BBQ AND GAMES FTW
What are you playing this weekend?
Another lovely long weekend awaits!
Metal Gear Solid Δ looks pretty goofy written down, but which games have worse titles?
What's in a name? Loads, actually. The Best Games Ever Show Episode 53
HELL & HIGH SUGAR
Want early access to Diablo 4? Your best bet might be a chocolate shop in London (yes, really)
You’d think chocolate would melt in hell, but as it happens a little chocolate shop might be your key to playing Diablo 4 early.
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is great, but I hope the next game is nothing like it
Whatever Nintendo does with the next part in the Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom series, I hope it's something completely different.
PRETTY HATE MACHINE
Forget remakes and remasters – there's never been a better time to revisit Metal Gear Rising Revengeance
Shake off the news about MGS: Delta and Master Collection Volume 1 and embrace the nanomachines instead, son.
It won’t matter one bit, but the PlayStation Showcase left me concerned about the PS5’s future
Spider-Man 2 and a love of the PlayStation brand means this won’t matter to most, but from my point of view, Sony fluffed this big time.
Metal Gear Solid, MGS2: Sons of Liberty, and MGS3 Snake Eater coming to PS5 in 2023
Konami has announced that the classic Metal Gear Solid games will be compiled via the Master Collection: Volume 1. It launches for PlayStation later this year.
Assassin's Creed Mirage release date set for October 12, is a proper return to old-school Assassin's Creed
Ubisoft's semi-reboot of the Assassin's Creed series is set to land on PlayStation, Xbox and PC later this year.
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1992
Mortal Kombat 1's exuberant ultra-violence shouldn't need defending, but here we are
Once again, we're talking about violence. Once again, we're talking about Mortal Kombat. It's like 1992 all over again.
JUST TO FEEL A-CLIVE
It looks like Final Fantasy 16 will be missing something at launch – but you won't be sad about it
Final Fantasy 16 looks like it’ll be bucking a trend that most modern games have been following, showing confidence from the developer.
BRICK UP YOUR EARS
If Mario Kart dabbled with Lego, you'd probably get something like Lego 2K Drive
More fun than Forza Horizon, more open than Mario Kart, and almost the perfect combination.
THIS CELLULOID DREAM
Everyone with a Netflix account can play one of 2022's best-rated games for free
Netflix is known for its movie content, sure – but have you ever played a game that’s secretly three movies threaded together?
Absolutely everybody should play the Final Fantasy 16 demo – hands-on
At a recent hands-on, I got to play the better part of six hours of Final Fantasy 16. But all you’ll need to make your mind up is the upcoming demo.
Cooking might be your secret recipe for success in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
Finding The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom too hard? Learn how to cook, and all your problems will melt away like well-rendered fat.
RED HEAD REDEMPTION
Gingers? In video games? Who allowed this?
It's a mutation. It's a very groovy mutation. The Best Games Ever Show Episode 52
HEAD IN THE SAND
Xbox Game Pass gets surprise day one bonus – a cracking 3D Metroidvania sequel
An unexpected – but certainly not unwelcome – to Xbox Game Pass adds even more value to the service today.
OH, THE HUMANITY
May's unlikely PlayStation 5-exclusive hit proves there's still life in PlayStation Plus Extra
The dog days may only just beginning in Humanity’s darkest days, but at least that makes for some very inventive puzzling.
WORLD IN MOTION
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom wasn't clicking for me. Then I turned off motion controls
Everything just made a bit more sense to me after I stopped wobbling my JoyCon around like an idiot.
TIE A YELLOW RIBBON
BlizzCon 2023 returns to a live event in November
It's been four long years, do you still want it?
CORE MEMORY UNLOCKED
With Armored Core 6, FromSoftware has a chance to be cool again
After decades of games about locking onto and rolling around the big man, it's time for a change – and FromSoft knows it.
TRIAL & ERROR
The Outlast Trials has what it takes to be one of the best multiplayer horror titles of the year
The Outlast Trials understands what makes the series special, whilst experimenting with enough of the formula to keep it horrifyingly fresh.
TOYS WILL BE TOYS
In Tears of the Kingdom, cheating with Amiibo is more powerful than ever
Want to get over-powered and over-geared in a pinch? Dust off your amiibo and join me in the cheater's corner.
It looks like one of 2022's best PlayStation Plus games is finally coming to Xbox
It looks like one of the most high-profile PlayStation exclusives is finally going to Stray from its parent platform and onto Xbox.
YOU CAN'T CURRY LOVE
We reviewed Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom convenience store food you'll probably never get to try
The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is as big in Japan as it is the rest of the world – and it's so big, it's even got bonus tie-in food. Here's what it's like.
IS THIS LOSS?
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom actually manages to pull off one of gaming’s worst intro tropes really well
Trust Nintendo to make one of the most aggravating tropes in video game intros impactful.
IT'S ALL LINKED
As Tears of the Kingdom finally arrives, we ask: ‘What’s the best Zelda game that isn’t a Zelda game?’
The Legend of Zelda is a hugely influential series, but which of its many copycats is the best? The Best Games Ever Show Episode 51
BOY MEETS WORLD
Immortals of Aveum takes inspiration from God of War, BioShock, Doom, and more, says Ascendant Studios CEO
EA’s Immortals of Aveum is a big, bold, brash magic shooter – and it’s been taking notes from PlayStation’s God of War.
One Redfall easter egg is a joke that's been running for three decades
How a nondescript door code survived studio closures through sheer force of imitation.
OUTSIDE THE BOX
EA's triple-A Immortals of Aveum isn’t just an RPG-shooter: “We spent a lot of time on puzzles, too”
The intriguing Immortals of Aveum isn’t just a corridor shooter; Ascendant Studios is weaving many genre strands together to make something unique.
FIRST PARTY’S OVER
RIP PS5 PlayStation Plus Collection, which introduced me to one of my favourite games
The Last Guardian, Bloodborne, God of War, Ratchet & Clank, Uncharted 4, Infamous: Second Son, Days Gone – the PS+ Collection really was the best of Sony’s exclusive library.
FOR THE KING!
For the King 2 enters closed beta next week - secure your access today
The sequel to the super-fun original is out sometime this year.
TRAIN ON YOUR PARADE
Honkai: Star Rail rekindles memories of absolutely banging PS2 RPGs
Star Rail doesn’t do anything new or revolutionary, but what it does, it does well – and that's very nostalgic for a specific flavour of nerd.
Redfall's counterintuitive traversal solution might just be the best thing about the game
Layla’s spectral elevator is the weirdest possible way to travel, and Redfall is better for it.
What's the best game that's uncomfortably pro-monarchy? The Best Games Ever Show Episode 50
Hey fellas, is it royalist to build an entire artistic medium around individual power fantasies?
INTERVIEW: Lies of P developer explains why it's bringing the famously Italian Pinocchio all the way to Paris
In a year full of fantastic action from Hi-Fi Rush and Jedi Survivor, where does Lies of P stand?
RISE & SHINE
Buying DLC for Game Pass and PS Plus titles can seem essential, but you're left owning content you can't use
After getting the base game Monster Hunter Rise via Game Pass, I now own Sunbreak… but what happens when MH Rise leaves?
Xbox June 11 Showcase: Xbox desperately needs a win that isn’t Starfield
Despite having the best value proposition, setback after setback has kept the good ship Xbox stuck in drydock. And that’s not good for anyone.
BE KIND, REWIND
As Xbox Game Pass’ latest triple-A addition disappoints, all eyes are on this hidden indie gem
Well, we’re never going to get Pokemon on Game Pass, but Cassette Beasts might be the next best thing.
WITCHING FOR ACTION
The Cosmic Wheel Sisterhood: the Talking Simulator remains gaming’s most exciting genre
Ancient gods, secret societies, and designing your own Tarot deck? Devolver really do publish the most interesting stuff.
Street Fighter 6 – the final preview: World Tour rounds out a genre-defining feature set
Everything in Street Fighter 6 is on track to be a proper return to form for the series – let's just hope Capcom can stick the landing.
The 17 Best Co-op Games of all time [May 2023]
Whether you simply want some quick co-op fun or a lengthy campaign to embark on, we've got you and your friends covered with these co-op games.
THE PRICE OF GAME
Xbox's troubles started way before the latest Activision Blizzard setback
This generation has been incredible for Xbox Game Pass, but the wider Xbox ecosystem is struggling. Can Microsoft get back on track?
What's the best game with the WORST difficulty spike? The Best Games Ever Show Episode 49
Everyone has their own traumatic memory of a really Annoying Bit.
LIGHT THE FUSE
Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom leaves Breath of the Wild behind – hands-on preview
With new mechanics like the Fuse power, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is a fresh take on the same massive open world.
SHORE FIRE SUCCESS
Horizon Forbidden West: Was PlayStation right to focus only on PS5 for the Burning Shores DLC?
There are very few better-looking experiences on console right now than Horizon Forbidden West Burning Coast – but was that worth the loss of the PS4 audience?
OH, HI WEEKEND
What are you playing this weekend?
April showers bring May flowers. Or something to that effect.
EA Sports PGA Tour has strong sim credentials, but is also undeniably a first-gen sports title
EA is back in the Golf game, playing catch up behind 2K’s effort. Eight years on from its last game, they’ve had to start from scratch – for better and worse.
What's the best game set on a horrible island? The Best Games Ever Show Episode 48
The clever subtext here is that the definitive horrible island is Great Britain, hope that helps.
11 years later, the 3DS is still home to the best Fire Emblem game
Many FE games came before, and a few have come since, but nothing beats Fire Emblem Awakening on the Nintendo 3DS.
PROTECT AND SURVEY
VG247 Reader Survey: tell us how much the on-going cost of living crisis has affected your gaming habits
Everything is getting more expensive. So are games starting to take a backseat for you as you focus on other things? Let us know.