PERSONA NON GRATA
Xbox has an embarrassing Square Enix problem
And it's not just that one publisher, either – there's still a big issue Xbox needs to address, Activision Blizzard takeover or not.
GOTTA HAND IT TO EM
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom features an awesome tribute to Nintendo's ancient past
Did you pick up on the Ultrahand in the latest trailer? And, more importantly, do you know why it's significant?
Parasite Eve has the energy that Square Enix needs to bring to new IP in 2023
Parasite Eve might be turning 25 years old, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still a template Square Enix could easily follow for modern success.
Nvidia’s DLSS offering expands today with 5 new titles and an upgrade for Forza Horizon 5
DLSS is arguably the best reason to own one of Nvidia's newer-generation graphics cards - and today, it becomes a little bit more useful.
Playable Amy is great, but Sonic Origins Plus is pointless if it doesn’t address the original’s problems
Sonic Origins Plus is making a splash with playable Amy Rose. But Amy and her hammer won’t be worth squat if the rest of the game isn’t fixed.
The first major update for Thrustmaster’s eSwap controller is here – and it’s as genius as it is weird
Thrustmaster’s modular controller takes a big leap into new areas with its first genre-specific add-on. It’s weird, but… it kinda works, too.
Lego 2K Drive: I’m in for a new Lego Racing game no questions asked – but what we really need is Lego Island
Could this rumoured new game be the start of Lego returning to its more experimental era? If so, then I have an idea...
Atlas Fallen has great combat and that joyous single-A energy
If you like your games slightly wonky –?but effortlessly charming – Atlas Fallen is likely for you.
HOUSE OF THE GUNDEAD
Devolver is releasing a new light gun shooter into arcades – but what we really need is a home port
Dodge Roll's latest, House of the Gundead, belongs in arcades, sure... but I bet a lot of players would be happier seeing it in their own homes.
PS5 Pro? Even if the spurious rumors are true, right now I just don't care
At this point in the generation, with how it's all gone so far, do we really need a PS5 Pro? I don't think so, really.
The Xbox Series S is the best value in gaming – that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a problem
The Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were always supposed to be treated the same, but the reality of that promise is starting to show its teeth – and it's not good news.
A HARDWARE'S NIGHT
Bring back incredible video game peripherals, you cowards
What do slot machines, party games, and arcades all have in common? The best thing about them is dying.
MONEY FOR OLD OAK
Pokemon Trading Card Game Classic is a stroke of genius
Revisiting the classic Pokemon TCG experience with a premium new set may seem like an odd move, but it's a very, very canny one.
ROLE BACK THE YEARS
As Final Fantasy 16 boss Naoki Yoshida calls it “discriminatory”, is it time to drop the term ‘JRPG’?
A brief history of the JRPG descriptor, and contemplations on the etymology of the genre – and its implications.
PIECES OF EIGHT
Octopath Traveler 2 plays it safe, but it’s subtly better than its predecessor in every way that matters
By taking what worked for the previous game and gently iterating on it, Octopath Traveler 2 offers up a delightful JRPG throwback - with many similar shortcomings to its predecessor.
Take an exclusive look at Iron Treads EX, a new card in the Pokemon Scarlet & Violet TCG expansion
Meet Iron Treads EX, a hot new card fresh from the Pokemon TCG's latest expansion.
SHORT AND SWEET
As Star Fox turns 30, it’s time for a reboot that admits: it’s okay for games to be short
Star Fox is celebrating a milestone anniversary - making now as good a time as ever to admit that what makes the games truly great is also their greatest weakness.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom will be worth ?70, but the price highlights gaming’s possibly unsustainable future
How expensive is too expensive for a sequel to one of the best games ever made? We may be about to find out.
Hitman Freelancer: How to open Safes
One of the most important side objectives in Hitman Freelancer is to regularly crack open safes on each mission. Here's how to do it.
Hitman Freelancer is a fantastic bonus atop a modern masterpiece
The latest update for the generation's best stealth game is here –?and it makes a perfect game even more interesting.
I R WINNER
Age of Empires 2 on Xbox: How AI helpers are giving the console real-time strategy genre a new lease of life
Making an RTS work on console is no mean feat, but World's Edge has come up with some advanced tools that make the console experience as enjoyable as the PC one.
THINKING OUT CLOUD
Final Fantasy 7 at 26: Kitase on being inspired by Nintendo, discarded concepts, and Rebirth changes to come
In an exclusive interview, Yoshinori Kitase sheds some light Final Fantasy 7's development – and hints at changes to come in the Remake series' future.
Want to play GoldenEye 007 multiplayer online on Xbox? There is a way – sort of
If this week's Xbox Game Pass release has left you a little disappointed, you ought to read this.
Fire Emblem Engage Stats guide: What every Unit Stat does
The strategy combat in Fire Emblem Engage is deep - and the first step to mastering it is understanding the unit stats that power it.
A RUSH, A PUSH
Xbox's Hi-Fi Rush has that Dreamcast era vibe, and it could be one of the best games of the year
The latest Xbox Game Pass surprise drop has a really retro feel to it – and that is a very good thing.
The DualSense Edge is Sony’s best controller ever – and gives the Xbox Elite a run for its money
Move over, Xbox Elite Wireless Controller – there's a new king of premium handsets in town.
Fire Emblem Engage has some refreshing representation, especially by Nintendo standards
Without making a big deal of it, Fire Emblem Engage just casually presents a diverse fantasy world - and it's better for it.
AGE BEFORE BEAUTY
Persona 4 Golden’s new port is a perfect Japanese RPG time capsule, but as for Persona 3? It’s complicated
Atlus' first proper mainstream hit JRPG is back with a bang, and now that it's on Game Pass, you have no excuse not to play it. Just don't mention Persona 3.
SAVED BY THE FELL
Fire Emblem Engage review: brilliantly meaty strategy RPG combat meets a less compelling world
Following on from Fire Emblem: Three Houses, Engage has equal capacity to delight and frustrate – for newcomers and veterans alike.
Marvel Snap is incredible, but its cash prices are incredibly stupid
One of 2022's breakout mobile games continues to impress, but its monetisation methods leave a lot to be desired.
ALL ROADS TO CHROM
Fire Emblem Engage is Three Houses turned up to 11, for better or worse – preview
If you're concerned about the Persona-fication of Fire Emblem, you might want to temper your expectations for Engage.
The best gaming thing I experienced in the holidays? Sonic Prime
Turns out a new animated Sonic series is a great way to ring in the New Year.
Latest Lego Ideas review eyes new Pac-Man and Zelda playsets
The latest Lego Ideas review has been revealed - and it includes a couple of video game icons that now have a chance to become real, retail Lego sets.
How to evolve Pawmi and Pawmo into Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet
Here's the beary well-hidden way to get Pawmot in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet.
Best of 2022: Elden Ring, and Alex's other GOTY picks
Sometimes picking out a best game each year is a painful, difficult choice. Sometimes it’s easy. This year, it’s… sort of both? Let me explain.
Elden Ring New Game Plus explained: How NG+ works
New Game Plus is back in Elden Ring, letting you begin another journey into The Lands Between. Here's how it works.
All Elden Ring endings and how to get them
Elden Ring features multiple endings, as is Soulsborne tradition - but getting each is a complex affair.
Best starting classes in Elden Ring and best classes for your skill level
Classes, or Origins, are a key early choice in Elden Ring. But which is the best Elden Ring starting class?
ALL HANDS ON DECK
Sony handhelds might be dead, but on its 18th birthday the promise of the PSP is as alive as ever
The PlayStation Portable and Vita dream might be over, but the Switch and the Steam Deck keep the flame alive.
Gaming gift guide: The best Christmas gifts for gamers that aren’t video games
Stuck for what to buy your gamer kids for Christmas in 2022? Need to get a present for your nerd spouse? We’ve got you covered.
THE WUTAI THAT BINDS
Crisis Core Final Fantasy 7 Reunion review: One of the most impressive remasters ever, but still a PSP game at heart
With Final Fantasy 7 Remake reinvigorating the wider compilation, is this once-niche RPG spin-off ready for another shot at relevance?
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Eevee evolutions: Where to find Eevee and how to evolve
Eevee returns in Scarlet & Violet, but it's one of the more elusive classic Pokemon to find - until your read this guide, anyway.
WITH A REBEL YELL
Andor has made me want a low-key, guerrilla warfare Star Wars Rebellion strategy game
Imagine if the world of Andor was merged with the mechanics and setup of, say, XCOM2. It'd be perfect, right?
As the rebooted show shoots for international success, now is the time for a big-budget Doctor Who game
Now, more than ever, it's time we got a decent Dr Who game that plays up to the series' strengths.
BFF EM ALL
How to raise Pokemon Scarlet and Violet Friendship Level fast: Where to find the Friendship Checker
Here's how to befriend Pokemon quickly - and where to find the friendship checker to see where you stand.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Gym Order, Team Star Base & Titan Order Walkthrough
This order walkthrough will help you decide the exact best sequence to tackle the Gyms, Bases, and Titan encounters in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet.
MY TYPE ON PAPER
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet Type Chart: every type strength, weakness and resistance detailed
This Type Chart will help you to blast through battles in Pokemon Scarlet & Violet by exploiting opponent weaknesses.
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet’s performance is truly awful – but if it’s really fun, how much does it matter?
When does a game's performance start to take away from the joy of playing it? For Pokemon Scarlet & Violet, it's a hard question to answer.
ON THE VICTORY ROAD
Pokemon Scarlet & Violet review: a super-effective new vision – with painful performance woes
When Game Freak tries to wrap its head around developing on modern platforms, it still hurts itself in its confusion – despite the greatness of everything else.
RING IT BACK
Sonic Frontiers has Dreamcast-era jank and pop-in galore - but I can't stop playing it
Despite some horrible bad bits, there are some incredible good bits – but that's sort-of par for the course with Sonic at this point, isn't it?