Michael Rougeau

Michael Rougeau

Mike Rougeau is a freelance writer covering video games, technology and entertainment. His words have appeared in publications that include Kotaku, IFC, TechRadar, GamesRadar, Complex Magazine, G4, 1Up, and others. He loves Dark Souls and his dog. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/roguecheddar.

Wonderfully weird and hard as hell, Bloodborne amazes even as it aggravates

Bloodborne is much more than simply the next Dark Souls, its gameplay significantly evolved from past titles. But it makes many of the same mistakes and comes…

  • Pros: Hyper challenging gameplay , Incredibly atmospheric world…
  • Cons: Unintelligible story , Stripped-down customization , Little…

Bloodborne starting guide: Dark Souls, this is not

Bloodborne departs from some of the familiar formulas you may know from Dark Souls, but is no less punishing for novice players. Here’s how to get up to speed in a hurry.

Gaming

Dying Light would be a lot more fun if it just stopped holding your hand

Dying Light is light years better than the Dead Island series, but it suffers from many of the same flaws. It doesn't understand its own strengths, but when it gives players…

  • Pros: Massive, detailed open world , Superb multiplayer , Solid…
  • Cons: Combat is a mess , Inane story and characters , Highly…

Not even the guys who coded No Man’s Sky know what will happen when they play

The vast galaxy at play in No Man’s Sky is a fertile landscape for players to explore, discover, and author their own stories, one new planet at a time.

Gaming

David Jaffe is one of gaming’s most polarizing figures, but he’s a big softie for his fans

Drawn to Death creator David Jaffe discusses his inspirations for the upcoming PS4 shooter and his unique relationship with fandom.

Gaming

From Halo to Destiny: Bungie embraces the ‘delicious form of culture shock’

Bungie's journey from building a universe for Halo to building one for Destiny has resulted in a 'delicious form of culture shock' for developer and fans alike.

Gaming

Lessons from Destiny’s first add-on could bring larger fixes to the endless loot grind

There’s something wrong with Destiny. Well, there are lots of things wrong with Destiny (at least as many as there are right), but this is something that leaves regular players disappointed on a weekly basis. They repeatedly chase the best rewards from the…

Gaming

Here’s everything you need to know about the story leading into Dragon Age: Inquisition

No matter what you thought of the series so far, Dragon Age: Inquisition looks awesome. Here’s a primer to catch you up on the story.

Gaming

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is a filthy, disgusting experience that you can't put down

With The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, developers Edmund McMillen and Nicalis overhaul an already great game, adding seemingly endless new content. It’s a filthy, disgusting…

  • Pros: Massively improved over original , Highly addictive combat…
  • Cons: Filled with disgusting and offensive imagery , Heavily…

Lords of the Fallen finds success in the shadows of others

The most surprising thing about Lords of the Fallen is not how blatantly it borrows element after element from Dark Souls, but that it took so long for this to happen.

  • Pros: Fun and challenging combat , Interesting twists on familiar…
  • Cons: Highly derivative , Technically and mechanically sloppy…

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Ivory King review

The third and final expansion to Dark Souls II, Crown of the Ivory King caps things off perfectly with a beautiful and complex new area to play, explore and die in.

  • Pros: Gorgeous snowy aesthetic , Complex level design , Most fun…
  • Cons: The path forward is sometimes unclear

Gauntlet review

Gauntlet fully captures everything that was fun about previous games in the series, including a satisfying progression system and good, old-fashioned co-op. Only a few shortcomings…

  • Pros: Fun, old-fashioned co-op , Varied character skills , High…
  • Cons: Riddled with bugs , No drop-in/drop-out co-op , Quite brief

Dark Souls II: Crown of the Old Iron King review

Dark Souls 2's second expansion has some of the most difficult boss fights of the entire Souls series, and a complex environment leading up to them. Are you hardcore enough to…

  • Pros: New bosses among the hardest in the series , Ties in…
  • Cons: Might actually be too difficult , Story is still unclear…

2K leaves its minigame mark on wrestling with WWE 2K15

We've got a first look at what Yuke's and Visual Concepts are pulling together for WWE 2K15, the first game in the series that's coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Gaming

Hohokum review

Hohokum is cut from the same fabric as artsy PlayStation games like Sound Shapes, LocoRoco, and Patapon, and It's hugely enjoyable, despite often feeling directionless.

  • Pros: Beautiful and imaginative , Unique gameplay , Challenging…
  • Cons: Goals are rarely clear , Some collectibles are too…