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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 09, 2019. 23 comments

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is An Infuriating Mess

Ghost Recon Breakpoint Is An Infuriating Mess

I have never played a game as inconsistent as Ghost Recon Breakpoint. In its finest moments, when the stars align, it delivers stealth action on par with the best in the genre. When it falls apart, as it usually does, a tangled weave of glitches and half-baked systems reveal a game compromised by bland AAA design sensibilities and a ceaseless desire to churn out content at a breakneck...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 05, 2019. 21 comments

The Five Best Fishing Mini-Games

The Five Best Fishing Mini-Games

Sometimes, between fighting monsters or zombies with swords or guns or whatever, you want to kick back and enjoy a different type of challenge in a video game. Fishing mini-games bring bite-sized blasts of outdoorsmanship to our adventures, and while some players hate them, I’ve found there’s fun to be had when fishing’s done right. Here’s a list of some of the best.

The true joy of a fishing...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 05, 2019. 12 comments

Battlefield V Finally Has A Metro Map, And I Love The Chaos

Battlefield V Finally Has A Metro Map, And I Love The Chaos

If a multiplayer shooter goes on long enough, it’ll develop a signature map. That can be the back-and-forth sniping on Team Fortress’ 2Fort, or the dual bases of Halo’s Blood Gulch. For Battlefield, it’s Metro. The tight, claustrophobic map has appeared under various names in multiple games in the series, and was just added to Battlefield V in the form of “Operation Underground.” Anyone...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 04, 2019. 5 comments

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Coming To PCs

Red Dead Redemption 2 Is Coming To PCs

Red Dead Redemption 2, a game about rootin’ and tootin’, finally has a PC release date. In an announcement this morning, developer Rockstar revealed that the mega-huge cowboy game will come to PCs on November 5th.

Until now, players could only experience the story of gritty outlaw Arthur Morgan on Xbox One and PlayStation 4, leaving PC players in a lurch. Red Dead Dead Redemption 2, if you...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 04, 2019. 16 comments

Crafting In Games Feels Less Like A Chore Now

Crafting In Games Feels Less Like A Chore Now

For many players, video games are a chance to escape from work. You hop into a game, sliding into a fantasy role as a dragon slayer or superhero, setting aside the mundanities of day-to-day labor.But as I hop from monster hunting to military sneaking missions, I’ve found that my personal play time is filling up with different kinds of work. I love difficult boss fights and intense combat, but...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 03, 2019. 19 comments

You Can Fight Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Main Villain Right Away, If You're Foolish Enough

You Can Fight Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Main Villain Right Away, If You're Foolish Enough

I’ll be blunt: Playing Ghost Recon Breakpoint has been a drag. My initial ambivalence has given way to outright frustration as I trudge through generic military gameplay and the tangled web of pointless microtransactions. But Breakpoint has a twist that also offers a unique challenge. If you want, you can search and find the location of the enemy commander and try to take him out right from...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 02, 2019. 6 comments

Super Mario Maker 2 Finally Adds Online Matchmaking With Friends

Super Mario Maker 2 Finally Adds Online Matchmaking With Friends

Super Mario Maker 2 is packed with fun levels and player-made challenges. Enjoying these levels online with people on your friends list wasn’t possible, something that disappointed fans. A new update finally brings online matchmaking, allowing up to four players the ability to join up and tackle courses together.

Before today, Super Mario Maker 2’s online modes only allowed players to team...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 02, 2019. 20 comments

Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Microtransactions Explained

Ghost Recon Breakpoint’s Microtransactions Explained

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is in early access before its full launch on Friday. It offers a somewhat generic but capable military shooter to hardcore fans. Looming over everything has been the specter of microtransactions. The game offers lots of them. So far, we’ve seen that you can easily ignore them.

First thing first: none of Breakpoint’s microtransactions are required for a comfortable...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Oct 01, 2019. 21 comments

Five Hours With Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Five Hours With Ghost Recon Breakpoint

Ghost Recon Breakpoint is here, or is it hiding in that bush over there? Whatever the case, Ubisoft’s latest addition to the Tom Clancy video game canon is here with plenty of loot to find and bases to assault. Breakpoint brings a lot of improvements over 2017’s Ghost Recon Wildlands. Cool character creation, tons of weapon customization, an actual villain. But it’s also rough in other areas,...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 28, 2019. 14 comments

Shenmue 3's Demo Is 1999 In A Bottle

Shenmue 3's Demo Is 1999 In A Bottle

Those who backed Shenmue III on Kickstarter, including me, finally got a taste of the upcoming adventure game this week with a “trial version.” While it’s limited, it definitely feels like old-school Shenmue: Stiff and stilted, but charming and detailed.

I’m a longtime Shenmue fan. I was there when Yu Suzuki’s landmark adventure game series kicked off on the Dreamcast in 1999, stuck with it...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 27, 2019. 4 comments

Finally Playing Judgment Again And Who The Heck Are Any Of These People

Finally Playing Judgment Again And Who The Heck Are Any Of These People
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

The end of the year is always busy here at Kotaku. For many of us, it means a string of reviews to write and games to cover. I’ve gone from Monster Hunter to Greedfall and beyond. Getting the time to circle back and play a game that you missed out on is a fun treat. But hopping back into a game after some time...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 27, 2019. 21 comments

MediEvil's Demo Has Some Nostalgia Value, But That's About It

MediEvil's Demo Has Some Nostalgia Value, But That's About It

Did you know there’s gonna be a new MediEvil game? Sony’s been showing it off at events, like the most recent State of Play livestream, but details have been a little scarce. A new limited time demo that came out today offers a sneak peek into the upcoming exclusive action-comedy game. The brief preview shows some of the game’s silly world and characters, but ultimately, it feels a little...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 27, 2019. 10 comments

P.T. Hacker Is Still Finding Gruesome Secrets

P.T. Hacker Is Still Finding Gruesome Secrets

Perhaps you’ve heard that a skilled dataminer recently found that there was more to P.T., the infamous “playable teaser” for the canceled Silent Hills, than meets the eye. Well, he’s not done digging, and has turned up even more scares hiding just out of frame in Hideo Kojima’s horror demo, including a grotesque corpse.

P.T., the infamous “playable teaser” for Silent Hills, is a masterclass in...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 26, 2019. 17 comments

Battlefront II's New Clone Commandos Know How To Survive The Chaos

Battlefront II's New Clone Commandos Know How To Survive The Chaos

Since Star Wars Battlefront II released in 2017, fans have wanted to know: Where are the clone commandos? These long-awaited badasses are finally in the game, bringing a rough-and-tumble play style that’s focused on staying alive and adapting to any situation.

It’s been a long time since Star Wars: Republic Commando. Released in 2005, the tactical shooter introduced players to a whole new sort...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 25, 2019. 12 comments

This Skies Of Arcadia Music Box Is Making My Heart Melt

This Skies Of Arcadia Music Box Is Making My Heart Melt
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

I’ve enthusiastically expressed my love for role-playing game Skies of Arcadia in a variety of different ways since I started writing for Kotaku. I’ve gotten a tattoo and reached out to producers almost two decades after the game was released. Released in 2000 on the Dreamcast, Skies of Arcadia’s story of air...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 25, 2019. 21 comments

Mario Kart Tour Locks The Fastest Race Mode Behind A Paid Subscription

Mario Kart Tour Locks The Fastest Race Mode Behind A Paid Subscription

Mario Kart Tour is available today on iOS and Android, bringing some portable kart action to phones and other devices. If you want to enjoy tough races with a faster pace, though, it turns out you’ll need to shell out some money.

Mario Kart games have always had different racing tiers. This usually means starting with the slower 50cc races before moving up to higher-speed races. In Mario Kart...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 25, 2019. 5 comments

Heather and Chris using the Force and sneaking through Imperial bases right now

Heather and Chris using the Force and sneaking through Imperial bases right now

Heather and Chris using the Force and sneaking through Imperial bases right now. Come join chat, buds!

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 24, 2019. 17 comments

The Surge 2 Is A Bit Of A Mess, But I Can't Stop Playing

The Surge 2 Is A Bit Of A Mess, But I Can't Stop Playing

In The Surge 2’s worst moments, when too many enemies clutter too small hallways, it is a slog. But in other moments, everything falls into place, and it suddenly becomes one of the most addictive games I’ve played all year. The Surge 2 has absurd highs and damning lows, creating an inconsistent experience that I nonetheless can’t put down.

I played The Surge when it came out in 2017 and walked...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 23, 2019. 24 comments

Epic Paid The Makers Of Control A $10.5 Million Advance For Exclusivity

Epic Paid The Makers Of Control A $10.5 Million Advance For Exclusivity

Many game developers have shifted to release their games on the Epic Games Store, but the upstart platform has proven surprisingly controversial . A report outlining Control developer Remedy Entertainment’s deal with Epic grants a clearer picture into the money and percentages that draw in high profile games.

A financial report from Digital Bros (via gamedaily.biz) indicates that Remedy and...

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Heather Alexandra Heather Alexandra Sep 20, 2019. 1 comments

If I Had Infinite Time I Would Never Stop Chasing Perfect Ranks In Games

If I Had Infinite Time I Would Never Stop Chasing Perfect Ranks In Games
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

I play games because they give me pleasure, but sometimes, that pleasure comes specifically from a desire to master all of their secrets. Clear all the time trials, get higher ranks, collect all the goodies. Sayonara Wild Hearts, Devil May Cry 5, Monster Hunter World. Sometimes you just want to be the best.

I...

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