Illustration by Sam Woolley The PlayStation Vita is something of an oddity—a pricy, powerful portable gaming console adrift in a sea of smartphones, touchscreen controls, and inexpensive app-store games. All the same, we have a fondness for Sony’s beefy handheld, and the many unusual games you can play on it. The Vita gives us a handheld machine with sticks, touch panels, lots of buttons, lots of online features and, oh yeah, graphical horsepower like we’ve never seen before in a gaming handheld. It lets you stream PS4 games remotely, which can actually work really well under the right circumstances. It also allows you to download and play select PSP games, the best of which sit comfortably next to their higher-resolution Vita brothers and sisters. So, what must you play on this thing? Start with these games. Making brilliant use of this portable platform and busting with imagination, Tearaway is a Vita dream come true. At its most basic, the game is a basic 3D platformer set in a world that appears to be made of construction paper. The trick is that the people of this world appear to be aware of you. They can see READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Illustration by Sam Woolley You’re heading to the store to get an Xbox One right now, and need to know which games to get. Or you’re at work or in school, daydreaming about what you want to play next. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, cinching on your armor and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Microsoft’s new console. We are here to help. These days there are more good Xbox One games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. In the list below, we’ve listed the games we recommend for Microsoft’s machine. We will, of course, continue to update the list regularly as more games are released for the Xbox One. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes… Rise of the Tomb Raider does much of what its predecessor did: It gives us a relatable, less superhuman Lara Croft and sets her loose in a hostile environment with only her wits and a pickaxe to stay alive. While the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
You’re heading to the store to get a PS4 right now, and need to know which games to get. (Keep your eyes on the road, please!) Or you’re home, all set up, realizing you want more stuff to play. Or maybe you’re suiting up for a battle in the console war, applying your facepaint and trying to remember which games will best help you make the argument for Sony’s console. We’re here to help. These days, there are more good PS4 games than ever, with new contenders arriving all the time. Below, find a list of the games we recommend for Sony’s machine. We will, of course, continue updating this list regularly as more games are released for the PS4. We’ve capped the list at 12, and in the months and years to come will continue to remove old games to make way for new, better entries. Here goes… At a cursory glance, Horizon Zero Dawn may seem overly familiar. It’s got Uncharted platforming, a Far Cry open world with stealth and crafting, Tomb Raider third-person bow fights and Monster Hunter-style battles against massive robot dinosaurs. Wait a minute, did we say overly familiar? READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF You’ve no doubt seen countless lists of the best video games set in the Star Wars universe today. Boring. I’d like to try something a little different, and tell you what the best Star Wars video game is. This post originally appeared on Kotaku in May 2015. The former is telling you about excellent video games that just so happen to feature characters and locations from the Star Wars universe. X-Wing, Super Star Wars, Pod Racer, etc. You know the lists. They’re usually pretty similar. Advertisement Advertisement The latter, which I’m more interested in, is about which game is most faithful to the look and feel of the Star Wars movies (preferably the original trilogy, since that’s the one people are most familiar with). Which game most feels like it actually belongs in the Star Wars universe. For me, that game is Dark Forces, a first-person shooter released in 1995. GIF Sure, others come close. X-Wing does a very good job, especially with its soundtrack (TIE Fighter less so, it’s way too purple), while I always felt Republic READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
You just bought a new Nintendo Switch. First of all, good job! They’re kind of hard to find. Now it’s time to figure out what games you want to play. We’ve got you covered. The Switch is only a few months old, and like any new console, it doesn’t have a ton of games. However, it has a solid ratio of good games, and a few are legit greats. As with all of our Bests lists, we’ll be updating this one over the months and years to come, eventually capping it at 12 games. It may be a humble list now, but expect it to expand and improve, hopefully at a brisk clip. Advertisement Advertisement For now, here are the eight best games you can get for the Nintendo Switch. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a monumental artistic achievement, a video game so creative and full of surprises that we’ll be talking about it for years to come. It’s also unlike any Zelda game before it. For years, Zelda games were defined by “no.” You can’t reach this place until later; you can’t solve this puzzle until you get the right item. Breath of the Wild…
You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Advertisement Below, we’ve listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming. You can also watch the video above for a rundown. Hitman games are famous for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they let you creep around a party or a museum, find your target, and creatively take them out. Hitman GO… doesn’t really do that. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. With its stripped down board-game aesthetic and abstract violence, it may not look much like a Hitman game, but it still manages to capture the series’ meticulous, satisfying nature. Advertisement A Good Match For: Hitman fans, puzzle fiends, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Ah, the Nintendo 3DS. The days when we weren’t sure about Nintendo’s handheld are long since behind us. Four years after the original 3DS launched, there’s a new version with better 3D, improved controls, and of course, a wealth of excellent games to play. Advertisement Below, find our 12 favorite games for the 3DS. All of these games will play on the original 3DS, the 2DS, and the New 3DS. In Animal Crossing: New Leaf, you’ll decorate and expand a house, fish and catch bugs, and assume a number of mayoral duties—all while you make a bunch of new, quirky friends. Who knew that a sleepy town of anthropomorphic animals could be so fulfilling? Advertisement A Good Match For: Self-directed gamers with a strong, child-like sense of wonder and a penchant for creativity. You’re given a house and a whole town to play with, along with charming villagers. What will you do with it all, how will your personality shine? Not a Good Match For: Those who want something fast-paced. This isn’t a game you’ll want to run in, and most of the exciting things tend to happen “tomorrow.” Anything worthwhile requires patience in this game. Read our review. Watch…
It was the most destructive conflict in human history, and one that directly shaped entire generations of both creators and consumers, so it’s little surprise that for the longest time the Second World War was maybe the most popular setting in video games. Advertisement This story was originally published in February 2016. It has been updated with a new entry. In 2016, things have eased up considerably—perhaps through the passing of years, perhaps as a correction to an over-saturation of the market—but for a long time you couldn’t turn a page or click a news story without seeing the announcement of some new game based on World War Two. Advertisement Shooters, simulations, strategy games, it didn’t really matter what kind of game it was, just that it could somehow represent the men, women, vehicles and places involved in (or affected by) the conflict. All that attention inevitably meant that, over the decades, some of the best video games ever made have been set in and around the Second World War. Some are trying to simulate the action, others the strategy, others still simply reaching to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!