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

The Evil Within: The Kotaku Review

Before The Evil Within came out, I knew that I had to steel myself to be scared by it. But I'd also been nagged by the idea that I should be scared for it, too. As in, fearful on its behalf. It's one of those games that's so heavily freighted by genre and pedigree that expectations were massive. » 10/22/14 3:05pm 10/22/14 3:05pm

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

Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor: The Kotaku Review

Lugdash Broken-Shield. Now there was a tricky orc to assassinate. Until I discovered he was scared of fire. Once I set his minions ablaze, Lugdash dropped everything and fled. I wasn't going to lose the kill, so I chased after him. We both ended up running for a long, long time. » 9/26/14 6:48am 9/26/14 6:48am

Surprise! That Mysterious New Dragon Ball Character Is You

What a dirty trick to play, Bandai Namco. Introducing a never-before-seen character for Dragon Ball Xenoverse, leaving fans to wildly speculate for months before revealing it as the first Dragon Ball game that allows players to inject their own creations into the series' greatest battles. So sneaky. So good. » 8/13/14 3:55pm 8/13/14 3:55pm

Reminder: There's Going To Be a Mad Max Game, Too

One of the biggest hits at this year's Comic-Con International was the fresh look at Mad Max: Fury Road, the new take on George Miller's classic dystopian opus. With all the buzz around the new trailer, it's a good time to remind ourselves that there's going to be a game set in the same grungy future wasteland. » 7/29/14 5:18pm 7/29/14 5:18pm

The Best Games of 2014 So Far

So far, 2014 has felt like a year of surprises. Some of them have been good while others—like the growing crop of games that have been pushed to next year—are bummers. But, there've been standouts among the games that have come out. Let's talk about them, shall we? » 7/01/14 1:28pm 7/01/14 1:28pm

The Battle For Earthrealm Continues In Mortal Kombat X [Update]

After weeks of teasing from series co-creator Ed Boon, today the name of the next game in the legendary fighting game series has been revealed: Mortal Kombat X. Update 11:20 — added platforms and gameplay details from the official press release. » 6/02/14 11:30am 6/02/14 11:30am

The New LOTR Game Made Me Fight Dirty

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is a revenge story. Sauron has returned to Mordor and a mystery wraith with a grudge has resurrected you to kill him. But from everything I played in a recent demo, it seems like the orcs and other creatures of Mordor should want revenge against me. » 5/22/14 10:15am 5/22/14 10:15am

Clever Gamer Dresses Up As An Enemy In Dark Souls II, Confuses Everyone

Wearing an enemy's costume in Dark Souls II and scaring the hell out of others when they invade? That's absolutely doable. » 5/21/14 1:42pm 5/21/14 1:42pm

Super Time Force: The Kotaku Review

You know how the last 60 seconds on the clock of a NBA game can take 18 actual minutes to play through because of time-outs or commercials? Super Time Force is kinda like that, only awesome instead of annoying. » 5/14/14 1:39pm 5/14/14 1:39pm

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: The Kotaku Review

Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for one particular flaw. Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for one particular flaw. Activision has released seven free-roaming Spider-Man games since 2004, each criticized for… » 5/05/14 11:52am 5/05/14 11:52am

The Next Big Borderlands Game Will Let You Play As Claptrap

If you've ever just looked up at the sky while playing a Borderlands game you might've noticed the big H-shaped, Hyperion-owned moonbase suspended ominously in space above the planet Pandora. Well, in the next big Borderlands game, coming out this fall, you'll be going to that moon. » 4/09/14 7:19pm 4/09/14 7:19pm

Yes, This Nazi-Killing Video Game Hero Was Of Jewish Descent

There's been speculation for more than two decades that the hero of the iconic Wolfenstein first-person shooter games—B.J. Blazkowicz, the guy who you use to machine gun hordes of Nazis—was Jewish. But the game's creators have long been coy about the character's origins. Not so much anymore. » 3/03/14 3:38pm 3/03/14 3:38pm