My First Few Hours With Dying Light

I wasn't sure what to expect from Dying Light, a new open-world zombie game from a studio known for making the regrettable open-world zombie series Dead Island. Imagine my pleasant surprise, then, when I discovered some cool ideas during my first five hours with the game. Maybe you can teach an old zombie new tricks. » 1/27/15 2:00pm Yesterday 2:00pm

Smash Bros. Players Rally In Defense Of Diddy Kong

Diddy Kong has become the most divisive character in the new Super Smash Bros. ever since competitive players picked up on the primate's formidable fighting strength. His reign as the fighter to beat sparked a newly heated debate this week when one pro Smasher blamed the game's community for the whole Diddy upset. » 1/26/15 7:15pm Monday 7:15pm

A Classy Way To Settle A Dispute In League Of Legends

Figuring out who's going to do what before a League of Legends battle officially begins is as crucial a process as it is a rushed one. Tensions can run very high as a result. Three players had a wonderful way to pre-empt any name-calling when a potential conflict suddenly reared its head recently: with rock, paper,… » 1/23/15 10:45am Friday 10:45am

Shadow of Mordor's Nemesis System Could've Been Way More Complex

Shadow of Mordor surprised everyone with its unique features like the oft-praised "nemesis system." The game's novelty and ambition meant that it couldn't accomplish everything it set out to, though. Developer Monolith opened up this week about some things that were left on the cutting room floor. » 1/22/15 11:30am Thursday 11:30am

Please Stop Saying Video Games Are ‘Too Long’

One big thing that makes video games unique in the cornucopia of pop culture is the time investment they demand of their audience. This had lead to an age-old debate about whether games are "too long," one that Kill Screen founder Jamin Warren recently tackled in his latest PBS Game/Show episode. » 1/21/15 6:00pm 1/21/15 6:00pm

Smash Bros. Makes Mario Kart's Most Notorious Items A Lot More Fun

As fanfiction, Super Smash Bros. takes bits and pieces from many different Nintendo games and weaves them together into a uniquely chaotic patchwork. It remains faithful to its source material, but only to a point. Some of the most interesting stuff the newest Smash repurposed came from Mario Kart, of all places. » 1/21/15 4:15pm 1/21/15 4:15pm

An Extreme Way To Fix Mario Kart 8's Dumb Battle Mode: Play It IRL

The overall crappiness of Mario Kart 8's battle mode is well established. And since Nintendo hasn't unveiled any concrete plans to make it better with some extra stellar DLC goodness, it looks like what we're stuck with what we've got. Or wait—what's that over there on the internets? RC cars to the rescue! » 1/20/15 5:30pm 1/20/15 5:30pm

Some exciting news for Xbox gamers: Microsoft just confirmed the release dates for three rad-looking games that are all coming out this Spring—i.e., soon. The games are Ori and the Blind Forest (March 11th, $19.99), Screamride (March 3rd, $39.99), and the Xbox One version of State of Decay (April 28th, $29.99). Woo! » 1/20/15 12:15pm 1/20/15 12:15pm