:31pm

17 Years Later, StarCraft's Story Is Finally Coming To An End

It’s been 17 years since the original launch of StarCraft, the seminal real-time strategy game that both revolutionized competitive gaming and went on to spawn some of the world’s most popular games, like Dota and League of Legends. In the next few months, or maybe years—this is Blizzard, after all—that long journey… » 6/29/15 5:08pm 6/29/15 5:08pm

Batman: Arkham Knight: The Kotaku Review

If you are so into the Arkham games that you are going to be wounded by learning anything at all about Batman: Arkham Knight—what characters may or may not be in it, for example—please don’t read this review. Go play the game! You will like it, mostly. The spoilers in this review are minor, in my view, but they are… » 6/22/15 1:18pm 6/22/15 1:18pm

Hatred: The Kotaku Review

Last fall, a producer for CBS This Morning called me to talk about the video game Hatred. I had been on CBS a year earlier to teach co-anchor Gayle King how to play Grand Theft Auto V, the biggest entertainment property in the human-discovered universe. This time, instead of talking about a game made by some of the… » 6/02/15 6:40pm 6/02/15 6:40pm

The People Who Still Play World of Warcraft Like It’s 2006

We met on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the muddy shores of Lakeshire. There were 40 of us, alternatives in tow, laughing, buffing, flaunting. We exorcised our pre-raid jitters as best we could. North of Lakeshire lay the sinister Burning Steppes, home of Blackrock Mountain and home of our hopes and dreams. Blackwing Lair… » 5/14/15 12:58pm 5/14/15 12:58pm

7 Games We Saw in Action That Never Came Out

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It’s frankly ridiculous how close some games are to finished when they are cancelled - or, conversely, how vaporous they can be when they’re first shown. At trade shows, you see maybe 50 games in the space of 4 or 5 days, and a small proportion of them fade into the background and are never heard from again. Sometimes… » 4/29/15 4:29pm 4/29/15 4:29pm

Deus Ex: Human Revolution Isn't As Great As I Remembered It

Everyone has that one game they still remember playing for the first time. For me, it was Deus Ex: Human Revolution. Looking back, it seems weird—other games occupy my personal best-of list, but something about Human Revolution struck a distinct chord with me. It is a game I love. With the recent announcement of a new » 4/28/15 6:40pm 4/28/15 6:40pm