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’s typically about fathers trying to connect with their … Read more

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

Image: Devolver Digital Every Friday, A.V. 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

Modern Warfare 2 Is Officially Dropping Red Dots

Image: Infinity Ward Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, out October 28, will stand by controversial design decisions even after its strained beta weekend, developer Infinity Ward says. The long-standing ability to slide-cancel—which allowed players to manipulate sliding into a super-fast run—is gone, and, in a move that has replaced some players’ eyes with infernal … Read more

The Biggest News From The Call Of Duty Next Showcase

Image: Activision / Infinity Ward Today, Activision and Infinity Ward revealed new information about the upcoming shooters Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty Warzone 2. From a new map for Warzone to new modes in MWII, here are some of the biggest and most interesting things we learned from the Call of Duty Next … 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 … Read more

Assassin’s Creed Removing Modern Day Segments Is Disappointing

Screenshot: Ubisoft Over the weekend, Ubisoft announced about 50 different Assassin’s Creed games and projects. (Editor’s note: It was a lot…but not 50). The company also laid out the future of the series and how its upcoming hub, Infinity, will bring the franchise together in a way that we haven’t seen before. It also explained … Read more

Assassin’s Creed Games Are On Sale For Dirt Cheap Right Now

Image: Ubisoft In need of hundreds of hours of open world RPG adventuring? You’re in luck. A new Assassin’s Creed blowout sale means Valhalla and other titles are currently super cheap. And don’t worry, some of the older ones are massively discounted as well. The sale has launched ahead of the September 10 Ubisoft Forward … Read more

Battlefield Series Is Going Back To A ‘Narrative Campaign’

Image: Battlefield 3 The last time the main Battlefield series dabbled with a proper campaign was all the way back in 2013, when Battlefield 4’s singleplayer dropped and underwhelmed pretty much anyone who laid hands on it. I know Battlefields 1 & 5 also had some singleplayer stuff, but they were more of a tutorial, … Read more

XCOM 2, One Of The Best PC Games Ever Made, Is Free Right Now

Screenshot: Firaxis / 2K Games XCOM 2 is very good. Some have even called it one of the best PC games ever made. Even if you don’t agree with that, it’s still an incredible strategy game pitting aliens against humans in a large-scale, global conflict. Now, via the latest Epic Games Store giveaway, you can … 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