In Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, Power Lies With Politics, Not Magic

What if a world of mysticism and magic stood alongside Regency high society? Susanna Clarke’s break-out novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell — the BBC’s adaptation of which began in the U.K last night — asks just that. But as the first episode shows, even in a world with magic, the real power is in politics. » 5/18/15 9:00am Monday 9:00am

Sid Meier's Starships Puts You in Command of a Small Space Fleet

We all dream of sitting in the captain's chair, issuing commands and sending our spaceships to explore new worlds or making brilliant tactical maneuvers to destroy the space pirates. Sid Meier's Starships sets out to fulfill those dreams, and it does succeed, but on a smaller scale than I was hoping for. » 3/12/15 8:00am 3/12/15 8:00am

Destiny Review Update: Four Months Later

Four months into its existence, Destiny is a better, more frustrating, more expansive—and ultimately, expensive—game than it was at launch. It's also very different, because after months of tweaks, it has become clearer than ever who we're really playing against: the people who made it. The player's greatest adversary… » 1/07/15 2:19pm 1/07/15 2:19pm

Black Mirror's Christmas Special: A Yuletide Nightmare You Have To See

The idea of Black Mirror, the twisted British dystopian series, having a Christmas special might seem odd. But while White Christmas does give us a dark near future that's not all tinsel and lights, its trio of tales is really all about a truly Christmassy message of compassion and empathy. Spoilers ahead... » 12/17/14 3:51pm 12/17/14 3:51pm

Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire: The Kotaku Review

It's easy to miss, but the people of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire whisper about things. Incredible things. Inexplicable things. The sorts of rumors involving legendary Pokémon that sound unbelievable, until you remember you're dealing with a video game, where there is no such thing as a tall tale. » 11/18/14 11:47am 11/18/14 11:47am

Sunset Overdrive: The Kotaku Review

"I started this game collecting trash," my character quipped late in Sunset Overdrive, "and now I'm collecting trash again." She was defending a makeshift boat that was trying to escape the zombie-infested wasteland of Sunset City. It was a thrilling chase scene. So why were we collecting trash in the middle of it? » 10/27/14 1:45pm 10/27/14 1:45pm