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

Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo: Video game earnings round-up

Microsoft Xbox, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo: Video game earnings round-up

A gamer plays on Sony’s Playstation 5 console at his home in Seoul. Yelim Lee | AFP via Getty Images The giants of the video game world saw their sales slide in the second quarter, as initial tailwinds from the Covid pandemic faded. In the three months ended June, Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo each posted … Read more

Halo 2’s ‘Impossible’ $20,000 Challenge Finally Conquered

Halo 2's 'Impossible' $20,000 Challenge Finally Conquered

screenshot: Bungie/IGDB They said it was impossible and, for nearly two decades, that seemed to be the case. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Halo 2‘s “LASO deathless” challenge, earning a cool $20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight. Let’s rewind. Earlier this summer, the YouTuber Charles “Cr1tikal” White Jr. posted … 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

Half-Life 2 Meets Halo In This New Steam FPS, Adaca

Half-Life 2 Meets Halo In This New Steam FPS, Adaca

gif: Siris Pendrake / Kotaku I’ve probably written this before on this very website, but whenever someone asks me what my favorite video game is, my default answer is Half Life 2. So any game that tries to capture Half Life 2‘s excellent mix of exploration, action, puzzle-solving, and emptiness has my attention. And if … 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

Lawyer To Pay Activision For Not Playing Call Of Duty

Lawyer To Pay Activision For Not Playing Call Of Duty

Uh, say what now?Image: Infinity Ward A lawsuit against Activision Blizzard was dismissed last month because, according to a judge in the Southern California District Court where the complaint was brought, the plaintiffs didn’t play enough Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare to make an informed case against the maligned publisher. For once in Activision Blizzard’s … Read more

Top MultiVersus Players Dominate With Bugs Bunny, Who Is OP

Top MultiVersus Players Dominate With Bugs Bunny, Who Is OP

Image: WB Games / Kotaku In a game with literal superheroes like Wonder Woman and Supermanyou might be surprised to discover that one of the best fighters in MultiVersus is in fact a cartoon rabbit who is quite the stinker. Yes, Bugs Bunny is one of the game’s most powerful and popular characters, but that … Read more

Halo 2’s ‘Impossible’ $20,000 Challenge Finally Conquered

Halo 2's 'Impossible' $20,000 Challenge Finally Conquered

screenshot: Bungie/IGDB They said it was impossible and, for nearly two decades, that seemed to be the case. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Halo 2‘s “LASO deathless” challenge, earning a cool $20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight. Let’s rewind. Earlier this summer, the YouTuber Charles “Cr1tikal” White Jr. posted … Read more

Assassin’s Creed Publisher Could See Tencent Take The Reigns

Assassin's Creed Publisher Could See Tencent Take The Reigns

Image: Ubisoft Tencent appears to be doubling down on its investment in Ubisoft. While it already owns 5 percent of the Assassin’s Creed editor, Reuters now reports the Chinese mega-conglomerate with huge investments throughout the gaming industry has its sights set on becoming Ubisoft’s single biggest shareholder. Its plan for achieving that? Pay double what … Read more