15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Xenoblade Chronicles 3

15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Starting Xenoblade Chronicles 3

screenshot: Nintendo / Kotaku Xenoblade Chronicles 3 has been five years in the making and it shows. Monolith Soft’s latest open-field JRPG odyssey has more systems and more to do than either previous game in the trilogy (not to mention the often overlooked Xenoblade Chronicles X). I’m enjoying it to your sofa. I’m also learning … Read more

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Version Exclusives: Which To Buy

Pokemon Scarlet And Violet Version Exclusives: Which To Buy

screenshot: The Pokemon Company Vulpix or Growlithe? Zangoose or Seviper? Ever since Arceus made the world in its image, Pokemon fans have had to grapple with a huge choice: which version to get. That quandary will remain in place for the latest games, pokemon scarlet and Purple. Every generation of Nintendo’s zeitgeisty monster-hunting RPGs splits … Read more

Digimon Survive Is A Painfully Boring TRPG

Digimon Survive Is A Painfully Boring TRPG

The kids aren’t alright.Image: Witchcraft Co., Ltd. / Hyde Digimon Survive, the new video game made in celebration of the anime’s 25th anniversary, attempts to juggle being both a visual novel and a tactical role-playing game. The result is a slog of a game that’s 70 percent visual novel, 20 percent tactical role-playing game, and … Read more

Elden Ring Has Garnered Billions Of YouTube Views Since Launch

Elden Ring Has Garnered Billions Of YouTube Views Since Launch

I’m the Elden Lord, YouTube.Image: FromSoftware/YouTube/Kotaku We’ve known just how hot Elden Ring has become. Released on February 25, FromSoftware’s latest Soulslike has shipped some 13.4 million copies to date, making it more successful than Sledgehammer Games’ disappointing Call of Duty: Vanguard from last year, a franchise often known for dominating the charts. Now, however, … Read more

You Should Play ‘Xenoblade Chronicles 3’ in First-Person

You Should Play 'Xenoblade Chronicles 3' in First-Person

screenshot: Brendan Hesse Xenoblade Chronicles 3 is one of the year’s best-reviewed Nintendo Switch games, thanks to its deep combat, sweeping story, and giant world that’s fun to explore. The game is engrossing from the moment you start, but there’s a way to get even more immersed in this epic JRPG. As pointed out by … Read more

Xenoblade 3 Is Already Winning Me Over

Xenoblade 3 Is Already Winning Me Over

screenshot: nintendo I’ve been looking forward to Monolith Soft’s next game since the last one ended in 2017, though not without my fair share of reservations. Xenoblade Chronicles 2 was a meandering JRPG with a hodgepodge of systems and extremely uneven storytelling. As much as I love the series, I was worried Xenoblade Chronicles 3 … Read more

The Best Time To Play Nier: Automata Is Right Now

The Best Time To Play Nier: Automata Is Right Now

screenshot: Square-Enix Nier: Automata spent the last week in the headlines, the result of a secret door that sent the community into a scramble. The mystery itself may have come to a sudden, surprising conclusion, but that doesn’t mean the base game it was part of should drop off your radar. In fact, it’s all … Read more

New Octopath Traveler RPG Is Better Than The Switch Original

New Octopath Traveler RPG Is Better Than The Switch Original

Image: Square-Enix Octopath Traveler: Champions of the Continent, newly available on mobile, is a worthy sequel to the original 2018 Switch role-playing game. I had expected a watered-down combat system and a menu hell like many other gacha games on mobile devices. Square Enix proved me wrong. Champions retains the visuals and music that made … Read more

Nier Automata Secret Door Hunt Ends In The Wildest Possible Way

Nier Automata Secret Door Hunt Ends In The Wildest Possible Way

gif: Square Enix / Sadfutago It all started with a question: “How do you get into the church?” The answer, it turns out, is simple: You don’t—at least not yet. Yes, Nier: Automata‘s baffling secret door was all just an intricate mod. If you haven’t been following along, Nier: Automata‘s secret door had all the … Read more

Sega Please Release The Yakuza Kenzan Spin-Offs In English

Sega Please Release The Yakuza Kenzan Spin-Offs In English

screenshot: Sega In 2022 Yakuza is a pretty big series in the West, as we saw yesterday when eight games made it to PlayStation Plus. But it wasn’t always this way! Between the release of Yakuza 2 and 3 things were looking incredibly dicey for English-speakers, and there were real fears that if Yakuza 3 … Read more