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Valkyria Chronicles 4: The Kotaku Review Valkyria Chronicles 4: The Kotaku Review

Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a game of extremes. Its romantic attitude towards soldiers clashes with a desire to tell a tale of mass violence and corpse-laden battlefields. It is as intimate as it is loud, and each moment captivates even if the parts are often greater than the whole.

Destiny 2: Forsaken: The Kotaku Review Destiny 2: Forsaken: The Kotaku Review

Destiny 2’s new expansion, Forsaken, turns the game into something that people can play as much as they want without running out of things to do. If anything, its tantalizing new pursuits, designed to satisfy the appetites of the series’ most voracious players, may be too life-consuming.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Kotaku Review Shadow of the Tomb Raider: The Kotaku Review

The new Tomb Raider’s freshest idea is the floating of a question: What if all this tomb raiding that Lara Croft does indicates that she is a treasure-plundering jerk who wrecks other people’s cultures and, worse, their lives?

Spider-Man: The Kotaku Review Spider-Man: The Kotaku Review

Insomniac Games’ new Spider-Man adventure on the PS4 is a fun comic book brawler with some good story beats elevated by a system of acrobatics that features some of the most intuitive and exhilarating movement I’ve ever experienced in a game. It’s extremely fun, if you’re okay with a version of New York City that is…

World Of Warcraft Battle For Azeroth: The Kotaku Review World Of Warcraft Battle For Azeroth: The Kotaku Review

“Well, it’s more of the same” is generally my answer when people ask me how I’m enjoying World of Warcraft’s seventh paid expansion, Battle for Azeroth. Then I spend several minutes explaining why that’s not a bad thing.

Dragon Quest XI: The Kotaku Review

Dragon Quest XI is the best game in the 32-year-old series.

Captain Sonar: The Kotaku Review Captain Sonar: The Kotaku Review

Captain Sonar is a board game about submarines, but it’s also so much more than that.

Flamme Rouge: The Kotaku Review Flamme Rouge: The Kotaku Review

Flamme Rouge is a game about early 20th- century bicycle races, and I promise you, it is a lot more fun than that sounds.

Guacamelee 2: The Kotaku Review Guacamelee 2: The Kotaku Review

Guacamelee 2 feels great to play. It’s a demanding platformer with elements drawn from the beat ‘em ups of old but executed with such precision they feel modern. The way throwing a punch can be intertwined with hoping over a pit of lava transforms every obstacle into a puzzle. Despite surface similarities and homages…

Halo 5: The Kotaku Re-Review Halo 5: The Kotaku Re-Review

Each new Halo game since 2007’s Halo 3 gets some praise, then fades, and then is pointed to as a sign that the Xbox’s once-unstoppable franchise is hitting a wall. Halo 5, released in 2015, deserves a different reputation.

Monster Hunter: World: The Kotaku Review Monster Hunter: World: The Kotaku Review

Video games often deal in illusions, proffering the fantasy of control and power even when your meaningful influence is minimal. Monster Hunter: World, the new third-person action game from Capcom, absolutely deals in fantasy. It plucks you from reality and sets you in the domains of exotically imposing monsters that…

IGN Pulls Review After Plagiarism Accusations [UPDATE: Writer Fired] IGN Pulls Review After Plagiarism Accusations [UPDATE: Writer Fired]

The gaming site IGN has removed a review for the game Dead Cells after allegations surfaced yesterday that the review’s writer had plagiarized from a small YouTube channel.

Dead Cells: The Kotaku Review Dead Cells: The Kotaku Review

In my first game of Dead Cells, I died after about four minutes. In my most recent one, I lasted almost an hour. The time difference between those two attempts says a lot about how Dead Cells evolves as you play it, and how you evolve alongside it.

The Banner Saga 3: The Kotaku Review The Banner Saga 3: The Kotaku Review

The Banner Saga 3 is the final entry in a Kickstarted trilogy of strategy games. It’s the culmination of four years of fantasy adventuring, in which the decisions you make on the battlefield are almost as important as those you make in the middle of a conversation.

Chasm: The Kotaku Review  Chasm: The Kotaku Review 

I went into Chasm searching for something that would knock me on my ass. What I found was entertaining, but nothing more. Plenty of secrets, hidden dangers, and mysterious evils lurk deep within Chasm’s side-scrolling labyrinth, which is made lively and vibrant thanks to some truly amazing pixel art. Halfway through…

Yakuza 0: The Kotaku Review Yakuza 0: The Kotaku Review

You no longer have an excuse not to play a Yakuza game.

Octopath Traveler: The Kotaku Review Octopath Traveler: The Kotaku Review

Eight people gather in a tavern, swapping stories and preparing for adventure. It’s not clear why they’re traveling together—there’s a pious cleric and a murderous dancer in this odd crew—but they’ve united nonetheless.

Hollow Knight: The Kotaku Review Hollow Knight: The Kotaku Review

In Hollow Knight, looks can be deceiving. A sad little lamplit town may hide the entrance to a beautiful buried kingdom. A towering knight might turn out to be a sad, small thing in outsized armor. An onrushing green beast may actually be a wee creature disguised by a pile of leaves. And a simple-looking 2D action…

Terraforming Mars: The Kotaku Review Terraforming Mars: The Kotaku Review

Mars is inhospitable. Let’s change that.

Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters: The Kotaku Review Giant Killer Robots: Heavy Hitters: The Kotaku Review

I’ve played plenty of board games that are better than GKR, but I don’t think I’ve ever played one that’s cooler than GKR.

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