Shadow Of Mordor's New Expansion Is A Huge Letdown

Shadow of Mordor is one of the best games I played this year. I had high hopes for Lord of the Hunt, its first major expansion, as a result. "New monsters!" I thought. "More nemesis orcs to fight, some of whom ride on top of the new monsters! What could possibly go wrong?" So many things, apparently. » 12/17/14 12:38pm 12/17/14 12:38pm

Pro Cheating Fiasco Leads To Incredible Counter-Strike Final Match

After a huge cheating scandal that sent allegations—as opposed to Counter-Strike's normal weapon of choice, bullets—flying, this weekend's DreamHack 2014 pro finals produced one of the best matches Global Offensive has seen. It nearly didn't happen, however, thanks to, yep, more cheating. » 12/01/14 7:45pm 12/01/14 7:45pm

Tales From The Borderlands Could've Been Awful, But It's Great

I'll admit, I went into Tales from the Borderlands with pretty low expectations. Don't get me wrong: I like a lot of things about the zany world in which Gearbox's Borderlands shooter series takes place, but it's good for... shooting. Tales is an all-story adventure game. Yikes, right? » 11/25/14 3:17pm 11/25/14 3:17pm

The New Borderlands Is Loaded With Secrets And References [UPDATED]

Continuing in the Borderlands series' grand tradition of making sly winks at everything from Minecraft to Game of Thrones to a whole lot of Internet memes, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is littered with secrets and references—some especially elaborate. Here are all the ones we know of so far. » 10/24/14 4:56pm 10/24/14 4:56pm

What Sleeping Dogs Gets So Right About Being An Asian American

There's a scene in The Godfather that really resonates with me — not because I relate to it, but because I do not. It's when Michael has dinner with Don Sollozzo, and they begin speaking to one another in Sicilian. There are no subtitles, and the first time I watched it, I was irritated. "What are they saying?" "What… » 10/10/14 3:36pm 10/10/14 3:36pm

The Wonderfully Hideous Orcs Of Shadow Of Mordor

It's so easy to resort to lazy and hurtful stereotypes whenever we talk about orcs. If nothing else, Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor shows us how disrespectful this is. These monsters may be hideous, but they're also individuals with hopes and dreams—unique and precious like snowflakes. Let's celebrate them as such. » 10/02/14 1:40pm 10/02/14 1:40pm

How The Dead Space Saga Lost Its Way

The Dead Space series was riding high after the release of Dead Space 2 in 2011, having become one of the most highly-rated horror series of all time. Even today, people still praise Dead Space 2 as an incredible horror game. Unfortunately, Dead Space 3 was poorly received. What happened? How did Dead Space go from… » 9/30/14 2:52pm 9/30/14 2:52pm

You’ll Have To Pay Extra To Fight Sauron In Shadow Of Mordor

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor comes out tomorrow. While Tolkien fans will be delighted to finally play a Lord of the Rings game that's actually really, really good, others might be disappointed that Sauron doesn't make much of an appearance. Turns out: he's in Mordor, you just have to pay more to get to him. » 9/29/14 2:14pm 9/29/14 2:14pm