How Bungie’s 15 Year Old Shooter Defined Triple-A Games

Image: Microsoft/Bungie These days, the Blockbuster Game, a release from a major publisher that’s hoping to be an Event that occupies everyone’s attention and Game of the Year discussions, is an institution. It’s easy to tell what such a game is in its current state, as it is typically about fathers trying to connect with … Read more

You can’t go home again—but you can Return To Monkey Island

Image: Devolver Digital Every Friday, AV Club staffers kick off our weekly open thread for the discussion of gaming plans and recent gaming glories, but of course, the real action is down in the comments, where we invite you to answer our eternal question: What Are You Playing This Weekend? I end up writing about … Read more

Splatoon 3’s Most-Hated Gun Needs To Go, Players Say

Oh great, here’s this jerk using the gun.Image: Nintendo/Kotaku With Splatoon 3 finally out on Nintendo Switch, folks have no doubt tried their hands at a variety of the game’s eclectic weapons. There are plenty to check out, from the classic rapid-firing Splattershot Jr. to newer weapons like the quick-slashing Splatana (which has quickly become … Read more

Halo Infinite’s Forge Mode Could Save The Floundering Game

Image: 343 Industries Last week, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinitewhich makes headlines more often for its stumbles than its successes, suffered its biggest PR blow to date: Couch co-op, a feature first flaunted half a decade ago, wouldn’t come out as intended. It wasn’t delayed, as with most of the planned features for Halo Infinite. … Read more

Soulslikes Need Easy Mode And Steelrising Proves It

Image: Spiders / Nacon The opening moments of Steelrising felt surprisingly doable and fun for a soulslike, a genre of game that often starts out with tough challenges and a “go figure it out” kinda vibe. But once I hit the second map, I encountered an enemy that made me reach for the game’s “Assist … Read more

Halo Infinite Fans Fight Over Gun Not Yet In The Game

I can’t wait to see how low my teammate Zack’s accuracy is with this thing.Image: 343 Industries In the year since it’s been publicly playable, the multiplayer shooter Halo Infinite hasn’t received a single new weapon. But if recent leaks are to be believed, a new gun—the so-called bandit rifle, which looks a lot like … Read more

Metal Gear Solid VR Mod Is Everything Amazing About The Series

Gif: Holydh / Stress Level Zero / Konami / Kotaku I can think of no better fit for an immersive VR experience than that Metal Gear Solid, a video game series that is so often about simulations, distinguishing truth from falsehood, and literal virtual reality. Now, thanks to an inspired modder who’s a dear fan … Read more

Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands’ New Blightcaller Class Is Kinda Weird

Screenshots: Gear box For those who love the grind, Tiny Tina’s Wonderlands too Borderlands heaven. For those who don’t, it’s a solid shooter that lacks the sharp hooks of a true-to-form live-service game. I imagine this dynamic will remain much the same in the wake of the game’s latest expansion, which adds the game’s first … Read more

Halo 2’s ‘Impossible’ $20,000 Challenge Finally Conquered

Screenshots: Bungie / IGDB They said it was impossible and, for almost two decades, that seemed to be the case. But last night, a streamer named Jervalin beat Hello 2‘s “LASO deathless” challenge, earning a cool $20,000 in the process. Talk about finishing the fight. Let’s rewind. Earlier this summer, the YouTuber Charles “Cr1tikal” White … Read more