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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 3:00pmToday 3:00pm

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 11:29amTuesday 11:29am

Rare Replay: The Kotaku Review

Rare games meant a lot to the people who played them, so a collection of 30 of (most) of their best works should mean a lot to children of the Spectrum ZX, the Nintendo 64 and even the Xbox 360 eras. Combined, they’re part of a new collection on the Xbox One that is one of the most extraordinary bundles to ever hit… »8/03/15 10:37am8/03/15 10:37am

Three Things That Make Fallout 3 Special

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“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 3:24pm7/31/15 3:24pm

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 10:31am7/27/15 10:31am

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 10:18am6/22/15 10:18am

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 3:40pm4/28/15 3:40pm

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 2:23pm12/25/14 2:23pm