STARTER FOR TEN
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.45: The best game that's rubbish after ten hours
Some games are incredibly front-loaded, but which has the best, er, front?
CASH HAEMO ROYALE
Vampire Survivors absolutely deserved to win Best Game at the BAFTAs
It achieves more with a handful of sprites and some clever psychology than most AAAs do with infinite budgets.
IF IT AIN’T BROKE
The Witcher 3 Next Gen Update: three months on, I’m still not convinced
CDPR is future-proofing its flagship games, but at a cost to today’s players.
BAD CHOICE EDITION
The Outer Worlds: Spacer’s Choice Edition is, for now, an expensive downgrade
Questionable visual changes and abysmal performance mean this remaster should head back to spacedock for a refit.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.44: The best game where you'd swap places with the main character
Surviving most video games would be hell, but some of them let you just chill out on a beach.
Oblivion: Somehow, 17 years have passed since The Elder Scrolls went mainstream and changed gaming forever
From Fallout to The Witcher, Oblivion paved the way for console-friendly RPGs to become the dominant force they are today.
GET TO THE POINT
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.43: The best game that takes ten or more hours to get good
A sewage pipe that leads to an ocean.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.42: The best game you could complete as your real self
Could you be... a plumber?
Starfield’s latest tease shows that Bethesda is embracing its fantasy roots
On the one hand, their space bound epic depicts a realistic sci-fi future. On the other, it’s got a big swirly thing in it.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.41: The best game that you can't forgive
When a video game annoys you for the last time, the grudge stays with you forever.
With Baldur’s Gate 3 heading to PS5, could it be a bigger deal than Starfield?
Larian’s most high-profile project to date could be its Witcher 3 moment.
Suicide Squad: Kill The Justice League shows how shareholder culture is killing AAA
By wasting Rocksteady’s pedigree and talent on live service guff, the quest to fatten dividends may have robbed us of a good Arkham follow-up.
Never mind the Arkhamverse, the only good Batman game is Assassin's Creed 2
Suicide Squad’s descent into live-service hell only accelerates an inevitable process of diminishing returns.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.40: The best game with the most juvenile feature
The average video game enjoyer is in their mid-thirties, but you wouldn't know it from playing one.
Your next Indie obsession drops in a few weeks, and it ain't on Game Pass
Visit a beautiful island archipelago where everyone is terrified of what happens next (not Britain)
Is PS VR2 the last time we'll get a Mario 64 moment?
Gaming tech hasn't seen a revolution for a long time, but Sony's latest hardware could be one.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.39: The best game that completely flopped
Being the best is no guarantee of success. Just ask my bank manager.
Oblivion's connection to Discworld is a legacy worth celebrating
From The Elder Scrolls to Tomb Raider, Terry Pratchett had a profound influence on the world of video games.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.38: The best game you'd never believe was from that developer
Sometimes a game developer just goes off-piste, and the results are wonderful.
NOT LIVE OR KICKING
Why are all the games dying? The Thursday Nite Rant
From Apex Legends Mobile to Knockout City, dozens of live service games are being killed off.
LICENCE TO ILL
Goldeneye on Xbox Game Pass is a bitter disappointment
Compared to the abandoned 360 remaster, this re-release is a painful reminder of what could have been.
FRIENDS LIKE THESE
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.37: The best game with followers you would never hang out with IRL
NPCs are annoying, needy, and dumb. But unlike your kids, you don't need to like them.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.36: The best game that really needs a remake
Games tend to age badly, and sometimes that's a tragedy.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.35: The best game that shouldn't be made into a TV show
Just because you can, doesn't mean you should.
Wo Long Fallen Dynasty is a Souls-like that gives you a helping hand
Dark Souls too lonely? Elden Ring too daunting? Game Pass has got your back. Kinda.
GIRTH OF THE WILD
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.34: The best game that suffers from bloating
Whether it's mince pies or side-quests, you can always have too much of a good thing.
THE FATHER OF MAGIC
The best time to make a new Discworld game was 10 years ago – the second best time is now
Britain’s best fantasy author is criminally overshadowed by its worst. But video games have the power to redress the balance.
The Callisto Protocol proves that crunch is dumb and doesn't work - The Thursday Nite Rant
Middling scores, poor user reviews, and myriad technical issues: did those 15 hour days really pay off?
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.32: The best game of 2023
Can our panellists predict the future? No, obviously.
MISTLETOE AND WHINE
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.31: The best game that reminds you of Christmas
Special guests from across the games media join us in the spirit of togetherness.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.30: The best game that made you uninstall
Why would you uninstall the best game ever?
THE PAST OF US
2022 Games of the Year: Pentiment, and Jim’s other picks
A time-machine fuelled by the power of art, a comic book epic about sharing your feelings, and one of the most inventive RPGs we’ve seen in decades.
The Witcher 3 Next-Gen Upgrade: Should I Choose Raytracing or Performance?
It's a long-awaited upgrade, but now console players are faced with a stark choice.
People in small apartments deserve better driving games: Thrustmaster T128 review
A sim-wheel that’s unapologetically designed for cluttered desks.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.29: The best game where you don't do much
Sometimes you just want to do nothing and get rewarded.
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.
Synced: Off Planet is another live service shooter set in an apocalyptic future
If you like that sort of thing, 2023 is your year, it seems.
NEED FOR EXPOSURE
NFS Unbound is great, why didn't EA tell anyone? The Thursday Nite Rant
Need For Speed has finally found its identity, but the publisher almost seems ashamed of it.
LAST MINUTE HEROICS
Midnight Suns is a surprise late contender for Game of the Year
Firaxis finally gives us an Iron Man Mode we can all enjoy.
Marvel's Midnight Suns review: Firaxis assembles its most joyful game to date
The feelgood game of the year is a strange, stark contrast to XCOM.
GERALT OF NVIDIA
The Witcher 3 is getting a next-gen upgrade, but does it need one?
The original still holds up remarkably well, but there’s always room for improvement.
ALTA?R WE GO
15 years of Assassin’s Creed: Why there’s never been a better time to replay the first game
The game that changed everything.
REQUIESCAT GAME PASS
Pentiment shows the true value of Game Pass
Games with niche appeal but of huge cultural value benefit from the subscription model.
ARS GRATIA ARTIS
Pentiment review: a wonderful tapestry of historical intrigue, and a welcome treat for Game Pass users
Nobody expects a lavish ink commission.
EYE AM THE MOB
God of War: Ragnar?k casts Odin as a mob boss in a deft blend of The Last of Us and Skyrim
Once again, Kratos' latest adventure is a greatest hits package of AAA gaming.
PANDORA'S IDIOT BOX
God of War: Ragnar?k loves your ?2000 TV
The game ships with a suite of graphics options to make your OLED sing like a valkyrie.
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.24: The best game based on a book that nobody who played it has read
We don't talk about book club.
PARP FOR THE COURSE
Classic TV themes in Trombone Champ
We are very, very sorry about this.
I hate Marvel Snap and so does my toilet seat
Why can't I stop? Why?
THE RATINGS ARE IN
VG247's The Best Games Ever Podcast – Ep.23: The best 6/10 that's better than The Last of Us
Sometimes you get good sixes and iffy nines, we don't make the rules.