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A pot full of ingredients appears in Venba.

Venba celebrates South Indian culture through more meaningful video game cooking

Set to launch later this month, Venba aims to make the cooking video game genre more meaningful.
A complex puzzle appears in Viewfinder.

Viewfinder review: mind-bending PS5 puzzler is a celebration of human ingenuity

Viewfinder is one of gaming's great magic tricks thanks to a mind-bending puzzle hook that wows from start to finish.
The GameCube startup screen appears mid animation.

We ranked all the best (and worst) video game system startup sounds

From the PlayStation to the Steam Deck, plenty of game systems have given us memorable startup sounds. But which one is the best?
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The Playdate’s best game is coming to Nintendo Switch and PC this month

You'll soon be able to play one of the Playdate's best games on Nintendo Switch and PC.
A Macho Man statue stands tall in WrestleQuest.

WrestleQuest turns your WWF nostalgia into a turn-based RPG, and it works

If you grew up smashing your Macho Man and Jake the Snake action figures together, WrestleQuest might be the RPG for you.
A triangular portal opens up in Oxenfree II: Lost Signals.

Oxenfree II: Lost Signals review: eerie sequel is a must-play for Netflix subscribers

Netflix's gaming efforts pay off with Oxenfree II: Lost Signals, an eerie, introspective sequel that's a must-play for subscribers.
Cloud, Zack, and Sephiroth stand back to back in Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII Reunion.

Follow up Final Fantasy XVI with these 6 Square Enix game deals this Prime Day

If you're looking for something to play after Final Fantasy XVI, several Square Enix games are currently on sale for Prime Day.
Characters shooting in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.

Microsoft wins FTC case, removing Xbox’s biggest Activision Blizzard acquisition hurdle

Microsoft has won its war with the FTC, paving the way for the company to close its troubled Activision Blizzard acquisition.
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Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis isn’t the faithful remake you’re expecting

Despite being positioned as a more faithful remake, Final Fantasy VII Ever Crisis leaves a lot of story gaps in between aggressive gacha hooks.
Mario, Link, Isabelle, and a Squid Kid race down the track in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for the Nintendo Switch.

8 classic courses we want to see in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s final DLC wave

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe will get its final wave of DLC later this year. These are the classic courses we're hoping make the cut.
An orb sits in an alien desert in Exo One.

Try these 2 indie greats before they leave Xbox Game Pass next week

Xbox Game Pass is losing three games on July 15, and two of those in particular are worth playing before they're gone.
A Samsung TV shows the Xbox Game Pass app that comes in the Samsung Gaming Hub.

You can get a month of Xbox Game Pass for $1 right now

If you've yet to subscribe to Xbox Game Pass, you can get your first month for $1 right now.
Dave dives underwater in Dave the Diver.

This ‘overwhelmingly positive’ Steam indie is this summer’s smash hit

An indie scuba diving game is currently blowing up on Steam, with a concurrent player count on par with Call of Duty. Here's what makes it so special.
Rain stands next to Sektor in Mortal Kombat 1.

Bloody new Mortal Kombat 1 trailer brings back 2 classic fighters

Mortal Kombat 1 just got a bloody new gameplay trailer filled with plenty of familiar faces (and cyborgs).
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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’s next booster pass brings Wii and GameCube nostalgia next week

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe's next Booster Course Pass wave drops next week and it's bringing Daisy Cruiser just in time for summer.
Living room with Microsoft Xbox Series X (L) and Sony PlayStation 5 home video game consoles alongside a television and soundbar.

How we test video game consoles

With the gaming hardware landscape more complicated than ever, our approach to video game console reviews has modernized. Here's how we test gaming devices.
A man drives away in a boat with stolen money in Grand Theft Auto 5 art.

Grand Theft Auto V makes its surprise return to Xbox Game Pass today

After a two-year absence, Grand Theft Auto V makes its return to Xbox Game Pass today.
Link holding the master sword in the clouds.

The best games of 2023 so far: Tears of the Kingdom, Resident Evil 4, and more

The first half of 2023 was loaded with heavy hitters and emotional indies. Here are 10 games you shouldn't miss from the last six months.
Players inflate balloons in Everybody 1-2-Switch!

Everybody 1-2-Switch! review: Nintendo’s party game is only as fun as your friends

Everybody 1-2-Switch! can be a lot of fun with the right friends, but the uneven minigame collection gets old fast.
Clive stands in profile in Final Fantasy XVI.

Creating Clive: Final Fantasy XVI creators unveil the details behind its hero

We sat down with the creators of Final Fantasy XVI to learn about the details that went into creating its standout hero, Clive Rosfield.
Arcade cabinets stand in a room in Arcade Paradise.

One of my favorite 2022 games just came to Xbox Game Pass, and you need to try it

Xbox Game Pass just added one of 2022's best hidden gems, a unique arcade simulator filled with retro nostalgia.
Clive walks through a field in Final Fantasy XVI.

Final Fantasy XVI’s most impressive innovations are the ones you can hear

Final Fantasy XVI features a trio of impressive audio innovations, including a system that automatically generates sound effects.
A character flies on a bird in Flock.

Everything announced at Annapurna Interactive Showcase 2023: Blade Runner, Stray on Xbox, and more

From a new Blade Runner game to a realistic photography simulator, here's every game we saw at this year's Annapurna Interactive Showcase.
Teens and a giraffe pose for a school photo in To a T.

Katamari Damacy creator’s new game is about a teen stuck in a T-pose

Katamari Damacy creator Keita Takahashi is back with To a T, a game about a child stuck in T-pose.
Hangman Adam Page throws Jon Moxley onto a ladder in AEW: Fight Forever.

AEW: Fight Forever review: WWE rival needed more time in development

AEW: Fight Forever will please any fans just looking for a throwback wrestling game, but a lack of content leaves it feeling less complete than an N64 game.
Gameplay in Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective's remaster.

13 years later, Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective is still as innovative as ever

The Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective HD remaster highlights just how creative and innovative Shu Takumi's magnum opus still is.
People sit on white blocks in a room holding smartphones.

Everybody 1-2-Switch! offers silly multiplayer fun — when it works

Everybody 1-2-Switch has potential as a true party game, but our hands-on demo left us with a whole bunch of red flags due to some unusual tech issues.
The player rides Oatchi in Pikmin 4

You can’t pet the dog in Pikmin 4, but you can make it buff

Based on over an hour of playtime, Pikmin 4 seems like the best entry point yet for the oddball strategy series.
LEGO Sonic faces down Eggman in Sonic Superstars.

Sonic Superstars is getting a Lego DLC, but game still has no release date

Today's Sonic Central stream didn't give us a release date for Sonic Superstars, but it did reveal a new Lego DLC.
A potato wields two guns in Brotato.

This $5 Steam indie might just be the game of the summer

Vampire Survivors-like action/roguelike Brotato steps out of early access today and it's very much worth your $5.
A sand creature jumps at a jeep in Sand Land.

The Sand Land video game is already converting me into a fan of the manga

Sand Land brings something new to the action-RPG genre by letting you take a tank to a swordfight. Here's how it works based on our hands-on experience.
Shiva floats in the air in Final Fantasy XVI.

Final Fantasy XVI review: spectacular highs and lows in an uneven epic

Final Fantasy XVI impresses with awe-inspiring action, but shallow RPG systems turn the time between big battles into an unrewarding chore.
A hand flips over a card in Chants of Sennaar.

Sorry Starfield, but Chants of Sennaar is now my most anticipated September game

Chants of Sennaar will have you decoding entire languages in clever deduction gameplay that's reminiscent of Return of the Obra Dinn.
A character overlooks a desert in Chants of Sennaar.

We played Tribeca Fest’s 2023 game selections and walked away amazed

We tried out all of Tribeca Fest's game selections this year, featuring astonishing titles from Ecuador, Qatar, and more.