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

​Forza 5 Economy Adjusting After Angry Fan Feedback

While the reaction to the improved graphics and control in the Xbox One's next-gen racing simulator has been enthusiastic, players have been grousing almost universally about one thing: pervasive microtransactions. Dev studio Turn 10 has heard the feedback and has just announced a new round of changes to … »11/27/13 6:03pm11/27/13 6:03pm

Need for Speed Rivals Looks Amazing Whether You Play It on PC or PS4

For one moment, the gap between playing a game on PC and on console seemed razor-thin. I played Need for Speed Rivals on both PC and PS4 and the two versions of EA’s upcoming racing game were virtually indistinguishable. What I saw was impressive no matter what machine it was running on. »10/18/13 9:07pm10/18/13 9:07pm

Here's Your Xbox One Wireless Racing Wheel, Forza Fans

The launch of the Xbox One in November brings with it Forza Motorsports 5, and as nice as the new game pad's haptic feedback is, racing fans are going to need something meatier. Something with force feedback and foot pedals and genuine suede leather. Oh hi there, Mad Catz Force Feedback Racing Wheel for the Xbox One. »8/21/13 5:07pm8/21/13 5:07pm

The New Mad Max Game Will Be Vast, Violent and Not Sound Australian

I detected nary an Australian accent from the characters in the new Mad Max game that made its surprise debut at E3 earlier this week. There will be no Australian voices, one of the game's creators told me. OK. At least Max's steering wheel's on the right. What else have they got here? »6/26/13 11:52am6/26/13 11:52am

I Just Played Forza 5 For A Few Minutes And Now I'm Mildly Excited

I just got my hands on a real-live Xbox One and played a pre-release Forza 5 for several minutes. It sure looks impressive, with all the annoying details of real driving — glare, reflections, crap on your car — and there's a whole new physics engine and radically new approaches to AI. But it still felt like Forza. »6/12/13 2:00pm6/12/13 2:00pm