The Problem With The Post-Bungie Halo Campaigns


Halo used to mean quality. Its campaigns were all heroic military sci-fi, full of brilliantly-designed levels and enemies. The multiplayer was some of gaming’s best, supplying pulse-pounding firefights and thrilling victories. There was a time when a new Halo game was a guarantee of greatness. Since developer Bungie… »Wednesday 3:50pm11/25/15 3:50pm


Halo and XBox have long been synonymous: the former is credited with the blockbuster success of the

Halo and XBox have long been synonymous: the former is credited with the blockbuster success of the latter. Now, with Xbox One struggling against competing devices, all eyes are Halo 5. Over on Bloomburg Magazine there’s a great profile of Bonnie Ross, 343 Industry’s CEO. »11/01/15 10:30am11/01/15 10:30am

Halo 5 Day Zero Impressions: Mediocre Campaign, Promising Multiplayer

Halo 5 is beautiful, at times a lot of fun, and at times disappointing. It’s also not yet officially released and is dependent on its multiplayer working well on a large scale. So we’re holding off on a review until well after the game’s October 27 launch. For now, some impressions of one of the Xbox One’s big fall… »10/26/15 12:01pm10/26/15 12:01pm

I Can't Stop Collecting Stuff in Video Games

Here’s something I wish more game designers understood: If you put an interaction in your game, I am going to interact with it. Anytime a game responds to its players, the rats—or at least this rat—are going to press the lever for more cocaine pellets. Jenova Chen, during a talk about the design of Journey a couple… »9/04/15 6:00pm9/04/15 6:00pm

Mad Max: The Kotaku Review

A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad… »9/01/15 2:29pm9/01/15 2:29pm

Three Things That Make Fallout 3 Special


“I don’t want to set the world on fire,” the Ink Spots croon, but the truth is, I’ve just arrived outside Galaxy News Radio headquarters with every intention of detonating a nuclear warhead. When the Super Mutant Behemoth charges through the wreckage, bellowing, I’m ready. I take aim, then pull the trigger, letting… »7/31/15 6:24pm7/31/15 6:24pm

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 1:31pm7/27/15 1:31pm

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 1:18pm6/22/15 1:18pm

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 6:40pm4/28/15 6:40pm

Xbox Live And PlayStation Network Knocked Offline For Much Of Christmas [Update 3]

We hope you weren't planning to play many games online on Christmas. Xbox users in North America and Europe are having difficulties logging into Xbox Live today, and PlayStation owners are suffering similar problems. Some Internet troublemakers are claiming they knocked both offline. Bah humbug to this. »12/25/14 5:23pm12/25/14 5:23pm