Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain: The Kotaku Review

There’s a cutscene, late in Metal Gear Solid V, that’s ostensibly serious but contains a musical interlude so awkward it sent me into giggle fits. A dozen missions later, there’s a harrowing sequence that ranks among the best video game scenes I’ve ever played. If you don’t know how to reconcile those two things,… »9/04/15 2:50pm9/04/15 2:50pm

Mad Max: The Kotaku Review

A little more than 10 years ago, not long after I quit my job to become a freelance writer, a colleague warned me that sometimes the work could be grueling and unrewarding. “I want to talk to you when you’re writing a story only for money,” he said. It took a decade, but I finally found that assignment: reviewing Mad… »9/01/15 2:50pm9/01/15 2:50pm

Quality Assured: What It’s Really Like To Test Games For A Living

There’s an old commercial for Westwood College that’s become something of a running joke in the video game world. Two young men sit at a couch, hammering away at PlayStation controllers. A woman walks in. “Hey guys, finish testing that game yet?” she asks. “I’ve got another one I need designed.” »7/27/15 1:38pm7/27/15 1:38pm

How A Video Game Is Released In 2015

In 2009, publisher Electronic Soft released BloodDeath, a blockbuster video game that won 306 “Best In Show” awards at E3 and went on to sell 3.2 million copies worldwide. In 2015, Electronic Soft released BloodDeath’s sequel, BloodDeath: DeathBlood. This is the story of DeathBlood’s path from announcement to release,… »6/09/15 5:59pm6/09/15 5:59pm

The Most Beautiful Race Car In The World (Of Tomorrow)

OK, let’s get personal. I like cars. I like F1. My favorite F1 cars of all time are basically any of the McLaren Hondas (with 91’s probably taking top spot) . The lines of the cars, that iconic Marlboro branding, ungh. Sadly, those cars are long gone, though as today’s Fine Art feature shows, they haven’t been… »6/02/15 9:20pm6/02/15 9:20pm