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Fallout (Amazon Show) Review - Of The People, For The People

Capturing what makes the Fallout series endearing as a TV show is a tall order. So much of the experience relies on the sense of discovery that comes from wandering the Wasteland. You may enter a subway tunnel on a whim and encounter a city made up of people who think they're vampires, or meet a guy who is also a tree. Whether it's speaking with the leaders of factions about their values and deciding whether they're your values, or just sneaking around a supermarket overtaken by murderous robots

Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile Review

Successfully bringing well-known console video games to phones and tablets requires hitting a very specific balance. You want the mobile version to feel like the same game people already like, while acknowledging that using a touchscreen device usually means playing for a short period of time on something that's not designed for games. Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is a pretty ideal demonstration of hitting that balance — it maintains all the most important elements of the PC and console Warzone

Rise Of The Ronin Review - Long-Term Investment

If someone tells me a game takes several hours to "get good," my immediate feeling is that I will never play that game. Who has hours to waste waiting for the good part of anything when there are so many other games to play? But my opinion of Rise of the Ronin changed drastically over the course of my 50 hours of playtime--in the first five or 10 hours, I didn't really like it. By the end, I was planning to dive back in to clear out side quests and replay key moments to see how the story might c

3 Body Problem Review - Unpredictable

Content warning: This review includes discussion of, and 3 Body Problem includes depictions of, self-harm.

Adapting Liu Cixin's science-fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is no small feat. The sweeping story leaps across timelines and bounces between the perspectives of a number of characters. All that goes to convey big ideas about physics and astronomy in the context of a mystery full of strange occurrences. Netflix's series adaptation of the story, 3 Body Problem, succeeds because it tak

Shōgun Review - Game Of Ronin

Ever since Game of Thrones came to an end back in 2019, I've been itching for some expansive medieval political intrigue. FX's adaptation of Shōgun, James Clavell's 1975 novel, provides exactly what I've been craving. It widens its view of the original story, which follows a fictionalized version of the adventures of the first Englishman to reach Japan, to put a greater emphasis on the dangerous political world that man finds himself trapped in. This new adaptation of Shōgun is all about the mac

The Inquisitor Review

Video games can be great vehicles for mysteries. The idea of gathering clues, questioning witnesses, and giving dramatic speeches where you stun an array of suspects with your intellect makes for an exciting fantasy. But lots of games stumble trying to fit the inherently open-ended, red-string-connecting fantasy of the detective into traditionally linear story structures. The Inquisitor is a game like that — it starts with the compelling concept of playing as a medieval church cop hunting a vamp

Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown Review

I fell in love with Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time way back in 2003, when it helped redefine 3D action-adventure games with its clever rewind ability enhancing its environmental puzzles and fast, acrobatic combat. But while the aughts saw a bunch of sequels with similar elements, none ever quite hit the same heights as The Sands of Time – and the 2010s were a parched desert for the series. But like an oasis, Prince of Persia: The Lost Crown finally nails what I loved about those classic Pri

Lego Fortnite Review

Surprising absolutely no one, Fortnite and Lego snap satisfyingly together like a couple of plastic construction bricks. Combining the building creativity of Lego sets with Fortnite's expansive and often gorgeous island playgrounds is a smart match that creates an approachable yet fairly deep survival game. But while it streamlines a few of the more cumbersome aspects of the genre, Lego Fortnite also has the distinct feel of an early access game, trading as much on its future potential as its cu

Avatar: Frontiers Of Pandora Review - The Good Blue Man Group

Before starting Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora, I was reminded of what I think of when considering any open-world game: Killscreen's review of Fallout 4 by Chris Breault, and the opening line, "Here comes the trashman!" Breault discusses an experience of constantly picking up and covering yourself in the garbage scattered around that game's massive world. It's a description that feels highly applicable to most open-world games--huge, but full of refuse that you spend endless hours picking through

The Talos Principle 2 Review - Machine Learning

Video games often deal with the end of the world and thinking about how cool it might be. Like, sure, it sucks that most everyone has to die horribly for the end of the world to take place, but those of us who survive might get to shoot evil marauders or rotting mutants or giant bugs. Or maybe there are evil marauders, rotting mutants, and giant bugs who are trying to bring about the end of the world, and you can shoot them to prevent it. In any event, the idea of finding fun settings that let y

Lords Of The Fallen Review - Dark Slog

There are a lot of elements that might be said to define Souls-like games, but high on the list has to be the genre’s particular approach to pacing. As a group of action-RPGs, they’re defined first by periods of growing, ratcheting tension. You fight through long areas filled with tough enemies, with each one dropping "souls" that you can spend to level up your character, which you risk losing if you die before you reach a safe place where you're able to spend them.

Following the build of tensi

Thymesia Review - Hunter Homage

A lot of games have drawn inspiration from the works of From Software, with varying degrees of success. While many developers look to emulate that high degree of challenge that comes from the likes of Dark Souls, Bloodborne, and Sekiro, they often miss the fact that it's From's thoughtful, tight gameplay and deliberate encounter design that makes these games fun, not just a punishing difficulty. Thymesia, a 3D action game that draws heavy influence from some specific From titles, manages to stri

Rollerdrome Review - Skate Or Die

When I was losing hours to Roll7's latest side-scrolling skateboard platformer, OlliOlli World, I never said to myself, "I wonder what this would be like if my skater had a gun." Roll7 obviously did, though, and the result is Rollerdrome. Though it makes departures from the skating games that Roll7 is known for, Rollerdrome nails what's most important about them: it's an easy game to play that makes you feel awesome while you're playing it.

Rollerdrome is similar to Roll7's other titles in that
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Relive Some Weirdo Mech Battles With This Discounted Xenogears Model Kit

Remember Xenogears? A turn-based RPG from the height of Squaresoft's dominance in the 1990s, it combined sci-fi and fantasy elements and a whole lot of mental illness troubles with giant mechs wailing on each other. It was pretty cool, and now you can bring a little part of that into your life with Square Enix's model kit of the Siebzehn, one of the titular "Gears" of Xenogears. Amazon has the kit on sale for $148, down from its usual price of $170.

This is one of Square Enix's Structure Arts P

Slapstick Comedy Movie Hundreds Of Beavers Is As Much Video Game Let's Play As Bugs Bunny Cartoon

More and more video games are seeing adaptations into movies, but Hundreds of Beavers might be the most video game-like movie I've ever seen.

That's not necessarily apparent from first blush, especially because Hundreds of Beavers' other influences are so clear and stark. Following the story of a 19th-century fur trapper as he faces off against various woodland creatures in a wintery Wisconsin, it's a black-and-white, mostly dialogue-free throwback to silent-era comedies, full of the kind of sl

Destiny 2's Divinity Gun Is Getting Nerfed In The Final Shape

Bungie is doing a huge pass on weapons in Destiny 2 when its next expansion, The Final Shape, releases on June 4. The balance tweaks include a blanket buff to just about all weapons in PvE activities, as well as an adjustment to Divinity--a gun that's essential in lots of high-level play situations--that will probably make it a little more annoying to use.

The developer dropped an expansive set of details about how weapons are set to change on its website. The big change players are likely to f

Amazon's Massive 4K Blu-Ray Sale Gets You Three Movies For Only $33

Sales on 4K Blu-rays can be hit or miss, but the current Amazon 4K Blu-ray sale is a winner. It includes movies from all over the spectrum but largely lands on being all killer and no filler. You can find a few classics, like Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz, newer favorites like Barbie, Megan, and Get Out, and a few all-timers, like E.T., Jurassic Park, and The Shining.

Oh, and Mask of the Phantasm, otherwise known as the best Batman movie.

The 4K Blu-ray sale gets you three movies of your cho

Get Your Kirby Fix With This Extremely Good Deal On Kirby Star Allies For Nintendo Switch

Kirby Star Allies might be six years old, but Nintendo games have an annoying habit of staying expensive no matter how long in the tooth they get. That's why you might want to jump on the deal Walmart is currently running. The retailer is offering Kirby Star Allies for $30, half its $60 list price, and the lowest price Walmart has ever offered for the game.

Setting Kirby Star Allies apart from other games in the series is that the "allies" part is literal--while other Kirby games have also offe

Fanatical Offers A Slate Of Five Mystery Action Games For Just $5

Fanatical is constantly offering bundles where you get to mix and match a bunch of games together for a steep discount. With the Action Mystery Bundle, however, you trade control for cost--it includes five action games, but you won't know what they are until you pay up.

According to Fanatical's description, "The Action Mystery Bundle is a carefully crafted selection of pulse-pounding adventures, each handpicked to deliver maximum intensity and intrigue." It also touts one "legendary" game guara

Humble Bundle Offers 61 Doctor Who Comics For $25

Doctor Who is a series with a ton of history and unique stories thanks to the universe-spanning, time-hopping adventures of its protagonist, the Doctor, and the frequent regeneration that shapes them into a new character every so often. While the franchise is best known for the long-running BBC series, there are also many comics that expand on the Whoniverse, and you can get a ton of them on the cheap in ebook form with Humble's Doctor Who Megabundle. The bundle includes comics based on the mode

Destiny 2 Final Shape Exotic Armors Will Let You Mix And Match Perks

When The Final Shape expansion hits Destiny 2 on June 4, it's bringing a lot of new loadout mechanics that will let players combine different aspects of the character classes they've been using for years with the new Prismatic subclass. Going along with Prismatic is a new slate of Exotic armors in the class item slot that also play up the theme of combining old things into something new, and they're going to be worth chasing as you explore the Pale Heart of the Traveler.

Bungie spent a big chun

Grab 7 Cool Metroidvanias For Only $14 In Humble's New Bundle

We're less than halfway through 2024, and it's already been a great year for Metroidvania fans and Steam Deck owners. If you want a few games on deck to play after Animal Well, Humble's Metroidvania Mania bundle lets you grab as many as seven great metroidvanias for as little as $14. All seven games are Steam Deck-verified, so you'll have no problem unlocking new abilities and charting deeper reaches on the go.

The Metroidvania Mania bundle comes with seven excellent games that all take after t

Snag Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, Prey And Five More Games For Only $10

Microsoft's announcement that it's shutting down Arkane Austin and Tango Gameworks has been a major bummer for fans of imaginative, interesting games. While it won't help save Arkane Austin from the ax, Fanatical's Build Your Own Trinity Bundle - Immortal Edition at least gives you a chance to try Prey if you haven't, at a serious discount. The bundle also includes a few other standout experiences, including Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and intense souls-like Mortal Shell, and you can snag all

In 33 Immortals, Dante’s depiction of Lucifer makes for a massive, challenging first boss

In multiplayer roguelike 33 Immortals, 33 players band together to fight their way through an afterlife inspired by Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and eventually challenge God to win their freedom from eternal damnation. Like its source material, 33 Immortals is broken down into three worlds—Inferno, Purgatory, and Paradise—each divided into environments inspired by different sections of Alighieri’s seminal work. To escape Dante’s Inferno, though, players will first have to face its most powerf

Destiny 2 Luna's Howl Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The last of Destiny 2: Into the Light's Brave arsenal is finally unlocked, bringing two last fan-favorite weapons back into players' hands. Of all of them, Luna's Howl might be the most prestigious, so it makes sense that it was left for last. The revised hand cannon could be almost as ravenous a predator of the Crucible as the original version, which was sunset way back with the Beyond Light expansion.

Like the other Brave arsenal weapons, you'll need to knock down a quest in order to unlock t

Destiny 2 Blast Furnace Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's Brave arsenal is complete this week with the release Blast Furnace, one of the best pulse rifles to ever hit the game. Originally released in the Season of the Forge with the rest of the Black Armory weapons, Blast Furnace was disappointingly sunset with the Beyond Light expansion. But this deadly accurate pulse rifle is back, ready to help you menace Guardians and aliens alike with lethal headshots at long ranges.

The Brave arsenal weapons, like this week's other storied weapon, Lu

No Rest For The Wicked - Crafting Explained

Before you can start crafting, you must make your way to Sacrament, where you'll find a market full of vendors. That'll include the blacksmith you met on your way into town. Eventually, the market will also include crafting stations, but you'll have to do some work to get them set up. In the meantime, it's worth completing a few side quests around Sacrament to bring additional vendors to the market. The Potion quest will bring in a potion seller, while the Innkeeper quest will bring in a cook.

Destiny 2 Finally Undoes "Gunsetting" With The Final Shape's New Power System

Bungie is making major changes to Destiny 2's Power levels, the measure of your character's strength that dictates how difficult content is, in its upcoming expansion, The Final Shape. The biggest change is a new system called Fireteam Power, which brings everyone in your party up to five levels below whoever's Power is highest, which should allow anyone to join friends and play just about any content they want. That has an interesting knock-on effect, though: It undoes a move Bungie made four y

No Rest For The Wicked Guide: How To Buy A House

GameSpot may receive revenue from affiliate and advertising partnerships for sharing this content and from purchases through links. Isometric action-adventure RPG No Rest For The Wicked mixes a few genres together, but like its greatest inspiration, the soulslike genre, it can be a little opaque about how its systems work. While you'll quickly find ways of gathering crafting materials and find you can items like crafting benches and furniture relatively early on, it's not clear for quite a few h

How The Intricate, Secret-Packed Destiny 2 Collector's Editions Are Made

Lots of games are released with collector's editions, but few are as involved as those that accompany Destiny 2 expansions. The universe of Bungie's shooter MMO is incredibly dense and has seen reams of lore and tons of secrets come and go over its 10-year history. With its collector's editions, Bungie translates a lot of the experience of uncovering Destiny's story and unlocking its secrets into physical objects. A Destiny 2 collector's edition doesn't just come with a statue of some real-world

New Destiny 2 Final Shape Trailer Delves Deeper Into The Strange World Inside The Traveler

A new trailer for Destiny 2's next expansion, The Final Shape, gives the clearest sense we've yet seen of what players can expect when they venture inside the Pale Heart of the Traveler. It's a weird, somewhat distorted reflection of the world Guardians have explored for the last 10 years, made all the more unsettling by the creeping, corrupting influence of the Witness spreading through it.

The new trailer sets a haunting tone for The Final Shape, which stands as the culmination of 10 years of

Destiny 2 The Mountaintop Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

The second week of Destiny 2's Into the Light brings more fan-favorite weapons back to the game--including The Mountaintop, a breech-loading grenade launcher that dominated the Crucible for years after its release. While the new version of The Mountaintop isn't quite the force of terror the original was, it's still a pretty powerful option for your Special weapon slot, whether in player-vs.-player or player-vs.-environment content.

As with the other reprised weapons in the Brave arsenal, it's p

Destiny 2 The Recluse Guide - How To Get It, Curated Roll, And God Roll

Destiny 2's free Into the Light content drop is now live, and with it comes a new version of The Recluse, one of the best submachine guns the game has ever seen. Formerly a tough gun to earn that required finishing a lengthy player-vs.-player quest, The Recluse was among several guns that were sunset before the Beyond Light expansion that are now making a comeback in Into the Light. The Recluse is one of a dozen weapons that make up the Brave arsenal, returning to the game with new perks and adj

Destiny 2 Is Finally Fixing An Issue That Has Plagued Players For Seven Years

For the entirety of Destiny 2's life, players have had to tough out an annoying but pervasive problem: the HUD, or heads-up display. A limitation on the way Destiny 2 uses its screen real estate meant it could only show you four messages about buffs or debuffs at a time, even if more than four were in effect--and that meant that sometimes, you might get killed because you didn't realize an important timer was about to run out. It might even cost you a run on a tough activity.

But now, seven yea

How To Unlock The Superblack Shader In Destiny 2

With Destiny 2: Into the Light, Bungie has brought back a number of fan-favorites, including 12 weapons and two of its best Exotic missions. The new content drop also brings back Superblack, one of the best shaders in the original Destiny. It was the only shader in the game that was fully black, and with its return, players finally have a fashion option that lets them go as dark and goth as they want.

Superblack isn't easy to come by, though. In the original Destiny, unlocking it required compl

Fallout (Amazon Show) Review - Of The People, For The People

Capturing what makes the Fallout series endearing as a TV show is a tall order. So much of the experience relies on the sense of discovery that comes from wandering the Wasteland. You may enter a subway tunnel on a whim and encounter a city made up of people who think they're vampires, or meet a guy who is also a tree. Whether it's speaking with the leaders of factions about their values and deciding whether they're your values, or just sneaking around a supermarket overtaken by murderous robots
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