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Jun 11, 2020. 22 comments

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

Embracing The Beautiful Nonsense Of The Final Fantasy VII Spinoffs

This year has not been great for my mental health. But I recently thought I could just push those vibes away, even just briefly, to dunk on Tetsuya Nomura, the creative visionary of Final Fantasy VII and a man who never met a story he couldn’t convolute.

I had plenty of material, because I’ve played all the Final Fantasy VII spin-off games, seen all three (yes, three) FFVII movies and read the...

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Jun 11, 2020. 9 comments

The Excellent Ys: Memories of Celceta Just Jumped From Vita To PS4

The Excellent Ys: Memories of Celceta Just Jumped From Vita To PS4

If you want to know why I love Nihon Falcom’s long-running Ys series of fantasy action role-playing games so much, look no further than Ys: Memories of Celceta, which is easier than ever now that a PlayStation 4 port has been released.

Though released for the PlayStation Vita in 2012, three years after Ys Seven for the PlayStation Portable, Ys: Memories of Celceta is canonically considered to...

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Jun 10, 2020. 5 comments

No Man's Sky Gets Crossplay Between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And PC

No Man's Sky Gets Crossplay Between PlayStation 4, Xbox One, And PC

They’re going to have to change the game’s name to Everybody’s Sky, as Hello Games replaces the entire network backend of their procedurally-generated space opera No Man’s Sky to open up crossplay across all game platforms. Now PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC players will be able to explore the game’s space lanes together.

Tomorrow marks the release of the new Windows 10 version of No Man’s...

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May 02, 2020. 10 comments

Last Of Us II Leakers Are 'Not Affiliated' With Naughty Dog, Sony Says

Last Of Us II Leakers Are 'Not Affiliated' With Naughty Dog, Sony Says

Earlier this week what appeared to be major spoilers from The Last of Us Part II leaked on YouTube and Reddit. Sony now says it knows who the leakers were, and contrary to widespread online speculation, can confirm they were not a disgruntled Naughty Dog employee.

“SIE has identified the primary individuals responsible for the unauthorized release of TLOU2 assets,” Sony said in a statement....

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May 01, 2020. 13 comments

Slay To The Beat In Rhythm Action Shooter BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Slay To The Beat In Rhythm Action Shooter BPM: Bullets Per Minute

Coming to PC this summer and consoles this winter, BPM: Bullets Per Minute is a first-person shooter where everything happens to the beat of an epic rock opera. Shoot to the beat. Dodge to the beat. Jump to the beat. Reload to the beat.

Players progress through procedurally-generated levels as a Valkyrie defending Asgard from the forces of evil. Those evil forces move and attack in rhythmic...

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May 01, 2020. 8 comments

Moving Out, A Game About Trashing Someone's House

Moving Out, A Game About Trashing Someone's House

Moving Out is a new game out this week on PC, Switch, PS4 and Xbox One. It’s a singleplayer or co-op experience, full of wacky arm-bending and physics gags, and depending on how you’re involved with the process is also an eerily accurate simulation of the art of moving house.

Moving: The Kotaku Review

I recently left my apartment in northern California and drove a U-Haul full of my belongings...

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Apr 30, 2020. 20 comments

Modern Warfare's Massive Updates Are Gobbling Up Players' Hard Drives

Modern Warfare's Massive Updates Are Gobbling Up Players' Hard Drives

Yesterday Call of Duty: Modern Warfare received a new update and additional data pack, adding over a dozen gigs to an already huge game and eating up ever more space on people’s console and PC harddrives. Lots of games want to be the only one you play; Modern Warfare seems to want to be the only one you can keep installed.

Based on the official patch notes, the game’s latest update didn’t...

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Apr 29, 2020. 10 comments

Streets Of Rage 4: The Kotaku Review

Streets Of Rage 4: The Kotaku Review

When Streets of Rage 4 was first announced, I was wildly skeptical. The little I saw didn’t immediately live up to expectations I’d developed for a 2D brawler series that had its last official last entry in 1994. I feel a lot better about it now. I’ve played Streets of Rage 4 for 15 hours, and, I’ve fallen in love with it.

This game is magnificent. Whether you’re a fan of the originals or a...

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Apr 29, 2020. 18 comments

Here’s How Summons Work In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Here’s How Summons Work In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Final Fantasy wouldn’t be Final Fantasy without summons. Ever since

Final Fantasy III , you’ve been able to call on superpowered mythical beasts for aid in battle, effectively turning the tide at the press of a button. Final Fantasy VII Remake, the new dance-off game from Square Enix , is no different.

I’ve spent many hours with Remake, and have spent most of those hours thinking the summons...

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Apr 27, 2020. 19 comments

PSA: Beware Of Massive The Last Of Us II Spoilers From Apparent Leak

PSA: Beware Of Massive The Last Of Us II Spoilers From Apparent Leak

The wait for Naughty Dog’s

indefinitely delayed sequel to The Last of Us just got a lot more frustrating. Footage allegedly captured from a near-final build of The Last of Us II was leaked on YouTube over the weekend, causing a cascade of major plot spoilers to flood social media channels and game forums.

The footage, uploaded to YouTube over the weekend, seems to depict gameplay and what...

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Apr 27, 2020. 9 comments

Sakura Wars' Dramatic Intro Makes The Mech Battles Better

Sakura Wars' Dramatic Intro Makes The Mech Battles Better

It took me an hour and a half to get to the first mech combat portion of Sakura Wars, the soft reboot of Sega’s long-running role-playing game series coming to PlayStation 4 on April 28. The first 90 minutes of the game is all about getting to know the characters and circumstances of this unique combination of steampunk fantasy drama and action RPG, and that’s fine. It pays to know what and...

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Apr 27, 2020. 12 comments

The Week In Games: Get Tactical, Gears!

The Week In Games: Get Tactical, Gears!

The newest Gears of War game drops this week and it is different than every previous game in the franchise. Because it ain’t a cover shooter. Gears Tactics is a turn-based strategy game.

I guess technically Gears Pop!, that mobile game that came out a while back, isn’t a cover shooter either. But nobody really cares about that game. I even played it for a few weeks when it came out and I...

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Apr 25, 2020. 14 comments

The Good, The Bad, And The Annoying Of Borderlands 3’s “Revenge Of The Cartels” Event

The Good, The Bad, And The Annoying Of Borderlands 3’s “Revenge Of The Cartels” Event

It’s been less than a month since

Borderlands 3’s latest big expansion  landed with a bang, but vault hunters already have access to another brand-new playground in which they can fire 87 bazillion guns. It’s called Villa Ultraviolet. It’s drenched in neon and gaudy gold. And yes, it’s totally awesome. The only catch? It’s kind of a pain to get to it.

Yesterday’s big Borderlands 3 update...

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Apr 23, 2020. 17 comments

How To Crush Jules In Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Absurd Squat Contest

How To Crush Jules In Final Fantasy VII Remake’s Absurd Squat Contest

At Moscow’s Vystavochnaya station, in 2013, you could board the train for free—if you could bust out 30 bodyweight squats inside of two minutes. The first hints of a glorious new fitness revolution? Nope. Just a pilot program to promote good health (and the ‘14 Sochi Olympics). But what’s important here is this: Cloud Strife could ride that train for free any day.

Yes, Final Fantasy VII...

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Apr 22, 2020. 5 comments

The Trials Of Mana Remake Proves Square Enix Can Faithfully Redo A Classic '90s RPG

The Trials Of Mana Remake Proves Square Enix Can Faithfully Redo A Classic '90s RPG

The second high-definition remake of a 90s-era Square Enix role-playing game coming out this month is much more faithful to the original than Final Fantasy VII. Beneath Trials of Mana’s cartoonish 3D makeover and questionable voice acting, it’s the same simple, satisfying action RPG it’s always been.

Trials of Mana began as Seiken Densetsu 3, the 1995 Super Famicom sequel to classic action...

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Apr 22, 2020. 16 comments

How To Play Both Questlines In Final Fantasy VII Remake's Sprawling Chapter 9

How To Play Both Questlines In Final Fantasy VII Remake's Sprawling Chapter 9

Word on the street is a lot of you are playing Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix’s dramatization of An Inconvenient Truth. And if you are, you know it’s mostly linear. Sure, some sections let you direct Cloud and friends off the main plot for a sojourn into side-quest suburbia. But Final Fantasy VII Remake is largely on rails—that is, until you reach Chapter 9.

Make no mistake: Create a...

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Apr 20, 2020. 12 comments

I Learned These Final Fantasy VII Remake Tricks The Hard Way So You Don't Have To

I Learned These Final Fantasy VII Remake Tricks The Hard Way So You Don't Have To

Final Fantasy VII Remake, Square Enix’s much-anticipated role-playing game about herding cats and having amazing hair, has taken the video game world by storm. Whether you’re a huge fan of the 1997 original or don’t even know what a Sephiroth is, one thing’s for sure:

This game is very, very good .

For the most part, Final Fantasy VII Remake is fairly straightforward. It does a good job at...

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Apr 20, 2020. 7 comments

Former White House Press Secretary Blames China After Getting Bamboozled Over Bootleg PS4 Controller

Former White House Press Secretary Blames China After Getting Bamboozled Over Bootleg PS4 Controller

With all that’s going on in the world, there are a lot of things to get upset about right now! Blaming China because you got suckered into buying a bootleg PS4 controller on Amazon is maybe not one of them, though, especially if you’re former White House Press Secretary for the Bush administration, Ari Fleischer.

Fleischer, a piece of shit who directly contributed to the lies and misdirection...

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Apr 20, 2020. 7 comments

The Week In Games: Aliens Vs Predator

The Week In Games: Aliens Vs Predator

Prepare for an alien invasion as two different games featuring aliens both release this week. The launch of the surprise XCOM spin-off Chimera Squad and the asymmetrical multiplayer game Predator: Hunting Grounds.

I dig taking popular franchises and building out weird and smaller spin-offs. This new XCOM game might be a total flop and that’s okay. It won’t hurt the next big XCOM game. But if...

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Apr 17, 2020. 4 comments

Destiny 2 Is Getting Its Own Version Of The Olympics

Destiny 2 Is Getting Its Own Version Of The Olympics

Destiny 2 is getting a new limited-time event called Guardian Games next week. The event will have players try to out-compete one another for the honor of having their guardian class represented in the Tower for the rest of the year.

The Guardian Games were teased in this season’s roadmap but didn’t have an exact start date until today. Here’s what we know from Bungie’s site:

The event begins...

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