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Giovanni Colantonio

Giovanni Colantonio

Section Editor, Gaming

Giovanni is a writer and video producer focusing on happenings in the video game industry. He has contributed stories to Inverse, Fanbyte, The Inventory, and more. He was previously a segment producer on Polygon's daily gaming show Speedrun and he currently hosts the Left Trigger Right Trigger podcast. Four Tetris 99 wins, and counting.

Players run away in Payday 3

Payday 3 devs explain controversial always-online requirement amid rocky launch

Payday 3 is off to a rough start, as server issues have fans questioning the shooter's always-online requirement.
Villagers fish on a pier in Mineko's Night Market.

Take a break from September’s loudest games with this cat-filled indie charmer

Once you're done ripping out spines and pulling off heists, try this cozy indie about cats and haggling.
Ada Wong holds a gun in Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways.

Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways leaves me hopeful for a Resident Evil 6 remake

While it's not the series' most creative DLC, Resident Evil 4's Separate Ways' expansion reaffirms how strong the series' third-person combat has become.
Robbers shoot guns in Payday 3.

Payday 3 review: co-op heist sequel plays it safe, but needs to be more daring long-term

Payday 3 sets a safe, but strong foundation for the co-op heist game with faster gunplay and varied missions at launch.
Cloud rides a Chocobo in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.

I rode a Chocobo and befriended a dolphin in Final Fantasy VII Rebirth

We rode Chocobos and teamed up with a friendly dolphin in an eclectic first demo of Final Fantasy VII Rebirth.
Players fight in a vault in Payday 3

You can pay more to play this fall’s biggest games early, but there’s a big catch

More games are letting buyers who preorder pricey premium editions play a few days early, but the growing trend comes with some headaches.
Three legendary Pokemon stand tall in Pokemon: The Teal Mask.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet: The Teal Mask review: back to square zero

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet's first DLC, The Teal Mask, doesn't do much to fix the base games' most pressing issues.
Mario and friends zip through a race course in Mario Kart 8.

What games will Nintendo Switch 2 launch with? We have some ideas

According to reports, the Nintendo Switch 2 might be on the horizon. So we put together a dream list of launch day games.
EMBARGOED FOR 9/15 8 AM PT Peter attacks enemies with the Symbiote Suit in Marvel's Spider-Man 2.

Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 is a more sinister superhero power fantasy

During a two hour demo of Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, we got to see exactly how Insomniac is doubling down on its superhero power fantasy.
Cars race together in F-Zero 99.

F-Zero 99 isn’t the revival I dreamed of, but it’s a good start

F-Zero 99 isn't exactly the revival we dreamed of, but there are some good ideas in the Switch's new freebie.
Key art for Gunbrella shows a man with an umbrella gun.

Gunbrella is another bloody B-movie in Devolver’s video game grindhouse

Gunbrella is another bloody B-movie throwback in publisher Devolver Digital's growing video game grindhouse.
A plaza in Escape Academy.

Escape Academy: The Complete Edition solves the sleeper hit’s biggest puzzle

Escape Academy: The Complete Edition is out now and we think it's the best way to play one of 2022's best sleeper hits.
A Cadillac shoots down a road in Forza Motorsport.

Forza Motorsport might be the most approachable racing simulator ever

Forza Motorsport aims to bring more players into the racing simulation genre with a more approachable design philosophy that we're already loving.
A space explorer stands in front of a mountain range in Starfield.

If Starfield isn’t great, what is? Here’s what makes a game extraordinary

With Starfield reviews setting off an age-old debate about game criticism, here's an inside peek into how we dissect games at Digital Trends.
The Spider-Man special edition PS5 and controller stand on a table.

Take a closer look at Sony’s special-edition Spider-Man 2 PS5

If you're still looking to get a PS5, you might want to take a look at Sony's limited-edition Spider-Man 2 console.
Men with masks hold guns in Payday 3.

What Payday 3’s devs learned from 10 years of success and microtransaction scandals

Payday 3 developer Starbreeze Studios explains how the successes and microtransaction mistakes of Payday 2 helped shape a healthier sequel.
A character overlooks a desert in Chants of Sennaar.

Chants of Sennaar review: puzzles and linguistics collide in can’t miss indie

Chants of Sennaar is an ingenious puzzle adventure about language and the multitude of ways it can be used.
An astronaut explores a planet's surface in Starfield.

Starfield is good, but these 6 mods could make it even better

Starfield seems like a game built for modders, and we're already dreaming up ways that the community could improve the sci-fi epic.
A Lenovo Legion Gop sits on a pink backdrop.

The Steam Deck and Nintendo Switch had a baby, and it’s Lenovo’s Legion Go

Imagine a Steam Deck with Switch Joy-Cons. That's exactly what Lenovo is delivering with the Legion Go, and we went hands-on with it.
Bowser terrorizes Mario and company in Super Mario Wonder.

Super Mario Wonder is more of a transformation than you’re expecting

Based on a transformative hands-on demo, Super Mario Wonder has a lot of surprises in store for longtime Nintendo fans.
An astronaut explores a planet's surface in Starfield.

Starfield review: Xbox’s ambitious outer space RPG is big, beautiful, and empty

Starfield is a strong RPG full of impactful choices, but its underexplored outer space gameplay leaves its massive universe feeling empty.
Key art for the VR version of Samba de Amigo

Samba de Amigo: Party Central review: motion-controlled nostalgia, with a catch

Samba de Amigo: Party Central is dragged down by unreliable motion controls, but that doesn't shut down a fun rhythm party full of eclectic tunes.
A giant machine stands in an arena in Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader.

Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader could be your next 100-hour CRPG obsession

Just like Baldur's Gate 3, Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader is shaping up to be an ambitious 100-hour CRPG.
A boss fight in Armored Core 6.

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon review: FromSoftware’s latest could use a tune-up

Armored Core 6: Fires of Rubicon delivers when it comes to fast-paced mecha action, but FromSoftware's series could still use a tune-up.
the 7th guest vr hands on impressions volumetric actors

The 7th Guest VR is an ingenious reimagining of a PC gaming classic

We tried out The 7th Guest VR, which ingeniously reimagines a foundational 1993 PC classic as a modern escape room game.
Solid Snake and Raiden hold weapons in Metal Gear Solid 2.

We played 4 upcoming Konami games, including Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection

We went hands on with Konami's upcoming slate of games, getting a first look at Metal Gear Solid: Master Collection, Super Bomberman R 2 and more.
An angel reads a scroll in Blasphemous 2 art.

Blasphemous 2 review: this challenging Metroidvania will test your faith

So long as you can keep your faith during its most frustrating moments, Blasphemous 2 is a Metroidvania worthy of devotion.
A group of astronauts stand together in Astronaut: The Best.

I sent a reptilian to space in Steam’s weirdest, wildest new game

I won an intergalactic boxing match, partied on an alien space cruise, and sent a reptilian to space in th bizarrely inventive PC game Astronaut: The Best.
A wizard charges a spell to hit a minataur.

Baldur’s Gate 3 spit in the face of every modern gaming trend. And it paid off

Baldur's Gate 3 isn't a live service multiplayer game and it doesn't feature any microtransactions. And yet, it's the kind of megahit studios dream of.
Hermes and Grace jump through a door in Stray Gods.

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical is a theater kid’s dream come true

Stray Gods: The Roleplaying Musical lacks pizzazz, but that might not bother musical theater lovers.
Ash holds a Pokeball while a lot of iconic Pokemon stand behind him.

Pokémon Stadium 2 and Trading Card Game are now on Switch with online play

The Game Boy's Pokémon Trading Card Game and Nintendo 64's Pokémon Stadium 2 are now available via Switch Online with some exciting features.
ayaneo 2s review portable pc 1 2

Ayaneo 2S review: Steam Deck rival is all power, no panache

The Ayaneo 2S might be the most powerful portable PC on the market, but that comes with some big compromises.
Astrion holds his chin in Baldur's Gate 3.

Hear me out, Baldur’s Gate 3 is the hottest new couple’s game

What's more romantic than slaying Mind Flayers together in Baldur's Gate 3?
A Drow prepares to throw an item in Baldur's Gate 3.

Before starting Baldur’s Gate 3, you’ll need to know these Dungeons & Dragons basics

If you've never played Dungeons & Dragons before, you'll want to know these tabletop nuances before starting Baldur's Gate 3.