Sonic Mania is a celebration, a digitized block party of blistering speeds and bright worlds. Sega’s decision to hand their famous mascot over to fan creators and artists has paid massive dividends, creating a game that is not just a welcome return to form but a raucous, delightful experience.
Breath of the Wild’s difficult Master Mode makes monsters tougher and the world much more dangerous than before. For speedrunners attempting to complete the game quickly, this provides new challenges and opportunities.
Fire Emblem Heroes’ bite-sized tactics battles are exciting, but the game suffers from a greedy gacha system and grindy mechanics. Luckily, the latest update hands out some free hero summons and adds a new challenge mode.
Superhot is a badass shooter where time only moves when you move. Gunfights are bullet ballets where timing is crucial. The VR version is just as stunning, especially when speedrunners are pulling of moves straight from the best action movies.
Wild Heart is a simple but fun strategy with a great concept: take a bunch of animals and let them duel using special abilities and smart positioning. It’s a light and charming affair full of fighting foxes and evil wolves. It’s this week’s indie pick.
When I last check on my slime farm, the rock slimes had mated with my tabby cat slimes to make giant rock cats. The rock cats got so hungry they transformed into tar monsters and devoured all my chickens. It’s just another day in Slime Rancher.
No Man’s Sky will be getting an update this week to improve the story and add quick travel using portals. The announcement came at the end of an ongoing ARG that has been teasing changes to the game.
We’re continuing our playthrough of L.A. Noire right now on Twitch. Or maybe that was a lie. Figure it out, detective.
Brawlout is a fighting game in the vein of Super Smash Bros. that’s full of uppercuts and special attacks. The upcoming Switch port will let players bring their fighting game on the go while adding a surprising fighter to the roster: the sword-slinging hero from Hyper Light Drifter.
Speedruns are all about risk and reward, as runners perform dangerous tricks in search of the best time. Cutscenes are usually a safe space where runners can relax before the next big skip. Unfortunately for one Banjo-Kazooie speedrunner, cutscenes aren’t always as safe as they seem.
Milton Guasti, creator of the Metroid II fan game AM2R, has been hired as a level designer for Moon Studios’ Ori and the Will of the Wisps. Expect at least 70% more morphball tunnels and missile pods.
Battlefield 1 will add a new feature to the game that grants characters perks and special abilities. These specializations are live for testing and look to change the game in a big way.
We’re continuing our playthrough of Half Life right now on our Twitch channel. Will Gordon survive for a sequel? Probably.
The Evolution of Trust is an interactive presentation by Nicky Case that explores cheating and cooperation. The short narrative experience attempts to explain the rise of mistrust and suspicion in today’s society through the lens of game theory. It’s fascinating, and it’s this week’s Indie Pick.
Earthworm Jim first released on the Sega Genesis today in 1994. The strange side scroller married offbeat humor and experimental level design. The result was a hodgepodge of a game that was frustrating but engaging.
We’re continuing our playthrough of L.A. Noire live now on Twitch. Homicide desk is next, so keep in mind that things might get a little graphic.
If you’ve ever wanted to cook like Link in Breath Of The Wild, the chef at Binging With Babish has you covered with these recipes. Just hold your nose before cutting the durian fruit.
Fidel Dungeon Rescue is puzzle game about a puppy plunging into dangerous dungeons out now on PC and Mac. In it, you must dispose of enemies using their weaknesses all while never doubling back to a tile you’ve already touched. It’s tricky but adorable.
Tacoma is a narrative game about chasing ghosts. Set in the future aboard a large space station, players search for answers in augmented reality recordings of past events. The digital remnants of the station’s crew steal romantic moments, play video games, and strum guitars. These shadows are all too human, and…
Last week, we started playing L.A. Noire on Kotaku’s Twitch channel. It’s a 2011 detective game with a lot of cases to solve. Recently, we finished the cases for the traffic detective desk. It’s a good introduction to the game that also has a few problems.